2001 Texas State Little League® Tournament Results

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Texas State Tournament
Host - Texas State LL Headquarters; Waco
At Marvin Norcross Stadium; Waco

Pool 1 Participants
Section 1 Champions
Section 2 Champions
Section 3 Champions
Section 8 Champions

Midland Northern (District 3)
Fort Worth West Side Lions (District 7)
LaGrange (District 13)
Falfurrias (District 22)

Pool 2 Participants
Section 4 Champions
Section 5 Champions
Section 6 Champions
Section 7 Champions


New Braunfels Red (District 31)
ORWALL American (Oak Ridge/Woodlands Area) (District 28)
West Sugar Land (District 18)
San Antonio Northeast (District 19)

NOTE: The eight state tournament qualifiers were divided into two separate four-team draws. After round-robin pool competition, the top two teams in each pool advanced to single-elimination semifinal and championship round games.

Tournament Results:

All games played at Norcross Stadium except Games 3 and 4.

Round 1 (Friday, July 27):
Falfurrias 2, Midland Northern 1
Fort Worth West Side Lions 8, LaGrange 6
San Antonio Northeast 2, New Braunfels Red 1 (8 innings)
West Sugar Land 3, ORWALL American 2

Round 2 (Saturday, July 28):
Falfurrias 3, LaGrange 2
Midland Northern 1, Fort Worth West Side Lions 0
ORWALL American 7, San Antonio Northeast 6
New Braunfels Red 4, West Sugar Land 3 (9 innings)

Round 3 (Sunday, July 29):
Midland Northern 4, LaGrange 3
Falfurrias 3, Fort Worth West Side Lions 2
San Antonio Northeast 5, West Sugar Land 2
ORWALL American 4, New Braunfels Red 3 (7 innings)


Pool 1 Standings

W

L
Runs
Allowed
Falfurrias 3 0 5
Midland Northern 2 1 5
Fort Worth West Side Lions 1 2 10
LaGrange 0 3 15


Pool 2 Standings

W

L
Runs
Allowed
ORWALL American 2 1 12
San Antonio Northeast 2 1 10
New Braunfels Red 1 2 9
West Sugar Land 1 2 11

Ties are broken based on records in head-to-head competition among tied teams. In the event of a three-way tie, the initial tie is broken based on fewest runs allowed per defensive inning played. The tie between the remaining two teams is then broken based on head-to-head record.

Semifinal Round (Monday, July 30)

ORWALL American 5, Midland Northern 3
Falfurrias 2, San Antonio Northeast 0

Texas State Championship Game (Tuesday, July 31)

ORWALL American 2, Falfurrias 0 (TITLE)


Summary:

There were no Texas-sized victories at the 2001 Texas state tournament in Waco. One team, however, had a Texas-sized heart.

The improbable comeback, scene one:

San Antonio Northeast opened an early 5-0 lead against ORWALL American in the second round of pool competition, and carried a 6-3 advantage into the bottom of the sixth inning. The Houston area club had lost its opener, and another loss would leave them with little hope of advancing to the semifinal round.

But ORWALL American wasn't done. Matt Sandell led off the sixth with a single, and after a force out, Chris Causey's single and Shawn Finley's walk loaded the bases. As the rally built, the ORWALL section of the stands began a chant -- "we believe" -- that would become the team's signature. David Alleman, ORWALL's leadoff man and top hitter, walked to force in a run, and David Moore doubled home a pair of runs to tie the game. Matt Taylor then tapped a grounder to third. Northeast's third baseman charged the ball and threw too late to nip Taylor at first. Alleman scored, and ORWALL prevailed 7-6.

Twenty-four hours later. The improbable comeback, scene two:

New Braunfels Red raced to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first. The loser would be eliminated; the winner would advance to the semifinals, and New Braunfels' early offense forced ORWALL American manager Francis Alleman to bring in his son David to pitch. The younger Alleman allowed only two hits, and strung together seven shutout innings.

In the meantime, ORWALL's offense went to work. Taylor Parr's two-run homer to left center field in the second and Kirby Kirchner's RBI single in the third tied the score. The game went into extra innings, and Alleman opened the seventh with a walk -- one of three free passes he received on the day -- before moving to third on Moore's double. New Braunfels attempted to walk Taylor, but he managed to bunt a pitch Toward third. Alleman held initially, but raced for the plate as New Braunfels threw to first and then home. When the New Braunfels catcher dropped the ball in a collision at the plate, Alleman again scored the winning run as ORWALL survived 4-3.

Twenty-four hours later. The improbable comeback, scene three:

ORWALL American trailed 3-2 headed into the bottom of the sixth inning of its semifinal round encounter with Midland Northern. Chants of "we believe" again echoed from the ORWALL faithful, and, once again, the team delivered. Kirchner cracked a leadoff single, Parr dumped a single to center, and Finley ripped a walk-off three-run homer to right field to give ORWALL a 5-3 win.

After three walk-off wins, ORWALL American's next victory was anticlimatic. It was also their most important win: a 2-0 decision over Falfurrias that gave the District 28 champions the state championship.

ORWALL relied on Alleman's pitching to secure the win. The left-hander allowed only one hit, and struck out nine batters. Falfurrias pitcher Gordon Vela was also effective, allowing only four hits and five baserunners. ORWALL played smallball to generate its two runs. Causey walked to open the third inning, and moved to second on Rooke's bunt. He advanced to third on Alleman's infield single, and scored the game's first run on Moore's sacrifice bunt. In the fourth, Kirchner doubled to right, and came around on bunts by Dustin Cooley and Finley.

ORWALL emerged as the tournament champion, but the eight participating teams could not have been more evenly matched. Ten of the tournament's twelve games in pool competition were decided by one run, with the others decided by two and three runs, respectively. New Braunfels Red played three extra inning games, while Falfurrias, the only undefeated team, remained unbeaten only by winning a trio of one-run games.

ORWALL's title came in a year of transition for Little League Baseball in Texas. The state tournament was the first held at newly-constructed Marvin Norcross Stadium on the grounds of the new state headquarters facility.

It was also the last all-Texas championship tournament. Little League officials announced at the 2001 International Congress in Ottawa, Ontario that Waco would be the home of the new Southwest Region tournament beginning in 2002. Two Texas teams will earn berths in the new region tournament, along with state champions from Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, and Oklahoma.

At the Gulf States Region tournament in St. Petersburg, ORWALL American reached the championship game before falling 6-5 in extra innings to the South Lakes Charles (Louisiana) Little League.

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Linescores:

  Championship Game 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
ORWALL American 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 4 -
Falfurrias 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 -


2001 Texas District Champions and Sectional Tournament Results:

District Champions
in Section 1
District Champions
in Section 2
D1 - Dumas
D2 - Levelland
D3 - Midland Northern
D4 - San Angelo Northern

Section 1 Tournament
Host - Cooper Youth LL (Woodrow) (District 2)

Tournament Results:
1 - Midland Northern d. San Angelo Northern
2 - Dumas d. Levelland
3 - Levelland d. San Angelo Northern (elim.)
4 - Midland Northern d. Dumas
5 - Levelland 13, Dumas 9 (elim.)
6 - Midland Northern 3, Levelland 2 (TITLE)

D5 - Snyder
D6 - Wichita Falls
D7 - West Side Lions (Fort Worth)
D8 - Allen National

Section 2 Tournament
Host - Graham (District 6)

Tournament Results:
1 - Allen National 7, Snyder 6
2 - West Side Lions 10, Wichita Falls 8
3 - Wichita Falls 17, Snyder 12 (elim.)
4 - West Side Lions 3, Allen National 2
5 - Wichita Falls d. Allen National (elim.)
6 - West Side Lions 7, Wichita Falls 3 (TITLE)

District Champions
in Section 3
District Champions
in Section 4
D9 - Waco Midway
D10 - Rose Capital East American (Tyler)
D13 - LaGrange
D33 - College Station National

Section 3 Tournament
Host - Crockett Merchants (District 10)

Tournament Results:
1 - LaGrange 8, College Station National 5
2 - Waco Midway 7, Rose Capital East American 4
3 - College Station National 7, Rose Capital East American 3 (elim.)
4 - LaGrange 4, Waco Midway 3 (14 innings)
5 - College Station National 4, Waco Midway 3 (elim.)
6 - LaGrange 4, College Station National 1 (TITLE)

D11 - Austin Balcones
D26 - Kerrville
D30 - Taylor
D31 - New Braunfels Red

Section 4 Tournament
Host - Fredericksburg (District 26)
At Old Fair Park

Tournament Results:
1 - Balcones 18, Kerrville 3 (4 innings)
2 - New Braunfels Red 11, Taylor 4
3 - Kerrville 4, Taylor 3 (elim.)
4 - New Braunfels Red 14, Balcones 6
5 - Kerrville 5, Balcones 4 (elim.)
6 - New Braunfels Red 9, Kerrville 1 (TITLE)

District Champions
in Section 5
District Champions
in Section 6
D12 - Beaumont West End
D17 - Pasadena International
D25 - Northside National (Houston)
D28 - ORWALL American (Oak Ridge/Woodlands Area)
D32 - Port Neches

Section 5 Tournament
Hosts - Bridge City and Nederland North (District 32)

Tournament Results:
1 - Beaumont West End 2, Port Neches 0
2 - ORWALL American 5, Pasadena International 4
3 - Beaumont West End 7, Northside National 0
4 - Port Neches 6, Pasadena International 4 (elim.)
5 - Port Neches 13, Northside National 3 (elim.)
6 - ORWALL American 14, Beaumont West End 2
7 - Beaumont West End 7, Port Neches 5 (elim.)
8 - ORWALL American 7, Beaumont West End 0 (TITLE)

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D14 - Santa Fe
D15 - Pearland
D16 - First Colony American
D18 - West Sugar Land

Section 6 Tournament
Host - Sagemont-Beverly Hills (Houston) (District 15)

Tournament Results:
1 - West Sugar Land 13, Pearland 2
2 - First Colony American 16, Santa Fe 3
3 - Santa Fe 5, Pearland 3 (elim.)
4 - West Sugar Land 11, First Colony American 0 (5 innings)
5 - First Colony American 5, Santa Fe 3 (elim.)
6 - West Sugar Land 3, First Colony American 2 (TITLE)

District Champions
in Section 7
District Champions
in Section 8
D19 - Northeast (San Antonio)
D20 - Westwood Terrace (San Antonio)
D21 - Uvalde
D27 - Victoria Southeast
D35 - Del Rio American

Section 7 Tournament
Host - Northside Suburban (San Antonio) (District 19)

Tournament Results:
1 - Victoria Southeast 10, Del Rio American 9
2 - SA Northeast 14, SA Westwood Terrace 2
3 - Del Rio American 7, SA Westwood Terrace 2 (elim.)
4 - Uvalde 12, Victoria Southeast 4
5 - Del Rio American 4, Victoria Southeast 3 (elim.)
6 - SA Northeast 10, Uvalde 9
7 - Uvalde 18, Del Rio American 8 (elim.)
8 - SA Northeast 4, Uvalde 2 (TITLE)

D22 - Falfurrias
D23 - Oil Belt (Corpus Christi)
D24 - Weslaco
D29 - Gregory-Portland
D34 - Laredo American

Section 8 Tournament
Host - Kingsville (District 22)

Tournament Results:
1 - Falfurrias 5, Weslaco 1
2 - Oil Belt 2, Gregory-Portland 1
3 - Weslaco d. Gregory-Portland (elim.)
4 - Oil Belt 3, Laredo American 2
5 - Laredo American 3, Weslaco 1 (elim.)
6 - Falfurrias 12, Oil Belt 5
7 - Oil Belt 19, Laredo American 2 (elim.)
8 - Falfurrias 5, Oil Belt 4 (TITLE)




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