The Cal Ripken World Series semifinals are set for both the International and United States after pool play in all three series divisions was concluded on Wednesday at the Ripken Baseball Academy.
Japan (5-0) claimed the top spot in the International Pool, with an exciting and nail-biting 2-1 win over Mexico (4-1) Wednesday night in Cal Sr.'s Yard, while Republic of Korea (2-3) earned the fourth and final seed with a 7-0 win over Australia (1-4), also at Cal Sr.'s Yard.
Japan will meet Republic of Korea today (Friday) at 5 p.m, while Mexico, the two seed, will meet third-seeded Dominican Republic at noon. Both games are at Cal Sr.'s Yard.
In the American Pool, Oahu, Hawaii, picked up the top seed with a perfect 4-0 record, while Charles County, Md. (2-2), earned the second seed by virtue of its win over Tri-Counties, Texas (2-2), on the first day of pool play.
In the National Pool, Southeastern Lexington, Ky., and Clifton Park, N.Y. (both 3-1), are one and two seeds respectively, after each won elimination games Wednesday at Cal Sr.'s Yard. Waite Park, Minn. (2-2), and West Raleigh, N.C. (2-2), were the two teams left short.
Charles County will meet Kentucky today at 2:30 p.m. in the first U.S. semifinal, while Hawaii will face New York in the nightcap at 8 p.m.
Semifinal winners will play for their respective championship contests on Saturday, International at 11 a.m. and the U.S. at 2 p.m., both on Cal Sr.'s Yard.
The winners of Saturday's matchups will meet at 2 p.m Sunday on Cal Sr.'s Yard for the championship.