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Team USA Clinches Series Victory with 7-6 Win Over Japan

Series finale to be played at 2:30 p.m. Monday at SunTrust Park in Atlanta
July 9, 2018
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
JPN 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 6 9 0
USA 0 0 0 0 0 3 2 2 X 7 12 2
Win: P. Caracci Loss: N. Shimizu Save: M. Meyer
Box Score | Play-by-Play | U.S. Cumulative | Japan Cumulative
 

MACON, Ga. - Sparked by a mammoth two-run home run by Bryson Stott (UNLV), the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team bounced back from a three-run deficit and held off a furious ninth-inning rally to clinch the series win over Japan with a 7-6 victory at Luther Williams Field, home of the Macon Bacon.

 

Trailing 3-0 going into the sixth, the Team USA bats caught fire in the final three innings. After recording just two extra-base hits in the first three games of the series combined, the red, white, and blue had three doubles and two home runs in the last three frames on Sunday alone.

 

With its third win, the U.S. has officially clinched the 42nd U.S. vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series, improving its series record to 24-18, including a 21-1 mark in series held in the United States. The Collegiate National Team now holds a 127-105-2 record all-time in games against Japan.

 

After getting rained out in Charleston on Saturday, the fifth and final game between the U.S. and Japan has been rescheduled to take place at SunTrust Park, home of the Atlanta Braves, at 2:30 p.m. ET on Monday. The contest is open to the scouting community and those on the team pass list.

 

Four different players had multi-hit contests on Sunday as Team USA tallied a series-high 12 hits. Stott and Dominic Fletcher (Arkansas) both hit two-run home runs in the win, while Andrew Vaughn (California) and Adley Rutschman (Oregon State) each finished 2-for-4 with a single and a double each.

 

Josh Jung (Texas Tech) also had a solid day at the plate, reaching in all four of his appearances with a single, three walks, and a run scored.

 

Pitching in relief, Parker Caracci (Ole Miss) picked up the win with 3.1 shutout innings. He struck out three and allowed just one hit. Max Meyer (Minnesota) pitched the ninth to record his team-leading fifth save of the summer and third against Japan.

 

Making his second start of the series, Japan right-hander Wataru Matsumoto was terrific once again, striking out seven in 5.2 innings. For the series, he now has 23 strikeouts in 12.2 innings of work, allowing just three runs on 10 hits.

 

Team USA had an early opportunity to break the game open, loading the bases with nobody out in the home half of the second, but Japan was able to escape unscathed, retiring a runner at the plate on a fielder's choice before Matsumoto snared a one-hopper back to the mound to start an inning-ending 1-2-3 double play.

 

Japan took the momentum and ran with it, scoring three runs in the next frame. Motoki Mukoyama got the ball rolling with a solo home run over the wall in left in his first at-bat of the series. A couple of two-out RBIs later in the inning on a perfectly executed hit-and-run and a run-scoring, quickly put the U.S. in a 3-0 hole.

 

The red, white, and blue wasn't about to go quietly though with a long sacrifice fly by Bryant Packard (ECU) plating the team's first run in the bottom of the sixth. The next batter then tied the game as Stott (UNLV) launched a towering moonshot down the right-field line and into the train yard beyond the wall for a two-run home run that brought the game back to even at 3-3.

 

Vaughn then gave the U.S. its first lead of the day in the seventh with a two-RBI double to left. Although Japan got one of those runs back in the top of the eighth, Fletcher responded in the home half of the stanza with what would turn out to be a critical two-run longball over the wall in right.

 

With a 7-4 lead and two outs in the ninth, Team USA looked well on its way to victory, but Japan had other ideas. After a walk put runners on the corners, Japan pinch-hitter Ryosuke Aizawa punched a seeing-eye single into right. Two U.S. throwing errors later, he stood on third as the potential tying run as both runners on base crossed the plate to cut the Team USA lead down to one.

 

Meyer was able to buckle down, however, inducing a pop-out to Stott at short two batters later to seal the win and the series victory.

 

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QUOTES

USA Baseball CNT Manager Paul Mainieri

(On the team's offensive effort on Sunday)

"We had a great opportunity early in the game that we squandered with the bases loaded and nobody out, so it seemed like more of the same as the first three games. But we finally came to life. First of all, in that inning Shea Langeliers just missed a two-run homer by a couple of feet and we ended up not scoring so I felt like we were a little bit snake-bit right there. Later on, we were able to come through with some big ones though. Bryson Stott obviously had the big home run to tie the ball game right after Bryant Packard came up big off the bench with a long sacrifice fly for our first run. I thought it was going to go off the wall, but their guy made a great catch. Then Andrew Vaughn, who in all honesty has been struggling in this series, came up with a big two-run double. We got a lucky bounce and then, of course, Fletcher's two-run homer. We thought that was icing on the cake, but it turned out to be critical."

 

(On the key to the victory Sunday)

"It was great to see us swing the bats a little bit better and hit in the clutch, but for me the key to the game was Parker Caracci. Him coming in and doing what he did was huge, especially his last few innings. He only threw six pitches to get through one of his innings, so his pitch count didn't get elevated. Then Matt Cronin was awesome. Max (Meyer) didn't have his best game today but they started running all those left-handed pinch hitters in there and his slider isn't quite as effective against lefties. Then we had that one crazy play to make it a one-run game but, at the end of the day, he was able to get that last out and that is what closers are supposed to do."

 

(On winning the series against Japan)

"Winning a series against Japan is really hard. I have so much respect for them, just the way they go about their business, the way they work, the fundamentals they play the game with. They are a very well managed team so to win three consecutive games after losing the first one says a lot about our guys, but every single game has been a hard-fought nail-biter. We expect tomorrow will be more of the same even though we have won the series. We still want to play to win every day."

 

(On Japan starting pitcher Wataru Matsumoto)

"We struck out 16 times in seven innings against him the other day, so we made a lot of improvement against him. He is a warrior out there. If he was a college kid in the United States he is a clear first-round draft choice. He is really something. He has pitchability with great stuff, but our guys battled him hard. We got some hits today and had some tough at-bats against him. Even when we weren't scoring runs early in the game, we were forcing him to throw an awful lot of pitches and he was pitching on only three days' rest. I think he started to get a little fatigued at the end, but it was key that we made him throw so many pitches even when he was getting us out."

 

(On playing the finale at SunTrust Park)

"We were so disappointed to get rained out last night in Charleston because it is a beautiful ballpark and we were excited about playing. We really wanted to have a day off before going to Cuba but the opportunity to play in a Major League stadium kind of lifts the guys up. I think they were willing to give up the off day to play in a Major League park and I think they are really looking forward to it."

 

USA Baseball Shortstop Bryson Stott

(On hitting a home run in the series-clinching win over Japan)

"It is awesome. That team over there is really good or they wouldn't have come this far to play. They obviously don't like to lose so to be up in that situation and come through for our team was pretty cool."

 

(On playing for Team USA)

"It is unmatched. Wearing these three letters is something I will never take for granted and remember for the rest of my life. Doing it with this group of guys and representing our country is something none of us will ever forget. Being able to win a series against Japan is something we are really proud of and now we want to go down and win a series in Cuba too."

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NTIS

USA Baseball Announces 2018 National Team Identification Series Selections

A total of 68 athletes were selected for 2019 national team programming from the 2018 NTIS
September 10, 2018

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced on Wednesday the 68 athletes that were selected from the 2018 National Team Identification Series (NTIS) to participate in 2019 national team programming. The tenth-annual NTIS was held at the National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, from August 8-26 and for the tenth year in a row, the selection announcement was made through an online show.

Twenty-seven states and 16 regions from across the U.S. are represented by the 68 athletes chosen and fourteen states boast more than one selection.

Under the direction of USA Baseball task force, the 2018 NTIS featured over 1,200 of the nation's best players competing in 172 games, as well as skill testing and on-field evaluations. Twelve athletes were invited to compete at each of the 2019 12U National Team Trials, the 2019 14U, 16U and 17U National Team Development Programs (NTDP) and the 15U National Team Trials. In addition, eight players from the 17U NTIS were chosen to participate in the 2019 18U National Team selection process.

"Our task force had a difficult job selecting just 68 athletes out of the incredible pool of talent from across the U.S. that participated in this year's NTIS," Senior Director of Baseball Operations, Ashley Bratcher, said. "We are excited about the players chosen from the 2018 event and what they will bring to our 2019 national team programming."

The 2018 USA Baseball National Team Identification Series (NTIS) is the most comprehensive player identification program offered by Team USA. With tryouts in every region of the country, players now have greater access to USA Baseball National Team opportunities than ever before. The program includes six separate age groups - 11U, 13U, 14U, 15U, 15U and 17U.

The 2018 National Team Identification Series selections are as follows:

Name; Position; Hometown

2019 12U National Team Trials Invitees:
(from 11U NTIS)
Anthony Del Angel; OF/IF; Rio Rancho, N.M.
Parker Friend; C/RHP; Germantown, Md.
Gavin Hottle; IF/RHP; Irvine, Calif.
Bryant James; IF/RHP; Herndon, Va.
Elijah McNeal; Dublin, Calif.
Luis Mejia; IF/OF; Phoenix, Ariz.
Owen Robinson; LHP/IF; Greensboro, N.C.
C.J. Sampson; RHP/IF; Magnolia, Texas
Kruz Schoolcraft; IF/LHP; Aloha, Ore.
Jayden Stroman; IF/RHP; Medford, N.Y.
Eli Willits; IF/RHP; Fort Cobb, Okla.
Miles Young; IF; Cypress, Texas

2019 14U National Team Development Program invitees:
(from 13U NTIS)
Kai Caranto; IF/RHP; Castaic, Calif.
Angel Cepeda; OF/IF; Union City, N.J.
Carson Dean; OF/IF; Frisco, Texas
Ian Duarte; OF/RHP; Santa Clarita, Calif.
Terry Dunsford; IF/RHP; Grand Bay, Ala.
Keondre Fields; OF/RHP; Nesbit, Miss.
Gavin Grahovac; C/IF; Orange, Calif.
Houston Hirschkorn; IF/RHP; Kingsburg, Calif.
Andre Modugno; IF/Upper Saddle River, N.J.
Brandon Olivera; RHP; Hialeah, Fla.
Kellon Parnell; OF/IF; Pascagoula, Miss.
Brooks Wright; UT/RHP; Knoxville, Tenn.

2019 15U National Team Trials invitees:
(from 14U NTIS)
Mason Balsis; C; Bristow, Va.
Maxwell Clark; OF; Franklin, Ind.
Tyson Dewall; RHP; Folsom, Calif.
Demitri Diamant; OF/RHP; Las Vegas, Nev.
Termarr Johnson; IF; Atlanta, Ga.
Steven Milam; IF; Las Cruces, N.M.
Louis Rodriguez; RHP; Long Beach, Calif.
Logan Saloman; RHP/IF; Chandler, Ariz.
Christopher Scinta; LHP; Tamarac, Fla.
Tyrus Williams; OF; Oxford, Miss.
Jaxon Willits; IF; Fort Cobb, Okla.
Colton Wombles; C; Salem, Ala.

2019 16U National Team Development Program invitees:
(from 15U NTIS)
Jesse Bullard; IF/RHP; Riverside, Calif.
Korbyn Dickerson; OF/RHP; Jeffersonville, Ind.
Jake Geis; RHP; San Jose, Calif.
Rafael Gross; OF/IF; Pearland, Texas
Trevor Haskins; IF; San Jose, Calif.
David Horn; IF/RHP; Murrieta, Calif.
Kyndon Lovell; LHP; Fort Cobb, Okla.
Jaron Nevarez; LHP/IF; San Ramon, Calif.
Xavier Perez; RHP/OF; Corpus Christi, Texas
William Rogers; C/IF; Shoreview, Minn.
Chase Spencer; IF/RHP; Plano, Texas
Austin Young; RHP; Saint Peters, Mo.

2019 17U National Team Development Program invitees:
(from 16U NTIS)
Jackson Baumeister; C/RHP; Jacksonville, Fla.
Mark Black; C/OF; Pittsburgh, Pa.
Michael Davinni; IF/RHP; Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Kade Grundy; RHP/OF; Somerset, Ky.
Samuel Hunt; C/IF; Minneapolis, Minn.
Joseph Mack; C/IF; Williamsville, N.Y.
Michael Morales; RHP/IF; Enola, Pa.
Joshua Pearson; OF/IF; West Monroe, La.
Joseph Quick; RHP/IF; Lake Jackson, Texas
Kurtis Reid; IF/RHP; Hamilton, Ohio
Nate Savino; LHP/OF; Sterling, Va.
Tyler Wiederstein; RHP/IF; Greensburg, Pa.

2019 18U National Team selection process invitees:
(from 17U NTIS)
Jag Burden; OF/IF; Huntington Beach, Calif.
Colten Keith; IF/RHP; Biloxi, Miss.
Harold Coll; IF; Hyde Park, Mass.
Mac Guscette; C/IF; Nokomis, Fla.
Cayden Wallace; IF; Greenbrier, Ark.
Jonathan Vaughns; IF/RHP; Glendora, Calif.
Alex Urban; OF; Lexington, S.C.
Cameron Brown; RHP/IF; Flower Mound, Texas

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12U

Team USA Captures First U-12 Pan Am Gold

USA completes perfect 9-0 tournament record with win over Mexico
September 2, 2018
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Mexico 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 4 2
USA 1 4 2 0 1 2 X 10 10 0
Win: Kibru Pam (1-0) Loss: Salvador Villegas Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-play | Team USA Tournament Stats

 

AGUASCALIENTES, Mexico - Team USA scored seven runs over the first three innings and the quick offensive start led to a 10-2 victory over Mexico to claim gold and win the 2018 COPABE U-12 Pan American Championships with a perfect 9-0 record. It marks the first time the USA has won the tournament after finishing runner-up in 2014 and 2016.

"I can't say enough about our guys," said a joyful USA 12U National Team head coach Todd Fine. "From start to finish, we continued to build everyday. We ran the table and went 9-0. These kids have given everything we have asked of them. It is a special group and they have a medal to show for it."

USA scored at least one run in the first inning of each game of the tournament and Sunday was no different. Leadoff batter Kameron Davis (Albany, Ga.) was hit by a pitch in the bottom of the first inning and eventually scored on an error for a 1-0 USA lead.

The stars and stripes were able to void out the overflow crowd of thousands at CECADI Stadium with a four-run second inning. With the bases loaded, Christian Hamilton (Lauderhill, Fla.) hit a ball booted by the third baseman, resulting in Julius Pfau (Tampa, Fla.) and Brock Thompson (Bakersfield, Calif.) scoring. Masato Chilcutt (San Antonio, Texas) followed with an RBI-single up the middle, and Hamilton completed the four-run inning by scoring on a wild pitch to take a 6-0 lead.

Dean Moss (Hillsborough, Calif.) struck out to leadoff the third inning, but was able to reach on a dropped third strike. Paul Dominguez (Anaheim, Calif.) made Mexico pay for the mistake, hitting a monstrous two-run home run well beyond the center field fence and into the parking lot. Dominguez's fifth home run of the tournament not only provided USA an 8-0 lead, but it also was USA's 38th home run of the tournament to set a USA single-tournament record.

The offense was clicking for USA, but so was Kibru Pam (Pasadena, Calif.) on the mound. The starting pitcher faced one batter over the minimum through his first four innings. He allowed two hits over the span and both were infield singles. He faced trouble in the fifth inning, allowing a runner to score from third base on a bases loaded ground out, but he prevented any further damage with a strikeout for the third out while two runners were in scoring position.

USA matched the Mexico run in the bottom of the fifth inning with a Thompson two-out infield single to score Kailand Halstead (Aberdeen, Wash.). They added insurance in the bottom of the sixth inning with a high arching two-run home run from Hamilton for his fourth home run of the tournament. The blast extended the USA lead to 10-1.

Hamilton, who moved from center field to the mound to start the sixth inning, allowed one hit over the final two innings of work. Mexico's Ricardo Orozco led off the seventh inning with a single and eventually scored on a passed ball. Hamilton was able to force Fernando Rubio into a double play to end the game and the on-field celebration began for the U.S.

Chilcutt (2-for-4), Davis (2-for-3), Moss (2-for-4) and Thompson (2-for-3) each had a multi-hit game for the U.S. Hamilton led the squad with a three-RBI performance. On the mound, Pam (1-0) claimed the victory with one run allowed off three hits and struck out four batters. Salvador Villegas was straddled with the loss for Mexico, allowing seven runs (six earned) off five hits in 3.1 innings.

The win moved USA to 5-2 all-time against Mexico, and they are 1-1 against them in U-12 Pan American championship games. USA went 9-0 in the tournament and their 10-2 win over Mexico was their smallest margin of victory. Their success in the tournament qualified them for the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup in Taiwan. The USA Baseball 12U National Team, winning their first gold at the U-12 Pan American Championships, are a three-time defending world champion at the WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup.

Inside the Numbers
4 - Four members of the U.S. received all-tournament awards and honors. Kibru Pam (MVP), Kailand Halstead (Batting Champion), Dean Moss (RBI Champion, First Baseman) and Brock Thompson (Second Baseman) each received recognition at the conclusion of Sunday's game.

127-7 - The U.S. outscored their opponents 127-7 and they outhit them 122-20. USA's pitching staff pitched two no-hitters and four one-hitters in the tournament. Their prior single-tournament record for runs allowed was 81 (2015) and hits was 87 (2015).

41 - USA combined for 41 runs in the first inning (they did not allow a run in the first inning) during the tournament.

39 - The U.S. hit 39 home runs in the tournament which topped their prior single-tournament high of 37 from the 2016 tournament.

32 - In 38 innings of at-bats, USA scored at least 1 run in 32 of the innings.

12 - Twelve different USA players hit a home run in this season's tournament. Kailand Halstead led the team with six.

.557 - USA hit .557 in the tournament (single-tournament record). Dean Moss led the team hitting .727 (16-for-22).

.579 - The U.S. hit .579 (70/121) with runners on base. They held their opponents to 0-for-22 in the same category through the first five games of the tournament (opponents finished 6-for-62, .097). USA went 53-for-87, .609 with runners in scoring position.

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12U

USA Shuts Out Nicaragua, Ready to Focus on Gold

Team USA gets their fourth one-hitter of the tournament
September 1, 2018
  1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Nicaragua 0 0 0 - - - 0 1 2
USA 9 1 5 - - - 15 16 0
Win: Brady Strohm (2-0)   Loss: Jose Cano  Save: None
Box ScorePlay-by-play | Team USA Tournament Stats

 

AGUASCALIENTES, Mexico - If there were any questions if Team USA is eager and ready to get to Sunday's gold medal game of the COPABE U-12 Pan American Championship, they were answered Saturday at CECADI Stadium. The U.S. used a nine-run first inning and Brady Strohm (Winchester, Calif.) pitched USA's second consecutive one-hitter (fourth of the tournament) to shutout Nicaragua 15-0 in a game shortened to three innings to close out Super Round play.

In the bottom of the first inning, USA sent 13 batters to the plate, with the first 11 batters reaching base safely. Dean Moss (Hillsborough, Calif.) added to his team-leading RBI totals with a two-run single, and three batters later, Brock Thompson (Bakersfield, Calif.) crushed a grand slam for the team's third slam and Thompson's fourth homer of the tournament. Kameron Davis (Albany, Ga.) and Michael Torres (Miami, Fla.) closed out the scoring in the frame with RBI-singles.

Moss hit a single to lead off the second inning and eventually scored on a wild pitch. The run was USA's lone run of the inning and they took a 10-0 lead into the third inning. Nicaragua was unable to record an out in the third inning, as five batters stepped into the batter's box and three hit home runs for USA. Torres and pinch hitter Gavin Garguilo (Coral Springs, Fla.) led off the third inning with back-to-back home runs, and Paul Dominguez (Anaheim, Calif.) ended the game with a three-run home run to activate the run-rule (15-run lead after three innings).

On the mound, Strohm allowed one hit in his three-inning complete game victory, which improved him to 2-0 in the tournament. Nicaragua's Erick Gomez had their lone hit of the game with a two-out single in the top of the second inning. Jose Cano suffered the loss for Nicaragua. He went 0.1 innings and allowed six runs off five hits.

USA produced 16 hits from a combined 11 different players. Dominguez, one of four U.S. players with at least two hits, led the team with a 3-for-3 performance at the dish. He and Thompson co-led the squad with four runs-batted-in.

USA improved their all-time mark to 4-2 against Nicaragua, with a 2-2 mark in games played in COPABE competition. The U.S. is now 8-0 overall in this season's tournament and they completed the Super Round with a 3-0 mark. Sunday, USA will go for their first ever gold medal in the tournament's history. The U.S. will face Mexico, who clinched their berth to the championship game Saturday with a win over Cuba. First pitch is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. (CT) at CECADI Stadium in Aguascalientes.

Inside the Numbers
117-5 - The U.S. has outscored their opponents 117-5 and they have outhit them 112-16. USA's pitching staff has pitched two no-hitters and four one-hitters in the tournament.

40 - USA has combined for 40 runs in the first inning (have not allowed a run), and they are averaging five runs per game in the first inning.

37 - The U.S. has hit 37 home runs in the tournament through eight games. The total matches their single-tournament high from the 2016 tournament. The 37 home runs in 2016 was at a pace of 4.1 per game (averaging 4.6 per game this tournament).

27 - In 32 innings of at-bats, USA has scored at least 1 run in 27 of the innings.

12 - Twelve different USA players have hit a home run in this season's tournament. Kailand Halstead leads the team with six.

.586 - USA is batting .586 in the tournament. Christian Hamilton leads the team hitting .800 (12-for-15).

.590 - The U.S. is hitting .590 (62/105) with runners on base. They held their opponents to 0-for-22 in the same category through the first five games of the tournament (opponents now 6-for-54, .111). USA is 48-for-75, .640 with runners in scoring position.

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12U

USA Stamps Their Ticket To Gold Medal Game

USA defeats Mexico and holds them to one hit in game between unbeatens
September 1, 2018
  1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Mexico 0 3 0 1 0 - 0 1 0
USA 5 4 0 2 X - 11 7 0
Win: Paul Dominguez (2-0)   Loss: Victor Garcia  Save: None
Box ScorePlay-by-play | Team USA Tournament Stats

 

AGUASCALIENTES, Mexico - Team USA's Paul Dominguez (Anaheim, Calif.) and Gavin Gargiulo (Coral Springs, Fla.) combined to hold Mexico to one hit, while Dean Moss (Hillsborough, Calif.) went 3-for-3 with two home runs and six RBI, and the U.S. defeated Mexico 11-0 Friday in the Super Round at CECADI Stadium. Both teams entered the game 6-0 and USA's victory clinched a spot in Sunday's COPABE U-12 Pan American Championship gold medal game.

Dominguez, making his first start on the hill since pitching a no-hitter against Panama on August 26, went 3.2 innings and a single up the middle by Darey Flores to lead off the second inning was the only hit for Mexico. Dominguez, who struck out four batters, walked five batters, but he recovered to hold Mexico 0-for-11 with runners on base (they finished the game 0-for-12). Garguilo pitched the final 1.1 innings and retired all four batters he faced (two by strikeouts). Dominguez was credited with the win and improves to 2-0 in the tourney. The one-hit pitching performance marks the team's third one-hitter of the tournament for USA.

Kameron Davis (Albany, Ga.) opened the bottom of the first inning the same way he has the prior two games and that was with a leadoff home run. His fourth homer of the tournament jump-started a five-run inning for the U.S. The first six USA batters reached base safely and the inning's scoring was capped by a grand slam home run from Moss. The slam was USA's second of the tournament.

USA added to the 5-0 lead in the second inning. Masato Chilcutt (San Antonio, Texas) dumped a single into right field to plate Julius Pfau (Tampa, Fla.) before Kailand Halstead (Aberdeen, Wash.) blasted a three-run home run. Halstead's team-leading sixth home run of the tournament provided USA a 9-0 lead.

Halstead was hit by a pitch in the fourth inning and Moss followed with his second home run of the game to push USA's lead to 11-0. The game ended after the top of the fifth inning with USA leading by more than 10 runs after five innings.

USA finished the game with seven hits, which is their lowest mark in the tournament, but five were for extra bases (four home runs). Moss was responsible for three of the extra base hits, as two home runs and a double made up his 3-for-3 performance at the plate. His six runs-batted-in was the most by a USA member this season (he leads the team with 17 RBI in the tournament).

USA improved their all-time mark to 4-2 all-time against Mexico, with a 2-2 mark in games played in COPABE competition. It was the USA's first win over Mexico on their soil since July 14, 2014 (USA had lost the prior two).

The U.S. is now 7-0 overall in this season's tournament and their 2-0 Super Round record has them a berth into the gold medal game Sunday. Cuba and Mexico face each other Saturday and the winner will clinch the berth to play USA.

USA has one more Super Round contest before Sunday's championship. They face Nicaragua Saturday at 9 a.m. (CT) at CECADI Stadium in Aguascalientes.

Inside the Numbers
102-5 - The U.S. has outscored their opponents 102-5 and they have outhit them 96-15. USA's pitching staff has pitched two no-hitters and three one-hitters in the tournament.

33 - The U.S. has hit 33 home runs in the tournament through seven games. The single-tournament high for the U.S. is 37 from the 2016 tournament. The 37 home runs in 2016 was at a pace of 4.1 per game (averaging 4.7 per game this tournament).

24 - In 29 innings of at-bats, USA has scored at least 1 run in 24 of the innings.

12 - Twelve different USA players have hit a home run in this season's tournament. Kailand Halstead leads the team with six.

.568 - USA is batting .568 in the tournament. Christian Hamilton leads the team hitting .786 (11-for-14).

.584 - The U.S. is hitting .584 (52/89) with runners on base. They held their opponents to 0-for-22 in the same category through the first five games of the tournament (opponents now 5-for-49, .102). USA is 40-for-64, .625 with runners in scoring position.

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WNT

Team USA Drops Bronze Medal Game to Canada, 8-5

Megan Baltzell and Meggie Meidlinger honored with individual awards
August 31, 2018
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Canada 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 5 8 10 3
Team USA 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 5 9 0
Win: A. Schroder Loss: S. Piagno Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-play | World Cup Stats
 

VIERA, FLA. - The USA Baseball Women's National Team ended its run at the 2018 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Women's Baseball World Cup with a heartbreaking 8-5 loss to Canada in the bronze medal game on Friday at the USSSA Space Coast Complex in Viera, Florida.

Despite getting out to an early lead and then forcing extra innings with a late rally, the U.S. couldn't hang on as Canada's bats caught fire in the tenth.

The U.S. took charge in the first inning as it put two runs on the board courtesy of a Michelle Cobb (Wenatchee, Wash.) single and a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch. That lead would hold until the fifth as the pitching locked in on both sides.

Team USA's Brittany Schutte (Gainesville, Fla.) put together a strong start, giving up just four hits in five innings and striking out two. All of the runs Schutte allowed came on one hit as Daphnee Gelinas hit a three-run home run in the top of fifth to give Canada a 3-2 lead.

A rally, sparked by a leadoff single from Jade Gortarez (Riverside, Calif.) and a sacrifice bunt by Amanda Gianelloni (Napoleonville, La.), got the momentum rolling back in the U.S.'s direction in the seventh inning. Malaika Underwood (San Diego, Calif.) came to the plate and the veteran came through once again, roping a double to left-center that tied the game at 3-3 and forced extra baseball.

Stacy Piagno (St. Augustine, Fla.) came took over on the mound in the seventh inning and shut Canada down in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings. But Team USA couldn't cash in on bases loaded situations in the eighth or ninth innings either, sending the contest to the tenth where Canada took control.

The U.S. had its work cut out for it in the bottom of the tenth after Canada put up five runs in the top half for a commanding 8-3 lead. The stars and stripes loaded the bases once again and an AJ Hamilton (Tallahassee, Fla.) single brought in two to cut the deficit to just three but a double play ended the inning and gave Canada the final 8-5 win.

Following the conclusion of the event on Friday night, it was announced by the WBSC that two U.S. players were named to the WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup All-World Team. Megan Baltzell (Stafford, Va.) was named the All-World Designated Hitter, while Meggie Meidlinger (Sterling, Va.) was named the All-World Relief Pitcher. In five appearances in the 2018 event, Meidlinger tallied a 0.00 ERA, while allowing just three hits and striking out three.

Baltzell hit a team-high .500 and also led the tournament in home runs with two. The lefty now owns the WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup home run record after hitting one in the 2016 World Cup and two this year. In addition to being named to the All-World Team, Baltzell won two individual awards for her stellar performance in the event. She took home the hardware for most home runs (2) and most RBI (10).

Team USA finished the World Cup 6-3 with a 1.98 team ERA and a collective .288 average.

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U.S. Beats Dominican Republic, Will Play for World Cup Bronze

Kelsie Whitmore gives up just three hits and no earned runs in start
August 31, 2018
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Dominican Republic 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 2
Team USA 6 0 1 0 1 0 X 8 7 2
Win: K. Whitmore Loss: M. Quero Save: None
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VIERA, FLA. - The USA Baseball Women's National Team finished off Super Round play in the 2018 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Women's Baseball World Cup with an 8-1 defeat of Dominican Republic at the USSSA Space Coast Complex in Viera, Florida, on Thursday night.

Having already secured a spot in the World Cup bronze medal game with Canada's loss to Chinese Taipei earlier in the day, the U.S. still came out swinging.

The Dominican Republic opened the scoring with a run in the top of the first but that was all the team would get in the contest as three U.S. pitchers combined for six subsequent innings.

Kelsie Whitmore (Temecula, Calif.) got her second start of the World Cup on Thursday and set the tone early on the mound for Team USA. She allowed just three hits, one walk and no earned runs in four solid innings before handing the ball to Laura Collins (Hollywood, Fla.) and Emily Tsujikawa (Redmond, Wash.) to finish off the win. Neither relief pitcher gave up a hit in the final three innings.

On the offensive side, the red, white and blue responded to the Dominican Republic's run in the top of the first with a six-run bottom half to put the game away early. The inning was highlighted by clutch hitting as all six runs came with two outs.

Megan Baltzell (Stafford, Va.), Michelle Cobb (Wenatchee, Wash.), Kylee Lahners (Laguna Hills, Calif.) and Anna Kimbrell (Fort Mill, S.C.) collected hits and the squad also took advantage of walks and hit-by-pitches to take a 6-1 lead to the second inning.

Team USA added to its lead with one run each in the third and fifth innings for the final score of 8-1 to claim the win. Baltzell finished the contest 2-for-4 with a run scored and Kimbrell went 1-for-2 with two RBI and a run scored.

The U.S. will play Canada for the 2018 WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup bronze medal at 1 p.m. ET on Friday, August 31, at the USSSA Space Coast Complex in Viera, Fla. This will be the second game in the 2018 tournament between the two teams as they matched up against each other in the Super Round on Wednesday. Team USA came out on top in that game with a 5-1 win. Friday's bronze medal game will be streamed live on the WBSC YouTube channel.

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Super Start Leads to Win to Open Super Round

USA Defeats Venezuela 15-4 at Pan American Championships
August 31, 2018
  1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Venezuela 0 3 0 1 0 0 4 9 0
USA 7 3 0 1 0 4 15 17 0
Win: Ross Felder (2-0)   Loss: Jose Nava  Save: None
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AGUASCALIENTES, Mexico - Team USA blasted six home runs, with three hit in the first inning and two by Christian Hamilton (Lauderhill, Fla.), to help defeat Venezuela 15-4 in their opening Super Round game of the 2018 COPABE U-12 Pan American Championships at Guel Jimenez Baseball Park.

Before the U.S. could get to the bottom of the first, to swing the bats, they had to withstand a quick jab thrown by Venezuela in the top half of the inning. USA, entering the game with five hits allowed in five tournament games combined, surrendered two hits on the opening two pitches of the game. Starting pitcher Ross Felder (Springdale, Ark.) settled down and retired the next three batters in order, including a strikeout with two runners in scoring position to keep Valenzuela off the scoreboard.

Kameron Davis (Albany, Ga.), who hit a home run on the first pitch he saw to lead off the bottom of the first inning Wednesday (against Brazil), did the same thing Thursday with a line drive home run over the right field fence for his third home run of the tournament. Hamilton followed Davis with a homer to complete back-to-back solo shots for a 2-0 U.S. lead. The first five U.S. batters reached base on hits and it led to a seven-run inning capped by a two-run home run from Brock Thompson (Bakersfield, Calif.) for his third home run in the tournament.

Venezuela cut into the USA lead and ended their streak of 16 consecutive shutout innings in the second inning with a two-out three-run home run hit by David Guzman to cut the USA lead to 7-3. The U.S. matched the three runs in the bottom of the second inning. Hamilton started a three-run second inning with another solo home run for his second homer of the game and third of the tournament.

The 10-3 U.S. lead was cut into in the fourth inning with a solo home run by Venezuela's Kevin Ereu. They followed with a pair of hits, which led to Talin Gardini (San Diego, Calif.) relieving Felder. Gardini was able prevent any further damage and was able to record the third out with the bases loaded, which was the first bases loaded at-bit by a U.S. opponent in the tourney.

USA used their offense to finish off the game in the sixth inning. Before an out could be recorded, Masato Chilcutt (San Antonio, Texas) drove in Hamilton and Dean Moss (Hillsborough, Calif.), the fourth batter of the inning, hit a three-run home run to end the game due to a 10-run lead after five innings.

Hamilton completed the game 4-for-4 with two home runs and two runs-batted-in. He was one of six U.S. players with a multi-hit game and he is the second U.S. member this tournament to have a four-hit performance. Chilcutt finished with three hits (3-for-4) and Moss' walk-off provided him with a team-high three runs-batted-in.

Felder was credited with the win (2-0), as he went 3.1 innings and allowed four runs off seven hits. Gardini went 2.2 shutout innings in relief, allowing two hits and striking out three batters.

Venezuela, who fell to 4-2 in the tournament, used three pitchers in the first inning (starter Jose Nava, who did not record an out, was tacked with the loss), and settled with Jenderson Suarez for 4.1 innings of work. Suarez allowed six runs off eight hits. Guzman led them at the plate, going 2-for-4 with three RBI.

USA moved their all-time mark to 4-1 all-time against Venezuela, with a 3-0 mark in games played in COPABE competition. The U.S. is now 6-0 overall in this season's tournament and 1-0 in Super Round play . They continue the three-game Super Round series in Aguascalientes Friday facing host Mexico (6-0) with a 12 p.m. (CT) first pitch at CECADI Stadium. The game will pit the two tournament heavyweights, as each team won their group and each are 6-0 in the tournament.

Inside the Numbers
91-5 - The U.S. has outscored their opponents 91-5 and they have outhit them 89-14. USA's pitching staff has pitched two no-hitters and two one-hitters in the tournament.

17.3 - USA has produced at least 10 hits in all six games of the tournament and is averaging 17.3 hits over their last three games.

29 - The U.S. has hit 29 home runs in the tournament through six games. The single-tournament high for the U.S. is 37 from the 2016 tournament. The 37 home runs in 2016 was at a pace of 4.8 per game (averaging 4.6 per game this tournament).

21 - In 25 innings of at-bats, USA has scored at least 1 run in 21 of the innings.

12 - Twelve different USA players have hit a home run in this season's tournament. Kailand Halstead and Masato Chilcutt co-lead the team with five each.

.589 - USA is batting .589 in the tournament. Hamilton leads the team hitting .833 (10-for-12).

.615 - The U.S. is hitting .615 (48/78) with runners on base. They held their opponents to 0-for-22 in the same category through the first five games of the tournament. USA is 37-for-57, .649 with runners in scoring position after going 7-for-8 in the category against Venezuela.

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Bats Come Alive in 5-1 Defeat of Canada

Jade Gortarez and Megan Baltzell go yard
August 30, 2018
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Team USA 0 3 2 0 0 0 0 5 10 1
Canada 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 1
Win: M. Sementelli Loss: A. Lavallee Save: None
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VIERA, FLA. - The USA Baseball Women's National Team picked up a crucial 5-1 victory over Canada to keep its gold medal hopes alive in the 2018 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Women's Baseball World Cup on Wednesday night at the USSSA Space Coast Complex in Viera, Florida.

Seven players collected hits in the contest while Megan Baltzell (Stafford, Va.) and Anna Kimbrell (Fort Mill, S.C.) both had multi-hit games for the red, white and blue. Marti Sementelli (Newton, Mass.) dominated on the mound, giving up just three hits and one run in six stellar innings of work.

After going down 1-0 in the first inning, the U.S. quickly got its offense rolling for the immediate answer. A leadoff double from Kylee Lahners (Laguna Hills, Calif.) and a two-out hit-by-pitch brought Jade Gortarez (Riverside, Calif.) to the plate with runners on the corners. The shortstop did not disappoint, launching the first pitch she saw 329 feet over the left field wall to give Team USA a 3-1 advantage that it would not relinquish.

The stars and stripes added to their lead in the next inning as Baltzell brought out her own power. The right fielder crushed a 360-foot home run - her second dinger of the tournament - to center field to make it 4-1 in favor of the U.S. Baltzell went 3-for-4 on Wednesday and is now hitting .550 with two long balls, four doubles and 10 RBI in the tournament.

Michelle Cobb (Wenatchee, Wash.) followed the leadoff bomb with a single before a Kimbrell double put two runners in scoring position for Alex Hugo (Olathe, Kan.), who reached on an error that scored Cobb. The two-run inning gave Team USA a 5-1 lead that would prove to be the final score on the night as the pitching staff took care of business from there.

After allowing the run in the first, Sementelli locked in. She sat down seven consecutive batters following a leadoff walk in the third and a quick three up, three down sixth inning set the stage for Meggie Meidlinger (Sterling, Va.).

Meidlinger made her fourth appearance of the World Cup when she took the mound to close it out in the seventh. She gave up one hit - her first of the event - but a fielder's choice and a double play erased the threat and finished off the victory for the U.S.

Team USA's final game of the World Cup Super Round will be at 6 p.m. ET on Thursday, August 29, against the Dominican Republic at the USSSA Space Coast Complex in Viera, Fla. The game will be streamed live on the WBSC YouTube channel.

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USA Notches Second No-Hitter, Beats Brazil 15-0

Team USA closes group play with 5-0 record at Pan American Championships
August 29, 2018
  1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Brazil 0 0 0 - - - 0 0 1
USA 6 2 7 - - - 15 18 0
Win: Tristan Bristow (1-0) Loss:  Save: None
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AGUASCALIENTES, Mexico - In the process of scoring 15 runs off 18 hits, Team USA's Tristan Bristow (San Antonio, Texas) and Gavin Gargiulo (Coral Springs, Fla.) combined to no-hit Brazil in a 15-0 victory at Ferrocarilero Park. The no-hitter is USA's second of the tournament and they have allowed two hits over their last four games to complete group play with a 5-0 record at the 2018 COPABE U-12 Pan American Championships.

Bristow started on the mound and went the first two innings before handing the ball over to Gargiulo for the third inning. Brazil was held to three base runners in the game, with two reaching on walks and one reaching on a dropped third strike. USA faced two batters over the minimum. Bristow was credited with the victory (1-0).

The game ended in the third inning due to USA leading by 15 runs through three innings of play. Their offense was geared up on the very first pitch of the bottom of the first inning. Kameron Davis (Albany, Ga.) hit the first pitch over the right field fence for a quick 1-0 lead. Davis' home run, his second of the tournament, was the first of six runs in the inning for the U.S. Kailand Halstead (Aberdeen, Wash.) plated a pair of runs with a single to left field before Kibru Pam (Pasadena, Calif.), Travis Friend (Whittier, Calif.) and Julius Pfau (Tampa, Fla.) each contributed an RBI to complete the scoring in the first inning.

Christian Hamilton (Lauderhill, Fla.) duplicated Davis' first inning feat in the second inning, hitting the first pitch of the bottom of the second inning over the fence. His home run was the first of the tournament and it provided the U.S. their first of two runs in the second inning. Their second run was registered on a Pam RBI-Single through the right side for an 8-0 lead.

USA sent 11 batters to the plate in the third inning and 10 reached base safely. Pfau and Hamilton each had doubles before Halstead blasted a three-run home run to center field to highlight a seven-run inning. Pfau completed a 2-for-2 performance in the inning alone with a bases-loaded chopper that resulted in the 15th run of the game to halt the game.

All nine batters in the starting lineup produced at least one hit for USA, with seven players producing at least two hits. Hamilton and Pfau each went 3-for-3 at the plate to lead USA in hits. Halstead led the team with five runs-batted-in. USA was 13-for-19 in at-bats with runners on base and 10-for-15 with runners in scoring position. They faced five different Brazil pitchers, and four of the five pitchers did not go more than 0.1 innings.

USA moved their all-time mark to 4-0 all-time against Brazil, with three of the games played in COPABE competition. The U.S. also completed their Group B play with a 5-0 record, finishing atop the group standings (Brazil finished 1-4). They begin the Super Round (three games) in Aguascalientes Thursday facing Venezuela (4-1) with a 12 p.m. (CT) first pitch at Guel Jimenez Park.

Inside the Numbers
76-1 - The U.S. has outscored their opponents 76-1 and they have outhit them 72-5. USA's pitching staff has pitched two no-hitters and two one-hitters in the tournament.

23 - USA has hit 23 home runs in the tournament through five games. The single-tournament high for the U.S. is 37 from the 2016 tournament. The 37 home runs in 2016 was at a pace of 4.1 per game (averaging 4.6 per game this tournament).

17 - In 19 innings of at-bats, USA has scored at least 1 run in 17 of the innings.

12 - With Christian Hamilton's home run Wednesday, 12 different USA players have hit a home run in this season's tournament.

.585 - USA is batting .585 in the tournament. Julius Pfau leads the team hitting .875 (7-for-8)

.631 - USA is hitting .631 (41/65) with runners on base, while holding their opponents to 0-for-22 in the same category. Opponents have been limited to eight at-bats with runners in scoring position (USA is 30-for-49, .612 in the category).

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U.S. Drops Contest with Japan, 3-0

Stacy Piagno strikes out three in second complete game of tournament
August 29, 2018
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Team USA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3
Japan 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 6 1
Win: A. Sato Loss: S. Piagno Save: None
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VIERA, FLA. - The USA Baseball Women's National Team dropped its first Super Round game in the 2018 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Women's Baseball World Cup 3-0 to Japan on Tuesday night at the USSSA Space Coast Complex in Viera, Florida.

Both teams were strong on the mound as Team USA's Stacy Piagno (St. Augustine, Fla.) hurled her second complete game of the tournament while giving up just one earned run on six hits, allowing just one walk and fanning three.

But the U.S. couldn't get anything going against Japan's Ayami Sato, who also went the distance while allowing just one hit.

Japan jumped out to a quick lead in the contest and didn't look back, stringing together a single, stolen base and sacrifice bunt to put a runner at third and a sacrifice fly brought her in to make it 1-0. Two more runs came across in the second before Piagno shut Japan down for the 3-0 final score.

Team USA got runners on base in the first and third, courtesy of two hit-by-pitches, and a Japan error in the sixth allowed Amanda GIanelloni (Napoleonville, La.) to reach second base but the squad couldn't get anything more.

The lone hit for the U.S. came in the seventh inning as Megan Baltzell (Stafford, Va.) broke up Sato's no-hitter with a two-out single to center. But a groundout ended the threat and secured the victory for Japan.

In its second game of the Super Round, Team USA will match up against Canada at 6 p.m. ET on Wednesday, August 28, at the USSSA Space Coast Complex in Viera, Fla. The game will be streamed live on the WBSC YouTube channel.

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