Team USA Opens World Cup with Record-Breaking Win

Stars and stripes plate 29 against South Africa

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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.


  • 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.


  • 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.

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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