LEWISTON — Lewiston’s modus operandi is to put pressure on opposing defense, and the Blue Devils welcome anything that adds to that pressure.

Monday’s drizzle and slick field conditions were the perfect complement to that formula. Lewiston mixed in another efficient mound effort from Matt Poulin to pick up an 11-1 win over rival Edward Little in a game shortened to six innings by the 10-run mercy rule.

Mike Wong went 3-for-4 with a double, RBI and three runs scored to lead the Blue Devils (6-4). Gage Cote reached base four times and drove in a pair of runs.

Lewiston battered Edward Little (6-4) with eight hits and took advantage of three Red Eddies errors. All three batters that reached via miscues eventually scored.

“In these kind of conditions, fielding is definitely tough, so small-ball definitely helps out,” Wong said. “We just keep focused and it helps. We support each other, which leads to more hits.”

“Focus and purpose were incredibly lacking from the minute we got here, and it was quite evident all day long,” Edward Little coach Scott Annear said. “We got beat by a team that had greater focus and greater purpose out on the field than we did today.”

Mike Hammond went 2-for-2 with a walk and drove in EL’s lone run in the fifth. Corey Henderson also had two hits, including a double and run scored. But Poulin overcame the steady drizzle, slick mound and drenched baseballs to limit the Eddies to five hits and two walks while fanning four.

“It’s definitely something you consider,” Poulin said of the conditions. “But if you stay focused and you work as hard as you can, you just forget about what’s going on around you. You focus on what’s right in front of you.”

Behind Poulin, Lewiston’s defense played flawlessly, and made a couple of fine plays to limit EL to one run in the fifth.

Right fielder Ryan Bell charged in on Elijah Roe’s line drive to rob him of a possible hit to lead off the inning. Second baseman Brady Cusson ranged far to his right to make a tough back-hand stop and gun down Lew Jensen at first to end the inning.

“Defense was a huge part. It has been all year,” Poulin said. “We’ve had our games, but all year, when I’m on the mound or when I’m in the field, I know I can trust the guys around me, and that’s the best part of being on a team.”

“We talked about a couple of things before the game,” Lewiston coach Dave Jordan said. “We talked about the ball being slow (on the infield). We always talk about footwork, but even more on a day like this.”

Edward Little catcher Brandon Varney gunned down Lewiston’s first two base runners trying to steal, but the Devils kept putting the pressure on EL’s defense.

Wong’s first hit, a bunt single, loaded the bases against Jensen with one out in the third. Cote walked to score the first run. After a strikeout, Poulin hit a smash to left field to send two more home.

A two-out double by Wong and single by Cote drove in a run apiece to make it 5-0 in the fourth.

The Devils added two unearned runs in the fifth, with Kyle Morin and Kyle Ullrich each driving in a run. They plated four more in the sixth on just one hit, Wong’s leadoff single.

“We’ve put a lot of time in practice on our defense, throwing strikes and putting the ball in play. And those were the key factors today. We did all three of those,” Jordan said.

The two teams will meet again for their traditional game under the lights at Auburn Suburban Little League a week from Friday.


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