2011 Texas West Little League® Tournament Results
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Texas West State Tournament
Host - Westside (Fort Worth) (District 7)
At Kelly Field

Participating Teams
Texas West Section 1 Champions Midland Northern (District 3)
Texas West Section 2 Champions Midway (Waco) (District 9)
Texas West Section 3 Champions Eagle Pass American (District 35)
Texas West Section 4 Champions North Brownsville (District 24)

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Tournament Results:

Opening Round:
Eagle Pass American 4, North Brownsville 0
Midland Northern 6, Midway 2

Winner's Bracket Final:
Midland Northern 11, Eagle Pass American 7

Elimination Bracket Semifinal (four teams remain):
North Brownsville 13, Midway 3 (elim.)

Elimination Bracket Final (three teams remain):
Eagle Pass American 4, North Brownsville 2 (elim.)

Championship Series:
Midland Northern 11, Eagle Pass American 6 (TITLE)


Midland Northern Little League spotted Eagle Pass American Little League an early 2-0 lead, then scored in each of its last four at-bats to claim an 11-6 victory in the Texas West championship at Kelly Field in Fort Worth.

The win was Midland's second over Eagle Pass in three days, and their third win in the four-team tournament. Midland Northern won its first-ever state championship in the major baseball division, and advanced to the Southwestern Region tournament in Waco.

"They persevere and they just keep going no matter what odds are stacked against them," said Midland manager Shaun Standard after his team overcame the early title game deficit against a league that came within a game of reaching the Little League World Series the previous summer. "They just go out and play and just keep on coming through."

After spotting Eagle Pass an early lead, Midland knotted the score in the third inning. Payton Tranum doubled to drive in John Wuthrich, and then scored the tying run on Colby Standard's base hit. The District 3 champions then took the lead in the third when Jaxon Hallmark and Ty Coleman each delivered two run doubles.

Eagle Pass sliced Midland's advantage to just one run with a three-run rally in the fifth, but Midland reclaimed the game's momentum when Hillman launched a grand slam home run in the top of the sixth.

"It makes you a little more comfortable when you go into the bottom of the sixth with a five-run lead instead of a one-run lead," noted Standard. "Eric has been hitting home runs for us all year and he came up huge in that situation."

The victory was Midland's sixth in a row following a 12-2 loss to Lubbock Southwest midway through the Section 1 tournament. Northern later defeated the same team on consecutive days to claim that tournament's title.

"That refocused us, and got us back to where we need to be," said Standard of his team's misfire in its loss to Southwest. "(Midland's players) weren't scared, they were just mad. They knew that they didn't get the product out there on the field that we're used to getting."

Northern regained its stride in the latter stages of that tournament, then opened state tournament play with a 6-2 victory over Midway Little League. Hallmark paced the Midland offense with three hits and a pair of runs scored, while Tranum scored three times and added a solo home run. Wuthrich drove in a pair of runs and McLane Mannix collected a pair of hits.

The next day, three different players homered as Northern downed Eagle Pass American by an 11-7 score. Tranum and Coleman each homered and collected three hits, while Wuthrich and Mannix both contributed two hits and scored twice.

Tranum struck out three batters while pitching into the fourth inning, before Hallmark and Mannix closed out the victory and lifted Northern into a major baseball state championship game for the first time in the league's history.

Eagle Pass, which had opened the tournament with a victory over North Brownsville Little League, defeated the same team by a 4-2 score in the elimination bracket final to earn a rematch before falling a second time to Northern.

Eagle Pass American continued a string in which the league had advanced to the state tournament or the Section 3 championship game for the eighth time in a nine-year span.

Midland Northern faced a difficult pool assignment at the Southwestern Region tournament, and opened the tournament with close losses to Lafayette (Louisiana) Little League and Pearland Maroon (Texas East) Little League before defeating White Hall (Arkansas) in their final contest to secure a third place finish in their pool. Lafayette eventually defeated Pearland Maroon in the region championship game.

Follow Midland Northern at the Southwestern Region Tournament -- Click here to view results.


  Championship Game 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Midland Northern 0 0 2 4 1 4 11 - -
Eagle Pass American 0 2 0 1 3 0 6 - -

2011 Texas West District Champions and Sectional Tournament Results:

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

Texas West Section 1 Tournament
Host - Lubbock Southwest (District 2)
At Maxey Park

Tournament Results:
1 - Midland Northern 12, Post 0 (4 innings)
2 - Lubbock Southwest 13, Childress 0 (4 innings)
3 - Midland Northern 22, Pecos 5
4 - Lubbock Southwest 17, Fabens Cotton Valley 2
5 - Post 7, Fabens Cotton Valley 3 (elim.)
6 - Childress 7, Pecos 6 (elim.)
7 - Lubbock Southwest 12, Midland Northern 2
8 - Childress 14, Post 4 (elim.)
9 - Midland Northern 18, Childress 2 (elim.)
10 - Midland Northern 9, Lubbock Southwest 5
11 - Midland Northern 3, Lubbock Southwest 2 (TITLE)

D5 - Wylie (Abilene)
D6 - Graham
D7 - University (Fort Worth)
D8 - South Garland
D9 - Midway (Waco)

Texas West Section 2 Tournament
Host - Texas District 7
At Weatherford and Westside (Fort Worth)
Championship Game at Westside (Fort Worth)

Tournament Results:
1 - Midway 6, South Garland 2
2 - University 4, Graham 0
3 - Midway 13, Wylie 12
4 - South Garland 4, Graham 3 (elim.)
6 - Wylie 8, South Garland 0 (elim.)
5 - Midway 11, University 1
7 - Wylie 13, University 6 (elim.)
8 - Midway 12, Wylie 2 (TITLE)

District Champions
in Texas West Section 3
District Champions
in Texas West Section 4
D4 - Sonora
D19 - McAllister Park American (San Antonio)
D21 - Five Diamonds West (San Antonio)
D26 - Kerrville
D35 - Eagle Pass American

Texas West Section 3 Tournament
Host - Eagle Pass American (District 35)
At Fort Duncan Fields

Tournament Results:
1 - McAllister Park American 6, Kerrville 0
2 - Eagle Pass American 12, Five Diamonds West 0
3 - Kerrville 17, Five Diamonds West 1 (elim.)
4 - McAllister Park American 15, Sonora 1
6 - Kerrville 8, Sonora 1 (elim.)
5 - Eagle Pass American 4, McAllister Park American 3
7 - Kerrville 7, McAllister Park American 1 (elim.)
8 - Eagle Pass American 6, Kerrville 3 (TITLE)

D22 - Alice American
D23 - Padre (Corpus Christi)
D24 - North Brownsville
D34 - Zapata County (Zapata)

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

Tournament Results:
1 - North Brownsville 8, Alice American 5
2 - Padre 20, Zapata County 0
3 - Zapata County 5, Alice American 3 (elim.)
4 - North Brownsville 1, Padre 0
5 - Padre 17, Zapata County 0 (elim.)
6 - Padre 3, North Brownsville 1
7 - North Brownsville 11, Padre 9 (TITLE)

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