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All-Stars start strong

— The Lake Placid and Sebring All-Stars proved they would be a force to be reckoned with by winning their opening games in the Dixie Youth AAA/Minor State Tournament on Saturday in Arcadia.

Lake Placid edged South Lake by a score of 7-6, while Sebring blasted Marianna by a score of 14-4.

“It was a wonderful game,” said Lake Placid AAA head coach Mike Warner. “It was a hard-fought battle by both sides. South Lake was a great team, they wouldn’t go away easy, we knew that coming in. My boys fought hard all the way until the end.”

Lake Placid played Spring Hill American on Sunday, while Sebring faced West Volusia. Results were not available at press time.

For the complete story and photos, be sure to read Tuesday’s Highlands Today sports section.

Lake Placid’s offense got rolling in the bottom of the second inning as James Swaford walked. Holden Martin was hit by a pitch, Elijah Daley singled and Swaford raced home on a wild pitch to make it 1-0.

In the bottom of the third, Swaford walked, Martin reached on an error and Joey Warner followed with a home run over the right-center field fence.

Daley singled, Chase Rykaceski hit a looper to left field for a single and Walker Holmes ripped a double to plate Daley for a commanding 5-0 lead.

“We capitalized when Joey hit that big three-run homer,” said Coach Warner.

South Lake finally got on the board in the top of the fourth inning. Logan Peterson hit a ground ball past the third baseman into left field for a single. Peterson took second, third and eventually home on wild pitches. Dawson Clark walked and was driven in when Tyler Azcano plated him with an RBI single to center field to make it 5-2.

South Lake’s offense went back to work in the fifth inning. Nick Self walked, advanced to second base on a wild pitch and Nate Williams put down a sacrifice bunt to advance Self to third.

Grayson Bishop singled in Self and Lake Placid pitcher Chase Grigsby walked two players to load the bases.

Lake Placid brought Holmes on in relief and Jacob Collier singled in Peterson to tie the game at 5.

The All-Stars from Lake Placid answered in the bottom of the fifth inning as Rykaceski singled and Holmes and Tyler Baker walked.

Damien Brown hit a pop-up between the pitcher and first base. There were four players standing there and no one called it or caught the ball.

The umpire called an infield fly so Brown was out, but he got the RBI when Rykaceski raced home to put Lake Placid back in the lead. Baker scored on a base hit to make it 7-5.

South Lake rallied in its last at-bat as Williams doubled down the first-base line and Bishop singled to plate Williams to make it 7-6.

Bishop attempted to steal second base but was thrown out to end the contest.

“Our pitching was outstanding because the boys hit their spots,” Coach Warner said. “It was hot outside and we gave everybody a couple innings work and they pitched real well.”

Sebring 14, Marianna 4

After being rained out on Saturday, the Sebring All-Stars took out their frustrations with a 14-4 rout of Marianna on Sunday.

Sebring took the early lead and never looked back in advancing in the winner’s bracket in the 10-team, double-elimination tournament.