1998 Massachusetts State Little League® Tournament Results

Massachusetts State Tournament

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Massachusetts State Tournament
Host - Taunton West
At Taunton West LL Complex

Participating Teams:
Section 1 Champions
Section 2 Champions
Section 3 Champions
Section 4 Champions
Westfield North (District 2)
Falmouth (District 7)
Newton North (District 10)
Swampscott (District 16)

Tournament Results:

Swampscott 13, Westfield North 5
Newton North 5, Falmouth 2

Championship Game:
Newton North 5, Swampscott 3 (TITLE)

Consolation result:
Falmouth 2, Westfield North 0


Newton North withstood an early Swampscott flurry, then battled back to win its first state title in 36 years with a 5-3 victory in the state title game.

The turning point in the title game occurred early. Swampscott led 1-0 following leadoff hitter Alex Stone's game-opening home run, and the perennial District 16 powerhouse then loaded the bases with nobody out in what looked like a re-staging of the six-run first inning outburst from their 13-5 semifinal round win over Westfield North. However, Newton pitcher Bobby Colantonio struck out the next two hitters, then ended the inning by inducing a flyball that Ian Kilpatrick grabbed near the centerfield fence to end the inning without further scoring.

After snuffing the rally, Newton North took a 2-1 lead on Ken Pellegrini's two-run homer to left in the bottom of the first. Swampscott scored a pair of unearned runs in the second, but Newton took the lead for good with a third inning rally. In that rally, singles by Colantonio and Sam Brill and a walk to Pellegrini loaded the bases. In consecutive at-bats, Keith Pescosolido walked to force in the tying run, Brill scored the go-ahead tally on a fielder's choice when the throw to the plate was late, and Pellegrini plated an insurance run on Andrew McGarthy's sacrifice fly to centerfield.

After that point, Newton turned the game over to Pescosolido. After catching the first three innings in 87 degree heat, Pescosolido was called in to pitch when Swampscott rallied with no outs in the fourth inning. The 4'7" relief pitcher escaped trouble in the fourth by fanning Stone (who had been 7-for-7 with four home runs in the tournament to that point), and pitched three innings of no hit, no walk relief to earn the save.

Newton advanced to the title game with a 5-3 win over Falmouth. After 2-1/2 scoreless innings, Brill, who picked up the victory on the mound, drove in the game's first run with a sacrifice fly. Later in the inning, Pellegrini slammed a two-run double. After Falmouth's K.J. Kozens slapped a two-run single to cut Newton's lead to 3-2, Pellegrini added an RBI triple and then scored himself in the fifth inning to put the game out of reach.

Stone carried Swampscott past Westfield North in the other semifinal round game. The Swampscott catcher -- who hit only two home runs on the year prior to the state tournament -- slammed three homers and drove in five runs in a 4-for-4 performance at the plate.

Stone opened the game with a homer to give Swampscott an early 1-0 lead, and eight walks (including six in a row after two outs were recorded) gave the Baby Blue a 6-0 lead before Westfield came to bat. Brenden Gaudrault's two-run double keyed a Westfield rally that cut Swampscott's lead to 6-4 after the first inning, but a pair of Stone solo homers kept Westfield at bay as Swampscott extended the lead to 8-5. In the sixth, Swampscott put the game away with a five run burst keyed by Tim Kiely's solo home run and Chuckie Cameron's two-run safety.

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  Championship Game
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1999 Massachusetts District Champions and Sectional Results:

District Champions
in Section 1
District Champions
in Section 2
D1 - Lee
D2 - Westfield North
D3 - Leominster American
D4 - Worcester Jesse Burkett

Section 1 Tournament
Championship Game Host - Worcester (District 4)

Tournament Results:
1 - Westfield North 10, Lee 2
2 - Jesse Burkett 8, Leominster American 3
3 - Westfield North 8, Jesse Burkett 7 (9 innings; TITLE)

D5 - Grafton
D6 - Swansea
D7 - Falmouth
D8 - Abington

Section 2 Tournament

Tournament Results:
1 - Falmouth 2, Abington 0
2 - Grafton 9, Swansea 7
3 - Falmouth 10, Grafton 0 (TITLE)

District Champions
in Section 3
District Champions
in Section 4
D9 - South Boston National
D10 - Newton North
D11 - Walpole American
D12 - Somerville West

Section 3 Tournament

Tournament Results:
1 - Newton North 10, South Boston National 0
2 - Somerville West 6, Walpole American 1
3 - Newton North 14, Somerville West 8 (TITLE)

D13 - Arlington American
D14 - Tewksbury National
D15 - Danvers American
D16 - Swampscott

Section 4 Tournament
Championship Game Host - Woburn (District 13)
At Weafer Field

Tournament Results:
1 - Tewksbury National 1, Arlington American 0
2 - Swampscott 6, Danvers American 4
3 - Swampscott 2, Tewksbury National 1 (TITLE)

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