2011 Indiana State Little League® Tournament Results
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Indiana State Tournament
Host - Jeff/GRC American (Jeffersonville) (District 5)
At Woehrle Field

Pool 'A' Participants
District 8 Champions Ben Davis (Indianapolis)
District 10 Champions Georgetown Community American (Fort Wayne)
District 12 Champions Bedford
District 13 Champions Golfmoor (Evansville)

Pool 'B' Participants
District 4 Champions Terre Haute North
District 6 Champions New Castle
District 14 Champions Goshen

Pool 'C' Participants
District 1 Champions Portage American
District 2 Champions Dyer
District 3 Champions Lebanon

Pool 'D' Participants
District 5 Champions New Albany
District 7 Champions Southport
District 9 Champions Wabash
District 11 Champions New Prairie (New Carlisle)

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 23):
Golfmoor 5, Ben Davis 0
Bedford 13, Georgetown Community American 3

Round 2 (Sunday, July 24):
Golfmoor 9, Georgetown Community American 4
Bedford 12, Ben Davis 2

Round 3 (Monday, July 25):
Golfmoor 10, Bedford 0
Ben Davis 8, Georgetown Community American 5

Pool 'B' Bracket

Round 1 (Saturday, July 23):
Terre Haute North 13, Goshen 9
New Castle 15, Lebanon 0 (cross-over game)

Round 2 (Sunday, July 24):
Terre Haute North 2, New Castle 1
Dyer 8, Goshen 1 (cross-over game)

Round 3 (Monday, July 25):
Terre Haute North 5, Portage American 0
Goshen 5, New Castle 2

Pool 'C' Bracket

Round 1 (Saturday, July 23):
Dyer 10, Portage American 0
New Castle 15, Lebanon 0 (cross-over game)

Round 2 (Sunday, July 24):
Lebanon 7, Portage American 2
Dyer 8, Goshen 1 (cross-over game)

Round 3 (Monday, July 25):
Terre Haute North 5, Portage American 0
Dyer 13, Lebanon 3

Pool 'D' Bracket

Round 1 (Saturday, July 23):
New Prairie 17, Southport 4
New Albany 13, Wabash 2 (4 innings)

Round 2 (Sunday, July 24):
New Albany 12, Southport 2 (5 innings)
Wabash 5, New Prairie 4

Round 3 (Monday, July 25):
Wabash 11, Southport 1
New Albany 20, New Prairie 2


Pool 'A' Standings

W

L

Runs
Allowed
Golfmoor 3 0 4
Bedford 2 1 15
Ben Davis 1 2 22
Georgetown Community American 0 3 30


Pool 'B' Standings

W

L

Runs
Allowed
Terre Haute North 3 0 10
Goshen 1 2 23
New Castle 1 2 7


Pool 'C' Standings

W

L

Runs
Allowed
Dyer 3 0 4
Lebanon 1 2 30
Portage American 0 3 22


Pool 'D' Standings

W

L

Runs
Allowed
New Albany 3 0 6
Wabash 2 1 18
New Prairie 1 2 29
Southport 0 3 40

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 26)

Golfmoor 11, Lebanon 0
New Albany 23, Goshen 1
Bedford 12, Terre Haute North 2
Dyer 7, Wabash 6

Semifinal Round (Wednesday, July 27)

Golfmoor 8, New Albany 3
Bedford 8, Dyer 7

Indiana State Championship Game (Thursday, July 28)

Golfmoor 16, Bedford 15 (TITLE)


Summary:

To find a parallel at the major league level, you have to go back over a quarter-century, to a windswept weekday afternoon at Wrigley Field in May of 1979.

The Philadelphia Phillies opened up a 7-0 lead before the Chicago Cubs came to bat that day, only to watch the Cubs pull back to within a run in the bottom of the frame. Philadelphia never actually trailed in the game, but the chase was on: the Phillies posted eight in the third and opened up an eleven run lead, but Chicago stayed within striking distance with seven in the fifth, whittled the lead further with a three-spot in the sixth, and tied the game in the eighth before Philadelphia finally secured the victory with a solitary run in the top of the tenth inning.

The final score was 23-22 -- the highest-scoring major league baseball game in the 50 years prior and the 30-plus years since. The two teams combined for 50 hits, including a then-major league record eleven home runs. One pitcher legged out a triple. Another homered in the top of the first inning but couldn't record enough outs to make it through the bottom of the inning. As Philadelphia radio broadcaster Andy Musser recalled years later of the four-hour roller coaster, "We'd all had wild games at Wrigley Field, but we couldn't believe what we were seeing."

Flash forward to 2011, and the Indiana state Little League tournament. Indiana has seen its share of headline-grabbing state championship games, including a twelve inning marathon, blowouts by teams that eventually played for the Little League World Series championship, 1-0 pitchers' duels, and an unprecedented string of four consecutive championships by the same league.

But it has never seen a contest like the 2011 state championship game.

Golfmoor Little League built an early 8-1 advantage against Bedford Little League in the final game of the tournament at Woehrle Field in Jeffersonville.

They couldn't hold it.

Golfmoor pushed again, and opened up a 15-10 lead.

They couldn't hold it.

Finally, after a series of leads and ties and twists and turns, Golfmoor pushed across a solitary run in the bottom of the sixth inning. It was enough: Golfmoor edged Bedford, 16-15, to claim the Indiana state championship and advance to the Great Lakes Region tournament.

"It was unbelievable," said Golfmoor manager Paul Dunham after the contest. "It was amazing. I'm even sorry Bedford had to lose. That's how great a game this was. I will never forget it."

"This is a very special group of kids," said Bedford manager Jeff Callahan. "Unfortunately one team goes on and one team goes home, and it wasn't our time. But they have so much to be proud of for how hard they played."

Bedford grabbed its only lead of the game in the top of the first inning, when Cole Mathews' run-scoring single gave the District 12 winners a brief 1-0 advantage. But Daniel Mangels, Trevor Ricker, and Jonathan Springer each launched two-run homers for Golfmoor in the bottom of the frame, as the team from Evansville's West Side raced to an 8-1 advantage.

The two teams traded salvos in the second, before Bedford drew level in the third. Drew Hensley opened the inning with a solo home run, and after Tanner McBride and Ben Barker drove in runs, Ronnie Watson tied the game with a three-run homer.

Each team posted a single run in the fourth, and Golfmoor again moved in front in the fifth, when Trey Klemczewski lined a two-run homer off the right field foul pole and Springer delivered a two-run single. Golfmoor carried a five-run lead into the sixth, when Watson was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, Hensley drove home a pair with a single, and Mathews launched a mammoth two-run homer that tied the game.

"I told the kids after we built that lead that Bedford was a team that had no quit in them," explained Paul Dunham. "They tied it, and I reminded the kids of what our goal was -- win state. From the first practice, that's been the goal."

In the midst of all the offense, the game turned on a defensive play that ended the inning: Springer made a diving catch to rob Josh Bartlett of a hit that would have given Bedford its first lead since game's inaugural inning.

The defensive gem not only curtailed the rally, but it put the advantage firmly in Golfmoor's favor. The Evansville team had the top of the order due up in the bottom of the frame, and Dunham liked his team's chances.

"All we needed was one run to win state," said the Golfmoor manager. "I told the kids I'll take that situation. We could do it."

Golfmoor used small ball and station-to-station baseball to produce the deciding run. Springer opened the inning with a walk, and moved to third following Aaron Peck's sacrifice bunt and a fielders' choice. Brady Long then slapped a two-out, two-strike pitch into right center field for the game-winning hit that plated Springer and sent Golfmoor to the Great Lakes Region tournament in Indianapolis.

Golfmoor and Bedford had met once earlier in the tournament, but the first contest was not indicative of the team's actual strength: both had clinched semifinal berths by virtue of winning their first two pool games, and they used the opportunity to set their pitching rotations for upcoming elimination contests when they met in Golfmoor's 10-0 victory on the final day of pool competition.

Golfmoor then moved into the championship game by topping Lebanon Little League, 10-0, in the quarterfinal round, and suffocating a high-octane New Albany Little League offense in an 8-3 semifinal round win. New Albany had eliminated Golfmoor in the 2010 state tournament semifinals, and entered the 2011 semifinals having averaged 18 runs per game to that point in the state tournament. But Golfmoor pitcher Elijah Dunham struck out nine batters over 5-1/3 innings, and allowed no hits after surrendering a three-run homer to New Albany's Luke Eskins in the first inning.

"I'm proud of how (Elijah) held his composure," said Paul Dunham of his son's performance. "He didn't get down about the home run. Hw was amazing. Every time the count got to 3-1 or 3-2, he warriored up and got the out."

Eskins' home run gave New Albany a 3-2 lead, but after stranding multiple baserunners in the second and third, Golfmoor pulled in front in the fourth. Mangels doubled to center field to plate Springer, and then scored when New Albany misplayed Ricker's pop up and allowed it to land just inside the foul line near first base. Long then capped the inning with a line shot that got past the New Albany shortstop and allowed Elijah Dunham and Ricker to score.

Golfmoor added two runs in the sixth, when Mangels homered and Ricker later scored on a wild pitch.

"(Mangels) came off the bench and was just huge," said Paul Dunham after the game. "He hit a big-time double, and then that home run. To make that kind of contribution on such a big stage, in front of a crowd that was mostly New Albany fans, was incredible."

Bedford, meanwhile, pushed past Dyer Little League, 8-7, in the other semifinal round contest. Barker's grand slam home run helped to give Bedford a 5-4 lead after the first inning, and the catcher later delivered a two-out, run-scoring single in the bottom of the fifth as Bedford scored three times to rally from a 7-5 deficit.

"We're still playing in the greatest baseball tournament in the world, the Little League championships," said Callahan, the Bedford manager, after his team rallied to reach the state championship game in the major baseball division for the first time.

"These kids are so resilient," added the Bedford manager. "And they battle and battle and battle."

That mettle would be on full display the next evening, when no Golfmoor lead was safe.

"It was a great, great experience with these kids," said Callahan. "They have worked their butts off since they were little boys to make themselves into great ballplayers, and they're great kids. I'm proud of each and every one of our kids. They battled until the end, and we have created some great memories."

As did Golfmoor. No District 13 league had ever won the Indiana championship in the major baseball division until the Evansville team took home the flag in 2011. Golfmoor won all four of its pool games at the Great Lakes Region tournament, but was eliminated in the semifinal round following a 4-3 loss to Hamilton West Side (Ohio) Little League.

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Linescores:

  Semifinal Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Golfmoor 2 0 0 4 0 2 8 - -
New Albany 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 - -
  Semifinal Round
Dyer 4 0 3 0 0 0 7 - -
Bedford 5 0 0 0 3 x 8 - -
  Championship Game
Bedford 1 1 7 1 0 5 15 - -
Golfmoor 8 1 1 5 0 1 16 - -




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