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The victory comes as Visalia's third consecutive Cal Ripken World Series title and the second
overall at the 10-year-old level.
After falling behind 3-1 as late as the fourth inning, Visalia took a 4-3 lead in the top of the
fifth before South Lexington forced bonus baseball with a game-tying run in the bottom of the
frame. The Blue All-Stars loaded the bases in the sixth, but failed to score when the inning ended
with a strikeout and double play.
Robert Perez led off the seventh inning with a single, moved to second base on a wild pitch
and scored the go-ahead run on a single by Luke Jewett, who was named Player of the Game.
Jewett finished the day 2-for-3 with three runs batted in and a run scored. He also pitched
the final 3 1/3 innings for Visalia, holding the Ohio Valley Regional champions to one run with a
World Series title hanging in the balance.
Riley Creech was picked as the tournament's most valuable player. He pitched the first three
innings for Visalia and tied the game at 1-1 with a RBI single in the third inning after South
Lexington jumped out to an early lead in the first. Creech finished the game 3-for-3 with two RBIs.
Both of Visalia's comebacks in the Pacific Southwest Regional semifinals and finals were also
powered by fifth-inning rallies. Visalia scored 11 fifth-inning runs against Southern California and
eight more against Hawaii to clinch a spot in the World Series. This time the Blue All-Stars just
needed three to get the job done.
But it was déjà vu all over again when South Lexington re-tied the game during its next turn at
bat --- just like Hawaii did after losing its lead in the regional final.
A leadoff double by Dakota Brown in the sixth put him in position to score the go-ahead run
after driving in the game-winner against Hawaii. Coby Barnes walked and Sam Felsted singled to
load the bases with no outs, but South Lexington escaped with a strikeout and double play.
"That really pumped South Lexington up because they only needed to score one run to win the
game," Durazo said.
But Jewett kept the Ohio Valley Regional champs from scoring and provided the go-ahead hit
"Our coaching staff really stressed that with the type of hitting team we have, we are never
out of a game," Durazo said. "Even if we get down --- Hawaii is a perfect example. The kids just
have a never-give-up attitude. We always felt that we were in that ball game."
Visalia's 10-year-olds last won a Cal Ripken World Series in 2006. The 12-year-old Cal
Ripken team won consecutive World Series titles in 2011 and 2012 after it lost in the 2010
championship game. The 12s first won a title in 2002 --- Visalia's only Cal Ripken World Series
appearance not coached by Durazo.
"It just shows the quality of baseball that we play in Visalia Youth Baseball," Durazo said.
"It speaks highly of our league. People want to be a part of it. This is great for this group of
kids and parents. They are hardcore baseball people. All hard the work and sacrifice paid off."
West Raleigh (NC) Wins Ripken Major/70 Series U.S. Title
West Raleigh (NC) used strong pitching and enough hitting to get past New Milford, Conn.,
7-3, in the United States championship game of the Cal Ripken Major/70 World Series.
"It's unbelievable," West Raleigh manager Tyler Highfill said. "These guys start out the season
and this is where they wanted to be. We just kind of took it one step at a time along the way and
it's a long shot to get here and an even longer shot when we get here to win it."
In the U.S. showdown, West Raleigh pitchers limited New Milford hitters to just three hits,
while the North Carolina hitters were banging out nine hits and taking advantage of a few New
"No disappointment," New Milford manager Paul Gesualdi said after the game. "We got beat
by a better baseball team today, that's what it came down to. Their pitching was better than our
hitting and when you hold our team to three hits, you've accomplished something, because these
kids can hit the snot out of the ball.
"Did I think we'd be playing for a national title? I'll be honest, no," Gesualdi said. "It's hard
for me to walk away disappointed today. The kids are disappointed; fans are disappointed, but we
came out here and did our thing. We gave it everything we had, we just lost to a better team."
TRAVEL & LEAGUE PLAY
For the Seattle (WA) Studs, it was a
long time coming. For Studs pitcher
David Benson, redemption.
Benson threw a four-hit complete
game helping the Studs win their first
National Baseball Congress World
Series title with a 5-1 win over the
Wellington (KS) Heat at Lawrence-
Dumont Stadium in Wichita.
Seattle, making its fourth trip to
the NBCWS title, had three runner-up
finishes in 2008, 2010 and 2012, the last
two to the Santa Barbara (CA) Foresters.
In the 2012 championship game, Benson
started but took the loss after yielding
three runs in 1.2 innings.
The right-hander was impressive this
time, striking out four and carrying a
shutout into the ninth before yielding
a run on a two-out double by Robbie
Rea. But he retired the final batter to
finish off the complete game and earn
tournament Most Valuable Player
The Studs (6-0) jumped out in from
in the second against Brady Bowen on a
1-out homer by Bobby LeCount and an
RBI single by Matt Becker. They pulled
away in the sixth on a run-scoring single
by Kyle Boe, a bases-loaded HBO by
Brian Corliss and a sacrifice fly by Ty
Wellington (5-2) had its best finish
since winning the title as the Havasu
(AZ) Heat in 2007. The Heat had 4th-
place finishes in 2006, 2008 and 2011.
The 2013 tournament was the
first in a split format, with 16 teams
participating in the first week and two of
those joining 14 others in the championship
week. One of the advancers, El Dorado,
went 8-2 over both weeks and finished third.
The Broncos were the third team to play
10 games, joining past champions Chinese
Taipei (2003) and Prairie Gravel IL (2005).
Those teams went 9-1.
SEATTLE STUDS CAPTURE NBC WORLD SERIES
Worth the Trip: Seattle Studs traveled to Wichita to take the NBC World Series Championship
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