2007 Connecticut State Little League® Tournament Results
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Connecticut State Tournament
Host - Waterford South (District 10)

Participating Teams
Section 1 Champions Shelton National (District 3)
Section 2 Champions Newington National (District 7)

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Best 2-of-3 Series:

Shelton National 2, Newington National 1
Shelton National 9, Newington National 1 (TITLE)


Summary:

Shelton National Little League allowed just two runs over the course of two games, and swept Newington National Little League to win the Connecticut state championship series in Waterford.

Shelton edged Newington, 2-1, in the series opener, then defeated the same team by a 9-1 score the next day.

The victories, Shelton's thirteenth and fourteenth in a row after a loss in the team's first game of the international tournament, propelled the District 3 champions into the New England Region tournament in Bristol, Connecticut.

David Sanchez sparked Shelton National in the opener. The left-hander allowed only a fourth inning run while scattering six hits and walking none. He also singled with two outs in the second inning and eventually scored the game's decisive run.

In the second game, Nick Petrovich threw five shutout innings, striking out eight and allowing just three hits. Newington scratched for a run in the sixth inning, but Shelton had scored in each of the game's first five innings to take command of the game.

Shelton opened the scoring in the deciding game with a pair of unearned runs in the top of the first. Matt Batten reached on an error to open the game, and Jeremy Soderholm drew a two-out walk. Ryan Testani then drove in both baserunners with a hard single that ricocheted off the center field fence on the fly.

Batten padded the lead with a run-scoring single in the second, and in the third, Vinny Backert doubled off the top of the center field fence to plate special pinch runner Jacob Lennertz.

Shelton continued to build its lead in the game's latter innings. Bryan Kondor delivered an RBI single and Lennertz was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the fourth inning. After Shelton loaded the bases with nobody out in the fifth, Ryan Testani reached on an error that scored Tyler Tice, and Lennertz added a two-run single.

Zachary Hedberg's run-scoring single produced Newington's only run in the sixth.

"Scoring those two runs in the first inning helped us a lot, said Shelton National manager Mark Testani. "We like to get ahead early to set the tone for the rest of the game."

Petrovich made sure that the early lead held up, allowing just three hits and striking out eight over five innings. He struck out six and held Newington to just one hit in the game's first three innings, as Shelton built upon its early advantage. Shelton National collected six hits in the game, but capitalized on four errors, seven walks, and two hit batsmen.

"Petrovich did a great job today," said Mark Testani. "He found a way to get batters out."

"We just ran out of gas," said Newington National manager Walt Gwisc after the game. "We didn't play our best game, but you have to give all the credit to Shelton. They played an excellent ballgame, just like they did (in the first meeting). They're an excellent fundamental ballclub."

"They were certainly relaxed out there today," added Mark Testani. "Winning (the opener) certainly helped. That gave us a little breathing room... there were no jitters and everyone was calm."

Shelton used a pair of early runs to edge Newington National in the series' first game. Batten opened the game with a line drive that fell for a double when the left fielder lost the ball in the sun. He later scored on an error. The next inning, Sanchez singled with two outs, and moved to second on a wild pitch. Batten drew a walk, then Tice drove in a run with a hard shot that caromed off the third baseman and rolled to the fence.

Newington halved the lead in the fourth. Matt Dean singled, and later advanced to second on an error. Jorge Priento singled to center, but Petrovich threw out Dean attempting to score to preserve Shelton's two-run advantage. Hedberg followed with a double that scored Ryan Callahan, but Shelton escaped the inning without further damage.

"That was a nice throw," said Mark Testani. "That's Nick. He's been coming up with big plays the entire tournament. I'm not surprised that he came up with another one."

Petrovich's effort was magnified in part because Shelton's offensive opportunities were limited after the early innings. Newington pitcher Nicholas Briganti allowed just two hits and one runner into scoring position over the game's final four innings.

"Their pitcher was keeping the ball away from us," said Mark Testani. "(He) did a nice job."

Shelton National had won the 2005 Connecticut state tournament in the 9-10 year old division, and carried seven players from that team on its 2007 championship roster.

"I think it absolutely helps that some of these kids have played in the postseason before," said Mark Testani. "We have really jelled during the (tournament) and some of the new kids have really come into their own."

Shelton National won three of its four pool games at the New England Region tournament, and advanced to the championship game before falling, 14-4 in five innings, to Massachusetts champion Walpole American Little League.

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Linescores:

  Game 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Shelton National 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 7 -
Newington National 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 6 -
  Game 2
Shelton National 2 1 1 2 3 0 9 6 0
Newington National 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 4 4


2007 Connecticut District Champions and Sectional Tournament Results:

District Champions
in Section 1
District Champions
in Section 2
D1 - Ridgefield American
D2 - Fairfield American
D3 - Shelton National
D4 - Annex (New Haven)
D5 - Farmington

Section 1 Tournament
Host - Connecticut District 5
Held at District Sites

Tournament Schedule/Results:

1 - Ridgefield American 10, Annex 0 (4 innings)
2 - Shelton National 11, Fairfield American 0 (4 innings)
3 - Farmington 2, Ridgefield American 0
4 - Annex 5, Fairfield American 3
5 - Fairfield American 8, Farmington 6
6 - Shelton National 8, Annex 3
7 - Shelton National 7, Farmington 0
8 - Fairfield American 6, Ridgefield American 3
9 - Farmington 8, Annex 3
10 - Shelton National 9, Ridgefield American 7


Standings

W

L
Shelton National 4 0
Fairfield American 2 2
Farmington 2 2
Ridgefield American 1 3
Annex 1 3

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 24)
Host - Walicki A.W. Stanley (New Britain) (District 5)

Shelton National 8, Fairfield American 1 (TITLE)

D6 - Avon
D7 - Newington National
D8 - Ellington
D9 - Madison
D10 - New London American
D11 - Brooklyn

Section 2 Tournament
Host - Connecticut District 7
Held at District Sites

Tournament Schedule/Results:

1 - Ellington 4, Madison 3
2 - Newington National 5, Avon 0
3 - New London American 6, Brooklyn 3
4 - Newington National 5, Brooklyn 0
5 - New London American 12, Madison 0 (5 innings)
6 - Ellington 2, Avon 1 (7 innings)
7 - Newington National 5, New London American 4
8 - Brooklyn 8, Ellington 7
9 - Avon 11, Madison 5
10 - Brooklyn 9, Madison 1
11 - Ellington 10, Newington National 0 (4 innings)
12 - Avon 6, New London American 1
13 - New London American 3, Ellington 1
14 - Avon 5, Brooklyn 4
15 - Newington National 10, Madison 4


Standings

W

L
Newington National 4 1
Ellington 3 2
Avon 3 2
New London American 3 2
Brooklyn 2 3
Madison 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 24)
Host - Rocky Hill (District 7)
At Elm Ridge Park

Newington National 3, Ellington 2 (TITLE)




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