Moments after Lexington, Ky., routed Egg Harbor, N.J., 10-2, yesterday in the first game of the Cal Ripken World Series for 12-year-olds, the rain began to fall in Aberdeen.
The result was a six-hour rain delay, causing the rescheduling of two games for 9 a.m. today and tomorrow. Keene, N.H., and West Linn, Ore., drew today's early game, and, for the New Hampshire team, it means a doubleheader.
"It puts us at a disadvantage because after the 9 o'clock game, we have to come back and play against the Maryland team [Upper Montgomery] at 8 p.m.," said Keene manager Steve Forte, whose team came in with a 23-3 record.
"And that's Maryland's first game. I guess it had to happen to somebody, but it's too bad it had to be us."
Keene's 9 a.m. opponent today, West Linn, won't play again until Monday at 6 p.m. against Hilo, Hawaii.
The Upper Montgomery team, nicknamed the Little Train, is the Maryland state champion.
"The kids are dying to play, but I told them you can't worry about things you can't control, " said Forte, who was a little concerned about his players having the rest of the night off last night. "This does complicate things a bit."
Yesterday's originally scheduled 6 p.m. game between Australia and the Dominican Republic was moved to 9 a.m. tomorrow. Neither team had been scheduled to play tomorrow.
Devon Williams went 4-for-4 with three RBIs and winning pitcher Shane Crain had a single and double with two runs scored to lead Lexington in its romp over Egg Harbor. Crain gave up two hits, both to catcher Joe Collepardi, and struck out 11 in four innings. ... Pool play will run through Thursday, with single-elimination play among the top four U.S. and international teams starting Friday, followed by the U.S. and international title games on Saturday and the grand finale at 4 p.m. next Sunday. ... Hawaii's Kolten Wong was the smallest player in Friday's home run derby, but his exceptional bat speed from the left side enabled him to compete with the big boys and take third place. ... Joe Stetka, a Harford County resident and Aberdeen IronBirds employee, entertained the fans during the rain delay by grabbing the microphone and doing a Vin Scully imitation. Stetka is the brother of Orioles director of public relations Bill Stetka. ... Canada has a shortstop named Jordan Michael. ... 5,113 single-day and tournament passes have been sold or distributed, including 3,178 tournament passes. ... Aberdeen's Tom Ohlendorf is one of the host parents. He is the son of longtime Kelly Post youth manager Bernie Ohlendorf, who died in 1993. ... A 10-run mercy rule is in effect for the series.