2006 Pennsylvania State Little League® Tournament Results
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Pennsylvania State Tournament
Host - Plymouth Township (Plymouth Meeting) (District 22)
At East Plymouth Valley Park

Game 2 was played at Conshohocken.

Participating Teams
Section 1 Champions State College National (District 5)
Section 2 Champions Butler Township (District 25)
Section 3 Champions Greencastle (District 14)
Section 4 Champions Lehigh (Bethlehem) (District 20)
Section 5 Champions Lower Gwynedd (District 22)
Section 6 Champions Berwyn-Paoli (District 27)

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Tournament Results:

Opening Round:
State College National 11, Lower Gwynedd 6
Greencastle 4, Lehigh 0

Winner's Bracket Semifinals:
Butler Township 8, State College National 2
Berwyn-Paoli 9, Greencastle 2

Elimination Bracket Quarterfinals (six teams remain):
Lower Gwynedd 14, Greencastle 4 (5 innings; elim.)
Lehigh 14, State College National 0 (4 innings; elim.)

Winner's Bracket Finals:
Butler Township 7, Berwyn-Paoli 5

Elimination Bracket Semifinals (four teams remain):
Lehigh 12, Lower Gwynedd 2 (elim.)

Elimination Bracket Finals (three teams remain):
Lehigh 9, Berwyn-Paoli 3 (elim.)

Championship Game:
Butler Township 7, Lehigh 5 (TITLE)


Summary:

David Tompkins drove in five runs and pitcher Dalton Koebler allowed only one run over the final five innings as Butler Township Little League ralled for a 7-5 victory over Lehigh Little League in the Pennsylvania state championship game at East Plymouth Valley Park in Plymouth Meeting.

Tompkins laced a two-run single in the bottom of the first inning after Lehigh jumped to an early 4-0 lead. Two innings later, with Lehigh still holding a 4-3 lead, Tompkins followed Alex Ziegler's single and Koebler's double with a booming three-run home run to give his team the lead for good.

Lehigh halved the lead with a run in the fourth, but Butler Township added an insurance run following a Lehigh error in the fifth inning.

"I'm walking on air," said Butler Township manager John Baranchak after the championship game.

"This is what every kid who has ever picked up a bat dreams about," he added.

Butler Township clinched its first-ever state championship in the major baseball division with the victory, and advanced to the Mid-Atlantic Region tournament in Bristol, Connecticut. The league's only prior state championship came in the 9-10 year old baseball division in 2002.

Tompkins paced Butler Township's 11-hit attack with a homer and two singles. Ziegler singled three times, while Matt Baranchak added a pair of hits, including an RBI single in the first inning.

Koebler, who settled down after the rocky start to pitch his second complete game of the tournament, allowed seven hits in the win. He struck out six and walked three batters.

"Every day someone different steps up, said John Baranchak. "That's what makes this team unique."

Tompkins provided the heavy lumber in the championship game, while Spencer Murray and Chris Cotton led the attack when Butler Township opened the tournament with an 8-2 victory over State College National Little League. Murray set the tone immediately, homering on the first pitch of the game, and Cotton launched a three-run home run over the left center field fence as Butler Township broke the game open with a six run fifth inning rally.

Mike Connolly opened the decisive inning with a single, then Murray walked and Ziegler reached safely on a bunt single. Tompkins delivered a two-run single and Matt Baranchak added a run-scoring single before Cotton's blast capped the inning.

"They hit the ball hard," said State College National manager Ron Hicks. "They were aggressive right off the bat."

Koebler allowed only one earned run and struck out four batters against a State College team that had scored eleven runs the night before in a victory over Lower Gwynedd Little League.

Two days later, Butler Township slammed four home runs and reached the championship game with a 7-5 victory over Berwyn-Paoli Little League. Koebler and Tompkins both homered in the first inning, as Butler Township established a 3-0 lead. Koebler added a solo shot in the third inning, and Cotton hit one of his own later in the game. Nine of Butler Township's twelve players homered at least once during the international tournament.

Matt Baranchak earned the win, pitching his team to within one out of victory before departing with the tying run on base for Berwyn-Paoli. Ziegler relieved him, and induced a comebacker to end the game and move Butler Township into the championship game.

"I've been telling everyone that there is nothing in youth sports that comes close to this," said John Baranchak after the win. "This is something everyone dreams about -- there's nothing in football, basketball, or hockey that equates to this."

Though his team stood on the brink of the tournament championship, the Butler Township manager recognized there was work to do.

"No one is looking to Connecticut," said John Baranchak, referring to the site of the Mid-Atlantic Region tournament. "No one is looking past Lehigh."

Lehigh, which won the state tournament in 2002, zoomed into the championship game with three consecutive victories following a 4-0 loss to Greencastle Little League in the tournament's first game. The Bethlehem-based league rolled to double-digit victories over State College National and Lower Gwynedd before topping Berwyn-Paoli, 9-3, in the elimination bracket final.

Lehigh dropped to the tournament's bottom bracket after falling victim to Greencastle pitcher Tyler Szaflarski's 13-strikeout one-hitter. Denver Cordell homered twice and Drew DeShong added a solo shot to provide all of the scoring for Greencastle.

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Linescores:

  Championship Game 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Lehigh 4 0 0 1 0 0 5 - -
Butler Township 3 0 3 0 1 x 7 - -


2006 Pennsylvania District Champions and Sectional Tournament Results

District Champions
in Section 1
District Champions
in Section 2
D4 - Collier Township Athletic Association
D5 - State College National
D9 - Bullskin Township
D11 - Huntingdon
D26 - Latrobe

Section 1 Tournament
Host - Central City (Hooversville) (District 11)

Tournament Results:
1 - State College National 9, Bullskin Township 6
2 - Collier Township Athletic Association 5, Latrobe 4
3 - Latrobe 4, Bullskin Township 2 (elim.)
4 - Collier Township Athletic Association 10, Huntingdon 0 (5 innings)
5 - Latrobe 8, Huntingdon 4 (elim.)
6 - State College National 4, Collier Township Athletic Association 3
7 - Latrobe 12, Collier Township Athletic Association 6 (elim.)
8 - Latrobe 12, State College National 3
9 - State College National 10, Latrobe 5 (TITLE)

D1 - Titusville
D2 - Grove City
D3 - MYAA American (Millcreek)
D7 - Indiana American
D10 - Warren National
D25 - Butler Township

Section 2 Tournament
Host - French Creek Valley American (Saegertown) (District 1)

Tournament Results:
1 - Grove City 9, MYAA American 2
2 - Butler Township 5, Indiana American 0
3 - Grove City 4, Warren National 3 (8 innings)
4 - Butler Township 5, Titusville 0
5 - Titusville 9, MYAA American 3 (elim.)
6 - Warren National 12, Indiana American 2 (elim.)
7 - Grove City 13, Butler Township 9
8 - Warren National 6, Titusville 5 (elim.)
9 - Butler Township 5, Warren National 4 (elim.)
10 - Butler Township 10, Grove City 0
11 - Butler Township 7, Grove City 5 (TITLE)

District Champions
in Section 3
District Champions
in Section 4
D12 - Keystone (Beech Creek)
D13 - Juniata County (Mifflintown)
D14 - Greencastle
D15 - Tunkhannock
D24 - Orwigsburg

Section 3 Tournament
Host - (District 15)

Tournament Results:
1 - Keystone 8, Tunkhannock 6
2 - Greencastle 6, Orwigsburg 4
3 - Keystone 5, Juniata County 2
4 - Orwigsburg 8, Tunkhannock 4 (elim.)
5 - Keystone 9, Greencastle 8
6 - Juniata County 12, Orwigsburg 9 (elim.)
7 - Greencastle 18, Juniata County 7 (4 innings; elim.)
8 - Greencastle 4, Keystone 1
9 - Greencastle 7, Keystone 6 (7 innings; TITLE)

D16 - Mountain Top Area
D17 - North Pocono (Moscow)
D18 - Franklin Township
D20 - Lehigh (Bethlehem)
D29 - Pen Argyl

Section 4 Tournament
Host - Lehigh (Bethlehem) (District 20)

Tournament Results:
1 - Lehigh 7, North Pocono 5
2 - Franklin Township 14, Mountain Top Area 9
3 - Lehigh 13, Pen Argyl 0
4 - Mountain Top Area 9, North Pocono 4 (elim.)
5 - Lehigh 13, Franklin Township 2
6 - Pen Argyl 9, Mountain Top Area 6 (elim.)
7 - Pen Argyl 9, Franklin Township 6 (elim.)
8 - Lehigh 11, Pen Argyl 0 (6 innings; TITLE)

District Champions
in Section 5
District Champions
in Section 6
D19 - Media
D21 - Bensalem Ramblers
D22 - Lower Gwynedd
D30 - Council Rock Holland

Section 5 Tournament
Host - Council Rock Northampton (District 30)
At Northampton Civic Center

Tournament Results:
1 - Lower Gwynedd 8, Council Rock Holland 7 (7 innings)
2 - Bensalem Ramblers 6, Media 4 (7 innings)
3 - Media 10, Council Rock Holland 9 (7 innings; elim.)
4 - Lower Gwynedd 12, Bensalem Ramblers 11
5 - Media 8, Bensalem Ramblers 6 (elim.)
6 - Lower Gwynedd 5, Media 3 (TITLE)

D8 - Exeter Township (Reading)
D23 - Warwick
D27 - Berwyn-Paoli
D28 - West Side (West Chester)

Section 6 Tournament
Host - Schuylkill Valley (Leesport) (District 8)

Tournament Results:
1 - Berwyn-Paoli 5, West Side 4
2 - Warwick 3, Exeter Township 2
3 - Berwyn-Paoli 16, Warwick 1
4 - West Side 9, Exeter Township 0 (elim.)
5 - West Side 7, Warwick 1 (elim.)
6 - Berwyn-Paoli 5, West Side 1 (TITLE)




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