Saturday Jul 11 2009
Lakeside 11s avenge loss to Roseville West, reach title game
By: Galen Kusic, Special to The Press Tribune
Lakeside, Woodcreek to face off on Saturday
In the final elimination round before the Little League District 54 10/11-year-old tournament championship, the Lakeside all-stars spanked the team from Roseville West 11-1 Thursday evening at Feist Park. It was all tied up at one through three innings of play after Spencer Bracco collected an RBI single in the first to put Roseville up on top. It looked like Chad Alves scored on the play as well with a beautiful diving, hooking head-first slide into home, but the umpire called him out on the rule of no head-first slides. For Lakeside, lead-off hitter Ryan Ingersall drew a walk and proceeded to take second and third on wild pitches before scoring on a Charlie Tooley fielder's choice. The contest was blown wide open in the fourth, as Roseville came unraveled. Tyler Farr doubled to lead off the inning and Lakeside starting pitcher Darren Nelson doubled him home to get things started. From there, five singles and a walk followed, giving Lakeside a commanding 6-1 advantage. Nelson was solid on the mound - going 4-2/3 innings, giving up the lone run on four hits and three walks while striking out three in 76 pitches. "I was throwing strikes and they were hitting it," said Nelson, referring to the excellent defense behind him. "We need to hit the ball good, have the bats smoking and put the ball in play." Roseville had its best to chance to get on the board in the second when the bases were loaded until Lakeside turned an inning ending 5-2-5 double play to end the threat. Lakeside struck again in the fifth behind a couple of Roseville errors, making the score 8-1. In the sixth, Charlie Tooley led off with a double and was driven home on a single by Nick Dumke. After another critical error, Dumke and Tyler Farr came in to score, making the score 11-1. "We just need to say loose and believe in ourselves," said Dumke. "When we don't believe in ourselves, we don't win," Roseville was not able to mount a comeback in the sixth against Farr as he shut them down 1-2-3. Lakeside will face off against powerhouse Woodcreek at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday in the championship game. Lakeside will have to beat Woodcreek twice to be crowned District 54 champions.