King brothers continue to play game-winning hand

Cal Ripken World Series notebook


August 18, 2004|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

It was 1999 in Springfield Ill., and the Babe Ruth League had just announced that its youngest age group, 5- to 12-year-olds, was going to change its name from the Bambino Division to the Cal Ripken Division in 2000.

In one of the Bambino World Series games for 12-and-under that year, David King got the game-winning hit in the bottom of the sixth inning to lift Lexington, Ky., over Minnesota.

Yesterday at the fifth Cal Ripken World Series, the second at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen, Michael King, David King's younger brother, lined a single to center in the bottom of the sixth to give Raleigh, N.C., a 2-1 win over, yes, Lexington, Ky.

The result left Raleigh and Lexington tied for first at 2-1 in the American Division.

"We moved from Lexington to Raleigh about four years ago," said Michael King, a left-handed hitter who scored Sean Murphy, who had led off the final inning with a triple over the left fielder's head.

Michael King said his hit "stung a little, because it was on the handle" of his aluminum bat.

King was born in Kentucky and his father, Gary King, who is Raleigh's pitching coach, was asked if he was thinking of history repeating itself.

"Absolutely, I was thinking about what David had done in '99 and reminded Michael of what his brother did," said Gary King.

"Drew Johnson [assistant coach] went over to Michael after Sean tripled and told him to relax. Drew came over to me and told me that, `It's over, I can see it in his eyes.'"

Michael King lined the first pitch, a fast ball from Ben Pelham, into center field to end it.

"I look up to my brother David and wanted to do what he did," said Michael, a pitcher/third baseman.

Around the horn

With a 7-4 victory over Canada yesterday, the Dominican Republic took over second place in the International Division and can clinch the spot with a win over the Republic of Korea today at 1 p.m. Pedro Gomez was 3-for-3 with two runs scored for the Dominican Republic. ... Oahu, Hawai, got another well-pitched game to go to 2-0 in the National Division with a 4-1 win over Kennewick, Wash. (1-2). Chris Chung pitched a five-hitter with 10 strikeouts.

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