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Japan takes home the 2011 Cal Ripken World Series trophy

by on Aug.23, 2011 @ 9:27 am, under Other
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Japan won the 2011 Cal Ripken World Series by shutting Ohio Valley out, 7-0.

Schedule and Scores

Date Time Away Team Home Team Venue Result
8/12 (Fri) 6:30pm Opening Ceremonies
8/13 (Sat) 12:00pm Ohio Valley - Nat'l Mid-Atlantic - Nat'l Cal Sr. Yard OHIO 5, MATL 1 Final
12:00pm Japan - Int'l Canada - Int'l Fenway Park JAP 31, CAN 1 Final
2:30pm Republic of Korea - Int'l Dominican Republic - Int'l Wrigley Field DR 11, KOR 1 Final
2:30pm Australia - Int'l Mexico - Int'l Fenway Park MEX 9, AUS 1 Final
2:30pm New England - Amer Pacific Southwest - Amer Cal Sr. Yard PSW 12, NE 2 Final
5:00pm Southeast - Nat'l Harford County - Nat'l Cal Sr. Yard SE 3, HRFD 0 Final
8:00pm Maryland - Amer Southwest - Amer Cal Sr. Yard MD 17, SW 2 Final
8/14 (Sun) 12:00pm Midwest Plains - Nat'l Ohio Valley - Nat'l Fenway Park MWPL 10, OHIO 5 Final
12:00pm Japan - Int'l Republic of Korea - Int'l Cal Sr. Yard JAP 10, KOR 2 Final
2:30pm Dominican Republic - Int'l Australia - Int'l Cal Sr. Yard DR 12, AUS 1 Final
2:30pm Southwest - Amer New England - Amer Citizen's Bank Park SW 8, NE 2 Final
2:30pm Pacific Northwest - Amer Maryland - Amer Nationals Park MD 5, PNW 3 Final
5:00pm Mexico - Int'l Canada - Int'l Cal Sr. Yard MEX 8, CAN 0 Final
8:00pm Harford County - Nat'l Mid-Atlantic - Nat'l Cal Sr. Yard MATL 10, HRFD 0 Final
8/15 (Mon) 12:00pm Maryland - Amer Pacific Southwest - Amer Fenway Park PSW 9, MD 8 Final
12:00pm Midwest Plains - Nat'l Southeast - Nat'l Cal Sr. Yard SE 7, MWPL 2 Final
2:30pm Republic of Korea - Int'l Canada - Int'l Cal Sr. Yard KOR 9, CAN 2 Final
2:30pm Ohio Valley - Nat'l Harford County - Nat'l Fenway Park OHIO 10, HRFD 0 Final
2:30pm Australia - Int'l Japan - Int'l Wrigley Field JAP 21, AUS 0 Final
5:00pm Southwest - Amer Pacific Northwest - Amer Cal Sr. Yard SW 10, PNW 4 Final
8:00pm Dominican Republic - Int'l Mexico - Int'l Cal Sr. Yard MEX 4, DR 0 Final
8/16 (Tues) 12:00pm Canada - Int'l Australia - Int'l Cal Sr. Yard AUS 9, CAN 4 Final
12:00pm Harford County - Nat'l Midwest Plains - Nat'l Fenway Park MWPL 9, HRFD 0 Final
2:30pm Mid-Atlantic - Nat'l Southeast - Nat'l Wrigley Field MATL 8, SE 4 Final
2:30pm Pacific Southwest - Amer Pacific Northwest - Amer Cal Sr. Yard PSW 13, PNW 0 Final
2:30pm Mexico - Int'l Republic of Korea - Int'l Fenway Park MEX 4, KOR 1 Final
5:00pm Dominican Republic - Int'l Japan - Int'l Cal Sr. Yard JAP 6, DR 1 Final
8:00pm New England - Amer Maryland - Amer Cal Sr. Yard NE 4, MD 3 Final
8/17 (Wed) 12:00pm Southeast - Nat'l Ohio Valley - Nat'l Cal Sr. Yard OHIO 3, SE 1 Final
12:00pm Canada - Int'l Dominican Republic - Int'l Fenway Park DR 14, CAN 2 Final
2:30pm Pacific Southwest - Amer Southwest - Amer Wrigley Field PSW 4, SW 2 Final
2:30pm Pacific Northwest - Amer New England - Amer Fenway Park PNW 7, NE 4 Final
2:30pm Mid-Atlantic - Nat'l Midwest Plains - Nat'l Cal Sr. Yard MATL 11, MWPL 1 Final
5:00pm Republic of Korea - Int'l Australia - Int'l Cal Sr. Yard KOR 7, AUS 0 Final
8:00pm Mexico - Int'l Japan - Int'l Cal Sr. Yard JAP 2, MEX 1 Final
8/18 (Thurs) Day Off
Playoffs
Date Time Away Team Home Team Location Result/Time
8/19 (Fri) 12:00pm Dominican Republic - Int'l Mexico - Int'l Cal Sr. Yard DR 1, MEX 0 Final
2:30pm Maryland - Amer Ohio Valley - Nat'l Cal Sr. Yard OHIO 11, MD 5 Final
5:00pm Republic of Korea - Int'l Japan - Int'l Cal Sr. Yard JAP 10, KOR 1 Final
8:00pm Mid-Atlantic - Nat'l Pacific Southwest - Amer Cal Sr. Yard PSW 9, MATL 1 Final
International Championship
Date Time Away Team Home Team Location Result/Time
8/20 (Sat) 11:00am Dominican Republic - Int'l Japan - Int'l Cal Sr. Yard JAP 10, DR 3 Final
U.S. Championship
Date Time Away Team Home Team Location Result/Time
8/20 (Sat) 2:00pm Ohio Valley - Nat'l Pacific Southwest - Amer Cal Sr. Yard OHIO 10, PSW 0 Final
World Championship
Date Time Away Team Home Team Location Result/Time
8/21 (Sun) 2:00pm Japan - Int'l Ohio Valley - Nat'l Cal Sr. Yard JAP 7, OHIO 0 Final

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2010 Cal Ripken World Series (12U) – Mexico wins it all!

by on Aug.15, 2010 @ 12:25 am, under Other
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The 2010 Cal Ripken World Series kicks off today (14th US time). The three divisions:

American Division

Pacific Southwest (Bakersfield, CA)
Pacific Northwest (Eugene, OR)
New England (Norwalk, CT)
Southwest (Mountain Home, AR)
Maryland Champ (White Plains, MD)

National Division

Ohio Valley (Lexington, KY)
Midwest Plains (Park Hills, MO)
Middle Atlantic (Newark, DE)
Southeast (Ocala, FL)
Hartford County (Emmorton, MD)

International Division

Canada
Dominican Republic
Korea
Australia
Mexico
Japan

Japan's schedule during the tournament:

8/14, 12:00pm - Japan @ Canada - Wrigley

8/15, 4:30pm - Australia @ Japan - Nationals Park

8/16, 12:00pm - Japan @ Korea - Wrigley

8/17, 12:00pm - Dominican Republic @ Japan - Fenway

8/18, 5:00pm - Mexico @ Japan - Cal Sr's Yard

I'll try to keep this post updated with Japan's progress in the tournament.

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Japan beat Canada, 13-1 on the 14th. Box score

Japan beat Australia, 10-0 on the 15th. Box score

Japan beat Korea, 7-0 on the 16th. Box score

Japan beat the Dominican Republic, 13-2 on the 17th. Box score

Japan beat Mexico, 1-0 on the 18th. Box score

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Final Standings

America Division

G W L WPCT
Maryland Champ 4 3 1 .750
New England 4 3 1 .750
Pacific Northwest 4 3 1 .750
Pacific Southwest 4 2 2 .500
Southwest 4 0 4 .000

Top two teams advance.

National Division

G W L WPCT
Southeast 4 4 0 1.000
Ohio Valley 4 3 1 .750
Middle Atlantic 4 2 2 .500
Hartford County 4 1 3 .250
Midwest Plains 4 0 4 .000

Top two teams advance.

International Divison

G W L WPCT
Japan 5 5 0 1.000
Mexico 5 4 1 .800
Korea 5 3 2 .600
Dominican Rep 5 2 3 .400
Australia 5 1 4 .200
Canada 5 0 5 .000

Top four teams advance.

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Playoff Round

Japan will play the Dominican Republic in the first round on the 20th.

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The Dominican Republic beat Japan on the 20th, 4-2. Box score

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Mexico ended up winning the tournament by beating Ocala, Fl, 7-1 in the Finals game on the 22nd.  Box Score

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Cal Ripken World Series 2009: Japan’s progress

by on Aug.17, 2009 @ 10:39 am, under Other
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The Cal Ripken World Series (12 and under) kicked off on the 14th in Aberdeen, Maryland.

NOTE: I did not write these summaries. For some reason, it appears as though old articles no longer show up at the Cal Ripken World Series site so I used Google's cache to dig up what I could find. If someone connected to the Cal Ripken World Series has a problem with this, please contact me directly and I was remove the articles, post-haste. Incidentally, I could not recover the game recap for the game on the 18th.

Here are the results for Japan so far:

8/15: Japan 4 - Mexico 3

Mexico 3 – 4 Japan
2:30pm on Memorial

Japan jumped to an early 2-run lead in the first, when HR Derby finalist Yuma Kondo singled up the middle to drive in Kazuma Doi and Atsushi Takahashi. But Mexico went to work in the fourth when Irving Wilson launched a homer to left center to drive-in three and take the lead.

Japan responded with two runs in the fifth when Doi added a homer of his own to bring in two runs and the win.

Japan will play against Canada in tomorrow's 8 o'clock game under the lights at Cal Sr.'s Yard. Mexico heads to Wrigley at 2:30 tomorrow to play Australia.

8/16: Japan 16 - Canada 0

(2-0) Japan 16 – 0 Canada (0-2)
8:00pm on Cal Sr.'s Yard

Japan shined under the lights of Cal Sr.'s Yard in the nightcap of Day 2 at the CRWS. Nine different players for Japan registered hits, led by Atsushi Takahashi who had a two hit performance. Home Run Derby finalist Yuma Kondo started on the hill, and combined efforts with Yoshiki Okada to no-hit the national team from Canada.

Takashiro Nagoaka blasted a home run in the fourth to put an exclamation point on Japan’s offensive output.

Canada has struggled in its first two games, but will try to change that when they return to Sr.'s Yard on Monday night to face Australia at 8 o’clock. Japan’s bats will finally rest on Monday, as the team’s next game is scheduled for Tuesday at 2:30 against Australia.

Current Standings (International)

Country W L
Dominican Rep. 2 0
Japan 2 0
Korea 1 1
Mexico 1 1
Australia 0 2
Canada 0 2

I'll continue to update this thread with new information as it becomes available.

=== Updated 8/18 @ 10:48pm JST

Be sure to check-out Japanese Baseball Cards' posts from the tournament:

Searching for Senichi Hoshino, Part One

Whither Canada? Or Searching for Senichi Hoshino, Part Two

=== Updated 8/19 @ 7:06pm JST

Japan has qualified for the playoffs after their victory over Australia.

8/18: Japan 12 - Australia 0

Updated Standings (International)

Country W L
Dominican Rep.* 4 0
Japan* 3 0
Korea 1 1
Mexico 1 2
Australia 1 3
Canada 0 4

*qualified for playoffs

=== Updated 8/21 @ 4:54am JST

8/19: Japan 12 - Korea 1

08/19/2009 1:10 PM - For the second consecutive day, Japan scored 12 runs and cruised to victory in only four innings of play. They jumped out to an early 6-0 lead over Korea and never looked back. Atsushi Takahashi led off the top of the first inning with a double and eventually scored when Kazuma Doi followed with a double to left center. The next batter, shortstop Kiki Kugimiya hit a two-run blast to center field. Two batters later, third baseman Akira Ohuro homered to left center, scoring three runs. Japan would score at least one run in each of the next three innings for a commanding 12-1 victory.

Korea was held to just one run on four hits as Japan advanced to a perfect 4-0 record and a tie with the Dominican Republic atop the International Division.

Updated Standings (International)

Country W L
Japan* 4 0
Dominican Rep.* 4 0
Mexico* 2 2
Korea* 1 3
Australia 1 3
Canada 0 4

*qualified for playoffs

=== Updated 8/22 @ 7:26am JST

8/20: Japan 7 - Korea 0

08/20/2009 7:32 PM - Japan remained the only undefeated international team, defeating the Republic of Korea 7-0 tonight. The win advances Japan to the International Championship against Mexico, which will take place tomorrow afternoon at noon on Cal Sr.'s Yard.

Japan, who has been getting fantastic pitching all series, had three pitchers combine for a one-hitter in the victory. Akira Oura pitched the first 2 1/3 innings, giving up one hit, and Kazuma Doi and Koki Kugimiya relieved him, giving up no hits. The three combined for 14 strikeouts.

The game was close until the fifth inning, but Japan opened up the bottom of the inning with a triple from Atsushi Takahashi, and ended up scoring five runs en route to victory. Japan catcher Tomohiro Okuda added two hits and two RBIs in the win.

Si Chan Choi was solid in defeat for the Republic of Korea, pitching 4 1/3 innings, and giving up just two earned runs while striking out six.

Japan will now try to finish the Cal Ripken World Series undefeated tomorrow, but will have to get by a Mexico team that they only beat 4-3 in pool play. Mexico avenged another pool play loss today, defeating the previously undefeated Dominican Republic 7-2 to advance to the Championship.

8/21: Mexico 1 - Japan 0

08/21/2009 1:42 PM - For the seventh consecutive year, Mexico will play in the Cal Ripken World Series Championship Game. The team has won the International Division each year the tournament has been played in Aberdeen.

After a scoreless inning and a half of play, Mexico's Julio Urias led off the bottom of the second with a double to right centerfield. Alejandro Pacheco then reached on a fielding error by Japan's shortstop. Juan Cota followed with a walk to load the bases and Eduardo Gonzalez grounded to shortstop scoring Urias with the game's only run.

Eduardo Gonzalez turned in an impressive performance on the mound for Mexico as he pitched a complete game, allowing only two hits and recording 10 strikeouts and no walks. In consecutive days, Mexico upset two previously undefeated teams, the Dominican Republic and Japan, to advance to the 2009 Cal Ripken World Series Championship Game. They will take on the winner of U.S. Championship Game between Forest Hills, FL and Upper Montgomery Athletic Club (Maryland).

Updated Standings (International)

Country W L
Mexico** - Champs 4 2
Dominican Rep.* 4 1
Japan** 5 1
Korea* 1 4
Australia 1 3
Canada 0 4

*qualified for playoffs
**advanced to championships

There's also a YouTube channel you can check out for some video footage.