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17U Champs

TB SoCal Adidas Wins 17U National Team Championships (West)

June 23, 2017
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Team California 2018 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 4 5 3
TB SoCal Adidas 0 0 0 2 4 1 X 7 9 0

PEORIA, Ariz. - In a back-and-for affair that saw three lead changes and one tie, TB SoCal Adidas defeated Team California 2018, 7-4, on Friday afternoon at the Peoria Sports Complex.

Team California's starting pitcher, Connor Chapman, looked untouchable early on, retiring the first 11 batters he faced. Team California 2018 manufactured insurance runs for their pitcher in the top of the second, knocking a leadoff double and scoring him off a sacrifice fly to pull an early 1-0 lead. Ty Matsunami sent a RBI single into the outfield an inning later, tacking on another run for Team California 2018.

Connor Chapman of California held TB SoCal Adidas relatively in check for the first three frames, as it wasn't until the fourth inning that they scored their first run off Chapman. Lacing two singles with two outs, TB SoCal Adidas tied the game up at two apiece after a balk and a throwing error. Chapman retaliated by catching Keaton Carattini looking for the third out, but the damage was already done.

Helping himself out on the mound, Chapman sent a leadoff double into the alley in the fourth. Connor Henriques sent him home with a two-run home run into the bullpen in left field to give California a 4-2 lead.

That's all the team scored, however, as Jake Thau of TB SoCal Adidas entered with one out in the fifth inning and shut Team California 2018 down. Thau pitched 2.1 innings of perfect baseball, allowing no runs off no hits while striking out three.

TB SoCal Adidas increased their lead with a three-spot in the bottom of the fifth using four hits, a sacrifice fly and an error. Grant Holman demolished a leadoff home run in the bottom of the sixth to bring the score to the final 7-4.

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14U NTDP

USA Baseball Announces 2018 14U NTDP Roster

2018 14U NTDP will take place July 23-27 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex
July 9, 2018

DURHAM, N.C. - The 2018 14U National Team Development Program (NTDP) roster was announced by USA Baseball on Monday. The final 40-man roster has been named following the conclusion of the 2018 14U National Team Championships in Arizona and Florida. The 14U NTDP will take place at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, July 23-27.

The National Team Development Program offers identified 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 and intrasquad Stars vs. Stripes games to assist in the development of the athletes as people and players.

"USA Baseball is excited to welcome these forty athletes to our National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, for the 14U National Team Development Program," said Senior Director of Baseball Operations Ashley Bratcher. "All of these young men impressed our staff and task force at our National Team Identification Series and the National Team Championships with their talent and character, and we are eager to get to know each of them better and provide them with a comprehensive development opportunity they cannot get anywhere else."

Of the 40 players on the roster, 15 are alumni of the 2016 USA Baseball 12U National Team, including Kai Caranto (Santa Clarita, Calif.) and Owen Egan (Yucaipa, Calif.) who also played together on the 2017 12U Team that won a gold medal at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup in Tainan, Taiwan. In addition to being an alumnus of the 12U National Team, Tyler Avery joins the 14U NTDP for the second consecutive year after participating in last year's program.

Former USA Baseball 15U National Team assistant coach Troy Cameron will oversee the program as the field coordinator in 2018.

For the second year in a row, 18 athletes from the 14U NTDP will be selected to the 2018 15U National Team Trials. Phase 1 of 15U Trials will feature 72 athletes and begin on July 29 at the National Training Complex. Phase 2 will begin on August 1 and will feature 34 athletes vying for a spot on the final 20-man national team roster. The 15U National Team will compete in the 2018 WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup in David, Panama.

In 2017, Davis Diaz and Josh Hartle both won a gold medal with the 15U National Team at the COPABE Pan Am "AA" Championships in Cartagena, Colombia, after earning a spot at the 15U National Team Trials following their performance at the 14U NTDP.

Players are selected for the National Team Development Program based on their participation and performance at USA Baseball events. Recommendations from professional scouts, USA Baseball task force members and collegiate, high school and youth coaches at USA Baseball events play a role in the selection process for the National Team Development Program.

The USA Baseball 13U National Team Identification Series (NTIS) and the 14U National Team Championships in Arizona and Florida served as the primary identification event for the 14U National Team Development Program. In total, 25 athletes at the 2018 14U NTDP are new to USA Baseball following their participation in sanctioned identification events.

For more information on the National Team Development Program please visit USABaseball.com or follow @USABaseballNTDP on Twitter.

The roster for the 14U National Team Development program is as follows:

2018 14U National Team Development Program Roster
(Name; Position; Hometown)

*Nathan Aguilar; IF/RHP; Torrance, Calif.
Jaden Anderson; OF/IF; Duluth, Ga.
*^Tyler Avery; RHP/IF; Las Vegas, Nev.
*Brandon Barriera; LHP/IF; Coconut Creek, Fla.
Casey Borba; IF/C; Corona, Calif.
*Karson Bowen; C/RHP; Anaheim Hills, Calif.
*Joseph Brown; C/IF; Petaluma, Calif.
Ryan Cainzos; OF; Miami, Fla.
*Kai Caranto; IF/RHP; Santa Clarita, Calif.
Abel Castrejon; C/OF; Santa Ana, Calif.
*Cutter Coffey; IF/RHP; Bakersfield, Calif.
Justin Crawford; OF; Torrance, Calif.
Kyle Crow; RHP/IF; Linden, Mich.
Dylan Cupp; IF/RHP; Cedartown, Ga.
Demitri Diamant; IF/RHP; Las Vegas, Nev.
Evan Dobias; RHP/OF; Sunrise, Fla.
*Owen Egan; OF/RHP; Yucaipa, Calif.
Duke Ekstrom; RHP/IF; San Diego, Calif.
Jamie Felix; OF/IF; Kingsland, Ga.
Termarr Johnson; IF; Atlanta, Ga.
Dylan Lina; RHP/IF; Carson, Calif.
Kaden Martin; OF/LHP; Redondo Beach, Calif.
Anthony Martinez; C/IF; Fairfield, Calif.
Jackson McKenzie; LHP/IF; Fairhope, Ala.
*Steven Milam; IF/RHP; Las Cruces, N.M.
*Aidan Miller; RHP/IF; Trinity, Fla.
Derrick Mitchell; OF/RHP; Tempe, Ariz.
*Mason Neville; OF/LHP; Las Vegas, Nev.
Christopher Paciolla; IF/OF; Temecula, Calif.
Alvaro Partida Lora; LHP/OF; San Diego, Calif.
Jacob Randolph; C/IF; Vero Beach, Fla.
Michael Rocha; IF/RHP; Chula Vista, Calif.
*Louis Rodriguez; RHP/IF; Long Beach, Calif.
*Mikey Romero; IF; Menifee, Calif.
*Marcos Rosales; IF/OF; West Covina, Calif.
Logan Saloman; IF/RHP; Chandler, Ariz.
*Christopher Scinta; LHP/IF; Tamarac, Fla.
Andrew Villalobos; C/RHP; Globe, Ariz.
Ethan Watson; C/IF; Newport Beach, Calif.
Abraham Zapata; C/RHP; Fontana, Calif.

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

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14U Champs
Nat'l Team Champs

3D Gold Earn Name after Defeating Pacific Baseball Academy in Extras, 14-9, to Take 14U Title

July 7, 2018
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3DG 0 0 0 4 4 0 1 5 14 17 3
PBA 1 3 0 0 5 0 0 0 9 8 3
Win: Kim Loss: Jaffe
 

PEORIA, Ariz.- In a back-and-forth battle, 3D Gold rallied to five runs in the eighth inning to defeat Pacific Baseball Academy, 14-9, in a thrilling 14U Gold Medal Game at Peoria Stadium on Saturday.

The scoring started in the bottom of the first when PBA's Lucas Herman brought in Andrew Citron on an RBI-single through the left side of the infield, giving his team the early one-run lead.

A wild second inning brought three more runs to PBA as four bunts allowed runners to travel the bases and puzzle the Gold defense, putting them at a comfortable 4-0 advantage.

Catapulted by Mario Bejarano's three-RBI double in the fourth, Gold went on to score eight runs to jump to a four-run lead in the fifth, their first of the game. Bejarano went 2-for-2 with a double and three walks in the contest, driving in five runs and scoring once.

"I was taking advantage of the zone," Berjarano said. "I was seeing a lot of balls and I saw one pitch, took it opposite field and got the runs in for my team."

Gold would go on to score four more runs in the next frame. Ryan Lee smoked a leadoff single before Demitri Diamant and Cutter Coffey blasted back-to-back doubles to drive in the first two. Duce Robinson grounded into a fielder's choice to plate the third, and later in the inning Bejarano singled to score Christopher Acosta to push the lead up to four.

"I knew our team could hit," Diamant said. "Our team just keeps going on rolls. If we go down, we're back at it every time."

PBA answered with a roll of their own, as a five-run bottom of the fifth sent them back into the lead. Christian Miranda lead off the inning with a single, and Gasparino reached on an error by the third baseman Burt. Easton Rulli took advantage with an RBI single and Citron reached on another defensive error.

Landry Spitler came in, replacing Coffey, but PBA continued to score. Herman was hit by a pitch before Martin Kaplin launched a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Rulli. Back-to-back singles by Dylan Tatum and Alex Shane would put PBA back in the lead going into the sixth, 9-8.

After Lee singled to lead off the inning, Diamant would single to put courtesy runner Drew Charney in scoring position. Coffey flew out, but that would allow Charney to advance to third. However, Diamant would be caught stealing for the third out, stranding him there.

The PBA offense would go down quietly after the lead runner would be tagged out on two consecutive sacrifice bunt attempts. Gasparino was then picked off at first to bring the Gold offense back to the field.

Robinson would pop out quickly for the first out of the seventh, but a Kim walk, Acosta single and Burt walk would load the bases. Bejarano would then walk to force in the tying run, taking the game to the bottom after Andrew Villalobos and Christian Roncal would both fly out to leave the runners stranded.

PBA would go down 1-2-3 in the bottom to force the game into extra innings.

With the international tiebreaker in effect, Gold came to the plate with runners on first and second, and after a fielder's choice for the first out, they poured on the runs. Lee doubled off the wall in left, followed by back-to-back singles from Diamant and Coffey. An error and sacrifice fly brought home the final two runs of the game, putting 3D Gold in front by the final margin at 14-9.

"I knew the only thing that could trip us up was playing tight," Gold Head Coach Dominic Robinson said. "I do my best to do all the things to keep us loose because I knew that was the one area that could trip us up."

Kim earned the win on the mound after sending the PBA offense down in order in the bottom of the eighth. He threw 2.0 innings in relief and allowed no runs on no hits and just two walks.

"After we scored that first run [in the eighth], the energy felt great," Bejarano said. "It's amazing to win a game like this, going back and forth, it's just great."

3D Gold caps their undefeated run at the National Team Championships at 9-0, outscoring opponents 89-38 along the way.

 

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14U Champs

3D Gold Cruises Past Team Kado Hawaii In Semifinal Game

July 7, 2018

PEORIA, Ariz.- 3D Gold was victorious in Friday's Semifinal matchup at the National Team Championships in Arizona with an 11-2 win over Team Kado Hawaii.

With the win, 3D Gold advances to the Gold Medal Game in hopes to earn its first ever Gold Medal at the National Team Championships.

3D Gold jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the second inning on a pair of singles that were followed up by a double that plated the first three runs of the game.

A six-run fourth inning from 3D gold would put the game out of reach. Six runs on two hits and a series of walks and errors brought the score to 9-0 heading into the fifth.

The 11th run for 3D Gold came on an error in the top of the fifth while Team Kado added two runs in the bottom half of the inning. The Mercy Rule came into play and the final score was 11-2.

Max Burt led the offense for 3D Gold going two-for-three on the day with a team high four runs batted in. Jeremiah Lono of Team Kado, was two-for-three with one run batted in.

Louis Rodriguez earned the win in Friday's matchup pitching five innings while allowing only two runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts. Jaydon Kea was given the loss, tossing one and a thirds inning and giving up two runs on one hit.

3D Gold will face Pacific Baseball Academy tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. in the Gold Medal Game at the National Team Championships in Arizona.

 

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14U Champs

Pacific Baseball Academy Wins In Walk-Off Fashion Over Wilson Sandlot 2022

July 7, 2018

PEORIA, Ariz.- Pacific Baseball Academy (PBA) earned the 7-6 win over Wilson Sandlot 2022 on a walk-off single by Jaffe in the bottom of the seventh inning.

With the victory, PBA secures a spot in tomorrow's 14U Gold Medal Game at the National Team Championships in Arizona.

PBA struck first putting up a two-spot in the bottom of the second inning. A single moved a runner from first who reached on a hit-by pitch, and the very next batter found a gap in left field to bring the score to 2-0.

Wilson Sandlot took the 3-2 lead in the top of the fourth inning, and in the fifth a sacrifice fly from PBA knotted the game at three.

A big inning from PBA in the sixth frame brought the lead to 6-3 but Wilson Sandlot answered right back and tied it up in the top of the seventh inning to make the score 6-6.

In the bottom of the seventh inning, a pair of singles put two on for PBA. A sacrifice bunt moved the runners over, and a one-out single by Jaffe to the right side scored the winning run.

Easton Rull highlighted the offense for PBA going two-for-four with two runs batted in. For Wilson Sandlot, Bailey Gray was three-for-four with one run batted in.

Ryan Egan earned the save on Friday throwing three complete innings allowing three runs on three hits with three strikeouts. Jack Minhinnick was given the loss hurling one inning and allowing one run on four hits.

PBA will face 3D Gold in the Gold Medal Game tomorrow at Peoria Stadium. First pitch is set for 10:00 a.m.

 

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16U Champs
Nat'l Team Champs

MVP Hustle Conquer Canyon Thunder, 8-3, to Claim 16U Gold

July 7, 2018
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MVP 1 0 3 0 2 0 2 8 13 0
CYT 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 3 6 1
Win: Anderson Loss: Figueroa
 

SURPRISE, Ariz.- In a spectacular all-around performance, MVP Hustle defeated Canyon Thunder, 8-3, to claim the title in the 16U Gold Medal Game at Surprise Stadium on Friday.

Led by Mario Tostado, Hustle scored four runs in the first three innings to push out to an early lead. Tostado went 4-for-4 with three runs batted in and three runs scored.

"My teammates were helping me set up," Tostado said. "It was easy to see the ball and I was getting a lot of fastballs up."

Hustle did not wait to get the scoring started, putting a run on the board in the first on Tostado's first hit of the day, scoring Ricky Tiedemann following a leadoff walk.

Thunder put their first runners on base in the second after Ragan singled and Wallace walked with two outs. Hustle starter Figueroa struck out Desiderio to end the frame with no damage being done.

In the top of the third, Hustle expanded the gap to four after Tiedemann and Tostado both singled. Favela then drove a sacrifice fly to left to score Tiedemann before Michael DeHaro doubled to score Tostado. Almaraz cashed in DeHaro, lining a single of his own to left to increase the lead to 4-0.

"They were hunting the fastball," Hustle Head Coach Robert Prieto said. "Our guys were on time with it and they didn't miss those pitches."

A dropped third strike and back-to-back walks in the bottom of the fourth brought the game's next scoring threat for the Thunder, loading the bases for Jimenez. He took advantage with a ground ball single through the second baseman, scoring Frees and Wallace and shrinking the lead to two.

The Hustle offense responded in the top of the fifth with two runs of their own. Gonzalez led off with a triple before Tostado added his third hit, this one a double to center that scored Gonzalez. Thunder then turned a double play on a DeHaro ground ball, but a second run scored on the fielder's choice to set the lead back to four.

Frees represented the first baserunner for the Thunder in the bottom as a perfectly placed drag bunt allowed him to reach first. A double by Ragan followed by a Webb walk loaded the bases and forced a pitching change for Hustle. Reliever Justin Rios walked his first batter, forcing home a run, but that was all Thunder would score from the threat, as Workman grounded into a fielder's choice.

In the bottom of the sixth, it appeared as though Duffalo had a ground ball single to right, but Tostado threw him out at first base to kill the chance and keep the momentum in Hustle's favor.

"I felt like we had the momentum since the first inning," Tostado said. "Our pitchers did really well the whole game."

Hustle would go on to add two insurance runs in the seventh thanks to a Tostado double and DeHaro single before Rios would seal the victory in the bottom of the inning, sitting the Thunder offense down with a pair of fly outs and a ground out.

Anderson was solid in the start, going 4.2 innings. He allowed six hits and three runs, walking five and striking out five.

"I'm extremely happy," Prieto said. "All these kids have been playing for me since they were seven years old. It feels good to come out here and be able to compete with teams from all over the country and just not give in."

MVP Hustle finishes the 2018 National Team Championships at 7-1, outscoring their opponents 51-32 along the way.

 

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14U Champs
16U Champs

Tiedemann, Albritton named Player, Pitcher of the Day for July 5

July 6, 2018

PHOENIX- Ricky Tiedemann of MVP Hustle (16U) has been named Player of the Day after his fantastic all-around performance in two playoff games on Thursday. In wins over San Diego Stars and GBG I.E., Tiedemann was 3-for-8 from the plate with two doubles, two runs scored and a run batted in. He also started the latter contest, throwing a complete game shutout. Tiedemann allowed just three hits and struck out 11 in the victory.

ABQ Guns' (14U) Britt Albritton has been named Pitcher of the Day. Albritton tossed a complete game shutout of his own against Players Choice Academy 14U, allowing just two hits and two walks to go along with 12 strikeouts.

Honorable Mentions
-Caulpepper (16U - GBG I.E.): 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 8 K
-Anthony Dominguez (14U - Dukes Baseball 14): 4-4, 2 2B, 4 RBI, 2 R
-Miles Jenkins (16U - JG Baseball Academy): 3-3, 2 2B, RBI, R
-Mason White (14U - Tucson Champs): 2-4, HR, 3 RBI
-Zacary Tenn (14U - Team Kado Hawaii): 7.0 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 9 K

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14U Champs
Nat'l Team Champs

Team Kado Hawaii Ends Dub Baseball Dynasty 14U, 9-2

July 5, 2018

GLENDALE, Ariz.- In an early morning first-round matchup, Team Kado Hawaii out-slugged Dub Baseball Dynasty 14U, 9-2, at White Sox 3 at Camelback Ranch on Thursday.

Powered by a five-run second, Kado used a flurry of hits to overpower the Dynasty defense. Jeremiah Lono supplied the power, crushing a home run to left in the third along with an RBI triple in the fifth.

The contest started quietly, as both offenses went down without making any noise. A pair of pickoffs by Dynasty starter Pace helped douse the fire on the basepaths in the bottom of the inning.

The scoring started in the bottom of the second when Kado tallied five hits en route to five runs, including a Beau Sylvester triple that plated two runs.

Dynasty got on the board in the third when a double followed by back-to-back singles loaded the bases with one away. An infield fly brought the second out, but Kester-Johnson singled up the middle to drive in the only two runs of the game for his squad.

Lono opened up the bottom of the frame with his solo shot, but a double play on a fly ball ended the inning abruptly for the Kado offense.

Both teams went down relatively quietly in the fourth, but Kado would add on to their lead in the fifth. Imiloa Koka was hit by a pitch, and then an error allowed Makane Honokaupu to reach base safely. Lono then tripled to drive in the eighth run of the morning.

A Kelton Tom RBI double would add one more run in the sixth before Matthew Dinae would shut down the seventh, giving Kado the first-round win.

Davin Lewis pitched well in the start for Kado, going 3.0 innings. Lewis allowed two runs on five hits and one walk, striking out one.

Holding things in place for Kado was Zachary Pascual, tossing 2.2 innings of shutout baseball. Pascual allowed just three hits and struck out four.

Team Kado Hawaii improves to 5-0 and will play their Sweet 16 matchup this afternoon.

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15U

USA Baseball Announces 2018 15U National Team Trials Roster

15U National Team Trials will begin July 29 in Cary, North Carolina
July 5, 2018

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced on Thursday 54 athletes that have been invited to the 2018 15U National Team Trials following the conclusion of the 15U National Team Championships in Arizona and Florida. Phase 1 of 15U National Team Trials will begin July 29 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

Eighteen additional athletes will receive invitations to join Phase 1 of 15U National Team Trials following the 2018 USA Baseball 14U National Team Development Program (NTDP), finalizing a 72-man roster. Phase 2 of 15U Trials will begin on August 1 and will feature 34 athletes vying for a spot on the final 20-man national team roster.

The 2018 15U National Team will participate in training in Cary, North Carolina, from August 4-7 before traveling to David, Panama, for the 2018 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup.

"The 15U National Team coaching staff is thrilled with the talent level and character of first group of athletes invited to the national team trials," said Ashley Bratcher, Senior Director of Baseball Operations at USA Baseball. "With twenty-six previous USA Baseball national team and national team development program participants attending trials, we are excited to have seasoned athletes elevate the trials process across the board.

"The next step in this process is for our staff to scout the 14U National Team Development Program in order to finalize our final trials roster. Then, we get to work putting together a team that will aim to bring back its first world cup title in 15U National Team program history."

15U National Team alums and COPABE Pan Am "AA" Championships gold medalists Davis Diaz (Pittsburg, Calif.) and Joshua Hartle (King, N.C.) return to 15U Team trials for the second consecutive year after both earned a roster spot after competing at the 2017 14U NTDP.

In total, 15 total USA Baseball national team alumni are on the trials roster, including Diaz and 13 other members of the 2015 12U National Team that won a gold medal at the WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup in Taichung, Taiwan. Additionally, 23 of the 54 invitees have previously participated in the 14U National Team Development Program.

Twenty-eight players on the 15U National Team Trials roster are new to USA Baseball programming in 2018. The athletes selected for the USA Baseball National Team Trials are chosen from the 15U National Team Championships, the USA Baseball 14U National Team Identification Series (NTIS), the NTDP and recommendations from professional scouts and college and high school coaches.

In total, the 54 athletes invited to 15U Trials span 22 different states and Puerto Rico.

Jason Maxwell will serve as the 15U National Team manager in 2018 and is joined on staff by Manny Crespo, Troy Gerlach and Adam Moseley.

For more information on the 15U National Team and the selection process, please visit USABaseball.com or follow along on Twitter, at @USABaseball15U.

2018 USA Baseball 15U National Team Trials Roster:
(Name; Position; Hometown)


Oren Abbott; LHP/OF; Short Hills, N.J.
Ethan Anderson; C; Virginia Beach, Va.
^Eldridge Armstrong III; IF/OF; Pasadena, Calif.
^Mario Bejarano; LHP/IF; Tucson, Ariz.
Kyle Bender; RHP; Vacaville, Calif.
^Blake Burke; IF; Brentwood, Calif.
Ethan Campbell; IF/OF; Panama City, Fla.
^Josiah Chavez; C/IF; Santa Paula, Calif.
*^Ryan Clifford; OF/IF; Raleigh, N.C.
^Joey Collier; LHP; Surprise, Ariz.
^Tyler Collins; OF; McKinney, Texas
Justin Colon; IF; Carolina, P.R.
*^Daniel Corona Jr.; IF/RHP; Brooklyn, N.Y.
*Garrett Cutting; IF/RHP; Las Vegas, Nev.
Justin DeCriscio; IF; Orange, Calif.
*^Davis Diaz; IF/RHP; Pittsburg, Calif.
*^Thomas DiLandri; OF/RHP; Las Vegas, Nev.
Samuel Dutton; RHP/OF; Rainbow City, Ala.
^Logan Forsythe; RHP/OF; Biloxi, Miss.
*^Josh Hartle; LHP/IF; King, N.C.
*^Brady House; IF/RHP; Winder, Ga.
Gage Jump; LHP/OF; Aliso, Calif.
*^Cooper Kinney; C/IF; Chattanooga, Tenn.
*^Nick Kurtz; LHP/IF; Lancaster, Pa.
Cale Lansville; RHP/IF; Denver, Colo.
Talmadge LeCroy; C/IF; Belton, S.C.
^Luke Leto; RHP/UT; Portage, Mich.
Christian Little; RHP/IF; University City, Mo.
Rheego McIntosh; RHP/OF; Temecula, Calif.
*Carson McKinney; RHP/IF; Chelseay, Ala.
Brewster Mott; OF/IF; Vacaville, Calif.
Devin Obee; OF; Bowling Green, Ky.
Andrew Painter; RHP; Pompano Beach, Fla.
Aaron Perez; IF/LHP; Santa Ana, Calif.
Matthew Porchas; RHP/OF; Ladera Ranch, Calif.
^Diego Prieto; C; Miami, Fla.
^Tyree Reed; OF; Vallejo, Calif.
*^Joshua Reis; IF/RHP; Wahana, Hawaii
*^Collin Reuter; C/IF; Olive Branch, Miss.
Michael Saumell; C/IF; Spring, Texas
Charlie Saum; C/OF; Ventura, Calif.
*^Cody Schrier; IF; San Clemente, Calif.
*Pierre Seals; OF/IF; Memphis, Tenn.
Ryan Spikes; IF/RHP; Covington, Ga.
^Thomas Splaine; C/RHP; Los Gatos, Calif.
Riley Stanford; RHP/OF; Gainesville, Ga.
Sal Stewart; IF/RHP; Miami, Fla.
*^Zachary Torres; OF; Vista, Calif.
Brian Uribe; RHP; Camarillo, Calif.
Vytas Valincius; IF/RHP; Chicago, Ill.
Jeffery Waters; OF/RHP; Mableton, Ga.
Treylen White; OF/RHP; Moore, S.C.
Timothy Williams; LHP; Shenandoah, Va.
Gage Ziehl; RHP; Penfield, N.Y.

*National Team Alumnus
^National Team Development Program Participant

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14U Champs
16U Champs

Kim, Rivera Named Player, Pitcher of the Day for July 3

July 3, 2018

PHOENIX- Tristan Kim of 3D Gold (14U) has been named Player of the Day for July 3. Kim helped his team improve to 4-0 today, going 3-for-3 from the plate with a single, double and triple in a win over Trombly Tribe. He also added four runs batted in and scored two runs.

SGV Arsenal's (16U) Ethan Rivera has been named Pitcher of the Day after his performance in a win over CBA Dirtbags 16U. Rivera threw a complete game shutout, allowing just three hits two walks. He added five strikeouts to lead his team to a 2-1-1 record in preliminary play.

Honorable Mentions
-Rashid Acosta (14U - Cinco Estrellas): 1-3, Grand Slam
-Dominic Bronk (16U - Slammers Givens): 4-4, 2B, 2 RBI
-Abel Castrejon (14U - Next Level Baseball): 3-3, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI
-Ryan Turner (16U - GBG Marucci Blue): 4-4, 2 2B, 4 RBI
-Landon Weiss (14U - BPA NorCal): 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 5 K, 0 BB, 1-2, 2B, RBI

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17U NTDP

USA Baseball Announces 2018 17U National Team Development Program Roster

July 3, 2018

CARY, N.C. - USA Baseball announced the 42-man 2018 17U National Team Development Program (NTDP) roster on Tuesday, following the conclusion of the 17U National Team Championships in Arizona and Florida. The weeklong 17U NTDP will be held in Chicago, Illinois, from July 22-26.

The National Team Development Program offers identified athletes an opportunity to connect with USA Baseball staff to better prepare for a future national team experience. The program includes skill development sessions, off-field education seminars and intrasquad Stars vs. Stripes games to assist in the development of the athletes as a person and a player.

"The 2018 17U National Team Development Program is a great opportunity for players to get a jump on competing for a spot on the 18U National Team in 2019," said Matt Blood, USA Baseball 18U National Team Director. "I am excited about the overall level of talent on this year's roster. Our coaching staff and game schedule is going to provide an amazing experience for the student athletes in attendance."

The roster is made up of 42 athletes who were identified and selected based on their participation and performance at USA Baseball sanctioned events, including the National Team Championships and the National Team Identification Series (NTIS), among others. In total, 11 athletes have played on a USA Baseball national team and 11 past NTDP participants are on the roster. Twenty-eight of the invited athletes are new to the USA Baseball national team pool in 2018.

Five of the 42 invitees are alumni of the 2017 15U National Team that won a gold medal at the COPABE Pan American "AA" Championships in Colombia, while an additional five players were members of the 2016 15U National Team that won bronze at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup.

Yohandy Morales (Miami, Fla.), Carson Tucker (Phoenix, Ariz.) and Anthony Volpe (Watchung, N.J.), were all members of the inaugural 12U National Team that won gold at the 2013 International Baseball Federation (IBAF) World Championships in Taipei City, Taipei, and will be reunited at the 2018 17U NTDP in Chicago.

In addition, Carter Young (Selah, Wash.), who was a member of the 2017 18U National Team that won Team USA's fourth consecutive WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup gold medal, is returning to the 17U NTDP for the second year in a row in 2018.

Four additional members of the 2017 17U NTDP are returning to the program in 2018, and overall, 11 of the invited athletes have participated in the USA Baseball National Team Development Program previously.

Pete Crow-Armstrong (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) and Masyn Winn (Kingwood, Texas) have been teammates for their entire Team USA careers, appearing on the 2014 12U National Team, 2016 14U NTDP and 2017 15U National Team together.

American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Hall of Famer Jack Leggett will serve as the field coordinator for the event after coaching in 2017. Ricky Meinhold and Gregg Ritchie will join Leggett on the staff and serve as additional evaluators for the event.

For more information on the National Team Development Program please follow @USABaseballNTDP on Twitter or visit USABaseball.com.

2018 17U National Team Development Program
Name; Position; Hometown
Mick Abel; RHP; Portland, Ore.
*^Nelson Berkwich; LHP; Boca Raton, Fla.
Drew Bowser; IF; Woodland Hills, Calif.
*Alek Boychuk; C; Buford, Ga.
Enrique Bradfield; OF; Hialeah, Fla.
Jack Bulger; C; Bowie, Md.
Max Carlson; RHP; Savage, Minn.
Gavin Casas; IF; Pembroke Pines, Fla.
Kellum Clark; IF; Brandon, Miss.
Nate Clow; IF; Federal Way, Wash.
*^Dylan Crews; OF; Longwood, Fla.
*^Pete Crow-Armstrong; OF; Sherman Oaks, Calif.
Jamar Fairweather; IF; Cutler Bay, Fla.
Brandon Fields; OF; Orlando, Fla.
Dax Fulton; LHP; Oklahoma City, Okla.
Alex Greene; RHP/OF; Edgewater, Md.
Austin Hendrick; OF; Oakdale, Pa.
Macauley Horvath; RHP/IF; Rochester, Minn.
*^Jared Jones; RHP/OF; Whittier, Calif.
Colten Keith
Jared Kelley; RHP; Refugio, Texas
Christian Knapczyk; IF; Plainfield, Ill.
Avery Mabe; RHP; Wytheville, Va.
Nolan McLean; IF; Willow Spring, N.C.
^Victor Mederos; RHP; Miami, Fla.
*Yohandy Morales; IF; Miami, Fla.
^Aaron Nixon; IF; Mission, Texas
Liam Norris; LHP; Cary, N.C.
Jack O'Dowd; IF; Boca Grande, Fla.
Caleb Pendleton; C; Jensen Beach, Fla.
Brett Percival; RHP; Lancaster, S.C.
Jackson Phipps; LHP; Dallas, Ga.
Maxwel Rajcic; RHP/IF; Fullerton, Calif.
Jordan Rollins; OF; Miami, Fla.
Drew Romo; C; The Woodlands, Texas
^Blake Shapen; IF; Shreveport, La.
Josh Shuler; OF; Suwanee, Ga.
*Carson Tucker; IF; Phoenix, Ariz.
*^Anthony Volpe; IF; Watchung, N.J.
*^Masyn Winn; RHP/IF; Kingwood, Texas
*^Nate Wohlgemuth; RHP; Owasso, Okla.
*^Carter Young; IF; Selah, Wash.

*Denotes National Team alum
*Denotes National Team Development Program participant

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