3-peat! Japan Captures Another Cal Ripken World Series Title
Japan has been dominant in recent years at the Cal Ripken World Series in Aberdeen, Maryland winning the last two championships, and Sunday they made it a three-peat in impressive fashion. The International champs dominated the United States champions from West Raleigh, North Carolina 11-1 in five innings.
Japan scored four times in the first two innings, including a home run by Baseball Youth Player of the Game Ryugo Komachi. Komachi went 2-for-2 with a home run and a double. West Raleigh came back with a run in the bottom of the third, but Japan then piled on with seven runs between the fourth and fifth innings.
Mizuki Kataoka went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a triple and three RBI for Japan. West Raleigh, the Southeast champions, scored their only run via an RBI from leadoff hitter Kohl Abrams. The game ended with the mercy rule after the fifth inning since Japan had a 10-run lead.
CBS Sports Network televised the championship game live from Cal Sr.’s Yard at the Ripken Experience complex in Aberdeen. Go to RipkenBaseball.com/world_series for complete coverage on the entire tournament.