Lakeside Dodgers score early, hold off EDH North

By: Galen Kusic, Special to The Press Tribune
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The Lakeside Dodgers of Granite Bay got out to an early lead and never looked back Saturday night as they defeated the El Dorado Hills North A Dodgers 9-4 in Little League District 54 major division Tournament of Champions action at Kuntz Field in Folsom. Lakeside scored six runs in the first and batted around as El Dorado committed two critical errors on routine would-be line drive outs in the infield. Lakeside collected four hits and two walks as El Dorado Hills' starter Jake Hathaway was knocked out after 33 pitches and replaced by Kevin Kassis. The major damage was done on a double down the right field line by Friday night's hero, Kyle Garbaugh - scoring Chris Tooley and Nick Frank. "I just say to myself, I'm going to hit this," said Garbaugh who collected the game-winning hit in Friday night's 1-0 win. "We're just going to go and keep playing how we've been playing." Lakeside continued its barrage at the plate in the third when Garret Walker led off with a walk and Jack Sutch brought him home with a double. Frank came to the plate with two out and drove a high, outside pitch deep over the right-center fence for a two run-blast, putting the Dodgers up 9-0. The Lakeside pitching was solid as well as Sutch started the game but was replaced after one inning of work by Ryan Brown. Brown didn't allow a run until the fourth when a walk to Matthew Wiefels set up an RBI single for James Lanham. In the fifth, El Dorado Hills got a rally going when Austin Vail smacked a solo line-drive home run over the left field fence. After a single from Matt Addleman and a walk from Quinn Lambert, Luke Johnson drove them both home with a sharp single to right, making it 9-4 Lakeside. Lakeside mounted another rally in the bottom of the fifth after a walk and single, but Walker was thrown out at home on an excellent relay from El Dorado Hills. In El Dorado Hills' last chance at the plate, Brown retired the side in order to seal the victory for Lakeside and move on to the semifinals of the TOC tournament. Brown gave up four runs on five hits and four walks, while striking out two in 74 pitches. "I think when I was hitting I struck out on a really bad pitch - I got mad and started to come back at them," said Brown, referring to coming back strong to close out the game in the sixth. "We're just going to keep on playing how we do, and hopefully we'll win." Lakeside will play in the semifinal game against another team of Dodgers, the powerhouse champions of Woodcreek Little League, at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Kuntz Field.