1998 Little League® Baseball Central Region Tournament Historical Results

Central Region Tournament

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Central Region Tournament
Host - Central Region Headquarters; Indianapolis, Indiana
At Stokely Field; Mitthoeffer Complex

American Div. Participants
Dakotas Champion
Indiana State Champions
Iowa State Champions
Kansas State Champions
Michigan State Champions
Missouri State Champions
Rapid City (SD)
Terre Haute
Baxter Springs
Canyon Lake LL
Terre Haute North LL
Mahaska County LL
Baxter Springs LL
Georgetown National LL
DeSoto LL
National Div. Participants
Illinois State Champions
Minnesota State Champions
Nebraska State Champions
Ohio State Champions
Oklahoma State Champions
Wisconsin State Champions
Golden Valley
Eau Claire
LaGrange LL
Golden Valley LL
Grover LL
Canfield LL
Miami LL
American LL

NOTE: The Central Region Tournament was organized into two separate six-team draws. After round-robin pool competition, the top two teams in each pool advanced to single-elimination semifinal and championship round games.

Click here to view State Tournament results for Central Region Tournament participants.

Central Region Tournament Results:

Day 1 (Tuesday, August 11):
Golden Valley (MN) 13, Miami (OK) 2
Canfield (OH) 11, Omaha Grover (NE) 0
Rapid City Canyon Lake (SD) 10, Baxter Springs (KS) 8
Terre Haute North (IN) 3, Mahaska County (IA) 0

Day 2 (Wednesday, August 12):
LaGrange (IL) 6, Eau Claire American (WI) 0
Jenison Georgetown National (MI) 4, DeSoto (MO) 1
Canfield (OH) 5, Golden Valley (MN) 4
Mahaska County (IA) 7, Baxter Springs (KS) 4
Miami (OK) 11, Omaha Grover (NE) 9

Day 3 (Thursday, August 13):
Rapid City Canyon Lake (SD) 9, Terre Haute North (IN) 6
LaGrange (IL) 5, Golden Valley (MN) 4
Jenison Georgetown National (MI) 11, Mahaska County (IA) 1
Omaha Grover (NE) 17, Eau Claire American (WI) 13
DeSoto (MO) 1, Baxter Springs (KS) 0

Day 4 (Friday, August 14):
Eau Claire American (WI) 2, Miami (OK) 0
DeSoto (MO) 4, Rapid City Canyon Lake (SD) 3
Terre Haute North (IN) 7, Jenison Georgetown National (MI) 5
Canfield (OH) 6, LaGrange (IL) 5 (11 innings)

Day 5 (Saturday, August 15):
Rapid City Canyon Lake (SD) 8, Mahaska County (IA) 6
Golden Valley (MN) 4, Omaha Grover (NE) 3
Canfield (OH) 8, Miami (OK) 7
Terre Haute North (IN) 6, Baxter Springs (KS) 3

Day 6 (Sunday, August 16):
LaGrange (IL) 11, Miami (OK) 6
Baxter Springs (KS) 6, Jenison Georgetown National (MI) 4
Mahaska County (IA) 3, DeSoto (MO) 2
Golden Valley (MN) 7, Eau Claire American (WI) 4

Day 7 (Monday, August 17):
Canfield (OH) 4, Eau Claire American (WI) 2
LaGrange (IL) 13, Omaha Grover (NE) 1
DeSoto (MO) 5, Terre Haute North (IN) 4
Jenison Georgetown National (MI) 10, Rapid City Canyon Lake (SD) 0 (five innings; 10-run rule)

Final American Division Standings


DeSoto (MO)32 14
Georgetown National (MI)32 15
Terre Haute North (IN)32 22
Rapid City Canyon Lake (SD)3234
Mahaska County (IA)23 28
Baxter Springs (KS)14 28

Final National Division Standings


Canfield (OH)5018
LaGrange (IL)41 17
Golden Valley (MN)32 19
Eau Claire American (WI)14 34
Miami (OK)14 43
Omaha Grover (NE)14 52

The top two teams in each pool advanced to semifinal round competition.

Tiebreaking criteria are (1) head-to-head competiton result and (2) fewest runs allowed per defensive inning played.

Central Region Tournament Semifinals

Canfield (OH) 9, LaGrange (IL) 7
Jenison Georgetown National (MI) 10, DeSoto (MO) 4

Central Region Tournament Championship Game

Jenison Georgetown National (MI) 11, Canfield (OH) 2 (TITLE)


Jenison Georgetown National Little League needed a victory in the final game of pool competition to clinch its spot in the semifinals, and the Michigan state champions then defeated two other opponents to advance to the World Series.

While the National Division pool had little drama -- the Ohio and Illinois state champions controlled their own destiny throughout the tournament -- the American division was a jumble of contenders as four teams entered the final day of the tournament with a chance to claim one of the division's two semifinal berths. Rapid City Canyon Lake (SD) entered the final day with a 3-1 mark, but had allowed more runs than any other contender, and was unlikely to advance to the semifinals without a victory. Terre Haute North (IN) was also 3-1 and would advance with a win, but like Rapid City, the Indiana champions had allowed more runs than other contenders and essentially needed a victory to advance.

Rapid City and Terre Haute's opponents on the tournament's final day were Jenison Georgetown and DeSoto (MO), respectively. Both the Michigan and Missouri clubs were 2-2 teams that would advance with victories, and both clubs picked up their victories to gain semifinal berths. DeSoto rallied from a 4-2 deficit with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning (taking advantage of a pair of Terre Haute errors) to gain a 5-4 win. Jenison then hammered Rapid City Canyon Lake 10-0 in a game shortened to five innings by the 10-run rule.

In the other bracket, Canfield (OH) breezed with a 5-0 record, while Illinois champion LaGrange finished 4-1. LaGrange's only loss was an 11 inning loss to Canfield on the tourney's fourth day.

In the semifinals, Jenison beat DeSoto for the second time (adding a 10-4 win to the 4-1 victory in their tournament opener), while Canfield again bested LaGrange, this time by a 9-7 count. The title game was close early, but Jenison pulled away in the third inning. A five run rally extended a 1-0 lead, and a four run fifth later stretched the bulge to 11-0. Canfield tallied a pair in the bottom of the fifth to avoid losing by the ten-run rule. Jenison's Billy Miller fired a four-hitter against the Ohio champions, and Tony Clausen clubbed a pair of home runs to pace Michigan's 13 hit attack.

Jenison Georgetown National finished 0-3 at the World Series. Jenison faced Toms River East American (NJ) in their opening round game, and the two squads locked into what eventually became the longest game ever played at the Little League World Series, in terms of both time elapsed and innings played. Jenison's Derek Stempin belted his second home run of the evening on an 0-2 pitch with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning to tie the game 9-9 and force extra innings, and the two clubs then battled into the eleventh inning before Toms River prevailed by a 13-9 score. A weary Jenison team then fell the next afternoon to eventual U.S. runner-up Greenville Tarheel (NC) before also falling to Cypress Federal (CA) in their final pool game.


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