2015 Massachusetts State Little League® Tournament Results
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Massachusetts State Tournament
Host - Wyoma (Lynn) (District 16)

Wyoma Little League is located at 290 Broadway in Lynn.

Participating Teams
Section 1 Champions Holden (District 4)
Section 2 Champions Braintree American (District 8)
Section 3 Champions Newton SouthEast (District 10)
Section 4 Champions Andover National (District 14)

Click here to view 2015 district tournament results for Massachusetts.

Tournament Results:

Round 2 (Wednesday, July 29):
Holden 12, Braintree American 8
Newton SouthEast 9, Andover National 4

Round 3 (Thursday, July 30):
Holden 16, Newton SouthEast 5 (5 innings)
Andover National 3, Braintree American 2

Round 1 (Friday, July 31):
Newton SouthEast 6, Braintree American 1
Holden 8, Andover National 2




Holden 3 0 15
Newton SouthEast 2 1 21
Andover National 1 2 19
Braintree American 0 3 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 (Saturday, August 1)

Newton SouthEast 11, Holden 3 (TITLE)


A big inning, a long rain delay, then a solid few innings to close out the win.

The first time, Newton SouthEast Little League was on the receiving end of what proved to be an effective sequence.

The second time, they were in command.

Newton scored seven times in the bottom of the first inning, and stymied a potent Holden Little League offense the rest of the way to earn an 11-3 victory in the Massachusetts state championship game at Wyoma Little League's Charlie Reinfuss Field in Lynn.

With the win, Newton SouthEast claimed its second Bay State championship in three years, and advanced to the New England Region tournament in Bristol, Connecticut.

Newton SouthEast's fast start was a stark contrast to the two teams' round robin meeting earlier in the tournament. In that game, Holden built an early 7-0 lead, and while Newton closed the gap to a two-run margin after a 99-minute rain delay, Holden eventually pulled away late for a 16-5 victory.

This time, Newton benefitted from the fast start. Holden struck in the top of the first on Luke Delongchamp's two-run homer, but Newton responded with seven in the bottom of the inning. Newton sent twelve hitters to the plate in the inning, and collected six hits. Greg Kuperman and Matt Shore each chipped in two-run singles to fuel the rally.

"Hitting is contagious," said Newton manager John Taft. "We talked about coming out of the gate and attacking the ball right away. We wanted to give our pitching a cushion and keep tacking the runs on. We did. They were very relaxed, very comfortable, so it all worked out."

Both teams were idled after the first inning fireworks by an hour-long rain delay, and Newton pitcher Nick Wang prevented Holden from gaining momentum coming out of the delay by holding the District 4 champions to a single run after they had loaded the bases with nobody out.

"It wasn't a different approach," noted Newton SouthEast manager John Taft when comparing his team's approach in its two meetings with Holden. "It was more about making sure that we capitalized on defense (and were) not making mistakes We had four errors in the last game against them.

"The other thing we knew with their stats is that they've always scored more runs than they had hits," said Taft. "So if we could keep them off the bases (with walks and errors), we could keep the score down. We had our pitchers attach the strike zone, keep the ball low, so if it did get hit, other than that one (home run), it would stay down on the ground."

"We thought we'd have (a) comeback," said Holden manager Sean Xenos. "We had a rain delay. We came back and got the bases loaded. Once we didn't score a lot of runs there, we got down a little bit. We just got beat by a better team."

Newton added a run in the third on Shore's solo home run, then added three insurance runs on four base hits and Liam Schofield's run-scoring groundout in the fourth.

Wang hit his pitch limit with two outs and the bases loaded in the fourth inning, but Kuperman entered and ended the threat with a strikeout. He then held Holden scoreless for the balance of the game as Newton SouthEast punched its ticket to Bristol.

"I knew we were battle-tested in championship games," said Taft after the tournament. "We played against Norwood (in the Section 3 championship game), and it was a close game, 4-2. We played Wellesley South (in the District 10 final), and it was a close game, 3-2. Even the Wellesley North game we played (in the District 10 semifinals) was a close game."

Newton leveraged a big inning to fuel its first win during the round robin phase of the tournament, when a six-run third inning rally sparked a 9-4 win over Andover National Little League. Four walks and a home run keyed the inning, which turned a 3-2 deficit into an 8-3 lead. Kuperman, who had homered earlier in the game, added a solo shot in the fourth to cap the Newton scoring.

"It was just getting the first out," said Andover manager Patrick Grecco after the game. "The first out of that inning was critical. We walked a batter, then the kid hit a home run and it kind of put us back on our heels a little bit."

Holden also won its opener, defeating Braintree American Little League, 12-8, when Andy Gardner lined a walkoff grand slam that bounced off the top of the center field fence before landing on the other side. Brady Johnson had hit two mammoth two-run homers earlier in the game -- the first landed on the roof of an apartment complex beyond the left field fence, and the second hit the building's facade -- but Braintree worked its way back into the game and tied the score in the sixth on Jack Woods' RBI single.

Johnson's power show led to him being pitched around frequently for the balance of the tournament.

"That's been the game plan," said Xenos of opponents' propensity to walk Johnson throughout the tournament, including an occasion in the championship game where he saw no pitch near the plate while batting with the bases loaded. "When you hit two balls about 400 feet each to start the tournament, you kind of have to pitch around that."

Newton did pitch to Johnson once in the teams' round robin meeting, and the result kick-started Holden to what became a 16-5 victory. The right-hander deposited the first inning pitch into the trees beyond the left field fence for an early 3-0 lead. Holden later got a three-run home run from left-handed catcher Luke Deraco that extended the lead to 7-0, and added another three-run homer by Matt Vernier as part of a nine-run burst in the fifth.

"I thought Holden played awesome," said Taft after his team suffered its first loss since a 2-1 loss to Wellesley South Little League early in the District 10 tournament. "They capitalized on our mistakes and had a lot of kids step up for them."

"(We've) been hitting the ball so well in this tournament," said Xenos, whose team averaged twelve runs per game during round robin competition at the state tournament and averaged over 16 runs per game prior to its championship game loss. "And it's not a fluke because we saw some good pitching tonight."

Holden's win over Newton SouthEast meant that neither team had sealed a championship game berth, as Andover National also lurked with a 1-1 record after two rounds of play. While Holden was in relatively good shape to advance even with a loss, Newton knew it likely needed a win in its final game due to the high number of runs it allowed against Holden. SouthEast rose to the challenge, as three pitchers combined to allow just one run as Newton SouthEast topped Braintree American, 6-1, to earn a championship round berth.

Schofield, Kuperman, and Shore held the Braintree offense in check, with Kuperman entering in the fifth inning and stranding the potential tying and go-ahead runs at the corners. Shore did the same in the sixth, entering with the bases loaded and one out, and inducing a fielders' choice and strikeout to end the game. The escape was important at the time as Holden had yet to play Andover National, and the possibility of a three-way tie that would be settled on defensive runs allowed lurked in the background.

Newton pulled away late in the win with two runs in the fourth inning and three more in the sixth. Kuperman provided the fourth inning offense with a two-run home run, and in the fifth, Jack Winnay delivered a run-scoring double before Shore followed with a two-run double.

Holden won the nightcap, using a seven-run first inning rally to subdue Andover, 8-2, and Taft liked his team's chances as he looked toward the championship game rematch. He had pulled Wang, Newton's top pitcher, as he reached the 50-pitch count in Newton's first round robin game to ensure he was eligible to return for a potential championship game assignment.

"It's really good to be there for the second time in three years," said the Newton skipper. "We have Nicky (Wang) ready to go. We're in the best situation we could be in going into the game. Hopefully it works out."

Thanks to a fast start and a focus on fundamentals, Newton SouthEast was soon back on the road to Bristol.

"After losing here (in the first meeting with Holden), we wanted them to focus on that feeling of losing, and have it fuel them to get to the next stage," noted Taft. "We executed on defense, with pitching, and that offense in the first inning really helped."

Newton SouthEast won its opening round game at the New England Region tournament, upending Biddeford (Maine) Little League by an 11-0 score. Newton then fell into the elimination bracket following a 10-5 loss to South Burlington (Vermont) Little League, and was eliminated when eventual region champion Cranston Western Little League (Rhode Island) recorded the first of four straight victories to emerge from the bottom bracket and advance to the Little League World Series.

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


  Game 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Braintree American 2 0 0 3 1 2 8 - -
Holden 2 0 2 1 3 4 12 - -
  Game 2
Andover National 2 1 0 0 1 0 4 - -
Newton SouthEast 2 0 6 0 1 x 9 - -
  Game 3
Holden 3 0 4 0 9 16 - -
Newton SouthEast 0 0 4 1 0 5 - -
  Game 4
Braintree American 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 - -
Andover National 0 1 0 1 1 x 3 - -
  Game 5
Newton SouthEast 1 0 0 2 0 3 6 - -
Braintree American 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 - -
  Game 6
Andover National 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 11 -
Holden 7 1 0 0 0 x 8 6 -
  Championship Game
Holden 2 1 0 0 0 0 3 - -
Newton SouthEast 7 0 1 3 0 x 11 - -

2015 Massachusetts District Champions and Sectional Tournament Results:

District Champions
in Section 1
District Champions
in Section 2
D1 - Pittsfield National
D2 - Westfield American
D3 - Leominster National
D4 - Holden

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

Tournament Schedule/Results:
1 - Holden 5, Leominster National 4
2 - Pittsfield National 12, Westfield American 0 (4 innings)
3 - Westfield American 11, Leominster National 7 (elim.)
4 - Holden 9, Pittsfield National 0
5 - Westfield American 8, Pittsfield National 2 (elim.)
6 - Holden 7, Westfield American 0 (TITLE)

D5 - Northboro
D6 - Taunton East
D7 - Bridgewater
D8 - Braintree American

Section 2 Tournament
Championship Game Host - Braintree American (District 8)
At William G. Brooks Field; Hollingsworth Park

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

Tournament Schedule/Results:
1 - Braintree American 8, Northboro 7
2 - Taunton East 4, Bridgewater 0
3 - Northboro 4, Taunton East 1
4 - Braintree American 11, Bridgewater 7
5 - Northboro 10, Bridgewater 4
6 - Braintree American 12, Taunton East 5



Braintree American 3 0
Northboro 2 1
Taunton East 1 2
Bridgewater 0 3

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

Section 2 Championship Game (Friday, July 24)

Braintree American 2, Northboro 0 (TITLE)

District Champions
in Section 3
District Champions
in Section 4
D9 - Savin Hill (Dorchester)
D10 - Newton SouthEast
D11 - Norwood
D12 - Medford White

Section 3 Tournament
Host - Canton (District 11)
At Crawford Field and Sullivan Field
Championship Game at Crawford Field

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

Tournament Schedule/Results:
1 - Newton SouthEast 13, Norwood 5
2 - Savin Hill 10, Medford White 2
3 - Newton SouthEast 13, Savin Hill 1 (4 innings)
4 - Norwood 9, Medford White 6
5 - Newton SouthEast 7, Medford White 1
6 - Norwood 13, Savin Hill 6



Newton SouthEast 3 0
Norwood 2 1
Savin Hill 1 2
Medford White 0 3

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

Section 3 Championship Game (Friday, July 24)

7 - Newton SouthEast 4, Norwood 2 (TITLE)

D13 - Acton Boxboro
D14 - Andover National
D15 - Danvers National
D16 - Salem

Section 4 Tournament
Host - North Reading (District 13)
At Benevento Park

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

Tournament Schedule/Results:
1 - Acton Boxboro 20, Danvers National 19 (9 innings)
2 - Andover National 12, Salem 9 (8 innings)
3 - Andover National 12, Danvers National 2 (4 innings)
4 - Salem 9, Acton Boxboro 4
5 - Salem 16, Danvers National 9
6 - Acton Boxboro 7, Andover National 6 (7 innings)



Andover National 2 1
Salem 2 1
Acton Boxboro 2 1
Danvers National 0 3

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

Section 4 Championship Game (Friday, July 24)

7 - Andover National 3, Salem 0 (TITLE)

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