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West Raleigh team makes finals in Cal Ripken World Series

Posted August 15
Updated August 16

August 15, 2014: Scenes from West Raleigh's 7-5 victory against Harford County for the United States Championship during the Cal Ripken 12u 70-foot World Series United States Championship at the Ripken Experience powered by Under Armour in Aberdeen, Maryland on August 15, 2014. Scott Serio/Ripken Baseball/CSM

— The West Raleigh Big Blue are national champs and will go for the world title Saturday in the Cal Ripken World Series in Aberdeen, Md., just outside Baltimore.

It's a second straight U.S. title for West Raleigh, which represents the Southeast region in the 18-team tournament.

Southeast scored five runs in the third inning to blow the game open against Harford County and held on, turning a double play in the sixth to end the game 7-5.

On Saturday, the Raleigh team meets Mexico, 10-7 winners over Japan in the international bracket, for the overall Cal Ripken World Series championship.

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  • Homerun4thgle Aug 16, 11:04 p.m.

    Good Luck Young fellas

  • BB5 Aug 16, 10:57 a.m.

    I would not trade the higher level of baseball played by Cal Ripken leagues in order to have a... View More

    — Posted by jackbfre

    Not going to disagree with you regarding the level of competition, but can you name one kid who wouldn't want to experience Williamsport? I'm guessing most would welcome an experience like that.

    If we're just talking about the level of competition, I would say Ripken. I'm sure the LLWS supporters would push back on that. If the 2 champs were to play each other, it would still come down to team talent & who has the better pitching/hitting as usual.

    Hard to beat that Williamsport experience though. Just ask the players and the thousands who watch. With that said, if I had a son playing & I'm factoring in his development as a player, easy choice - Ripken.

  • jackbfre Aug 16, 10:30 a.m.

    I would not trade the higher level of baseball played by Cal Ripken leagues in order to have a little more TV exposure. Ripken baseball (and Pony as well) is much more competitive than little league. LL has been around longer and has ABC/ESPN marketing, that's it.

  • BB5 Aug 16, 9:34 a.m.

    Good look to them. Would be nice if they had a different affiliation so they would have a shot at the LLWS. Nothing against Cal Ripken...one of my favs.

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