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16U NTDP

Stripes Take Game One of 16U NTDP with Win over Stars

Big offensive inning from Stripes secure 6-5 win at Coleman Field
August 1, 2019
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STAR 0 0 1 0 1 1 2 0 x 5 10 1
STRP 0 0 2 0 3 4 0 x x 6 9 1
 

CARY, N.C. - A four-run sixth inning proved to be the difference as the Stripes defeated the Stars, 6-5, in the first game of the 2019 USA Baseball 16U National Team Development Program (NTDP) Thursday night at Coleman Field in Cary, North Carolina.

Jayson Jones (Savannah, Texas) paced the Stripes offense, going 1-for-1 with two RBIs. Additionally, Devin Obee (Nashville, Tenn.) also had an efficient night from the plate, going 2-for-3 with an RBI. On the other side of the ball, the Stars combined for 10 hits and five runs scored in the game.

Four different pitchers from each team spent time on the mound. Gavin Ochoa earned the win for Stripes, while Samuel Dutton (Southside, Ala.) tallied three strikeouts over two innings pitched. For the Stars, Cale Lansville fanned four of the six batters he faced.

Key Moments:

• Tyree Reed (Vallejo, Calif.) tallied the game's first run with an RBI-groundout to third which allowed Tyler White (Panoma, Calif.) to reach home.
• After being held scoreless in the first two innings, Stripes responded in the bottom of the second when David Horn (Murrieta, Calif.) hit a hard grounder that reached the center field grass and scored Jones to tie the game up at one run apiece.
• After a failed attempt at a pickoff play, Lorenzo Carter (Bear, Del.) reached home from third to put the Stripes up 2-1. 
• In the top of the fifth, Chase Spencer (Plano, Texas) crossed the plate on a passed ball to tie the game up at 2-2.
• With one out and a runner on second, Thomas Dilandri (Las Vegas) singled on a hard-hit ground ball to left field and brought home Reed to give the Stars a 2-1 lead.
• The Stripes scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth, led by Jones who hit a two-run RBI-double to center field which gave his squad a three-run lead. 
• Spencer was responsible for two runs in the top of the seventh for the Stars, but his team would be held scoreless from there, securing the 6-5 win for the Stripes.

Notable Information:

• The Stripes advance to 1-0 to start the 16U NTDP series.
• The two teams combined for 19 total hits, with the Stars tallying 10 and the Stripes recording 9. 
• Both teams recorded five strikeouts each on the day.

Up Next:

• Game two of the 16U NTDP will take place on Thursday, August 2, at 7:00 p.m. EST at Coleman Field in Cary, N.C. 

Social Media:

• Stay tuned to @USABaseballNTDP on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the 17U National Team Development Program. 

 

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16U NTDP

16U NTDP Concludes on Monday

August 4, 2019

 

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Stars 1 0 4 1 1 0 1 1 x 9 9 0
Stripes 0 2 1 1 3 0 2 x x 9 9 0
 

 

CARY, N.C. - Game three of the 2019 16U NTDP Stars vs. Stripes series ended in a stalemate, as both teams scored nine runs on Monday at Coleman Field in Cary, North Carolina.

Offensively, both teams were effective at the plate, with both teams combining for nine runs and nine hits. The Stripes were led by Devin Obee (Nashville, Tenn.), who went 1-for-4 with three RBI's, and Lorenzo Carrier (Bear, Del.), who went 1-for-3 with two RBI's. The Stars logged nine runs on just four RBI's. Three different players had two or more hits, while four players registered one RBI. 

Both teams struggled from the mound on Monday morning, with a combined total of 18 hits given up in the contest, nine from each team, along with 14 total walks.

Key Moments:

• In the bottom of the first and after stealing third base, the Stars' Chase Spencer (Plano, Texas) scored the first run of the game on a wild pitch from Gavin Ochoa (Rohnert Park, Calif.).
• The Stripes' Ochoa beat Sal Stewart (Miami, Fl.) in an 11-pitch at bat in the bottom of the first with a runner on third to end the inning.
• The Stars added two more runs in the top of the third after Michael Saumell (Spring, Texas) and Spencer both reached home on wild pitches in consecutive at bats to put the Stars up 4-2.
• In the bottom of the fourth, the Stripes' Carrier hit an RBI-single to left, bringing Boyd home and cutting the deficit to two and bringing the score to 6-4.
• Down by three in the bottom of the fifth, Obee doubled on a liner to right that drove in two runs, bringing the Stripes within one run at 7-6.
• The Stripes tied the game up once again in the bottom of the seventh when Obee hit a sacrifice-fly to deep right-field, allowing Clifford to score safely and tie the game up at eight runs apiece.
• The Stars were able to respond in the top of the eighth and tie the game at nine runs apiece thanks to Spencer crossing the plate on a wild pitch. The game would end in a tie due to time constraints. 

Notable Information:

• There were a combined 18 hits and 18 runs in game three, nine from each side.
• No pitcher threw more than two innings in the contest.
• Game three was the first game played in a double header scheduled for Monday, August 5.
• There were a combined 18 hits and 18 runs in game three, nine from each side.
 

 


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Stars 2 3 2 0 0 x x x x 7 5 0
Stripes 0 0 0 0 1 x x x x 1 4 0
 

 

DURHAM, N.C. - The Stars defeated the Stripes, 7-1, in the final game of the 2019 16U NTDP Stars vs. Stripes series on Monday at Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, North Carolina. 

The Stripes offense was led by Tyree Reed (Vallejo, Calif.), who went 1-for-3 with three RBI's, and Cooper Kinney (Chattanooga, Tenn.), who went 1-for-2 with two RBI's.

The Stars pitching staff was led by Jaron Nevarez (San Ramon, Calif.), who allowed just one hit in two innings pitched along with two punchouts, and Tyler Gough (Perris, Calif.), who registered three strikeouts on and zero runs allowed in two innings pitched.

Key Moments:

• In the top of the first and with a runner on first, the Stars' Nick Kurtz hit an RBI-triple to the right-field corner that scored the game's first run.
• Continuing in the first, Josh Hartle brought Kurtz home with an RBI-groundout to second and made the game 2-1 in favor of the Stars.
• In the top of the second with the bases loaded, Tyree Reed hit a bases-clearing double that put Stars on top 5-2.
• In the top of the third, Cooper Kinney hit a two-run RBI-single to increase the Stars lead to 7-0. 
• The Stripes were able to get on the board off of an RBI-triple hit by Lorenzo Carrier (Bear, Del.), bringing the game to 7-1.

Notable Information:

• The Stripes were held to just four hits against the Stars pitching staff.
• Cooper Kinney finished the 16U NTDP with a series-high six hits.
• Devin Obee led the series with six RBI's over the four-game span.
• Tyler Gough led both teams' pitcher staffs with seven strikeouts over the four-game series.
• No pitcher threw more than two innings in the contest.
• The Stripes finished the 2019 16U NTDP Stars vs. Stripes series 2-1-1.
• The Stars finished the 2019 16U NTDP Stars vs. Stripes series 1-2-1.
• Game Four of the Stars vs. Stripes series was cut short due to inclement weather. 

Social Media:

• Stay tuned to @USABaseballNTDP on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the 16U National Team Development Program.  

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16U NTDP

Stripes Improve to 2-0 with Win over Stars

Stripes pitching staff holds Stars to just four hits over eight innings
August 3, 2019
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Stripes 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 2 x 6 8 3
Stars 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 x 1 4 3
 

 

CARY, N.C. - After six scoreless innings, the Stripes plated six runs in the final two innings to defeat the Stars, 6-1, in the second game of the 2019 USA Baseball 16U National Team Development Program (NTDP) Friday evening at Coleman Field in Cary, North Carolina.

It was a classic pitcher's duel for most of the game, as neither team could tally a run until the seventh inning. Devin Obee (Nashville, Tenn.) and David Horn (Murrieta, Calif.) led the Stripes offense, each with two RBIs. Ryan Clifford (Raleigh, N.C.) and Jayson Jones (Savannah, Texas) were each responsible for a run as well. Notably, Davis Diaz earned a walk in all three of his plate appearances. 

Five pitchers spent time on the bump from both teams. Xavier Perez (Corpus Christi, Texas) earned the win for the Stripes, while the rest of the pitching staff combined for seven strikeouts throughout the game. For the Stars, Tyler Gough (Perris, Calif.) was effective, striking out four batters in two innings.

Key Moments:

• In the top of the seventh, Jones earned an RBI-walk to score the game's first run and give the Stripes the lead.
• With the bases loaded, Obee singled on a hard-hit grounder that reached left field and drove in two runs, increasing the Stripes lead to 3-0 in the top of the seventh.
• Later in the seventh, Clifford earned a walk with the bases loaded and gave the Stripes a 4-0 lead. 
• The Stars got on the board in the bottom of the seventh after Gabriel Miranda (Orange, Calif.) scored from third on a wild pitch, bringing the score to 4-1.
• In the top of the eight, Horn ripped a hard grounder up the middle and brought home the Stripes final two runs of the game, giving the Stripes a 6-1 lead.

Notable Information:

• Perez earned the win for the Stripes after two innings pitched and added four punch-outs.
• Nick Kurtz suffered the loss for the Stars after three runs allowed in his appearance.
• The Stripes now take a 2-0 series lead with two games left to play at 16U NTDP.

Up Next:

• Game three of the 16U NTDP will take place on Sunday, August 4, at 7:00 p.m. EST at Coleman Field in Cary, N.C. 

Social Media:

• Stay tuned to @USABaseballNTDP on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the 16U National Team Development Program.  

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16U NTDP

USA Baseball Announces 2019 16U NTDP Staff

Nova Southeastern Head Coach Greg Brown to serve as field coordinator in 2019
July 26, 2019

DURHAM, N.C. - The staff for the 2019 16U National Team Development Program (NTDP) was announced by USA Baseball on Wednesday. Greg Brown (Nova Southeastern) returns to the 16U NTDP staff as the 2019 Field Coordinator after serving as a coach at the inaugural event in 2018.

The NTDP offers athletes an opportunity to connect with USA Baseball staff to better prepare for future national team experiences. The program includes skill development sessions, off-field educational seminars, an intrasquad series between Stars and Stripes teams and exposure to professional scouts, college recruiters and USA Baseball national team staff and task force.

Florida International University (FIU) Head Coach Mervyl Melendez and current area scout for the Arizona Diamondbacks Dan Ramsay will join Brown on staff and serve as the managers of the Stars and Stripes teams, respectively.

"We are incredibly excited about this staff and we have no doubt that these coaches will provide our athletes a first-class experience," said 18U National Team Program Director Frank Jagoda. "The 16U National Team Development Program serves as a great stepping stone for the players at this age level and our staff cannot wait to start working with them."

Brown completed his ninth season at the helm of Nova Southeastern (NSU) in 2019, where he has guided the Sharks to NCAA South Region Tournament appearances in seven of his nine years. He was named the 2016 Division II National Coach of the Year by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) after leading his team to the program's first-ever NCAA Division II National Championship. Since 2011, Brown has averaged over 35 wins a year with the Sharks and has had 18 players selected in the MLB Draft, including a program-record 10 in 2017.

Before taking the head role at NSU, Brown served as an area scout for the Houston Astros in 2009 and 2010, as well as an assistant coach at Broward Community College in 2008. He played professional baseball for four seasons in the Miami Marlins minor league system from 2003-2006 before starting his coaching career.

The field coordinator, with the assistance of additional coaches and evaluators made up of former professional players, respected collegiate and high school coaches, and professional scouts, will assess 36 athletes during the NTDP week.

The Stars team will be managed by Melendez and he will be joined by Pitching Coach Mike McRae, who is currently an assistant coach at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), and Assistant Coach Frank Maldonado, who just finished his fourth season at the helm of Greensboro College.

Ramsay will guide the Stripes team and his staff will include Centre College Head Coach Drew Briese as the pitching coach and 17-year MLB veteran and Oaks Christian School (Westlake, Calif.) Head Coach Royce Clayton as an assistant coach.

University of Pittsburgh Head Coach Mike Bell and Jacksonville University Head Coach Chris Hayes also join Brown's staff for the NTDP as the pitching coordinator and defensive coordinator, respectively.

The 2019 16U NTDP will take place July 31-August 5 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

USA Baseball and the coaching staff utilized a rolling invitation process for the 16U NTDP roster that was announced on July 11, selecting athletes from the 2018 National Team Identification Series (NTIS), the 2019 16U National Team Championships in Arizona and Florida, as well as through recommendations from scouts, coaches and the amateur baseball community.

For more information on the USA Baseball National Team Development Program, visit USABaseball.com and follow @USABaseballNTDP on Twitter.

The coaching staff and their bios are as follows:

Name; NTDP Position; Current Position
Mike Bell; Pitching Coordinator; University of Pittsburgh Head Coach
Drew Briese; Stripes Pitching Coach; Centre College Head Coach
Greg Brown; Field Coordinator; Nova Southeastern Head Coach
Mike Garza; Stripes Assistant Coach; University of Virginia
Chris Hayes; Defensive Coordinator; Jacksonville University Head Coach
Frank Maldonado; Stars Assistant Coach; Greensboro College Head Coach
Mike McRae; Stars Pitching Coach; VCU Assistant Coach
Mervyl Melendez; Stars Manager; FIU Head Coach
Dan Ramsay; Stripes Manager; Arizona Diamondbacks Area Scout

Mike Bell finished his first year as the head coach at Pittsburgh in 2019, following seven years as an associate head coach at Florida State. Bell joined Florida State in 2012, where he oversaw the pitching staff and helped guide the Seminoles to two College World Series appearances. Under his guidance, the Florida State pitching staff led the country with 635 strikeouts in 2018 and he has coached 25 draft picks since 2012, including six in 2017 and 2014 first round selection Luke Weaver. In his first five seasons with the Seminoles, Bell's staffs posted an ERA below 3.50 - the lowest three-year total since 1999-2001 - and a sub-3.00 ERA for the first time in 10 years following the 2013 season. The Sarasota, Florida, native also coached at Oklahoma and Tennessee prior to his time with at FSU. He helped to lead both programs to the College World Series and set program strikeout records at both stops with 568 at Tennessee in 2005 and 583 at Oklahoma in 2010. Following a successful career as a player at Florida State that saw the Seminoles reach the College World Series in 1994 and 1995, Bell was selected in the 20th round of the 1995 draft by the Montreal Expos. He spent six years in the minor leagues, including reaching the Double-A level with the Baltimore Orioles' organization.

Drew Briese returns to the USA Baseball coaching ranks in 2019 after serving as an assistant coach for the 2016 15U National Team. He has also served as an evaluator and coach with USA Baseball since 2013, including coaching at the 2015 14U National Team Development Program. Briese is currently the head coach at Centre College (Danville, Ky.) where he guided the Colonels to the semifinals of the 2018 Southern Athletic Association conference tournament in his second season at the helm. Prior to his time at Centre, Briese joined the Birmingham-Southern College (Birmingham, Ala.) coaching staff in 2006 and helped lead the Panthers to 10 conference tournament and regular season titles with four straight NCAA Division III Regional appearances.

Greg Brown is currently serving as the head coach at Nova Southeastern University. In 2016, he was named the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Division II National Coach of the Year after leading his team to the program's first-ever NCAA Division II National Championship. Before his time with the Sharks, Brown worked as an assistant coach at Broward Community College and was an area scout for the Houston Astros. He also played minor league baseball for three years in the Miami Marlins organization. This is Brown's third coaching stint with USA Baseball after previously serving as a coach at the 2018 16U National Team Development Program and the 2013 and 2014 Tournament of Stars.

Currently the coordinator of video and scouting for the University of Virginia baseball team, Mike Garza will make his USA Baseball coaching debut in 2019. Prior to his time at UVA, Garza served as a volunteer assistant coach at the United States Naval Academy. He helped guide the Midshipmen to its second-highest win total in program history (38) and the Patriot League Championship series. Garza was selected in the 20th round of the 2012 MLB Draft by the Milwaukee Brewers and spent four seasons in the organization's minor league system.

Chris Hayes finished his third year as the head coach at Jacksonville University in 2019 and will make his USA Baseball coaching debut with the 16U National Team Development Program. Hayes has led the Dolphins to 108 wins in his time at the helm, as well as the program's first 40-win season since 2006 and its first NCAA postseason appearance in seven years in 2018. In his first year as the head coach, Hayes guided the team to a 13-game winning streak - the program's longest in 26 years - and the ASUN Championship final. Prior to being named Jacksonville's head coach, Hayes had two tenures as an assistant with the Dolphins, serving in that role from 2003-08 and then again from 2013 until taking the reins for the 2017 season. In between the two stints, he spent five seasons as the head coach of the Seminole State College of Florida. Hayes was selected in the 28th round of the 1995 MLB Draft by the Toronto Blue Jays and spent five seasons in the organization's minor league system before starting him coaching career.

Frank Maldonado is currently entering his fifth season as the head coach at Greensboro College (Greensboro, N.C.). During his time at the helm, Maldonado led the Pride to its first 20-win season since 2012 in 2017 and an appearance in the USA South Athletic Conference Championship series for just the third time in program history in 2019. His teams also hold the Greensboro College records for most at-bats and hits. Prior to his time in Greensboro, Maldonado spent six seasons coaching at the University of Tampa, where he helped lead the Spartans to three NCAA Division II National Championships. He has also coached at the University of South Florida, California Lutheran University and Barstow Community College in his career. 2019 marks Maldonado's first year with the National Team Development Program; however, he is no stranger to USA Baseball, having also served as a scout at the USA Baseball National Team Championships in Florida.

Entering his third season as an assistant coach at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Mike McRae has helped lead the Rams to Atlantic 10 regular season titles in 2017 and 2019. Before his time at VCU, McRae spent 14 seasons as the head coach at Canisius College (Buffalo, N.Y.) where he was a four-time MAAC Coach of the Year. Under his guidance, the Golden Griffins went from winning just four games in 2004 to claiming the program's first two MAAC Championships and making the program's first appearances in the NCAA Tournament in 2013 and 2015. This will be McRae's first time coaching for USA Baseball.

2019 marks Mervyl Melendez's third year coaching at the National Team Development Program (NTDP) after previous stints with the 2015 17U and 2016 14U NTDPs. He also helped lead the 2018 18U National Team to its fifth consecutive COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championships gold medal last fall. Melendez was named the head coach at Florida International University (FIU) in 2016 after leading the programs at Alabama State and Bethune-Cookman. While at the helm of Bethune-Cookman, he won 30 or more games in nine seasons and led Alabama State to school-record win totals three times, while compiling 537 wins and a dozen NCAA Tournament appearances with the two programs. Melendez was named the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Coach of the Year in 2014 and 2016 and has earned Coach of the Year honors 11 times in his career. In addition, he became the second-youngest head coach in NCAA Division I history to record 300 career wins after reaching the mark in 2009.

Currently an Area Scout for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Dan Ramsay will make his USA Baseball coaching debut at the 2019 16U National Team Development Program (NTDP). He served as the manager of the Minnesota Twins Gulf Coast League affiliate in 2018 after nine years as the head coach at Whitworth University (Wash.). Under his guidance, the Bucs made three appearances in the NCAA Division III tournament and one trip to the NCAA Division III World Series in 2012. He was also named the NCAA Division III West Region Coach of the Year in 2012.

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17U NTDP

Stripes Win Game Four to End 17U NTDP Series in Tie

July 24, 2019
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STRP 2 1 1 0 0 3 0 1 0 8 10 2
STAR 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 3 5 2
 

MILWAUKEE, Wisc. - The 2019 USA Baseball 17U National Team Development Program (NTDP) concluded on Thursday with the Stripes getting a win at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to end the series versus the Stars in a 2-2 tie.

Roc Riggio (Simi Valley, Calif.) and Austin Stracener (New Braunfels, Texas) teamed up to lead the offense for the Stripes. Riggio went 3-for-4 with one run, two RBIs and three stolen bases while Stracener hit 2-for-3, tallied two runs, one RBI and two stolen bases. Ryan Clifford (Raleigh, N.C.) helped out the Stars behind the plate with a two-RBI double. 

Both teams had five pitchers spend time on the mound in the contest. Maddux Bruns (Saraland, Ala.) and Michael Davinni (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) led the pitching corps for the Stripes with four and three strikeouts, respectively. All five pitchers for the Stripes struck out at least two batters during their times on the bump.

Key Moments
• The Stripes were swinging early, scoring two runs in the top of the first inning when Pete Crow-Armstrong (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) and Riggio both scored on a Stars error to take a 2-0 lead. 
• A run in the second inning increased the Stripes' lead to 3-0 when Mike Bello (Oak Ridge, N.J.) scored off a Nick Bitsko (Doylestown, Pa.) single to right field. 
• Noah Smith (Chicago, Ill.) hit a single to bring Luke Leto (Portage, Mich.) home in the top of the third inning and give the Stripes a 4-0 lead. 
• Stracener and Riggio hit a single and triple, respectively, to jointly bring home three runners in the sixth inning, extending the Stripes' lead to 7-0. 
• The Stars got on the board in the bottom of the seventh inning when Charlie Saum (Ventura, Calif.) scored on a Stripes error to make the score 7-1. 
• The Stripes responded in the same fashion, adding one run in the top of the eighth when Stracener scored off a Crow-Armstrong double and reclaimed a seven-run lead at 8-1r. 
• Two more runs came in for the Stars in the bottom of the eighth inning when Clifford hit a double to score Marcelo Mayer (Chula Vista, Calif.) and Michael Braswell (Mableton, Ga.). 
• Ryan Spikes (Covington, Ga.) threw a three up, three down bottom of the ninth inning to secure an 8-3 win for the Stripes. 

Notable Information
• The Stars and Stripes series ended in a 2-2 tie. 
• The two teams combined for 23 total strikeouts, with the Stripes totaling 12 and the Stripes adding 11. 
• The Stripes out-hit the Stars 10-5 in the game. 

Social
• Stay tuned to @USABaseballNTDP on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the 17U National Team Development Program. 

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17U NTDP

Stars Take a Series Lead with an 11-4 Win at 17U NTDP

July 22, 2019
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STAR 3 0 0 0 0 2 2 2 2 11 10 4
STRP 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 4 7 5
 

EVANSTON, Ill. - A three-run first inning kick-started a strong showing for the Stars in their 11-4 win over the Stripes on Wednesday afternoon at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois at the 2019 USA Baseball 17U National Team Development Program (NTDP).

Braylon Bishop (Texarcana, Ark.), Brady House (Winder, Ga.) and Charlie Saum (Ventura, Calif.) led the Stars behind the plate, tallying two hits each in the contest. Ryan Clifford (Raleigh, N.C.), Cody Schrier (San Clemente, Calif.) and House all tallied two RBIs, combining for six of 11 for the Stars. Luke Leto (Portage, Mich.) led the Stripes offense, going 2-for-4, scoring one run and earning one of the team's three RBIs. 

The Stars had five pitchers throw throughout the game and six spent time on the mound for the Stripes. All five athletes threw at least one strikeout for the Stars, with Grant Taylor (Florence, Ala.) leading the pack with three of his own in two innings

Key Moments
• The Stars scored first, bringing three runners home in the top of the first inning led by a double from Clifford to take an early 3-0 lead. 
• The Stars increased their lead to 5-0 in the sixth inning when a walk and pair of Stripes errors loaded the bases and Jordan Lawlar (Irving, Texas) and Bishop scored on a sacrifice fly and single, respectively. 
• Adding two more runs in the top of the seventh, the Stars led 7-0 after Saum and Kurtis Reid (Hamilton, Ohio) both scored on ground outs. 
• Schrier scored on a bases-loaded ground out and House followed, scoring on a single from Saum to give the Stars a 9-0 lead heading into the bottom of the eighth inning. 
• The Stars' final two runs came home in the top of the ninth when Michael Braswell (Mabelton, Ga.) scored on a fielder's choice and Lawlar scored on a sacrifice fly to take an 11-0 lead. 
• The Stripes got on the board in the bottom of the ninth inning, scoring off a Leto single, a Roc Riggio (Simi Valley, Calif.) ground out, a single from Mike Bello (Oak Ridge, N.J.) and a Stars error. 

Notable Information
• The Stars take a 2-1 series lead with the win. 
• The two teams combined for 14 total strikeouts, with the Stars tallying nine and the Stripes getting five. 
• The Stripes out-hit the Stars 10-7 in the game. 

On Deck
• The final game in the Stars and Stripes series will take place on Thursday, July 25, at 3:30 p.m. CT at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 

Social
• Stay tuned to @USABaseballNTDP on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the 17U National Team Development Program. 

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17U NTDP

Stripes Lock in a Win to Even the Series at 17U NTDP

July 22, 2019
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STRP 0 0 0 2 0 3 3 1 X 9 12 2
STAR 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 X 5 5 1
 

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The Stripes rallied from a 3-0 deficit to defeat the Stars 9-5 on Monday at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, to even the series in the second game of the 2019 USA Baseball 17U National Team Development Program (NTDP).

Izaac Pacheco (Friendswood, Texas) led the Stripes in scoring, going 3-for-4 with two doubles and one single. Luke Leto (Portage, Mich.) tallied three of the Stripes' nine RBIs with Max Muncy (Carmarilla, Calif.) and Joseph Mack (Williamsville, N.Y.) following with two each. On the other side of the contest, Braylon Bishop (Texarcana, Ark.) led the Stars hitting corps, going 3-for-3 while Marcelo Mayer (Chula Vista, Calif.) and Mark Black (Pittsburg, Pa.) earned two RBIs each. 

Five pitchers for the Stripes made an appearance on the bump while four for the Stars had throwing time. All but two pitchers threw for two or more strikeouts during their short appearances.

Key Moments
• The Stars scored first, bringing home Kurtis Reid (Hamilton, Ohio) and Mayer in the bottom of the first inning off a Stripes error and bases-loaded walk, respectively, for a 2-0 lead. 
• Another bases-loaded walk from Mayer scored Rawley Hector (Van Alstyne, Texas) to increase the Stars lead to 3-0 in the bottom of the second. 
• The Stripes got two runs of their own to cut the Stars lead to 3-2 in the top of the fourth inning when Mack hit a single to score both Pacheco and Ryan Spikes (Covington, Ga.). 
• Pacheco and Leto both crossed home off a triple from Muncy, who went on to score off a Mike Bello (Oak Ridge, N.J.) single to give the Stripes a 5-3 lead in the top of the sixth. 
•Leto hit an inside-the-park homerun in the top of the seventh inning to bring Nick Bitsko (Doylestown, Pa.) and Noah Smith (Chicago, Ill.) in and increase the Stripes' lead to 8-3. 
•The Stars answered in the bottom of the seventh, scoring two runs to make it an 8-5 ballgame when Mayer drew a bases-loaded walk and Black was hit by a pitch. 
•The Stripes put the game out of reach with an insurance run in the top of the eighth inning when Hunter Teplansky (Flower Mound, Texas) scored off a sac fly from Josh Hartle (King, N.C.) to secure the 9-5 win. 

Notable Information
• The Stripes get one in their win column to even the series, 1-1. 
• The two teams combined for 14 total strikeouts, with the Stars tallying nine and the Stripes getting eight. 
• The Stripes out-hit the Stars 12-5 in the game. 

On Deck
• Game three will take place on Wednesday, July 24, at 11:30 a.m. CT at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. 

Social
• Stay tuned to @USABaseballNTDP on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the 17U National Team Development Program. 

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14U NTDP
17U NTDP

2019 National Team Development Programs Underway

July 21, 2019

The USA Baseball National Team Development Program (NTDP) offers athletes an opportunity to connect with USA Baseball staff to better prepare for future national team experiences. The program includes skill development sessions, off-field education seminars, an intrasquad series between Stars and Stripes teams, and exposure to professional scouts, college recruiters and national team staff and task force.

The 2019 NTDPs are underway in Chicago and North Carolina. Follow along on USABaseball.com.

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Sunday, July 21
14U: Stars vs. Stripes (Coleman Field)
17U: Stars vs. Stripes (Wrigley Field)

Monday, July 22
14U: Stripes vs. Stars (Coleman Field)
17U: Stripes vs. Stars (3:30 p.m. ET - Notre Dame)

Wednesday, July 24
14U: Stars vs. Stripes (2 p.m. ET - Coleman Field)
17U: Stars vs. Stripes (12:30 p.m. ET - Northwestern)

Thursday, July 25
17U: Stripes vs. Stars (4:30 p.m. ET - Miller Park)

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17U NTDP

Stars Start 17U NTDP with Win Over Stripes

July 21, 2019
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STAR 1 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 3 9 10 1
STRP 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 3 5 1
 

CHICAGO, Ill. - Early scoring secured a 9-3 win for the Stars over the Stripes on Sunday night at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois, in the first game of the 2019 USA Baseball 17U National Team Development Program (NTDP).

Braylon Bishop (Texarcana, Ark.) led the Stars in scoring, going 2-for-4 with two singles and one walk. Bishop, Cody Schrier (San Clemente, Calif.) and Michael Braswell (Mableton, Ga.) all tallied two base knocks each, combining for six of the team's 10 total hits. On the other side of the ball, five different batters scattered the Stripes' five hits in the game. 

Five pitchers for each team got to spend some time on the mound. Philip Abner (Charlotte, N.C.) and Nick Bitsko (Doylestown, Pa.) both struck out five batters each for the Stars and Stripes, respectively.

Key Moments
• The Stars scored first in the contest, bringing Bishop home in the top of the first inning with a two-out single from Schrier to get on the board for a 1-0 lead. 
• A bases-loaded single from Joshua Pearson (West Monroe, La.) scored Jackson Baumeister (Jacksonville, Fla.) before Marcelo Mayer (Chula Vista, Calif.) scored on a dropped third strike to give the Stars a 3-0 lead in the top of the second. 
• Two more runs came for the Stars when Schrier and Ryan Clifford (Raleigh, N.C.) crossed home in the top of the third to take a 5-0 lead. 
• All three runs for the Stripes came in the bottom of the fifth inning, with Michael Davinni (Laguna Niguel, Calif.), Noah Smith (Chicago, Ill.) and Roc Riggio (Simi Valley, Calif.) all tallying runs. 
• The Stars scored three insurance runs in the top of the ninth, bringing home Mark Black (Pittsburgh, Penn.) on a bases-loaded walk, while Jordan Lawlar (Irving, Texas) and Bishop scored on the same single from Braswell to give the Stars a 9-3 victory. 

Notable Information
• The Stars advance to 1-0 to start the NTDP series. 
• The two teams combined for 26 total strikeouts, with the Stars tallying 12 and the Stripes getting 14. 
• The Stars out-hit the Stripes 10 to five in the game. 

On Deck
• Game two will take place on Monday, July 22, at 3:30 p.m. CT at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. 

Social
• Stay tuned to @USABaseballNTDP on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the 17U National Team Development Program. 

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16U NTDP

USA Baseball Unveils 2019 16U NTDP Roster

July 11, 2019

DURHAM, N.C. - The 2019 36-man 16U National Team Development Program (NTDP) roster was unveiled by USA Baseball on Thursday, following the conclusion of the 2019 16U National Team Championships in Arizona and Florida. The second-annual 16U NTDP will be held at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, from July 31 to August 5.

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, an intrasquad series between Stars and Stripes teams, and exposure to professional scouts, college recruiters and 18U National Team staff and task force.

"We are extremely excited about the second year of the 16U National Team Development Program and this group of athletes," said 18U National Team Program Director Frank Jagoda. "This is an invaluable opportunity for some of the best players in the country to continue to develop both on and off the field, and we cannot wait to get started."

The roster is made up of 36 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, the roster includes eight alumni of USA Baseball national teams and eight players that have participated on an NTDP team in the past.

Twenty-six invitees are new to USA Baseball national team programming in 2019, including 11 athletes that represented their respective region at the 2018 15U NTIS Champions Cup in Cary, North Carolina, and 13 that were selected from the 2019 National Team Championships in Arizona and Florida.

Davis Diaz (Pittsburg, Calif.) returns to USA Baseball for the fifth consecutive year after winning gold with the 12U National Team in 2015 and the 15U National Team in 2017 and 2018, as well as participating in the 14U NTDP in 2016 and 2017. Diaz will reunite with teammates from both the 2015 12U National Team and the 2018 15U National Team at this year's 16U NTDP. 

Daniel Corona Jr. (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Thomas DiLandri (Las Vegas, Nev.), Cooper Kinney (Chattanooga, Tenn.), and Nick Kurtz (Lancaster, Pa.) participated together with Diaz on the 12U National Team in 2015 and were all members of the 14U NTDP in 2017.

In addition, Diaz, DiLandri, Samuel Dutton (Southside, Ala.), Cale Lansville (Centennial, Colo.) and Tyree Reed (Vallejo, Calif.) helped lead the 2018 15U National Team to the program's first-ever World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup gold medal.

USA Baseball will announce the staff of the 2019 16U NTDP at a later date. Stay tuned to USABaseball.com and follow @USABaseballNTDP on Twitter for all the information on the National Team Development Program.

2019 16U National Team Development Program:
Name; Position; Hometown

Carson Applegate; SS/RHP; Columbus, N.J.
Jesse Bullard; RHP/IF; Riverside, Calif.
Lorenzo Carrier; OF/RHP; Bear, Del.
Calvert Clark; OF/RHP; Charlotte, N.C.
^Tyler Collins; OF; McKinney, Texas
*^Daniel Corona Jr.; IF; Brooklyn, N.Y.
*^Davis Diaz; IF; Pittsburg, Calif.
Korbyn Dickerson; OF/RHP; Jeffersonville, Ind.
*^Thomas DiLandri; OF; Las Vegas, Nev.
*Samuel Dutton; RHP; Southside, Ala.
Jake Geis; RHP/IF; San Jose, Calif.
Tyler Gough; RHP; Perris, Calif.
Rafael Gross; OF/IF; Pearland, Texas
Blaise Grove; LHP; Summit Point, W. Va.
^Trevor Haskins; IF; San Jose, Calif.
Jack Holman; 1B/C; Wrightwood, Calif.
David Horn; IF/RHP; Murrieta, Calif.
Jayson Jones; IF; Savannah, Texas
Gage Jump; LHP; Aliso, Calif.
*^Cooper Kinney; IF; Chattanooga, Tenn.
*^Nick Kurtz; LHP/OF; Lancaster, Pa.
*Cale Lansville; RHP; Centennial, Colo.
Kyndon Lovell; LHP; Fort Cobb, Okla.
Gabriel Miranda; 1B; Orange, Calif.
Malcom Moore; C; Sacramento, Calif.
Jaron Nevarez; OF/LHP; San Ramon, Calif.
Devin Obee; OF; Nashville, Tenn.
Gavin Ochoa; RHP; Rohnert Park, Calif.
Xavier Perez; RHP/OF; Corpus Christi, Texas
*^Tyree Reed; OF; Vallejo, Calif.
William Rogers; C/IF; Shoreview, Minn.
Michael Saumell; C; Spring, Texas
Chase Spencer; IF/RHP; Plano, Texas
Sal Stewart; INF; Miami, Fla.
Tyler White; OF; Pomona, Calif.
Austin Young; RHP; Saint Peters, Mo.

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

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