16 teams vie for title at Idle Hour Complex
By Mark Clark
The 2019 Cal Ripken Jr. 10U World Series begins today at 12:30 p.m. EDT at the Idle Hour Sports Complex with 16 teams from the Northeast to the Pacific Ocean vying for the title. The event will run from August 1 to August 8 with eight games each of the first three days as teams battle through pool play to reach the single elimination rounds.
Among the visitors for the World Series will be Hamilton, N.J., West Fargo, N.Dak., Meridian, Miss., Windham, N.H., Kennewick, Wash., Rockville, Va., South Louisville, Ky., Waianae, Hawaii., Mobile, Ala., New Canaan, Conn., Phenix City and teams from Idaho, Indiana, North Carolina, California and New Jersey.
“We had the 12-year-olds here last year and there were eight teams. This year, we are twice that size with 16 teams. We are excited to be the host city for the event,” Todd Hughes, Director of Phenix City’s Parks and Recreation Department.
Among the 16 teams in this year’s event will be Phenix City’s 10U All-Star – the same group of youths and coaches that won last year’s Cal Ripken Jr. 9U World Series in Jensen Beach, Fla. The team received an invitation to this year’s event as the host team. The group won its 2019 District title and finished second in the Alabama State tournament.
Alabama will also be represented in the World Series event by West Mobile which defeated Phenix City to earn its invitation. There are eight region tournament winners and eight teams that earned invitations.
Last season, Phenix City won its district, placed second in the state, won the Southwest Region by defeating the Alabama champion and advanced to the World Series.
The 16 teams will be divided into four pools of four teams for the first three days of the tournament. The top two teams will advance to World Series play while the remaining eight will go into a Silver bracket. The losers in the first round of World Series play will drop into the Silver bracket as will the losers in the second round of the World Series bracket.
The World Series kicked off yesterday with a Coaches Breakfast and Opening ceremonies were held at Darnell-Nelson Field. Actual play begins today with a pair of games at 12:30, two games at 3 p.m. EDT, two more at 5:30 and the final two games at 8 p.m. EDT. All games will be played at the Idle Hour Sports Complex.
The following are the breakdowns for pool play: Pool A – Ohio Valley, Middle Atlantic, North Carolina and Pacific Southwest; Pool B – Southwest, Pacific Northwest, Connecticut and California; Pool C – New England, Idaho, Alabama and Southeast; and Pool D – Phenix City, Indiana, Midwest Plains and New Jersey.
The opening games today include Southwest vs. Pacific Northwest and California vs. Connecticut at 12:30 p.m. EDT; Middle Atlantic vs. North Carolina and Pacific Southwest vs. Ohio Valley at 3 p.m. EDT; Alabama vs. Ohio Valley and Idaho vs. New England at 5:30 p.m. EDT; and Indiana vs. Phenix City and Midwest Plains vs., New Jersey at 8 p.m. EDT.
All games will be streamed live by CTV-Beam. The link for the games may be found at phenixcityworldseries.com under Live Stream.
Tickets for the event are $50 for the entire tournament pass or $10 daily. Tickets will be sold at the main gate each day. For more information, call 334-291-4719.