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Seven-run third helps Lakeside 9/10s hold off Folsom National

FNLL late rally falls short
By: Kurt Johnson, The Press Tribune
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The youngest group of all-stars from Lakeside and Folsom National Little Leagues put on a good show Tuesday evening at Folsom’s Mann Park in the pool play round at the District 54 9/10-year-old all-star tournament. The bats were moving, with first-pitch contact a common site during Lakeside’s 9-6 win. Starting pitcher Brett Walston was strong for Lakeside, as he kept Folsom National at bay while his team built a nine-run lead, primarily on the back of a seven-run third inning. Walston struck out seven and issued no walks in four innings of work, and the only run he did allow was unearned, as Dylan Crane reached on an error to open the fourth, and then scored Folsom’s first run on the last of three consecutive singles. “Our starting pitching continues to lead the way,” said Lakeside manager Steve Dailey. “Brett Walston was outstanding, getting through four innings in only 57 pitches and not walking a batter.” Max Voelker singled to open the Lakeside half of the first, and then scored on a two-out double by Jacob Baranowski to get his team started. Folsom National recorded those first two outs on great running catches by Keyen Stanfield in center and Cole Wilson in left field, or the damage could have been much worse. A Drew Briare double and a Devin McDonald base hit added a second Lakeside run in the home half of the second, and then the floodgates opened. Three Folsom National errors contributed to the seven-run third, but most of the damage was done by five Lakeside knocks. “Our kids also came out much more aggressive at the plate,” Dailey said. “The first-game tournament jitters seem to be behind us.” Back-to-back two-baggers by Alex Dailey and Baranowski opened the stanza, while Briare, McDonald and Blake Peterson all banged singles in the third. While Tyler Jacobs and Dylan Crane came out of the Folsom bullpen to quiet the Lakeside bats in the fourth and fifth, Collin Stanaway took over on the Lakeside bump and pitched a scoreless fifth of his own, but he got into trouble in the sixth, allowing Folsom National to make the contest interesting in the end. Trevor Darrow singled to open up the top of the sixth, and after a strikeout, three of the next four hitters drew walks. The batter who did not receive a free pass was Bryce Mendenhall, who singled, leaving Folsom with the bags juiced, one out, and two runs in to close the gap to 9-3. McDonald came on to put out the fire, and after fanning the first hitter he faced for the second out, he saw Crane rip a bases-clearing double to pull Folsom National within three at 9-6. He would remain at second base while Walston ran down a foul pop-up from his third base position to retire the side and end the game. “Folsom's five-run rally in the sixth made things a little dicey, but a win is a win,” Dailey said. “It enabled us to clinch a spot in next week's double-elimination round.” The loss leaves Folsom National (0-2 in Pool B), one of the unluckiest teams in the draw as their two games have come against traditional powerhouses in Lakeside and Woodcreek, to play out the string Wednesday night against El Dorado Hills South (0-2) as Lakeside and Woodcreek have locked up the Pool B tickets to the six-team double-elimination finals. Crane had two hits and the three RBIs to lead the Folsom offense, with help from Andrew Romero and Darrow, who each had a pair of hits. McDonald banged three hits to pace Lakeside’s 10-hit onslaught, and Briare and Baranowski each had two knocks. Lakeside’s pool-play-ending game against Woodcreek at 7:30 p.m. Thursday night is now just a momentum and preparation game as both teams are 2-0 in the group and already know they will move on. “We're thrilled for our kids,” Dailey said. “We've reached our first goal and look forward to playing the impressive Woodcreek squad on Thursday to finish out pool play. Woodcreek has also clinched a spot in the double-elimination round so it will be a good preview of things to come for our team.”