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The Culmination of the 2016 Cal Ripken Major/70 Tournament Trail Takes Place in Aberdeen, Maryland

Japan Wins Ripken World Series Championship

International baseball power Japan was back in a very familiar and comfortable position – World Champions.

Japan played a nearly flawless game to win the 2016 Cal Ripken Major/70 World Series Championship, beating United States Champion, Kennewick, Washington, 7-0.

Japan PaintJapan pitching dominated the Washington hitters, limiting them to two hits, while recording 11 strikeouts.

Keito Matsuura tossed four innings of two hit ball, striking out nine.  Reliever Hiroki Hayashi worked two hitless innings, striking out two.

Japan, meanwhile, wasted no time getting its offense rolling, banging out three singles in the top of the first and scoring a pair of runs. 

Hirotaka Saitoh led off with a single and Soshi Yoshino followed with a high chopper off the glove of Washington third baseman Ivan Palomino.  Ryoma Ikeda hit a shallow pop fly foul that first baseman Gage Ackerman fielded, but Saitoh tagged up on the catch and raced home with the first run.  Kairi Matsumura, the pitching hero in the International Champion win over Puerto Rico, added a line drive single up the middle to plate Yoshino with the second run.

Matsumura, who was named the International Most Valuable Player, added a two-run single in the third and to that point, there was no display of power.

Japan, however, brought out the extra-base hits against Washington reliever Cash Hailey in the fourth.  Kenta Nozaki greeted Hailey with a long home run to right-center field and an out later; Mikuta Katayama (2 for 2) and Keito Matsuura hit back-to-back doubles to push the lead 6-0.

Matsumura (2 for 2) added his fourth RBI of the night in the fifth, hitting a sacrifice fly that scored Ikeda.  Ikeda had singled and was at third on an errant pickoff attempt.

Washington’s Simeon Howard hit a first inning double for his 13th hit of the Series.  That is a Cal Ripken World Series record for most hits in a series.

Ivan Palomino had the other hit for Washington, a third inning single.

Myles Mayovsky, the first of four Washington pitchers, took the loss in three innings on the mound.


 

Team Pacific Northwest – 2016 Cal Ripken Major/70 US Champion

Kennewick defeated Honolulu, Hawaii, the team from the Pacific Southwest, by a score of 10-2 to cinch the US Championship.

Early in the inning, leadoff hitter and catcher Trevor Ridley drew a walk to start things off.  Pitcher Simeon Howard singled to follow that up.  Ben Johnson drove both of them in with a double.  Kennewick would later add another run, scoring three runs to go up 3-0 after theUSA Champs top of the first inning.

In the bottom half of the first, Honolulu responded quickly by loading the bases.  However, they only managed to score one run, thanks to an outstanding pitching performance by Simeon Howard.

In the top of the second inning, Trevor Ridley brought the Kennewick crowd to its feet, launching a two-run home run over the left field wall.  That extended their lead to 5-1.  The players awaited Trevor at the plate.  High-fives and fist bumps got the team fired up early.

Kennewick wouldn’t take their foot off the gas pedal, scoring two runs in the third inning, and adding two more in the fourth.  One more run crossed the plate for Kennewick in the fifth innings.

Honolulu did not go away quietly.  They led off the bottom of the fifth inning with a solo home run by Peyton Hino, then quickly added two base runners with no outs, trying to trim the lead any way they could.

With Honolulu threatening to cut the lead, Kennewick pitcher Howard struck out two batters and forced a ground out, doing no further damage.

In the bottom of the sixth with Honolulu down to its final three outs, Connor Mendez came out to the mound to pitch.  He struck out the first two batters he faced.  For the final out, the ball was hit to Howard in center field, where he was playing for the final inning while Mendez was pitching.

As soon as he caught the ball, players from Kennewick started throwing their gloves and celebrating with the team running towards each other and the coaches on the third base side.

2016 CAL RIPKEN MAJOR 70 - USA

All WORLD SERIES AND ALL-DEFENSE HONORS

All-World Series Team

All-Defense Team

Pitcher

Myles Mayovsky

Kennewick, WA

Pitcher

Josh Kuss

Atlantic Beach, FL

Pitcher

Cody Kurek

Harford County, MD

Catcher

Charlie Cochran

Florence, AL

Catcher

Trevor Ridley

Kennewick, WA

1B

Blake Morgan

Marlton, NJ

1B

Jameson Hussey

Honolulu, HI

2B

Patrick Howard

Harford County, MD

2B

Nate McHugh

SE Denver, CO

3B

Cole Dickinson

New Milford, CT

3B

Jack Snyder

Bel Air, MD

SS

Owen Hibbard

New Milford, CT

SS

Kaden Stremick

Honolulu, HI

OF

Hayes Brubaker

Atlantic Beach, FL

OF

Trenton Taylor

Se Lexington, KY

OF

Zach Weiner

Marlton, NJ

OF

Simeon Howard

Kennewick, WA

OF

William Granata

New Milford, CT

OF

Trayce Young

Honolulu, HI

Utility

Kevin Winn

Bel Air, MD

Utility

Walton Reid

Florence, AL

 

 

 

Most Outstanding Player

Simeon Howard – Kennewick, WA

Batting Champion

Kaden Stremick – Honolulu, HI (.750)

Sportsmanship Award

Team – Florence, AL

2016 CAL RIPKEN MAJOR 70 - INTERNATIONAL

All WORLD SERIES AND ALL-DEFENSE HONORS

All-World Series Team

All-Defense Team

Pitcher

Luke Torres

Puerto Rico

Pitcher

Byeongheon Lee

Republic of Korea

Pitcher

Keito Matsuura

Japan

Catcher

Ryoma Ikeda

Japan

Catcher

Kai Cumiskey

Australia

1B

Erick Ortega

Mexico

1B

Francisco Santiago

Puerto Rico

2B

Tane Mumu

New Zealand

2B

Minsung Cho

Republic of Korea

3B

Maddus Stivey

Australia

3B

Samil De La Rosa

Dominican Republic

SS

Junhyuk Kwon

Republic of Korea

SS

Nikau Pouka Grego

New Zealand

OF

Keniel Rosado

Puerto Rico

OF

Junhyeong Kim

Republic of Korea

OF

Mikuta Katayama

Japan

OF

Fausto Betemit

Dominican Republic

OF

Oscar Aude

Dominican Republic

OF

Kairi Matsumaura

Japan

Utility

Peter Vazguez

Puerto Rico

Utility

Jesus Morales

Mexico

 

 

 

Most Outstanding Player

Kairi Matsumura – Japan

Batting Champion

Jesus Morales – Mexico (.667)

Sportsmanship Award

Team – New Zealand

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