VIDEO: Lakewood baseball’s classic 2011 upset of Edison

In this, the eighth installment of The562.org’s Classics video series, we look back at Lakewood HIgh baseball’s dramatic upset of No. 1 Edison in the 2011 CIF Southern Section Division 1 quarterfinals.

The game, which included two future draft picks on the mound, featured Edison that came into the game at Lakewood ranked No. 5 nationally. Chargers ace lefty Henry Owens was drafted weeks later after the game and went on to pitch in the major leagues, but the scrappy Lancers scratched out three runs off of Owens and held on for a 3-1 upset victory.

Lakewood ace Shane Watson went pitch-for-pitch with Owens and got out of a seventh inning jam to help his team advance to the semifinals. That inning included an attempted hidden ball trick, by the way.

Another major storyline of the day was Lakewood’s home field advantage. The Lancers had the option of playing the game at Blair Field but chose to welcome Edison into the unfriendly confines of the Lakewood campus. The massive crowd, well beyond capacity, included fans watching from outside the fence in rightfield, packed a few rows deep. There was barely room to walk around inside.

“We practice four hours every day here,” said Watson who was drafted two years later and pitched five years in the minors. “We don’t practice at Blair. Teams come in here and get nervous in that little dugout.”

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