Lexington’s tradition of sending youth baseball teams to World Series events is alive and well again in 2016.
Southeastern advanced to the World Series by winning the Kentucky state tournament and the Ohio Valley Regional. This is familiar territory for most of the Lexington squad. Eight of the 14 players competed at the Cal Ripken World Series for 10-year-olds in Winchester, Va., in 2014.
“The boys are excited to be together for another couple of weeks,” the team’s manager, Steve Ryan, said in a news release. “They’re really close, and they act like 14 brothers. Being together for another couple of weeks, especially at the Cal Ripken World Series in Aberdeen, is a dream come true for them.”
The World Series in Aberdeen includes 10 teams from all regions of the U.S., along with eight international clubs. The tournament will crown U.S. and international champions on Aug. 5. Those two teams then meet for the World Series title on Aug. 6. All three games will be streamed live on FoxSportsGo.com and MLB.com.
Southeastern Lexington was the top seed in last week’s 12-team Ohio Valley Regional at Mattoon, Ill., and rolled through pool play by scores of 8-0, 11-1 and 12-2. In bracket play, Southeastern defeated Barren County (Ky.) on Saturday, then swept past Germantown (Ky.) and Hammond (Ind.) to capture the championship on Sunday.
The Lexington team opens play in the Cal Ripken World Series on July 30 at 5:30 p.m. against the champions from the Southeast Region. Pool play games will be streamed live through the Kiswe app on any mobile device.