PORTSMOUTH — The day began well for the first of the two Portsmouth Little League baseball teams that began round-robin play against Lamprey River in their respective District II All-Star tournaments on Saturday.

It was a tough ending for the other team in the afternoon.

Starting pitcher Devin Driscoll struck out nine batters and allowed only four hits in 4 2/3 innings of work, adding three hits and three runs offensively to lead Portsmouth to a 13-2 victory in the 10/11/12 division at Hislop Field. The game was called after five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.

“That’s the way you want to start if off; you always want to start the postseason with a win.” Portsmouth majors coach Vinny Zingariello said. “More importantly, the kids played well. They came out, put a crooked number in the first inning and took some pressure off. We hit the ball all over the place and it was great to see.”

Meanwhile at Plains Field, the Portsmouth 8/9/10 team rallied with two runs in the top of the sixth inning to tie the game, but a bases-loaded walk with two outs in the bottom of the inning forced in a run to give Lamprey River a 7-6 victory.

“It’s Game 1. It’s really just getting into districts, so we’re going to take it one game at a time and we’ll go out and beat Laconia (on Tuesday),” Portsmouth minors coach Sam Carlisle said. “It’s baseball. You’re going to have big wins and tough ones. This was a tough one.”

Ryan Clark delivered the first of his two-run singles to jumpstart a 2-0 lead for the Portsmouth majors in the top of the first inning. Clark also drove in two when he followed Zavier Lambert’s RBI single in the fourth.

Portsmouth (11 hits) added four runs against Lamprey River starting pitcher Logan Whitney in the top of the second. Timmy Avery delivered a a two-run double, Joe Zingariello lifted a sacrifice fly, and Lampert’s RBI groundout left Portsmouth with a 6-0 lead.

“Hitting the ball like that takes the pressure off everybody; especially me,” Vinny Zingariello joked.

Joe Zingariello also cleared the bases with a three-run double in the fifth.

“We had a few scrimmages before and we really hitting well, so I was kind of expecting that,” Driscoll said.

The offensive exploits were more than enough for Driscoll. He allowed a Nick Gregoire RBI double in the second and another run in the third, but he responded by striking out the side in the fourth. Driscoll struck out the final batter he faced, before Lampert relieved him to get the game’s final out.

“I felt pretty confident,” Driscoll said. “I was throwing the slider really well and throwing my changeup was really fun.”

“He was lights out today,” Vinny Zingariello said. “He kept the ball down and kept them off-balance. They had a couple of good hitters who hit the ball hard, but he kept everybody else in check.”

Things started well for the Portsmouth minors, after Lamprey River starting pitcher Ryder Hawkes walked the bases loaded in the top of the first inning with two outs. Nolan Bernier delivered a two-run single, and Graham Connelly followed with a RBI single to give Portsmouth a 3-0 lead.

Lamprey River tied the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the second inning against Portsmouth starter Sam Sheldon, after an RBI hit from Amari Lewis and two-run single from Trevor Chapman.

Portsmouth led 4-3 when Lamprey River when Lewis and Chapman opened the bottom of the fifth with hits. Reliever Nik Uhlir retired the next two hitters, but Tyler Buchanan, Henry Welch and Tim Maskwa all delivered RBI hits to give Lamprey River a 6-4 lead.

Down to its last chance, Portsmouth tied the game at 6-6 in the top of the sixth after Gabe Carlisle’s RBI groundout and Jackson Hooper’s RBI single.

Portsmouth’s Achilles heel on the day was eight walks, which ultimately spelled its demise. After his second strikeout of the inning, Connelly walked the next two hitters to force in the winning run.

“At the end, it was a one run baseball game after six innings,” Sam Carlisle said. “We’ll get back at it. (Lamprey River) pitched well and played very well defensively. They were just better than us today.”

The Portsmouth majors host Laconia on Monday, while the minors head to the Lake City on Tuesday.