The Manatee Cal Ripken 8-&-Under All-Stars tuned up for the June 20-23 district tournament in Ocala in overpowering fashion at the recent Suncoast Travel Ball Tournament.
Manager Lee Heintz’s ballclub swept Fort Meade, Sarasota and Riverview by a combined score of 65-0.
The closest score was 7-0; the biggest rout, 27-0.
.• Bob McComas alert! The Slippery Rock University sports information director and former Herald sports guy will be back in B’town for a couple of days beginning Sunday.
He’s now in Orlando at the national SID convention and wants to look up his ol’ pals when he gets here.
.• Blake Riley-Hawkins, a recent Lakewood Ranch High School graduate, will be a wrestling walk-on at Ohio State, the same path brother, Kyle, took a couple of years ago at the Big Ten program.
Blake wrestled at 132 pounds for the Mustangs. Kyle, a junior academically, wrestles at 184 for the Buckeyes.
Read more Friday in Vin's People on Bradenton.com.