TAINAN, Taiwan - The USA Baseball 12U National Team won the 2017 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup in front of a sellout crowd at the 11,000-seat Tainan Stadium, defeating Chinese Taipei, 7-2, on Sunday night.
Team USA has left the WBSC U-12 World Cup with a gold medal all three times it has participated in the event, after being crowned World Champions in 2017, 2015 and 2013.
The 12U team struck first in the third inning, when Kai Caranto (Santa Clarita, Calif.) ripped a three-run home run to left to score Spencer Butt (Davie, Fla.), who walked to start the frame, and Benjamin Reiland (Irvine, Calif.), who singled and Raffaele Velazquez (Long Beach, Calif.) followed Caranto with a home run of his own to right field, extending the Team USA to 4-0.
After Chinese Taipei scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth, the United States responded with three runs in the top of the fifth, when Velazquez smacked an RBI-double to left field, scoring Caranto who singled earlier in the frame and an error on the pitcher on a failed pickoff attempt, plating Brad Burnes (Belvedere, Calif.) from first base and Velazquez from third, giving the 12U team the 7-2 advantage.
On the final play of the game, Errick Barnes Jr. (San Diego, Calif.) fielded a groundball at second base, and threw over to Velazquez at first, sending the Team USA players into a frenzied celebration that culminated with a dog pile in the center of the infield.
Brandon Olivera (Hialeah, Fla.) was masterful on the mound, only allowing two runs on two hits, while striking out two and earning the win in four innings of work and Caranto closed out the game, throwing two scoreless frames after entering in the fifth.
Caranto finished 2-for-3 with two runs and three RBI, while Velazquez also went 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBI to pace the Team USA offense.
Three U.S. players were named to the WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup All-World Team, including Josh Atomanczyk (Franklin, Texas), Caranto and Velazquez. Caranto was named the Most Valuable Player of the WBSC U-12 World Cup.
USA Baseball Announces 2019 12U National Team Staff
Five-time national team coach Todd Fine will reprise role as manager in 2019
January 16, 2019
DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced the 2019 12U National Team staff on Thursday, including the return of Todd Fine as the manager for the second year in a row. The rest of the 2018 staff will also return to the program in 2019 with Jason Sekany as the team's pitching coach and RJ Farrell and Marc Wiese once again serving as assistant coaches.
After leading the 2018 12U National Team to its first-ever COPABE U-12 Pan-American Championships gold medal, the staff will look to guide this year's team to the program's fourth-consecutive world championship title at the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup.
"We are honored to welcome back Todd and the rest of last year's staff to lead the 2019 12U National Team," USA Baseball Executive Director and CEO Paul Seiler said. "This is an extremely talented group of coaches and, after leading the team to its first-ever COPABE U-12 Pan-American Championships gold medal last year, we are excited to see what new heights these coaches will take our 12U National Team to in 2019."
Last year's team went undefeated under Fine's guidance, outscoring its opponents 127-7 and winning all nine of its games by a 13-run average margin of victory en route to the gold medal.
In addition to managing the 2018 squad, Fine also served as the 12U National Team pitching coach from 2014-2017. The program claimed two world championships and two silver medals while the pitching staffs held a cumulative ERA of 3.21 and an overall record of 30-5.
Fine has also coached at the USA Baseball Tournament of Stars and the 18U National Team Trials in his time with the organization. He is the founder and CEO of Top Tier Baseball based out of Chicago, Illinois. Under his guidance, Top Tier Baseball has had over 500 college baseball players, 63 Major League Baseball draft selections and nine MLB alums.
"It is a great honor to be the first back-to-back 12U manager," Fine said. "Anytime you are the three-time defending champions, having beaten the host country the last two times; there will be a huge target on our backs. The crowd intensity of 11,000 host fans chanting the entire game, the media coverage and the moment itself does not get bigger for an 11 or 12-year-old kid."
Sekany returns to the 12U National Team coaching staff in 2018 where he will serve as the team's pitching coach for the second year in a row. He was an assistant coach for the inaugural 2013 and 2015 12U National Teams that won a gold medal at the IBAF U-12 Baseball World Cups and has served on the task force at the USA Baseball National Team Identification Series (NTIS) and Tournament of Stars. A second-round selection by the Boston Red Sox in the 1996 MLB Amateur Draft, Sekany is the founder and lead pitching instructor at The Pitching Center in Pleasanton, California, and a varsity coach at Granada High School (Livermore, Calif.). In addition to his responsibilities at The Pitching Center and Granada High School, he is also the Northwest regional director for the NTIS.
2019 marks Farrell's third consecutive year serving as an assistant coach for the 12U National Team. He is in his seventh year as the head coach at Rancho Cucamonga High School (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) where 23 of his players have gone on to play collegiate baseball. Prior to coaching at Rancho Cucamonga High School, he was an associate head coach and recruiting coordinator at Patten University (Oakland, Calif.) from 2006-2008. He has worked with USA Baseball at the 11U NTIS, 12U National Open and the USA Baseball Futures Invitational, and also served as a 12U National Team Trials coach in 2016.
After making his national team coaching debut with the 12U National Team in 2018, Wiese returns to the staff for a second year. Previously, he served on coaching staffs at the 2016 and 2017 12U National Team Trials, and the 2015 17U National Team Development Program. He is the current head coach at Puyallup High School (Puyallup, Wash.) and has led the Vikings to 11 straight South Puget Sound League titles and two state championships (2014, 2017). Wiese, who was drafted in the 1987 MLB First Year Player Draft by the New York Mets, also led Puyallup High School to the 2015 USA Baseball National High School Invitational, finishing with a 3-1 record and outscoring its opponents 20-6.
"This is a testament to the strength of last year's staff and the continuity of a common goal," Fine said. "Having the comfort level with these coaches is as good as it gets. Being on the same wavelength and knowing what to expect from one another is something that doesn't happen overnight. I am extremely excited to continue what we started last year as we look toward bringing home the program's fourth world championship title in a row."
The 12U athlete identification process began with the 2018 11U NTIS and will continue with the 2019 11U Futures Invitational June 20-23 at Middle Creek Park in Cary, North Carolina, as well as the new 12U NTIS.
Held in various locations throughout the country, the 12U NTIS will offer athletes across the U.S. the opportunity to become involved with Team USA, while providing instruction, evaluation and fun. Players from the 12U NTIS will be recommended to USA Baseball officials and, from those recommendations, USA Baseball will invite 128 players to participate in the 12U National Open, which will take place July 13-15 in Santa Clarita, California.
The 12U National Team Trials will be held immediately after the 12U National Open from June 16-18, followed by training July 19-22 before the team travels to Tainan, Taiwan for the 2019 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup that will take place July 26-August 4.
USA Baseball Announces 2018 National Team Identification Series Selections
A total of 68 athletes were selected for 2019 national team programming from the 2018 NTIS
September 10, 2018
DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced on Wednesday the 68 athletes that were selected from the 2018 National Team Identification Series (NTIS) to participate in 2019 national team programming. The tenth-annual NTIS was held at the National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, from August 8-26 and for the tenth year in a row, the selection announcement was made through an online show.
Twenty-seven states and 16 regions from across the U.S. are represented by the 68 athletes chosen and fourteen states boast more than one selection.
Under the direction of USA Baseball task force, the 2018 NTIS featured over 1,200 of the nation's best players competing in 172 games, as well as skill testing and on-field evaluations. Twelve athletes were invited to compete at each of the 2019 12U National Team Trials, the 2019 14U, 16U and 17U National Team Development Programs (NTDP) and the 15U National Team Trials. In addition, eight players from the 17U NTIS were chosen to participate in the 2019 18U National Team selection process.
"Our task force had a difficult job selecting just 68 athletes out of the incredible pool of talent from across the U.S. that participated in this year's NTIS," Senior Director of Baseball Operations, Ashley Bratcher, said. "We are excited about the players chosen from the 2018 event and what they will bring to our 2019 national team programming."
The 2018 USA Baseball National Team Identification Series (NTIS) is the most comprehensive player identification program offered by Team USA. With tryouts in every region of the country, players now have greater access to USA Baseball National Team opportunities than ever before. The program includes six separate age groups - 11U, 13U, 14U, 15U, 15U and 17U.
The 2018 National Team Identification Series selections are as follows:
Name; Position; Hometown
2019 12U National Team Trials Invitees: (from 11U NTIS)
Anthony Del Angel; OF/IF; Rio Rancho, N.M.
Parker Friend; C/RHP; Germantown, Md.
Gavin Hottle; IF/RHP; Irvine, Calif.
Bryant James; IF/RHP; Herndon, Va.
Elijah McNeal; Dublin, Calif.
Luis Mejia; IF/OF; Phoenix, Ariz.
Owen Robinson; LHP/IF; Greensboro, N.C.
C.J. Sampson; RHP/IF; Magnolia, Texas
Kruz Schoolcraft; IF/LHP; Aloha, Ore.
Jayden Stroman; IF/RHP; Medford, N.Y.
Eli Willits; IF/RHP; Fort Cobb, Okla.
Miles Young; IF; Cypress, Texas
2019 14U National Team Development Program invitees: (from 13U NTIS)
Kai Caranto; IF/RHP; Castaic, Calif.
Angel Cepeda; OF/IF; Union City, N.J.
Carson Dean; OF/IF; Frisco, Texas
Ian Duarte; OF/RHP; Santa Clarita, Calif.
Terry Dunsford; IF/RHP; Grand Bay, Ala.
Keondre Fields; OF/RHP; Nesbit, Miss.
Gavin Grahovac; C/IF; Orange, Calif.
Houston Hirschkorn; IF/RHP; Kingsburg, Calif.
Andre Modugno; IF/Upper Saddle River, N.J.
Brandon Olivera; RHP; Hialeah, Fla.
Kellon Parnell; OF/IF; Pascagoula, Miss.
Brooks Wright; UT/RHP; Knoxville, Tenn.
2019 15U National Team Trials invitees: (from 14U NTIS)
Mason Balsis; C; Bristow, Va.
Maxwell Clark; OF; Franklin, Ind.
Tyson Dewall; RHP; Folsom, Calif.
Demitri Diamant; OF/RHP; Las Vegas, Nev.
Termarr Johnson; IF; Atlanta, Ga.
Steven Milam; IF; Las Cruces, N.M.
Louis Rodriguez; RHP; Long Beach, Calif.
Logan Saloman; RHP/IF; Chandler, Ariz.
Christopher Scinta; LHP; Tamarac, Fla.
Tyrus Williams; OF; Oxford, Miss.
Jaxon Willits; IF; Fort Cobb, Okla.
Colton Wombles; C; Salem, Ala.
2019 16U National Team Development Program invitees: (from 15U NTIS)
Jesse Bullard; IF/RHP; Riverside, Calif.
Korbyn Dickerson; OF/RHP; Jeffersonville, Ind.
Jake Geis; RHP; San Jose, Calif.
Rafael Gross; OF/IF; Pearland, Texas
Trevor Haskins; IF; San Jose, Calif.
David Horn; IF/RHP; Murrieta, Calif.
Kyndon Lovell; LHP; Fort Cobb, Okla.
Jaron Nevarez; LHP/IF; San Ramon, Calif.
Xavier Perez; RHP/OF; Corpus Christi, Texas
William Rogers; C/IF; Shoreview, Minn.
Chase Spencer; IF/RHP; Plano, Texas
Austin Young; RHP; Saint Peters, Mo.
2019 17U National Team Development Program invitees: (from 16U NTIS)
Jackson Baumeister; C/RHP; Jacksonville, Fla.
Mark Black; C/OF; Pittsburgh, Pa.
Michael Davinni; IF/RHP; Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Kade Grundy; RHP/OF; Somerset, Ky.
Samuel Hunt; C/IF; Minneapolis, Minn.
Joseph Mack; C/IF; Williamsville, N.Y.
Michael Morales; RHP/IF; Enola, Pa.
Joshua Pearson; OF/IF; West Monroe, La.
Joseph Quick; RHP/IF; Lake Jackson, Texas
Kurtis Reid; IF/RHP; Hamilton, Ohio
Nate Savino; LHP/OF; Sterling, Va.
Tyler Wiederstein; RHP/IF; Greensburg, Pa.
2019 18U National Team selection process invitees: (from 17U NTIS)
Jag Burden; OF/IF; Huntington Beach, Calif.
Colten Keith; IF/RHP; Biloxi, Miss.
Harold Coll; IF; Hyde Park, Mass.
Mac Guscette; C/IF; Nokomis, Fla.
Cayden Wallace; IF; Greenbrier, Ark.
Jonathan Vaughns; IF/RHP; Glendora, Calif.
Alex Urban; OF; Lexington, S.C.
Cameron Brown; RHP/IF; Flower Mound, Texas
AGUASCALIENTES, Mexico - Team USA scored seven runs over the first three innings and the quick offensive start led to a 10-2 victory over Mexico to claim gold and win the 2018 COPABE U-12 Pan American Championships with a perfect 9-0 record. It marks the first time the USA has won the tournament after finishing runner-up in 2014 and 2016.
"I can't say enough about our guys," said a joyful USA 12U National Team head coach Todd Fine. "From start to finish, we continued to build everyday. We ran the table and went 9-0. These kids have given everything we have asked of them. It is a special group and they have a medal to show for it."
USA scored at least one run in the first inning of each game of the tournament and Sunday was no different. Leadoff batter Kameron Davis (Albany, Ga.) was hit by a pitch in the bottom of the first inning and eventually scored on an error for a 1-0 USA lead.
The stars and stripes were able to void out the overflow crowd of thousands at CECADI Stadium with a four-run second inning. With the bases loaded, Christian Hamilton (Lauderhill, Fla.) hit a ball booted by the third baseman, resulting in Julius Pfau (Tampa, Fla.) and Brock Thompson (Bakersfield, Calif.) scoring. Masato Chilcutt (San Antonio, Texas) followed with an RBI-single up the middle, and Hamilton completed the four-run inning by scoring on a wild pitch to take a 6-0 lead.
Dean Moss (Hillsborough, Calif.) struck out to leadoff the third inning, but was able to reach on a dropped third strike. Paul Dominguez (Anaheim, Calif.) made Mexico pay for the mistake, hitting a monstrous two-run home run well beyond the center field fence and into the parking lot. Dominguez's fifth home run of the tournament not only provided USA an 8-0 lead, but it also was USA's 38th home run of the tournament to set a USA single-tournament record.
The offense was clicking for USA, but so was Kibru Pam (Pasadena, Calif.) on the mound. The starting pitcher faced one batter over the minimum through his first four innings. He allowed two hits over the span and both were infield singles. He faced trouble in the fifth inning, allowing a runner to score from third base on a bases loaded ground out, but he prevented any further damage with a strikeout for the third out while two runners were in scoring position.
USA matched the Mexico run in the bottom of the fifth inning with a Thompson two-out infield single to score Kailand Halstead (Aberdeen, Wash.). They added insurance in the bottom of the sixth inning with a high arching two-run home run from Hamilton for his fourth home run of the tournament. The blast extended the USA lead to 10-1.
Hamilton, who moved from center field to the mound to start the sixth inning, allowed one hit over the final two innings of work. Mexico's Ricardo Orozco led off the seventh inning with a single and eventually scored on a passed ball. Hamilton was able to force Fernando Rubio into a double play to end the game and the on-field celebration began for the U.S.
Chilcutt (2-for-4), Davis (2-for-3), Moss (2-for-4) and Thompson (2-for-3) each had a multi-hit game for the U.S. Hamilton led the squad with a three-RBI performance. On the mound, Pam (1-0) claimed the victory with one run allowed off three hits and struck out four batters. Salvador Villegas was straddled with the loss for Mexico, allowing seven runs (six earned) off five hits in 3.1 innings.
The win moved USA to 5-2 all-time against Mexico, and they are 1-1 against them in U-12 Pan American championship games. USA went 9-0 in the tournament and their 10-2 win over Mexico was their smallest margin of victory. Their success in the tournament qualified them for the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup in Taiwan. The USA Baseball 12U National Team, winning their first gold at the U-12 Pan American Championships, are a three-time defending world champion at the WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup.
Inside the Numbers
4 - Four members of the U.S. received all-tournament awards and honors. Kibru Pam (MVP), Kailand Halstead (Batting Champion), Dean Moss (RBI Champion, First Baseman) and Brock Thompson (Second Baseman) each received recognition at the conclusion of Sunday's game.
127-7 - The U.S. outscored their opponents 127-7 and they outhit them 122-20. USA's pitching staff pitched two no-hitters and four one-hitters in the tournament. Their prior single-tournament record for runs allowed was 81 (2015) and hits was 87 (2015).
41 - USA combined for 41 runs in the first inning (they did not allow a run in the first inning) during the tournament.
39 - The U.S. hit 39 home runs in the tournament which topped their prior single-tournament high of 37 from the 2016 tournament.
32 - In 38 innings of at-bats, USA scored at least 1 run in 32 of the innings.
12 - Twelve different USA players hit a home run in this season's tournament. Kailand Halstead led the team with six.
.557 - USA hit .557 in the tournament (single-tournament record). Dean Moss led the team hitting .727 (16-for-22).
.579 - The U.S. hit .579 (70/121) with runners on base. They held their opponents to 0-for-22 in the same category through the first five games of the tournament (opponents finished 6-for-62, .097). USA went 53-for-87, .609 with runners in scoring position.
AGUASCALIENTES, Mexico - If there were any questions if Team USA is eager and ready to get to Sunday's gold medal game of the COPABE U-12 Pan American Championship, they were answered Saturday at CECADI Stadium. The U.S. used a nine-run first inning and Brady Strohm (Winchester, Calif.) pitched USA's second consecutive one-hitter (fourth of the tournament) to shutout Nicaragua 15-0 in a game shortened to three innings to close out Super Round play.
In the bottom of the first inning, USA sent 13 batters to the plate, with the first 11 batters reaching base safely. Dean Moss (Hillsborough, Calif.) added to his team-leading RBI totals with a two-run single, and three batters later, Brock Thompson (Bakersfield, Calif.) crushed a grand slam for the team's third slam and Thompson's fourth homer of the tournament. Kameron Davis (Albany, Ga.) and Michael Torres (Miami, Fla.) closed out the scoring in the frame with RBI-singles.
Moss hit a single to lead off the second inning and eventually scored on a wild pitch. The run was USA's lone run of the inning and they took a 10-0 lead into the third inning. Nicaragua was unable to record an out in the third inning, as five batters stepped into the batter's box and three hit home runs for USA. Torres and pinch hitter Gavin Garguilo (Coral Springs, Fla.) led off the third inning with back-to-back home runs, and Paul Dominguez (Anaheim, Calif.) ended the game with a three-run home run to activate the run-rule (15-run lead after three innings).
On the mound, Strohm allowed one hit in his three-inning complete game victory, which improved him to 2-0 in the tournament. Nicaragua's Erick Gomez had their lone hit of the game with a two-out single in the top of the second inning. Jose Cano suffered the loss for Nicaragua. He went 0.1 innings and allowed six runs off five hits.
USA produced 16 hits from a combined 11 different players. Dominguez, one of four U.S. players with at least two hits, led the team with a 3-for-3 performance at the dish. He and Thompson co-led the squad with four runs-batted-in.
USA improved their all-time mark to 4-2 against Nicaragua, with a 2-2 mark in games played in COPABE competition. The U.S. is now 8-0 overall in this season's tournament and they completed the Super Round with a 3-0 mark. Sunday, USA will go for their first ever gold medal in the tournament's history. The U.S. will face Mexico, who clinched their berth to the championship game Saturday with a win over Cuba. First pitch is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. (CT) at CECADI Stadium in Aguascalientes.
Inside the Numbers
117-5 - The U.S. has outscored their opponents 117-5 and they have outhit them 112-16. USA's pitching staff has pitched two no-hitters and four one-hitters in the tournament.
40 - USA has combined for 40 runs in the first inning (have not allowed a run), and they are averaging five runs per game in the first inning.
37 - The U.S. has hit 37 home runs in the tournament through eight games. The total matches their single-tournament high from the 2016 tournament. The 37 home runs in 2016 was at a pace of 4.1 per game (averaging 4.6 per game this tournament).
27 - In 32 innings of at-bats, USA has scored at least 1 run in 27 of the innings.
12 - Twelve different USA players have hit a home run in this season's tournament. Kailand Halstead leads the team with six.
.586 - USA is batting .586 in the tournament. Christian Hamilton leads the team hitting .800 (12-for-15).
.590 - The U.S. is hitting .590 (62/105) with runners on base. They held their opponents to 0-for-22 in the same category through the first five games of the tournament (opponents now 6-for-54, .111). USA is 48-for-75, .640 with runners in scoring position.
AGUASCALIENTES, Mexico - Team USA's Paul Dominguez (Anaheim, Calif.) and Gavin Gargiulo (Coral Springs, Fla.) combined to hold Mexico to one hit, while Dean Moss (Hillsborough, Calif.) went 3-for-3 with two home runs and six RBI, and the U.S. defeated Mexico 11-0 Friday in the Super Round at CECADI Stadium. Both teams entered the game 6-0 and USA's victory clinched a spot in Sunday's COPABE U-12 Pan American Championship gold medal game.
Dominguez, making his first start on the hill since pitching a no-hitter against Panama on August 26, went 3.2 innings and a single up the middle by Darey Flores to lead off the second inning was the only hit for Mexico. Dominguez, who struck out four batters, walked five batters, but he recovered to hold Mexico 0-for-11 with runners on base (they finished the game 0-for-12). Garguilo pitched the final 1.1 innings and retired all four batters he faced (two by strikeouts). Dominguez was credited with the win and improves to 2-0 in the tourney. The one-hit pitching performance marks the team's third one-hitter of the tournament for USA.
Kameron Davis (Albany, Ga.) opened the bottom of the first inning the same way he has the prior two games and that was with a leadoff home run. His fourth homer of the tournament jump-started a five-run inning for the U.S. The first six USA batters reached base safely and the inning's scoring was capped by a grand slam home run from Moss. The slam was USA's second of the tournament.
USA added to the 5-0 lead in the second inning. Masato Chilcutt (San Antonio, Texas) dumped a single into right field to plate Julius Pfau (Tampa, Fla.) before Kailand Halstead (Aberdeen, Wash.) blasted a three-run home run. Halstead's team-leading sixth home run of the tournament provided USA a 9-0 lead.
Halstead was hit by a pitch in the fourth inning and Moss followed with his second home run of the game to push USA's lead to 11-0. The game ended after the top of the fifth inning with USA leading by more than 10 runs after five innings.
USA finished the game with seven hits, which is their lowest mark in the tournament, but five were for extra bases (four home runs). Moss was responsible for three of the extra base hits, as two home runs and a double made up his 3-for-3 performance at the plate. His six runs-batted-in was the most by a USA member this season (he leads the team with 17 RBI in the tournament).
USA improved their all-time mark to 4-2 all-time against Mexico, with a 2-2 mark in games played in COPABE competition. It was the USA's first win over Mexico on their soil since July 14, 2014 (USA had lost the prior two).
The U.S. is now 7-0 overall in this season's tournament and their 2-0 Super Round record has them a berth into the gold medal game Sunday. Cuba and Mexico face each other Saturday and the winner will clinch the berth to play USA.
USA has one more Super Round contest before Sunday's championship. They face Nicaragua Saturday at 9 a.m. (CT) at CECADI Stadium in Aguascalientes.
Inside the Numbers
102-5 - The U.S. has outscored their opponents 102-5 and they have outhit them 96-15. USA's pitching staff has pitched two no-hitters and three one-hitters in the tournament.
33 - The U.S. has hit 33 home runs in the tournament through seven games. The single-tournament high for the U.S. is 37 from the 2016 tournament. The 37 home runs in 2016 was at a pace of 4.1 per game (averaging 4.7 per game this tournament).
24 - In 29 innings of at-bats, USA has scored at least 1 run in 24 of the innings.
12 - Twelve different USA players have hit a home run in this season's tournament. Kailand Halstead leads the team with six.
.568 - USA is batting .568 in the tournament. Christian Hamilton leads the team hitting .786 (11-for-14).
.584 - The U.S. is hitting .584 (52/89) with runners on base. They held their opponents to 0-for-22 in the same category through the first five games of the tournament (opponents now 5-for-49, .102). USA is 40-for-64, .625 with runners in scoring position.
AGUASCALIENTES, Mexico - Team USA blasted six home runs, with three hit in the first inning and two by Christian Hamilton (Lauderhill, Fla.), to help defeat Venezuela 15-4 in their opening Super Round game of the 2018 COPABE U-12 Pan American Championships at Guel Jimenez Baseball Park.
Before the U.S. could get to the bottom of the first, to swing the bats, they had to withstand a quick jab thrown by Venezuela in the top half of the inning. USA, entering the game with five hits allowed in five tournament games combined, surrendered two hits on the opening two pitches of the game. Starting pitcher Ross Felder (Springdale, Ark.) settled down and retired the next three batters in order, including a strikeout with two runners in scoring position to keep Valenzuela off the scoreboard.
Kameron Davis (Albany, Ga.), who hit a home run on the first pitch he saw to lead off the bottom of the first inning Wednesday (against Brazil), did the same thing Thursday with a line drive home run over the right field fence for his third home run of the tournament. Hamilton followed Davis with a homer to complete back-to-back solo shots for a 2-0 U.S. lead. The first five U.S. batters reached base on hits and it led to a seven-run inning capped by a two-run home run from Brock Thompson (Bakersfield, Calif.) for his third home run in the tournament.
Venezuela cut into the USA lead and ended their streak of 16 consecutive shutout innings in the second inning with a two-out three-run home run hit by David Guzman to cut the USA lead to 7-3. The U.S. matched the three runs in the bottom of the second inning. Hamilton started a three-run second inning with another solo home run for his second homer of the game and third of the tournament.
The 10-3 U.S. lead was cut into in the fourth inning with a solo home run by Venezuela's Kevin Ereu. They followed with a pair of hits, which led to Talin Gardini (San Diego, Calif.) relieving Felder. Gardini was able prevent any further damage and was able to record the third out with the bases loaded, which was the first bases loaded at-bit by a U.S. opponent in the tourney.
USA used their offense to finish off the game in the sixth inning. Before an out could be recorded, Masato Chilcutt (San Antonio, Texas) drove in Hamilton and Dean Moss (Hillsborough, Calif.), the fourth batter of the inning, hit a three-run home run to end the game due to a 10-run lead after five innings.
Hamilton completed the game 4-for-4 with two home runs and two runs-batted-in. He was one of six U.S. players with a multi-hit game and he is the second U.S. member this tournament to have a four-hit performance. Chilcutt finished with three hits (3-for-4) and Moss' walk-off provided him with a team-high three runs-batted-in.
Felder was credited with the win (2-0), as he went 3.1 innings and allowed four runs off seven hits. Gardini went 2.2 shutout innings in relief, allowing two hits and striking out three batters.
Venezuela, who fell to 4-2 in the tournament, used three pitchers in the first inning (starter Jose Nava, who did not record an out, was tacked with the loss), and settled with Jenderson Suarez for 4.1 innings of work. Suarez allowed six runs off eight hits. Guzman led them at the plate, going 2-for-4 with three RBI.
USA moved their all-time mark to 4-1 all-time against Venezuela, with a 3-0 mark in games played in COPABE competition. The U.S. is now 6-0 overall in this season's tournament and 1-0 in Super Round play . They continue the three-game Super Round series in Aguascalientes Friday facing host Mexico (6-0) with a 12 p.m. (CT) first pitch at CECADI Stadium. The game will pit the two tournament heavyweights, as each team won their group and each are 6-0 in the tournament.
Inside the Numbers
91-5 - The U.S. has outscored their opponents 91-5 and they have outhit them 89-14. USA's pitching staff has pitched two no-hitters and two one-hitters in the tournament.
17.3 - USA has produced at least 10 hits in all six games of the tournament and is averaging 17.3 hits over their last three games.
29 - The U.S. has hit 29 home runs in the tournament through six games. The single-tournament high for the U.S. is 37 from the 2016 tournament. The 37 home runs in 2016 was at a pace of 4.8 per game (averaging 4.6 per game this tournament).
21 - In 25 innings of at-bats, USA has scored at least 1 run in 21 of the innings.
12 - Twelve different USA players have hit a home run in this season's tournament. Kailand Halstead and Masato Chilcutt co-lead the team with five each.
.589 - USA is batting .589 in the tournament. Hamilton leads the team hitting .833 (10-for-12).
.615 - The U.S. is hitting .615 (48/78) with runners on base. They held their opponents to 0-for-22 in the same category through the first five games of the tournament. USA is 37-for-57, .649 with runners in scoring position after going 7-for-8 in the category against Venezuela.
AGUASCALIENTES, Mexico - In the process of scoring 15 runs off 18 hits, Team USA's Tristan Bristow (San Antonio, Texas) and Gavin Gargiulo (Coral Springs, Fla.) combined to no-hit Brazil in a 15-0 victory at Ferrocarilero Park. The no-hitter is USA's second of the tournament and they have allowed two hits over their last four games to complete group play with a 5-0 record at the 2018 COPABE U-12 Pan American Championships.
Bristow started on the mound and went the first two innings before handing the ball over to Gargiulo for the third inning. Brazil was held to three base runners in the game, with two reaching on walks and one reaching on a dropped third strike. USA faced two batters over the minimum. Bristow was credited with the victory (1-0).
The game ended in the third inning due to USA leading by 15 runs through three innings of play. Their offense was geared up on the very first pitch of the bottom of the first inning. Kameron Davis (Albany, Ga.) hit the first pitch over the right field fence for a quick 1-0 lead. Davis' home run, his second of the tournament, was the first of six runs in the inning for the U.S. Kailand Halstead (Aberdeen, Wash.) plated a pair of runs with a single to left field before Kibru Pam (Pasadena, Calif.), Travis Friend (Whittier, Calif.) and Julius Pfau (Tampa, Fla.) each contributed an RBI to complete the scoring in the first inning.
Christian Hamilton (Lauderhill, Fla.) duplicated Davis' first inning feat in the second inning, hitting the first pitch of the bottom of the second inning over the fence. His home run was the first of the tournament and it provided the U.S. their first of two runs in the second inning. Their second run was registered on a Pam RBI-Single through the right side for an 8-0 lead.
USA sent 11 batters to the plate in the third inning and 10 reached base safely. Pfau and Hamilton each had doubles before Halstead blasted a three-run home run to center field to highlight a seven-run inning. Pfau completed a 2-for-2 performance in the inning alone with a bases-loaded chopper that resulted in the 15th run of the game to halt the game.
All nine batters in the starting lineup produced at least one hit for USA, with seven players producing at least two hits. Hamilton and Pfau each went 3-for-3 at the plate to lead USA in hits. Halstead led the team with five runs-batted-in. USA was 13-for-19 in at-bats with runners on base and 10-for-15 with runners in scoring position. They faced five different Brazil pitchers, and four of the five pitchers did not go more than 0.1 innings.
USA moved their all-time mark to 4-0 all-time against Brazil, with three of the games played in COPABE competition. The U.S. also completed their Group B play with a 5-0 record, finishing atop the group standings (Brazil finished 1-4). They begin the Super Round (three games) in Aguascalientes Thursday facing Venezuela (4-1) with a 12 p.m. (CT) first pitch at Guel Jimenez Park.
Inside the Numbers
76-1 - The U.S. has outscored their opponents 76-1 and they have outhit them 72-5. USA's pitching staff has pitched two no-hitters and two one-hitters in the tournament.
23 - USA has hit 23 home runs in the tournament through five games. The single-tournament high for the U.S. is 37 from the 2016 tournament. The 37 home runs in 2016 was at a pace of 4.1 per game (averaging 4.6 per game this tournament).
17 - In 19 innings of at-bats, USA has scored at least 1 run in 17 of the innings.
12 - With Christian Hamilton's home run Wednesday, 12 different USA players have hit a home run in this season's tournament.
.585 - USA is batting .585 in the tournament. Julius Pfau leads the team hitting .875 (7-for-8)
.631 - USA is hitting .631 (41/65) with runners on base, while holding their opponents to 0-for-22 in the same category. Opponents have been limited to eight at-bats with runners in scoring position (USA is 30-for-49, .612 in the category).
AGUASCALIENTES, Mexico - Team USA hit seven home runs, from seven different players, and every put-out defensively was via strikeout, as another dominating performance pushed USA to an 18-0 victory over Honduras Tuesday at CECADI Stadium. The stars and stripes remain unbeaten (4-0) in group play of the 2018 COPABE U-12 Pan American Championships.
The offensive explosion came in the second inning, with USA heading into the inning leading 2-0. They posted 12 runs off 11 hits in the inning, placing their first nine batters to the plate before the first out of the inning was recorded. Four home runs were hit in the inning, as Masato Chilcutt (San Antonio, Texas), Dean Moss (Hillsborough, Calif.), Paul Dominguez (Anaheim, Calif.) and Travis Friend (Whittier, Calif.) each went deep in the inning. Moss and Dominguez's home runs were back-to-back home runs.
The U.S. added to the 14-0 advantage in the third inning with two more home runs. Josiah Palomino (Riverside, Calif.) and Gavin Gargiulo (Coral Springs, Fla.) provided the long balls for a four-run inning to cap the scoring. The game ended after three innings, as USA led by more than 15 runs after three complete innings.
Honduras retired two of the first three batters in the top of the first inning, but they were unable to keep USA off the scoreboard in the inning. Kailand Halstead (Aberdeen, Wash.) hit a two-out home run to give the U.S. the game's first lead.
While the offense was hitting balls out of the yard, the U.S. pitching combination of Talin Gardini (San Diego, Calif.) and Christian Hamilton (Lauderhill, Fla.) was doing their part on the mound. Leadoff batter Allan Miller opened the bottom of the first inning with a single blooped into left field, but it turned out to be the only hit the U.S. allowed in the game. The next six batters were retired in order by strikeouts from Gardini, who pitched the first two innings. Hamilton opened the third inning walking the leadoff batter, but then settled down to strikeout the next three batters. Gardini claimed the win (1-0) and was credited with six of the team's nine strikeouts. They faced two batters (11) over the minimum (nine) and provided USA their second straight one-hit pitching performance.
All 18 players on the U.S. roster played in the game, leading to 14 different players getting at least one hit in the game. Gargiulo, Torres, Moss and Palomino each hit their first home runs of the tournament. Chilcutt's home run in the second inning was his team-leading fifth homer of the tournament. Dylan Green (Roseville, Calif.) (2-for-2), Moss (2-for-2) and Halstead (2-for-3) each had multi-hit performances for USA. Torres led the squad in runs-batted-in with three.
The stars and stripes were 9-for-14 in the game with runners on base, going 7-for-9 with runners in scoring position. They also produced nine two-out RBI.
USA improved to 2-0 all-time against Honduras, with each game played in COPABE competition. The U.S. also moves to 4-0 in Group B play of the tournament, while Honduras still seeks their first win (0-4). USA concludes group play competition in Aguascalientes Wednesday facing Brazil with a 12 p.m. (CT) first pitch at Ferrocarilero Sports Complex.
Inside the Numbers
20 - USA has hit 20 home runs in the tournament through four games. The single-tournament high for the U.S. is 37 from the 2016 tournament. The 37 home runs in 2016 was at a pace of 4.1 per game (averaging 5.0 per game this tournament).
11 - Eleven different USA players have hit a home run in this season's tournament.
61-1 - The U.S. has outscored their opponents 61-1 and they have outhit them 54-5.
.551 - Through the tournament, the U.S. is batting .551. Julius Pfau (Tampa, Fla.) leads the team hitting .800 (4-for-6).
.609 - USA is hitting .609 (28/46) with runners on base, while holding their opponents to 0-for-15 in the same category. Opponents have been limited to six at-bats with runners in scoring position.
AGUASCALIENTES, Mexico - Masato Chilcutt (San Antonio, Texas) and Paul Dominguez (Anaheim, Calif.) each hit a pair of home runs and pitchers Brady Strohm (Winchester, Calif.) and Kibru Pam (Pasadena, Calif.) combined to pitch a one-hitter to help Team USA defeat Colombia 12-0 Monday at CECADI Stadium. The win improved Team USA's group play record to 3-0 at the 2018 COPABE U-12 Pan American Championships.
Chilcutt's first home run, a two-run shot on a full-count pitch, was hit in the first inning, marking the third consecutive game he has hit a home run in the first inning. The following two batters reached, setting up Dominguez's first home run. Hit one day after pitching a no-hitter Sunday over Panama, Dominguez's three-run shot was hit in his first at-bat of the tournament.
USA added to their 5-0 lead with a six-run third inning, producing five hits and taking advantage of four Colombia errors. Chilcutt led off with a solo home run to left field (fourth home run of the tournament) and Kailand Halstead (Aberdeen, Wash.) followed with a double hard off the left field wall. Halstead was driven in by a Dean Moss (Hillsborough, Calif.) single through the right side and Dominguez followed with a two-run home run for his second home run of the game.
A pair of runs in the six-run third inning were scored in unconventional fashion. With two outs and Julius Pfau (Tampa, Fla.) at third base, Kameron Davis (Albany, Ga.) hit a ball missed by the shortstop, who also missed the throw in from left field. Davis hustled around to third base and the catcher's throw was dropped by the third baseman, which allowed Davis to score. Three errors, two by the shortstop, were committed on the play.
USA capped their scoring in the fourth inning with their fifth home run of the game. Halstead led off the inning with his second home run of the tournament, and it stands as the team's 13th home run of the tournament.
Strohm started on the mound for Team USA and went three innings. His only hit allowed was a bloop by Miguel Toscano into shallow left field. Strohm improved to 1-0 with the victory. Pam pitched the final two innings and struck out four batters while facing the minimum. David Burgos suffered the loss for Colombia, allowing eight runs off seven hits in three innings of work.
Halstead led the U.S. in hits, going 3-for-3 at the plate. He also scored three runs and stole a pair of bases. Chilcutt and Dominguez each went 2-for-3, with Dominguez also registering a game-high five runs-batted-in.
USA improves to 2-0 all-time against Colombia, with each occurring in COPABE competition. The U.S. also moves to 3-0 in Group B play of the tournament, while Colombia falls to 2-1. They continue their play in Aguascalientes Tuesday facing Honduras with a 12 p.m. (CT) first pitch at CECADI Stadium.
Inside the Numbers
13 - USA has hit 13 home runs in the tournament through three games. Masato Chillcutt leads the squad with four.
43-1 - The U.S. has outscored their opponents 43-1 and they have outhit them 37-4.
.594 - USA is hitting .594 (19/32) with runners on base, while holding their opponents to 0-for-9 in the same category. Opponents have been limited to three at-bats with runners in scoring position.
AGUASCALIENTES, Mexico - Brock Thompson (Bakersfield, Calif.) hit a pair of home runs, including a grand slam, and his power production was part of a six-home run performance by Team USA, who defeated Panama 15-0 behind a no-hitter pitched by Paul Dominguez (Anaheim, Calif.). The win improved Team USA's group play record to 2-0 at the 2018 COPABE U-12 Pan American Championships.
USA's first four hits of the game left the yard. Masato Chilcutt (San Antonio, Texas), who hit a three-run home run in the first inning Friday over Cuba, connected in the first inning Saturday with a two-run home run. Kailand Halstead (Aberdeen, Wash.) followed with a solo home run to go back-to-back for a 3-0 USA lead. Thompson's first home run came in his first at-bat. A solo home run to left-centerfield for a 4-0 USA lead. Julius Pfau (Tampa, Fla.) followed with another solo home run and it marked USA's second string of back-to-back home runs in the game. The pair of home runs in the second inning was part of a five-run, four-hit inning to build their lead to 8-0.
Pfau walked in the third inning and scored from first base off a double drilled down the left field line by Kameron Davis (Albany, Georgia) to push the lead to 9-0. The first three batters of the third inning reached base for USA and it set up Brock Thompson's grand slam home run on a ball hammered to straightaway centerfield for a 13-0 lead. The game ended via run-rule later in the inning with Kameron Davis lining a ball well over the centerfield fence for a two-run home run.
While the offense was making their noise, USA starting pitcher Paul Dominguez kept the Panama bats quiet. He went the four-inning complete game not allowing a hit and faced one batter over the minimum. Dominguez struck out three batters en route to the victory (1-0). Panama went through four different pitchers and none of their arms went longer than Angel Vasquez, who started on the mound and was credited with the loss after allowing five runs off four hits in 1.1 innings.
USA's 15 runs came off 11 hits, with Davis leading the way with a three-hit performance (3-for-4). Thompson (2-for-3) also had a multi-hit game for USA and led the team with five runs-batted-in. The stars and stripes were 6-for-11 as a team with runners on base, with Davis going 2-for-2 in the category.
USA improves to 5-0 all-time against Panama and 3-0 in COPABE competition. The U.S. also moves to 2-0 in Group B play of the tournament, while Panama falls to 1-1. They continue their play in Aguascalientes Monday facing Columbia with a 9 a.m. CT first pitch at CECADI Stadium.