2004 Little League® Baseball Mid-Atlantic Region Tournament
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Mid-Atlantic Region Tournament
Host - Eastern Region Headquarters; Bristol, Connecticut
At Breen Field; A. Bartlett Giamatti Little League Leadership Training Center

Participating Teams City League
Delaware State Champions Wilmington Capitol LL
District of Columbia Champions Washington D.C. Capitol City LL
Maryland State Champions Preston South Caroline LL
New Jersey State Champions Hamilton HTRBA LL
New York State Champions Colonie Colonie LL
Pennsylvania State Champions Hilltown Deep Run Valley LL

NOTE: The 2004 Mid-Atlantic Region Tournament used a pool play format. At the completion of pool competition, the top four teams advanced to single-elimination semifinal and championship round games.

Click here to view State Tournament results for Mid-Atlantic Region Tournament participants.

Tournament Results:

Day 1 (Friday, August 6):
Capitol City (District of Columbia) 4, Capitol (Delaware) 0
South Caroline (Maryland) 1, HTRBA (New Jersey) 0

Day 2 (Saturday, August 7):
Colonie (New York) 5, Deep Run Valley (Pennsylvania) 4
South Caroline (Maryland) 6, Capitol (Delaware) 1 (NO-HITTER)

Day 3 (Sunday, August 8):
Capitol City (District of Columbia) 3, Deep Run Valley (Pennsylvania) 2
Colonie (New York) 8, HTRBA (New Jersey) 2

Day 4 (Monday, August 9):
Capitol City (District of Columbia) 1, South Caroline (Maryland) 0
Capitol (Delaware) 5, Colonie (New York) 4

Day 5 (Tuesday, August 10):
Deep Run Valley (Pennsylvania) 4, South Caroline (Maryland) 1
Capitol (Delaware) 10, HTRBA (New Jersey) 8 (7 innings)

Day 6 (Wednesday, August 11):
Colonie (New York) 2, Capitol City (District of Columbia) 0
Deep Run Valley (Pennsylvania) 10, HTRBA (New Jersey) 2




Colonie (New York) 3 1 11
Capitol City (District of Columbia) 3 1 4
South Caroline (Maryland) 2 2 6
Deep Run Valley (Pennsylvania) 2 2 11
Capitol (Delaware) 2 2 22
HTRBA (New Jersey) 0 4 29

The top four teams advance to the semifinal round.

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.

Mid-Atlantic Region Tournament Semifinals (Thursday, August 12)

South Caroline (Maryland) 1, Capitol City (District of Columbia) 0
Deep Run Valley (Pennsylvania) 4, Colonie (New York) 1

Mid-Atlantic Region Tournament Championship Game (Sunday, August 15)

South Caroline (Maryland) 4, Deep Run Valley (Pennsylvania) 1 (TITLE)


Major league baseball saw one of its greatest upsets in 1906, when the Chicago White Sox -- owners of an American League-worst .230 team batting average -- defeated a 116-win Chicago Cubs team four games to two to win their first World Series championship. The South Siders hit only seven home runs over the course of a 154-game season, and earned the nickname "Hitless Wonders" with an offense that was anemic even by dead ball-era standards.

The World Series was typical of the team's approach: the White Sox scored only six runs and batted a collective .097 in the first four games of the crosstown matchup, but managed a split thanks to stellar pitching from lefty Nick Altrock in the opener and right hander Ed Walsh in Game 3. After two more wins, the Sox claimed the championship on the strength of a pitching staff that registered a 1.50 team earned run average while holding the Cubs to a .196 batting average for the series.

Ninety-eight years later, the 2004 South Caroline Little League (Preston, Maryland) all-star team had a lot in common with the turn-of-the-century White Sox squad. South Caroline batted only .223 as a team at the Mid-Atlantic Region tournament in Bristol, Connecticut, and scored more than one run only once in its first five region tournament games.

But superb pitching by staff workhorses DaVonta DeShields and Robbie Payne helped the Eastern Shore club make the most of its meager offensive performance: South Caroline's pitchers allowed more than one run only once in the tournament, and did not allow an earned run in any of their team's six games. As a result, South Caroline and the 1906 Chicago White Sox team have more in common than offensive futility.

Both are champions.

Just as the White Sox broke a two-games-apiece tie by winning the final two games in their series with the Cubs, South Caroline shrugged off a 2-2 record in pool play at the Mid-Atlantic Region tournament with a pair of victories in elimination rounds. The second of these wins, a 4-1 decision over a powerful Deep Run Valley Little League (Hilltown, Pennsylvania) club, gave South Caroline a berth in the Little League World Series.

"Pitching and defense have definitely carried us," said South Caroline manager Curtis Payne. "We seemed to get just enough hitting when we needed it to get by."

Pitcher Robbie Payne provided the offense in the championship game, swatting the game's first pitch over the left center field fence to give South Caroline a quick 1-0 lead. He homered again in the second, a two-run blast that would have tied him with manager/outfielder Fielder Jones and Catcher Billy Johnson for the White Sox' team high for the entire 1906 season. More importantly for South Caroline, it gave the Marylanders a comfortable 3-0 lead.

"It's a rarity for us (to use) the longball," said Curtis Payne. "We're usually trying to just put the ball in play and manufacture something."

Deep Run Valley pitcher Sean Coyle surrendered only one other South Caroline hit in the championship game, but Robbie Payne allowed only one run while scattering five hits in a complete game effort. South Caroline became the first Maryland team to reach the Little League World Series since Brunswick Little League in 1986.

"He went on four days' rest today," said Curtis Payne of his son's pitching performance. "We went back and looked at every pitching performance he has had in the tournament, and he had his best outings on at least three days' rest."

Robbie Payne had faced Deep Run Valley on two days' rest earlier in the tournament, and the Pennsylvanians capitalized on Ryan Seiz's two-run homer and three South Caroline errors to post a 4-1 win.

"We didn't prepare any differently because they beat us," said Curtis Payne. "We just thought . . . 'let's not give them any help by putting runners on base and we'll see how it comes out.'"

"It's tough to beat a good team twice," said Deep Run Valley manager Scott Seiz after the championship game. "We hit a lot of line drives right at them (but) we just didn't get the breaks.

"But that's baseball," he added. "Sometimes it's meant to be and sometimes it's not."

South Caroline reached the championship game by edging Washington D.C.'s Capitol City Little League 1-0 in the semifinal round. DeShields and Capitol City's Jeffrey Asuncion faced off for the second time in the tournament, and DeShields' thirteen strikeout, two-hit effort helped reverse the outcome of Capitol City's 1-0 win in the teams' earlier meeting.

South Caroline pushed across the game's only run in the fourth inning, when Hunter Bennett led off with a single before being forced on a Chad Hicks grounder. Singles by Ben LaNeve and Ryan Hood loaded the bases, then special pinch runner Thomas Howe raced home with the game's only run on a wild pitch.

"We knew it was going to be a low-scoring game," said Curtis Payne. "DaVonta and Asuncion have been the talk of the tournament."

DeShields allowed only a single unearned run in eighteen innings pitched at the region tournament. He struck out 35 batters, walked only five, and held opponents to a .096 (6-for-62) batting average. Asuncion was equally stingy, as South Caroline's fourth inning tally was the only run the right-hander allowed in seventeen innings of work at Bristol. He combined with right hander David Sneeringer to allow Capitol City's opponents only two earned runs over the course of five region tournament games, helping the Washingtonians to match their best-ever finish in the region tournament.

"They are a sound ballclub," said Curtis Payne of the D.C. champions. "They are not going to give you any free hits."

After eliminating Capitol City in the semifinals, South Caroline was not surprised to find Deep Run Valley waiting in the other dugout for the championship game.

"I watched their first two games," explained Curtis Payne, who saw Deep Run Valley open with one-run losses to New York's Colonie Little League and to Capitol City.

"I went to my coaching staff and said 'Pennsylvania is the best team here'," he added. "If we want to win, that is the team we have to beat. They could easily have been 4-0 (in pool competition)."

Deep Run Valley seemed destined to be a footnote in the tournament after its two early losses, but the Pennsylvanians righted themselves with a 4-1 win over South Caroline. Deep Run Valley then secured the final semifinal round berth with a 10-2 win over New Jersey's HTRBA Little League, and reached the championship game by avenging an earlier loss to Colonie with a 4-1 victory.

Ryan Seiz led Deep Run Valley into the championship game, holding Colonie to one hit and allowing only a single first inning run. He had plenty of support from his teammates, as Deep Run handled fifteen fielding chances without an error.

"That's a good team," said Colonie manager Greg Therian after his team's loss. "Their defense just eats up the ball . . . (and) we couldn't figure out their pitcher today."

Colonie opened the scoring by plating a run on a first-and-third double steal in the top of the first inning, but Deep Run Valley responded with a three-run flurry in the third. Tim Ebersole started the rally with the inning's only hit, a single up the middle. Ryan Metzler reached when his bunt was mishandled, and second baseman Rocky Ferrier was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Ebersole scored when Sean Coyle grounded into a fielder's choice, and Metzler crossed the plate with the go-ahead run on an infield grounder. Coyle later scored when a routine throw back to the mound from the catcher was wild.

Deep Run Valley added another run in the fourth, then proceeded to grind out the win.

"All of a sudden, we were down to six outs and then three outs," said Therian. "Credit their pitcher. When you get one hit, you don't win that game."

The next day, Robbie Payne kept Deep Run Valley's offense in check as South Caroline punched its ticket to South Williamsport.

"They were the offensive powerhouse in our bracket," said Curtis Payne of the Pennsylvania champions. Deep Run Valley's .273 team batting average at the region tournament was nearly 50 points higher than that of the next-best hitting team.

"We're not going to win a game when we have to score eight or ten runs," said the Maryland manager. "We were fortunate that we kept them in check.

"We've waited a couple of years for this," he added. "At 9 and 10, these same twelve players won the Maryland state title but unfortunately you don't go any further (at that age level). They've been wondering how far they could have gone if they had played other states."

As South Caroline learned, they could go back, to a time nearly a century ago when the arms were lively and the bats were dead.

And also forward, to a place in Pennsylvania where dreams come true.


  Pool Play Game 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Capitol City (D.C.) 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 5 0
Capitol (Delaware) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4
  Pool Play Game 2
HTRBA (New Jersey) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
South Caroline (Maryland) 0 0 1 0 0 x 1 4 0
  Pool Play Game 3
Deep Run Valley (Pennsylvania) 2 0 2 0 0 0 4 5 3
Colonie (New York) 2 0 0 0 1 2 5 5 0
  Pool Play Game 4
South Caroline (Maryland) 1 0 1 0 0 4 6 9 3
Capitol (Delaware) 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2
  Pool Play Game 5
Capitol City (D.C.) 1 2 0 0 0 0 3 4 1
Deep Run Valley (Pennsylvania) 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 5 1
  Pool Play Game 6
HTRBA (New Jersey) 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 3 2
Colonie (New York) 0 0 0 4 4 x 8 11 0
  Pool Play Game 7
Capitol City (D.C.) 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 3 2
South Caroline (Maryland) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 4
  Pool Play Game 8
Capitol (Delaware) 0 0 4 0 1 0 5 9 3
Colonie (New York) 3 0 1 0 0 0 4 3 2
  Pool Play Game 9
South Caroline (Maryland) 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 4 3
Deep Run Valley (Pennsylvania) 2 0 0 0 2 x 4 7 3
  Pool Play Game 10
Capitol (Delaware) 2 0 3 0 0 3 2 10 13 4
HTRBA (New Jersey) 2 5 0 1 0 0 0 8 8 4
  Pool Play Game 11
Capitol City (D.C.) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Colonie (New York) 0 1 0 0 1 x 2 3 0
  Pool Play Game 12
HTRBA (New Jersey) 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 3 3
Deep Run Valley (Pennsylvania) 3 4 1 0 2 x 10 12 1
  Semifinal Round
Capitol City (D.C.) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
South Caroline (Maryland) 0 0 0 1 0 x 1 5 0
  Semifinal Round
Colonie (New York) 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2
Deep Run Valley (Pennsylvania) 0 0 3 1 0 x 4 4 0
  Championship Game
South Caroline (Maryland) 1 2 0 0 0 1 4 3 1
Deep Run Valley (Pennsylvania) 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 5 2

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