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Lake View Legends earn fourth title, winning in Orchard Park

LEGENDS TRIUMPHANT AGAIN — The Lake View Legends won the Orchard Park Warrior 10-and-under Tournament. The team includes, from left, first row: Mark Lanning, Ian Monaco (mascot) and Jacob Donaldson. Second row: Russell Donaldson, Sean Dlugosz, Declan Wyman and Kyle Jarosz. Third row: Dan Dlugosz, Cal Tomaka, Alex Monaco, Jacob Kleese, Alex Dzimian. Coaches are: Brain Lanning, Dave Dlugosz and Ron Donaldson. Missing from photo: Pierce Drake and Nick Schultz.
The winning season for the Lake View Legends 10-and-younger team continued the weekend of Aug. 1 – 4, as the athletes captured the Orchard Park Warrior Tournament. The team finished 5 – 1, during the four-day tournament, to pick up its fourth tournament championship of the year.

The Legends capped the tournament with an 8 – 1 win against hosts Orchard Park Warriors and continued a torrid stretch during their last 24 games, in which they are 21 – 3. Lake View also previously notched tournament titles in Eden, West Seneca and Evans.

Facing competition from all over Western New York, the Southern Tier and Canada, the Legends pitching staff of Alex Monaco, Dan Dlugosz and Sean Dlugosz guided the team’s title run.

The trio combined to hold their opposition to a total of nine runs, during six games. They struck out 48 batters, while issuing six walks, during the entire weekend. While the three may have been the most valuable players of the weekend, they had plenty of help from their teammates along the way.

The Legends won each of their first two games by 16 – 3 and 15 – 0, against Orchard Park Black and Stoney Creek Jays, respectively.

Lake View did most of its damage during one inning of the first game, scoring 11 times. Jacob Kleese and Cal Tomaka each scored twice, while Mark Lanning and Kyle Jarosz each notched two hits. In the second game, Dan Dlugosz and Alex Monaco combined to no-hit the visiting Jays. Dlugosz struck out eight of the nine batters he faced and Monaco closed the game to seal the no-hit victory.

During the third game against the Oilers of Olean, Lake View pulled out a 4 – 2 win. Sean Dlugosz got Lake View on the board in the first, as he worked a walk, moved to second on an Alex Dzimain single and then came around to score on Dan Dlugosz’s double.

Olean scored single runs in the second and fourth innings for a one-run lead. Facing an Olean pitcher’s fastball, Lake View rallied for three runs. Consecutive singles from Monaco and Kleese, followed by a walk to Tomaka, set the table for Kyle Jarosz, who delivered a two-run rocket to center field.

The last of the preliminary round games was another classic pitching performance from both sides, as Lake View edged the Spartans 1 – 0. Each team mustered four hits; the Legends’ came off the bats of Jacob Donaldson (two singles), Russell Donaldson and Nick Schultz. The Legends scored once in the first and it held up. Schultz made four putouts at second base to keep his team in it and earned player of the game honors, for that effort.

Looking to rebound from their loss, the Legends came from behind, to earn a 4 – 3 win against the Arcade Muckdogs, in the semifinal game. The Muckdogs jumped to a one-run lead in the top of the first and held that lead until the fourth, when the Legends bats came to life.

The Lake View rally was started with a lead-off double by Declan Wyman, which was followed by consecutive singles by Jacob Donaldson and Mark Lanning, to tie the score. Dan Dlugosz then turned on a 0 – 2 fastball and drilled it to the wall, to clear the bases for a two-out triple. He scored on an over-throw to third to cap the three-run outburst.

The win catapulted the Legends into the finals against the Orchard Park Warriors, where they then ran away with the win.

During Lake View’s first at-bat, Mark Lanning singled, for one of his team-leading seven hits for the weekend, stole second and came around to score on Dzimian’s two-out double. Base running by Wyman and Dzimian earned Lake View two more runs in the third and the Legends continued to score in each of the next two innings, as well.

As striking as the offense was, the game was in control, compliments of the three-headed pitching staff.

Alex Monaco, Sean Dlugosz and Dan Dlugosz held the Orchard Park hitters in check, for the entire game. Mixing fastballs with timely off-speed pitches, the trio forced Orchard Park’s hitters to hit 10 groundouts. The turning point of the game was in the bottom of the fourth. Lake View had a slim lead at the time, but O.P. had runners on second and third, with one out, and the heart of the lineup ready to pounce.

Sean Dlugosz wiggled out of the mess with two consecutive strikeouts, each time freezing the batters, and from there, Lake View pulled away.

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