From the Sun archives: June 30, 1988 ‘If it happened tomorrow, I’d do the same thing’
July 27, 2017
Editor's note: We have to thank Tom "Boomer" Kortemeyer for accidentally pointing us toward this saga from Lisbon's 1988 baseball season, which featured a run-in with an apparently overly sensitive umpire. Boomer remembers the umpire instigating the incident by demanding Kortemeyer sit in the dugout, even though he had been tossed.
Lisbon ended up sharing the MEC title with Clarence-Lowden that year. Kortemeyer, Andy Sullivan and Josh Novak earned All Northeast District honors in Class 1A-2A. Teammate Brian Krob was a finalist for Gazette Male Athlete of the Year.
Things not so Rose-y for Lions
Sun sports editor
If Lisbon ties for the Mid-East conference baseball title this summer - or comes up a game short somehow - it'll know all it wants to know about opportunities lost.
The Lions, last week sitting pretty atop the MEC two full games in front of second-place East Central, played Let's Make a Deal twice last week and picked the wrong door each time.
As a result, the Lions lead has been shaved to one game over perennial conference power Clarence-Lowden - which has made a charge over the last few weeks from the middle of the MEC pack - with two league games remaining.
The fact remains that while it would take something out of the ordinary for the Lions to finish second in the league race, a tie with Clarence-Lowden is not out of the question.
And everybody knows ties are only nice if you've got good-looking sisters.
The Lions are scheduled to close out the MEC portion of their schedule Wednesday night in Mechanicsville against Lincoln and Friday in Lisbon against Northeast.
"Most teams go through high and low periods," said Lisbon coach Bob Bunting. "We went 7-0 in the first half and now we've gone 2-3 (in the second half).
The Lions' three league losses have been costly because all of them could have been wins.
An extra-inning affair with Clarence Lowden was the first - a game Lisbon certainly could have won.
The other two were something else.
Down 13-11 to Preston in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Lions were forced to forfeit when the umpiring crew took exception to Bunting and - as it seemed - the entire Lisbon squad.
"On judgement calls, I don't argue those things, Bunting said. "But I thought I had some legitimate questions."
Bunting said the problems started early in the game when Preston's Doug Jargo leaned into a 0-2 pitch and was hit.
Bunting talked the situation over with home plate umpire Robert Steines.
"He told me Jargo tried to move out of the way," Bunting said. "I told him he couldn't have been. Jargo was leaning into the pitch."
Then in the bottom of the sixth, catcher Eric Krob briefly bobbled a third strike on Kevin Frott, but managed to regain control of the baseball.
Bunting said that at that point Steines called Frott out on strikes - but soon changed his mind and awarded the Preston junior first base.
A discussion that at different times included Bunting, Krob and Boomer Kortemeyer followed.
As a result of that discussion - argument? - Steines ejected Kortemeyer.
Bunting then took exception to Steines' attitude toward the Lisbon senior after the ejection.
Seconds later, Steines called the whole thing off.
Bunting was not phased.
"Steines told me, 'We're going to get rid of coaches like you," Bunting said. "If it happened tomorrow, I'd do the same thing."
Two days before the loss to Preston, the Lions fell to East Central 2-1 in eight innings.
The loss spoiled the three-hit pitching of senior Josh Novak.
In 6 2/3 innings of work, Novak fanned 12 and allowed just one unearned run.
Andy Sullivan took the loss for Lisbon, finishing up with 1 1/3 innings of work, allowing one hit, one walk an unearned run and three strikeouts.
Lisbon righted itself Monday at the expense of Midland however.
Sullivan pitched seven strong innings in the 7-1 Lisbon win, picking up his seventh win in eight decisions.
Jamie Crow and Brian Krob had two hits apiece for Lisbon. Sullivan helped himself during the four-run first inning with a two-run single.