2006 Connecticut State Little League® Tournament Results
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Connecticut State Tournament
Host - Haddam (District 9)

Participating Teams
Section 1 Champions Ron Bernardini (Hamden) (District 4)
Section 2 Champions Glastonbury American (District 7)

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Best 2-of-3 Series:

Ron Bernardini 4, Glastonbury American 3 (7 innings)
Glastonbury American 4, Ron Bernardini 1
Glastonbury American 7, Ron Bernardini 4 (TITLE)


Summary:

The opponent, the stakes, the score -- everything was the same. But Glastonbury American Little League was looking for a different ending.

One year after falling to Hamden's Ron Bernardini Little League by a 4-1 score in the championship game of the 11-year-old Connecticut state tournament, Glastonbury American's players found themselves a year older, but facing familiar situation: playing in the state championship game, again facing Hamden, and again trailing by a 4-1 score.

Then Glastonbury American's hitters began flexing their muscles. Once, twice, then a third time. And once more for good measure.

In all, Glastonbury homered four times in the final two innings, and went on to defeat Ron Bernardini, 7-4, in the deciding game of the Connecticut state tournament at the Great Hill Athletic Complex in Haddam.

The suddenly explosive offense gave Glastonbury American its second consecutive victory after dropping the opener of the best-of-three championship series, and moved the District 7 champions into the New England Region tournament in Bristol, Connecticut.

"I knew we had (power)," said Glastonbury manager Tracy Michalek. "Sometimes it takes a little while to come out."

"We hit a lot of home runs in the district and sectionals, but then we played a lot of small ball," he added. "I knew we could hit like that even though we really didn't the first two games."

Glastonbury had homered only once in the series' first two games -- and then only after the batter failed to lay down a bunt -- but the long ball made the difference in the championship game. Chris Oechsli trimmed Hamden's three-run lead by drilling a 2-2 pitch over the right field fence to open the fifth inning, then, after an error and a walk, Steve Michalek broke out of a 1-for-9 slump and pulled Glastonbury into the lead by depositing an 0-2 pitch into a nearly identical spot. Joe Uccello added a solo shot to left center field later in the inning, and Oechsli capped the comeback with a long exclamation point in the sixth.

"They hit the ball very well today," said Ron Bernardini manager Bill Rhone. "Those home runs surprised me (since) the last couple of games they only had a couple of hard hits. It was a good hitting display by them."

Ron Bernardini had used its own hitting prowess to claim an early lead in the title game. Brian Rhone doubled and scored in the first inning, and after Glastonbury tied the game, Mike Franco delivered a two-run single in the third inning and pitcher C.J. Carignan followed with an RBI double.

Hamden's first two batters reached base in the fourth, but the game began to turn when Tracy Michalek handed the ball to reliever Dave Kravies. Kravies escaped danger by retiring the next three hitters, and then sent down Hamden's offense in order in both the fifth and sixth innings.

The two teams were evenly matched for much of the series. Hamden claimed the first game, edging Glastonbury 4-3 in seven innings, and Glastonbury extended the series with a late rally to claim a 4-1 victory in Game 2.

Glastonbury American led early in the opener, but Hamden took a 3-1 lead in the fourth. Dan Matthews put Ron Bernardini in front with a two-run homer, then the District 4 champions extended the lead on a mental lapse by Glastonbury's defense. Erin Moskal and R.J. Ugolik reached on singles following the Matthews homer, and Glastonbury recorded the inning's first two outs on a 6-4-3 double play. But the scoreboard indicated that there was one out when the play developed, and as Glastonbury's defense ran off the field, special pinch runner Eamon Detorro raced around to score the inning's third run. Glastonbury American was undeterred, though, and tied the game in the bottom of the inning on Bobby Solecki's two-run double.

The game remained tied into the seventh, when Ron Bernardini's starting pitvcher Matt Elia reached on an infield hit and moved to second on a throwing error. Franco then delivered a sharp line double to left field that drove in the decisive run.

Rhone felt that Elia's effort on the mound -- he allowed nine hits but only three runs over the game's first six innings -- was critical to Hamden's success.

"Matt's pitching performance was gutty," said Rhone of his pitcher. "He didn't have his great stuff, but he had good enough stuff. He was the veteran pitcher out there, and he kept us in the game."

The next evening, the two teams were deadlocked into the sixth, when Glastonbory American pitcher Mike Mainuli launched a three-run homer in to push his team in front.

Mainuli's homer followed James Longley's bunt single and Steve Michalek's infield single down the third base line. Tracy Michalek, coaching at third base, had given his cleanup hitter a bunt sign with one strike, but Maunuli fell into an 0-2 hole before driving a low outside fastball over the right center field fence.

"On the second pitch, I called for a bunt," explained Tracy Michalek. "I figured I had my cleanup hitter at the plate and they're going to be sitting back.

"(Mainuli) just looked at me completely dumbfounded," added the Glastonbury manager. "Then he rounds third (after the home run) and said 'You wanted me to bunt?' It was pretty funny."

Mainuli was also the winning pitcher, striking out five and scattering six hits to force a final meeting between the two familiar opponents.

"We knew it would go to a third game," said Tracy Michalek. "We've had a lot of late-game heroics. This team just fights to the very end."

"It was a great game by both sides," observed Bill Rhone. "(Hamden pitcher) Erin Moskal pitched a great game, and there was just one bad pitch ... it was supposed to be a waste pitch (but) he made a mistake and left it over the plate. But they're twelve year old kids. Major league players make mistakes like that, too."

Two days later, Glastonbury American's late power surge sealed the District 7 champions' first-ever state championship in the major baseball division.

"Hats off to Glastonbury," said Bill Rhone after the deciding game. "They're a good team. We're a good team. Sometimes this is just the way it goes."

"The kids played their hearts out, and learned a lot," added the Hamden manager. "It's a shame they missed by one game, but we are just as proud of them for being second in the state."

Glastonbury, in the meantime, extended their season, toppling top-seeded Peabody Western (Massachusetts) Little League in the New England Region semifinals before eventually falling, 3-0, to Portsmouth (New Hampshire) Little League in the region championship game.

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Linescores:

  Game 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Ron Bernardini 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 4 - -
Glastonbury American 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 9 -
  Game 2
Glastonbury American 0 0 1 0 0 3 4 5 -
Ron Bernardini 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 -
  Game 3
Glastonbury American 0 0 1 0 5 1 7 - -
Ron Bernardini 1 0 3 0 0 0 4 - -


2006 Connecticut District Champions and Sectional Tournament Results:

District Champions
in Section 1
District Champions
in Section 2
D1 - Ridgefield American
D2 - Monroe
D3 - Shelton National
D4 - Ron Bernardini (Hamden)
D5 - Berlin

Section 1 Tournament
Host - Milford National Lou Gehrig (District 4)
At Clarkson Field

Tournament Results:

1 - Monroe 9, Shelton National 4
3 - Ridgefield American 6, Berlin 5
4 - Ron Bernardini 9, Monroe 3
2 - Ron Bernardini 11, Ridgefield American 3
5 - Berlin 11, Monroe 0 (4 innings)
6 - Ron Bernardini 10, Shelton National 0 (4 innings)
7 - Monroe 10, Ridgefield American 5
8 - Berlin 9, Shelton National 3
9 - Ridgefield American 2, Shelton National 1
10 - Ron Bernardini 9, Berlin 1


Standings

W

L
Ron Bernardini 4 0
Berlin 2 2
Monroe 2 2
Ridgefield American 2 2
Shelton National 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

Ron Bernardini 6, Berlin 5 (TITLE)

D6 - Simsbury National
D7 - Glastonbury American
D8 - Windsor International
D9 - Old Saybrook
D10 - Mystic
D11 - Willimantic

Section 2 Tournament
Host - Jewett City and Killingly (Danielson) (District 11)
Championship Game Host - Killingly (Danielson)

Tournament Results:

1 - Glastonbury American 12, Simsbury National 1
2 - Windsor International 4, Old Saybrook 3
3 - Willimantic 7, Mystic 1
4 - Windsor International 19, Simsbury National 0 (4 innings)
5 - Glastonbury American 10, Willimantic 0 (5 innings)
6 - Mystic 7, Old Saybrook 6
7 - Simsbury National 14, Old Saybrook 10
8 - Glastonbury American 3, Mystic 2
9 - Windsor International 8, Willimantic 7 (7 innings)
10 - Mystic 5, Simsbury National 0
11 - Glastonbury American 7, Windsor International 3
12 - Old Saybrook 6, Willimantic 3
13 - Simsbury National 11, Willimantic 7
14 - Old Saybrook 3, Glastonbury American 2
15 - Mystic 1, Windsor International 0


Standings

W

L
Glastonbury American 4 1
Mystic 3 2
Windsor International 3 2
Simsbury National 2 3
Old Saybrook 2 3
Willimantic 1 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 2 Championship Game

Glastonbury American 3, Mystic 2 (TITLE)




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