1948 Pennsylvania State Little League® Tournament Results

Pennsylvania State Tournament



1948

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Pennsylvania State Tournament
Host - Williamsport
At Original Little League Field; Memorial Park

Participating Teams:
District 1 Champions
District 2 Champions
District 3 Champions
District 8 Champions
District Champions
District Champions
District Champions
District Champions
Williamsport Lincoln
Loyalsock
Montgomery
Harrisburg West Shore
Granville Township
Lock Haven
Mount Carmel
Sullivan County

Tournament Results:

NOTE: The top three finishers in the Pennsylvania State Tournament all advanced to the World Series in 1948.

Williamsport Loyalsock 7, Sullivan County 5
Montgomery 2, Granville Township 1
Harrisburg West Shore 2, Williamsport Lincoln 0
Lock Haven 4, Mount Carmel 2
Loyalsock 9, Montgomery 2
Lock Haven 3, Harrisburg West Shore 2
Lock Haven 17, Loyalsock 6 (TITLE)

Consolation result:
Harrisburg West Shore 5, Montgomery 1

Summary:

While the first Little League World Series was held in 1947, the first Pennsylvania state tournament wasn't held until the next year. Due the large percentage of all Little Leagues that were located in Pennsylvania at the time, the top three finishers in the Pennsylvania state tournament each earned berths in the Little League World Series. Eventual series champion Lock Haven, Loyalsock, and Harrisburg West Shore qualified for the series by placing in the top three in the Pennsylvania state tournament.

Lock Haven swept through the Pennsylvania tournament with wins over Mount Carmel, Harrisburg West Shore, and Loyalsock. Against Mount Carmel, Gary Kelly's three-run homer in the top of the first propelled Lock Haven. In the semifinals, Harrisburg took an early 2-0 lead on Linn Lighter's first inning home run, but Lock Haven tied the game in the bottom of the inning on a hit batter, an error, and a pair of groundouts. Lock Haven broke the tie in the third when Jack Heckman drew a bases-loaded walk.

In the other semifinal, Loyalsock's Fred Stahl -- who was knocked out of his team's quarterfinal round win over Sullivan County by an early 5-0 outburst -- returned to the mound and allowed only two hits before giving way to a relief pitcher. Stahl also drove in four runs with a pair of two-run singles.

Lock Haven then defeated Loyalsock for the state title, and West Shore claimed a World Series berth with a 5-1 consolation round win over Montgomery.






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