2017 Tournament Umpires Selected!

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL - On behalf of the Central Region of Little League International and the tournament staff of the Central Region Junior Softball Tournament, we would like to welcome and congratulate the following umpires who have been selected/assigned to work the tournament this year:

Phillip Kowalski - Indiana - District 11

Seth Worland - Indiana - District 7

Ron Decoopman - Michigan - District 4

David C. Clark, Jr. - Michigan - District 5

Gary Murahan - Ohio - District 11

Michael Wright  - Wisconsin - District 6

 

In addition, they will be joined by the following umpires who have been invited by the tournament:

Rita Cline - Washington - District 11

Paul Cummings - California - District 25

Tommy Owens - Virginia - District 5

 

Congratulations to all the assigned and invited umpires on their selection for this year's tournament.

Poland Ohio is the 2016 Central Region Junior League Champion

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL - In a day fraught with lightning and rain delays, potential field moves and concern that the tournament would have to extend another day, the softball deities moved the weather away to allow the Championship Game to complete with the Ohio State Champions coming from behind to win over Michigan's Delta County, 4-3 in 6.5 innings.

Earlier in the day, in the consolation game, the State Champions of Indiana, Yorktown JAA Little League, defeated the State Champions of Illinois, Melrose Park Little League, 2-1 and took 3rd and 4th place respectively.

The OH team will fly directly to Seattle, WA to attend the Junior League Softball World Series in Kirkland, WA which starts Sunday, July 31st.

Congratulations to Poland Little League on advancing to the Junior League World Series!

Challenger game cancelled due to lack of team participation

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL - Unfortunately, the tournament was notified Wednesday afternoon that the originally scheduled Challenger game will be cancelled due to lack of available players.

The game was a great hit at last year's tournament and featured a local Challenger division team, the entire umpire staff and members of several teams including the teams competing later that day for the Regional Championship.

The Challenger Division is a division of Little League International that focuses on special needs youth and young adults and provides a way for all who are interested in baseball or softball the chance to play the game regardless of disability.

The Tournament Championship game will now move into the slot previously occupied by the Challenger Game.  The Championship game will now occur at 3pm CDT.

Semi-finals complete - Michigan to face Ohio for Regional Championship

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL - Semi-finals are complete with two teams advancing to the Regional Championship and the other two teams competing for third place on Thursday.

Ohio (Poland LL) beat Indiana (Yorktown) in a mercy rule affair, 16-4 in 4 1/2 innings. 

Michigan (Delta County) fought off a late comeback rally by Illinois (Melrose Park) to win the game 4-3 in what was a barnburner of a softball game.

Indiana will have a re-match against Illinois at 11am CDT on Thursday, 7/27.

Michigan will face Ohio for the Regional Championship at 3pm (Note - Schedule change due to cancellation of the Challenger game)  CDT on Thursday.

Closing ceremonies for the Tournament will start directly at 9:30am at Veterans Memorial Park.

Elimination Round update - Pool B all move to next round

SOUTH HOLLAND. IL - First round of elimination is complete and all teams in Pool B advance to the next round.  We greatly appreciated the teams from Wisconsin, Nebraska, Kentucky and Iowa and hope to see them next year!

Elimination Round 1

Tuesday – 7/26/16 (Visitor/Home)

9am

WI 2

IN 3

11am

OH 14

KY 0

3pm

IL 8

IA 0

5pm

MI 17

NE 0

IN plays OH at 10am on Wednesday, 7/27

IL plays MI at 2pm on Wednesday, 7/27

 

Elimination Bracket updates!

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL - The elimination round pairings along with game times have been determined.  Initial elimination round games are played on Tuesday, with winners advancing to a semi-final round on Wednesday, and the Championship and Consolation games played on Thursday.

ELIMINATION ROUND BRACKET (Home/Away not determined until prior to the game)

Tuesday, 7/26/2016

9am - IN vs. WI

11am - KY vs. OH

3pm - IL vs. IA

5pm - MI vs. NE

Wednesday, 7/27/2016

10am - Winner - Game 1 vs. Winner - Game 2

2pm - Winner - Game 3 vs. Winner - Game 4

Thursday, 7/28/2016

9:30am - Closing Ceremonies

11am - Loser - Wednesday G1 vs. Loser - Wednesday G2 (Consolation)

3pm - CHALLENGER GAME

4:30pm - Regional Tournament Championship Game

 

Pool Play complete - Michigan and Wisconsin are top seeds in Pools

SOUTH HOLLAND., IL - Three days of pool play are officially complete!  It appears there has been some difficulty in updating Little League's website - we hope to get that fixed by tomorrow, Tuesday.

Here is a list of the tournament updates, pools, games, scores and standings.

Teams:

Illinois      Melrose Park Little League
Indiana     Yorktown JAA Little League
Iowa         Grandview Little League
KentuckyTri-City Little League
Michigan   Delta County
Nebraska  Millard Little League
Ohio         Poland Little League
Wisconsin Franklin Little League

POOLS

POOL A                                            POOL B

IA                                                      IL

KY                                                     IN

NE                                                     MI

WI                                                    OH

Game Pairings and Scores (Visitor – Score, Home – Score)

Saturday, 7/23/2016

9am

KY – 8

NE – 3

11am

IN – 0

MI – 2

2:30pm

WI – 8

IA – 3

5pm

IL – 4

OH – 6

Sunday, 7/24/2016

10am

MI – 3

IL – 0

12:30pm

KY – 0

WI – 9

3pm

IN – 3

OH – 10

5:30pm

NE – 1

IA – 11

Monday, 7/25/2016

10am

NE – 0

WI – 14

12pm

IL – 4

IN – 3

2pm

IA – 15

KY – 4

4pm

OH – 6

MI – 16

POOL STANDINGS(Record)

POOL A                              POOL B
WI (3-0)                             MI (3-0)
IA (2-1)                              OH (2-1)
KY (1-2)                             IL (1-2)
NE (0-3)                            IN (0-3)

 

Heat and Humidity doesn't stop incredible Opening Ceremonies!

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL - Temperatures over 90 degrees and a heat index pushing close to 100 didn't stop 8 teams, their coaches and fans from attending the Opening Ceremonies for the 2016 Central Region Junior Softball tournament held at Veterans Memorial Park on Friday evening.

The teams were announced into the playing field where they paraded around the field to then take their place in the outfield grass.  The umpires were then announced it and took a place just outside the circle.

The color guard was performed by the world-famous Shannon Rovers Pipe and Drum band, from Chicago, IL who serenaded the attendees with traditional pipe and drum music.  A stirring rendition of the Star Spangled Banner was immediately followed by an incredible fireworks display put on by the Village of South Holland and Melrose Pyrotechnics.

Following the incredible fireworks, the audience was treated to words from the mayor of South Holland, Don DeGraff, and the head of the Chicago Southland Chamber of Commerce, Jim Garrett.  Sandy Ducat, IL District 6 Administrator and Tournament Director, gave a ball to DeGraff to throw out a first pitch.

In addition to DeGraff, Megan Blank, member of the Chicago Bandits, was on hand to also throw out a first pitch.  Illinois (Melrose Park) team member Melissa Gonzales, was on-hand to catch the first pitches.

After the pitches, the teams competed in a short cheer contest, with Nebraska taking home the 2016 Tournament Cheer Contest award.

A few announcements and the teams were lead out of the field and to the Tournament banquet by the Shannon Rovers.

During the Tournament Banquet, put on by the Village of South Holland and the South Holland Park District, the nationally-known Jesse White Tumblers performed incredible feats of dexterity and aerial skills.  Jesse White, the current Secretary of State of Illinois, was on-hand himself to monitor the performance and address the crowd.  Mr. White stressed the values of youth programs and shared the important 50+ year history of the Tumblers and the impact the Tumblers have made on youth.  He also encouraged all of the athletes to continue in their quest for athletic excellence and shared a brief history of his professional baseball career with the Chicago Cubs organization.

The evening was closed out by a rip-roaring performance of No Currency, a surf-rock band from the North side of Chicago.  Fans were treated to established covers and original material by the band made up of 16-17 year old gentlemen.

Games are set for 9am on Saturday!  Follow your favorite team on the Game Changer scoreboard which can be located on the home page of this site.  Click your team's game, click your team's name and join the fun!  Live updates will be occurring during games and game scores will be posted right here as well.

Thank you to EVERYONE who came out for Opening Day and we look forward to GREAT games tomorrow!

Chicago Bandits join list of Tournament sponsors!

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL - The Chicago Bandits, members of the National Professional Fastpitch professional softball league have joined the growing list of organizations donating to help cover the costs of the Regional Tournament.

Winners of the 2015 NPF Championship Series, and National Pro Fastpitch Champions and former home to fastpitch legend Jennie Finch, the Chicago Bandits play their home games at The Ballpark in Rosemont, IL, close to O'Hare International Airport.

The Tournament is proud to build an affiliation with the Chicago Bandits and looks forward to opportunities to cross-promote over the years to come.

The Bandits have a short homestand during the Tournament with home games against the Pennsylvania Rebellion July 25th and July 26th.  Game time is 7:05PM.  Please go out and support Chicago's premier professional fastpitch team!