Valley City Babe Ruth beat Lisbon twice on the road Thursday night, coming back from a 9-5 fourth-inning deficit for a nine-inning 12-9 District win and surviving a three-run third frame in the 6-3 non-District finisher.
â€śWe didnâ€™t come out playing our best,â€ť Valley City head coach Lance Lukes said. â€śWe were just kind of going through the motions and not putting anything really into it. We left too many runners on base and didnâ€™t execute some of the little things that we need to be doing.â€ť
Valley City led 2-0 after two District innings on Justin Mansonâ€™s inside-
the-park home run before Lisbon came alive for four runs in the third and five in the fifth to go ahead 9-5.
Babe Ruth scored a run in the sixth and three more in the seventh to force extras at 9-9, and two Valley City triples and a sacrifice fly in the ninth powered the win.
Drew Jacobson pitched six innings for nine runs â€” four earned â€” on seven hits, three walks and four strikeouts.
â€śDrew pitched well enough for us to win,â€ť Lukes said. â€śHe kept us in it early, and then ran into a rough part in the fourth and fifth, but we didnâ€™t give him enough help in the field, either.â€ť
Nate Rodriguez, who came up big on 4-of-4 batting for a double and a triple, scored three runs and drove home two more, pitched three scoreless relief innings on a hit and a walk, and struck out seven.
Reese Hushcka and Brandon Pritchett both put up two hits and a run.
Valley City scored three runs in the first, two in the second and another in the top of the third, and held Lisbon in the home half for the 6-3 final.
Tanner Thomsen threw all three innings on three runs, three hits, three walks and four strikeouts.
Andrew King and Jaden Oestern both went for a double and an RBI, Bryce Nelson and Devin Anderson a hit each.
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