2012 Illinois State Little League® Tournament Results
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Illinois State Tournament
Host - LaSalle Baseball (District 20)
At Adam Bernardi Field; Hegeler Park

Participating Teams
Section 1 Champions Olney (District 1)
Section 2 Champions LaGrange (District 9)
Section 3 Champions Jackie Robinson West (Chicago) (District 4)
Section 4 Champions Horner Park North-West (Chicago) (District 12)
Section 5 Champions Streator (District 20)

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Tournament Results:

Opening Round:
Streator 11, Horner Park North-West 1

Winner's Bracket Semifinals:
LaGrange 5, Jackie Robinson West 3
Streator 6, Olney 4

Elimination Bracket Quarterfinals (five teams remain):
Jackie Robinson West 13, Horner Park North-West 8 (elim.)

Winner's Bracket Final:
LaGrange 14, Streator 3

Elimination Bracket Semifinal (four teams remain):
Jackie Robinson West 17, Olney 0 (elim.)

Elimination Bracket Final (three teams remain):
Streator 8, Jackie Robinson West 6 (elim.)

Championship Series:
Streator 6, LaGrange 1
Streator 8, LaGrange 7 (TITLE)


Regulation Little League Baseball games are six innings long. So when Streator Little League trailed LaGrange Little League by a 6-1 margin in the third inning of the final game of the Illinois state tournament at Adam Bernardi Field in LaSalle, they had plenty of time to come back.

Streator struck for five runs in the bottom of the third to tie the game, and pushed across the go-ahead and eventual winning runs in the fourth inning of an 8-6 victory over LaGrange.

The win, Streator's fifth of the tournament and second in as many nights over LaGrange, gave the District 20 champions their first-ever state championship in the major baseball division.

LaGrange had already defeated Streator once by the mercy rule in the five-team tournament, and scored in each of the final game's first three innings to build its five-run lead. But Streator manager John Brown handed the ball to reliever Joey Byers, who proceeded to hold LaGrange to just an unearned run over the final three innings while his team worked its way back into the game.

"We made a pitching change there after the third, and Joey Byers stepped up huge for us," said Brown after the game. Burns allowed four hits, but struck out four and walked only one to keep a potent LaGrange offense at bay.

Streator's offense, meanwhile, used a big third inning rally to draw level on the scoreboard. Adam Brown and Caleb Osborn each delivered run-scoring singles, and, after Dakota Limberg scored on a wild pitch, Mitch Vickers drove in a fourth run with a single. Vickers advanced to second, and then scored from there on a passed ball when the LaGrange catcher could not locate the ball.

The next inning, Streator pushed across two runs to move into the lead. Byers drew a walk to spark the rally, and moved to third on Cherokee LeBeau's double down the right field line. Byers scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch, and LeBeau then scored from third on Limberg's seeing-eye single through the left side of the infield.

LaGrange sliced the deficit to one with an unearned run in the fifth, and, with the heart of its order up, managed a pair of baserunners in the sixth. But Byers registered a game-ending strikeout to secure the victory and advance his team into the Great Lakes Region tournament in Indianapolis, Indiana, for the first time in the league's history.

"I'll admit, when the score was 6-1, I started to wonder," said John Brown of his team's low point before its comeback. "I'm really proud of these kids."

Streator forced the winner-take-all game with LaGrange by securing a 6-1 victory in the first championship series meeting. Limberg stymied LaGrange's hitters for much of the game with an effective curveball, and threw a 76-pitch complete game in which he struck out nine and walked none. Limberg also drove in the first run in a four-run fifth inning rally that stretched what had been a 2-1 Streator lead.

"Dakota pitched one heck of a game today," said John Brown. "I could see it in his face today that he was focused and ready to play. We were struggling with who we thought would pitch tonight, and I called the coaches and said 'I really think Dakota is the right choice for this game,' and he was big for us."

Chandler Hillebrenner delivered a two-run home run as part of Streator's big four-run rally, and Jacob Marti capped the inning with a long home run into the batting cages beyond the left center field fence.

"I knew we were going to fire back," said John Brown, whose team lost 14-3 in its first meeting with LaGrange. "We weren't going to take (the chance at a rematch) lightly, that's for sure."

LaGrange overpowered Streator in the first meeting when an eleven run rally in the third turned a tie game into a rout. Jack Ferraro and center fielder Scott Garrow each delivered two hits and three runs batted in for the league from Chicago's western suburbs. Ferraro's two-run homer in the second inning knotted the score at 3-3 as LaGrange scored the game's final 14 runs after Streator took an early 3-0 lead.

"We have a really deep lineup one through nine," explained LaGrange manager Tom Sandt after the game. "And then we have four other guys who can come in and hit the ball, too. We got down 3-0, but we kept the pressure on them."

"We just picked the worst time to have a bad game," said John Brown. "We've been doing this since (early July, when District tournament play started), and we haven't had a game like this."

Streator played on each of the tournament's six days. The District 20 champions opened the tourney with an 11-1 victory over Horner Park North-West Little League from Chicago's North Side, as Hillebrenner threw a two-hitter and belted two of his team's four home runs. Osborn, Hillebrenner, and Marti all cleared the fences in the top of the first inning of what was the tournament's opening game, as Streator immediately established its credentials among the five-team field.

The next day, Streator scored twice in the top of the sixth to edge Olney Little League, 6-4. LeBeau homered to center field on the game's second pitch, but after the teams traded the lead in the early innings, Olney evened the score with a run in the fourth. But Olney was playing short-handed after their starting catcher was lost for the tournament during sectional competition with a broken wrist, and a pair of wild pitches on consecutive pitches in the sixth scored Hunter Telford and John Benckendorf with the deciding runs.

After the loss to LaGrange, Streator then earned a rematch by rallying from a 5-3 deficit and overcoming six errors in an 8-6 victory over Chicago's Jackie Robinson West Little League.

Jackie Robinson West had taken a 5-3 lead on a long home run by Jaylen Heard in the top of the fifth, but Streator staved off elimination by rallying for five runs in the bottom of the inning. Jake Williams drew a bases loaded walk to score the inning's first run, then Benckendorf singled to tie the score. LeBeau added a run-scoring single, Limberg drove in a run on a fielder's choice, and Benckendorf then capped the rally by scoring from third on a wild pitch.

Jackie Robinson West scored once and put the go-ahead run on base in the top of the sixth, but Marti snared Reggie Brooks' hard line drive to left center field to lift the District 20 team into the championship series.

"Streator's a great team," said Jackie Robinson West manager Bill Haley. "Usually our guys hit more than that, but Cherokee (LeBeau) kept us off-balance all day with that breaking ball and great location. We got a couple guys on base against him, but we just fell short."

Many of the players on the two teams had met previously, as Streator had defeated Jackie Robinson West en route to a third place finish in the 2010 state tournament in the 9-10 year old division, and Jackie Robinson West returned the favor as Streator again finished third in the 2011 state tournament for 10-11 year olds.

The win lifted Streator into the championship game, where the team became the league's third-ever state champion across all baseball and softball age divisions.

Streator advanced to the Great Lakes Region tournament following their championship series sweep of LaGrange. The Illinois team lost its first two pool contests, but rallied for a pair of victories to close out pool competition. The second of these wins was a 13-3 victory over eventual region champion New Castle (Indiana) Little League which secured a semifinal round berth for Streator. In that semifinal round game, Streator was eliminated by Warren County Southern Little League (Bowling Green, Kentucky) by a 4-3 score.

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  Winner's Bracket Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Streator 1 2 0 0 3 7 2
LaGrange 0 3 11 x 14 12 1
  Elimination Bracket Final
Jackie Robinson West 0 0 1 3 1 1 6 7 2
Streator 1 1 1 0 5 x 8 8 6
  Championship Series Game 1
LaGrange 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 4 2
Streator 0 1 1 0 4 x 6 10 1
  Championship Series Game 2
Visitor 3 2 1 0 1 0 7 11 4
Home 1 0 5 2 0 x 8 8 2

2012 Illinois District Champions and Sectional Tournament Results

District Champions
in Section 1
District Champions
in Section 2
D1 - Olney
D2 - Tuscola
D17 - Pike County (Pittsfield)

Section 1 Tournament
Host - Brown County (Mount Sterling) (District 17)

Tournament Results:
1 - Olney 7, Pike County 4
2 - Olney 14, Tuscola 11
3 - Pike County 8, Tuscola 7 (elim.)
4 - Olney 13, Pike County 10 (TITLE)

D9 - LaGrange
D11 - Naperville Continental
D15 - Archer Manor (Chicago)

Section 2 Tournament
Host - Brookfield (District 9)
At Overholt Field

Tournament Results:
1 - Naperville Continental 13, Archer Manor 2
2 - LaGrange 4, Naperville Continental 3
3 - Naperville Continental 9, Archer Manor 8 (elim.)
4 - LaGrange 4, Naperville Continental 3 (TITLE)

District Champions
in Section 3
District Champions
in Section 4
D4 - Jackie Robinson West (Chicago)
D6 - Lansing
D7 - Blue Island
D8 - Evergreen Park

Section 3 Tournament
Host - Jackie Robinson West (Chicago) (District 4)

Tournament Results:
1 - Blue Island 10, Lansing 0
2 - Jackie Robinson West 11, Evergreen Park 4
3 - Evergreen Park 5, Lansing 3 (elim.)
4 - Jackie Robinson West 11, Blue Island 0 (4 innings)
5 - Blue Island 7, Evergreen Park 4 (elim.)
6 - Jackie Robinson West 6, Blue Island 2 (TITLE)

D10 - River Forest
D12 - Horner Park North-West (Chicago)
D13 - Tri-Cities (West Dundee)
D16 - Mundelein

Section 4 Tournament
Host - Horner Park North-West (Chicago) (District 12)
At Horner Park

Tournament Results:
1 - Horner Park North-West 18, River Forest 7
2 - Tri-Cities 5, Mundelein 2
3 - River Forest 16, Mundelein 7 (elim.)
4 - Horner Park North-West 11, Tri-Cities 0
5 - Tri-Cities 10, River Forest 3 (elim.)
6 - Horner Park North-West 12, Tri-Cities 3 (TITLE)

District Champions
in Section 5
D5 - Moline American
D18 - Manteno
D19 - Sterling
D20 - Streator

Section 5 Tournament
Host - Moline (District 5)
At Warren Giles Riverside Baseball Complex

Tournament Results:
1 - Moline American 14, Sterling 4 (6 innings)
2 - Streator 7, Manteno 0
3 - Manteno 7, Sterling 5 (elim.)
4 - Streator 9, Moline American 4
5 - Manteno 6, Moline American 3 (elim.)
6 - Manteno 9, Streator 8
7 - Streator 12, Manteno 2 (5 innings; TITLE)

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