2004 Indiana State Little League® Tournament Results
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Indiana State Tournament
Host - Southport (District 7)
At Orme Field

Pool 1 Participants
Section 2 Champions Highland (District 2)
Section 4 Champions Hartford City (District 9)
Section 6 Champions New Albany (District 5)
District 6 Champions Aurora

Pool 2 Participants
Section 1 Champions Brownsburg (Purple Team) (District 8)
Section 3 Champions South Bend East Side (District 11)
Section 7 Champions North Posey (Poseyville) (District 13)
District 7 Champions Indiana Central (Indianapolis)

NOTE: Because the state tournament was hosted by a league in Section 5, both districts in Section 5 advanced their champions directly to the state tournament without competing in sectional round games.

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

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Tournament Results:

Pool 'A' Bracket:

Round 1 (Friday, July 23):
Highland 9, Aurora 1
Hartford City 9, New Albany 4

Round 2 (Friday, July 23):
Aurora 3, New Albany 0
Highland 14, Hartford City 1 (5 innings)

Round 3 (Saturday, July 24):
Aurora 14, Hartford City 4 (4 innings)
Highland 11, New Albany 10 (8 innings)

Pool 'B' Bracket:

Round 1 (Friday, July 23):
Brownsburg 3, North Posey 2
South Bend East Side 7, Indiana Central 0

Round 2 (Friday, July 23):
South Bend East Side 7, Brownsburg 3
North Posey 9, Indiana Central 1

Round 3 (Saturday, July 24):
South Bend East Side 5, North Posey 0
Brownsburg 4, Indiana Central 1


Pool 'A' Standings

W

L

Runs
Allowed
Highland 3 0 12
Aurora 2 1 13
Hartford City 1 2 32
New Albany 0 3 23


Pool 'B' Standings

W

L

Runs
Allowed
South Bend East Side 3 0 3
Brownsburg 2 1 10
North Posey 1 2 9
Indiana Central 0 3 20

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 (Sunday, July 25)

Highland 3, Brownsburg 1
South Bend East Side 6, Aurora 5 (7 innings)

Indiana State Championship Game (Monday, July 26)

Highland 1, South Bend East Side 0 (TITLE)


Summary:

Ken Mahala Jr. threw a two-hitter and scored the game's only run as his Highland Little League all-star team edged South Bend East Side Little League 1-0 in the Indiana state championship game at Orme Field in Southport.

Highland and East Side both carried momentum into the championship game, combining for 23 wins and no losses in their previous international tournament games, and were evenly matched in a well-played title game. The two teams remained scoreless until the fourth, when Highland pushed across the game's only run.

With Mahala, Jr. on first base and one out, Highland catcher Kevin Stiglitz legged out an infield single on a grounder into the hole at shortstop. Both baserunners moved up on a wild pitch, forcing South Bend to pull its infield in. Highland's Jon Livingston then poked a seeing-eye single through the right side of the drawn-in infield to score Mahala with the game's only run.

Livingston provided the fatal blow, but Highland manager Ken Mahala, Sr. felt Stiglitz's infield hit was the key to the inning.

"That . . . may be the difference in the ballgame, whether you're hustling or not hustling," said Mahala, Sr. of Stiglitz's infield single. Had the Highland catcher not beaten the throw to first, he would have become the inning's second out, and South Bend's defense could have played at normal depth.

The other difference in the game was the stellar pitching of Mahala, Jr. Highland's pitcher hurled a complete game shutout, striking out ten batters and earning his second victory of the tournament. Mahala, Jr., who did not allow an earned run in his two state tournament starts, had helped Highland start strongly with a five-hitter in a 9-1 win over Aurora in the tournament's opening game.

"We've been getting out teeth kicked in by teams like this since we were nine and ten," said Mahala, Sr. after the championship game. "I told them, 'Boys, if we keep (playing) fundamental baseball and become well-rounded ballplayers, you can beat these guys.'"

Highland managed only four hits of their own against South Bend pitcher Broc Tarwacki, and had a pair of baserunners thrown out at the plate in the second inning.

"This was a good pitcher," said Mahala, Sr. of Tarwacki. "I didn't know how many opportunities we were going to have . . . when you're at state, you're going to see some good pitchers and some good players, and you never know how many chances you're going to get."

Highland reached the championship game by rallying past perennial Indiana contender Brownsburg Little League in the semifinal round. Brownsburg grabbed an early 1-0 lead before Mahala, Stiglitz, and Livingston delivered RBIs that helped down the perennial District 8 contender. Matt Spretnjak had a pair of hits and scored twice for Highland, while Mike Bremer pitched 5-2/3 innings of relief, scattering five hits and striking out nine batters.

The relief work continued a string of key contributions by Bremer at the state tournament. The right-hander had three hits in Highland's 9-1 win over Aurora Little League in the opening round, and added a three-run homer later in the day as Highland clinched a semifinal round berth with a 14-1 romp over Hartford City. Highland had ten hits in the game, including a three-run homer from Livingston, and capitalized on six Hartford City errors.

Each of the state tournament qualifiers began pool competition with a doubleheader after rain washed out the tournament's opening day.

While Bremer's bat paced the Highland attack, Tarwacki delivered the key blows for East Side. He homered in each of his team's pool games as South Bend topped Pool 'B' with three consecutive victories. The District 11 champions defeated Indiana Central Little League 7-0 before topping Brownsburg 7-3 on the first day of play, then blanked North Posey Little League 5-0 in their final pool outing. Eric Forslund homered against Brownsburg, while Zach Maggio added a pair of hits in the win over North Posey.

East Side then edged Aurora 6-5 in extra innings to reach the championship game. Tyler Wolfram's seventh inning single scored Maggio to help East Side reach the state championship game in the major baseball division for the fourth time in the league's history.

Mike Cass and Maggio combined to strike out eleven Aurora batters, while Cass and Connor Hudnall had a pair of hits apiece for East Side. Forslund added his second home run of the tournament.

Highland's championship game victory gave the town its third-ever Indiana champion in the major baseball division, and advanced the team to the Great Lakes Region tournament in Indianapolis.

Highland South Little League reached the semifinal round of the Little League World Series in 1970, while the 1975 Highland American Little League all-star team also captured the Indiana championship.

At the 2004 Great Lakes Region tournament, Highland split its four pool games, and defeated West Side National Little League (Hamilton, Ohio) 6-2 in the semifinal round before falling 3-0 to Owensboro Southern (Kentucky) Little League in the championship game.

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Linescores:

  Championship Game 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Highland 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 4 0
South Bend East Side 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0


2004 Indiana District Champions and Sectional Tournament Results:

District Champions
in Section 1
District Champions
in Section 2
D3 - Frankfort
D8 - Brownsburg (Purple Team)

Section 1 Tournament
Host - Fall Creek (Indianapolis)
At Hess Field

Tournament Results:

1 - Brownsburg 2, Frankfort 0
2 - Brownsburg 4, Frankfort 0 (TITLE)

D1 - Valparaiso American
D2 - Highland

Section 2 Tournament
Host - East Chicago Civic (District 1)
At Kosciuszko Park

Tournament Results:

1 - Highland 5, Valparaiso American 1
2 - Highland 10, Valparaiso American 1 (TITLE)

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

Section 3 Tournament
Host - South Bend East Side (District 11)

Tournament Results:

1 - South Bend East Side 16, Concord 2 (4 innings)
2 - South Bend East Side 12, Concord 1 (4 innings; TITLE)

D9 - Hartford City
D10 - Leo Boys (Fort Wayne)

Section 4 Tournament
Host - Delta (Royarton) (District 9)

Tournament Results:

1 - Hartford City 4, Leo Boys 2
2 - Hartford City 10, Leo Boys 6 (TITLE)

District Champions
in Section 5
District Champions
in Section 6
D6 - Aurora
D7 - Indiana Central (Indianapolis)

Section 5 Tournament

Because the state tournament was hosted by a league in Section 5, both Section 5 district champions advanced directly to the state tournament. No Section 5 tournament was played.

D5 - New Albany
D12 - Seymour

Section 6 Tournament
Host - Seymour (District 12)
At Kasting Park

Tournament Results:

1 - New Albany 7, Seymour 3
2 - New Albany 5, Seymour 1 (TITLE)

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

Section 7 Tournament
Host - Jasper (District 13)
At Ralph Heath Field

Tournament Results:

1 - North Posey 3, Terre Haute North 1
2 - Terre Haute North 10, North Posey 4
3 - North Posey 7, Terre Haute North 1 (TITLE)




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