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Lisbon clinches Tri-Rivers baseball title in sweep over Alburnett

Lisbon remains state's lone unbeaten prep baseball team

 

LISBON — About the time many close their day and head for home, the Lisbon baseball team will be back to work.

The Lions will suit up for practice, hearing head coach Travis Bennett’s constant chatter on how to get better and prepare for the upcoming challenges.

Until then, however, the Lions will make the most of the short window to celebrate their latest accomplishment.

Class 1A second-ranked Lisbon swept No. 5 Alburnett, clinching the Tri-Rivers Conference title Monday night at Lisbon City Park. The Lions won the opener, 9-2, to lock up their second TRC crown. Lisbon added a 6-4 victory in the nightcap.

“This is actually really special, but a state championship, obviously, is the goal,” Lisbon senior Brett Givens said. “This is the second goal.”

Lisbon improved to 29-0, remaining the state only unbeaten prep baseball team. The Lions closed conference play at 24-0. They know records reset for the postseason with 1A districts starting Saturday.

“It’s big for right now,” Lisbon’s Jake Jennett said of the conference title. “The Tri-Rivers is a tough conference. We have three ranked teams.

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“Enjoy it (Monday night), but (Tuesday) we’re right back to work. We’re 0-0 for the postseason.”

The Lions needed a split for their first TRC title since 2015, their second season in the league. Lisbon broke a scoreless game one with a run in the third inning. Ryne Mohrfeld smacked a leadoff triple to right field and scored on Jake Jennett’s first of three hits.

Lisbon pulled away with four runs in the fifth and sixth innings. The top four batters — Jennett, Givens, Austin Krob and Tyson Williams — accounted for five of 10 hits and seven runs in the opener. The quartet scored 11 of 1 runs Monday.

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“I’m not stressed out at all because I know I have eight guys behind me who can hit the ball,” Jennett said. “It’s nice to have that.”

The Lions received a dominant performance from Krob in the first game. He tossed a complete-game one-hitter, striking out 13 batters.

“It was good as a team to get that win,” Krob said. “It set the tone. We knew we had it locked up but we weren’t done with the night.”

Givens added a quality start in the second game, throwing a complete game.

Mohrfeld delivered again in the second game, hitting an RBI single that scored Cobe Siebrecht with the game-winning run in the bottom of the sixth. He scored on an Alburnett error for the final run. Mohrfeld led the Lions with two hits in the nightcap.

“Everybody else has been a spark all year,” Mohrfeld said. “It has to be someone. I guess it was my turn (Monday night).”

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Lisbon eclipsed an early deficit, falling behind 2-0 in the first. Williams got the Lions on the board with an RBI groundout to plate Jennett. Krob scored on a wild pitch in the third to tie it.

Givens gave Lisbon its first lead with an RBI triple to score Jennett. Krob’s sacrifice fly knocked in Givens for a 4-2 edge in the fifth.

“The top of the conference is tough and we played one of the top conference teams,” Bennett said. “We showed up. We got tough when we needed.”

Reed Stallman had two hits and two RBIs, including an RBI double in the sixth to help tie the game, 4-4. Keaton Parker finished with two total RBIs for Alburnett (28-6-1, 18-4-1).

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