1997 Illinois State Little League® Tournament Results

Illinois State Tournament



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Illinois State Tournament
Host - Beardstown
At Schmoldt Park

Participating Teams:
Section 1 Champions
Section 2 Champions
Section 3 Champions
Section 4 Champions
Section 5 Champions
Beardstown (District 17)
Naperville American (District 11)
Chicago Jackie Robinson West (District 4)
Libertyville (District 16)
Rochelle (District 19)

Tournament Results:

Opening Round:
Rochelle 3, Libertyville 1

Winner's Bracket Semifinals:
Beardstown 8, Chicago Jackie Robinson West 2
Naperville American 11, Rochelle 3

Loser's Bracket Quarterfinals (5 teams remain):
Libertyville 7, Chicago Jackie Robinson West 6 (elim.)

Loser's Bracket Semifinals (4 teams remain):
Rochelle 9, Libertyville 8 (elim.)

Winner's Bracket Finals:
Naperville American 8, Beardstown 5

Loser's Bracket Finals (3 teams remain):
Rochelle 8, Beardstown 1 (elim.)

Championship Series:
Rochelle 2, Naperville American 1
Naperville American 7, Rochelle 1 (TITLE)


Summary:

Naperville American survived a pre-game scare when two team vans carrying players and coaches to the championship game were forced into a ditch by a pickup truck that swerved into their lane, and the Americans then regrouped to soundly defeat Rochelle for the state title. Ryan Renn scattered three hits and struck out ten to pick up the victory, and Naperville American snapped a 1-1 tie with a five run fifth inning rally. Renn, Pat Brusveen, and Craig Brookes each delivered RBI hits in the inning.

Rochelle had forced a second title game by defeating Naperville 2-1 in the first championship game. Adam Tobler provided the offense with a pair of solo home runs, including the game winner in the bottom of the sixth inning, while Joe Rice threw a four-hitter.

In the winner's bracket finals, Beardstown led Naperville 2-1 after five innings, but the Americans rallied for seven sixth inning runs and then held off a late Beardstown rally. Naperville took the lead on Ryan Pollard's bases-loaded single, and Tumilty later added a three-run homer. The Americans advanced despite issuing 10 walks and committing three errors.

Naperville American finished third in its pool at the Central Region Tournament in Indianapolis. Naperville American, Baxter Springs (KS), and Dyer (IN) all finished with 4-1 records in pool competition. Dyer won the tiebreaker (fewest runs allowed per defensive inning against all opponents) and advanced to the title game and ultimately the Little League World Series. Naperville American had handed Dyer its only loss in pool competition by defeating the Indiana champions 6-1 earlier in the tournament. A majority of Naperville American's players were also members of the 1995 Naperville American team that won the Illinois state tournament in the 9-10 year old division.

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1997 Illinois District Champions and Sectional Tournament Results:

District Champions
in Section 1
District Champions
in Section 2
D1 - Mount Carmel
D2 - Paris
D3 - Taylorville Red Bland
D17 - Beardstown

Section 1 Tournament
Host - Rushville (District 17)

Tournament Results:
1 - Mount Carmel d. Paris
2 - Beardstown 5, Taylorville Red Bland 0
3 - Paris d. Taylorville Red Bland (elim.)
4 - Beardstown 8, Mount Carmel 3
5 - Mount Carmel 11, Paris 0 (elim.)
6 - Beardstown 3, Mount Carmel 1 (TITLE)

D9 - LaGrange
D11 - Naperville American
D15 - Scottsdale-Ford City (Chicago)
D18 - Bradley-Bourbonnais American

Section 2 Tournament
Host - Lyons-McCook (District 9)
At Cy Jenks Field

Tournament Results:
1 - Naperville American 11, LaGrange 0
2 - Bradley-Bourbonnais American 3, Scottsdale-Ford City 1
3 - Ford City-Scottsdale d. LaGrange (elim.)
4 - Naperville American 5, Bradley-Bourbonnais American 1
5 - Bradley-Bourbonnais American 3, Scottsdale-Ford City 1 (elim.)
6 - Naperville American 6, Bradley-Bourbonnais American 2 (TITLE)

District Champions
in Section 3
District Champions
in Section 4
D4 - Chicago Jackie Robinson West
D6 - Lansing West
D7 - Evergreen Park
D8 - Alsip

Section 3 Tournament
Host - Chicago Jackie Robinson West (District 4)
At Mount Vernon Park

Tournament Results:
1 - Chicago Jackie Robinson West 6, Evergreen Park 0
2 - Alsip d. Lansing West
3 - Lansing West 5, Evergreen Park 3 (elim.)
4 - Chicago Jackie Robinson West 1, Alsip 0
5 - Alsip 7, Lansing West 6 (elim.)
6 - Chicago Jackie Robinson West 5, Alsip 4 (TITLE)

D10 - Melrose Park
D12 - Des Plaines Central
D13 - Barrington American
D16 - Libertyville

Section 4 Tournament
Host - Norridge (District 12)

Tournament Results:
1 - Des Plaines Central 3, Barrington American 2 (8 innings)
2 - Melrose Park d. Libertyville
3 - Libertyville d. Barrington American (elim.)
4 - Des Plaines Central 6, Melrose Park 4
5 - Libertyville d. Melrose Park (elim.)
6 - Libertyville 3, Des Plaines Central 2
7 - Libertyville 6, Des Plaines Central 1 (TITLE)

District Champions
in Section 5
D5 - Rock Island National
D19 - Rochelle
D20 - Ottawa American

Section 5 Tournament
Host - Sterling (District 19)
At Gartner Park

Tournament Results:
1 - Rochelle 7, Ottawa National 0
2 - Rochelle 11, Rock Island National 4
3 - Rock Island National 2, Ottawa American 1 (elim.)
4 - Rochelle d. Rock Island National (TITLE)

NOTE: District 14 was dissolved following the 1986 International Tournament and no longer exists in Illinois.




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