11 News Stories

Not Just an American Sport

Fri Aug 10, 2018 - Grant Playter
Today, a Cal Ripken Major/70 International Champion was crowned. Teams from eight different countries battled against each other for a spot at the top, but only Japan remained to claim the title. But while they may be on opposite teams, these kids have still enjoyed the once in a lifetime experience of living in the melting pot that is the Ballparks of America campus. “You can literally go up to anyone and have a chat with them about the game,” said Billy Sutton of Team Australia.  “It’s just really good

Former Bambino Champ Leads Team to World Series

Thu Aug 9, 2018 - Grant Playter
Some of the kids who spent their childhoods playing in the Babe Ruth League have made it to the majors. Cal Ripken Jr., Mike Piazza, Jim Palmer, Randy Johnson, the list goes on.  Only a handful have made a return trip, an exclusive group that Ohio Valley manager Austin Kearns now joins. Kearns was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds as the seventh overall pick in the 1998 MLB draft and would make his major league debut in right field during the 2002 season. Over the course of an 11-year career in the majors, K

The Australian Pitcher's Pupils

Tue Aug 7, 2018 - Grant Playter
The Cal Ripken/Major 70 is a celebration of youth and ameteur baseball, but that doesn’t mean a little bit of professional baseball can’t creep in. For Team Australia that comes in the form of 22-year-old Nick Hutchings, their manager who doubles as a relief pitcher for his hometown team, the Adelaide Bites. Hutchings started playing for the Bites, a founding organization in the Australian baseball league, when he was only 16. After a couple of years with the Bites, however, Hutchings got the call to head

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