2006 Kansas State Little League® Tournament Results
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Kansas State Tournament
Host - Baxter Springs

Participating Teams
District 2 North Area Champions Paola
District 2 South Area Champions Galena

NOTE: Kansas' District 1 has only one chartered league. Because this league elected not to participate in the 2006 international tournament, the District 2 tournament served as the state tournament.

Best 2-of-3 Series:

Galena 11, Paola 1
Galena 10, Paola 0 (TITLE)


Galena Little League won five consecutive games to capture its second state championship in three years.

Three of Galena's victories came in area tournament play, then the Cherokee County league swept Paola Little League, 11-1 and 10-0, in a best 2-of-3 state championship series at Baxter Springs Little League's field.

Galena claimed both of its tournaments behind no-hit pitching performances. Zach Gougler hurled a no-hitter in the area championship game, where Galena edged Cherokee Community Little League, 3-2, and Drew Bilke threw a no-hitter in the second win over Paola.

No leagues from Kansas District 1 competed in the 2006 international tournament. The two area champions from District 2, which encompasses Eastern Kansas, met to decide the state champion.

Bilke had gained an extra year of eligibility in the major baseball division when Little League Baseball changed the date for which it determines a player's league age to April 30. He had been a member of the 2004 Galena all-star team that also won the state championship after sweeping Southwest Kansas Little League in the state championship series.

Prior to the 2006 international tournament, a player's league age was determined by their age as of August 1 of a calendar year.

Galena hit eight home runs in its five victories, and advanced to the Midwest Region tournament in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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

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