Stripes Take Game One of NTDP Series

  1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Team Stripes 0 0 0 2 0 1 3 4 2
Team Stars 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
Win: Christian Rodriguez |  Loss: Owen Egan  |  Save: Blake Mitchell
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CARY, N.C. - Team Stripes came out on top, 3-0, in the first of three intrasquad Stars vs. Stripes games to begin the 2021 16U/17U National Team Development Program. After neither team was able to bring anything across in the first three innings, the Stripes usea a two-run fourth inning to take the lead before adding one insurance run in the sixth to pick up the win.

Gavin Grahovac led the Stripes offense, going 2-for-3 and collecting an RBI while Dylan Cupp (1-for-3), Walker Jenkins (1-for-2), Bryce Eldridge (1-for-2), TayShaun Walton (1-for-2), and Eric Bitoni (1-for-2) all had hits for the Stars.

Kade Anderson had a strong start on the mound for the Stripes, throwing three scoreless innings while collecting three strikeouts. Christian Rodriguez (1-0) got the win, pitching a scoreless fourth and fifth while also striking out three. Blake Mitchell (1) got the save, striking out two of the four batters he faced in the sixth. Owen Egan (0-1) suffered the loss on the mound for the Stars.

Key Moments

  • Grahovac got the offense going for the Stripes, sending a ground-rule double over the wall in right center in the top of the second.
  • He sent a single through the left side to bring in Steven Milam in the top of the fourth to put the Stripes on top 1-0.
  • After stealing second and third, Grahovac came across on an error to give the Stripes a 2-0 advantage. 
  • The Stripes added to their lead in the sixth after Maxwell Clark singled, stole second, advanced to third on a groundout, then scored on a wild pitch to complete the 3-0 victory.


Notable Information

  • The Stripes were aggressive on the base paths, stealing three bases in the six inning game.
  • Each pitcher for both teams recorded at least two strikeouts in the game, totaling 15 between both teams.


On Deck

  • Sunday, August 8: Stars vs. Stripes (12:00 p.m. ET; Cary, N.C.; National Training Complex)
  • Monday, August 9: Stars vs. Stripes (1:30 p.m. ET; Durham, N.C.; Durham Bulls Athletic Park)



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