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Southwest Captures 11U NTIS Gold

Southwest takes home its first gold in 2018
August 26, 2018
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Southwest 0 0 1 2 2 0 1 6 8 4
Southern California 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 4 1
Win: Brody James  Loss: Landon Hovermale  Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | Highlights
 

CARY, N.C. - In the final championship game of the 2018 National Team Identification Series (NTIS), Southwest captured its first gold medal of the tournament with a 6-2 win over Southern California on Sunday, August 26 at Thomas Brooks Park. After tying the game at one in the third inning, Southwest sent a runner home in all but one of the following innings en route to the title. 

Following a swift three up, three down top half of the first inning for Southwest, Southern California shortstop Branden Carrillo tallied the first run of the game on a wild pitch.

In the top of the third inning, Southwest tied the game at one run a piece courtesy of an RBI single to left field from the extra hitter Colton Christman. 

With the game still tied in the top of the fourth with two outs, Southwest was able to take the lead for good. Following two walks, third baseman Gavin Hottle sent an RBI single to right field, and righty Brody James was able to cross the plate on an error to give Southwest a two-run lead headed into the bottom half of the frame. 

Southern California was able to cut the deficit to just one when left fielder Gary Morse III sent a runner home in the bottom of the fourth, but a ground out to the shortstop ended the inning. 

Southwest was able to get the run right back and more to open the fifth, as a Christman ground out scored first baseman Ryan Harwood and a bases loaded walk cushioned their lead 5-2. 

A bases loaded walk in the top of the seventh inning tallied the final run of the game, and Southwest went home with the gold.  

Southwest pitcher Brody James was lights out on the mound, lasting seven innings while allowing just four hits and two runs with four strikeouts and just one walk. 

A trio of Southwest players (Christman, Harwood and Hottle) managed multiple hits to lead the team offensively.  

Estevan Rodriguez led Southern California at the plate, going 2-for-3.

For more information about the 2018 NTIS, visit the USA Baseball team page or follow along on Twitter @USABaseballNTIS.

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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
647-781-0818
rylevey@gmail.com

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15U

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.

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15U

Team USA's Comeback Victory Over Cuba Clinches Spot in Gold Medal Game

The red, white and blue will play for the gold medal at approximately 11 a.m. CT on Sunday
September 21, 2019
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CUBA 2 3 0 0 0 0 x 5 8 1
USA 0 0 0 0 5 1 x 6 9 1
Win: B. Olivera Loss: D. Molina Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | WBSC Qualifier Stats
 

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico - The 15U National Team secured its spot in the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier gold medal game with a 6-5 comeback victory over Cuba on Saturday at Unidad Deportivo Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Team USA will play Panama for the gold medal on Sunday, September 22 at approximately 11 a.m. CT. 

Aidan Miller (Trinity, Fla.) finished 2-for-2 on the day, hitting the game-winning RBI-single in the sixth inning to lead Team USA's offense in its win over Cuba. Karson Bowen (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) finished the day going 1-for-2 with three RBIs after he kickstarted the U.S. rally with a bases clearing triple in the fifth inning. Termarr Johnson (Atlanta, Ga.) later picked up his lone RBI on the day with a single to score the tying run. Joe Brown (Petaluma, Calif.), Mikey Romero (Menifee, Calif.), Dylan Lina (Carson, Calif.), Nolan Schubart (Durand, Mich.) and Steven Milam (Las Cruces, N.M.) also collected hits on the day.  

Logan Saloman (Chandler, Ariz.) got the start for Team USA on the mound and allowed five runs (four earned) on eight hits through 4.1 innings in a no decision. Brandon Olivera (Hialeah, Fla.) came on in relief and earned the win, pitching 1.2 strong innings of hitless baseball, striking out two. The loss was tagged to Cuba's Danell Molina.

Key Moments
• Cuba jumped out to an early lead in the contest after three singles made it 2-0 in the top of the first.
• he Cubans added to their lead when they scored three runs on three hits and an error in the top of the second to make it a 5-0 ballgame.
• After four scoreless innings, the bats got going for Team USA as a walk, a fielder's choice and two singles loaded the bases for Bowen, who then sent a three-RBI triple to centerfield to bring the score to 5-3.
• A Milam RBI-double pulled the U.S within one and Johnson's RBI-single tied the game at 5-5 the bottom of the fifth inning.
• Miller stepped to the plate in the bottom of the sixth with runners in scoring position and knocked an RBI-single into right field to score the game-winning run for the score of 6-5.
• The game was called after the sixth inning due to darkness.

Notable Information
• Team USA improved to 7-1 in the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier and finished Super Round play with a 4-1 record, earning a spot in the gold medal game on Sunday.
• The win clinched Team USA's berth to the 2020 WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup.
• Karson Bowen led the stars and stripes offensively during Super Round action, batting .429 (6-for-14) with one double, one triple, one home run and eight RBIs.
• Brandon Olivera collected the win over Cuba after pitching 1.2 innings of hitless baseball and striking out two batters.

Up Next
The 15U National Team will face Panama in the gold medal game of the 2019 WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier on Sunday, September 22 at approximately 11 a.m. CT on Field One at Unidad Deportivo Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

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15U

Team USA Falls to Panama, 9-7

The red, white and blue will finish Super Round action on Saturday at 2 p.m. CT
September 20, 2019
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USA 1 1 5 0 0 0 0 7 8 4
PAN 2 1 1 1 4 0 x 9 10 0
Win: P. Munoz Loss: B. Barriera Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | WBSC Qualifier Stats
 

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico - Despite tallying seven runs, the 2019 15U National Team suffered its first loss of the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier to Panama, 9-7, in game two of Super Round action on Friday at Unidad Deportivo Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

Karson Bowen (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) led Team USA with two hits while hitting his first home run of the tournament in the second inning and collecting two RBIs. Also, four addition members of the stars and stripes collected hits in the contest. Panama's offense recorded 10 hits and three walks to claim the victory. 

Brandon Barriera (Coconut Creek, Fla.) got the start for the U.S. and suffered the loss after giving up nine runs (six earned) on 10 hits with four punchouts in 4.1 innings of work. Panama's Pedro Munoz, who allowed one run on four hits and struck out two, was awarded the win. 

Key Moments
• Mikey Romero (Menifee, Calif.) doubled down the left field line and Joe Brown brought him home with an RBI-single to give the U.S. an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning.
• Panama took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first with an RBI-triple and a passed ball.
• Bowen hit his first home run of the tournament in the top of the second to tie the game at 2-2.
• Panama responded in the bottom frame and retook the lead, 3-2, on a Team USA error.
• The U.S. tied the game at three in the third thanks to a bases loaded walk by Kai Caranto (Santa Clarita, Calif.).
• With the bases loaded, Schubart laced a bases-clearing double to right field to give the U.S. a 6-3 lead in the top of the third inning.
• Bowen's RBI-single extended the U.S. lead to four as Team USA led 7-3 after the top half of the third inning.
• Panama scored one run in the bottom of the third and fourth innings, took the lead with an RBI-single and triple in the bottom of the fifth and sealed the 9-7 victory in the same inning with a sac-bunt.

Notable Information
• The U.S. moves to 3-1 in the Super Round and 6-1 overall at the 2019 WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier.
• The loss snapped the 15U National Team's six-game win streak in tournament action.
• Joe Brown (2-for-4, RBI), Nolan Schubart (2-for-4, 3 RBIs) and Karson Bowen (2-for-3, HR, 2 RBIs) accounted for six of Team USA's eight hits on the day.
• Brandon Barriera (1-1) was tagged with the loss when he surrendered nine runs (six earned) on 10 hits while striking out four batters in 4.1 innings of work.

Up Next
The 15U National Team completes Super Round action at the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier against Cuba on Saturday at 2 p.m. CT on Field One at Unidad Deportivo Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. If Team USA wins on Saturday, it will earn a spot in the gold medal game on Sunday.

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Team USA Earns Comeback Victory Over Venezuela

The U.S. walked-off Venezuela to earn first super round win
September 19, 2019
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VEN 1 1 1 3 0 0 0 6 7 1
USA 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 7 6 2
Win: E. McElvain Loss: D. Gold Save: None
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PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico - The 15U National Team earned its first super round win at the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier in walk-off fashion with a 7-6, seventh inning comeback victory over Venezuela on Thursday at Unidad Deportivo Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

Trailing 4-6 heading into the final frame, Team USA remained discipline at the plate and used a hit by pitch, a single, and a trio of walks to achieve the comeback. A bases-loaded walk to Bowen scored the winning run for the stars and stripes.

Joe Brown (Petaluma, Calif.) finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored to lead Team USA's offense in its win over Venezuela. Dylan Lina (Carson, Calif.), Aidan Miller (Trinity, Fla.), Karson Bowen (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) and Steven Milam (Las Cruces, N.M.) also collected hits in the game. 

Duke Ekstrom (San Diego, Calif.) got the start for Team USA on the mound and allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits while tossing three strikeouts in three innings of work. Spencer Butt (Davie, Fla.) came on in relief in the fourth inning and gave up three runs (one earned) on four hits before Ethan McElvain (Thompson's Station, Tenn.) took over in the seventh inning to toss one punchout and earn the win. The loss was attributed to Daniel Gold after he allowed the winning run to score on a walk. 

Key Moments
• Venezuela jumped out to an early lead in the contest after a two-out RBI-double made it 1-0 in the top of the first inning.
• Team USA scored three runs in the bottom frame courtesy of a Venezuela error, a Lina RBI-single and a passed ball, giving the U.S. a 3-1 advantage.
• An RBI-double and single in the second and third innings, respectively, tied the game at 3-3 for Venezuela.
• In the bottom of the third, Miller sent an RBI-double to left that score Brown and the U.S. retook the lead, 4-3.
• Venezuela earned its first lead of the game in the fourth inning with a pair of fielder's choices and an RBI-ground out to put the team up 6-4.
• Trailing by two runs, the U.S. loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh and mounted a comeback as three bases-loaded walks allowed the red, white and blue to walk-off the game with a 7-6 victory.

Notable Information
• Team USA improved to 6-0 overall in the tournament and currently holds a 3-0 record in super round action.
• McElvain (1-0) earned the win in his second appearance at the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier, striking out one in his lone inning of work.

Up Next
The USA Baseball 15U National Team will continue super round action as the No. 1 seed out of Group A at the 2019 COPABE U-15 Pan-American Championships on Friday, September 20 against Group B No. 1-seed Panama at 2 p.m. CT on Field One at Unidad Deportivo Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

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Team USA Defeats Mexico to go Undefeated in Pool Play

The U.S. earned the Group A No. 1 seed for Super Round action
September 17, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
USA 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 3 5 1
MEX 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 3 0
Win: M. Matthijs Loss: D. Castillo Save: None
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PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mex - The 15U National team scored three runs on five hits to defeat Mexico, 3-1, and finish pool play with a perfect 5-0 record at the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier on Tuesday at Unidad Deportivo Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. 

Team USA will compete as the No. 1 seed out of Group A in the Super Round that begins on Thursday, September 19. 

The game was a defensive battle as Team USA stranded 12 Mexico base runners, including bases-loaded situations in the third, fourth and fifth innings. On the offensive side, five U.S. batters collected hits, including one RBI-double off the bat of Dylan Lina (Carson, Calif.) that put Team USA on the board in the third inning. 

Matthew Matthijs (Greenville, N.C.) started for the red, white and blue on the bump and put together 3.1 scoreless innings of work, surrendering just three hits with one punchout to earn the win. Ethan McElvain (Thompson's Station, Tenn.) and Luis Rodriguez (Long Beach, Calif.) came on in relief, combining to give up one run and tossing four strikeouts in the contest. 

Key Moments

• Team USA broke through in the top of the third inning when a Dylan Lina two-RBI double to center-field put the team up 2-0.
• A passed balled allowed Termarr Johnson (Atlanta, Ga.) to score after he singled to get on base earlier in the fifth inning, extending the U.S. lead to 3-0.
• Mexico used a walk, an error and a passed ball to move a runner around and score in the bottom of the fifth inning, for the final score of 3-1.

Notable Information

• Team USA finished pool play undefeated and will compete in the Super Round as the No. 1 seed from Group A.
• Matthew Matthijs earned the win after he tossed 3.1 scoreless innings to start the game.
• Termarr Johnson led the team through pool play action, hitting .500 (5-for-10) with a double, a triple and five stolen bases.

Up Next
The 15U National team will begin Super Round action as the No. 1 seed from Group A on Thursday, September 19 at 1 p.m. CT. Team USA's opponents will be determined on Tuesday evening after pool play has been completed.

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Team USA Comes From Behind to Defeat Dominican Republic

The U.S. scored 12 runs on nine hits to secure the victory
September 16, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
USA 1 3 0 2 2 3 1 12 9 2
DR 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 8 3
Win: L. Saloman Loss: X. Peralta Save: None
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PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico - The 2019 15U National Team scored 12 runs on nine hits, including four with two outs, to come from behind and defeat the Dominican Republic 12-6 for its fourth win of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier on Monday at Unidad Deportivo Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. 

The stars and stripes were led at the plate by Termarr Johnson (Atlanta, Ga.), who went 3-for-3 with four runs scored. Additionally, Karson Bowen (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) had a solid day at the plate, going 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Four other members of Team USA collected hits, including Mikey Romero (Menifee, Calif.), Aidan Miller (Trinity, Ga.), Joe Brown (Petaluma, Calif.) and Steven Milam (Las Cruces, N.M.).

Brandon Olivera (Hialeah, Fla.) started on the mound for Team USA and threw 1.1 innings, allowing four hits and six runs (one earned) while striking out three. Logan Saloman (Chandler, Ariz.) came into the game in relief and earned the win after 5.2 innings of work in which he scattered four hits and struck out eight. The Dominican's Xavier Peralta, who allowed four runs on five hits in 2.1 innings, was tagged with the loss. 

Key Moments
• Team USA jumped out to an early lead in the contest after Johnson scored on a Romero groundout to make it 1-0 in the top of the first inning.
• Milam and Kai Caranto (Santa Clarita, Calif.) scored on a pair of errors and Johnson crossed the plate on a wild pitch in the top of the third to give Team USA a 4-0 lead.
• The Dominican Republic used back-to-back-back RBI-singles in the bottom of the second to tie the game at 4-4.
• The Dominican Republic took the lead in the bottom of the second when a passed ball and a groundout allowed two runs to score, making it 6-4.
• A Johnson RBI-single and Romero sac-fly tied the game at 6-6 in the top of the third inning.
• Bowen sent a two-RBI double through the left side to take back the lead for the U.S. in the top of the fifth inning, 8-6.
• Romero knocked a single through right side to extend the red, white and blue's lead to 9-6 in the top of the fifth inning.
• Dylan Lina (Carson, Calif.) grounded into a fielder's choice that allowed two runs to score and extended Team USA's lead to 11-6 in the top of the sixth inning.
• Bowen scored the final run for Team USA on a passed ball in the top of the seventh and Saloman collected all three outs from the mound in the bottom frame to give the U.S. a 12-6 win.

Notable Information
• Team USA improves to 4-0 in pool play at the 2019 WBSC U-15 Americas World Cup Qualifier.
• Termarr Johnson leads the offense through four games, batting .667 (4-for-6) with six runs, a double and a triple.
• Mikey Romero leads the team in RBIs in the tournament with seven.
• Logan Saloman (1-0) earned his first win of the qualifying event with his stellar 5.2 innings of work in which he tallied eight strikeouts white scattering four hits without allowing a run.
• Logan Saloman leads the Team USA pitching staff in the tournament with 11 strikeouts through 7.2 innings pitched.

Up Next
The 15U National Team finishes pool play at the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier on Tuesday, September 17 against Mexico at 10:30 a.m. CT on Field One Unidad Deportivo Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Both teams are currently undefeated in pool play action.

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