2006 Iowa State Little League® Tournament Results
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Iowa State Tournament
Host - Walnut Creek (Clive) (District 5)

Participating Teams
District 1 Champions Boone National
District 2 Champions Davenport Southeast
District 3 Champions Urbandale
District 4 Champions Davis County (Bloomfield)
District 5 Champions Raccoon Valley (Des Moines)
District 6 Champions Sioux City Northwest

NOTE: The Iowa State Tournament is using a round-robin format. After preliminary round competition, the top two teams advance to the championship game.

Click here to view 2006 district tournament results for Iowa.

Tournament Results:

Round 1 (Saturday, July 22):
Davenport Southeast 14, Boone National 4
Davis County 2, Urbandale 0
Sioux City Northwest 3, Raccoon Valley 2

Round 2 (Sunday, July 23):
Raccoon Valley 8, Urbandale 0
Davis County 6, Boone National 0
Davenport Southeast 6, Sioux City Northwest 0

Round 3 (Monday, July 24):
Sioux City Northwest 10, Urbandale 9
Davenport Southeast 5, Davis County 2
Raccoon Valley 6, Boone National 0

Round 4 (Tuesday, July 25):
Davenport Southeast 7, Urbandale 6
Davis County 8, Raccoon Valley 3
Sioux City Northwest 3, Boone National 1

Round 5 (Wednesday, July 26):
Davis County 2, Sioux City Northwest 1
Urbandale 8, Boone National 1
Raccoon Valley 5, Davenport Southeast 2



Davenport Southeast 4 1
Davis County 4 1
Sioux City Northwest 3 2
Raccoon Valley 3 2
Urbandale 1 4
Boone National 0 5

The top two teams advance to the championship game.

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.

Iowa State Championship Game (Thursday, July 27)

Davis County 5, Davenport Southeast 2 (TITLE)


Davis County Little League jumped to an early lead, then held off a last inning rally to defeat Davenport Southeast Little League, 5-2, in the Iowa state championship game at Walnut Creek Little League's field in Clive.

With the win, Davis County -- making its third-ever state tournament appearance, and its second in as many years -- advanced to the Midwest Region tournament in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The Bloomfield-based league managed only five hits in the championship game, but made the most of its offensive opportunities early in the contest.

Davis County opened the scoring in the top of the first inning, when pitcher Calvin Mathews singled with one out and Josh Martsching fouled off several pitches before homering over the left center field fence on a full count pitch.

The next five Davis County hitters struck out, but the District 4 champions added to their lead when the top of the order came up again in the third. Calvin Utt drew a one-out walk, and Mathews followed with a single. Martsching drove in Utt with a double, then Josey Garmon added a two-run double that increased Davis County's lead to 5-0.

While Davis County converted on its early opportunities, Mathews escaped a pair of Davenport threats before settling down to finish with a four-hitter.

Mathews allowed a walk and single to open the first inning, then recorded three consecutive strikeouts to strand the baserunners. The next inning, the first two Davenport hitters again reached safely, and Southeast loaded the bases with two outs before Davis County left fielder Kody McSparen speared a line drive with a tumbling catch to end the inning.

Mathews then retired nine of the next ten hitters and carried a two-hitter into the final inning. Logan Burke's two-run double with two outs provided Davenport's only runs, and after a walk brought the tying run to the plate, Mathews ended the game with his twelfth strikeout.

"We were just too little, too late," said Davenport Southeast manager Marty Irmen of his team's last-ditch rally. "It was a tough loss (but we gave it) a team effort."

"We kind of went south after the first game last year," said Davis County manager Ron Martsching, whose team won its state tournament opener in 2005 before losing four consecutive games. "Now it seems like every kid is getting the job done."

Davis County reached the state tournament only after rallying from a two-run deficit in the bottom of the seventh inning against Lucas County Little League in the District 4 championship game. McSparen's game-ending hit drove in Garmon and helped rescue Davis County after Lucas County pulled in front with a two-run rally in the top of the inning.

The Southeast Iowa team then opened the state tournament with a pair of shutouts, as Martsching and Mathews turned in one-hitters in the tournament's first two rounds. Mathews struck out fifteen and allowed only one ball hit out of the infield in a 2-0 win over Urbandale Little League, then Martsching struck out fourteen and retired the final ten hitters he faced in a 6-0 victory over Boone National Little League.

Mathews opened the scoring against Urbandale with a third inning home run, and Clint Foster (three hits) singled and scored on McSparen's hit in the sixth.

McSparen's second inning solo home run gave Davis County a 2-0 lead against Boone National, then the District 4 champions broke the game open with four runs in the fifth. Singles by Logan Cutler and Brandt Robinson and a walk to Damen Dixon loaded the bases. After a force out, Mathews delivered a two-run single to right center field, and Foster added a two-run double later in the inning.

Davenport Southeast also opened with a pair of victories, using home runs from Dan Robinson, Peter Finn, and Michael Becker to overpower Boone National 14-4 and then topping Sioux City Northwest Little League, 6-2. The District 2 champions then handed Davis County its only loss of the tournament, building an early 4-0 lead and holding Davis County to a pair of unearned runs in a 5-2 win.

Davenport clinched its championship game berth with a 7-6 win over Urbandale -- relief pitcher Daniel Sullivan registered a pair of strikeouts with the bases loaded to close out the game -- while Davis County and Sioux City Northwest met on the final day of round robin play to determine the second finalist. Davis County struck out fourteen times as a team and managed just two hits after the first inning, but Utt opened the bottom of the first with a walk, and Mathews followed with a two-run homer. Martsching made the quick strike hold up, allowing only four baserunners through the first five innings of a 2-1 Davis County win.

Martsching, who struck out elevel and walked one, surrendered three singles in the final inning to provide Sioux City's only run before ending the threat and moving his team into a rematch with Davenport Southeast.

Davenport's District 2 had produced five of the six most recent Little League World Series qualifiers for Iowa's region, but Davis County manager Ron Martsching was optimistic coming into the game.

"If we take care of business, we have a chance," said the Davis County manager. "That's all you want."

Davis County played error-free defense, while Martsching's home run and Mathews' ability to escape trouble in the early innings helped fuel the team's confidence.

Davis County won three of its four pool games at the Midwest Region tournament, and defeated Coon Rapid National (Minnesota) Little League, 3-0, in the semifinal round. In the region championship game, Davis County fell to Daniel Boone National Little League (Columbia, Missouri) by a 2-0 score.

Follow Davis County at the Midwest Region Tournament -- Click here to view results.


  Round 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Davis County 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 9 0
Urbandale 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
  Round 2
Boone National 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Davis County 1 1 0 0 4 x 6 6 0
  Round 3
Davenport Southeast 0 2 2 0 0 1 5 7 5
Davis County 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 4 3
  Round 4
Davis County 2 0 3 2 0 1 8 9 4
Raccoon Valley 0 1 0 0 2 0 3 6 3
  Round 5
Sioux City Northwest 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 0
Davis County 2 0 0 0 0 x 2 3 1
  Championship Game
Davis County 2 0 3 0 0 0 5 5 0
Davenport Southeast 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 4 0

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