The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


August 11, 2013

AAABA Sidelights| Ripken a crowd-pleaser

JOHNSTOWN — Ryan Ripken filled the role of AAABA Tournament Most Valuable Player quite nicely.

The Youse’s Maryland Orioles of Baltimore first baseman earned the honor with his performance at the plate and on the field.

The son of National Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. also made quite an impression away from the diamond.

Ripken spent about 30 minutes signing autographs on baseballs and programs, or posing for photographs with fans, both young and old, near the first base dugout at Point Stadium Sunday evening.

The 6-foot-5 slugger had a .484 batting average (15-for-31) and took the tournament RBIs crown with 13. Ripken had four doubles, 10 runs and one homer.

On Sunday his three-run double into the right field corner was a key to Baltimore’s 12-5 victory over Delweld in the first game of a championship round doubleheader sweep. Baltimore won the second game 13-3 in seven innings to claim its 29th title.

“I was just looking for something to drive, something to get in the air and at least get a run in,” said Ripken, who played in the past two tournaments – 13 consecutive games. “I was trying to be aggressive. Fortunately I was able to put a good swing on it and we were able to get three runs in.

“I was just trying to do whatever I could to help the team.”

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Campbell & Campbell: Delweld’s Campbells each were impact players.

Catcher-DH Luke Campbell had a .520 batting average with seven runs, three homers and 11 RBIs (one unofficial count had him at 12 RBIs).

Right fielder Nate Campbell, a pick-up player from the Berkley Hills Renegades, moved comfortably into Delweld’s No. 2 spot in the order. Nate hit .556 (15-for-27) with nine runs, four doubles and six RBIs.

In 2011, Nate Campbell also led Delweld in tournament hitting as a pick-up player with a .412 average (7-for-17). Last year, he had a .222 average (2-for-9) with the Renegades in the tournament and posted a career .453 average in three tournaments (24-for-53).

“They did well, the two Campbells, our whole team, I’m proud of them,” Delweld manager Chris DelSignore said.

Luke Campbell and Ripken were in the RBIs chase through Sunday.

“Somebody told me he beat me by one. He’s a great hitter,” Luke Campbell said. “I gave him a run for his money. If he wouldn’t have had that three-RBI double I would have had it. He’s a great hitter. That’s the way the ball rolls.”

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