2014 Indiana State Little League® Tournament Results
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Indiana State Tournament
Host - Plainfield Optimist (District 8)
At Al and Jan Barker Sports Complex

The Al and Jan Barker Sports Complex is located at 451 S. Vestal Road in Plainfield.

Pool 'A' Participants
District 1 Champions State Park (Chesterton)
District 3 Champions Frankfort
District 5 Champions New Albany
District 6 Champions Hagerstown
District 8 Champions Brownsburg
District 9 Champions Wabash
District 11 Champions Chet Waggoner (South Bend)
District 12 Champions Bartholomew County National (Columbus)

Pool 'B' Participants
District 2 Champions Highland
District 4 Champions Terre Haute North
District 7 Champions Franklin Township (Indianapolis)
District 10 Champions Auburn
District 13 Champions Golfmoor (Evansville)
District 14 Champions Osolo

Click here to view 2014 district tournament results for Indiana.

Tournament Results:

Pool 'A' Bracket

Round 1 (Saturday, July 19):
Bartholomew County National 3, Brownsburg 1
New Albany 9, Wabash 2
Hagerstown 8, Frankfort 1
State Park 7, Chet Waggoner 1

Round 2 (Sunday, July 20):
Bartholomew County National 12, Hagerstown 2
Wabash 9, Brownsburg 4
New Albany 22, Chet Waggoner 1 (4 innings)
Frankfort 2, State Park 0

Round 3 (Monday, July 21):
Bartholomew County National 7, Wabash 3
Chet Waggoner 4, Hagerstown 3
Brownsburg 12, Frankfort 6
New Albany 9, State Park 1

Pool 'B' Bracket

Round 1 (Saturday, July 19):
Golfmoor 15, Auburn 4 (5 innings)
Highland 12, Terre Haute North 2 (4 innings)
Franklin Township 7, Osolo 6

Round 2 (Sunday, July 20):
Golfmoor 13, Terre Haute North 3
Auburn 9, Osolo 7
Highland 4, Franklin Township 2 (7 innings)

Round 3 (Monday, July 21):
Golfmoor 9, Osolo 0
Terre Haute North 5, Franklin Township 1
Highland 11, Auburn 4


Pool 'A' Standings

W

L

Runs
Allowed
New Albany 3 0 4
Bartholomew County National 3 0 6
State Park 1 2 12
Brownsburg 1 2 18
Hagerstown 1 2 17
Wabash 1 2 20
Frankfort 1 2 20
Chet Waggoner 1 2 32


Pool 'B' Standings

W

L

Runs
Allowed
Golfmoor 3 0 7
Highland 3 0 8
Franklin Township 1 2 15
Terre Haute North 1 2 26
Auburn 1 2 33
Osolo 0 3 25

The top four teams in each pool advance to elimination rounds.

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 22)

New Albany 16, Terre Haute North 3
Franklin Township 7, Bartholomew County National 3
Highland 4, State Park 3
Brownsburg 2, Golfmoor 0

Semifinal Round (Wednesday, July 23)

New Albany 10, Franklin Township 1
Highland 6, Brownsburg 4

Indiana State Championship Game (Wednesday, July 23)

New Albany 2, Highland 0 (TITLE)


Summary:

As an alphabet soup of advanced baseball statistics has developed in recent years, one emerging metric sports decidedly old-school origins: the Maddux. Blogger Jason Lukehart invented the term, and defines it as simply a game in which a pitcher tosses a complete game shutout while throwing fewer than 100 pitches. The Atlanta Brave and Chicago Cub Hall of Fame pitcher for whom this performance is named threw thirteen Maddux games in his career, nearly twice as many as his next closest contemporary.

In an era of pitch count limits in Little League Baseball, a Williamsport version of a Maddux would likely involve a pitcher throwing a complete game shutout while keeping the pitch count below 85. One example of this: New Albany Little League pitcher Cooper Biven's effort at the 2015 Indiana state tournament.

Biven needed just 77 pitches, struck out thirteen, and threw a complete game two-hitter as New Albany blanked Highland Little League, 2-0, in the Indiana state championship game at the Al and Jan Barker Sports Complex in Plainfield.

The win was New Albany's sixth in as many games in the state tournament, and advanced the District 5 champions into the Great Lakes Region tournament in Indianapolis.

Biven surrendered a two-out double to A.J. Reed in the first inning, and a one-out triple to Armando Salinas in the sixth. In between, the right-hander retired 14 of 15 hitters, including eleven via strikeout, and permitted just one ball hit out of the infield.

"He was very, very sharp today," said New Albany manager Josh Biven. "He did awesome."

New Albany managed just a pair of runs in the championship game, but they were enough to seal the victory. In the third inning, Austin Oppel and Andrew Ricketts singled to open the inning, and after a force play, Ricketts moved to third on a wild pitch and subsequently scored on a passed ball. One inning later, Landon Deweese and Max Meyer each delivered pinch hit singles, then Oppel drew a two-out walk and Biven grounded a single through the six-hole to score Meyer.

Highland pitchers Reed (four innings pitched, one earned run) and Ben Strode (one inning, no runs) combined to keep New Albany's potent offense in check in their team's title game loss. New Albany entered the game averaging over fourteen runs per game in district and state tournament competition, and scored fewer than nine runs just once during that span.

"They battled like crazy," said Josh Biven of his team's title game opponent. "Their pitcher (Reed) was awesome. He did a great job."

New Albany won all three of its pool games at the state tournament, then eased past Terre Haute North Little League, 16-3 in four innings, in the quarterfinal round and dispatched Franklin Township Little League, 10-1, in the semifinals.

Cody Medley led the charge for New Albany in the semifinal round win, throwing a complete game four-hitter and keeping Franklin Township off the scoreboard until the bottom of the sixth inning. At the plate, he had a run-scoring double as part of a three-run first inning rally, and added a two-run homer in the fifth.

Cooper Biven and Ricketts drove in runs in the second, when New Albany extended its lead to 6-0. Biven doubled in the inning's first run, and Ricketts added a two-run single. Josh Castleman added a two-run homer in the sixth as part of a three-hit day.

New Albany had little trouble with Terre Haute North in the quarterfinal round, jumping to a 4-0 lead after one inning and then scoring ten times in the second. Medley's two-run double opened the scoring, then Drew Fifer drove in a run with a groundout and David Newbanks added a run-scoring single.

New Albany had nine hits in its ten-run second, including two-run homers from Medley and Castleman. Pinch hitter Aidan Clemons added a home run in the third.

"We just came out and hit the ball," said Josh Biven of his team's 15-hit attack. "We had a lot of nice hits."

Highland reached the championship game having won its three pool contests, but the District 2 champions needed a rally in the bottom of the sixth inning to escape State Park Little League in the quarterfinal round. State Park carried a 3-2 lead entering the bottom of the sixth, before Highland tied the score on Eddie Spoelman's single to left field and pushed across the winning run when Jonny Crowel drew a bases loaded walk.

The next day, Highland rallied again, overcoming an early 3-1 Brownsburg Little League lead with five runs in the third inning, and holding on for a 6-4 victory. James Klapak provided the key blow, a grand slam home run that turned a 3-2 Brownsburg lead into a 6-3 Highland advantage.

"Honestly, I don't think (Brownsburg's pitcher) made a bad pitch," said Brownsburg manager Tony Cookerly of the decisive blow. "The kid just put a good swing on that pitch."

Brownsburg threatened in the late innings, leaving the bases loaded in the fourth and then getting the potential tying run on base in the sixth before Highland stymied the rallies and advanced to the state championship game for the first time since the league's 2004 state championship season.

New Albany's tournament run continued on to the Great Lakes Region tournament, and the Indiana champions reached the championship game before its season ended. Following the Little League World Series, however, region champion Jackie Robinson West Little League (Chicago, Illinois) was stripped of all tournament victories after a Little League investigation found that the team had violated tournament rules by using players from outside the league's boundaries. Following this ruling, New Albany was declared the Great Lakes Region champion, though the title was awarded after the Little League World Series, and New Albany did not have the opportunity to compete in South Williamsport.

Follow New Albany at the Great Lakes Region Tournament -- Click here to view results.


Linescores:

  Quarterfinal Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Terre Haute North 0 0 3 0 3 5 1
New Albany 4 10 2 x 16 15 0
  Quarterfinal Round
Franklin Township 0 1 3 0 3 0 7 8 0
Bartholomew County National 0 1 0 2 0 0 3 8 2
  Quarterfinal Round
State Park 0 2 0 1 0 0 3 4 4
Highland 0 0 2 0 0 2 4 9 0
  Quarterfinal Round
Brownsburg 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 5 0
Golfmoor 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
  Semifinal Round
New Albany 3 3 0 0 2 2 10 10 1
Franklin Township 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 4 1
  Semifinal Round
Brownsburg 0 1 2 0 1 0 4 7 1
Highland 1 0 5 0 0 x 6 9 0
  Championship Game
Highland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
New Albany 0 0 1 1 0 x 2 7 0




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