Ethan Rex And Beaver Valley Baseball 10U Have Great Success And Experience At Cal Ripken Hot Corner Tournament, Ethan Earns P.O.G In Semifinal (06/18/19)

(Photos submitted) Ethan at the plate at Cal Ripken Hot Corner Tournament

On Saturday and Sunday, June 8th and 9th Ethan Rex, son of Cory and Dana Rex of Shippenville, traveled to Aberdeen, Maryland to play in the Cal Ripken Hot Corner Tournament with his travel team, Beaver Valley Baseball 10-U.

The Tournament brought 20 teams in from all over Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, New Jersey and New York.

 Beaver Valley finished with a record of 3-1, losing to the West Chester Dragons 12-11 in the semi-finals. West Chester went on to win the whole tournament. They won their first game 14-10 over the Mifflin County Eagles. They went to the second game and played the South Jersey Sand Sharks and defeated them in a defensive game by the score of 3-0.

The third game saw Beaver Valley down the Delmarva Aces from Virginia, 7-6. Ethan dominated this game and by most accounts, should have been selected Player of the Game for this game also. Ethan threw 107 pitches, which is unheard of at this age giving up only 4 hits and striking out seven in 4 and 1/3 innings. Ethan was then moved to short stop where he took over and saved the game initiating a 6-3-5 double play, with the bases loaded, one out and Beaver Valley up by one run. In the last inning Ethan made the first and last out of the game with two incredible plays at short. He finished the game 1-for-2 with two runs batted in.

The win projected Beaver Valley to the semifinals where they met the West Chester Dragons. In this game you saw Beaver Valley was down for most of the game. They pulled within two, at 8-6, going into the fifth inning.

With the bases loaded, Ethan crushed a pitch in the gap for an inside the park grand slam putting his team on top 10-8. The home run earned Ethan Player of the Game; he was given a Player of the Game pin and later sent a letter congratulating him on his award. 

It was a great game event though Beaver Valley lost, with a walk off hit in the bottom of the sixth inning, by a score of 13-12.

Ethan had a lot of success on the mound at the Cal Ripken Hot Corner Tournament

In this tournament, the games are played on miniature versions of professional ball parks; they feature the Boston Red Sox’ Field Fenway Park and the Green Monster, Nationals Park, Wrigley Field and of course Cal Sr.’s Yard which represents Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

All games are announced on the loud speakers of each park and at the end of each game they award the Player of the Game to one player from each team, selected by the person that calls the game.

Ethan’s parents said, “The tournament was extremely well run and one of the best experiences a young baseball player could experience. The atmosphere was truly incredible and I hope we get to play there again.

When asked about what he thought about the tournament, Ethan mentioned that he” liked it because it was a great experience and the fields were named after major league fields.”

 When asked about Player of the Game, Ethan said he had to work hard to earn it and be proud of the people that earn it. When asked about how he felt about his award he mentioned that he “felt very proud and was happy his family was there to see him play well.” He said, “it takes a whole team together to be successful” and mentioned that he liked that he could help the team even though they didn’t win that game.