On July 4, the Cal Ripken Junior League held its first annual Baseball Showcase.
In a hard-fought see-saw game, Team Red squeaked by Team Blue, 9-6. The event was sponsored by the Superior Youth Organization.
Ross Rivord picked up the pitching win for Team Red, with Austin Cabrera earning the hold and Brett Charles getting the save.
Zandar Sislo led Team Red at the plate with two singles, an inside-the-park home run and three RBIs. Rivord added two singles, a walk and an RBI; and Archer Siers had a double and an RBI. Charles, Cabrera, Cameron Buck, Brendan Goad and Codie Routley all singled for Team Red. Tyler Oppel walked twice and scored a run. Also playing for Team Red were Rylan Lane, Zach Parker and Trenton Nault.
For Team Blue, Gabe King, Ethan Welch and Jakob Kidd all contributed a pair of singles, with King collecting two RBIs. Finn Press and Josh Madsen both added a single and an RBI. Tristan Brennan and Landon Wagner also recorded an RBI apiece, and Shane Leask drew a walk and scored one run. Also playing for Team Blue were Gabe Williams, Curran Starry and Charlie Ostrofsky.
Bud Brand, George Faddock and Grace Kelly served as coaches for Team Red. Coaching Team Blue were Steve Kidd, Frog Prell and Sean Brennan.
Cal Ripken Sr.
In Cal Ripken Senior League action on July 2, the Twins remained undefeated for the season with a 6-3 win over the Cubs. The Brewers also added to their win total with a 14-0 victory over the Red Sox. The Cardinals had a bye.
Dominic D’Auria earned the pitching win for the Brewers, now 6-2. He shared duties on the mound with Kyle Nickila.
At the plate, Dominic D’Auria helped his own cause with a grand slam home run. Joe Sanders had an RBI and scored three runs on two singles and a walk. Isaac Rios singled and walked to score two runs with two RBIs; Drew DeBrayne had an RBI and two runs scored on a pair of singles; and Tyler Moen had a single and an RBI. Jaxon D’Auria and Brennan Morrissey drew three walks apiece, and Nickila drew two. Morrissey scored three runs and Nickila scored two.
Max Curtis, Gabe Hackensmith and Niya Wilson shared pitching duties for the Red Sox. Curtis also added a double, and Hackensmith finished with a single.