Charlottesville Hosting Cal Ripken Baseball State Tournament

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The Cal Ripken State Tournament runs through Sunday The Cal Ripken State Tournament runs through Sunday

The City of Charlottesville is hosting a once-in-a-lifetime tournament this week, as teams from all over the Commonwealth are in town to play in the Cal Ripken 12-and-Under State Tournament.

Northside Cal Ripken League President Chris Clarke Clarke says, "It's so many districts. They go around, and rotate it around, and the opportunity comes to your district every eight or nine years, and then you've got eight or nine leagues in your district that they rotate between. It's very special, very special. I've been out here eighteen years, and this is the first one we've had."

There are nine teams in the double-elimination tournament, and the winner will advance to the Regional in Tennessee.

The games this week are being playing at Hollymead Elementary and Sutherland Middle Schools.

Northside lost its opener against Glen Allen Thursday, and the team from Charlottesville will be back in action Friday morning at 9 AM.

Clarke says the competition has been very impressive.

"It's been extremely good," says Clarke.  "Every game so far has been pretty tight. The more baseball, the better. The more baseball they play, the better they'll get, everyday."


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