MYRTLE BEACH — The Ripken Experience Myrtle Beach will have a bit of an international flair next week.
Teams from Australia and Canada will be among those competing in the first week of the complex’s summer tournament schedule. It took the Victoria Kangaroos from Melbourne, Australia, an age 14 and under team, about 30 hours to get here.
It’s the farthest a team has ever traveled to play at the complex off U.S. 17 Bypass near 10th Avenue North. This is the second time the team has participated in a Ripken tournament in Myrtle Beach; it also competed here last summer.
Seven families along the Grand Strand will open their homes to the 13 players during the week of competition and show them around town. Using host families is common at The Ripken Experience in Aberdeen, Md., but this is the first time the Myrtle Beach operation asked for host families. In this case, it helps the team cut down on travel costs.
“This group is an absolute delight to have not only at our baseball complex but also something special to host in Myrtle Beach,” Bobby Holland, general manager of The Ripken Experience, has said.
More than 500 teams are expected to compete during The Ripken Experience’s summer tournaments through mid-August.
The complex is considering adding girls fast-pitch softball tournaments next summer, Holland said.
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