Youth baseball: East Chicago captures first senior league title
By KEvin O’Keefe Post-Tribune correspondent September 23, 2013 11:12PM
Updated: October 25, 2013 6:24AM
GARY — East Chicago had a scary moment in the seventh inning as Valparaiso scored four runs and left the bases loaded. But EC held on to win the inaugural Home Field Advantage Tournament 9-6 on Monday at the Steel Yard.
Willie Torres cruised into the seventh inning but couldn’t get the final out. Valparaiso sent 10 men to the plate, but Jordan DeJesus got Jared Lasky swinging for the final out to save the game for Torres.
East Chicago manager Jimmy Flores won a trophy as a player at the Steel Yard, and now has one as a manager.
“We’ve got a lot of talent on this team,” Flores said. “Three years ago we went to the junior state tournament and we have six of the kids back from that team. That was a once in a lifetime experience.”
East Chicago jumped on Valparaiso starter Jared Lasky in the first inning, scoring four runs on five hits as East Chicago sent eight batters to the plate.
The big blows of the inning were a two-RBI single by Ruben Flores followed by an RBI triple by Dairon Edmond. East Chicago had a mild two-out threat when Connor Lemos reached second on an error. But Lasky was able to pitch over the mistake.
Valparaiso got on the board in the the second inning when Alfonso Cassoday scored on a Jared Lasky triple. Lasky then scored on a run-scoring ground out to second by Derek Lasky, cutting the EC lead to 4-2. EC got a run back in the third inning as Flores and Edmond had back-to-back singles. Flores stole third and then came home on a double steal.
East Chicago added three insurance runs in the fourth inning to take a 8-2 lead. Joshua Lumbreras walked and scored on Willie Torres’ RBI single and Connor Lemos scored when Torres’ single got through the legs of the Valparaiso right fielder, allowing Torres to race all the way to third. Torres then scored on a wild pitch. Edmond picked up his second RBI of the night in the sixth, driving in Lemos, who led off the inning with a single.