Ripken World Series Saturday

Kentucky center fielder James "Jab" Bryant tosses the ball back to the infield after a catch late in Saturday's Cal Ripken World Series U.S. Championship game. The team from Kentucky won to advance to Sunday's World Championship game, where they'll face Japan. (MATT BUTTON | AEGIS STAFF, Patuxent Homestead / August 20, 2011)

Japan continued its dominance at the 2011 Cal Ripken World Series Saturday, claiming the International Championship with a 10-3 win over the Dominican Republic Saturday at Cal Sr.'s Yard.

Equally impressive, however, was Ohio Valley Champion Lexington, Kentucky's 10-0 whitewash of previously unbeaten Oahu, Hawaii, in the U.S. Championship game also played at Cal Sr.'s Yard Saturday.

Japan and Lexington will meet Sunday for the 2011 World Championship in the tournament for 11 and 12 year-olds played on 70-foot diamonds under the auspices of Babe Ruth Baseball.


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Sunday's championship game begins at 2 p.m. at Cal Sr.'s Yard.

Kentucky squad powers way to U.S. title

Lexington was dominant in Saturday's U.S. Championship, scoring early and often in running out to a 10-0 lead over the Pacific Southwest champs from Hawaii.

The game was called after four innings under the 10-run mercy rule.

Lexington started the contest with a bang, scoring twice in the opening frame before Hawaiian team could record an out.

Kainen Bibb led off the inning with a walk, which brought to the plate pitcher Austin Dick, who took the first pitch for a strike, then rocketed the next offering he saw over the left field wall for a two-run home run.

The Kentucky squad might have done more first inning damage, but with two men on and two down, Hawaiian center fielder Nicholas Benner made an over-the-shoulder, running catch of James "Jab" Bryant's long fly ball.

In the top half of the second, Lexington extended its lead to 6-0 with a three-run outburst.

Kicking things off was Zach Bryant, who reached on a walk and then moved over to second on a wild pitch.

Two outs later, Bibb earned a base on balls, and another wild pitch allowed both runners to move up a base, putting both in scoring position.

After Dick walked next to load the bags, Kaelen Covington knocked Zach Bryant home with a single up the middle, and C.J. Bush followed with a two-RBI single to right.

Aidan Elias then came through with the third consecutive two-out single, pushing Covington across the plate for Lexington's sixth tally.

The winners got two more runs in the third, as Zach Bryant led off with a triple to center, and Parker McCoy followed with a shot to the berm beyond the left field wall.

Lexington saw its third two-run homer in the fourth inning, as Zach Bryant blasted a shot to the deepest part of the ballpark with Bush on base, making the score 10-0.

Needing to score one run to avoid having the game end early, Hawaii worked Dick for a one-out single and a walk in the bottom of the fourth inning, but the Lexington starter got out of the jam with a game-ending 5-3 double play.

Over four innings of work, Dick struck out three, walked two and held Hawaii to six hits.

Zach Bryant led the way for Lexington, going 2-for-2 with three runs scored, including his two-run homer and triple.