Big innings help Lakeside 11-year-olds beat Woodcreek

By: Staff Report
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Not surprisingly, it was a pair of big offensive innings that spelled the difference at Richards Field Saturday night. Two teams that have been pounding opponents with superior offense met as the last two unbeatens standing in the Little League District 54 11-year-old all-star tournament and it was Lakeside claiming a huge 9-6 win over Woodcreek. Woodcreek struck first with two runs in the home half of the first frame. Noah Kravich walked to open the inning and eventually scored on an error, while J.C. Santini singled and scored the second run on a Jack Tapia single. Lakeside pitcher Jake Baranowski escaped further damage when he got the pitcher's best friend, a 6-4-3 double play with the bases loaded to end the inning. Baranowski shut down Woodcreek the rest of his innings until left the game with one out in the fourth frame. Santini sailed through the first two innings on the bump for Lakeside, with a double play erasing the only base runner he allowed. It was the bottom third of the Lakeside order that got the team started. Four straight singles opened the Lakeside third as Baranowski, Danny Lawson, Devin McDonald and lead-off man Matt Voelker all picked up knocks. After one out, Alex Dailey cleaned up with a double and then scored on a Brett Walston hit to close out a five-run inning. Joey Pankratz came on to put out the fire and sailed through the fourth, but he ran into trouble with the top of the Lakeside order in the fifth. Singles by Voelker, Walston and Drew Briare sandwiched around a pair of walks built up a four-run uprising for Lakeside. Bobby Soran closed out the scoring with a sacrifice fly. Down 9-2, Woodcreek tried to answer, scoring three times in the fifth on the strength of a Jack Rotteveel two-bagger, a Justin Smith single, two walks and a hit batter. Santini added a solo home run in the sixth, but it was not enough. Smith and Santini each had two hits for Woodcreek. Voelker and Walston each had two hits for Lakeside. The loss sent Woodcreek to an elimination game Sunday night against Roseville West, while Lakeside awaits the winner of that game for a 7 p.m. matchup in the district championship game Monday night at Richards Field. Lakeside will have to be beaten twice to lose the title.