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2017 West Championships Digital Fan Guide

June 5, 2017

 

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Event Overview

USA Baseball hosts the 14U, 15U and 17U National Team Championships in both Arizona and Florida at various locations. These events provide an opportunity for over 350 teams to showcase their abilities, providing opportunities for players to be considered for both the 15U National Team and14U and 17U National Team Development Programs.

Event Schedule:

West Itinerary

Schedule Updates:

For schedule updates, changes due to inclement weather and general event information please follow the West Championships on Twitter @USABChamps_West. You can also follow along on our Social Media Wall found HERE -- COMING SOON!

Rules:

14U West Championships
15U West Championships
17U West Championships

Bat Guidelines:

  • 14U bat requirements will be any BBCOR -3 bat
  • 15U bat requirements will be any BBCOR -3 bat
  • 17U bat requirements will be any solid (one peice) wood bat and NFHS approved BBCOR wood barrel baseball bat

Approved bat list is reflected in the Washington State Approved bat list is reflected in the Washington State University: Sports Science Lab, NCAA and NFHS BBCOR Approved Baseball Bats

USA Baseball's 2017 Bat Guidelines

Alerts:

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Media and Press:

If you are an accredited member of the press and wish to obtain a USA Baseball media credential, please fill out the Credential Request Form or email mediarelations@usabaseball.com.

Social Media:

Keep up to date on USA Baseball via social media on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

West Championships specific social media can be found on InstagramTwitter and on the USA Baseball Social Media Wall.

Live Scoring:

All games at the 2017 West Championships will be available through the GameChanger scoring app. Please click the below event link for the most up-to-date scores:


Cameras & Video Equipment:

USA Baseball has adopted the following policy regarding camera lenses (including telephoto and zoom lenses) for any of the organization's events at the West Championships. Spectators are not permitted to bring telephoto or zoom camera lenses into Camelback Ranch, Goodyear Ballpark or Peoria Sports Complex. Cameras may be brought in to the facility so long as they are not accompanied by these types of lenses. Only USA Baseball personnel and credentialed members of the media are permitted to have possession of telephoto and zoom lenses. This policy is in place to ensure that all of our players, coaches and fans have a positive experience at our events.

Tickets:

General Ticket Info: There are no advanced ticket sales for the National Team Championships - West. Ticket sales will be at the Team Store, located at the Peoria Sports Complex, starting June 16 for the 17U tournament, June 23 for the 15U tournament and July 1 for the 14U tournament. For the remainder of each tournament, tickets can be purchased on-site at all gates with cash or credit card. USA Baseball accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover Card.

Ticket Prices:

  • Daily Pass: $10
  • Tournament Pass: $50
  • Kids under 12: Free

As official event participants, players and staff members listed on the team roster will be credentialed for the event upon their arrival to Arizona.

Re-Entry Policy:
Fans can re-enter either Cambelback Ranch, Goodyear Ballpark and the Peoria Sports Complex by showing their daily pass wristband or tournament pass.

Ticket Policy - Inclement Weather:

Weekly Pass: Patrons who have purchased a weekly pass at the start of the National Team Championships West will be readmitted into the original ballpark or new ballpark should a game be delayed/postponed and the patron decides to exit the ballpark. Should weather postpone an already started game, anyone with a weekly pass will be readmitted at no extra cost. If a game is cancelled due to weather and cannot be made up, there will be no daily refund of $10 given to those with a weekly pass. If the game is final (through the 5th, pending the home team has a chance, if needed, to bat in the bottom of the 4th) then there is no refund.

Daily Pass: Patrons who have purchased a daily pass/wristband for the day will need to comply with the following in the case of inclement weather affecting games:

  • If the game is final then there is no refunded for a daily pass.
  • If we postpone prior to the 5th inning (Top 1st to Bottom 4th, pending the home team is either tied or behind and needing their at-bats), we will have to pick the game back up where it left off, at the same or different location. At that point, those who bought a daily pass will need to cut their wristband, return it to the gate staff in exchange for $10.
  • If the game has been postponed prior to the start of the game and will have to be made up on a different day, all patrons will need to return to the gate and exchange their daily wristband for their $10.
  • If a game is canceled prior to the start of the game due to weather, patrons can receive a full refund of their $10.

Games are considered final if:

  • Weather or darkness interferes with play so that the game is called (ended) by the umpire
  • 5 full innings have been played, or if the home team has score an equal or greater number of runs in 4 or 4 and a fraction turns at bat than the visiting team has scored in 5 turns at bat
  • Play has gone beyond 5 full innings

 

National Team Announcement Dates

The final player selections for 2017 National Teams will be announced on the below dates:

Players who are selected will be contacted by the National Team's Director within 2 days following the release.

 

Event Information

Batting Cage Policy

Batting cages at the facilities are to be used on a first-come, first-serve basis at the Peoria Sports Complex and Goodyear Ballpark. Batting cages are not available for player use at Camelback Ranch.

The cages will become available once gates open. We ask that teams move quickly through the cages to ensure as many teams as possible are able to get swings in before their game.

The cages will be self-monitored. USA Baseball staff reserves the right to rotate teams should teams be uncooperative or have spent more than 1 rotation in the cages with another team waiting. 

Merchandise:

USA Baseball's team store will be open during the entire event at the Peoria Sports Complex. All major credit cards are accepted: Visa, Master Card, American Express and Discover Card. For additional Team USA merchandise please check out the official online shop.

Event Program:

The official West Championships program is produced by USA Baseball and will be available at the USA Baseball Team Store and the Peoria Sports Complex gates for $5.

Facility Information

Peoria Sports Complex
16101 North 83rd Avenue
Peoria, Arizona 85382
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Goodyear Ballpark
1933 South Ballpark Way
Goodyear, Arizona 85338
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Camelback Ranch
10710 West Camelback Road
Phoenix, Arizona 85037
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West Championships Field Maps

Parking:

There is no cost for parking at Camelback Ranch, Goodyear Ballpark and the Peoria Sports Complex.


Prohibited Actions & Items at the facilities:

The following are prohibited at Camelback Ranch, Goodyear Ballpark and the Peoria Sports Complex:

  • Outside food, beverage and coolers
  • Smoking
  • Animals except for service animals
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Weapons
  • Skateboards, rollerblades and scooters
  • Umbrellas are limited to grass seating


Foul Balls:

Please be aware of foul balls at all times while at Camelback Ranch, Goodyear Ballpark and the Peoria Sports Complex. USA Baseball asks that all foul balls are returned to the fields' tower as quantities for the event are limited.

Wireless Internet Access:

There is no wireless internet access available on-site.

Bag Search:

All bags are subject to a bag search upon entering the facilities.

Concessions:

Concessions will be open for the duration of the event.

All prices are set by each respective facility.

Lost and Found:

Please check the USA Baseball Team Store at the Peoria Sports Complex, the White Sox and Dogers tower at Camelback Ranch or the Reds and Indians tower at Goodyear Ballpark.

First-Aid:

A certified athletic trainer will be on site through the entire event. In case of emergency, the closest hospital is:

Peoria Sports Complex
Banner Boswell Medical Center
10401 West Thunderbird Boulevard
Sun City, Arizona 85351
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Camelback Ranch
Dignity Health Saint Joseph's Westgate
7300 North 99th Avenue
Glendale, Arizona 85305
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Goodyear Ballpark
Abrazo West Campus
13677 West McDowell Road
Goodyear, Arizona 85395
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Event Partners

Gatorade Prime Energy Chews, Gatorade Prime Fuel Bars, Gatorade Thirst Quencher and Gatorade Recover Protein Bars will be available to athletes for the duration of the National Team Championships to help fuel their performance on the field. Gatorade Prime products provide carbohydrates for energy without caffeine, while Gatorade Thirst Quencher has fluids to rehydrate, electrolytes to replenish, and carbs to refuel. Gatorade Recover Protein Bars have the high quality protein athletes need to help muscles recover. To learn more about the science behind Gatorade, visit www.Gatorade.com.
 
Chinook Seedery has a fresh take on the timeless, all-American tradition of eating sunflower seeds. Tastefully salted and uniquely flavored, Chinook's non-GMO verified seeds are better tasting and better for you. As a partner and healthy snack purveyor of USA Baseball, Chinook Seedery is proud to supply our nation's elite athletes with sunflower seeds that deliver powerful nutrition and amazing flavor. To learn more about Chinook, please visit ChinookSeedery.com.
 
FungoMan, the Automated Baseball Pitching & Fielding Machine, provides accurate, repetitive, and timely practice for all players. This powerful and efficient practice machine allows coaches to be most effective by being next to players in the field while FungoMan executes precise and easy to run practice plans. This is achieved by FungoMan's ability to automatically throw any kind of ground ball, line drive, popup, fastball, curveball, or knuckleball, from 2 to over 400 feet, at speeds from 5 to over 100 mph, to precise places on the field or in the strike zone. These balls can be thrown as quickly as every 3 seconds, using an easy to use manual or wireless controller. This simple to use automated rep machine maximizes training, accelerates development, and ultimately transfers into championship players and teams at every level. Visit FungoMan for more information at FungoMan.com.
 
The Backspin Tee is an Edison Award Winning Invention that is Turning Baseball Upside Down. Line drives are hit over the infield, so you must hit the correct part of the ball to do so. Developed by a Professional Pitching Coach, The Backspin batting tee forces you to focus on the middle and bottom half of the baseball. The middle and bottom half of the baseball is the part professional pitchers don't want you to hit, because hitting that part of the baseball means backspin, which equals distance, and distance creates champions!
 

Education:

Pitch Smart:
League Baseball and USA Baseball have teamed up to help young players reduce arm injuries through Pitch Smart, a comprehensive resource for safe pitching practices. Pitch Smart offers a series of practical, age-appropriate guidelines to help players, parents and coaches avoid overuse injuries and foster long, healthy careers. The guidelines were developed throughout the 2014 regular season, as MLB and USA Baseball collaboratively sought to pool the recommendations of many leading medical authorities in the sport in conjunction with baseball officials.

PitchSmart.org serves as the program's online home and is accessible via MLB.com and USABaseball.com. The site offers pitch count and rest recommendations, statistics on Tommy John surgery, risk factors, awareness tips, published research and videos from experts like Dr. James Andrews and USA Baseball's medical safety committee chairman, Dr. Glenn Fleisig. USA Baseball, the national governing body for amateur baseball, will use PitchSmart.org as a major resource to educate the amateur baseball community on pitcher safety.

USA Baseball has adopted these guidelines for the 2017 NHSI and all coaches, players, and staff will be required to adhere to these rules.

USA Baseball Online Education Center:
Supported by Major League Baseball, the USA Baseball Online Education Center is a new learning platform that emphasizes a culture of development, safety and fun within the sport through free online training courses and programs focused for players, parents, coaches, and umpires. USA Baseball Online Education aims to continue to enhance the game of baseball for all constituents through online educational courses.

Each of the educational courses are hosted by the most-esteemed professionals within the game. The current course offerings include The Confident Baseball Coach, hosted by Manager of the Chicago Cubs, Joe Maddon; Introduction to Pitch Smart, hosted by Hall of Fame pitcher, John Smoltz; Coaching the Fundamentals of Infield, hosted by Hall of Fame shortstop, Barry Larkin; Coaching the Pitching Delivery, hosted by Pitching Coach for the Cleveland Indians, Mickey Callaway; Baserunning Fundamentals, hosted by Manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Dave Roberts; and more.

The Online Education center is also home to USA Baseball's Sport Development Blog, The Amateur Resource Center, and the USA Baseball Mobile Coach Application, as well as many more features.

The online training center can be found at USABaseball.Education.

High School Coaches Education Courses:
As the national governing body for baseball in the United States, USA Baseball in partnership with the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), has developed "Coaching Baseball," an online 1 Illness Prevention", "Creating a Safe and Respectful Environment", "Positive Sports Parenting" and "Sportsmanship" are courses that can assist in creating a positive environment for your team at USA Baseball events and beyond. All of these courses are completely free of charge and can also be found at www.nfhslearn.com.

SafeSport:
In 2010, the USOC convened the Working Group for Safe Training Environments and charged it with the task of developing a set of recommendations concerning misconduct in sport. The diverse group included individuals from the Olympic family as well as outside experts. The SafeSport program is the culmination of the sustained work on the part of these passionate individuals, addressing misconduct in sport by providing information, training, and resources, while focusing on four primary objectives:

  • Addressing sexual and physical misconduct in sport.
  • Reviewing the guidelines across sports and other related organizations for responding to these issues.
  • Assessing the needs of athletes, coaches, staff, National Governing Bodies (NGBs), clubs and other sport organizations.
  • Developing a set of recommendations to promote athlete well-being.

The resources of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) have been made available to our sport, and as such USA Baseball is committed to providing a safe environment for its members, participants, coaches, officials and volunteers. Sexual, physical or emotional abuse and harassment in any form by a USA Baseball member, participant, coach, official, or volunteer is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. When any member, participant, coach, official, staff or volunteer is subjected to sexual, physical or emotional abuse or harassment in any form, it undermines the mission and values of USA Baseball. USA Baseball advocates building strong self-images among the athlete participants, strives to promote good sportsmanship throughout the organization and encourages qualities of mutual respect, courtesy and tolerance.

For more information, log on to www.safesport.org

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NTIS

USA Baseball Announces Modifications to National Team Identification Series

The National Team Identification Series will now feature six regions
December 12, 2018

USA Baseball National Team Identification Series Homepage

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced modifications to its National Team Identification Series (NTIS) on Wednesday. Beginning in 2019, the NTIS will operate under a new infrastructure that features six total regions spanning the United States and the introduction of a 12-and-under age group to the program. Subsequently, the 17-and-under age group has been removed from the NTIS.

The NTIS continues to be the most comprehensive national team identification program offered by USA Baseball. Launched in 2009, the program was created to provide all athletes from across the United States an opportunity to compete for a spot on a USA Baseball national team.

Player identification in the NTIS begins at the local level, where athletes attend camps and tryouts in their designated region. Every region will name 32 athletes from each of the 11U, 12U and 13U age groups, and 36 athletes from each of the 14U, 15U and 16U age groups, to two All-Region teams that will participate in the NTIS Champions Cup at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

The culminating event will feature 12 teams per age group and athletes will participate in workouts and a championship-style tournament while being evaluated by national team coaches and scouts. Following the Champions Cup, USA Baseball will invite a minimum of 72 athletes to national team and National Team Development Program (NTDP) events in the subsequent calendar year.

"As participation in youth baseball continues to rise, it is our duty to adapt and modernize USA Baseball initiatives to fit the ever-changing youth baseball landscape," said Paul Seiler, USA Baseball's Executive Director and CEO. "Our National Team Identification Series continues to be our most inclusive athlete identification process and we are confident these modifications will continue to serve USA Baseball, its national teams and athletes with an unrivaled standard of excellence."

Formerly comprised of 16 regions, the NTIS will now utilize a six-region system for the initial player identification process. The six regions consist of the Midwest, Northeast, Northwest, South, Southeast and Southwest.

All six NTIS regions will be managed and operated by a USA Baseball-appointed Regional Director. Each Regional Director is responsible for the planning and execution of the player identification process for their assigned region(s), and will ultimately name the All-Region teams that will move on to the NTIS Champions Cup. The USA Baseball regional directors for 2019 are Rich Janor (Midwest), Andy Rojo (South, Southwest), Jeff Schaefer (Northeast, Southeast) and Jason Sekany (Northwest).

"USA Baseball Regional Directors play a vital role in the overall success of the National Team Identification Series and USA Baseball national teams," said Ashley Bratcher, Senior Director of Baseball Operations. "These individuals are responsible for finding the very best athletes from every corner of the country to represent Team USA in international competitions around the world. USA Baseball can attribute a great deal of its recent international successes to the contributions of our regional directors."

The 12-and-under age group will debut in the NTIS program in 2019 and will serve as an identification event for the present year's USA Baseball 12U National Team, in addition to being a once-in-a-lifetime development and scouting exposure opportunity for athletes at this age level. USA Baseball regional directors will select 15 12U internationally-age-eligible athletes from each region to compete in the USA Baseball National Open in California, where the 12U National Team coaching staff will invite a minimum of 15 athletes to participate in national team trials.

"We are excited to introduce the twelve-and-under age group to our National Team Identification Series program this year," continued Bratcher. "The twelve-and-under age group is afforded a truly unique experience as they are the only age group in the entire National Team Identification Series program that are eligible for an immediate national team opportunity in the current calendar year."

Lastly, the 17-and-under age group has been eliminated from the NTIS program going forward. For information on the identification process for the 18U National Team, please visit USABaseball.com.

The 2019 NTIS identification process will begin at various times across all six regions after the new year. Information on regional camps and tryouts, as well as contact information for the regional directors, can be found at USABaseballNTIS.com.

Athletes selected to their All-Region team will participate in the 2019 NTIS Champions Cup at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, from August 7-25. The age group pairing and dates are as follows:

11U and 13U NTIS Champions Cup: August 7-11
12U and 14U NTIS Champions Cup: August 14-18
15U and 16U NTIS Champions Cup: August 21-25

For more information on the USA Baseball NTIS, open region camps and tryouts, and the most up-to-date news and information about the NTIS, follow @USABaseballNTIS on Twitter.

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18U

Team USA Captures Gold, Defeats Panama 17-2

December 3, 2018
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Panama 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 3 3
Team USA 0 1 9 2 2 3 0 0 X 17 191 1
Win: J. Leiter Loss: J. Callabero  
Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats

CHITRE, Panama - Bobby Witt Jr. (Colleyville, Texas) hit for the cycle and Jack Leiter (Summit, N.J.) was masterful on the mound as Team USA (9-0) defeated Panama 17-2 in the gold medal game of the 2018 COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championship on Sunday at Rico Cedeno Stadium.

The victory marked the fifth consecutive COPABE U-18 Pan-American championship for the stars and stripes and is the eighth-straight gold medal for the USA Baseball 18U National Team in international competitions dating back to 2011.

The U.S. also clinched its spot in the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation U-18 Baseball World Cup. Team USA is the four-time defending world champion.

Starting pitcher Leiter set the tone in the gold medal game from the very first pitch for the red, white and blue, striking out five of the first six batters he faced in the first two innings. Leiter (2-0) dominated on the mound, earning the victory and striking out nine batters in his four innings of work.

Offensively, Witt Jr. was the catalyst for the U.S. He kick-started the offense in the bottom of the second inning, collecting a single to centerfield and later scored the first run of the game on two Panama throwing errors.

The stars and stripes blew the game wide open in the third, scoring nine runs on nine hits to give the team a commanding 10-0 lead. Anthony Volpe (Watchung, N.J.) knocked in C.J. Abrams (Alpharetta, Ga.) with an RBI-single for first run of the frame and Riley Greene (Oviedo, Fla.) followed with one of his own in the very next at-bat, extending the lead to three and forcing a Panama pitching change.

Witt Jr. then roped an RBI-double to center to score Volpe from third base and Tyler Callihan (Neptune Beach, Fla.) and C.J. Abrams (Alpharetta, Ga.) both hit RBI-singles to put the U.S. ahead 7-0. Corbin Carroll (Seattle, Wash.) then delivered the big blow in the inning, hitting a two-out, three-run homer to right-centerfield to give Team USA a 10-run advantage.

The stars and stripes scored another two runs in both the third and fourth innings. Witt Jr. once again got the offense started, leading off the third with a triple to left field, and later scored on a groundout by Callihan. Yohandy Morales (Miami, Fla.) then followed with his second home run of the tournament. Witt Jr. completed the cycle in the bottom of the fourth inning with a two-RBI home run to left field, giving the U.S. a 14-0 lead after four.

Team USA scored its last three runs of the game in the bottom of the sixth thanks to a two-RBI double by Pete Crow-Armstrong (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) and Carroll's fourth RBI of the day on a groundout to the first baseman for a 17-1 lead.

Panama scratched another run across the plate in the top of the ninth inning for the final score of 17-2. Collectively, the U.S. pitching staff struck out 14 batters on the day and surrendered just three hits and one earned run.

The U.S. squad was dominant offensively throughout the tournament, outscoring its opponents 131-27 in nine games. The 131 runs scored is the most an 18U National Team has ever scored in an international tournament.

Witt Jr. was named the tournament MVP and he also picked up the best slugger and highest batting average awards after hitting .576 with three doubles, three triples, three home runs and 18 RBI in nine games. In addition to Witt Jr.'s honors, six members of the stars and stripes brought home extra hardware. Carroll received the honor for most stolen bases, Greene received awards for the most RBI and home runs, while Volpe earned the award for most runs scored.

Abrams (CF), Callihan (1B), Drew Romo (The Woodlands, Texas) (C) and Volpe (2B) also earned spots on the all-tournament team.

Continue to follow @USABaseball18U on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the 18U National Team.

QUOTES
USA Baseball 18U National Team Manager Jack Leggett
(On winning the U-18 Pan-American Championship)
"I'm really proud of the way we played. We did all of the things we needed to do to win. We pitched extremely well and had timely hits. We really swung the bats as well as I have ever seen. We played great defense and ran the bases extremely aggressively. I'm just proud to be their coach and we showed what USA Baseball is all about. We were head and shoulders above the others. Proud of how we finished out the tournament."

USA Baseball 18U National Team Director Matt Blood
(On winning the U-18 Pan-American Championship)
"I'm really proud of this team and what we accomplished this year. We overcame some hurdles to get where we are, but the guys played really hard and played the game the right way. We scored a lot of runs and they made a pretty strong statement this year. I am proud of what they accomplished."

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18U

Team USA Concludes Super Round With Win

December 1, 2018
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Nicaragua  0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 3 9 1
Team USA 2 0 4 2 1 0 2 1 X 12 10 0
Win: B. Malone Loss: H. Carrasco 
Box Score | Play-by-play

CHITRE, Panama - Team USA used six home runs to power past Nicaragua 12-3 as the squad wrapped up Super Round play at the COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championships on Saturday at Rico Cedeno Stadium in Chitre, Panama.

With the win, the team improved to 8-0 overall in the tournament and 5-0 in Super Round play.

Team USA got off to a fast start as Riley Greene (Oviedo, Fla.) hit a two-RBI home run in the first inning to give the U.S. a 2-0 lead.

Nicaragua answered in the top of the third to cut the lead to one before the stars and stripes busted the game wide open in the bottom half. With runners on second and third, Corbin Carroll (Seattle, Wash.) hit the team's second homer of the game. Two batters later, Greene knocked his second dinger of the day to extend the lead to 6-1.

In the fourth, Dylan Crews (Longwood, Fla.) joined the action with a two-RBI homer of his own to give Team USA an 8-1 lead. Another solo shot, this time by Bobby Witt Jr. (Colleyville, Texas), gave the team its fifth home run of the day and a 9-1 advantage.

Nicaragua added its second run in the sixth inning before Tyler Callihan (Neptune Beach, Fla.) hit Team USA's sixth homer of the afternoon in the bottom of the seventh.

After Nicaragua plated a run in the eighth inning, Carroll hit an RBI-triple down the right field line for the final score of 12-3.

Starting pitcher Brennan Malone (Matthews, N.C.) earned his second win of the tournament after hurling three innings and punching out three. Jared Kelley (Refugio, Texas) pitched four innings in relief, striking out two before Sammy Faltine (Richmond, Texas) came in to close the game.

Up next, the United States (8-0; 5-0) will take on the host country, Panama (7-1; 4-1), in the gold medal game of the COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championships on Sunday, December 2. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. ET at Rico Cedeno Stadium in Chitre, Panama.

Continue to follow @USABaseball18U on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the 18U National Team.

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18U

Team USA Clinches Place In Gold Medal Game With Win

November 30, 2018
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Venezuela 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 0
Team USA 3 2 1 1 5 0 X 12 14 1
Win: R. Cornelio Loss: A. Hernandez 
Box Score | Play-by-play

CHITRE, Panama - Starting pitcher Riley Cornelio's (Monument, Colo.) solid outing on the mound pushed Team USA past Venezuela 12-1 in game three of the Super Round at the COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championships on Friday at Rico Cedeno Stadium in Chitre, Panama. The stars and stripes are now 4-0 in Super Round play.

With the win, the U.S. clinched a spot in Sunday's gold medal game and qualified for the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup.

Venezuela got on the board first early in the game, scoring its lone run in the top of the first. Cornelio settled in after that though, pitching five shutout innings while only allowing three hits.

Venezuela's lead didn't last long as Team USA answered with three runs of its own in the bottom half of the first. RBI singles by Anthony Volpe (Watchung, N.J.), Riley Greene (Oviedo, Fla.) and Tyler Callihan (Neptune Beach, Fla.) gave the U.S. a 3-1 lead that it never relinquished.

Two more runs came across for Team USA in the second inning when Yohandy Morales (Miami, Fla.) scored on a groundout and Volpe singled through the right side to score Pete Crow-Armstrong (Sherman Oaks, Calif.). The stars and stripes added another a run in the third inning after an RBI single from Drew Romo (The Woodlands, Texas) to extend the lead to 6-1.

In the fourth frame, Greene recorded his second RBI of the day with a single that scored Carroll to give the U.S. a 7-1 advantage. The stars and stripes then plated five runs in the fifth when Volpe notched his third and fourth RBI with a single and Witt Jr. roped a two-RBI triple before Callihan plated Witt for the final score of 12-1.

Volpe led the way offensively with four RBI and three hits. Cornelio (2-0) earned the win for his efforts on the mound while allowing just five hits and striking out three. Max Rajcic (Fullerton, Calif.) entered the game in relief in the top of the seventh and final inning to close out the game, striking out one batter.

The United States (7-0; 4-0) will wrap up the Super Round of the COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championships against Nicaragua (4-3; 1-2) on Saturday, December 1. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. ET at Rico Cedeno Stadium in Chitre, Panama.

Continue to follow @USABaseball18U on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the 18U National Team.

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18U

Team USA Improves to 3-0 in Super Round

November 30, 2018
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Canada 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 9 4
Team USA 2 4 0 0 0 4 0 1 X 11 13 0
Win: A. Short Loss: C. O'Halloran 
Box Score | Play-by-play

CHITRE, Panama - Starting pitcher Avery Short (Indianapolis, Ind.) opened the game with six shutout innings as Team USA bested Canada 11-2 to continue Super Round play in the COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championships on Thursday at Rico Cedeno Stadium in Chitre, Panama.

With the win, the stars and stripes improved to 3-0 in the Super Round and are the lone remaining undefeated team in the tournament.

Team USA jumped out to a hot start, scoring two runs in the first inning. With the bases loaded in the bottom of the frame, Riley Greene (Oviedo, Fla.) reached base on a fielder's choice that scored C.J. Abrams (Alpharetta, Ga.) for the first run of the contest. Corbin Carroll (Seattle, Wash.) then scored on a throwing error by Canada to give the red, white and blue a 2-0 lead.

The bats stayed hot for the U.S. in the second inning as Anthony Volpe (Watchung, N.J.) hit a two-RBI single up the middle to push the lead to 4-0. Greene then hit a double down the right-field line to score Volpe, before Bobby Witt Jr. (Colleyville, Texas) hit an RBI single through the middle to extend the lead to 6-0.

The score would stay the same until the bottom of the sixth inning when Team USA added four more runs for a 10-0 advantage. With men on second and third, Pete Crow-Armstrong (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) singled to center field to clear the bases. In the next at-bat, Drew Romo (The Woodlands, Texas) capped the scoring with a two-run homer to right-center field.

With six scoreless innings of work under his belt, Short stepped on the mound in the seventh, where he pitched one out, before giving up two runs to cut the lead to 10-2. Timmy Manning (Pompano Beach, Fla.) completed the final two outs of the inning before Tyler Callihan (Neptune Beach, Fla.) closed the game with three scoreless innings of relief.

Team USA added its final run of the game in the bottom of the eighth when Crow-Armstrong scored on a wild pitch to make the final score 11-2.

Witt Jr. led the team offensively with four hits in five plate appearances on the day. A trio of players scored three runs to pace the squad, while Greene led the team with three RBI. Short (2-0) earned the win on the mound, striking out four batters on the day.

The United States (6-0; 3-0) will continue the Super Round of the COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championships against Venezuela (3-1; 1-2) on Friday, November 20. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. ET at Rico Cedeno Stadium in Chitre, Panama.  

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Team USA Wins Thriller Over Panama

November 29, 2018
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Panama  0 4 0 1 0 0 3 0 0 8 11 3
Team USA 2 0 3 3 1 0 0 0 X 9 13 0
Win: R. Hawks Loss: F. Dominguez 
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CHITRE, Panama - After facing its first deficit of the tournament, Team USA rallied to drop the host country Panama, 9-8 to open Super Round play of the COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championships on Wednesday at Rico Cedeno Stadium in Chitre, Panama.

Riley Greene (Oviedo, Fla.) opened the scoring when he singled through the right side as Corbin Carroll (Seattle, Wash.) crossed the plate to give Team USA a 1-0 lead. Anthony Volpe (Watchung, N.J.) then added a run after an error by Panama as the stars and stripes jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first.

The lead did not last long, however, as Panama plated four in the top of the second, prompting the U.S. to go to Ryan Hawks (Bowling Green, Kent.) out of the bullpen. With a runner at first and still no outs in the inning, Hawks forced a double play and a grounder to end the inning.

With Team USA facing its first deficit of the tournament, it scored three runs in the bottom of the third to regain the lead 5-4. Bobby Witt Jr. (Colleyville, Texas) drove in the first run of the inning with an RBI-double to right field. In the next at-bat, Tyler Callihan (Neptune Beach, Fla.) reached on an error as Witt Jr. scored to even the game. Drew Romo (The Woodlands, Texas) followed with an RBI-single to right field to retake the lead. 

After Panama scored a run in the fourth to tie the game, Team USA added three runs in the home half of the inning to regain its advantage. Greene continued his hot streak with an RBI-double to the right side to plate Carroll. With the bases loaded, the stars and stripes scored two more runs on a hit by pitch and a walk to take the lead, 8-5.

The red, white and blue added its final run of the game when Carroll hit a no-doubt home run in the bottom of the fifth to extend the lead to 9-5. 

In the seventh, Panama trimmed the lead to 9-8 and forced a U.S. pitching change. Jacob Meador (Burleson, Texas) came into the game to relieve Hawks and was stellar in his three innings of relief, earning the save while striking out four. With the Panamanian crowd buzzing in the top of the ninth as the game-tying runner at the plate, Meador sat Panama down in order to end the game.

For his efforts, Hawks (1-0) earned the win on the mound, striking out two batters in five innings pitched. All nine batters earned a hit in the contest for Team USA, while four players led the team with two apiece. Carroll paced the team with three runs scored on the day. 

The United States (5-0) will continue the Super Round of the COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championships against Canada (4-1) on Thursday, November 29. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. ET at Rico Cedeno Stadium in Chitre, Panama.  

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Team USA Earns Win to Stay Perfect In Pool Play

November 28, 2018
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Dominican Republic  0 0 0 0 0 4 0 1 1 6 5 2
Team USA 0 0 5 4 1 1 0 2 X 13 13 1
Win: B. Malone Loss: Chavez 
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SANTIAGO DE VERAGUAS, Panama - Team USA used a 13-6 win over the Dominican Republic to clinch the No. 1 overall seed in the Super Round of the COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championships on Wednesday at Estadio Omar Torrijos Herrera in Santiago de Veraguas, Panama.

Brennan Malone (Matthews, N.C.) got the start on the mound for the U.S. and opened the game with four shutout innings, striking out four while allowing just three hits.

After a scoreless start to the contest for both teams, the stars and stripes exploded for five runs in the bottom of the third to take a commanding lead. The first run of the afternoon came on an RBI-double down the left field line by Anthony Volpe (Watchung, N.J.) that scored Drew Romo (The Woodlands, Texas). Riley Greene (Oviedo, Fla.) then stepped up to the plate with two runners on base and hit a three-run home run to deep left-center field to give the U.S. squad a 4-0 advantage. On the very next at-bat, Bobby Witt Jr. (Colleyville, Texas) got in on the fun, hitting a solo homer to right field to extend the lead to 5-0.

The bats stayed hot in the fourth as Team USA added four more runs in the bottom of the inning, highlighted by an RBI-double to right field by Romo. The four runs gave the U.S. squad a 9-0 lead going into the fifth before Romo continued his strong offensive day and pushed the lead to double digits with an RBI-single to right field in the sixth.

The Dominican Republic scored its first runs of the day in the top of the sixth, cutting the lead to 10-4 before Corbin Carroll (Seattle, Wash.) scored on a balk in the bottom half to get one back for the U.S. and make the score 11-4. After both teams went scoreless in the seventh, the Dominican Republic added another run in the top of the eighth to cut the deficit to six.

In the bottom of the inning, C.J. Abrams (Alpharetta, Ga.) hit a single up the middle and sped around the bases to score on a three-base error by the Dominican Republic center fielder. Two more runs in the inning for Team USA made the score 13-5 going into the final frame. Tyler Callihan (Neptune Beach, Fla.) took the mound to close the game out in the top of the ninth and, despite the Dominican Republic pushing one across on an error, secured the 13-6 win.

Volpe and Callihan each registered three hits to lead the team on the day. Greene paced the team with three RBI in the game. Malone (1-0) earned the win on the mound for the U.S. while Max Rajcic (Fullerton, Calif.) struck out five in 2.2 innings of relief.

The United States will begin the Super Round of the COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championships against the host country, Panama, on Wednesday, November 28. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. ET at Rico Cedeno Stadium in Chitre, Panama.

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Team USA Clinches Spot in Super Round with Win

November 27, 2018
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Team USA 3 0 3 4 2 3 0 15 10 2
Brazil 0 2 0 0 3 0 0 5 6 3
Win: J. Leiter Loss: H. Tokari
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SANTIAGO DE VERAGUAS, Panama - Jack Leiter (Summit, N.J.) threw four innings and struck out 11 as the U.S. continued pool play at the COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championships on Monday, with a 15-5 win over Brazil at Estadio Omar Torrijos Herrera in Santiago de Veraguas, Panama.

Team USA's offense fired on all cylinders early, as Tyler Callihan (Neptune Beach, Fla.) cleared the bases with a three-RBI single to right field in the top of the first to take an early 3-0 lead. Leiter followed that by striking out the side in the bottom of the first to kick off his strong start on the mound.

After a scoreless second inning for the U.S. squad, Brazil scored two runs in the bottom half to cut the lead to 3-2. The two runs scored by Brazil snapped a streak of 11 consecutive scoreless innings by Team USA's defense and pitching staff to begin the tournament.

The stars and stripes didn't waste time responding as they added three more runs in the top of the third to make the score 6-2. After three more punch outs for Leiter in the bottom half of the third, the U.S. bats once again got hot in the fourth. Riley Greene (Oviedo, Fla.) singled to right field to score Pete Crow-Armstrong (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) and Anthony Volpe (Watchung, N.J.) and give the team an 8-2 lead. Drew Romo (The Woodlands, Texas) then got in on the action with a double to left field that plated Greene and Callihan, who drew a walk earlier in the inning, to make it 10-2 in favor of Team USA.

With the team leading 10-2, Leiter once again struck out three Brazilian batters in a scoreless bottom of the fourth. A double by Volpe and another single by Greene drove in two more runs in the fifth to pad the lead to 12-2.

After giving up three runs in the bottom of the fifth, Team USA immediately followed with its final three runs of the game in the sixth inning highlighted by a two-RBI double from C.J. Abrams (Alpharetta, Ga.), for the final score of 15-5.

Leiter (1-0) pitched four innings in the win for Team USA, giving up two unearned runs and ammassing 11 strikeouts. Sammy Faltine (Richmond, Texas) came on in relief for the red, white and blue in the fifth inning and struck out three batters in four innings.

The United States will close pool play of the COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championships against the Dominican Republic on Tuesday, November 26, with the winner of the game securing the No. 1 seed out of Pool A. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. ET at Estadio Omar Torrijos Herrera in Santiago de Veraguas, Panama.

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Team USA Takes Down Peru

November 25, 2018
  1 2 3 4 5 R H E
Team USA 3 6 12 5 0 26 18 1
Peru 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
Win: A. Short Loss: F. Maldanado
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SANTIAGO DE VERAGUAS, Panama - Team USA continued pool play at the COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championships on Saturday, November 24, with a dominating 26-0 victory over Peru at Estadio Omar Torrijos Herrera in Santiago de Veraguas, Panama.

The win marks the second consecutive shutout for Team USA. The team has outscored its opponents 38-0 in its opening two games.

The stars and stripes began the game by plating three runs in the first inning. Anthony Volpe (Watchung, N.J.) drove in the first run with a single as Corbin Carroll (Seattle, Wash.) came home to score. After Riley Greene (Oviedo, Fla.) was hit by a pitch in the next at-bat, Bobby Witt Jr. (Colleyville, Texas) hit a single to bring home Volpe. Team USA scored its final run of the inning when Greene scored on a wild pitch.

Avery Short (Indianapolis, Ind.) shut down Peru's offense in the bottom of the first with a one-two-three inning before the U.S. scored six runs in the top of the second. After the team extended its lead to 6-0 to start the inning, Witt Jr. continued the scoring with an RBI-triple to left field before Tyler Callihan (Neptune Beach, Fla.) hit the team's second home run of the tournament to give the U.S. a 9-0 advantage.

Team USA kept the momentum rolling into the third inning when its offense exploded for 12 runs in the inning on seven hits. Callihan's bat stayed hot as he came through with a triple that notched his second RBI of the game. Witt Jr., Volpe, Greene and Pete Crow-Armstrong (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) each recorded RBI doubles in the inning. The U.S. squad added five more runs in the fourth to extend its lead to 26-0.

Five pitchers combined for the shutout, allowing just two hits and striking out nine. Starting pitcher Short (1-0) picked up the win for the stars and stripes.

Offensively, the team amassed 18 hits on the day, led by Carroll, Volpe and Witt Jr. with three hits each. Witt Jr. led the team with five RBI while Carroll and Volpe led the team in runs scored after crossing the plate four times apiece.

Team USA will have an off day on Sunday, November 25, before continuing pool play at the COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championships against Brazil on Monday, November 26. First pitch against Brazil is set for 2 p.m. ET at Estadio Omar Torrijos Herrera in Santiago, Panama.

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Team USA Blanks Honduras

November 23, 2018
  1 2 3 4 5 R H E
Honduras 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3
Team USA 4 7 0 5 X 16 15 0
Win: J. Meador Loss: Balladerez
Box Score | Play-by-play

SANTIAGO, Panama - Team USA overpowered Honduras 16-0 in a shortened, five-inning game at the COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championships on Friday, November 23, at Estadio Omar Torrijos Herrera in Santiago, Panama.

The pitching throughout the game was stout as starting pitcher Jacob Meador (Burleson, Texas) threw four innings and only allowed one hit. Meador also struck out 10 straight batters from the last out in the first inning through the fourth inning. Brennan Malone (Matthews, Texas) closed the game in the fifth inning, with a strikeout.

Riley Greene (Oviedo, Fla.) opened the scoring for the U.S. with an RBI-double down the line to score Anthony Volpe (Watchung, N.J.) in the bottom of the first. Tyler Callihan (Neptune Beach, Fla.) then doubled to center field to bring home Greene and Bobby Witt Jr. (Colleyville, Texas), who reached base on a walk. Callihan would later score on a wild pitch to make the score 4-0 after the first inning.

Team USA's offense exploded in the second inning, scoring seven runs to extend the lead to 11-0. The U.S. added three runs to begin the bottom of the inning before Yohandy Morales (Miami, Fla.) hit a home run deep to right field to add two more on the board. Drew Romo (The Woodlands, Texas) scored the final run in the frame on a single to center by Pete Crow-Armstong (Sherman Oaks, Calif.). In total, the team amassed six hits in the second inning, including two doubles and a home run.

After a scoreless third, the stars and stripes began the fourth inning with three consecutive hits to score two runs early in the inning. The U.S. squad added three more runs before closing out the bottom of the fourth, to make the score, 16-0.

In the fifth, Malone struck out two batters and forced a groundout before the game was called in the fifth due to the run rule. Callihan led the team offensively on the day with three hits and five RBI. Witt Jr. scored three runs in the game to lead the U.S. In total, nine different players recorded the team's 15 hits in the game.

Up next, Team USA will continue pool play of the COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championships against Peru on Saturday, November 24, at Estadio Omar Torrijos Herrera in Santiago, Panama. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. ET. 

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