2012 Wisconsin State Little League® Tournament Results
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Wisconsin State Tournament
Host - Eau Claire National (District 3)
At Gelein Field; Carson Park

Participating Teams
District 1 Champions West Bend
District 2 Champions Appleton West
District 3 Champions Eau Claire National
District 4 Champions Waunakee
District 5 Champions Hodag (Rhinelander)
District 6 Champions Lakeland (Salem)

Click here to view 2012 district tournament results for Wisconsin.

Tournament Results:

Day 1 (Saturday, July 21):
West Bend 15, Waunakee 10
Hodag 9, Lakeland 2
Eau Claire National 7, Appleton West 2

Day 2 (Sunday, July 22):
Eau Claire National 14, Hodag 4
Waunakee 4, Appleton West 2
Lakeland 15, West Bend 4

Day 3 (Monday, July 23):
Waunakee 7, Hodag 6
West Bend 11, Appleton West 1
Eau Claire National 7, Lakeland 3

Day 4 (Tuesday, July 24):
Eau Claire National 4, West Bend 2
Appleton West 17, Hodag 7
Lakeland 19, Waunakee 4

Day 5 (Wednesday, July 25):
Lakeland 6, Appleton West 3
Waunakee 15, Eau Claire National 9
West Bend 11, Hodag 2




Eau Claire National 4 1 24
Lakeland 3 2 27
West Bend 3 2 32
Waunakee 3 2 51
Appleton West 1 4 33
Hodag 1 4 44

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.

Semifinal Round (Thursday, July 26)

Eau Claire National 14, Waunakee 7
Lakeland 9, West Bend 8

Wisconsin State Championship Game (Friday, July 27)

Eau Claire National 11, Lakeland 7 (TITLE)


When Lakeland Little League flexed its muscles with a trio of solo home runs in the top of the second inning of the Wisconsin state championship game at Gelein Field in Eau Claire, Tanner Halverson had the perfect antidote.

Halverson slammed a grand slam home run in the bottom of the inning to reverse Lakeland's 4-2 advantage, and his homestanding Eau Claire National Little League never trailed again en route to an 11-7 victory.

The victory gave Eau Claire National its fifth win in six state tournament games, and made the Nationals just the second Eau Claire league to claim the championship in the 61-year history of the Wisconsin state tournament. Eau Claire National advanced to the Great Lakes Region tournament in Indianapolis, Indiana.

"That was huge," said Eau Claire manager Jeff Pippenger of Halverson's momentum-shifting blow. "We've been doing it all year. We concentrate on the small stuff and the fundamentals, and we want to be up there swinging hard."

Eau Claire added runs in each of the next three innings, and stretched its advantage to 11-4. Lakeland added three runs in the final inning to narrow the final margin of victory.

Eau Claire pitcher Ryan Venne settled down following the three early Lakeland homers, posting three shutout innings and pitching into the sixth inning as the Nationals stretched their advantage to 11-4. Lakeland added three runs in the sixth to narrow the final margin of victory.

Venne also finished 3-for-3 at the plate, including a home run of his own.

"Ryan has been one of our main players all year," said Pippenger. "He did a great job today. What he did today was a performance in Little League that you don't see too often."

Eau Claire National streaked to victories in its first four round robin games at the state tournament, and clinched the top seed in elimination round play with a 4-2 victory over West Bend Little League. Venne and Halverson delivered RBIs in the victory, while Tyler Greenlund was the winning pitcher. The Nationals dropped their final round robin game to Waunakee Little League, 14-9, but promptly avenged the defeat with a 14-7 victory over the same team the next day in a semifinal round encounter. Venne was 4-for-5 in the win over Waunakee, while Halverson was 3-for-4 and Jack Kron added three hits, including a pair of doubles. Venne, Halverson, and Draeson Marcoux all homered in the win.

Eau Claire opened the tournament with wins over Appleton West Little League, Rhinelander's Hodag Little League, and Lakeland. Halverson slammed a two-run homer in the 7-2 victory over Appleton West, then was the winning pitcher in a 14-4 victory over Rhinelander. Venne had three hits and homered twice against Rhinelander, while Marcoux added three hits and a homer of his own.

Against Lakeland, Jeffrey Pippenger delivered a two-run double and Greenlund slammed a home run to fuel the 7-3 victory.

Lakeland, which won three of its five round robin contests, earned its title game berth by edging West Bend Little League, 9-8, in the other semifinal round matchup.

Eau Claire National's title game victory was one of a string of successes for the Northwest Wisconsin city in 2012: Eau Claire's 13-, 14-, and 15-year-old Babe Ruth all-star teams all captured state championships in their respective tournaments. The Little League state champions became the first Eau Claire-based league to reach region tournament competition since Eau Claire American Little League captured the city's first major baseball state championship in 1998.

"We're going to see the best of five other states in that tournament," noted Jeff Pippenger. "I expect every game is going to be a dogfight."

Eau Claire won three of its four pool games at the Great Lakes Region tournament, with their only pool loss coming to eventual champion New Castle (Indiana) Little League on the tournament's second day. The two teams met again in the semifinal round, when New Castle pushed across two runs in the fourth inning after facing an early deficit and claimed a 2-1 victory.

Follow Eau Claire National at the Great Lakes Region Tournament -- Click here to view results.


  Championship Game 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Lakeland 1 3 0 0 0 3 7 - -
Eau Claire National 2 4 1 3 1 x 11 - -

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