1999 Little League® Baseball Eastern Region Tournament Historical Results
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Eastern Region Tournament
Host - Eastern Region Headquarters; Bristol, Connecticut
At Breen Field

Northeast Pool Participants City League
Connecticut State Champions North Branford North Branford LL
Maine State Champions Biddeford West Biddeford LL
Massachusetts State Champions Middleboro Middleboro LL
New Hampshire State Champions Somersworth Somersworth LL
Rhode Island State Champions Lincoln Lincoln LL
Vermont State Champions Essex Essex Town LL
Mid-Atlantic Pool Participants City League
Delaware State Champions Dover Dover LL
District of Columbia Champions Washington, D.C. Capitol City LL
Maryland State Champions Denton Denton LL
New Jersey State Champions Toms River Toms River East American LL
New York State Champions Bronx Rolando Paulino LL
Pennsylvania State Champions State College State College National LL

NOTE: For 1999, the Eastern Region Tournament was organized into two separate six-team draws. After round-robin pool competition, the top four teams in each pool advanced to single-elimination quarterfinal, semifinal and championship round games.

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


Eastern Region Tournament Results:

Day 1 (Tuesday, August 10):
West Biddeford (ME) 3, Essex Town (VT) 2
Toms River East American (NJ) 10, Dover (DE) 0 (5 innings; 10-run rule)
Lincoln (RI) 1, Somersworth (NH) 0
Washington D.C. Capitol City (DC) 2, Bronx Rolando Paulino (NY) 0
Middleboro (MA) 4, North Branford (CT) 3

Day 2 (Wednesday, August 11):
Washington D.C. Capitol City (DC) 3, Dover (DE) 1
Somersworth (NH) 6, West Biddeford (ME) 4
State College National (PA) 1, Denton (MD) 0
Lincoln (RI) 6, Essex Town (VT) 1
Bronx Rolando Paulino (NY) 5, Toms River East American (NJ) 2

Day 3 (Thursday, August 12):
Somersworth (NH) 1, Essex Town (VT) 0
Dover (DE) 15, Denton (MD) 5
State College National (PA) 5, Washington D.C. Capitol City (DC) 3
North Branford (CT) 4, West Biddeford (ME) 1
Lincoln (RI) 15, Middleboro (MA) 1 (4 innings; 10-run rule)

Day 4 (Friday, August 13):
Washington D.C. Capitol City (DC) 2, Denton (MD) 0
Bronx Rolando Paulino (NY) 6, Dover (DE) 5
Middleboro (MA) 14, West Biddeford (ME) 0 (4 innings; 10-run rule)
Toms River East American (NJ) 2, State College National (PA) 0
North Branford (CT) 8, Somersworth (NH) 2

Day 5 (Saturday, August 14):
Lincoln (RI) 10, West Biddeford (ME) 0 (4 innings; 10-run rule)
Denton (MD) 10, Toms River East American (NJ) 6
North Branford (CT) 3, Essex Town (VT) 1
Middleboro (MA) 2, Somersworth (NH) 0
State College National (PA) 7, Bronx Rolando Paulino (NY) 0

Day 6 (Sunday, August 15):
Middleboro (MA) 12, Essex Town (VT) 0
Toms River East American (NJ) 6, Washington D.C. Capitol City (DC) 0
Dover (DE) 9, State College National (PA) 4
Lincoln (RI) 8, North Branford (CT) 5
Denton (MD) 5, Bronx Rolando Paulino (NY) 3


Northeast Pool Standings

W

L
Runs
Allowed
Lincoln (RI)50 7
Middleboro (MA)41 18
North Branford (CT)329
Somersworth (NH)23 15
West Biddeford (ME)14 36
Essex Town (VT)05 25


Mid-Atlantic Pool Standings

W

L
Runs
Allowed
Washington D.C. Capitol City (DC)32 12
Toms River East American (NJ)32 15
State College National (PA)32 14
Bronx Rolando Paulino (NY)23 21
Denton (MD)23 27
Dover (DE)2328

The top four teams in each pool advance to quarterfinal round competition.

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

Eastern Region Tournament Quarterfinals

Toms River East American (NJ) 7, State College National (PA) 0
Middleboro (MA) 5, North Branford (CT) 2
Washington D.C. Capitol City (DC) 4, Bronx Rolando Paulino (NY) 0
Lincoln (RI) 1, Somersworth (NH) 0

Eastern Region Tournament Semifinals

Toms River East American (NJ) 8, Washington D.C. Capitol City (DC) 6 (7 innings)
Middleboro (MA) 4, Lincoln (RI) 2

Eastern Region Tournament Championship Game

Toms River East American (NJ) 3, Middleboro (MA) 0 (TITLE)


Summary:

The ingredients for success at the 1999 Eastern Region Tournament were no secret.

Pitchers at the A. Bartletti Giamatti Little League Leadership Training Center in Bristol, Connecticut, held hitters to a collective .218 batting average, and allowed less than five hits per game over the course of the tournament. To succeed, a team needed timely hitting to take advantage of the rare offensive opportunities that would come their way. More importantly, it would also need pitching firepower that was a cut above that of the opposition.

In a tournament filled with stellar pitchers, none was better than Casey Gaynor of the Toms River East American (NJ) Little League. Gaynor capped a tournament in which he allowed no runs over the course of 23 innings with a one-hit shutout in Toms River's 3-0 championship game victory over Middleboro (MA). The victory earned the defending World Series champions its third Eastern Region championship in a five year span.

Gaynor's title game performance was superb. After a 1-2-3 first inning, Gaynor allowed a leadoff single in the second inning to center fielder Kyle Jones. Middleboro would not have another baserunner the rest of the game, as Gaynor retired the next fifteen batters he faced to pick up his fourth victory of the tournament. Gaynor threw only 19 balls among his economical 66 pitches in the title game, and did not allow a ball hit out of the infield.

Eric Campesi provided the timely offense for Toms River. Middleboro starter Sam Cole came into the title game with impressive numbers of his own -- a 0.95 earned run average and 25 strikeouts in 13 innings of work. Cole retired the first seven hitters he faced against Toms River before walking eighth place hitter Chris Fontenelli in the top of the third inning. One out later, he allowed the only Toms River hit of the game, as Campesi drove a fastball down the right field line for a two-run homer. Though Zach Del Vento would walk and eventually score an insurance run in the sixth, Campesi's opposite field homer was all the support Gaynor would need.

Eastern Region officials made two changes to the tournament format for 1999. First, they divided the twelve tournament entrants into two pools geographically (using the same breakdowns that will be used when the East is split into two regions in 2001). Additionally, officials expanded the tournament schedule to include quarterfinal round elimination games, meaning that eight of the tournament's twelve teams would advance beyond pool competition.

The expanded elimination round schedule had two effects. First, it left little drama in pool play competition, as most teams controlled their own destiny throughout the tournament. In the Mid-Atlantic pool, the four teams occupying the top four positions in the standings on the tournament's second day remained in that position throughout pool play competition, while in the Northeast pool, the top four teams were established on the tournament's third day.

The additional round of elimination games also meant that teams qualifying for the quarterfinal round would juggle their pitching staffs to ensure that their top pitchers were available to pitch quarterfinal round games. The decision of whether to pitch an ace in the semifinals or hold them out until the championship game was no longer a factor.

The result was a quartet of well-pitched quarterfinal round games. Toms River opened the action by cruising past State College National (PA) 7-0. Gaynor -- who had no-hit State College in pool play competition -- was again at the top of his game, limiting the Pennsylvania champions to a pair of singles. Toms River broke the game open with a four run third, as Del Vento's RBI single preceded Campesi's three-run homer, and later added three more in the sixth on Jeff Burgdorff's three-run homer.

Middleboro eliminated Connecticut champion North Branford 5-2 in the second quarterfinal round game. It was the Sam-and-Kyle show for Middleboro: Cole provided the defense by striking out twelve and scattering five hits, while Jones supplied all of Middleboro's offense with a two-run homer in the first and a three-run shot in the third.

The city kids took the field in the third quarterfinal round game, as Washington D.C.'s Capitol City Little League faced Rolando Paulino from Bronx (NY). When the two teams met on the tournament's first day, Capitol City's Tom Vladeck pitched a no-hitter and tied an Eastern Region record by striking out 17 batters in Capitol City's 2-0 win. In the quarterfinals, Vladeck was slightly less overpowering -- but his one-hitter was more than enough to help the D.C. representatives advance with a 4-0 victory. Vladeck finished the game with 12 strikeouts, giving him 40 over the course of 18 innings pitched in three games at Bristol. Vladeck's third start in the tournament was a two-hit shutout win over Denton (MD) in the fourth round of pool competition.

The final quarterfinal round game looked eerily familiar to those in attendance. On the tournament's first day, Lincoln (RI) pitcher Eric Pickering locked horns with Ryan Lapointe of Somersworth (NH). Lincoln edged Somersworth in that game 1-0, with the game's only run scoring on a passed ball in the fourth inning. Pickering hurled a no-hitter, and only Zachary Zammarelli's sharp single with two outs in the sixth inning prevented Lapointe from completing what would have been the first double no-hitter in Eastern Region tournament history.

The quarterfinal round rematch was more of the same. Pickering again faced Lapointe, and this time Pickering finished with a one-hitter. Lapointe allowed only one run -- which scored on a passed ball in the fourth inning -- as Lincoln edged Somersworth 1-0. Pickering finished the tournament with a 0.00 earned run average in 12 innings of work (all against Somersworth), and struck out 23 batters along the way. Lapointe, despite his 1-2 record, allowed only the two Lincoln runs in 18 innings pitched (for a 0.67 ERA) while striking out 36 batters, and surrendering three hits and walking five. Lincoln manager Lou Abraham paid Lapointe the highest compliment imaginable in the quarterfinal round game. As Lincoln clung to its 1-0 lead, Lapointe stepped to the plate with a runner on second and two outs. Knowing that his team was not likely to score again against Lapointe, facing elimination with a loss, and fearing Somersworth's most dangerous hitter would come through in the clutch, Abraham intentionally walked Lapointe -- and in the process, put the winning run on base. The strategy paid off when Pickering lept to snare James Brown's center field-bound high chopper and threw to first to escape the jam.

Lincoln's luck ran out in their semifinal round matchup with Middleboro. Lincoln had thrashed the Massachusetts champions 15-1 in five innings in pool competition, but knew that the score was not indicative of Middleboro's prowess -- it was the only pool play game in which neither Cole (1.61 ERA for the tournament) nor Jones (1.95 ERA) got the pitching assignment for Middleboro.

Cole and Jones extracted their revenge for the earlier loss with a 4-2 semifinal round win. The 5'10" Jones allowed Alex Albert's two-run double in the third, but shut the door on Lincoln after his teammates responded with a four run rally in the bottom of the third. Brenden Elliott's opposite field single to left and a subsequent miscue by the Lincoln outfielder plated two runs and tied the game, and Cole followed with a mammoth home run that provided the margin of victory. It was Cole's 12th postseason homerun, and his tournament-leading fifth of the Eastern Region tournament. Cole finished the tournament with a .524 batting average -- second only to the .583 average posted by James Johnson of Dover, DE -- and drove in a tournament-high 15 runs.

Capitol City pushed Toms River to the limit in the other semifinal round game, but the defending champions ultimately held on for an 8-6 seven inning victory. Toms River scored in each of the game's first four innings, with Del Vento's three-run homer in the second being the big blow, and took a 6-2 lead into the bottom of the fourth inning. Shaky Toms River defense and opportunistic Capitol City hitting resulted in a four run rally that tied the game. Two singles, a groundout and a fielders choice netted two Capitol City runs, then a hit batter, a walk, an error, and Cameron Dantley's RBI single plated two more. After the two teams pressed into extra innings, Fontenelli drilled a two-out, two-run home run in the top of the seventh to give Toms River an 8-6 lead. Vladeck and Allie Levey singled in the seventh as Capitol City put runners on second and third with one out, but Del Vento escaped the threat with no damage done. Capitol City's semifinal round loss left the league with the highest region tournament finish ever by a Washington D.C. league, including years in which District leagues competed in the Maryland tournament structure.

Toms River's championship game win advanced the "Beasts of the East" to the World Series in South Williamsport, PA. Toms River cruised past its three opponents in the U.S. pool -- in front of intimidating pro-Toms River crowds, gritty pitching performances pushed the East champions past Phenix City National (AL) 6-0, South Central Boise (ID) 4-0, and Brownsburg (IN) 3-1. Toms River then took an early 2-0 lead against Phenix City in the U.S. championship game before a torrential downpour forced the game to be suspended in the top of the second inning. When the game resumed the following day, the crowd was significantly smaller, Gaynor was not as sharp on the mound, and five consecutive Phenix City hits resulted in a three-run second inning rally as the South champions upset Toms River 3-2 and claimed the U.S. championship.


Linescores:

  Quarterfinal Round 1234567 RHE
Toms River East American 0 0 0 4 0 3771
State College National 0 0 0 0 0 0021
  Quarterfinal Round
Middleboro 2 0 3 0 0 0 5 4 0
North Branford 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 5 1
  Quarterfinal Round
Wash. D.C. Capitol City 0 0 0 1 0 3 4 7 0
Bronx Rolando Paulino 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
  Quarterfinal Round
Lincoln 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 0
Somersworth 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
  Semifinal Round
Toms River East American 1 3 1 1 0 0 2 8 9 2
Wash. D.C. Capitol City 0 1 1 4 0 0 0 6 9 3
  Semifinal Round
Lincoln 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 4 1
Middleboro 0 0 4 0 0 x 4 6 1
  Championship Game
Toms River East American 0 0 2 0 0 1310
Middleboro 0 0 0 0 0 0010




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