SPRING HILL — After an eventful and rain-filled five days, the Lake Placid All-Stars run through the Dixie Youth Ozone State Tournament came to an end on Wednesday night in Spring Hill.
Lake Placid battled all the way to the end before winding up on the short end of a 10-7 decision to a talented and well-rested Spring Hill American squad.
Lake Placid finished third in the state.
“I’m proud of the boys for how hard they played,” said Lake Placid Ozone coach Tracy Carpenter. “It was tough on the kids and coaches being at the ballpark all day waiting to play and having to sit around for hours.”
Spring Hill, the host team in the six-team, double-elimination tournament, jumped in front of Lake Placid in the early part of the game.
In the first inning, Spring Hill’s Jake Rice had an RBI hit to score Johnny McMath and Luis Ortiz plated Rice with a run-scoring hit for a 2-0 lead.
Lake Placid tallied a run in the bottom of the frame on a Layton Harrison single which scored Wyatt Moore to trim their deficit to 2-1.
Spring Hill kept the pressure on by scoring two runs in the second inning for a 4-1 lead.
Lake Placid had excellent scoring chances in the third and fourth innings go by the board when they loaded the bases but couldn’t score.
Spring Hill added four runs in the third inning to take a commanding 8-1 lead.
Lake Placid finally got its offense untracked and scored in the fifth inning when Moore slapped an RBI single and Patrick Hely plated a run with a base hit.
Spring Hill scored in the fifth inning on a solo home run by Chase Davis.
Lake Placid, down to its last three outs, battled back one more time by scoring three runs on a Royston Daley home run.
But the Spring Hill pitcher bore down to get the last out to end the game.
“We played hard and just made too many errors,” coach Carpenter said. “I’m glad the boys had fun and kept there heads held high and they showed great sportsmanship.”