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BARTON-This past weekend, North Country and Lake Region completed the 12-U District Championship Tournament.
On Thursday, North Country took it to Lake Region, beating them 10-0 in four innings.
This put the pressure on Lake Region to defeat Northfield Saturday, then win back-to-back games over NC to take the title.
Lake Region cruised on Saturday, despite a change in venue to Barton due to the saturated field at Gardner Park and a one hour rain delay.
They scored 12 unanswered runs with a total team effort led by Rian Hayman-Jones, Parker Perron, and Josh Royer all going 3 for 4 at the plate. Gabe Riendeau pitched very well with seven strikeouts, setting up the showdown with North Country.
In the first game Sunday at noon, Lake Region broke open the game in the third inning with 5 runs followed by 5 more in the fourth. Parker Brown knocked in three runs with a double and single and the clean up hitter Asom Hayman-Jones tallied four RBI's with a triple and a single.
Rian Hayman-Jones recorded six strikeouts, gave up no walks and allowed one infield hit in 4 innings as LR evened the score with a 10-0 win of there own.
Now Parker Brown had a chance to avenge his previous outing against the NC ace Aidan Gariepy and he delivered pitching a perfect six inning game.
It looked to be a pitching dual until, with two outs in the bottom of the 3rd. Lake Region's Jack King connected for a triple to deep center which brought up the lead-off hitter Rian Hayman-Jones.
With two strikes and Gariepy bringing it, Rian finally squared one up sending it to the fence in deep center for a home run.
In the fifth inning again with two outs, Rian hit a double and was knocked in by Parker Perron's hit, who was then plated when Parker Brown helped his own cause with another RBI.
Parker Brown had a 1-2-3 6th inning and Lake Region completed the improbable comeback.
Congratulations to each team and good luck, as both NC and LR will be heading into this weekend's 12-U state championship held in Barton.