ARCADIA — The Lake Placid All-Stars suffered their first loss in the Dixie Youth AAA/Minor State Tournament on Sunday to a talented Spring Hill American squad.
Lake Placid put up a good fight but fell by a score of 9-3 to the host team.
“This game will make you humble,” said Lake Placid AAA coach Mike Warner. “You win some you lose some. It’s baseball. Keep your chin up, dust off, and play again tomorrow.”
Lake Placid played Marianna in an elimination game on Monday night. Results from the game were not available at press time.
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Lake Placid started the 10-team, double-elimination tournament on a positive note by edging South Lake by a score of 7-6 on Saturday.
Sunday’s game was tied heading into the final inning before Spring Hill American bunched some hits together and Lake Placid made some uncharacteristic errors to fuel the six-run inning.
“What a difference a day makes,” coach Warner said. “It was right there, a tied ball game going into the sixth. We made a few errors and things happened that cost us the game.”
Lake Placid started the game out rocky when Holden Martin hit the first batter. Spring Hill had a runner on first who eventually scored on a wild pitch for a 1-0 lead.
After a couple of walks, Joey Warner came on in relief of Martin and shut down the potent Spring Hill American attack for the next three innings.
In the bottom of the first Lake Placid bounced right back as Martin singled, Warner walked and Chase Grigsby lined a shot into right-center field for an RBI single to tie the game at 1.
Spring Hill answered in the top of the third inning as Caden Bergantino walked, Riley Cullum singled and Bergantino raced home on a wild pitch to make it 2-1.
Spring Hill increased its lead in the top of the fourth inning as Izzy LaRoche singled, moved to second base on a wild pitch, advanced to third on a single by Quinton Hotop and scored on a sacrifice bunt to make it 3-1.
It was not until the bottom of the fifth that Lake Placid rallied. Martin singled, Warner doubled and Daley came through with a run-scoring hit.
Grigsby laced a single to right field to score Warner to tie the game at 3 heading to the last inning.
Spring Hill took advantage of some Lake Placid errors in the top of the sixth inning to take control of the game against an overheated Daley.
Lake Placid tried to rally in its last at-bat with a couple of hits, but the Spring Hill hurlers settled down to seal the victory.
The All-Stars from Lake Placid had to regroup in a hurry with a game on Monday against Marianna.
“They will be ready,” coach Warner said. “Kids have short term memories they just want to play ball. I believe they will be ready for the task at hand.”