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A night after winning in ninth, IronBirds fall in ninth Tuesday

A night after the Aberdeen IronBirds walked off to beat the Vermont Lake Monsters, the Staten Island Yankees flipped the script against the 'Birds, beating them, 1-0, in walk-off fashion in New York. Staten Island's Timmy Robinson hit a ground-rule double with one out in the bottom of the ninth...

  • World Series semifinal Thursday knocks Hickory out

    World Series semifinal Thursday knocks Hickory out

    Hickory's bid to return to the Cal Ripken World Series United States Championship was brought to a screeching halt Thursday afternoon at Cal Sr.'s Yard in Aberdeen. Honolulu, Hawaii batted 11 in the first inning, scoring eight times, en route to a 13-3, four-inning win. Hawaii will play Kennewick,...

  • Hawaii's big first inning swamps Hickory's bid to advance at Cal Ripken World Series

    Hawaii's big first inning swamps Hickory's bid to advance at Cal Ripken World Series

    Hickory's bid to return to the Cal Ripken World Series United States Championship was brought to a screeching halt Thursday afternoon at Cal, Sr.'s Yard in Aberdeen. Honolulu, Hawaii, sent 11 batters to the plate in the first inning and scored eight times, en route to an 13-3, four-inning win. ...

  • Hickory loses, Bel Air wins, but only Hickory advances

    Hickory loses, Bel Air wins, but only Hickory advances

    Hickory's bid to finish Cal Ripken World Series pool play unbeaten was denied by an equally talented and good Kennewick, Wash., team Wednesday at Cal Sr.'s Yard in Aberdeen. Kennewick, champions of the Pacific Northwest, defeated the Harford County champs, 7-3. Hickory (3-1) fell behind, 7-0, and...

  • Kurek pitches Hickory back into U.S. semifinals

    Kurek pitches Hickory back into U.S. semifinals

    Hickory is bound for the United States semifinals of the Cal Ripken World Series for the second time in three years. Hickory, the host and Harford County champion, beat Southeast Lexington, Ky., 2-0, Tuesday afternoon to move to 3-0 in Pool B play at Cal Sr.'s Yard. Hickory still has a pool game...

  • Aberdeen wins, loses in pair of 1-0 games

    Aberdeen wins, loses in pair of 1-0 games

    A night after winning a 1-0 New York-Penn League baseball game in Brooklyn, the Aberdeen IronBirds (17-25) dropped a game by the same count Monday, losing at Brooklyn, 1-0. Despite outhitting Brooklyn, 5-4, Aberdeen failed to score, while the Cyclones pushed across the game-deciding run in the...

  • Hickory, Bel Air both in win column in Sunday CRWS action

    Hickory, Bel Air both in win column in Sunday CRWS action

    Sunday pool play at the Cal Ripken World Series was doubly fun for Harford County baseball fans as both Hickory, the Harford County champ, and Bel Air, the Maryland State champ, were winners in back-to-back games at Nationals Park. Hickory knocked off Southeast champ, Atlantic Beach, Fla., 6-2,...

  • Bel Air suffers nightmare inning, falls in CRWS opener

    Bel Air suffers nightmare inning, falls in CRWS opener

    Trying to match the winning efforts of its neighbor Hickory, Maryland State Champ Bel Air saw its first action of the 2016 Cal Ripken World Series on a rainy Saturday in Aberdeen. For a while it appeared Bel Air was also going to be in the win column, but a nightmarish fifth inning sent the local...

  • Second double-header in week leads to split for IronBirds

    Second double-header in week leads to split for IronBirds

    For the second time this week, the Aberdeen IronBirds found themselves playing a double-header after a rainout the day before. Friday, however, this two-game battle with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers was in Aberdeen at Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium, and unlike Tuesday's results, the IronBirds...

  • Orioles' top pick Cody Sedlock showing upside in short starts at Aberdeen

    Orioles' top pick Cody Sedlock showing upside in short starts at Aberdeen

    Cody Sedlock had thrown 40 pitches already and had one out remaining before reaching the three-inning limit set for him, and he decided that Mahoning Valley third baseman Gavin Collins was going to see something New York-Penn League hitters seldom have this season. After a first-pitch fastball,...

  • Hickory, Japan shine as Cal Ripken World Series opens

    Hickory, Japan shine as Cal Ripken World Series opens

    Despite a soaking rain overnight that lasted into early Friday morning throughout Harford County, the 2016 Cal Ripken World Series in Aberdeen got started without a hitch on Cal Sr.'s Yard. The only noticeable absence was that of defending champion Team Mexico from the opening ceremony. The Mexican...

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