2006 Indiana State Little League® Tournament Results
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Indiana State Tournament
Host - Merrillville (District 1)

Pool 'A' Participants
Section 1 Champions Lebanon (District 3)
Section 5 Champions New Castle (District 6)
District 1 Champions Gary Youth Baseball
District 2 Champions Dyer

Pool 'B' Participants
Section 3 Champions East Side (South Bend) (District 11)
Section 4 Champions Wabash (District 9)
Section 6 Champions New Albany Township (District 5)
Section 7 Champions Terre Haute South (District 4)

NOTE: Because the state tournament was hosted by a league in Section 2, both districts in Section 2 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.

Tournament Results:

Pool 'A' Bracket

Round 1 (Friday, July 28):
Dyer 3, New Castle 0 (No-hitter)
Lebanon 3, Gary Youth Baseball 2

Round 2 (Saturday, July 29):
Lebanon 9, Dyer 8 (7 innings)
New Castle 20, Gary Youth Baseball 3 (4 innings)

Round 3 (Sunday, July 30):
Dyer 5, Gary Youth Baseball 0
New Castle 5, Lebanon 0

Pool 'B' Bracket

Round 1 (Friday, July 28):
New Albany Township 3, Wabash 1
Terre Haute South 2, East Side 1

Round 2 (Saturday, July 29):
Wabash 4, East Side 2
New Albany Township 11, Terre Haute South 1 (5 innings)

Round 3 (Sunday, July 30):
Terre Haute South 3, Wabash 1
New Albany Township 7, East Side 3


Standings

W

L

Runs
Allowed
New Castle 2 1 6
Lebanon 2 1 15
Dyer 2 1 9
Gary Youth Baseball 0 3 28


Standings

W

L

Runs
Allowed
New Albany Township 3 0 5
Terre Haute South 2 1 13
Wabash 1 2 8
East Side 0 3 13

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 (Monday, July 31)

New Castle 7, Terre Haute South 3
New Albany Township 8, Lebanon 3

Indiana State Championship Game (Monday, July 31)

New Castle 5, New Albany Township 3 (TITLE)


Summary:

Adam Kranda's towering three-run home run in the third inning snapped a 2-2 tie, and helped give his New Castle Little League all-star team a 5-3 victory over New Albany Township Little League in the 2006 Indiana state championship game.

With the win, New Castle claimed its first-ever state championship in the major baseball division, and advanced to the Great Lakes Region tournament in Indianapolis.

"That was huge," said New Castle manager Brett Mann of Kranda's home run. "He's been struggling at the plate recently. He really needed it and the team really needed it."

Kranda's hit was one of only three that New Castle managed against New Albany Township pitchers Josh Rogers and Zach Ricketts in the championship game. The District 6 champions opened the game by scoring twice in the first inning without the benefit of a hit. Connor King was hit by the game's first pitch, and one out later, Devin Nickelson drew a walk. A passed ball put both runners in scoring position before Parker Aul grounded out to the pitcher. King broke from third after the throw to first base, and he and Nickelson both scored when the ensuing throw to the plate was wild.

New Albany Township tied the game in the bottom of the frame, with Jordan Striegel scoring on a first-and-third double steal and Clayton Poff crossing the plate on a fielding error following Rogers grounder.

"I was a little nervous when they tied the game in the first inning," said Mann. ""But Frank McMahon, our pitching coach, said Parker gets stronger as the game goes on, and he was right."

Aul surrendered a leadoff single in the second inning, then allowed only one other baserunner until the sixth inning. The right-hander struck out nine and did not walk a batter.

He also sparked New Castle's third inning rally, keeping the inning alive by drawing a two-out walk after falling behind 0-2 in the count. Kranda followed with his deep blast over the center field fence to score Aul and King, who opened the inning with a single.

New Albany Township narrowed the deficit on Eric Burnett's leadoff home run in the sixth inning. Jamal Bullitt's two-out single brought the winning run to the plate before Aul induced a game-ending groundout.

"We took advantage of their mistakes," said New Castle manager Brett Mann. "(We) made some outstanding plays in the field, and got great pitching without giving up any walks."

New Castle reached the championship game by topping Terre Haute South Little League, 7-3, in a semifinal round game earlier in the day. Nickelson, pitching on an afternoon when the heat index topped 100 degrees, struck out fourteen and, like Aul in the nightcap, did not walk a batter. He carried a one-hit shutout into the bottom of the sixth inning before Dalton Sexton's three-run homer provided Terre Haute's only runs.

"Devin did a fantastic job today, getting fourteen strikeouts and pitching in that heat," said Mann. "I got fatigued throwing to just three batters in batting practice."

New Castle capitalized on a series of unforced Terre Haute errors to build its early lead. Nickelson was hit by a pitch with two outs in the first inning, and moved to second on a wild pitch before scoring on Aul's single.

In the third, the opportunistic District 6 champions converted just one hit -- King's leadoff single -- into four runs following a series of Terre Haute defensive breakdowns. Trey Ball reached on an error following his sacrifice bunt attempt, and Nickelson was again hit by a pitch to load the bases. King scored the game's second run on a passed ball, then a pair of errors allowed both baserunners and the batter to score on Aul's grounder. Ball scored when a Terre Haute fielder dropped a throw, then Nickelson and Aul both scored on a subsequent throwing error after the ball was recovered.

"Our team does a great job of taking advantage of other teams' miscues, and we did so again today," said Mann after the game.

Ethan Owens added a run-scoring single and scored on King's double to center field in the sixth inning.

New Castle ended the tournament on a high note only after bottoming out in their state tournament debut. Dyer Little League pitcher Stefano Belmonte struck out fifteen New Castle batters and threw a no-hitter in his team's 3-0 win in the tournament's opening round. Belmonte also slammed a three-run home run in the bottom of the first inning to deliver the game's only runs. Nickelson shut down the Dyer offense after the early blast, and allowed only four hits in total during a game that was played over two days after rain suspended play early in the opening slate of games.

"Devin Nickelson pitched pretty well for us," said Mann after the game. "But Belmonte just pitched an unbelievable game."

New Castle bounced back the next day, overpowering Gary Youth Baseball Little League, 20-3 in four innings. Gary answered New Castle's five run first inning rally with three of their own, but the eventual champions pulled away by adding nine runs in the second before ending the game early via the mercy rule.

New Castle won again the next day, as four pitchers combined on a two-hitter in a 5-0 victory over Lebanon Little League. The win lifted New Castle into the semifinal round via a tiebreaker, but also engulfed the tournament into a brief controversy. Lebanon had defeated Dyer, 9-8 in seven innings, on the tournament's second day, and New Castle's win over Lebanon created a three-way tie for first place in Pool 'A'. New Castle claimed first place based on their superior runs allowed per defensive inning ratio, which is the tiebreaker Little League Baseball employs when head-to-head competition cannot break a tie. Lebanon then earned the second semifinal berth from the pool based on their victory over Dyer.

But Dyer filed a protest, alleging that Lebanon and New Castle had conspired to pre-determine the outcome of their game, which was the final pool contest to be played. Dyer's coaches alleged that the teams knew a shutout victory for New Castle would create a tiebreaker scenario that would guarantee the elimination of Dyer, and that Lebanon intentionally lost the game. Had New Castle allowed two or more runs, Dyer would have finished with the best runs per defensive inning ratio, and would have advanced to the semifinal round.

Tensions heightened as the game progressed, and Dyer manager Mike Burvan was among a group of individuals ejected from the stands in the fourth inning. (Burvan later told reporters that he left the field voluntarily.)

Local tournament officials and, ultimately, Little League Baseball's international tournament committee in South Williamsport believed the charges to be unfounded.

"There was no evidence that the game was lost intentionally," said a Little League spokesman after Dyer's protest was denied.

"(Lebanon's manager) didn't throw the game," said Steve Heck, District Administrator for Indiana District 1, which hosted the state tournament. "He played the role of a smart, defensive manager."

"That's how things have gone for this team," said Lebanon manager Albert Hendrix, dismissing the charges. "Some games we hit, and some we don't. This was one game we didn't."

"We came out here to beat Lebanon and stay alive in the tournament," explained Mann after the controversy unfolded. "We started our number three pitcher (Ball), and mixed it up to save some arms for Monday's hot weather.

"Believe me, there was no scheme between us and Lebanon," added the New Castle manager.

Far less controversial were the results in the other pool, where New Albany Township clinched first place following a 3-1 win over Wabash Little League and an 11-1, five inning victory over Terre Haute South. Jordan Striegel homered to pace New Albany Township's twelve hit attack in the second win.

New Albany Township then closed pool competition with a 7-3 win over South Bend's East Side Little League, while Terre Haute South edged Wabash, 2-1, in a game that determined the second semifinalist from the pool. New Albany Township then eliminated Lebanon, 8-3, in a semifinal round game before falling the New Castle in the title game.

"I'm very proud of my guys right now," said Mann, after his team brought New Castle its second high-profile state championship in a five month span. New Castle High School defeated Jay County, 51-43, to win the Class 3A state basketball championship earlier in the year.

New Castle won a trio of one run games during pool competition at the Great Lakes region tournament to earn the top seed entering the semifinal round, then advanced to the championship game after rallying from a 4-2 deficit in the fourth inning of a 7-5 win over West Side Little League (Hamilton, Ohio). New Castle fell, 3-0, in the region championship game to Lemont (Illinois) Little League.

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Linescores:

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



2006 Indiana District Champions and Sectional Tournament Results:

District Champions
in Section 1
District Champions
in Section 2
D3 - Lebanon
D8 - Fall Creek (Indianapolis)

Section 1 Tournament
Host - Thorntown (District 3)

Tournament Results:

1 - Fall Creek 6, Lebanon 5
2 - Lebanon 8, Fall Creek 4
3 - Lebanon 11, Fall Creek 0 (TITLE)

D1 - Gary Youth Baseball
D2 - Dyer

Section 2 Tournament

Tournament Results:

Because the state tournament was hosted by a league in Section 2, both Section 2 district champions advanced directly to the state tournament. No Section 2 tournament was played.

District Champions
in Section 3
District Champions
in Section 4
D11 - East Side (South Bend)
D14 - Goshen

Section 3 Tournament
Host - New Prairie (New Carlisle) (District 11)

Tournament Results:

1 - Goshen 7, East Side 4
2 - East Side 5, Goshen 0
3 - East Side 14, Goshen 11 (TITLE)

D9 - Wabash
D10 - Hamilton Park (Fort Wayne)

Section 4 Tournament
Host - Elwood Harry Bridges (District 9)

Tournament Results:

1 - Wabash 4, Hamilton Park 3
2 - Wabash 3, Hamilton Park 2 (8 innings; TITLE)

District Champions
in Section 5
District Champions
in Section 6
D6 - New Castle
D7 - Southport National

Section 5 Tournament

Tournament Results:

1 - New Castle 13, Southport National 0
2 - New Castle 15, Southport National 3 (TITLE)

D5 - New Albany Township
D12 - Bedford

Section 6 Tournament
Host - New Albany Township (District 5)

Tournament Results:

1 - Bedford 4, New Albany Township 3
2 - New Albany Township 11, Bedford 0 (6 innings)
3 - New Albany Township 20, Bedford 16 (TITLE)

District Champions
in Section 7
D4 - Terre Haute South
D13 - Princeton

Section 7 Tournament
Host - Washington (District 13)

Tournament Results:

1 - Terre Haute South 10, Princeton 5
2 - Terre Haute South 9, Princeton 8 (TITLE)




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