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14U NTDP: 15U National Team Wins, 9-3, at the JPC

July 23, 2016

CARY, N.C. - Following a day off on Friday, the 14U National Team Development (NTDP) returned to action at Coleman Field for game one of the inaugural Junior Prospect Classic versus the 15U National Team. Despite a no-hitter through four innings by the 14U NTDP, the 15U National Team eventually pulled away to cruise to a 9-3 victory.

The 15U National Team struck first, adding on a run in each of the first two innings. A sacrifice fly by Anthony Volpe (Watchung, N.J.) scored Jasiah Dixon (Santa Ana, Calif.) in the first, while an error by the 14U NTDP outfield allowed Coleman Brigman (San Jose, Calif.) to slide home in the second.

Eli Paton (La Canada, Calif.) recorded the first hit of the contest in the third inning, doubling to right field to get in scoring position. Two plays later, Roc Riggio (Simi Valley, Calif.) knocked a single to center field to bring home Paton and put the 14U NTDP on the board.
    
In the fourth inning, the 15U National Team came back swinging, adding on another run to take a 3-1 advantage over the 14U NTDP. After being walked by 14U NTDP pitcher Sam Brady (Kansas City, Kan.), Carter Young (Selah, Wash.) advanced to home off a throwing error in the infield.

Following three consecutive walks in the fifth by 15U pitcher Ethan Long (Gilbert, Ariz.), the 14U National Team Development Program had the bases loaded with only one out. Riggio stepped up to the plate loaded and knocked the ball to the shortstop to bring home Jackson Miller (Trinity, Fla.). After two additional walks by Long, Paton tallied on another run for the 14U NTDP to tie it up, 3-3.

However, the offensive spurt would not last for the 14U NTDP, as the team failed to record a run in the final four innings. The 15U squad secured the victory with a run in both the fifth and sixth innings and a four-run performance in the seventh.

Michael Davinni (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) was tagged with the loss for the 14U NTDP after surrendering the lead in the fifth inning. Davinni surrendered two hits and one run during one inning of work at the bump. Throughout the contest, eight additional pitchers appeared at the mound for the 14U NTDP, collectively striking out two batters.

At the plate, Pete Armstrong (Sherman Oak, Calif.) had two hits and one RBI, Paton recorded one hit, two runs and drew one walk, and Riggio tallied one hit and one run.

The 14U National Team Development Program will return to action in game two of the Junior Prospect Classic against the 15U National Team at 10 a.m. at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. Live streaming and live scoring will be available on USABaseball.com.

QUOTES

Field Coordinator Tanner Vesely
(On tonight's game)
"I thought the game was good today. I thought the kids brought a lot of energy and played hard. I think if a couple of plays go a little differently, then it's a little tighter. I think the game was tighter than the score showed. They played their guts out and did a lot of good things today. Obviously, we've got some things to work on, but that's why we're here."

Stars Manager Dan Heefner
(On the opportunity to play the 15U National Team)
"I think every time that you play a game it's an opportunity to learn things and get better. This was a great opportunity for these guys to play against the 15U National Team. I thought there were a lot of bright spots that should give these guys some confidence, but it also gave some opportunity to learn some things that will make them better for the rest of their careers."

Stripes Manager Mark Kingston
(On the talent on the field for the Junior Prospect Classic)
"I thought we saw a lot of talented players out there for both sides. I think there were probably more walks in the game than both sides would have wanted, but there were also a lot of great at-bats. They played really good defensively for the most part. Both sides played really hard and have a lot of future great players."

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USA Baseball Ranked Number One In Latest WBSC Baseball World Rankings

February 22, 2018

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball has reclaimed the top spot in the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Baseball World Rankings as announced today by the WBSC. Following a 2017 season in which Team USA swept its international competitions at the 12U, 15U, 18U, Collegiate and Professional levels, the U.S. is ranked number one for the first time since 2014.

"To be recognized by the WBSC as the preeminent baseball program in the world is a testament to all of the hard work that our athletes, coaches and USA Baseball staff have put in to our national team programs," said Paul Seiler, Executive Director and CEO of USA Baseball. "Our organization has celebrated unprecedented success in the past few years and we will continue to build on those achievements as we reach toward new heights."

The WBSC Baseball World Rankings weigh a country's National Team performance - from U-12 to Professional - in WBSC-sanctioned international competitions over a four-year period.

USA Baseball had its most successful year in 2017, setting a record for most annual Baseball World Ranking points amassed with 2,127. The U.S. swept 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.

Since 2015, USA Baseball has won five world championships, including being the reigning World Baseball Classic Champion, as well as the reigning world champions at the 12U and 18U age levels. In total, the U.S. has medaled in all 11 international tournaments it has participated in since 2015, winning seven gold medals, three silver medals and one bronze.

Additionally, the Collegiate National Team has won six of eight international friendship series against Chinese Taipei (2-0-1), Cuba (3-0) and Japan (1-1) in that time frame, including winning the 5th Annual USA vs. Cuba International Friendship Series in Cuba - the first-ever series victory on Cuban soil in USA Baseball history.

The USA Baseball Women's National Team - currently ranked number three in the WBSC Women's Baseball World Rankings - has also won two gold medals since 2015, highlighted by an 11-3 victory over Canada in the finals of the 2015 Pan American Games.

To see the full WBSC Baseball World Rankings, visit www.WBSC.org.

World Baseball Softball Confederation Baseball World Rankings (1-12):
1. USA
2. Japan
3. Korea
4. Cuba
5. Mexico
6. Chinese Taipei
7. Canada
8. Australia
9. Netherlands
10. Puerto Rico
11. Venezuela
12. Dominican Republic

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14U NTDP

Stars Clinch Final Victory Over Stripes in Game Three

July 28, 2017
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Stars 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 3 0
Stripes 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0
Win: Daniel Corona Loss: Brady House Box Score

Cary, N.C. - The Stars secured a 7-2 victory in the final game of the 14U National Team Development Program (NTDP) to claim a 3-0 series win over the Stripes at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. on Friday.

Blake Burke (Brentwood Calif.) started the scoring off for the Stars in the first inning when he scored on a line drive RBI single by Thomas Splaine (Los Gatos, Calif.). In the third inning, the Stars put three more runs on the board when Cody Schrier (Coto De Caza, Calif.) and Burke both scored on an error by the shortstop, before Joshua Hartle (King, N.C.) then scored on an RBI single to right field by Splaine to give the Stars a 4-0 lead.

Thomas DiLandri (Las Vegas, Nev.) scored the first run for the Stripes in the fifth inning after an error by the first baseman to cut the Stars' lead to 4-1. The Stripes added a second run in the seventh inning when Jacob Galloway (Camarillo, Calif.) scored on an RBI single by Logan Forsythe (Biloxi, Miss.).

But that offensive push would not be enough for the Stripes to catch the Stars who answered back with three runs in the eighth. Two RBI singles, courtesy of Joshiah Chavez (Santa Paul, Calif.) and Trey Duffield (Houston, Texas), brought in two for the Stars in the top frame and then Chavez took advantage of a Stripes error to bring the score to 7-2 in favor of the Stars.

Daniel Corona (Brooklyn N.Y.) put in a strong performance on the mound for the Stars, throwing a solid 3.0 shutout innings while surrendering just one hit. Hartle and Splaine led the offense for the Stars with two RBIs each.

Dilandri pitched 3.0 innings for the Stripes allowing only two hits, no runs and striking out 3. Logan Forsythe tallied an RBI for the team.

Following the completion of the 14U NTDP with today's intrasquad matchup, eighteen players from the program have been chosen to compete for a spot on the 2017 15U National Team at Phase 1 of the 15U National Team trials starting Sunday, July 31.

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14U NTDP

The Stars Capture the Victory Over the Stripes in Game Two

July 26, 2017
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Stripes 0 1 0 0 0 2 4 0 0
Stars 0 1 0 3 3 1 0 0 0 11 
Win: Nick Kurtz  Loss: Joshua Reis Box Score 

CARY, N.C. - The Stars defeated the Stripes 8-7 to claim the series after another competitive matchup in game two of the 14U National Team Development Program at the USA Baseball National Team Training Complex in Cary, N.C.

In the second inning, the Stripes put the first run on the board when Collin Reuter (Olive Branch, Miss.) scored on an RBI single by Cooper Kinney (Chattanooga, Tenn.) to make the score 1-0. But an error by the Stripes third baseman allowed Thomas Splaine (Los Gatos, Calif.) to tie the game back up 1-1 in the bottom half for the Stars.

The Stars then jumped ahead with 3 runs in the fourth inning when Blake Burke (Brentwood, Calif.) and Daniel Corona (Brooklyn, N.Y.) scored on an RBI double by Joshua Hartle (King, N.C.) who then crossed the plate himself on an RBI single by Charles Duffield (Houston, TX).<9> The Stars continued to pile on in the fifth when Davis Diaz (Pittsburg, Calif.) scored on a two-base error by the left fielder and Tyree Reed (Vallejo, Calif.) came home on a wild pitch. Cody Schrier (Coto De Caza, Calif.) put one more tally on the board to give the Stars a 7-1 lead when he scored on an RBI double by Burke to left-center field.

The Stripes got two runs back in the sixth inning when Eddie King (Chicago, IL) and Preston Herce (Key West, Fla.) scored on a single by Brady House (Winder, GA) (7-2). But the Stars answered with one of their own in the bottom half when Gavin Zurn (Stillwater, Minn.) scored on an RBI triple by Eldridge Armstrong (Pasadena, Calif.).

The Stripes rallied in the seventh inning with four runs when Tyler Fullman (Homewood, IL) scored on an RBI single by King and a bases-clearing double play by Trevor Haskins (San Jose, Calif.) brought Joseph Collier (Surprise, Ariz.), King and Diego Prieto (Miami, Fla.) home. But the late comeback would not be enough for the Stripes as the Stars took their second win of the week, 8-7.

Nick Kurtz (Lancaster, Penn.) earned the win for the Stars, pitching three innings, while striking out four and giving up just one earned run. Joshua Hartle (King, N.C.) and Burke led the Stars at the plate as Hartle went 2-for-2 with two RBI doubles and Burke added his own RBI double while going 2-for-3.

Haskins led the Stripes offense with three RBIs and House had two. The Stars and Stripes will compete in the final game of the 14U National Team Development Program on Friday, July, 28 at 10:15 a.m. at the USA Baseball National Team Training Complex.

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14U NTDP

Stars Tops Stripes in Extra Innings in Game One

July 26, 2017
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Stars 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 4 9 9 2
Stripes 0 0 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 11 4
Win: Franco, Marcus  Loss: Bejarano, Mario  
Box Score

CARY, N.C. - The Stars defeated the Stripes, 9-5, in extra innings in the first 14U National Team Development Program (NTDP) intrasquad matchup on Tuesday at the USA Baseball National Training Complex.

The Stars got on the board in the first inning when Tyree Reed (Vallejo, Calif.) scored on an RBI-single from Josiah Chavez (Santa Paula, Calif). They added another run in the second when Gavin Zurn (Stillwater, Minn.) scored on an error by the shortstop, giving the Stars a 2-0 lead.

The Stripes answered back in the fourth inning when Tyler Collins (McKinney, Texas) scored on an RBI-double by Eddie King (Chicago, Ill.), who then tallied a run of his own after an RBI-double by Collin Reuter (Olive Branch, Tenn.). Luke Leto (Portage, Mich.) then scored on a sacrifice fly and Reuter scored on an error by the outfielder giving the Stripes a 4-2 lead.

In the fifth inning Trevor Haskins (San Jose, Calif.) added one more run to the board for the Stripes when he scored on an RBI-single by Joseph Collier (Surprise, Ariz.).

The Stars responded in the sixth, scoring twice when Thomas Splaine (Los Gatos, Calif.) crossed the plate on an RBI-single from Blake Burke (Brentwood, Calif) and Burke then scored on an RBI-fielder's choice by Daniel Corona (Brooklyn, N.Y.) cutting their deficit to one run.

Cody Schrier (Coto De Caza, Calif.) tied the game for the Stars in the eighth inning after he picked up a walk, stole second base and then made it home after two wild pitches.

The ninth inning resulted in a stalemate and the teams played the tenth inning under the international tiebreak rules.

The Stars took the lead once again with four runs after Zachary Torres (Vista, Calif.) scored on a walk, Schrier scored on an RBI-single by Zurn, Burke scored on an error by the pitcher and Eldridge Armstrong (Pasadena, Calif.) scored on a double steal; securing a 9-5 lead that the Stripes could not overcome.

Burke led the offense for the Stars with two hits and an RBI. Chavez and Alger also had timely hitting as they both went 1-for-2 with an RBI apiece. Reuter and Haskins both had a strong offensive performance with a pair of hits each for the Stripes.

Zurn started on the mound for the Stars and threw three shutout innings, striking out one batter. Marcus Franco (Miramar, Fla.) picked up the win as he closed out the final 2.2 innings with three strikeouts.

Logan Forsythe (Biloxi, Miss.) threw a solid 3.2 innings for the Stripes, striking out four and allowing one run. Mario Bejarano (Tucson, Ariz.) was tagged with the loss after giving up four runs (two earned) in the tenth.

The Stars and Stripes will face off again on Wednesday, July 26 at 10:35 a.m., for game two of the 14U NTDP at the USA Baseball National Team Training Complex. Follow @USABaseballNTDP on Twitter for all of the latest news and game action from the USA Baseball National Team Development program.

 

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14U NTDP

USA Baseball Announces 2017 14U National Team Development Program Roster

July 10, 2017

DURHAM, N.C. - The 2017 14U National Team Development Program (NTDP) roster was unveiled by USA Baseball on Monday. The final 40-man roster has been named following the conclusion of the 2017 14U National Team Championships in Arizona and Florida. The 14U NTDP will take place at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, July 24-29.

The National Team Development Program offers identified athletes an opportunity to connect with USA Baseball staff to better prepare for a future national team experience. The program includes skill development sessions, off-field education seminars and intrasquad Stars vs. Stripes games to assist in the development of the athletes as people and players.

Of the 40 players on the roster, 13 are alumni of the USA Baseball 12U National Team and 12 played together on the 2015 team that won a gold medal in the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup in Tainan, Taiwan. In addition to being an alumnus of the 12U National Team, Davis Diaz joins the 14U NTDP for the second consecutive year after participating in last year's program.

Former USA Baseball 15U National Team assistant coach Jason Maxwell will oversee the program as the field coordinator in 2017. Air Force Academy Head Coach, Mike Kazlausky, and East Carolina Head Coach, Cliff Godwin, will serve as managers for the program's Stars and Stripes teams.

For the first time ever, 18 athletes from the 14U NTDP will be selected to the 2017 15U National Team Trials. Phase 1 of 15U Trials will feature 72 athletes and begin on July 30 at the National Training Complex. Phase 2 will begin on August 2 and will feature 34 athletes vying for a spot on the final 20-man national team roster.

The 15U National Team will compete in the 2017 COPABE Pan Am "AA" Championships in Cartagena, Colombia. Team USA is the two-time defending champion in the event and will look to qualify for a berth in the WBSC U-15 World Cup in 2018.

Players are selected for the National Team Development Program based on their participation and performance at USA Baseball events. Recommendations from professional scouts, USA Baseball task force members and collegiate, high school and youth coaches at USA Baseball events play a role in the selection process for the National Team Development Program.

The USA Baseball 13U National Team Identification Series (NTIS) and the 14U National Team Championships in Arizona and Florida served as the primary identification event for the 14U National Team Development Program.

For more information on the National Team Development Program please visit USABaseball.com.

The roster for the 14U National Team Development program is as follows:

Name; Position; Hometown
Joshua Alger; RHP/IF; Roseville, Calif.
Eldridge Armstrong III; OF; Pasadena, Calif.
*Tyler Avery; RHP; Las Vegas , Nev.
Mario Bejarano; LHP/IF; Tuscon, Ariz.
Ryan Bertran; IF; Miami, Fla.
Blake Burke; IF; Brentwood, Calif.
Ray Cebulski; IF/OF; Chula Vista, Calif.
Josiah Chavez; C/OF; Santa Paula, Calif.
*Ryan Clifford; UTL; Raleigh, N.C.
Joseph Collier; LHP/IF; Surprise, Ariz.
Tyler Collins ; OF; McKinney, Texas
*Daniel Corona; RHP/IF; Brooklyn, N.Y.
Nick Demarco; RHP/IF; Chicago, Ill.
*^Davis Diaz; UTL/RHP; Pittsburg, Calif.
*Thomas Dilandri; RHP/OF; Las Vegas, Nev.
Trey Duffield; RHP/C; Houston, Texas
Logan Forsythe; RHP/OF; Biloxi, Miss.
*Marcus Franco; RHP/IF; Miami, Fla.
Tyler Fullman; RHP; Homewood, Ill.
Jacob Galloway; UTL/C; Camarillo, Calif.
Josh Hartle; LHP/IF; King, N.C.
Trevor Haskins; IF; San Jose, Calif.
Preston Herce; IF; Key West , Fla.
Easton Hood; IF/OF; Tupelo, Miss.
*Brady House; UTL/RHP; Winder, Ga.
Eddie King Jr.; OF; Chicago, Ill.
*Cooper Kinney; C/IF; Hixson, Tenn.
*Nick Kurtz; LHP/IF; Lancaster, Pa.
Luke Leto; UTL/RHP; Portage, Texas
Will Overton; RHP/IF; Selmer, Tenn.
Diego Prieto; C; Miami, Fla.
Tyree Reed; OF; Vallejo, Calif.
*Joshua Reis; UTL/LHP; Waniawa, Hawaii
*Collin Reuter; C/IF; Olive Branch, Miss.
Jakob Schardt; OF; Camarillo, Calif.
*Cody Schrier; IF/OF; Coto de Caza, Calif.
Thomas Splaine; C/IF; Los Gatos , Calif.
*Zachary Torres; OF/RHP; Vista, Calif.
Deston Worthy; RHP/OF; Chester, S.C.
Gavin Zurn; UTL/RHP; Stillwater, Minn.

*Denotes National Team alumnus
^Denotes National Team Development Program participant


The alternates for the 14U National Team Development program are as follows:

Name; Hometown
Mario Andres-Hernandez; Miami, FL
Kyle Ayers; Sherman Oaks , CA
Derek Bender; Latham, NY
Kyle Bender; Vacaville, CA
Brett Berry; Park Ridge, IL
Christopher Campanella; Congero, NY
Joseph Cerda; Miami, FL
Seth Christmas; Huntersville, NC
Austin Fawley; Boynton Beach, FL
Kevin Fernandez; Miami, FL
Noah Foster; Tupelo, MS
Marco Fuentos; Miami Springs, FL
Josh Goldstein; Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Elijah Guilliams; Valdosta, GA
Andrew Gutierrez; Miami, FL
Mark Henning; Houston, TX
Jordan Kang; Los Angeles , CA
Don McKnight III; Homestead, FL
Mason Neville; Las Vegas, NV
Matthew Porchas; Ladeva Ranch , CA
Logan Ray; Garnet Valley, PA
Sebastian Riguerio; Miami, FL
David Shackleford; La Habra, CA
Luke Smith; Calallen, TX
Christian Thompson; Buena Park, CA
Drew Tucker; Laurel, MS
Tyler White; Glendora, CA

 

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14U NTDP

USA Baseball Announces 2017 14U National Team Development Program Staff

June 6, 2017

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced the coaching staff for the 2017 14U National Team Development Program (NTDP) on Tuesday. Former USA Baseball 15U National Team assistant coach Jason Maxwell will oversee the program as the field coordinator.

Maxwell will be joined on staff by Air Force Academy Head Coach, Mike Kazlausky, and East Carolina Head Coach, Cliff Godwin, who will serve as managers for the NTDP's Stars and Stripes teams.

The National Team Development Program offers athletes with an opportunity to connect with USA Baseball staff to better prepare for a future national team experience. The program includes skill development sessions, off-field education seminars and intrasquad Stars vs. Stripes games to assist in the development of the athletes as both a player and a person.

This year, the 14U NTDP also offers players the opportunity to compete for a roster spot on the 2017 15U National Team. Forty athletes will be invited to participate in the NTDP and 18 will then be selected to the 2017 15U National Team Trials roster.

The 14U NTDP will take place at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, from July 24-29, and the 15U National Team Trials will begin July 30.

Catching 101 founder, James "Xan" Barksdale, will join Concordia University Assistant Coach Steve Butler and Hoover High School (Hoover, Ala.) Head Coach, Adam Moseley, as catching, hitting and pitching coordinators for Maxwell, respectively.

Kazlausky will lead the program's Stripes team during the week. Scott Grove, the head coach of The First Academy (Orlando, Fla.), will serve as his assistant coach and Harvard-Westlake School (Los Angeles, Calif.) Head Coach, Jared Halpert, will lead the team's pitching staff.

Godwin will lead the Stars team in 2017, and David Houseton, Covenant Day School's (Matthews, N.C.) head coach, joins the staff as an assistant coach. Justin Bishop, an assistant coach at Parkview High School (Lilburn, Ga.) will be the team's pitching coach.

Players are identified and selected for the 14U National Team Development Program based on their participation and performance at USA Baseball sanctioned events including the USA Baseball National Team Championships in Arizona and Florida and the USA Baseball National Team Identification Series (NTIS).

Recommendations from professional scouts, USA Baseball scouts and collegiate, high school and youth coaches at USA Baseball events also play a role in the selection process for the National Team Development Program.

The full list of 2017 coaches and their bios is as follows:

Name, NTDP Position, Current Position
James "Xan" Barksdale, Catching Coordinator, Catching 101 Founder
Justin Bishop, Stars Pitching Coach, Parkview High School Assistant Coach
Steve Butler, Hitting Coordinator, Concordia University Assistant Coach
Cliff Godwin, Stars Manager, East Carolina University Head Coach
Scott Grove, Stripes Assistant Coach, The First Academy Head Coach
Jared Halpert, Stripes Pitching Coach, Harvard-Westlake Head Coach
David Houseton, Stars Assistant Coach, Covenant Day School Head Coach
Mike Kazlausky, Stars Manager, Air Force Academy Head Coach
Jason Maxwell, Field Coordinator, Ensworth High School Head Coach
Adam Moseley, Pitching Coordinator, Hoover High School Head Coach

James "Xan" Barksdale is the founder of Catching 101, a premier online source of information and resources for catchers. This is his second consecutive year serving as the catching coordinator for the 14U NTDP. In addition, he worked as the catching coach at the 2016 15U National Team Trials. He spent three years in the Atlanta Braves minor league system before starting his coaching career at University of Louisville where he coached until 2011. During his time there, the Cardinals won the Big East Championship in 2008, 2009 and 2010, and they went to the College World Series in 2007.

Justin Bishop is currently in his eighth season as an assistant coach at Parkview High School (Lilburn, Ga.), where he leads the team's pitching staff. Prior to his time with the Tigers, Bishop was the head coach at Berkmar High School (Lilburn, Ga.), Lithonia High School (Lithonia, Ga.) and Clarkston High School (Clarkston, Ga.) from 2001-2009. He started his coaching career as the pitching coach at LaGrange College in 2000. During his eight seasons at Parkview, the Tigers have won two national championships, three Georgia AAAAA State Championships and six consecutive Region 8-AAAAA Championships from 2010-2015. The team has also made two appearances in the USA Baseball National High School Invitational (NHSI) in 2012 and 2014.

Steve Butler joined the staff at Concordia University as an assistant coach in 2009, while continuing his professional playing career. He played six years of professional baseball before transitioning to coaching full time. Butler comes into the NTDP coaching position with three years of experience with USA Baseball, as he assisted at the 2012 and 2013 National Team Identification Series (NTIS), as well as serving as an assistant coach at the 2015 14U NTDP. In 2013, he also helped to evaluate players for the 15U and 18U National Teams, both of which went on to win gold medals at the COPABE 'AA' 15U Pan American Championships and the IBAF 'AAA'/18U World Cup, respectively.

Cliff Godwin completed his third year as the head coach at East Carolina University. During his three years leading the Pirates, Godwin has guided them to two NCAA Regional berths, one Super Regional appearance, an American Athletic Conference (AAC) Tournament title and a 110-73-1 record. Godwin was named the AAC Coach-of-the-Year after becoming the first coach in ECU history to win 40 games in his first season and guiding his team to a conference tournament title and an NCAA Regional appearance. In addition to his time at ECU, Godwin has served at six other Division I colleges, including as an assistant coach at Mississippi University, Louisiana State University, Notre Dame University and UNC Wilmington, and an associate head coach at University of Central Florida and Director of Baseball Operations at Vanderbilt University.

This year marks Scott Grove's fourth season as head coach at The First Academy and his 20th overall. In March 2017, Grove recorded his 400th career victory as a head coach. Before he started coaching, Grove spent six years playing professionally in the Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Brewers and Toronto Blue Jays organizations. Grove was recognized as the 2010 National Coach of the Year, the 2000 and 2010 Florida Coach of the Year, and the 2010 and 2011 Metro Coach of the Year. Grove also led the Royals to the 2014 USA Baseball National High School Invitational title.

Jared Halpert was named the head coach at Harvard-Westlake School (Los Angeles, Calif.) in 2015, after serving on the staff since 2011. In his time coaching the team, he has helped guide the Wolverines to their first CIF-SS Division 1 Championship in 2013. In that year, the team was also named the 2013 National Champions and California State Team of the Year by Baseball America. Halpert also helped lead the program to back-to-back-to-back Mission League titles and national rankings in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Following that success, the team was invited to participate in the USA Baseball National High School Invitational in 2012 and 2013.

David Houseton is currently in his ninth season as the head coach at Covenant Day School (Matthews, N.C.). In his time with the Lions, he has led them to the NCISAA 3A state playoffs six times and has been named Coach of the Year by Matthews Mint Hill Weekly twice. Houseton also served as an assistant coach at Charlotte Christian High School for eight years where he helped lead the team to multiple state championships. In addition, he has experience with USA Baseball as part of the 13U NTIS Task Force.

2017 marks Mike Kazlausky's seventh year as the head coach at The Air Force Academy. In his first season with the program, he led the Falcons to 19 wins, which were the most wins by the program since 2002, as well as the second-most against Division I opponents and the most Division I wins by a first-year head coach in school history. In the years that followed, Kazlausky's teams have continued to improve and set records under his guidance. These include the lowest (2011) and second-lowest (2012) team ERAs in 30 years, a new school record .960 fielding percentage in 2011, the winningest conference season in over ten years in 2013, the best season in over a decade in 2014 and a school record for most Division I game wins in 2015 and 2016.

Jason Maxwell made his international coaching debut with USA Baseball in 2016 as an assistant coach for the 15U National Team. Prior to his time with the team, he served as a 15U National Team Trials coach in 2014 and 2015. Maxwell was named the first head coach in school history at Ensworth School (Nashville, Tenn.) and has led the program to eight straight playoff appearances and two Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) quarterfinal appearances. Maxwell was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 1993 Major League Baseball Draft and played 12 years of professional baseball. He made his Major League debut with the Cubs in 1998.

Adam Moseley is the head coach at Hoover High School (Hoover, Ala.). Moseley led Hoover to an area championship in 2016 and finished the season with an overall record of 30-18. He then followed that up by guiding Hoover to the 7A Alabama State Championship in 2017. Before taking over at Hoover in 2014, Moseley led Grissom High School (Huntsville, Ala.) to the state quarterfinals in four of his final five seasons. Moseley has coached high school baseball for 11 seasons and has compiled an overall record of 325-195.

 

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17U NTDP

USA Baseball Unveils National Team Development Program Dates, 14U Program Enhancement

March 13, 2017

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball unveiled the dates for the 2017 14U and 17U National Team Development Program (NTDP) on Tuesday, as well as an enhancement to the 14U NTDP to 15U National Team athlete pipeline.

The 14U NTDP will continue to invite 40 athletes to participate in skill development sessions, which include guest speakers/instructors and Stars vs. Stripes intrasquad games, but now will select 18 athletes to compete for a national team roster spot in the 2017 15U National Team Trials.

The USA Baseball 15U National Team will compete in the 2017 COPABE Pan Am "AA" Championships in Colombia. The U.S. is the two-time defending champion in the event and will look to qualify for a berth into the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 World Cup in 2018.

"The national team development program is designed to provide a national team-like experience for athletes and we are excited to provide an immediate opportunity for those at the 14-and-under age level to compete for a national team roster spot," said Ashley Bratcher, Senior Director of Baseball Operations. "The talent in this age group has proven it can compete with the 15U age level through the USA Baseball Junior Prospect Classic and we look forward to building the best roster possible to compete in the COPABE Pan American Championships."

The 14U NTDP will take place at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, from July 24-29, and will be under the direction of Field Coordinator Jason Maxwell. Maxwell, the Head Coach at Ensworth High School (Nashville, Tenn.), made his international coaching debut with the U.S. as an assistant coach for the 2016 15U National Team, and has been an evaluator at national team trials for two years. 15U National Team Trials will begin July 29.

The National Team Development Program was created in 2012 and offers 14U and 17U athletes an unparalleled national team-level baseball experience to better prepare them for potential future international competition. It also serves to help young players accelerate their maturation and readiness for the next step in their respective baseball careers.

Since the program's inception in 2012, 48 national team development program attendees have earned spots on national team rosters at the 15U, 18U and Collegiate national team levels, including 2013 17U NTDP participant and 2016 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award Finalist Seth Beer. Additionally, in the four years that NTDP participants have been draft eligible, 12 players have been drafted in the first five rounds of the MLB First Year Player Draft.

The 2017 17U NTDP will take place July 22-28 in Chicago and will feature intrasquad scrimmages at Northwestern University and Wrigley Field. The 40 players will be broken up into a Stars and Stripes squad, engage in training exercises, and receive exposure to professional scouts and college recruiters, as well as being evaluated by the 2017 18U National Team staff and USA Baseball scouts and task force.

"I can't say enough about the National Team Development Program," said 2017 18U National Team Manager Andy Stankiewicz, who served as a staff member during the 2016 17U NTDP. "Each player gets personalized instruction to help them get to the next level and gain exposure on the national stage; and the competition is second-to-none.

"The program is designed for player development but also forecasting for future national teams. It's an invaluable opportunity for athletes to play in front of future national team staffs, as well as college and professional scouts."

Eric Kibler will serve as the 17U Field Coordinator for the second consecutive year. Kibler is the head coach at Horizon High School (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and won the USA Baseball Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year Award in 2010 after leading the 16U National Team to a gold medal in the Pan American Games in Mexico. He also served as the Field Coordinator at both the 14U and 17U levels from 2012-2014 and was an assistant coach on the 2015 18U National Team that won a gold medal at the WBSC U-15 World Cup.

The USA Baseball National Team Championships continues to be the primary selection vehicle for the NTDP program. The annual event is hosted in Glendale, Goodyear and Phoenix, Arizona, as well as Palm Beach County, Florida. Limited spots are available at the National Team Championships. Teams are encouraged to register today at USABaseball.com/Championships. For more information on the NTDP and National Team Championships, follow along on Twitter at @USABaseballNTDP, @USABChamps_East and @USABChamps_West.

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2016 USA Baseball Award Winners Announced

December 20, 2016

DURHAM, N.C. -- USA Baseball announced the recipients of its annual organizational awards on Tuesday, recognizing the top athletes, coaches and performances from the 2016 USA Baseball national teams. Collegiate National Team member Ricky Tyler Thomas 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. Thomas is the 11th Collegiate National Team member to earn athlete of the year honors.

USA Baseball also honored the Collegiate National Team with the Team of the Year award and named its manager, George Horton, the Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year. 

Women's National Team member Tamara Holmes was named the USA Baseball Sportswoman of the Year and 18U National Team pitcher Hans Crouse earned the International Performance of the Year award after his stellar outing in the gold medal game of the COPABE Pan Am "AAA" Championships.

"USA Baseball is proud to honor these outstanding performances from 2016," said Paul Seiler, USA Baseball's Executive Director/CEO. "In addition to representing their respective teams at an exceptional level, they were outstanding global ambassadors for the game of baseball and represented our organization and our country with class and dignity on the world stage."

In partnership with the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Baseball also named Glenn Cecchini (18U National Team) and Skip Schumaker (14U National Team Development Program) the Developmental and Volunteer Coach of the Year award recipients, respectively.

Ricky Tyler Thomas (Fresno State) was given the Richard W. "Dick" Case Award following his performance as a relief pitcher with the 2016 Collegiate National Team. Thomas entered the rubber match of the five-game international friendship series against Cuba with the scored tied 1-1 in the fourth inning and allowed just two hits over the final 5.1 innings; earning the series-clinching win for the red, white and blue. 

The lefty finished the summer tour with a miniscule 0.95 ERA, was third on the team in innings pitched (19) and was tied for the team-lead with 21 strikeouts.

The Collegiate National Team was named USA Baseball's Team of the Year after winning the first ever series on Cuban soil behind Thomas' pitching and Keston Hiura's (UC Irvine) heroics. Hiura hit a pinch-hit solo home run in in the eighth inning to give the U.S. a 2-1 win in game five of the series on July 27 in Pinar del Río, Cuba. 2016 was the first time a visiting team has ever won the international friendship series between Cuba and the U.S. The team traveled over 20,000 miles during the course of its summer tour, participating in friendship series in Chinese Taipei, Japan and Cuba. The team finished with an 11-7-1 record and its success led to its manager, George Horton (Oregon), being named the USA Baseball Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year. 

"George Horton is very deserving of being named the USA Baseball Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year," said Eric Campbell, USA Baseball's General Manager of National Teams. "His ability to handle the unique challenges of the summer tour while creating positive developmental and personal interactions with the players was first-class; and leading that group of young men to a series win in Cuba for the first time in our history was remarkable."

Horton will be honored at the Golden Spikes Award and Rod Dedeaux Award Dinner, which is expected to be held June 29 at the Jonathan Club in downtown Los Angeles.

Tamara Holmes of the Women's National Team was named the Sportswoman of the Year for the second time in her career (2012) following her outstanding performance at the 2016 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Women's World Cup in Gijang, South Korea, where she was crowned the batting champion and named to the All-World team. A seven-time USA Baseball alum, Holmes finished the tournament with a .765 batting average, starting in all seven games of the tournament. She slugged 1.235 with three doubles, one triple and a home run for the red, white and blue, and finished with 13 RBIs. Holmes retired from international baseball following the tournament.  

"Tamara has been a mainstay with the Women's National Team for years and the impact she has had on our program has been tremendous," said Ashley Bratcher, Senior Director of Baseball Operations. "We are thankful for her contributions to our organization and are thrilled for her to be honored with this award after her outstanding performance at the Women's Baseball World Cup." 

USA Baseball's International Performance of the Year belongs to 18U National Team pitcher Hans Crouse (Dana Hills High School; Dana Point, Calif.) following his dominance in the gold medal game of the 2016 COPABE Pan Am "AAA" Championships in Monterrey, Mexico. Crouse was given the start on the mound in the championship game against the Cuban National Team and did not disappoint. Crouse pitched 4.2 innings of perfect baseball before surrendering a walk and a hit in the fifth inning. He finished the game with 11 strikeouts in seven innings of one-hit baseball and led the 18U National Team to its sixth consecutive gold medal in international competition.

18U National Team Manager Glenn Cecchini (Barbe High School; Lake Charles, La.) was named the Developmental Coach of the Year after leading the 18U team to a gold medal for the second straight summer. Cecchini led his team to a 7-1 record in the COPABE Pan Am "AAA" Championships, defeating Cuba, 7-1, in the gold medal game. Under his tutelage the team outscored its opponents 68-14 and finished the tournament hitting .341 with 32 extra-base hits. The team also maintained a 1.14 ERA and held its opponents to a .178 batting average.

Skip Schumaker was named the USA Baseball Volunteer Coach of the Year after serving as the assistant coach for the Stripes team at the 14U National Team Development Program (NTDP). Schumaker, a USA Baseball alum (2006 USA Baseball Olympic Qualifying team) and two-time World Series champion, provided inspired and unrivaled expertise to the participants. In addition to his high-level instruction with the NTDP program, he also produced weekly video content for the Sport Development department at USA Baseball, providing athletes in depth analysis of common baseball plays in order to elevate their overall baseball acumen. 

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

USA Baseball Richard W. "Dick" Case Award: Ricky Tyler Thomas (Fresno State)
USA Baseball Team of the Year: 2016 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team
USA Baseball Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year: George Horton (Oregon)
USA Baseball Sportswoman of the Year: Tamara Holmes
USA Baseball International Performance of the Year: Hans Crouse (Dana Hill High School)
USA Baseball Developmental Coach of the Year: Glenn Cecchini (Barbe High School)
USA Baseball Volunteer Coach of the Year: Skip Schumaker

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2017 USA Baseball National Team Championships

October 27, 2016

National Team Championships East

Fan Guides, Features, Scores, and more!

National Team Championships West

Fan Guides, Features, Scores, and more!

 

For questions, please contact championships@usabaseball.com.

Thank you very much for your interest in USA Baseball and the 2017 USA Baseball 14U, 15U and 17U National Team Championships! The USA Baseball National Team Championships are the primary identification events for players to be considered for the 15U National Team or the 14U and 17U National Team Development Programs.

Through these events, USA Baseball provides an opportunity for 350+ teams to showcase their ability against teams from all across the country. The USA Baseball National Team Championships - West will be held in Glendale, Goodyear and Peoria, Ariz. and Palm Beach County, Fla., will again host the USA Baseball National Team Championships - East.

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14U National Team Championships

14U West Registration14U East Registration

For individual signups, click below
14U East Individual

When:  West: June 30 - July 7 | East: June 16 - 21

Eligibility: Players born May 1, 2002 or later are eligible to compete in the 14U National Team Championships. PLEASE NOTE: Only players born January 1, 2003 or later will be eligible to be selected to the 14U National Team Development Program. As such, USA Baseball requires that at least six (6) players on each team's roster be born on or after this international age cutoff (2003). There will be no exceptions to this rule in order to maximize the selection pool for national teams.

Where: The 14U National Team Championships - East will be in Palm Beach County, Fla., at the Spring Training home of the Cardinals/Marlins, Roger Dean Stadium, and at the Spring Training home of the Astros/Nationals, Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. The 14U National Team Championships - West will be in Glendale, Peoria and Goodyear, Ariz., at the Spring Training homes of the White Sox/Dodgers, Padres/Mariners and Indians/Reds.

Roster Limits: Minimum of 15 players, maximum of 25 players

National Team Development Program Selection Opportunity: Minimum of 26 players will be invited to the 14U National Team Development Program.

Schedule: Minimum of six (6) scheduled games, weather permitting; four (4) games guaranteed

Weekly Itinerary: To view the weekly itinerary for the 14U National Team Championships, please select: East Itinerary | West Itinerary

Cost: $2,000 ($500 deposit due at time of registration and $1,500 team fee due by May 12.) Deposits and fees not submitted by the aforementioned due dates will have their tournament invites rescinded due to the number of teams on the waiting list. For local teams (within 100 miles of the tournament site and not requiring hotels) registration will cost $1,700 ($500 due at time of registration and $1,200 team fee due by May 12).

Hotel Information: Teams that use USA Baseball's free housing service, USA Baseball Travel Services, will be eligible to receive a $500 rebate check. To qualify for the $500 rebate check, teams must accumulate at least 35 room nights (West) or at least 25 room nights (East) (i.e. five [5] rooms for seven [7] nights). Hotel options for the National Team Championships will be located at www.usabaseball.com/travel. Friends and family are encouraged to book hotel rooms under their team's name and will receive the USA Baseball preferred rate while adding to the team's overall room nights. Please contact USA Baseball Travel Services at 919-474-8721 or travel@usabaseball.com.

 

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15U National Team Championships

15U West Registration15U East Registration

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15U East Individual

When: West: June 23 - 30 | East: June 16 - 22

Eligibility: Players born May 1, 2001, or later are eligible to compete in the 15U Championships. PLEASE NOTE: Only players born January 1, 2002, or later will be eligible to be selected to the 15U National Team. As such, USA Baseball requires that at least eight (8) players on each team's roster be born on or after this international age cutoff (2002). There will be no exceptions to this rule in order to maximize the selection pool for national teams.

Where: The 15U National Team Championships - East will be in Palm Beach County, Fla., at the Spring Training home of the Cardinals/Marlins, Roger Dean Stadium, and at the Spring Training home of the Astros/Nationals, Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. The 15U National Team Championships - West will be in Glendale, Peoria and Goodyear, Ariz., at the Spring Training homes of the White Sox/Dodgers, Padres/Mariners and Indians/Reds.

Roster Limits: Minimum of 15 players, maximum of 25 players

National Team Selection Opportunity: Minimum of 22 players will be invited to the 15U National Team Trials

Schedule: Minimum of six (6) scheduled games, weather permitting; four (4) games guaranteed

Weekly Itinerary: To view the weekly itinerary for the 15U National Team Championships, please select: East Itinerary | West Itinerary

Cost: $2,500 ($500 deposit due at time of registration and $2,000 team fee due by May 12). Deposits and fees not submitted by the aforementioned due dates will have their tournament invites rescinded due to the number of teams on the waiting list. For local teams (within 100 miles of the tournament site and not requiring hotels) registration will cost be $2,200 ($500 due at time of registration and $1,700 team fee due by May 12).

Hotel Information: Teams that use USA Baseball's free housing service, USA Baseball Travel Services, will be eligible to receive a $500 rebate check. To qualify for the $500 rebate check, teams must accumulate at least 35 room nights (i.e. five [5] rooms for seven [7] nights). Hotel options for the National Team Championships will be located at www.usabaseball.com/travel. Friends and family are encouraged to book hotel rooms under their team's name and will receive the USA Baseball preferred rate while adding to the team's overall room nights. Please contact USA Baseball Travel Services at 919-474-8721 or travel@usabaseball.com.

 

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17U West Registration17U East Registration

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When: West: June 16 - 23 | East: June 23 - 30

Eligibility: Players born May 1, 1999, or later are eligible to compete in the 17U National Team Championships. PLEASE NOTE: Only players born January 1, 2000 or later will be eligible to be selected to the 17U National Team Development Program. As such, USA Baseball requires that at least six (6) players on each team's roster be born on or after this international age cutoff (2000). There will be no exceptions to this rule in order to maximize the selection pool for national teams.

Where: The 17U National Team Championships - East will be in Palm Beach County, Fla., at the Spring Training home of the Cardinals/Marlins, Roger Dean Stadium, and at the Spring Training home of the Astros/Nationals, Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. The 17U National Team Championships - West will be in Glendale, Peoria and Goodyear, Ariz., at the Spring Training homes of the White Sox/Dodgers, Padres/Mariners and Indians/Reds.

Roster Limits: Minimum of 15 players, maximum of 25 players

National Team Development Program Selection Opportunity: Minimum of 26 players will be invited to the 17U National Team Development Program

Schedule: Minimum of six (6) scheduled games, weather permitting; four (4) games guaranteed

Weekly Itinerary: To view the weekly itinerary for the 17U National Team Championships, please please select: East Itinerary | West Itinerary

Cost: $2,500 ($500 deposit due at time of registration and $2,000 team fee due by May 12). Deposits and fees not submitted by the aforementioned due dates will have their tournament invites rescinded due to the number of teams on the waiting list. For local teams (within 100 miles of the tournament site and not requiring hotels) registration will cost be $2,200 ($500 due at time of registration and $1,700 team fee due by May 12).

Hotel Information: Teams that use USA Baseball's free housing service, USA Baseball Travel Services, will be eligible to receive a $500 rebate check. To qualify for the $500 rebate check, teams must accumulate at least 35 room nights (i.e. five [5] rooms for seven [7] nights). Hotel options for the National Team Championships will be located at www.usabaseball.com/travel. Friends and family are encouraged to book hotel rooms under their team's name and will receive the USA Baseball preferred rate while adding to the team's overall room nights. Please contact USA Baseball Travel Services at 919-474-8721 or travel@usabaseball.com.

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14U NTDP Weathers Late Rally to Win Game 2 of JPC

July 24, 2016

CARY, N.C. - On Sunday morning, the 14U National Team Development Program (NTDP) returned to Coleman Field for game two of the Junior Prospect Classic versus the newly-formed 15U National Team. The 14U NTDP withstood a three run rally by the 15U team in the ninth inning to pick up a 6-5 victory and split the series.

The 14U NTDP knocked in runs in both the first and second innings to jump out to an early 2-0 lead over the 15U team. Eli Paton (La Canada, Calif.) got things started with a sacrifice fly ball to center field to score Hunter Haas (Phoenix, Ariz.). The 14U NTDP followed up with three consecutive hits in the second inning to bring home Zavien Watson (San Diego, Calif.) and widen the advantage to two runs.

The offensive spurt continued in the third inning for the 14U NTDP, as the team recorded three doubles to plate two additional runs and take a four run advantage over the 15U squad. Jordan Daphney (Palm Harbor, Fla.) smashed a line drive doubles to right field, allowing Haas to slide into home base. During the subsequent play, Watson recorded his second double of the day to bring home Daphney.

After coming away empty handed in the first three innings, the 15U National Team got on the board in the fourth inning when Coleman Brigman (San Jose, Calif.) knocked a fly ball to foul territory, allowing Ethan Long (Gilbert, Ariz.) to score after tagging up. The 15U team tacked on an additional run in the sixth inning to cut the lead to 4-2 with three innings remaining.

Following four consecutive without a run, the 14U NTDP's bats woke up in the eighth inning, as the team plated two runs to extend the lead to 6-2. Haas led off with an infield single to get on base, and he was brought home on the next play off a single by Paton. A well-executed bunt by Shane Stafford (Huntington Beach, Calif.) plated Roc Riggio (Simi Valley, Calif.), who was the pinch runner for Paton.

Despite trailing by four runs headed into the game's final inning, the 15U National Team proved its resiliency, falling just short of a miraculous comeback. Carter Young (Selah, Wash.), Anthony Volpe (Watchung, N.J.) and Colton Olasin (Spring Hill, Fla.) tacked on three quick runs against 14U NTDP pitcher Nicholas Regalado (Miami Lakes, Fla.) to narrow the deficit to one run. After a rough outing at the bump for Regalado, Daphney entered the game with two on and two outs with the game on the line. Daphney got Joe Naranjo (Chino, Calif.) to fly out to right field to earn the save for the 14U NTDP.

14U NTDP starting pitcher Parker Welch (Riverside, Calif.) earned the win on Sunday after surrendering no hits during one inning at the mound. Eight additional pitchers toed the rubber for the 14U NTDP, collectively striking out four batters while only allowing eight hits for the 15U National Team.

Haas and Watson both recorded phenomenal performances at the dish for the 14U NTDP on Sunday. Haas went 3-for-4 with one double and two RBI, while Watson notched two doubles, one RBI and one run. Additionally, Matt Morello (Flemington, N.J.) had one hit and one RBI, Daphney recorded one hit, one run and one RBI, and Paton tallied one hit and two RBI.

After the conclusion of the Junior Prospect Classic on Sunday, USA Baseball announced that Lucas Gordon (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Pete Armstrong (Sherman Oak, Calif.) were selected to attend the 2017 15U National Team trials. Gordon led Team USA as a member of the 14U team selected to play in a COPABE tournament in Panama, while Armstrong was a standout performer this week in Cary, N.C.

Additionally, nine players were selected to the All-Development Team, with five coming from participants in this week's Development Week and four deriving from the Panama team.

The 14U National Team Development Program All-Development Team is as follows:

Name, Position, Hometown:
Pete Armstrong, OF, Sherman Oak, Calif. (Cary, N.C.)*
Nicholas Regalado, UT, Miami Lakes, Fla. (Cary, N.C.)
Hunter Haas, IF, Phoenix, Ariz. (Cary, N.C.)
Eli Paton, IF, La Canada, Calif. (Cary, N.C.)
Nick Yorke, IF, Campbell, Calif. (Cary, N.C.)
Masyn Winn, RHP, Kingwood, Texas (Panama)
Lucas Gordon, LHP, Los Angeles, Calif. (Panama)*
Dylan Crews, OF, Longwood, Fla. (Panama)
Mac Guscette, C, Nokomis, Fla. (Panama)

*Denotes 2017 15U National Team trials invitee

QUOTES

Field Coordinator Tanner Vesely
(On the conclusion of the 14U Development Week)
"I thought the kids did an outstanding job all week with putting in the work. They worked hard and had long days, but there wasn't any moping or complaining. They got a lot of instruction thrown at them in a short period of time. It was a lot of fun today to watch it all come together and to watch the camaraderie of the players."

Stars Manager Dan Heefner
(On the players' improvement at the 14U National Team Development Program)
"I was very proud of the way they worked all week long. I thought they had good energy the entire week. I think what you're most proud of as a coach is seeing the things we talked about all week put in practice in the game. They are a fun group of guys with high energy and a desire to get better."

Stripes Manager Mark Kingston
(On beating the 15U National Team)
"I thought that was a great way for the week to end for these kids. They spent so much time and effort day and night throughout this process. To see them come out with the win today was perfect. I wish these kids a lot of luck in the future. I think a lot of them have bright futures."

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