The playoffs in the eighth Cal Ripken 12-and-under World Series are set to begin at 10 a.m. today at Cal Sr.'s Yard without Emmorton of Harford County. Emmorton gave a good effort in trying to become the first Harford team to qualify for the playoffs in the fifth year of the series in Aberdeen. With a win yesterday, Emmorton would have been in, but Tampa, Fla., took the second berth in the National Division with a 5-0 victory over the locals.
Tampa took a 2-0 lead into the top of the fifth and broke the game open with three runs for a 5-0 lead in the six-inning contest to finish 3-1 along with Southeast Lexington, Ky. The latter took the top seed by virtue of a 10-2 rout of Tampa. Emmorton finished 1-3.
"It wasn't the greatest feeling to lose, but we were very competitive and did pretty good overall," said Ryan Katelan, who had two of Emmorton's four hits, including a double, to win Player of the Game for his team. "I think Mexico is going to win it."
Mexico took the top seed in the International Division, going 4-0 after yesterday's 10-0 romp over Australia (2-2) on a four-inning perfect game by Gilberto Carrera. Four teams qualify from the International Division, and the other three berths are held by the Dominican Republic (3-1), Australia (2-2) and Japan (2-2).
Bryant, Ark., took the top seed in the American Division by winning its fourth game in a row, 2-1, over Calvert County, which didn't win a game.
Olympia, Wash., took second in the American Division at 3-1 with a 1-0 victory in seven innings over Greenwich, Conn. (1-3), on a combined five-hitter by Jonathan Mills and Sam Dent.