Cal Ripken Tournament to Return to Hammond

10 of the top 10-year-old baseball teams in the nation arrive in the coming days for the Cal Ripken 10U World Series at the Hammond Optimist Youth Sports Complex”

2013 Cal Ripken Tournament in Hammond. Photo provided.

Source: news release

July 30, 2017-The field is set as 10 of the top 10-year-old baseball teams in the nation arrive in the coming days for the Cal Ripken 10U World Series at the Hammond Optimist Youth Sports Complex.
Opening ceremonies take place Friday at 6 p.m. at the Optimist complex, 1245 North River Drive, east of Columbia Avenue at the Little Calumet River. The first games begin at 7 p.m.
Three of the teams hail from Lake County, which has become a hotbed for Cal Ripken Baseball in Indiana. The Optimist Bulldogs will compete as tournament’s host; St. John will represent the host state, by virtue of winning the Northern Indiana state championship; and Crown Point will participate after winning the Ohio Valley Regional title.
“We hosted our first Cal Ripken World Series in 2013, and we’re thrilled to do it again,” said Doyle Godbolt, chairman of the Optimist World Series committee. “We have some great youth baseball players coming to Hammond, stretching from Connecticut to Hawaii, from Alabama to Oregon. We’re committed to holding a first-rate event for these youngsters and their families.
“We’re grateful that Cal Ripken Baseball awarded us the event, based on our performance in 2013, and we’re thankful for the help we are receiving from the city of Hammond, the Optimist Club members, our many sponsors and our volunteers. It’s a huge undertaking, and it promises to be an enjoyable event.”
Games will run daily, weather permitting, through the scheduled championship game on Saturday evening, Aug. 12. Tickets for single-day admission or full-tourney admission will be available at the complex gates.
Local teams will be joined by teams from New Jersey, Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Oregon, North Carolina and Hawaii.
A World Series “Banquet of Champions” will be held Sunday, Aug. 6, at the Halls of St. George in Schererville. Munster High School product Hal Morris, a World Series champion his rookie year with the Cincinnati Reds, will be the featured speaker.
A limited number of tickets to the 6 p.m. banquet are available for public purchase at $35 each and can be obtained by contacting either Deanna Breclaw at ddbreclaw@aol.com or Godbolt at doyle39@sbcglobal.net.
Saturday, Aug. 5, is Mascot Day at the complex, and all children 5 years or younger will be admitted to the games free. On Tuesday, Aug. 8, World Series players will take part in a skills competition at the Optimist complex after the games conclude.
Cal Ripken Baseball is the 12-and-under program of Babe Ruth League, Inc., and is named after the Hall of Fame player who holds the record for consecutive major-league games played (2,632), all with the Baltimore Orioles.
CAL RIPKEN 10U WORLD SERIES SCHEDULE
At Hammond Optimist Youth Sports Complex

AMERICAN DIVISION NATIONAL DIVISION
Burlington Township, N.J. Willamette Valley, Eugene, Ore.
Matthews Park, Mobile, Ala. West Raleigh, N.C.
Southeast Denver, Colo. KRU Hawaii, Pearl City, Hawaii
West Hartford, Conn. Crown Point, Ind.
Hammond Optimist, Ind. St. John, Ind.

Friday, Aug. 4
6 p.m. – Opening Ceremonies
7 p.m. – Hammond Optimist vs. SE Denver, Field 5
7 p.m. – St. John vs. West Raleigh, Field 4
Saturday, Aug. 5
5:30 p.m. – West Raleigh vs. KRU Hawaii, Field 5
5:30 p.m. – Burlington Twp. vs. West Hartford, Field 4
7 p.m. – Matthews Park vs. Hammond Optimist, Field 5
7 p.m. – Willamette Valley vs. Crown Point, Field 4
Sunday, Aug. 6
Noon – Crown Point vs. St. John, Field 5
Noon – Burlington Twp. vs. Matthews Park, Field 4
6 p.m. – Banquet of Champions, Halls of St. George
Monday, Aug. 7
4 p.m. – KRU Hawaii vs. Crown Point, Field 5
4 p.m. – West Hartford vs. SE Denver, Field 4
6 p.m. – Hammond Optimist vs. Burlington Twp., Field 5
6 p.m. – St. John vs. Willamette Valley, Field 4
Tuesday, Aug. 8
4 p.m. – SE Denver vs. Burlington Twp., Field 5
4 p.m. – West Raleigh vs. Willamette Valley, Field 4
6 p.m. – KRU Hawaii vs. St. John, Field 5
6 p.m. – Matthews Park vs. West Hartford, Field 4
8 p.m. – Skills Competition, Field 5
Wednesday, Aug. 9
5:30 p.m. – Willamette Valley vs. KRU Hawaii, Field 5
5:30 p.m. – Crown Point vs. West Raleigh, Field 4
7:30 p.m. – West Hartford vs. Hammond Optimist, Field 5
7:30 p.m. – SE Denver vs. Matthews Park, Field 4
Thursday, Aug. 10
(Iron Bracket on Field 4)
5 p.m. – 5th Place National vs. 4th Place American
7 p.m. – 5th Place American vs. 4th Place National
(WS Championship Bracket on Field 5)
5:30 p.m. – 3rd Place National vs. 2nd Place American
7:30 p.m. – 3rd Place American vs. 2nd Place National
Friday, Aug. 11
(Iron Bracket on Field 4)
5 p.m. – Winner Iron Game 1 vs. Loser WS Game 1
7 p.m. – Winner Iron Game 2 vs. Loser WS Game 2
(WS Championship Bracket on Field 5)
5:30 p.m. – Winner WS Game 1 vs. 1st Place National
7:30 p.m. – Winner WS Game 2 vs. 1st Place American
Saturday, Aug. 12
5 p.m. – Iron Bracket Championship, Field 4
7:30 p.m. – World Series Championship, Field 5

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