2008 Florida State Little League® Tournament Results
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Florida State Tournament
Host - East Boynton Beach (District 7)

Pool 'A' Participants
Section 1 Champions Chaires/Capitola (Tallahassee) (District 20)
Section 3 Champions Cocoa (District 22)
Section 5 Champions Winter Park (District 24)
Section 7 Champions Citrus Park (Tampa) (District 6)

Pool 'B' Participants
Section 2 Champions Martin County North (Stuart/Palm City) (District 17)
Section 4 Champions South Brandon American (District 13)
Section 6 Champions Fort Myers American (District 9)
Section 8 Champions Coral Springs National (District 10)

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Tournament Results:

Pool 'A' Tournament

Round 1 (Friday, July 25):
Citrus Park 5, Chaires/Capitola 2
Cocoa 5, Winter Park 2

Round 2 (Saturday, July 26):
Winter Park 5, Chaires/Capitola 2
Citrus Park 9, Cocoa 2

Round 3 (Sunday, July 27):
Chaires/Capitola 5, Cocoa 4
Citrus Park 12, Winter Park 5

Pool 'B' Tournament

Round 1 (Friday, July 25):
Fort Myers American 6, South Brandon American 5
Coral Springs National 3, Martin County North 1

Round 2 (Saturday, July 26):
Coral Springs National 2, South Brandon American 1
Martin County North 9, Fort Myers American 4

Round 3 (Sunday, July 27):
Fort Myers American 8, Coral Springs National 1
South Brandon American 11, Martin County North 5


Pool 'A' Standings

W

L

Runs
Allowed
Citrus Park 3 0 9
Chaires/Capitola 1 2 14
Cocoa 1 2 16
Winter Park 1 2 19


Pool 'B' Standings

W

L

Runs
Allowed
Fort Myers American 2 1 15
Coral Springs National 2 1 10
South Brandon American 1 2 13
Martin County North 1 2 18

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 28)

Fort Myers American 9, Chaires/Capitola 2
Citrus Park 3, Coral Springs National 2

Florida State Championship Game (Monday, July 28)

Citrus Park 12, Fort Myers American 1 (4 innings; TITLE)


Summary:

The estimated travel time from tie game to essentially over? Just a few minutes.

Citrus Park Little League slammed four home runs and tallied eleven runs in the top of the third inning, turning a 1-1 deadlock into a mercy-rule romp as the Tampa-based league defeated Fort Myers American Little League, 12-1 in four inning, in the championship game of the Florida state tournament.

With the win -- Citrus Park's twelfth in a row since the start of the international tournament -- Citrus Park claimed its first state championship in the major baseball division, and stayed on course during a tournament run in which the league would eventually reach the U.S. semifinals at the Little League World Series.

Citrus Park grabbed an early lead in the title game, but Fort Myers American pulled even on Thomas Runyon's solo home run in the bottom of the second. But the home run was the extent of Fort Myers' offense, and Citrus Park answered quickly with its decisive rally the next inning.

Mike McGuire launched the first salvo, pulling his team back into the lead with a solo home run. Wyatt Reid followed with a solo shot of his own, and Danny Lastra later delivered a two-run double just inside the first base line.

A hit batsman and walk loaded the bases following a pitching change, then Kevin Merrell drove a grand slam beyond the center field fence. Levi Gilcrease later capped the rally with a three-run homer that pushed Citrus Park's lead into double-digits.

"We've had different guys do it every day," said manager Joe McGuire, whose team averaged over eleven runs per game over the course of district, sectional and state tournament competition. "Tonight, everybody hit. This is what happens when everybody hits."

"(These were) two of the top five pitchers in our league all year," said Fort Myers manager Eric Joslin. "We didn't run out of pitching; they just hit the ball."

The 12-run output matched Citrus Park's highest offensive total in its five state tournament games. Earlier in the day, the output was considerably lower, as the Section 6 champions edged Coral Springs National Little League, 3-2, in a tense semifinal round encounter. Reid opened the scoring with a single that plated Ryan McCullers and Mike McGuire in the first inning. Coral Springs pulled to within a run, then Citrus Park added a run in the third when Gilcrease scored from second on an error following Darren Miller's grounder.

The offense was just enough for Mike McGuire and McCullers, who combined on a three-hitter in the win. McGuire struck out eight over 4-2/3 innings before switching positions due to pitch count restrictions, and McCullers then recorded the game's final four outs.

Citrus Park opened the tournament with a 5-2 victory over Tallahassee's Chaires/Capitola Little League. The two teams traded early offense, but Citrus Park claimed the lead for good on Mike McGuire's solo home run in the third inning. Citrus Park added two more in the fifth, and Mike McGuire, Merrell, and Reid combined to hold Chaires' offense in check. Merrell threw 2-2/3 shutout innings in relief, then handed the game over to Reid, who notched a save with a scoreless sixth.

The combination of solid relief pitching and home run-driven offense paid dividends again the next day, when Citrus Park topped Cocoa Little League, 9-2. Lastra powered the offense, delivering a two-run homer in the second inning, driving in a run in the fourth, and adding a three-run blast in the fifth.

"He was fantastic," said Joe McGuire of his team's hitting hero. "He's been hitting the ball well through districts and sections, and today."

While Lastra provided the bulk of Citrus Park's offense, pitchers Reid and Miller stepped up on the mound. Reid threw the first two innings, and Joe McGuire -- with an eye on potential semifinal and championship game needs -- elected to replace his starter before his pitch count rose above a threshold that would require more rest. Miller wrapped up the win with four solid innings of relief.

"Miller's not going to be available to us for the rest of the tournament, but ... he threw four great innings for us today," Joe McGuire explained. "Now we have our number one, two, three and four pitchers available, and tomorrow I can throw anyone and still have one through four available for the semifinal and final.

"Scoring runs," added the Citrus Park manager, "makes it easy on the pitching."

While Citrus Park stood alone atop its pool through two days, it hadn't yet clinched a semifinal round berth. That came after the District 6 champions defeated Winter Park Little Legue, 12-5, in the final round of pool competition. Austin McCullers paced the offense, driving a three-run double in the first inning before adding a two-run double in the third. Miller added a pair of hits and scored two runs, while Joe McGuire maximized his pitching options for the tournament's final stages by using five different pitchers and keeping pitch counts low in the game.

The win moved Citrus Park into a semifinal round matchup with Coral Springs National, a team that didn't discover it would be playing in the state tournament until just a couple of days prior to the tournament. Coral Springs National was routed 18-0 by Miami's Optimist Club of Kendall Hammocks Little League in the Section 8 tournament, but advanced to the state tournament when Kendall Hammocks was disqualified for the tournament by Little League Baseball following a string of rules violations.

Coral Springs capitalized on its new life, winning two of three pool games, and finished pool play with the second-fewest runs allowed among all tournament entrants.

Coral Springs dropped its semifinal round encounter with Citrus Park, but Fort Myers American struck for eight runs in the top of the sixth inning to rally past Chaires/Capitola, 9-2, in the other semifinal. Chaires starting pitcher Andrew Faulkner struck out fourteen batters, and carried a 2-1 lead into the sixth inning. But pitch count regulations forced Fort Myers to switch pitchers, and after the inning's initial out was recorded, nine consecutive Fort Myers batters reached base safely as the Gulf Coast team slowly stretched its lead. Evan Dougherty capped the decisive rally with a three-run homer.

"We know we can hit -- it just took a while," said Joslin, the Fort Myers manager.

In the championship game later that day, Citrus Park demonstrated its own hitting mettle as the league eased past Fort Myers American and set its sights on the Southeastern Region tournament in Gulfport, Florida.

"Without a doubt, we haven't played up to our capabilities yet," said Joe McGuire, who set the expectations high for a team that would eventually reach South Williamsport.

"I think our best is yet to come."

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2008 Florida District Champions and Sectional Tournament Results:

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

Section 1 Tournament
Host - Shalimar (District 1)

Tournament Results:
1 - Chaires/Capitola 6, Niceville Valparaiso American 2
2 - Chaires/Capitola 4, Niceville Valparaiso American 0 (TITLE)

D2 - Greater West Melbourne
D7 - North Palm Beach
D17 - Martin County North (Stuart/Palm City)

Section 2 Tournament
Host - West Boynton Beach (District 7)

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

Tournament Results:
1 - Martin County North 13, North Palm Beach 4
2 - North Palm Beach 13, Greater West Melbourne 2
3 - Martin County North 6, Greater West Melbourne 4


Standings

W

L
Martin County North 2 0
North Palm Beach 1 1
Greater West Melbourne 0 2

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

District Champions in Section 3 District Champions in Section 4
D11 - Arlington (Jacksonville)
D19 - Eustis
D22 - Cocoa

Section 3 Tournament
Host - Arlington (Jacksonville) (District 11)

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

Tournament Results:
1 - Arlington 10, Eustis 9
2 - Cocoa 9, Eustis 4
3 - Cocoa 19, Arlington 9


Standings

W

L
Cocoa 2 0
Arlington 1 1
Eustis 0 2

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

D4 - Haines City
D13 - South Brandon American
D25 - New Tampa (Tampa)
D26 - Manatee National (Bradenton)

Section 4 Tournament
Host - Dade City (District 25)

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

Tournament Results:
1 - South Brandon American 5, Manatee National 1
2 - Haines City 8, New Tampa 6
3 - South Brandon American 1, New Tampa 0
4 - Haines City 12, Manatee National 11 (7 innings)
5 - New Tampa 12, Manatee National 3
6 - South Brandon American 10, Haines City 9


Standings

W

L
South Brandon American 3 0
Haines City 2 1
New Tampa 1 2
Manatee National 0 3

South Brandon American advances to the state tournament as the round-robin champion.

District Champions in Section 5 District Champions in Section 6
D3 - Kissimmee American
D14 - Dr. Phillips American (Orlando)
D23 - Lake Mary
D24 - Winter Park

Section 5 Tournament
Host - Winter Garden (District 14)

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

Tournament Results:
1 - Winter Park 7, Lake Mary 2
2 - Dr. Phillips American 1, Kissimmee American 0
3 - Winter Park 8, Kissimmee American 4
4 - Dr. Phillips American 9, Lake Mary 3
5 - Kissimmee American 12, Lake Mary 9
6 - Winter Park 8, Dr. Phillips American 3


Standings

W

L
Winter Park 3 0
Dr. Phillips American 2 1
Kissimmee American 1 2
Lake Mary 0 3

Winter Park advances to the state tournament as the round-robin champion.

D9 - Fort Myers American
D16 - Sarasota Florida
D18 - San Carlos
D27 - Greater Naples

Section 6 Tournament
Host - San Carlos (District 18)
At Three Oaks Community Park

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

Tournament Results:
1 - Sarasota Florida 5, San Carlos 2
2 - Fort Myers American 4, Greater Naples 2
3 - Fort Myers American 5, Sarasota Florida 1
4 - San Carlos 8, Greater Naples 4
5 - Sarasota Florida 7, Greater Naples 3
6 - Fort Myers American 17, San Carlos 6


Standings

W

L
Fort Myers American 3 0
Sarasota Florida 2 1
San Carlos 1 2
Greater Naples 0 3

Fort Myers American advances to the state tournament as the round-robin champion.

District Champions in Section 7 District Champions in Section 8
D5 - Seminole
D6 - Citrus Park (Tampa)
D12 - East Lake (Tarpon Springs)
D15 - Greater Hudson

Section 7 Tournament
Host - Cross Bayou (District 5)

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

Tournament Results:
1 - Seminole 3, Greater Hudson 2
2 - Citrus Park 6, East Lake 0
3 - East Lake 11, Seminole 1
4 - Citrus Park 13, Greater Hudson 3 (4 innings)
5 - East Lake 12, Greater Hudson 0
6 - Citrus Park 10, Seminole 0


Standings

W

L
Citrus Park 3 0
East Lake 2 1
Seminole 1 2
Greater Hudson 0 3

Citrus Park advances to the state tournament as the round-robin champion.

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

Section 8 Tournament
Host - Coconut Creek (District 10)
At Sabal Pines Park

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

Tournament Schedule/Results:
1 - Coral Springs National 12, Western Area National 0
2 - Optimist Club of Kendall Hammocks d. Western Area National
3 - Coral Springs National 6, Optimist Club of Kendall Hammocks 0 (forfeit reverses 18-0 Kendall Hammocks win; Kendall Hammocks is disqualified from the tournament for rules violations)


Standings

W

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

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




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