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Manatee Florida Wins 2015 Cal Ripken 10 World Series

Early Lead Gives Manatee Victory Over Jonesboro

The Manatee, Florida Cal Ripken 10-Year-Old team scored four runs in the first inning and never looked back, during the Cal Ripken 10-Year-Old World Series Championship game played in Jonesboro, Arkansas. This early lead helped Manatee capture a 15-2 victory.

Big offense was a calling card for the Floridians in this tournament.  "We've worked really hard on our approach at the plate," said Manatee Head Coach Mark Hanson.  "We've had our ups and downs but this whole tournament they came in and had a plan."

Seven runs in the first three innings allowed Manatee to put the game away early.  An error, a two-run single by Ryan Gargett, and a groundout by Drew Marra in the first inning, as well as a an RBI double by Drew Marra, and an RBI double by Cory Hildreth, who also stole home during the second inning, fueled Manatee's offense.

Stone Russell went a perfect 2-2 at the plate for Manatee.  He singled in the first and fourth innings.

The Manatee pitching did the rest, they allowed just two runs in the title game and finished things off in the fourth inning.  "I'm extremely proud, these guys have been working so hard for so long," said Hanson.

Jonesboro was the host team in the tournament and made their way to the championship game after winning their pool and the American League Division to earn a first round bye.  They were hurt by a number of miscues in the field.  They committed four errors which led to two unearned runs for Manatee.

For Jonesboro, there's certainly no reason to hang their heads. They went where no one expected them to go and nearly won the championship.  "I'm extremely proud," said Jonesboro Head Coach Gary Hoyt. "We've only played six ball games together, the Florida team has probably played 70."

"It was a tremendous tournament," Hoyt said.  "I think everyone from the community came out here and supported us. I couldn't ask for more."

The visitors to Jonesboro were also impressed with the way things when during their nearly 10 days in Jonesboro.  "This place has been great," said Hanson.  "From the restaurants to the hotels, the people have been very nice to us."

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Many participants achieved special honors winning World Series awards and/or being named to the All-World Series and All-Defense Teams.  

ALL-WORLD SERIES AND ALL-DEFENSE HONORS

All-WORLD SERIES TEAM

ALL-DEFENSE TEAM

Pitcher

Jaden Stockton

Manatee, FL

Pitcher

Conner Glasgow

Mountain Home, AR

Pitcher

Connor McClain

Jonesboro, AR

Catcher

Kyan Bowe

Kennewick, WA

Catcher

Ryan Gargett

Manatee, FL

1b

Cooper Schimpf

Visalia, CA

1b

Tommy Roldan

UMAC, MD

2b

Jade Talley

Jonesboro, AR

2b

Hunter Brodina

Bemidji, MN

3b

Drew Marr

Manatee, FL

3b

Levi Lang

Jonesboro, AR

SS

Reece Bueno

Visalia, CA

SS

Ryan Collins

Jonesboro, AR

OF

Luke Pearre

UMAC, MD

OF

Jonah Gebers

Kennewick, WA

OF

Will Zellmann

Bemidji, MN

OF

Andrew Faske

Tri-Counties, TX

OF

Ryan Combs

Manatee, FL

OF

Joseph Rico

Visalia, CA

Utility

Stone Russell

Manatee, FL

Utility

Oliver Martin

UMAC, MD

 

 

 

 

Most Outstanding Player
Ryan Combs - Manatee, Florida
.588 Batting Average, Three homeruns, 7 RBIs, 0 ER in 8 innings, 1.000 Fielding percentage

Batting Champion
Tommy Roldan - Upper Montgomery, Maryland
.768 Batting Average

Sportsmanship Award
Bemidji, Minnesota

 

 

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