2000 Little League® Baseball Eastern Region Tournament Historical Results
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Eastern Region Tournament
Host - Eastern Region Headquarters; Bristol, Connecticut
At Breen Field; A. Bartlett Giamatti Little League Leadership Training Center

Northeast Pool Participants City League
Connecticut State Champions Old Lyme Lyme/Old Lyme LL
Maine State Champions Auburn Suburban LL
Massachusetts State Champions Pittsfield Pittsfield South LL
New Hampshire State Champions Goffstown Goffstown LL
Rhode Island State Champions Lincoln Lincoln LL
Vermont State Champions Brattleboro Brattleboro LL
Mid-Atlantic Pool Participants City League
Delaware State Champions Milford Milford LL
District of Columbia Champions Washington, D.C. Capitol City LL
Maryland State Champions North East North East LL
New Jersey State Champions Pequannock Pequannock LL
New York State Champions Bronx Rolando Paulino LL
Pennsylvania State Champions Levittown Levittown Eastern LL

NOTE: For 2000, the Eastern Region Tournament is again 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.

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Eastern Region Tournament Results:

Day 1 (Tuesday, August 8):
Game 1 - Pittsfield South (MA) 2, Lincoln (RI) 0
Game 2 - Levittown Eastern (PA) 2, North East (MD) 0
Game 3 - Goffstown (NH) 6, Auburn Suburban (ME) 0
Game 4 - Pequannock (NJ) 1, Washington D.C. Capitol City (DC) 0
Game 5 - Lyme/Old Lyme (CT) 9, Brattleboro (VT) 4

Day 2 (Wednesday, August 9):
Game 6 - North East (MD) 3, Washington D.C. Capitol City (DC) 1
Game 7 - Goffstown (NH) 2, Brattleboro (VT) 0
Game 8 - Bronx Rolando Paulino (NY) 8, Milford (DE) 0 (PERFECT GAME)
Game 9 - Lyme/Old Lyme (CT) 11, Auburn Suburban (ME) 1
Game 10 - Pequannock (NJ) 2, Levittown Eastern (PA) 0

Day 3 (Thursday, August 10):
Game 11 - Auburn Suburban (ME) 7, Brattleboro (VT) 3
Game 12 - Milford (DE) 7, Levittown Eastern (PA) 4
Game 13 - Lincoln (RI) 10, Goffstown (NH) 5
Game 14 - Bronx Rolando Paulino (NY) 9, Washington D.C. Capitol City (DC) 4
Game 15 - Lyme/Old Lyme (CT) 3, Pittsfield South (MA) 2

Day 4 (Friday, August 11):
Game 16 - Washington D.C. Capitol City (DC) 3, Levittown Eastern (PA) 1
Game 17 - Brattleboro (VT) 3, Lincoln (RI) 2
Game 18 - Milford (DE) 2, North East (MD) 1
Game 19 - Pittsfield South (MA) 11, Auburn Suburban (ME) 2
Game 20 - Bronx Rolando Paulino (NY) 2, Pequannock (NJ) 1

Day 5 (Saturday, August 12):
Game 21 - Lincoln (RI) 3, Auburn Suburban (ME) 2
Game 22 - Pequannock (NJ) 1, Milford (DE) 0
Game 23 - Goffstown (NH) 2, Lyme/Old Lyme (CT) 1
Game 24 - Bronx Rolando Paulino (NY) 6, North East (MD) 2
Game 25 - Pittsfield South (MA) 4, Brattleboro (VT) 3

Day 6 (Sunday, August 13):
Game 26 - Washington D.C. Capitol City (DC) 8, Milford (DE) 6
Game 27 - Goffstown (NH) 6, Pittsfield South (MA) 2
Game 28 - Pequannock (NJ) 7, North East (MD) 1
Game 29 - Lyme/Old Lyme (CT) 16, Lincoln (RI) 6 (4 innings)
Game 30 - Levittown Eastern (PA) 4, Bronx Rolando Paulino (NY) 1


Northeast Pool Standings

W

L
Runs
Allowed
Goffstown (NH) 41 13
Lyme/Old Lyme (CT) 41 15
Pittsfield South (MA) 32 14
Lincoln (RI) 23 28
Auburn Suburban (ME) 14 34
Brattleboro (VT) 14 24


Mid-Atlantic Pool Standings

W

L
Runs
Allowed
Bronx Rolando Paulino (NY) 41 11
Pequannock (NJ) 41 3
Capitol City (DC) 23 20
Milford (DE) 23 22
Levittown Eastern (PA) 23 13
North East (MD) 14 18

In the event of a two-way tie, the tiebreaking criteria is head-to-head record.

In the event of a three-way tie, the tiebreaking criteria to break the initial tie is fewest runs allowed per defensive inning played. The tie between the remaining two teams will be broken using head-to-head record as the tiebreaking criteria.

Eastern Region Tournament Quarterfinals

Pequannock (NJ) 5, Washington D.C. Capitol City (DC) 0
Lyme/Old Lyme (CT) 6, Pittsfield South (MA) 1
Bronx Rolando Paulino (NY) 2, Milford (DE) 1
Goffstown (NH) 5, Lincoln (RI) 1

Eastern Region Tournament Semifinals

Bronx Rolando Paulino (NY) 6, Pequannock (NJ) 3
Goffstown (NH) 3, Lyme/Old Lyme (CT) 2

Eastern Region Tournament Championship Game

Goffstown (NH) 1, Bronx Rolando Paulino (NY) 0 (7 innings; TITLE)


Summary:

For six innings, not a single baserunner on either team reached third base.

So when Goffstown, New Hampshire finally had a runner en route to third in the top of the seventh inning in their Eastern Region Tournament championship game duel with Rolando Paulino (Bronx, New York), third base coach Scott Desjarlais wasn't about to let him stop there.

Desjarlais' gamble paid off. Ben Collins, on first base after drawing a walk to open the inning, never broke stride as he circled the bases following Jared Ostrowski's flare into short right field. Collins' dash for home surprised almost everyone in the capacity crowd at the A. Bartlett Giamatti Little League Leadership Training Center, including the New York defense. The throw to third arrived after he had already headed for home, and by the time the Rolando Paulino third baseman had bobbled and picked up the ball, Collins was crossing the plate with the game's only run as Goffstown edged Rolando Paulino 1-0 in the extra inning thriller. With the win, Goffstown became the first New Hampshire league since Bedford in 1993 to win the Eastern Region title, and earned a berth in the Little League World Series.

Collins' sprint around the bases was one of the title game's rare offensive opportunities. Collins, Goffstown's top pitcher, and Juan Almonte, his New York counterpart, were both superb in the nationally-televised championship game. Collins struck out eleven and held the Bronx squad to two hits while picking up his third victory of the tournament. Almonte, who pitched a perfect game in Paulino's opening round win over Delaware, took a no-hitter into the sixth inning of the title game and struck out twelve before finishing with a two-hitter.

Neither team managed to put more than one runner on base at a time until the bottom of the seventh, when Rolando Paulino managed a last-gasp rally. Almonte led off with a walk, and, after a strikeout, Ramon Guzman was hit by a pitch. Collins then escaped further trouble by stabbing a comebacker and forcing Almonte at third before closing the game with a strikeout.

Both Goffstown and Rolando Paulino advanced to the championship game after finishing first in their respective pools during round-robin competition. The New Hampshire representative established its credentials early in New England pool competition, as Collins overwhelmed Auburn Suburban (Maine) with a seventeen strikeout performance in Goffstown's 6-0 opening day win. Josh Gregory supported Collins' three-hitter with a pair of run-scoring doubles. The next day, Gregory fired a one-hitter as Goffstown edged Brattleboro (Vermont) 2-0.

The early wins, combined with other early results in the New England pool, meant that Goffstown would need only one win in its final three games to clinch a quarterfinal round berth. As a result, Goffstown manager Frank Szumiesz had the luxury of using Collins sparingly on the mound for the remainder of pool competition. Goffstown fell to Lincoln (Rhode Island) 10-5 in its third game when the perennial Rhode Island contender strung together a seven run fourth inning rally, but bounced back to hand Lyme/Old Lyme (Connecticut) its first defeat in a tight 2-1 contest. Gregory and Collins combined on a one-hitter against Lyme/Old Lyme, with Gregory throwing four no-hit innings before tiring and walking two to open the fifth. Collins allowed one run to score while pitching out of the jam, then closed the game with a pair of strikeouts in the sixth. Collins' first inning double scored Jonathan Berube to give Goffstown an early lead, and Darren McLean's RBI single in the fifth scored Stephen Desjarlais with the New Hampshire club's second run. Goffstown closed its pool competition schedule with a 6-2 win over Pittsfield South (Massachusetts).

Heavy rains in the Central Connecticut area pushed back the starting time of several quarterfinal round games, and after Rolando Paulino, Pequannock (New Jersey), and local favorite Lyme/Old Lyme claimed victories, the Goffstown-Lincoln matchup was postponed until the following morning. The winner would need a second win later in the day against Lyme/Old Lyme to advance to the championship round.

Goffstown took the first step Toward their eventual title by claiming a 5-1 victory. Collins took a no-hitter into the fifth inning and finished with thirteen strikeouts as Goffstown slowly built a 5-0 lead that would prove to be insurmountable. McLean lashed a solo home run in the first -- his fourth homer of the tournament -- and Tom French doubled and later scored on a passed ball in the third to give Goffstown a 2-0 lead. Two innings later, the Granite State team put the game out of reach. Pinch-hitter Alex Sobolov doubled and scored on Eric Szumiesz's line single to center. After Stephen Desjarlais laid down a bunt single, McLean delivered a two-run single to complete New Hampshire's scoring. Collins allowed a late run before finishing with a two-hitter.

Seven hours later, Goffstown took an early lead, and Gregory quelled a late Connecticut uprising as Goffstown edged Lyme/Old Lyme 3-2 to claim its title game berth. New Hampshire took a precarious 1-0 lead into the sixth -- Gregory had singled and scored on an error in the second -- when Collins launched a 250' blast with Berube aboard in the top of the inning. Collins' homer proved to be necessary insurance in the bottom of the inning, when David Harrigan led off with a walk and Michael Neaton followed with a homer over the left field fence to slice the Goffstown lead to 3-2. Gregory then retired three of the next four hitters he faced to finish with a four-hit, complete game victory. Connecticut pitcher Robbie Neaton, who had to leave his team's quarterfinal round game after being hit by a pitch in the first inning, returned to strike out nine and finish with a three-hitter.

Rolando Paulino, which returned five players from a club that reached the East quarterfinals in 1999, earned the other title game berth by defeating Pequannock 6-3. Justin Bencsko's first inning single gave New Jersey an early 1-0 lead, and Ramon Guzman's RBI single in the top of the second tied the score. Danny Almonte roped a two-run homer in the third to give the New Yorkers their first lead, but Pequannock halved the lead in the bottom of the inning and re-tied the game on Sean Early's RBI double to left in the fifth.

In the sixth, Rolando Paulino pulled away. Albert Gonzalez delivered a bases-loaded double that hugged the left field line and gave the Bronx club a 5-3 lead, and Danny Almonte followed with an RBI single to left that capped the scoring and sent the New York champions into their title game meeting with Goffstown.

Goffstown was a model of consistency throughout the Eastern Region tournament. Other teams received more notice for their more impressive offensive numbers, while one of Goffstown's main strengths was what it didn't do -- commit errors. One of Goffstown's most impressive measuring sticks at Bristol was an obscure but telling statistic. Over the course of eight games, Goffstown did not allow an unearned run. Even Lincoln, which piled on a 10-5 win in pool competition, had to earn each of its runs via an eleven hit attack. Goffstown committed only three errors in the tournament, none of which came in elimination round contests. Its opponents had to earn their runs -- something few teams were able to do against Collins and Gregory.

While Goffstown was stingy defensively, it took advantage of the opportunities it was presented with. The New Hampshire champions scored at least one unearned run in seven of their eight games, and 40% of the runs it scored were unearned. As Scott Desjarlais demonstrated when he waved Ben Collins home with the run that sent Goffstown to South Williamsport, the New Hampshire champions were ready to capitalize on any opportunity that arose. They just weren't ready to hand any opportunities to their opponents.


Linescores:

  Quarterfinal Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Wash. D.C. Capitol City 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 3
Pequannock 1 0 0 4 0 x 5 3 0
  Quarterfinal Round
Pittsfield South 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 4 2
Lyme/Old Lyme 5 0 1 0 0 x 6 4 2
  Quarterfinal Round
Milford 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 5 1
Bronx Rolando Paulino 0 0 0 0 2 x 2 4 1
  Quarterfinal Round
Goffstown 1 0 1 0 3 0 5 8 0
Lincoln 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 1
  Semifinal Round
Bronx Rolando Paulino 0 1 2 0 0 3 6 7 0
Pequannock 1 0 1 0 1 0 3 6 2
  Semifinal Round
Goffstown 0 1 0 0 0 2 3 3 0
Lyme/Old Lyme 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 4 2
  Championship Game
Goffstown 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 0
Bronx Rolando Paulino 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3





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