They're down to Cal Ripken's retired number 8 in the Cal Ripken World Series in Aberdeen.
Four U.S. and four international teams of 12-year-olds are still alive after yesterday's completion of the four-game pool competition.
Just four teams will remain after today's single-elimination portion of the series, bringing on tomorrow's U.S. and international championship games, followed by Sunday's 4 p.m. World Series final.
Unbeaten Mexico heads up the international division as top seed, with Glen Allen, Va., and Lexington, Ky., the top two coming out of the National League and Hilo, Hawaii, and West Linn, Ore., emerging from the American League.
Four games are on tap today. The first is scheduled to start at noon and the last at 8 p.m.
Canada gained the fourth and final spot from the international division with a 3-2 victory yesterday over South Korea on Stosh Wawrzasek's single in the seventh inning. South Korea, the series runner-up the previous three summers, finished 0-4 this time. Canada is 2-2.
The other two international teams to advance were Australia and the Dominican Republic.
Hilo routed the Upper Montgomery Little Train, 11-1, last night to knock the Maryland state champions out of the series. Kolten Wong and Jeremy Crivello each hit a two-run, inside-the-park home run for Hilo, which finished 4-0 in pool play.
West Linn, Ore. (2-2) moved on with a 4-0 victory over Sylvan Hills, Ark. (1-3) on Ryan Barnes' no-hitter with eight strikeouts and no walks.
Glen Allen recorded its fourth win in a row, 6-0, over Egg Harbor, N.J. (2-2), as Beau Flinchum pitched four hitless innings, striking out eight to post his second win. R.C. Orlan gave up one hit and struck out two in finishing for Flinchum. Jacob Mayers was 3-for-4 with his second first-inning, two-run homer of the series for the victors.
Lexington finished second in the National League with a 3-1 record, including yesterday's crucial, 5-0 win over South County, Mo. (1-3). Lexington, whose only loss was to Glen Allen, will play Hilo in tonight's 8 o'clock feature game.
After yesterday's win, Lexington manager Chuck Ross told his team that, "This is the first time I don't mind being second. You want to finish first, but in this case, it's all right. The Glen Allen game was more of a bragger's game."
Devon Williams picked up the win in relief for Lexington and catcher Lee Kimbrell knocked in two runs.
"Lee did a great job behind the plate for us, blocking pitches and framing pitches by drawing the mitt back to him and getting our pitches some strikes," said Ross, a former minor league catcher.
NOTES: Cal Ripken, who will be inducted into the Orioles Hall of Fame at Camden Yards on Sept. 6, the eighth anniversary of his 2,131st consecutive game, will celebrate his 43rd birthday on Sunday by broadcasting the World Series championship game on Comcast Sports Network and Fox Sports Net with his brother, Bill, and former Orioles radio play-by-play broadcaster Josh Lewin. ... Hilo, Hawaii, will be able to follow its team in the playoffs thanks to KHLO radio in Hilo, which will broadcast the live Web cast feed for the team's remaining games. ... All of the teams in the World Series participate cost free, including the international teams, in terms of travel, accommodations (host families) and meals.
Cal Ripken World Series
Team W L
Hilo, Hawaii 4 0
West Linn, Ore. 2 2
Upper Montgomery, Md. 2 2
Keene, N.H. 1 3
Sylvan Hills, Ark. 1 3
Glen Allen, Va. 4 0
Lexington, Ky. 3 1
Egg Harbor, N.J. 2 2
Scott County, Mo. 1 3
Aberdeen 0 4
Mexico 4 0
Dominican Republic 2 2
Australia 2 2
Canada 2 2
South Korea 0 4
West Linn, Ore, 4, Sylvan Hills, Ark. 0
Glen Allen,, Va. 6, Egg Harbor, N.J. 0
Lexington, Ky. 5, Scott County, Mo. 0
Canada 3, South Korea 2, 7 innings
Hilo, Hawaii 11, Upper Montgomery 1
Single elimination round
Australia (3rd Int.) vs. Dominican Republic (2nd Int.), noon
West Linn, Ore. (2nd Amer.) vs. Glen Allen, Va. (1st Nat.), 2.30
Canada (4th Int.) vs. Mexico (1st Int.). 5.30
Lexington, Ky. (2nd Nat.) vs. Hilo, Hawaii (1st Amer.), 8
International Championship Game, 1 p.m.
U.S. Championship Game, 3.30 p.m.