Charles Co. reaches U.S. semis at Ripken World Series

August 20, 2010|By From Sun staff reports

Charles County is one of four teams that will play in today's semifinals of the U.S. championship of the Cal Ripken World Series at Cal Sr.'s Yard in Aberdeen.

The Maryland state champion was 3-1 in round-robin play and will face Lexington, Ky., the Ohio Valley champ, at 8 p.m.

The other U.S. semifinal pits Norwalk, Conn., the New England champion, against Ocala Highlands, Fla., the Southeast champ, at 2:30 p.m.

In the International semifinals, the Republic of Korea will play Mexico at 12:30 p.m. and the Dominican Republic will face Japan at 5 p.m.

The International championship game will be at noon Saturday, followed by the U.S. championship at 3 p.m. The world championship game will be at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Those three games will be televised by MLB Network and WBAL Plus. Cal and Bill Ripken will be in the broadcast booth with MLB Network's Greg Amsinger throughout the telecasts.

Japan and Ocala Highlands were the only teams to enter elimination play undefeated.

Florida is 4-0 with wins over Lexington; Bear, Del.; Harford County; and Mineral Area, Mo. Japan is 5-0 with wins over each of the other international teams in the tournament.

Three U.S. teams are 3-1: Lexington; Norwalk; and Charles County. Maryland gained sole possession of first place in its division with a 10-2 win over Norwalk late Wednesday.

Attendance to this weekend's games are free, but fans attending Sunday's game must register; they need a ticket. Fans can register online at ripkenbaseball.com or call 410-297-9292.

The Ripken World Series is the culminating tournament of the Babe Ruth League's 12 & Under Cal Ripken Division.

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