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12U: Team USA Wins WBSC U-12 World Cup with 7-2 Win Over Chinese Taipei

August 6, 2017
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USA Baseball (8-1) 0 0 4 0 3 0 7 8 0
Chinese Taipei (7-2) 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 4 2
Win: Brandon Olivera Loss: Yu-En Chien
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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.

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2017 USA Baseball Award Winners Announced

December 12, 2017

18U National Team member Triston Casas named Richard W. "Dick" Case Award Winner

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced the recipients of its annual organizational awards on Tuesday, recognizing the top athletes, coaches and performances from the 2017 USA Baseball national teams. 18U National Team member Triston Casas was named the Richard W. "Dick" Case Award winner, given annually to USA Baseball's top player in honor of the organization's founding Executive Director and CEO. Casas is the third 18U National Team member to earn athlete of the year honors.

USA Baseball honored the World Baseball Classic Team with three awards in 2017, including the Team of the Year award after winning its first-ever gold medal in the event. Manager Jim Leyland was named the Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year and World Baseball Classic MVP Marcus Stroman earned the International Performance of the Year award following his outstanding performance in the championship game in March.

Stroman shares the International Performance of the Year award with 12U National Team member Josh Atomancyzyk, whose performance against Japan in the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup kept Team USA in medal contention en route to its third consecutive Baseball World Cup title. This is the first time in USA Baseball's history two individual performances were recognized with this award.

"We are delighted to recognize these outstanding performances that led USA Baseball to new heights in 2017," said Paul Seiler, USA Baseball's Executive Director/CEO. "Our on-field performances are certainly paramount to our organization's success but in addition to that, each one of these athletes represented the United States in an exceptional manner as a global ambassador for the game of baseball and our country on the international stage. We are truly proud to recognize these individuals and teams with our annual awards."

In partnership with the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Baseball also named David Sharp (12U National Team) and Bill Burniston (Collegiate National Team) the Developmental and Volunteer Coach of the Year award recipients, respectively.

USA Baseball had its most successful year in 2017 after sweeping through its international competition with gold medals at the World Baseball Classic, WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup, COPABE Pan Am U-15 Championships and the WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup; in addition to the Collegiate National Team winning all three of its international friendship series against Chinese Taipei, Cuba and Japan. It is the first time in international baseball history a federation has won all of its international competitions in a calendar year.

Three-time USA Baseball alumnus Triston Casas (American Heritage High School, Pembroke Pines, Fla.) was awarded the Richard W. "Dick" Case Award following his performance with the 18U National Team at the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in Thunder Bay, Canada. Casas was named the tournament MVP after leading Team USA to its fourth consecutive world championship title. A stalwart at first base, his bat did the most damage, collecting tournament-highs with 13 RBIs and three home runs, including a two-run shot in the gold medal game. The WBSC also named Casas its Baseball Player of the Year at its annual congress in Gaborone, Batswana in October.

Casas has now won three gold medals in his young career with Team USA. In addition to winning the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in 2017, he also won a gold medal with the 2015 15U National Team and the 2016 18U National Team in the COPABE Pan Am Championships. He was also a member of the 2016 17U National Team Development Program.

The World Baseball Classic Team was named USA Baseball's Team of the Year after winning its first-ever title when it defeated Puerto Rico, 8-0, in the gold medal game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. Pitcher Marcus Stroman (Toronto Blue Jays) was named the MVP of the tournament and Eric Hosmer (Kansas City Royals) and Christian Yelich (Miami Marlins) joined him on the All-Tournament Team. The team finished the tournament with a 7-2 overall record and its success led to earning the USOC Team of the Month award for March, as well as its manager, Jim Leyland, being named the USA Baseball Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year.

"The managerial expertise Jim brought to our World Baseball Classic team was impressive to watch," said Seiler. "Our nation has such high expectations for success in our sport, and Jim led an incredible group of players and staff to our first gold medal in this event. We're incredibly proud to call him an alumnus of USA Baseball and honor him with this award."

Leyland will be honored at the Golden Spikes Award and Rod Dedeaux Foundation Award Dinner, which will be held June 28 at the Jonathan Club in downtown Los Angeles.

USA Baseball honored two athletes with the International Performance of the Year award: World Baseball Classic MVP Marcus Stroman and 12U National Team member Josh Atomancyzyk (Franklin, Texas). Stroman earned his MVP award with a shutdown performance over previously unbeaten Puerto Rico in the gold medal game of the 2017 WBC. In the final, Stroman pitched 6.1 innings of one-hit baseball and struck out three, silencing a Puerto Rican offense that was averaging nearly eight runs a game. His outstanding performance paved the way for a dominant 8-0 victory and the 2017 World Baseball Classic title. He was later named the Male Athlete of the Month for March by the USOC.

With a spot in the gold medal game of the WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup on the line, Atomancyzyk took the mound for the red, white and blue against Japan and was masterful; tossing 5.1 innings, allowing one earned run on four hits, while striking out a game-high seven batters in the victory. In addition to his pitching prowess, Atomancyzyk went 2-for-3 with two runs scored, two home runs and five RBIs in the 6-1 victory.

12U National Team Manager David Sharp (Huntsville High School; Huntsville, Ala.) was named the Developmental Coach of the Year after leading the 12U team to its third consecutive WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup title. Sharp led his team to an 8-1 record, defeating host-country Chinese Taipei, 7-2, in the gold medal game in front of a sellout crowd of 11,000. Under his guidance, the team outscored its opponents 107-43 and finished the tournament hitting .423 with 40 extra-base hits.

Bill Burniston was named the USA Baseball Volunteer Coach of the Year after serving as the performance specialist for the Collegiate National Team. Burniston provided unparalleled service to the athletes by offering creative and engaging training sessions that not only allowed the national team to prepare and excel on the field, but also promoted and protected their overall long-term health.

"Bill has been an invaluable addition to our Collegiate National Team family for years," said Seiler. "He is a world-class professional in his field and his engaging demeanor leads to positive and fulfilling relationships with the athletes that last long after their time with USA Baseball."

USA Baseball's Richard W. "Dick" Case Player of the Year and Team of the Year honorees serve as the organization's nominees in their respective categories with the USOC, who honors one Sportsman and Team of the Year annually based on nominations from its National Governing Bodies.

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12U: Team USA Advances to Gold Medal Game with 12-10 Win Over Mexico

August 5, 2017
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Mexico (5-3) 2 1 0 5 2 0 10 9 1      
USA Baseball (7-1) 2 0 3 6 1 X 12 12 3      
Win: Spencer Butt Loss: Cesar Monjaras
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TAINAN, Taiwan - The USA Baseball 12U National Team advanced to the gold medal game with its 12-10 win over Mexico in the final game of the Super Round in the 2017 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup, on Saturday morning at Tainan Stadium.

Team USA is the two-time defending champion of the WBSC U-12 World Cup and will take on Chinese Taipei tomorrow at 6:30 a.m. ET, for the third consecutive gold medal game. The U.S. will look to best Chinese Taipei after falling 16-2 to the host team on Thursday night.

Trailing by two runs in the bottom of the first, Team USA got on the board after Benjamin Reiland (Irvine, Calif.) led off the inning with a single and scored later in the frame on a wild pitch and Raffaele Velazquez (Long Beach, Calif.) tied the game up at 2-2, with a sacrifice fly to left field to score Josh Atomanczyk (Franklin, Texas), who walked earlier in the inning.

With the U.S. down 3-2 in the third, Spencer Butt (Davie, Fla.) led off the inning with a solo home run to right center field and Atomanczyk used an RBI-single to score Reiland after he doubled in the frame. After stealing second base and advancing on a failed pickoff, Atomanczyk scored on a Kai Caranto (Santa Clarita, Calif.) sacrifice fly, giving the 12U team the 5-3 advantage.

After Mexico added five runs in the top of the fourth inning, Team USA responded with a six-spot in the bottom of the frame, when Owen Egan (Yucaipa, Calif.) and Errick Barnes Jr. used back-to-back doubles to score the first run of the fourth. Reiland followed with a two-RBI single through the ride side to score Barnes Jr. and Butt who singled earlier in the inning and Caranto gave the United States the 11-8 lead with a three-run home run to right field.

Mexico responded with two runs of its own in the fifth, but the U.S. had an answer, plating a run in the bottom of the frame, after Atomanczyk roped an RBI-double to left center to score Brandon Olivera (Hialeah, Fla.), who walked to lead off the inning, pushing the Team USA lead to 12-10.

In the sixth, Olivera recorded the first out of the inning and Caranto entered the game from shortstop to close it out for the U.S. After giving up a walk to the first batter he faced, Caranto struck out the next two batters to end the game and pick up the save.

Butt earned the win on the mound recording two outs in a relief effort and Olivera threw a solid 1-1/3 innings, allowing no runs on one hit and striking out one.

Team USA finished with 12 hits, eight stolen bases and five walks in the win. Reiland went 4-for-4 with three runs, two RBI and four stolen bases, while Atomanczyk went 2-for-2 with three runs, and two RBI. Butt went 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI, while Caranto had a game-high four RBI to pace the U.S. offense.

The 12U team will finish up the WBSC U-12 World Cup tomorrow in the gold medal game at 6:30 a.m. ET, against Chinese Taipei or at Tainan Stadium. Fans can watch the gold medal game live on the WBSC YouTube channel or follow the game on USABaseball.com or on Twitter @USABaseball12U.

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12U: Atomanczyk's Big Day Powers Team USA Past Japan, 6-3

August 4, 2017
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USA Baseball (6-1) 1 0 2 0 3 0 6 6 3      
Japan (5-2) 0 0 1 0 2 0 3 4 0      
Win: Josh Atomanczyk Loss: Shuya Yamada
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TAINAN, Taiwan - Josh Atomanczyk (Franklin, Texas) crushed two home runs, while earning the win on the mound, to power the USA Baseball 12U National Team to a 6-3 win over Japan in the second game of the 2017 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup, on Friday morning at Tainan Stadium.

Team USA got on the board in the first, when Ben Reiland (Irvine, Calif.) roped a leadoff double to left field and Raffaele Velazquez (Long Beach, Calif.) used an RBI-single through the right side to score the first run of the game.

The U.S. struck again in the third when Reiland singled to left field and Atomanczyk followed with a two-run homer to center field, to give the 12U team the 3-0 advantage heading into the bottom of the third inning.

In the fifth inning, back-to-back walks from Gavin Grahovac (Orange, Calif.) and Spencer Butt (Davie, Fla.) set up Atomanczyk to smash his second home run of the contest, with a three-run shot to right center field and give the United States the 6-1 lead.

With the score 6-3 and one out in the sixth, reliever Brandon Olivera (Hialeah, Fla.) came in and shut the door with two quick outs to seal the U.S. win and earn his first save of the WBSC U-12 World Cup.

Atomanczyk (2-0) was masterful on the mound, throwing 5-1/3 innings allowing one earned run on four hits, while striking out a game-high seven and earning the win. At the plate, Atomanczyk went 2-for-3 with two runs, two home runs and five RBI.

Reiland finished the game 2-of-3 with three runs, while Kai Caranto (Santa Clarita, Calif.) and Velazquez each went 1-of-3 to pace the Team USA offense.

The 12U team will complete Super Round play in the WBSC U-12 World Cup tomorrow at 10:00 p.m. ET, against Mexico at Tainan Stadium. Fans can watch all Super Round games live on the WBSC YouTube channel or follow the game on USABaseball.com or on Twitter @USABaseball12U.

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12U: Team USA Falls to Chinese Taipei

August 3, 2017
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Chinese Taipei (5-1) 2 0 1 7 6 X 16 11 2      
USA Baseball (5-1) 0 2 0 0 0 X 2 6 1      
Win: Yi-Wei Tseng Loss: Owen Egan
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TAINAN, Taiwan - The USA Baseball 12U National Team dropped its first game of the 2017 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup, falling to Chinese Taipei, 16-2, on Thursday night at Tainan Stadium.

Trailing 2-0 heading into the bottom of the second inning, Team USA responded with Daniel Arambula (Redlands, Calif.) smacking a solo home run off of the right field foul pole to cut the deficit to 2-1. Spencer Butt (Davie, Fla.) followed with a double to left field and Ben Reiland (Irvine, Calif.) used an RBI-single to score Butt and tie the game at 2-2.

Chinese Taipei put the game out of reach in the third and fourth innings, scoring a combined eight runs in the two frames.

Reiland finished 3-for-3 with an RBI, while Armabula and Butt went 1-for-2 respectively.

Starting pitcher Owen Egan (Yucaipa, Calif.) surrendered the loss, throwing three innings, allowing three runs, while striking out two.

The 12U team will continue Super Round play in the WBSC U-12 World Cup tomorrow at 10:30 p.m. ET, against Japan at Tainan Stadium. Fans can watch all Super Round games live on the WBSC YouTube channel or follow the game on USABaseball.com or on Twitter @USABaseball12U.

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12U National Team Improves to 5-0 with 20-3 Win Over Germany

August 2, 2017
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USA Baseball (5-0) 7 8 2 3 X X 20 16 0      
Germany (0-5) 3 0 0 0 X X 3 5 2      
Win: Greg Pierantoni Loss: Neven Brand
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TAINAN, Taiwan - The USA Baseball 12U National Team scored 15 runs in the first two innings to run rule Germany, 20-3, in four innings and improve to 5-0 in Pool Play in the 2017 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup on Wednesday morning at Shan-Hwa Stadium.

Team USA will advance to the Super Round tomorrow as the No. 1 seed out of Pool "B" with the time and opponent to be determined, the game will be played at Tainan Stadium.

The 12U team got on the scoreboard in the first when Josh Atomanczyk (Franklin, Texas) crushed his team-leading third home run of the WBSC U-12 World Cup to left field, to score Ben Reiland who singled earlier in the inning. Later in the frame, Gregory Pierantoni (Valencia, Calif.) chopped a two-RBI single through the right side and Trent Abel (San Diego, Calif.) followed with an RBI-single of his own to extend the Team USA lead. Kai Caranto (Santa Clarita, Calif.) roped a two-RBI double down the left field line to score Pierantoni and Abel, pushing the U.S. lead to 7-0.

The United States continued to score in the second inning, plating two runs on a wild pitch and throwing error to start the frame and Errick Barnes Jr. (San Diego, Calif.) followed with an RBI-double the left field line to score Pierantoni who reached on the Germany error. Spencer Butt (Davie, Fla.) singled through the right side on the next play, to score two more Team USA runs and CJ Rice (Pleasanton, Calif.) used a two-run home run to right center, putting the U.S. up 15-3.

Pierantoni scored another U.S. run in the third, grounding out to second base to score Hank Benny (Austin, Texas), who walked to lead off the inning and Colt Emerson (Cambridge, Ohio) drew a walk with the bases loaded to score the final run of the inning.

In the fourth, Abel smacked a three-run homer to left center, scoring Gavin Grahovac (Orange, Calif.) who doubled to lead off the inning and Brandon Olivera (Hialeah, Fla.) who walked after the Grahovac double.

Abel finished 4-for-4 with four runs and four RBI, while Rice went 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBI, and Barnes Jr. finished 2-of-4 with a run and RBI to pace the Team USA offense.

Pierantoni earned the win after starting on the mound, throwing the first two innings of the game. Olivera and Daniel Arambula (Redlands, Calif.) struck out the side in the third and fourth innings to close out the game.

The 12U team will begin Super Round play in the WBSC U-12 World Cup tomorrow, fans can watch all Super Round games live on the WBSC YouTube channel or follow the game on USABaseball.com or on Twitter @USABaseball12U.

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USA Baseball 12U National Team Improves to 4-0 with 7-3 Win Over Panama

August 1, 2017
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Panama (2-2) 2 1 0 0 0 0 3 1 2      
USA Baseball (4-0) 2 2 1 0 2 X 7 8 1      
Win: Josh Atomanczyk Loss: Adan Ledezma
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TAINAN, Taiwan - The USA Baseball 12U National Team battled back from an early deficit to defeat Panama, 7-3, in game four of Pool Play in the 2017 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup on Tuesday afternoon at Kuei-Ren Stadium.

Trailing 2-0 heading into the bottom of the first inning, Raffaele Velazquez (Long Beach, Calif.) got the 12U team on the board with a single through the right side to score Benjamin Reiland (Irvine, Calif.), who walked to start the frame and Owen Egan (Yucaipa, Calif.) followed with an RBI-single of his own to tie the game at 2-2.

Team USA took the lead in the second when Kai Caranto (Santa Clarita, Calif.) used an RBI-single to center field to score Spencer Butt (Davie, Fla.), after he reached on a fielder's choice earlier in the inning and Reiland doubled down the left field line to score Caranto, giving the U.S. the 4-3 lead after two frames.

The United States added another run in the third after Reiland singled to left field, scoring Gavin Grahovac (Orange, Calif.), who drew a walk to start the inning.

In the fifth, Team USA added two more insurance runs when Caranto scored on a throwing error by the third baseman after drawing another walk and Velazquez used an RBI-single through the right side, extending the U.S. lead to 7-3.

The 12U team compiled 10 walks, eight hits and six stolen bases to improve to 4-0 in WBSC U-12 World Cup Pool Play.

Velazquez finished the game 3-for-3 with two RBI and a run, while Reiland went 2-for-2 with two RBI and two runs scored to lead the Team USA offense.

Josh Atomanczyk (Franklin, Texas) was stellar on the mound, throwing four innings, allowing one run on one hit and striking out a game-high four. Atomancyzk sat down nine straight batters and threw three no-hit innings to earn the win in relief.

The 12U team will finish up Pool Play in the WBSC U-12 World Cup on August 2, against Germany at 10:00 p.m. ET. Fans can follow the game on USABaseball.com or on Twitter @USABaseball12U.

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12U: USA-Germany Postponed Due to Rain

July 31, 2017

TAINAN, Taiwan - The game between the USA Baseball 12U National Team and Germany scheduled for Monday at 10:00 p.m. ET has been postponed due to rain. It has been rescheduled for Wednesday, August 2 at 10:00 p.m. ET.

The 12U team is off to a hot start in Pool Play in the 2017 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup, winning its first three games by way of the WBSC run rule and outscoring its opponents 53-6.

Team USA will continue Pool Play Tuesday, August 1 against Panama at 2:00 a.m. ET at Kuei-Ren Stadium. The Super Round of the WBSC U-12 World Cup will begin on August 4. Fans can follow the games on USABaseball.com or on Twitter @USABaseball12U.

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USA Baseball 12U National Team Cruises Past South Korea, 27-6

July 30, 2017
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USA Baseball (3-0) 0 10 5 12 X X 27 16 2      
South Korea (1-2) 0 2 3 1 X X 6 9 4      
Win: Hank Benny (1-0) Loss: Jeongu Jang (0-1)
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TAINAN, Taiwan - The USA Baseball 12U National Team run ruled its opponent for the third straight game, cruising past South Korea, 27-6, in four innings in the third game of Pool Play in the 2017 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup on Sunday afternoon at Tainan Stadium.

The United States started the scoring off in a big way, plating 10 runs in the second inning after Trent Abel (San Diego, Calif.) was walked with the bases loaded, and Kai Caranto (Santa Clarita, Calif.) followed with a bases-clearing triple. Two batters later, Josh Atomanczyk (Franklin, Texas) crushed his second home run in two days, with a two-run shot to center field. Later in the inning, Brad Burnes (Belvedere, Calif.) and Brandon Olivera (Hialeah, Fla.) scored on an error and wild pitch after drawing walks and Daniel Arambula (Redlands, Calif.) extended the lead to 10-0, after blasting a two-run home run down the right field line.

Team USA continued to put up runs in the third, when Benjamin Reiland (Irvine, Calif.) started off the inning with a double to the wall in right center and Raffaele Velazquez (Long Beach, Calif.) ripped a single through the right side to score two runs, after Atomanzyck drew a walk on the play before. Burnes followed with a double to right center scoring Reiland and Caranto reached on a fielder's choice to push the U.S. lead to 14-2.

The 12U team struck big again in the fourth, when Burnes smacked a two-run home run down the left field line, after Velazquez was hit by a pitch. Later in the frame, Abel reached on an error by the shortstop with the bases loaded to score a run and Caranto drew a walk to drive in Owen Egan (Yucaipa, Calif.) who singled earlier in the inning. Reiland kept the U.S. offense going with a two-RBI single through the right side and Gavin Grahovac (Orange, Calif.) singled to right field, plating another Team USA run.

The U.S. squad continued to add on runs in the fourth, after Burnes and CJ Rice (Pleasanton, Calif.) hit back-to-back RBI singles and Colt Emerson (Cambridge, Ohio) used a two-RBI double to the wall in center field to score Rice and Ashton Larson (Overland Park, Kan.) who singled earlier in the fourth inning, making it 27-5.

In the bottom of the fourth, Spencer Butt (Davie, Fla.) shutdown South Korea offense to end the game due to the WBSC run rule.

The 12U team compiled 16 hits and 13 walks in its largest margin of victory in the WBSC U-12 World Cup.

Burnes finished the game 3-of-4 with four runs, and four RBI, while Caranto led the game with five RBI in the leadoff spot. Egan went 2-for-3 with three runs and two RBI, and Reiland finished 2-for-5 with two runs and two RBI to pace the United States offense.

Starting pitcher Hank Benny (Austin, Texas) earned the win on the mound, allowing three earned runs on five hits, while striking out a game-high four in two innings of work.

Team USA will continue Pool Play in the WBSC U-12 World Cup on July 30 against Germany at 10:00 p.m. ET in Shan-Hwa Stadium. Fans can also follow the game on USABaseball.com or on Twitter @USABaseball12U.

 

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USA Baseball 12U National Team Run Rules Nicaragua, 10-0

July 29, 2017
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Nicaragua 0 0 0 0 0 X 0 2 2      
USA Baseball 7 0 0 3 X X 10 6 0      
Win: Owen Egan (1-0) Loss: Yeran Toruno (0-1)
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TAINAN, Taiwan - The USA Baseball 12U National Team run ruled its opponent for the second straight game, defeating Nicaragua, 10-0, in five innings in the second game of Pool Play in the 2017 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup on Saturday afternoon at Shan-Hwa Stadium.

Team USA got on the scoreboard early, with three walks from Kai Caranto (Santa Clarita, Calif.), Benjamin Reiland (Irvine, Calif.), and Raffaele Velazquez (Long Beach, Calif.), when Brad Burnes (Belvedere, Calif.) reached on a fielder's choice to score the first run of the game. Owen Egan (Yucaipa, Calif.) followed up with an RBI-single through the left side to score Velazquez, while four more U.S. runs scored in the inning on a balk and three wild pitches, to take the early 7-0 lead.

The United States struck again in the fourth inning, when Josh Atomanczyk (Franklin, Texas) led off the inning with a home run to center field. Velazquez and Burnes followed with back-to-back singles and Egan doubled down the left field line to extend the Team USA lead to 10-0.

In the fifth, relievers CJ Rice (Pleasanton, Calif.) and Atomancyzk shutdown the Nicaragua offense to end the game due to the WBSC run rule.

The U.S. squad had 10 stolen bases, drew seven walks, advanced on four wild pitches, and were hit by pitches three times in route to the win.

Egan earned the win on the mound, throwing three scoreless innings, while allowing one hit and striking out a game-high five and leading the United States offense, going 2-for-3 with three RBI.

Team USA will continue Pool Play in the WBSC U-12 World Cup tomorrow against South Korea at 2:00 a.m. ET in Tainan Stadium. The game will be streamed LIVE on the WBSC YouTube Channel and fans can also follow the game on USABaseball.com or on Twitter @USABaseball12U.

 

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