South Stars and Southwest Stars to Meet in 13U NTIS Gold Medal Game

Boyle, Schmidt dominant in semifinal wins

CARY, N.C. – The stage is set for the 13U National Team Identification Series (NTIS) gold medal game.

After picking up wins in Saturday's semifinal round on Saturday at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, the South Stars and Southwest Stars will meet in the gold medal game on Sunday.

Logan Schmidt fired a complete game shutout in the first semifinal game to lead the Southwest Stars past the Southeast Stars, 6-0.

After Schmidt tossed a 1-2-3 first inning, the Southwest offense got off to a quick start in the bottom of the inning. After putting runners on base to open the inning, Taytum Reeves drove in the first run of the game with an RBI-groundout. Santana Vital scored on a wild pitch to make it 2-0 before two more runs were scored on an error to give the Southwest a four-run lead.

Schmidt kept the Southeast off the board in the top of the second. Dylan Seward led off the bottom of the frame with a double, eventually coming around to score to make it 5-0. The Southwest nearly added on in the following inning, putting runners on second and third before Braeden Harris coaxed a pop-up to keep the Southeast deficit at five.

The Southeast threatened to crack the scoreboard in the top of the fifth when Travis Honeycutt led off the inning with a single. After Schmidt escaped the inning unscathed, the Southwest added a run on a sacrifice fly by Seward to make it 6-0. They nearly added more runs later in the inning, but Southeast second baseman Junior Lopez made an acrobatic catch to limit the Southwest to a run.

The Southeast put another runner on in the sixth but still couldn’t plate a run. The Southwest looked to bust the game open in the bottom of the sixth, putting two runners in scoring position, but were unable to extend the lead.

Harris led off the seventh in the top of the seventh with a double, moving to third with only one out in the inning. But Schmidt induced two consecutive pop outs to secure the win for the Southwest.

“I felt really good out there,” Schmidt said. “I pitched well in the first inning and then my team gave me some run support, so it gave me more room to breathe.”

Southwest head coach Jason Phillips is looking forward to the opportunity to play for gold on Sunday.

“I’m really excited for the guys,” Phillips said. “They’ve responded well, they’re really coachable, and they’re really fun to be around. This is a special honor.”

The South Stars also a strong pitching perfomance from Lincoln Boyle and the bullpen to knock off the Southwest Stripes, 7-2, to move on to the gold medal game.

In the top of the first, the South loaded the bases with one out before plating the first run of the game. Jack Smejkal added an RBI-single to give the South an early two-run lead.

Boyle tossed a 1-2-3 inning in the bottom of the inning to get his start off to a strong start. The South put a pair of runners on in the top of the second, but Southwest starter Ervey Quijada evaded trouble to keep the deficit at two.

Boyle led off the top of the third with a triple to right-center field, eventually scoring before another run was plated to make it 4-0, South.

The Southwest put together one of its best scoring chances in the bottom of the third. With runners on first and second and one out, a blooper fell into center field but an 8-5 putout kept the runners in the same position with two outs. Boyle then induced a flyout to right field to keep the Southwest scoreless.

The South extended its lead in the top of the fifth. Dominic Giametta got on base to lead off the inning, scoring on a double by Judson Dowell to make it 5-0. The lead grew to six after Adam Alvarez plated Dowell with an RBI-single.

Boyle ran into trouble in the fifth, as the Southwest loaded the bases. Boyle followed with a strikeout for the second out of the inning before being replaced by Austin Smith. The Southwest plated a run on a walk to make it 6-1 before Moten hit an RBI-single to trim the deficit to four. Giametta then entered the game and picked up a strikeout to escape further trouble.

The South added a run in the top of the sixth to take a 7-2 lead. Grant Sperandio shut the door on the win, stranding a pair of runners to secure the win.

The Southwest Stars and South Stars will meet in the gold medal game at Coleman Field at 11:15 AM ET. The Southeast Stars and Southwest Stripes will battle for bronze at 8:15 AM ET.