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Inaugural 16U National Team Development Program Staff Announced

Eric Kibler to serve as first-ever 16U NTDP field coordinator
May 2, 2018

DURHAM, N.C. - The staff for the inaugural 2018 16U National Team Development Program (NTDP) was revealed by USA Baseball on Wednesday. Three-time USA Baseball national team coach and seven-time NTDP field coordinator, Eric Kibler, has been selected to serve as the 16U event's first-ever field coordinator.

University of Dayton Head Coach Jayson King will join Kibler on staff as the manager of the Stripes team, while Bill Mosiello, who is currently the associate head coach at Texas Christian University, will manage the Stars team.

Coaches and evaluators will assess 36 athletes during the NTDP week and are made up of former professional players, respected collegiate and high school coaches and professional scouts.

Kibler, who recently finished his 36th season as the head coach at Horizon High School (Scottsdale, Ariz.), served as the field coordinator for the inaugural 14U and 17U NTDPs in 2012. He then reprised that role for the 14U NTDP in 2013 and 2014, and for the 17U NTDP in 2013, 2016 and 2017. Kibler led Horizon High School to six state titles, 17 regionals and three runner-up finishes in the state tournament since he started in 1981. On March 6, 2018, he earned his 800th win, making him the winningest coach in Arizona high school baseball history. In April, he was named a USA Baseball Sport Development contributor for 2018.

In addition, he helped to guide the 2009 and 2010 16U National Teams to first-place finishes at the International Baseball Federation World Youth Championships and the COPABE Pan American "AA" Youth Championships, respectively. He was also a member of the staff that led the 18U National Team to the 2015 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup gold medal.

Gregg Ritchie, who has also been named to the 2018 18U National Team and 17U NTDP staffs, will join Kibler on staff as the lead hitting instructor during the event. Ritchie also previously served as a member of the 2017 18U National Team staff that led the stars and stripes to its fourth consecutive World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup gold medal.

Two-time USA Baseball alumnus and current Georgia Tech assistant coach, Eric Patterson, and Greg Brown, who is currently the head coach at Nova Southeastern University, will assist King as the position coaches for the Stripes. Hutchinson Community College Head Coach, Ryan Schmidt, will serve as the team's pitching coach.

Mosiello will be assisted on the Stars staff by Mayville State University Head Coach, Scott Berry, and Grambling State University Head Coach, James Cooper, who will serve as position coaches. In addition, Santa Clara University Head Coach, Rusty Filter, will lead the team's pitching staff.

USA Baseball will utilize a rolling invitation process for the 16U NTDP participants in 2018. The players will be selected from the 2017 USA Baseball National Team Identification Series (NTIS), the 2018 16U National Team Championships in Arizona and Florida, and through recommendations from scouts, coaches and the amateur baseball community.

The USA Baseball National Team Development Program offers athletes an opportunity to connect with USA Baseball staff to better prepare for future national team experience. The program includes skill development sessions, off-field education seminars, intrasquad Stars vs. Stripes games and exposure to professional scouts, college recruiters and the 18U National Team staff and task force.

The 2018 16U NTDP will take place August 4-7 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

The coaching staff and their bios are as follows:

Name, NTDP Position
Scott Berry, Stars Position Coach
Greg Brown, Stripes Position Coach
James Cooper, Stars Position Coach
Rusty Filter, Stars Pitching Coach
Eric Kibler, Field Coordinator
Jayson King, Stripes Manager
Bill Mosiello, Stars Manager
Eric Patterson, Stripes Position Coach
Gregg Ritchie, Hitting Rover
Ryan Schmidt, Stripes Pitching Coach

Scott Berry has been at the helm of the Mayville State University baseball program for 36 years. In that time, Berry's teams have won 23 regular season conference championships (including 17 in a row from 1986-2002), 22 conference tournament championships, and have made 28 appearances in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) playoffs. He earned his 1,000th career win on April 18, 2016, and he holds a career record of 1,058-585-1 as a head coach. In 2002, Berry was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame for Baseball. 2018 will mark his first USA Baseball coaching experience.

Greg Brown is currently serving as the head coach at Nova Southeastern University. In 2016, he was named the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Division II National Coach of the Year after leading his team to the program's first-ever NCAA Division II National Championship. Before his time with the Sharks, Brown worked as an assistant coach at Broward Community College and was an area scout for the Houston Astros. He also played minor league baseball for three years in the Miami Marlins organization. This is Brown's third coaching stint with USA Baseball. He previously served as a coach at the 2013 and 2014 Tournament of Stars.

Currently in his seventh season as the head coach at Grambling State University, James Cooper will make his USA Baseball coaching debut at the 16U National Team Development Program (NTDP). He started his career at GSU as a player before becoming an assistant coach and then taking over at the helm. As a head coach, he led the Tigers to a Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) championship in his first year. As a player, he was second team all-conference twice and received first-team All-SWAC honors after his senior campaign. He was selected in 33rd round of the 2004 MLB First-Year Player Draft by the Houston Astros.

Rusty Filter is in his first year as the head coach at Santa Clara University after serving as an associate head coach at Stanford University for eight years. He previously coached at the 2015 and 2016 Tournament of Stars. Filter, a graduate of San Diego State University, spent a combined 21 years as a student-athlete and coach for the Aztecs. During his time at Stanford and San Diego State, he tutored notable MLB pitchers such as Stephen Strasburg, Addison Reed and Mark Appel.

Eric Kibler recently finished his 36th season as the head coach at Horizon High School in Scottsdale, Arizona. In that time, he led the program to six state titles. In addition, Kibler won 17 regionals and had three runner-up finishes in the state tournament since he started in 1981. On March 6, 2018, he earned his 800th win with Horizon High School, making him the winningest coach in Arizona high school baseball history. Kibler has tutored 28 players that were selected in the MLB Draft and has seen over 150 of his players go on to play college baseball. Recently named a Sport Development contributor for 2018 by USA Baseball, Kibler has a long history with the organization that includes winning three gold medals. He helped to guide the 2009 and 2010 16U National Teams to first-place finishes at the International Baseball Federation World Youth Championships and the COPABE Pan American "AA" Youth Championships, respectively. He was also a member of the staff that led the 18U National Team to the 2015 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup gold medal. In addition, he was also the field coordinator for the inaugural 14U and 17U National Team Development Programs (NTDP) in 2012. He then reprised that role for the 14U NTDP in 2013 and 2014, and for the 17U NTDP in 2013, 2016 and 2017.

Currently in his first year as the head coach at the University of Dayton, Jayson King returns to the National Team Development Program (NTDP) after first coaching at the 17U NTDP in 2013. He was also a member of the coaching staff for the 2014 18U National Team that won a gold medal in the 2014 COPABE Pan American "AAA" Championships. In addition, he coached at the 2014 Women's NTDP. Prior to his time at Dayton, he spent time coaching at Army and was the head coach at Franklin Pierce University for 18 years. In his time at Franklin Pierce, King led the Ravens to seven NCAA Regional appearances and seven trips to the NCAA Division II College World Series. Under the seven-time American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Northeast Region Coach of the Year's tutelage, 25 Ravens were drafted in the MLB First-Year Player Draft.

TCU's Bill Mosiello is back in the USA Baseball coaching ranks in 2018 after helping to lead the 2017 18U National Team to its fourth consecutive World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup gold medal. Currently in his fifth season as the associate head coach and hitting coach for the Horned Frogs, he holds over 20 years of collegiate coaching experience and seven years of experience as a manager in the Minors League. He helped lead TCU to four consecutive College World Series appearances from 2014-2017 and under his guidance has led the Big 12 Conference in batting average for two of the last three seasons. Mosiello was also a manager in the Los Angeles Angels minor league system from 2009-2011, where he coached Mike Trout for nearly two seasons. He also spent four years coaching in the New York Yankees organization. Mosiello also coached USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award winner Phil Nevins while serving as an assistant coach under legendary coach Augie Garrido at Cal State Fullerton.

An alumnus of the 2002 and 2003 Collegiate National Team's, Eric Patterson is making his USA Baseball coaching debut in 2018. Currently in his first year as an assistant coach at Georgia Tech, Patterson played for the Yellow Jackets from 2002-2004 before being drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the eighth round of the 2004 MLB First-Year Player Draft. He made his Major League debut August 6, 2007, for the Cubs and also played for the Oakland Athletics, Boston Red Sox and San Diego Padres until 2011.

Gregg Ritchie will join the 16U National Team Development Program (NTDP) following stints with the 2016, 2017 and 2018 17U NTDP coaching staffs. In addition, he served as an assistant coach for the 2017 18U National Team. In that role, he helped lead Team USA to an undefeated record and a fourth consecutive World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup title. Under his direction, the team hit .273 and had a .418 slugging percentage, with 16 doubles, five triples and six home runs over nine games. He also served as a coach at the 2016 18U Trials. Ritchie is in his sixth season at the helm for George Washington University, where he was named Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year in 2013. That year, he led the Colonials to their first postseason berth since 2006 and then followed that with back-to-back postseason appearances in 2015 and 2016. He began his coaching career in the Chicago White Sox organization, where he worked at various levels for 10 years, before serving as the hitting coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2011 and 2012. Ritchie has also been named to the 2018 18U National Team staff.

Ryan Schmidt is the head coach at Hutchinson Community College. In 2017, Schmidt led his team to the highest national ranking in program history (No. 3). Prior to his time with the Blue Dragons, he was named Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference Coach of the Year while at Pratt Community College in 2012. Schmidt, who pitched at Kansas University from 1999-2000, has also coached at Barton Community College. 2018 marks Schmidt's fourth year in a row working with USA Baseball after he previously served on the Tournament of Stars staff in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

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16U NTDP Concludes on Monday

August 4, 2019

 

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Stars 1 0 4 1 1 0 1 1 x 9 9 0
Stripes 0 2 1 1 3 0 2 x x 9 9 0
 

 

CARY, N.C. - Game three of the 2019 16U NTDP Stars vs. Stripes series ended in a stalemate, as both teams scored nine runs on Monday at Coleman Field in Cary, North Carolina.

Offensively, both teams were effective at the plate, with both teams combining for nine runs and nine hits. The Stripes were led by Devin Obee (Nashville, Tenn.), who went 1-for-4 with three RBI's, and Lorenzo Carrier (Bear, Del.), who went 1-for-3 with two RBI's. The Stars logged nine runs on just four RBI's. Three different players had two or more hits, while four players registered one RBI. 

Both teams struggled from the mound on Monday morning, with a combined total of 18 hits given up in the contest, nine from each team, along with 14 total walks.

Key Moments:

• In the bottom of the first and after stealing third base, the Stars' Chase Spencer (Plano, Texas) scored the first run of the game on a wild pitch from Gavin Ochoa (Rohnert Park, Calif.).
• The Stripes' Ochoa beat Sal Stewart (Miami, Fl.) in an 11-pitch at bat in the bottom of the first with a runner on third to end the inning.
• The Stars added two more runs in the top of the third after Michael Saumell (Spring, Texas) and Spencer both reached home on wild pitches in consecutive at bats to put the Stars up 4-2.
• In the bottom of the fourth, the Stripes' Carrier hit an RBI-single to left, bringing Boyd home and cutting the deficit to two and bringing the score to 6-4.
• Down by three in the bottom of the fifth, Obee doubled on a liner to right that drove in two runs, bringing the Stripes within one run at 7-6.
• The Stripes tied the game up once again in the bottom of the seventh when Obee hit a sacrifice-fly to deep right-field, allowing Clifford to score safely and tie the game up at eight runs apiece.
• The Stars were able to respond in the top of the eighth and tie the game at nine runs apiece thanks to Spencer crossing the plate on a wild pitch. The game would end in a tie due to time constraints. 

Notable Information:

• There were a combined 18 hits and 18 runs in game three, nine from each side.
• No pitcher threw more than two innings in the contest.
• Game three was the first game played in a double header scheduled for Monday, August 5.
• There were a combined 18 hits and 18 runs in game three, nine from each side.
 

 


  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Stars 2 3 2 0 0 x x x x 7 5 0
Stripes 0 0 0 0 1 x x x x 1 4 0
 

 

DURHAM, N.C. - The Stars defeated the Stripes, 7-1, in the final game of the 2019 16U NTDP Stars vs. Stripes series on Monday at Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, North Carolina. 

The Stripes offense was led by Tyree Reed (Vallejo, Calif.), who went 1-for-3 with three RBI's, and Cooper Kinney (Chattanooga, Tenn.), who went 1-for-2 with two RBI's.

The Stars pitching staff was led by Jaron Nevarez (San Ramon, Calif.), who allowed just one hit in two innings pitched along with two punchouts, and Tyler Gough (Perris, Calif.), who registered three strikeouts on and zero runs allowed in two innings pitched.

Key Moments:

• In the top of the first and with a runner on first, the Stars' Nick Kurtz hit an RBI-triple to the right-field corner that scored the game's first run.
• Continuing in the first, Josh Hartle brought Kurtz home with an RBI-groundout to second and made the game 2-1 in favor of the Stars.
• In the top of the second with the bases loaded, Tyree Reed hit a bases-clearing double that put Stars on top 5-2.
• In the top of the third, Cooper Kinney hit a two-run RBI-single to increase the Stars lead to 7-0. 
• The Stripes were able to get on the board off of an RBI-triple hit by Lorenzo Carrier (Bear, Del.), bringing the game to 7-1.

Notable Information:

• The Stripes were held to just four hits against the Stars pitching staff.
• Cooper Kinney finished the 16U NTDP with a series-high six hits.
• Devin Obee led the series with six RBI's over the four-game span.
• Tyler Gough led both teams' pitcher staffs with seven strikeouts over the four-game series.
• No pitcher threw more than two innings in the contest.
• The Stripes finished the 2019 16U NTDP Stars vs. Stripes series 2-1-1.
• The Stars finished the 2019 16U NTDP Stars vs. Stripes series 1-2-1.
• Game Four of the Stars vs. Stripes series was cut short due to inclement weather. 

Social Media:

• Stay tuned to @USABaseballNTDP on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the 16U National Team Development Program.  

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Stripes Improve to 2-0 with Win over Stars

Stripes pitching staff holds Stars to just four hits over eight innings
August 3, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Stripes 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 2 x 6 8 3
Stars 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 x 1 4 3
 

 

CARY, N.C. - After six scoreless innings, the Stripes plated six runs in the final two innings to defeat the Stars, 6-1, in the second game of the 2019 USA Baseball 16U National Team Development Program (NTDP) Friday evening at Coleman Field in Cary, North Carolina.

It was a classic pitcher's duel for most of the game, as neither team could tally a run until the seventh inning. Devin Obee (Nashville, Tenn.) and David Horn (Murrieta, Calif.) led the Stripes offense, each with two RBIs. Ryan Clifford (Raleigh, N.C.) and Jayson Jones (Savannah, Texas) were each responsible for a run as well. Notably, Davis Diaz earned a walk in all three of his plate appearances. 

Five pitchers spent time on the bump from both teams. Xavier Perez (Corpus Christi, Texas) earned the win for the Stripes, while the rest of the pitching staff combined for seven strikeouts throughout the game. For the Stars, Tyler Gough (Perris, Calif.) was effective, striking out four batters in two innings.

Key Moments:

• In the top of the seventh, Jones earned an RBI-walk to score the game's first run and give the Stripes the lead.
• With the bases loaded, Obee singled on a hard-hit grounder that reached left field and drove in two runs, increasing the Stripes lead to 3-0 in the top of the seventh.
• Later in the seventh, Clifford earned a walk with the bases loaded and gave the Stripes a 4-0 lead. 
• The Stars got on the board in the bottom of the seventh after Gabriel Miranda (Orange, Calif.) scored from third on a wild pitch, bringing the score to 4-1.
• In the top of the eight, Horn ripped a hard grounder up the middle and brought home the Stripes final two runs of the game, giving the Stripes a 6-1 lead.

Notable Information:

• Perez earned the win for the Stripes after two innings pitched and added four punch-outs.
• Nick Kurtz suffered the loss for the Stars after three runs allowed in his appearance.
• The Stripes now take a 2-0 series lead with two games left to play at 16U NTDP.

Up Next:

• Game three of the 16U NTDP will take place on Sunday, August 4, at 7:00 p.m. EST at Coleman Field in Cary, N.C. 

Social Media:

• Stay tuned to @USABaseballNTDP on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the 16U National Team Development Program.  

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Stripes Take Game One of 16U NTDP with Win over Stars

Big offensive inning from Stripes secure 6-5 win at Coleman Field
August 1, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
STAR 0 0 1 0 1 1 2 0 x 5 10 1
STRP 0 0 2 0 3 4 0 x x 6 9 1
 

CARY, N.C. - A four-run sixth inning proved to be the difference as the Stripes defeated the Stars, 6-5, in the first game of the 2019 USA Baseball 16U National Team Development Program (NTDP) Thursday night at Coleman Field in Cary, North Carolina.

Jayson Jones (Savannah, Texas) paced the Stripes offense, going 1-for-1 with two RBIs. Additionally, Devin Obee (Nashville, Tenn.) also had an efficient night from the plate, going 2-for-3 with an RBI. On the other side of the ball, the Stars combined for 10 hits and five runs scored in the game.

Four different pitchers from each team spent time on the mound. Gavin Ochoa earned the win for Stripes, while Samuel Dutton (Southside, Ala.) tallied three strikeouts over two innings pitched. For the Stars, Cale Lansville fanned four of the six batters he faced.

Key Moments:

• Tyree Reed (Vallejo, Calif.) tallied the game's first run with an RBI-groundout to third which allowed Tyler White (Panoma, Calif.) to reach home.
• After being held scoreless in the first two innings, Stripes responded in the bottom of the second when David Horn (Murrieta, Calif.) hit a hard grounder that reached the center field grass and scored Jones to tie the game up at one run apiece.
• After a failed attempt at a pickoff play, Lorenzo Carter (Bear, Del.) reached home from third to put the Stripes up 2-1. 
• In the top of the fifth, Chase Spencer (Plano, Texas) crossed the plate on a passed ball to tie the game up at 2-2.
• With one out and a runner on second, Thomas Dilandri (Las Vegas) singled on a hard-hit ground ball to left field and brought home Reed to give the Stars a 2-1 lead.
• The Stripes scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth, led by Jones who hit a two-run RBI-double to center field which gave his squad a three-run lead. 
• Spencer was responsible for two runs in the top of the seventh for the Stars, but his team would be held scoreless from there, securing the 6-5 win for the Stripes.

Notable Information:

• The Stripes advance to 1-0 to start the 16U NTDP series.
• The two teams combined for 19 total hits, with the Stars tallying 10 and the Stripes recording 9. 
• Both teams recorded five strikeouts each on the day.

Up Next:

• Game two of the 16U NTDP will take place on Thursday, August 2, at 7:00 p.m. EST at Coleman Field in Cary, N.C. 

Social Media:

• Stay tuned to @USABaseballNTDP on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the 17U National Team Development Program. 

 

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USA Baseball Announces 2019 16U NTDP Staff

Nova Southeastern Head Coach Greg Brown to serve as field coordinator in 2019
July 26, 2019

DURHAM, N.C. - The staff for the 2019 16U National Team Development Program (NTDP) was announced by USA Baseball on Wednesday. Greg Brown (Nova Southeastern) returns to the 16U NTDP staff as the 2019 Field Coordinator after serving as a coach at the inaugural event in 2018.

The NTDP offers athletes an opportunity to connect with USA Baseball staff to better prepare for future national team experiences. The program includes skill development sessions, off-field educational seminars, an intrasquad series between Stars and Stripes teams and exposure to professional scouts, college recruiters and USA Baseball national team staff and task force.

Florida International University (FIU) Head Coach Mervyl Melendez and current area scout for the Arizona Diamondbacks Dan Ramsay will join Brown on staff and serve as the managers of the Stars and Stripes teams, respectively.

"We are incredibly excited about this staff and we have no doubt that these coaches will provide our athletes a first-class experience," said 18U National Team Program Director Frank Jagoda. "The 16U National Team Development Program serves as a great stepping stone for the players at this age level and our staff cannot wait to start working with them."

Brown completed his ninth season at the helm of Nova Southeastern (NSU) in 2019, where he has guided the Sharks to NCAA South Region Tournament appearances in seven of his nine years. He was named the 2016 Division II National Coach of the Year by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) after leading his team to the program's first-ever NCAA Division II National Championship. Since 2011, Brown has averaged over 35 wins a year with the Sharks and has had 18 players selected in the MLB Draft, including a program-record 10 in 2017.

Before taking the head role at NSU, Brown served as an area scout for the Houston Astros in 2009 and 2010, as well as an assistant coach at Broward Community College in 2008. He played professional baseball for four seasons in the Miami Marlins minor league system from 2003-2006 before starting his coaching career.

The field coordinator, with the assistance of additional coaches and evaluators made up of former professional players, respected collegiate and high school coaches, and professional scouts, will assess 36 athletes during the NTDP week.

The Stars team will be managed by Melendez and he will be joined by Pitching Coach Mike McRae, who is currently an assistant coach at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), and Assistant Coach Frank Maldonado, who just finished his fourth season at the helm of Greensboro College.

Ramsay will guide the Stripes team and his staff will include Centre College Head Coach Drew Briese as the pitching coach and 17-year MLB veteran and Oaks Christian School (Westlake, Calif.) Head Coach Royce Clayton as an assistant coach.

University of Pittsburgh Head Coach Mike Bell and Jacksonville University Head Coach Chris Hayes also join Brown's staff for the NTDP as the pitching coordinator and defensive coordinator, respectively.

The 2019 16U NTDP will take place July 31-August 5 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

USA Baseball and the coaching staff utilized a rolling invitation process for the 16U NTDP roster that was announced on July 11, selecting athletes from the 2018 National Team Identification Series (NTIS), the 2019 16U National Team Championships in Arizona and Florida, as well as through recommendations from scouts, coaches and the amateur baseball community.

For more information on the USA Baseball National Team Development Program, visit USABaseball.com and follow @USABaseballNTDP on Twitter.

The coaching staff and their bios are as follows:

Name; NTDP Position; Current Position
Mike Bell; Pitching Coordinator; University of Pittsburgh Head Coach
Drew Briese; Stripes Pitching Coach; Centre College Head Coach
Greg Brown; Field Coordinator; Nova Southeastern Head Coach
Mike Garza; Stripes Assistant Coach; University of Virginia
Chris Hayes; Defensive Coordinator; Jacksonville University Head Coach
Frank Maldonado; Stars Assistant Coach; Greensboro College Head Coach
Mike McRae; Stars Pitching Coach; VCU Assistant Coach
Mervyl Melendez; Stars Manager; FIU Head Coach
Dan Ramsay; Stripes Manager; Arizona Diamondbacks Area Scout

Mike Bell finished his first year as the head coach at Pittsburgh in 2019, following seven years as an associate head coach at Florida State. Bell joined Florida State in 2012, where he oversaw the pitching staff and helped guide the Seminoles to two College World Series appearances. Under his guidance, the Florida State pitching staff led the country with 635 strikeouts in 2018 and he has coached 25 draft picks since 2012, including six in 2017 and 2014 first round selection Luke Weaver. In his first five seasons with the Seminoles, Bell's staffs posted an ERA below 3.50 - the lowest three-year total since 1999-2001 - and a sub-3.00 ERA for the first time in 10 years following the 2013 season. The Sarasota, Florida, native also coached at Oklahoma and Tennessee prior to his time with at FSU. He helped to lead both programs to the College World Series and set program strikeout records at both stops with 568 at Tennessee in 2005 and 583 at Oklahoma in 2010. Following a successful career as a player at Florida State that saw the Seminoles reach the College World Series in 1994 and 1995, Bell was selected in the 20th round of the 1995 draft by the Montreal Expos. He spent six years in the minor leagues, including reaching the Double-A level with the Baltimore Orioles' organization.

Drew Briese returns to the USA Baseball coaching ranks in 2019 after serving as an assistant coach for the 2016 15U National Team. He has also served as an evaluator and coach with USA Baseball since 2013, including coaching at the 2015 14U National Team Development Program. Briese is currently the head coach at Centre College (Danville, Ky.) where he guided the Colonels to the semifinals of the 2018 Southern Athletic Association conference tournament in his second season at the helm. Prior to his time at Centre, Briese joined the Birmingham-Southern College (Birmingham, Ala.) coaching staff in 2006 and helped lead the Panthers to 10 conference tournament and regular season titles with four straight NCAA Division III Regional appearances.

Greg Brown is currently serving as the head coach at Nova Southeastern University. In 2016, he was named the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Division II National Coach of the Year after leading his team to the program's first-ever NCAA Division II National Championship. Before his time with the Sharks, Brown worked as an assistant coach at Broward Community College and was an area scout for the Houston Astros. He also played minor league baseball for three years in the Miami Marlins organization. This is Brown's third coaching stint with USA Baseball after previously serving as a coach at the 2018 16U National Team Development Program and the 2013 and 2014 Tournament of Stars.

Currently the coordinator of video and scouting for the University of Virginia baseball team, Mike Garza will make his USA Baseball coaching debut in 2019. Prior to his time at UVA, Garza served as a volunteer assistant coach at the United States Naval Academy. He helped guide the Midshipmen to its second-highest win total in program history (38) and the Patriot League Championship series. Garza was selected in the 20th round of the 2012 MLB Draft by the Milwaukee Brewers and spent four seasons in the organization's minor league system.

Chris Hayes finished his third year as the head coach at Jacksonville University in 2019 and will make his USA Baseball coaching debut with the 16U National Team Development Program. Hayes has led the Dolphins to 108 wins in his time at the helm, as well as the program's first 40-win season since 2006 and its first NCAA postseason appearance in seven years in 2018. In his first year as the head coach, Hayes guided the team to a 13-game winning streak - the program's longest in 26 years - and the ASUN Championship final. Prior to being named Jacksonville's head coach, Hayes had two tenures as an assistant with the Dolphins, serving in that role from 2003-08 and then again from 2013 until taking the reins for the 2017 season. In between the two stints, he spent five seasons as the head coach of the Seminole State College of Florida. Hayes was selected in the 28th round of the 1995 MLB Draft by the Toronto Blue Jays and spent five seasons in the organization's minor league system before starting him coaching career.

Frank Maldonado is currently entering his fifth season as the head coach at Greensboro College (Greensboro, N.C.). During his time at the helm, Maldonado led the Pride to its first 20-win season since 2012 in 2017 and an appearance in the USA South Athletic Conference Championship series for just the third time in program history in 2019. His teams also hold the Greensboro College records for most at-bats and hits. Prior to his time in Greensboro, Maldonado spent six seasons coaching at the University of Tampa, where he helped lead the Spartans to three NCAA Division II National Championships. He has also coached at the University of South Florida, California Lutheran University and Barstow Community College in his career. 2019 marks Maldonado's first year with the National Team Development Program; however, he is no stranger to USA Baseball, having also served as a scout at the USA Baseball National Team Championships in Florida.

Entering his third season as an assistant coach at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Mike McRae has helped lead the Rams to Atlantic 10 regular season titles in 2017 and 2019. Before his time at VCU, McRae spent 14 seasons as the head coach at Canisius College (Buffalo, N.Y.) where he was a four-time MAAC Coach of the Year. Under his guidance, the Golden Griffins went from winning just four games in 2004 to claiming the program's first two MAAC Championships and making the program's first appearances in the NCAA Tournament in 2013 and 2015. This will be McRae's first time coaching for USA Baseball.

2019 marks Mervyl Melendez's third year coaching at the National Team Development Program (NTDP) after previous stints with the 2015 17U and 2016 14U NTDPs. He also helped lead the 2018 18U National Team to its fifth consecutive COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championships gold medal last fall. Melendez was named the head coach at Florida International University (FIU) in 2016 after leading the programs at Alabama State and Bethune-Cookman. While at the helm of Bethune-Cookman, he won 30 or more games in nine seasons and led Alabama State to school-record win totals three times, while compiling 537 wins and a dozen NCAA Tournament appearances with the two programs. Melendez was named the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Coach of the Year in 2014 and 2016 and has earned Coach of the Year honors 11 times in his career. In addition, he became the second-youngest head coach in NCAA Division I history to record 300 career wins after reaching the mark in 2009.

Currently an Area Scout for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Dan Ramsay will make his USA Baseball coaching debut at the 2019 16U National Team Development Program (NTDP). He served as the manager of the Minnesota Twins Gulf Coast League affiliate in 2018 after nine years as the head coach at Whitworth University (Wash.). Under his guidance, the Bucs made three appearances in the NCAA Division III tournament and one trip to the NCAA Division III World Series in 2012. He was also named the NCAA Division III West Region Coach of the Year in 2012.

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USA Baseball Unveils 2019 16U NTDP Roster

July 11, 2019

DURHAM, N.C. - The 2019 36-man 16U National Team Development Program (NTDP) roster was unveiled by USA Baseball on Thursday, following the conclusion of the 2019 16U National Team Championships in Arizona and Florida. The second-annual 16U NTDP will be held at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, from July 31 to August 5.

The National Team Development Program offers identified athletes an opportunity to connect with USA Baseball staff to better prepare for a future national team experience. The program includes skill development sessions, off-field education seminars, an intrasquad series between Stars and Stripes teams, and exposure to professional scouts, college recruiters and 18U National Team staff and task force.

"We are extremely excited about the second year of the 16U National Team Development Program and this group of athletes," said 18U National Team Program Director Frank Jagoda. "This is an invaluable opportunity for some of the best players in the country to continue to develop both on and off the field, and we cannot wait to get started."

The roster is made up of 36 athletes who were identified and selected based on their participation and performance at USA Baseball sanctioned events, including the National Team Championships and the National Team Identification Series (NTIS), among others. In total, the roster includes eight alumni of USA Baseball national teams and eight players that have participated on an NTDP team in the past.

Twenty-six invitees are new to USA Baseball national team programming in 2019, including 11 athletes that represented their respective region at the 2018 15U NTIS Champions Cup in Cary, North Carolina, and 13 that were selected from the 2019 National Team Championships in Arizona and Florida.

Davis Diaz (Pittsburg, Calif.) returns to USA Baseball for the fifth consecutive year after winning gold with the 12U National Team in 2015 and the 15U National Team in 2017 and 2018, as well as participating in the 14U NTDP in 2016 and 2017. Diaz will reunite with teammates from both the 2015 12U National Team and the 2018 15U National Team at this year's 16U NTDP. 

Daniel Corona Jr. (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Thomas DiLandri (Las Vegas, Nev.), Cooper Kinney (Chattanooga, Tenn.), and Nick Kurtz (Lancaster, Pa.) participated together with Diaz on the 12U National Team in 2015 and were all members of the 14U NTDP in 2017.

In addition, Diaz, DiLandri, Samuel Dutton (Southside, Ala.), Cale Lansville (Centennial, Colo.) and Tyree Reed (Vallejo, Calif.) helped lead the 2018 15U National Team to the program's first-ever World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup gold medal.

USA Baseball will announce the staff of the 2019 16U NTDP at a later date. Stay tuned to USABaseball.com and follow @USABaseballNTDP on Twitter for all the information on the National Team Development Program.

2019 16U National Team Development Program:
Name; Position; Hometown

Carson Applegate; SS/RHP; Columbus, N.J.
Jesse Bullard; RHP/IF; Riverside, Calif.
Lorenzo Carrier; OF/RHP; Bear, Del.
Calvert Clark; OF/RHP; Charlotte, N.C.
^Tyler Collins; OF; McKinney, Texas
*^Daniel Corona Jr.; IF; Brooklyn, N.Y.
*^Davis Diaz; IF; Pittsburg, Calif.
Korbyn Dickerson; OF/RHP; Jeffersonville, Ind.
*^Thomas DiLandri; OF; Las Vegas, Nev.
*Samuel Dutton; RHP; Southside, Ala.
Jake Geis; RHP/IF; San Jose, Calif.
Tyler Gough; RHP; Perris, Calif.
Rafael Gross; OF/IF; Pearland, Texas
Blaise Grove; LHP; Summit Point, W. Va.
^Trevor Haskins; IF; San Jose, Calif.
Jack Holman; 1B/C; Wrightwood, Calif.
David Horn; IF/RHP; Murrieta, Calif.
Jayson Jones; IF; Savannah, Texas
Gage Jump; LHP; Aliso, Calif.
*^Cooper Kinney; IF; Chattanooga, Tenn.
*^Nick Kurtz; LHP/OF; Lancaster, Pa.
*Cale Lansville; RHP; Centennial, Colo.
Kyndon Lovell; LHP; Fort Cobb, Okla.
Gabriel Miranda; 1B; Orange, Calif.
Malcom Moore; C; Sacramento, Calif.
Jaron Nevarez; OF/LHP; San Ramon, Calif.
Devin Obee; OF; Nashville, Tenn.
Gavin Ochoa; RHP; Rohnert Park, Calif.
Xavier Perez; RHP/OF; Corpus Christi, Texas
*^Tyree Reed; OF; Vallejo, Calif.
William Rogers; C/IF; Shoreview, Minn.
Michael Saumell; C; Spring, Texas
Chase Spencer; IF/RHP; Plano, Texas
Sal Stewart; INF; Miami, Fla.
Tyler White; OF; Pomona, Calif.
Austin Young; RHP; Saint Peters, Mo.

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

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17U NTDP
18U

Frank Jagoda Named 18U National Team Director

Jagoda will oversee day-to-day operations for the 18U National Team and two national team development programs
February 11, 2019

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball named Frank Jagoda the Director of the 18U National Team on Tuesday. In this role, Jagoda will oversee the day-to-day operations of the 18U National Team program, as well as the 16U and 17U National Team Development Programs, and will also work closely with the recently announced Prospect Development Pipeline League.

He returns to USA Baseball after serving as an assistant coach for the 2017 15U National Team that won a gold medal at the COPABE Pan-Am "AA" Championships, and as a task force member for numerous national teams and national team identification events over the last five years.

"We are thrilled to welcome Frank Jagoda to the organization in a full-time capacity as the 18U National Team Director," USA Baseball's Executive Director/CEO, Paul Seiler, said. "Frank has been a part of the USA Baseball family as a coach and task force member since 2014 and we are confident his experience and coaching philosophies will translate perfectly to this role as we continue to build upon the incredible achievements of our national teams, national team development programs and our athletes."

Jagoda brings over ten years of collegiate and professional baseball coaching experience to his new role with the 18U National Team. He most recently served as the Pitching Coach for Rehabilitation for the Minnesota Twins, where he oversaw all of the on-field rehabilitation for the club and served as the pitching coach for the Gulf Coast League Twins in Fort Meyers, Florida.

Prior to his tenure with the Twins, he was the head coach at Patrick Henry Community College (Martinsville, Va.) from 2016-2017, where he led the Patriots to a 79-38 overall record, guided the program to its first-ever regular season Region X championship and was named the 2016 Region X Coach of the Year. Jagoda was also a graduate assistant and assistant coach at Canisius College from 2012-2014 and helped lead the Golden Griffins to its first-ever NCAA Regional berth in 2013, before leading Wingate University to a spot in the NCAA Division II Southeast Region Championship as its pitching coach and recruiting coordinator in 2015.

Jagoda is immediately tasked with leading Team USA at the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup in South Korea. The U.S. is looking to win an unprecedented fifth consecutive world title after taking home gold in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2017. The 18U National Team program has won eight consecutive gold medals on the international stage dating back to 2011.

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

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NTIS

USA Baseball Announces 2018 National Team Identification Series Selections

A total of 68 athletes were selected for 2019 national team programming from the 2018 NTIS
September 10, 2018

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced on Wednesday the 68 athletes that were selected from the 2018 National Team Identification Series (NTIS) to participate in 2019 national team programming. The tenth-annual NTIS was held at the National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, from August 8-26 and for the tenth year in a row, the selection announcement was made through an online show.

Twenty-seven states and 16 regions from across the U.S. are represented by the 68 athletes chosen and fourteen states boast more than one selection.

Under the direction of USA Baseball task force, the 2018 NTIS featured over 1,200 of the nation's best players competing in 172 games, as well as skill testing and on-field evaluations. Twelve athletes were invited to compete at each of the 2019 12U National Team Trials, the 2019 14U, 16U and 17U National Team Development Programs (NTDP) and the 15U National Team Trials. In addition, eight players from the 17U NTIS were chosen to participate in the 2019 18U National Team selection process.

"Our task force had a difficult job selecting just 68 athletes out of the incredible pool of talent from across the U.S. that participated in this year's NTIS," Senior Director of Baseball Operations, Ashley Bratcher, said. "We are excited about the players chosen from the 2018 event and what they will bring to our 2019 national team programming."

The 2018 USA Baseball National Team Identification Series (NTIS) is the most comprehensive player identification program offered by Team USA. With tryouts in every region of the country, players now have greater access to USA Baseball National Team opportunities than ever before. The program includes six separate age groups - 11U, 13U, 14U, 15U, 15U and 17U.

The 2018 National Team Identification Series selections are as follows:

Name; Position; Hometown

2019 12U National Team Trials Invitees:
(from 11U NTIS)
Anthony Del Angel; OF/IF; Rio Rancho, N.M.
Parker Friend; C/RHP; Germantown, Md.
Gavin Hottle; IF/RHP; Irvine, Calif.
Bryant James; IF/RHP; Herndon, Va.
Elijah McNeal; Dublin, Calif.
Luis Mejia; IF/OF; Phoenix, Ariz.
Owen Robinson; LHP/IF; Greensboro, N.C.
C.J. Sampson; RHP/IF; Magnolia, Texas
Kruz Schoolcraft; IF/LHP; Aloha, Ore.
Jayden Stroman; IF/RHP; Medford, N.Y.
Eli Willits; IF/RHP; Fort Cobb, Okla.
Miles Young; IF; Cypress, Texas

2019 14U National Team Development Program invitees:
(from 13U NTIS)
Kai Caranto; IF/RHP; Castaic, Calif.
Angel Cepeda; OF/IF; Union City, N.J.
Carson Dean; OF/IF; Frisco, Texas
Ian Duarte; OF/RHP; Santa Clarita, Calif.
Terry Dunsford; IF/RHP; Grand Bay, Ala.
Keondre Fields; OF/RHP; Nesbit, Miss.
Gavin Grahovac; C/IF; Orange, Calif.
Houston Hirschkorn; IF/RHP; Kingsburg, Calif.
Andre Modugno; IF/Upper Saddle River, N.J.
Brandon Olivera; RHP; Hialeah, Fla.
Kellon Parnell; OF/IF; Pascagoula, Miss.
Brooks Wright; UT/RHP; Knoxville, Tenn.

2019 15U National Team Trials invitees:
(from 14U NTIS)
Mason Balsis; C; Bristow, Va.
Maxwell Clark; OF; Franklin, Ind.
Tyson Dewall; RHP; Folsom, Calif.
Demitri Diamant; OF/RHP; Las Vegas, Nev.
Termarr Johnson; IF; Atlanta, Ga.
Steven Milam; IF; Las Cruces, N.M.
Louis Rodriguez; RHP; Long Beach, Calif.
Logan Saloman; RHP/IF; Chandler, Ariz.
Christopher Scinta; LHP; Tamarac, Fla.
Tyrus Williams; OF; Oxford, Miss.
Jaxon Willits; IF; Fort Cobb, Okla.
Colton Wombles; C; Salem, Ala.

2019 16U National Team Development Program invitees:
(from 15U NTIS)
Jesse Bullard; IF/RHP; Riverside, Calif.
Korbyn Dickerson; OF/RHP; Jeffersonville, Ind.
Jake Geis; RHP; San Jose, Calif.
Rafael Gross; OF/IF; Pearland, Texas
Trevor Haskins; IF; San Jose, Calif.
David Horn; IF/RHP; Murrieta, Calif.
Kyndon Lovell; LHP; Fort Cobb, Okla.
Jaron Nevarez; LHP/IF; San Ramon, Calif.
Xavier Perez; RHP/OF; Corpus Christi, Texas
William Rogers; C/IF; Shoreview, Minn.
Chase Spencer; IF/RHP; Plano, Texas
Austin Young; RHP; Saint Peters, Mo.

2019 17U National Team Development Program invitees:
(from 16U NTIS)
Jackson Baumeister; C/RHP; Jacksonville, Fla.
Mark Black; C/OF; Pittsburgh, Pa.
Michael Davinni; IF/RHP; Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Kade Grundy; RHP/OF; Somerset, Ky.
Samuel Hunt; C/IF; Minneapolis, Minn.
Joseph Mack; C/IF; Williamsville, N.Y.
Michael Morales; RHP/IF; Enola, Pa.
Joshua Pearson; OF/IF; West Monroe, La.
Joseph Quick; RHP/IF; Lake Jackson, Texas
Kurtis Reid; IF/RHP; Hamilton, Ohio
Nate Savino; LHP/OF; Sterling, Va.
Tyler Wiederstein; RHP/IF; Greensburg, Pa.

2019 18U National Team selection process invitees:
(from 17U NTIS)
Jag Burden; OF/IF; Huntington Beach, Calif.
Colten Keith; IF/RHP; Biloxi, Miss.
Harold Coll; IF; Hyde Park, Mass.
Mac Guscette; C/IF; Nokomis, Fla.
Cayden Wallace; IF; Greenbrier, Ark.
Jonathan Vaughns; IF/RHP; Glendora, Calif.
Alex Urban; OF; Lexington, S.C.
Cameron Brown; RHP/IF; Flower Mound, Texas

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16U NTDP

Stars Find Stroke, Defeat 15U National Team

August 7, 2018
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
USA 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 4 3
Stars 3 3 0 0 4 1 X 11 13 0
Win: G. Taylor Loss: C. Lansville Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play
 

CARY, N.C. - On the final day of the USA Baseball 16U National Team Development Program, the Stars squad took down the 15U National Team, 11-3, in an exhibition matchup at Coleman Field on Tuesday.

The offense exploded for 13 hits in the contest behind strong pitching performances from the entire staff, handing Team USA their first loss in three games.

Roc Riggio and Hunter Haas led off the top of the first with back-to-back singles before Dylan Crews smashed a ball to short to score the first run. Marcelo Mayer followed with a ground ball that was misplayed at second to cross Haas, and Ian Moller drove in Crews on a sacrifice fly to put the Stars up 3-0 early.

Stars starter Grant Taylor kept the momentum going, striking out the side in the second.

In the second, Christian Moore walked to start the inning, and Evan Maldonado singled to advance him to third. A wild pitch allowed Moore to score, and Hunter Teplansky lined a two-RBI single to right to increase the lead to six.

Team USA starter Cale Lansville was replaced by Timothy Williams after two innings, but the Stars bats kept pace. A double steal by Mayer and Walter Ahuna after a pair of singles put two runners in scoring position in the third, but a pair of strikeouts stopped the offense from adding on.

After a 1-2-3 inning in the fourth, Taylor exited. He allowed no runs on just two hits and two walks, striking out six.

After a leadoff walk by Crews, Mayer tripled deep in the right-center gap to drive in the first run of the fifth. Moller followed with a double to left to cash in Mayer from third, forcing a mid-inning change on the mound for Team USA.

A wild pitch, an error and a passed ball brought home another trio of runs before the end of the fifth, pushing the lead to double-digits.

The Stars let the first runs of the game score for Team USA in the sixth after a two-RBI triple by Brady House off of reliever Alex Edmonson. A passed ball brought home a third, making the score 10-3.

Moore drove in one more run in the sixth on a single to right to extend the lead to eight before Edmonson shut down the top of the seventh to give the Stars the win.

"To end this way is really good," Field Coordinator Eric Kibler said. "We saw a lot of things that we were working on during the week that they did very well in the game. I'm really pleased with this group. I think they have a good future, and I think our intent got accomplished."

The Stars finish the 16U NTDP with a 2-1 record.

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16U NTDP

Stripes Overmatched By 15U National Team, Fall in Shutout

August 6, 2018
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Stripes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
USA 2 0 0 1 4 0 0 7 12 0
Win: J. Hartle Loss: R. Hector Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play
 

CARY, N.C. - In a one-sided affair on both sides, the USA Baseball 16U National Team Development Program Stripes squad fell to the 15U National Team, 7-0, at Coleman Field on Monday.

The Stripes failed to find a groove offensively, as Team USA's pitching allowed just one hit and one walk to the Stripes offense.

Dylan Crews put himself in scoring position in the first, doubling on a line drive to right, but was stranded at second after a Jordan Lawlar pop out and a Sam Hunt ground out.

After allowing three straight hits to begin the bottom of the frame, starter Rawley Hector bounced back nicely to minimize the damage. He was helped out on an outfield assist by centerfielder Petey Halpin with two away to keep the deficit at two early.

Hector found himself in trouble again in the second after the first two Team USA batters reached base safely. After getting the first two outs, Hector and shortstop Robert Moore successfully picked off Joe Brown at second, ending the inning.

Mario Bejarano came in to relieve Hector after 3.2 innings. Hector allowed three runs on seven hits and two walks, striking out three.

Bejarano got beat up a little in the fifth, allowing four runs on five hits, bringing the Team USA lead to seven.

Crews would manage to walk in the top of the seventh to represent the final Stripes baserunner, but at the end of the day the pitching was just too much for the offense to overcome.

"They were really mentally ready to come after us," Field Coordinator Eric Kibler said. "What we learned is you have to bring your A-level effort to every game. I think we're better than what we showed, although I give all the respect to them. They're a really good team. Hopefully the Stars can go out and get it done tomorrow."

The Stars will get their shot against the 15U National Team Tuesday with a matinee matchup at Coleman Field. First pitch is set for 11:30 a.m. PT, with a live stream of the contest on the USA Baseball Facebook page.

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16U NTDP

Stars Walk-off Stripes to Even Series

August 5, 2018
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Stripes 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 3 4 3
Stars 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 4 4 1
Win: E. Maldonado Loss: T. Witt Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play
 

CARY, N.C. - In a back-and-forth game, the Stars came up with two runs in the bottom of the ninth to walk-off the Stripes, 4-3, at Field 3 of the National Training Complex on Sunday.

After taking a 3-2 lead in the ninth, a pair of errors allowed the final two runs to cross. The contest featured just eight hits combined between the two teams.

The Stripes almost put a run on the board in the top of the first, as a pair of two-out walks to Dylan Crews and Jordan Lawlar put traffic on the basepaths. Jesse Herrera singled up the middle, but Crews was thrown out at the plate by Petey Halpin.

In the bottom of the frame, the Stars put a pair of runners in scoring position, but Stripes starter Joe Dixon came up big, fanning Hunter Teplansky to end the threat.

Stars starter Philip Abner found trouble again in the second, as three walks and a hit-by-pitch with two outs allowed the first run of the game to cross.

Miles Halligan came in to replace Abner with two outs and the bases loaded in the third and got out of the inning after Tanner Witt got picked off at second on a ball that trickled passed catcher Jayden Melendez.

Dixon got through 3.0 innings for the Stripes, allowing no hits and no runs. He walked three and struck out two.

The Stars got on the board in the bottom of the fourth after Christian Moore doubled on a line drive to left, scoring Teplansky after a leadoff walk to tie the game.

The Stripes responded in the top of the fifth by loading the bases with one out. Jabin Trosky deposited a run, grounding into a fielder's choice before Rawley Hector grounded out to end the half with the score at 2-1.

After allowing the run in the fourth, Landen Looper got through the next two innings untouched. Looper allowed the one run on only two hits and two walks, striking out three.

Halligan did his best to match Looper, tossing 4.1 innings in relief, allowing just one run on one hit and two walks.

A Caleb Lomavita RBI-single added some insurance for the Stripes after another pair of two-out walks and a steal of third allowed the run to score easily, putting them up 3-1 late.

In the bottom, the Stars answered with a run with a pair of singles by Teplansky and Ian Moller. Christian Moore grounded out to shortstop Robert Moore with one away, allowing the run to score. Jonathon Cymrot lined a ball to right with two down looking to tie the game, but Matthew Bardowell made a stellar diving catch to save the Stripes lead going into the ninth.

After going down quietly in the top, the Stripes defense came out in the bottom behind Tanner Witt, who was seeking the save. A pair of walks allowed runners to reach, and when Lomavita threw the ball into right after Marcelo Mayer attempted to steal third, the tying run scored.

After another walk, Hunter Haas found himself too far off third. Lomavita short-hopped the throw to third. The ball bounced wildly and Haas came in for the walk-off victory to tie the series at 1-1.

"The players hung around and made some plays defensively when we needed them to to give us a chance at the end," Stars Manager Jayson King said. "Our guys stayed in it for nine innings and that's a good trait to have."

The 16U NTDP will be back in action Monday when the Stripes will take on the 15U National Team at Coleman Field. First pitch is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. ET. The game will be streamed live on the USA Baseball Facebook page.

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