Pictured are the Lake View Legends after winning the Eden Tournament, from left, first row: Declan Wyman, Kyle Jarosz, Sean Dlugosz, Mark Lanning and Russell Donaldson. Second row: Dan Dlugosz, Jacob Donaldson, Jacob Kleese, Alex Dzimian, Pierce Drake, Cal Tomaka and Alex Monaco. Third row: coaches’ Brian Lanning, Dave Dlugosz and Ron Donaldson.
The Lake View Legends 10U team captured the Eden Tournament crown this past weekend, going 4-1 along the way. The Legends lost the first game, 3-2 to Hamburg, but then ran the table from there.
In a game two win over Evans, the offense exploded for 13 runs—Jacob Donaldson, Mark Lanning and Sean Dlugosz combined for six hits and eight runs. Jacob Kleese went 3 for 3 with 3 RBI. Game three was a battle from the start, as Lake View jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead in the first inning—capped off by Cal Tomaka’s two-run, two-out single, but had to hang on for a 4-3 victory. Alex Dzimain, Kleese, and Sean and Dan Dlugoszs were able to get the key outs when needed against the host Eden bats. A top seed for the Championship round, the Legends jumped to a 4-0 lead and never let up. Kyle Jarosz, Russell Donaldson, Pierce Drake, and Declan Wyman all chipped in with key hits for Lake View. They cruised to a 10-0 victory, setting up a rematch with Hamburg for the title.
In the championship game, the tone was set on the first pitch when shortstop Sean Dlugosz snagged a liner destined for the outfield. Lake View built off that defensive gem and their leadoff hitter, Jacob Donaldson, walked and came in to score on a Dzimian single to give the Legends a quick 1-0 lead. Starting pitcher Dan Dlugosz helped his own cause with a shot driving in Dzimian. Leading 2-0, Lake View’s defense and pitching recorded four quick shutout innings. Jacob Donaldson hit a bomb to the gap for a stand-up triple leading off the fourth, and scored what proved to be the deciding run on Sean Dlugosz’s game-winning RBI.
Down by three in the fifth, Hamburg rallied for two runs and thought they had the tying run, but catcher Mark Lanning tagged the runner inches before he crossed the plate. Dan Dlugosz came in to get the last two outs of that inning—stranding a runner at second, before handing the ball to Alex Monaco who nailed down the save with a masterful 1-2-3 last inning. Leading a dominant staff, Dan Dlugosz earned Pitcher of the Tournament honors after not allowing a single run the entire weekend, while striking out 17 batters in the process. His brother, Sean, threw six solid innings and struck out nine The staff was helped by a defense that committed only one error in five game. Jacob Donaldson was a sparkplug leading off as he scored nine times during the weekend. Jacob Kleese led the team with seven hits.
In Lakeview House League Pee Wee Division play, Once Upon a Child Orioles and LV VFire Association Giants tied 5-5. Noah Cervoni was the Player of the Game for the Orioles with two putouts and two runs scored. The Giants were led by Cameron Feeney who made a fine play in the field and scored a critical run.