WMLL 2017 Senior Team – State Champion & Regional Tournament Runner-up

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, 7/25 — WM SENIORS BEAT INDIANA, 9-4 .  Next game is 7/26, 2 PM vs Ohio for the Regional 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.”