The Lake Placid Dixie Boys All Star baseball team defeated its counterpart from Okeechobee, 12-2, Thursday evening, July 2, in a game played at Lake June Park. The win earned the local team the Dixie
Youth District 5 championship.
Both teams will move on to statewide competition which will take place at Sebring’s Max Long Complex Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 18, 19, and 20.
In the title game, the Lake Placid boys put two runs on the scoreboard in the top of the initial inning. Mikey Warner singled over third base. Tay Williams was hit by the pitcher. D.J. Williams sacrifice fly to
center moved both runners up a base. Warner scored on an infield single by Bailey Bevis and Tay Williams stole in from third base.
A six-run third inning put the Lake Placid squarely in the lead. Erskin Toliver led off with a walk. Cody Jolley “took one for the team” and Mike Warner singled to left field to drive in Toliver. D.J. Williams drove in two more runs with a double down the left field line. Tay Williams singled to right to score D.J. Bailey Bevis walked and Katwan Ward cleaned the sacks with a double to left center field.
Another run came in for Lake Placid in the fourth inning. Toliver was hit by the pitcher, scoring on a sacrifice fly Tay Williams. Lake Placid added another in the fifth. D.J. Williams stroked an infield single, stole second and third, tallying on a fielder’s choice grounder from the bat of Buddy Jolley.
Three final runs came home for the champions in the seventh inning. Erskin Toliver was hit by the
pitcher for the second time in the game. He stole around the bases. D.J. Williams walked and a hit to left field by Tay Williams brought Toliver around. Buddy Jolley singled to right center field to plate both D.J. and Tay Williams.
Okeechobee scored two runs in the fifth inning, the result of four bases on balls and a hit batsman, a rare lapse in mound efficiency by the Lake Placid pitching staff.
Lake Placid’s Buddy Jolley pitched the first four innings, throwing 61 pitches. He allowed one hit, struck out six and walked one. Kamari Brown came in from left field to relieve Jolley in the fifth inning with Toliver also taking the hill later in that inning and pitching the sixth. D.J. Williams hurled the seventh, facing down a “two on, no out” situation as he struck out the final three Okeechobee batters.