2015 Colorado State Little League® Tournament Results
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2015

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Colorado State Tournament
Host - Youth Baseball of Southwestern Colorado (Durango) (District 4)
At Folsom Field

Folsom Park is located at 11 Folsom Place in Durango.

Participating Teams
District 1 Champions Three Rivers (Carbondale)
District 2 Champions North Boulder
District 4 Champions Southwest Colorado Youth Baseball (Cortez)
District 5 Champions Academy (Colorado Springs)

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Tournament Results:

Opening Round:
Three Rivers 8, Academy 7
North Boulder 11, Southwest Colorado Youth Baseball 1 (4 innings)

Elimination Bracket Semifinal (four teams remain):
Academy 13, Southwest Colorado Youth Baseball 9 (elim.)

Winner's Bracket Final:
North Boulder 12, Three Rivers 0 (4 innings)

Elimination Bracket Final (three teams remain):
Three Rivers 21, Academy 12 (elim.)

Championship Game:
North Boulder 10, Three Rivers 4 (TITLE)


Summary:

Just about everywhere you looked, you could see the legacy of North Boulder Little League's prior success. The District 2 champions entered the state tournament having won three of the prior four Colorado championships, and a dozen state crowns overall. Four players returned from the prior year's state championship team, and five had brothers who had played on recent North Boulder state titlists. Even manager Woody Woolwine was part of that heritage, having been a member of North Boulder's 1982 state championship team.

From Woolwine's perspective North Boulder had an opportunity to set its sights higher.

"I want these kids from Colorado realizing that we're at a point where we should be in the (regional) championship," said Woolwine during the 2015 international tournament. "We're a lot closer than we were ten years ago."

North Boulder's 2015 all-star team added their own chapter to the league's rich legacy, and showed that they were ready to break through to that next level.

North Boulder swept past three opponents at the 2015 Colorado state tournament at Folsom Field in Durango, and in the process won the league's thirteenth state championship in the major baseball division. The wins propelled North Boulder into the Southwestern Region tournament, where the Wildcats won three of five games and became the first Colorado league to reach a region championship game since 1960.

Before breaking new ground at the region tournament in Waco, North Boulder took care of business in Durango. The Wildcats scored in double digits in each state tournament contest, and registered a seven-plus run rally in each of their three state tournament victories. North Boulder sealed the title with a 10-4 championship game victory over Carbondale's Three Rivers Little League.

North Boulder trailed early in the title game, but scored eight times in the third inning to take command of the game. Ninth place hitter Jimmy Starry opened the inning with an infield single, and Ty Chandler then opened the scoring with an RBI double. Jackson Woolwine and Nate Bach each followed with doubles, before Trevor Moore's sacrifice fly scored Bach and gave North Boulder a 4-3 lead. Ryan Turner added a run-scoring single later in the inning, before Coen Franz, Dylan Pyle, and Dillon Souvignier each added run-scoring hits.

Three Rivers had taken a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Ricky Koch singled and Jack Pevney walked to open the inning, then Ryan Conley reached on an error and Garrett Dollahan added an RBI single.

North Boulder added a pair of insurance runs in the sixth on Trevor Moore's two-out double and Shane Stoffer's single to left field.

Three Rivers had closed to within 8-4 in the third inning, but North Boulder reliever Manny Arellano stepped to the mound and proceeded to throw 3-1/3 scoreless innings to seal the victory.

Franz had three hits and two runs batted in to pace the Wildcat offense, while Bach had two hits. Dollahan was 3-for-3 for Three Rivers.

North Boulder opened the tournament with an 11-1 victory over Cortez's Southwest Colorado Youth Baseball Little League. Starry, the North Boulder pitcher, recorded a groundout and a pair of strikeouts as Cortez was retired in order in the top of the first inning, then the first six Wildcat hitters all reached safely in the bottom of the frame as North Boulder scored nine times to take command of the contest. Chandler, Jackson Woolwine, Bach, Moore, and Franz all had two hits as part of North Boulder's 12-hit attack in the game.

The next day, Bach and Jackson Woolwine combined on a one-hitter and North Boulder broke open a 1-0 game with a seven run rally in the third inning of a 12-0 win over Three Rivers. Chandler led off the big third inning with a double, then three errors and a walk helped extend the lead to 5-0. Jackson Carl singled and scored later in the inning, and North Boulder added four more in the fourth to push their lead to double-digits and invoke the mercy rule.

Moore and Carl had two hits each for the Wildcats in the win, while Shane Stoffer scored twice and drove in four runs.

Three Rivers earned a rematch with North Boulder by muscling past Academy Little League, 21-12, in the elimination bracket final. Three Rivers had won the first meeting between the two teams, 8-7, when Ryan Conley delivered a two-run walkoff double with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning of the tournament's first game. In the rematch, the District 1 champions led wire-to-wire, grabbing a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning and extending it with eight in the third and seven in the sixth. Academy narrowed the final margin with a seven-spot of its own in the bottom of the sixth inning.

The two teams combined for 39 hits in the game, with Tyler Sims (four hits), Jack Penny (three hits and four runs batted in) and Jake Hoofnagle (three hits, five runs scored) pacing the Three Rivers offense. The win lifted Three Rivers into the state championship game in the major baseball division for the second consecutive year.

"Not too many Little League teams from this valley have been able to say they took second place in the state," said Three Rivers manager Nate Grinzinger after the championship game. "It shows that Three Rivers isn't a team that people can look past anymore."

The same could be said for North Boulder at the region level. Among the Wildcats' three wins in Waco was a 5-4 victory over McAllister Park National Little League (San Antonio, Texas West). The win marked Colorado's first win in twelve games against Texas teams since Colorado switched to the Southwestern Region in 2002. Later in the tournament, the Wildcats overcame 2-0, 5-4, and 8-7 deficits before edging Pine Bluff Western Little League (Arkansas), 11-9, in the elimination bracket final. The win meant that North Boulder became Colorado's first region finalist in over a half-century.

North Boulder's season ended when the Wildcats fell, 9-2, in the championship game to eventual United States runner-up Pearland West Little League (Texas East).

Follow North Boulder at the Southwestern Region tournament -- Click here to view results.


Linescores:

  Elimination Bracket Semifinal 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Academy 0 2 1 0 9 1 13 13 1
Southwest Colorado Youth Baseball 2 1 1 0 1 4 9 15 2
  Winner's Bracket Final
North Boulder 1 0 7 4 12 8 0
Three Rivers 0 0 0 0 0 1 6
  Elimination Bracket Final
Three Rivers 2 0 2 8 2 7 21 22 0
Academy 0 1 2 1 1 7 12 17 2
  Championship Game
North Boulder 0 0 8 0 0 2 10 13 4
Three Rivers 3 0 1 0 0 0 4 8 3




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