1979 Illinois State Little League® Tournament Results

Illinois State Tournament

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Illinois State Tournament
Host - Naperville
At Knoch Park

Participating Teams:
Section 1 Champions
Section 2 Champions
Section 3 Champions
Section 4 Champions
Ottawa National (District 5)
LaGrange American (District 9)
Chicago Jackie Robinson West (District 4)
Elgin National (District 13)

Tournament Results:

Elgin National 20, Ottawa National 2
LaGrange American 7, Chicago Jackie Robinson West 5

Championship Game:
Elgin National 5, LaGrange American 2 (TITLE)


In the first inning of Elgin National's title game victory, manager Bob Nelson unconsciously touched a hand to his face. On the next pitch, baserunner Calvin Parham was caught trying to steal second -- Nelson had accidentally flashed the steal sign. Still, Elgin didn't miss a beat, as they methodically built a 5-1 lead, and stifled a LaGrange American mini-rally in the sixth with a game-ending double play. Elgin National was led by Mike Casten (a fifth inning two-run homer that broke open a 2-1 game), Todd Opsahl (a sixth inning homer that was the first of his Little League career), and Brian Corn (a four hit, eight strikeout complete game). In their semifinal victory, Elgin National took advangage of 14 walks issued by Ottawa National pitchers, and used a six-run first inning (the first eight hitters reached base safely) and an 11-run fifth to crush Ottawa National.

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1979 Illinois District Champions and Sectional Tournament Results:

District Champions
in Section 1
District Champions
in Section 2
D1 - Mount Carmel
D2 - Paris
D3 - Springfield American
D5 - Ottawa National
D17 - Quincy South
D19 - Sterling American

As the winner of the two-team District 2 tournament, Paris was placed in the District 17 semifinals. Quincy North defeated Paris 9-5 in that semifinal round game.

Section 1 Tournament
Host - Ottawa (District 5)
At Library Park

Tournament Results:
1 - Sterling American 5, Quincy South 1
2 - Mount Carmel 3, Sterling American 2
3 - Ottawa National 4, Springfield American 0
4 - Ottawa National 11, Mount Carmel 3 (TITLE)

D9 - LaGrange American
D10 - Melrose Park
D11 - Bolingbrook
D18 - Bradley-Bourbonnais

Section 2 Tournament
Host - Melrose Park (District 10)

Tournament Results:
1 - Bradley-Bourbonnais 4, Melrose Park 3
2 - LaGrange American 4, Bolingbrook 3
3 - LaGrange American 8, Bradley-Bourbonnais 2 (TITLE)

District Champions
in Section 3
District Champions
in Section 4
D4 - Chicago Jackie Robinson West
D6 - Dolton-Riverdale American
D7 -
D8 -
D15 - Chicago Clear Ridge

Section 3 Tournament
Host - Alsip (District 8)

Chicago Jackie Robinson West won the Section 3 tournament.

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D12 - River Grove
D13 - Elgin National
D14 - Prospect Heights
D16 - Libertyville

Section 4 Tournament

Tournament Results:
1 - Elgin National 3, Prospect Heights 2
2 - Libertyville d. River Grove
3 - Elgin National 6, Libertyville 2 (TITLE)

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