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They say competition brings out the best performance, and judging from this year's youth
baseball championships, there's no question about it. Fierce battles across many league
tournaments resulted in lots of courage being displayed and some extraordinary play. To
help our readers get a complete view of all the summer tournaments, JB's Kevin Newell compiled
this collection of highlights -- nearly 100 championships in all! Congrats to all the winners and thanks
to the players, coaches and parents for keeping the sport going strong!
TRAVEL & LEAGUE PLAY
HERE'S TO THE CHAMPS!
Crown Point, Indiana's early three-run deficit
against Kingsbridge (NY) in the championship
game of the Cal Ripken Major/60 World Series was
nothing new to the team and head coach Bob Bauner.
And just as Crown Point, again and again,
executed with its back against the wall during the season, the team did
it again in dramatic fashion against Kingsbridge. Crown Point scored
two runs in the fourth inning and the go-ahead run in the sixth to hold
on for a thrilling 5-4 victory.
"It's been this way the whole season and the whole five years we've
been together," Bauner said. "The ability to never quit and never give
up has been ingrained in this team. When we practice, we practice
every aspect of the game. I'm just glad that it sunk in. How could it
end any better than this? It just can't."
Mark Bauner drilled an opposite-field double to lead off the sixth
and scored on a passed ball to give Crown Point its first lead of the
night. CP held on even as Kingsbridge threatened in the bottom of the
sixth, putting a runner on second base.
Kingsbridge's Sammy De la Cruz launched a shot into deep right
field off relief pitcher Nick Geisen with two outs, but Crown Point's
Luke Bianco snagged the ball at the wall for the final out.
"I really thought I dropped the ball," Bianco admitted. "I really
thought I was going to drop it."
The player of the game for Crown Point, Logan Ryan, struck out
eight Kingsbridge batters and kept the game close enough for Nick
Geisen, who pitched shutout ball for the final three innings. Ryan also
delivered a big two-run single in the fourth to tie the game at 4-4.
"I can't even talk right now," an overwhelmed Ryan said.
Three-peat!! Japan Beats West Raleigh (NC) in 11-1 Romp
Trying to do what no U.S. team has done the past two years, West Raleigh (NC) tried to
overcome Japan's recent dominance in the Cal Ripken Major/70 World Series.
Japan would have none of it. The international juggernaut pounded West Raleigh for 15
hits, seven for extra bases, en route to an 11-1 five-inning mercy rule win in the World Series
final played at Cal Ripken Sr.'s Yard.
"They're going to hit the ball hard and put the pressure on you and pitch well," West
Raleigh coach Tyler Highfill said.
Japan did both, scoring in every inning but the third and limiting West Raleigh to four hits
and a single run in the bottom of the third.
Japan now has won the Cal Ripken World Series Champions for the third consecutive year
in a row.
Visalia (Calif.) Wins Cal Ripken World Series
The "Cardiac Kids" did it again.
Visalia, which earned the nickname
after making consecutive fifth-inning
comebacks to win its region, rallied
yet again in the fifth frame and
survived an extra-inning thriller to
win the Cal Ripken 10-Year-Old
The 10-year-old Visalia Blue
All-Stars beat South Lexington, Ky.,
5-4, in seven innings to become
"It was well earned," Visalia
coach Frank Durazo said. "We beat two
excellent teams back-to-back that had
beaten us in pool play. The boys never gave up. The main thing is these kids really worked
hard and they earned it."
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CROWN POINT (IND.) RALLIES TO WIN
CAL RIPKEN MAJOR/60 SERIES CROWN
Visalia (Calif.) Captured Its 3rd Straight WS
TEAM DEMARINI RALLIES IN NINTH TO WIN CABA 15U WOOD BAT TITLE
After five lead changes, Team DeMarini Cyclones finally pulled out a 3-2 win
over Aiken Baseball Academy to win the CABA 15U Wood Bat championship.
Team DeMarini took the lead in the ninth inning and held on for the victory.
The Cyclones went up for good on an RBI double by Elliot Houston that
scored Carter Borgerson. Houston paced Team DeMarini at the plate,
going 3-for-4 with an RBI. Team DeMarini jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the
second. Will Janofsky got things going with a single. A groundout by Coleman Williams
then moved Janofsky from first to third. Aiken BB Academy tied the game in the third on a passed
ball that scored Josh Kiser. Team DeMarini's Will Toner and Shane Rosane were named
MVP and Most Valuable Pitcher, respectively. Aiken's Owen Griffith was selected Most Valuable
IN OTHER CABA WORLD SERIES ACTION:
10U: Butler County Bombers bombed Indiana Mustangs Blue, 13-3
11U: Georgia Pirates blanked Elite Gamers, 7-0
12U: Indiana Prospects Blue crushed At The Yard Baseball Club, 16-8. Indiana Prospects' Carson
Dolezal was MVP and teammates Colton Panaranto and Mason Gillis were named Most
Valuable Pitcher and Most Valuable Hitter, respectively.
13U: The East Cobb (Ga.) Astros pounded the GRB Rays (Wisc.) 21-6 to claim their second
straight CABA 13U World Series champonship. The Astros were led by tournament MVP Ryan
Bliss who batted .515 with three doubles, four triples, three homers, 22 RBI and 16 runs
scored. The team overall averaged 13 runs per game and gave up 2.7 runs per game. The Astros
overall record for the season was 62-7-1.
14U: Showtime Sports Academy (Lebanon, Tenn.) overpowered Sandy Plains Wildcats, 13-7.
Robert Patterson of Showtime Sports Academy was MVP. Sandy Plains' David Thigpen
and Walker Sasser were honored as Most Valuable Pitcher and Most Valuable Batter,
15U: Georgia Roadrunners thumped Bergen Beach (Brooklyn, N.Y.), 17-8. Georgia's Cobie
Vance was named MVP while teammates Jahmai Jones and Jake Lee garnered Most Valu-
able Hitter and Most Valuable Pitcher awards, respectively.
16U: East Cobb (Ga.) Astros walloped Homeplate Chilidogs, 10-2.
17U High School: Northern Ohio Pastors stomped Northwest Pelicans, 10-2. Northern Ohio's
Tyler Gullet was named MVP and Most Valuable Hitter. Nick Bebout of the Pelicans was
selected Most Valuable Pitcher.
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