2004 Little League® Baseball Southeastern Region Tournament
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Southeastern Region Tournament
Host - Southern Region Headquarters; Gulfport, Florida
At Arnold S. White Stadium

Pool 'A' Participants City League
North Carolina State Champions Morganton Morganton LL
South Carolina State Champions Tega Cay/Fort Mill TCFM Yellow Jacket LL
Virginia State Champions Richmond Tuckahoe National LL
West Virginia State Champions Ripley Ripley LL

Pool 'B' Participants City League
Alabama State Champions Mobile Westside LL
Florida State Champions Cocoa Cocoa LL
Georgia State Champions Columbus Columbus Northern LL
Tennessee State Champions Hermitage Donelson National LL

NOTE: Participants in the 2004 Southeastern Region Tournament were divided into two pools. At the completion of round-robin competition within each pool, the top two teams in each pool advanced to single-elimination semifinal and championship round games.

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Tournament Results:

Day 1 (Sunday, August 1):
Columbus Northern (Georgia) 1, Donelson National (Tennessee) 0 (TENNESSEE NO-HITTER)
Morganton (North Carolina) 11, Ripley (West Virginia) 3
Tuckahoe National (Virginia) 5, TCFM Yellow Jacket (South Carolina) 3
Cocoa (Florida) 4, Mobile Westside (Alabama) 1

Day 2 (Monday, August 2):
Morganton (North Carolina) 6, Tuckahoe National (Virginia) 4
Donelson National (Tennessee) 3, Mobile Westside (Alabama) 2
TCFM Yellow Jacket (South Carolina) 3, Ripley (West Virginia) 2
Columbus Northern (Georgia) 12, Cocoa (Florida) 0 (5 innings) (NO-HITTER)

Day 3 (Tuesday, August 3):
Tuckahoe National (Virginia) 7, Ripley (West Virginia) 3
Cocoa (Florida) 4, Donelson National (Tennessee) 2 (7 innings)

Day 4 (Wednesday, August 4):
Morganton (North Carolina) 9, TCFM Yellow Jacket (South Carolina) 5
Mobile Westside (Alabama) 2, Columbus Northern (Georgia) 1


Pool 'A' Standings

W

L

Runs
Allowed
Morganton (North Carolina) 3 0 12
Tuckahoe National (Virginia) 2 1 12
TCFM Yellow Jacket (South Carolina) 1 2 16
Ripley (West Virginia) 0 3 21


Pool 'B' Standings

W

L

Runs
Allowed
Columbus Northern (Georgia) 2 1 2
Cocoa (Florida) 2 1 15
Donelson National (Tennessee) 1 2 7
Mobile Westside (Alabama) 1 2 8

The top two teams in each pool 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.

Southeastern Region Tournament Semifinals (Thursday, August 5)

Columbus Northern (Georgia) 8, Tuckahoe National (Virginia) 7
Morganton (North Carolina) 7, Cocoa (Florida) 0

Southeastern Region Tournament Championship Game (Saturday, August 7)

Morganton (North Carolina) 7, Columbus Northern (Georgia) 4 (TITLE)


Summary:

Rain showers and lightning storms are a regular part of Florida's weather patterns in the late summer months, so it was not unusual that an early round matchup between Morganton (North Carolina) Little League and Tuckahoe National Little League (Richmond, Virginia) at the Southeastern Region tournament was delayed by an hour in the fifth inning because of the weather.

The lightning strike that delayed the game, however, was more memorable than most: it hit just across the street from Arnold S. White Stadium in Gulfport, Florida, where Morganton and Tuckahoe were among eight state champions vying for a berth in the Little League World Series.

The most unusual aspect of the lightning strike? Morganton's offense had nothing to do with it.

Morganton slammed twelve home runs in five games and rolled past five opponents to win the Southeastern Region tournament. The last of the victories, a 7-4 win over Columbus (Georgia) Northern Little League, earned the North Carolina team the region championship. In just its second year of affiliation with Little League Baseball, Morganton was headed to the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

"I watch it every single year," said Morganton manager Alan Lail of Little League Baseball's premier tournament. "I never imagined that I'd be there. This is the most amazing group of young men that I've ever been around. They never cease to amaze you."

Morganton capped their prolific offensive performance with four home runs in the championship game. Chris Fine and Trevor Tallent reached base on errors in the top of the first inning before Dykota Spiess launched his second home run of the tournament to give the North Carolina champions a lead they would never relinquish. Eli Lawson added a towering solo home run in the second to extend the lead, before later homering again in the sixth. Chris Fine added a solo shot in the fifth.

"They hit every mistake that we threw," said Columbus Northern coach Dusty Perdue. "The mistakes we threw, they hit out of the ballpark."

Spiess' first-inning home run jump-started Morganton's offense, but his pitching was equally critical. Columbus chipped away at the Morganton lead, narrowing it to 5-4 and loading the bases with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Spiess then came on in relief of Lawson, and registered a called third strike to end the threat. Morganton added a pair of runs in the top of the sixth, and Spiess clinched the win by retiring the side in order in the bottom of the inning.

"It wasn't until we made the last out that I felt relaxed," said Lail. "I've watched them come from behind too many times."

Columbus reached the title game only after roaring back from a five-run fifth inning deficit to defeat Tuckahoe National 8-7 in the semifinal round. In pool competition, the Georgia champions had rallied in extra innings to defeat Donelson National Little League (Hermitage, Tennessee) 1-0 despite being held hitless.

Morganton didn't need any late-inning heroics in its semifinal round win, instead leading wire-to-wire in a 7-0 decision over Florida's Cocoa Little League. Attaway belted the game's fourth pitch over the left field fence to give Morganton an early edge, and after a pair of walks, Andrew Martin's double plated another run.

The early strike was more than enough for Martin, who allowed three harmless singles and struck out six batters in a complete game effort. He was also helped by a trio of stellar defensive plays: Tallent's leaping catch over the right field fence in the second inning prevented a two-run homer that would have sliced Morganton's lead to a single run, and Fine, the catcher, threw out runners at second base to end the second and third innings.

The North Carolina champions iced the win in the fourth, when Tallent launched a two-run homer over the left field fence and Spiess followed it with a solo shot.

"Hats' off to North Carolina," said Cocoa manager Keith Gordon.

"(We) just lost to a better team."

Columbus, meanwhile, stormed back from a 7-2 deficit to edge Tuckahoe National.

"As a coach, you think maybe 7-2 is out of reach in the back of your head," said Perdue. "But I know this group well enough to know that we're going to go down swinging all the way to the end -- we just needed a few breaks."

The Georgia champions cut into Tuckahoe's lead when Matthew Rossi's two-run double keyed a three run rally in the bottom of the fifth inning. After relief pitcher Brandon Phillips came in and held Tuckahoe scoreless in the top of the sixth, McClendon Hill's single to left field in the bottom of the inning plated Will Heard and Will Braxton to tie the game. Johnny Carter then scored on a wild pitch later in the inning to move Georgia's champion into the region championship game for the third time in four years.

Morganton hit .308 as a team at the Southeastern Region tournament, and the North Carolina champions started their hit parade early, pounding out ten hits and easily passing their first test with an 11-3 victory over Ripley (West Virginia) Little League. Tallent, who led the team with four home runs in the tournament, broke the game open with a three-run home run in the top of the fourth inning that gave Morganton a 7-3 lead. Fine, Aaron Attaway, Spiess, and Lawson all had two hits in the game, and Fine scored four runs.

The next day, Tuckahoe built an early 2-0 lead, but two-run homers from Andrew Martin's in the third and Fine in the fourth helped lift Morganton to a 6-4 victory. Lawson scattered eight hits over five innings to earn the first of his two wins at the tournament. Morganton then used Tallent's two home run, five RBI effort to close pool competition with a 9-5 win over the TCFM Yellow Jacket Little League (Tega Cay/Fort Mill, South Carolina). Spiess and Lawson had two hits apiece, and Fine scored three times.

"The thing I've been most pleased with is our patience at the plate," said Morganton coach Wayne Chapman after his team clinched a semifinal round berth. "If we can do that, I think we've got a much better chance of winning."

"The kids are starting to gel at the right time," concurred Lail.

Three days later, Morganton was on its way to the Little League World Series.

"I've known all of these kids since tee-ball," said Robert Bolick of the Morganton Parks and Recreation department. While Morganton is new to Little League Baseball, its Parks and Recreation department has operated the town's youth baseball program for a half-century.

"To see the progress that they've made and the way they held their composure, Morganton should be proud of them," he added.

"I don't think any of us realize how big it is," said Lail as his team prepared to depart for Williamsport.

It was big -- like Morganton's bats.

"We're starting to peak as a team hitting the ball," he added. "We went through the state relying on individuals. Now, everyone is starting to hit."

Morganton's dream summer continued at the Little League World Series, where the team won two of their three pool games and reached the tournament's second stage. Morganton eventually fell to Lamar National Little League (Richmond, Texas) by an 8-2 score in the United States semifinals.


Linescores:

  Pool Play Game 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Donelson National (Tennessee) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
Columbus Northern (Georgia) 0 0 0 0 1 x 1 0 0
  Pool Play Game 2
Morganton (North Carolina) 1 3 0 3 2 2 11 10 0
Ripley (West Virginia) 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 6 3
  Pool Play Game 3
Tuckahoe National (Virginia) 1 1 2 0 1 0 5 5 1
TCFM Yellow Jacket (South Carolina) 0 0 2 0 0 1 3 9 4
  Pool Play Game 4
Mobile Westside (Alabama) 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 1
Cocoa (Florida) 3 0 0 1 0 x 4 5 0
  Pool Play Game 5
Tuckahoe National (Virginia) 1 1 0 0 2 0 4 8 2
Morganton (North Carolina) 0 1 2 3 0 x 6 6 1
  Pool Play Game 6
Mobile Westside (Alabama) 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 5 1
Donelson National (Tennessee) 0 0 1 1 1 x 3 5 2
  Pool Play Game 7
Ripley (West Virginia) 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 5 0
TCFM Yellow Jacket (South Carolina) 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 4 1
  Pool Play Game 8
Cocoa (Florida) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Columbus Northern (Georgia) 1 0 1 3 7 12 9 1
  Pool Play Game 9
Ripley (West Virginia) 1 0 2 0 0 0 3 3 3
Tuckahoe National (Virginia) 5 0 2 0 0 x 7 7 2
  Pool Play Game 10
Cocoa (Florida) 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 4 8 2
Donelson National (Tennessee) 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 3 4
  Pool Play Game 11
Morganton (North Carolina) 1 3 0 2 0 3 9 11 2
TCFM Yellow Jacket (South Carolina) 0 0 2 1 1 1 5 6 0
  Pool Play Game 12
Mobile Westside (Alabama) 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 8 0
Columbus Northern (Georgia) 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 4 0
  Semifinal Round
Tuckahoe National (Virginia) 3 0 0 0 4 0 7 7 3
Columbus Northern (Georgia) 2 0 0 0 3 3 8 7 1
  Semifinal Round
Morganton (North Carolina) 2 1 0 4 0 0 7 7 0
Cocoa (Florida) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
  Championship Game
Morganton (North Carolina) 3 1 0 0 1 2 7 7 2
Columbus Northern (Georgia) 2 0 1 0 1 0 4 5 3




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