Arizona District #6 Little League: Little League 11-12s Baseball-2015

Thursday, July 9
Little League (11/12) AZ 6 Baseball: ARLL Wins in 9-inning Thriller to Take District Championship
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Arcadia Little League 2015 Little League District 6 Baseball Champs

Here are the basic facts.  The final score was Arcadia Little League (ARLL) 16 and North Scottsdale Little League (NSLL) 5.  As a result, ARLL won the 2015 Arizona District 6 Little League Baseball Championship and won all 8 games that it played. BUT anyone in attendance would tell you that score did not reflect the kind of game that it was.  

To begin with, NSLL jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Despite an outstanding pitching performance by NSLL's starting pitcher, Ryan Klotnia, ARLL clawed its way back to tie the game at 3.  NSLL would score 2 runs in the bottom of the 5th on a 2-run double by Sebastian Mentis to regain the lead and go to the top of the 6th with a 5-3 lead.  In the top of the 6th ARLL's first two batters were retired after which NSLL needed to make a pitching change (Little League has strict pitch count rules to protect these young arms).  After a single, Kellen Slade hit a 2-run homer to tie the game at 5. Both teams had numerous opportunies to score, but the game remained tied at 5 until ARLL broke through in the top of the 9th inning.  Leading off the 9th was Scott Wheeler who hit a solo homer to break the tie. This then opened up the flood gates for ARLL to score 10 more runs.

This was ARLL's fourth such championship in the 29-year history of Arizona District 6.  They previously had won in 1987, 1989 and in 2007.  NSLL leads with nine District 6 Little League Baseball Championships and McCormick Ranch Little League (MRLL) has the next most with seven.  ARLL will now represent our district at the state championship that will be held in Claypool. The tournament begins on July 16th and ARLL has a bye and will play on the 17th at 7:30 PM (dates and times subject to change). 


For the Justin Maskulinski recap in the Scottsdale Independent, click on the followiing link:

http://www.scottsdaleindependent.com/sports/arcadia-wins-district-6-championship-in-extra-inning-thriller/


(clicking on the headline will open up a bracket of this pool play tournament; clicking on "state championship that will be held in Claypool" will open up that bracket)



Wednesday, July 8
Little League (11/12) AZ 6 Baseball: ARLL Remains Undefeated and 1-win Away from Championship

In the first game of a best 2 out of 3 championship final round, Arcadia Little League (ARLL) fell behind 1-0 in the bottom of the first to North Scottsdale Little League (NSLL), but never looked back after that.  With 6 runs with two outs in the top of the 3rd, ARLL took a commanding 7-1 lead and went on to win 13-3 in 5-innings.

The two teams resume play at 7:00 PM on Thursday, July 9th with NSLL trying to extend the series to a deciding game 3 on Friday.

For the Justin Maskulinski recap in the Scottsdale Independent, click on the followiing link:

http://www.scottsdaleindependent.com/sports/arcadia-takes-game-1-of-scottsdale-little-league-tournament-as-wheeler-deals/



Tuesday, July 7
Little League (11/12) AZ 6 Baseball: ARLL and NSLL Sweep and Move on to the Finals

True to their form, Arcadia Little League (ARLL) and North Scottsdale Little League (NSLL) remained undefeated and swept their respective semi-final series.

The 5:30 game had the 2nd seeded NSLL defeating the 3rd seed Mountain View Little League (MVLL) 10-4.  This game was followed up with the number 1 seed, Arcadia Little League (ARLL), beating the fourth seed, McCormick Ranch Little League (MRLL) 14-2.

For the Justin Maskulinski recap in the Scottsdale Independent, click on the followiing link: 

http://www.scottsdaleindependent.com/sports/arcadia-north-scottsdale-to-meet-in-championship/

The finals begin on Wednesday, July 8th at 7:00 PM. 



Monday, July 6
Little League (11/12) AZ 6 Baseball: ARLL and NSLL Remain Undefeated

The first night of the semi-final round began with the number 1 seed, Arcadia Little League (ARLL), taking on the fourth seed, McCormick Ranch Little League (MRLL). ARLL won 14-7.

The night cap featured the 2nd seed, North Scottsdale Little League (NSLL) playing the 4th seed, Mountain View Little League (MVLL). NSLL came out of this see-saw battle with a 6-5 win.

The semi-finals continue on Tuesday, July 7th. 

For the Justin Maskulinski recap in the Scottsdale Independent, click on the followiing link:

http://www.scottsdaleindependent.com/news/arcadia-north-scottsdale-take-1-0-series-leads-at-little-league-tournament/



Friday, July 3
Little League (11/12) AZ 6 Baseball: ARLL, NSLL, MVLL, MRLL Move on to Playoff Round

The teams moving on to the playoffs are Arcadia Little League (ARLL), North Scottsdale Little League (NSLL), Mountain View Little League (MVLL), and McCormick Ranch Little League (MRLL).  Here is how that came to be.

 

The 5:30 PM game matched NSLL versus Fountain Hills Little League (FHLL).  NSLL defeated FHLL 10-0 in 4-innings resulting in NSLL finishing the tournament with 4-0 record.  However, NSLL would not know until later in the evening if they would be the #1 or #2 seed as ARLL would play in the 7:30 game. 

The 7:00 PM had MRLL playing McDowell Mountain Little League (MMLL). The winner of this game would move on to the playoff round.  For the second night in a row, MRLL's bats were alive as they went on to a 12-1 victory.

It all came down to final game of pool play to determine the seeding for the playoff round. ARLL defeated MVLL 13-1. 

TIE BREAKERS:

With the victory, ARLL finished pool play with a 4-0 record which tied them with NSLL.  Per Little League's tournament rules, the first tie breaker is head-to-head record.  That is, if ARLL and NSLL played, who won that game? As their records indicate, they did not play each other.  Therefore, the tie is broken by the team with the lowest Runs Allowed Ratio (RAR). In this case, ARLL's RAR was 0.150 while NSLL's was 0.263. ARLL is the first seed and NSLL is the second seed.

How were the 3rd and 4th seeds determined?  As mentioned above, the first tie breaker is head-to-head record.  MVLL and MRLL played on June 28th with MVLL winning 8-2.  Therefore, MVLL became the 3rd seed and MRLL the 4th seed.

The playoffs begin on Monday, July 6th with each semi-final being a best 2 out of 3 series.  The winners of these two series will play a final round which will also be a best 2 out of 3 series. 

Please note, that should both semi-final series end in two game sweeps, the final round will begin the next night (Wednesday, July 8th). There will NOT be a night off! 

 For the Justin Maskulinski recap in the Scottsdale Independent, click on the followiing link:

 http://www.scottsdaleindependent.com/sports/klotnia-tosses-no-hitter-in-final-day-of-pool-play-at-district-6-little-league-tournament/



Wednesday, July 1
Little League (11/12) AZ 6 Baseball: ARLL, MRLL, and NSLL Win

The 5:30 PM game matched McCormick Ranch Little League (MRLL) versus Fountain Hills Little League (FHLL).   If MRLL was going to make the playoff round, they needed a win. That is exactly what they did - win!  With their hitting shoes on for the first time in the tournament, MRLL defeated FHLL 14-3 in 4-innings.

The 7:00 PM had undefeated Arcadia Little League (ARLL) taking on East Scottsdale Little League (ESLL).  ARLL continue their dominant play with a 19-1 victory in 4-innings.  ARLL's record is now 3-0 and with the best Runs Allowed Ratio is in first place in the Pool Play standings.

The 7:30 PM game had North Scottsdale Little League (NSLL) taking on McDowell Mountain Little League (MMLL). NSLL won 11-1 as they walked off in the bottom of 5th inning.  

For the Justin Maskulinski recap in the Scottsdale Independent, click on the followiing link:

http://www.scottsdaleindependent.com/sports/arcadia-and-north-scottsdale-remain-undefeated-in-tournament/

 



Sunday, June 28
Little League (11/12) AZ 6 Baseball: Tournament Starts this Evening

At 5:30 PM today, the District 6 Little League Baseball Tournament will get underway. It is being held at Scottsdale Ranch Park (10400 E. Via Linda, Scottsdale 85258). There are 3 games tonight.



Sunday, June 28
Little League (11/12) AZ 6 Baseball: NSLL, FHLL, & MVLL Win Their Opening Games

In the opening game of the tournament, North Scottsdale Little League (NSLL) took on East Scottsdale Little League (ESLL).  NSLL defeated ESLL 10-0 in 4 innings.

The second game of the night featured Fountain Hills Little League (FHLL) and McDowell Mountain Little League (MMLL).  In a see-saw battle, FHLL finally prevailed 6-5.

The last game of the night had the host league Mountain View Little League (MVLL) taking on McCormick Ranch Little League (MRLL). MVLL, the 2-time defending champ won 8-2. 

 



Monday, June 29
Little League (11/12) AZ 6 Baseball: Scottsdale Independent Covering the Games

You may notice a professionally dressed young gentleman walking around the fields with a notebook and camera.  He is Justin Maskulinski who is covering the games for the Scottsdale Independent newspaper.  Please make him feel welcome and check out his recaps.  The first one can be found at http://www.scottsdaleindependent.com/sports/scottsdale-little-league-tournament-now-underway/
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Monday, June 29
Little League (11/12) AZ 6 Baseball: ARLL, MMLL, & NSLL Victorious on Night 2

In the 5:30 PM game, Arcadia Little League (ARLL) played its first game of the tournament and defeated Fountain Hills Little League (FHLL) 12-1 in 5-innings.  FHLL's record fell to 1-1.

The 7:00 PM game of the night featured two undefeated teams; North Scottsdale Little League (NSLL) and Mountain View Little League (MVLL).  NSLL won 9-4, but the score did not reflect the closeness of this game as NSLL scored 3-runs in the bottom of the 5th inning.

The 7:30 PM game of the night had East Scottsdale Little League (ESLL) versus McDowell Mountain Little League (MMLL).  MMLL improved its record to 1-1 with a 12-0 victory.

For Justin Maskulinski's recaps of the games in the Scottsdale Independent newspaper, go to http://www.scottsdaleindependent.com/news/north-scottsdale-leads-all-others-at-district-6-little-league-tournament/. 



Tuesday, June 30
Little League (11/12) AZ 6 Baseball: ARLL Moves into 1st Place While MVLL Moves Into 3rd Place

The 5:30 PM game pitted Arcadia Little League (ARLL) against McCormick Ranch Little League (MRLL).  ARLL, behind dominant pitching (1-hit complete game), defeated MRLL 5-0.  ARLL's record goes to 2-0 and with the best Runs Allowed Ratio took over first place in the Pool Play standings. MRLL's record fell to 0-2.

The 7:30 PM game had Mountain View Little League (MVLL) taking on East Scottsdale Little League (ESLL). MVLL won 12-1 and moved into 3rd place in the standings.  The ESLL lost dropped their record to 0-3.

 For the Justin Maskulinski recap in the Scottsdale Independent, click on the followiing link: http://www.scottsdaleindependent.com/sports/arcadia-mountain-view-get-wins-behind-solid-pitching/