2002 Illinois State Little League® Tournament Results

Illinois State Tournament

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Illinois State Tournament
Host - Tuscola (District 2)

Participating Teams
Section 1 Champions
Section 2 Champions
Section 3 Champions
Section 4 Champions
Section 5 Champions

Macomb (District 17)
Clear Ridge (Clearing/Garfield Ridge; Chicago) (District 15)
Evergreen Park (District 7)
River Forest (District 10)
Bradley-Bourbonnais American (District 18)

Tournament Results:

Opening Round:
Evergreen Park 4, Clear Ridge 3

Winner's Bracket Semifinals:
Bradley-Bourbonnais American 2, River Forest 0
Evergreen Park 5, Macomb 2

Loser's Bracket Quarterfinals (five teams remain):
River Forest 5, Clear Ridge 4 (7 innings; elim.)

Loser's Bracket Semifinals (four teams remain):
River Forest 5, Macomb 0 (elim.)

Winner's Bracket Finals:
Bradley-Bourbonnais American 7, Evergreen Park 6 (10 innings)

Loser's Bracket Finals (three teams remain):
River Forest 9, Evergreen Park 4 (elim.)

Championship Game:
Bradley-Bourbonnais American 7, River Forest 5 (TITLE)


Advancing to the state tournament is usually not a major hurdle for all-star teams from the Bradley-Bourbonnais Little League program. Long one of the state's most successful programs, Bradley-Bourbonnais leagues produced twenty District 18 champions and nine state tournament qualifiers in the thirty-year timespan between 1972 and 2001. The 1994 B-B American squad finished third in the state tournament, and the league's other eight state qualifiers all reached the state championship game.

All eight finalists finished in second place. Bradley-Bourbonnais' Little League program produced many of the core players on the 1992 Bradley-Bourbonnais PONY League World Series championship team, and on the Bradley-Bourbonnais High School team that captured the 2001 Illinois class AA (large school) state baseball championship, but a state championship eluded the community's Little League program.

In 2002, the Bradley-Bourbonnais American all-star team finally reached the mountaintop.

Bradley-Bourbonnais American shook off 2-0 and 5-4 deficits to defeat River Forest 7-5 at Tuscola to win the league's first-ever state championship in any Little League Baseball division. The same evening, Bradley-Bourbonnais' Junior League all-star team brought B-B its second state crown by defeating Chicago's East Side Little League 9-6 in the championship game of the Junior League state tournament in Hillside. The two state titles capped a summer in which the Bradley-Bourbonnais Little League celebrated its 50th anniversary season.

Bradley-Bourbonnais American opened and closed the state tournament with victories over River Forest. In the opener, B-B American staged a two-out, two-run rally in the top of the first inning, and then relied on the two-hit pitching of Adam Messner to defeat River Forest 2-0. Tim Gordon started the rally with a line single up the middle, and Messner then lined a 2-2 pitch into right field to score pinch runner Austin Regelstad. Messner advanced to third on the throw to the plate, and scored when the next pitch got past the River Forest catcher.

The two runs -- plus a strong wind blowing in from center field -- were all the support Messner would need. In the bottom of the first, River Forest batters Mark Bernthal and Drew Golz both launched deep blasts that were knocked down by the wind and turned into harmless outs. Messner settled down, and did not allow a River Forest runner past first base as B-B American notched its fourth shutout in five games.

Bradley-Bourbonnais then advanced to the championship game by outlasting Evergreen Park 7-6 in ten innings. Pitcher Adam Teter drilled a two-run homer in the second to key a three-run Bradley-Bourbonnais rally, and the District 18 champions stretched their lead to 4-0 in the fourth when Jeff Schweigert reached on an error that scored Teter.

Teter carried the 4-0 lead into the fifth before tiring, and Evergreen Park rallied. Pitcher Michael McQuillan's RBI single chased Teter as three Evergreen Park batters reached base. After a strikeout, Julian Lazzara lined a three-run homer over the left field fence to tie the score.

McQuillan and B-B reliever Josh Themer stymied opposing hitters as the score remained 4-4 into extra innings. The hard-throwing McQuillan had to depart the mound after nine innings due to Little League pitching rules, and Teter took advantage of the change by driving a three-run homer to right-center field to give his team a 7-4 lead. Alex Taylor's RBI single in the bottom of the frame cut the lead to 7-5, and Sean Lynch's RBI groundout drove in another run -- but an Evergreen Park baserunner was thrown out at third to turn the groundout into an unusual double play. B-B reliever Jordan Jaenicke then induced a groundout to end the game.

River Forest, which bounced back from its opening round loss by eliminating Clear Ridge and Macomb, then defeated Evergreen Park 9-4 to earn a rematch with the Americans. River Forest overwhelmed Evergreen Park with a six-run second inning rally, as Golz pitched a complete game and drove in a pair of runs.

The title game swung back-and-forth in the early innings. River Forest scored a pair on a throwing error in the first, but Teter's two-run homer tied the game in the second. Bradley-Bourbonnais moved in front when Messner's third inning base hit drove in Schweigert and first baseman Tim Gordon. River Forest scored three in the bottom of the frame, but B-B scratched for a fourth inning run that tied the game 5-5.

Bradley-Bourbonnais pulled away for good in the top of the fifth. Eighth place hitter Steve Langyher singled with one out, and B-B sent Regelstad, their pinch running specialist, to the plate to meet his mandatory play requirement. River Forest expected Regelstad to bunt in order to move Langyher into scoring position, but instead the speedster drove the first pitch he saw into the right center field gap for a triple. Langyher scored, and Regelstad also came home when River Forest's relay throw was wide and got past the catcher.

Bradley-Bourbonnais then closed out the 7-5 win, and finished its state tournament run with a 10-0 record.

At the Great Lakes Region tournament in Indianapolis, Bradley-Bourbonnais American reached the semifinal round before falling to four-time Indiana state champion Brownsburg Little League by a 5-3 score.

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  Winner's Bracket Finals 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Bradley-Bourbonnais American 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 7 - -
Evergreen Park 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 2 6 - -
  Championship Game
Bradley-Bourbonnais American 0 2 2 1 2 0 7 - -
River Forest 2 0 3 0 0 0 5 - -

2002 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 - Macomb

Section 1 Tournament
Host - Mount Carmel (District 1)
At Ed Walter Field

Tournament Results:
1 - Macomb 4, Taylorville Red Bland 3
2 - Mount Carmel 6, Paris 1
3 - Taylorville Red Bland 17, Paris 6 (elim.)
4 - Macomb 15, Mount Carmel 5
5 - Mount Carmel 10, Taylorville Red Bland 0 (4 innings; elim.)
6 - Mount Carmel 12, Macomb 8
7 - Macomb 5, Mount Carmel 4 (TITLE)

D9 - Western Springs
D11 - Naperville United
D15 - Clear Ridge (Chicago)

Section 2 Tournament
Host - Burbank American (District 15)

Tournament Results:
1 - Naperville United d. Western Springs
2 - Clear Ridge 4, Naperville United 1
3 - Naperville United 3, Western Springs 1 (elim.)
4 - Naperville United 6, Clear Ridge 0
5 - Clear Ridge 4, Naperville United 2 (TITLE)

District Champions
in Section 3
District Champions
in Section 4
D4 - Jackie Robinson West (Chicago)
D6 - Dolton-Riverdale
D7 - Evergreen Park
D8 - Crestwood

Section 3 Tournament
Host - Stegar (District 6)

Tournament Results:
1 - Jackie Robinson West 14, Dolton/Riverdale 5
2 - Evergreen Park 7, Crestwood 1
3 - Crestwood 6, Dolton/Riverdale 5 (8 innings; elim.)
4 - Jackie Robinson West 11, Evergreen Park 10 (7 innings)
5 - Evergreen Park 6, Crestwood 2 (elim.)
6 - Evergreen Park 5, Jackie Robinson West 4
7 - Evergreen Park 6, Jackie Robinson West 5 (TITLE)

D10 - River Forest
D13 - Tri-Cities (West Dundee)
D16 - Libertyville National

Section 4 Tournament
Host - Palatine North (District 16)

Tournament Results:
1 - Tri-Cities 7, River Forest 6 (8 innings)
2 - Libertyville National 8, Tri-Cities 3
3 - River Forest 13, Tri-Cities 0 (5 innings; elim.)
4 - River Forest 13, Libertyville National 5
5 - River Forest 14, Libertyville National 1 (TITLE)

District Champions
in Section 5
D5 - Moline American
D18 - Bradley-Bourbonnais American
D19 - Rock Falls
D20 - Ottawa National

Section 5 Tournament
Host - Peru (District 20)
At Washington Park

Tournament Results:
1 - Bradley-Bourbonnais American 10, Ottawa National 0
2 - Rock Falls d. Moline American
3 - Bradley-Bourbonnais American 5, Rock Falls 3
4 - Moline American 5, Ottawa National 4 (elim.)
5 - Rock Falls d. Moline American (elim.)
6 - Bradley-Bourbonnais American 6, Rock Falls 0 (TITLE)

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