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Team USA Beats Dominican Republic to Advance to Semifinals

August 4, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E DR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 0 USA 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 X 3 3 3 WP: Scott Kazmir (1-0) |  LP: Denyi Reyes (0-1) |  S: David Robertson (2)BOX
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YOKOHAMA, Japan -- Tyler Austin and Triston Casas continued their powerful showings at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 with a pair of home runs and the U.S. pitching staff delivered in the clutch to defeat the Dominican Republic 3-1 at Yokohama Baseball Stadium on Wednesday.

With the win, Team USA advances to the semifinals on Thursday, August 5, at 7 p.m. JST/6 a.m. EDT/3 a.m. PDT. They will face the loser of the first semifinal between Japan and Korea with a spot in the gold medal game on the line.

The U.S. jumped on the Dominican Republic starter Denyi Reyes early when Casas got the red, white, and blue on the board courtesy of his tournament-leading third home run. With Austin on first base thanks to a one-out walk, he launched a 1-1 hanging breaking ball to deep center-field to give the stars and stripes an early 2-0 lead.

The U.S. held on to its two-run lead thanks to a strong showing from starting pitcher Scott Kazmir. After escaping a bases-loaded jam with one out in the top of the first inning, Kazmir retired 12 of the next 13 batters, including the last nine he faced, allowing just a lead-off double in the third inning.

Holding on to its two-run lead in the bottom half of the fifth inning, Austin came to the plate with two outs and laced the first pitch he saw to dead center, giving Team USA a 3-0 cushion.

The relievers took over from there and delivered in clutch moments. Brandon Dickson survived two fielding errors to pitch a hitless sixth inning, and Scott McGough escaped giving up two hits in the top of the seventh to keep the U.S. lead at three.

Anthony Gose pitched a perfect eighth inning before handing the game over to David Robertson in the ninth. Robertson picked up the first two outs but surrendered a solo home run and a free pass in back-to-back at-bats to bring the tying run to the plate. He would respond by striking out Yefri Perez to close out the game and securing the 3-1 victory and a spot in the semifinals.

Kazmir (1-0) earned the win for the stars and stripes, giving up just two hits, one walk, and striking out five batters in five innings. Robertson (2) was credited with his second save of the Olympic Games. 

Offensively, the U.S. struggled on the day, collecting just three hits. Casas finished the day 1-for-3 with his two-run homer, and Austin picked up the other RBI on a 1-for-3 day with a solo shot and two runs scored. Eric Filia (1-for-2) was the only other American batter to collect a hit in the game with a single in the fourth inning.

The U.S. can play for a gold medal with a win on Thursday in the second semifinal. In its previous six Olympic Games baseball tournaments, Team USA has never failed to reach a medal game. The Dominican Republic was relegated into the bronze medal game follow the loss and will await the loser of the second semifinal.

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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
  1 2 3 4 5 R H E CAN 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 1 USA 0 0 1 0 X 1 2 0 Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats   BRADENTON, Fla. - The 18U National Team played to a 1-1 draw in the finale
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CAN 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 1
USA 0 0 1 0 X 1 2 0

 

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
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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  
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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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GAMEDAY: Team USA Looking for Fifth Straight Win on Tuesday 

First pitch of game five against Canada is set for 2:00 p.m. EDT at LECOM Park
September 7, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E CAN                         USA                         Game Notes |  Live Stats |  Watch Live BRADENTON, Fla. - After
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BRADENTON, Fla. - After improving to 4-0 against Canada with a series-clinching 16-1 victory on Monday evening at Tropicana Field, the 18U National Team is looking for its fifth straight win in the seven-game friendship series on Tuesday afternoon. The U.S. and Canada are set to go head-to-head at 2:00 p.m. EDT at LECOM Park in Bradenton, Fla.

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 4-0 and has already clinched a series victory.
  • The U.S. hitters have launched seven dingers through the first three games of the series, six 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 three 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 55 total strikeouts through the first four games of the series, including 17 in both Saturday and Sunday’s victories and 11 in the series-clinching win on Monday.
  • 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 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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Team USA Clinches Series Against Canada with 16-1 Win at Tropicana Field

Three pitchers combined for eight hitless innings as the U.S. improved to 4-0 in the friendship series
September 7, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E USA 2 0 1 3 2 0 5 2 1 16 11 0 CAN 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 8 Win: W. Ford Loss: P. Burgess  Save: None Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats   SARASOTA,
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Win: W. Ford Loss: P. Burgess  Save: None
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SARASOTA, Fla. - Owen Murphy (Riverside, Ill.), Walter Ford (McCalla, Ala.), and Riley Stanford (Gainesville, Ga.) combined to toss eight hitless innings as the 18U National Team clinched its seven-game friendship series against Canada with a 16-1 victory at Tropicana Field on Monday in St. Petersburg, Florida. Team USA improved to 4-0 in the series with the win.

The U.S. offense got rolling early by capitalizing on a few Canada errors to take a 2-0 lead in the top of the first and never let up. Another run in the third made it 3-0 before Team USA used a three-run fourth and a two-run fifth, highlighted by Elijah Green’s (Windermere, Fla.) third dinger of the series and a two-RBI triple from Druw Jones (Suwanee, Ga.), to take an 8-0 lead. After a quiet sixth inning, the stars and stripes piled on eight runs in the final three innings to take a commanding 16-0 lead before Canada scored one in the ninth for a 16-1 final score.

Jones finished 2-for-5 with two triples, two RBIs, and two runs scored in the game and RJ Austin (Atlanta, Ga.) also recorded a multi-hit game to lead Team USA’s offense. Karson Bowen (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) recorded two RBIs of his own in the win while scoring two runs and drawing a pair of walks.

Ford threw three scoreless innings of relief and did not give up a hit while striking out four batters to earn the win. Canada’s Parker Burgess suffered the loss after allowing four earned runs on five hits in two innings on the mound.

 

Key Moments

  • Team USA capitalized on a few miscues by Canada and jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first.
  • Jayden Hylton (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) added to the U.S. lead when he knocked a two-out double in the top of the third and came around to score on an Austin single and another Canada error to make it a 3-0 game.
  • Green quickly made it 4-0 with his third homer of the series – this one a 456-foot bomb to left-center – in the top of the fourth.
  • One batter later, Jones laced a triple into the right field corner and then came home on a wild pitch that gave Team USA a 5-0 advantage.
  • Termarr Johnson (Atlanta, Ga.) capped off the three-run fourth by drawing a two-out walk, advancing to second on a balk, stealing third, and scoring on an error by Canada to make it 6-0 in Team USA’s favor.
  • With his second triple of the day, Jones collected two RBIs and gave the stars and stripes an 8-0 lead in the top of the fifth after back-to-back walks to lead off the inning put Gavin Guidry (Lake Charles, La.) and Bowen on base.
  • Guidry, Bowen, and Gavin Kilen (Milton, Wis.) drew three consecutive walks to lead off the top of the seventh and load the bases before Guidry came home on a wild pitch for a 9-0 U.S. lead.
  • One batter later, Ryan Clifford (Raleigh, N.C.) drew the fourth walk of the inning to load the bases once again for Jones who reached on an error that allowed Bowen to score and make it a 10-0 game.
  • With the bases still loaded, Jackson Holliday (Stillwater, Okla.) brought one run in with a fielder’s choice before two more runs would cross the plate in the inning to give the U.S. a commanding 13-0 lead.
  • Bowen delivered a clutch two-RBI double to extend the U.S. lead to 15-0 in the eighth before one last run scored for the red, white, and blue in the ninth for the 16-0 advantage.
  • Canada broke up the Team USA pitching staff’s combined no-hitter and the shutout with two hits and a run in the bottom of the ninth but that was all they would manage as the U.S. secured the 16-1 victory.

 

Notable Information

  • Murphy, Ford, and Stanford combined for 13 strikeouts to bring the total punchouts for the U.S. pitching staff to 55 in the series.
  • Team USA’s pitchers did not allow a hit in Monday’s win until the bottom of the ninth inning.
  • With three dingers in the last two games, Green now leads both teams in longballs in the series.
  • Johnson, Paxton Kling (Roaring Spring, Pa.), and Blake Mitchell (Sinton, Texas) have also hit homers in the series, bringing Team USA’s total home run count to seven through four games.
  • Six of the seven 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.

 

On Deck

  • September 7: USA vs. Canada (2:00 p.m. EDT; Bradenton, Fla.; LECOM Park)
  • 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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GAMEDAY: U.S. Set to Take on Canada at Tropicana Field on Monday 

First pitch of game four scheduled for 4:00 p.m. EDT
September 6, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E USA                         CAN                         Game Notes |  Live Stats |  Watch Live SARASOTA, Fla. - Team
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SARASOTA, Fla. - Team USA will travel to St. Petersburg, Florida, on Monday to take on Canada at Tropicana Field in game four of the seven-game friendship series. First pitch of the contest is set for 4:00 p.m. EDT.

After three straight wins to kick off international competition, Team USA is looking to clinch the series victory in game four with right-hander Owen Murphy (Riverside, Ill.) starting on the bump. The Notre Dame commit is making his debut for the U.S. on Monday.

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 3-0.
  • The U.S. hitters have launched six dingers through the first three games of the series, three of which have traveled over 400 feet.
  • 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.
  • Elijah Green (Windermere, Fla.) and Paxton Kling (Roaring Spring, Pa.) lead Team USA with two home runs each. Green’s both came in Sunday’s 6-2 win, while Kling hit his first on Saturday and his second on Sunday.
  • The U.S. pitching staff has recorded 42 total strikeouts through the first three games of the series, including 17 in both Saturday and Sunday’s victories.
  • 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 7: USA vs. Canada (2:00 p.m. EDT; Bradenton, Fla.; LECOM Park)
  • 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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Green, Kling Homers Power U.S. to 6-2 Victory Over Canada

With the win, Team USA now leads the seven-game friendship series, 3-0
September 6, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E CAN 0  0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 7 2 USA 0 2 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 6 9 1 Win: J. O'Connor Loss: O. Millar  Save: None Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats  
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CAN 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 7 2
USA 0 2 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 6 9 1
Win: J. O'Connor Loss: O. Millar  Save: None
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SARASOTA, Fla. - Elijah Green (Windermere, Fla.) crushed two home runs and Paxton Kling (Roaring Spring, Pa.) added one of his own to pace Team USA’s 6-2 defeat of Canada on Sunday night at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Florida. The victory is the third consecutive for the stars and stripes, giving them a 3-0 advantage in the seven-game friendship series.

For the third time in as many games, the U.S. broke onto the scoreboard first with two runs in the second inning, including Kling’s solo shot over the left field fence to start things off. The teams traded runs in the third and fourth before Green launched his first moonshot of the night to extend the U.S. lead to 5-1. Canada added one more in the top of the fifth to get within three but Green’s second homer of the night, an eight-inning solo bomb into the parking lot, sealed the 6-2 victory.

Green’s two home runs and three RBIs led the U.S. offense on the night while Kling finished 2-for-2 with his own homer and two walks. Termarr Johnson (Atlanta, Ga.) drew a walk every time he came up to bat, tallying five in the contest, and Owen Murphy (Riverside, Ill.) went 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.

Joe Allen (Hampton Falls, N.H.) got the ball to start the game for Team USA and went three strong innings, giving up just one hit and one walk while striking out five. Jack O’Connor (Arlington, Va.) was credited with the win after striking out four batters and allowing just two hits and a walk in two scoreless innings of work. Owen Millar, who started on the bump for Canada and gave up three runs on four hits, suffered the loss.

 

Key Moments

  • Kling opened the scoring in the contest for the U.S. with a 417-foot solo moonshot over the left-field wall to lead off the bottom of the second and give Team USA an early 1-0 advantage.
  • Blake Mitchell (Sinton, Texas) drew a walk one batter later and stole second to put a runner in scoring position for Murphy who extended the U.S. lead to 2-0 with a ground-rule double that plated Mitchell.
  • In the bottom of the third, Druw Jones (Suwanee, Ga.) knocked a leadoff double and moved to third on a passed ball before Walker Jenkins (Oak Island, N.C.) brought him in with an RBI groundout that made it a 3-0 game.
  • Canada then cracked the scoreboard in the top of the fourth with a leadoff walk and an RBI triple off the bat of Louka Daoust.
  • One frame later though, the U.S. answered when Green hit a 414-foot dinger of his own that added two runs to make it 5-1 in Team USA’s favor.
  • Canada responded with another RBI triple in the top of the fifth that cut the U.S. lead to 5-2.
  • Green added the final insurance run with his second home run of the night to give the red, white, and blue a 6-2 lead.
  • RJ Austin (Atlanta, Ga.) came on in relief in the top of the ninth to close it out, striking out the side to secure the 6-2 victory.

 

Notable Information

  • Green and Kling now lead the series in homers with two each.
  • Johnson and Blake Mitchell have also hit one home run each in the series, bringing Team USA’s total longballs to six through three games.
  • Five of the six U.S. home runs in the series have traveled over 400 feet.
  • With his five tonight, Johnson leads Team USA in walks with six so far in the series, doubling the next closest mark (Jenkins, 3).
  • For the second night in a row, Team USA’s pitchers combined for 17 strikeouts. Allen and Brennan Phillips (Owasso, Okla.) collected five punchouts apiece, O’Connor recorded four, and Austin had three.

 

On Deck

  • September 6: USA vs. Canada (4:00 p.m. EDT; St. Petersburg, Fla.; Tropicana Field)
  • September 7: USA vs. Canada (2:00 p.m. EDT; Bradenton, Fla.; LECOM Park)
  • 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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GAMEDAY: Team USA Looking for Third Consecutive Win on Sunday

Game three of seven against Canada is set for 6:00 p.m. EDT at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota
September 5, 2021
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SARASOTA, Fla. - With the U.S. leading the seven-game friendship series 2-0, the 18U National Team takes on Canada in game three on Sunday evening at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Florida. First pitch of the contest is set for 6 p.m. EDT and it will be the last game hosted at Ed Smith Stadium before the two teams head to St. Petersburg and Bradenton to close out the series.

Right-hander Joe Allen (Hampton Falls, N.H.) will make his debut in the red, white, and blue as Team USA’s starter in game three.

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 2-0.
  • Blake Mitchell (Sinton, Texas) recorded the first home run of the series on Friday evening, crushing a three-run bomb over the right field wall that gave Team USA a 10-1 lead en route to a 16-2 defeat of Canada.
  • Termarr Johnson (Atlanta, Ga.) and Paxton Kling (Roaring Spring, Pa.) kept the power momentum going in game two on Saturday with home runs of their own. Johnson launched a go-ahead grand slam and Kling crushed a 401-foot two-run bomb to pace the U.S. offense in its 10-2 victory.
  • 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 6: USA vs. Canada (4:00 p.m. EDT; St. Petersburg, Fla.; Tropicana Field)
  • September 7: USA vs. Canada (2:00 p.m. EDT; Bradenton, Fla.; LECOM Park)
  • 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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Power Lifts Team USA to 10-2 Win Over Canada

Termarr Johnson's go-ahead grand slam and Paxton Kling's two-run homer lead U.S. offense
September 5, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E USA 0  6 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 10 10 1 CAN 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 6 2 Win: L. Rodriguez Loss: T. Spoljaric  Save: None Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
USA 6 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 10 10 1
CAN 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 6 2
Win: L. Rodriguez Loss: T. Spoljaric  Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats

 

SARASOTA, Fla. - Behind a Termarr Johnson (Atlanta, Ga.) grand slam and a Paxton Kling (Roaring Spring, Pa.) two-run homer, the 18U National Team put together another offensive show to take down Canada, 10-2, in game two of a seven-game friendship series on Saturday at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Florida.

Canada got on the board first with two runs in the bottom of the first but Team USA didn’t stay down long, using clutch hitting and Johnson’s go-ahead grand slam to plate six runs in the top of the second for a 6-2 advantage. A pair of runs in both the third and fourth innings put the game out of reach and secured the 10-2 victory and a 2-0 series lead for the U.S.

Multi-hit games from Jackson Holliday (Stillwater, Okla.) and Jayden Hylton (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.), as well as Johnson’s four RBIs, paced Team USA at the plate. Kling added two runs scored to his two RBIs in the contest while Holliday also crossed the plate twice.

Louis Rodriguez (Long Beach, Calif.) was credited with the win in the contest after five stellar innings of relief. The right-hander did not allow a hit or a walk in his scoreless outing while striking out 10 batters. Canada’s Turner Spoljaric (0-1) was tagged with the loss after allowing eight runs on eight hits and one walk in his three-inning start.

 

Key Moments

  • Canada opened the scoring in the contest, plating one run with an RBI double and another on a wild pitch to take an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first.
  • Team USA responded immediately in the top of the second with a run of its own. The red, white, and blue loaded the bases with clutch two-out hits from Holliday and Hylton and a walk to Karson Bowen (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) before RJ Austin (Atlanta, Ga.) was hit by a pitch to bring in a run and make it a 2-1 game.
  • The clutch hitting continued one batter later as Johnson launched a two-out grand slam to left that gave the U.S. a 5-2 lead.
  • Walker Jenkins (Oak Island, N.C.) then followed with a two-out triple to left-center and Druw Jones (Suwanee, Ga.) brought him in with an infield single.
  • One inning later, the stars and stripes added to their lead with an RBI single from Hylton and a wild pitch that scored Holliday to make it 8-3 in Team USA’s favor.
  • Another two-out home run, this one a 401-foot no-doubter off the bat of Kling, brought in a pair in the top of the fourth to extend the U.S. lead to 10-2.
  • Rodriguez (1-0) then came on in relief and shut down the Canadian offense with five scoreless innings to protect Team USA’s lead before Gavin Guidry (Lake Charles, La.) secured the 10-2 win with a scoreless ninth.

 

Notable Information

  • Jackson Ferris (Mount Airy, N.C.) got the start for Team USA on the mound in game two. He allowed two runs on five hits and walked one while striking out six batters in three innings of work.
  • Johnson and Kling’s home runs marked the second and third dingers of the series after Blake Mitchell (Sinton, Texas) hit a three-run longball in game one on Friday.
  • Rodriguez’s 10 punchouts lead both teams in the series.
  • Ferris, Guidry, and Rodriguez combined to record 17 strikeouts for Team USA in the win.
  • The red, white, and blue scored eight of its 10 runs in the contest with two outs.

 

On Deck

  • September 5: USA vs. Canada (6:00 p.m. EDT; Sarasota, Fla.; Ed Smith Stadium)
  • September 6: USA vs. Canada (4:00 p.m. EDT; St. Petersburg, Fla.; Tropicana Field)
  • September 7: USA vs. Canada (2:00 p.m. EDT; Bradenton, Fla.; LECOM Park)
  • 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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GAMEDAY: Ferris Takes the Mound for Game Two Against Canada

Game two of the seven-game series is set for 4:00 p.m. EDT at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota
September 4, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E USA                         CAN                         Game Notes |  Live Stats |  Watch Live SARASOTA, Fla. - Following
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SARASOTA, Fla. - Following a huge 16-2 victory in game one on Friday, Team USA (1-0) takes on Canada (0-1) in game two of the seven-game friendship series between the two squads at 4:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, August 4, at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Florida. The game will be streamed live on the USA Baseball Facebook page.

Left-hander Jackson Ferris (Mount Airy, N.C.) will take the ball for the U.S. to start in game two. Saturday’s contest marks the Mississippi commit’s 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 1-0.
  • Blake Mitchell (Sinton, Texas) recorded the first home run of the series on Friday evening, crushing a three-run bomb over the right field wall that gave Team USA a 10-1 lead en route to a 16-2 defeat of Canada.
  • 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 5: USA vs. Canada (6:00 p.m. EDT; Sarasota, Fla.; Ed Smith Stadium)
  • September 6: USA vs. Canada (4:00 p.m. EDT; St. Petersburg, Fla.; Tropicana Field)
  • September 7: USA vs. Canada (2:00 p.m. EDT; Bradenton, Fla.; LECOM Park)
  • 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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Team USA Offense Explodes for 16-2 Victory Over Canada

Seven runs in the first inning and Blake Mitchell's three-run bomb highlighted the win
September 4, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E CAN 0  1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 7 4 USA 7 0 3 0 2 0 0 4 X 16 11 2 Win: C. Fisher Loss: M. Bucknam Save: None Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats  
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
CAN 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 7 4
USA 7 0 3 0 2 0 0 4 X 16 11 2
Win: C. Fisher Loss: M. Bucknam Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats

 

SARASOTA, Fla. - Led by a seven-run first inning and a three-run homer off the bat of Blake Mitchell (Sinton, Texas), the 18U National Team secured a dominant 16-2 victory over Canada in the first of a seven-game friendship series between the two countries on Friday, September 3, at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Florida.

Team USA broke the game wide open immediately with seven runs in the bottom of the first and never looked back. After Canada got one back in the top of the second, Mitchell’s three-run longball in the bottom of the third extended the lead back out to 10-1. Canada plated one more in the fourth to cut the U.S. lead to eight but Team USA wasn’t done as the squad capitalized on a few Canada miscues in the fifth and got a bases-clearing triple from Owen Murphy (Riverside, Ill.) in the eighth for the final 16-2 score.

Termarr Johnson (Atlanta, Ga.), who went 3-for-4, and Ryan Clifford (Raleigh, N.C.), who finished 2-for-3, collected Team USA’s multi-hit games on the night while Mitchell and Murphy were responsible for three RBIs each. Gavin Kilen (Milton, Wis.) also tallied a hit and two RBIs in the win and Paxton Kling (Roaring Spring, Pa.) scored three runs.

Andrew Dutkanych (Indianapolis, Ind.) got the start for Team USA and went four strong innings, allowing just one earned run on five hits and one walk while striking out two. Cade Fisher (Dalton, Ga.) was credited with the win following his four scoreless innings of relief in which he gave up just two hits and tallied five punchouts. Canada’s Micah Bucknam suffered the loss after allowing 10 runs on five hits and issuing five walks in his 2.1 innings of work.

 

Key Moments

  • Johnson and Druw Jones (Suwanee, Ga.) got the offense rolling right off the bat in the top of the first inning when they drew back-to-back walks to lead things off. Clifford then launched an RBI double into left field that brought in Johnson and gave Team USA an early 1-0 lead..
  • A walk to Walker Jenkins (Oak Island, N.C.) then loaded the bases for the U.S. before Jones scored on a wild pitch and Elijah Green (Windermere, Fla.) made it 3-0 with an RBI groundout that brought in Clifford.
  • A Kling single and a Gavin Guidry (Lake Charles, La.) walk once again loaded the bases for the red, white, and blue, and Kilen took full advantage two batters later, crushing a ground-rule double to right field that made it 5-0 in Team USA’s favor.
  • Two more runs would cross the plate before the frame ended to give the stars and stripes a 7-0 lead after one inning.
  • Canada broke onto the scoreboard one frame later, using a one-out double and a stolen base to put a runner on third before an RBI groundout made it a 7-1 game.
  • The U.S. responded in the bottom of the third inning though, scoring three runs with one swing as Mitchell launched Team USA’s first homer of the series for a three-run dinger over the right field wall that extended the lead to 10-1.
  • One frame later, Canada cut the deficit to eight, making it a 10-2 game with an RBI double.
  • In the bottom of the fifth, Kling took advantage of a couple errors by Canada to reach base and come around to score for an 11-2 advantage. Guidry, who walked, stole second, and made it to third on one of Canada’s errors, brought the lead back up to 10 when he scored on a wild pitch to make it 12-2.
  • Four more runs came across in the bottom of the eighth for the U.S. courtesy of a balk and a bases-clearing triple by Murphy to make it 16-2 before Riley Stanford (Gainesville, Ga.) came on in relief and tossed a perfect top of the ninth to secure Team USA's win.

 

Notable Information

  • With the victory, Team USA starts the seven-game friendship series against Canada 1-0.
  • Dutkanych, Fisher, and Stanford combined to strike out eight batters in the win.
  • Four of Team USA’s 11 hits in the contest went for extra bases, including doubles from Clifford and Kilen, a triple off the bat of Murphy, and Mitchell’s homer.
  • TGuidry and Jenkins drew two walks apiece in the victory.

 

On Deck

  • September 4: USA vs. Canada (4:00 p.m. EDT; Sarasota, Fla.; Ed Smith Stadium)
  • September 5: USA vs. Canada (6:00 p.m. EDT; Sarasota, Fla.; Ed Smith Stadium)
  • September 6: USA vs. Canada (4:00 p.m. EDT; St. Petersburg, Fla.; Tropicana Field)
  • September 7: USA vs. Canada (2:00 p.m. EDT; Bradenton, Fla.; LECOM Park)
  • 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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2021 15U National Team Roster Announced

The North Carolina National Guard will present the 15U National Team with their Team USA jerseys on Thursday night
September 2, 2021
CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today announced the 2021 15U National Team roster, following the completion of 15U National Team Trials held at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. The 20-man roster was selected after a week of trials that featured five games, daily on-field workouts,

CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today announced the 2021 15U National Team roster, following the completion of 15U National Team Trials held at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

The 20-man roster was selected after a week of trials that featured five games, daily on-field workouts, and Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP) Performance Evaluations.

Major General M. Todd Hunt and the North Carolina National Guard will hold a special ceremony for the 15U National Team on Thursday night, presenting the athletes with their national team jerseys.

“Selecting a final roster is always an exciting yet challenging process,” said 2021 15U National Team Manager Jared Halpert. “We saw some very talented players and high-character people throughout the trials process, and the future of baseball in our country is very bright. When it came time to select a roster, we feel that we’ve selected the best twenty players to represent USA Baseball.”

The roster features three athletes who have previously played on a USA Baseball national team. Tristan Bristow (Helotes, Texas), Masa Chilcutt (San Antonio, Texas), and Michael Torres (Miami, Fla.) will reunite after playing together on the 2018 12U National Team that won gold at the 2018 COPABE U-12 Pan-American Championships in Aguascalientes, Mexico.

Bristow, Chilcutt, and Torres also all participated in the 2019 13U Athlete Development Program (ADP), a highly developed four-day on-and off-field national team-level instruction and education program.

Of the 20 players selected to the 15U National Team, 19 participated in the 2021 National Team Championships, which are elite championship events that serve as the primary identification event for the 15U National Team program. Ten of those athletes competed in the event in Arizona, while the other nine were identified from the event in North Carolina.

Halpert, who recently finished his sixth season as head coach at Harvard-Westlake High School (Studio City, Calif.), was named the national team manager for the first time in his career. He made his national team coaching debut as an assistant coach with the 2019 15U National Team that won gold at the World Baseball Softball Confederation U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier. Halpert is joined on the staff by pitching coach Rob Shabansky and assistant coaches Steve Butler and Jeff Sherman.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 15U National Team will not participate in international competition in 2021.

For the most up-to-date information on the 15U National Team, visit USABaseball.com and follow @USABaseball and @USABaseball15U on Twitter.

 

  • 2021 15U National Team Roster
  • (Name; Position; Hometown; School)
  • Henry Allen; INF; Auburn, Ala.; Team Elite
  • *^Tristan Bristow; RHP; Helotes, Texas; Banditos Scout Team
  • Slade Caldwell; OF; Jonesboro, Ark.; BPA Black
  • *^Masa Chilcutt; INF/C; San Antonio, Texas; Canes West Black
  • Jase DeSantis; INF; Las Vegas, Nev.; GBG Vegas
  • Konnor Griffin; OF/RHP; Florence, Miss.; Knights Knation
  • Ryan McPherson; RHP; Hollywood, Fla.; Scorpions Marucci
  • Carson Messina; RHP; Summerville, S.C.; Canes National
  • Cal Miller; INF; Centerville, Utah; MBA Green
  • Austin Nye; RHP; Roseville, Calif.; Alpha Prime
  • Carson Page; INF; Hahira, Ga.; Team Elite
  • Henry Phifer; RHP/IF; Concord, Calif., Alpha Prime
  • Ethan Puig; INF; Miami, Fla.; Elite Squad
  • Mason Russell; LHP; Santan Valley, Ariz.; Canyon Thunder
  • Ethan Schiefelbein; LHP; Corona, Calif.; Easton Prime Red
  • Joshua Springer; C; Corona, Calif.; Easton Prime Red
  • Zach Strickland; RHP; Arcadia, Calif.; PFA Matadors
  • *^Michael Torres; LHP/OF; Miami, Fla.; Elite Squad
  • Nolan Traeger; C; Spring, Texas; Texas Twelve
  • George Wolkow; OF/INF; Downers Grove, Ill.; Canes National
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  • *Denotes USA Baseball National Team alum
  • ^Denotes past ADP participant
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Stripes Wrap Up 15U Trials with 16-6 Win Over Stars

September 2, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E Stripes 2 3 1 0 2 2 5 0 1 16 13 0 Stars 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 4 0 6 8 3 Win: A. Nye Loss: J. Lash Save: None Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats  
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Stripes 2 3 1 0 2 2 5 0 1 16 13 0
Stars 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 4 0 6 8 3
Win: A. Nye Loss: J. Lash Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats

 

CARY, N.C. – The Stripes capped a strong week at the 2021 15U National Team Trials, topping the Stars, 16-6, in the final game of the series at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. 

Scoring in all but two innings, the Stripes tallied 13 hits to take down the Stars and earn their fourth win of the series. Henry Allen (Auburn, Ala.), Ethan Puig (Miami, Fla.), and Josh Springer (Corona, Calif.) combined for nine of the team’s 12 RBIs in the win.

Braeden Weckman (Winter Springs, Fla.) went 3-for-3 at the plate to lead the Stripes, adding an RBI and scoring twice. Allen, Carson Page (Hahira, Ga.), and Springer contributed multi-hit games for the Stripes.

Everett Johnson (Youngsville, N.C.) had the only multi-hit game for the Stars, also driving in a run. Gavin Fien (Temecula, Calif.) and Kailand Halstead (Puyallup, Wash.) added RBIs for the Stars.

With two innings of scoreless relief, Austin Nye (Roseville, Calif) earned the win for the Stripes. John Lash (Charlotte, N.C.) suffered the loss for the Stars.

Following the conclusion of 15U Trials, the 2021 15U National Team will be announced later this evening at 6:00 p.m. ET. Stay tuned to USABaseball.com and @USABaseball15U for more information.

Key Moments

  • After Michael Torres (Miami, Fla.) reached on an error to open the game, Allen drove him in with an RBI-single to right-center field and then scored on a wild pitch to put the Stripes in front, 2-0.
  • The Stripes loaded the bases in the second on a single by Weckman and walks to Torres and Page. Allen walked to drive in one run before Puig's two-run single to right field made it 5-0, Stripes.
  • Nolan Traeger (Spring, Texas) singled and Johnson drove him in with a base hit to left field to trim the Stars’ deficit to 5-1 in the second inning.
  • With Jase DeSantis (Las Vegas, Nev.) on third with two outs in the top of the third, Weckman singled off the pitcher’s glove to bring in a run and extend the Stripes’ lead to five.
  • Konnor Griffin (Florence, Miss.) doubled to left field to lead off the bottom of the third for the Stars and later scored on Halstead’s RBI-groundout to make it 6-2, Stripes.
  • Page doubled to lead off the Stripes’ half of the fifth inning and scored on Allen’s base-hit up the middle before Puig added an RBI-groundout to increase the lead to 8-2.
  • In the top of the sixth, Josh Springer (Corona, Calif.) drove in Weckman with an RBI-single and eventually scored on a wild pitch as the Stripes took a 10-2 advantage.
  • After DeSantis scored on a bases-loaded walk for the Stripes in the seventh, Springer cranked a two-run double to left field to add a couple more runs. Springer and Xavier Neyens (Mount Vernon, Wash.) also scored later in the inning to stretch the Stripes’ lead to 15-2.
  • Fien started the scoring in the Stars’ four-run eighth with an RBI infield single, before Cal Miller (Centerville, Utah) drew a bases-loaded walk to plate a run. George Wolkow (Downers Grove, Ill.) and Fien would later score as the Stripes’ lead shrank to 15-6, which would eventually be the final score.

 

Notable Information

  • The Stripes finish the series with a 4-1 record, while the Stars end trials at 1-4.
  • With his two hits in the win, Carson Page finishes the series with a .647 (11-for-15) average.
  • The Stripes had six different players score two runs in the win.
  • All but one of the Stripes’ pitchers struck out at least one batter.
  • Johnson and Miller both stole bases for the Stars in the contest.

 

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Early Offense Carries Stripes to Series-Clinching Win

Stripes score four runs in each of game's first three innings
September 1, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E Stars 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 5 4 Stripes 4 4 4 0 0 6 0 18 18 1 Win: R. McPherson Loss: D. Franco Save: None Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats   DURHAM, N.C. – The Stripes’ bats got
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Stars 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 5 4
Stripes 4 4 4 0 0 6 0 18 18 1
Win: R. McPherson Loss: D. Franco Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats

 

DURHAM, N.C. – The Stripes’ bats got off to a hot start and never slowed down as they topped the Stars, 18-2, in a series-clinching win at the 2021 15U National Team Trials at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

Ethan Puig (Miami, Fla.) hit a bases-clearing triple in the bottom of the first to jump-start the Stripes’ offense – one of three triples hit in the first two innings. Following Puig’s big hit, the Stripes scored four runs in each of the game’s first three innings to jump out to a commanding lead early.

Dean Hannah (Waco, Texas) had three hits to lead the Stripes' offense on the day, driving in two runs. Xavier Neyens (Mount Vernon, Wash.), Puig, and Michael Torres (Miami, Fla.) each had two-hit games, combining to drive in seven runs.

Masa Chilcutt (San Antonio, Texas) led the Stars offense on the day, finishing 2-for-2 and adding an RBI. Brady Ebel (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), JD Crisp (Houston, Texas), and Cal Miller (Centerville, Utah) also contributed hits for the Stars.

Ryan McPherson was credited with the win, tossing two scoreless innings in relief for the Stripes. Stars starter Dylan Franco suffered the loss.

Key Moments

  • After three straight walks to open the first inning, Puig roped a bases-clearing triple to left-center field and later scored to give the Stripes an early 4-0 advantage.
  • Torres tripled to lead off the bottom of the second inning and scored on an error to put the Stripes ahead, 5-0.
  • The Stripes’ hot hitting continued in the second, rattling off three consecutive hits: Josh Springer (Corona, Calif.) singled to left field and scored when Dillon Adkins (Leonardtown, Md.) tripled to right-center, and Hannah followed with a base hit up the middle to plate Adkins and later scored himself to make it 8-0 for the Stripes.
  • The Stripes started once again loaded the bases with no outs courtesy of three consecutive singles by Puig, Neyens, and Jase DeSantis (Las Vegas, Nev.) in the bottom of the third inning. Torres followed with a two-run single before Hannah and Slade Caldwell (Jonseboro, Ark.) both drove in runs to extend the lead to 12.
  • The Stars’ first scoring chance came in the top of the fifth. Crisp and Chilcutt got on base thanks to a single and double, respectively, but McPherson got out of the jam, stranding two runners in scoring position to keep the Stars off the board.
  • Neyens added a two-run single in the sixth for the Stripes and scored on Braeden Weckman’s (Winter Springs, Fla.) two-RBI single to make it 16-0. Coy Allman (Marietta, Ga.) then drove in a run with a single to left field and eventually scored to add to the Stripes’ lead.
  • The Stars scored twice to make it 18-2 in the seventh. Aiden Harris (Midlothian, Va.) hit a sacrifice fly to get the Stars on the board, and Chilcutt picked up his second hit of the game, an RBI-single back up the middle, to drive in Nolan Traeger (Spring, Texas).

 

Notable Information

  • The Stripes clinched the series victory, holding a 3-1 lead with one game to go. The Stripes fell to 1-3 with the loss.
  • With 18 hits in the win, the Stripes had double-digit hits for the third time in the series after tallying 16 hits in both of the first two games.
  • Carson Messina (Summerville, S.C.) made the start for the Stripes, tossing three innings of one-hit ball in a no-decision.
  • Chilcutt reached base in all four of his plate appearances, adding two walks to his two-hit day
  • Stripes catcher Dean Hannah's three-hit performance raised his series-average to .750 (6-for-8).
  • Page is now batting .692 (9-for-13) for the Stripes after going 1-for-3 in the win.

On Deck

  • Thursday, September 2: Stars vs. Stripes (11:30 a.m. ET; Cary, N.C.; National Training Complex)

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GAMEDAY: 15U Trials Finale Set for Thursday

Stripes clinched series with win on Wednesday
September 1, 2021
GAME Stars vs. Stripes TIME 11:30 a.m. ET LOCATION Cary, N.C. (National Training Complex) DURHAM, N.C. - The 2021 15U National Team Trials Stars vs. Stripes Series is set for its fifth and final game on Thursday at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. First pitch is
GAME Stars vs. Stripes
TIME 11:30 a.m. ET
LOCATION Cary, N.C. (National Training Complex)

DURHAM, N.C. - The 2021 15U National Team Trials Stars vs. Stripes Series is set for its fifth and final game on Thursday at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. First pitch is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. ET.

The Stripes scored four runs in each of the game's first four innings on Wednesday, clinching the series with an 18-2 victory over the Stripes. Dean Hannah (Waco, Texas) led the Stripes' offense with three hits, while the trio of Xavier Neyens (Mount Vernon, Wash.), Ethan Puig (Miami, Fla.), and Michael Torres (Miami, Fla.) each had two-hit games, combining to drive in seven runs.

The Stripes are 3-1 entering the final game of the series, while the Stripes sit at 1-3.

Notable Information

  • With his three-hit perfomance for the Stripes on Wednesday, Hannah raised his series-best average to .750 (6-for-8).
  • After starting the series 8-for-8, Stripes' infielder Carson Page (Hahira, Ga.) has stayed hot and is batting .692 (9-for-13) in the series.
  • The Stripes tallied a series-high 18 hits on Wednesday, and have now totaled a double-digit output in three of their four games.
  • Masa Chilcutt (San Antonio, Texas) got on base in all four of his plate appearances for the Stars on Wednesday, going 2-for-2 with a pair of walks.
  • The roster comprises 44 of the best 15-and-under players from across the entire country, selected by the USA Baseball Task Force throughout several different identification events.
  • Eight USA Baseball national team alumni are on the roster, including five gold-medal winners (Tristan Bristow, Chilcutt, Kailand Halstead, Dean Moss, and Torres).
  • The roster features athletes from 17 different states, with Texas leading the way with seven selections. California and Florida both have six players on the roster.
  • Halpert is making his USA Baseball managerial debut after serving as an assistant coach on the gold-medal winning 2019 15U National Team, which won gold at the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier. He is currently in his sixth season at the helm of Harvard-Westlake School (Studio City, Calif.).
  • The Stripes are led by manager Steve Butler, while the Stars are managed by Jeff Sherman. Both managers are assistant coaches for the 15U National Team.
  • The 2021 15U National Team roster will be announced on September 2, at the conclusion of trials.

Social

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