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Stars Fire Two-Hitter, Launch Four Home Runs in 7-0 Win

Gavin Cross finishes 3-for-4 with two home runs, a double and a stolen base
July 11, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E STARS (5-3) 3 0 2 1 0 0 1 7 9 0 STRIPES (3-5) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 Win: Blade Tidwell (1-0) Loss: Drew Thorpe (0-1) Save: None Box Score | Play-by-Play |
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STARS (5-3) 3 0 2 1 0 0 1 7 9 0
STRIPES (3-5) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
Win: Blade Tidwell (1-0) Loss: Drew Thorpe (0-1) Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats

KINGSPORT, Tenn. - Three pitchers combined to throw a combined two-hitter and the Stars launched four home runs, including two from Gavin Cross, as they cruised to a 7-0 shutout over the Stripes on Saturday night at Hunter Wright Stadium in Kingsport, Tenn.

Stars starter Blade Tidwell (Tennessee) retired all nine batters that he faced to open the game before handing the ball over to Parker Messick (Florida State) who yielded just a walk and a double in his three scoreless innings.

Carson Palmquist (Miami) closed out the contest by putting a zero up on the board in his one inning of work to seal the first shutout for either team this summer.

At the plate, all seven of the Stars’ runs came via the longball. Cross (Virginia Tech) finished the evening 3-for-4 with home runs in the third and seventh innings to go along with a base hit and a stolen base. The Bristol, Tenn., native is now hitting at a blistering .480 clip through the first eight games of the summer.

In addition to Cross’ two blasts, Jacob Berry (LSU) and Logan Tanner (Mississippi State) also hit home runs in the win. Berry’s three-run bomb came in the top of the first and was his fourth of the summer, which is tied with Cross for the team lead.

Key Moments

  • The Stars wasted no time at all offensively Saturday with Kyle Teel (Virginia) jumping on the first pitch of the game for a leadoff double. Robert Moore (Arkansas) followed with a single before Berry crushed a 3-2 pitch over the wall in right for a three-run home run.
  • Caden Grice (Clemson) made the defensive play of the day in the bottom of the second when he made a leaping grab up against the wall in right to rob Brock Jones (Stanford) of a home run.
  • Cross kept the momentum going in the third unleashing a monster 434-foot two-run shot to make it a 5-0 game.
  • Tanner tacked on another run in the top of the fourth which he led off by rocketing a 107-mph line drive off of the left field foul pole for his first Team USA home run.
  • Cross tied the ribbon on the win with his second home run of the game, a solo shot in the seventh.

Notable Information

  • Stars pitchers faced just three batters over the minimum in the win, yielding only two hits and one walk.
  • With three more hits on Saturday, Cross now has a team-high 12 this summer, three more than any other player.
  • Cross is also leading the team in batting average (.480) and OPS (1.559) and is tied for the team lead in stolen bases (3) and home runs (4).
  • Berry also has four home runs, including his three-run shot Saturday which upped his team-leading RBI total to 11.
  • Stripes pitchers Jaxon Wiggins (Arkansas) and Drew Thorpe (Cal Poly) both added three strikeouts Saturday to tie them with Chris Villaman (NC State) for the team lead with nine punchouts.
  • Saturday’s contest marked the first time in eight games in which the Stars scored the first run of the contest.


On Deck

  • The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team will have two days off before it next takes the field again in Pulaski, Va., on Tuesday, July 13. The ninth game between the Stars and Stripes will be played at 7 p.m. at Calfee Park, home of the Appalachian League’s Princeton WhistlePigs.


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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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STRIPES 0 2 0 1 0 0 1 4 6 4
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Win: K. Whitmore Loss: N. Ryan Save: J. Albayati
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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.

 

Social

  • Stay tuned to @USABaseballWNT on Twitter for the most up-to-date news about the Women's National Team program.
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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.

 

Social

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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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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
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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)

 

Social

  • Stay tuned to @USABaseballWNT on Twitter for the most up-to-date news about the Women's National Team program.
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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)

 

Social

  • Stay tuned to @USABaseballWNT on Twitter for the most up-to-date news about the Women's National Team program.
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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)

 

Social

  • Stay tuned to @USABaseballWNT on Twitter for the most up-to-date news about the Women's National Team program.
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Hugo Walk-Off Homer Caps Big Win for Stripes at WNTDP

The Stripes took down the Stars 10-9 in the first of the four-game series
October 12, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E STARS 0  3 1 3 0 2 0 9 14 2 STRIPES 3 2 1 2 1 0 1 10 12 2 Win: O. Pichardo Loss: M. Meidlinger Save: None Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats   COCOA, Fla. - Alex Hugo (Olathe,
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STARS 3 1 3 0 2 0 9 14 2
STRIPES 3 2 1 2 1 0 1 10 12 2
Win: O. Pichardo Loss: M. Meidlinger Save: None
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COCOA, Fla. - Alex Hugo (Olathe, Kan.) launched a walk-off home run to secure the Stripes’ 10-9 victory over the Stars in the first game of the Women’s National Team Development Program (NTDP) on Monday, October 11, at the Launch Pad Sports Complex in Cocoa, Florida.

The Stripes broke onto the scoreboard first with three runs in the bottom of the first and the Stars equaled that in the top of the second to start a back-and-forth contest that featured scoring in all but four frames. After the Stripes grabbed a 5-3 advantage in the second, the Stars came roaring back to take a 7-6 lead – their first of the game – in the top of the third. The lead didn’t last long as the Stripes went ahead, 8-7, in the very next frame but the Stars were able to tie it once again at 9-9 in the sixth before Hugo’s homer proved to be the difference in the seventh.

Jade Gortarez (Riverside, Calif.) led the Stripes offense with three hits, followed closely by Maggie Paulovich (Albany, Calif.) and Remi Schaber (Memphis, Tenn.) who both tallied two hits in the contest. Paulovich and Jill Albayati (Anaheim, Calif.) led the Stripes in RBIs with two each. Four Stars players also collected multi-hit games, including Jamie Baum (Los Altos, Calif.), Amanda Gianelloni (Napoleonville, La.), Ashton Lansdell (Marietta, Ga.), and Malaika Underwood (San Diego, Calif.).

Olivia Pichardo (Forest Hills, N.Y.) earned the win in the contest after throwing 1.2 innings of scoreless relief for the Stripes while allowing just one hit. Meggie Meidlinger (Sterling, Va.) suffered the loss after allowing one run on two hits in 1.1 innings of work for the Stars.

 

Key Moments

  • Gortarez led off the bottom of the second with a single before coming around to score the first run of the game on an RBI single off the bat of Albayati to give the Stripes a 1-0 lead.
  • An RBI double from Schaber and an RBI single be Denae Benites (Las Vegas, Nev.) made it 3-0 for the Stripes through one inning.
  • The Stars answered in the next frame as Lansdell, Anna Kimbrell (Fort Mill, S.C.), and Chloe Aldrich (Friendswood, Texas) led off the top of the third with three singles in a row that made it a 3-1 game.
  • Alana Martinez (Cooper City, Fla.) kept the momentum going with the fourth consecutive single for the Stars to load the bases before Aldrich took advantage of a Stripes miscue to score and cut the Stars deficit to one.
  • The Stripes then added to their lead with a bases-loaded walk and a wild pitch that made it 5-3 in the bottom of the second.
  • The Stars got one back in the top of the third courtesy of a sacrifice fly off the bat of Martinez to make it a one-run game.
  • But Gortarez extended the Stripes lead to 6-4 with her third single of the game in the bottom of the third that brought in Paloma Benach (Washington, D.C.).
  • The Stars tied the game once again in the top of the fourth with a bases-loaded single by Lansdell and got the lead with a bases-loaded walk by Kimbrell one batter later that made it 7-6.
  • The Stripes had another immediate answer in the bottom of the fourth though, plating two runs of their own to take back an 8-7 lead before adding added an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth on a Stars error.
  • After the Stars loaded the bases themselves in the top of the sixth, Delaney Dunham (Mont Belvieu, Texas) crushed a two-out double to right that tied the game at 9-9.
  • With one out in the top of the seventh, Hugo launched a bomb over the left field wall to finish off the 10-9 victory for the Stripes.

 

Notable Information

  • The Stripes now lead the 2021 Women’s NTDP series 1-0 over the Stars.
  • The Stars and Stripes scored 19 total runs and tallied 26 total hits in the first game of the series.
  • Gortarez finished 3-for-3 with three singles for the Stripes in the contest.
  • Aldrich and Dunham both collected two RBIs for the Stars on Monday.

 

On Deck

  • October 12: Stars vs. Stripes (1:00 p.m. EDT; Cocoa, Fla.; Launch Pad Sports Complex)
  • 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)

 

Social

  • Stay tuned to @USABaseballWNT on Twitter for the most up-to-date news about the Women's National Team program.
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Adley Rutschman Hosts First Ever Homegrown Clinic in Portland

The Homegrown Clinic was hosted at Charles B. Walker Stadium in Portland
October 11, 2021
- Photo Album- MLB.com: Adley gives back to hometown kids via camp PORTLAND, Ore. -- Adley Rutschman hosted the first ever Homegrown Clinic as part of the USA Baseball Homegrown program at Charles B. Walker Stadium on Saturday, October 9. Joined by 125 kids from the Portland area, Rutschman led them through

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- MLB.com: Adley gives back to hometown kids via camp

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Adley Rutschman hosted the first ever Homegrown Clinic as part of the USA Baseball Homegrown program at Charles B. Walker Stadium on Saturday, October 9. Joined by 125 kids from the Portland area, Rutschman led them through numerous baseball stations, held a question and answer session, played "Over the Line," and had one-on-one time with each participant, signing autographs for every attendee.

 

"I’ve been wanting to do something back home ever since I got drafted," said Rutschman. "I think the biggest thing when it comes to being a professional baseball player and having the opportunities that we have is the ability to give back. I’ve always been looking for that opportunity. The Homegrown program allowed for that and for me to interact with the community of Portland and Oregon in general. It’s something I’ve dreamed of. It means a lot to me just seeing all of the people that came out, all of the organizations that came out to help. I think that has had a bigger impact than we realize now and this can continue to build and grow.

"There is a sense of satisfaction that comes with giving back and that is definitely a benefit and it is a reason you do it; but, I think you reshape your mind in order to think that this is having a bigger impact than just you giving back. It’s really about the kids' experience and giving them something they can remember and build off of and just trying to make sure they have a good time. Even that hour, or two hours, that you give, hopefully, goes further than just today."

USA Baseball and Rutschman also partnered with Friends of Baseball, the Portland Pickles, and the Corvalis Knights to put on this event.

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GAMEDAY: Women's NTDP Kicks Off Stars vs. Stripes Series

Game one of the four-game intrasquad series is set for a 4:05 p.m. ET first pitch at Launch Pad Sports Complex in Cocoa, Florida
October 11, 2021
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COCOA, Fla. - Following the conclusion of the 2021 USA Baseball Girls Camp, action begins at the 2021 Women's National Team Development Program (NTDP) with game one between the Stars and Stripes at 4:05 p.m. EDT on Monday, October 11, at the Launch Pad Sports Complex in Cocoa, Florida.

Right-handed pitcher Marti Sementelli (West Newton, Mass.) will start on the mound for the Stripes. Sementelli has played for the Women's National Team eight times in her career (2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019). Elise Berger (Shelburne, Vt.), who was invited to the Women's NTDP from the Girls Camp, will get the ball to start for the Stars.

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 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 12: Stars vs. Stripes (1:00 p.m. EDT; Cocoa, Fla.; Launch Pad Sports Complex)
  • 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)

 

Social

  • Stay tuned to @USABaseballWNT on Twitter for the most up-to-date news about the Women's National Team program.
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USA Baseball Reveals 2021 Women's National Team Development Program Roster

The 2021 Women’s NTDP will take place October 9-14 at the Launch Pad Sports Complex in Cocoa, Florida
October 9, 2021
COCOA, Fla. – USA Baseball today announced the 38-player 2021 Women’s National Team Development Program (NTDP) roster, following the completion of the first ever Girls Camp. The 2021 Women’s NTDP will take place October 9-14 at the Launch Pad Sports Complex and will be led by five-time Women’s National Team

COCOA, Fla. – USA Baseball today announced the 38-player 2021 Women’s National Team Development Program (NTDP) roster, following the completion of the first ever Girls Camp. The 2021 Women’s NTDP will take place October 9-14 at the Launch Pad Sports Complex and will be led by five-time Women’s National Team alum and 2019 Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year Veronica Alvarez as Field Coordinator.

The Women’s NTDP offers identified athletes an opportunity to connect with USA Baseball staff to better prepare for a future national team experience. The program includes skill development sessions, an intrasquad series between Stars and Stripes teams, and exposure to the Women’s National Team staff.

Of the 38 athletes invited to this year’s Women’s NTDP, eight were selected from the first ever USA Baseball Girls Camp that took place from October 7-9 at the Launch Pad Sports Complex. Players aged 14-19 from across the country competed in the three-day event and further developed their skills through instructional workouts and game play while being coach by previous USA Baseball Women’s National Team staff.

“We are thrilled to announce the 38 players selected to participate in this year’s Women’s National Team Development Program,” said Alvarez. “This roster is an exciting combination of veteran players and young players that we are looking to develop for the future. We cannot wait to get started and we look forward to watching the exponential growth of these young girls as their limits are pushed by our returning athletes taking their own game to the next level at this unique development opportunity.”

The 38 players participating in the 2021 Women’s NTDP represent 19 different states. Eleven of the athletes are new to USA Baseball national team programming, including 25 that have participated in one of Major League Baseball and USA Baseball’s joint girls baseball development opportunities, created to foster the next generation of female baseball players in the United States.

In total, 12 of the 38 invitees have represented the red, white, and blue on previous Women’s National Teams. The roster features 12 members of the 2019 Women’s National Team that won gold at the COPABE Women’s Pan-American Championships, as well as five athletes that helped Team USA claim gold at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games. Additionally, 18 of the selected athletes have participated in a past Women’s NTDP.

Ten players on the 2021 Women’s NTDP roster have donned the stars and stripes multiple times in their careers, including ten-time Malaika Underwood (San Diego, Calif.), who holds the USA Baseball record for most national team appearances. Underwood is followed closely by nine-time alum Anna Kimbrell (Fort Mill, S.C.) and eight-time alum Marti Sementelli (West Newton, Mass.).

In addition, Underwood and four-time Women’s National Team alum Meggie Meidlinger (Sterling, Va.) were both members of the 2006 Women’s National Team that earned the program’s second consecutive world championship at the International Baseball Federation (IBAF) Women’s World Cup.

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.

For more information on the Women’s National Team Development Program, please follow @USABaseballWNT on Twitter or visit USABaseball.com.

The 2021 Women’s NTDP roster is as follows:

    • 2021 Women’s National Team Development Program roster:
    • (Name; Position; Hometown)
    • Jill Albayati; RHP/IF; Anaheim, Calif.^
    • Chloe Aldrich; OF/IF; Friendswood, Texas~
    • Jaime Baum; RHP/IF; Los Altos, Calif.^
    • Kaija Bazzano; C/IF; Sebastopol, Calif.
    • Paloma Benach; LHP/IF; Washington, D.C.~
    • Denae Benites; IF/RHP; Las Vegas, Nev.^*
    • Elise Berger; RHP/IF; Shelburne, Vt.~
    • Janelle Calvet; IF/RHP; Deerfield, Fla.~
    • Peyton Coria; RHP/IF; Perris, Calif.~
    • Delaney Dunham; OF/LHP; Mont Belvieu, Texas^
    • Felicity Fonseca; IF/LHP; Port St. Lucie, Fla.
    • Amanda Gianelloni; IF/OF; Napoleonville, La.^*
    • Jade Gortarez; IF/RHP; Riverside, Calif.^*
    • Elizabeth Greenwood; C/OF; Amherst, N.H.
    • Alex Hugo; IF/OF; Olathe, Kan.^*
    • Kelli Ann Jenkins; RHP; Potomac, Md.
    • Madison Jennings; IF/RHP; Royal Palm Beach, Fla.
    • Sarah Johnson; OF/IF; Charlotte, N.C.
    • Alexia Jorge; C/IF; Lyndhurst, N.J.^*
    • Skylar Kaplan; P/IF; Baltimore, Md.
    • Anna Kimbrell; C; Fort Mill, S.C.^*
    • Kylee Lahners; IF; Laguna Hills, Calif.^*
    • Ashton Lansdell; IF/RHP; Marietta, Ga.^*
    • Alana Martinez; RHP/IF; Cooper City, Fla.~
    • Kate Maston; LHP/IF; Coral Springs, Fla.
    • Meredith McFadden; C/IF; Charlotte, N.C.
    • Meggie Meidlinger; RHP/IF; Sterling, Va.^*
    • Maggie Paulovich; IF/C; Albany, Calif.~
    • Oliva Pichardo; RHP/OF; Forest Hills, N.Y.~
    • Katherine Reynolds; RHP; Belmont, Mass.^
    • Aspen Robinson; OF/RHP; Folsom, Calif.
    • Naomi Ryan; LHP/IF; North Chesterfield, Va.~
    • Remi Schaber; IF/RHP; Memphis, Tenn.^
    • Marti Sementelli; RHP; West Newton, Mass.^*
    • Paige Sneddon; UTIL; Pittsburgh, Pa.
    • Malaika Underwood; IF; San Diego, Calif.^*
    • Gabby Velez; IF/RHP; New York, N.Y.
    • Kelsie Whitmore; OF/RHP; Temecula, Calif.^*
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    • *Denotes USA Baseball National Team alum
    • ^Denotes past Women’s NTDP participant
    • ~Denotes 2021 Girls Camp participant
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Fifty-five USA Baseball Alumni on MLB Postseason Rosters

Dodgers lead all clubs with eight alums on 26-man roster
October 8, 2021
CARY, N.C. – Fifty-five Team USA alumni have been named to Major League Baseball postseason rosters, USA Baseball announced on Friday. There are at least three USA Baseball alumni on all 10 postseason rosters. The Los Angeles Dodgers lead the way with eight alumni, while the Boston Red Sox and San Francisco

CARY, N.C. – Fifty-five Team USA alumni have been named to Major League Baseball postseason rosters, USA Baseball announced on Friday.

There are at least three USA Baseball alumni on all 10 postseason rosters. The Los Angeles Dodgers lead the way with eight alumni, while the Boston Red Sox and San Francisco Giants each boast seven players who previously donned the stars and stripes on their roster.

The list features 30 gold medalists, including 10 members of the 2017 World Baseball Classic gold medal-winning team.

Twenty alumni were on rosters for the American League and National League Wild Card games, which took place on October 5 and 6. The Divisional Series began on Thursday and continues on Friday, with all four divisional round games set to take place.

The complete list of USA Baseball alumni in the 2021 postseason is as follows:

  • Atlanta Braves
  • (Name; National Team)
  • Ian Anderson; 2015 18U
  • Travis d'Arnaud; 2011 Pro
  • Freddie Freeman; 2005 16U, 2006 18U
  • AJ Minter; 2014 Collegiate
  • Drew Smyly; 2011 Pro, 2017 WBC
  • Dansby Swanson; 2014 Collegiate

 

  • Boston Red Sox
  • Christian Arroyo; 2012 18U
  • Matt Barnes; 2010 Collegiate
  • Bobby Dalbec; 2015 Collegiate; 2019 Pro
  • Jarren Duran; 2021 Pro
  • Tanner Houck; 2015, 2016 Collegiate, 2019 Pro
  • Kyle Schwarber; 2013 Collegiate
  • Alex Verdugo; 2010 14U

 

  • Chicago White Sox
  • Zack Collins; 2011 16U; 2014 Collegiate
  • Yasmani Grandal; 2009 Collegiate
  • Craig Kimbrel; 2013 WBC
  • Lance Lynn; 2007 Collegiate
  • Carlos Rodon; 2012, 2013 Collegiate
  • Andrew Vaughn; 2013 15U, 2017, 2018 Collegiate, 2019 Pro

 

  • Houston Astros
  • Alex Bregman; 2010 16U, 2011 18U, 2013, 2014 Collegiate, 2017 WBC
  • Jason Castro; 2009 Pro
  • Lance McCullers; 2010 18U
  • Ryne Stanek; 2011, 2012 Collegiate
  • Kyle Tucker; 2012 15U

 

  • Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Walker Buehler; 2014 Collegiate
  • Joe Kelly; 2007 Collegiate
  • Corey Knebel; 2011 Collegiate
  • AJ Pollock; 2011 Pro
  • David Price; 2005, 2006 Collegiate
  • Max Scherzer; 2005 Collegiate
  • Corey Seager; 2010 16U
  • Trea Turner; 2012, 2013 Collegiate

 

  • Milwaukee Brewers
  • Jackie Bradley Jr.; 2010 Collegiate
  • Josh Hader; 2015 Pro
  • Kolten Wong; 2009 Collegiate
  • Christian Yelich; 2017 WBC

 

  • New York Yankees
  • Gerrit Cole; 2009, 2010 Collegiate
  • Joey Gallo; 2011 18U
  • Giancarlo Stanton; 2013, 2017 WBC

 

  • San Francisco Giants
  • Kris Bryant; 2012 Collegiate
  • Brandon Crawford; 2006 Collegiate, 2017 WBC
  • Alex Dickerson; 2010 Collegiate
  • Kevin Gausman; 2009 18U, 2011 Collegiate
  • Evan Longoria; 2007 Pro, 2009 WBC
  • Jake McGee; 2017 WBC
  • Buster Posey; 2004 18U, 2017 WBC

 

  • St. Louis Cardinals
  • Nolan Arenado; 2017 WBC
  • Jack Flaherty; 2013 18U
  • Paul Goldschmidt; 2017 WBC
  • Andrew Miller; 2017 WBC

 

  • Tampa Bay Rays
  • Shane Baz; 2016 18U, 2021 Olympic
  • JP Feyereisen; 2019 Pro
  • Austin Meadows; 2011 16U
  • David Robertson; 2017 WBC, 2021 Olympic
  • Michael Wacha; 2011 Collegiate
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USA Baseball Names 2021 Women's NTDP, Girls Camp Staffs

2019 Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year Veronica Alvarez to serve as Field Coordinator in 2021
September 29, 2021
CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today announced the coaching staffs for the 2021 Women’s National Team Development Program (NTDP) and the first-ever USA Baseball Girls Camp, led by five-time Women’s National Team alum and 2019 USA Baseball Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year Veronica Alvarez as the Field Coordinator. The Girls

CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today announced the coaching staffs for the 2021 Women’s National Team Development Program (NTDP) and the first-ever USA Baseball Girls Camp, led by five-time Women’s National Team alum and 2019 USA Baseball Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year Veronica Alvarez as the Field Coordinator. The Girls Camp will be held at the Launch Pad Sports Complex in Cocoa, Florida, from October 7-9, followed immediately by the 2021 Women’s NTDP from October 10-14.

Players aged 14-19 from across the country will compete in the three-day Girls Camp and further develop their skills through instructional workouts and game play while being coached by previous USA Baseball Women’s National Team staff. At the conclusion of the camp, six players will be selected to attend the invite-only Women’s NTDP. The Women’s NTDP is a highly competitive, 40-player event that will feature a Stars and Stripes intrasquad series, as well as skill development sessions, off-field educational seminars, and exposure to USA Baseball staff and Women’s National Team coaches. 

Joining Alvarez on the Women’s NTDP staff are 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.

“We are very excited to announce the coaching staffs for our first-ever Girls Camp, as well as the 2021 Women’s National Team Development Program,” said Ann Claire Roberson, USA Baseball’s Assistant Director of Baseball Operations. “This staff brings an incredible amount of baseball experience that spans every part of the game from the youth and collegiate levels to the professional and international stages. We are looking forward to all the knowledge these coaches will bring to this unparalleled development opportunity to help enhance the skills of the athletes both on and off the field.”

Alvarez will be the Field Coordinator at both the Women’s NTDP and the Girls Camp in 2021 after playing for the Women’s National Team five times and being named to the coaching staff three times, including twice as a manager (2019, 2020). Under her direction, the 2019 squad finished the COPABE Women’s Pan-American Championships with a perfect 7-0 record and the program’s first gold medal since the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games, outscoring opponents 124-20 en route to being named USA Baseball’s 2019 Team of the Year.

Since finishing her playing career in 2016, Alvarez has been at the forefront of the collaboration between Major League Baseball and USA Baseball to foster the next generation of female baseball players in the United States, serving as a coach at the Trailblazer Series from 2017-2019 and the Girls Baseball Breakthrough Series Showcase & Development Camp in 2018 and 2019. She has also coached for the Oakland Athletics at Major League Baseball Spring Training since 2019.

Oglesby, who helped lead the 2019 Women’s National Team on its dominant run to gold at the COPABE Women’s Pan-American Championships as an assistant coach, will manage the Stars squad at the Women’s NTDP. Oglesby was also a member of the inaugural Women’s National Team that won the program’s first world championship in 2004.

Joining Oglesby on the Stars staff will be assistant coaches Jarend Jones and Jim Koerner, as well as Eagle Pass High School (Eagle Pass, Texas) Head Coach Reynol Mendoza as the team’s pitching coach.

The Stripes team at the Women’s NTDP will be led by Holmes. The seven-time Team USA alum won USA Baseball Sportswoman of the Year honors in 2012 and 2016 and has helped lead the Women’s National Team to two gold medals (2006, 2015), two silver medals (2012, 2014), and one bronze (2010) in her career.

Holmes will be joined on the Stripes staff by Jenny Dalton-Hill and Kinkade as assistant coaches, and Jorge Correa (Correa Pitching Academy) will serve as the team’s pitching coach.

In addition, the Girls Camp will feature two teams with Oglesby serving as manager of Team Red and Holmes leading Team Navy. Oglesby will be joined by Pitching Coach Mendoza and assistant coaches Kelsie Whitmore and Koerner, while Holmes will be assisted by Veronica Gajownik and Dalton-Hill with Correa leading the pitching staff.

For more information on the Women’s NTDP and the first-ever Girls Camp, please follow @USABaseballWNT on Twitter or visit USABaseball.com.

 The 2021 Women’s NTDP and Girls Camp staffs and their full bios are as follows:

  • 2021 Women's National Team Development Program Staff
  • (Name; Women's NTDP Position)
  • Veronica Alvarez; Field Coordinator
  • Lou Colon; Roving Instructor
  • Jorge Correa; Stripes Pitching Coach
  • Jenny Dalton-Hill; Stripes Assistant Coach
  • Tamara Holmes; Stripes Manager
  • Jarend Jones; Stars Assistant Coach
  • Mike Kinkade; Stripes Assistant Coach
  • Jim Koerner; Stars Assistant Coach
  • Reynol Mendoza; Stars Pitching Coach
  • Alex Oglesby; Stars Manager

 

  • 2021 Girls Camp Staff
  • (Name; Girls Camp Position)
  • Veronica Alvarez; Field Coordinator
  • Lou Colon; Roving Instructor
  • Jorge Correa; Team Navy Pitching Coach
  • Jenny Dalton-Hill; Team Navy Assistant Coach
  • Veronica Gajownik; Team Navy Assistant Coach
  • Tamara Holmes; Team Navy Manager
  • Mike Kinkade; Roving Instructor
  • Jim Koerner; Team Red Assistant Coach
  • Reynol Mendoza; Team Red Pitching Coach
  • Alex Oglesby; Team Red Manager
  • Kelsie Whitmore; Team Red Assistant Coach

 

Veronica Alvarez will serve as the Field Coordinator for both the Girls Camp and the Women’s NTDP in 2021. She became the first woman to be named the organization’s Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year for her work at the helm of the 2019 Women’s National Team. Under her direction, Team USA finished its tournament with a perfect 7-0 record and the program’s first gold medal since the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games. The U.S. outscored its opponents 124-20, held a cumulative .500 batting average, and hit a record 11 home runs en route to the gold and being named USA Baseball’s 2019 Team of the Year. In addition to making her managerial debut with the Women’s National Team in 2019, Alvarez also served as an assistant coach on the 2018 staff and played for Team USA five times in her career as a catcher. Her time with the red, white, and blue started in 2008 and every team she participated on medaled in international competition. 

Since finishing her playing career in 2016, Alvarez has continued to help grow women’s baseball as a coach at the Trailblazer Series from 2017-2019 and the Girls Baseball Breakthrough Series Showcase & Development Camp in 2018 and 2019, joining the collaboration between the Major League Baseball and USA baseball to foster the next generation of female baseball players in the United States. Additionally, Alvarez has served as a coach with the Oakland Athletics at Major League Baseball Spring Training from 2019-2021 and has previously coached at the USA baseball Women’s National Team Identification Series and the 2019 12U National Open.

Lou Colon joins the 2021 Women’s NTDP and Girls Camp coaching staffs with over 25 years of coaching experience. He will serve as a roving instructor and assistant coach throughout both events. Most recently, he served as a coach at Drew University for nine seasons after joining the staff as an assistant in 2012. The fielding coach made an immediate impact with the Rangers as the team ranked first in the Landmark Conference in field percentage with a .961 mark in 2014. Prior to his time at Drew, Colon was the head coach at Franklin High School (Somerset, N.J.) and founded the Lou Colon National Infield Development Clinics. He also played three seasons of professional baseball in the Baltimore Orioles organization and two seasons in the Liga de Beisbol Professional de Puerto Rico.

Jorge Correa will serve on staff as a pitching coach at both the Women’s NTDP and the Girls Camp in 2021 after first working with the Women’s National Team program in 2019. The Miami, Florida, native was selected in the ninth round of the 1990 MLB Draft by the Houston Astros and spent three years pitching in the organization’s system before beginning his coaching career. He was the pitching coach at Barry University from 2007-2010 and began serving as a mentor and guest instructor in the Florida Marlins Inner City Youth Program in 2013. Currently, Correa is the owner of the Correa Pitching Academy in Miramar, Florida, where he trains and develops pitchers of all ages to help them grown and improve their game and abilities.

Jenny Dalton-Hill joins the Women’s NTDP and Girls Camp staffs as an assistant coach with over ten years of USA Baseball involvement under her belt. Her first experience with Team USA came as a player on 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 for the Women’s NTDP in 2011 and 2014 as well as for the Women’s National Team in 2012, helping to lead Team USA to an IBAF Women’s Baseball World Cup silver medal. Currently a college softball analyst for ESPN, a position she has held since 2013, Dalton-Hill was an All-American softball player at the University of Arizona. She helped lead the Wildcats to national championships in 1993, 1994, and 1996 and named the 1996 National Player of the Year after winning the Pac-10 Conference Triple Crown in her senior season. Dalton-Hill also 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.

Veronica Gajownik will make her USA Baseball coaching debut as an assistant coach for Team Red at the 2021 Girls Camp staff. Currently working in player development for the Arizona Diamondbacks’ High-A affiliate, the Hillsboro Hops, Gajownik first started her career with Team USA as a player on the 2015 Women’s National Team. The Chuluota, Florida, native helped the U.S. win a gold medal at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games before joining the Liberty University softball coaching staff in 2015 as a graduate assistant where she helped guide the Lady Flames to a program-record 46 wins and a Big South regular-season title in 2017. In 2017, she was named an assistant coach at the University of Massachusetts where she worked until joining the Diamondbacks in 2021. Gajownik has helped to grow women’s baseball since playing for Team USA as an instructor at the virtual MLB Girls Baseball Elite Development Invitational in 2020.

Seven-time Women’s National Team alum Tamara Holmes will manage Team Navy at the Girls Camp and the Stripes squad at the Women’s NTDP in 2021 following a distinguished playing career both domestically and internationally. She began her career with Team USA as a member of the 2006 Women’s National Team that earned the program’s second consecutive world championship at the International Baseball Federation (IBAF) Women’s Baseball World Cup. Holmes followed that by helping lead the U.S. to a bronze medal at the 2010 World Cup and silver medals at the 2012 and 2014 events before playing a key role in Team USA’s undefeated run to gold at the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games. She was also a member of the 2016 Women’s National Team and earned USA Baseball Sportswoman of the Year honors in 2012 and 2016. Prior to her time with Team USA, Holmes was a member of the Colorado Silver Bullets in 1996 and hit the first and only home run in team history. Holmes continues to guide the next generation of female baseball players since finishing her playing career, serving as a coach at various MLB and USA Baseball girls baseball development events including the Trailblazer Series and the MLB GRIT Girls Baseball Identification Tour.

Jarend Jones will served as a Stars assistant coach at the 2021 Women’s NTDP. Jones got his coaching career started at Bonita High School (La Verne, Calif.) where he coached for three years before moving to Mt. San Antonio College and served on the staff for two years. Most recently, Jones spent three years on the coaching staff at Rancho Cucamonga High School (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.). 2021 marks Jones’ fourth consecutive year working with USA Baseball programming, having served on coaching and task force staffs at the National Team Identification Series (NTIS) and the 12U National Open since 2018. After assisting with regional tryouts for the Southwest region of the NTIS, Jones joined the 11U NTIS Task Force and assisted at the 12U National Open in 2019. He was also a member of the 11U NTIS Task Force in 2021.

Sydney 2000 Olympic gold medalist Mike Kinkade brings a plethora of baseball experience to the Women’s NTDP and Girls Camps staff in 2021. Kinkade was a crucial member of the 2000 Olympic Team on its run to the gold medal, recording a .207 average with six hits, three RBIs, and four runs scored in the tournament. He made his second appearance in the red, white, and blue with the 2006 Olympic Qualifying Team where he hit .333 with a team-leading 11 RBIs. Kinkade was selected in the 19th round of the 1994 MLB Draft by the Milwaukee Brewers and made his big league debut with the New York Mets in 1998. In his six-year Major League playing career, the Livonia, Michigan, native played in 222 games and collected a .256 batting average, 56 runs scores, 13 home runs, and 48 RBIs. Following his playing career, Kinkade served as a member of the Seattle Mariners’ minor league coaching staff from 2011-2014, including managing the Peoria Mariners in 2012. He then coached the Whitman County American Legion Program from 2016-2019 and was the head coach for Pullman High School (Pullman, Wash.) from 2018-2019 before serving as an assistant coach at Cal State University Bakersfield during the 2019-2020 season. Kinkade was also a member of the coaching staff at the inaugural MLB Draft Combine in 2021.

USA Baseball Director of Player Development Jim Koerner will serve as an assistant coach at both the 2021 Girls Camp and the Women’s NTDP. In his role as Director of Player Development, Koerner is responsible for developing on-field programming for USA Baseball’s six national teams and three national team development programs. He also produces curriculums related to player development for USABDevelops.com, the organization’s free online educational resource center. Additionally, he assists with player and staff identification for all 10 clubs in the Appalachian League and serves as a roving instructor during the season. Koerner was the head coach at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) from 2011-2021. As just the second head coach in the program’s modern-day history, Koerner took NCCU baseball to new heights in his 10 years at the helm. Under his guidance, the Eagles set the school record for wins twice, in 2013 (27) and again in 2018 (28). He also coached two MLB Draft picks with NCCU, including Corey Joyce, who became the highest selection in program history when he was taken in the 12th round by the Detroit Tigers in 2019. Before his time at NCCU, Koerner was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Buffalo from 2007-2011, helping the Bulls reach their best offensive performances in program history in 2009 and 2010. The team recorded an all-time high in wins since 1999 during the 2009 season and set the records for team batting average (.312), home runs (46), and stolen bases (71) in 2010. In those two seasons combined, the Bulls broke over 25 season, career, team, and individual records. He began his coaching career in 2001 as the head coach at Medaille College, where he helped found the program and was named the 2003 North Eastern Athletic Conference Coach of the Year. He broke into the Division I ranks as an assistant at Monmouth University before a stint at Marshall University.

Reynol Mendoza will serve as the pitching coach for Team Red and the Stars team at the Girls Camp and the Women’s NTDP, respectively, after serving as the Women’s National Team pitching coach in 2019. He was also named Team USA’s pitching coach in 2020. Under his leadership, the 2019 pitching staff finished with a collective 3.16 ERA and 33 strikeouts in 37 innings of work. He is currently the head coach at Eagle Pass High School (Eagle Pass, Texas), where the Eagles have made playoff appearances in each of the last fourteen seasons and played in the regional finals in both 2013 and 2014. The Miami Marlins selected Mendoza in the seventh frround of the 1992 MLB Draft and he spent seven years in the Marles system, including three seasons at the Triple-A level. 

Alex Oglesby, who was named an assistant coach for the Women’s National Team in both 2019 and 2020, will serve as the Stars manager at the Women’s NTDP, as well as the manager of Team Red at the Girls Camp. Oglesby was a member of the inaugural Women’s National Team that won a gold medal at the IBAF Women’s Baseball World Cup and was named to the All-Tournament Team. Prior to representing the U.S., she played in the Ladies Professional baseball League and was the youngest player when the league began in 1997. At just 17 years old, Oglesby led the San Jose Spitfires to the league’s first World Series Championship and was named both Rookie of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year for her efforts. She also helped form the California Women’s Baseball League in 2002, where she earned MVP honors twice. 

Six-time Women’s National Team alum Kelsie Whitmore will serve as an assistant coach for Team Red at the USA Baseball Girls Camp in 2021. She was named to her first national team in 2014 when she was just 16 years old and helped Team USA earn a silver medal at the 2014 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Women’s Baseball World Cup. One year later, she played a key role from both the plate and on the mound in Team USA’s undefeated run to a gold medal at the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games. The Temecula, California, native also played for the 2016, 2018, and 2019 squads, earning another gold medal with the U.S. at the 2019 COPABE Women’s Pan-American Championships. In addition to her time with Team USA, Whitmore has also played professional baseball as a member of the Independent League’s Sonoma Stompers where she joined fellow Women’s National Team alum Stacy Piagno as the first women to play for a professional men’s team since the 1950s. Whitmore has joined the collaboration between MLB and USA Baseball to help grow the future of women’s baseball as an instructor at various development events, including the Girls Baseball Breakthrough Series and the Girls Baseball Elite Development Invitational.

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Adley Rutschman, USA Baseball to Host Homegrown Clinic in Portland

Clinic to be held at Charles B. Walker Stadium on Saturday, October 9
September 28, 2021
CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today announced that Baltimore Orioles catching prospect Adley Rutschman (2018 Collegiate National Team alum, 2019 Golden Spikes Award winner, 2019 MLB Draft 1st Overall Pick, current No. 1 prospect in baseball by MLB.com) will host the first-ever Homegrown Clinic at Charles B. Walker Stadium at

CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today announced that Baltimore Orioles catching prospect Adley Rutschman (2018 Collegiate National Team alum, 2019 Golden Spikes Award winner, 2019 MLB Draft 1st Overall Pick, current No. 1 prospect in baseball by MLB.com) will host the first-ever Homegrown Clinic at Charles B. Walker Stadium at Lents Park in Portland, Oregon, on Saturday, October 9, 2021.

Supported by Friends of Baseball and the Portland Pickles, the event is free and open to 150 kids aged 5-12 from the greater Portland area. 

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.

“Youth baseball is very important to me, particularly in Oregon,” said Adley Rutschman.  “The game has given me so many gifts–the friends I’ve made and the lessons I’ve learned playing the game are essential to who I am. I’m so excited to help expose young athletes to the joys of playing baseball, and I’m grateful to USA Baseball and Friends of Baseball for their time and effort in helping create this opportunity. I’m looking forward to a fun day of baseball with Oregon’s young athletes.”

“It is exciting to work alongside Adley Rutschman to host our first-ever Homegrown Clinic,” said USA Baseball Assistant Director of Youth Programs Anthony Cangelosi. “Adley has been a friend to USA Baseball since he played on the Collegiate National Team in 2018. His desire to give back to the community that helped mold him into the person and baseball player he is today, as well as positively impact the youth from his hometown, is admirable. We are thrilled to co-host this event for the kids of Portland.”

During the event, participants will go through various stations manned by members of the University of Portland and George Fox University baseball programs, including baserunning, catching/throwing, fielding, and a home run derby. Additionally, they will play in a modified scrimmage with Rutschman serving as the designated pitcher. Every child who attends will also receive a t-shirt and a poster commemorating the event.

The Homegrown Clinic is one of many free developmental offerings by USA Baseball and continues the organization’s outreach into the city of Portland. The Portland Public School system adopted the Fun At Bat program in 2018 and has since reached 68 schools and over 34,000 kids. Fun At Bat is a joint initiative between USA Baseball and Major League Baseball designed for physical education classes to promote fun and active lifestyles for children while teaching the fundamental skills of bat-and-ball sports.

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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USA Baseball Finalizes 2021 12U National Team Trials Roster

Trials to take place in Flower Mound, Texas, beginning on November 8
September 17, 2021
CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today finalized the 36-man roster for the 2021 12U National Team Trials with the selection of 12 athletes from the 2021 National Team Identification Series (NTIS) Champions Cup. The selected players will compete in Flower Mound, Texas, from November 8-11, for 18 spots on the

CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today finalized the 36-man roster for the 2021 12U National Team Trials with the selection of 12 athletes from the 2021 National Team Identification Series (NTIS) Champions Cup. The selected players will compete in Flower Mound, Texas, from November 8-11, for 18 spots on the final 12U National Team. The final roster will be announced at the conclusion of Trials on November 11.

The final 12 invitees participated in the 2021 NTIS Champions Cup, which took place earlier this summer in Cary, North Carolina. The NTIS, which is the most comprehensive player identification program offered by USA Baseball, concluded in August at the USA Baseball National Training Complex and Thomas Brooks Park.

“We are excited to take this next step and finalize our thirty-six-man trials roster,” said Will Schworer, USA Baseball’s 12U National Team Program Director. “The players who have been selected have demonstrated elite baseball ability and are high-character kids, and we look forward to watching them compete at Trials in November.”

In addition to the 12 players selected from this year’s Champions Cup, 24 athletes were identified during their participation in the Futures Invitational in June. The Futures Invitational, which are elite youth championship events exclusively reserved for the best 10U and 11U teams featuring the top youth talent in the nation, took place at Thomas Brooks Park and Middle Creek Park in Cary, North Carolina.

Fourteen different states are represented on the 36-man roster, with 10 players hailing from California. Texas has the second most athletes with six, while Florida and Georgia tout four players each. 

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, 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 schedule for the 2021 12U National Team is to be determined following the postponement of the 2021 World Baseball Softball Confederation U-12 Baseball World Cup to the summer of 2022. A formal schedule announcement will be made at a later time.

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

  • 2021 NTIS Champions Cup Selections
  • (Name; Hometown; School)
  • Caleb Alexander; Houston, Texas; Wood Creek
  • Brady Bickham; Claremont, Calif.; El Roble
  • Caden Borcherding; McDonough, Ga.; Ola
  • Easton Brunson; Highlands, Texas; Goose Creek
  • Valentin Ceballos; New Braunfels, Texas; New Braunfels
  • Zachary Estrada; Covina, Calif.; Las Palmas
  • Jacob Gray; Benicia, Calif.; North Hills Christian
  • Kekahupono Kong; Mililani, Hawaii; Kamehamena
  • Jackson Maddix; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Chartiers Valley
  • Logan Pascarella; Corona, Calif.; Centennial
  • Blake Ragsdale; Burr Ridge, Ill.; Pleasantdale
  • Jacob Seamon; Rolling Meadows, Ill.; Grace Academy

 

  • 2022 12U National Team Trials Roster
  • (Name; Hometown; School)
  • *Caleb Alexander; Houston, Texas; Wood Creek
  • *Brady Bickham; Claremont, Calif.; El Roble
  • *Caden Borcherding; McDonough, Ga.; Ola
  • ^Konnor Briggs; Oxford, Fla.; The Villages Charter
  • ^Hudson Brown; Iola, Texas; Iola Intermediate
  • *Easton Brunson; Highlands, Texas; Goose Creek
  • ^Nathan "Brodie" Campbell; Newnan, Ga.; Will at Newnan
  • *Valentin Ceballos; New Braunfels, Texas; New Braunfels
  • ^Chase Cotton; Lincoln, Calif.; Whitney
  • ^Landen DeRouen; Delcambre, La.; Erath
  • ^Adan Diaz; Gavilan Hills, Calif.; Amelia Earhart
  • *Zachary Estrada; Covina, Calif.; Las Palmas
  • ^Jackson Fetters; Montgomery, Texas; Oak Hills
  • ^Aaron Garcia; Pico Rivera, Calif.; EM Speed & Power
  • ^Angel Gonzalez; Whittier, Calif.; Resurrection Catholic
  • *Jacob Gray; Benicia, Calif.; North Hills Christian
  • ^Jared Grindlinger; Huntington Beach, Calif.; Mesa View
  • ^Caleb Hudson; Carrollton, Ga.; Carrollton
  • ^Levi Kerr; Holly Springs, N.C.; Marvin Ridge
  • *Kekahupono Kong; Mililani, Hawaii; Kamehamena
  • ^Brayden Landry; Puyallup, Wash.; Stahl Junior High
  • *Jackson Maddix; Pittsburgh, Penn.; Chartiers Valley
  • ^Julian Martinez; New York, N.Y.; Thompson Square
  • ^Duncan McLeod; Huntington Beach, Calif.; Marine View
  • ^Carter Moon; Bogart, Ga.; Malcom Bridge
  • ^Roberto Negron; Land o' Lakes, Fla.; Florida Virtual
  • *Logan Pascarella; Corona, Calif.; Centennial
  • *Blake Ragsdale; Burr Ridge, Ill.; Pleasantdale
  • ^Julian Rodriguez; Boca Raton, Fla.; Don Estridge
  • ^Colt Sampson; Magnolia, Texas; Tomball
  • ^Jael Santos; Paterson, N.J.; Woodrow Wilson
  • *Jacob Seamon; Rolling Meadows, Ill.; Grace Academy
  • ^Derek Vazquez; Charlotte, N.C.; Charlotte Preparatory
  • ^Issac Vidal; Miami, Fla.; Ethel Koger Beckham
  • ^Adrian Villela; Tucson, Ariz.; Dodge
  • ^Jake Welch; Lehi, Utah; River Rock
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  • *denotes identification at NTIS Champions Cup
  • ^denotes identification at Futures Invitational
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USA Baseball Announces 2021 National Team Identification Series Selections

A total of 72 athletes were selected for 2022 national team programming from the 2021 NTIS Champions Cup
September 16, 2021
CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today announced the 72 athletes selected from the 2021 National Team Identification Series (NTIS) for its 2022 national team programming, following the completion of the NTIS Champions Cup that was held at the National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, from August 11-29. The announcement

CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today announced the 72 athletes selected from the 2021 National Team Identification Series (NTIS) for its 2022 national team programming, following the completion of the NTIS Champions Cup that was held at the National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, from August 11-29. The announcement was first made on the USA Baseball NTIS Selection Show, which can be found on USABaseball.com and the organization’s YouTube channel, USABaseballTV

The NTIS is USA Baseball’s most comprehensive player identification program and includes six age groups ranging from 11U-16U. Under the direction of USA Baseball Regional Directors, tryouts are held in every region of the country to be identified and selected for their regional teams, and invited to the NTIS Champions Cup in Cary, North Carolina.

 

 

The 2021 NTIS Champions Cup featured over 1,200 of the nation’s best players competing in 144 games, as well as skill testing and on-field evaluations run by USA Baseball Task Force and national team coaches.

“After an incredible month of competition, we are excited to announce the seventy-two athletes who have been selected out of our National Team Identification Series for next year’s national team programming,” said USA Baseball Assistant Director of Baseball Operations Ann Claire Roberson. “The outstanding talent at this year’s Champions Cup in Cary made for a very difficult selection process for our task force members and national team program directors, but we are looking forward to watching these players continue to grow in the coming year and seeing their impact on our 2022 programming.” 

Twelve athletes from each age group were invited to compete in the following year’s age-appropriate national team programming events, including the 2022 12U National Team Trials, the 2022 13U/14U Athlete Development Program (ADP), the 2022 15U National Team Trials, and the 2022 16U/17U National Team Development Program (NTDP).

In total, the 72 athletes selected are from twenty-three different states and all six regions from across the U.S.

The 2021 National Team Identification Series selections are as follows:

Name; Position; Hometown; Region

 

  • 2022 12U National Team Trials invitees:
  • (from 11U NTIS)
  • Trenton Finley; C; Lebanon, Tenn.; Southeast
  • Anthony Frausto; INF/LHP; New Braunfels, Texas; South
  • Mason Harris; INF/RHP; Rocklin, Calif.; Northwest
  • Landon King; INF/RHP; San Mateo, Calif.; Northwest
  • Grady Klovstad; OF; Orange, Calif.; Southwest
  • Cristian Matos; C/RHP; Belleville, N.J.; Northeast
  • Braiden Miller; INF/RHP; Waterford, Va.; Northeast
  • Ethan Orozco; C/RHP; Chula Vista, Calif.; Southwest
  • James Stout; C; Artesia, Calif.; Southwest
  • Elliot Su; INF/RHP; Rochester, Minn.; Midwest
  • Maximus Villalva; INF; El Cajon, Calif.; Southwest
  • Ellis White; INF/1B; Concord, N.C.; Southeast

 

  • 2022 13U/14U Athlete Development Program invitees:
  • (from 12U NTIS)
  • Caleb Alexander; IF/RHP; Houston, Texas; South
  • Brady Bickham; IF/RHP; Claremont, Calif.; Southwest
  • Caden Borcherding; C/IF; McDonough, Ga.; Southeast
  • Chase Cotton; IF/RHP; Lincoln, Calif.; Northwest
  • Zachary Estrada; OF/RHP; Covina, Calif.; Southwest
  • Aaron Garcia; IF/C; Pico Rivera, Calif.; Southwest
  • Jacob Gray; MIF; Benicia, Calif.; Northwest
  • Kekahupono Kong; RHP/C; Mililani, Hawaii; Southwest
  • Jackson Maddix; OF/LHP; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Northeast
  • Logan Pascarella; LHP/IF; Corona, Calif.; Southwest
  • Blake Ragsdale; IF/RHP; Burr Ridge, Ill.; Midwest
  • Jacob Seamon; OF/RHP; Rolling Meadows, Ill.; Midwest

 

  • 2022 13U/14U Athlete Development Program invitees:
  • (from 13U NTIS)
  • Blake Bowen; OF/IF; Riverside, Calif.; Southwest
  • Lincoln Boyle; RHP/IF; Overland Park, Kan.; South
  • Judson Dowell; IF/RHP; Houston, Texas; South
  • Andruw Giles; OF/IF; Henderson, Nev.; Southwest
  • Aaron Hernandez; LHP/OF; Miami, Fla.; Southeast
  • Archer Horn; IF/RHP; San Mateo, Calif.; Northwest
  • Josiah Morris; C/IF; Oakley, Calif.; Northwest
  • Joshua Priest; IF/OF; San Diego, Calif.; Southwest
  • Taytum Reeves; C/IF; Menifee, Calif.; Southwest
  • Logan Schmidt; LHP/IF; Villa Park, Calif.; Southwest
  • Dylan Seward; IF/RHP; Eastvale, Calif.; Southwest
  • Julian Suarez; C/IF; Sinton, Texas; South

 

  • 2022 15U National Team Trials invitees:
  • (from 14U NTIS)
  • Marcus Cantu; IF/RHP; Friendswood, Texas; South
  • John Dolan; C/IF; Huffman, Texas; Southm
  • Ethan Downum; OF/LHP; Frisco, Texas; South
  • Magdiel Estevez; OF/LHP; Miami, Fla.; Southeastk
  • Gian Gamelli; LHP/IF; Wenham, Mass.; Northeast
  • Reid Jacobson; IF/RHP; Albuquerque, N.M.; Southwest
  • Lyndon Lee; IF/IF; Las Vegas, Nev.; Southwest
  • Carlos Machado; IF/RHP; Pembroke Pines, Fla.; Southeast
  • Brady Murrietta; C/IF; Yorba Linda, Calif.; Southwest
  • Davidenko Rodriguez; IF/OF; Katy, Texas; South
  • Sebastian Segura; IF; Spring, Texas; South
  • John Austin Wood; C/IF; Tupelo, Miss.; Southeast

 

  • 2022 16U/17U National Team Development Program invitees:
  • (from 15U NTIS)
  • Alec Blair; OF/LHP; Lafayette, Calif.; Northwest
  • Cash Campbell; IF/RHP; Downers Grove, Ill.; Midwest
  • Kayson Cunningham; IF/OF; San Antonio, Texas; South
  • Jonathan Dobis; OF/RHP; Eagan, Minn.; Midwest
  • Conor Essenburg; IF/LHP; Manhattan, Ill.; Midwest
  • Jake Evans; IF/OF; Long Beach, Calif.; Southwest
  • Ross Felder; RHP/IF; Springdale, Ark.; Southwest
  • Aidan Hall; IF/RHP; Galt, Calif.; Northwest
  • Jake Haruki; C/OF; Irvine, Calif.; Southwest
  • Cooper Moss; RHP/IF; Panama City Beach, Fla.; Southeast
  • Jacob Smith; IF/RHP; Winston Salem, N.C.; Southeast
  • Quindon Wright; OF/RHP; Albany, Ga.; Southeast

 

  • 2022 16U/17U National Team Development Program invitees:
  • (from 16U NTIS)
  • Danny Arambula; IF/OF; Redlands, Calif.; Southwest
  • Andrew (AJ) Garcia; OF/LHP; Chicago, Ill.; Midwest
  • Holden Harris; RHP/IF; Leander, Texas; South
  • Leighton Harris; LHP/IF; Lexington, Ky.; Midwest
  • Joshua Knoth; RHP/OF; Medford, N.Y.; Northeast
  • Joe McGee; OF; Danville, Calif.; Northwest
  • Joseph McMannis; RHP/IF; Emmitsburg, Md.; Northeast
  • Bryce Navarre; LHP/IF; Lake Charles, La.; Southwest
  • Landon O'Donnell; IF; Valrico, Fla.; Southeast
  • Owen Paino; IF/OF; Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; Northeast
  • Gabriel Tirado; C/IF; Newington, Conn.; Northeast
  • Joey Tonnotti; RHP/OF; Southington, Conn.; Northeast
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Team USA and Canada Finish Friendship Series with 1-1 Draw

U.S. finishes with a 5-1-1 record in the seven-game friendship series
September 9, 2021
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BRADENTON, Fla. - The 18U National Team played to a 1-1 draw in the finale of its seven-game friendship series against Canada on Thursday, September 9, at LECOM Park in Bradenton Florida. Team USA earns a series victory and finishes with a 5-1-1 record in 2021 with the tie.

Canada broke onto the scoreboard first in the contest with a solo home run in the top of the first to take a 1-0 lead. Elijah Green (Windermere, Fla.) scored the tying run for Team USA in the bottom of the third on a wild pitch to make it 1-1 before the game was called in the bottom of the fifth due to inclement weather.

Green notched a triple and a single in the game to lead the U.S. offense and scored the red, white, and blue’s lone run.

Louis Rodriguez (Long Beach, Calif.) got the start for Team USA in the series finale and threw two innings, allowing one run on two hits while striking out five.

 

Key Moments

  • Canada opened the scoring in the contest with a home run from Louka Daoust for a 1-0 lead in the top of the first.
  • Green tripled with two outs in the bottom of the third and then came home on a wild pitch to tie the game, 1-1..
  • Paxton Kling (Roaring Spring, Pa.) hit a single in the bottom of the fifth and Blake Mitchell (Sinton, Texas) walked with one out before the game was called with a final 1-1 score.

 

Notable Information

  • Joe Allen (Hampton Falls, N.H.) came on in relief and tossed two scoreless innings, allowing just one hit, while Jack O’Connor (Arlington, Va.) pitched one inning in which he did not allow a hit, a run, or a walk.
  • With his five punchouts on Thursday, Rodriguez finishes the series with 15 to lead all pitchers on both teams.
  • Green’s two hits on Thursday tied him for the team-lead in hits with eight, including one triple and four home runs. Termarr Johnson (Atlanta, Ga.) also finishes the series with eight hits.
  • Green and Johnson also tied for most RBIs in the series with seven through seven games.
  • After scoring Team USA’s one run on Thursday, Green leads the stars and stripes with seven runs scored. He also paced the squad in total bases (22), slugging percentage (.957), and home runs (4).
  • Meanwhile, Johnson tied for second on the team with six runs scored and led the U.S. with eight walks and five stolen bases in seven games. He also led in batting average (min. 10 at bats) with a .421 average and on-base percentage with a .607 mark.
  • Kling was a perfect 4-for-4 in swiped bags during the seven-game series.
  • Following the friendship series, the 18U National Team now holds a 38-7-2 all-time record against Canada in international competition.

 

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GAMEDAY: Team USA and Canada Locked in for Series Finale

The final game of the seven-game friendship series is set for 2:00 p.m. EDT at LECOM Park
September 9, 2021
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BRADENTON, Fla. - The 18U National Team and Canada are set to go head-to-head in the finale of a seven-game friendship series on Thursday, September 9, at LECOM Park in Bradenton, Florida. Team USA leads the series 5-1 with first pitch of the final contest set for 2:00 p.m. EDT.

Right-handed pitcher Louis Rodriguez (Long Beach, Calif.) will make his second appearance of the series in Thursday's finale. Rodriguez also came on in relief for Team USA in game two on September 4, striking out 10 and allowing just three hits in five scoreless innings of relief.

The 18U National Team is taking on international competition for the first time this week since competing at the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup in Gijang, South Korea, where the U.S. took home the silver medal. Team USA and Canada also last went head-to-head in the Super Round of that tournament, with the red, white, and blue coming out on top, 10-0, in seven innings..

The 18U National Team will be led in 2021 by Manager Jason Maxwell, who is serving as a national team manager for the second time after guiding the 15U National Team to its first world championship in 2018. He will be joined on staff by assistant coaches Michael Cuddyer and Jack Wilson, as well as Brad Penny, who will serve as the team’s pitching coach.

 

Notable Information

  • Team USA leads the 2021 seven-game friendship series against Canada 5-1 and has already clinched a series victory.
  • Elijah Green (Windermere, Fla.) and Paxton Kling (Roaring Spring, Pa.) both currently own four-game hitting streaks in the series.
  • The U.S. hitters have launched eight dingers through the first five games of the series, seven of which have traveled over 400 feet. Elijah Green’s (Windermere, Fla.) 456-foot home run on Monday evening’s win leads the way in distance traveled. Green also leads the team in total home runs with four so far in the series.
  • Blake Mitchell (Sinton, Texas) recorded the red, white, and blue’s first homer in a 16-2 victory on Friday.
  • Termarr Johnson (Atlanta, Ga.) hit a go-ahead grand slam in Saturday’s 10-2 defeat of Canada.
  • Paxton Kling (Roaring Spring, Pa.) has two bombs through four games so far, having hit his first on Saturday and his second on Sunday.
  • The U.S. pitching staff has recorded 80 total strikeouts through the first five games of the series and have tallied double-digit punchouts in five of the six contests, including 17 in both Saturday and Sunday’s victories, 11 in the series-clinching win on Monday, 12 in Tuesday’s loss, and 13 in a shutout win on Wednesday.
  • With 10 punchouts in five scoreless innings of relief on Saturday, Louis Rodriguez (Long Beach, Calif.) leads both Team USA and Canada in strikeouts so far in the series.
  • The 2021 18U National Team was announced on Tuesday and features 26 of the best 18-and-under athletes in the country.
  • The 26 members of Team USA represent 15 different states across the country.
  • The 2021 18U National Team features four players that have suited up for Team USA at least once in their careers, including four-time alum Karson Bowen (Anaheim Hills, Calif.), three-time alum Ryan Clifford (Raleigh, N.C.), two-time alum Termarr Johnson (Altanta, Ga.), and three-time alum Louis Rodriguez (Long Beach, Calif.)
  • Bowen (2018 & 2019 15U) and Clifford (2015 12U, 2018 15U) have both won two gold medals with Team USA, while Johnson and Rodriguez both also helped lead the 2019 15U National Team to a gold medal.
  • The roster also features four athletes selected from the 2021 16U/17U National Team Development Program that took place at the USA Baseball National Training Complex August 6-9.
  • All three of the coaches joining Maxwell on staff are former MLB All-Stars. Cuddyer earned the honor in 2011 and 2013, while Penny was named to the All-Star Games in 2006 and 2007, and Wilson was an All-Star in 2004.
  • All seven of Team USA’s games against Canada will be streamed live on the USA Baseball Facebook page.

 

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Team USA Shuts Out Canada, 9-0, for Game Six Victory

Four pitchers combine to toss the two-hit shutout as the U.S. improves to 5-1 in the series
September 8, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E USA 0 2 1 0 6 0 0 0 0 9 10 0 CAN 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 Win: J. Ferris Loss: C. Clark  Save: None Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats   BRADENTON, Fla.
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USA 0 2 1 0 6 0 0 0 0 9 10 0
CAN 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 4
Win: J. Ferris Loss: C. Clark  Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats

 

BRADENTON, Fla. - Behind a stellar two-hit shutout from U.S. pitchers Cade Fisher (Dalton, Ga.), Andrew Dutkanych (Indianapolis, Ind.), Jackson Ferris (Mount Airy, N.C.), and Gavin Guidry (Lake Charles, La.), the 18U National Team earned a 9-0 victory over Canada on Wednesday at Pirate City in Bradenton, Florida. Team USA improves to 5-1 in the seven-game friendship series with the win.

A clutch bases-loaded, two-RBI single from Termarr Johnson (Atlanta, Ga.) started the scoring for the U.S. in Wednesday’s contest and the stars and stripes never looked back. After adding one run in the third, Team USA piled on six in the fifth for a commanding 9-0 advantage that it wouldn’t relinquish as the pitching staff secured the victory.

Elijah Green (Windermere, Fla.) and Johnson paced the offense in the victory with multi-hit games. Johnson also collected three RBIs while Ryan Clifford (Raleigh, N.C.) tallied two of his own with a double in the fifth. Walker Jenkins (Oak Island, N.C.), Riley Stanford (Gainesville, Ga.), Karson Bowen (Anaheim Hills, Calif.), and Jackson Holliday (Stillwater, Okla.) also recorded hits in the win..

Fisher got the start in the game and allowed just two hits and two walks in his four scoreless innings of work. Ferris was perfect in his two innings of relief to earn the win, striking out four without allowing a hit or a walk. Canada’s Caleb Clark, who allowed three runs on four hits, was tagged with the loss.

 

Key Moments

  • The U.S. broke onto the scoreboard first in the top of the second, using an error, a walk, and a two-out Green single to load the bases for Johnson who came through with a two-RBI base knock that gave Team USA a 2-0 advantage.
  • After a walk and a Stanford single in the top of the third, Bowen added a third run for the red, white, and blue with a two-out single of his own that allowed Jenkins to score from second to make it 3-0.
  • Holliday hit an RBI double to make it 4-0 in the top of the fifth before Green tallied his second hit of the day to bring Holliday in from second for a 5-0 Team USA lead.
  • Johnson followed one batter later with the third RBI single of the inning to plate Green and make it 6-0 in Team USA’s favor.
  • Clifford added two more with a stand-up double to left before Jenkins capped off the six-run fifth with an RBI single to give the U.S. a commanding 9-0 lead.
  • Team USA’s relief pitchers took over in the fifth and locked down the game, combining to allow just one walk and no hits to secure the 9-0 victory.

 

Notable Information

  • The U.S. now holds a 5-1 lead in its seven-game friendship series against Canada with one game left to play.
  • Fisher, Dutkanych, Ferris, and Guidry combined to strike out 13 batters in the two-hit shutout, bringing the U.S. pitching staff's total punchouts to 80 through six games.
  • With his three-hit day on Wednesday, Johnson now leads Team USA with eight hits through six games.
  • Wednesday’s game marked the first in the series that did not include a U.S. home run.
  • The contest was also the first since game two without a homer off the bat of Green, but he still continued his hot hitting with two base knocks and now owns a four-game hit streak.

 

On Deck

  • September 9: USA vs. Canada (2:00 p.m. EDT; Bradenton, Fla.; LECOM Park)

 

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GAMEDAY: Penultimate Game of Friendship Series Against Canada on Deck

First pitch of game six is set for 1:00 p.m. EDT at Pirate City
September 8, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E USA                         CAN                         Game Notes |  Live Stats |  Watch Live BRADENTON, Fla. - The
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BRADENTON, Fla. - The 18U National Team will look to bounce back in game six of its seven-game friendship series against Canada on Wednesday after falling, 3-2, in game five. First pitch of the September 8 contest is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. EDT at Pirate City in Bradenton, Florida.

Left-handed pitcher Kade Anderson (Madisonville, La.) will get the start on the bump for the U.S. in game five and make his Team USA debut.

The 18U National Team is taking on international competition for the first time this week since competing at the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup in Gijang, South Korea, where the U.S. took home the silver medal. Team USA and Canada also last went head-to-head in the Super Round of that tournament, with the red, white, and blue coming out on top, 10-0, in seven innings.

The 18U National Team will be led in 2021 by Manager Jason Maxwell, who is serving as a national team manager for the second time after guiding the 15U National Team to its first world championship in 2018. He will be joined on staff by assistant coaches Michael Cuddyer and Jack Wilson, as well as Brad Penny, who will serve as the team’s pitching coach.

 

Notable Information

  • Team USA leads the 2021 seven-game friendship series against Canada 4-1 and has already clinched a series victory.
  • The U.S. hitters have launched eight dingers through the first five games of the series, seven of which have traveled over 400 feet. Elijah Green’s (Windermere, Fla.) 456-foot home run on Monday evening’s win leads the way in distance traveled. Green also leads the team in total home runs with four so far in the series.
  • Blake Mitchell (Sinton, Texas) recorded the red, white, and blue’s first homer in a 16-2 victory on Friday.
  • Termarr Johnson (Atlanta, Ga.) hit a go-ahead grand slam in Saturday’s 10-2 defeat of Canada.
  • Paxton Kling (Roaring Spring, Pa.) has two bombs through four games so far, having hit his first on Saturday and his second on Sunday.
  • The U.S. pitching staff has recorded 67 total strikeouts through the first five games of the series, including 17 in both Saturday and Sunday’s victories, 11 in the series-clinching win on Monday, and 12 in Tuesday’s loss.
  • With 10 punchouts in five scoreless innings of relief on Saturday, Louis Rodriguez (Long Beach, Calif.) leads both Team USA and Canada in strikeouts so far in the series.
  • The 2021 18U National Team was announced on Tuesday and features 26 of the best 18-and-under athletes in the country.
  • The 26 members of Team USA represent 15 different states across the country.
  • The 2021 18U National Team features four players that have suited up for Team USA at least once in their careers, including four-time alum Karson Bowen (Anaheim Hills, Calif.), three-time alum Ryan Clifford (Raleigh, N.C.), two-time alum Termarr Johnson (Altanta, Ga.), and three-time alum Louis Rodriguez (Long Beach, Calif.)
  • Bowen (2018 & 2019 15U) and Clifford (2015 12U, 2018 15U) have both won two gold medals with Team USA, while Johnson and Rodriguez both also helped lead the 2019 15U National Team to a gold medal.
  • The roster also features four athletes selected from the 2021 16U/17U National Team Development Program that took place at the USA Baseball National Training Complex August 6-9.
  • All three of the coaches joining Maxwell on staff are former MLB All-Stars. Cuddyer earned the honor in 2011 and 2013, while Penny was named to the All-Star Games in 2006 and 2007, and Wilson was an All-Star in 2004.
  • All seven of Team USA’s games against Canada will be streamed live on the USA Baseball Facebook page.

 

On Deck

  • September 9: USA vs. Canada (2:00 p.m. EDT; Bradenton, Fla.; LECOM Park)

 

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U.S. Drops Game Five Against Canada, 3-2

Late-game rally falls short as Team USA falls to 4-1 in the seven-game friendship series
September 7, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E CAN 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 7 0 USA 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 4 1 Win: R. Usselman Loss: K. Anderson  Save: J. Woods Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats  
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
CAN 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 7 0
USA 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 4 1
Win: R. Usselman Loss: K. Anderson  Save: J. Woods
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BRADENTON, Fla. - Runs in the sixth and eighth innings weren't enough for the stars and stripes as the 18U National Team suffered its first loss of a seven-game friendship series against Canada on Tuesday, dropping a 3-2 contest at LECOM Park in Bradenton, Florida. Team USA falls to 4-1 in the series with the loss.

Canada jumped out to an early lead that the U.S. offense couldn’t overcome with two runs in the top of the second. Team USA finally broke onto the scoreboard in the bottom of the sixth and added a second run in the bottom of the eighth with Elijah Green’s (Windermere, Fla.) fourth home run of the series. But Canada’s insurance run in the top of the eighth proved to be the difference and the stars and stripes fell, 3-2.

Green, Paxton Kling (Roaring Spring, Pa.), Walker Jenkins (Oak Island, N.C.), and Termarr Johnson (Atlanta, Ga.) were responsible for Team USA’s four hits in the game. Druw Jones (Suwanee, Ga.) and Green each collected an RBI in the loss while Blake Mitchell (Sinton, Texas) scored a run and drew two walks.

Kade Anderson (Madisonville, La.) got the start for the red, white, and blue and suffered the loss in the contest after allowing two runs on three hits and one walk in three innings of work. The southpaw also struck out five batters in the game. Canada’s Reece Usselman earned the win with his two innings of scoreless relief in which he gave up just one hit while Jordan Woods earned the save.

 

Key Moments

  • Canada opened the scoring in the contest with a two-RBI triple by Tyrus Hall that gave the team a 2-0 lead in the top of the second.
  • Team USA got its first run of the game in the bottom of the sixth when Mitchell drew a leadoff walk and came around to score on a wild pitch and an RBI groundout from Jones to cut the deficit in half and make it a 2-1 game.
  • Canada answered with an insurance run in the top of the eighth after a leadoff walk came around to score on an RBI single by Josh Jones.
  • Green led off the bottom half of the eighth with an immediate response of his own, launching a solo, 430-foot home run over the left field fence to cut Canada’s lead back down to one.
  • Oliver Santos (Newport Coast, Calif.) came on in relief to shut down the Canadian offense in the top of the ninth, but Team USA couldn’t get anything going in the bottom half and Canada claimed the 3-2 win.

 

Notable Information

  • With his single in the second inning, Paxton Kling (Roaring Spring, Pa.) now has a five-game hit streak, having recorded at least one base knock in every game of Team USA’s seven-game friendship series against Canada so far.
  • Green leads all batters in the series with four home runs after his longball on Tuesday. He has hit all four in the last three games.
  • With three dingers in the last two games, Green now leads both teams in longballs in the series.
  • Seven of the eight U.S. home runs in the series have traveled over 400 feet, with Green’s 456-foot bomb on Monday leading the way.
  • Johnson leads Team USA in walks with seven so far in the series. Guidry has the second-highest mark with five through four games.
  • U.S. pitchers Anderson, Michael Kennedy (Troy, N.Y.), and Santos combined to strikeout 12 batters in Tuesday's contest.

 

On Deck

  • September 8: USA vs. Canada (1:00 p.m. EDT; Bradenton, Fla.; Pirate City)
  • September 9: USA vs. Canada (2:00 p.m. EDT; Bradenton, Fla.; LECOM Park)

 

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