2010 Indiana State Little League® Tournament Results
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Indiana State Tournament
Host - Pendleton (District 6)
At Pendleton Sports Complex

Pool 'A' Participants
District 5 Champions New Albany
District 8 Champions Ben Davis (Indianapolis)
District 10 Champions St. Joe Central American (Fort Wayne)
District 11 Champions New Prairie (New Carlisle)

Pool 'B' Participants
District 4 Champions Terre Haute North
District 6 Champions New Castle
District 7 Champions Decatur Baseball

Pool 'C' Participants
District 2 Champions Highland
District 3 Champions Frankfort
District 9 Champions Wabash

Pool 'D' Participants
District 1 Champions Lakes of the Four Seasons (Crown Point)
District 12 Champions Bedford
District 13 Champions Golfmoor (Evansville)
District 14 Champions Middlebury

The fourteen state tournament qualifiers were divided into four pools. After round-robin pool competition, the top two teams in each pool advanced to the quarterfinal round. Teams in Pool 'B' and Pool 'C' played a cross-over game in addition to games against their pool opponents.

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Tournament Results:

Pool 'A' Bracket

Round 1 (Saturday, July 24):
New Albany 5, St. Joe Central American 1
Ben Davis 10, New Prairie 3

Round 2 (Sunday, July 25):
New Prairie 5, St. Joe Central American 3 (8 innings)
New Albany 11, Ben Davis 2

Round 3 (Monday, July 26):
New Albany 13, New Prairie 2 (5 innings)
Ben Davis 12, St. Joe Central American 1 (6 innings)

Pool 'B' Bracket

Round 1 (Saturday, July 24):
Terre Haute North 14, Decatur Baseball 1 (5 innings)
New Castle 16, Frankfort 13 (cross-over game)

Round 2 (Sunday, July 25):
Terre Haute North 11, Highland 0 (4 innings) (cross-over game)
New Castle 15, Decatur Baseball 5 (5 innings)

Round 3 (Monday, July 26):
Terre Haute North 12, New Castle 1 (5 innings)
Wabash 18, Decatur Baseball 5 (4 innings) (cross-over game)

Pool 'C' Bracket

Round 1 (Saturday, July 24):
Wabash 3, Highland 2 (10 innings)
New Castle 16, Frankfort 13 (cross-over game)

Round 2 (Sunday, July 25):
Terre Haute North 11, Highland 0 (4 innings) (cross-over game)
Wabash 21, Frankfort 7 (4 innings)

Round 3 (Monday, July 26):
Highland 12, Frankfort 7
Wabash 18, Decatur Baseball 5 (4 innings) (cross-over game)

Pool 'D' Bracket

Round 1 (Saturday, July 24):
Bedford 6, Middlebury 5
Golfmoor 26, Lakes of the Four Seasons 5 (5 innings)

Round 2 (Sunday, July 25):
Middlebury 6, Lakes of the Four Seasons 5
Golfmoor 6, Bedford 2

Round 3 (Monday, July 26):
Golfmoor 11, Middlebury 1 (5 innings)
Bedford 4, Lakes of the Four Seasons 3


Pool 'A' Standings

W

L

Runs
Allowed
New Albany 3 0 5
Ben Davis 2 1 15
New Prairie 1 2 26
St. Joe Central American 0 3 22


Pool 'B' Standings

W

L

Runs
Allowed
Terre Haute North 3 0 1
New Castle 2 1 30
Decatur Baseball 0 3 47


Pool 'C' Standings

W

L

Runs
Allowed
Wabash 3 0 14
Highland 1 2 21
Frankfort 0 3 49


Pool 'D' Standings

W

L

Runs
Allowed
Golfmoor 3 0 8
Bedford 2 1 14
Middlebury 1 2 22
Lakes of the Four Seasons 0 3 36

The top two teams in each pool advance to the district finals.

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.

Quarterfinal Round (Tuesday, July 27)

New Albany 15, Highland 2
Golfmoor 17, New Castle 6
Terre Haute North 11, Ben Davis 5
Bedford 5, Wabash 4

Semifinal Round (Wednesday, July 28)

New Albany 6, Golfmoor 1
Terre Haute North 8, Bedford 2

Indiana State Championship Game (Friday, July 30)

Terre Haute North 3, New Albany 1 (TITLE)


Summary:

Pitcher T.J. Collett curtailed an early rally with a heads-up defensive play, and struck out eight batters over five innings to help his Terre Haute North Little League all-star team grind out a 3-1 victory over New Albany in the Indiana state championship game at the Pendleton Sports Complex.

Terre Haute, which had been the runner-up at the 2009 Indiana state tournament, captured its first title in the major baseball division since 1998, and advanced to the Great Lakes Region tournament in Indianapolis.

Collett smothered a New Albany offense that had averaged ten runs per game at the state tournament coming into the title game, but his biggest contribution may have been a simple fundamental play that kept the game scoreless in the first inning. After a leadoff walk, second-place New Albany batter Zack Landrum singled to right field, and the lead runner advanced to third as the Terre Haute outfielder bobbled the ball. The situation looked to become more complicated for Terre Haute when the throw from the outfield grazed the third baseman's glove and bounced toward for the dugout, but Collett had backed up the play and easily threw out the runner at home for an unusual 9-5-1-2 putout. Instead of New Albany leading 1-0 with a runner in scoring position two batters into their first at-bat, the game remained scoreless, and despite another single and walk later in the inning, Collett escaped the frame unscathed.

"I was surprised (Collett) was there, and I think it surprised New Albany," said Terre Haute North manager John Collett. "That was a big out. If they score that run, things are a lot tighter."

After that point, T.J. Collett was not seriously threatened as only two New Albany baserunners reached second base in his remaining innings on the mound, and Terre Haute methodically built a 3-0 advantage. Cody Maloon continued the momentum shift by lining a home run to lead off the top of the second inning, and later Brandon Taylor and Nathan Higbie both singled before eventually scoring on wild pitches.

New Albany scored its run in the sixth, when A.J. Nixon drew a leadoff walk and later scored on Justin Striegel's ground out.

"(Collett) pitched just an awesome game," said New Albany manager John Striegel. "The game could have gone either way. We just ran into a great pitcher today."

"We're disappointed, but you have to take your hats off to them," added the New Albany manager. "They beat us. We didn't beat ourselves... hopefully they'll represent the state of Indiana very well (at the region tournament)."

New Albany reliever Ricky West struck out ten and allowed just two hits in four innings of work against a potent Terre Haute offense. The Vigo County team had posted double-digit scorelines in their initial four games at the state tournament, including a 12-5 decision over Ben Davis Little League in the quarterfinal round. Nick Rush and R.J. Easton helped to break open the win over New Albany, slamming back-to-back home runs to spark a five-run, fourth inning rally that widened a 6-5 advantage. Rush finished 3-for-3 on the day, while Easton contributed a pair of hits. Taylor added a solo home run later in the inning.

Terre Haute North then edged Bedford Little League, 4-2, in a semifinal round game.

New Albany reached the championship game by also sweeping to three consecutive wins in pool competition, then battered Highland Little League 15-2 in its quarterfinal round game. Landrum belted a two-run homer in the first, giving him four in as many state tournament games and pacing a 15-hit New Albany attack.

"Our kids are really hitting the ball well right now," said John Striegel. "Everybody's hitting the ball. Zach's on fire, but everybody has hit the ball well."

New Albany continued its solid play the next day, and advanced to the title game by sending off Golfmoor Little League, 6-1. Ricky West singled and scored in the first inning, then Justin Striegel's double keyed a two-run rally in the second. Golfmoor pulled one run back and repeatedly threatened to change the game's momentum as the game progressed, loading the bases twice and advancing runners to second and third with one out on another occasion. New Albany escaped a third inning jam by recording a third-to-home-to-short double play on a grounder, and kept Golfmoor off the scoreboard for the remainder of the game. New Albany capped the scoring in the sixth, when eleven-year-old New Albany reserve Luke Eskins slammed a pinch hit, three-run home run to left field.

"They hit the ball very well," said John Striegel of Golfmoor's offense. "Probably as well as any team I've seen this year."

Terre Haute North, which won its third state championship overall, split its four pool games at the Great Lakes Region tournament, and advanced to the semifinal round before falling to eventual region champion West Side Little Leage (Hamilton, Ohio) by a 6-1 score.

Follow Terre Haute North at the Great Lakes Region Tournament -- Click here to view results.




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