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U-18 Baseball World Cup Rescheduled for September 2022

The youth world championship to take place in Sarasota and Bradenton, Florida
August 27, 2021
The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) and host USA Baseball today jointly revealed the new dates for the next WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup, with the 30th edition of the youth world championship to take place from September 9-18, 2022 in Sarasota and Bradenton, Florida. The elite international tournament will

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) and host USA Baseball today jointly revealed the new dates for the next WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup, with the 30th edition of the youth world championship to take place from September 9-18, 2022 in Sarasota and Bradenton, Florida.

The elite international tournament will be played at Sarasota's Ed Smith Stadium and Bradenton's LECOM Park, the respective Spring Training homes of the Baltimore Orioles and the Pittsburgh Pirates of Major League Baseball (MLB).

The XXX WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup will include 12 national teams, whose rosters will feature the best youth players in their respective countries.

“We are grateful to the World Baseball Softball Confederation and the local organizing committees in Bradenton and Sarasota, Florida, for their assistance rescheduling the U-18 Baseball World Cup 2021 for next year,” said USA Baseball Executive Director and CEO Paul Seiler. “Hosting this prestigious event on our home soil is an exciting opportunity for us and we look forward to continue working alongside them to bring a world-class event to Florida in 2022.”

“The U-18 Baseball World Cup has grown into one of the crown-jewel international baseball events,” said WBSC President Fraccari. “And on behalf of the WBSC, I would like to thank USA Baseball and the cities of Sarasota and Bradenton for their continued excitement and commitment in staging this youth world championship event, which will showcase the game’s future superstars.”

The U-18 Baseball World Cups, along with its continental qualifiers, have consistently featured players who have gone on to become some of the biggest names in the sport, such as Japan’s Yu Darvish and Shohei Ohtani; Canada's Tyler O'Neill and Cal Quantrill; Korea’s Shin-soo Choo; Cuba’s Yasiel Puig and Aroldis Chapman; and Clayton Kershaw, Bryce Harper, Francisco Lindor, Manny Machado and Buster Posey, who all played for USA Baseball’s U-18 National Team.

Chinese Taipei won the last WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in 2019, defeating then-defending world champions USA in the final, in Gijang, Korea.

The XXX WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup was originally set to take place in September 2021, but was postponed to 2022 in late July, due to the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Fifty-five USA Baseball Alumni on MLB Postseason Rosters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

The 2021 National Team Identification Series selections are as follows:

Name; Position; Hometown; Region

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

  • 2022 16U/17U National Team Development Program invitees:
  • (from 16U NTIS)
  • Danny Arambula; IF/OF; Redlands, Calif.; Southwest
  • Andrew (AJ) Garcia; OF/LHP; Chicago, Ill.; Midwest
  • Holden Harris; RHP/IF; Leander, Texas; South
  • Leighton Harris; LHP/IF; Lexington, Ky.; Midwest
  • Joshua Knoth; RHP/OF; Medford, N.Y.; Northeast
  • Joe McGee; OF; Danville, Calif.; Northwest
  • Joseph McMannis; RHP/IF; Emmitsburg, Md.; Northeast
  • Bryce Navarre; LHP/IF; Lake Charles, La.; Southwest
  • Landon O'Donnell; IF; Valrico, Fla.; Southeast
  • Owen Paino; IF/OF; Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; Northeast
  • Gabriel Tirado; C/IF; Newington, Conn.; Northeast
  • Joey Tonnotti; RHP/OF; Southington, Conn.; Northeast
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Team USA and Canada Finish Friendship Series with 1-1 Draw

U.S. finishes with a 5-1-1 record in the seven-game friendship series
September 9, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 R H E CAN 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 1 USA 0 0 1 0 X 1 2 0 Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats   BRADENTON, Fla. - The 18U National Team played to a 1-1 draw in the finale
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CAN 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 1
USA 0 0 1 0 X 1 2 0

 

BRADENTON, Fla. - The 18U National Team played to a 1-1 draw in the finale of its seven-game friendship series against Canada on Thursday, September 9, at LECOM Park in Bradenton Florida. Team USA earns a series victory and finishes with a 5-1-1 record in 2021 with the tie.

Canada broke onto the scoreboard first in the contest with a solo home run in the top of the first to take a 1-0 lead. Elijah Green (Windermere, Fla.) scored the tying run for Team USA in the bottom of the third on a wild pitch to make it 1-1 before the game was called in the bottom of the fifth due to inclement weather.

Green notched a triple and a single in the game to lead the U.S. offense and scored the red, white, and blue’s lone run.

Louis Rodriguez (Long Beach, Calif.) got the start for Team USA in the series finale and threw two innings, allowing one run on two hits while striking out five.

 

Key Moments

  • Canada opened the scoring in the contest with a home run from Louka Daoust for a 1-0 lead in the top of the first.
  • Green tripled with two outs in the bottom of the third and then came home on a wild pitch to tie the game, 1-1..
  • Paxton Kling (Roaring Spring, Pa.) hit a single in the bottom of the fifth and Blake Mitchell (Sinton, Texas) walked with one out before the game was called with a final 1-1 score.

 

Notable Information

  • Joe Allen (Hampton Falls, N.H.) came on in relief and tossed two scoreless innings, allowing just one hit, while Jack O’Connor (Arlington, Va.) pitched one inning in which he did not allow a hit, a run, or a walk.
  • With his five punchouts on Thursday, Rodriguez finishes the series with 15 to lead all pitchers on both teams.
  • Green’s two hits on Thursday tied him for the team-lead in hits with eight, including one triple and four home runs. Termarr Johnson (Atlanta, Ga.) also finishes the series with eight hits.
  • Green and Johnson also tied for most RBIs in the series with seven through seven games.
  • After scoring Team USA’s one run on Thursday, Green leads the stars and stripes with seven runs scored. He also paced the squad in total bases (22), slugging percentage (.957), and home runs (4).
  • Meanwhile, Johnson tied for second on the team with six runs scored and led the U.S. with eight walks and five stolen bases in seven games. He also led in batting average (min. 10 at bats) with a .421 average and on-base percentage with a .607 mark.
  • Kling was a perfect 4-for-4 in swiped bags during the seven-game series.
  • Following the friendship series, the 18U National Team now holds a 38-7-2 all-time record against Canada in international competition.

 

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GAMEDAY: Team USA and Canada Locked in for Series Finale

The final game of the seven-game friendship series is set for 2:00 p.m. EDT at LECOM Park
September 9, 2021
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BRADENTON, Fla. - The 18U National Team and Canada are set to go head-to-head in the finale of a seven-game friendship series on Thursday, September 9, at LECOM Park in Bradenton, Florida. Team USA leads the series 5-1 with first pitch of the final contest set for 2:00 p.m. EDT.

Right-handed pitcher Louis Rodriguez (Long Beach, Calif.) will make his second appearance of the series in Thursday's finale. Rodriguez also came on in relief for Team USA in game two on September 4, striking out 10 and allowing just three hits in five scoreless innings of relief.

The 18U National Team is taking on international competition for the first time this week since competing at the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup in Gijang, South Korea, where the U.S. took home the silver medal. Team USA and Canada also last went head-to-head in the Super Round of that tournament, with the red, white, and blue coming out on top, 10-0, in seven innings..

The 18U National Team will be led in 2021 by Manager Jason Maxwell, who is serving as a national team manager for the second time after guiding the 15U National Team to its first world championship in 2018. He will be joined on staff by assistant coaches Michael Cuddyer and Jack Wilson, as well as Brad Penny, who will serve as the team’s pitching coach.

 

Notable Information

  • Team USA leads the 2021 seven-game friendship series against Canada 5-1 and has already clinched a series victory.
  • Elijah Green (Windermere, Fla.) and Paxton Kling (Roaring Spring, Pa.) both currently own four-game hitting streaks in the series.
  • The U.S. hitters have launched eight dingers through the first five games of the series, seven of which have traveled over 400 feet. Elijah Green’s (Windermere, Fla.) 456-foot home run on Monday evening’s win leads the way in distance traveled. Green also leads the team in total home runs with four so far in the series.
  • Blake Mitchell (Sinton, Texas) recorded the red, white, and blue’s first homer in a 16-2 victory on Friday.
  • Termarr Johnson (Atlanta, Ga.) hit a go-ahead grand slam in Saturday’s 10-2 defeat of Canada.
  • Paxton Kling (Roaring Spring, Pa.) has two bombs through four games so far, having hit his first on Saturday and his second on Sunday.
  • The U.S. pitching staff has recorded 80 total strikeouts through the first five games of the series and have tallied double-digit punchouts in five of the six contests, including 17 in both Saturday and Sunday’s victories, 11 in the series-clinching win on Monday, 12 in Tuesday’s loss, and 13 in a shutout win on Wednesday.
  • With 10 punchouts in five scoreless innings of relief on Saturday, Louis Rodriguez (Long Beach, Calif.) leads both Team USA and Canada in strikeouts so far in the series.
  • The 2021 18U National Team was announced on Tuesday and features 26 of the best 18-and-under athletes in the country.
  • The 26 members of Team USA represent 15 different states across the country.
  • The 2021 18U National Team features four players that have suited up for Team USA at least once in their careers, including four-time alum Karson Bowen (Anaheim Hills, Calif.), three-time alum Ryan Clifford (Raleigh, N.C.), two-time alum Termarr Johnson (Altanta, Ga.), and three-time alum Louis Rodriguez (Long Beach, Calif.)
  • Bowen (2018 & 2019 15U) and Clifford (2015 12U, 2018 15U) have both won two gold medals with Team USA, while Johnson and Rodriguez both also helped lead the 2019 15U National Team to a gold medal.
  • The roster also features four athletes selected from the 2021 16U/17U National Team Development Program that took place at the USA Baseball National Training Complex August 6-9.
  • All three of the coaches joining Maxwell on staff are former MLB All-Stars. Cuddyer earned the honor in 2011 and 2013, while Penny was named to the All-Star Games in 2006 and 2007, and Wilson was an All-Star in 2004.
  • All seven of Team USA’s games against Canada will be streamed live on the USA Baseball Facebook page.

 

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Team USA Shuts Out Canada, 9-0, for Game Six Victory

Four pitchers combine to toss the two-hit shutout as the U.S. improves to 5-1 in the series
September 8, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E USA 0 2 1 0 6 0 0 0 0 9 10 0 CAN 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 Win: J. Ferris Loss: C. Clark  Save: None Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats   BRADENTON, Fla.
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USA 0 2 1 0 6 0 0 0 0 9 10 0
CAN 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 4
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BRADENTON, Fla. - Behind a stellar two-hit shutout from U.S. pitchers Cade Fisher (Dalton, Ga.), Andrew Dutkanych (Indianapolis, Ind.), Jackson Ferris (Mount Airy, N.C.), and Gavin Guidry (Lake Charles, La.), the 18U National Team earned a 9-0 victory over Canada on Wednesday at Pirate City in Bradenton, Florida. Team USA improves to 5-1 in the seven-game friendship series with the win.

A clutch bases-loaded, two-RBI single from Termarr Johnson (Atlanta, Ga.) started the scoring for the U.S. in Wednesday’s contest and the stars and stripes never looked back. After adding one run in the third, Team USA piled on six in the fifth for a commanding 9-0 advantage that it wouldn’t relinquish as the pitching staff secured the victory.

Elijah Green (Windermere, Fla.) and Johnson paced the offense in the victory with multi-hit games. Johnson also collected three RBIs while Ryan Clifford (Raleigh, N.C.) tallied two of his own with a double in the fifth. Walker Jenkins (Oak Island, N.C.), Riley Stanford (Gainesville, Ga.), Karson Bowen (Anaheim Hills, Calif.), and Jackson Holliday (Stillwater, Okla.) also recorded hits in the win..

Fisher got the start in the game and allowed just two hits and two walks in his four scoreless innings of work. Ferris was perfect in his two innings of relief to earn the win, striking out four without allowing a hit or a walk. Canada’s Caleb Clark, who allowed three runs on four hits, was tagged with the loss.

 

Key Moments

  • The U.S. broke onto the scoreboard first in the top of the second, using an error, a walk, and a two-out Green single to load the bases for Johnson who came through with a two-RBI base knock that gave Team USA a 2-0 advantage.
  • After a walk and a Stanford single in the top of the third, Bowen added a third run for the red, white, and blue with a two-out single of his own that allowed Jenkins to score from second to make it 3-0.
  • Holliday hit an RBI double to make it 4-0 in the top of the fifth before Green tallied his second hit of the day to bring Holliday in from second for a 5-0 Team USA lead.
  • Johnson followed one batter later with the third RBI single of the inning to plate Green and make it 6-0 in Team USA’s favor.
  • Clifford added two more with a stand-up double to left before Jenkins capped off the six-run fifth with an RBI single to give the U.S. a commanding 9-0 lead.
  • Team USA’s relief pitchers took over in the fifth and locked down the game, combining to allow just one walk and no hits to secure the 9-0 victory.

 

Notable Information

  • The U.S. now holds a 5-1 lead in its seven-game friendship series against Canada with one game left to play.
  • Fisher, Dutkanych, Ferris, and Guidry combined to strike out 13 batters in the two-hit shutout, bringing the U.S. pitching staff's total punchouts to 80 through six games.
  • With his three-hit day on Wednesday, Johnson now leads Team USA with eight hits through six games.
  • Wednesday’s game marked the first in the series that did not include a U.S. home run.
  • The contest was also the first since game two without a homer off the bat of Green, but he still continued his hot hitting with two base knocks and now owns a four-game hit streak.

 

On Deck

  • September 9: USA vs. Canada (2:00 p.m. EDT; Bradenton, Fla.; LECOM Park)

 

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GAMEDAY: Penultimate Game of Friendship Series Against Canada on Deck

First pitch of game six is set for 1:00 p.m. EDT at Pirate City
September 8, 2021
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BRADENTON, Fla. - The 18U National Team will look to bounce back in game six of its seven-game friendship series against Canada on Wednesday after falling, 3-2, in game five. First pitch of the September 8 contest is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. EDT at Pirate City in Bradenton, Florida.

Left-handed pitcher Kade Anderson (Madisonville, La.) will get the start on the bump for the U.S. in game five and make his Team USA debut.

The 18U National Team is taking on international competition for the first time this week since competing at the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup in Gijang, South Korea, where the U.S. took home the silver medal. Team USA and Canada also last went head-to-head in the Super Round of that tournament, with the red, white, and blue coming out on top, 10-0, in seven innings.

The 18U National Team will be led in 2021 by Manager Jason Maxwell, who is serving as a national team manager for the second time after guiding the 15U National Team to its first world championship in 2018. He will be joined on staff by assistant coaches Michael Cuddyer and Jack Wilson, as well as Brad Penny, who will serve as the team’s pitching coach.

 

Notable Information

  • Team USA leads the 2021 seven-game friendship series against Canada 4-1 and has already clinched a series victory.
  • The U.S. hitters have launched eight dingers through the first five games of the series, seven of which have traveled over 400 feet. Elijah Green’s (Windermere, Fla.) 456-foot home run on Monday evening’s win leads the way in distance traveled. Green also leads the team in total home runs with four so far in the series.
  • Blake Mitchell (Sinton, Texas) recorded the red, white, and blue’s first homer in a 16-2 victory on Friday.
  • Termarr Johnson (Atlanta, Ga.) hit a go-ahead grand slam in Saturday’s 10-2 defeat of Canada.
  • Paxton Kling (Roaring Spring, Pa.) has two bombs through four games so far, having hit his first on Saturday and his second on Sunday.
  • The U.S. pitching staff has recorded 67 total strikeouts through the first five games of the series, including 17 in both Saturday and Sunday’s victories, 11 in the series-clinching win on Monday, and 12 in Tuesday’s loss.
  • With 10 punchouts in five scoreless innings of relief on Saturday, Louis Rodriguez (Long Beach, Calif.) leads both Team USA and Canada in strikeouts so far in the series.
  • The 2021 18U National Team was announced on Tuesday and features 26 of the best 18-and-under athletes in the country.
  • The 26 members of Team USA represent 15 different states across the country.
  • The 2021 18U National Team features four players that have suited up for Team USA at least once in their careers, including four-time alum Karson Bowen (Anaheim Hills, Calif.), three-time alum Ryan Clifford (Raleigh, N.C.), two-time alum Termarr Johnson (Altanta, Ga.), and three-time alum Louis Rodriguez (Long Beach, Calif.)
  • Bowen (2018 & 2019 15U) and Clifford (2015 12U, 2018 15U) have both won two gold medals with Team USA, while Johnson and Rodriguez both also helped lead the 2019 15U National Team to a gold medal.
  • The roster also features four athletes selected from the 2021 16U/17U National Team Development Program that took place at the USA Baseball National Training Complex August 6-9.
  • All three of the coaches joining Maxwell on staff are former MLB All-Stars. Cuddyer earned the honor in 2011 and 2013, while Penny was named to the All-Star Games in 2006 and 2007, and Wilson was an All-Star in 2004.
  • All seven of Team USA’s games against Canada will be streamed live on the USA Baseball Facebook page.

 

On Deck

  • September 9: USA vs. Canada (2:00 p.m. EDT; Bradenton, Fla.; LECOM Park)

 

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U.S. Drops Game Five Against Canada, 3-2

Late-game rally falls short as Team USA falls to 4-1 in the seven-game friendship series
September 7, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E CAN 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 7 0 USA 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 4 1 Win: R. Usselman Loss: K. Anderson  Save: J. Woods Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats  
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
CAN 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 7 0
USA 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 4 1
Win: R. Usselman Loss: K. Anderson  Save: J. Woods
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BRADENTON, Fla. - Runs in the sixth and eighth innings weren't enough for the stars and stripes as the 18U National Team suffered its first loss of a seven-game friendship series against Canada on Tuesday, dropping a 3-2 contest at LECOM Park in Bradenton, Florida. Team USA falls to 4-1 in the series with the loss.

Canada jumped out to an early lead that the U.S. offense couldn’t overcome with two runs in the top of the second. Team USA finally broke onto the scoreboard in the bottom of the sixth and added a second run in the bottom of the eighth with Elijah Green’s (Windermere, Fla.) fourth home run of the series. But Canada’s insurance run in the top of the eighth proved to be the difference and the stars and stripes fell, 3-2.

Green, Paxton Kling (Roaring Spring, Pa.), Walker Jenkins (Oak Island, N.C.), and Termarr Johnson (Atlanta, Ga.) were responsible for Team USA’s four hits in the game. Druw Jones (Suwanee, Ga.) and Green each collected an RBI in the loss while Blake Mitchell (Sinton, Texas) scored a run and drew two walks.

Kade Anderson (Madisonville, La.) got the start for the red, white, and blue and suffered the loss in the contest after allowing two runs on three hits and one walk in three innings of work. The southpaw also struck out five batters in the game. Canada’s Reece Usselman earned the win with his two innings of scoreless relief in which he gave up just one hit while Jordan Woods earned the save.

 

Key Moments

  • Canada opened the scoring in the contest with a two-RBI triple by Tyrus Hall that gave the team a 2-0 lead in the top of the second.
  • Team USA got its first run of the game in the bottom of the sixth when Mitchell drew a leadoff walk and came around to score on a wild pitch and an RBI groundout from Jones to cut the deficit in half and make it a 2-1 game.
  • Canada answered with an insurance run in the top of the eighth after a leadoff walk came around to score on an RBI single by Josh Jones.
  • Green led off the bottom half of the eighth with an immediate response of his own, launching a solo, 430-foot home run over the left field fence to cut Canada’s lead back down to one.
  • Oliver Santos (Newport Coast, Calif.) came on in relief to shut down the Canadian offense in the top of the ninth, but Team USA couldn’t get anything going in the bottom half and Canada claimed the 3-2 win.

 

Notable Information

  • With his single in the second inning, Paxton Kling (Roaring Spring, Pa.) now has a five-game hit streak, having recorded at least one base knock in every game of Team USA’s seven-game friendship series against Canada so far.
  • Green leads all batters in the series with four home runs after his longball on Tuesday. He has hit all four in the last three games.
  • With three dingers in the last two games, Green now leads both teams in longballs in the series.
  • Seven of the eight U.S. home runs in the series have traveled over 400 feet, with Green’s 456-foot bomb on Monday leading the way.
  • Johnson leads Team USA in walks with seven so far in the series. Guidry has the second-highest mark with five through four games.
  • U.S. pitchers Anderson, Michael Kennedy (Troy, N.Y.), and Santos combined to strikeout 12 batters in Tuesday's contest.

 

On Deck

  • September 8: USA vs. Canada (1:00 p.m. EDT; Bradenton, Fla.; Pirate City)
  • September 9: USA vs. Canada (2:00 p.m. EDT; Bradenton, Fla.; LECOM Park)

 

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GAMEDAY: Team USA Looking for Fifth Straight Win on Tuesday 

First pitch of game five against Canada is set for 2:00 p.m. EDT at LECOM Park
September 7, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E CAN                         USA                         Game Notes |  Live Stats |  Watch Live BRADENTON, Fla. - After
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BRADENTON, Fla. - After improving to 4-0 against Canada with a series-clinching 16-1 victory on Monday evening at Tropicana Field, the 18U National Team is looking for its fifth straight win in the seven-game friendship series on Tuesday afternoon. The U.S. and Canada are set to go head-to-head at 2:00 p.m. EDT at LECOM Park in Bradenton, Fla.

Left-handed pitcher Kade Anderson (Madisonville, La.) will get the start on the bump for the U.S. in game five and make his Team USA debut.

The 18U National Team is taking on international competition for the first time this week since competing at the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup in Gijang, South Korea, where the U.S. took home the silver medal. Team USA and Canada also last went head-to-head in the Super Round of that tournament, with the red, white, and blue coming out on top, 10-0, in seven innings.

The 18U National Team will be led in 2021 by Manager Jason Maxwell, who is serving as a national team manager for the second time after guiding the 15U National Team to its first world championship in 2018. He will be joined on staff by assistant coaches Michael Cuddyer and Jack Wilson, as well as Brad Penny, who will serve as the team’s pitching coach.

 

Notable Information

  • Team USA leads the 2021 seven-game friendship series against Canada 4-0 and has already clinched a series victory.
  • The U.S. hitters have launched seven dingers through the first three games of the series, six of which have traveled over 400 feet. Elijah Green’s (Windermere, Fla.) 456-foot home run on Monday evening’s win leads the way in distance traveled. Green also leads the team in total home runs with three so far in the series.
  • Blake Mitchell (Sinton, Texas) recorded the red, white, and blue’s first homer in a 16-2 victory on Friday.
  • Termarr Johnson (Atlanta, Ga.) hit a go-ahead grand slam in Saturday’s 10-2 defeat of Canada.
  • Paxton Kling (Roaring Spring, Pa.) has two bombs through four games so far, having hit his first on Saturday and his second on Sunday.
  • The U.S. pitching staff has recorded 55 total strikeouts through the first four games of the series, including 17 in both Saturday and Sunday’s victories and 11 in the series-clinching win on Monday.
  • With 10 punchouts in five scoreless innings of relief on Saturday, Louis Rodriguez (Long Beach, Calif.) leads both Team USA and Canada in strikeouts so far in the series.
  • The 2021 18U National Team was announced on Tuesday and features 26 of the best 18-and-under athletes in the country.
  • The 26 members of Team USA represent 15 different states across the country.
  • The 2021 18U National Team features four players that have suited up for Team USA at least once in their careers, including four-time alum Karson Bowen (Anaheim Hills, Calif.), three-time alum Ryan Clifford (Raleigh, N.C.), two-time alum Termarr Johnson (Altanta, Ga.), and three-time alum Louis Rodriguez (Long Beach, Calif.)
  • Bowen (2018 & 2019 15U) and Clifford (2015 12U, 2018 15U) have both won two gold medals with Team USA, while Johnson and Rodriguez both also helped lead the 2019 15U National Team to a gold medal.
  • The roster also features four athletes selected from the 2021 16U/17U National Team Development Program that took place at the USA Baseball National Training Complex August 6-9.
  • All three of the coaches joining Maxwell on staff are former MLB All-Stars. Cuddyer earned the honor in 2011 and 2013, while Penny was named to the All-Star Games in 2006 and 2007, and Wilson was an All-Star in 2004.
  • All seven of Team USA’s games against Canada will be streamed live on the USA Baseball Facebook page.

 

On Deck

  • September 8: USA vs. Canada (1:00 p.m. EDT; Bradenton, Fla.; Pirate City)
  • September 9: USA vs. Canada (2:00 p.m. EDT; Bradenton, Fla.; LECOM Park)

 

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Team USA Clinches Series Against Canada with 16-1 Win at Tropicana Field

Three pitchers combined for eight hitless innings as the U.S. improved to 4-0 in the friendship series
September 7, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E USA 2 0 1 3 2 0 5 2 1 16 11 0 CAN 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 8 Win: W. Ford Loss: P. Burgess  Save: None Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats   SARASOTA,
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USA 2 0 1 3 2 0 5 2 1 16 11 0
CAN 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 8
Win: W. Ford Loss: P. Burgess  Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats

 

SARASOTA, Fla. - Owen Murphy (Riverside, Ill.), Walter Ford (McCalla, Ala.), and Riley Stanford (Gainesville, Ga.) combined to toss eight hitless innings as the 18U National Team clinched its seven-game friendship series against Canada with a 16-1 victory at Tropicana Field on Monday in St. Petersburg, Florida. Team USA improved to 4-0 in the series with the win.

The U.S. offense got rolling early by capitalizing on a few Canada errors to take a 2-0 lead in the top of the first and never let up. Another run in the third made it 3-0 before Team USA used a three-run fourth and a two-run fifth, highlighted by Elijah Green’s (Windermere, Fla.) third dinger of the series and a two-RBI triple from Druw Jones (Suwanee, Ga.), to take an 8-0 lead. After a quiet sixth inning, the stars and stripes piled on eight runs in the final three innings to take a commanding 16-0 lead before Canada scored one in the ninth for a 16-1 final score.

Jones finished 2-for-5 with two triples, two RBIs, and two runs scored in the game and RJ Austin (Atlanta, Ga.) also recorded a multi-hit game to lead Team USA’s offense. Karson Bowen (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) recorded two RBIs of his own in the win while scoring two runs and drawing a pair of walks.

Ford threw three scoreless innings of relief and did not give up a hit while striking out four batters to earn the win. Canada’s Parker Burgess suffered the loss after allowing four earned runs on five hits in two innings on the mound.

 

Key Moments

  • Team USA capitalized on a few miscues by Canada and jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first.
  • Jayden Hylton (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) added to the U.S. lead when he knocked a two-out double in the top of the third and came around to score on an Austin single and another Canada error to make it a 3-0 game.
  • Green quickly made it 4-0 with his third homer of the series – this one a 456-foot bomb to left-center – in the top of the fourth.
  • One batter later, Jones laced a triple into the right field corner and then came home on a wild pitch that gave Team USA a 5-0 advantage.
  • Termarr Johnson (Atlanta, Ga.) capped off the three-run fourth by drawing a two-out walk, advancing to second on a balk, stealing third, and scoring on an error by Canada to make it 6-0 in Team USA’s favor.
  • With his second triple of the day, Jones collected two RBIs and gave the stars and stripes an 8-0 lead in the top of the fifth after back-to-back walks to lead off the inning put Gavin Guidry (Lake Charles, La.) and Bowen on base.
  • Guidry, Bowen, and Gavin Kilen (Milton, Wis.) drew three consecutive walks to lead off the top of the seventh and load the bases before Guidry came home on a wild pitch for a 9-0 U.S. lead.
  • One batter later, Ryan Clifford (Raleigh, N.C.) drew the fourth walk of the inning to load the bases once again for Jones who reached on an error that allowed Bowen to score and make it a 10-0 game.
  • With the bases still loaded, Jackson Holliday (Stillwater, Okla.) brought one run in with a fielder’s choice before two more runs would cross the plate in the inning to give the U.S. a commanding 13-0 lead.
  • Bowen delivered a clutch two-RBI double to extend the U.S. lead to 15-0 in the eighth before one last run scored for the red, white, and blue in the ninth for the 16-0 advantage.
  • Canada broke up the Team USA pitching staff’s combined no-hitter and the shutout with two hits and a run in the bottom of the ninth but that was all they would manage as the U.S. secured the 16-1 victory.

 

Notable Information

  • Murphy, Ford, and Stanford combined for 13 strikeouts to bring the total punchouts for the U.S. pitching staff to 55 in the series.
  • Team USA’s pitchers did not allow a hit in Monday’s win until the bottom of the ninth inning.
  • With three dingers in the last two games, Green now leads both teams in longballs in the series.
  • Johnson, Paxton Kling (Roaring Spring, Pa.), and Blake Mitchell (Sinton, Texas) have also hit homers in the series, bringing Team USA’s total home run count to seven through four games.
  • Six of the seven U.S. home runs in the series have traveled over 400 feet, with Green’s 456-foot bomb on Monday leading the way.
  • Johnson leads Team USA in walks with seven so far in the series. Guidry has the second-highest mark with five through four games.

 

On Deck

  • September 7: USA vs. Canada (2:00 p.m. EDT; Bradenton, Fla.; LECOM Park)
  • September 8: USA vs. Canada (1:00 p.m. EDT; Bradenton, Fla.; Pirate City)
  • September 9: USA vs. Canada (2:00 p.m. EDT; Bradenton, Fla.; LECOM Park)

 

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GAMEDAY: U.S. Set to Take on Canada at Tropicana Field on Monday 

First pitch of game four scheduled for 4:00 p.m. EDT
September 6, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E USA                         CAN                         Game Notes |  Live Stats |  Watch Live SARASOTA, Fla. - Team
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SARASOTA, Fla. - Team USA will travel to St. Petersburg, Florida, on Monday to take on Canada at Tropicana Field in game four of the seven-game friendship series. First pitch of the contest is set for 4:00 p.m. EDT.

After three straight wins to kick off international competition, Team USA is looking to clinch the series victory in game four with right-hander Owen Murphy (Riverside, Ill.) starting on the bump. The Notre Dame commit is making his debut for the U.S. on Monday.

The 18U National Team is taking on international competition for the first time this week since competing at the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup in Gijang, South Korea, where the U.S. took home the silver medal. Team USA and Canada also last went head-to-head in the Super Round of that tournament, with the red, white, and blue coming out on top, 10-0, in seven innings.

The 18U National Team will be led in 2021 by Manager Jason Maxwell, who is serving as a national team manager for the second time after guiding the 15U National Team to its first world championship in 2018. He will be joined on staff by assistant coaches Michael Cuddyer and Jack Wilson, as well as Brad Penny, who will serve as the team’s pitching coach.

 

Notable Information

  • Team USA leads the 2021 seven-game friendship series against Canada 3-0.
  • The U.S. hitters have launched six dingers through the first three games of the series, three of which have traveled over 400 feet.
  • Blake Mitchell (Sinton, Texas) recorded the red, white, and blue’s first homer in a 16-2 victory on Friday.
  • Termarr Johnson (Atlanta, Ga.) hit a go-ahead grand slam in Saturday’s 10-2 defeat of Canada.
  • Elijah Green (Windermere, Fla.) and Paxton Kling (Roaring Spring, Pa.) lead Team USA with two home runs each. Green’s both came in Sunday’s 6-2 win, while Kling hit his first on Saturday and his second on Sunday.
  • The U.S. pitching staff has recorded 42 total strikeouts through the first three games of the series, including 17 in both Saturday and Sunday’s victories.
  • With 10 punchouts in five scoreless innings of relief on Saturday, Louis Rodriguez (Long Beach, Calif.) leads both Team USA and Canada in strikeouts so far in the series.
  • The 2021 18U National Team was announced on Tuesday and features 26 of the best 18-and-under athletes in the country.
  • The 26 members of Team USA represent 15 different states across the country.
  • The 2021 18U National Team features four players that have suited up for Team USA at least once in their careers, including four-time alum Karson Bowen (Anaheim Hills, Calif.), three-time alum Ryan Clifford (Raleigh, N.C.), two-time alum Termarr Johnson (Altanta, Ga.), and three-time alum Louis Rodriguez (Long Beach, Calif.)
  • Bowen (2018 & 2019 15U) and Clifford (2015 12U, 2018 15U) have both won two gold medals with Team USA, while Johnson and Rodriguez both also helped lead the 2019 15U National Team to a gold medal.
  • The roster also features four athletes selected from the 2021 16U/17U National Team Development Program that took place at the USA Baseball National Training Complex August 6-9.
  • All three of the coaches joining Maxwell on staff are former MLB All-Stars. Cuddyer earned the honor in 2011 and 2013, while Penny was named to the All-Star Games in 2006 and 2007, and Wilson was an All-Star in 2004.
  • All seven of Team USA’s games against Canada will be streamed live on the USA Baseball Facebook page.

 

On Deck

  • September 7: USA vs. Canada (2:00 p.m. EDT; Bradenton, Fla.; LECOM Park)
  • September 8: USA vs. Canada (1:00 p.m. EDT; Bradenton, Fla.; Pirate City)
  • September 9: USA vs. Canada (2:00 p.m. EDT; Bradenton, Fla.; LECOM Park)

 

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Green, Kling Homers Power U.S. to 6-2 Victory Over Canada

With the win, Team USA now leads the seven-game friendship series, 3-0
September 6, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E CAN 0  0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 7 2 USA 0 2 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 6 9 1 Win: J. O'Connor Loss: O. Millar  Save: None Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats  
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
CAN 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 7 2
USA 0 2 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 6 9 1
Win: J. O'Connor Loss: O. Millar  Save: None
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SARASOTA, Fla. - Elijah Green (Windermere, Fla.) crushed two home runs and Paxton Kling (Roaring Spring, Pa.) added one of his own to pace Team USA’s 6-2 defeat of Canada on Sunday night at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Florida. The victory is the third consecutive for the stars and stripes, giving them a 3-0 advantage in the seven-game friendship series.

For the third time in as many games, the U.S. broke onto the scoreboard first with two runs in the second inning, including Kling’s solo shot over the left field fence to start things off. The teams traded runs in the third and fourth before Green launched his first moonshot of the night to extend the U.S. lead to 5-1. Canada added one more in the top of the fifth to get within three but Green’s second homer of the night, an eight-inning solo bomb into the parking lot, sealed the 6-2 victory.

Green’s two home runs and three RBIs led the U.S. offense on the night while Kling finished 2-for-2 with his own homer and two walks. Termarr Johnson (Atlanta, Ga.) drew a walk every time he came up to bat, tallying five in the contest, and Owen Murphy (Riverside, Ill.) went 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.

Joe Allen (Hampton Falls, N.H.) got the ball to start the game for Team USA and went three strong innings, giving up just one hit and one walk while striking out five. Jack O’Connor (Arlington, Va.) was credited with the win after striking out four batters and allowing just two hits and a walk in two scoreless innings of work. Owen Millar, who started on the bump for Canada and gave up three runs on four hits, suffered the loss.

 

Key Moments

  • Kling opened the scoring in the contest for the U.S. with a 417-foot solo moonshot over the left-field wall to lead off the bottom of the second and give Team USA an early 1-0 advantage.
  • Blake Mitchell (Sinton, Texas) drew a walk one batter later and stole second to put a runner in scoring position for Murphy who extended the U.S. lead to 2-0 with a ground-rule double that plated Mitchell.
  • In the bottom of the third, Druw Jones (Suwanee, Ga.) knocked a leadoff double and moved to third on a passed ball before Walker Jenkins (Oak Island, N.C.) brought him in with an RBI groundout that made it a 3-0 game.
  • Canada then cracked the scoreboard in the top of the fourth with a leadoff walk and an RBI triple off the bat of Louka Daoust.
  • One frame later though, the U.S. answered when Green hit a 414-foot dinger of his own that added two runs to make it 5-1 in Team USA’s favor.
  • Canada responded with another RBI triple in the top of the fifth that cut the U.S. lead to 5-2.
  • Green added the final insurance run with his second home run of the night to give the red, white, and blue a 6-2 lead.
  • RJ Austin (Atlanta, Ga.) came on in relief in the top of the ninth to close it out, striking out the side to secure the 6-2 victory.

 

Notable Information

  • Green and Kling now lead the series in homers with two each.
  • Johnson and Blake Mitchell have also hit one home run each in the series, bringing Team USA’s total longballs to six through three games.
  • Five of the six U.S. home runs in the series have traveled over 400 feet.
  • With his five tonight, Johnson leads Team USA in walks with six so far in the series, doubling the next closest mark (Jenkins, 3).
  • For the second night in a row, Team USA’s pitchers combined for 17 strikeouts. Allen and Brennan Phillips (Owasso, Okla.) collected five punchouts apiece, O’Connor recorded four, and Austin had three.

 

On Deck

  • September 6: USA vs. Canada (4:00 p.m. EDT; St. Petersburg, Fla.; Tropicana Field)
  • September 7: USA vs. Canada (2:00 p.m. EDT; Bradenton, Fla.; LECOM Park)
  • September 8: USA vs. Canada (1:00 p.m. EDT; Bradenton, Fla.; Pirate City)
  • September 9: USA vs. Canada (2:00 p.m. EDT; Bradenton, Fla.; LECOM Park)

 

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GAMEDAY: Team USA Looking for Third Consecutive Win on Sunday

Game three of seven against Canada is set for 6:00 p.m. EDT at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota
September 5, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E CAN                         USA                         Game Notes |  Live Stats |  Watch Live SARASOTA, Fla. - With
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SARASOTA, Fla. - With the U.S. leading the seven-game friendship series 2-0, the 18U National Team takes on Canada in game three on Sunday evening at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Florida. First pitch of the contest is set for 6 p.m. EDT and it will be the last game hosted at Ed Smith Stadium before the two teams head to St. Petersburg and Bradenton to close out the series.

Right-hander Joe Allen (Hampton Falls, N.H.) will make his debut in the red, white, and blue as Team USA’s starter in game three.

The 18U National Team is taking on international competition for the first time this week since competing at the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup in Gijang, South Korea, where the U.S. took home the silver medal. Team USA and Canada also last went head-to-head in the Super Round of that tournament, with the red, white, and blue coming out on top, 10-0, in seven innings.

The 18U National Team will be led in 2021 by Manager Jason Maxwell, who is serving as a national team manager for the second time after guiding the 15U National Team to its first world championship in 2018. He will be joined on staff by assistant coaches Michael Cuddyer and Jack Wilson, as well as Brad Penny, who will serve as the team’s pitching coach.

 

Notable Information

  • Team USA leads the 2021 seven-game friendship series against Canada 2-0.
  • Blake Mitchell (Sinton, Texas) recorded the first home run of the series on Friday evening, crushing a three-run bomb over the right field wall that gave Team USA a 10-1 lead en route to a 16-2 defeat of Canada.
  • Termarr Johnson (Atlanta, Ga.) and Paxton Kling (Roaring Spring, Pa.) kept the power momentum going in game two on Saturday with home runs of their own. Johnson launched a go-ahead grand slam and Kling crushed a 401-foot two-run bomb to pace the U.S. offense in its 10-2 victory.
  • With 10 punchouts in five scoreless innings of relief on Saturday, Louis Rodriguez (Long Beach, Calif.) leads both Team USA and Canada in strikeouts so far in the series.
  • The 2021 18U National Team was announced on Tuesday and features 26 of the best 18-and-under athletes in the country.
  • The 26 members of Team USA represent 15 different states across the country.
  • The 2021 18U National Team features four players that have suited up for Team USA at least once in their careers, including four-time alum Karson Bowen (Anaheim Hills, Calif.), three-time alum Ryan Clifford (Raleigh, N.C.), two-time alum Termarr Johnson (Altanta, Ga.), and three-time alum Louis Rodriguez (Long Beach, Calif.)
  • Bowen (2018 & 2019 15U) and Clifford (2015 12U, 2018 15U) have both won two gold medals with Team USA, while Johnson and Rodriguez both also helped lead the 2019 15U National Team to a gold medal.
  • The roster also features four athletes selected from the 2021 16U/17U National Team Development Program that took place at the USA Baseball National Training Complex August 6-9.
  • All three of the coaches joining Maxwell on staff are former MLB All-Stars. Cuddyer earned the honor in 2011 and 2013, while Penny was named to the All-Star Games in 2006 and 2007, and Wilson was an All-Star in 2004.
  • All seven of Team USA’s games against Canada will be streamed live on the USA Baseball Facebook page.

 

On Deck

  • September 6: USA vs. Canada (4:00 p.m. EDT; St. Petersburg, Fla.; Tropicana Field)
  • September 7: USA vs. Canada (2:00 p.m. EDT; Bradenton, Fla.; LECOM Park)
  • September 8: USA vs. Canada (1:00 p.m. EDT; Bradenton, Fla.; Pirate City)
  • September 9: USA vs. Canada (2:00 p.m. EDT; Bradenton, Fla.; LECOM Park)

 

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Power Lifts Team USA to 10-2 Win Over Canada

Termarr Johnson's go-ahead grand slam and Paxton Kling's two-run homer lead U.S. offense
September 5, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E USA 0  6 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 10 10 1 CAN 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 6 2 Win: L. Rodriguez Loss: T. Spoljaric  Save: None Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats
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USA 6 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 10 10 1
CAN 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 6 2
Win: L. Rodriguez Loss: T. Spoljaric  Save: None
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SARASOTA, Fla. - Behind a Termarr Johnson (Atlanta, Ga.) grand slam and a Paxton Kling (Roaring Spring, Pa.) two-run homer, the 18U National Team put together another offensive show to take down Canada, 10-2, in game two of a seven-game friendship series on Saturday at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Florida.

Canada got on the board first with two runs in the bottom of the first but Team USA didn’t stay down long, using clutch hitting and Johnson’s go-ahead grand slam to plate six runs in the top of the second for a 6-2 advantage. A pair of runs in both the third and fourth innings put the game out of reach and secured the 10-2 victory and a 2-0 series lead for the U.S.

Multi-hit games from Jackson Holliday (Stillwater, Okla.) and Jayden Hylton (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.), as well as Johnson’s four RBIs, paced Team USA at the plate. Kling added two runs scored to his two RBIs in the contest while Holliday also crossed the plate twice.

Louis Rodriguez (Long Beach, Calif.) was credited with the win in the contest after five stellar innings of relief. The right-hander did not allow a hit or a walk in his scoreless outing while striking out 10 batters. Canada’s Turner Spoljaric (0-1) was tagged with the loss after allowing eight runs on eight hits and one walk in his three-inning start.

 

Key Moments

  • Canada opened the scoring in the contest, plating one run with an RBI double and another on a wild pitch to take an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first.
  • Team USA responded immediately in the top of the second with a run of its own. The red, white, and blue loaded the bases with clutch two-out hits from Holliday and Hylton and a walk to Karson Bowen (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) before RJ Austin (Atlanta, Ga.) was hit by a pitch to bring in a run and make it a 2-1 game.
  • The clutch hitting continued one batter later as Johnson launched a two-out grand slam to left that gave the U.S. a 5-2 lead.
  • Walker Jenkins (Oak Island, N.C.) then followed with a two-out triple to left-center and Druw Jones (Suwanee, Ga.) brought him in with an infield single.
  • One inning later, the stars and stripes added to their lead with an RBI single from Hylton and a wild pitch that scored Holliday to make it 8-3 in Team USA’s favor.
  • Another two-out home run, this one a 401-foot no-doubter off the bat of Kling, brought in a pair in the top of the fourth to extend the U.S. lead to 10-2.
  • Rodriguez (1-0) then came on in relief and shut down the Canadian offense with five scoreless innings to protect Team USA’s lead before Gavin Guidry (Lake Charles, La.) secured the 10-2 win with a scoreless ninth.

 

Notable Information

  • Jackson Ferris (Mount Airy, N.C.) got the start for Team USA on the mound in game two. He allowed two runs on five hits and walked one while striking out six batters in three innings of work.
  • Johnson and Kling’s home runs marked the second and third dingers of the series after Blake Mitchell (Sinton, Texas) hit a three-run longball in game one on Friday.
  • Rodriguez’s 10 punchouts lead both teams in the series.
  • Ferris, Guidry, and Rodriguez combined to record 17 strikeouts for Team USA in the win.
  • The red, white, and blue scored eight of its 10 runs in the contest with two outs.

 

On Deck

  • September 5: USA vs. Canada (6:00 p.m. EDT; Sarasota, Fla.; Ed Smith Stadium)
  • September 6: USA vs. Canada (4:00 p.m. EDT; St. Petersburg, Fla.; Tropicana Field)
  • September 7: USA vs. Canada (2:00 p.m. EDT; Bradenton, Fla.; LECOM Park)
  • September 8: USA vs. Canada (1:00 p.m. EDT; Bradenton, Fla.; Pirate City)
  • September 9: USA vs. Canada (2:00 p.m. EDT; Bradenton, Fla.; LECOM Park)

 

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GAMEDAY: Ferris Takes the Mound for Game Two Against Canada

Game two of the seven-game series is set for 4:00 p.m. EDT at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota
September 4, 2021
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SARASOTA, Fla. - Following a huge 16-2 victory in game one on Friday, Team USA (1-0) takes on Canada (0-1) in game two of the seven-game friendship series between the two squads at 4:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, August 4, at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Florida. The game will be streamed live on the USA Baseball Facebook page.

Left-hander Jackson Ferris (Mount Airy, N.C.) will take the ball for the U.S. to start in game two. Saturday’s contest marks the Mississippi commit’s Team USA debut.

The 18U National Team is taking on international competition for the first time this week since competing at the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup in Gijang, South Korea, where the U.S. took home the silver medal. Team USA and Canada also last went head-to-head in the Super Round of that tournament, with the red, white, and blue coming out on top, 10-0, in seven innings.

The 18U National Team will be led in 2021 by Manager Jason Maxwell, who is serving as a national team manager for the second time after guiding the 15U National Team to its first world championship in 2018. He will be joined on staff by assistant coaches Michael Cuddyer and Jack Wilson, as well as Brad Penny, who will serve as the team’s pitching coach.

 

Notable Information

  • Team USA leads the 2021 seven-game friendship series against Canada 1-0.
  • Blake Mitchell (Sinton, Texas) recorded the first home run of the series on Friday evening, crushing a three-run bomb over the right field wall that gave Team USA a 10-1 lead en route to a 16-2 defeat of Canada.
  • The 2021 18U National Team was announced on Tuesday and features 26 of the best 18-and-under athletes in the country.
  • The 26 members of Team USA represent 15 different states across the country.
  • The 2021 18U National Team features four players that have suited up for Team USA at least once in their careers, including four-time alum Karson Bowen (Anaheim Hills, Calif.), three-time alum Ryan Clifford (Raleigh, N.C.), two-time alum Termarr Johnson (Altanta, Ga.), and three-time alum Louis Rodriguez (Long Beach, Calif.)
  • Bowen (2018 & 2019 15U) and Clifford (2015 12U, 2018 15U) have both won two gold medals with Team USA, while Johnson and Rodriguez both also helped lead the 2019 15U National Team to a gold medal.
  • The roster also features four athletes selected from the 2021 16U/17U National Team Development Program that took place at the USA Baseball National Training Complex August 6-9.
  • All three of the coaches joining Maxwell on staff are former MLB All-Stars. Cuddyer earned the honor in 2011 and 2013, while Penny was named to the All-Star Games in 2006 and 2007, and Wilson was an All-Star in 2004.
  • All seven of Team USA’s games against Canada will be streamed live on the USA Baseball Facebook page.

 

On Deck

  • September 5: USA vs. Canada (6:00 p.m. EDT; Sarasota, Fla.; Ed Smith Stadium)
  • September 6: USA vs. Canada (4:00 p.m. EDT; St. Petersburg, Fla.; Tropicana Field)
  • September 7: USA vs. Canada (2:00 p.m. EDT; Bradenton, Fla.; LECOM Park)
  • September 8: USA vs. Canada (1:00 p.m. EDT; Bradenton, Fla.; Pirate City)
  • September 9: USA vs. Canada (2:00 p.m. EDT; Bradenton, Fla.; LECOM Park)

 

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Team USA Offense Explodes for 16-2 Victory Over Canada

Seven runs in the first inning and Blake Mitchell's three-run bomb highlighted the win
September 4, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E CAN 0  1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 7 4 USA 7 0 3 0 2 0 0 4 X 16 11 2 Win: C. Fisher Loss: M. Bucknam Save: None Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats  
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SARASOTA, Fla. - Led by a seven-run first inning and a three-run homer off the bat of Blake Mitchell (Sinton, Texas), the 18U National Team secured a dominant 16-2 victory over Canada in the first of a seven-game friendship series between the two countries on Friday, September 3, at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Florida.

Team USA broke the game wide open immediately with seven runs in the bottom of the first and never looked back. After Canada got one back in the top of the second, Mitchell’s three-run longball in the bottom of the third extended the lead back out to 10-1. Canada plated one more in the fourth to cut the U.S. lead to eight but Team USA wasn’t done as the squad capitalized on a few Canada miscues in the fifth and got a bases-clearing triple from Owen Murphy (Riverside, Ill.) in the eighth for the final 16-2 score.

Termarr Johnson (Atlanta, Ga.), who went 3-for-4, and Ryan Clifford (Raleigh, N.C.), who finished 2-for-3, collected Team USA’s multi-hit games on the night while Mitchell and Murphy were responsible for three RBIs each. Gavin Kilen (Milton, Wis.) also tallied a hit and two RBIs in the win and Paxton Kling (Roaring Spring, Pa.) scored three runs.

Andrew Dutkanych (Indianapolis, Ind.) got the start for Team USA and went four strong innings, allowing just one earned run on five hits and one walk while striking out two. Cade Fisher (Dalton, Ga.) was credited with the win following his four scoreless innings of relief in which he gave up just two hits and tallied five punchouts. Canada’s Micah Bucknam suffered the loss after allowing 10 runs on five hits and issuing five walks in his 2.1 innings of work.

 

Key Moments

  • Johnson and Druw Jones (Suwanee, Ga.) got the offense rolling right off the bat in the top of the first inning when they drew back-to-back walks to lead things off. Clifford then launched an RBI double into left field that brought in Johnson and gave Team USA an early 1-0 lead..
  • A walk to Walker Jenkins (Oak Island, N.C.) then loaded the bases for the U.S. before Jones scored on a wild pitch and Elijah Green (Windermere, Fla.) made it 3-0 with an RBI groundout that brought in Clifford.
  • A Kling single and a Gavin Guidry (Lake Charles, La.) walk once again loaded the bases for the red, white, and blue, and Kilen took full advantage two batters later, crushing a ground-rule double to right field that made it 5-0 in Team USA’s favor.
  • Two more runs would cross the plate before the frame ended to give the stars and stripes a 7-0 lead after one inning.
  • Canada broke onto the scoreboard one frame later, using a one-out double and a stolen base to put a runner on third before an RBI groundout made it a 7-1 game.
  • The U.S. responded in the bottom of the third inning though, scoring three runs with one swing as Mitchell launched Team USA’s first homer of the series for a three-run dinger over the right field wall that extended the lead to 10-1.
  • One frame later, Canada cut the deficit to eight, making it a 10-2 game with an RBI double.
  • In the bottom of the fifth, Kling took advantage of a couple errors by Canada to reach base and come around to score for an 11-2 advantage. Guidry, who walked, stole second, and made it to third on one of Canada’s errors, brought the lead back up to 10 when he scored on a wild pitch to make it 12-2.
  • Four more runs came across in the bottom of the eighth for the U.S. courtesy of a balk and a bases-clearing triple by Murphy to make it 16-2 before Riley Stanford (Gainesville, Ga.) came on in relief and tossed a perfect top of the ninth to secure Team USA's win.

 

Notable Information

  • With the victory, Team USA starts the seven-game friendship series against Canada 1-0.
  • Dutkanych, Fisher, and Stanford combined to strike out eight batters in the win.
  • Four of Team USA’s 11 hits in the contest went for extra bases, including doubles from Clifford and Kilen, a triple off the bat of Murphy, and Mitchell’s homer.
  • TGuidry and Jenkins drew two walks apiece in the victory.

 

On Deck

  • September 4: USA vs. Canada (4:00 p.m. EDT; Sarasota, Fla.; Ed Smith Stadium)
  • September 5: USA vs. Canada (6:00 p.m. EDT; Sarasota, Fla.; Ed Smith Stadium)
  • September 6: USA vs. Canada (4:00 p.m. EDT; St. Petersburg, Fla.; Tropicana Field)
  • September 7: USA vs. Canada (2:00 p.m. EDT; Bradenton, Fla.; LECOM Park)
  • September 8: USA vs. Canada (1:00 p.m. EDT; Bradenton, Fla.; Pirate City)
  • September 9: USA vs. Canada (2:00 p.m. EDT; Bradenton, Fla.; LECOM Park)

 

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2021 18U National Team Roster Revealed

Twenty-six-man roster will compete in a seven-game friendship series against Canada September 3-9
August 31, 2021
SARASOTA, Fla. – USA Baseball today announced the 2021 18U National Team, following the conclusion of the 2021 18U National Team Trials. The final 26-man roster will compete in a seven-game friendship series against Canada from September 3-9. The friendship series will take place in Bradenton and Sarasota, Florida, and

SARASOTA, Fla. – USA Baseball today announced the 2021 18U National Team, following the conclusion of the 2021 18U National Team Trials. The final 26-man roster will compete in a seven-game friendship series against Canada from September 3-9.

The friendship series will take place in Bradenton and Sarasota, Florida, and each of the seven games will be streamed live on the USA Baseball Facebook page. Live stats will also be available for every game on USABaseball.com.

“This process is always a lot of fun but at the same time when it comes down to making the final decisions, it’s always difficult,” said 2021 18U National Team Manager Jason Maxwell. “But with the players that we have selected, we are very excited about them moving on and representing USA the way that we should be representing. There is a standard when you put on a USA uniform and we’re looking forward to these guys living up to that standard and making USA Baseball proud.”

Four members of the 2021 18U National Team have suited up for the red, white, and blue previously, including Karson Bowen (Anaheim Hills, Calif.), who has now been named to his fourth national team. Bowen, Termarr Johnson (Atlanta, Ga.), and Louis Rodriguez (Long Beach, Calif.) are reuniting on Team USA in 2021 after playing together on the 2019 15U National Team that won gold at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier. Bowen and Rodriguez were also teammates on the 2016 12U National Team.

Ryan Clifford (Raleigh, N.C.) is also playing for Team USA for the third time in his career in 2021 after having won world championships with both the 2015 12U National Team and the 2018 15U National Team. Bowen was also a member of the 2018 15U National Team that won the program’s first-ever WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup.

The 26-man roster also features six athletes that have participated in the National Team Development Program (NTDP). Clifford was a member of the 2017 14U NTDP and the 2019 16U and 17U NTDPs, while Bowen participated in the 2018 14U NTDP. Additionally, Kade Anderson (Madisonville, La.), Walter Ford (McCalla, Ala.), Walker Jenkins (Oak Island, N.C.), and Blake Mitchell (Sinton, Texas) all played in the 2021 16U/17U NTDP earlier this summer.

Twenty-two members of the 2021 18U National Team were selected from the 2021 Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP League), which serves as a primary identification event for the 18U National Team program. The PDP League, which took place in Cary, North Carolina, from July 24-31, is an invitation-based development and assessment opportunity for high school players eligible for the following year’s MLB Draft. It provides athletes with an unprecedented amateur experience, including competitive gameplay, player development sessions, educational seminars, and additional programming aimed to prepare players for a professional baseball career.

The 18U National Team is led in 2021 by Manager Jason Maxwell, who is serving as a national team manager for the second time after guiding the 15U National Team to its first world championship in 2018. Maxwell is joined on staff by assistant coaches Michael Cuddyer and Jack Wilson, as well as Brad Penny, who is serving as the team’s pitching coach.

Beginning on September 3, Team USA will take on Canada in a seven-game friendship series that was added to the calendar following the postponement of the 2021 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup to 2022.

The series will be hosted at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, and LECOM Park and Pirate City in Bradenton. The schedule for the series is as follows:

  • Friday, September 3: Ed Smith Stadium at 6:00 p.m. EDT
  • Saturday, September 4: Ed Smith Stadium at 4:00 p.m. EDT
  • Sunday, September 5: Ed Smith Stadium at 6:00 p.m. EDT
  • Monday, September 6: Tropicana Field at 4:00 p.m. EDT
  • Tuesday, September 7: LECOM Park at 2:00 p.m. EDT
  • Wednesday, September 8: Pirate City at 1:00 p.m. EDT
  • Thursday, September 9: LECOM Park at 2:00 p.m. EDT

 

The full 2021 18U National Team schedule can be found here.

For the most up-to-date information on the 18U National Team, visit USABaseball.com or follow @USABaseball and @USABaseball18U on Twitter.

    • 2021 18U National Team Roster
    • (Name; Position; Hometown; School)
    • Joe Allen; RHP; Hampton Falls, N.H.; Winnacunnet
    • ^Kade Anderson; LHP; Madisonville, La.; St. Paul's
    • RJ Austin; UTIL; Atlanta, Ga.; Pace Academy
    • *^Karson Bowen; C; Anaheim Hills, Calif.; Orange Lutheran
    • *^Ryan Clifford; OF/1B; Raleigh, N.C.; Pro5 Academy
    • Andrew Dutkanych; RHP; Indianapolis, Ind.; Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory
    • Jackson Ferris; LHP; Mount Airy, N.C.; IMG Academy
    • Cade Fisher; LHP; Dalton, Ga.; Northwest Whitfield County
    • ^Walter Ford; RHP; McCalla, Ala.; McAdory
    • Elijah Green; OF; Windermere, Fla.; IMG Academy
    • Gavin Guidry; UTIL; Lake Charles, La.; Alfred M. Barbe
    • Jackson Holliday; MIF; Stillwater, Okla.; Stillwater
    • Jayden Hylton; 1B; Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; Palm Beach Gardens
    • ^Walker Jenkins; OF; Oak Island, N.C.; South Brunswick
    • *Termarr Johnson; MIF; Atlanta, Ga.; Mays
    • Druw Jones; OF; Suwanee, Ga.; Wesleyan
    • Michael Kennedy; LHP; Troy, N.Y.; Troy
    • Gavin Kilen; MIF; Milton, Wis.; Milton
    • Paxton Kling; OF; Roaring Spring, Pa.; Central
    • ^Blake Mitchell; UTIL; Sinton, Texas; Sinton
    • Owen Murphy; UTIL; Riverside, Ill.; Riverside Brookfield
    • Jack O'Connor; RHP; Arlington, Va.; Bishop O’Connell
    • Brennan Phillips; LHP; Owasso, Okla.; Owasso
    • *Louis Rodriguez; RHP; Long Beach, Calif.; Orange Lutheran
    • Oliver Santos; LHP; Newport Coast, Calif.; Orange Lutheran
    • Riley Stanford; OF/RHP; Gainesville, Ga.; Buford
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    • *Denotes USA Baseball National Team alum
    • ^Denotes past NTDP participant
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Stars Blank Stripes, 4-0, to Claim 18U Trials Series

Oliver Santos and Michael Kennedy toss one-hit shutout for Stars to secure the win
August 31, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E Stars 0 0 3 0 0 1 4 6 1 Stripes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 Win: M. Kennedy Loss: B. Grove Save: None Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats   SARASOTA, Fla. - Oliver Santos (Newport Coast, Calif.) and
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SARASOTA, Fla. - Oliver Santos (Newport Coast, Calif.) and Michael Kennedy (Troy, N.Y.) combined to toss a one-hit shutout as the Stars blanked the Stripes, 4-0, to close out the 2021 18U National Team Trials on Tuesday, August 31, at the Buck O’Neill Complex in Sarasota, Florida. With the victory, the Stars also claim the 18U trials series, 3-1.

The Stars jumped out to an early lead in the contest and never looked back, plating three runs on two hits in the top of the third, highlighted by a Dylan Cupp (Cedartown, Ga.) RBI-single that started the scoring. While Santos and Kennedy held back the Stripes offense from the mound, the Stars added one final insurance run in the top of the sixth for the final 4-0 score.

Cupp led the Stars offense in the win, going 2-for-3 with an RBI. The Stars’ four other hits were equally spread out as Malcom Moore (Sacramento, Calif.), Paxton Kling (Roaring Spring, Pa.), Chris Stanfield (Tallahassee, Fla.), and Walker Jenkins (Oak Island, N.C.) all collected base knocks. Karson Bowen (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) was responsible for the Stripes’ lone hit on the day.

Kennedy was credited with the win after his hitless, scoreless outing for the Stars. The southpaw allowed just one walk and struck out five in three innings of work. Stripes starter Blaise Grove (Summit Point, W.Va.) allowed three runs on three hits and suffered the loss on Tuesday.

 

Key Moments

  • The Stars first threatened in the top of second when Blake Mitchell (Sinton, Texas) drew a one-out walk and Kling followed with a single to put runners on first and second. But Grove was able to escape the jam with a double play one batter later to keep it scoreless.
  • In the next half inning, Jayden Hylton (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) battled at the plate to draw a leadoff walk for the Stripes. He then stole second and advanced to third on a flyout before Santos recorded his first two strikeouts of the game to erase the threat and end the inning.
  • The Stars finally opened the scoring in the top of the third, stringing together a leadoff single by Jenkins, a hit-by-pitch, and a walk to Owen Murphy (Riverside, Ill.) to load the bases with no outs for Cupp, whose RBI-single brought in the first run of the game.
  • With the bases still loaded, Moore gave the Stars a 2-0 lead with a sacrifice fly to right that drove in Cam Collier (Austell, Ga.).
  • Another run then scored on an RBI-groundout off the bat of Tucker Toman (Columbia, S.C.) to give the Stars a 3-0 advantage.
  • The Stars once again loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the fourth when Kling was hit by a pitch to lead things off, Stanfield singled, and Jenkins drew a walk. But a strikeout and a double play kept it a 3-0 game.
  • The Stars added a final run in the top of the sixth when Stanfield took advantage of a couple Stripes errors to round the bases and give the Stars a 4-0 advantage.
  • The Stripes tried to get a rally going in the bottom half of the sixth when Bowen drew a leadoff walk but Kennedy got a pop up, flyout, and strikeout to secure the 4-0 victory for the Stars.

 

Notable Information

  • The 2021 18U National Team will be announced later this evening.
  • With his single in Tuesday’s game, Jenkins finishes the 2021 18U Trials leading both teams in hits with four in four games.
  • Murphy led all pitchers at trials in strikeouts, collecting seven in his three innings of work.
  • The Stars pitching staff finished trials with 40 punchouts.
  • Cupp and Gavin Kilen (Milton, Wis.) both finish the trials series with a .375 (3-for-8) batting average to lead all hitters.
  • Cupp also led the 2021 18U Trials in RBIs with three.
  • With the win, the Stars also claimed the 18U Trials series after winning three of the four games.

 

On Deck

  • September 3: USA vs. Canada (6:00 p.m. EDT; Sarasota, Fla.; Ed Smith Stadium)
  • September 4: USA vs. Canada (4:00 p.m. EDT; Sarasota, Fla.; Ed Smith Stadium)
  • September 5: USA vs. Canada (6:00 p.m. EDT; Sarasota, Fla.; Ed Smith Stadium)
  • September 6: USA vs. Canada (4:00 p.m. EDT; St. Petersburg, Fla.; Tropicana Field)
  • September 7: USA vs. Canada (2:00 p.m. EDT; Bradenton, Fla.; LECOM Park)
  • September 8: USA vs. Canada (1:00 p.m. EDT; Bradenton, Fla.; Pirate City)
  • September 9: USA vs. Canada (2:00 p.m. EDT; Bradenton, Fla.; LECOM Park)

 

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Stars Score Seven Unanswered to Claim 7-4 Win in Game Three of 18U Trials

Jackson Holliday’s home run highlighted a three-run fourth and four-run fifth for the Stars
August 30, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E Stripes 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 4 8 3 Stars 0 0 0 3 4 0 0 7 4 0 Win: L. Rodriguez Loss: C. Phillips Save: B. Mitchell Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats   SARASOTA, Fla. - Highlighted by a Jackson Holliday
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SARASOTA, Fla. - Highlighted by a Jackson Holliday (Stillwater, Okla.) solo home run, the Stars scored seven unanswered runs in game three of the 2021 18U National Team Trials to take down the Stripes, 7-4, and take a 2-1 trials series lead on Monday afternoon at the Buck O’Neill Complex in Sarasota, Florida.

The Stripes got on the board first, scoring four runs in the top of the third to take an early 4-0 lead. The Stars then cut the deficit to one with three runs of their own in the bottom of the fourth before breaking the contest open with four runs in the fifth, highlighted by a Termarr Johnson (Atlanta, Ga.) sacrifice fly that tied the game and a two-RBI single off the bat of Paxton Kling (Roaring Spring, Pa.).

Holliday (1-for-2), whose homer marked the first of the 2021 18U Trials, led the Stars offense in the comeback victory. In addition to his two RBIs, Kling (1-for-2) also scored a run of his own and drew a walk in the win. The Stripes offense was paced by Gavin Kilen (Milton, Wis.), who went 2-for-3 with a run scored, and Gavin Guidry (Lake Charles, La.), who picked up two RBIs and a run scored in the loss.

Louis Rodriguez (Long Beach, Calif.) earned the win after tossing three scoreless innings of relief for the Stars, allowing just three hits and one walk while striking out three. Cole Phillips (Boerne, Texas) allowed five earned runs in 1.2 innings and was tagged with the loss.

 

Key Moments

  • A leadoff single off the bat of Adonys Guzman (Valley Cottage, N.Y.) got the Stripes offense rolling in the top of the third. Kilen followed one batter later with his own single to put two runners on for Mikey Romero (Menifee, Calif.) who laced a double down the left field line to bring in Guzman and give the Stripes a 1-0 lead.
  • Guidry immediately added two more with a double of his own to left, giving the Stripes a 3-0 lead in the third.
  • Guidry then added another run in the inning for the Stripes when he advanced to third on a Druw Jones (Suwanee, Ga.) ground out and came home on a wild pitch to make it a 4-0 game.
  • Jayson Jones (Savannah, Texas) got the Stars on the board in the bottom of the fourth when he reached base and advanced to second on a Stripes error, then got to third base and crossed home plate on wild pitches.
  • Holliday then immediately cut the Stripes lead in half with a solo home run over the right field wall.
  • The Stars took advantage of another Stripes error to plate one more in the inning and make it a 4-3 game.
  • In the fifth inning, a leadoff walk to Owen Murphy (Riverside, Ill.) and back-to-back one-out hit-by-pitches loaded the bases for the Stars, and Johnson brought in Murphy with a sacrifice fly that tied the game at four runs apiece.
  • A walk to Holliday one batter later loaded the bases once again and Kling knocked a two-RBI single into left that gave the Stars a 6-4 lead.
  • The Stars would go on to add one more in the inning to take a commanding 7-4 lead that they would not relinquish, holding the Stripes scoreless in the final two innings to secure the victory.

 

Notable Information

  • Holliday’s longball was the first of the 2021 18U Trials.
  • Stars starter Jack O’Connor (Arlington, Va.) and relievers Rodriguez and Blake Mitchell (Sinton, Texas) combined to record eight strikeouts in the win, bringing the Stars pitching staff’s total punchouts to 32 through three games..
  • The Stars’ Walker Jenkins (Oak Island, N.C.) and the Stripes’ Kilen, Guzman, and Druw Jones have all recorded three hits in the first three games of the trials series.
  • Mitchell (2-for-4) and Kilen (3-for-6) are both hitting .500 so far in the series for the Stars and Stripes, respectively.
  • The Stars now lead the 2021 18U Trials series 2-1 after they took game one on Friday, August 27, and the Stripes claimed game two on Sunday, August 29.
  • The 2021 18U National Team will be announced on Tuesday, August 31, following the final trials game.

 

On Deck

  • August 31: Stars vs. Stripes (12:00 p.m. EDT; Sarasota, Fla.; Buck O'Neill Complex)

 

Social

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Stripes Take Close 3-2 Victory Over Stars in Game Two of Trials

With the win, the Stripes even the trials series at one game apiece
August 28, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E Stars 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 5 1 Stripes 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 10 1 Win: B. Phillips Loss: J. Cox Save: W. Ford Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats   SARASOTA,
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Stars 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 5 1
Stripes 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 10 1
Win: B. Phillips Loss: J. Cox Save: W. Ford
Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats

 

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Stripes jumped out to an early lead and held off a Stars rally to secure a 3-2 victory in game two of the 2021 18U National Team Trials on Sunday at the Buck O’Neill Complex in Sarasota, Florida. The win ties the 18U Trials series at one game apiece with two games left to play.

A leadoff double from Druw Jones (Suwanee, Ga.) and a Stars miscue gave the Stripes a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first and the team never looked back, adding one more run in that frame and a third in the third inning for a 3-0 advantage. The Stars got within one after putting two on the board in the sixth but the Stripes were able to hold on for their 3-2 win.

Adonys Guzman (Valley Cottage, N.Y.) and Jayden Hylton (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) led the Stripes offense with two hits apiece, while Gavin Kilen (Milton, Wis.) went 1-for-3 on the day with two runs scored. The Stars offense was spread out with five different batters collecting the team’s five hits in the contest. Termarr Johnson (Atlanta, Ga.) and Jayson Jones (Savannah, Texas) scored the Stars’ two runs on Sunday.

Brennan Phillips (Owasso, Okla.) got the win for the Stripes after allowing just two hits and one earned run in his three innings of work. Walter Ford (McCalla, Ala.) earned the save with three scoreless innings in which he allowed just one hit, while the Stars’ Jackson Cox (Toutle, Ore.) suffered the loss when he gave up three runs in three frames on the mound.

 

Key Moments

  • Jones got the Stripes offense started early with a leadoff double before coming around to score on a Stars error for a 1-0 Stripes advantage in the bottom of the first.
  • After reaching first and advancing to second on the Stars error, Kilen moved to third on a balk and scored the second run of the game on a wild pitch to give the Stripes a 2-0 lead.
  • In the bottom of the third, Kilen dropped a leadoff single into right field and then stole second to put a runner in scoring position for Sal Stewart (Miami, Fla.), who made it a 3-0 Stripes lead with an RBI single to the right-center gap.
  • A one-out single off the bat of Johnson followed by a walk to Jones got a rally started for the Stars in the sixth. Both runners advanced on a Stripes miscue before Johnson came home on a wild pitch to make it 3-1 and Jones added another run one batter later to cut the deficit to one.
  • The Stars tried to put together another rally in the seventh with a one-out Cam Collier (Austell, Fa.) single but the Stripes’ Ford shut down the threat and went on to toss three scoreless innings and secure the 3-2 victory for his team.

 

Notable Information

  • The 2021 18U Trials series is now tied at one game apiece after the Stars took game one 4-0.
  • Three players on each team have recorded multiple hits so far in trials with Guzman, Hylton, and Jones leading the Stripes and Walker Jenkins (Oak Island, N.C.), Johnson, and Chris Stanfield (Tallahassee, Fla.) pacing the Stars through two games.
  • Hylton also recorded the first triple of the series on Sunday.

 

On Deck

  • August 30: Stars vs. Stripes (12:00 p.m. EDT; Sarasota, Fla.; Buck O'Neill Complex)
  • August 31: Stars vs. Stripes (12:00 p.m. EDT; Sarasota, Fla.; Buck O'Neill Complex)

 

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