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USA Baseball Announces 2022 Women’s National Team Roster

The 20-woman roster will play a five-game friendship series with Canada July 28-August 1
July 24, 2022
ST. PAUL, Minn. – USA Baseball today announced the final 20-woman roster for the 2022 Women’s National Team, which will compete in a five-game friendship series with Canada at Baseball Central in Thunder Bay, Ontario, July 28-August 1. “We are thrilled with the depth of knowledge, experience, talent, and passion

ST. PAUL, Minn. – USA Baseball today announced the final 20-woman roster for the 2022 Women’s National Team, which will compete in a five-game friendship series with Canada at Baseball Central in Thunder Bay, Ontario, July 28-August 1.

“We are thrilled with the depth of knowledge, experience, talent, and passion on this year’s roster,” said Women’s National Team Program Director Ann Claire Roberson. “This is an incredibly strong group of athletes that we are confident will represent the U.S. well both on and off the field as we head to Canada to compete in a five-game friendship series.”

In total, 12 alumnae of the Women’s National Team will once again compete for a chance to wear the red, white, and blue in 2022, and all 12 helped the United States win a gold medal at the 2019 COPABE Women’s Pan-American Championships.

The roster is highlighted by Malaika Underwood, who will suit up for the red, white, and blue for the 11th time, as she owns the record for most appearances on a USA Baseball national team. Additionally, this will be the 10th time Anna Kimbrell and the ninth that Marti Sementelli have been members of a national team. 2022 also marks the seventh time for Jade Gortarez and Kelsie Whitmore and sixth for Meggie Meidlinger.

Alex Hugo, Kylee Lahners, and Ashton Landsell will make their third appearance representing the U.S. on the international stage, while Denae Benites, Kate Blunt, and Alexia Jorge will don the red, white, and blue for a second time.

For eight players – Jillian Albayati, Jamie Baum, Elise Berger, Janelle Calvet, Niki Eckert, Alana Martinez, Olivia Pichardo, and Remi Schaber – this year marks their first appearance on a Women’s National Team roster. Albayati, Baum, Berger, Calvet, Martinez, Pichardo, and Schaber have all participated in a Women’s National Development Program in prior years, meanwhile Eckert earned a roster spot after her first experience in a Women’s National Team program.

This year’s Women’s National Team manager is five-time Team USA player Veronica Alvarez. She will coach alongside assistant coaches Manny Crespo, Sr. and Alex Oglesby, and pitching coach Reynol Mendoza.

The Women’s National Team will train at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on July 25, at Neiman Sports Complex in St. Paul, Minnesota, on July 26, and at Baseball Central in Thunder Bay, Ontario, on July 27, before opening its five-game friendship series with Canada on July 28.

Fans can follow along with the action by following @USABaseballWNT on Twitter and @USABaseball on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok.

The 2022 Women’s National Team roster is as follows:

2022 Women’s National Team Roster
(Name; Position; Hometown)

  • ^Jillian Albayati; RHP/INF; Anaheim, Calif.
  • ^Jamie Baum; RHP/UTIL; Los Altos, Calif.
  • *^Denae Benites; INF/RHP; Las Vegas, Nev.
  • ^Elise Berger; RHP/INF; Shelburne, Vt.
  • *^Kate Blunt; RHP/INF; Ladera Ranch, Calif.
  • ^Janelle Calvet; UTIL/RHP; Deerfield Beach, Fla.
  • Niki Eckert; LHP/OF; Englewood, N.J.
  • *^Jade Gortarez; INF/RHP; Riverside, Calif.
  • *^Alex Hugo; INF/OF; Olathe, Kan.
  • *^Alexia Jorge; C/INF; Lyndhurst, N.J.
  • *^Anna Kimbrell; C; Fort Mill, S.C.
  • *^Kylee Lahners; INF; Laguna Hills, Calif.
  • *^Ashton Lansdell; INF/RHP; Marietta, Ga.
  • ^Alana Martinez; INF/OF; Cooper City, Fla.
  • *^Meggie Meidlinger; RHP/INF; Sterling, Va.
  • ^Olivia Pichardo; RHP/OF; Forest Hills, N.Y.
  • ^Remi Schaber; INF/RHP; Cordova, Tenn.
  • *^Marti Sementelli; RHP; West Newton, Mass.
  • *^Malaika Underwood; IF; San Diego, Calif.
  • *^Kelsie Whitmore; OF/RHP; Temecula, Calif.

* denotes national team alumna
^ denotes National Team Development Program participant

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USA Baseball Reveals 2022 National Team Identification Series Selections

Seventy-two athletes earn spots in 2023 national team programming
September 30, 2022
CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today revealed the 72 athletes selected from the 2022 National Team Identification Series (NTIS) for its 2023 national team programming, following the conclusion of the NTIS Champions Cup, which was held from August 11-28 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today revealed the 72 athletes selected from the 2022 National Team Identification Series (NTIS) for its 2023 national team programming, following the conclusion of the NTIS Champions Cup, which was held from August 11-28 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. Selections were first announced on the USA Baseball NTIS Selection Show, which can be found on USABaseball.com and the organization’s YouTube channel, USABaseballTV.

Additionally, USA Baseball announced that the Southwest region won the 2022 NTIS Champions Cup for the fourth consecutive summer.

The 2022 NTIS Selection Show

The NTIS is the most comprehensive player identification program offered by USA Baseball. Using a six-region system for the initial player identification process, the NTIS holds tryouts in each region of the country for players to be identified and selected for their regional teams, and invited to the NTIS Champions Cup in Cary, North Carolina.

The NTIS Champions Cup consists of tournament-style play, with over 1,200 of the country’s top players competing in 144 games in addition to skill testing and on-field evaluations run by the USA Baseball Task Force and national team coaches.

“We are very excited to reveal the seventy-two athletes who have been selected out of the National Team Identification Series for next year’s national team programming,” said USA Baseball Assistant Director of Baseball Operations Ann Claire Roberson. “As always, the event was full of immense talent in every region and every age group, making the selection process a difficult one. We are eager to watch the selected players continue to grow within our programming and look forward to seeing their impact on the future of USA Baseball.”

Twelve athletes from each age group were invited to compete in the following year’s age-appropriate national team programming events, including 2023 12U National Team Training Camp, the 2023 13U/14U Athlete Development Program (ADP), 2023 15U National Team Training Camp, and the 2023 16U/17U National Team Development Program (NTDP).

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

The 2023 National Team Identification Series selections are as follows:

Name; Position; Hometown; Region

2023 12U National Team Training Camp invitees:
(from 11U NTIS)

  • Colton Byrnes; INF/C; Truckee, Calif.; Northwest
  • Tyler Early; INF/LHP; Alexandria, La.; South
  • Kingston George; OF/RHP; Gunter, Texas; South
  • Adam Gonzalez; RHP/INF; Canyon Country, Calif.; Southwest
  • Paris Head; INF/RHP; Chicago, Ill.; Midwest
  • Omar Henriquez; INF/OF; New Milford, N.J.; Northeast
  • Uriyeh Marguth; INF/RHP; Gresham, Ore.; Northwest
  • Jaylen OBannon; RHP/INF; Daly City, Calif.; Northwest
  • Michael Ohman; LHP/INF; South San Francisco, Calif.; Northwest
  • Jett Schoolcraft; OF/LHP; Aloha, Ore.; Northwest
  • Ryder Serna; INF/OF; San Bernardino, Calif.; Southwest
  • JR Waddell; INF/OF; Shreveport, La.; Southeast

2023 13U/14U Athlete Development Program invitees:
(from 12U NTIS)

  • Brooks Blanchard; RHP/INF; Greer, S.C.; Southeast
  • Cameron Jamal Gibson; OF/LHP; Conway, Ark.; South
  • Noah Jarolimek; INF/RHP; Duncan, S.C.; Southeast
  • Cristian Matos; C/RHP; Belleville, N.J.; Northeast
  • Carter Nash; OF/RHP; Moore, S.C.; Southeast
  • Josiah Park; OF/RHP; Fullerton, Calif.; Southwest
  • Caleb Polk; RHP/INF; Forney, Texas; South
  • Jesse Romo; RHP/OF; Vacaville, Calif.; Northwest
  • Eric Shim; INF; Temecula, Calif.; Southwest
  • Cameron Small; RHP/INF; Wake Forest, N.C.; Southeast
  • Nateo Victorio; INF/C; Suisun City, Calif.; Northwest
  • Jett Wilson; INF/OF; Lindsay, Okla.; South

2023 13U/14U Athlete Development Program invitees:
(from 13U NTIS)

  • Jacob Carrasco; C/INF; Lancaster, Pa.; Northeast
  • Noah Clark; INF/RHP; McLeansville, N.C.; Southeast
  • Chase Cotton; RHP/INF; Lincoln, Calif.; Northwest
  • Aiden DeLeon; OF/LHP; Victoria, Texas; South
  • Orion Gonzalez; INF/RHP; Castaic, Calif.; Southwest
  • Andrew Jimenez; INF/RHP; Wildomar, Calif.; Southwest
  • Kegan Johnson; OF; Shelbyville, Tenn.; Southeast
  • Owen Mescall; INF/OF; Irvine, Calif.; Southeast
  • Josh Morgan; OF; Chicago, Ill.; Midwest
  • Blake Ragsdale; INF/RHP; Burr Ridge, Ill.; Midwest
  • Jael Santos; INF/RHP; Paterson, N.J.; Northeast
  • Jacob Seamon; OF/RHP; Waxhaw, N.C.; Southeast

2023 15U National Team Training Camp invitees:
(from 14U NTIS)

  • Michael Chin; C/OF; Houston, Texas; South
  • Trey Ebel; INF/RHP; Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.; Southwest
  • JT Girod; RHP/INF; Independence, Ore.; Northwest
  • Braylon Kolish; RHP/OF; Henderson, Nev.; Southwest
  • Jason Kruczek; RHP/OF; Alexandria, Va.; Northeast
  • Carson Lane; C/RHP; Dandridge, Tenn.; Southeast
  • Oliver Minyard; C/INF; Dallas, Texas; South
  • Kaden Nicholls; INF/LHP; Grass Valley, Calif.; Northwest
  • Kevin Roberts Jr.; INF/RHP; Meridian, Miss.; South
  • Garner Rodriguez; INF/RHP; Nacogdoches, Texas; South
  • Jack Smejkal; INF/RHP; The Woodlands, Texas; South
  • Brandon Washington; RHP/INF; Stanley, N.C.; Southeast

2023 16U/17U National Team Development Program invitees:
(from 15U NTIS)

  • Evan Amos; RHP/INF; Summerville, S.C.; Southeast
  • Jack Boucher; OF/INF; Mission Viejo, Calif.; Southwest
  • Thomas Brown; C/INF; Livermore, Calif.; Northwest
  • Tristan Dalzell; LHP; Long Beach, Calif.; Southwest
  • Brock Foulds; INF/RHP; Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.; Southwest
  • Griffin Loy; RHP/INF; Nancy, Ky.; Midwest
  • Grant Mehrhoff; LHP/OF; Marthasville, Mo.; Midwest
  • Tait Reynolds; OF/INF; Queen Creek, Ariz.; Northwest
  • Luke Ryerse; RHP/INF; Woodbury, Minn.; Midwest
  • Nicholas Terhaar; RHP/INF; Saginaw, Minn.; Midwest
  • Ben Veletean; INF; Lebanon, Ohio; Northeast
  • Miles Young; INF; Cypress, Texas; South

2023 16U/17U National Team Development Program invitees:
(from 16U NTIS)

  • Anthony Brown Jr.; INF/OF; Jacksonville, Fla.; Southeast
  • Patrick (Teddy) Garner III; RHP/INF; Simpsonville, S.C.; Southeast
  • Owen Jenkins; C/INF; Versailles, Ky.; Midwest
  • Cameron Johnson; RHP/INF; Waco, Texas; South
  • Jaxon Miller; OF; Frisco, Texas; South
  • Joe Olson; LHP; Chicago, Ill.; Midwest
  • David Ramirez; LHP/OF; Kemah, Texas; South
  • Edward Rothlander III; RHP/OF; Conroe, Texas; South
  • Cooper Rummel; RHP/OF; Austin, Texas; South
  • Logan Sariga; OF/INF; Houston, Texas; South
  • Landon Schaefer; INF/RHP; Fayetteville, Ark.; South
  • Bricen Smith; INF/OF; Perry, Ga.; Southeast
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GAMEDAY: Team USA Plays Japan with Gold Medal Berth on the Line

First pitch set for 4:00 p.m. at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Florida
September 17, 2022
LIVE STATS | WATCH LIVE BRADENTON, Fla. – The 18U National Team takes on Japan in the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup Super Round on Saturday. First pitch is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. ET from Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Florida. With a win, the U.S.

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BRADENTON, Fla. – The 18U National Team takes on Japan in the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup Super Round on Saturday. First pitch is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. ET from Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Florida.

With a win, the U.S. secures its spot in the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup gold medal game.

STARTING PITCHERS

Jake Brown (USA) vs. Tessei Morimoto (JPN)

LAST TIME OUT

Team USA picked up a thrilling 7-5 win over Mexico on Friday night in its second Super Round game. Mexico jumped out to leads of 2-0 and 3-1 in the earlygoings, but a five-run third inning for the U.S. flipped the momentum and put Team USA in front for good. Bryce Eldridge delivered the big hit for the stars and stripes, doubling home two runs in the third before scoring on Colt Emerson's RBI single to give Team USA a 5-3 lead. After two more runs scored on an error, huge defensive plays by Max Clark and Aidan Miller helped secure a 7-5 victory.

Adam Hachman earned the win out of the bullpen after turning in 1.1 innings of relief. The U.S. also got strong performances out of the pen by Bryce Eldridge and Christian Rodriguez. Eldridge struck out three in the seventh to earn the save after Rodriguez pitched three one-hit innings to maintain Team USA's lead. Blake Dickerson started the game for the U.S., lasting 1.2 innings and allowing two earned runs.

HISTORY AGAINST JAPAN

The U.S. and Japan have met eight times at the U-18 level. Team USA holds a 6-2 all-time record against Japan since the two nations first met in 1988. Japan took the most recent matchup between the two sides, picking up a 16-7 win at the 2019 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup.

SUPER ROUND STANDINGS

  • Team USA (3-1)
  • Korea (3-1)
  • Chinese Taipei (3-1)
  • Japan (2-2)
  • Netherlands (1-3)
  • Mexico (0-4)

INSIDE THE ROSTER

The 20-man 18U National Team roster features four players who have previously suited up for the stars and stripes. Aidan Miller is making his third appearance on a national team roster after playing for the 12U National Team in 2016 and winning a gold medal with the 15U National Team in 2019. Colt Emerson and Gavin Grahovac reunite after winning the 2017 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup together, and Blake Mitchell returns to the 18U National Team after competing for the squad in a friendship series against Canada in 2021.

The roster features 19 players who competed in the 2022 Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP) League. The PDP League, which was held from June 29-July 6 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, serves as the primary identification event for the 18U National Team, is an invitation-based development and assessment opportunity for high school players eligible for the following year’s MLB Draft.

Nine players on this year’s squad have previously participated in a USA Baseball National Team Development Program. Dylan Cupp and Miller participated at the 2018 14U NTDP, while Emerson and Grahovac both played at the 2019 14U NTDP. That duo also competed at the 2021 16U/17U NTDP, along with Max Clark, Cupp, Bryce Eldridge, Emerson, Grahovac, Adam Hachman, Miller, Mitchell, and Christian Rodriguez.

MEET THE COACHES

The 2022 18U National Team is managed by Denny Hocking, who brings 13 years of major league playing experience to the role. After spending 11 seasons with the Minnesota Twins and a season with both the Colorado Rockies and Kansas City Royals, Hocking has spent time as an analyst and a coach in the professional ranks. In addition, he was a manager at the 2021 PDP League and 2021 18U National Team Trials. Hocking is joined on staff by pitching coach Adam Moseley and assistants Roberto Vaz and Jack Wilson.

CHASING GOLD

The 18U National Team won eight consecutive international tournament titles from 2011-2018, including winning four straight WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cups in 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2017. Currently the U.S. and Cuba are the only two countries to win four consecutive world championship titles at the U-18 level. In total, the program has won eight world championships. The U.S. most recently earned a silver medal at the 2019 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in Gijang, South Korea.

ON HOME SOIL

The XXX WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup is the first tournament held in the United States since 1995, when the event took place in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Overall, it will be the sixth U-18 Baseball World Cup held in the U.S., with the first one being held in Newark, Ohio, in 1981.

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Third-Inning Rally, Clutch Defense Carry U.S. Past Mexico in Super Round

Clark and Miller make game-saving plays, Eldridge picks up big hit in 7-5 victory
September 17, 2022
Box Score | Plays | Cumulative Stats
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Mexico 2 1 0 2 0 0 0 5 9 3
Team USA 1 1 5 0 0 0 0 7 4 1

Box Score | Plays | Cumulative Stats

BRADENTON, Fla. – Team USA scored five runs in the third inning and made several key defensive plays to beat Mexico, 7-5, in the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup Super Round on Friday night at LECOM Park in Bradenton, Florida.
  The U.S. is now one win away from clinching a spot in the gold medal game.

As he has all tournament, Bryce Eldridge (Vienna, Va.) delivered in the clutch for Team USA. With the U.S. trailing 3-2 in the third, Eldridge came to the plate with the bases loaded and socked a two-run double into the right-center field gap to put the team in front. Then, on the next pitch, Eldridge came home on an RBI single by Colt Emerson (Cambridge, Ohio) to extend Team USA’s lead before two more runs scored on an error and the U.S. built a 7-2 advantage.
  Mexico chipped into the lead with two runs in the fourth, but Aidan Miller (Trinity, Fla.) turned a crucial double play to stop the rally and regain the momentum. With the bases loaded and one out in the fourth, Mexico’s Manuel Alarcon hit a fly ball to right field for what looked to be a sacrifice fly. Instead, Miller caught the ball and fired it home for a 9-3, inning-ending double play to preserve the two-run lead. Later in the game, Max Clark (Franklin, Ind.) had a clutch snag of his own, making a diving play with the tying runs on and two out in the sixth to hold off Mexico.
  Eldridge paced the U.S. offense, picking up a team-high two RBIs with the go-ahead hit in the third. Miller continued his hot stretch at the dish, picking up a hit, driving in a run, drawing a walk, and scoring a run. Dylan Cupp (Cedartown, Ga.) and Emerson – who also scored twice in the win – added the team’s two other RBIs.
  After Blake Dickerson (Virginia Beach, Va.) started for Team USA and allowed two earned runs over 1.2 innings pitched, Adam Hachman (Wentzville, Mo.) entered in relief and earned the win. Hachman worked 1.1 innings, striking out three and allowing two earned runs. Christian Rodriguez (Coral Gables, Fla.) was clutch out of the bullpen for the U.S., holding Mexico to just one hit in three scoreless innings, before Eldridge recorded the save with a scoreless seventh. Mexico’s Juan Tirado threw 0.2 innings and allowed five runs (two earned) to suffer the loss.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Mexico plated its first run on a single and error before scoring again on Yael Romero’s RBI single to go up 2-0 in the first.
  • Max Clark walked and scored on a sacrifice fly by Aidan Miller in the bottom of the first to trim the United States’ deficit to one.
  • After two walks put a pair on with two outs for Mexico in the second, Rosman Verdugo singled to center field to give Mexico a 3-1 lead.
  • With Colt Emerson on third base in the second, Dylan Cupp laid down a perfect bunt to bring home a run and trim the Mexico lead to 3-2.
  • Bryce Eldridge came to the plate with the bases full in the third and delivered a two-run double, giving the U.S. its first lead of the game at 4-3.
  • Colt Emerson lined a single back up the middle to score Aidan Miller, and Bryce Eldridge and Emerson later scored on an error to give Team USA a 7-3 lead in the third.
  • An RBI single and a bases-loaded walk got Mexico within two in the fourth, but a perfect throw to the plate by Aidan Miller turned a crucial double play to keep the United States up by two.
  • Mexico threatened again in the fifth, putting two runners on before a diving play by Max Clark in left field preserved the 7-5 lead for the U.S.
  • Bryce Eldridge entered in the seventh and worked around a one-out single to register the save and secure the 7-5 win.

OF NOTE

  • Bryce Eldridge’s two-RBI performance vaults him into the tournament lead with 10 runs batted in.
  • By reaching base twice in the win, Aidan Miller raised his on-base percentage to a tournament-best .680.
  • Colt Emerson and Aidan Miller are now tied for the World Cup lead in runs with 10.
  • Thanks to Colt Emerson’s stolen base in Friday’s win, Team USA is now 17-for-18 on stolen base attempts in the tournament.
  • Christian Rodriguez turned in three clutch innings out of the bullpen for the stars and stripes, allowing just one hit and striking out three to maintain the team’s lead.
  • The U.S. pitching staff struck out 10 batters in the victory.
  • The United States now owns a 22-4 all-time record against Mexico at the U-18 level.
  • With the win, Team USA improves to 6-1 overall and 3-1 in the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup Super Round.

ON DECK

Team USA wraps up WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup Super Round play on Saturday, taking on Japan. With a win, the U.S. secures its spot in the gold medal game. First pitch is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. ET at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Florida.

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Team USA Falls to Chinese Taipei in Super Round Opener

U.S. suffers first World Cup defeat with 6-2 loss
September 16, 2022
Box Score | Plays | Cumulative Stats
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Team USA 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 2 3
Chinese Taipei 2 0 4 0 0 0 0 6 5 0

Box Score | Plays | Cumulative Stats

SARASOTA, Fla. – Team USA suffered its first World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup loss, falling to Chinese Taipei, 6-2, in its Super Round opener on Thursday evening at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Florida.

Due to the WBSC Super Round format, the U.S. now owns a 2-1 record in the Super Round.

Chinese Taipei capitalized on Team USA’s shaky defense in the opening frame, scoring twice in the first despite not recording a hit. After an error on a bunt gave the home team its first run, a sacrifice fly by Lin-Chia Wei made it 2-0 in the first. Chinese Taipei then used a four-run third inning to pull away from the U.S., scoring two runs on RBI hits before two more runners touched home on a wild pitch as Taipei built a six-run advantage that Team USA could not overcome.

The U.S. only mustered two hits in the defeat. Both of the team’s runs were scored when Bryce Eldridge (Vienna, Va.) blasted a two-run homer over the batter’s eye to bring home Aidan Miller (Trinity, Fla.) and put Team USA within four runs in the fourth. Colt Emerson’s (Cambridge, Ohio) single to lead off the fourth was the only other hit for the United States, whose only other baserunner – aside from two fielder’s choices – came on a Blake Mitchell (Sinton, Texas) walk in the fourth.

Nien-His Yang threw a complete game to earn the win for Chinese Taipei. Yang allowed three baserunners in Team USA’s two-run fourth but was perfect otherwise, striking out five in the victory. Cameron Johnson (Upper Marlboro, Md.), who departed the game after two batters due to injury, suffered the loss.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Chinese Taipei took a quick 2-0 lead without a hit in the bottom of the first, scoring on an error and sacrifice fly.
  • Two singles and a walk loaded the bases for Chinese Taipei in the second but a ground ball to Colt Emerson got the U.S. out of the inning unscathed.
  • RBI hits by Sun-Yi Lei and Sung-Jia Xiang extended Chinese Taipei’s lead to 4-0 in the third inning.
  • With two outs and the bases loaded in the third, a wild pitch brought home Chun-Wei Lin and Jia-Xiang Sung to put Chinese Taipei in front by six.
  • Bryce Eldridge deposited a two-run home run over the batter’s eye in the fourth, bringing home Aidan Miller to get the U.S. on the board and trim the deficit to 6-2.
  • The U.S. attempted to mount a rally after a two-out walk put Blake Mitchell on in the fourth, but an inning-ending fielder's choice halted the threat.
  • Alex Clemmey held Chinese Taipei hitless over the final three innings to keep the game within striking distance, but the U.S. went down in order in the seventh to lose by four.

OF NOTE

  • Bryce Eldridge’s home run went 449 feet and came off the bat at 107 mph.
  • With the homer and two RBIs, Bryce Eldridge now leads Team USA in runs batted in (9) and is tied for the team lead in home runs (2).
  • By scoring a run in the defeat, Aidan Miller now leads the tournament in runs scored with nine.
  • Blake Mitchell threw out another baserunner attempting to steal in the fourth and has now thrown out four of five potential base-stealers in the tournament.
  • Alex Clemmey kept the U.S. in the game over the final three innings, allowing just two baserunners to reach. He now has seven strikeouts in six innings pitched.
  • The U.S. now sits at 15-7 all-time against Chinese Taipei in the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup.
  • Team USA drops to 5-1 overall in the tournament and 2-1 in the Super Round. The U.S. entered the round with two wins after beating Group A representatives, Korea and the Netherlands, in the Opening Round.

ON DECK

Team USA continues WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup Super Round action on Friday, taking on Mexico. First pitch is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. ET at LECOM Park in Bradenton, Florida.

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GAMEDAY: Team USA Plays Mexico in World Cup Super Round

First pitch set for 4:00 p.m. at LECOM Park in Bradenton, Florida
September 15, 2022
LIVE STATS | WATCH LIVE BRADENTON, Fla. – The 18U National Team takes on Mexico in the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup Super Round on Friday. First pitch is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. ET from LECOM Park in Bradenton, Florida.

LIVE STATS | WATCH LIVE

BRADENTON, Fla. – The 18U National Team takes on Mexico in the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup Super Round on Friday. First pitch is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. ET from LECOM Park in Bradenton, Florida.

STARTING PITCHERS

Blake Dickerson (USA) vs. Victor Ceballos (MEX)

LAST TIME OUT

The U.S. lost its first World Cup contest on Thursday, falling 6-2 to Chinese Taipei at Ed Smith Stadium. Chinese Taipei jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first and extended it to 6-0 in the third to win the Super Round opener, dropping the U.S. to a 2-1 record in the round. Team USA only had two hits in the contest, with one of them being a 449-foot two-run homer by Bryce Eldridge to trim the deficit to 6-2 in the fourth. Alex Clemmey pitched 3.1 strong innings of relief to keep the stars and stripes in it but they ultimately fell short thanks to a complete-game by Nien-His Yang.

HISTORY AGAINST MEXICO

Team USA owns a 21-4 all-time record against Mexico at U-18 level. The two sides last met at the 2017 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup, which resulted in a 6-0 victory for the U.S. The first all-time meeting between Mexico and Team USA was in 1989.

INSIDE THE ROSTER

The 20-man 18U National Team roster features four players who have previously suited up for the stars and stripes. Aidan Miller is making his third appearance on a national team roster after playing for the 12U National Team in 2016 and winning a gold medal with the 15U National Team in 2019. Colt Emerson and Gavin Grahovac reunite after winning the 2017 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup together, and Blake Mitchell returns to the 18U National Team after competing for the squad in a friendship series against Canada in 2021.

The roster features 19 players who competed in the 2022 Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP) League. The PDP League, which was held from June 29-July 6 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, serves as the primary identification event for the 18U National Team, is an invitation-based development and assessment opportunity for high school players eligible for the following year’s MLB Draft.

Nine players on this year’s squad have previously participated in a USA Baseball National Team Development Program. Dylan Cupp and Miller participated at the 2018 14U NTDP, while Emerson and Grahovac both played at the 2019 14U NTDP. That duo also competed at the 2021 16U/17U NTDP, along with Max Clark, Cupp, Bryce Eldridge, Emerson, Grahovac, Adam Hachman, Miller, Mitchell, and Christian Rodriguez.

MEET THE COACHES

The 2022 18U National Team is managed by Denny Hocking, who brings 13 years of major league playing experience to the role. After spending 11 seasons with the Minnesota Twins and a season with both the Colorado Rockies and Kansas City Royals, Hocking has spent time as an analyst and a coach in the professional ranks. In addition, he was a manager at the 2021 PDP League and 2021 18U National Team Trials. Hocking will be joined on staff by pitching coach Adam Moseley and assistants Roberto Vaz and Jack Wilson.

CHASING GOLD

The 18U National Team won eight consecutive international tournament titles from 2011-2018, including winning four straight WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cups in 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2017. Currently the U.S. and Cuba are the only two countries to win four consecutive world championship titles at the U-18 level. In total, the program has won eight world championships. The U.S. most recently earned a silver medal at the 2019 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in Gijang, South Korea.

ON HOME SOIL

The XXX WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup will be the first tournament held in the United States since 1995, when the event took place in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Overall, it will be the sixth U-18 Baseball World Cup held in the U.S., with the first one being held in Newark, Ohio, in 1981.

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Eight-Run Second, Russell’s One-Hitter Help U.S. Finish Opening Round Unbeaten

Team USA finishes suspended game with 16-0 win over South Africa
September 14, 2022
Box Score | Plays | Cumulative Stats
1 2 3 4 5 R H E
Team USA 2 8 2 4 0 16 9 1
South Africa 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5

Box Score | Plays | Cumulative Stats

BRADENTON, Fla. – Team USA scored eight runs in the second inning and Stone Russell (Bradenton, Fla.) threw a one-hitter en route to a 16-0 win over South Africa in World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup pool play on Wednesday morning at LECOM Park in Bradenton, Florida.

The victory – which came nearly 63 hours after the game began on Sunday before it was suspended due to weather – gives the U.S. a perfect 5-0 record to wrap up Group A play.

Already ahead by two runs entering the second frame, the U.S. offense added on in a big way with an eight-run inning. Aidan Miller (Trinity, Fla.) got the scoring started immediately, leading off the inning with a homer to straightaway center field. Then, after RBI hits by Camden Kozeal (Omaha, Neb.) and RJ Hamilton (Hoover, Ala.) and an error extended the inning, Gavin Grahovac (Orange, Calif.) delivered a mammoth homer to left field to put the U.S. on top by eight. Back-to-back triples by Miller and Colt Emerson (Cambridge, Ohio) put the lid on the eight-run frame to give Team USA a 10-0 lead it would only build on for the remainder of the contest.
  Miller had a three-hit game in the victory, finishing a double shy of the cycle. He homered to lead off the second inning and tripled later in the same frame, finishing the day with two RBIs. Including the two-run blast, Grahovac drove in a game-high three runs in the victory, which saw nine U.S. hitters collect an RBI. Kendall George (Houston, Texas) had two RBIs and stole three bases for the United States, which won its second-straight game by the WBSC’s “run-difference rule.”
  Russell tossed Team USA’s second-consecutive one-hitter. Pitching in his hometown, the righthander faced the minimum in the five-inning contest. After the first batter of the game reached via an error, Russell retired the next 12 batters he faced before allowing his only hit with one out in the fifth. He struck out four batters, including two in the third inning. South Africa’s Bryce McCleland gave up nine runs (five earned) in 1.2 innings of work to suffer the loss.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • RJ Hamilton opened the game with a walk, stole second and third, and scored on Kevin McGonigle’s RBI groundout as the U.S. grabbed an immediate 1-0 lead in the first.
  • After walking and stealing a base, Kendall George came home on an RBI groundout by Gavin Grahovac in the first to put Team USA in front by two.
  • Aidan Miller kickstarted the United States’ eight-run second inning and made the score 3-0 with a leadoff homer to straightaway center field.
  • Camden Kozeal smacked an RBI single back up the middle to plate Colt Emerson and later scored on nifty baserunning to give the stars and stripes a 5-0 lead in the second.
  • After Kendall George came home on an error to extend the second inning, Gavin Grahovac sent a deep home run over the left field wall, making the score 8-0 in favor of Team USA.
  • The U.S. got back-to-back triples from Aidan Miller and Colt Emerson to add two runs and cap the eight-run second inning, putting the U.S. in front 10-0.
  • A bases-loaded walk to Blake Mitchell and a sacrifice fly by Bryce Eldridge extended the United States’ lead to 12 in the third.
  • With two runs already home in the fourth thanks to an error, Kendall George hit an opposite-field double to plate two more runs and give Team USA a 16-0 lead.
  • Stone Russell allowed his only hit with one out in the bottom of the fifth, but the baserunner was erased on a caught stealing and the righthander struck out the final batter to lock down the win.

OF NOTE

  • By hitting his third triple of the tournament, Aidan Miller became only the third player since 2010 to hit three triples in the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup.
  • The stars and stripes stole five bases in the win to finish the Opening Round 16-for-17 on stolen bases. Kendall George and RJ Hamilton have both swiped four bags to lead the team.
  • Blake Mitchell threw another baserunner out attempting to steal in the win and is now 3-for-3 catching runners stealing in the tournament.
  • Six U.S. players scored multiple runs in the victory, led by RJ Hamilton's three.
  • Team USA leads the entire tournament in numerous offensive statistical categories, including home runs (7) and runs scored (50).
  • The U.S. pitching staff has allowed just four extra-base hits in 32.0 innings on the mound and has held opponents to a .159 batting average against.
  • The United States remains unbeaten against South Africa at the U-18 level, improving to 4-0 all-time.
  • Team USA finishes pool play atop the Group A standings at 5-0.

ON DECK

Team USA will begin WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup Super Round play on Thursday, September 15, against Chinese Taipei. The entire Super Round schedule is to be announced later this evening.

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Brown, Hachman One-Hit Brazil to Clinch Top Seed in Super Round

Brown goes four innings, Hachman pitches final two in 10-0 victory
September 14, 2022
Box Score | Plays | Cumulative Stats
1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Brazil 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4
Team USA 2 0 5 0 1 2 10 8 3

Box Score | Plays | Cumulative Stats

BRADENTON, Fla. – Jake Brown (Sulphur, La.) and Adam Hachman (Wentzville, Mo.) combined to one-hit Brazil in a 10-0 win as Team USA clinched the top seed in the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup Super Round on Tuesday night at LECOM Park in Bradenton, Florida.

In addition to clinching the top seed, the U.S. advances to 4-0 in Group A play.

After Brown turned in four no-hit frames to start the game, Hachman worked the final two innings of the shutout win. Brazil’s lone hit came on a dribbler back to Hachman with one out in the fifth inning that proved too difficult for the southpaw to handle, but he promptly escaped the inning with two strikeouts to keep Brazil off the scoreboard. After jumping out to a 7-0 lead through three, the U.S. scored once in the fifth and twice in the sixth to win by the WBSC’s “run-difference rule.”

As it has been for most of the tournament, Team USA’s offense was paced by Aidan Miller (Trinity, Fla.). He got the scoring started in the bottom of the first, cranking a two-run homer into the left field bleachers as part of a two-hit day. Camden Kozeal (Omaha, Neb.), who was right in the middle of Team USA’s five-run third with a two-run single and run scored, also had two hits in the victory. Kendall George (Houston, Texas) added two RBIs.

Brown was untouchable in his start, earning the win after striking out seven in four hitless innings. The only batter to reach against Brown was on a fielding error in the fourth. Hachman was credited with the save after pitching the final two innings of the shutout, where all six of the southpaw’s outs came via the strikeout. He allowed just the one infield hit and a walk in his outing. Brazil’s Pedro Theodoro suffered the loss, surrendering five runs (three earned) in two innings.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Team USA went up 2-0 in the first when Aidan Miller scorched a two-run blast to the seats in left field, plating Kevin McGonigle.
  • After a walk, single, and hit-by-pitch loaded the bases for the U.S. in the third, the home team scored twice when Colt Emerson’s ground ball turned into an error to extend the lead to four.
  • Camden Kozeal singled up the middle to drive in two runs before Kendall George’s RBI groundout gave Team USA a 7-0 lead in the third.
  • Brazil got its first baserunner in the fourth on a one-out error, but Jake Brown struck out the next two batters to keep the shutout intact.
  • After a one-out infield hit by Brazil's Enzo Ercole broke up Team USA’s no-hitter in the fifth, Adam Hachman got the last two outs of the inning via a pair of strikeouts.
  • Colt Emerson led off the home half of the fifth with a walk and was plated on Kendall George’s sacrifice fly to extend the U.S. lead to 8-0.
  • A two-out single to left field by Colt Emerson in the sixth brought home Aidan Miller as the stars and stripes’ advantage became nine.
  • With the bases loaded and two outs in the sixth, Stone Russell lined an RBI single up the middle to bring home RJ Hamilton and secure the 10-0 “run-difference rule” victory for Team USA.

OF NOTE

  • Aidan Miller has now collected two hits in three of Team USA’s five games, including the suspended game against South Africa. He leads the tournament in batting average (.727), home runs (2), OPS (2.642), RBIs (7), and runs (8).
  • The two-run homer in the first inning came off Aidan Miller’s bat at 104 mph and soared 400 feet into the left field seats.
  • By drawing a walk in Tuesday’s win, Colt Emerson is now tied for the tournament lead in bases on balls with six.
  • Jake Brown’s seven strikeouts give him the team lead in that category and put him tied for second overall in the tournament.
  • With the shoutout win, the U.S. pitching staff lowered its tournament-ERA to 2.79. The group has struck out 39 batters in 29.0 innings.
  • The United States has made the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup Super Round every single time it has participated in the event.
  • Team USA will be the top seed out of Group A in the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup Super Round.

ON DECK

Team USA will finish its suspended game against South Africa on Wednesday morning at 9:00 a.m. from LECOM Park in Bradenton, Florida. The U.S. leads the contest, 10-0, in the top of the third inning.

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GAMEDAY: 18U National Team Takes on Brazil

First pitch set for 7:00 p.m. at LECOM Park in Bradenton, Florida
September 13, 2022
LIVE STATS | WATCH LIVE BRADENTON, Fla. – Team USA will take on Brazil at the XXX World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup on Tuesday. First pitch is set for 7:00 p.m. at LECOM Park in Bradenton, Florida.

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BRADENTON, Fla. – Team USA will take on Brazil at the XXX World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup on Tuesday. First pitch is set for 7:00 p.m. at LECOM Park in Bradenton, Florida.

STARTING PITCHERS

Jake Brown (USA) vs. Pedro Pinto (BRA)

LAST TIME OUT

The U.S. picked up a thrilling victory on Monday night by topping Canada, 7-6, under the lights at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Florida. After Team USA scored the first run in the second inning, Canada grabbed a 4-1 advantage with a four-run outburst in the third inning. The U.S. then climbed back into it, eventually tying the game on Max Clark's two-run homer in the fifth. Then, three batters later, Kevin McGonigle tripled down the right-field line to give the U.S. the lead at 6-5. After a wild pitch added a run to make it 7-5, Blake Mitchell got into a jam but escaped to preserve the 7-6 victory.

Alex Clemmey got the win for the U.S., turning in 1.2 innings of big-time relief work to keep Team USA in the game. Clemmey entered in a jam and allowed just one run to keep the game within striking distance, and then threw a scoreless sixth inning after the U.S. tied the game. Mitchell pitched an eventful seventh inning, eventually earning the save.

TOURNAMENT STAT LEADERS

AVG: Aidan Miller (.750)

SLG: Aidan Miller (1.875)

OBP: Aidan Miller (.846)

SB: RJ Hamilton (5)

HISTORY AGAINST BRAZIL

Team USA and Brazil have met 14 times at the U-18 level, and the U.S. owns a 13-1 advantage all-time. The United States is 5-0 against Brazil all-time at the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup, most recently picking up a 5-0 win at the 2015 event. The nations last competed against one another at the COPABE U-18 Pan American Championships in 2018, which was a 15-5 win for Team USA.

GROUP A STANDINGS

  • Team USA (3-0)
  • Korea (2-1)
  • Netherlands (2-1)
  • Brazil (2-2)
  • South Africa (0-2)
  • Canada (0-3)

INSIDE THE ROSTER

The 20-man 18U National Team roster features four players who have previously suited up for the stars and stripes. Aidan Miller is making his third appearance on a national team roster after playing for the 12U National Team in 2016 and winning a gold medal with the 15U National Team in 2019. Colt Emerson and Gavin Grahovac reunite after winning the 2017 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup together, and Blake Mitchell returns to the 18U National Team after competing for the squad in a friendship series against Canada in 2021.

The roster features 19 players who competed in the 2022 Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP) League. The PDP League, which was held from June 29-July 6 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, serves as the primary identification event for the 18U National Team, is an invitation-based development and assessment opportunity for high school players eligible for the following year’s MLB Draft.

Nine players on this year’s squad have previously participated in a USA Baseball National Team Development Program. Dylan Cupp and Miller participated at the 2018 14U NTDP, while Emerson and Grahovac both played at the 2019 14U NTDP. That duo also competed at the 2021 16U/17U NTDP, along with Max Clark, Cupp, Bryce Eldridge, Emerson, Grahovac, Adam Hachman, Miller, Mitchell, and Christian Rodriguez.

MEET THE COACHES

The 2022 18U National Team is managed by Denny Hocking, who brings 13 years of major league playing experience to the role. After spending 11 seasons with the Minnesota Twins and a season with both the Colorado Rockies and Kansas City Royals, Hocking has spent time as an analyst and a coach in the professional ranks. In addition, he was a manager at the 2021 PDP League and 2021 18U National Team Trials. Hocking will be joined on staff by pitching coach Adam Moseley and assistants Roberto Vaz and Jack Wilson.

CHASING GOLD

The 18U National Team won eight consecutive international tournament titles from 2011-2018, including winning four straight WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cups in 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2017. Currently the U.S. and Cuba are the only two countries to win four consecutive world championship titles at the U-18 level. In total, the program has won eight world championships. The U.S. most recently earned a silver medal at the 2019 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in Gijang, South Korea.

ON HOME SOIL

The XXX WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup will be the first tournament held in the United States since 1995, when the event took place in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Overall, it will be the sixth U-18 Baseball World Cup held in the U.S., with the first one being held in Newark, Ohio, in 1981.

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Team USA Wins 7-6 Thriller Over Canada, Remains Unbeaten at World Cup

Clark hits game-tying homer, McGonigle delivers go-ahead triple in fifth
September 13, 2022
Box Score | Plays | Cumulative Stats
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Canada 0 0 4 0 1 0 1 6 11 1
Team USA 0 1 1 1 4 0 0 7 8 1

Box Score | Plays | Cumulative Stats

SARASOTA, Fla. – Team USA used a four-run fifth inning to come from behind and beat Canada, 7-6, in World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup pool play on Monday night at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Florida.
  With the win, the U.S. remains unbeaten at 3-0 in Group A play.

After falling into a 4-1 hole in the third inning, Team USA chipped away and entered the bottom of the fifth down by two. Then, with Bryce Eldridge (Vienna, Va.) on first after a walk, Max Clark (Franklin, Ind.) cranked a two-run, game-tying blast over the right-field wall, sending the U.S. dugout into a frenzy and knotting the game at five. RJ Hamilton (Hoover, Ala.) singled two batters later to place the go-ahead run on base, setting the table for Kevin McGonigle’s (Aldan, Pa.) RBI triple down the right-field line to put the U.S. in front 6-5.
  After McGonigle later scored on a wild pitch to make it a two-run lead, Blake Mitchell (Sinton, Texas) worked into and out of a jam in the seventh to secure the 7-6 victory for Team USA.
  Clark and McGonigle – who were the keys to the rally in the fifth – both had two hits in the win. Clark’s game-tying blast gave him a team-high two RBIs and he was one of five U.S. players to score a run in the contest. Eldridge – who drew two walks, along with Colt Emerson (Cambridge, Ohio) – and McGonigle each scored twice in the victory.
  Alex Clemmey (Middletown, R.I.) earned the win out of the bullpen, getting five crucial outs in the fifth and sixth innings. Clemmey entered the game in a jam in the fifth and allowed just one run to keep the contest within striking distance and then turned in a scoreless sixth inning after the U.S. tied the game. Makaio Cisneros suffered the loss for Canada after allowing four runs in 1.1 innings pitched, including Clark’s homer and McGonigle’s triple. Mitchell worked an eventful seventh to lock down the save.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Bryce Eldridge hit a one-out single in the second and scored on a wild pitch, giving the U.S. a 1-0 lead.
  • Canada grabbed a 4-1 lead in the third when Tyrus Hall scored on a wild pitch before a bases-loaded walk and RBI hits by Hugh Pinkney and Sam Shaw made it a three-run lead.
  • Kevin McGonigle hit a ground-rule double to straightaway center and scored on Gavin Grahovac’s RBI fielder’s choice to get the U.S. within two in the third.
  • A leadoff single and a walk put two on with no outs for Canada in the fourth, but a caught stealing, fly out, and line out got Cameron Tilly out of the jam unscathed.
  • Team USA continued chipping away in the fourth, scoring a run on a two-out error to trim Canada’s lead to 4-3.
  • Canada’s Hugh Pinkney hit an RBI groundout in the fifth as Canada re-took a two-run edge at 5-3.
  • With Bryce Eldridge on first base following a fifth-inning leadoff walk, Max Clark deposited a game-tying, two-run blast over the right-field wall to tie the game at five.
  • In the fifth, RJ Hamilton singled through the left side and scored on a two-out, RBI triple from Kevin McGonigle as the U.S. grabbed the lead back at 6-5.
  • Kevin McGonigle came home on a wild pitch in the fifth to extend Team USA’s edge to 7-5.
  • Canada scored a run on a bases-loaded walk in the seventh but two straight strikeouts got Blake Mitchell out of the jam and finished off the win.

OF NOTE

  • Aidan Miller collected a hit and drew a walk in the win and now owns a tournament-best .846 on-base percentage. He also leads the event with a 1.875 slugging percentage.
  • Alex Clemmey has now made two appearances at the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup and not allowed a run, striking out four batters in 2.2 innings of work.
  • With Max Clark’s homer on Monday, Team USA now has six home runs as a team to lead the tournament.
  • Before pitching the seventh, Blake Mitchell caught the first six innings and threw out a runner attempting to steal. Baserunners are now 0-for-2 when attempting to swipe a bag on Team USA’s backstop.
  • The victory was Team USA’s fifth-consecutive win against Canada at the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup. The U.S. is 14-2 all-time against the Canadians in the tournament’s history.
  • With the win, the United States sits alone atop the Group A standings at 3-0.

ON DECK

Team USA plays Brazil in WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup pool play on Tuesday, September 13. First pitch is set for 7:00 p.m. ET at LECOM Park in Bradenton, Florida.

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GAMEDAY: 18U National Team Battles Canada at World Cup

First pitch set for 7:00 p.m. at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Florida
September 12, 2022
LIVE STATS | WATCH LIVE BRADENTON, Fla. – Team USA continues play at the XXX World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup on Monday, taking on Canada. First pitch is set for 7:00 p.m. under the lights at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Florida.

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BRADENTON, Fla. – Team USA continues play at the XXX World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup on Monday, taking on Canada. First pitch is set for 7:00 p.m. under the lights at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Florida.

STARTING PITCHERS

Matthew Dallas (USA) vs. Carson Latimer (CAN)

LAST TIME OUT

The U.S. took the field on Sunday night and held a 10-0 lead over South Africa before the game was suspended due to inclement weather. Team USA scored eight runs in the second inning to jump out to a 10-0 lead, but a thunderstorm arrived at LECOM Park in the top of the third inning and led to the game's suspension. Gavin Grahovac and Aidan Miller both homered in the first two innings, and Stone Russell turned in two scoreless frames prior to the suspension. Information on the continuation of the game will be made public at a later date.

HISTORY AGAINST CANADA

Monday's contest will mark the 60th all-time meeting between the United States and Canada at the U-18 level. The U.S. owns a 48-8-3 record against the Canadians, most recently posting a 5-1-1 mark in a seven-game friendship series in 2021. The two nations last met in a WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in the Super Round in 2019, where the United States picked up a 10-0 win. The U.S. and Canada played each other for the first time at the 1987 World Youth Baseball Championships, resulting in a 5-0 victory for Team USA.

GROUP A STANDINGS

  • Team USA (2-0)
  • Brazil (2-1)
  • Korea (1-1)
  • Netherlands (1-1)
  • South Africa (0-1)
  • Canada (0-2)

INSIDE THE ROSTER

The 20-man 18U National Team roster features four players who have previously suited up for the stars and stripes. Aidan Miller is making his third appearance on a national team roster after playing for the 12U National Team in 2016 and winning a gold medal with the 15U National Team in 2019. Colt Emerson and Gavin Grahovac reunite after winning the 2017 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup together, and Blake Mitchell returns to the 18U National Team after competing for the squad in a friendship series against Canada in 2021.

The roster features 19 players who competed in the 2022 Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP) League. The PDP League, which was held from June 29-July 6 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, serves as the primary identification event for the 18U National Team, is an invitation-based development and assessment opportunity for high school players eligible for the following year’s MLB Draft.

Nine players on this year’s squad have previously participated in a USA Baseball National Team Development Program. Dylan Cupp and Miller participated at the 2018 14U NTDP, while Emerson and Grahovac both played at the 2019 14U NTDP. That duo also competed at the 2021 16U/17U NTDP, along with Max Clark, Cupp, Bryce Eldridge, Emerson, Grahovac, Adam Hachman, Miller, Mitchell, and Christian Rodriguez.

MEET THE COACHES

The 2022 18U National Team is managed by Denny Hocking, who brings 13 years of major league playing experience to the role. After spending 11 seasons with the Minnesota Twins and a season with both the Colorado Rockies and Kansas City Royals, Hocking has spent time as an analyst and a coach in the professional ranks. In addition, he was a manager at the 2021 PDP League and 2021 18U National Team Trials. Hocking will be joined on staff by pitching coach Adam Moseley and assistants Roberto Vaz and Jack Wilson.

CHASING GOLD

The 18U National Team won eight consecutive international tournament titles from 2011-2018, including winning four straight WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cups in 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2017. Currently the U.S. and Cuba are the only two countries to win four consecutive world championship titles at the U-18 level. In total, the program has won eight world championships. The U.S. most recently earned a silver medal at the 2019 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in Gijang, South Korea.

ON HOME SOIL

The XXX WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup will be the first tournament held in the United States since 1995, when the event took place in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Overall, it will be the sixth U-18 Baseball World Cup held in the U.S., with the first one being held in Newark, Ohio, in 1981.

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GAMEDAY: 18U National Team Takes on South Africa in World Cup Pool Play

First pitch set for 7:00 p.m. at LECOM Park in Bradenton, Florida
September 11, 2022
LIVE STATS | WATCH LIVE BRADENTON, Fla. – XXX World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup pool play continues on Sunday night, as Team USA will take on South Africa. First pitch is set for 7:00 p.m. ET at LECOM Park in Bradenton, Florida.

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BRADENTON, Fla. – XXX World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup pool play continues on Sunday night, as Team USA will take on South Africa. First pitch is set for 7:00 p.m. ET at LECOM Park in Bradenton, Florida.

PITCHING MATCHUP

Stone Russell (USA) vs. Bryce McCleland (RSA)

LAST TIME OUT

Kevin McGonigle and Blake Mitchell both homered as the U.S. beat Korea, 8-3, on Saturday night at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Florida. McGonigle's homer came in the second at-bat of the night, setting the tone for the U.S. before the lead became two later in the opening inning. After Korea tied it at two in the second, Mitchell hit an opposite-field homer to give Team USA a lead it would not relinquish. Kendall George, Gavin Grahovac, and Aidan Miller also drove in runs for the stars and stripes.

Christian Rodriguez started and was one of five pitchers used by the U.S. in the win. Rodriguez lasted 3.2 innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on one hit while striking out five. Bryce Eldridge, who got the final three outs, earned the win for Team USA.

HISTORY AGAINST SOUTH AFRICA

The United States is 3-0 all-time against South Africa at the U-18 level. The two countries met most recently in 2019, with the U.S. winning 11-0 at the XXIV WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup. Team USA also beat South Africa, 27-1, in their first matchup in 2000.

GROUP A STANDINGS

  • United States (2-0)
  • Brazil (2-0)
  • Canada (0-1)
  • Korea (0-1)
  • Netherlands (0-1)
  • South Africa (0-1)

INSIDE THE ROSTER

The 20-man 18U National Team roster features four players who have previously suited up for the stars and stripes. Aidan Miller is making his third appearance on a national team roster after playing for the 12U National Team in 2016 and winning a gold medal with the 15U National Team in 2019. Colt Emerson and Gavin Grahovac reunite after winning the 2017 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup together, and Blake Mitchell returns to the 18U National Team after competing for the squad in a friendship series against Canada in 2021.

The roster features 19 players who competed in the 2022 Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP) League. The PDP League, which was held from June 29-July 6 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, serves as the primary identification event for the 18U National Team, is an invitation-based development and assessment opportunity for high school players eligible for the following year’s MLB Draft.

Nine players on this year’s squad have previously participated in a USA Baseball National Team Development Program. Dylan Cupp and Miller participated at the 2018 14U NTDP, while Emerson and Grahovac both played at the 2019 14U NTDP. That duo also competed at the 2021 16U/17U NTDP, along with Max Clark, Cupp, Bryce Eldridge, Emerson, Grahovac, Adam Hachman, Miller, Mitchell, and Christian Rodriguez.

MEET THE COACHES

The 2022 18U National Team is managed by Denny Hocking, who brings 13 years of major league playing experience to the role. After spending 11 seasons with the Minnesota Twins and a season with both the Colorado Rockies and Kansas City Royals, Hocking has spent time as an analyst and a coach in the professional ranks. In addition, he was a manager at the 2021 PDP League and 2021 18U National Team Trials. Hocking will be joined on staff by pitching coach Adam Moseley and assistants Roberto Vaz and Jack Wilson.

CHASING GOLD

The 18U National Team won eight consecutive international tournament titles from 2011-2018, including winning four straight WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cups in 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2017. Currently the U.S. and Cuba are the only two countries to win four consecutive world championship titles at the U-18 level. In total, the program has won eight world championships. The U.S. most recently earned a silver medal at the 2019 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in Gijang, South Korea.

ON HOME SOIL

The XXX WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup will be the first tournament held in the United States since 1995, when the event took place in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Overall, it will be the sixth U-18 Baseball World Cup held in the U.S., with the first one being held in Newark, Ohio, in 1981.

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Team USA Takes Down Korea, Moves to 2-0 in World Cup Pool Play

McGonigle, Mitchell both hit solo homers in 8-3 victory
September 11, 2022
Box Score | Plays | Cumulative Stats
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Team USA 2 0 1 4 0 1 0 8 10 3
Korea 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 3 2 2

Box Score | Plays | Cumulative Stats

SARASOTA, Fla. – Kevin McGonigle (Aldan, Pa.) and Blake Mitchell (Sinton, Texas) both hit solo home runs as Team USA took down Korea, 8-3, in pool play at the XXX World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup on Saturday night at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Florida.

With the win, the U.S. moves to 2-0 in WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup Group A play.

McGonigle’s homer served as a tone-setter for Team USA. In the second at-bat of the game, the second baseman turned on an 0-2 pitch and sent it deep over the right-field wall to open the scoring before a bases-loaded walk gave Team USA a 2-0 lead. Then, after Korea tied the game in the second, Mitchell hit an opposite-field, solo homer to give the U.S. a lead it would not relinquish.

Team USA then added insurance runs in the fourth and sixth frames. Gavin Grahovac (Orange, Calif.) drove in two runs and another scored on an error to extend the edge to four before Kendall George (Houston, Texas) and Aidan Miller (Trinity, Fla.) notched RBI singles as the U.S. continued to pad its lead.

Max Clark (Franklin, Ind.) and McGonigle each had two hits in the victory, also combining to score three runs. Grahovac and Miller both had two-RBI days at the dish for the U.S., joining George, McGonigle, and Mitchell as the run-producers in the win. Colt Emerson (Cambridge, Ohio) scored a game-high three times, also picking up a hit.

Christian Rodriguez (Coral Gables, Fla.) started on the mound for Team USA and was solid, allowing two runs (one earned) on just one hit. Rodriguez – who was one of five pitchers used in the win – worked around baserunners for much of the start, walking four batters but striking out five. Bryce Eldridge (Vienna, Va.) was credited with the win after recording the final three outs and Youngcheol Yoon suffered the loss for Korea.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • With one out in the top of the first, Kevin McGonigle clobbered an 0-2 pitch over the right-field wall for a solo homer to put the U.S. up 1-0.
  • Team USA’s lead became 2-0 in the top of the first after Colt Emerson reached on an error and came home on Aidan Miller’s bases-loaded walk.
  • After a wild pitch on a strikeout extended its inning, Korea tied the game at two on an infield hit and a throwing error in the second.
  • Blake Mitchell went the other way for an opposite-field, solo home run in the top of the third to give the United States a 3-2 lead.
  • Max Clark and Kevin McGonigle hit back-to-back singles to lead off the fourth and Colt Emerson walked to load the bases, making way for Gavin Grahovac to smoke a bases-clearing single to right field to extend the U.S. lead to 6-2.
  • Team USA’s advantage became 7-2 when Aidan Miller singled to center field with two outs in the fourth, plating Gavin Grahovac.
  • Korea added an unearned run in the bottom of the fifth to trim its deficit to 7-3.
  • Team USA scored its final run in the sixth, taking an 8-3 lead when Colt Emerson singled and scored on Kendall George’s RBI single.
  • Bryce Eldridge took the mound with no outs and a runner on third in the seventh and escaped the jam without allowing a run, locking down the 8-3 victory.

OF NOTE

  • Kevin McGonigle’s first-inning homer was hit 400 feet and had a 103 mph exit velocity.
  • With his two-hit performance in Saturday’s win, Colt Emerson is batting .500 (3-for-6) with a team-high four runs scored in the World Cup so far.
  • After going 1-for-1 with two walks, Aidan Miller still owns a 1.000 on-base percentage through two games. Miller is 3-for-3 with three walks and a hit-by-pitch.
  • The U.S. pitching staff combined to allow just two hits in the victory.
  • For the third consecutive tournament, the stars and stripes have won their first two WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup games.
  • Team USA sits at the top of the tournament leaderboard in team home runs with three.
  • The United States remains alongside Brazil atop the Group A standings with a 2-0 record.

ON DECK

Team USA takes on South Africa in XXX WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup Group A play on Sunday, September 11. First pitch is set for 7:00 p.m. ET at LECOM Park in Bradenton, Florida.

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GAMEDAY: 18U National Team Plays Korea in World Cup Pool Play

First pitch set for 7:00 p.m. at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Florida
September 10, 2022
LIVE STATS | WATCH LIVE SARASOTA, Fla. – The 18U National Team continues XXX World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup play on Saturday night, taking on Korea. First pitch is set for 7:00 p.m. ET at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Florida.

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SARASOTA, Fla. – The 18U National Team continues XXX World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup play on Saturday night, taking on Korea. First pitch is set for 7:00 p.m. ET at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Florida.

PITCHING MATCHUP

Christian Rodriguez (USA) vs. Myunggeun Park (KOR)

LAST TIME OUT

The U.S. opened World Cup play with a 9-3, come-from-behind victory on Friday night against the Netherlands. After the Netherlands opened the scoring with homers in each of the first two innings to take a 3-0 lead, the U.S. answered in the second and fourth innings to tie the game at three. Then, with the bases loaded in the fifth, Bryce Eldridge deposited a go-ahead grand slam over the right-field wall to put Team USA in front by four. The stars and stripes tacked on two more runs in the final frames to secure the 9-3 victory.

Blake Dickerson started for Team USA and pitched 4.1 innings, allowing three runs on three hits and striking out six. Cameron Tilly earned the win with 1.2 hitless relief innings, and Alex Clemmey got the final three outs to lock down the victory.

HISTORY AGAINST KOREA

The United States and Korea have met 20 times at the U-18 level, with the U.S. holding a slight 11-9 all-time edge. The nations first competed against one another on December 10, 1988, with Team USA picking up a 7-5 win at the VIII Baseball World Championships in Sydney, Australia. Most recently, the U.S. beat Korea, 8-5, in the XXIX WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup Super Round.

GROUP A STANDINGS

  • Team USA (1-0)
  • Brazil (1-0)
  • Canada (0-0)
  • Korea (0-0)
  • Netherlands (0-1)
  • South Africa (0-1)

INSIDE THE ROSTER

The 20-man 18U National Team roster features four players who have previously suited up for the stars and stripes. Aidan Miller is making his third appearance on a national team roster after playing for the 12U National Team in 2016 and winning a gold medal with the 15U National Team in 2019. Colt Emerson and Gavin Grahovac reunite after winning the 2017 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup together, and Blake Mitchell returns to the 18U National Team after competing for the squad in a friendship series against Canada in 2021.

The roster features 19 players who competed in the 2022 Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP) League. The PDP League, which was held from June 29-July 6 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, serves as the primary identification event for the 18U National Team, is an invitation-based development and assessment opportunity for high school players eligible for the following year’s MLB Draft.

Nine players on this year’s squad have previously participated in a USA Baseball National Team Development Program. Dylan Cupp and Miller participated at the 2018 14U NTDP, while Emerson and Grahovac both played at the 2019 14U NTDP. That duo also competed at the 2021 16U/17U NTDP, along with Max Clark, Cupp, Bryce Eldridge, Emerson, Grahovac, Adam Hachman, Miller, Mitchell, and Christian Rodriguez.

MEET THE COACHES

The 2022 18U National Team is managed by Denny Hocking, who brings 13 years of major league playing experience to the role. After spending 11 seasons with the Minnesota Twins and a season with both the Colorado Rockies and Kansas City Royals, Hocking has spent time as an analyst and a coach in the professional ranks. In addition, he was a manager at the 2021 PDP League and 2021 18U National Team Trials. Hocking will be joined on staff by pitching coach Adam Moseley and assistants Roberto Vaz and Jack Wilson.

CHASING GOLD

The 18U National Team won eight consecutive international tournament titles from 2011-2018, including winning four straight WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cups in 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2017. Currently the U.S. and Cuba are the only two countries to win four consecutive world championship titles at the U-18 level. In total, the program has won eight world championships. The U.S. most recently earned a silver medal at the 2019 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in Gijang, South Korea.

ON HOME SOIL

The XXX WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup will be the first tournament held in the United States since 1995, when the event took place in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Overall, it will be the sixth U-18 Baseball World Cup held in the U.S., with the first one being held in Newark, Ohio, in 1981.

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Eldridge’s Grand Slam Powers Team USA Past the Netherlands in World Cup Opener

U.S. scores nine unanswered runs in 9-3 comeback win
September 10, 2022
Box Score | Plays | Cumulative Stats
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Netherlands 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 1
Team USA 0 1 0 2 5 1 0 9 8 0

Box Score | Plays | Cumulative Stats

BRADENTON, Fla. – Bryce Eldridge (Vienna, Va.) hit a go-ahead grand slam in the bottom of the fifth as Team USA powered past the Netherlands, 9-3, in its opening game of the XXX World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup on Friday night at LECOM Park in Bradenton, Florida.

With the game knotted at three in the fifth, three consecutive walks loaded the bases for Team USA. After the Netherlands made a pitching change, Eldridge strolled to the plate and delivered the game-deciding blow, a grand slam over the wall in right field to give the U.S. a 7-3 lead. The homer gave the stars and stripes their first lead of the game and was part of nine unanswered runs scored by the team after they fell into an early 3-0 hole.
  The nine consecutive runs came after homers in each of the first two innings by the Netherlands which gave the road team a quick 3-0 lead. Team USA began battling back when Aidan Miller (Trinity, Fla.) hit a triple in the second inning and scored the team’s first run before cranking another three-bagger in the fourth to help the U.S. creep within one. The stars and stripes tied it on an RBI fielder’s choice by Max Clark (Franklin, Ind.) in the fourth, setting the stage for Eldridge’s go-ahead blast in the fifth.
  Miller’s two triples accounted for one of Team USA’s two multi-hit performances, as Colt Emerson (Cambridge, Ohio) also collected a pair of hits in the victory. Eldridge had a game-high five RBIs, also drawing one of Team USA’s eight walks. Miller – who reached in all four of his plate appearances – scored three runs to lead the U.S. in that category, followed by Blake Mitchell’s (Sinton, Texas) two runs scored.
  Blake Dickerson (Virginia Beach, Va.) started on the mound for the U.S. and pitched 4.1 innings, allowing three runs on three hits. Dickerson settled in after surrendering two early homers, striking out six batters throughout his start. Cameron Tilly (Newburgh, Ind.) provided 1.2 innings of hitless relief to earn the win, and Alex Clemmey (Middletown, R.I.) got the final three outs for Team USA. Justin Morales suffered the loss for the Netherlands after getting tagged for three runs in an inning of work.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Netherlands’ Kendrey Maduro hit a two-run homer in the top of the first to give the visitors a 2-0 lead.
  • Jayden Mohamed extended the Netherlands’ lead to 3-0 in the second with a solo home run.
  • Aidan Miller led off Team USA’s half of the second with a triple off the wall in center and scored on Bryce Eldridge’s RBI groundout to trim the Netherlands’ lead to 3-1.
  • Back-to-back triples by Blake Mitchell and Aidan Miller put the U.S. within one in the fourth before Max Clark’s RBI fielder’s choice tied the game at three.
  • After a trio of walks loaded the bases in the fifth, Bryce Eldridge cranked a go-ahead grand slam deep over the right-field wall as the U.S. took a 7-3 advantage for its first lead of the game.
  • Kendall George doubled to plate Dylan Cupp with two outs in the fifth inning to grow Team USA’s lead to five.
  • The U.S. tacked on another insurance run in the bottom of the sixth when Gavin Grahovac singled and came around to score, giving the stars and stripes a 9-3 edge.
  • Alex Clemmey entered in the seventh and struck out two batters to secure the tournament-opening victory for Team USA.

OF NOTE

  • Bryce Eldridge’s five RBIs were the most by a Team USA player in a WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup game since Triston Casas also drove in five runs in 2017.
  • Aidan Miller became the second U.S. player to hit two triples in a WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup game since 2010, joining Pete Crow-Armstrong, who completed the feat in 2019.
  • All three U.S. pitchers struck out at least one batter, led by Blake Dickerson’s six punch outs.
  • The U.S. played a stout defensive game, committing zero errors in the victory.
  • The 18U National Team has now won seven consecutive WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup openers. The program hasn’t dropped its first game of the tournament since 2006.
  • With the win, Team USA improves to 12-0 all-time against the Netherlands at the U-18 level.
  • The U.S. sits atop the Group A standings alongside Brazil, who is also 1-0.

ON DECK

Team USA continues XXX WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup play on Saturday, September 10, against Korea. First pitch is set for 7:00 p.m. ET at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Florida.

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GAMEDAY: 18U National Team Opens World Cup Slate Against the Netherlands

First pitch set for 7:00 p.m. at LECOM Park in Bradenton, Florida.
September 9, 2022
LIVE STATS | WATCH LIVE BRADENTON, Fla. – The 18U National Team begins play at the XXX World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup on Friday night, taking on the Netherlands. First pitch is set for 7:00 p.m. ET under the lights at LECOM Park in Bradenton, Florida.

LIVE STATS | WATCH LIVE

BRADENTON, Fla. – The 18U National Team begins play at the XXX World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup on Friday night, taking on the Netherlands. First pitch is set for 7:00 p.m. ET under the lights at LECOM Park in Bradenton, Florida.

PITCHING MATCHUP

Blake Dickerson (USA) vs. Marshall Albertsz (NED)

POOL PLAY

Team USA will compete at the XXX WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup from September 9-18 in Bradenton and Sarasota, Florida. The squad is in Group A for pool play, along with Brazil, Canada, Korea, the Netherlands, and South Africa. The U.S. plays its first game at 7:00 p.m. ET on September 9 against the Netherlands at LECOM Park in Bradenton, Florida. Tickets are available here.

INSIDE THE ROSTER

The 20-man 18U National Team roster features four players who have previously suited up for the stars and stripes. Aidan Miller is making his third appearance on a national team roster after playing for the 12U National Team in 2016 and winning a gold medal with the 15U National Team in 2019. Colt Emerson and Gavin Grahovac reunite after winning the 2017 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup together, and Blake Mitchell returns to the 18U National Team after competing for the squad in a friendship series against Canada in 2021.

The roster features 19 players who competed in the 2022 Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP) League. The PDP League, which was held from June 29-July 6 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, serves as the primary identification event for the 18U National Team, is an invitation-based development and assessment opportunity for high school players eligible for the following year’s MLB Draft.

Nine players on this year’s squad have previously participated in a USA Baseball National Team Development Program. Dylan Cupp and Miller participated at the 2018 14U NTDP, while Emerson and Grahovac both played at the 2019 14U NTDP. That duo also competed at the 2021 16U/17U NTDP, along with Max Clark, Cupp, Bryce Eldridge, Emerson, Grahovac, Adam Hachman, Miller, Mitchell, and Christian Rodriguez.

MEET THE COACHES

The 2022 18U National Team will be managed by Denny Hocking, who brings 13 years of major league playing experience to the role. After spending 11 seasons with the Minnesota Twins and a season with both the Colorado Rockies and Kansas City Royals, Hocking has spent time as an analyst and a coach in the professional ranks. In addition, he was a manager at the 2021 PDP League and 18U National Team Trials. Hocking will be joined on staff by pitching coach Adam Moseley and assistants Roberto Vaz and Jack Wilson.

CHASING GOLD

The 18U National Team won eight consecutive international tournament titles from 2011-2018, including winning four straight WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cups in 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2017. Currently the U.S. and Cuba are the only two countries to win four consecutive world championship titles at the U-18 level. In total, the program has won eight world championships. The U.S. most recently earned a silver medal at the 2019 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in Gijang, South Korea.

ON HOME SOIL

The XXX WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup will be the first tournament held in the United States since 1995, when the event took place in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Overall, it will be the sixth U-18 Baseball World Cup held in the U.S., with the first one being held in Newark, Ohio, in 1981.

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Team USA Scores in Six of Seven Innings, Tops Australia in Exhibition Finale

U.S. plates multiple runs in five different innings en route to 20-0 victory
September 6, 2022
Box Score | Plays | Cumulative Stats
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Team USA 5 2 1 2 7 3 0 20 16 0
Australia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 4

Box Score | Plays | Cumulative Stats

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Team USA scored in six of seven innings en route to a 20-0 win over Australia in its final exhibition game on Tuesday afternoon at the Lee County Sports Complex in Fort Myers, Florida.

It was the last of three exhibition games as the U.S. prepares for the XXX World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup, which begins on September 9 in Bradenton and Sarasota, Florida.

The stars and stripes scored multiple runs in five of their seven turns at-bat, including a five-run first and a seven-run fifth. After the U.S. took advantage of walks and wild pitches to take a 3-0 lead, Aidan Miller (Trinity, Fla.) socked a two-run homer to cap the five-run first. Then, following Team USA putting up five runs over the next three innings, Kevin McGonigle’s (Aldan, Pa.) two-run homer highlighted a seven-run fifth frame in which the U.S. collected six hits. Colt Emerson (Cambridge, Ohio), RJ Hamilton (Hoover, Ala.), and Miller also had run-scoring knocks in the fifth.

Miller led the U.S. at the plate with a 3-for-5 performance and five RBIs, with four of them coming on the home run in the first and the double in the fifth. McGonigle also had three hits and a pair of RBIs, adding three runs scored. Additionally, Emerson, Hamilton, and Mitchell all picked up two hits in the win. The U.S. had six players score multiple runs, including five who touched home three times.

Matthew Dallas (Arlington, Tenn.) was dominant in his start for the U.S., turning in four scoreless innings. The southpaw struck out seven batters, scattering five baserunners – who reached on three hits and two walks – and escaping a bases-loaded jam in the fourth to wrap up his day. Alex Clemmey (Middletown, R.I.) worked two hitless innings and struck out four before Bryce Eldridge (Vienna, Va.) closed the door on the victory with a scoreless seventh.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Blake Mitchell had a bases-loaded walk, Jake Brown scored on a wild pitch, and Gavin Grahovac produced an RBI groundout to put the U.S. in front by three in the first.
  • Aidan Miller capped Team USA’s first-inning onslaught with a two-run homer into the trees in left-center field, making it a 5-0 advantage.
  • The stars and stripes scored twice more in the second inning on a sacrifice fly by Stone Russell and heads-up baserunning by Kevin McGonigle to grow the lead to 7-0.
  • Pinch-running for Blake Mitchell in the third, RJ Hamilton stole both second and third before scoring on a throwing error to make the score 8-0 in favor of the U.S.
  • Kevin McGonigle led off the bottom of the fourth with a double and scored on Colt Emerson’s RBI bunt single before Aidan Miller smoked an RBI single to put the U.S. up by 10.
  • After RJ Hamilton hit an RBI single and scored on a wild pitch to go up 12, Kevin McGonigle unloaded on a 3-0 pitch for a two-run homer as the Team USA lead became 14-0 in the fifth.
  • Stone Russell and Colt Emerson picked up back-to-back hits in the fifth to extend the lead and Aidan Miller doubled to plate two more as the U.S. went up 17-0.
  • The red, white, and blue scored three more times in the sixth when Jake Brown (Sulphur, La.) hit a single that plated two runs before he scored on an error to put up the 20th and final run of the day.

OF NOTE

  • Team USA had 16 hits in the win, with nine players picking up at least one knock.
  • Five different U.S. players scored three runs in the victory: Jake BrownMax ClarkColt EmersonRJ Hamilton, and Kevin McGonigle.
  • RJ Hamilton stole three more bases to finish the exhibition slate a perfect 6-for-6. The stars and stripes went 13-for-14 swiping bases in the three games.
  • Bryce Eldridge and RJ Hamilton both batted .667 (4-for-6) to lead the U.S. in exhibition play. Eldridge also led the team in RBIs with six.
  • Overall, Team USA batted .402 (37-for-92) over the three exhibition games. The team collected 12 extra-base hits, including three homers, and outscored opponents 45-7.
  • With the win, the stars and stripes wrap up their exhibition slate with an unbeaten 3-0 record.

ON DECK

Team USA kicks off XXX WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup play on Friday, September 9, against the Netherlands. First pitch is set for 7:00 p.m. ET at LECOM Park in Bradenton, Florida.

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GAMEDAY: 18U National Team Plays Australia in Final Exhibition Game

Final of three exhibition games set for 11:00 a.m. first pitch in Fort Myers
September 6, 2022
LIVE STATS BRADENTON, Fla. – The 18U National Team will conclude exhibition action on Tuesday morning against Australia. First pitch is set for 11:00 a.m. ET from the Lee County Sports Complex in Fort Myers, Florida. It will be the final of three exhibition games as Team USA gears up

LIVE STATS

BRADENTON, Fla. – The 18U National Team will conclude exhibition action on Tuesday morning against Australia. First pitch is set for 11:00 a.m. ET from the Lee County Sports Complex in Fort Myers, Florida.

It will be the final of three exhibition games as Team USA gears up for the XXX World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup from September 9-18 in Bradenton and Sarasota, Florida.

LAST TIME OUT

The U.S. beat Chinese Taipei, 6-5, on Monday afternoon to remain unbeaten in exhibition play. The U.S. scored six runs in the first two innings and was able to hold off a late push by Chinese Taipei to win the game, escaping multiple jams in the late innings. Blake Mitchell provided two big hits early, driving in runs with hits in both the first and second innings. Bryce Eldridge and Camden Kozeal also drove in runs, and Aidan Miller scored twice.

Christian Rodriguez started for the U.S. on the mound in Monday's win, allowing two hits and an unearned run over two innings. Cameron Johnson threw two dominant innings, allowing just one baserunner with two strikeouts in two innings. Adam Hachman turned in two innings and Blake Dickerson earned the save.

STAT LEADERS

Batting average (min. 4 AB): Camden Kozeal (.750)

Hits: Bryce Eldridge (4)

RBI: Bryce Eldridge (5)

Runs: RJ Hamilton (5)

Strikeouts: Stone Russell (5)

Innings pitched: Jake Brown (3.0)

INSIDE THE ROSTER

The 20-man 18U National Team roster features four players who have previously suited up for the stars and stripes. Aidan Miller is making his third appearance on a national team roster after playing for the 12U National Team in 2016 and winning a gold medal with the 15U National Team in 2019. Colt Emerson and Gavin Grahovac reunite after winning the 2017 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup together, and Blake Mitchell returns to the 18U National Team after competing for the squad in a friendship series against Canada in 2021.

The roster features 19 players who competed in the 2022 Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP) League. The PDP League, which was held from June 29-July 6 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, serves as the primary identification event for the 18U National Team, is an invitation-based development and assessment opportunity for high school players eligible for the following year’s MLB Draft.

Nine players on this year’s squad have previously participated in a USA Baseball National Team Development Program. Dylan Cupp and Miller participated at the 2018 14U NTDP, while Emerson and Grahovac both played at the 2019 14U NTDP. That duo also competed at the 2021 16U/17U NTDP, along with Max Clark, Cupp, Bryce Eldridge, Emerson, Grahovac, Adam Hachman, Miller, Mitchell, and Christian Rodriguez.

MEET THE COACHES

The 2022 18U National Team will be managed by Denny Hocking, who brings 13 years of major league playing experience to the role. After spending 11 seasons with the Minnesota Twins and a season with both the Colorado Rockies and Kansas City Royals, Hocking has spent time as an analyst and a coach in the professional ranks. In addition, he was a manager at the 2021 PDP League and 18U National Team Trials. Hocking will be joined on staff by pitching coach Adam Moseley and assistants Roberto Vaz and Jack Wilson.

WORLD CUP BOUND

Team USA will compete at the XXX WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup from September 9-18 in Bradenton and Sarasota, Florida. The squad is in Group A for pool play, along with Brazil, Canada, Korea, the Netherlands, and South Africa. The U.S. plays its first game at 7:00 p.m. ET on September 9 against the Netherlands at LECOM Park in Bradenton, Florida. Tickets are available here.

CHASING GOLD

The 18U National Team won eight consecutive international tournament titles from 2011-2018, including winning four straight WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cups in 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2017. Currently the U.S. and Cuba are the only two countries to win four consecutive world championship titles at the U-18 level. In total, the program has won eight world championships. The U.S. most recently earned a silver medal at the 2019 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in Gijang, South Korea.

ON HOME SOIL

The XXX WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup will be the first tournament held in the United States since 1995, when the event took place in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Overall, it will be the sixth U-18 Baseball World Cup held in the U.S., with the first one being held in Newark, Ohio, in 1981.

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GAMEDAY: 18U National Team Continues Exhibition Slate Against Chinese Taipei

First of three exhibition games set for 2:00 p.m. first pitch in Bradenton
September 5, 2022
LIVE STATS BRADENTON, Fla. – The 18U National Team will return to action on Monday afternoon for an exhibition game against Chinese Taipei. First pitch is set for 2:00 p.m. ET from the Lee County Sports Complex in Fort Myers, Florida. It will be the second of three exhibition games

LIVE STATS

BRADENTON, Fla. – The 18U National Team will return to action on Monday afternoon for an exhibition game against Chinese Taipei. First pitch is set for 2:00 p.m. ET from the Lee County Sports Complex in Fort Myers, Florida.

It will be the second of three exhibition games as Team USA gears up for the XXX World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup from September 9-18 in Bradenton and Sarasota, Florida.

LAST TIME OUT

Sunday marked the first time Team USA took the field together, as the team beat Canada, 19-2, in exhibition action. The U.S. scored six runs in the second inning and seven more in the fifth to pull away in the win, notching 15 hits as a team. Bryce Eldridge had three hits to pace the U.S., also driving in five runs. Eldridge hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning to put the finishing touches on the win. Dylan Cupp, Colt Emerson, RJ Hamilton, and Stone Russell all added multi-hit games in the victory.

Jake Brown, Russell, and Cameron Tilly pitched for Team USA in the exhibition win. Brown started and pitched three innings of one-run ball before Tilly followed with two innings of his own. Russell struck out five over the final two innings to seal the win.

STAT LEADERS

Batting average: Bryce Eldridge, Stone Russell (1.000)

Hits: Bryce Eldridge (3)

HR: Bryce Eldridge (3)

RBI: Bryce Eldridge (3)

Runs: RJ Hamilton (4)

Strikeouts: Stone Russell (5)

Innings pitched: Jake Brown (3.0)

INSIDE THE ROSTER

The 20-man 18U National Team roster features four players who have previously suited up for the stars and stripes. Aidan Miller is making his third appearance on a national team roster after playing for the 12U National Team in 2016 and winning a gold medal with the 15U National Team in 2019. Colt Emerson and Gavin Grahovac reunite after winning the 2017 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup together, and Blake Mitchell returns to the 18U National Team after competing for the squad in a friendship series against Canada in 2021.

The roster features 19 players who competed in the 2022 Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP) League. The PDP League, which was held from June 29-July 6 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, serves as the primary identification event for the 18U National Team, is an invitation-based development and assessment opportunity for high school players eligible for the following year’s MLB Draft.

Nine players on this year’s squad have previously participated in a USA Baseball National Team Development Program. Dylan Cupp and Miller participated at the 2018 14U NTDP, while Emerson and Grahovac both played at the 2019 14U NTDP. That duo also competed at the 2021 16U/17U NTDP, along with Max Clark, Cupp, Bryce Eldridge, Emerson, Grahovac, Adam Hachman, Miller, Mitchell, and Christian Rodriguez.

MEET THE COACHES

The 2022 18U National Team will be managed by Denny Hocking, who brings 13 years of major league playing experience to the role. After spending 11 seasons with the Minnesota Twins and a season with both the Colorado Rockies and Kansas City Royals, Hocking has spent time as an analyst and a coach in the professional ranks. In addition, he was a manager at the 2021 PDP League and 18U National Team Trials. Hocking will be joined on staff by pitching coach Adam Moseley and assistants Roberto Vaz and Jack Wilson.

WORLD CUP BOUND

Team USA will compete at the XXX WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup from September 9-18 in Bradenton and Sarasota, Florida. The squad is in Group A for pool play, along with Brazil, Canada, Korea, the Netherlands, and South Africa. The U.S. plays its first game at 7:00 p.m. ET on September 9 against the Netherlands at LECOM Park in Bradenton, Florida. Tickets are available here.

CHASING GOLD

The 18U National Team won eight consecutive international tournament titles from 2011-2018, including winning four straight WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cups in 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2017. Currently the U.S. and Cuba are the only two countries to win four consecutive world championship titles at the U-18 level. In total, the program has won eight world championships. The U.S. most recently earned a silver medal at the 2019 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in Gijang, South Korea.

ON HOME SOIL

The XXX WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup will be the first tournament held in the United States since 1995, when the event took place in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Overall, it will be the sixth U-18 Baseball World Cup held in the U.S., with the first one being held in Newark, Ohio, in 1981.

SOCIAL MEDIA

To follow along with all the action with the 18U National Team, be sure to follow @USABaseball18U on Twitter and @USABaseball on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter.

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Back-To-Back World Champions: Team USA Wins Gold at WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup

U.S. defeats Cuba 4-3 to defend 2018 title
September 5, 2022
Box Score | PxP | Cumulative Stats HERMOSILLO, Mexico. – The USA Baseball 15U National Team will return to the U.S. as World Champions after defeating Cuba, 4-3 in the final game of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup on Sunday at Estadio Sonora in Hermosillo,
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Cuba 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 3 6 0
USA 1 1 1 0 1 0 X 4 6 0

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HERMOSILLO, Mexico. – The USA Baseball 15U National Team will return to the U.S. as World Champions after defeating Cuba, 4-3 in the final game of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup on Sunday at Estadio Sonora in Hermosillo, Mexico.
  This marks the second championship for the 15U team overall and it is the third time it has competed in the gold medal game. Including results of the past U-16 Baseball World Cups, the 2022-win marks the seventh world title in this age bracket

Team USA (8-1) defeated Cuba the night before by 10 runs to secure a spot in the gold medal game, but the rematch proved to be vastly different.
  Chase Bentley (Granite Bay, Calif.) got the start for the U.S. and came out strong, striking out two of the first three batters to start the game before forcing Cuba’s clean-up hitter to fly out.

In the bottom half of the frame, Team USA jumped on the scoreboard early. Andrew Costello (Fairview, Pa.) drew a five-pitch walk then proceeded to reach third thanks to a passed ball and wild pitch in the next sequence, allowing Brady Ebel (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) to drive him home by putting a ball on the right side of the field.

In the bottom of the second, Brady Murrietta (Yorba Linda, Calif.) launched the stars and stripes’ eighth home run of the World Cup (Cuba was the only other team to hit a home run during the tournament, recording one) over the left field wall to take a 2-0 lead.

Cuba responded in the top of the third inning by using a single, sacrifice bunt, and two doubles to score three runs and knock Bentley out of the game. Zane Burns (Chandler, Ariz.) entered took the mound with two on and one out and was able to halt Cuba’s rally, keeping the deficit at 3-2.

Team USA didn’t stay down long. James Tronstein (Los Angeles, Calif.) singled to center field, Coy James (Advance, N.C.) followed with a single of his own, and Costello moved Tronstein to third by reaching on a fielder’s choice. Ebel stepped up to the plate for another RBI opportunity and delivered with a single through the right side to score Tronstein and tie the game.

The game stayed tied heading into the bottom of the fifth thanks to some strong pitching from Burns. As they did two innings earlier, Tronstein and James both reached safely to start the inning and Costello moved them over, this time with a sacrifice bunt. Ebel was intentionally walked to load the bases for Ethan Holliday (Stillwater, Okla.) who proceeded to put Team USA back in the driver’s seat, plating Tronstein via fielder’s choice.

Down to their last at-bats, Cuba made Team USA work for the gold medal. Burns struck out the first batter but shortly after the bases were loaded via single and two walks. Ryan Harwood (Chandler, Ariz.) who was dominate the night before, entered the game with the crowd cheering franticly for Cuba. Harwood struck out the first batter in four pitches to bring Cuba’s last hope to the plate. Harwood fired a strike, a ball, and induced a swinging strike before he fired a ball past the Cuban bat to end the game and begin the championship celebration.
  Bentley had a strong start to the game, going 2.1 innings, striking out four while allowing four hits, and three runs. Burns earned the win by picking up his teammate with 4.0 innings of two-hit baseball and five strikeouts. Harwood came in to secure the final two outs and he did just that with two swinging strikeouts.

Cuba’s Daniel Reyes Nunez was handed the loss after 2.0 innings of work in which he allowed two hits and one earned run.
  Offensively, Team USA recorded six hits from five different players with Tronstein collecting the other in a 2-for-2 effort with two runs scored. Ebel, Holliday, and Murrietta recorded RBIs for the U.S. and John Short (Anaheim, Calif.) had a triple for the other extra-base hit aside from Murrietta’s home run.

Team USA placed three on the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup All World-Team and collected four individual awards.

James was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament with a .480 batting average, two home runs, eight RBIs, and 15 runs scored. James also was named All-World center fielder and took home the award for most home runs (tied with Costello) and most runs scored (15).

Costello and Holliday each earned All-World honors at designated hitter and shortstop, respectively. Costello hit .462 in the tournament with 12 hits, 12 runs scored, four doubles, a triple, two home runs, and 9 RBIs. Holliday earned the award for most RBIs with 11, recording at least one in every game played, to go along with a .407 batting average, 11 hits, seven runs, and three doubles.

Alex Harrington (San Diego, Calif.) rounded out Team USA’s honors by taking home the individual award for most stolen bases with eight thanks in-part to two games with multiple swiped bags.
  Team USA Awards

MVP: Coy James
Most Runs Batted In: Ethan Holliday
Most Home Runs: Coy James
Most Stolen Bases: Alex Harrington
Most Runs Scored: Coy James

WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup All-World Team
SP: Yao-Yun Chang (Chinese Taipei)
RP: Daniel Reyes (Cuba)
C: Yadier Ruiz (Cuba)
1B: Kanta Kanemoto (Japan)
2B: Tien-Szu Huang (Japan)
3B: Alejandro Cruz (Cuba)
SS: Ethan Holliday (USA)
*OF: Isaac Carrasquillo (Puerto Rico)
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OF: Coy James (USA)

OF: Juan Caballero (Panama)
DH: Andrew Costello (USA)

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