1998 Little League® Baseball South Region Tournament Historical Results

South Region Tournament



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1998

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South Region Tournament
Host - St. Petersburg, Florida
At Arnold S. White, Sr. Stadium

Section 1 Participants
Arkansas State Champions
Georgia State Champions
Kentucky State Champions
Louisiana State Champions
Mississippi State Champions
Tennessee State Champions
City
Stuttgart
Dunwoody
St. Matthews
Lake Charles
Ocean Springs
Morristown
League
Stuttgart LL
Murphey Candler National LL
American LL
South Lake Chas. Amer. LL
Ocean Springs LL
American LL
Section 2 Participants
Alabama State Champions
Florida State Champions
North Carolina State Champions
South Carolina State Champions
Texas State Champions
Virginia State Champions
West Virginia State Champions
City
Tuscumbia
Brandon
Greenville
Florence
Plano
Springfield
Charleston
League
Tuscumbia LL
South Brandon LL
Tarheel LL
L'eggs LL
National LL
Central Springfield LL
Northeast LL

NOTE: For 1998, the South Region Tournament was organized into two separate double-elimination draws. One was a seven-team draw; the other, a six-team draw. The winners of these two sections advanced to a winner-take-all championship game.

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Tournament Results:

Section 1

Opening Round:
Morristown American (TN) 12, Ocean Springs (MS) 0
St. Matthews American (KY) 8, Dunwoody Murphey Candler National (GA) 1

Winner's Bracket Semifinals:
Morristown American (TN) 4, South Lake Charles American (LA) 3
St. Matthews American (KY) 9, Stuttgart (AR) 7

Loser's Bracket Quarterfinals (six teams remain):
Stuttgart (AR) 5, Ocean Springs (MS) 2 (elim.)
South Lake Charles American (LA) 2, Dunwoody Murphey Candler National (GA) 1 (elim.)

Winner's Bracket Finals:
Morristown American (TN) 3, St. Matthews American (KY) 2

Loser's Bracket Semifinals (four teams remain):
South Lake Charles American (LA) 3, Stuttgart (AR) 2 (elim.)

Loser's Bracket Finals (three teams remain):
St. Matthews American (KY) 5, South Lake Charles American (LA) 3 (elim.)

Championship Series:
St. Matthews American (KY) 3, Morristown American (TN) 2
Morristown American (TN) 8, St. Matthews American (KY) 5 (TITLE)

Section 2

Opening Round:
Florence L'eggs (SC) 2, Charleston Northeast (WV) 0
Greenville Tarheel (NC) 7, Tuscumbia (AL) 2
Central Springfield (VA) 5, Plano National (TX) 0

Winner's Bracket Semifinals:
Florence L'eggs (SC) 10, South Brandon (FL) 1
Greenville Tarheel (NC) 11, Central Springfield (VA) 9

Loser's Bracket - Round 1 (seven teams remain):
Plano National (TX) 7, Tuscumbia (AL) 1 (elim.)

Loser's Bracket Quarterfinals (six teams remain):
South Brandon (FL) 3, Plano National (TX) 0 (elim.)
Charleston Northeast (WV) 9, Central Springfield (VA) 8 (elim.)

Winner's Bracket Finals:
Greenville Tarheel 11, Florence L'eggs 0 (4 innings; 10-run rule)

Loser's Bracket Semifinals (four teams remain):
Charleston Northeast (WV) 3, South Brandon (FL) 0 (elim.)

Loser's Bracket Finals (three teams remain):
Florence L'eggs (SC) 14, Charleston Northeast (WV) 5 (elim.)

Championship Game:
Greenville Tarheel (NC) 5, Florence L'eggs (SC) 2 (TITLE)

South Region Championship Game:

Greenville Tarheel (NC) 6, Morristown American (TN) 0 (4 innings, lightning; TITLE)


Summary:

Greenville Tarheel became the first North Carolina team to qualify for the World Series since 1952 by rolling past five opponents and capturing the South Region Tournament crown. Greenville, which had finished fourth in the South Region Tournament in 1994 and second in 1996, rode the strong right arm of Kevin Hodges (three pitching victories including the first perfect game in South Region history) and clinched the title with a lightning-shortened 6-0 victory over Morristown American (TN) in the championship game.

Greenville dominated its bracket, which included the champions of traditional powers Florida, Texas, and Virginia. However, strong representatives from South Carolina (Florence L'eggs) and West Virginia (Charleston Northeast) forced the traditional powers into early elimination.

Tarheel opened with a 7-2 win over Tuscumbia (AL), and followed that with an 11-9 triumph over Central Springfield (VA) to set up an all-Carolina winner's bracket matchup against Florence L'eggs. In that matchup, Hodges hurled the first perfect game in South Region Tournament history in Tarheel's 11-0 routing of the South Carolina champions. Hodges struck out seven, threw only 42 pitches, and did not allow a ball hit out of the infield in the win.

Tarheel struck early and then proceeded to score in every inning in its win over L'eggs. In the first, Justin Hardee and Brack Massey opened the inning with base hits, and J.D. Morgan's RBI double and Alex White's RBI single drove home the game's first two runs. Hardee padded the lead with a three-run homer in the second, and White added a solo shot in the third. In the bottom of the fourth, Hardee walked and eventually scored on a wild pitch to stretch the lead to 7-0 before Richard Barnhill ended the game with a grand-slam homer that pushed Tarheel to an 11-0 lead.

Florence L'Eggs then faced Charleston Western for the right to face Tarheel in the bracket's championship game. Florence had hoped to save ace pitcher Kunta Hicks (who was brilliant in a two-hit performance against South Brandon (FL) in the opening round) for a possible Greenville matchup, but was forced to bring Hicks to the mound following a five run Charleston rally in the first inning. Hicks -- who retired the last 16 batters he faced in the Florida win -- calmly threw five shutout innings in which 38 of his 45 pitches were strikes, and he paced the offensive attack that rallied Florence to a 13-5 win with a 3-for-4 day at the plate.

Tarheel scored a pair of unearned runs in the top of the first inning of their rematch with Florence L'eggs, and never looked back in posting a 5-2 win that advanced them to the region championship game. Barnhill, who got the win for Tarheel, escaped a bases-loaded third inning jam, clubbed a fourth inning homer, and finished with a complete game five-hitter.

Tarheel's title game opponent was the Morristown American (TN) LL. Morristown played a trio of games against St. Matthews American (KY) in which the eventual victor scored the winning run in the sixth inning. In the winner's bracket finals, Morristown snapped a 2-2 tie with two outs in the bottom of the sixth when Joseph Dietz legged out an infield hit after his bases loaded comebacker deflected off of the pitcher's glove Toward the shortstop, whose throw to first was not in time. Morristown looked to be in command when the two clubs met again in the section's championship game. Pitcher LaRue Isom held a 2-0 lead with two outs in the sixth when a dropped fly ball opened the floodgates for a three run rally that gave St. Matthews a 3-2 win and forced a deciding game. In that 'if' game, St. Matthews took a 5-2 lead into the sixth before Morristown stunned the Kentucky champions with a six run rally that won the game. Dietz and Laith Howerton laced RBI singles, Adam Shockley tied it with a double off the wall, and back-to-back homers by Lance Wild and Matt Spencer propelled Morristown to an 8-5 win.

Tarheel then faced Morristown American for the region tournament crown, and Hodges was in command the entire game. The right-hander surrendered only one hit, struck out six and walked none in the lightning-shortened four inning game.

Hodges got all the support he would need in the first, when White's two-run single to center plated Massey and Hodges. Hodges added an RBI single in the third, and later came around to score on the play when, following an overthrow, Morristown left home plate unattended. Hardees two-run homer to left-center field in the fourth completed the scoring.

Greenville Tarheel finished 2-1 in pool competition at the World Series in South Williamsport, PA. It advanced to the U.S. championship game before falling to eventual World Series champion Toms River East American (NJ) by a 5-2 score.


Linescores:

  Championship Game 1234 RHE
Morristown American 0000012
Greenville Tarheel 2022680




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