~ PVN staff report
WATERVILLE, MAINE, Aug. 12 — The Shenandoah 12U Major/60 All-Stars finished up a tough seven-day run at the 2022 Cal Ripken World Series in Waterville, Maine on Friday afternoon.
The boys from Shenandoah went 1-4 in Pool Play over the first five days and did not advance to the World Series Bracket on Thursday, which included only six of the 12 teams that began the tournament on Saturday, Aug. 6. The top three teams from each of two divisions advanced, with Shenandoah ending Pool Play in fifth place in the National Division.
However, the Shenandoah All-Stars did win their first game in the Iron Man Bracket, 5-3, over the host team from Waterville, Maine on Thursday. That sent them to this afternoon’s semifinal, with the winner advancing to the Iron Man Bracket championship on Saturday morning.
Shenandoah came up just short in today’s semifinal, however, dropping a tough-fought, 2-0, loss to the New England regional champions from Central Vermont. That loss ended Shenandoah’s week-long run at the World Series at 2-5 — and within one game of playing for the Iron Man Bracket championship.
Shenandoah’s other World Series victory came on Aug. 9 in Pool Play, with a 5-3 win over the Mid-Atlantic regional champs from West Hartford, Conn.
The 12U Major/60 All-Stars made history last month when they won the state championship in dramatic fashion and became the first team from the Shenandoah Recreation League to ever make it to the Cal Ripken World Series. In addition, another piece of history was added when they participated in the first Cal Ripken World Series to ever be held in Maine over the past week.
During the World Series, the Shenandoah All-Stars competed with teams from Maine, Vermont, Connecticut, Indiana, Kentucky, Idaho and California.
At the conclusion of the tournament, the Shenandoah All-Stars were presented with the 2022 World Series Heart of the Babe Sportsmanship Award.
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