Lakeland American takes senior district championship

Pictured with Championship banner are: (from left, kneeling) Mike Sorensen, Jake Ludwig (back row), Coach Mike Sorensen, Tyler Sorensen, Anthony Anichini, Sean Flahive, Tommy Neave, Jaon Gackowski, Sam Shelton, Corey Muhlenbeck, Luke Podella, Mike Harms, Zach Keller And Mngr. Mario Anichini. /Photo submitted by Scott Muhlenbeck

The Lakeland American Senior baseball team captured the District 6 crown Monday and advanced to the state tournament in Madison, starting July 29.

In the double elimination tournament they lost their first game to Franklin National 12-8. They then won 5 straight games coming through the losers bracket to face Franklin National for the championship and beat them 2 games in a row 4 to 1 on Sunday and 10 to 4 on Monday. On their way to the championship game they defeated Oak Creek 14-4, Lakeland National 13-0 and Franklin American 16-11.

Highlights of the championship game Monday’s game were strong pitching performances by Luke Podella and Anthony Anichini by limiting a strong hitting Franklin squad to 4 runs on 7 hits. Behind 2-0 in the 2nd inning Tom Neave put down a perfect squeeze bunt to score Corey Muhlenbeck to get them on the board. Then there was no looking back. Offensive leaders for Lakeland included Podella with 2 home runs in consecutive at bats in the 4th and 6th innings. Neave also hit a home run in the 5th.

In the elimination game on Sunday Mike Harms pitched a complete game allowing only 1 run on 2 hits while striking out 8. Sam Shelton and Podella lead the way at the plate with 2 hits apiece.

Sam Shelton lead the way for the tournament batting .450 and hitting 2  home runs, while Mike Sorensen and Mike Harms batted .363.


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