2008 Little League® Baseball Midwest Region Tournament
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Midwest Region Tournament
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2008

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Midwest Region Tournament
Host - Central Region Headquarters; Indianapolis, Indiana
At Stokely Field; Reuben F. Glick Little League Center

Participating Teams City League
Iowa State Champions Urbandale Urbandale LL
Kansas State Champions Cherokee Cherokee Community LL
Minnesota State Champions Coon Rapids Coon Rapids National LL
Missouri State Champions Columbia Daniel Boone National LL
Nebraska State Champions Kearney Kearney National LL
North/South Dakota State Champions Rapid City (South Dakota) Canyon Lake LL

NOTE: The 2008 Midwest 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 Midwest Region Tournament participants.


Tournament Results:

Day 1 (Thursday, July 31):
Urbandale (Iowa) 12, Daniel Boone National (Missouri) 2 (4 innings)

Day 2 (Friday, August 1):
Canyon Lake (South Dakota) 15, Cherokee Community (Kansas) 3 (5 innings)
Coon Rapids National (Minnesota) 3, Kearney National (Nebraska) 2

Day 3 (Saturday, August 2):
Cherokee Community (Kansas) 9, Kearney National (Nebraska) 8
Canyon Lake (South Dakota) 9, Urbandale (Iowa) 8

Day 4 (Sunday, August 3):
Daniel Boone National (Missouri) 5, Coon Rapids National (Minnesota) 4

Day 5 (Monday, August 4):
Urbandale (Iowa) 8, Cherokee Community (Kansas) 3
Canyon Lake (South Dakota) 13, Coon Rapids National (Minnesota) 3 (4 innings)

Day 6 (Tuesday, August 5):
Daniel Boone National (Missouri) 17, Canyon Lake (South Dakota) 16 (9 innings - highest-scoring game in Midwest/Central Region tournament history)

Day 7 (Wednesday, August 6):
Urbandale (Iowa) 17, Kearney National (Nebraska) 0 (4 innings)
Coon Rapids National (Minnesota) 7, Cherokee Community (Kansas) 3

Day 8 (Thursday, August 7):
Daniel Boone National (Missouri) 10, Kearney National (Nebraska) 7


Standings

W

L

Runs
Allowed
Urbandale (Iowa) 3 1 14
Daniel Boone National (Missouri) 3 1 39
Canyon Lake (South Dakota) 3 1 31
Coon Rapids National (Minnesota) 2 2 23
Cherokee Community (Kansas) 1 3 38
Kearney National (Nebraska) 0 4 39

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.

Midwest Region Tournament Semifinals (Friday, August 8)

Canyon Lake (South Dakota) 5, Daniel Boone National (Missouri) 3
Coon Rapids National (Minnesota) 3, Urbandale (Iowa) 2

Midwest Region Tournament Championship Game (Saturday, August 9)

Canyon Lake (South Dakota) 7, Coon Rapids National (Minnesota) 1 (TITLE)


Summary:

Time was short, but Doug Simons wasn't worried.

Coon Rapids National (Minnesota) Little League was back in the Midwest Region championship game in Indianapolis, Indiana, hoping to make its second consecutive trip to the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

Simon's Canyon Lake Little League (Rapid City, South Dakota) team also reached the title game, but once there, the Rapid City squad needed to ignore history. No South Dakota team had ever advanced to South Williamsport in the previous 61 editions of the Little League World Series.

But Canyon Lake had by far the tournament's most prolific offense: the squad averaged more than eleven runs per game in regional contests leading up to the title game, and sported a blistering .426 team batting average. So even though Coon Rapids National carried a 1-0 lead midway through the region championship game at the Reuben F. Glick Little League Baseball Center in Indianapolis, Simons liked his team's chances.

"It was only one run," said Simons, the Canyon Lake manager. "If it had been five or six, I may have been a little worried. I knew we were going to score sometime."

He was right. Canyon Lake's hitters delivered three consecutive run-scoring hits in the bottom of the fourth inning, and added four insurance runs in the fifth. Canyon Lake went on to defeat Coon Rapids National, 7-1, and became the first South Dakota ever to advance to the Little League World Series.

"I'm just numb," said the South Dakota manager. "I never thought this would happen. It's unbelievable."

Coon Rapids starter Jake Goedderz stifled Canyon Lake's offense early, and was facing the bottom of the South Dakota lineup after recording the first two outs in the fourth. But the lower reaches of Canyon Lake's lineup were as lethal as the top: ninth-place hitter Matt Minnick batted .824 (14-for-17) at the regional, and the team's bench players combined for a .435 (10-for-23) average throughout the tournament. So it was not out of the ordinary when contributions from the bottom third of the batting order ignited Canyon Lake's comeback. Pinch hitter Mark Petereit doubled, scoring T.J. Nolan with the tying run. Minnick followed with an RBI single, and leadoff hitter Tanner Simons (.474 at the regional) then delivered a run-scoring double. Minnick drove in two more runs during Rapid City's four-run sixth, as the team collected nine or more hits for the sixth time in as many outings in Indianapolis.

"I thought we'd have a chance to be competitive," said Doug Simons. "When all 13 guys hit, we can be a pretty dangerous team."

Nearly lost amongst the fireworks was the effort of pitcher Cale Fierro. The right-hander allowed three singles that Coon Rapids converted into their first inning run, then allowed just three additional hits until handing the ball to reliever Bill Hendricks with one out in the sixth. Fierro struck out twelve and walked just one while keeping Canyon Lake close until the offense came to life.

"This kid was as tough as anyone we saw," Minnesota manager John Hagstrom said of Fierro's effort. "I guess you can say that when a kid like that strikes out your two best hitters a total of seven times."

Canyon Lake established its ferocious offensive attack early in the tournament. Rapid City's offense produced nine- and six-run rallies in a 15-3 victory over Cherokee Community (Kansas) Little League in their tournament opener, and saw at least eight different players hit safely in each of their four pool games. During one stretch, the South Dakota team scored in fifteen consecutive innings spanning four games, and only once prior to the championship game did Canyon Lake fail to score for more than two consecutive innings.

"We've been working on our hitting," said Doug Simons after his team defeated Coon Rapids National during pool competition. "The other night, I thought our defense won it for us (in a 9-8 win over Iowa). Our bats are coming alive. It's good to see."

Defeating Canyon Lake took extraordinary circumstances: Missouri champion Daniel Boone National Little League (Columbia, Missouri) raced to a ten-run lead after the first inning in their pool contest, but saw Rapid City need just two innings to pull even before eventually dropping a 17-16 decision in what became the highest-scoring game in Midwest / Central Region tournament history.

"I think they are an outstanding hitting team," said Missouri manager Mark Pfeiffer. "They swing at strikes, and they keep their weight back, so they can hit any pitch you throw at them. We threw the kitchen sink at them and they still hit."

Canyon Lake faced the Missouri champion again three days later, and reversed their defeat in a 5-3 semifinal round victory. Tanner Simons led the charge both offensively (3-for-4) and on the mound, where he earned his third victory of the tournament by scattering seven hits and striking out seven batters. Simons also sparked South Dakota's decisive rally, opening the fifth inning with a single, and scoring along with Carter Wevik on Fierro's two-run double. Logan Anderson extended the lead with an RBI groundout, then reserve second baseman Jonah Hansen stymied a Daniel Boone rally with a pair of diving stops in the bottom of the inning to preserve the win. Hansen threw from his knees after one of his stops to retire the batter.

"Those were nice defensive plays," said Doug Simons. "We couldn't have asked for more."

"They are a great, fundamentally sound team, and it showed all week," said Pfeiffer. "I tip my hat to them."

Coon Rapids National earned the other championship game berth, jumping to an early lead and holding on the eliminate top-seeded Urbandale (Iowa) Little League, 3-2. Left fielder Justin Klingl delivered a two-run single and later scored as Coon Rapids grabbed a 3-0 lead five batters into the game. Urbandale pulled two runs back in the second, but managed just two hits against Minnesota pitcher C.J. Diedrich.

"C.J. was money for us," said Hagstrom of his pitcher, who struck out six and needed just 66 pitches in a complete game effort.

"We jumped on their pitcher right away (and) got enough runs before (Iowa pitcher Jonathan Eide) settled down and pitched a nice game," he added.

Eide pitched into the sixth and struck out nine for Urbandale, which emerged as the tournament's top seed despite losing top pitcher and hitter Logan Augustine for the tournament following an injury midway through the tournament's opening game.

"That Iowa team was the best team in this tournament and had the best pitcher of any team," noted Hagstrom.

Meanwhile, Doug Simons kept his team focused on reaching the next plateau.

"(Reaching the championship game) was our third goal," explained the South Dakota manager after his team's semifinal round win. "Our first one was to get here. Second one was to make the semis. The next one was to get on the ESPN game.

"Now our next one is to get to Williamsport."

Thanks to a prolific offense, and contributions from all points in the batting order, Canyon Lake continued climbing the ladder, until they stood at a level that no South Dakota team had ever reached before. It was a leap that Canyon Lake hoped would not require 61 years to make again.

"The people (in Williamsport) told us that once a team gets there the first time, it catches on like wildfire and a team keeps coming back," said Canyon Lake coach Steve Nolan. "We are really proud of the boys. We think they represented Rapid City and the state of South Dakota very well."


Linescores:

  Pool Play Game 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Daniel Boone National (Missouri) 0 0 0 2 2 3 4
Urbandale (Iowa) 0 3 3 6 12 11 0
  Pool Play Game 2
Canyon Lake (South Dakota) 0 0 9 0 6 15 12 3
Cherokee Community (Kansas) 0 1 2 0 0 3 5 2
  Pool Play Game 3
Coon Rapids National (Minnesota) 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 7 1
Kearney National (Nebraska) 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 6 0
  Pool Play Game 4
Cherokee Community (Kansas) 1 4 0 1 1 2 9 11 2
Kearney National (Nebraska) 1 0 4 3 0 0 8 10 3
  Pool Play Game 5
Urbandale (Iowa) 3 4 0 0 0 1 8 6 3
Canyon Lake (South Dakota) 1 2 1 1 3 1 9 11 2
  Pool Play Game 6
Coon Rapids National (Minnesota) 0 0 3 0 0 1 4 4 2
Daniel Boone National (Missouri) 0 1 4 0 0 x 5 7 0
  Pool Play Game 7
Urbandale (Iowa) 0 0 0 2 0 6 8 10 1
Cherokee Community (Kansas) 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 4 2
  Pool Play Game 8
Coon Rapids National (Minnesota) 1 0 2 0 3 6 6
Canyon Lake (South Dakota) 1 2 7 3 13 12 0
  Pool Play Game 9
Canyon Lake (South Dakota) 2 9 1 1 0 3 0 0 0 16 17 5
Daniel Boone National (Missouri) 12 0 2 0 1 1 0 0 1 17 14 3
  Pool Play Game 10
Urbandale (Iowa) 8 4 5 0 17 15 0
Kearney National (Nebraska) 0 0 0 0 0 2 2
  Pool Play Game 11
Kearney National (Nebraska) 4 0 0 0 3 0 7 11 1
Daniel Boone National (Missouri) 3 6 0 1 0 x 10 12 2
  Pool Play Game 12
Coon Rapids National (Minnesota) 3 0 1 1 0 2 7 6 3
Cherokee Community (Kansas) 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 3 0
  Semifinal Round
Canyon Lake (South Dakota) 0 0 1 0 3 1 5 9 1
Daniel Boone National (Missouri) 0 2 0 0 1 0 3 7 0
  Semifinal Round
Coon Rapids National (Minnesota) 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 6 1
Urbandale (Iowa) 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 2 1
  Championship Game
Coon Rapids National (Minnesota) 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 3
Canyon Lake (South Dakota) 0 0 0 3 4 x 7 9 2




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