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2015 Schedule Released

Written by: Jake Palumbo

Commissioner Jason Woodward has announced the 2015 Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League Schedule.

            The regular season begins Tuesday, June 2nd with a five full games which will start at 7:00 pm.  Opening day features a Baltimore battle between defending three-time champions, the Baltimore Redbirds and the Baltimore Dodgers at Joe Cannon Stadium.  The Rockville Express is set to host CRCBL runner-up and regular season champion, Bethesda Big Train at Montgomery College with the opening pitch at 7:00 pm.  The Herndon Braves will take on cross-town rival Alexandria Aces at Herndon High School starting at 7pm.  The Vienna Riverdogs who missed out on the playoffs last year on the final regualr season day look to make a strong push for the league title this year will make their debut as they host the DC Grays at James Madison High School; the opening pitch is at 7 pm.  The Gaithersburg Giants will host the Silver Spring Thunderbolts at Criswell Automotive Field at 7 pm.

            Baltimore Redbird home games will begin at 6:30 pm and Bethesda Big Train home games will begin at 7:30 pm.  All other home games will start at 7:00 pm.  Be on the lookout for 1:00 pm start times on Saturdays and Sundays.

            The CRCBL All-Star game is scheduled for Wednesday, July 15th at Shirley Povich Field at 7:30 pm.

            The playoffs commence on Sunday, July 26th and will involve six of the ten teams.  The top two finishers in each division will qualify as well as the two remaining teams with the best overall records, independent of assigned division.  The scheduled times for these games are TBD.

            The playoff format is as follows:  after single elimination games between the #3 and #6 seeds, and the #4 and #5 seeds, the playoffs will continue with a best of three semifinal and championship series, culminating no later than Sunday, August 2nd.

            To view the 2015 CRCBL schedule, visit

Chandler Bats - Official Bat Sponsor of the Cal Ripken Collegiate League



Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League

Jason Woodward, Commissioner


April 6, 2015

The Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League (“CRCBL”) is proud to announce a partnership with Chandler Bats to be the official bat sponsor for the 2015 summer season. Chandler Bats, one of the premier bat companies in the country, is currently providing bats to more than twenty-five percent of the players in Major League Baseball.  Those swinging Chandler Bats include 2014 AL Rookie of the Year Jose Abreu, 2013 Home Run Derby Champion Yoenis Cespedes, and Washington Nationals star outfielder Bryce Harper.

By partnering with Chandler Bats, the CRCBL will provide four (4) distinct models of state of the art wood bats to meet the needs of each player participating in league action this summer. Headquartered in Norristown Pennsylvania, Chandler Bats ensures quality is paramount beginning with selection of the very best maple wood, to the process of perfectly balancing the weight distribution in each bat, to the extensive inspection process the bat goes through before leaving the factory.

Upon reaching an agreement with the CRCBL, Chandler Bat Founder and CEO David Chandler stated that, "It is an honor and privilege to be associated with the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League starting this season. This young, up-and-coming league has quickly grown to be one of the premier collegiate showcases of talent in the country. Much like its namesake, the Cal Ripken League strives to distinguish itself through its integrity, leadership and impact on the game, making it a clear choice for many of the nation’s top collegiate players. Building upon these same principles, Chandler Bats is dedicated to providing the highest quality, longest lasting and greatest performing bats to all levels. The result is every player gaining confidence at the plate, showcasing their talent and furthering their dreams.”

CRCBL President, Brad Rifkin echoed David Chandler’s sentiments, “As we strive to become one of the premiere collegiate baseball leagues in the country, we must affiliate ourselves with the best.  Chandler Bats has proven itself in a market where making a name is unquestionably difficult.  We believe our players will be excited to swing Chandler Bats and we look forward to a longstanding relationship that is mutually beneficial to both parties, our players and our fans.”




Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League Preparations for 2015

Tuesday, June 2nd is Opening Day for the 2015 Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League season.  With the introduction of a two (2) division format this year, the ten (10) returning teams in the Cal Ripken League will play an unbalanced, forty (40) game regular season schedule.  The Northern Division will consist of the defending League Champion Baltimore Redbirds, Baltimore Dodgers, Gaithersburg Giants, Rockville Express and Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts.  The Southern Division is manned by the defending regular season champion Bethesda Big Train, Alexandria Aces, DC Grays, Herndon Braves and Vienna Riverdogs.  Teams within the division will play each other five (5) times (two (2) games at home, three (3) games on the road against two squads, and three (3) games at home, two (2) games on the road versus the other two division foes).  Out of division, the teams will play four games, two (2) at home and two (2) on the road, to complete the forty (40) game schedule.

The regular season is slated to run through Saturday, July 25th.  Except for Opening Day, subsequent Tuesdays are set aside for makeup games in the event of inclement weather.  In addition, the Cal Ripken League is not slated to play on Thursday, June 25th; July 4th and 5th during the Independence Day weekend; and July 13th and 14th prior to the Cal Ripken League All Star Game on Wednesday July 15th.  The League is once again excited to have the All Star Game hosted at Shirley Povich Field, home of the Bethesda Big Train, for the 5th consecutive year.

The playoffs are scheduled to begin on Sunday, July 26th, with six (6) teams qualifying as in previous years.  However, the division format will change how teams qualify.  The top two (2) finishers in each division will clinch playoff berths with the final two (2) slots filled by the two (2) remaining teams with the best overall records, independent of assigned division.  Based on records, the two (2) division winners will be seeded #1 and #2.  Likewise, the division runner-up’s will be seeded #3 and #4.  The two (2) remaining wildcard teams will then be seeded #5 and #6.  After single elimination games between the #3 and #6 seeds, and the #4 and #5 seeds, the playoffs will continue with best of three semifinal and championship series, culminating no later than Sunday, August 2nd.

Reference the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League website throughout the year to confirm game times, especially in the event of postponements due to inclement weather.  While the majority of the leagues games are played at 7 PM, the Baltimore Redbirds start their home games at 6:30 PM and the Bethesda Big Train wait until 7:30 PM for their first pitch.  Several teams have different start times on Sundays and make-up games, whether as a single games or as part of a doubleheader, may also start at non-standard times.

Hope to see you at the ballpark!

DC Grays Host Coaches' Clinics for DC Little Leagues

The wintry weather hasn't stopped the DC Grays from fulfilling their mission to be "ambassadors for baseball" in Washington DC.  The Grays board and coaching staff have conducted two free coaches' clinics for DC youth baseball coaches the past two weekends -- one for Banneker City Little League and one for the East of the River Coaches Association and the DC Knights.


On Saturday, February 28 the Grays hosted a morning clinic for Banneker Little League coaches at Banneker Recreation Center on Georgia Avenue, NW.  Grays General Manager Antonio Scott, Grays Board Member Paris Inman and new Grays manager Reggie Terry all helped run the clinic, which covered basic drills for hitting, pitching, fielding as well as practice planning and player development strategies.


On Saturday, March 7 with the snow still fresh on the ground outside, the Grays hosted a clinic at their home field -- the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy in Fort DuPont.  The clinic was held in the indoor training facility at the Academy for coaches from DC Knights Youth Sports as well as as the East of the River Coaches Association.


"I want to thank the DC Grays for giving their time to help Banneker City," said Supreme Aquil, president of Banneker City Little League.  "Everyone really enjoyed themselves.  All of the presentations were excellent, and the feedback has been outstanding."


These free coaches clinics are part of an ongoing effort by the DC Grays Baseball (the all-volunteer parent organization of the DC Grays baseball team) to promote baseball in inner-city Washington.  The Grays reach out to local DC Little Leagues, and offer clinics to assist coaches as well as players.  The Grays will also be reaching out to other Little Leagues and youth baseball organizations in the District to organize free clinics throughout the spring and summer.


For more information about DC Grays clinics and other community outreach activities, please contact Paris Inman, community outreach director for DC Grays Baseball, at

Alexandria Aces Remember GM, Dennis Feeney

Long-time Alexandria Aces General Manager, Dennis P. Feeney, 59, a resident of Oswego, NY and formerly of Washington D.C., passed away after a courageous fight with pancreatic cancer on Wednesday January 7, 2015, at Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, surrounded by his family.

For Denny, baseball was life. He loved the game and the game loved him. Denny joined the Aces during the 2009 season and he quickly became a fan favorite at Frank Mann Field. At Aces home games, he could always be heard urging fans to support the club and win some money by participating in the ’50-50′ raffle tickets. He would often joke with fans telling them that they can’t let the other team buy the winning raffle ticket.

His love for the game of baseball led him to fulfill the role of general manager for the Aces in 2011.  While assisting Aces owner, Don Dinan, with both on-and-off-the field operations, one of Denny’s favorites responsibilities was managing two weeks of youth summer baseball camps. At these camps, he encouraged all the kids to have a great attitude in life and to ‘keep swinging for the fences’. Denny always worked to make sure that children had great experiences at the ballpark.  His own positive attitude and humor inspired us all.

Denny would always participate in the superstitious activities that Head Coach David DeSilva and former broadcaster Lukas Favale believed in. Whether it was eating at Chipotle for lunch every day, getting smoothies, slurpees or milkshakes, Denny was always involved.

The Alexandria Aces will greatly miss Denny and thank him for all that he did for the organization. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends during this difficult time.

Denny’s family has asked in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Purple Hope Foundation, Three Lakeview Drive, Wilton N.Y. 12831.

John Carey Honored by Mid-Atlantic Scouts Assoc.

Contribution to amateur baseball: John Carey, President, Baltimore Redbirds

Carey founded the Baltimore Redbirds organization of the Cal Ripken Collegiate League in 2010. The Redbirds have been in the championship game each of the past five years and have won three straight league titles. The franchise has had 29 players drafted in the last three years, including 11 in the 2014, a group that includes third-rounders Mark Zagunis (Cubs) and Chris Ellis (Angels). Carey played baseball at Calvert Hall before playing at Virginia Tech. He was voted to the Press Box 1960-2009 All-Baltimore amateur baseball team, along with his son Jack.

Redbirds win League Championship!


Mac Caples named Series Most Outstanding Player

Mac Caples (Virginia Tech) hit a booming two run homerun and a two run single to lead the Baltimore Redbirds to their third consecutive Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League (CRCBL) Title with a decisive 7-0 victory over the Bethesda Big Train on Saturday, August 2, 2014.  Caples, who also saved two runs with a diving catch in the bottom of the first, was named the Most Outstanding Player in the series.


The Redbirds and Big Train have now played in the championship series for six consecutive seasons.


Matt Pirro (Wake Forest) was the pitching hero for the Redbirds, pitching seven shutout innings.  He allowed only five hits, walked three and struck out seven.  Justin Dunn (Boston College) finished for Baltimore, allowing only one base runner (on a walk) and striking out two.


The Redbirds scored the only run they would need in the 4th inning on singles by Garrett Hudson (Virginia Tech) and Nick Cieri (Maryland) and a sacrifice fly by JB Woodman (Ole Miss). The Redbirds made it 2-0 in the top of the 5th on a two out double by Lee Lipinski (Rider) and an RBI single by Mike Parsons (Rider). 


The Redbirds scored three more to extend their lead to 5-0 in the 6th.  Two singles and a Big Train error led to one run and Caples hit his homerun that knocked out Big Train starter Brandon Rhodes.


Baltimore added two insurance runs in the 8th on two out singles by Woodman and Cody Sherlin (Armstrong Atlantic State), a wild pitch and Caples’ 2 RBI single.


Congratulations to the Redbirds on winning their third consecutive title.


Notes: The Redbirds won 9 consecutive games in July to clinch a playoff berth and a first round bye.  They defeated Rockville 11-2 and Bethesda 7-3 to reach the Championship round.  The Redbirds lost a heartbreaker to Bethesda 2-1 on Friday before Saturday’s victory.


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