2000 Little League® Baseball Central Region Tournament Historical Results
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Central Region Tournament
Host - Central Region Headquarters; Indianapolis, Indiana
At Stokely Field; Reuben F. Glick Little League Baseball Center

American Pool Participants City League
Dakotas Champions Rapid City (SD) Canyon Lake LL
Illinois State Champion Chicago Westlawn LL
Iowa State Champion Davenport Davenport East LL
Kansas State Champion Hugoton Southwest Kansas LL
Minnesota State Champion Shoreview Little Lakes East LL
Ohio State Champion Canfield Canfield LL
National Pool Participants City League
Indiana State Champion Brownsburg Brownsburg LL
Kentucky State Champion Owensboro Owensboro Southern LL
Michigan State Champion Comstock Eastwood LL
Missouri State Champion Festus/Crystal City Twin City LL
Nebraska State Champion Kearney Kearney American LL
Wisconsin State Champion Oak Creek Oak Creek American LL

NOTE: The 2000 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.

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Central Region Tournament Results:

Day 1 (Tuesday, August 8):
Game 1 - Davenport East (IA) 5, Rapid City Canyon Lake (SD) 1
Game 2 - Little Lakes East (MN) 8, Southwest Kansas (KS) 0
Game 3 - Kearney American (NE) 2, Twin City (MO) 1
Game 4 - Oak Creek American (WI) 2, Brownsburg (IN) 1 (14 innings)

Day 2 (Wednesday, August 9):
Game 5 - Chicago Westlawn (IL) 6, Canfield (OH) 1
Game 6 - Owensboro Southern (KY) 2, Eastwood (MI) 0
Game 7 - Rapid City Canyon Lake (SD) 10, Southwest Kansas (KS) 0
Game 8 - Twin City (MO) 8, Oak Creek American (WI) 4
Game 9 - Davenport East (IA) 2, Little Lakes East (MN) 1

Day 3 (Thursday, August 10):
Game 10 - Brownsburg (IN) 15, Kearney American (NE) 3
Game 11 - Chicago Westlawn (IL) 12, Rapid City Canyon Lake (SD) 3
Game 12 - Oak Creek American (WI) 1, Owensboro Southern (KY) 0 (7 innings)
Game 13 - Little Lakes East (MN) 3, Canfield (OH) 1
Game 14 - Eastwood (MI) 7, Twin City (MO) 5

Day 4 (Friday, August 11):
Game 15 - Davenport East (IA) 4, Canfield (OH) 1
Game 16 - Eastwood (MI) 11, Kearney American (NE) 0
Game 17 - Brownsburg (IN) 4, Owensboro Southern (KY) 0
Game 18 - Chicago Westlawn (IL) 13, Southwest Kansas (KS) 0 (4 innings)

Day 5 (Saturday, August 12):
Game 19 - Oak Creek American (WI) 1, Kearney American (NE) 0
Game 20 - Rapid City Canyon Lake (SD) 4, Little Lakes East (MN) 3
Game 21 - Davenport East (IA) 14, Southwest Kansas (KS) 2
Game 22 - Twin City (MO) 5, Brownsburg (IN) 2

Day 6 (Sunday, August 13):
Game 23 - Chicago Westlawn (IL) 9, Davenport East (IA) 4
Game 24 - Twin City (MO) 6, Owensboro Southern (KY) 1
Game 25 - Oak Creek American (WI) 2, Eastwood (MI) 1
Game 26 - Canfield (OH) 6, Rapid City Canyon Lake (SD) 5

Day 7 (Monday, August 14):
Game 27 - Canfield (OH) 10, Southwest Kansas (KS) 0
Game 28 - Little Lakes East (MN) 7, Chicago Westlawn (IL) 4
Game 29 - Brownsburg (IN) 3, Eastwood (MI) 0
Game 30 - Owensboro Southern (KY) 6, Kearney American (NE) 5

American Pool Standings


Chicago Westlawn (IL) 41 15
Davenport East (IA) 41 14
Little Lakes East (MN) 32 11
Canfield (OH) 23 18
Rapid City Canyon Lake (SD) 23 26
Southwest Kansas (KS) 05 55

National Pool Standings


Oak Creek American (WI) 41 10
Twin City (MO) 32 14
Brownsburg (IN) 32 10
Owensboro Southern (KY) 23 16
Eastwood (MI) 23 12
Kearney American (NE) 14 34

Ties are broken based on records in head-to-head competition among tied teams. In the event of a three-way tie, the initial tie is broken based on fewest runs allowed per defensive inning played. The tie between the remaining two teams is then broken based on head-to-head record.

Central Region Tournament Semifinals

Chicago Westlawn (IL) 7, Twin City (MO) 1
Davenport East (IA) 13, Oak Creek American (WI) 0 (4 innings)

Central Region Tournament Championship Game

Davenport East (IA) 6, Chicago Westlawn (IL) 4 (TITLE)


Harksen to Evans to Schwartz.

It doesn't have the same ring as Tinkers to Evers to Chance, and it didn't even result in a double play. But in the Central Region tournament championship game, a relay executed by the three Davenport East (Iowa) Little League fielders was pitcher Nick Mirfield's best friend.

With a runner on first base and two outs in the top of the first inning, Chicago Westlawn Little League slugger Alex Robles drilled a laser into the right-centerfield gap. The runner on first tried to score on the play, but the relay from right fielder Nick Harksen to second baseman Justin Evans to catcher Michael Schwartz was in time to throw out the runner and end the inning. As innocuous as it seemed at the time -- Westlawn fails in the first, and Davenport is coming to bat -- it was the turning point in the game. Davenport East went on to defeat Westlawn 6-4 to win the Central Region tournament and qualify for the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

The scoreless first inning left Iowa in a dramatically better position than when the teams first met. In pool competition, Robles -- a .684 hitter at the region tournament -- launched a first inning grand slam that gave Westlawn a 4-0 lead before Davenport managed to retire a batter. The homer carried Illinois to a 9-4 win that clinched first place in the American pool.

Robles' homer was also vintage Westlawn baseball. Westlawn, appearing in the Central Region title game for the second year in a row and for the fourth time in the league's history, scored in the first inning in five of its six games leading up to championship contest. Westlawn led by five or more runs after two innings in four of those games. Davenport, by contrast, never trailed in their five pre-title game victories, and used strong pitching and defense to shut down its opponents.

After the first inning relay, the title game was played Davenport style: the Iowa champs kept Westlawn off the scoreboard until the fourth, and built an early 5-0 lead that held up against a furious Illinois rally.

Davenport jumped to a 2-0 lead in the second, when a pair of errors brought home Shane White and Schwartz. Mirfield registered a 1-2-3 inning against the top of the Westlawn batting order in the third -- a rarity against the potent Chicago offense -- and Davenport extended the lead on homers by Michael Mitchell (solo shot) and Evans (two-run blast) in the bottom of the inning. Westlawn sliced the lead on back-to-back homers from Robles and Mark Evans in the fourth, and pulled to within 6-4 on Chris Chojnowski's two-run blow in the sixth. Later that inning, Mirfield stranded the tying run on base with a game-ending strikeout that sent Davenport East back to the Little League World Series for the second time in the league's history.

Westlawn scored 13 runs in its two meetings with Davenport East. By contrast, Iowa's other five opponents combined for only five runs. Staff workhorse Dan O'Donnell led the way, allowing only two runs (one earned) while pitching three complete games. O'Donnell's three-hitter led Davenport past Rapid City Canyon Lake (South Dakota) 5-1 on the tournament's first day. He returned to strike out eleven while beating Canfield (Ohio) 4-1 later in pool competition, and held Oak Creek American (Wisconsin) to two hits in a 13-0 four inning semifinal round blowout.

O'Donnell received plenty of help from his teammates. Mitchell hit .500 (11-for-22), scored ten runs, and led the tournament with four homers. He also made the 8-3 groundout relatively routine by throwing out a pair of baserunners from his perch in shallow center field. Julian Vander Velde was homerless -- his twelve round-trippers in the District 2 and Iowa state tournaments helped Davenport reach Indianapolis -- but still scored five times and drove in five runs. And Mirfield picked up victories in Iowa's two closest games, beating Westlawn in the title game and outdueling 6' ace Adam Weber in Davenport's 2-1 win over Minnesota's Little Lakes East in pool competition.

While Davenport and Westlawn were rolling through the American pool, Oak Creek American kept things exciting in the National pool. Oak Creek became the first region semifinalist from Wisconsin since 1990 by winning four games in its last at-bat. The defending Wisconsin champions were the victim of a one-hit, 24 strikeout performance by Brownsburg (Indiana) fireballer Zach Mills in the nightcap of the tournament's first day, but still managed a fourteen inning, 2-1 victory. Wisconsin ace Tony Butler (three tournament wins) matched Mills pitch-for-pitch, registering 20 strikeouts of his own, and keeping the game tied 1-1 through nine innings. Both pitchers were replaced after pitching the maximum allowable nine innings, and the game was suspended after thirteen full innings before Oak Creek squeaked out the win the next morning. Butler returned later in pool competition to strike out thirteen and throw a four-hitter as Oak Creek beat Owensboro Southern (Kentucky) 1-0 in seven innings, and he pitched a no-hitter (fourteen strikeouts) against Eastwood (Comstock, Michigan) in the final round of pool competition.

Oak Creek's luck ran out in the semifinal round. With Butler at shortstop but poised for a potential championship game pitching assignment, Davenport East batted around and scored seven runs in the top of the first inning before cruising to a 13-0 win. Harksen's bases-loaded triple extended the Iowa lead to 7-0 and effectively put the game out of reach. Twin Cities (Festus/Crystal City, Missouri) rebounded from a 1-2 start to claim the final semifinal round berth, but Robles and Evans both delivered two-run singles in the second inning as Westlawn notched a 7-1 semifinal round win.

Davenport held its own at the Little League World Series. The Central representative won two of its three games in the United States pool, and became the first Central Region team to reach the semifinal round since Southport (Indiana) in 1984. Davenport finished as the U.S. runner-up after dropping an 8-0 decision to Bellaire (Texas) in the U.S. championship game.


  Semifinal 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Davenport East 7 0 0 6 13 15 0
Oak Creek American 0 0 0 0 0 2 5
Chicago Westlawn 2 4 0 0 1 0 7 7 0
Twin City 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 3
  Championship Game
Chicago Westlawn 0 0 0 2 0 2 4 8 3
Davenport East 0 0 2 3 1 x 6 9 1

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