2009 Kansas State Little League® Tournament Results
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Tournament Results:

Format: Pool play, with leagues divided into two pools for round-robin competition. The top two teams in each pool advance to the state finals.

Pool Competition Results:

(North Pool Participants: Arma, Frontenac, and Girard)

(South Pool Participants: Baxter Springs, Cherokee Community, Galena, and Riverton)

North Pool Tournament
Host - Frontenac
At Frontenac Sports Complex

Girard 33, Arma 10 (4 innings)
Girard d. Frontenac
Arma 12, Frontenac 2 (5 innings)

South Pool Tournament
Host - Riverton

Riverton d. Galena
Cherokee Community 12, Baxter Springs 1
Riverton d. Baxter Springs
Cherokee Community 9, Galena 5
5 - Galena versus Baxter Springs (7/10)
Riverton d. Cherokee Community

North Pool Standings


Girard 2 0
Arma 1 1
Frontenac 0 2

South Pool Standings


Riverton 3 0
Cherokee Community 2 1
Baxter Springs 0 2
Galena 0 2

The top two teams in each pool advance to the state finals.

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.

Kansas State Finals
Host - Baxter Springs

Opening Round:
Riverton d. Arma
Cherokee Community 15, Girard 5 (5 innings)

Winner's Bracket Finals:
Cherokee Community 8, Riverton 6

Elimination Bracket Semifinals (four teams remain):
Girard 14, Arma 7 (elim.)

Elimination Bracket Finals (three teams remain):
Riverton d. Girard (elim.)

Championship Game:
Cherokee Community 12, Riverton 7 (TITLE)


Cherokee Community Little League shook off an earlier defeat, and topped Riverton Little League twice in the latter stages of the Kansas state tournament to claim its third consecutive Kansas championship.

Cherokee had fallen to Riverton, 9-8, during pool competition, but defeated the same team by 9-6 and 12-7 scores after both teams had advanced to the tournament's final phase.

Caleb Biancarelli's bases-loaded triple and Ryan Rakestraw's three run homer powered Cherokee's first victory over Riverton, while five- and four-run rallies helped lift the Crawford County team to its win in the championship game.

Cherokee became the first Kansas league to win three consecutive state championships in the major baseball division since Baxter Springs claimed eight straight titles between 1984 and 1991. Cherokee advanced to the Midwest Region tournament in Indianapolis, Indiana.

"A few years ago, winning was not really a thought, but now winning is what they expect," said Cherokee manager Bryan Burdette.

Both Cherokee and Riverton opened the tournament with a pair of victories. Jace Burdette's no-hitter and Biancarelli's two-run homer keyed Cherokee's 12-1 win over Baxter Springs, and the team followed that win with a 9-5 decision over Galena.

Riverton matched the start with wins over the same opponents, and both Cherokee and Riverton clinched final round berths in advance of their meeting on the final day of pool competition.

Riverton edged Cherokee, 9-8, but Cherokee returned the favor after both teams advanced toward a rematch by winning their initial games in the tournament's second phase.

"You would like to win them all," said Riverton manager Bryan Burdette after the first of his team's wins over Riverton. "But if you have to trade, you trade an early win for a late win."

Cherokee's first win over Riverton came after Burdette's team erased an early 2-0 deficit. Biancarelli's triple scored Shando Jacobs, Bryce Blockburger, and Devon Gideon as Cherokee moved into the lead on a single swing.

Cherokee added two more runs later in the inning, and in the third, Rakestraw's home run plated James Zimmerman and Brady Colvin and gave Cherokee an 8-3 advantage.

Riverton earned a rematch by eliminating Girard Little League, and erased an early 5-0 deficit against Cherokee on Kyle Wilkins' second inning grand slam. Cherokee regained the lead, and carried a one-run advantage into the bottom of the fifth before a series of Riverton errors prolonged the inning and sparked a four-run, two-out rally.

Rakestraw struck out five in the win, and threw five innings before reliever Brady Colvin pitched a scoreless sixth inning to seal the win.

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  Winner's Bracket Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Riverton 0 2 1 1 0 2 6 7 3
Cherokee Community 0 5 3 0 1 x 9 7 3
  Championship Game
Riverton 0 5 0 0 2 0 7 4 5
Cherokee Community 5 1 0 2 4 x 12 6 3

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