2015 Illinois State Little League® Tournament Results
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Illinois State Tournament
Host - Lansing (District 6)
At Old Timers Field

Old Timers Field is located at 16500 Chicago Avenue in Lansing.

Participating Teams
Section 1 Champions Olney (District 1)
Section 2 Champions Western Springs (District 9)
Section 3 Champions Horner Park North-West (Chicago) (District 12)
Section 4 Champions Tri-Cities (West Dundee) (District 13)
Section 5 Champions Oglesby (District 20)

Click here to view 2015 district tournament results for Illinois.

Tournament Results:

Opening Round:
Western Springs 11, Horner Park North-West 5

Winner's Bracket Semifinals:
Olney 4, Oglesby 0
Western Springs 10, Tri-Cities 9

Elimination Bracket Quarterfinals (five teams remain):
Horner Park North-West 7, Oglesby 6 (elim.)

Winner's Bracket Final:
Olney 9, Western Springs 5

Elimination Bracket Semifinal (four teams remain):
Horner Park North-West 14, Tri-Cities 4 (elim.)

Elimination Bracket Final (three teams remain):
Western Springs 8, Horner Park North-West 0 (elim.)

Championship Series:
Western Springs 9, Olney 6
Olney 12, Western Springs 4 (TITLE)


Summary:

A seven run fourth inning rally propelled Olney Little League to an historic state championship.

Olney reversed a 1-0 deficit with seven fourth inning runs, and went on to defeat Western Springs Little League, 12-4, in the final game of the Illinois state tournament at Old Timers' Field in Lansing. With the win, Olney won its first-ever state championship in any Little League Baseball division, and became the first District 1 or Section 1 league to win a state championship in the major baseball division since 1964. Olney advanced to the Great Lakes Region tournament in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Olney's championship game win was their second win in three games against Western Springs at the state tournament. After opening the tourney with a 4-0 win over Oglesby Little League, Olney moved into the championship game with a 9-5 win over Western Springs. In the first championship series meeting, Western Springs handed Olney their first loss in the double-elimination tournament with a 9-6 decision.

"The biggest thing after we lost last night, we had a meeting after the game and it felt like a weight had been lifted," said Olney manager Chris Miller after the tournament. "It may seem strange, but that was such a pressure situation last night, (and) we just didn't play well."

"Today, it was like we were a different team," added Miller. "We knew without talking about it -- they were ready. Sometimes a loss is a good thing, and it was."

Olney trailed midway through the tournament's final game, as Western Springs grabbed a first inning lead when Jack Hlavin doubled in the first inning and scored on Danny Glinco's infield single. But Olney threatened in the second, leaving the bases loaded, and finally broke through in the fourth. Trevor Zuber led off the inning with a double to left field, then Quinn Miller reached on an error and Jace Greenwood walked to load the bases. Zuber scored on a passed ball, before a pair of strikeouts threatened to stifle the rally. But Olney went on add six more runs. Miller scored on a second passed ball, Gage Stevens drew a walk, and Isaac Bradley broke the game open with a three-run home run to center field. Cole Lambird walked, then Braden Flanagan provided an exclamation point with a two-run homer beyond the right field fence. In a span of nine pitches to three batters, Olney turned a 2-1 lead into a 7-1 advantage.

Hlavin narrowed the deficit for Western Springs with a home run in the bottom of the frame, but Olney tacked on five runs in the sixth. Pinch hitter Ben Allen led off the inning with a solo shot to left field, Zuber tripled in a run, and Greenwood capped the rally with a two-run homer to center field.

Flanagan pitched into the sixth inning for Olney, scattering seven hits and striking out ten batters while not issuing a walk. He allowed just two hits through the first three innings before Olney claimed the lead.

"That was lights out," said Chris Miller of Flanagan's pitching performance.

Miller had removed Flanagan after 35 pitches in Olney's first meeting with Western Springs, with an eye toward using him again later in the tournament. Olney led 5-1 at the time, but Glinco's three-run homer helped Western Springs to knot the score before a pair of late rallies gave Olney a 9-5 victory. A pair of fifth inning errors led to two Olney runs and a 7-5 lead, then Zuber added a two-run homer in the sixth.

Western Springs rebounded from the loss, blanking Horner Park North-West Little League, 9-0, as Noah Jouras struck out twelve and surrendered just one hit over 5-2/3 innings. Glinco's two-run single and Connor Piccolo's three-run homer gave the District 9 winners a 5-0 lead in the first inning that they never surrendered.

The next day, Western Springs slammed three home runs and forced the tournament to an 'if' game with a 9-6 win over Olney. Glinco's two-run single in the third inning gave Western Springs a 3-1 lead, but Olney halved the deficit on Ashton Brown's solo home run in the fourth. In the fifth, Western Springs took command with a five-run rally. Hlavin's three-run homer was the big blow, and two pitches after that blast, Glinco added a solo shot to center field. Isaac Brown and Greenwood both homered for Olney in the bottom of the frame, before Cole Storandt's solo shot in the sixth for Western Springs provided the final margin of victory.

The loss was Olney's first in nine games to that point in the international tournament, but the downstate powerhouse regrouped with their most important win of the summer the next night.

"Olney baseball is really on the upswing," said Chris Miller after the tournament. Olney had reached the state tournament in three of the four prior years, and notched wins over suburban and Quad Cities-area teams twice in that span. "No more of we're just happy to be here -- we should be here and we should win up here and I hope that starts something new in everyone's minds now."

Soon after the state tournament, Olney notched a new first -- their first win over a team from out of state. Olney opened the Great Lakes Region tournament with a 10-4 victory over Bay City Southwest Little League (Michigan) before dropping their next two games and finishing the tournament tied for fifth place.

Follow Olney at the Great Lakes Region Tournament -- Click here to view results.


Linescores:

  Winner's Bracket Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Olney 2 1 2 0 2 2 9 7 3
Western Springs 0 0 5 0 0 0 5 4 4
  Elimination Bracket Final
Western Springs 5 0 1 2 1 0 9 12 0
Horner Park North-West 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
  Championship Series Game 1
Western Springs 0 0 3 0 5 1 9 8 2
Olney 1 0 0 1 4 0 6 6 3
  Championship Series Game 2
Olney 0 0 0 7 0 5 12 11 1
Western Springs 1 0 0 1 0 2 4 8 2


2015 Illinois District Champions and Sectional Tournament Results

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

Section 1 Tournament
Host - Olney (District 1)
At Musgrove Park

Tournament Schedule/Results:
1 - Beardstown 12, Taylorville Red Bland 0
2 - Olney 12, Paris 2
3 - Paris 8, Taylorville Red Bland 6 (elim.)
4 - Olney 13, Beardstown 3
5 - Paris 10, Beardstown 8 (elim.)
6 - Olney 17, Paris 1 (TITLE)

D9 - Western Springs
D11 - Hinsdale
D15 - Archer Manor (Chicago)
D18 - Manteno

Section 2 Tournament
Host - Western Springs (District 9)
At Spring Rock Park

Tournament Schedule/Results:
1 - Western Springs 7, Hinsdale 6
2 - Manteno 3, Archer Manor 2
3 - Western Springs 4, Manteno 0
4 - Hinsdale 12, Archer Manor 6 (elim.)
5 - Hinsdale 7, Manteno 2 (elim.)
6 - Western Springs 6, Hinsdale 4 (TITLE)

District Champions
in Section 3
District Champions
in Section 4
D6 - Lansing
D7 - East Side (Chicago)
D12 - Horner Park North-West (Chicago)

Section 3 Tournament
Host - Horner Park North-West (Chicago) (District 12)
At Horner Park

Tournament Schedule/Results:
1 - Lansing 14, East Side 1
2 - Horner Park North-West 11, Lansing 1
3 - East Side 6, Lansing 4 (elim.)
4 - Horner Park North-West 20, East Side 3 (TITLE)

D8 - Evergreen Park
D10 - Melrose Park
D13 - Tri-Cities (West Dundee)

Section 4 Tournament
Host - Evergreen Park (District 8)
At Norris Field

Tournament Schedule/Results:
1 - Tri-Cities 12, Melrose Park 7
2 - Tri-Cities 13, Evergreen Park 2
3 - Evergreen Park 12, Melrose Park 2 (elim.)
4 - Evergreen Park 7, Tri-Cities 4
5 - Tri-Cities 17, Evergreen Park 9 (TITLE)

District Champions
in Section 5
D5 - Moline National
D19 - Freeport
D20 - Oglesby

Section 5 Tournament
Host - Silvis (District 5)

Tournament Schedule/Results:
1 - Oglesby 13, Freeport 6
2 - Oglesby d. Moline National
3 - Freeport 7, Moline National 2 (elim.)
4 - Oglesby 7, Freeport 2 (TITLE)




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