Lakeside A comes back, then hangs on to edge Woodcreek Royals
FOLSOM — Just like winning a game of pool when the opponent hits in the 8-ball too early, a baseball game sometimes is won on the opponent’s mistake.
That was the case Monday night at McFarland Park, when Lakeside A defeated the Woodcreek Royals 4-3.
Lakeside headed into the fifth inning trailing 2-1, having scored on Kenny LeBeau’s solo home run in the third. But after a walk, single and passed ball, Shawn Delgado reached on a bad throw to first base, and two runs scored. Delgado later scored.
“Unfortunately, (the defining point) was when they made their error,” Lakeside manager John LeBeau said. “I’d hate to say that, but we didn’t really get the big hit we needed. They made a couple mistakes and gave us a little juice at the end of the game.”
Resilient Woodcreek rallied with two out in the top of the sixth. Joey Gonzalez walked and took two bases on passed balls. Ethan Astor fought through a long at-bat and singled to center to score Gonzalez.
Tyler Smith smacked a double into the gap, but after taking a wide turn around third, Astor was picked off, ending the game.
“I’m going to remember this team’s perseverance,” Woodcreek manager John Brusa said. “They’re a young group of kids, and I’ll remember that they never gave up. They were in a hole, and they won seven in a row to get to this point.”
Kenny LeBeau started on the mound for Lakeside and struck out 10 in five innings.
Lakeside was scheduled to play Ponderosa on Tuesday night with the winner advancing to the championship at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Mann Park in Folsom.