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USA Baseball, ABCA Announce Educational Partnership

January 5, 2018

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- USA Baseball and the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) announced a new partnership on Saturday, in an effort to create a higher standard of coaching education and enhance the ability of coaches at all levels of the game to better serve their athletes, teams and communities.

The announcement was made at the ABCA National Convention by Houston Astros Manager and World Series Champion, A.J. Hinch. Hinch kicked off Saturday's session of the Convention by encouraging coaches to become more active leaders in their communities, a movement which is being spearheaded by the USA Baseball and ABCA partnership.

"Coaches are the bedrock of player development and the player experience and that's why this partnership is so important to me and critical to our game," Hinch said.

USA Baseball and the ABCA will work together to provide a comprehensive program that combines online and in-person learning opportunities for baseball coaches. The program will be exhibited to coaches at the annual ABCA National Convention, the largest baseball coaching convention in the world, as well as other regional coaching clinic events, and will be hosted online on the USA Baseball Education Center. The Education Center contains online courses for players, coaches, parents and umpires, as well as the USA Baseball Mobile Coach app - which has additional resources including practice plans and a drill library. All content on the USA Baseball Education Center is provided free of charge.

The announcement of the educational partnership also comes with a call to action for coaches to engage in and support the new Baseball ACE Community Clinic program. This joint initiative between USA Baseball and the ABCA aims to encourage active mentorship among the baseball coaching community by providing coaches at all levels the opportunity to learn and grow by interacting with one another, allowing veteran coaches to pass their knowledge and guidance down to fellow coaches with less experience. Further announcements about the partnership will be made later in 2018.

"We couldn't be more excited about the possibilities of the partnership between the ABCA and USA Baseball," said ABCA Executive Director Craig Keilitz. "Between the two organizations, there are so many different assets - whether they are clinics, the education center, other videos, podcasts, Inside Pitch Magazine - and we are planning to leverage those into the most comprehensive baseball coaching education program to date."

"This partnership brings together the two organizations best positioned to support the commitment of baseball coaches at all levels of the amateur game," said Rick Riccobono, USA Baseball's Chief Development Officer. "We are thrilled to be working with the dedicated team at the ABCA, and look forward to expanding our coaching education platform in the coming months and years. Better coaches means a better future for America's pastime"

In November of 2017, USA Baseball and the ABCA rolled out four online coaching courses featuring clinic videos from recent ABCA National Conventions that are now available in English and Spanish on the USA Baseball Online Education Center at no cost to users. These courses include:

  • Managing Players, featuring Andy Green, Manager of the San Diego Padres, and Chris Burke, former MLB player and current TV analyst
  • Coaching Philosophy and Approach, featuring Jack Thomson, Head Baseball Coach at Sierra HS (Manteca, Calif.), and Dave Jauss, Coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Infield Development, featuring Marty Lees, Head Baseball Coach at Washington State University, and Eddie Smith, Head Baseball Coach at Lower Columbia College
  • Outfield Development, featuring Jake Boss, Head Baseball Coach at Michigan State University, and Matt Bragga, Head Baseball Coach at Tennessee Tech

Additional educational resources offered jointly by USA Baseball and the ABCA will be added to the USA Baseball Online Education Center in the coming months.

To access the online courses presented by USA Baseball and the ABCA, visit the USA Baseball Online Education Center at USABaseball.Education. Information on Community Clinics and other on-site coaching experiences is available at ABCA.org. To obtain more information on hosting, speaking in or attending a clinic through the Baseball ACE Community Clinic Program, visit BaseballACE.org.

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Owens Named Player of the Day, Eskew Pitcher of the Day

June 23, 2018

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla.- William Owens was named the Player of the Day on Friday at the USA Baseball 15U National Team Championships in Florida. The member of the Mets Scout Team was 4-for-4, with two doubles, two runs batted in and a stolen base.

Dylan Eskew of Canes National 15U, was named Pitcher of the Day. Irizarry threw four innings allowing only one hit and had a tournament high seven strikeouts on the day.

Honorable Mentions:
-Robert Moya (Banditos Prospects) 1-4, Grand Slam HR, R, 4 RBI
-Austin Bredlinger Mets Scout Team) 4-4, 2B, RBI
-Brandon Fields (MVP Banditos) 1-2, HR, 2 RBI
- Matt Krtausch (A's Baseball) 7IP, 2H, 5K
-Robert Moya (Banditos Prospects) 1-4, Grand Slam HR, R, 4 RBI

Follow @USABChamps_East on Twitter for up-to-the-minute updates from the USA Baseball National Team Championships in Florida.

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17U Champs

5 STAR National Dobbs Wins in Walk-off Fashion Over Evoshield Florida Canes Prime

June 22, 2018

PAML BEACH COUNTY, Fla.- In the bottom of the seventh inning, 5 STAR National Dobbs earned the walk-off win in Friday's Game of the Day.

With the win, 5 STAR National Dobbs went 2-0 on the day and put themselves in a comfortable spot for the third round of play.

It was a quiet first four innings offensively for both sides until 5 STAR struck in the bottom of the fifth inning. Leon Paulino started the inning with a lead-off walk. A sacrifice bunt moved Paulino into scoring position and a single in the next at-bat by Brian Baughman brought in the innings first run. Another single was produced by Harrison Thiel which advanced Baughman to second and an error by the first basemen plated the second run of the frame, making the score 2-0.

The Canes bounced back to even the score with two runs of their own in the sixth. Nick Gorby led things off with a single before advancing to second on a ground out. One out later, a single by Reece Blanco, who advanced to second on the throw, scored one. The next batter singled up the middle allowing Blanco to score.

A quick fly out gave hope of forcing extra innings for the Canes, however defensive miscues proved to be fatal. After a two-base error by the shortstop, Tiehl scored on a subsequent single by Harrison Long to win the game in walk-off fashion, 3-2.

Tyler Mckenna and Cameron Jones led the offense for 5 STAR with both going 2-for-3 on the day, while for the Canes, Blanco and VonTravius Sands each had a run batted in.

"We didn't expect the game to end that way," said head coach Britt Dobbs . "These are the kinds of games we try to get these top teams prepared for and for the most part we did a really good job."

5 STAR will face Palm Beach Select next to try and withhold their undefeated record at the USA 17U National Team Championships.

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17U Champs
Nat'l Team Champs

San Diego Show Staves Off Comeback Attempt by CBA Marucci National, Wins Gold, 10-8

June 22, 2018
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Show 9 0 0 0 0 1 0 10 8 2
CBA 2 3 0 2 1 0 0 8 7 0
Win: Tibbett Loss: Widener Save: Acker

PEORIA, Ariz.- Completing an undefeated run in the 2018 17U National Team Championships, San Diego Show topped CBA Marucci National, 10-8, to take home Gold at Peoria Stadium on Friday.

Kickstarted by a huge nine-run first, the Show bullpen proved to be the difference-maker, holding the CBA bats at bay for six innings after Show starter Ricky Tibbett was bounced.

"We just kept changing pitching to find the guy that got in the groove," the Show Head Coach Brian Cain said. "Our pitching depth was a big strength for this team."

The offense got going right away, with CBA starter Jacob Widener walking the bases loaded before Garrett Frechette singled to give his team the early advantage. The inning would continue with little relief for Widener, as Show piled on three more runs.

Jordan Thompson doubled to drive in two after Mike Campagna was hit by a pitch, forcing home a run and ending Widener's day early.

Zach Martinez would enter for CBA, but Show refused to slow down, adding five more runs before taking the field on defense. Alonzo Richardson and Taylor Johnson would add to the hit column, helping show to the early nine-run advantage.

CBA answered in the bottom half of the first with two runs of their own, beginning what would be a steady comeback to make things interesting.

After loading the bases in the second, Spencer Williams would be hit by a pitch, followed by a Javy Espinosa walk to bring home a pair. Cody Freeman would bring in another on a fielder's choice to close the gap to four.

Both teams would go quietly in the third, and after Show went scoreless in the top half of the fourth, CBA added two more on a Cameron Repetti single, shrinking the Show lead to just two.

Williams would make noise for CBA again in the fifth, providing an RBI-double to bring the deficit to one.

In the top of the sixth, Chad Abel would triple to deep right field before eventually scoring on a passed ball, adding some insurance for Show.

"I was looking first pitch, saw it in my wheelhouse, and I squared it up pretty well," Abel said. "When the dugout's not hitting very well, I try to get it going."

CBA would put runners on in both the sixth and seventh, but great efforts by both Griffen Zamora and Charles Acker would lock in the championship for Show.

Earning the win for Show was Tibbett, allowing just one run in the first inning. He gave up one hit and walked two.

Acker put out the fire in the seventh, earning the save. He allowed no his and no walks in an inning of work, striking out one.

San Diego Show will have a pair of teams competing in this week's 15U National Team Championships in Arizona, where they will look to follow suit with their 17U counterpart.

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USA Baseball Mourns the Loss of Jack Stallings

June 22, 2018

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball mourns the loss of three-time national team coach Jack Stallings, who passed away on Tuesday at the age of 87. He was the hitting coach for Team USA at the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games and also played for the United States in the first-ever Pan American Games in 1951.

Stallings played an integral part in the creation of USA Baseball in the 1970s, along with Ron Fraser (Miami), Rod Dedeaux (USC), Dutch Fehring (Stanford) and Hal Smeltzly (Florida Southern), who passed away earlier this week. During this time, he served as a coach for the 1970 and 1973 national teams. Stallings was also an administrator for the Seoul 1988 Olympic Games, where Team USA won a gold medal, and the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games.

"Coach Stallings was not only one of the founding fathers of USA Baseball, but he was perhaps the greatest ambassador for international baseball," said USA Baseball President Mike Gaski. "Jack traveled throughout the world giving baseball clinics to coaches and players in Asia, Australia, Europe and Latin America, and over the years invited and hosted many of these same baseball people to his university to train and to study the game.

"Jack was a dear friend to so many because, as the consummate teacher, he never hesitated to share his knowledge or his time. One of the all-time winningest coaches in college baseball, Jack will be remembered not only for how many games he won, but for the impact that he had on the lives of so many players and coaches both here in the United States and throughout the world."

Stallings was the head baseball coach at Wake Forest for nine years, Florida State for six years and Georgia Southern for 24 years before retiring in 1999. He led Florida State to a second place finish at the 1970 College World Series He currently ranks 28th in college baseball coaches' all-time wins list with 1,259.

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17U Champs
Nat'l Team Champs

Rios, Thornton Named Player and Pitcher of the Day for June 21

June 22, 2018

PHOENIX- Elias Rios of CBA Marucci National was named Player of the Day for June 21 after two great offensive performances to help his team to Friday's Gold Medal Game. Rios went 5-for-6 on the day, collecting two RBI on a triple and a double. He also scored two runs.

Tyler Thornton of San Diego Show was named Pitcher of the Day. Thornton helped his team advance to Friday's Gold Medal Game, starting the Semifinal matchup against Storm Elite. He threw 6.0 innings, allowing no runs on three hits and two walks, striking out 10 along the way.

Honorable Mentions
-Bryan Ballestros (Trosky Baseball): 4.0 IP (CG), 0 H, 5 K
-Thomas Dukart (Gunderson Baseball): 6-7, 2 2B, 2 RBI, R
-Joey Estes (Storm Elite): 5.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 8 K, 2-5, HR
-James Gomez (GBG I. E. 2019): 2-2, 2B, HR, 5 RBI
-Cooper Vasquez (California Warriors 17U Elite): 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 9 K, 1-3, 2B, RBI, R

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17U Champs

Gorby and Marcantonio both named Pitcher of the Day, Morales Player of the Day

June 22, 2018

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla.- Nick Gorby and Louie Marcantonio of Evoshield Florida Canes threw a combined no-hitter to name them both Pitchers of the Day at the USA Baseball 17U National Team Championships in Florida on June 21. The two combined for nine total strikeouts on the day and Gorby tossed three innings while Marcantonio pitched two and two thirds.

Yoyo Morales of MVP Banditos was named the Player of the Day. Morales was 3-for-3 on the day with a triple and four runs batted in.

Follow @USABChamps_East on Twitter for up-to-the-minute updates from the USA Baseball National Team Championships in Florida.

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17U Champs
Nat'l Team Champs

CBA Marucci National Heads to Gold Medal Game, Tops Gunderson Baseball

June 21, 2018

GLENDALE, Ariz.- CBA Marucci National put on an offensive clinic to advance to the Gold Medal Game, capturing victory in just five innings over Gunderson Baseball, 14-4, on Thursday at Dodgers 4 at Camelback Ranch.

Cameron Repetti, Elias Rios and Spencer Williams had two RBI apiece, highlighted by Rios' three-hit performance that included a triple.

CBA scored five runs in the first, with three thanks to some defensive mishaps by Gunderson. Gabe Briones doubled and Rios singled to drive in the next two, putting their team up early.

Gunderson would answer in the home half with a Noah Stecher RBI-double. After CBA added three more in the second to make it 7-1, Gunderson would load the bases. A run would come in on a fielder's choice, and then Thomas Dukart would double to right field to bring home two more, closing the deficient to 7-4.

Errors by the defense would allow CBA to open it back up in the third, with the first coming on a Cole Urman bunt, allowing Rios to score. Williams would then double to drive in his two runs and extend the lead, 10-4.

Rios' triple and an Urman single scored three more in the fourth, and Jake Skipworth would blast an RBI-double in the fifth to add the tenth and final run to the lead, forcing the run rule after Gunderson would go quietly in the bottom of the fifth.

CBA starter Christopher Gilmartin earned the win, pitching 4.0 innings and allowing four runs. He struck out seven and walked four.

Dutch Landis threw an inning in relief, striking out three Gunderson batters and allowing just one hit.

CBA Marucci National will meet San Diego Show in Friday's Gold Medal matchup at the Peoria Sports Complex, with first pitch slated for 10:00 a.m.

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17U Champs
Nat'l Team Champs

San Diego Show Shuts Out Storm Elite, Advances to Gold Medal Game

June 21, 2018

GLENDALE, Ariz.- After a dominating all-around performance, San Diego Show earned themselves a spot in Friday's Gold Medal Game, defeating Storm Elite, 7-0, at Dodgers 5 at Camelback Ranch on Thursday.

Starting pitcher Tyler Thornton threw 6.0 scoreless innings, allowing only three hits and two walks while striking out 10 batters. Kyle Casper had a team-high two hits, including a double, RBI and run scored.

The scoring started early, as Angelo Peraza doubled and scored on a Casper RBI-single. A hit and a pair of errors allowed three more runs to cross, putting Show up by four early.

Garrett Frechette tripled in the second to drive in two more, followed by a Mike Campanga ground ball that would plate the seventh and final run of the game.

Storm Elite would make things interesting in the sixth, loading the bases with two away. However, an Anthony Ramirez line out would end the threat.

Suffering the loss for Storm Elite was Jacob Manzella, allowing seven runs (five earned) on just four hits. Nicholas Romanowski pitched well in relief, allowing no runs and just one hit while striking out four and walking none.

San Diego Show will go for gold tomorrow at the Peoria Sports Complex against CBA Marucci National. First pitch is scheduled for 10:00 a.m.

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18U

Starting Pitching Rules on Day Four

June 21, 2018
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Free 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Brave 0 0 0 0 1 5 0 0 X 6 10 0
Win: H. Barco Loss: B. Walker Save: None
Box Score
 
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
United 0 0 0 1 1 0 4 0 2 8 12 0
Pride 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 7 2
Win: K. Davis Loss: R. Cornelio Save: None
Box Score
 

CARY, N.C. - Pitching was the name of the game on the fourth day of the 2018 Tournament of Stars at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

All four teams got strong starts on the mound but United's Kale Davis (Oklahoma City, Okla.) and Brave's Davis Rokose (Johns Creek, Ga.) ruled the day as they led their teams to victory.

Davis went five strong innings without allowing a run or walk to pace United's 8-2 win over Pride, allowing just two hits and striking out six. In Brave's 6-0 defeat of Free, Rokose gave up only three hits and one walk in four innings of work.

With wins on Thursday, both Brave and United have secured spots in the 2018 Tournament of Stars gold medal game on Saturday, June 23.

BRAVE 6, FREE 0

In the day's first game, Brave clinched its place in the gold medal game by shutting out Free, 6-0, behind Davis' stellar outing.

Free's Jack Leiter (Summit, N.J.) also put together a strong start on the bump to hold off Brave's offense in the first half of the game. He allowed just three hits and no walks, while striking out four in the first four innings.

Brave finally broke through in the bottom of the fifth. With two on and two out, Corbin Carroll (Seattle, Wash.) came up with his first clutch hit of the day to drive in one and give Brave a 1-0 lead. But the team's big blow came in the sixth.

Andre Tarver (Ringgold, Ga.) got a leadoff double to get things started for the squad and it ran away with the momentum, piling on five runs to take a commanding 6-0 lead. Sammy Siani (Glenside, Pa.), Logan Tanner (Lucedale, Miss.), Carroll and Anthony Volpe (Watchung, N.J.) all collected hits in the inning, while Masyn Winn (Kingwood, Texas), Carter Young (Selah, Wash.), Carroll and Volpe tallied RBI.

From the mound, Hunter Barco (Jacksonville, Fla.) and Mac Horvath (Rochester, Minn.) backed up that strong offensive output to close it out and secure the win. Barco tossed four innings, giving up just four hits and one walk, while Horvath pitched a perfect ninth inning.

Nasim Nunez (Lawrenceville, Ga.), who racked up three hits in the game, carried the offense for Free in the game.

UNITED 8, PRIDE 2

United claimed a 8-2 win over Pride in the second game of Thursday's doubleheader with its own strong pitching and explosive late offense.

Davis's dominating performance on the mound set the pace for the game early on but United's offense couldn't break through against Pride starter Josh Hahn (Huntington Beach, Calif.), who tossed three strong innings of his own without giving up a run.

United found its groove in the fourth though. The squad put one run on the board in the top of the fourth before scoring in three of the next five innings to put the game out of reach.

The biggest dent came in the top of the seventh when United scored four runs to take a commanding 6-0 lead.

Dilan Rosario-Otero (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) led off the inning with a quick single up the middle before he came around to score from first on a Kurtis Bryne (Chesterfield, Mo.) double to right-center. Three more singles and a wild pitch did the rest of the damage in the inning.

Pride worked to put a rally together in the final three innings, scoring once in both the seventh and eighth on a Kyren Paris (Oakley, Calif.) single and a Michael Carpentier (Highland, Calif.) sacrifice fly, respectively. But that was all they would manage as United added two more runs in the ninth to put the game away.

Pete Crow-Armstrong (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) had a day at the plate for United in the win, finishing 3-for-5 with two runs scored and a double, while Paris led Pride's offense, going 2-for-4 with a RBI.

The 2018 Tournament of Stars continues on Friday with an evaluation day at the National Training Complex, followed on Saturday by the third-place game at 9:30 a.m. ET and the gold-medal game at 12:30 p.m. ET on Coleman Field.

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