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Kentucky team looks for its own honors

Often, younger brothers try to follow in the footsteps of older brothers. That's been reversed for the Lexington, Ky., team in the Cal Ripken World Series.

The Lexington team that will play Aberdeen at 8 tonight has three boys whose younger brothers have been there and done that.

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Just 10 days ago, the Lexington 10-year-old team won the Cal Ripken World Series in Williamsburg, Va.

Devin Jackson, Stephen Kimbrell and Scout McCamy played for the 10-year-old champs, and now their older brothers -- Logan Jackson, Lee Kimbrell and Chris McCamy -- are trying to bring home a title for the 12-year-old team.

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So, do the older brothers feel pressure to live up to what their younger brothers have done?

"No, definitely not. There's no pressure because we're all close and my brother Steve and those guys don't brag," said Lee Kimbrell.

"They're a really good team and would be up here rooting for us, but they start school [today]."

Logan Jackson and his teammates have to "make up our schoolwork, but it's great to be here and playing in Cal Ripken Stadium with a chance to win. It's like a dream."

The team, which opened Saturday with a 10-2 victory over Egg Harbor, N.J., has a connection with the man whose name is on the World Series.

Lexington's manager, Chuck Ross, played for Single-A Miami in the Florida State League in 1979 and had a teammate by the name of Cal Ripken Jr.

"I remember Cal as being very consistent and a tireless guy who you couldn't wear out when he came to the park," said Ross, who caught for four years in the Milwaukee Brewers organization before being traded to the Orioles in 1979.

Ross played in the Brewers chain with the likes of Robin Yount, Paul Molitor and former Franklin High School star Moose Haas.

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"We were the Baby O's back then in Miami and the last time I saw Cal [in person] was in 1980 at spring training when I was released," said Ross, who has two sons who have gone through the Babe Ruth League program and has 12-year-old Zach Ross on his current team.

Zach Ross said playing for his father means "having someone to correct me and push me, which is what he does with all of our players."

South Lexington, which Ross calls his team's "cross-town rival," won the Cal Ripken World Series in 2001, and he's hoping it could be his boys' turn now.


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