2004 Texas East Little League® Tournament Results
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East Texas Divisional Tournament
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Texas East Divisional Tournament
Host - Rose Capital LL (Tyler) (District 10)
At Faulkner Park

Participating Teams
Texas East Section 1 Champions College Station National (District 33)
Texas East Section 2 Champions Northwest 45 (Spring)(District 28)
Texas East Section 3 Champions First Colony National (Sugar Land) (District 16)
Texas East Section 4 Champions Lamar National (Richmond) (District 18)

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Tournament Results:

Opening Round:
Lamar National 14, College Station National 0 (4 innings)
First Colony National 3, Northwest 45 0

Elimination Bracket Semifinals (four teams remain):
Northwest 45 11, College Station National 3 (elim.)

Winner's Bracket Finals:
Lamar National 3, First Colony National 1

Elimination Bracket Finals (three teams remain):
Northwest 45 12, First Colony National 8 (elim.)

Championship Game:
Lamar National 14, Northwest 45 1 (5 innings; TITLE)


Richmond's Lamar National Little League outscored three opponents by a 30-2 margin at Tyler's Faulkner Park to win the East Texas championship for the second consecutive year.

Lamar National used a nine-run fifth inning explosion to overwhelm Spring's Northwest 45 Little League 14-1 in the championship game. The District 18 champions became the first Texas league ever to advance to region tournament competition in consecutive years in the major baseball division. Lamar National later won the Southwestern Region tournament, and eventually reached the United States championship game at the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

"We were about as focused as you can possibly be out on the baseball field," said Lamar National manager Jim Michalek following his team's championship game win. Michalek also managed Lamar National's 2003 Little League World Series qualifying team.

"We fought weather distractions, time changes, having batting practice literally in the rain, and not one of them said a word," said Michalek of his players. "They all had their game faces on and did what they had to get done."

What Lamar National got done came via stellar pitching and an explosive offense. Lamar's pitchers allowed only seven hits in three games at Faulkner Park, while allowing only a single earned run. The Lamar offense, in the meantime, collected 31 hits and scored multiple runs in six different innings, including the nine-run title game outburst and an eleven-run rally in the opening round.

The eleven-run rally quickly subdued College Station National Little League in Lamar National's 14-0 opening round win. Lamar National opened up a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on a walk, three singles, a throwing error, and a wild pitch. The next inning, seven Lamar hits and three College Station errors led to the double-digit onslaught that essentially put the game out of reach.

"In that second inning, I think we hit the ball as hard as we can hit it," said Michalek. "But (College Station) is a lot better team than it showed. They just had an off night, and we just got on a roll and everything they did wasn't working. It was just one of those nights."

Lamar National's pitchers were as effective as the team's offense, with Matt Daniels and Tyler Ford combining on a one-hitter. Daniels struck out six in three innings of work, and allowed only Cannon Schrank's game-opening single.

"Matt was in total control tonight," said Michalek of his starting pitcher's performance.

The next day, Michalek's team managed only three runs against First Colony National off-speed specialist Jason Merritt, but Lamar National pitcher Daniel Homann threw a three-hitter to lift his team to a 3-1 win.

Homann, who retired the final ten batters he faced, struck out eight and induced nine ground ball outs to hand First Colony its first loss in ten international tournament games.

"We got another outstanding pitching effort," said Michalek. "Daniel was on and, as is his trademark, he got stronger as the game went on. I believe he was throwing better in the final two innings. He got a lot of ground balls and our defense did the job behind him."

Two of First Colony National's hits came in the top of the second inning, when an unearned run erased an early 1-0 Lamar National lead.

Lamar snapped the tie in the bottom half of the inning, when Ray Cervenka doubled to left and Cody Abraham drilled a two-run homer over the center field fence.

"Cody is not a home run hitter," said Michalek. "He was not looking to hit a home run and that's when a hitter does the most damage. He was looking to make good contact in that situation and (the home run) was huge for us."

Lamar National struggled offensively, managing only two hits after the second inning. The eventual winners loaded the bases with nobody out in the fifth inning, but Merritt escaped the jam.

"I cannot remember a guy that threw a curveball for strikes that many times," said Michalek of Merritt's performance.

"We took what we could get and made the most of it," Michalek added. "It wasn't one of our trademark performances offensively, but we played well enough to win."

Northwest 45, which managed only two hits against First Colony National's Ryan Berger in a 2-0 opening round loss, secured the other championship game berth by reaching double-digits offensively in wins over College Station National and First Colony National. Derek Barosch homered twice in an 11-3 win over College Station, then Northwest 45 scored four runs in the top of the sixth inning to oust First Colony National 12-8. First Colony had rallied from an early 8-2 deficit to tie the game, but John Shasteen's bases-loaded single scored Ron Reemts to put Northwest 45 back in front, and Corbin Mitchell followed with a bases-clearing double that provided the final margin of victory.

Barosh hit a three-run homer in the third for Northwest 45, while Zedock Charles' grand slam homer in the third and Eric Dezoeten's RBI single in the fourth helped First Colony overcome the initial deficit.

Northwest 45's offense had a more difficult time the next day against Daniels. The Lamar pitcher allowed only four hits, struck out nine batters, and earned his second victory of the tournament.

"Matt was absolutely money on the mound," said Michalek. "He pitched with a tremendous passion."

Lamar National scored five runs in the game's first two innings, then buried Northwest 45 with a nine-run avalanche in the fifth inning. Christian DeLeon opened the scoring in the fifth with a two-run home run over the left-center field fence. After Lamar National loaded the bases later in the inning, a walk, an error, and another walk plated three more runs, stretching the lead to 10-1. Northwest 45 changed pitchers, but Daniels ripped a grand slam over the left field fence on the new hurler's first pitch.

"We did hit the long ball (in the title game) and it's always a coach's best friend," said Michalek. "We don't look for it, but we'll always take it.

"The one that had the most significance was probably DeLeon's, because of the timing of it," he added. "(They) thought they were back in the ball game and that extra two-run advantage, putting us up 7-1, allowed all their doubts to creep back in."

DeLeon's two-run single helped Lamar National build a 3-0 lead in the first, while Abraham's home run and Daniels' RBI ground out added two more in the second inning.

Graham Lange's RBI double in the third drove in Northwest 45's only run.

Lamar National won all five of its games at the Southwestern Region tournament in Waco, then swept its three pool opponents at the Little League World Series. After an 8-2 win over Morganton (North Carolina) Little League in the U.S. semifinals, Lamar National fell to eventual U.S. champion Conejo Valley East Little League (Thousand Oaks, Southern California) by a 4-0 score.

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  Elimination Bracket Semifinals 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Northwest 45 2 0 5 0 3 1 11 11 1
College Station National 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 6 0
  Winner's Bracket Finals
First Colony National 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 2
Lamar National 1 2 0 0 0 x 3 6 2
  Elimination Bracket Finals
Northwest 45 1 2 5 0 0 4 12 12 1
First Colony National 2 0 5 1 0 0 8 7 0
  Championship Game
Lamar National 3 2 0 0 9 14 10 0
Northwest 45 0 0 1 0 0 1 3 3

2004 Texas East District Champions and Sectional Tournament Results:

District Champions
in Texas East Section 1
District Champions
in Texas East Section 2
D10 - Rose Capital East American (Tyler)
D11 - Balcones (Austin)
D13 - Washington County (Brenham)
D30 - Bastrop
D33 - College Station National

Texas East Section 1 Tournament
Host - Bryan National East (District 33)
At Bob Bond Park

Tournament Results:
1 - Balcones 5, Rose Capital East American 4
2 - College Station National 13, Washington County 4
3 - Bastrop 3, Balcones 1
4 - Rose Capital East American 8, Washington County 3 (elim.)
5 - College Station National 2, Bastrop 1
6 - Balcones 11, Rose Capital East American 3 (elim.)
7 - Balcones 3, Bastrop 1 (elim.)
8 - College Station National 8, Balcones 7 (8 innings; TITLE)

D12 - West End (Beaumont)
D17 - Pasadena International
D28 - Northwest 45 (Spring)
D32 - Nederland North

Texas East Section 2 Tournament
Host - Conroe (District 28)
At Barton Park

Tournament Results:
1 - Pasadena International 3, Beaumont West End 1
2 - Northwest 45 8, Nederland North 1
3 - Northwest 45 12, Pasadena International 1
4 - Beaumont West End 5, Nederland North 3 (elim.)
5 - Pasadena International 7, Beaumont West End 1 (elim.)
6 - Northwest 45 13, Pasadena International 2 (TITLE)

District Champions
in Texas East Section 3
District Champions
in Texas East Section 4
D14 - Bayside Area (Seabrook)
D15 - Pearland White
D16 - First Colony National (Sugar Land)
D25 - North Side National (Houston)

Texas East Section 3 Tournament
Host - Bayside Area (Seabrook) (District 14)

Tournament Results:
1 - Pearland White 11, North Side National 1
2 - First Colony National 4, Bayside Area 3
3 - First Colony National 3, Pearland White 1
4 - Bayside Area 14, North Side National 2 (elim.)
5 - Bayside Area 9, Pearland White 1 (elim.)
6 - First Colony National 6, Bayside Area 1 (TITLE)

D18 - Lamar National (Richmond)
D27 - Victoria Southwest
D29 - Refugio
D31 - New Braunfels Red

Texas East Section 4 Tournament
Host - Rockport-Fulton (District 29)

Tournament Results:
1 - Lamar National 17, New Braunfels Red 4
2 - Refugio 3, Victoria Southwest 2
3 - Lamar National 13, Refugio 0
4 - Victoria Southwest 10, New Braunfels Red 1 (elim.)
5 - Victoria Southwest 12, Refugio 5 (elim.)
6 - Victoria Southwest 4, Lamar National 1
7 - Lamar National 3, Victoria Southwest 2 (TITLE)

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