2009 East Texas Little League® Tournament Results
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Texas East State Tournament
Host - Rose Capital LL (Tyler) (District 10)
At Faulkner Park

Participating Teams
East Texas Section 1 Champions Northwest (Austin) (District 11)
East Texas Section 2 Champions Bridge City (District 32)
East Texas Section 3 Champions First Colony American (Sugar Land) (District 16)
East Texas Section 4 Champions Lamar National (Richmond) (District 18)

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Tournament Results:

Opening Round:
Lamar National 13, Bridge City 1
First Colony American 5, Northwest 1

Elimination Bracket Semifinals (four teams remain):
Bridge City 6, Northwest 1 (elim.)

Winner's Bracket Finals:
Lamar National 6, First Colony American 2

Elimination Bracket Finals (three teams remain):
Bridge City 7, First Colony American 6 (elim.)

Championship Series:
Bridge City 5, Lamar National 3
Bridge City 3, Lamar National 2 (TITLE)


Time was running out, and Bridge City Little League stood, once again, on the precipice. After a double-digit loss on the first day of the Texas East state tournament at Faulkner Park in Tyler, the District 32 champions had already staved off elimination on two occasions after trailing their opponents, including one game in which Bridge City erased a four-run sixth inning deficit before rallying to win in extra innings. Now, the odds seemed even bleaker: final inning, two outs, two strikes on pinch hitter Bryce Carey, and Lamar National Little League protecting a three-run lead while aiming for its third Texas East state championship since the start of the decade.

But Bridge City had seen bleak before, and a three-run deficit was a small hurdle relative to what the league and greater Bridge City community had endured. Just ten months prior, Hurricane Ike had roared through the Gulf of Mexico, lashing a large swath of the Texas and Louisiana coastline with 110 mile per hour winds. Though located some 80 miles northeast of the hurricane's center, Bridge City was particularly affected. A 22-foot high storm surge inundated the low-lying coastal community, leaving billions of dollars worth of destruction in its wake. Mayor Kirk Roccaforte estimated just two dozen homes in the city of 8,651 were unaffected by the storm.

"The Little League was pretty much devastated," said Ronnie Shugart, manager of Bridge City's 2009 all-star team. "I don't think there was a fence standing. The concession stand was completely destroyed."

But Bridge City persevered, rebuilding their complex in time to save the 2009 season. Come tournament time, the league's all-star team began to thrive. Bridge City reached the state tournament after outscoring six opponents by an 83-9 margin. And when they stood on the brink of elimination, the team dug deep and kept their season alive.

Carey lined the next pitch, a fastball, over the right field fence for a lead-changing grand slam that gave Bridge City a 5-3 victory. The next day, Bridge City scratched for three runs on the top of the first inning, and held off Lamar National, 3-2, to capture the Texas East state championship.

"Bryce is our best fastball hitter," explained Shugart. "I put him in to pinch hit because I just felt that he would connect. It was his hit to make and he did just what I knew he could do."

"That's their mode," said Lamar National manager David Gray. "Hit home runs in the late innings. And they did it again."

Pitchers Colby Roddy and Blake Pruett combined on a three-hitter for Bridge City, with Pruett registering a game-ending strikeout after two Lamar National hitters reached base.

Lamar National had built their lead in the game's early innings. Jackson Schindler walked in the first, before eventually scoring on Brady Burns' groundout. In the third, Schindler drew another base on balls before Burns slammed a two-run homer to left center field.

Lamar National pitcher Jacob Pustejovsky kept Bridge City off the scoreboard through the game's first five innings, before the District 32 champions broke through in the sixth. A walk and Chase Shugart's double opened the inning, and after a pitching change, Lamar National quickly recorded the inning's first two outs. Chase Rutledge tapped a grounder to the left side, driving in a run and reaching safely when Lamar threw late to first. Kolten Bergeron then walked to re-load the bases, setting the stage for Carey's lead-changing drive.

"When we were down 3-0 (entering the sixth inning), I just kept telling them 'keep battling'," said Ronnie Shugart. "And they did. If you give these guys a chance, they'll make you pay. I'm proud of these guys and all I can say is that they just don't quit."

The next day Bridge City grabbed the early lead before holding off a late Lamar charge. Chase Shugart sparked the rally with a two-out single, then Blake Pruett and Jonah Watts also singled. A throwing error, a walk to Rutledge, and a second throwing error pushed three runs across the plate and put Bridge City in front for good.

Watts struck out nine and surrendered just one hit in 4-2/3 innings, and after a run-scoring fielders choice and Schindler's solo home run narrowed Bridge City's lead to a single run, Rutledge registered four strikeouts to close out the win.

Burns and Garrett Gray, posted 5-1/3 scoreless innings for Lamar National after Bridge City's initial flurry.

"I have a great deal of pride in this team," said David Gray, whose squad became the fifth team from the Richmond-based Lamar National and American League charters to reach the state championship game a seven year span. "It responded to my high expectations."

The two championship series encounters were much tighter than the teams' meeting on the tournament's opening day, when Lamar National slammed five home runs and ran out to a mercy rule-shortened 13-1 victory. Lamar National then moved into the championship rounds with a 6-2 victory over First Colony American Little League, while Bridge City bounced back from the underwhelming opener with wins over Austin's Northwest Little League and First Colony American.

In a precursor to the championship round, First Colony American led Bridge City, 5-1, entering the sixth inning before the eventual champions rallied for four runs to push the game into extra innings. Bridge City added two in the top of the seventh when Watts delivered a run-scoring single and Bergerson drew a bases-loaded walk, and First Colony scored once in the bottom of the inning before the potential tying run was thrown out at the plate to end the game.

The next day, Bridge City again tapped into its late inning magic to overcome Lamar National, before holding off their opponents a second time and securing the league's first-ever state championship in the major baseball division.

Bridge City advanced to the Southwestern Region tournament in Waco, Texas, following their state tournament win, The Texas East champions won each of their three pool games, then ousted Biloxi (Mississippi) Little League in an extra inning semifinal round matchup before dropping a 6-4 decision to San Antonio's McAllister Park American Little League in the championship game.

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  Winner's Bracket Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
First Colony American 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 6 0
Lamar National 0 0 4 0 4 x 6 7 0
  Elimination Bracket Final
Bridge City 0 0 0 1 0 4 2 7 7 0
First Colony American 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 7 1
  Championship Series Game 1
Bridge City 0 0 0 0 0 5 5 - -
Lamar National 1 0 2 0 0 0 3 3 -
  Championship Series Game 2
Bridge City 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 - -
Lamar National 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 - -

NOTE: The inning-by-inning scores for the first championship series meeting between Bridge City and Lamar National are correct, but Bridge City may have been the home team in this game.

2009 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 - Northwest (Austin)
D13 - Washington County (Brenham)
D30 - Bastrop
D33 - Bryan Harvey

Texas East Section 1 Tournament
Host - College Station (District 33)
At Southwood Valley Complex

Tournament Results:
1 - Rose Capital East American 1, Bryan Harvey 0
2 - Bastrop 5, Washington County 1
3 - Northwest 12, Rose Capital East American 1
4 - Washington County 9, Bryan Harvey 6 (elim.)
6 - Rose Capital East American 2, Washington County 1 (elim.)
5 - Northwest 12, Bastrop 2
7 - Rose Capital East American 6, Bastrop 3 (elim.)
8 - Northwest 8, Rose Capital East American 1 (TITLE)

D12 - West End (Beaumont)
D17 - Barbers Hill (Mont Belvieu)
D28 - ORWALL American (The Woodlands)
D32 - Bridge City

Texas East Section 2 Tournament
Host - Bridge City (District 32)

Tournament Results:
1 - Barbers Hill 5, ORWALL American 1
2 - Bridge City 8, West End 1
3 - West End 11, ORWALL American 9 (elim.)
4 - Bridge City 11, Barbers Hill 1
5 - West End 12, Barbers Hill 1 (elim.)
6 - Bridge City 11, West End 3 (TITLE)

District Champions
in Texas East Section 3
District Champions
in Texas East Section 4
D14 - League City American
D15 - Sagemont-Beverly Hills (Houston)
D16 - First Colony American (Sugar Land)
D25 - Huffman

Texas East Section 3 Tournament
Host - Pearland (District 15)
At Pearland Dad's Club Community Park

Tournament Results:
1 - First Colony American 14, Huffman 0
2 - Sagemont-Beverly Hills 5, League City American 4
3 - League City American 9, Huffman 2 (elim.)
4 - Sagemont-Beverly Hills 2, First Colony American 0
5 - First Colony American 7, League City American 1 (elim.)
6 - First Colony American 5, Sagemont-Beverly Hills 4
7 - First Colony American 4, Sagemont-Beverly Hills 3 (TITLE)

D18 - Lamar National (Richmond)
D27 - Victoria Northeast
D29 - Refugio
D31 - Hallettsville

Texas East Section 4 Tournament
Host - Beeville (District 29)

Tournament Results:
1 - Lamar National 6, Refugio 0
2 - Victoria Northeast 10, Hallettsville 0
3 - Refugio d. Hallettsville (elim.)
4 - Lamar National 11, Victoria Northeast 1
5 - Victoria Northeast 7, Refugio 4 (elim.)
6 - Lamar National 8, Victoria Northeast 4 (TITLE)

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