Lakeside Major stars play long ball with Pondo

By: Staff Report
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It was a slow start and a fast finish for the Major division all-stars from Lakeside Little League Monday night on their home field at Feist Park. After generating no offense for the first two frames, Lakeside scored 10 times in the final two to put away Ponderosa by way of the 10-run mercy rule, 11-1 after five innings. Ryan Brown, Tyler Farr, Darren Nelson and Jack Sutch each took a turn on the bump for Lakeside, as it preserved pitching for another game at the District 54 all-star tournament Tuesday night. It was Ryan Ingersoll that ignited the offense with a solo home run to lead off the third inning that tied the contest at 1-1. Big hits from Garrett Walker and Nick Dumke were part of a six-run fourth, but the big blow was a grand slam home run off the bat of Nelson. Kevin Baranowski and Jack Sutch closed out the barrage with long balls in the fifth as Lakeside opened up a big enough lead to close out Ponderosa a bit early. "After four games we can see our team playing better as a unit," said Lakeside assistant Rich Sutch. "Our pitching seems to be getting better and the defense has tightened up, thus giving our pitchers a little margin for error that was not available the first few games. Most impressively as a team is the quality of our hitters one through twelve. No easy outs." Lakeside was back out at Feist Tuesday night to take on Maidu, who had a first round bye in the double-elimination portion of the tournament. "We need to keep the pressure on other team’s pitchers," Sutch said. "To win district we need to continue to put runs on the board, get quality innings from all of our pitchers and make plays. We know we can compete, now we will see if we can win."