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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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15U

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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15U

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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15U

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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NTIS

USA Baseball Announces 2019 NTIS Selections

A total of 72 athletes were selected for 2020 national team programming from the 2019 NTIS
September 10, 2019

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced the 72 athletes selected from the 2019 National Team Identification Series (NTIS) for its 2020 national team programming on Tuesday, following the completion of the NTIS Champions Cup that was held at the National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, from August 7-25. The announcement was first made on the annual USA Baseball NTIS Selection Show, which can be found on USABaseball.com and the organization's YouTube channel, USABaseballTV.

The NTIS is USA Baseball's most comprehensive player identification program and includes six age groups ranging from 11U-16U. Under the direction of USA Baseball Regional Directors, tryouts are held in every region of the country for athletes to be identified and selected for their region teams, and invited to the NTIS Champions Cup in Cary, North Carolina.

The 2019 NTIS Champions Cup featured over 1,200 of the nation's best players competing in 144 games, as well as skill testing and on-field evaluations run by USA Baseball Task Force and national team coaches.

"We are thrilled to announce the seventy-two athletes who have been selected out of our National Team Identification Series for next year's national team programs," said USA Baseball Assistant Director of Baseball Operations and NTIS Champions Cup Tournament Director Ann Claire Roberson. "The talent level on display during the Champions Cup in Cary this year was exceptional and it made the selection process very difficult for our task force members and our national team program directors."

Twelve athletes from each age group were invited to compete in the following year's age-appropriate national team programming events, including the 2020 12U National Team Trials, the 2020 13U Athlete Development Program, the 2020 14U National Team Development Program (NTDP), the 2020 15U National Team Trials, the 2020 16U NTDP and the 2020 17U NTDP.

In total, the 72 athletes selected are from twenty-three different states and all six regions from across the U.S.

The 2019 National Team Identification Series selections are as follows:

Name; Position; Hometown; Region

2020 12U National Team Trials Invitees:
(from 11U NTIS)
Lincoln Boyle; RHP/IF; Overland Park, Kan.; Midwest
Cole Dennis; C/IF; Acworth, Ga.; Southeast
Grady Emerson; IF/RHP; Trophy Club, Texas; South
Andruw Giles; OF/LHP; Henderson, Nev.; Southwest
Archer Horn; RHP/IF; San Manteo, Calif.; Northwest
Dylan Kemp; OF/IF; Tustin, Calif.; Southwest
Dylan Minnatee; IF/LHP; Elk Grove, Calif.; Northwest
Josiah Morris; C/IF; Oakley, Calif.; Northwest
Kevin Roberts Jr.; IF/RHP; Bailey, Miss.; South
Logan Schmidt; LHP/OF; Villa Park, Calif.; Southwest
Dylan Seward; IF/OF; Eastvale, Calif.; Southwest
Tavis Honeycutt; IF/RHP; Newberry, Fla.; Southwest

2020 13U Athlete Development Program invitees:
(from 12U NTIS)
Chase Bentley; RHP/IF; Granite Bay, Calif.; Northwest
Cade Colombara; OF/RHP; Woodland, Calif.; Northwest
Jesse Del Toro; RHP/IF; Modesto, Calif.; Northwest
Cesar Gonzalez; IF/RHP; Hillsboro, Ore.; Northwest
Dane Perry; RHP/OF; Friendswood, Texas; South
James Rice; OF/RHP; New York, N.Y.; Northeast
Nick Richardson; OF/LHP; Bremen, Ga.; Southeast
Isaac Rojas; RHP/IF; Riverside, Calif.; Southwest
Brandon Santiso; C/RHP; Miami Gardens, Fla.; Southeast
Rookie Shepard; IF/C; North Las Vegas, Nev.; Southwest
John Short; RHP/C; Anaheim, Calif.; Southwest
Nikko Taylor; IF/RHP; El Sobrante, Calif.; Northwest

2020 14U National Team Development Program invitees:
(from 13U NTIS)
Conner Barth; IF/C; Antelope, Calif.; Northwest
Tristan Bristow; RHP/OF; Helotes, Texas; South
Samuel Cozart; RHP/IF; High Point, N.C.; Southeast
Konnor Griffin; OF/IF; Florence, Miss.; Southeast
Aidan Hall; IF/RHP; Galt, Calif.; Northwest
Kailand Halstead; C/IF; Aberdeen, Wash.; Northwest
Kaohu Kawelu; IF; Hilo, Hawaii; Southwest
Boston Kellner; RHP/OF; Woodbury, Minn.; Midwest
Maximo Martinez; IF/OF; Hawthorne, Calif.; Southwest
Dean Moss; IF/RHP; Atherton, Calif.; Northwest
Brady Strohm; IF/RHP; Winchester, Calif.; Southwest
Jeremiah Vargas; OF/IF; Lemon Grove, Calif.; Southwest

2020 15U National Team Trials invitees:
(from 14U NTIS)
Danny Arambula; IF/OF; Redlands, Calif.; Southwest
Matthew Champion; IF/RHP; Fontana, Calif.; Southwest
Cooper Cohn; C/IF; McHenry, Ill.; Midwest
Sebastian David; IF/RHP; Medina, Wash.; Northwest
Hayden Federico; IF/C; West Monroe, Texas; South
Theodore Gillen; IF/RHP; Austin, Texas; South
Brandon Luu; IF/LHP; Irvine, Calif.; Southwest
Ethan Martinez; IF/LHP; Fort Worth, Texas; South
Andre Modugno; IF/OF; Upper Saddle River, N.J.; Northeast
Chris Newstrom; C/IF; Anthem, Ariz.; Southwest
Brett Renfrow; OF/RHP; Manassas, Va.; Northeast
Christian Rodriguez; OF/RHP; Coral Springs, Fla.; Southeast

2020 16U National Team Development Program invitees:
(from 15U NTIS)
Nathan Aguilar; IF; Torrance, Calif.; Southeast
Mason Balsis; C/OF; Bristow, Va.; Southeast
Darryl Dilworth II; OF/IF; Fairfield, Calif.; Northwest
Max Eichenberger; C/RHP; Canton, Ga.; Southeast
Jacob Hudson; RHP/OF; Scotts Valley, Calif.; Northwest
Cameron Kim; IF/OF; Jurupa Valley, Calif.; Southwest
Jonathan Kim; OF; Brookfield, Wis.; Midwest
Xaige Lancaster; IF/OF; Hilo, Hawaii; Southwest
Cooper Milford; OF/RHP; Cumming, Ga.; Southeast
Cayden Munster; IF/OF; Fresno, Calif.; Northwest
Jackson Pace; RHP/IF; Hollister, Calif.; Northwest
Griffin Stieg; OF/RHP; McLean, Va.; Southeast

2020 17U National Team Development Program invitees:
(from 16U NTIS)
Ivan Arias; IF; Boston, Mass.; Northeast
Kyle Ayers; OF/RHP; Sherman Oaks, Calif.; Southwest
Zachary Crotchfelt; LHP/OF; Jackson, N.J.; Northeast
Dallas Dale II; OF; Windermere, Fla.; Southeast
Korbyn Dickerson; OF/RHP; Jeffersonville, Ind.; Midwest
Aiden Fancher; OF/IF; Louisville, Miss.; Southeast
Braedon Karpathios; LHP/IF; Willow Street, Pa.; Northeast
Chase Petty; RHP/IF; Somers Point, N.J.; Northeast
Jack Reynolds; IF/RHP; Columbia, S.C.; Southeast
Brandon Rogers; OF/IF; Chicago, Ill.; Midwest
Justin West; LHP/IF; Paducah, Ky.; Midwest
Jett Williams; IF/RHP; Heath, Texas; South

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15U

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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15U

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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18U

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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