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Truist Field to Host WBT SkyShow & USA Baseball Game on July 4th
UPTOWN CHARLOTTE, NC -- Baseball and fireworks on the Fourth of July are back this year in Uptown Charlotte as the Charlotte Knights and News Talk 1110 AM/99.3 FM WBT are pleased to announce the return of the annual WBT SkyShow at Truist Field on Monday, July 4th. Charlotte Knights Chief Operating Officer Dan Rajkowski made the announcement live in studio this morning on the Bo Thompson Morning Show on News Talk 1110 AM/99.3 FM WBT.
LARGEST FIREWORKS SHOW IN THE SOUTHEAST IS BACK
For the eighth time since opening Truist Field in 2014, the Knights and News Talk 1110 WBT/99.3 FM will host the largest fireworks show in the Southeast. Last year’s event drew the ballpark’s highest-ever in-park crowd at 10,969 fans.
USA BASEBALL GAME BACK IN THE QUEEN CITY
With the Knights on the road against the Gwinnett Stripers on July 4th this season, Truist Field will play host to an exciting USA Baseball game this year. This year’s contest will feature the first USA Baseball game at Truist Field since July 3, 2019. That season, USA Baseball faced the Cuban National Team at Truist Field for the third time in the ballpark’s history (2015, 2017 & 2019). In all, USA Baseball has played five games at Truist Field. USA Baseball played Japan at Truist Field in 2016 and again in 2018.
Gates will open at 5:00 p.m. on July 4th and first pitch of the USA Baseball game is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. at Truist Field. Matchup details will be announced at a later time.
TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE NOW
Tickets for this game, as well as all 75 regular-season Charlotte Knights games, are on sale now and can be purchased online at CharlotteKnights.com, by phone at 704-274-8282 or in person at the Truist Field Ticket Office. Opening Knight of the 2022 season for the Charlotte Knights at Truist Field is set for Tuesday, April 12 at 6:35 p.m.
USA Baseball Collegiate National Team Schedule Announced
CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today announced the 2023 Collegiate National Team schedule, which once again features the annual Stars vs. Stripes intrasquad series and the return of international series with Chinese Taipei and Japan. Currently, 12 of the 14 games will take place in North Carolina, with games at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, Atrium Health Ballpark in Kannapolis, and Segra Stadium in Fayetteville.
The Stars vs. Stripes series is a product of the Collegiate National Team Training Camp that features 56 of the premier non-draft-eligible collegiate players in the country. USA Baseball will announce a final 26-man roster on June 30 to compete in the 20th USA vs. Chinese Taipei International Friendship Series and the 44th USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Championship Series.
“We are thrilled to welcome the Chinese Taipei and Japan National Teams back to the United States as we resume our friendship series with two of the top four ranked baseball federations in the world,” said Eric Campbell, USA Baseball’s General Manager of Professional and Collegiate National Teams. “Historically, these series produce high-level, entertaining baseball that showcases the international game and introduces baseball’s future stars to the world. USA Baseball cannot wait to welcome the best collegiate players to Cary for Collegiate National Team Training Camp with an opportunity to represent their country on the line. We are in for an exciting summer of baseball.”
The entirety of the Collegiate National Team Training Camp will take place at the National Training Complex in Cary and begin on June 23. The four-game Stars vs. Stripes series will kick off on June 25 at 3 p.m. ET and conclude on June 28 at 6 p.m. ET. First pitch of games two and four will be 6 p.m. ET on June 26 and 28, respectively, and game three will begin with a 7 p.m. ET first pitch. USA Baseball will then announce its 26-man Collegiate National Team roster on June 30 prior to the opening game of the 20th USA vs. Chinese Taipei International Friendship Series at the National Training Complex at 5 p.m. ET.
The Durham Bulls Athletic Park will host the second game of the friendship series on July 1 and game four on July 3, with 6:35 p.m. ET start times for both games. Team USA will return to Kannapolis, North Carolina, for the first time since 2009 when it hosts game three of the series at Atrium Health Ballpark on July 2 at 6 p.m. ET; meanwhile, Segra Stadium will host the final game of the series on the Fourth of July at 6 p.m. ET as the red, white, and blue returns to Fayetteville, North Carolina, for the first time since 2014.
The National Training Complex will host the opening three games of the 44th USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Championship Series on July 7 and July 8 at 6 p.m. ET and July 9 at 5 p.m. ET. Games four and five of the series will be played on July 11 and July 12, and an announcement on the location for those games will be made at a later time.
Team USA leads the series with Chinese Taipei 15-0-4 (Overall: 80-13-2). Against Japan, the stars and stripes lead the series 24-19 (Overall: 133-107-2), including a 21-1 (Overall: 87-33-2) series record in the United States. All time, the Collegiate National Team boasts a record of 135-32-2 in North Carolina dating back to 1987, including a 38-14-1 mark at the National Training Complex in Cary.
The Collegiate National Team will be led in 2023 by Cal Poly’s Larry Lee, who will make his USA Baseball managerial debut this summer and second appearance overall in the red, white, and blue. He was an assistant coach for the 2017 Collegiate National Team that went 15-5 with friendship series victories over Chinese Taipei, Cuba, and Japan. Lee is the winningest head coach in Big West Conference history and, entering the 2023 season, amassed 614 wins with Cal Poly and 1,074 overall for his career.
USA Baseball will announce the remaining schedule, Collegiate National Team staff, and Team USA’s final roster at a later time. For the most up-to-date information on the Collegiate National Team, including ticket information, visit USABaseball.com and follow @USABaseballCNT and @USABaseball on Twitter.
The full 2023 Collegiate National Team schedule is as follows:
(Date; Matchup; Location; Time)
2023 Team USA Stars vs. Stripes Series
- June 25; Stripes vs. Stars; National Training Complex (Cary, N.C.); 3 p.m. ET
- June 26; Stars vs. Stripes; National Training Complex (Cary, N.C.); 6 p.m. ET
- June 27; Stripes vs. Stars; National Training Complex (Cary, N.C.); 7 p.m. ET
- June 28; Stars vs. Stripes; National Training Complex (Cary, N.C.); 6 p.m. ET
20th USA vs. Chinese Taipei International Friendship Series
- June 30; Chinese Taipei vs. USA; National Training Complex (Cary, N.C.); 5 p.m. ET
- July 1; USA vs. Chinese Taipei; Durham Bulls Athletic Park (Durham, N.C.); 6:35 p.m. ET
- July 2; Chinese Taipei vs. USA; Atrium Health Ballpark (Kannapolis, N.C.); 6 p.m. ET
- July 3; USA vs. Chinese Taipei; Durham Bulls Athletic Park (Durham, N.C.); 6:35 p.m. ET
- July 4; Chinese Taipei vs. USA; Segra Stadium (Fayetteville, N.C.); 6 p.m. ET
44th USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Championship Series
- July 7; Japan vs. USA; National Training Complex (Cary, N.C.); 6 p.m. ET
- July 8; USA vs. Japan; National Training Complex (Cary, N.C.); 6 p.m. ET
- July 9; Japan vs. USA; National Training Complex (Cary, N.C.); 5 p.m. ET
- July 11; USA vs. Japan; Time and location TBD
- July 12; Japan vs. USA; Time and location TBD
USA Baseball Boasts 156 Alumni On Opening Day Rosters
CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball announced today that 156 alumni kicked off the 2023 Major League Baseball season on Opening Day rosters. In addition, all 30 Major League Clubs feature at least two former USA Baseball national team members to begin the season.
The New York Mets lead all clubs with 11 former Team USA members, while the Philadelphia Phillies have the second-most on their roster with nine. The Chicago Cubs, Seattle Mariners, and St. Louis Cardinals have eight each on their roster, and seven alums are with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Los Angeles Angels, Milwaukee Brewers, and San Diego Padres.
In total, 23 of the 30 Clubs feature four or more players who suited up for the red, white, and blue in international competition.
Three alums were named as the Opening Day starting pitchers for their respective clubs: Miles Mikolas (St. Louis Cardinals), Max Scherzer (New York Mets), and Marcus Stroman (Chicago Cubs). Mikolas most recently won a silver medal with Team USA at the 2023 World Baseball Classic, where he surrendered one earned run in a combined six innings out of the bullpen.
Brice Turang (Milwaukee Brewers) and Blake Sabol (San Francisco Giants) debuted on an MLB roster to begin the 2023 season; meanwhile, reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander is in his 18th season in the big leagues and reigning NL MVP Paul Goldschmidt began his 11th season in the MLB on Friday.
Eight alums are managing around the league, including Aaron Boone (New York Yankees), Terry Francona (Cleveland Guardians), Joe Girardi (Philadelphia Phillies), AJ Hinch (Detroit Tigers), Mark Kotsay (Oakland Athletics), Dave Roberts (Los Angeles Dodgers), David Ross (Chicago Cubs), and Scott Servais (Seattle Mariners). Francona is the only alum managing an MLB team that has played and coached for a USA Baseball national team.
Additionally, five USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award winners find themselves on an opening day roster, including a pair of Chicago White Sox teammates in Andrew Benintendi and Andrew Vaughn, as well as Kris Bryant (Colorado Rockies), Kyle Lewis(Seattle Mariners), and Adley Rutschman (Baltimore Orioles).
The complete list of USA Baseball alumni on Opening Day rosters is as follows:
- Corbin Carroll – 2018 18U
- Zach Davies – 2007 14U
- Merrill Kelly – 2023 World Baseball Classic
- Evan Longoria – 2007 Professional; 2009 World Baseball Classic
- Jake McCarthy – 2017 Collegiate
- Scott McGough – 2010 Collegiate; 2021 Olympics
- Alek Thomas – 2017 18U
- Travis d'Arnaud - 2011 Professional
- A.J. Minter - 2014 Collegiate
- Matt Olson - 2010 16U
- Adam Frazier - 2012 Collegiate; 2015 Professional
- Kyle Gibson - 2008 Collegiate
- Cole Irvin - 2011 18U
- Cedric Mullins - 2023 World Baseball Classic
- Adley Rutschman - 2018 Collegiate
Boston Red Sox
- Triston Casas - 2015 15U; 2016 & 2017 18U; 2021 Olympics
- Tanner Houck - 2015 & 2016 Collegiate; 2019 Professional
- Reese McGuire - 2012 18U
- Robert Refsnyder - 2007 16U
- Nico Hoerner - 2011 14U; 2012 15U
- Eric Hosmer - 2007 18U; 2010 Professional; 2013 & 2017 World Baseball Classic
- Nick Madrigal - 2011 14U; 2012 15U; 2014 18U; 2017 Collegiate
- Drew Smyly – 2011 Professional; 2017 World Baseball Classic
- Marcus Stroman - 2011 Collegiate; 2017 World Baseball Classic
- Dansby Swanson - 2014 Collegiate
- Jameson Taillon - 2009 18U
- Keegan Thompson - 2011 16U; 2012 18U
Chicago White Sox
- Tim Anderson - 2023 World Baseball Classic
- Yasmani Grandal - 2009 Collegiate
- Kendall Graveman - 2023 World Baseball Classic
- Joe Kelly - 2007 Collegiate
- Lance Lynn - 2007 Collegiate; 2023 World Baseball Classic
- Andrew Vaughn - 2013 15U; 2017 & 2018 Collegiate; 2019 Professional
Cincinnati Reds - 3
- Will Benson - 2015 18U
- TJ Friedl - 2016 Collegiate
- Hunter Greene - 2014 15U; 2015 & 2016 18U
- Hunter Gaddis - 2017 Collegiate
- Cam Gallagher - 2015 Professional
- Daniel Bard - 2023 World Baseball Classic
- Kris Bryant - 2012 Collegiate
- Kyle Freeland - 2023 World Baseball Classic
- Mike Moustakas - 2006 18U; 2010 Professional
- Riley Greene - 2017 18U
- Alex Lange - 2016 Collegiate
- Austin Meadows - 2011 16U
- Spencer Torkelson - 2018 & 2019 Collegiate
- Alex Bregman - 2010 16U; 2011 18U; 2013 & 2014 Collegiate; 2017 World Baseball Classic
- Ryan Pressly - 2023 World Baseball Classic
- Ryne Stanek - 2011 & 2012 Collegiate
- Kyle Tucker - 2012 15U; 2023 World Baseball Classic
Kansas City Royals
- Jackie Bradley Jr. - 2010 Collegiate
- MJ Melendez - 2016 18U
- Brady Singer - 2023 World Baseball Classic
- Bobby Witt Jr. - 2018 18U; 2023 World Baseball Classic
Los Angeles Angels
- Tyler Anderson - 2010 Collegiate
- Reid Detmers - 2019 Collegiate
- Brett Phillips - 2015 Professional
- Anthony Rendon - 2010 Collegiate
- Matt Thaiss - 2015 Collegiate
- Mike Trout - 2010 Professional; 2023 World Baseball Classic
- Taylor Ward - 2014 Collegiate
Los Angeles Dodgers
- Mookie Betts - 2023 World Baseball Classic
- Freddie Freeman - 2005 16U; 2006 18U
- Clayton Kershaw - 2005 18U
- Will Smith - 2023 World Baseball Classic
- Braxton Garrett - 2015 18U
- A.J. Puk - 2015 Collegiate
- Matt Bush - 2002 16U; 2003 18U
- Hoby Milner - 2011 Collegiate
- Garrett Mitchell - 2019 Collegiate
- Brice Turang - 2014 15U; 2016 & 2017 18U
- Devin Williams - 2023 World Baseball Classic
- Jesse Winker - 2011 18U
- Christian Yelich - 2017 World Baseball Classic
- Kyle Farmer - 2012 Collegiate
- Joey Gallo - 2011 18U
- Sonny Gray - 2009 & 2010 Collegiate
- Joe Ryan - 2021 Olympics
- Cole Sands - 2012 15U; 2016 Collegiate
- Caleb Thielbar - 2019 Professional
New York Mets
- Pete Alonso - 2023 World Baseball Classic
- Tommy Hunter - 2006 Collegiate
- Francisco Lindor - 2009 16U; 2010 18U
- Jeff McNeil - 2023 World Baseball Classic
- Stephen Nogosek - 2009 14U; 2015 Collegiate
- Adam Ottavino - 2023 World Baseball Classic
- David Peterson - 2016 Collegiate
- Brooks Raley - 2023 World Baseball Classic
- David Robertson - 2017 World Baseball Classic; 2021 Olympics
- Max Scherzer - 2005 Collegiate
- Justin Verlander - 2003 Collegiate
New York Yankees
- Kyle Higashioka - 2023 World Baseball Classic
- Giancarlo Stanton – 2013 & 2017 World Baseball Classic
- Jose Trevino - 2012 Collegiate
- Anthony Volpe - 2013 12U; 2016 15U; 2018 18U
- Nick Allen - 2013 15U; 2016 18U; 2021 Olympics
- Zach Jackson - 2015 Collegiate
- Shea Langeliers - 2018 Collegiate
- Brent Rooker - 2019 Professional
- Alec Bohm - 2019 Professional
- Nick Castellanos - 2009 18U
- Dalton Guthrie - 2016 Collegiate
- Josh Harrison - 2017 World Baseball Classic
- Craig Kimbrel - 2013 World Baseball Classic
- JT Realmuto - 2023 World Baseball Classic
- Kyle Schwarber - 2013 Collegiate; 2023 World Baseball Classic
- Bryson Stott - 2018 Collegiate
- Trea Turner - 2012 & 2013 Collegiate; 2023 World Baseball Classic
- David Bednar - 2023 World Baseball Classic
- Chase De Jong - 2011 18U
- Ke'Bryan Hayes - 2014 18U
- Andrew McCutchen - 2004 18U; 2017 World Baseball Classic
- Bryan Reynolds - 2014 Collegiate
San Diego Padres
- Jake Cronenworth - 2019 Professional
- David Dahl - 2011! 18U
- Trenton Grisham - 2014! 18U
- Josh Hader - 2015 Professional
- Nick Martinez - 2023 World Baseball Classic
- Michael Wacha - 2011 Collegiate
- Ryan Weathers - 2017! 18U
San Francisco Giants
- Michael Conforto - 2012 & 2013 Collegiate
- Brandon Crawford - 2006 Collegiate; 2017 World Baseball Classic
- Blake Sabol - 2013 15U
- JP Crawford - 2009 14U
- Marco Gonzales - 2012 Collegiate
- Jarred Kelenic - 2016 & 2017 18U
- Penn Murfee - 2019 Professional
- AJ Pollock - 2011 Professional
- Robbie Ray - 2009 18U
- Paul Sewald - 2015 Professional
- Kolten Wong - 2009 Collegiate
St. Louis Cardinals
- Nolan Arenado - 2017 & 2023 World Baseball Classic
- Alec Burleson - 2019 Collegiate
- Jack Flaherty - 2013 18U
- Paul Goldschmidt - 2017 & 2023 World Baseball Classic
- Nolan Gorman - 2017 18U
- Miles Mikolas - 2023 World Baseball Classic
- Andre Pallante - 2018 Collegiate
- Zack Thompson - 2018 Collegiate
Tampa Bay Rays
- Jason Adam - 2023 World Baseball Classic
- Zach Eflin - 2015 Professional
- Taylor Walls - 2016 Collegiate
- Robbie Grossman - 2007 18U
- Travis Jankowski - 2015 Professional
- Josh Jung - 2018 Collegiate
- Ian Kennedy - 2002 18U; 2004 & 2005 Collegiate
- Brad Miller - 2009 & 2010 Collegiate
- Corey Seager - 2010 16U
Toronto Blue Jays
- Cavan Biggio - 2012 18U
- Matt Chapman - 2013 Collegiate
- Kevin Gausman - 2009 18U; 2011 Collegiate
- George Springer - 2010 Collegiate
- Dalton Varsho - 2019 Professional
- CJ Abrams - 2018 18U
- Mason Thompson - 2013 15U
- Trevor Williams - 2012 Collegiate
USA Baseball Announces 2023 World Baseball Classic Roster
CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today announced the 30-man roster for the 2023 World Baseball Classic on a special two-hour MLB Tonight program on MLB Network. Team USA, and returning players Nolan Arenado and Paul Goldschmidt, will aim to defend their title with a roster of 15 pitchers and 15 position players.
The roster also features 10 USA Baseball alumni, 19 Major League Baseball All-Stars, 11 Silver Slugger Award recipients, seven World Series Champions, four Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners, four MLB Most Valuable Players, four Batting Title champions, three Rookies of the Year, and one Cy Young Award winner.
“We are looking forward to getting this incredible group of players together in Phoenix next month,” said Team USA General Manager Tony Reagins. “The commitment they have made to represent their country and defend Team USA’s title is something that we don’t take for granted.”
“I can make the argument that this is the greatest collection of American players that will share a clubhouse and represent their country,” said 2023 Team USA Manager Mark DeRosa. “March 11 can’t come quick enough.”
“Using the word impressive to describe the collection of talent and accolades on this World Baseball Classic roster may be an understatement,” said Paul Seiler, USA Baseball’s Executive Director/CEO. “This team is laden with experience, and we are excited to welcome Nolan Arenado and Paul Goldschmidt back for this year’s World Baseball Classic. We will look to them to lead a balanced group of USA Baseball alumni and newcomers as we look to bring home another gold medal from this event.”
Arenado and Goldschmidt return from the 2017 World Baseball Classic squad that won Team USA’s first-ever gold medal in the event and are joined by fellow alums Daniel Bard, Clayton Kershaw, Lance Lynn, Kyle Schwarber, Mike Trout, Kyle Tucker, Trea Turner, and Bobby Witt Jr. The USA Baseball alumni span one 15U National Team, three 18U National Teams, four Collegiate National Teams, two Professional National Teams, and one World Baseball Classic Team. Collectively, four alums have won a gold medal in international play.
The 2023 World Baseball Classic will reunite former USA Baseball teammates Schwarber and Turner (2013 Collegiate National Team) and Arenado and Goldschmidt (2017 World Baseball Classic Team).
USA Baseball’s 2023 World Baseball Classic roster:
Name, Position, MLB Club, Birthplace
- Jason Adam; RHP; Omaha, Neb.; Tampa Bay Rays
- Pete Alonso; 1B; Tampa, Fla.; New York Mets
- Tim Anderson; SS; Tuscaloosa, Ala.; Chicago White Sox
- Nolan Arenado; 3B; Newport Beach, Calif.; St. Louis Cardinals
- Daniel Bard; RHP; Houston, Texas; Colorado Rockies
- David Bednar; RHP; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Pittsburgh Pirates
- Mookie Betts; OF; Nashville, Tenn.; Los Angeles Dodgers
- Nestor Cortes; LHP; Surgidero de Batabana, Cuba; New York Yankees
- Paul Goldschmidt; 1B; Wilmington, Del.; St. Louis Cardinals
- Kendall Graveman; RHP; Alexander City, Ala.; Chicago White Sox
- Kyle Higashioka; C; Huntington Beach, Calif.; New York Yankees
- Merrill Kelly; RHP; Houston, Texas; Arizona Diamondbacks
- Clayton Kershaw; LHP; Dallas, Texas; Los Angeles Dodgers
- Lance Lynn; RHP; Indianapolis, Ind.; Chicago White Sox
- Jeff McNeil; 2B; Santa Barbara, Calif.; New York Mets
- Miles Mikolas; RHP; Jupiter, Fla.; St. Louis Cardinals
- Cedric Mullins; OF; Greensboro, N.C.; Baltimore Orioles
- Adam Ottavino; RHP; New York, N.Y.; New York Mets
- Ryan Pressly; RHP; Dallas, Texas; Houston Astros
- Brooks Raley; LHP; San Antonio, Texas; New York Mets
- J.T. Realmuto; C; Del City, Okla.; Philadelphia Phillies
- Kyle Schwarber; DH; Middletown, Ohio; Philadelphia Phillies
- Brady Singer; RHP; Leesburg, Fla.; Kansas City Royals
- Will Smith; C; Louisville, Ky.; Los Angeles Dodgers
- Mike Trout; OF; Vineland, N.J.; Los Angeles Angels
- Kyle Tucker; OF; Tampa, Fla.; Houston Astros
- Trea Turner; SS; Boynton Beach, Fla.; Philadelphia Phillies
- Adam Wainwright; RHP; Brunswick, Ga.; St. Louis Cardinals
- Devin Williams; RHP; St. Louis, Mo.; Milwaukee Brewers
- Bobby Witt Jr.; 3B; Colleyville, Texas; Kansas City Royals
The New York Mets and St. Louis Cardinals lead all Major League Clubs with four players on the Team USA roster, while the Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Philadelphia Phillies boast three apiece. Additionally, the Houston Astros, Kansas City Royals, and New York Yankees each have two athletes on the roster.
General Manager Tony Reagins and DeRosa will look to lead Team USA to a second straight gold medal after capping the 2017 event with a dominant 8-0 victory over Puerto Rico in the championship game at Dodger Stadium. Also on the staff are Jerry Manuel (Bench Coach), Andy Pettitte (Pitching Coach), Ken Griffey Jr. (Hitting Coach), Lou Collier (First Base Coach), Dino Ebel (Third Base Coach), and Dave Righetti (Bullpen Coach).
USA Baseball’s World Baseball Classic team will begin its title defense with first-round games as part of Pool C at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona. The U.S. will open the tournament against Great Britain at 9 p.m. (ET) on Saturday, March 11, before taking on Mexico, Canada, and Colombia on March 12, 13, and 15, respectively. The Pool C winner and runner-up will advance to the quarterfinals in Miami from March 17–18 and will match-up against the winner and runner-up of Pool D.
The semifinals and finals will take place at loanDepot park in Miami from March 19–21.
Cal Poly's Larry Lee To Manage 2023 Collegiate National Team
Cary, N.C. - USA Baseball today announced that California Polytechnic State University’s Larry Lee will manage the 2023 Collegiate National Team. Lee is entering his 21st season at the helm of the Mustangs and is the winningest head coach in Big West Conference history, amassing 614 wins with Cal Poly and 1,074 overall in his career.
Lee returns to the Team USA coaching staff after serving as an assistant coach in 2017 when the U.S. went 15-5 with friendship series wins over Chinese Taipei, Cuba, and Japan. He will be making his managerial debut with the stars and stripes in 2023.
“Larry has been an extremely successful head baseball coach for over three decades and is a perfect fit to lead our team in 2023,” said USA Baseball General Manager of Collegiate and Professional Teams Eric Campbell. “Over the past twenty years, Larry has turned Cal Poly into one of the west coast’s perennial baseball programs thanks to his tremendous baseball acumen and knowledge. We are confident that he will provide valuable leadership to the young men on our roster, which will feature college baseball’s best once again this year.”
“It’s always an honor to be a part of the Collegiate National Team coaching staff,” said Lee. “I look forward to being surrounded by some of the best coaches and players in college baseball.”
Since taking over as head coach in 2003, Lee has led Cal Poly to eleven 30-win seasons, including a record-setting campaign in 2014 in which the Mustangs broke the program record with 47 wins and won their first Big West Championship. The program has finished in the top four of the conference standings in 17 of Lee’s 20 seasons and recently notched three-consecutive second-place finishes from 2017-19. The Mustangs have won over 35 games in seven different seasons under Lee.
Lee’s program has reached the NCAA Division I Regionals on three different occasions, including its first-ever appearance in 2009. The Mustangs returned to the tournament in 2013 and pushed eventual national champion UCLA to the brink of elimination before falling to the Bruins in the Los Angeles Regional. Cal Poly then capped off its record-breaking season in 2014 by hosting the San Luis Obispo Regional.
Thirty-six Mustangs have been drafted in the first 10 rounds of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft during his tenure. Most recently, Lee’s son, Brooks, was selected with the eighth overall pick in the 2022 Draft by the Minnesota Twins. In addition, 2018 MLB All-Star Mitch Haniger played under Lee before being drafted as a first-round compensatory pick in 2012 and is one of 12 players who have gone on to the major leagues after playing for Lee at Cal Poly. In total, 81 of Lee’s players have signed professional baseball contracts.
Five of Lee’s former players–Matt Imhof (2013), Mark Mathias (2014), Nick Meyer (2017), Brooks Lee (2021), and Drew Thorpe (2021)–have previously played for the Collegiate National Team.
Before taking the reins at Cal Poly, Lee spent 16 years as the head coach at Cuesta College (San Luis Obispo, Calif.). There, he guided the program to four California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) Final Four appearances and nine Western State Conference titles, including six in a row from 1997-2002. Lee accumulated an overall record of 460-241-3 with the Cougars and was inducted into the California Community College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2010.
The remaining 2023 Collegiate National Team staff, as well as more information about the 2023 Collegiate National Team schedule, will be announced at a later date.
Chinook Seedery Named Official Sunflower Seed Supplier of USA Baseball
CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball and USA Baseball Sports Properties within LEARFIELD today announced an exclusive multi-year relationship with Chinook Seedery to become the Official Sunflower Seed Supplier for the organization. Through this relationship, Chinook Seedery will supply sunflower seeds for all USA Baseball national team and national team development programs.
Additionally, Chinook Seedery will also supply promotional items to USA Baseball for its foul ball program. Beginning in 2023, fans will receive a complimentary pack of sunflower seeds when they return a foul ball during USA Baseball events at the National Training Complex.
"USA Baseball is pleased to name Chinook Seedery the Official Sunflower Seed Supplier for the organization,” said USA Baseball Chief Operating Officer David Perkins. “Chinook Seedery produces a flavorful variety of healthy snacks that will help fuel USA Baseball national team and national team development program athletes. We appreciate their support and look forward to collaborating with them to develop future sunflower seed flavors.”
"Few things are more Americana than baseball and sunflower seeds. Chinook's partnership with USA Baseball is a natural fit that is only bolstered by our recent flavor collaboration with Team USA alum Bobby Witt Jr. We could not be more excited to bring the 'best seeds ever' to the best ballplayers in our great country," said Chinook Seedery Founder Mark Pettyjohn.
Launched in 2020, USA Baseball Sports Properties within LEARFIELD is dedicated to representing USA Baseball by developing and managing sponsor relationships with brands looking to align with USA Baseball and its events and programming.
About Chinook Seedery
Based in Austin, Texas, Chinook Seedery is the country's fastest-growing sunflower seed brand, providing a "better-for-you option" that is lower in sodium, non-GMO certified, gluten-free, and Keto friendly. Chinook combines a unique small-batch process with the largest, most premium seeds grown in the US, resulting in the "best seeds ever.” For more information or to try the product, visit http://www.chinookseedery.com, or follow us on Instagram (@chinookseedery), Facebook (@chinookseedery), and Twitter (@chinookseedery).
USA Baseball Announces Organizational Changes And Promotions
CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today announced organizational changes and a series of promotions and title changes, including the appointment of Ashley Bratcher as General Manager of National Teams and Eric Campbell as the General Manager of Collegiate and Professional National Teams.
Bratcher has served multiple critical roles in the organization since 2009 and will now oversee and support all three youth national team programs, the Women's National Team program, national team and athlete development programs, and national team identification events. Additionally, Campbell will continue to lead the Collegiate and Professional National Team programs.
"USA Baseball has grown tremendously over the past few years, and we are happy to announce several changes and promotions within our organization," said USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO Paul Seiler. "The changes showcase the organization's growth as the national governing body for baseball in the United States. Notably, we are thrilled to elevate Ashley Bratcher to General Manager of National Teams. Ashley's outstanding leadership and wealth of experience will continue to impact our organization and the amateur baseball landscape significantly and profoundly."
USA Baseball also announced three additional promotions in the Baseball Operations department. First, Brett Curll will lead the defending world champion 18U National Team Program after serving in a support role with both gold-medal-winning 18U National Teams in 2022. Curll joined the organization in 2018 after spending seven years working in amateur baseball following his collegiate baseball career at the University of Maryland and Liberty University.
Ben Kelley is taking over the two-time defending world champion 15U National Team Program. Kelley joined the organization in 2017 and has helped manage facility operations at the USA Baseball National Training Complex and run the National Team Championships in Arizona over the last five years. In addition, he oversaw the 13U/14U Athlete Development Program and supported several youth national team programs. Cole Beeker joined USA Baseball full-time in the fall and will serve as the program director for the defending world champion 12U National Team. Beeker was an intern for the 18U National Team in 2021 and, most recently, was an amateur scouting assistant for the Detroit Tigers.
An additional change made within the Baseball Operations department is Director of Player Development Jim Koerner will now be responsible for guiding the 13U/14U Athlete Development Program (ADP) and 16U/17U National Team Development Program (NTDP). Koerner, who spent 20 years coaching at the collegiate level, joined USA Baseball full-time in 2021 and will simultaneously continue on as the Field Coordinator for the MLB/USA Baseball Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP) League as well.
The organization also made several changes within the Communications–formerly Media Relations–and Creative Services teams. Josh Spitz, who joined the organization in 2021 following four years working in the Athletic Communications office at Stony Brook University, was promoted to Assistant Director of Communications. Additionally, Mark Jenkins is the newest Director of Creative Services, and Kevin Jones currently serves as the Director of Brand for the organization. Jenkins joined USA Baseball in 2021 following stops working in creative services for Memphis, Southern Methodist (SMU), and UL Lafayette football programs. Jones has been with USA Baseball since 2012, serving as both a video producer and graphic designer, and spent the last five years as the Director of Creative Services. In his new role, Jones will oversee and develop the identity of USA Baseball in an expanding digital landscape.
Lastly, Lisa Braxton will continue to oversee BASE (Baseball Athlete Safety Education) in her new role as Director of Athlete Safety, in addition to holding expanded responsibility with the entire USA Baseball athlete safety program. Braxton spent nearly a decade at soccer.com, managing team sales, marketing, and institutional and club business before joining the organization in 2021. She also worked for two years for the NCAA.
USA Baseball Announces 2022 Award Winners
CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today named its annual organizational award winners, recognizing the top athletes, coaches, and performances from its 2022 USA Baseball national teams and development programs. 18U National Team member Bryce Eldridge is the Richard W. “Dick” Case Award winner, the fifth 18U National Team alumnus to earn athlete of the year honors since 2011. The award is given annually to USA Baseball’s top player in honor of the organization’s founding Executive Director and CEO.
The 18U National Team collected honors in three additional categories in 2022, boasting Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year Denny Hocking, International Performance of the Year winner Christian Rodriguez, and “Doc” Counsilman Science Award recipient Adam Moseley.
Seven-time Women’s National Team alumna Kelsie Whitmore is the 2022 Sportswoman of the Year, the 12U National Team earned Team of the Year honors, and Mike Bianco capped off an incredible 2022 by being named the USA Baseball College Coach of the Year.
The Developmental Coach of the Year Award went to 15U National Team Manager Drew Briese, and the Volunteer Coach of the Year honor went to André Butler. Rounding out the awards in 2022 is Coach Educator of the Year Bill Krejci, and Daisy Nelson, the organization’s Service Provider of the Year.
“It is our honor to recognize a group of talented people for their tremendous performances both on and off the field,” said USA Baseball Executive Director and CEO Paul Seiler. “2022 will go down as one of the most successful years in USA Baseball history. Our national teams combined to win four gold medals, three world championships, an international friendship series, and a bronze medal, and the efforts of this group of esteemed individuals were paramount to achieving such unrivaled success this year.”
The complete list of the 2022 USA Baseball organizational award winners is as follows:
- Richard W. “Dick” Case Award: Bryce Eldridge, 18U National Team
- Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year: Denny Hocking, 18U National Team
- Sportswoman of the Year: Kelsie Whitmore, Women’s National Team
- International Performance of the Year: Christian Rodriguez, 18U National Team
- Team of the Year: 12U National Team
- College Coach of the Year: Mike Bianco, Collegiate National Team
- Developmental Coach of the Year: Drew Briese, 15U National Team
- Volunteer Coach of the Year: André Butler
- Coach Educator of the Year: Bill Krejci
- “Doc” Councilman Science Award: Adam Moseley, 18U National Team
- Service Provider of the Year: Daisy Nelson
Bryce Eldridge earned Richard W. “Dick” Case Player of the Year honors after putting together a dynamic performance at the plate and on the mound at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup. The two-way star was named Tournament MVP after batting .316 with three homers and 13 RBIs – both tournament highs – and going 1-0 with a spotless 0.00 ERA and one save in three appearances as a pitcher. The Vienna, Virginia, native picked up at least one hit in five of his seven games at the plate and allowed just one hit over three innings pitched. Eldridge delivered in a major way in the first and last games of the tournament, kicking off the World Cup with a grand slam as part of a five-RBI game to beat the Netherlands in the tournament opener. Then, after leading the U.S. offense throughout the tournament, Eldridge cranked a three-run blast in the top of the seventh of the gold medal game before getting the final three outs on the mound as Team USA beat Chinese Taipei to secure its ninth world championship.
Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year Denny Hocking led the U.S. to its ninth world championship at the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in Bradenton and Sarasota, Florida, and followed that up by leading another 18U National Team to gold at the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier. Under his guidance in his Team USA managerial debut, the U.S. claimed a world title on its home soil. The 13-year MLB veteran pushed all the right buttons throughout the World Cup as the U.S. went 8-1 en route to a gold medal. Hocking demonstrated his leadership ability by guiding the U.S. to two wins on the final day. Team USA scored 68 runs – its most at a World Cup since 2015 – and struck out 73 batters to lead the tournament. With the gold medal victory over Chinese Taipei, the United States captured its fifth world title in the last six editions of the event. A second 18U National Team under the guidance of Hocking then traveled to Mexico to qualify for next year’s U-18 Baseball World Cup in Taiwan. Not only did the team qualify, but the U.S. left with a gold medal after outscoring its opponents 79-24, hitting .348, and tallying 10 home runs. In total, Hocking led the 18U National Team program to two gold medals and an overall 16-1 record in 2022.
Sportswoman of the Year Kelsie Whitmore made her seventh career appearance for the Women's National Team this past summer. She played a vital role in helping the stars and stripes clinch their friendship series against Canada in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Whitmore started all five games – two on the mound, one as the designated hitter, and two in the outfield – and tallied at least one hit in four games. In the series opener, Whitmore was lights out as she was a double short of the cycle, going 3-for-3 with four RBIs, while pitching 4.2 innings of shutout ball. She led all players in the series with seven runs, eight hits, 10 RBIs, and a 1.000 slugging percentage. Along with her accomplishments with Team USA, Whitmore made history this spring by becoming the first female to play baseball in a league affiliated with Major League Baseball, making her professional debut with the Staten Island FerryHawks on April 21. She made 39 appearances in her rookie season in the Atlantic League.
Trailing Japan 3-2 in the third inning with the bases loaded and no outs in a Super Round game that would send Team USA to the gold medal game with a win, a torrential downpour set the stage for what would become the 2022 USA Baseball International Performance of the Year. The 18U National Team called on Christian Rodriguez out of the bullpen for the restart the morning after. Rodriguez needed just 13 pitches to strike out the Japan side and strand his three inherited base runners to keep the game within one and the U.S. within striking distance of a berth in the final. He would follow his masterful third inning with four more shutout innings, striking out seven batters, before his teammates would rally for the 4-3 walk-off victory. Rodriguez's performance set the tone for Team USA on the final day of the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup as the red, white, and blue capped off the event that afternoon with its ninth world championship following a 5-1 victory over Chinese Taipei in the finale.
The 12U National Team traveled to Taiwan in August and returned home with its fourth world championship in program history, earning gold at the WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup and later being named the 2022 USA Baseball Team of the Year. Amidst strict Covid-19 protocols, the team was required to quarantine in its hotel for three days, but it was not enough to deter the red, white, and blue, as they took care of business by going a perfect 8-0 in tournament play and becoming the first team in 12U National Team history to go unbeaten at the World Cup. After posting four wins in the Opening Round, the U.S. opened the Super Round with a walk-off win over Mexico and a victory over Chinese Taipei before taking down Venezuela twice to claim the title. Team USA clubbed 27 home runs and outscored its opponents 99-31. Seven players for the gold-medal-winning squad earned spots on the All-World Team after the tournament, including Colin Anderson, who was named Tournament MVP. The U.S. now boasts four U-12 Baseball World Cup titles, the most in the world.
Ole Miss Head Coach and 2022 Collegiate National Team Manager Mike Bianco collected plenty of hardware in 2022 to earn USA Baseball College Coach of the Year honors. Bianco led Ole Miss to its first-ever national championship as the Rebels went the distance at the 2022 College World Series. After posting a 42-23 record in regular season play, his squad won the Coral Gables Regional and the Hattiesburg Super Regional before knocking off Oklahoma to win the national championship. Bianco then took the reins as manager of the Collegiate National Team and led the U.S. to a bronze medal at Honkbalweek in Haarlem, Netherlands. Competing against nations featuring numerous players with professional baseball experience, Team USA beat Japan in the bronze medal game, 5-1. The U.S. pitching staff posted a 0.70 ERA in the tournament, the lowest team ERA in Collegiate National Team history.
Developmental Coach of the Year Drew Briese made his managerial debut this past summer with the 15U National Team and led Team USA to its second-straight gold medal at the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup in Hermosillo, Mexico. Under his guidance, the squad posted an 8-1 record, highlighted by back-to-back wins over Cuba in the semifinal and gold-medal games, as Team USA outscored its opponents 99-30 in the tournament. Briese played an instrumental role in the development of the players with his wealth of knowledge and experience at the youth and collegiate levels of baseball, helping them to prepare for the next level of their careers.
André Butler's impact in four significant events and national team programs for USA Baseball this year led to him being named the Volunteer Coach of the Year. He was a member of the Task Force at the USA Baseball National Team Championships, aiding in identifying players for the National Team Development Programs (NTDP), and a coach at the 16U/17U NTDP, where he helped prepare those kids for a future national team opportunity. Butler was also on the coaching staff at the PDP League and the 18U National Team Training Camp, where he helped identify and develop a group of athletes that would go on to win the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in September - its ninth in program history. Additionally, eight members of the 16U/17U NTDP later went on to win a gold medal at the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier in Mexico in November.
Coach Educator of the Year Bill Krejci has been involved with USA Baseball for nearly three decades as a coach and instructor for national teams and developmental programs, and most recently as a part of the Fun At Bat program. With the Fun At Bat program, he has impacted the growth of baseball among youth, serving as a lead instructor at numerous teacher training sessions and as a lead clinician at multiple USA Baseball Homegrown Clinics in 2022. Krejci spends his time with USA Baseball demonstrating the fundamentals of the game to physical education teachers from across the country, helping them implement it into their everyday curriculum. In 2022, his service to USA Baseball has reached more than 100 teachers and 50,000 students in eight school districts using Fun At Bat and over 200 kids who attended a Homegrown Clinic.
"Doc" Counsilman Award recipient Adam Moseley is one of the foremost leaders within the USA Baseball coaching community to use scientific data and state-of-the-art technology as part of his coaching. Under his guidance as the pitching coach for the 18U National Team at the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup, Moseley helped lead the U.S. to its ninth world championship thanks to his tireless work using analytical data and ball flight analysis. Not only did his commitment to data allow him to scout opponents in a tournament setting, but he was also able to utilize data from PDP Performance Assessments and Trackman to aid in identifying and selecting the roster for the 18U National Team. Team USA scored 68 runs – its most at a World Cup since 2015 – and struck out 73 batters to lead the tournament.
Daisy Nelson is an unsung hero for the tremendous success of USA Baseball and its many athletes. Nelson has been responsible for staffing and training certified athletic trainers for USA Baseball national teams, training camps, and identification events since 2016. Her contributions, and the extension of her work through USA Baseball's certified athletic trainers, contributed to an unprecedented run of success for the U.S. this year as the stars and stripes won four gold medals, three world championships, a friendship series, and a bronze medal in 2022.
Twenty-Two USA Baseball Alumni Selected to 2022 MLB All-Star Game
CARY, N.C. – Twenty-two USA Baseball alumni were selected for the 2022 MLB All-Star Game, which will take place at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles tonight, Tuesday, July 19, at 8:00 p.m. ET.
The National League roster features 14 alums, and eight American League players also have experience with USA Baseball.
Seven alumni were selected to the starting lineup, including five for the NL and two for the AL. Paul Goldschmidt (St. Louis Cardinals), Bryce Harper (Philadelphia Phillies), Clayton Kershaw (Los Angeles Dodgers), Manny Machado (San Diego Padres), and Trea Turner (Los Angeles Dodgers) were all named to the NL starting lineup for Tuesday night. Giancarlo Stanton (New York Yankees) and Mike Trout (Los Angeles Angels) were voted into the starting lineup for the AL. Due to injury, however, Harper and Trout will not participate in the Mid-Summer Classic.
Seven 2022 All-Stars have won a gold medal with the U.S. The roster features representatives from five different gold medal-winning teams, including three members of the 2017 World Baseball Classic team that won the organization’s first-ever championship at the event. The stars and stripes will look to defend their title in 2023 after Trout announced he will play in the World Baseball Classic next year and be the captain for Team USA.
In total, nine players competed for the Collegiate National Team, four played for the Professional National Team, four suited up for the 18U National Team, three were members of the former 16U National Team, and one appeared on the 15U National Team.
The complete list of USA Baseball alumni named 2022 MLB All-Star Game rosters is as follows:
Name; MLB Team; USA Baseball National Team Program(s):
- Tyler Anderson; Los Angeles Dodgers; 2010 Collegiate National Team
- *Nolan Arenado; St. Louis Cardinals; 2017 World Baseball Classic Team
- Gerrit Cole; New York Yankees; 2009 & 2010 Collegiate National Teams
- Jake Cronenworth; San Diego Padres; 2019 Professional National Team
- Travis d’Arnaud; Atlanta Braves; 2011 Professional National Team
- Freddie Freeman; Los Angeles Dodgers; 2005 16U & 2006 18U National Teams
- Paul Goldschmidt; St. Louis Cardinals; 2017 World Baseball Classic Team
- *Josh Hader; Milwaukee Brewers; 2015 Professional National Team
- *Bryce Harper; Philadelphia Phillies; 2008 16U & 2009 18U National Teams
- Clayton Kershaw; Los Angeles Dodgers; 2005 18U National Team
- Manny Machado; San Diego Padres; 2009 18U National Team
- *Carlos Rodon; San Francisco Giants; 2012 & 2013 Collegiate National Teams
- Kyle Schwarber; Philadelphia Phillies; 2013 Collegiate National Team
- Corey Seager; Texas Rangers; 2010 16U National Team
- *George Springer; Toronto Blue Jays; 2010 Collegiate National Team
- Giancarlo Stanton; New York Yankees; 2013 & 2017 World Baseball Classic Teams
- Dansby Swanson; Atlanta Braves; 2014 Collegiate National Team
- Jose Trevino; New York Yankees; 2012 Collegiate National Team
- *Mike Trout; Los Angeles Angels; 2010 Professional National Team
- Kyle Tucker; Houston Astros; 2012 15U National Team
- Trea Turner; Los Angeles Dodgers; 2012 & 2013 Collegiate National Teams
- *Justin Verlander; Houston Astros; 2003 Collegiate National Team
*Denotes All-Stars who are inactive
Twenty Alumni Taken in First Round of 2022 MLB Draft
CARY, N.C. – Twenty USA Baseball alumni were selected in the first round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft on Sunday night, beginning with the number one overall pick Jackson Holliday. USA Baseball has now had 550 total athletes drafted in the first round since 1972, and 2022 marks the 19th time in the last 22 years that the first overall pick played for Team USA.
Holliday (No. 1, Baltimore Orioles) became the 36th USA Baseball national team alum to be taken with the first overall pick, following Spencer Torkelson (2020), Adley Rutschman (2019), Casey Mize (2018), Royce Lewis (2017), Mickey Moniak (2016), Dansby Swanson (2015), Brady Aiken (2014), Mark Appel (2013), Gerrit Cole (2011), and Bryce Harper (2010). The Orioles have now selected a USA Baseball alum all three times it has had the first overall pick in the Draft (Holliday , Rutschman , and Ben McDonald ) and have taken a USA Baseball alumnus in the first round in the last four consecutive years (Holliday , Dylan Beavers , Colton Cowser , Heston Kjerstad , and Rutschman ).
Six consecutive alums were picked to begin the Draft for the second time in the organization’s history after a record nine-straight were taken to kick off the MLB Draft in 2007. Following Holliday at number one were Druw Jones (No. 2, Arizona Diamondbacks), Kumar Rocker (No. 3, Texas Rangers), Termarr Johnson (No. 4, Pittsburgh Pirates), Elijah Green (No. 5, Washington Nationals), and Jacob Berry (No. 6, Miami Marlins).
Additionally, 11 of the first 12 selections in the 2022 Draft have donned the red, white, and blue in their career. Brooks Lee was taken with the eighth overall pick by the Minnesota Twins, followed by Gavin Cross (No. 9, Kansas City Royals), Gabriel Hughes (No. 10, Colorado Rockies), Kevin Parada (No. 11, New York Mets), and Jace Jung (No. 12, Detroit Tigers).
Collegiate National Team alum Daniel Susac was the next USA Baseball player taken with the 19th pick by the Oakland A’s and the opening round ended with eight more Team USA members selected: Owen Murphy (No. 20, Atlanta Braves), Brandon Barriera (No. 23, Toronto Blue Jays), Mikey Romero (No. 24, Boston Red Sox), Drew Gilbert (No. 28, Houston Astros), Reggie Crawford (No. 30, San Francisco Giants), Dylan Beavers (No. 33, Baltimore Orioles), Landon Sims (No. 34, Arizona Diamondbacks), and Justin Campbell (No. 37, Cleveland Guardians).
Four national team programs were represented in the 2022 Draft, including 12 players from the Collegiate National Team, six from the 18U National Team, five from the 15U National Team, and three from the 12U National Team.
In total, 27 of the players taken in the first round have participated in USA Baseball national team and national team development programs, including 13 athletes from the 2019 Prospect Development Pipeline League and 9 from the USA Baseball National Team Development Program.
The full list of USA Baseball alumni selected in the first round of the 2022 MLB Draft is as follows:
Round-Pick; Name; MLB Team; USA Baseball National Team(s)
- 1-1; Jackson Holliday; Baltimore Orioles; 2021 18U
- 1-2; Druw Jones; Arizona Diamondbacks; 2021 18U
- 1-3; Kumar Rocker; Texas Rangers; 2017 18U
- 1-4; Termarr Johnson; Pittsburgh Pirates; 2019 15U, 2021 18U
- 1-5; Elijah Green; Washington Nationals; 2021 18U
- 1-6; Jacob Berry; Miami Marlins; 2021 Collegiate
- 1-8; Brooks Lee; Minnesota Twins; 2021 Collegiate
- 1-9; Gavin Cross; Kansas City Royals; 2021 Collegiate
- 1-10; Gabriel Hughes; Colorado Rockies; 2021 Collegiate
- 1-11; Kevin Parada; New York Mets; 2021 Collegiate
- 1-12; Jace Jung; Detroit Tigers; 2021 Collegiate
- 1-19; Daniel Susac; Oakland A’s; 2021 Collegiate
- 1-20; Owen Murphy; Atlanta Braves; 2021 18U
- 1-23; Brandon Barriera; Toronto Blue Jays; 2016 12U, 2019 15U
- 1-24; Mikey Romero; Boston Red Sox; 2016 12U, 2019 15U
- 1-28; Drew Gilbert; Houston Astros; 2021 Collegiate
- 1-30; Reggie Crawford; San Francisco Giants; 2021 Collegiate
- 1-33; Dylan Beavers; Baltimore Orioles; 2021 Collegiate
- 1-34; Landon Sims; Arizona Diamondbacks; 2016 15U, 2021 Collegiate
- 1-37; Justin Campbell; Cleveland Guardians; 2013 12U, 2016 15U, 2021 Collegiate
CNT Claims Bronze at Honkbalweek with 5-1 Win Over Japan
HAARLEM, Netherlands – The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team closed out the 2022 Honkbalweek Haarlem competition on a high note, defeating Japan, 5-1, to claim the bronze medal on a beautiful Friday afternoon at Pim Mulier Stadium.
“What a privilege and an honor it has been to coach Team USA,” manager Mike Bianco said. “I could not be prouder of this team and what it accomplished. Although the medal isn’t the color we were hoping for, this team played its heart out, battled every day, and represented their families, universities, and our country with distinction. I will cherish these memories forever.”
Yohandy Morales (Miami) led the way with a 3-for-3 effort, including a double, two singles, and two RBIs. He finished the tournament with team highs in batting average (.400), hits (8), and RBIs (4), and was one of just three players in the competition to hit a home run. Jacob Wilson (Grand Canyon) also had an RBI double and scored a run in Friday’s win.
On the mound, three U.S. pitchers combined to fire a two-hitter with Carter Holton (Vanderbilt) picking up the win out of the bullpen with three strikeouts in 2.1 scoreless and hitless innings. Hunter Elliott (Ole Miss) started and allowed just one run on one hit while fanning four and Carson Montgomery (Florida State) closed out the contest with three strikeouts of his own over the final two innings.
- Team USA got the scoring started with a pair of runs in the top of the second. After Brayden Taylor (TCU) was hit by a pitch with one out, Yohandy Morales (Miami) followed with a hard-hit double over the right fielder’s head to plate Taylor from first.
- Three batters later, Morales would trot home for the game’s second run on a balk. The U.S. would threaten to add more, putting two runners in scoring position, but a strikeout kept the advantage at 2-0.
- The U.S. kept the pressure on the following inning, tacking on three more runs in the third. Jacob Gonzalez (Ole Miss) led things off with a base hit, which was followed by a walk and a wild pitch to put runners on second and third with no outs. Jacob Wilson (Grand Canyon) promptly drove them both in when he punched a 1-2 pitch to right-center for a two RBI double.
- After another wild pitch moved him up to third, Yohandy Morales (Miami) drove in his second run of the game with a single back up the middle to give Team USA a commanding 5-0 lead.
- Japan battled back in the home half of the third, but some nifty defensive play and strong pitching limited the damage to just one run. The Japanese quickly loaded the bases with nobody out right out of the gate. The next batter then lined one sharply to center but an incredible diving grab and strong throw to the plate by Enrique Bradfield (Vanderbilt) kept anyone from scoring.
- Although Masayo Hagio would follow with a sacrifice fly, that would be the only run Japan could manage as Carter Holton (Vanderbilt) came out of the bullpen to get an inning-ending flyout that left the bases loaded.
- Carson Montgomery (Florida State) pitched the final two innings to close out the contest and wrap up a bronze-medal finish for Team USA.
- The U.S. posted another stellar defensive effort, highlighted by diving catches by all three outfielders - Enrique Bradfield (Vanderbilt), Wyatt Langford (Florida), and Dylan Crews (LSU).
- Yohandy Morales (Miami) was 3-for-3 in the victory with a double, two singles, a run scored and two RBIs.
- Jacob Wilson (Grand Canyon) added a pair of RBIs as well with a two-run double in the third.
- For the tournament, Morales led the Team USA offense in batting average (.400), slugging percentage (.600), hits (8), total bases (12), and RBIs (4), and was one of just three players in the competition to hit a home run.
- Wilson led the team with a .467 on-base percentage and finished second on the squad with a .364 batting average, while Jacob Gonzalez (Ole Miss) tied Morales for the team lead with four RBIs of his own.
- Hunter Elliott (Ole Miss) started for the U.S. and worked 2.2 innings in which he allowed just one run on one hit and two walks, while striking out four. In two starts at Honkbalweek, Elliott led the team with nine total strikeouts.
- Carter Holton (Vanderbilt) came out of the bullpen to leave the bases loaded in the third and finished with 2.1 hitless innings, fanning three, to pick up the win.
- Carson Montgomery (Florida State) recorded the final six outs of the victory, striking out three of his own.
- The Team USA pitching staff finished with a 0.70 ERA at Honkbalweek Haarlem, yielding just five unearned runs over seven games, including three shutouts.
- In 49.2 total innings, the U.S. pitching staff combined to strike out 62 batters, walked only 20, and allowed just two extra-base hits.
- Team USA finished with a 4-3 record at Honkbalweek Haarlem.
- Stay tuned to @USABaseballCNT on Twitter for the most up-to-date news about the 2022 Collegiate National Team.
CNT Falls to Curaçao in 10 Innings in Honkbalweek Semifinals
HAARLEM, Netherlands – The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team suffered a heartbreaking defeat in the semifinals of Honkbalweek Haarlem on Thursday, falling in a hard-fought 10-inning contest to Curaçao, 3-2, at Pim Mulier Stadium.
Curaçao scored the winning run in the bottom of the 10th with a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch. With the victory, Curaçao (4-2) advances to the Honkbalweek Haarlem gold-medal game against the winner of tonight’s contest between The Netherlands and Japan. Team USA (3-3) will play the loser of that game for the bronze medal at 2 p.m. local/8 a.m. ET.
Wyatt Langford (Florida) led the way offensively for the U.S. with two of the team’s three hits, a walk, two stolen bases, and a scored run, while Joseph Gonzalez (Auburn) stood out on the mound, pitching 5.1 scoreless innings with four strikeouts and just one unearned run allowed.
- Wyatt Langford (Florida) found himself in scoring position three times on Thursday, including twice in the early innings. The first came in the second inning when he led off the frame with a double and moved to third on a long flyout by Jacob Wilson (Grand Canyon). He was stranded there after a strikeout and a line out, however.
- He made his way to second once again in the fourth after he reached on an error and stole second. Another line out kept the game in a scoreless tie though.
- A leadoff triple and an RBI groundout got Curaçao on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth.
- Team USA answered back in the sixth when it mounted a two-out rally to tie the game back up. Once again, it was Wyatt Langford (Florida) getting things started with his second hit of the day, a single to right. He promptly stole second for the second time before moving up to third and scoring on a pair of wild pitches.
- The U.S. had a prime opportunity to take the lead in the seventh as three walks loaded the bases but a towering flyball to left ended the threat.
- Curaçao went quietly in the home half of the inning to send the game to extra innings.
- With runners starting the top of the eighth on first and second, Team USA put on a slash play and Jacob Gonzalez (Ole Miss) was able to move both runners up a base with a fly out to deep left. Curaçao then opted to load the bases with an intentional walk and drew the infield in for the next batter who hit a hard groundball right at the shortstop who threw home for the second out.
- Team USA grabbed its first lead of the game just four pitches later, however, when Kyle Teel (Virginia) was hit by a 2-1 offering to plate Dylan Crews (LSU) from third. A flyout to center would end the frame with the bases loaded.
- Curaçao got a clutch two-strike, two-out single in the bottom of the eighth from Rayshelon Carolina, but a perfect throw to the plate from center by Enrique Bradfield (Vanderbilt) cut another runner down for the third out of the inning to send the game to the ninth.
- Neither team was able to plate a run in the ninth.
- The top of the 10th started with a long flyball to right by Dylan Crews (LSU) which moved both runners up 90 feet. Following another intentional walk to load the bases, Curaçao made another nice defensive play, this time by the third baseman, to get a force out at home before a strikeout left three stranded.
- Curaçao’s half of the 10th did not last long as the first two batters were both hit by pitches, forcing in the game-winning run.
- Rhett Lowder (Wake Forest) started on the mound for Team USA and worked 3.1 strong innings, allowing just one run on three hits and a walk with one strikeout.
- Joseph Gonzalez (Auburn) came out of the bullpen to post a stellar effort which saw him throw 5.1 innings, yielding just one unearned run in extra innings on three hits and punching out four without issuing a walk.
- Wyatt Langford (Florida) had a standout day offensively, recording two of the team’s three hits, stealing two bases, walking once, and scoring a run.
- Yohandy Morales (Miami) had the team’s only other hit, a single in the fifth.
- In addition to Langford’s two stolen bases, Dylan Crews (LSU) also swiped a base. The U.S. is now 12-for-13 on the basepaths at Honkbalweek Haarlem.
- In 42.2 total innings, the U.S. pitching staff has combined to strike out 52 batters, walk only 17, and yield just two extra-base hits.
- The U.S. will play the loser of tonight’s contest between Japan and Team Kingdom of the Netherlands at 2 p.m. local/8 a.m. ET for the Honkbalweek Haarlem bronze medal on Friday at Pim Mulier Stadium.
- Stay tuned to @USABaseballCNT on Twitter for the most up-to-date news about the 2022 Collegiate National Team at Honkbalweek Haarlem.
CNT Drops 3-2 Decision to Curaçao at Honkbalweek
HAARLEM, Netherlands – The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team dropped a hard-fought 3-2 decision to Curaçao in the final game of pool play at Honkbalweek Haarlem on Wednesday. The two teams will square off again in the semifinals on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. local/9:30 a.m. ET at Pim Mulier Stadium.
All three of Curaçao’s runs came in the bottom of the third when it took advantage of a Team USA error, a balk, and got two key hits to snap a 22.1 inning scoreless streak by the U.S. pitching staff, dating back to the beginning of Sunday’s game against Italy.
The U.S. answered back with two runs in the sixth to claw within one, but Curaçao held tight the rest of the way to pick up the win. Both teams finish pool play with a 3-2 record and advance to the semifinals as the second and third seeds in the tournament.
- After two quiet innings to start the game, Curaçao snapped Team USA’s 22.1 inning scoreless streak with a three-spot in the third.
- The first two batters reached on a walk and hit-by-pitch, respectively, and a perfect sacrifice bunt moved them both into scoring position. Darren Sefarina drove in the first run with a sharply hit single to right and a balk plated the second. Alexander Rodriquez then laced a base hit up the middle to make it a 3-0 lead for Curaçao.
- The U.S. threatened in the top of the fifth when walks to Maui Ahuna and Enrique Bradfield, Jr. (Vanderbilt) put two on with one out, but Curaçao starter Nelmerson Angela battled back to get a pair of flyouts to right to end the frame.
- Team USA finally got on the scoreboard with a pair of runs in the sixth. Wyatt Langford (Florida) led things off with a base hit and promptly moved to third on a single by Jacob Wilson (Grand Canyon). A wild pitch then plated Langford and bumped Wilson up 90 feet into scoring position. After a deep fly ball allowed Wilson to tag and make his way to third, another run-scoring balk was scored to move the U.S. within a single tally at 3-2.
- That would be as close as the red, white, and blue would get, however, as Curaçao turned the ball over to reliever Alexander Rodriguez who recorded the next four outs of the contest to secure the victory and pick up the save.
- Ross Dunn gave the U.S. 3.1 strong innings of relief, striking out six and walking two while not yielding a single hit.
- Hunter Waldrop started on the mound and fanned two in 2.1 innings, while allowing three runs on four hits, to suffer the loss.
- Curaçao starting pitcher Nelmerson Angela battled through 5.0 innings for the win, striking out four and walking five while allowing one run on three hits.
- Four U.S. players had one hit each, all of which were singles.
- Brayden Taylor (TCU) and Maui Ahuna both had a stolen base in the contest. The U.S. is now a perfect 9-for-9 on the basepaths at Honkbalweek Haarlem.
- The U.S. entered the game having allowed just one unearned run through the first four games of Honkbalweek Haarlem
- Curaçao’s three-run third snapped a 22.1 inning scoreless streak by the U.S. pitching staff, dating back to the beginning of Sunday’s win over Italy (9-0) and including shutout victories over Cuba (2-0), and The Netherlands (10-0).
- In 33.2 total innings, the U.S. pitching staff has combined to strike out 46, walk only 15, and yield just a single extra-base hit.
- With a 3-2 record, the U.S. has clinched the third seed in the medal rounds and is set for a rematch against second-seeded Curaçao at 3:30 p.m./9:30 a.m. ET at Pim Mulier Stadium on Thursday.
- The Collegiate National Team will get another chance at Curaçao in the semifinals on Thursday, when the two teams square off at 3:30 p.m. local/9:30 a.m. ET at Pim Mulier Stadium.
- Top-seeded Japan and No. 4-seed The Kingdom of the Netherlands will play in the nightcap at 7:30 p.m. local/1:30 p.m. ET.
- The winners of both contests will advance to the gold-medal game at 7 p.m. local/1 p.m. ET on Friday.
- The losers will play for the bronze medal at 2 p.m. local/8 a.m. ET.
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CNT Walks Off with 10-0 Win Over The Netherlands
HAARLEM, Netherlands – Jacob Gonzalez (Ole Miss) had a home run, a walk-off double, and three RBIs as the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team claimed its third consecutive shutout win with a 10-0 mercy-rule victory over Team Kingdom of the Netherlands in front of a packed house at Pim Mulier Stadium on Tuesday night.
Gonzalez was one of nine different U.S. players with at least one hit in the win, while three pitchers combined to throw the team’s third consecutive shutout. After allowing an unearned run in an extra-inning tiebreaker loss to Japan in the tournament opener, Team USA has since fired 20.0 consecutive scoreless frames.
Paul Skenes started on Tuesday and gave the U.S. four innings of two-hit ball, striking out four and walking just one. A pair of Florida State products closed things out from there as Carson Montgomery and Wyatt Crowell fired a scoreless inning each before an eight-run outburst in the bottom of the sixth brought the game to an early end.
With the win, the Collegiate National Team is now 3-1 at Honkbalweek Haarlem and has clinched a spot in the medal rounds.
- Team USA got the scoring started in the bottom of the third when Enrique Bradfield (Vanderbilt) roped a leadoff double down the right-field line, advanced to third on a single by Dylan Crews (LSU), and scored on a double play.
- Jacob Gonzalez (Ole Miss) made it a 2-0 game the next inning when he crushed an 0-1 pitch over the wall in right for just the third home run of the entire tournament.
- The best scoring opportunity of the day for Team Kingdom of the Netherlands came in the top of the sixth when seven-year MLB veteran Roger Bernadina opened the frame with a leadoff double. Wyatt Crowell (Florida State) was unfazed, however, and left him stranded there after a pair of strikeouts and a high chopper to third.
- The U.S. offense exploded in the home half of the sixth, scoring eight runs on five hits and an error to close out the mercy rule victory.
- Yohandy Morales (Miami), Maui Ahuna, Tre’ Morgan (LSU), and Jack Hurley (Virginia Tech) each had an RBI single in the inning, while Dylan Crews (LSU) drew a bases-loaded walk, and Wyatt Langford (Florida) lifted a sacrifice fly to left before Jacob Gonzalez (Ole Miss) ended the game with a two-run double off the top of the wall in right.
- The home run by Jacob Gonzalez (Ole Miss) was just the third of the tournament with Yohandy Morales (Miami) and former Major Leaguer and Nippon Professional League single-season home run record holder Wladimir Balentien of The Netherlands hitting the other two in previous games.
- Jack Hurley (Virginia Tech) also had a strong day despite not entering the game until late in the contest as he had an RBI single, a stolen base, and scored two runs.
- Enrique Bradfield (Vanderbilt) finished the contest with a double, two walks, and two runs scored. He leads all players in the tournament with three extra-base hits (two doubles and a triple) through the first four games.
- Nine different U.S. players had at least one hit and seven different players accounted for nine total RBIs.
- The U.S. has allowed just one unearned run through the first four games of Honkbalweek Haarlem, which came in an extra-inning tiebreaker situation in a 1-0 loss to Japan in the tournament opener. Team USA has fired 20.0 scoreless innings since with shutout wins over Italy (9-0), Cuba (2-0), and The Netherlands (10-0).
- In 27.2 total innings, the U.S. pitching staff has combined to strike out 37, walk only 12, and yield just a single extra-base hit.
- With a 3-1 record, the U.S. has clinched a spot in the medal rounds and currently sits second in the overall standings behind only Japan (4-0).
- The Collegiate National Team will close out the pool play portion of Honkbalweek Haarlem at 3:30 p.m. local/9:30 a.m. ET on Wednesday when it takes on Curacao at Pim Mulier Stadium.
- Stay tuned to @USABaseballCNT on Twitter for the most up-to-date news about the 2022 Collegiate National Team Training Camp.
CNT Posts 2-0 Shutout Over Cuba at Honkbalweek
HAARLEM, Netherlands – Tanner Hall (Southern Miss) and Teddy McGraw (Wake Forest) combined to throw a four-hit shutout as the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team slid past Cuba, 2-0, on Monday evening at Pim Mulier Stadium in Haarlem, Netherlands.
Hall started and struck out seven batters in 4.0 scoreless innings to earn the win before handing the ball over to McGraw who was credited with the save after fanning four over the game’s final three frames.
The U.S. managed just two hits in the seven-inning contest, but they were back-to-back two-out RBI singles by Jacob Gonzalez (Ole Miss) and Wyatt Langford (Florida). Enrique Bradfield (Vanderbilt) also played a big role in the win, stealing two bases and scoring the game-winning run.
With the victory, Team USA improves to 2-1 at Honkbalweek Haarlem where it has yielded just one unearned run over the first three games. Cuba falls to 0-3 with the loss.
- Team USA was the first to put a runner in scoring position, doing so in the bottom of the first when Enrique Bradfield (Vanderbilt) was hit by a pitch, quickly stole second, and moved to third on a fielder’s choice. He was left stranded there, however, after Cuban starting pitcher Juan Rodriguez struck out the next batter to end the frame.
- Bradfield reached again in the third when he bounced into a fielder’s choice for the second out, but he put his speed to use shortly after, stealing second for second time in three innings. After a walk to Dylan Crews (LSU), Jacob Gonzalez (Ole Miss) lined an RBI single to right and Wyatt Lanford (Florida) followed with a base hit back up the middle four pitches later to make it a 2-0 lead for the U.S.
- Cuba tried to mount a rally in the top of the fourth, using three singles to load the bases with just one out. Tanner Hall (Southern Miss) responded with two huge strikeouts to keep the U.S. lead intact.
- The Cubans took advantage of Team USA’s first error of Honkbalweek Haarlem to get a leadoff baserunner in the top of the sixth. Frederich Cepeda, a 25-year veteran of professional baseball, laced the next pitch through the left side and a balk moments later moved both runners into scoring position with just one out. This time it was Teddy McGraw’s (Wake Forest) turn to buckle down and he did just that, blowing fastballs by the next two batters to strike them both out and defuse the threat.
- Tanner Hall (Southern Miss) started for Team USA and struck out seven batters while allowing just three hits and two walks over 4.0 shutout innings to earn the win.
- Teddy McGraw (Wake Forest) claimed the save after closing out the contest with four punchouts over 3.0 innings of one-hit ball.
- Both of Team’s USA’s hits were two-out RBI singles which came back-to-back by Joseph Gonzalez (Ole Miss) and Wyatt Langford (Florida) in the third inning.
- Enrique Bradfield (Vanderbilt) stole two bases and scored the game-winning run.
- Maui Ahuna walked twice in the contest.
- The U.S. has allowed just one unearned run through the first three games of Honkbalweek Haarlem, which came in an extra-inning tiebreaker situation in a 1-0 loss to Japan in the tournament opener. Team USA has fired 14.0 scoreless innings since with shutout wins over Italy (9-0) and Cuba (2-0).
- The U.S. has committed just one error through the first three games, which ties for the fewest among the six teams in the tournament.
- The Collegiate National Team next plays at 7:30 p.m. local/1:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday when it takes on the Netherlands at Pim Mulier Stadium.
- Stay tuned to @USABaseballCNT on Twitter for the most up-to-date news about the 2022 Collegiate National Team Training Camp.
Eight-Run Inning Lifts U.S. Over Italy, 9-0, at Honkbalweek
HAARLEM, Netherlands – The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team exploded for eight runs in the fourth inning on Sunday as it defeated Italy, 9-0, on a beautiful Sunday afternoon at Honkbalweek Haarlem, held Pim Mulier Stadium in Haarlem, Netherlands.
Kyle Teel (Virginia) got the scoring started in the fourth inning with a bases-loaded double that cleared the bases and saw him score on a throwing error on the play. Just moments later, Yohandy Morales (Miami) crushed an opposite-field home run to right to make it a 5-0 lead.
A two-run triple by Enrique Bradfield (Vanderbilt) and a sacrifice fly by Wyatt Langford (Florida) closed out the eight-run explosion. Bradfield later doubled in another run in the sixth to give him three RBIs on the day and account for the game’s final score.
Bradfield, Teel, and Morales each finished with a pair of hits in the contest, while Joseph Gonzalez (Auburn) picked up the win on the mound with four strikeouts in 2.1 scoreless innings.
Hunter Elliott (Ole Miss), Ryan Bruno (Stanford), and Zach Agnos (ECU) combined with Gonzalez on the five-hit shutout. Team USA has allowed just one run over its first 14.2 innings at Honkbalweek after falling in eight innings to Japan, 1-0, a day ago.
- Italy put two runners on base in the game’s opening frame with a single and a walk, but a three-pitch strikeout ended the threat.
- The Italians put more pressure on in the third inning when a bunt single, a walk, and a sac bunt quickly put two runners in scoring position with just one out. An intentional walk then loaded the bases but Hunter Elliott’s (Ole Miss) fifth strikeout of the game put two outs on the scoreboard. The U.S. then called on Joseph Gonzalez (Auburn) out of the pen and he needed just one pitch to get an inning-ending chopper to short.
- After being shutout by Japan in the tournament opener, the U.S. was held off the scoreboard the first three innings on Sunday as well, before exploding for eight runs on six hits in the fourth.
- Wyatt Langford (Florida) got the frame started with an infield single. A base hit by Jacob Gonzalez (Ole Miss) and a walk to Dylan Crews (LSU) promptly loaded the bases. Kyle Teel (Virginia) then proceeded to dump a 1-2 pitch down the line in left and took advantage of two Italy errors on the play to race all the way around the basepaths to give the U.S. a 4-0 advantage.
- Just two batters later, Yohandy Morales (Miami) took another 1-2 offering and deposited it over the wall in right-center for a solo home run.
- Pinch hitter Jack Payton (Louisville) followed the solo shot with a hard-hit double before a walk to Tre’ Morgan (LSU), a two-RBI triple by Enrique Bradfield (Vanderbilt), and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Langford closed out the eight-run inning.
- Bradfield struck again in the sixth with a run-scoring double to give him three RBIs on the day and Team USA a 9-0 lead.
- Italy took advantage of a pair of walks and a hit batter to load the bases against Ryan Bruno (Stanford) in the top of the sixth but a pop-out to shortstop and a swinging strikeout kept the U.S. shutout intact.
- Hunter Elliott (Ole Miss) started for the U.S. and fanned five batters in 2.2 innings of two-hit ball.
- Joseph Gonzalez (Auburn) came out of the bullpen to strike out four while yielding two hits in 2.1 scoreless frames.
- Ryan Bruno (Stanford) and Zach Agnos (ECU) fired one shutout stanza each to close out the victory.
- Through the first two games of Honkbalweek, the U.S. pitching staff has allowed just one unearned run on nine hits with 19 strikeouts in 14.2 innings pitched.
- Yohandy Morales (Miami) hit just the second home of Honkbalweek so far with a solo shot in the fourth. Roger Bernadina of the Netherlands, a seven-year MLB veteran, is the only other player with a longball this week.
- Morales leads Team USA with three hits and a .600 batting average through the first two games.
- Nine different players each scored one run in Sunday’s 9-0 win over Italy.
- Italy stranded 12 runners on base in the loss, including two instances with the bases loaded.
- The U.S. has four of the six total stolen bases so far in the tournament and has yet to have a player thrown out stealing.
- Team USA’s first two games at Honkbalweek Haarlem have been played in front of a capacity crowd at Pim Mulier Stadium with more than 3,500 fans on hand each day.
- The Collegiate National Team will return to the diamond against Cuba at 7:30 p.m. local/1:30 p.m. ET on Monday at Pim Mulier Stadium.
- Stay tuned to @USABaseballCNT on Twitter for the most up-to-date news about the 2022 Collegiate National Team Training Camp.
CNT Falls to Japan in Extras, 1-0, in Honkbalweek Opener
HAARLEM, Netherlands – In a game dominated by pitching, the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team dropped a 1-0 heartbreaker in extra innings to Japan in its opening game of Honkbalweek at Pim Mulier Stadium in Haarlem on Saturday afternoon.
After neither team was able to push across a run over the first seven innings the game headed to extras, which were played under international tiebreaker rules with runners placed on first and second to start the frame.
The U.S. was held off the scoreboard in its half of the eighth and looked to have Japan in a good spot after back-to-back flyouts to start the bottom of the inning were unable to advance the runners. A walk and a walk-off single, the third hit of the day by Takuma Hayashi, handed Team USA the defeat.
- The best scoring threat for the U.S. came right out of the gate in the top of the first when Enrique Bradfield, Jr. (Vanderbilt) and Wyatt Langford (Florida) opened the game with back-to-back singles. A pair of strikeouts and a flyout to right quickly thwarted the threat, however.
- Japan followed suit with a pair of singles to start the bottom of the first, but Team USA starter Rhett Lowder (Wake Forest) induced a 5-3 double play before getting a strikeout to stymie the home team.
- In the third, Lowder struck out the first three batters, but a wild pitch allowed the final one to reach base. The runner quickly stole second and a walk put two runners on but a harmless pop-up to second left them both stranded.
- A pair of free passes put two on for Team USA in the top of the sixth, but nothing came of it as a groundout ended the inning.
- In the home half of the frame, Japan had a couple of singles by U.S. catcher Kyle Teel (Virginia) quickly erased both of them from the basepaths, throwing out both trying to steal second.
- In its half of the extra inning, Team USA tried to bunt both runners up a base, but the Japanese catcher made a great play to field it and throw the lead runner out at third. From there, a fielder’s choice and a groundout kept the game tied.
- Japan swung away in the bottom of the inning and the first two batters flied out to right which kept its two baserunners from advancing at all. A walk and the third hit of the day by Takuma Hayashi, a walk-off single, ended the hard-fought contest.
- Rhett Lowder (Wake Forest) and Carter Holton (Vanderbilt) were both fantastic on the mound, firing 3.0 shutout innings each and combining to allow just three hits while striking out a combined seven batters.
- Cade Kuehler (Campbell) suffered the tough-luck loss after yielding the game’s lone run, which was unearned, in his 1.2 innings of work.
- Kyle Teel (Virginia) gunned down two of three potential base stealers on Saturday.
- All nine hits in Saturday’s game were singles, with five by the U.S. and four by Japan.
- Saturday’s game marked the first for Team USA at Honkbalweek Haarlem since it won the tournament championship in 2014.
- The U.S. also lost to Japan, 1-0, in its opening game that year before winning its next seven games to claim gold.
- Saturday’s contest was played in front of a capacity crowd at Pim Mulier Stadium with more than 3,500 fans on hand.
- The Collegiate National Team will return to the diamond against Italy at 12 p.m. local/6 a.m. ET on Sunday at Pim Mulier Stadium.
- Stay tuned to @USABaseballCNT on Twitter for the most up-to-date news about the 2022 Collegiate National Team Training Camp.
Paul Seiler Reelected to WBSC Executive Board
TAIPEI CITY, Taiwan –The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) announced Monday that USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO Paul Seiler was reelected to its Executive Board for a third term through 2025. His reappointment came during the IV WBSC Congress in Taipei City, Taiwan. Seiler was first elected as a member-at-large in 2017.
The WBSC is the world governing body for the sports of baseball, softball, and Baseball5. It was established in 2013 by the merger of the International Baseball Federation and International Softball Federation.
"My congratulations to Paul for his reelection on the WBSC Executive Board,” said WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari. “He has been an instrumental part of the WBSC's development and the growth of baseball around the world. He is a dear friend and colleague ever since we first started working together at IBAF and I'm pleased to have Paul continue on the WBSC Executive Board with many exciting projects ahead of us, including the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic Games."
“We are delighted that USA Baseball, and in particular Paul Seiler, will continue to serve as members of the WBSC leadership team,” said USA Baseball President Mike Gaski. “His reelection to a third term is a testament to the respect and admiration he and USA Baseball hold among the global leaders of our game. We look forward to witnessing the growth of baseball globally under his continued leadership.”
“I am both honored and humbled to continue serving on the WBSC Executive Board,” said Seiler. “I cannot overstate the importance of leading by example and USA Baseball continues to be one of the foremost ambassadors for baseball globally thanks to a tremendous team of people dedicated to the care and proliferation of our game in the United States. It continues to be my privilege to represent them among the leaders for baseball with the WBSC as we collectively aim to develop, strengthen, and grow our beloved game domestically and internationally.”
A native of Trenton, New Jersey, Seiler joined USA Baseball in 1988 and was later named Executive Director/CEO in October 2000 after serving as the organization’s Director of National Team Operations from 1997–1999. During his tenure, USA Baseball has forged a long-term partnership with Major League Baseball, achieved record success by its national teams, and experienced unprecedented internal growth.
In 2000, Seiler worked closely with Major League Baseball, the MLB Players Association, and the United States Olympic Paralympic Committee (USOPC) to help lead Team USA to its first Olympic gold medal at the Sydney Games. In addition to being elected to the Executive Committee of the WBSC in 2017, he also served as the Second Vice Chairman for the WBSC’s Baseball Division. Seiler was also one of two technical delegates for baseball in the Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Most recently, he led the Professional National Team program to a silver medal in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games after helping baseball return to the Olympic Programme for the first time since 2008.
USA Baseball Names 2022 Collegiate National Team Roster
CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today announced the 26-man Collegiate National Team roster that will represent Team USA at Honkbalweek Haarlem from July 8-15 at Pim Mulier Stadium in Haarlem, Netherlands. The final squad was named after completing the 2022 Collegiate National Team Training Camp, a five-game intrasquad series played throughout North Carolina.
The 2022 Collegiate Team is led by Manager Mike Bianco, who capped his 24th season leading Ole Miss by winning its first-ever College World Series title. He is joined on staff by Xan Barksdale, Drew Bianco (LSU), Scott Brown (Vanderbilt), Cliff Godwin (ECU), and Josh Holliday (Oklahoma State).
"A week ago, as I sat with the fifty-one players that we invited to Cary, I told them what a tremendous honor this is because you are fifty-one of the best amateur baseball players in the United States of America,” said Bianco. “To narrow it down nearly in half is quite a task. We shared with all of them, as honestly and candidly as we could, that there are players that will go home that will play in the big leagues and be All-Americans next year. I commend these coaches and the USA Baseball committee on the selections we have made. We can't wait to get to work today and on the road to winning the championship at Honkbalweek."
The roster features four returning members from last summer’s Collegiate National Team: Dylan Crews (LSU), Jacob Gonzalez (Ole Miss), Paul Skenes, and Kyle Teel (Virginia). Yohandy Morales (Miami) is the fifth and final member of the roster with national team experience, having played for the red, white, and blue as a member of the 2013 12U National Team–where he won a world title–and the 2018 18U National Team. 2022 also marks the third time Crews and Skenes have made a national team, playing on the 2017 15U and 2014 12U National Teams, respectively, in addition to the 2021 Collegiate team.
Five of the athletes on the 2022 roster also participated in the USA Baseball National Team Development Program (NTDP). Crews worked his way through the NTDP three times, meanwhile, Enrique Bradfield Jr. (Vanderbilt), Ross Dunn, Gonzalez, and Morales each participated in the program once.
Seventeen different schools are represented on the 2022 Collegiate National Team roster, with five boasting a pair of athletes: Florida State, LSU, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, and Wake Forest.
Team USA will travel to the Netherlands on Wednesday and begin Honkbalweek Haarlem on Saturday, July 9. The stars and stripes open against Japan at 7 a.m. ET and follow with games against Italy, Cuba, the Netherlands, and Curacao to complete group play. All games will be streamed online via HonkbalSoftbal.tv.
The U.S. has competed at Honkbalweek Haarlem five times since 2000 and has earned four gold medals in that time, including winning the championship in its most recent appearance at the event in 2014. Team USA also won gold in the event’s 2000, 2002, and 2008 editions and earned a bronze medal in 2012.
The full 26-man 2022 Collegiate National Team Roster is as follows:
2022 Collegiate National Team Roster
(Name; Position; Hometown; School)
- Zach Agnos; RHP/INF; Haymarket, Va.; ECU
- Maui Ahuna; INF; Hilo, Hawaii
- ^Enrique Bradfield Jr.; OF; Hialeah, Fla.; Vanderbilt
- Ryan Bruno; LHP; Wellington, Fla.; Stanford
- *^Dylan Crews; OF; Longwood, Fla.; LSU
- Wyatt Crowell; LHP; Cumming, Ga.; Florida State
- ^Ross Dunn; LHP; Salt Lake City, Utah
- Hunter Elliott; LHP; Tupelo, Miss.; Ole Miss
- *^Jacob Gonzalez; INF; Glendora, Calif.; Ole Miss
- Joseph Gonzalez; RHP; Humacao, P.R.; Auburn
- Tanner Hall; RHP; Zachary, La.; Southern Mississippi
- Carter Holton; LHP; Savannah, Ga.; Vanderbilt
- Jack Hurley; OF; Boalsburg, Pa.; Virginia Tech
- Cade Kuehler; RHP; Waxhaw, N.C.; Campbell
- Wyatt Langford; OF/C; Trenton, Fla.; Florida
- Rhett Lowder; RHP; Albemarle, N.C.; Wake Forest
- Teddy McGraw; RHP; Oneota, N.Y.; Wake Forest
- Carson Montgomery; RHP; Windermere, Fla.; Florida State
- *^Yohandy Morales; INF; Miami, Fla.; Miami
- Tre' Morgan; INF; New Orleans, La.; LSU
- Jack Payton; C; Orland Park, Ill.; Louisville
- *Paul Skenes; RHP/INF; Lake Forest, Calif.
- Brayden Taylor; INF; West Jordan, Utah; TCU
- *Kyle Teel; C/OF; Mahwah, N.J.; Virginia
- Hurston Waldrep; RHP; Thomasville, Ga.
- Jacob Wilson; INF; Thousand Oaks, Calif.; Grand Canyon
*denotes national team alumnus
^denotes National Team Development Program (NTDP) participant
Stars Conclude CNT Training Camp Series with 6-3 Win Over Stripes
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Jack Hurley (Virginia Tech) had three hits and Jacob Wilson (Grand Canyon) drove in three runs as the Stars won the final game of the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team Training Camp series, 6-3, over the Stripes in front of a capacity crowd of 10,331 on Monday night at Truist Field in Charlotte, N.C.
Hurley finished 3-for-4 at the plate with a run scored and a stolen base, his second of the series, while Wilson went 2-for-3 with three RBIs, a run, and a walk. Wilson finished the series with a team-high .467 batting average (7-for-15) and nearly twice as many total bases (15) as any other player. He also drove in a series-high five runs in the five games.
Hunter Elliott (Ole Miss) collected the win as the Stars’ starter, striking out four and allowing just one hit in his two innings on the mound. Joseph Gonzalez (Auburn) followed with two perfect frames before handing the ball off to Jaden Woods (Georgia) who added two shutout stanzas as well.
For the Stripes, Christian Knapczyk (Louisville) led the way offensively, going 2-for-2 off the bench with an RBI triple, a stolen base, and a run scored. Mason Nichols (Ole Miss) was effective on the mound, as well, striking out four in two shutout innings.
- The Stars came firing out of the gate, plating a pair of runs in the game’s opening frame. Enrique Bradfield (Vanderbilt) took the second pitch of the game and punched it to center for a leadoff single. Dylan Crews (LSU) followed with a single of his own on the very next offering and Jacob Wilson (Grand Canyon) brought in the game’s first run with a looping single to left to score Bradfield. A pair of wild pitches to the next batter then allowed Crews to make his way around the bases to put the Stars up 2-0.
- The second inning saw the Stars continue to increase their lead when Kyle Teel (Virginia) was hit by a pitch, moved to third on a double by Brock Wilken (Wake Forest), and score on a base hit by ACC rival Jack Hurley (Virginia Tech).
- After a couple quiet innings, the Stars struck again in the fifth when Jacob Wilson (Grand Canyon) drew a one-out walk then scored on a double down the left-field line by Jacob Gonzalez (Ole Miss).
- The score remained 4-0 until the seventh when the Stripes cut their deficit in half on back-to-back RBI groundouts to first off the bats of Jack Payton (Louisville) and Ryan Lasko (Rutgers).
- Up 4-2 heading into the ninth, the Stars tacked on a couple of insurance runs when Jacob Wilson (Grand Canyon) laced a bases-loaded, two-RBI single into left.
- An RBI triple down the right-field line by Christian Knapczyk (Louisville) in the bottom of the ninth brought he final tally on the scoreboard to 6-3.
- With their win on Monday, the Stars won the CNT Training Camp series, four games to one, over the Stripes.
- Hunter Elliott (Ole Miss) made his Stars debut and picked up the win with four strikeouts in 2.0 innings as the starting pitcher.
- Jacob Wilson (Grand Canyon) finished the five-game series as the leader in batting average (.467), hits (7), runs scored (5), doubles (2), home runs (2), RBIs (5), and total bases (15).
- With his three hits on Monday, Jack Hurley (Virginia Tech) moved into second among all players with a .357 average (5-for-14) for the series. He also tied Vance Honeycutt (North Carolina) for the most stolen bases with two.
- The Collegiate National Team final roster, which will compete in Honkbalweek Haarlem in the Netherlands, will be announced on Tuesday.
- Team USA will travel to the Netherlands this week and begin play at Honkbalweek Haarlem against Japan at 7 a.m. ET on July 9.
- Stay tuned to @USABaseballCNT on Twitter for the most up-to-date news about the 2022 Collegiate National Team Training Camp.