Lakeside moves to head of class in District 54 Major all-stars
A week ago, Lakeside Little League’s Major all-star team was a loss away from elimination in pool play of the District 54 tournament.
Today, Lakeside is one win away from claiming the championship.
Lakeside hammered Maidu pitching, took advantage of errors and pulled away to an 11-2 victory in the winners’ bracket final Thursday at Feist Park.
Maidu plays Ponderosa on Friday for the right to meet Lakeside in Saturday’s championship. Both games begin at 5:30 p.m.
“Fantastic. It’s just a great relief, but we haven’t done anything yet,” Lakeside manager John LeBeau said.
Maidu was destroying everyone in its path, and Justin Salisbury crushed a two-run homer in the bottom of the first inning to draw first blood on Lakeside’s turf.
But if this were a 12-round boxing match, Lakeside convincingly won the final 11 rounds.
Lakeside answered Salisbury’s bomb by scoring three runs in the top of the second. Blake Peterson’s RBI double and a wild pitch gave Lakeside a 5-2 lead in the third.
Jade Foddrill didn’t pitch one of the more dominating complete games in recent memory, but Lakeside’s defense was spectacular behind him.
Shortstop Kenny LeBeau started a 6-4-3 double play in the last of the third, then gloved a hard-hit grounder for the final out.
Maidu had two on and none out in the fourth when its runner at second was caught too far off the bag. A strikeout and grounder to second ended the inning.
“We came out flat,” Maidu manager Mike Foglia said. “This was not the team I’ve seen the last five games.”
LeBeau, Foddrill and Collin Stanaway had run-scoring hits in a five-run sixth, and Dante Tafoya delivered the coup de grace with a two-run homer to left.
Lakeside’s defense finished the job with center fielder Jon Rogers catching a high fly at the fence and first baseman Kyle Sisco possessing the knowledge to take a throw up the line and step into foul territory and away from a potential collision.
“They put something in those lefties,” LeBeau said of Sisco. “They figure things out over there much faster.”