Junior League All-Stars headed to Central Region tournament

ECLL Junior League state champions

Eagle Creek Little League's Junior League Baseball all-stars, as the state champions of Indiana, begin play Friday in the 11-team Central Region tournament at Fort Wayne. They'll play four round-robin games; after that, the top six teams will continue in a single-elimination format. The winner goes on to the Junior League Baseball World Series in Taylor, Mich. Here's the schedule of ECLL's round-robin games in Fort Wayne:

>>> vs. Ironton (Ohio) National LL, 3 p.m. Friday (Aug. 1) at St. Joe Central Little League.
>>> vs. Hamilton Park LL (host team), 6 p.m. Friday (Aug. 1) at St. Joe Central Little League.
>>> vs. Joplin (Missouri) LL, 6:30 p.m. Sunday (Aug. 3) at St. Joe Central Little League.
>>> vs. West Bend (Wisconsin) National LL, 6 p.m. Monday (Aug. 4) at Georgetown National Little League.

If you get the opportunity, take the drive to Fort Wayne and show them your support! Admission is free (and if you're lucky, they might still have corn on the cob at the concession stand). If you can't go, check for scores on ECLL's Facebook page, this site or the Central Region tournament result website.

Thanks to Kim Hannel for the photos from the state tournament in South Bend.

ECLL in tournament play

Here's a rundown of how each of ECLL's all-star teams did this year in tournament play:
Junior League baseball: beat Brownsburg 8-3; beat Danville 16-0; beat Eagledale 12-2; beat Washington Twp. 7-2; Sectionals: 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.
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.

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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