Lakeside breezes into Section 4 Major championship game
SACRAMENTO — There was a strong breeze blowing out to right field Monday evening, but the Lakeside Little League Major all-stars didn’t need it.
Lakeside made a statement to the rest of the Section 4 Tournament field with an 11-1 mercy-rule defeat of Land Park Pacific in the winners’ bracket final at Tahoe Tallac.
Lakeside scored three runs on three hits in each of the first and second innings, while starting pitcher Kevin Riley allowed one run on a solo homer. He retired nine of the next 11 batters, including seven in a row, after the home run in the second inning and finished with a one-hitter over four innings.
“I felt really good coming into (Monday), and I knew Land Park was a good team and I’d need to throw my hardest,” Riley said.
Lakeside hit two homers, a solo shot by Brandon Chinnapongse in the first and a three-run jack by Kenny LeBeau in the third.
“I’ve been hitting square line drives lately, but that one felt like my old swing,” LeBeau said. “No we’ve got two chances to win this and our best pitchers ready to pitch.”
Jade Foddrill had a three-run double in the second. Chinnapongse had two RBI, Dante Tafoya and Collin Stanaway each drove in a run, and A.J. Beck scored the mercy-rule run on a passed ball.
Lakeside has scored 11 runs in each of its first two Section 4 games. Lakeside will play either Lincoln or Land Park Pacific for the championship at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. Lincoln and Land Park Pacific play at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.
“We have a good chance to win this tournament and maybe even the next one,” Riley said. “We’re playing really good baseball.”