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Lakeside holds off Woodcreek in Major All-star opener

By: Robbie Enos/Roseville Press Tribune Correspondent
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The first day of the District 54 Major All-Star tournament resembled a slowpitch softball party, with two Roseville teams forcing mercy rules and a Lakeside-Woodcreek matchup totaling 18 runs.

Lakeside defeated Woodcreek 11-7 after holding off a late surge. Roseville West mashed Gold Rush 23-3, and Maidu blew out Folsom 14-0.

Woodcreek’s Dylan Hess smoked a two-run homer in the first inning, but Lakeside answered with two runs in its half of the inning.

Lakeside then began a storm of aggressive base running that led it to victory. Jade Foddrill scored on a wild pitch in the first, Kevin Riley scored on a passed ball in the third, and with a set of errors by Woodcreek and RBI singles from Riley and Kyle Sisco, Lakeside carried an 11-3 lead into the final inning.

“We were trying to teach them to be aggressive (on the base paths),” Lakeside head coach John LeBeau said. “But it’s tricky. You can get yourself in trouble. There’s a lot of reads, but they did a good job. We’ll take every run we can get.”

Woodcreek mounted a comeback in the sixth. Jack Klein scored on an error and Mitchell Hirata smacked a three-run homer to pull within four. But Lakeside’s Collin Stanaway managed to close it out.

“These guys battled to the last pitch,” Woodcreek coach Mike Baron said. “They had disciplined at-bats. We put the bat on the ball, and Mitchell Hirata put the bat on the ball, and that gave us a shot in the arm, and we made a run at them.”

Roseville’s scoreboard looked like a football game from the start, as Jared Tavares led off the game with a solo bomb, and Roseville scored 10 runs in the first. Tavares added a two-run homer in the second.

“I like that they came out in the first inning banging the ball,” Roseville coach Andy Sachs said. “You come into the first game and you don’t know what to expect, so I like that they came out and banged the ball the whole game.”