2006 Massachusetts State Little League® Tournament Results
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Massachusetts State Tournament
Host - Oxford (District 5)
At Stanley Johnson Field

Participating Teams
Section 1 Champions Westfield North (District 2)
Section 2 Champions Barnstable National (District 7)
Section 3 Champions Walpole American (District 11)
Section 4 Champions Peabody Western (District 15)

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Tournament Results:

Opening Round:
Walpole American 5, Barnstable National 3
Peabody Western 8, Westfield North 2

Winner's Bracket Finals:
Peabody Western 7, Walpole American 2

Elimination Bracket Semifinals (four teams remain):
Barnstable National 2, Westfield North 0 (elim.)

Elimination Bracket Finals (three teams remain):
Barnstable National 5, Walpole American 1 (elim.)

Championship Game:
Peabody Western 6, Barnstable National 5 (TITLE)


Barnstable National Little League simply wanted to prolong the game.

Peabody Western Little League preferred to end it.

Peabody scored a pair of runs in the top of the sixth inning to reverse a one run deficit and edge Barnstable National, 6-5, in the Massachusetts state championship game at Stanley Johnson Field in Oxford. With the win, Peabody Western claimed its first-ever state championship in the major baseball division, and advanced to the New England Region tournament in Bristol, Connecticut.

Peabody's final inning rally was aided by a lineup oversight by the Barnstable coaching staff. Barnstable carried a 5-4 lead into the top of the sixth, but found itself in a predicament: one of the team's reserves had not yet made a plate appearance in the game, and wouldn't unless the game continued into the bottom of the sixth inning. Little League Baseball rules for the international tournament at the time required that every player make at least one plate appearance and play three consecutive outs on defense. Were Peabody to file a protest based on the mandatory play violation, Barnstable would be forced to forfeit the game. (Little League Baseball reduced the base penalty for a mandatory play violation to a managerial suspension beginning with the 2007 international tournament.)

Barnstable's coaches were aware of the developing situation, and sought to extend the game by allowing Peabody to score the tying run so that the team could meet its mandatory play obligations in the bottom of the inning.

Barnstable retired the first batter in the inning, then Peabody's Sean Glabicky was issued an intentional walk after falling behind 0-2 in the count. Another walk and a throwing error tied the game, but Peabody pitcher Kevin Church then reached on an infield single to drive in Matt Tehan with the go-ahead run.

Glabicky, who had thrown a three-hitter in Peabody's opening round win over Westfield North Little League, moved to the mound in the bottom of the inning to seal the win.

"(Barnstable) had to walk Glabicky because (they) knew it would be a forfeit," said Peabody Western coach Ed Aiello after the game. "We hadn't noticed that they were in that predicament, but everything is done upstairs. Barnstable gambled on giving up just one run, but we wound up getting two."

"I wasn't aware (they) hadn't used a player right away," added Peabody coach Mark Lewis. "I check the book to make sure we're doing everything properly, and I would have seen their problem at the end of the inning. But I can understand how it happened. Sometimes coaches just don't see that kid at the end of the bench."

Both teams played well leading up to the unusual finish. Peabody claimed an early lead when Church, the team's starting pitcher, followed Glabicky and Tehan singles with a three-run home run in the top of the first inning. In the second, Jordan Lewis singled up the middle, then scored on Brady Doyle's double down the left field line.

Barnstable batted around in the third inning, stringing together six of its seven hits to take a 5-4 lead.

Church settled down after Barnstable's big inning, and retired the last seven batters he faced before giving way to Glabicky in the sixth. Barnstable pitcher Derek Lucas relieved his team's starter in the third inning, and after escaping a bases loaded threat in that inning, did not allow a hit until Church's single in the sixth.

The two title game opponents had not met prior to the championship game, as Barnstable played through the bottom bracket following an opening round loss, while Peabody Western won its first two games. Glabicky helped ensure that Peabody started the tournament strongly with an eleven strikeout, complete game effort in his team's 8-2 opening round win over Westfield North.

"We haven't faced a pitcher like Glabicky in the whole tournament," said Westfield North manager Mike Smith after the game. "We haven't seen a fastball with that much velocity and movement. You have to give Peabody a lot of credit. They have great pitching and great defense."

"Glabicky is our horse," said Peabody Western manager Frank Benea. "(He) came up big, but we also got some great hitting."

Most of Peabody's offense came in big second and third inning rallies, when the team turned a 1-0 deficit into a 7-1 lead. Bobby Batchelor opened the scoring with a three-run homer in the second that scored Jared Lewis and Genaro Ciulla, then the District 15 champions added four more runs in the third. Church walked, and moved to third on Dave Bornstein's doubled. Ciulla drove in both runners with a double, and Batchelor added an RBI double before scoring himself following a pair of wild pitches.

Westfield's task was made more difficult when its top pitcher, Anthony Nomalceo, left the game with an apparent shoulder injury in the second inning.

"I don't think my team was hurt too bad (by the injury)," said Westfield North manager Mike Smith. "We really just ran into a great pitcher."

Glabicky allowed only one hit through the first five innings before allowing a pair of hits, including Connor Laraway's solo home run, in the game's final inning.

Peabody then defeated Walpole American Little League, 7-2, to reach the state championship game for the first time since 2001. Barnstable National soon joined them, winning a pair of games after dropping a 4-3 decision to Walpole American in the tournament's first game.

Barnstable couldn't overcome an early 4-0 deficit in the opening round loss, but led wire-to-wire in a 2-0 victory over Westfield North. The District 7 winners scored both of its runs in the bottom of the first inning, then rode the seven strikeout, three-hit pitching of Tim Biliouris to the win.

Bobby Melley opened the scoring with a solo home run, then Will Sullivan doubled and scored following a pair of wild pitches later in the inning.

The game was suspended due to rain in the second inning, and neither pitcher allowed a run after play was resumed the next day. Westfield North pitcher Michael Welch allowed only one hit after Barnstable's first inning rally.

"Michael pitched terrific. He really did a good job," said Smith. "He let up two runs in the first inning, and settled in after that."

Barnstable, which won the Massachusetts state championship in the 11-year-old division in 2005, moved into the title game later that day with a 5-1 win over Walpole American. Sullivan hit a pair of home runs, including a three-run shot in the sixth inning, to pace the victory.

Barnstable had taken a 2-1 lead in the second inning when Jon Hegarty doubled and later scored on Biliouris' sacrifice fly.

The next day, Peabody Western won its eleventh consecutive game since the start of the international tournament, and became the Tanner City's first state champion since Peabody National Little League in 1963.

"This is the farthest we've ever gone. You never know what can happen now," said Benea after his team's last inning comeback in the title game. "This team showed what they're made of. They go get it with a lot of heart."

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  Championship Game 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Peabody Western 3 1 0 0 0 2 6 8 -
Barnstable National 0 0 5 0 0 0 5 7 -

2006 Massachusetts District Champions and Sectional Tournament Results:

District Champions
in Section 1
District Champions
in Section 2
D1 - Pittsfield South
D2 - Westfield North
D3 - Leominster American
D4 - Joe Schwartz (Worcester)

Section 1 Tournament

Tournament Results:
1 - Westfield North 5, Pittsfield South 4
2 - Leominster American 4, Joe Schwartz 1
3 - Westfield North 11, Leominster American 7
4 - Joe Schwartz 4, Pittsfield South 3 (elim.)
5 - Joe Schwartz 4, Leominster American 3 (7 innings; elim.)
6 - Westfield North 8, Joe Schwartz 2 (TITLE)

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

Section 2 Tournament
Championship Game Host - Taunton West (District 6)

Tournament Results:
1 - Shrewsbury American 4, Taunton East National 0
2 - Barnstable National 5, Braintree American 3
3 - Barnstable National 2, Shrewsbury American 1
4 - Braintree American 14, Taunton East National 4 (elim.)
5 - Braintree American 4, Shrewsbury American 1 (elim.)
6 - Barnstable National 10, Braintree American 7 (TITLE)

District Champions
in Section 3
District Champions
in Section 4
D9 - Upper Roxbury North Dorchester
D10 - Newton South
D11 - Walpole American
D12 - Everett

Section 3 Tournament
Championship Game Host - Dedham (District 11)
At Capone Field

Tournament Results:
1 - Walpole American 3, Newton South 2
2 - Everett 6, Upper Roxbury North Dorchester 3
3 - Walpole American 4, Everett 3
4 - Newton South 10, Upper Roxbury North Dorchester 0 (4 innings; elim.)
5 - Everett 7, Newton South 2 (elim.)
6 - Walpole American 6, Everett 5 (8 innings; TITLE)

D13 - Wakefield National
D14 - Chelmsford Fitts
D15 - Peabody Western
D16 - Saugus National

Section 4 Tournament
Host - Woburn (District 13)
At George Weafer Park

Tournament Results:
1 - Peabody Western 4, Saugus National 3
2 - Wakefield National 11, Chelmsford Fitts 9
3 - Peabody Western 11, Wakefield National 10 (9 innings)
4 - Saugus National 14, Chelmsford Fitts 0 (elim.)
5 - Saugus National 9, Wakefield National 3 (elim.)
6 - Peabody Western 9, Saugus National 2 (TITLE)

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