2004 Connecticut State Little League® Tournament Results
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Connecticut State Tournament
Host - Newington (District 7)
At Volunteer Field

Participating Teams
Section 1 Champions Berlin (District 5)
Section 2 Champions Killingly (District 11)

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Best 2-of-3 Series:

Berlin 5, Killingly 3
Berlin 1, Killingly 0 (8 innings; TITLE)


Summary:

The Berlin Little League all-star team knows only one way to win a state championship.

The league won its first Connecticut title in 1986, when Mark Centerelli's run-producing single in the bottom of the last inning scored Jason Albert and gave Berlin a 1-0 victory over Montville Little League.

Eighteen years later, Berlin found itself again playing for the state championship, again locked in a scoreless game against an Eastern Connecticut-based foe, and again coming to bat in the bottom of what proved to be the final inning. And once again, Berlin found a way to win.

Fanol Prevalla stole third and scored on an overthrow in the bottom of the eighth inning as Berlin edged Killingly Little League 1-0 in eight hard-fought innings at Volunteer Field in Newington. The win gave Berlin a sweep of the best 2-of-3 state championship series, and advanced the District 5 champions to the New England Region tournament in Bristol.

Berlin scored the game's deciding run without the benefit of a base hit. Prevalla drew a one-out walk, and Jimmy Marzi was hit by a pitch before the game-ending double steal.

In addition to scoring the winning run, Prevalla was the game's winning pitcher, stranding five Killingly baserunners in two innings of scoreless relief. Prevalla had helped key Berlin's 5-3 victory in the series opener with a two-run homer.

"This has been his series," said Berlin manager Chris Pick. "You have certain players who can almost will themselves to take over a game, and he's one of them."

Prevalla and Berlin starter Taylor Anderson escaped a series of jams as Killingly left ten runners on base in the game's final four innings. Anderson stranded a pair of Killingly baserunners in the fifth when Marzi, the Berlin first baseman, dove to his right, smothering Dave Demuth's grounder and throwing to second for an inning-ending force out.

"That was huge," said Pick. "I was a little bit nervous, but then Jimmy came up big."

In the sixth, Killingly loaded the bases on a pair of walks and a bunt single before Anderson ended the threat with a strikeout. Prevalla moved to the mound in the seventh, and dodged a two-on, one out threat with a pair of strikeouts before stifling a bases loaded, one out threat in the eighth.

The Houdini-like escape acts helped Berlin outlast Killingly pitcher Drew Wilcox, who dominated the game's first six innings, striking out thirteen batters and allowing only one hit.

"(Wilcox) has the potential to be the most dominant pitcher in the state," said Pick after the game.

"This is how we played through all three tournaments," said Pick of his team's district, sectional, and state tournament crowns. "It's gutsy, they never give up, and they're just hard-nosed ball players."

Berlin's hard-nosed approach helped build an early 5-0 lead in the state tournament opener. Killingly retired the first two batters of the game, but Eric Pick doubled to left and catcher Zach Parsons drew a walk. The runners moved up a base, and both scored as Anderson drew a walk on a wild pitch. In the second, Prevalla's homer and Parsons' two-out RBI double keyed a three-run rally.

"That's what's been working for us all year," said Chris Pick. "We use our speed and get timely hits."

Killingly, which advanced beyond district tournament play for the first time in the league's history, closed the gap with a three-run rally of its own in the fourth. Wilcox's single and a subsequent error plated the first two runs, and Nick Oteni's bunt scored another. But Berlin pitcher Steve Glowiak escaped further damage, and allowed only a harmless single the rest of the way.

Killingly pitcher Connor Rochefort also settled down after Berlin's fast start, retiring the final twelve hitters and holding Berlin scoreless after the second inning.

Berlin split its four games at the New England Region tournament, and finished pool competition in fifth place.

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Linescores:

  Game 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 R H E
Berlin 2 3 0 0 0 0 5 - -
Killingly 0 0 0 3 0 0 3 - -
  Game 2
Killingly 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - -
Berlin 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 - -


2004 Connecticut District Champions and Sectional Tournament Results:

District Champions
in Section 1
District Champions
in Section 2
D1 - Ridgefield National
D2 - North End (Bridgeport)
D3 - Shelton National
D4 - Hamden
D5 - Berlin

Section 1 Tournament
Host - North End (Bridgeport) (District 2)
At Blackham School Field

Tournament Results:

Round 1 (Tuesday, July 20):
North End 3, Hamden 1
Ridgefield National 4, Shelton National 0
Berlin is idle.

Round 2 (Wednesday, July 21):
Berlin 6, Hamden 3
Shelton National 1, North End 0
Ridgefield National is idle.

Round 3 (Friday, July 23):
Ridgefield National versus Hamden (PPD to 7/26 - rain)
North End versus Berlin (PPD to 7/26 - rain)

Round 4 (Saturday, July 24):
Shelton National 4, Hamden 3
Berlin 4, Ridgefield National 3 (9 innings)
North End is idle.

Round 5 (Sunday, July 25):
North End 2, Ridgefield National 1
Berlin 8, Shelton National 7
Hamden is idle.

Round 3 (Monday, July 26):
Ridgefield National 9, Hamden 0
North End 2, Berlin 0
Shelton National is idle.


Standings

W

L
North End 3 1
Berlin 3 1
Ridgefield National 2 2
Shelton National 2 2
Hamden 0 4

The top two teams advance to the championship game.

Ties are broken based on records in head-to-head competition among tied teams. If a clear winner cannot be determined from head-to-head results, the tie is broken by calculating the ratio of runs allowed to defensive innings played for all teams involved in the tie. The team with the lowest runs-per-defensive-inning ratio advances.

In the event of a tie involving three or more teams, once the initial tie is broken, the remaining tied teams are again compared on head-to-head record to determine if a clear winner can be identified. If no clear winner can be identified from head-to-head results among the remaining tied teams, the runs-per-defensive-inning ratio is again used. This process is repeated until all ties have been broken.

Section 1 Championship Game (Tuesday, July 27):

Berlin 12, North End 2 (5 innings; TITLE)

D6 - Avon
D7 - Glastonbury American
D8 - Tolland
D9 - Killingworth
D10 - East Lyme
D11 - Killingly

Section 2 Tournament
Host - Middletown (District 9)
At Hubbard Park

Tournament Results:

Round 1 (Tuesday, July 20):
Avon 3, Glastonbury American 1
Tolland 5, Killingworth 2
Killingly 5, East Lyme 3

Round 2 (Wednesday, July 21):
Avon 3, East Lyme 2
Tolland 8, Glastonbury American 7 (7 innings)
Killingly 3, Killingworth 0

Round 3 (Friday, July 23):
Avon 10, Tolland 1
Glastonbury American versus Killingly (PPD - rain)
East Lyme 10, Killingworth 7

Round 4 (Saturday, July 24):
East Lyme 9, Glastonbury 3
Avon 2, Killingworth 0 (NO-HITTER)
Killingly 3, Tolland 0

Round 5 (Sunday, July 25):
East Lyme d. Tolland
Glastonbury American 6, Killingworth 2
Killingly 7, Avon 4

Round 3 (Monday, July 26):
Glastonbury American 7, Killingly 5


Standings

W

L
Killingly 4 1
Avon 4 1
East Lyme 3 2
Tolland 2 3
Glastonbury American 2 3
Killingworth 0 5

The top two teams advance to the championship game.

Ties are broken based on records in head-to-head competition among tied teams. If a clear winner cannot be determined from head-to-head results, the tie is broken by calculating the ratio of runs allowed to defensive innings played for all teams involved in the tie. The team with the lowest runs-per-defensive-inning ratio advances.

In the event of a tie involving three or more teams, once the initial tie is broken, the remaining tied teams are again compared on head-to-head record to determine if a clear winner can be identified. If no clear winner can be identified from head-to-head results among the remaining tied teams, the runs-per-defensive-inning ratio is again used. This process is repeated until all ties have been broken.

Section 2 Championship Game (Tuesday, July 27)

Killingly 3, Avon 0 (TITLE)




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