DURANT—The No. 6-ranked Lisbon Lions were ready for win No. 30 on Saturday and played like it. The Durant Wildcats, despite playing on their beautiful home field before a sizable home crowd, were not quite up to it.
The result was the Lions pounded out 13 hits while two of their pitchers combined to give up just three Durant hits as Lisbon won the Class 1A District 9 final, 8-1, to advance to substate play.
“They’re ranked sixth in the state for a reason,” said Durant coach Colin Meyer, whose Wildcats bow out with a 21-8 record. “They’re a helluva team. They put the ball in play, and we didn’t make some plays when we needed to. We gave them a lot of outs on pop flies that were outs. That’s the way the ball falls sometimes. It just wasn’t there for us tonight.”
It was there in all facets of the game for the Lions, including a booming three-run shot well over the center field fence’s 350-foot mark by Tyson Williams that boosted a 2-0 lead to 5-0 in the third.
It was pretty much over from there, especially with the way starter Brett Givens and later Ryley Scott were pitching. Together they held the Wildcats to three hits while while striking out five. Givens did not give up a hit until Bryce Lafrenz singled with one down in the fourth. He would later score the Wildcats’ lone run in the same inning, coming home on Reese Bird’s single.
“I just wanted to come out and shut them down,” Givens said.
The night belonged to the Lions’ offense, too. Austin Krob had three hits and two RBIs while Bryce Werderman added two hits as did Cobe Siebrecht.
“Coach has been telling us to hit it up the middle,” Krob said. “Just aim for the pitcher. You don’t want to pull it every time because we are really good at pulling it. He just told us to keep it up the middle because teams shift a lot.”