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Lisbon Town Recreation Baseball Begins On Winning Note


LISBON - The sound of youngsters competing in community summer sports began in Lisbon on Tuesday night with the first U18 Baseball game of the North Country Baseball/Softball system. Anchored by three one-hit innings by southpaw Griffin Walker, Lisbon Town Recreation downed Edwards-Russell 15-5.

"It took a great deal of the work to put this together. We are following all the rules and it was nice to see the guys playing. It was a good start tonight, we played pretty well" said Lisbon Town Recreation Coach Dave Gravlin.

"We will have our league games and we picked up some other games. We will play South Jefferson at the Watertown Fairgrounds on Thursday which should be a big test. Ben LaRock didn't pitch tonight so he will be ready to go on Thursday."

The North Country Baseball system was set up several years ago to include teams from Third-Fourth Grade to U18 age groups but the scope of system has been greatly reduced by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The U18 Baseball division features Lisbon Town Recreation, Edwards-Russell and Massena community teams and the U15 Division, which begins play on July 20, features Lisbon Town Recreation, Potsdam, Massena and Malone.

Griffin Walker struck out six and allowed just one hit for Lisbon Town Recreation, Jayden Williams struck out three in two innings and Trent Williams struck out two closing out a three-hitter in the sixth inning where the game ended because of darkness.

"Griffin Walker pitched great tonight. He will get stronger and stronger each game out. Edwards has some very good players" said Coach Gravlin.

Jack LaRock led a well distributed winning offense with three singles and two RBIs and Ben LaRock singled and doubled and drove in two runs. Dave Pirie doubled and singled, drove in two runs and scored twice and Jayden Williams also doubled. Collin Parmeter singled with two RBIs and Tyler Gravlin and Hayden McBath also singled.

Cade Tyler Scott doubled for Edwards-Russell and Kelly Barbarito and Andrew Matthews singled. Tyler Scott drove in two runs and Jared Lottie added an RBI. Tyler Scott, Andrew Franklin, Jared Lottie and Cade Huckle all saw pitching action.

"The guys did OK for only having two practices," said Edwards-Russell Coach Mark Scott.

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