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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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Team USA Wins Americas Qualifier Gold, Defeats Panama 3-1

September 22, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
USA 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 3 6 2
Panama 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 3 0
Win: L. Rodriguez Loss: A. Aldeano Save: D. Ekstrom
Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats
 

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico - The USA Baseball 15U National Team scored two runs in the third inning and picked up a key insurance run in the seventh to win gold at the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier with a 3-1 victory over Panama at Unidad Deportivo Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Luis Rodriguez (Long Beach, Calif.) was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player.

The U.S. finished the tournament with an 8-1 record and outscored its opponents 66-33. The win marks the fourth consecutive U-15 Baseball World Cup Qualifier gold medal for the red, white and blue (2013, 2015, 2017, 2019), and the third straight international title after the 15U National Team won its first-ever world championship at the 2018 WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup.

Termarr Johnson (Atlanta, Ga.) led the team at the plate, going 2-for-4 and playing a role in all three U.S. runs, crossing the plate once and tallying two RBIs. He was joined by Joe Brown (Petaluma, Calif.), Karson Bowen (Anaheim Hills, Calif.), and Ben Reiland (Irvine, Calif.), who all collected hits in the game.

Rodriguez started on the bump for the red, white and blue and put together four scoreless frames in his five innings of work, allowing just one run and tossing four strikeouts to earn the win and tournament MVP honors. Ethan McElvain (Thompson's Station, Tenn.) and Duke Ekstrom (San Diego, Calif.) both came on in relief and combined for four strikeouts with Ekstrom recording the save after tossing a perfect seventh inning.

Johnson, Bowen, Steven Milam (Las Cruces, N.M.) and Kai Caranto (Santa Clarita, Calif.) were also named to the all-tournament team at outfield, catcher, second base and outfield, respectively.

Key Moments
• Johnson put the U.S. on the board with an RBI-double to left that scored Milam and followed by stealing home to put the U.S. up 2-0 in the top of the third inning.
• A Panama RBI-single in the bottom of the fifth inning cut Team USA's lead in half, 2-1.
• Reiland hit a lead-off triple in the top of the seventh inning and scored on a Johnson RBI-single to extend the lead 3-1 for the stars and stripes.
• Ekstrom tossed two strikeouts and Milam completed a 4-3 putout in the bottom of the seventh to solidify the 3-1, gold medal victory for Team USA.

Notable Information
• Termarr Johnson led the team at the plate, going 2-for-4 with one run scored and two RBIs.
• Luis Rodriguez picked up with win, striking out four in five scoreless innings. Duke Ekstrom was credited with the save.
• The U.S. has qualified for the 2020 WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup and will be joined by Panama, Dominican Republic, Cuba and Venezuela representing the Americas region.
• Luis Rodriguez was named tournament MVP, after throwing 10 strikeouts across 10.2 innings pitched in tournament action and earning the gold medal win.
• Termarr Johnson, Karson Bowen, Steven Milam and Kai Caranto were all named to the all-tournament team at outfield, catcher, second base and outfield, respectively.
• This marked the fourth consecutive gold medal at the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier after winning the tournament in 2013, 2015 and 2017.
• The USA Baseball 15U National Team has won three straight international tournaments, including its first world championship in 2018 at the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup.

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Team USA's Comeback Victory Over Cuba Clinches Spot in Gold Medal Game

The red, white and blue will play for the gold medal at approximately 11 a.m. CT on Sunday
September 21, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
CUBA 2 3 0 0 0 0 x 5 8 1
USA 0 0 0 0 5 1 x 6 9 1
Win: B. Olivera Loss: D. Molina Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | WBSC Qualifier Stats
 

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico - The 15U National Team secured its spot in the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier gold medal game with a 6-5 comeback victory over Cuba on Saturday at Unidad Deportivo Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Team USA will play Panama for the gold medal on Sunday, September 22 at approximately 11 a.m. CT. 

Aidan Miller (Trinity, Fla.) finished 2-for-2 on the day, hitting the game-winning RBI-single in the sixth inning to lead Team USA's offense in its win over Cuba. Karson Bowen (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) finished the day going 1-for-2 with three RBIs after he kickstarted the U.S. rally with a bases clearing triple in the fifth inning. Termarr Johnson (Atlanta, Ga.) later picked up his lone RBI on the day with a single to score the tying run. Joe Brown (Petaluma, Calif.), Mikey Romero (Menifee, Calif.), Dylan Lina (Carson, Calif.), Nolan Schubart (Durand, Mich.) and Steven Milam (Las Cruces, N.M.) also collected hits on the day.  

Logan Saloman (Chandler, Ariz.) got the start for Team USA on the mound and allowed five runs (four earned) on eight hits through 4.1 innings in a no decision. Brandon Olivera (Hialeah, Fla.) came on in relief and earned the win, pitching 1.2 strong innings of hitless baseball, striking out two. The loss was tagged to Cuba's Danell Molina.

Key Moments
• Cuba jumped out to an early lead in the contest after three singles made it 2-0 in the top of the first.
• he Cubans added to their lead when they scored three runs on three hits and an error in the top of the second to make it a 5-0 ballgame.
• After four scoreless innings, the bats got going for Team USA as a walk, a fielder's choice and two singles loaded the bases for Bowen, who then sent a three-RBI triple to centerfield to bring the score to 5-3.
• A Milam RBI-double pulled the U.S within one and Johnson's RBI-single tied the game at 5-5 the bottom of the fifth inning.
• Miller stepped to the plate in the bottom of the sixth with runners in scoring position and knocked an RBI-single into right field to score the game-winning run for the score of 6-5.
• The game was called after the sixth inning due to darkness.

Notable Information
• Team USA improved to 7-1 in the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier and finished Super Round play with a 4-1 record, earning a spot in the gold medal game on Sunday.
• The win clinched Team USA's berth to the 2020 WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup.
• Karson Bowen led the stars and stripes offensively during Super Round action, batting .429 (6-for-14) with one double, one triple, one home run and eight RBIs.
• Brandon Olivera collected the win over Cuba after pitching 1.2 innings of hitless baseball and striking out two batters.

Up Next
The 15U National Team will face Panama in the gold medal game of the 2019 WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier on Sunday, September 22 at approximately 11 a.m. CT on Field One at Unidad Deportivo Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

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Team USA Falls to Panama, 9-7

The red, white and blue will finish Super Round action on Saturday at 2 p.m. CT
September 20, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
USA 1 1 5 0 0 0 0 7 8 4
PAN 2 1 1 1 4 0 x 9 10 0
Win: P. Munoz Loss: B. Barriera Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | WBSC Qualifier Stats
 

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico - Despite tallying seven runs, the 2019 15U National Team suffered its first loss of the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier to Panama, 9-7, in game two of Super Round action on Friday at Unidad Deportivo Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

Karson Bowen (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) led Team USA with two hits while hitting his first home run of the tournament in the second inning and collecting two RBIs. Also, four addition members of the stars and stripes collected hits in the contest. Panama's offense recorded 10 hits and three walks to claim the victory. 

Brandon Barriera (Coconut Creek, Fla.) got the start for the U.S. and suffered the loss after giving up nine runs (six earned) on 10 hits with four punchouts in 4.1 innings of work. Panama's Pedro Munoz, who allowed one run on four hits and struck out two, was awarded the win. 

Key Moments
• Mikey Romero (Menifee, Calif.) doubled down the left field line and Joe Brown brought him home with an RBI-single to give the U.S. an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning.
• Panama took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first with an RBI-triple and a passed ball.
• Bowen hit his first home run of the tournament in the top of the second to tie the game at 2-2.
• Panama responded in the bottom frame and retook the lead, 3-2, on a Team USA error.
• The U.S. tied the game at three in the third thanks to a bases loaded walk by Kai Caranto (Santa Clarita, Calif.).
• With the bases loaded, Schubart laced a bases-clearing double to right field to give the U.S. a 6-3 lead in the top of the third inning.
• Bowen's RBI-single extended the U.S. lead to four as Team USA led 7-3 after the top half of the third inning.
• Panama scored one run in the bottom of the third and fourth innings, took the lead with an RBI-single and triple in the bottom of the fifth and sealed the 9-7 victory in the same inning with a sac-bunt.

Notable Information
• The U.S. moves to 3-1 in the Super Round and 6-1 overall at the 2019 WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier.
• The loss snapped the 15U National Team's six-game win streak in tournament action.
• Joe Brown (2-for-4, RBI), Nolan Schubart (2-for-4, 3 RBIs) and Karson Bowen (2-for-3, HR, 2 RBIs) accounted for six of Team USA's eight hits on the day.
• Brandon Barriera (1-1) was tagged with the loss when he surrendered nine runs (six earned) on 10 hits while striking out four batters in 4.1 innings of work.

Up Next
The 15U National Team completes Super Round action at the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier against Cuba on Saturday at 2 p.m. CT on Field One at Unidad Deportivo Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. If Team USA wins on Saturday, it will earn a spot in the gold medal game on Sunday.

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Team USA Earns Comeback Victory Over Venezuela

The U.S. walked-off Venezuela to earn first super round win
September 19, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
VEN 1 1 1 3 0 0 0 6 7 1
USA 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 7 6 2
Win: E. McElvain Loss: D. Gold Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | WBSC Qualifier Stats
 

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico - The 15U National Team earned its first super round win at the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier in walk-off fashion with a 7-6, seventh inning comeback victory over Venezuela on Thursday at Unidad Deportivo Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

Trailing 4-6 heading into the final frame, Team USA remained discipline at the plate and used a hit by pitch, a single, and a trio of walks to achieve the comeback. A bases-loaded walk to Bowen scored the winning run for the stars and stripes.

Joe Brown (Petaluma, Calif.) finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored to lead Team USA's offense in its win over Venezuela. Dylan Lina (Carson, Calif.), Aidan Miller (Trinity, Fla.), Karson Bowen (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) and Steven Milam (Las Cruces, N.M.) also collected hits in the game. 

Duke Ekstrom (San Diego, Calif.) got the start for Team USA on the mound and allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits while tossing three strikeouts in three innings of work. Spencer Butt (Davie, Fla.) came on in relief in the fourth inning and gave up three runs (one earned) on four hits before Ethan McElvain (Thompson's Station, Tenn.) took over in the seventh inning to toss one punchout and earn the win. The loss was attributed to Daniel Gold after he allowed the winning run to score on a walk. 

Key Moments
• Venezuela jumped out to an early lead in the contest after a two-out RBI-double made it 1-0 in the top of the first inning.
• Team USA scored three runs in the bottom frame courtesy of a Venezuela error, a Lina RBI-single and a passed ball, giving the U.S. a 3-1 advantage.
• An RBI-double and single in the second and third innings, respectively, tied the game at 3-3 for Venezuela.
• In the bottom of the third, Miller sent an RBI-double to left that score Brown and the U.S. retook the lead, 4-3.
• Venezuela earned its first lead of the game in the fourth inning with a pair of fielder's choices and an RBI-ground out to put the team up 6-4.
• Trailing by two runs, the U.S. loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh and mounted a comeback as three bases-loaded walks allowed the red, white and blue to walk-off the game with a 7-6 victory.

Notable Information
• Team USA improved to 6-0 overall in the tournament and currently holds a 3-0 record in super round action.
• McElvain (1-0) earned the win in his second appearance at the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier, striking out one in his lone inning of work.

Up Next
The USA Baseball 15U National Team will continue super round action as the No. 1 seed out of Group A at the 2019 COPABE U-15 Pan-American Championships on Friday, September 20 against Group B No. 1-seed Panama at 2 p.m. CT on Field One at Unidad Deportivo Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

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Team USA Defeats Mexico to go Undefeated in Pool Play

The U.S. earned the Group A No. 1 seed for Super Round action
September 17, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
USA 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 3 5 1
MEX 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 3 0
Win: M. Matthijs Loss: D. Castillo Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | WBSC Qualifier Stats
 

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mex - The 15U National team scored three runs on five hits to defeat Mexico, 3-1, and finish pool play with a perfect 5-0 record at the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier on Tuesday at Unidad Deportivo Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. 

Team USA will compete as the No. 1 seed out of Group A in the Super Round that begins on Thursday, September 19. 

The game was a defensive battle as Team USA stranded 12 Mexico base runners, including bases-loaded situations in the third, fourth and fifth innings. On the offensive side, five U.S. batters collected hits, including one RBI-double off the bat of Dylan Lina (Carson, Calif.) that put Team USA on the board in the third inning. 

Matthew Matthijs (Greenville, N.C.) started for the red, white and blue on the bump and put together 3.1 scoreless innings of work, surrendering just three hits with one punchout to earn the win. Ethan McElvain (Thompson's Station, Tenn.) and Luis Rodriguez (Long Beach, Calif.) came on in relief, combining to give up one run and tossing four strikeouts in the contest. 

Key Moments

• Team USA broke through in the top of the third inning when a Dylan Lina two-RBI double to center-field put the team up 2-0.
• A passed balled allowed Termarr Johnson (Atlanta, Ga.) to score after he singled to get on base earlier in the fifth inning, extending the U.S. lead to 3-0.
• Mexico used a walk, an error and a passed ball to move a runner around and score in the bottom of the fifth inning, for the final score of 3-1.

Notable Information

• Team USA finished pool play undefeated and will compete in the Super Round as the No. 1 seed from Group A.
• Matthew Matthijs earned the win after he tossed 3.1 scoreless innings to start the game.
• Termarr Johnson led the team through pool play action, hitting .500 (5-for-10) with a double, a triple and five stolen bases.

Up Next
The 15U National team will begin Super Round action as the No. 1 seed from Group A on Thursday, September 19 at 1 p.m. CT. Team USA's opponents will be determined on Tuesday evening after pool play has been completed.

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Team USA Comes From Behind to Defeat Dominican Republic

The U.S. scored 12 runs on nine hits to secure the victory
September 16, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
USA 1 3 0 2 2 3 1 12 9 2
DR 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 8 3
Win: L. Saloman Loss: X. Peralta Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | WBSC Qualifier Stats
 

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico - The 2019 15U National Team scored 12 runs on nine hits, including four with two outs, to come from behind and defeat the Dominican Republic 12-6 for its fourth win of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier on Monday at Unidad Deportivo Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. 

The stars and stripes were led at the plate by Termarr Johnson (Atlanta, Ga.), who went 3-for-3 with four runs scored. Additionally, Karson Bowen (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) had a solid day at the plate, going 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Four other members of Team USA collected hits, including Mikey Romero (Menifee, Calif.), Aidan Miller (Trinity, Ga.), Joe Brown (Petaluma, Calif.) and Steven Milam (Las Cruces, N.M.).

Brandon Olivera (Hialeah, Fla.) started on the mound for Team USA and threw 1.1 innings, allowing four hits and six runs (one earned) while striking out three. Logan Saloman (Chandler, Ariz.) came into the game in relief and earned the win after 5.2 innings of work in which he scattered four hits and struck out eight. The Dominican's Xavier Peralta, who allowed four runs on five hits in 2.1 innings, was tagged with the loss. 

Key Moments
• Team USA jumped out to an early lead in the contest after Johnson scored on a Romero groundout to make it 1-0 in the top of the first inning.
• Milam and Kai Caranto (Santa Clarita, Calif.) scored on a pair of errors and Johnson crossed the plate on a wild pitch in the top of the third to give Team USA a 4-0 lead.
• The Dominican Republic used back-to-back-back RBI-singles in the bottom of the second to tie the game at 4-4.
• The Dominican Republic took the lead in the bottom of the second when a passed ball and a groundout allowed two runs to score, making it 6-4.
• A Johnson RBI-single and Romero sac-fly tied the game at 6-6 in the top of the third inning.
• Bowen sent a two-RBI double through the left side to take back the lead for the U.S. in the top of the fifth inning, 8-6.
• Romero knocked a single through right side to extend the red, white and blue's lead to 9-6 in the top of the fifth inning.
• Dylan Lina (Carson, Calif.) grounded into a fielder's choice that allowed two runs to score and extended Team USA's lead to 11-6 in the top of the sixth inning.
• Bowen scored the final run for Team USA on a passed ball in the top of the seventh and Saloman collected all three outs from the mound in the bottom frame to give the U.S. a 12-6 win.

Notable Information
• Team USA improves to 4-0 in pool play at the 2019 WBSC U-15 Americas World Cup Qualifier.
• Termarr Johnson leads the offense through four games, batting .667 (4-for-6) with six runs, a double and a triple.
• Mikey Romero leads the team in RBIs in the tournament with seven.
• Logan Saloman (1-0) earned his first win of the qualifying event with his stellar 5.2 innings of work in which he tallied eight strikeouts white scattering four hits without allowing a run.
• Logan Saloman leads the Team USA pitching staff in the tournament with 11 strikeouts through 7.2 innings pitched.

Up Next
The 15U National Team finishes pool play at the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier on Tuesday, September 17 against Mexico at 10:30 a.m. CT on Field One Unidad Deportivo Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Both teams are currently undefeated in pool play action.

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Team USA Takes Down Colombia 11-4

Team USA clinches a spot in the Super Round with the win
September 15, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
USA 0 1 3 4 2 0 1 11 10 5
COL 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 4 6 4
Win: B. Barriera Loss: C. Babilonia Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | WBSC Qualifier Stats
 

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico - Ten hits by six batters powered the 15U National Team to an 11-4 defeat of Colombia in its third game of the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier on Sunday at Unidad Deportivo Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. The win clinches Team USA a spot in the Super Round that begins on Thursday, September 19.

Joe Brown (Petaluma, Calif.) led the offense, going 3-for-3, scoring one run and collecting two RBIs, while Dylan Lina (Carson, Calif.) tallied three RBIs on an inside-the-park home run in the fourth inning. Along with Brown and Lina, four other U.S. batters collected hits in the game, including Steven Milam (Las Cruces, N.M.), Mikey Romero (Menifee, Calif.), Nolan Schubart (Durand, Mich.) and Ben Reiland (Irvine, Calif.) 

Brandon Barriera (Coconut Creek, Fla.) started on the bump for the red, white and blue, and got the win, surrendering just two runs on four hits with six punchouts through five innings of work. Louis Rodriguez (Long Beach, Calif.) took over in the sixth and gave up two runs (one earned) on two hits and struck out two batters. Lina closed the game with a perfect seventh inning, striking out all three batters he faced. 

Key Moments

• Milam singled through the ride side to score Brown, who reached base on a single of his own, and gave the U.S. a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning.
• A Karson Bowen (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) sac-fly and a two RBI-single up the middle by Kai Caranto (Santa Clarita, Calif.) gave Team USA a 4-0 advantage in the top of the third inning.
• Milam scored on a throwing error in the top of the fourth inning to give the red, white and blue a 5-0 lead.
• Lina cleared the bases with a three-run inside-the-park home run in the top of the fourth inning to extend the U.S. lead to 8-0.
• An RBI-single and triple put Colombia on the board in the bottom of the fourth inning to make the score 8-2.
• Drew Burress (Perry, Ga.) crossed the plate on a Colombia error, giving the U.S. a 9-2 lead in the top of the fifth inning.
• Romero's RBI-single through the left side in the top of the fifth inning made it a 10-2 game.
• Colombia cut the lead to 10-4 in the top of the sixth inning with a two RBI-triple to center field.
• Schubart scored on an error by the left fielder in the top of the seventh inning and Lina sat all three Colombian batters down in the bottom frame to solidify Team USA's 11-4 win.

Notable Information

• With the win, Team USA is now 3-0 in pool play action at the 2019 WBSC Americas Qualifier and clinched a spot in the Super Round that begins on Thursday, September 19.
• Barriera (1-0) earned the win after giving up just two runs on four hits and striking out six batters in his first start of the tournament.
• Seven U.S. batters collected hits in the game, including Steven Milam (2-for-4, RBI), Mikey Romero (1-for-3, RBI), Nolan Schubart (2-for-3), Ben Reiland (1-for-2), Dylan Lina (1-for-4, three RBIs), and Joe Brown (3-for-3, two RBIs).

Up Next
The 15U National Team continues action at the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier on Monday, September 16 against Dominican Republic at 1 p.m. CT on Field One at Unidad Deprotivo Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. 

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Team USA Pitchers Throw Combined No-Hitter in 12-0 Win Over Honduras

The U.S. pitching staff struck out six batters in the game
September 14, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
HON 0 0 0 0 x x x 0 0 5
USA 8 0 4 x x x x 12 7 1
Win: S. Butt Loss: J. Padilla Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | WBSC Qualifier Stats
 

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico - Spencer Butt (Davie, Fla.) and Ethan McElvain (Thompson's Station, Tenn.) combined to throw a no-hitter in a 12-0 win over Honduras in the USA Baseball 15U National Team's second game of pool play at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier on Saturday at Unidad Deportivo Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

Butt (1-0) tossed three solid innings of baseball, starting on the mound and striking out four batters in his winning performance. McElvain stepped on the rubber in the fourth inning, struck out two batters and secured the no-no with a 1-3 putout to Nolan Schubart (Durand, Mich.).

Five U.S. batters collected hits in the game, including Termarr Johnson (Atlanta, Ga.), Mikey Romero (Menifee, Calif.), Dylan Lina (Carson, Calif.), Aidan Miller (Trinity, Fla.) and Kai Caranto (Santa Clarita, Calif.). Caranto led the team offensively, going 2-for-2, scoring two runs and knocking in two RBIs. 

Key Moments
• Romero sent an RBI-single through the right side to score Drew Burress (Perry, Ga.), who came in to pinch run for Johnson after he hit a lead-off double, giving the U.S. a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first.
• A pair of walks then loaded the bases for Team USA before an error and a passed ball made the score 3-0 in the bottom of the first inning.
• Joe Brown (Petaluma, Calif.) gave the U.S. a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning with a sac-fly to right.
• Caranto's first hit of the day came in the form of a two RBI-double to left center, giving the red, white and blue a 6-0 advantage in the bottom of the first inning.
• An error allowed Caranto to cross the plate in the bottom of the first inning, making the score 7-0 in favor of the U.S.
• The first inning ended with Team USA leading 8-0 courtesy of a Burress sac-fly.
• Caranto scored on a passed ball in the bottom of the third inning to give the red, white and blue a 9-0 lead.
• Sac-flies by Ben Reiland (Irvine, Calif.) and Schubart gave the U.S. an 11-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning.
• Miller sent a single through the left side to score Lina in the bottom of the third and gave Team USA a 12-0 win.

Notable Information
• Spencer Butt (1-0) started on the mound and struck out four batters in his winning performance.
• Ethan McElvain came in as relief in the fourth inning and strike out two batters to complete the no-hitter for the Team USA pitching staff.
• Five U.S. batters collected hits in the game, including Termarr Johnson (1-for-1), Mikey Romero (2-for-2, RBI), Dylan Lina (1-for-2), Aidan Miller (1-for-3, RBI) and Kai Caranto (2-for-2, two RBIs).
• Mikey Romero and Kai Caranto are leading Team USA offensively through two games, going 3-for-6 and 2-for-4, respectively. Romero has one double and three RBIs while Caranto has two doubles and two RBIs.

Up Next
The USA Baseball 15U National Team will continue action at the 2019 WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier on Sunday, September 15 against Columbia at 1 p.m. CT on Field One at Unidad Deportivo Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. A win in game three will automatically qualify Team USA for the Super Round beginning on Thursday, September 19.

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Team USA Opens Tournament With 5-1 Win Over Brazil

September 13, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
BRA 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 4 3
USA 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 5 2 2
Win: D. Ekstrom Loss: G. Macena Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | WBSC Qualifier Stats
 

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico - Strong performances on the mound by Duke Ekstrom (San Diego, Calif.) and Logan Saloman (Chandler, Ariz.) led the USA Baseball 15U National Team to a 5-1 victory over Brazil in its first game at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier on Friday at Unidad Deportiva Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. 

Ekstrom started on the bump for Team USA, giving up one run (unearned) on just three hits while striking out five batters in his five-inning, winning performance. Saloman (Chandler, Ariz.) came on in relief, tallying three strikeouts and allowing one hit in his two innings of work. 

Mikey Romero (Menifee, Calif) led the team offensively, going 1-for-4 with a two-RBI double in the second inning.

Key Moments
• Termarr Johnson (Atlanta, Ga.) walked to lead off the bottom of the first inning and scored on a sac-fly by Shubart to put the U.S. up 1-0.
• With the bases loaded, Mikey Romero sent a two-RBI double to left field to give Team USA a 3-0 advantage in the bottom of the second inning.
• A Brazilian error allowed two U.S. runs to score in the bottom of the second inning, extending the U.S. lead to 5-0.
• Brazil used a Team USA error to load the bases in the top of the third inning and a single to left field scored a run, making the score 5-1.
• Aidan Miller (Trinity, Fla.) made the final out with a catch in right field in the top of the seventh inning to solidify the 5-1 win for Team USA.

Notable Information
• Duke Ekstrom (1-0) struck out five batters in his winning performance over Brazil.
• Mikey Romero led the team offensively, going 1-for-4, with a two-RBI double.
• The U.S. stole six bases in the game, led by Termarr Johnson and Karson Bowen (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) with two stolen bases each.

Up Next

The USA Baseball 15U National Team will continue action at the 2019 WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier on Saturday, September 14 against Honduras at 8 a.m. CT on Field Two at Unidad Deportivo Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

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USA Baseball Announces 2019 NTIS Selections

A total of 72 athletes were selected for 2020 national team programming from the 2019 NTIS
September 10, 2019

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced the 72 athletes selected from the 2019 National Team Identification Series (NTIS) for its 2020 national team programming on Tuesday, following the completion of the NTIS Champions Cup that was held at the National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, from August 7-25. The announcement was first made on the annual USA Baseball NTIS Selection Show, which can be found on USABaseball.com and the organization's YouTube channel, USABaseballTV.

The NTIS is USA Baseball's most comprehensive player identification program and includes six age groups ranging from 11U-16U. Under the direction of USA Baseball Regional Directors, tryouts are held in every region of the country for athletes to be identified and selected for their region teams, and invited to the NTIS Champions Cup in Cary, North Carolina.

The 2019 NTIS Champions Cup featured over 1,200 of the nation's best players competing in 144 games, as well as skill testing and on-field evaluations run by USA Baseball Task Force and national team coaches.

"We are thrilled to announce the seventy-two athletes who have been selected out of our National Team Identification Series for next year's national team programs," said USA Baseball Assistant Director of Baseball Operations and NTIS Champions Cup Tournament Director Ann Claire Roberson. "The talent level on display during the Champions Cup in Cary this year was exceptional and it made the selection process very difficult for our task force members and our national team program directors."

Twelve athletes from each age group were invited to compete in the following year's age-appropriate national team programming events, including the 2020 12U National Team Trials, the 2020 13U Athlete Development Program, the 2020 14U National Team Development Program (NTDP), the 2020 15U National Team Trials, the 2020 16U NTDP and the 2020 17U NTDP.

In total, the 72 athletes selected are from twenty-three different states and all six regions from across the U.S.

The 2019 National Team Identification Series selections are as follows:

Name; Position; Hometown; Region

2020 12U National Team Trials Invitees:
(from 11U NTIS)
Lincoln Boyle; RHP/IF; Overland Park, Kan.; Midwest
Cole Dennis; C/IF; Acworth, Ga.; Southeast
Grady Emerson; IF/RHP; Trophy Club, Texas; South
Andruw Giles; OF/LHP; Henderson, Nev.; Southwest
Archer Horn; RHP/IF; San Manteo, Calif.; Northwest
Dylan Kemp; OF/IF; Tustin, Calif.; Southwest
Dylan Minnatee; IF/LHP; Elk Grove, Calif.; Northwest
Josiah Morris; C/IF; Oakley, Calif.; Northwest
Kevin Roberts Jr.; IF/RHP; Bailey, Miss.; South
Logan Schmidt; LHP/OF; Villa Park, Calif.; Southwest
Dylan Seward; IF/OF; Eastvale, Calif.; Southwest
Tavis Honeycutt; IF/RHP; Newberry, Fla.; Southwest

2020 13U Athlete Development Program invitees:
(from 12U NTIS)
Chase Bentley; RHP/IF; Granite Bay, Calif.; Northwest
Cade Colombara; OF/RHP; Woodland, Calif.; Northwest
Jesse Del Toro; RHP/IF; Modesto, Calif.; Northwest
Cesar Gonzalez; IF/RHP; Hillsboro, Ore.; Northwest
Dane Perry; RHP/OF; Friendswood, Texas; South
James Rice; OF/RHP; New York, N.Y.; Northeast
Nick Richardson; OF/LHP; Bremen, Ga.; Southeast
Isaac Rojas; RHP/IF; Riverside, Calif.; Southwest
Brandon Santiso; C/RHP; Miami Gardens, Fla.; Southeast
Rookie Shepard; IF/C; North Las Vegas, Nev.; Southwest
John Short; RHP/C; Anaheim, Calif.; Southwest
Nikko Taylor; IF/RHP; El Sobrante, Calif.; Northwest

2020 14U National Team Development Program invitees:
(from 13U NTIS)
Conner Barth; IF/C; Antelope, Calif.; Northwest
Tristan Bristow; RHP/OF; Helotes, Texas; South
Samuel Cozart; RHP/IF; High Point, N.C.; Southeast
Konnor Griffin; OF/IF; Florence, Miss.; Southeast
Aidan Hall; IF/RHP; Galt, Calif.; Northwest
Kailand Halstead; C/IF; Aberdeen, Wash.; Northwest
Kaohu Kawelu; IF; Hilo, Hawaii; Southwest
Boston Kellner; RHP/OF; Woodbury, Minn.; Midwest
Maximo Martinez; IF/OF; Hawthorne, Calif.; Southwest
Dean Moss; IF/RHP; Atherton, Calif.; Northwest
Brady Strohm; IF/RHP; Winchester, Calif.; Southwest
Jeremiah Vargas; OF/IF; Lemon Grove, Calif.; Southwest

2020 15U National Team Trials invitees:
(from 14U NTIS)
Danny Arambula; IF/OF; Redlands, Calif.; Southwest
Matthew Champion; IF/RHP; Fontana, Calif.; Southwest
Cooper Cohn; C/IF; McHenry, Ill.; Midwest
Sebastian David; IF/RHP; Medina, Wash.; Northwest
Hayden Federico; IF/C; West Monroe, Texas; South
Theodore Gillen; IF/RHP; Austin, Texas; South
Brandon Luu; IF/LHP; Irvine, Calif.; Southwest
Ethan Martinez; IF/LHP; Fort Worth, Texas; South
Andre Modugno; IF/OF; Upper Saddle River, N.J.; Northeast
Chris Newstrom; C/IF; Anthem, Ariz.; Southwest
Brett Renfrow; OF/RHP; Manassas, Va.; Northeast
Christian Rodriguez; OF/RHP; Coral Springs, Fla.; Southeast

2020 16U National Team Development Program invitees:
(from 15U NTIS)
Nathan Aguilar; IF; Torrance, Calif.; Southeast
Mason Balsis; C/OF; Bristow, Va.; Southeast
Darryl Dilworth II; OF/IF; Fairfield, Calif.; Northwest
Max Eichenberger; C/RHP; Canton, Ga.; Southeast
Jacob Hudson; RHP/OF; Scotts Valley, Calif.; Northwest
Cameron Kim; IF/OF; Jurupa Valley, Calif.; Southwest
Jonathan Kim; OF; Brookfield, Wis.; Midwest
Xaige Lancaster; IF/OF; Hilo, Hawaii; Southwest
Cooper Milford; OF/RHP; Cumming, Ga.; Southeast
Cayden Munster; IF/OF; Fresno, Calif.; Northwest
Jackson Pace; RHP/IF; Hollister, Calif.; Northwest
Griffin Stieg; OF/RHP; McLean, Va.; Southeast

2020 17U National Team Development Program invitees:
(from 16U NTIS)
Ivan Arias; IF; Boston, Mass.; Northeast
Kyle Ayers; OF/RHP; Sherman Oaks, Calif.; Southwest
Zachary Crotchfelt; LHP/OF; Jackson, N.J.; Northeast
Dallas Dale II; OF; Windermere, Fla.; Southeast
Korbyn Dickerson; OF/RHP; Jeffersonville, Ind.; Midwest
Aiden Fancher; OF/IF; Louisville, Miss.; Southeast
Braedon Karpathios; LHP/IF; Willow Street, Pa.; Northeast
Chase Petty; RHP/IF; Somers Point, N.J.; Northeast
Jack Reynolds; IF/RHP; Columbia, S.C.; Southeast
Brandon Rogers; OF/IF; Chicago, Ill.; Midwest
Justin West; LHP/IF; Paducah, Ky.; Midwest
Jett Williams; IF/RHP; Heath, Texas; South

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