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Lakeside tops Maidu to claim District 54 Major all-star championship

By: Brett Ransford/Roseville Press Tribune Correspondent
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He didn’t get the no-hitter, but Kenny LeBeau’s complete game awarded the Lakeside Major all-stars the Little League District 54 championship in a 6-3 win over Maidu on Saturday at Feist Park.

LeBeau’s quality start ensured Lakeside’s undefeated record in its third and final game in the double-elimination portion of the tournament. Lakeside was in control for five innings but had to deal with a Maidu comeback in the top of the sixth.

After issuing a walk in the first inning, LeBeau retired the next 16 batters. The streak included seven strikeouts and left him one out from sending Lakeside to the Section 4 tournament.

Ethan Collins, Maidu’s winning pitcher Friday, broke up LeBeau’s no-hit bid with a single and began a three-hit, three-run sixth.

LeBeau, however, wasn’t shaken. He allowed two runs on a back-to-back single and double by Maidu starter Justin Salisbury and Douglass Mitchell, making it 6-3 with a runner on second and two outs. LeBeau then recorded the final groundout.

“I was looking at the scoreboard with two outs; I got so anxious. I just couldn’t finish it,” LeBeau said. “Just staying loose — we’re loose at practice and at games. We just don’t get tense. Not even with those last two outs was I worried.”

A three-run homer by Brandon Chinnapongse put Lakeside up in the first inning.