Lakeside Recovery Baseball Club nears national title

August 21, 2012

By Matt Carstens

With only two games standing between them and an American Legion World Series title, Rob Reese’s Lakeside Recovery Baseball Club will find out if it has what it takes to bring the hardware home.

After going undefeated in the Senior Legion State Tournament in Selah, the team packed it up and went to Billings, Mont., to participate in the Senior Legion Regional Tournament.

It was there where the players’ offense came alive — they scored an average of 9.8 runs a game, losing only one game to Idaho Falls, by a score of 6-3.

In the regional championship, Lakeside faced off against Waipahu, Hawaii, which it had defeated two days before.

“We played Hawaii and we’d already beaten them once so we were pretty confident,” Reese said. “We were coming off a loss against Idaho, and we had Mahov (Brandon Mahovlich) ready to go. We came out and we jumped on them early. We went up 6-0 early, and when you give Mahov six runs you’re going to be in pretty good shape.”

The Montana trip was an offensive explosion, including two 15-run games and two eight-run games.

“In Montana, we just came off of state, where we went undefeated,” Reese said. “We were on a great roll offensively. We got ahead of everybody. We dumped on them, and it seemed like every time someone scored on us, we scored more.

“We didn’t have outstanding pitching, but our pitching was good enough and our offense really carried us,” Reese added

That offense continued in the first round of the World Series in Shelby, N.C., where Lakeside won its first game against Moline, Ill., 11-5. After a day off Aug. 18, they dropped a 10 a.m. game to Brooklawn, N.J., 3-2 in 10 innings, putting them into the losers bracket. Later that night, they fended off elimination, defeating Lakewood, Calif., 4-1.

Lakeside was scheduled to take on New Orleans Aug. 20 with the championship game set for Aug. 21.

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