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2017 National High School Invitational Day 4

April 1, 2017

CARY, N.C.-- Senior shortstop Tristan Hanoian remembers the last time he was at the National High School Invitational with Orange (Calif.) Lutheran-they aren't great memories.

Lutheran won only once in the 2014 edition of the NHSI when Hanoian was a freshman. A few weeks prior to the 2017 tournament, the Texas Christian commit wasn't happy with how his team was playing, citing selfish at-bats as the main factor.

Now, sitting at the podium, celebrating a 3-2 win over Dana Hills (Dana Point, Calif.) in the championship game, Hanoian can look forward to replacing those memories.

"This week we really took team at-bats and we played probably the best baseball we've payed in a long time," Hanoian said. ". . . This has probably been the best team I've ever played for, too."

Orange Lutheran was the last team standing in a 16-team field after an exceptionally strong defensive showing Saturday, backing up senior starter Nicholas Janowicz (who threw two no-hit, shutout innings) and senior Zach Busalacchi, who tossed the remaining five innings and also drew a pair of crucial walks.

"What a game," Lutheran coach Eric Borba said. "It was wild. Ups and downs . . . every way you'd want a championship game to be. We didn't pitch as well as we could, but we found ways to get out of innings. We played great defense and we got the big sacrifice fly there at the end."

That sacrifice fly was a perfect example of the team-oriented approach that Hanoian was looking to see out of his teammates. After a successful sacrifice bunt by Brenden Avventino, Borba called on Jasiah Dixon, a sophomore Southern California commit.

"Coach told me to go swing a bat, and I was pretty excited," Dixon said.

Perhaps too excited at first. Dixon chased a ball low in the dirt, and found himself backed into a 1-2 count. The next pitch he saw was up. So he took it.

"And then it came, the moment," Dixon said. "I was just telling myself I've got to mentally prepare for a team at-bat right now. And once I saw that fastball up, I knew I had to go get it and put it in the outfield. Score that run."

Junior catcher Caleb Ricketts tagged from third and score the winning run.

Huntington Beach 4, Canterbury School 3
Huntington Beach (Calif.) didn't do exactly what it wanted this week in the National High School Invitational, but ended on a high note Saturday with a 4-3 win over Canterbury (Fort Myers, Fla.) High, improving to 9-3 overall during the last three years in the tournament.

"Nine and three in the national tournament over three years-nothing to be ashamed of at all," coach Benji Medure said. "This tournament really put us on the map as a program and we really feel privileged to be here. And hopefully in years to come we can get back here and try to win it again."

The Oilers topped West Chaminade, 7-2, in the 2016 NHSI championship game, but had to settle for a consolation victory behind a strong pitching performance Saturday by Hagen Danner.

Danner hit a pair of batters in his first inning before finding the feel for his curveball in the second inning. He went on to throw five innings, striking out six batters and walking one while getting regular swings and misses on his 11-5, 76-77 mph curve.

American Heritage 6, Hamilton 5
American Heritage outlasted Hamilton High in a marathon game to close out the National High School Invitational, defeating the Huskies 6-5 in 11 innings.

Hamilton led took a 3-0 lead behind five scoreless innings by Dustin Bermudez and rallied from a 4-2 deficit. Cory Acton drove home two with a double and later two on an infield chopper with the bases loaded to tie the game for American Heritage.

Little-used reliever Anthony Boix tossed four innings, giving up one in the 11th as Hamilton took a 5-4 lead, before the Patriots rallied to win won an RBI double by Alfonso Guillen to tie and an RBI single by Santiago Garavito.

Winder-Barrow 6, Rocky Mountain 5
Winder-Barrow finished the NHSI 3-1, denying a game Rocky Mountain team a victory in its final game with a 6-5 walk-off victory.

Rocky Mountain, trailing 4-3 entering the sixth, scored a pair of runs on John Sorensen's single to take the lead. However, Winder-Barrow answered with a sacrifice fly to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth. The Bulldoggs won it in extra innings on a walk-off wild pitch.

"I loved it," Bulldoggs coach Brian Smith said of the NHSI. "Everything was first class, and what we have in the state of Georgia this year is a neutral-site state championship, so it will be a setting just like this. We go in and a little bit of tournament-type atmosphere to win the state, so it's great practice for that."

Merritt Island 7. Brother Rice 2
In each team's final game of the National High School Invitational, Merritt Island was able to get the win over Brother Rice, 7-2.

The Mustangs got three runs on the board in the first inning. This rally was nearly broken on a squeeze attempt, but third basemen Joe Johnson was able to get the barrel to a pitch way over his head. Two batters later, Ricardo Diaz was able to open up the inning with a two-run single.

Junior Collin Taulbee showcased a fastball that topped out at 84 mph and settled in at 80-82. He complemented this with three off-speed pitches. A sweeping curve at 68-70 that he used to break into the front door to righties, A 12-6 curve at 72-74 that had tight spin at times, and a changeup at 72-73 that showed sinking action.

Arlington 2, Hough 1
A pitcher's duel broke out on Field 3 of the National Training Complex, a game that was an afterthought in the NHSI standings and anything but that to Arlington (Tenn.) and Hough High of Charlotte, N.C.

Arlington got three of its five hits when it counted, rallying for its first NHSI victory on Noah Miller's walk-off single for a 2-1 victory. Righthander Ryan Taylor tossed a complete game for the win.

"I told the guys the other day, you learn a lot through failure, and you don't always learn from victory," Arlington coach Chris Ring said. "I told the guys, I think we've learned a lot, because we're 0-3; it was time for a win."

Trinity Christian 2, South Hills 1
Trinity Christian (Jacksonville, Fla.) sophomore righthander Austin Thomas is jokingly called "Big Bird" by his teammates.

And in Saturday's National High School Invitational consolation matchup against South Hills (West Covina, Calif.), Thomas certainly came up big.

The lanky long-haired righthander cruised threw a seven-inning complete game, shutting down the powerful Huskies in a 2-1 Conquerers win. Thomas struck out six and allowed three hits, walking none. He touched 88 mph while mixing in a changeup and a slow curveball.



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Burleson Walks Off Japan, Even Series for Collegiate National Team

July 17, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
JPN 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 5 3
USA 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 7 0
Win: Abbott (2-1) Loss: Itoh (0-1)
Box Score | Play-by-Play | Series Stats
 

IMABARI CITY, JAPAN - Alec Burleson (ECU) hit a walk-off homer Wednesday to lead off the bottom of the ninth and send the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team to a dramatic 3-2 win over Japan at Imabari Municipal Baseball Stadium. It was the first walk-off homer of Burleson's baseball career.

"I hit it and I knew it had the distance," said Burleson. "I was just hoping it would stay fair."

The ball stayed fair and easily cleared the right field wall for the first homer of the series. Team USA tied the best-of-five series, 1-1. 

The Collegiate National Team (7-4) got into position to win the game with an eighth-inning RBI single by Heston Kjerstad (Arkansas) to tie the game 2-2. Japan's pitching had put up six straight zeros before Kjerstad's RBI then Burleson's heroics.

Team USA had another strong night on the mound, which started with four shutout innings from Asa Lacy (Texas A&M). Lacy scattered three hits while striking out five, as Team USA combined to strike out 14 in the game.

"We pitched really well," said manager Dan McDonnell (Louisville). "We had another good outing and we showed toughness."

Andrew Abbott (Virginia) earned the win after throwing a shutout top half of the ninth. He got a big swinging strikeout to end the inning and strand the potential go-ahead run on second base. Burl Carraway (DBU) threw a 1-2-3 eighth and Chris McMahon (Miami) allowed two runs on one hit in three innings of work. 

Team USA and Japan make the trip to Kizuna Stadium in Iwakuni, Japan, for Game 3 of the series Thursday. 

Key Moments
• Team USA scored in the first inning when Spencer Torkelson (Arizona State) drove home Nick Loftin (Baylor) with a sac fly.
• Japan scored twice in the fifth after a leadoff walk. Ryosuke Kodama tripled in the first run on a two-out, two-strike pitch, then scored on a wild pitch. 
• Heston Kjerstad (Arkansas) singled on a line drive over the first baseman's head for an RBI to tie the game 2-2 in the eighth.
• Alec Burleson (ECU) won it in the ninth with the walk-off homer on an up-and-in 2-0 fastball.

Notable Information
• The Collegiate National Team played at Imabari Municipal Baseball Stadium for the first time ever.
• All-Star series: USA leads, 24-18
• Series in Japan: Japan leads, 17-3
• Team USA has lost 15 straight series in Japan dating back 40 years.
• Team USA lost its last series in Japan, 3-2, including a 5-4 loss in 10 innings in the deciding Game 5 on July 17, 2016 at Kusanagi Stadium in Shizuoka.
• All-Star series games: Collegiate National Team leads, 132-105-2
• Overall games: Collegiate National Team leads, 155-124-2
• The last four series (2013, 2016, 2017, 2018) have all finished 3-2. Japan won in 2013 and 2016 in Japan, while the Collegiate National Team won in 2017 and 2018 in the United States.
• Team USA has won two straight series vs. Japan, a 3-2 win in 2017 throughout the Northeast United States and a 3-2 win in 2018 in North Carolina and Georgia. 
• The longest series winning streak in the series is five by Team USA from 1973-77 .

On Deck
• July 18 vs. Japan (5 a.m. ET; Iwakuni, Japan; Kizuna Stadium)
• July 20 vs. Japan (5 a.m. ET; Kooriyama, Japan; Kaiseizan Stadium)
• July 21 vs. Japan (5 a.m. ET; Tokyo, Japan; Meiji Jingu Stadium)

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Follow the Collegiate National Team vs. Japan on Wednesday

July 17, 2019
GAME Collegiate National Team at Japan
TIME 5 a.m. ET
LOCATION Imabari City, Japan (Imabari Municipal Stadium)
USA: LHP Lacy
JPN: TBA

Live Stats | USA Team Stats

IMABARI CITY, JAPAN - The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team continues the 43rd USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series on Wednesday with Game 2 of the five-game series. Japan took Game 1 with a 3-0 shutout Tuesday in Matsuyama, Japan. 

Notable Information
• All-Star series: USA leads, 24-18
• Series in Japan: Japan leads, 17-3
• Team USA has lost 15 straight series in Japan dating back 40 years.
• Team USA lost its last series in Japan, 3-2, including a 5-4 loss in 10 innings in the deciding Game 5 on July 17, 2016 at Kusanagi Stadium in Shizuoka.
• All-Star series games: Collegiate National Team leads, 131-105-2
• Overall games: Collegiate National Team leads, 154-124-2
• The last four series (2013, 2016, 2017, 2018) have all finished 3-2. Japan won in 2013 and 2016 in Japan, while the Collegiate National Team won in 2017 and 2018 in the United States.
• Team USA has won two straight series vs. Japan, a 3-2 win in 2017 throughout the Northeast United States and a 3-2 win in 2018 in North Carolina and Georgia. 
• The longest series winning streak in the series is five by Team USA from 1973-77 .

On Deck
• July 17 vs. Japan (5 a.m. ET; Imabari City, Japan; Imabari Municipal Baseball Stadium)
• July 18 vs. Japan (5 a.m. ET; Iwakuni, Japan; Kizuna Stadium)
• July 20 vs. Japan (5 a.m. ET; Kooriyama, Japan; Kaiseizan Stadium)
• July 21 vs. Japan (5 a.m. ET; Tokyo, Japan; Meiji Jingu Stadium)

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Team Red Opens 12U National Team Trials With A Win

Jack Ruckert and John Dolan lead Team Red past Team Blue
July 17, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Team Blue 0 1 1 3 0 0 5 9 0
Team Red 0 2 3 2 1 1 9 10 2
Win: T. Targac Loss: O. Robinson Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-play

 

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. - Jack Ruckert (Baton Rouge, La.) and John Dolan (Camarillo, Calif.) recorded a hit and two RBIs apiece to lead Team Red past Team Blue, 9-5, in the first game of the 2019 12U National Team Trials on Tuesday at William S. Hart Pony Baseball and Softball Park in Santa Clarita, California.

Titan Targac (Flatonia, Texas) (1-0) earned the win in relief for Red after striking out two batters in his lone inning on the mound. Owen Robinson (Greensboro, N.C.) (0-1) suffered the loss for Blue after allowing two runs on two hits in the second inning. Team Red's pitching staff struck out seven batters, while Blue earned four strikeouts in the contest.

Ruckert and Dolan led the way for Red offensively, recording a hit and two RBIs each. Jayden Stroman (Medford, N.Y.) added an RBI-single and scored two runs, while 10 batters picked up a hit for Red. Brenden Lewis (Santee, Calif.) led Blue with two hits and a pair of RBIs at the plate. Rashad Hayes (Oakland, Calif.) and Thomas Brown (Livermore, Ga.) each hit a double for Team Blue in the game.

Key Moments:

  • Blue opened the scoring in the top of the second after Brenden Lewis (Santee, Calif.) brought home Rashad Hayes (Oakland, Calif.) with a single through the middle of the infield to give his team the 1-0 lead.
  • Team Red's Lucas Tinajero (Corpus Christi, Texas) tied the game at one in the bottom of the second with an RBI-single to shallow center field. Tinajero crossed home two batters later, on a wild pitch to give Red the 2-1 lead.
  • Blue tied the game at two in the top of the third after Brayden Gutierrez (Bakersfield, Calif.) drove in Luis Mejia (Phoenix, Ariz.) with a single that fell just short of the center fielder.
  • Jack Ruckert (Baton Rouge, La.) regained the lead for Red with a two-RBI single that plated Jayden Stroman (Medford, N.Y.) and Gavin Fien (Temecula, Calif.).
  • The back-and-forth game continued in the top of the fourth as Blue plated three runs on five hits and a walk to tie the game at five.
  • John Dolan (Camarillo, Calif.) claimed the lead for Red with a two-out double that bounced to the wall in right-center as Stroman and Jesse Del Toro (Modesto, Calif.) scored.
  • Gustavo Melendez (Cayey, P.R.) scored on a passed ball in the bottom of the fifth and Del Toro scored on a bases-loaded walk in the home half of the sixth to give Red the 9-5 win.

 

Notable Information:

  • Team Red took a 1-0 advantage in the three-game intrasquad scrimmage.
  • Titan Targac (1-0) earned the win, while Owen Robinson (0-1) suffered the loss on the mound.
  • Following the conclusion of Thursday's intrasquad matchup, USA Baseball will announce the final 18-man roster for the 2019 12U National Team.

 

On Deck:

  • Game two of the three-game series will take place on Wednesday, July 17, at 2:30 p.m. (PT) at William S. Hart Pony Baseball and Softball Park in Santa Clarita, Calif.
  • The 2019 12U National Team Trials will conclude on Thursday, July 18, with the series finale at William S. Hart Pony Baseball and Softball Park. First pitch is set for 12 p.m. (PT).
  • Red outhit Blue 10-9.

 

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12U National Team Trials Continues Wednesday

July 16, 2019
GAME Red vs. Blue
TIME Wednesday, 2:30 p.m. ET
LOCATION Santa Clarita, Calif. (William S. Hart Park)
Red: TBA
Blue: TBA

National Team Trials Roster | Watch Live

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. - The USA Baseball 12U National Team Trials continues with the second game of a three-game intrasquad series on Wednesday at William S. Hart Pony Baseball and Softball Park in Santa Clarita, California.

Jack Ruckert (Baton Rouge, La.) and John Dolan (Camarillo, Calif.) recorded a hit and two RBIs apiece to lead Team Red past Team Blue, 9-5, in the first game of the 2019 12U National Team Trials on Tuesday.  

Live updates throughout the game will be available via @USABaseball12U on Twitter and live stats via links on the 12U National Team's schedule page.

Notable Information
• Team Red took a 1-0 advantage in the three-game series with a 9-5 win over Blue on Tuesday. 
• The 36-man 12U National Team Trials roster was named on Monday, July 15, following the conclusion of the National Open in Santa Clarita California. The 36 players hail from 14 different states and Puerto Rico. 
• Eleven players on the trials roster were selected from the 2018 National Team Identification Series (NTIS), while 10 were chosen from the 11U Futures Invitational. Additionally, 15 players were selected from the 12U National Open, finalizing the 2019 12U Trials roster.
• Todd Fine returns as the manager of the 12U National Team for the second consecutive year and will be joined by Jason Sekany, RJ Farrell and Marc Wiese, who all return to the staff after helping Team USA to its first-ever gold medal at the COPABE U-12 Pan-American Championships in 2018. Sekany will lead the pitching staff, while Farrell and Wiese will serve as assistant coaches.
• The 12U National Team will be playing for a record fourth consecutive world championship after earning the IBAF "A" World Cup gold medal in 2013, followed by gold medals at the WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup in 2015 and 2017.

On Deck
• July 18, Red vs. Blue (12 p.m. PT; Santa Clarita, Calif.; William S. Hart Pony Baseball and Softball Park)
• The final 18-man 12U National Team roster will be announced following the conclusion of the third intrasquad game on Thursday, July 18. 
• The 12U National Team will then play two exhibition games on Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20, before traveling to Tainan, Taiwan to compete in the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup.

 

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Japan Blanks Collegiate National Team to Start Five-Game Series

July 16, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
USA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 2
JPN 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 6 1
Win: Morishita (1-0) Loss: Meyer (1-2) Save: Itoh (1-0)
Box Score | Play-by-Play | Team USA Stats
 

MATSUYAMA, JAPAN - The 43rd USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series started Tuesday night with Japan shutting out the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, 3-0, at Botchan Stadium. Japan opened a 1-0 lead in the five-game series. 

"(Japan) did a great job on the mound," said manager Dan McDonnell (Louisville). "They pitched to both sides of the plate and kept our hitters off balanced. Credit to their pitching staff."

The Collegiate National Team (6-4) was shut out for the first time this summer. Team USA had four hits and struck out 18 times, including nine punchouts by Japan ace Masato Morishita over five innings. 

"We'll play better tomorrow night," said McDonnell. 

Key Moments
• Japan started the scoring in the first inning with an RBI single by No. 3-hole hitter Shugo Maki.
• USA starter Max Meyer (Minnesota) made an error on a bunt in the third inning to plate Japan's second run.
• Heston Kjerstad (Arkansas) tripled to start the seventh inning, but was stranded after three straight strikeouts. 
• Japan's Takashi Umino singled through the left side with two outs in the seventh inning to make it 3-0.

Notable Information
• Overall series: USA leads, 24-18
• Series in Japan: Japan leads, 17-3
• Team USA has lost 15 straight series in Japan dating back 40 years.
• Team USA lost its last series in Japan, 3-2, including a 5-4 loss in 10 innings in the deciding Game 5 on July 17, 2016 at Kusanagi Stadium in Shizuoka.
• All-Star series games: Collegiate National Team leads, 131-105-2
• Overall games: Collegiate National Team leads, 154-124-2
• The last four series (2013, 2016, 2017, 2018) have all finished 3-2. Japan won in 2013 and 2016 in Japan, while the Collegiate National Team won in 2017 and 2018 in the United States.
• Team USA has won two straight series vs. Japan, a 3-2 win in 2017 throughout the Northeast United States and a 3-2 win in 2018 in North Carolina and Georgia. 
• The longest series winning streak in the series is five by Team USA from 1973-77 .

On Deck
• July 17 vs. Japan (5 a.m. ET; Imabari City, Japan; Imabari Municipal Baseball Stadium)
• July 18 vs. Japan (5 a.m. ET; Iwakuni, Japan; Kizuna Stadium)
• July 20 vs. Japan (5 a.m. ET; Kooriyama, Japan; Kaiseizan Stadium)
• July 21 vs. Japan (5 a.m. ET; Tokyo, Japan; Meiji Jingu Stadium)

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USA Baseball Reveals 2019 12U National Team Trials Roster

12U National Team Trials will begin July 16 in Santa Clarita, California
July 15, 2019

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. - USA Baseball revealed the 36-man 2019 12U National Team Trials roster on Monday, following the conclusion of the 12U National Open in Santa Clarita, California.

The 2019 12U Trials will begin on Tuesday, July 16, at William S. Hart Pony Baseball and Softball Park in Santa Clarita, California, and the final national team roster will be announced on July 18. The 12U National Team will then travel to Tainan, Taiwan to compete in the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup.

"Our staff is thrilled to welcome these thirty-six young athletes to compete for a chance to play for Team USA," said 12U National Team Program Director Will Schworer. "Our task force has done a tremendous job at evaluating and selecting young men from every corner of the United States that bring an incredible amount of talent and a high-level of character to the USA Baseball program."

Eleven players on the national team trials roster were selected from the 2018 National Team Identification Series (NTIS), while 10 were chosen from the 11U Futures Invitational. Additionally, 15 players were selected from the 12U National Open on Monday, finalizing the 2019 12U Trials roster.

The 12U National Team will be playing for a record fourth consecutive world championship after earning the IBAF "A" World Cup gold medal in 2013, followed by gold medals at the WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup in 2015 and 2017.

Todd Fine will return as the manager of the 12U National Team for the second consecutive year and will be joined by Jason Sekany, RJ Farrell and Marc Wiese, who all return to the staff after helping Team USA to its first-ever gold medal at the COPABE U-12 Pan-American Championships in 2018. Sekany will lead the pitching staff, while Farrell and Wiese will serve as assistant coaches.

For more information on the 12U National Team and the selection process, please visit USABaseball.com or follow along on Twitter at @USABaseball12U.

2019 12U National Team Trials roster:
Name; Position; Hometown; Identification Event (Team)
Dillon Adkins; LHP/OF; Mechanicsville, Md.; 12U National Open (Free)
Jack Armijo; LHP/1B; San Lorenzo, Calif.; 12U National Open (Eagles)
Thomas Brown; C/UTIL; Livermore, Calif.; 12U National Open (Patriots)
Anthony Del Angel; OF/IF; Rio Ranchero, N.M.; 2018 11U NTIS (Southwest)
Jesse Del Toro; RHP; Modesto, Calif.; 12U National Open (Stars)
John Dolan; C/RHP; Camarillo, Calif.; 12U National Open (Free)
Gavin Fien; SS/RHP; Temecula, Calif.; 11U Futures Invitational (MVP Hustle)
Hamilton Friedberg; SS/RHP; Redondo Beach, Calif.; 11U Futures Invitational (MVP Hustle)
Brayden Gutierrez; C/RHP; Bakersfield, Calif.; 12U National Open (United)
Josiah Hartshorn; OF/LHP; Anaheim, Calif.; 11U Futures Invitational (Top Tier Americans)
Rashad Hayes; OF; Oakland, Calif.; 12U National Open (Eagles)
Gavin Hottle; IF/RHP; Irvine, Calif.; 2018 11U NTIS (Southwest)
Bryant James; IF/RHP; Herndon, Va.; 2018 11U NTIS (Capital)
Brenden Lewis; 2B/RHP; Santee, Calif.; 11U Futures Invitational (San Diego Show)
Jaiden Lo Re; C/UTIL; Phoenix, Ariz.; 12U National Open (United)
Jack McKernan; OF/LHP; Missouri City, Texas; 11U Futures Invitational (Twelve Baseball)
Elijah McNeal; IF; Dublin, Calif.; 2018 11U NTIS (Mountain West)
Luis Mejia; IF/OF; Phoenix, Ariz.; 2018 11U NTIS (Southwest)
Gustavo Melendez; SS/UTIL; Cayey, P.R.; 11U Futures Invitational (I AM Baseball)
Alexander Mercurius; RHP; Las Vegas, Nev.; 12U National Open (United)
Noah Meza; OF; Chino Hills, Calif.; 12U National Open (Eagles)
Bryce Nixon; INF; Huffman, Texas; 12U National Open (Pride)
Henry Pancoast; UTIL/RHP; Hainesport, N.J.; 11U Futures Invitational (I AM Baseball)
Kalub Ramirez; UTIL/RHP; Hereford, Texas.; 11U Futures Invitational (Banditos Black)
Owen Robinson; LHP/IF; Greensboro, N.C.; 2018 11U NTIS (Capital)
Isaac Rojas; RHP/OF; Riverside, Calif.; 12U National Open (Eagles)
Jack Ruckert; OF/1B; Baton Rouge, La.; 12U National Open (Stripes)
C. J. Sampson; RHP/IF; Magnolia, Texas.; 2018 11U NTIS (South Texas)
Kruz Schoolcraft; IF/LHP; Aloha, Ore.; 2018 11U NTIS (Northwest)
Sebastian Segura; INF/UTIL; Spring, Texas; 12U National Open (Stars)
Logan Shields; RHP/1B; Manvel, Texas; 12U National Open (Stripes)
Jayden Stroman; IF/RHP; Medford, N.Y.; 2018 11U NTIS (North Atlantic)
Titan Targac; LHP/1B; Flatonia, Texas; 11U Futures Invitational (Banditos Black)
Lucas Tinajero; SS/RHP; Corpus Christi, Texas; 11U Futures Invitational (Banditos Black)
Eli Willits; IF/RHP; Fort Cobb, Okla.; 2018 11U NTIS (Midwest)
Miles Young; IF; Cypress, Texas; 2018 11U NTIS (North Texas)

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43rd USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series Begins Tuesday

July 14, 2019
GAME Collegiate National Team at Japan
TIME Tuesday, 5 a.m. ET
LOCATION Matsuyama, Japan (Botchan Stadium)
USA: RHP Meyer (1-1)
JPN: TBA

Live Stats | USA Team Stats | Japan Team Info

MATSUYAMA, JAPAN - The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team arrived Sunday to Japan for the 43rd USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series. Team USA holds a 24-18 advantage in the series, although Japan has won 17 of 20 series in its home country and 15 straight series in Japan over the last 40 years. 

Team USA has won six of its first nine games in 2019, including series wins over Cuba (4-1) and Chinese Taipei (2-1). The team practiced Saturday in Taiwan, traveled Sunday to Japan and plans to practice Monday in preparation for its biggest series of the summer. 

The Collegiate National Team has had a balanced start, hitting .331 as a team for 6.8 runs per game with a 2.68 team ERA and .991 fielding percentage. Heston Kjerstad leads the hitters with a .542/.556/.792 slash line and nine pitchers have an ERA under 2.00.

All five games will be televised nationally in Japan. It is unknown whether a video feed will be available in the United States. Team USA will provide updates via @USABaseballCNT on Twitter and live stats via links on the Collegiate National Team's schedule page.

Notable Information
• Overall series: USA leads, 24-18
• Series in Japan: Japan leads, 17-3
• Team USA has lost 15 straight series in Japan dating back 40 years.
• Team USA lost its last series in Japan, 3-2, including a 5-4 loss in 10 innings in the deciding Game 5 on July 17, 2016 at Kusanagi Stadium
• All-Star series games: Collegiate National Team leads, 131-104-2
• Overall games: Collegiate National Team leads, 154-123-2
• The last four series (2013, 2016, 2017, 2018) have all finished 3-2. Japan won in 2013 and 2016 in Japan, while the Collegiate National Team won in 2017 and 2018 in the United States.
• Team USA has won two straight series vs. Japan, a 3-2 win in 2017 throughout the Northeast United States and a 3-2 win in 2018 in North Carolina and Georgia. 
• The longest series winning streak in the series is five by Team USA from 1973-77 .

On Deck
• July 16 vs. Japan (5 a.m. ET; Matsuyama, Japan; Botchan Stadium)
• July 17 vs. Japan (5 a.m. ET; Imabari City, Japan; Imabari Municipal Baseball Stadium)
• July 18 vs. Japan (5 a.m. ET; Iwakuni, Japan; Kizuna Stadium)
• July 20 vs. Japan (5 a.m. ET; Kooriyama, Japan; Kaiseizan Stadium)
• July 21 vs. Japan (5 a.m. ET; Tokyo, Japan; Meiji Jingu Stadium)

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East Coast Clippers Win 14U Cup Bronze After Defeating NW Elite 8-2

Effective pitching and a 12-hit game were the difference in Sunday's third place game
July 14, 2019

CARY, N.C. - East Coast Clippers were efficient on the mound and on offense to win the 14U Cup bronze medal after defeating NW Elite 8-2 on Sunday at the National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. 

East Coast Clippers' Ryan Hench got his team on the board first with a bases-clearing RBI-double in the bottom of the first. After a scoreless second inning, NW Elite's Dane Brubaker hit a sacrifice-fly to bring his team within one run. East Coast Clippers' Hench hit his second RBI-double of the game in the bottom of the third to give his team a two-run cushion. 

After advancing to third on a wild pitch, East Coast Clippers' Stephen Lamb was able to cross the plate on a ground out hit by Jackson Berini. NW Elite's Samuel Shaw cut the deficit to three when he hit a sacrifice-fly to center field. In the bottom of the sixth, East Coast Clippers scored three runs to seal the victory and win the bronze medal.

East Coast Clippers had a 12-hit game led by Garnder who had two hits and two RBIs and Hench who recorded two hits and three RBIs. Cayden Goodwin pitched five innings for East Coast Clippers and complied five strikeouts.

Cayden Goodwin earned the win for East Coast Clippers. Max Clark suffered the loss for NW Elite.

East Coast Clippers finished the tournament with a 4-1 record. NW finished with a 3-2 record.

Key Moments

• With the bases loaded, Ryan Hench doubled on a line drive to center field to drive in the first three runs of the ballgame and give East Coast Clippers the 3-0 lead.
• NW Elite scored their first run of the game when Dane Brubaker hit a sacrifice-fly to center field that brought home Jay Mentink.
• Ryan Hench doubled on a line drive to left field that brought home Keith Gardner to make the score 4-1 in favor of East Coast Clippers.
• In the bottom of the fourth, Jackson Berini grounded out to shortstop which allowed Stephen Lamb to score and make the game 5-1.
• In the top of the fifth, NW Elite's Samuel Shaw hit a sacrifice-fly to center field, scoring Charles Goldthwait.
• East Coast Clippers' scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth when Jaxon Lucas singled on a hard ground ball to left field and Gardner doubled on a line drive to center field, making the score 8-2.
• Cayden Goodwin pitched five innings and recorded five strikeouts for East Coast Clippers.

 

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Rawlings Prospects Defeat Canes Barbour 3-1 to Claim 14U Cup Gold

Seth Wilkinson turned in a one run, complete game performance to secure the victory
July 14, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Rawlings Prospects 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 3 3 2
Canes Barbour 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 1
Win: Wilkinson  Loss: Brown  Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play
 

CARY, N.C. - Rawlings Prospects utilized a strong start from Seth Wilkinson to defeat Canes Barbour 3-1 and secure their spot as the 2019 USA Baseball 14U Cup champions Sunday afternoon at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

Rawlings Prospects recorded just three hits on the day but made the most of them. Joshua Potter drew a walk with the bases loaded to get Rawlings Prospects on the board and tie the game at one in the fourth inning and Dylan Mason hit an RBI triple to drive in their second run and put them up 2-1. Nathan Galloway scored on a wild pitch in the fifth to add an insurance run and put Rawlings Prospects out to a 3-1 lead.

On the mound, Wilkinson was the only pitcher Rawlings Prospects needed. He tossed a complete game while allowing just seven hits and one unearned run, striking out one in the process. Wilkinson (1-0) earned the win in the championship matchup while Luke Brown was the losing pitcher (0-1).

Rawlings Prospects finished 4-1 at the 2019 14U Cup while Canes Barbour finished 3-2.

Key Moments
• Garrett Roark singled up the middle in the second inning to drive in Tyler White and give Canes Barbour the early 1-0 lead.
• Joshua Potter drew a walk with the bases loaded to get Rawlings Prospects on the board and tie the game at one in the fourth inning.
• The Rawlings Prospects jumped out to a 2-1 lead in the top of the fifth after Dylan Mason hit an RBI triple to the center field wall, driving in Blake Faulkner, who had reached base via a double two batters earlier.
• With runners on the corners and two away, Canes Barbour starting pitcher Colin Kimball picked off the runner at first to end the inning and prevent Rawlings Prospects from adding to their lead.
• Canes Barbour threatened in the top of the fifth inning with a runner on third, but Rawlings Prospects pitcher Seth Wilkinson escaped the jam unscathed to hold on to the 2-1 lead.
• Nathan Galloway led off the top of the fifth with a base on balls and came around to score on a wild pitch, extending the Rawlings Prospects lead to 3-1.

Up Next
The 2019 16U Cup will be held next weekend at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. The first game action will kick off on Friday, July 19.

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An Early Lead Propels Tri State Arsenal To 8-6 Win Over Rawlings Prospects

Both teams are now 1-1 in the 14U Cups
July 13, 2019

CARY, N.C. - Tri State Arsenal used an early six-run lead to defeat Rawlings Prospects 8-6 on Saturday at the National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. 

Tri State Arsenal started the first inning off with a two-run RBI-single from Casey Culberth. After a scoreless second inning, Tri State Arsenal added to their lead with an RBI-single from Culberth and Jackson Kuhn. Later in the third, Blake Freeman hit an RBI-double that drove in two more runs.

After being held scoreless through four innings, Rawlings Prospects fought back in the top of the fifth thanks to a bases clearing RBI-double from Dylan Laws to bring his team within three. Rawlings Prospects kept the momentum in the top of the sixth with a pair of RBI-singles from Noah Joyner and Joshua Potter to then cut the lead to one. 

Tri State would respond in the bottom of the sixth after Cooper Clark hit an RBI-double that allowed Alex Hatcher to cross the plate and increase the lead by two. Joseph Taylor scored the final run of the game for Tri State Arsenal after an he reached on an error that allowed Clark to score. Rawlings Prospects fought back and scored a run in the top of the seventh, but it would be their last.

Casey Culberth went 3-for-3 on the day for Tri State Arsenal with three RBIs. Joseph Taylor earned the win for Tri State Arsenal after 4.2 innings pitched and five strikeouts. Chase Arrington suffered the loss for Rawlings Prospects.

Tri State Arsenal are now 1-1 and are set to take on NCDB Rivercats on Saturday at 5:00 pm ET. Rawlings Prospects fell to 1-1 and will play Huguenot Huskies at 5:00 pm ET on Saturday.

Key Moments

• Casey Culberth hit an RBI-single for Tri State Arsenal which plated two runs in the bottom of the first.
• Culberth and Jackson Kuhn hit RBI-singles in the bottom of the third to increase Tri-State Arsenal's lead to four. 
• Tri-State Arsenal's Blake Freeman finished off the third inning with a two-run RBI-double to make the score 6-0.
• Rawlings Prospects' center fielder Dylan Mason made a diving catch to save a run in the top of the fifth. 
• Rawlings Prospects' Dylan Laws doubled to deep center field in the top of the fifth that scored three runs and cut the deficit to three.
• Noah Joyner ripped an RBI-single to left field for Rawlings Prospects to score a run and make the score 6-4.
• In the following at bat, Joshua Potter hit an RBI-single to right.
• Tri State Arsenal added to their lead in the bottom of the sixth after Cooper Clark hit a hard grounder to short stop that brought home Alex Hatcher.
• In the next at-bat, Clark crossed the plate after an errand throw to home, making the score 8-5.
• Rawlings Prospects' Laws reached home after a wild pitch to score the final run of the game, making the final score 8-6.

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