2003 Florida State Little League® Tournament Results
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Florida State Tournament
Semifinal and Championship Round Host - North Springs (Coral Springs) (District 10)
Championship Game at North Community Park (Coral Springs) and Sabal Pines Park (Coconut Grove)

North Florida Bracket Participants
Section 1 Champions Madison (Lee) (District 20)
Section 3 Champions Eustis (District 19)
Section 5 Champions Cocoa (District 22)
Section 7 Champions Tampa Bay (District 6)

South Florida Bracket Participants
Section 2 Champions East Boynton Beach (District 7)
Section 4 Champions Bloomingdale National (District 13)
Section 6 Champions North Naples (District 18)
Section 8 Champions Coral Springs American (District 10)

NOTE: Both the North Florida and South Florida brackets played a round-robin schedule. The top two teams in each bracket at the conclusion of round-robin play advanced to the semifinal round.

Tournament Results:

North Florida Bracket
Host - Fort Braden (District 20)

Round 1 (Friday, July 25):
Madison 3, Eustis 2
Cocoa 2, Tampa Bay 1

Round 2 (Friday, July 25):
Cocoa 9, Eustis 0
Madison 12, Tampa Bay 2

Round 3 (Saturday, July 26):
Cocoa 5, Madison 1
Tampa Bay 4, Eustis 0

South Florida Bracket
Host - Tamarac (District 10)

Round 1 (Friday, July 25):
East Boynton Beach 11, Bloomingdale National 1
North Naples 6, Coral Springs American 0

Round 2 (Saturday, July 26):
North Naples 5, East Boynton Beach 2 (7 innings)
Bloomingdale National 7, Coral Springs American 4

Round 3 (Sunday, July 27):
East Boynton Beach 7, Coral Springs American 1
North Naples 16, Bloomingdale National 8

North Florida Bracket Standings



Cocoa 3 0 2
Madison 2 1 9
Tampa Bay 1 2 14
Eustis 0 3 16

South Florida Bracket Standings



North Naples 3 0 10
East Boynton Beach 2 1 7
Bloomingdale National 1 2 31
Coral Springs American 0 3 20

The top two teams in each pool advance to the semifinal round.

Ties are broken based on records in head-to-head competition among tied teams. If a clear winner cannot be determined from head-to-head results, the tie is broken by calculating the ratio of runs allowed to defensive innings played for all teams involved in the tie. The team with the lowest runs-per-defensive-inning ratio advances.

In the event of a tie involving three or more teams, once the initial tie is broken, the remaining tied teams are again compared on head-to-head record to determine if a clear winner can be identified. If no clear winner can be identified from head-to-head results among the remaining tied teams, the runs-per-defensive-inning ratio is again used. This process is repeated until all ties have been broken.

Florida State Tournament Semifinal and Championship Rounds
Host - North Springs (Coral Springs) (District 10)
At North Community Park

Semifinal Round (Tuesday, July 29)

East Boynton Beach 3, Cocoa 2
North Naples 6, Madison 0

Florida State Championship Game (Thursday, July 31)

East Boynton Beach 9, North Naples 1 (TITLE)


Devon Travis woke up having dreamt his team won the Florida state championship game.

Later that day, he made his dream come true.

Travis snapped a scoreless tie by lining a three-run homer over the left field fence in the top of the fourth inning at weatherlogged Sabal Pines Park in Coconut Grove. With standout hurler Michael Broad on the mound, Travis' home run gave his East Boynton Beach Little League all-star team all the runs it would need. The District 7 champions went on to defeat North Naples Little League 9-1 to win the Florida state championship.

East Boynton Beach, which had reached the state tournament each of the two previous years, later realized a bigger dream: the Florida champions reached the Little League World Series, and finished as the United States champion.

Before setting their sights on South Williamsport, however, East Boynton Beach needed to overcome both the weather and a North Naples team it had lost to in pool competition earlier in the state tournament. Despite the earlier loss, Travis felt good about his team's chances.

"He said 'Dad, we won'," said East Boynton Beach coach Tony Travis of his son's nocturnal musings. "(I asked) 'what are you talking about?' He said 'We won it.' And then he said 'I have a good feeling we're going to do well.'"

East Boynton Beach had left the bases loaded in the game's first two innings, but finally broke through when Travis homered following Cody Emerson's leadoff walk and a defensive breakdown on Patrick Mullen's sacrifice attempt in the fourth. Broad singled and scored following the home run, and Richie DeJesus capped a second four-run rally with a three-run double in the fifth inning.

The two Florida finalists endured four weather delays totaling three and one-half hours, and needed nearly five hours and two fields to complete a game that had already been postponed from the previous day. Tournament officials had sought an 11:00 a.m. start for the postponed contest to avoid late afternoon South Florida thunderstorms, but the proposed game time upset East Boynton followers, many of whom would be unable to attend an afternoon game. A number of fans rushed the field's fence, protesting vehemently until tournament officials summoned police to ensure order was kept.

Officials compromised with a 3 p.m. start time, but the contest was halted almost as soon as it began when a first inning downpour flooded North Community Park in Coral Springs for a second straight day. As the teams prepared to resume at nearby Sabal Pines Park in Coconut Grove, lightning detectors sounded, forcing three more delays until the game finally restarted just before 6:00 p.m.

Once play resumed, the two teams remained deadlocked until Devon Travis' blast.

"The homer really took the wind out of our sails," said North Naples manager Mat Ross after the championship game. "We knew the team to score first was going to win the game. That gave (East Boynton) the momentum, and we didn't have any real scoring opportunities."

Broad made sure North Naples' opportunities were limited. The right-hander had been one strike away from victory in the teams' earlier meeting before North Naples rallied to tie the game and eventually win in extra innings. This time, he kept the black-clad Gulf Coast team in check. Broad struck out seven, and allowed only four hits. By the time North Naples finally scored in the bottom of the sixth inning, East Boynton Beach had a 9-0 lead.

"He's one tough pitcher," said Ross after the championship game.

East Boynton's pitching was superb throughout the international tournament. The Palm Beach County team allowed only three runs over eight games prior to the state tournament, and continued their dominance once pool competition commenced. A trio of East Boynton pitchers combined for a one-hitter in the team's 11-1 opening game win over Bloomingdale National. Benny Townend, a surprise starter on the mound for East Boynton Beach, led the offense with a pair of home runs, while Emerson and DeJesus also homered.

Broad was nearly as stingy the next day, allowing North Naples only two runs and two hits over six innings of work. North Naples pitcher Torre Loscasio was equally effective, however, scattering four hits and allowing only Broad's two-run homer in the fourth inning as North Naples rallied for a 5-2 extra inning win. Broad carried a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the sixth inning and quickly registered two strikeouts before walking Robby Boscaglia on a full count pitch. Boscaglia quickly stole second, and then safely advanced to third on a delayed steal as the East Boynton catcher returned the ball to the mound. When a two-strike pitch to Joe Costigan got past East Boynton's catcher, Boscaglia scored the game's tying run. One inning later, Brad Fieger launched his eighth home run in ten games, a two-out, three-run shot over the center field fence that gave North Naples the walk-off victory.

"How we lost the game is shocking to me," said East Boynton Beach manager Ken Emerson. "A guy is on first with two outs and he scores to tie the game and nobody even hits the ball."

Despite the loss, Ken Emerson liked his team's chances.

"We let it slip away, and we're going to come back (in the final pool game) and win, and play Tuesday night," he said. "We're very optimistic."

Cody Emerson made sure his team would advance to a Tuesday night semifinal round matchup. The left-hander turned in a sparkling two-hitter as East Boynton defeated Coral Springs American 7-1 in their final pool game. The younger Emerson struck out five of the first six batters he faced, and allowed only a pair of second inning singles. East Boynton Beach broke the game open when RBI doubles by Andrew Weaver and R.J. Neal keyed a four-run second inning rally, and the Palm Beach County team added three more runs in the fifth inning.

"These guys are veterans of Little League baseball," noted Ken Emerson after the win moved his team into a semifinal round meeting with North Florida bracket champion Cocoa Little League. "They've all lost heartbreaker games before and have come back to win . . . Never mind the Naples game. The goal was to play Tuesday, and that's what we're going to do."

They played, and Broad exorcised any demons remaining from the Naples game. After breaking a 2-2 tie with a 300-foot solo home run in the bottom of the fifth inning, Broad relieved pitcher Devon Travis, and closed out the game by registering a pair of strikeouts to strand runners at second and third to preserve East Boynton's win.

Devon Travis, who drew first blood with a leadoff home run in the bottom of the first, had come on in relief when back-to-back home runs by Brett Langston and Paul Biocic tied the game in the second inning. The right-hander retired twelve of the first fourteen batters he faced, and kept the score deadlocked until Broad's homer in the fifth.

"We had no idea we would get a solid four innings out of that kid, and it was awesome," said Tony Travis of his son's relief work. "It was just incredible for me, being his dad."

His leadoff home run was also critical.

"We knew (Cocoa) could shut teams down, so we wanted to get a good start," said Ken Emerson. "The kids responded."

North Naples made the title game an all-South Florida affair with a win in the other semifinal. Boscaglia threw a two-hitter, and faced only 20 batters as North Naples topped Madison 6-0.

North Naples played small ball, scoring its first four runs with only one ball hit out of the infield. Costigan beat out a slow roller in the second inning, and came around to score on a throwing error following Cory Zumstein's bunt. The District 18 champions added three more in the fourth on three bunts and a base hit, and closed the scoring with Costigan's two-run double in the sixth.

"Pitching, defense, and bunting won the game for us tonight," said Ross after his team's win.

Two days later, Broad shut down North Naples offense, and East Boynton Beach claimed its first-ever state championship.

"He's the kind of pitcher that could carry a team all the way to Williamsport," said Ross after the title game.

Ken Emerson hoped Ross was right.

"This is one thrill of a lifetime for these kids, and hopefully another thrill is right up the road," said the East Boynton manager.

The thrills -- and wins -- kept coming.

It was the stuff dreams are made of.

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  Semifinal Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Cocoa 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 - -
East Boynton Beach 2 0 0 0 1 x 3 - -
  Semifinal Round
Madison 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 -
North Naples 0 1 0 3 2 x 6 - 0
  Championship Game
East Boynton Beach 0 0 0 4 4 1 9 - -
North Naples 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 4 -

2003 Florida District Champions and Sectional Tournament Results:

District Champions in Section 1 District Champions in Section 2
D1 - Tri-County (Century)
D20 - Madison (Lee)

Section 1 Tournament
Host - Woodville (District 20)

Tournament Results:
1 - Madison 5, Tri-County 3
2 - Tri-County 6, Madison 0
3 - Madison 7, Tri-County 6 (TITLE)

D2 - Palm Bay East
D7 - East Boynton Beach
D17 - Port Salerno

Section 2 Tournament
Host - Delray Beach (District 7)

Tournament Results:
1 - Palm Bay East 4, Port Salerno 3 (8 innings)
2 - East Boynton Beach 8, Port Salerno 0
3 - East Boynton Beach 13, Palm Bay East 0


East Boynton Beach 2 0
Palm Bay East 1 1
Port Salerno 0 2

East Boynton Beach wins the Florida Section 2 Tournament with a 2-0 record.

District Champions in Section 3 District Champions in Section 4
D11 - Yulee
D15 - Ocala Highlands National
D19 - Eustis

Section 3 Tournament
Host - Eustis (District 19)
At Eustis LL Complex

Tournament Results:
1 - Eustis 8, Yulee 1
2 - Ocala Highlands National 12, Yulee 3
3 - Eustis 9, Ocala Highlands National 4


Eustis 2 0
Ocala Highlands National 1 1
Yulee 0 2

Eustis wins the Florida Section 3 Tournament with a 2-0 record.

D4 - Lake Wales
D13 - Bloomingdale National
D14 - Windermere

Section 4 Tournament
Host - East Bay (Riverview) (District 13)

Tournament Results:
1 - Windermere 5, Lake Wales 3
2 - Bloomingdale National 6, Lake Wales 4
3 - Bloomingdale National 5, Windermere 3


Bloomingdale National 2 0
Windermere 1 1
Lake Wales 0 2

Bloomingdale National wins the Florida Section 4 Tournament with a 2-0 record.

District Champions in Section 5 District Champions in Section 6
D3 - St. Cloud
D22 - Cocoa
D23 - Apopka National

Section 5 Tournament
Host - South Orange (District 3)
At Bear Creek Recreational Park

Tournament Schedule/Results:
1 - Cocoa 1, Apopka National 0
2 - Apopka National versus St. Cloud
3 - Cocoa 6, St. Cloud 0


Cocoa 2 0
Apopka National 0 1
St. Cloud 0 1

Cocoa wins the Florida Section 5 Tournament with a 2-0 record.

D9 - Cape Coral National
D16 - Sarasota Florida
D18 - North Naples

Section 6 Tournament
Host - Fort Myers American (District 9)
At Sam Fleischmann Regional Sports Complex

Tournament Results:
1 - Cape Coral National 9, Sarasota Florida 3
2 - North Naples 6, Cape Coral National 4
3 - North Naples 10, Sarasota Florida 0 (5 innings)


North Naples 2 0
Cape Coral National 1 1
Sarasota Florida 0 2

North Naples wins the Florida Section 6 Tournament with a 2-0 record.

District Champions in Section 7 District Champions in Section 8
D5 - Northeast (St. Petersburg)
D6 - Tampa Bay
D12 - Clearwater

Section 7 Tournament
Host - Oldsmar (District 12)
At Canal Park

Tournament Sechedule/Results:
1 - Tampa Bay 5, Northeast 2
2 - Clearwater 6, Northeast 4
3 - Tampa Bay 12, Clearwater 2


Tampa Bay 2 0
Clearwater 1 1
Northeast 0 2

Tampa Bay wins the Florida Section 7 Tournament with a 2-0 record.

D8 - Homestead
D10 - Coral Springs American
D21 - Western Area American (Weston)

Section 8 Tournament
Host - North Pompano Beach (District 10)
At North Broward Park

Tournament Sechedule/Results:
1 - Homestead versus Western Area American (7/19)
2 - Homestead versus Coral Springs American (7/19)
3 - Coral Springs American versus Western Area American (7/19)

We have not received a report on individual games. Coral Springs American wins the Florida Section 8 tournament.


Homestead 0 0
Coral Springs American 0 0
Western Area American 0 0

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