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Alex Molden

Clifton Park, N.Y., and Lexington, Ky., move out of National Division pool play with Wednesday victories

Four National Division teams at the Cal Ripken World Series went into the last day of pool play with matching 2-1 records, knowing that a victory would earn them a spot in the tournament's elimination rounds, and a loss would mean a ticket home, and when the dust settled it was the Mid-Atlantic squad from Clifton Park, N.Y., and the Ohio Valley squad of Lexington, Ky., that remained standing, as each came out on top of its must-win match-up on Wednesday afternoon.

In the final game of National Division's final pool play contest, the Clifton Park boys (3-1) dropped the Midwest representatives from Waite Park, Minn. (2-2), 11-1 at Cal Sr.'s Yard.

The winners wasted little time...