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ATP National Claims 2018 10U Futures Invitational Bronze

July 1, 2018

CARY, N.C. - The 2018 10U Futures Invitational third place game matched up ATP National and Wilson Sandlot on Sunday at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, North Carolina. ATP National came out on top in the contest, 9-4, to claim the bronze medal.

ATP came out swinging early and often, scoring multiple runs in each of the first four innings to take firm control from the start. A two-run inside-the-park home run got the team on the board first in the contest, giving the squad a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first.

It then added two more courtesy of a passed ball and a wild pitch in the next inning to take a strong 4-0 advantage into the third.

Wilson Sandlot broke through in the very next frame, cutting the deficit to just one with one swing. With two outs, S Juvera Jr. reached on a dropped third strike and M Lopez walked to bring up Jet Berry, who ripped a ball to left field for an inside-the-park home run to make it a 4-3 game.

ATP had an answer of its own in the bottom half of the next two innings though. Two consecutive RBI groundouts brought in two runs in the third and three more runs came around to score in the bottom of the fourth, giving ATP National a dominant 9-3 lead heading to the fifth.

In the top of the fifth, Sandlot added one more to get within five but that was all they would get before ATP shut it down to claim the victory and the bronze medal.

Joseph Rodriguez started on the bump for ATP National and struck out nine in just four innings while allowing just one hit and no earned runs.

Branden Carrillo, who finished 2-for-2 with a RBI and a run scored, and James Clark, who collected three hits and two runs scored, led ATP's offense.

Berry set the tone for Wilson Sandlot on the other side, finishing the game 2-for-3 with a run scored and all four of the team's RBI.

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The Futures

USA Baseball Invites 10 Athletes To 12U National Team Trials Following 11U Futures Invitational

12U National Team Trials will take place in Santa Clarita, California, beginning July 16
June 24, 2019

DURHAM, N.C. - Following the conclusion of the 2019 11U Futures Invitational on Sunday, USA Baseball invited 10 athletes to the 2019 12U National Team Trials. The 12U Trials will begin July 16 in Santa Clarita, California.

The four-day 11U Futures Invitational concluded on Sunday as MVP Hustle defeated Banditos Black, 13-4, to claim its second straight championship.

At the conclusion of Trials, USA Baseball task force members and the 12U National Team staff will select the final roster of 18 players for the 2019 12U National Team that will compete in the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation U-12 Baseball World Cup in Tainan, Taiwan, July 26-August 5. Team USA is the three-time defending world champion in the event.

In total, the 10 athletes invited to 12U Trials played for six different teams at the Futures Invitational, including three from Banditos Black and two apiece from MVP Baseball and I AM Baseball.

2019 12U National Team Trials Roster Selections:
(Name; Futures Invitational Team; Hometown)

Gavin Fien; MVP Hustle; Temecula, Calif.
Hamilton Friedberg; MVP Hustle; Redondo Beach, Calif.
Josiah Hartshorn; Top Tier Americans; Anaheim, Calif.
Brenden Lewis; San Diego Show; Santee, Calif.
John "Jack" McKernan; Twelve Baseball; Missouri City, Texas
Gustavo Melendez; I AM Baseball; Cayey, P.R.
Henry Pancoast; I AM Baseball; Hainesport, N.J.
Kalub Ramirez; Banditos Black; Hereford, Texas
Titan Targac; Banditos Black; Flatonia, Texas
Lucas Tinajero; Banditos Black; Corpus Christi, Texas

For more information on the 12U National Team and the selection process, please visit USABaseball.com or follow along on Twitter, at @USABaseball12U.

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The Futures

11U Futures Invitational Comes to an End

June 23, 2019

Canes Baseball 7, Total Baseball Dirty South Bats 3

Canes Baseball used an early lead to defeat Total Baseball Dirty South Bats 7-3 on Sunday at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, N.C.

Canes Baseball jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first thanks to an RBI-double from Gannon Jones, an RBI-triple from Nolan Winfield and an RBI-single from Hunter Graham. Total Baseball Dirty South Bats responded with a run of its own in the bottom of the first. Canes Baseball plated two more runs in the top of the third to increase its lead to 5-1. Sawyer Cannon added another run after an RBI-sacrifice fly to center in the top of the fourth. Total Baseball Dirty South Bats added its last two runs of the game by the bottom of the fourth.

Kyle Wenckus earned the win for Canes Baseball after 6.2 innings pitched and allowing three runs. Zachary Lopez suffered the loss after 4.0 innings pitched, 10 hits and six runs allowed.

Canes Baseball finished the tournament with a 3-2 record, while Total Baseball Dirty South Bats ended their tournament 2-3.

FCA Blueclaws 10, Wilson Sandlot 5

FCA Blueclaws' offense led them to a 10-5 victory over Wilson Sandlot on Sunday at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, N.C.

Brennan Bachtell Jr. and Tyler Ellis hit an RBI-single each in the bottom of the first inning to give FCA Blueclaws an early 2-0 led. FCA Blueclaws tacked on two more runs to extend their lead in the top of the second. After FCA Blueclaws add a run in the top of the fifth, Wilson Sandlot tied the game up with a five-run inning in the bottom of the fifth. FCA Blueclaws responded with a five-run inning of their own in the top of the sixth to propel them to a win.

Tripp Hannah earned the win for FCA Blueclaws after pitching 4.0 innings and allowing just two runs. Izaiah Villalobos suffered the loss for Wilson Sandlot.

FCA Blueclaws finished the tournament with a 2-3 record, while Wilson Sandlot ended their tournament 1-4.

KC Crusaders 7, Scorpions Team Easton 5

KC Crusaders used a balanced scoring offense to defeat Scorpions Team Easton 7-5 on Sunday at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, N.C.

KC Crusaders started out by tallying three runs in the top of the second inning to give them a 3-0 lead. Elliot Fischer drew a walk with bases loaded in the top of the third to increase the lead to four. KC Crusaders added a fifth run in the top of the fourth after Beau Peterson grounded into a fielder's choice, allowing Brandon Neis to score the fifth run for his team. Scorpions Team Easton responded quickly in the bottom of the fourth by scoring five runs of their own and tying the game. In the top of the fifth, KC Crusaders' Bo Wiegmann hit an RBI-single and Neis was able to score on a wild pitch to give KC Crusaders their sixth and seventh runs of the game.

Wiegmann was the winning pitcher for KC Crusaders after only allowing two hits in pitching 3.2 innings on the mound. Derek Ordaz was tagged with the loss for Scorpions Team Easton after 2.1 innings pitched and two runs allowed.

KC Crusaders finished the tournament with a 2-3 record, while Scorpions Team Easton ended their tournament 1-4.

SBA Futures 7, Stars Baseball Camp 2

SBA Futures used a three-run first inning to defeat Stars Baseball Camp 7-2 on Sunday at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, N.C.

SBA Futures jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first thanks to two RBI-triple from Chase Kiker and an RBI-single from Bryce Mancz. Stars Baseball Camp responded with two runs of their own in the top of the second to cut to the deficit to one run. In the bottom of the third, Kiker doubled on a fly ball to left field, plating another run for SBA Futures. Logan Damico increased the SBA Futures lead to three after hitting an RBI-single. SBA Futures added two more runs in the bottom of the sixth to secure the win.

Caleb Hunter logged the win after going the distance and pitching all seven innings for SBA Futures. Chase Allen suffered the loss for Stars Baseball Camp after giving up four runs in two innings. SBA Futures' Kiker paced the offense, going 2-for-2 with three RBIs.

SBA Futures finished the tournament with a 2-3 record, while Stars Baseball Camp ended their tournament 1-4.

Elite Squad 7, Traction Canes 4

Elite Squad led from start to finish as they defeated Traction Canes, 7-4, on Sunday at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, N.C.

Elite Squad jumped out to an early 2-0 lead after Kevin Roque singled on a hard ground ball to center in the top of the first. Elite Squad tallied four more runs courtesy of four RBI-walks in the top of the third. In the top of the sixth, Carlos Paneque hit an RBI-triple to left field and Elite Squad scored their seventh and final run of the game. Traction Canes were able to score four runs before the end of the game, but Elite Squad would hold them off from there.

Roque earned the win for Elite Squad after 4.0 innings pitched and four strikeouts. Myles Ledoux was tagged with the loss for Traction Canes. Paneque and Roque paced the Elite Squad offense with two hits and two RBIs apiece.

Elite Squad finished the tournament with a 3-2 record, while Traction Canes ended their tournament 2-3.

Twelve Baseball 11, I AM Baseball 2

Twelve Baseball used a strong offensive performance to defeat I AM Baseball 11-2 on Sunday at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, N.C.

After four scoreless innings, Twelve Baseball's offense came alive with eight runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Six different batters for Twelve Baseball recorded an RBI, including a two-run RBI-triple from Jackson Cotton. I AM Baseball responded by plating two runs in the top of the sixth and cutting the deficit to six. Twelve Baseball added three more runs in the bottom of the sixth, including another an RBI-triple from Cotton.

Landon Ellstrom earned the win for Twelve Baseball pitching 5.2 innings. Luis Sosa suffered the loss for I AM Baseball after giving up nine hits and three runs in 4.1 innings. Jackson Cotton paced the Twelve Baseball offense with two hits and four RBIs.

Twelve Baseball finished the tournament with a 4-1 record, while I AM Baseball ended their tournament 2-3.

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The Futures

MVP Hustle Secures Gold at 11U Futures Invitational

June 23, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
MVP Hustle 2 0 1 0 1 3 6 13 11 2
Banditos Black  1 0 0 1 2 0 0 4 6 4
Win: H. Friedberg  Loss: K. Ramirez Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-play

 

CARY, N.C. - Hamilton Friedberg pitched three innings of scoreless relief for MVP Hustle and its offense scored nine unanswered runs in the final two innings to defeat Banditos Black, 13-4, in the championship game of the 2019 11U Futures Invitational at Thomas Brooks Park on Sunday.

This marked the second consecutive 11U Futures Invitational for MVP Hustle after winning its first title in 2018.

Friedberg earned the win on the mound for MVP Hustle (5-0) after striking out one and allowing just two hits in his relief appearance. MVP Hustle's starting pitcher Gavin Fien earned a no-decision after allowing four hits in four innings on the mound and striking out three. Kalub Ramirez suffered the loss for Banditos Black (4-1), giving up three runs in 1.1 innings of work.

Nine different MVP Hustle batters tallied a hit on the day, led by Fien who went 3-for-4 with two singles, a double and five runs scored. Kalub Ramirez and Karson Reeder both recorded two hits on the day for the Banditos Black offense.

 

Key Moments:

  • MVP Hustle took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first after Brayden Gutierrez hit an RBI-triple to plate Gavin Fiend. Gutierrez scored one batter later when Anthony Del Angel hit an RBI-single to left field.
  • Banditos Black added a run of its own in the bottom of the first after Lucas Tinajero scored on a fielder's choice by Karson Reeder
  • Fien extended the MVP Hustle lead to two runs after scoring on a wild pitch in the third inning.
  • Jacob Delgadillo tallied a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fourth inning to score Evan Lopez and bring Banditos Black within one run once again.
  • Fien scored his third run of the game in the top of the fifth on an infield single by Anthony Murphy to give MVP Hustle a 4-2 lead.
  • Aiden Acosta got on base thanks to an MVP Hustle error to start the home half of the fifth inning and came around to score on an RBI-triple from Tinajero to bring Banditos Black within one run for the third time. Karson Reeder then tied the game with a two-out RBI-single to score
  • After back-to-back one-out walks in the sixth inning, MVP Hustle used a Gavin Fien two-RBI single and three more free passes to take a 7-4 lead.
  • MVP Hustle manufactured six more runs in the final fame thanks to three Banditos Black errors, four walks, four hits and a sacrifice fly. Anthony Murphy, Elliott Webb, Miles Scott and Justin Lopez each contributed RBIs in the half-inning, putting the game out of reach at 13-4.

 

Notable Information:

  • Friedberg (2-0) earned the win on the mound for MVP Hustle after pitching three shutout innings in relief.
  • Kalub Ramirez (0-1) suffered the loss for Banditos Black after entering the game in the sixth and allowing three runs in 1.1 innings.
  • The win marked the second-straight 11U Futures Invitational title for the MVP Hustle program after winning the 11U Futures Invitational in 2018.
  • USA Baseball will announce the athletes who earned an invitation to the 2019 12U National Team Trials following their performances in the tournament on Monday, June 24.

 

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The Futures

San Diego Show Earns Bronze at 11U Futures Invitational

June 23, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
San Diego Show 2 1 0 1 0 0 1 5 12 3
Top Tier Americans 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 9 1
Win: B. Lewis Loss: C. Sampson Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-play

 

CARY, N.C. - Brenden Lewis pitched a complete game and drove in two runs to lead San Diego Show past Top Tier Americans in the bronze medal game of the 2019 11U Futures Invitational at Thomas Brooks Park on Sunday.

Lewis earned the win on the mound for San Diego Show (3-2) after holding the Top Tier Americans' (3-2) offense to one unearned run in the game. Christopher Sampson suffered the loss for the Top Tier Americans, allowing four runs on eight hits in his four innings of work.

Lewis also led San Diego Show at the plate, finishing the game going 4-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored. Nathan K contributed a 3-for-4 day with a pair of RBIs and James Cark also tallied two hits and scored three runs to lead the San Diego Show to a bronze medal. Brayden Waggoner and Christopher Sampson both went 2-for-3 on the day to pace Top Tier Americans.

 

Key Moments:

  • James Clark, Brenden Lewis and Nathan Keyes opened the game with three-straight singles to give San Diego Show an early 1-0 lead, and Andrew Langer grounded into a fielder's choice to bring home the second run of the inning.
  • Back-to-back two-out singles from James Clark and Brendan Lewis put runners on the corner for Nathan Keyes, who then recorded his second RBI of the game with a single to center field to extend the San Diego Show lead to 3-0 in the top of the second.
  • Kayden Henson led off the fourth inning with a single for the San Diego Show and later scored on a Lewis RBI-single to extend the lead for four runs.
  • James Clark led off the top half of the seventh inning with a walk and stole second three pitches later. Brenden Lewis added another insurance run for the San Diego Show with his second RBI-single, scoring C to take a 5-0 lead into the bottom of the seventh.
  • Lewis put two more runs on the board with a pair of RBI-singles in the fourth and seventh innings as the San Diego Show took a 5-0 advantage.
  • Top Tier Americans plated its lone run in the top of the seventh after Jonathan Lopez scored on an error by the shortstop.

 

Notable Information:

  • Lewis (1-0) earned the complete game win on the mound for San Diego Show after allowing just one unearned run and striking out two.
  • Top Tier American's starting pitcher Christopher Sampson (1-1) suffered the loss after giving up four runs in four innings on the mound.
  • The win gave San Diego Show its fourth consecutive 11U Futures Invitational medal after finishing in second place in the 2016 and 2017 Futures Invitationals and in third place in 2018 and 2019.
  • Top Tier Americans fell to 3-2 in the tournament.

 

On Deck:

  • The Futures Invitational will conclude on Sunday with a second session of games, highlighted by a gold medal contest between Banditos Black and MVP Hustle at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, North Carolina.
  • The gold medal matchup will be streamed by USA Baseball on USABaseball.com, beginning at 11:15 a.m. Fans can watch the games live here or by visiting USA Baseball on Facebook. or by visiting USA Baseball on Facebook.

 

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The Futures

Day Three of the 2019 11U Futures Invitational Concludes

June 23, 2019

Banditos Black 2, Total Baseball Dirty South Bats 0

Banditos Black earned its first shutout win of the tournament, defeating Total Baseball Dirty South Bats 2-0 on Saturday at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, NC.

It was a classic pitcher's duel, as Banditos Black starting pitcher Titan Targac had a strong performance, recording 10 strikeouts in 6.0 innings on the mound. Banditos Black scored both of its runs in the second inning after Aiden Acosta drove in the first run with an RBI-groundout before Kalub Ramirez hit an RBI-single to center field.

Targac earned his first win of the tournament in his second start on the mound for Banditos Black. Ramirez (1) logged the save, tallying one strikeout in 1.0 inning pitched. Diego Velazquez (0-1) suffered the loss after allowing a run in one inning on the mound

Banditos Black improved to 3-0 in the tournament and Total Baseball Dirty South Bats is now 2-1.

San Diego Show 4, Elite Squad 2

San Diego Show came from behind to defeat Elite Squad 4-2 on Saturday at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, NC.

Elite Squad scored first in the bottom of the third when Jonathan Matos Morales hit a line drive to right field and plated two runs. San Diego Show responded in the top of the fourth when Brenden Lewis hit an RBI-double to bring home James Clark. Two batters later, Taytum Reeves hit a two-RBI triple to left field to take the lead. Clark added one more run in the fifth after a sacrifice fly to center.

Juan (1-0) Iniguez earned the win for San Diego Show after 6.1 innings pitched and logging eight strikeouts. Spencer Krasner (0-1) suffered the loss after allowing four runs in 4.2 innings pitched.

San Diego Show moved to 2-1 at the tournament, while Elite Squad fell to 1-2.

Traction Canes 1, SBA Futures 0

Traction Canes earned its first shutout win of the tournament, defeating SBA Futures 1-0 on Saturday at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, NC.

It was a classic pitcher's duel, as Traction Canes starting pitcher Hayes Segar threw a complete-game shutout. Traction Canes scored the only run of the game in the top of the second after Segar recorded an RBI-groundout, bringing home Parker Jewell.

Segar (1-0) earned his first win of the tournament. SBA Futures' Johnny Compton (0-1) was tabbed with the loss.

Traction Canes move to 1-2, while SBA Futures drops to 0-3.

Canes Baseball 1, Scorpion Team Easton 0

Canes Baseball outlasted Scorpion Team Easton in a pitcher's duel to earn a 1-0 win on Saturday at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, NC.

Canes Baseball scored the only run of the game in the bottom of the first after Sawyer Cannon hit an RBI-double line drive to left field. Canes Baseball starting pitcher Gannon Jones had a strong performance, with 6.0 innings pitched and seven strikeouts.

Jones (1-0) earned his first win of the tournament, while Logan Johnson (0-1) was tagged with the loss.

Canes Baseball improved to 2-1 on the third day of competition, while Scorpion Team Easton fell to 1-2.

Top Tier Americans 5, I AM Baseball 1

Top Tier Americans used a fast start to defeat I AM Baseball 5-1 on Saturday at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, NC.

Top Tier Americans' Josiah Hartshorn hit an inside-the-park home run on a line drive to left field, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first. Six batters later, Braden Carrillo added a run with an RBI-groundout. Top Tier Americans' Brayden Waggoner hit a fly ball RBI-double to right field to score two in the bottom of the fourth. I AM Baseball scored its lone run in the top of the fifth on a wild pitch.

Hartshorn (1-0) earned the win after 5.2 innings pitched and eight strikeouts. Donovan Thiery (0-1) was given the loss after 4.0 innings pitched and allowing six runs.

Top Tier Americans stay perfect at 3-0, while I AM Baseball drops to 1-2.

Traction Canes 4, FCA Blueclaws 3

It took extra innings for Tractions Canes to complete a 4-3 comeback win over FCA Blueclaws on Saturday at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, NC.

FCA Blueclaws jumped out to a quick lead in the top of the first inning after Tyler Ellis hit an RBI-line drive to left field, plating two. Traction Canes responded in the bottom of the third when Harrison Kidder hit an RBI-single line drive to center field, logging one run. Traction Canes tied the game up at two runs apiece in the bottom of the fifth before Logan Sorrel hit an RBI-groundout to the shortstop.

FCA Blueclaws regained the lead and scored its final run of the game in the top of the sixth with an RBI-walk form Tripp Hannah. In the bottom of the seventh, Traction Canes loaded the bases on three errors by FCA Blueclaws. Traction Canes' Mac Beadle scored on an error by the pitcher, tying the game. In the bottom of the eighth, FCA Blueclaws scored the final run of the game when Myles Ledoux hit an RBI-sacrifice fly to right field.

Mills Richardson (1-0) earned his first win of the tournament after 4.0 innings pitched and five strikeouts. Joshua Murray suffered the loss after 6.0 innings pitched and two runs allowed.

Traction Canes improved to 2-2, while FCA Blueclaws fell to 1-3.

SBA Futures 2, KC Crusaders 1

SBA Futures came from behind and defeated KC Crusaders 2-1 on Saturday at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, NC.

After four scoreless innings, KC Crusaders took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fifth after a balk by SBA Futures. In the top of the seventh, Chase Kiker hit an RBI-single to right field, tying the game up. Bryce Mancz hit an RBI-single to right field in the next at-bat, sealing the game for SBA Futures.

Tyler Cain (1-0) earned his first win of the tournament after 2.0 innings pitched, zero hits allowed and two strikeouts. Drew Yockey (0-1) was tagged with the loss after allowing two runs in the final inning.

SBA Futures sits at 1-3 in its final game of the tournament, while KC Crusaders also finished 1-3.

Twelve Baseball 11, Canes Baseball 7

Twelve Baseball scored eight runs in the final inning to complete the comeback over Canes Baseball, winning 11-7 on Saturday at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, NC.

Canes Baseball jumped out to a three-run lead in the bottom of the first. With the bases loaded in the top of the third, Austin Carlisle was hit by a pitch, plating Twelve Baseball's first run of the game. Canes Baseball tallied four more runs in the bottom of the third to extend the lead to, 6-1, before Twelve Baseball cut the deficit to four with a bases-loaded walk and an RBI-groundout from Landon Carrillo, making the score 7-3 with two innings left to play.

The first seven batters were able to get on base in the top of the sixth inning adding, three more runs in for Twelve Baseball. John Mckernan grounded into a fielder's choice, plating two runs and as Twelve Baseball took an 8-7 lead. Landon Ellstrom added three more runs for Twelve Baseball with a bases-clearing triple.

John Richardson earned the win after 4.0 innings pitched. Sawyer Cannon suffered the loss after .1 innings pitched and four runs allowed.

Twelve Baseball finished with a 3-1 record at the tournament, while Canes Baseball fell to 2-2.

Elite Squad 7, Wilson Sandlot 4

Elite Squad used a five-run fourth inning to defeat Wilson Sandlot on Saturday at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, NC.

Wilson Sandlot tallied three runs in the bottom of the third to jump out to an early lead. Elite Squad scored its first run on an RBI-triple to center by Jonathan Matos Morales, before adding four more runs to take a 5-3 lead. In the top of the fifth, Matos Morales hit an RBI-single to increase Elite Squads lead by three, before Wilson Sandlot scored its final run of the game in the home half of the inning. Elite Squad's Mateo Gordon scored the final run of the game when he stole home.

Matos Morales (1-0) earned the win for his team after 3.0 innings pitched. Austin Smith (0-1) was tabbed with the loss after giving up three runs in 0.2 innings pitched.

Elite Squad finished the tournament with a 2-2 record, with falling to 1-3.

MVP Hustle 9, Stars Baseball Camp 2

Offense was the name of the game for MVP Hustle as they took down Stars Baseball Camp 9-2 in the 11U Futures Invitational at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, North Carolina.

Both teams were scoreless over the first two frames before Hamilton Friedberg hit an RBI-triple to MVP Hustle ahead 1-0. MVP Hustle would tack on another run in the inning, but the lead wouldn't last long as Stars Baseball Camp put up two of their own in the bottom half to tie the game at two apiece.

MVP Hustle starting pitcher Elliott Webb would hold the Stars Baseball Camp offense to a pair of runs for the rest of the night. The MVP Hustle went on to score seven more runs over the final four innings of the ballgame, totaling 14 hits and nine runs in total.

Webb earned the win (1-0) for MVP Hustle while Caden Merritt suffered the loss (0-1) for Stars Baseball Camp.

Twelve Baseball 6, FCA Blueclaws 1

Clay Mitchell was lights out for Twelve Baseball on Saturday afternoon, tossing a one-run complete game and helping Twelve Baseball to a 6-1 win over FCA Blueclaws at the 11U Futures Invitational in Cary, North Carolina.

Twelve Baseball jumped out to an early lead in the second inning as Landon Carrillo singled up the middle to drive in the first run of the game an. Twelve Baseball would add another run in the inning just one batter later, putting them up 2-0. Two runs of support were all that Twelve Baseball starting pitcher Clay Mitchell would need, as he threw seven strong innings, allowing just five hits, one walk, and one run while striking out two batters to secure the 6-1 victory. He was credited with the win (1-0), while Brennan Bachtell Jr. took the loss (0-1) for FCA Blueclaws.

Wilson Sandlot 4,  KC Crusaders 3

Extra innings were needed to determine a winner in Saturday afternoon's contest between Wilson Sandlot and KC Crusaders, with the KC Crusaders coming out on top 4-3 at the 11U Futures Invitational at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, North Carolina.

Neither side had the lead for long, with KC Crusaders gaining the advantage after scoring a run in the second before Wilson Sandlot scored two in the next half inning. In the bottom of the third, KC Crusaders added two runs of their own to put them ahead 3-2, but the back-and-forth game continued as Wilson Sandlot scored in the next half inning to tie the at three all.

The game remained tied at three through the end of regulation. KC Crusaders escaped the jam in the top of the eighth before Blake Jay walked it off in the bottom of the eighth with a single to right field to drive in the winning run and give the KC Crusaders a 4-3 win.

Elliot Fischer (1-0) was credited as the winning pitcher while Gio Liburdi (0-1) was tagged with the loss.

Stars Baseball Camp 8, Scorpions Team East 4

The offensive flood gates were open early Saturday afternoon in the contest between Stars Baseball Camp and Scorpions Team East, with Stars Baseball Camp prevailing 8-4 in the 11U Futures Invitational at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, North Carolina.

Stars Baseball Camp wasted no time getting on the board, posting six runs in the top of the first inning on three walks and three base hits. Scorpions Team East battled back, posting four runs of their own in the home half of the inning to make it a 6-4 game.

That score would last for much of the game as the pitchers began to settle in, allowing no more runs to cross the plate until Brady Burkhart singled and came around to score in the fifth to increase the Stars Baseball Camp lead to 7-4. They would tack on another insurance run in the next inning to extend their lead to 8-4.

Owen Peltier (1-0) was credited as the winning pitcher in the contest while Nathan Preto (0-1) was the losing pitcher of record.

I AM Baseball 13, Total Dirty South Bats 1

I AM Baseball powered past Total Dirty South Bats 13-1 at the 11U Futures Invitational Saturday afternoon at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, North Carolina.

I AM Baseball scored two runs in the top of the first to jump out to an early 2-0 lead. Sebastian Echeverry was excellent on the mound for I AM Baseball, throwing five innings while striking out four in the process. He would be followed out of the bullpen by Derek Guzman, who was equally effective, allowing no runs in two innings of work.

I AM Baseball exploded for eight runs in the eighth inning to widen their lead to 10-1, and after adding three more in the seventh, they secured the 13-1 victory over Total Dirty South Bats.

Echeverry (1-0) was the winning pitcher and Matthew Manzo (0-1) was the losing pitcher.

 

 

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The Futures

MVP Hustle Punches Its Ticket to The Futures Invitational Championship

June 23, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
MVP Hustle  4 5 0 0 0 5 1 11 11 1
Top Tier Americans 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 8 0
Win: A. Mercurius Loss: K. Schoolcraft Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-play

 

CARY, N.C. - MVP Hustle used a strong offensive showing to power past Top Tier Americans, 11-2, to earn a spot in the championship game of the 2019 11U Futures Invitational at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, North Carolina on Friday.

Alexander Mercurius earned the win on the mound for MVP Hustle (4-0) after allowing two runs in 5.2 innings of work. Top Tier Americans' (3-1) starting pitcher, Kruz Schoolcraft, suffered the loss after surrendering six runs in two innings.

Brayden Gutierrez led MVP Hustle at the plate, going 2-for-3 with four RBIs and scoring a pair of runs. Luis Mejia pace Top Tier Americans with two hits, while Brayden Waggoner and Christopher Sampson scored a run apiece.

 

Key Moments:

  • MVP Hustle jumped out to an early lead after Gavin Fien hit an RBI-double before scoring on a single by Braden Gutierrez in the top of the first. MVP Hustle added two more runs in the inning to take a 4-0 lead.
  • Gavin Fien continued the fast start for MVP Hustle with an RBI-triple before Brayden Gutierrez brought him home with a sacrifice fly to give the MVP hustle a 6-0 lead in the second.
  • Top Tier Americans got on the board in the bottom of the fourth after Brayden Waggoner and Luis Mejia scored on an error by MVP Hustle to cut the lead to 5-2.
  • MVP Hustle added five runs in the top of the sixth, highlighted by a two-RBI single by Anthony Del Angel, before holding the Top Tier Americans scoreless to earn the 11-2 win.

 

Notable Information:

  • Alexander Mercurius (1-0) earned the win on the mound for MVP Huster after allowing two runs in 5.2 innings.
  • Kruz Schoolcraft (0-1) suffered the loss after surrendering six runs in two innings.
  • MVP Hustle punched its ticket to Sunday's championship game with the win and will face of Banditos Black.
  • Top Tier Americans will take on San Diego Show in the bronze medal game on Sunday.

 

On Deck:

  • The Futures Invitational will conclude on Sunday at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, North Carolina.
  • The final day of play is highlighted by a championship and bronze medal game and will also feature six consolation games.
  • USA Baseball will stream two games on USABaseball.com on Saturday, beginning with the bronze medal game at 8:30 a.m. and the championship game at 11:15 a.m. Fans can watch the games live here or by visiting USA Baseball on Facebook.

 

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Banditos Black Clinches A Spot in the 2019 Futures Invitational Championship

June 22, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
San Diego Show  0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 6 0
Banditos Black 0 0 0 4 0 0 X 4 7 1
Win: L. Tinajero Loss: D. Hester Save: C. Gilbert
Box Score | Play-by-play

 

CARY, N.C. - Banditos Black scored four runs in the second and survived a late rally to advance to the 2019 11U Futures Invitational Championship with a 4-2 win over San Diego Show on Saturday at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, North Carolina.

Lucas Tinajero earned the win on the mound for Banditos Black (4-0) after holding the San Diego Show's offense to one run on five hits in 6.1 innings, while striking out 11. Colton Gilbert registered the save after pitching the final 0.2 innings. Denton Hester suffered for the San Diego Show (2-2), allowing four runs on seven hits in his 5.1 innings of work.

Marcus Cantu led Banditos Black at the plate, going 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored. Nathan Keyes went 2-for-4 on the day on the day to pace the San Diego Show. Brenden Lewis and Kayden Henson recorded an RBI each for the San Diego Show.

 

Key Moments:

  • Banditos Black took an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second after Marcus Cantu scored on a passed ball and William Power hit single to center field to bring home Davis Lee.
  • The Banditos Black extended its lead to 4-0 in the next at-bat as Colton Gilbert hit a two-RBI double to left field.
  • San Diego Show got on the board in the top of the sixth after Brenden Lewis scored on a fielder's choice double play to cut the lead to 4-1.
  • Down to their last out, San Diego Show mounted a comeback attempt after loading the bases with a single and two walks.
  • Lewis would then draw a walk to plate Henson, but a fly out to deep-center field ended sent Banditos Black to the championship game with a 4-2 win.

 

Notable Information:

  • Lucas Tinajero (1-0) earned the win on the mound for Banditos Black, striking out 11 in 6.1 innings.
  • San Diego Show's starting pitcher Denton Hester (0-1) suffered the loss.
  • Banditos Black advanced to Sunday's championship game and will face the winner of MVP Hustle and Top Tier Americans.
  • San Diego Show will take on the loser of the second semifinal matchup between MVP Hustle and Top Tier Americans in the bronze medal game.

 

On Deck:

  • The Futures Invitational will conclude on Sunday at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, North Carolina.
  • The final day of play is highlighted by a championship and bronze medal game and will also feature six consolation games.
  • USA Baseball will stream two games on USABaseball.com on Saturday, beginning with the bronze medal game at 8:30 a.m. and the championship game at 11:15 a.m. Fans can watch the games live here or by visiting USA Baseball on Facebook.

 

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Day Two of the 11U Futures Invitational Wraps Up

June 22, 2019

Canes Baseball 5, Elite Squad 2

Canes Baseball earned its first win at the 2019 USA Baseball Futures Invitational on Friday with a 5-2 victory over Elite Squad at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, North Carolina.

Canes Baseball jumped out to an early lead after William Radford hit an RBI-single to right field in the bottom of the first. Elite Squad answered in the top of the third inning after Spencer Krasner hit brought home a run with a single through the right side. The Canes regained the lead in the bottom of the third after Sawyer Cannon plated a run with a double. Cannon drove in two more runs with his second double of the afternoon to extend the Canes' lead to 4-2 in the fifth. Kyle Wenckus brought home the final run of the game with an RBI-single to give Canes Baseball a 5-2 win.

Nolan Winfield (1-0) earned the win for Canes Baseball after pitching 6.0 innings and recording five strikeouts. Lorenzo Laurel (0-1) suffered the loss in relief after allowing a run in one inning on the mound.

Canes Baseball moved to 1-1 Futures Invitational, while Elite Squad dropped to 1-1 through two days of play.

Scorpions Team Easton 2, San Diego Show 0

Scorpions Team Easton scored two runs in the sixth inning to best San Diego Show 2-0 on the second day of the Futures Invitational at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, North Carolina.

The pitching was stout through five innings as neither team was able to bring home a run. Scorpions Team Easton's Ethan Partain drew a walk in the bottom of the sixth plate the first run of the game. Derek Ordaz added the second run two batters later with an RBI-single to third. San Diego Show loaded the bases in the seventh but was unable to bring home a run to end the game.

Carlos Sepulveda (1-0) logged the win for Scorpions Team Easton after throwing 5.1 innings with three strikeouts. Clayton Crosby earned his first save of the tournament after forcing a groundout to end the game. Andrew Langer was given the loss after allowing the game's two runs in five innings.

Scorpions Team Easton improved to 1-1, while San Diego Show fell to 1-1 at the Futures Invitational.

Banditos Black 2, SBA Futures 1

Banditos Black needed extra innings to earn a walk-off win over SBA Futures, 2-1, on Friday at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, North Carolina.

Banditos Black struck first after Evan Lopez hit an RBI-single in the bottom of the second inning to take a 1-0 lead. SBA Futures fought back with an RBI-single of their own in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game at one all.

Kalub Ramirez stepped to the plate with one out in the top of the ninth and hit a line drive to center to plate the game-winning run as Banditos Black earned a hard-fought 1-0 win.

Victor Garcia (1-0) earned the win for Banditos Black, logging two strikeouts in 1.2 innings pitched. Chase Kiker was tagged with the loss, despite allowing just one run on five hits in 7.1 innings on the mound.

Banditos Black remain perfect at the Futures Invitational with a 2-0 record, as SBA Futures fell to 0-2.

Top Tier Americans 5, KC Crusaders 4

Top Tier Americans fell behind early but battled back to defeat KC Crusaders, 5-4, at the 11U Futures Invitational on Friday at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, North Carolina.

KC Crusaders wasted no time getting on the board as Drew Yockey knocked in a pair of runners with an RBI single up the middle, to put the KC Crusaders ahead 2-0 after one. The Crusaders took a 4-0 lead after a two-RBI double by Beckym Marlow in the bottom of the second.

Top Tier Americans battled back in the third, scoring three runs on two walks, a single, and a hit-by-pitch to cut the deficit to 4-3. Top Tier Americans tied the game in the fourth inning before scoring the go-ahead in the sixth on a fielder's choice.

Top Tier Americans improved to 2-0 in the tournament, while KC Crusaders drop to 0-2.

Wilson Sandlot 1, I AM Baseball 0

Wilson Sandlot outlasted I AM Baseball in a pitcher's duel to earn a 1-0 win on the second day of the Futures Invitational at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, North Carolina.

Wilson Sandlot broke the scoreless streak in the home half of the sixth when Gio Liburdi got on base with a single to left field. In the next at-bat, Liburdi attempted to steal second and would capitalize on a pair of throwing errors to score the go-ahead run.

Wilson Baseball's Drew Schnabel (1-0) earned the win after recording a complete-game shutout that included five strikeouts while allowing just three hits. I AM Baseball's starting pitcher Aquiles Arzeno finished the game with 5.0 innings including eight strikeouts, while only giving up one hit. Donovan Thiery (0-1) was tabbed with the loss after giving up the unearned run.

Both teams moved to 1-1 in the tournament.

Twelve Baseball 12, Stars Baseball Camp 5

The offense was firing on all cylinders for Twelve Baseball as they defeated Stars Baseball Club, 12-5, on Friday at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, North Carolina.

Stars Baseball Camps jumped out to an early lead after scoring a run in each of the first three innings. Twelve Baseball added runs in the first and third innings, before tying the game at three in the top of the fourth on a passed ball.

Clay Mitchell put Twelve Baseball ahead 5-3 with a hit a two-RBI triple to right field in the bottom of the fifth. Twelve Baseball kept the offense rolling in the sixth inning, plating seven runs on eight hits and a walk. Stars Baseball Camp added a pair of runs in the bottom half of the six but were unable to score in the seventh as Twelve Baseball picked up its first win of the tournament.

Landon Carrillo (1-0) earned the win on the mound, while Garrett Camp (0-1) suffered the loss in relief for Stars Baseball Camp.

MVP Hustle 7, FCA Blueclaws 4

MVP Hustle used a three-run third inning to earn a come-from-behind win over FCA Blueclaws, 7-4, on Friday at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, North Carolina.

The FCA Blueclaws jumped out to a two-run lead in the top of the first after John Matuson hit an RBI-single and Tripp Hannah stole home. MVP Hustle responded with a run in the home half of the first before Alexander Mercurius tied the game up with a line drive up the middle. MVP Hustle took its first lead of the game in the bottom of the third after scoring three runs on a pair of singles and a fielder's choice. The FCA Blueclaws cut the lead to 5-4 after Brennan Bachtell Jr. scored on a fielder's choice and Hannah hit an RBI-single to center field.

MVP Hustle capitalized on an FCA Blueclaws error in the fourth to score a run before Gavin Fien hit an RBI-triple in the next at-bat to push the lead to 7-4.

Miles Scott (1-0) picked up the win for MVP Hustle after collecting three strikeouts in 2.2 innings. Tyler Ellis suffered the loss after allowing seven runs and 10 hits in the game.

The win improved MVP Hustle's record to 2-0 on the tournament, while FCA Blueclaws fell to 1-1.

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Total Baseball DSB Secures A Walk-Off Winner

June 21, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Traction Canes 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 6 1
Total Baseball DSB 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 4 8 2
Win: D. Hester Loss: A. Valencia Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-play

 

 

CARY, N.C. - Total Baseball Dirty South Bats used a double and an error in the bottom of the seventh inning to secure a walk-off win over Traction Canes, 4-3, on the second day of the 2019 11U Futures Invitational at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, North Carolina.

Diego Velazquez earned the win on the mound for Total Baseball Dirty South Bats (2-0) after holding the Traction Canes' offense scoreless in his 1.1 innings of relief. Total Baseball Dirty South Bats' starting pitcher, Alex Valencia, gave up three runs in his 5.2 innings of work in a no-decision. Denton Hester started on the mound for the Traction Canes (0-2), allowing three runs on seven hits in six innings. Luke Averett suffered the loss for the Traction Canes.

Tyler Young led Total Baseball Dirty South Bats at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double and two singles and scoring three runs, while Diego Velazquez and Julian Weiss contributed two hits apiece. William Nikolaus and Myles Ledoux both went 2-for-3 with a run scored to pace Traction Canes.
 

Key Moments:

  • The Traction Canes took an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first after William Nikolaus scored on an error and William Power hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Myles LeDoux.
  • Tyler Young hit a one-out single and later scored on a Diego Velazquez triple to get Total Baseball Dirty South Bats on the board and cut the deficit to one in the top of the third inning.
  • Zachary Lopez led off the fourth inning with a walk for the Total Baseball Dirty South Bats and advanced to third thanks to a stolen base and a deep fly out to right field. Lopez would cross the plate courtesy of a Matthew Manzo RBI-fielder's choice to tie the game at 2-2.
  • With the bases loaded and no outs in the bottom of the fifth inning, Alex Valencia's sacrifice fly to left field scored Young and gave Total Baseball Dirty South Bats its first lead of the game, 3-2.
  • Parker Jewell tied the game at three for Traction Canes thanks to a bases-loaded RBI-walk in the top of the sixth inning, scoring Lucas Lawrence
  • With two outs in the bottom of the seventh, Tyler Young picked up his third hit of the day with a double to left and scored the game-winning run on the very next pitch thanks to an error by the Traction Canes left fielder.



Notable Information:

  • Diego Velazquez (1-0) earned the win on the mound for Total Baseball Dirty South Bats, striking out two in 1.1 innings.
  • Luke Averett (0-1) suffered the loss in relief for Traction Canes
  • Total Baseball Dirty South Bats improved to 2-0 in the tournament with the win, while Traction Canes fell to 0-2.



On Deck:

 

  • Day two of the Futures Invitational will continue with four more games beginning at 1:45 p.m. ET, followed by the Futures Invitational Home Run Derby at the USA Baseball National Training Complex at 6 p.m. ET.
  • The final pool play games will take place in the first half of Saturday's games after which the semifinal matchups of the 2019 Futures Invitational will be decided. The two semifinals will take place at 3:45 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Field 6 at Thomas Brooks Park.
  • USA Baseball will stream two games on USABaseball.com on Saturday, beginning with Traction Canes taking on SBA Futures at 8:30 a.m. and FCA Blueclaws going head-to-head against Twelve Baseball at 11:15 a.m. Fans can watch the games live here or by visiting USA Baseball on Facebook.

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Opening Day of the 11U Futures Invitational Is in the Books

June 21, 2019

Elite Squad 6, Scorpions Team Easton 4

Elite Squad got off to a quick start and held on late to defeat Scorpions Team Easton, 6-4, on Thursday at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, North Carolina.

Elite Squad got on the board in the first inning after a wild pitch from Team Easton. Francis Garcia hit a two-RBI double that plated to extend the lead before Elite Squad scored on an error by the Scorpions to give them the 4-0 advantage.

Elite Squad's pitching held Scorpions Team Easton scoreless until the fourth inning when Ethan Miles Young scored on a fielder's choice. Elite Squad gave themselves a cushion in the top of the fifth when Lorenzo Laurel hit a two-RBI inside-the-park home run to make the score 6-1.

Scorpions Team Easton refused to give up, as they scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth, but that would be all as they fell 6-4.

San Diego Show 6, Canes Baseball 5

San Diego Show and Canes Baseball were locked in back and forth contest with San Diego Show coming out on top 6-5 on Thursday at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, North Carolina.

Canes Baseball struck first when William Radford singled to right field, bringing home Colton Hilbert. San Diego Show answered quickly in the bottom of the inning with an RBI-double from Brenden Lewis tying up the game at one.

Canes Baseball added another run in the top of the second and San Diego Show responded with two runs thanks to RBI-singles from Kayden Henson and Clark. In the top of the third, Canes Baseball's Nolan Winfield grounded into a fielder's choice, plating Sawyer Cannon to tie the game at three.

The San Diego Show's offense took the lead in the home half of the third, scoring three runs. Canes Baseball countered with two runs in the top of the fifth, but could not bring home the tying run to give The San Diego Show a win.

Total Baseball Dirty South Bats 9, SBA Futures 0

Tyler Young threw a complete game shutout to give Total Baseball Dirty South Bats a 9-0 win over SBA Futures on Thursday at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, North Carolina.

Total Baseball Dirty South Bats jumped out to an early lead after taking advantage of an SBA Futures to take the 1-0 lead. Total Baseball DSB went on to score eight runs in the top of the fifth inning, to earn a win in their first game of the 2019 Futures Invitational. The offensive attack was led by four different batters who each recorded RBI-singles and a two-RBI double from Matthew Manzo.

Banditos Black 5, Traction Canes 3

Banditos Black used a pair of big innings to complete a comeback win over Traction Canes, 5-3, on the first day of the Futures Invitational at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, North Carolina.

The Traction Canes took the lead in the bottom of the first after scoring on a wild pitch. The score remained 1-0 until the top of the fifth as both pitching staffs threw three scoreless innings. The Banditos' Jacob Delgadillo tied the game up at one with an RBI-triple before who Marcus Cantu brought Delgadillo home with a single through the right side.

The Banditos Black added three more runs in the top of the seventh to extend their lead, 5-1. Traction Canes rallied in the bottom of the seventh, bringing two home, but would ultimately fall, 5-3.

Top Tier Americans 5, Wilson Sandlot 2

Top Tier Americans jumped out to an early lead and never looked back as it defeated Wilson Sandlot 5-2 on Thursday at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, North Carolina.

Christopher Sampson paced the offense with an RBI-triple to start things for Top Tier Americans before a dropped third strike on the next batter resulted in a Luis Mejia crossing the plate to make the score 2-0.

Top Tier Americans added another run in the top of the third, after Sampson hit an RBI-single to right field, bringing home Connor Russell. Top Tier added two more runs in the top of the sixth thanks to a pair of walks.

Wilson Sandlot scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth on a fielder's choice and a single before retiring the side. The game was called in the seventh due to storms in the area as Top Tier Americans earned the 5-2 win.

MVP Hustle 6, Twelve Baseball 4

MVP Hustle began their title defense with a 6-4 win over Twelve Baseball on Thursday at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, North Carolina.

Brayden Gutierrez got MVP Hustle on the board first with an RBI-single to left field that brought home Gavin Fien. Hamilton Friedberg extended the lead with an RBI of his own in the bottom of the third.

MVP Hustle's offense went on a timely run in the bottom of the sixth, scoring four runs. Twelve Baseball looked to rally late in the game by scoring four runs of their own in the top of the seventh, but MVP Hustle was able to end the game before any more damage was done.

FCA Blueclaws 12, Stars Baseball Camp 6

The FCA Blueclaws earned a 12-6 win over Stars Baseball Camp on opening day of the 11U Futures Invitational in a high-scoring contest on Thursday at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, North Carolina.

Stars Baseball Camp jumped on the board first after driving in two runs in the first inning. They added a third run with an RBI-single from Garrett Camp in the second inning to increase their lead, 3-0.

FCA Blueclaws cut the lead to one in the bottom of the second after scored two runs on a single and a sacrifice bunt. Stars Baseball extended the lead thanks to a double in the top of the third before FCA Blueclaws tied the game with a two-RBI single to the shortstop.

The back-and-forth affair continued in the top of the sixth as the Stars Baseball Camp used a triple and a single to score a pair of runs and take the 6-4 lead. The Blueclaws rallied in a big way in the home half of the sixth as the first 10 batters reached base to score eight runs. The game was called in the bottom of the sixth due to inclement weather as the FCA Blueclaws took home the win.

Both teams recorded a total of 21 hits in the game as FCA Baseball accounted for 12 hits and Stars Baseball Camp earned nine.

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