2007 Texas West Little League® Tournament Results
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2007

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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 Wichita Falls (District 6)
Texas West Section 3 Champions McAllister Park National (San Antonio) (District 19)
Texas West Section 4 Champions Del Mar (Laredo) (District 34)

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Tournament Results:

Opening Round:
Lubbock Western 24, Del Mar 0 (4 innings)
Wichita Falls 3, McAllister Park National 1

Elimination Bracket Semifinals (four teams remain):
McAllister Park National 12, Del Mar 5 (elim.)

Winner's Bracket Finals:
Lubbock Western 21, Wichita Falls 1 (4 innings)

Elimination Bracket Finals (three teams remain):
McAllister Park National 5, Wichita Falls 2 (elim.)

Championship Game:
Lubbock Western 11, McAllister Park National 1 (4 innings; TITLE)


Summary:

As the 1927 major league baseball season unfolded, the New York Yankees quickly established themselves as the American League's premier team. The Yankees took possession of first place on opening day, and remained atop the standings through the first three months of the season. But the Washington Senators mounted a challenge in late June, moving into second place by winning ten games in a row, and climbing to within 9-1/2 games of New York before visiting Yankee Stadium for an important Fourth of July doubleheader.

Though the season was still shy of its halfway point, any prospect of a pennant race effectively ended that afternoon. New York took the day's first game by a 12-1 score. They won the second, 21-1.

This was no ordinary Yankees' team -- it was the famed Murderers' Row lineup that dwarfed the output of every other American League team. The Yankees outscored their opponents by more than two runs per game. They led the league in every major offensive category except batting average, including runs, hits, doubles, triples, home runs, walks, and slugging percentage. The team's power numbers were particularly staggering: Babe Ruth's record 60 home runs were more than the total for any other team in the league, and Lou Gehrig's 54 surpassed all but the Philadelphia Athletics (56) and St. Louis Browns (55). Second baseman Tony Lazzari, the league's third-leading home run hitter, was also third on his own team. New York's roster featured four players who drove in 100+ runs, and a fifth with 230 hits and 130 runs scored.

"Those fellows not only beat you, but they tear your heart out," said a resigned Washington first baseman Joe Judge after the Independence Day carnage. "I wish the season was over."

The Senators had to play out the string in the 1927 season, unlike in Little League Baseball's international tournament, where a pair of losses is often enough to end a team's season. Eighty years after the Yankees swept the Pittsburgh Pirates to win Major League Baseball's World Series, a modern-day Murderers' Row lurked in the 2007 international tournament field.

Lubbock Western Little League easily claimed its second consecutive Texas West championship in the major baseball division, outscoring thirteen opponents by an astounding 275-3 margin between the start of tournament play and a mercy rule-shortened, 11-1 victory over San Antonio's McAllister Park National Little League in the state championship game at Marvin Norcross Stadium in Waco. In those thirteen games, Lubbock Western hit 67 home runs, including eleven in three state tournament wins, and scored 20 or more runs in more than half of their games.

The damage came from all points of Lubbock Western's prolific offense. Every player on the team's roster hit at least one home run. Cleanup hitter Tyler Thorne sported a robust .556 batting average at Waco, and was only his team's -- and the tournament's -- fifth-leading hitter. At the top of the order, leadoff hitter Garrett Williams batted .900 and had ten RBIs; at the bottom, ninth-place hitting catcher Gregory Hewitt hit .818 and drove in six. Lubbock Western's roster included eight of the tournament's top ten batting averages, nine of the ten highest RBI totals, and the top eight run scorers. The team hit a collective .614 at the state tournament, held opponents to a .122 average, and scored in all but one of its offensive innings.

"I've never seen anything like it," said Del Mar Little League manager Edmundo Quiroga after Lubbock Western handed his team a 24-0 loss in the tournament's opening game. Lubbock Western scored seven or more runs in three of its four offensive innings, collected 23 hits, and drilled five home runs against a league that had reached the past two Texas West state championship games.

"There was nothing we could do," said Quiroga. "They just had a lot of discipline. They are something to see."

Lubbock was also something to be seen with: after the tournament's final game, McAllister Park's coaches approached Western, and asked if the two teams could have a picture taken together. The San Antonio league, no strangers to success in their own right, wanted a souvenir with a team that they correctly believed was destined to reach the Little League World Series.

"I don't think you can get any better compliment," said Western manager Ed Thorne of McAllister Park's request. "We were very humbled by that."

Lubbock Western first humbled its state tournament opponents, showing its teeth from the tournament's first pitch. Five of the team's first six batters reached safely in the opening round rout of Del Mar, and while an outfield assist following Williams' single helped hold Western to a solitary first inning run, the prolific Lubbock offense was only temporarily derailed. In the second inning, Hewitt singled and Stephen Smith walked before Williams drilled a three-run homer, and left fielder Taylor Bridges soon followed with a three-run blast that scored Brock Lilley and Zane Ancell. Hewitt led off the third with a home run before Bryndon Arredondo added a three-run shot of his own, then Williams' grand slam in the fourth -- his fourth hit in as many at-bats -- capped the victory.

Lubbock Western's onslaught continued the next day, when the Section 1 winners routed Wichita Falls Little League, 21-1. Western again scored in every inning, and pounded ten extra base hits as part of a 21-hit attack. Williams, who reached base safely in all twelve of his tournament at-bats, opened the scoring with a two-run homer in the first, and after consecutive singles by Arredondo, Thorne, and Ancell, Bridges delivered a two-run single that stretched the lead to 5-0. Lubbock added six runs in the second, then Max Randolph's two-run homer capped a seven-run burst in the third. Ancell and Lilley each added home runs in the fourth.

The high-powered offense afforded Lubbock Western's coaching staff the luxury of working deep into the team's pitching staff in the tournament's first two games. Western replaced each of its pitchers prior to their 20th pitch, which preserved each hurlers' eligibility for future games. Four pitchers combined for eleven strikeouts and a three-hit shutout in the win over Del Mar, and a quartet again collaborated the next day on a nine strikeout, one-hit performance against Wichita Falls.

For the championship game, Lubbock Western turned the ball over to Williams. The tall left-hander earned his third win of the tournament -- he had started each of the earlier wins -- and allowed only one hit in a four inning, 11-1 victory over McAllister Park National that sealed Lubbock Western's second consecutive championship. Williams struck out eight batters in the win, giving him 15 in six-plus innings of work.

Smith helped stake his team to a 3-0 lead in the early innings. The Lubbock Western second baseman walked and later scored on a wild pitch in the first inning, then delivered a two-run homer in the second.

McAllister Park narrowed the deficit in the third, when Zack Forkenbrock drew a one-out walk, moved to third on Zane Gurwitz's double, and scored on a wild pitch.

Western then pulled away, breaking the game open with an eight run burst in the top of the fourth. Hewitt scored twice in the inning, leading off with a single and then capping the rally with a three-run homer when he came to bat a second time. Tyler Thorne added a two-run triple, and Arredondo and Ancell each added run-scoring singles.

McAllister Park National had reached the championship game with a pair of victories after dropping a 3-1 decision to Wichita Falls on the tournament's opening day. The District 19 winners struck for four runs in each of the first two innings of a 12-5 victory over Del Mar, then overcame an early deficit to eliminate Wichita Falls, 5-2. Gurwitz homered twice and drove in three runs against Del Mar, and later turned the momentum in the elimination bracket final with a fourth inning grand slam that reversed a 2-1 Wichita Falls lead. Gurwitz earned the win against Wichita Falls, striking out five and allowing only two hits in a complete game effort.

The next day, McAllister Park kept Lubbock Western close through the game's early innings, before Lubbock's modern-day Murderers' Row offense kicked into gear and completed the team's wire-to-wire dominance against Texas West competition.

Six players from the 1927 New York Yankees team were eventually inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame -- more than all but one other team in major league history. Lubbock Western also surpassed all but one U.S. team in the 2007 international tournament, winning the Southwestern Region tournament and eventually reaching the United States championship game at the Little League World Series before falling, 5-2, to eventual series champion Warner Robins American (Georgia) Little League.

Follow Lubbock Western at the Southwestern Region Tournament -- Click here to view results.


Linescores:

  Opening Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Lubbock Western 1 7 9 7 24 23 0
Del Mar 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
  Opening Round
Wichita Falls 2 0 0 1 0 0 3 7 1
McAllister Park National 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0
  Elimination Bracket Semifinal
McAllister Park National 4 4 0 0 4 0 12 15 1
Del Mar 3 0 0 1 0 1 5 6 2
  Winner's Bracket Final
Lubbock Western 5 6 7 3 21 21 0
Wichita Falls 0 0 1 0 1 1 3
  Elimination Bracket Final
McAllister Park National 1 0 0 4 0 0 5 8 0
Wichita Falls 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 2 0
  Championship Game
Lubbock Western 1 2 0 8 11 10 0
McAllister Park National 0 0 1 0 1 1 0


2007 Texas West District Champions and Sectional Tournament Results:

District Champions
in Texas West Section 1
District Champions
in Texas West Section 2
D1 - Dumas
D2 - Lubbock Western
D3 - Midland Northern
D36 - Fabens Cotton Valley
D37 - Pecos
D38 - Post

Texas West Section 1 Tournament
Host - Lubbock Western (District 2)

Tournament Results:
1 - Dumas d. Post
2 - Lubbock Western 6, Midland Northern 0
3 - Pecos d. Dumas
4 - Lubbock Western 10, Fabens Cotton Valley 0
5 - Fabens Cotton Valley 4, Post 2 (elim.)
6 - Midland Northern d. Dumas (elim.)
7 - Lubbock Western 32, Pecos 0
8 - Fabens Cotton Valley 3, Midland Northern 2 (elim.)
9 - Fabens Cotton Valley 7, Pecos 3 (elim.)
10 - Lubbock Western 38, Fabens Cotton Valley 0 (TITLE)

D5 - Snyder
D6 - Wichita Falls
D7 - Weatherford
D8 - North Garland
D9 - Midway (Waco)

Texas West Section 2 Tournament
Host - North Garland (District 8)

Tournament Results:
1 - Midway 5, Snyder 2
2 - Wichita Falls 2, North Garland 1
3 - Weatherford 1, Midway 0
4 - Snyder 8, North Garland 2 (elim.)
5 - Wichita Falls 5, Weatherford 1
6 - Snyder 5, Midway 3 (elim.)
7 - Snyder 9, Weatherford 8 (elim.)
8 - Wichita Falls 4, Snyder 0 (TITLE)

District Champions
in Texas West Section 3
District Champions
in Texas West Section 4
D4 - San Angelo Northern
D19 - McAllister Park National (San Antonio)
D21 - Uvalde
D26 - Fredericksburg
D35 - Eagle Pass American

Texas West Section 3 Tournament
Host - Fredericksburg (District 26)
At Old Fair Park

Tournament Results:
1 - McAllister Park National 8, Eagle Pass American 4
2 - Uvalde 7, San Angelo Northern 2
3 - McAllister Park National 2, Fredericksburg 1
4 - Eagle Pass American 8, San Angelo Northern 0 (elim.)
5 - McAllister Park National 18, Uvalde 1
6 - Eagle Pass American 10, Fredericksburg 0 (elim.)
7 - Eagle Pass American 16, Uvalde 5 (elim.)
8 - McAllister Park National d. Eagle Pass American (TITLE)

D20 - Five Diamonds (San Antonio)
D22 - Alice National
D23 - Corpus Christi National
D24 - North Brownsville
D34 - Del Mar (Laredo)

Texas West Section 4 Tournament
Host - West Brownsville (District 24)

Tournament Results:
1 - Five Diamonds 5, North Brownsville 4
2 - Alice National 4, Corpus Christi National 2
3 - North Brownsville d. Corpus Christi National (elim.)
4 - Del Mar 11, Five Diamonds 10
5 - Del Mar 5, Alice National 3
6 - North Brownsville d. Five Diamonds (elim.)
7 - Alice National 7, North Brownsville 1 (elim.)
8 - Del Mar 5, Alice National 2 (TITLE)




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