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Breaking Down the 2019 18U National Team Schedule

The schedule includes games in five different cities on two continents over three and a half weeks of trials, training and tournament play.
August 12, 2019

From Los Angeles to Taiwan to South Korea, the 2019 18U National Team has a busy schedule in 2019. On August 12, 48 of the best athletes in the country - selected from the inaugural Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP) League, the 2018 National Team Identification Series, and the 2019 17U National Team Development Program - will convene in California for the 18U National Team Trials to compete for a spot on the 20-man Team USA roster.

At the conclusion of trials, the final 18U National Team will be named and will then train in both Los Angeles and Taiwan before traveling to Gijang City, South Korea, for the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup. The U.S. is the four-time defending champions of the event and will look to become the first team ever to claim five World Cup gold medals in a row at the tournament.

Here is everything you need to know about the 2019 18U National Team's path to gold:

 

THE SCHEDULE

  • The 2019 18U National Team Trials will include five intrasquad Stars vs. Stripes games in five days at two different locations in the greater Los Angeles area.
  • Immediately following the announcement of the final 20-man 18U National Team roster on August 17, 18U National Team Training will commence and run from August 18-26.
  • The 2019 18U National Team will train both domestically and internationally, playing two games in California and at least three games in Taiwan before traveling to South Korea for the World Cup.
  • The 18U National Team's schedule at the 2019 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup will start with a practice day on August 29 before the team plays its first game on August 30 against South Africa.
  • Team USA will play five games in the Opening Round of the World Cup - one against each team in Group B - starting with a matchup against South Africa. 2019 marks the first time in program history that the 18U National Team has opened World Cup play against South Africa.
  • Following the Opening Round, the top three teams from both Group A and Group B will advance to the Super Round. Each team will then play one game against each of the five other Super Round teams, with the top two advancing to the gold medal game and the third and fourth seeds playing for bronze.
  • Three of Team USA's World Cup Opening Round opponents are ranked in the top 15 in the world, including No. 4 Chinese Taipei and No. 1 Japan.
  • Between August 18 and September 8, Team USA will play at least 17 games against at least nine different opponents.
  • The 2019 18U National Team program will compete in five different cities in three countries on two separate continents over three and a half weeks of trials, training and tournament play.
  • Team USA will travel a total of 13,737 miles together this summer.

 

THE OPPONENTS

 

BREWERS SOCAL SCOUT TEAM

  • For the first time since 2015, the 18U National Team will open its training schedule against the Brewers SoCal Scout Team.
  • The last time the two programs met, Team USA came away with a 6-4 victory at Cal State Fullerton on August 17, 2015.

 

CHINESE TAIPEI

  • In 2019, Team USA will train against Chinese Taipei prior to the World Cup, and will also match up against the team in the opening round of the tournament.
  • The U.S. owns a 23-9-1 overall record against Chinese Taipei, including wins in the first and most recent meetings between the two teams.
  • The 18U National Team last matched up against Chinese Taipei on September 6, 2013, in the International Baseball Federation (IBAF) "AAA" World Cup. Team USA claimed a 7-5 victory in that contest and went on to win a gold medal in the event.

 

SOUTH AFRICA

  • The U.S. and South Africa have met just twice in the history of the 18U National Team program.
  • The first contest between the two squads was August 9, 2000, when the U.S. came away with a 27-1 win in the IBAF World Junior Championships.
  • The second meeting also resulted in a Team USA victory with the red, white and blue taking down South Africa 5-0 at the 2017 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup - one of the 18U National Team's six shutouts in the tournament.

 

JAPAN

  • The U.S. and Japan have met eight times in international play, with Team USA owning a 6-2 overall record.
  • Japan's last victory in the series came on August 29, 2015, when the Japanese defeated Team USA 3-0 in the opening round of the 2015 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in Osaka, Japan. The U.S. avenged the loss eight days later though when the two teams met in the gold medal game. The stars and stripes claimed a 2-1 victory in the contest and another World Cup title.
  • 2019 will mark the third consecutive time that the U.S. and Japan have met in the opening round of the World Cup. Most recently, Team USA came out on top, shutting out Japan 4-0 on September 2, 2017, in the second game of the 2017 World Cup.

 

PANAMA

  • Team USA has a long and successful history against Panama in international competition, having met 23 times in international competition. The U.S. holds the advantage in the matchup with a 21-2 overall record against Panama in that time.
  • In the most recent meeting between the two countries, Team USA took down the home country 17-2 in the gold medal game of the 2017 COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championships. The victory marked the 18U National Team program's fifth-consecutive Pan-American Championships title.
  • The U.S. is 5-1 all-time against Panama in World Cup play.

 

SPAIN

  • The U.S. will close out the opening round of the 2019 World Cup against Spain. This will be just the third time the two teams have met, with both previous matchups occurring in World Cup play.
  • The red, white and blue has emerged victorious in both past meetings, claiming a 13-3 win in 2002 and another 10-run triumph in 2006 with an 11-1 victory.

 

THE LOCATIONS

 

IRVINE, CALIFORNIA

  • Three of the five 18U trials intrasquad Stars vs. Stripes games will be played in Irvine, California, at Orange County Great Park for the first time in 18U National Team program history.

 

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

  • 2019 marks the first time since August 19, 2013, that the 18U National Team program has played in Dodger Stadium, but Team USA has a long history of competition at the baseball landmark.
  • Most recently, the U.S. claimed its first-ever World Baseball Classic championship at the home of the Los Angeles Dodgers with a dominant 8-0 defeat of Puerto Rico on March 22, 2017.

 

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CALIFORNIA

  • This will be the first time the 18U National Team has played at JSerra Catholic High School in San Juan Capistrano, California.

 

TAICHUNG, TAIWAN

  • This is the 18U National Team program's fifth trip to Taiwan and its third visit to Taichung.
  • The 2012 18U National Team trained in the city with two international friendlies against Chinese Taipei and a matchup with the Taichung City All-Stars before heading to Seoul, South Korea, for the IBAF "AAA" World Cup.
  • In 2013, the IBAF "AAA" World Cup was held in Taichung and Team USA once again trained in the city - this time with three international friendlies against Chinese Taipei - before the start of the tournament. The U.S. then stayed in Taiwan for the world championship, where it finished 8-1 with a gold medal.
  • In total, the 18U National Team has played 24 games in Taiwan throughout the program's history, including 14 games in Taichung, nine in Taipei City and one in Dou Liou.
  • The 2019 18U National Team will train in Taichung Stadium for the third time in its history, having played seven games there in 2012 and 2013.

 

GIJANG CITY, SOUTH KOREA

  • This is the second time in the history of the 18U National Team program that Team USA has competed at a World Cup in South Korea.
  • The 2012 IBAF "AAA" World Cup was held in Seoul, South Korea, with the U.S. finishing 7-2 and coming away as world champions after defeating Canada 6-2 in the gold medal game. • The 2019 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup will be played at Gijang-Hyundai Dream Ballpark. The multi-field facility was recently built in time to host the WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup in 2016 and is the largest youth baseball facility in Korea, with a seating capacity of 1,295.
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USA Baseball Announces 2019 18U National Team Roster

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Stars Blank Stripes in 18U Trials Finale

Five Stars pitchers combine to allow just three hits in the win
August 15, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 R H E
Stars 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 5 0
Stripes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 5
Win: A. Santos Loss: C. Swilling Save: Keith
Box Score | Play-by-play | Cumulative Stats

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - In the final game of the 2019 18U National Team Trials, the Stars pitching staff allowed just three hits in eight scoreless innings to secure the 2-0 win over the Stripes. With the victory, the Stars improved to 4-1 in the trials series.

Robert Moore (Leadwood, Kan.) finished 1-for-3 with a walk and was responsible for both of the Stars' RBIs in the contest. Dylan Crews (Longwood, Fla.) and Robert Hassell (Franklin, Tenn.) both collected hits and scored runs for the Stars. Hunter Haas (Phoenix, Ariz.), who went 1-for-2 with a walk, and Tyler Soderstrom (Turlock, Calif.), who collected two hits on the day, led the way offensively for the Stripes.

Alex Santos (New York, N.Y.) earned the win for the Stars after allowing just one hit and no runs, while striking out three. Carson Swilling (Smith Station, Ala.) suffered the loss after allowing two hits, two walks and two runs in his relief appearance.

 

KEY MOMENTS

  • Hassell recorded the first hit of the game in the third, leading off with a ground-rule double for the Stars.
  • With the Stars threatening in the third with runners on first and second and one out, Kyle Harrison (Danville, Calif.) came through for the Stripes to escape the jam with a fielder's choice and a strikeout to keep it scoreless.
  • The first baserunners of the day for the Stripes came in the fourth inning when Haas drew a one-out walk and Soderstrom followed with a single, but a strikeout got the second out and Haas was caught stealing for the third to end the inning.
  • The Stars finally broke through for the first runs of the game when Hassell reached on an error to lead off the fifth before Crews and Moore followed with back-to-back doubles that made it 2-0 in the Stars' favor.
  • The Stripes tried to get a rally going in the seventh behind back-to-back one-out singles from Haas and Soderstrom but the Stars' Colby Halter got a flyout and a strikeout to end the threat and secure the 2-0 win.

 

NOTABLE INFORMATION

  • The Stars won the 18U National Team Trials series, 4-1.
  • The two pitching staffs combined to toss 24 strikeouts in the contest, with the Stars recording 14 and the Stripes collecting 10.
  • Santos (1-0) allowed just one hit and one walk and struck out three in two innings of work to earn the win.
  • The loss was attributed to Swilling (0-1) after he gave up two runs in his relief appearance.
  • Austin Hendrick (Pittsburgh, Pa.) recorded the highest average during the five-game series, hitting .571 with four hits, including one home run.
  • Rawley Hector (Van Alstyne, Texas) led all pitchers in the series with seven strikeouts in five innings of work throughout the week.

 

DUE UP

  • The 20-man 2019 18U National Team roster will be announced in the evening on Saturday, August 17.
  • 2019 18U National Team Training will start with the first practice for Team USA on Monday, August 19, and the first game on Tuesday, August 20, both at Fullerton Junior College.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

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Stripes Claim Game Four of 18U Trials at Dodger Stadium

Cayden Wallace finished 1-for-2 with two RBIs and a home run for the Stripes
August 15, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 R H E
Stripes 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 4 5 0
Stars 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0
Win: T. Manning Loss: C. Brown Save: Walker
Box Score | Play-by-play | Cumulative Stats

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Propelled by Cayden Wallace's (Greenbrier, Ark.) two-run home run, the Stripes took down the Stars, 4-1, in the fourth game of the 18U National Team Trials series on Friday at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

Along with Wallace, Austin Hendrick (Pittsburgh, Pa.) helped lead the Stripes offense as he finished 1-for-2 with two RBIs of his own. Jordan Lawlar (Irving, Texas) also collected a hit and scored a run for the squad. Harold Coll (Hyde Park, Mass.) and Yohandy Morales (Miami, Fla.) each collected a hit to pace the Stars at the plate on Friday.

Timmy Manning (Pompano Beach, Fla.) earned the win for the Stripes on the mound, giving up just one run in his two innings of relief, while the loss was attributed to Cam Brown (HOMETOWN) after he surrendered two runs in his inning of work.

 

KEY MOMENTS

  • Morales got the Stars offense started in the bottom of the third, singling and advancing to second on a Colby Halter (Jacksonville, Fla.) groundout to bring up Coll, who recorded an RBI-double to give the Stars the early 1-0 lead.
  • In the top of the fourth, Jordan Walker (Stone Mountain, Ga.) drew a one-out walk and Wallace launched a two-run bomb two batters later that gave the Stripes a 2-1 lead.
  • The Stripes added a couple insurance runs in the top of the eighth when Hunter Haas (Phoenix, Ariz.) doubled, Lawlar singled and stole a base and Hendrick drove them both in with a two-RBI single that gave the Stripes the 4-1 win.

 

NOTABLE INFORMATION

  • Following the Stripes' win on Friday, the Stars lead the series 3-1.
  • Manning (1-1) got the win for the Stripes in the contest after his strong relief appearance in which he gave up just one run on two hits, while striking out one.
  • Brown (0-1) suffered the loss after allowing two runs in the third inning.
  • Both starting pitchers were strong in the game with the Stars' Rawley Hector (Van Alstyne, Texas) allowing just one hit and striking out four in his three innings of work and Ben Hernandez (Chicago, Ill.) tossing two hitless frames for the Stripes.

 

DUE UP

  • The final game of the series is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. PT on Saturday, August 17, at Dodger Stadium.
  • The 20-man 2019 18U National Team roster will be announced on August 17, following the trials finale.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

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Stars Clinch 18U Trials Series with 3-2 Win Over Stripes

Pete Crow-Armstrong and Yohandy Morales both finished 1-for-1 with two RBIs
August 15, 2019
  1 2 3 R H E
Stars 2 1 0 3 4 0
Stripes 2 0 0 2 2 0
Win: M. Abel Loss: N. Savino Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-play | Cumulative Stats

FULLERTON, Calif. - Pete Crow-Armstrong (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) and Yohandy Morales (Miami, Fla.) each went 1-for-1 with two RBIs for the Stripes and Stars, respectively, as the Stars claimed a 3-2 victory in the third game of the 2019 18U National Team Trials on Thursday at Fullerton Junior College in Fullerton, California. The Stars improved to 3-0 and clinched the series with the win.

Jack Bulger (Bowie, Md.), Robert Hassell (Franklin, Tenn.) and Kevin Parada (Pasadena, Calif.) added hits for the Stars in the win, while Drew Bowser (Woodland Hills, Calif.) went 1-for-1 with a run scored for the Stripes.

Mick Abel (Portland, Ore.) got the start for the Stars and earned the win, giving up two runs on two hits while striking out four in his three innings of work. For the Stripes, Nate Savino (Sterling, Va.) started on the mound and allowed three runs on four hits to get tagged with the loss.

 

KEY MOMENTS

  • The Stars jumped out to an early lead in the contest when Ed Howard (Chicago, Ill.) drew a walk and Bulger singled to bring up Morales who roped a two-RBI double to left-center, giving the Stars a 2-0 lead in the top of the first.
  • In the bottom half of the first, the Stripes' Crow-Armstrong collected a two-RBI single after Hunter Haas (Phoenix, Ariz.) and Bowser led off the inning with a walk and a double, respectively, to tie the game at 2-2.
  • The final run of the game was scored in the top of the second by Parada, who hit a leadoff triple and crossed the plate on a wild pitch to give the Stars a 3-2 lead and the win.

 

NOTABLE INFORMATION

  • The Stars improved to 3-0 with the win and clinched the 2019 18U National Team Trials series.
  • Abel (1-0) recorded four strikeouts in three innings on the mound and earned the win.
  • Savino (1-0) suffered the loss after giving up three runs in his 1.1 innings of work.

 

DUE UP

  • The teams will travel to Dodger Stadium for game four of the series on Friday, August 16. First pitch is set for 3:30 p.m. PT.
  • The final game of the series is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. PT on Saturday, August 17, at Dodger Stadium.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

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Stars Defeat Stripes, 3-2, for Second Win of 18U Trials

Game two of the five-game series will be played at 4 p.m. PT at Fullerton Junior College
August 14, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 R H E
Stars 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 6 3
Stripes 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 3 7 1
Win: A. Rosario Loss: M. Carlson Save: Witt
Box Score | Play-by-play | Cumulative Stats

FULLERTON, Calif. - Seven players collected hits as the Stars came from behind for the second night in a row to defeat the Stripes, 3-2, in game two of the 2019 18U National Team Trials on Wednesday, August 14, at Fullerton Junior College in Fullerton, California.

On the offensive side for the Stars, Robert Moore (Leawood, Kan.) finished 1-for-1 with a run scored and a game-high two walks. Jackson Miller (New Port Richey, Fla.) led the Stripes offense on Wednesday evening, collecting a game-high two hits, while Austin Hendrick (Pittsburgh, Pa.) hit the third home run of 18U Trials.

Alejandro Rosario (Miami, Fla.) tossed two innings in relief for the Stars without giving up an earned run and collected the win. For the Stripes, Max Carlson (Savage, Minn.) suffered the loss after giving up two runs in his 2.2 innings of work.

 

KEY MOMENTS

  • Hendrick got the scoring started in the contest when he crushed a ball over the right field wall to lead off the second inning and give the Stripes an early 1-0 lead.
  • A one-out single from Moore and a walk to Enrique Bradfield Jr. (Hialeah, Fla.) got the Stars offense started in the bottom of the third inning before Parada singled to bring in Moore and tie the game at one run apiece.
  • The Stripes took back the lead in the top of the sixth courtesy of a Tyler Soderstrom (Turlock, Calif.) RBI single that scored Colt Keith (Biloxi, Miss.) and gave the team a 2-1 advantage.
  • Following Soderstrom's RBI single, Cayden Wallace (Greenbrier, Ark.) drew a walk and Miller singled to load the bases with just one out for the Stripes, but Stars pitcher Rosario escaped the jam with a strikeout and a fly out to end the inning and keep the Stars within one.
  • Drew Romo (Spring, Texas) led off the bottom of the sixth with a triple to put the tying run 90 feet away for Alex Urban (Lexington, S.C.) who laced a single to left-center to tie the game again, 2-2.
  • Urban stole second and third before scoring on a throwing error to give the Stars their first lead of the game and a 3-2 victory.

 

NOTABLE INFORMATION

  • With the win, the Stars improved to 2-0 in the five-game 18U National Team Trials series.
  • The Stars have come from behind in both of its wins.
  • The win was attributed to Rosario (1-0) after he tossed two innings of relief and gave up three hits and no earned runs, while striking out one.
  • Carlson (0-1) gave up two runs on two hits in his 2.2 innings of work in relief and was tagged with the loss.

 

DUE UP

  • The third game of the series will once again be played at Fullerton Junior College in Fullerton, Calif., with first pitch at 4 p.m. PT on Wednesday, August 15.
  • The teams will travel to Dodger Stadium for games four and five of the series on August 16 and 17, respectively. Game four will be played at 3:30 p.m. PT, while game five will be at 10:30 a.m. PT.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

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Stars Open Trials With 5-4 Comeback Win

A three-run seventh inning secured the win for the Stars in game one
August 13, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Stars 0 2 0 0 0 0 3 5 7 2
Stripes 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 4 6 1
Win: L. Gordon Loss: T. Manning Save: Savacool
Box Score | Play-by-play

IRVINE, Calif. - The Stars scored three runs in the final inning to come from behind and claim a 5-4 victory over the Stripes in game one of the 2019 18U National Team Trials on Tuesday at Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California.

AJ Vukovich (Mukwonago, Wis.) collected three of the Stars' seven hits on the night to lead the team's offense, finishing 3-for-3 with a run scored, while Tanner Witt (Houston, Texas) collected two RBIs and a run scored. Austin Hendrick (Pittsburgh, Pa.) paced the Stripes at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a run scored.

Lucas Gordon (Los Angeles, Calif.) started for the Stars and got the win in the contest after two strong innings of work in which he struck out a game-high four batters. For the Stripes, Timmy Manning was tagged with the loss after allowing three runs on three hits in his two innings on the mound.

 

KEY MOMENTS

  • The Stars opened the scoring in the contest when Vukovich led off the bottom of the second inning with a double before Jason Savacool (Syracuse, N.Y.) followed with a double of his own to bring Vukovich home for a 1-0 Stars lead.
  • An RBI-groundout by Dylan Crews (Longwood, Fla.) scored Savacool to give the Stars an early 2-0 lead heading into the bottom of the second.
  • Hendrick reached on an error to lead off the bottom of the second for the Stripes and bring Jordan Walker (Stone Mountain, Ga.) to the plate, who launched a two-run home run over the left field fence to tie the game 2-2.
  • Tyler Soderstrom (Turlock, Calif.) drew a walk, stole second and advanced to third on a groundout before scoring on a Jackson Miller (New Port Richey, Fla.) RBI-single that gave the Stripes a 3-2 lead.
  • The Stripes added to their lead in the sixth inning when Pete Crow-Armstrong (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) knocked a leadoff double to right field, stole third and scored on an error for a 4-2 Stripes advantage.
  • Down to their final three outs, the Stars got things started when Crews drew a leadoff walk and advanced to third on a wild pitch and a Yohandy Morales (Miami, Fla.) groundout before scoring on another wild pitch to make it a 4-3 game.
  • With the Stars down by one, Jack Bulger (Bowie, Md.) got on base with a single to bring Witt to the plate who knocked a ball over the center field wall for a two-run dinger that gave the Stars a 5-4 lead.
  • Savacool took the ball on the mound in the bottom of the seventh to close out the 5-4 win for the Stars, giving up just one hit while striking out two and earning the save.

 

NOTABLE INFORMATION

  • Gordon (1-0) led all the pitchers in the game with four strikeouts in two innings and earned the win after allowing just one run and two hits.
  • The loss was attributed to Manning (0-1) after he gave up three runs and two walks in the final two innings of the game.

 

DUE UP

  • Game two of the five-game 18U National Team Trials Stars vs. Stripes series will be played on Wednesday, August 14, at 4:00 p.m. PT at Fullerton Junior College in Fullerton, Calif.
  • The third game of the series will be played on Wednesday, August 15. The time and location of that contest will be announced at a later date.
  • The teams will travel to Dodger Stadium for games four and five of the series on August 16 and 17, respectively. Game four will be played at 3:30 p.m. PT, while game five will be at 10:30 a.m. PT.

 

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18U National Team Trials and Training Begins Tuesday, August 13

Trials and Training games to be held at three locations in the greater Los Angeles area
August 7, 2019

USA Baseball invites the local and national media to the 2019 USA Baseball 18U National Team Trials and Training.

2019 18U National Team Trials brings in the top high school players in the country to compete for a chance to play for Team USA. The 48 athletes selected to the 18U Trials roster were chosen through multiple selection vehicles, including the inaugural Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP) League, which serves as the primary identification event for the 18U National Team, as well as the 2018 National Team Identification Series (NTIS) and the 2019 17U National Team Development Program (NTDP), among others.

The final 20-man 18U National Team roster will be named on August 17, followed immediately by National Team Training. The U.S. will compete in two domestic training games in the greater Los Angeles area and three international friendlies against Chinese Taipei in Taiwan before traveling to South Korea for the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup. Team USA is the four-time defending champions of the event and will look to earn its fifth consecutive World Champions title, as well as the 18U National Team program's eighth straight gold medal in international competition in 2019.

 

What: USA Baseball 18U National Team Trials and Training
When: August 13-22, 2019
Where:

Orange County Great Park
8000 Great Park Ave.
Irvine, Calif., 92618

Fullerton Junior College
321 E. Chapman Ave
Fullerton, Calif., 92832

Dodger Stadium
1000 Vin Scully Ave
Los Angeles, Calif., 90012

JSerra Catholic High School
26351 Junipero Serra Rd.
San Juan Capistrano, Calif., 92675

 

The 18U National Team program started in 1987 as the USA Baseball Junior National Team competing in the World Youth Baseball Championships. Since then the 18U National Team has been a perennial power on the international baseball scene. The team competes in two major events in bi-yearly cycles - the COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championships and the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup. In 2017, Team USA went undefeated to claim its fourth WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup title in a row and give the program its seventh consecutive gold medal in international competition. The program followed that performance with another undefeated year in 2019, claiming its fifth straight COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championships title without dropping a game. Its most recent gold medal marked the program's seventh straight international tournament title.

Credential Application
Members of the media can apply for a credential by visiting the USA Baseball Media Services page on the official website: http://www.usabaseball.com/about/media-services

Interview Requests
All interview requests should be made through mediarelations@usabaseball.com or through on-site Press Officer Emily Fedewa. Phone and satellite interviews can be accommodated upon request.

Trials and Training Locations
The 2019 18U National Team Trials will feature five games at two different locations. The locations for each game are as follows:

August 13-15: Orange County Great Park
August 16-17: Dodger Stadium

The final 18U National Team will then play its first two games of training in California against the Brewers SoCal Scout Team. The locations for those games are as follows:

August 20: JSerra Catholic High School
August 21: Orange County Great Park

All 18U National Team Trials and Training workouts except the one on August 20 will be held at Fullerton Junior College in Fullerton, Calif. The morning workout on August 20 will be at JSerra Catholic High School prior to Team USA's first training game at the same location.

Started at the PDP League
Starting in 2019, the PDP League serves as the primary identification event for the 18U National Team. The invitation-only event, which was held in Bradenton, Florida, is a premier development and showcase experience for high school baseball prospects based in the United States. The four-week 2019 PDP League included competitive game play, practice and training sessions, off-field educational seminars and evaluations using modern technologies tailoring individualized curriculums for each player.

Thirty-eight of the athletes attending 18U Trials were selected from the 2019 PDP League and also participated in the first-ever High School All-Star Game at Progressive Field on July 6, as part of 2019 MLB All-Star Week in Cleveland. The remaining ten invitees were selected from the 2018 NTIS and the 2019 17U NTDP.

An Undefeated Streak
The 18U National Team program has won 19 consecutive games in international competition dating back to a loss to Mexico on October 7, 2016, in the COPABE "AAA" Pan American Championships. Despite the defeat, Team USA went on to finish that tournament with a 7-1 record and a gold medal.

World Cup Record Within Reach
With the 2017 18U National Team's gold medal in the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup, the U.S. joined Cuba as the only two countries to claim four consecutive world championship titles at the junior level. Now, Team USA has the chance to make history with a record-fifth gold medal in a row at the 2019 tournament.

18U National Team Alums in the Draft
Following two seasons in which the 18U National Team earned its fourth consecutive WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup title and its fifth straight COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championships gold medal, 16 members of the 2017 and 2018 18U National Teams were selected in the first round of the 2018 and 2019 MLB Drafts, respectively.

In the 2018 MLB Draft, Jarred Kelenic (No. 6, New York Mets) was the first 2017 18U National Team member selected, followed by Ryan Weathers (No. 7, St. Louis Cardinals), Matt Liberatore (No. 16, Tampa Bay Rays), Brice Turang (No. 21, Milwaukee Brewers), Anthony Seigler (No. 23, New York Yankees), Triston Casas (No. 26, Boston Red Sox), Mason Denaburg (No. 27, Washington Nationals), JT Ginn (No. 30, Los Angeles Dodgers) and Ethan Hankins (No. 35, Cleveland Indians).

One year later, Bobby Witt Jr. (No. 2, Kansas City Royals) was the first member of the 2018 team chosen in the 2019 MLB Draft. Riley Greene (No. 5, Detroit Tigers), CJ Abrams (No. 6, San Diego Padres), Corbin Carroll (No. 16, Arizona Diamondbacks), Anthony Volpe (No. 30, New York Yankees) and Brennan Malone (No. 33, Arizona Diamondbacks) followed.

From Team USA to the Major Leagues
There are currently 43 players in the Major Leagues that have suited up for the red, white and blue as members of the 18U National Team. Current Major Leaguers Albert Almora, Alex Bregman, Bryce Harper, Eric Hosmer, Clayton Kershaw, Francisco Lindor, Manny Machado, Andrew McCutchen and Buster Posey have played for the 18U National Team.

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Participating Players and Schedule
In total, 48 players representing 22 states are participating in trials. Following the conclusion of trials, 20 players will be named to the final 18U National Team roster and will participate in training and the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup.

Sixteen USA Baseball alumni are competing for the chance to represent Team USA once again at the 18U National Team Trials, including six members of the 2018 18U National Team that won gold at the COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championships. Additionally, the 18U Trials roster features nine athletes from the 2017 15U National Team that was named co-champions of the COPABE "AA" Pan-American Championships.

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USA Baseball Finalizes 2019 18U National Team Trials Roster

18U National Team Trials will begin August 13 in Los Angeles
August 1, 2019

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball finalized the 48-man 18U National Team Trials roster on Thursday with the addition of five athletes invited from the 2019 17U National Team Development Program (NTDP). 18U National Team Trials is set to begin August 13 and will take place in Los Angeles, California.

The five players invited from the 17U NTDP join 38 athletes that were previously named to the trials roster following the completion of the inaugural Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP) League, as well as five that were selected from the 2018 USA Baseball National Team Identification Series.

The final 20-man 2019 18U National Team roster will be announced on August 17, following the conclusion of trials. The team will then train in Los Angeles until August 22 when it will head to Taiwan to complete training before traveling to Gijang City, South Korea, for the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup. Team USA is the four-time defending world champion and will look to earn a record-fifth consecutive world championship title in the event, as well as the program's ninth straight international tournament title.

"We could not be more thrilled to add these young men to our 18U trials roster," said 18U National Team Program Director Frank Jagoda. "They embody the character, athleticism and baseball aptitude that our staff is looking for in players to represent the U.S.

"We will have even more difficult decisions to make going forward, but we are excited to get out to California and start working together as a group toward our ultimate goal of winning gold."

The 48 players on the roster represent 22 states and a total of 16 Team USA alumni will once again compete for the chance to represent the stars and stripes, including four of the invitees from the 17U NTDP. Pete Crow-Armstrong (Sherman Oaks, Calif.), Rawley Hector (Van Alstyne, Texas) and Alejandro Rosario (Miami, Fla.) will join six of their teammates at 18U trials from the 2017 15U National Team that won a gold medal at the COPABE U-15 Pan-American Championships, while Cody Schrier (San Clemente, Calif.) joins the roster after helping to lead the 2018 15U National Team to its first-ever WBSC U-15 World Cup title. Also invited to trials from 17U NTDP is Jordan Lawlar (Irving, Texas), who made his second appearance at an NTDP after being a member of the inaugural 16U program in 2018.

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

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

2019 18U National Team Trials Roster:
(Name; Position; Hometown)

^Mick Abel; RHP; Portland, Ore.
^Drew Bowser; IF; Woodland Hills, Calif.
^Enrique Bradfield Jr; OF; Hialeah, Fla.
Cam Brown; RHP; Flower Mound, Texas
^Jack Bulger; C/OF; Bowie, Md.
Jag Burden; IF/OF; Huntington Beach, Calif.
^Max Carlson; RHP; Savage, Minn.
Harold Coll; IF; Hyde Park, Mass.
*^Dylan Crews; OF; Longwood, Fla.
*^Pete Crow-Armstrong; OF; Sherman Oaks, Calif.
^Dax Fulton; LHP; Oklahoma City, Okla.
*^Lucas Gordon; LHP; Los Angeles, Calif.
*^Mac Guscette; C; Nokomis, Fla.
^Hunter Haas; IF; Phoenix, Ariz.
*^Petey Halpin; OF; San Mateo, Calif.
Colby Halter; UTIL; Jacksonville, Fla.
Kyle Harrison; LHP; Danville, Calif.
Robert Hassell; OF/LHP; Franklin, Tenn.
*^Rawley Hector; RHP/IF; Van Alstyne, Texas
^Austin Hendrick; OF; Pittsburgh, Pa.
Ben Hernandez; RHP; Chicago, Ill.
Ed Howard; IF; Chicago, Ill.
*^Jared Jones; RHP/OF; Wittier, Calif.
^Colten Keith; IF/RHP; Biloxi, Miss.
^Jordan Lawlar; MIF; Irving, Texas
*Timmy Manning; LHP; Pompano Beach, Fla.
^Nolan McLean; UTIL; Willow Spring, N.C.
*^Jackson Miller; C/RHP; New Port Richey, Fla.
*^Robert Moore; IF; Leawood, Kan.
*^Yohandy Morales; IF; Miami, Fla.
^Aaron Nixon; IF; Mission, Texas
Kevin Parada; C; Pasadena, Calif.
*^Max Rajcic; RHP; Fullerton, Calif.
*^Drew Romo; C; Spring, Texas
*Alejandro Rosario; RHP; Miami, Fla.
Alex Santos; RHP; New York, N.Y.
Jason Savacool; RHP; Syracuse, N.Y.
Nate Savino; LHP; Sterling, Va.
*^Cody Schrier; IF; San Clemente, Calif.
Tyler Soderstrom; C; Turlock, Calif.
Carson Swilling; RHP; Smith Station, Ala.
Milan Tolentino; IF; Mission Viejo, Calif.
*^Carson Tucker; IF; Phoenix, Ariz.
Alex Urban; OF; Lexington, S.C.
Jonathan Vaughns; IF/RHP; Glendora, Calif.
AJ Vukovich; IF/OF; Mukwonago, Wis.
Jordan Walker; IF/OF/RHP; Stone Mountain, Ga.
Cayden Wallace; IF; Greenbrier, Ark.

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

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Twenty-Five USA Baseball Alumni in 2019 MLB All-Star Game

Six alumni will start in the 2019 edition of the midsummer classic
July 8, 2019

DURHAM, N.C. - Twenty-five USA Baseball alumni have been named to the 2019 Major League Baseball All-Star Game rosters, the organization announced on Monday. Twelve members of the National League (NL) roster have played for Team USA and 13 of the American League (AL) All-Stars have suited up for the red, white and blue.

Three alumni will start the game in the field for both the AL and NL All-Star teams. Nolan Arenado (Colorado Rockies), Freddie Freeman (Atlanta Braves) and Christian Yelich (Milwaukee Brewers) will start for the NL, while Alex Bregman (Houston Astros), George Springer (Houston Astros) and Mike Trout (Los Angeles Angels) earned starting spots for the AL. 

Of the 25 alumni, 13 have won gold medals with Team USA and eight have represented the stars and stripes on multiple USA Baseball national teams. Bregman leads the way in both categories with appearances on five separate national teams and has won four gold medals.

In total, 13 alumni competed with the Collegiate National Team, seven suited up for the 18U National Team, four participated with the former 16U National Team, four represented the U.S. on the Professional National Team at a Pan-American Games or World Cup, and four played for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic (WBC).

The 2019 MLB All-Star Game will be played at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio on Tuesday, July 9, at 7:30 p.m. ET. The game will be televised on Fox.

The full list of USA Baseball alumni that appear on 2019 All-Star Game rosters is as follows:

Name; MLB Team; USA Baseball Team(s):
Nolan Arenado; Colorado Rockies; 2017 World Baseball Classic 
Alex Bregman; Houston Astros; 2010 16U National Team, 2011 18U, 2013-2014 Collegiate, 2017 World Baseball Classic
Kris Bryant; Chicago Cubs; 2012 Collegiate National Team
Walker Buehler; Los Angeles Dodgers; 2014 Collegiate National Team
Matt Chapman; Oakland Athletics; 2013 Collegiate National Team
Gerrit Cole; Houston Astros; 2009-2010 Collegiate National Team
David Dahl; Colorado Rockies; 2011 18U National Team 
Freddie Freeman; Atlanta Braves; 2005 16U National Team, 2006 18U
Joey Gallo; Texas Rangers; 2011 18U National Team 
Yasmani Grandal; Milwaukee Brewers; 2009 Collegiate National Team
Sonny Gray; Cincinnati Reds; 2009-2010 Collegiate National Team
Josh Hader; Milwaukee Brewers; 2015 Professional National Team
Clayton Kershaw; Los Angeles Dodgers; 2005 18U National Team
Francisco Lindor; Cleveland Indians; 2009 16U National Team, 2010 18U
James McCann; Detroit Tigers; 2011 Professional National Team
Austin Meadows; Tampa Bay Rays; 2011 16U National Team
Mike Minor; Texas Rangers; 2007-2008 Collegiate National Team
Mike Moustakas; Milwaukee Brewers; 2006 18U National Team, 2010 Professional
Anthony Rendon; Washington Nationals; 2010 Collegiate National Team
Max Scherzer; Washington Nationals; 2005 Collegiate National Team
George Springer; Houston Astros; 2010 Collegiate National Team
Marcus Stroman; Toronto Blue Jays; 2011 Collegiate National Team, 2017 World Baseball Classic
Mike Trout; Los Angeles Angels; 2010 Professional 
Justin Verlander; Houston Astros; 2003 Collegiate National Team
Christian Yelich; Milwaukee Brewers 2017 World Baseball Classic

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