One bad inning dooms Lakeside 11-year-olds in Section 4 opener
Sometimes, one bad inning is all it takes to lose control of a game.
Lakeside Little League’s 11-year-old all-stars found out the hard way, losing to Tri-City 9-2 in its opening game of the Section 4 Tournament on Sunday at Mahany Park.
Tri-City scored nine runs in the first inning and dropped Lakeside into the losers’ bracket for the first time this postseason.
Lakeside didn’t lose in the District 54 tournament until the first championship game. As the unbeaten team at the time, Lakeside defeated Woodcreek in the deciding game.
With the early loss to Tri-City, Lakeside now will have to win four games in four days to win the tournament, starting with a 5 p.m. tilt against Land Park on Monday.
Justin Radler allowed nine runs on three hits, all with no outs. Lakeside reliever Garrett Olson pitched three hitless innings, and Jack Stinson finished with a hitless inning.
Tri-City’s last hit of the day was a three-run home run in the first. Three errors also helped Tri-City.
“I felt the pressure,” Olson said. “I just didn’t want to give up runs. That was the only thing I was feeling. My teammates told me to keep pitching like I was and to not think about the strikeout; just keep getting outs.”
Lakeside’s Will Nogrady scored on an error in the bottom of the first, and Zach Voelker had an RBI single in the fifth.
“We hadn’t played since last Sunday, and that pitcher was throwing harder than we’ve seen so far, so we were a little scared at the plate I think,” Voelker said.