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Win over Arizona makes Lakeside 2-0 in pool play

Frank tosses complete game
By: Kurt Johnson, The Press Tribune
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A quick start and another outstanding pitching performance carried the Lakeside Little League Major all-stars to their second win in as many days to open the Western Region tournament in San Bernardino. Nick Frank twirled a complete game and scattered six hits to lead his team to a 4-1 win in pool play Saturday inside Al Houghton Stadium. The win gives Lakeside a leg up in the standings as it moves to 2-0 and hands the all-stars from Arrowhead Little League in Glendale, Ariz. their first loss of the tourney. “Nick located the ball real well today,” said Lakeside manager Bill Rockefeller. “He hit his spots and did a great job keeping the ball down.” Frank fanned four, and got a lot of help from error-free defensive play as he kept the team from Arizona off the board except for a single tally in the fifth. That frame could have been more trying but for the game’s critical defensive play – turned in by right fielder Grant Powers. With Lakeside carrying a 4-0 advantage into the home half of the fifth, the Arizona leadoff batter raked a ball off the barrier in the right-field corner. His attempt to reach second base with an inning-opening double ended badly as Powers dug the ball out of the corner and gunned the runner down at second base with a few feet to spare. “That was a great play,” Rockefeller said. “Grant picked that ball out of the corner and threw a pea to Mitch Hart at second base for the out.” Hitting at the top of the Lakeside order, Frank also ignited his own team’s offense which took a little while to get going in Friday’s opener. In this contest, Frank singled to open the game and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Powers. The all-stars from Granite Bay/Loomis added another run in the first when a Zach Hall knock chased home Hart, who had reached on a fielder’s choice. Hart and Powers were in the middle of it again in the third, after Hart was aboard on a free pass before scoring on a Powers single. Lakeside scored its final run in the top of the fourth as Matt McCord reached on a error and then scored on a Billy Rockefeller double. “We hit the ball well today,” Rockefeller said. “We should actually have had more runs, but we ran ourselves out of some things on the bases. We’re still working on things down here.” Hall delivered another two-hit game with a double and a single to pace the Lakeside attack. Lakeside has Sunday off before returning to pool play at 4:30 p.m. Monday against the team from Utah, Cedar City American Little League. The Utah squad lost its opener 27-1 Friday as it took a pounding from the Southern California team. Lakeside concludes pool play at 12:30 p.m. against Hawaii. The top four teams out of the six-team pool advance to semifinal round bracket play Friday night, and the championship will be determined next Sunday evening. Lakeside currently leads the way with its 2-0 mark, with four teams yet to play a second game in the tournament. Western Regional standings: Lakeside Little League (Northern California) 2-0 Park View, Chula Vista (Southern California) 1-0 Arrowhead, Glendale (Arizona) 1-1 Central East Maui, Wailuku (Hawaii) 0-1 Legacy, Henderson (Nevada) 0-1 Cedar City American (Utah) 0-1