2000 Indiana State Little League® Tournament Results

Indiana State Tournament

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Indiana State Tournament
Host - Fall Creek LL (Lawrence) (District 8)

Participating Teams
Section 1 Champions
Section 3 Champions
Section 4 Champions
Section 5 Champions
Section 6 Champions
Section 7 Champions
District 3 Champions
District 8 Champions

Valparaiso American (District 1)
South Bend East Side (District 11)
Georgetown American (Fort Wayne) (District 10)
Brooklyn (Anderson) (District 6)
North Posey (Poseyville) (District 13)
New Albany (District 5)
West Lafayette (District 3)
Brownsburg (District 8)

NOTE: Because the state tournament was being hosted by a league in Section 2, both districts in Section 2 advance their champions directly to the state tournament without competing in sectional round games.

Tournament Results:

Opening Round:
South Bend East Side 2, Georgetown American 1
North Posey 3, Brownsburg 1
Valparaiso American 3, New Albany 1
Brooklyn d. West Lafayette

Loser's Bracket - Round 1:
Brownsburg 9, Georgetown American 5 (elim.)
New Albany d. West Lafayette (elim.)

Winner's Bracket Semifinals:
South Bend East Side 11, North Posey 3
Valparaiso American 16, Brooklyn 6 (4 innings)

Loser's Bracket Quarterfinals:
New Albany d. North Posey (elim.)
Brownsburg 6, Brooklyn 0 (elim.)

Loser's Bracket Semifinals:
Brownsburg 7, New Albany 6 (elim.)

Winner's Bracket Finals:
South Bend East Side 1, Valparaiso American 0 (9 innings)

Loser's Bracket Finals:
Brownsburg 3, Valparaiso American 0 (elim.)

Championship Series:
Brownsburg 12, South Bend East Side 2 (4 innings)
Brownsburg 5, South Bend East Side 3 (9 innings; TITLE)


Zach Mills launched a two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning to lift Brownsburg to a 5-3 victory over South Bend East Side in the championship game of the 2000 Indiana state tournament. The win, coupled with Brownsburg's 12-2 romp over the same team earlier in the day, made the defending state and Central Region champions the first Indiana league to repeat as state champions since Terre Haute American in 1967 and 1968.

Mills was the big hero -- both literally and figuratively -- as Brownsburg completed a stunning comeback in the double-elimination tournament. The District 8 champions dropped their opening round game against North Posey, then proceeded to string together six consecutive victories to emerge as the tournament champion.

Mills, an imposing right-hander, was overpowering on the mound in the first championship series game. He allowed a two-run homer by Scott Micinski in the first inning, then slammed the door on the South Bend offense while Brownsburg's bats went to work. Four different Bulldogs -- Mills, Drew Storen, T.J. Baumet, and Kyle Hammontree -- drilled home runs to help Brownsburg force the tournament to an 'if' game.

Ben Carpenter and Baumet rose to the occasion for Brownsburg in the final game. Brownsburg's top two pitchers were ineligible to pitch due to their efforts in the first game win over South Bend and in a victory the previous day over Valparaiso American. By contrast, South Bend turned to its ace, Micinski, who was coming off of a fourteen strikeout performance in the 1-0 nine inning victory over Valparaiso that advanced South Bend to the title game.

Brownsburg turned the ball over to Carpenter, who held his own against the South Bend offense. Carpenter pitched into the fourth inning, and departed with the score tied 2-2. Baumet, the only eleven-year-old on the Brownsburg roster, then kept the East Side bats in check the rest of the way. Neither team scored again in regulation, and both teams added one run in the seventh before Mills decided the game with his round-tripper.

While Brownsburg was marching through the loser's bracket -- it eliminated Georgetown American, Brooklyn, New Albany, and Valparaiso American before sweeping East Side -- South Bend moved to the title game with three consecutive victories. Peter Schmitt homered and Mike Szucs drove home the game winning run as the District 11 champions edged Georgetown American 2-1 in their opener, while Eric Heckaman's two-hitter stopped North Posey 11-3 in the second round. Micinski had four hits in the win, while Mike Serge added a home run.

South Bend then reached the title game with a tense 1-0 victory over Valparaiso American. Micinski and Valpo pitcher Chooch Sizemore dueled pitch-for-pitch into the ninth inning. Micinski allowed only three hits, while Sizemore allowed two and struck out fourteen. The second hit, however, decided the game. After Eric Mroczskiewicz walked with two outs in the ninth, Adrian Pope drove him home with a game-ending double that provided the game's only scoring.

Brownsburg held their own at the Central Region tournament. The Indiana champions' opening night battle with Oak Creek American (Wisconsin) evolved into a mid-morning climax as Brownsburg and Oak Creek played a tense extra inning game. Despite an eye-popping 24 strikeouts from Mills over the first nine innings, Brownsburg fell 2-1 to Oak Creek in fourteen innings. The Bulldogs then won three of their remaining four games to finish in third place in the National Division.

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2000 Indiana District Champions and Sectional Tournament Results:

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District Champions
in Section 1
District Champions
in Section 2
D1 - Valparaiso
D2 - Robertsdale

Section 1 Tournament
Host - Merrillville National (District 1)

Tournament Schedule/Results:
1 - Valparaiso American 6, Robertsdale 1
2 - Valparaiso American 4, Robertsdale 1 (TITLE)

D3 - West Lafayette
D8 - Brownsburg

Section 2 Tournament

Because the state tournament was hosted by a league in Section 2, both Section 2 district champions advanced directly to the state tournament. No Section 2 tournament was played.

District Champions
in Section 3
District Champions
in Section 4
D11 - South Bend East Side
D14 - Goshen

Section 3 Tournament
Host - South Bend East Side (District 11)

Tournament Schedule/Results:
1 - South Bend East Side 2, Goshen 0
2 - Goshen 5, South Bend East Side 2
3 - South Bend East Side 5, Goshen 1 (TITLE)

D9 - Delta (Muncie)
D10 - Georgetown American (Fort Wayne)

Section 4 Tournament
Host - Bunker Hill (District 9)

Tournament Schedule/Results
1 - Georgetown American 10, Delta 0
2 - Delta 4, Georgetown American 3
3 - Georgetown American 7, Delta 3 (TITLE)

District Champions
in Section 5
District Champions
in Section 6
D6 - Brooklyn (Anderson)
D7 - Southport National

Section 5 Tournament
Host - Indiana Central (District 7)

Tournament Schedule/Results:
1 - Brooklyn 14, Southport National 3
2 - Southport National 13, Brooklyn 5
3 - Brooklyn 6, Southport National 2 (TITLE)

D4 - North Terre Haute
D13 - North Posey (Poseyville)

Section 6 Tournament
Host - North Posey (District 13)

Tournament Schedule/Results
1 - North Posey 1, North Terre Haute 0
2 - North Posey 7, North Terre Haute 0 (TITLE)

District Champions
in Section 7
D5 - New Albany
D12 -

Section 7 Tournament
Host -

Tournament Results:

New Albany wins the Section 7 tournament.

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