From Ripken Baseball:
Aberdeen, Md. – Ripken Baseball today celebrated the start of the 15th annual Cal Ripken World Series (CRWS) at the Ripken Experience powered by Under Armour complex in Aberdeen, Maryland, featuring 11 and 12-year-old youth baseball players from around the world. Opening ceremonies included a team parade, skills challenge and the first game of the series, where host team Harford County topped Middle Atlantic (Bear, DE), 5-1.
Fans in attendance also participated alongside Ford Gum’s Big League Chew setting a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS attempt for most people blowing a bubble gum bubble simultaneously, with 721 bubbles blows.
During the skills completion, newly added international team Puerto Rico took the crown in the Golden Spikes base running completion; Republic of Korea won the Turn Two challenge; Southeast (West Raleigh, NC) flexed their throwing arms by capturing the Outfield Relay completion; and the host team, Harford County, captured the infamous Home Run Derby title for the second year in a row, as Colton Knoble slugged his way to a back-to-back title.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 8, 2014 – HOST GAME
Harford County 5, Middle Atlantic 1
Home Run Derby champ and Colton Knoble hits and pitches Harford County to 5-1 victory. Knoble came up big at the plate and on the mound, leading Harford County to a 5-1 win over Middle Atlantic (Bear, DE) on Friday at Cal Sr.’s Yard.
Knoble racked up two RBIs on two hits for Harford County. He doubled in the third inning and singled in the fifth inning. Middle Atlantic couldn’t get anything going as long as Knoble was on the hill. Bear, DE managed just two hits off of Knoble, who allowed no earned runs, walked one and struck out two during his six innings of work.
Garrett Casey of Middle Atlantic was charged with the loss. He lasted just two innings, walked five, struck out four, and allowed three runs. Harford County went up for good in the third, scoring four runs on a two-run double by Knoble and an RBI single by Tyler Leach. In the fourth inning, Middle Atlantic pushed across its only run of the day on an RBI single by Casey.
The CRWS is where the world comes to play, the Ripken Way, and is the culminating tournament of the elite baseball talent in the Babe Ruth League’s 12u Cal Ripken Division. The World Series unites the 10 best teams from across the United States and 8 international teams including newly added competition from New Zealand and Puerto Rico.
Pool play begins on Saturday, August 9 at 12:30 p.m. EST as the Republic of Korea takes on tournament newcomers New Zealand, at Cal Sr.’s Yard, while three-time reigning World Series champion Japan faces Canada at Nationals Field. All games are played on the innovative fields at The Ripken Experience Aberdeen powered by Under Armour complex, including the one-of-a-kind Cal Sr.’s Yard, a two-thirds replica of Camden Yards. Pool play takes place from August 9 – 13 with games played from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
All tournament games are FREE to the public. Free tickets are available online at www.ripkenbaseball.com/world_series.
For scores, highlights and a behind the scenes look into all CRWS action, fans can follow its official social media pages including Twitter and Instagram (@CRWSAberdeen), and at Facebook.com/CRWSAberdeen. For complete information on the tournament, visit www.ripkenbaseball.com/world_series.