Indianapolis Indians recognize ECLL Junior League all-stars
Eagle Creek Little League's state champion Junior League all-stars were recognized before Tuesday's Indianapolis Indians game at Victory Field. The players were on the field and joined Indians players during the playing of the national anthem.
The Junior League all-stars came within two victories of reaching the World Series, going further than any ECLL squad ever has. Here's the rundown on their tournament success:
District: beat Brownsburg 8-3.
> beat Danville 16-0.
> beat Eagledale 12-2.
> beat Washington Twp. 7-2.
Sectional: beat Lebanon 37-0.
> beat Lebanon 22-0.
State: beat Wabash 12-2.
> beat Chet Waggoner 10-5.
< lost to Goshen 8-5.
> beat New Albany 14-4.
> beat Goshen 7-1.
> beat Goshen 4-1.
Central Region: beat Ironton (Ohio) 9-0.
> beat Hamilton Park LL (Ind.-host team) 13-3.
> beat Joplin (Mo.) 6-5, 12 innings.
< lost to West Bend (Wis.) National LL 18-2.
> beat Fargo (N.D.) 12-10.
< lost to Midland (Mich.) 5-0.
You can find photos of their run (by Kim Hannel) by going to "Photos/2014" in the tabs above. Look below for video of one regional tournament highlight.
OK, the camera work leaves a lot to be desired, but here's the final play of the Junior League all-stars' 6-5 victory over Joplin, Mo., in 12 innings at the Central Region tournament in Fort Wayne. The teams were tied at 3 after seven innings, and twice Joplin (the visiting team) scored a run, but each time, Eagle Creek managed to tie it up again in the bottom of the inning, before this:
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ECLL in tournament play
Here's a rundown of how each of ECLL's other all-star teams did this year in tournament play:
Senior League baseball: beat Danville 4-2; lost to Brownsburg 10-0; lost to Brownsburg 4-3.
Major softball: lost to Broad Ripple-Haverford 23-9; lost to Broad Ripple-Haverford 11-1.
9-10 baseball: lost to Zionsville 10s 15-5; lost to Southmont 17-14.
Major baseball: beat Southmont 20-4; lost to Brownsburg 14-2; lost to Avon 8-0.
9-10 softball: lost to Zionsville 25-1; lost to Broad Ripple-Haverford 15-12.
10-11 baseball: lost to Washington Twp. 3-2; lost to Broad Ripple-Haverford Red 7-0.
Little League's 75th anniversary
Little League Baseball is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year:
>>> The World of Little League Peter J. McGovern Museum is located in Williamsport, Pa., but you can view artifacts from Little League's history in a virtual museum tour by clicking here.
>>>Did you share a photo with the Little League Big Legacy Project to become part of a 75th anniversary mosaic? Leagues from around the world did, and the mosaic is complete. You can view it by clicking here.
Help us keep ECLL clean
Eagle Creek Little League has partnered with Ray's Recycling and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful to keep our ballpark looking great and protect the environment. We need your help, too! Players, coaches and fans should use recycling containers located outside every dugout for plastic bottles and cans. Your garbage should go in one of the many trash cans throughout the ballpark. Please help ECLL by keeping recyclable materials out of our trash cans and by keeping the ECLL complex free of garbage. ECLL thanks Ray's and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful for donating recycling containers and pick-up service during the 2014 season!
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