Thursday at Ripken Series highlighted by exhibition games

The Cal Ripken World Series included an All-Star Game Thursday night on Cal Sr.'s Yard, featuring players from the eight teams that did not qualify for championship play.

The rosters were broken up and four players from each competing team were placed on one of two teams, Team Bambino and Team Ironman. Managers for the game were Joe Stetka for Team Ironman and Jay Witasick for team Bambino. Stetka is head baseball coach at C. Milton Wright High School and associate scout for the Baltimore Orioles. Witasick, a CMW graduate, pitched 12 years in the major leagues.

The roster for Team Bambino included players from Australia, Forest Hill, Mattoon, Ill., and Lamar, Colo.

Players were Jack O'Loughlin, Alex Hall, Jett Wright and Jess Williams of Australia; Sean D'Adamo, Jake Johnson, Andy Dodd and Nick Sulzbach of Forest Hill; David Johnson, Brock Moncel, Dalton Armes and Garrette Branson of Mattoon; and Lucas Salazar, Davin Jacobs, Andres Guevara and Colton Eberhardt of Lamar.

The roster for Team Ironman included players from Canada, Little Rock, Ark., Longview, Wash., and Newtown, Conn.

Players were Soren Graversen, Kyle Bloor, Josh Dobberthien and Zach Goruk of Canada; Connor Cline, Trey Harris, Blake Schluterman and Seth Van Dover of Little Rock; Brett Coons, Zachary Brown, Andrew Walling and Jack Childers of Longview; and Lucas O'Brien, Adam Bergeron, Connor Barrett and Jason Hebner of Newtown.

Also Thursday, two exhibition games with no official scoring were played, with Canada playing Forest Hill and Australia playing Newtown. Forest Hill and Newtown were each third in their respective pools.

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