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

June 25, 2019

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

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

Honorable Mentions

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

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

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

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USA Baseball Modifies On-Field Programming Schedule

All events continue to be subject to cancellation or postponement
May 18, 2020

CARY, N.C. - USA Baseball announced today a modified schedule of events for its 2020 summer season due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Created in adherence to the regulations set forth by the appropriate federal, state and local governments, the updated schedule is tentatively set to begin with the 14U Cup from July 24-26 at the National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

All of these events continue to be subject to cancellation or postponement based on the future state of the evolving coronavirus situation. The organization will monitor the guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC), as well as consult its Medical/Safety Advisory Committee in order to evaluate the status of its upcoming tournaments.

All further decisions will be made in as timely a manner as possible with respect to the safety and well-being of all the participating athletes, coaches and fans. If these tournaments run as scheduled, teams and fans will be required to follow a series of return to play guidelines developed by USA Baseball. These guidelines will be shared with all participants within an appropriate timeframe leading up to the event.

"As the national governing body for baseball in the United States, we feel it is in the best interest of the thousands of baseball athletes in our country to postpone our return to the field due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic," said USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO Paul Seiler. "We share in the longing for baseball's return, but we believe it is prudent to continue assessing the situation and finalizing a course of action that prioritizes the overall health and safety of our participants and their families in light of the continued transmission of this disease.

"This schedule was structured in an effort to secure as many opportunities as possible for athletes who hope to one day play for Team USA. We will remain steadfast in our commitment to this charge; however, we will continue to evaluate the situation on a daily basis and monitor the guidelines set forth by the CDC and the USOPC in case additional modifications need to be made."

The following events have been tentatively rescheduled on the 2020 calendar:

• 17U National Team Championships North Carolina (July 27-30)
• 14U and 15U National Team Championships Arizona (July 27-30)
• 16U and 17U National Team Championships Arizona (July 31-August 3)
• 15U National Team Championships North Carolina (August 4-9)
• 10U Futures Invitational (August 6-9)
• 16U National Team Championships North Carolina (August 11-16)
• 11U, 12U, 13U and 14U NTIS Champions Cup (August 19-23)
• 15U and 16U NTIS Champions Cup (August 26-30)

The following events and national team programming have been cancelled:

• 11U Futures Invitational
• 13U/14U Athlete Development Program (ADP)
• 16U/17U National Team Development Program (NTDP)
• National Team Championships Florida

The 14U Cup (July 24-26) and 11U/13U Futures Series Irvine (August 28-30) are set to take place as originally scheduled.

Additionally, USA Baseball continues to work closely with the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) with respect to the international baseball calendar. To date, the WBSC has postponed the Americas Baseball Olympic Qualifier, U-15 Baseball World Cup and the Women's Baseball World Cup until further notice. The U-12 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier has also been postponed but will not take place this year.

"USA Baseball fully supports the WBSC and its decision to indefinitely postpone the events on the baseball calendar in an effort to protect our national team athletes at this time," continued Seiler. "When the time comes for Team USA to return to the field, we will be ready to continue our longstanding tradition of excellence on the international stage."

Corresponding to the status of the international baseball calendar, USA Baseball has cancelled all 12U National Team programming events for 2020, meanwhile any future events planned for the 15U National Team, 18U National Team, Collegiate National Team and Women's National Team this year will be announced as necessary.

The Medical/Safety Advisory Committee has published a free Athlete Preparation Plan that provides a series of at-home exercises aimed to prepare young athletes for their return to the diamond following a prolonged disruption from on-field activity. To access this plan and to read its recommendations for baseball players during the COVID-19 pandemic, click here.

Further information on USA Baseball updates relating to COVID-19 can be found here. For up-to-the-minute updates on the organization and its events, follow @USABaseball on social media.

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Nat'l Team Champs

An Update Regarding the 2020 National Team Championships

May 4, 2020

National Team Championships Registered Teams,

Members of the USA Baseball staff held a conference call on Friday to discuss the status of our upcoming events and the continued effect of the COVID-19 pandemic. Stemming from this conversation, we would like to share with you an update regarding the National Team Championships.

Due to this unprecedented situation and its ever-evolving effect on regulations set forth by federal, state and local governments, USA Baseball will continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19 daily and provide a definitive update to our Summer 2020 schedule on-or-around Monday, May 18.

We apologize for any inconvenience this additional delay may cause; however, we felt it prudent to follow this course of action in an effort to maintain the planned on-field programming offered by USA Baseball this summer.

With this change to our initial timeline, an updated timeline is as follows:

  • A final decision on the National Team Championships will be announced on-or-around Monday, May 18.
  • If the National Team Championships do occur on schedule, final payments will be due on Friday, May 29.
  • If teams drop from the tournament before May 29, they will receive a full refund of deposits and registration fees that have been made up to that date.
  • If the National Team Championships do not occur, all teams will receive a full refund of deposits and registration fees for the event.
  • If necessary, USA Baseball will begin to process and send all refund checks the week of June 1.

 

If your team is utilizing USA Baseball's Travel Services department to book hotels for the National Team Championships, please note that the hotel reservation deadline has been extended to Friday, May 29. Please email travel@usabaseball.com if you need further assistance.

We appreciate your continued support of USA Baseball and we will continue to champion the best possible course of action moving forward with consideration to the best interest of all parties involved.

Thank you for your understanding and please stay safe!

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Nat'l Team Champs

A Letter From USA Baseball Regarding National Team Championships

Final decision on National Team Championships will be made May 4
March 23, 2020

National Team Championships Registered Teams,

Members of the USA Baseball staff held a conference call on Monday to discuss our collective concerns regarding the coronavirus pandemic and its effect on the National Team Championships, as well as all of our events, and we wanted to provide you an update.

As you may be aware, USA Baseball suspended all of its events until May 15 in cooperation with the guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control, and we will continue to uphold that decision in order to protect the athletes and your staff.

We are continuing to monitor the guidelines by the CDC and the USOPC, and will evaluate the status of our programming, as well as all of its events, on a daily basis. As of this time, no decisions have been made about the National Team Championships. All decisions will continue to be made with respect to the safety and well-being of all the participating athletes, coaches and fans.

We would like to be as diligent as possible and prepare for all potential scenarios surrounding the impact of the coronavirus on the National Team Championships going forward and we, as an organization, have developed the following timeline for the event:

1) A final decision on the National Team Championships (Arizona, Florida and North Carolina) will be made on Monday, May 4th.

2) If the National Team Championships do occur on schedule, final payments will be due on Friday, May 15th. Previously, final payments were due on May 1st.

3) Teams will be allowed to drop from the tournament until May 15th and receive a full refund of deposits and registration fees that have been made up to that date. Previously, those dates were March 30th (deposits) and May 1st (registration)

4) If the National Team Championships do not occur, all teams will have the option of a full refund of deposits and registration fees or applying these fees to guarantee their spot in the 2021 event. In addition, for teams who apply these fees to 2021, USA Baseball will provide a 10% discount on next year's tournament registration fee.

5) If necessary, USA Baseball will begin to process and send all refund checks the week of May 18th.

We understand there are still a lot of unanswered questions and uncertainty moving forward, but we will continue to update everyone regularly to ensure all decisions are made in a timely manner. We very much appreciate your commitment to the organization and we will continue to champion the best possible course of action moving forward with consideration to the best interest of all parties involved.

If there is something that we did not touch on that you would like to discuss, please let us know. We will continue to keep in regular communication with you all as updates become available.

Thank you for your understanding and please stay safe!

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14U Champs
Nat'l Team Champs

McBeath and Lambert Named Final Player and Pitcher of the Day

June 30, 2019

West Palm Beach, Fla. - Gavin McBeath has been named the Player of the Day for the last day of the National Team Championships in Florida. The first baseman from BL101 Real Ballers hit a game-winning two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth to propel his team to an 8-7 victory over Elite Squad National. McBeath went 2-for-3 with a double in addition to his home run, had one run of his own and tallied four RBIs.

The Pitcher of the Day title goes to Garrett Lambert for his shutout performance in the championship game that led his team, Meridian Panthers, to a gold medal in a 5-0 win over Columbus HS Blue. Lambert spent all seven innings on the mound and threw for only three hits. In addition to his shutout, he walked no batters and struck out four.

Honorable Mentions

- DH Augusto Del Carmen (Bronx Bombers): 2-for-4, 2 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI, SB

- P Brandon Olivera (MVP Elite): 3 IP, 1 H, 1 R/1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K

- C Gabriel Cruz (Columbus HS White): 3-for-4, 2B, BB, 4 R, RBI, SB

- P Landon Stripling (Meridian Panthers): 5.1 IP, 2 H, 3 BB, 6 K

- 1B Luis Miguel (Columbus HS White): 3-for-3, 2 2B, 2 BB, 3 R, 3 RBI, SB

- P Pablo Acosta (Columbus HS Blue): 4.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R/1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K

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14U Champs
Nat'l Team Champs

Strong Sixth Inning Powers Meridian Panthers to 14U Gold

June 30, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
CLMB 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
MRDN 0 0 0 0 0 5 X 5 7 1
Win: G. Lambert Loss: J. Gonzalez Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play
 

West Palm Beach, Fla. - A sixth-inning surge helped Meridian Panthers power past Columbus HS Blue 5-0 to take home the gold medal at the 14U National Team Championships in Florida on Sunday at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.

Both teams were held scoreless through the first five and a half innings, tallying only four hits, two on each side. The bottom of the sixth inning brought in five runs for Meridian Panthers, ultimately giving them the shutout win.

Jackson Collett (1-for-2) started the efforts by hitting a one-out single to center field. Grant Garrett (1-for-3) hit a single of his own to join Mason McCree, a courtesy runner, on base for Meridian. Bernard Moon (0-for-3) reached next on a fielder's choice to load the bases.

A double from Colin Houck (2-for-3) brought all three runners in for Meridian to take a 3-0 lead. A groundout advanced Houck to third and Garrett Lambert (1-for-2) drew a walk put runners on the corners with two out in the inning.

Back-to-back singles from Landon Stripling (1-for-2) and Cade Brown (1-for-3) scored Houck and Kyle Arrowood, courtesy runner for Lambert, to increase Meridian's lead to 5-0. Columbus HS hit a single to put a runner on first base in the top of the seventh inning, but couldn't bring the runner in.

Julian Gonzalez (2-for-3) led Columbus HS behind the plate with two singles. Santiago Carriles-Alvarado (1-for-2) had the third of the team's three hits with a double in the top of the fifth inning.

Garrett Lambert (2-0) pitched all seven innings for Meridian Panthers, securing the win. He threw for no runs on three hits and struck out four of the batters he faced. The loss went to Columbus HS's Julian Gonzalez (1-1) for tossing five runs on seven hits and striking out three in six innings on the mound.

The bronze medal went to Bronx Bombers after a five-run effort in the bottom of the sixth inning and walk-off run in the seventh led to a 6-5 victory over East Orlando Tigers.

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14U Champs
Nat'l Team Champs

Meridian Panthers, Columbus HS Blue Get Clutch Wins to Advance to 14U Championship Game

June 30, 2019

West Palm Beach, Fla. - East Orlando Tigers 0, Meridian Panthers 5

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
ESTR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3
MRDN 3 0 2 0 0 0 X 5 10 0
Win: L. Stripling Loss: C. Soto Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play
 

Scoring started early in Meridian Panthers' 5-0 win over East Orlando Tigers to secure a spot in the championship game at the National Team Championships in Florida.

Grant Garrett (3-for-3) drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the first inning, reached third base on a groundout and scored Meridian's first run on a wild pitch. Next up, Bernard Moon (1-for-4) reached first on a single, stole second and landed on third on an East Orlando error. Moon scored on a single from Samarion Ward (1-for-3) and Colin Houck (1-for-1), who had drawn a walk scored on a single from Garrett Lambert (1-for-3) to give Meridian a 3-0 lead heading into the second.

Meridian's two other runs came in the bottom of the third, when an error and pair of doubles combined to bring Moon and Houck home for their second runs and increase Meridian's lead to 5-0. The rest of the game remained scoreless.

Charlee Soto (1-for-3), Jordan Fernandez (1-for-2) and Robert Gage (1-for-3) all tallied one hit each for East Orlando.

Landon Stripling (1-0) got the win for Meridian, tossing for zero runs on two hits and six strikeouts in 5.1 innings. Charlee Soto (0-1) was tagged with the loss for East Orlando with five runs on eight hits and no strikeouts in his 4.1 innings on the mound.

Meridian Panthers advance to 5-0 for the tournament and the gold medal game versus Columbus HS Blue later Sunday morning. East Orlando Tigers fell to 3-2 and will compete for the bronze against Bronx Bombers.

Bronx Bombers 8, Columbus HS Blue 9

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
BRNX 0 2 5 0 0 1 0 8 8 2
CLMB 2 0 2 0 0 0 5 9 14 1
Win: P. Acosta Loss: J. Rodriguez Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play
 

Columbus HS Blue won in walk-off fashion, scoring five of their nine runs in the bottom of the seventh inning in their semifinal matchup against Bronx Bombers at the National Team Championships in Florida to advance to the championship game.

An error, double and single combined to get Columbus HS their first runs in the bottom of the first inning, bringing home Julian Gonzalez (1-for-4) and Rey Gomez Jr. (1-for-3) to go up 2-0.

Bronx responded with two of their own in the top of the second to tie it when a double and fielder's choice got runners on the corners and Augusto Del Carmen (2-for-4) and Bryan Santana (0-for-3) scored on errors by Columbus HS.

Bronx heated things up by scoring five in the top of the third to take a 7-2 lead. A pair of walks and a single loaded the bases with no one out. Dariel Osoria (1-for-4) singled to center field and scored Mikey Rodriguez (1-for-2) and Jayden Asencio (2-for-3) to lead 4-2. A double from Del Carmen brought Jonathan Rodriguez (1-for-2) and Osoria home. Del Carmen would tack on the final run of the inning on a sacrifice bunt from Johnny Robles (0-for-2).

Columbus HS hit four total singles in the bottom of the inning to score Mark-Allen Gay (2-for-3) and Luis Penate (2-for-3) and cut it to a three-run game.

Bronx Bombers added their final run in the top of the sixth inning when a sacrifice fly from M Rodriguez scored Declan Semler (1-for-1).

Despite an 8-4 deficit, Columbus HS maximized their efforts in the bottom of the seventh inning to plate five runs and walk away with the win. Columbus HS hit three singles to load the bases with two outs and went on to hit back-to-back singles and a double to score the five runs to walk it off, 9-8.

Columbus HS Blue's Pablo Acosta (1-0) got the win with one run on three hits and five strikeouts in 4.2 inning spent on the mound. Jonathan Rodriguez (0-1) was tagged with the loss for Bronx Bombers, throwing for seven runs on 11 hits and seven strikeouts in 6.1 innings.

With the win, Columbus HS Blue advances to 5-0 and will compete for the gold against Meridian Panthers. Bronx Bombers fell to 3-2 and will play East Orlando Tigers for the bronze.

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14U Champs
Nat'l Team Champs

Hormann, Garrett Named Player, Pitcher of the Day

June 28, 2019

Jupiter, Fla. - Christopher Hormann of GBG Northeast 14U was named the Player of the Day for Friday, June 28 at the National Team Championships in Florida. The catcher hit 2-for-3 with a triple, three RBIs and a run of his own in their 15-1 win over East Orlando Tigers.

Meridian Panthers' Grant Garrett has earned the Pitcher of the Day title. Garrett helped his team to a 5-1 win over Columbus HS White, pitching six of the seven innings. He threw for no runs on four hits and struck out six batters during his time on the mound.

Honorable Mentions

- RF Jayden LaFleur (GBG Northeast 14U): 1-for-2, 2B, BB, 2 R, 2 RBI, SB

- 2B Owen McCarron (GBG Northeast 14U): 2-for-2, 2B, BB, 2 R, 2 RBI

- RF Ruben Perez (CBA Texas): 1-for-1, 2B, BB, 2 R, 2 RBI

- P Santiago Carriles-Alvarado (Columbus HS Blue): 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R/0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

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14U Champs
Nat'l Team Champs

GBG Northeast 14U Gets Big Win Over East Orlando Tigers

June 28, 2019
  1 2 3 4 R H E
GBNR 0 3 4 8 15 14 0
ESTR 0 0 1 X 1 4 1
Win: C. Champney Loss: L. Rodriguez Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play
 

Jupiter, Fla. - GBG Northeast 14U scored early and scored often in their 15-1 win over East Orlando Tigers in Friday's Game of the Day matchup at the National Team Championships in Florida.

GBG took an early 3-0 lead in the top of the second inning when pairs of singles and passed balls got the first run on the board with Duy-Tan (Evan) Dao (2-for-3) scoring. A double from Chris Walsh (1-for-4) scored Owen McCarron (2-for-2) and Seamus Vining (1-for-2) next.

After a clutch double play to end the bottom of the inning, GBG swung for the fences in the top of the third, scoring four more runs. Two singles, two doubles and a walk combined to bring Jake Preto (1-for-1), Luke Janowicz (1-for-2), Jayden LaFleur (1-for-2) and Dao all home and increase the lead to 7-0.

East Orlando got on the board in the bottom of the third inning when Charlee Soto (1-for-1), Tracen Cameron (1-for-2) and Louis Rodriguez (1-for-2) all hit singles to load the bases. Soto scored East Orlando's run on a wild pitch to make it 7-1.

GBG responded to East Orlando's run in a huge fashion, scoring eight of their own in the top of the fourth. A pair of singles and a walk loaded the bases for GBG and a second walk scored Brendan Sencaj (1-for-3). LaFleur hit a two-RBI double to center field and brought in Preto and Eisig Chin (2-for-3) for a 10-1 lead.

After the next batter flew out, McCarron drew a walk to re-load the bases for GBG. Another walk, a triple from Christopher Hormann (2-for-3) and an East Orlando error scored the rest of the eight with Janowicz, LaFleur, McCarron, Vining and Hormann all coming home.

The game ended after three and a half innings due to the tournament's mercy rule.

Cameron Champney (1-0) secured the win on the mound for GBG Northeast 14U, with one run on four hits and one strikeout in all three innings. The loss went to East Orlando Tigers' Louis Rodriguez (0-1), who tallied seven runs on seven hits and three strikeouts in 2.1 innings.

GBG Northeast 14U evens up their record to 2-2 in the tournament and East Orlando Tigers takes their first loss to be 3-1 heading into Saturday's final round and later, quarterfinals.

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14U Champs
Nat'l Team Champs

Quick, Ramos Named Player, Pitcher of the Day on June 27

June 27, 2019

Jupiter, Fla. - Jack Quick, Elite Squad National left fielder, has been named the Player of the Day for June 27 at the National Team Championships in Florida. Quick's 2-for-4 performance during their game Thursday morning helped Elite Squad to a 21-0 win versus Houston Athletics - Black. He hit two doubles, scored two runs and totaled five RBIs during his trips to the plate.

Emanuel Ramos of Bronx Bombers has earned the Pitcher of the Day title for his shutout performance in their 8-0 win, also against Houston Athletics - Black. Ramos pitched all five innings for Bronx Bombers, throwing for no runs on two hits and striking out a total of seven batters.

Honorable Mentions

- CF Andre Davis (Houston Athletics - Gold): 1-for-2, 2B, BB, R, 2 RBI, SB

- P Brixton Lofgren (CBA Texas): 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R/0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K

- P Cameron Grindle (GBG Northeast): 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R/1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K

- 1B Eduardo Fernandez (Elite Squad National): 2-for-2, 2B, BB, 2 R, 3 RBI

- CF Efrain Morales (Elite Squad National): 2-for-3, 2 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI, SB

- EH Isaac Padilla (East Orlando Tigers): 1-for-1, 2B, 2 BB, 3 R, 2 RBI, SB

- DH Julian Gonzalez (Columbus HS Blue): 1-for-1, 3 BB, 2 R, 4 SB

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14U Champs
Nat'l Team Champs

Meridian Panthers Explodes to Shut Out Elite Squad National

June 27, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
MRDN 0 4 3 1 1 X X 9 7 1
ELTS 0 0 0 0 0 X X 0 2 4
Win: L. Stripling Loss: E. Fernandez Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play
 

Jupiter, Fla. - Meridian Panthers exploded behind the plate in Thursday's Game of the Day to shut out Elite Squad National 9-0 at the National Team Championships in Florida.

Meridian came out strong with four runs in the top of the second inning after the first had held both teams scoreless. A single, error and wild pitch combined to advance two Meridian runners to scoring position with no one out. Samarion Ward (1-for-2) tallied the second hit of the day with a single to score Colin Houck (1-for-2). Ward and Cade Brown (0-for-2) came home on a single from Mason McCree (1-for-2), who then scored on an Elite Squad error to take a 4-0 lead.

Grant Garrett (1-for-2) drew a leadoff walk in the top of the third and was followed by an Elite Squad error and a single from Bernard Moon (1-for-3) to load the bases. Garrett and Landon Stripling (1-for-3) scored on a second error and Moon came in on a wild pitch to put Meridian up, 7-0.

The final two Meridian runs came with one each in the fourth and fifth innings. Garrett hit a triple in the top of the fourth and scored when Stripling followed suit and landed on third himself, ultimately being stranded.

A Garrett Lambert (1-for-2) double and pair of walks loaded the bases again for Meridian in the fifth, which allowed the ninth and final run to come in after Ali Banks (0-for-2) was hit by the pitch.

Ethan Puig (1-for-1) and Eduardo Fernandez (1-for-2) both hit singles for Elite Squad National, leading the team in hits.

Landon Stripling (1-0) earned the win for Meridian Panthers with no runs on one hit and one strikeout during the three innings that he spent on the mound. The loss went to Eduardo Fernandez (0-1) for Elite Squad National. Fernandez threw for seven runs on four hits, tallied three errors and struck out three batters.

The game ended after five innings of play due to the tournament's mercy rule. Meridian advanced to 3-0 and Elite Squad, 1-2, for the tournament.

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