2006 Texas West Little League® Tournament Results
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2006

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Texas West Divisional Tournament
Host - Southwest Region Headquarters; Waco
At Marvin Norcross Stadium

Participating Teams
Texas West Section 1 Champions Lubbock Western (District 2)
Texas West Section 2 Champions University (Fort Worth) (District 7)
Texas West Section 3 Champions Eagle Pass American (District 35)
Texas West Section 4 Champions Del Mar (Laredo) (District 34)

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Tournament Results:

Opening Round:
Eagle Pass American 4, Lubbock Western 0
Del Mar 5, University 3

Elimination Bracket Semifinals (four teams remain):
Lubbock Western 5, University 1 (elim.)

Winner's Bracket Finals:
Del Mar 13, Eagle Pass American 0

Elimination Bracket Finals (three teams remain):
Lubbock Western 11, Eagle Pass American 10 (elim.)

Championship Series:
Lubbock Western 5, Del Mar 2
Box Score
Lubbock Western 15, Del Mar 3 (full six innings; TITLE) Box Score


Summary:

As the 1976 major league baseball season ground to a close, little drama remained at the top of the National League's leader boards. The defending World Series champion Cincinnati Reds, winners of 102 games, had long since clinched the National League West division title, and right fielder Ken Griffey, Sr. seemed to have the league's batting title wrapped up with a .338 average entering the season's final game.

Griffey's main challenger was Chicago Cub third baseman Bill Madlock, who carried a .333 batting average into his team's season-closing game against the Montreal Expos. Griffey intended to sit out the Reds' final game to protect his lead, but Madlock was ready for one final push. A bunt single in the first, then an infield single in the third. A single to right in the fifth, then another opposite field hit in the sixth. In just a few innings, the Cubs' third baseman raised his batting average six points, passed Griffey, who entered the game and went 0-for-2 when word of the developments at Wrigley Field reached Cincinnati, and claimed the NL batting crown with a .339 average.

Thirty summers later, Lubbock Western Little League's all-star team had much more at stake than the Cubs typically would late in the season. Lubbock managed only one hit during an opening round loss in the double-elimination Texas West championship tournament at Marvin Norcross Stadium in Waco, but won three straight games to force the tournament to a winner-take-all contest against defending state champion Del Mar Little League from Laredo.

Lubbock's bats had warmed up somewhat after the opening round struggles, and the team was hitting a collective .281 as Western and Del Mar moved to the fifth inning of the tourney's final game with the score tied 1-1. Then Lubbock Western began channeling its inner Madlock. Western sent 23 batters to the plate in the tourney's final two innings, pounding four Del Mar pitchers for 15 hits and -- critically -- 14 runs. In the two innings it took for Lubbock Western put the final touches on a 15-3 title-clinching win, the team's collective batting average for the tournament rose by an astonishing 65 points to .346 (46-for-133).

More importantly, Lubbock Western rose to the top of the tournament field, and earned a return trip to Waco as the Texas West representative in the Southwestern Region tournament.

Eight different Lubbock Western players had base hits during the tournament-closing rallies against Del Mar, and seven scored runs. Ninth place hitter Stephen Hazuka sparked the fifth inning flurry, fouling off a pair of two strike pitches before drawing a leadoff walk. He moved to third on center fielder Griffin Arterburn's infield single, and scored the go-ahead run when Craig Grossman grounded into a force out. Western's offense then hit full stride: in quick succession, Paxton De La Garza singled to left, Landon Rousseau delivered a run-scoring double, Robert Hinton added a two-run double, and Steven Hart followed with an RBI single to right field.

Del Mar narrowed its deficit with back-to-back home runs by Jose Rodriguez and Edward Lopez in the bottom of the inning, but Western's offense picked up right where it left off in the sixth. The inning began with five consecutive hits, including De La Garza's run-scoring double, an RBI single to center by Hinton, and a two-run double from Hart. After a groundout, Steven Parker doubled to center field to drive in Hart with the inning's fifth run, and Hazuka then homered over the right field fence. Grossman singled, and De La Garza delivered the final blow with a two-run homer over the center field fence.

De La Garza, Arterburn, and Parker all had three hits for Lubbock Western, which claimed the tournament championship only after winning its final three games in a 20-hour span. Nearly lost among the offensive fireworks was the strong pitching performance of Hinton, who allowed five hits and struck out four in a complete game effort.

Lubbock Western had forced the deciding game against Del Mar with a 5-2 victory over the same team earlier that morning. The game was tied 1-1 entering the bottom of the fourth inning when the Hub City team strung together four of its five hits to produce four runs. De La Garza started the rally with an infield single, then Rousseau's single to center and Parker's infield hit loaded the bases with nobody out. After a strikeout, left fielder Ryan Bradley drew a four-pitch walk to force in De La Garza with the go-ahead run. Del Mar induced a comebacker to the mound that produced the inning's second out, then Hazuka tripled to right field on a full count pitch, clearing the bases and extending Western's lead.

Grossman, who struck out five on the mound for Western, retired the first five hitters he faced following the rally. Lopez homered over the right field fence with two outs in the sixth to provide the game's final margin of victory.

Lubbock Western reached the title game only after avenging their one previous loss to that point in the international tournament. Western managed just one hit and did not advance a baserunner into scoring position in a 4-0 opening round loss to Eagle Pass American Little League, and, after eliminating Fort Worth's University Little League, faced the same team again for the right to advance to the championship game. Western survived the see-saw rematch, edging Eagle Pass American 11-10 in seven innings. The lead changed hands three times, and the two teams combined for seven home runs and 25 hits. Lubbock Western blew a 6-0 first inning lead, rallied from a one-run deficit in the top of the sixth, and then surrendered the tying run with two outs in the bottom of the inning before finally prevailing in first extra frame.

Lubbock scored all of its first inning runs after the second out was recorded. Four singles, including a two-run base hit by Erik Herrera, keyed the rally, and Parker capped the inning with a two-run homer over the center field fence. Eagle Pass stayed close thanks to a pair of two-run homers in the bottom of the frame, then Lubbock stretched its lead when Hinton walked and Hart cleared the fences in the third.

Eagle Pass again turned to the long ball, using a solo home run in the third and a three-run shot in the fifth to tie the game, and the border team took the lead on a run-scoring wild pitch later in the inning. But Western rallied in the sixth, reclaiming the lead when Grossman singled and Rousseau followed with a two-run home run over the center field fence.

Eagle Pass American tied the game, forcing extra innings on a two-out single to center field in the bottom of the sixth, before Lubbock Western won it in the seventh. Hazuka drew a one-out walk, but was forced at second on Arterburn's shot to right field. After a wild pitch, Grossman doubled to left field to drive in Arterburn with the game's decisive run. Rousseau, who pitched the final two innings, then closed out the win by recording just the second 1-2-3 inning for Western on the evening.

Del Mar, which returned only two players from its first-ever state championship team, earned the other title game slot by opening the tournament with a pair of wins. The District 34 champions rallied late in an opening round win over University, scoring five times in the bottom of the fifth inning to claim a 5-3 win. The next day, Eddie Lopez threw a three-hitter and hit a home run as the Laredo team topped Eagle Pass American, 13-0 in five innings. Jose Rodriguez led Del Mar's offense with three hits in the win.

Bill Madlock's final day surge to the 1976 National League batting title came on the heels of a .354 mark the previous year, and gave the Cubs' third baseman his second consecutive crown. Lubbock Western's late push gave the league its second Texas West championship in a few short days. Western's 10-11 year old all-star team had defeated San Antonio's McAllister Park National Little League, 15-2, to win that age group's title just two days prior to the major baseball team's sweep of Del Mar. With Western's 9-10 year old team also playing deep into the summer and finishing third in that division's Texas West tournament, Lubbock Western appears positioned for more potential success in the near future.

And why not -- Bill Madlock amassed two more batting titles and hit .305 over the course of his fifteen year career. Perhaps Western is just beginning. The inner Madlock must be fed.

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Linescores:

  Elimination Bracket Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Lubbock Western 6 0 2 0 0 2 1 11 13 0
Eagle Pass American 4 0 1 0 4 1 0 10 12 3
  Championship Series Game 1 (Box Score)
Del Mar 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 5 0
Lubbock Western 1 0 0 3 0 x 5 5 1
  Championship Series Game 2 (Box Score)
Lubbock Western 1 0 0 0 5 9 15 18 2
Del Mar 0 0 1 0 2 0 3 5 1


Photo Gallery:

Lubbock Western players stream out of the dugout to greet Stephen Hazuka following his two-run homer in the sixth inning of the tournament's final game. (Photo courtesy of Lubbock Western Little League.)

Robert Hinton threw a five-hitter in Lubbock Western's championship game win over Del Mar. (Photo courtesy of Lubbock Western Little League.)

Erik Herrera scored on a passed ball as part of Lubbock Western's six-run first inning rally against Eagle Pass American in the elimination bracket finals. (Photo courtesy of Lubbock Western Little League.)

Western became the first Lubbock-based league to win a Texas state championship since Lubbock Dixie Little League in 1968. (Photo courtesy of Lubbock Western Little League.)


2006 Texas West District Champions and Sectional Tournament Results:

District Champions
in Texas West Section 1
District Champions
in Texas West Section 2
D1 - Borger
D2 - Lubbock Western
D3 - Midland Northern
D4 - San Angelo Northern
D36 - Frank Manning (El Paso)
D37 - Pecos

Texas West Section 1 Tournament
Host - Jim Parker (Odessa) (District 3)
At Jim Parker Park

Tournament Results:
1 - Pecos 7, San Angelo Northern 6
2 - Lubbock Western 7, Midland Northern 6 (8 innings)
3 - Pecos 3, Borger 0
4 - Lubbock Western 13, Frank Manning 3 (6 innings)
5 - San Angelo Northern 11, Frank Manning 1 (5 innings; elim.)
6 - Borger 13, Midland Northern 11 (elim.)
7 - Lubbock Western 9, Pecos 2
8 - Borger 11, San Angelo Northern 4 (elim.)
9 - Borger 11, Pecos 6 (elim.)
10 - Lubbock Western 7, Borger 5 (TITLE)

D5 - Abilene Southern
D6 - Wichita Falls
D7 - University (Fort Worth)
D8 - Denison
D9 - Robinson

Texas West Section 2 Tournament
Host - West Side Lions (Fort Worth) (District 7)

Tournament Results:
1 - University 4, Wichita Falls 1
3 - Robinson 11, Abilene Southern 9
2 - University d. Denison
4 - Wichita Falls 6, Abilene Southern 1 (elim.)
6 - Wichita Falls d. Denison (elim.)
5 - Robinson versus University (double forfeit - both teams with mandatory play violations to replace 9-2 Robinson win)
7 - University d. Robinson (elim.)
8 - University 3, Wichita Falls 0 (TITLE)

District Champions
in Texas West Section 3
District Champions
in Texas West Section 4
D19 - McAllister Park National (San Antonio)
D20 - Five Diamonds (San Antonio)
D21 - Uvalde
D26 - Burnet
D35 - Eagle Pass American

Texas West Section 3 Tournament
Host - Five Diamonds (San Antonio) (District 20)
At Five Diamonds Little League Fields

Tournament Results:
1 - Five Diamonds 8, Burnet 6
2 - Eagle Pass American 7, McAllister Park National 6
3 - McAllister Park National 7, Burnet 6 (elim.)
4 - Uvalde 9, Five Diamonds 1
5 - McAllister Park National 15, Five Diamonds 5 (elim.)
6 - Eagle Pass American 11, Uvalde 4
7 - McAllister Park National 15, Uvalde 9 (elim.)
8 - McAllister Park National 11, Eagle Pass American 8
9 - Eagle Pass American 3, McAllister Park National 0 (TITLE)

D22 - Alice National
D23 - Corpus Christi National
D24 - East Brownsville
D34 - Del Mar (Laredo)

Texas West Section 4 Tournament
Host - Padre (Corpus Christi) (District 23)

Tournament Results:
1 - Corpus Christi National d. Alice National
2 - Del Mar 6, East Brownsville 2
3 - Del Mar 15, Corpus Christi National 0 (5 innings)
4 - East Brownsville d. Alice National (elim.)
5 - East Brownsville d. Corpus Christi National (elim.)
6 - East Brownsville 2, Del Mar 1
7 - Del Mar 12, East Brownsville 1 (TITLE)




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