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2018 USA Baseball Award Winners Announced

Collegiate National Team member Adley Rutschman named Richard W. "Dick" Case Award winner
January 11, 2019

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced the recipients of its annual organizational awards on Friday, recognizing the top athletes, coaches and performances from the 2018 USA Baseball national teams. Collegiate National Team member Adley Rutschman (Sherwood, Ore.) was named the Richard W. "Dick" Case Award winner, becoming the 12th Collegiate National Team member to earn athlete of the year honors. The award is given annually to USA Baseball's top player in honor of the organization's founding Executive Director and CEO.

Collegiate National Team manager Paul Mainieri earned the program's second award of the year when he was named the Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year. USA Baseball also recognized the 15U National Team with two awards in 2018, including Team of the Year and naming Manager Jason Maxwell the Developmental Coach of the Year after the team won its first-ever world championship at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup.

18U National Team member Bobby Witt Jr. (Colleyville, Texas) was honored with the International Performance of the Year Award for his strong showing in the COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championships gold medal game, while Women's National Team member Megan Baltzell (Stafford, Va.) took home the Sportswoman of the Year Award following an exceptional performance in the 2018 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Women's Baseball World Cup.

Lastly, Karsten Whitson was named the Volunteer Coach of the Year after serving as a pitching coach at the 2018 14U National Team Development Program.

"We are excited to celebrate the people and performances that made 2018 another outstanding year for USA Baseball," USA Baseball Executive Director and CEO Paul Seiler said. "It is an honor to be represented by coaches, athletes and staff that are such exceptional global ambassadors for our country and the game of baseball on the international stage. We are extremely proud to recognize their 2018 accomplishments with these awards."

USA Baseball continued its incredible success against international competition in 2018, finishing the year with gold medals at the COPABE U-12 Pan-American Championships, WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup and the COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championships. After winning the WBSC U-15 World Cup, Team USA is now the defending world champions for all three youth age levels. The Collegiate National Team also built on its 2017 success when it once again won all three of its international friendship series against Chinese Taipei, Japan and Cuba in 2018

Rutschman was awarded the Richard W. "Dick" Case Award following a strong summer showing for the Collegiate National Team. He joined Team USA after winning the 2018 NCAA College World Series with Oregon State and was immediately a leader both on and off the field. He paced the team in batting average (.355), slugging percentage (.516) and on-base percentage (.432), and also finished the summer leading the squad in doubles with five in nine games.

In addition, Rutschman personified the off-field qualities that the Richard W. "Dick" Case Award honors. The catcher was the quintessential teammate and an undisputed leader in the clubhouse while also exemplifying sportsmanship and love of the game throughout the summer.

Mainieri was named the Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year after leading the Collegiate National Team to series wins over Chinese Taipei, Japan and Cuba for the second year in a row. Under his guidance, Team USA started its summer undefeated against international competition with a five-game sweep of Chinese Taipei and finished with a 11-3 record. The series win against Cuba marked its fourth in a row in the annual series and was just the second time in Collegiate National Team history that Team USA has claimed a series win on Cuban soil.

USA Baseball's Team of the Year award was given to the 15U National Team after it won its first-ever world championship with a 7-1 gold medal-game victory over Panama at the 2018 WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup. The team finished the tournament with an 8-1 record, a .323 batting average, 69 RBI, 17 doubles, five triples and three home runs while outscoring opponents 88-13 en route to the gold medal. In addition, the pitching staff tallied a collective team ERA of 1.24 over 58.0 innings and four players were named to the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup All-World Team. Maxwell's tutelage, leadership and guidance of the squad as this year's manager led to him being named the 2018 Developmental Coach of the Year.

"Jason Maxwell has been an asset to USA Baseball for many years and he brought an impressive amount of leadership and expertise to the 2018 15U National Team," Seiler said. "His ability to develop and guide these young players to new heights was evident and the team's journey to the program's first world championship was impressive to watch. We couldn't be happier to honor him and this year's team with these awards."

Witt Jr. earned the 2018 International Performance of the Year Award after hitting for a natural cycle in the COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championships gold medal game. The Colleyville, Texas, native hit a single in the second, an RBI-double in the third, a lead-off triple in the fourth and completed the cycle with a two-run home run in the fifth to lead the red, white and blue's offense in the 17-2 defeat of Panama. Following the game, Witt Jr. was named the tournament MVP and also picked up the best slugger and highest batting average awards after hitting .576 with three doubles, three triples, three home runs and 18 RBI in nine games.

Two-time Women's National Team alum Baltzell was named Sportswoman of the Year after hitting a team-high .500 in the 2018 WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup and leading the tournament in home runs with two. The lefty now owns the WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup home run record after hitting one in the 2016 World Cup and two in 2018. In addition to being named to the All-World Team following the event's conclusion, Baltzell also won two individual awards for her stellar 2018 performance, taking home the hardware for most home runs (2) and most RBI (10).

Lastly, Karsten Whitson, who won a gold medal as a player on the 2009 18U National Team, was named the 2018 Volunteer Coach of the Year after serving as a pitching coach for the 14U National Team Development Program's Stars team. The pitching staff thrived under Whitson, combining for 16 strikeouts in the three-game series. Six of those pitchers were invited to the 15U National Team Trials and one - Karson Bowen - was named to the 2018 15U National Team.

The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) annually honors one Sportsman, Sportswoman and Team of the Year based on nominations from its National Governing Bodies, as well as Developmental and Volunteer Coach of the Year awards. USA Baseball's award winners serve as the organization's nominees in their respective categories with the USOC.

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U.S. Earns Silver at WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup

Team USA finishes the tournament with a 7-2 record
September 7, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chinese Taipei 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 5 1
USA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 1
Win: C. Yu Loss: L. Gordon Save: P. Chen
Box Score | Play-by-play | World Cup Stats

GIJANG CITY, South Korea - The 2019 18U National Team finished the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup with a silver medal after falling to Chinese Taipei, 2-1, in the championship game on Sunday, September 8, at Gijang-Hyundai Dream Park in Gijang City, South Korea.

Robert Hassell (Franklin, Tenn.) and Tyler Soderstrom (Turlock, Calif.) led the U.S. offense in the game as both finished 2-for-4. Colby Halter (Jacksonville, Fla.) also tallied a hit in the contest while Hassell scored Team USA's lone run.

Lucas Gordon (Los Angeles, Calif.) started the game for the stars and stripes and suffered the loss after pitching 5.2 innings, allowing just one run on three hits while striking out two. Chinese Taipei's Chien Yu recorded seven strikeouts while surrendering just three hits to earn the win.

KEY MOMENTS

  • Chinese Taipei scored the first run of the game in the top of the fifth with a one-out triple followed by an RBI-single to take a 1-0 lead.
  • In the top of the eighth, Chinese Taipei added an insurance run courtesy of two singles and a walk for a 2-0 advantage.
  • Hassell got a rally going in the bottom of the ninth with a leadoff single before moving to second on a single from Halter and scoring on an error to pull Team USA within one.

 

NOTABLE INFORMATION

  • Team USA finished the 2019 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup with a 7-2 record.
  • Four Team USA players were named to the 2019 WBSC All-World Team, as Pete Crow-Armstrong (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) earned All-World Centerfielder, Hassell was named All-World Rightfielder, Alejandro Rosario (Miami, Fla.) earned All-World Relief Pitcher and Soderstrom was the All-World Designated Hitter.
  • Rosario, who won Most Wins after finishing with three, and Hassell, who won Most RBIs with 14, earned extra awards for their performances in the tournament, along with Kyle Harrison (Danville, Calif.), who won the award for Best ERA after not allowing a run in his three appearances.
  • Hassell and Halter led Team USA in hits during the event with 17 and 13, respectively, while both recorded four doubles in nine games.
  • Drew Romo (The Woodlands, Texas) drew six walks in the tournament to lead the U.S., while Hassell and Milan Tolentino (Mission Viejo, Calif.) were close behind with five apiece.
  • Hassell scored 14 runs in the tournament and Crow-Armstrong scored nine to top the 2019 squad.
  • Harrison did not allow a run in ten innings of work over the course of the tournament, while striking out a team-high 12 batters.
  • Max Rajcic (Fullerton, Calif.) led the team in innings pitched with 13.1, while allowing just two runs on eight hits and recording ten punch outs.
  • Gordon (0-1) was tagged with the loss in the contest after giving up one run on three hits in 5.2 innings of work, while walking two and tallying two strikeouts.

 

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18U

Comeback Victory Over Korea Clinches U.S. Spot in Gold Medal Game

Team USA will play for a fifth consecutive world championship at 5 a.m. ET on Sunday
September 6, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
USA 0 0 2 2 1 2 0 0 1 8 13 1
Korea 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 11 1
Win: A. Rosario Loss: W. Oh Save: McLean
Box Score | Play-by-play | World Cup Stats

GIJANG CITY, South Korea - The 18U National Team secured its spot in the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup for the fifth consecutive year with an 8-5 comeback victory over Korea on Saturday at Gijang-Hyundai Park in Gijang City, South Korea. Team USA will play Chinese Taipei for the world championship on Sunday, September 8, at 6 p.m. local time (5 a.m. ET).

Colby Halter (Jacksonville, Fla.) finished 3-for-5 with two runs scored and one RBI to lead Team USA's offense in its win over Korea. He was followed close behind by Robert Hassell (Franklin, Tenn.), Nolan McLean (Willow Spring, N.C.) and Milan Tolentino (Mission Viejo, Calif.), who all collected two hits on the day. Saturday's contest marked the sixth time Hassell has recorded multiple hits through eight games in the tournament.

Mick Abel (Portland, Ore.) got the start for Team USA on the mound, allowing two runs on three hits in the first inning before Alejandro Rosario (Miami, Fla.) came in in relief and earned the win with 7.2 strong innings. Rosario gave up seven hits in his outing and did not allow an earned run, while striking out six batters. The loss was attributed to Korea's Wonseok Oh after he gave up four hits, as well as the tying and go-ahead runs.

 

KEY MOMENTS

  • Korea jumped out to an early lead in the contest after a one-out triple and two RBI-singles made it 2-0 in the bottom of the first.
  • The host country added to its lead with a bases-loaded two-RBI single followed by another single that brought in one more and put the U.S. down 5-0 after two innings.
  • Pete Crow-Armstrong (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) drew a one-out walk and Hassell crushed a ball over the right field fence for his second two-run homer of the tournament to start Team USA's comeback in the top of the third inning.
  • The U.S. scored two more runs in the top of the fourth inning to pull within one when McLean knocked an RBI-single to left that scored Halter, who had led off the inning with a single, and Jack Bulger (Bowie, Md.) came up clutch with a pinch-hit RBI-single to make it a 5-4 game.
  • Team USA's offense once again got rolling in the top of the fifth inning when AJ Vukovich (Mukwonago, Wisc.) reached second on an error before back-to-back groundouts brought him home to tie the game, 5-5.
  • With the game tied, McLean and Tolentino led off the sixth inning with a double and a single, respectively, to bring up Drew Bowser (Woodland Hills, Calif.), who dropped an RBI-single into left field that gave the U.S. its first lead of the game.
  • A sacrifice fly by Hassell brought Tolentino home to add an insurance run and make it 7-5 in Team USA's favor in the top of the sixth.
  • Halter hit a one-out double in the ninth and then scored from second on a wild pitch to give the stars and stripes an 8-5 lead and finish off the scoring.
  • McLean came in on the mound in the bottom of the ninth and, after giving up a leadoff single to start the inning, recorded a strikeout and two fly outs to secure Team USA's victory.

 

NOTABLE INFORMATION

  • Team USA improves to 7-1 in the 2019 WBSC U-18 World Cup and finishes Super Round play 4-1 with the victory.
  • Hassell continues to lead the World Cup in runs scored (13) and RBIs (14) after adding one run and three RBIs against Korea.
  • Rosario (3-0) earned his second win of the World Cup with his stellar 7.2 innings of work in which he tallied six punch outs while surrendering just seven hits without allowing an earned run.
  • Rosario leads all pitchers in the tournament in wins with three after earning the win in Team USA's games against Spain, Australia and Korea.

 

DUE UP

  • Gold Medal Game: USA vs. Chinese Taipei (September 8, 6 p.m. local time [5 a.m. ET]; Gijang-Hyundai Dream Park; Gijang City, South Korea)

 

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18U

Hernandez Tosses Gem to Lead U.S. Past Canada

Ben Hernandez struck out eight in a seven-inning complete game shutout
September 5, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
USA 5 0 0 3 0 2 0 10 11 0
Canada 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 3
Win: B. Hernandez Loss: J. Thorsteinson Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-play | World Cup Stats

GIJANG CITY, South Korea - Ben Hernandez (Chicago, Ill.) went the distance to lead Team USA to its second win of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup Super Round on Friday at Gijang-Hyundai Dream Park in Gijang City, South Korea. The righty gave up just five hits and no walks in seven scoreless innings of work while striking out eight as the U.S. beat Canada, 10-0.

Eight different hitters combined to collect eleven hits in the contest for Team USA, led by multi-hit games from Pete Crow-Armstrong (Sherman Oaks, Calif.), Robert Hassell (Franklin, Tenn.) and Tyler Soderstrom (Turlock, Calif.). Hassell also tallied three RBIs and Hunter Haas (Phoenix, Ariz.) added two of his own in the victory.

Hernandez earned the win with his effort on the mound, while Canada's Justin Thorsteinson was tagged with the loss after allowing eight runs on nine hits in four innings on the mound.

 

KEY MOMENTS

  • In the top of the first inning, Crow-Armstrong got things going for Team USA with a leadoff triple and Hassell drove him in with a sacrifice fly for a 1-0 lead.
  • After Hassell brought in the first run of the game, the U.S. took a 5-0 lead with four more runs in the top of first courtesy of RBI-singles from Haas, Colby Halter (Jacksonville, Fla.) and Nolan McLean (Willow Spring, N.C.).
  • Crow-Armstrong hit his second triple of the game in the top of the fourth inning and Hassell once again brought him in, this time with a single to give Team USA a 6-0 advantage.
  • The U.S. added two more in the fourth on an RBI-single from Soderstrom and a fielder's choice to make it an 8-0 game.
  • Milan Tolentino (Mission Viejo, Calif.) singled to start the sixth and scored on a Hassell RBI-triple to make it 9-0 in Team USA's favor.
  • After his RBI-triple, Hassell came home on a sacrifice fly from AJ Vukovich (Mukwonago, Wisc.) in the top of the sixth inning before Ben Hernandez came in with two final scoreless innings to close out the 10-0 victory for Team USA.

 

NOTABLE INFORMATION

  • With the win, Team USA improves to 6-1 in the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup and 3-1 in Super Round play.
  • The game was Hassell's fifth in the World Cup with at least two hits, while it was the fourth multi-hit game in the tournament for Crow-Armstrong.
  • Hassell leads all batters in the World Cup with fourteen hits so far and Crow-Armstrong (11) is tied for second with Korea's Jichan Kim and Australia's Jaylin Rae.
  • Hassell also leads the World Cup field in RBIs (11) and runs scored (12).
  • Hernandez (1-1) earned the win with his complete game effort, allowing just five hits and punching out eight in seven scoreless innings.
  • With Friday's outing, Hernandez became one of just four pitchers in the tournament to throw a complete game, and one of just two to toss a shutout along with Korea's Minho Lee.

 

DUE UP

  • September 7: USA vs. Korea (12:00 p.m. local [11 p.m. ET on 9/6]; Gijang-Hyundai Dream Park; Gijang City, South Korea)

 

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18U

Romo Walks Off Australia in Super Round Opener

Drew Romo goes 2-for-4 with a walkoff single to lead Team USA to 2-1 win
September 4, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Australia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 7 0
USA 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 8 0
Win: A. Rosario Loss: B. Cavill Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-play | World Cup Stats

GIJANG CITY, South Korea - Drew Romo (The Woodlands, Texas) hit a walkoff single with the bases loaded in the top of the ninth to secure Team USA's 2-1 win over Australia in its first game of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup Super Round in dramatic fashion on Thursday at Gijang-Hyundai Dream Park in Gijang City, South Korea.

Max Rajcic (Fullerton Calif.), who started the game for Team USA, and Australia's Liam McCallum were both strong on the mound to kick off the contest with neither giving up more than one hit in an inning through the fifth and holding both offenses scoreless until the bottom of the sixth.

After the U.S. finally broke the scoring drought with an RBI-single in the sixth and Australia tied the game in the eighth, Team USA loaded the bases with back-to-back hit-by-pitches and a bunt single in the top of the ninth to bring Romo to the plate, who came through with a single to give the stars and stripes the 2-1 victory.

Romo collected two hits, including his walkoff knock, to help lead the U.S. offense along with Colby Halter (Jacksonville, Fla.), who also finished 2-for-4 in the victory.

Rajcic was dominant on the mound for the U.S., allowing just one run on four hits while striking out eight over 7.2 innings of work. Alejandro Rosario (Miami, Fla.) earned his second win of the tournament after throwing 1.1 innings of relief in which he surrendered just two hits. Australia's Blake Cavill was tagged with the loss after giving up two hits and the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth.

 

KEY MOMENTS

  • Team USA finally broke through in the bottom of the sixth when Hassell drew a leadoff walk and advanced to third on a groundout and a flyout before McLean laced a single up the middle to bring him home and give the U.S. a 1-0 lead.
  • After a two-out hit-by-pitch, Australia used an RBI-double off the center field wall to tie the game 1-1 in the top of the eighth.
  • Back-to-back hit-by-pitches to Soderstrom and Hendrick and a bunt single by Halter loaded the bases in the top of the ninth for Drew Romo, who drove a single up the middle to secure the 2-1 walkoff victory for Team USA.

 

NOTABLE INFORMATION

  • Team USA improves to 5-1 in the WBSC U-18 World Cup and 2-1 in Super Round play with the win.
  • Rajcic was stellar on the mound for Team USA, throwing 7.2 innings and allowing just one run on four hits while striking out eight in his start.
  • The win was awarded to Rosario (2-0) after he tossed 1.1 innings of scoreless relief in which he gave up just two hits.

 

DUE UP

  • September 6: USA vs. Canada (12:00 p.m. local [11 p.m. ET on 9/5]; Gijang-Hyundai Dream Park; Gijang City, South Korea)
  • September 7: USA vs. Korea (12:00 p.m. local [11 p.m. ET on 9/6]; Gijang-Hyundai Dream Park; Gijang City, South Korea)

 

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18U

Power Shows Up as U.S. Clinches Second Seed in Super Round

Robert Hassell and Nolan McLean hit Team USA's first home runs of World Cup in pool play finale
September 3, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Panama 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 9 2
USA 2 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 X 5 12 1
Win: N. McLean Loss: J. Garcia Save: C. Halter
Box Score | Play-by-play | World Cup Stats

GIJANG CITY, South Korea - Two-run home runs from Robert Hassell (Franklin, Tenn.) and Nolan McLean (Willow Spring, N.C.) powered the 18U National Team to a 5-3 defeat of Panama in the final game of 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup pool play on Wednesday at Gijang-Hyundai Dream Park in Gijang City, South Korea. With the win, the U.S. will advance to the Super Round as the second seed out of Group B.

Along with Hassell and McLean, Team USA's offense was led by Colby Halter who went 4-for-4 with two runs scored. Pete Crow-Armstrong (Sherman Oaks, Calif.), Hassell and AJ Vukovich (Mukwonago, Wisc.) each finished with two hits in the game.

Kyle Harrison (Danville, Calif.) started for the red, white and blue on the bump and put together four scoreless innings of work, surrendering just five hits with three punchouts. In addition to their efforts at the plate, McLean and Halter also excelled on the mound as McLean earned the win, giving up just one hit and striking out two in two innings while Halter recorded the save after tossing a perfect ninth inning.

 

KEY MOMENTS

  • For the second consecutive game, Crow-Armstrong and Hassell led off the game with back-to-back hits to get the scoring started, as Crow-Armstrong singled and Hassell recorded Team USA's first home run of the tournament with a two-run shot over the right field wall.
  • In the bottom of the second inning, Halter collected his first hit of the game with a leadoff double before coming all the way around to score on an error on the same play to bring the U.S. lead to 3-0.
  • After Halter hit his second leadoff single of the game, McLean launched a 1-1 pitch over the fence to give Team USA a 5-0 advantage in the bottom of the fourth.
  • Panama pulled within two in the top of the sixth courtesy of a walk and three singles that plated three and cut the U.S.'s lead to 5-3.
  • Halter and McLean shut Panama down after the sixth, combining to allow just one hit and no runs while striking out three over the final three innings to secure the 5-3 win for the stars and stripes.

 

NOTABLE INFORMATION

  • Team USA finishes pool play with a 4-1 record and clinches a No. 2 seed in the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup Super Round with the victory.
  • Halter finished the game 4-for-4 with three singles and a double while also earning the save after tossing a perfect ninth to close out the 5-3 win.
  • McLean was awarded the win in the contest after he threw two scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and punching out two.

 

DUE UP

  • September 5: USA vs. Australia (12:00 p.m. local [11 p.m. ET on 9/4]; Gijang-Hyundai Dream Park; Gijang City, South Korea)
  • September 6: USA vs. Canada (12:00 p.m. local [11 p.m. ET on 9/5]; Gijang-Hyundai Dream Park; Gijang City, South Korea)
  • September 7: USA vs. Korea (12:00 p.m. local [11 p.m. ET on 9/6]; Gijang-Hyundai Dream Park; Gijang City, South Korea)

 

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18U

Clutch Hitting Leads Team USA Past Spain

The U.S. scored four runs with two outs in the seventh inning to secure the victory
September 3, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
USA 2 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 8 10 1
Spain 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 3 8 2
Win: A. Rosario Loss: E. Dominguez Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-play | World Cup Stats

GIJANG CITY, South Korea - The 2019 18U National Team scored six runs in the seventh inning, including four with two outs, to defeat Spain 8-3 for its third win of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup on Tuesday, September 3, at Gijang-Hyundai Park in Gijang City, South Korea.

The stars and stripes were led at the plate by Robert Hassell (Franklin, Tenn.), who went 3-for-5 with two runs scored. Additionally, Pete Crow-Armstrong (Sherman Oaks, Calif.), Milan Tolentino (Mission Viejo, Calif.) and AJ Vukovich (Mukwonago, Wisc.) all had multiple hits in the win, and Hassell, Tolentino and Tyler Soderstrom (Turlock, Calif.) tallied two RBIs apiece for the U.S.

Mick Abel (Portlant, Ore.) started on the mound for Team USA and threw four innings, allowing four hits and two runs while striking out four. Alejandro Rosario (Miami, Fla.) came into the game in relief and earned the win after four innings of work in which he gave up one run on three hits and struck out three. Spain's Eduardo Dominguez, who gave up five runs and three hits in 2/3 of an inning, was tagged with the loss.

 

KEY MOMENTS

  • Back-to-back doubles to lead off the game from Crow-Armstrong and Hassell scored Team USA's first run before Hassell crossed the plate on a sacrifice fly from Soderstrom to give the U.S. a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning.
  • A double followed by an RBI-single for Spain tied the game 2-2 in the bottom of the fourth inning.
  • Spain used a leadoff double and a groundout to get a runner on third with one out in the bottom of the sixth before a sacrifice fly gave the team a 3-2 advantage in the bottom of the sixth.
  • Tolentino got the offense going in the top of the seventh with a leadoff walk before Crow-Armstrong and Hassell once again put together back-to-back knocks to tie the game, 3-3.
  • Soderstrom gave the U.S. back the lead in the top of the seventh when he dropped an RBI-single to left field that scored Hassell.
  • Team USA added five more runs in the top of the seventh, including four with two outs, on bases-loaded walks to Jack Bulger (Bowie, Md.) and Hunter Haas (Phoenix, Ariz.) and a two-RBI single from Tolentino.
  • Hassell came into the game on the mound for the U.S. to close it out in the ninth with a fly out and two strikeouts to secure the 8-3 win.

 

NOTABLE INFORMATION

  • With the win, Team USA is now 3-1 in pool play at the 2019 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup.
  • Rosario was awarded the win after giving up just three hits, no walks and one run while striking out three batters in four innings of relief.

 

DUE UP

  • September 4: USA vs. Panama (2 a.m. ET [3 p.m. local time]; Gijang City, South Korea; Gijang-Hyundai Dream Park)

 

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18U

Game Four of World Cup Postponed Due to Weather

Team USA's game against Panama tentatively rescheduled for Wednesday, September 4
September 1, 2019

GIJANG CITY, South Korea - Due to heavy rains, the 2019 18U National Team's fourth game of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup against Panama has been postponed. Tentatively, the contest will be played on Wednesday, September 4, which was originally a scheduled off day.

Team USA's next game will be on Tuesday, September 3, at 12 p.m. local time (11 p.m. ET on Monday) against Spain at Gijang-Hyundai Dream Park in Gijang City, South Korea.

Notable Information

  • The U.S. is currently tied with Chinese Taipei in the Group B standings with a 2-1 record after defeating South Africa and Chinese Taipei to open tournament play before falling to Japan in its third game.
  • This is the second time in the history of the 18U National Team program that Team USA has competed at a World Cup in South Korea.
  • The 2012 IBAF "AAA" World Cup was held in Seoul, South Korea, with the U.S. finishing 7-2 and coming away as world champions after defeating Canada 6-2 in the gold medal game.
  • The 2019 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup will be played at Gijang-Hyundai Dream Ballpark. The multi-field facility was recently built in time to host the WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup in 2016 and is the largest youth baseball facility in Korea, with a seating capacity of 1,295.
  • Team USA will play five games in the Opening Round of the World Cup - one against each team in Group B.
  • Following the Opening Round, the top three teams from both Group A and Group B will advance to the Super Round. Each team will then play one game against each of the five other Super Round teams, with the top two advancing to the gold medal game and the third and fourth seeds playing for bronze.
  • Three of Team USA's World Cup Opening Round opponents are ranked in the top 15 in the world, including No. 4 Chinese Taipei and No. 1 Japan.
  • The U.S. is the four-time defending champion of the event, having claimed gold medals in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2017.

 

On Deck

  • September 3: USA vs. Spain (12:00 p.m. local [11 p.m. ET on 9/2]; Gijang City, South Korea; Gijang-Hyundai Dream Park)
  • September 4: USA vs. Panama (Time TBD; Gijang City, South Korea; Gijang-Hyundai Dream Park)

 

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18U

The U.S. Drops World Cup Game Three to Japan

The two teams will square off at 5 a.m. ET on Sunday, September 1
September 1, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
USA 1 0 0 0 2 3 1 0 0 7 7 2
Japan 1 0 5 5 0 0 1 4 X 16 12 2
Win: J. Nishi Loss: B. Hernandez Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-play | World Cup Stats

GIJANG CITY, South Korea - Despite a six-run rally over the fifth, sixth and seventh innings, the 2019 18U National Team its first loss of the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup to Japan, 16-7, on Sunday at Gijang-Hyundai Dream Park in Gijang City, South Korea.

Hunter Haas (Phoenix, Ariz.) led Team USA with two hits while drawing a walk and scoring a run. Also, five additional members of the stars and stripes collected one hit each in the contest. Japan's offense recorded 12 hits and six walks to claim the victory.

Ben Hernandez (Chicago, Ill.) got the start for the U.S. and suffered the loss after giving up six runs on five hits in two innings of work. Japan's Junya Nishi, who allowed two runs on two hits and struck out five, was awarded the win.

 

KEY MOMENTS

  • Pete Crow-Armstrong (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) doubled to lead off the game and Tyler Soderstrom (Turlock, Calif.) brought him home with a sacrifice fly to give the U.S. an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning.
  • Japan tied the game in the bottom of the first with a leadoff triple and an RBI-double.
  • Five runs on four hits in the bottom of the third gave Japan a 6-1 lead and they added to that in the next inning with five more runs that put Team USA down 11-1 after four.
  • The red, white and blue got two back in the fifth after Haas led off the inning with a single and Milan Tolentino (Mission Viejo, Calif.) and Crow-Armstrong followed with a walk and a hit-by-pitch, respectively, before Robert Hassell (Franklin, Tenn.) and AJ Vukovich (Mukwonago, Wisc.) both recorded RBI-groundouts.
  • A leadoff double in the top of the seventh by Vukovich set up Romo, who hit an RBI-triple to make it an 11-7 game.
  • A solo home run in the seventh and four more runs in the eighth sealed the 16-7 victory for Japan.

 

NOTABLE INFORMATION

  • Team USA moves to 2-1 in the 2019 WBSC U-18 World Cup with the loss.
  • The loss snapped the 18U National Team's 21-game win streak in international play after both the 2017 and 2018 teams went undefeated.
  • Hernandez (0-1) was tagged with the loss when he surrendered six runs on five hits while striking out two batters in two innings of work.

 

DUE UP

  • September 2: USA vs. Panama (12:00 p.m. local [11 p.m. ET on 9/1]; Gijang City, South Korea; Gijang-Hyundai Dream Park)
  • September 3: USA vs. Spain (12:00 p.m. local [11 p.m. ET on 9/2]; Gijang City, South Korea; Gijang-Hyundai Dream Park)

 

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18U

U.S. Powers Past Chinese Taipei for Second World Cup Win

Pete Crow-Armstrong finished 3-for-5 with two runs scored
August 30, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chinese Taipei 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 5 3
USA 2 0 0 1 0 0 3 2 X 8 11 0
Win: M. Rajcic Loss: T. Lin Save: None
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GIJANG CITY, South Korea - Pete Crow-Armstrong (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) recorded three hits and two runs to pace the U.S. offense in an 8-1 defeat of Chinese Taipei at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup on Saturday, August 31, at Gijang-Hyundai Dream Park in Gijang City, South Korea. Team USA improves to 2-0 in the tournament with the win.

Robert Hassell (Franklin, Tenn.) and Milan Tolentino (Mission Viejo, Calif.) added two hits apiece in the victory, while Tyler Soderstrom (Turlock, Calif.) and Austin Hendrick (Oakdale, Pa.) combined for five RBIs.

Max Rajcic (Fullerton, Calif.) got the start for Team USA on Saturday and threw 5.2 strong innings to earn the win, allowing four hits, one walk and one run while striking out two.

 

KEY MOMENTS

  • An RBI-groundout from Tyler Soderstrom (Turlock, Calif.) and an error brought in two for Team USA in the bottom of the first after Pete Crow-Armstrong (Sherman Oaks, Calif.), Robert Hassell (Franklin, Tenn.) and AJ Vukovich (Mukwonago, Wisc.) led off the game for the U.S. with back-to-back-to-back singles.
  • Colby Halter (Jacksonville, Fla.) added an insurance run when he led off the bottom of the fourth with a single and a stolen base before Milan Tolentino (Mission Viejo, Calif.) made it 3-0 with an RBI knock.
  • Chinese Taipei got one back in the top of the sixth with an RBI-single that made it 3-1.
  • Team USA added three runs in the seventh inning courtesy of an RBI-groundout from Hassell that scored Tolentino and a two-RBI knock from Hendrick that plated Crow-Armstrong and AJ Vukovich (Mukwonago, Wisc.).
  • Two more runs added some cushion to the U.S. lead in the bottom of the eighth when Soderstrom dropped a two-RBI double into left-center to make it an 8-1 game.

 

NOTABLE INFORMATION

  • Team USA improved to 2-0 in tournament play with the victory.
  • Rajcic (1-0) earned the win after allowing just one run on four hits in 5.2 innings of work.

 

DUE UP

  • September 1: USA vs. Japan (6:00 p.m. local [5 a.m. ET]; Gijang City, South Korea; Gijang-Hyundai Dream Park)
  • September 2: USA vs. Panama (12:00 p.m. local [11 p.m. ET on 9/1]; Gijang City, South Korea; Gijang-Hyundai Dream Park)
  • September 3: USA vs. Spain (12:00 p.m. local [11 p.m. ET on 9/2]; Gijang City, South Korea; Gijang-Hyundai Dream Park)

 

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U.S. Shuts Out South Africa in Opening Game of World Cup

Kyle Harrison and AJ Vukovich combined for 13 strikeouts over seven scoreless innings
August 29, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
South Africa 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 5
USA 1 2 5 0 2 1 X 11 12 0
Win: K. Harrison Loss: J. White Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-play | World Cup Stats

GIJANG CITY, South Korea - In Team USA's opening game of the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup, Kyle Harrison (Danville, Calif.) and AJ Vukovich (Mukwonago, Wisc.) combined for 13 strikeouts while holding South Africa scoreless to lead the U.S. to an 11-0 victory on Friday, August 30, at Gijang-Hyundai Dream Park in Gijang City, South Korea.

Tyler Soderstrom (Turlock, Calif.) led the offensive effort for the U.S., going 3-for-4 with a run scored and a game-high three RBIs. Additionally, Robert Hassell (Franklin, Tenn.) finished with two hits, two RBIs and four runs scored, while Drew Romo (The Woodlands, Texas) and Hunter Haas (Phoenix, Ariz.) also recorded multiple hits in the contest.

Harrison tossed 5.1 scoreless innings to open the tournament for Team USA, tallying nine strikeouts and allowing just two hits and one walk to earn the win.

 

KEY MOMENTS

  • Team USA scored its first run of the tournament early courtesy of a Soderstrom RBI-single in the bottom of the first inning that brought home Hassell for a 1-0 advantage.
  • An RBI-groundout by AJ Vukovich (Mukwonago, Wisc.) and an RBI-single from Soderstrom added to the lead in the bottom of the second inning.
  • The U.S. put up five runs in the bottom of the third on five hits, including a Colby Halter (Jacksonville, Fla.) RBI-double, RBI-singles from Milan Tolentino (Mission Viejo, Calif.) and Soderstrom and a two-RBI knock from Hassell to make it 8-0 in Team USA's favor.
  • Hassell led off the bottom of the fifth with a double and came around to score on an error before Romo pushed Soderstrom across the plate with an RBI-single to put Team USA up 10-0.
  • The final run of the game came when Haas singled and scored on an error to give the stars and stripes an 11-0 lead in the bottom of the sixth.

 

NOTABLE INFORMATION

  • The win marks the U.S.'s seventh consecutive victory in a World Cup opener.
  • Harrison and Vukovich combined for 13 strikeouts in the win.
  • Harrison (1-0) recorded the win in the contest after allowing just two hits and striking out nine batters in 5.1 innings of work.

 

DUE UP

  • August 31: USA vs. Chinese Taipei (12:00 p.m. local [11 p.m. ET on 8/30]; Gijang City, South Korea; Gijang-Hyundai Dream Park)
  • September 1: USA vs. Japan (6:00 p.m. local [5 a.m. ET]; Gijang City, South Korea; Gijang-Hyundai Dream Park)
  • September 2: USA vs. Panama (12:00 p.m. local [11 p.m. ET on 9/1]; Gijang City, South Korea; Gijang-Hyundai Dream Park)
  • September 3: USA vs. Spain (12:00 p.m. local [11 p.m. ET on 9/2]; Gijang City, South Korea; Gijang-Hyundai Dream Park)

 

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