2011 Australia National Little League® Tournament Results
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2011

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Australian National Tournament
Host - Surfers' Paradise Baseball Club, Benowa, Queensland
At Sir Bruce Small Park

Participating Teams
Australian Capital Territory Canberra LL
New South Wales Cronulla North LL
New South Wales - Country Champions Illawarra LL
Northern Territory Alice Springs LL
Queensland Brisbane South LL
Queensland - Country Champions Far North Coast LL
South Australia Southern Adelaide Districts LL
South Australia - Country Champions Mount Gambier LL
Victoria Waverley LL
Victoria - Country Champions Ringwood District LL
Western Australia Perth Metro North LL
Western Australia - Country Champions Port Hedland LL

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Tournament Results:

Format: This is a two-stage tournament. In the first stage, leagues are divided into two pools for round-robin competition. The top two teams in each pool advance to the semifinal round, and all other teams advance to consolation games that determine the third through twelfth place finishers.

Pool 'A' Bracket

Day 1 (Thursday, May 26):
Brisbane South 16, Illawarra 6 (6 innings)
Adelaide Southern 16, Alice Springs 1 (4 innings)
Perth Metro North 16, Ringwood District 5 (4 innings)
Perth Metro North 18, Alice Springs 1 (4 innings)
Brisbane South 6, Adelaide Southern 5
Ringwood District 14, Illawarra 10

Day 2 (Friday, May 27):
Adelaide Southern 5, Perth Metro North 1
Alice Springs 8, Illawarra 2
Brisbane South 14, Ringwood District 9
Perth Metro North 11, Brisbane South 10
Alice Springs 14, Ringwood District 6
Adelaide Southern 15, Illawarra 4 (5 innings)

Day 3 (Saturday, May 28):
Adelaide Southern 10, Ringwood District 6
Brisbane South 16, Alice Springs 11
Perth Metro North 8, Illawarra 0

Pool 'B' Bracket

Day 1 (Thursday, May 26):
Cronulla North 15, Far North Coast 1 (4 innings)
Mount Gambier 2, Canberra 1
Waverley 16, Port Hedland 2 (4 innings)
Canberra 9, Port Hedland 7
Far North Coast 9, Mount Gambier 1
Waverley 3, Cronulla North 0

Day 2 (Friday, May 27):
Mount Gambier 4, Port Hedland 2
Cronulla North 13, Canberra 3 (4 innings)
Waverley 16, Far North Coast 0 (4 innings)
Far North Coast 13, Port Hedland 8
Waverley 12, Canberra 1 (5 innings)
Cronulla North 23, Mount Gambier 10 (6 innings)

Day 3 (Saturday, May 28):
Mount Gambier 6, Waverley 3
Canberra 3, Far North Coast 1
Cronulla North 14, Port Hedland 0 (4 innings)


Pool 'A' Standings

W

L
Adelaide Southern 4 1
Perth Metro North 4 1
Brisbane South 4 1
Alice Springs 2 3
Ringwood District 1 4
Illawarra 0 5


Pool 'B' Standings

W

L
Waverley 4 1
Cronulla North 4 1
Mount Gambier 3 2
Canberra 2 3
Far North Coast 2 3
Port Hedland 0 5

The top two finishers in each pool advance to the semifinal round. All other tournament participants advance to consolation games.

Semifinal Round (Saturday, May 28)

Adelaide Southern 11, Cronulla North 1 (4 innings)
Perth Metro North 22, Waverley 0 (5 innings)

Consolation Games (Sunday, May 29)

Port Hedland 5, Illawarra 4 (Port Hedland finishes in 11th place / Illawarra finishes in 12th place)
Far North Coast 4, Ringwood District 2 (Far North Coast finishes in ninth place / Ringwood District finishes in tenth place)
Alice Springs 12, Canberra 4 (5 innings) (Alice Springs finishes in seventh place / Canberra finishes in eighth place)
Brisbane South 7, Mount Gambier 2 (4 innings) (Brisbane South finishes in fifth place / Mount Gambier finishes in sixth place)
Cronulla North 11, Waverley 10 (Cronulla North finishes in third place / Waverley finishes in fourth place)

Australian National Championship Game (Sunday, May 29)

Adelaide Southern 2, Perth Metro North 1 (TITLE)


Summary:

The base hit that traveled just 20 feet helped the Adelaide Southern Districts Little League to travel some 3,300 miles from their home field.

Jack Dawson's bunt single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth inning scored Mitchell Lightbody, and lifted Adelaide Southern to a 2-1 victory over Perth Metro North Little League in the Australian national championship game at Sir Bruce Small Park in Benowa, Queensland.

The victory handed Adelaide its second consecutive Australian championship, and advanced the South Australia representative into the Asia-Pacific Region tournament in Dededo, Guam.

Perth Metro North struck first in the tightly contested championship game, loading the bases with nobody out and pushing across a run on Caleb Christiansen's sacrifice fly in the second inning. But Adelaide pitcher Elliott Weder escaped further damage in the inning, and did not allow a Perth baserunner to advance past first base for the balance of the game. Weder struck out nine batters in the game, and reached the 85-pitch limit with two outs in the top of the sixth inning. Reliever Louis Hall then registered a ground out by the only batter he faced.

Adelaide Southern, which stranded four runners at third base in the game's first five innings, tied the game in the third inning. Lightbody singled with one out, and moved to third on Jordan McArdle's double, and scored when third baseman Jonty Scharenburg grounded sharply to the second baseman. In the sixth, four consecutive Adelaide hitters reached safely to push across the deciding run.

Lightbody initiated the rally with a one-out single, and McArdle followed with a bunt single. After Scharenburg reached on an infield single that loaded the bases, Dawson fouled off his first bunt attempt before dropping a bunt just in front of the outstretched glove of Perth pitcher Jordan Powell. Lightbody raced home on the play, and made Adelaide Southern the first Australian league to successfully defend its national title.

Adelaide Southern finished as the runner-up in Australia's first two years of nationwide Little League competition, and won the titles in each of the next two years.

Adelaide reached the championship game by winning four of its five pool competition games in the twelve-team competition, and then thumping New South Wales representative Cronulla South Little League, 11-1, in a four inning semifinal round game. Lightbody struck out seven batters and surrendered just two hits in the win, while McArdle paced the offense with three hits. Adelaide assumed command with a five-run rally in the second inning, and added four more runs in the third.

Perth Metro North, which suffered its only two losses in the national tournament at the hands of Adelaide Southern, overwhelmed Victoria's Waverley Little League, 22-0, in the other semifinal round game. Pitcher Jake Baker-Embry threw a four inning no-hitter for Perth, and the Western Australia team opened a 6-0 lead before Waverley came to the plate. Perth extended the lead to 9-0 in the second, then posted a 13-run burst in the fourth to end the game via the mercy rule and become the first Western Australia team to reach the national championship game.

Adelaide, Perth, and Brisbane South Little League had all finished with 4-1 records in their pool. Adelaide claimed first place based on a superior run differential, and Perth Metro North then edged Brisbane for the second semifinal round berth. Waverley and Cronulla South each finished 4-1 to advance from the opposite pool.

Adelaide suffered its only loss at the national tournament on the tournament's opening day. After dispatching Alice Springs Little League, 16-1 in four innings, Adelaide let an early lead slip away in a 6-5 loss against Brisbane South. The defending champions regrouped the next day, topping Perth Metro North by a 5-1 score and then using a three-hit performance by McArdle to top Illawara Little League, 15-4, in a mercy rule-shortened victory. Adelaide then clinched its semifinal round berth with a 10-6 victory over Ringwood District Little League in a rematch of the prior year's two Australian finalists.

Adelaide Southern won two of its five games at the Asia-Pacific Region tournament, matching the record of the two other Australian champions who participated in the region tournament.


Linescores:

  Pool A - Game 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 R
Brisbane South 2 1 5 1 1 6 16
Illawara 0 0 1 1 4 0 6
  Pool A - Game 2
Adelaide Southern 3 1 4 8 16
Alice Springs 0 0 0 1 1
  Pool A - Game 3
Ringwood District 0 1 0 4 5
Perth Metro North 1 5 5 5 16
  Pool B - Game 1
Far North Coast 0 0 0 1 1
Cronulla North 11 1 3 x 15
  Pool B - Game 2
Mount Gambier 0 1 0 1 0 0 2
Canberra 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
  Pool B - Game 3
Waverley 11 3 1 1 16
Port Hedland 1 1 0 0 2
  Pool A - Game 4
Perth Metro North 0 7 4 7 18
Alice Springs 0 0 1 0 1
  Pool A - Game 5
Brisbane South 0 1 0 4 0 1 6
Adelaide Southern 2 0 0 0 2 1 5
  Pool A - Game 6
Ringwood District 7 3 0 0 0 4 14
Illawara 0 0 7 2 0 1 10
  Pool B - Game 4
Port Hedland 0 0 2 3 1 1 7
Canberra 3 0 1 2 3 x 9
  Pool B - Game 5
Far North Coast 1 1 1 0 2 4 9
Mount Gambier 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
  Pool B - Game 6
Waverley 0 2 0 1 0 0 3
Cronulla North 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Pool A - Game 7
Perth Metro North 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
Adelaide Southern 0 1 0 1 3 x 5
  Pool A - Game 8
Alice Springs 0 0 5 2 1 0 8
Illawara 0 1 0 0 1 0 2
  Pool A - Game 9
Ringwood District 3 0 0 0 3 3 9
Brisbane South 5 4 1 0 4 x 14
  Pool B - Game 7
Port Hedland 0 0 0 2 0 2
Mount Gambier 2 2 0 0 x 4
  Pool B - Game 8
Canberra 0 0 0 3 3
Cronulla North 3 8 0 2 13
  Pool B - Game 9
Waverley 2 2 6 6 16
Far North Coast 0 0 0 0 0
  Pool A - Game 10
Brisbane South 3 0 1 0 1 5 10
Perth Metro North 4 2 0 0 1 4 11
  Pool A - Game 11
Alice Springs 2 4 3 1 1 3 14
Ringwood District 1 2 0 3 0 0 6
  Pool A - Game 12
Illawara 2 0 0 2 0 4
Adelaide Southern 2 1 1 0 8 15
  Pool B - Game 10
Far North Coast 0 1 0 6 0 6 13
Port Hedland 0 0 0 1 0 7 8
  Pool B - Game 11
Canberra 0 1 0 0 0 1
Waverley 3 2 3 2 2 12
  Pool B - Game 12
Cronulla North 6 2 3 0 5 7 23
Mount Gambier 1 3 2 0 4 0 10
  Pool A - Game 13
Adelaide Southern 0 6 0 0 2 2 10
Ringwood District 1 0 3 2 0 0 6
  Pool A - Game 14
Alice Springs 0 6 0 0 4 1 11
Brisbane South 5 2 3 4 2 x 16
  Pool A - Game 15
Illawara 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Perth Metro North 0 0 0 7 1 x 8
  Pool B - Game 13
Mount Gambier 0 2 0 0 1 3 6
Waverley 0 0 0 0 0 3 3
  Pool B - Game 14
Canberra 0 0 1 0 0 2 3
Far North Coast 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
  Pool B - Game 15
Cronulla North 3 6 0 5 14
Port Hedland 0 0 0 0 0
  Semifinal Round
Cronulla North 0 0 1 0 1
Adelaide Southern 0 5 4 2 11
  Semifinal Round
Perth Metro North 6 3 0 0 13 22
Waverley 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Consolation Game - 11th Place
Port Hedland 3 1 1 0 0 0 5
Illawara 1 1 2 0 0 0 4
  Consolation Game - 9th Place
Far North Coast 3 0 0 1 0 0 4
Ringwood 0 0 0 0 0 2 2
  Consolation Game - 7th Place
Alice Springs 4 2 0 0 6 12
Canberra 0 0 0 0 4 4
  Consolation Game - 5th Place
Mount Gambier 0 0 2 0 2
Brisbane South 0 2 2 3 7
  Consolation Game - 3rd Place
Waverley 0 2 6 2 0 0 10
Cronulla North 0 0 5 4 1 1 11
  Grand Final
Perth Metro North 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
Adelaide Southern 0 0 0 1 0 1 2




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