2015 Arizona State Little League® Tournament Results
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Arizona State Tournament
Pinal Mountain (Claypool) (District 11)

Participating Teams
District 1 Champions West Flagstaff
District 2 Champions Arrowhead (Glendale)
District 3 Champions Cactus/Horizon (Phoenix/Scottsdale)
District 4 Champions Casa Grande
District 5 Champions Tucson Western
District 6 Champions Arcadia (Scottsdale)
District 7 Champions Four Peaks (Mesa)
District 8 Champions Douglas
District 9 Champions Lake Havasu South
District 10 Champions Prescott
District 11 Champions Kearny
District 12 Champions Freedom (Tucson)
District 13 Champions Chandler National North
District 14 Champions Queen Creek (Mesa)

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Tournament Results:

Opening Round:
Chandler National North 6, Tucson Western 3
Queen Creek 10, Freedom 5
West Flagstaff 10, Casa Grande 5
Cactus/Horizon 15, Lake Havasu South 2 (4 innings)
Douglas 12, Prescott 2 (5 innings)
Arrowhead 6, Kearny 4

Winner's Bracket Quarterfinals:
Chandler National North 14, Four Peaks 1 (4 innings)
Queen Creek 14, West Flagstaff 6
Douglas 14, Cactus/Horizon 4 (5 innings)
Arrowhead 9, Arcadia 2

Elimination Bracket - Round 1 (fourteen teams remain):
Prescott 7, Lake Havasu South 6 (8 innings; elim.)
Casa Grande 4, Freedom 3 (elim.)

Elimination Bracket - Round 2 (twelve teams remain):
West Flagstaff 15, Kearny 1 (elim.)
Cactus/Horizon 15, Tucson Western 11 (elim.)
Four Peaks 12, Prescott 8 (elim.)
Arcadia 21, Casa Grande 11 (5 innings; elim.)

Winner's Bracket Semifinals:
Chandler National North 12, Queen Creek 2 (4 innings)
Douglas 7, Arrowhead 6

Elimination Bracket - Round 3 (eight teams remain):
West Flagstaff 13, Four Peaks 3 (4 innings; elim.)
Arcadia 20, Cactus/Horizon 16 (elim.)

Winner's Bracket Final:
Chandler National North 19, Douglas 0 (4 innings)

Elimination Bracket Quarterfinals (six teams remain):
Queen Creek 8, Arcadia 7 (elim.)
Arrowhead 7, West Flagstaff 6 (elim.)

Elimination Bracket Semifinal (four teams remain):
Queen Creek 5, Arrowhead 3 (elim.)

Elimination Bracket Final (three teams remain):
Douglas 7, Queen Creek 5 (elim.)

Championship Series:
Chandler National North 11, Douglas 1 (4 innings; TITLE)


Summary:

After a relatively slow start by their standards, Chandler National North Little League quickly found its stride.

Chandler National North won its opening game at the 14-team state tournament by a 6-3 margin, then toppled its next four opponents by a combined 56-4 margin at Pinal Mountain Little League's field in Claypool.

The last of these victories, an 11-1, four inning victory over Douglas Little League, gave Chandler National North the league's third consecutive state championship, and advanced the Arizona champions to the West Region tournament in San Bernardino, California.

Chandler National North Little League won the state championship in the major baseball division in 2014, and has accumulated a 23-0 record and a 250-53 run differential against Arizona competition during that span. Chandler National South Little League, which is chartered as part of the same league, won the Arizona championship in 2013.

"We won the first game at state 6-3, and then after that we pretty much run-ruled everyone else," said Chandler National North manager Paul Grako after the tournament. "We have excellent pitching, with five aces, excellent hitting, and our defense has passed every challenge so far."

Chandler National North scored multiple runs in 15 of its 22 offensive innings at the state tournament, including three innings in which the team scored eight or more runs. The District 13 winners hit 21 home runs in five state tournament games.

One of Chandler's big innings -- and two of their home runs -- came in the first inning of the state championship game, when the team scored nine times to settle matters early against Douglas. Chandler National North grabbed an early 2-0 lead when passed balls scored a pair of runs, then Ethan Linn delivered a run-scoring double to right field. Hayden Grako followed with a three-run home run beyond the left field fence, and after a pair of walks, Brock Selvidge lined a pitch over the center field fence to give Chandler a commanding 9-0 lead.

Christian Reynard lined the first pitch of the second inning over the center field fence to extend the lead to double digits, and Chandler added one more run in the inning before Douglas converted a pair of singles and a pair of walks into a run in the fourth.

Selvidge relieved for Chandler National North after this run scored, entering with the bases loaded and nobody out, and registered three strikeouts to close out the tournament.

The game marked the second consecutive meeting in which Chandler National North stymied a potent Douglas offense. Douglas homered 12 times and scored 40 runs in its four victories at the state tournament, but managed just one run and two hits in two outings against Chandler.

The first of those meetings came in the winner's bracket final, when Selvidge and reliever Kai Taylor combined to no-hit Douglas in a 19-0 Chandler National North victory.

As in the championship game, Chandler broke to an early lead against Douglas. Aiden Phan and Carter Wilson each hit two-run homers as part of an eight-run first inning burst, then Michael Martinez and Chacho Trejo added three-run shots as part of a seven-run rally in the second.

In the third, Linn, Taylor, and Connor Roland each had solo home runs before Chandler closed out the win with a single run in the fourth.

Selvidge struck out seven in 2-2/3 innings, while Taylor recorded the final four outs to send Chandler National North back to the state championship game.

Chandler had opened the tournament with a 6-3 victory over Tucson Western Little League. Selvidge pitched into the sixth inning, striking out 13 and allowing just four hits and one earned run. At the plate, he doubled and scored in the first, slammed a two-run homer in the third that extended Chander's lead to 4-0, and singled in the fifth. Trejo added a two-run homer in the sixth inning, and Wilson registered four strikeouts, including a dropped third strike, to close out the win.

Chandler National North followed their opening round win with a 14-1 win over Mesa's Four Peaks Little League. The first five hitters in the Chandler batting order -- Linn, Trejo, Selvidge, Reynard, and Wilson -- combined for a 12-for-16 day, with seven extra base hits, eleven runs scored, and twelve runs batted in.

Equally importantly, Reynard and Taylor combined to strike out ten Four Peaks hitters and allowed just a single unearned run. The win meant that Chandler National North would be idle for three days, and would be able to reset its pitching rotation for the tournament's latter stages.

When Chandler returned, they topped Queen Creek Little League, 12-2. Three Chandler National North pitchers combined for seventeen strikeouts, with Wilson striking out 12 over the game's first four innings, Reynard striking out the side in the fifth, and Trejo striking out two in the sixth. A flyout to left field that ended the game was the only fielding chance for Chandler's defense.

Trejo paced the Chandler offense in the game, homering twice and driving in seven runs. Wilson, Reynard, and Phan also homered in the win.

The victory moved Chandler National North into its first meeting with Douglas, which had opened the tournament with a trio of victories. Leo Felix homered twice and Fernando Hernandez added one of his own in Douglas' 12-2 opening round win over Prescott Little League.

The next day, Felix threw a complete game and Douglas scored in all four of its offensive innings in a 14-4 win over Cactus/Horizon Little League. Felix hit a three-run homer in the win, while Nick Hernandez and Abraham Meraz also cleared the fences for the District 8 winners. Fernando Hernandez collected a pair of hits and drove in three runs.

Douglas followed that win by holding off Glendale's Arrowhead Little League, 7-6, in a winner's bracket semifinal encounter. The two teams were tied 4-4 entering the bottom of the fourth inning, then Douglas tallied three runs to take the lead for good. Nick Hernandez, Alan Ochoa, and Felix all homered in the win, giving Douglas ten in the state tournament and 37 since the start of international tournament play.

After falling in their first meeting against Chandler National North, Douglas would add two more home runs in a 7-5 victory over Queen Creek. Felix reversed an early 2-0 deficit with a three-run shot, and Douglas was soon on its way to a rematch with Chandler and the league's first state championship game appearance since 1975. But Chandler National North proved to be too strong in the teams' second meeting, and was soon on its way to a return appearance at the West Region tournament.

"It's too bad we came up short," said Douglas manager Jose Hernandez. "These kids have nothing to be ashamed of. They left it all on the field."

Chandler National North won its first contest at the double-elimination West Region tournament, edging Cambrian Park Little League (San Jose, Northern California) by a 1-0 margin in the tournament's opening game. Chandler then dropped a game against Snow Canyon Little League (Santa Clara, Utah) and was eliminated following an extra inning loss to eventual runner-up Waipio Little League (Waipio, Hawaii).

Follow Chandler National North at the West Region Tournament -- Click here to view results.


Linescores:

  Winner's Bracket Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Chandler National North 8 7 3 1 19 15 1
Douglas 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
  Championship Game
Douglas 0 0 0 1 1 2 1
Chandler National North 9 2 0 x 11 8 0




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