1998 Pennsylvania State Little League® Tournament Results

Pennsylvania State Tournament



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Pennsylvania State Tournament
Host - Lower Burrell (District 26)

Participating Teams:
Section 1 Champions
Section 2 Champions
Section 3 Champions
Section 4 Champions
Section 5 Champions
Latrobe (District 26)
Franklin (District 25)
Williamsport Brandon (District 12)
Quakertown (District 20)
Morrisville (District 21)

Tournament Results:

Opening Round:
Williamsport Brandon 12, Morrisville 7

Winner's Bracket Semifinals:
Latrobe 2, Quakertown 1
Williamsport Brandon 13, Franklin 1 (4 innings)

Loser's Bracket Quarterfinals:
Morrisville 7, Quakertown 4 (elim.)

Loser's Bracket Semifinals:
Morrisville 4, Franklin 2 (elim.)

Winner's Bracket Finals:
Latrobe 3, Williamsport Brandon 1

Loser's Bracket Finals:
Williamsport Brandon 5, Morrisville 4 (elim.)

Championship Series:
Williamsport Brandon 11, Latrobe 8
Latrobe 6, Williamsport Brandon 5 (7 innings; TITLE)


Summary:

Latrobe and Williamsport Brandon combined for eleven home runs in their three state tournament meetings, but it was a miscue on a routine grounder that helped propel Latrobe to a 6-5 title game win. It was Latrobe's first state title in six state tournament appearances over four decades.

Latrobe was down to its last strike in the 'if' game of the Pennsylvania state tournament before rallying to force extra innings. Zach Little's three-run homer in the bottom of the fifth inning had given Brandon a 5-3 lead, and though Latrobe had rallied to trim the deficit to 5-4, Eric Christianson faced a 2-2 count with two outs in the top of the sixth inning. Christianson barely tipped a pitch to keep the count alive, then hit a grounder to second that was misplayed by the Brandon fielder and allowed the tying run to score. In the seventh, Nathan Braden singled and eventually scored on Tommy Schultz's two-out single to propel Latrobe to the title.

The lead changed three times in the 'if' game. Brandon took an early 1-0 lead when Kory Datres singled and eventually scored on a three-base error, and Jason Edkins homered to give the Williamsport squad a 2-0 lead. Latrobe rallied to take the lead with a three-run fifth inning rally. A passed ball allowed one run to score, and Braden slammed a two-run homer to give Latrobe its first lead of the game before Little's homer regained the lead for Brandon.

Latrobe and Brandon met three times in the state tournament. In the first meeting, Latrobe managed only four hits off of Little, but made them all count in a 3-1 victory. Latrobe took an early lead when Braden singled and eventually scored on Chris Sarnese's single, and later extended the lead to 3-1 when Brian Boltich followed Braden's second hit of the game with a two-run homer.

Winning pitcher Tim Schultz, who cruised through five innings with a one-hitter, staved off a last-ditch Brandon rally. Brian Reeder crushed a solo home run to open the inning, then a Matt Flook base hit and a Jeff Hughes ground-rule double put the tying run in scoring position with nobody out. Schultz calmly recorded a strikeout, was aided by a diving catch on the foul line by his right fielder, and ended the game with a strikeout to send Latrobe to the championship game. Schultz struck out 10 and Little struck out 11 in the pitchers' duel.

Brandon eliminated Morrisville (a three-run homer by ninth place hitter Noah Nelms and a solo shot by Little propelled Brandon to the 5-4 win) to set up another meeting with Latrobe. Brandon -- which would hit 13 home runs in their six state tournament games -- slammed four homers to outslug Latrobe 11-8 and force the 'if' game. Latrobe took an early 2-0 lead, but Reeder's two-run homer and a solo blast by Edkin staked Brandon to a 4-2 lead. After Latrobe rallied to take a 5-4 lead, Edkins connected on his second homer of the day. The three-run blow fueled a five run rally and gave Brandon a 9-5 lead that it never relinquished. Braden and Sarnese later homered for Latrobe, and Flook added another round-tripper for Brandon.

Brandon's runner-up finish was reminiscent of the league's fate at the 1996 Pennsylvania 9-10 year old state tournament. Brandon took an early lead in that game, only to watch Hazle Township rally late and eventually claim a ten inning title game victory.

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Linescores:

  Winner's Bracket Finals 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Williamsport Brandon 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 4 0
Latrobe 1 0 2 0 0 x 3 4 0
  Loser's Bracket Finals
Morrisville 1 0 0 3 0 0 4 10 0
Williamsport Brandon 0 4 1 0 0 x 5 7 1
  First Championship Game
Latrobe 2 0 3 0 2 1 8 11 0
Williamsport Brandon 4 0 0 5 2 x 11 14 1
  Second Championship Game
Latrobe 0 0 0 0 3 2 1 6 9 1
Williamsport Brandon 1 0 0 1 3 0 0 5 8 1


1998 Pennsylvania Sectional Tournament Results:

District Champions
in Section 1
District Champions
in Section 2
D4 - Ingomar National
D5 - Big Valley
D9 - Bullskin Township
D11 - Huntingdon
D26 - Latrobe

Section 1 Tournament
Host - Bullskin Township (District 9)

Tournament Results:
1 - Big Valley 7, Ingomar National 3
2 - Latrobe 8, Huntingdon 0
3 - Bullskin Township d. Big Valley
4 - Ingomar National d. Huntingdon (elim.)
5 - Big Valley d. Ingomar National (elim.)
6 - Latrobe d. Bullskin Township
7 - Big Valley d. Bullskin Township (elim.)
8 - Latrobe 3, Big Valley 2 (7 innings; TITLE)

D1 - Meadville
D2 - Sharpsville
D7 - Indiana National
D10 - Brookville
D25 - Franklin

Section 2 Tournament
Host - Clarion(District 25)

Tournament Results:
1 - Meadville 5, Sharpsville 4
2 - Indiana National 4, Brookville 1
3 - Franklin 16, Meadville 5 (4 innings)
4 - Brookville 17, Sharpsville 9 (elim.)
5 - Meadville 11, Brookville 5 (elim.)
6 - Franklin 19, Indiana National 7 (4 innings)
7 - Indiana National 15, Meadville 13 (elim.)
8 - Franklin 14, Indiana National 5 (TITLE)

District Champions
in Section 3
District Champions
in Section 4
D12 - Williamsport Brandon
D13 - South Columbia
D14 - Redlands
D15 - Potter-McKean (Roulette)
D24 - Ashland

Section 3 Tournament
Held at Multiple Sites

Tournament Results:
1 - Ashland 14, South Columbia 4
2 - Williamsport Brandon 4, Potter-McKean 0
3 - Redlands 6, Ashland 4
4 - Potter-McKean 4, South Columbia 1 (elim.)
5 - Potter-McKean 6, Ashland 5 (elim.)
6 - Williamsport Brandon 10, Redlands 4
7 - Redlands d. Potter-McKean (elim.)
8 - Williamsport Brandon 11, Redlands 0 (4 innings; TITLE)

D16 - Plains
D17 - West Scranton
D18 - Tamaqua
D20 - Quakertown
D29 - Big Pocono (Reeders)

Section 4 Tournament
Held at Multiple Sites

Tournament Results:
1 - West Scranton 6, Tamaqua 2
2 - Quakertown 4, Plains 0 (8 innings)
3 - West Scranton d. Big Pocono
4 - Plains 9, Tamaqua 5 (elim.)
5 - Big Pocono 4, Plains 3 (elim.)
6 - Quakertown 9, West Scranton 5
7 - West Scranton 6, Big Pocono 0 (elim.)
8 - West Scranton 6, Quakertown 4
9 - Quakertown 11, West Scranton 0 (4 innings; TITLE)

District Champions
in Section 5
D19 - Newtown-Edgmont (Newtown Square)
D21 - Morrisville
D22 - Lower Gwynedd
D23 - Conestoga Valley
D27 - Radnor-Wayne
D28 - Lionville
D30 - Lenape Valley

Section 5 Tournament
Host - KAU (Kennett Square) (District 28)

Tournament Results:
1 - Morrisville 7, Conestoga Valley 4
2 - Newtown-Edgmont 10, Radnor-Wayne 3
3 - Lower Gwynedd d. Lenape Valley
4 - Morrisville 9, Lionville 4 (11 innings)
5 - Lower Gwynedd d. Newtown-Edgmont

(Lenape Valley, Lionville, Newtown-Edgmont, and Radnor-Wayne are all eliminated in loser's bracket games.)

10 - Morrisville 9, Lower Gwynedd 5
11 - Conestoga Valley d. Lower Gwynedd (elim.)
12 - Conestoga Valley 5, Morrisville 3
13 - Morrisville 8, Conestoga Valley 4 (TITLE)

NOTE: Districts 3, 6, and 8 no longer exist in Pennsylvania.




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