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USA Baseball Announces 2021 12U National Team Roster

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stars and stripes finish three-game exhibition slate with unbeaten record
November 15, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E Texas Scrappers  0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 Team USA  6 0 6 4 3 0 0 19 15 0 Win: Isaac Vidal Loss: Charlie Gamber Save: None Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats FLOWER MOUND, Texas – Team
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Texas Scrappers  0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3
Team USA  6 0 6 4 3 0 0 19 15 0
Win: Isaac Vidal Loss: Charlie Gamber Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats

FLOWER MOUND, Texas – Team USA scored six runs in the first inning and allowed just one hit all game en route to a 19-0 win over the Texas Scrappers on Monday afternoon at Bakersfield Park in Flower Mound, Texas. With the win, the 12U National Team finishes its three-game exhibition schedule undefeated. 

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

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

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

Key Moments

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

 

Notable Information

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

 

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Brunson 12U WL

Seven Homers Carry Team USA to Win Over Premier National

Brunson goes yard three times, Garcia and Martinez homer again in 22-0 victory
November 15, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E Team USA  4  2 10 2 0 3 1 22 21 0 Premier National 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 2 Win: Chase Cotton Loss: Parker Legh-Page Save: None Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats FLOWER MOUND, Texas – Easton
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Team USA  4  2 10 2 0 3 1 22 21 0
Premier National 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 2
Win: Chase Cotton Loss: Parker Legh-Page Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats

FLOWER MOUND, Texas – Easton Brunson (Highlands, Texas) hit three home runs as Team USA powered past Premier National, 22-0, on Sunday afternoon at Bakersfield Park in Flower Mound, Texas.

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

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

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

 

Key Moments

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

 

Notable Information

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

 

On Deck

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

 

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Garcia_Article

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

Garcia’s leadoff homer sets tone in 14-3 victory
November 14, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E ZT Elite  0  2 1 0 0 0 0 3 6 1 Team USA 2 4 7 0 1 0 0 14 13 1 Win: Jackson Fetters Loss: Luke Esquivel Save: None Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats FLOWER MOUND, Texas – Team USA
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
ZT Elite  0  2 1 0 0 0 0 3 6 1
Team USA 2 4 7 0 1 0 0 14 13 1
Win: Jackson Fetters Loss: Luke Esquivel Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats

FLOWER MOUND, Texas – Team USA rode an impressive offensive performance and dominant pitching to a 14-3 win over ZT Elite on Saturday night at Bakersfield Park in Flower Mound, Texas.

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

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

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

Key Moments

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

 

Notable Information

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

 

On Deck

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

 

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Gameday 12u

GAMEDAY: Team USA Has Eyes on Undefeated Slate

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

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

Notable Information

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

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Game 3 Article

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

Three-run fifth inning propels Stars to first win
November 11, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E STARS  0  1 1 0 3 0 5 7 0 STRIPES 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 3 2 Win: Levi Kerr Loss: Duncan McLeod Save: Aaron Garcia  Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats EULESS, Texas – The Stars rallied for three runs
  1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
STARS  0  1 1 0 3 0 5 7 0
STRIPES 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 3 2
Win: Levi Kerr Loss: Duncan McLeod Save: Aaron Garcia 
Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats

EULESS, Texas – The Stars rallied for three runs in the fifth inning to top the Stripes, 5-2, in the finale of the 2021 12U National Team Trials Series at The Parks at Texas Star in Euless, Texas.

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

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

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

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

Key Moments

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

 

Notable Information

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

 

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G2FinalArticle

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

Eight-run eighth inning gives Stripes first win of series in slugfest
November 11, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E STRIPES  3  0 4 0 1 0 1 8 1 18 18 4 STARS 2 0 2 2 2 2 1 2 0 13 12 2 Win: Jacob Seamon Loss: Adan Diaz Save: None  Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats FLOWER
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
STRIPES  3  0 4 0 1 0 1 8 1 18 18 4
STARS 2 0 2 2 2 2 1 2 0 13 12 2
Win: Jacob Seamon Loss: Adan Diaz Save: None 
Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats

FLOWER MOUND, Texas – The Stripes used an eight-run eighth inning to rally past the Stars, 18-13, in an offensive battle in the second game of the 2021 12U National Team Trials at Bakersfield Park in Flower Mound, Texas. 

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

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

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

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

Key Moments

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

 

Notable Information

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

 

On Deck

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

 

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12U G1 Article

Stars Battle Back to Tie Opener of 12U Trials Series

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

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

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

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

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

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

Key Moments

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

 

Notable Information

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

 

On Deck

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

 

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

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

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

Notable Information

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

 

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Stripes Clinch WNTDP Series With Two-Hit Shutout of Stars

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

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

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

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

 

Key Moments

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

 

Notable Information

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Notable Information

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

 

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Stars Claim First Victory in Game Three of WNTDP Series

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

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

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

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

 

Key Moments

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

 

Notable Information

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

 

On Deck

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

 

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GAMEDAY: Stripes Look to Clinch WNTDP Series on Wednesday

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

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

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

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

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

 

Notable Information

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

 

On Deck

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

 

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

Four Stripes pitchers combined to allow just two hits and one run in the win
October 12, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E STRIPES 2 2 0 0 0 2 0 6 6 0 STARS 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 1 Win: K. Whitmore Loss: P. Coria Save: None Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats   COCOA, Fla. - The Stripes offense put up
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Win: K. Whitmore Loss: P. Coria Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats

 

COCOA, Fla. - The Stripes offense put up four runs in the first two innings and the pitching staff allowed just one run on two hits to secure a 6-1 victory over the Stars in game two of the 2021 Women’s National Team Development Program (NTDP) at the Launch Pad Sports Complex in Cocoa, Florida, on Tuesday.

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

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

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

 

Key Moments

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

 

Notable Information

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

 

On Deck

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

 

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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
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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-Six 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-six 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 Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, and

CARY, N.C. – Fifty-six 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 Atlanta Braves, 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
  • Kyle Wright; 2016 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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