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14U Champs

Martinez Player of the Day, Harbert Pitcher of the Day

June 29, 2018

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla.- Amai Martinez was named the Player of the Day at the USA Baseball 14U National Team Championships in Florida on Friday. Martinez of Kangaroo Court Roos 14U was 3-for-3 with a double, a triple and two runs batted in. He also earned the win on the mound in an 8-0 victory.

Christopher Harbert of Team Brave was named the Pitcher of the Day. Harbert threw five complete innings allowing two hits with seven strikeouts on the day.

Honorable Mentions:
-Matthew Ossenfort (Team Freedom) 3-3, 2 RBI
-Agard (NCTB Alpha Dogs) 3-3, 2B, 2 RBI
-Giovanni Suarez (Kangaroo Court Roos 14U) 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R/0 ER, 3K
-Meza (Citius-Washington) 3-3, 2 SB, SB
-Jaque Stewart (Sandcrabs Bsaeball) 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R/1 ER, 6K

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16U Champs
Nat'l Team Champs

Rao and Loa Named Player and Pitcher of the Day on Monday

June 24, 2019

West Palm Beach, Fla. - FTB55 2021's Santino Rao is Monday's Player of the Day at the National Team Championships in Florida. The first baseman went 2-for-3, with two doubles and a run. He also led his team in RBIs with three in their 13-1 win versus Next Level 2021.

Victor Loa of Bandito Scout was named the Pitcher of the Day for his no-hit performance against Richmond Braves 16U, ensuring a 7-0 win that advanced the team to tomorrow's semifinals. Loa walked only two batters and struck out a total of 14 throughout the game.

Honorable Mentions

- EH Brad Lang (Slammers Bauer): 2-for-4, 2B, 3B, 2 R, 3 RBI

- P Brady Garcia (FTB55 2021): 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R/0 ER, 3 BB, 6 K

- P Jack Cebert (FTB55 2021): 4 IP, 2 H, 1 R/0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K

- DH Nick Bitsko (Team Freedom): 1-for-3, HR, R, 5 RBI (grand slam)

- P Philip Abner (Team Freedom): 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R/0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K

- RF Sam Gonzalez (5 Star National Gilbert): 2-for-2, 2B, BB, 2 R, RBI

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16U Champs
Nat'l Team Champs

FTB55 2021 Wins 4-3 Over CBA Texas to Advance to Quarterfinals

June 24, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
CBTX 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 4 0
FTB 0 1 1 0 2 0 X 4 11 0
Win: B. Garcia Loss: J. Branch Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play
 

Jupiter, Fla. - FTB55 2021 held on through a seventh-inning effort by CBA Texas and won Monday's Game of the Day 4-3 to advance to the quarterfinals at the National Team Championships in Florida.

FTB was the first team to cross the plate in the round of 12 matchup, taking a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning after Hector Mangual (2-for-3) hit a home run to left field.

Sean Ambrose (1-for-2) drew a one-out walk in the third inning then advanced to second base on a balk by the CBA pitcher to put FTB in scoring position. A double from Jaime Ferrer (2-for-2) scored Ambrose to increase FTB's lead to 2-0.

FTB added two more runs to their lead in the fifth when Gregorio Campos (1-for-2) scored Edwin Arroyo (0-for-3) on a sacrifice fly and Ferrer brought Ambrose home on a single to left field.

CBA Texas showed out in the top of the seventh inning and scored three runs to avoid the shutout. Eric Garcia (0-for-0) drew a leadoff walk and came home when Tyeler Reed (1-for-3) hit a triple. Reed scored right after on a single from Juan Hernandez (1-for-2). The final run brought Hernandez home on a sacrifice fly from Jack Steffe (0-for-2) after a single advanced him to second and he stole third. A strikeout ended the game with CBA one run away.

Brady Garcia (1-0) got the win for FTB55 2021, throwing for no runs on one hit and striking out six batters. The loss went to CBA Texas' Jalen Branch who tossed for four runs on 10 hits and two strikeouts in his five innings on the mound.

FTB55 2021 advanced to 5-1 and clenched a spot in the quarterfinals. They will play Next Level 2021 for a shot at the semifinals.

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16U Champs
Nat'l Team Champs

Bello, Bitsko Named Player, Pitcher of the Day for June 23

June 23, 2019

West Palm Beach, Fla. - The Player of the Day title at the National Team Championships in Florida goes to center fielder Mike Bello of CBA Texas. Bello hit 2-for-2 with two doubles, a run, two walks, an RBI and a stolen base, helping his team to a 9-9 tie against Florida Pokers Underclass Navy powered by Mizuno.

Nick Bitsko of Team Freedom has been named the Pitcher of the Day. Bitsko got the start on the mound in Team Freedom's 2-0 win versus Mets Scout Team Marucci, pitching three perfect innings. He threw for no runs on no hits, no walks and nine strikeouts, striking out every batter he faced.

Honorable Mentions

- P Carter Holodnak (Stars Baseball): 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R/0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K

- 1B Malachi Lott (Bandito Scout): 2-for-2, 2 R, 2 RBI, 3 SB

- C Marqez Chavez (5 Star 16U Blackie/Boz): 2-for-2, 2 2B, BB, R, RBI

- SS Preston Herce (CBA Texas): 3-for-5, 2 2B, 3 R, 1 RBI

- P Samuel Dutton (DreamChasers Academy): 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R/0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K

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16U Champs
Nat'l Team Champs

Bandito Scout Dominated in 12-0 Victory Over 5 Star 16U McCranie/Kellum

June 23, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
BNDT 7 2 3 0 X X X 12 11 0
5STR 0 0 0 0 X X X 0 2 1
Win: J. Rizzo Loss: CJ Collins Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play
 

West Palm Beach, Fla. - Bandito Scout dominated gameplay in a 12-0 victory over 5 Star 16U McCranie/Kellum at the National Team Championships in Florida on Sunday morning.

Bandito became friendly with home plate early on, scoring seven of the 12 runs in the top of the first inning. Evan Maldonado (2-for-3) reached base first, hitting a two-out triple to left field then scored on a single from Trey Rucker (2-for-3). Rucker stole both second and third base and scored when Malachi Lott (2-for-2) hit a single of his own to center.

The next five runs came home with Bandito taking advantage of a total of six walks, one hit-by-pitch, one passed ball and one wild pitch.

Bandito scored two more runs in the top of the second inning thanks to three singles and a sacrifice fly that brought Rucker and Lott home to give them a 9-0 lead.

The top of the third inning brought the final three runs of the game. John Rizzo (0-for-0) drew a leadoff walk and was joined on base when Brandon Burckel (0-for-2) reached on a 5 Star error. A pair of singles from Austin Stracener (1-for-3) and Maldonado scored Rizzo and Jacob Guzman, who came into the game to run for Burckel. The final run brought Maldonado home on a sacrifice fly from Lott.

Codey Eicher (1-for-1) and Paul Roberts (1-for-1) both tallied one single each for 5 Star.

John Rizzo (1-0) got the win for Bandito Scout, throwing for no runs on no hits and three strikeouts during his two innings on the mound. The loss went to 5 Star 16U McCranie/Kellum's CJ Collins (0-1) for tossing four runs on three hits and no strikeouts during 0.2 innings.

The game ended after four innings. Bandito Scout advances to 4-1 for the tournament and 5 Star 16U McCranie/Kellum falls to 0-4-1 heading into Monday's start of bracket play.

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16U Champs
Nat'l Team Champs

Yager, Pirela Named Player, Pitcher of the Day on June 22

June 22, 2019

West Palm Beach, Fla. - Team Freedom left fielder Jacob Yager has been named the Player of the Day for Saturday at the National Team Championships in Florida. Yager hit 2-for-2 with a home run, double, two runs and tallied three RBIs in Team Freedom's effort against Dallas Tigers 2022 - Polk.

Rodrigo Pirela of Elev8 Select received the Pitcher of the Day title for his performance in their game versus Columbus HS 16U that ended in a 2-2 tie. In six innings on the mound, Pirela threw for only one run on one hit and struck out a total of 11 batters.

Honorable Mentions

- SS Austin Stracener (FTB Rockets 16U): 2-for-4, 2 3B, 2 R, 3 RBI

- P Austin Trumpour (FTB Rockets 16U): 7 IP, 2 H, 1 R/0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K

- LF Bryce Suters (Richmond Braves 16U): 2-for-2, 2B, 2 R, RBI, SB

- SS Jordan Lawlar (Dallas Tigers 2022 - Polk) 1-for-2, HR, BB, 2 R, 3 RBI

- Combined One-Hitter (Next Level 2021): P Nicholas Fraginals (3 IP, 0 H, 1 R/0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) / P Juhlien Gonzalez (4 IP, 1 H, 1 R/0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K)

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16U Champs
Nat'l Team Champs

FTB55 2021 Gets a Run-Rule Victory Over Slammers Bauer

June 22, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
SLMR 0 0 0 0 0 0 X 0 4 7
FTB 1 1 2 0 2 2 X 8 3 1
Win: Z. Perry Loss: G. White Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play
 

Jupiter, Fla. - Saturday's Game of the Day at the National Team Championships in Florida ended in run-rule fashion after six innings of play with FTB55 2021 getting an 8-0 win over Slammers Bauer.

FTB55's first run came early in the bottom of the first inning. A pair of Slammers errors allowed Edwin Arroyo (0-for-3) and Sean Ambrose (1-for-3) to get on the corners for FTB55. Arroyo came home on a sacrifice fly from Jamie Ferrer (0-for-0) to take a 1-0 lead.

A second run came in the second inning after Matthew Prevesk (0-for-1) drew a walk, advanced to third on a line out and scored on a double from Hector Mangual (1-for-2).

The third inning brought two more runs for FTB55. Gregorio Campos (0-for-2) reached first on a Slammers error and advanced to second when Ferrer drew a walk. A wild pitch advanced both runners to put them in scoring position. Santino Rao (0-for-2) grounded out and scored Campos and Ferrer followed, scoring on an error to increase FTB55's lead to 4-0.

Arroyo kept it going for FTB55 in the bottom of the fifth inning, drawing a walk, advancing to second on a wild pitch, stealing third and scoring on a sacrifice bunt from Ambrose. A pair of hits-by-pitch and a passed ball put Campos on third base. He then came home on a sacrifice fly from Rao to put FTB55 up 6-0.

The final two runs came in the bottom of the sixth inning after a walk, hit-by-pitch and single load the bases. A single from Ambrose scored both Hector Mangual (1-for-2) and Garrett Brewer (0-for-0) to secure the run-rule win for FTB55 2021.

Tanner Meyn (2-for-3) and Mason Woodhouse (2-for-3) led Slammers behind the plate with two singles each.

Zaylen Perry (1-0) got the win for FTB55, throwing for no runs on three hits and striking out five batters over his four innings. Slammers Bauer's Gavin White (0-1) took the loss with six runs on one hit and two strikeouts over 4.1 innings.

FTB55 2021 advances to 3-1 for the tournament while Slammers Bauer falls 0-4.

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16U Champs
Nat'l Team Champs

Pair of DreamChasers Academy Players Named Player, Pitcher of the Day

June 21, 2019

West Palm Beach, Fla. - The Player and Pitcher of the Day titles on Friday at the National Team Championships in Florida both go to athletes from DreamChasers Academy. Catcher Christopher Katz was named Player of the Day and Irving Carter, Pitcher of the Day for their performances in the 10-0 win versus 5 Star National Gilbert.

Katz went 3-for-3, including a homer to left field. He also tallied three runs, three RBIs and a stolen base. Carter threw four scoreless innings with just two hits and eight strikeouts.

Honorable Mentions

- SS Bryan Biasioli (Boca Thunder): 2-for-3, 3B, 2B, 2 R, RBI, BB, SB

- P Dominic Williams - 5.1 IP, 1 H, 3 R/3 ER, 3 BB, 12 K

- P Jack Cebert (FTB55 2021): 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R/0 ER, 7 K

- SS Preston Herce (3-for-3, 2B, 2 R, SB

- P Trevor Scott (FTB Rockets 16U): 3.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R/0 ER, 6 K

- EH Treyson Hughes (5 Star National Burress): 3-for-4, 3B, 2B, R, 3 RBIs

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16U Champs
Nat'l Team Champs

Dallas Tigers 2022 - Polk Shuts Out DreamChasers Academy in Defensive Battle

June 21, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
DLST 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 5 1
DRMC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1
Win: J. Thomas Loss: N. Kurtz Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play
 

Jupiter, Fla. - Dallas Tigers 2022 - Polk came out with a 2-0 win in a defensive battle versus DreamChasers Academy in Friday's Game of the Day at the National Team Championships in Florida.

Both teams were held scoreless until the top of the fourth inning when Dallas Tigers scored two to take the lead. Jayson Jones (1-for-3) hit a leadoff single but was tagged out advancing to second while Trenton Shaw (1-for-3) reached first on a fielder's choice. Shaw advanced to third on a single from Jordan Lawler (1-for-3) and went on to score on a wild pitch. A sacrifice fly from Walker Polk (0-for-2) brought Lawler home for the second run.

The rest of the game saw only two hits, both coming from DreamChasers in the bottom of the seventh. Ryan Spikes (1-for-3) and Josh Hartle (1-for-3) hit back-to-back singles before a walk loaded the bases, but DreamChasers couldn't bring a runner home.

Jared Thomas (1-0) got the win for Dallas Tigers, pitching five innings with zero runs on two hits. The loss went to DreamChasers' Nick Kurtz (0-1), who threw for two runs on five hits with one strikeout.

Dallas Tigers 2022 - Polk advanced to 3-0 in the tournament to be one of the four remaining undefeated teams going into tomorrow's third day of pool play.

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16U Champs
Nat'l Team Champs

Player and Co-Pitchers of the Day Named for First Day of 16U Action

June 21, 2019

West Palm Beach, Fla. - First baseman Aiden Mastantuno of 5 Star National Burress has earned the first Player of the Day title at the 16U National Team Championships in Florida. Mastantuno hit 2-for-3 with a double, two runs, four RBIs and a three-run home run during his team's 14-5 win over Orlando Reds 16U.

CJ Collins of 5 Star 16U McCranie/Kellum and Bradley Hernandez of Team Siege Prospects 2021 were named co-Pitchers of the Day. The two helped their teams hold the other to one run, with the game ending in a 1-1 tie. Collins threw for a shutout with four hits scattered in his five innings on the mound and struck out one batter. Hernandez threw a perfect three innings with no runs on no hits and three strikeouts.

Honorable Mentions

- P Chris Moore (DreamChasers Academy): 4 IP, 2 H, 1 R/1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K

- 2B Daniel Martinez (Mets Scout Team Marucci): 4-for-4, 2 2B, R, RBI

- CF Ethan Campbell (5 Star National Burress): 2-for-2, 2B, 2 R, RBI, 3 SB

- DH Joshua Heath (Keystone War Eagles): 1-for-2, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB

- P Sebastian Garrido (Elev8 Select): 5 IP, 1 H, 1 R/1 ER, 5 BB, 4 K

- DH Troy McGirt (DreamChasers Academy): 2-for-4, 2 2B, R, 2 RBI

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16U Champs
Nat'l Team Champs

Richmond Braves 16U National, Elev8 Select Tie on First Day of Pool Play

June 20, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
RCHM 0 0 0 0 1 2 3 6 6 3
ELVS 2 1 2 0 1 0 0 6 7 5
Win: None Loss: None Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play
 

West Palm Beach, Fla. - Richmond Braves 16U National and Elev8 Select both had strong showings during their matchup on the first day of the 16U 2019 National Team Championships in Florida, resulting in a 6-6 tie.

Elev8 Select struck first when Rene Lastres (1-for-3) blasted a two-run home run to left field to put Elev8 up 2-0 in the bottom of the first inning. A third run came in the second inning after Fabio Ferrer (1-for-1) drew a walk, advanced to third on a Richmond error and scored on a single from Brady Strelitz (1-for-3).

The runs kept coming for Elev8 Select, with two more in the third inning. A single from Cristian Perello (1-for-4) put him on base and a balk by the pitcher moved him into scoring position. Carlos Rey (1-for-2) singled to bring Perello home and put himself on first with one out. Rey advanced to second base on a wild pitch, stole third and scored on a Richmond error to increase Elev8's lead to 5-0.

Richmond Braves 16U National plated a run of its own in the top of the fifth inning. Jaron McNeil (0-for-1) drew a leadoff walk and advanced to second on a groundout. McNeil scored on a double from Witt Scafidi (2-for-3), making the score 5-1.

Elev8 Select responded when Rey reached base on a Richmond error then stole second and home, regaining a five-run lead.

The top of the sixth inning brought two runs for Richmond, one by Tristan Shoemaker (1-for-3) on an Elev8 error and the other by Elijah Lambros (1-for-4) on a groundout from Kyle Fields (0-for-3).

Richmond tied the game at six in the seventh inning after an Elev8 error and pair of singles scored Cameron Murray (0-for-2) with runners on the corners then a stolen base by Bryce Suters (1-for-4) and double from Shoemaker scored both Scafidi and Suters.

Sebastian Garrido got the start and the most time on the mound for Elev8 Select, pitching for five innings. In his time, he threw for one run on one hit and struck out four batters. Ethan Ketron started for Richmond Braves 16U National and had five runs on four hits with two strikeouts in his 2.1 innings.

The game ended in a 6-6 tie due to the time limit at the National Team Championships in Florida. Both teams will head into the second day of gameplay with a 0-0-1 record.

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