State baseball: Lisbon edges Lawton-Bronson

State baseball: Lisbon edges Lawton-Bronson

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State baseball: Lisbon edges Lawton-Bronson

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After throwing 129 pitches in near 100-degree heat, Lisbon’s Marshall Morgan wasn’t at all eager about going back out for more.
Thanks to teammate Brock Givens, it wasn’t necessary.
Morgan tied the game with a run-scoring single in the bottom of the seventh inning and Givens, a freshman, lined a pitch into the gap in right-center to drive in the winning run, sending Lisbon to a 5-4 victory over Lawton-Bronson in a Class 1-A quarterfinal game at Principal Park on Monday night.
The two-run rally capped a comeback from a 3-0 deficit, ended third-seeded Lawton-Bronson’s 26-game winning streak and sent sixth-seeded Lisbon (35-7) into a semifinal game at 8 p.m. Thursday.
“I think the big thing is our team is resilient,” said Givens, one of five freshmen who start for the Lions. “We’re never ready to give up. We’re always ready to play that next game, the next day.”
Freshman Keegan Tritle’s RBI double off reliever Matt Smith (2-2) in the sixth inning drew Lisbon to 4-3 and gave the young Lions hope that they could claw all the way back. And they did.
With one out and two runners on in the seventh, Morgan lined a fastball up the middle to drive in Kolbi Kohl with the tying run. Smith then walked Hunter Caspers intentionally to load the bases and bring up Givens, who had been 0-for-2 with a sacrifice.
“We wanted to win it right then and there,” Morgan said. “We wanted to go home.”
Givens’ big hit ensured the trip would be a happy one.
“I was just looking for a pitch to hit,” he said. “I like a little fastball every time. I saw it and I drove it in the gap. I was rounding first and saw my friend (Kohl) come out. I gave him a big hug and then the dog pile started.”
Morgan’s gutty effort on the mound kept the Eagles (31-4) from putting the game out of reach. The senior right-hander, now 16-1, settled down after giving up three runs and five hits in the first two innings, limiting Lawton-Bronson to one run the rest of the way and striking out the final two batters he faced.
“I think it was nerves at first and getting through the nerves,” he said. “I just couldn’t find the strike zone. When I did, they hit the ball right to our people and we got outs.”
Lawton-Bronson’s Dan Willer went 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored, while Zach Anderson drove in two runs with a single and a squeeze bunt.
Lisbon, the 1994 state champion, committed only one harmless error and fielded flawlessly over the final five innings. Morgan finished with six strikeouts, the biggest coming when he fanned Austin Lefler, a .441 hitter, with the bases loaded to end the fifth inning.
“He’s our bread and butter,” Givens said. “Every time we’ve got a big game like this, we’ve got to go to him to pitch it. He’s huge for us every time he’s on the mound.”
L-B 120 010 0–4 9 2
Lisbon 000 201 2–5 8 1

Leading hitters-LB: Lefler 2×4, Willer 3×4; Li: Tritle 2×2. W-Morgan. L-Skinner.

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