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GSA Spotlight: TJ Sikkema

May 9, 2019

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - For most pitchers, it would have been a major disruption. For Missouri lefthander TJ Sikkema, it was business as usual.

A two-hour weather delay cut short Sikkema's start Saturday at Tennessee in the third inning - a setback for the Tigers at the time, but it came with a silver lining. Sikkema's early exit meant he'd be available out of the bullpen in Sunday's rubber game. And that offered the Tigers serious peace of mind heading into the finale.

"We set it up that if we could get late in the game and have the lead, he would take this opportunity," Missouri coach Steve Bieser said. "He said [Sunday] when he came out, 'I feel pretty good, I feel like I could go more.' When we got to the latter part of the game he was wondering when he was gonna go in. He's just a great young man and a tough, tough competitor. He's got a lot of good qualities, but that's probably one of his best qualities."

The Tigers called upon their not-so-secret weapon in a tight spot Sunday, with the bases loaded and two outs in the seventh. He minimized the damage to one run, then breezed through two perfect innings in the eighth and ninth, helping lead Mizzou to a huge series-clinching 10-8 win.

Sikkema has been a Swiss army knife for Missouri since his freshman year, regularly pitching out of the bullpen early in a series if the Tigers need key outs, then coming back to start later in the weekend. He was primarily a bullpen weapon during his standout freshman year, going 8-2, 2.72 in 22 appearances (three starts). Last year was more of a hybrid role; he posted a 3.34 ERA in 16 appearances (10 starts). This year has been more of the same - 15 appearances, 11 starts.

"It's a little different, but at the same time I'm here for the team, and I'm just gonna compete when they give me the ball," Sikkema said. "I knew there was a good chance that I was gonna come out and throw today, and even after we went down seven runs [in the first two innings], I was still pretty confident that we were gonna come back and I was gonna get a chance to pitch in this game where it meant a lot. … It's just really working hard on recovery, we have a good program set up with our strength and conditioning, and it's really helped me these past three years, so I think that's a big part of it."

"The luxury with that is you're not putting him into a foreign situation," Bieser added. "There are a lot of starters that could probably come in and close, but since they've never done it, you always wonder how they're going to respond in a different role. He's done everything in our program, from starting to opening to middle relief, you name it he's done it, and he's done it at a high standard."

Indeed, Sikkema has been a standout his entire collegiate career, but he's really taken his game to another level as a junior this spring. He ranks fourth in the nation with a sparkling 1.22 ERA, along with a 6-3 record, two saves, a .189 opponents' batting average and an 87-27 K-BB mark in 73.2 innings. Sikkema says his experience in the Cape Cod League (where he was an all-star) last summer helped him make this leap as a junior.

"I think it's just a little bit more mature. I'm learning how to pitch," Sikkema said. "I think this summer really helped me, I learned how to pitch with all four of my pitches, going out there reading hitters' swings, really knowing what to throw after a batter takes a selected type of swing, you just have to read that. I think that's the biggest part I've really grown on, just the mental side of the game."

As Bieser said, Sikkema is a premier competitor, and he as an innate feel for pitching that is rare - in some ways he's like former South Carolina star Michael Roth, but with better stuff. Like Roth, he can vary his arm slots and add and subtract from his fastball deliberately to keep hitters off balance. But Sikkema has more velocity; he touched 93-94 from a three-quarters or slightly higher slot this weekend. Then he'll drop down to sidearm or a tick above and give lefthanded hitters fits.

"Each year his stuff has improved. Now when he needs to or wants to, he'll run it to 93-95," Bieser said. "What makes him effective is it's such a tough angle. He slings it, he's way on the first-base side of the rubber, and you never see a pitch the same speed. So it's anywhere from 88 to 95 with the fastball, and he's changing it intentionally. Then his breaking ball, he's got a couple different arm slots, he throws one harder. So it's just so many different speeds, and it's really tough for a hitter when they have to face him.

"I don't think you teach what he has. It's something that he's grown up and done all of his life. You start trying to teach that, usually they're not effective and they don't know when to use it. But he's done it all his career. Those things are invaluable. There's days he hasn't had his best stuff, and he starts changing more arm angles, and he starts turning that little sidearm throw over a little bit to get more sink. So he's a smart guy, he's a baseball guy."

Sikkema said his 81-82 mph slider from a lower slot is his go-to out pitch against lefties, and it's a filthy strikeout weapon for him. But he prefers to use more of a downer curveball at 78-79 against righties, and he also will mix in a changeup.

"But I lean heavy on my fastball just because of the deception and everything," Sikkema said. "I feel confident in all my pitches, and I think that's one of the biggest things for me."

So there are many reason's for Sikkema's incredible success - and his excellence is a major reason Missouri is closing in on a regionals berth, with a No. 20 RPI and a 12-11-1 record in the rugged SEC. Bieser said the Tigers feed off Sikkema and fellow star Kameron Misner, and the team plays with a little extra confidence when Sikkema is on the mound and rolling.

The Tigers haven't been in the NCAA tournament since 2012, so Sikkema and his teammates are well aware of how much it would mean for the program to break the drought. And he's enjoying the ride.

"It's fun. It's very special," he said. "These guys are my brothers, and it's an awesome ride. We're playing really well as a team. As you can see, we have a lot of fight. We've worked for this all fall, we had a tough fall, tough winter. And I think it's now starting to show: these guys aren't gonna give up, and there's nobody who's not ready for the challenge. So a lot of guys stepped up, and a lot of guys came up big for us, so it was a huge team weekend.

"Hope we can continue this, and I'm sure we're gonna fight hard and keep going, so I'm excited to see what the future holds."

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Merchant and Dong Named First Player and Pitcher of the Day for 14U

June 27, 2019

West Palm Beach, Fla. - The first Player of the Day title for the 14U tournament at the National Team Championships in Florida goes to East Orlando Tigers center fielder Andrew Merchant. Merchant went 3-for-4, scored three runs and tallied two RBIs during their 7-1 win versus Club750 Elite. He hit a triple, double and single to be a home run away from hitting a cycle.

Connor Dong of BL101 Real Ballers was named the Pitcher of the Day. Dong threw 3.2 no-hit innings and struck out three batters. He collaborated with Zigen Kodama, who threw the final 0.1 innings, for a no-hit 12-0 win against CBA Texas.

Honorable Mentions

- 2B Bernard Moon (Meridian Panthers): 3-for-4, 3B, 2B, R, 2 RBI

- P Brandon Olivera (MVP Elite): 2.2 IP, 0 H, 1 R/0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K

- P Garrett Lambert (Meridian Panthers): 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R/0 ER, 4 K

- CF Grant Garrett (Meridian Panthers): 4-for-4, 3 R, RBI, 3 SB

- P Julian Gonzalez (Columbus HS Blue): 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R/0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K

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BL101 Real Ballers Tosses Combined No-Hitter to Win 12-0

June 26, 2019
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BLRS 2 6 3 1 X X X 12 11 2
CBTX 0 0 0 0 X X X 0 0 4
Win: C. Dong Loss: R. Peres Save: None
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West Palm Beach, Fla. - A combined no-hitter and some hot bats helped BL101 Real Ballers secure a 12-0 win over CBA Texas in the first round of 14U games at the National Team Championships in Florida.

A leadoff single and CBA error put two runners on base for BL101 to start the first inning. A double from Esteban Garcia (2-for-3) scored Jesiah Carpenter (2-for-3) and an Aidan Paradine (1-for-3) single scored Justin Acevedo (2-for-3) to give BL101 an early 2-0 lead.

The top of the second inning brought in six more runs for BL101. Jason Prince (1-for-2) and Joey Tonnotti (0-for-2) came home off a double from Carpenter, who reached third when Avecedo hit a single, and scored when Garcia grounded out to second base to put BL101 up 5-0 with one out.

Jared Cohen (0-for-1) drew a walk to put runners on the corners for BL101. A CBA error allowed Paradine to reach first and Avecedo to score. Cohen scored next on a sacrifice fly from Gavin McBeath (1-for-2) and Paradine came home on a double from Nicholas Rodriguez (2-for-3) to crank the score up to 8-0.

BL101 kept it going, scoring three runs in the top of the third to increase their lead to 11-0. After drawing a one-out walk, Prince rounded the bases and scored on two different CBA errors. A double and a single from Acevedo and Garcia, respectively, brought in Tonnotti and Acevedo to score the next two.

The final run came in for BL101 in the top of the fourth inning after McBeath hit a one-out double, advanced on a Rodriguez single and scored while Sean Collins (0-for-0) was up to bat. The game ended after four innings due to the tournament's mercy rule.

Connor Dong (1-0) got the win for BL101 Real Ballers, leading the combined no-hitter with no runs on no hits and three strikeouts during 3.2 of the four innings played. Zigen Kodama helped complete the feat, throwing the final nine pitches of the game. The loss went to CBA Texas's Ruben Peres (0-1) for six runs on six hits and one strikeout in his 1.1 innings on the mound.

BL101 Real Ballers starts the tournament 1-0 and CBA Texas, 0-1, heading into Thursday's round of doubleheaders.

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USA Baseball Unveils 2019 Collegiate National Team Training Camp Roster

June 26, 2019

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball unveiled the 2019 Collegiate National Team training camp roster on Wednesday, highlighted by the return of Patrick Bailey (NC State), Max Meyer (Minnesota) and Spencer Torkelson (Arizona State) to Team USA for the second consecutive year. The 2019 Collegiate National Team will host a series of Red vs. Blue games, an exhibition against the Coastal Plain League (CPL) Select team and a five-game international friendship series against Cuba before traveling to Taiwan and Japan to finish the summer.

Eight of the 36 training camp athletes have already secured spots on the final 24-man roster for the international friendship series against Cuba, Chinese Taipei and Japan. The remaining 28 players will vie for spots on the final roster which will be announced on July 1.

"I am extremely excited to get to camp and get started," said 2019 Collegiate National Team Manager Dan McDonnell. "It will be special to put the USA uniform on again while getting to work with the best players in college baseball. I'm looking forward to watching them compete and come together as one to take on Cuba, Taiwan and Japan."

Seven alumni of USA Baseball will return to the stars and stripes in 2019. Bailey is making his third appearance with Team USA after competing with the 2018 Collegiate National Team and winning a gold medal at the COPABE Pan Am "AAA" Championships with the 2016 18U National Team. Logan Allen (FIU) was also a member of that gold medal-winning 2016 18U National Team, while Doug Nikhazy (Ole Miss) will don the red, white and blue again in 2019 after participating with the 15U National Team in 2014.

In addition, Cole Wilcox (Georgia) and Kumar Rocker (Vanderbilt) will reunite for Team USA after winning a World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup gold medal with the 2017 18U National Team.

Three members of the 2019 Collegiate National Team have also participated in the USA Baseball National Team Development Program (NTDP). The NTDP offers athletes an opportunity to connect with USA Baseball staff to better prepare for future national team experience. Nikazy trained with the 2013 14U NTDP, while Rocker and Holden Powell were members of the 17U NTDP in 2016.

The 2019 Collegiate National Team schedule will begin with a four-game intrasquad Red vs. Blue series from June 27-30 at the National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. Team USA will then follow with a game against the CPL Select on July 1 at the National Training Complex before hosting the 8th Annual USA vs. Cuba International Friendship Series July 2-6.

The five-game series will kick off at LP Frans Stadium in Hickory, North Carolina, followed by games at BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte, North Carolina, the Durham Bulls Athletic Park (DBAP) in Durham, North Carolina, and the National Training Complex. The series will then return to the DBAP for the finale on July 6.

Following the 8th Annual USA vs. Cuba International Friendship Series, Team USA will travel to Taichung, Taiwan, for the 19th USA vs. Chinese Taipei International Friendship Series from July 9-12 and close out its summer schedule with the 43rd USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series, which will take place in various cities throughout Japan from July 16-21.

Louisville Head Coach Dan McDonnell was named the manager of the 2019 Collegiate National Team in July 2018. He will be joined on staff by assistant coaches Mark Kingston (South Carolina) and Tony Skole (The Citadel), pitching coach Greg Moore (Saint Mary's) and bench coach Dave Turgeon (Pittsburgh Pirates).

Three of the 8th USA vs. Cuba International Friendship Series games will be streamed live on USABaseball.com and the remaining seven domestic Collegiate National Team's games will be broadcasted on USA Baseball's Facebook channel. Stay tuned to USABaseball.com, and follow @USABaseballCNT on Twitter, for the latest information.

The roster is as follows. Please note that all roster spots are subject to change.

2019 Collegiate National Team Roster
(Name; Position; Hometown; School; Year)
*24-man roster selection

Andrew Abbott; LHP; Halifax, Va.; Virginia; Sophomore
Logan Allen; LHP; Deltona, Fla.; FIU; Sophomore
Tanner Allen; IF/OF; Theodore, Ala.; Mississippi State; Sophomore
*Patrick Bailey; C; Greensboro, N.C.; NC State; Sophomore
Alex Binelas; IF/OF; Oak Creek, Wis.; Louisville; Freshman
*Tyler Brown; RHP; Ashland, Ohio; Vanderbilt; Sophomore
Alec Burleson; LHP/1B; Denver, N.C.; ECU; Sophomore
Burl Carraway; LHP; College Station, Texas; Dallas Baptist U.; Sophomore
Cade Cavalli; RHP; Bixby, Okla.; Oklahoma; Sophomore
Garrett Crochet; LHP; Ocean Springs, Miss.; Tennessee; Sophomore
Colton Cowser; OF; Cypress, Tex.; Sam Houston State; Freshman
Trenton Denholm; RHP; El Dorado Hills, Calif.; UC-Irvine; Sophomore
*Reid Detmers; LHP; Chatham, Ill.; Louisville; Sophomore
Justin Foscue; IF/OF; Huntsville, Ala.; Mississippi State; Sophomore
Nick Frasso; RHP; Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.; Loyola Marymount; Sophomore
Michael Kirian; LHP; New Riegel, Ohio; Louisville; Sophomore
Heston Kjerstad; OF; Amarillo, Texas; Arkansas; Sophomore
*Asa Lacy; LHP; Kerrville, Texas; Texas A&M; Sophomore
Nick Loftin; IF; Corpus Christi, Texas; Baylor; Sophomore
Tommy Mace; RHP; Tampa, Fla.; Florida; Sophomore
*Austin Martin; UTL; Jacksonville, Fla.; Vanderbilt; Sophomore
Casey Martin; IF; Lonoke, Ark.; Arkansas; Sophomore
Chris McMahon; RHP; West Chester, Penn.; Miami; Sophomore
*Max Meyer; RHP/OF; Woodbury, Minn.; Minnesota; Sophomore
Bobby Miller; RHP; McKenry, Ill.; Louisville; Sophomore
Garrett Mitchell; OF; Orange, Calif.; UCLA; Sophomore
Doug Nikhazy; LHP/OF; Windermere, Fla.; Ole Miss; Freshman
*Casey Opitz; C; Centennial, Colo.; Arkansas; Sophomore
Mason Pelio; RHP; San Diego, Calif.; Boston College; Freshman
Holden Powell; RHP; Visalia, Calif.; UCLA; Sophomore
Kumar Rocker; RHP; Athens, Ga.; Vanderbilt; Freshman
*Spencer Torkelson; IF; Petaluma, Calif.; Arizona State; Sophomore
Luke Waddell; INF; Loveland, Ohio; Georgia Tech; Sophomore
Jordan Westburg; IF; New Braunfels, Texas; Mississippi State; Sophomore
Cole Wilcox; RHP; Chickamauga, Ga.; Georgia; Freshman
Alika Williams; IF; San Diego, Calif.; Arizona State; Sophomore

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Four Cardinals Headed to Team USA Training Camp

June 26, 2019

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Four University of Louisville student-athletes will be in North Carolina this week participating in training camp for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team.

Freshman Alex Binelas and sophomores Reid Detmers, Michael Kirian and Bobby Miller will represent the Cardinals at training camp with the hopes of making the final 24-man roster.

Training camp is underway at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C., with the four-game Red-Blue Series set to take place Thursday through Sunday. The USA Collegiate National Team, managed this summer by Louisville head coach Dan McDonnell, is scheduled to play a five-game series against Cuba July 2-6 at multiple sites across North Carolina. They will then travel to Taichung, Taiwan for five games against Chinese Taipei July 9-12 and wrap up with five games at Japan July 16-21.

Louisville has had 11 student-athletes compete with the USA Collegiate National Team previously, most recently with Devin Hairston and Brendan McKay in 2016. The four players are the most the Cardinals have had with the team in any one year.

A freshman All-American in 2019, Binelas had a standout season for the Cardinals in his first year. The Oak Creek, Wis., native finished the season with a .291 average, 14 doubles, 14 home runs and 59 RBIs. He was the first Louisville freshman to hit double-digit home runs since Chris Dominguez in 2007. Binelas was an All-ACC second team selection and earned freshman All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and the NCBWA.

Detmers turned in arguably the most prolific single season by a pitcher in Louisville baseball history in 2019. The sophomore was 13-4 overall with a 2.78 ERA and 167 strikeouts in 113.1 innings. His 13 wins matched UofL's single-season record, while he went flying past the previous single-season mark of 146 strikeouts. Detmers garnered All-America honors from six different organizations, including first team recognition by the ABCA, D1Baseball, NCBWA and Perfect Game, and became the seventh Louisville player to be named the conference pitcher of the year.

Kirian had a breakout campaign in his second year with the Cardinals. The southpaw led UofL with a 1.69 ERA while going 3-1 with five saves in 26 overall appearances. Kirian gave up just six earned runs with 42 strikeouts in 32 innings. The New Reigel, Ohio, native kept his strong work going in the postseason, picking up a win and a save in the NCAA Louisville Regional and adding a save in Louisville's win over Auburn at the NCAA College World Series.

Starting as the closer for the Cardinals before moving into the starting rotation, Miller amassed a 7-1 mark in 2019 with a 3.83 ERA and a pair of saves in 80 innings of work. The sophomore was a force for the Cardinals during its run in the NCAA Championship, turning in three excellent starts. Miller tallied a victory in an elimination game in the NCAA Regional against Indiana, before twirling eight no-hit innings against East Carolina in the Super Regional round to send Louisville to the College World Series. In the CWS, the right-hander allowed just one run in four innings against Auburn before having his start cut short by rain.

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Mace Has Opportunity with Team USA - Florida Gators

June 26, 2019

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Florida sophomore Tommy Macehas a rare opportunity this summer.

On Wednesday, Mace will travel to Cary, North Carolina, to take part in the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team Training Camp, which runs from June 27 to July 1.

Mace was the lone constant in the Gators' rotation in 2019, posting an 8-5 record in a team high 16 starts. In week five, he took over Florida's Friday night starter. On the season, Mace led the team with 89.2 innings pitched and 74 strikeouts.

In two years at Florida, Mace has a 13-5 record in 42 appearances (22 starts) with a 4.84 earned run average.

The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team participants will compete in series of four intrasquad exhibition games and one contest against the Coastal Plain League Select before announcing a 26-man roster prior to the 8th USA vs. Cuba International Friendship Series that will take place July 2-6 in Cary, Charlotte, Durham and Hickory, North Carolina.

If selected to the 26-man roster, Mace will become the 19th Florida player to join the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team. The last time a UF player participated was 2016, when Alex Faedo, Dalton Guthrie and Mike Rivera played for Team USA.

Team USA's 26-man roster will travel to Taiwan for the 19th USA vs. Chinese Taipei International Friendship Series after which USA Baseball will announce a final 24-man roster to compete in the 43rd USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series from July 16-21 in Japan.

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Taurek Named Player, Egan Named Pitcher of the Day for June 24

June 25, 2019

PHOENIX - On day one of seeded action at the 2019 USA Baseball 15U National Team Championships in Arizona, Aiden Taurek and Owen Egan have been named Player and Pitcher of the Day, respectively, for their performances today.

Taurek got on base every single time he stepped into the box, going 4-for-4 and just a home run away from the cycle. Taurek notched a single, two doubles and a triple in his squad's 7-1 win over MountainWest while also knocking in four of the seven runs the So Cal Birds White scored in the victory. With today's win, the Birds total a 3-1 record through action so far.

Egan tossed a complete game no-hitter on the bump today, keeping all but one base runner off the path from BPA. He tossed five innings of no-hit ball to dominate BPA to the tune of a 9-0 run-rule win, striking out five while walking just one better. The win brings the GBG Renegades to a 3-1 record as well.

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Sun Devil Baseball's Williams Invited To USA Collegiate National Team Training Camp

June 25, 2019

PHOENIX - Sun Devil Baseball's Alika WIlliams will join ASU teammate Spencer Torkelson in donning the Red, White and Blue this summer as he has been selected to represent the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team this summer, where he will take part in the 2019 National Team Training Camp in an effort to earn a spot on the final Team USA roster that will compete in three international friendlies in the coming months.

Williams put up impressive numbers in a breakout sophomore campaign, embracing his role as a cleanup hitter an honorable mention nod on the Pac-12 All-Conference team while also earning a spot on the league's All-Defensive roster.  Williams finished with a .333 batting average with 53 RBIs - easily a career high in the category. He had just 20 total RBIs last season.

When he did get RBIs, he tended to get a lot of them as he logged 16 multi-RBI games this season and while finishing second on the team with nine games with three or more RBIs. Williams homered four times this year and recorded 12 doubles and three triples. He slugged .474 on the season - nearly 150 points higher than his freshman total of .333. With 19 extra-base hits on the year, he easily far surpassed his freshman total of nine.

The sophomore was incredible when falling behind in counts this season, posting a .409 average (18-of-44) when facing 1-2 counts. Of his 71 hits on the year, 41 came while trailing in the count and 20 of his 53 RBIs (.377) came when falling behind in counts.

He was 37-of-105 (.352) on two-strike hitting on the year - striking out a team-low 28 times while walking 33 times, making him the only player on the team with more walks than strikeouts. The sophomore was incredible at advancing baserunners this season, second on the team with a .593 advance percentage with 73 advancements on 123 opportunities.

Defensively, Williams finished second in the Pac-12 with 149 defensive assists this season. He  helped turn 36 double plays this season, which was good for fourth overall in the Pac-12 and first among non-first basemen. He finished with an impressive .967 fielding percentage on the year. He was named a member of the Pac-12 All-Defensive team as a result of his prowess on that side of the ball.

Williams joins an illustrious list of Sun Devils to represent their country over the years, including Floyd Bannister (1975), Bob Horner (1976), Kevin Romine (1981), Oddibe McDowell (1984), Dustin Pedroia (2002 and 2003) and current MLB players Mike Leake (2008), Deven Marrero (2011) and Trevor Williams (2012). 

He will join up with sophomore teammate Spencer Torkelson on the Team USA roster this season, with Torkelson being named to the squad earlier this season. This will mark the first time a pair of teammates have been a part of the Collegiate National Team since Deven Marrero and Brady Rodgers paired up in 2011. 

In total, 35 Sun Devils have been selected a total 39 times to represent the United States with Torkelson and Williams' additions this summer. Only USC and Stanford have more all-time selections than ASU.

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NW Futures 2022 Scout Team Defeats Adidas Baseball National Team, 7-3

NW goes undefeated in pool play action with the victory
June 25, 2019
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ABNT 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 3 5 3
NWF 0 0 1 2 3 1 x 7 7 3
Win: Z. Hauser Loss: A. Johnson Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play
 

PEORIA, Ariz - NW Futures 2022 Scout Team finished pool play in the 15U portion of the National Team Championships in Arizona with a 7-3 victory over Adidas Baseball National Team Tuesday in Peoria, Arizona. 

Adidas struck first in the second inning when an error helped Cade Climie score. He reached base with a line drive double to third. In the bottom of the third, Camden Christenson tied the game for NW Futures with a single on a 1-0 count to push Cole Hubka across. 

NW Futures pulled away in the next inning when Josh Baldwin doubled and Joe Ritz singled to score Matthew Sauve and Baldwin, respectively. NW Futures solidified the win with three runs tallied in the fifth. The rally was led by a sac fly by Uurlandt and a double by Suave. 

Adidas made a run in the sixth, putting two runs on the board. A single by Wilson Woodcox scored Climie and Justin Vossos before NW brought the inning to a close with a 6-4-3 double play. 

Adam Johnson took the loss for Adidas. He lasted two and two-thirds innings, allowing one hit and no runs while striking out two.

Zach Hauser was the winning pitcher for NW Futures. He went three and two-thirds innings, allowing one run on two hits, striking out one and walking one. Hockert and Nicholas Holm entered the game out of the bullpen and helped to close out the game in relief. 

NW Futures went undefeated in pool play and awaits seeding for bracket action that begins Thursday, June 27. Adidas (3-1) will also wait for seeding to determine if the team qualified for bracket play. 

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Peck, Baumeister Named Final Player, Pitcher of the Day for 16U

June 25, 2019

Jupiter, Fla. - Second baseman Owen Peck of Dallas Tigers 2022 - Polk has been named the Player of the Day for the final day of the 16U tournament at the National Team Championships in Florida. During the semifinal game against FTB55 2021, Peck went 3-for-3, with a double, three runs, two walks and two stolen bases to help his team secure a 10-6 win.

The Pitcher of the Day title goes to 5 Star National Burress's Jackson Baumeister. Baumeister tossed for no runs on one hit and five strikeouts in their four-inning win against Bandito Scout to advance to the championship game.

Honorable Mentions

- DH Aiden Mastantuno (5 Star National Burress): 1-for-2, 3B, BB, R, 2 RBI

- SS Dylan Taylor (5 Star National Burress): 3-for-3, 3B, BB, 2 R, RBI

- C Walker Polk (Dallas Tigers 2022 - Polk): 1-for-3, HR, R, 4 RBI, BB, SB

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5 Star National Burress Wins Gold Medal at 16U National Team Championships in Florida

June 25, 2019
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5STR 0 1 4 1 1 0 0 7 7 1
DLST 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 3 9 0
Win: D. Haines Loss: J. Thomas Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play
 

Jupiter, Fla. - 5 Star National Burress took down undefeated Dallas Tigers 2022 - Polk, 7-3, early Tuesday afternoon to win the 16U gold medal at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium at the National Team Championships in Florida.

5 Star struck first in the game, putting one run on the board in the top of the second inning. A leadoff walk, single and fielder's choice loaded the bases for 5 Star and a sacrifice fly from Wyatt Campbell (0-for-2) brought Ethan Campbell (0-for-1) in to score.

Dallas Tigers responded in the bottom of the inning to tie the game at one, with Trenton Shaw (1-for-4) scoring off a wild pitch after moving to third thanks to a pair of walks and a sacrifice bunt.

The third inning brought four runs home for 5 Star to take a 5-1 lead. A leadoff double from Coleman Rowan (2-for-3) put him in scoring position and single from Devin Obee (1-for-3) allowed Rowan to score the first of the four. Next up, Aiden Mastantuno (1-for-2) hit a triple to right field and brought Dylan Taylor (1-for-3) and Obee in. Mastantuno scored off a sacrifice fly from Ethan Campbell.

The top of the fourth and fifth innings brought a run each for 5 Star. Branson Owens (0-for-2) scored on a single from Rowan in the fourth inning after drawing a walk and Tyler Christmas (0-for-1) added a run to take a 7-1 lead on a single from Treyson Hughes (2-for-3) in the fifth.

Dallas Tigers had two more runs of their own in the fifth and sixth innings. A pair of singles and an error allowed Owen Peck (1-for-3) to score in the bottom of the fifth inning after he reached on a single to second base. Peck came home again in the sixth, drawing a two-out walk and scoring off a triple from Tyler Collins (2-for-4) to right field.

Dillion Haines (1-0) secured the championship win for 5 Star National Burress with two runs on seven hits and one strikeout during five of the seven innings. The loss for Dallas Tigers 2022 - Polk went to Jared Thomas (0-1), who threw for five runs on four hits and struck out two batters in 2.1 innings on the mound.

5 Star National Burress ended the National Team Championships in Florida with an 8-1 record overall and Dallas Tigers 2022 - Polk took home a 7-1 record with their silver medals.

The bronze medal game between FTB55 2021 and Bandito Scout ended in forfeit by FTB55 and Bandito Scout being named the bronze medal winners.

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