Cal Ripken World Series schedule

August 08, 2004|By Frank Lynch | Frank Lynch,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The Cal Ripken World Series, featuring teams of 11-year-old and 12-year-old baseball players from throughout the world, begins Saturday at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen.

The series, named after Harford's retired Orioles iron man Cal Ripken Jr., features two Maryland teams and eight U.S. regional teams affiliated with the Babe Ruth League Inc., and five teams from the Babe Ruth international division.

The eight regional teams are:

Kennewick, Wash.

Oahu, Hawaii

Greenwich, Conn.

Pine Bluff, Ark.

Montgomery, N.J.

Raleigh, N.C.

St. Cloud, Minn.

Lexington, Ky.

They will be joined by St. Mary's County, the Maryland state champions, and Churchville, the Harford County representative.

The international division includes clubs from Canada, Australia, South Korea, the Dominican Republic and Mexico.

Tournament play will begin Saturday at 11 a.m., with five games daily through Aug. 19. On Aug. 20, a Friday, there will be four single elimination games to determine which international and national teams advance to championship play.

The international championship game will be at 1 p.m. Aug. 21 with the U.S. title game at 3:30 p.m. Both games will be broadcast live on Comcast's CN8 and INHD, the high-definition pay service, starting at 1 p.m.

The Aug. 22 World Series title game, featuring the winner of Saturday's games, will be broadcast live at 4 p.m. on Fox Sports Net.

The festivities Thursday include a parade from 5:15 p.m. to 6 p.m. in downtown Aberdeen, followed by a banquet that is open to the public. Tickets are $25.

Friday is Nike Skills Day, with contests including a Nike Home Run Derby and Race the Bases & Around the Horn at Cal Ripken Sr.'s Yard, across from Ripken Stadium. That will be followed by opening ceremonies from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and the home-run contest finals.

Tournament play begins Saturday morning.

Last year, Mexico defeated Hilo, Hawaii, in the title game, played before a sellout crowd at Ripken Stadium.

Single-day and full tournament passes are available through Ticketmaster by phone at 410-547-SEAT, at www.ticketmaster.com or by visiting the Ripken Stadium box office from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow through Friday. Tournament passes allow admission to all 37 games during the nine-day tournament. Cost is $20 for adults, and $12 for children younger than 12. Call 410-297-9085 or 410-297-9292 for more information or go to http://worldseries. ripkenbaseball.com/.

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