2005 Kansas State Little League® Tournament Results
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Kansas State Tournament
Host - Leoti (District 1)

Participating Teams
District 1 Champions Leoti
District 2 Champions Baxter Springs

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Best 2-of-3 Series:

Baxter Springs 25, Leoti 0
Baxter Springs 42, Leoti 0 (4 innings; TITLE)


The leagues in Kansas' District 2 have long held the upper hand in their annual skirmish with Western Kansas' District 1 champion for the Jayhawk state's championship in Little League Baseball's major baseball division. The Eastern Kansas district entered the 2005 international tournament having won 27 of the past 29 Kansas championships, including the last five in a row.

Baxter Springs Little League brought 16 of those state titles back to Eastern Kansas during that timespan. The 2005 Baxter Springs all-star team made sure the streak would last a little longer.

The longtime Kansas power traveled across the state to Leoti Little League's field, and easily swept the host team, 25-0 and 42-1, to claim the 2005 Kansas state championship. The sweep culminated a dominating run for Baxter Springs, which outscored seven opponents by a 115-8 margin to win its first state championship since 2001. Baxter Springs advanced to the Midwest Region tournament in Indianapolis, Indiana, where the Kansas champions eventually reached the semifinal round.

Baxter Springs clinched the Kansas title when four pitchers combined on a mercy rule-shortened no-hitter in the series' second game. Hunter Miller, Dalton Maute, Weston Taconis, and Lucas Westervelt each pitched an inning, and Baxter Springs played errorless defense in support of its pitching corps.

Offensively, Jono Crockett led Baxter Springs' 28-hit outburst with five hits, including a pair of doubles. Miller was 4-for-6 with six runs batted in, while Taconis (3-for-4, three RBIs) and Westervelt (3-for-6, four RBIs) also had big afternoons. Maute added a double and three runs batted in, while Jacob Spence doubled and tripled.

Leoti was the only District 1 league chartered in 2005, and opened the international tournament with their state tournament series against Baxter Springs. Baxter Springs, by contrast, won a trio of games in the District 2 South Area tournament before sweeping North Area champion Paola Little League in 3-2 and 15-3 decisions to earn the state tournament berth.

Paola held an early 2-0 lead in the series' first game, but Baxter Springs tallied runs in the third and fifth innings before Taconis scored the winning run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Baxter Springs managed only two hits against Paola starter Connor Kresin, but pitcher Ty Rowe also threw a two-hitter and struck out twelve batters to preserve the win.

The next evening, Baxter Springs snapped a 3-3 tie with five runs in the fourth inning, then added seven more in the fifth inning. Gavin Brittain's grand slam in the fifth pushed Baxter Springs' lead to a ten run margin, involking the mercy rule and sending Baxter Springs into the state tournament.

Follow Baxter Springs at the Midwest Region Tournament -- Click here to view results.


  Game 2 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Baxter Springs 10 2 21 9 42 28 0
Leoti 0 0 0 0 0 0 12

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