It's about time South Lexington Youth Baseball got some love! Their 12 year-old All-Star team has advanced to the semifinals of the 2011 Cal Ripken Major/60 World Series, winning all four of their pool play games in Visalia, California by a combined score of 38-14.
Winners of the Ohio Valley Regional, our boys from the Bluegrass play in the quarters on Thursday at 8:30 EST against the winner of Bronx, NY and Clovis, CA. They're not the only ones that have been doing work; the Southeastern Lexington 10-year-olds (Winchester, Virginia) and the Southeastern Lexington Major/70 12-year-olds (Aberdeen, Maryland) also qualified for their respective Cal Ripken World Series.
With all the hype surrounding what will be going on in Williamsport (a Kentucky team- North Oldham Little League- qualified for that one too), let's not forget the impression that South Lexington is leaving on our country's youth baseball scene.
I had the pleasure of playing with the coaches of the SLYB 12-year old team in high school at Lexington Catholic. Morgan Smith, Jared Jervis and Kevin Payne helped lead us to a state championship in 1999 and have done nothing but win, win, win ever since. Those guys are great teachers and ambassadors for the game of baseball.
You can follow all of the action through the Visalia World Series website, where the games are streamed live. They're also on Twitter: @VisaliaWS2011. Bring it home boys!