2003 Indiana State Little League® Tournament Results
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Indiana State Tournament
Host - Wabash (District 9)
At Morrett Sports Complex

Pool 'A' Participants
Section 2 Champions Dyer (District 2)
Section 5 Champions Brooklyn (Anderson) (District 6)
Section 7 Champions West Terre Haute (District 4)
District 10 Champions Elmhurst (Fort Wayne)

Pool 'B' Participants
Section 1 Champions Brownsburg (District 8)
Section 3 Champions Middlebury (District 14)
Section 6 Champions New Albany Township (District 5)
District 9 Champions Hartford City

NOTE: Because the state tournament is being hosted by a league in Section 4, both districts in Section 4 advance their champions directly to the state tournament without competing in sectional round games.

The eight state tournament qualifiers are divided into two separate four-team draws. After round-robin pool competition, the top two teams in each pool advance to single-elimination semifinal and championship round games.

Tournament Results:

Round 1 (Thursday, July 24):
Elmhurst d. West Terre Haute
New Albany Township 4, Brownsburg 2
Brooklyn 10, Dyer 9
Middlebury 5, Hartford City 1

Round 2 (Friday, July 25):
Brooklyn 11, Elmhurst 3
Middlebury 2, Brownsburg 1
Dyer 13, West Terre Haute 1 (5 innings)
New Albany Township 11, Hartford City 7

Round 3 (Saturday, July 26):
Dyer 11, Elmhurst 4
New Albany Township 10, Middlebury 6
Brooklyn 7, West Terre Haute 3
Brownsburg 5, Hartford City 0 (NO-HITTER)


Pool 'A' Standings

W

L
Brooklyn 3 0
Dyer 2 1
Elmhurst 1 2
West Terre Haute 0 3


Pool 'B' Standings

W

L
New Albany Township 3 0
Middlebury 2 1
Brownsburg 1 2
Hartford City 0 3

The top two teams in each pool advance to the semifinal round.

Ties are broken based on records in head-to-head competition among tied teams. If a clear winner cannot be determined from head-to-head results, the tie is broken by calculating the ratio of runs allowed to defensive innings played for all teams involved in the tie. The team with the lowest runs-per-defensive-inning ratio advances.

In the event of a tie involving three or more teams, once the initial tie is broken, the remaining tied teams are again compared on head-to-head record to determine if a clear winner can be identified. If no clear winner can be identified from head-to-head results among the remaining tied teams, the runs-per-defensive-inning ratio is again used. This process is repeated until all ties have been broken.

Semifinal Round (Saturday, July 26)

Brooklyn 4, Middlebury 2
New Albany Township 2, Dyer 1

Indiana State Championship Game (Sunday, July 27)

Brooklyn 5, New Albany Township 3 (TITLE)


Summary:

As play began at the Indiana State Little League tournament in Wabash, an evenly-matched group of contenders quickly exhibited a range of strengths.

Middlebury Little League's roster included many players from the league's state championship team in the 9-10 year old division in 2001. New Albany Township brought perhaps the best all-around athlete in the tournament, four-sport standout Rolondan Finch. Four-time defending state champion Brownsburg brought a strong pedigree that included two trips to the Little League World Series. Two-time state champion Dyer also made a recent appearance in South Williamsport, and was the runner-up to Middlebury in the 9-10 year old tournament in 2001.

Brooklyn Little League brought something that topped them all: a tenacious, refuse-to-lose attitude.

The Anderson-based league rallied for three runs in the top of the sixth inning to defeat New Albany Township Little League 5-3 in the Indiana state championship game at the Morrett Sports Complex in Wabash. The win was Brooklyn's second last-inning comeback at the state tournament: in pool competition, the District 6 champions rallied from a 9-2 deficit in the sixth inning to stun Dyer by a 10-9 score.

Zach Gooding keyed Brooklyn's decisive championship game rally with a leadoff walk. Josh McFarland followed with a single to right, and Gooding scored the tying run when a New Albany Township outfielder dropped Nolan Earley's fly ball.

Trevor Humes singled to load the bases, and after a pop out, McFarland scored the lead run on another misplayed flyball. Earley then scored an insurance run when Dustin Cannon drew the tenth walk of the game issued by New Albany Township pitchers.

McFarland, pitching in relief, held New Albany Township scoreless in the bottom of the sixth to close out the win and advance his team to the Great Lakes Region tournament in Indianapolis.

Finch had given New Albany Township an early lead with a three-run homer in the bottom of the first inning, and Brooklyn sliced the deficit to 3-2 before the teams endured the game's second rain delay, a two hour-plus stoppage in the fourth inning.

Both finalists reached the championship game without a loss in their previous state tournament games. Brooklyn needed the last-ditch rally against Dyer to earn the 10-9 win, and then defeated Elmhurst 11-3 and West Terre Haute 7-3 to sweep Pool 'A'.

New Albany Township also passed a stern test in their opener, scoring three unearned runs in the first inning and then holding on the defeat Brownsburg 4-2. The District 5 champions scored four times in their last two at-bats to upend Hartford City 11-7 in their next outing, and later prevailed against Middlebury by a 10-6 score in a game played after both teams had clinched semifinal round berths. Finch led the offense against Middlebury with a home run, while Jordy Martin tripled and Graham Brown added a double.

Middlebury had secured their semifinal round berth the previous day by following New Albany's blueprint against Brownsburg: the District 14 champions scored twice in the bottom of the first inning and then held on for a 2-1 win. Middlebury escaped numerous jams, as Brownsburg left the bases loaded twice and stranded thirteen runners over the course of the game. The Bulldogs had rolled the dice, saving their top pitcher for potential later round games because of the compressed state tournament schedule and newly restrictive pitcher rest rules for the 2004 international tournament, but were effectively eliminated after their first two pool games.

After defeating Middlebury, New Albany Township faced Dyer in a semifinal round matchup. The meeting was a rematch of the teams' 2001 semifinal round meeting in the 9-10 year old division, which Dyer won 5-0. This time, New Albany prevailed, as Finch outdueled 6'1" Dyer pitcher Danny Manick 2-1 in a classic pitchers' duel. Ethan Cook's long two-run home run into the parking lot beyond the left field fence in the third inning provided New Albany Township with its only offense, and Dyer managed only three singles against Finch before a sixth inning rally fell one run short. Manick scattered five hits, struck out six, and did not allow a hit after the third inning, while Finch struck out eleven and walked two to lead New Albany Township into the state championship game for the first time since 1997.

Brooklyn joined them in the championship game, scoring all of its runs in the first two innings to eliminate Middlebury 4-2. Earley was the winning pitcher for Brooklyn, while Cannon paced the offense with a double.

The win gave Brooklyn its first championship appearance since the league was formed by a consolidation of Anderson's Meadowbrook, Franklin, and Erskine Little Leagues in the late 1990s. Franklin had won the Indiana state championship in 1979.

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Linescores:

  Championship Game 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Brooklyn 1 0 1 0 0 3 5 - -
New Albany Township 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 - -


2003 Indiana District Champions and Sectional Tournament Results:

District Champions
in Section 1
District Champions
in Section 2
D3 - Monticello
D8 - Brownsburg

Section 1 Tournament
Host - Zionsville (District 8)
At Zionsville Lions Park

Tournament Results:
1 - Brownsburg 3, Monticello 0 (18K PERFECT GAME)
2 - Brownsburg 17, Monticello 0 (TITLE)

D1 - Hobart
D2 - Dyer

Section 2 Tournament
Host - Griffith (District 2)

Tournament Results:
1 - Dyer 4, Hobart 3
2 - Dyer 10, Hobart 0 (4 innings; TITLE)

District Champions
in Section 3
District Champions
in Section 4
D11 - South Bend East Side
D14 - Middlebury

Section 3 Tournament

Tournament Results:
1 - Middlebury d. South Bend East Side
2 - South Bend East Side 12, Middlebury 9
3 - Middlebury 8, South Bend East Side 2 (TITLE)

D9 - Hartford City
D10 - Elmhurst (Fort Wayne)

Section 4 Tournament

Because the state tournament is being hosted by a league in Section 4, both Section 4 district champions advance directly to the state tournament. No Section 4 tournament will be played.

District Champions
in Section 5
District Champions
in Section 6
D6 - Brooklyn (Anderson)
D7 - Southport

Section 5 Tournament
Host - Indiana Central (Indianapolis) (District 7)

Tournament Results:
1 - Brooklyn 10, Southport 0
2 - Southport 11, Brooklyn 6
3 - Brooklyn 8, Southport 4 (TITLE)

D5 - New Albany Township
D12 - Smithville

Section 6 Tournament
Host - New Albany Township (District 5)
At Mt. Tabor Field

Tournament Results:
1 - New Albany Township 13, Smithville 3 (5 innings)
2 - New Albany Township 7, Smithville 0 (TITLE)

District Champions
in Section 7
D4 - West Terre Haute
D13 - North Posey (Poseyville)

Section 7 Tournament
Host - Terre Haute South (District 4)

Tournament Results:
1 - West Terre Haute 10, North Posey 0 (5 innings)
2 - West Terre Haute 9, North Posey 0 (TITLE)




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