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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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WNT

Team USA Plays Cuba in Game Five

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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18U

U.S. Claims Second Exhibition Game

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

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

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

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

 

KEY MOMENTS

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

 

NOTABLE INFORMATION

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

 

DUE UP

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

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

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

Team USA Wins 21-4 Over Canada

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

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

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

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

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

Key Moments

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

Notable Information

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

Up Next

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

Key Moments/Notable Information/Up Next/Social Media

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

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WNT

Team USA Defeats Nicaragua 21-1

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

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

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

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

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

Key Moments

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

Notable Information

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

Up Next

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

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

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18U

Team USA Kicks of Training with 21-6 Win

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

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

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

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

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

 

KEY MOMENTS

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

 

NOTABLE INFORMATION

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

 

DUE UP

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

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

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

Team USA Crushes Dominican Republic 19-2 in Four Innings

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

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

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

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

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

Key Moments

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

Notables

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

Up Next

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

Social Media

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

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NTIS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Key Moments:

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

Up Next:

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

Social Media:

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

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NTIS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Key Moments:

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

Up Next:

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

Social Media:

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

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18U

USA Baseball Announces 2019 18U National Team Roster

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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WNT

Team USA Dominates Venezuela 15-5

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

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

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

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

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

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

Key Moments

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

Notable Information

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

Up Next

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

Social Media

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

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