The Cal Ripken State Tournament for the 12U baseball championship was held in mid-June. The RAMMS (Recreation Association of Madison Meadows-Simis) 11U baseball team made up of players 11 and younger had already captured the state championship for their age group. The team entered the 12U tournament, and finished in third place against much bigger opponents from around the state of Arizona.

The RAMMS 11U baseball team, made up of players 11 and younger, placed third in the Cal Ripken State Tournament and will travel this month to Long Beach, Calif., to compete in the Cal Ripken Pacific Southwest Regional Tournament (submitted photo).

“These boys are something special and we are very proud of them,” said Matt Deckwa, a coach with the team. Team members include Aydin Chippindall, Preston Daniels, Carter Deckwa, Patrick Fischer, Charlie Griffin, Owen Harper, Alex Lessner, Diego Lovesy, Samuel Luba, Ty Mitzel, Anthony Riveras, Jake Shores, Gavin Short and Lukas Simpson.

Team manager is Andrew Chippindall, and Scott Daniels coaches with Deckwa.

The boys will be traveling to Long Beach, Calif. July 16-22 to represent North Central Phoenix in the Cal Ripken Pacific Southwest Regional Tournament. The team will hold a fundraising car wash Saturday, July 8 at Living Streams Church, 7000 N. Central Ave.

For more information about the team and planned community fundraisers, visit You also can donate to the team through the website.



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