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Youth baseball: Two Lexington teams, LaGrange still in hunt for titles

August 20, 2011 

C.J. Bush high-fived his Southeastern Lexington Major/70 teammates after scoring a run. Bush finished with two RBI and two stolen bases.

T.J. ROOT — ZUMA Press

  • Coming up

    Cal Ripken Major/70 Semifinals
    Southeastern vs. Oahu (Hawaii)
    When: 2 p.m. Saturday

    Cal Ripken 10-year-old Championship
    Southeastern Lexington vs. Winchester (Va.)
    When: 4 p.m. Saturday

    Little League World Series Pool Play
    La Grange (Ky.) vs. Huntington Beach (Calif.)
    When: 6 p.m. Sunday (ESPN2)

Southeastern Lexington's youth baseball team is two wins away from a World Series championship.

Southeastern Lexington beat Charles County (Md.) 11-5 on Friday to advance to the semifinals of the Cal Ripken Major/70 World Series in Aberdeen, Md.

The 12-year-olds gave up four runs in the top of the first, but they came back with three runs of their own in the bottom half and dominated the rest of the way. Three Lexington players — Kainen Bibb, C.J. Bush and Aidan Elias — led the way with two RBI apiece, and Zach Bryant struck out six through five innings for the win.

On Saturday, Southeastern will play Oahu (Hawaii), a 3-0 winner over Clifton Park (N.Y.) Friday night. Game time is 2 p.m.

In the other semifinal, the Dominican Republic and Japan clash for the international championship at 11 a.m.

Both of Saturday's games, as well as Sunday's championship game, will be broadcast live on MLB Network and on MLB.com.

South Lexington defeated in finals

South Lexington's run toward a Cal Ripken World Series championship fell one victory short late Friday night as host Visalia, Calif., held South Lexington to two hits and won 10-0 in four innings to take the Major/60 title in front of 6,100 fans.

It was the Lexington team's only loss of the tournament, including pool play. South Lexington's pitching staff had allowed only 13 runs the entire tournament before Friday night, but Visalia broke things open by scoring three runs in the first inning. Visalia added one in the second, one in the third and five in the fourth.

South Lexington third baseman Austin Shepherd was named to the All-World Series Team.

SE Lexington 10-year-olds make finals

The Southeastern Lexington 10-year-olds beat Laguna (Calif.) 6-2 Friday to advance to the finals of the Cal Ripken World Series in Winchester, Va.

It was the Ohio Valley regional champs' second win over the California team and their sixth of their undefeated tournament run. Next up for Lexington are the hosts, Winchester, on Saturday in the championship.

Game time is 1 p.m.

View a team photo and roster for Southeastern Lexington here.

For live updates from Saturday's game, go here.

LaGrange blanks foe in Little League

Kentucky starter Griffin McLarty silenced Pennsylvania's hitters and their huge cheering section at the Little League World Series with a little help from his defense.

The lanky, 6-foot pitcher from LaGrange struck out 12 and hit a homer in a 1-0 win Friday night over the hometown favorites from Clinton County, just 30 miles down the road from South Williamsport.

Central Pennsylvania's favorite sons drew such a huge crowd that fans sat shoulder-to-shoulder on the grassy, terraced hill above the outfield fences. Little League officials said the game drew 41,848 fans to Lamade Stadium. The old record of 40,000 had been set twice before, for the 1989 and 1990 championship games.

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