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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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Team USA Comes From Behind to Defeat Dominican Republic

The U.S. scored 12 runs on nine hits to secure the victory
September 16, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
USA 1 3 0 2 2 3 1 12 9 2
DR 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 8 3
Win: L. Saloman Loss: X. Peralta Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | WBSC Qualifier Stats
 

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico - The 2019 15U National Team scored 12 runs on nine hits, including four with two outs, to come from behind and defeat the Dominican Republic 12-6 for its fourth win of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier on Monday at Unidad Deportivo Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. 

The stars and stripes were led at the plate by Termarr Johnson (Atlanta, Ga.), who went 3-for-3 with four runs scored. Additionally, Karson Bowen (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) had a solid day at the plate, going 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Four other members of Team USA collected hits, including Mikey Romero (Menifee, Calif.), Aidan Miller (Trinity, Ga.), Joe Brown (Petaluma, Calif.) and Steven Milam (Las Cruces, N.M.).

Brandon Olivera (Hialeah, Fla.) started on the mound for Team USA and threw 1.1 innings, allowing four hits and six runs (one earned) while striking out three. Logan Saloman (Chandler, Ariz.) came into the game in relief and earned the win after 5.2 innings of work in which he scattered four hits and struck out eight. The Dominican's Xavier Peralta, who allowed four runs on five hits in 2.1 innings, was tagged with the loss. 

Key Moments
• Team USA jumped out to an early lead in the contest after Johnson scored on a Romero groundout to make it 1-0 in the top of the first inning.
• Milam and Kai Caranto (Santa Clarita, Calif.) scored on a pair of errors and Johnson crossed the plate on a wild pitch in the top of the third to give Team USA a 4-0 lead.
• The Dominican Republic used back-to-back-back RBI-singles in the bottom of the second to tie the game at 4-4.
• The Dominican Republic took the lead in the bottom of the second when a passed ball and a groundout allowed two runs to score, making it 6-4.
• A Johnson RBI-single and Romero sac-fly tied the game at 6-6 in the top of the third inning.
• Bowen sent a two-RBI double through the left side to take back the lead for the U.S. in the top of the fifth inning, 8-6.
• Romero knocked a single through right side to extend the red, white and blue's lead to 9-6 in the top of the fifth inning.
• Dylan Lina (Carson, Calif.) grounded into a fielder's choice that allowed two runs to score and extended Team USA's lead to 11-6 in the top of the sixth inning.
• Bowen scored the final run for Team USA on a passed ball in the top of the seventh and Saloman collected all three outs from the mound in the bottom frame to give the U.S. a 12-6 win.

Notable Information
• Team USA improves to 4-0 in pool play at the 2019 WBSC U-15 Americas World Cup Qualifier.
• Termarr Johnson leads the offense through four games, batting .667 (4-for-6) with six runs, a double and a triple.
• Mikey Romero leads the team in RBIs in the tournament with seven.
• Logan Saloman (1-0) earned his first win of the qualifying event with his stellar 5.2 innings of work in which he tallied eight strikeouts white scattering four hits without allowing a run.
• Logan Saloman leads the Team USA pitching staff in the tournament with 11 strikeouts through 7.2 innings pitched.

Up Next
The 15U National Team finishes pool play at the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier on Tuesday, September 17 against Mexico at 10:30 a.m. CT on Field One Unidad Deportivo Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Both teams are currently undefeated in pool play action.

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Team USA Takes Down Colombia 11-4

Team USA clinches a spot in the Super Round with the win
September 15, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
USA 0 1 3 4 2 0 1 11 10 5
COL 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 4 6 4
Win: B. Barriera Loss: C. Babilonia Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | WBSC Qualifier Stats
 

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico - Ten hits by six batters powered the 15U National Team to an 11-4 defeat of Colombia in its third game of the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier on Sunday at Unidad Deportivo Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. The win clinches Team USA a spot in the Super Round that begins on Thursday, September 19.

Joe Brown (Petaluma, Calif.) led the offense, going 3-for-3, scoring one run and collecting two RBIs, while Dylan Lina (Carson, Calif.) tallied three RBIs on an inside-the-park home run in the fourth inning. Along with Brown and Lina, four other U.S. batters collected hits in the game, including Steven Milam (Las Cruces, N.M.), Mikey Romero (Menifee, Calif.), Nolan Schubart (Durand, Mich.) and Ben Reiland (Irvine, Calif.) 

Brandon Barriera (Coconut Creek, Fla.) started on the bump for the red, white and blue, and got the win, surrendering just two runs on four hits with six punchouts through five innings of work. Louis Rodriguez (Long Beach, Calif.) took over in the sixth and gave up two runs (one earned) on two hits and struck out two batters. Lina closed the game with a perfect seventh inning, striking out all three batters he faced. 

Key Moments

• Milam singled through the ride side to score Brown, who reached base on a single of his own, and gave the U.S. a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning.
• A Karson Bowen (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) sac-fly and a two RBI-single up the middle by Kai Caranto (Santa Clarita, Calif.) gave Team USA a 4-0 advantage in the top of the third inning.
• Milam scored on a throwing error in the top of the fourth inning to give the red, white and blue a 5-0 lead.
• Lina cleared the bases with a three-run inside-the-park home run in the top of the fourth inning to extend the U.S. lead to 8-0.
• An RBI-single and triple put Colombia on the board in the bottom of the fourth inning to make the score 8-2.
• Drew Burress (Perry, Ga.) crossed the plate on a Colombia error, giving the U.S. a 9-2 lead in the top of the fifth inning.
• Romero's RBI-single through the left side in the top of the fifth inning made it a 10-2 game.
• Colombia cut the lead to 10-4 in the top of the sixth inning with a two RBI-triple to center field.
• Schubart scored on an error by the left fielder in the top of the seventh inning and Lina sat all three Colombian batters down in the bottom frame to solidify Team USA's 11-4 win.

Notable Information

• With the win, Team USA is now 3-0 in pool play action at the 2019 WBSC Americas Qualifier and clinched a spot in the Super Round that begins on Thursday, September 19.
• Barriera (1-0) earned the win after giving up just two runs on four hits and striking out six batters in his first start of the tournament.
• Seven U.S. batters collected hits in the game, including Steven Milam (2-for-4, RBI), Mikey Romero (1-for-3, RBI), Nolan Schubart (2-for-3), Ben Reiland (1-for-2), Dylan Lina (1-for-4, three RBIs), and Joe Brown (3-for-3, two RBIs).

Up Next
The 15U National Team continues action at the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier on Monday, September 16 against Dominican Republic at 1 p.m. CT on Field One at Unidad Deprotivo Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. 

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Team USA Pitchers Throw Combined No-Hitter in 12-0 Win Over Honduras

The U.S. pitching staff struck out six batters in the game
September 14, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
HON 0 0 0 0 x x x 0 0 5
USA 8 0 4 x x x x 12 7 1
Win: S. Butt Loss: J. Padilla Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | WBSC Qualifier Stats
 

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico - Spencer Butt (Davie, Fla.) and Ethan McElvain (Thompson's Station, Tenn.) combined to throw a no-hitter in a 12-0 win over Honduras in the USA Baseball 15U National Team's second game of pool play at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier on Saturday at Unidad Deportivo Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

Butt (1-0) tossed three solid innings of baseball, starting on the mound and striking out four batters in his winning performance. McElvain stepped on the rubber in the fourth inning, struck out two batters and secured the no-no with a 1-3 putout to Nolan Schubart (Durand, Mich.).

Five U.S. batters collected hits in the game, including Termarr Johnson (Atlanta, Ga.), Mikey Romero (Menifee, Calif.), Dylan Lina (Carson, Calif.), Aidan Miller (Trinity, Fla.) and Kai Caranto (Santa Clarita, Calif.). Caranto led the team offensively, going 2-for-2, scoring two runs and knocking in two RBIs. 

Key Moments
• Romero sent an RBI-single through the right side to score Drew Burress (Perry, Ga.), who came in to pinch run for Johnson after he hit a lead-off double, giving the U.S. a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first.
• A pair of walks then loaded the bases for Team USA before an error and a passed ball made the score 3-0 in the bottom of the first inning.
• Joe Brown (Petaluma, Calif.) gave the U.S. a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning with a sac-fly to right.
• Caranto's first hit of the day came in the form of a two RBI-double to left center, giving the red, white and blue a 6-0 advantage in the bottom of the first inning.
• An error allowed Caranto to cross the plate in the bottom of the first inning, making the score 7-0 in favor of the U.S.
• The first inning ended with Team USA leading 8-0 courtesy of a Burress sac-fly.
• Caranto scored on a passed ball in the bottom of the third inning to give the red, white and blue a 9-0 lead.
• Sac-flies by Ben Reiland (Irvine, Calif.) and Schubart gave the U.S. an 11-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning.
• Miller sent a single through the left side to score Lina in the bottom of the third and gave Team USA a 12-0 win.

Notable Information
• Spencer Butt (1-0) started on the mound and struck out four batters in his winning performance.
• Ethan McElvain came in as relief in the fourth inning and strike out two batters to complete the no-hitter for the Team USA pitching staff.
• Five U.S. batters collected hits in the game, including Termarr Johnson (1-for-1), Mikey Romero (2-for-2, RBI), Dylan Lina (1-for-2), Aidan Miller (1-for-3, RBI) and Kai Caranto (2-for-2, two RBIs).
• Mikey Romero and Kai Caranto are leading Team USA offensively through two games, going 3-for-6 and 2-for-4, respectively. Romero has one double and three RBIs while Caranto has two doubles and two RBIs.

Up Next
The USA Baseball 15U National Team will continue action at the 2019 WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier on Sunday, September 15 against Columbia at 1 p.m. CT on Field One at Unidad Deportivo Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. A win in game three will automatically qualify Team USA for the Super Round beginning on Thursday, September 19.

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Team USA Opens Tournament With 5-1 Win Over Brazil

September 13, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
BRA 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 4 3
USA 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 5 2 2
Win: D. Ekstrom Loss: G. Macena Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | WBSC Qualifier Stats
 

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico - Strong performances on the mound by Duke Ekstrom (San Diego, Calif.) and Logan Saloman (Chandler, Ariz.) led the USA Baseball 15U National Team to a 5-1 victory over Brazil in its first game at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier on Friday at Unidad Deportiva Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. 

Ekstrom started on the bump for Team USA, giving up one run (unearned) on just three hits while striking out five batters in his five-inning, winning performance. Saloman (Chandler, Ariz.) came on in relief, tallying three strikeouts and allowing one hit in his two innings of work. 

Mikey Romero (Menifee, Calif) led the team offensively, going 1-for-4 with a two-RBI double in the second inning.

Key Moments
• Termarr Johnson (Atlanta, Ga.) walked to lead off the bottom of the first inning and scored on a sac-fly by Shubart to put the U.S. up 1-0.
• With the bases loaded, Mikey Romero sent a two-RBI double to left field to give Team USA a 3-0 advantage in the bottom of the second inning.
• A Brazilian error allowed two U.S. runs to score in the bottom of the second inning, extending the U.S. lead to 5-0.
• Brazil used a Team USA error to load the bases in the top of the third inning and a single to left field scored a run, making the score 5-1.
• Aidan Miller (Trinity, Fla.) made the final out with a catch in right field in the top of the seventh inning to solidify the 5-1 win for Team USA.

Notable Information
• Duke Ekstrom (1-0) struck out five batters in his winning performance over Brazil.
• Mikey Romero led the team offensively, going 1-for-4, with a two-RBI double.
• The U.S. stole six bases in the game, led by Termarr Johnson and Karson Bowen (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) with two stolen bases each.

Up Next

The USA Baseball 15U National Team will continue action at the 2019 WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier on Saturday, September 14 against Honduras at 8 a.m. CT on Field Two at Unidad Deportivo Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

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Team USA Defeats Spartans PGA 7-3

Kai Caranto hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning
September 9, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 R H E
USA 1 0 0 1 1 3 0 1 7 6 1
SPGA 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 3 6 3
Win: M. Matthjis Loss: J. Sullivan Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play
 

HOUSTON, Texas - A two-run home run off the bat of Kai Caranto (Santa Clarita, Calif.) aided the USA Baseball 15U National Team in its 7-3 victory over Spartans PGA on Monday night at John Ray Harrison Field in Houston, Texas.

Caranto led the Team USA offense on the day, hitting the only home run of national team training in the sixth inning. Termarr Johnson (Atlanta, Ga,), Aidan Miller (Trinity, Fla.), Joe Brown (Petaluma, Calif.), Karson Bowen (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) and Steven Milam (Las Cruces, N.M.) also collected hits in the contest.

Matthew Matthjis (Greenville, N.C.) started on the bump for the red, white and blue, tossing two innings of scoreless baseball before giving up two runs in the third. He struck out three batters in his winning performance. Matthjis was followed out of the bullpen by Duke Ekstrom (San Diego, Calif.), Louis Rodriguez (Long Beach, Calif.) and Logan Saloman (Chandler, Ariz.), who combined to pitch five innings while allowing one run (none earned) and four hits. Jake Sullivan took the loss for Spartans PGA.

Key Moments
• Johnson led off the first inning with a triple to left field and was sent home on a groundout by Mikey Romero (Menifee, Calif.) to give Team USA a 1-0 lead.
• Spartans PGA took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the third inning with a pair of RBI-singles.
• Drew Burress (Perry, Ga.) sent Brown home on a sacrifice-fly to center in the top of the fourth inning to tie the game at 2-2.
• Team USA regained the lead, 3-2, in the top of the fifth inning when Milam crossed the plate on a Spartans PGA error.
• Caranto extended the U.S. lead to 5-2 in the top of the sixth inning when he sent a two-run home run over the left field wall, scoring Brown in the process.
• A bases-loaded walk allowed Ben Reiland (Irvine, Calif.) to score in the sixth inning, giving the red, white and blue a 6-2 advantage.
• Spartans PGA capitalized on a Team USA error to cut the deficit in half, 6-3, in the bottom of the sixth inning.
• Milam scored on a groundout by Johnson in the top of the eighth inning, giving Team USA a 7-3 victory.

Notable Information
• Kai Caranto hit Team USA's first home run of national team training in his only at-bat of the game.
• Six members of Team USA collected hits in the game: Termarr Johnson (1-for-3, RBI), Aidan Miller (1-for-2), Joe Brown (1-for-3), Karson Bowen (1-for-2), Kai Caranto (1-for-1, 2 RBIs) and Steven Milam (1-for-3).
• Matthew Matthjis (1-0) started on the bump for the U.S., striking out four batters to get the win.

Up Next
• The USA Baseball 15U National Team will begin action at the COPABE U-15 Pan-American Championships on Friday, September 13 in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. The tournament schedule will be announced later this week.

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Team USA Drops First Training Game 9-4

Five members of Team USA collected hits in game one
September 8, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 R H E
12M 0 5 0 0 0 0 4 0 9 2 0
USA 1 0 0 2 1 0 0 x 4 5 7
Win: H. Golden Loss: B. Barriera Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | Training Stats
 

HOUSTON, Texas - The USA Baseball 15U National Team jumped out to an early lead but dropped its first training game against 12 Moore, 9-4, on Sunday evening at John Ray Harrison Field in Houston, Texas. 

Offensively, five members of the red, white and blue collected hits in the game, including Termarr Johnson (Atlanta, Ga.), Dylan Lina (Carson, Calif.), Aidan Miller (Trinity, Fla.), Karson Bowen (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) and Kai Caranto (Santa Clarita, Calif.).

Brandon Barriera (Coconut Creek, Fla,) started on the bump and took the loss for the U.S., allowing five runs (two earned) on one hit, walking one batter and striking out four in 2.2 innings of work. Brandon Olivera (Hialeah, Fla.), Ethan McElvain (Thompson's Station, Tenn.) and Louis Rodriguez (Long Beach, Calif.) came on in relief and combined to tally five strikeouts. Defensively, Team USA committed seven errors on the day. Harrison Golden got the win for 12 Moore. 

Key Moments

• Team USA took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Mikey Romero (Menifee, Calif.) hit a sac-fly to center to score Johnson from third base.
• 12 Moore took advantage of three U.S. errors as they put up five runs in the top of the second to take a 5-1 lead.
• A passed ball and a sac-fly allowed Lina and Miller to cross the plate, cutting Team USA's deficit to 5-3 in the bottom of the fourth inning.
• Lina sent a sac-fly to center field to score Caranto to bring the U.S. within one, 5-4, in the bottom of the fifth.
• With the bases loaded, 12 Moore capitalized on two Team USA errors to plate four more runs in the top of the seventh for the final score of 9-4.

Notable Information

• Five members of the red, white and blue collected hits in the game, including Termarr Johnson (1-for-3), Dylan Lina (1-for-3, RBI), Aidan Miller (1-for-3), Karson Bowen (1-for-2) and Kai Caranto (1-for-3).
• Brandon Barriera tallied four strikeouts in his start for the red, white, and blue, but suffered the loss.
• The U.S. defense committed seven errors on the day.

Up Next

• The USA Baseball 15U National Team will continue training on Monday with its second game against 12 Moore at 5:30 p.m. CT at John Ray Harrison Field in Houston, Texas.

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USA Baseball Names 2019 15U National Team Roster

Team USA will compete in the COPABE U-15 Pan-American Championships from September 13-22
July 31, 2019

CARY, N.C. - USA Baseball named the 2019 15U National Team roster on Wednesday, following the completion of 15U National Team Trials held at the National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. The 15U National Team will compete at the COPABE U-15 Pan-American Championships from September 13-22 in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

For the third consecutive year, the 15U National Team Trials featured two phases and included 72 athletes. Phase I began on July 26 and featured six exhibition games before the roster was trimmed to 34 players for Phase II, which began on July 29.

"We feel really good about the twenty we selected," said 15U National Team Manager Troy Cameron. "Trying to figure out which guys fall into which spots on the roster was extremely difficult, but I expect this group of guys to represent our nation in the best way possible. I know they will be great teammates, work their tails off and they will not stop until we bring home a gold medal.

"We have a good mix of guys that have been there before. They have done it with other national teams and know what to expect. I also think we have a really good group that have not yet been a part of a national team, but will understand the value of what it means and I think they are going to represent us well."

Karson Bowen (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) and Joseph Brown (Petaluma, Calif.) will compete on the 15U team for the second consecutive year after helping the program to its first World Baseball Softball Confederation U-15 Baseball World Cup gold medal in 2018. They are two of 11 national team alumni to be selected to the roster, while nine athletes will make their national team debuts in 2019.

Spencer Butt (Davie, Fla.), Kai Caranto (Santa Clarita, Calif.), Brandon Olivera (Hialeah, Fla.) and Benjamin Reiland (Irvine, Calif.) were named to the 15U National Team roster after earning an invitation to the 15U Trials following their performance at the 2019 14U National Team Development Program (NTDP). This is the third consecutive year two or more members of the current year's 14U NTDP roster were selected to the 15U National Team. In total, 15 members of the 2019 roster have previously trained within the USA Baseball National Team Development Program.

Athletes selected for 15U National Team identification are chosen from the 15U National Team Championships in Arizona and Florida, the 2018 14U National Team Identification Series, the 14U NTDP and recommendations from professional scouts and college and high school coaches.

The 2019 15U National Team will travel to Houston, Texas, from September 6-10 for training before travelling to Playa del Carmen, Mexico, to compete in the COPABE U-15 Pan-American Championships. Team USA is the three-time defending champions in the event (2013, 2015 and 2017).

For the most up-to-date information on the 15U National Team, visit USABaseball.com or follow @USABaseball15U and @USABaseball on Twitter.

2019 USA Baseball 15U National Team Roster
Full Name, Position, Hometown

*^Brandon Barriera; LHP; Coconut Creek, Fla.
*^Karson Bowen; C/RHP; Anaheim Hills, Calif.
*^Joseph Brown; IF/OF; Petaluma, Calif.
Drew Burress; OF/IF; Perry, Ga.
*^Spencer Butt; IF/RHP; Davie, Fla.
*^Kai Caranto; IF/RHP; Santa Clarita, Calif.
^Duke Ekstrom; RHP; San Diego, Calif.
^Termarr Johnson; IF; Atlanta, Ga.
^Dylan Lina; IF/RHP; Carson, Calif.
Matthew Matthijs; RHP/IF; Greenville, N.C.
Ethan McElvain; LHP; Thompson's Station, Tenn.
*^Steven Milam; IF/RHP; Las Cruces, N.M.
*^Aidan Miller; OF; Trinity, Fla.
*^Brandon Olivera; RHP; Hialeah, Fla.
*^Benjamin Reiland; OF; Irvine, Calif.
*^Louis Rodriguez; RHP; Long Beach, Calif.
*^Mikey Romero; IF; Menifee, Calif.
^Logan Saloman; RHP/IF; Chandler, Ariz.
Nolan Schubart; IF; Durand, Mich.
Colton Wombles; C/OF; Salem, Ala.

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

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Pitching Staff Leads Stripes to 7-1 Victory over Stars

Five Stripes pitchers combined to allow just one run on five hits
July 31, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Stripes 2 1 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 7 13 1
Stars 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 4
Win: B. Barriera (1-0) Loss: D. Ekstrom (0-1)
Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative
 

CARY, N.C. - The pitching staff led the charge in the Stripes 7-1 win over the Stars Wednesday afternoon at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, holding the Stars to just one run on five hits. The contest marked the final trials game of the 2019 USA Baseball 15U National Team Trials as the coaching staff will announce the final, 20-man national team roster later Wednesday evening. 

Brandon Barriera started on the bump for the Stripes, tossing two innings of scoreless baseball while allowing just one hit and no walks. He was followed out of the bullpen by Matthew Matthijs, Brandon Olivera, Mason Neville, and Nazier Mule. The relief staff combined for seven innings while allowing one run (none earned) and four hits. Barriera (1-0) earned the win for his efforts while Duke Ekstrom (0-1) was the losing pitcher of record.

Kai Caranto, Oscar Hernandez-Gonzalez and Nazier Mule each turned in multi-hit performances for the Stripes, going a combined 6-for-13 with four RBIs and two runs scored. In total, Stripes scored seven runs on the day on 13 hits to secure the 7-1 victory over the Stars 

The USA Baseball 15U National Team Phase II Trials concludes on Wednesday as the final 20-man national team roster will be announced later in the evening. Continue to follow @USABaseball15U on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the USA Baseball 15U National Team.

Key Moments:

• Oscar Hernandez-Gonzales singled up the middle to drive in Joseph Brown and a throwing error on the same play allowed Austen Roellig to cross the plate, putting Stripes up 2-0 in the top of the first.
• Brown lined a single up the middle in the second to drive in Brady Reynolds and extend the Stripes lead to 3-0.
• With runners on second and third and one away, Benjamin Reiland hit a sacrifice-fly to straight away center field, bringing in the fourth run of the day for the Stripes.
• With a runner in scoring position and two outs, Ty Southisene singled to left, but Termarr Johnson threw the runner out at the plate, preserving the 4-0 score.
• Drew Burress hit a sacrifice-fly to left field in the bottom of the third, getting Stars on the board to make it 4-1.
• Roellig and Kai Caranto led off the top of the sixth with back-to-back singles and came around to score via a Nazier Mule double to left, extending the Stripes lead to 6-1.
• Mason Neville drove in Mule with a single up the middle the following at-bat, pushing the Stripes lead to six and securing the 7-1 victory over the Stars.

Notable Information:

• Stripes pitching staff did not allow a base hit over the final 3 1/3 innings of the game
• The game was played as a modified scrimmage with runners, batting order and outs changed with coaches' decisions.
• Stripes outhit Stars, 13-5
• No pitcher threw more than two innings in the contest.
• The USA Baseball 15U National Team Phase I Trials concludes on Wednesday as the final 20-man national team roster will be announced Wednesday evening.

Up Next:

The USA Baseball 15U National Team coaching staff will finalize the 20-man 15U National Team Roster Wednesday evening. The team will then train in Houston, Texas, from September 6-10 before traveling to Playa del Carmen, Mexico, for the COPABE U-15 Pan-American Championships.

Social Media:

Continue to follow @USABaseball15U on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the USA Baseball 15U National Team.

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USA Baseball 15U National Team Trials Phase II Roster Announced

The final 20-man roster will be announced on Wednesday, July 31
July 28, 2019

CARY, N.C. - The USA Baseball 15U National Team coaching staff announced the 34 athletes moving on to Phase II of the 2019 15U National Team Trials on Sunday, narrowing down the roster from the initial 72.

The 34 athletes will be divided into two teams, the Stars and Stripes, and will play in a two-game series at the USA Baseball National Training Complex beginning Tuesday, July 30 and concluding Wednesday, July 31. Coaching the Stars will be Manny Crespo, Troy Gerlach and Karsten Whitson, while Jared Halpert, Drew Briese and Steve Butler will lead the Stripes. 

Following the conclusion of Wednesday's game, the 20 members of the 15U National Team will be selected.

The 2019 15U National Team will then train in Houston, Texas, from September 6-10 before traveling to Playa del Carmen, Mexico, to compete in the COPABE U-15 Pan-American Championships. 

For more information on the 15U National Team, follow @USABaseball15U on Twitter or visit USABaseball.com.

15U NATIONAL TEAM TRIALS PHASE II ROSTER
(Name; Position; Hometown)

*^Brandon Barriera; LHP; Coconut Creek, Fla.
*^Karson Bowen; C/RHP; Anaheim Hills, Calif.
*^Joseph Brown; IF/OF; Petaluma, Calif.
Drew Burress; OF/IF; Perry, Ga.
*^Spencer Butt; IF/RHP; Davie, Fla.
*^Kai Caranto; IF/RHP; Santa Clarita, Calif.
*^Cutter Coffey; IF/RHP; Bakersfield, Calif.
^Demitri Diamant; IF/RHP; Las Vegas, Nev. 
^Evan Dobias; RHP; Sunrise, Fla.
^Duke Ekstrom; RHP; San Diego, Calif.
Oscar Hernandez Gonzalez; IF; Kissimmee, Fla.
^Termarr Johnson; IF; Atlanta, Ga.
^Dylan Lina; IF/RHP; Carson, Calif.
Matthew Matthijs; RHP/IF; Greenville, N.C.
*^Ethan McElvain; LHP; Thompson's Station, Tenn.
*^Steven Milam; IF/RHP; Las Cruces, N.M.
*^Aidan Miller; OF; Trinity, Fla.
Nazier Mule; IF/RHP; Paterson, N.J.
Brady Neal; C; Tallahassee, Fla.
*^Mason Neville; OF/LHP; Las Vegas, Nev. 
*^Brandon Olivera; RHP; Hialeah, Fla.
Julian Orozco; RHP/IF; Long Beach, Calif.
^Christopher Paciolla; IF/OF; Temecula, Calif.
*^Benjamin Reiland; OF; Irvine, Calif.
Brady Reynolds; OF/C; Bakersfield, Calif.
Ethan Robinson; RHP; Antioch, Tenn.
*^Louis Rodriguez; RHP; Long Beach, Calif.
Austen Roellig; IF; Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
*^Mikey Romero; IF; Menifee, Calif.
^Logan Saloman; RHP/IF; Chandler, Ariz.
Nolan Schubart; IF; Durand, Mich.
Trenton Shaw; LHP/OF; Desoto, Texas
Ty Southisene; IF; Las Vegas, Nev.
Colton Wombles; C/OF; Salem, Ala.

*National Team Alumnus
^National Team Development Program Participant

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Stars Receive Contributions From Up And Down The Lineup, Defeat Stripes 21-1

Five Stars starters turned in three-hit performances
July 28, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Stars 0 5 0 5 2 5 2 0 2 21 21 0
Stripes 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 9
Win: T. Shaw (1-0) Loss: E. Robinson (0-1)
Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative
 

CARY, N.C. - All nine players in the Stars starting lineup recorded a hit in Tuesday's 21-1 win over Stripes at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. The game marked the first of the USA Baseball 15U National Tram Trials Phase II.

Nolan Schubart started off the scoring for the Stars with a solo shot off the right field foul pole in the top of the second. 

"I didn't really feel it [off the bat]. I thought it had a chance of going foul because it had a bit of a hook, but it stayed fair and it felt really good.

"Not only with my approach at the plate, but defensively I felt like I did a pretty good job of helping my teammates to the best of my capabilities and giving my team the best chance to win," said Schubart.

Schubart finished the day 3-for-4 at the plate with four RBIs and three runs scored. His three-hit day was matched by teammates Mikey Romero, Termarr Johnson, Aidan Miller and Steven Milam. In total, the Stars recorded 21 hits in the contest and scored five runs in three separate innings. 

The Stars utilized four different pitchers in the game, including starting pitcher Trenton Shaw, Logan Saloman, Ethan McElvain and Demitri Diamant. The group combined to allow just one run on two hits. Shaw (1-0) earned the win while Ethan Robinson (0-1) was the losing pitcher.

The USA Baseball 15U National Team Phase II Trials concludes on Wednesday, July 31 as the final 20-man roster will be announced later Wednesday evening. Continue to follow @USABaseball15U on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the USA Baseball 15U National Team.

Key Moments:

• Nolan Schubart hit a solo homerun off the right field foul pole, the first of the 2019 15U Trials, to lead off the second, giving the Stars the 1-0 lead.
• Steven Milam hit a groundball through the left side to bring in Christopher Paciolla, who walked two batters earlier, extending the Stars lead to 2-0.
• The next batter, Colton Wombles, hit an inside-the-park home run to drive in three, making it a five-run inning for the Stars.
• Kai Caranto singled to left to bring in Oscar Hernandez-Gonzalez, who led off the bottom of the second with a walk, getting Stripes on the board to make it a 5-1 game.
• Six of seven Stars hitters reached base successfully to begin the fourth, including two walks and three consecutive singles, to add three runs to the Stars lead, making it 8-1.
• Mikey Romero singled to right to drive in Steven Milam and Aidan Miller in the fourth, bringing the Stars lead to 10-1.
• Termarr Johnson led off the top of the fifth with a double to left-center and came around to score via a Nolan Schubart sacrifice-fly, extending the Stars lead to 11-1.
• Dylan Lina lined a base hit to short and came around to score via a fielding error later in the inning, making it a 12-1 lead in favor of the Stars.
• The first six batters of the sixth inning all reached safely for the Stars, tallying five runs on three hits and three walks, bringing the Stars lead to 17-1.
• Romero singled to left in the seventh for his third hit of the day, driving in Drew Burress and Brady Neal for the eighteenth and nineteenth runs of the game for the Stars.
• Schubart doubled to left field for his third hit of the game, driving in a pair and capping off the Stars scoring in the ballgame, putting them up 21-1 in the ninth.

Notable Information:

• Five players had three-hit games for the Stars, including Mikey Romero, Termarr Johnson, Nolan Schubart, Aidan Miller, and Steven Milam.
• Schubart's home run in the second was the first of the 2019 USA Baseball 15U Trials.
• Stars pitchers threw 4 1/3 innings without allowing a baserunner between the second and seventh innings.
• The game was played as a modified scrimmage with runners, batting order and outs changed with coaches' decisions.
• Stars outhit Stripes, 21-2
• No pitcher threw more than two innings in the contest. 
• The USA Baseball 15U National Team Phase I Trials concludes on Wednesday as the final 20-man national team roster will be announced Wednesday evening.

Up Next:

The 15U National Team will then play one more intrasquad Stars and Stripes game on Wednesday, July 31 before finalizing the 20-man 15U National Team Roster that will then train in Houston, Texas, from September 6-10 before traveling to Playa del Carmen, Mexico, for the COPABE U-15 Pan-American Championships.

Social Media:

Continue to follow @USABaseball15U on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the USA Baseball 15U National Team.

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