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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
Google Map

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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Owens Named Player of the Day, Eskew Pitcher of the Day

June 23, 2018

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla.- William Owens was named the Player of the Day on Friday at the USA Baseball 15U National Team Championships in Florida. The member of the Mets Scout Team was 4-for-4, with two doubles, two runs batted in and a stolen base.

Dylan Eskew of Canes National 15U, was named Pitcher of the Day. Irizarry threw four innings allowing only one hit and had a tournament high seven strikeouts on the day.

Honorable Mentions:
-Robert Moya (Banditos Prospects) 1-4, Grand Slam HR, R, 4 RBI
-Austin Bredlinger Mets Scout Team) 4-4, 2B, RBI
-Brandon Fields (MVP Banditos) 1-2, HR, 2 RBI
- Matt Krtausch (A's Baseball) 7IP, 2H, 5K
-Robert Moya (Banditos Prospects) 1-4, Grand Slam HR, R, 4 RBI

Follow @USABChamps_East on Twitter for up-to-the-minute updates from the USA Baseball National Team Championships in Florida.

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17U Champs

5 STAR National Dobbs Wins in Walk-off Fashion Over Evoshield Florida Canes Prime

June 22, 2018

PAML BEACH COUNTY, Fla.- In the bottom of the seventh inning, 5 STAR National Dobbs earned the walk-off win in Friday's Game of the Day.

With the win, 5 STAR National Dobbs went 2-0 on the day and put themselves in a comfortable spot for the third round of play.

It was a quiet first four innings offensively for both sides until 5 STAR struck in the bottom of the fifth inning. Leon Paulino started the inning with a lead-off walk. A sacrifice bunt moved Paulino into scoring position and a single in the next at-bat by Brian Baughman brought in the innings first run. Another single was produced by Harrison Thiel which advanced Baughman to second and an error by the first basemen plated the second run of the frame, making the score 2-0.

The Canes bounced back to even the score with two runs of their own in the sixth. Nick Gorby led things off with a single before advancing to second on a ground out. One out later, a single by Reece Blanco, who advanced to second on the throw, scored one. The next batter singled up the middle allowing Blanco to score.

A quick fly out gave hope of forcing extra innings for the Canes, however defensive miscues proved to be fatal. After a two-base error by the shortstop, Tiehl scored on a subsequent single by Harrison Long to win the game in walk-off fashion, 3-2.

Tyler Mckenna and Cameron Jones led the offense for 5 STAR with both going 2-for-3 on the day, while for the Canes, Blanco and VonTravius Sands each had a run batted in.

"We didn't expect the game to end that way," said head coach Britt Dobbs . "These are the kinds of games we try to get these top teams prepared for and for the most part we did a really good job."

5 STAR will face Palm Beach Select next to try and withhold their undefeated record at the USA 17U National Team Championships.

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San Diego Show Staves Off Comeback Attempt by CBA Marucci National, Wins Gold, 10-8

June 22, 2018
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Show 9 0 0 0 0 1 0 10 8 2
CBA 2 3 0 2 1 0 0 8 7 0
Win: Tibbett Loss: Widener Save: Acker

PEORIA, Ariz.- Completing an undefeated run in the 2018 17U National Team Championships, San Diego Show topped CBA Marucci National, 10-8, to take home Gold at Peoria Stadium on Friday.

Kickstarted by a huge nine-run first, the Show bullpen proved to be the difference-maker, holding the CBA bats at bay for six innings after Show starter Ricky Tibbett was bounced.

"We just kept changing pitching to find the guy that got in the groove," the Show Head Coach Brian Cain said. "Our pitching depth was a big strength for this team."

The offense got going right away, with CBA starter Jacob Widener walking the bases loaded before Garrett Frechette singled to give his team the early advantage. The inning would continue with little relief for Widener, as Show piled on three more runs.

Jordan Thompson doubled to drive in two after Mike Campagna was hit by a pitch, forcing home a run and ending Widener's day early.

Zach Martinez would enter for CBA, but Show refused to slow down, adding five more runs before taking the field on defense. Alonzo Richardson and Taylor Johnson would add to the hit column, helping show to the early nine-run advantage.

CBA answered in the bottom half of the first with two runs of their own, beginning what would be a steady comeback to make things interesting.

After loading the bases in the second, Spencer Williams would be hit by a pitch, followed by a Javy Espinosa walk to bring home a pair. Cody Freeman would bring in another on a fielder's choice to close the gap to four.

Both teams would go quietly in the third, and after Show went scoreless in the top half of the fourth, CBA added two more on a Cameron Repetti single, shrinking the Show lead to just two.

Williams would make noise for CBA again in the fifth, providing an RBI-double to bring the deficit to one.

In the top of the sixth, Chad Abel would triple to deep right field before eventually scoring on a passed ball, adding some insurance for Show.

"I was looking first pitch, saw it in my wheelhouse, and I squared it up pretty well," Abel said. "When the dugout's not hitting very well, I try to get it going."

CBA would put runners on in both the sixth and seventh, but great efforts by both Griffen Zamora and Charles Acker would lock in the championship for Show.

Earning the win for Show was Tibbett, allowing just one run in the first inning. He gave up one hit and walked two.

Acker put out the fire in the seventh, earning the save. He allowed no his and no walks in an inning of work, striking out one.

San Diego Show will have a pair of teams competing in this week's 15U National Team Championships in Arizona, where they will look to follow suit with their 17U counterpart.

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USA Baseball Mourns the Loss of Jack Stallings

June 22, 2018

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball mourns the loss of three-time national team coach Jack Stallings, who passed away on Tuesday at the age of 87. He was the hitting coach for Team USA at the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games and also played for the United States in the first-ever Pan American Games in 1951.

Stallings played an integral part in the creation of USA Baseball in the 1970s, along with Ron Fraser (Miami), Rod Dedeaux (USC), Dutch Fehring (Stanford) and Hal Smeltzly (Florida Southern), who passed away earlier this week. During this time, he served as a coach for the 1970 and 1973 national teams. Stallings was also an administrator for the Seoul 1988 Olympic Games, where Team USA won a gold medal, and the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games.

"Coach Stallings was not only one of the founding fathers of USA Baseball, but he was perhaps the greatest ambassador for international baseball," said USA Baseball President Mike Gaski. "Jack traveled throughout the world giving baseball clinics to coaches and players in Asia, Australia, Europe and Latin America, and over the years invited and hosted many of these same baseball people to his university to train and to study the game.

"Jack was a dear friend to so many because, as the consummate teacher, he never hesitated to share his knowledge or his time. One of the all-time winningest coaches in college baseball, Jack will be remembered not only for how many games he won, but for the impact that he had on the lives of so many players and coaches both here in the United States and throughout the world."

Stallings was the head baseball coach at Wake Forest for nine years, Florida State for six years and Georgia Southern for 24 years before retiring in 1999. He led Florida State to a second place finish at the 1970 College World Series He currently ranks 28th in college baseball coaches' all-time wins list with 1,259.

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Rios, Thornton Named Player and Pitcher of the Day for June 21

June 22, 2018

PHOENIX- Elias Rios of CBA Marucci National was named Player of the Day for June 21 after two great offensive performances to help his team to Friday's Gold Medal Game. Rios went 5-for-6 on the day, collecting two RBI on a triple and a double. He also scored two runs.

Tyler Thornton of San Diego Show was named Pitcher of the Day. Thornton helped his team advance to Friday's Gold Medal Game, starting the Semifinal matchup against Storm Elite. He threw 6.0 innings, allowing no runs on three hits and two walks, striking out 10 along the way.

Honorable Mentions
-Bryan Ballestros (Trosky Baseball): 4.0 IP (CG), 0 H, 5 K
-Thomas Dukart (Gunderson Baseball): 6-7, 2 2B, 2 RBI, R
-Joey Estes (Storm Elite): 5.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 8 K, 2-5, HR
-James Gomez (GBG I. E. 2019): 2-2, 2B, HR, 5 RBI
-Cooper Vasquez (California Warriors 17U Elite): 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 9 K, 1-3, 2B, RBI, R

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17U Champs

Gorby and Marcantonio both named Pitcher of the Day, Morales Player of the Day

June 22, 2018

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla.- Nick Gorby and Louie Marcantonio of Evoshield Florida Canes threw a combined no-hitter to name them both Pitchers of the Day at the USA Baseball 17U National Team Championships in Florida on June 21. The two combined for nine total strikeouts on the day and Gorby tossed three innings while Marcantonio pitched two and two thirds.

Yoyo Morales of MVP Banditos was named the Player of the Day. Morales was 3-for-3 on the day with a triple and four runs batted in.

Follow @USABChamps_East on Twitter for up-to-the-minute updates from the USA Baseball National Team Championships in Florida.

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CBA Marucci National Heads to Gold Medal Game, Tops Gunderson Baseball

June 21, 2018

GLENDALE, Ariz.- CBA Marucci National put on an offensive clinic to advance to the Gold Medal Game, capturing victory in just five innings over Gunderson Baseball, 14-4, on Thursday at Dodgers 4 at Camelback Ranch.

Cameron Repetti, Elias Rios and Spencer Williams had two RBI apiece, highlighted by Rios' three-hit performance that included a triple.

CBA scored five runs in the first, with three thanks to some defensive mishaps by Gunderson. Gabe Briones doubled and Rios singled to drive in the next two, putting their team up early.

Gunderson would answer in the home half with a Noah Stecher RBI-double. After CBA added three more in the second to make it 7-1, Gunderson would load the bases. A run would come in on a fielder's choice, and then Thomas Dukart would double to right field to bring home two more, closing the deficient to 7-4.

Errors by the defense would allow CBA to open it back up in the third, with the first coming on a Cole Urman bunt, allowing Rios to score. Williams would then double to drive in his two runs and extend the lead, 10-4.

Rios' triple and an Urman single scored three more in the fourth, and Jake Skipworth would blast an RBI-double in the fifth to add the tenth and final run to the lead, forcing the run rule after Gunderson would go quietly in the bottom of the fifth.

CBA starter Christopher Gilmartin earned the win, pitching 4.0 innings and allowing four runs. He struck out seven and walked four.

Dutch Landis threw an inning in relief, striking out three Gunderson batters and allowing just one hit.

CBA Marucci National will meet San Diego Show in Friday's Gold Medal matchup at the Peoria Sports Complex, with first pitch slated for 10:00 a.m.

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San Diego Show Shuts Out Storm Elite, Advances to Gold Medal Game

June 21, 2018

GLENDALE, Ariz.- After a dominating all-around performance, San Diego Show earned themselves a spot in Friday's Gold Medal Game, defeating Storm Elite, 7-0, at Dodgers 5 at Camelback Ranch on Thursday.

Starting pitcher Tyler Thornton threw 6.0 scoreless innings, allowing only three hits and two walks while striking out 10 batters. Kyle Casper had a team-high two hits, including a double, RBI and run scored.

The scoring started early, as Angelo Peraza doubled and scored on a Casper RBI-single. A hit and a pair of errors allowed three more runs to cross, putting Show up by four early.

Garrett Frechette tripled in the second to drive in two more, followed by a Mike Campanga ground ball that would plate the seventh and final run of the game.

Storm Elite would make things interesting in the sixth, loading the bases with two away. However, an Anthony Ramirez line out would end the threat.

Suffering the loss for Storm Elite was Jacob Manzella, allowing seven runs (five earned) on just four hits. Nicholas Romanowski pitched well in relief, allowing no runs and just one hit while striking out four and walking none.

San Diego Show will go for gold tomorrow at the Peoria Sports Complex against CBA Marucci National. First pitch is scheduled for 10:00 a.m.

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18U

Starting Pitching Rules on Day Four

June 21, 2018
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Free 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Brave 0 0 0 0 1 5 0 0 X 6 10 0
Win: H. Barco Loss: B. Walker Save: None
Box Score
 
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
United 0 0 0 1 1 0 4 0 2 8 12 0
Pride 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 7 2
Win: K. Davis Loss: R. Cornelio Save: None
Box Score
 

CARY, N.C. - Pitching was the name of the game on the fourth day of the 2018 Tournament of Stars at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

All four teams got strong starts on the mound but United's Kale Davis (Oklahoma City, Okla.) and Brave's Davis Rokose (Johns Creek, Ga.) ruled the day as they led their teams to victory.

Davis went five strong innings without allowing a run or walk to pace United's 8-2 win over Pride, allowing just two hits and striking out six. In Brave's 6-0 defeat of Free, Rokose gave up only three hits and one walk in four innings of work.

With wins on Thursday, both Brave and United have secured spots in the 2018 Tournament of Stars gold medal game on Saturday, June 23.

BRAVE 6, FREE 0

In the day's first game, Brave clinched its place in the gold medal game by shutting out Free, 6-0, behind Davis' stellar outing.

Free's Jack Leiter (Summit, N.J.) also put together a strong start on the bump to hold off Brave's offense in the first half of the game. He allowed just three hits and no walks, while striking out four in the first four innings.

Brave finally broke through in the bottom of the fifth. With two on and two out, Corbin Carroll (Seattle, Wash.) came up with his first clutch hit of the day to drive in one and give Brave a 1-0 lead. But the team's big blow came in the sixth.

Andre Tarver (Ringgold, Ga.) got a leadoff double to get things started for the squad and it ran away with the momentum, piling on five runs to take a commanding 6-0 lead. Sammy Siani (Glenside, Pa.), Logan Tanner (Lucedale, Miss.), Carroll and Anthony Volpe (Watchung, N.J.) all collected hits in the inning, while Masyn Winn (Kingwood, Texas), Carter Young (Selah, Wash.), Carroll and Volpe tallied RBI.

From the mound, Hunter Barco (Jacksonville, Fla.) and Mac Horvath (Rochester, Minn.) backed up that strong offensive output to close it out and secure the win. Barco tossed four innings, giving up just four hits and one walk, while Horvath pitched a perfect ninth inning.

Nasim Nunez (Lawrenceville, Ga.), who racked up three hits in the game, carried the offense for Free in the game.

UNITED 8, PRIDE 2

United claimed a 8-2 win over Pride in the second game of Thursday's doubleheader with its own strong pitching and explosive late offense.

Davis's dominating performance on the mound set the pace for the game early on but United's offense couldn't break through against Pride starter Josh Hahn (Huntington Beach, Calif.), who tossed three strong innings of his own without giving up a run.

United found its groove in the fourth though. The squad put one run on the board in the top of the fourth before scoring in three of the next five innings to put the game out of reach.

The biggest dent came in the top of the seventh when United scored four runs to take a commanding 6-0 lead.

Dilan Rosario-Otero (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) led off the inning with a quick single up the middle before he came around to score from first on a Kurtis Bryne (Chesterfield, Mo.) double to right-center. Three more singles and a wild pitch did the rest of the damage in the inning.

Pride worked to put a rally together in the final three innings, scoring once in both the seventh and eighth on a Kyren Paris (Oakley, Calif.) single and a Michael Carpentier (Highland, Calif.) sacrifice fly, respectively. But that was all they would manage as United added two more runs in the ninth to put the game away.

Pete Crow-Armstrong (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) had a day at the plate for United in the win, finishing 3-for-5 with two runs scored and a double, while Paris led Pride's offense, going 2-for-4 with a RBI.

The 2018 Tournament of Stars continues on Friday with an evaluation day at the National Training Complex, followed on Saturday by the third-place game at 9:30 a.m. ET and the gold-medal game at 12:30 p.m. ET on Coleman Field.

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