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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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Nat'l Team Champs

Fabian Named Player, Olguin-Pacheco Named Pitcher of the Day for June 24

June 25, 2019

PHOENIX - On day two of the USA Baseball 15U National Team Championships in Arizona, Raoul Fabian of NorCal Baseball 2022 Blue and Jake Olguin-Pacheco of Slammers Holzemer have been named the Player and Pitcher of the Day, respectively, for their efforts in their team's wins.

Fabian had a 3-for-4 day at the plate for NorCal, knocking two doubles and a single in their 6-2 win over the CBA Warhawks. Today's win gives NorCal a 3-0 record so far in pool play after notching a three-pitcher combined no-hitter and a 9-1 victory in their doubleheader yesterday. Fabian is currently hitting at a .667 clip through three games while also putting up three RBI today.

Olguin-Pacheco started on the bump today for the Slammers, tossing five innings of one-hit ball without allowing a single run in his first start of the week. He also struck out seven in his outing to propel his squad to an 8-0 blank of Team Bad News and a perfect 3-0 record in the tournament.

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NorCal Baseball 2022 Blue Goes Undefeated in Non-Seeded Action with 6-2 Win Over CBA Warhawks

Six hits in the fifth lead NorCal to victory
June 24, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
NCAL 0 0 0 0 5 0 1 6 11 2
CBAW 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 6 1
Win: B. Jones Loss: J. DeLaTorre Save: C. Ybarra
Box Score | Play-by-Play
 

PEORIA, Ariz - A late inning lead change helped NorCal Baseball 2022 Blue defeat CBA Warhawks, 6-2, Monday morning on Mariners 4 at the Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria, Arizona. 

CBA crossed home first in the bottom of the third when Mason Montes hit a ground ball single to right and a fielding error allowed him to score. The team made another scoring attempt in the fourth, getting two runners on base, but a fly out to right ended the effort. 

Six NorCal athletes collected hits in the fifth inning when the team took a 5-1 lead over CBA. Toran O'Harran, Chase Ingram, JR Ritchie and Brandon Forrester singled while Caden Thompson and Raoul Fabian each hit doubles to left in the scoring frenzy. 

In the bottom of the sixth, CBA made a last ditch effort to comeback when Connor Abadie scored on a fielder's choice after reaching on a single to right. NorCal scored one more time before the game was over. Fabian sent a double to left and pushed Forrester across the plate as the final run of the ball game. 

O'Harran, Brent Jones and Corbin Ybarra threw for NorCal in the Monday matchup. The trio combined for six hits, two runs, one walk, and six strikeouts. Jones collected the win for his team.

Both NorCal (3-0) and CBA (2-1) await seeding for Tuesday's final round of pool play action in the 15U tournament at the National Team Championships. 

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Martin, Kjerstad And Opitz Earn Invite To Team USA Training Camp

The sophomores helped Arkansas reach its 10th College World Series in school history and first ever in back-to-back years in 2019
June 24, 2019

CARY, N.C. - Less than a week after finishing their 2019 seasons with the Arkansas Razorbacks, infielder Casey Martin, outfielder Heston Kjerstad and catcher Casey Opitz will have a chance to continue playing this summer as they will suit up for the Team USA Collegiate National Team starting this week at their training camp in North Carolina.

All three Hogs will go through numerous workouts and intrasquad games this week in the hopes to earn one of the coveted spots on the roster. In its history, Arkansas has had 16 players don the Red, White, and Blue. Last year, outfielder Dominic Fletcher and closer Matt Cronin joined the team after Arkansas' run to the College World Series final.

Current head coach Dave Van Horn also served time as the manager of the USA Collegiate National Team in the summer of 2014, making trips to the Netherlands and Cuba.

This year, Martin, Kjerstad and Opitz were all integral sophomores that helped Arkansas reach its 10th College World Series in school history and first ever in back-to-back years. Combined, the trio hit .291 with Kjerstad hitting over .300 for the second-straight year (.327). Of the team's 88 home runs, 35 came off the bat of Martin, Kjerstad or Opitz, making up 40 percent of Arkansas' long balls.

Kjerstad has posted nearly identical numbers during his first two seasons in a Razorback uniform, hitting .332 as a freshman and .327 as a sophomore. In 65 games this year, the right fielder had the second-most hits on the team (87), the fourth-most RBIs (51) and the most home runs (17), which tied for the 10th-most by a Razorback in a single season. He was named to the All-SEC Second Team for the second-consecutive year.

Martin hit .286 this season in 66 games and had 15 home runs with 57 RBIs, which are both higher totals than in 2018. The Lonoke, Arkansas native also notched 40 extra-base hits, including a team-leading four triples and three inside-the-park home runs. He showed off his speed on the basepaths, stealing 10 of 12 bases, the third-most on the squad. Like Kjerstad, Martin also earned his second-straight All-SEC Second Team honor.

As for Opitz, the Colorado native had, arguably, the best defensive season for a catcher in the SEC, totaling 22 caught stolen bases, which led all league catchers. That total is the most for a Razorback catcher since Tucker Pennell had 27 during the 2016 season. He caught 14 potential stolen bases in conference play and three in the NCAA Tournament. Opitz hit .243 for the year in 58 games and had a .379 on-base percentage, walking 38 times, which was the third-most on the team.

This year, Team USA is led by Louisville head coach Dan McDonnell and will begin its schedule on June 27 with four intrasquad games. Following a single game against the Coastal Plains League Select on July 1, the team will travel throughout North Carolina for a five-game series against Cuba in the 8th Annual USA vs. Cuba International Friendship Series.

Team USA will travel overseas to Taichung, Taiwan for a five-game series against Chinese Taipei (July 9-12) before finishing its summer schedule with a five-game set against Japan (July 16-21) with all five games played in a different location around Japan.

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Rao and Loa Named Player and Pitcher of the Day on Monday

June 24, 2019

West Palm Beach, Fla. - FTB55 2021's Santino Rao is Monday's Player of the Day at the National Team Championships in Florida. The first baseman went 2-for-3, with two doubles and a run. He also led his team in RBIs with three in their 13-1 win versus Next Level 2021.

Victor Loa of Bandito Scout was named the Pitcher of the Day for his no-hit performance against Richmond Braves 16U, ensuring a 7-0 win that advanced the team to tomorrow's semifinals. Loa walked only two batters and struck out a total of 14 throughout the game.

Honorable Mentions

- EH Brad Lang (Slammers Bauer): 2-for-4, 2B, 3B, 2 R, 3 RBI

- P Brady Garcia (FTB55 2021): 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R/0 ER, 3 BB, 6 K

- P Jack Cebert (FTB55 2021): 4 IP, 2 H, 1 R/0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K

- DH Nick Bitsko (Team Freedom): 1-for-3, HR, R, 5 RBI (grand slam)

- P Philip Abner (Team Freedom): 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R/0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K

- RF Sam Gonzalez (5 Star National Gilbert): 2-for-2, 2B, BB, 2 R, RBI

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12U
The Futures

USA Baseball Invites 10 Athletes To 12U National Team Trials Following 11U Futures Invitational

12U National Team Trials will take place in Santa Clarita, California, beginning July 16
June 24, 2019

DURHAM, N.C. - Following the conclusion of the 2019 11U Futures Invitational on Sunday, USA Baseball invited 10 athletes to the 2019 12U National Team Trials. The 12U Trials will begin July 16 in Santa Clarita, California.

The four-day 11U Futures Invitational concluded on Sunday as MVP Hustle defeated Banditos Black, 13-4, to claim its second straight championship.

At the conclusion of Trials, USA Baseball task force members and the 12U National Team staff will select the final roster of 18 players for the 2019 12U National Team that will compete in the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation U-12 Baseball World Cup in Tainan, Taiwan, July 26-August 5. Team USA is the three-time defending world champion in the event.

In total, the 10 athletes invited to 12U Trials played for six different teams at the Futures Invitational, including three from Banditos Black and two apiece from MVP Baseball and I AM Baseball.

2019 12U National Team Trials Roster Selections:
(Name; Futures Invitational Team; Hometown)

Gavin Fien; MVP Hustle; Temecula, Calif.
Hamilton Friedberg; MVP Hustle; Redondo Beach, Calif.
Josiah Hartshorn; Top Tier Americans; Anaheim, Calif.
Brenden Lewis; San Diego Show; Santee, Calif.
John "Jack" McKernan; Twelve Baseball; Missouri City, Texas
Gustavo Melendez; I AM Baseball; Cayey, P.R.
Henry Pancoast; I AM Baseball; Hainesport, N.J.
Kalub Ramirez; Banditos Black; Hereford, Texas
Titan Targac; Banditos Black; Flatonia, Texas
Lucas Tinajero; Banditos Black; Corpus Christi, Texas

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

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FTB55 2021 Wins 4-3 Over CBA Texas to Advance to Quarterfinals

June 24, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
CBTX 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 4 0
FTB 0 1 1 0 2 0 X 4 11 0
Win: B. Garcia Loss: J. Branch Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play
 

Jupiter, Fla. - FTB55 2021 held on through a seventh-inning effort by CBA Texas and won Monday's Game of the Day 4-3 to advance to the quarterfinals at the National Team Championships in Florida.

FTB was the first team to cross the plate in the round of 12 matchup, taking a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning after Hector Mangual (2-for-3) hit a home run to left field.

Sean Ambrose (1-for-2) drew a one-out walk in the third inning then advanced to second base on a balk by the CBA pitcher to put FTB in scoring position. A double from Jaime Ferrer (2-for-2) scored Ambrose to increase FTB's lead to 2-0.

FTB added two more runs to their lead in the fifth when Gregorio Campos (1-for-2) scored Edwin Arroyo (0-for-3) on a sacrifice fly and Ferrer brought Ambrose home on a single to left field.

CBA Texas showed out in the top of the seventh inning and scored three runs to avoid the shutout. Eric Garcia (0-for-0) drew a leadoff walk and came home when Tyeler Reed (1-for-3) hit a triple. Reed scored right after on a single from Juan Hernandez (1-for-2). The final run brought Hernandez home on a sacrifice fly from Jack Steffe (0-for-2) after a single advanced him to second and he stole third. A strikeout ended the game with CBA one run away.

Brady Garcia (1-0) got the win for FTB55 2021, throwing for no runs on one hit and striking out six batters. The loss went to CBA Texas' Jalen Branch who tossed for four runs on 10 hits and two strikeouts in his five innings on the mound.

FTB55 2021 advanced to 5-1 and clenched a spot in the quarterfinals. They will play Next Level 2021 for a shot at the semifinals.

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Nushida Named Player, Denger Named Pitcher of the Day for June 23

June 24, 2019

PEORIA - Day one of the 15U National Team Championships opened up on a high note, as Draven Nushida and Denger have been named Player and Pitcher of the Day, respectively, for their performances today.

Team Kado Hawaii Elite's Nushida had a big day at the plate for his team, notching five hits in seven plate appearances this afternoon. Nushida had three doubles and two singles, knocking in four RBI and also scoring four runs across two games. Elite opened up the morning with a 13-5 win over PFA Next Level and finished up with another dominating win, this time an 11-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Denger of GE - Northern California dazzled on the mound today, tossing five innings while keeping the Reggie Smith Academy completely off the board. NAME sprinkled just three hits across his outing without allowing a run. He also struck out eight while walking two in GE's 5-0 blanking of RSA.

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The Futures

11U Futures Invitational Comes to an End

June 23, 2019

Canes Baseball 7, Total Baseball Dirty South Bats 3

Canes Baseball used an early lead to defeat Total Baseball Dirty South Bats 7-3 on Sunday at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, N.C.

Canes Baseball jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first thanks to an RBI-double from Gannon Jones, an RBI-triple from Nolan Winfield and an RBI-single from Hunter Graham. Total Baseball Dirty South Bats responded with a run of its own in the bottom of the first. Canes Baseball plated two more runs in the top of the third to increase its lead to 5-1. Sawyer Cannon added another run after an RBI-sacrifice fly to center in the top of the fourth. Total Baseball Dirty South Bats added its last two runs of the game by the bottom of the fourth.

Kyle Wenckus earned the win for Canes Baseball after 6.2 innings pitched and allowing three runs. Zachary Lopez suffered the loss after 4.0 innings pitched, 10 hits and six runs allowed.

Canes Baseball finished the tournament with a 3-2 record, while Total Baseball Dirty South Bats ended their tournament 2-3.

FCA Blueclaws 10, Wilson Sandlot 5

FCA Blueclaws' offense led them to a 10-5 victory over Wilson Sandlot on Sunday at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, N.C.

Brennan Bachtell Jr. and Tyler Ellis hit an RBI-single each in the bottom of the first inning to give FCA Blueclaws an early 2-0 led. FCA Blueclaws tacked on two more runs to extend their lead in the top of the second. After FCA Blueclaws add a run in the top of the fifth, Wilson Sandlot tied the game up with a five-run inning in the bottom of the fifth. FCA Blueclaws responded with a five-run inning of their own in the top of the sixth to propel them to a win.

Tripp Hannah earned the win for FCA Blueclaws after pitching 4.0 innings and allowing just two runs. Izaiah Villalobos suffered the loss for Wilson Sandlot.

FCA Blueclaws finished the tournament with a 2-3 record, while Wilson Sandlot ended their tournament 1-4.

KC Crusaders 7, Scorpions Team Easton 5

KC Crusaders used a balanced scoring offense to defeat Scorpions Team Easton 7-5 on Sunday at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, N.C.

KC Crusaders started out by tallying three runs in the top of the second inning to give them a 3-0 lead. Elliot Fischer drew a walk with bases loaded in the top of the third to increase the lead to four. KC Crusaders added a fifth run in the top of the fourth after Beau Peterson grounded into a fielder's choice, allowing Brandon Neis to score the fifth run for his team. Scorpions Team Easton responded quickly in the bottom of the fourth by scoring five runs of their own and tying the game. In the top of the fifth, KC Crusaders' Bo Wiegmann hit an RBI-single and Neis was able to score on a wild pitch to give KC Crusaders their sixth and seventh runs of the game.

Wiegmann was the winning pitcher for KC Crusaders after only allowing two hits in pitching 3.2 innings on the mound. Derek Ordaz was tagged with the loss for Scorpions Team Easton after 2.1 innings pitched and two runs allowed.

KC Crusaders finished the tournament with a 2-3 record, while Scorpions Team Easton ended their tournament 1-4.

SBA Futures 7, Stars Baseball Camp 2

SBA Futures used a three-run first inning to defeat Stars Baseball Camp 7-2 on Sunday at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, N.C.

SBA Futures jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first thanks to two RBI-triple from Chase Kiker and an RBI-single from Bryce Mancz. Stars Baseball Camp responded with two runs of their own in the top of the second to cut to the deficit to one run. In the bottom of the third, Kiker doubled on a fly ball to left field, plating another run for SBA Futures. Logan Damico increased the SBA Futures lead to three after hitting an RBI-single. SBA Futures added two more runs in the bottom of the sixth to secure the win.

Caleb Hunter logged the win after going the distance and pitching all seven innings for SBA Futures. Chase Allen suffered the loss for Stars Baseball Camp after giving up four runs in two innings. SBA Futures' Kiker paced the offense, going 2-for-2 with three RBIs.

SBA Futures finished the tournament with a 2-3 record, while Stars Baseball Camp ended their tournament 1-4.

Elite Squad 7, Traction Canes 4

Elite Squad led from start to finish as they defeated Traction Canes, 7-4, on Sunday at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, N.C.

Elite Squad jumped out to an early 2-0 lead after Kevin Roque singled on a hard ground ball to center in the top of the first. Elite Squad tallied four more runs courtesy of four RBI-walks in the top of the third. In the top of the sixth, Carlos Paneque hit an RBI-triple to left field and Elite Squad scored their seventh and final run of the game. Traction Canes were able to score four runs before the end of the game, but Elite Squad would hold them off from there.

Roque earned the win for Elite Squad after 4.0 innings pitched and four strikeouts. Myles Ledoux was tagged with the loss for Traction Canes. Paneque and Roque paced the Elite Squad offense with two hits and two RBIs apiece.

Elite Squad finished the tournament with a 3-2 record, while Traction Canes ended their tournament 2-3.

Twelve Baseball 11, I AM Baseball 2

Twelve Baseball used a strong offensive performance to defeat I AM Baseball 11-2 on Sunday at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, N.C.

After four scoreless innings, Twelve Baseball's offense came alive with eight runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Six different batters for Twelve Baseball recorded an RBI, including a two-run RBI-triple from Jackson Cotton. I AM Baseball responded by plating two runs in the top of the sixth and cutting the deficit to six. Twelve Baseball added three more runs in the bottom of the sixth, including another an RBI-triple from Cotton.

Landon Ellstrom earned the win for Twelve Baseball pitching 5.2 innings. Luis Sosa suffered the loss for I AM Baseball after giving up nine hits and three runs in 4.1 innings. Jackson Cotton paced the Twelve Baseball offense with two hits and four RBIs.

Twelve Baseball finished the tournament with a 4-1 record, while I AM Baseball ended their tournament 2-3.

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Nat'l Team Champs

All Tied Up at 7

ABC and 3D gold end opening game of 15U tournament in a tie
June 23, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
ABC 0 4 0 3 0 0 0 7 7 2
3DGLD 2 3 0 2 0 0 0 7 11 1
Win: None Loss: None Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play
 

PEORIA, Ariz - Seven runs in seven innings: that's what Aranado Baseball Club (ABC) and 3B Gold each scored in their first game of the 15U National Team Championship on Sunday at the Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria, Arizona. 

The matchup was a donnybrook from the start, with 3D Gold scoring two runs in the bottom half of the first inning before ABC came out in the second and took a 4-2 lead. The lead continued to flip flop until the defense kicked in to hold off anymore scoring attempts by either team.

3D Gold knotted the game at four in the bottom of the second when Steven Milam singled on a line drive and pushed courtesy runner, Connor Mattison, across the plate. The Gold took the lead in the next at-bat with another RBI single to left, this time off the bat of Derrick Mitchell. 

An inning and a half later, ABC regained the lead. An Landon Runge single tied the bases after they were loaded by an error, a walk and a single. Patrick Fregoso was hit by a pitch to give ABC the lead and Damian Hernandez helped score the final run for ABC. 

Play came to a close in a 7-7 decision after seven innings of play had been completed and time ran out on the clock. 3D Gold was able to come back with two triples and a double in the bottom of the fourth, but strong defense by both teams kept more runs from crossing the plate. 

ABC put three guys on the mound in Sunday morning's game. Jakob Russell, Nathaniel Diaz, and Landon Runge combined for 11 hits, seven runs, four strikeouts, and six walks. 3D Gold split time between two Christian Ronocal and Ryan Ward. The pair tossed six strikeouts and two walks while giving up seven hits and seven runs. 

ABC and 3D Gold continued their tournament action on Sunday, matching up with Play vista Orioles-Elite and Team Kado Hawaii, respectively. Both teams continue play on Monday and will receive a half win, half loss for seeding purposes. 

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The Futures

MVP Hustle Secures Gold at 11U Futures Invitational

June 23, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
MVP Hustle 2 0 1 0 1 3 6 13 11 2
Banditos Black  1 0 0 1 2 0 0 4 6 4
Win: H. Friedberg  Loss: K. Ramirez Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-play

 

CARY, N.C. - Hamilton Friedberg pitched three innings of scoreless relief for MVP Hustle and its offense scored nine unanswered runs in the final two innings to defeat Banditos Black, 13-4, in the championship game of the 2019 11U Futures Invitational at Thomas Brooks Park on Sunday.

This marked the second consecutive 11U Futures Invitational for MVP Hustle after winning its first title in 2018.

Friedberg earned the win on the mound for MVP Hustle (5-0) after striking out one and allowing just two hits in his relief appearance. MVP Hustle's starting pitcher Gavin Fien earned a no-decision after allowing four hits in four innings on the mound and striking out three. Kalub Ramirez suffered the loss for Banditos Black (4-1), giving up three runs in 1.1 innings of work.

Nine different MVP Hustle batters tallied a hit on the day, led by Fien who went 3-for-4 with two singles, a double and five runs scored. Kalub Ramirez and Karson Reeder both recorded two hits on the day for the Banditos Black offense.

 

Key Moments:

  • MVP Hustle took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first after Brayden Gutierrez hit an RBI-triple to plate Gavin Fiend. Gutierrez scored one batter later when Anthony Del Angel hit an RBI-single to left field.
  • Banditos Black added a run of its own in the bottom of the first after Lucas Tinajero scored on a fielder's choice by Karson Reeder
  • Fien extended the MVP Hustle lead to two runs after scoring on a wild pitch in the third inning.
  • Jacob Delgadillo tallied a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fourth inning to score Evan Lopez and bring Banditos Black within one run once again.
  • Fien scored his third run of the game in the top of the fifth on an infield single by Anthony Murphy to give MVP Hustle a 4-2 lead.
  • Aiden Acosta got on base thanks to an MVP Hustle error to start the home half of the fifth inning and came around to score on an RBI-triple from Tinajero to bring Banditos Black within one run for the third time. Karson Reeder then tied the game with a two-out RBI-single to score
  • After back-to-back one-out walks in the sixth inning, MVP Hustle used a Gavin Fien two-RBI single and three more free passes to take a 7-4 lead.
  • MVP Hustle manufactured six more runs in the final fame thanks to three Banditos Black errors, four walks, four hits and a sacrifice fly. Anthony Murphy, Elliott Webb, Miles Scott and Justin Lopez each contributed RBIs in the half-inning, putting the game out of reach at 13-4.

 

Notable Information:

  • Friedberg (2-0) earned the win on the mound for MVP Hustle after pitching three shutout innings in relief.
  • Kalub Ramirez (0-1) suffered the loss for Banditos Black after entering the game in the sixth and allowing three runs in 1.1 innings.
  • The win marked the second-straight 11U Futures Invitational title for the MVP Hustle program after winning the 11U Futures Invitational in 2018.
  • USA Baseball will announce the athletes who earned an invitation to the 2019 12U National Team Trials following their performances in the tournament on Monday, June 24.

 

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