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In Little League divisions other than the major baseball level, all Washington D.C. leagues compete in Maryland District 3, and advance through the Maryland tournament structure. In the major baseball division, the winner of the District 3 tournament (which encompasses only District of Columbia leagues) advances directly to the Eastern Region tournament.
Senators d. Ward 8 National
Satchel Paige d. Inner City
Capitol City 6, Capitol 0 (forfeit)
Northwest Washington 6, Ward 7-6th National 0 (forfeit)
Elimination Bracket - Round 1 (eight teams remain):
Ward 8 National versus Ward 7-6th National (elim.)
Inner City d. Capitol (elim.)
Winner's Bracket Semifinals:
Senators d. Satchel Paige
Capitol City 11, Northwest Washington 0
Elimination Bracket Quarterfinals (six teams remain):
Satchel Paige d. Inner City (elim.)
Northwest Washington d. Ward 8/Ward 7-6th winner (elim.)
Elimination Bracket Semifinals (four teams remain):
Satchel Paige 10, Northwest Washington 9 (elim.)
Winner's Bracket Finals:
Capitol City 16, Senators 3
Elimination Bracket Finals (three teams remain):
Satchel Paige 7, Senators 4 (elim.)
Capitol City 19, Satchel Paige 0 (4 innings; TITLE)
Los Angeles Laker center Shaquille O'Neal dominated the NBA in the 1999-2000 season, notching 63 double-double performances and winning the league MVP award with a 29.7 point per game average. More importantly, the Lakers' four games to two win over the Indiana Pacers in the NBA finals gave the human nickname his first-ever NBA championship.
Capitol City Little League all-star Mike Sheridan has a bit to go before matching Shaq's double-double output: the left-hander managed only one in the 2000 District of Columbia championship series at the Fort Lincoln Baseball Complex in Northeast Washington. But Sheridan's eye-popping .818 batting average at the D.C. tournament easily outpaced O'Neill's .513 free throw percentage, and he helped Capitol City to three straight wins that gave the league its 13th consecutive District of Columbia championship in the major baseball division, and the twelve-year-old Sheridan his second.
Sheridan's double-double -- a ten strikeout pitching performance coupled with a ten RBI day at the plate in a 16-3 win over the Senators Little League in the winner's bracket finals -- was one of several strong individual performances by Capitol City players at the D.C. championship tournament. After a forfeit win in the opening round, the District's perennial champions outscored three opponents by a 46-3 margin, including a 17-0 victory over Satchel Paige Little League in the championship game. With the win, Capitol City advanced to the Eastern Region tournament in Bristol, Connecticut.
Will Krasne led Capitol City to its first win on the field, firing a no-hitter in a four inning, 11-0 win over Northwest Washington Little League. Krasne struck out eleven batters, walked two, and allowed only one ball to be hit into play in the win.
Sheridan got the Capitol City offense started in the bottom of the first inning, driving a fastball over the center field fence after Drew Gaybrick's leadoff walk to give his team a quick 2-0 lead. Capitol City added three more runs later in the inning, and put the game out of reach with a five run, two-out rally in the second. Ezra Zimmerman delivered the key hit in the rally, drilling a bases-loaded, two-run single that stretched the lead to 7-0. Paul Swerdlow then added a run-scoring single before two more runs scored on an error.
The win moved Capitol City into a matchup with the Senators, and Sheridan stole the show with his pitching and hitting performance. The only holdover from Capitol City's 1999 all-star team, Sheridan broke open a 1-0 game with a two-out, two-strike grand slam over the center field fence in the bottom of the second inning. He followed the homer with three-run doubles in the third and fourth innings, and pitched a complete game as Capitol City pulled away for the win.
"It puts us in a very strong position in this tournament," said manager Mike Domanski of the win that moved his team into the championship round.
Satchel Paige Little League emerged from the elimination bracket to claim the other championship game berth, edging Northwest Washington 10-9 and then avenging an earlier loss to the Senators with a 7-3 win.
Capitol City started slowly in the title game, but Gaybrick's two-run single in the second sparked the first of two six-run rallies as the defending champions cruised to the win. Pitcher Mike Barone held Satchel Paige to three hits, striking out six batters and walking three in the four inning contest. Sheridan added an RBI single in the third, and capped the scoring with a three-run home run over the right field fence in the fourth. Krasne added a pair of RBI hits, while Swerdlow and Jacob Marcus each drove in a pair of runs.
Capitol City started slowly at the Eastern Region tournament, dropping its first three games in pool competition. Wins over Levittown Eastern (Pennsylvania) Little League and Milford (Delaware) Little League helped the D.C. champions recover, and Capitol City advanced to the quarterfinal round before falling to Pequannock (New Jersey) Little League by a 5-0 score.
Follow Capitol City at the Eastern Region Tournament -- Click here to view results.
Winner's Bracket Finals
Championship Game Capitol City
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