2012 Massachusetts State Little League® Tournament Results
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Massachusetts State Tournament
Host - Joe Schwartz (Worcester) (District 4)

Participating Teams
Section 1 Champions Pittsfield South (District 1)
Section 2 Champions Middleboro (District 7)
Section 3 Champions Wellesley South (District 10)
Section 4 Champions Acton Boxboro (District 13)

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Tournament Results:

Round 1 (Thursday, July 26):
Acton Boxboro 10, Wellesley South 6
Pittsfield South 5, Middleboro 4

Round 2 (Friday, July 27):
Middleboro 15, Acton Boxboro 0 (4 innings)
Wellesley South 11, Pittsfield South 4

Round 3 (Sunday, July 29):
Acton Boxboro 6, Pittsfield South 1
Wellesley South 12, Middleboro 0


Standings

W

L

Runs
Allowed
Acton Boxboro 2 1 22
Wellesley South 2 1 14
Pittsfield South 1 2 21
Middleboro 1 2 17

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.

Massachusetts State Championship Game (Monday, July 30)

Wellesley South 4, Acton Boxboro 3 (TITLE)


Summary:

Over 160 Massachusetts leagues entered the 2012 international tournament, and most had long since started their summer vacation by the time Acton Boxboro and Wellesley South Little Leagues met in the Massachusetts state championship game at Joe Schwartz Field in Worcester. Acton had roared through the District 13 and Section 4 tournaments without a loss, a string that included nine victories, six of which came by double-digit margins. They defeated Wellesley South in the opening game of the state tournament, a win that helped them to eventually progress to the state championship game, and carried a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the sixth inning of that contest. Two outs later, Acton was as close to the finish line and a state championship as a team could get, and Wellesley South appeared on the cusp of joining the legions of other Massachusetts teams that had already crashed out of the tournament.

But John Frates had other ideas.

The Wellesley South reserve delivered his team's biggest hit of the summer, a first-pitch, two-run walkoff double into the right center field gap that scored Darrald Webb from second and T.J. Maley from first and turned a one-run deficit into a one-run victory. Wellesley South defeated Acton Boxboro, 4-3, to win the league's first-ever state championship in the major baseball division, and advanced to the New England Region tournament in Bristol, Connecticut.

"I don't think the kids have heard me speechless too many times, but this is one of the few," said an elated Wellesley coach Matt Stein after the game. "For Johnny Frates, who hasn't played the whole game the whole tournament, battles his butt off every day at practice, shows up and works hard, I couldn't think of a better kid to finish the game like that. We've been working so hard since June 15, and to see it all come to fruition right now, I had tears in my eyes. What a moment."

Wellesley South held a lead in the early part of the game, answering an early Acton run with Maley's solo home run in the second inning and then moving in front when Webb's two-out triple in the fourth scored Kaeden Bentley. But Acton Boxboro made a late charge, drawing level in the fifth, when Jake McOsker walked and moved around on a series of wild pitches, then taking the lead in the sixth when Cal Sullivan's ground single into left field scored Nick Giaconia.

McOsker, Acton's top pitcher throughout the tournament, had thrown 75 pitches while keeping a strong Wellesley offense in check through five innings. He opened the sixth with a strikeout, before Webb lined a double down the right field line and Maley was hit by a pitch. McOsker registered another strikeout to pull his team within one out of the win, but had to switch positions after reaching his 85-pitch limit during the strikeout. Frates then greeted the first pitch he saw from the new Acton pitcher with the double that ended the game.

The momentum swings in the title game mirrored those in the tournament. All four participants opened the tournament with a win and a loss in their first two games, turning the final day of round robin competition into a win-or-go-home set of elimination games, and all showed moments of both strength and weakness over the course of the first two rounds. Wellesley South surrendered ten runs in its opener and trailed midway through its second round robin contest, but homered four times while overpowering Pittsfield South Little League, 11-4, the next day. Acton Boxboro -- which had not trailed in any of their district or sectional tournament games -- muscled its way past Wellesley in their opener, then surrendered 13 runs in the bottom of the first inning of a mercy rule loss to Middleboro Little League.

Middleboro, meanwhile, trailed 5-0 and couldn't recover in their opening game loss to Pittsfield South, before turning the tables and looking like a juggernaut in their victory over Acton Boxboro. And Pittsfield South led wire-to-wire in their opener and carried a lead into the fourth inning against Wellesley before succumbing and plunging the tournament into a four-way tie.

The decisive third round required two days to complete when Acton's battle with Pittsfield was suspended due to rain, but Acton Boxboro had struck for six runs before the rain fell, and held on for a 6-1 victory over the District 1 champions. McOsker and Cam Goulet staked their team to an early lead with home runs on consecutive pitches in the bottom of the first inning, and McOsker added a two-run shot as part of a four-run third. Jamie Hauswirth blanked Pittsfield South for three innings before the game was suspended, then Sullivan, Braden Karess and McOsker combined to close out the win as Acton jockeyed to keep its stable of pitchers eligible for championship game duty.

Wellesley, meanwhile, burned its ace pitcher, Billy Seidl, in a 12-0 victory over Middleboro in the final game of round robin competition. The right-hander retired the first eleven hitters he faced in a game that was scoreless through three innings, and the only hit he allowed came after Wellesley South had opened a 6-0 advantage in the fourth.

Seidl capped Wellesley's big rally with a two-run double that extended his team's advantage to 6-0, and he added a second two-run double in the sixth as Wellesley capped the game with a five run burst.

"What can you say (about Seidl)," remarked Stein. "Five shutout innings and one hit. He was just amazing. We actually debated whether we wanted to try and take a chance and hold him off for the final, but we all decided that if we're going to lose, we're going to lose with Billy Seidl."

"Their pitcher was quite dominating," noted Leslie Porter, the Middleboro manager. "He had a really nice changeup and a nice curve, and we really had a lot of trouble hitting him at all."

The win extended Wellesley's season for at least another game, and Stein, whose team traded leads with Acton throughout their earlier meeting before a big fifth inning rally sealed the final result, expected the title game to take a different tone.

"It will be a totally different game," said the Wellesley coach. "Different starting pitcher for them -- they have their ace going and we know that it's going to be tough. We know we're the underdogs, but we're in the state title gameā€¦ whatever happens, happens, but we're going to give it our best shot."

What happened was an instant classic, as Wellesley and Acton Boxboro again traded leads until Frate's last-minute blow decided the game. The victory lifted Wellesley South into the New England Region tournament, where the Massachusetts champions split four game and finished pool competition as the second place seed. Wellesley South then fell, 2-0, to New Hampshire's Bedford Little League in the region semifinals.

Follow Wellesley South at the New England Region Tournament -- click here to view results.


Linescores:

  Championship Game 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Acton Boxboro 1 0 0 0 1 1 3 - -
Wellesley South 0 1 0 1 0 2 4 - -


2012 Massachusetts District Champions and Sectional Tournament Results:

District Champions
in Section 1
District Champions
in Section 2
D1 - Pittsfield South
D2 - Westfield South
D3 - Leominster National
D4 - West Boylston

Section 1 Tournament
Championship Game Host - Westfield South (District 2)

The Section 1 tournament is using a round-robin format.

Tournament Schedule/Results:
1 - Westfield South 12, Pittsfield South 5
2 - West Boylston 33, Leominster National 10 (4 innings)
3 - Pittsfield South 12, West Boylston 6
4 - Westfield South 6, Leominster National 4
5 - Pittsfield South 18, Leominster National 2 (4 innings)
6 - Westfield South 11, West Boylston 9


Standings

W

L
Westfield South 3 0
Pittsfield South 2 1
West Boylston 1 2
Leominster National 0 3

The top two teams advance to the championship game. Standard Little League Baseball tiebreakers apply.

Section 1 Championship Game

7 - Pittsfield South 9, Westfield South 2 (TITLE)

D5 - Grafton
D6 - Seekonk
D7 - Middleboro
D8 - Hanover

Section 2 Tournament
Championship Game Host - Braintree American (District 8)
At Hollingsworth Park

The Section 2 tournament is using a round-robin format.

Tournament Schedule/Results:
1 - Grafton 5, Hanover 4
2 - Middleboro 6, Seekonk 0
3 - Grafton 12, Seekonk 5
4 - Hanover 21, Middleboro 3
5 - Middleboro 13, Grafton 9
6 - Hanover 8, Seekonk 1


Standings

W

L
Hanover 2 1
Middleboro 2 1
Grafton 2 1
Seekonk 0 3

The top two teams advance to the championship game. Standard Little League Baseball tiebreakers apply.

Section 2 Championship Game (Sunday, July 22)

7 - Middleboro 2, Hanover 1 (TITLE)

District Champions
in Section 3
District Champions
in Section 4
D9 - South Boston
D10 - Wellesley South
D11 - Hopkinton
D12 - Medford National

Section 3 Tournament
Championship Game Host - North Medford (District 12)
Championship Game at Gillis Park

The Section 3 tournament is using a round-robin format.

Tournament Schedule/Results:
1 - Wellesley South 11, South Boston 1
2 - Hopkinton 10, Medford National 2
3 - Hopkinton 19, South Boston 1
4 - Wellesley South 11, Medford National 5
5 - South Boston 8, Medford National 7
6 - Wellesley South 16, Hopkinton 6


Standings

W

L
Wellesley South 3 0
Hopkinton 2 1
South Boston 1 2
Medford National 0 3

The top two teams advance to the championship game. Standard Little League Baseball tiebreakers apply.

Section 3 Championship Game (Sunday, July 22)

7 - Wellesley South 5, Hopkinton 2 (TITLE)

D13 - Acton Boxboro
D14 - Andover American
D15 - Danvers American
D16 - Saugus American

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

The Section 4 tournament is using a round-robin format.

Tournament Schedule/Results:
1 - Acton Boxboro 11, Andover American 1 (4 innings)
2 - Danvers American 15, Saugus American 3 (5 innings)
3 - Acton Boxboro 15, Saugus American 0 (4 innings)
4 - Andover American 17, Danvers American 7 (6 innings)
5 - Andover American 5, Saugus American 2
6 - Acton Boxboro 8, Danvers American 5


Standings

W

L
Acton Boxboro 3 0
Andover American 2 1
Danvers American 1 2
Saugus American 0 3

The top two teams advance to the championship game. Standard Little League Baseball tiebreakers apply.

Section 4 Championship Game (Sunday, July 22)

7 - Acton Boxboro 5, Andover American 2 (TITLE)




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