2005 Wisconsin State Little League® Tournament Results
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Wisconsin State Tournament
Host - Appleton (District 2)
At USA Youth Sports Complex

Participating Teams
District 1 Champions Glendale American
District 2 Champions Appleton Einstein
District 3 Champions Eau Claire National
District 4 Champions West Madison National
District 5 Champions Wausau Western
District 6 Champions Lakeland National (Salem)

NOTE: The Wisconsin State Tournament used a round-robin format in 2005. After preliminary round competition, the top four teams advanced to the semifinal round.

Click here to view 2005 district tournament results for Wisconsin.

Tournament Results:

Round 1 (Monday, July 25):
West Madison National 5, Wausau Western 4
Lakeland National 6, Glendale American 3
Appleton Einstein versus Eau Claire National (Postponed to 7/26 - weather)

Round 2 (Tuesday, July 26):
Appleton Einstein 8, Eau Claire National 1
Eau Claire National 6, Wausau Western 1
West Madison National 4, Glendale American 2
Lakeland National 7, Appleton Einstein 3

Round 3 (Wednesday, July 27):
Eau Claire National 1, Lakeland National 0
Glendale American 1, Wausau Western 0
Appleton Einstein 8, West Madison National 3

Round 4 (Thursday, July 28):
Lakeland National 6, Wausau Western 4
Eau Claire National 13, West Madison National 2
Appleton Einstein 2, Glendale American 1

Round 5 (Friday, July 29):
Lakeland National 14, West Madison National 3
Appleton Einstein 8, Wausau Western 7
Glendale American 7, Eau Claire National 5


Standings

W

L

Runs
Allowed
Lakeland National 4 1 14
Appleton Einstein 4 1 19
Eau Claire National 3 2 18
West Madison National 2 3 41
Glendale American 2 3 17
Wausau Western 0 5 26

The top four teams advance to the semifinal round.

Ties are broken based on records in head-to-head competition among tied teams. If a clear winner cannot be determined from head-to-head results, the tie is broken by calculating the ratio of runs allowed to defensive innings played for all teams involved in the tie. The team with the lowest runs-per-defensive-inning ratio advances.

In the event of a tie involving three or more teams, once the initial tie is broken, the remaining tied teams are again compared on head-to-head record to determine if a clear winner can be identified. If no clear winner can be identified from head-to-head results among the remaining tied teams, the runs-per-defensive-inning ratio is again used. This process is repeated until all ties have been broken.

Semifinal Round (Saturday, July 30)

Lakeland National 5, West Madison National 2
Eau Claire National 8, Appleton Einstein 3

Wisconsin State Championship Game (Sunday, July 31)

Lakeland National 9, Eau Claire National 7 (TITLE)


Summary:

A quick check of the round robin results from the 2005 Wisconsin state tournament will lead you right back where you started.

Eau Claire National edged Lakeland National. Lakeland defeated Appleton Einstein, who later beat West Madison National. West Madison beat Glendale American. Naturally, Glendale downed Eau Claire National in the final game of pool competition.

"Most of the games have been close," observed Glendale manager Dave Peltz at the completion of a round robin schedule in which over half of the games were decided by one or two runs. "The margin for error is so slim up here."

The margin for victory was equally slim, and the state championship ultimately was decided by a few inches in the final inning of the tournament's final game.

Justice Reichwein's two-run home run with two outs in the top of the sixth inning cleared the right-center field fence by about a foot, snapping a 7-7 tie and capping a furious rally as Lakeland National overcame Eau Claire National 9-7 in the Wisconsin state championship game at the USA Youth Sports Complex in Appleton.

Lakeland, which had trailed Eau Claire 7-3 heading into the sixth inning, clinched the win only after Reichwein escaped a bases-loaded, no out threat with a pair of strikeouts and a lineout in the bottom of the inning.

"They never gave up," said Lakeland manager Tom Reichwein of his team, which avenged its only defeat to that point in the international tournament. Reichwein's team brought home Lakeland's first-ever state championship in the major baseball division.

Tyler Thomas drew a leadoff walk to spark Lakeland's last-ditch six run rally. He moved to third on Jay Christian's double, and scored on Trevor Epping's RBI single. Brian Kretschmer later drove in a pair of runs with a triple before Reichwein's homer pushed Lakeland in front.

Reichwein, Christian, Arick Hanna, and Jared Zirbel each had two hits to pace Lakeland's eleven hit attack. Reichwein allowed nine hits and walked six batters before bearing down to close out his complete game victory.

Lakeland National won four of its five round robin games at the state tournament, then defeated West Madison National 5-2 in the semifinal round. Reid Petges was 4-for-4 at the plate for Lakeland, and scored two runs as the Kenosha-based squad overcame the twelve strikeout performance of West Madison starter Brett Wise.

"(He) pitched a great game," said Tom Reichwein of Wise's effort. "He is the best pitcher we have faced in the tournament so far. We are fortunate to have wound up on top."

Lakeland wound up on top in large part due to Thomas, who struck out nine batters and allowed only four West Madison hits in a complete game effort. Earlier in the tournament, Thomas allowed only two hits in Lakeland's 8-3 win over Appleton Einstein, the defending state champions.

"Every time we needed him, he has been outstanding," said Tom Reichwein of his starting pitcher. "He had perfect location. Every time the catcher called a spot, he hit the spot."

Einstein came close to returning to the 2005 state championship game, but fell 8-3 to Eau Claire National in the other semifinal. Eau Claire snapped a 3-3 tie with five runs in the fifth inning, then pitcher Greg Button registered a game-ending strikeout after Einstein had a pair of runners reach base in the sixth.

"We got beat by a very good team today," said Einstein manager Dave Eagan. "We threw our number one pitcher, and they hit him.

"(Our season) didn't end where we wanted it to end," said Eagan, whose team reached the state tournament for the third consecutive year. "(But) it has been a good year."

It was also a good year for Lakeland National, which advanced to the Great Lakes Region tournament in Indianapolis, Indiana, following its victory at the state tournament.

Lakeland won three of its four pool games at the region tournament before falling to eventual region runner-up Limestone Little League (Kankakee, Illinois) in the semifinal round.

Follow Lakeland National at the Great Lakes Region Tournament -- Click here to view results.




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