HAMMOND | The final spot is filled for next week’s Cal Ripken 12-and-under World Series, as East Boise, Idaho, booked a trip to Hammond with a 10-3 victory Friday afternoon over Nisqually Basin, Wash.
The victory, in the championship game of the Pacific Northwest Regional in Centralia, Wash., featured home runs by East Boise’s Jonah Hultberg and Matt Stefanic. East Boise broke a 3-3 tie in the third inning and never looked back.
Hultberg was the starting and winning pitcher, and Layton Wagner finished the victory by keeping Nisqually Basin at bay.
The 10-team Cal Ripken World Series will begin Friday at the Hammond Optimist Youth Sports complex. The host Hammond Bulldogs team and the Northern Indiana champion Crown Point team are among the competing teams.
The Cal Ripken World Series marks the first national, youth baseball league-based world series to be played in Lake County since 1985, when the Senior League World Series, featuring 14- and-15-year-olds, pulled out of Gary after 24 years there.
Games will begin at 1 p.m. Friday. The opening ceremonies will be at 6 p.m. Friday.
Cal Ripken Baseball World Series
(For 12-year-olds and under, 60-foot Major League)
At Hammond Optimist Sports Complex
New England Regional winner: Quincy, Mass.
Southwest Regional winner: El Dorado, Ark.
Ohio Valley Regional winner: South Lexington, Ky.
Pacific Southwest Regional winner: Oahu, Hawaii
Northern Indiana winner (host state): Crown Point
Mid-Atlantic Regional winner: Kingsbridge, N.Y. (Bronx)
Midwest Plains Regional winner: Grand Forks, N.D.
Southeast Regional winner: Opp, Ala.
Pacific Northwest Regional winner: East Boise, Idaho
Tournament host: Hammond Optimist
Pool Play Schedule
Game 1: El Dorado vs. Oahu, 1 p.m., Field 4
Game 2: Kingsbridge vs. Opp, 2 p.m., Field 5
Game 3: Quincy vs. South Lexington, 3 p.m., Field 4
(Opening Ceremonies at 6 p.m.)
Game 4: Hammond Optimist vs. Grand Forks, 7:30 p.m., Field 5
Game 5: South Lexington vs. El Dorado, 10 a.m., Field 5
Game 6: East Boise vs. Grand Forks, 12:30 p.m., Field 5
Game 7: Crown Point vs. Quincy, 3 p.m., Field 5
Game 8: Hammond Optimist vs. Kingsbridge, 5:30 p.m., Field 5
Game 9: Opp vs. East Boise, 12:30 p.m., Field 5
Game 10: Oahu vs. South Lexington, 3 p.m., Field 5
Game 11: Crown Point vs. El Dorado, 5:30 p.m., Field 5
Game 12: Grand Forks vs. Kingsbridge, 8 p.m., Field 5
Game 13: Kingsbridge vs. East Boise, 5:30 p.m., Field 4
Game 14: Oahu vs. Crown Point, 5:30 p.m., Field 5
Game 15: Opp vs. Hammond Optimist, 8 p.m., Field 5
Game 16: El Dorado vs. Quincy, 8 p.m., Field 4
Game 17: South Lexington vs. Crown Point, 5:30 p.m., Field 4
Game 18: Quincy vs. Oahu, 5:30 p.m., Field 5
Game 19: Grand Forks vs. Opp, 8 p.m., Field 4
Game 20: East Boise vs. Hammond Optimist, 8 p.m., Field 5
3rd Place American vs. 2nd Place National, 5:30 p.m.
3rd Place National vs. 2nd Place American, 8 a.m.
1st Place American vs. 3rd Place American/2nd Place National winner, 5:30 p.m.
1st Place National vs. 3rd Place National/2nd Place American winner, 8 p.m.
Championship Game, 7 p.m.