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15U: Berkwich Throws Gem in U.S. Win over Colombia

August 16, 2017
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 R H E
Colombia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
United States 1 0 2 1 0 0 2 4 10 
Win: Berkwich (1-0)  Loss: Chiquillo
Box Score Play-by-Play Cumulative Stats

CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA - The 15U National Team continued to stay red hot, beginning the Super Round with its fourth straight victory, blanking Colombia, 10-0, on Wednesday afternoon in the 2017 COPABE Pan Am "AA" Championships in Cartagena, Colombia.

Nelson Berkwich (Boca Raton, Fla.) put the United States (5-1) on his back, leading them with 7.1 scoreless innings on the mound in his two-hit, eight-strikeouts outing.

Jackson Miller closed out the final 0.2 innings of the game, completing the shutout.

Team USA once against hit well, recorded more than nine hits and 10 runs as a team for the third-straight game.

Leading the 15U team at the plate was Roc Riggio (Simi Valley, Calif.) who finished 3-for-4, recording two RBIs and two runs. Masyn Winn (Kingwood, Texas) and Tanner Witt (Houston, Texas) both tallied two hits overall, with Winn scoring three times on the day.

Michael Brooks (Lake Worth, Fla.) once again found ways to get his teammates home, recording two RBIs despite not registering a hit on the day.

The Stars and Stripes charged out of the gates to start the game, getting a run on the board in the first when Winn was able to take home on a wild pitch.

Tacking on two more in the third, Winn hit a leadoff single before Riggio doubled down the right field line to put runners and second and third. Robert Moore (Leawood, Kans.) then hit a groundout RBI before Brooks reached on a fielding error that also allowed Riggio to come home.

After another run was added in the fourth, both teams' bats would go relatively cold as the fifth and sixth innings were scoreless.

Then in the seventh, Team USA found their groove again, with Riggio drawing a walk and Pete Crow-Armstrong (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) bunting a single that forced a throwing error that allowed him to make it to third and Riggio to score.

Eight innings would be all the U.S. would need, using the final inning to score four runs and reach the run rule.

After Petey Halpin (San Mateo, Calif.) walked and Alek Boychuk (Buford, Ga.) was hit by a pitch, Witt also walked to load the bases with no outs. Jackson Miller (Trinity, Fla.) then hit a sacrifice fly to center field to plate Halpin before Winn came up and singled to right field to score Boychuk.

Witt then was able to take home off a passed ball before Riggio singled to center field to score the final run in Winn.

The streaking 15U National Team will try to keep the momentum going when they move to play the Dominican Republic in Game 2 of the Super Round on Thursday, Aug. 17. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET.

Continue to follow @USABaseball15U on Twitter for the most up-to-date news about the 15U National Team.

The COPABE Pan Am Championships is a World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Continental Championships and serves as a qualifier to the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup in 2018.

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15U: Team USA Named Co-Champions of Pan Am Championship

August 20, 2017

CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA - The gold-medal game between the 15U National Team and the Dominican Republic was canceled due to rain after three-and-a-half innings of play on Saturday evening in the COPABE Pan Am "AA" Championships in Cartagena, Colombia.

With the championship game going unfinished, the United States was named co-champions of the tournament, marking the third-straight time that the 15U team has been on top at the end - winning gold over Colombia in 2015 and over Cuba in 2013.

"I really can't express how proud I am of each and every one of these 20 players," manager Rob Shabansky said. "From the very first day of Trials, they were an impressive group of athletes and people and remained so until the very last moment."

Shabansky continued, "Obviously, I'm disappointed that we weren't able to finish the gold medal game but the performance and hard work that this dedicated group of young men put in every day and in every game showed who we are as a team. The memories and experiences we all had as a team will live long after today and I am grateful to them for that. We all became brothers at the end of it all."

Finishing with a 7-1 overall record and as the No. 1 seed, the U.S. qualifies for the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup in 2018.

Ten players ended the tournament hitting above .300. Masyn Winn (Kingwood, Texas) led all hitters, batting .522 with 12 hits, four doubles, 11 runs and eight RBIs. Roc Riggio (Simi Valley, Calif.) was a close second, hitting .480 with 12 hits, nine runs and eight RBIs while Tanner Witt (Houston, Texas) finished with an even .400 (12 hits, seven runs, six RBIs).

Dylan Crews (Longwood, Fla.) also finished 5-for-6 in his time at the plate, finishing with four RBIs and two doubles.

On the mound, Nelson Berkwich (Boca Raton, Fla.) led all starters with a 0.68 ERA, allowing just seven hits, one run, one walk and a team-best 15 strikeouts in 13.1 innings of work. Rawley Hector (Van Alstyne, Texas) also finished with a sub-1.00 ERA, allowing one earned run, five hits and striking out six in 11.0 innings for a 0.82 ERA.

Michael Flores (Corona, Calif.) and Jackson Miller (Trinity, Fla.) combined to throw 9.1 hitless innings with neither of them allowing an earned run.

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15U: U.S. Outlasts Brazil 5-4, Sweeps Super Round

August 19, 2017
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
United States 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 1
Brazil 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1
Win: Hartle (1-0)  Loss: Kazutoshi Save: Winn
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CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA - The 15U National Team needed all nine innings for the first time in the Super Round, but outlasted a pesky Brazil that led until the fifth on Friday afternoon in the COPABE Pan Am "AA" Championships in Cartagena, Colombia.

The 5-4 victory gives the United States its sixth-straight victory and third-straight appearance in the Pan Am Championships gold medal game - won gold over Colombia in 2015 and over Cuba in 2013.

Nothing came easy in the final game of the Super Round, but 2-for-4 efforts by both Pete Crow-Armstrong (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) and Petey Halpin (San Mateo, Calif.) helped lead the charge offensively. Crow-Armstrong continued his recent good hitting, also leading the team with two RBIs including the go-ahead run in the fifth.

The 15U team also showed the depth of its pitching staff, tossing four pitchers on the day with Michael Brooks (Lake Worth, Fla.) getting the start. Brooks went the first 3.2 innings before Joshua Hartle (King, N.C.) relieved him, going the next 3.1. Hartle was credited with the win as he allowed just two hits total while punching out a game-high five hitters.

Splitting the final 2.0 innings was Lucas Gordon (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Masyn Winn (Kingwood, Texas), who each finished with two clutch strikeouts, only allowing a combined three hits. Winn was also credited with the save.

Team USA managed to tack a run on the board in the second and third to take an early 2-0 lead, but Brazil wouldn't go away quietly, putting up a three spot in the bottom of the third to retake the lead.

That lead would remain until the fifth when, with two outs, Alek Boychuk (Buford, Ga.) reached on a throwing error by the third basemen before making it to second on the error. Winn and Roc Riggio (Simi Valley, Calif.) then followed up with back-to-back walks to load the bases. After a pitching change, Crow-Armstrong crushed a ball through the right side to score two runs and give the U.S. a 4-3 lead.

The next three innings would see scoreless outings as neither team could bring anyone around in the pitching duel.

Kick-starting the top of the ninth, Dylan Crews (Longwood, Fla.) came in to pinch hit and immediately doubled down the right-field line. Boychuk then reached on another two-out throwing error, this time by the shortstop, giving Crews enough time to make it home.

Brazil would find a way to score one in the bottom of the ninth, but back-to-back swinging strikeouts by Winn retired the inning and secured Team USA's spot in the championship.

The 15U National Team will look to finish strong when they compete for a gold medal in a rematch with the Dominican Republic on Saturday, Aug. 19. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET.

Continue to follow @USABaseball15U on Twitter for the most up-to-date news about the 15U National Team.

The COPABE Pan Am Championships is a World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Continental Championships and serves as a qualifier to the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup in 2018.

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15U: Team USA Blasts Dominican Republic, 16-1

August 18, 2017
  1 2 3 4 5 R H E
United States 5 0 7 0 4 16  15 
Dominican Republic 1 0 0 0 0
Win: Hector (1-0)  Loss: Vidal
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CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA - The 15U National Team pushed its win streak to five games when it toppled the undefeated Dominican Republic, 16-1, on Thursday afternoon in the 2017 COPABE Pan Am "AA" Championships in Cartagena, Colombia. 

The United States (6-1) needed only five innings and an hour and 26 minutes to reach the necessary runs to take care of business.

Mac Guscette (Nokomis, Fla.) led all hitters in the shortened game, finishing 3-for-3 with two runs while Michael Brooks (Lake Worth, Fla.) and Petey Halpin (San Mateo, Calif.) had 2-for-3 days, scoring three times apiece.

Tanner Witt (Houston, Texas) and pitcher Rawley Hector (Van Alstyne, Texas) also tallied two hits on the day, with Witt finishing with a game-high four RBIs.

Hector threw an impressive game from the mound to keep the Dominican Republic hitters from finding any rhythm. He went the entire 5.0 innings, allowing just two hits, one walk and the lone run while striking out three on the day.

The Stars and Stripes wasted little time getting runs on to the scoreboard, putting a five spot up in their first at-bat. Masyn Winn (Kingwood, Texas) walked to start the top of the first off before Roc Riggio (Simi Valley, Calif.) singled and, thanks to an errant throw by the second basemen, made it to third with Winn scoring. Michael Moore (Leawood, Kans.) then hit a groundout RBI to plate Riggio.

Halpin got his first hit of the day in his first at-bat, making it to second when Brooks drew a four-pitch walk. Guscette then beat out the throw on an infield hit, but another rushed throwing error led to extra bases, getting Guscette to second and Brooks and Halpin across the plate.

Witt then made shot a bullet through the left side before Hector doubled down the left field - the third-straight hit of the order - to bring around Guscette.

The Dominican Republic would score their lone run in the bottom of the first thanks to one of their two hits on the day.

The U.S. wouldn't be able to respond until the third inning, but responded in a big way scoring seven runs to push the lead to 11.

Guscette got his second hit of the day when he laid down a gorgeous bunt down the third-base line to load the bases with Halpin at third and Brooks at second. After Witt brought one home after drawing a four-pitch walk, Hector sliced one to right field to bring in Brooks. Winn then knocked a two-RBI single to left field to plate Witt and Guscette.

Crow-Armstrong would come through with a sacrifice fly to score Hector before Moore used a throwing error to score himself as well as Riggio.

With the 15U team knowing what was at stake in the fifth, Crow-Armstrong led off the inning with a blast to center field before Halpin reached on a fielder's choice and Crow-Armstrong scored on a throwing error by the second basemen. Dylan Crews (Longwood, Fla.) then singled through the middle to score Halpin before Witt doubled to left field, scoring Crews and Brooks and ending the game there.

The streaking 15U National Team look to remain red-hot when they move to play Brazil in the final game of the Super Round on Friday, Aug. 18. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET.

Continue to follow @USABaseball15U on Twitter for the most up-to-date news about the 15U National Team.

The COPABE Pan Am Championships is a World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Continental Championships and serves as a qualifier to the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup in 2018.

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15U: 16 Hits Power Red-Hot U.S. Past Nicaragua, 12-2

August 15, 2017
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 R H E
Nicaragua 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
United States 0 0 3 3 0 0 2 4 12  16 
Win: Brooks  Loss: Fuentes
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CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA - The 15U National Team won its third-straight game, closing out pool play in the 2017 COPABE Pan Am "AA" Championships with a 12-2 victory over Nicaragua on Tuesday afternoon in Cartagena, Colombia.

The United States (4-1) once again put on a hitting clinic. Masyn Winn (Kingwood, Texas) led all hitters with an impressive 4-for-5 day, scoring three times and finishing with two RBIs. Roc Riggio (Simi Valley, Calif.) finished with three RBIs on a 2-for-3 day, while Robert Moore (Leawood Kans.) and Tanner Witt (Houston, Texas) tallied three and two hits, respectively.

Along with leading the game in strikeouts (six) in 3.0 scoreless innings to get the win for the Stars and Stripes, Michael Brooks (Lake Worth, Fla.) also led the team in RBIs, hitting in four on the day off two hits.

Grant Taylor (Florence, Ala.) and Joshua Hartle (King, N.C.) also worked the mound, going 5.0 innings and combining to allow just three hits and two runs.

Team USA trailed 1-0 heading into the third inning, but wouldn't find themselves down again all day as they put together back-to-back three spots in the third and fourth inning to create a sizable advantage on the scoreboard.

Winn kickstarted the third with a deep triple to left center before Riggio knocked him home with a single through the right side. Pete Crow-Armstrong (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) then came through with the small ball action, pushing Riggio to second on a sac bunt before Moore singled to left field. Brooks then got the second extra-base hit of the inning when he tripled to center field to clear the bases and give the U.S. a 3-1 lead.

The fourth started how the third inning for the United States as Witt hit a leadoff double to center field before taking third base on a wild pitch. That allowed Winn to bat him around with an infield chopper to third. Moore then singled up the middle to score Winn before Halpin and Brooks walked for a bases-loaded RBI.

Nicaragua would close the gap slightly with a run in the top of the fifth, but Team USA would score a combined six runs over the seventh and eighth innings to close the deal.

Witt once again hit a leadoff extra-base hit, doubling to the left center gap before Winn was able to drive him home with a laser up the middle. After making it to second, Winn took advantage of an attempted backpick that sailed into center field, allowing him to get to third. He was then finally knocked home by a Riggio sac fly to center field.

In a game that featured eight extra-base hits for the U.S., three of them game to start the eighth as the 15U team tried to end the game early. Moore, Petey Halpin (San Mateo, Calif.), and Brooks hit back-to-back-to-back doubles sprayed all over the outfield, as Moore and Halpin were both able to score in the sequence. Mac Guscette (Nokomis, Fla.) was then able to hit an infield single before Witt scored Brooks on a sac fly.

With Dylan Crews (Longwood, Fla.) pinch running for Guscette, all that was needed to win by the run rule was a Riggio blast through the left side to bring Crews home from second.

The red-hot 15U National Team will try to keep the streak alive as they enter the Super Round on Wednesday, Aug. 16. The U.S. takes on Puerto Rico in the first of three games with first pitch scheduled for 10:30 a.m. ET.

Continue to follow @USABaseball15U on Twitter for the most up-to-date news about the 15U National Team.

The COPABE Pan Am Championships is a World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Continental Championships and serves as a qualifier to the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup in 2018.

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15U: Flores Fans Eight as U.S. Blanks Argentina, 15-0

August 14, 2017
  1 2 3 4 5 R H E
Argentina 0 0 0 0 0
United States 0 4 7 3 1 15  17 
Win: Flores (1-1)  Loss: Mansilla
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CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA - Left-handed pitcher Michael Flores (Corona, Calif.) tossed 4.0 no-hit innings en route to eight strikeouts - including six-straight at one point - to lead the 15U National Team to a 15-0 triumph over Argentina on Monday afternoon in the fourth game of the 2017 COPABE Pan Am "AA" Championships in Cartagena, Colombia.

The United States (3-1) held Argentina without a hit until the top of the fifth when reliever Michael Brooks (Lake Worth, Fla.) finished the final inning, striking out two of his own.

Offensively, Team USA put on a clinic, having five batters with more than two hits and two multi-RBI efforts on the day.

Dylan Crews (Longwood, Fla.) and Giuseppe Ferraro (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) led the way with 3-for-3 and 3-for-4 outings, respectively. Crews finished with a team-high three RBIs and three runs while Ferraro scored twice and had one RBI.

Masyn Winn (Kingwood, Texas) batted leadoff for the U.S. on the day, where he finished 2-for-2 with two runs and two RBIs.

After a scoreless first inning, the 15U team dropped four runs in the second thanks to a Ferraro triple, three singles and a fielding error by Argentina. The offense then really caught fire in the third when Team USA levied seven runs onto the board off seven hits - including three doubles and a triple.

To help defensively, Flores really got going in the top of second and third innings, striking out six-straight batters, throwing 21 of 26 pitches for strikes.

The Stars and Stripes would stretch the lead to 14 - one shy of the run rule (lead of 15 after five innings) - in the fourth before a 19-minute rain delay would stave off momentarily the end result.

In the bottom of the fifth, Tanner Witt (Houston, Texas) hit a leadoff double down the left field line before Ferraro got his final single of the game to put runners at the corners. Crews then sealed the win for the U.S. with a laser up the middle to score Witt and push the final score to 15-0.

The 15U National Team will try to keep the win streak going on Tuesday, Aug. 15 when it takes on Nicaragua in the final contest of pool play before Super Round action begins. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET.

Continue to follow @USABaseball15U on Twitter for the most up-to-date news about the 15U National Team.

The COPABE Pan Am Championships is a World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Continental Championships and serves as a qualifier to the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup in 2018.

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15U: U.S. Bounces Back, Drops Venezuela 5-1

August 14, 2017
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
United States 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0
Venezuela 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Win: Rosario (1-0)  Loss: Tortolero
Box Score Play-by-Play Cumulative Stats

CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA - Coming on the heels of a tough loss the previous night, the 15U National Team rebounded in a big way to down Venezuela 5-1 on Sunday night in the third game of the 2017 COPABE Pan Am "AA" Championships in Cartagena, Colombia.

The United States (2-1) got a quick jump early, capitalizing on Venezuela's starting pitcher throwing only eight strikes in his first 25 pitches. Three walks and two hit-by-pitches later and Team USA had a two-run lead in the first inning.

With a new pitcher in for Venezuela, things crawled to a dead-heat as Alejandro Rosario (Miami, Fla.) started for the Stars and Stripes and tossed four scoreless innings, striking out two in his 5.0 innings.

The 15U team would extend its lead in the fifth as Pete Crow-Armstrong (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) doubled to left field before Alek Boychuk (Buford, Ga.) walked to put him in scoring position. Robert Moore (Leawood, Kans.) and Michael Brooks (Lake Worth, Fla.) then both reached on back-to-back fielder's choices before a throwing error by the third-basemen allowed Boychuk to make it all the way home.

Mac Guscette (Nokomis, Fla.) then got his second RBI of the night, rocketing a single through the left side to score Brooks and push the lead to 4-0.

Venezuela would close the gap slightly, adding a run in the bottom of the sixth, however, the U.S. would match that run in the eighth to keep the lead at four.

Roc Riggio (Simi Valley, Calif.) kick-started the eighth with a double down the right field line before Petey Halpin (San Mateo, Calif.) drew his second walk of the game. Crow-Armstrong then moved everyone forward with a sacrifice bunt to set up the Boychuk sacrifice fly in the next at-bat to add insurance to the lead.

On the day, Crow-Armstrong led the team with a 2-for-2 outing, while Guscette finished with a game-high two RBIs.

It was another strong day for the United States' pitching staff, as Joshua Hartle (King, N.C.), Jackson Miller (Trinity, Fla.) and Masyn Winn (Kingwood, Texas) all came in to provide shutout relief innings.

Hartle allowed just one run while striking out two in 1.0 innings, while Miller and Winn tossed 2.0 and 1.0 no-hit innings, respectively, getting two strikeouts a piece.

The 15U National Team will try to keep the momentum going on Monday, Aug. 14 when it takes on Argentina in the afternoon game. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET.

Continue to follow @USABaseball15U on Twitter for the most up-to-date news about the 15U National Team.

The COPABE Pan Am Championships is a World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Continental Championships and serves as a qualifier to the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup in 2018.

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15U: Team USA Falls to Cuba in Extras, 6-5

August 13, 2017
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
United States 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
Cuba 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 3 1
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CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA - For the second-straight day, the 15U National Team found itself in the 11th inning all knotted up with its opponent. Saturday evening would end differently for Team USA, however, as they dropped a heartbreaking 6-5 loss to Cuba in the second game of the 2017 COPABE Pan Am "AA" Championships in Cartagena, Colombia.

The United States showed strong defensive prowess early that was led by starting right-hander Rawley Hector (Van Alstyne, Texas), who went 6.0 innings, allowing just three hits, one walk and striking out three on the night.

Roc Riggio (Simi Valley, Calif.) was once again on the leaderboard at the plate for Team USA, finishing 2-for-5 with a run, while Michael Brooks (Lake Worth, Fla.) led in RBIs, knocking around two off one hit.

The Stars and Stripes took an early 1-0 lead in the third, thanks to back-to-back singles by Hector and Riggio before Davis Diaz (Pittsburg, Calif.) walked to load the bases. Pete Crow-Armstrong (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) then laid down a beautiful bunt down the third-base line that stayed fair and allowed him to reach safely, as well as score Hector.

Extending their lead in the sixth, Petey Halpin (San Mateo, Calif.) hit a two-out bullet up the middle. Then, Tanner Witt (Houston, Texas) hit an infield single to the shortstop, whose throw was wild and allowed not only Witt to reach second, but Halpin to cross the plate.

Cuba closed the deficit in the bottom of the sixth to one before tying up the game in the bottom of the ninth.

The 10th inning featured three runs scored by both teams. With Riggio on first and Diaz on second, Crow-Armstrong laid another fine bunt down, this time for the sacrifice, to move the runners further into scoring position. Brooks then stepped up to launch Team USA's first extra-base hit through two games into right center field, clearing the bases.

Mac Guscette (Nokomis, Fla.) then followed suit, rocketing one into right field as well to put Brooks at third. Halpin followed the strategy and, with just one out, laid down a sac bunt to score Brooks.

Despite loading the bases with two outs, the U.S. wouldn't be able to put a run on the board in the top of the 11th, giving Cuba the chance to score the game-winning run off a sacrifice fly to right field.

Rounding out the day on the mound for the 15U team was Lucas Gordon (Los Angeles, Calif.), who finished with a game-high seven punchouts in 4.0 innings and Michael Flores (Corona, Calif.) who closed the final 0.2 innings.

The 15U National Team gets back on the field on Sunday, Aug. 13 when it takes on Venezuela. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.

Continue to follow @USABaseball15U on Twitter for the most up-to-date news about the 15U National Team.

The COPABE Pan Am Championships is a World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Continental Championships and serves as a qualifier to the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup in 2018.

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15U: USA Rallies, Edges Panama in Extras

August 12, 2017
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
United States 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1
Panama 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Win: Winn  Loss: Sugasty Diaz
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CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA - After facing a sixth-inning 1-0 deficit, the 15U National Team fought back, tooth and nail, to force extra innings en route to a 3-2 triumph over Panama on Friday evening in the first game of the 2017 COPABE Pan Am "AA" Championships in Cartagena, Colombia.

In a nail-biting, nearly-five-hour spectacle, Panama got on the board first with double to left field and then a single deep to right to score the first run of the ballgame.

The United States wouldn't snap its hitless streak until the six when Roc Riggio hit one of his two singles on the night, but it would take until the top of the seventh for the Stars and Stripes to put a run on the board.

Masyn Winn hit a chopping infield single to the shortstop who couldn't handle it, allowing Win to reach safely before Petey Halpin laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Winn into scoring position. Robert Moore came in to pinch hit and lined up a stinger through the middle, bringing home Winn and tying up the game, 1-1.

Neither team would be able to nudge the score in any direction before the game went into extra innings. With international tie-breaking rules in effect in the 10th, Pete Crow-Armstrong and Michael Brooks were placed on first and second, respectively, with Alek Boychuk up to bat. Boychuk reached on a fielder's choice before Mac Guscette was hit by a pitch to load the bases.

In a wild turn of events, the next batter, Winn, would also be hit by a pitch to bring score Crow-Armstrong and put Team USA up one.

But Panama wouldn't go down quite so easily, scoring on a suicide squeeze before loading the bases with one out. With the outcome looking bleak for the United States, Winn pitched a fastball that was bunted high and into third-basemen Giuseppe Ferraro's glove at the base, giving him the chance to simply step to get the runner for a clutch double play to keep hope alive.

In the decisive 11th inning, Davis Diaz and Halpin were placed on first and second, respectively, before Ferraro was able to reach bunt and throwing error by the pitcher to load the bases. Riggio would once again step up, hitting the eventual-game-winner when he sliced a sacrifice fly to left field to bring in Halpin and give the U.S. a 3-2 lead.

The United States would hold strong defensively in the bottom-half to complete the come-from-behind victory.

On a night when hits were hard to come by, Riggio led all hitters with a 2-for-3, one RBI performance while Moore came in for the clutch pinch hit RBI early in the game. Winn finished 1-for-2 with the other RBI and one run as well, while Diaz recorded the final hit for Team USA.\

Winn also received the win on the night, tossing the final 3.0 innings, allowing no earned runs and just three hits while striking out three batters. Nelson Berkwich got the nod to start the first game, having a fine outing. He finished with a game-high seven punchouts in 6.0 innings, allowing five hits and just one run.

Pitching between Berkwich and Winn was Jackson Miller who tossed 2.0 no-no innings, striking out one.

The 15U National Team continues play on Saturday, Aug. 12 when it takes on Cuba. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.

Continue to follow @USABaseball15U on Twitter for the most up-to-date news about the 15U National Team.

The COPABE Pan Am Championships is a World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Continental Championships and serves as a qualifier to the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup in 2018.

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15U: Team USA Falls in Training Finale

August 8, 2017
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
BIC Showcase 0 2 0 0 0 4 0 0 0
United States 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 1 0
Win: Tujetsch  Loss: Taylor
Box Score Play-by-Play Cumulative Stats

DURHAM, N.C. - In the final exhibition game and final event of training before heading off to the 2017 COPABE Pan Am "AA" Championships in Cartagena, Colombia, the 15U National Team fell 6-5 to BIC Showcase on Tuesday afternoon at the USA Baseball National Training Complex.

Despite fine outings by six pitchers and only two earned runs allowed, Team USA committed four errors to extend key innings for BIC Showcase, allowing the other four runs to score unearned.

The United States battled until the very end, however, making a run that began in the fifth inning when they found their footing at the plate to rattle off all five runs to close out the game.

Pete Crow-Armstrong hit the first single of the game for the U.S., shooting one into center field before stealing back-to-back bases to reach third. Masyn Winn then got one of his game-high two RBIs, knocking a sacrifice fly to center field to get the U.S. on the board.

Jackson Miller led the team with a 2-for-2 outing, getting his first hit in the sixth to right center before Roc Riggio reached first on a knock to the outfield. Crow-Armstrong reached on a fielding error that also allowed Riggio and Miller to cross the plate and cut the deficit even further.

Miller then got his second hit in the seventh, knocking in Winn off a well-struck ball through the left side. Mac Guscette then led off the eighth with a single down the left field line to set up Crow-Armstrong reaching first. Tanner Witt then shot one to center field to set up a Winn sac fly, scoring Guscette and bringing the deficit to 6-5.

The final push in the bottom of the ninth with the tie-breaking rules in effect led to a bases-loaded, two-outs situation down one. BIC Showcase recorded its 10th strikeout of the game to end it.

From the mound, Grant Taylor got the start and went 3.1 innings, allowing just two hits and two runs while fanning four batters. Michael Flores and Joshua Hartle combined for the next 2.1 innings, not allowing an earned run before Jackson Miller went 1.1 innings and gave up just a hit.

Michael Brooks and Masyn Brooks closed the final 2.0 innings with neither of them allowing a hit, getting one and two strikeouts, respectively.

The 15U National Team will now travel to Cartagena, Colombia, where they participate in the 2017 COPABE Pan Am "AA" Championships.

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