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Game 2 Suspended in Taichung, Taiwan

July 10, 2019
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CT 0 1 0 0 - - - - - 1 2 0
USA 0 0 1 - - - - - - 1 4 0
Win: TBD Loss: TBD
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TAICHUNG, TAIWAN - The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team and Chinese Taipei were rained out Wednesday with the score tied 1-1 in the fourth inning at Taichung City Stadium. The teams will try to resume the game Thursday afternoon as part of a doubleheader, although the time and location are TBA based on field conditions. 

The 19th USA vs. Chinese Taipei International Friendship Series is scheduled to end with Games 2-3 on Thursday. The series has been reduced to three games before Team USA plays a different team in Taiwan on Friday at 2 a.m. ET. 

Key Moments
• Chinese Taipei started the scoring in the second inning with an RBI double to the wall in right field by Chung-Chen Yang.
• Austin Martin (Vanderbilt) tripled to right field in the third, then was brought home on an RBI groundout from Colton Cowser (Sam Houston State) to tie the game.

Notable Information
• There were two rain delays in the game. The first was a brief stoppage in the second inning for rain, before the fourth-inning rainstorm postponed the game. 
• Chinese Taipei won Game 1 on Tuesday, 2-1, to snap a 10-game losing streak against the Collegiate National Team. 
• The last 14 games between the Collegiate National Team and Chinese Taipei have all been decided by three runs or fewer.
• Team USA leads the 19th USA vs. Chinese Taipei International Friendship Series, 14-0-4.
• Team USA is 78-13-2 all-time in the USA vs. Chinese Taipei International Friendship Series.
• Team USA and Chinese Taipei have tied all three series in Taiwan (2005, 2010, 2016). 
• This year's games are the first in the series at Taichung City Stadium in Taichung, Taiwan. 

On Deck
• July 11 doubleheader vs. Chinese Taipei (2 a.m. ET; Taichung City Stadium)
• July 12 vs. TBA (2 a.m. ET; Taichung City Stadium)
• Next week: 43rd USA vs Japan Collegiate All-Star Series

Social
• Stay tuned to @USABaseballCNT on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the Collegiate National Team.

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Nat'l Team Champs

2020 15U National Team Championships North Carolina All-Tournament Team Announced

Ten of the 16 teams at the event are represented on the All-Tournament Team
August 9, 2020

CARY, N.C. -- USA Baseball named the All-Tournament Team for the inaugural 15U National Team Championships North Carolina on Sunday, following the conclusion of the event.

Team Elite secured a 7-6 comeback victory over Elite Squad to win the gold medal. Ten teams are represented on the All-Tournament Team with 5 Star National Dobbs, Canes National, Elite Squad, Empire Baseball, Richmond Braves Platinum and Team Elite all boasting multiple selections.

The 2020 15U National Team Championships North Carolina All-Tournament Team:

Ryker Chavis - 5 Star National Dobbs
Ryker Chavis was named to the All-Tournament Team after tying for third in the tournament, and leading 5 Star National Dobbs, in strikeouts with nine. He also did not allow an earned run in his two appearances and gave up just three hits and one walk.

Daniel Cuvet - Elite Squad
Daniel Cuvet's nine RBIs in eight games led the entire field at the 15U National Team Championships North Carolina, earning him a spot on the All-Tournament Team. He also played a major role in Elite Squad's run to the championship game as he went 2-for-4 with two RBIs in the team's quarterfinal win and recorded two triples and nine hits throughout the week.

Cameron Donaldson - Flood City Elite
Cameron Donaldson's eight RBIs led Flood City Elite and tied for the second-most in the entire tournament to earn him a spot on the All-Tournament Team. Additionally, he recorded a .462 batting average and six hits, including a double and a triple, in six games at the event.

Henry Ford - Tri-State Arsenal
Henry Ford finished the 15U National Team Championships North Carolina with a .545 average, six hits and team-leading eight RBIs to secure a spot on the All-Tournament Team. He also went 2-for-4 with an RBI in Tri-State Arsenal's defeat of eventual-champion Team Elite on Tuesday, August 4.

Gavin Gallaher - Canes National
Gavin Gallaher's .444 average, eight hits and six RBIs were good enough to land him a spot on the All-Tournament Team. In addition, his seven singles in in six games led Canes National and he went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored in Canes National's 12-1 defeat of TPA National on Wednesday, August 5.

Alvin "Tre" Keels - Richmond Braves Platinum
Alvin Keels led Richmond Braves Platinum in hits (7) and stolen bases (4) at the 15U National Team Championships North Carolina to earn a spot on the All-Tournament Team. He finished the tournament hitting .500 with a triple and four runs scored to help lead his team to a 3-3 record at the event.

Dylan Loy - 5 Star National Dobbs
Dylan Loy led the event in strikeouts to earn a spot on the All-Tournament Team. He recorded 12 punchouts over eight innings pitched without giving up a run. He also allowed just three hits and two walks in his two starts for 5 Star National Dobbs.

Bryan Loriga - Elite Squad
Elite Squad's Bryan Loriga was named to the All-Tournament Team after hitting .333 with two doubles and five RBIs. He finished the tournament 6-for-18 in six games and scored two runs as Elite Squad advanced to the playoffs.

Cooper Milford - Team GA Baseball
Cooper Milford earned his spot on the All-Tournament Team after leading the entire event in stolen bases and runs scored, swiping 11 bags and scoring 11 runs over the course of eight games. He also hit .421 for the week and recorded seven hits.

Evan Miranda - Empire Baseball
Evan Miranda led Empire Baseball in innings pitched during the 15U National Team Championships North Carolina with 7.2 innings of work over the course of two appearances. He also earned the win in both his starts and recorded seven strikeouts to earn his spot on the All-Tournament Team.

Brysen Nepute - Team Elite
Brysen Nepute was named to the All-Tournament Team after helping to lead Team Elite to the 15U National Team Championships North Carolina with a .600 average and nine hits over eight games. He also tied for the lead on Team Elite with nine hits and four doubles in the event and went 3-for-4 in Team Elite's quarterfinal win to secure its berth in the semifinals.

Marc Quarrie - Florida Bombers
Marc Quarrie tied for the event lead in triples with two in six games while hitting .545 over the course of the week to earn a spot on the All-Tournament Team. In addition, he collected six hits, five RBIs, four runs scored and drew three walks for the Florida Bombers.

Campbell Smithwick - Canes National
Campbell Smithwick was named to the All-Tournament Team after leading Canes National in batting average (.600), hits (9) and doubles (3). He also tied for the team lead with eight RBIs and seven runs scored in six games during the week.

Steven Spalitta - Elite Squad
Steven Spalitta tied for the event lead in hits with 10 over the course of eight games to earn a spot on the All-Tournament Team. He also recorded six RBIs and four runs scored to help lead Elite Squad to a championship game berth in the 15U National Team Championships North Carolina.

Ryan Terrell - Richmond Braves Platinum
Ryan Terrell led the entire field in the tournament in innings pitched with 10 in his two appearances. He allowed just three hits in his 10 innings of work and picked up the win in both games while recording a 0.70 ERA.

Drew Titsworth - Team Elite
Drew Titsworth was named to the All-Tournament Team after making two strong appearances for eventual-champions Team Elite in the event, including earning the win in the team's quarterfinal victory over Canes National to secure a spot in the semifinals. Over the course of the 15U National Team Championships North Carolina, Titsworth did not allow an earned run in 6.2 innings of work, while collecting seven punchouts.

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Nat'l Team Champs

Team Elite Clinches 15U National Team Championships North Carolina Gold

Team Elite scored six runs in the fourth inning to secure a 7-6 victory in the championship game
August 9, 2020

15U National Team Championships NC // Homepage // Schedule & Results (GameChanger)


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ELITE SQUAD 2 1 0 3 0 6 8 1
TEAM ELITE 1 0 0 6 0 7 6 1
Win: Gregory Bruno  Loss: Mason Elrod  Save: Jacob Mcghee // Box Score

CARY, N.C. - Team Elite used a six-run fourth inning to secure a close 7-6 victory over Elite Squad and the gold medal at the 15U USA Baseball National Team Championships North Carolina on Sunday at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

Team Elite finished the tournament with a 6-2 overall record, while Elite Squad fell to 5-3 with the loss. Two of Team Elite's players were also named to the All-Tournament Team following the event: Brysen Nepute and Drew Titsworth.

Elite Squad was the first team to get its offense going in the championship game. Benjamin Reiland led off the game with a walk and came around to score on a Peyton Woods RBI-double before Woods moved to third on an error and stole home to give the team a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning.

Team Elite didn't waste any time responding though as it got a run back in the bottom half thanks to a bases-loaded RBI-groundout by Nazzan Zanetello that made it 2-1.

But Elite Squad quickly widened the gap once again in the top of the second inning. A leadoff hit-by-pitch to Ryan Liss and a single by Mason Elrod put two runners on for Jacob Gomberg who's RBI-single one batter later scored Liss and gave Elite Squad an early 3-1 lead.

That lead would hold until the fourth inning when Elite Squad broke the game open with three runs in the top half of the fourth. Back-to-back singles kicked off the inning and a one-out fielder's choice loaded the bases once again for Angelo Prieto who drove a two-RBI single into left field for a 5-1 lead. Ayden Gurevich then piled on with an RBI single of his own that brought home Elrod and gave Elite Squad a 6-1 advantage.

The lead didn't last long though as Team Elite answered right away with six runs in the bottom of the fourth to take its first lead of the game. The team scored three runs with no outs on three straight walks a Bret Yarger RBI single, a hit-by-pitch and a sacrifice fly by Colt Emerson to cut the deficit to just two.

With a runner at third and one out, Cade Arrambide lined a two-RBI double to right field that tied the game at six runs apiece before Nazzan Zanetello followed immediately with a single up the middle to score Arrambide and give Team Elite a 7-6 lead after four.

After a leadoff walk to kick off the fifth inning, Elite Squad couldn't get anything else going against Team Elite's Jake Mcghee, who shut things down on the mound to earn the save and secure Team Elite's 7-6 victory and the 15U National Team Championships North Carolina gold medal.

Arrambide (2-for-3) and Yarger (2-for-2) led the way at the plate for Team Elite, both recording multi-hit games while Arrambide led the team in RBIs with two. Woods was the spearheaded the Elite Squad offense, finishing 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.

Gregory Bruno (1-0) picked up the win for Team Elite after giving up one run on two hits in his relief appearance while Mcghee's scoreless and hitless inning of work earned him the save. Elrod (0-1) suffered the loss in the contest after surrendering six runs and issuing four walks in his 1.1 innings of relief.

The Inaugural 15U National Team Championships North Carolina featured 16 teams and 52 games in six days at the National Training Complex. The 16U age group of the National Team Championships is set to being on Tuesday, August 11, with 16 teams from across the U.S. traveling to Cary. Follow @USABChamps_NC for the latest information about the tournament.

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Nat'l Team Champs

Empire Baseball Wins 15U National Team Championships North Carolina Bronze

Empire Baseball finishes the tournament with a 5-2-1 overall record
August 9, 2020

15U National Team Championships NC // Homepage // Schedule & Results (GameChanger)


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Empire Baseball 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 1
Team GA Baseball 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0
Win: Caleb Hoover  Loss: Tyrus Cobb // Box Score

CARY, N.C. -- Empire Baseball scored three runs in the top of the first inning and held on to win the bronze medal at the inaugural 15U National Team Championships North Carolina with a 3-1 victory over Team GA Baseball on Field 2 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex.

Empire Baseball finished the tournament with a 5-2-1 overall record en route to its third place finish. Team GA Baseball ended the tournament with a 6-2 record.

Pitching was the name of the game on Sunday as both teams' pitching staffs combined to give up just six total hits. Empire Baseball starting pitcher Caleb Hoover picked up the win, giving up just one run in 2.1 innings pitched. He struck out two batters before Kimbru Pam came on in relief. Pam was masterful on the mound for Empire Baseball, giving up just two hits and striking out three batters in 4.2 innings to close out the game.

Tyrus Cobb suffered the loss for Team GA Baseball after giving up three runs in the first inning. AJ Rodriguez and Cooper Milford combined to strike out seven batters in relief, giving up just two hits over the last 6.2 innings.

Ian Duarte (1-for-1), Dean Moss (1-for-3, 2 RBIs) and Nicholas Montgomery (1-for-2) provided all the offense Empire Baseball would need on the day with a hit apiece. Milford (1-for-3), Anthony Tralongo (1-for-1; RBI) and Ben Hays (1-for-2) led the day offensively for Team GA Baseball.

Key Moments

  • Ian Duarte led the game off with a double and later scored on a bases loaded-walk by Jonathan Mendez to score the first run of the bronze medal game for Empire Baseball.
  • Dean Moss tallied a two-RBI single to left field in the top of the first inning to score Evan Miranda and Ralphy Velazquez to give Empire Baseball a 3-0 lead.
  • Team GA Baseball's Cooper Millford walked to lead off the bottom of the first inning and later scored on an Anthony Tralongo RBI-single to cut into the deficit, 3-1.
  • Team GA Baseball reliever AJ Rodriguez struck out the side in the top of the third inning.


Notable Information

  • Caleb Hoover picked up the win for Empire Baseball after striking out two batters and giving up just one run in 2.1 innings of work.
  • Kibru Pam came on in relief and shut down the Team GA Baseball offense, giving up just two hits and striking out three batters for Empire Baseball in the final 4.2 innings of the game.
  • Tyrus Cobb suffered the loss for Team GA Baseball after giving up three runs in the first inning of the game.
  • AJ Rodriguez struck out five batters in 4.2 innings of relief for Team GA Baseball, including striking out the side in the the top of the third inning.
  • Dean Moss led the Empire Baseball offense, going 1-for-3 with a two-RBI single in the top of the first inning.
  • Empire Baseball won the bronze medal in the inaugural 15U National Team Championships North Carolina and finished the tournament with a 5-2-1 overall record.
  • Team GA Baseball finished the tournament in fourth place with a 6-2 overall record.


On Deck

  • The 16U age group of the National Team Championships North Carolina will begin on Tuesday, August 11.


Social

  • Follow @USABChamps_NC on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the 15U National Team Championships North Carolina.
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Nat'l Team Champs

Team Elite Slugs Its Way to the Finals, Defeats Team GA Baseball 6-4

Team Elite hits seven extra-base hits in the semifinal victory
August 9, 2020

15U National Team Championships NC // Homepage // Schedule & Results (GameChanger)


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Team Elite 0 0 2 0 4 0 0 6 11 3
Team GA Baseball 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 6 0
Win: Rhett Roeser  Loss: Dylan Holbrook // Box Score

CARY, N.C. -- Team Elite slugged seven extra-base hits on the day and survived an error-plagued second inning to defeat Team GA Baseball 6-4 in a semifinal matchup on Sunday at the 15U National Team Championships North Carolina on Field 2 of the USA Baseball National Training Complex.

Chance Fitzgerald finished the day 3-for-4 with two RBIs, a double and two triples for Team Elite and Jobe Smith (2-for-3) and Bret Yarger (2-for-3) also contributed a pair of hits to lead the offense in the victory. Ashton Pass led the Team GA Baseball offense with a 2-for-3 outing.

Rhett Roeser picked up the victory in relief for Team Elite, striking out four batters and giving up just three hits in five innings of work. Team GA Baseball starter Dylan Holbrook suffered the loss.

Key Moments

  • Preston Booth led off the bottom of the second inning for Team GA Baseball with a hit-by-pitch and advanced to second on an error by the catcher. Booth then came around to score the first run of the game on an error by the third baseman to give Team GA Baseball a 1-0 lead.
  • Payton Martin singled to left to score Tyrus Cobb to score the second run of the bottom of the second inning for Team GA Baseball before a second error by the Team Elite catcher plated the third run of the inning.
  • Colton Masse scored Payton Martin from third base on an RBI-groundout to first base to extend Team GA Baseball's lead to 4-0 after two.
  • Chance Fitzgerald slammed a two-RBI triple to right field to score Bret Yarger and Luca Reyes for Team Elite to cut its deficit to 4-2 in the top of the third inning.
  • A TJ Schuyler double and a Bret Yarger triple for Team Elite tied the game at four apiece Elite in the top of the fifth inning.
  • Bret Yarger scored the go-head run for Team Elite in the top of the fifth inning on an RBI-groundout by Luca Reyes for the 5-4 lead.
  • Chance Fitzgerald hit a triple to left-his second of the game-and Cade Arrambide sent an RBI-double to left field to cap a four-run top of the fifth inning for Team Elite, giving them a 6-4 lead.


Notable Information

  • Rhett Roeser picked up the victory in relief for Team Elite, giving up just three hits and striking out four in five innings pitched.
  • Dylan Holbrook suffered the loss on the mound for Team GA Baseball, giving up six earned runs in 5.2 innings pitched.
  • Team Elite starting pitcher Cameron Johnson gave up four runs on three hits, striking out two batters in the no-decision.
  • Team Elite hitters combined for seven extra-base hits on the day with four doubles and three triples.
  • Chance Fitzgerald finished the day 3-for-4 with two RBIs, a double and two triples to lead the Team Elite offense. Jobe Smith and Bret Yarger also contributed multiple hits for Team Elite in the game.
  • Ashton Pass led the Team GA Baseball offense going 2-for-3.


On Deck

  • Team Elite advanced to the championship game of the 15U National Team Championships North Carolina and will face Elite Squad. The title game starts at 11 a.m. on Coleman Field and will be streamed on PlaySight.com.
  • Team GA Baseball will face Empire Baseball in the bronze medal game at 10:45 a.m. on Field 2 at the National Training Complex. The game will be streamed on YouTube.com/USABaseballTV.


Social

  • Stay tuned to @USABChamps_NC on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the 15U National Team Championships North Carolina.
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Nat'l Team Champs

Elite Squad Clinches Gold Medal Game Spot With Late Rally

Elite Squad scored two runs in the top of the seventh inning to claim a 4-3 victory against Empire Baseball
August 9, 2020
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Elite Squad 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 4 6 0
Empire Baseball 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 3 9 2
Win: D. Davila Loss: Tee Southisene Save: Ty Southisene // Box Score

CARY, N.C. - Elite Squad used a seventh-inning offensive push to defeat Empire Baseball 4-3 and secure a spot in the gold medal game of the USA Baseball 15U National Team Championships North Carolina on Saturday at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

Mason Elrod (2-for-3) led Elite Squad offensively in the semifinal contest, finishing with two hits, a run scored and an RBI. Derek Curiel (3-for-3) was the driving force at the plate for Empire Baseball as he collected three hits, two runs scored and an RBI in the loss.

David Davila (1-0) earned the win in a strong outing for Elite Squad on the mound, striking out six batters and allowing just one earned run on six hits. Empire Baseball's Tee Southisene (1-1) was tagged with the loss after you gave up two runs on three hits in his three innings of work.

KEY MOMENTS

  • Elite Squad struck first in the contest with one run in the top of the first inning. Benjamin Reiland got things started with a leadoff walk before back-to-back singles by Steven Spalitta Jr. and Daniel Cuvet loaded the bases for Peyton Woods who's sacrifice fly to right field made it a 1-0 game.
  • Empire Baseball responded right away in the bottom half of the first when Derek Curiel hit a leadoff double, moved to third on a groundout and was brought home by a Ralphy Velazquez RBI single to tie the game at one run apiece.
  • In the bottom of the third, Empire Baseball took a 2-1 lead when Curiel got on base with a two-out single and scored from first on an Elite Squad error.
  • Some two-out offensive work by Elite Squad tied the game up once again in the top of the fourth. Back-to-back two-out walks put runners on first and second for Elrod who roped a double to left field to make it a 2-2 game.
  • Ayden Gurevich's RBI-single in the top of the seventh inning finally broke the tie and Angelo Prieto added an insurance run when he scored on an error after the hit to give Elite Squad a 4-2 lead.
  • Down to its final three outs, Empire Baseball got a rally going in the bottom of the seventh with three singles to pull within one but the rally fell short as a fielder's choice and a strikeout secured the 4-3 victory for Elite Squad.

 

NOTABLE INFORMATION

  • Elite Squad improved to 5-2 with the win and advanced to play Team Elite in the 15U National Team Championships North Carolina gold medal game, which is set for at 11 a.m. ET on Sunday, August 9, at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C.
  • The gold medal game will be streamed live via PlaySight Interactive. Information on the live stream can be found here.
  • With the loss, Empire Baseball drops to 4-2-1 in the event and will play for the bronze medal against Team GA Baseball on Sunday, August 9, at 10:45 a.m. ET on Field 2 at the National Training Complex.
  • The bronze medal game will be streamed live with a single camera and broadcasted on the USA Baseball YouTube channel. The stream can be viewed here.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

  • • Follow @USABChamps_NC on Twitter for the most up-to-date information on the 2020 USA Baseball National Team Championships North Carolina.
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Nat'l Team Champs

Semifinal Matchups Set After Day Five of 2020 15U National Team Championships NC

Elite Squad, Empire Baseball, Team Elite and Team GA Baseball advanced to the 15U semifinals
August 8, 2020

The fifth day of the 2020 USA Baseball 15U National Team Championships North Carolina was highlighted be four quarterfinal matchups. Elite Squad, Empire Baseball, Team Elite and Team GA Baseball all emerged victorious on the day to advanced to the semifinals, which will be played at 8 a.m. ET on Sunday, August 9, at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. View the full schedule and follow all the action on GameChanger.


Elite Squad 12, Tri-State Arsenal 6 (Quarterfinal)

Box Score

Elite Squad rallied from a five-run deficit on Saturday at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C., to defeat Tri-State Arsenal 12-6 and clinch a spot in the 15U National Team Championships North Carolina semifinals.

Tri-State Arsenal grabbed the lead early in the game when the team scored two runs to take a 2-1 lead in the second before adding four in the bottom of the third for a 6-1 advantage. But after a scoreless fourth inning, Elite Squad came roaring back with four runs in both the fifth and sixth innings to jump ahead and grab a 9-6 lead.

Tri-State Arsenal couldn't get anything else going, collecting just one hit after the third inning, while Elite Squad put up three more runs in the top of the seventh to put the game out of reach and secure the 12-6 victory.

Daniel Cuvet (2-for-4), Ryan Liss (2-for-3), Benjamin Reiland (2-for-3), Steven Spalitta Jr. (2-for-5) and Peyton Woods (2-for-3) all paced Elite Squad's offense with multi-hit games, while Cuvet, Spalitta Jr. and Woods also collected multiple RBIs with two apiece. Christopher Hacopian led Tri-State Arsenal at the plate, finishing 2-for-4 with a run scored.

Elite Squad's Luis Rodriguez picked up the win in the contest after his 4.1 inning relief appearance in which he allowed just two hits and one walk and did not give up a run. Edward Copper suffered the loss after surrendering four runs on four hits in his inning of work.

Elite Squad improved to 4-2 with the win and advanced to face Empire Baseball in the semifinals on Sunday, August 9, at 8 a.m. ET, while Tri-State Arsenal took its first loss of the event and fell to 5-1. Elite Squad's semifinal game will be streamed live by PlaySight Interactive. To access the live stream, click here, or visit web.playsight.com and search for "USA Baseball."


Team Elite 9, Canes National 7 (Quarterfinal)

Box Score

Team Elite used a big second inning and a couple of late insurance runs to take down Canes National 9-7 and advance to the semifinals of the 2020 USA Baseball 15U National Team Championships North Carolina.

After a scoreless first inning, Team Elite broke through in a big way in the second, posting seven runs on four hits, two walks, one hit-by-pitch and a fielder's choice to take a 7-0 lead. That score held until the fifth inning thanks to a strong start by Team Elite's Drew Titsworth, who earned the win following a five-inning outing in which he gave up just one run on two hits and struck out three.

The teams traded runs after the fourth inning as Canes National put up its first run of the day courtesy of a Jimmyll Williams RBI-single in the bottom of the fifth and Team Elite immediately answered with a run of its own on a Chance Fitzgerald sac fly in the top of the sixth to keep its seven-run lead intact.

Three more runs for Canes National in the bottom of the sixth cut the deficit in half but one insurance run in the top of the seventh was enough for Team Elite as Canes National's three-run rally in the bottom half fell short and Team Elite claimed the 9-7 victory.

Gregory Bruno (3-for-4) and Brysen Nepute (3-for-4) led Team Elite on offense as they recorded over half of the squad's total hits. Luke Costello (2-for-3) had Canes National's only multi-hit game and also led the team in RBIs, along with Andre Modungo (1-for-2), with two.

Canes National starter BJ Etheridge suffered the loss in the contest after allowing six runs on three hits and two walks in his 1.1 innings of work.

With the win, Team Elite improved to 4-2 in the event and advanced to play CCB National/Team GA Baseball in the semifinals on Sunday, August 9, at 8 a.m. ET. The semifinal game will be streamed live using a single camera and broadcasted on the USA Baseball YouTube channel, @USABaseballTV. Saturday's loss marked Canes National's first of the 2020 15U National Team Championships North Carolina as the team dropped to 5-1 for the week.


Empire Baseball 7, 5 Star National Dobbs 2 (Quarterfinal)

Box Score

A late-game rally secured Empire Baseball's 7-2 victory over 5 Star National Dobbs in the 15U National Team Championships North Carolina on Saturday, August 8, at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. Empire Baseball also advanced to the event semifinals with the win.

Neither offense could get anything going early as both starters put together scoreless outings. Ryker Davis tossed four scoreless innings for 5 Star National Dobbs, allowing just two hits and one walk in his start, while Empire Baseball's Bryce Rainer allowed just two hits while striking out five in his 3.2 innings of work.

5 Star National Dobbs finally broke the scoring open in the bottom of the fifth as Brooks Wright doubled in one run Ryker Chavis scored on an Empire Baseball error for a 2-0 lead.

But Empire Baseball immediately answered in the top of the sixth, rallying for three runs of their own to take the lead. The team then added four more in the top of the seventh to finish off the 7-2 victory.

Evan Miranda picked up the win following his 3.2 innings of work in relief in which he allowed one earned run on three hits and struck out three, while Kaleb Johnson was tagged with the loss after allowed three runs on three hits in two innings on the mound.

In addition to his work on the mound, Miranda also led Empire Baseball in RBIs with two, while Christian Grino (2-for-4), Jonathan Mendez (2-for-4) and Dean Moss (2-for-3) all collected multiple hits in the win.

Empire Baseball now holds a 4-1-1 record following the victory and advanced to play Elite Squad in the 15U National Team Championships North Carolina semifinals on Sunday, August 9, at 8 a.m. ET, while 5 Star National Dobbs fell to 3-2-1 in the event. Empire Baseball's semifinal game will be streamed live by PlaySight Interactive. To access the live stream, click here, or visit web.playsight.com and search for "USA Baseball."


Team GA Baseball X, CCB National X (Quarterfinal)

Box Score

Team GA Baseball scored in every inning of a five-inning 11-3 victory over CCB National at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, on Saturday to secure its spot in the 15U National Team Championships North Carolina semifinals.

Both teams came out swinging as CCB National kicked things off with three runs in the top of the first and Team GA Baseball followed with two runs in the bottom half.

Team GA Baseball's offense then continued firing on all cylinders, adding to its lead in the second, third and fourth innings while pitchers Jacob Freedman and AJ Rodriguez shut down CCB National at the plate.

A six-run second inning was the big blow for Team GA Baseball as the squad took an 8-3 and never looked back. The inning was highlighted by RBI-singles from Cooper Milford and Matthew Cannon, as well as a two-RBI knock by Thad Bridges.

Cannon and Preston Booth both finished the day 2-for-2 with two RBIs to lead Team GA Baseball offensively, while Freedman pick up the win on the mound following his 2.2 innings of work.

The loss was attributed to Liam Kaushikkar after he allowed two runs in his inning of work.

With the win, Team GA Baseball improved to 6-0 and is only undefeated team left in the tournament. The team also advanced to play Team Elite in the semifinals on Sunday, August 9, at 8 a.m. ET, while CCB National falls 3-3 for the week. The semifinal game will be streamed live using a single camera and broadcasted on the USA Baseball YouTube channel, @USABaseballTV.

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How to Become a USA Baseball Coach - Part Two: The Scorekeeper

August 7, 2020

You go to a USA Baseball national team identification event. You play your best. You get noticed. You get invited to the chance of a lifetime: An opportunity to represent your country as a player on the USA Baseball national team.

That's the common path for a player.

But what about the coaches for the USA Baseball national teams? A coach cannot go 8-for-19 with three home runs over the course of a weekend tournament. So, what do they do? What is their path? How do you become a coach for USA Baseball?

It is a question we get asked a lot.

The answer: Honestly, there is no "path" for the best coaches in the country to carefully weave through, marking off accomplishments from a cultivated list in order to get closer to their coaching dreams. The answer is more complex than that. There are any number of ways someone with the right heart, attitude and abilities can end up wearing U-S-A across their chest and, hopefully, a gold medal around their neck.

For proof of this, look no further than the 2018 15U World Cup champion coaching staff. Four men with wildly different paths to our coaching ranks found themselves all sharing a medal stand in Panama.

The Scorekeeper: Assistant Coach Troy Gerlach

Troy Gerlach is the head baseball coach at Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, Arizona. Before that, he held the same position at Arcadia High School in Phoenix. Being around the game his entire life, Troy was drawn to USA Baseball and what it represented as the leading youth baseball federation in the country and the world. He needed to be a part of it, and he'd be honored to help in any way possible. Literally.

In 2012, USA Baseball needed a scorekeeper at the National Team Championships in Arizona. For Troy, living and coaching close by, it seemed like an easy fit.

Troy was an astute scorekeeper, keeping track of players that impressed him and putting down hand written notes on a separate sheet of paper. He wanted to have information at the ready in case any scouts came by asking for his input. So he wrote down pop times and velocity numbers that stood out among all these players fighting for the opportunity to play for a national team.

And those scouts did come by, asking Troy if any players caught his eye throughout the day that started at 7:00 a.m. and featured 110-degree heat beating down from the Arizona sun.

"I had this stuff all written down. Guys would look at it and I think just having that info down and knowing that I was putting in that effort, when I told them 'Hey there is this guy over here, he looks pretty good,' I think they trusted that I did know what I was talking about and they would go check him out."

The scouting bug had caught Troy, and he wanted to help in an even more direct way. One day, atop the field tower, Senior Director of Baseball Operations Ashley Bratcher was talking to Troy about what he had seen that week. During the conversation, Troy told Ashley he was honored to do anything USA Baseball wanted him to do, but if there was ever an opportunity to do more, to scout one of the tournaments, he would love a shot.

"Troy expressed to me that he would like to help out with scouting or be on a task force if there was ever an opportunity. So, the last week of the tournament, something happened with one of the guys who was supposed to scout that week and so we had an opening. I asked Troy if he wanted to do it," Bratcher remembered.

For one tournament, Troy had graduated from scorekeeper to scout. A tournament of 14-year-old ball players working to be seen by the right scout, to get invited to that next step, to have a chance to put on a jersey that read U-S-A across the front. And as one of those scouts, Troy had a similar opportunity.

"I think I wrote every single thing down that week. I was in panic mode. I didn't want to screw this up," said Troy.

At these tournaments, each scout on the USA Baseball task force handles one field per day. Watching four games each day, scouting all eight teams at once. At the end of the day, the four members of the task force get together with national team coaches and USA Baseball personnel to discuss their day's worth of findings.

"The other guys said he did a great job and that he was fully committed, so the next year, instead of hiring him as a scorekeeper, we hired him back as a scout," said Bratcher.

A week of scouting turned into a year of scouting, which turned into years of scouting. From National Team Championships to National Team Identification Series (NTIS) to National Team Development Programs (NTDP) to National Team Trials, Troy kept up with the grind and never lost passion for the gig, the players, and the ultimate goal of winning a World Cup.

And then in 2017, Troy was asked to be on the staff for the 14U NTDP. Also working the NTDP that year, Jason Maxwell, who would go on to be named the manager of the 2018 15U National Team.

"The relationships we built in that 14U National Team Development Program year, those relationships played a huge role in winning the World Cup," Maxwell said of the two-year process. And those relationships went from coach to player, player to player, and coach to coach. "When Ashley had asked me to be the manager for the World Cup team, she asked who I wanted to be the coaches, and the three coaches we took came from that National Team Development Program."

Passion. Hard work. Selflessness. Relationships. These things are invaluable to a coach on a journey to becoming a representative of USA Baseball, and all are attainable for anyone that has that dream. Doesn't matter if you are a former big leaguer, or a former scorekeeper.

Troy Gerlach's story is the second of a four-part series on "How to Become a USA Baseball Coach." The remaining two stories of the series will be released on USABaseball.com and @USABaseball on Facebook, Instgram and Twitter.

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How to Become a USA Baseball Coach - Part One: The Handshake

July 31, 2020

You go to a USA Baseball national team identification event. You play your best. You get noticed. You get invited to the chance of a lifetime: An opportunity to represent your country as a player on the USA Baseball national team.

That's the common path for a player.

But what about the coaches for the USA Baseball national teams? A coach cannot go 8-for-19 with three home runs over the course of a weekend tournament. So, what do they do? What is their path? How do you become a coach for USA Baseball?

It is a question we get asked a lot.

The answer: Honestly, there is no "path" for the best coaches in the country to carefully weave through, marking off accomplishments from a cultivated list in order to get closer to their coaching dreams. The answer is more complex than that. There are any number of ways someone with the right heart, attitude and abilities can end up wearing U-S-A across their chest and, hopefully, a gold medal around their neck.

For proof of this, look no further than the 2018 15U World Cup champion coaching staff. Four men with wildly different paths to our coaching ranks found themselves all sharing a medal stand in Panama.

The Handshake: Manager Jason Maxwell

Jason Maxwell played professional baseball for 12 years, started a high school program from scratch in Tennessee, and went on to lead Team USA to their first-ever U-15 Baseball World Cup title. But how did Maxwell get his start with USA Baseball? From the way he tells it: A handshake.

"You never know what a handshake will mean down the road." This is a philosophy Jason lives by and instills in his two sons. And it is a philosophy that set Jason on a path to what he calls his 'number one without a doubt' personal achievement in the game of baseball.

The handshake in this instance was with Jan Weisberg. Jan is the head coach of a college program that was recruiting one of Jason's high school players back in 2013. That college program was Birmingham-Southern, which was also the alma mater of Brooks Webb, former Senior Director of Baseball Operations at USA Baseball.

One day, Brooks called his former college manager asking if he knew of any coaches that showed the heart and ability to join the newest crop of USA Baseball coaches.

Jan sent him to Jason Maxwell.

Jason started his USA Baseball coaching career where most coaches do, working as a member of the task force at the National Team Championships and the National Team Identification Series. Hundreds of kids packed into ballparks across the country, all with the same goal as each other, all with the same goal as Jason Maxwell: A chance to represent the United States of America.

His passion for the game and his drive to help these young athletes reach their potential was obvious to everyone around him. Jason was suddenly at any event USA Baseball needed an extra hand.

After three short years, he was named to his first national team staff, and traveled to Japan as an assistant coach with the 2016 15U National Team. The team placed third in the tournament. But Jason left wanting more.

In 2017 Jason was named the field manager for the 14U National Team Development Program (NTDP). A group of young players stacked with talent. Enough to have a chance at history, to be the first team in U.S. history to bring home the U-15 World Cup championship the following year.

Over the next two summers, Jason led that group of young athletes, helped them develop and earned their trust. And in 2018, history was made.

"When you are standing in another country with a gold medal around your neck, and the national anthem starts to play," Jason remembered. "There is nothing like it."

From a handshake, to a phone call, to a gold medal.

Now if this sounds like fate, and something impossible for an everyday coach, that is not the case. Yes, Jason played big league baseball, but Jason was the head coach of a team coming off a 13-16 record when he received that phone call. A moment in which his first instinct was 'Just let it ring. We aren't going to be in the National High School Invitational' when he saw that his caller ID read "USA Baseball." 

But the call was for him. Because his passion, drive and ability were obvious to anyone around him. Obvious to Jan Weisberg, then obvious to Brooks Webb and eventually obvious to new Senior Director of Baseball Operations at USA Baseball, Ashley Bratcher, who served as the program director for the world championship 15U National Team in 2018.

"Jason epitomizes the character, leadership and personal qualities we look for to be a USA Baseball national team coach," said Bratcher. "In every facet of his life, both personal and professional, he does everything the right way and is a perfect representation of our game, our organization and our country.

"Without a doubt, he was truly an obvious and deserving choice to lead a USA Baseball national team and it was an honor to witness his direct impact on our athletes and his fellow coaches on the 2018 squad. It surprised nobody whom has ever had the privilege of working with him that he led our 15U National Team to unprecedented heights, winning its first-ever world championship title."

Every coach makes connections every day. And you never know what a handshake will mean down the road. And you'll never know when the right impression on the right person might lead to glory.

Jason Maxwell's story is the first of a four-part series on "How to Become a USA Baseball Coach." The remaining three stories of the series will be released on USABaseball.com and @USABaseball on Facebook, Instgram and Twitter.

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17U National Team Championships North Carolina All-Tournament Team Announced

Champions East Cobb Astros leads all teams with four selections on the All-Tournament Team
July 30, 2020

CARY, N.C. -- USA Baseball named the All-Tournament Team for the inaugural 17U National Team Championships North Carolina on Thursday, following the championship game of the tournament.

East Cobb Astros won the gold medal after defeating Florida Burn, 6-0, in the title game. East Cobb leads all teams with four selections, followed by 5 Star National and NEB with two selections apiece.

The 2020 17U National Team Championships North Carolina All-Tournament Team:

Andrew Armstrong - East Cobb Astros
Andrew Armstrong was named to the All-Tournament Team after he struck out nine batters in a complete-game appearance for the East Cobb Astros. In his seven innings pitched, he surrendered just two hits and no runs.

AJ Causey - 5 Star National
AJ Causey led the entire tournament with strikeouts to earn his spot on the All-Tournament Team. In his one appearance on the bump, he struck out 11 batters in just six scoreless innings of work for 5 Star National. Facing 21 batters, he walked only one.

Kaelen Culpepper - East Coast Sox
Kalen Culpepper led the East Coast Sox in batting average during the tournament and found his way on base half the time during the 17U National Team Championships North Carolina. Finishing the event with two runs scored and three walks, he was even more impressive during the Prospect Development Pipeline assessment testing, where he led all participants in the "Man in the Box" agility drill and finished in the top-four of all athletes with a 10.8" broad jump.

Harry Ford - East Cobb Astros
Harry Ford was a stalwart in the middle of the lineup during the playoffs for the champion East Cobb Astros. Hitting .250 for the tournament, he turned it on in the semifinals and finals, tallying all seven of his tournament-leading RBIs in the final two games. He hit a two-RBI-triple and a two-RBI-double in the 6-0 championship game-victory and grabbed a spot on the All-Tournament Team.

JD Jones - NEB
JD Jones led the entire tournament with a .636 batting average for NEB, earning him a spot on the All-Tournament Team. He finished the tournament batting 7-for-11 with two doubles, a triple and four RBIs. He also picked up five walks to contribute to his tournament-leading .750 on-base percentage.

Carson Kelly - South Charlotte Panthers
Carson Kelly made an impact in his one appearance on the mound for the South Charlotte Panthers. In his lone game on the mound, he pitched 6.2 innings, struck out 10 batters and gave up no earned runs to help lead South Charlotte to the #1 overall seed in the playoffs. His impressive outing also placed him on the All-Tournament Team.

Rene Lastres Jr. - Canes National
Rene Lastres Jr. was named to the All-Tournament Team after finishing the tournament with a .455 batting average for Canes National. He went 5-for-11 with two doubles, 5 RBIs and two stolen bases in just four games.

Bryan Loriga - Elite Squad
Elite Squad's Bryan Loriga was named to the All-Tournament Team after hitting .333 with two doubles and five RBIs. He finished the tournament 6-for-18 in six games and scored two runs as Elite Squad advanced to the playoffs.

Joe Mack - East Cobb Astros
Joe Mack contributed to the powerful East Cobb Astros lineup to the tune of a .429 batting average and a triple on the way to making the All-Tournament Team. He walked four times to contribute to a .526 on-base percentage and scored four runs en route to a gold medal.

Jackson Merrill - 5 Star National
Jackson Merrill did a little bit of everything for 5 Star National during the 17U National Team Championships North Carolina, finishing the tournament with a .375 batting average, three RBIs, three walks and three stolen bases. He also made two appearances on the mound, giving up no runs in his relief appearances to earn his spot on the All-Tournament Team.

Treyton Rank - East Cobb Astros
Treyton Rank always seemed to be on base for the East Cobb Astros during the 17U National Team Championships North Carolina, walking three times and holding a .588 on-base percentage. He finished the tournament with a .500 batting average (7-for-14) and tallied four stolen bases to earn his spot on the All-Tournament Team.

Zane Taylor - Molina Stars
Zane Taylor made a commanding impression on the mound for the Molina Stars during the 17U National Team Championships North Carolina. In his lone appearance on the mound, he struck out six batters and walked just one of the 25 batters he faced, earning a spot on the All-Tournament Team.

Chase Valentine - NEB
Chase Valentine finished the tournament with a .333 batting average, contributing a pair of doubles for NEB at the 17U National Team Championships North Carolina. Scoring three runs, tallying two RBIs and swiping two bases earned him a spot on the All-Tournament Team.

Kahlil Watson - Team Elite
Khalil Watson was named to the All-Tournament Team at the 17U National Team Championships North Carolina thanks to a .353 batting average and a home run. He scored four runs and stole three bases to go along with his three RBIs for Team Elite.

Tommy White - Florida Burn
Tommy White led the entire 17U National Team Championships in two offensive categories for the runners-up Florida Burn, earning a coveted spot on the All-Tournament Team. He led the event in hits (8) and RBIs (6), finishing the tournament with a .444 batting average, two doubles, four walks, three stolen bases and three runs scored.

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East Cobb Astros Win Inaugural 17U National Team Championships North Carolina

Three Astros pitchers combined to strike out 13 batters in the victory
July 30, 2020

17U National Team Championships NC // Homepage // Schedule & Results (GameChanger)


  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
FLORIDA BURN 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
EAST COBB ASTROS 2 0 3 0 0 1 X 6 8 0
Win: Will Robbins  Loss: Noah Harsch // Box Score

CARY, N.C. - Three pitchers combined to throw a 13-strikeout shutout and Harry Ford picked-up four RBIs as the East Cobb Astros blanked Florida Burn, 6-0, to win the inaugural 17U National Team Championships North Carolina on Thursday at the USA Baseball National Training Complex.

East Cobb finished the tournament with a 5-0-1 overall record and outscored its opponents 27-5 en route to the gold medal. The team placed four athletes on the All-Tournament Team: Andrew Armstrong, Ford, Joe Mack and Treyton Rank.

The Astros pitching set the tone on the day as Will Robbins, Jackson Brockett and Michael Braswell combined to strike out 13 Florida Burn batters while surrendering just two hits. The starting pitcher, Robbins, picked up the win thanks to early run support from his offense.

East Cobb jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning thanks to a Ford (2-for-3; 4 RBIs) triple to centerfield that scored Termarr Johnson and Mack. Johnson would set the table once again for the Astros offense in the bottom of the third after leading the inning off with a single through the right side. 

Back-to-back walks to Braswell and Mack loaded the bases before Johnson crossed the plate on a wild pitch for the four-run cushion. Ford then picked up his second extra-base hit of the game with a two-RBI double to center to bring the score to 5-0.

The Astros picked up an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth on a Kristian (3-for-3; RBI) Campbell single for the final score of 6-0.

Florida Burn's Tayden Hall and Dylan McDonald both finished the game 1-for-3 and Satchell Norman picked up two walks on the day, but their offense was no match for the East Cobb pitching staff today.

Brockett came on in relief for Robbins in the third inning and struck out seven batters in four innings before handing the ball over to Braswell to close the game. Braswell obliged and shut the door on any potential comeback, striking out the side to clinch the gold medal. 

The inaugural 17U National Team Championships North Carolina featured 14 teams and 35 games in four days at the National Training Complex. The 15U age group of the National Team Championships is set to begin on Tuesday, August 4, with 16 teams from across the United States traveling to Cary. Follow @USABChamps_NC for the latest information about the tournament.

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