2003 Iowa State Little League® Tournament Results
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2003

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Iowa State Tournament
Host - Urbandale (District 3)
At Northview Park

Participating Teams
District 1 Champions Boone National
District 2 Champions North Scott (Eldridge)
District 3 Champions Urbandale
District 4 Champions Appanoose County (Centerville)
District 5 Champions Grandview (Des Moines)
District 6 Champions Headid American (Sioux City)

NOTE: The Iowa State Tournament used a round-robin format in 2003. After preliminary round competition, the top two teams advanced to a winner-take-all championship game.

Tournament Results:

Round 1 (Saturday, July 19):
Appanoose County 7, Boone National 1
Grandview 3, Urbandale 2
North Scott 11, Headid American 1 (5 innings)

Round 2 (Sunday, July 20):
Headid American 5, Appanoose County 3
Boone National 3, Grandview 0
Urbandale 4, North Scott 3

Round 3 (Monday, July 21):
North Scott 11, Grandview 1 (4 innings)
Urbandale 7, Appanoose County 6
Boone National 3, Headid American 0

Round 4 (Tuesday, July 22):
North Scott 11, Appanoose County 7
Boone National 13, Urbandale 2 (5 innings)
Grandview 11, Headid American 6

Round 5 (Wednesday, July 23):
Urbandale 4, Headid American 0
Appanoose County 10, Grandview 8
North Scott 6, Boone National 3 (7 innings)



Final Standings

W

L
North Scott 4 1
Boone National 3 2
Urbandale 3 2
Appanoose County 2 3
Grandview 2 3
Headid American 1 4

The top two teams advance to the state championship game.

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.

Iowa State Championship Game (Thursday, July 24)

North Scott 9, Boone National 1 (TITLE)


Summary:

The North Scott Little League all-star team was in the midst of a four-alarm meltdown. Needing a victory in their final pool game to stay alive at the Iowa state tournament in Urbandale, North Scott watched as a 3-0 lead over Boone National slowly dissolve into a 3-3 tie entering the bottom of the sixth inning. It got worse: Boone National loaded the bases with nobody out on a hit, a walk, and a North Scott error. North Scott pitcher Greg Daniels dug the hole a little deeper, falling behind 2-0 in the count to the next batter.

Then North Scott manager Paul Tremmel made the move that saved his team's summer.

He did nothing.

"I went out and talked to Greg and I had every intention of taking him out," said Tremmel. "He told me he wanted to finish (the game), and for some reason I listened to him."

Daniels worked the count to 3-2 before getting the batter to chase an inside fastball for a strikeout. The next batter grounded sharply to shortstop Conner Paulsen, who fired to the plate for a force out. Then Daniels completed his Houdini act by inducing a harmless fly ball to left field.

Though the game was headed into extra innings, North Scott's players understood what they had done.

"The reaction after that inning was as if we'd won the game," said Tremmel. "That was a huge momentum swing."

North Scott siezed the momentum, and didn't let go. Jim DeFrieze's two-run double in the seventh drove home Daniels and Elliott Schlabach, and propelled his team into the championship game. In an anti-climactic rematch the next day, North Scott downed the same Boone National team 9-1 to claim the Iowa state championship.

“That game really showed me a lot,” Tremmel later said of the extra-inning win. “I was impressed, really impressed. This team has been more resilient than its coaches.”

Daniels and pitcher Matt Petersen led the way for North Scott in the championship game. Daniels drove in a pair of runs and went 4-for-4 at the plate, while Petersen threw a complete game four-hitter.

"I think the key to our success was our defense and pitching depth," said Tremmel as his team prepared for the region tournament. "Our defense was good all week long, and our pitchers were dominating."

Petersen led the North Scott pitching staff, allowing only one earned run in 13 innings of work at the state tournament. Daniels surrendered only one earned run in nine innings.

Offensively, DeFrieze hit .570 and Schlabach hit .500, while Petersen batted .450 and drilled four home runs.

Both the offense and the defense were clicking in North Scott's opener, a mercy rule-shortened 11-1 romp over Headid American. North Scott stumbled, however, and lost 4-3 to Urbandale in its next outing before rallying for a pair of wins. The wins left North Scott in contention for a championship game berth with a 3-1 record, but North Scott would need to win its final pool game to avoid falling into a tie with Urbandale. The tournament hosts held the tiebreaking advantage based on their earlier win.

Two days later, North Scott was packing its bags for Indianapolis, site of the Midwest Region tournament.

"We have no idea what to expect in Indianapolis, but we're excited to find out," said Tremmel, whose league won its first-ever District 2 title prior to the state tournament.

Only two teams from outside of Davenport have won the District 2 tournament in the last 38 years.

"This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," said Tremmel of the region tournament. "I have no idea what our chances are, but . . . we're excited to see how we stack up."

North Scott stacked up well enough at the region tournament to earn another once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: a trip to the Little League World Series. North Scott's 5-1 win over Canyon Lake Little League (Rapid City, South Dakota) in the region championship game gave Iowa's District 2 its third Little League World Series qualifier in four years, as North Scott followed the path traced by Davenport East Little League's 2000 and 2001 all-star teams. North Scott dropped a pair of one-run games at the Little League World Series, and finished the tournament with an 0-3 record.

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