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Lake View Legends capture third title

CHAMPS — The Lake View Legends 10-and-under team captured its third title of the season. The team includes, from left, first row: Mark Lanning, Ian Monaco (bat boy) and Jacob Donaldson. Second row: Declan Wyman, Russell Donaldson and Sean Dlugosz. Third row: Dan Dlugosz, Jacob Kleese, Alex Monaco, Cal Tomaka, Alex Dzimian, Pierce Drake and Kyle Jarosz. Coaches are Brian Lanning, Dave Dlugosz and Ron Donaldson.
The Lake View Legends 10-and-under team continued their successful season by racking up their third tournament championship of the year recently at the Evans Tournament. The team went a perfect 5-0 and outscored its opposition 59-15 for the weekend, finishing it off in the final with a win over West Seneca in a tournament championship game rematch of a few weeks back.

The Legends opened the tournament with a victory over Eden. Clutch hits from Russell Donaldson, Dan Dlugosz and Pierce Drake blew open a close game in the final innings. The pitching staff of Alex Monaco, Alex Dzimian and Dlugosz kept the tough Eden hitters in check for most of the game. Mark Lanning and Declan Wyman each scored twice and made solid plays defensively to lead their team to the win.

The Legends batted around in the fifth inning to run away from North Buffalo in Game Two. The Legends jumped out to an early lead—Jacob Donaldson scored on an RBI double by Sean Dlugosz, and then consecutive two-out hits off the wall by Dan Dlugosz and Alex Monaco increased the lead to 3-0 before North Buffalo even had a chance to bat.

With the score 5-1 in the fifth, the Legends’ Kyle Jarosz led off that inning with a single and the rest of his team followed his lead. Offensively, Sean Dlugosz was 3 for 3 with a double, triple and three runs and Dan Dlugosz was 3 for 3 with two doubles and a pair of runs, while Monaco finished 2 for 2 with a triple and three RBI. Lake View’s starting pitcher Dan Dlugosz threw four innings of two-hit ball, while striking out seven.

Picking up where they left off in the previous game, Lake View scored early and often cruising to a 17-1 win over Aurora. Alex Dzimian led the hit parade with two hits, including a home run, while Sean Dlugosz added three more hits and two hits each came from Jacob Donaldson, Mark Lanning (including a triple), Dan Dlugosz (two triples) and Alex Monaco. With that impressive win, Lake View earned the top-seed for the elimination round.

Down one run in the semifinal, the Legends erupted for seven runs in the fifth and never gave the lead back. Declan Wyman singled to lead off the inning and scored on a Russell Donaldson triple. The Legends had six consecutive batters reach base and the inning was capped off with a Jacob Kleese home run. With the Spartans’ offense starting to come to life, Sean Dlugosz came in to face the heart of their order and quickly grabbed the momentum back for Lake View. He struck out the first five batters he faced and kept them off the scoreboard.

In the final, West Seneca jumped out to a three-run lead, and as in the last time they played, the Legends loaded the bases twice but could only plate one run. Lake View preserved behind run-preventing defensive stops by Mark Lanning, Cal Tomaka and Dan Dlugosz, who kept the deficit manageable. Lake View took the game from WS in the fifth as Kyle Jarosz was the first of eight consecutive hitters to reach base and score during that eruption. The dagger came off the bat of Jacob Donaldson with his bases-clearing triple. Consecutive singles followed by Lanning and Sean Dlugosz, and then a two-run triple by Alex Dzimian sealed the deal for Lake View. Alex Monaco slammed the door on West Seneca in its last at bat of the game.

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