It's that time of year again for youth baseball in Lexington — that time of year when city teams make their annual march to World Series all across the country.
Lexington will be represented by three Cal Ripken Baseball teams when World Series play begins next month. Four other Lexington squads are vying this weekend for regional championships.
Southeastern Lexington will play in the Cal Ripken Major/70 World Series for 12-year-olds at Aberdeen, Md., which takes place Aug. 9-18.
Southeastern earned its spot Sunday with a 6-2 win over a team from Janesville, Wis., in the championship game of the Ohio Valley Regional at Mattoon, Ill. Southeastern outscored its opponents in the quarterfinals, semifinals and finals by a combined 25-5.
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Another team of 12-and-unders, the all-stars from South Lexington, have earned a spot in the Cal Ripken Major/60 World Series at Hammond, Ind., scheduled for Aug. 9-16.
South Lexington similarly punished its opponents in winning the Ohio Valley Regional at Vincennes, Ind., last week. South Lexington rolled to victories of 11-0 and 8-2 in the quarterfinals and semifinals before knocking off a team from Green Bay, Wis., 6-4 in the championship game.
The Cal Ripken World Series berth for 10-year-olds from the Ohio Valley Region came down to a battle of two teams from Lexington at Somerset on Sunday.
South Lexington rallied to defeat Southeastern Lexington 6-5 to win the Ohio Valley Regional and advance to the World Series Aug. 10-17 at Ocala, Fla.
Each of the two powerhouse Lexington baseball clubs has a team vying for regional titles in the 11-and-under division this week. Both tournaments run Thursday through Sunday.
Southeastern Lexington plays in the Major/70 Ohio Valley Regional at Galesburg, Ill.
South Lexington is represented in the Major/60 Ohio Valley Regional at Georgetown.
Another pair of Lexington squads are taking part in the Cal Ripken Ohio Valley Regional for 9-year-olds at Connersville, Ind., this week.
Northern Lexington qualified by winning last weekend's state tournament in Georgetown. Southeastern Lexington qualified as state runner-up.