Lakeside win sets 10/11 tourney final four

Maidu, Roseville West, Woodcreek also still alive
By: Kurt Johnson, The Press Tribune
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With Lakeside’s 9-3 win over Folsom American on Monday night, the team from Granite Bay firmed up the final four in the Little League District 54 10/11-year-old all-star tournament, sealing Maidu’s place in the finals to join Lakeside, Roseville West and Woodcreek. Home runs by Jack Sutch and Nick Dumke, and solid pitching from Darren Nelson carried Lakeside Monday night, but it was far from easy. Folsom American took a 2-1 lead in the first, and stayed within a couple of runs until a four-run Lakeside sixth put the game away. "We didn't have our usual spring to our step in the early innings," said Lakeside manager Gary Brown, "but as the game progressed and our bats started to come alive, we began playing the type of ball the boys expect from themselves." Lakeside scored in the top of the first, with singles by Charlie Tooley and Dumke providing critical offense. A pair of walks in the home half of the innings allowed Folsom American’s Josh Winkler to chase home a pair with a single, which gave his club the early advantage. That 2-1 margin held through the second, when Lakeside leadoff man Ryan Ingersall banged an inning-opening two-bagger and scored on an error. Tooley also scored a run in the stanza on a Dumke knock. The two-run blast off the scoreboard off the bat of Sutch increased the lead to four runs in the fourth, but Folsom answered with a single tally to keep the contest within reach until Lakeside plated four in the top of the sixth to put things away. Mistakes on infield ground balls set the table in the sixth, and then Dumke closed in style with a two-run long ball. Dumke had four hits to lead Lakeside, and Ingersall added two along with some solid defense up the middle of the Lakeside diamond. With the pool play games now played and the dust cleared; bracket play began Tuesday with Maidu facing Woodcreek and Lakeside battling Roseville West. The double-elimination final round will play out with those four teams deciding which of them will win a district title. “Since this is the first time District 54 has gone to the pool play format, it appears that the best teams have emerged from each pool,” said Woodcreek manager Mike Watari. The pool play did determine the best four teams,” Brown said. We expect competitive, close games the rest of the way. This week should provide some top-flight 10- and 11-year-old baseball. If you look at the skill sets of the remaining teams, everyone should be proud of the brand of local baseball.” One year ago, it was Lakeside and Woodcreek in the district 9/10 final, and those two teams are unbeaten so far this year, but Maidu and Roseville West will be tough outs. “We look forward to the challenge,” said Maidu manager Brian Alvarez about facing Woodcreek. “They are always a good team and if we want to play out of District 54 bracket we were going to need to play them sooner of later.” Tuesday night features two outstanding matchups on the side-by-side fields at Feist Park, with Maidu and Woodcreek on one field, while Lakeside and Roseville West do battle on the other. “We are very impressed with West Roseville,” Brown said. “Both their righty and lefty starters have great stuff. They will be everything we can handle. In fact, except for the one game against a very talented Woodcreek team, West Roseville has played better than anyone else we have watched.”