Japan Tour & Cal Ripken
Two key planks of the under 12 representative program are the Kangaroos Japan Tour and the Cal Ripken tournament in the US.
Given that Victoria does not have a designated under 12 State program, these two touring teams have represented the pinnacle of representative baseball at this age group.
Japan Tour – Kangaroos
Also known as ‘Rubberball’ (due to the type of ball used) the Japan Tour has been running annually for more than two decades and Cheltenham players have been chosen to represent what is effectively Victoria in many of those teams. The international tournament takes place in Tokyo each year.
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2010: Matthew Stenhouse, Jack Daniels, Michael Leslie, Alex Warren
2009: Koji Campitelli, Jack Enciondo, Riki Preston, Michael Natoli, Koki Fukusaku
2008: Lachlan Whiteside
2006: Yoshi Campitelli, Brett Curnow
2005: Angus Macquire
2004: Daniel Farmer
2003: Nathan Aron, Pat Liston, Geoff Holland
2002: Justin Erasmus, Shane Middleton
1997: Stuart Simpson
1992: Richard Harrison, Nick Vallanan, Matthew Barr
1989: Chris Smith
Cal Ripken World Series
The Cal Ripken World Series is a prestigious international Tournament developed and sponsored by ex-MLB Star Cal Ripken and takes place in Baltimore, Maryland, each year.
Teams sent by Australia to the tournament compete under that name, so it is effectively a National team.
Cheltenham players that have participated in the Cal Ripken World Series:
2010: George Callil
2009: Justin Aron
2007: Brett Curnow
2003: John Blaskett
2002: Karl Mackay