2000 Massachusetts State Little League® Tournament Results

Massachusetts State Tournament



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Massachusetts State Tournament
Host - Beverly (District 15)
At Harry Ball Field

Participating Teams
Section 1 Champions
Section 2 Champions
Section 3 Champions
Section 4 Champions

Pittsfield South (District 1)
Middleboro (District 7)
Dedham (District 10)
East Lynn (District 16)

Tournament Results:

Opening Round:
Pittsfield South 8, Middleboro 0
East Lynn 2, Dedham 0

Loser's Bracket Semifinals:
Middleboro 4, Dedham 2 (elim.)

Winner's Bracket Finals:
East Lynn 4, Pittsfield South 1

Loser's Bracket Finals:
Pittsfield South 4, Middleboro 1 (elim.)

Championship Series:
Pittsfield South 2, East Lynn 0
Pittsfield South 5, East Lynn 0 (TITLE)


Summary:

In 1948, the Boston Braves won the National League pennant behind a pitching rotation that was nicknamed "Spahn and Sain and pray for rain". Five decades later at the 2000 Massachusetts state Little League tournament in Beverly, Pittsfield South manager Joe Skutnik chose Jeff Fields to play the role of the rain.

Skutnik's club was in a precarious position. Pittsfield South followed an 8-0 win in their tournament opener with a 4-1 loss to East Lynn in the winner's bracket finals. To rebound and win the title in the double-elimination tournament, Pittsfield would have to win three games in two days. Staff workhorses David Glass and Dan Haddad could take two of the pitching assignments, but Pittsfield would also need a third pitcher.

Fields got the nod. The right-hander shook off his initial surprise at the pitching assignment -- he hadn't pitched since early in the District 1 tournament, and didn't believe Skutnik when told he would start against Middleboro -- and proceeded to brighten Pittsfield's chances in the tournament. The rain-turned-rainmaker delivered a four-hitter and pitched his first-ever complete game as Pittsfield South downed defending state champion Middleboro 4-1. The victory earned South a berth in the title series, where Pittsfield would need a doubleheader sweep of East Lynn to complete their comeback.

Warren Spahn and Johnny Sain -- or in Pittsfield's case, Glass and Haddad -- took control. Glass surrendered a leadoff double to East Lynn's Chris Carroll in the bottom of the first inning in game one, but quickly struck out the side to end the threat. East Lynn's next base hit did not come for three hours. Glass fired a one-hitter, and closed the game by retiring the final eleven batters he faced as Pittsfield South registered a 2-0 victory that forced an 'if' game meeting between the two teams. In game two, Haddad, who only made the Pittsfield roster because another player passed on the chance, did not allow a hit until after Pittsfield had built a 4-0 lead in the third inning. He finished with a complete game, three-hit shutout, and avenged his earlier loss to East Lynn as Pittsfield South claimed a 5-0 victory that clinched the state championship. The title was Pittsfield's third Massachusetts crown, and its first since 1977.

Pittsfield South opened the tournament with an 8-0 win over Middleboro. The Berkshire County club managed only four hits in the game, but capitalized on early wildness by Middleboro's pitchers to score six runs in the first two innings. Three walks and a two-base throwing error keyed a four-run first, while a walk, wild pitch, and throwing error led to a two-run rally in the second. Glass had three of Pittsfield's four hits, and shut down the Middleboro offense by retiring 13 of 14 batters during one stretch in the middle innings. The win gave Pittsfield a small measure of revenge, as a World Series-bound Middleboro club had eliminated the last Pittsfield South state tournament qualifier 2-1 in seven innings at the 1994 state tournament.

East Lynn also opened with a shutout victory, as the District 16 champions edged Dedham 2-0. David Kolozetski held Dedham to three hits, and his teammates scraped together single runs in the third and fourth innings. Carroll doubled in the third and eventually scored on a wild pitch, while Corey Moore singled in the fourth and later scored when Jario Valdez walked and induced a rundown between first and second.

After Middleboro eliminated Dedham 4-2, East Lynn sent Pittsfield to the loser's bracket with a 4-1 win. Carroll took the mound, and the lefthander turned in a strong outing, striking out ten and allowing only a second inning bunt single as East Lynn moved into the state title game for the first time in the league's history.

East Lynn struck early in their initial battle with Pittsfield South. Kolozetski legged out an infield single in the top of the first, and moved to third when Mark Anthony Williams was hit by a pitch and Cory Moore drilled a long single. Matt Prunier then drew a bases-loaded walk to give East Lynn an early 1-0 lead. The Section 4 titlists padded the lead in the second. Justin Narducci opened the rally with a bunt single, and moved to second on a wild pitch. Carroll reached on an infield hit, and sped to second after Narducci advanced to third base. Carroll's wide turn at second drew a throw from the Pittsfield catcher, and Narducci raced home with the game's second run when the Pittsfield shortstop slipped and fell on the rain-soaked infield. Carroll continued his baserunning adventures by advancing to third and later scoring when a pickoff attempt from Pittsfield's catcher sailed into left field.

The early offense was more than enough for Carroll. The lefty struggled with his control initially -- he walked two and hit three batters in the game's first three innings -- but settled down to retire the last nine batters he faced. Pittsfield was unable to generate any offense of its own, as Dan Murphy's bunt single was their only hit.

The loss set the stage for Pittsfield's comeback. It was an effort that would not have been possible in the past, as Pittsfield took advantage of the new double-elimination format used for the first time at the 2000 Massachusetts state tournament. The format change made Massachusetts the 50th and last state to switch its championship tournament format from its original single-elimination schedule.

Fields' strong pitching performance led Pittsfield past Middleboro in the loser's bracket finals. Middleboro's league rules prevent pitchers from throwing curveballs, and because of this many Middleboro hitters had little experience against the mix of speeds and assortment of curveballs that Fields threw at them in Pittsfield's 4-1 win. The Little Red Machine built an early lead with a three-run second inning rally. Joe Bastow singled, and Murphy and Fields both battled back from 0-2 counts to draw walks. Glass then drove in the game's first runs with a line shot to right field that scored Bastow and Murphy, and Fields later scored on Chad Brown's bunt single. Brown added to the lead when he scored on a wild pitch in the fourth.

Fields' performance set the stage for similar heroics by Glass and Haddad the following day. The two hurlers combined to allow only four hits as Pittsfield swept East Lynn 2-0 and 5-0.

Glass was in complete control after Carroll's lead-off double in game one. He struck out six and allowed only three baserunners over the course of the game. Kolozetski also pitched well for East Lynn, but Pittsfield scraped together its only two hits of the game during a two-run rally in the second.

Brown opened the rally by beating out an infield hit and advancing on a wild pitch. Brendan Burke grounded to short, but the East Lynn shortstop dropped the ball as he turned to throw to third. Bastow then delivered a two-run single that provided the game's only scoring.

After Fields and Glass registered their victories, Haddad provided the final piece of the puzzle. He closed out the tournament with a three-hit shutout, and iced the game with an RBI single in the sixth that provided the final margin in Pittsfield's 5-0 victory.

Burke and Bastow were again involved as Pittsfield opened the scoring in the second inning. Both players drew walks to open the inning, and a third walk to Adam Simeone loaded the bases. Glass slapped a hard grounder to third that was fielded cleanly, but the throw home was wild and Burke scored the game's first run. Bastow then scored when Tim Burns was hit by a pitch. Pittsfield also capitalized on East Lynn miscues in the third, as Burke scored on a passed ball and Bastow came home on an infield error.

Unlike the Boston Braves, who proved to be a one-year wonder in 1948, Pittsfield South joined an elite group by earning its third state title. Only three other Massachusetts leagues have won three or more state titles: West Roxbury Parkway National (five), Swampscott (four), and Newton North (three). Pittsfield South also moved into third place on the list of most state tournament appearances with their seventh state tournament qualifier. Swampscott (twelve) and West Roxbury Parkway National (eleven) head the list, with Taunton West (six) in fourth place.

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Linescores:

  Winner's Bracket Finals 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
East Lynn 1 2 0 1 0 0 4 10 -
Pittsfield South 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 - -
  Loser's Bracket Finals
Pittsfield South 0 3 0 1 0 0 4 11 -
Middleboro 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 4 -
  Championship Series
Pittsfield South 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 2 -
East Lynn 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 -
  Championship Series
Pittsfield South 0 2 2 0 0 1 5 - -
East Lynn 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 -


2000 Massachusetts District Champions and Sectional Tournament Results:

District Champions
in Section 1
District Champions
in Section 2
D1 - Pittsfield South
D2 - Westfield North
D3 - Fitchburg West
D4 - Worcester Jesse Burkett

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

Tournament Results:
1 - Pittsfield South 5, Westfield North 0
2 - Fitchburg West 2, Jesse Burkett 0
3 - Jesse Burkett 3, Westfield North 2 (elim.)
4 - Pittsfield South 4, Fitchburg West 2
5 - Jesse Burkett 3, Fitchburg West 2 (11 innings; elim.)
6 - Pittsfield South 3, Jesse Burkett 1 (TITLE)

D5 - Shrewsbury
D6 - Taunton East National
D7 - Middleboro
D8 - Braintree American

Section 2 Tournament
Championship Game Host - Oxford (District 5)

Tournament Results:
1 - Taunton East National 4, Shrewsbury 1
2 - Middleboro 1, Braintree American 0
3 - Shrewsbury 5, Braintree American 4 (elim.)
4 - Middleboro 9, Taunton East National 0
5 - Shrewsburg 3, Taunton East National 2 (elim.)
6 - Shrewsbury 1, Middleboro 0
7 - Middleboro 1, Shrewsbury 0 (TITLE)

District Champions
in Section 3
District Champions
in Section 4
D9 - Charlestown
D10 - Dedham
D11 - Bellingham
D12 - Malden Central

Section 3 Tournament
Championship Game Host - East Boston (District 12)

Tournament Results:
1 - Dedham 15, Bellingham 0
2 - Malden Central 8, Charlestown 5
3 - Charlestown 7, Bellingham 6 (elim.)
4 - Dedham 13, Malden Central 3
5 - Malden Central 5, Charlestown 2 (elim.)
6 - Dedham 8, Malden Central 7 (TITLE)

D13 - Woburn National
D14 - Tewksbury National
D15 - Danvers National
D16 - East Lynn

Section 4 Tournament
Host - Beverly (District 15)
At Harry Ball Field

Tournament Results
1 - Tewksbury National 3, Woburn National 0
2 - East Lynn 10, Danvers National 6
3 - Woburn National d. Danvers National (elim.)
4 - East Lynn 7, Tewksbury National 6
5 - Woburn National 11, Tewksbury National 1 (elim.)
6 - Woburn National 2, East Lynn 1
7 - East Lynn 3, Woburn National 1 (TITLE)




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