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Down to Four: 2021 10U Futures Enters Bracket Play

Top-seeded ZT Prospects National will take on San Diego Show while Braves Baseball Academy will battle Keystone Cardinals for a spot in Sunday’s championship game.
June 19, 2021
And then there were four.  After two full days of baseball at the 2021 10U Futures Invitational, four teams have advanced to the bracket round and will compete for a gold medal this weekend at Thomas Brooks Park. Top-seeded ZT Prospects National will take on San Diego Show while Braves
And then there were four. 

After two full days of baseball at the 2021 10U Futures Invitational, four teams have advanced to the bracket round and will compete for a gold medal this weekend at Thomas Brooks Park.

Top-seeded ZT Prospects National will take on San Diego Show while Braves Baseball Academy will battle Keystone Cardinals for a spot in Sunday’s championship game.

ZT Prospects National earned the one-seed with a pair of offensive outbursts along with impressive pitching and defense en route to a 3-0 pool-play performance. The California-based club opened the week with a 10-0 win over Stars National on Thursday morning. After a scoreless opening frame, ZT Prospects scored at least two runs in the following four innings to win in dominant fashion.

Later in the day, the club scored 11 runs over three innings to take down IAM Baseball, 12-2. ZT Prospects then won their only game on Friday, topping the San Diego Stars, 5-1.

The second-seeded Braves Baseball Academy emerged from Pool B after going 3-0. Opening the tournament against the Carolina Cardinals, the Braves carried a two-run lead into the final frame before Carolina evened the game at two. The Braves responded, however, with a walk-off in the bottom of the inning secured the win.

The Braves found themselves trailing once again in their next game, this time down 4-0 in the fourth inning against the Scottsdale Dirtbags, before rallying for six runs over the fourth and fifth innings to notch a 6-4, comeback win. The squad then topped the Cedar Rapids Reds, 8-2, to clinch a spot in the final four.

The Braves will meet the unbeaten Keystone Cardinals, who will represent Pool D as the third-overall seed. Keystone topped Top Tier Americans in their tournament opener, 9-6, before putting up a 12-spot in a win over the Houston Brewers.

On Friday, Keystone took on the previously unbeaten Dingers Athletic in a winner-take-all showdown. After each team exchanged a run in the opening frame, the game stayed tight into the final inning. Holding on to a slim 3-2 lead, Keystone added three insurance runs to win 6-2 and advance to bracket play.

The fourth-seeded San Diego Show round out the bracket, as they won Pool A. San Diego opened the tournament with a close 2-1 win over the Vegas Gamers, holding on to a one-run lead from the second inning on to open the tournament 1-0. In less dramatic fashion, the Show knocked off Rock Solid Taylor, 9-2, to remain unbeaten.

On Friday, San Diego battled Bo Jackson Elite in a back-and-forth game. Bo Jackson Elite jumped out to an early 5-0 lead, but San Diego battled back and took a 6-5 lead in the fourth. Bo Jackson elite re-took its lead with a three-run fifth inning and held off the Show to win 8-7, forcing a tiebreaker atop the pool standings. San Diego came out on top in the tiebreaker and advanced to the final four.

Both semifinal games will take place at 8:15 a.m. at Thomas Brooks Park on Saturday, June 19. While these four teams will compete for a gold medal, the tournament’s other 12 teams will be in action through Sunday in a series of consolation games.

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Twenty-Four Athletes Invited to 12U Trials From 11U Futures Invitational

Selections feature five athletes from the 2021 11U champions, ZT Prospects
July 6, 2021
CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball announced today the 11U Futures Invitational participants that have been invited to the 2021 USA Baseball 12U National Team Trials. The list features 24 athletes that competed in the 2021 11U tournament in Cary, North Carolina, from June 24-27, including five from the ZT Prospects

CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball announced today the 11U Futures Invitational participants that have been invited to the 2021 USA Baseball 12U National Team Trials. The list features 24 athletes that competed in the 2021 11U tournament in Cary, North Carolina, from June 24-27, including five from the ZT Prospects team that won gold at the event.

The 2021 11U Futures Invitational, which is an elite youth championship tournament that serves as a primary identification event for the 12U National Team, featured the largest pool of talent in the event’s history this summer with an expanded field of 24 teams battling for gold. Each of the more than 300 participants at this year’s event was evaluated by the USA Baseball Task Force and the 2021 12U National Team staff throughout the tournament.

Twelve of the identification event’s 24 teams are represented in the Trials selections and six teams boast multiple invitees, with ZT Prospects’ five athletes leading the way. Canes West Futures followed close behind with three players on the list, while I AM National, SBA Futures, Dream Chasers, and MVP Hustle Ruiz all boast two selections.

The Premier Nationals earned the 2021 11U Futures Invitational silver medal after falling to ZT Prospects, 5-2, in the championship game, while the Dream Chasers took down the Lamorinda Titans, 7-3, to claim the bronze medal at the event.

More information on the 2021 12U National Team Trials schedule, as well as further identification opportunities, will be announced at a later date. For more information on the 12U National Team, follow @USABaseball12U on Twitter.

    • 2021 11U Futures Invitational Selections to 12U National Team Trials
    • (Name; Position; Hometown; Team)
    • Konnor Briggs; LHP/INF; Oxford, Fla.; I AM National
    • Hudson Brown; INF/LHP; Iola, Texas; ZT Prospects
    • Brodie Campbell; INF/RHP; Newnan, Ga.; Canes West Futures
    • Chase Cotton; RHP/OF; Lincoln, Calif.; Lamorinda Titans
    • Landen DeRouen; INF/RHP; Delcambre, La.; Scottsdale Dirtbags
    • Adan Diaz; INF/RHP; Gavilan Hills, Calif.; Canes West Futures
    • Jackson Fetters; RHP/INF; Montgomery, Texas; ZT Prospects
    • Aaron Garcia; C/RHP; Pico Rivera, Calif.; ZT Prospects
    • Angel Gonzalez; OF/LHP; Whittier, Calif.; ZT Prospects
    • Jared Grindlinger; OF/LHP; Huntington Beach, Calif.; Stars Baseball
    • Caleb Hudson; OF; Carrollton, Ga.; Canes West Futures
    • Levi Kerr; INF; Holly Springs, N.C.; SBA Futures
    • Brayden Landry; INF/RHP; Puyallup, Wash.; New Level Nationals
    • Julian Martinez; C/RHP; New York, N.Y.; Dream Chasers
    • Duncan McLeod; LHP; Huntington Beach, Calif.; Canes West Futures
    • Carter Moon; OF/RHP; Bogart, Ga.; TG Dbacks
    • Roberto Negron; LHP; Land O Lakes, Fla.; I AM National
    • Julian Rodriguez; C/RHP; Boca Raton, Fla.; ZT Prospects
    • Colt Sampson; OF; Magnolia, Texas; Premier Nationals
    • Jael Santos; INF/RHP; Paterson, N.J.; Dream Chasers
    • Derek Vazquez; INF/RHP; Charlotte, N.C.; SBA Futures
    • Issac Vidal; INF/RHP; Miami, Fla.; Stars Baseball
    • Adrian Villela; RHP; Tuscon, Ariz.; MVP Hustle Ruiz
    • Jake Welch; INF; Draper, Utah; MVP Hustle Ruiz
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ZT Prospects National Wins Gold at 11U Futures Invitational

Team finishes week 5-1, while Dream Chasers win bronze medal
June 27, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E ZT Prospects National 1 1 1 0 0 2 0 5 11 2 Premier Nationals 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 3 0 Win: Hudson Brown Loss: Tristin Gaines Box Score | Play-by-Play CARY, N.C. - ZT Prospects National claimed the
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CARY, N.C. - ZT Prospects National claimed the 2021 11U Futures Invitational championship on Sunday with a 5-2 win over the Premier Nationals, while the Dream Chasers earned the bronze medal with a 7-3 victory over the Lamorinda Titans. ZT Prospects National finished the week 5-1 and outscored its opponents 57-10 en route to the gold medal, allowing three runs or less in each of its games. 

ZT Prospects National got the scoring started early when the team plated runs in each of the first three innings and added two in the sixth for a 5-0 lead.

Meanwhile, the Premier Nationals were unable to get anything going at the plate as Hudson Brown was dealing for ZT Prospects National. He finished the game allowing just two hits and one earned run while striking out six.

The Premier Nationals were able to muster up their first run of the game in the sixth before adding another run in the seventh to get within three and make it a 5-2 game.

From there, ZT Prospects National reliever Blake Barbenera was able to shut things down from the mound, striking out two batters to secure the gold medal win for his team.

Brown earned the victory for ZT Prospects National while Tristin Gaines was credited with the loss for the Premier Nationals.

Key Moments

  • Aaron Garcia sent the second pitch of the game into left for a leadoff double. After moving over to third on a bunt single from Angel Gonzalez, Garcia came in to score the first run of the game on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Lennex Minor to give ZT Prospects National a 1-0 lead.
  • ZT Prospects National got runs in the second and third innings on RBIS from Jackson Fetters and Julian Rodriguez to make it 3-0.
  • Hudson Brown and Zion Avina knocked in runs in the sixth to push the ZT Prospects National lead to 5-0.
  • Caleb Cardenas scored the Premier Nationals first run of the game in the sixth inning on a wild pitch to make it 5-1.
  • Easton Brunson hit a double, stole third, and came in on an RBI groundout by Lucas Smith to make it 5-2 in the sixth.
  • Hudson Brown picked up his sixth strikeout of the game for ZT Prospects National before getting a groundout to strand runners on second and third.
  • After allowing one run, Blake Barbenera struck out two batters to end the game for ZT Prospects National.

Notable Information

  • Angel Gonzalez finished the week with a team-high 12 hits on the week with eight RBIs and six runs for ZT Prospects National
  • Lennex Minor and Aaron Garcia each had double-digit hits on the week en route to the gold medal
  • Seven ZT Prospects National hitters with more than 12 at bats finished the week with batting averages over .400
  • The team's gold medal win marked the second-straight Futures Invitational win for the organization after the 10U ZT Prospects National won last week's 10U tournament

What They're Saying

  • "Hudson had a great performance. Everything we expect out of him. He went out there and played with his heart and the team contributed. I'm so happy for them." – ZT Prospects National coach Carlos Avila on Hudson Brown's performance 
  • "It feels amazing. Coming all the way out here from Texas. To win, it feels worth it." – ZT Prospects National pitcher Hudson Brown on winning the gold medal.
  • "It feels special. I'm so thankful, especially because I love the USA. To be able to earn this is a blessing and I'm super happy." ZT Prospects National coach Carlos Avila on his team's win.

 Social

  • Stay tuned to @USABEvents on Twitter for the most up-to-date news about the Futures Invitational. 
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ZT Prospects National, Premier Nationals Advance to 2021 11U Futures Invitational Championship

Gold medal game set for 11:15 a.m. ET Sunday morning
June 26, 2021
CARY, N.C. – ZT Prospects National and the Premier Nationals won both their quarter and semifinal games at Middle Creek Park in Apex, North Carolina, on Saturday to advance to Sunday’s 2021 11U Futures Invitational gold medal game. The quarterfinal matchups got started early Saturday morning, starting with ZT Prospects

CARY, N.C. – ZT Prospects National and the Premier Nationals won both their quarter and semifinal games at Middle Creek Park in Apex, North Carolina, on Saturday to advance to Sunday’s 2021 11U Futures Invitational gold medal game.

The quarterfinal matchups got started early Saturday morning, starting with ZT Prospects National winning 5-0 over Stars National. This would be the highest margin of victory in the quarterfinal games, as the others were decided by two runs or less. The Lamorinda Titans earned an 11-10 come-from-behind win over Canes West Futures to find themselves opposite the ZT Prospects National in the semifinals.

On the other side of the bracket, the Premier Nationals edged out a 2-1 victory over the TG Dbacks to reach the semifinals. They then played the Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Dream Chasers, who handled business to earn a 2-1 win against the SBA Futures to finalize the semifinal matchups.

SEMIFINAL GAME 1: ZT Prospects National 14, Lamorinda Titans 1

Lamorinda kicked off the scoring in the first semifinal game of the day when it found its first and only run in the bottom of the first inning on a Chase Cotton single into left that scored Mason Harris. But the lead didn’t last long.

ZT Prospects National responded in a big way just a half inning later, scoring six runs and never looking back. Zion Avinda got the offensive explosion started, coming around on a Zain Valdivia single. But the big highlight of the inning would come two batters later when Aaron Garcia cleared the bases on a three-run double to put his team up 5-1.

Garcia went 5.1 innings on the mound, scattering just four hits and allowing the single Lamorinda run. He also struck out four during his outing and earned the win.

After adding two more runs in the third to make it 8-1, ZT Prospects National put a stamp on the game with another six-run inning in the sixth. The frame was highlighted by two inside the park home runs off the bats of Angel Gonzalez and Hudson Brown.

Garcia went out for the sixth and picked up one out before Valdivia came on in relief to collect the last two outs and seal the victory for the ZT Prospects National.

At the plate, six ZT Prospect Nationals batters had multi-hit games, led by starting pitcher Garcia, who had four RBIs and went 2-for-4. For Lamorinda, Harris led the way at the plate, going 1-for-2 with a walk and scoring his team’s only run.

SEMIFINAL GAME 2: Premier Nationals 5, Dream Chasers 4

In a back-and-forth game, the Dream Chasers started things off when they jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning of the game with a Coin Raymond two-out, bases loaded walk. But Easton Brunson came back with a strikeout for the Premier Nationals against the next batter to limit the damage and keep his team within striking distance.

And the Premier Nationals didn’t stay down long, scoring three runs in their half of the first. After a single, walk, and a bunt loaded the bases with no outs, Brunson sent one into left that scored Colt Sampson. Just three pitches later, still with the bases loaded and no outs, Lucas Smith sent a hard grounder through the left side to bring in two more.

From there, the Dream Chasers’ pitchers were able to settle in, allowing no runs in the second, third, or fourth while the offense repaid them by getting a run back in the third. Jael Santos hit a sacrifice fly into right, scoring Jaiden Lopez to cut the deficit to one and make it a 3-2 game.

The Dream Chasers then took a 4-3 lead with some help from the Premier Nationals in the fifth when they scored on consecutive passed balls.

Resilient as always, the Premier Nationals came right back to the plate and reclaimed the lead. Tony Ciurca singled on the first pitch of the inning and came around to score on a triple by Brunson. Smith then brought in Brunson with a double into the left field gap and put the Premier Nationals back on top, 5-4.

In the seventh, the Dream Chasers almost made a comeback of their own, putting a runner on with no outs. That’s when Premier made the play of the game, turning a double play off a bunt to negate the Dream Chasers chance. Tristin Gaines then sat the next batter down on three straight pitches to end the game and send his team into the championship game.

Ciurca was credited with the win while Julian Martinez took the loss for the Dream Chasers. Martinez did lead his team at the plate though, going 3-for-3 and scoring a run. Brunson also went 3-for-3 for the Premier Nationals while Smith collected 3 RBIs in a 2-for-3 performance.

ZT Prospects National and the Premier Nationals will play for the gold medal tomorrow morning at 11:15 a.m. ET, while the Dream Chasers will take on the Lamorinda Titans at 8:00 a.m. in the bronze medal game. Both games will be at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, North Carolina, and will be broadcast live on USABaseball.com and Facebook.com/USABaseball, while live stats can be followed along with on GameChanger.

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Staying Loose and Having Fun

Teams focus on the fun during day two of 2021 11U Futures Invitational
June 26, 2021
 “Guys, this is your chance to have fun.” That was Rawlings Prospect coach Kevin Huston’s message to his team from the moment they arrived at the 2021 11U Futures Invitational. The team gathered for a group picture before filming a team-created chant. “This is what it’s all about,” Huston continued.

 “Guys, this is your chance to have fun.”

That was Rawlings Prospect coach Kevin Huston’s message to his team from the moment they arrived at the 2021 11U Futures Invitational. The team gathered for a group picture before filming a team-created chant.

“This is what it’s all about,” Huston continued. “Staying loose and having fun.”

With lots of opportunities on the line for teams and players this week, it’s easy to get caught up in all of the glitz and glamor of the week and lose focus on the ultimate goal of winning gold.

Like Huston, many coaches have given their teams the same message to keep having fun and not stress about every moment on the field. The message must have struck a chord, as fun moments were popping up all over the place during today’s action. Possibly the most exciting moment came in the final inning of the last game of the day.

After surrendering a two-run lead, Stars Futures found themselves tied 6-6 in the seventh inning with Five Tool Players. Tyler Caperton led off the inning with a single before Kade Maltz laid down a beautiful sacrifice bunt two batters later that put runners on second and third with one out. Then the fun happened.

Caperton went to tag up from third on a sacrifice fly to left, but got himself caught in a rundown. After three flips back and forth between Five Tool catcher Kyle Crockett and third baseman Brandon Place, Caperton was able to slide under a tag at the plate to score what would be the game-winning run. It was unorthodox. It was fun.

Luckily for the coaches and players, teams have had plenty of opportunities to have fun both on and off the field.

After playing games this morning and afternoon, a lot of the players headed over to the USA Baseball National Training Complex to take in some of the inaugural MLB Draft Combine as it was broadcasting live on MLB Network. As the nation’s top high school and collegiate prospects took batting practice, members of the 11U Futures Invitational rosters flooded the hill behind the outfield wall in hopes of catching a home run ball. And quite a few did.

Players and families also got the chance to enjoy food trucks in the complex’s parking lot before heading home to get some rest before tomorrow’s quarterfinal and semifinal games.  

And tomorrow, coaches will likely be relaying similar messages to each of their teams once again. Team Select Coach Jay Whannel knows the reality of the situation this week.

“No doubt there’s some added pressure or whatever you want to call it with everything going on and the USA guys walking around,” he said. But he’s hoping his guys continue to keep it simple and remember, “It’s a game and you just have to try and have fun.”

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The Experience of a Lifetime

2021 11U Futures Invitational begins with a packed Thursday
June 25, 2021
CARY, N.C. – The 2021 11U Futures Invitational got going with 24 games across two facilities on Thursday, June 24, in Cary, North Carolina. Action started early at Middle Creek Park and went into the evening at Thomas Brooks Park. All 24 teams got in their first two pool play

CARY, N.C. – The 2021 11U Futures Invitational got going with 24 games across two facilities on Thursday, June 24, in Cary, North Carolina. Action started early at Middle Creek Park and went into the evening at Thomas Brooks Park. All 24 teams got in their first two pool play games and will play a final pool play game tomorrow before playoffs start on Saturday.

As teams arrived, it didn’t take long to realize that this was not just another weekend on the ball field. Both facilities are decorated with USA Baseball signage featuring Team USA alums like Mike Trout and Chris Archer that read, “You could be next,” down the side. The tournament certainly has a big-time feel to it.

Each team also got a personalized team banner to hang behind their respective bleachers that gave each dugout a home-field vibe. Several teams also brought along large Bluetooth speakers with personalized walk up songs for each player to add to the environment. After all, some teams like the San Diego Show have come all the way from California to make their mark and fight for gold this weekend.

Teams at Thomas Brooks Park started their day with baseball card style photoshoots, each player getting portraits taken to go along with a team photo. The style was out in full force as Landon Sornson from Banditos Black had his team’s logo shaved into the side of his head. Other players had their numbers shaved in, just another sign of the magnitude of the week.

Because this is not just another tournament. In addition to the pomp and circumstance of photoshoots and décor, teams at this week’s event also have a few other unique opportunities and experiences available to them – and one of those is to get a glimpse into the future

With the inaugural MLB Draft Combine happening just steps away from where these teams are playing at the USA Baseball National Training Complex, many are getting an opportunity to see what the near future of the game looks like – as well as possibly their own.

The Draft Combine is hosting the nation’s premier high school and collegiate prospects and these 11U athletes are hoping to be looking at their future selves as the games and workouts unfold. It’s already clear that the impact of this unique experience will go far beyond the action on the field for these young players.

But even with the future right next door, it’s still the present that is the primary focus of this tournament and, possibly, the most beneficial piece of the whole weekend.

As a primary identification event for the 12U National Team, every player at the 2021 11U Futures Invitational is being scouted and evaluated on what they can do right now. These athletes are getting the chance to play in front of this year’s 12U National Team coaching staff and for an opportunity to earn a spot on this year’s Team USA. 

The staff and task force don’t take that lightly as they start building the best team possible. To do that, they were out in full force today, including 2021 12U National Team Manager RJ Farrell, who had his eyes all over the place. And they’re pumped by what they see.

“I think us as coaches, we’re really excited to see everything coming back to normal and to have the fields full of kids again,” Farrell said.

But it’s not just about on-field ability. Farrell and his staff are not just looking for what goes on between the foul lines.

“Obviously, the baseball side of things, they can show what they have here,” Farrell continued. “But a big aspect of what we’re looking for is the character and the type of person that we feel deserves to be, and can handle themselves, on a National Team.”

And players are hoping to show they are one of those deserving of a chance to play for Team USA – now and in the future.

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ZT Prospects National Earns Gold at 2021 10U Futures Invitational

The biggest blow in the game came when Eli Martinez smoked a bases-clearing three-run double to put distance between his ZT Prospects team and the Braves. The hit gave the ZT Prospects a 6-1 advantage, and they held on in a steady rain to clinch the win.
June 20, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E BBA 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 4 2 ZT 0 2 0 0 4 0 6 7 2 Win: Ortiz Loss: Mier Save: None Box Score | Play-by-Play   CARY, N.C. - ZT Prospects National used a four-run
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CARY, N.C. - ZT Prospects National used a four-run fifth inning to pull away from Braves Baseball Academy en route to a 6-1 win in the 2021 10U Futures Invitational gold medal game.

With the win, the club finished the week 5-0 and secured the championship on a rainy Sunday morning at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, North Carolina.

The biggest blow in the game came when Eli Martinez smoked a bases-clearing three-run double to put distance between his ZT Prospects team and the Braves. The hit gave the ZT Prospects a 6-1 advantage, and they held on in a steady rain to clinch the win.

The hit by Martinez turned a tight game into a comfortable lead by the ZT Prospects. After holding on to a 2-1 lead for much of the game, Martinez busted the game open to give the club insurance runs and the squad never looked back. Martinez’s three RBIs led the ZT Prospects offensive output. Elijah Romero, the only player in the game with two hits, added two RBIs.

Ivan Ortiz started for ZT National, tossing three innings and striking out three. Caleb Lozano pitched the final three innings, allowing an unearned run with three strikeouts. Mateo Mier pitched four innings for the Braves, scattering two hits and two runs while striking out three.

Key Moments

    • ZT Prospects opened the scoring on a two-run, inside-the-park homer by Reyes in the third. Caleb Lozano, who reached earlier in the inning on a single, scored on the hit.
    • The Braves cut the deficit in half when Alex Scott hit a hard ground ball to shortstop, scoring Jake Nuño to make the score 2-1 in the fifth.
    • ZT Prospects answered in the bottom frame, starting with a Mason Smith RBI single to make it 3-1.
    • With the bases loaded and one out, Martinez ripped a double into the gap to score all three runners and bust the game open.

 Notable Information

      • Ortiz earned the win, pitching for the second time in the tournament. In two games, he pitched five total innings and allowed just one hit.
      • Martinez had at least one hit in all five games of the tournament, finishing the weekend batting .615. He drove in 11 runs over the five games.
      • Nicholas Nava led the Braves with a .455 batting average on the weekend.

Quotable

      • “I took the first pitch to get my timing right. My approach was ‘swing at a fastball anywhere near’ and I got a fastball up and I just hit it.” – Eli Martinez on his three-run double
      • “Eli has been hot all tournament. He got a pitch that he could handle and laced it into the gap. We had some speed guys on and were able to clear the bases and that carried us.” – Rick Martinez

Social Media

      • Stay tuned to @USABEvents on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for information regarding the upcoming 11U Futures Invitational, which begins on June 24.
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ZT Prospects National to Meet Braves Baseball Academy in 2021 10U Futures Gold Medal Game

ZT Prospects National will battle Braves Baseball Academy for a gold medal on Sunday morning at 8:00 a.m. on Field 5 at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, N.C.
June 19, 2021
CARY, N.C. – A California showdown is coming to Thomas Brooks Park. After securing semifinal wins on Saturday morning, ZT Prospects National will take on Braves Baseball Academy in Sunday’s 2021 10U Futures Invitational in a battle of California-based teams. The top-seeded ZT Prospects advanced to the final after staging

CARY, N.C. – A California showdown is coming to Thomas Brooks Park.

After securing semifinal wins on Saturday morning, ZT Prospects National will take on Braves Baseball Academy in Sunday’s 2021 10U Futures Invitational in a battle of California-based teams.

The top-seeded ZT Prospects advanced to the final after staging a late-inning comeback to knock off San Diego Show, 6-4.

ZT Prospects opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning, plating a run on an Eli Martinez RBI single. But the lead didn’t last long.

Everett Satterly started the top of the second with a leadoff single for San Diego Show, scoring on an error shortly after to tie the game. Wyatt Gordon, who has two homers in the tournament, followed that with an RBI triple to give San Diego the lead. Ethan Nesbit drove Gordon in with an RBI single, and the Show added another run to grab an early 4-1 advantage.

In the third, Martinez drove in his second run of the game with an RBI groundout to trim the team’s deficit to two. The game remained 4-2 into the fifth inning, when Show starter Lawrence Duffin ran into his first trouble of the game.

With two on and two out in the fifth, Duffin nearly escaped. But the ZT Prospects got within a run on an error, and then notched back-to-back doubles to take a two-run lead.

One of those doubles was by Martinez, who drove in four of his team’s six runs. Martinez then returned to the mound for his third inning of work, escaping a late jam to secure the win.

Along with his offensive performance, Martinez tossed 4.2 scoreless innings in relief for the ZT Prospects. He struck out eight, allowing just two hits.

The comeback was not much of a surprise to head coach Rick Martinez, who emphasizes the importance of the late innings.

“We went down early, but we always tell the guys to keep the pressure on the other team,” said ZT Prospects head coach Rick Martinez. “It gave us a chance at the end and the kids came through. We usually have long practices and end them with conditioning because we know the late innings are when we’re going to have to think clearly and act decisively.”

In the second semifinal of Saturday morning, the Braves also punched their ticket with a come-from-behind win over the Keystone Cardinals. Keystone loaded the bases with no outs in the third inning, threatening an offensive outburst. But Braves pitcher Jake Nuño limited the damage, allowing just one run to keep his team in it.

Down 1-0 in the bottom of the inning, the Braves quickly bounced back to take a 2-1 lead. Alex Scott tied the game with a run-producing triple before scoring on a passed ball to give the Braves the lead. 

It was all that the Braves pitching staff needed.

After Nuño delivered three innings and allowed just one run, Wyatt Ruiz entered and struck out five over the final three innings to keep Keystone’s offense at bay. Ruiz, who started the game in right field, allowed just two hits.

The Cardinals put the tying run on base in the sixth, but Ruiz stranded him in scoring position to seal the win and the Braves’ spot in the championship game.

 “These kids have been playing together for a really long time,” said Braves head coach Gus Rico. “They know how to win. They maintained focus and I’m very proud of them. This program has been through a lot and it’s not easy to travel out here and play on the East Coast on a big stage. I’m sure they’re proud of us back home.”

 ZT Prospects National will battle Braves Baseball Academy for a gold medal on Sunday morning at 8:00 a.m. on Field 5 at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, N.C. The Cardinals and Show will play at the 8:15 a.m. on Field 7, with the winner receiving a bronze medal.

Be sure to follow all of the 2021 10U Futures Invitational action on GameChanger, as well as by following @USABaseball and @USABEvents on Twitter.

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PDP Testing Comes to 2021 10U Futures on Event's Second Day

It was the first time the players at the 10U Futures Invitational got to participate in PDP testing.
June 18, 2021
CARY, N.C. – Before the players in the 2021 10U Futures Invitational returned to game action on Friday to test themselves against strong competition on-field, the athletes partook in a different type of testing: Major League Baseball/USA Baseball Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP) Performance Assessment Evaluations. After getting professional team and

CARY, N.C. – Before the players in the 2021 10U Futures Invitational returned to game action on Friday to test themselves against strong competition on-field, the athletes partook in a different type of testing: Major League Baseball/USA Baseball Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP) Performance Assessment Evaluations.

After getting professional team and individual photos taken early Friday morning, the players then underwent a series of pro-style PDP tests in order to gain feedback and further develop in their early careers. It was the first time the players at the 10U Futures Invitational got to participate in PDP testing.

The athletes were tested in four different areas, targeting their speed, reaction time, agility, and more. And PDP staff were on-hand to input and analyze the data, as well as offer advice to the young players looking to jumpstart their baseball careers.

Scottsdale Dirtbags head coach ZJ Butler was impressed by the PDP evaluations, and is well-aware of the importance that they hold.

“It sets a benchmark for these guys,” Butler said. “It’s something that years from now they can look back and maybe laugh [about their numbers]. It’s just really cool to see a bunch of ballplayers out here competing and having a good time.”

The first test was a 25-yard dash, including reaction time analysis and split-time speeds. Players lined up and waited for a visual cue before sprinting 25 yards, receiving not only their dash times, but also their reaction time along with their splits. Gate analysis, which shows potential imbalances between a player’s legs, is also part of the assessment.

This information, according to PDP Sport Performance Coordinator Jake Barnes, provides players and scouts with data that can demonstrate potential and show areas of improvement.

After the dash, players stepped inside the Man-in-the-Box for an agility assessment. There are two levels to the test: “capture the green box” and “capture the green three.” Both assessments are similar to the traditional 5-10-5 agility shuttle, adding in the element of unpredictability that’s always present in baseball as an indication of an athlete’s ability to adjust on a moment’s notice.

Finally, the 10U athletes performed Counter Movement Jumps. Consisting of three two-legged vertical jumps, the test evaluates the player’s ability to repeat power and exhibit dynamic stability.

The testing has given the players insight and something to build on as they continue their careers. Along with the immediate benefits like knowing where they stand and how they compare to players their age, getting familiar with the testing equipment at an early age will set the athletes up for success the next time they experience PDP evaluations.

“The more that we can make younger players familiar with the data and get them around the technology, the more open and comfortable they will be with using it,” Barnes said. “If we introduce it to them at this age, they’ll be able to use it a lot faster in their career and it will allow them to develop and use it more effectively.”

Bo Jackson Elite head coach Joe Beyer also felt that the familiarity will benefit his players down the road.

“The testing was unbelievable,” he said. “We tried to explain to the kids that the opportunity to experience the PDP testing will give them a leg up in being familiar with it when it matters down the road.”

With testing and pool play in the books, the athletes will return to Thomas Brooks Park for semifinal and championship rounds, along with consolation games. Looking to learn and grow from the data they received from testing, the 10U players are now focused on competing for a gold medal through the weekend.

Wyatt Gordon – who has two homers for the San Diego Show – is concentrated on continuing to improve and claiming a championship.

“I’m looking forward to getting wins and continuing to compete,” he said.

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USA Baseball Cancels Futures Series in Irvine

The event was scheduled for May 14-16
April 14, 2021
CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball announced today that the Futures Series scheduled for May 14-16 in Irvine, California, has been cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. This event will not be rescheduled. For more information on the Futures Series and other USA Baseball events, visit USABaseball.com and follow

CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball announced today that the Futures Series scheduled for May 14-16 in Irvine, California, has been cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. This event will not be rescheduled.

For more information on the Futures Series and other USA Baseball events, visit USABaseball.com and follow @USABaseball and @USABEvents on social media.

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USA Baseball Updates 2020 On-Field Schedule

The 10U Futures Invitational and 11U/13U Futures Series have been cancelled
July 20, 2020
CARY, N.C. - USA Baseball announced today that the 10U Futures Invitational scheduled for August 6-9 at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, North Carolina, and the 11U and 13U Futures Series scheduled for August 28-30 in Irvine, California, have been cancelled. These events will not be rescheduled.Additionally, the organization has
CARY, N.C. - USA Baseball announced today that the 10U Futures Invitational scheduled for August 6-9 at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, North Carolina, and the 11U and 13U Futures Series scheduled for August 28-30 in Irvine, California, have been cancelled. These events will not be rescheduled.
Additionally, the organization has postponed hosting the 15U and Women's National Team Trials until the fall. The Trials dates are still to be determined and will be announced at a later time. The World Baseball Softball Confederation's U-15 and Women's Baseball World Cups are currently scheduled to take place in Mexico from October 30-November 8 and November 11-21, respectively.
USA Baseball continues to closely monitor the ongoing situation regarding the coronavirus pandemic and is diligently evaluating the status of the remaining events on its 2020 calendar. All decisions on events will be made in as timely of a manner as possible in accordance with government-mandated guidelines and with respect to the safety and well-being of all the participating athletes, coaches and fans.
At this time, the 2020 National Team Championships North Carolina is still scheduled to begin on July 27 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.
For further information on USA Baseball events, follow @USABaseball on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
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USA Baseball Modifies On-Field Programming Schedule

All events continue to be subject to cancellation or postponement
May 18, 2020
CARY, N.C. - USA Baseball announced today a modified schedule of events for its 2020 summer season due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Created in adherence to the regulations set forth by the appropriate federal, state and local governments, the updated schedule is tentatively set to begin with
CARY, N.C. - USA Baseball announced today a modified schedule of events for its 2020 summer season due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Created in adherence to the regulations set forth by the appropriate federal, state and local governments, the updated schedule is tentatively set to begin with the 14U Cup from July 24-26 at the National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.
All of these events continue to be subject to cancellation or postponement based on the future state of the evolving coronavirus situation. The organization will monitor the guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC), as well as consult its Medical/Safety Advisory Committee in order to evaluate the status of its upcoming tournaments.
All further decisions will be made in as timely a manner as possible with respect to the safety and well-being of all the participating athletes, coaches and fans. If these tournaments run as scheduled, teams and fans will be required to follow a series of return to play guidelines developed by USA Baseball. These guidelines will be shared with all participants within an appropriate timeframe leading up to the event.
"As the national governing body for baseball in the United States, we feel it is in the best interest of the thousands of baseball athletes in our country to postpone our return to the field due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic," said USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO Paul Seiler. "We share in the longing for baseball's return, but we believe it is prudent to continue assessing the situation and finalizing a course of action that prioritizes the overall health and safety of our participants and their families in light of the continued transmission of this disease.
"This schedule was structured in an effort to secure as many opportunities as possible for athletes who hope to one day play for Team USA. We will remain steadfast in our commitment to this charge; however, we will continue to evaluate the situation on a daily basis and monitor the guidelines set forth by the CDC and the USOPC in case additional modifications need to be made."
The following events have been tentatively rescheduled on the 2020 calendar:
• 17U National Team Championships North Carolina (July 27-30)
• 14U and 15U National Team Championships Arizona (July 27-30)
• 16U and 17U National Team Championships Arizona (July 31-August 3)
• 15U National Team Championships North Carolina (August 4-9)
• 10U Futures Invitational (August 6-9)
• 16U National Team Championships North Carolina (August 11-16)
• 11U, 12U, 13U and 14U NTIS Champions Cup (August 19-23)
• 15U and 16U NTIS Champions Cup (August 26-30)
The following events and national team programming have been cancelled:
• 11U Futures Invitational
• 13U/14U Athlete Development Program (ADP)
• 16U/17U National Team Development Program (NTDP)
• National Team Championships Florida
The 14U Cup (July 24-26) and 11U/13U Futures Series Irvine (August 28-30) are set to take place as originally scheduled.
Additionally, USA Baseball continues to work closely with the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) with respect to the international baseball calendar. To date, the WBSC has postponed the Americas Baseball Olympic Qualifier, U-15 Baseball World Cup and the Women's Baseball World Cup until further notice. The U-12 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier has also been postponed but will not take place this year.
"USA Baseball fully supports the WBSC and its decision to indefinitely postpone the events on the baseball calendar in an effort to protect our national team athletes at this time," continued Seiler. "When the time comes for Team USA to return to the field, we will be ready to continue our longstanding tradition of excellence on the international stage."
Corresponding to the status of the international baseball calendar, USA Baseball has cancelled all 12U National Team programming events for 2020, meanwhile any future events planned for the 15U National Team, 18U National Team, Collegiate National Team and Women's National Team this year will be announced as necessary.
The Medical/Safety Advisory Committee has published a free Athlete Preparation Plan that provides a series of at-home exercises aimed to prepare young athletes for their return to the diamond following a prolonged disruption from on-field activity. To access this plan and to read its recommendations for baseball players during the COVID-19 pandemic, click here.
Further information on USA Baseball updates relating to COVID-19 can be found here. For up-to-the-minute updates on the organization and its events, follow @USABaseball on social media.
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An Update Regarding the 2020 Futures Invitational

May 4, 2020
Members of the USA Baseball staff held a conference call on Friday to discuss the status of our upcoming events and the continued effect of the COVID-19 pandemic. Stemming from this conversation, we would like to share with you an update regarding the Futures Invitational.Due to this unprecedented situation and
Members of the USA Baseball staff held a conference call on Friday to discuss the status of our upcoming events and the continued effect of the COVID-19 pandemic. Stemming from this conversation, we would like to share with you an update regarding the Futures Invitational.
Due to this unprecedented situation and its ever-evolving effect on regulations set forth by federal, state and local governments, USA Baseball will continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19 daily and provide a definitive update relating to our Summer 2020 schedule on-or-around Monday, May 18.
We apologize for any inconvenience this additional delay may cause; however, we felt it prudent to follow this course of action in an effort to maintain the planned on-field programming offered by USA Baseball this summer.
With this change to our initial timeline, an updated timeline is as follows:
  • A final decision on the Futures Invitational will be announced on-or-around Monday, May 18.
  • If the Futures Invitational does occur on schedule, final payments will be due on Monday, June 8.
  • If teams drop from the tournament before May 25, they will receive a full refund of deposits and registration fees that have been made up to that date.
  • If the Futures Invitational does not occur, all teams will receive a full refund of deposits and registration fees for the event.
  • If necessary, USA Baseball will begin to process and send all refund checks the week of June 8.

Additionally, please note that the USA Baseball Travel Services department has extended the hotel reservation deadline to Monday, June 8. Please email [email protected] if you need further assistance.
We appreciate your continued support of USA Baseball and we will continue to champion the best possible course of action moving forward with consideration to the best interest of all parties involved.
Thank you for your understanding and please stay safe!
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USA Baseball Cancels May Futures Series in Irvine

The event was scheduled for May 15-17 in Irvine, California
April 6, 2020
CARY, N.C. - USA Baseball announced today that the Futures Series scheduled for May 15-17 in Irvine, California, has been cancelled due to the rapid spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) across the United States. This event will not be rescheduled.At this time, a second Futures Series event is still scheduled to
CARY, N.C. - USA Baseball announced today that the Futures Series scheduled for May 15-17 in Irvine, California, has been cancelled due to the rapid spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) across the United States. This event will not be rescheduled.
At this time, a second Futures Series event is still scheduled to take place in Irvine, California, from August 28-30. Registration is still open for this event (click here).
USA Baseball will continue to closely monitor the ongoing situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and diligently evaluate the status of its events scheduled to take place after May 17. All decisions will be made in as timely of a manner as possible with respect to the safety and well-being of all the participating athletes, coaches and fans.
Further information on all of the USA Baseball updates relating to COVID-19 can be found here.
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A Letter Regarding the 2020 Futures Series Tournaments

March 24, 2020
Futures Series Registered Teams,Members of the USA Baseball staff held a conference call on Monday to discuss our collective concerns regarding the coronavirus pandemic and its effect on the Futures Series in Irvine, as well as all of our events, and we wanted to provide you an update.As you may
Futures Series Registered Teams,
Members of the USA Baseball staff held a conference call on Monday to discuss our collective concerns regarding the coronavirus pandemic and its effect on the Futures Series in Irvine, as well as all of our events, and we wanted to provide you an update.
As you may be aware, USA Baseball suspended all of its events until May 15 in cooperation with the guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control, and we will continue to uphold that decision in order to protect the athletes and your staff.
We are continuing to monitor the guidelines by the CDC and the USOPC, and will evaluate the status of our programming, as well as all of its events, on a daily basis. As of this time, no decisions have been made about the Futures Series. All decisions will continue to be made with respect to the safety and well-being of all the participating athletes, coaches and fans.
We would like to be as diligent as possible and prepare for all potential scenarios surrounding the impact of the coronavirus on the Futures Series going forward and we, as an organization, have developed the following timeline for the event:
  • A final decision on the Futures Series in Irvine will be made on Wednesday, April 15th.
  • If the Futures Series does occur on schedule, final payments will still be due on Monday, May 4th.
  • If teams drop from the tournament before April 20th, they will receive a full refund of deposits and registration fees that have been made up to that date. Anything after April 20th will be non-refundable. The previous date for deposits becoming non-refundable was March 31st.
  • If the Futures Series does not occur, all teams will receive a full refund of deposits and registration fees.
  • If necessary, USA Baseball will begin to process and send all refund checks the week of April 20th.

We understand there are still a lot of unanswered questions and uncertainty moving forward, but we will continue to update everyone regularly to ensure all decisions are made in a timely manner. We very much appreciate your commitment to the organization and we will continue to champion the best possible course of action moving forward with consideration to the best interest of all parties involved.
If there is something that we did not touch on that you would like to discuss, please let us know. We will continue to keep in regular communication with you all as updates become available.
Thank you for your understanding and please stay safe!
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A Letter Regarding the 2020 Futures Invitational Tournaments

March 24, 2020
Futures Invitational Registered Teams,Members of the USA Baseball staff held a conference call on Monday to discuss our collective concerns regarding the coronavirus pandemic and its effect on the Futures Invitational tournaments (10U and 11U) in Cary, as well as all of our events, and we wanted to provide you
Futures Invitational Registered Teams,
Members of the USA Baseball staff held a conference call on Monday to discuss our collective concerns regarding the coronavirus pandemic and its effect on the Futures Invitational tournaments (10U and 11U) in Cary, as well as all of our events, and we wanted to provide you an update.
As you may be aware, USA Baseball suspended all of its events until May 15 in cooperation with the guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control, and we will continue to uphold that decision in order to protect the athletes and your staff.
We are continuing to monitor the guidelines by the CDC and the USOPC, and will evaluate the status of our programming, as well as all of its events, on a daily basis. As of this time, no decisions have been made about the Futures Invitational. All decisions will continue to be made with respect to the safety and well-being of all the participating athletes, coaches and fans.
We would like to be as diligent as possible and prepare for all potential scenarios surrounding the impact of the coronavirus on the Futures Invitational going forward and we, as an organization, have developed the following timeline for the event:
  • A final decision on the Futures Invitational tournaments (10U & 11U) will be made on Monday, May 4th.
  • If the Futures Invitational tournaments (10U and 11U) do occur on schedule, final payments will be due on Friday, May 18th. Previously, final payments were due on May 1st.
  • If teams drop from the tournament before May 18th, they will receive a full refund of deposits and registration fees that have been made up to that date. The previous date for deposits becoming non-refundable was March 1st.
  • If the Futures Invitational tournaments (10U and 11U) do not occur, all teams will receive a full refund of deposits and registration fees or event.
  • If necessary, USA Baseball will begin to process and send all refund checks the week of May 25th.

We understand there are still a lot of unanswered questions and uncertainty moving forward, but we will continue to update everyone regularly to ensure all decisions are made in a timely manner. We very much appreciate your commitment to the organization and we will continue to champion the best possible course of action moving forward with consideration to the best interest of all parties involved.
If there is something that we did not touch on that you would like to discuss, please let us know. We will continue to keep in regular communication with you all as updates become available.
Thank you for your understanding and please stay safe!
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USA Baseball Cancels 2020 National High School Invitational

All USA Baseball events through April 15 have been cancelled or postponed
March 12, 2020
Centers for Disease Control: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced today that the 2020 National High School Invitational (NHSI), the Futures Series in Melissa, Texas, and all USA Baseball Coaches Clinics and National Team Identification Series (NTIS) regional tryouts through April 15 have been cancelled or postponed
Centers for Disease Control: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced today that the 2020 National High School Invitational (NHSI), the Futures Series in Melissa, Texas, and all USA Baseball Coaches Clinics and National Team Identification Series (NTIS) regional tryouts through April 15 have been cancelled or postponed amid concerns surrounding the rapid spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) across the United States.
"We have been working closely with the USA Baseball Medical Safety Committee, as well as monitoring the guidelines and recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to acquire the latest information on this global situation. Given that, and in an effort to protect the health and safety of all those involved, we have decided to cancel the 2020 National High School Invitational, as well as all USA Baseball events through April 15," said Paul Seiler, USA Baseball's Executive Director and CEO. "We are disappointed that we will not be able to hold these tournaments and tryouts, but our top priority continues to be the health and safety of the athletes, fans, parents, coaches and administrators who travel from around the entire country for these events."
The ninth edition of the annual NHSI tournament was scheduled to occur from April 1-4 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. The Futures Series was to be held from April 17-19 at the Melissa Sports Complex in Melissa, Texas, while the Coaches Clinics and NTIS tryouts were set to take place throughout six regions in the U.S.
The NHSI will not be postponed to another date in 2020 but will recommence in 2021, and the Futures Series in Melissa, Texas, will also not be rescheduled in 2020.
USA Baseball will continue to closely monitor the ongoing situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and diligently evaluate the status of its events scheduled to take place after April 15. All decisions will be made in as timely of a manner as possible with respect to the safety and well-being of all the participating athletes, coaches and fans.
Further information on possible new dates for the NTIS regional tryouts and all additional Coaches Clinics will be announced at a later time.
For more information on the NHSI, Futures Series, Coaches Clinics or the NTIS, visit USABaseball.com.
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Prospect Central Is Crowned 2019 USA Baseball 13U Futures Series Champions In Euless

Prospect Central's offense responsible for 22 runs in two innings
July 28, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E CBA Texas 1 0 0 x x x x 1 4 3 Prospect Central 15 7 x x x x x 22 10 1 Win:  Loss:  Save: None Box Score | Play-by-play   EULESS, Texas -  Prospect Central came out firing on all
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EULESS, Texas -  Prospect Central came out firing on all cylinders, scoring 22 runs in the first two innings to defeat CBA Texas, 22-1, and win the 2019 13U Futures Series gold medal game on Sunday at the Parks at Texas Star in Euless, Texas.
Erik Aguirre pitched for 2.2 innings, allowing just one run on four hits with three punch-outs Prospects Central. 
Offensively, Prospect Central were led by Easton Dean (2-for-2 with five RBIs), Gavin Beene (3-for-3 with four RBIs), Jacob Macias (1-for-1 with with three RBIs) and Braelon Richardson (1-for-2 with three RBIs). MVP Gamers accumulated 10 hits and nine walks during the championship game. Easton Andrews (1-for-1 with one RBI) led CBA Texas' offense.
Key Moments
  • Easton Andrews drove in CBA Texas' lone run of the game with an RBI-single grounder that found the right field grass and brought home Cohl Mccoy.
  • In the bottom of the first, Keegan Demmer singled on a line drive to right, allowing Luke Rives to tie the game up.
  • Demmers reached home on a wild pitch during the next at bat in the first to give his team the lead.
  • Braelon Richardson gave his team a two-run lead putting the ball in play and forcing CBA Texas to get the force out at second, allowing Jacob Macias to score.
  • With runners on first and second, Easton Dean ripped an RBI-triple to left field and cleared the bases, giving his team a 5-1 lead.
  • After Prospect Central scored six addition runs in the first, Dean came to the plate with the bases loaded and doubled on a fly ball to right field that again cleared the bases and put Prospect Central ahead, 14-1.
  • In the second, after Prospect Central had plated another six runs, Gavin Beene hit an RBI-double to center field and brought home the 21st run of the game.
  • Luke Rives was responsible for the final run of the day with an RBI-double to right field, bringing the final score to 22-1.
 
Notable Information
  • Aguirre earned the win for Prospect Central with two strikeouts on 2.2 innings pitched.
  • Addison Brown suffered the loss for CBA Texas.
  • The game was called in the middle of the second, as both coaches agreed to end the game.
 
Social
  • Stay tuned to @USABFutures on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the 13U Futures Series Euless.
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The Final Day Of 13U Futures Series In Euless, Texas Comes To A Close

July 28, 2019
See the full 2019 13U Futures Series schedule and results on Gamechanger. Albuquerque Baseball Academy 7, Oklahoma Exclusive Baseball 5  Albuquerque Academy Baseball scored four runs in the third inning to come from behind and defeat Oklahoma Exclusive Baseball, 7-5, on Sunday at the Parks at Texas Star in Euless, Texas.Oklahoma Exclusive
See the full 2019 13U Futures Series schedule and results on Gamechanger. 

Albuquerque Baseball Academy 7, Oklahoma Exclusive Baseball 5  


Albuquerque Academy Baseball scored four runs in the third inning to come from behind and defeat Oklahoma Exclusive Baseball, 7-5, on Sunday at the Parks at Texas Star in Euless, Texas.
Oklahoma Exclusive Baseball was first on the board when they plated three runs in the first on two hits, including a triple. Albuquerque Academy Baseball responded in the first with two runs of their own to cut the deficit to one. Oklahoma Exclusive Baseball increased their lead by three with a two-run RBI double in the third that brought the game to 5-2. Albuquerque Academy Baseball scored four runs in the bottom of the third off of three hits and a walk to take their first lead of the game and hold on to win.
Reid Jacobson earned the win for Albuquerque Academy Baseball. Gage Ingram suffered the loss for Oklahoma Exclusive Baseball. 
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Prospect Central 4, Next Level Crusaders 1 


 Prospect Central scored in four different innings to defeat Next Level Crusaders, 4-1, and earned a spot in the gold medal game on Sunday at the Parks at Texas Star in Euless, Texas.
Prospect Central scored one run in the first two innings before Next Level Crusaders scored their first run in the top of the third. Prospect added to their lead in the bottom of the third with a with an RBI-single to second. Prospect Central would not give up another run for the remainder of the game.
Keegan Demmer earned the win for Prospect Central. Diego Diaz suffered the loss for Next Level Crusaders.
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CBA Texas 10, MVP Gamers 3


CBA Texas used an early lead to defeat MVP Gamers, 10-3, and earned a spot in the gold medal game on Sunday at the Parks at Texas Star in Euless, Texas.
CBA Texas started out hot with three runs in the bottom of the third on three hits. MVP Gamers were able to cut the deficit to two in the third with an RBI-single. CBA Texas added two more runs in the third with two hits and a walk. Despite giving up a run in the sixth, CBA Texas closed the game out with a five-run sixth inning to earn the win. 
Ethan Polasek earned the win for CBA Texas. Eric Pena suffered the loss for MVP Gamers.
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Next Level Crusaders 14, MVP Gamers 8


Next Level Crusaders scored in five of seven innings to defeat MVP Gamers, 14-8, in the bronze medal match on Sunday at the Parks at Texas Star in Euless, Texas.
MVP Gamers were first to strike in the bottom of the first with three runs scored on four hits. Next Level Crusaders responded in the third with a run of their own to bring the game to 3-1. MVP Gamers were able to increase their lead by five after a three-run third inning. Next Level Crusaders plated two runs in the fourth to cut the deficit to three in the fouth. Next Level Crusaders took the lead in the fifth with five runs and held on to win the bronze medal game. 
Elijah Bustillos earned the win for Next Level Crusaders. Zachary Pearrow suffered the loss.
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MVP Gamers Headed to Semifinals with 10-0 Win Over Oklahoma Exclusive Baseball

MVP Gamers improve to a tournament best, 3-1
July 27, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E Oklahoma Exclusive Baseball 0 0 0 0 0 0 x 0 3 3 MVP Gamers 2 0 7 0 0 1 x 10 8 0 Win: R. Okon Loss: H. Hill Save: None Box Score | Play-by-play   EULESS, Texas - MVP Gamers used a seven-run
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EULESS, Texas - MVP Gamers used a seven-run inning and effective pitching to defeat Oklahoma Exclusive Baseball, 10-0, on Saturday at the Parks at Texas Star in Euless, Texas. With the win, MVP Gamers advance to the semifinals of the 2019 USA Baseball 13U Futures Series. 
Riley Okon threw a stellar game for MVP Gamers, recording seven strikeouts on five innings pitched. Eric Pena finished the game off and earned the save for MVP Gamers with one punch-out on one inning pitched.
Offensively, MVP Gamers were led by Cooper Contreras (2-for-3) and Fabian Portillo (1-for-3), who both tallied two RBIs in the game. Additionally, MVP Gamers' Christopher Mendoza (2-for-2) was perfect at the dish and scored two runs. MVP Gamers earned seven walks and eight hits throughout the game. Ethan Michael (2-for-2) led Oklahoma Exclusive Baseball's offense.
Key Moments
  • MVP Gamers' Christopher Mendoza tallied the game's first run when he stole third and then reached home on a throwing error from the third baseman to the pitcher.
  • Maximiliano Contreras added to MVP Gamers lead with an infield hit that allowed Zachary Pearrow to score and bring the score to 2-0.
  • Later in the third, Mendoza scored MVP Gamers' fourth run of the game when he reached home on a passed ball.
  • Fabian Portillo hit a two-run RBI-single that allowed Pearrow to score and gave MVP Gamers a seven-run lead in the third.
  • Jacob Castillo displayed heads-up base-running and stole home in the bottom of the third to score MVP Gamers ninth run of the game. 
 
Notable Information
  • Riley Okon earned the win for MVP Gamers with seven strikeouts on five innings pitched.
  • Hudson Hill suffered the loss for Oklahoma Exclusive Baseball.
 
On Deck
  • MVP Gamers (3-1) are set to take on #2 seed CBA Texas (2-1) on Sunday at 8:15 AM.
  • Oklahoma Exclusive Baseball (0-4) is slated to play Albuquerque Baseball Academy (1-3) on Sunday at 8:00 AM.
 
Social
  • Stay tuned to @USABFutures on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the 13U Futures Series Euless.
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