The Bally Bearcats 12U Black squad won the Ripken Baseball Academy's Iron Man Classic Tournament on May 5 and 6 in Aberdeen Maryland.The Bearcats opened the 12-team tournament in impressive style Saturday, May 12, against three-time Ripken Delaware State Champ Piedmont, shutting them out 7-0 and not allowing a runner past second base.

Losing a hard-fought battle to the Hopewell Valley (New Jersey) Bulldogs in the night cap, 6-2, did not dampen the team's spirits. They came out the next day and handed Beaver Valley (Pittsburgh) a 12-5 defeat to advance to semifinal play and a rematch against Hopewell Valley.

The Cats scored early and often in the rematch as the Bulldogs were no match this time against a very determined Bearcat team. Final score-Bearcats 22 - Bulldogs 9.

The championship game pitted the undefeated Hudson Valley (New York) Hurricanes against Bally's Cats. The boys from Bally picked up right where they left off shutting out the Hurricanes, 14-0, to bring home the championship.

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