Rain halts play at Cal Ripken World Series Tuesday; busy Wednesday on tap

Constant rain in the area Tuesday halted play at the 2014 Cal Ripken World Series at the Ripken Experience powered by Under Armour complex in Aberdeen and will necessitate a busy schedule of games Wednesday.

Two games, including one involving Harford County's tournament host team Hickory Hornets, will resume at 8 a.m. Hickory and West Raleigh, N.C., were tied at 1 in the bottom of the second inning at Nationals Park.

A Hickory win will give the local boys the top seed from Group B in the tournament's semi-final round or a second two seed with a loss. Hickory was 3-0 in pool play going into Tuesday, while West Raleigh, the 2013 tournament's U.S. champion, was 2-0.

At Cal Sr.'s Yard, Canada was leading Dominican Republic, 3-1, in the bottom of the first inning, when rain halted play for the day.

Other Tuesday games, some of which have semifinal implications, will also be played Wednesday, forcing some U.S. teams to play twice.

In international play, the anticipated Japan-Puerto Rico game will be played at 10:15 a.m. at Nationals Park. The winner will be the top seed from Group C.

Two more international games will follow at Nationals Park. Australia will play New Zealand at 12:30 p.m. with Republic of Korea versus Mexico at 3 p.m. Both games will determine which two advance from Group D.

Following the resumption of Canada-Dominican Republic, seven additional games will be played at Cal Sr.'s Yard Wednesday.

Bear, Del., will meet Denver, Col., at 9 a.m.; Hanford, Cal., will meet Little Rock, Ark., at 10:15 p.m.; Prince George's County will meet Meridian, Idaho, at 11:30 a.m.; Homewood, Ill., will meet Bear at 12:30 p.m.; Little Rock will meet Hanford at 3 p.m.; Denver will meet West Raleigh at 5:30 p.m.; and Danbury, Conn., will meet Prince George's County at 8 p.m.

Hanford (2-1) and Prince George's County (2-0) have the upper hand in Group A, heading into Wednesday's busy schedule.

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