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11U/12U Futures

San Diego Show Toss Combined Shutout, Win 2-0

They beat Kangaroo Court 2-0 after a gem by Taytum Reeves
June 28, 2018

Cary, N.C. - San Diego Show were on the winning side of a pitcherss duel. They prevailed over Kangaroo Court by a score of 2-0 on Thursday at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, North Carolina. 

Offense was at a premium in the second highlight game of the day. The only runs of the game came in the bottom of the first inning, when Ryan Garcia of San Diego Show hit a two-run inside-the-park home run. Pitching would take over from there and the game would move at a brisk pace before finishing with the same 2-0 score. 

Starting pitcher Taytum Reeves was in top form as he turned in one of the best performances of the day on the mound. Reeves threw four scoreless frames, surrendering three hits, two walks, and striking out one. He was relieved by Tanner Scott, who also had an impressive pitching performance. Scott tossed two innings of one hit ball, allowing just one hit. He allowed no runners to come around to score. 

San Diego Show and Kangaroo Court will play one game each tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. and 10:15 a.m., respectively.

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11U/12U Futures

Canes Baseball Secures 2018 10U Futures Gold

July 1, 2018

CARY, N.C. - Canes Baseball closed out the 2018 10U Futures Invitational with a close 3-2 victory over Victory Braves to secure the gold medal on Sunday at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, North Carolina.

The first run of the game came in the bottom of the first inning as the Victory Braves strung together two singles to take an early 1-0 advantage.

It didn't take long for the Canes to answer though as the team tied things up in the top of the third after consecutive singles and an error plated one. In the very next inning, A Gannon Jones single brought another run in to give the Canes a 2-1 lead.

The Canes added to their lead in the fifth, scoring a run for the third consecutive inning, courtesy of a E Gilchrist two-out RBI single for a 3-1 advantage.

The Victory Braves got a rally going and cut that lead to one in the bottom half with their own RBI double. But the Canes closed things out in the sixth to claim the 3-2 victory and the gold medal.

Ethan Gilchrist, Miguel Delgado and Jones led the Canes offense with two hits apiece, while Gilchrist and Jones collected the team's two RBI.

Colton Haire got the start for the squad and gave up just two runs and three hits in five innings. Haire was also strong from the plate, going 1-for-2 with two walks.

For the Victory Braves, Diego Velasquez went 3.2 innings on the mound, striking out three and allowing just five hits and no earned runs. Tyler Young, Julian Weiss and Justin Maher got hits in the loss.

With the win, Canes Baseball finished the tournament undefeated en route to its gold medal and 2018 10U Futures Invitational title.

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11U/12U Futures

ATP National Claims 2018 10U Futures Invitational Bronze

July 1, 2018

CARY, N.C. - The 2018 10U Futures Invitational third place game matched up ATP National and Wilson Sandlot on Sunday at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, North Carolina. ATP National came out on top in the contest, 9-4, to claim the bronze medal.

ATP came out swinging early and often, scoring multiple runs in each of the first four innings to take firm control from the start. A two-run inside-the-park home run got the team on the board first in the contest, giving the squad a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first.

It then added two more courtesy of a passed ball and a wild pitch in the next inning to take a strong 4-0 advantage into the third.

Wilson Sandlot broke through in the very next frame, cutting the deficit to just one with one swing. With two outs, S Juvera Jr. reached on a dropped third strike and M Lopez walked to bring up Jet Berry, who ripped a ball to left field for an inside-the-park home run to make it a 4-3 game.

ATP had an answer of its own in the bottom half of the next two innings though. Two consecutive RBI groundouts brought in two runs in the third and three more runs came around to score in the bottom of the fourth, giving ATP National a dominant 9-3 lead heading to the fifth.

In the top of the fifth, Sandlot added one more to get within five but that was all they would get before ATP shut it down to claim the victory and the bronze medal.

Joseph Rodriguez started on the bump for ATP National and struck out nine in just four innings while allowing just one hit and no earned runs.

Branden Carrillo, who finished 2-for-2 with a RBI and a run scored, and James Clark, who collected three hits and two runs scored, led ATP's offense.

Berry set the tone for Wilson Sandlot on the other side, finishing the game 2-for-3 with a run scored and all four of the team's RBI.

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11U/12U Futures

Canes Baseball Gets Close Win to Secure Championship Game Spot

June 30, 2018

CARY, N.C. - The second semifinal of the 2018 10U Futures Invitational was a back and forth contest between Canes Baseball and ATP National with Canes coming out on top, 4-2, on Saturday at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, North Carolina. With the win, Canes Baseball advanced to Sunday's gold medal game.

Canes Baseball got on the board first in the game when they took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first courtesy of an ATP National error. But ATP had a quick answer in the bottom half of the frame.

A leadoff walk came around to score and tie things up for ATP after a double and a groundout. The team then took the lead with a RBI single from B Morrison.

Neither team would get anything going until the end of the game, when the Canes came roaring back in the fifth. A single through the right side from Colton Haire tied the game at two before Miguel Delgado roped a double to plate two more and give the Canes a 4-2 lead.

ATP National looked to walk it off with a rally in the bottom of the sixth when the team got two runners on after a hit-by-pitch and a single. But a double play ended the threat and secured the victory for Canes.

David Lee came in in relief for the Canes to shut down ATP, allowing just one hit through four stellar innings of work. Delgado finished 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored for Canes Baseball in the victory, while Marcus Greis and Branden Carrillo both recorded multi-hit games for ATP National.

Canes Baseball will now play the Victory Braves at 11 a.m. ET in the 10U Futures Invitational gold medal game on Sunday at Thomas Brooks Park Field 7. ATP National will match up against Wilson Sandlot in the event's third place game at 8:15 a.m. ET on Sunday at Thomas Brooks Park.

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11U/12U Futures

Victory Braves Punch Ticket to Gold Medal Game

June 30, 2018

CARY, N.C. - In the first semifinal of the 2018 10U Futures Invitational, the Victory Braves shut out Wilson Sandlot 7-0 to secure a spot in Sunday's championship game at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, North Carolina.

The Braves squad got off to a fast start in the contest, jumping out to a 3-run lead in the bottom of the first and never looking back.

Tyler Young scored the game's first run on an error before a Jayden Liu RBI groundout and a base knock from Diego Velasquez brought two more across for the 3-0 advantage.

That score would hold until the bottom of the third when the Victory Braves piled on three more runs to double their lead.

Back-to-back singles got the inning started and put two on with no outs for Velasquez. The shortstop smoked a ball to deep right field for a 2-RBI triple and Lincoln Hamm added one more with a RBI groundout to give the Braves a 6-0 lead.

The team added one more in the bottom of the fourth for the final score of 7-0. Daniel Reyes got the start on the bump for the Victory Braves and turned in a stellar complete game shutout performance, giving up just three hits.

In the victory, Tyler Young and Velasquez led the Victory Braves offense. Young finished 3-for-3 with two runs scored, while Velasquez collected two hits, three RBI and a run scored.

Wilson Sandlot starter, Modesto Lopez, also went the distance on the mound and Maddux Barreras, Jose Bingochea and Jaden Engels all tallied hits in the loss.

The Victory Braves will match up against the winner of Saturday's second semifinal game between Canes Baseball and ATP National in the 10U Futures Invitational gold medal game. First pitch will be at 11 a.m. ET on Sunday at Thomas Brooks Park Field 7. Wilson Sandlot will play at 8:15 a.m. against the loser of the second semifinal matchup.

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11U/12U Futures

Victory Braves Claim Win and Semifinals Spot

June 29, 2018

CARY, N.C. - On the second day of the 2018 10U Futures Invitational, Team Miami and Victory Braves went head-to-head in Friday's Game of the Day. The Victory Braves came away with the 2-0 victory in the contest to advance to Saturday's semifinals.

The Victory Braves jumped out to an early lead in the bottom of the second and never looked back.

Back-to-back one-out singles put two runners on for Victor Cardona who came through with a RBI double to give the Victory Braves a 1-0 lead. That score would stand until the bottom of the fourth when the team added an insurance run.

Three singles started the inning for the Victory Braves to load the bases before Cardona came up clutch for a second time. He reached on a fielder's choice to the shortstop that allowed one run to cross for a 2-0 Victory Braves lead.

Down to its final three outs in the bottom of the sixth, Team Miami started a rally with a leadoff single and a walk to bring the go-ahead run to the plate with one out. The Victory Braves were able to hold on though, getting a strikeout and a pop out to end the threat and the game.

Lincoln Hamm went five scoreless innings in his start for the Victory Braves, giving up just three hits and one walk while striking out five. On the offensive side, Diego Velasquez was also strong, finishing 2-for-2 with a run scored.

For Team Miami, Jonathan Matos, Alexander Cruz and Francis Garcia all collected hits.

The 2018 10U Futures Invitational continues on Saturday with semifinal and consolation game action. With the win, the Victory Braves claimed a spot in the semis and will play Wilson Sandlot at 10:15 a.m. ET on Saturday at Thomas Brooks Field 7. Team Miami will matchup against the Jupiter Hammerheads on Saturday at 10 a.m. ET on Thomas Brooks Field 6.

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11U/12U Futures

Top Tier Americans Dominant on Day One at the 2018 10U Futures Invitational, Win 10-1

They beat Sandcrabs baseball 10-1 in six innings
June 28, 2018

Cary, N.C. - Top Tier Americans secured the victory over Sandcrabs by a score of 10-1 on Thursday at the 2018 10U Futures Invitational at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, North Carolina.

 

The reigning 2017 10U and 11U Futures Invitational champions, Top Tier Americans looked to show that they came to recapture glory this year.

 

Sandcrabs got on the board early on, scoring on a passed ball from Top Tier Americans. That would be it offensively for Sandcrabs and their lead would not hold for long.

 

Top Tier Americans came fighting back in the bottom half of the inning, scoring two runs on three hits. They would go on to score in every inning for the rest of the game, tallying 10 runs in total on 14 hits and two walks.

 

Max Medina and Kruz Schoolcraft led the charge for Top Tier Americans. The pair combined for four hits in six at-bats and were responsible for five of the ten runs scored in the ballgame.

 

On the defensive side of the ball, CJ Sampson pitched a gem. The crafty right hander tossed 3.1 innings of no-run baseball, striking out three and surrendering just one hit.

 

Sandcrabs and Top Tier Americans both play another game later this afternoon at 6:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m., respectively.

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12U
11U/12U Futures

Nine Athletes Invited to 12U Trials from 11U Futures Invitational

June 26, 2018

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced nine athletes that received invitations to the 2018 12U National Team Trials. The nine athletes all participated in the 11U Futures Invitational at Thomas Brooks Park from June 21-24. 5 Star MVP took home the gold medal in the event, defeating the defending champions Top Tier Americans, 9-5, in the gold-medal game.

San Diego Show finished third at the event after defeating Elite Squad, 5-2, in the third place game.

The 12U National Team Trials will take place July 26-28 at VTV Baseball in Castaic, California. These nine athletes will join twelve additional athletes who were selected to the Trials roster from the 2017 USA Baseball National Team Identification Series (NTIS). The final 15 roster spots will be selected from the 12U National Open that will take place July 23-25.

For more information on the 12U National Team Trials and the 12U National Team, follow @USABaseball12U on Twitter.

Futures Invitationals 2018 12U National Team Trials Invitations
(Name, Position, Hometown, Team)

Tristan Bristow; RHP/OF; San Antonio, Texas; Alamo Drillers
J.D. Crisp; OF/1B/LHP; Cypress, Texas; Alamo Drillers
Paul Dominguez; IF/OF/RHP; Anahiem, Calif; 5 Star MVP
Dylan Green; SS/RHP; Roseville, Calif.; 5 Star MVP
Kibru Pam; OF/RHP; Pasadena, Calif; 5 Star MVP
Jacob Parker; RHP/OF; Purvis, Miss.; Louisiana Knights
Julius Pfau; SS/2B/RHP; Tampa, Fla.; Top Tier
Cade Segura; LHP/1B/OF; Pleasanton, Texas; Alamo Drillers
Elijah Selga; C/3B/RHP; San Diego, Calif; San Diego Show

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11U/12U Futures

5 Star MVP Crowned 2018 11U Futures Champions

They defeated Top Tier Americans by a score of 9-5.
June 24, 2018

Cary, N.C. - 5 Star MVP won the gold medal at the 2018 11U Futures Invitational, defeating reigning 2017 champions Top Tier Americans by a score of 9-5 on Sunday at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, North Carolina. 

Both offenses came out to play in the championship game. The two teams combined to score 14 runs in the ballgame and runners crossed the plate in all but the fourth and seventh innings. 

5 Star MVP jumped out to an early lead after Kibru Pam singled to center field to drive in Paul Dominguez. By the end of the third inning, 5 Star MVP had extended their lead to 8-1.

Despite the early deficit, Top Tier Americans never showed signs of giving up. They began to battle back in the top of the fifth inning, scoring two runs to cut the deficit to five. They would add another two runs in the sixth inning to make it an 8-5 ballgame, but their comeback would stop there. 

Kibru Pam of 5 Star MVP turned in a solid start, striking out six while allowing just two hits and one earned run. He was opposed by Top Tier Americans starter Trey Morris who struggled getting batters out. Morris surrendered 10 hits and allowed eight runs (three earned) in 2.1 innings. 

The 5 Star MVP lineup was led by right fielder Paul Dominguez. Dominguez had three hits in four at-bats, tallying two RBI and a run scored. Domiguez was also the finishing pitcher for 5 Star MVP, getting better as the game went on and recording two strikeouts in two innings with a well-located fastball. He recorded a clean seventh inning to help 5 Star MVP claim the gold medal.

Overall in the tournament, 5 Star MVP scored 57 runs in total while allowing just 10 opposing runs. They went an undefeated 5-0

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San Diego Show Finish 11U Futures on High Note, Win Bronze

They would defeat Elite Squad by a score of 5-2
June 24, 2018

Cary, N.C. - San Diego Show were victorious over Elite Squad in the 2018 11U Futures Invitational bronze medal game on Sunday at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, North Carolina. This will mark the third straight year that they have come home with hardware after being runners-up in the 2016 and 2017 11U Futures Invitational. 

There was not much offense going for either team through the first three frames as starting pitchers Talan Holiday of Elite Squad and Levi Uslander of San Diego Show both turned in impressive outings. Holiday would last for 3.1 innings on the bump, allowing three hits and two walks, surrendering five runs (two earned). Uslander threw 4.1 innings, tallying four strikeouts while allowing two earned runs. 

The offense for both team did not pick up until the fourth inning, when Elite Squad got on the board first with an RBI triple from Louis D'Allesio. Things would soon heat up as D'Allesio collided with San Diego Show catcher Landon Reid at the plate. D'Allesio was immediately ejected from the ballgame. 

The Elite Squad lead would not last long as San Diego Show began to make a comeback in the bottom half of the inning when six of their first seven batter reached base. They would score five runs in the inning on three hits, two walks, and an Elite Squad error. Jett Kenady was the overall offensive leader for San Diego Show as he had two hits, one run scored, and one RBI in three at-bats on the day. 

San Diego Show relief pitcher Stunner Gonzales entered the game in the fifth inning and would hold down the lead for the rest of the game. He allowed two hits, three walks, and struck out three. The final score was 5-2. 

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