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New Zealand: Irwin and Pouka Grego Interview

08/07/2016

Two of the hardest working players I have ever seen are Team New Zealand’s Taylor “Badger” Irwin and Nikau Pouka Grego. Irwin shows great potential on the mound, pitching well in his CRWS outings against the likes of Team Mexico (2015), Team Japan and Team Dominican Republic (2016). Pouka Grego has been one of the best shortstops in this year’s tournament both at the...

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New Zealand: The Meaning Of An Anthem

08/07/2016

Two years ago, Mark Schneider and his family decided to become host families for the 2014 Cal Ripken World Series. They were chosen to host New Zealand, a team which was entering its first year in the Cal Ripken World Series. What Mark didn’t know was that the experience would change his life. “When I heard the New Zealand national anthem for the first time it brought...

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Team Japan rides more great pitching to a CRWS World Championship!

08/06/2016

It was the biggest game of them all for Team Japan, the 2016 Cal Ripken World Series World Championship game against Team Pacific Northwest, and the story was still the same. Team Japan yet again had stellar pitching and timely hitting to secure a 7-0 win and a World Championship. Keito Matsuura got the start on the mound for Team Japan after going six innings on the...

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Pacific NW Falls to Japan in the 2016 CRWS Championship Game

08/06/2016

In the 2016 Cal Ripken World Series Championship Game, Pacific NW (representing USA) fell to Japan 7-0. The team lost to an excellent International team in Japan that hasn’t allowed a run in its last four games. “They’re a tough team, but I’m proud of our boys,” Head Coach Bryan Knapik stated. “To walk away as U.S. Champions is something these kids will never forget....

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Team Canada’s 2016 CRWS Highlights

08/06/2016

The 2016 Cal Ripken World Series is officially in the books, with the closing ceremonies taking place after Saturday’s championship game. Congratulations to Japan, who literally did not lose a single baseball event (they won all six games after sweeping the pre-tournament skills competitions). If you’ve been checking this site often or following @CRWS_Canada on...

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An Open Letter to Team Harford County

08/06/2016

Dear Team Harford County, When I first applied for this internship as a Team Reporter, I thought getting it was a long shot. I was just finishing my freshman year of college, I had very little experience in the public relations field and no experience at all in sports journalism. Something about the Team Reporter internship seemed right though, so I applied. The phone...

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Andrew Scott: Team Australia Assistant Coach and Olympian

08/06/2016

Introducing Andrew Scott, Team Australia Assistant Coach. They say in life and over time, everything comes full circle, and perhaps things return to their beginnings. Maybe it was the official theme: Summon The Heroes, or perhaps it was the majestic presentation of a Celine Deon ‘The Power of a Dream’ song, or it was even the significance of the “Welcome to the...

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The McHughs: A Family of Baseball

08/06/2016

Coach Matt McHugh wasn’t like most baseball players or coaches who just knew what path they really wanted to take. Matt always had a love for sports, football in particular. Even though he started playing baseball at age 11, in high school he still firmly believed he would become a college football coach.   Besides taking an interest in sports, Matt, who is an...

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Japan advances to World Championship as Matsumara stifles Puerto Rico again

08/06/2016

  For the fifth game in a row, Team Japan relied on its pitching to get the team to the next round, and Kairi Matsumara was able to shine on the mound again. On the back of a complete-game shutout by Matsumara, Team Japan defeated Team Puerto Rico 3-0 on Friday in the International Championship game. Matumara made his second start of the tournament, and for the...

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