2003 Illinois State Little League® Tournament Results
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Illinois State Tournament
Host - North Riverside (District 9)
At Veteran's Park

Participating Teams
Section 1 Champions Mount Carmel (District 1)
Section 2 Champions Naperville National (District 11)
Section 3 Champions Evergreen Park (District 7)
Section 4 Champions Antioch Youth (District 16)
Section 5 Champions Moline National (District 5)

Tournament Results:

Opening Round (Friday, July 25):
Antioch Youth 4, Evergreen Park 3

Winner's Bracket Semifinals:
Moline National 6, Mt. Carmel 1
Naperville National 20, Antioch Youth 8

Elimination Bracket Quarterfinals (five teams remain):
Evergreen Park 17, Mt. Carmel 2 (elim.)

Winner's Bracket Finals:
Moline National 7, Naperville National 4

Elimination Bracket Semifinals (four teams remain):
Antioch Youth 6, Evergreen Park 5 (elim.)

Elimination Bracket Finals (three teams remain):
Naperville National 5, Antioch Youth 2 (elim.)

Championship Game:
Moline National 11, Naperville National 5 (TITLE)


Ten different players either scored or drove in a run as Moline National defeated Naperville National 11-5 to win the Illinois State Little League championship at Veteran's Park in North Riverside.

Moline scored in every inning in the victory, its second over Naperville National and third overall at the state tournament. The District 5 champions opened the tournament with a 6-1 win over Mount Carmel before defeating Naperville 7-4 in the winner's bracket finals.

Strong production from the top of the batting order sparked Moline's championship game victory. Leadoff batter Thomas Lindauer led the Quad City-area team's attack with four hits and three runs scored, while second-place hitter Grant Jasper added three hits and scored twice. The two players opened the bottom of the first inning with base hits before Sam Welvaert's sacrifice fly and Michael Huys' line single to center gave Moline an early 2-0 lead. In the second inning, Moline loaded the bases before Lindauer's ground single past the shortstop and Jasper's infield hit both drove in runs.

Austin Boyle and Steve Stephenson opened the third inning with consecutive home runs as Moline slowly subdued the District 11 champions, and earned a berth in the Great Lakes Region tournament.

"It seemed like everyone had a big hand in this victory," said Moline National manager Derek Lindauer. "We got the big lead on them early, which allowed Sam (Welvaert) just to throw strikes, and we played good defense behind him."

Welvaert allowed seven hits, but was in command early due to the big lead. Four of Naperville's hits came in the game's final two innings, after Moline National had built a 9-1 lead. Welvaert struck out seven batters and walked only two while earning his second victory of the tournament.

Stephenson had two hits and scored twice for Moline, while Tony Salinas, Jake Hirniak, and Andrew Maere also scored. John Westbrooks drove in a run with a fourth inning single.

Dan Grimley hit a solo home run in the second inning for Naperville National, while Devan Moore added a three-run homer in the fifth.

Naperville National was playing its fourth game in as many days at the state tournament, a factor that Derek Lindauer felt gave his team an edge in the championship game.

"We won all of our games at state, getting days off between wins, while Naperville had to battle back through the loser's bracket," said Derek Lindauer. "They had their number three pitcher go against our number one (in the championship game), which I think made a big difference."

Welvaert, Moline's top pitcher, had proven to be the difference in his team's opening round win. The right-hander allowed only two hits, and protected a slim 2-1 lead for much of the game before Moline pulled away with four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Stephenson homered and drove in three runs to key Moline's offense in the win.

Two nights later, Moline scored all of its runs in the bottom of the first inning before cruising to a 7-4 win in their first meeting with Naperville National. Moline capitalized on shaky Naperville defense to score three runs early in the rally before lightning delayed the game. When play resumed, Thomas Lindauer delivered a crucial three-run double that put his team firmly in command.

"That was the bit hit of the game," said Derek Lindauer. "We put the ball in play early and that helped us get the quick lead. Then the bases-loaded double broke it open."

Huys earned the win for Moline, but not before Salinas came on in relief to strike out five over the course of 2-1/3 shutout innings.

Thomas Lindauer, Huys, and Stephenson had two hits for Moline National, which became the first league from the Quad Cities to win the state championship since Milan in 1985. Phil Hayes had three hits and Moore added two for Naperville National.

At the Great Lakes Region tournament in Indianapolis, Moline National lost a pair of extra inning games before finishing with a 1-3 record in pool competition.

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  Winner's Bracket Finals 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Naperville National 0 0 1 3 0 0 4 9 3
Moline National 7 0 0 0 0 x 7 8 1
  Championship Game
Naperville National 0 1 0 0 3 1 5 7 3
Moline National 2 2 4 1 2 x 11 12 1

2003 Illinois District Champions and Sectional Tournament Results:

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

Section 1 Tournament
Host - Tuscola (District 2)

Tournament Results:
1 - Paris 6, Taylorville Red Bland 4
2 - Mt. Carmel 1, Beardstown 0
3 - Mt. Carmel 6, Paris 3
4 - Beardstown d. Taylorville Red Bland (elim.)
5 - Beardstown d. Paris (elim.)
6 - Beardstown 5, Mt. Carmel 1
7 - Mt. Carmel 7, Beardstown 5 (TITLE)

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

Section 2 Tournament
Host - South Cicero (District 9)

Tournament Results:
1 - Naperville National 3, Clear Ridge 2
2 - Naperville National 7, Western Springs 4
3 - Clear Ridge d. Western Springs (elim.)
4 - Naperville National 4, Clear Ridge 3 (TITLE)

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

Section 3 Tournament
Host - Hegewisch (Chicago) (District 7)

Tournament Results:
1 - Jackie Robinson West 14, Crestwood 4 (4 innings)
2 - Evergreen Park 4, South Holland 2
3 - Evergreen Park 10, Jackie Robinson West 0 (5 innings)
4 - South Holland d. Crestwood (elim.)
5 - South Holland 6, Jackie Robinson West 0 (elim.)
6 - South Holland 6, Evergreen Park 4
7 - Evergreen Park 3, South Holland 2 (TITLE)

D10 - Forest Park
D13 - Bartlett National
D16 - Antioch Youth

Section 4 Tournament
Host - Melrose Park (District 10)

Tournament Results:
1 - Antioch Youth 1, Bartlett National 0
2 - Antioch Youth 12, Forest Park 9 (7 innings)
3 - Bartlett National 4, Forest Park 1 (elim.)
4 - Antioch Youth 1, Bartlett National 0 (TITLE)

District Champions
in Section 5
D5 - Moline National
D18 - Bradley-Bourbonnais American
D19 - Morrison
D20 - Peru

Section 5 Tournament
Host - Freeport (District 19)
At Burk Field; Read Park

Tournament Results:
1 - Moline National 13, Peru 4
2 - Bradley-Bourbonnais American 7, Morrison 1
3 - Moline National 10, Bradley-Bourbonnais American 2
4 - Morrison 9, Peru 6 (elim.)
5 - Morrison 3, Bradley-Bourbonnais American 2 (elim.)
6 - Morrison 6, Moline National 5
7 - Moline National 6, Morrison 0 (TITLE)

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