Lakeland turned six timely hits into a 14-9 win over Carbondale in the opening round of the 9-10 Year Old District 32 Little League Tournament.


Lakeland turned six timely hits into a 14-9 win over Carbondale in the opening round of the 9-10 Year Old District 32 Little League Tournament.
In their second battle, Lakeland dominated Olyphant, 15-3 to put themsleves in a strong position to advance to the Double Elimination Round. Two more games remained in this Round Robin Round with the top two teams from the two divisions advancing to the next round.
Lakeland 14 Carbondale 9
The defending district champions produced the first four runs of the game in the second inning and last four runs of the contest in the final frame in turning back a Carbondale rally from an 9-1 deficit.
After a scoreless first inning, Lakeland drew four base on ball before Shane Novitsky slapped a two-out, three-run double over the third base bag for a 4-0 margin.
Shawn Connolly opened the home half of the frame with a walk before Keegan Durkin cracked a double and Mike Zazzera followed with an infield, RBI single to slice the gap to 4-1.
Lakeland quickly pushed the spread to 9-1 in the top of the third inning. Michael Clark opened the inning with a single. After Clark stole second base and Evan Tremback placed a perfect one-out bunt to put runners on the corners, Nick Berthoff drew a walk. After a force out at second pushed the count to 5-1, three walks and a Adam Reitzbach single gave Lakeland an eight-run lead.
Carbondale battled back to slice the gap to 9-4. Pat Durkin and Connolly slapped back-to-back two out singles before Keegan Durkin drew a walk, Noah Mauro produced a single and Darien Schiavone walked for the three-run rally.
In the home half of the fourth inning, Carbondale tied the battle at 9-9. Nick Vadella ripped a double to open the frame. After Marino DePalma worked a free pass, Stone Wormuth put down a perfect bunt to load the bases. Pat Durkin’s sacrifice fly plated Vadella. A Connolly walk and another Keegan Durkin capped the five-run rally for a 9-9 contest.
In the fifth inning, Lakeland took advantage of a pair of walks, a stolen base and an errant throw from the catcher back to the pitcher. Reitzbach darted home when the throw after a pitch sailed over the pitcher’s head for a 10-9 Lakeland margin.
Five walks and a two-out single by Borosky preceded a Reitzbach double to give Lakeland breathing room at 14-9.
Carbondale stranded a pair of runners in the last of the sixth inning.
Contest caps
Lakeland took advantage of 17 walks and a hit batter while Reitzbach led the hitting attack with a single and double. Novitsky delivered three RBI’s.  Carbondale’s Stone Wormuth led way with three hits while Carbondale drew seven base on balls.
Lakeland 15 Olyphant 3
Shane Novitsky earned the mound win and aided his own cause with a single, double and triple. Shayne Mizok also cracked three hits for the winners.