1999 Massachusetts State Little League® Tournament Results

Massachusetts State Tournament

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Massachusetts State Tournament
Host - Leominster American
At Ronnie Bachand Field

Participating Teams:
Section 1 Champions
Section 2 Champions
Section 3 Champions
Section 4 Champions
Easthampton (District 2)
Middleboro (District 7)
Norwood National (District 11)
Andover American (District 14)

Tournament Results:

Norwood National 3, Andover American 0
Middleboro 2, Easthampton 0

Championship Game:
Middleboro 6, Norwood National 1 (TITLE)

Consolation result:
Easthampton 7, Andover American 4


A potent combination of power pitching and power hitting helped Middleboro climb past a pair of state tournament opponents, as the District 7 champions claimed their second state title in six years.

Middleboro's pitchers were masterful both during and prior to the state tournament. In 54 innings of work leading up to the state semifinals, Middleboro's pitchers had allowed only five runs over the course of 54 innings.

Pitchers Kyle Jones and Sam Cole continued that trend in the state tournament. In the semifinals, Jones struck out 12 and scattered three hits as Middleboro edged Easthampton 2-0. Jones also supplied the game's only offense in the fourth inning by smashing a two-run homer over the left-center field fence following Cole's leadoff single. Jones had hurled a no-hitter in his previous start, a 2-0 victory over Canton in the Section 2 semifinals.

Easthampton threatened twice in the loss. In the first inning, the District 2 representatives put runners on first and second with two outs before Jones recorded an inning-ending strikeout. Two innings later, Easthampton placed runners on second and third with one out. Jones was once again up to the challenge, and escaped the jam by recording a strikeout and then inducing an inning-ending groundout.

Easthampton pitcher Jeff Spiller was masterful despite taking the loss. Spiller struck out 15 Middleboro batters, and allowed only three hits in six innings of work.

In the other semifinal round game, Norwood National ran its winning streak to 12 consecutive games following an opening round loss in the District 11 tournament by eliminating Andover American 3-0. Norwood pitcher Nick Ellard allowed only one hit, struck out 10, and never allowed a runner to reach second base in a dominating performance. The lone hit against Ellard was Shaun Hannigan's infield single in the fourth inning.

Andover starting pitcher Tim Hughes matched Ellard pitch-for-pitch through three innings, but three walks and Justin Manchester's two-out, two-run single broke the scoreless tie and sent Norwood into the state championship game.

In the championship matchup, it was Cole's turn to dominate. The tall right-hander struck out 15 while also contributing a pair of home runs to the offense as Middleboro cruised past Andover for the title.

Middleboro opened the scoring in the second inning. Jones, who finished 3-for-3 with a walk, opened the inning with a single before advancing to second on a wild pitch. Josh Duquette then singled, and Jones scored the game's first run. Later in the inning, Duquette stole second base before scoring from third on Vicki Waterman's groundout.

Middleboro stretched the lead to 4-0 with a two-out rally in the third inning. Cole launched his first homer of the game to extend the lead to 3-0 before Jones walked and eventually scored on Duquette's single. One inning later, Cole's 300+ foot homer was followed by a round-tripper from Jones as Middleboro completed the game's scoring.

Middleboro's most recent state title eventually resulted in a trip to the 1994 Little League World Series in Williamsport. The 1999 squad finished pool competition at the East Region Tournament with a 4-1 record, and then advanced to the Region championship game by defeating North Branford (CT) and Lincoln (RI). In the championship game, Middleboro fell victim to Toms River East American (NJ), which advanced to the World Series for the third time in five years with the victory.

The 1999 international tournament also marked the first time in which Massachusetts allowed for double-elimination tournament play beyond the district level. Sectional semifinal round matchups in Sections 3 and 4 (and the District 7/8 clash in Section 2) were played as best 2-of-3 series before the tournament reverted back to a single-elimination format for sectional title games and state tournament competition. For the 2000 international tournament, Massachusetts will employ a double-elimination format in all post-district tournaments.

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1999 Massachusetts District Champions and Sectional Results:

District Champions
in Section 1
District Champions
in Section 2
D1 - Pittsfield West
D2 - Easthampton
D3 - Leominster American
D4 - Worcester Joe Schwartz

Section 1 Tournament

Bi-District Games:
Easthampton 8, Pittsfield West 0
Worcester Joe Schwartz 6, Leominster American 4 (7 innings)

Section 1 Championship Game:
Easthampton 9, Worcester Joe Schwartz 7 (TITLE)

D5 - Shrewsbury
D6 - Taunton East American
D7 - Middleboro
D8 - Canton

Section 2 Tournament

Bi-District Games:
Shrewsbury 10, Taunton East American 0 (4 innings)

(Best 2-of-3)
Middleboro 1, Canton 0
Middleboro 2, Canton 0

Section 2 Championship Game:
Middleboro 3, Shrewsbury 0 (TITLE)

District Champions
in Section 3
District Champions
in Section 4
D9 - South Boston American
D10 - West Roxbury Parkway National
D11 - Norwood National
D12 - Malden National

Section 3 Tournament

Bi-District Round (best 2-of-3)
Parkway National 12, South Boston American 6
Parkway National d. South Boston American

Norwood National 5 Malden National 1
Norwood National 8, Malden National 7

Section 3 Championship Game:
Norwood National 13, Parkway National 3 (TITLE)

D13 - Stoneham
D14 - Andover American
D15 - Danvers National
D16 - Swampscott

Section 4 Tournament

Bi-District Round (best 2-of-3)
Andover American 6, Stoneham 4 (9 innings)
Andover American 6, Stoneham 5

Danvers National 3, Swampscott 2
Danvers National 7, Swampscott 6

Section 4 Championship Game:
Andover American 4, Danvers National 2 (TITLE)

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