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Nat'l Team Champs

All Tied Up at 7

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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USA Baseball Modifies On-Field Programming Schedule

All events continue to be subject to cancellation or postponement
May 18, 2020

CARY, N.C. - USA Baseball announced today a modified schedule of events for its 2020 summer season due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Created in adherence to the regulations set forth by the appropriate federal, state and local governments, the updated schedule is tentatively set to begin with the 14U Cup from July 24-26 at the National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

All of these events continue to be subject to cancellation or postponement based on the future state of the evolving coronavirus situation. The organization will monitor the guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC), as well as consult its Medical/Safety Advisory Committee in order to evaluate the status of its upcoming tournaments.

All further decisions will be made in as timely a manner as possible with respect to the safety and well-being of all the participating athletes, coaches and fans. If these tournaments run as scheduled, teams and fans will be required to follow a series of return to play guidelines developed by USA Baseball. These guidelines will be shared with all participants within an appropriate timeframe leading up to the event.

"As the national governing body for baseball in the United States, we feel it is in the best interest of the thousands of baseball athletes in our country to postpone our return to the field due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic," said USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO Paul Seiler. "We share in the longing for baseball's return, but we believe it is prudent to continue assessing the situation and finalizing a course of action that prioritizes the overall health and safety of our participants and their families in light of the continued transmission of this disease.

"This schedule was structured in an effort to secure as many opportunities as possible for athletes who hope to one day play for Team USA. We will remain steadfast in our commitment to this charge; however, we will continue to evaluate the situation on a daily basis and monitor the guidelines set forth by the CDC and the USOPC in case additional modifications need to be made."

The following events have been tentatively rescheduled on the 2020 calendar:

• 17U National Team Championships North Carolina (July 27-30)
• 14U and 15U National Team Championships Arizona (July 27-30)
• 16U and 17U National Team Championships Arizona (July 31-August 3)
• 15U National Team Championships North Carolina (August 4-9)
• 10U Futures Invitational (August 6-9)
• 16U National Team Championships North Carolina (August 11-16)
• 11U, 12U, 13U and 14U NTIS Champions Cup (August 19-23)
• 15U and 16U NTIS Champions Cup (August 26-30)

The following events and national team programming have been cancelled:

• 11U Futures Invitational
• 13U/14U Athlete Development Program (ADP)
• 16U/17U National Team Development Program (NTDP)
• National Team Championships Florida

The 14U Cup (July 24-26) and 11U/13U Futures Series Irvine (August 28-30) are set to take place as originally scheduled.

Additionally, USA Baseball continues to work closely with the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) with respect to the international baseball calendar. To date, the WBSC has postponed the Americas Baseball Olympic Qualifier, U-15 Baseball World Cup and the Women's Baseball World Cup until further notice. The U-12 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier has also been postponed but will not take place this year.

"USA Baseball fully supports the WBSC and its decision to indefinitely postpone the events on the baseball calendar in an effort to protect our national team athletes at this time," continued Seiler. "When the time comes for Team USA to return to the field, we will be ready to continue our longstanding tradition of excellence on the international stage."

Corresponding to the status of the international baseball calendar, USA Baseball has cancelled all 12U National Team programming events for 2020, meanwhile any future events planned for the 15U National Team, 18U National Team, Collegiate National Team and Women's National Team this year will be announced as necessary.

The Medical/Safety Advisory Committee has published a free Athlete Preparation Plan that provides a series of at-home exercises aimed to prepare young athletes for their return to the diamond following a prolonged disruption from on-field activity. To access this plan and to read its recommendations for baseball players during the COVID-19 pandemic, click here.

Further information on USA Baseball updates relating to COVID-19 can be found here. For up-to-the-minute updates on the organization and its events, follow @USABaseball on social media.

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An Update Regarding the 2020 National Team Championships

May 4, 2020

National Team Championships Registered Teams,

Members of the USA Baseball staff held a conference call on Friday to discuss the status of our upcoming events and the continued effect of the COVID-19 pandemic. Stemming from this conversation, we would like to share with you an update regarding the National Team Championships.

Due to this unprecedented situation and its ever-evolving effect on regulations set forth by federal, state and local governments, USA Baseball will continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19 daily and provide a definitive update to our Summer 2020 schedule on-or-around Monday, May 18.

We apologize for any inconvenience this additional delay may cause; however, we felt it prudent to follow this course of action in an effort to maintain the planned on-field programming offered by USA Baseball this summer.

With this change to our initial timeline, an updated timeline is as follows:

  • A final decision on the National Team Championships will be announced on-or-around Monday, May 18.
  • If the National Team Championships do occur on schedule, final payments will be due on Friday, May 29.
  • If teams drop from the tournament before May 29, they will receive a full refund of deposits and registration fees that have been made up to that date.
  • If the National Team Championships do not occur, all teams will receive a full refund of deposits and registration fees for the event.
  • If necessary, USA Baseball will begin to process and send all refund checks the week of June 1.

 

If your team is utilizing USA Baseball's Travel Services department to book hotels for the National Team Championships, please note that the hotel reservation deadline has been extended to Friday, May 29. Please email travel@usabaseball.com if you need further assistance.

We appreciate your continued support of USA Baseball and we will continue to champion the best possible course of action moving forward with consideration to the best interest of all parties involved.

Thank you for your understanding and please stay safe!

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A Letter From USA Baseball Regarding National Team Championships

Final decision on National Team Championships will be made May 4
March 23, 2020

National Team Championships Registered Teams,

Members of the USA Baseball staff held a conference call on Monday to discuss our collective concerns regarding the coronavirus pandemic and its effect on the National Team Championships, as well as all of our events, and we wanted to provide you an update.

As you may be aware, USA Baseball suspended all of its events until May 15 in cooperation with the guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control, and we will continue to uphold that decision in order to protect the athletes and your staff.

We are continuing to monitor the guidelines by the CDC and the USOPC, and will evaluate the status of our programming, as well as all of its events, on a daily basis. As of this time, no decisions have been made about the National Team Championships. All decisions will continue to be made with respect to the safety and well-being of all the participating athletes, coaches and fans.

We would like to be as diligent as possible and prepare for all potential scenarios surrounding the impact of the coronavirus on the National Team Championships going forward and we, as an organization, have developed the following timeline for the event:

1) A final decision on the National Team Championships (Arizona, Florida and North Carolina) will be made on Monday, May 4th.

2) If the National Team Championships do occur on schedule, final payments will be due on Friday, May 15th. Previously, final payments were due on May 1st.

3) Teams will be allowed to drop from the tournament until May 15th and receive a full refund of deposits and registration fees that have been made up to that date. Previously, those dates were March 30th (deposits) and May 1st (registration)

4) If the National Team Championships do not occur, all teams will have the option of a full refund of deposits and registration fees or applying these fees to guarantee their spot in the 2021 event. In addition, for teams who apply these fees to 2021, USA Baseball will provide a 10% discount on next year's tournament registration fee.

5) If necessary, USA Baseball will begin to process and send all refund checks the week of May 18th.

We understand there are still a lot of unanswered questions and uncertainty moving forward, but we will continue to update everyone regularly to ensure all decisions are made in a timely manner. We very much appreciate your commitment to the organization and we will continue to champion the best possible course of action moving forward with consideration to the best interest of all parties involved.

If there is something that we did not touch on that you would like to discuss, please let us know. We will continue to keep in regular communication with you all as updates become available.

Thank you for your understanding and please stay safe!

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Marsten Named Player, Lozano Named 14U Pitcher of the Day for July 7

July 7, 2019

PEORIA, Ariz. - On the final day of the 2019 USA Baseball National Team Championships in Arizona, Duncan Marsten and David Lozano have been named Player and Pitcher of the Day, respectively, for July 7. The PBA teammates propelled their squad to a 14-5 gold medal game win this morning.

Marsten went 2-for-2 with two singles in the championship match, knocking in three RBI while scoring a run. Marsten put PBA on the board first in the bottom of the second when he hit a lead off single to get on base and scored later in the inning to put his team up 1-0. He knocked in two more runs with another single in the bottom of the third to make it 3-0 PBA.

Lozano went the distance for PBA today, tossing six strikeouts and scattering four hits on his way to a complete game shut-out in just five innings of work. He threw 10 Ks in the tournament and did not give up a single run. He kept Sri-County off their toes, using just 70 pitches to nail down the championship. 

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Early Lead Wins Sports Academy Dukes Gold

The Dukes scored three runs in the first and tacked on two more in the latter innings to win, 5-2.
July 7, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
CHNL 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 7 2
SPRT 3 0 1 0 0 1 x 5 7 2
Win: R. Verdugo Loss: A. Rico Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play
 

PEORIA, Ariz. - In the championship matchup of the 16U National Team Championships in Arizona, the Sports Academy Dukes took an early 3-0 lead in the first inning and maintained it until the end, gliding past the Chino Hills Storm, 5-2, on Sunday afternoon at the Peoria Sports Complex. The gold medal is the first for the Dukes at the National Team Championships.

The Dukes got on the board early on in the bottom of the first inning, leading off the frame with a single. The Storm registered a ground out the next batter, but Reuben Hernandez stepped up for an RBI-single to make it 1-0 Storm. They tacked on two more with a bases-loaded single to jump up to a 3-0 lead after one.

Ryan Verdugo shined on the bump for the Dukes, scattering one earned run off seven hits in five innings of work. Liam Rocha also came in clutch in relief as he didn't give up a hit through two innings of work.

Again threatening in the second inning, the Dukes got two runners on with one out, but a clutch back pick to second by the catcher for a pickoff and a strikeout looking quickly ended the threat with none crossing the plate.

The Storm battled back in the third, scoring two runs off two singles to cut their deficit to just 3-2. Defensive prowess again saved the day, as the Duke left fielder laid out for a diving catch to end the threat.

Defense was the name of the game for the proceeding innings, as both teams held each other scoreless for the next two frames. The Dukes broke the streak in their half of the sixth, putting up one run to increase their padding.

Heading into the final half inning with a 5-2 lead, Rocha made quick work of the Storm to lead his team to gold. After striking out the first batter swinging on three pitches, Rocha induced a line out and fly out for outs two and three to clinch the victory.

PBA went a perfect 9-0 in tournament action and competed as the No. 1 seed in bracket play.

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Big Hits and a Strong Arm on the Mound Lead PBA to 14U Gold

David Lozano tossed six strikeouts and the team combined for nine hits in the win.
July 7, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
TRCN 0 0 0 0 0 x x 0 4 0
PBA 0 1 4 3 x x x 8 9 0
Win: D. Lozano Loss: J. Mandal Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play
 

PEORIA, Ariz - David Lozano's effort on the mound, combined with PBA's eight runs on nine hits carried the team to gold over Tri County Baseball Club at the 14U National Team Championships on Sunday morning at the Peoria Sports Complex. 

Lozano went the distance for PBA today, tossing six strikeouts and scattering four hits on his way to a complete game shut-out in just five innings of work. He threw 10 Ks in the tournament and did not give up a single run. 

PBA's offense dominated against Tri County. Five athletes collected hits in the contest, including Dean West (1-for-3), Lozano (2-for-3), Duncan Marsten (2-for-2), Vincent Cervantes (2-for-2) and Will Gasparino (2-for-3). 

Jack Kelman and Marsten got the scoring frenzy started in the bottom of the second when Marsten singled on a line drive to center and scored on a Kelman sac-fly to left. PBA broke the lead wide open with four runs scored in the bottom of the third. 

PBA sealed the deal in the bottom of the fourth. Two walks and a single loaded the bases for Cervantes who hit a two run double to score Benjamin Reiland and Caden Abraham and make is 8-0 in PBA's favor. 

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Jackson Named Player, Rocha Named 16U Pitcher of the Day for July 6

July 7, 2019

SURPRISE, Ariz. - On the second day of the playoffs at the 16U National Team Championships in Arizona, Dante Jackson and Liam Rocha have been named pitcher and player of the day, respectively, for their efforts on July 6.

Jackson (MVP Hustle) tossed a complete game two-hit shutout for his squad today, using an efficient 75 pitches to do so. Jackson threw first pitch strikes to 17 of the 23 batters he faced in his team's quarterfinal matchup against Canyon Thunder while also striking out nine. Jackson also never allowed a runner to pass second base in MVP's 5-0 win to advance to the semifinals later that same afternoon.

Rocha (Sports Academy Dukes) went 1-for-3 at the plate in his semifinal matchup today, knocking crucial walk off single to propel his team into the championship game tomorrow at noon. He stepped up to the plate with the score tied at four and nailed a RBI-single to plate a run and forcing his team to a 5-4 victory. The squad scored all five runs in the final two frames.

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Schmidt Named Player, Davis Named 14U Pitcher of the Day for July 6

July 7, 2019

PHOENIX - After quarter and semifinal action at the 2019 USA Baseball 14U National Team Championships in Arizona, Carl Schmidt and Davis have been named player and pitcher of the day, respectively, for their performances on July 6.

Schmidt went 4-for-6 at the plate with two RBI and two runs today across two games for Tri County Baseball. He hit two singles and two doubles on his way to helping Tri County defeat BPA and Total Vipers Baseball and earn a spot in the Gold Medal Game. 

Davis pitched a two-hit complete game shut-out for PBA today, as hit performance was the difference maker in their 2-0 win over San Diego Show. He struck out three while not walking a single batter and also didn't allow an extra base hit in his seven innings of work.

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Epic Comeback Sends Sports Academy Dukes to Championship Game

The Dukes put up five runs in the final two frames to walk off, 5-4.
July 6, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
TRSK 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 4 9 1
SPRT 0 0 0 0 0 3 2 5 7 2
Win: R. Hernandez Loss: M. Hailbach Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play
 

SURPRISE, Ariz. - In a semifinal matchup of the 16U National Team Championships in Arizona, the Sports Academy Dukes launched an epic comeback win, putting up five runs in the final two frames to walk off on Trosky Baseball 16U National, 5-4, on Saturday afternoon at Surprise Stadium. With the win, the squad advances to the gold medal game tomorrow at noon.

After a quiet first inning for both teams, Trosky broke the silence first with two runs in the top of the second inning. Rebounding from a leadoff flyout, Matthew Halbach followed with a single and Jordan Davis followed with a walk to put two on with one out. That set the table for Greysen Carter, who stepped up to knock a two-RBI double, putting his team up 2-0.

Nick Mclain started on the hill for Trosky, scattering three hits across five innings of work without having given up a run. On the other side of the field, Andrew Lopez was solid in relief for the Dukes, giving up just one unearned run off two hits in 1 2/3 innings.

Trosky added another run in the fourth and some more insurance in the sixth, capitalizing off a throwing error by the Dukes to send a runner across the plate to make it a 4-0 Trosky lead.

Down but not out, the Dukes fought back in the home half of the sixth as an error, single, hit-by-pitch and double to begin the frame added up to three runs on the board, cutting their deficit to just 4-3. Although there were none out, the Trosky defense notched a ground out and a double play to limit the damage to three.

The Dukes stepped up to the plate in their final chance of the afternoon down by just one run. They got off to a good start, getting their first batter on base through a hit-by-pitch. Mike Flores drove a RBI-double into the gap to tie the ballgame up at four, and the next batter followed with a walk to leave it up to Liam Rocha. He came in clutch for his team, knocking a walk off single to plate a run to win, 5-4.

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Early Lead Seals Tri County Baseball Club's Trip to the Championship

Tri County earns trip to gold medal game with a 9-1 win over Total Baseball Vipers
July 6, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
TRCN 1 0 3 0 1 4 x 9 8 2
TLBS 0 0 0 0 0 1 x 1 9 2
Win: J. Cuellar Loss: J. Areliz Save: C. O'Toole
Box Score | Play-by-Play
 

PEORIA, Ariz. - An early lead sealed Tri County Baseball Club's trip to the championship on Friday when they defeated Total Baseball Vipers 9-1 at the Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria, Arizona. 

In the first inning, Tri County's Brady Reynolds smacked a hard ground ball triple to right that scored Carl Schmidt from first. The team maintained the lead as they picked up multiple runs in the third and sixth innings. 

Total Vipers tried to respond in the bottom of the sixth when a walk and two singles loaded the bases with one out. Luke Gallegos singled on a ground ball to second baseman, Jake Porter and pushed Ethan Munoz across for Vipers' only run. 

Six athletes notched hits for Tri County. Carl Schmidt (2-for-3) and Toby Twist (2-for-4) each hit a single and a double in the contest. 

Justin Cuellar and Colton O'Toole combined for six strikeouts in the victory. Cuellar collected the win, scattering six hits and giving up no runs in 4.2 innings of work. 

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