2014 Massachusetts State Little League® Tournament Results
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Massachusetts State Tournament
Host - Beverly (District 15)
At Harry Ball Field

Participating Teams
Section 1 Champions Holden (District 4)
Section 2 Champions Tom Wallace Barnstable American (Barnstable) (District 7)
Section 3 Champions Newton SouthEast (District 10)
Section 4 Champions Hamilton-Wenham (District 15)

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Tournament Results:

Round 2 (Thursday, July 24):
Holden 13, Tom Wallace Barnstable American 3 (5 innings)
Newton SouthEast 5, Hamilton-Wenham 0

Round 3 (Friday, July 25):
Holden 4, Newton SouthEast 2
Tom Wallace Barnstable American 12, Hamilton-Wenham 1 (5 innings)

Round 1 (Saturday, July 26):
Tom Wallace Barnstable American 9, Newton SouthEast 1
Hamilton-Wenham 5, Holden 4


Standings

W

L

Runs
Allowed
Holden 2 1 10
Tom Wallace Barnstable American 2 1 15
Newton SouthEast 1 2 13
Hamilton-Wenham 1 2 21

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 (Tuesday, July 29)

Tom Wallace Barnstable American 7, Holden 5 (7 innings; TITLE)


Summary:

While Newton SouthEast Little League was busy winning the Massachusetts state championship in the major baseball division in 2013, a group of eleven-year-olds from Tom Wallace Barnstable American Little League aimed to do the same in the 10-11 year old division. Barnstable successfully navigated district and sectional tournament play -- no easy feat given that one of their district rivals had won Massachusetts and Eastern Region titles in the 9-10 year old division the prior year -- but fell short in a 7-4 decision against Walpole National Little League in the state championship game.

Fast forward one year. Tom Wallace Barnstable American's players were a year older, and the potential prize -- South Williamsport and the Little League World Series -- is bigger in what is Little League Baseball's marquee age division. The District 7 winners again worked their way to the state championship game, and carried a 5-0 lead with nine outs to go. But Barnstable watched a resilient team from Holden Little League tie the game and force extra innings.

Their dream seemed once again to be slipping away. It was a scenario that would test any team's mettle.

And Tom Wallace Barnstable American passed the test with flying colors.

Nick Wilson banged a two-run double off the left field fence in the top of the seventh inning, giving Barnstable American a 7-5 victory over Holden and the league's first-ever state championship in the major baseball division. With the win, Tom Wallace Barnstable American advanced to the New England Region tournament in Bristol, Connecticut.

"It was nerve-wracking, but after losing the state championship last year, it was very rewarding," said Barnstable manager Joe Burke.

"Once these guys knew they were going to lose something that they really fought for, they played hard," added Burke.

Barnstable American built its early 5-0 lead with a trio of home runs. Bennett Teceno opened the scoring with a three-run homer in the third inning, and one out later, Wilson followed with a solo shot that cleared the left field fence. Ben Baxter later sent the first pitch of the fourth inning flying over the right center field fence to give Barnstable a commanding lead.

But Holden wasn't ready to back down, and chipped away at the lead. Asa Floyd singled in the fourth, and moved to third on Sean Gardner's double to right field. Brian Carlson singled to drive in Holden's first run, and Peter Field laid down a successful safety squeeze bunt that scored Gardner.

In the fifth, Floyd singled to drive in a run, then Field splashed a two-out, two-strike pitch into shallow center field that scored Cody Smith and Floyd and tied the game.

"Never giving up (is) not just a baseball lesson, it's a life lesson," said Holden manager Matt Pedone of his team's comeback. "I'm just so very proud of them for that continued resiliency."

Tom Wallace Barnstable American's title game win was particularly impressive given the extra degree of difficulty it faced following weather-related postponements at the state tournament. The championship game was pushed back by 48 hours after torrential rain bucketed Harry Ball Field in Beverly, and when the title game was reset after the weather cleared up, so too were calculations related to pitcher rest requirements. Holden's top pitcher, Francis Ferguson, who had stymied Barnstable in the tournament's opening round game, but who was ineligible to pitch again due to rest requirements based on the original tournament schedule -- was now available for Holden. Barnstable American, meanwhile, recovered the services of their top pitcher, Wyatt Scotti, who went on to strike out seven batters over 4-1/3 innings in the title game.

Ferguson had thrown 66 pitches in the opening round, and allowed just one extra base hit in a 13-3, five inning victory for Holden.

"He continues to throw strikes," said Pedone after Ferguson's opening round performance. "He continues to work batters. He continues to demonstrate poise on the mound. I'm glad he's on our side."

Holden broke open a scoreless game with a seven run rally in the third inning of the teams' first meeting. Field led off the inning with a solo home run, and Nick Carelli later added a two-run double.

Barnstable American closed to within 7-3, but Floyd and Gardner delivered back-to-back run scoring doubles in the fourth, then homers by Field and Floyd ended the game in the fifth due to the mercy rule.

The next day, Holden secured its second win with a 4-2 decision over Newton SouthEast, and Barnstable American got its offense back on track with a 12-1, four inning win over Hamilton-Wenham Little League.

Field struck out nine batters over 5-2/3 innings to earn the win for Newton SouthEast, and he provided his team's only runs with a grand slam home run in the fourth inning.

Barnstable, meanwhile, collected 14 hits and slammed five home runs in their win over Hamilton-Wenham. Scotti allowed just two hits to earn the win for Barnstable, while turning in a 4-for-4 day at the plate. Scotti hit a two-run homer in the third inning, and his three-run shot in the fourth pushed Barnstable American's lead to double-digits and invoked the mercy rule.

"It was a big win," said Burke after the game. "We got huge contributions from (everyone). We came up here and got spanked by Holden. I don't know whether it was the ride back up here -- I don't know how you guys deal with this traffic; it was a little brutal -- but I just liked the way the team bounced back today."

Teceno fired the first salvo for Barnstable with a two-run homer in the first inning. The District 7 winners then opened the floodgates in the fourth, homering three times and turning a 4-1 lead into a commanding 9-1 advantage. Baxter drilled a solo home run, Scotti followed with a two-run shot, and Teceno capped the inning with a two-run shot.

"I thought (Barnstable) hit the ball better than I've seen anybody," said Hamilton-Wenham manager Dave Jones. "They hit some bombs. We haven't had that happen against us (since the start of tournament play). What can you do?"

The combination of results meant that Holden had clinched a championship game berth, while Tom Wallace Barnstable American faced what amounted to a play-in game against Newton SouthEast for the second slot in the title game. Barnstable rose to the occasion, scoring six times in the third inning to break open a tight game and run out 9-1 winners. Mike Chevalier keyed the inning with a three-run homer, while Colby Burke (three hits), Scotti (two hits), and Harry Lanman (two run double) helped to fuel the Barnstable offense.

Burke surrendered just two hits over 5-2/3 innings, and kept Newton off the scoreboard until a solo home run in the sixth inning.

"We played a great team," said Newton manager John Taft. "Barnstable turned it around after its first loss and brought the offense. We failed to bring ours today, and they came out on top."

The next day, an angry line of thunderstorms served as a reset button on the tournament, just as Holden's push against Barnstable would reset matters in the late innings of the title game. But Barnstable's ability to right its course, first following its opening round loss, and again after Holden's title game rally, made the difference, and sent the team on its way to the region tournament. Joe Burke pointed to a lesson the team learned in district tournament play, when Barnstable American emerged from the bottom bracket.

"After (a) loss in the districts, we had to win five straight to get into the sectionals," explained the Barnstable manager. "They played five games with their backs against the wall, and they know how to fight when it's a Little-League-career-over-or-keep-playing scenario."

For Tom Wallace Barnstable American, the answer was 'keep playing'. Barnstable split its four pool contests at the New England Region tournament, and advanced to the semifinal round before falling, 9-0, to Connecticut champion Fairfield American Little League.

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


Linescores:

  Championship Game 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Tom Wallace Barnstable American 0 0 4 1 0 0 2 7 - -
Holden 0 0 0 2 3 0 0 5 - -


2014 Massachusetts District Champions and Sectional Tournament Results:

District Champions
in Section 1
District Champions
in Section 2
D1 - Great Barrington
D2 - Westfield National
D3 - Leominster National
D4 - Holden

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

Tournament Results:
1 - Westfield National 11, Great Barrington 3
2 - Holden 15, Leominster National 0
3 - Leominster National 6, Great Barrington 1 (elim.)
4 - Holden 22, Westfield National 1 (5 innings)
5 - Leominster National 12, Westfield National 2 (5 innings; elim.)
6 - Holden 2, Leominster National 1 (TITLE)

D5 - Grafton
D6 - Fairhaven-Acushnet
D7 - Tom Wallace Barnstable American (Barnstable)
D8 - Cohasset

Section 2 Tournament
Championship Game Host - Tom Wallace Barnstable American (District 7)

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

Tournament Results:
1 - Tom Wallace Barnstable American 18, Grafton 14
3 - Tom Wallace Barnstable American 13, Fairhaven-Acushnet 6
4 - Grafton 10, Cohasset 0 (4 innings)
5 - Tom Wallace Barnstable American 6, Cohasset 3
6 - Grafton 6, Fairhaven-Acushnet 4
2 - Cohasset 12, Fairhaven-Acushnet 3


Standings

W

L
Tom Wallace Barnstable American 3 0
Grafton 2 1
Cohasset 1 2
Fairhaven-Acushnet 0 3

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

Section 2 Championship Game (Sunday, July 20)

Tom Wallace Barnstable American 10, Grafton 5 (TITLE)

District Champions
in Section 3
District Champions
in Section 4
D9 - Savin Hill (Dorchester)
D10 - Newton SouthEast
D11 - Hopkinton
D12 - Everett

Section 3 Tournament
Host - Newton West (District 10)
At Lyons Field

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

Tournament Results:
3 - Newton SouthEast 9, Everett 3
4 - Hopkinton 7, Savin Hill 5
5 - Newton SouthEast 12, Savin Hill 0 (4 innings)
6 - Everett 7, Hopkinton 6
1 - Newton SouthEast 10, Hopkinton 0 (4 innings)
2 - Savin Hill 11, Everett 4


Standings

W

L
Newton SouthEast 3 0
Hopkinton 1 2
Savin Hill 1 2
Everett 1 2

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

Section 2 Championship Game (Sunday, July 20)

Newton SouthEast 10, Hopkinton 5 (TITLE)

D13 - Wilmington
D14 - North Andover American
D15 - Hamilton-Wenham
D16 - Peabody Western

Section 4 Tournament
Host - Tewksbury (District 14)
At Poulin Field

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

Tournament Results:
1 - Peabody Western 8, Hamilton-Wenham 7 (7 innings)
2 - North Andover American 11, Wilmington 10
3 - Peabody Western 11, Wilmington 6
4 - Hamilton-Wenham 16, North Andover American 1
5 - North Andover American 5, Peabody Western 4
6 - Hamilton-Wenham 15, Wilmington 5


Standings

W

L
Hamilton-Wenham 2 1
North Andover American 2 1
Peabody Western 2 1
Wilmington 0 3

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

Section 4 Championship Game (Sunday, July 20)

Hamilton-Wenham 11, North Andover American 1 (5 innings; TITLE)




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