Orange Lutheran Repeats as National High School Invitational Champions

March 31, 2018

Day Four Round Up

CARY, N.C. - Orange Lutheran High School (Orange, Calif.) scored all nine of its runs in the final four innings and received clutch performances from Evan Adolphus and Cole Winn to repeat as the USA Baseball National High School Invitational (NHSI) champions, defeating Green Hope High School (Cary, N.C.), 9-3, on Saturday at Coleman Field.

Orange Lutheran (4-0) is the second school in NHSI history to repeat as champions (Mater Dei 2012, 2013) and the state of California has claimed six of the seven titles total.

"What a great day. What a great week. It has been a fun ride," said Orange Lutheran Head Coach, Eric Borba. "First off, hats off to Green Hope. They had an amazing week and put up a heck of a fight. We knew it wasn't going to be easy. I'll tell you what, those guys play the game the right way."

Both teams' pitchers struggled early, both allowing a leadoff walk on four-straight pitches to start the game but settled down to hold a 0-0 tie after three full innings.

With Jasiah Dixon on first base, Cole Winn roped an RBI-double to left field to plate the first run of the championship game in the top of the fourth inning. Max Rajcic was hit by a pitch in the next at-bat to put runners on first and second with one out and Adolphus followed with an RBI-single to left to score Winn. The Green Hope left fielder overthrew the third baseman on the same play and allowed Rajcic to cross the plate, extending the Lancers lead to 3-0. Orange Lutheran pushed its lead to five later that inning with two RBI-singles by Carl Lawson and Caleb Ricketts.

The Lancers picked up another run in the fifth inning after an early-break steal by Rajcic pulled the Falcons shortstop out of position and allowed Adolphus to pick up his second RBI with a single through the left side.

Green Hope would cut its deficit in half in the bottom half of the fifth, however; picking up its offense with three consecutive hits to start the inning, including an RBI-double by Johnny Ankner. With one out in the inning, Kevin Pitarra dropped in an RBI-single to left field to score Joseph Nunn, and Connor Knapp followed with an RBI fielder's choice that scored Ankner and put the Falcons within three.

But, Orange Lutheran's offense was too much for Green Hope to stymie. A two-RBI double by Winn in the ninth and Adolphus' third RBI-single of the day extended its lead back to six and the Lancers would celebrate winning its second straight NHSI championship.

"It was an awesome experience being here. USA Baseball does a tremendous job with this event. To be able to take home this trophy for the second year is an awesome feeling. I can't even describe it," Borba continued.

Adolphus and Winn led the charge offensively for the Lancers, tallying five of the team's nine hits and six of its RBIs. Knapp finished the day 2-for-3 with an RBI for the Falcons.

Lonnie Morris picked up the victory on the mound, giving up three earned runs and tallying two strikeouts in four innings. Elmo Arimurti was tagged with the loss for Green Hope.

Green Hope became the first-ever school from North Carolina to advance into the finals at the NHSI, in addition to being the only North Carolina school to ever advance past its opening game. The Falcons finished the tournament with a 3-1 record.

"We came up a little short. Obviously, it was a good week for us. We had to play probably near-perfect baseball today to beat these guys. They're obviously a really impressive team up and down their lineup," said Green Hope Head Coach, Mike Miragliuolo. "[Advancing to the finals] maybe puts things into perspective where some of the teams in North Carolina can say 'if they can do it, we can too'. So hopefully it keeps things moving forward [for North Carolina teams]."

The NHSI is presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance and the Town of Cary. The event brings together sixteen of the top prep teams in the country to compete against each other in what has become the premier event on the high school baseball calendar.

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U.S. to Battle Japan in Tokyo Dome on Tuesday

November 11, 2019
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USA - - - - - - - - - - - -
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USA Starting Pitcher: RHP Penn Murfee
JPN Starting Pitcher: RHP Rei Takahashi

TOKYO -- The USA Baseball Professional National Team will battle Japan in the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Premier12 Super Round on Tuesday, November 12 at the Tokyo Dome. First pitch is slated for 5 a.m. ET and right-handed pitcher Penn Murfee will take the mound for the red, white and blue.

The Premier12 is the first opportunity for USA Baseball to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. In order to qualify out of this event, the stars and stripes must be the highest placing team from the Americas region at the completion of the tournament. Mexico and the U.S. are the only two remaining Americas countries remaining in the competition.

The No. 2 ranked United States is joined by No. 1 Japan, No. 3 Korea, No. 4 Chinese Taipei, No. 6 Mexico and No. 7 Australia in the Super Round and will play all of the teams in a round robin, excluding Mexico, who takes a 1-0 record into the Super Round after winning Group A over the U.S. in Guadalajara. The bronze medal and gold medal games will be played on Sunday, November 17.

Stay tuned to for all of the latest news, previews and recaps from the Premier12.

All Premier12 games will be streamed live on the WBSC's Facebook page: Fans can also follow along via live stats here.

Fans and media are encouraged to follow @USABaseball on Twitter for the most up-to-date information for the team, including daily game notes, recaps, live scoring, and behind-the-scenes content. For complete event coverage, follow @WBSC and/or @Premier12 on Twitter.

Followers are encouraged to use USA Baseball's official hashtag, #ForGlory, during the event.

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USA Drops Super Round Opener to Korea 5-1

Brent Rooker hits his second homer of the tournament in the top of the sixth inning
November 10, 2019
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USA 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 13 0
KOR 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 X 5 9 1
WP: Yang Hyeonjong LP: Cody Ponce
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TOKYO -- Brent Rooker hit a solo home run in the top of the sixth inning but it was all the offense Team USA could piece together as the red, white and blue fell to Korea, 5-1, at the Tokyo Dome in its opening game of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Premier12 Super Round.

With the loss, the U.S. moves to 2-2 overall in the Premier12 and holds an 0-2 record in the Super Round.

The U.S. loaded the bases in the first inning with one out thanks to a double by Alec Bohm, a walk to Bobby Dalbec and a single by Andrew Vaughn, but two strikeouts from Korea starting pitcher Heonjong Yang ended the early threat. This would be the story of the night for Team USA as they outhit Korea in the game - holding an 13-9 advantage - but could not come up with the clutch hit with runners on base.

The stars and stripes put runners in scoring position again in the third, fourth, fifth, eighth and ninth innings, but Rooker's solo home run in the top of the sixth inning was all the scoring for the red, white and blue on the night. In total, the U.S. left 14 runners on base.

Team USA gave up three runs in the first inning on a three-run home run by Jaehwan Kim to fall behind 3-0 after one complete and Korea picked up two insurance runs on back-to-back RBI-doubles in the bottom of the seventh inning.

U.S. starter Cody Ponce (1-1) gave up three runs in his 3.1 innings of work on the mound and suffered the loss. Clayton Andrews was the first arm out of the pen and shut down the Korea offense in the bottom of the fourth and fifth innings, striking out two batters.

Brian Flynn pitched an inning of scoreless relief before Wyatt Mills came in and surrendered a pair of runs in 0.2 innings of work. Caleb Thielbar and Brooks Pounders also pitched in relief for Team USA, giving up just one hit and striking out two collectively. Korea's starter, Yang, got the win (2-0).

Jo Adell and Vaughn both tallied three hits on the day for the offense, finishing 3-for-5 and 3-for-4, respectively. CJ Chatham also contributed multiple hits in the game, finishing 2-for-4 in the nine-spot.

Team USA will face Japan (4-0; 2-0) in the Tokyo Dome on Tuesday, November 12 at 5 a.m. ET (7 p.m. local). Tanner Houck will get the start on the mound for the stars and stripes.

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USA Downs Dominican Republic, Advances to Premier12 Super Round

November 4, 2019
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USA 1 3 3 1 1 0 0 1 0 10 12 2
DR 0 2 0 1 4 0 0 0 1 8 8 1
WP: Wyatt Mills  LP: Carlos Sano  S: Brandon Dickson
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GUADALAJARA, Jalisco, Mexico -- Team USA hit four home runs for the second time in the tournament and survived a late push by the Dominican Republic in a 10-8 victory on Monday night at Estadio de Béisbol Charros de Jalisco. The U.S. finished Group A with a 2-1 record and earned a spot in the Super Round of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Premier12 in Tokyo.

Through its first three games, eight Team USA batters have combined to hit 10 home runs, led by Bobby Dalbec and Erik Kratz, who have two homers apiece. The 10 homers are a team record for the red, white and blue in the Premier12, besting the 2015 squad who finished the inaugural tournament with three.

Mark Payton set the tone for the offense in the winner-take-all matchup, leading off the game with a solo bomb over the right field wall for an early 1-0 lead. It was the fourth leadoff home run for the U.S. in the tournament.

Jake Cronenworth followed suit in the top of the second with a solo shot of his own before Alex Bohm doubled to right-center and came home on an RBI-single by Kratz. Jo Adell would tack on one more run for the stars and stripes in the second inning with an RBI-single up the middle to give Team USA a 4-0 lead.

The Dominican Republic plated two runs in the bottom of the second but the red, white and blue responded immediately with a three-run blast by Bohm to extend the U.S. lead to 7-2 in the top of the third inning.

Both teams exchanged runs in the fourth inning and a solo bomb by Kratz in the top of the fifth put the score at 9-3. The Dominican Republic would not go silently, however, as they put up four runs in the bottom half of the fifth on an RBI-groundout and a three-run home run to pull within two at 9-7.

Wyatt Mills came in out of the bullpen for Team USA in the sixth and pitched two innings of stellar relief, facing the minimum and striking out two batters to stymie the Dominican Republic offense. Another Adell RBI-single plated a critical insurance run in the top of the eighth and Noah Song came in and struck out the side in the bottom half of the inning to set up a save opportunity for Brandon Dickson.

Dickson (1) gave up one run with two outs in the ninth but closed out the game for the stars and stripes, earning the save after striking out the final batter to end the game.

Bohm (3 RBIs) and Kratz (2 RBIs) both finished the game 3-for-4 with two runs scored to lead the U.S. offense. Adell also tallied multiple hits and RBIs on the night, finishing 2-for-5 with two RBIs. Kratz currently leads the team with a .625 batting average through three games.

Starting pitch Parker Dunshee struck out three batters in 2.1 innings for Team USA, surrendering two unearned runs in a no-decision. Penn Murfee and Brian Flynn combined to give up five runs in 1.2 innings of relief before Mills, Song and Dickson closed out the game. Mills (1-0) earned the victory while Dominican Republic starter Carlos Sano (0-1) suffered the loss.

Team USA will now travel to Tokyo, Japan, as the No. 2 seed from Group A in the Super Round of the Premier12. Super Round games will begin on Monday, November 11 at the Tokyo Dome and ZOZO Marine Stadium. Stay tuned to and @USABaseball on social media for schedule updates.

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USA Falls to Mexico 8-2 in Group A Action

November 3, 2019
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MEX 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 5 0 8 10 0
USA 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 6 0
WP: Felipe Gonzalez  LP: Tanner Houck
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GUADALAJARA, Jalisco, Mexico -- Team USA got behind early in the first inning and eventually gave up six unanswered runs in an 8-2 loss to Mexico on Sunday in Group A action of the World Baseball Softball Confederation Premier12 at Estadio de Béisbol Charros de Jalisco.

The loss forces the U.S. (1-1) into a must-win game against the Dominican Republic (1-1) on Monday at 8 p.m. ET. The winner will advance to the Super Round in Tokyo. 

Mexico jumped out to a 2-0 lead with a two-RBI single to left-centerfield in the first inning to put pressure on the red, white and blue early. The U.S. would eventually respond and tie the game at two-apiece with back-to-back leadoff home runs in the bottom of the third and fourth innings from Erik Kratz and Bobby Dalbec, respectively, but Mexico reclaimed its lead on a passed ball with two outs in the top of the fifth.

Mexico scored five more runs in the top of the eighth inning to break the game open and put it out of reach for the stars and stripes.

Starting pitcher Tanner Houck (0-1) suffered the loss for Team USA, giving up three runs (two earned) and five hits, and struck out six batters in 4.1 innings. Daniel Tillo was the first out of the bullpen and struck out three batters in 1.2 innings of hitless relief. Caleb Thielbar struck out two batters in his relief appearance but gave up two runs in one inning and JP Feyereisen gave up three runs in his 0.2 innings on the mound. Spencer Jones finished the game on the bump for the U.S., striking out three batters and giving up no hits.

Six different Team USA batters collected hits in the game, led by Kratz and Dalbec's solo home runs. Dalbec has now hit two home runs in two games in the Premier12 tournament.

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Four Homers Lift USA Past Netherlands in Premier12 Opener

Bobby Dalbec's grand slam in the fifth inning breaks U.S. Premier12 record
November 2, 2019
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NED 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
USA 1 1 1 0 4 0 0 2 X 9 11 1
WP: Cody Ponce (1-0); LP: Rob Cordemans (0-1)
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GUADALAJARA, Jalisco, Mexico -- Team USA hit four home runs in a 9-0 opening-round victory over the Netherlands in its first game of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Premier12 at Estadio de Béisbol Charros de Jalisco on Saturday. Bobby Dalbec led the U.S. offense on the day, setting a U.S. Premier12 record with four RBIs in a single game after hitting a grand slam in the fifth inning.

The four home runs hit today surpassed the U.S. team record for homers in a Premier12 game (previously: 1) and is more than Team USA hit in the entire 2015 tournament (previously: 3). In total, the red, white and blue set or tied nine USA Baseball Premier12 records against the Netherlands.

Drew Waters led off the home half of the first inning with a first-pitch home run to right-field to give Team USA an early 1-0 lead and Jake Cronenworth scored on a sacrifice fly by Mark Payton in the bottom of the second to double the lead after two complete. With two outs in the bottom of the third, Jo Adell launched the second home run of the game over the left-field wall for a three-run U.S. advantage.

Back-to-back singles by Erik Kratz and CJ Chatham, and an intentional walk to Daulton Varsho loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the fifth for Dalbec. On the seventh pitch of his at-bat, Dalbec launched a grand slam over the left field fence to break the game wide open and give the stars and stripes a 7-0 lead.

Team USA capped its scoring in the bottom of the eighth on another home run after Brent Rooker sent one out to left for the final score of 9-0.

Cody Ponce (1-0) was strong on the mound for the U.S., giving up two hits and striking out five batters in his five innings of work to get the win. Noah Song, Clayton Andrews, Brooks Pounders and Clayton Richard combined in relief to secure the shutout, giving up no hits, striking out two batters and combining to face just one batter over the minimum over the final four innings. Netherlands starting pitcher Rob Cordemans (0-1) suffered the loss.

Nine different U.S. batters recorded a hit on the day, led by Dalbec (2-for-4) and Rooker (2-for-2), who recorded the only multi-hit performances of the game.

Team USA (1-0) will face Mexico in its second game of Group A on Sunday, November 3, at 8 p.m. ET. The game will be streamed live on Facebook. The starting pitcher will be announced following the game between Mexico and Dominican Republic this evening.

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USA Baseball Announces Premier12 Staff Changes

Three-time World Series champion Scott Brosius will now serve as the team's manager
October 16, 2019

DURHAM, N.C. -- USA Baseball announced changes to its World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Premier12™ coaching staff on Wednesday. Joe Girardi, who was named the manager of Team USA in August, has stepped down from his role with Team USA as he pursues open managerial opportunities in Major League Baseball. Three-time World Series champion, two-time USA Baseball Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year and current USA Baseball Senior Director of Player Development Scott Brosius will now serve as the team's manager.

"We are grateful that Joe was a part of Team USA and we appreciate the time and preparation he dedicated to our endeavor of qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games," said Paul Seiler, USA Baseball's Executive Director and CEO. "On behalf of the organization, we wish him the best of luck as he seeks a manager position in Major League Baseball.

"Scott Brosius is respected across the baseball industry for his time as both a player and a coach. He possesses a tremendous resume and we are proud to have him step in and lead us in the Premier12 tournament. From top to bottom, the coaching staff we assembled boasts a wealth of international playing and coaching experience, and we are confident in their ability to help us achieve the goals we have collectively set for this team."

With Brosius taking the reins as manager, Willie Randolph will now serve as the bench coach for the team and Ernie Young will move from coaching first base to third base.

"It is a tremendous honor to be named the manager for the USA Baseball Premier12 team and I am pleased that my first act in this role is to welcome Anthony Sanders to our coaching staff," said Brosius. "Anthony comes highly recommended by his peers and we are thrilled to have him join the team. He will provide a unique perspective to this team having won a gold medal as a player with Team USA at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, as well as having coached at the international level in this very event four years ago."

Sydney 2000 Olympic Games gold medalist Anthony Sanders (pictured) will join the staff and take over the coaching duties at first base. Sanders, who served as an assistant coach for Team USA during the 2015 WBSC Premier12™, is currently the outfield and baserunning coordinator for the Colorado Rockies' minor league staff. He spent parts of three seasons in the majors as an outfielder with the Toronto Blue Jays and the Seattle Mariners before making his coaching debut as a hitting coach with the Tri-City Dust Devils in the Rockies' farm system in 2007. After four seasons as a hitting coach, Sanders was named the manager of the Grand Junction Rockies in 2013, where he spent three seasons and was named the 2014 Pioneer League Manager of the Year.

USA Baseball announced its 28-man roster last week that will begin the WBSC Premier12™ in Guadalajara, Mexico, from November 2-4 as a member of Group A with the Dominican Republic, Mexico and the Netherlands. The top two nations from Group A will advance to the Super Round in Tokyo from November 11-16.

The tournament is the first opportunity for Team USA to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The top finisher from both the Americas territory and Asia/Oceania territory (excluding Japan) will join host-country Japan and WBSC Baseball Europe/Africa Olympic Qualifier champion Israel in the six-team Olympic tournament. The final two Olympic berths will be decided in March 2020.

The team will train in Surprise, Arizona, from October 21-28 at the Kansas City Royals Spring Training facility before traveling to Mexico for the opening round of the Premier12™.

For more information on USA Baseball and the WBSC Premier12™, follow @USABaseball on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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USA Baseball Names Premier12 Roster

The Premier12 tournament is the first opportunity for Team USA to qualify for Tokyo 2020
October 10, 2019

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball named its roster for the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Premier12™ on Thursday. The 28-man roster is made up of 15 pitchers and 13 position players currently not on an MLB 40-man roster, and features six former national team alumni and seven of the MLB Pipeline top-100 prospects.

The U.S. will begin the WBSC Premier12™ in Guadalajara, Mexico, from November 2-4 as a member of Group A with the Dominican Republic, Mexico and the Netherlands. The top two nations from Group A will advance to the Super Round in Tokyo from November 11-16.

The tournament is the first opportunity for Team USA to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The top finisher from both the Americas territory and Asia/Oceania territory (excluding Japan) will join host-country Japan and WBSC Baseball Europe/Africa Olympic Qualifier champion Israel in the six-team Olympic tournament. The final two Olympic berths will be decided in March 2020.

"It is an honor to welcome a group of immensely talented athletes to Team USA as we begin the qualification process for Tokyo 2020," said USA Baseball Executive Director and CEO Paul Seiler. "Our goal during the selection process was to identify and piece together a roster that included a combination of both young and veteran baseball players that complement each other on and off the field. These 28 men are exemplary talents and individuals, and we are confident they will represent the United States proudly on the international stage."

Brooks Pounders (RHP, New York Mets) is one of six Team USA alumni on the roster and is the lone returning member from the inaugural Premier12™ roster that won the silver medal in 2015. Also returning to a USA Baseball national team is Erik Kratz (C, New York Yankees) and Andrew Vaughn (INF, Chicago White Sox), as well as Tanner Houck (RHP, Boston Red Sox) and his Collegiate National Team teammates Bobby Dalbec (INF, Boston Red Sox) and Tyler Johnson (RHP, Chicago White Sox).

Jo Adell (OF, Los Angeles Angels) is the top-rated prospect on the roster, ranking fifth out of the top-100 by MLB Pipeline. Also on the list is No. 21 Vaughn, No. 23 Drew Waters (OF, Atlanta Braves), No. 34 Alec Bohm (INF, Philadelphia Phillies), No. 72 Xavier Edwards (INF, San Diego Padres), No. 88 Spencer Howard (RHP, Philadelphia Phillies) and No. 100 Daulton Varsho (C, Arizona Diamondbacks).

The Boston Red Sox lead all Major League clubs with four players from its farm system on the roster in C.J. Chatham (INF), Dalbec, Houck and Noah Song (RHP). The Philadelphia Phillies have three prospects on the roster while the Atlanta Braves, Chicago White Sox, Kansas City Royals, Milwaukee Brewers and Oakland Athletics all boast a pair of prospects on the roster as well. The remaining players are a part of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Los Angeles Angels, Minnesota Twins, New York Mets, New York Yankees, San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners, Tampa Bay Rays, Toronto Blue Jays and Washington Nationals systems, and Brandon Dickson (RHP) joins the roster as a member of the Orix Buffaloes in Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball league.

Four-time World Series Champion Joe Girardi was named the manager of the Premier12™ roster in August and is joined by a coaching staff laden with international experience. Bench Coach Scott Brosius, Bullpen Coach Roly de Armas, Hitting Coach Phil Plantier, Pitching Coach Bryan Price, Third Base Coach Willie Randolph and First Base Coach Ernie Young collectively have 21 years of playing and coaching experience with Team USA, winning seven gold medals.

The team will train in Surprise, Arizona, from October 21-28 at the Kansas City Royals Spring Training facility before traveling to Mexico for the opening round of the Premier12™.

For more information on USA Baseball and the WBSC Premier12™, follow @USABaseball on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. The full roster, including coaching and administrative staffs, can be found here.

USA Baseball Premier12™ Roster
(Name; Position; Hometown; 2019 Organization)

Jo Adell; OF; Louisville, Ky.; Los Angeles Angels
Clayton Andrews; LHP; Petaluma, Calif.; Milwaukee Brewers
Alec Bohm; INF; Omaha, Neb.; Philadelphia Phillies
C.J. Chatham; INF; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Boston Red Sox
Jake Cronenworth; INF; St. Clair, Mich.; Tampa Bay Rays
*^Bobby Dalbec; INF; Seattle, Wash.; Boston Red Sox
Brandon Dickson; RHP; Montgomery, Ala.; Orix Buffaloes
Parker Dunshee; RHP; Zionsville, Ind.; Oakland Athletics
Xavier Edwards; INF; Mineola, N.Y.; San Diego Padres
J.P Feyereisen; RHP; River Falls, Wis.; Milwaukee Brewers
Brian Flynn; LHP; Tulsa, Okla.; Kansas City Royals
Taylor Gushue; C; Boca Raton, Fla.; Washington Nationals
*Tanner Houck; RHP; Collinsville, Ill.; Boston Red Sox
Spencer Howard; RHP; San Luis Obispo, Calif.; Philadelphia Phillies
*Tyler Johnson; RHP; Midlothian, Va.; Chicago White Sox
*Erik Kratz; C; Telford, Pa.; New York Yankees
Wyatt Mills; RHP; Spokane, Wash.; Seattle Mariners
Mark Payton; OF; Orland Park, Ill.; Oakland Athletics
*Brooks Pounders; RHP; Riverside, Calif.; New York Mets
Clayton Richard; LHP; Lafayette, Ind.; Toronto Blue Jays
Brent Rooker; OF; Germantown, Tenn.; Minnesota Twins
Connor Seabold; RHP; Laguna Hills, Calif.; Philadelphia Phillies
Noah Song; RHP; Pomona, Calif.; Boston Red Sox
Caleb Thielbar; LHP; Northfield, Minn.; Atlanta Braves
Daniel Tillo; LHP; Sioux City, Iowa; Kansas City Royals
Daulton Varsho; C/OF; Chili, Wisc.; Arizona Diamondbacks
*^Andrew Vaughn; IF; Santa Rosa, Calif.; Chicago White Sox
Drew Waters; OF; Woodstock, Ga.; Atlanta Braves

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

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Sixty-Nine USA Baseball Alumni in 2019 MLB Postseason

September 30, 2019

DURHAM, N.C. - Sixty-nine USA Baseball alumni will be represented in the 2019 Major League Baseball postseason.

All 10 teams in the 2019 MLB postseason have at least three alumni on their rosters. The Washington Nationals lead the way with 11 alumni, while the Oakland Athletics are close behind with 10 alumni on their postseason roster. 

The 2019 MLB Postseason is slated to begin on Tuesday, October 1, as the Milwaukee Brewers will take on the Washington Nationals in the National League Wild Card game at 8 p.m. ET.

The complete list of USA Baseball alumni on 2019 MLB Postseason rosters is as follows:

Atlanta Braves (8):
Jerry Blevins - 2007 Professional National Team
Freddie Freeman - 2006 16U National Team, 2006 18U National Team
Brian McCann - 2009 World Baseball Classic
Mark Melancon - 2005 Collegiate National Team, 2017 World Baseball Classic
*AJ Minter -2014 Collegiate National Team
Dansby Swanson - 2014 Collegiate National Team
Touki Toussaint - 2014 Collegiate National Team
Kyle Wright - 2016 Collegiate National Team

Houston Astros (4):
Alex Bregman - 2010 16U National Team, 2011 18U National Team, 2013 & 2014 Collegiate National Team, 2017 World Baseball Classic
Gerrit Cole - 2009 & 2010 Collegiate National Team
George Springer - 2010 Collegiate National Team
Justin Verlander - 2003 Collegiate National Team

Los Angeles Dodgers (6):
Walker Buehler - 2014 Collegiate National Team
Joe Kelly - 2007 Collegiate National Team
Clayton Kershaw - 2005 18U National Team
A.J. Pollock - 2011 Professional National Team
Corey Seager - 2010 16U National Team
*Alex Verdugo - 2010 14U National Team  

Milwaukee Brewers (9):
Ryan Braun - 2009 World Baseball Classic, 2013 World Baseball Classic
Zach Davies - 2007 14U National Team
Gio Gonzalez - 2013 Professional National Team
Yasmani Grandal - 2009 Collegiate National Team
Josh Hader - 2015 Professional National Team
Keston Hiura - 2016 Collegiate National Team
Mike Moustakas - 2006 18U National Team, 2010 Professional National Team
Drew Pomeranz - 2009 Collegiate National Team
Christian Yelich - 2017 World Baseball Classic  

Minnesota Twins (3): 
Jason Castro - 2009 Professional National Team
Sam Dyson - 2017 World Baseball Classic
Kyle Gibson - 2008 Collegiate National Team

New York Yankees (5): 
*Jake Barrett - 2008 18U National Team, 2015 Professional National Team
*Dellin Betances - 2005 18U National Team
Chad Green - 1993 18U National Team, 1996 Collegiate National Team, 1996 Olympic Team
Tyler Lyons - 2008 Collegiate National Team
Giancarlo Stanton - 2013 & 2017 World Baseball Classic

Oakland Athletics (10):
Brett Anderson - 2004 16U National Team, 2005 18U National Team, 2008 Olympic Team
Homer Bailey - 2002 16U National Team
Skye Bolt - 2013 Collegiate National Team
Matt Chapman - 2013 Collegiate National Team
Robbie Grossman - 2007 18U National Team
Daniel Mengden - 2013 Collegiate National Team
Sheldon Neuse - 2010 16U National Team
Matt Olson - 2010 16U National Team
AJ Puk - 2015 Collegiate National Team
Tanner Roark - 2017 World Baseball Classic

St. Louis Cardinals (8):
Jack Flaherty - 2013 18U National Team
Dexter Fowler - 2008 Olympic Team
Paul Goldschmidt - 2017 World Baseball Classic
Andrew Miller - 2017 World Baseball Classic
*Lane Thomas - 2013 18U National Team
Michael Wacha - 2011 Collegiate National Team
Matt Wieters - 2005 Collegiate National Team
Kolten Wong - 2009 Collegiate National Team

Tampa Bay Rays (5):
Nick Anderson - 2012 15U National Team
Travis d'Arnaud - 2010 Professional National Team
Brendan McKay - 2015 & 2016 Collegiate National Team
Austin Meadows - 2011 16U National Team
*Hoby Milner - 2011 Collegiate National Team

Washington Nationals (11):
Sean Doolittle - 2005 & 2006 Collegiate National Team
Erick Fedde - 2013 Collegiate National Team
Jeremy Hellickson - 2003 16U National Team
Howie Kendrick - 2005 Professional National Team
Anthony Rendon - 2010 Collegiate National Team
Joe Ross - 2007 14U National Team
Max Scherzer - 2005 Collegiate National Team
Stephen Strasburg - 2008 Collegiate National Team, 2008 Olympic Team
Kurt Suzuki - 2006 Professional National Team
Trea Turner - 2012 & 2013 Collegiate National Team
Ryan Zimmerman - 2004 Collegiate National Team

*= Athlete not currently on club's active roster due to designation to short-term disabled list, paternity leave, or temporary bereavement list

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Gritty Film Productions Acquire Rights to Sydney 2000 Olympic Gold Story, Miracle on Grass

September 25, 2019

Los Angeles- CA: Ted Collins - the 2018 Slamdance Award-Winning Producer and principal of Gritty Film Productions (MR. FISH CARTOONING FROM THE DEEP END and the upcoming 2 MEN AND A PIG starring Dermot Mulroney), has acquired the exclusive rights to develop author David Fanucchi's book MIRACLE ON GRASS.

Fanucchi was the Press Officer for the 2000 USA Baseball Olympic Team. Led by Hall-of-Fame manager Tommy Lasorda - who came out of retirement to lead the charge for his country - they pulled off the greatest upset in Olympic baseball history to win the gold medal at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. Their triumph was remarkable, but the story of their coming together is even harder to imagine. "As arguably the greatest underdog story in American baseball history, I couldn't be more excited to begin working with Ted on a chance to develop this on film," said Fanucchi. "Ted is exactly the type of producer that I was hoping would take our story and run with it. He's passionate, tenacious, and determined, and I believe in his vision for this project."

Lasorda - reached in his office at Dodger Stadium - was equally thrilled. "Managing the USA Baseball Team to an Olympic Gold Medal was the greatest achievement and proudest moment of my life," the Hall of Fame, legendary Dodgers manager said. "I am thrilled to hear that Ted Collins has acquired the rights to turn David Fanucchi's book into a movie. I will do whatever I can to lend a hand, and assist them in creating an outstanding and inspirational film."

Of the deal, Ted Collins said "I love underdog stories, especially ones involving sports. I'm a big fan of baseball and Tommy Lasorda. He's a living legend. It's surprising to me that not too many people know about this amazing accomplishment -- how Lasorda assembled a rag tag bunch of baseball players, brought them to Sydney and beat the heavily favored, Cuba. All to minimal fanfare. While most of America was asleep, (this happened in the middle of the night in USA time), Lasorda led the Americans to gold in Sydney. In fact, it's the only time the Americans won gold. David Fanucchi was there and lucky for us he captured the glory in riveting detail in his book "Miracle on Grass." Tommy considers this his greatest accomplishment and did it for his beloved country. Tommy wants to leave something behind to inspire kids. He came from humble beginnings, but always believed he could accomplish anything he set his mind to. That's the message and we're going to make this movie for Tommy!"

MIRACLE ON GRASS tells the true story of how this unknown squad of American minor leaguers stunned the international baseball powerhouse from Cuba. In his account of this incredible true story, Fanucchi gives readers a behind the scenes look at how Lasorda persuaded management into giving him the opportunity to coach the team; how the Major League Baseball executives in charge of this operation for the United States went about selecting the players; how the Americans narrowly qualified for the Olympics during a gut-wrenching game; and how capturing the gold medal in Sydney changed the lives of every player, coach and administrator involved.

Told with warmth and an uncanny eye for detail, MIRACLE ON GRASS is an intimate, perceptive portrayal of three incredible weeks in Australia and a story that appeals to American pride. It features the wisdom and determination of one legendary manager, and the heart, guts, and passion of several young baseball players on their attempt to win an Olympic gold medal, as they harness the power of the passion in your heart for family and country.

The USA Baseball organization is currently in the process of selecting the players that will come together in November, and compete in the qualifying tournament of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. "Our triumph in 2000 to win the Olympic Gold Medal remains the ultimate moment in the history of this organization," said USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO Paul Seiler. "So to have the opportunity to work with Ted and Gritty Productions on telling that story to the world, is exciting. We look forward to assisting with a feature film production in any way that we can."

Fanucchi currently teaches Journalism at M.L. Wisdom High School in Houston, Texas.

For press inquiries and interview requests contact:
Ry Levey
Ryan Bruce Levey Film Distribution and PR Services

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

September 22, 2019
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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. Louis 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.
• Louis 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.
• Louis 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.

Stay tuned to @USABaseball15U on Twitter, @usabaseball on Instagram and visit for the most up-to-date news about the 15U National Team.

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