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2021 Collegiate National Team Schedule Announced

Collegiate team to feature 48 players on two 24-man rosters
June 4, 2021
2021 Collegiate National Team Schedule CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today announced the schedule for the 2021 Collegiate National Team. The Collegiate team will not face an international opponent this summer; instead, this year’s Collegiate team will feature 48 players on two 24-man rosters, the Stars and Stripes, who will play

2021 Collegiate National Team Schedule

CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today announced the schedule for the 2021 Collegiate National Team. The Collegiate team will not face an international opponent this summer; instead, this year’s Collegiate team will feature 48 players on two 24-man rosters, the Stars and Stripes, who will play 11 intrasquad games in July.

The Stars and Stripes will play 10 of its 11 games in the cities of the Appalachian League, which begins its first season as a summer collegiate league as a part of the Prospect Development Pipeline. The Appalachian League also serves as a national team pathway and identification event for the Collegiate National Team and other future USA Baseball national teams.

Team USA will kick-off its 11-game tour on Friday, July 2, in Danville, Virginia, followed by a game in Burlington, North Carolina, on Saturday, July 3. USA Baseball will host the Fourth of July game at its National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, before hitting the road again to finish its season.

Greeneville, Tennessee, will host the U.S. on Tuesday, July 6, followed by Johnson City, Tennessee; Bristol, Virginia; Elizabethton, Tennessee; and Kingsport, Tennessee, in four consecutive nights.

The 11-game tour will conclude with a trio of games in Pulaski, Virginia; Princeton, West Virginia; and Bluefield, West Virginia, from July 13-15, respectively.

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The full 2021 Collegiate National Team Schedule is below:

(Date; Match-Up; Location; Time [E.T.])

Friday, July 2; Stars vs. Stripes; Danville, Virginia; 7 p.m.

Saturday, July 3; Stars vs. Stripes; Burlington, North Carolina; TBD

Sunday, July 4; Stars vs. Stripes; Cary, North Carolina; 1:30 p.m.

Tuesday, July 6; Stars vs. Stripes; Greeneville, Tennessee; 7 p.m.

Wednesday, July 7; Stars vs. Stripes; Johnson City, Tennessee; 7 p.m.

Thursday, July 8; Stars vs. Stripes; Bristol, Virginia; 7 p.m.

Friday, July 9; Stars vs. Stripes; Elizabethton, Virginia; 7 p.m.

Saturday, July 10; Stars vs. Stripes; Kingsport, Tennessee; TBD

Tuesday, July 13; Stars vs. Stripes; Pulaski, Virginia; 7 p.m.

Wednesday, July 14; Stars vs. Stripes; Princeton, West Virginia; 7 p.m.

Thursday, July 15; Stars vs. Stripes; Bluefield, West Virginia; 6:30 p.m.

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USA Baseball Reveals 2022 National High School Invitational Field

Ninth annual NHSI to be held from April 6-9 in Cary, North Carolina
January 12, 2022
CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today announced the 16-team field for the 2022 National High School Invitational (NHSI) presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance and the Town of Cary. The ninth annual event will be held from April 6-9 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North

CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today announced the 16-team field for the 2022 National High School Invitational (NHSI) presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance and the Town of Cary. The ninth annual event will be held from April 6-9 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic.

The field is highlighted by three past champions, including three-time defending champion Orange Lutheran High School (Orange, Calif.), as well as The First Academy (Orlando, Fla.) and Huntington Beach High School (Huntington Beach, Calif.).

“USA Baseball is thrilled to put the national spotlight on high school baseball with the ninth National High School Invitational,” said USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO Paul Seiler. “This event traditionally plays host to the country’s best prep baseball players and programs, offering an unparalleled baseball experience for these elite teams, as well as their families and fans. We look forward to another competitive tournament, and we cannot wait to welcome these sixteen incredible programs to Cary in April."

The 2022 NHSI Field

Orange Lutheran returns in 2022 looking for its tournament-record fourth consecutive title. The Lancers have won 13 consecutive games at the NHSI dating back to 2014 and hold a 15-4 all-time record at the event. The program will make the trip to Cary for the sixth time (2012, 2014, 2017-19) after most recently defeating Harvard-Westlake School, 6-2, to claim the 2019 trophy. In 2021, the Lancers reached the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Southern Section Division 1 Championship Semifinals.

The First Academy and Huntington Beach will also each look to claim another title in 2022 after winning the tournament in 2014 and 2016, respectively. The First Academy returns to Cary for the third time, and the first since 2016, after winning the 3A Florida State title in 2021, while Huntington Beach will make its fifth appearance at the event this April.

In addition to the three returning champions, the 2022 field features four programs that also participated in past editions of the event. Hamilton High School (Chandler, Ariz.) will make its third appearance at the NHSI (2013, 2017), while Bishop Verot High School (Fort Myers, Fla.) and Regis Jesuit High School (Aurora, Colo.) both return to the National Training Complex for the first time since 2014. 2021 Virginia Class 4 State Runner Up Hanover High School (Mechanicsville, Va.) is also back in the field after competing in the event in 2018.

D.H. Conley High School (Greenville, N.C.) will serve as the host team for this year’s tournament. The Vikings posted a 15-2 record and advanced to the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) 3A State Semifinals in 2021.

Including host D.H. Conley, nine schools will make their NHSI debuts in 2022. Fresh off a 7A Florida State championship, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (Parkland, Fla.) is one of two Florida newcomers at the event. Joining the Eagles from the Sunshine State is St. Johns Country Day (Orange Park, Fla.), which finished as runner-up in the 2A Florida State Championship last season.

Basic Academy of International Studies (Henderson, Nev.), Buford High School (Buford, Ga.), Don Bosco Preparatory High School (Ramsey, N.J.), McQuaid Jesuit High School (Rochester, N.Y.), Servite High School (Anaheim, Calif.), and Yucaipa High School (Yucaipa, Calif.) will also participate in the event for the first time.

In total, ten different states will be represented in this year’s tournament, led by California and Florida with four teams apiece.

“The NHSI has established itself as the premier event of its kind in the nation, and the GRSA is proud to be on board once again as a host partner,” said Scott Dupree, Executive Director of the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance. “We have always valued our relationship with USA Baseball, and we appreciate its tireless efforts to bring first-class events like this to the National Training Complex in Cary each year. Not only does the NHSI have tremendous economic impact on our community, but it also further strengthens Cary’s brand as one of America’s top destinations for amateur sports.”

The USA Baseball National Training Complex (NTC), in partnership with the Town of Cary, has been the official home of USA Baseball since 2007. The NTC has been the stage for the NHSI since its inception in 2012 and includes four baseball fields, all of which are maintained at Major League Baseball (MLB) standards. Many of MLB’s most-accomplished players have played at the complex in their careers, including four-time American League (AL) MVP Mike Trout and two-time National League (NL) MVP Bryce Harper. The Town of Cary received the National Gold Medal Grand Plaque Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management in 2016, which honors U.S. communities that demonstrate excellence in parks and recreation through long-range planning, resource management, volunteerism, environmental stewardship, program development, professional development, and agency recognition.

Since 2012, the NHSI has hosted some of the nation’s most talented players, many of whom have gone on to illustrious careers in professional baseball. Among some of the most notable major leaguers who have taken the field at the tournament are 2016 NL MVP Cody Bellinger and 2021 World Series champion Max Fried, as well as All-Stars Joey Gallo and Lucas Giolito. Additionally, seven first round picks in the 2020 and 2021 MLB Drafts participated in the event, including Slade Cecconi, Pete Crow-Armstrong, Ed Howard, Jack Leiter, Austin Martin, Garrett Mitchell, and Andy Painter.

The NHSI is a single-elimination championship tournament, with each participating team guaranteed to play four games. The 2022 championship game will be played under the lights on Coleman Field with the first pitch scheduled for Saturday, April 9, at 6 p.m. ET. The bracket and full schedule will be announced at a later date.

The complete list of 2022 NHSI participants is as follows:

High School (City, State)

  • Basic Academy of International Studies (Henderson, Nev.)
  • Bishop Verot High School (Fort Myers, Fla.)
  • Buford High School (Buford, Ga.)
  • D.H. Conley High School (Greenville, N.C.)
  • Don Bosco Preparatory High School (Ramsey, N.J.)
  • Hamilton High School (Chandler, Ariz.)
  • Hanover High School (Mechanicsville, Va.)
  • Huntington Beach High School (Huntington Beach, Calif.)
  • Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (Parkland, Fla.)
  • McQuaid Jesuit High School (Rochester, N.Y.)
  • Orange Lutheran High School (Orange, Calif.)
  • Regis Jesuit High School (Aurora, Colo.)
  • Servite High School (Anaheim, Calif.)
  • St. Johns Country Day (Orange Park, Fla.)
  • The First Academy (Orlando, Fla.)
  • Yucaipa High School (Yucaipa, Calif.)

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USA Baseball Board of Directors Expansion Welcomes Three Additional Former Athletes

ESPN analyst and Women’s National Team alum Jenny Dalton-Hill, Professional National Team alum Jacob May, and Olympic gold medalist Ernie Young join the board in 2022
January 10, 2022
CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today announced the expansion of its Board of Directors with the addition of three former athletes, including Women’s National Team alum and ESPN analyst Jenny Dalton-Hill, Professional National Team alum Jacob May, and nine-time national team coach and Olympic gold medalist Ernie Young. Dalton-Hill and

CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today announced the expansion of its Board of Directors with the addition of three former athletes, including Women’s National Team alum and ESPN analyst Jenny Dalton-Hill, Professional National Team alum Jacob May, and nine-time national team coach and Olympic gold medalist Ernie Young.

Dalton-Hill and Young previously served on the USA Baseball Board of Directors, whereas May will serve for the first time. The three additions were approved at the annual Board of Directors meeting in December. Courtesy of the expansion, former USA Baseball athletes now compose 40% of the board's membership.

“The expansion of our Board of Directors with three additional former athletes is a tremendous step forward for USA Baseball and we are thrilled to welcome our newest member Jacob, as well as welcome back Ernie and Jenny,” said USA Baseball President Mike Gaski. “These three individuals bring incredible experience and value to our board. We anticipate their contributions making a big impact and having a great influence on USA Baseball as we continue to evolve and grow in the world of amateur sports.”

Dalton-Hill rejoins the Board of Directors with over ten years of experience as both a player and a coach for USA Baseball. Her first stint with Team USA came as a member of the 2010 Women’s National Team, where she helped guide the U.S. to a bronze medal at the 2010 International Baseball Federation (IBAF) Women’s Baseball World Cup. After her playing career, Dalton-Hill served as a coach at the inaugural USA Baseball Girls Camp in 2021 as well as at the Women’s National Team Development Program (NTDP) in 2011, 2014, and 2021. In addition, she was an assistant coach for the 2012 Women’s National Team, helping to lead Team USA to an IBAF Women’s Baseball World Cup silver medal. Currently a college softball analyst for ESPN, Dalton-Hill was an All-American softball player at the University of Arizona, where she won three national championships and was named 1996 National Player of the Year. Dalton-Hill also previously served on the USA Baseball Board of Directors from 2012-2020 and was a member of the Colorado Silver Bullets in 1997 where she played under MLB Hall of Famer Phil Niekro.

May made his USA Baseball debut in 2015 with the Professional National Team. He started all eight games for Team USA in the 2015 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Premier12™, helping the U.S. earn a silver medal. May was selected in the third round of the 2013 MLB Draft by the Chicago White Sox out of Coastal Carolina University and played in 550 minor league games throughout his professional career, collecting 557 hits and a .265 career batting average. The outfielder made his Major League debut on April 4, 2017, and appeared in 15 games for the White Sox that season before finishing his career in 2018. Following his final season of professional baseball, May began working at Live Oak Bank where he served as an Associate Relationship Manager and a Business Analyst before becoming a Wealth Manager Administrator at Budros, Ruhlin & Roe, Inc. in December 2019. He currently works as an AVP, Junior Special Assets for United Midwest Savings Bank after joining the company in February of 2021. May will also serve as a USA Baseball representative on the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) Athletes’ Advisory Council, joining fellow Team USA alum and board member Willie Bloomquist.

Olympic gold medalist Young has had an accomplished playing and coaching career with Team USA spanning 23 years. A member of the gold medal-winning Sydney 2000 Olympic Games team, he also played on the Professional National Team again in 2003. Young spent eight years playing in the major leagues for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals, and Oakland Athletics between 1994 and 2004. He remained involved with Team USA after the Sydney Olympic Games by joining the Board of Directors in 2003 before rejoining in 2021. He also served as a hitting coach for five national teams, including the 2021 Olympic Team that won silver at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, and managed the 2010 and 2011 Professional National Teams. With Young on a coaching staff, Team USA has amassed an overall record of 55-17-2 and won a world championship in 2009.

In addition to welcoming three new members, Mike Gaski, Jason Dobis, and Elliot Hopkins were reelected to leadership roles on the USA Baseball Board of the Directors. They will continue to serve as president, treasurer, and secretary, respectively. Additionally, George Grande (At-Large) and John Gall (10 Year+ Athlete) were also both reelected to extra terms and National Amateur Baseball Federation (NABF) Executive Director Derek Topik rotated onto the board as a National Member Organization (NMO) representative.

For more information on USA Baseball, follow @USABaseball on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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USA Baseball Announces Award Winners for 2021

Olympic silver medalist Tyler Austin named Richard W. “Dick” Case Award winner
December 16, 2021
CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today named the recipients of its annual organizational awards, recognizing the top athletes, coaches, and performances from its 2021 USA Baseball national teams. Olympian Tyler Austin was honored as the Richard W. “Dick” Case Award winner, becoming the first Professional National Team alumnus to earn

CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today named the recipients of its annual organizational awards, recognizing the top athletes, coaches, and performances from its 2021 USA Baseball national teams. Olympian Tyler Austin was honored as the Richard W. “Dick” Case Award winner, becoming the first Professional National Team alumnus to earn athlete of the year honors since 2009. The award is given annually to USA Baseball’s top player in honor of the organization’s founding Executive Director and CEO. 

Professional National Team members collected top honors in several other categories in 2021, including Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year Mike Scioscia. Todd Frazier earned the International Performance of the Year award after helping Team USA clinch its spot in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and John Fierro was named the Service Provider of the Year after serving as the team’s Certified Athletic Trainer for the ninth time in his career. Additionally, the Olympic Team won USA Baseball’s Team of the Year after winning the silver medal in the Olympic Games.

Collegiate National Team Manager Elliott Avent was named the organization’s first-ever College Coach of the Year and 18U National Team Manager Jason Maxwell earned the Developmental Coach of the Year award for the second time in his career. Additionally, Troy Tulowitzki was honored as the Volunteer Coach of the Year.

Rounding out the awards in 2021 is Coach Educator of the Year Michael Cuddyer and USA Baseball Director of Development Jim Koerner, who was named the organization’s “Doc” Councilman Science Award recipient. 

“We are thrilled to close out our 2021 season by recognizing a group of tremendous individuals for their contributions and successes representing USA Baseball this year,” said Paul Seiler, USA Baseball’s Executive Director/CEO. “Each award recipient shined on and off the field this year but also collectively excelled as ambassadors of baseball in the United States domestically and internationally. It is a privilege to have them as members of the USA Baseball family and we will continue to honor their successes for many years to come.”

The complete list of the 2021 USA Baseball organizational award winners is as follows: 

  • Richard W. “Dick” Case Award: Tyler Austin, Olympic Team
  • Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year: Mike Scioscia, Olympic Team
  • Team of the Year: Olympic Team
  • International Performance of the Year: Todd Frazier, Olympic Qualifying Team
  • Service Provider of the Year: John Fierro, Olympic Team
  • Developmental Coach of the Year: Jason Maxwell, 18U National Team
  • College Coach of the Year: Elliott Avent, Collegiate National Team
  • Volunteer Coach of the Year: Troy Tulowitzki, Collegiate National Team & 13U/14U Athlete Development Program
  • Coach Educator of the Year: Michael Cuddyer, USA Baseball Develops Blog
  • “Doc” Councilman Science Award: Jim Koerner, USA Baseball

 

Tyler Austin was awarded the Richard W. “Dick” Case Award after being named to the All-Olympic Team following Tokyo 2020. He led Team USA in eight offensive categories in the Olympic Games: batting average, runs scored, hits, doubles, total bases, slugging percentage, and on-base percentage. The stars and stripes’ designated hitter finished the tournament hitting .417 with three doubles, two home runs, seven RBI, and a .462 on-base percentage. His offensive contributions led the red, white, and blue to a silver medal, its first Olympic medal since 2008.

Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year Mike Scioscia took over the USA Baseball Professional National Team program in 2021 searching for not only a spot in the Olympic Games but an Olympic Medal… and he delivered. First, Team USA finished the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Baseball Americas Qualifier with an undefeated record to clinch its spot in the Games. Then he followed that by leading the U.S. to a silver medal in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Under his leadership, Team USA finished with an overall record of 8-2 over both tournaments in 2021, suffering its only two losses to eventual Olympic gold medalists Japan in the Olympic Games. The silver medal was Team USA’s second silver (Los Angeles 1984)–fifth overall–in Olympic history, and the first Olympic medal since 2008. Their achievements also earned them the 2021 USA Baseball Team of the Year award.

The Olympic Qualifying Team’s Todd Frazier earned the 2021 International Performance of the Year award after his perfect 4-for-4 performance against Venezuela clinched Team USA’s spot in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Frazier sparked Team USA in the field and at the plate, starting a momentum-swinging 5-3 double-play that thwarted a first-inning Venezuela threat. He recorded hits in each of his four at-bats and was involved in every scoring play of the night for Team USA. He came home on Eric Filia’s two-run blast, laced an RBI double in the fifth inning, and hit a critical home run in the seventh, driving in the final two U.S. runs of the night in the 4-2 victory.

Olympic Team Certified Athletic Trainer John Fierro was named the Service Provider of the Year in 2021 after making his eighth and ninth appearances on a USA Baseball administrative staff, respectively, as a member of the Olympic qualifying team and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games staff. Thanks to his successful career in professional baseball that spans over 30 years, Fierro is one of the most sought-after Certified Athletic Trainers and a staple for Team USA’s Professional National Teams. With his assistance and attention to the athletes in 2021, the Professional National Team qualified for the Olympics after going unbeaten in the WBSC Baseball Americas Qualifier and followed by winning a silver medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. 

Jason Maxwell received his second career USA Baseball Developmental Coach of the Year award after leading the 18U National Team to a dominant and overwhelming victory over Canada in its seven-game international friendship series. Finishing with a record of 5-1-1 over its seven games, the 18U National Team outscored Canada 60-11 and dominated nearly every statistical category. Maxwell also focused on developing the team’s mental approach to the game and their lives throughout his time guiding Team USA. 2021 marks Maxwell’s second time earning this honor, having also won the award in 2018 after leading the 15U National Team to its first-ever world championship.

Elliott Avent, NC State University’s Head Coach and the 2021 Collegiate National Team Manager, had a banner year in 2021, earning the first-ever USA Baseball College Coach of the Year. Avent led his Wolfpack on a historic run through the NCAA postseason, knocking off the No. 1 Arkansas Razorbacks on their home field in the Super Regionals before eventually making the semifinals of the College World Series. Following their tremendous run and finishing the season 37-19, Avent managed the Collegiate National Team in 2021. Without an international opponent for Team USA to face due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, he led an unprecedented number of athletes on two rosters in an 11-game Stars and Stripes series. Ultimately, his summer ended by facing off against the U.S. Olympic Team in a three-game exhibition series before the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Five-time MLB All-Star, two-time Gold Glove winner, and now 2021 USA Baseball Volunteer Coach of the Year Troy Tulowitzki coached with both the Collegiate National Team and the 13U/14U Athlete Development Program in 2021. Tulowitzki drew from his successful playing career to offer a unique perspective to the USA Baseball athletes he worked with as a coach of two programs. In addition to his regular coaching duties with the Collegiate National Team, he mentored the athletes on transitioning from amateur to professional baseball. Expanding on this role while on the coaching staff at the 13U/14U Athlete Development Program, Tulowitzki hosted a seminar for the participants and their parents to discuss college recruiting, providing in-depth strategies and insight into navigating the process. He also made himself available to all athletes and their families, engaging with them and offering additional advice as asked.

Coach Educator of the Year Michael Cuddyer is a two-time MLB All-Star, the 2013 MLB Batting Title champion, and a regular contributor to the USA Baseball Sport Development Blog. Simultaneously serving as an assistant coach for the USA Baseball 18U National Team in 2021, Cuddyer continued to produce a weekly educational series titled Cuddyer’s Corner for USA Baseball’s social media profiles, YouTube channel, and official website. Every week he focuses on a range of topics that affect the game of baseball in the United States. His unique insight as a former All-Star in Major League Baseball, a USA Baseball national team alum, and a coach helps countless coaches, parents, and leagues in the development of a well-rounded baseball player, improving their skills and overall experience within the game.

Lastly, Jim Koerner was honored with the “Doc” Councilman Science Award after working with nearly every single program USA Baseball hosted in 2021. During this season, he focused on the developmental side of baseball, utilizing every available technological offering USA Baseball provides to its athletes. Koerner allowed real-time data from swing and pitch tracking analysis, as well as statistics collected from the Major League Baseball and USA Baseball Prospect Development Pipeline Performance Evaluations, to drive his coaching efforts. His focus on developing athletes using analytics allows athletes to make immediate adjustments in practice and game situations. Moreover, Koerner also utilizes the data collection to create long-term development curricula, exercise programs, drills for athletes of all ages, and educational video series for baseball players across the country.

The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC) annually honors one Sportsman, Sportswoman, and Team of the Year based on nominations from its national governing bodies. Additionally, they also present Olympic, College, Developmental, and Volunteer Coach of the Year awards, as well as a Coach Educator of the Year, “Doc” Councilman Science Award, and Service Provider of the Year. USA Baseball’s award winners serve as the organization’s nominees in their respective categories with the USOPC.

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Federowicz Gives Back to Apex, North Carolina, With Homegrown Clinic

November 16, 2021
Photo Album APEX, N.C. -- Two-time USA Baseball national team alumnus and Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games silver medalist Tim Federowicz hosted a USA Baseball Homegrown Clinic in his hometown of Apex, North Carolina, on Saturday. Hosted at the ball field of his alma mater, Apex High School, nearly 150 youth

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APEX, N.C. -- Two-time USA Baseball national team alumnus and Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games silver medalist Tim Federowicz hosted a USA Baseball Homegrown Clinic in his hometown of Apex, North Carolina, on Saturday. Hosted at the ball field of his alma mater, Apex High School, nearly 150 youth from the area joined in on the fun, getting to play baseball with a hometown hero.

Before turning the event over to Federowicz, kids were welcomed to the event by members of the Apex High School baseball team, USA Baseball's mascot Freedom, Apex High School Baseball Coach Lane Olive, and Apex Mayor Jacques Gilbert.

“Tim understands he comes back and pours into the community to bring up the next person,” said Mayor Gilbert. “There is another young Tim that is ready to also move forward and achieve much success, and they can use Tim as an inspiration. I think that is what we all should do, inspire others through our success. I think that is what Tim is going to continue to do for many. They can see him and say ‘Wow, I can accomplish this same thing!’.

Attendees were split into groups and participated in baseball stations, such as base running, throwing, and home run derby, before playing a modified baseball scrimmage where Federowicz served as a designated pitcher.

The event concluded with a question-and-answer session with the participants. There, they learned that Federowicz’s favorite baseball player growing up was Derek Jeter, and his favorite team was the Atlanta Braves. Each kid then got to meet him one-on-one and received an autographed poster before heading home.

“I love any chance to give back to the community, especially the one I grew up in,” said Federowicz. “I remember coming to camps like this growing up. It’s just cool to get out there and see the younger generations and how excited they were to come out here and play. Interacting with the kids, getting to pitch, and getting to see them smile and have fun diving all over the place... it’s just awesome.”

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Early Runs, Combined One-Hitter Lift Team USA to 19-0 Win Over Texas Scrappers

Stars and stripes finish three-game exhibition slate with unbeaten record
November 15, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E Texas Scrappers  0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 Team USA  6 0 6 4 3 0 0 19 15 0 Win: Isaac Vidal Loss: Charlie Gamber Save: None Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats FLOWER MOUND, Texas – Team
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Texas Scrappers  0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3
Team USA  6 0 6 4 3 0 0 19 15 0
Win: Isaac Vidal Loss: Charlie Gamber Save: None
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FLOWER MOUND, Texas – Team USA scored six runs in the first inning and allowed just one hit all game en route to a 19-0 win over the Texas Scrappers on Monday afternoon at Bakersfield Park in Flower Mound, Texas. With the win, the 12U National Team finishes its three-game exhibition schedule undefeated. 

The six-run first got started on an RBI single by Julian Rodriguez (Boca Raton, Fla.), before Jacob Seamon (Rolling Meadows, Ill.) and Jake Welch (Lehi, Utah) followed with a pair of their own RBI singles. Angel Gonzalez (Whittier, Calif.) capped the rally with a two-run double to right center field, giving Team USA a 6-0 lead it would not relinquish.

Gonzalez led Team USA’s offensive attack in the win, hitting a homer to go along with two more hits and five RBIs. Seamon and Welch also had three hits for the stars and stripes, who got a homer from Brodie Campbell (Newnan, Ga.) for the second consecutive game. Aaron Garcia (Pico Rivera, Calif.) picked up two hits for the third straight game. 

Team USA’s pitchers combined to allow just one hit over seven dominant innings. Jared Grindlinger (Huntington Beach, Calif) started on the mound for the stars and stripes and delivered two scoreless innings, striking out four. Isaac Vidal (Miami, Fla.) earned the win, tossing two perfect frames with five strikeouts. Brady Bickham (Claremont, Calif.) and Derek Vazquez (Charlotte, N.C.) put the finishing touches on the performance, striking out five combined batters in three innings of work. Charlie Gamber suffered the loss for the Scrappers.

Key Moments

  • With Julian Martinez (New York, N.Y.) and Hudson Brown (Iola, Texas) in scoring position in the first, Rodriguez singled through the left side to score the game’s first run. Seamon followed with a two-run single to give Team USA a 3-0 lead.
  • Welch singled to left field to score Seamon, and Gonzalez followed a batter later with a two-run double to cap the six-run rally in the first.
  • Kekahupono Kong (Mililani, Hawaii) plated a run with an RBI groundout and Caleb Hudson (Carrollton, Ga.) scored on a wild pitch to make it 8-0 in the third.
  • With Welch on second, Gonzalez pulled a two-run blast over the right field wall to give Team USA a 10-0 lead.
  • The lead grew to 12 as the stars and stripes scored twice more in the third, once on a passed ball and again on a sacrifice fly by Rodriguez.
  • Gonzalez drove in his fifth run of the day in the fourth, making it 13-0 with an RBI single to left field. Team USA added three more runs on a single by Garcia, an RBI groundout by Jackson Fetters (Montgomery, Texas), and a wild pitch to extend the lead to 16-0.
  • After Seamon doubled and Welch walked with two outs in the fifth, Campbell went the other way for a three-run blast to give Team USA a 19-0 lead that it would protect over the final two frames.

 

Notable Information

  • With the win, Team USA finishes its 2021 three-game exhibition slate with a perfect 3-0 record.
  • The stars and stripes outscored their three opponents, 55-3, in the exhibition contests.
  • Bickham, Grindlinger, Vazquez, and Vidal combined to allow just one hit in the victory. The lone baserunner for the Scrappers came in the first inning on a two-out single.
  • Brown had a game-high three walks, reaching via the base on balls in all of his plate appearances.
  • With the three-hit performances by Gonzalez, Seamon, and Welch, Team USA had at least one hitter with three hits in each game it played.
  • The red, white, and blue hit 11 home runs in three games, including seven in Sunday’s win over Premier National.
  • Team USA finished its slate with just one error, and played its final two games without a defensive miscue.
  • Gonzalez and Bickham tied for the team lead in batting average, both hitting .750 over the three games.
  • Every pitcher who took the mound for Team USA recorded at least two strikeouts in the three games.

 

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Seven Homers Carry Team USA to Win Over Premier National

Brunson goes yard three times, Garcia and Martinez homer again in 22-0 victory
November 15, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E Team USA  4  2 10 2 0 3 1 22 21 0 Premier National 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 2 Win: Chase Cotton Loss: Parker Legh-Page Save: None Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats FLOWER MOUND, Texas – Easton
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Team USA  4  2 10 2 0 3 1 22 21 0
Premier National 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 2
Win: Chase Cotton Loss: Parker Legh-Page Save: None
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FLOWER MOUND, Texas – Easton Brunson (Highlands, Texas) hit three home runs as Team USA powered past Premier National, 22-0, on Sunday afternoon at Bakersfield Park in Flower Mound, Texas.

Brunson’s first blast came in the top of the first inning. After Team USA took a 2-0 lead on an RBI groundout and a wild pitch, Brunson deposited a two-run homer into the parking lot in right field to give the stars and stripes a 4-0 lead. He homered again in the third, sending another shot to right field in a 10-run frame for Team USA. The final homer came in the top of the sixth, a three-run shot to left field.

Brodie Campbell (Newnan, Ga.), Aaron Garcia (Pico Rivera, Calif.), Jared Grindlinger (Huntington Beach, Calif.), and Julian Martinez (New York, N.Y.) all added homers for the red, white, and blue. It was the second homer in two days for Garcia and Martinez, who both homered in Saturday’s win over ZT Elite.

Kekahupono Kong (Mililani, Hawaii) got the start on the mound for Team USA, allowing just three hits in three scoreless frames. Chase Cotton (Lincoln, Calif.) earned the win out of the bullpen, striking out five in two innings of work. Parker Legh-Page suffered the loss for Premier National.

 

Key Moments

  • Hudson Brown (Iola, Texas) got the scoring started with an RBI groundout and Martinez scored on a wild pitch to give the stars and stripes a 2-0 lead.
  • With two outs and Brady Bickham (Claremont, Calif) on second base, Brunson hit a mammoth homer over the scoreboard in right field to extend Team USA’s lead to 4-0.
  • After Garcia singled in the second, Grindlinger hit an opposite-field homer to left field as the red, white, and blue gained a 6-0 edge.
  • In the third, Jake Welch (Lehi, Utah) was hit by a pitch to drive in a run before Angel Gonzalez (Whittier, Calif.) roped a two-run single to grow the Team USA lead to 9-0.
  • Garcia kept the rally going with a three-run homer to straightaway center field for the second straight game. Grindlinger followed with a single before Martinez cranked a homer over the left field fence to give Team USA a 14-0 lead.
  • Brunson delivered his second round-tripper of the night with Bickham on second to grow the stars and stripes’ lead to 16-0 in the third.
  • The red, white, and blue made it 18-0 in the fourth, when Julian Rodriguez (Boca Raton, Fla.) drove in a run on a fielder’s choice and Caleb Hudson (Carrolton, Ga.) hit an RBI single.
  • Brunson’s third home run was a high-arching, three-run blast to left field, which extended the Team USA lead to 21-0.
  • Campbell went the other way for a solo shot in the seventh to grow the lead to 22-0 in favor of the stars and stripes.

 

Notable Information

  • With the win, Team USA is now 2-0 through the first two games of its three-game slate.
  • Brunson drove in a game-high seven runs in the victory.
  • Seven players had multi-hit games for the stars and stripes, with Brunson and Grindlinger leading the way with three apiece.
  • Brunson, Grindlinger, and Bickham combined to score 10 of Team USA’s 22 runs. Garcia, Gonzalez, and Martinez also scored multiple runs in the win.
  • The red, white, and blue did not make an error in the game, and have only made one through their first two games.

 

On Deck

  • November 15: Team USA vs. Texas Scrappers (11:00 am CT/12:00 p.m. ET)

 

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Offensive Outburst and Strong Pitching Leads Team USA to Win Over ZT Elite

Garcia’s leadoff homer sets tone in 14-3 victory
November 14, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E ZT Elite  0  2 1 0 0 0 0 3 6 1 Team USA 2 4 7 0 1 0 0 14 13 1 Win: Jackson Fetters Loss: Luke Esquivel Save: None Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats FLOWER MOUND, Texas – Team USA
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
ZT Elite  0  2 1 0 0 0 0 3 6 1
Team USA 2 4 7 0 1 0 0 14 13 1
Win: Jackson Fetters Loss: Luke Esquivel Save: None
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FLOWER MOUND, Texas – Team USA rode an impressive offensive performance and dominant pitching to a 14-3 win over ZT Elite on Saturday night at Bakersfield Park in Flower Mound, Texas.

The stars and stripes got started immediately on offense when Aaron Garcia (Pico Rivera, Calif.) crushed a leadoff homer to straightaway center field in the first to give Team USA an early lead. Hudson Brown (Iola, Texas) added an RBI double later in the first before hitting a two-run double in a seven-run fourth inning as the red, white, and blue built a commanding lead.

Four players had multi-hit games for Team USA in the win. Brown, Garcia, Jared Grindlinger (Huntington Beach, Calif.), and Julian Martinez (New York, N.Y.) all picked up two hits and combined for eight RBIs for the stars and stripes. Garcia and Martinez added homers in the victory.

Jackson Maddix (Pittsburgh, Pa.) got the start for Team USA, pitching 2.1 innings and allowing three runs. Jackson Fetters (Montgomery, Texas) entered in relief and earned the win, allowing just two hits in 4.2 scoreless innings. ZT Elite’s Luke Esquivel surrendered the loss, allowing eight runs in 2.0 innings pitched.

Key Moments

  • After ZT Elite led off the game with an infield single, Martinez started an around-the-horn double play to keep the visitors off the board.
  • Garcia launched a leadoff home run to straightaway center field to give Team USA a quick lead. Later in the inning, Brown plated Brady Bickham (Claremont, Calif.) with a single to left field to give the stars and stripes a 2-0 lead.
  • ZT Elite tied the game in the second on a two-run home run by Lennex Minor, but Derek Vazquez (Charlotte, N.C.) scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the inning to give Team USA a 3-2 lead.
  • After reaching on an infield single, Caleb Hudson (Carrolton, Ga.) was plated on an RBI single by Grindlinger later in the second. Two batters later, Bickham roped an RBI single to left field to score two runs and extend the lead to 6-2.
  • Levi Leathers hit a solo home run for ZT Elite in the top of the third to trim the visitors’ deficit to three.
  • Team USA responded with a seven-run inning to take a commanding lead. The first two runs of the rally came on a two-run double by Jake Welch (Lehi, Utah), a fly ball down the right field line that scored Vazquez and Julian Rodriguez (Boca Raton, Fla.).
  • After Garcia drove in a run on a fielder’s choice, Martinez singled to left field to plate a run and keep the rally going. Two batters later, Brown doubled to left-center field to score two more runs before an RBI groundout gave Team USA a 13-3 edge.
  • The red, white, and blue scored again in the bottom of the fifth thanks to a no-doubter over the wall in left field by Martinez to lead off the frame.
  • Fetters closed the door on the victory for Team USA, finishing off an impressive relief performance with two strikeouts in the seventh.

 

Notable Information

  • With the win, Team USA starts its three-game slate with a 1-0 record.
  • Fetters struck out six batters in relief, allowing just four baserunners to reach in 4.2 innings.
  • Five players on Team USA scored two runs in the win. Bickham, Gonzalez, Grindlinger, Martinez, and Vazquez all touched home twice in the game.
  • The stars and stripes stole four bases in the win, with Bickham, Hudson, Martinez, and Welch all swiping bags.
  • Bickham drew a game-high two walks on the night.

 

On Deck

  • November 14: Team USA vs. Premier National (4:00 pm CT/5:00 pm ET)
  • November 15: Team USA vs. Texas Scrappers (11:00 am CT/12:00 p.m. ET)

 

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GAMEDAY: Team USA Has Eyes on Undefeated Slate

First pitch set for 11:00 a.m. CT/12:00 p.m. ET at Bakersfield Park
November 13, 2021
GAME Team USA vs. Texas Scrappers TIME 11:00 a.m. CT/12:00 p.m. ET LOCATION Flower Mound, Texas (Bakersfield Park) FOLLOW Live Stream FLOWER MOUND, Texas -- The 2021 12U National Team will look to finish its three-game set undefeated when it takes on the Texas Scrappers at 11:00 a.m. CT/12:00 p.m. ET at Bakersfield
GAME Team USA vs. Texas Scrappers
TIME 11:00 a.m. CT/12:00 p.m. ET
LOCATION Flower Mound, Texas (Bakersfield Park)
FOLLOW Live Stream

FLOWER MOUND, Texas -- The 2021 12U National Team will look to finish its three-game set undefeated when it takes on the Texas Scrappers at 11:00 a.m. CT/12:00 p.m. ET at Bakersfield Park in Flower Mound, Texas. The game will be streamed live on the USA Baseball Facebook Page.

Notable Information

  • Team USA hit seven home runs in Sunday's 22-0 win over Premier National.
  • Easton Brunson (Highlands, Texas) cranked three homers in the win on Sunday. He drove in a team-high seven runs.
  • Seven players had multi-hit games for the red, white, and blue on Sunday. Brunson and Jared Grindlinger (Huntington Beach, Calif.) led the offensive attack with three hits apiece.
  • Brady Bickham (Huntington Beach, Calif.), Brunson, and Grindlinger combined for 10 of Team USA's 22 runs.
  • The 2021 12U National Team was announced on Thursday after four days of Trials, which featured three games, daily on-field workouts, and Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP) testing.
  • The roster features players from 10 different states. California features the most players on the roster with five, while Texas has three players on the team.
  • The team comprises 13 athletes who competed in the 2021 USA Baseball 11U Futures Invitational in June. The other five players on the roster participated in the 2021 National Team Identification Series (NTIS) Champions Cup in August. Both events were held at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.
  • The 2021 12U National Team is managed by RJ Farrell, who has previously served as an assistant coach with the 12U National Team three times. It is his national team managerial debut.
  • Farrell is joined on staff by pitching coach Seth Kenny and assistant coaches, Erik Johnson and Tanner Vesely. Johnson and Kenny will make their national team coaching debuts, while Vesely, who led the 2015 12U National Team to gold as manager at the 2015 World Baseball Softball Confederation U-12 Baseball World Cup, is on the staff for the fourth time.
     

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RosterRelease

USA Baseball Announces 2021 12U National Team Roster

Eighteen-man roster set to play three exhibition games in Flower Mound, Texas
November 11, 2021
FLOWER MOUND, Texas – USA Baseball today announced the 2021 12U National Team roster, following the completion of 12U National Team Trials held in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The final 18-man roster will compete in three exhibition games against travel programs from the Texas area, beginning on Saturday, November 13. 

FLOWER MOUND, Texas – USA Baseball today announced the 2021 12U National Team roster, following the completion of 12U National Team Trials held in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The final 18-man roster will compete in three exhibition games against travel programs from the Texas area, beginning on Saturday, November 13. 

“The process of selecting a roster is always difficult and exciting,” said 2021 12U National Team Manager RJ Farrell. “Our Trials roster was very talented and produced some great competition over the last three days. Ultimately, we feel that we have chosen the eighteen best players to represent our program and we cannot wait to compete with this group.”

The roster features 13 athletes who competed in the 2021 USA Baseball 11U Futures Invitational in June. The other five players on the roster participated in the 2021 National Team Identification Series (NTIS) Champions Cup in August. Both events were held at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

Ten different states are represented on the 18-man roster. California leads all states with five players represented on the team, followed by Texas with three players on the roster. 

The roster was chosen after four days of Trials, which included three games, daily on-field workouts and instruction, and Player Development Pipeline (PDP) Performance Evaluations. 

The 12U National Team will be led in 2021 by first-time manager RJ Farrell, who has previously served as an assistant coach with the 12U National Team three times. He will be joined by pitching coach Seth Kenny and assistants Erik Johnson and Tanner Vesely. Johnson and Kenny will make their national team coaching debuts in 2021, while Vesely, who led the 2015 12U National Team to gold as its manager at the 2015 World Baseball Softball Confederation U-12 Baseball World Cup, is on a national team staff for the sixth time. 

Team USA will begin its three-game 2021 schedule against ZT Elite on Saturday, November 13 at 6 p.m. CT. The stars and stripes will then take on Premier National on Sunday, November 14 at 4 p.m. CT and the Texas Scrappers on Monday, November 15 at 11 a.m. CT. All three games will be streamed on USA Baseball’s Facebook page.

The full 2021 12U National Team schedule can be found here.

For the most up-to-date information on the 12U National Team, visit USABaseball.com or follow @USABaseball and @USABaseball12U on Twitter.

    • 2021 12U National Team Roster
    • (Name; Hometown; School)
    • Brady Bickham; Claremont, Calif.; El Roble
    • Hudson Brown; Iola, Texas; Iola Intermediate
    • Easton Brunson; Highlands, Texas; Goose Creek
    • Brodie Campbell; Newnan, Ga.; Will at Newnan
    • Chase Cotton; Lincoln, Calif.; Whitney
    • Jackson Fetters; Montgomery, Texas; Oak Hills
    • Aaron Garcia; Pico Rivera, Calif.; EM Speed & Power
    • Angel Gonzalez; Whittier, Calif.; Resurrection Catholic
    • Jared Grindlinger; Huntington Beach, Calif.; Mesa View
    • Caleb Hudson; Carrollton, Ga.; Carrollton
    • Kekahupono Kong; Mililani, Hawaii; Kamehamena
    • Jackson Maddix; Pittsburgh, Penn.; Chartiers Valley
    • Julian Martinez; New York, N.Y.; Thompson Square
    • Julian Rodriguez; Boca Raton, Fla.; Don Estridge
    • Jacob Seamon; Rolling Meadows, Ill.; Grace Academy
    • Derek Vazquez; Charlotte, N.C.; Charlotte Preparatory
    • Isaac Vidal; Miami, Fla.; Ethel Koger Beckham
    • Jake Welch; Lehi, Utah; River Rock
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Game 3 Article

Stars Top Stripes, 5-2, in 12U Trials Finale

Three-run fifth inning propels Stars to first win
November 11, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E STARS  0  1 1 0 3 0 5 7 0 STRIPES 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 3 2 Win: Levi Kerr Loss: Duncan McLeod Save: Aaron Garcia  Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats EULESS, Texas – The Stars rallied for three runs
  1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
STARS  0  1 1 0 3 0 5 7 0
STRIPES 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 3 2
Win: Levi Kerr Loss: Duncan McLeod Save: Aaron Garcia 
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EULESS, Texas – The Stars rallied for three runs in the fifth inning to top the Stripes, 5-2, in the finale of the 2021 12U National Team Trials Series at The Parks at Texas Star in Euless, Texas.

With the game tied in the top of the fifth, Hudson Brown (Iola, Texas) delivered a two-out, two-run single to put the Stars in the lead. Brown then stole a base and scored on an error to give the Stars a three-run lead before the bullpen secured the win.

Seven different players had a hit for the Stars in the win. Brown, Levi Kerr (Holly Springs, N.C.), and Isaac Vidal (Miami, Fla.) all drove in runs for the Stars, who also stole four bases.

The Stripes were held to just three hits, paced offensively by Kekahunopo Kong (Mililani, Hawaii), Adrian Villela (Tucson, Ariz.), and Jake Welch (Lehi, Utah). Chase Cotton (Lincoln, Calif.) had the lone RBI for the Stripes.

Kerr earned the win for the Stars, tossing 1.1 scoreless innings with a strikeout. Duncan McLeod (Huntington Beach, Calif.) surrendered the loss for the Stripes. Aaron Garcia (Pico Rivera, Calif.) earned the save, throwing a perfect inning in the final frame.

Key Moments

  • After a scoreless first inning, the Stars scored first on an RBI groundout by Kerr in the second. Colt Sampson (Magnolia, Texas) scored on the play to give the Stars a 1-0 lead.
  • Jackson Maddix (Pittsburgh, Pa.) led off the top of the third with a single and came around to score on an RBI groundout by Vidal to extend the Stars’ lead to 2-0.
  • Julian Martinez (New York, N.Y.) walked to start the bottom of the fourth for the Stripes and eventually scored on Cotton’s RBI groundout. Villela, who doubled earlier in the inning, scored on a balk to tie the game for the Stripes
  • The Stars took the lead in the bottom of the fifth. Zachary Estrada (Covina, Calif.) started the rally with a leadoff single and advanced to second with two outs, before Brown’s two-run single gave the Stars a 4-2 lead. Brown then stole third base and scored on a throwing error to make it 5-2 in favor of the Stars.
  • After winning an 11-pitch battle with Jared Grindlinger (Huntington Beach, Calif.) to start the bottom of the sixth, Garcia retired the final two batters to secure the win for the Stars.

 

Notable Information

  • With the result, both teams finish Trials with 1-1-1 records.
  • Three pitchers did not allow a hit in the win for the Stars. Garcia, Vidal, and Derek Vazquez (Charlotte, N.C.) all held the Stripes hitless in four combined innings of work.
  • Vazquez struck out a game-high four batters in two innings pitched.
  • Garcia stole two more bases in game three for the Stars, giving him six stolen bases in the series.

 

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Stripes Use Late Rally to Top Stars in Game Two of Trials

Eight-run eighth inning gives Stripes first win of series in slugfest
November 11, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E STRIPES  3  0 4 0 1 0 1 8 1 18 18 4 STARS 2 0 2 2 2 2 1 2 0 13 12 2 Win: Jacob Seamon Loss: Adan Diaz Save: None  Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats FLOWER
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
STRIPES  3  0 4 0 1 0 1 8 1 18 18 4
STARS 2 0 2 2 2 2 1 2 0 13 12 2
Win: Jacob Seamon Loss: Adan Diaz Save: None 
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FLOWER MOUND, Texas – The Stripes used an eight-run eighth inning to rally past the Stars, 18-13, in an offensive battle in the second game of the 2021 12U National Team Trials at Bakersfield Park in Flower Mound, Texas. 

Trailing 11-9 entering the top of the eighth, the Stripes tied the game on an RBI single by Jared Grindlinger (Huntington Beach, Calif.) before rattling off six more runs to take a commanding lead. The rally was capped by a double to left field by Jacob Seamon (Rolling Meadows, Ill.), which plated Brayden Landry (Puyallup, Wash.) to give the Stripes a six-run lead they would not relinquish.

Brodie Campbell (Newnan, Ga.), Grindlinger, and Kekahupono Kong (Mililani, Hawaii) all had three hits in the 18-hit outburst for the Stripes. Campbell was one of five Stripes to drive in two runs in the win. He also added a stolen base.

The Stars were paced offensively by Hudson Brown (Iola, Texas), Caleb Hudson (Carrollton, Ga.), and Isaac Vidal (Miami, Fla.), who all had multi-hit performances. Brown, who hit a two-run homer in the fourth, had a game-high three RBIs. Aaron Garcia (Pico Rivera, Calif.) scored three runs and stole three bases for the Stars.

Seamon earned the win for the Stripes, allowing one run and striking out three in 2.2 innings of work. Adan Diaz (Gavilan Hills, Calif.) surrendered the loss for the Stars.

Key Moments

  • Both teams got off to quick starts, with the Stripes striking for three runs in the opening frame. Campbell drove in the first two runs with an RBI double, and Konnor Briggs (Oxford, Fla.) plated him with an RBI single to give the Stripes an early 3-0 lead.
  • Brown drove in the Stars’ first run, doubling home Garcia, before Diaz added the second run with an RBI groundout to trim the Stars’ deficit to 3-2 in the first.
  • The Stripes’ offense continued its strong start in the third inning, scoring four more runs. Briggs drove in the first run of the frame with an RBI bunt single before Seamon and Easton Brunson (Highlands, Texas) tallied back-to-back RBI hits to extend the Stripes’ lead. Duncan McLeod (Huntington Beach, Calif.) drove in the final run of the inning to give the Stripes a 7-2 advantage.
  • The Stars scored two runs in four consecutive innings, starting with the third. Landon DeRouen (Delcambre, La.) drove in a run for the Stars in the bottom half of the inning, and another run came around to score on an error as the Stars cut the Stripes’ lead to 7-4.
  • With a runner on third and two outs in the fourth, Brown hit an opposite-field, two-run home run as the Stars got within a run to trail 7-6.
  • After the Stripes added a run on an error in the top of the fifth, DeRouen hit a sacrifice fly and Levi Kerr (Holly Springs, N.C.) followed with a game-tying, RBI groundout in the bottom of the inning for the Stars to make the score 8-8.
  • The Stars took their first lead of the game in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI single by Derek Vazquez (Charlotte, N.C.). Vazquez later scored on a groundout to extend the Stars’ lead to 10-8.
  • Brunson scored on a wild pitch to trim the Stripes’ deficit to a run in the seventh, but Hudson hit an RBI single in the bottom of the inning to extend the Stars’ lead back to two runs.
  • The Stripes’ first run of their eight-run eighth inning came on a balk, before Grindlinger hit a game-tying RBI single to score Kong. Three batters later, Brunson was hit by a pitch to give the Stripes a 12-11 lead.
  • After Angel Gonzalez (Whittier, Calif.) walked to drive in a run, Landry hit an RBI single to grow the Stripes’ lead to three. Two more runs scored on an error before Seamon put the finishing touches on the rally with an RBI double to give the Stripes a 17-11 edge.
  • The Stars scored twice in the eighth on a walk and error to make it 17-13, and the Stripes added the final run of the day in the ninth on a fielder’s choice to give them an 18-13 edge that they would hold on to.

 

Notable Information

  • With the win, the Stripes are now 1-0-1 through the first two games of the series. The Stars fall to 0-1-1.
  • The Stripes tallied 18 hits in the win just one day after totaling just four in game one. Six players had two-hit games on Wednesday, and eight players drove in at least one run for the Stripes.
  • Led by Garcia’s three stolen bags, the Stars had seven total steals in the game. There have now been 27 stolen bases in the first two games of the series.
  • Both the Stripes’ Jacob Gray (Benicia, Calif.) and the Stars’ Julian Rodriquez (Boca Raton, Fla.) walked three times in today’s game.
  • Grindlinger has a series-most four hits through the series’ first three games.

 

On Deck

  • November 11: Stars vs. Stripes (9:00 a.m. ET/8:00 a.m. CT, Bakersfield Park)

 

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12U G1 Article

Stars Battle Back to Tie Opener of 12U Trials Series

Garcia's ninth-inning RBI secures 7-7 tie in first game of series
November 10, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E STARS  0  0 1 0 2 1 2 0 1 7 8 3 STRIPES 0 2 0 4 0 1 0 0 0 7 4 3 Win: None Loss: None Save: None  Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats FLOWER MOUND, Texas
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
STARS  0  0 1 0 2 1 2 0 1 7 8 3
STRIPES 0 2 0 4 0 1 0 0 0 7 4 3
Win: None Loss: None Save: None 
Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats

FLOWER MOUND, Texas – The Stars scored three runs over the game's final three innings to battle back and secure a 7-7 tie against the Stripes in the opening game of the 2021 12U National Team Trials at Bakersfield Park in Flower Mound, Texas.

The Stripes scored first, plating a pair of runs in the second inning and four runs in the fourth frame to take an early 6-1 lead. But the Stars chipped away, scoring five runs in the middle three innings to make it a one-run game entering the ninth.

With one out in the top of the ninth, the Stars' Aaron Garcia (Pico Rivera, Calif.) drove Caleb Hudson (Carrollton, Ga.) in with a game-tying groundout to make it a 7-7 game. Isaac Vidal (Miami, Fla.) then worked around a leadoff walk in the bottom of the final frame for the Stars to secure the tie.

Julian Martinez (New York, N.Y.) led the Stripes offensive attack, picking up two hits (2-for-2) and driving in two runs. Easton Brunson (Highlands, Texas) and Jared Grindlinger (Huntington Beach, Calif.) each added a hit for the Stripes.

The Stars tallied eight hits from eight different players. Brady Bickham (Claremont, Calif.), Garcia, Hudson, and Colt Sampson (Magnolia, Texas) all drove in runs for the Stars.

Key Moments

  • After Konnor Briggs (Oxford, Fla.) and Hudson Brown (Iola, Texas) exchanged scoreless first innings on the mound, the Stripes opened the scoring in the bottom of the second on a two-run double by Martinez.
  • The Stars answered in the top of the third, cutting their deficit to one on an RBI single by Bickham. Hudson scored on the play after getting hit by a pitch and stealing two bases.
  • Angel Gonzalez (Whittier, Calif.) and Jacob Gray (Benicia, Calif.) both reached scoring position for the Stripes in the bottom of the third, but Zachary Estrada (Covina, Calif.) escaped the jam on the mound to keep it 2-1, Stripes.
  • The Stripes rallied for four runs in the bottom of the fourth. Brunson led off the inning with a double and scored on a throwing error to make it 3-1, Stripes.
  • Brodie Campbell (Newnan, Ga.) and Martinez both scored on wild pitches for the Stripes, and Jackson Fetters (Montgomery, Texas) added another run to extend the lead to five in the fourth inning.
  • The Stars responded quickly in the fifth. Carter Moon (Bogart, Ga.) led off the inning with a walk before stealing second and scoring on an RBI single by Hudson to make it 6-2, Stripes. Hudson eventually scored on a wild pitch to make it a three-run deficit for the Stars. Estrada was hit by a pitch with two outs in the top of the sixth before coming around to score for the Stars to make it a 6-4 game.
  • The Stripes loaded the bases in the bottom of the sixth, and Kekahupono Kong (Mililani, Hawaii) scored on a wild pitch, extending the lead to 7-4 in favor of the Stripes.
  • After Levi Kerr (Holly Springs, N.C.) and Jackson Maddix (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) walked, Sampson dunked a two-run single into left field for the Stars to cut the deficit to 7-6.
  • Down to their final two outs, the Stars tied the game on an RBI groundout by Garcia to make it 7-7.
  • Adrian Villela (Tuscon, Ariz.) led off the bottom of the ninth with a walk, but Vidal worked around it to escape the jam and secure the tie.

 

Notable Information

  • With the result, both teams are 0-0-1 to begin Trials.
  • All 10 pitchers recorded at least one strikeout in the game, with Maddix leading the way with six in 2.2 innings pitched.
  • Both teams combined for 17 stolen bases. Hudson had a game-high three, while 14 other players tallied a stolen base.
  • Gonzalez, Blake Ragsdale (Burr Ridge, Ill.), and Jake Welch (Lehi, Utah) all drew two walks for the Stripes.

 

On Deck

  • November 10: Stars vs. Stripes (12:30 p.m. CT/11:30 1.m. CT, Bakersfield Park)
  • November 11: Stars vs. Stripes (9:00 a.m. ET/8:00 a.m. CT, Bakersfield Park)

 

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Final Gameday Article

GAMEDAY: Stars and Stripes Ready for Final Battle of 12U Trials

November 9, 2021
GAME Stars vs. Stripes TIME 8:00 a.m. CT/9:00 a.m. ET LOCATION Euless, Texas (The Parks at Texas Star) FOLLOW Live Stream EULESS, Texas -- The 2021 12U National Team Trials Stars vs. Stripes Series wraps up on Thursday morning from The Parks at Texas Star in Euless, Texas. First pitch is set for 8:00
GAME Stars vs. Stripes
TIME 8:00 a.m. CT/9:00 a.m. ET
LOCATION Euless, Texas (The Parks at Texas Star)
FOLLOW Live Stream

EULESS, Texas -- The 2021 12U National Team Trials Stars vs. Stripes Series wraps up on Thursday morning from The Parks at Texas Star in Euless, Texas. First pitch is set for 8:00 a.m. CT/9:00 a.m. ET.

It will be the last of three games played as part of the 12U National Team Trials. Following the conclusion of Trials, 18 players will be selected to compete in a three-game exhibition series against local Texas travel programs.

Notable Information

  • The Stripes rallied late to knock off the Stars, 18-13, in the second game of the series on Wednesday.
  • The Stripes enter the finale 1-0-1, while the Stars look for their first win at 0-1-1.
  • Jared Grindlinger (Huntington Beach, Calif.) has a series-best four hits through the first two games of the series.
  • After having only four hits in game one, the Stripes tallied 18 in the game two win on Wednesday.
  • After two nine-inning games to start Trials, Thursday's game will be a six-inning battle.
  • The roster comprises 35 of the best 11-and-under players from across the entire country, selected by the USA Baseball Task Force throughout several different identification events.
  • Twenty-three players on the roster were identified at the 2021 USA Baseball Futures Invitiational, while the other 12 were chosen from the 2021 National Team Identification Series (NTIS) Champions Cup.
  • The roster features athletes from 13 different states, with 10 players hailing from California. Texas has the second-most players with six, while Florida and Georgia each tout four.
  • The 2021 12U National Team will be managed by RJ Farrell, who has previously served as an assistant coach with the 12U National Team three times. It is his national team managerial debut.
  • Farrell is joined on staff by  pitching coach Seth Kenny and assistant coaches, Erik Johnson and Tanner Vesely. Johnson and Kenny will make their national team coaching debuts, while Vesely, who led the 2015 12U National Team to gold as manager at the 2015 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup, is on the staff for the fourth time.
  • The Stripes will be coached by Veronica Alvarez, Jim Koerner, and Bryan Madsen. The Stars will be led by Troy Gerlach and Gabe Ortiz Jr.
  • The 2021 12U National Team roster will be announced on November 11, at the conclusion of Trials.

 

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Olympic Silver Medalist Tim Federowicz to Host Homegrown Clinic in Apex

November 5, 2021
CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today announced that Tokyo 2020 Olympic silver medalist and three-time USA Baseball alum Tim Federowicz will host a Homegrown Clinic at Apex High School in Apex, North Carolina, on Saturday, November 13, 2021 from 1-3 p.m. The event is free and open to 150 kids

CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today announced that Tokyo 2020 Olympic silver medalist and three-time USA Baseball alum Tim Federowicz will host a Homegrown Clinic at Apex High School in Apex, North Carolina, on Saturday, November 13, 2021 from 1-3 p.m.

The event is free and open to 150 kids aged 5-12 from the greater Triangle area. Parents can register their kids for the Homegrown Clinic here.

USA Baseball Homegrown Clinics are designed to introduce kids to the fundamentals of baseball and softball in a fun, non-competitive, community-based environment. Participants will get outside to learn and play America's pastime alongside a Team USA alum from their hometown.

Federowicz played for the Apex High School Cougars from 2002-2005 before moving on to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was named a First-Team Freshman All-American. After playing for the Collegiate National Team in 2006, he was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the seventh round of the 2008 MLB First Year Player Draft, played eight seasons in Major League Baseball, and earned a silver medal for Team USA at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 in August.

During the event, participants will go through various stations manned by members of the Cougar’s baseball and softball programs, including baserunning, catching/throwing, fielding, and a home run derby. Additionally, they will participate in a Q&A session and play in a modified scrimmage with Federowicz. Every child who attends will also receive a t-shirt and a poster commemorating the event.

USA Baseball will implement the COVID-19 protocols mandated by the local government for all participants and attendees during the Homegrown Clinic. 

Members of the media are invited to attend and will be required to follow the required COVID-19 protocols. To RSVP for the event, members of the media may fill out a credential application here.

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Stripes Clinch WNTDP Series With Two-Hit Shutout of Stars

Kelsie Whitmore tossed four scoreless and hitless innings in start for Stripes
October 14, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E STRIPES 0 2 0 1 0 0 1 4 6 4 STARS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 Win: K. Whitmore Loss: N. Ryan Save: J. Albayati Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats   COCOA, Fla. - Behind a stellar start from
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COCOA, Fla. - Behind a stellar start from Kelsie Whitmore (Temecula, Calif.) in which she did not allow a hit or a walk in four innings, the Stripes shut out the Stars, 4-0, to clinch the 2021 Women’s National Team Development Program (NTDP) on Thursday at the Launch Pad Sports Complex in Cocoa, Florida. The Stripes finish the week with a 3-1 advantage over the Stars in the four-game series.

The Stripes scored first for the fourth time in the series with two runs in the second inning and added another in the fourth for an early 3-0 lead. Whitmore held the Stars hitless and scoreless through the first four innings with just three batters reaching base on three Stripes errors. In the fifth, the Stars threatened to break onto the scoreboard with the bases loaded and one out but the Stripes were able to escape the jam with no damage before adding one more run in the seventh to clinch the 4-0 victory and the series.

The Stripes were led at the plate by Jade Gortarez (Riverside, Calif.), who went 2-for-4, and Jill Albayati, who finished 1-for-3 with three RBIs. In addition to her dominant performance on the mound, Whitmore also collected a hit and scored a run for the Stripes in Thursday’s victory. Skylar Kaplan (Baltimore, Md.) and Ashton Lansdell (Marietta, Ga.) were responsible for the Stars’ two hits in the contest.

With her four perfect innings of work, Whitmore earned the win while Naomi Ryan (North Chesterfield, Va.) was tagged with the loss after allowing two hits, two runs, and three walks in her second start of the series for the Stars.

 

Key Moments

  • The Stripes took the first lead of the game in the top of the second when Albayati hit a bases-clearing double to right that made it 2-0.
  • Two innings later, Albayati collected her third RBI of the game when she brought in Elizabeth Greenwood (Amherst, N.H.) with a groundout for a 3-0 Stripes lead.
  • A Kaplan single, a Stripes error, and a walk loaded the bases for the Stars in the bottom of the fifth but the Stripes’ Paloma Benach (Washington, D.C.) induced two fly outs that ended the inning and kept it a three-run game.
  • Whitmore hit a single in the top of the seventh for the Stripes and advanced to third with a stolen base and a Gortarez single before scoring on a Sarah Johnson (Charlotte, N.C.) sacrifice fly for the final 4-0 score.

 

Notable Information

  • With Thursday’s victory, the Stripes claim the four-game 2021 Women’s NTDP series, 3-1.
  • Lansdell finished the series with an event-best .625 (5-for-8) batting average.
  • Albayati led the way in RBIs with six while Gortarez’s seven hits paced both teams at the Women’s NTDP.
  • Albayati collected the most walks of anyone in the series with four in four games.
  • Whitmore finished a perfect 3-for-3 in stolen bases and led the event in wins with two in her two starts on the mound and innings pitched with 7.0 throughout the week.
  • Peyton Coria (Perris, Calif.) led the event in strikeouts, tallying eight in 4.1 innings of work.

 

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GAMEDAY: Stars and Stripes Set to Face Off in WNTDP Finale

Game four of the Stars vs. Stripes series is set for a 12:15 pm ET first pitch
October 14, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E STRIPES                     STARS                     Live Stats COCOA, Fla. - The 2021 Women's National Team Development Program (NTDP) wraps up on Thursday with
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COCOA, Fla. - The 2021 Women's National Team Development Program (NTDP) wraps up on Thursday with game four between the Stars and Stripes at the Launch Pad Sports Complex in Cocoa, Florida. The Stars got their first win of the series in game three on Wednesday after the Stripes took games one and two to start the week. In the finale, the Stars will look to finish with a series tie while the Stripes are battling to earn a series victory.

Kelsie Whitmore (Temecula, Calif.) will get her second start of the series for the Stripes in the series finale after earning the win with a three-inning scoreless start in game two. Naomi Ryan (North Chesterfield, Va.) will get her second appearance of the series and first start for the Stars after tossing 2.1 scoreless innings of relief in game two.

The Women's National Team program takes the field for the first time since 2019 at the 2021 Women's NTDP. In 2019, Team USA went 7-0 in the COPABE Women's Pan-American Championships to win the program's first gold medal since 2015. The 2019 Women's National Team outscored its opponents 124-20 in the tournament, held a cumulative .500 batting average, and hit a record 11 home runs en route to the gold. The dominating performance also earned the squad USA Baseball Team of the Year honors for 2019.

Five-time Team USA alum Veronica Alvarez, who became the first woman to be named USA Baseball’s Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year after leading the 2019 Women’s National Team to the program’s first gold since 2015, will serve as the 2021 Women’s NTDP Field Coordinator. She will be joined on staff by Team USA alum Alex Oglesby, who served as an assistant coach for the Women’s National Team in 2019 and will manage the Stars team in 2021, and seven-time Women’s National Team alum and two-time USA Baseball Sportswoman of the Year Tamara Holmes, who will lead the Stripes squad.

Additionally, Lou Colon and Sydney 2000 Olympic gold medalist Mike Kinkade will serve as roving instructors and assistant coaches at the event, joined by Jorge Correa (Correa Pitching Academy), Jenny Dalton-Hill, Jarend Jones, USA Baseball Director of Player Development Jim Koerner, and Reynol Mendoza (Eagle Pass High School; Eagle Pass, Texas) as additional evaluators and coaches during the event.

 

Notable Information

  • The Stars got their first win of the Women's NTDP series in game three with a 6-3 defeat of the Stripes on Wednesday.
  • The Stripes lead the 2021 Women's NTDP series 2-1 after earning a walk-off 10-9 win in game one and a 6-1 victory in game two.
  • The Stripes can clinch the Women's NTDP series with a win in game four on Thursday.
  • Hugo hit the first home run of the series on Monday, launching a walk-off homer over the left field fence to secure the Stripes' win.
  • Albayati leads the Women’s NTDP with a .600 batting average (3-for-5) and four walks.
  • Gortarez is pacing both teams in hits at the Women’s NTDP with five through three games.
  • Schaber has a Women’s NTDP-leading four RBIs so far this week, followed closely by Albayati who has racked up three.
  • The 2021 Women's NTDP roster was announced on Saturday, October 9, and features 38 of the best women's baseball players in the country.
  • The 38 members of the 2021 Women's NTDP represent 19 different states across the country.
  • The Women's NTDP roster features two previous USA Baseball Sportswoman of the Year honorees, including 2015 winner Malaika Underwood (San Diego, Calif.) and 2019 recipient Alex Hugo (Olathe, Kan.).
  • Eight members of the 2021 Women's NTDP roster were selected from the first ever USA Baseball Girls Camp that took place October 7-9 in Cocoa, Florida.
  • The roster also features 12 athletes that have suited up for the red, white, and blue in previous years and 10 who have played for Team USA multiple times in their careers, including 10-time alum Underwood.
  • The Women's NTDP coaching staff also features four Women's National Team alums, including seven-time alumna and two-time Sportswoman of the Year (2012, 2016) Tamara Holmes.
  • Current ESPN college softball analyst Jenny Dalton-Hill is a member of the 2021 Women's NTDP coaching staff and also played for Team USA in 2010.
  • Women's NTDP Field Coordinator Veronica Alvarez played on the Women's National Team five times in her career and every team she played on medaled in international competition, including the 2015 U.S. team that won gold at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games.

 

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Stars Claim First Victory in Game Three of WNTDP Series

The Stars rallied twice in the contest to complete the 6-3 comeback win
October 13, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E STARS 0 0 0 1 4 0 1 6 9 1 STRIPES 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 3 6 4 Win: D. Dunham Loss: M. Sementelli Save: M. Meidlinger Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats   COCOA, Fla. - The Stars rallied from
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COCOA, Fla. - The Stars rallied from a one-run deficit twice on Wednesday to claim a 6-3 victory in game three of the Women’s National Team Development Program (NTDP) and hand the Stripes their first loss of the series at the Launch Pad Sports Complex in Cocoa, Florida. The Stripes now lead the four-game Women’s NTDP series 2-1 with one game left to play.

The Stripes struck first for the third time in as many games with one run in the bottom of the first but the Stars stayed close through the first three innings. Both teams scored in the fourth as the Stars tied it up in the top half and the Stripes retook a one-run lead in the bottom half before the Stars came storming back with four runs in the fifth for a 5-2 advantage. The teams traded runs once again in the bottom of the sixth and the top of the seventh as the Stars held off a Stripes rally to claim the 6-3 victory.

Kylee Lahners (Laguna Hills, Calif.) and Ashton Lansdell (Marietta, Ga.) paced the Stars offense with multi-hit games. Both players tallied RBIs in the contest while Lahners also scored a run in the win. Alex Hugo (Olathe, Kan.) and Olivia Pichardo (Forest Hills, N.Y.) had two hits each for the Stripes.

Delaney Dunham (Mont Belvieu, Texas) earned the win after throwing two innings of relief in which she gave up just two hits and did not allow a walk or an earned run. Marti Sementelli (West Newton, Mass.) suffered the loss after allowing three earned runs on four hits in one inning of relief. Meggie Meidlinger (Sterling, Va.) tossed the final two innings of the game for the Stars and earned the save after giving up just one run on one hit.

 

Key Moments

  • After Jill Albayati (Anaheim, Calif.) singled to lead off the bottom of the first and stole second to get into scoring position, Jade Gortarez (Riverside, Calif.) brought her home and gave the Stripes a 1-0 lead with an RBI single up the middle.
  • Two singles and a walk loaded the bases with no outs for the Stars in the top of the fourth and Anna Kimbrell (Fort Mill, S.C.) took advantage with a sacrifice fly that brought in Lahners and tied the game at one run apiece.
  • The Stripes answered in the very next frame to retake a 2-1 lead as Remi Schaber (Memphis, Tenn.) reached on a fielder’s choice and came around to score on a double off the bat of Pichardo.
  • The Stars tied the game once again in the top of the fifth as Alana Martinez (Cooper City, Fla.) reached on a Stripes miscue and Amanda Gianelloni (Napoleonville, La.) brought her in with an RBI single to make it 2-2.
  • The Stars took their first lead of the game in dominant fashion in the top of the fifth, scoring three runs courtesy of RBI singles from Lahners and Ashton Lansdell (Marietta, Ga.), and an RBI groundout from Jamie Baum (Los Altos, Calif.) for a 5-2 advantage.
  • The Stripes got one back in the bottom of the sixth when Schaber hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly that allowed Albayati to score to make it a 5-3 game.
  • After a leadoff single by Baum in the top of the seventh, the Stars extended their advantage back to three runs when Peyton Coria (Perris, Calif.) brought Baum in with an RBI single that finished off the 6-3 victory.

 

Notable Information

  • The Stripes now lead the Women's NTDP series 2-1.
  • In addition to leading the Stripes at the plate, Pichardo also got the start on the mound in game three and threw 3.1 innings in which she allowed just one run on three hits and struck out a game-high four batters.
  • Elise Berger (Shelburne, Vt.) got her second start of the series for the Stars on Wednesday and gave up just one run on three hits without allowing a walk in two innings of work.
  • Albayati leads the Women’s NTDP with a .600 batting average (3-for-5) and four walks.
  • Gortarez is pacing both teams in hits at the Women’s NTDP with five through three games.
  • Schaber has a Women’s NTDP-leading four RBIs so far this week, followed closely by Albayati who has racked up three.

 

On Deck

  • October 14: Stars vs. Stripes (12:15 p.m. EDT; Cocoa, Fla.; Launch Pad Sports Complex)

 

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GAMEDAY: Stripes Look to Clinch WNTDP Series on Wednesday

Game three of the series is set for 4 pm EDT at the Launch Pad Sports Complex
October 13, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E STARS                     STRIPES                     Live Stats COCOA, Fla. - Game three of the 2021 Women's National Team Development Program (NTDP) is set
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COCOA, Fla. - Game three of the 2021 Women's National Team Development Program (NTDP) is set for a 4 p.m. EDT first pitch at the Launch Pad Sports Complex in Cocoa, Florida. After claiming a 10-9 walk-off victory in game one and a 6-1 defeat of the Stars in game two, the Stripes can clinch the Women's NTDP series with another win on Wednesday.

Elise Berger (Shelburne, Vt.) will get her second start of the Women's NTDP for the Stars on Wednesday after getting the ball to start on Monday. Olivia Pichardo (Forest Hills, N.Y.) will start for the Stripes after picking up the win in game one with 1.2 innings of scoreless relief.

The Women's National Team program takes the field for the first time since 2019 at the 2021 Women's NTDP. In 2019, Team USA went 7-0 in the COPABE Women's Pan-American Championships to win the program's first gold medal since 2015. The 2019 Women's National Team outscored its opponents 124-20 in the tournament, held a cumulative .500 batting average, and hit a record 11 home runs en route to the gold. The dominating performance also earned the squad USA Baseball Team of the Year honors for 2019.

Five-time Team USA alum Veronica Alvarez, who became the first woman to be named USA Baseball’s Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year after leading the 2019 Women’s National Team to the program’s first gold since 2015, will serve as the 2021 Women’s NTDP Field Coordinator. She will be joined on staff by Team USA alum Alex Oglesby, who served as an assistant coach for the Women’s National Team in 2019 and will manage the Stars team in 2021, and seven-time Women’s National Team alum and two-time USA Baseball Sportswoman of the Year Tamara Holmes, who will lead the Stripes squad.

Additionally, Lou Colon and Sydney 2000 Olympic gold medalist Mike Kinkade will serve as roving instructors and assistant coaches at the event, joined by Jorge Correa (Correa Pitching Academy), Jenny Dalton-Hill, Jarend Jones, USA Baseball Director of Player Development Jim Koerner, and Reynol Mendoza (Eagle Pass High School; Eagle Pass, Texas) as additional evaluators and coaches during the event.

 

Notable Information

  • The Stripes lead the 2021 Women's NTDP series 2-0 after earning a walk-off 10-9 win in game one and a 6-1 victory in game two.
  • The Stripes can clinch the Women's NTDP series with a win in game three on Wednesday.
  • Hugo hit the first home run of the series on Monday, launching a walk-off homer over the left field fence to secure the Stripes' win.
  • Ashton Lansdell (Marietta, Ga.) and Jill Albayati (Anaheim, Calif.) are both hitting .667 (2-for-3) through two games to lead the Women’s NTDP.
  • Albayati also leads both the Stars and Stripes in walks with three so far through two games.
  • The 2021 Women's NTDP roster was announced on Saturday, October 9, and features 38 of the best women's baseball players in the country.
  • The 38 members of the 2021 Women's NTDP represent 19 different states across the country.
  • The Women's NTDP roster features two previous USA Baseball Sportswoman of the Year honorees, including 2015 winner Malaika Underwood (San Diego, Calif.) and 2019 recipient Alex Hugo (Olathe, Kan.).
  • Eight members of the 2021 Women's NTDP roster were selected from the first ever USA Baseball Girls Camp that took place October 7-9 in Cocoa, Florida.
  • The roster also features 12 athletes that have suited up for the red, white, and blue in previous years and 10 who have played for Team USA multiple times in their careers, including 10-time alum Underwood.
  • The Women's NTDP coaching staff also features four Women's National Team alums, including seven-time alumna and two-time Sportswoman of the Year (2012, 2016) Tamara Holmes.
  • Current ESPN college softball analyst Jenny Dalton-Hill is a member of the 2021 Women's NTDP coaching staff and also played for Team USA in 2010.
  • Women's NTDP Field Coordinator Veronica Alvarez played on the Women's National Team five times in her career and every team she played on medaled in international competition, including the 2015 U.S. team that won gold at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games.

 

On Deck

  • October 14: Stars vs. Stripes (12:15 p.m. EDT; Cocoa, Fla.; Launch Pad Sports Complex)

 

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Stripes Use Early Offense to Secure 6-1 Victory Over Stars

Four Stripes pitchers combined to allow just two hits and one run in the win
October 12, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E STRIPES 2 2 0 0 0 2 0 6 6 0 STARS 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 1 Win: K. Whitmore Loss: P. Coria Save: None Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats   COCOA, Fla. - The Stripes offense put up
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COCOA, Fla. - The Stripes offense put up four runs in the first two innings and the pitching staff allowed just one run on two hits to secure a 6-1 victory over the Stars in game two of the 2021 Women’s National Team Development Program (NTDP) at the Launch Pad Sports Complex in Cocoa, Florida, on Tuesday.

For the second game in a row, the Stripes offense wasted no time and scored in the first available opportunity to take an early lead that they never relinquished. A pair of runs in the first, second, and sixth innings put the Stripes squad up 6-0 before the Stars broke onto the scoreboard in the bottom half of the sixth to make it a 6-1 game. That was all the Stripes pitchers would allow though as they shut down the Stars offense with a three up, three down bottom of the seventh to claim the victory.

Remi Schaber (Memphis, Tenn.) led the Stripes offense with a 2-for-3 day at the plate, scoring a run and picking up two RBIs in the win. Kelsie Whitmore (Temecula, Calif.) finished the day 1-for-3 with three runs scored and two walks. In total, the Stripes drew nine base-on-balls and tallied three doubles. Chloe Aldrich (Friendswood, Texas) and Jamie Baum (Los Altos, Calif.) picked the Stars' two hits in the loss.

In addition to her work at the plate, Whitmore got the start on the mound for the Stripes and earned the win with three innings of scoreless work, allowing just one hit and one walk. Peyton Coria (Perris, Calif.) got the ball for the Stars and was tagged with the loss after giving up four runs in 1.2 innings.

 

Key Moments

  • The Stripes got off to another quick start, using two bases-loaded walks in the top of the first to take a 2-0 lead.
  • Schaber added two more with a two-RBI base knock to give the Stripes a 4-0 lead in the top of the second.
  • Kelsie Whitmore made it 5-0 in favor of the Stripes in the top of the sixth when she doubled to lead off the frame, stole third, and came home on a Stars miscue.
  • Denae Benites (Las Vegas, Nev.) added another run to make it 6-0 in favor of the Stripes with an RBI single that scored Schaber, who had reached on a hit-by-pitch two batters earlier.
  • The Stars finally broke onto the scoreboard in the bottom of the sixth when Gianelloni drew a leadoff walk and came around to score on a Baum single that made it a 6-1 game.
  • The Stars comeback fell short though as Schaber also dominated on the mound, inducing a groundout and two pop ups to close out the Stripes’ 6-1 victory.

 

Notable Information

  • The Stripes now lead the Women’s NTDP series 2-0.
  • Ashton Lansdell (Marietta, Ga.) and Jill Albayati (Anaheim, Calif.) are both hitting .667 (2-for-3) through two games to lead the Women’s NTDP.
  • Albayati also leads both the Stars and Stripes in walks with three so far through two games.
  • Alex Hugo (Olathe, Kan.) hit the lone home run of the Women’s NTDP when she launched a walk-off bomb for the Stripes in game one on Monday evening.

 

On Deck

  • October 13: Stars vs. Stripes (2:00 p.m. EDT; Cocoa, Fla.; Launch Pad Sports Complex)
  • October 14: Stars vs. Stripes (12:15 p.m. EDT; Cocoa, Fla.; Launch Pad Sports Complex)

 

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