2017 Tournament Team Highlights

Tournament Team updates as reported by Coaches and League Coordinators:

   

Seniors & Juniors Bring Home State Titles

The WMLL Seniors won Friday, Aug 14, over Menomonee Falls; 17-1, Saturday over Oak Creek; 16-5 and Sunday over Oak Creek 8-7.  The team Won the State title and now moves on to Regionals in Peru, IL.  We play the host team from Illinois District 20 at noon on Saturday July 22nd and the team from Illinois at 4:30 on Sunday . Scroll down for extra details about U14 Junior & Senior tournament updates.  
CLICK HERE for a shout out to the Senior team from WMTV-15 NBC

U9 WMLL American (head coach Chad Kimmel)
Poynette Tournament, July 14-16:

In pool play WM American went 2-1, losing to Oregon 7-5 before beating East Madison LL 12-0 and DeForest/Windsor 5-0, and moved on the championship game.

In an all-WMLL final, WM American lost a one-run game to WM National 6-5.

U11 WMLL American (head coach Dan Julie)
Watertown Tournament, July 14-16:

U11 American took 2nd at the Bull Pen Classic in Watertown. Saturday, WM American beat the Hartford Hawks 15-8 and East Madison LL 8-7. Sunday, the American team beat WMLL National 14-3, but lost to CIBA in the finals 9-6.

U11 WMLL National (head coach Brian Mullen)
Watertown Tournament, July 14-16:

In pool play WM National beat Hartland 10-2 and lost to CIBA 10-0 to advance to championship bracket play.

In bracket play WM National lost to WM American 14-3, but beat East Madison 12-6 to take third place.

U12 WMLL American (head coach Tom Bennett)

In play at East Madison LL WM American won the District 4 championship beating WM National  (head coach Andy Broderick) in the finals. WM American advances to the Little League State Tournament at West Bend.
UPDATE, 7/22 — The U12 (Little League Division) State Tournament is being played at West Bend with six teams participating. On Saturday WM American, coached by Tom Bennett, beat Rice Lake, 10-0. This was the first of five consecutive days of pool play games for the WM Team.
UPDATE, 7/25 — Since it’s first win, the team has won 3 more for a 4-0 record and a berth in the State Semi-Finals

U12 WMLL Major Open (head coach, Bill Karls)
Columbus Tournament, July 14-16

Playing in its first tournament of the year, WM Major (Open Team) compiled a 1-2 record. Early games consisted of losses to Reedsburg, 10-6 and Kennedy, 13-0, before finishing strong behind shut-out pitching, with a 10-0 win over Marshall

U13 WMLL American (head coach Dave Knight)
Waukesha Tournament, July 8-9

WM American took 2nd place at Waukesha. In preliminary round games WM American was 3-0, beating New Berlin 12-9 and the Oak Creek Storm 8-3 on Saturday before prevailing over the Waukesha Blazers Black Thunder 13-3 on Sunday.

In Sunday’s championship game WM American lost to Waukesha Blazers White Lightning 13-6.

Sun Prairie Tournament, July 14-16

In a strong Sun Prairie tournament WM American reached the semi-finals before finishing with a 2-2 record. On Friday WM American lost to Middleton 7-5, and Saturday beat Kimberly in a tight game 2-1. Sunday’s first game was a 13-6 win over WM National, before the semi-finals where WM American was eliminated by Menominee Falls by a 10-6 score.

WMLL National – Junior Division (U14) (head coach Les Neisius, Sr.)

In play at Kennedy LL , WM National won the District 4 championship and advances to the Little League State Tournament at Menomonee Falls.
UPDATE, 7/22 —The U14 (Junior Division) State Tournament is being played at Glendale with three teams participating. Over the weekend, WM National, beat Grafton, 7-2,   beat Oak Creek 3-1.
UPDATE, 7/25 — the Junior (U14) team beat Oak Creek, 15-2, to WIN THE STATE TITLE and earn a berth in the Junior Regionals in Ft. Wayne, IN.  Central Junior regionals begin August 5th.  Congratulations to the team and coaches and good luck in Ft. Wayne.
8/8/17 update — from our WMLL Junior games in Fort Wayne Indiana, Junior Little League Regional. We played on Saturday August 5th against the Host team and lost 4 to 7. We played Missouri on Monday, August 7th and won 13 to 1. We played again today against Iowa and lost 4 to 7. We did advance to the Championship Segment Bracket as the 3rd seed. We did win the tie breaker against the other 1 and 2 teams therefore we will be playing the Host Team again in the quarter finals tomorrow (8/9) at 2pm at Georgetown Field in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
8/10/17 update — beat Host team 13-9 on Wednesday to advance to the Regional Championship game where we lost to a tough Michigan team 12-2.  Congrats to all the players and coaches on a great run!!!

WMLL National – Senior Division (head coach Jerry Schmitt)
Little League State Tournament at Menominee Falls, July 14-16

The State Tournament was a 3-team round robin followed by a championship game pitting the two teams with the best records against each other. Seniors won Friday over Menomonee Falls 17-1, Saturday over Oak Creek 16-5. Sunday they had a re-match for the state championship versus Oak Creek. In a back and forth game WM came to bat in the bottom of the 6th with the score tied at 7. WM went up 8-7 and held Oak Creek scoreless in the top of the 7th to take home the state championship.  The WM Seniors advance to the Little League Regional Tournament at Peru, IL where they play the host team from Illinois District 20 in their first game on Saturday the 22nd .
UPDATE, 7/22 — WM SENIORS BEAT OTTAWA (IL DIST 20), 3-2.  Next game is 7/23 @ 4:30 vs IL
UPDATE, 7/23 — WM SENIORS BEAT ILLINOIS, 13-7. Next game is 7/24 vs Iowa
UPDATE, 7/24 — WM SENIORS BEAT IOWA, 9-8
UPDATE, 7/25 — WM SENIORS BEAT INDIANA, 9-4 .  Next game is 7/26, 2 PM vs Ohio for the Regional Championship 
UPDATE, 7/26 — WM SENIORS LOST TO OHIO, 2-1, IN THE CENTRAL REGION CHAMPIONSHIP.

Looking back thru recent history, in the Senior League Division, West Madison has been to the Central Regionals in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2008, 2009, 2011-2015, and now 2017.  So we’ve been there 11 times in the past 17 years, 8 of the last 10, 6 of the last 7. Lost in semifinals 2002, 2003, 2013, 2014. Lost in finals 2015 and 2017. Went to World Series in 1967, 1971, 1977 and 2009 and been to semis 4 out 5, finals 2 out of 3. That’s a strong legacy.

One thing is for certain with this 2017 WMLL Senior team and that  is they made an impression on some lifelong fans that live in the Peru/ Oglesby IL area. The fans are a mother and daughter who come to the Regional Tournament every year and ‘adopt’ a team. This year they chose West Madison and posted this on their Facebook page after today’s game.  ” Accordingly,  it’s sad to say the team Rebekah and I (her Mom) chose to cheer for this year lost in the Championship game. Wisconsin lost to Ohio 2-1. We were amazed at the maturity of the young men that played on this team. These young men could teach a lot of adults about how to act when you win, and when you lose. When the loss is fresh, to hear these people yelling “Good Luck” to the winners is touching. You represented your state well. Thank you.”

Congratulations and best of luck to all WMLL teams in your remaining tournaments.