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Taurek Named Player, Egan Named Pitcher of the Day for June 24

June 25, 2019

PHOENIX - On day one of seeded action at the 2019 USA Baseball 15U National Team Championships in Arizona, Aiden Taurek and Owen Egan have been named Player and Pitcher of the Day, respectively, for their performances today.

Taurek got on base every single time he stepped into the box, going 4-for-4 and just a home run away from the cycle. Taurek notched a single, two doubles and a triple in his squad's 7-1 win over MountainWest while also knocking in four of the seven runs the So Cal Birds White scored in the victory. With today's win, the Birds total a 3-1 record through action so far.

Egan tossed a complete game no-hitter on the bump today, keeping all but one base runner off the path from BPA. He tossed five innings of no-hit ball to dominate BPA to the tune of a 9-0 run-rule win, striking out five while walking just one better. The win brings the GBG Renegades to a 3-1 record as well.

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NW Futures 2022 Scout Team Defeats Adidas Baseball National Team, 7-3

NW goes undefeated in pool play action with the victory
June 25, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
ABNT 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 3 5 3
NWF 0 0 1 2 3 1 x 7 7 3
Win: Z. Hauser Loss: A. Johnson Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play

PEORIA, Ariz - NW Futures 2022 Scout Team finished pool play in the 15U portion of the National Team Championships in Arizona with a 7-3 victory over Adidas Baseball National Team Tuesday in Peoria, Arizona. 

Adidas struck first in the second inning when an error helped Cade Climie score. He reached base with a line drive double to third. In the bottom of the third, Camden Christenson tied the game for NW Futures with a single on a 1-0 count to push Cole Hubka across. 

NW Futures pulled away in the next inning when Josh Baldwin doubled and Joe Ritz singled to score Matthew Sauve and Baldwin, respectively. NW Futures solidified the win with three runs tallied in the fifth. The rally was led by a sac fly by Uurlandt and a double by Suave. 

Adidas made a run in the sixth, putting two runs on the board. A single by Wilson Woodcox scored Climie and Justin Vossos before NW brought the inning to a close with a 6-4-3 double play. 

Adam Johnson took the loss for Adidas. He lasted two and two-thirds innings, allowing one hit and no runs while striking out two.

Zach Hauser was the winning pitcher for NW Futures. He went three and two-thirds innings, allowing one run on two hits, striking out one and walking one. Hockert and Nicholas Holm entered the game out of the bullpen and helped to close out the game in relief. 

NW Futures went undefeated in pool play and awaits seeding for bracket action that begins Thursday, June 27. Adidas (3-1) will also wait for seeding to determine if the team qualified for bracket play. 

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Fabian Named Player, Olguin-Pacheco Named Pitcher of the Day for June 24

June 25, 2019

PHOENIX - On day two of the USA Baseball 15U National Team Championships in Arizona, Raoul Fabian of NorCal Baseball 2022 Blue and Jake Olguin-Pacheco of Slammers Holzemer have been named the Player and Pitcher of the Day, respectively, for their efforts in their team's wins.

Fabian had a 3-for-4 day at the plate for NorCal, knocking two doubles and a single in their 6-2 win over the CBA Warhawks. Today's win gives NorCal a 3-0 record so far in pool play after notching a three-pitcher combined no-hitter and a 9-1 victory in their doubleheader yesterday. Fabian is currently hitting at a .667 clip through three games while also putting up three RBI today.

Olguin-Pacheco started on the bump today for the Slammers, tossing five innings of one-hit ball without allowing a single run in his first start of the week. He also struck out seven in his outing to propel his squad to an 8-0 blank of Team Bad News and a perfect 3-0 record in the tournament.

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NorCal Baseball 2022 Blue Goes Undefeated in Non-Seeded Action with 6-2 Win Over CBA Warhawks

Six hits in the fifth lead NorCal to victory
June 24, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
NCAL 0 0 0 0 5 0 1 6 11 2
CBAW 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 6 1
Win: B. Jones Loss: J. DeLaTorre Save: C. Ybarra
Box Score | Play-by-Play

PEORIA, Ariz - A late inning lead change helped NorCal Baseball 2022 Blue defeat CBA Warhawks, 6-2, Monday morning on Mariners 4 at the Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria, Arizona. 

CBA crossed home first in the bottom of the third when Mason Montes hit a ground ball single to right and a fielding error allowed him to score. The team made another scoring attempt in the fourth, getting two runners on base, but a fly out to right ended the effort. 

Six NorCal athletes collected hits in the fifth inning when the team took a 5-1 lead over CBA. Toran O'Harran, Chase Ingram, JR Ritchie and Brandon Forrester singled while Caden Thompson and Raoul Fabian each hit doubles to left in the scoring frenzy. 

In the bottom of the sixth, CBA made a last ditch effort to comeback when Connor Abadie scored on a fielder's choice after reaching on a single to right. NorCal scored one more time before the game was over. Fabian sent a double to left and pushed Forrester across the plate as the final run of the ball game. 

O'Harran, Brent Jones and Corbin Ybarra threw for NorCal in the Monday matchup. The trio combined for six hits, two runs, one walk, and six strikeouts. Jones collected the win for his team.

Both NorCal (3-0) and CBA (2-1) await seeding for Tuesday's final round of pool play action in the 15U tournament at the National Team Championships. 

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Nushida Named Player, Denger Named Pitcher of the Day for June 23

June 24, 2019

PEORIA - Day one of the 15U National Team Championships opened up on a high note, as Draven Nushida and Denger have been named Player and Pitcher of the Day, respectively, for their performances today.

Team Kado Hawaii Elite's Nushida had a big day at the plate for his team, notching five hits in seven plate appearances this afternoon. Nushida had three doubles and two singles, knocking in four RBI and also scoring four runs across two games. Elite opened up the morning with a 13-5 win over PFA Next Level and finished up with another dominating win, this time an 11-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Denger of GE - Northern California dazzled on the mound today, tossing five innings while keeping the Reggie Smith Academy completely off the board. NAME sprinkled just three hits across his outing without allowing a run. He also struck out eight while walking two in GE's 5-0 blanking of RSA.

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All Tied Up at 7

ABC and 3D gold end opening game of 15U tournament in a tie
June 23, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
ABC 0 4 0 3 0 0 0 7 7 2
3DGLD 2 3 0 2 0 0 0 7 11 1
Win: None Loss: None Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play

PEORIA, Ariz - Seven runs in seven innings: that's what Aranado Baseball Club (ABC) and 3B Gold each scored in their first game of the 15U National Team Championship on Sunday at the Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria, Arizona. 

The matchup was a donnybrook from the start, with 3D Gold scoring two runs in the bottom half of the first inning before ABC came out in the second and took a 4-2 lead. The lead continued to flip flop until the defense kicked in to hold off anymore scoring attempts by either team.

3D Gold knotted the game at four in the bottom of the second when Steven Milam singled on a line drive and pushed courtesy runner, Connor Mattison, across the plate. The Gold took the lead in the next at-bat with another RBI single to left, this time off the bat of Derrick Mitchell. 

An inning and a half later, ABC regained the lead. An Landon Runge single tied the bases after they were loaded by an error, a walk and a single. Patrick Fregoso was hit by a pitch to give ABC the lead and Damian Hernandez helped score the final run for ABC. 

Play came to a close in a 7-7 decision after seven innings of play had been completed and time ran out on the clock. 3D Gold was able to come back with two triples and a double in the bottom of the fourth, but strong defense by both teams kept more runs from crossing the plate. 

ABC put three guys on the mound in Sunday morning's game. Jakob Russell, Nathaniel Diaz, and Landon Runge combined for 11 hits, seven runs, four strikeouts, and six walks. 3D Gold split time between two Christian Ronocal and Ryan Ward. The pair tossed six strikeouts and two walks while giving up seven hits and seven runs. 

ABC and 3D Gold continued their tournament action on Sunday, matching up with Play vista Orioles-Elite and Team Kado Hawaii, respectively. Both teams continue play on Monday and will receive a half win, half loss for seeding purposes. 

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Task Force: The Framework of USA Baseball

June 23, 2019

PEORIA, Ariz. - With temperatures topping out at 105° in Arizona during the USA Baseball National Team Championships, it takes a special kind of person to bear the heat. While most in the crowd are parents, grandparents or siblings, one might see one or two men sitting behind home plate holding a radar gun or taking notes.

These men are a part of the USA Baseball Task Force assigned to find the best of the best across the country, often working long hours and crisscrossing across the U.S. - and sometimes even to other countries - to do so. Often away from their families for long periods, it takes a special kind of person to dedicate themselves to the task.

"You definitely miss your family, but they're really proud of you for doing it and they understand that it's an honor to represent your country," Task Force member Eric Kibler said. "You're also so locked in that days go by pretty fast and there also isn't a lot of down time."

Kibler, a highly respected figure within the game, has served on the coaching staffs of three gold medal-winning USA Baseball national teams, helping to lead the 2009 16U National Team to a world championship at the International Baseball Federation World Youth Championships in Taichung, Taiwan, and the 2010 16U team to a first-place finish at the COPABE Pan American "AA" Youth Championships in Lagos de Moreno, Mexico. He also helped lead the 18U National Team to a gold medal as an assistant coach at the 2015 World Baseball Softball Confederation U-18 Baseball World Cup in Osaka, Japan.

"Most of the time you spend about 24 days away from start to finish, and that's the longest I've ever been away from my wife and kids," Kibler said. "It was really strange the first time, but that's the hard part for me."

Aside from spending time away from family, being a task force member also requires concentration and attention to detail. While a less experienced scout might miss smaller personality traits on the field like a player throwing a bat or hanging their head after making an error, more experienced scouts like Kibler and fellow Task Force member Tom Succow would see those traits and take them into consideration.

"You don't want a player that's going to be a helmet or bat thrower," Succow said. "You have to pay attention to what the player does from the time he steps onto the field to the time he steps off."

Despite the grind, both men and others in their position see the job as an honor to represent their country while also doing justice to kids around the country. It gives them a chance to shine a spotlight on players who may not have gotten a chance otherwise.

"Watching the players we selected doing well and going on to player college and professional baseball is one of the more rewarding parts of the job," Kibler said. "I was watching the College World Series and thinking about how many of those kids I've worked with and that's a lot of fun."

Before the players get to compete on the highest stages, they first must be identified by the task force at a number of USA Baseball events, including the National Team Championships. Armed with a list of players to watch, each member heads out to grind nine and sometimes even ten-hour days for three weeks straight, trying to find the best to represent the Red, White and Blue. 

With 96 teams in this year's 17U division of the National Team Championships, the duty can be daunting for the group. However, they play a crucial role at these events in scouting talent to hopefully funnel through the USA Baseball system to make the boys into better baseball players and better men.

"The Task Force plays a crucial role in the National Team Championships," Director of Baseball Operations Ben Kelley said. "The ultimate goal is for us to find the best athletes to represent our country on the international stage, and our task force is out at the fields every day scouting and ensuring that we're in the best position to select the best athletes."

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Cymrot Named Player, Jones Named Pitcher of the Day for June 21

June 21, 2019

PEORIA - On the final day of the 2019 USA Baseball National Team Championships in Arizona, Jonathan Cymrot and Keith Jones II have been named Player and Pitcher of the Day, respectively, for June 21. The Zoots Baseball Club teammates propelled their squad to a 14-5 gold medal game win this morning.

Cymrot went 3-for-3 with two doubles and a single in the championship match, knocking in three RBI while scoring a run. The first baseman put the Zoots on the board first in the top of the second with a two-run double, putting his team up 1-0 early. He knocked in two more runs with another double in the top of the sixth to make it 13-5 Zoots.

Jones II came in to relieve Zoots' starter with one out in the fourth, totaling 2 2/3 innings in his outing. The pitcher kept CBA Marucci National scoreless while allowing just two hits and walking one. He kept CBA off their toes, using just 40 pitches to put up eight outs and nail down Zoots' Championship.


Honorable Mentions

-Talamante (Playa Vista Orioles): 3-for-3, 3B, SB, 1 R, 1 BB

-Serrano (Playa Vista Orioles): 3.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 K, 1 BB

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Zoots Baseball Club Claims 17U Gold over CBA Marucci National

A nine run inning led Zoots to a 14-5 victory
June 21, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
ZOOTS 0 2 0 0 9 3 x 14 13 0
CBA 0 0 1 4 0 0 x 5 7 2
Win: T. Hurd Loss: B. Wozniak Save: K. Jones
Box Score | Play-by-Play

PEORIA, Ariz - The first title of the National Team Championships in Arizona was claimed Friday morning by Zoots baseball club as a huge, nine run inning led the team to a 14-5 victory over CBA Marucci National in the 17U championship at the Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria, Arizona. 

Zoots baseball came to play Friday as they jumped out to an early two run lead in the second inning. Back-to-back singles put Nicholas Kresnak and Tommy Splaine on base to score when Jonathan Cymrot doubled on a line drive.

CBA slashed the lead in half in the bottom of the third when Rocco Peppi reached base on a fielder's choice and was pushed across to score on a RBI single off the bat of Zavien Watson.

The Marucci National team nabbed the lead in the next inning, tying the game with a RBI single and taking a two-run lead. Jude Littrell put runners on scoring position with a sac bunt and Jake Vogel tripled to send Trevor Tishenkel and Landon Wallace home. 

From there, it was all Zoots. Back-to-back-back doubles by Gavin Napier, Davis Diaz, and Kresnak put Zoots up 7-5. The team continued to score, ending the top half of the fifth with an 11-5 lead thanks to Vincent Bianchina and Tommy Thrasher who each hit an RBI in the effort. 

Eight Zoots athletes had a hit in the game. Napier (2-for-3), Kresnak (2-for-4), Cymrot (3-for-3) and Wall (2-for-3) all had multi hit games.

Brett Wozniak, Sharp, Rio Britton, and Fisher Pyatt all spent time on the mound for CBA. The squad combined for 13 hits, 14 runs, six walks and three strikeouts. 

Thatcher Hurd collected the win for Zoots on the bump. He gave up five hits and two walks and struck out five batters in the contest. 

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Zoots Get Final Say in 7-5, Semi-Final Victory Over Playa Vista Orioles National

Diaz sent his first triple of the tournament down the left field line to lead his team to victory
June 20, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
ZOOTS 0 0 2 0 3 0 2 7 8 0
PVON 2 0 1 0 2 0 0 5 10 0
Win: M. Gonzales Loss: S. Diaz Save: T. Splaine
Box Score | Play-by-Play

PEORIA, Ariz - The Zoots Baseball Club noticed a spot in the 17U championship game with a two-run RBI triple from Davis Diaz in the top of the seventh. The game was knotted at five heading into the final outs of the game when Diaz stepped into the box on Thursday on Padres Four at the Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria, Arizona.

Playa Vista jumped out early, pushing two runs across in the bottom of the first. Alex Talamante and Brock Kleszcz both singled and were in scoring position when Mitchell Torres hit a two-run RBI single to Zoots right fielder, Nicholas Kresnak. 

Zoots responded in the third in nearly identical fashion. Nicholas Yorke singled and Gavin Napier followed with a double. The athletes were standing on third and second, respectively, when Diaz hit a ground ball to Kleszcz, the Orioles centerfielder, and scored the pair. 

The Orioles scored in the bottom frame to regain the lead when Caiden Huber's sac-fly scored Jeff Pierantoni who singled to lead off the inning. 

The back and forth scoring efforts continued in the fifth inning. Yorke cleared the bases for Zoots with a three-run, opposite field shot over the right-field wall. It was his first homer and 11th hit of the tournament. Keith Jones II and Wall also scored on the play. 

The bottom of the inning proved fruitful for the Orioles as they tied the score a five before a line out ended the effort. A hit by pitch and a walk but the tying run on first in the body of Pierantoni and a sac bunt moved him over the second. Marc Pallares would send runners home with a ground out to Orioles second baseman, Vincent Bianchina. 

An inning later, Diaz solidified the win for Zoots with his triple to left. 

Mitchell Torres, Drake Wertlieb, and Sebastian Diaz all saw time on the bump for the Orioles. The trio combined for eight hits, seven runs, and five strikeouts. Max Gonzales collected the win for Zoots and Tommy Splaine came in for the save, the tandem tossed two strikeouts and allowed 10 hits in the game. 

Zoots Baseball Club will take on CBA Marucci National for the 17U title on Friday morning at 10 a.m. (PT) at the Peoria Sports Complex. 

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