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Mexico Wins Cal Ripken Major/70 World Series

Mexico Wins World Championship at 2015 Cal Ripken Major/70 World Series

The 2015 Cal Ripken Major/70 World Series hosted by Aberdeen, Maryland, brought together the best 11- and 12-year-old baseball players from around the world. TenRipken Image teams from the United States earned their way into the event by navigating through their respective tournament trails, and eight international teams were invited by Babe Ruth League, Inc.

The World Series got off to an amazing start, with skills challenges, a Home Run Derby, a parade, a Dance-off, and a festive opening ceremonies that included fireworks.  

It was a week surrounded by the ping of bats, amazing plays, the roar of the crowd, cheers and tears.  But only one team could take home the world championship trophy.

SOTELOFrom the very beginning, it appeared Mexico was the team to fear. It didn't take Vidal Sotelo and the team from the south of the U.S. border long to prove that prediction correct.

The outfielder drove a curveball way over the centerfield fence for a three-run homer in the first inning, helping give Mexico a five-run lead in the top of the first.  The Mexicans never trailed and coasted to a 5-3 victory over West Raleigh, North Carolina in the World Championship game.

The victory avenged Mexico's 5-2 loss in last year's final.  In that final, Mexico lost to West Raleigh, the same team it beat this year.  In all, this was the fifth Ripken title for Mexico.

"I knew from the beginning that we had to take advantage of this opportunity," Sotelo said through an interpreter.  "We wanted to play like champions through the entire tournament, and we wanted to score early."  Sotelo said he was waiting for the curveball.  "I knew he was struggling, so I waited," he said.  "When he threw it, I hit it as hard as I could."

Mexico rattled West Raleigh starter Garrett Moffett from the beginning.  After a single to start the game, Mexico's Abraham Alvarez hit a ball that struck Moffett on his left shoulder, knocking him down.  After a delay for a medical evaluation, Moffett continued but was not effective. Roque Salinas, Mexico's pitcher, singled in the next at-bat to give Mexico a 1-0 lead.  His hit set up Sotelo's heroics.  Moffett lasted five more batters before he was replaced by Zach Hurand after one-third of an inning.

N ERVOUS West RaleighWest Raleigh battled back in the bottom of the inning. Sam Perez shot an RBI single to rightR OQUE S ALINAS field against Mexico's Most Outstanding Player Roque Salinas to get Southeast on the board, scoring Payton Green to cut the lead to 5-1. Meanwhile Hurand's performance on the mound silenced Mexico's bats, allowing no additional runs off five strikeouts since taking over in the first. 

With their backs against the wall and a World Championship on the line, West Raleigh's Blake McCain recorded the team's third hit.  In the process of Perez striking out, McCain safely took off to second and narrowly reached third with Xander Lietz at the plate.  After battling Salinas at the plate, Lietz RBI singled to right field, bringing home McCain to slowly tack away at Mexico's lead. With one out left, Mexico responded with a crucial line-up switch that sent Salinas to right field and brought Joel Ibarra in relief.  Ibarra would secure Mexico as World Champions with a final pop-up fly to left field.

U.S. Manager Rick Pate said the night didn't go as he had hoped.  "You never want to end with a loss, but we battled the whole way through.  I am so proud of our boys.  We just had one bad inning.  We were treated all week by the Ripken organization and by Under Armour, and we had a great experience."

Sotelo summed up the week even better.  "This was a great chance to learn about another country and other cultures," he said.  "It taught me a lot about respect for my teammates and people on other teams from other cultures."


To all participants, Babe Ruth Headquarters is proud to celebrate you, your teammates, family and friends for eaching this level of the tournament trail.  To break through the competition and earn a spot at the World Series represents the excellence of your basebll skills, your commitment to the sport, and an effort of great magnitude.  It is not an achievement of one, but a celebration of all who have contributed.  Even though only one team won the World Championship, every participating team was a champion, both on and off the field.

Congratulations to the following participating teams:

New England - Exeter, New Hampshire
Middle Atlantic - East Brandywine, Pennsylvania
Ohio Valley - Illinois Valley, Illinois
Southeast - West Raleigh, North Carolina (US Champion)
Midwest Plains - West Fargo, North Dakota
Southwest - Mobile, Alabama
Pacific Northwest - Meridian, Idaho
Pacific Southwest - Manoa, Hawaii
State Champion - Charles County, Maryland
Host Team - Harford County, Maryland
Team Australia
Team Canada
Team Dominican Republic
Team Japan
Team Korea
Team Mexico
Team Puerto Rico
Team New Zealand


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

UNITED STATES DIVISION

All-WORLD SERIES TEAM

ALL-DEFENSE TEAM

Pitcher

Kainoa Holt

Manoa, HI

Pitcher

Zach Huran

W. Raleigh, NC

Pitcher

Jack Ginsburg

E. Brandywine, PA

Catcher

Matt Turner

E. Brandywine, PA

Catcher

Drew Clouse

West Fargo, ND

1b

Lonnie White

E. Brandwine, PA

1b

Stanley McKenzie

Manoa, HI

2b

Shane Kirby

Charles Co., MD

2b

Joe Ferrari

W. Raleigh, NC

3b

Lance Oster

W. Fargo, ND

3b

Timothy Pate

W. Raleigh, NC

SS

Rafael Macias

Illinois Valley, IL

SS

Josh Morrisette

Exeter, NH

OF

Tre Jordan

Harford Co., MD

OF

Cy LeClerc

Exeter, NH

OF

Levi Sholders

Illinois Valley, IL

OF

Brayden Brooks

Mobile, AL

OF

Blake McCain

W. Raleigh, NC

OF

Austin Teixeira

Manoa, HI

Utility

Tommy Whiles

Meridian, ID

Utility

Cole Rupp

E. Brandywine, PA

 

 

 

 

INTERNATIONAL DIVISION

All-WORLD SERIES TEAM

ALL-DEFENSE TEAM

Pitcher

Vidal Sotelo

Mexico

Pitcher

Ryu Taguchi

Japan

Pitcher

Wooin Choi

Korea

Catcher

Jeremy Colon

Puerto Rico

Catcher

Benjamin Hewitt

Australia

1b

Huriwaka Repia

New Zealand

1b

Marcus Feagaiga

New Zealand

2b

Anderson de la Santos

Dominican Republic

2b

Joel Ibarra

Mexico

3b

Cristian Yanez

Mexico

3b

Esmeraldo Perez

Dominican Republic

SS

Sabin Caballos

Puerto Rico

SS

Jaeyoung Jang

Korea

OF

Taejeong Kim

Korea

OF

Hiroto Nakayama

Japan

OF

Erick Ordonez

Mexico

OF

Nao Kaneko

Japan

OF

Alfonso Matias

Dominican Republic

OF

Leafer DeJesus

Dominican Republic

Utility

Yudai Tanaka

Canada

Utility

Roque Salinas

Mexico

 

 

 

BATTING CHAMPION

United States (TIE): Austin Teizeira (Manoa, HI) and Brayden Brooks (Mobile, AL) - .500

International: Wooin Choi (Korea) - .667

Both Batting Champs Resized

 


 

MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER

United States:  Timothy Pate (West Raleigh, NC)
International: Roque Salinas (Mexico)

MOPBOTH RESIZED


SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD WINNERS

United States:  Team West Fargo, North Dakota
International:  Team Puerto Rico

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