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Stars Earn First Win of Series in Finale of 13U/14U ADP Series

Seven different players in the Stars lineup collected a hit
August 5, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 R H E Stripes 2 1 0 2 0 5 0 0 10 8 3 Stars 0 4 3 3 4 0 1 1 16 7 4 Win: Titan Targac |  Loss: Mateo Villanueva |  Save: None Box Score | Play-by-Play   CARY, N.C. - After being
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 R H E
Stripes 2 1 0 2 0 5 0 0 10 8 3
Stars 0 4 3 3 4 0 1 1 16 7 4
Win: Titan Targac |  Loss: Mateo Villanueva |  Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play

 

CARY, N.C. - After being on the wrong side of a pair of offensive outbursts on the first two days of the 2021 13U/14U Athlete Development Program Series, the Stars took down the Stripes, 16-10, in the final game of the series on Thursday at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

The Stripes got off to a quick start, scoring three runs in the first two innings before the Stars tallied seven runs in the next two innings to take a commanding lead. Seven different players in the Stars lineup notched a hit, including Josiah Hartshorn (1-for-1), who also had two RBIs. Jaiden Lo Re (1-for-1) reached base in all four of his plate appearances, walking three times.

The Stripes had a trio of multi-hit games. Dean Hannah (2-for-4), Gavin Fien (2-for-4), James Tronstein (2-for-3) all had a pair of hits in the game. Despite the loss, the Stripes out-hit the Stars, 8-7.

Titan Targac earned the win for the Stars, striking out seven in 2.1 innings of work. The loss went to Mateo Villanueva, who started for the Stripes.

Key Moments

  • Tronstein led off the game with a double before Luke Pappano struck out the following two batters. With two outs and Tronstein on second, Ryan Harwood singled to drive in a run an open the scoring, and then eventually scored on Gavin Fien's RBI-single to make it 2-0 Stripes.
  • In the second inning, Bubba Coleman drew a walk, stole a base, and scored on Tronstein's single to give the Stripes a 3-0 lead.
  • Colt Springall and Targac led off the bottom of the second inning with walks before a double steal put them in scoring position. After a hit-by-pitch loaded the bases for the Stars, Nikko Taylor walked to score a run before two more runs crossed home plate to put the Stars in front, 4-3.
  • The Stars lead was extended to 7-3 in the third when Lo Re and Isaiah Ibarra both scored on an error. 
  • After the Stripes trimmed the lead to 7-5, a sacrifice fly by Brady Murrietta plated another run, and Donovan Jeffrey followed with a triple down the right field line to score another run for the Stars. Hartshorn drove in Jeffrey with a single to make it 10-5, Stars.
  • Thanks to a handful of walks in the bottom of the fifth, Team Stars took a 14-5 lead before Team Stripes capitalized on a pair of errors and rallied for a five-run sixth to make it a 14-10 lead for the Stars.
  • With the bases loaded in the seventh, Quentin Young drove in a run with an RBI single to make it 15-10, Stars. The Stripes added a run in the bottom of the eighth to take a six-run lead, which they would hold onto to win.

 

Notable Information

  • The Stripes conclude the series 2-1, while the Stars finished at 1-2.
  • The Stars scored at least three runs in four consecutive innings in the win, putting up 14 runs in those four frames
  • The two teams combined to score 62 runs in the three-game series.

 

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Fifty-five USA Baseball Alumni on MLB Postseason Rosters

Dodgers lead all clubs with eight alums on 26-man roster
October 8, 2021
CARY, N.C. – Fifty-five Team USA alumni have been named to Major League Baseball postseason rosters, USA Baseball announced on Friday. There are at least three USA Baseball alumni on all 10 postseason rosters. The Los Angeles Dodgers lead the way with eight alumni, while the Boston Red Sox and San Francisco

CARY, N.C. – Fifty-five Team USA alumni have been named to Major League Baseball postseason rosters, USA Baseball announced on Friday.

There are at least three USA Baseball alumni on all 10 postseason rosters. The Los Angeles Dodgers lead the way with eight alumni, while the Boston Red Sox and San Francisco Giants each boast seven players who previously donned the stars and stripes on their roster.

The list features 30 gold medalists, including 10 members of the 2017 World Baseball Classic gold medal-winning team.

Twenty alumni were on rosters for the American League and National League Wild Card games, which took place on October 5 and 6. The Divisional Series began on Thursday and continues on Friday, with all four divisional round games set to take place.

The complete list of USA Baseball alumni in the 2021 postseason is as follows:

  • Atlanta Braves
  • (Name; National Team)
  • Ian Anderson; 2015 18U
  • Travis d'Arnaud; 2011 Pro
  • Freddie Freeman; 2005 16U, 2006 18U
  • AJ Minter; 2014 Collegiate
  • Drew Smyly; 2011 Pro, 2017 WBC
  • Dansby Swanson; 2014 Collegiate

 

  • Boston Red Sox
  • Christian Arroyo; 2012 18U
  • Matt Barnes; 2010 Collegiate
  • Bobby Dalbec; 2015 Collegiate; 2019 Pro
  • Jarren Duran; 2021 Pro
  • Tanner Houck; 2015, 2016 Collegiate, 2019 Pro
  • Kyle Schwarber; 2013 Collegiate
  • Alex Verdugo; 2010 14U

 

  • Chicago White Sox
  • Zack Collins; 2011 16U; 2014 Collegiate
  • Yasmani Grandal; 2009 Collegiate
  • Craig Kimbrel; 2013 WBC
  • Lance Lynn; 2007 Collegiate
  • Carlos Rodon; 2012, 2013 Collegiate
  • Andrew Vaughn; 2013 15U, 2017, 2018 Collegiate, 2019 Pro

 

  • Houston Astros
  • Alex Bregman; 2010 16U, 2011 18U, 2013, 2014 Collegiate, 2017 WBC
  • Jason Castro; 2009 Pro
  • Lance McCullers; 2010 18U
  • Ryne Stanek; 2011, 2012 Collegiate
  • Kyle Tucker; 2012 15U

 

  • Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Walker Buehler; 2014 Collegiate
  • Joe Kelly; 2007 Collegiate
  • Corey Knebel; 2011 Collegiate
  • AJ Pollock; 2011 Pro
  • David Price; 2005, 2006 Collegiate
  • Max Scherzer; 2005 Collegiate
  • Corey Seager; 2010 16U
  • Trea Turner; 2012, 2013 Collegiate

 

  • Milwaukee Brewers
  • Jackie Bradley Jr.; 2010 Collegiate
  • Josh Hader; 2015 Pro
  • Kolten Wong; 2009 Collegiate
  • Christian Yelich; 2017 WBC

 

  • New York Yankees
  • Gerrit Cole; 2009, 2010 Collegiate
  • Joey Gallo; 2011 18U
  • Giancarlo Stanton; 2013, 2017 WBC

 

  • San Francisco Giants
  • Kris Bryant; 2012 Collegiate
  • Brandon Crawford; 2006 Collegiate, 2017 WBC
  • Alex Dickerson; 2010 Collegiate
  • Kevin Gausman; 2009 18U, 2011 Collegiate
  • Evan Longoria; 2007 Pro, 2009 WBC
  • Jake McGee; 2017 WBC
  • Buster Posey; 2004 18U, 2017 WBC

 

  • St. Louis Cardinals
  • Nolan Arenado; 2017 WBC
  • Jack Flaherty; 2013 18U
  • Paul Goldschmidt; 2017 WBC
  • Andrew Miller; 2017 WBC

 

  • Tampa Bay Rays
  • Shane Baz; 2016 18U, 2021 Olympic
  • JP Feyereisen; 2019 Pro
  • Austin Meadows; 2011 16U
  • David Robertson; 2017 WBC, 2021 Olympic
  • Michael Wacha; 2011 Collegiate
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USA Baseball Announces 2021 National Team Identification Series Selections

A total of 72 athletes were selected for 2022 national team programming from the 2021 NTIS Champions Cup
September 16, 2021
CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today announced the 72 athletes selected from the 2021 National Team Identification Series (NTIS) for its 2022 national team programming, following the completion of the NTIS Champions Cup that was held at the National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, from August 11-29. The announcement

CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today announced the 72 athletes selected from the 2021 National Team Identification Series (NTIS) for its 2022 national team programming, following the completion of the NTIS Champions Cup that was held at the National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, from August 11-29. The announcement was first made on the USA Baseball NTIS Selection Show, which can be found on USABaseball.com and the organization’s YouTube channel, USABaseballTV

The NTIS is USA Baseball’s most comprehensive player identification program and includes six age groups ranging from 11U-16U. Under the direction of USA Baseball Regional Directors, tryouts are held in every region of the country to be identified and selected for their regional teams, and invited to the NTIS Champions Cup in Cary, North Carolina.

 

 

The 2021 NTIS Champions Cup featured over 1,200 of the nation’s best players competing in 144 games, as well as skill testing and on-field evaluations run by USA Baseball Task Force and national team coaches.

“After an incredible month of competition, we are excited to announce the seventy-two athletes who have been selected out of our National Team Identification Series for next year’s national team programming,” said USA Baseball Assistant Director of Baseball Operations Ann Claire Roberson. “The outstanding talent at this year’s Champions Cup in Cary made for a very difficult selection process for our task force members and national team program directors, but we are looking forward to watching these players continue to grow in the coming year and seeing their impact on our 2022 programming.” 

Twelve athletes from each age group were invited to compete in the following year’s age-appropriate national team programming events, including the 2022 12U National Team Trials, the 2022 13U/14U Athlete Development Program (ADP), the 2022 15U National Team Trials, and the 2022 16U/17U National Team Development Program (NTDP).

In total, the 72 athletes selected are from twenty-three different states and all six regions from across the U.S.

The 2021 National Team Identification Series selections are as follows:

Name; Position; Hometown; Region

 

  • 2022 12U National Team Trials invitees:
  • (from 11U NTIS)
  • Trenton Finley; C; Lebanon, Tenn.; Southeast
  • Anthony Frausto; INF/LHP; New Braunfels, Texas; South
  • Mason Harris; INF/RHP; Rocklin, Calif.; Northwest
  • Landon King; INF/RHP; San Mateo, Calif.; Northwest
  • Grady Klovstad; OF; Orange, Calif.; Southwest
  • Cristian Matos; C/RHP; Belleville, N.J.; Northeast
  • Braiden Miller; INF/RHP; Waterford, Va.; Northeast
  • Ethan Orozco; C/RHP; Chula Vista, Calif.; Southwest
  • James Stout; C; Artesia, Calif.; Southwest
  • Elliot Su; INF/RHP; Rochester, Minn.; Midwest
  • Maximus Villalva; INF; El Cajon, Calif.; Southwest
  • Ellis White; INF/1B; Concord, N.C.; Southeast

 

  • 2022 13U/14U Athlete Development Program invitees:
  • (from 12U NTIS)
  • Caleb Alexander; IF/RHP; Houston, Texas; South
  • Brady Bickham; IF/RHP; Claremont, Calif.; Southwest
  • Caden Borcherding; C/IF; McDonough, Ga.; Southeast
  • Chase Cotton; IF/RHP; Lincoln, Calif.; Northwest
  • Zachary Estrada; OF/RHP; Covina, Calif.; Southwest
  • Aaron Garcia; IF/C; Pico Rivera, Calif.; Southwest
  • Jacob Gray; MIF; Benicia, Calif.; Northwest
  • Kekahupono Kong; RHP/C; Mililani, Hawaii; Southwest
  • Jackson Maddix; OF/LHP; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Northeast
  • Logan Pascarella; LHP/IF; Corona, Calif.; Southwest
  • Blake Ragsdale; IF/RHP; Burr Ridge, Ill.; Midwest
  • Jacob Seamon; OF/RHP; Rolling Meadows, Ill.; Midwest

 

  • 2022 13U/14U Athlete Development Program invitees:
  • (from 13U NTIS)
  • Blake Bowen; OF/IF; Riverside, Calif.; Southwest
  • Lincoln Boyle; RHP/IF; Overland Park, Kan.; South
  • Judson Dowell; IF/RHP; Houston, Texas; South
  • Andruw Giles; OF/IF; Henderson, Nev.; Southwest
  • Aaron Hernandez; LHP/OF; Miami, Fla.; Southeast
  • Archer Horn; IF/RHP; San Mateo, Calif.; Northwest
  • Josiah Morris; C/IF; Oakley, Calif.; Northwest
  • Joshua Priest; IF/OF; San Diego, Calif.; Southwest
  • Taytum Reeves; C/IF; Menifee, Calif.; Southwest
  • Logan Schmidt; LHP/IF; Villa Park, Calif.; Southwest
  • Dylan Seward; IF/RHP; Eastvale, Calif.; Southwest
  • Julian Suarez; C/IF; Sinton, Texas; South

 

  • 2022 15U National Team Trials invitees:
  • (from 14U NTIS)
  • Marcus Cantu; IF/RHP; Friendswood, Texas; South
  • John Dolan; C/IF; Huffman, Texas; Southm
  • Ethan Downum; OF/LHP; Frisco, Texas; South
  • Magdiel Estevez; OF/LHP; Miami, Fla.; Southeastk
  • Gian Gamelli; LHP/IF; Wenham, Mass.; Northeast
  • Reid Jacobson; IF/RHP; Albuquerque, N.M.; Southwest
  • Lyndon Lee; IF/IF; Las Vegas, Nev.; Southwest
  • Carlos Machado; IF/RHP; Pembroke Pines, Fla.; Southeast
  • Brady Murrietta; C/IF; Yorba Linda, Calif.; Southwest
  • Davidenko Rodriguez; IF/OF; Katy, Texas; South
  • Sebastian Segura; IF; Spring, Texas; South
  • John Austin Wood; C/IF; Tupelo, Miss.; Southeast

 

  • 2022 16U/17U National Team Development Program invitees:
  • (from 15U NTIS)
  • Alec Blair; OF/LHP; Lafayette, Calif.; Northwest
  • Cash Campbell; IF/RHP; Downers Grove, Ill.; Midwest
  • Kayson Cunningham; IF/OF; San Antonio, Texas; South
  • Jonathan Dobis; OF/RHP; Eagan, Minn.; Midwest
  • Conor Essenburg; IF/LHP; Manhattan, Ill.; Midwest
  • Jake Evans; IF/OF; Long Beach, Calif.; Southwest
  • Ross Felder; RHP/IF; Springdale, Ark.; Southwest
  • Aidan Hall; IF/RHP; Galt, Calif.; Northwest
  • Jake Haruki; C/OF; Irvine, Calif.; Southwest
  • Cooper Moss; RHP/IF; Panama City Beach, Fla.; Southeast
  • Jacob Smith; IF/RHP; Winston Salem, N.C.; Southeast
  • Quindon Wright; OF/RHP; Albany, Ga.; Southeast

 

  • 2022 16U/17U National Team Development Program invitees:
  • (from 16U NTIS)
  • Danny Arambula; IF/OF; Redlands, Calif.; Southwest
  • Andrew (AJ) Garcia; OF/LHP; Chicago, Ill.; Midwest
  • Holden Harris; RHP/IF; Leander, Texas; South
  • Leighton Harris; LHP/IF; Lexington, Ky.; Midwest
  • Joshua Knoth; RHP/OF; Medford, N.Y.; Northeast
  • Joe McGee; OF; Danville, Calif.; Northwest
  • Joseph McMannis; RHP/IF; Emmitsburg, Md.; Northeast
  • Bryce Navarre; LHP/IF; Lake Charles, La.; Southwest
  • Landon O'Donnell; IF; Valrico, Fla.; Southeast
  • Owen Paino; IF/OF; Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; Northeast
  • Gabriel Tirado; C/IF; Newington, Conn.; Northeast
  • Joey Tonnotti; RHP/OF; Southington, Conn.; Northeast
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2021 15U National Team Roster Announced

The North Carolina National Guard will present the 15U National Team with their Team USA jerseys on Thursday night
September 2, 2021
CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today announced the 2021 15U National Team roster, following the completion of 15U National Team Trials held at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. The 20-man roster was selected after a week of trials that featured five games, daily on-field workouts,

CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today announced the 2021 15U National Team roster, following the completion of 15U National Team Trials held at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

The 20-man roster was selected after a week of trials that featured five games, daily on-field workouts, and Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP) Performance Evaluations.

Major General M. Todd Hunt and the North Carolina National Guard will hold a special ceremony for the 15U National Team on Thursday night, presenting the athletes with their national team jerseys.

“Selecting a final roster is always an exciting yet challenging process,” said 2021 15U National Team Manager Jared Halpert. “We saw some very talented players and high-character people throughout the trials process, and the future of baseball in our country is very bright. When it came time to select a roster, we feel that we’ve selected the best twenty players to represent USA Baseball.”

The roster features three athletes who have previously played on a USA Baseball national team. Tristan Bristow (Helotes, Texas), Masa Chilcutt (San Antonio, Texas), and Michael Torres (Miami, Fla.) will reunite after playing together on the 2018 12U National Team that won gold at the 2018 COPABE U-12 Pan-American Championships in Aguascalientes, Mexico.

Bristow, Chilcutt, and Torres also all participated in the 2019 13U Athlete Development Program (ADP), a highly developed four-day on-and off-field national team-level instruction and education program.

Of the 20 players selected to the 15U National Team, 19 participated in the 2021 National Team Championships, which are elite championship events that serve as the primary identification event for the 15U National Team program. Ten of those athletes competed in the event in Arizona, while the other nine were identified from the event in North Carolina.

Halpert, who recently finished his sixth season as head coach at Harvard-Westlake High School (Studio City, Calif.), was named the national team manager for the first time in his career. He made his national team coaching debut as an assistant coach with the 2019 15U National Team that won gold at the World Baseball Softball Confederation U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier. Halpert is joined on the staff by pitching coach Rob Shabansky and assistant coaches Steve Butler and Jeff Sherman.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 15U National Team will not participate in international competition in 2021.

For the most up-to-date information on the 15U National Team, visit USABaseball.com and follow @USABaseball and @USABaseball15U on Twitter.

 

  • 2021 15U National Team Roster
  • (Name; Position; Hometown; School)
  • Henry Allen; INF; Auburn, Ala.; Team Elite
  • *^Tristan Bristow; RHP; Helotes, Texas; Banditos Scout Team
  • Slade Caldwell; OF; Jonesboro, Ark.; BPA Black
  • *^Masa Chilcutt; INF/C; San Antonio, Texas; Canes West Black
  • Jase DeSantis; INF; Las Vegas, Nev.; GBG Vegas
  • Konnor Griffin; OF/RHP; Florence, Miss.; Knights Knation
  • Ryan McPherson; RHP; Hollywood, Fla.; Scorpions Marucci
  • Carson Messina; RHP; Summerville, S.C.; Canes National
  • Cal Miller; INF; Centerville, Utah; MBA Green
  • Austin Nye; RHP; Roseville, Calif.; Alpha Prime
  • Carson Page; INF; Hahira, Ga.; Team Elite
  • Henry Phifer; RHP/IF; Concord, Calif., Alpha Prime
  • Ethan Puig; INF; Miami, Fla.; Elite Squad
  • Mason Russell; LHP; Santan Valley, Ariz.; Canyon Thunder
  • Ethan Schiefelbein; LHP; Corona, Calif.; Easton Prime Red
  • Joshua Springer; C; Corona, Calif.; Easton Prime Red
  • Zach Strickland; RHP; Arcadia, Calif.; PFA Matadors
  • *^Michael Torres; LHP/OF; Miami, Fla.; Elite Squad
  • Nolan Traeger; C; Spring, Texas; Texas Twelve
  • George Wolkow; OF/INF; Downers Grove, Ill.; Canes National
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  • *Denotes USA Baseball National Team alum
  • ^Denotes past ADP participant
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Stripes Wrap Up 15U Trials with 16-6 Win Over Stars

September 2, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E Stripes 2 3 1 0 2 2 5 0 1 16 13 0 Stars 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 4 0 6 8 3 Win: A. Nye Loss: J. Lash Save: None Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats  
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Stripes 2 3 1 0 2 2 5 0 1 16 13 0
Stars 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 4 0 6 8 3
Win: A. Nye Loss: J. Lash Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats

 

CARY, N.C. – The Stripes capped a strong week at the 2021 15U National Team Trials, topping the Stars, 16-6, in the final game of the series at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. 

Scoring in all but two innings, the Stripes tallied 13 hits to take down the Stars and earn their fourth win of the series. Henry Allen (Auburn, Ala.), Ethan Puig (Miami, Fla.), and Josh Springer (Corona, Calif.) combined for nine of the team’s 12 RBIs in the win.

Braeden Weckman (Winter Springs, Fla.) went 3-for-3 at the plate to lead the Stripes, adding an RBI and scoring twice. Allen, Carson Page (Hahira, Ga.), and Springer contributed multi-hit games for the Stripes.

Everett Johnson (Youngsville, N.C.) had the only multi-hit game for the Stars, also driving in a run. Gavin Fien (Temecula, Calif.) and Kailand Halstead (Puyallup, Wash.) added RBIs for the Stars.

With two innings of scoreless relief, Austin Nye (Roseville, Calif) earned the win for the Stripes. John Lash (Charlotte, N.C.) suffered the loss for the Stars.

Following the conclusion of 15U Trials, the 2021 15U National Team will be announced later this evening at 6:00 p.m. ET. Stay tuned to USABaseball.com and @USABaseball15U for more information.

Key Moments

  • After Michael Torres (Miami, Fla.) reached on an error to open the game, Allen drove him in with an RBI-single to right-center field and then scored on a wild pitch to put the Stripes in front, 2-0.
  • The Stripes loaded the bases in the second on a single by Weckman and walks to Torres and Page. Allen walked to drive in one run before Puig's two-run single to right field made it 5-0, Stripes.
  • Nolan Traeger (Spring, Texas) singled and Johnson drove him in with a base hit to left field to trim the Stars’ deficit to 5-1 in the second inning.
  • With Jase DeSantis (Las Vegas, Nev.) on third with two outs in the top of the third, Weckman singled off the pitcher’s glove to bring in a run and extend the Stripes’ lead to five.
  • Konnor Griffin (Florence, Miss.) doubled to left field to lead off the bottom of the third for the Stars and later scored on Halstead’s RBI-groundout to make it 6-2, Stripes.
  • Page doubled to lead off the Stripes’ half of the fifth inning and scored on Allen’s base-hit up the middle before Puig added an RBI-groundout to increase the lead to 8-2.
  • In the top of the sixth, Josh Springer (Corona, Calif.) drove in Weckman with an RBI-single and eventually scored on a wild pitch as the Stripes took a 10-2 advantage.
  • After DeSantis scored on a bases-loaded walk for the Stripes in the seventh, Springer cranked a two-run double to left field to add a couple more runs. Springer and Xavier Neyens (Mount Vernon, Wash.) also scored later in the inning to stretch the Stripes’ lead to 15-2.
  • Fien started the scoring in the Stars’ four-run eighth with an RBI infield single, before Cal Miller (Centerville, Utah) drew a bases-loaded walk to plate a run. George Wolkow (Downers Grove, Ill.) and Fien would later score as the Stripes’ lead shrank to 15-6, which would eventually be the final score.

 

Notable Information

  • The Stripes finish the series with a 4-1 record, while the Stars end trials at 1-4.
  • With his two hits in the win, Carson Page finishes the series with a .647 (11-for-15) average.
  • The Stripes had six different players score two runs in the win.
  • All but one of the Stripes’ pitchers struck out at least one batter.
  • Johnson and Miller both stole bases for the Stars in the contest.

 

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Early Offense Carries Stripes to Series-Clinching Win

Stripes score four runs in each of game's first three innings
September 1, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E Stars 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 5 4 Stripes 4 4 4 0 0 6 0 18 18 1 Win: R. McPherson Loss: D. Franco Save: None Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats   DURHAM, N.C. – The Stripes’ bats got
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Stars 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 5 4
Stripes 4 4 4 0 0 6 0 18 18 1
Win: R. McPherson Loss: D. Franco Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats

 

DURHAM, N.C. – The Stripes’ bats got off to a hot start and never slowed down as they topped the Stars, 18-2, in a series-clinching win at the 2021 15U National Team Trials at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

Ethan Puig (Miami, Fla.) hit a bases-clearing triple in the bottom of the first to jump-start the Stripes’ offense – one of three triples hit in the first two innings. Following Puig’s big hit, the Stripes scored four runs in each of the game’s first three innings to jump out to a commanding lead early.

Dean Hannah (Waco, Texas) had three hits to lead the Stripes' offense on the day, driving in two runs. Xavier Neyens (Mount Vernon, Wash.), Puig, and Michael Torres (Miami, Fla.) each had two-hit games, combining to drive in seven runs.

Masa Chilcutt (San Antonio, Texas) led the Stars offense on the day, finishing 2-for-2 and adding an RBI. Brady Ebel (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), JD Crisp (Houston, Texas), and Cal Miller (Centerville, Utah) also contributed hits for the Stars.

Ryan McPherson was credited with the win, tossing two scoreless innings in relief for the Stripes. Stars starter Dylan Franco suffered the loss.

Key Moments

  • After three straight walks to open the first inning, Puig roped a bases-clearing triple to left-center field and later scored to give the Stripes an early 4-0 advantage.
  • Torres tripled to lead off the bottom of the second inning and scored on an error to put the Stripes ahead, 5-0.
  • The Stripes’ hot hitting continued in the second, rattling off three consecutive hits: Josh Springer (Corona, Calif.) singled to left field and scored when Dillon Adkins (Leonardtown, Md.) tripled to right-center, and Hannah followed with a base hit up the middle to plate Adkins and later scored himself to make it 8-0 for the Stripes.
  • The Stripes started once again loaded the bases with no outs courtesy of three consecutive singles by Puig, Neyens, and Jase DeSantis (Las Vegas, Nev.) in the bottom of the third inning. Torres followed with a two-run single before Hannah and Slade Caldwell (Jonseboro, Ark.) both drove in runs to extend the lead to 12.
  • The Stars’ first scoring chance came in the top of the fifth. Crisp and Chilcutt got on base thanks to a single and double, respectively, but McPherson got out of the jam, stranding two runners in scoring position to keep the Stars off the board.
  • Neyens added a two-run single in the sixth for the Stripes and scored on Braeden Weckman’s (Winter Springs, Fla.) two-RBI single to make it 16-0. Coy Allman (Marietta, Ga.) then drove in a run with a single to left field and eventually scored to add to the Stripes’ lead.
  • The Stars scored twice to make it 18-2 in the seventh. Aiden Harris (Midlothian, Va.) hit a sacrifice fly to get the Stars on the board, and Chilcutt picked up his second hit of the game, an RBI-single back up the middle, to drive in Nolan Traeger (Spring, Texas).

 

Notable Information

  • The Stripes clinched the series victory, holding a 3-1 lead with one game to go. The Stripes fell to 1-3 with the loss.
  • With 18 hits in the win, the Stripes had double-digit hits for the third time in the series after tallying 16 hits in both of the first two games.
  • Carson Messina (Summerville, S.C.) made the start for the Stripes, tossing three innings of one-hit ball in a no-decision.
  • Chilcutt reached base in all four of his plate appearances, adding two walks to his two-hit day
  • Stripes catcher Dean Hannah's three-hit performance raised his series-average to .750 (6-for-8).
  • Page is now batting .692 (9-for-13) for the Stripes after going 1-for-3 in the win.

On Deck

  • Thursday, September 2: Stars vs. Stripes (11:30 a.m. ET; Cary, N.C.; National Training Complex)

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GAMEDAY: 15U Trials Finale Set for Thursday

Stripes clinched series with win on Wednesday
September 1, 2021
GAME Stars vs. Stripes TIME 11:30 a.m. ET LOCATION Cary, N.C. (National Training Complex) DURHAM, N.C. - The 2021 15U National Team Trials Stars vs. Stripes Series is set for its fifth and final game on Thursday at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. First pitch is
GAME Stars vs. Stripes
TIME 11:30 a.m. ET
LOCATION Cary, N.C. (National Training Complex)

DURHAM, N.C. - The 2021 15U National Team Trials Stars vs. Stripes Series is set for its fifth and final game on Thursday at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. First pitch is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. ET.

The Stripes scored four runs in each of the game's first four innings on Wednesday, clinching the series with an 18-2 victory over the Stripes. Dean Hannah (Waco, Texas) led the Stripes' offense with three hits, while the trio of Xavier Neyens (Mount Vernon, Wash.), Ethan Puig (Miami, Fla.), and Michael Torres (Miami, Fla.) each had two-hit games, combining to drive in seven runs.

The Stripes are 3-1 entering the final game of the series, while the Stripes sit at 1-3.

Notable Information

  • With his three-hit perfomance for the Stripes on Wednesday, Hannah raised his series-best average to .750 (6-for-8).
  • After starting the series 8-for-8, Stripes' infielder Carson Page (Hahira, Ga.) has stayed hot and is batting .692 (9-for-13) in the series.
  • The Stripes tallied a series-high 18 hits on Wednesday, and have now totaled a double-digit output in three of their four games.
  • Masa Chilcutt (San Antonio, Texas) got on base in all four of his plate appearances for the Stars on Wednesday, going 2-for-2 with a pair of walks.
  • The roster comprises 44 of the best 15-and-under players from across the entire country, selected by the USA Baseball Task Force throughout several different identification events.
  • Eight USA Baseball national team alumni are on the roster, including five gold-medal winners (Tristan Bristow, Chilcutt, Kailand Halstead, Dean Moss, and Torres).
  • The roster features athletes from 17 different states, with Texas leading the way with seven selections. California and Florida both have six players on the roster.
  • Halpert is making his USA Baseball managerial debut after serving as an assistant coach on the gold-medal winning 2019 15U National Team, which won gold at the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier. He is currently in his sixth season at the helm of Harvard-Westlake School (Studio City, Calif.).
  • The Stripes are led by manager Steve Butler, while the Stars are managed by Jeff Sherman. Both managers are assistant coaches for the 15U National Team.
  • The 2021 15U National Team roster will be announced on September 2, at the conclusion of trials.

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Wolkow's Walk-off Double Gives Stars First Win of Series

Stars score two in the seventh to secure win
August 31, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E Stripes 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 7 1 Stars 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 4 6 0 Win: Z. Strickland Loss: S. Cozart Save: None Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats   DURHAM, N.C. – George Wolkow (Downers Grove,
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Stripes 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 7 1
Stars 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 4 6 0
Win: Z. Strickland Loss: S. Cozart Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats

 

DURHAM, N.C. – George Wolkow (Downers Grove, Ill.) hit a walk-off double as the Stars rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh to beat the Stripes, 4-3, at the 2021 15U National Team Trials Stars vs. Stripes Series at Durham Athletic Park in Durham, North Carolina. 

Trailing 3-2 in the final inning, the Stars tied it on an RBI-single by Kailand Halstead (Puyallup, Wash.) before Wolkow roped a walk-off double to right field to drive in Coy James (Advance, N.C.) and secure the victory. It was the first win of the series for the Stars, who had only two hits before tallying four in the seventh.

Masa Chilcutt (San Antonio, Texas), Halstead, and Wolkow all contributed a hit and an RBI for the Stars in the win. Riley Brown (Cottonwood Heights, Utah), Cal Miller (Centerville, Utah), and Nolan Traeger (Spring, Texas) also had hits for the Stars.

Jase DeSantis (Las Vegas, Nev.) and Cameron Uzzillia (Tampa, Fla.) each drove in runs for the Stripes. The middle three hitters in the order – Henry Allen (Auburn, Ala.), Ethan Puig (Tampa, Fla.), and Josh Springer (Corona, Calif.) – all scored in the loss. 

Brady Ebel (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) earned the win, allowing just three hits in his outing. Xavier Neyens (Mount Vernon, Wash.) suffered the loss for the Stripes.

 

Key Moments

  • The Stripes threatened to open the scoring immediately in the first inning, when Carson Page (Hahira, Ga.) singled for his eighth consecutive hit of 15U National Team Trials as the Stripes loaded the bases, but Brady Ebel (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) induced an inning-ending fly out to escape the jam.
  • The bats woke up in the fourth for the Stripes, who put up three runs to open the scoring. The inning started with a walk and a pair of singles by Puig and Springer to load the bases, before Allen was plated on a wild pitch.
  • Leading 1-0, DeSantis drove in another run with an RBI-bunt ground out, and Uzzillia added an RBI-single to put the Stripes in front, 3-0.
  • The Stars’ offense rallied in the sixth to get on the scoreboard. With runners on second and third and two outs, Wolkow scored on an error to make it 3-1, and Masa Chilcutt hit an RBI-single to trim to deficit to one.
  • The Stripes' JD Crisp (Houston, Texas) led off the seventh with a walk before Traeger singled to put the winning run on base. Brown followed with a single to center field, but the tying run was thrown out at the plate to keep the Stripes in the lead.
  • Halstead immediately followed with an RBI-single up the middle for the Stripes to tie the game.
  • Wolkow followed Halstead by sending a walk-off, RBI-double to the right field to complete the comeback and secure the win.

 

Notable Information

  • The Stars move to 1-2 with the win, while the Stripes drop to 2-1.
  • The series has seen walk-offs on two consecutive nights, as the Stripes won Sunday’s game with a walk-off single by Springer.
  • Stripes’ starter Michael Torres (Miami, Fla.) struck out six batters in his four innings of work, allowing just one hit.
  • The Stripes’ offense totaled seven hits, all from different players in the win.
  • Page went 1-for-3, putting his series-best average at .800 (8-for-10).

 

On Deck

  • Wednesday, September 1: Stars vs. Stripes (9:00 a.m. ET; Cary, N.C.; National Training Complex)
  • Thursday, September 2: Stars vs. Stripes (11:30 a.m. ET; Cary, N.C.; National Training Complex)

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Springer's Walk-off Leads Stripes Past Stars at 15U Trials

Stripes score game's final five runs in comeback win
August 29, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 R H E Stars 2 2 1 2 2 0 0 0 9 9 3 Stripes 0 0 3 2 3 1 0 1 10 16 0 Win: Z. Strickland Loss: S. Cozart Save: None Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats   DURHAM, N.C. –
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 R H E
Stars 2 2 1 2 2 0 0 0 9 9 3
Stripes 0 0 3 2 3 1 0 1 10 16 0
Win: Z. Strickland Loss: S. Cozart Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats

 

DURHAM, N.C. – Josh Springer hit a walk-off single to lift the Stripes past the Stars, 10-9, in the second game of the 2021 15U National Team Trials series on Sunday afternoon at Durham Athletic Park in Durham, North Carolina.

The walk-off capped a come-from-behind win for the Stripes, who have now won the first two games of the series. They were trailing by as many as four runs throughout the game on Sunday, but scored the game’s final five runs to win.

Springer’s walk-off knock came with runners on the corners and one out, scoring Jase DeSantis (Las Vegas, Nev.), who had reached on an error. The Stripes had 16 hits in the win.

Carson Page (Hahira, Ga.) led the Stripes’ offense for the second straight game, going 4-for-4 in the win. Henry Allen (Auburn, Ala.), Ethan Puig (Miami, Fla.), and Braeden Weckman (Winter Springs, Fla.) all had two hits. Konnor Griffin (Florence, Miss.) and Coy James (Advance, N.C.) both had multi-hit games for the Stars. George Wolkow (Downers Grove, Ill.) added a team-best two RBIs.

Zach Strickland (Arcadia, Calif.), who tossed three innings for the Stripes, earned the win. Samuel Cozart (High Point, N.C) got the loss for the Stars.

Key Moments

  • Everett Johnson (Youngsville, N.C.) walked and Cal Miller (Centerville, Utah) singled to put two runners on base to open the game. After a wild pitch put Johnson and Miller in scoring position, Wolkow singled up the middle to plate two runs and give the Stars a quick 2-0 lead.
  • The Stars’ bats kept hitting in the second, starting with a leadoff single and stolen base by Aiden Harris (Midlothian, Va.). Harris later scored on a wild pitch before Griffin hit an RBI-single to extend the lead to four.
  • After Nolan Traeger (Spring, Texas) and Wolkow walked to lead off the third, the Stars added another run on the base paths, when Wolkow was thrown out trying to steal second but Traeger scored on the throw to make it 5-0.
  • Page drove in the Stripes’ first run of the game in the third, hitting a ground-rule double to right-center to score Weckman. Coy Allman (Marietta, Pa.) added another run, scoring on a wild pitch before a third run in the frame made it 5-3.
  • The Stars answered in the top of the fourth, as Harris led off with a walk and scored on a wild pitch. Gavin Fien (Temecula, Calif.) added an RBI-groundout as the Stars’ lead grew to 7-3.
  • The first four batters reached base for the Stripes in the bottom of the fourth as they added two more runs. Dean Moss (Atherton, Calif.) drove in the first run with an RBI-single, and Dean Hannah (Waco, Texas) added a sacrifice fly to make it 7-5 in the Stars’ favor.
  • Griffin and Miller both reached base in the top of the fifth and came around to score to extend the Stars’ lead to 9-5.
  • A three-run fifth helped the Stripes get back into the game. Xavier Neyens (Mount Vernon, Wash.) singled up the middle to drive in a run before Allen added an RBI-single of his own and Puig drove in another run with a single to give the Stars a 9-8 lead.
  • Mikey Torres (Miami, Fla.) tied the game in the bottom of the sixth with a two-out, RBI-single.
  • After an error and a single put runners on the corners for the Stripes in the game’s final inning, Springer sent an RBI-single to right field to score DeSantis and win the game, 10-9.

Notable Information

  • The Stripes are now 2-0 in the series, while the Stars drop to 0-2.
  • Page is batting 1.000 (7-for-7) through the first two games of the series. He has two doubles and a walk, along with three stolen bases.
  • The Stripes had seven RBIs in the game, all coming from seven different players.
  • After also tallying 16 hits in game one, the Stripes now have 32 hits through two games.
  • The Stars drew 10 walks in the loss. Johnson and Wolkow both reached twice via the base-on-balls.

On Deck

  • Monday, August 30: Stars vs. Stripes (7:00 p.m. ET; Durham, N.C.; Durham Athletic Park)
  • Wednesday, September 1: Stars vs. Stripes (3:00 p.m. ET; Cary, N.C.; National Training Complex)
  • Thursday, September 2: Stars vs. Stripes (11:30 a.m. ET; Cary, N.C.; National Training Complex)

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Offensive Outburst Propels Stripes Past Stars in Series Opener

Seven-run fourth inning leads Stripes to 13-4 victory
August 29, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E Stripes 0 0 0 7 4 0 2 0 0 13 16 1 Stars 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 4 3 2 Win: R. McPherson Loss: D. Franco Save: None Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats  
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Stripes 0 0 0 7 4 0 2 0 0 13 16 1
Stars 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 4 3 2
Win: R. McPherson Loss: D. Franco Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats

 

DURHAM, N.C. – The Stripes used a seven-run fourth inning along with strong pitching to top the Stars, 13-4, in the series opener of the 2021 15U National Team Trials on Saturday night at the Durham Athletic Park in Durham, North Carolina.

After an opening three innings dominated by starting pitchers Ethan Schiefelbein (Corona, Calif.) and Tristan Bristow (Helotes, Texas), Michael Torres (Miami, Fla.) started the scoring in the fourth with a two-run double. The offensive outburst was capped by an RBI-single by Jase DeSantis (Las Vegas, Nev.) to give the Stripes a 7-0 lead that they would not relinquish.

Torres’ two RBIs, along with a three-hit performance by Carson Page (Hahira, Ga.), led the offense for the Stripes. Henry Allen (Auburn, Ala.), DeSantis, Torres, and Cameron Uzzillia (Tampa, Fla.) added multi-hit games.

Two of the three hits for the Stars came from Cal Miller (Centervile, Utah), who also drove in a run. Aidan Harris (Midlothian, Va.) added the Stars’ only other RBI.

Ryan McPherson (Hollywood, Fla.) earned the win for the Stripes after tossing two innings and allowing a run. Dylan Franco (Las Vegas, Nev.) suffered the loss in the contest.

Key Moments

  • After a quiet start to the game, an offensive explosion in the fourth inning put the Stripes in front. Xavier Neyens (Mount Vernon, Wash.) led off the inning with a single and then scored on Torres’ two-run double. Uzzillia then followed with an RBI single, before Page drove in the inning’s fifth run with a single of his own.
  • The Stripes did not let up, adding another run in the fourth inning on an RBI-single by DeSantis before two more runs came across to give the Stripes a 7-0 lead.
  • Konnor Griffin (Florence, Miss.) was hit by a pitch to lead off the bottom of the fourth inning and get the Stars offense rolling. He advanced to second on a stolen base and Harris drove him home with a single to left field that made it a 7-1 game.
  • The Stripes’ offense stayed hot in the top of the fifth, adding a run on an opposite field, solo home run by Allen. Page drove in another run with an RBI-single and the Stripes plated four runs in the frame, taking an 11-1 lead.
  • The Stars’ best offensive inning came in the sixth as led off with a walk and eventually advanced to third base. After two consecutive strikeouts nearly ended the inning, walked before Miller singled to right field to plate Riley Brown (Midvale, Utah), who had led off the inning with a walk.
  • Kailand Halstead (Puyallup, Wash.) also drew a walk earlier in the inning and scored on a wild pitch before another run was added for the Stripes to give them an 11-4 advantage.
  • Allen led off the top of the seventh with a double and scored on a wild pitch to make it 12-4, and Coy Allman (Marietta, Pa.) singled and scored on a groundout to give the Stripes a nine-run lead.
  • Austin Nye (Roseville, Calif.) pitched the final two innings for the Stripes to secure the 13-4 win

 

Notable Information

  • With the victory, the Stripes start the five-game trials series with a 1-0 edge.
  • 10 different players on the Stripes recorded at least one hit, with the team totaling 16 hits in the win.
  • The Stripes' pitching staff of Bristow, McPherson, Carson Messina (Summerville, S.C.), and Nye combined for 18 strikeouts in the victory.

 

On Deck

  • Sunday, August 29: Stars vs. Stripes (3:00 p.m. ET; Durham, N.C.; Durham Athletic Park)
  • Monday, August 30: Stars vs. Stripes (7:00 p.m. ET; Durham, N.C.; Durham Athletic Park)
  • Wednesday, September 1: Stars vs. Stripes (3:00 p.m. ET; Cary, N.C.; National Training Complex)
  • Thursday, September 2: Stars vs. Stripes (11:30 a.m. ET; Cary, N.C.; National Training Complex)

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GAMEDAY: Offenses Look to Stay Hot in Game Three at 15U Trials

First pitch scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET at Durham Athletic Park
August 28, 2021
GAME Stars vs. Stripes TIME 7:00 p.m. ET LOCATION Durham, N.C. (Durham Athletic Park)  DURHAM, N.C. - The 2021 15U National Team Trials Stars vs. Stripes Series is set for the game three on Monday at Durham Athletic Park in Durham, North Carolina. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET.
GAME Stars vs. Stripes
TIME 7:00 p.m. ET
LOCATION Durham, N.C. (Durham Athletic Park) 

DURHAM, N.C. - The 2021 15U National Team Trials Stars vs. Stripes Series is set for the game three on Monday at Durham Athletic Park in Durham, North Carolina. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET.

The Stripes' bats stayed hot in game two of the series, scoring double-digit runs for the second straight game in a walk-off, 10-9 win on Sunday. The Stars took two four-run leads in the game, but the Stripes scored five runs over the final three innings to move to 2-0 on the series.

Monday's game will be the final at Durham Athletic Park before 15U National Team Trials shifts to the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina for the remainder of the series.

Notable Information

  • Carson Page (Hahira, Ga.) is batting 1.000 (7-for-7) through the first two games of the series, adding two doubles and a walk.
  • The Stripes have tallied 16 hits in both games of the series.
  • The Stars drew 10 walks in game two, with both Everett Johnson (Youngsville, N.C.) and George Wolkow (Downers Grove, Ill.) reaching twice via the base-on-balls.
  • The roster comprises 44 of the best 15-and-under players from across the entire country, selected by the USA Baseball Task Force throughout several different identification events.
  • Eight USA Baseball national team alumni are on the roster, including five gold-medal winners (Tristan Bristow, Masa Chilcutt, Kailand Halstead, Dean Moss, and Michael Torres).
  • The roster features athletes from 17 different states, with Texas leading the way with seven selections. California and Florida both have six players on the roster.
  • Halpert is making his USA Baseball managerial debut after serving as an assistant coach on the gold-medal winning 2019 15U National Team, which won gold at the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier. He is currently in his sixth season at the helm of Harvard-Westlake School (Studio City, Calif.).
  • The Stripes are led by manager Steve Butler, while the Stars are managed by Jeff Sherman. Both managers are assistant coaches for the 15U National Team.
  • The 2021 15U National Team roster will be announced on September 2, at the conclusion of trials.

On Deck

  • Wednesday, September 1: Stars vs. Stripes (3:00 p.m. ET; Cary, N.C.; National Training Complex)
  • Thursday, September 2: Stars vs. Stripes (11:30 a.m. ET; Cary, N.C.; National Training Complex)

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Bats Stay Hot for Team Stripes on Day Two of 2021 13U/14U ADP Series

Brown and Fien pick up multi-hit games in 14-3 win
August 3, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E Stars 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 7 3 Stripes 2 1 0 3 4 4 0 0 0 14 11 0 Win: Tayden-Evan Kaawa |  Loss: Kruz Schoolcraft |  Save: None Box Score | Play-by-Play   CARY,
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Stars 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 7 3
Stripes 2 1 0 3 4 4 0 0 0 14 11 0
Win: Tayden-Evan Kaawa |  Loss: Kruz Schoolcraft |  Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play

 

CARY, N.C. - One day after scoring 15 runs in a series-opening win over Team Stars, the bats stayed hot for Team Stripes as they won the second game of the 2021 13U/14U Athlete Development Program Series, 14-3, on Tuesday morning at the USA Baseball National Training in Cary, North Carolina.

The Stripes struck early for the second straight day, scoring twice in the first inning and adding 11 runs in the fourth, fifth, and sixth to pick up the win. Riley Brown (2-for-3) and Gavin Fien (2-for-3) both had multi-hit games for the Stripes, with Brown adding a pair of RBIs. Kevin Roberts, Jr. also had two RBIs in the win.

The Stars offense was led by Josiah Hartshorn (2-for-3) and Colt Springall (2-for-3). Brady Murrietta (1-for-2), Kalub Ramirez (1-for-2), and Cole Weinstein (1-for-1) also had hits for the Stars.

Tayden-Evan Kaawa earned the win for Team Stripes, striking out five in three innings of work. Kruz Schoolcraft got the loss, allowing two earned runs in three innings.

Key Moments

  • After a scoreless top of the first inning by starter Trevor Busby, the Stars took a two-run lead in the bottom of the frame. James Tronstein led off with a single and scored on an RBI double by Dillon Adkins, who then scored on a double by Fien to put the Stripes up 2-0.
  • The Stripes added to their lead in the bottom of the second when Dylan Minnatee walked, advanced to third on the basepaths, and scored on a wild pitch as the Stripes extended their lead to 3-0.
  • A pair of runs in the top of the third helped the Stars trim into the deficit. Three straight hits by Murrietta, Springall, and Ramirez put two runs on the board and cut the lead to 3-2.
  • The Stripes loaded the bases on a hit and two walks in the fourth before Roberts, Jr. drove in two runs with a base hit, extending the Stripes' lead to four.
  • In the bottom of the fourth, the Stripes loaded the bases for the second consecutive inning on three walks. Brown then roped a three-run double to left center field, making it a 10-2 lead.
  • Weinstein singled with two outs in the top of the sixth, but Kaawa retired the next batter on a groundout to escape unscathed.
  • The Stripes added to their lead in the bottom of the sixth when Ryan Harwood drove in Minnatee with a single. They then added three more runs to increase their lead to 14-2.
  • After the Stars loaded the bases with one out in the ninth, Springall scored on a wild pitch to make it 14-3.

 

Notable Information

  • The Stripes remain undefeated at the 2021 ADP, advancing to 2-0, while the Stars falls to 0-2.
  • The Stripes have scored four or more runs in five different innings over the first two games of the series.
  • The two teams have combined to score 36 runs in the first two games of the series.

 

On Deck

  • Tuesday, August 3: Team Stars vs. Team Stripes (7:00 p.m. ET; Cary, N.C.; National Training Complex)
  • Thursday, August 5: Team Stripes vs. Team Stars (5:00 p.m. ET; Cary, N.C.; National Training Complex)

 

On Deck

  • Thursday, August 5: Team Stripes vs. Team Stars (5:00 p.m. ET; Cary, N.C.; National Training Complex)

 

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GAMEDAY: Stars and Stripes Set to Wrap Up 2021 13U/14U ADP Series

The Stripes currently lead the series, 2-0
August 3, 2021
GAME Stars vs. Stripes TIME 10:30 a.m. ET LOCATION Cary, N.C. (National Training Complex) Watch Live (10:30 a.m. ET)   CARY, N.C. - After three days full of games, seminars, training, and testing, the 2021 13U/14U Athlete Development is set to wrap up on Thursday with the third and final Stars
GAME Stars vs. Stripes
TIME 10:30 a.m. ET
LOCATION Cary, N.C. (National Training Complex)

 

CARY, N.C. - After three days full of games, seminars, training, and testing, the 2021 13U/14U Athlete Development is set to wrap up on Thursday with the third and final Stars and Stripes game at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

The Stripes currently lead the series, 2-0, after a pair of offensive outbursts in the first two games of the series. They won the first matchup on Monday, 15-4, before notching a 14-3 win in Tuesday's contest. 

Notable Information

  • Gavin Fien is leading the Stripes with four hits, batting .571 in seven at-bats. Dillon Adkins (3-for-4), Riley Brown (3-for-5), and Ryan Harwood (3-for-6) have also paced the offense for the Stripes in the series.
  • Josiah Hartshorn's .714 (5-for-7) average leads all players in the event. Brady Murrietta (2-for-4), Luke Pappano (2-for-5), and Colt Springall (2-for-4) also have multiple hits in the series for the Stars.
  • On the mound, Stripes' pitcher Tayden-Evan Kaawa's five strikeouts are a series-best. Brady Ebel struck out four for the Stars in his three innings of work.
  • The ADP is led by field coordinator Drew Briese and pitching coordinator Scott Grove, both who have experience working with USA Baseball. 
  • The Stars are managed by former MLB All-Star and University of Texas assistant coach Troy Tulowitzki, while the Stars are led by University of Michigan head coach, Erik Bakich.
  • The ADP features unparalleled instruction provided by USA Baseball national team coaches, college coaches, and select premier high school coaches from across the country. The program includes skill development sessions, off-field educational seminars, an intrasquad series between Stars and Stripes teams, and exposure to professional scouts, college recruiters, and USA Baseball staff and national team coaches.

 

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Stripes Use Early Offense to Take Down Stripes in ADP Opener

The Stripes put up 11 runs in the game's first three innings and never looked back to secure the win. The team was led by a pair of triples by Kevin Roberts, Jr. and Dean Hannah in the second inning of the offensive outburst, compiling 17 hits in the win.
August 2, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 R H E Stripes 5 4 2 1 0 0 2 2 15 17 3 Stars 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 4 8 3 Win: Dylan Minnatee |  Loss: Wyatt Bauer  |  Save: None Box Score | Play-by-Play    CARY, N.C. - After
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 R H E
Stripes 5 4 2 1 0 0 2 2 15 17 3
Stars 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 4 8 3
Win: Dylan Minnatee |  Loss: Wyatt Bauer  |  Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play 

 

CARY, N.C. - After arriving to the USA Baseball National Training Complex on Monday and spending the morning working out and training, the 2021 Athlete Development Program players wrapped up their first day with the first of three Stripes vs. Stars games.

The bats showed up, as the Stripes knocked off the Stars, 15-4, in the series opener in Cary, North Carolina.

The Stripes put up 11 runs in the game's first three innings and never looked back to secure the win. The team was led by a pair of triples by Kevin Roberts, Jr. and Dean Hannah in the second inning of the offensive outburst, compiling 17 hits in the win.

Dylan Minnatee earned the win for the Stripes, tossing three innings in the team's victory. Wyatt Bauer, who pitched two innings for Team Stars, got the loss.

Key Moments

  • Ryan Harwood got the scoring started for Team Stripes, singling in a pair of runs with two outs in the top of the first. He then came around to score on a two-run double by Bubba Coleman, who later scored to put Team Stripes up 5-0.
  • Team Stripes extended its lead in the second inning. Sebastian Segura singled and then scored on a triple by Kevin Roberts, Jr, who then scored on a wild pitch. Two batters later, Dillon Adkins singled and scored on the second triple of the inning, this time hit by Dean Hannah. 
  • Already up 9-0, Team Stripes added a pair of runs in the third on an error and an RBI-groundout by Miles Scott to make it 11-0.
  • Team Stars cracked the scoreboard in the bottom of the third when Coy James singled, stole a base, and scored on a sac fly by Nikko Taylor to make it 11-1.
  • In the bottom of the fourth, Team Stars added three runs. Donovan Jeffrey drove in a run with a double, and the inning was capped by a Luke Pappano RBI triple to trim the deficit to 12-4.
  • Riley Brown helped Team Stripes add to the lead in the top of the seventh. Brown led off the inning with a double, and two batters later, scored on a wild pitch to put his team up 13-4.
  • The Stars had a chance to strike back in the bottom of the seventh, with Evan Amos hitting a leadoff single and reaching scoring position with no outs. But Roberts, Jr. escaped the inning unscathed, picking a runner off second base to end the inning. 
  • In the top of the eighth, Rashad Hayes led off with a single and advanced to third on the basepaths. Jayden Stroman then hit a long sacrifice fly to right field to drive in Hayes and make the score 15-4.
  • Roberts, Jr. pitched a scoreless bottom of the eighth to secure the win for Team Stripes.

 

Notable Information

  • The Stripes move to 1-0 to open the ADP, while the Stars drop to 0-1.
  • The team's combined for 25 hits in the series opener.

 

On Deck

  • Tuesday, August 3: Team Stars vs. Team Stripes (7:00 p.m. ET; Cary, N.C.; National Training Complex)
  • Thursday, August 5: Team Stripes vs. Team Stars (5:00 p.m. ET; Cary, N.C.; National Training Complex)

 

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USA Baseball Reveals 2021 15U National Team Trials Roster

Jared Halpert will lead the 15U National Team as the manager in 2021
August 2, 2021
CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today revealed the 37-man 2021 15U National Team Trials roster following the conclusion of the USA Baseball National Team Championships in Arizona and North Carolina. The invited athletes will compete for 20 spots on the final 15U National Team which will be led in 2021

CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today revealed the 37-man 2021 15U National Team Trials roster following the conclusion of the USA Baseball National Team Championships in Arizona and North Carolina. The invited athletes will compete for 20 spots on the final 15U National Team which will be led in 2021 by Jared Halpert, who was named manager in June.

The roster is made up of 37 athletes who were identified and selected based on their participation and performance at USA Baseball sanctioned events, including the 14U and 15U National Team Championships. Twenty-two of this year’s trials selections participated in the event in North Carolina, while 14 were identified in Arizona. Additionally, seven athletes will receive invitations to join the 15U National Team Trials following the 2021 USA Baseball 13U/14U Athlete Development Program (ADP), finalizing a 44-man trials roster.

“We are honored to have this incredible group of athletes competing for a chance to play for Team USA,” said Charles Lane, USA Baseball Director of Baseball Operations. “After extensive evaluations and research, our staff is thrilled with the high level of talent and character all of these players bring to the field. We are confident we will bring together a 15U National Team from this group that will represent the United States extremely well at the highest levels of the game.”

In 2021, the roster is highlighted by five USA Baseball national team alumni, seven athletes who participated in the inaugural 13U ADP in 2019, and eight who were named 15U National Team Trials selections in 2020.

Tristan Bristow (Helotes, Texas), Masa Chilcutt (San Antonio, Texas), Kailand Halstead (Puyallup, Wash.), Dean Moss (Atherton, Calif.), and Michael Torres (Miami, Fla.) will reunite at the 15U National Team Trials in 2021 after playing together on the 2018 12U National Team that won gold at the COPABE U-12 Pan American Championships in Aguascalientes, Mexico. 

Bristow, Chilcutt, Halstead, Moss, and Torres also participated in the 13U ADP in 2019, along with fellow 2021 trials selections JD Crisp (Cypress, Texas) and Braeden Weckman (Winter Springs, Fla.)

Additionally, Bristow, Chilcutt, Samuel Cozart (High Point, N.C.), Konnor Griffin (Florence, Miss.), Halstead, Moss, Jackson Sanders (Opelika, Ala.), and Weckman were also recognized as 15U National Team Trials selections last year. However, USA Baseball did not name a final 15U National Team in 2020 due the postponement of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup.

The Trials roster features athletes from 16 different states across the U.S. Leading the way is Florida with six selections, followed by California and Texas with four apiece. Arizona, Georgia, and North Carolina all boast three players on this year’s roster.

At the helm of Team USA in 2021 is Halpert, who will serve as a national team manager for the first time in 2021 after making his national team coaching debut as an assistant coach with the 2019 15U National Team that won gold at the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier. He is currently in his sixth season at the helm of the Harvard-Westlake School (Studio City, Calif.) baseball program where, in 2019, he led the Wolverines to the finals of both the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section Championship and the USA Baseball National High School Invitational.

Joining Halpert on the 15U National Team coaching staff in 2021 will be assistant coaches Steve Butler and Jeff Sherman, as well as pitching coach Rob Shabansky.

The 15U National Team schedule is not yet finalized for 2021 and will be announced at a later time.

For the most up-to-date information on the 15U National Team, visit USABaseball.com and follow @USABaseball and @USABaseball15U on Twitter.

The 2021 15U National Team Trials roster is as follows:

    • 2021 15U National Team Trials Roster
    • (Name; Position; Hometown; Travel Program)
    • Henry Allen; INF; Auburn, Ala.; Team Elite
    • Coy Allman; C; Marietta, Pa.; Canes National
    • Jax Bishop; RHP; Rome, Ga.; East Cobb Astros
    • *^Tristan Bristow; RHP; Helotes, Texas; Banditos Scout Team
    • Slade Caldwell; OF; Jonesboro, Ark.; BPA Black
    • Cam Caminiti; LHP; Scottsdale, Ariz.; Canes National
    • *^Masa Chilcutt; INF/C; San Antonio, Texas; Canes West Black
    • Samuel Cozart; RHP; High Point, N.C.; South Charlotte Panthers
    • ^JD Crisp; OF; Cypress, Texas; Texas Twelve
    • Jase DeSantis; INF; Las Vegas, Nev.; GBG Vegas
    • Dylan Franco; RHP; Las Vegas, Nev.; GBG Vegas
    • Cannon Goldin; OF; Buford, Ga.; Team Elite
    • Gerardo Gonzalez; RHP; Phoenix, Ariz.; Canes West Black
    • Konnor Griffin; OF/RHP; Florence, Miss.; Knights Knation
    • *^Kailand Halstead; C/INF; Puyallup, Wash.; Next Level Xtreme
    • Aiden Harris; INF; Midlothian, Va.; Richmond Braves Platinum
    • Everett Johnson; INF/OF; Youngsville, N.C.; Canes National
    • Blake Larson; LHP; Des Moines, Iowa; Texas Twelve
    • John Lash; LHP; Charlotte, N.C.; South Charlotte Panthers
    • Cal Miller; INF; Centerville, Utah; MBA Green
    • Chase Mobley; RHP; Plant City, Fla.; Canes National
    • *^Dean Moss; OF; Atherton, Calif.; Canes National
    • Xavier Neyens; INF; Mount Vernon, Wash.; Trosky National
    • Austin Nye; RHP; Roseville, Calif.; Alpha Prime
    • Luke Oblen; RHP; Chicago, Ill.; Top Tier Select
    • Carson Page; INF; Hahira, Ga.; Team Elite
    • Ethan Puig; INF; Miami, Fla.; Elite Squad
    • Mason Russell; LHP; Santan Valley, Ariz.; Canyon Thunder
    • Jackson Sanders; LHP/OF; Opelika, Ala.; Team Elite
    • Ethan Schiefelbein; LHP; Corona, Calif.; Easton Prime Red
    • Carter Smith; INF/RHP; Fort Myers, Fla.; Canes National
    • Joshua Springer; C; Corona, Calif.; Easton Prime Red
    • *^Michael Torres; LHP/OF; Miami, Fla.; Elite Squad
    • Nolan Traeger; C; Spring, Texas; Texas Twelve
    • Cameron Uzzillia; INF; Tampa, Fla.; TBT Ballers
    • ^Braeden Weckman; OF; Winter Springs, Fla.; Dirtbags
    • George Wolkow; OF/INF; Downers Grove, Ill.; Canes National
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    • *Denotes USA Baseball National Team alum
    • ^Denotes past 13U ADP participant
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Twenty-Seven USA Baseball Alumni Selected to 2021 MLB All-Star Game

Seven former Team USA players selected to NL and AL starting lineups
July 12, 2021
CARY, N.C. – Twenty-seven USA Baseball alumni have been selected to the 2021 MLB All-Star Game, which is set to take place at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado, on Tuesday, July 13, at 7:30 p.m ET. Nearly half of the National League (NL) roster has suited up for the red,

CARY, N.C. – Twenty-seven USA Baseball alumni have been selected to the 2021 MLB All-Star Game, which is set to take place at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado, on Tuesday, July 13, at 7:30 p.m ET.

Nearly half of the National League (NL) roster has suited up for the red, white, and blue in the past, with sixteen alums on the All-Star team in 2021. In addition, eight American League (AL) players have experience with USA Baseball.

Seven alumni were selected to the starting lineup, with six NL starters having previously represented USA Baseball. Nolan Arenado (St. Louis Cardinals), Nick Castellanos (Cincinnati Reds), Adam Frazier (Pittsburgh Pirates), Freddie Freeman (Atlanta Braves), and Jesse Winker (Cincinnati Reds) will all be in the NL starting lineup on Tuesday night. Buster Posey (San Francisco Giants) was also selected to the starting lineup but will not play due to injury.

Mike Trout (Los Angeles Angels) was voted into the starting lineup for the AL but will not participate due to injury.

Additionally, 12 2021 All-Star Game participants have won a gold medal with Team USA. The roster features representatives from eight different gold medal-winning teams, including three members of the 2017 World Baseball Classic team that won the organization’s first-ever championship at the event.

In total, 15 players competed for the Collegiate National Team, while eight played for the Professional National Team, seven suited up for the 18U National Team, and two were members of the 16U National Team.

The full list of USA Baseball alumni that appear on 2021 All-Star Game rosters is as follows:

    • Name; MLB Team; USA Baseball Team(s):
    • Nolan Arenado; St. Louis Cardinals; 2017 World Baseball Classic Team
    • Matt Barnes; Boston Red Sox; 2010 Collegiate National Team
    • Kris Bryant; Chicago Cubs; 2012 Collegiate National Team
    • Walker Buehler; Los Angeles Dodgers; 2014 Collegiate National Team
    • Nick Castellanos; Cincinnati Reds; 2009 18U National Team
    • Gerrit Cole; New York Yankees; 2009-2010 Collegiate National Team
    • Brandon Crawford; San Francisco Giants; 2006 Collegiate National Team, 2017 World Baseball Classic
    • Jake Cronenworth; San Diego Padres; 2019 Professional National Team
    • Adam Frazier; Pittsburgh Pirates; 2012 Collegiate National Team, 2015 Professional National Team
    • Freddie Freeman; Atlanta Braves; 2005 16U National Team, 2006 18U National Team
    • Joey Gallo; Texas Rangers; 2011 18U National Team
    • Kevin Gausman; San Francisco Giants; 2009 18U National Team, 2011 Collegiate National Team
    • Kyle Gibson; Texas Rangers; 2008 Collegiate National Team
    • Josh Hader; Milwaukee Brewers; 2015 Professional National Team
    • Craig Kimbrel; Chicago Cubs; 2013 World Baseball Classic Team
    • Lance Lynn; Chicago White Sox; 2007 Collegiate National Team
    • Manny Machado; San Diego Padres; 2009 18U National Team
    • Mark Melancon; San Diego Padres; 2005 Collegiate National Team, 2017 World Baseball Classic Team
    • Matt Olson; Oakland Athletics; 2010 16U National Team
    • *Buster Posey; San Francisco Giants; 2004 18U National Team
    • Bryan Reynolds; Pittsburgh Pirates; 2014 Collegiate National Team
    • Carlos Rodón; Chicago White Sox; 2012-2013 Collegiate National Team
    • Max Scherzer; Washington Nationals; 2005 Collegiate National Team
    • Kyle Schwarber; Washington Nationals; 2013 Collegiate National Team
    • *Mike Trout; Los Angeles Angels; 2010 Professional National Team
    • Trea Turner; Washington Nationals; 2012-2013 Collegiate National Team
    • Jesse Winker; Cincinnati Reds; 2011 18U National Team
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    • *Denotes All-Star that will not play due to injury
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Six USA Baseball Alumni Taken in First Night of 2021 Major League Baseball Draft

2018 18U National Team alum Jack Leiter selected by Rangers with second overall pick
July 12, 2021
CARY, N.C. – Six USA Baseball alumni were selected in the first round of the 2021 Major League Baseball Draft on Sunday night, including second overall pick Jack Leiter. USA Baseball has now had 529 total athletes drafted in the first round since 1972. Leiter (No. 2, Texas Rangers) was the

CARY, N.C. – Six USA Baseball alumni were selected in the first round of the 2021 Major League Baseball Draft on Sunday night, including second overall pick Jack Leiter. USA Baseball has now had 529 total athletes drafted in the first round since 1972.

Leiter (No. 2, Texas Rangers) was the first USA Baseball alum taken in the 2021 draft. The Rangers have now drafted a USA Baseball alumnus with their first-round pick in three consecutive drafts (Josh Jung, 2019; Justin Foscue, 2020). Leiter pitched for the 2018 18U National Team, striking out 20 and allowing zero earned runs to help the stars and stripes clinch gold at the 2018 COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championships.

Two more alumni were selected in the Draft’s first 10 picks with 2019 Collegiate National Team outfielder Colton Cowser coming off the board next as the fifth overall pick by the Baltimore Orioles. Kumar Rocker, who won a world championship with the 2017 18U National Team, was selected 10th overall by the New York Mets.

Two-time national team alum Brady House immediately followed Rocker, going to the Washington Nationals with the 11th pick. House is an alum of both the world-champion 2015 12U and 2018 15U National Teams. He was joined on the board two picks later by 15U National Team teammate Andy Painter, who went 13th overall to the Philadelphia Phillies.

2015 12U National Team alum Cooper Kinney was selected 34th overall by the Tampa Bay Rays to round out the first round for USA Baseball.

Four national team programs were represented in the first round of the 2021 MLB Draft. In total, the six alumni selected in the opening round have won a total of six gold medals in international competition.

Nine athletes taken in the first round have participated in the National Team Development Program, including Marcelo Mayer (No. 4, Boston Red Sox), Jordan Lawlar (No. 6, Arizona Diamondbacks), Rocker, House, Painter, Max Muncy (No. 25, Oakland Athletics), Maddux Bruns (No. 29, Los Angeles Dodgers), Joe Mack (No. 31, Miami Marlins), and Kinney.

The 2021 MLB Draft will continue on Monday, July 12, at 1 p.m. ET.

The full list of USA Baseball alumni selected in the first round of the 2021 MLB Draft is as follows:

    • Round-Pick; Name; MLB Team; USA Baseball Team(s)
    • 1-2; Jack Leiter; Texas Rangers; 2018 18U National Team
    • 1-5; Colton Cowser; Baltimore Orioles, 2019 Collegiate National Team
    • 1-10; Kumar Rocker; New York Mets; 2017 18U National Team
    • 1-11; Brady House; Washington Nationals; 2015 12U National Team, 2018 15U National Team
    • 1-13; Andy Painter; Philadelphia Phillies; 2018 15U National Team
    • 1-34; Cooper Kinney; Tampa Bay Rays; 2015 12U National Team
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USA Baseball Announces 2021 15U National Team Coaching Staff

Former national team assistant coach Jared Halpert will lead Team USA as the 2021 manager
June 14, 2021
CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today announced the coaching staff for the 15U National Team. Jared Halpert will take the reins as manager in 2021 with Steve Butler, Rob Shabansky, and Jeff Sherman joining him on staff. Halpert will serve as a national team manager for the first time in 2021

CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today announced the coaching staff for the 15U National Team. Jared Halpert will take the reins as manager in 2021 with Steve Butler, Rob Shabansky, and Jeff Sherman joining him on staff.

Halpert will serve as a national team manager for the first time in 2021 after making his national team coaching debut as an assistant coach with the 2019 15U National Team that won gold at the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier. Formerly a coach at the 2018 15U National Team Trials and 14U National Team Development Program (NTDP), he also served on the USA Baseball task force at the National Team Championships and the National Team Identification Series (NTIS).

“We are ecstatic to have Jared Halpert leading our 15U National Team this summer,” said Charles Lane, USA Baseball Director of Baseball Operations. “Jared and this entire coaching staff have brought an exceptional level of baseball knowledge and a passion for developing young athletes both on and off the field to USA Baseball programming for years, and we are confident that they will be eager and able to put together a strong 15U National Team in 2021. We look forward to working with them to reach that goal this year.”

Halpert is currently in his sixth season at the helm of the Harvard-Westlake School (Studio City, Calif.) baseball program, where, in 2019, he led the Wolverines to the finals of both the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section Championship and the USA Baseball National High School Invitational. Prior to his time as the head coach at Harvard-Westlake, he served four years as an assistant coach for the Wolverines after working as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, Fresno State. 

Butler, who is currently the head coach at Eagan High School (Eagan, Minnesota), will join Halpert’s staff as an assistant coach this summer. 2021 marks Butler’s first national team assignment, but he is a veteran of USA Baseball events having coached at the 14U NTDP and 15U Trials in 2015 in addition to multiple other events over the years, including the National Team Championships and the NTIS. Prior to coaching at Eagan, Butler was an assistant coach at his alma mater, Concordia University, St. Paul, from 2009-2017, where he worked with hitters and defense. During his collegiate career, he was a team captain who started in 101 games for the Golden Bears, hitting .313 and helping lead the team to the school’s first Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Championship in 2003. Butler started his professional career in 2005, playing with the St. Paul Saints from 2005-2006 and the South Georgia Peanuts in 2007, where he helped lead the team to a league championship. He then joined the Fort Worth Cats in 2008 and finished his playing career in 2010 with a return to the St. Paul Saints. In 347 professional games, Butler played every position besides pitcher and catcher while recording 244 hits and 86 RBIs.

Shabansky is a four-time USA Baseball national team coaching alum, having most recently served as the pitching coach for the 2019 15U National Team, where he helped guide the squad to a 8-1 overall record and a WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier gold medal. He was also an assistant coach on the 2011 16U National Team staff and the pitching coach for the 2015 and 2016 15U National Teams before being named manager of the 2017 15U National Team and leading the U.S. to a 7-1 overall record and a COPABE Pan Am "AA" Championships gold medal that summer. He has won gold medals with four of the five national teams he has worked with and, under his direction, the 2015 and 2016 15U pitching staffs recorded collective ERAs of 3.36 and 2.57, respectively. Additionally, he also served as a pitching coach for the 2016 14U NTDP and the pitching coordinator at the 2019 14U NTDP. A graduate of the University of Arizona, Shabansky was a standout pitcher for the Wildcats baseball program. As a sophomore, he led the Wildcats in wins (8) and ERA (3.86). He was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 1998 MLB First-Year Player Draft and played four seasons of professional baseball. Shabansky just wrapped up his 14th season as the Head Coach at GateWay Community College (Phoenix, Ariz.), where he recently led the Geckos to the NJCAA Division II Baseball World Series Championship Game in 2016.

Sherman also earns his first national team coaching assignment in 2021 as an assistant coach under Halpert. Sherman is currently in his ninth year as the head coach at Marcus High School (Flower Mound, Texas) and holds an overall record of 228-68 in that time. In his first season at the helm, the program was ranked third in Texas and as high as 24th nationally as Sherman led the Marauders to a 32-8 record and a 2013 Regional Semifinals appearance. He also beat the program record for most wins in a single season (32) in 2013 and guided his team to the Regional Finals in 2014. Following the 2014 run, Sherman was named the District 6-6A Coach of the Year for the first time before earning the honor again in 2019 and, most recently, in 2021. Additionally, six of his former players have gone on to be selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Prior to his time at Marcus High School, he served as an assistant coach at Centennial High School (Frisco, Texas) from 2007-2012. Sherman has also coached at multiple USA Baseball events in his career, including the National Team Championships and NTIS. In his playing days, Sherman was a two-time NAIA All-American at Missouri Baptist University in 2002 and 2003.

The selection process for the 15U National Team will begin at the 2021 National Team Championships in Arizona and North Carolina and the 2021 13U/14U Athlete Development Program (ADP). Forty-four athletes will be identified from the events to compete in the 2021 15U National Team Trials for a spot on the final 20-man 15U National Team roster. More information about the 2021 15U National Team Trials and Training schedule will be announced at a later date.

The 15U National Team schedule is not yet finalized for 2021. Events and dates will be announced at a later time. 

For the most up-to-date information on the 15U National Team, visit USABaseball.com and follow @USABaseball and @USABaseball15U on Twitter.

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Ashley Bratcher Named General Manager of 18U National Team Program

She will manage all aspects of the national team program, including 16U and 17U NTDP and the PDP League
April 20, 2021
CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today named Ashley Bratcher General Manager of the 18U National Team program. She will manage all aspects of the 18U National Team program, including the 16U and 17U National Team Development Programs and the Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP) League. Additionally, she will continue to oversee the

CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today named Ashley Bratcher General Manager of the 18U National Team program. She will manage all aspects of the 18U National Team program, including the 16U and 17U National Team Development Programs and the Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP) League. Additionally, she will continue to oversee the Baseball Operations department.

The 18U National Team program is a stalwart on the international stage. Winners of eight world championships dating back to 1988, the 18U program has won 13 gold medals in its history, including eight consecutive from 2011-2018. Major League Baseball (MLB) MVPs Bryce Harper, Eric Hosmer, Clayton Kershaw, Freddie Freeman, Joe Mauer, Andrew McCutchen, Buster Posey, and Alex Rodriguez have all represented the U.S. in this program, and 71 alumni have been selected in the first round of the MLB Draft since 2010.

"It is an exciting time for USA Baseball and that stems from naming Ashley Bratcher as the General Manager for our 18U National Team,” said USA Baseball Executive Director and CEO Paul Seiler. “Ashley is eminently qualified for this position. She is highly knowledgeable and very well respected within the game of baseball, and we are incredibly excited for her to take responsibility and ownership of this program. We know she will do a great job representing our 18U National Team and our nation on the international stage."

“I am extremely honored to be named the General Manager for the 18U National Team,” said Bratcher. “I have had a host of tremendous opportunities throughout my career at USA Baseball that have prepared me for this new role. I look forward to calling upon those experiences and the relationships I have cultivated over the past twelve years to sustain and build upon the successful history of the 18U program.”

The 2021 18U National Team will compete on its home soil for its ninth world championship this September. For the first time since 1995, the United States will host the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup. The event will take place September 10-19 in Bradenton and Sarasota, Florida.

Bratcher joined USA Baseball in 2009 as an operations intern and was promoted to the Director of Operations later in the same year. In that role, she ran baseball camps, managed all operational needs at the USA Baseball National Training Complex, and oversaw the Women’s National Team program. Bratcher was elevated to Director of National Team Development Programs and Women’s National Team in 2012 and was named Senior Director of Baseball Operations in 2015. For the past six years she supervised the 12U, 15U, and Women’s National Team programs, the 14U National Team Development Program (NTDP), the National Team Identification Series (NTIS), the National Team Championships, and the 13U/14U Athlete Development Program.

As the program director for the 15U National Team, Bratcher led the team to three consecutive gold medals from 2017-2019, including its first world championship in program history at the 2018 WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup and back-to-back gold medals at the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup Qualifier in 2017 and 2019. She also led the Women’s National Team to a gold medal in the inaugural women’s baseball tournament at the Pan American Games in 2015 and a gold medal at the 2019 COPABE Women's Pan-American Championships.

Additionally, she currently serves on the Steering Committee for the newly acquired Appalachian League as part of the PDP and has been integral in its daily operation as USA Baseball prepares for its inaugural season.

Bratcher graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in exercise and sports science. While at UNC, she worked with the 21-time NCAA National Champion women's soccer program as both a team manager and camp administrator. Bratcher also completed the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau’s scout development program in 2017.

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Jim Koerner Named USA Baseball Director of Player Development

He will develop on-field programming for national team and development programs after 20 years as a college coach
April 13, 2021
CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball announced today the hiring of Jim Koerner as its Director of Player Development. Following 20 years of coaching at the collegiate level, Koerner will now be responsible for developing on-field programming for USA Baseball’s six national teams and three national team development programs. He will

CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball announced today the hiring of Jim Koerner as its Director of Player Development. Following 20 years of coaching at the collegiate level, Koerner will now be responsible for developing on-field programming for USA Baseball’s six national teams and three national team development programs. He will also produce curriculums related to player development for USABDevelops.com, the organization’s free online educational resource center.

Koerner will also serve as the Field Coordinator at the Prospect Development Pipeline League, the premier development and showcase experience for high school draft prospects from Major League Baseball and USA Baseball, and the primary identification event for the 18U National Team. Additionally, he will assist with player and staff identification for all 10 clubs in the Appalachian League and serve as a roving instructor during the season. Koerner will start with USA Baseball following the 2021 college baseball season.

"We could not be more thrilled to have Jim joining USA Baseball as our Director of Player Development,” said Paul Seiler, USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO. “His passion for our game and for developing young athletes is inspiring, and the knowledge he has gained over two decades of coaching will be an invaluable asset to all of the players and coaches that come through our programs. From our national teams to the Prospect Development Pipeline League, the new MLB Draft Combine, and the Appalachian League, Jim will be integral in ensuring all of our athletes grow both on and off the field.”

“I am honored to accept this position with USA Baseball,” said Koerner. “This organization represents a standard of excellence that is unmatched in the amateur baseball world and one that I am excited to be a part of going forward. I want to thank everyone involved in the process that helped make this opportunity possible and I am excited to get started!”

Koerner has been the head coach at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) from 2011-2021. As just the second head coach in the program’s modern-day history, Koerner took NCCU baseball to new heights in his 10 years at the helm. Under his guidance, the Eagles set the school record for wins twice, in 2013 (27) and again in 2018 (28). He also coached two MLB Draft picks with NCCU, including Corey Joyce, who became the highest selection in program history when he was taken in the 12th round by the Detroit Tigers in 2019. Koerner helped lead NCCU’s transition to the NCAA Division I level in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference during the 2011-2012 season and has since coached 31 All-MEAC selections, including the 2017 and 2019 MEAC Rookies of the Year and the 2018 and 2019 MEAC Players of the Year.

Before his time at NCCU, Koerner was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Buffalo from 2007-2011, helping the Bulls reach their best offensive performances in program history in 2009 and 2010. The team recorded an all-time high in wins since 1999 during the 2009 season and set the records for team batting average (.312), home runs (46), and stolen bases (71) in 2010. In those two seasons combined, the Bulls broke over 25 season, career, team, and individual records.

He began his coaching career in 2001 as the head coach at Medaille College, where he helped found the program and was named the 2003 North Eastern Athletic Conference Coach of the Year. In 2004, he moved to the Division I ranks as an assistant coach at Monmouth University before taking the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator role at Marshall University from 2005-2006. During that time, Marshall ranked highly among NCAA teams in most offensive categories and Koerner helped Adam Frederick break the program’s all-time hits record (250) while also recruiting and signing several of the Top 100 rated players in the Northeast.

Koerner received his bachelor’s degree in economics in 1997 from St. John Fisher College (N.Y.) and a master’s degree in athletic administration from Marshall University. 

For more information on USA Baseball, visit USABaseball.com and follow along on Twitter @USABaseball.

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