Varsity Baseball: Lizotte leads Wizards past Chargers, 3-2!

Posted by Richard Grenier on Apr 14 2009 at 05:00PM PDT

     Led by the pitching of senior Richard Lizotte, the Wizards defeated the Chargers of Chariho, 3-2, to even their Division I-South record at 2-2.

     Lizotte, who threw 64 of 91 pitches for strikes, allowed only one earned run on four hits while striking out 12 in seven innings of work.

     Down 1-0, the Wizards tied the game in the top of the third inning when Derek Hebert broke out of a season long hitting slump with a lead off double to right center.  Jeff Sampaio, then, laid down  a bunt toward the third base line.  As Charger pitcher Dave Northup tried to throw out Sampaio, the throw which Sampaio beat easily got by the second baseman who was late covering scoring Hebert.  Two outs later, Charley Parent walked and pinch runner Dominic Bisceglio stole second, putting runners at second and third base.  The Wizards, however, could not get a timely hit as Northup induced a pop out to second base to end the inning.

     In the top of the fifth inning, the Wizards scored two runs to take a 3-1 lead.  With one out, Sampaio reached first on a wild pitch after striking out.  After Sampaio stole second base, senior Aaron Richards hit a r.b.i. double to left center.  Richards moved to third base one pitch later on a wild pitch and scored when Tim Parente hit a sacrifice fly to left field. 

     In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Chargers scored one run when Taylor Hackley singled, moved to second on an error, and scored with two out on Frank Glawser double. 

     The Chargers, however, would not reach base safely for the remainder of the game.  Richard Lizotte not only retired the last seven batters of the game, but struck out the side in the bottom of the seventh to enable the Wizards to pick up their second league road win of the year.



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