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Okeeheelee Captures 2016 Cal Ripken Major/60 Championship with Rout in Title Game

After not having a dominant team over the opening six days, the Cal Ripken Major/60 World Series finally had a team step up.

In an all-Florida championship game, Okeeheelee, the Florida State Champion eased to the title with a 12-2 win over the Southeast Regional champs, Palm Beach Gardens, in a game called after four innings due to the mercy rule.

Okeeheelee was 2-2 in pool play, but won their next three games to earn the championship.  It was the second win for Okeeheelee over Palm Beach Gardens in the tournament.

In the opening night of the World Series, Okeeheelee routed Palm Beach Gardens 14-4 to start things out.  From there, they lost two of their next three games, but finished up by outscoring their final three opponents by a combined 28-7 margin and went over the 10-run mark on two occasions. 

In the finals, Okeeheelee scored in all four of its at-bats and led 9-0 before Palm Beach Gardens got on the scoreboard. 

Palm Beach Gardens scored their only two runs in the top of the fourth. Colby Sisselberger, Jack Bello, and Nicholas Espinosa all singled to load the bases for Palm Beach Gardens.  A third strike swing and miss by Ryan Foderaro gave Palm Beach Gardens their first out.  A wild pitch to batter Robert Throop scored Sisselberger and advanced Bello to third and Espinosa to second.  Throop hit a ground ball and reached base on an error by shortstop Vince Sheahan, allowing Bello to score, and holding up Espinosa at second. However, the inning, ended when Kevin Nelson batted into a double play at third and first.

In the bottom of the 4th, Palm Beach Gardens added 4 runs, which included a two-run homer by Shaun Wadsworth. 

Vance Sheahan also homered in the championship game, and Jaden Malave and Kole Ouellette each had doubles for Okeeheelee to help their team to 12 hits. 

Shaun Wadsworth pitched all four innings to get the pitching win for Okeeheelee.  

Okeeheelee Official Championship Photo

2016 CAL RIPKEN MAJOR/60

All WORLD SERIES AND ALL-DEFENSE HONORS

All-World Series Team

All-Defense Team

Pitcher

Cole Branson

Dumas, AR

Pitcher

Andri Estrella

Washington Park, RI

Pitcher

Ryan Hannan

Crown Point, IN

Catcher

C.J. Hardy

Crown Point, IN

Catcher

Nicholas Espinoza

Palm Beach Gardens, FL

1B

Kylin James

Dumas, AR

1B

Drew Murray

Crown Point, IN

2B

Aaron Heger

Bemidji, MN

2B

Logan Clark

Bakersfield, CA

3B

Trace Reisinger

Perry County, PA

3B

Reiken Downs

Bemidji, MN

SS

Camden Wagner

East Boise, ID

SS

Jaydon Manes

Dumas, AR

OF

Owen Payn

East Boise, ID

OF

Abraham Gonzalez

Bakersfield, Ca

OF

Logan Szrejter

Okeeheelee, FL

OF

Gino Antongiovianni

Bakersfield, CA

OF

Drew Adzia

Crown Point, IN

OF

Javier Gomez

Washington Park, RI

Utility

Bradley White

Ocala, FL

Utility

Anthony Fernandez

Washington Park, RI

 

 

 

Special Honor Awards

Most Outstanding Player

Vance Sheahan – Providence, RI

Batting Champion

Camden Wagner – East Boise, ID (.579)

Sportsmanship Award

Washington Park, RI (Team)

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