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MLB, USA BASEBALL INTRODUCE 2022 PROSPECT DEVELOPMENT PIPELINE LEAGUE STAFF

Twelve former major leaguers to serve on staff in 2022
June 23, 2022
CARY, N.C. – Major League Baseball and USA Baseball today jointly introduced the coaching staff for the 2022 Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP) League, highlighted by the naming of 12 former Major Leaguers to the staff. Jim Koerner, USA Baseball’s Director of Player Development, will serve as field coordinator, while the

CARY, N.C. – Major League Baseball and USA Baseball today jointly introduced the coaching staff for the 2022 Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP) League, highlighted by the naming of 12 former Major Leaguers to the staff. Jim Koerner, USA Baseball’s Director of Player Development, will serve as field coordinator, while the 2022 18U National Team coaching staff – manager Denny Hocking, pitching coach Adam Moseley, and assistant coaches Roberto Vaz and Jack Wilson – will be roving coordinators at the event.

The PDP League is scheduled to take place June 29-July 6 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina and will again serve as the primary identification event for the 18U National Team in 2022. The event invites 100 of the top 18-and-under aged prospects for a week of development and assessment opportunities for high school players eligible for the following year’s MLB Draft. The league offers an extraordinary amateur baseball experience, featuring competitive gameplay, individualized player development sessions, and evaluations using modern technologies tailoring individualized development curriculums for each player, as well as off-field leadership, skill-building, and educational seminars to assist players in preparing for a professional baseball career.

Many players in the PDP League also will compete in the MLB-USA Baseball High School All-American Game held at Dodger Stadium during MLB All-Star Week.

Three former Major Leaguers and one college coaching veteran comprise the four PDP League team managers in 2022. Six-time MLB All-Star Lance Berkman (Houston Baptist) will serve as a manager this summer and will be joined by seven-year major leaguer Adam Hyzdu, 25-year college coaching veteran Tom Griffin (Carson-Newman), and Olympic gold medalist and 12-year major leaguer Doug Mientkiewicz as this year’s PDP League team managers. In addition, a group consisting of eight former professional baseball players, two former national team coaches, and two current college coaches will serve as assistant and pitching coaches in 2022.

“We are very excited to welcome such an accomplished and experienced staff to this year’s PDP League,” said Ashley Bratcher, USA Baseball 18U National Team General Manager. “This year’s staff offers unparalleled knowledge of baseball across multiple levels of the game and will be both challenging and engaging voices for our athletes. We know this coaching staff will be eager to help develop and identify the nation’s best players as we continue our pursuit of a world championship.”

The full coaching staff for the 2022 PDP League is as follows (Coaches’ bios enclosed below):

COORDINATORS

  • Field Coordinator: Jim Koerner
  • Roving Coordinator: Denny Hocking
  • Roving Coordinator: Adam Moseley
  • Roving Coordinator: Roberto Vaz
  • Roving Coordinator: Jack Wilson

TEAM LIGHT BLUE

  • Manager: Adam Hyzdu
  • Pitching Coach: LaTroy Hawkins
  • Assistant Coach: Lunch McKenzie
  • Assistant Coach: Nick Punto
  • Certified Athletic Trainer: Sydney Neighbors

TEAM GRAY

  • Manager: Lance Berkman
  • Pitching Coach: Dave Wallace
  • Assistant Coach: Andre Butler
  • Assistant Coach: Mike Kinkade
  • Certified Athletic Trainer: Brandon Schaust

TEAM NAVY

  • Manager: Tom Griffin
  • Pitching Coach: Greg Swindell
  • Assistant Coach: Rucker Taylor
  • Assistant Coach: Dmitri Young
  • Certified Athletic Trainer: James Wood

TEAM RED

  • Manager: Doug Mientkiewicz
  • Pitching Coach: Kip Wells
  • Assistant Coach: Ro Coleman
  • Assistant Coach: Butch Chaffin
  • Certified Athletic Trainer: Adrian Ramon

The identification process for the 2022 18U National Team begins with the PDP League. The 16U/17U National Team Development Program (NTDP), which is set to take place July 25-29 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex, will also serve as an identification event for this year’s 18U National Team.

Following the conclusion of this year’s identification events, the 18U National Team Trials will take place August 29-September 2 in Florida. The final 20-man 18U National Team roster will be announced following Trials and the team will remain in Florida for training from September 3-8 before taking part in the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup. The U-18 Baseball World Cup will be hosted by the U.S. for the first time since 1995 in Bradenton and Sarasota, Florida, from September 9-18.

For more information on the PDP League, follow @BaseballPDP on Twitter and Instagram and visit the PDP League website.

COACHES' BIOS

Six-time MLB All Star and Houston Baptist head coach Lance Berkman joins the 2022 PDP League as manager of Team Gray. Berkman played 15 seasons in the Major Leagues, including 12 with the Houston Astros, two with the St. Louis Cardinals, and one each with the New York Yankees and Texas Rangers. A career .293 hitter, he finished with totals of 366 home runs, 422 doubles, 1,234 RBIs, and 1,146 runs scored. Berkman was named the 2011 National League Comeback Player of the Year after helping lead the Cardinals to the World Series title, and was inducted into the Astros Hall of Fame in 2020. Prior to his professional career, Berkman was a standout at the collegiate level at Rice where he was named the 1997 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) National Collegiate Player of the Year after hitting .431 with 41 home runs, 134 RBIs, and 109 runs to lead the Owls to their first College World Series appearance. He hit .385 for his collegiate career with 67 homers and 272 RBIs en route to claiming All-America honors twice, which later led to his induction into the Rice Hall of Fame in 2005 and the College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2015. Berkman was selected by the Astros with the 16th overall pick of the first round in the 1997 MLB Draft. After retiring from Major League Baseball in 2013, Berkman spent four seasons as the head coach at Second Baptist High School in Houston, guiding the Eagles to the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) 4A state championship in 2016. He was named head coach at Houston Baptist in 2021.

Andre Butler returns for his second season at the PDP League as an assistant coach for Team Gray. The owner and operator of Graveyard Mentality in Pennsylvania, Butler is one of the best in the coaching profession at teaching outfield play. In addition to running his training organization, he also has extensive experience coaching at the collegiate level, most recently for two seasons as an assistant coach and defensive coordinator at Swarthmore College. With the Garnet, Butler served as the first-base coach while also implementing defensive strategies throughout games. It was Butler’s second stint at Swarthmore after spending the 2012-2013 school year as an assistant with the team and previously coaching for four seasons as an assistant at Penn State University, where he served in multiple roles, including hitting coach. His first season with the Nittany Lions was the program's best in recent history, as they earned their first winning record in four years and doubled their Big Ten-win total from the previous season. Prior to his time at Penn State, Butler also coached at the University of Pennsylvania and DeSales University. In addition to his coaching experience, Butler played collegiately for four seasons at Eastern University (St. Davids, Pa.), graduating in 2012 as one of the program's all-time best hitters. He also started his own tee ball league called the "Jackie Robinson West Philly League" in Philadelphia.

Two-time national team coach Butch Chaffin will serve as an assistant coach for Team Red at the 2022 PDP League. Chaffin is currently the head coach at Cookeville High School (Cookeville, Tenn.) where he has been named District 7-AAA Coach of the Year five times and the Region Coach of the Year three times. For USA Baseball, he has twice served as an assistant coach, first for the 2010 18U National Team and again with the 2017 12U National Team which won its third-consecutive WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup. Prior to coaching at Cookeville High School, he was an assistant coach at Tennessee Tech for four years and a professional scout for the Kansas City Royals.

Former Vanderbilt standout Ro Coleman joins the 2022 PDP League as an assistant coach for Team Red. A key component of the Commodores’ 2014 NCAA National Championship and 2015 runner-up finish, Coleman is currently the CEO of the Nashville Stars Youth Foundation, a non-profit organization and baseball development program in Nashville designed to provide more opportunities and exposure for underserved demographics. He also coaches both the 13U and 17U Stars club teams. The Chicago, Illinois, product played in 224 games during his Vanderbilt career, finishing on a high note as he was named to the 2017 NCAA Clemson Regional All-Tournament Team. He was selected in the 34th round of the MLB Draft by the Detroit Tigers later that year and played one season for the Connecticut Tigers. Coleman is no stranger to USA Baseball either, having competed at the 2012 Tournament of Stars and 18U National Team Trials. Coleman recently served as a coach at the MLB-USA Baseball Breakthrough Series earlier in June.

Returning for his second year at the PDP League is Tom Griffin, who is set to manage Team Navy after managing the Light Blue team last summer. He recently completed his 17th season as head coach at Carson-Newman University, where he owns a 476-361 record. Over his 24-year career as a collegiate head coach, Griffin has won 660 total games and has coached five Major League Baseball Draft picks and 22 total professional players, including USA Baseball alum Steve Cishek. Griffin led the Eagles to the NCAA Tournament twice in his first three seasons at the helm, posting a 43-18 record in his third season. The skipper is currently in his third stint with Carson-Newman after twice serving as an assistant coach in the early 2000s. Griffin came to Jefferson City after spending eight seasons as the head coach at nearby Tusculum College, where he won 184 games and led the Pioneers to four consecutive trips to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) District 24 Tournament. He also served as the head coach at Morristown East High School (Morristown, Tenn.) in 2002, where he led the Hurricanes to a district championship in his only season.

LaTroy Hawkins will bring 21 years of MLB experience to the 2022 PDP League as the pitching coach for Team Light Blue. The Gary, Indiana, native ranks 10th on baseball's all-time list in games, appearing in 1,042, is one of 13 relievers in baseball history to record at least one save against all 30 teams, and appeared in 60-plus games in 10 different seasons. Hawkins will also be able to share first-hand knowledge of suiting up for Team USA, having played in the 2009 World Baseball Classic where he appeared in four contests. A seventh-round pick out of high school by the Minnesota Twins in 1991, he made his Major League debut in 1995 to kick off his lengthy career which saw him play for 11 different teams until his retirement after the 2015 campaign. Hawkins currently works as a special assistant in the baseball operations department for the Twins where he contributes to the amateur scouting process and development of organizational pitching philosophies. Hawkins has been a long-time coach for multiple diversity-focused, amateur development events hosted by MLB and USA Baseball, including the Breakthrough Series, DREAM Series, and the Hank Aaron Invitational (also led by the MLBPA).

Before taking the reins as the 2022 18U National Team manager, Denny Hocking will serve as a roving instructor at the 2022 PDP League, bringing 13 years of major-league playing experience to the dugout. Hocking was a 52nd round draft pick in the 1989 MLB Draft by the Minnesota Twins, where he spent 11 of his 13 professional seasons. Hocking made his big-league debut in 1993 and played in 84 games over his first four seasons with the Twins before getting his first extended playing time in 1997, appearing in 115 games and batting .257. He was a staple with the Twins for the following six seasons, with the best one coming in 2000 when he batted .298 with four home runs and a career-high 47 RBIs. He then spent time with the Colorado Rockies before playing his final professional season with the Kansas City Royals in 2005. Throughout his career, Hocking served as a utility player, playing every position besides catcher and pitcher. Following his playing career, Hocking spent time as an analyst and reporter for MLB.com and Fox Sports Radio before becoming a coach. He began his coaching career as the hitting coach for the Single-A Frederick Keys in 2010 before he joined the Double-A Bowie Baysox in 2012. Hocking made his managerial debut the following season, managing the Los Angeles Angels' minor-league affiliate Inland Empires. He has been a minor league field coordinator and had three more stints as a minor league manager over the course of his career, most recently with the Single-A Modesto Nuts.

An 18-year veteran of professional baseball, Adam Hyzdu is slated to be the manager of Team Light Blue at the 2022 PDP League. Drafted 15th overall in the first round of the 1990 MLB Draft by the San Francisco Giants, Hyzdu waited 10 years before making his Major League debut in 2000 with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He went on to spend parts of seven total seasons in the big leagues, finishing as a career .229 hitter with 19 home runs and 61 RBIs in 221 games. Hyzdu then played one season with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks of the Japanese Pacific League in 2006, where he batted .272 with seven home runs in 47 games. By the time he retired later that year, he had played 1,971 career games combining his time at all levels of professional baseball.

Sydney 2000 Olympic gold medalist Mike Kinkade brings a plethora of baseball experience to the 2022 PDP League as an assistant coach for Team Gray. Kinkade was a crucial member of the 2000 Olympic Team on its run to the gold medal, recording a .207 average with six hits, three RBIs, and four runs scored in the tournament. He made his second appearance in the red, white, and blue with the 2006 Olympic Qualifying Team where he hit .333 with a team-leading 11 RBIs. Kinkade was selected in the 19th round of the 1994 MLB Draft by the Milwaukee Brewers and made his big-league debut with the New York Mets in 1998. In his six-year Major League playing career, the Livonia, Michigan, native played in 222 games and collected a .256 batting average, 56 runs scored, 13 home runs, and 48 RBIs. Following his playing career, Kinkade served as a member of the Seattle Mariners’ minor league coaching staff from 2011-14, including managing the Peoria Mariners in 2012. He then coached the Whitman County American Legion Program from 2016-2019 and was the head coach for Pullman High School (Pullman, Wash.) from 2018-2019 before serving as an assistant coach at Cal State University Bakersfield during the 2020 season. Kinkade was also a member of the coaching staffs at the inaugural MLB Draft Combine, the Women’s NTDP, and the first-ever Girls Camp in 2021.

PDP League Field Coordinator and USA Baseball Director of Player Development *Jim Koerner *was the head coach at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) from 2011-2021. As just the second head coach in the program’s modern-day history, Koerner took NCCU baseball to new heights in his 10 years at the helm. Under his guidance, the Eagles set the school record for wins twice, in 2013 (27) and again in 2018 (28). He also coached two MLB Draft picks with NCCU, including Corey Joyce, who became the highest selection in program history when he was taken in the 12th round by the Detroit Tigers in 2019. Before his time at NCCU, Koerner was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Buffalo from 2007-2011, helping the Bulls reach their best offensive performances in program history in 2009 and 2010. The team recorded an all-time high in wins since 1999 during the 2009 season and set the records for team batting average (.312), home runs (46), and stolen bases (71) in 2010. In those two seasons combined, the Bulls broke over 25 season, career, team, and individual records. He began his coaching career in 2001 as the head coach at Medaille College, where he helped found the program and was named the 2003 North Eastern Athletic Conference Coach of the Year. He broke into the Division I ranks as an assistant at Monmouth University before a stint at Marshall University.

As Director of Player Development, Koerner is responsible for developing on-field programming for the six USA Baseball national teams, three national team development programs, and the PDP League. He also produces curriculums related to player development for USABDevelops.com, the organization’s free online educational resource center. 

With over five decades of baseball coaching experience, Mark “Lunch” McKenzie will have a wealth of knowledge to share as an assistant coach for Team Light Blue at the 2022 PDP League. The head coach at Concordia University, St. Paul for 20 years, McKenzie has also served in various capacities for USA Baseball since 1997, including three separate national teams. He has twice served on gold-medal winning 16U coaching staffs, first as an assistant in 1997 and again in 1998 as the team’s manager, both of which won the International Baseball Federation (IBAF) World Youth Championships. McKenzie was also an assistant coach for the 2008 18U squad which claimed silver at the IBAF “AAA” Junior World Championships. In addition to his coaching duties at Concordia, he was also the school’s athletic director from 2016-19. In his 20 years at the helm for the Golden Bears, McKenzie put together an overall record of 456-361-1, including conference championships in 2003 and 2008. His efforts on the diamond have also earned him several awards, including the 1998 USOC Developmental Coach of the Year and Baseball Canada’s 2010 Cito Gaston Humanitarian Award.

Olympic gold medalist and 12-year MLB veteran Doug Mientkiewicz joins the 2022 PDP League as manager of Team Red. A two-time USA Baseball alum, he played for the 1994 Collegiate National Team before winning gold at the 2000 Olympics where he hit a game-winning home run against South Korea in the semifinals. Mientkiewicz is one of just five players to win both a gold medal and a World Series championship, which he accomplished as a member of the 2004 Boston Red Sox. After a standout collegiate career at Florida State he was selected in the fifth round of the 1995 MLB Draft by the Minnesota Twins, with whom he spent 12 of his 18 professional seasons. Mientkiewicz’s best year came in 2001 when he played in 151 games and hit .306 with 15 home runs, all career highs, in addition to claiming the American League Gold Glove award as the top defensive first baseman. After over six seasons with the Twins, he would later go on to play for the Red Sox (2004), New York Mets (2005), Kansas City Royals (2006), New York Yankees (2007), Pittsburgh Pirates (2008), and Los Angeles Dodgers (2009). Mientkiewicz finished his MLB career as a .271 hitter with 66 home runs and 405 RBIs. Following his playing career, he joined the coaching ranks as the hitting coach for the rookie league Ogden Raptors in 2012. He returned to the Twins organization the next season where he would serve as manager of the Single-A Fort Myers Miracle (2014-2015, 2017) and Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts (2015-16). Most recently, Mientkiewicz was the manager of the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens from 2018-19.

Adam Moseley, who is set to serve as the pitching coach for this year's 18U National Team, will join the 2022 PDP League staff as a roving instructor. Moseley previously served as pitching coach for the World Cup-champion 15U National Team in 2018, and the Alabama native's USA Baseball coaching experience also includes stints at the 2017 14U NTDP and 15U Trials. Additionally, he was named to the 2020 15U National Team staff before the 2020 WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup was postponed. Moseley is currently the head coach at Hoover High School (Hoover, Ala.), where he led the Buccaneers to an Alabama State Baseball Championship in 2017. Before taking the head coaching position at Hoover following the 2014 season, Moseley led his former high school, Grissom High School (Huntsville, Ala.), to the state quarterfinals in four of his final five seasons. Moseley has coached high school baseball for 16 seasons and has compiled an overall record of 457-260.

Barry University athletic trainer Sydney Neighbors is set to serve as the ATC for Team Light Blue at the 2022 PDP League. Coming off of her third season with the Buccaneers baseball team, Neighbors worked with USA Baseball last year as well, providing medical coverage for the 2021 16U/17U National Team Development Program. She has also previously worked with a variety of national teams at the Lake Placid Training Center in 2016-2017, including USA Bobsled, Skeleton, Luge, Arial Ski, and Biathlon. Prior to arriving at Barry in 2020, Neighbors spent time at both Radford and UNCG.

Nick Punto, a 14-year MLB veteran, returns to the PDP League this summer as an assistant coach for Team Light Blue. Punto was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 21st round of the 1998 MLB Draft and spent five professional seasons with the organization before making his Major League debut in 2001, when he played in four games for the Phillies. He got his first extended time in the big leagues in 2003, playing in 64 games for the Phillies and batting .217. Prior to the 2004 season, Punto joined the Minnesota Twins where he would spend the bulk of his career. In 2006, Punto batted .290 with a career-high 45 RBIs while stealing 17 bases. After seven seasons with the Twins, Punto signed with the St. Louis Cardinals and went on to have a career-best .388 OBP in his one season with the club, winning a World Series in 2011. He then played for the Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Oakland Athletics before officially retiring in 2016. Punto is a Saddleback College Athletics Hall of Famer.

Adrian Ramon is slated to serve as the athletic trainer for Team Red at the 2022 PDP League. Currently the head trainer for the Ohio State baseball program, Ramon has over a decade of experience working at both the collegiate and professional levels. He has spent time at Rice, Florida Gulf Coast University, and Bradley University as well as various levels of Minor League Baseball with the Texas Rangers, Arizona Diamondbacks, Kansas City Royals, and Milwaukee Brewers organizations. Ramon is a graduate of the University of North Texas where he earned a degree in Kinesiology. He received his master’s degree in Athletic Training from Weber State University where he worked with Real Salt Lake and the Winter Dew Tour.

Brandon Schaust joins the 2022 PDP League as the athletic trainer for Team Gray. The University of Nebraska at Omaha graduate served in the same position for the 2021 18U National Team which defeated Canada in a Friendship series last year in Florida.

Joining the Team Navy coaching staff as its pitching coach at the 2022 PDP League is 17-year Major League veteran, All-Star, World Series champion, and USA Baseball alum Greg Swindell. The former University of Texas standout was drafted second overall in the first round of the 1986 MLB Draft by the Cleveland Indians. After just three minor league appearances, Swindell made his big-league debut in August of that same year. That kicked off what would be a 17-year Major League career that saw him play for six different clubs with an overall record of 123-122 and 3.86 ERA in 664 career games. He also struck out 1,542 batters in 2,233.1 total innings pitched. Swindell was named to the 1989 All-Star Game as a member of the Indians and earned a World Series ring when he helped the 2001 Arizona Diamondbacks defeat the New York Yankees. One of the most decorated players in Longhorn history, Swindell’s collegiate career saw him post a 43-8 record in 77 games with a 1.92 ERA in his three seasons in Austin. He made 50 starts, pitching 32 complete games and notching school records for shutouts (14) and strikeouts (501) while leading Texas to three consecutive Southwest Conference titles and back-to-back College World Series appearances in 1984 and 1985. Swindell was named the 1985 Baseball America National Player of the Year and was a three-time finalist for the Golden Spikes Award. He was also a member of the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team which competed in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics where baseball was classified as a demonstration sport. After retiring as a player in 2002, he began his coaching career in 2004 at Texas State before returning to his alma mater the following season where he helped the Longhorns win their sixth NCAA National Championship. Swindell was inducted into the UT Hall of Honor in 1996, the College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2008, and the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 2019. He has served as a TV analyst on the Longhorn Network since 2016.

The 2022 Atlantic 10 Conference Coach of the Year, Davidson head coach Rucker Taylor is set to serve as an assistant coach for Team Navy at the 2022 PDP League. Taylor led the Wildcats to an impressive 43-13 record this season, winning the program’s first outright regular-season league title in the process. The first coach in school history to win conference coach of the year honors, he has amassed a 112-62 record in his four seasons at the helm at Davidson after spending four years as a Wildcat assistant. Taylor previously worked as an assistant at Samford for six seasons following a four-year playing career at Vanderbilt where he was a two-time SEC Academic Honor Roll member. Rucker also coached at the inaugural USA Baseball 13U/14U Athlete Development Program in 2019.

Former Golden Spikes Award finalist Roberto Vaz, who will make his USA Baseball national team coaching debut with the 18U National Team this summer, will assist as a roving instructor for the 2022 PDP League. Vaz is currently in his eighth season as an assistant at LSU Eunice after re-joining the staff in 2017. The Brooklyn, New York, native oversees base running, hitters, and outfielders, and helped guide the team to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Championships in 2012, 2018, and 2021. During their run to the title in 2012, Vaz helped guide the Bengals to a then-school record 57 wins. He entered the coaching ranks in 2006 as an assistant coach at Grissom High School (Huntsville, Ala.) before earning his first head coaching gig with the North Alabama Expos in 2009. Vaz's other coaching stops included three years as head coach of the Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs, as well as two assistant roles at McNeese State and Buckhorn High School (Hunstville, Ala.). He played collegiately at Northeast Texas Community College, winning the 1996 NJCAA National Championship before spending a season at Alabama. There, Vaz finished as a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award, also earning spots on the All-American First Team as well as All-SEC First Team. Vaz was drafted in the seventh round by the Oakland Athletics in the 1997 MLB Draft, playing seven years of professional baseball.

A year after making his USA Baseball debut as the pitching coach for the Professional National Team at the Tokyo Olympics, Dave Wallace will serve in the same role for Team Gray at the 2022 PDP League. Wallace has spent 48 years in professional baseball, spanning nine professional franchises in various positions among the minor and major league levels. After a Hall of Fame career at the University of New Haven, he spent nine years as a pitcher in the professional ranks, playing for both the Philadelphia Phillies and the Toronto Blue Jays until 1978. Wallace began his coaching career in 1981 with the Vero Beach Dodgers and spent the next 14 years coaching in the minor leagues before being named the pitching coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1995. Wallace went on to be the pitching coach for the New York Mets (1999-2000), Boston Red Sox (2003-2006), Houston Astros (2007), and the Baltimore Orioles (2014-2016), working with pitchers such as Pedro Martinez and Hideo Nomo, among others. He also held numerous executive positions within professional baseball throughout his career with the Atlanta Braves, Dodgers, Mets, and Seattle Mariners. Wallace most recently spent four years with the Braves as a special assistant to pitching (2016) and the director of pitching for Atlanta’s farm system (2017-20).

Adding even more experience to the bench for Team Red at the 2022 PDP League will be pitching coach Kip Wells, who pitched 12 seasons in the Major Leagues. Drafted as the 16th overall selection in the first round of the 1998 MLB Draft by the Chicago White Sox after a standout career at Baylor, Wells quickly made his way to the big leagues, making his debut in August of the following season. He would go on to play for nine MLB organizations over 12 seasons, amassing 963 strikeouts over 1,338.1 innings in 296 career games, 219 of which were starts. He recorded double-digit win totals in three consecutive seasons from 2001-03 with the White Sox and Pittsburgh Pirates. At the collegiate level, Wells played three seasons at Baylor where he posted a career record of 21-14 with 288 strikeouts and earned all-conference and second team All-America honors in 1998. After retiring as a player, he began his coaching career in 2016 as the pitching coach for the Class-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes and now runs the KW32 training center in Houston.

Before taking on his responsibilities with the USA Baseball 18U National Team, Jack Wilson will first serve as a roving instructor at the 2022 PDP League. Wilson will then move over to the 18U squad where he will be an assistant coach for the second consecutive year after helping defeat Canada in a friendship series, 5-1-1, last summer in Florida. He was also the head coach at Thousand Oaks High School (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) from 2017-2021, where he collected a 98-30-1 overall record and led the Lancers to two Marmonte League Championships (2019, 2021) and a CIF-SS Division 2 title in 2021. Under his guidance, the program went 24-6, including 10-2 in league play, in 2019 and finished the 2021 season with a 27-1 record. He also managed the squad to an 8-0 start to the 2020 season and a No. 1 CIF-SS Division 2 ranking before the pause in play caused by COVID-19. Prior to his coaching career, Wilson played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Seattle Mariners, and Atlanta Braves for over 12 years in the big leagues. He led the National League with 12 triples in 2004, earning a spot on the National League All-Star Team and a Silver Slugger Award for his efforts. In 1,370 MLB games, Wilson recorded a .265/.306/.366 career slash line with 61 home runs and 426 RBIs.

James Woods will serve as the athletic trainer for Team Navy at the 2022 PDP League. Woods recently completed his second year as the resident athletic trainer with the Virginia Tech football team. He was a four-year collegiate baseball player at Concord University in Athens, West Virginia, where he earned a degree in Athletic Training. He later received a master’s in Kinesiology from Lamar University. During his time in Beaumont, Texas, Woods spent two summers interning with the Houston Texas, in addition to working with the LU football and men’s golf teams.

Completing the experienced Team Navy coaching staff at the 2022 PDP League will be 13-year big league veteran and two-time All Star Dmitri Young. The fourth overall selection in the 1991 MLB Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals, Young hit at a career .292 clip with 171 home runs and 683 RBIs in 1,364 games for four different teams. He made his Major League debut with the Cardinals in 1996 before suiting up for the Cincinnati Reds (1998-2001), Detroit Tigers (2002-2006), and Washington Nationals (2007-2008). Young recorded double-digit home runs in eight of those 13 seasons, including a career-high 29 in 2003 when he made his first All-Star Game appearance. His second came four years later in 2007 as a member of the Nationals, when he hit a personal-best .320 for the season with 13 home runs and 74 RBIs en route to being named the National League Comeback Player of the Year. Young has spent the past two years as the head coach at Camarillo High School (Camarillo, Calif.) after being selected to lead the program in August 2020. Young also has been a long-time coach for the Breakthrough Series, DREAM Series, and the Hank Aaron Invitational.

About USA Baseball

USA Baseball is the national governing body for baseball in the United States and is committed to serving, protecting, and supporting the game of baseball and its 15.6 million participants. Founded in 1978, USA Baseball fields six national teams annually and is a member of the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC) and the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC). On the diamond, USA Baseball is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and the reigning World Baseball Classic champion, and its national teams have won 62 gold medals in international competition. Off the field, the organization is dedicated to the proliferation and health of the sport through the creation and management of numerous development initiatives including BASE (Baseball Athlete Safety Education), Fun At Bat, Pitch Smart, PLAY BALL and the Prospect Development Pipeline. For more information on the organization, its national teams, and development-driven initiatives, visit the official website USABaseball.com or USABDevelops.com.

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Team USA Wins World Championship With 10-2 Victory Over Venezuela

U.S. wins world-leading fourth WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup title
August 7, 2022
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Venezuela 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 4 0
Team USA 0 1 5 1 3 x 10 12 0

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TAINAN, Taiwan – Colin Anderson hit two homers and Team USA scored nine unanswered runs to beat Venezuela 10-2 in the gold-medal game of the VI World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup on Sunday at Asia-Pacific Main Stadium.

With the victory, the U.S. has now won four world championships at the U-12 level (2013, 2015, 2017, and 2022). 2022 marks the first world title since the stars and stripes won its third-consecutive WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup in 2017, and is the first time the red, white, and blue finished a world cup unbeaten.

Team USA (8-0) grabbed a lead in the bottom of the second inning on a Dylan Mercado solo home run; however, Venezuela (6-3) responded with a two-run home run of its own to take a 2-1 lead in the top of the third.

From there, Team USA’s offense took over.

Anderson came to the plate with a red-hot bat after Anthony Frausto III was hit by a pitch with one out in the bottom half of the frame, and he delivered. The tournament’s home run king added another one to his tally with his go-ahead, two-run blast to right center. Not to be outdone, Jordan Leon followed by demolishing a ball over the left field wall, giving the U.S. a lead it would not relinquish.

Two batters later, Team USA started a rally to plate two more to cap a five-run inning. Mercado singled to left field with two outs and Tristin Gaines walked on four pitches to put two runners on base. Ty Chambless then split the gap in left-center field to put the U.S. ahead by four, 6-2, through three complete.

From there, Jimmy Stout III and the stout Team USA defense held the Venezuelan offense to just two hits over the final three innings as the stars and stripes’ offense continued to roll.

With two outs and nobody on in the fourth, Anderson continued his tear by hitting his seventh longball of the tournament with a moonshot home run that landed in the scaffolding of a nearby building. The U.S. continued to pull away in the fifth inning, putting five consecutive runners on base and scoring three runs. Anthony Ramon singled, Mercado walked, and Gaines singled before Chambless drew a bases-loaded walk to make it 8-2. Maximus Villalva capped the scoring for Team USA in the next at-bat with an RBI-single up the middle to score Gaines and Mercado, putting the U.S. ahead 10-2 with only three defensive outs keeping them from the world title.

After giving up a two-out walk in the top of the sixth, Stout coaxed a ground ball to Gaines, who stepped on second base for the final out, securing Team USA’s fourth world championship title.

Stout was stellar in relief of U.S. starting pitcher Frausto. He entered the game with the bases loaded in the second inning and escaped the jam unscathed to hold the stars and stripes’ one-run lead. After surrendering a two-run homer in the third, he shut down the Venezuela offense, retiring 11 of the next 15 batters to earn the win. The right-hander finished the night giving up four hits and striking out three in 4.1 innings.

Venezuela’s starter, Williangel Sánchez suffered the loss, giving up seven earned runs on nine hits in four innings.

Offensively, eight of the nine hitters in the lineup tallied hits on the day, paced by Anderson (2-for-3, 3 RBIs), Mercado (2-for-2, 3 runs), Gaines (2-for-2, 2 runs), and Villalva’s (2-for-3, 2 RBIs) multi-hit games.

The U.S. collected seven individual awards and placed six players on the VI WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup All-World Team. After batting .556 (10-for-18) with a tournament-high seven homers and 21 RBIs, Anderson was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament. Anderson homered in five of Team USA’s eight games, posting two multi-home run games. The Evans, Georgia, native also earned a spot on the All-World Team as an outfielder.

Frausto received the honor as the leading hitter in the tournament after batting .700 (14-for-20). Frausto was a force in the lineup for the duration of the event, picking up at least one hit in each game he played in. He had five multi-hit games and scored 14 times to earn the crown for most runs scored.

Villalva was a stalwart in the middle infield for the U.S. to earn the Best Defensive Player award, playing second base in every game and making numerous key plays. Villalva was also a force at the plate, batting .467 (7-for-15) with a homer and five RBIs to earn a spot on the All-World Team at second base.

Additionally, Levi Kerr had the best win-loss record in the tournament at 3-0. Kerr threw 7.2 shutout innings for the stars and stripes, including a complete-game shutout in Team USA’s 10-0 win over the Dominican Republic in Group B play. He earned a spot on the All-World Team as a relief pitcher.

Jonah Saken (outfield) and Leon (designated hitter) rounded out the U.S. representatives on the All-World Team. After starting the tournament a perfect 5-for-5, Saken continued to produce at the top of the lineup for Team USA while patrolling the outfield. The Brentwood, Tennessee, native finished with a .455 (10-for-22) average while tallying a homer, three doubles, and six RBIs.

Leon opened the tournament with two homers in the first inning and never looked back, cranking four dingers and batting .438 (7-for-16). He picked up a hit in six of the team’s seven games and scored a run in each contest.

Team USA Awards

  • MVP: Colin Anderson
  • Best Defensive Player: Maximus Villalva
  • Leading Hitter: Anthony Frausto III
  • Pitcher Best Win-Loss Avg: Levi Kerr
  • Most Runs Batted In: Colin Anderson
  • Most Home Runs: Colin Anderson
  • Most Runs Scored: Anthony Frausto III

VI WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup All-World Team

  • SP: Cesar Altagracia (Dominican Republic)
  • RP: Levi Kerr (USA)
  • C: Po-Sheng Chen (Chinese Taipei)
  • 1B: Anthony Frausto III (USA)
  • 2B: Maximus Villalva (USA)
  • 3B: Ezequiel Rivera (Mexico)
  • SS: Woochan Jung (Chinese Taipei)
  • OF: Sheng-Zhi Wu (Chinese Taipei)
  • OF: Colin Anderson (USA)
  • OF: Jonah Saken (USA)
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GAMEDAY: Team USA Meets Venezuela in World Cup Gold Medal Game

First pitch set for 6:00 p.m. local/6:00 a.m. ET
August 7, 2022
WATCH LIVE | LIVE STATS TAINAN, Taiwan – The 12U National Team will meet Venezuela in the gold medal game of the VI World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup on Sunday at Asia-Pacific Main Stadium in Tainan, Taiwan. First pitch is set for 6:00 p.m. local/6:00 a.m.

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TAINAN, Taiwan – The 12U National Team will meet Venezuela in the gold medal game of the VI World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup on Sunday at Asia-Pacific Main Stadium in Tainan, Taiwan. First pitch is set for 6:00 p.m. local/6:00 a.m. ET and will be streamed live on GameTime OTT (login required).

It will be Team USA’s fourth appearance in the WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup title game, as the team looks to win its world-best fourth gold medal. The U.S. won gold in 2013, 2015, and 2017, earning the title in each of the first three years it participated in the tournament.

Team USA has won each of its first seven games at the tournament in 2022, going 4-0 in Group B pool play and 3-0 in Super Round action. The squad earned wins over the Czech Republic, the Dominican Republic, Japan, and Korea in pool play before topping Chinese Taipei, Mexico, and Venezuela in the Super Round.

Venezuela is 6-2 overall in the tournament, suffering its second loss against the U.S. on Saturday. After coming out of Group A at 4-1 – with its only loss coming to Mexico – Venezuela went 2-1 in Super Round play. The team clinched a spot in the title game after beating Korea on Friday.

The U.S. offense has been firing on all cylinders since the tournament began on July 29, leading across the board in most offensive categories. The club has gotten strong performances from a myriad of players, including Colin Anderson, who has launched five homers and driven in 18 runs, both good for tournament highs. Anderson homered twice in the win over Korea, driving in seven of the team’s eight runs.

Anthony Frausto has been a dynamic bat at the top of Team USA’s lineup, batting .722 (13-for-18) with four homers and 13 RBIs. Frausto, who has also pitched and played first base, leads the tournament in hits and has reached base in 15 of his 20 plate appearances.

At the top of the U.S. lineup is Jonah Saken, who is posting a .526 (10-for-19) average to go along with a homer, three doubles, and six RBIs. Saken has played all over the outfield for Team USA.

As a group on offense, the stars and stripes are batting .433 (77-for-178) with 23 homers and 89 runs scored. The team has a .534 on-base percentage, a .921 OPS, and has set the Team USA record for most home runs at the WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup.

On the mound, Team USA has accumulated a 4.00 ERA. Of the 41 hits the staff has allowed, only nine of them have gone for extra bases. The group has been led by Levi Kerr, who has turned in 7.2 innings of shutout baseball, allowing just two hits in his three appearances. Kerr has three wins for the U.S., giving him the team led in front of Major Ciers, who has two. Dylan Mercado has made two starts for the United States and is 1-0 with a 4.00 ERA, striking out eight batters over six innings of work.

The U.S., which owns a world-best three world titles at the U-12 level, won all three of its championships in three consecutive events (2013, 2015, 2017). Team USA went 6-2 in the tournament in 2019 but did not earn a medal for the only time in program history.

The 2022 U.S. roster comprises players who were selected from two USA Baseball identification events. Fourteen players on the roster participated in the 2022 Futures Invitational in June and four athletes played in the 2021 National Team Identification Series (NTIS) Champions Cup last summer. In addition, the roster comprises players from nine different states. California leads all states with six representatives, while Texas follows with five players.

The stars and stripes are led by skipper RJ Farrell in 2022, who returns to the post for the second consecutive season. Farrell led the U.S. to an unbeaten record in a three-game exhibition slate in 2021, outscoring opponents 55-3. The manager has a plethora of experience on 12U National Team coaching staffs, spending three seasons as an assistant coach. In that role, he helped lead Team USA to gold medals at the 2017 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup and the 2018 COPABE U-12 Pan American Championships.

Farrell is joined on staff by pitching coach Seth Kenny and assistant coaches Troy Gerlach and Tanner Vesely. Kenny will reprise his role as pitching coach in 2022 after making his national team coaching debut a summer ago, when his pitching staff posted a 1.29 ERA and struck out 33 batters in 21 innings pitched. Gerlach assumes the role of assistant coach on the 2022 staff, bringing with him a gold medal from the 2018 WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup, where he was an assistant coach. Also serving as an assistant is four-time gold medalist Vesely for the second consecutive year. Vesely, who has been a member of six national team staffs, won the 2015 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup as manager and has been an assistant on three other gold-medal winning squads.

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Team USA Wins Slugfest Against Venezuela in Preview of World Cup Title Game 

U.S. hits four homers in 12-7 victory to secure Super Round sweep
August 6, 2022
BOX SCORE | PLAYS | CUMULATIVE STATS
1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Venezuela 0 0 4 1 0 2 7 9 1
Team USA 4 0 2 2 4 x 12 10 1

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TAINAN, Taiwan – Team USA hit four home runs to power past Venezuela, 12-7, and secure a sweep of the VI World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup Super Round on Saturday afternoon in Tainan, Taiwan.

It was the first of two games that the nations will play in as many days, with the VI WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup gold medal game set for Sunday evening at 6:00 p.m. local/6:00 a.m. ET.

Three of the team’s four homers came in the first inning of the contest as the U.S. jumped out to a 4-0 lead. Leadoff hitter Jonah Saken got the scoring started with a line drive blast to left, immediately followed by Anthony Frausto’s sky-scraping homer over the left field wall to give Team USA a quick two-run lead. Dylan Mercado hit the final dinger of the inning, a two-run shot off the light pole beyond the left field wall that handed the United States a 4-0 lead after its first turn at bat.

After Venezuela put together a two-out rally to tie the game in the third inning, Team USA got RBI hits from Jimmy Stout III, Trent O’Malley, and Anthony Ramon to retake the lead at 9-5. Jordan Leon then helped the offense pull away even further with the fourth and final home run of the day for the stars and stripes, a three-run roundtripper to make it a seven-run lead for the U.S in the fifth.

Hibiki Suzuki started on the mound for Team USA, surrendering five runs on as many hits but giving the U.S. three innings of work. Major Ciers entered and turned in two shutout innings to earn the win, giving him his second victory of the tournament. Eli Martinez got the final three outs on the mound for the red, white, and blue.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The U.S. offense got to work quickly in the bottom of the first, hammering back-to-back homers to open the frame. Jonah Saken hit the first blast of the inning, a line drive shot to left, followed by Anthony Frausto’s dinger over the left field wall to give Team USA a 2-0 lead.
  • With a runner on first and two outs, Dylan Mercado smoked a two-run blast off the light pole in left center field as Team USA’s lead became four in the first.
  • Venezuela put up a four-spot in a busy third inning to tie the game, scoring all of the runs with two outs. The first run came on an RBI single by Jose Calderon and Ayverson Rodriguez followed with a three-run home run to make it a 4-4 game.
  • Anthony Ramon doubled in between a pair of hit-by-pitches to load the bases for Jimmy Stout III, who singled to right center to drive in two runs and give the United States a 6-4 edge in the bottom of the third.
  • Daniel Perez homered to right field in the top of the fourth as Venezuela got within a run at 6-5.
  • The U.S. grabbed a pair of insurance runs to pad its lead in the bottom of the fourth when Trent O’Malley hit an RBI double and Anthony Ramon drove in a run with a single to give Team USA an 8-5 advantage.
  • Anthony Frausto picked up his second RBI of the day and extended the U.S. lead to 9-5 with a single through the left side in the bottom of the fifth.
  • With two on and two outs in Team USA’s half of the fifth, Jordan Leon deposited a three-run homer over the left field fence to put the game out of reach at 12-5.
  • Venezuela scored two runs in the top of the sixth on Daniel Perez’s second homer of the day, but Eli Martinez got a game-ending fielder’s choice to give the United States the 12-7 victory.

OF NOTE

  • The U.S. will enter Sunday’s VI WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup gold medal game with an unbeaten record for the first time in team history.
  • The United States’ all-time record against Venezuela improves to 2-2 at the U-12 level.
  • Team USA’s offense continued to flex its muscles in the first inning, scoring four runs to increase its first-inning run total to 29 over seven games.
  • The 12U National Team has now won five consecutive WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup Super Round games, with its last loss coming in the 2017 Super Round opener against Chinese Taipei.
  • Saturday’s win featured contributions from all over the lineup as seven different players drove in at least one run.
  • Major Ciers earned the win to improve his tournament win-loss record to 2-0. Ciers and Levi Kerr (3) have combined for five of Team USA’s seven wins on the mound.
  • After picking up two more hits on Saturday, Anthony Frausto now leads the VI WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup in hits with 13.
  • A trio of U.S. players sit atop the VI WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup leaderboard in home runs and RBIs: Colin Anderson (5, 18), Anthony Frausto (4, 13), and Jordan Leon (3, 11).

ON DECK

The two teams will meet again in Sunday’s VI WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup gold medal game. First pitch is set for 6:00 p.m. local/6:00 a.m. ET from Asia-Pacific Main Stadium in Tainan, Taiwan.

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GAMEDAY: 12U National Team Plays Venezuela in Gold Medal Game Preview

First pitch set for 2:30 p.m. local time/2:30 a.m. ET.
August 5, 2022
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TAINAN, Taiwan – After clinching a spot in the gold medal game on Friday, Team USA concludes World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup Super Round play with a matchup against Venezuela. First pitch is set for 2:30 p.m. local/2:30 a.m. ET from Asia Pacific Main-Stadium in Tainan, Taiwan.

The game will be a preview of Sunday’s gold medal game, which will also feature the United States against Venezuela.

The U.S. defeated Chinese Taipei, 8-6, on Friday night to clinch its spot in the title game. The stars and stripes rallied for six runs in their final two turns at bat to win the game, getting a grand slam from Anthony Frausto and a go-ahead single by Max Villalva. Frausto’s grand slam was his second of the tournament.

Colin Anderson homered in the win over Chinese Taipei, giving him four round trippers in his last three games. The outfielder, who leads Team USA in most offensive categories, has 11 RBIs over the three-game span.

Levi Kerr earned the win on Friday for the second straight day, as he also got the victory against Mexico on Thursday. Kerr has thrown 7.2 spotless innings in three appearances for the U.S., allowing just two hits.

Venezuela enters the contest at 6-1 on the tournament. The club only lost one game in Group A pool play, falling 7-1 to Mexico, while beating Chinese Taipei, Italy, Panama, and South Africa. Venezuela has won each of its first two Super Round games, knocking off Korea and the Dominican Republic to secure a spot in the title game.

Saturday’s matchup will be the third all-time meeting between the U.S. and Venezuela at the U-12 level. Venezuela has the upper hand throughout history, winning two of the three games the teams have played. They most recently met at the 2019 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup, where Venezuela picked up a 7-6 win over Team USA.

The U.S., which owns a world-best three world titles at the U-12 level, won all three of its championships in three consecutive events (2013, 2015, 2017). Team USA went 6-2 in the tournament in 2019 but did not earn a medal for the only time in program history.

The 2022 U.S. roster comprises players who were selected from two USA Baseball identification events. Fourteen players on the roster participated in the 2022 Futures Invitational in June and four athletes played in the 2021 National Team Identification Series (NTIS) Champions Cup last summer. In addition, the roster comprises players from nine different states. California leads all states with six representatives, while Texas follows with five players.

The stars and stripes are led by skipper RJ Farrell in 2022, who returns to the post for the second consecutive season. Farrell led the U.S. to an unbeaten record in a three-game exhibition slate in 2021, outscoring opponents 55-3. The manager has a plethora of experience on 12U National Team coaching staffs, spending three seasons as an assistant coach. In that role, he helped lead Team USA to gold medals at the 2017 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup and the 2018 COPABE U-12 Pan American Championships.

Farrell is joined on staff by pitching coach Seth Kenny and assistant coaches Troy Gerlach and Tanner Vesely. Kenny will reprise his role as pitching coach in 2022 after making his national team coaching debut a summer ago, when his pitching staff posted a 1.29 ERA and struck out 33 batters in 21 innings pitched. Gerlach assumes the role of assistant coach on the 2022 staff, bringing with him a gold medal from the 2018 WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup, where he was an assistant coach. Also serving as an assistant is four-time gold medalist Vesely for the second consecutive year. Vesely, who has been a member of six national team staffs, won the 2015 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup as manager and has been an assistant on three other gold-medal winning squads.

To follow along with all the action at the WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup, be sure to follow @USABaseball12U on Twitter and @USABaseball on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter.

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Team USA Beats Chinese Taipei to Clinch Spot in World Cup Gold Medal Game

August 5, 2022
BOX SCORE | PLAYS | CUMULATIVE STATS
1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Chinese Taipei 1 0 2 1 2 0 6 5 0
Team USA 2 0 0 4 2 x 8 7 0

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TAINAN, Taiwan – Team USA rallied for six runs in its final two turns at bat to beat Chinese Taipei, 8-6, and clinch a spot in the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup gold medal game.

The United States will take on Venezuela in the title game on Sunday.

With the game tied at six in the bottom of the fifth, Jordan Leon and Anthony Ramon hit back-to-back singles and Ty Chambless was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Max Villalva followed that by sneaking a ground ball through the left side for an RBI single, giving the U.S. a 7-6 lead, which eventually grew to 8-6 on an RBI groundout by Jonah Saken. Chinese Taipei then put the tying run at the plate in the top of the sixth, but Levi Kerr was able to coax a game-ending groundout to secure the win.

The fifth inning was not the first time Team USA cashed in after loading the bases. Trailing 4-2 in the bottom of the fourth, two hits and a walk put runners on every base with just one out. Then, for the second time in the tournament, Anthony Frausto hit a grand slam and gave Team USA a 6-4 lead, smoking an outside pitch over the wall in right center field to ignite the late scoring outburst.

Dylan Mercado started on the mound for the United States and threw four innings, allowing four runs and striking out five. Levi Kerr worked the final two innings in relief and earned his third win of the tournament, permitting just one baserunner to reach via a walk.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Chinese Taipei opened the scoring in the top of the first when Po-Yuang Chuang walked and was eventually plated on Tzu-Chiao Ou’s sacrifice fly to give Chinese Taipei a 1-0 lead.
  • With one out and Anthony Frausto on first base in the bottom of the first, Colin Anderson unloaded on a first-pitch curveball for a two-run homer to give the U.S. a 2-1 advantage.
  • Chinese Taipei took a one-run lead in the third inning when Rui-Xi Chen hit a two-run home run over the left field wall, making the score 3-2 in favor of Chinese Taipei.
  • In the top of the fourth, Chinese Taipei loaded the bases with nobody out but was only able to scratch across one run on a double play as the U.S. deficit grew to 4-2.
  • After Ty Chambless doubled, Max Villalva walked, and Jonah Saken singled to load the bases in the fourth, Anthony Frausto took an outside pitch the other way for a go-ahead grand slam, giving Team USA a 6-4 lead.
  • Chinese Taipei rallied for a pair of runs in the top of the fifth to tie the game. The first run scored on a fielder’s choice by Pin-Han Gao, and Rui-Xi Chen later scored on a wild pitch as the score became 6-6.
  • Jordan Leon singled to lead off the United States’ half of the fifth and later scored when Max Villalva hit a single through the left side, giving Team USA a 7-6 lead.
  • Jonah Saken gave the U.S. an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth, driving in Anthony Ramon with a groundout to extend the lead to 8-6.
  • Chinese Taipei put the tying run at the plate with one out in the top of the sixth, but a batter’s interference and a groundout induced by Levi Kerr secured the victory for the United States.

OF NOTE

  • Team USA will appear in the WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup gold medal game for the fourth time in its five trips to the tournament. The U.S. has won gold each time it has made it to the title game (2013, 2015, 2017).
  • Friday’s win was the second consecutive game that the United States trailed in the fourth inning or later and won, as the team came back from a late deficit in Thursday’s win over Mexico.
  • Team USA has hit 19 home runs in the tournament, surpassing its home run totals from all four previous WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cups it has played in.
  • After another error-free game, the stars and stripes raised their team fielding percentage to .965.
  • The U.S. has now scored at least one run in the first inning in all six of its games, giving the squad 25 first-inning runs.
  • Team USA’s all-time record against Chinese Taipei improves to 4-2 at the U-12 level.
  • Colin Anderson has now homered in three straight games, leaving the yard four times and driving in 11 runs over that span.
  • By walking twice and hitting the game-winning single, Max Villalva reached base in all three of his plate appearances in the victory.
  • Levi Kerr has won three games on the mound for the U.S. and owns a spotless 0.00 ERA, allowing just two hits in 7.2 innings of work.
  • Friday’s game was delayed for 90 minutes after the first inning due to rain.

ON DECK

Team USA wraps up Super Round play against Venezuela on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. local/2:30 a.m. ET.

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GAMEDAY: 12U National Team Continues Super Round Against Chinese Taipei

First pitch set for 6:30 p.m. local time/6:30 a.m. ET.
August 4, 2022
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TAINAN, Taiwan – The 12U National Team continues VI World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup Super Round play on Friday with a matchup against host Chinese Taipei. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. local/6:30 a.m. ET from Asia-Pacific Main Stadium in Tainan, Taiwan.

Team USA is coming off a dramatic walk-off win against Mexico on Thursday. The team battled back on multiple occasions and won on a walk-off single by Anthony Ramon, which came after a game-tying homer by Cristian Matos.

The United States owns a 5-0 overall record at the VI WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup. Per WBSC rules, the squad is 3-0 in the Super Round after beating Group B representatives, the Domincan Republic and Korea, in pool play action.

Colin Anderson homered again on Thursday against Mexico and now has four homers and 16 RBIs on the tournament. He is batting .636 (7-for-11), with all his hits going for extra bases.

Anthony Frausto had three hits in the win over Mexico and is now batting .818 (9-for-11) to lead all players. Frausto has two doubles and two homers under his belt so far in the tournament.

Batting from the leadoff spot, Jonah Saken has gotten a hit in every game of the tournament thus far. The outfielder is batting .571 (8-for-14), also scoring a team-best 10 runs.

On the mound, the U.S. has combined to post a 2.89 team ERA. Levi Kerr, who got two clutch outs out of the bullpen against Mexico, is now 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA and five strikeouts over 5.2 innings. Four other Team USA arms have posted scoreless outings.

Friday’s Super Round contest will be the sixth-ever meeting between the U.S. and Chinese Taipei at the U-12 level. Team USA leads the all-time series, 3-2, and won most recently in 2017.

The Super Round battle will be the fourth all-time meeting between the U.S. and Mexico at the U-12 level. Team USA has a 2-1 record in the matchup, with Mexico picking up its win at the 2019 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup.

The U.S., which owns a world-best three world titles at the U-12 level, won all three of its championships in three consecutive events (2013, 2015, 2017). Team USA went 6-2 in the tournament in 2019 but did not earn a medal for the only time in program history.

The 2022 U.S. roster comprises players who were selected from two USA Baseball identification events. Fourteen players on the roster participated in the 2022 Futures Invitational in June and four athletes played in the 2021 National Team Identification Series (NTIS) Champions Cup last summer. In addition, the roster comprises players from nine different states. California leads all states with six representatives, while Texas follows with five players.

The stars and stripes are led by skipper RJ Farrell in 2022, who returns to the post for the second consecutive season. Farrell led the U.S. to an unbeaten record in a three-game exhibition slate in 2021, outscoring opponents 55-3. The manager has a plethora of experience on 12U National Team coaching staffs, spending three seasons as an assistant coach. In that role, he helped lead Team USA to gold medals at the 2017 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup and the 2018 COPABE U-12 Pan American Championships.

Farrell is joined on staff by pitching coach Seth Kenny and assistant coaches Troy Gerlach and Tanner Vesely. Kenny will reprise his role as pitching coach in 2022 after making his national team coaching debut a summer ago, when his pitching staff posted a 1.29 ERA and struck out 33 batters in 21 innings pitched. Gerlach assumes the role of assistant coach on the 2022 staff, bringing with him a gold medal from the 2018 WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup, where he was an assistant coach. Also serving as an assistant is four-time gold medalist Vesely for the second consecutive year. Vesely, who has been a member of six national team staffs, won the 2015 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup as manager and has been an assistant on three other gold-medal winning squads.

To follow along with all the action at the WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup, be sure to follow @USABaseball12U on Twitter and @USABaseball on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter.

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Team Navy, White Close Out ADP on a High Note

August 4, 2022
CARY, N.C. – The 13U/14U Athlete Development Program (ADP) wrapped up Thursday at the USA Baseball National Training Complex, as Team Navy and Team White both closed out the event with a win. Team Navy took down Team Light Blue, 9-6, to earn their first win of competition. While Team

CARY, N.C. – The 13U/14U Athlete Development Program (ADP) wrapped up Thursday at the USA Baseball National Training Complex, as Team Navy and Team White both closed out the event with a win. Team Navy took down Team Light Blue, 9-6, to earn their first win of competition. While Team White defeated Team Red, 8-5, to finish as the only team to earn two wins.

ABOUT ADP SCORING*
USA Baseball utilizes a modified scoring system for its development programs to achieve load management and mitigate potential injuries due to overuse for its youth athletes. Pitchers are subject to a maximum pitch count of 25 per inning during game play. In the event an inning is rolled because a pitcher has reached their maximum pitch count, runners on base may be contributed to the game score. As a result of this system, the final game score may not match the overall statistics.

GAME ONE: Team Navy 9, Team Light Blue 6

Box Score | Play-by-play

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Christopher Reali scored on a wild pitch in the second inning for Team Navy after he laced a single into left field and advanced from first to third on a hit-and-run by Julian Suarez.
  • Aaron Hernandez worked a walk with the bases loaded to earn the RBI in the fifth for Team Navy.
  • Brady Beckham tacked on two more for Team Navy by driving a single into center field.
  • Josiah Morris cranked a three RBI triple past the left fielder for Team Light Blue in the fifth to get his team on the scoreboard.
  • Christopher Reali scored his second run of the game in the sixth for Team Navy after a leadoff walk, swiped second, and came home via a throwing error on a groundout.
  • Jackson Maddix notched an RBI on the sacrifice fly to left field to bring in Julian Suarez for Team Navy in the sixth.
  • With Andrew Rico and Jace Moran reaching base on walks in the sixth for Team Light Blue, Lash Henderson crushed a triple to center field for two RBIs.
  • Lash Henderson took advantage of a dropped third strike and scored on the throw down to first base by the catcher for another Team Light Blue run in the sixth.
  • Jake Ursey sent a single back up the middle to plate two runs for Team Navy in the seventh.

NOTABLES

  • Archer Horn and Jacob Melendez combined to throw four scoreless innings to start for Team Navy with five strikeouts.
  • Blake Bowen (2-for-3) and Brady Bickham (2-for-4) both contributed multi-hit efforts in the win for Team Navy.
  • Blake Bowen finished ADP with a .500 batting average, four walks, and 5-for-5 on stolen bases.
  • Christopher Reali made two appearances at ADP tossing three scoreless innings and five strikeouts.
  • Ayden Lockett completed ADP with a 1.945 OPS and a .667 batting average for Team Light Blue.
  • Judson Dowell led Team Light Blue with eight total bases, five hits, and four runs scored in their three games played.

GAME TWO: Team White 8, Team Red 5

Box Score | Play-by-play

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Brady Harris began the first inning for Team Red with a single to left, moved up to second on a groundout, took third on a wild pitch, and scored on Keon Johnson's RBI-single to left center.
  • With Kevin Roberts Jr. on third and Josh Burkholder on second thanks to a double steal following their single and walk, respectively, Logan Schmidt put a single into right field for two RBIs.
  • James Tronstein notched a two RBI single to left field to score Chase Cotton, who reached on a hit by pitch, and Logan Schmidt for Team White in the second.
  • Dylan Minnatee scored for Team Red on a passed ball after leading the fourth inning off with a single up the middle.
  • Bear Calvo picked up an RBI for Team Red in the fourth inning on a groundout to first which allowed Isaac Vidal to score.
  • Trevor Condon led off the sixth for Team White by sending a single up the middle and advanced to third on an error by the pitcher. Joshua Priest brought Condon home for the RBI via a sacrifice fly to right field.
  • Kevin Roberts Jr. added another run in the sixth for Team White after a single up the middle and swiped second. He then advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored as the throw down to third sailed into left field.
  • Zachary Estrada scored for Team Red in the seventh thanks to an error by the first baseman after leading off the inning with a walk.
  • Dylan Minnatee torched a single through the right side in the seventh for Team Red to allow JC Pacheco to score.

NOTABLES

  • James Tronstein finished with a team-best five hits and five runs scored for Team White.
  • Brady Harris ended as the ADP hit leader with six hits and led Team Red with four runs scored and nine total bases.
  • Kevin Roberts was a perfect 5-5 on stolen base attempts and batted .600 with a team-best five runs scored for Team White.
  • Isaac Vidal dealt three shutout innings in relief for Team Red to hold off the Team White offense.
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Ramon's Walk-Off Gives Team USA Dramatic Win Over Mexico in Super Round Opener

The U.S. offense scores twice in the sixth to complete comeback victory
August 4, 2022
BOX SCORE | PLAYS | CUMULATIVE STATS
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Mexico 1 1 1 1 0 1 5 9 0
Team USA 1 0 1 0 2 2 6 10 0

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TAINAN, Taiwan – Anthony Ramon hit a walk-off single to cap a sixth-inning comeback as Team USA beat Mexico, 6-5, in the Super Round opener at the VI World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup on Thursday afternoon in Tainan, Taiwan.

With the win, Team USA moves to 5-0 overall and inches closer to securing a spot in the VI WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup gold medal game.

Down by one in the bottom of the sixth, the U.S. rallied for a pair of runs to secure the dramatic win. The tying run came with Team USA down to its final two outs, as Cristian Matos cranked a pinch-hit solo homer over the right field wall to knot the game at five. After Max Villalva walked and advanced to third, Anthony Frausto was intentionally walked to put Anthony Ramon at the plate. Ramon then swung at the first pitch he saw and dumped it into center field for a base hit, plating Villalva and giving the U.S. the walk-off win.

The sixth-inning comeback was not the first time Team USA clawed back from a deficit in the game. Down by two in the bottom of the fifth, Anthony Frausto and Colin Anderson each hit solo homers to straightaway center field to tie the game. Mexico grabbed a run in the top of the sixth to take the lead back, setting up for the U.S. offense to eventually walk it off in the bottom half of the frame.

Team USA’s pitching staff worked around traffic all afternoon to keep the game within striking distance. Jordan Leon started the game and pitched three innings, allowing three runs and striking out four. Jimmy Stout III turned in 2.1 innings of relief and allowed two runs before Levi Kerr took over in the top of the sixth and got two big outs to earn the win.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Mexico’s offense came out strong in the top of the first to score the game’s first run. Johnny Martinez led off the game with a single and later scored on a two-out base-hit by Ivan Chaires to give Mexico the 1-0 lead.
  • As it has all tournament, Team USA scored a run in the first inning to tie the game. Anthony Frausto doubled and came around to score on an RBI double off the left field wall by Colin Anderson to even the score at one.
  • Mexico plated its second run in the second inning on an RBI groundout by Leonardo Garza and Ivan Chaires homered in the top of the third to extend Mexico's lead to 3-1.
  • Team USA cut its deficit to one in the bottom of the third. Jonah Saken singled and Anthony Frausto doubled to put runners on second and third, and Saken scored on an RBI groundout by Trent O’Malley to make it a 3-2 lead for Mexico.
  • Mexico loaded the bases with nobody out in the top of the fourth, but Jimmy Stout III allowed just a sacrifice fly and nothing more as Mexico’s lead became 4-2.
  • Team USA had a chance to score in the bottom of the fourth when it put runners on second and third with no outs, but Mexico’s Alfredo Itturalde evaded trouble to keep it a two-run game.
  • With Team USA down 4-2 in the bottom of the fifth, Anthony Frausto led off with a solo homer to center and Colin Anderson followed with a mammoth shot over the batter’s eye to knot the game at four.
  • Mexico scratched a run across on an RBI groundout in the top of the sixth to regain the 5-4 lead, but Levi Kerr picked up a big strikeout to give the U.S. offense a chance in the bottom of the inning.
  • With one out and nobody on in the final inning, Cristian Matos turned on a 3-1 pitch and hit it over the right field wall to tie the game at five.
  • Max Villalva drew a walk, advanced to second on a balk, and moved over to third on a groundout to put the winning run on third base in the sixth. After Anthony Frausto was intentionally walked, Anthony Ramon hit a bloop single to center field to plate Villalva and secure the come-from-behind win for the United States.

OF NOTE

  • Team USA has now scored a first-inning run in all five of its games, combining for 23 total first-inning runs in the tournament.
  • Overall, the U.S. is batting .462 (60-for-130) with 17 homers and 69 runs scored. Nearly half of the team’s hits have been for extra bases as it has 29 extra-base hits in the tournament.
  • Team USA is now 3-1 all-time against Mexico at the U-12 level.
  • The United States’ defense did not make an error in the win and now owns a .958 team fielding percentage.
  • According to WBSC rules, Team USA now owns a 3-0 record in the Super Round after beating Group B representatives, the Dominican Republic and Korea, in pool play.
  • Anthony Frausto went 3-for-3 in the win to raise his tournament-best batting average to .818 (9-for-11). He hit two doubles and a homer in the victory.
  • Jonah Saken picked up a hit in the win to continue his hitting streak, as the outfielder has now gotten a knock in all five games and is batting .571 (8-for-14).
  • Three of Cristian Matos’ four hits in the tournament have been home runs after his roundtripper in the win.
  • With his two-hit, two-RBI day, Colin Anderson raised his stat line to a .636 average (7-for-11) with four homers and 16 RBIs.

ON DECK

Team USA returns to Super Round action on Friday night when it takes on Chinese Taipei at 6:30 p.m. local/6:30 a.m. ET at Asia-Pacific Main Stadium in Tainan, Taiwan.

SOCIAL

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GAMEDAY: 12U National Team Begins Super Round Play Against Mexico

First pitch set for 10:30 a.m. local time/10:30 p.m. ET.
August 3, 2022
WATCH LIVE | LIVE STATS TAINAN, Taiwan – After finishing unbeaten in Group B, the 12U National Team will begin Super Round play against Mexico on Thursday at Asia-Pacific Main Stadium in Tainan, Taiwan. First pitch is set for 10:30 a.m. local time/10:30 p.m. ET. The matchup will pin the

WATCH LIVE | LIVE STATS

TAINAN, Taiwan – After finishing unbeaten in Group B, the 12U National Team will begin Super Round play against Mexico on Thursday at Asia-Pacific Main Stadium in Tainan, Taiwan. First pitch is set for 10:30 a.m. local time/10:30 p.m. ET.

The matchup will pin the two number one seeds against each other, as Mexico won Group A and Team USA emerged as the top team from Group B.

Team USA enters the contest with a 4-0 record and is the only undefeated team remaining in the field. The stars and stripes begun their pool play sweep with a 24-0 defeat of the Czech Republic on Friday, then followed with a 21-6 victory over Japan, a 10-0 win against the Dominican Republic, and an 8-5 win over Korea.

The United States have gotten offense up and down the lineup so far throughout the tournament. Colin Anderson has supplied the power for the U.S., hitting three homers – including two grand slams – and driving in 14 runs. Anthony Frausto (.750) and Jonah Saken (.700) have each picked up hits in each game they have played in, with Saken notching three doubles.

On the mound, Team USA has posted a 2.29 staff ERA. Levi Kerr tossed a shutout in the team’s win over the Dominican Republic, and five other U.S. pitchers have clean 0.00 ERA’s in the tournament.

Mexico will bring a 4-1 record to the Super Round matchup. It has picked up wins over Italy, Panama, South Africa, and Venezuela, and dropped a 3-1 decision to Chinese Taipei. Mexico is led offensively by Ezequiel Rivera Velarde, who is batting .636 (7-for-11) with three homers and seven RBIs. The club has posted a 0.89 ERA in 27.0 innings throughout the tournament, striking out 38 batters.

The Super Round battle will be the fourth all-time meeting between the U.S. and Mexico at the U-12 level. Team USA has a 2-1 record in the matchup, with Mexico picking up its win at the 2019 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup.

The U.S., which owns a world-best three world titles at the U-12 level, won all three of its championships in three consecutive events (2013, 2015, 2017). Team USA went 6-2 in the tournament in 2019 but did not earn a medal for the only time in program history.

The 2022 U.S. roster comprises players who were selected from two USA Baseball identification events. Fourteen players on the roster participated in the 2022 Futures Invitational in June and four athletes played in the 2021 National Team Identification Series (NTIS) Champions Cup last summer. In addition, the roster comprises players from nine different states. California leads all states with six representatives, while Texas follows with five players.

The stars and stripes are led by skipper RJ Farrell in 2022, who returns to the post for the second consecutive season. Farrell led the U.S. to an unbeaten record in a three-game exhibition slate in 2021, outscoring opponents 55-3. The manager has a plethora of experience on 12U National Team coaching staffs, spending three seasons as an assistant coach. In that role, he helped lead Team USA to gold medals at the 2017 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup and the 2018 COPABE U-12 Pan American Championships.

Farrell is joined on staff by pitching coach Seth Kenny and assistant coaches Troy Gerlach and Tanner Vesely. Kenny will reprise his role as pitching coach in 2022 after making his national team coaching debut a summer ago, when his pitching staff posted a 1.29 ERA and struck out 33 batters in 21 innings pitched. Gerlach assumes the role of assistant coach on the 2022 staff, bringing with him a gold medal from the 2018 WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup, where he was an assistant coach. Also serving as an assistant is four-time gold medalist Vesely for the second consecutive year. Vesely, who has been a member of six national team staffs, won the 2015 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup as manager and has been an assistant on three other gold-medal winning squads.

To follow along with all the action at the WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup, be sure to follow @USABaseball12U on Twitter and @USABaseball on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter.

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Team White Gets the Win, Team Red and Light Blue End in a Draw on Day Two of the ADP

James Tronstein leads Team White offensively to help his squad pick up their first win
August 3, 2022
CARY, N.C. – On the second day of the 13U/14U Athlete Development Program (ADP) at the USA Baseball National Training Complex, Team White picked up their first win of competition, while Team Light Blue and Team Red ended in a tie. ABOUT ADP SCORING* USA Baseball utilizes a modified scoring

CARY, N.C. – On the second day of the 13U/14U Athlete Development Program (ADP) at the USA Baseball National Training Complex, Team White picked up their first win of competition, while Team Light Blue and Team Red ended in a tie.

ABOUT ADP SCORING*
USA Baseball utilizes a modified scoring system for its development programs to achieve load management and mitigate potential injuries due to overuse for its youth athletes. Pitchers are subject to a maximum pitch count of 25 per inning during game play. In the event an inning is rolled because a pitcher has reached their maximum pitch count, runners on base may be contributed to the game score. As a result of this system, the final game score may not match the overall statistics.

Game One: Team White 10, Team Red 7

Box Score | Play-by-play

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • James Tronstein drove the first pitch of the game into left center for a double and scored the first run for Team White on a wild pitch.
  • Conner Weese added another in the first for Team White after he laced a triple down the right field line to score Josh Burkholder, who worked a walked, from first.
  • After a Kevin Roberts Jr. walk, Roberts Jr. and Conner Weese executed a double steal in the first which allowed Weese to score from third for Team White.
  • Team Navy scored four runs in the second via defensive miscues and wild pitching. Two runs came on a fielding error at second base, followed by a bases loaded walk from Blake Bowen, and Christopher Reali scored on a passed ball after getting on base via a four-pitch walk.
  • Conner Weese dropped a double into right center and scored for Team White on a triple down the left field line by Joshua Priest in the third.
  • Teagan Scott brought Conner Weese home on an RBI-single to left center in the third for Team White.
  • Team Navy scored one apiece in the third and fourth innings as they took advantage of defensive miscues in the infield by Team White.
  • Wilson Anderson sent a single into left field to plate two for Team White after Chase Fuller and Kevin Roberts both reached on walks in the fifth.
  • After Teagan Scott was hit by a pitch, both Scott and Wilson Anderson moved up to second and third for Andrew Jimenez. Jimenez brought the runners in from scoring position on a single to right field for two RBIs.
  • Archer Horn picked up his second hit of the game for Team Navy which allowed Blake Bowen to score after he doubled to left center in the sixth.
  • Kevin Roberts Jr. scored the final run for Team White leading off the seventh with a single to third, swiped second, advanced to third on a passed ball, and scored on an error by the catcher.

NOTABLES

  • James Tronstein collected another multi-hit game (2-for-4) after going 2-for-3 yesterday for Team White. Two of his four hits have gone for doubles and Tronstein has scored three runs through two games.
  • Conner Weese produced two hits, both doubles, and scored two runs to help Team White earn the win.
  • Kevin Roberts Jr. stole three bases to lead all players putting pressure on the Team Navy defense.
  • Blake Bowen is 2-for-5 with two doubles and three walks through two games for Team Navy.

Game Two: Team Red 6, Team Light Blue 6

Box Score | Play-by-play

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • In the first, Keon Johnson contributed the first run for Team Red blasting a double into left center to score JC Pacheco after he walked and advanced to third on consecutive passed balls.
  • Ayden Lockett led off for Team Blue in the first sending a pitch deep to left field for a triple and scored on the RBI-groundout to second base by Kahanu Martinez.
  • Brady Harris notched an RBI-single to left center in the second inning to score pinch-runner Griffin McKain from second base.
  • Dylan Minnatee reached in the third on a hit by pitch and swiped second, but the throw down soared into center field. The ball got by the center fielder allowing Minnatee to score for Team Red.
  • With Judson Dowell reaching on a walk and Lincoln Boyle via a single up the middle to put runners on for Team Light Blue, Luke Armijo sent a double to left field to score Dowell. Boyle was thrown out attempting to score by a perfect relay that nailed him at home plate.
  • Team Light Blue turned a 4-6-3 double play with the bases loaded in the fourth for Team Red allowing Bear Calvo to score after he reached on an error.
  • With pinch-runner Griffin McKain left on third following the double play, he scored on a passed ball for Team Red.
  • Ayden Lockett jumpstarted the Light Blue offense in the fourth with a leadoff double and Judson Dowell singled to third base to advance Lockett to third. This allowed John Hucko to score Lockett as he singled through the left side for the RBI.
  • Judson Dowell advanced to third on a passed ball following the RBI single and scored on a wild pitch.
  • Jace Moran started the fifth with a single to second for Light Blue and was pinch ran for by Jacob Jimenez. Jimenez stole second base and advanced to third on a foul out. Forcing Team Red to play their infield in, Logan Pascarella put a groundball in play to short and JC Pacheco was unable to nab Jimenez at home.
  • John Hucko picked up his second RBI of the game for Team Light Blue with an RBI-groundout to second base to score Ayden Lockett from third who reached on a walk.
  • Dylan Minnatee delivered a sacrifice fly in the seventh for Team Red to score Brady Harris who led off with a single.

NOTABLES

  • Brady Harris produced a multi-hit performance in both games now for Team Red and is 4-for-7 with a 1.571 OPS through two games.
  • Keon Johnson pitched two no-hit innings in relief to finish the game for Team Red.
  • Judson Dowell has notched two hits in both games for Team Light Blue and boasts a .667 batting average with a team-high seven total bases.
  • Ayden Lockett scored a team-best three runs for Team Light Blue and reached based in all three of his at-bats.

ON DECK

The teams take a day off from competition tomorrow, but return on Thursday, August 4, for the final day of the 13U/14U ADP at the National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. Team Navy (0-2) and Team Light Blue (1-0-1) will matchup at 10:00 a.m. ET, while Team White (1-1) and Team Red (1-0-1) will face off at 1:00 p.m. ET.

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Groups, Schedule Revealed for WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup this September in Florida

Baseball’s 30th U-18 World Championship will be contested over 50 games, with the world’s best youth baseball players and teams to compete over nine days of competition at Sarasota's Ed Smith Stadium and Bradenton's LECOM Park in Florida, USA.
August 2, 2022
- U-18 Baseball World Cup® 2021 Schedule The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) and host USA Baseball today announced the game schedule for the XXX WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup® 2021, which will be played from September 9-18 in Sarasota and Bradenton, Florida, USA. Baseball’s 30th U-18 World Championship will

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) and host USA Baseball today announced the game schedule for the XXX WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup® 2021, which will be played from September 9-18 in Sarasota and Bradenton, Florida, USA.

Baseball’s 30th U-18 World Championship will be contested over 50 games, with the world’s best young baseball prospects and teams set to compete over nine days of competition at LECOM Park and Ed Smith Stadium.

Group A features host No. 5 USA, No. 3 Korea, No. 8 Netherlands, No. 12 Canada, No. 25 Brazil, and No. 26 South Africa.

Group B features world No. 1 Japan, No. 2 Chinese Taipei, No. 4 Mexico, No. 10 Australia, No. 13 Panama, and No. 17 Italy.

The top three teams from Group A will play the top three teams from Group B in the Super Round from September 15-17, with the top two teams meeting 'For the Title of World Champion' on Sunday, September 18.

The U-18 Baseball World Cups, along with its continental qualifiers, have consistently featured players who have gone on to become some of the biggest names in the sport, such as Japan’s Yu Darvish and Shohei Ohtani; Korea’s Shin-soo Choo; Cuba’s Yasiel Puig and Aroldis Chapman; and Clayton Kershaw, Bryce Harper, Francisco Lindor, Manny Machado and Buster Posey, who all played for USA Baseball’s U-18 National Team.

Chinese Taipei won the last WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in 2019, defeating then-defending world champions USA in the final, in Gijang, Korea.

The XXX WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup had been originally set to take place in September 2021, but was postponed to 2022 due to the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Anderson’s Big Day Against Korea Propels Team USA to Pool Play Sweep at World Cup

Anderson’s seven RBIs tie 12U National Team record in international play
August 2, 2022
BOX SCORE | PLAYS | CUMULATIVE STATS
1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Korea 1 3 0 0 1 0 5 6 0
Team USA 4 4 0 0 0 0 8 5 2

BOX SCORE | PLAYS | CUMULATIVE STATS

TAINAN, Taiwan – Colin Anderson hit two homers and drove in seven runs to propel the 12U National Team past Korea, 8-5, in its pool play finale at the VI World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup on Tuesday afternoon in Tainan, Taiwan.

With the performance, Anderson tied the 12U National Team record for most RBIs in a single game in international play. The U.S. clinched the top seed in the Super Round out of Group B with the win.

Team USA responded quickly after falling into a 1-0 hole in the first. Jonah Saken and Jordan Leon both walked to open the bottom half of the inning, and Trent O’Malley was hit by a pitch as the stars and stripes loaded the bases for Colin Anderson. The outfielder then stepped up to the plate and delivered, clobbering a grand slam just inside the left field foul pole as Team USA took a 4-1 lead.

Then, with the U.S. leading 5-4 with two outs in the second inning, Anderson pounced on an 0-2 pitch and went the other way for an opposite-field, three-run homer to extend Team USA’s lead to four. Korea chipped into its deficit with a run in the fifth but was not able to get anything more as the U.S. bullpen held strong in the win.

Major Ciers was clutch in relief for the United States, turning in 2.2 innings of one-run ball to earn the win. After entering in the second inning and allowing two unearned runs to score, Ciers permitted just one baserunner over the next two innings to keep Korea off the scoreboard. Trent O’Malley earned the save for the stars and stripes, throwing a hitless sixth inning to clinch the victory.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Korea jumped out to a quick lead in the top of the first, as Woochan Jung drew a leadoff walk and scored on a balk to give Korea a 1-0 lead.
  • The U.S. responded immediately in the bottom of the first, scoring first-inning runs for the fourth consecutive game. After a pair of walks and hit-by-pitch loaded the bases, Colin Anderson snuck a grand slam inside the left field foul pole to give Team USA a 4-1 advantage.
  • Korea answered in its half of the second inning when Seungwoo An hit an RBI single before two more runs scored on an error to knot the game at four.
  • Team USA had a quick answer in the bottom of the second, as Max Villalva got hit by a pitch and Jonah Saken singled to put a pair of runners on. Jordan Leon then delivered with a single through the right side to plate Villalva and make it a 5-4 lead for the United States.
  • With two out and two on in the bottom of the second, Colin Anderson took an 0-2 pitch the opposite way for a three-run homer, his second blast of the day, to give Team USA an 8-4 lead.
  • After entering the game in the second inning, Major Ciers tossed two key scoreless innings in the third and fourth as Team USA maintained its 8-4 edge.
  • Korea scratched a run across in the top of the fifth when Woochan Jung singled and scored on a wild pitch to creep within three runs.
  • Trent O’Malley took the mound in the top of the sixth and worked around a leadoff walk to notch the save and secure the 8-5 victory for Team USA.

OF NOTE

  • With seven RBIs in the win, Colin Anderson ties the 12U National Team record for RBIs in a single international game (Also: Nathan Aguilar, seven vs. Colombia on 8/4/2016).
  • Team USA has hit 14 homers through its first four games, already surpassing the 12U National Team’s home run totals at the WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cups in 2013, 2015, and 2019.
  • By scoring four runs in the first inning on Tuesday, the U.S. has now scored 22 runs over four first innings in the tournament.
  • The U.S. went 4-0 in WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup pool play for the third time in team history. The team also completed the feat in 2015 and 2017, when it went on to win gold both times.
  • Jonah Saken picked up another hit on Tuesday and has now hit safely in all four games to post a .700 batting average (7-for-10).
  • After the massive day in Tuesday’s win, Colin Anderson has driven in a tournament-most 14 runs. He has three homers and sixteen total bases in four games.
  • Team USA’s pitching staff lowered its ERA to 2.29 in the win. The group has struck out 20 batters in 21.0 innings and held opponents to a .234 batting average against.

ON DECK

Team USA has the day off on Wednesday and will return to action for the first game of the Super Round on Thursday, August 4. The time and opponent are to be determined.

SOCIAL

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Team Light Blue, Red Victorious on Day One of 13U/14U ADP

Judson Dowell and Brady Harris led all hitters with two extra-base hits each to lead their teams to a win
August 2, 2022
CARY, N.C. – On the first day of the 13U/14U Athlete Development Program (ADP), Team Light Blue and Team Red picked up wins to start competition on Monday at the USA Baseball Training Complex. Team Light Blue started out with an 8-5 victory over Team White and Team Red followed

CARY, N.C. – On the first day of the 13U/14U Athlete Development Program (ADP), Team Light Blue and Team Red picked up wins to start competition on Monday at the USA Baseball Training Complex. Team Light Blue started out with an 8-5 victory over Team White and Team Red followed up with a shutout win against Team Navy 5-0.

ABOUT ADP SCORING*
USA Baseball utilizes a modified scoring system for its development programs to achieve load management and mitigate potential injuries due to overuse for its youth athletes. Pitchers are subject to a maximum pitch count of 25 per inning during game play. In the event an inning is rolled because a pitcher has reached their maximum pitch count, runners on base may be contributed to the game score. As a result of this system, the final game score may not match the overall statistics.

Game One: Team Light Blue 8, Team White 5

Box Score | Play-by-play

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • James Tronstein led off the bottom of the first for White with a single, swiped second, and scored the first run on an RBI-single to center field by Trevor Condon.
  • Judson Dowell started the top of the second driving a double to center field and scored on a passed ball after advancing to third on wild pitch for Light Blue.
  • Josh Burkholder started the top of third for White with a single to right field, stole second, and scored on a throwing error.
  • Judson Dowell notched his second extra-base hit sending a triple down the right field line and scored a Light Blue run via a wild pitch in the top of the fourth.
  • Light Blue followed up with another run in the fourth as Ayden Lockett provided an RBI-single into left field to bring pinch-runner Jacob Seamon home.
  • Blake Ragsdale came home to score for Light Blue on a throwing error in the fifth after hitting a single right back at the pitcher to lead off the inning and advancing to second on a wild pitch.
  • Trevor Condon picked up his second RBI via a groundout to second in the sixth for White to score pinch-runner Kevin Roberts Jr.
  • Joshua Priest laced an RBI-double to right center to plate James Tronstein after he collected a double of his own down the left field line to score another run for White in the sixth.

NOTABLES

  • Team White outhit Team Light Blue, 8-7, but Light Blue was able to capitalize on their nine walks drawn.
  • Both of Judson Dowell's hits went for extra-bases as he hit a double and a triple. Dowell also scored a team-best two runs in the game.
  • Trevor Condon drove in a game-high two RBIs in the contest from the three-hole.
  • James Tronstein notched a multi-hit game (2-for-3) and scored a team-best two runs.

GAME TWO: Team Red 5, Team Navy 0

Box Score | Play-by-play

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Brady Harris used his speed to put pressure on the Navy defense in the fifth. He hustled out a double to right center and swiped third only to see the throw sail into left field allowing him to score the first run for Red.
  • Red struck again in the sixth as Keon Johnson blasted a double down the left field line, went to third on a wild pitch, and scored via the JC Pacheco RBI-single through the right side.
  • After a leadoff walk in the seventh by Andruw Giles, Brady Harris drilled a RBI-triple over the center field for Red.
  • Following the triple, Dylan Minnatee was hit by a pitch and executed a perfect double steal with Brady Harris to score another for Red.
  • Dylan Minnatee came home to score for the third Red run of the seventh inning thanks to a sacrifice fly by Keon Johnson.

NOTABLES

  • Brady Harris (2-for-3), Keon Johnson (2-for-2), and JC Pacheco (2-for-3) delivered multi-hit efforts in the Team Red win.
  • Bear Calvo, Jason Harris Jr., Daniel Nageer, and Lucas Rosenberg combined for the Team Red shutout.
  • Team Navy drew 10 walks in the loss compared to three strikeouts.
  • Braxton Barber reached base in all four at-bats going 2-for-2 with a pair of walks.
  • Christopher Reali struck out a game-high four batters in the contest.

ON DECK

The teams return Tuesday, August 2, for another day of competition at the National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. Team White (0-1) and Team Navy (0-1) matchup at 1:30 p.m. ET, while Team Red (1-0) and Team Light Blue (1-0) will face off at 4:30 p.m. ET.

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Women’s National Team Drops Series Finale With Canada

The U.S. was unable to overcome an early deficit
August 1, 2022
Box Score | PxP | Cumulative Stats THUNDER BAY, Ontario – USA Baseball’s Women’s National Team was unable to overcome an early deficit in its series finale with Canada on Monday afternoon at Baseball Central in Thunder Bay, Ontario, as it suffered an 8-4 loss. Despite the setback in the
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United States 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 4 7 2
Canada 8 0 0 0 0 0 X 8 11 0

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THUNDER BAY, Ontario – USA Baseball’s Women’s National Team was unable to overcome an early deficit in its series finale with Canada on Monday afternoon at Baseball Central in Thunder Bay, Ontario, as it suffered an 8-4 loss.

Despite the setback in the final game, the United States managed to clinch the series and finish with a 3-2 record, while Canada closed out the week with a 2-3 ledger.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Canada plated eight runs on as many hits and an error in the first inning, and proved to be all it needed to secure the win over the U.S. With the bases loaded on one out, the squad managed to string together six base hits in seven at bats to score the eight runs.
  • After four scoreless innings, the Stars and Stripes made a four-run surge in the sixth on four hits to cut its deficit in half. Kelsie Whitmore started the inning with a single through the left side, and then scored on Jade Gortarez’s double up the right field line to put her team on the board. After Gortarez moved to third on a groundout and Anna Kimbrell drew a walk, Jillian Albayati’s pinch-hit RBI single to center field followed by Alex Hugo’s two-run double to center field brought the other three runs across.
  • The U.S. looked to force extra innings in the seventh by putting a runner in scoring position after Kelsie Whitmore reached on a hit-by-pitch and stole second, but a fly out to left field ended the threat.

OF NOTE

  • Kelsie Whitmore and Jade Gortarez tallied two hits each in the contest, while Alex Hugo drove in a team-best two runs batted in.
  • Kelsie Whitmore was charged with the loss after surrendering eight earned runs in two innings pitched, while Canada’s Allison Schroder was credited with the win after tossing six complete innings and tallying five strikeouts.
  • USA’s Marti Sementelli and Meggie Meidlinger combined to yield just two hits in four shutout innings of relief.

SOCIAL MEDIA

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GAMEDAY: 12U National Team Wraps Up Pool Play Against Korea

First pitch set for 2:30 p.m local/2:30 a.m ET in Tainan, Taiwan
August 1, 2022
WATCH LIVE | LIVE STATS TAINAN, Taiwan – The unbeaten 12U National Team will wrap up World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup pool play action on Tuesday afternoon against Korea. First pitch is set for 2:30 p.m. local/2:30 a.m. ET at Asia-Pacific Main Stadium in Tainan, Taiwan.

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TAINAN, Taiwan – The unbeaten 12U National Team will wrap up World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup pool play action on Tuesday afternoon against Korea. First pitch is set for 2:30 p.m. local/2:30 a.m. ET at Asia-Pacific Main Stadium in Tainan, Taiwan.

The contest will be streamed live on Gametime OTT (login required) and live stats will be provided here.

The U.S. enters Tuesday’s contest as the only unbeaten team in Group B after winning its first three contests. The stars and stripes topped the Czech Republic in Friday’s opener, 24-0, before beating Japan (21-6) on Saturday and the Dominican Republic (10-0) on Sunday.

The Team USA offense has been paced by Anthony Frausto and Jonah Saken, who are both posting a .750 (6-for-8) batting average for the tournament. Saken started the WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup with five hits in his first five at-bats, and Frausto has picked up two hits in each contest.

The U.S. offense has hit a tournament-best 12 homers in its first three games. Jordan Leon and Cristian Matos are tied for the team lead with two, as Leon hit a pair in Friday’s 14-run first inning against the Czech Republic and Matos homered on Friday and on Sunday.

Team USA’s pitching staff owns a 2.00 ERA in 15 innings so far in the tournament. Levi Kerr was the latest member of the stars and stripes to dominate on the mound, as he turned in five shutout frames in Sunday’s win over the Dominican Republic.

Tuesday’s game will mark the fourth all-time matchup between the U.S. and Korea at the U-12 level. The United States have won all three contests so far, with the most recent game coming in 2019, where the U.S. picked up a 12-11 victory.

Korea is 2-1 in the tournament, with wins against the Czech Republic and Japan.

The U.S., which owns a world-best three world titles at the U-12 level, won all three of its championships in three consecutive events (2013, 2015, 2017). Team USA went 6-2 in the tournament in 2019 but did not earn a medal for the only time in program history.

The 2022 U.S. roster comprises players who were selected from two USA Baseball identification events. Fourteen players on the roster participated in the 2022 Futures Invitational in June and four athletes played in the 2021 National Team Identification Series (NTIS) Champions Cup last summer. In addition, the roster comprises players from nine different states. California leads all states with six representatives, while Texas follows with five players.

The stars and stripes are led by skipper RJ Farrell in 2022, who returns to the post for the second consecutive season. Farrell led the U.S. to an unbeaten record in a three-game exhibition slate in 2021, outscoring opponents 55-3. The manager has a plethora of experience on 12U National Team coaching staffs, spending three seasons as an assistant coach. In that role, he helped lead Team USA to gold medals at the 2017 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup and the 2018 COPABE U-12 Pan American Championships.

Farrell is joined on staff by pitching coach Seth Kenny and assistant coaches Troy Gerlach and Tanner Vesely. Kenny will reprise his role as pitching coach in 2022 after making his national team coaching debut a summer ago, when his pitching staff posted a 1.29 ERA and struck out 33 batters in 21 innings pitched. Gerlach assumes the role of assistant coach on the 2022 staff, bringing with him a gold medal from the 2018 WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup, where he was an assistant coach. Also serving as an assistant is four-time gold medalist Vesely for the second consecutive year. Vesely, who has been a member of six national team staffs, won the 2015 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup as manager and has been an assistant on three other gold-medal winning squads.

The U.S. is in Group B – which includes Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Japan, and Korea – for the pool play portion of the WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup. Three nations from the group will emerge to the Super Round, where they will be joined by the three advancing teams from Group A (Chinese Taipei, Italy, Mexico, Panama, South Africa, and Venezuela).

To follow along with all the action at the WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup, be sure to follow @USABaseball12U on Twitter and @USABaseball on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter.

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Women’s National Team Shuts Out Canada, Clinches Series

The U.S. has outscored Canada 38-13 through four games
July 31, 2022
Box Score | PxP | Cumulative Stats THUNDER BAY, Ontario – USA Baseball’s Women’s National Team scored three runs in the first inning and never looked back as it defeated Canada on Sunday afternoon in shutout fashion, 7-0, at Baseball Central in Thunder Bay, Ontario. With the win, the United
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Canada 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
United States 3 0 0 0 3 1 X 7 8 0

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THUNDER BAY, Ontario – USA Baseball’s Women’s National Team scored three runs in the first inning and never looked back as it defeated Canada on Sunday afternoon in shutout fashion, 7-0, at Baseball Central in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

With the win, the United States clinches the friendship series and improves to 3-1 while Canada moves to 1-3.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The U.S. jumped out to a 3-0 lead on three hits in the first inning. Malaika Underwood and Kylee Lahners stared the spark with an infield single and hit-by-pitch, respectively, and Kelsie Whitmore drove in the first run with a double to right field to send Underwood home from second. Jillian Albayati made it 2-0 when her RBI groundout scored Lahners from third and then Jade Gortarez’s RBI single up the middle easily sent Whitmore home to plate the third run.
  • The bats were quiet for both teams until the fifth inning when the Stars and Stripes broke it open and made it 6-0. Alex Hugo drew a leadoff walk and then Malaika Underwood and Kylee Lahners each singled to load the bases for Kelsie Whitmore, who cleared the bases with a double to left field.
  • USA tacked on its final run of the game in the sixth inning to make it 7-0. After Ashton Lansdell and Remi Schaber drew walks, Malaika Underwood tallied her third hit of the game with a long single to right field to score Lansdell from second.

OF NOTE

  • Starting pitcher Jillian Albayati was phenomenal on the mound, tossing five shutout innings with three strikeouts to pick up the win.
  • Jamie Baum and Kate Blunt each threw an inning in relief to combine for the shutout. In total, the trio held Canada to five hits.
  • Canada’s Alexane Fournier was dealt the loss after allowing five earned runs in 4.1 innings pitched.
  • At the plate, Malaika Underwood led all players with a 3-for-4 outing, including a run batted in and two runs scored.
  • Kelsie Whitmore and Jade Gortarez also tallied two hits apiece, as Whitmore drove in a game-high four RBIs.
  • Through four games, the U.S. has outscored Canada, 38-13.

ON DECK

  • The teams will conclude its friendship series on Monday, August 1, for game five. First pitch is set for 1:00 p.m. ET at Baseball Central in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

SOCIAL MEDIA

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Team USA Defeats the Dominican Republic, Secures Spot in Super Round

Kerr tosses complete game, Matos and Mercado go yard in 10-0 win
July 31, 2022
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Dominican Republic 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Team USA 1 0 2 0 7 10 10 0

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TAINAN, Taiwan – Levi Kerr tossed a complete-game shutout and Cristian Matos and Dylan Mercado each homered as the 12U National Team defeated the Dominican Republic, 10-0, in pool play action at the VI World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup on Sunday morning at Asia-Pacific Main Stadium.

With the win, the U.S. secures its spot in the VI WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup Super Round.

After grabbing a quick lead and blanking the Dominican Republic offense in the first five innings, Team USA’s offense exploded for seven runs in the bottom of the fifth to pull away and win. Dylan Mercado’s three-run homer helped the U.S. blow the game open in the fifth, and RBIs by Jonah Saken and Colin Anderson put the finishing touches on the victory.

Team USA’s offense got off to a hot start for the third straight day, scoring in the first inning on an RBI double by Colin Anderson. Then, with the U.S. up by just one run in the third, Cristian Matos hit a two-run blast to right field as the stars and stripes got some breathing room before the seven-run fifth.

Levi Kerr was dominant from start to finish for Team USA, earning the win with a complete-game shutout. After walking the first two batters he faced, Kerr allowed just four more baserunners for the remainder of the game and coaxed two massive double plays to keep the Dominican Republic off the scoreboard.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Dominican Republic had an immediate scoring opportunity in the top of the first, putting its first two runners on with nobody out. But Levi Kerr escaped the jam, sandwiching a groundout between a pair of strikeouts to keep the game scoreless.
  • The U.S. struck for a run in the first inning for the third consecutive game when Jonah Saken led off the inning with a walk and came around to score on Colin Anderson’s two-out double to give Team USA a 1-0 lead.
  • The United States loaded the bases in its half of the second inning but Dominican Republic pitcher Marlon Polanco got two big outs to keep the score at 1-0.
  • With two outs in the bottom of the third, Anthony Frausto singled before Cristian Matos worked an eight-pitch at-bat that resulted in a two-run homer into the trees in right field, giving Team USA a 3-0 edge.
  • Down by three in the top of the fifth, the Dominican Republic notched its second hit of the day but it was immediately erased when Levi Kerr induced a 1-4-3 double play.
  • After back-to-back singles by Anthony Frausto and Cristian Matos to lead off the bottom of the fifth, Dylan Mercado clubbed a three-run homer to center field to make it 6-0 in favor of the U.S.
  • Tristin Gaines singled and scored on an RBI double by Jonah Saken as the stars and stripes’ lead became 7-0 in the fifth.
  • Team USA clinched the win in the fifth when Jonah Saken and Jordan Leon scored on wild pitches before Colin Anderson plated a run on a groundout to give the U.S. the 10-0 victory.

OF NOTE

  • The win was Team USA’s second shutout victory of the VI WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup (24-0 over Czech Republic on Friday).
  • With another first-inning run on Sunday, the U.S. has now scored 18 first-inning runs through three tournament games.
  • Sunday’s game was the first all-time matchup at the U-12 level between the United States and the Dominican Republic.
  • Dylan Mercado (3), Colin Anderson (2), and Cristian Matos (2) combined for seven of Team USA’s eight RBIs in the game.
  • After each picking up at least one hit on Sunday, Anthony Frausto and Jonah Saken are tied for the team lead with a .750 batting average (6-for-8).
  • The stars and stripes lead the VI WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup in most offensive categories, including runs (55) and homers (12).
  • The U.S. remains atop the Group B standings at 3-0. Korea (1-0), Japan (0-1), the Dominican Republic (0-1), and the Czech Republic (0-2) round out the standings.

ON DECK

Team USA has the day off on Monday before taking on Korea in its final pool play game on Tuesday, August 2, at 2:30 p.m. local/2:30 a.m. ET.

SOCIAL

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 Women's National Team Drops Hard-Fought Battle With Canada

U.S. was unable to overcome a late six-run surge by Canada
July 30, 2022
Box Score | PxP | Cumulative Stats THUNDER BAY, Ontario – USA Baseball’s Women’s National Team was unable to overcome a six-run surge in the sixth by Canada on Saturday as it fell 10-8 in the third game of the friendship series between the teams. Held at Baseball Central in
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United States 1 0 3 0 1 2 1 8 10 1
Canada 3 1 0 0 0 6 X 10 13 4

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THUNDER BAY, Ontario – USA Baseball’s Women’s National Team was unable to overcome a six-run surge in the sixth by Canada on Saturday as it fell 10-8 in the third game of the friendship series between the teams.

Held at Baseball Central in Thunder Bay, Ontario, the U.S. drops to 2-1 in the series while Canada collects its first win to improve to 1-2.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Alex Hugo put the U.S. on the board in the first when she scored on a double play after leading off the game with an outfield single.
  • Canada responded in the bottom frame when Daphnée Gélinas, Alizée Gélinas, and Madison Willan all delivered run-scoring single with runners in scoring position to take a 3-1 lead.
  • A sacrifice fly by Alizée Gélinas to left field in the second inning extended Canada’s lead to 4-1.
  • The Stars and Stripes knotted the score at 4-4 in the third inning with three runs on as many hits. Ashton Lansdell drove in Alex Hugo with a triple to center field, her fourth of the series, after a base hit and error put Hugo in scoring position. Kylee Lahners then delivered a two-run single to shallow center field with runners in scoring position to tie things up.
  • Ashton Lansdell tallied her second run batted in of the game in the fifth to give the U.S. its first lead of the game at 5-4. Alex Hugo started the inning by reaching on a two-base error, and Lansdell sent her home with a single up the middle.
  • Canada made a late surge in the sixth, scoring six runs on as many hits. Ellie Jesperson and Mia Valcke delivered run-scoring singles with runners at first and second to tie things up at 7-7, and then a Reese Velocci bases-loaded RBI single, balk, and Zoe Hicks sacrifice fly made it 10-7.
  • The U.S. didn’t go down without a fight though in the final frame of the contest. Kelsie Whitmore and Jade Gortarez reached on a one-out hit-by-pitch and infield single, respectively, to start the spark. Olivia Pichardo drove in Whitmore from second with a base hit to center field, but as Gortarez looked to advance to third, she was out on the throw in from the outfield to end the game.

OF NOTE

  • Alex Hugo went 2-for-4 with three runs scored, while Kylee Lahners went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Ashton Lansdell turned in a 2-for-3 outing with two RBIs.
  • Four other players tallied a hit in the contest for the Stars and Stripes for a combined 10.
  • Canada’s Julia Konigshofer was credited with the win after surrendering just one earned run in two innings of relief out of the pen, while Sophie Gagne picked up the save as she managed to hold off the U.S. rally in the seventh.
  • Niki Eckert was saddled with the loss after surrendering five earned runs in 3.0 innings in relief.

ON DECK

The teams will meet on Sunday, July 31, for game four of the series. Due to anticipated inclement weather in the area, first pitch has been adjusted to 3:00 p.m. ET at Baseball Central in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

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Fourteen-Run Sixth Inning Helps Team USA Storm Past Japan

The U.S. now sits atop Group B with 2-0 record through two tournament games
July 30, 2022
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Team USA 3 0 0 4 0 14 21 15 2
Japan 0 0 2 4 0 0 6 8 6

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TAINAN, Taiwan – Team USA erupted for fourteen runs in the sixth inning to storm past Japan, 21-6, in pool play action at the VI World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup on Saturday afternoon at Asia-Pacific Main Stadium in Tainan, Taiwan.

With the win, Team USA is now 2-0 in Group B play.

Leading 7-6 entering the final frame, the U.S. rallied for 14 runs on nine hits, including two homers, to pull away and secure the 15-run victory. Japan used four pitchers in the sixth-inning outburst as the U.S. plated all 14 batters that reached base. The run-scoring began when Jordan Leon hit a sacrifice fly and Jonah Saken scored on a balk before Anthony Ramon gave the U.S. a five-run lead with a two-RBI double. After five more runs scored, Colin Anderson and Jimmy Stout III hit back-to-back homers to put a cap on the inning.

The game went back and forth in the early stages, as the stars and stripes scored three runs in the first inning to take the lead and built on it with four more in the fourth. Japan put up a four-spot in the fourth inning to make it a one-run game before the U.S. put the contest out of reach in the sixth.

Jordan Leon got the start for Team USA and pitched three innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on three hits. Cristian Matos pitched the final two frames for the U.S., allowing just one hit and striking out three to secure the second win of the tournament for Team USA.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • After a single, error, and walk loaded the bases to open the game, Anthony Ramon capped an eight-pitch at-bat with an RBI groundout to put the U.S. up 1-0.
  • Anthony Frausto singled to plate Dylan Mercado and Trent O’Malley, giving Team USA a 3-0 lead in the top of the first.
  • Japan got right back into the game in the bottom of the third when Shunei Kashiwagi hit a two-run homer to left to trim Japan’s deficit to 3-2.
  • The U.S. answered back in the top of the fourth, loading the bases before Jonah Saken bounced a two-run single up the middle to put Team USA’s lead back at three.
  • The stars and stripes extended their lead to 7-2 in the top of the fourth when Ty Chambless and Jonah Saken both scored on a wild pitch.
  • Japan responded in the bottom of the fourth to get within a run. Akihiro Kobayashi hit a sacrifice fly to make it a four-run game and Rio Ishikawa hit an RBI infield single as Japan trimmed the lead to 7-4.
  • Junto Tsuchiya and Shunei Kashiwagi hit back-to-back doubles to cut Team USA’s lead to 7-6 in the bottom of the fourth.
  • The 14-run sixth for Team USA started when Levi Kerr walked and Jonah Saken doubled to put the first two hitters in scoring position. Jordan Leon followed with a sacrifice fly and Saken was plated on a balk to put Team USA in front, 9-6.
  • Anthony Ramon doubled in two runs and Tristin Gaines put down an RBI bunt single to make it 12-6 Team USA, and Levi Kerr and Jonah Saken each drove in runs to extend the lead to eight.
  • Jordan Leon and Trent O’Malley notched back-to-back RBI base hits as the U.S. lead grew to 16-6 in the sixth.
  • With the bases loaded and two outs in the sixth, Colin Anderson launched a pinch-hit grand slam and Jimmy Stout III followed with a pinch-hit solo homer to give Team USA the 21-6 lead it would go on to win by.

OF NOTE

  • Twenty-one runs are the most Team USA has scored against Japan in team history. The U.S. is now 4-0 all-time against Japan.
  • The stars and stripes have outscored opponents 45-6 through their first two games, giving them the best run differential through two WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup games in team history.
  • By scoring 24 runs on Friday against the Czech Republic and 21 runs on Saturday against Japan, the U.S. has posted the two highest run totals so far at the VI WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup.
  • Jonah Saken posted a perfect 4-for-4 night at the plate and owns a 1.000 batting average (5-for-5) through two tournament games.
  • Colin Anderson’s grand slam was the second of the tournament for Team USA (Anthony Frausto vs. Czech Republic).
  • Colin Anderson (4), Anthony Ramon (3), Jonah Saken (3), and Jordan Leon (2) combined for 12 of Team USA’s 15 RBIs in the win.
  • Dylan Mercado drew three walks and scored each time, tying him with Trent O’Malley and Jonah Saken for the game-high in runs scored.
  • With his two RBIs in Saturday’s win, Jordan Leon has now driven in a tournament-best seven runs through two games and just six at-bats.
  • The U.S. now sits atop Group B with a 2-0 record, followed by Korea (1-0), Japan (0-1), and the Czech Republic (0-2). The Dominican Republic (0-0) has not yet played a game at the VI WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup.

ON DECK

Team USA will take on the Dominican Republic on Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. local time (Saturday at 10:30 p.m. ET) in more Group B action.

SOCIAL MEDIA

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