2003 Pennsylvania State Little League® Tournament Results
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Pennsylvania State Tournament
Host - State College (District 5)
At Montresor Field; S and A Homes Park

Participating Teams
Section 1 Champions Ingomar National (McCandless) (District 4)
Section 2 Champions Hermitage (District 2)
Section 3 Champions Keystone (Beech Creek) (District 12)
Section 4 Champions Lehigh (Bethlehem) (District 20)
Section 5 Champions Lower Perkiomen (Collegeville) (District 27)

Tournament Results:

Opening Round:
Ingomar National 7, Lower Perkiomen 2

Winner's Bracket Semifinals:
Keystone 2, Lehigh 0
Hermitage 8, Ingomar National 5

Elimination Bracket Quarterfinals (five teams remain):
Lower Perkiomen 6, Lehigh 0 (forfeit; elim.) (see below)

Winner's Bracket Finals:
Hermitage 14, Keystone 5

Elimination Bracket Semifinals (four teams remain):
Lower Perkiomen 10, Ingomar National 0 (5 innings; elim.)

Elimination Bracket Finals (three teams remain):
Lower Perkiomen 10, Keystone 6 (elim.)

Championship Series:
Lower Perkiomen 9, Hermitage 0
Lower Perkiomen 13, Hermitage 8 (TITLE)

In the loser's bracket quarterfinals, Lehigh led Lower Perkiomen 2-1 in the top of the fifth inning when the game was called due to rain and lightning. Lehigh's final two substitutes entered the game in the fifth inning but did not meet their mandatory play requirements before the game was ended. A Lower Perkiomen protest was upheld by Williamsport officials, and Lehigh was forced to forfeit their rain-shortened victory.


Lower Perkiomen Little League struggled offensively in the early stages of the Pennsylvania state tournament at Montresor Field in State College, losing their first game 7-2 and trailing late in their second outing by a 2-1 margin.

Then the rain came. And the reign began.

Given a new lease on life when a storm helped to hand them a forfeit win in their second game, Lower Perkiomen exploded for 42 runs in its next four games, and advanced through the elimination bracked to win the Pennsylvania state championship. Lower Perkiomen routed Ingomar National 10-0 and ousted Keystone 10-6 before sweeping Hermitage 9-0 and 13-8 in the championship series.

"That was a good team," said Hermitage manager Rick Gurerra after Lower Perkiomen battered his team twice. "Lower Perk hit the ball. They hit our best pitchers, and they did a very good job. They definitely deserve to be going where they're going."

That would be Bristol, Connecticut, the home of the Mid-Atlantic Region tournament. But early in the state tournament, Lower Perkiomen appeared headed for a different home -- their own. The District 27 champions slumbered through the early portion of the tournament, but their fortunes turned when game officials halted their second tournament contest with two outs in the top of the fifth inning. Defending champion and pre-tournament favorite Lehigh Little League had inserted its final substitutes at the start of the inning, but because the game was called due to rain and lightning before the third out was recorded, the new substitutes did not meet their mandatory play requirements. Lower Perkiomen protested, and was awarded the forfeit victory.

"One thing I've got to say about Lower Perk is that manager Mike Ricci wanted to play the game . . . tomorrow morning," said an otherwise disappointed Lehigh manager Bob Stauffer. "He didn't want to win that way. He's a stand-up manager."

"I felt confident we would win the game on our own," said Ricci.

Lower Perkiomen had two runners on base and two of its best hitters due up when the game was halted.

Lower Perkiomen demonstrated that it needed no help in its ensuing games. Christian Walker, Nick Sun, and Dennis Custer all had two hits as the Collegeville-based league avenged their opening round defeat with a mercy rule-shortened 10-0 win over Ingomar National. The next day, Lower Perkiomen continued the offensive fireworks, pounding seven hits and scoring eight runs in the bottom of the first inning to reach the title game by eliminating Keystone 10-6. Walker had three hits, while Tim Cooney and Tim Wisely added a pair of hits each.

“Giving up eight runs in the bottom of the first took a lot out of us,” said Keystone manager Ed Dolan. It was the third consecutive disastrous inning for the District 12 champions: the previous night, Keystone held a 5-2 lead with four outs to go in the winner's bracket finals against Hermitage, but back-to-back home runs by catcher Lukas Gurrera and shortstop Jaymee Shepherd tied the game, and Hermitage went on to post consecutive six-run rallies in a 14-5 win.

Lower Perkiomen needed a pair of wins over Hermitage to complete their climb through the loser's bracket. Cooney made sure they got the first one, throwing a one-hitter and homering twice as Lower Perkiomen blanked the District 2 winners 9-0.

"He won the game for us based on pitch selection," said Ricci of Cooney's performance. "He controlled the game from the first inning to the last."

Cooney also set the tone early with a solo home run in the first inning. In the third, his second homer opened the scoring in an eight-run rally. Todd Rubendall added a two-run homer and Ryan Deitrich added an RBI double as Lower Perkiomen forced the tournament to a final game.

The next evening, Lower Perkiomen continued its torrid hitting, outslugging Shepherd and Hermitage by a 13-8 margin. Walker led the way for the winners, homering in his first two plate appearances. Eight different Lower Perkiomen players contributed base hits.

The team effort was enough to overcome the heroics of Shepherd. The Hermitage shortstop launched long home runs in his first three plate appearances and added a single in the sixth to cap a 4-for-4, seven-RBI performance.

"My credit to Shephard, he's just a fantastic hitter," said Ricci, who marveled at Shephard's full count grand slam in the fourth inning.

"(Pitcher Nick Sun) was trying to hit the corners and Shephard was just all over anything he threw at him."

While Shephard feasted at the plate, Sun was able to keep the rest of the Hermitage offense in check despite issuing five walks. That gave Lower Perkiomen's offense time to go to work.

"Our bats during this tournament have just been on fire," said Ricci. "Everybody contributed to this win."

"We ate our way through the loser's bracket, and as you can tell by the scores of some of our games, we were the best team to represent Pennsylvania in Bristol," he added. "That's the way I feel about it and I think anyone would agree at this point."

Lower Perkiomen continued its offensive renaissance at the Mid-Atlantic region tournament in Bristol, scoring 43 runs while winning all four of its pool games. Lower Perkiomen defeated West Salisbury (Maryland) Little League 3-1 in the semifinal round, but fell to Naamans Little League (Wilmington, Delaware) in the region championship game.

Follow Lower Perkiomen at the Mid-Atlantic Region Tournament -- click here to view results.

2003 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 - Yough Westmoreland (Ruffsdale)
D11 - Huntingdon
D26 - West Point (Greensburg)

Section 1 Tournament
Host - North Braddock (District 4)

Tournament Results:
1 - Yough Westmoreland 4, Huntingdon 2
2 - State College American 8, West Point 2
3 - Ingomar National 10, Yough Westmoreland 1
4 - Huntingdon 10, West Point 0 (elim.)
5 - Huntingdon 7, Yough Westmoreland 6 (elim.)
6 - Ingomar National 9, State College American 2
7 - Huntingdon 11, State College American 7 (elim.)
8 - Huntingdon 4, Ingomar National 2
9 - Ingomar National 12, Huntingdon 1 (4 innings; TITLE)

D1 - French Creek Valley American
D2 - Hermitage
D7 - New Bethlehem
D10 - DuBois
D25 - East Butler

Section 2 Tournament
Host - Ford City (Pattonville) (District 7)

Tournament Results:
1 - DuBois 11, French Creek Valley American 4
2 - Hermitage 9, East Butler 5
3 - DuBois 4, New Bethlehem 0
4 - East Butler d. French Creek Valley American (elim.)
5 - DuBois 4, Hermitage 3
6 - East Butler d. New Bethlehem (elim.)
7 - Hermitage 12, East Butler 4 (elim.)
8 - Hermitage 10, DuBois 5
9 - Hermitage 8, DuBois 1 (TITLE)

District Champions
in Section 3
District Champions
in Section 4
D12 - Keystone (Beech Creek)
D13 - Juniata County (McAlisterville)
D14 - Red Land (New Cumberland)
D15 - Wellsboro
D24 - Cressona

Section 3 Tournament
Held at District Sites
Championship Game Host - Keystone (Beech Creek) (District 12)

Tournament Results:
1 - Wellsboro 3, Keystone 1
2 - Cressona 4, Juniata County 3
3 - Red Land 10, Wellsboro 0
4 - Keystone 5, Juniata County 1 (elim.)
5 - Red Land 2, Cressona 0
6 - Keystone 12, Wellsboro 7 (elim.)
7 - Keystone 3, Cressona 1 (4 innings, rain; elim.)
8 - Keystone 4, Red Land 3 (4 innings, rain)
9 - Keystone 10, Red Land 4 (TITLE)

D16 - Back Mountain National (Dallas)
D17 - Abington National
D18 - Valley West (Conyngham)
D20 - Lehigh (Bethlehem)
D29 - Stroudsburg National

Carbondale won the District 17 tournament but was stripped of the title by the international tournament committee due to a player residency violation. Abington National, the runner-up in the district tournament, was then awarded the district title.

Section 4 Tournament
Host - Back Mountain (Dallas) (District 16)

Tournament Results:
1 - Valley West 4, Stroudsburg National 3 (8 innings)
2 - Lehigh 7, Abington National 0
3 - Back Mountain National 5, Valley West 4 (7 innings)
4 - Stroudsburg National 6, Abington National 5 (elim.)
5 - Lehigh 4, Back Mountain National 1
6 - Valley West 3, Stroudsburg National 1 (elim.)
7 - Valley West 2, Back Mountain National 1 (elim.)
8 - Lehigh 7, Valley West 0 (TITLE)

District Champions
in Section 5
D19 - Newtown-Edgmont (Newtown Square)
D21 - Morrisville
D22 - Hatfield Area
D23 - Conestoga Valley (Lancaster)
D27 - Lower Perkiomen (Collegeville)
D28 - Avon Grove American (West Grove)
D30 - Council Rock Holland

Section 5 Tournament
Host - Exeter Township (District 23)
At Hall of Fame Field
(Game 1 at Memorial Field)

Tournament Results:
1 - Council Rock Holland 4, Newtown-Edgmont 2 (11 innings)
2 - Avon Grove American 5, Morrisville 0
3 - Lower Perkiomen 5, Hatfield Area 4
4 - Conestoga Valley 5, Council Rock Holland 1
5 - Lower Perkiomen 7, Avon Grove American 2
6 - Hatfield Area 7, Morrisville 4 (elim.)
7 - Avon Grove American 3, Newtown-Edgmont 2 (elim.)
8 - Hatfield Area 9, Council Rock Holland 4 (elim.)
9 - Lower Perkiomen 10, Conestoga Valley 0 (5 innings)
10 - Avon Grove American 7, Hatfield Area 6 (elim.)
11 - Conestoga Valley 4, Avon Grove American 3 (elim.)
12 - Lower Perkiomen 3, Conestoga Valley 2 (TITLE)

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