West Raleigh team is Cal Ripken World Series champs

Posted August 16, 2014
Updated August 20, 2014

The team from West Raleigh representing the Southeast took the Cal Ripken World Series title Saturday night with a 5-2 victory over international champ Mexico.

Southeast needed just a single inning to score all the runs necessary for victory. They staked themselves to a 4-0 lead after one, then added a solo homer from Nolan McLean in the third.

Mexico scored both their runs in the fourth. The Raleigh team had six hits and gave up five.


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  • Toddler10-21 Aug 17, 2014

    Exactly excuses. This parent takes his son to MLB games, and Durham Bull games and braggs about it all the time. Heck my Mom andDad couldnt afford it. Asked him has he ever taken his kid to a little league game and he said no. He would get more out of that. He says he plays catch in the street with his son, but he doesnt like to because the ball gets scartched up. Asked him who cant catch you or the son? LOL!

  • Doc Holliday Aug 17, 2014

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    Good stuff, T. You hit the nail on the head regarding your co-worker. Looks like he's just looking for excuses to avoid getting involved. I've seen that as well.

    But hey, you're gonna always have good people who are willing to step up & do what needs to be done. Lots of good people still willing to be involved.

    Once had a parent who made a similar comment to me about not having time to work with his kid. He was upset over his son's PT & when I attempted to explain what he needed to do to help his kid, he started handing me excuses, etc.
    I told him he needed to make time & proceeded to coach my team. He didn't like that, headed to the stands, & chose not to assist us after our conversation. He didn't hurt me or the team...just hurt his kid by refusing to admit the truth. IMO

  • Toddler10-21 Aug 17, 2014

    My Dad didnt coach, but he was at every practice and game, but he let the coaches coach. If I made a error you can bet I heard about it when I got home. I have a co worker that says he doesnt have the time to sign his son up and take him to practice etc. He is off at 5:00 and his wife is a house wife. Told him he should be ashamed. What do you think? My Mom or dad would have never told me that. When my parents did work late I knew to catch the bus to Coach Whitman"s house with Mathew and Lee (coaches sons). As for midget league football. Coach Walker my coach was a eye docter back in Southern Pines. His son was the QB. Boy did he catch it. LOL. He bought our uniforms and took us to the J F R Barn steakhouse when we won the league title. What was funny was 90 percent of us have never eaten a steak. LOL. Can you imagine 9 and 10 year olds not knowing how to cut a steak? LOL. I still call Dr. Walker COACH to this day and Im still BUD to him. B those were the good ole days!!

  • Doc Holliday Aug 17, 2014

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    I can relate. Just glad my dad never coached me. Ninety % of the time, things were good but I saw lots of favoritism along the way. I've seen parents/coaches make some bad decisions re: certain players & then they wonder why said players won't give 'em the time of day.

    Always enjoy watching the LLWS...just a bunch of kids playing hard & having fun. Baseball at it's purest, at least on the field.

  • Toddler10-21 Aug 17, 2014

    Remember also B when I played. Simliar. Put the best out there. Our coach required every player to sprint off the field. One of our pitchers said his dad told him that pitchers are suppose to walk off the field like the major league pitchers. Coach Whitman told him you aren't in the majors, either sprint off or you wont be playing. Of course he told daddy and daddy wasnt to happy. Daddy took him off the all star team. Of course daddy was the coach who we beat for the league title. Oh yeah junior was the losing pitcher. Agree more leagues the better!!! As for the little league world series i think chicago/philly are on a collision course.

  • Doc Holliday Aug 17, 2014

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    Me too. We must have played in the same leagues. lol

    I recall one season where my team won the title & when all-stars were chosen, some of the other coaches got together & blackballed my coach, who was a younger guy at the time, and who was set to coach all-stars. There was almost a fight, it hit the local paper, and they eventually sent the team chosen by the coaches into a room & told us to pick the best players in the league. We got it right after some adults went above and beyond to mess things up. After our selections, some deserving players were added and some dropped from the team, but we made it right as players. Unfortunate but you can't trust certain people in certain situations.

    Topic - the more the merrier. Awesome team.

  • Doc Holliday Aug 17, 2014

    Congrats to them. Nobody will ever be able to take that away from 'em. Doesn't get the hype the LLWS does but some of the best baseball in the country at that level.

  • Toddler10-21 Aug 17, 2014

    Good job guys. Guess some kids can put the video games down and get out and have some fun and actually participate. These kids will remember this for the rest of their lives!

  • JPack Aug 17, 2014

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    I remember the same thing. Back then, you made the babe ruth all star team if your parents were good friends with one of the coaches. Good talented kids were left out many times over. Luckily that's in the past. More options mean better options.
    Anyway. Way to go guys. Raleigh is proud of you!

  • Steven Cousler Aug 17, 2014
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    Grats to these guys! I know there are literally a dozen youth baseball leagues now, but more is better. More leagues mean more participation. I can still remember the infighting and questionable choices for the all star teams when I was in Little league and Babe Ruth ball. Having more choices helps eliminate those kind of things.

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