CARY, N.C. - A back-and-forth battle for the 2017 14U National Team Identification Series (NTIS) gold medal ended with Southern California on top, beating their in-state competitor Northern California 9-6 on Coleman Field at the USA Baseball National Training Complex on Sunday.
The 14U NTIS Southern California team followed its 11U counterpart, which was awarded the 2017 11U NTIS gold medal earlier in the day, to a championship. The victory marked three gold medals for the Southern California region in 2017, after the 16U squad defeated Northwest 6-2 in the championship match last weekend.
Northern California got the scoring started in the second inning with Trevor Haskins crossing the plate on a fielding error, but Southern California answered with a RBI triple from David Shackelford and did not look back, scoring in every inning following its scoreless first.
Southern California surged ahead to a four-run lead in the third with a pair of runs knocked in by Noah Rodriquez's grounder up the middle to make it a 5-1 ballgame.
Northern California did not back down though. The team capitalized on fielding errors and closed the gap in the fifth to make it a 2-run game. But Rodriquez was at it again for Southern California, hitting a double to bring in another run and setting the stage for three unearned runs in the final innings to put the game away for good.
Shackelford and Rodriquez led Southern California offensively both going 2-for-3 on the day. Zachary Torres led at the plate as well with 2 RBIs for the team. Izeah Muniz took the mound to start for Southern California and put in three innings of work to lead his team to the gold medal victory.
Cary, N.C. - Southern California was crowned the 2018 15U National Team Identification Series Champions Cup gold medal winners after defeating South Texas 3-1 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.
Southern California got on the board early Sunday morning. After a single and a walk in the top of the first inning, Rocco DiFrancesco doubled to drive in both runs and give Southern California the early 2-0 advantage.
South Texas would put a run of their own on the board shortly after. In the bottom of the second inning, Derick Ramirez singled to left field to drive in a run and cut the Southern California lead in half.
That would be the lone run for South Texas as Southern California starting pitcher David Horn turned in a stellar performance. Horn allowed six hits, two walks, and one run while striking out four over seven frames of work.
Southern California would add an insurance run to their lead in the top of the fifth inning when Zach Peters singled in David Horn for the third Southern California run of the ballgame.
Down 3-1, South Texas threatened in the bottom of the seventh with a runner on, but a running catch by left fielder Tyler Prystajko ended the ballgame.
The victory by Southern California sets them up in second place in the race for the Champions Cup after Southeast took home the gold for the 13U and 15U divisions already. The 11U and 17U divisions will play next weekend, August 24-26.
For more information about the Championship game and the 2018 NTIS, visit the USA Baseball team page or follow along on Twitter @USABaseballNTIS.
Cary, N.C. - Southeast claimed the gold at the 2018 16U National Team Identification Series Champions Cup, shutting out Midwest by a score of 8-0 at Coleman Field in Cary, North Carolina.
Southeast wasted no time getting on the board. After loading the bases in the first inning, Midwest starting pitcher Jacob Misiorowski walked in two runs. In the bottom of the second inning, Misiorowski loaded the bases again and, after a hit batsman, Southeast was quickly out to a 3-0 lead.
Meanwhile, Southeast pitcher Bryce Fisher had no issue getting outs. Fisher turned in a gem of a performance in which he allowed just four hits, no walks, and struck out four on his way to a complete game shutout. He need just 82 pitches and was credited with the win for his performance.
The Southeast offense would continue to add runs in the middle innings, chasing Midwest starting pitcher Jacob Misiorowski out of the ballgame after 3.1 innings of work. Midwest would hand the ball over to two relievers in the ballgame, Reese Ratchford and Payton Tolle, in an effort to slow down the scorching Southeast offense, but to no avail.
Supported largely by the middle of the lineup, Southeast would go on to score eight runs in total on eight hits and nine walks. Leadoff man Alex Phillips and three-hole hitter Logan Sims combined to go 4-8 with three runs scored in the ballgame.
The victory by Southeast gives them the advantage in the race for the Champions Cup after Southeast also took home the gold for the 13U division in last week's matchup against Southern California.
For more information about the Championship game and the 2018 NTIS, visit the USA Baseball NTIS webpage or follow along on Twitter @USABaseballNTIS
Cary, N.C. - The Southeast region won the 2018 13U National Team Identification Series Champions Cup gold medal after a daring walk-off steal of home, defeating the Southern California region by a score of 4-3 at Coleman Field in Cary, North Carolina.
Southeast got on the board early Sunday morning after Keilon Parnell scored from third base on a wild pitch to give Southeast the early advantage over Southern California in the first inning.
Southern California quickly reacted with a run of their own in the top of the second inning off of a passed ball by Southeast.
Southern California would not stop there. They would go on to take the lead in the third inning after a Southeast error allowed Joshua Donegan to cross the plate. They maintained the lead for much of the ballgame.
Things seemed to be going smoothly for Southern California as they aimed to close out the ballgame in the bottom of the seventh until back-to-back errors allowed Southeast to tie the game with just one out remaining in the ballgame.
With Keilon Parnell standing at third base and two outs, the unthinkable happened. Parnell dashed for home plate as soon as the Southern California pitcher, Kai Caranto, came set to deliver the pitch. Caranto stepped off to throw the ball home, but it was too late.
Parnell slid under the tag and was called safe. Southeast won the ballgame by a score of 4-3 and are the 2018 13U NTIS champions.
Southeast finished the event with a perfect 4-0 record on their way to capturing the championship. Their victory gives the Southeast region the lead in points for the NTIS Champions Cup.
The 15U and 16U NTIS will be held in Cary, N.C. next weekend, August 17-19 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex.
USA Baseball Announces 2018 15U National Team Trials Roster
15U National Team Trials will begin July 29 in Cary, North Carolina
July 5, 2018
DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced on Thursday 54 athletes that have been invited to the 2018 15U National Team Trials following the conclusion of the 15U National Team Championships in Arizona and Florida. Phase 1 of 15U National Team Trials will begin July 29 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.
Eighteen additional athletes will receive invitations to join Phase 1 of 15U National Team Trials following the 2018 USA Baseball 14U National Team Development Program (NTDP), finalizing a 72-man roster. Phase 2 of 15U Trials will begin on August 1 and will feature 34 athletes vying for a spot on the final 20-man national team roster.
The 2018 15U National Team will participate in training in Cary, North Carolina, from August 4-7 before traveling to David, Panama, for the 2018 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup.
"The 15U National Team coaching staff is thrilled with the talent level and character of first group of athletes invited to the national team trials," said Ashley Bratcher, Senior Director of Baseball Operations at USA Baseball. "With twenty-six previous USA Baseball national team and national team development program participants attending trials, we are excited to have seasoned athletes elevate the trials process across the board.
"The next step in this process is for our staff to scout the 14U National Team Development Program in order to finalize our final trials roster. Then, we get to work putting together a team that will aim to bring back its first world cup title in 15U National Team program history."
15U National Team alums and COPABE Pan Am "AA" Championships gold medalists Davis Diaz (Pittsburg, Calif.) and Joshua Hartle (King, N.C.) return to 15U Team trials for the second consecutive year after both earned a roster spot after competing at the 2017 14U NTDP.
In total, 15 total USA Baseball national team alumni are on the trials roster, including Diaz and 13 other members of the 2015 12U National Team that won a gold medal at the WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup in Taichung, Taiwan. Additionally, 23 of the 54 invitees have previously participated in the 14U National Team Development Program.
Twenty-eight players on the 15U National Team Trials roster are new to USA Baseball programming in 2018. The athletes selected for the USA Baseball National Team Trials are chosen from the 15U National Team Championships, the USA Baseball 14U National Team Identification Series (NTIS), the NTDP and recommendations from professional scouts and college and high school coaches.
In total, the 54 athletes invited to 15U Trials span 22 different states and Puerto Rico.
Jason Maxwell will serve as the 15U National Team manager in 2018 and is joined on staff by Manny Crespo, Troy Gerlach and Adam Moseley.
For more information on the 15U National Team and the selection process, please visit USABaseball.com or follow along on Twitter, at @USABaseball15U.
2018 USA Baseball 15U National Team Trials Roster: (Name; Position; Hometown)
Oren Abbott; LHP/OF; Short Hills, N.J.
Ethan Anderson; C; Virginia Beach, Va.
^Eldridge Armstrong III; IF/OF; Pasadena, Calif.
^Mario Bejarano; LHP/IF; Tucson, Ariz.
Kyle Bender; RHP; Vacaville, Calif.
^Blake Burke; IF; Brentwood, Calif.
Ethan Campbell; IF/OF; Panama City, Fla.
^Josiah Chavez; C/IF; Santa Paula, Calif.
*^Ryan Clifford; OF/IF; Raleigh, N.C.
^Joey Collier; LHP; Surprise, Ariz.
^Tyler Collins; OF; McKinney, Texas
Justin Colon; IF; Carolina, P.R.
*^Daniel Corona Jr.; IF/RHP; Brooklyn, N.Y.
*Garrett Cutting; IF/RHP; Las Vegas, Nev.
Justin DeCriscio; IF; Orange, Calif.
*^Davis Diaz; IF/RHP; Pittsburg, Calif.
*^Thomas DiLandri; OF/RHP; Las Vegas, Nev.
Samuel Dutton; RHP/OF; Rainbow City, Ala.
^Logan Forsythe; RHP/OF; Biloxi, Miss.
*^Josh Hartle; LHP/IF; King, N.C.
*^Brady House; IF/RHP; Winder, Ga.
Gage Jump; LHP/OF; Aliso, Calif.
*^Cooper Kinney; C/IF; Chattanooga, Tenn.
*^Nick Kurtz; LHP/IF; Lancaster, Pa.
Cale Lansville; RHP/IF; Denver, Colo.
Talmadge LeCroy; C/IF; Belton, S.C.
^Luke Leto; RHP/UT; Portage, Mich.
Christian Little; RHP/IF; University City, Mo.
Rheego McIntosh; RHP/OF; Temecula, Calif.
*Carson McKinney; RHP/IF; Chelseay, Ala.
Brewster Mott; OF/IF; Vacaville, Calif.
Devin Obee; OF; Bowling Green, Ky.
Andrew Painter; RHP; Pompano Beach, Fla.
Aaron Perez; IF/LHP; Santa Ana, Calif.
Matthew Porchas; RHP/OF; Ladera Ranch, Calif.
^Diego Prieto; C; Miami, Fla.
^Tyree Reed; OF; Vallejo, Calif.
*^Joshua Reis; IF/RHP; Wahana, Hawaii
*^Collin Reuter; C/IF; Olive Branch, Miss.
Michael Saumell; C/IF; Spring, Texas
Charlie Saum; C/OF; Ventura, Calif.
*^Cody Schrier; IF; San Clemente, Calif.
*Pierre Seals; OF/IF; Memphis, Tenn.
Ryan Spikes; IF/RHP; Covington, Ga.
^Thomas Splaine; C/RHP; Los Gatos, Calif.
Riley Stanford; RHP/OF; Gainesville, Ga.
Sal Stewart; IF/RHP; Miami, Fla.
*^Zachary Torres; OF; Vista, Calif.
Brian Uribe; RHP; Camarillo, Calif.
Vytas Valincius; IF/RHP; Chicago, Ill.
Jeffery Waters; OF/RHP; Mableton, Ga.
Treylen White; OF/RHP; Moore, S.C.
Timothy Williams; LHP; Shenandoah, Va.
Gage Ziehl; RHP; Penfield, N.Y.
*National Team Alumnus
^National Team Development Program Participant
USA Baseball Announces 2018 17U National Team Development Program Roster
July 3, 2018
CARY, N.C. - USA Baseball announced the 42-man 2018 17U National Team Development Program (NTDP) roster on Tuesday, following the conclusion of the 17U National Team Championships in Arizona and Florida. The weeklong 17U NTDP will be held in Chicago, Illinois, from July 22-26.
The National Team Development Program offers identified athletes an opportunity to connect with USA Baseball staff to better prepare for a future national team experience. The program includes skill development sessions, off-field education seminars and intrasquad Stars vs. Stripes games to assist in the development of the athletes as a person and a player.
"The 2018 17U National Team Development Program is a great opportunity for players to get a jump on competing for a spot on the 18U National Team in 2019," said Matt Blood, USA Baseball 18U National Team Director. "I am excited about the overall level of talent on this year's roster. Our coaching staff and game schedule is going to provide an amazing experience for the student athletes in attendance."
The roster is made up of 42 athletes who were identified and selected based on their participation and performance at USA Baseball sanctioned events, including the National Team Championships and the National Team Identification Series (NTIS), among others. In total, 11 athletes have played on a USA Baseball national team and 11 past NTDP participants are on the roster. Twenty-eight of the invited athletes are new to the USA Baseball national team pool in 2018.
Five of the 42 invitees are alumni of the 2017 15U National Team that won a gold medal at the COPABE Pan American "AA" Championships in Colombia, while an additional five players were members of the 2016 15U National Team that won bronze at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup.
Yohandy Morales (Miami, Fla.), Carson Tucker (Phoenix, Ariz.) and Anthony Volpe (Watchung, N.J.), were all members of the inaugural 12U National Team that won gold at the 2013 International Baseball Federation (IBAF) World Championships in Taipei City, Taipei, and will be reunited at the 2018 17U NTDP in Chicago.
In addition, Carter Young (Selah, Wash.), who was a member of the 2017 18U National Team that won Team USA's fourth consecutive WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup gold medal, is returning to the 17U NTDP for the second year in a row in 2018.
Four additional members of the 2017 17U NTDP are returning to the program in 2018, and overall, 11 of the invited athletes have participated in the USA Baseball National Team Development Program previously.
Pete Crow-Armstrong (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) and Masyn Winn (Kingwood, Texas) have been teammates for their entire Team USA careers, appearing on the 2014 12U National Team, 2016 14U NTDP and 2017 15U National Team together.
American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Hall of Famer Jack Leggett will serve as the field coordinator for the event after coaching in 2017. Ricky Meinhold and Gregg Ritchie will join Leggett on the staff and serve as additional evaluators for the event.
For more information on the National Team Development Program please follow @USABaseballNTDP on Twitter or visit USABaseball.com.
USA Baseball Announces 2017 National Team Identification Series Selections
A total of 62 athletes were selected for 2018 national team programming from the 2017 NTIS
September 7, 2017
DURHAM, N.C. - On Thursday, USA Baseball announced the 62 athletes that were selected to 2018 National Team programming from the 2017 National Team Identification Series (NTIS) that was held at the National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina from August 9-27. The announcement was made through an online selection show on USABaseball.com for the ninth year in a row. The show can be viewed here.
The 62 selected athletes represent 17 different states and 13 regions across the U.S. Eleven regions boast more than one selection while ten states had multiple players chosen.
Under the direction of USA Baseball scouts, the 2017 NTIS featured over 1,200 of the nation's best players competing in 172 games, as well as skill testing and on-field evaluations. Six athletes were chosen to compete at the 2018 USA Baseball Tournament of Stars, 2 athletes to the 2018 18U National Team Trials roster, 18 athletes were invited to the 2018 17U National Team Development Program (NTDP) and twelve athletes each to the 2018 12U National Team Trials, 15U National Team Trials and 14U NTDP.
"There was an incredible amount of talent at this year's NTIS from all across the country and our task force had a difficult job selecting just sixty-two players," Senior Director of Baseball Operations Ashley Bratcher said. "We are excited about the players coming out of the 2017 event and we are looking forward to seeing their impact on next year's national team programming."
The 2017 USA Baseball National Team Identification Series (NTIS) is the most comprehensive player identification program offered by Team USA. With tryouts in every region of the country, players now have greater access to USA Baseball National Team opportunities than ever before. The program includes six separate age groups -- 11U, 13U, 14U, 15U, 16U and 17U.
The 2017 National Team Identification Series selections are as follows:
Name; Position; Hometown
2018 12U National Team Trials invitees: (from 11U NTIS)
Luis Ayden Almeyda; IF/OF; Hawthorne, N.J.
Cole Bernstein; RHP/IF; El Segundo, Calif.
Brayden Charness; LHP/IF; Calabasas, Calif.
Masato Chilcutt; IF/C; San Antonio, Texas
Kayson Cunningham; IF; San Antonio, Texas
Ernie Echevarria; C/IF; Miami, Fla.
Linkin Garcia; IF/RHP; Fullerton, Calif.
Adam Haight; IF/RHP; Snohomish, Wash.
Seth Hernandez; IF/RHP; Ontario, Calif.
Dean Moss; RHP/IF; Hillsborough, Calif.
Ethan Puig; IF; Miami, Fla.
Michael Torres; OF/LHP; Miami, Fla.
2018 14U National Team Development Program invitees: (from 13U NTIS)
Nathan Aguilar; IF/RHP; Torrance, Calif.
Tyler Avery; RHP/IF; Las Vegas, Nev.
Brandon Barriera; LHP/IF; Coconut Creek, Fla.
Karson Bowen; C/RHP; Anaheim Hills, Calif.
Joseph Brown; C/IF; Petaluma, Calif.
Jamie Felix; OF/IF; Kingland, Ga.
Steven Milam; IF/RHP; Las Cruces, N.M.
Mason Neville; OF/LHP; Las Vegas, Nev.
Mikey Romero; IF; Temecula, Calif.
Marcos Rosales; IF/RHP; Covina, Calif.
Logan Saloman; IF/RHP; Chandler, Ariz.
Christopher Scinta; IF/LHP; Tamarac, Fla.
2018 15U National Team Trials invitees: (from 14U NTIS)
Mario Bejarano; LHP; Tucson, Ariz.
Ryan Clifford; OF/IF; Raleigh, N.C.
Thomas DiLandri; OF/RHP; Las Vegas, Nev.
Joshua Hartle; LHP; King, N.C.
Brady House; IF/RHP; Winder, Ga.
Nick Kurtz; LHP; Lancaster, Pa.
Brewster Mott; OF/IF; Vacaville, Calif.
Charlie Saum; C/IF; Port Hueneme, Calif.
Cody Schrier; IF; Coto de Caza, Calif.
Ryan Spikes; IF/RHP; Covington, Ga.
Thomas Splaine; C/IF; Los Gatos, Calif.
Jeffery Waters; OF/RHP; Mableton, Ga.
2018 17U National Team Development Program invitees: (from 15U NTIS)
Phillip Abner; Charlotte, N.C.
Jonathan Cymrot; RHP/IF; San Jose, Calif.
Miles Halligan; RHP/IF; Plymouth, Minn.
Jesse Herrera III; C/IF; San Antonio, Texas
Christian Moore; IF/OF; Brooklyn, N.Y.
Austin Stracener; RHP/IF; New Braunfels, Texas
SoCal wins 16U National Team Identification Series
August 20, 2017
Win: F. Bohm Loss: K. Petersen
Cary, N.C. - Tank Espalin and Taylor Johnson tallied two RBIs apiece, and Southern California overcame an early deficit to win the gold medal at the 2017 USA Baseball 16U National Team Identification Series (NTIS), 6-2 over Northwest, on Coleman Field at the USA Baseball National Training Complex.
Northwest got the scoring started in the home half of the first inning on a couple of wild pitches by Southern California starting pitcher, Fraser Bohm, to take a 2-0 lead. But it was all the offense it could muster.
Southern California took the lead in the top of the fourth inning after Espalin got the inning started with a walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Michael Campagna followed with a single of his own before Charles Acker laced a ball to right to score Southern California's first run. Johnson then followed with a two-RBI single to center to take the 3-2 lead.
They added another three runs in the very next inning behind a two-RBI triple by Espalin and an RBI-single by Keoni Cavaco for the 6-2 lead after five innings.
The Southern California pitchers managed to keep the Northwest offense at bay after the first inning, striking out eight batters. Bohm picked up the win, pitching three innings and striking out five batters. Aker finished the game on the bump, throwing four scoreless relief innings and striking out three.
Dylan Beavers led the Northwest offense with a 2-for-2 day at the plate and a walk. Starting pitcher Kohl Petersen was tagged with the loss, giving up three runs in 3.2 innings of work.
2017 16U NTIS Standings:
1. Southern California
3. Ohio Valley
CARY, N.C. - Trailing 5-6 in the top of the fifth inning, Southwest pieced together a six-run stanza en route to a 11-6 victory over New England in the USA Baseball 15U National Team Identification Series (NTIS) gold medal game on Coleman Field at the USA Baseball National Training Complex.
This is the second championship the Southwest region has won in 2017 after it defeated Southern California, 8-7, in the 13U NTIS gold medal game last Sunday.
Staring down a one run deficit late in the game, Southwest's patience paid dividends as five consecutive walks to start the inning put them in front for good, 7-6. Santino Panaro followed with a two-RBI single and Chase Gallegos launched a two-run double to extend their lead to 11-6.
It was a back and forth affair between the two teams, including six lead changes in the first five innings. New England took the early lead on a Michael Grazer RBI-single to left field in the first inning, scoring Zach Fletcher. They added two more runs in the second, one more run in the third on a Kyle McKrea triple, and two more runs in the fourth.
But Southwest responded with three runs in the third inning and the penultimate six-run inning in the fifth.
Jacob Gutierrez and Panaro led Southwest offensively with 2-for-3 days at the plate. Cade McGee finished 1-for-3 with three RBIs. Dennis Stiles (3-for-4), James Mahoney (3-for-4), Patrick Roche (2-for-3) and McRea (2-for-2) paced New England, combining for 10 hits on the day.
McGee picked up with win on the mound for Southwest after pitching 3.1 innings of relief. Caleb Freeman was tagged with the loss for New England, giving up four earned runs in three innings of work.
2017 15U NTIS Standings:
2. New England
3. Northern California
Cary, N.C.- The 2017 National Team Identification Series (NTIS) concluded on Sunday with Southwest's Ruben Castro completing a seventh inning, four run walk-off rally, to secure the gold medal victory 8-7 over Southern California at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.
Trailing 6-3 entering the bottom of the seventh inning, back-to-back singles from C. Roncal and Tyler Avery kick-started the rally before Roncal scored on a throwing error and Avery advanced to third. Steven Milam followed by hitting a line drive RBI-double to left-center, scoring Avery to bring their deficit to one with no outs in the inning.
Mason Neville would follow Milam with an RBI triple to left field to tie the game at seven apiece.
Southern California intentionally walked back-to-back batters to load the bases to try creating a force at any base, but Castro hit the game-winning RBI-single over the left fielder's head to seal the victory for Southwest.
Milam and Neville both finished with strong games offensively, coming out of the one and two spots in the order. Milam was 2-for-4 with two RBIs, while Neville was 3-for-4 with an RBI and a triple.
Derrick Mitchell got the win for Southwest on the mound throwing three innings in relief. He finished with one strikeout, allowing five hits, three runs and no walks.
Louis Rodriguez, who was 2-for-3, as well as Marcos Rosales, who was 1-for-3 with one RBI, led Southern California offensively. Southern California finished with a silver medal and strong play throughout the 2017 13U NTIS.
USA Baseball will announce its selections for the 2018 14U National Team Development Program on its annual NTIS Selection Show. The selection show will air on USABaseball.com on Thursday, September 7.
13U NTIS Final Standings:
1st Place: Southwest 2nd Place: Southern California 3rd Place: Ohio Valley