2006 Florida State Little League® Tournament Results
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Florida State Tournament
Host - San Carlos South Fort Myers (District 18)

North Florida Pool Participants
Section 1 Champions Niceville Valparaiso National (District 1)
Section 3 Champions San Mateo (Jacksonville) (District 11)
Section 5 Champions Oviedo American (District 23)
Section 7 Champions Greater Dunedin (District 12)

South Florida Pool Participants
Section 2 Champions West Boynton Beach (District 7)
Section 4 Champions Bloomingdale National (District 13)
Section 6 Champions Braden River (District 26)
Section 8 Champions Optimist Club of Kendall Hammocks (Miami) (District 8)

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Tournament Results:

North Florida Pool
All Games at Field 2

Round 1 (Friday, July 28):
San Mateo 6, Niceville Valparaiso National 0
Greater Dunedin 9, Oviedo American 5

Round 2 (Saturday, July 29):
Oviedo American 6, Niceville Valparaiso National 2
Greater Dunedin 10, San Mateo 8

Round 3 (Saturday, July 29):
Greater Dunedin 6, Niceville Valparaiso National 0
San Mateo 9, Oviedo American 5

South Florida Pool
All Games at Field 1

Round 1 (Friday, July 28):
Bloomingdale National 3, West Boynton Beach 2
Optimist Club of Kendall Hammocks 2, Braden River 1

Round 2 (Saturday, July 29):
Braden River 8, West Boynton Beach 7
Bloomingdale National 13, Optimist Club of Kendall Hammocks 2

Round 3 (Saturday, July 29):
West Boynton Beach 16, Optimist Club of Kendall Hammocks 2
Braden River 13, Bloomingdale National 6


North Florida Standings

W

L

Runs
Allowed
Greater Dunedin 3 0 13
San Mateo 2 1 15
Oviedo American 1 2 20
Niceville Valparaiso National 0 3 18


South Florida Standings

W

L

Runs
Allowed
Braden River 2 1 15
Bloomingdale National 2 1 17
West Boynton Beach 1 2 13
Optimist Club of Kendall Hammocks 1 2 30

The top two teams in each pool advance to the semifinal round.

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.

Semifinal Round (Sunday, July 30)

Greater Dunedin 2, Bloomingdale National 1 (7 innings)
Braden River 6, San Mateo 5

Florida State Championship Game (Monday, July 31)

Greater Dunedin 7, Braden River 3 (TITLE)


Summary:

Will Honeycutt threw a two-hitter, and his Greater Dunedin Little League team scored in each of the game's first four innings to defeat Braden River Little League, 7-3, in the Florida state championship game at Three Oaks Park in South Fort Myers.

Honeycutt struck out five batters, and induced seven ground ball outs in the game. The right-hander did not allow a hit after the third inning just two days after being roughed up in and exiting early in Greater Dunedin's 10-8 victory over San Mateo Little League during pool competition. Honeycutt opened the title game by recording a pair of strikeouts in the first inning, then allowed only a second inning double by Austin Bingham and a third inning homer by Jerrod Leinhauser.

"He got rattled and just didn't have it," explained Greater Dunedin manager Matt Morrow of Honeycutt's abbreviated outing earlier in the tournament. "He showed a lot of character (today), and came back with confidence."

"A good hitting team will hit fastballs," said Braden River manager Shawn Lewellen, whose team lost for just the third time in 19 international tournament games. "He (Honeycutt) mixed some stuff up, and when he (did so), then he's got you guessing."

Ben Emery's two-run double in the first inning gave Greater Dunedin a lead it would never relinquish. The District 12 champions added a run in the second, then doubled the lead in the third. Ninth place hitter T.J. Boudreau delivered a two-run double to spark the third inning rally.

Braden River broke through in the bottom of the inning, when Kyle Benson and Connor Lewellen both walked. Leinhauser followed with his ninth home run of the international tournament, a three-run shot over the center field fence.

B.J. Anderson, also hitting in the ninth position in the Greater Dunedin batting order, added an RBI single in the fourth inning. The bottom four slots in Dunedin's batting order scored four times and drove in three runs in the championship game.

While Braden River had rallied from fifth inning deficits in each of its three victories at the state tournament, Honeycutt retired the first two hitters in the fifth during the title game, then intentionally walked Leinhauser before ending the inning without incident.

Both Greater Dunedin and Braden River reached the title game with one-run victories in the semifinal round. Greater Dunedin edged Bloomingdale National Little League, 2-1 in seven innings, while Braden River scored four times in the bottom of the fifth to rally past San Mateo, 6-5.

Greater Dunedin pitcher Noah Klassen allowed only one hit through the first six innings against Bloomingdale National, striking out eight batters and matching the effort of Bloomingdale starter Nolan Schultz. Greater Dunedin scored its first run on John Brackenhammer's sacrifice fly in the second inning, and after Bloomingdale scored in the sixth to force extra innings, added another on Emery's sacrifice fly in the seventh.

Braden River, which had won three must-win games to close out the District 26 tournament before coming from behind in a win-or-go-home finale in the Section 6 finale, again employed its high-wire act in its semifinal round win. Braden River spotted San Mateo a 4-0 lead in the top of the first, and still trailed 5-2 before turning the game in the fifth. Benson and Lewellen started the rally with walks, then Michael Lolli delivered a run-scoring double. Leinhauser, whose two-run homer in the fourth had given Braden River its earlier runs, followed with a three-run homer to send his team to the state championship game for the second time in four years.

"When they walked off the field (after the top of the fourth inning), I said 'What do we do in the fifth inning?'" said Shawn Lewellen. "And they said 'We come back.' That's been us. If there's a team that doesn't give up, it's this one."

Braden River pitcher Cameron Cox allowed only three hits after the four-run first, and struck out seven batters in the game. Jordie Cofield homered for San Mateo, while Trevor Stott drove in a pair of runs.

Greater Dunedin swept all five of its games at the state tournament. The District 12 champions opened pool competition with a 9-5 victory over Oviedo American Little League, then swept a pair of games on the tournament's second day. Honeycutt and Klassen combined for five hits and a pair of home runs in the win over Oviedo American, then Colyn O'Connell's home run keyed a six-run fifth inning rally in the win over San Mateo. Greater Dunedin clinched the top seed in its pool with the win, then returned to blank Niceville Valparaiso National Little League, 6-0, later in the day. Honeycutt and Emery homered in the win, and starting pitcher Alex Hart allowed only two hits in three innings to earn the win.

Braden River dropped its opener, falling 2-1 to Miami's Optimist Club of Kendall Hammocks Little League. Kendall Hammocks pitcher Andre Medina scattered four hits, and held Braden River's third through fifth place hitters to an infield single. Kendall Hammocks' David Maldonado homered on a changeup in the top of the sixth inning to provide the deciding run.

The next day, Braden River rallied twice: first scoring three times in the bottom of the fifth to overcome West Boynton Beach Little League, 8-7, then piling on ten runs in the same inning of a 13-6 win over Bloomingdale National. The first game ended when Braden River left fielder Connor Lewellen fired a one-hop strike to the plate following a single to throw out a West Boynton Beach baserunner trying to score the tying run from second base.

Six different Braden River players drove in runs during the decisive rally against Bloomingdale, with Cox (two homers in the game) driving in four runs.

Braden River fell behind again in the title game, but had no answer for Honeycutt, and the team's trademark comeback never materialized.

"We've let people get up on us the whole time, and their pitcher pitched a great game," said Shawn Lewellen. "I thought we still had a shot after Jerrod's homer. But they're a good team over there, and I think they're pretty deep in pitching."

"(Greater Dunedin) ought to represent Florida well," he added.

Greater Dunedin was formed when Dunedin American and Dunedin National Little Leagues consolidated into a single charter in 2004. Like its predecessors, which won state titles in 1990 (Dunedin American) and 1991 (Dunedin National), Dunedin's consolidated league reached the region championship game following its state tournament victory. Greater Dunedin defeated Tar Heel Little League (Greenville, North Carolina), 4-2, in the Southeastern Region semifinal round before falling to eventual Little League World Series champion Columbus Northern (Georgia) Little League, 5-0, in the region championship game.

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Linescores:

  Championship Game 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Greater Dunedin 2 1 3 1 0 0 7 8 -
Braden River 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 2 5


2006 Florida District Champions and Sectional Tournament Results:

District Champions in Section 1 District Champions in Section 2
D1 - Niceville Valparaiso National
D20 - Chaires-Capitola (Tallahassee)

Section 1 Tournament
Host - DeFuniak Springs(District 1)

Tournament Results:
1 - Niceville Valparaiso National 2, Chaires-Capitola 0
2 - Niceville Valparaiso National 11, Chaires-Capitola 0 (TITLE)

D2 - Eau Gallie Gold
D7 - West Boynton Beach
D17 - Port St. Lucie National

Section 2 Tournament
Host - Eau Gallie (District 2)

The Section 2 tournament is using a round-robin format.

Tournament Results:
1 - Port St. Lucie National 5, Eau Gallie Gold 2
2 - West Boynton Beach 12, Eau Gallie Gold 0
3 - West Boynton Beach 8, Port St. Lucie National 1


Standings

W

L
West Boynton Beach 2 0
Port St. Lucie National 1 1
Eau Gallie Gold 0 2

West Boynton Beach wins the Section 2 tournament with a 2-0 record.

District Champions in Section 3 District Champions in Section 4
D11 - San Mateo (Jacksonville)
D19 - Mount Dora
D22 - North Merritt Island

Section 3 Tournament
Host - Mount Dora (District 19)
At Lincoln Park

The Section 3 tournament is using a round-robin format.

Tournament Results:
1 - Mount Dora 3, North Merritt Island 2
2 - San Mateo 13, North Merritt Island 12
3 - San Mateo 7, Mount Dora 3


Standings

W

L
San Mateo 2 0
Mount Dora 1 1
North Merritt Island 0 2

San Mateo wins the Section 3 tournament with a 2-0 record.

D4 - Plant City American
D13 - Bloomingdale National
D25 - Lutz

Section 4 Tournament
Host - East Bay (District 13)

The Section 4 tournament is using a round-robin format.

Tournament Results:
1 - Lutz 12, Plant City American 0
2 - Bloomingdale National 6, Plant City American 1
3 - Bloomingdale National 10, Lutz 0 (4 innings)


Standings

W

L
Bloomingdale National 2 0
Lutz 1 1
Plant City American 0 2

Bloomingdale National wins the Section 4 tournament with a 2-0 record.

District Champions in Section 5 District Champions in Section 6
D3 - Conway
D14 - Windermere National
D23 - Oviedo American
D24 - East Orange (Orlando)

Section 5 Tournament
Host - Union Park (District 24)

The Section 5 tournament is using a round-robin format.

Tournament Results:
1 - Oviedo American 10, East Orange 9
2 - Windermere National 12, Conway 0
3 - Oviedo American 11, Conway 2
4 - Windermere National 10, East Orange 6
5 - Oviedo American 6, Windermere National 0
6 - Conway 3, East Orange 0


Standings

W

L
Oviedo American 3 0
Windermere National 2 1
Conway 1 2
East Orange 0 3

Oviedo American wins the Section 5 tournament with a 3-0 record.

D9 - Fort Myers American
D16 - Venice National
D18 - San Carlos South Fort Myers
D26 - Braden River

Section 6 Tournament
Host - Venice (District 16)
At Chuck Reiter Field

The Section 6 tournament is using a round-robin format.

Tournament Results:
1 - Venice National 8, Fort Myers American 0
2 - Braden River 9, San Carlos South Fort Myers 2
3 - Braden River 4, Fort Myers American 3 (7 innings)
4 - Venice National 7, San Carlos South Fort Myers 5
5 - Fort Myers American 6, San Carlos South Fort Myers 2
6 - Braden River 5, Venice National 1


Standings

W

L
Braden River 3 0
Venice National 2 1
Fort Myers American 1 2
San Carlos South Fort Myers 0 3

Braden River wins the Section 6 tournament with a 3-0 record.

District Champions in Section 7 District Champions in Section 8
D5 - Seminole
D6 - Northside (Tampa)
D12 - Greater Dunedin
D15 - Inverness

Section 7 Tournament
Host - Northside (Tampa) (District 6)

The Section 7 tournament is using a round-robin format.

Tournament Results:
1 - Inverness 19, Seminole 8
2 - Greater Dunedin 10, Northside 0
3 - Greater Dunedin 9, Seminole 5
4 - Northside 10, Inverness 0
5 - Greater Dunedin 8, Inverness 0
6 - Seminole 8, Northside 0


Standings

W

L
Greater Dunedin 3 0
Northside 1 2
Inverness 1 2
Seminole 1 2

Greater Dunedin wins the Section 7 tournament with a 3-0 record.

D8 - Optimist Club of Kendall Hammocks (Miami)
D10 - Deerfield Beach
D21 - Western Area American (Weston)

Section 8 Tournament
Host - North Miami National (District 8)

The Section 8 tournament is using a round-robin format.

Tournament Results:
1 - Optimist Club of Kendall Hammocks 4, Western Area American 3 (7 innings)
2 - Western Area American 5, Deerfield Beach 2
3 - Optimist Club of Kendall Hammocks 6, Deerfield Beach 1


Standings

W

L
Optimist Club of Kendall Hammocks 2 0
Western Area American 1 1
Deerfield Beach 0 2

The Optimist Club of Kendall Hammocks wins the Section 8 tournament with a 2-0 record.




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