2007 Florida State Little League® Tournament Results
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Florida State Tournament
Host - Northwest Leon (Tallahassee) (District 20)
At Canopy Oaks Community Park

Pool 'A' Participants
Section 1 Champions Defuniak Springs (District 1)
Section 3 Champions Eustis (District 19)
Section 5 Champions Winter Park (District 24)
Section 7 Champions Seminole (District 5)

Pool 'B' Participants
Section 2 Champions North Palm Beach (District 7)
Section 4 Champions New Tampa (Tampa) (District 25)
Section 6 Champions West Central Sarasota (District 16)
Section 8 Champions North Springs (District 10)

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Tournament Results:

Pool 'A' Tournament

Round 1 (Friday, July 27):
Defuniak Springs 8, Eustis 5
Seminole 7, Winter Park 6

Round 2 (Saturday, July 28):
Winter Park 4, Defuniak Springs 3
Seminole 11, Eustis 1 (4 innings)

Round 3 (Sunday, July 29):
Seminole 3, Defuniak Springs 1
Eustis 6, Winter Park 3

Pool 'B' Tournament

Round 1 (Friday, July 27):
North Palm Beach 2, New Tampa 1 (7 innings)
North Springs 8, West Central Sarasota 7

Round 2 (Saturday, July 28):
North Palm Beach 6, West Central Sarasota 0
North Springs 8, New Tampa 6

Round 3 (Sunday, July 29):
North Palm Beach 4, North Springs 1
West Central Sarasota 14, New Tampa 9


Pool 'A' Standings

W

L

Runs
Allowed
Seminole 3 0 8
Defuniak Springs 1 2 12
Eustis 1 2 22
Winter Park 1 2 16


Pool 'B' Standings

W

L

Runs
Allowed
North Palm Beach 3 0 2
North Springs 2 1 17
West Central Sarasota 1 2 23
New Tampa 0 3 24

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 (Monday, July 30)

Seminole 9, North Springs 1
North Palm Beach 5, Defuniak Springs 0

Florida State Championship Game (Monday, July 30)

North Palm Beach 7, Seminole 0 (TITLE)


Summary:

The irresistible force? That was the Seminole Little League offense. The District 5 champions returned five players from a team that carried a lead into the final inning of sectional tournament loss against a Greater Dunedin Little League team that fell just one game shy of the Little League World Series. Seminole's 2007 numbers were eye-popping from any angle: the 62-4 margin of victory in four district tournament wins, the eleven home runs in fifteen innings in the Section 7 tournament, or the two different state tournament games in which the team hit five or more home runs.

The immovable object? Unquestionably, the North Palm Beach Little League pitching staff. North Palm Beach did not allow more than two runs in any of its sectional or state tournament games. The team's pitchers allowed only two runs, total, in four state tournament victories leading into the championship game. Six different pitchers combined to strike out 46 batters -- a rate of nearly 12 per game -- during those wins.

"We could probably go with any one of the guys in a jam and he could go out there and throw strikes," said North Palm Beach manager Tom Williams of his deep staff.

In the final game of the 2007 Florida state tournament, the irresistible force and immovable object collided head-on. And the immovable object was rock-solid.

North Palm Beach pitcher Bradley Emery allowed only two hits in a complete game effort as his team blanked Seminole, 7-0, to win the Florida state championship at Canopy Oaks Community Park in Tallahassee.

The win, coupled with the one-hit performance by teammate Cheyne Bickel in a semifinal round win earlier in the day, advanced North Palm Beach into the Southeastern Region tournament in Gulfport, Florida.

Bickel had struck out fifteen in North Palm Beach's 5-0 win over Defuniak Springs earlier in the day, and Emery echoed that performance by fanning twelve in the title game. After pitching out of trouble in the second and third innings, Emery retired the last eleven batters he faced as Seminole failed to homer for the first time in its twelve international tournament games.

"Emery and Bickel pitched great today," said Williams after the championship game. "Everybody kept the defense up and never let down."

North Palm Beach played errorless defense, while Seminole committed an uncharacteristic five errors on a field made sloppy by intermittent drizzles throughout the day.

"Emery was one tough pitcher, and we were overmatched today," said Seminole manager Ira Berman. "We played a poor game defensively and made too many errors."

North Palm Beach opened the scoring in the first. Leadoff hitter Jack Granger started the inning with a double to right, and Duke Stunkel followed with a run-scoring single to center.

Seminole had opportunities to respond in the next two innings, but came up empty both times. The District 5 champions had runners on second and third with nobody out in the second, but they advanced no further as Emery fanned the next three hitters. In the third, Seminole had the potential tying run at third base with one out, but Emery induced a soft liner to the first baseman, then ended the inning with a strikeout.

Seminole would not have another baserunner in the game, and North Palm Beach began pulling away in the bottom of the inning. The eventual champions converted two errors and a pair of wild pitches into two runs in the bottom of the third, and netted two more runs using the same combination in the fourth. Matt Williams' two-run double off the fence capped the four run inning.

Emery's performance was made more remarkable by Seminole's prolific output earlier in the tournament. Seminole homered six times in a pool victory over Eustis Little League, then hit five more in a 9-1 semifinal round win over North Springs Little League.

Will Oberst opened the scoring for Seminole in its semifinal round win, driving a letter-high fastball over the right center field fence to lead off the second inning. In the next inning, Seminole added seven more runs before the first out was recorded. Brett Phillips and Scott Withrow opened the inning with singles, then pitcher Mike Mann unloaded a long home run nearly 100 feet beyond the left field fence. Corey Baptist followed with a homer of his own, and after a pitching change, two more batters reached base in advance of Anthony Lamoureux's three-run shot over the left center field fence.

Baptist added a solo home run in the sixth inning to complete the scoring.

Earlier in the tournament, Seminole had rallied from deficits twice in a 7-6 win over Winter Park Little League, then used Lamoureux's three-run, walk off home run to stun Defuniak Springs, 3-1 in their final pool contest.

"We're a big inning, power hitting club," said Berman after his team's six home runs overpowered Eustis. "(This) was typical of the style of our team."

While Seminole relied on a smashmouth approach to work through the tournament, North Palm Beach leveraged its deep pitching arsenal. Bickel allowed only one hit and blanked New Tampa Little League for 5-2/3 innings in his team's opener, a 2-1 extra inning victory. A North Palm Beach reliever allowed a game-tying hit in the top of the sixth after Bickel's pitch count-spurred exit, but Stunkel's walk-off home run in the seventh gave his team the win.

"We needed to get that first win," said Tom Williams. "It was very important to start off on the right foot."

North Palm Beach's pitching was equally stingy the next day, as Emery and Granger combined on a one-hitter in a 6-0 win over West Central Sarasota Little League. Emery struck out six in three innings, then Granger fanned four more over the final three frames.

As it would in the championship game, North Palm Beach broke the game open after an opponent's error. Patrick Pirak scored on a passed ball to open the scoring, then an errant throw to first base on a two out grounder plated Matt Williams and extended the inning. North Palm Beach loaded the bases after a pitch count-driven pitching change, then Emery launched a grand slam to extend the lead.

"We made a few crucial errors at the wrong time, and it gave them new opportunities," said West Central Sarasota manager Mike Rubustelli. "And they capitalized on it."

North Palm Beach secured a semifinal round berth with the win, and then clinched first place in the pool by downing North Springs, 4-1, in a battle of unbeaten teams. North Springs had won its opener when Brandon Dreishler's two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the sixth reversed a 7-6 deficit against West Central Sarasota, then remained unbeaten by rallying from a 6-0 deficit in the bottom of the sixth against New Tampa. Andrew Colangelo's grand slam tied the game, and Derek Fritz's two-run homer handed a hard luck New Tampa team its second walk-off loss in as many days.

"These kids have so much heart and they just kept battling and battling," said North Springs manager Frank Kempinger after the team's first come-from-behind win.

While North Springs had no answer for Seminole's firepower in its semifinal round meeting, Bickel's one-hitter subdued Defuniak Springs as North Palm Beach advanced from the other semifinal contest with a 5-0 victory. North Palm Beach scored all of its runs in the second inning, with Kyle Cunningham and Bickel driving in runs to open the scoring, and Stunkel adding a two-run homer.

The win placed the immovable object firmly in the path of Seminole's fast-moving, high-octane offense, and Emery's effort later in the day helped North Palm Beach simply deflect the blow and give the District 7 champions their first-ever state title.

"This is a dream come true for these kids," said Williams. "Our pitching really carried us, and our bats came through when it counted most."

It was a combination that finally spurred the immovable object into the only motion it preferred: a climb upward, toward the next rung on the tournament ladder.

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Linescores:

  Semifinal Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Defuniak Springs 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 -
North Palm Beach 0 5 0 0 0 x 5 5 -
  Semifinal Round
Seminole 0 1 7 0 0 1 9 11 -
North Springs 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 5 -
  Championship Game
Seminole 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 5
North Palm Beach 1 0 2 4 0 x 7 7 0


2007 Florida District Champions and Sectional Tournament Results:

District Champions in Section 1 District Champions in Section 2
D1 - Defuniak Springs
D20 - Chaires/Capitola (Tallahassee)

Section 1 Tournament
Host - Northwest Leon (Tallahassee) (District 20)
At Canopy Oaks Community Park

Tournament Results:
1 - Defuniak Springs 5, Chaires/Capitola 0
2 - Defuniak Springs 5, Chaires/Capitola 2 (12 innings; TITLE)

D2 - Viera/Suntree (Melbourne)
D7 - North Palm Beach
D17 - Port St. Lucie National

Section 2 Tournament
Host - Port St. Lucie National (District 17)
At Sportsman Park

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

Tournament Schedule/Results:
1 - North Palm Beach 6, Viera/Suntree 2
2 - Viera/Suntree 11, Port St. Lucie National 9
3 - North Palm Beach 12, Port St. Lucie National 2


Standings

W

L
North Palm Beach 2 0
Viera/Suntree 1 1
Port St. Lucie National 0 2

North Palm Beach advances to the state tournament as the round-robin champion.

District Champions in Section 3 District Champions in Section 4
D11 - St. Augustine
D19 - Eustis
D22 - Merritt Island

Section 3 Tournament
Host - Indian River City (Titusville) (District 22)
At W.W. James Park

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

Tournament Results:
1 - Merritt Island 8, St. Augustine 3
2 - Eustis 3, St. Augustine 1
3 - Eustis 14, Merritt Island 3 (TITLE)


Standings

W

L
Eustis 2 0
Merritt Island 1 1
St. Augustine 0 2

Eustis advances to the state tournament as the round-robin champion.

D4 - Plant City American
D13 - Bloomingdale American
D25 - New Tampa (Tampa)

Section 4 Tournament
Host - Lake Wales (District 4)

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

Tournament Schedule/Results:
1 - New Tampa 5, Bloomingdale American 3
2 - Plant City American versus Bloomingdale American (7/21)
3 - New Tampa 10, Plant City American 8


Standings

W

L
New Tampa 2 0
Bloomingdale American 0 1
Plant City American 0 1

The round-robin champion advances to the state tournament.

District Champions in Section 5 District Champions in Section 6
D3 - Conway
D14 - Dr. Phillips National (Orlando)
D23 - Apopka National
D24 - Winter Park

Section 5 Tournament
Host - Apopka (District 23)

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

Tournament Results:
1 - Winter Park 5, Apopka National 0
2 - Dr. Phillips National 16, Conway 0 (4 innings)
3 - Winter Park 5, Conway 0
4 - Apopka National 12, Dr. Phillips National 10
5 - Apopka National 12, Conway 0 (6 innings)
6 - Dr. Phillips National 11, Winter Park 9


Standings

W

L
Winter Park 2 1
Apopka National 2 1
Dr. Phillips National 2 1
Conway 0 3

Winter Park advances to the state tournament as the round-robin champion based on their superior runs per defensive inning ratio.

D9 - South Fort Myers
D16 - West Central Sarasota
D18 - North Naples
D26 - Braden River

Section 6 Tournament
Host - South Fort Myers (District 9)
At Rutenberg Park

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

Tournament Results:
1 - South Fort Myers 8, North Naples 5
2 - West Central Sarasota 13, Braden River 3 (5 innings)
3 - West Central Sarasota 7, North Naples 3
4 - South Fort Myers 12, Braden River 2
5 - West Central Sarasota 11, South Fort Myers 4
6 - Braden River 5, North Naples 2


Standings

W

L
West Central Sarasota 3 0
South Fort Myers 2 1
Braden River 1 2
North Naples 0 3

West Central Sarasota advances to the state tournament as the round-robin champion.

District Champions in Section 7 District Champions in Section 8
D5 - Seminole
D6 - Tampa Bay
D12 - Clearwater
D15 - West Hernando (Spring Hill)

Section 7 Tournament
Host - Greater Dunedin (District 12)
At Fisher Field; Highlander Park

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

Tournament Results:
1 - Seminole 12, West Hernando 2 (4 innings)
2 - Tampa Bay 9, Clearwater 1
3 - Seminole 14, Clearwater 2 (5 innings)
4 - Tampa Bay 9, West Hernando 3
5 - Clearwater 14, West Hernando 2
6 - Seminole 4, Tampa Bay 0


Standings

W

L
Seminole 3 0
Tampa Bay 2 1
Clearwater 1 2
West Hernando 0 3

Seminole advances to the state tournament as the round-robin champion.

D8 - Optimist Club of Kendall Hammocks (Miami)
D10 - North Springs (Coral Springs)
D21 - Western Area National (Weston)

Section 8 Tournament
Host - Coral Springs American (District 10)
At Mullins Park

Tournament Schedule/Results:
The Section 8 tournament is using a round-robin format.

Tournament Schedule/Results:
1 - North Springs 12, Western Area National 2 (5 innings)
2 - Optimist Club of Kendall Hammocks 7, Western Area National 2
3 - North Springs 7, Optimist Club of Kendall Hammocks 1


Standings

W

L
North Springs 2 0
Optimist Club of Kendall Hammocks 1 1
Western Area National 0 2

North Springs advances to the state tournament as the round-robin champion.




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