SPRING HILL — The Lake Placid All-Stars made sure they played at least one more game by edging West Volusia by a score of 11-10 in the Dixie Youth Ozone State Tournament on Monday night in Spring Hill.
The hard-fought victory moved Lake Placid into an elimination game on Tuesday night against the winner of Monday night’s contest between Spring Hill America and West Seminole.
Lake Placid started the six-team, double-elimination tournament with a tough 6-5 loss to a scrappy South Lake squad in Saturday’s opening day action.
After a bye on Sunday, the Lake Placid All-Stars came out focused and ready to play in Monday night’s game against West Volusia.
Lake Placid came out swinging in the top of the first inning as Wyatt Moore and Cody Carpenter walked, advanced into scoring position on a ground out and scored on a single by Royston Daley.
Niquan Allen followed with a double to plate Daley for a 3-0 lead.
West Volusia was able to get on the scoreboard in the bottom of the frame on a solo home run by Zeik Anderson to trim its deficit to 3-1.
Lake Placid went back to work in the top of the third inning as Patrick Hely laced a run-scoring single brining in Jace Johnston, and Carpenter scored when Allen worked a walk with the bases loaded to force in another run to make it 5-1.
Lake Placid’s Daley was stellar on the mound and the hard-throwing, right-hander held the potent West Volusia offense in check for the first five innings.
Lake Placid extended its lead in the top of the fourth inning as Johnston and Carpenter walked, moved up on a wild pitch and scampered home on a single by Daley.
Hely belted a two-run homer to cap the explosion.
The Lake Placid hit parade continued in the top of the fifth inning as Allen and Jackson Griffin walked and a double steal moved the runners into scoring position. Allen scored on a wild pitch and Johnston stroked a single to plate Griffin to give the boys in green a commanding lead.
West Volusia showed great character by battling back by putting up eight runs in the bottom of the inning, including a home run to pull within 11-9.
Lake Placid went quietly in the top of the sixth inning and West Volusia came to bat needing two runs to tie and three to stay alive in the tournament for ages 11-12.
West Volusia made things interesting by putting together several hits to score a run, but the last hitter was retired with men on base to sew up the exciting victory.
Daley was selected as the MVP of the game for his outstanding performance on the mound.