2008 Indiana State Little League® Tournament Results
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Indiana State Tournament
Host - Highland (District 2)
At Markley Park

Pool 'A' Participants
Section 1 Champions Brownsburg (District 8)
Section 7 Champions Terre Haute North (District 4)
District 1 Champions State Park (Chesterton)
District 2 Champions Munster

Pool 'B' Participants
Section 3 Champions South Bend East Side (District 11)
Section 4 Champions Wabash (District 9)
Section 5 Champions Decatur Baseball (District 7)
Section 6 Champions Jeff/GRC American (Jeffersonville) (District 5)

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

The eight state tournament qualifiers were divided into two separate four-team draws. After round-robin pool competition, the top two teams in each pool advanced to single-elimination semifinal and championship round games.

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Tournament Results:

Pool 'A' Bracket

Round 1 (Monday, July 21):
Brownsburg 2, State Park 1
Munster 4, Terre Haute North 0

Round 2 (Tuesday, July 22):
Brownsburg 12, Terre Haute North 3
State Park 6, Munster 4

Round 3 (Wednesday, July 23):
State Park 8, Terre Haute North 7
Brownsburg 10, Munster 4

Pool 'B' Bracket

Round 1 (Monday, July 21):
South Bend East Side 2, Decatur Baseball 1
Jeff/GRC American 3, Wabash 0

Round 2 (Tuesday, July 22):
Jeff/GRC American 9, Decatur Baseball 2
South Bend East Side 7, Wabash 1

Round 3 (Wednesday, July 23):
Jeff/GRC American 4, South Bend East Side 1
Wabash 4, Decatur Baseball 0




Brownsburg 3 0 8
State Park 2 1 13
Munster 1 2 16
Terre Haute North 0 3 24




Jeff/GRC American 3 0 3
South Bend East Side 2 1 6
Wabash 1 2 10
Decatur Baseball 0 3 15

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.

Semifinal Round (Thursday, July 24)

Jeff/GRC American 10, State Park 0 (4 innings)
Brownsburg 9, South Bend East Side 8

Indiana State Championship Game (Friday, July 25)

Jeff/GRC American 1, Brownsburg 0 (TITLE)


Jeff/GRC American Little League right-hander Drew Ellis struck out eight, surrendered only three hits, and retired the final eleven hitters he faced in the championship game of the Indiana state tournament at Markley Park in Highland.

Brownsburg Little League left-hander Jeff Rhodes also struck out eight, allowed just four hits, and along with reliever Trent Katrich, combined to retired the final eleven Jeffersonville hitters in the game.

The near-mirror image of the pitching lines underscores just how razor-thin of a margin separated the two teams when they met to determine bragging rights in the Hoosier state. The difference was the first two batters in the game.

Jeff/GRC American's Austin Hines drew a game-opening walk and scored on Ellis' double down the left field line approximately three minutes into the one hour, nineteen minute contest. The combination produced the game's only run, as Jeffersonville edged Brownsburg, 1-0, in the Indiana state championship game. The win vaulted Jeffersonville into the Great Lakes Region tournament in Indianapolis, and before the summer concluded, the new Indiana champions would advance to the Little League World Series.

"This is the granddaddy, the big Kahuna," said Jeff/GRC American manager Derek Ellis. "That's all the kids dream about as they're watching the Little League World Series. The only way to get there is to win the state championship."

Jeffersonville had eased its way into the championship game -- the Southern Indiana team surrendered just three runs in the tournament, and their semifinal round win came via a mercy rule-shortened no-hitter after the team clubbed seven home runs -- but were pushed to the limit by the Bulldogs. Brownsburg put runners in scoring position following Sam Gentry's leadoff double and Tyler Houston's one-out single in the first inning, but Drew Ellis registered a strikeout and groundout to end the threat. In the second, a hit batsman and fielders' choice put Brownsburg runners at the corners with no outs before Ellis retired the next three hitters. And in the third, Rhodes led off the inning with a single, but was erased on a 6-4-3 double play. Ellis did not allow another baserunner, or even a ball hit out of the infield, as he closed out his second win of the tournament.

"Drew was extremely fired up for this game and came out probably a little too fired up," said Derek Ellis, whose son needed 42 pitches to work through the first two innings but only 39 over the next four frames. "Once he settled down, he got into a nice groove and was able to strike out some kids."

Jeff/GRC American stranded runners in scoring position in the second and third innings. Rhodes (5-1/3 innings pitched) and Kabrich did not allow any Jeff baserunners after Brownsburg catcher Nick Wilde picked a runner off of third base to help quell a third inning rally.

"We came one bloop shy a couple of times, and that's the way it goes sometimes," said Brownsburg manager Jamie Houston. "But they're a good team. It would have been nice if we could have played a series against them, because it's two evenly matched teams."

Jeff/GRC American, which had won the Indiana championship in the 10-11 year old division the previous year, became the fourth District 5 winner in as many years to reach the state championship game with their 10-0 thrashing of Chesterton's State Park Little League in the semifinal round. Jeff starter Dalton Duley struck out the side after walking the first two hitters he faced, and permitted no hits before handing the ball to Drew Ellis for the game's final out.

All ten Jeffersonville runs came via the long ball, with Chandler Dale (three-run homer in the first and two subsequent solo shots) and Drew Ellis (two-run and solo homers) leading the way. Hayden Robb and Ben Shahroudi each added solo homers for Jeffersonville.

"It's the best I've ever seen a twelve-year-old team hit the ball," said Derek Ellis. "Every guy in the lineup hit the ball hard. I hope it carries over (to the title game). I hope we didn't use them all."

"They are a very good team with some great hitters," said State Park manager Ken Jaeger.

"We've been together for three years and seen a lot of good games and bad games," added the State Park manager. "This was one where we just ran into a good team. There's a reason they won state last year."

Drew Ellis had also helped Jeffersonville open the tournament strongly, extending his international tournament hitless string to 18 consecutive innings with 5-2/3 no-hit innings in a 3-0 victory over Wabash Little League. The Jeff pitcher also keyed his team's offense with a two-run double.

"It's great to be able to come out with a victory to open things up," said Derek Ellis. "After a tough first day of travel and getting everything organized when we got here, it's good to get out of the gate with a win."

The next day, Jeffersonville topped Decatur Baseball Little League, 9-2, in a rematch of the previous year's 11-year-old division state championship game. Jeffersonville pounded thirteen hits, including home runs by Dale, Robb and Hines, to defeat the District 7 winners for the second consecutive summer.

Jeff/GRC American further showcased its pitching depth in its final pool game, a 4-1 win over South Bend East Side Little League. Four Jeffersonville pitchers combined to allow no earned runs, while Shahroudi and Drew Ellis each homered in the win.

The pitching-by-committee approach enabled Derek Ellis to set up his rotation for the tournament's final stages.

"That takes a lot of pressure off me as a coach when (your pitching is) that deep," explained the Jeff/GRC manager at the conclusion of the tournament after his hurlers combined for three shutouts and just three runs allowed in five state tournament games. "When you can call on four, five, or six kids who can give you 20 to 45 pitches and know they're going to throw strikes, it's a great weapon to have in your arsenal."

Brownsburg, which had last reached the state championship game in the major baseball division during the league's run of four consecutive state championships from 1999 to 2002, relied on late-game heroics for a pair of its state tournament wins. Gentry's walk-off home run ended a string of 16 consecutive batters retired by State Park fireballer Kevin Jones, and snapped a 1-1 tie as the Bulldogs overcome State Park, 2-1 on the tournament's opening day. After winning its next two games, Brownsburg trailed South Bend East Side entering the final inning of their semifinal round encounter before rallying for a 9-8 victory.

The next evening, Brownsburg's chances came early, but Drew Ellis' dominance increased as the game progressed, and helped lift Jeffersonville to its first major baseball state championship since 1990. The state's second-oldest league, Jeffersonville earned an Indiana-best fifth state championship in the major baseball division with the title game win. Brownsburg and Terre Haute American Little Leagues each have won four major baseball state titles.

Derek Ellis had come close to winning one of those state titles as a twelve-year-old -- the Jeffersonville manager was a member of a 1979 Jeff/GRC all-star team that lost the state championship game in extra innings to Anderson's Franklin Little League -- and the present-day manager was thrilled to see the current generation break through to the next level.

"To be part of this with my son and all the other guys, I'm on such a high right now I can't explain it," said the ecstatic Jeffersonville manager. "I'm so happy for these kids. They deserve it."

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  Championship Game 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Jeff/GRC American 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 1
Brownsburg 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1

2008 Indiana District Champions and Sectional Tournament Results:

District Champions
in Section 1
District Champions
in Section 2
D3 - McCutcheon Youth Baseball
D8 - Brownsburg

Section 1 Tournament
Host - Lebanon (District 3)

Tournament Results:

1 - Brownsburg 11, McCutcheon Youth Baseball 1
2 - McCutcheon Youth Baseball 9, Brownsburg 8
3 - Brownsburg 12, McCutcheon Youth Baseball 2 (TITLE)

D1 - State Park (Chesterton)
D2 - Munster

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 - Middlebury

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

Tournament Results:

1 - South Bend East Side 13, Middlebury 3 (5 innings)
2 - South Bend East Side 3, Middlebury 2 (TITLE)

D9 - Wabash
D10 - St. Joe Central (Fort Wayne)

Section 4 Tournament
Host - Harry Bridges (Elwood) (District 9)

Tournament Results:

1 - St. Joe Central 17, Wabash 4
2 - Wabash 11, St. Joe Central 1 (4 innings)
3 - Wabash 10, St. Joe Central 7 (TITLE)

District Champions
in Section 5
District Champions
in Section 6
D6 - Yorktown
D7 - Decatur Baseball

Section 5 Tournament
Host - Pendleton (District 6)

Tournament Results:

1 - Decatur Baseball d. Yorktown
2 - Yorktown 13, Decatur Baseball 3
3 - Decatur Baseball 13, Yorktown 1 (TITLE)

D5 - Jeff/GRC American (Jeffersonville)
D12 - Greenwood

Section 6 Tournament
Host - Jeff/GRC American (Jeffersonville) (District 5)
At Woehrle Field

Tournament Results:

1 - Jeff/GRC American 8, Greenwood 6 (7 innings)
2 - Jeff/GRC American 7, Greenwood 1 (TITLE)

District Champions
in Section 7
D4 - Terre Haute North
D13 - Haubstadt

Section 7 Tournament
Host - Princeton (District 13)

Tournament Results:

1 - Haubstadt 8, Terre Haute North 6
2 - Terre Haute North 11, Haubstadt 1
3 - Terre Haute North 4, Haubstadt 3 (TITLE)

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