2006 East Texas Little League® Tournament Results
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East Texas Divisional Tournament
Host - Rose Capital West LL (Tyler) (District 33)
At Faulkner Park

Participating Teams
East Texas Section 1 Champions Waller County (Waller) (District 13)
East Texas Section 2 Champions Groves National (District 32)
East Texas Section 3 Champions Pearland Maroon (District 15)
East Texas Section 4 Champions New Braunfels Blue (District 31)

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Tournament Results:

Opening Round:
Groves National 3, Pearland Maroon 2 (7 innings)
New Braunfels Blue 3, Waller County 0 (4 innings - weather; No-hitter)

Elimination Bracket Semifinals (four teams remain):
Pearland Maroon 8, Waller County 4 (elim.)

Winner's Bracket Finals:
Groves National 3, New Braunfels Blue 2 (7 innings)

Elimination Bracket Finals (three teams remain):
Pearland Maroon 13, New Braunfels Blue 10 (elim.)

Championship Game:
Groves National 2, Pearland Maroon 0 (TITLE)


Summary:

Jordan Rodriguez threw a four-hit shutout, and Gerran Freeman delivered the game's only runs with a first inning home run as Groves National Little League defeated Pearland Little League's Maroon team, 2-0, in the East Texas championship game at Faulkner Park in Tyler.

Groves managed just three hits against Pearland starter Brock Hartson, but Rodriguez's strong pitching performance helped lift the District 32 champions to their first-ever berth in a region tournament. Rodriguez, who struck out six batters, sealed the victory with a game-ending strikeout after Pearland put a pair of runners on base in the bottom of the sixth inning.

"It's amazing. It's way more than we expected," said Groves National manager Juan Rodriguez of his team's championship run. Groves National last reached the Texas state tournament in 1989, and earned its only previous state tournament victory in the major baseball division in 1982.

Groves National scored just eight runs over the course of its three victories at Faulkner Park, and tallied no more than three runs in any one game. The two-run margin of victory in the championship game was the largest lead held by Groves National at any point in the tournament.

"You would think that a 2-0 win wouldn't be a relaxing win," said Juan Rodriguez, whose team reached the championship game with a pair of extra inning wins.

Groves National had edged both Pearland Maroon and New Braunfels Little League's Blue team in seven inning, 3-2 contests earlier in the tournament.

Jordan Rodriguez and Hartson had also faced each other in the tournament's opening game. Pearland reversed a 1-0 Groves National lead in the top of the sixth inning on Jarrell Crenshaw's two-run homer, but Kyler Nicotre drew a bases loaded walk in the bottom of the inning to force the game into extra innings. Freeman delivered a walk-off home run with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift Groves National to the victory.

Jordan Fenner, who was 2-for-3 at the plate, pitched a scoreless seventh inning to earn the victory for Groves National.

The next evening, Groves again pushed across the winning run in the bottom of the seventh, as Micah Murdock raced home from third on a passed ball. Freeman, who would end the tournament having homered in seven consecutive games, erased an early New Braunfels lead with a solo home run in the fourth inning.

Groves National pitcher Tanner Hill and New Braunfels hurler Daniel Sparrow each allowed just two runs before switching positions after the sixth inning. Fenner again pitched a scoreless seventh, and lifted Groves National into the championship game.

New Braunfels Blue had opened the tournament with a 3-0 victory over Waller County Little League. Pitcher Ralph Garza threw a no-hitter and struck out ten batters in four innings before the game was halted due to rain. Garza faced only one batter over the minimum, having walked Eric Huffman in the first inning.

Pearland Maroon rebounded from its opening round loss with a pair of victories to earn the championship game rematch. The District 15 champions began their climb to the title game by eliminating Waller County, 8-4. Waller County carried a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the fourth inning, but Pearland struck for six runs to take the lead for good. Scott May keyed the rally with a two-run single, and Crenshaw launched a grand slam home run. Taylor Grigsby had given Pearland an earlier lead with a two-run double in the second.

The next day, Pearland moved into the championship game after prevailing in a back-and-forth, 13-10 victory over New Braunfels Blue. Pearland raced to an 8-1 lead after two innings, but fell behind by two runs before pulling ahead with a five-run fourth inning rally.

Crenshaw highlighted a four-run first inning rally with a three-run homer, then added a two-run double in the second. Hartson had driven in a pair of runs with a double earlier in the inning to chase New Braunfels' starting pitcher.

"Pearland was loaded with fastball hitters," said New Braunfels manager Jeff Dees. "We needed to go after them with some off-speed pitches."

New Braunfels, which won the East Texas championship in the 11-year-old division in 2005, escaped further damage in the inning, then fought back with a seven run burst in the third. Cody Dees and Greg Hadlock drove in runs with base hits, then Jonathan Esquivel doubled home two runs and scored himself on an overthrow. Later in the inning, Nick De La Cerda laced a two-run home run over the left field fence to tie the game.

New Braunfels took the lead on Garza's two-run double in the top of the fourth, but Pearland capitalized on a pair of untimely errors to bat around in the bottom of the inning and score five runs. Brian Briggs' three-run homer put Pearland in front for good.

"We gave them five outs in the fourth and fifth innings," said Jeff Dees, whose team committed five errors in the game. "You can't do that against good teams."

Pearland escaped a bases loaded threat in the fifth inning, then ended the game after a pair of New Braunfels batters reached base in the sixth.

The next day, Jordan Rodriguez again stymied Pearland's offense, and Groves National moved on to the Southwestern Region tournament in Waco.

"Our pitching keeps batters off-balance, which produces a lot of ground balls," explained Juan Rodriguez. "They've been working so long together, they've eliminated a lot of errors they used to make."

Groves National had nearly been eliminated themselves midway through the District 32 tournament. After falling 6-3 to Nederland South Little League in the winner's bracket final, Groves National trailed Bridge City Little League 3-1 with two outs in the sixth inning. Eleven year old Aaron Graham tied the game with a two-run homer, and Groves pushed across the winning run in the eighth to keep their tournament hopes alive. Groves National then swept a pair of games from Nederland South to claim the District 32 championship and extend a winning streak that reached nine games with the title-clinching win over Pearland Maroon.

"(We are) from a town of 16,000 people, from a league with only four major league teams and from a league with only about 22 all-stars to choose from," said Juan Rodriguez.

Groves National won two of their three pool games at the Southwest Region tournament, then fell, 6-4 in seven innings, to Texas West champion Lubbock Western Little League in the quarterfinal round.

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Linescores:

  Opening Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Pearland Maroon 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 6 0
Groves National 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 3 6 1
  Opening Round
Waller County 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
New Braunfels Blue 1 0 0 2 3 2 0
  Winner's Bracket Finals
New Braunfels Blue 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 6 2
Groves National 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 3 5 3
  Elimination Bracket Semifinals
Waller County 0 1 1 1 1 0 4 5 2
Pearland Maroon 0 2 0 6 0 x 8 10 1
  Elimination Bracket Finals
New Braunfels Blue 1 0 7 2 0 0 10 12 5
Pearland Maroon 4 4 0 5 0 x 13 12 3
  Championship Game
Groves National 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 -
Pearland Maroon 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 -


2006 East Texas District Champions and Sectional Tournament Results:

District Champions
in Texas East Section 1
District Champions
in Texas East Section 2
D11 - Balcones (Austin)
D13 - Waller County (Waller)
D30 - Thrall
D33 - Rose Capital American East (Tyler)

East Texas Section 1 Tournament
Host - Northwest (Austin) (District 11)

Tournament Schedule/Results:
1 - Waller County 5, Thrall 1
2 - Rose Capital American East 6, Balcones 1
3 - Waller County 6, Rose Capital American East 2
4 - Balcones 11, Thrall 1 (elim.)
5 - Balcones 4, Rose Capital American East 0 (elim.)
6 - Balcones 2, Waller County 0
7 - Waller County 3, Balcones 1 (TITLE)

D12 - Jasper Youth Baseball
D17 - Pan American (Pasadena)
D28 - Northwest 45 (Spring)
D32 - Groves National

East Texas Section 2 Tournament
Host - West End (Beaumont) (District 12)

Tournament Results:
1 - Groves National 10, Northwest 45 0 (4 innings)
2 - Jasper Youth Baseball 4, Pan American 2
3 - Groves National 6, Jasper Youth Baseball 2
4 - Pan American 10, Northwest 45 7 (elim.)
5 - Jasper Youth Baseball 7, Pan American 4 (elim.)
6 - Groves National 13, Jasper Youth Baseball 0 (4 innings; TITLE)

District Champions
in Texas East Section 3
District Champions
in Texas East Section 4
D14 - Santa Fe
D15 - Pearland Maroon
D16 - Memorial Ashford (Houston)
D25 - Huffman

East Texas Section 3 Tournament
Host - First Colony (Sugar Land) (District 16)

Tournament Results:
1 - Pearland Maroon 9, Santa Fe 2
2 - Memorial Ashford 6, Huffman 5
3 - Pearland Maroon 16, Memorial Ashford 1
4 - Santa Fe 5, Huffman 1 (elim.)
5 - Memorial Ashford 14, Santa Fe 13 (elim.)
6 - Pearland Maroon 9, Memorial Ashford 6 (TITLE)

D18 - Sugar Land
D27 - Victoria Northwest
D29 - Rockport-Fulton
D31 - New Braunfels Blue

East Texas Section 4 Tournament
Host - Cuero (District 27)

Tournament Results:
1 - Victoria Northwest 5, Rockport-Fulton 2
2 - New Braunfels Blue 5, Sugar Land 2
3 - New Braunfels Blue 11, Victoria Northwest 8
4 - Sugar Land 4, Rockport-Fulton 2 (elim.)
5 - Sugar Land 13, Victoria Northwest 0 (elim.)
6 - New Braunfels Blue 4, Sugar Land 3 (TITLE)




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