For the second time in their league’s history, Glen Allen, Virginia has claimed a national championship in baseball. A 10-Year-Old Glen Allen team also won the Cal Ripken World Series in 2001.
Glen Allen, the Southeast Regional Champs, won the Cal Ripken 10-Year-Old World Series in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, staving off a late rally by New England Regional Champion, Norwalk, Connecticut, to claim the championship with a 4-3 win. The win culminated an impressively dominant undefeated postseason for the team, which went 21-0 in sweeping the District, State, Southeast Regional and World Series tournaments.
The Southeast and New England Regional Champs exchanged the lead several times. Glen Allen’s Will Hemp tied the game at 1 in the bottom of the second inning with an RBI single, then scored on an error to give his team the lead.
After Norwalk tied the game at 2 in the top of the third, Glen Allen went up for good on an RBI single by William Kuimjian and a fielder’s choice by Justin Helberg. Norwalk scored one run in the fifth on a sacrifice fly by William Stalzer to close the gap to just one.
Glen Allen entered the top of the sixth and final inning leading 4-3. With Norwalk runners on first and third with two outs, Glen Allen relief pitcher Lee Sowers induced a ground ball to second base that resulted in a controversial force out of a runner at second to end the game.
The final out set off a celebration by Glen Allen’s players and coaches on the field, while Norwalk coaches, arguing that the runner had beaten the throw and that the tying run should have scored on the play, sought to have the call overturned. The umpires discussed the call but declined to reverse it, and Glen Allen’s title was official.
Starting pitcher Ryan Bland went 5 1/3 innings for the win, while Lee Sowers recorded the final two outs of the game.
Sean Lengyel ended up on the wrong side of the pitching decision, charged with the loss. He lasted just two innings, walked none, struck out two, and allowed two runs.