Lakeside defeats Folsom National with walk-off hit

By: Matt Long/Gold Country Media Services
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Following a 13-12 barnburner matchup between Woodcreek and El Dorado Hills at Mitchell Field on Monday night, 10-11-year-old all-stars from Folsom National and Lakeside played a low-scoring, close-to-the-vest game with Lakeside walking away as 3-2 winners. The winning run scored in the bottom of the sixth inning on a hit off the bat of RJ Dumke, which put Lakeside in the second-round winner?s bracket where they will face Woodcreek at 7 p.m. on Thursday. Folsom National, meanwhile, will play El Dorado Hills at 7 p.m. Tuesday with the loser being eliminated from the tournament. While eight runs in the first inning by El Dorado Hills wasn?t enough to beat Woodcreek, two runs in the first inning by Lakeside played a big role in their win in the low-scoring game. Grant Gini got things started with a leadoff single off of Jason Wiese, who pitched a magnificent game in defeat for Folsom National. Will Nogrady followed with a bunt single and a wild pitch moved both runners up. Zach Voelker followed with a ground out to shortstop, but an errant throw home allowed Gini and Nogrady to score. Folsom National quickly got one run back in the top of the second. With one out Tommy Barkey singled and reached third on a two-base error. Connor O?Brien then grounded out to short to score Barkey and the lead was cut to one, 2-1. Wiese pitched out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the third inning, while Voelker and relief pitcher Dumke kept Folsom?s bats quiet until the fifth. With Nick Neuschmid on second with two outs and Cameron Trumbull at the plate, Dumke uncorked a wild pitch that Nogrady couldn?t find and Neuschmid raced all the way from second to score the tying run. That set up the dramatic finish in the sixth inning. Jack Stinson hit a fly ball to center that Barkey nearly came up with on a diving attempt, only to have the ball tip off his glove in center field. Gini followed with a slow ground ball that might have bounced foul, but Folsom National?s third baseman Sam Broff picked it up and had no play at first and Lakeside had two runners on base. Nogrady followed with a sacrifice bunt and Voelker was given an intentional walk, loading the bases with one out for Dumke, whose slow roller wasn?t fielded cleanly, allowing Gini to score the winning run. ?To hang with a good, solid team like Lakeside is an achievement for us because Lakeside makes it this far every year,? Folsom manager Mike Wiese said. ?I?m proud at how well we played. The boys played a good, tight game and we just needed to make a few more plays.? Lakeside manager Jim Radler added, ?Our pitchers threw an outstanding game. Voelker got 11 outs on 50 pitches which is fantastic and Dumke was lights out. He threw the best that I?ve seen him throw all year. Give Folsom National credit, though. Their pitcher pitched a fantastic game and did a good job keeping us off-balance by disrupting our timing.? Radler knows his next opponent will be tough to beat. ?We faced Woodcreek in the first game of the tournament and they beat us 7-6 with a walk-off hit,? Radler said. ?Neither team played their best in that game, but I anticipate a well-played game this time around.?