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Updated: 01/01/2013 08:00:50AM

Punta Gorda looks forward to switch to Ripken

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Nate Foster of the Punta Gorda Cardinals delivers during Charlotte County tournament action May 8, 2012, at South County Regional Park in Punta Gorda.

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Punta Gorda Braves shortstop Bryce Hayse makes a catch during the Charlotte County tournament on May 8, 2012.

By CHUCK BALLARO

Sports Writer

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Punta Gorda youth baseball is about to take a big step up.

After years of affiliation with Little League, league officials have decided to move to the Cal Ripken organization, a move which promises to improve the quality of the game and bring in more kids, while removing the restrictions and borders that handcuffed the city’s youth baseball program for years.

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