Roseville West 9-10 all-stars nip Lakeside 16-15 in pool play opener
Having the last at-bat can make the difference in a game, and the Roseville West Little League 9/10 all-stars proved that Saturday at Richards Field in Roseville.
The District 54 9/10 All-Star tournament wrapped its first day with a matchup between Lakeside and Roseville West. Back and forth from the first inning, Lakeside rallied to take a 15-14 lead into the bottom of the sixth, but Richy Fobbs of Roseville West saved his team with a walk-off RBI to win it 16-15.
“I knew I had to beat it out because it was an infield hit, so once I hit first base and looked and saw that the first baseman didn’t catch it, I busted out even more,” Fobbs said.
A tough dig at first would have forced extra innings, but with the bases loaded and the tension thick, Roseville West benefitted from having the last swing.
“There were times when I was frustrated and I could tell the team was frustrated, but we battled back and we won,” Fobbs said.
Roseville West loaded the bases in five of six innings. It scored 10 runs with the bases juiced, four of which were on errors, including the winner.
“At the beginning, I said the first team to 13 was going to win,” Lakeside manager Tom Northam joked. “But hats off to both teams; they played fantastic.
They earned it at the end. Hopefully, we come back and not make as many mistakes but go out and keep hitting the ball.”
There were as many lead changes as innings with Lakeside taking a 1-0 lead in the first, only to go down 4-1 in the next half inning.
Bobby Gillespy drove in the go-ahead run in the top of the sixth, but Roseville West loaded the bases against Lakeside’s closer with a walk, double and hit batter just before Fobbs’ last at-bat.
Lakeside was led by Ty Peterson and Jake Northam, who drove in three runs each. Roseville West’s offense was led by Ryan Palmer and starting pitcher Jordyn Berry with three RBI apiece.
Roseville West used five pitchers. Lakeside used three with the bulk of work going to Peterson and Gillespy.
Roseville West then pounded Snowline 11-0 on Sunday and took a 2-0 pool-play record into a Tuesday game against Maidu. Lakeside plays Snowline on Tuesday.
In other games, El Dorado Hills pounded Ponderosa 18-0, and Gold Rush nipped Folsom National 12-11.