Little League Central Region: Region News

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Jackie Robinson West LL finishes as U.S. champion
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Great Lakes division champion Jackie Robinson West Little League of Chicago finished as the United States champion at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa., defeating Mountain Ridge Little League of Las Vegas 7-5 in the U.S. championship game.

Despite a late rally, the Illinois champions lost in the World Series championship game to South Korea 8-4.

Jackie Robinson West is the first Great Lakes or Midwest division team to win the U.S. championship since 2002. That year, Valley Sports American Little League from the Louisville, Ky., area became World Series champions.

This year was the second time the Jackie Robinson West Little League advanced to the World Series; the league also participated in 1983 as Central Region champions.



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Indiana team repeats as Senior League Softball World Series champion
The all-stars from Indiana District 11 have won the Senior League Softball World Series for the second consecutive year. The Central Region champions defeated West Region champs Garden City Softball/Mullan Trail Little League from Missoula, Mont., 5-0 in the championship game at Lower Sussex, Del.  Indiana District 11 won in 2013 by defeating Lombardia Little League from Milano, Italy, in the championship game.

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Saturday, August 9
Illinois champions win Great Lakes division title
The Jackie Robinson West Little League all-stars are headed to Williamsport! The Illinois champions from Chicago defeated New Albany, Ind., 12-7 Saturday at Stokely Field to win the Great Lakes division title and a berth in the Little League Baseball World Series. They erased a 7-3 deficit with seven runs in the fifth inning en route to the victory. This will be the second trip to the World Series for Jackie Robinson West; the previous trip was in 1983.

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Friday, August 8
North/South Dakota champions win Midwest division title
Canyon Lake Little League's all-stars are headed to the Little League Baseball World Series!  The North/South Dakota champions from Rapid City, S.D., won the Midwest division title on Friday with a 15-4 victory over Kearney, Neb., in the championship game at Stokely Field. Canyon Lake scored six runs in the third inning and eight in the fourth to end the game in four innings. This is the second time Canyon Lake has reached the World Series; the other was in 2008.

Wednesday, August 6
Little League Central Region Baseball Tournament Day 6

August 6th, marks day 6 of the Little League Central Region Baseball tournament. The Midwest semifinal games will play today! 

 

Game 25 started off the day on Stokley Field at 11:00 am; Canyon Lake LL (SD) battled Joplin South LL (MO). In the end Canyon Lake LL (SD) topped Joplin South LL (MO) 7-3.

 

Game 26 was played on Stokely Field today at 3:00 pm. Plymouth/New Hope LL (MN) went up against Kearney LL (NE). After a back and forth battle Kearney LL (NE) pulled through winning against Plymouth/New Hope LL (MN) 11-7.

 

Canyon Lake LL (SD) will play Kearney LL (NE) on Friday, August 8th at 1:00 pm on Stokely Field. Congratulation to all teams that played today and their participation in the Little League Central Region Baseball Tournament!



Tuesday, August 5
Little League Central Region Baseball Tournament Day 5

Rain and lightning delays last night mixed-up the schedule a little bit for today. Overcast skies and humid air filled the sky but we have high hopes for finishing all games today with no more delays!

 

Game 20, which was originally scheduled to play last night, was rescheduled for this morning on Ferguson Field at 10:00 am. Game 20 ended after a hard fought battle by both teams in extra innings.  The final was Plymouth/ New Hope LL (MN) 3, Kearney LL (NE) 2.

 

 Game 22, New Albany LL (IN) played Warren County South LL (KY) at 1:00 pm on Ferguson field.  New Albany LL (IN) won the game with a walk off homerun. The final score was New Albany LL (IN) 3, Warren County South LL (KY) 2.

 

 Game 23 began over on Ferguson at 4:00 pm. The sun finally made an appearance during the 2nd inning. Burlington LL (MI) defeated Midland Northeast LL (MI) 9-1.

 

Game 24 began at 7:00 pm over on Stokely Field. Jackie Robinson West LL had six home runs in the second inning. Jackie Robinson West LL (IL) defeated Canfield LL (OH) 15- 4.

 

The Midwest teams that will be advancing and playing today are Plymouth/New Hope LL (MN), Canyon Lake (SD), Joplin South LL (MO), and Kearney LL (NE). The first game between South Dakota and Missouri begins at 11 am. 

 

The Great Lakes teams that will be advancing in order are: Jackie Robinson West LL (IL), New Albany LL (IN), Burlington LL (WI) and Canfield LL (OH). We look forward to see all the great baseball that will be played in the championship round!



Monday, August 4
Little League Central Region Baseball Tournament Day 4

Perfect day out today for 6 baseball games! Great weather conditions today, low eighties and a very light breeze. August 4th, marks day 4 of the Little League Central Region Tournament.

 

Game 16 started the day at 11:00 am over on Ferguson Field. After a long battle New Albany LL (IN) defeated Burlington LL (WI) 8 – 3. Game 17 began at 1:00 pm over on Stokely Field. Headid LL (IA) defeated Joplin South LL (MO) 5-4.  Game 18 Canyon Lake LL (SD) topped Frontenac LL (KS) 20- 3. Game 19 began over on Stokely Field at 4:00 pm. A lightning/ rain delay put the game on pause for a while. Canfield LL (OH) defeated Warren County South LL (KY) 2-3.  Game 20 Plymouth/New Hope LL (MN) vs. Kearney LL (NE) will be played tomorrow at 10:00 am on Ferguson Field.  Game 21 Jackie Robinson West (IL) played Midland Northeast LL (MI) at 9:00 pm tonight. Jackie Robinson West ended the night on top against Midland Northeast LL (MI) 3-2.  

 

Bring on day 5! For the revised Great Lakes Schedule and more information visit http://bit.ly/1kB8MCg



Monday, August 4
Little League Central Region Baseball Tournament Day 3

Couldn’t ask for a more beautiful Sunday! Yesterday, August 3rd marked day 3 of the Little League Central Region Baseball Tournament. 6 games were played at the Reuben F. Glick Little League Center.

 

Over on Ferguson Field at 11:00 am Canyon Lake LL (SD) defeated Joplin South LL (MO) 9-7 to start off the day. Game 11 Kearney LL (NE) past Headid LL (IA) 5-0.  Game 13 Canfield LL (OH) had a huge third inning to be able to pass Midland Northeast LL (MI) 8-1. Game 14 Jackie Robinson West LL (IL) defeated New Albany LL (IN) 8- 4. The last game of the night began at 7:00 pm on Stokely Field. Game 15 Plymouth/New Hope (MN) tops Frontenac LL (KS) 5-4.

 

The day went smoothly and great baseball was played all around! Around 6:00 pm some of the teams joined in the cafeteria for pizza! We look forward to another baseball-filled day tomorrow. To watch the games streaming live visit http://espn.go.com/watchespn/index

 

 

-Leah Matz

 

Central Region Public Relations



Sunday, August 3
Little League Central Region Baseball Tournament Day 2

Saturday, August 2nd was a day filled with great baseball! Six baseball games were played at the Reuben F. Glick Little League Center.

 

To start off the day the Great Lakes Warren County South LL (KY) faced off against Northeast LL (MI) at 11:00 am over on Ferguson Field.  Northeast LL (MI) defeated Warren County South LL (KY) 14- 5. Game 5 began at 1:00 pm on Stokely Field; Jackie Robinson West LL (IL) defeated Burlington LL (WI) 10- 0. Game 6 started shortly after on Ferguson Field at 2:00 pm. Frontenac LL (KS) ended the game with 6 while Kearney LL (NE) had 5. Game 7 Plymouth/New Hope LL (MN) scored 4 runs while Joplin South LL (MO) had 3. Game 8 Headid LL (IA) lost a close match to Canyon Lake LL (SD) 10- 8. Last game of the night New Albany LL (IN) faced Canfield LL (OH) on Stokely Field at 7:00 pm. New Albany (IN) takes the nightcap 11 to 6 over Canfield LL (OH).

 

All teams played great games! The day was filled with high energy, good spirits and great baseball. We look forward to see what the rest of the tournament will bring!

 

-Leah Matz

 

Central Region Public Relations



Friday, August 1
Little League Central Region Baseball Tournament Day 1

Today, August 1st marks the first day of the 2014 Little League Central Region Baseball Tournament. One team from the Midwest division and one team from Great Lakes division will take the regional title and be on their way to Williamsport.

 

We had beautiful weather this morning to start off the first game. At 10:00 am out on Stokely Field Joplin South LL (MO) faced off against Frontenac LL (KS). Both teams fought a hard battle, even stretching the game out into extra innings. The game eventually ended at the bottom of the 7th. Final: Joplin South LL (MO) 6, Frontenac LL (KS) 3.

 

The second game began at 1:00 pm on Ferguson Field. Headid LL (IA) faced Plymouth/ New Hope LL (MN). Rain and lightning moved into the area so a short rain delay put the game on pause for fifteen minutes. Plymouth/ New Hope LL (MN) ended up defeating Headid LL (IA) 4-0.

 

After the second game completed teams, volunteers and parents gathered for a welcoming picnic hosted by the Central Region! Everyone socialized under the pavilion with hot dogs, watermelon, chips and other goodies.

 

The opening ceremonies began at 6:15 pm. All twelve teams paraded around the infield with their banners! Sheriff John R. Layton threw out the ceremonial first pitch. At the end of the ceremony the Sheriff’s department flipped on their sirens and lights while the teams did a lap around the field.  It was a great sight to see and fun experience for all!

 

The last game of the day Kearney LL (NE) faced off against Canyon Lake LL (SD). The final score was Canyon Lake LL (SD) 13, Kearney LL (NE) 3.

 

 

-Leah Matz

 

Central Region Public Relations



Wednesday, July 30
Who is ready for some baseball!?

The official list of teams who will be representing their states in the Little League® Central Region Baseball Tournament on August 1st has finally arrived! The games will begin Friday, August 1st at 10:00 am.

The Midwest teams include:
Headid LL- Sioux City, IA
Frontenac LL- Frontenac, KS
Plymouth/ New Hope LL- Plymouth/ New Hope, MN
Joplin South LL- Joplin, MO
Kearney LL- Kearney, NE
Canyon Lake LL- Rapid City, SD

The Great Lakes teams include:
Jackie Robinson West LL- Chicago, IL
New Albany LL- New Albany, IN
Warren County South LL- Bowling Green, KY
Northeast LL- Midland, MI
Canfield LL- Canfield, OH
Burlington LL- Burlington, WI


- Leah Matz

Central Region Public Relations


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Thursday, July 24
Tallmadge, Ohio, wins Little League Softball Central Region title

The all-stars from Tallmadge, Ohio, defeated Monroe County, Iowa, 4-1  in the championship game Thursday afternoon at Stokely Field to win the Little League Softball Central Region tournament. Tallmadge will move on to the Little League Softball World Series in Portland, Ore., Aug. 7-13.

In semifinal games held Thursday morning, Tallmadge defeated Webb City, Mo., 10-0 while Monroe County stopped Melrose Park, Ill., 4-0.

This is the ninth time Tallmadge has won the regional title, but the first time since 2000.



Thursday, July 24
LLSB SEMIFINALS AND CHAMPIONSHIP DAY!

Couldn’t ask for a more beautiful last day at the Little League Central Region girl’s softball tournament. Sunny skies and mild temperatures are keeping everyone’s spirits high.

 

Both semifinals games began this morning at 10:00 am. Illinois faced Iowa on Stokely field while Missouri faced Ohio on Ferguson. After a great effort put out by both teams, Monroe County Softball LL defeated Melrose Park LL 3 - 0.  Over on Ferguson, Tallmadge LL defeated Webb City Girls Softball LL 10 - 0.

 

Tallmadge LL, (Ohio )faced Monroe County LL, (Iowa) for the Little League Central Region Girls Softball Championship title. The game began at 12:30EST. Ohio took the championship title defeating Iowa 4-1.  Ohio will journey to Portland, Oregon August 5th for the Little League Girls Softball World Series.  

 

As the day comes to an end we would like to thank all nine teams for participating in this tournament. We would also like to thank all of our volunteers for making this tournament possible!

 

-Leah Matz

 

Central Region Public Relations



Wednesday, July 23
LLSB Tournament Fifth Day

Rain delays were the name of the game today! Our grounds crew worked hard to get the fields ready for game time.

Game 20, Ohio vs. Indiana started off the quarterfinals began at 4:00 pm today. Ohio defeated Indiana 8 to 3. Ohio Tallmadge LL will be advancing on to play Missouri in the semifinals tomorrow at 10:00 am on Ferguson field.

Game 19, Iowa vs. Nebraska began at 6:15 pm. The girls battled hard but eventually Iowa pulled out the win.  Final: Iowa 4, Nebraska 1.

 

 

-Leah Matz

 

Central Region Public Relations



Wednesday, July 23
PRESS RELEASE

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For immediate release                                                                                          JULY 22, 2014

 

 THE LITTLE LEAGUE CENTRAL REGION SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

 

INDIANAPOLIS, IN. (JULY 22, 2014) – After four days of pool play the championship round will begin on July 23rd at the Reuben F. Glick Little League Center. The tournament had representatives from 9 different states throughout the Midwest region: Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Nebraska and Missouri.

 

 The 6 teams that will be advancing to pool play include: Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, Indiana, Ohio and Illinois.

The first game to start off the championship round on July 23rd  at 11am will be Iowa vs. Nebraska. Game 20, Ohio and Indiana will face off at 11am on Stokely field. Game 21, Missouri will face the winner of game 20. Game 22, Illinois vs. the winner of game 19.

 

It is a single- elimination tournament with the championship game scheduled for July 24th at 11:00 am on Stokely field. The winner of the Central Region Girls Softball will advance on to the Little League Girls Softball World Series.

 

 

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Saturday, July 19
LLSB First Day

 

Today, July 19th 2014 marked the first day of the Little League Central Region Girls Softball Tournament.  Opening ceremonies started off the day. The 9 state champions paraded around the infield with their team banners.

 

Four games were played today. The first game Michigan an Illinois went head to head. Michigan’s #11, Cat Talaga scored the first girls over-the-fence homerun but Illinois eventually pulled through with the win. Illinois won the game with 7 runs and Michigan ended with a close 6. The second game Ohio and Iowa battled it out. The sun made an appearance this game. The game ended Ohio 4, Iowa 0. The third game Wisconsin played Indiana. Wisconsin came up short with 5 runs while Indiana won the game with 9.  Nebraska and Kentucky finished the day. Nebraska won with 14 and Kentucky with 6.

 

Overall, the day turned out to be very successful. The girls played hard and I saw all smiling faces! We ended the day with an ice cream social and a poster contest. The poster contest winner will be announced tomorrow morning.

 

- Leah Matz

 

Central Region Public Relations 



Wednesday, July 9
Wags Wednesday!

To prepare for the Regional Tournament games Wags starts off by making Gatorade for the players. He and Kevin Weinberg often do this task together. Wags likes to joke and refer to Weinberg as the “Master Mixer”. The two also fill coolers with ice, water and rags for the players and place them in each dugout; the cold rags keep the kids cool during the games on hot days.
 
Wags made a point to say that all volunteers’ jobs are important. All the tasks come together to keep the Regional Tournament running smoothly. Wags stated, “All of it has to be done”.
 
When I asked Wags some of his pet peeves, he paused a minute before answering. A big one that came to his mind was littering. Trash barrels are placed all over the facility that should be used for disposal purposes. It is important for the Little League Central Region to keep this a safe and clean environment.
 
Lastly, I asked Wags what were some of his favorite things? I started off by asking him his favorite baseball player, without hesitation he told me it was Al Rosen. Rosen was a third baseman for the Cleveland, Indians. When I asked his favorite MLB team he loyally answered, “Cleveland”. Wags favorite sport to play is golf. He golfs often with a group of his friends. Lastly, I asked what his favorite kind of food and he answered Italian. He and his wife, Joanie, often go to Olive Garden.
 

 
-Leah Matz
 
Central Region Public Relations  


Wednesday, June 25
Wags Wednesday!

Wags stopped in again this Monday to sit and talk for a bit. I asked him some of his favorite memories while volunteering for the Little League ® Central Region.

Wags reminisced how the volunteers bonded with the Little Leaguers. He explained to me some of the traditions such as it not being polite to wear your ball cap while eating meals in the cafeteria. Wags and the baseball players soon made a game of this unwritten rule and enforced 10 push-ups upon anyone who was in violation. Shortly thereafter, many caught on and would keep their eyes peeled for managers and coaches especially, who were wearing their ball caps while eating. This game came about in 1994 and has lived on ever since.

Another fond memory Wags had was “Room Inspection Contests”. Although it is a difficult task for young boys to keep their dorms clean, many of them had fun with it. Wags fondly remembers some teams laying out their uniforms on their made beds with paper faces tucked into the necks of their jerseys to try and impress the judges. Wags enjoyed handing out the prizes, which were usually two-dollar concession coupons, to the teams with the cleanest dorms.

Wags also shared some tips he had for other volunteers. His advice centered on “do what you can” and “any bit helps”. He explained to me how valuable time can be and how many volunteers still work full-time jobs. Volunteers are so valuable to the Central Region; we appreciate the bonds they create with the players and the time that they share with us.

 

- Leah Matz

 Central Region Public Relations 

 



Wednesday, June 18
Wags Wednesday!

Keith Wagner has been volunteering for the Little League® Central Region for 21 years. To the Little League Central Region staff and volunteers, he is known as “Wags”.

Wags’ involvement with Little League first began when he dropped off his 8 year old son for Little League Baseball® practice. He stayed to watch the practice when a man approached him and asked if he could coach the team. Wags began umpiring for his local Little League in 1973. In 1993, Wags began volunteering at the Little League Central Region.

Keith Wagner is a very humble man! While speaking with me he couldn’t help but name off many other valuable volunteers who have served alongside him. Volunteers share their time and expertise without any sort of compensation, so it's very important to acknowledge their contributions and let them know they are valued. If you see Wags or any other volunteers around be sure to smile and thank them!

I will be writing more stories and passing along memories from Wags every Wednesday. To follow along please like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/littleleaguecentralregion 

-Leah Matz

Central Region Public Relations 



Wednesday, January 22
2014 Baseball Regional Tournament Umpire Appointments



2014 Baseball Umpire Appointments
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 



Monday, February 11
Pin Board Donation
Pin Board

Special THANKS to Tim Trevier, DA, IL-20 and his good buddy Max Lauritzen, ADA, IL-20 for donating this great pin board.  The pins were collected by Tim's uncle, Jim McVey, former DA in IL-20, who has since passed away.  The pin board will be displayed in cafeteria/meeting space here at the Regional Center for guests to enjoy.



Wednesday, December 18
Purchase Your Champions Walk Brick Today!
Click Here to order your brick for the Champions Walk here at the Central Region Headquarters!