1997 Pennsylvania State Little League® Tournament Results

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Pennsylvania State Tournament
Host - Carbondale (District 17)

Participating Teams
Section 1 Champions
Section 2 Champions
Section 3 Champions
Section 4 Champions
Section 5 Champions

Ingomar National (McCandless) (District 4)
Groundhog (Punxsutawney) (District 10)
Railway Park (Pottsville) (District 24)
North Central (Bethlehem) (District 20)
Berwyn-Paoli (District 27)

Tournament Results:

Opening Round:
Berwyn-Paoli 7, Punxsutawney Groundhog 4

Winner's Bracket Semifinals:
Railway Park 2, Bethleham North Central 0
Berwyn-Paoli d. Ingomar National

Loser's Bracket Quarterfinals:
Bethleham North Central d. Punxsutawney Groundhog (elim.)

Winner's Bracket Finals:
Bethleham North Central 19, Ingomar National 4 (4 innings, 10-run rule; elim.)

Loser's Bracket Semifinals:
Railway Park 4, Berwyn-Paoli 0

Loser's Bracket Finals:
Berwyn-Paoli d. Bethleham North Central (elim.)

Championship Series:
Berwyn-Paoli 3, Railway Park 2
Railway Park 9, Berwyn-Paoli 1 (TITLE)


Summary:

Pottsville Railway Park rode a deep pitching staff and a rediscovered offensive attack to its first ever state title. Railway Park did not score an earned run in either of its two early-round victories, while pitchers Dave DeStefano (three-hitter) and Alex Miranda (one-hitter) registered consecutive shutouts. After Berwyn-Paoli posted a come-from-behind win to force a third meeting with Railway Park, Pottsville manager Irv Schappell shook up his batting order, and his team responded by pounding out 12 hits in a 9-1 title game victory. DeStefano (double, home run) and third baseman Jeff Ridge each went 3-for-4, while Miranda added a two-run homer. DeStefano scattered four hits and allowed only one ball to leave the infield in picking up his second state tournament victory. DeStefano, Miranda, Ridge, and Anthony Mehling all had started on Railway Park's 1996 state tournament qualifying team.

Railway Park's suffocating pitching continued in the Eastern Region Tournament in Bristol, Connecticut. Miranda's tourney-opening no-hitter against Meriden Ed Walsh (Connecticut) set the tone: Railway Park did not allow a run in pool competition. After Miranda again beat Ed Walsh in the semifinals, DeStefano withstood a last-gasp rally by a never-say-die team from St. Mary's American Little League (California/Hollywood, Maryland) in a 2-1 title game victory that earned Railway Park a World Series berth. After an opening round win over Central Region champion Dyer Little League (Indiana), Railway Park dropped two tight games to finish third in the U.S. pool with a 1-2 record.

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Linescores:

  Winner's Bracket Finals 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Railway Park 2 0 2 0 0 0 4 9 1
Berwyn-Paoli 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
  Championship Series
Railway Park 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 4 1
Berwyn-Paoli 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 8 3
  Championship Series
Railway Park 0 0 2 3 2 2 9 12 1
Berwyn-Paoli 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 4 4


1997 Pennsylvania District Champions and Sectional Tournament Results:

District Champions
in Section 1
District Champions
in Section 2
D4 - Ingomar National (McCandless)
D5 - State College American
D9 - Bullskin Township (Connellsville)
D11 - V.E. Erickson (Johnstown)
D26 - Lower Burrell

Section 1 Tournament
Host - Warriors Mark (District 5)

Tournament Results:
1 - V.E. Erickson d. Bullskin Township
2 - Ingomar National d. Lower Burrell
3 - State College American 11, V.E. Erickson 1 (4 innings)
4 - Lower Burrell d. Bullskin Township (elim.)
5 - Lower Burrell d. V.E. Erickson (elim.)
6 - Ingomar National 11, State College American 4
7 - State College American 8, Lower Burrell 7 (9 innings; elim.)
8 - Ingomar National 6, State College American 3 (7 innings; TITLE)

D1 - Union City
D2 - Grove City
D7 - Ford City
D10 - Groundhog (Punxsutawney)
D25 - Clarion

Section 2 Tournament
Host - Brookville (District 10)

Tournament Results:
1 - Grove City 8, Union City 5
2 - Clarion d. Ford City
3 - Punxsutawney Groundhog 3, Grove City 1
4 - Union City d. Ford City (elim.)
5 - Grove City 16, Union City 4 (4 innings; elim.)
6 - Punxsutawney Groundhog 9, Clarion 8
7 - Grove City 6, Clarion 2 (elim.)
8 - Punxsutawney Groundhog 6, Grove City 5 (TITLE)

District Champions
in Section 3
District Champions
in Section 4
D12 - Brandon (Williamsport)
D13 - Danville
D14 - Newville
D15 - Susquehanna County (Montrose)
D24 - Railway Park (Pottsville)

Section 3 Tournament
Held at District Sites
Championship Game Host - Railway Park (Pottsville) (District 24)
At Railway Park

Tournament Results:
1 - Williamsport Brandon 7, Susquehanna County 1
2 - Pottsville Railway Park 5, Newville 3
3 - Danville 4, Williamsport Brandon 3
4 - Newville d. Susquehanna County (elim.)
5 - Williamsport Brandon 10, Newville 5 (elim.)
6 - Pottsville Railway Park 7, Danville 4
7 - Danville 9, Williamsport Brandon 1 (elim.)
8 - Pottsville Railway Park 9, Danville 8 (TITLE)

D16 - Kingston
D17 - Dandy Lion
D18 - Hazle Township
D20 - North Central (Bethlehem)
D29 - Stroudsburg

Section 4 Tournament
Held at District Sites
Championship Game Host - Kingston (District 16)
At Hamilton Park

Tournament Results:
1 - Kingston 3, Hazle Township 2 (10 innings)
2 - Stroudsburg 14, Dandy Lion 1
3 - Bethlehem North Central 19, Stroudsburg 9
4 - Hazle Township d. Dandy Lion (elim.)
5 - Stroudsburg 8, Hazle Township 2 (elim.)
6 - Bethlehem North Central 12, Kingston 3
7 - Kingston 2, Stroudsburg 1 (elim.)
8 - Bethlehem North Central 6, Kingston 3 (7 innings; TITLE)

District Champions
in Section 5
D19 - Newtown-Edgmont (Newtown Square)
D21 - Middletown
D22 - Lower Gwynedd
D23 - Conrad Weiser
D27 - Berwyn-Paoli
D28 - Avon Grove (West Grove)
D30 - Warrington American

Section 5 Tournament
Host - Lower Perkiomen Indians (Collegeville) (District 27)
At Al Miller Field

Tournament Results:
1 - Newtown-Edgmont 12, Warrington American 6
2 - Conrad Weiser 11, Middletown 6
3 - Lower Gwynedd 6, Avon Grove 1
4 - Berwyn-Paoli 25, Lower Gwynedd 4
5 - Newtown-Edgmont 3, Conrad Weiser 2
6 - Middletown 5, Warrington American 4 (elim.)
7 - Middletown 7, Lower Gwynedd 1 (elim.)
8 - Conrad Weiser 6, Avon Grove 2 (elim.)
9 - Middletown 15, Conrad Weiser 5 (elim.)
10 - Berwyn-Paoli 17, Newtown-Edgmont 5 (4 innings)
11 - Newtown-Edgmont 8, Middletown 7 (elim.)
12 - Newtown-Edgmont 7, Berwyn-Paoli 6 (9 innings)
13 - Berwyn-Paoli 15, Newtown-Edgmont 1 (TITLE)




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