2008 Wisconsin State Little League® Tournament Results
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Wisconsin State Tournament
Host - Wausau (District 5)
At Doepke Park

Participating Teams
District 1 Champions Elmbrook American (Elm Grove/Brookfield)
District 2 Champions Appleton Einstein
District 3 Champions Eau Claire American
District 4 Champions Madison Kennedy
District 5 Champions Antigo
District 6 Champions Oak Creek National

Click here to view 2008 district tournament results for Wisconsin.

Tournament Results:

Day 1 (Saturday, July 19):
Appleton Einstein 10, Oak Creek National 0 (4 innings)
Antigo 4, Eau Claire American 3 (7 innings)
Madison Kennedy 8, Elmbrook American 0

Day 2 (Sunday, July 20):
Madison Kennedy 14, Eau Claire American 8
Appleton Einstein 18, Elmbrook American 4 (5 innings)
Oak Creek National 10, Antigo 5

Day 3 (Monday, July 21):
Oak Creek National 8, Elmbrook American 4
Madison Kennedy 12, Antigo 6
Appleton Einstein 11, Eau Claire American 8

Day 4 (Tuesday, July 22):
Antigo 5, Appleton Einstein 2
Madison Kennedy 10, Oak Creek National 1
Eau Claire American 8, Elmbrook American 2

Day 5 (Wednesday, July 23):
Antigo 12, Elmbrook American 2 (5 innings)
Oak Creek National 11, Eau Claire American 6
Appleton Einstein 11, Madison Kennedy 3




Appleton Einstein 4 1 20
Madison Kennedy 4 1 26
Oak Creek National 3 2 35
Antigo 3 2 29
Eau Claire American 1 4 42
Elmbrook American 0 5 54

The top two teams advance to the championship game.

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 24)

Madison Kennedy 11, Oak Creek National 3
Appleton Einstein 8, Antigo 7

Wisconsin State Championship Game (Friday, July 25)

Appleton Einstein 5, Madison Kennedy 1 (TITLE)


Pitcher Connor Rolain surrendered only two hits, and his Appleton Einstein Little League team rallied from an early deficit to defeat Madison Kennedy Little League, 5-1, in the Wisconsin state championship game at Doepke Park in Rib Mountain.

Appleton Einstein, which was playing in the state championship game for the fourth time in five years, claimed their third state title in that span, and advanced to the Great Lakes Region tournament in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Madison Kennedy took an early lead on Drew Elbe's home run in the second inning, but Appleton Einstein responded when Tyler Smith's two-out, two-run single keyed a three-run rally in the third. Evan Polce provided insurance with a two-run double in the fourth inning.

Rolain, who had pitched a four inning perfect game in the tournament's inaugural game, struck out twelve and did not walk a batter in a complete game effort.

"He was on tonight," said Appleton manager Ross Van Handel. "He came with his game face on. He retired the last eleven batters."

Appleton Einstein reached the championship game only after a last-inning rally rescued an 8-7 semifinal round victory against Antigo Little League. Antigo carried a 7-5 lead into the sixth inning, before Appleton tied the game on a leadoff single and doubles from Smith and Rolain. Rolain then scored the deciding run on a subsequent base hit.

Both teams had taken the lead on two different occasions before Appleton's game-ending push. Appleton Einstein struck first with a pair of run-scoring singles in the third, but Antigo turned five consecutive hits into three runs in the fourth. Appleton reclaimed the lead when Rolain tripled home a pair of runs and eventually scored in the bottom of the inning, but Antigo answered back with Justin Wetger's solo home run in the fifth and two-run double in the sixth.

The win avenged Appleton's only loss in the state tournament, a 5-2 defeat on the fourth day of round-robin competition. Appleton pitchers struck out fourteen batters in the game, but Wetger delivered a two-run homer in the first inning and a two-out, two-run triple in the fourth to key the victory.

"Dustin doesn't care what the situation is," said Antigo manager Dan Bastle. "He has been big for our team all year."

Appleton Einstein scored ten or more runs in each of its other round-robin games. Rolain helped the District 2 winners open the tournament on strong footing, striking out nine in his abbreviated perfect game against Oak Creek National Little League. The right-hander also homered and drove in three runs in the 10-0 victory.

The next day, Appleton's offense collected 20 hits, and the team used a seven-run second inning rally to pull away from Elmbrook American Little League, 18-4. Elmbrook grabbed an early lead, but Appleton moved in front following solo home runs by Polce and Rolain. Smith added a three-run homer and Brett Gruber contributed a two-run double to help open Appleton's gaping lead.

"We had a bit of a slow start in the first inning," said Von Handel after his team overwhelmed the District 1 winners. "We weren't as patient. The bottom of the order came around and took some pitches, so we did okay."

Appleton clinched a semifinal round berth with an 11-8 victory the next day, and following their loss to Antigo, topped Madison Kennedy 11-3 in a game both teams used to set their pitching rotations for the elimination rounds.

Madison had opened the tournament with four consecutive wins, including an opening round shutout and three subsequent games in which the team racked up double-digit runs. Matt Byars hit two home runs twice, sparking a 14-8 win over Eau Claire American and a 10-1 decision over Oak Creek National, while Matt Wolter's grand slam and Drew Elbe's three-run shot helped Madison to rally past Antigo, 12-6.

Elbe's first-inning grand slam in the semifinal round helped Madison Kennedy to handle Oak Creek National, 11-3, in the semifinal round. Elbe also opened the game on the mound, but switched positions after 20 pitches to preserve his eligibility for the title game. Riley Anderson, who later homered, earned the victory in relief.

Appleton Einstein split its four games at the Great Lakes Region tournament, earning the league's best record among the three recent region tournament qualifying teams. Despite the record, Appleton was eliminated when a tiebreaker advanced two other leagues with the same record to the tournament's semifinal round.

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  Semifinal Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Antigo 0 0 0 3 1 3 7 8 2
Appleton Einstein 0 0 2 3 0 3 8 9 1
  Semifinal Round
Madison Kennedy 4 2 0 2 1 2 11 9 1
Oak Creek National 1 0 0 0 2 0 3 4 1
  Championship Game
Madison Kennedy 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 -
Appleton Einstein 0 0 3 2 0 x 5 - -

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