2014 Kansas State Little League® Tournament Results
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Tournament Results:

North Area Tournament
Host - Frontenac Youth

Best 2-of-3 Series:
Frontenac Youth 15, Cherokee Community 0
Frontenac Youth 10, Cherokee Community 0 (TITLE)

Both teams in the North Area tournament advance to the state finals.

South Area Tournament
Host - Baxter Springs

Best 2-of-3 Series:
Baxter Springs d. Riverton Area
Baxter Springs d. Riverton Area (TITLE)

Both teams in the South Area tournament advance to the state finals.

Kansas State Tournament
Host - Baxter Springs

Opening Round:
Frontenac Youth 12, Riverton Area 1
Baxter Springs d. Cherokee Community

Elimination Bracket Semifinal (four teams remain):
Cherokee Community 9, Riverton Area 6 (elim.)

Winner's Bracket Final:
Frontenac Youth 10, Baxter Springs 3

Elimination Bracket Final (three teams remain):
Baxter Springs 12, Cherokee Community 3 (elim.)

Championship Series:
Frontenac Youth 12, Baxter Springs 1 (6 innings; TITLE)


Ryan Raio threw a complete game three-hitter, and his Frontenac Youth Little League all-star team scored in four of their six offensive innings as Frontenac toppled homestanding Baxter Springs Little League, 12-1, in the Kansas state championship game.

The win was Frontenac's second in as many games against Baxter Springs at the state tournament, and fifth overall against Kansas competition. It gave Frontenac its first-ever state championship in the major baseball division, and its second state title in a matter of hours, as the league's 9-10 year old all-star team won that age division's state championship on the same field earlier that evening.

Frontenac's offense went quietly in the top of the first inning of their championship game win, but the team struck for three runs in the second. Ben Boekout sparked the rally by reaching on a dropped third strike before Will Jameson delivered a run-scoring triple. With two outs, Caleb Hemby's infield single scored Jameson with the inning's second run, and Jake Beckmann's double plated pinch runner Kyle Kubler with the inning's final run.

In the fourth, Frontenac capitalized on wildness by Baxter Springs' pitcher to score four runs on just one hit. Three walks opened the inning, and two batters later, Raio also drew a free pass that forced in a run. Cooper Cleland followed with a two-run single, and Boekhout's sacrifice fly plated a fourth run.

Caleb Arnell's home run in the fourth got Baxter Springs on the scoreboard, but Frontenac Youth pulled away with five more runs over the game's final two innings. Five straight two-out hits led to three runs in the fifth before Frontenac tacked on two runs in the sixth.

"It's great for the city," said Frontenac manager Dan Raio of the league's sweep of Kansas' two state titles. "It's great for the kids, and it's a memory that's going to go with them for a long time."

Frontenac Youth outscored its five Kansas opponents in the international tournament by a 59-5 margin, and scored ten or more runs in each of its wins. After sweeping Cherokee Community, 15-0 and 10-0 in a pair of no-hitter wins in area tournament competition, Frontenac Youth opened state tournament play with a 12-1 win over Riverton Area Little League. Leadoff hitter Jake Beckmann sent the game's second pitch flying over the center field fence to open the scoring, and Frontenac rolled from there, scoring in every inning and ending the game after four innings due to the mercy rule.

Jameson added a pair of triples in the win, and Beckmann followed his home run with a run-scoring double in the second inning.

"That's our fifth home run so far," explained Dan Raio of Beckmann's leadoff blast. "And that's not even one of our power guys. That was the first time he ever led off. He's batted second for us and I switched the lineup. He did great."

The win lifted Frontenac into a winner's bracket clash with Baxter Springs, and Frontenac dispatched the tournament host in a 10-3 victory.

Boekout, the Frontenac Youth starter, and Arnell, Baxter Springs' pitcher, locked into a scoreless tie in the early innings before Frontenac broke through for six runs in the third inning.

Frontenac's rally was built on a steady stream of singles and walks. Trenton Born led off the inning with a single, and scored when ball four to Alex Johnson went to the backstop. Ryan Raio followed with a two-run single to right field that extended the lead to 3-0, and Jameson drove in another run with a groundout. Boekout's single to right field scored Cleland, and he later scored when Born's single capped the rally.

"He (Arnell, the Baxter Springs pitcher) threw hard," said Dan Raio. "He's probably the best pitcher we've seen so far. He controlled the game at the beginning and forced us to change our strategy to little ball, and that's what we did. Get runners on base and force some things."

Nick Abbott's solo home run in the fourth put Baxter Springs on the scoreboard, but Frontenac responded with three runs in the bottom of the inning. Boekout doubled with two outs to score Cleland, and then two more Frontenac runs scored on a Baxter Springs error.

"Just clutch hitting that one inning, and great pitching that shut the door," said Dan Raio. "We're looking pretty good going into (the title game). Every pitcher's available except for one."

As it turned out, Frontenac would need just one pitcher in the title game, as Ryan Raio gave his team its second win over Baxter Springs and brought the state major baseball title back to Frontenac for the first time in the league's history.

Frontenac Youth advanced to the Midwest Region tournament in Indianapolis following their state tournament win, and the new Kansas champions soon made their mark, snapping a 23-game losing streak by Kansas leagues and giving the state its first win at the region tournament since 2008 with a 6-5 win over eventual region runner-up Kearney (Nebraska) Little League on the second day of pool competition. Frontenac had dropped their opening day pool game in extra innings, and later suffered a one-run defeat at the hands of a Plymouth/New Hope Little League (Minnesota) team that swept its four pool games. The Kansas champions finished pool competition with a 1-3 record.

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  Winner's Bracket Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Baxter Springs 0 0 0 1 2 0 3 - -
Frontenac Youth 0 0 6 3 1 x 10 - -
  Elimination Bracket Final
Cherokee Community 0 0 2 0 1 0 3 - -
Baxter Springs 1 1 0 4 6 x 12 - -
  Championship Game
Frontenac Youth 0 3 0 4 3 2 12 - -
Baxter Springs 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 3 -

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