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USA Baseball Reveals 2022 15U National Team Coaching Staff

Drew Briese to make his managerial debut, lead Team USA in 2022
June 10, 2022
CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today revealed the coaching staff for the 2022 15U National Team, highlighted by the naming of Drew Briese as manager. Briese, who will make his Team USA managerial debut in 2022, will be joined by pitching coach Rob Shabansky and assistant coaches Steve Butler and

CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today revealed the coaching staff for the 2022 15U National Team, highlighted by the naming of Drew Briese as manager. Briese, who will make his Team USA managerial debut in 2022, will be joined by pitching coach Rob Shabansky and assistant coaches Steve Butler and Jeff Sherman, each of whom are returning to the program after serving in the same roles in 2021.

“We are excited to have Drew at the helm of this year’s 15U National Team,” said USA Baseball 15U National Team Program Director Charles Lane. “His commitment to USA Baseball over the years has been substantial and he brings a wealth of knowledge that makes him a great leader for these young athletes. We are confident that Drew and the rest of this veteran coaching staff will lead our team to great success this summer.”

"I am humbled and honored to have the opportunity to represent the United States as manager,” said Briese. “USA Baseball has an incredibly high standard for excellence and that excites me as a coach. I am certain that our staff will assemble a team that is capable and confident. Our team will be incredibly talented, but, more importantly, they will be united in our mission to represent the stars and stripes in a positive manner.”

Briese brings an abundance of experience to his first-ever Team USA managerial role. He began his national team coaching career in 2016 when he served as an assistant coach for the 15U National Team, where he helped lead the stars and stripes to a bronze medal at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup. Briese was also a coach at the 2015 14U National Team Development Program (NTDP) before returning to the staff as pitching coach in 2019. Most recently, Briese served as the field coordinator at the 2021 13U/14U Athlete Development Program (ADP) and has held numerous other roles as a pitching coach, assistant coach, and evaluator for Team USA since 2013.

Just recently finishing his sixth season as the head coach at Centre College (Danville, Ky.), Briese led the Colonels to a program-best 24 wins in 2019 and a fourth-place finish in the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) in 2021, the program’s highest finish since the conference’s inception in 2013. He recently picked up his 100th career victory as head coach on April 2, 2022, reaching the mark faster than any other coach in program history. Before his time at Centre, Briese spent 10 seasons as part of the coaching staff at Birmingham-Southern College (Birmingham, Ala.) and helped lead the Panthers to 10 regular season and conference tournament titles, and four straight Division III Regional appearances. In Briese’s final season with the program, Birmingham-Southern led the country in hits (516) and ranked seventh in the nation in doubles (99).

In his seventh appearance on a national team coaching staff, Shabansky brings a wealth of international experience. After making his national team coaching debut as an assistant coach with the 2011 16U National Team, Shabansky served as the pitching coach for the 2015 and 2016 15U National Teams before being elevated to manager in 2017. In that role, he led the U.S. to a 7-1 overall record and a COPABE Pan Am "AA" Championships gold medal. He has guided four national teams he has worked with to gold medals and, under his direction, the 2015 and 2016 15U pitching staffs recorded collective ERAs of 3.36 and 2.57, respectively. Additionally, he served as a pitching coach for the 2016 14U NTDP and the pitching coordinator at the 2019 14U NTDP. Most recently, Shabansky served as the pitching coach for the 2021 15U National Team.

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 Major League Baseball (MLB) First-Year Player Draft and played four seasons of professional baseball. Shabansky just wrapped up his 15th season at the helm at GateWay Community College (Phoenix, Ariz.), where he led the Geckos to the NJCAA Division II Baseball World Series Championship Game in 2016.

Butler returns to the staff as an assistant coach in 2022 after earning his first national team assignment last summer. Currently the head coach at Eagan High School (Eagan, Minn.), Butler is a veteran of USA Baseball events having coached at the 14U NTDP in 2015 and 2017 and 15U National Team Trials in 2016, 2018, and 2019. 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 played professional baseball from 2005-2010, recording 244 hits and 86 RBIs in 347 games.

Sherman also returns in 2022 for his second stint as a national team assistant coach after making his debut a summer ago. He brings a bevy of experience after serving on the task force at multiple USA Baseball events throughout his career, including the National Team Championships and National Team Identification Series (NTIS). Sherman recently finished his 10th year as the head coach at Marcus High School (Flower Mound, Texas) and holds an overall record of 258-76 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 set 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. In his playing days, Sherman was a two-time NAIA All-American at Missouri Baptist University in 2002 and 2003.

The 2022 National Team Championships in Arizona and North Carolina along with the 2022 13U/14U ADP will serve as two of the four primary identification events for the 2022 15U National Team. Fifty-five athletes will be identified from the events, joining 13 players who were previously identified from last year’s 14U NTIS Champions Cup and four players from last year’s 13U/14U ADP. Those 72 players will then compete at the 2022 15U National Team Trials for a spot on the final 20-man 15U National Team roster.

The final 2022 15U National Team schedule will be announced at a later date.

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

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USA Baseball Reveals 2022 National Team Identification Series Selections

Seventy-two athletes earn spots in 2023 national team programming
September 30, 2022
CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today revealed the 72 athletes selected from the 2022 National Team Identification Series (NTIS) for its 2023 national team programming, following the conclusion of the NTIS Champions Cup, which was held from August 11-28 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today revealed the 72 athletes selected from the 2022 National Team Identification Series (NTIS) for its 2023 national team programming, following the conclusion of the NTIS Champions Cup, which was held from August 11-28 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. Selections were first announced on the USA Baseball NTIS Selection Show, which can be found on USABaseball.com and the organization’s YouTube channel, USABaseballTV.

Additionally, USA Baseball announced that the Southwest region won the 2022 NTIS Champions Cup for the fourth consecutive summer.

The 2022 NTIS Selection Show

The NTIS is the most comprehensive player identification program offered by USA Baseball. Using a six-region system for the initial player identification process, the NTIS holds tryouts in each region of the country for players to be identified and selected for their regional teams, and invited to the NTIS Champions Cup in Cary, North Carolina.

The NTIS Champions Cup consists of tournament-style play, with over 1,200 of the country’s top players competing in 144 games in addition to skill testing and on-field evaluations run by the USA Baseball Task Force and national team coaches.

“We are very excited to reveal the seventy-two athletes who have been selected out of the National Team Identification Series for next year’s national team programming,” said USA Baseball Assistant Director of Baseball Operations Ann Claire Roberson. “As always, the event was full of immense talent in every region and every age group, making the selection process a difficult one. We are eager to watch the selected players continue to grow within our programming and look forward to seeing their impact on the future of USA Baseball.”

Twelve athletes from each age group were invited to compete in the following year’s age-appropriate national team programming events, including 2023 12U National Team Training Camp, the 2023 13U/14U Athlete Development Program (ADP), 2023 15U National Team Training Camp, and the 2023 16U/17U National Team Development Program (NTDP).

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

The 2023 National Team Identification Series selections are as follows:

Name; Position; Hometown; Region

2023 12U National Team Training Camp invitees:
(from 11U NTIS)

  • Colton Byrnes; INF/C; Truckee, Calif.; Northwest
  • Tyler Early; INF/LHP; Alexandria, La.; South
  • Kingston George; OF/RHP; Gunter, Texas; South
  • Adam Gonzalez; RHP/INF; Canyon Country, Calif.; Southwest
  • Paris Head; INF/RHP; Chicago, Ill.; Midwest
  • Omar Henriquez; INF/OF; New Milford, N.J.; Northeast
  • Uriyeh Marguth; INF/RHP; Gresham, Ore.; Northwest
  • Jaylen OBannon; RHP/INF; Daly City, Calif.; Northwest
  • Michael Ohman; LHP/INF; South San Francisco, Calif.; Northwest
  • Jett Schoolcraft; OF/LHP; Aloha, Ore.; Northwest
  • Ryder Serna; INF/OF; San Bernardino, Calif.; Southwest
  • JR Waddell; INF/OF; Shreveport, La.; Southeast

2023 13U/14U Athlete Development Program invitees:
(from 12U NTIS)

  • Brooks Blanchard; RHP/INF; Greer, S.C.; Southeast
  • Cameron Jamal Gibson; OF/LHP; Conway, Ark.; South
  • Noah Jarolimek; INF/RHP; Duncan, S.C.; Southeast
  • Cristian Matos; C/RHP; Belleville, N.J.; Northeast
  • Carter Nash; OF/RHP; Moore, S.C.; Southeast
  • Josiah Park; OF/RHP; Fullerton, Calif.; Southwest
  • Caleb Polk; RHP/INF; Forney, Texas; South
  • Jesse Romo; RHP/OF; Vacaville, Calif.; Northwest
  • Eric Shim; INF; Temecula, Calif.; Southwest
  • Cameron Small; RHP/INF; Wake Forest, N.C.; Southeast
  • Nateo Victorio; INF/C; Suisun City, Calif.; Northwest
  • Jett Wilson; INF/OF; Lindsay, Okla.; South

2023 13U/14U Athlete Development Program invitees:
(from 13U NTIS)

  • Jacob Carrasco; C/INF; Lancaster, Pa.; Northeast
  • Noah Clark; INF/RHP; McLeansville, N.C.; Southeast
  • Chase Cotton; RHP/INF; Lincoln, Calif.; Northwest
  • Aiden DeLeon; OF/LHP; Victoria, Texas; South
  • Orion Gonzalez; INF/RHP; Castaic, Calif.; Southwest
  • Andrew Jimenez; INF/RHP; Wildomar, Calif.; Southwest
  • Kegan Johnson; OF; Shelbyville, Tenn.; Southeast
  • Owen Mescall; INF/OF; Irvine, Calif.; Southeast
  • Josh Morgan; OF; Chicago, Ill.; Midwest
  • Blake Ragsdale; INF/RHP; Burr Ridge, Ill.; Midwest
  • Jael Santos; INF/RHP; Paterson, N.J.; Northeast
  • Jacob Seamon; OF/RHP; Waxhaw, N.C.; Southeast

2023 15U National Team Training Camp invitees:
(from 14U NTIS)

  • Michael Chin; C/OF; Houston, Texas; South
  • Trey Ebel; INF/RHP; Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.; Southwest
  • JT Girod; RHP/INF; Independence, Ore.; Northwest
  • Braylon Kolish; RHP/OF; Henderson, Nev.; Southwest
  • Jason Kruczek; RHP/OF; Alexandria, Va.; Northeast
  • Carson Lane; C/RHP; Dandridge, Tenn.; Southeast
  • Oliver Minyard; C/INF; Dallas, Texas; South
  • Kaden Nicholls; INF/LHP; Grass Valley, Calif.; Northwest
  • Kevin Roberts Jr.; INF/RHP; Meridian, Miss.; South
  • Garner Rodriguez; INF/RHP; Nacogdoches, Texas; South
  • Jack Smejkal; INF/RHP; The Woodlands, Texas; South
  • Brandon Washington; RHP/INF; Stanley, N.C.; Southeast

2023 16U/17U National Team Development Program invitees:
(from 15U NTIS)

  • Evan Amos; RHP/INF; Summerville, S.C.; Southeast
  • Jack Boucher; OF/INF; Mission Viejo, Calif.; Southwest
  • Thomas Brown; C/INF; Livermore, Calif.; Northwest
  • Tristan Dalzell; LHP; Long Beach, Calif.; Southwest
  • Brock Foulds; INF/RHP; Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.; Southwest
  • Griffin Loy; RHP/INF; Nancy, Ky.; Midwest
  • Grant Mehrhoff; LHP/OF; Marthasville, Mo.; Midwest
  • Tait Reynolds; OF/INF; Queen Creek, Ariz.; Northwest
  • Luke Ryerse; RHP/INF; Woodbury, Minn.; Midwest
  • Nicholas Terhaar; RHP/INF; Saginaw, Minn.; Midwest
  • Ben Veletean; INF; Lebanon, Ohio; Northeast
  • Miles Young; INF; Cypress, Texas; South

2023 16U/17U National Team Development Program invitees:
(from 16U NTIS)

  • Anthony Brown Jr.; INF/OF; Jacksonville, Fla.; Southeast
  • Patrick (Teddy) Garner III; RHP/INF; Simpsonville, S.C.; Southeast
  • Owen Jenkins; C/INF; Versailles, Ky.; Midwest
  • Cameron Johnson; RHP/INF; Waco, Texas; South
  • Jaxon Miller; OF; Frisco, Texas; South
  • Joe Olson; LHP; Chicago, Ill.; Midwest
  • David Ramirez; LHP/OF; Kemah, Texas; South
  • Edward Rothlander III; RHP/OF; Conroe, Texas; South
  • Cooper Rummel; RHP/OF; Austin, Texas; South
  • Logan Sariga; OF/INF; Houston, Texas; South
  • Landon Schaefer; INF/RHP; Fayetteville, Ark.; South
  • Bricen Smith; INF/OF; Perry, Ga.; Southeast
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Back-To-Back World Champions: Team USA Wins Gold at WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup

U.S. defeats Cuba 4-3 to defend 2018 title
September 5, 2022
Box Score | PxP | Cumulative Stats HERMOSILLO, Mexico. – The USA Baseball 15U National Team will return to the U.S. as World Champions after defeating Cuba, 4-3 in the final game of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup on Sunday at Estadio Sonora in Hermosillo,
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Cuba 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 3 6 0
USA 1 1 1 0 1 0 X 4 6 0

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HERMOSILLO, Mexico. – The USA Baseball 15U National Team will return to the U.S. as World Champions after defeating Cuba, 4-3 in the final game of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup on Sunday at Estadio Sonora in Hermosillo, Mexico.
  This marks the second championship for the 15U team overall and it is the third time it has competed in the gold medal game. Including results of the past U-16 Baseball World Cups, the 2022-win marks the seventh world title in this age bracket

Team USA (8-1) defeated Cuba the night before by 10 runs to secure a spot in the gold medal game, but the rematch proved to be vastly different.
  Chase Bentley (Granite Bay, Calif.) got the start for the U.S. and came out strong, striking out two of the first three batters to start the game before forcing Cuba’s clean-up hitter to fly out.

In the bottom half of the frame, Team USA jumped on the scoreboard early. Andrew Costello (Fairview, Pa.) drew a five-pitch walk then proceeded to reach third thanks to a passed ball and wild pitch in the next sequence, allowing Brady Ebel (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) to drive him home by putting a ball on the right side of the field.

In the bottom of the second, Brady Murrietta (Yorba Linda, Calif.) launched the stars and stripes’ eighth home run of the World Cup (Cuba was the only other team to hit a home run during the tournament, recording one) over the left field wall to take a 2-0 lead.

Cuba responded in the top of the third inning by using a single, sacrifice bunt, and two doubles to score three runs and knock Bentley out of the game. Zane Burns (Chandler, Ariz.) entered took the mound with two on and one out and was able to halt Cuba’s rally, keeping the deficit at 3-2.

Team USA didn’t stay down long. James Tronstein (Los Angeles, Calif.) singled to center field, Coy James (Advance, N.C.) followed with a single of his own, and Costello moved Tronstein to third by reaching on a fielder’s choice. Ebel stepped up to the plate for another RBI opportunity and delivered with a single through the right side to score Tronstein and tie the game.

The game stayed tied heading into the bottom of the fifth thanks to some strong pitching from Burns. As they did two innings earlier, Tronstein and James both reached safely to start the inning and Costello moved them over, this time with a sacrifice bunt. Ebel was intentionally walked to load the bases for Ethan Holliday (Stillwater, Okla.) who proceeded to put Team USA back in the driver’s seat, plating Tronstein via fielder’s choice.

Down to their last at-bats, Cuba made Team USA work for the gold medal. Burns struck out the first batter but shortly after the bases were loaded via single and two walks. Ryan Harwood (Chandler, Ariz.) who was dominate the night before, entered the game with the crowd cheering franticly for Cuba. Harwood struck out the first batter in four pitches to bring Cuba’s last hope to the plate. Harwood fired a strike, a ball, and induced a swinging strike before he fired a ball past the Cuban bat to end the game and begin the championship celebration.
  Bentley had a strong start to the game, going 2.1 innings, striking out four while allowing four hits, and three runs. Burns earned the win by picking up his teammate with 4.0 innings of two-hit baseball and five strikeouts. Harwood came in to secure the final two outs and he did just that with two swinging strikeouts.

Cuba’s Daniel Reyes Nunez was handed the loss after 2.0 innings of work in which he allowed two hits and one earned run.
  Offensively, Team USA recorded six hits from five different players with Tronstein collecting the other in a 2-for-2 effort with two runs scored. Ebel, Holliday, and Murrietta recorded RBIs for the U.S. and John Short (Anaheim, Calif.) had a triple for the other extra-base hit aside from Murrietta’s home run.

Team USA placed three on the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup All World-Team and collected four individual awards.

James was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament with a .480 batting average, two home runs, eight RBIs, and 15 runs scored. James also was named All-World center fielder and took home the award for most home runs (tied with Costello) and most runs scored (15).

Costello and Holliday each earned All-World honors at designated hitter and shortstop, respectively. Costello hit .462 in the tournament with 12 hits, 12 runs scored, four doubles, a triple, two home runs, and 9 RBIs. Holliday earned the award for most RBIs with 11, recording at least one in every game played, to go along with a .407 batting average, 11 hits, seven runs, and three doubles.

Alex Harrington (San Diego, Calif.) rounded out Team USA’s honors by taking home the individual award for most stolen bases with eight thanks in-part to two games with multiple swiped bags.
  Team USA Awards

MVP: Coy James
Most Runs Batted In: Ethan Holliday
Most Home Runs: Coy James
Most Stolen Bases: Alex Harrington
Most Runs Scored: Coy James

WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup All-World Team
SP: Yao-Yun Chang (Chinese Taipei)
RP: Daniel Reyes (Cuba)
C: Yadier Ruiz (Cuba)
1B: Kanta Kanemoto (Japan)
2B: Tien-Szu Huang (Japan)
3B: Alejandro Cruz (Cuba)
SS: Ethan Holliday (USA)
*OF: Isaac Carrasquillo (Puerto Rico)
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OF: Coy James (USA)

OF: Juan Caballero (Panama)
DH: Andrew Costello (USA)

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Team USA Handles Cuba in Preview of World Cup Title Game

U.S. uses seven-run inning to come out of Super Round on top
September 4, 2022
Box Score | PxP | Cumulative Stats HERMOSILLO, Mexico. – The USA Baseball 15U National Team secured its spot in the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup title game with an 11-1 victory over Cuba at Estadio Sonora in Hermosillo, Mexico. The game acted as a gold
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Cuba 0 0 0 1 0 0 X 1 1 3
USA 0 0 1 7 0 3 X 11 12 1

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HERMOSILLO, Mexico. – The USA Baseball 15U National Team secured its spot in the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup title game with an 11-1 victory over Cuba at Estadio Sonora in Hermosillo, Mexico. The game acted as a gold medal preview with the stars and stripes winning the Super Round and Cuba coming in right behind.

Cuba entered the day with a gold medal game spot already in hand after Japan had to forfeit their contest last night due to a pitch count violation. Japan secured the victory today, making this a win-or-play for bronze game for Team USA.

A seven-run fourth inning was the difference maker in this contest. Team USA and Cuba entered the inning tied at one but thanks to two, two-run home runs and a couple of RBI-knocks, the U.S. came out of the fourth with an 8-1 lead. Three runs by way of single, double, and single came in the sixth inning to give the red, white, and blue a 10-run lead and the ball game.

Andrew Costello (Fairview, Pa.) and Grady Emerson (Argyle, Texas) powered the offense with a home run each. Emerson started the fourth inning rally by sending a ball to the top of the wall in right center, and two batters later, Costello launched one into Team USA’s bullpen in left field for good measure. Costello ended the day leading all batters in hits, RBIs, and extra-base hits, going 3-for-4 with three RBIs, two runs scored, two doubles, and the home run.

Six other Team USA players, including Emerson, contributed RBIs on the night. John Short (Anaheim, Calif.) was one of those players, going 3-for-3 on the night with a double, a walk, a run scored, and an RBI. Ethan Holliday (Stillwater, Okla.) extended his RBI-streak to eight games, increasing his World Cup lead in the category.

Team USA had another strong night on the mound, limiting Cuba to one hit to go along with nine strikeouts. Jack McKernan (Missouri City, Texas) got the start and went 3.0 innings of one-hit ball, giving up one run, and striking out two while also picking off two runners. Joshua Woodworth (Ventura, Calif.) earned the win in relief, pitching 1.1 innings with no hits and two strikeouts. Ryan Harwood (Chandler, Ariz.) closed out the game with five strikeouts over 1.2 innings pitched.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The game was scoreless heading into the bottom of the third inning until James Tronstein was standing on second after taking advantage of a Cuba error for Andrew Costello to drive him in with a ground rule double to give Team USA the early lead.
  • In the top of the fourth inning, Cuba tied the game at 1-1 by scoring via wild-pitch.
  • John Short got the Team USA offense going in the bottom of the fourth with a single and would come around to score a batter later thanks to Alex Harrington reaching on a fielder’s choice and a Cuba error to break the tie, 2-1.
  • With Alex Harrington on third base thanks to a balk, Grady Emerson sent a ball to the top of the wall in right center field for his first home run of the World Cup and a 4-1 Team USA lead.
  • James Tronstein drew a walk and stole a base before he watched Andrew Costello launch a ball over the left field fence into Team USA’s bullpen, extending the stars and stripes’ lead to 6-1.
  • Brady Ebel drew his World Cup leading 11th walk before Ethan Holliday moved him to third with a single, and Ryan Mitchell drove him home with an RBI-single to right field, making the score 7-1 in Team USA’s favor.
  • John Short capped the seven-run U.S. inning with an RBI-double to right center, plating Ethan Holliday and giving Team USA an 8-1 advantage.
  • In the bottom of the sixth inning, Andrew Costello recorded his third extra-base hit of the night with a leadoff double just for Brady Ebel to knock him home with an RBI-single to give the U.S. a 9-1 lead.
  • Ethan Holliday hit his World Cup-leading 10th RBI with a double to put Team USA up by nine before Alex Harrington ended the game and sent the U.S. to the title game with an RBI-single to make the score 11-1.

NOTABLE

  • Andrew Costello had a monster day at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two doubles, a home run, three RBIs and two runs scored.
  • Ethan Holliday has now recorded an RBI in all eight games of the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup and leads all players with 10 total.
  • John Short had a perfect day at the plate, going 3-for3 with a double, an RBI, a walk, and a run scored.
  • Jack McKernan was strong on the mound to start the game, pitching 3.0 innings, only allowing one hit and one run while striking out two, and picking off two.
  • Joshua Woodworth earned the win in relief, going 1.1 innings of hitless baseball while striking out two.
  • Ryan Harwood led all players with five strikeouts over his 1.2 innings of work.

ON DECK
The 2022 15U National Team will face Cuba in the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup Gold Medal Game on Sunday, September 2 at 8:00 pm ET/5:00 pm local time at Estadio Sonora in Hermosillo, Mexico.

SOCIAL MEDIA
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Team USA Blanks Chinese Taipei in Crucial Win

The U.S. scored in every inning while allowing only one hit
September 3, 2022
Box Score | PxP | Cumulative Stats HERMOSILLO, Mexico. – The USA Baseball 15U National Team impressed on both sides of the plate in its 10-0 five-inning win over Chinese Taipei on Friday at Estadio Sonora in Hermosillo, Mexico. The win moves the U.S. to 3-1 in the World Baseball
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Chinese Taipei 0 0 0 0 0 X X 0 1 2
USA 3 1 2 2 2 X X 10 8 0

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HERMOSILLO, Mexico. – The USA Baseball 15U National Team impressed on both sides of the plate in its 10-0 five-inning win over Chinese Taipei on Friday at Estadio Sonora in Hermosillo, Mexico. The win moves the U.S. to 3-1 in the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup Super Round.

Strong hitting, spectacular pitching, and sound defense earned the stars and stripes’ third Super Round win, setting up a must-see game against Cuba on Saturday.

The U.S. scored in every inning, plating three in the first, one in the second, and two every inning after that, highlighted by a John Short (Anaheim, Calif.) home run to left center in the bottom of the third.

Carson Bolemon (Greenville, S.C.) was locked-in from the first pitch to the last, going the distance with 5.0 innings of one hit baseball and four strikeouts. Bolemon carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning and would’ve carried a perfect game if not for one hit batter.

Every Team USA batter reached safely at least once in the game, seven by hits and two via walk. Coy James (Advance, N.C.) continued his impressive World Cup, collecting two more hits, two runs scored, a double, and an RBI. Ethan Holliday (Stillwater, Okla.) got the scoring started with a two-RBI bases-loaded single in the bottom of the first inning, while Andrew Costello (Fariview, Pa.), James Tronstein (Los Angeles, Calif.), and Short each recorded an RBI of their own.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Back-to-back singles and a walk from Coy James, Andrew Costello, and Brady Ebel loaded the bases for Ethan Holliday who laced a single through the right side to drive in two and give Team USA an early lead.
  • Brady Murrietta made the score 3-0 in the stars and stripes’ favor, hitting into a double play but driving in Brady Ebel.
  • Alex Harrington started the bottom of the second with a double and would come around to score two batters later thanks to a James Tronstein single, putting Team USA ahead, 4-0.
  • In the bottom of the third inning, a Chinese Taipei error gave Team USA a 5-0 lead before John Short made the score read 6-0 by launching a home run to left center field.
  • James Tronstein walked to start the bottom of the fourth and immediately came around to score when Coy James hit an RBI-double to right center. James scored via balk two batters later to give the U.S. an 8-0 lead.
  • Two walks and a sacrifice bunt had Grady Emerson and James Tronstein standing on second and third only for Andrew Costello to drive one of them home and the other scored via error, giving Team USA the 10-0 lead and the win.

NOTABLE

  • Carson Bolemon earned his first win of the World Cup pitching all five innings and only allowing one hit while striking out four.
  • Coy James continued his impressive World Cup, going 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI-double.
  • Ethan Holliday had a two-RBI day, going 1-for-3 at the plate with a walk.
  • John Short hit his first home run of the World Cup, sending a ball to deep left center in the bottom of the third inning.
  • Alex Harrington stole his eighth base in seven games and recorded a double on the day.
  • Every Team USA hitter reached base safely at least once, seven coming by way of hit and the other two earning walks.

ON DECK
The 2022 15U National Team will face Cuba in the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup Super Round Saturday, September 2 at 6:00 pm ET/3:00 pm local time at Estadio Sonora in Hermosillo, Mexico.

SOCIAL MEDIA
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Late Inning Heroics Propel Team USA Past Panama

Game-tying home run sets up walk-off in extra innings
September 2, 2022
Box Score | PxP | Cumulative Stats HERMOSILLO, Mexico. – The USA Baseball 15U National Team entered the bottom of the seventh inning down by a run and came out with a 6-5 win in the bottom of the eighth on Thursday at Estadio Sonora in Hermosillo, Mexico. The win
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Panama 2 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 5 2 3
USA 2 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 6 11 3

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HERMOSILLO, Mexico. – The USA Baseball 15U National Team entered the bottom of the seventh inning down by a run and came out with a 6-5 win in the bottom of the eighth on Thursday at Estadio Sonora in Hermosillo, Mexico. The win moves the U.S. to 2-1 in the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup Super Round.

A back-and-forth battle by every definition, Team USA fought until the very last pitch to get back in the win column after dropping the Super Round opener to Japan last night.

Panama plated two in the first, the U.S. responded with two of their own immediately after. The red, white, and blue took the lead in the second, extend it in the fifth, and Panama tied it in the sixth. An error gave Panama the lead in the seventh but Coy James (Advance, N.C.) launched a ball over the left field fence to bring it even once again.

With two runners on due to the WBSC tie breaker rules, Ryan Harwood (Chandler, Ariz.) sat Panama down in order to start the eighth, allowing Brady Murrietta (Yorba Linda, Calif.) to load the bases via bunt in the bottom half. On the next pitch, Alex Harrington (San Diego, Calif.) sent a ball to center field and Ethan Holliday (Stillwater, Okla.) home for the walk-off victory.

The stars and stripes collected 11 hits while limiting Panama to just two. Errors were present again in the box score as only two of Panama’s five runs were earned. Behind strong pitching, the U.S. carried a combined no-hitter into the sixth inning.

James, to go along with the game-tying home run, went 3-for-3 at the plate with two RBIs and three runs scored. Brady Ebel (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) had a nice day at the plate, going 2-for-3 with an RBI and a double. Holliday had a 2-for-3 day with an RBI and a run scored.

Zane Burns (Chandler, Ariz.) shined with 4.2 innings of hitless ball in relief, striking out two. Harwood (1-0) earned the win, pitching 1.2 innings, striking out one, and working out of back-to-back jams.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Panama struck first with two runs via bases-loaded walk and a close play at the plate that went their way after the umpire called Brady Murrietta off-the-plate.
  • Team USA responded in the bottom of the first as Andrew Costello beat out a single, sliding into first base as Coy James came around to score on a subsequent error to cut Panama’s lead to 2-1.
  • Ethan Holliday tied things up with a single through the right side to bring Andrew Costello home and the score to 2-2 in the bottom of the first.
  • In the bottom of the second, Coy James sent a ball to center field, singling home Alex Harrington and giving Team USA its first lead of the game, 3-2.
  • In the bottom of the fifth, Brady Ebel gave Team USA a bit of a cushion, hitting a ball through the right side to score Coy James and make the score 4-2, stars and stripes.
  • Panama used errors and a single across the sixth and seventh innings to reclaim the lead, 5-4 and force Team USA into a corner heading into its final at bats.
  • With one out and two strikes, Coy James launched a no-doubt home run to left field to force extra-innings.
  • After Ryan Harwood retired Panama in order to start the eighth inning, Brady Murrieta laid down a bunt-single with two runners on (via WBSC tie breaker rules), and a pitch later Alex Harrington sent a fly ball to center field, scoring Ethan Holliday to walk-off.

NOTABLE

  • Coy James (3-for-3, two RBIs, three runs scored) launched his second home run of the tournament and is the only player with multiple home runs.
  • Andrew Costello had his second consecutive two-hit game, going 2-for-4 with a run scored.
  • Brady Ebel went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a double.
  • Ethan Holliday went 2-for-3 with an RBI and scored the game-winning run.
  • Alex Harrington came through with the walk-off sacrifice fly and had Team USA’s only stolen base.
  • Zane Burns worked 4.2 innings of relief, not allowing a hit and striking out two.
  • Ryan Harwood earned the win, working 1.2 innings, striking out one, and working out of consecutive jams to keep Panama at bay.

ON DECK
The 2022 15U National Team will face Chinese Taipei in the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup Super Round Friday, September 2 at 6:00 pm ET/3:00 pm local time at Estadio Sonora in Hermosillo, Mexico.

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Team USA Drops Super Round Opener to Japan

Errors lead to first loss of WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup
September 1, 2022
Box Score | PxP | Cumulative Stats HERMOSILLO, Mexico. – The USA Baseball 15U National Team suffered its first loss, by the score of 12-6 on Tuesday at Estadio Sonora in Hermosillo, Mexico. The loss moves the U.S. to 1-1 in the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World
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USA 5 0 0 0 1 0 0 6 8 6
Japan 5 0 5 0 0 2 X 12 12 4

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HERMOSILLO, Mexico. – The USA Baseball 15U National Team suffered its first loss, by the score of 12-6 on Tuesday at Estadio Sonora in Hermosillo, Mexico. The loss moves the U.S. to 1-1 in the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup after an opening round win over Puerto Rico carried over to the Super Round.

Team USA scored five in the first inning to take an early lead but could not overcome four combined errors in the bottom of the first and third as Japan scored 10 unearned runs. After a 50-minute rain delay in the bottom of the fourth inning, the stars and stripes added a run following back-to-back Japan errors. Japan responded with their first two earned runs of the game in the bottom of the sixth to close the door.

The U.S. collected eight hits on the night while the pitching staff recorded 10 strikeouts and only issued four walks. Japan used 12 hits and took advantage of six errors to defeat Team USA.

Andrew Costello (Fairview, Pa.) and Brady Murrietta (Yorba Linda, Calif.) each recorded two hits and scored a run on the night. Brady Ebel (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) collected two RBIs, scored a run and would’ve had two hits but Japan’s Ryuga Soto displayed quick reactions on a line-out comebacker to halt a rally in the sixth inning. Ethan Holliday (Stillwater, Okla.), Coy James (Advance, N.C.), and Alex Harrington (San Diego, Calif.) each had an RBI in the game.

Chase Bentley (Granite Bay, Calif.) had another strong outing despite getting tagged with the loss, pitching 2.2 innings with five strikeouts and one walk. Japan recorded seven hits and nine runs off Bentley, however, none of the runs were earned. Jack McKernan (Missouri City, Texas) pitched 2.2 innings in relief, limiting Japan to three hits and one earned run while punching out four.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Brady Ebel put Team USA on the board in the first inning with a two-RBI single to center field to score Coy James and Andrew Costello who reached on a hit-by-pitch and a single through the right side, respectively.
  • Brady Murrietta moved Brady Ebel to third with a single before Ethan Holliday used a fielder’s choice to send Ebel home and give Team USA a 3-0 lead.
  • Alex Harrington laced an RBI-triple to the center field wall and took advantage of a throwing error to make the score 5-0 in Team USA’s favor.
  • In the bottom of the third, two U.S. errors put runners on the corners, setting up three Japan singles and a double to tie the game at 5-5.
  • In the bottom of the third, Japan used five hits and two Team USA errors to double the lead, putting the U.S. in a 10-5 deficit.
  • Ryan Harwood singled through the left side with one out in the top of the fifth and came around to score after James Tronstein and Coy James reached on back-to-back errors to make the score 10-6 in Japan’s favor.
  • Japan added the final two runs of the game in the bottom of the sixth with a single and heads-up base running.

NOTABLE

  • Andrew Costello and Brady Murrietta each recorded two hits and scored a run.
  • Brady Ebel collected two RBIs on 1-for-3 hitting.
  • Alex Harrington was responsible for Team USA’s only extra-base hit, lacing a triple to center field and scoring on a throwing error.
  • Chase Bentley (0-1) was handed the loss after 2.2 innings of work to start the game, striking out five, walking one and giving up seven hits and nine runs, none of which were earned.
  • Team USA drops 1-1 in the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup Super Round after the loss and a win over Puerto Rico that was carried over from the Opening Round.

ON DECK
The 2022 15U National Team will face Panama in the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup Super Round Thursday, September 1 at 4:30 pm ET/1:30 pm local time at Estadio Sonora in Hermosillo, Mexico.

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Team USA Sweeps Pool Play, Secures Spot in Super Round

Stars and stripes defeat Puerto Rico, 15-4 to win Group C
August 30, 2022
Box Score | PxP | Cumulative Stats HERMOSILLO, Mexico. – The USA Baseball 15U National Team used an eight-run seventh inning to pull away from Puerto Rico in a 15-4 victory on Monday at Estadio Hector Espino in Hermosillo, Mexico. The win clinched the top spot in Group C for
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USA 2 2 0 0 2 1 8 15 9 1
Puerto Rico 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 4 3 0

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HERMOSILLO, Mexico. – The USA Baseball 15U National Team used an eight-run seventh inning to pull away from Puerto Rico in a 15-4 victory on Monday at Estadio Hector Espino in Hermosillo, Mexico. The win clinched the top spot in Group C for Team USA and moved its record to 4-0 in the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup.

Team USA led from the second pitch on in the contest, but Puerto Rico hung around up until the seventh inning when the red, white, and blue plated eight runs to shut the door. The stars and stripes scored two in the first, and two in the second, holding off Puerto Rico, and carried a 4-3 lead into the fourth. Two runs in the fifth, and a run in the sixth widened the gap to 7-4 heading into the final frame. Nine walks in the seventh allowed Team USA to put the game out of reach.

As a team, the U.S. drew 13 walks (six of which were hit-by-pitch, a USA Baseball 15U single-game record), and only struck out twice to go along with eight stolen bases, and nine hits. On the mound, the pitching staff limited Puerto Rico to just three hits and a .136 batting average.

Coy James (Advance, N.C.) got things going with a first inning home run and the U.S. never looked back. James went 1-for-4 on the day with the home run, two RBIs, two runs scored, and a walk. Ryan Mitchell (Germantown, Tenn.) had another productive day at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a double, two-RBIs, and a run scored. Brady Murrietta (Yorba Linda, Calif.) used a sacrifice fly and a sacrifice bunt to earn two RBIs on the day. Grady Emerson (Argyle, Texas) had one of the most exciting plays in the tournament, stealing home with the bases loaded during the pitcher’s wind-up.

Carson Bolemon (Greenville, S.C.) worked 2.0 hitless innings to start the game and struck out three. Alexander Mercurius (Las Vegas, Nev.) earned his second win in as many days, going 2.0 innings in relief with a strikeout. Zane Burns (Chandler, Ariz.) came out of the bullpen for 2.0 innings and punched out two.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • On the second pitch of the game, Coy James sent a ball over the fence and the U.S. bench into a frenzy.
  • Ryan Mitchell doubled to left field, Brady Ebel moved him to third with a sacrifice bunt, and Andrew Costello brought him home with a sacrifice fly to move Team USA ahead, 2-0.
  • In the bottom half of the first, Puerto Rico used walks to cut the deficit in half but were stifled by Carson Bolemon after that, and Team USA took a 2-1 lead into the second.
  • Ryan Harwood and James Tronstein reached via hit-by-pitch and Coy James drew a walk before Ryan Mitchell doubled Team USA’s score with a two-RBI single to give the U.S. a 4-1 lead.
  • Puerto Rico capitalized on a U.S. error in the bottom of the second to make the score read 4-2, still in Team USA’s favor.
  • In the bottom of the third, Puerto Rico scored on a sacrifice fly, but Alexander Mercurius got the swinging strikeout to end the inning and keep Team USA’s lead in-tact, 4-3.
  • Andrew Costello doubled, and Brady Ebel singled to set up a sacrifice bunt by Brady Murrietta to increase the stars and stripes’ lead to 5-3 to start the fifth inning.
  • Ethan Holliday singled Brady Ebel home a batter later to give Team USA a 6-3 cushion.
  • A wild pitch gave Puerto Rico its fourth run of the game, cutting Team USA’s lead to 6-4 heading into the sixth inning.
  • With the bases loaded in the top of the sixth, Grady Emerson caught Puerto Rico off-guard and stole home during the pitcher’s wind-up to put the U.S. ahead 7-4.
  • In the top of the seventh, Team USA drew three straight walks before Coy James was hit-by-pitch, Grady Emerson drew a walk, Andrew Costello was hit-by-pitch, and Brady Ebel reached on a fielder’s choice, scoring James and Emerson to grow Team USA’s lead to 12-4.
  • After a Puerto Rico pitching change led to another hit-by-pitch, Ethan Holliday drew a walk on a wild pitch that Brady Ebel scored on, Ryan Harwood singled through the left side to score Holliday, and two batters later, Alex Harrington scored on a wild pitch, making it 15-4 in Team USA’s favor.

NOTABLE

  • Team USA went 4-0 in WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup Pool Play, clinching first place in Group C, and secured a spot in the Super Round.
  • Coy James hit Team USA’s third home run of the U-15 World Cup to start the game.
  • Ryan Mitchell went 2-for-3 with a double, two RBIs, and a run scored.
  • Brady Murrietta gathered two RBIs via a sacrifice bunt and a sacrifice fly.
  • Grady Emerson took advantage of a bases loaded situation and stole home during the Puerto Rico pitcher’s wind-up.
  • Alexander Mercurius earned his second win in as many days in 2.0 innings of relief work.

ON DECK
The 2022 15U National Team has an off-day before WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup Super Round play begins on Wednesday, August 31  in Hermosillo, Mexico.

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Team USA Routes Guam, 13-1

Stars and stripes sit atop Group C heading into final day
August 28, 2022
Box Score | PxP | Cumulative Stats HERMOSILLO, Mexico. – The USA Baseball 15U National Team recorded six extra base hits in a 13-1 victory over Guam on Sunday at Estadio Sonora in Hermosillo, Mexico. The win improved Team USA to 3-0 in World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball
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USA 4 3 2 0 4 X X 13 11 0
Guam 0 0 0 0 1 X X 1 2 4

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HERMOSILLO, Mexico. – The USA Baseball 15U National Team recorded six extra base hits in a 13-1 victory over Guam on Sunday at Estadio Sonora in Hermosillo, Mexico. The win improved Team USA to 3-0 in World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup pool play.

The red, white, and blue won by double-digits for the second time in three days, paced by 11 hits from the plate and 11 strikeouts from the mound. Team USA jumped ahead early, taking advantage of Guam wild pitches and didn’t falter. Guam was held to two hits and remained scoreless until the bottom of the fifth, crossing the plate via bases-loaded walk.

As a team, the stars and stripes recorded a combined .440 average on 11 hits, six extra-base hits, six walks and added seven stolen bases.

Ryan Mitchell (Germantown, Tenn.) had a big day at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a double, a stolen base, and four RBIs. Andrew Costello (Fairview, Pa.) filled the stat sheet with one double, one triple, one walk, one stolen base, one RBI, and two runs. Ethan Holliday (Stillwater, Okla.) stayed hot, with a two double, two RBI performance.

Chandler Hart (Allen, Texas) got the start today and whirled 3.0 innings, only allowed one hit and struck out seven. Alexander Mercurius (Las Vegas, Nev.) earned the win with a hitless fourth inning of work.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Team USA jumped out to a four-run lead in the first as Alex Harrington and Andrew Costello scored on wild pitches before John Short doubled home Brady Ebel and later scored on a wild pitch.
  • To start the scoring in the second inning, Ryan Mitchell doubled up the middle to plate Ryan Harwood and James Tronstein. A few pitches later, Mitchell would score on a passed ball, making it 7-0, in Team USA’s favor.
  • Ryan Mitchell added to his RBI total in the top of the third, singling home Ryan Harwood to put Team USA ahead 8-0.
  • Andrew Costello sent a double down the left field line to score Ryan Mitchell and give Team USA a 9-0 lead.
  • Ryan Mitchell came through yet again in the top of the fifth with a sacrifice fly to score Alex Harrington, giving the U.S. a 10-0 lead.
  • Sebastian Norman made his mark on the game, driving in Andrew Costello with an RBI-single, to give Team USA an 11-0 advantage.
  • Ethan Holliday sent a ball over the right fielder for a double, sending Sebastian Norman and Brady Ebel home to put the U.S. ahead 13-0.
  • Guam drew a bases loaded walk in the bottom of the fifth for its first and only run of the game.

NOTABLE

  • Ryan Mitchell led the offense with four RBIs, going 2-for-3 with a double, a stolen base and two runs scored.
  • Andrew Costello went 2-for-3 with one double, one triple, one walk, one stolen base and two runs scored.
  • Ethan Holliday recorded two doubles to go with two RBIs on the day.
  • Ryan Harwood had a two hit day, adding a stolen base and two runs scored.
  • Alex Harrington was opportunistic on the base path, recording three steals.
  • Chandler Hart recorded seven strikeouts in 3.0 innings of one hit ball.
  • Alexander Mercurius earned the win in 1.0 innings of relief work, striking out one.
  • Team USA moved to 3-0 in pool play and sits atop the Group C standings.

ON DECK
The 2022 15U National Team will wrap Pool Play in the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup facing off against Puerto Rico on August 29 at 10:30 a.m. at Estadio Hector Espino in Hermosillo, Mexico.

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Walk Off Moves Team USA to 2-0 in Pool Play

Four-run deficit erased in seventh inning
August 28, 2022
Box Score | PxP | Cumulative Stats HERMOSILLO, Mexico. – The USA Baseball 15U National Team battled back to erase a four-run deficit, defeating Venezuela 5-4 on Saturday at Estadio Hector Espino in Hermosillo, Mexico. The win improved Team USA to 2-0 in World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 World
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Venezuela 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 4 4 2
USA 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 5 6 5

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HERMOSILLO, Mexico. – The USA Baseball 15U National Team battled back to erase a four-run deficit, defeating Venezuela 5-4 on Saturday at Estadio Hector Espino in Hermosillo, Mexico. The win improved Team USA to 2-0 in World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 World Cup pool play.

The stars and stripes fell behind early due to errors but remained disciplined at the plate and used timely hitting to come away with the victory. Team USA scored once in the first and would not plate any more runs until the bottom of the seventh with two outs.

Venezuela capitalized on five errors to carry a 4-1 lead heading into the final frame. The red, white, and blue scored via walk, single, and a balk before Dane Perry (Friendswood, Texas) sent a single up the middle to end the game.

Coy James (Advance, N.C.) led the offense with three hits, two runs, and a stolen base. Ethan Holliday (Stillwater, Okla.) went 2-for-3 on the day and contributed an RBI. Brady Ebel (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) and John Short (Anaheim, Calif.) each had an RBI in the contest.

On the mound, Chase Bentley (Granite Bay, Calif.) got the start and went 4.2 innings, striking out three while only allowing two hits with no earned runs. Zane Burns (Chandler, Ariz.) earned the win during 1.2 innings of work where he didn’t allow a hit and struck out three.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Two Team USA errors had Venezuela on the board first, as Aaron Pinero crossed the plate to put the visitors ahead 1-0.
  • After a hit-by-pitch was called back, Brady Ebel made the most of it by sending a fly ball to left field, allowing Coy James to score, tying the game at 1-1.
  • In the top of the second, with a runner in motion, Bolivar Martinez grounded out but the throw to third was wide allowing Luis Cova to extend Venezuela’s lead to 2-1.
  • A double and a Team USA error put Venezuela ahead 4-1 in the top of the sixth inning.
  • Coy James singled down the right field line to get on base and advanced on an error before stealing third while Brady Ebel drew a walk to put the U.S. within striking distance in the seventh.
  • Sebastian Norman drew a walk to load the bases and John Short followed suit with a walk of his own to cut Venezuela’s lead to 4-2.
  • Ethan Holliday hit a ball hard back to the pitcher who couldn’t handle it for an RBI-single to put Team USA within a run, 4-3.
  • With the bases still loaded, Venezuela balked home the tying run.
  • Dane Perry stepped to the plate for his first at-bat of the day and sent a ball back up the middle for the 5-4 walk off win.

NOTABLE

  • Coy James had three of Team USA’s six hits, going 3-for-4 with a double, a stolen base, and two runs.
  • Ethan Holliday went 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI
  • Chase Bentley started the game with 4.2 strong innings of work, allowing two hits, and recording three strikeouts with no earned runs.
  • Zane Burns earned the win behind 1.2 innings of work, allowing no hits and striking out three.
  • As a team, the stars and stripes drew eight walks compared to Venezuela’s three.

ON DECK
The 2022 15U National Team will continue Pool Play in the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup facing off against Guam on August 28 at 10:30 a.m. at Estadio Sonora in Hermosillo, Mexico.

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Team USA Opens World Cup with Record-Breaking Win

Stars and stripes plate 29 against South Africa
August 27, 2022
Box Score | PxP | Cumulative Stats HERMOSILLO, Mexico. – The 15U National Team opened the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup in record-breaking fashion during its 29-0 win over South Africa at Estadio Hector Espino in Hermosillo, Mexico. The record books will now list the 2022 team as having the
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South Africa 0 0 0 0 0 X X 0 1 9
USA 5 6 10 8 X X X 29 14 0

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HERMOSILLO, Mexico. – The 15U National Team opened the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup in record-breaking fashion during its 29-0 win over South Africa at Estadio Hector Espino in Hermosillo, Mexico.

The record books will now list the 2022 team as having the most runs in a single game (29), most walks in a single game (16), most stolen bases in a single game (12) and tied for the most home runs in a single game (2). The U.S. put up five runs in the first, six in the second, 10 in the third and eight in the fourth before the game was called in the fifth inning.

Pitchers John Short and Dane Perry held South Africa to one hit and recorded a combined 10 strikeouts.

Short also paced the offense with four RBI’s while going 1-for-2 with a walk and a run scored. Andrew Costello recorded USA’s first home run of the World Cup with a deep ball to left field in the bottom of the second. Alex Harrington was responsible for the other home run, with his coming inside-the-park in the bottom of the fourth. Coy James, Grady Emerson, and James Tronstein each had two hits on the day.

The win was a team effort as 11 different players recorded at least one RBI for USA.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • After Ryan Mitchell got on base to start the game, Coy James singled to center field and a throwing error scored Mitchell and had James standing on second.
  • A wild pitch scored Coy James to make it 2-0, USA.
  • John Short recorded his first RBI of the game with a sacrifice fly to plate Andrew Costello to make it 3-0, USA.
  • Sebastian Norman tripled to deep left center to bring Ethan Holliday home and Norman was able to score on a throwing error to round out a five run first inning.
  • In the bottom of the second, Ryan Mitchell and Coy James reached safely for Andrew Costello to bring them home by putting a ball over the left field wall to bring the score to 8-0.
  • Ethan Holliday took advantage of a wild pitch making it 9-0, USA.
  • James Tronstein singled home Sebastian Norman to bring the lead into the double-digits with USA leading 10-0.
  • To close out a six-run second inning, Grady Emerson used a sacrifice fly to score James Tronstein making things 11-0, USA.
  • Coy James got the scoring started in the third via a wild pitch to make it 12-0, USA.
  • Ethan Holliday made the score 13-0 with a single up the middle, driving in Andrew Costello.
  • Grady Emerson followed it up with a single to center field, scoring John Short and bringing the score to 14-0.
  • Ryan Harwood entered the game and doubled down the right field line to drive in Sebastian Norman and Alex Harrington, making the score 16-0.
  • Grady Emerson capitalized on a South Africa fielding error, scoring to make it 17-0.
  • John Short cleared the bases with a single to left center, plating Ryan Harwood, Coy James, and Carson Bolemon making the scoreboard read 20-0, USA.
  • Alex Harrington made sure the scoring continued in the bottom of the fourth with an inside-the-park home run, scoring James Tronstein to make it 23-0, USA.
  • Coy James laced a triple to right center, scoring Grady Emerson to bring things to 24-0 in USA’s favor.
  • Brady Murrieta joined the extra base hit party with a RBI-double scoring Coy James to increase USA’s lead to 25-0.
  • Dane Perry entered the game with an RBI-single to bring Brady Murrietta home, making things 26-0, USA.
  • James Tronstein reached on a fielder’s choice while Carson Bolemon crossed the plate to make it 27-0, USA.
  • Dane Perry used a wild pitch to bring USA’s lead to 28-0.
  • Ryan Harwood drew a walk and James Tronstein scored for USA’s final run with the scoreboard reading 29-0.

NOTABLE

  • John Short got it done on both sides of the field, recording eight strikeouts and only allowing one hit in 4.0 innings pitched and he went 1-2 with four RBI and a run scored at the plate.
  • Every time Coy James got on base he would cross the plate, recording five funs on 2-for-3 hitting with two RBI, two walks, two stolen bases and a triple.
  • Alex Harrington worked the strike zone for three walks while going 1-for-2 with two RBI and an inside-the-park home run.
  • In just two innings, Ryan Harwood made an impact with one hit, three RBI’s and a double.
  • Andrew Costello recorded USA’s first home run of the tournament and went 1-for-2 with three RBI, two walks and two stolen bases.
  • James Tronstein went 2-for-3 at the plate with two RBI and two stolen bases.
  • Grady Emerson went 2-for3 with two RBI.

ON DECK
The 2022 15U National Team will continue Pool Play in the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup facing off against Venezuela on August 27 at 10:30 a.m. at Estadio Sonora in Hermosillo, Mexico.

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15U National Team Ends Training Camp with Win

August 23, 2022
TEMPE, Ariz. – After weather cancelled the first attempt, the 15U National Team played its first game on Monday against local AZ Sandlot and came away with a 7-5 victory. A combination of smart at-bats, savvy base running and unselfish baseball secured the victory for Team USA. The victors recorded
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USA 0 0 2 2 0 0 3 7 9 1
AZ Sandlot 1 0 0 4 0 0 0 5 7 1

TEMPE, Ariz. – After weather cancelled the first attempt, the 15U National Team played its first game on Monday against local AZ Sandlot and came away with a 7-5 victory.

A combination of smart at-bats, savvy base running and unselfish baseball secured the victory for Team USA. The victors recorded four stolen bases, drew five walks, and had two bunt singles on the night to go along with a sacrifice bunt and fly out. On defense, the pitching staff tallied six strikeouts with only three walks in 7.0 innings of work.

Grady Emerson singled over a charging first baseman to tie things up in the final frame and James Tronstein followed it up with a bunt single of his own and Sebastian Norman singled to give USA the 6-5 lead. Alex Harrington sent a sacrifice fly to center field to score what would be the final run of the game. Emerson ended the game going 2-3 with two RBI’s and a run scored.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • AZ Sandlot came out strong in the bottom of the first, loading the bases and capitalizing with a sacrifice fly. Chandler Hart settled in and recorded three straight outs to limit the damage to one run.
  • In the top of the third, Brady Murrietta singled and advanced by a passed ball putting him in position to score when Ryan Mitchell reached on an error to tie the game 1-1.
  • One batter later with Joshua Woodworth on base via walk, Coy James singled through the right side to give USA a 2-1 lead.
  • In the top of the fourth, Andrew Costello singles and uses smart base running to help John Short reach on a fielder’s choice setting up an RBI-single by Grady Emerson to extend the lead to 3-1.
  • Next batter, James Tronstein laid down a sacrifice bunt, scoring John Short making the score 4-1, USA.
  • AZ Sandlot responded with a four-run bottom half of the inning to take back the lead, 5-4.
  • In the final frame, Ethan Holliday kicked things off with a triple to the center field wall and after a John Short full-count walk, Grady Emerson used a bunt-single to tie things up at 5-5.
  • Sebastian Norman broke the tie with an RBI-single a couple of batters later to give USA the 6-5 lead.
  • Alex Harrington capped the inning with a sacrifice fly to center to give USA a 7-5 lead and Zane Burns closed the door in the ninth to secure the victory.

OF NOTE

  • Grady Emerson led Team USA with two hits and two RBI’s.
  • Andrew Costello led the team with two stolen bases and went 1-for-3 with a run scored.
  • Ethan Holliday recorded USA’s only extra-base hit with a lead-off triple in the seventh inning
  • Five different USA players recorded an RBI
  • USA used seven pitchers in the game and recorded a total of nine strikeouts with only three walks
  • Brady Ebel, Dane Perry, and Sebastian Norman each recorded two strikeouts in their inning of work.
  • Zane Burns used two fly-outs and a strikeout to end the game

ON DECK
The 2022 15U National Team Training Camp will wrap up tomorrow with a morning workout before the team heads to Hermosillo, Mexico for the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup from August 26 – September 4.

SOCIAL MEDIA
Stay tuned to @USABaseball15U on Twitter for the most up-to-date news about the 2022 15U National Team Training Camp.

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USA Baseball Names 2022 15U National Team Roster

20-man roster looks to defend its World Title at V WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup
August 20, 2022
Tempe, Ariz. – USA Baseball today named the final 20-man roster for the 2022 15U National Team. The announcement comes with four days remaining of the 15U National Team Training Camp, which will continue at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe, Arizona, through August 23. The 15U National Team will look

Tempe, Ariz. – USA Baseball today named the final 20-man roster for the 2022 15U National Team. The announcement comes with four days remaining of the 15U National Team Training Camp, which will continue at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe, Arizona, through August 23.

The 15U National Team will look to defend its world title at the V World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup from August 26-September 4 in Hermosillo, Mexico. Team USA claimed its first world title in the 15-and-under age group in 2018 after defeating Panama 7-1 in front of a sold-out crowd at Estadio Kenny Serracin in David, Panama.

“This team will feature a group of dynamic position players who can play all over the field and a group of pitchers who offer both power and command,” said 15U National Team Manager Drew Briese. “I am excited about the mental toughness and high level of competitiveness in this group. During a grueling Training Camp, they displayed a desire to play, and win at a high level. I look forward to bringing this group together to represent the United States on an international stage.”

Two members of the 15U National Team have donned the stars and stripes before. Jack McKernan (Missouri City, Texas) and Alexander Mercurius (Las Vegas, Nev.) both played in the V WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup as members of the 12U National Team in 2019. Additionally, five members of the 20-player roster have participated in the 13U/14U Athlete Development Program, including Brady Ebel (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Ryan Harwood (Chandler, Ariz.), Coy James (Advance, N.C.), McKernan, and Brady Murrietta (Yorba Linda, Calif.).

This year’s roster features 14 players that participated in the USA Baseball National Team Championships in Arizona and North Carolina, the primary identification event for the 15U National Team. Additionally, four athletes were invited to Training Camp after their performances in the 13U/14U Athlete Development Program, including Grady Emerson (Argyle, Texas) and James Tronstein (Los Angeles, Calif.), who earned their invitations after competing in this year’s event from August 1-4 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. Murrietta was selected from the National Team Identification Series.

Leading Team USA in the pursuit of a gold medal at the V WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup is Manager Drew Briese. Briese is making his Team USA managerial debut after beginning his national team coaching career in 2016, serving as an assistant coach for the 15U National Team that earned bronze at the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup. Recently, Briese served as the field coordinator at the 2021 13U/14U Athlete Development Program and has held numerous other roles as a pitching coach, assistant coach, and evaluator for Team USA since 2013. He finished his sixth season as the head coach at his alma mater Centre College (Danville, Ky.) in 2022.

Joining Briese on the 15U National Team coaching staff in 2022 are assistant coaches Steve Butler and Jeff Sherman, as well as pitching coach Rob Shabansky.

Sixty-seven athletes were invited to the 15U National Team Training Camp, which began on August 13. During Phase I, players were divided into four teams and played three games apiece with workouts in between games. On August 17, the roster was trimmed to 34 athletes for Phase II and players participated in a two-game Stars vs. Stripes series, giving the coaching staff opportunities to evaluate, teach and observe players in live-game situations.

Training Camp will continue on Saturday, August 20 as Team USA will play exhibition games against GCU Thunder (August 21; 6 p.m. PT) and AZ Sandlot (August 22; 4:30 p.m. PT) before traveling to Mexico for the World Cup.

Fans are encouraged to follow along with the action by following @USABaseball15U on Twitter and @USABaseball on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok.

2022 15U National Team Roster

(Name; Position; Hometown)

  • Chase Bentley; RHP; Granite Bay, Calif.
  • Carson Bolemon; LHP/INF; Greenville, S.C.
  • Zane Burns; RHP; Chandler, Ariz.
  • Andrew Costello; C; Fairview, Pa.
  • ^Brady Ebel; INF/RHP; Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
  • ^Grady Emerson; INF; Argyle, Texas
  • Alex Harrington; INF; San Diego, Calif.
  • Chandler Hart; LHP; Allen, Texas
  • ^Ryan Harwood; RHP/INF; Chandler, Ariz.
  • Ethan Holliday; INF; Stillwater, Okla.
  • ^Coy James; INF/RHP; Advance, N.C.
  • *^Jack McKernan; LHP/OF; Missouri City, Texas
  • *Alexander Mercurius; RHP; Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Ryan Mitchell; INF; Germantown, Tenn.
  • ^Brady Murrietta; C; Yorba Linda, Calif.
  • Sebastian Norman; OF/RHP; Springfield, Mo.
  • Dane Perry; C/RHP; Friendswood, Texas
  • John Short; INF/RHP/OF; Anaheim, Calif.
  • ^James Tronstein; INF; Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Joshua Woodworth; INF/RHP; Ventura, Calif.

_ * denotes national team alumni_

^ denotes national team development programs participant

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USA Baseball Announces 2022 15U National Team Training Camp Phase II Roster

Thirty-four athletes will compete for a spot on the final 20-man national team
August 17, 2022
CARY, N.C \- USA Baseball today announced its 15U National Team Training Camp Phase II roster, highlighting the next step in the process for selecting the 2022 15U National Team. After three days of evaluation, 34 athletes have been selected to continue competing for one of 20 spots on the

CARY, N.C - USA Baseball today announced its 15U National Team Training Camp Phase II roster, highlighting the next step in the process for selecting the 2022 15U National Team. After three days of evaluation, 34 athletes have been selected to continue competing for one of 20 spots on the final 15U National Team roster from August 17-23 at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe, Arizona.

The 15U National Team will look to defend its world title at the V WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup from August 26-September 4 in Hermosillo, Mexico. Team USA claimed its first world title at the 15-and-under age group in 2018 after defeating Panama 7-1 in front of a sold-out crowd at Estadio Kenny Serracin in David, Panama.

Selected athletes were invited to Training Camp based on their performance at one of four USA Baseball sanctioned events, including the 14U and 15U National Team Championships as well as the USA Baseball National Team Identification Series.

Leading Team USA in 2022 is Manager Drew Briese, who is making his Team USA managerial debut. He began his national team coaching career in 2016 when he served as an assistant coach for the 15U National Team, where he helped lead the stars and stripes to a bronze medal at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup. Most recently, Briese served as the field coordinator at the 2021 13U/14U Athlete Development Program (ADP) and has held numerous other roles as a pitching coach, assistant coach, and evaluator for Team USA since 2013. He finished his sixth season as the head coach at his alma mater Centre College (Danville, Ky.) in 2022.

Joining Briese on the 15U National Team coaching staff in 2022 are assistant coaches Steve Butler and Jeff Sherman, as well as pitching coach Rob Shabansky.

Fans can follow along with the action by following @USABaseball15U on Twitter and @USABaseball on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok.

The 2022 15U National Team Training Camp Phase II Roster is as follows:

2022 15U National Team Training Camp Phase II Roster

(Name; Position; Hometown)

  • Chase Bentley; RHP; Granite Bay, Calif.
  • Carson Bolemon; LHP/INF; Greenville, S.C.
  • Nicholas Bradley; RHP; Clarks Summit, Pa.
  • Zane Burns; RHP; Chandler, Ariz.
  • Andrew Costello; C; Fairview, Pa.
  • ^Brady Ebel; INF/RHP; Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
  • Grady Emerson; INF; Argyle, Texas
  • Lucas Franco; INF; Katy, Texas
  • ^Dean Hannah; C/INF; China Spring, Texas
  • Alex Harrington; INF; San Diego, Calif.
  • Chandler Hart; LHP; Allen, Texas
  • *Josiah Hartshorn; INF/OF; Anaheim Hills, Calif.
  • ^Ryan Harwood; RHP/INF; Chandler, Ariz.
  • Ethan Holliday; INF; Stillwater, Okla.
  • ^Coy James; INF/RHP; Advance, N.C.
  • *Brenden Lewis; INF/RHP; Santee, Calif.
  • Jacob Lombard; INF; Pinecrest, Fla.
  • *^Jack McKernan; LHP/OF; Missouri City, Texas
  • *Alexander Mercurius; RHP; Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Ryan Mitchell; INF; Germantown, Tenn.
  • Anthony Murphy; OF; Corona, Calif.
  • ^Brady Murrietta; C; Yorba Linda, Calif.
  • Sebastian Norman; OF/RHP; Springfield, Mo.
  • Dane Perry; C/RHP; Friendswood, Texas
  • ^Kruz Schoolcraft; LHP; Beaverton, Ore.
  • ^Miles Scott; OF; Anaheim Hills, Calif.
  • Omar Serna; C/RHP; Pearland, Texas
  • Rookie Shepard; C/INF; North Las Vegas, Nev.
  • John Short; INF/RHP/OF; Anaheim, Calif.
  • Miguel Sime Jr.; RHP; Queens Village, N.Y.
  • ^Titan Targac; LHP; Flatonia, Texas
  • James Tronstein; INF; Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Ethan Wheeler; RHP; Middleburg, Fla.
  • Joshua Woodworth; INF/RHP; Ventura, Calif.

* denotes national team alumna

^ denotes National Team Development Program participant

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Groups, Schedule Announced for WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup

Play opens August 26 in Hermosillo, Mexico
July 26, 2022
The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) today revealed the groups, schedule and tournament format of the V WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup, which will take place from August 26 to September 4 in Hermosillo, Mexico. Based on results from the qualifiers and allocation of wild cards, the world championship event

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) today revealed the groups, schedule and tournament format of the V WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup, which will take place from August 26 to September 4 in Hermosillo, Mexico.

Based on results from the qualifiers and allocation of wild cards, the world championship event in Hermosillo will feature the world's best teams and players in the respective youth category:

  • Africa (1) No. 26 South Africa
  • Americas (7) No. 4 Mexico, No. 5 USA, No. 6 Venezuela, No. 9 Cuba, No. 11 Colombia, No. 13 Panama, No. 16 Puerto Rico,
  • Asia (2) No. 1 Japan, No. 2 Chinese Taipei
  • Europe (2) No. 13 Czech Republic, No. 22 France
  • Oceania (1) No. 38 Guam

The V U-15 Baseball World Cup this year will feature 13 teams. In addition to the host and the 11 teams qualified/confirmed via the Continental Associations, the WBSC, together with the LOC, invited the defending champions USA after the cancellation of the 2020 edition, in which the USA Baseball 15U National Team had already qualified.

The 13 teams will be split into three groups to open the tournament:

  • Group A: Mexico, Chinese Taipei, Cuba and Czech Republic
  • Group B: Panama, Japan, Colombia and France
  • Group C: USA, South Africa, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Guam

Opening Day is set for August 26, with the Opening Ceremony scheduled at 6.30 pm local time. Two games will officially open the U-15 Baseball World Cup at 10:30 a.m. local time, when South Africa squares off against USA and Puerto Rico takes on Venezuela.

The top two finishers of each group in the Opening Round will advance to the Super Round from August 31 to September 2.

First- and second-place finishers from the Super Round will compete for the U-15 Baseball World Title, while third- and fourth-place national teams will play for bronze. The Finals are scheduled on September 4.

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USA Baseball Announces 2022 15U National Team Training Camp Roster

Sixty-four athletes will compete for a spot on the final 20-man national team
July 25, 2022
CARY, N.C \- USA Baseball today announced its roster for the 2022 15U National Team Training Camp, following the conclusion of the 2022 National Team Championships in Arizona and North Carolina. The 64 athletes will compete for one of 20 spots on the final 15U National Team roster from August

CARY, N.C - USA Baseball today announced its roster for the 2022 15U National Team Training Camp, following the conclusion of the 2022 National Team Championships in Arizona and North Carolina. The 64 athletes will compete for one of 20 spots on the final 15U National Team roster from August 14-23 at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe, Arizona.

Selected athletes were invited to Training Camp based on their performance at one of four USA Baseball sanctioned events, including the 14U and 15U National Team Championships. Thirty of this year’s Training Camp selections participated in the event in North Carolina, while 15 competed in Arizona. Thirteen other athletes were chosen from the USA Baseball National Team Identification Series (NTIS) Champions Cup last August, and four earned invitations from last year’s 13U/14U Athlete Development Program (ADP).

The 2022 13U/14U ADP will take place from August 1-4 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, where eight athletes will also earn invitations to the 15U National Team Training Camp.

“We are thrilled to announce the first sixty-four athletes for the 15U National Team Training Camp,” said USA Baseball Executive Director and CEO Paul Seiler. “Our coaches and task force members have identified the best ballplayers in the country, and I am confident they will exemplify all the qualities we are looking for in future members of Team USA.”

Highlighting the Training Camp roster are Gavin Fien (Temecula, Calif.), Rashad Hayes (Oakland, Calif.), Jaiden Lo Re (Phoenix, Ariz.), and Jack McKernan (Missouri City, Texas), who were all members of both the 2019 12U National Team and participants at the 2021 13U/14U ADP. In total, the roster features seven USA Baseball national team alumni and 13 players from last year’s 13U/14U ADP.

The roster features players from 24 different states across the country. California leads the way with 17 selections, followed by Texas with 11.

Leading Team USA in 2022 is Manager Drew Briese, who will make his Team USA managerial debut. He began his national team coaching career in 2016 when he served as an assistant coach for the 15U National Team, where he helped lead the stars and stripes to a bronze medal at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup. Most recently, Briese served as the field coordinator at the 2021 13U/14U Athlete Development Program (ADP) and has held numerous other roles as a pitching coach, assistant coach, and evaluator for Team USA since 2013. He finished his sixth season as the head coach at his alma mater Centre College (Danville, Ky.) in 2022.

Joining Briese on the 15U National Team coaching staff in 2022 will be assistant coaches Steve Butler and Jeff Sherman, as well as pitching coach Rob Shabansky.

Fans can follow along with the action by following @USABaseball15U on Twitter and @USABaseball on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok.

The 2022 15U National Team Training Camp Roster is as follows:

2022 15U National Team Training Camp Roster

(Name; Position; Hometown)

  • Bruin Agbayani; INF; Mililani, Hawaii
  • Aiden Arnett; OF; Stoughton, Wis.
  • Chase Bentley; RHP; Granite Bay, Calif.
  • David Bernstine; INF; Vallejo, Calif.
  • Carson Bolemon; LHP/INF; Greenville, S.C.
  • Nicholas Bradley; RHP; Clarks Summit, Pa.
  • Zane Burns; RHP; Chandler, Ariz.
  • Marcus Cantu; INF/OF; Friendswood, Texas
  • Deion Cole; OF; Acworth, Ga.
  • Andrew Costello; C; Fairview, Pa.
  • Justice De Jong; RHP/INF; New York, N.Y.
  • *John Dolan; C/INF; Kailua, Hawaii
  • Ethan Downum; LHP/OF; Frisco, Texas
  • ^Brady Ebel; INF/RHP; Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
  • Hayden Elchlepp; OF; Bakersfield, Calif.
  • Magdiel Estevez; OF/LHP; Miami, Fla.
  • *^Gavin Fien; INF; Temecula, Calif.
  • Lucas Franco; INF; Katy, Texas
  • Cody Freitas; RHP; Bourbonnais, Ill.
  • Hamilton Friedberg; OF; Lakewood, Calif.
  • Gian Gamelli; LHP/INF; Wenham, Mass.
  • ^Dean Hannah; C/INF; China Spring, Texas
  • Alex Harrington; INF; San Diego, Calif.
  • Hunter Harrington; OF; San Diego, Calif.
  • Brayden Harris; RHP; Orange Park, Fla.
  • Chandler Hart; LHP; Allen, Texas
  • ^Ryan Harwood; RHP/INF; Chandler, Ariz.
  • *^Rashad Hayes; OF; Oakland, Calif.
  • Ethan Holliday; INF; Stillwater, Okla.
  • Reid Jacobson; INF/RHP; Albuquerque, N.M.
  • Brayden Jaksa; C; Fremont, Calif.
  • ^Coy James; INF/RHP; Advance, N.C.
  • Finn Leach; INF; Seattle, Wash.
  • Lyndon Lee; INF/OF; Las Vegas, Nev.
  • *Brenden Lewis; INF/RHP; Santee, Calif.
  • *^Jaiden Lo Re; INF/RHP/C; Phoenix, Ariz.
  • Jacob Lombard; INF; Pinecrest, Fla.
  • Danny Machado; INF/RHP; Pembroke Pines, Fla.
  • *^Jack McKernan; LHP/OF; Missouri City, Texas
  • *Alexander Mercurius; RHP; Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Anthony Murphy; OF; Corona, Calif.
  • ^Brady Murrietta; C; Yorba Linda, Calif.
  • Sebastian Norman; OF/RHP; Springfield, Mo.
  • ^Luke Pappano; LHP/OF; Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Dane Perry; C/RHP; Friendswood, Texas
  • Beau Peterson; RHP/INF; Shawnee, Kan.
  • Davidenko Rodriguez; INF/OF; Katy, Texas
  • Jack Ryan; RHP; Cincinnati, Ohio
  • ^Kruz Schoolcraft; LHP; Beaverton, Ore.
  • ^Miles Scott; OF; Anaheim Hills, Calif.
  • Sebastian Segura; INF; Spring, Texas
  • Omar Serna; C/RHP; Pearland, Texas
  • Rookie Shepard; C/INF; North Las Vegas, Nev.
  • John Short; INF/RHP/OF; Anaheim, Calif.
  • Miguel Sime Jr.; RHP; Queens Village, N.Y.
  • Jacob Smith; INF/RHP; Winston Salem, N.C.
  • Shawn Sullivan; RHP; Barberton, Ohio
  • ^Titan Targac; LHP; Flatonia, Texas
  • Tate Troxell; RHP; Noblesville, Ind.
  • Mason Tymick; RHP; Torrance, Calif.
  • Hunter Watson; RHP; Tuttle, Okla.
  • Ethan Wheeler; RHP; Middleburg, Fla.
  • John Austin Wood; C/INF; Tupelo, Miss.
  • Joshua Woodworth; INF/RHP; Ventura, Calif.

* denotes national team alumna

^ denotes National Team Development Program participant

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Twenty-Two USA Baseball Alumni Selected to 2022 MLB All-Star Game

Seven former Team USA players selected to AL and NL starting lineups
July 19, 2022
CARY, N.C. – Twenty-two USA Baseball alumni were selected for the 2022 MLB All-Star Game, which will take place at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles tonight, Tuesday, July 19, at 8:00 p.m. ET. The National League roster features 14 alums, and eight American League players also have experience with USA

CARY, N.C. – Twenty-two USA Baseball alumni were selected for the 2022 MLB All-Star Game, which will take place at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles tonight, Tuesday, July 19, at 8:00 p.m. ET.

The National League roster features 14 alums, and eight American League players also have experience with USA Baseball.

Seven alumni were selected to the starting lineup, including five for the NL and two for the AL. Paul Goldschmidt (St. Louis Cardinals), Bryce Harper (Philadelphia Phillies), Clayton Kershaw (Los Angeles Dodgers), Manny Machado (San Diego Padres), and Trea Turner (Los Angeles Dodgers) were all named to the NL starting lineup for Tuesday night. Giancarlo Stanton (New York Yankees) and Mike Trout (Los Angeles Angels) were voted into the starting lineup for the AL. Due to injury, however, Harper and Trout will not participate in the Mid-Summer Classic.

Seven 2022 All-Stars have won a gold medal with the U.S. The roster features representatives from five 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. The stars and stripes will look to defend their title in 2023 after Trout announced he will play in the World Baseball Classic next year and be the captain for Team USA.

In total, nine players competed for the Collegiate National Team, four played for the Professional National Team, four suited up for the 18U National Team, three were members of the former 16U National Team, and one appeared on the 15U National Team.

The complete list of USA Baseball alumni named 2022 MLB All-Star Game rosters is as follows:

Name; MLB Team; USA Baseball National Team Program(s):

  • Tyler Anderson; Los Angeles Dodgers; 2010 Collegiate National Team
  • *Nolan Arenado; St. Louis Cardinals; 2017 World Baseball Classic Team
  • Gerrit Cole; New York Yankees; 2009 & 2010 Collegiate National Teams
  • Jake Cronenworth; San Diego Padres; 2019 Professional National Team
  • Travis d’Arnaud; Atlanta Braves; 2011 Professional National Team
  • Freddie Freeman; Los Angeles Dodgers; 2005 16U & 2006 18U National Teams
  • Paul Goldschmidt; St. Louis Cardinals; 2017 World Baseball Classic Team
  • *Josh Hader; Milwaukee Brewers; 2015 Professional National Team
  • *Bryce Harper; Philadelphia Phillies; 2008 16U & 2009 18U National Teams
  • Clayton Kershaw; Los Angeles Dodgers; 2005 18U National Team
  • Manny Machado; San Diego Padres; 2009 18U National Team
  • *Carlos Rodon; San Francisco Giants; 2012 & 2013 Collegiate National Teams
  • Kyle Schwarber; Philadelphia Phillies; 2013 Collegiate National Team
  • Corey Seager; Texas Rangers; 2010 16U National Team
  • *George Springer; Toronto Blue Jays; 2010 Collegiate National Team
  • Giancarlo Stanton; New York Yankees; 2013 & 2017 World Baseball Classic Teams
  • Dansby Swanson; Atlanta Braves; 2014 Collegiate National Team
  • Jose Trevino; New York Yankees; 2012 Collegiate National Team
  • *Mike Trout; Los Angeles Angels; 2010 Professional National Team
  • Kyle Tucker; Houston Astros; 2012 15U National Team
  • Trea Turner; Los Angeles Dodgers; 2012 & 2013 Collegiate National Teams
  • *Justin Verlander; Houston Astros; 2003 Collegiate National Team

*Denotes All-Stars who are inactive

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Twenty Alumni Taken in First Round of 2022 MLB Draft

18U National Team alum Jackson Holliday selected first overall
July 18, 2022
CARY, N.C. – Twenty USA Baseball alumni were selected in the first round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft on Sunday night, beginning with the number one overall pick Jackson Holliday. USA Baseball has now had 550 total athletes drafted in the first round since 1972, and 2022 marks the

CARY, N.C. – Twenty USA Baseball alumni were selected in the first round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft on Sunday night, beginning with the number one overall pick Jackson Holliday. USA Baseball has now had 550 total athletes drafted in the first round since 1972, and 2022 marks the 19th time in the last 22 years that the first overall pick played for Team USA.

Holliday (No. 1, Baltimore Orioles) became the 36th USA Baseball national team alum to be taken with the first overall pick, following Spencer Torkelson (2020), Adley Rutschman (2019), Casey Mize (2018), Royce Lewis (2017), Mickey Moniak (2016), Dansby Swanson (2015), Brady Aiken (2014), Mark Appel (2013), Gerrit Cole (2011), and Bryce Harper (2010). The Orioles have now selected a USA Baseball alum all three times it has had the first overall pick in the Draft (Holliday [2022], Rutschman [2019], and Ben McDonald [1989]) and have taken a USA Baseball alumnus in the first round in the last four consecutive years (Holliday [2022], Dylan Beavers [2022], Colton Cowser [2021], Heston Kjerstad [2020], and Rutschman [2019]).

Six consecutive alums were picked to begin the Draft for the second time in the organization’s history after a record nine-straight were taken to kick off the MLB Draft in 2007. Following Holliday at number one were Druw Jones (No. 2, Arizona Diamondbacks), Kumar Rocker (No. 3, Texas Rangers), Termarr Johnson (No. 4, Pittsburgh Pirates), Elijah Green (No. 5, Washington Nationals), and Jacob Berry (No. 6, Miami Marlins).

Additionally, 11 of the first 12 selections in the 2022 Draft have donned the red, white, and blue in their career. Brooks Lee was taken with the eighth overall pick by the Minnesota Twins, followed by Gavin Cross (No. 9, Kansas City Royals), Gabriel Hughes (No. 10, Colorado Rockies), Kevin Parada (No. 11, New York Mets), and Jace Jung (No. 12, Detroit Tigers).

Collegiate National Team alum Daniel Susac was the next USA Baseball player taken with the 19th pick by the Oakland A’s and the opening round ended with eight more Team USA members selected: Owen Murphy (No. 20, Atlanta Braves), Brandon Barriera (No. 23, Toronto Blue Jays), Mikey Romero (No. 24, Boston Red Sox), Drew Gilbert (No. 28, Houston Astros), Reggie Crawford (No. 30, San Francisco Giants), Dylan Beavers (No. 33, Baltimore Orioles), Landon Sims (No. 34, Arizona Diamondbacks), and Justin Campbell (No. 37, Cleveland Guardians).

Four national team programs were represented in the 2022 Draft, including 12 players from the Collegiate National Team, six from the 18U National Team, five from the 15U National Team, and three from the 12U National Team.

In total, 27 of the players taken in the first round have participated in USA Baseball national team and national team development programs, including 13 athletes from the 2019 Prospect Development Pipeline League and 9 from the USA Baseball National Team Development Program.

The full list of USA Baseball alumni selected in the first round of the 2022 MLB Draft is as follows:

Round-Pick; Name; MLB Team; USA Baseball National Team(s)

  • 1-1; Jackson Holliday; Baltimore Orioles; 2021 18U
  • 1-2; Druw Jones; Arizona Diamondbacks; 2021 18U
  • 1-3; Kumar Rocker; Texas Rangers; 2017 18U
  • 1-4; Termarr Johnson; Pittsburgh Pirates; 2019 15U, 2021 18U
  • 1-5; Elijah Green; Washington Nationals; 2021 18U
  • 1-6; Jacob Berry; Miami Marlins; 2021 Collegiate
  • 1-8; Brooks Lee; Minnesota Twins; 2021 Collegiate
  • 1-9; Gavin Cross; Kansas City Royals; 2021 Collegiate
  • 1-10; Gabriel Hughes; Colorado Rockies; 2021 Collegiate
  • 1-11; Kevin Parada; New York Mets; 2021 Collegiate
  • 1-12; Jace Jung; Detroit Tigers; 2021 Collegiate
  • 1-19; Daniel Susac; Oakland A’s; 2021 Collegiate
  • 1-20; Owen Murphy; Atlanta Braves; 2021 18U
  • 1-23; Brandon Barriera; Toronto Blue Jays; 2016 12U, 2019 15U
  • 1-24; Mikey Romero; Boston Red Sox; 2016 12U, 2019 15U
  • 1-28; Drew Gilbert; Houston Astros; 2021 Collegiate
  • 1-30; Reggie Crawford; San Francisco Giants; 2021 Collegiate
  • 1-33; Dylan Beavers; Baltimore Orioles; 2021 Collegiate
  • 1-34; Landon Sims; Arizona Diamondbacks; 2016 15U, 2021 Collegiate
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Paul Seiler Reelected to WBSC Executive Board

Seiler’s third consecutive term to last through 2025
July 6, 2022
TAIPEI CITY, Taiwan –The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) announced Monday that USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO Paul Seiler was reelected to its Executive Board for a third term through 2025. His reappointment came during the IV WBSC Congress in Taipei City, Taiwan. Seiler was first elected as a member-at-large in

TAIPEI CITY, Taiwan The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) announced Monday that USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO Paul Seiler was reelected to its Executive Board for a third term through 2025. His reappointment came during the IV WBSC Congress in Taipei City, Taiwan. Seiler was first elected as a member-at-large in 2017.

The WBSC is the world governing body for the sports of baseball, softball, and Baseball5. It was established in 2013 by the merger of the International Baseball Federation and International Softball Federation.

"My congratulations to Paul for his reelection on the WBSC Executive Board,” said WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari. “He has been an instrumental part of the WBSC's development and the growth of baseball around the world. He is a dear friend and colleague ever since we first started working together at IBAF and I'm pleased to have Paul continue on the WBSC Executive Board with many exciting projects ahead of us, including the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic Games." 

“We are delighted that USA Baseball, and in particular Paul Seiler, will continue to serve as members of the WBSC leadership team,” said USA Baseball President Mike Gaski. “His reelection to a third term is a testament to the respect and admiration he and USA Baseball hold among the global leaders of our game. We look forward to witnessing the growth of baseball globally under his continued leadership.”

“I am both honored and humbled to continue serving on the WBSC Executive Board,” said Seiler. “I cannot overstate the importance of leading by example and USA Baseball continues to be one of the foremost ambassadors for baseball globally thanks to a tremendous team of people dedicated to the care and proliferation of our game in the United States. It continues to be my privilege to represent them among the leaders for baseball with the WBSC as we collectively aim to develop, strengthen, and grow our beloved game domestically and internationally.”

A native of Trenton, New Jersey, Seiler joined USA Baseball in 1988 and was later named Executive Director/CEO in October 2000 after serving as the organization’s Director of National Team Operations from 1997–1999. During his tenure, USA Baseball has forged a long-term partnership with Major League Baseball, achieved record success by its national teams, and experienced unprecedented internal growth.

In 2000, Seiler worked closely with Major League Baseball, the MLB Players Association, and the United States Olympic Paralympic Committee (USOPC) to help lead Team USA to its first Olympic gold medal at the Sydney Games. In addition to being elected to the Executive Committee of the WBSC in 2017, he also served as the Second Vice Chairman for the WBSC’s Baseball Division. Seiler was also one of two technical delegates for baseball in the Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Most recently, he led the Professional National Team program to a silver medal in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games after helping baseball return to the Olympic Programme for the first time since 2008.

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Student-Athletes From Around The Nation Invited To Play In The High School All-American Game At Dodger Stadium On Friday, July 15th

July 1, 2022
Major League Baseball and USA Baseball today announced the roster for the third edition of the “High School All-American Game,” scheduled at Dodger Stadium on Friday, July 15th as part of 2022 MLB All- Star Week in Los Angeles. This premier All-Star showcase game will feature a roster of nearly

Major League Baseball and USA Baseball today announced the roster for the third edition of the “High School All-American Game,” scheduled at Dodger Stadium on Friday, July 15th as part of 2022 MLB All- Star Week in Los Angeles. This premier All-Star showcase game will feature a roster of nearly 40 participants who are some of the top U.S.-based high school baseball prospects for next year’s MLB Draft (2023). The livestream of the High School All-American Game on MLB.com, starting at approximately 6:00 p.m. ET, will be produced by MLB Network with Scott Braun, Harold Reynolds and Jonathan Mayo on the call, with AJ Andrews serving as a sideline reporter. The game will re-air on MLB Network at Noon ET on Saturday, July 16th.

Players represent 16 States from around the Nation, notably three players from Southern California (Los Angeles and Orange Counties). Several players featured in the High School All-American Game have previously participated in diversity-focused development initiatives led by MLB & USA Baseball, which include the Breakthrough SeriesDREAM Series and Hank Aaron Invitational (also supported jointly by the MLB- MLBPA Youth Development Foundation). These players include: Antonio Anderson (Hank Aaron Invitational, Breakthrough Series), Justin Best (Hank Aaron Invitational, Breakthrough Series, DREAM Series), Dillon Head (Hank Aaron Invitational, Breakthrough Series, DREAM Series), Zion Rose (Hank Aaron Invitational, DREAM Series) and Nazzan Zanetello (Breakthrough Series).

Additional USA Baseball roster notes:

  • 37 of the 40 High School All-American Game players are currently at the Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP)
  • League, being held at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C., featuring the country’s best 18-and-under players and serving as the primary identification event for the 18U National Team.
  • Four of these student-athletes are USA Baseball national team alumni:
  • Gavin Grahovac: 2017 12U National Team (*World Championship Team*)
  • Walker Jenkins: 2021 18U National Team
  • Blake Mitchell: 2021 18U National Team
  • George Wolkow: 2021 15U National Team
  • 15 players have participated in a USA Baseball National Team Development Program.

Following is the roster for the High School All-American Game (subject to change):

(Name; Position; School; Hometown)

  • Daniel Cholowsky; 3B/SS; Hamilton High School; Chandler, Ariz.
  • Ryder Helfrick; C; Clayton Valley Charter; Discovery Bay, Calif
  • Nolan Stevens; 1B/OF; Franklin High School; Elk Grove, Calif.
  • Eric Bitonti; SS; Aquinas High School; Hesperia, Calif.
  • Aidan Keenan; RHP; Live Oak High School; Morgan Hill, Calif.
  • Gavin Grahovac; OF; Villa Park High School; Orange, Calif.
  • Roman Martin; SS; Servite High School; Whittier, Calif.
  • Dean West; OF; Notre Dame High School; Woodland Hills, Calif.
  • Christian Rodriguez; RHP; Marjory Stonemason Douglas; Coral Springs, Fla.
  • Charles Soto; RHP; Reborn Christian Academy; Largo, Fla.
  • Braden Holcomb; SS; Foundation Academy; Ocoee, Fla.
  • Landen Maroudis; RHP; Calvary Christian High School; Largo, Fla.
  • Garrett Baumann; RHP; Hagerty High School; Oviedo, Fla.
  • Liam Peterson; RHP; Calvary Christian High School; Palm Harbor, Fla.
  • Wes Mendes; LHP; Jesuit High School; Tampa, Fla.
  • Aidan Miller; SS; JW Mitchell High School; Trinity, Fla.
  • Arjun Nimmala; SS; Strawberry Crest High School; Valrico, Fla.
  • Antonio Anderson; SS; North Atlanta High School; Atlanta, Ga.
  • Dylan Cupp; 3B/SS; Cedartown High School; Cedartown, Ga.
  • James Hays; RHP; Westfield School; Hawkinsville, Ga.
  • Zion Rose; C; Brother Rice High School; Chicago, Ill.
  • George Wolkow; 3B/OF; Downers Grove North; Downers Grove, Ill.
  • Dillon Head; OF; Homewood Flossmoor Community HS; Glenwood, Ill.
  • Zander Mueth; RHP; Belleville East High School; Swansea, Ill.
  • Maxwell Clark; OF; Frank Community High School; Franklin, Ind.
  • Cameron Johnson; LHP; Bishop McNamara High School; Upper Marlboro, Md.
  • Nazzan Zanetello; SS/OF; Christian Brothers College High School; Florissant, Mo.
  • Campbell Smithwick; C; Oxford High School; Oxford, Miss.
  • Justin Best; OF; Combine Academy; Cornelius, N.C.
  • Walker Jenkins; OF; South Brunswick High School; Oak Island, N.C.
  • Chance Mako; RHP; East Rowan High School; Salisbury, N.C.
  • Josh Knoth; RHP; Patchogue Medford High School; Medford, N.Y.
  • Paul Wilson; RHP; Lakeridge High School; West Linn, Ore.
  • Kevin McGonigle; SS; Monsignor Bonner High School; Aldan, Pa.
  • Travis Skyora; RHP; Round Rock High School; Round Rock, Texas
  • Blake Mitchell; C/RHP; Sinton High School; Sinton, Texas
  • Bryce Eldridge; RHP; James Madison High School; Vienna, Va.
  • Dylan Questad; RHP; Waterford High School; Waterford, Wis.

The High School All-American Game will be helmed by an All-Star cast of coaches, including Managers Andre Ethier (former All-Star OF for the Dodgers) and David Eckstein (2002 World Series Champion with the Angels; 2015 18U National Team assistant coach), who will be supported by Reggie Smith (former All-Star OF for the Dodgers; 1981 World Series Champion with the Dodgers; 2000 Sydney Olympic Games assistant coach), Brad Penny (former All-Star SP for the Dodgers; 2021 18U National Team pitching coach), Jack Wilson (former All-Star SS; greater Los Angeles native; 2021 18U National Team assistant coach), Reggie Williams (former Dodgers and Angels OF), Don Cooper (former Major League pitcher and pitching coach), John Sarna (Chicago Scouts Association) and Derek Gittus (Head Baseball Coach, Portsmouth Abbey School in Rhode Island).

This year at the High School All-American Game, Chevrolet will award the “MLB Develops MVP Award presented by Chevrolet” to the player who exhibits quality on-field performance, defensively or offensively, as voted on by MLB Development staff at the conclusion of the game. Winners will be featured on MLBN, MLB.com and @MLBDevelops social accounts. All MLB Develops MVPs will be invited to Game 2 of the World Series to celebrate their accomplishment.

Eight of the All-American players will compete in the annual “High School Home Run Derby,” scheduled for Saturday, July 16th at Dodger Stadium. MLB.com will livestream this round, with commentary by BraunJim Callis and Sande Charles. The players will vie for a chance to compete in the Finals during breaks of the T-Mobile Home Run Derby on Monday, July 18th.

“The High School All-American Game continues to be one of the must-see events on the amateur scouting calendar. We are extremely excited about the collection of talent that has been assembled to participate in this year’s event,” said Chuck Fox, Director of Baseball & Softball Development, MLB.

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