Lakeside LL in San Bernardino - day five

Manager Bill Rockefeller shares his impressions of the trip to Western Region
By: Special to The Press Tribune
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The Major division all-stars from Lakeside Little League left last Wednesday for the Western Regional tournament in San Bernardino. While the players and coaches tackle the challenge of trying to earn a spot in the Little League World Series, the team’s manager, Bill Rockefeller, has consented to share his impressions of the experience with a daily log. Here is No. 5 of those chronicles from the barracks at Al Houghton Stadium, where Lakeside won its first three games Friday night, Saturday afternoon and Monday afternoon. The team is off on Tuesday and faces Hawaii Wednesday at 12:30 p.m in its fourth and final pool-play game. Lakeside has a lock on a spot in the semifinal round Friday night, and will enter that contest as either the No. 1 or No. 2 seed. Check back for daily updates in addition to game stories and highlights here at From Bill Rockefeller, Lakeside manager Tuesday, Aug. 11: We started that day with breakfast in the cafeteria around 8:30 a.m. We then let the boys play foosball on the patio. It was a very hot day so we shut them down early and made them rest in barracks where the a/c works pretty good. They entertained themselves with trading state pins and playing cards until lunch time. After lunch I threw batting practice to all the boys around 2 p.m. I was a little worn out in the 100+ degree weather, so I retired to the barracks and took a shower before we had to be on the field. I was a little worried about the effect of the heat on the boys. I was definitely feeling it. We warmed up as usual and game time 4:30 p.m. The boys started out early hitting and never looked back. Zach Hall, after a first batter single, did not allow another hit. Fantastic pitching performance. We then had a short celebration with the Ponzo's and the Slattery's. They made Tacos for all the boys at their trailer set up out in the parking lot. Truly amazing! We call it Slattery & Ponzo's Lounge. When our meal was finished we went to the stadium and watched Park View clobber Arizona. We then retired to the barracks for the evening.