The most highly anticipated game to date in the Cal Ripken World Series is scheduled for today, as undefeated teams from Lexington, Ky., and Glen Allen, Va., meet at 3 p.m.
Both teams are 2-0 and sit tied atop the National League division. Glen Allen defeated Aberdeen, 20-0, on Saturday and shut out Scott County, Mo., 12-0, on Sunday. Lexington has beaten Egg Harbor Township, N.J., 10-2, and Aberdeen, 19-0.
The Glen Allen pitching staff has not surrendered a hit. Jacob Mayers and R.C. Orlan combined to no-hit Aberdeen, and Beau Flinchum repeated the feat against Scott County. The staff has struck out 17 in eight innings.
Both of Glen Allen's games have been the minimum four innings because of the 10-run mercy rule. The back-to-back no-hitters is a Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken World Series record.
"It's obviously going to be a good game," Glen Allen manager Tom Mayers said. "Both teams probably have a good shot at advancing out of the U.S. side of the bracket. We are trying to be the top seed coming out of pool play just like they are."
Mayers plans to start his son, Jacob, today. Mayers started against Aberdeen but was pulled after two innings, allowing him to start today.
Lexington enters the game in good shape, too, after defeating Aberdeen last night. Chris McCamy and Logan Jackson combined for the fourth no-hitter of the series in the four-inning rout.
Jackson also homered, as did Shane Crain, who was 3-for-3 with five RBIs.
Against Egg Harbor Township on Saturday, Taylor Young went 2-for-4 with three RBIs and Crain struck out nine in four innings.
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