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2018 17U National Team Development Program Staff Announced

ABCA Hall of Famer Jack Leggett to serve as field coordinator in 2018
April 27, 2018

DURHAM, N.C. - The staff for the 2018 17U National Team Development Program (NTDP) was announced by USA Baseball on Friday. American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Hall of Famer Jack Leggett will serve as the field coordinator for the event after coaching in 2017.

The head coach at Northwestern University, Spencer Allen, and current University of Texas head coach, David Pierce, will join Leggett on staff and serve as the managers for the Stripes and Stars teams, respectively.

Coaches and evaluators will assess 40 athletes during the NTDP week and are made up of former professional players, respected collegiate and high school coaches, and professional scouts.

Leggett, who will also serve as the 18U National Team manager in 2018, was the head baseball coach at Clemson University from 1994-2015, where he led the Tigers to 955 victories, 21 NCAA Tournament appearances and six College World Series berths. He was a three-time ACC Coach of the Year recipient and was inducted into the ABCA Hall of Fame in 2014. He is returning to the 17U NTDP staff for the second consecutive year after serving as the Stripes manager in 2017.

Ricky Meinhold and Gregg Ritchie will join Leggett on the staff and serve as additional evaluators for the event. Meinhold is currently a scout for the St. Louis Cardinals and returns to the 17U NTDP staff for the first time since 2016. Ritchie has been named an assistant coach for the 2018 18U National Team and is in his sixth season as the head coach at George Washington University. In addition, six other coaches will assist in leading the NTDP's Stars and Stripes teams.

The Stripes team will be led by Allen and he will be joined by North Carolina Baseball Academy owner and 2018 18U National Team Pitching Coach, Scott Bankhead, Woodmont High School (Piedmont, S.C.) Athletic Director, Chris Carter, and Western Carolina University Head Coach, Bobby Moranda. Bankhead will serve as the team's pitching coach and Carter and Moranda have been named position coaches.

Pierce will be joined on the Stars staff by University of Auburn Head Coach, Butch Thompson, George Tech Assistant Coach Mike Nickeas and former MLB veteran Ernie Young. Young represented the United States at the Sydney 2008 Olympic Games and on the 2003 Olympic qualifying team, and was a long-time member of the USA Baseball Board of Directors. Young and Nickeas will serve as position coaches for the Stars, while Thompson will guide the team's pitching staff.

USA Baseball will utilize a rolling invitation process for the 17U NTDP participants in 2018. The players will be selected from the 2017 USA Baseball National Team Identification Series (NTIS), the 2018 17U National Team Championships in Arizona and Florida, and through recommendations from scouts, coaches and the amateur baseball community. The USA Baseball National Team Development Program offers athletes an opportunity to connect with USA Baseball staff to better prepare for future national team experience. The program includes skill development sessions, off-field education seminars, intrasquad Stars vs. Stripes games and exposure to professional scouts, college recruiters and the 18U National Team staff and task force.

The 2018 17U NTDP will take place July 22-26 in Chicago and will feature intrasquad scrimmages at Northwestern University, Wrigley Field and Miller Park.

The coaching staff and their bios are as follows:

Name, NTDP Position
Spencer Allen, Stripes Manager 
Scott Bankhead, Stripes Pitching Coach
Chris Carter, Stripes Position Coach
Jack Leggett, Field Coordinator
Ricky Meinhold, Pitching Rover
Bobby Moranda, Stripes Position Coach
Mike Nickeas, Stars Position Coach
David Pierce, Stars Manager
Gregg Ritchie, Hitting Rover
Butch Thompson, Stars Pitching Coach
Ernie Young, Stars Position Coach

Spencer Allen is currently in his third season as the head coach at Northwestern University. Prior to his time with the Wildcats, he helped lead the University of Illinois baseball team to a program-record 50 wins and the first NCAA Regional title in program history as an assistant coach. Allen, who played at Iowa State University from 1999-2001, also spent time on the coaching staffs at Creighton University, Washington State University, Purdue University and Edmonds Community College. 2018 marks his second coaching stint with USA Baseball, as he also served as a coach at the 2016 Tournament of Stars and the 2016 17U National Team Development Program (NTDP).

Scott Bankhead was tabbed as the pitching coach for the 2018 18U National Team in March and will serve in the same role for the 17U National Team Development Program (NTDP) Stripes team. No stranger to suiting up for Team USA, the owner of the North Carolina Baseball Academy also served as an 18U National Team Trials coach in 2016 and 2017, and was a member of the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Team. He was the 16th overall pick in the 1984 MLB Draft out of the University of North Carolina and he spent ten seasons in the Major Leagues, pitching for the Kansas City Royals, Seattle Mariners, Cincinnati Reds, Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees. He finished his professional career with a 4.18 ERA over 901 innings.

2018 marks Chris Carter's third consecutive year working with the 17U National Team Development Program (NTDP) as he started coaching at the event in 2016. He made his coaching debut in 2016 at the 17U NTDP and the Tournament of Stars (TOS), before serving as an assistant coach for the 2017 18U National Team that won a World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup gold medal. He was also a member of the TOS coaching staff in 2017 and will once again reprise his role at the event in 2018. Currently the athletic director at Woodmont High School (Piedmont, S.C.), Carter held the same position at nearby Easley High School (Easley, S.C.) from 2009-2013. He was a catcher at Clemson University in the 1990s and formerly served as the head baseball coach at Easley and Byrnes high schools from 1998-2008, before transitioning into an administrative role.

A 2014 American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Hall of Fame inductee, Leggett led the Clemson University baseball team from 1994-2015. In his time at the helm the Tigers recorded 955 victories, 21 NCAA Tournament appearances and six College World Series berths. Every single one of his teams compiled winning overall records in his 22 seasons at Clemson and 34 of his players were All-Americans, 31 were First-Team All-ACC players and 11 were selected in the first round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Clemson was the seventh-winningest program in the nation during his time as head coach and he was named ACC Coach of the Year three times throughout his career. Leggett also served as a head coach for 14 years at Vermont and Western Carolina before moving to Clemson. He made his USA Baseball coaching debut in 2017 with the 17U National Team Development Program and he has been named the 2018 18U National Team manager.

Ricky Meinhold is currently a scout for the St. Louis Cardinals. Meinhold was a pitching coach at Lindenwood University and Coker College from 2011-2013, prior to joining the Cardinals organization. He pitched collegiately at Drury University and went on to play for an affiliate of the San Diego Padres, becoming the first pitcher in Drury program history to play professional baseball. Meinhold will make his third coaching appearance for USA Baseball in 2018. Previously, he was the pitching coach at the 2016 17U National Team Development Program (NTDP) and the lead pitching evaluator at the 2017 Tournament of Stars. He also served as the pitching coach for the 2017 18U National Team that won the program's fourth consecutive World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup gold medal.

Bobby Moranda will make his USA Baseball coaching debut in 2018. The Western Carolina head coach is in his 11th season with the Catamounts and has 32 total years of coaching experience. He has also held assistant coaching positions at Georgia Tech, Wake Forest University, the University of Virginia and Eastern Kentucky University. Western Carolina's all-time winningest head coach in conference play, he led the Catamounts to back-to-back Southern Conference regular season championships in 2013 and 2014 and was named the Southern Conference Coach of the Year in 2013.

Mike Nickeas, a three-time USA Baseball alum, will make his second consecutive coaching appearance at the 17U National Team Development Program (NTDP). Currently an assistant coach at Georgia Tech, Nickeas played for Team USA on the 1999 16U National Team, the 2001 18U National Team and the 2003 Collegiate National Team. Before starting his coaching career, he played professional baseball for 11 years, including four years in the Major Leagues. He spent three years as a catcher for the New York Mets and one year with the Toronto Blue Jays before retiring following the 2014 season.

David Pierce is in his second year as the head coach at the University of Texas. In his first season at Texas, the Longhorns went 39-24, advanced to the Big 12 Conference tournament championship game and an NCAA Regional. Prior to his time at Texas, he was the head coach at Tulane University and Sam Houston State University. He also served as an assistant coach at the University of Houston and Rice University. In that time, Pierce has been a part of programs that have advanced to the postseason in 16 consecutive years, played in seven Super Regionals and reached four College World Series. In addition, he helped Rice win a National Championship in 2003. This will be his second coaching stint with USA Baseball after serving as an assistant coach for the 2016 Collegiate National Team.

Gregg Ritchie returns to the 17U National Team Development Program (NTDP) coaching staff for the third year in a row in 2018. As the 2017 18U National Team pitching coach, he helped lead Team USA to an undefeated record and a fourth consecutive WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup title. Under his direction, the team hit .273 and had a .418 slugging percentage, with 16 doubles, five triples and six home runs over nine games. He also served as a coach at the 2016 17U NTDP and 18U Trials. Ritchie is in his sixth season at the helm for George Washington University, where he was named Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year in 2013. That year, he led the Colonials to their first postseason berth since 2006 and then followed that with back-to-back postseason appearances in 2015 and 2016. He began his coaching career in the Chicago White Sox organization, where he worked at various levels for 10 years, before serving as the hitting coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2011 and 2012. Ritchie has also been named to the 2018 18U National Team staff and will serve on the coaching staff for the 2018 16U NTDP as well.

Currently in his third year at the helm for Auburn University, Butch Thompson will make his second USA Baseball coaching appearance at the 2018 17U National Team Development Program (NTDP). Previously, he served as a coach at the 2016 17U National Team Development Program (NTDP). Thompson led the Tigers to a No. 4 national ranking, an NCAA Regional bid and its best record in Southeastern Conference play since 2010 in 2017. Before taking over at Auburn, he spent seven seasons coaching at Mississippi State where he was named the 2014 Baseball America and American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) National Assistant Coach of the Year. In those seven season, he helped lead the Bulldogs to four NCAA Regionals, two Super Regionals, an SEC Tournament championship and a College World Series runner-up finish in 2013.

Ernie Young is a former MLB veteran who played for the Oakland Athletics, Kansas City Royals, Arizona Diamondbacks, Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians for parts of eight seasons after being drafted in the 10th round of the 1990 MLB Draft. Young, who attended Lewis University, belted 27 home runs and drove in 90 runs during his 288-game career. He led Team USA to a gold medal at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, hitting .385 and leading the team in RBIs (8), and played once more for the red, white and blue, in the 2003 COPABE Olympic Qualifying Tournament. After his retirement in 2007, he became a hitting coach in the Chicago White Sox organization and managed the West Michigan Whitecaps, the single-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers, in 2012. In addition to his USA Baseball playing career he is a four-time coaching alumnus, highlighted by managing the 2011 Pan American Games Team and serving as the batting coach for the 2015 Pan American Games Team, both of which won silver medals. Young is making a return to the 17U National Team Development Program coaching ranks after previously serving in the role in 2016. He is also a former member of the USA Baseball Board of Directors.

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WNT

Team USA Plays Cuba in Game Five

August 22, 2019
GAME USA at Cuba
TIME Thursday, 12:00 p.m. CT 
LOCATION Aguascalientes, Mexico
Starting Pitcher
Kelsie Whitmore

AGUASCALIENTES, Mexico - The USA Baseball Women's National Team will continue action at the 2019 COPABE Women's Pan-American Championships on Thursday, August 22 against Cuba at 12 p.m. CT at Estadio de Beisbol Alberto Romo Chavez in Aguascalientes, Mexico.

The U.S. moved to 4-0 in the tournament after defeating Canada 21-4 on Wedensday and is currently the only undefeated team remaining.

Notable Information
• Team USA has outscored opponents 76-12 so far in the tournament.
• Megan Baltzell finished 4-for-6 with five RBIs, a double and three runs scored against Canada.
• Kylee Lahners leads the U.S. offensively through four games, hitting .769 (10-for-13) with four singles, five doubles, a home run and 12 RBIs in the tournament.

Final Scores
• vs. Venezuela: W, 15-5
• vs. Domnican Republic, W, 19-2
• vs. Nicaragua, W, 21-1
• vs. Canada, W, 21-4

On Deck
• August 23 vs. Mexico (9 a.m. CT; Aguascalientes, Mexico; Parque Deportivo Ferrocarrilero)

Live Stats
• Follow along: live stats
• Watch online: live stream

Social
Stay tuned to @USABaseballWNT on Twitter, @usabaseball on Instagram and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the Women's National Team.

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18U

U.S. Claims Second Exhibition Game

Hunter Haas went 3-for-4 with one RBI and two runs scored for Team USA
August 21, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Brewers SoCal Scout Team 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 7 2
USA 1 1 2 2 0 3 2 0 X 11 13 2
Win: M. Rajcic Loss: M. Paralles Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-play | Cumulative Stats

FULLERTON, Calif. - Hunter Haas (Phoenix, Ariz.) collected three hits, one RBI and two runs scored as the 18U National Team finished its time in the United States with an 11-3 defeat of the Brewers SoCal Scout Team in its second training game on Wednesday at Fullerton Junior College in Fullerton, Calif.

Team USA recorded thirteen hits in the win and four players finished with multi-hit games, including Haas, Jack Bulger (Bowie, Md.), Robert Hassell (Franklin, Tenn.) and Milan Tolentino (Mission Viejo, Calif.). Hassell and Drew Romo (The Woodlands, Texas) led the game in RBIs with two each.

Nolan McLean (Willow Spring, N.C.) got the start for the U.S. and gave up one hit, one run and one walk in his inning of work. Max Rajcic (Fullerton, Calif.) was credited with the win after allowing just two hits and one run in two innings of relief, while striking out a team-high five batters.

 

KEY MOMENTS

  • After the Brewers SoCal Scout Team plated a run in the top of the first inning, Team USA tied it up at 1-1 in the bottom half when Pete Crow-Armstrong (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) drew a walk and took advantage of three wild pitches to advance to third and score.
  • The stars and stripes took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the second on a Haas RBI-single that scored Colby Halter (Jacksonville, Fla.).
  • The Brewers SoCal Scout Team tied the game once again with a solo home run in the top of the third.
  • Romo broke the tie in the bottom of the third with a triple down the right field line that plated two and made it 4-2 in Team USA's favor.
  • The U.S. added two runs in the bottom of the fourth when Haas knocked a leadoff triple to center and Tolentino brought him home with a single before an Austin Hendrick (Oakdale, Pa.) sac-fly brought the Team USA lead to 6-2.
  • The Brewers SoCal Scout Team got one back in the top of the fifth with an RBI-double.
  • Team USA added three runs in the bottom of the sixth on four hits, including a Tolentino leadoff double and RBI-singles from Hassell and AJ Vukovich (Mukwonago, Wisc.) to extend the lead to 9-3.
  • A Crow-Armstrong single that plated Haas, who led off the inning with a single of his own, and a ground-rule RBI-double from Hassell scored the final two runs of the game to secure the 11-3 victory for Team USA.

 

NOTABLE INFORMATION

  • Team USA improves to 2-0 in 18U National Team Training with the victory.
  • Rajcic earned the win in the contest as he struck out five batters in two innings of relief, while allowing just two hits and one run.

 

DUE UP

  • The team will travel to Taiwan on Thursday, August 22, and compete in three training games against Chinese Taipei August 24-26.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

  • Follow @USABaseball18U on Twitter for the most up-to-date information on the 18U National Team and 18U National Team Trials.
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WNT

Team USA Wins 21-4 Over Canada

Two eight-run innings led Team USA to victory
August 21, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
USA 3 0 1 8 1 0 8 21 23 0
CAN 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 4 8 3
Win: M. Sementelli Loss: A. Asay Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | COPABE Stats
 

AGUASCALIENTES, Mexico - The USA Baseball Women's National Team used to eight0run innings to defeat Canada 21-4 on Wednesday at the 2019 COPABE Women's Pan-American Championships at Parque Deportivo Ferrocarrilero in Aguascalientes, Mexico. 

The U.S. moved to 4-0 in the tournament and is currently the only undefeated team remaining. 

All nine U.S. batters in the starting lineup finished the day with multi-hit performances, led by Megan Baltzell (Stafford, Va.), who finished 4-for-6 with five RBIs, a double and three runs scored, and Alex Hugo (Olathe, Kan.), who hit her second home run of the tournament in the fourth inning.

Marti Sementelli (West Newton, Mass.) started on the bump for the red, white, and blue, allowing one run and striking out two batters to earn the victory. Jamie Mackay (Newport Beach, Calif.), Meggie Meidlinger (Sterling, Va.) and Ashton Lansdell (Marietta, Ga.) came in as relief, combining to allow four runs on seven hits and striking out three batters. Amanda Asay suffered the loss for Canada.

Key Moments

• A pair of walks to Hugo and Jade Gortarez (Riverside, Calif.) put runners on base for Baltzell, who put the U.S. up 2-0 in the top of the first inning with an RBI-double to center field.
• Kelsie Whitmore (Temecula, Calif.) hit a sac-fly to left field to make the score 3-0.
• Baltzell led off the top of the third inning with a single to right field and scored on a Brittany Schutte (Fountain Valley, Calif.) double to center field to give the U.S. a 4-0 lead.
• In the top of the fourth inning, Malaika Underwood (San Diego, Calif.) knocked a single into center field to push Hugo and Lahners across the plate to extend the U.S. lead to 6-0.
• Baltzell's third RBI of the game came in the top of the fourth inning when she sent an RBI-single up the middle to give the U.S. a 7-0 lead.
• An RBI-single up the middle by Whitmore and a Schutte sac-fly pushed the U.S. lead to 9-0 in the top of the fourth inning.
• A three-run homerun by Hugo capped an eight-run fourth inning, giving the U.S. a commanding 12-0 lead.
• Canada used two hits and a walk to bring the score to 12-3 in the bottom of the fourth inning.
• Anna Kimbrell (Fort Mill, S.C.) singled to left field to score another run for Team USA, making the score 13-3 in the top of the fifth inning.
• Canada added a run in the bottom half of the fifth inning to make it a 13-4 ballgame.
• A Michelle Cobb (Wenatchee, Wash.) RBI-single put another run on the board for Team USA and Lansdell followed with a two-run double to center field to extend the U.S. lead to 16-4 in the top of the seventh inning.
• An RBI-single from Hugo and RBI doubles by Baltzell and Schutte capped the scoring for Team USA, ending the game a final score of 21-4.

Notable Information

• Nine U.S. batters finished the day with multi-hit performances, including Alex Hugo (2-for-4), Kylee Lahners (2-for-4), Jade Gortarez (2-for-4), Malaika Underwood (3-for-6), Megan Baltzell (4-for-6), Keslie Whitmore (3-for-5), Brittany Schutte (3-for-6), Anna Kimbrell (2-for-6) and Ashton Lansdell (2-for-5).
• Marti Sementelli earned the win for the U.S., allowing one run and striking out two batters in her second start of the tournament.
• Alex Hugo hit her second home run of the tournament over the right field wall in the fourth inning against Canada.
• Kylee Lahners leads the U.S. offensively through four games, hitting .769 (10-for-13) with four singles, five doubles, a home run and 12 RBIs in the tournament.

Up Next

• The USA Baseball Women's National Team will continue action at the 2019 COPABE Women's Pan-American Championships on Thursday, August 22 against Cuba at 12 p.m. CT at Estadio de Beisbol Alberto Romo Chavez in Aguascalientes, Mexico.

Key Moments/Notable Information/Up Next/Social Media

• Stay tuned to @USABaseballWNT on Twitter, @usabaseball on Instagram and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the Women's National Team.

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WNT

Team USA Defeats Nicaragua 21-1

Brittany Schutte launched a grand-slam in the fourth inning
August 20, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
USA 9 6 0 6 x x x 21 19 1
NIC 1 0 0 0 x x x 1 1 2
Win: S. Tobias Loss: M. Sanchez Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | COPABE Stats
 

AGUASCALIENTES, Mexico - The USA Baseball Women's National Team defeated Nicaragua 21-1 with the help of a Brittany Schutte grand-slam on Tuesday at the 2019 COPABE Women's Pan-American Championships at Estadio de Beisbol Alberto Romo Chavez in Aguascalientes, Mexico. 

The U.S. jumped ahead early in the top of the first inning courtesy five singles, two doubles and a triple, giving the team a 9-0 lead. Team USA extended its lead in the top of the second with six runs scored on five hits and followed with runs in the fourth inning to give the U.S. its biggest win of the tournament. 

Six U.S. batters finished the day with multi-hit performances, including Denae Benites (Las Vegas, Nev), Kylee Lahners (Laguna Hills, Calif.), Malaika Underwood (San Diego, Calif.), Brittany Womack (Escondido, Calif.), Michelle Cobb (Wenatchee, Wash.) and Ashton Lansdell (Marietta, Ga.). 

Sara Tobias (New York, N.Y.) started on the bump for the red, white, and blue, allowing one run and striking out four batters in the winning performance. Alexia Jorge (Lyndhurst, N.J.) and Kate Blunt (Ladera Ranch, Calif.) each spent an inning on the mound, scattering one hit and striking out two batters. Mabel Sanchez suffered the loss for Nicaragua.

Key Moments

• A pair of singles by Alex Hugo (Olathe, Kan.) and Lahners put runners on base for Underwood, who put the U.S. up 2-0 in the top of the first inning with a double to center field.
• With a runner in scoring position, Kelsie Whitmore (Temecula, Calif.) singled up the middle to make the score 3-0 in the top of the first inning.
• Underwood scored from third on a Nicaragua error, making it 4-0 in the top of the first inning.
• Womack knocked a double into right field to push Whitmore across the plate and put the score at 5-0 in the top of the first inning.
• A Cobb single put two more runs on the board for Team USA in the top of the first inning, making the score 7-0.
• Lansdell sent a run home with an RBI triple to deep right center to put the score at 8-0 in the top of the first inning.
• A Hugo sac-fly capped a nine run inning for Team USA.
• Nicaragua used a sac-fly to put one run on the board in the bottom of the first inning to make the score 9-1.
• Cobb's two-run double to left center put the U.S. ahead 11-1 in the top of the second inning.
• Lahners hit a three RBI double to center field in the top of the second inning to extend the U.S. lead to 14-1.
• Underwood knocked an RBI single up the middle for a 15-1 Team USA lead in the top of the second inning.
• Lansdell and Benites led off the top of the fourth inning with a single and double, respectively, and both scored when Jorge collected her first hit of the tournament to make the score 16-1.
• In Schutte's first at-bat of the tournament, she knocked a 1-0 pitch over the right field wall for her first career grand slam in the top of the fourth inning, giving the U.S. a 20-1 lead.
• A Womack sac-fly allowed Jamie Mackay (Newport Beach, Calif.) to score her first run of the tournament and give Team USA a final score of 21-1 in the fourth inning.

Notable Information

• Six U.S. batters finished the day with multi-hit performances, including Denae Benites (2-for-3), Kylee Lahners (3-for-3), Malaika Underwood (2-for-3), Brittany Womack (2-for-4), Michelle Cobb (2-for-3) and Ashton Lansdell (3-for-4).
• Sara Tobias earned the win for the U.S., allowing one run and striking out four batters in her first start of the tournament.
• In her first at-bat of the tournament, Schutte cleared the bases with a grand-slam over the right field wall in the top of the fourth inning.
• Kylee Lahners leads the U.S. offensively through three games, hitting .889 (8-for-9) with three singles, four doubles, a home run and 12 RBIs in the tournament.

Up Next

• The USA Baseball Women's National Team will continue action at the 2019 COPABE Women's Pan-American Championships on Wednesday, August 21 against Canada at 9 a.m. CT at Parque Deportivo Ferrocarrilero in Aguascalientes, Mexico. 

Social
Stay tuned to @USABaseballWNT on Twitter, @usabaseball on Instagram and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the Women's National Team.

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18U

Team USA Kicks of Training with 21-6 Win

Ed Howard homered and AJ Vukovich drove in four runs to lead Team USA's offensive onslaught
August 20, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Brewers SoCal Scout Team 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 3 6 9 1
USA 2 0 0 7 0 0 2 6 4 21 14 2
Win: M. Abel Loss: N. Bautista Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-play | Cumulative Stats

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. - A four-RBI performance from AJ Vukovich (Mukwonago, Wisc.) and a two-run home run from Ed Howard (Chicago, Ill.) highlighted a 21-6 win for over the Brewers SoCal Scout Team in the first game of 2019 18U National Team Training on Tuesday, August 20, at JSerra Catholic High School in San Juan Capistrano, California.

The contest was close in the early innings with Team USA jumping out to an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first and the Brewers Scout Team evening things up at 2-2 in the top of the fourth. The U.S. broke the game wide open in the bottom half of the inning, though, scoring seven runs to take a dominant lead that it would not relinquish. The Brewers Scout Team plated runs in the seventh and ninth innings but Team USA did not let up, adding multiple runs in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings to secure the 21-6 victory.

Five members of Team USA recorded multi-hit games in the contest, led by Vukovich, who finished 2-for-3 with four RBIs and a run scored, as well as Robert Hassell (Franklin, Tenn.), who recorded two hits, three RBIs and three runs scored. Additionally, Pete Crow-Armstrong (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) and Hunter Haas (Phoenix, Ariz.) both collected three RBIs each.

Ben Hernandez (Chicago, Ill.) got the start for Team USA on Tuesday and put up two scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and a walk while striking out two. The win was attributed to Mick Abel (Portland, Ore.) who threw two innings of relief without allowing an earned run.

 

KEY MOMENTS

  • The U.S. took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Hassell scored on a wild pitch after reaching base on a walk, advancing to second on a wild pitch and stealing third.
  • WVukovich gave Team USA a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first when he doubled to score Jack Bulger (Bowie, Md.).
  • The Brewers SoCal Scout Team evened the score at 2-2 in the top of the fourth with a two-RBI single.
  • In the bottom half of the fourth, a leadoff walk to Colby Halter (Jacksonville, Fla.) and a double by Ed Howard (Chicago, Ill.) put runners on second and third for Crow-Armstrong who crushed a triple to the left-center gap that plated both before he scored on an error to make it 5-2.
  • Two walks and a hit-by-pitch loaded the bases with two outs in the home half of the fourth to bring up Vukovich, who cleared them with a triple that gave the stars and stripes an 8-2 lead.
  • Team USA capped off a seven-run fourth with a Drew Romo (The Woodlands, Texas) RBI single.
  • The Brewers SoCal Scout team got one back in the top of the seventh inning with an RBI double to make it a 9-3 game.
  • A Crow-Armstrong sac-fly and an RBI triple by Hassell brought the score to 11-3 in Team USA's favor in the bottom of the seventh.
  • The U.S. added six runs in the bottom of the eighth on three hits, including a two-RBI double by Halter and a three-RBI triple by Hassell.
  • Two doubles plated three runs for the Brewers SoCal Scout Team in the top of the ninth inning to cut Team USA's lead to 17-6.
  • A Bulger single loaded the bases for Team USA in the bottom of the ninth when Haas hit a three-RBI triple before scoring on a wild pitch to secure the final 21-6 victory for the U.S.

 

NOTABLE INFORMATION

  • With the win, Team USA improves to 1-0 in training.
  • Abel (1-0) earned the win in the contest after tossing two innings of relief without allowing an earned run and striking out two.

 

DUE UP

  • Team USA will play its second training game against the Brewers SoCal Scout Team on Wednesday, August 21, at Fullerton Junior College at 4 p.m. PT.
  • The team will then travel to Taiwan on August 22 and compete in three training games against Chinese Taipei August 24-26.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

  • Follow @USABaseball18U on Twitter for the most up-to-date information on the 18U National Team and 18U National Team Trials.
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WNT

Team USA Crushes Dominican Republic 19-2 in Four Innings

A 12-run second inning catapulted Team USA to victory
August 19, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
DOM REP 0 0 2 0 x x x 2 6 1
USA 3 12 4 x x x x 19 9 0
Win: B. Schutte Loss: Y. Kim Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | COPABE Stats
 

AGUASCALIENTES, Mexico - The USA Baseball Women's National Team dominated the Dominican Republic 19-2 in game two of the 2019 COPABE Women's Pan-American Championships with the help of a 12-run second inning on Monday at Parque Deportivo Ferrocarrilero in Aguascalientes, Mexico. 

The U.S. jumped out to an early lead in the bottom of the first inning courtesy of a bases-loaded single to right field by Malaika Underwood (San Diego, Calif.) that scored three runs. Team USA extended its lead in the bottom of the second with 12 runs scored on five hits. 

Kylee Lahners (Laguna Hills, Calif.) and Underwood both had multi-hit games, including Underwood's single in the first inning to give Team USA the lead and Lahners' first home run of the tournament that gave the U.S. its final three runs of the game.

Brittany Schutte (Fountain Valley, Calif.) was the starting pitcher for Team USA in game two and collected the win, scattering three hits and striking out three batters. Meggie Meidlinger (Sterling, Va.), Kate Blunt (Ladera Ranch, Calif.), Kelsie Whitmore (Temecula, Calif.) and Ashton Lansdell (Mariette, Ga.) all tossed the ball in relief. They combined for two runs on three hits and each struck out one batter. 

Key Moments

• Alex Hugo (Olathe, Kan.) led off the bottom of the first with a double to right and Lahners and Jade Gortarez (Riverside, Calif.) followed with walks to load the bases for Underwood, whose single to right scored three runs for Team USA, making it 3-0.
• Three walks loaded the bases in the bottom of the second for Lahners, whose double to centerfield extended the lead to 5-0.
• Gortarez hit a double to center field to score Hugo, who reached base on a walk, for a 6-0 lead.
• Gortarez and Lahners scored on an RBI-single off the bat of Underwood to make the score 8-0 in the bottom of the second.
• Whitmore made it 9-0 when she sent Underwood home on a double to center field in the second inning.
• Megan Baltzell (Stafford, Va) and Whitmore extend the U.S. lead to 11-0 in the second inning when they scored on a bases-loaded walk and a hit-by-pitch, respectively.
• Lahners doubled in the second inning and gave the red, white, and blue a 13-0 lead, sending Lansdell and AJ Hamilton (Tallahasee, Fla.)
• Two more runs scored for Team USA in the second inning courtesy of a bases-loaded walk and a hit-by-pitch, ending the inning at 15-0.
• The Dominican Republic put up two runs in the top of the third inning to make a 15-2 game.
• Hamilton reached base on an error by the first baseman to lead off the bottom of the third inning and scored on a fielder's choice by Hugo, making the score 16-2.
• A fielders choice and a single by Hugo and Landsell put runners on first and second for Lahners, who cleared the bases with a three-run homer over the left field wall in the bottom fo the third, allowing Team USA to end the game due to the run rule.

Notables

• Kylee Lahners (3-for-3) and Malaika Underwood (2-for-3) both had multi-hit games, including Underwood's single in the first inning to give Team USA the lead and Lahners' first home run of the tournament that gave the U.S. its final three runs of the game.
• Brittany Schutte was the winning pitcher for Team USA, starting on the bump and scattering three hits while striking out three batters.
• Kylee Lahners leads the U.S. offensively through the first two games, hitting .833 (5-for-6) with a single, three doubles, a home run and nine RBIs in the tournament.

Up Next

• The USA Baseball Women's National Team will continue action at the 2019 COPABE Women's Pan-American Championships on Tuesday, August 20 against Nicaragua at 12 p.m. CT at the Estadio de Beisbol Alberto Romo Chavez in Aguascalientes, Mexico. 

Social Media

• Stay tuned to @USABaseballWNT on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the 2019 USA Baseball Women's National Team.

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NTIS

Southwest Stars Defeat Southwest Stripes 2-1, Win 12U NTIS Champions Cup Gold Medal Game

Petrossi leads Stars to victory with two-run RBI-double
August 18, 2019

CARY, N.C. - The Southwest Stars' Patrick Petrossi hit a two-run RBI-double in the top of the third to give his team a lead they would not relinquish, as they defeated the Southwest Stripes 2-1 on Sunday at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, North Carolina. 

John Short (Anaheim, Calif.) was impressive on the mound Southwest Stars, going the distance and giving up just one run in the seventh inning. 

"With John [Short] on the mound, he really kept us in the game. He threw phenomenally. He really just had a great tournament," said Southwest Stars head coach Shane Schumaker. 

Both teams struggled at the plate for most of the game. Petrossi attributed his success on offense to putting in extra practice before the game.

"It felt great to hit that double. I was working on my hitting before the game and I think that is what helped me today," said Petrossi. "We all believed in ourselves. We played really well together and I hope I can play with these guys again someday."

In the bottom of the seventh and with one out recorded, Isaac Rojas (Riverside, Calif.) came up big for the Southwest Stripes with a clutch RBI-double to score his teams only run of the game. 

The Southwest Stars third baseman, Miles Layton (Sandy, Utah), would respond with two back-to-back spectacular plays on the corner to close out the game.

"The only thing going through my head was to knock the ball down and stop that run from reaching home, and get the ball to first as quickly as I could," said Layton. "It feels amazing [to win a gold medal] and so cool to even be here. But to make it to this point and then to win, it is just a really cool feeling."

Coach Schumaker was proud of his teams effort in the gold medal game and believes that the bond they built together is what helped them become champions. 

"The comradery between our team was what helped us the most. We were having a good time. The players were always smiling and having fun. Win or lose, we were going to have that experience together. Baseball is such a small world and I think they will continue to have these close relationships. That is what USA Baseball gave to these players."

Key Moments:

• In the top of the second and with two runners on, Southwest Stars' Patrick Petrossi hit a two-run RBI-double down the first baseline to score the first runs of the game.
• In the bottom of the third, Southwest Stars center fielder, Bo Lowrance (Salt Lake City, Utah), fielded a line-drive and made the throw to first to get the out.
• In the bottom of the seventh, Southwest Stripes' Isaac Rojas hit an RBI-double to bring his team within one run, making the score 2-1.
• With the game-tying run on third base in the bottom of the seventh, Southwest Stars third basemen Miles Layton made back-to-back impressive defensive plays that would hold the runner and secure a victory.

Up Next:

The National Team Identification Series Champions Cup will continue next weekend, August 23-25, as the 15U and 16U age groups come to town.

Social Media:

Continue to follow @USABaseballNTIS on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the National Team Identification Series.

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NTIS

Dritz Leads Southwest Stars to 14U NTIS Champions Cup Gold Medal After 1-0 Win Over Southeast Stars

Dritz allowed just three hits in the complete game effort
August 18, 2019

CARY, N.C. - Braylen Dritz threw a complete game shutout to lead the Southwest Stars to the 14U National Team Identification Series Champions cup gold medal Sunday morning after defeating Southeast Stars 1-0 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

Dritz was dominant on the mound in the gold medal game, allowing just one hit through the first five innings. He allowed just four base runners in total while striking out three in the complete game effort.

"[Dritz] went out there and dealt," said Southwest Stars head coach Kerry Kincaid. "He experienced very little trouble all game… I am proud of that kid. Today, he was outstanding."

Osnel Rojas was called on to start for the Southeast Stars, tossing 3.1 scoreless innings while striking out six. He was relieved out of the bullpen by Christian Rodriguez, who threw 3.2 innings, striking out four and allowing the only run of the ballgame. Rodriguez (0-1) was the losing pitcher while Dritz (1-0) earned the win.

Both teams were scoreless heading into the sixth, but Logan de Groot hit a single to right to drive in Jaydon Kea in the bottom of the sixth, scoring the only run of the ballgame and giving the Southwest Stars a 1-0 lead. With the lead, Dritz came back out in the seventh to finish the game and did just that, securing the gold medal for the Southwest Stars.

"They all played hard," said Kincaid. "They gave me one hundred percent the entire time. It has just been such an amazing and incredible opportunity to meet kids from the west that I have never met before. It was a fun experience." 

Continue to follow @USABaseballNTIS on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the National Team Identification Series.

Key Moments:

• Southwest Stars threatened with the bases loaded in the first, but Southeast Stars starting pitcher Osnel Rojas recorded a strikeout to end the inning and keep the game tied at zero.
• With Southwest runners on first and second and one away, Rojas forced a groundball to the third baseman who stepped on third and threw to first to record the double-play, keeping the score at 0-0 in the third.
• Logan de Groot hit a single to right to drive in Jaydon Kea in the sixth inning, scoring the only run of the ballgame and giving the Southwest Stars a 1-0 lead.
• With the Southeast Stars batting and the tying run on third with just one away, a fly-ball was hit to Southwest Stars' right fielder Ricky Smith, who caught the ball and proceeded to gun the runner at the plate, securing the 1-0 victory for the Southwest Stars.

Up Next:

The National Team Identification Series Champions Cup will continue next weekend, August 23-25, as the 15U and 16U age groups come to town.

Social Media:

Continue to follow @USABaseballNTIS on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the National Team Identification Series.

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18U

USA Baseball Announces 2019 18U National Team Roster

Twenty-man roster will compete in WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup August 30-September 8
August 18, 2019

FULLERTON, Calif. - USA Baseball announced the 2019 18U National Team on Saturday, following the conclusion of the 2019 18U National Team Trials. The final 20-man roster will compete in the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup in Gijang, South Korea, August 30-September 8.

The 18U National Team will be playing for a record-fifth consecutive WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup gold medal after winning the last four events in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2017. The program has won eight straight international tournament titles dating back to 2011.

"We are really excited about the twenty players that we have just chosen for this year's 18U National Team," said 2019 18U National Team Manager Jack Leggett. "It's been a great trial period with a great group of kids that has worked extremely hard. The decisions were really tough, but we feel like the twenty that we have now show us a lot of versatility, a lot of talent and a lot of really good attitudes, so we are really looking forward to competing for a world championship."

Five members of the 2019 18U National Team have suited up for the red, white and blue previously, including Pete Crow-Armstrong (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) who has been named to his fourth national team. Crow-Armstrong, Max Rajcic (Fullerton, Calif.) and Drew Romo (Spring, Texas) return to the 18U National Team for the second consecutive year after winning a gold medal with the program at the 2018 COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championships.

Additionally, Crow-Armstrong, Lucas Gordon (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Alejandro Rosario (Miami, Fla.) were teammates on the 2017 15U National Team that won a gold medal at the COPABE Pan Am "AA" Championships in Cartegena, Colombia.

The 20-man roster also features 10 athletes that have participated in the National Team Development Program (NTDP), including seven members of the 2018 17U NTDP.

Eleven members of this year's 18U National Team are new to USA Baseball national team programming in 2019 and were identified by participating in the inaugural 2019 Prospect Development Pipeline League (PDP) League, which serves as the primary identification event for the 18U National Team. In total, 18 members of the final roster participated in the PDP League this summer at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.

American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Hall of Famer Jack Leggett, who guided the 18U National Team to the program's eighth consecutive gold medal in 2018, returns to lead Team USA in 2019. He is joined on staff by the pitching coach, Scott Bankhead, and assistant coaches Gerald Laird and Gregg Ritchie.

The 2019 18U National Team will begin training in Fullerton, California, from August 18-21 before traveling to Taichung, Taiwan, to continue training with three friendlies against Chinese Taipei from August 24-27. Team USA will then open play in the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup against South Africa on Friday, August 30, at 6 a.m. ET in Gijang, South Korea.

For more information on the 18U National Team, follow on Twitter at @USABaseball18U.

2019 18U National Team
(Name; Position; Hometown)

^Mick Abel; RHP; Portland, Ore.
^Jack Bulger; C/OF; Bowie, Md.
*^Pete Crow-Armstrong; OF; Sherman Oaks, Calif.
*^Lucas Gordon; LHP; Los Angeles, Calif.
^Hunter Haas; IF; Phoenix, Ariz.
Colby Halter; UTL; Jacksonville, Fla.
Kyle Harrison; LHP; Danville, Calif.
Robert Hassell; OF/LHP; Franklin, Tenn.
^Austin Hendrick; OF; Pittsburgh, Pa.
Ben Hernandez; RHP; Chicago, Ill.
Ed Howard; IF; Chicago, Ill.
^Nolan McLean; UTL/RHP; Willow Spring, N.C.
*^Max Rajcic; RHP; Fullerton, Calif.
*^Drew Romo; C; Spring, Texas
*^Alejandro Rosario; RHP; Miami, Fla.
Jason Savacool; RHP; Syracuse, N.Y.
Nate Savino; LHP; Sterling, Va.
Tyler Soderstrom; C; Turlock, Calif.
Milan Tolentino; IF; Mission Viejo, Calif.
AJ Vukovich; IF/OF; Mukwonago, Wis.

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

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WNT

Team USA Dominates Venezuela 15-5

Two home runs aided Team USA in the Sunday morning victory
August 18, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
VEN 2 0 1 0 2 0 x 5 9 0
USA 0 1 0 1 1 11 1 15 13 2
Win: J. Mackay Loss: A. Jedemeza Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | COPABE Stats
 

AGUASCALIENTES, Mexico - The USA Baseball Women's National Team opened up the 2019 COPABE Women's Pan-American Championships in a 15-5 walk-off victory over Venezuela with the help of two home runs on Sunday at Parque Deportivo Ferrocarrilero in Aguascalientes, Mexico. 

The U.S. trailed 5-4 when the team pushed 11 runs across in the bottom of the sixth inning to catapult them to a game one win. The final run was scored by Kylee Lahners (Laguna Hills, Calif.) who reached home on a walk-off single by Malaika Underwood (San Diego, Calif). 

Five U.S. batters finished the day with multi-hit performances, including Alex Hugo (Olathe, Kan.), Lahners, Jade Gortarez (Riverside, Calif.), Underwood and Kelsie Whitmore (Temecula, Calif.).

Megan Baltzell (Stafford, Va.) and Hugo sent Team USA's first two home runs of the tournament over the right field and left field walls, respectively. Baltzell's blast put the U.S. on the board in the second inning and Hugo's homer was a two-run shot that gave the team its first lead of the game. 

Marti Semetelli (West Newton, Mass.) started on the bump for the red, white, and blue, allowing five runs on eight hits while striking out one batter. Jamie Mackay (Newport Beach, Calif) came in as relief and notched the win, giving up just one hit and no runs in her one inning of action. Angelina Jedemeza suffered the loss for Venezuela. 

Key Moments

• Venezuela took an early lead in the top of the first inning, scoring two runs on three hits.
• Baltzell sent Team USA's first home run over the right field wall to cut the deficit in half 2-1 in the second inning.
• Venezuela put up one more run in the top of the third, extending its lead to 3-1.
• Underwood led off the bottom of the fourth with a single to right field and reached third base on a double steal before scoring on a Whitmore singled through the right side making the score 3-2.
• Venezuela continued to score against the U.S. pitching staff, taking a 5-2 lead in the top of the fifth.
• Hugo and Lahners led of the bottom of the fifth with a walk and a double, respectively, and scored on a Gortarez single, putting the game at 5-4.
• Anna Kimbrell (Fort Mill, S.C.) hit a lead-off single to left in the bottom of the sixth and Hugo followed with a two-run shot over the left field wall to give Team USA its first lead of the game, 6-5.
• Lahners reached on a hit-by-pitch, Gortarez followed with a double to left field, and Underwood was walked to load the bases for Baltzell. Lahners scored when Venezuela chose to intentionally walk Baltzell, giving the U.S. a 7-5 lead in the bottom of the sixth.
• Whitmore stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and sent Gortarez home with a single to center field for an 8-5 in the bottom of the sixth.
• Kimbrell was walked with the bases loaded, allowing Underwood to cross the plate and give Team USA a 9-5 lead in the bottom of the sixth, and Lansdell also picked up an RBI-walk to score Baltzell, extending the U.S. lead to 10-5.
• Hugo collected her third hit of the game with a single up the middle that moved Kimbrell and Whitmore across the plate, putting Team USA up 12-5 in the bottom of the sixth.
• Lahners doubled to left center field in her second at-bat of the sixth inning, scoring Hugo and Lansdell to make it a 14-5 ball-game.
• Underwood ended the game with a walk-off single to right field that scored Lahners and gave Team USA a 15-5 run-rule victory in the sixth inning.

Notable Information

• Five U.S. batters finished the day with multi-hit performances, including Alex Hugo (3-for-4), Kylee Lahners (2-for-3), Jade Gortarez (2-for-4), Malaika Underwood (2-for-4) and Kelsie Whitmore (2-for-4).
• Jamie Mackay collected the win for the U.S., scattering one hit in her one inning of relief.
• Megan Baltzell and Alex Hugo each hit home runs on the contest. Baltzell's solo shot gave Team USA its first run of the game and Hugo's two-run blast gave the team its first lead at 6-5.
• Alex Hugo led the red, white, and blue offensively in game one, hitting .750 (3-for-4) with a single, a double, a home run and four RBIs in the contest.

Up Next

• The USA Baseball Women's National Team will continues action at the 2019 COPABE Women's Pan-American Championships on Monday, August 19 against the Dominican Republic immediately following the completion of the opening ceremony at the Parque Deportivo Ferrocarrilero in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Stay tuned to social media for an updated start time.

Social Media

• Stay tuned to @USABaseballWNT on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the 2019 USA Baseball Women's National Team.

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