The West Raleigh Baseball's Cal Ripken 10U and 12U teams got a big send-off on Wednesday evening as they prepared for the Cal Ripken World Series.
Alumni from the youth baseball organization turned out to help the Southeast Regional championship teams practice at the West Raleigh Exchange Club Park in advance of the 12U Cal Ripken World Series scheduled for Aug. 13-21 in Aberdeen, Md., and the 10U Cal Ripken World Series being played Aug. 13-20 in Winchester, Va.
West Raleigh won the 10U World Series two years ago, and about half the all-star players from the title team are on this year's 12U World Series entry, team spokesman Gary Feder said on Wednesday.
West Raleigh won the 12U regional title in Aiken, S.C., on Sunday, taking a 14-4 victory against powerful Florida team Oviedo in a game called after four innings because of the mercy rule. West Raleigh defeated Williamsburg, out of Virginia, 9-4 in the semifinals.
The 12U team will warm up for the World Series with a trip to Cooperstown (N.Y.) Dream Park for a week of tournament play.
In the 10U event at New Bern, West Raleigh's Cal Ripken 10U team defeated Naples, Fla., 5-1 in the semifinals and then won the title 4-0 over in-state rival and host Neuse All-Stars to advance the World Series.
- Teri Boggess
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