Lely baseball team advances to district title game

Roger LaLonde Staff
Lely pitcher David Oliger (12) watches as Kenny Moss puts tag on Immokalee’s Elijah Betancourt to complete a double play and get Lely out of the third inning. Lely won, 2-1, to advance to the Class 5A-District 14 title game at 7 p.m. at against Estero at Lehigh tonight.

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Roger LaLonde Staff Lely pitcher David Oliger (12) watches as Kenny Moss puts tag on Immokalee’s Elijah Betancourt to complete a double play and get Lely out of the third inning. Lely won, 2-1, to advance to the Class 5A-District 14 title game at 7 p.m. at against Estero at Lehigh tonight.

Roger LaLonde Staff
Lely pinch runner Will Bott scores the first run of the game in the first inning against Immokalee in Class 5A-Dsitrict 14 semifinal at Lehigh on Wednesday. Lely went on to win, 2-1, to play in the title game against Estero at 7 p.m. today at Lehigh.

Photo by ROGER LALONDE

Roger LaLonde Staff Lely pinch runner Will Bott scores the first run of the game in the first inning against Immokalee in Class 5A-Dsitrict 14 semifinal at Lehigh on Wednesday. Lely went on to win, 2-1, to play in the title game against Estero at 7 p.m. today at Lehigh.

Roger LaLonde Staff
Lely coach Jason Duesler was going to stop Sam Huettel at third base, but the outfielder bobbled the ball and Huettel raced for home, but was out at the plate. Lely edged Immokalee, 2-1, to advance to the Class 5A-Dsitrict 14 championship game against Estero at 7 p.m. today at Lehigh.

Photo by ROGER LALONDE

Roger LaLonde Staff Lely coach Jason Duesler was going to stop Sam Huettel at third base, but the outfielder bobbled the ball and Huettel raced for home, but was out at the plate. Lely edged Immokalee, 2-1, to advance to the Class 5A-Dsitrict 14 championship game against Estero at 7 p.m. today at Lehigh.

Roger LaLonde Staff
Lely pitching coach David Crisp signals a pitch for David Oliger to throw in Lely’s 2-1 win over Immokalee in the Class 5A-District 14 semifinal game on Wednesday. Lely plays in the championship game against Estero at 7 p.m. today at Lehigh.

Photo by ROGER LALONDE

Roger LaLonde Staff Lely pitching coach David Crisp signals a pitch for David Oliger to throw in Lely’s 2-1 win over Immokalee in the Class 5A-District 14 semifinal game on Wednesday. Lely plays in the championship game against Estero at 7 p.m. today at Lehigh.

Roger LaLonde Staff
Lely’s David Oliger unleashes a pitch in the Trojans 2-1 win over Immokalee in a Class 5A-Dsitrict 14 semifinal game. Lely plays in the title game against Estero at 7 p.m. today at Lehigh.

Photo by ROGER LALONDE

Roger LaLonde Staff Lely’s David Oliger unleashes a pitch in the Trojans 2-1 win over Immokalee in a Class 5A-Dsitrict 14 semifinal game. Lely plays in the title game against Estero at 7 p.m. today at Lehigh.

Roger LaLonde Staff
Lely’s Joey Irigoyen makes it to first base after the Immokalee second baseman made an error on the play. Lely downed Immokalee 2-1 to advance to the Class 5A-District 14 championship game against Estero at 7 p.m. today at Lehigh.

Photo by ROGER LALONDE

Roger LaLonde Staff Lely’s Joey Irigoyen makes it to first base after the Immokalee second baseman made an error on the play. Lely downed Immokalee 2-1 to advance to the Class 5A-District 14 championship game against Estero at 7 p.m. today at Lehigh.

Lely baseball team advances to district title game

Lely scored two runs and made them hold up in eking out a 2-1 victory over Immokalee in Class 5A-District 14 playoff action on Wednesday.

It earned the Trojans the right to play Estero for the district title at 7 p.m. today at Lehigh.

Estero downed Lehigh, 10-0, to make the championship game.

Either way, both teams advance to regional play next week. During the season the teams faced off twice, with each team winning a game. At stake is home team advantage in regional play next week.

It looked like Lely might run away with the game in the first inning, loading the bases on three hits with no outs. A Lely runner failed to tag up on a fly ball, but Kenny Moss singled to drive in a run. A second run came in on a bases-loaded walk, but that was all the Trojans could muster.

Both teams got runners on base, but neither could mount a drive. Six Lely batters took called third strikes to end rallies.

With two out, Immokalee scored its lone run in the sixth inning. With Indians runners on first and second a bloop single over third resulted in a run scoring and runners advancing to second and third bases. A running catch in the outfield halted the rally.

Again it looked like Lely would close out the game in the sixth as hits by winning pitcher David Oliger and Jesus Palacios, along with a walk loaded the bases with two outs. However the next batter took a third strike to end the inning.

In the seventh, with two out, losing pitcher Ruben Salinas knocked out his second hit of the game. Elijah Betancourt then smashed a liner down third base that Kenny Moss grabbed to end the game.

Oliger, behind the pitch calling by pitching coach Dave Crisp, kept Immokalee in control at key times.

Oliger, 5-1 on the season, used his curve and fast balls effectively throughout the game.

“His curve ball was definitely his out pitch,” said Crisp. “He also had good velocity on his fast ball. He kept the ball down in the (strike) zone.”

Coach Jason Duesler said players looking at called third strikes was frustrating. “They need to protect the plater better,” he said. “It would have been great to have more offense but that’s baseball.”

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