Lakeside tops Woodcreek for Junior TOC crown

By: Bill Poindexter/Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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FOLSOM — Nirvan Sorooshian wrapped the Little League District 54 Junior Tournament of Champions banner around his waist. Then, he wore it over his head.

“I was just super excited that we won,” Sorooshian said after Lakeside defeated Woodcreek 8-2 in the title game for 13- and 14-year-olds Thursday night at Lembi Park. “It’s pretty much our defense that got us the win, and our hitting has been really good the whole tournament.”

True on both counts. Lakeside scored 50 runs in four tournament victories — 23-1 over Folsom National, 12-2 over Ponderosa and 7-6 over El Dorado Hills in the semifinals.

In the championship game, Lakeside pitchers Drew Kindelt and Ethan Wong combined for one strikeout. Lakeside’s defense made the other 20 plays without an error.

“All facets of the game: hitting, pitching, defense,” Lakeside coach Rob Rocha said. “Our hitting was unbelievable. Every pitcher that came in pitched very well. We just peaked at the right time.”

Lakeside built a 4-0 lead with two runs in the top of the first inning, one in the second and one in the fourth, the last on Alex Baldonado’s double and a run-scoring groundout by Kindelt. Baldonado had two hits and scored two runs. Arman Mizani also had two hits.

Lakeside pulled away with a three-run seventh. Wong singled, Parker Matheson reached on one of Woodcreek’s four errors, and Alex Rocha roped his second hit of the game, an RBI single. Kindelt followed with a run-scoring hit.

Woodcreek scored in the last of the fifth on Brandon Consuelo’s hit and scored in the seventh on Kyler Powell’s fielder’s choice, a double by Consuelo and a run-scoring single by Mitchell Houston before Wong struck out the last two batters.

“We showed up for the first game. We won that, and the second game. We kinda kept winning, and we were on a roll, and it just kinda carried all the way through,” Rob Rocha said. “It was just a dream season for us. I couldn’t be happier for the kids. We improved tremendously throughout the season.”