2007 Wisconsin State Little League® Tournament Results
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Wisconsin State Tournament
Host - West Madison (District 4)

Participating Teams
District 1 Champions Glendale American
District 2 Champions Appleton Einstein
District 3 Champions Eau Claire National
District 4 Champions Waupun
District 5 Champions Wausau Northern
District 6 Champions Franklin American

NOTE: The Wisconsin State Tournament used a round-robin format in 2007. After preliminary round competition, the top four teams advanced to the semifinal round.

Click here to view 2007 district tournament results for Wisconsin.

Tournament Results:

Round 1 (Saturday, July 21):
Wausau Northern 7, Eau Claire National 3
Appleton Einstein 2, Franklin American 1
Waupun 6, Glendale American 3

Round 2 (Sunday, July 22):
Appleton Einstein 6, Glendale American 3
Wausau Northern 9, Waupun 3
Eau Claire National 12, Franklin American 2

Round 3 (Monday, July 23):
Waupun 11, Franklin American 1
Appleton Einstein 6, Eau Claire National 5
Wausau Northern 5, Glendale American 4

Round 4 (Tuesday, July 24):
Wausau Northern 13, Franklin American 1
Eau Claire National 7, Glendale American 3
Appleton Einstein 22, Waupun 3

Round 5 (Wednesday, July 25):
Eau Claire National 11, Waupun 3
Franklin American 12, Glendale American 3
Appleton Einstein 12, Wausau Northern 5




Appleton Einstein 5 0 17
Wausau Northern 4 1 23
Eau Claire National 3 2 21
Waupun 2 3 46
Franklin American 1 4 41
Glendale American 0 5 36

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 (Thursday, July 26)

Appleton Einstein 13, Waupun 2 (6 innings)
Wausau Northern 7, Eau Claire National 5

Wisconsin State Championship Game (Friday, July 27)

Wausau Northern 6, Appleton Einstein 2 (TITLE)


Nate Hettinga slammed a tie-breaking grand slam in the second inning, and pitcher Matt Kretzschmar retired the last twelve batters he faced as Wausau Northern Little League topped Appleton Einstein Little League, 6-2, in the Wisconsin state championship game in Madison.

Hettinga's blast capped an inning in which Wausau Northern tallied six runs on just two hits. Jordan Huehnerfuss bounced a leadoff single into center field, then Appleton's pitcher struggled with his control and walked the next three Wausau hitters. After a popout, Wausau Northern tied the game when Travis Gould beat the throw home on a force attempt following Travis Waldvogel's grounder. Appleton recorded the inning's second out on a strikeout, but Hettinga followed by driving a first pitch fastball well beyond the left center field fence to give his team the lead.

It was the second game-deciding blast in as many days for Wausau Northern, which defeated Eau Claire National Little League 7-5 on Nate Karlen's walk-off three-run home run in the semifinal round.

Hettinga's grand slam helped to shift momentum after Appleton Einstein threatened to break open the championship game during a first inning rally. Clark Eagan's double and Connor Seiler's single opened Appleton's half of the first inning, and the defending state champions scored twice on bases-loaded walks before Kretzschmar finally escaped the inning with a pair of strikeouts.

Appleton Einstein loaded the bases again in the second inning, but Kretzschmar struck out the fourth- and fifth-place hitters in the Appleton lineup to escape the threat. The Wausau Northern pitcher labored through 55 pitches in those first two innings, but needed just eight, thirteen, and eight pitches in the next three frames. After eight of the first twelve Appleton batters in the game reached base, Kretzschmar retired the final twelve batters he faced before switching positions with one out in the sixth inning. The right-hander struck out eight batters and did not allow a hit from the third batter he faced onward.

"Matt never lost his composure," said Wausau Northern manager Jeff Waldvogel. "He got down on himself a little after the first inning, but I told him, 'we have the best pitcher in the state on the mound in the state championship game, and he's taking us to Indianapolis."

Indianapolis -- site of the Great Lakes Region tournament -- seemed beyond Wausau Northern's reach late in its semifinal round contest with Eau Claire National. Wausau Northern trailed 5-1 after 4-1/2 innings, but narrowed the deficit with a three-run rally in the fifth. Pinch hitter Cody Grunenwald opened the inning with a single, then moved to third on Travis Waldvogel's double before scoring on a wild pitch. With two outs, Adam Urmanski drove a two-run homer over the right-field fence.

In the sixth, Kretzschmar led off with a single, and Gould drew a one-out walk before Karlen's blast lifted Wausau Northern into the championship game.

"I knew it was gone," said Jeff Waldvogel of Karlen's game-ending homer. "I had just (talked) to him at the plate and said 'Nate, it's 2-2 (the count) with a new pitcher. He's going to bring a fastball right down the middle. Get it.' And he got all of it."

Wausau and Appleton established themselves as the tournament frontrunners with strong performances in the tournament's round-robin phase. Wausau opened the tournament with a 7-3 decision over Eau Claire National, then rolled to three more wins before falling to Appleton Einstein in a meaningless final round contest.

Kretzschmar struck out ten batters and walked three in 5-1/3 innings in the opening round win, and Hetting drove in four early runs with a first inning single and a second inning home run.

"The kids got off to a good start," said Jeff Waldvogel, whose team took command with a five run rally in the second. "(They) came out and played from the start of the game."

After a win over Waupun Little League, Wausau Northern needed extra innings to edge Glendale American Little League, 5-4. Glendale tied the game in the sixth, then took a 4-3 lead in the top of the seventh inning, but Wausau Northern rallied for the win on Aaron Gertschen's two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the inning. Five Wausau hitters had two hits in the game, including Kretzschmar (two doubles), Karlen, Urmanski, Hettinga, and Thomas Brown. Hunter Burshcrass and Zack Pagel homered for Glendale.

Wausau Northern clinched a semifinal round berth with the win, then overwhelmed Franklin American Little League, 13-1 in four innings, the next day. Kretzschmar's three-run homer keyed a four-run first inning rally, and Hettinga added a three-run blast of his own as Wausau added seven runs in the fourth. Urmanski and Gould each added two hits in the win.

"After a tough comeback win last night, this was a big win," said Jeff Waldvogel. "We came out strong and focused, and settled this one early.

"All the kids are contributing," he added. "It is nice to see everyone being able to help win games."

Appleton Einstein also received contributions from throughout its lineup during pool competition. Pitcher Ryan Radue sparked the District 2 champions' opening round, 2-1 win over Franklin American with a fourteen strikeout, one-hit effort. Kenny Cardew's double to left center field scored Connor Seiler with the deciding run in the fifth inning.

"That's a good way to start," said Appleton Einstein manager Dave Eagan. "Last year in Ashland, we lost our first game, 4-3."

Appleton Einstein rebounded from that opening round loss in 2006 to win the state championship, and the 2007 squad would also reach the championship game by sweeping their remaining round robin games. Radue, Connor Rolain, and Logan Sprissler all homered in a 6-3 win over Glendale American, then Appleton edged Eau Claire National, 6-5, in nine innings. Cardew drove a two-run homer in the third inning against Eau Claire, and scored the winning run on an error in the ninth after drawing a walk.

Appleton Einstein then easily handled Waupun, 22-2, behind Radue (5-for-5, a home run and six RBIs) and Rolain (4-for-4 including a home run), and closed round-robin play with a 12-5 win over Wausau Northern. Seiler drove in six runs and Eagan drove in four, but with little at stake, both teams used the game as an opportunity to set their pitching rotations for the forthcoming elimination games.

"The most important thing is that we kept all of our pitchers available (for the semifinals)," said Jeff Waldvogel after the loss. "The kids accomplished their first goal, which was to play Thursday (in the semifinals)."

Wausau Northern soon reached the championship game on Karlen's late inning blast, and joined an Appleton Einstein team that had used four home runs to subdue Waupun in the day's earlier semifinal round matchup. Clark Eagan paced Appleton's attack, launching a two-run homer in the second inning, a three-run blast in the third, and a two-run shot in the sixth. Radue added three hits, including a home run, and Rolain allowed only three hits in 5-2/3 innings before giving way to Sprissler for the final out.

The next evening, Appleton Einstein's bats were considerably quieter, as Kretzschmar overcame his rocky start to propel Wausau Northern to the championship game win.

"We've dreamed of this for the last five years," said Jeff Waldvogel after the championship game. Seven of Wausau Northern's players were competing in a state tournament for the fourth consecutive year, and eleven of the team's twelve players had been members of the league's state championship team in the 9-10 year old division in 2005.

"We knew there was going to be some adversity," he added, pointing to Appleton's early lead in the championship game. "They (Appleton Einstein) are a good team and were undefeated for a reason."

But the Wausau Northern manager also had faith in his team's focus.

"Nate's home run was huge, because once you put this team ahead, they get determined to win," said Jeff Waldvogel. "The hit took this team to another level because they started to taste the victory."

Follow Wausau Northern at the Great Lakes Region Tournament -- Click here to view results.


  Semifinal Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Eau Claire National 1 0 0 1 3 0 5 10 0
Wausau Northern 0 0 0 1 3 3 7 7 0
  Semifinal Round
Appleton Einstein 2 2 4 1 0 4 13 12 1
Waupun 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 3 1
  Championship Game
Wausau Northern 0 6 0 0 0 0 6 5 0
Appleton Einstein 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 3

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