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Cal Ripken athletes ease into post-season play

DEMOPOLIS &8212; After wrapping up the regular season, the Cal Ripken youth baseball league has begun post-season tournament play.

Teams in both the 7- and 8-year-old and the 11- and 12-year-old divisions have already past through two rounds of the league tournament, and the two groups, along with the just entering post-season play 9- and 10-year-old group, will continue tourney action today at the Demopolis SportsPlex.

The groups involved will play a double-elimination tournament to decide which teams sit atop their age&8217;s groups for the season. Evans said after a team falls once they are sent to a loser&8217;s bracket were they could climb to the final game.

The younger and older groups in the league will play today and the tournament will wrap up for the groups on June 4. The middle group, 9- and 10-year-olds, started only Tuesday and won&8217;t wrap up their local tournament until June 7.

After the end of the local season, Evans said the league will then choose all-star teams to face off with other leagues in a district tournament. He said the league will field a 7- and 8- year-old team, 9-year-old team, 10-year-old team, 11-year-old team and a 12-year-old team.

The 9-year-old team will bypass attending the district tournament and go straight into the state tourney because they are the only group for the age in the area. Similarly, the 11-year-old team will have only one game in the district competitions, against Butler, they will have to win to advance to state.

Rules for the district tournaments will differ from those of the local equivalent, as each team will face a single elimination, four-game playoff. Winners will carry on to the state tournament.