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USA Baseball Reveals 2022 National High School Invitational Field

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

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

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

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

The 2022 NHSI Field

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The complete list of 2022 NHSI participants is as follows:

High School (City, State)

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

For more information on the NHSI, follow @USABEvents on Twitter and @USABaseball on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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Bag Tags, Inc. Named Official USA Baseball Credential Supplier

The multi-year relationship makes Bag Tags, Inc. the official provider of credentials, luggage tags, and lanyards for the organization.
May 16, 2022
CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball and USA Baseball Sports Properties within LEARFIELD today announced an exclusive multi-year relationship with Bag Tags, Inc. to become the Official Credential Supplier for the organization. Through this relationship, Bag Tags, Inc. will supply event credentials, luggage tags, and lanyards for all USA Baseball sanctioned

CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball and USA Baseball Sports Properties within LEARFIELD today announced an exclusive multi-year relationship with Bag Tags, Inc. to become the Official Credential Supplier for the organization. Through this relationship, Bag Tags, Inc. will supply event credentials, luggage tags, and lanyards for all USA Baseball sanctioned events and national team programs.

"USA Baseball is happy to announce Bag Tags, Inc. as the Official Credential Supplier for our events and national team programs,” said USA Baseball Chief Operating Officer David Perkins. “Ever since we introduced Bag Tags credentials, event passes, and luggage tags into the organization, we have been impressed with the overall quality of their products and the attentiveness of their services. We are thrilled to continue working with the leader in the field of event credentials.”

“Bag Tags, Inc. is thrilled to be selected as the steward for the event credentials, custom luggage tags and custom lanyards for USA Baseball. We are committed to servicing USA Baseball with the products that make their events more secure, distinct, and memorable,” said Tom Doyle, Managing Director for Bag Tags, Inc.

Launched in 2020, USA Baseball Sports Properties within LEARFIELD is dedicated to representing USA Baseball by developing and managing sponsor relationships with brands looking to align with USA Baseball and its events and programming.

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Michael Cuddyer, USA Baseball to Host Homegrown Clinic

Clinic to be held at Great Bridge High School on Sunday, May 15
May 13, 2022
CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today announced that former MLB All-Star and two-time Team USA alum Michael Cuddyer will host a Homegrown Clinic at Great Bridge High School in Chesapeake, Virginia, on Sunday, May 15. Supported by the Southern Chesapeake Athletic Association (SCAA), the Homegrown Clinic is a free event

CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today announced that former MLB All-Star and two-time Team USA alum Michael Cuddyer will host a Homegrown Clinic at Great Bridge High School in Chesapeake, Virginia, on Sunday, May 15.

Supported by the Southern Chesapeake Athletic Association (SCAA), the Homegrown Clinic is a free event that will host 120 kids aged 5-12 from the greater Chesapeake area.

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

During the event, participants will go through various stations including baserunning, catching/throwing, fielding, and hitting. Additionally, they will play in a modified scrimmage with Cuddyer serving as the designated pitcher. Every child who attends will also receive a t-shirt and a poster commemorating the event.

Cuddyer offers a wealth of baseball experience as both a player and coach on the youth and professional levels. Prior to playing 15 seasons in the major leagues, Cuddyer spent two summers with the 18U National Team, donning the stars and stripes in 1996 and 1997. In his first summer with Team USA, Cuddyer played at the International Baseball Association (IBA) “AAA” World Championships and helped the U.S. earn a bronze medal as an infielder. Cuddyer and Team USA returned to the tournament again the following year where he led the team with three home runs en route to capturing another bronze medal in 1997.

Cuddyer was drafted by the Minnesota Twins with the ninth overall pick of the 1997 MLB Draft. He made his big-league debut with the Twins in 2001 and was a staple in the middle of their lineup over the following 11 seasons, becoming the team’s everyday right fielder in 2006 when he hit 24 home runs with 109 RBIs. Cuddyer received MVP votes following the 2010 season and was named to his first All-Star team in 2011, his final season with the Twins. He then spent three seasons with the Colorado Rockies, including another All-Star season in 2013 when he won the National League batting title with a .331 average and a career-high 162 hits. He played the final season of his career with the New York Mets in 2015, appearing in 117 games en route to winning the National League pennant. Overall, Cuddyer owns a career .277 batting average with 197 home runs and 794 RBIs, also winning a Silver Slugger award in 2013.

Since retirement, Cuddyer has stayed involved with baseball in both coaching and development. He made his USA Baseball coaching debut in 2021, serving as an assistant coach for the 2021 18U National Team. Cuddyer helped lead the stars and stripes to a 5-1-1 record in a friendship series against Canada, where the U.S. hit eight homers and outscored Team Canada, 60-11. Cuddyer was also the hitting coordinator at the 2021 Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP) League in 2021. Additionally, Cuddyer contributes a weekly online video series called “Cuddyer’s Corner” for the USA Baseball Develops blog, covering topics surrounding the game to help young athletes grow both on and off the field.

The Homegrown Clinic is one of many free developmental offerings by USA Baseball and continues the organization’s outreach to youth in the United States. For more information, please visit USABDevelops.com.

Members of the media are invited to attend. To RSVP for the event, members of the media may fill out a credential application here.

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Troy Gerlach Added to 12U National Team Coaching Staff

Gerlach will replace Erik Johnson as an assistant coach in 2022
May 10, 2022
CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today announced the addition of Troy Gerlach to the 2022 12U National Team coaching staff as an assistant coach, replacing Erik Johnson. Team USA will compete for the 12U National Team program’s fourth world championship at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World

CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today announced the addition of Troy Gerlach to the 2022 12U National Team coaching staff as an assistant coach, replacing Erik Johnson. Team USA will compete for the 12U National Team program’s fourth world championship at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup 2022 in Tainan, Taiwan, from July 29-August 7.

 “As sad as I am that Erik will not be able to be on staff this year, I am equally excited that Troy agreed to join us,” said 2022 12U National Team Manager RJ Farrell. “He brings years of experience as a coach and evaluator at the international level. I know his past experiences will be a huge benefit to the team this summer.”

Gerlach returns to a national team staff for the first time since he was an assistant coach for the 2018 15U National Team, where he helped lead Team USA to its first-ever world championship title at the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup. The U.S. went 8-1 in the tournament, batting a collective .323 (88-for-220) and scoring a tournament-best 88 runs. In addition, Gerlach has also served on the 14U National Team Development Program (NTDP) staff in 2016, 2017, and 2019, as well as on the USA Baseball Task Force at the National Team Championships and National Team Identification Series since 2012. Most recently, Gerlach served as an assistant coach at the 2021 Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP) League and was a member of the 2021 12U National Team Trials coaching staff.

Gerlach was named the head coach of Chaparral High School (Scottsdale, Ariz.) in 2019 following a seven-year stint as the head coach at Arcadia High School (Phoenix, Ariz.), where he led the Titans to a 110-84 record and four Arizona Interscholastic Association Baseball State Tournament appearances. Prior to his time at Arcadia, Gerlach was an assistant coach at Paradise Valley Community College and helped the Pumas reach the Junior College World Series in 2010.

12U National Team Trials will take place in Cary, North Carolina, from June 27-July 1. Players will participate in comprehensive testing, games, and workouts to compete for one of the final 18 roster spots on the 2022 12U National Team, which will compete at the WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup in Tainan, Taiwan, from July 29-August 7.

Farrell will lead the 12U National Team as manager for the second consecutive summer after leading Team USA in a domestic exhibition series in 2021. Farrell and Gerlach will be joined on staff in 2022 by pitching coach Seth Kenny and assistant coach Tanner Vesely.

The final 2022 12U National Team schedule will be announced at a later date. 

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

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Canada and USA to Participate in Women's Baseball Friendship Series

The five-game series is set to take place from July 28-August 1 in Thunder Bay, Ontario
May 9, 2022
The following release is sent jointly with Baseball Canada.

The following release is sent jointly with Baseball Canada.

OTTAWA – Baseball Canada and USA Baseball announced today plans for a five-game Women’s Baseball Friendship Series set to take place from July 28 – August 1 in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

The series will mark the first time that both nations have played in international competition since the COPABE Women's Pan-American Championships in 2019.

“We’re fortunate to partner with the Thunder Bay International Baseball Association and USA Baseball to put this event together,” said Baseball Canada CEO Jason Dickson. “Fans in Thunder Bay can expect a highly entertaining series between two nations that always compete hard against one another.

“The chance to represent your country on home soil is a special opportunity that we’re excited to provide our athletes later this year.”

“We are thrilled to continue our strong relationship with Canada through an international friendship series this summer,” said USA Baseball Assistant Director of Baseball Operations Ann Claire Roberson. “Our two programs have a storied history of respect, camaraderie, and outstanding competition and we cannot wait to add another chapter to that in 2022. We are looking forward to an incredible experience for our athletes in Thunder Bay and representing the U.S. on international soil once again.”

Thunder Bay has a rich history of hosting international baseball events including the 2010 and 2017 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cups along with the “Warm Up to the Worlds” U-18 series in 2008.

“We are excited to welcome the Canadian and American Women’s National Teams to Thunder Bay this summer,” added Thunder Bay Mayor Bill Mauro. “Thunder Bay has a passion for baseball and the Canada/U.S. Friendship Series promises to be an exciting event. We look forward to continuing our tradition of hosting high level baseball events.”

A schedule for the five-game series and additional event detail will be announced at a later date.

Stay up-to-date with Baseball Canada’s and USA Baseball’s Women’s National Team programs by following @BaseballCANWNT and @USABaseballWNT on Twitter.

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Nine-Time Team USA Alum Anna Kimbrell to Play at 2022 Australian Women's Baseball Showcase

April 29, 2022
Seven international stars will join Australia’s top talent at the 2022 Australian Women’s Baseball Showcase in Geelong next month. Three players from Canada and Japan along with one from the US will be drafted onto the three Showcase rosters under an initiative supported by the World Baseball Softball Confederation and

Seven international stars will join Australia’s top talent at the 2022 Australian Women’s Baseball Showcase in Geelong next month.

Three players from Canada and Japan along with one from the US will be drafted onto the three Showcase rosters under an initiative supported by the World Baseball Softball Confederation and Baseball Canada, Baseball Federation of Japan and USA Baseball.

WBSC will also broadcast the games internationally under the partnership.

Baseball Australia chief executive Glenn Williams said it was an exciting opportunity to build on the 2021 showcase and further engage a global audience.

“The support of the WBSC and the federations in Canada, Japan and USA is great for the Australian Women’s Showcase,” he said.

“Not only will the event provide a platform for Australia’s best to show what they can do, adding some of the best female players in the world to event will add an exciting element.

“Our national Women’s team, the Emeralds, have been starved of international competition just like everyone else so to have the chance to play alongside and compete against star international players in their own backyard will be a great opportunity.

Three-time WBSC Women’s Baseball World Cup most valuable player Ayami Sato headlines the international roster additions.

Sato is a five-time World Cup winner and holds several records in the Japan Women’s Baseball League, including most career complete games and most strikeouts and complete games in a season.

Pitcher Mizuki Bando and Catcher Yukina Izumi will also join Showcase rosters.

Pitcher-outfielder Claire Eccles, pitcher-infielder Allison Schroder and infielder Alexane Fournier from Canada will also be added.

Experienced Team USA utility Anna Kimbrell rounds out the international talent headed to Geelong.

Adelaide Giants, Brisbane Bandits and Victoria Aces will square off in the seven- game showcase series from May 5-8.

Each team will play four opening round games with the top-two teams to face off in the May 8 grand final.

The showcase is supported by the Victorian Government through its Significant Sporting Events Program.

City of Greater Geelong is also supporting the event through its community events grants.

The showcase is another step towards the launch of a professional women’s baseball league in Australia.

Tax-deductible donations towards a women’s league can be made at aleagueofherown.com.au.

Travel packages are available through Baseball Australia’s official travel SportsLink Travel.

Head here for more information on packages and what Geelong and the Bellarine have to offer.

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GSA Spotlight: Davidson's Nolan DeVos

April 22, 2022
Years before he was the dominant staff ace for the best team in the Atlantic 10 Conference, Nolan DeVos was a standout performer at Hickory Ridge High School outside Charlotte, racking up strikeouts despite modest stuff. Now listed at 6-foot, 185 pounds, DeVos’ body never screamed “projection,” but Davidson’s coaching

Years before he was the dominant staff ace for the best team in the Atlantic 10 Conference, Nolan DeVos was a standout performer at Hickory Ridge High School outside Charlotte, racking up strikeouts despite modest stuff. Now listed at 6-foot, 185 pounds, DeVos’ body never screamed “projection,” but Davidson’s coaching staff loved his pitchability and competitiveness, and they took a shot on the local product despite his below-average velocity.

“He was a guy in high school that was an 84-86 mph guy who could really pitch and locate. You’d watch him pitch and say, ‘Man, I know the ball’s doing something, not sure what it is exactly,” Davidson head coach Rucker Taylor said. “I think we were the only Division I offer; he’s a guy that kind of took a jump his senior year of high school. When he committed, he called and said, ‘Coach, can I drive up?’ This was early in the spring of his senior year, he wanted to drive up with his mother and brother and commit in person: ’Thank you for the opportunity, I want to commit.’ So that’s a little insight into, there’s something a little different here to the character, the family component, the makeup.”

DeVos went on to post strikeout numbers as a high school senior that Taylor aptly described as “astronomical,” leading all North Carolina 4A pitchers with 112 Ks, including a school-record 19 in one outing. He finished his prep career with 183 strikeouts in 115.1 innings along with a 2.37 ERA — and those numbers turned out to be a harbinger of things to come.

DeVos spent his first two years thriving in the Davidson bullpen, posting a 2.61 ERA and two saves in the pandemic-shortened 2020 campaign and a 1.48 ERA with eight saves and 39 strikeouts in 30.1 innings in 2021. His velocity had already spiked into the low-90s by the start of last season, and as the spring progressed he started flashing some 94s, then some 95s and even 96s. Taylor got reports that he even bumped 97 in the Coastal Plain League last summer.

“He got bigger and stronger when he got here,” Taylor said. “Parker Bangs, our pitching coach, has cleaned up some things mechanically to be a little more efficient, help the breaking ball play. It was fine for high school, but when he got here, especially his freshman fall, it didn’t do a whole lot. He was an 86-87 mph fastball guy who had a little bit of success, but he was kind of a one-pitch guy, and that trick’s not gonna last very long. So the breaking ball has gotten better from him working at it, and the velo has just kept trending up, trending up, trending up. And he’s still got that feel for pitching, that’s maybe a little different than that high school guy who is 91-93 as a 16-year-old who just threw it by guys. He had to pitch a little bit. Once the velo came, that’s allowed him to do some things that are pretty cool.”

It’s fair to say that what DeVos is doing in his third year at Davidson is pretty cool indeed. He has made a seamless transition from the back of the bullpen into the Friday starter role, going 5-1, 2.22 with a whopping 75 strikeouts against just 13 walks in 52.2 innings, earning him a spot on the Golden Spikes Award Midseason Watch List.

“For the most part he’s working quick, he’s in the zone a lot, he’s not walking guys, it’s just kind of attack mentality,” Taylor said. “That’s something, we didn’t know how he would transition from the pen but he’s done it this year and he’s been able to go deeper in games than maybe we anticipated originally because he’s been efficient. The slider, when it’s good, it’s above-average, it works for college. Some of the area guys around here have thrown out that it’s a borderline plus pitch for them at times when it’s good. Now that he’s starting, the fastball velo will sit 90-91, he’s touched some 3s and 4s this year, but it’s not quite the same fastball as it was out of the pen. But he’s been able to hold it for six, seven innings and he’s had really good results with it, so we’ll take it.”

DeVos’ fastball also plays above its velocity because “it has rise, ride, whatever term you want to use — it has high spin and efficient spin,” Taylor said. He can pitch at the top of the zone with his heater, but he can also spot up to both sides of the plate, a skill surely developed in high school when he couldn’t just overpower hitters with velo. Taylor said DeVos has also developed a pretty good changeup that he’ll use four or five times per game, mostly with good results.

And DeVos’ contributions go well beyond the numbers.

“I was in school at Vanderbilt with David Price, and when he wasn’t pitching, he was the loudest guy out there. Nolan is like that too — when it’s not his turn to pitch, he is the loudest guy in the dugout,” Taylor said. “He really cares about the other guys. When it’s not game day, he’s a very personable kid, a very likable person. He just kind of bubbles and bounces around, brings some good energy to the pitching staff and the whole team. We’ve had a couple midweeks where we’ve been gone on a weekend, we’ll sometimes leave our weekend guys at home to let them rest, and you can definitely notice when he’s not in the dugout. He provides an extra spark, definitely an energy giver.”

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USA Baseball Names NHSI All-Tournament Team

Stoneman Douglas' Chris Arroyo named tournament MVP
April 10, 2022
CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today announced the All-Tournament Team for the 2022 National High School Invitational presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance. The event concluded on Saturday evening at the National Training Complex with Stoneman Douglas (Parkland, Fla.) lifting the trophy after a 5-3 victory over St. Johns

CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today announced the All-Tournament Team for the 2022 National High School Invitational presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance. The event concluded on Saturday evening at the National Training Complex with Stoneman Douglas (Parkland, Fla.) lifting the trophy after a 5-3 victory over St. Johns Country Day (Orange Park, Fla.).

It was the first NHSI title for the Eagles and the second-ever title for a team from the state of Florida (The First Academy; Orlando, Fla.; 2014). 2022 marked the first time both finalists hailed from the Sunshine State, breaking California’s streak of nine consecutive years of placing a team in the title game.

Stoneman Douglas’ Chris Arroyo was named tournament MVP. Arroyo was stellar on both sides of the ball, finishing the tournament with a .667 batting average, eight RBIs, and six runs scored, while also making two appearances on the mound. He pitched 5.0 innings of scoreless baseball, surrendering just two hits and striking out five. Arroyo picked up the save in the Eagles’ 5-3 championship-clinching victory.

Ten schools are represented on the All-Tournament Team, led by three Stoneman Douglas’ players and two from St. Johns Country Day. The complete list of all-tournament team selection are as follows: 

  • Roman Anthony (Stoneman Douglas)
  • Chris Arroyo (Stoneman Douglas) – MVP
  • Ben Barrett (The First Academy)
  • Jarrod Hocking (Servite)
  • Brad Hodges (St. Johns Country Day)
  • Seth Keller (Hanover)
  • Dallas Macias (Regis Jesuit)
  • Matthew Matthijs (D.H. Conley)
  • Mason Neville (Basic Academy)
  • Christian Rodriguez (Stoneman Douglas)
  • Louis Rodriguez (Orange Lutheran)
  • Luke Scherrer (Yucaipa)
  • Jordan Taylor (St. Johns Country Day)

Roman Anthony helped power Stoneman Douglas to the 2022 NHSI title and earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team with a .467 batting average and a tournament-high seven hits – including two in the championship game. He also tied for the tournament lead in stolen bases, going a perfect 4-for-4 on the base paths. While appearing in all four of the Eagles’ games during the event, Anthony also picked up two RBIs, scored two runs, and drew three walks to power a .556 on-base percentage for the week.

Chris Arroyo dominated at the plate and on the mound for 2022 NHSI champion Stoneman Douglas to not only garner a spot on the All-Tournament Team but also to earn MVP honors at the event. Arroyo got the start in the Eagles’ first game of the event and threw 3.2 scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and one walk while striking out four. At the plate, he helped power his team’s 15-0 defeat of DH Conley with an RBI single and a sacrifice fly while drawing a walk and scoring two runs. Arroyo also led the Stoneman Douglas offense in its come-from-behind victory over Yucaipa in the quarterfinals with two hits, three RBIs, and two runs scored before going 2-for-3 with another RBI in his squad’s 11-0 takedown of three-time NHSI champion Orange Lutheran. In the championship game, the lefty once again showed out on both sides of the ball. He finished 1-for-2 with a two-RBI single in the first inning to open the scoring before taking the mound to close out the 5-3 victory and earn the save. He tossed 1.1 innings of scoreless relief in which he allowed just one hit and one walk to secure Stoneman Douglas’ first NHSI championship. Arroyo was named MVP after leading the 2022 NHSI field in RBIs with eight and recording the event’s second-highest batting average (.667) and third highest on-base percentage (.667).

Ben Barrett netted his spot on the 2022 NHSI All-Tournament Team with strong performances at the plate and on the mound for The First Academy. On offense, he finished the event hitting .545 with six hits, two RBIs, three runs, and a stolen base while also tallying a .583 on-base percentage and a .545 slugging percentage. Barrett took the mound and tossed seven strong innings in The First Academy’s second game of the tournament, allowing just one run on five hits and one walk while recording nine punchouts against Hanover. His nine strikeouts were good for the third highest in the event. In The First Academy’s final game of the tournament, Barrett picked up two RBIs and three runs to power the team’s 13-8 victory over Huntington Beach.

With a tournament-high three doubles and the event’s fifth-best slugging percentage (.700), Jarrod Hocking earned his place on the 2022 NHSI All-Tournament Team. He finished the event with a .400 average and four hits while stealing three bases and tallying three runs scored for Servite. In the Friars’ final game of the tournament, Hocking’s two hits both went for extra bases as he finished 2-for-3 with two doubles and a run scored.

St. Johns Country Day’s Brad Hodges was impressive both on the mound and at the plate for the NHSI runners-up, batting .500 (6-for-12) with a homer and posting a 3.15 ERA. The southpaw got his tournament started in a big way against Servite, throwing 6.2 innings and allowing just three earned runs while striking out nine. He also added a hit and two RBIs in the win. Hodges continued to hit in the following game, going 4-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs in a quarterfinal win over Don Bosco. The two-way star had a hit and scored a run in the Spartans’ championship game loss to Stoneman Douglas, giving him a tournament-best 10 total bases.

Breaking an NHSI record with 16 strikeouts on the mound and posting tournament highs in batting average (.750), slugging percentage (.875), and on-base percentage, (.769), Hanover’s Seth Keller made his mark at the 2022 NHSI. Keller opened his tournament with a 2-for-2 game against Orange Lutheran, driving in a run and reaching on a walk. The senior followed that with one of the best performances in tournament history, as he struck out 16 batters over seven innings pitched against The First Academy. Keller also reached base three times in the game, picking up a pair of hits and a walk while driving in a run. He finished his tournament with a 2-for-3 game in Hanover’s NHSI finale against Yucaipa.

Dallas Macias was a hit-machine for Regis Jesuit during the NHSI, batting .500 (5-for-10) with four runs scored and three stolen bases. Macias was in the middle of most of the offensive output for the Raiders, reaching base at least twice in all three of their games. After starting the tournament with a 2-for-4 showing against Yucaipa, Macias went 1-for-2 with an RBI, a run scored, and a stolen base against Bishop Verot. The senior wrapped up tournament play in a big way, going 2-for-4 with three runs scored and a pair of stolen bases in a win over Don Bosco Prep.

Batting .500 (6-for-12) and finishing top two in total bases (8) while posting a 2.62 ERA with five strikeouts earned DH Conley’s Matthew Matthijs a spot on the All-Tournament Team. Matthijs went 1-for-2 in the tournament opener against eventual champion Stoneman Douglas before notching two hits, a run scored, and an RBI in a win over McQuaid Jesuit in his second game. The two-way star got it done on the mound and at the plate in DH Conley’s final game against Servite, throwing 5.1 innings and allowing just two runs on the mound while going 3-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI at the plate.

Basic Academy’s Mason Neville was a key offensive figure for the Wolves, batting .444 (4-for-9) with two runs scored and two stolen bases. Neville had a strong tournament opener, going 2-for-3 with an RBI and a stolen base to help the Wolves to an opening-round win over The First Academy. He followed that was another two-hit showing in the quarterfinals against Orange Lutheran, knocking two singles. In the tournament finale, Neville pitched a scoreless inning against Bishop Verot, notching a pair of strikeouts.

Christian Rodriguez finished the NHSI with a tournament-high seven runs scored and was in the top five in both batting average (.545) and on-base percentage (.643) to earn his spot on the All-Tournament Team. Rodriguez got a hit in all four games for Stoneman Douglas, highlighted by a 2-for-3, two-run, and two-RBI outing against three-time defending champion Orange Lutheran High School in the semifinals. He also posted multiple hits and RBIs in the opening round victory over DH Conley, finishing 2-for-2 with three runs scored and two RBIs. Rodriguez also finished the tournament a perfect 3-for-3 in stolen base attempts.

Louis Rodriguez was stellar on the mound in his lone outing during the 2022 NHSI, a 2-0 victory over Basic Academy in the quarterfinals. He pitched a complete-game shutout, striking out three and giving up no walks on 79 total pitches. The win vaulted the three-time defending champions into the NHSI semifinals and him onto the All-Tournament Team.

Finishing the NHSI with the third-highest slugging percentage (.778) and fourth-highest batting average (.556) earned Luke Scherrer a spot on the All-Tournament Team. He opened the tournament with a 2-for-4, three-RBI outing in a victory over Regis Jesuit, and followed it up by going 1-for-2 with a walk against eventual champion Stoneman Douglas. In Yucaipa’s finale against Hanover, Scherrer went 2-for-3 with a run scored, one RBI, and a double to end the tournament with a 13-4 victory.

St. Johns Country Day’s Jordan Taylor was named to the NHSI All-Tournament Team after finishing the event with a .385 batting average, five runs scored, and a tournament-leading (T-1) four stolen bases (4-for-4). He began the tournament with a 3-for-4 day against Servite, scoring two runs. Taylor scored another two runs, stole two bases, and tallied an RBI in the quarterfinal victory over Don Bosco Prep and went 1-for-3 with a run scored, a walk, and stolen base in the championship game.

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Consolation Action on the Final Day of 2022 NHSI Includes Extra Innings, Walkoffs, and More

April 10, 2022
BASIC ACADEMY 6, BISHOP VEROT 5 BOX SCORE GAME HIGHLIGHTS - After being hit by a pitch to kick off the bottom of the first, Ty Southisene came around to score on a groundout to open scoring in the contest and give Basic Academy a 1-0 lead. - Both offenses

BASIC ACADEMY 6, BISHOP VEROT 5

BOX SCORE

GAME HIGHLIGHTS

  • After being hit by a pitch to kick off the bottom of the first, Ty Southisene came around to score on a groundout to open scoring in the contest and give Basic Academy a 1-0 lead.
  • Both offenses were quiet through the second and third frames before Bishop Verot broke onto the scoreboard in the third, grabbing a 2-1 lead with an RBI single from Gavin Howe who then came around to score on an error.
  • Basic Academy reclaimed the advantage quickly though with a Chris Acosta two-RBI double and a Jesus Peraza RBI single that made it 4-2 in the bottom of the fourth.
  • Gavin Howe drew a walk to lead off the top of the sixth and stole second to get in scoring position for Preston Hall who dropped an RBI single into center before Josiah Velazquez and Maddix Simpson contributed their own RBI singles to give Bishop Verot its second lead of the game, 5-4.
  • Down to their final three outs, Basic Academy got a rally started right away with a leadoff walk to Jesus Peraza who came around to score on a Ty Southisene RBI single to tie the contest at 5-5.
  • The Wolves got the winning run 90 feet away and then took advantage of a Bishop Verot balk that allowed Ty Southisene to score and give Basic Academy the 6-5 walkoff victory.

NOTABLE INFORMATION

  • Tate Southisene paced the Basic Academy offense, finishing 3-for-3 with a run scored, while Chris Acosta (1-for-3) recorded two RBIs and a run scored in the win.
  • Maddix Simpson (2-for-4) collected Bishop Verot’s lone multi-hit game while also tallying an RBI.
  • Chase Ditmar (1-0) earned the win with his hitless, scoreless inning of relief in which he struck out two.
  • Kolton Curtis (0-1) was tagged with the loss after allowing two runs, including the game-winner, on two hits and two walks.
  • Basic Academy finishes the 2022 NHSI with a 2-1 record after the win.
  • The loss dropped Bishop Verot to 0-3 in this year’s tournament.

HUNTINGTON BEACH VS. THE FIRST ACADEMY

BOX SCORE

GAME HIGHLIGHTS

  • Huntington Beach opened the scoring in the top of the second inning when Jackson Brummett singled home Nathaniel Cox with two outs in the frame to give the Oilers an early 1-0 edge.
  • With the bases loaded in the top of the third, Ethan Porter hit a two-run single to left-center field which extended to Oilers lead to 3-0.
  • The First Academy responded in the bottom half of the third, putting together a five-run inning. The Royals scored all five runs without notching a hit in the inning, as they drew six walks and used good baserunning to take a two-run lead.
  • Huntington Beach answered with two runs of its own in the top of the fourth to tie the game at five. Bradley Navarro singled through the left side to score Nicholas Dumesnil, and Ralphy Velazquez hit a sacrifice fly to make it even.
  • The Royals’ offense exploded in the fifth to bust the game open and put it out of reach. The first run came on an RBI groundout by Dewon Brazelton, which plated Ben Barrett. Nathan Seeber followed with an RBI single to score Will Dizney, and then Seeber and Jaden Bastian both touched home to extend The First Academy’s lead to 9-5.
  • Trent Kelly, Tyler Rondon, and Barrett all scored on wild pitches later in the fifth inning, handing the Royals an eight-run lead.
  • Huntington Beach did not stop battling in its half of the sixth inning. Brian Trujillo got the Oilers back on the board with an RBI single and Bradley Navarro scored on a wild pitch to trim the Royals’ advantage to six.
  • The Oilers continued to hit in the top of the seventh, starting with Colby Turner’s leadoff double. Turner later scored on a sacrifice fly to make it 13-8, which would end up being the final score.

NOTABLE INFORMATION

  • The game was a matchup between two former NHSI champions, as The First Academy won in 2014 and Huntington Beach earned the title in 2015.
  • Brummett was the only player from either side to have multiple hits in the game. The catcher was 2-for-2 at the plate.
  • Brazelton got the win for The First Academy, pitching 5.1 innings for the Royals. He scattered eight hits and allowed five earned runs, but was able to limit the damage several times throughout the game.
  • With the result, The First Academy finishes the NHSI with a 1-2 record and is now 6-5 all-time in the event.
  • Huntington Beach went 2-2 in the 2022, and is now 14-4 all-time at the NHSI.

HAMILTON 10, BUFORD 7

BOX SCORE

GAME HIGHLIGHTS

  • Buford broke onto the scoreboard first in the contest when two walks and an error to start the bottom of the second loaded the bases for Nathan Taylor who singled to bring in Stan Zagrodnik and give the Wolves a 1-0 lead.
  • A two-out RBI groundout off the bat of Andrew McMurray and an Eli Parks two-RBI single in the next at bat padded Buford’s lead to make it a 4-0 game.
  • In the bottom of the third, a leadoff walk to Stan Zagrodnik came around to score on a Hamilton error and give Buford a 5-0 advantage.
  • Hamilton grabbed its first runs of the game to cut to 5-3 in the top of the fifth courtesy of an RBI double from Gavin Turley that scored Logan Saloman, a Buford error that plated Brady Figueroa, and a bases-loaded walk.
  • The Huskies tied the game at 5-5 in the top of the fifth when Prince Deboksie smoked a bases-loaded single through the left side that brought home Ryan Kucherak and Josh Tiedemann.
  • Hamilton took the lead one inning later as Gavin Turley scored on a wild pitch to make it 6-5 after reaching on a hit-by-pitch, stealing second, and advancing to third on a Roch Cholowsky single.
  • Back-to-back singles from Buford’s Cole Taylor and Andrew McMurray to leadoff the bottom of the sixth followed by a Brant Baughcum RBI knock two batters later once again tied the game, knotting it at 6-6.
  • In the bottom of the seventh, Buford retook the lead when a fielder’s choice allowed Tyler Dushane to score and make it a 7-6 game.
  • Hamilton came roaring back into the lead in the top of the eighth and never looked back, plating four runs on a Buford error, a Zach Wadas RBI single, and a steal of home by Wadas for what would be the final score of 10-7.

NOTABLE INFORMATION

  • Cooper Brass (2-for-5), Roch Cholowsky (2-for-4), and Josh Tiedemann (2-for-4) all recorded multi-hit games for Hamilton in the win.
  • Prince Deboskie (1-for-5) and Zach Wadas (1-for-4) contributed four of Hamilton’s five RBIs with two apiece in the contest.
  • Brant Baughcum collected Buford’s only multi-hit game, finishing 3-for-5 with an RBI on the day while Eli Parks had two RBIs of his own.
  • After the back-and-forth contest, Will Shelo (1-0) earned the win with his 2.0 scoreless innings of work in which he allowed just one hit and struck out one.
  • Parker Fulginiti (0-1) suffered the loss after he allowed the go-ahead run and gave up two runs in total on one hit and one walk in 1.2 innings of relief.
  • Hamilton finished the 2022 NHSI with a 2-1 record after securing the win.
  • With the loss, Buford falls to 0-3 for the event.

YUCAIPA VS. HANOVER

BOX SCORE

GAME HIGHLIGHTS

  • Yucaipa wasted no time in its final game of the 2022 NHSI, jumping out to an early lead and never looking back. Wesley Hickey recorded a leadoff single to get the offense rolling and scored on a Jacob Reimer single before Carter Elliott’s two-out single plated two more to give the Thunderbirds a 3-0 advantage.
  • The Thunderbirds added another run in the second courtesy of a Chase Antillon sacrifice fly.
  • Yucaipa piled on four in the third to break the game wide open for an 8-0 lead with an RBI single from Daniel Arambula, a bases-loaded walk, a Gavin Egan sacrifice fly, and a Wesley Hickey RBI single.
  • Hanover got on the board in the bottom of the third with a two-out rally that started with a Cannon Peebles single before the Hawks scratched across their first run on a Yucaipa throwing error to make it an 8-1 game.
  • Two more runs scored for the Hawks in the bottom of the fifth to make it 8-3 with a bases-loaded walk and a groundout that allowed Nolan Williamson and Wade Shepherd to score, respectively.
  • Hanover continued to chip away at Yucaipa’s lead in the bottom of the seventh, cutting the lead in half to make it 8-4 when Chase Hustead knocked an RBI single to right that brought home Seth Keller.
  • After its offense went quiet through the middle innings, Yucaipa came roaring to life in the top of the eighth, plating five runs on four hits to secure the 13-4 victory. Jacob Reimer, Carter Elliott, Gavin Egan contributed RBI hits in the inning while Wesley Hickey’s bases-loaded hit-by-pitch allowed Elliott to score the final run of the frame.

NOTABLE INFORMATION

  • Daniel Aramabula (2-for-4), Gavin Egan (2-for-4), Carter Elliott (3-for-5), Wesley Hickey (3-for-5), Jacob Reimer (2-for-6), and Luke Scherrer (2-for-3) all recorded multi-hit games for Yucaipa while Chase Antillon, Egan, and Hickey contributed two RBIs.
  • Carter Elliott led both teams in the contest with three RBIs while also recording two runs scored.
  • Chase Hustead (3-for-4) led the Hanover offense with Seth Keller (2-for-3) and Nolan Williamson (2-for-5) close behind.
  • Yucaipa’s Carter Herrera (1-0) earned the victory with four innings of work on the mound in which he allowed just two earned runs on four hits with four strikeouts.
  • Chase Hustead (0-1) was tagged with the loss after surrendering five runs on five hits in two innings of work.
  • With the win, Yucaipa improves to 2-1 in the 2022 NHSI.Hanover finished the 2022 NHSI with a 1-2 record following the loss.

DH CONLEY VS. SERVITE

BOX SCORE

GAME HIGHLIGHTS

  • Jarrod Hocking got the Friars off to a quick start in the bottom of the first, doubling to lead off the inning. He stole third and then scored on an RBI single by Agustin Gutierrez as Servite grabbed an immediate 1-0 lead.
  • DH Conley responded quickly in the bottom of the second, taking advantage of a defensive miscue to tie the game. Spencer Bradley came around to score on a throwing error, making it a 1-1 game.
  • The Vikings continued to hit in the inning, getting another run on an RBI single by Dixon Williams. Then, with Riley Williams at the plate, a passed ball added another run before Williams doubled to center field to add two more and make it 5-1 in favor of the Vikings.
  • Matthew Matthjis followed Williams’ double with one of his own to extend the lead to 6-1 in the bottom of the second for the Vikings.
  • Austin Rabago and Hocking had hits to lead off Servite’s third inning, and Rabago later scored on an RBI groundout by Roman Martin to get the Friars within four at 6-2.
  • The Vikings capitalized on another defensive miscue in the top of the fifth, plating their seventh run on a fielding error to open up a five-run lead.
  • DH Conley broke the game open with a three-run top of the sixth inning. The first run of the frame came on a sacrifice fly by Bryce Jackson, followed by RBI singles by Luke Lambert and Mason Tyre as the Vikings’ lead grew to 10-2.
  • Servite put together solid at-bats in the bottom of the seventh, scoring on an RBI groundout by Martin and an RBI single by Trevor Schmidt, but it was not enough to overcome the deficit and the Vikings earned the 10-4 victory.

NOTABLE INFORMATION

  • Matthew Matthijs led DH Conley on both sides of the ball, going 3-for-5 at the plate while tossing 5.1 innings and allowing just two runs. The right-hander was the only player in the game to have three hits and was one of seven Vikings with at least one RBI.
  • Riley Williams drove in two runs for the Vikings, the lone player with a multi-RBI game between the two teams.
  • A trio of Servite batters notched three hits in the defeat: Hocking, Mikiah Negrete, and Schmidt.
  • With the result, DH Conley finishes the 2022 NHSI with a 2-1 record. Servite’s loss dropped them to 1-2 in the tournament.
  • Both teams have now completed their first-ever appearances at the NHSI. They were two of nine programs to make their NHSI debuts in 2022.

ORANGE LUTHERAN VS. MCQUAID JESUIT

BOX SCORE

GAME HIGHLIGHTS

  • Daniel Curiel led off the game with a bunt single and Karson Bowen walked before both scored on an RBI double by Casey Borba to give Orange Lutheran a 2-0 lead.
  • Borba advanced to third on a wild pitch and later scored on a passed ball to put the Lancers in front by three runs.
  • After a pair of walks put two runners on with one out in the bottom of the fourth, Luca Ciaramitaro singled up the middle to plate McQuaid’s first run and trim the deficit to 3-1.
  • Aidan Stewart started the bottom of the sixth with an infield single for McQuaid. The infielder then stole second base and advanced on a pair of wild pitches to score, narrowing Orange Lutheran’s lead to one.
  • The Knights continued to rally with two outs in the sixth, eventually knotting up the game when CJ Phelps went the other way for an RBI single to tie the score at three.
  • The game entered extra innings after an uneventful seventh. The Lancers took control when Bowen was hit by a pitch with one out in the top of the eighth, followed by Mikey Romero singling to put two men on. The go-ahead run would score on a fielding error, as Orange Lutheran took the lead back at 4-3.
  • One batter after the Lancers took the lead, Sawyer Voortman laced a bases-clearing double to give the Lancers a four-run lead that they would go on to win by.

NOTABLE INFORMATION

  • Cummings, Curiel, and JJ Robles all had multi-hit games for the Lancers, who combined to tally 13 hits as a team.
  • Eighteen players had at least one at-bat in the game for the Lancers.
  • Orange Lutheran used six pitchers, with Cole Peterson earning the win. Peterson threw 2.1 scoreless innings, allowing just a pair of hits.
  • Ciaramitaro was the key on offense for McQuaid. The first baseman notched three hits and drove in a run, pacing the Knights’ offense that had nine team hits. Phelps went 2-for-4, adding to the output.
  • Will Russotti turned in five strong innings of relief for McQuaid, entering in the third and pitching five innings with zero earned runs.
  • Orange Lutheran finishes the 2022 NHSI at 3-1 and improves its all-time tournament record to 18-5 with the win.
  • McQuaid Jesuit finished its first-ever NHSI with an 0-3 record.

REGIS JESUIT 8, DON BOSCO PREP 3

BOX SCORE

GAME HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Regis Jesuit offense wasted no time getting going in the contest, using a walk to Dallas Macias and an RBI single from Isaac Wachsmann to take a 1-0 lead in the top of the first.
  • Don Bosco equalized quickly with a run in the bottom of the second that came courtesy of an RBI groundout from Andy Granatell that plated Kevin Jaxel who had reached two batters earlier on a Regis Jesuit miscue.
  • The tie didn’t last long as Regis Jesuit took advantage of a Finn O’Connor leadoff double and a Isaac Wacshmann RBI single to plate one before Wacshmann came around to score on a groundout and a wild pitch to make it 3-1.
  • The Ironmen got one run back in the bottom of the third when a hit-by-pitch and two walks loaded the bases for Kevin Jaxel who was also hit by a pitch to force a run in and make it 3-2.
  • In the top of the fifth, the Raiders added two insurance runs for a 5-2 advantage when Dallas Macias crossed the plate on an error before Charlie Rogan double to bring in Nate McHugh.
  • A pinch-hit RBI single from Freddy Flugger scored Eric Becker in the bottom of the fifth to keep the Ironmen within one, 5-3.
  • Dallas Macias singled to leadoff the top of the seventh for Regis Jesuit and advanced to second on a groundout and third on a dropped third strike before scoring on a Don Bosco miscue to make it 6-3 in his team’s favor.
  • Regis Jesuit added two more runs in the top of the ninth with a bases loaded walk and a fielder’s choice to secure the 8-3 victory.

NOTABLE INFORMATION

  • Dallas Macias (2-for-4) and Isaac Wachsmann (3-for-5) led Regis Jesuit’s offense with multi-hit games while Macias also scored three runs and Wachsmann added two runs of his own and two RBIs.
  • Jack Cannizzaro (1-for-3) and Freddy Flugger (1-for-2) were responsible for Don Bosco Prep’s two hits in the contest.
  • Joe Riley (1-0) got the win with his one inning of relief in which he allowed one run on one hit and two walks.
  • Dylan Henshaw (1-0) suffered the loss in the game after giving up two runs on two hits in two innings on the mound for Don Bosco Prep.
  • With the win, Regis Jesuit improves to 2-1 for the 2022 NHSI.
  • The loss dropped Don Bosco Prep to 1-2 at the 2022 NHSI.
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Stoneman Douglas Wins the 2022 National High School Invitational

The Eagles win first NHSI title with a 5-3 victory over St. Johns Country Day
April 10, 2022
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E St. Johns Country Day 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 3 7 2 Stoneman Douglas 3 0 1 0 1 0 X 5 6 3 Win: Brandon White Loss: Trevor Bradley Save: Chris Arroyo Box Score | Plays | Cumulative Stats: St. Johns
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St. Johns Country Day 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 3 7 2
Stoneman Douglas 3 0 1 0 1 0 X 5 6 3
Win: Brandon White Loss: Trevor Bradley Save: Chris Arroyo
Box Score | Plays | Cumulative Stats: St. Johns Country Day & Stoneman Douglas

CARY, N.C. – Stoneman Douglas (Parkland, Fla.) eased through the first three games of the 2022 USA Baseball National High School Invitational (NHSI) presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance but capped off its title run with a hard-fought 5-3 victory over St. Johns Country Day (Orange Park, Fla.) on Saturday night at the National Training Complex. It is the Eagles’ first NHSI title in program history.

The game was a battle from the very beginning as both teams traded blows all night with timely hits, costly errors, and stellar defensive plays. Ultimately, tournament MVP Chris Arroyo and the Eagles were too much for the Spartans.

Stoneman Douglas wins 2022 NHSI

Both teams loaded the bases in the first inning, but Stoneman Douglas (4-0) was the one that broke through first. Cameron Harris brought in Jake Clemente for the first run of the game when he was hit by a pitch. Arroyo followed by pushing an 0-2 pitch through the right side to bring home Christian Rodriguez and Niko Benestad, and the Eagles threw the first punch to the tune of an early 3-0 lead.

St. Johns Country Day (3-1) punched back. The Spartans put pressure on the Stoneman Douglas defense to great success, forcing three defensive miscues in the top of the third inning. Brad Hodges and Jordan Taylor led off the inning with back-to-back walks. A double steal caused the inning's first miscue as Santiago Ordonez attempted to throw out Taylor at second, but no defenders stepped up to take the throw, allowing Hodges to score and Taylor to move on to third.

With two outs and a man on third, Shawn Andrade hit a slow roller just left of the first baseman and out-legged him to the bag, diving headfirst for the RBI single. Andrade advanced to second on a passed ball before Kody Daneault hit an infield single to the second baseman when chaos ensued. The second baseman booted the ball, allowing Andrade to sprint home, scoring the third run of the inning, and allowing Daneault to advance to second on the overthrow home before the inning ended with the score tied at three apiece.

Stoneman Douglas retook the lead, 4-3, in the bottom half of the third when Rylan Lujo hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield after the Eagles loaded the bases with one out. Two innings later, the Eagles took advantage of a defensive miscue by St. Johns Country Day. Arroyo started a two-out rally by reaching base on an error by the shortstop and advanced to third on a single to left from Lujo. Grant McDonald followed with a single to centerfield to score Arroyo and double their lead, 5-3, heading into the sixth inning.

Vic Patel pinch-hit with one out and one on base in the top of the sixth inning for the Spartans. He laced a ball through the outstretched glove of the first baseman to put runners on first and second. The Eagles followed by going to Arroyo out of the bullpen, where he immediately walked Hodges to load the bases. Down 1-0 in the count, Arroyo hurled a wild pitch, but a fortuitous bounce off the backstop allowed Stoneman Douglas catcher Ordonez to grab the ball and throw out Boylston on a bang-bang play the plate to preserve the two-run lead.

St. Johns Country Day attempted to rally down to its last three outs. Taylor fought off an 0-2 count to lead off the seventh with a single, but Arroyo proved too much, retiring the next three batters on nine pitches to clinch the title.

Roman Anthony went 2-for-3 and two stolen bases, and Arroyo finished the night 1-for-2 with a run scored and two RBIs to lead the Eagles' offense. Jacob Gomberg gave up three runs (one earned), four hits, and three walks in his 3.0 innings of work in the no-decision. Brandon White came on in relief in the fourth inning and was stellar for Stoneman Douglas, striking out two in 2.2 innings of work to earn the win. Arroyo earned the four-out save, striking out one and surrendering just one hit.

Seven different batters registered hits for St. Johns Country Day in what was a total team effort, while Andrade registered the only RBI for the Spartans. It was a pitcher by committee kind of night, with seven different pitchers appearing in the game. Jude Howell started the game but only registered one out before being lifted. Trevor Bradley came on in relief and suffered the loss, giving up a run on two hits in his two innings.

The Eagles became the first team from Florida to win the NHSI since 2014 when The First Academy (Orlando, Fla.) defeated Clovis High School (Clovis, Calif.). It was a night of firsts as it was also the first time both finalists were from Florida, ending California’s run of nine consecutive years with a team in the title game.

Stoneman Douglas was dominant in the 2022 NHSI, outscoring its opponents 43-4 in its four games. It finished the event leading in batting average (.453) and team ERA (0.61). The Eagles also placed three players on the All-Tournament Team: Roman Anthony, Chris Arroyo (MVP), and Christian Rodriguez.

Ten schools are represented on the All-Tournament Team, led by three Stoneman Douglas’ players and two from St. Johns Country Day. The complete list of all-tournament team selection are as follows:

  • Roman Anthony (Stoneman Douglas)
  • Chris Arroyo (Stoneman Douglas) – MVP
  • Ben Barrett (The First Academy)
  • Jarrod Hocking (Servite)
  • Brad Hodges (St. Johns Country Day)
  • Seth Keller (Hanover)
  • Dallas Macias (Regis Jesuit)
  • Matthew Matthijs (D.H. Conley)
  • Mason Neville (Basic Academy)
  • Christian Rodriguez (Stoneman Douglas)
  • Louis Rodriguez (Orange Lutheran)
  • Luke Scherrer (Yucaipa)
  • Jordan Taylor (St. Johns Country Day)
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USA Baseball Boasts 160 Alumni on Opening Day Rosters

All 30 Clubs feature at least one former member of a national team
April 8, 2022
CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball announced today that 160 alumni kicked off the 2022 Major League Baseball season on Opening Day rosters. All 30 Major League Clubs feature at least one former USA Baseball national team member to begin the season for the first time since 2019. The Arizona Diamondbacks,

CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball announced today that 160 alumni kicked off the 2022 Major League Baseball season on Opening Day rosters. All 30 Major League Clubs feature at least one former USA Baseball national team member to begin the season for the first time since 2019.

The Arizona Diamondbacks, Philadelphia Phillies, and Seattle Mariners each boast 10 former Team USA members on their rosters to lead all Clubs. The Oakland Athletics have eight on their roster, and seven alums are with the Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Angels, and Los Angeles Dodgers.

In total, 20 of the 30 Clubs feature five or more players who suited up for the red, white, and blue in international competition.

Nine USA Baseball alums debuted on an MLB roster to begin the 2022 season: CJ Abrams (San Diego Padres), Hunter Greene (Cincinnati Reds), Zach Jackson (Oakland Athletics), Jacob Lemoine (Oakland Athletics), Andre Pallante (St. Louis Cardinals), Konnor Pilkington (Cleveland Guardians), Bryson Stott (Philadelphia Phillies), Spencer Torkelson (Detroit Tigers), and Bobby Witt Jr. (Kansas City Royals).

Four alums were named as the Opening Day starting pitchers for the respective clubs: Walker Buehler (Los Angeles Dodgers), Gerrit Cole (New York Yankees), Robbie Ray (Seattle Mariners), and Joe Ryan (Minnesota Twins). Ryan most recently won a silver medal in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games with Team USA, where he went 1-0 in two appearances with 8 strikeouts in 10.1 innings. He will face-off against fellow alum Ray when the Mariners and Twins open their season this afternoon.

Reigning NL MVP and three-time alum Bryce Harper begins his 11th season in the bigs and is one of six Golden Spikes Award winners who earned an Opening Day roster spot. Joining Harper are Andrew Benintendi (Kansas City Royals), Kris Bryant (Colorado Rockies), David Price (Los Angeles Dodgers), Andrew Vaughn (Chicago White Sox), and Mike Zunino (Tampa Bay Rays).

Additionally, eight alumni are managing around the league, including Aaron Boone (New York Yankees), Terry Francona (Cleveland Indians), Joe Girardi (Philadelphia Phillies), AJ Hinch (Detroit Tigers), Mark Kotsay (Oakland Athletics), Dave Roberts (Los Angeles Dodgers), David Ross (Chicago Cubs), and Scott Servais (Seattle Mariners). Francona is the only alum managing an MLB team that has played and coached for a USA Baseball national team.

The complete list of USA Baseball alumni by Major League Club on 2022 Opening Day rosters is as follows:

Arizona Diamondbacks

  • Seth Beer: 2016 & 2017 Collegiate
  • Zach Davies: 2007 14U
  • Carson Kelly: 2010 16U; 2011 18U
  • Ian Kennedy: 2002 18U; 2004 & 2005 Collegiate
  • Jake McCarthy: 2017 Collegiate
  • Mark Melancon: 2005 Collegiate; 2017 World Baseball Classic
  • Noe Ramirez: 2010 Collegiate
  • Daulton Varsho: 2019 Professional
  • Luke Weaver: 2013 Collegiate
  • J.B. Wendelken: 2015 Professional

Atlanta Braves

  • Ian Anderson: 2015 18U
  • Travis d'Arnaud: 2011 Professional
  • Alex Dickerson: 2010 Collegiate
  • AJ Minter: 2014 Collegiate
  • Matt Olson: 2010 16U
  • Dansby Swanson: 2014 Collegiate
  • Kyle Wright: 2016 Collegiate

Baltimore Orioles

  • DJ Stewart: 2014 Collegiate
  • Dillon Tate: 2014 Collegiate

Boston Red Sox

  • Christian Arroyo: 2012 18U
  • Matt Barnes: 2010 Collegiate
  • Jackie Bradley Jr.: 2010 Collegiate
  • Bobby Dalbec: 2015 Collegiate; 2019 Professional
  • Tanner Houck: 2015 & 2016 Collegiate; 2019 Professional
  • Alex Verdugo: 2010 16U
  • Michael Wacha: 2011 Collegiate

Chicago Cubs

  • Mychal Givens: 2006 16U; 2007 18U; 2017 World Baseball Classic
  • Nico Hoerner: 2011 14U; 2012 15U
  • Nick Madrigal: 2011 14U; 2012 15U; 2014 18U; 2017 Collegiate
  • David Robertson: 2017 World Baseball Classic; 2021 Olympic
  • Drew Smyly: 2011 Professional; 2017 World Baseball Classic
  • Marcus Stroman: 2011 Collegiate; 2017 World Baseball Classic
  • Keegan Thompson: 2011 16U; 2012 18U

Chicago White Sox

  • Jake Burger: 2016 Collegiate
  • Yasmani Grandal: 2009 Collegiate
  • Josh Harrison: 2017 World Baseball Classic
  • A.J. Pollock: 2011 Professional
  • Andrew Vaughn: 2013 15U; 2017 & 2018 Collegiate; 2019 Professional

Cincinnati Reds

  • Kyle Farmer: 2012 Collegiate
  • Hunter Greene: 2014 15U; 2015 & 2016 18U
  • Ryan Hendrix: 2015 Collegiate
  • Mike Moustakas: 2006 18U; 2010 Professional
  • Tyler Naquin: 2011 Collegiate

Cleveland Guardians

  • Logan Allen: 2016 18U; 2019 Collegiate
  • Anthony Gose: 2021 Olympic
  • Konnor Pilkington: 2017 Collegiate
  • Bradley Zimmer: 2013 Collegiate

Colorado Rockies

  • Daniel Bard: 2003 18U; 2004 Collegiate
  • Kris Bryant: 2012 Collegiate
  • Garrett Hampson: 2015 Collegiate
  • Sam Hilliard: 2007 16U
  • Dom Nunez: 2011 16U; 2012 18U
  • Jordan Sheffield: 2011 16U

Detroit Tigers

  • Robbie Grossman: 2007 18U
  • Alex Lange: 2016 Collegiate
  • Austin Meadows: 2011 16U
  • Casey Mize: 2017 Collegiate
  • Spencer Torkelson: 2018 & 2019 Collegiate

Houston Astros

  • Alex Bregman: 2010 16U; 2011 18U; 2013 & 2014 Collegiate; 2017 World Baseball Classic
  • Jason Castro: 2009 Professional
  • Ryne Stanek: 2011 & 2012 Collegiate
  • Kyle Tucker: 2012 15U
  • Justin Verlander: 2003 Collegiate

Kansas City Royals

  • Cam Gallagher: 2015 Professional
  • Bobby Witt Jr.: 2018 18U

Los Angeles Angels

  • Jo Adell: 2019 Professional
  • Reid Detmers: 2019 Collegiate
  • Michael Lorenzen: 2008 16U; 2010 18U; 2011 & 2012 Collegiate
  • Anthony Rendon: 2010 Collegiate
  • Max Stassi: 2006 & 2007 16U; 2008 18U
  • Kurt Suzuki: 2006 Professional
  • Mike Trout: 2010 Professional

Los Angeles Dodgers

  • Tyler Anderson: 2010 Collegiate
  • Walker Buehler: 2014 Collegiate
  • Freddie Freeman: 2005 16U; 2006 18U
  • Clayton Kershaw: 2005 18U
  • Craig Kimbrel: 2013 World Baseball Classic
  • David Price: 2005 & 2006 Collegiate
  • Trea Turner: 2012 & 2013 Collegiate

Miami Marlins

  • Cody Poteet: 2008 14U

Milwaukee Brewers

  • Keston Hiura: 2016 Collegiate
  • Josh Hader: 2015 Professional
  • Andrew McCutchen: 2004 18U; 2017 World Baseball Classic
  • Hoby Milner: 2011 Collegiate
  • Kolten Wong: 2009 Collegiate
  • Christian Yelich: 2017 World Baseball Classic

Minnesota Twins

  • Chris Archer: 2010 Professional; 2017 World Baseball Classic
  • Sonny Gray: 2009 & 2010 Collegiate
  • Bailey Ober: 2014 Collegiate
  • Joe Ryan: 2021 Olympic
  • Caleb Thielbar: 2019 Professional

New York Mets

  • Travis Jankowski: 2015 Professional
  • Francisco Lindor: 2009 16U; 2010 18U
  • Max Scherzer: 2005 Collegiate

New York Yankees

  • Gerrit Cole: 2009 & 2010 Collegiate
  • Joey Gallo: 2011 18U
  • Giancarlo Stanton: 2017 World Baseball Classic
  • Jameson Taillon: 2009 18U
  • Jose Trevino: 2012 Collegiate

Oakland Athletics

  • Skye Bolt: 2013 Collegiate
  • Cole Irvin: 2011 18U
  • Zach Jackson: 2015 Collegiate
  • Daulton Jefferies: 2015 Collegiate
  • Jacob Lemoine: 2014 Collegiate
  • Jed Lowrie: 2004 Collegiate
  • Sheldon Neuse: 2010 16U
  • AJ Puk: 2015 Collegiate

Philadelphia Phillies

  • Alec Bohm: 2019 Professional
  • Nick Castellanos: 2009 18U
  • Zach Eflin: 2015 Professional
  • Bailey Falter: 2011 14U; 2012 15U
  • Kyle Gibson: 2008 Collegiate
  • Bryce Harper: 2008 16U; 2009 18U
  • Corey Knebel: 2011 Collegiate
  • Mickey Moniak: 2013 15U; 2015 18U
  • Kyle Schwarber: 2013 Collegiate
  • Bryson Stott: 2018 Collegiate

Pittsburgh Pirates

  • Ke'Bryan Hayes: 2014 18U
  • Bryan Reynolds: 2014 Collegiate
  • Cole Tucker: 2013 18U

San Diego Padres

  • C.J. Abrams: 2018 18U
  • Jake Cronenworth: 2019 Professional
  • Trent Grisham: 2014 18U
  • Eric Hosmer: 2007 18U
  • Manny Machado: 2009 18U
  • Nick Martinez: 2021 Olympic

San Francisco Giants

  • Tyler Beede: 2013 Collegiate
  • Brandon Crawford: 2006 Collegiate; 2017 World Baseball Classic
  • Jake McGee: 2017 World Baseball Classic
  • Carlos Rodon: 2012 & 2013 Collegiate
  • Luke Williams: 2021 Professional

Seattle Mariners

  • J.P. Crawford: 2009 14U
  • Adam Frazier: 2012 Collegiate; 2015 Professional
  • Marco Gonzales: 2012 Collegiate
  • Jarred Kelenic: 2016 & 2017 18U
  • Tom Murphy: 2011 Collegiate; 2015 Professional
  • Robbie Ray: 2009 18U
  • Paul Sewald: 2015 Professional
  • Justus Sheffield: 2013 18U
  • Evan White: 2016 Collegiate
  • Jesse Winker: 2011 18U

St. Louis Cardinals

  • Nolan Arenado: 2017 World Baseball Classic
  • Paul Goldschmidt: 2017 World Baseball Classic
  • Andre Pallante: 2018 Collegiate

Tampa Bay Rays

  • JP Feyereisen: 2019 Professional
  • Brett Phillips: 2015 Professional
  • Taylor Walls: 2016 Collegiate

Texas Rangers

  • Kolby Allard: 2014 18U
  • Matt Bush: 2002 16U; 2003 18U
  • Brad Miller: 2009 & 2010 Collegiate
  • Corey Seager: 2010 16U

Toronto Blue Jays

  • Cavan Biggio: 2012 18U
  • Matt Chapman: 2013 Collegiate
  • Zack Collins: 2011 16U; 2014 Collegiate
  • Kevin Gausman: 2009 18U; 2011 Collegiate
  • George Springer: 2010 Collegiate

Washington Nationals

  • Steve Cishek: 2013 World Baseball Classic
  • Sean Doolittle: 2005 & 2006 Collegiate
  • Erick Fedde: 2013 Collegiate
  • Mason Thompson: 2013 15U
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Golden Spikes Spotlight: SIU’s JT Weber

April 8, 2022
Playing 20 games, much less winning that many contests, has been no easy feat for any team located in the turbulent Midwest through the first month-and-a-half of the 2022 season. Yet, despite the frigid temps and the seemingly regular appearances of rain, snow and ice the past three or four

Playing 20 games, much less winning that many contests, has been no easy feat for any team located in the turbulent Midwest through the first month-and-a-half of the 2022 season. Yet, despite the frigid temps and the seemingly regular appearances of rain, snow and ice the past three or four weekends, Southern Illinois has managed to compile a 20-8 record.

Calling Carbondale home, a city over 100 miles southeast of St. Louis on the southern tip of Illinois, has allowed the Salukis to play 20 of those 28 games within the comforts of Itchy Jones Stadium.

While scanning the Southern Illinois roster in search of a hero that has carried this team to that many wins you’ll find a player from an interesting hometown: Metropolis, Ill. While Metropolis – located an hour south of Carbondale – may not be the bustling, urban epicenter that Clark Kent calls home in the DC comic books, you will find a statue of Kent’s alter-ego, Superman, greeting you as you enter town.

One of its former residents, JT Weber, certainly resembles a super hero, at least more so than a mild-mannered newspaper journalist given his 6-foot-2, 210-pound build. And as far as I know, no one has ever seen Weber and Superman in the same room.

“I take a lot of pride in it,” Weber said about staying close to home to play college baseball. “I loved growing up where I did. I never had anything handed to me as far as baseball [opportunities] and facilities go. I was blessed to have two parents that really worked hard for me. My dad played college baseball and my mom played college basketball so from early on they knew what it took to really get to the next level. I spent a lot of time working with them and playing with my friends that were trying to do the same thing.”

Weber is playing his fifth season with Southern Illinois, starting his collegiate career during the 2017-18 school year. It’s been the last two seasons, however, that he has truly stood out, enjoying a breakout 2021 campaign as part of a record-setting Salukis team that started 14-0 and won 40 games for the first time since 1990, and yet still missed the NCAA Tournament.

The SIU offense was particularly impressive, hitting .297 as a team and slugging 84 home runs. Weber had 15 of those homers while slashing .322/.375/.589, leading the team in RBIs (63) and total bases (139).

He was in good company, as he was one of four players that started all 60 of SIU’s games. One more batter, shortstop Nick Neville, appeared in 59 of the Salukis games, and that quintet, along with several other significant contributors, were a big part of Southern Illinois’ success a year ago.

“Last year you’ve probably wondered, ‘was he benefiting from having all those other guys in the lineup who were doing a lot of damage?’,” SIU third-year Head Coach Lance Rhodes said. “He had a lot of protection, you had to throw to JT. But then he comes back, one of the few guys returning that had those big power numbers, and he’s doing it again. It’s not a fluke what he did last year. Credit to him, he’s anchored our lineup this year, he does [still] have protection behind him, but he’s stepped up whether it be verbal leadership, leadership by example or obviously production.”

Despite the departure of players such as Neville, Tristan Peters, Philip Archer and Ian Walters the Southern Illinois offense at worst has held steady. Through games played this past weekend they’re batting .306 as a team, good for 19th best in the nation. They’re tied for 19th in runs scored and their 45 home runs are tied for 16th best.

Not surprising given his 2021 numbers Weber is leading the team is almost every notable category, although he does have considerable help from a new cast of characters. Weber’s .416 batting average is 28th-best in the nation and his 13 home runs are tied for second, one behind the nation’s leader, Virginia third baseman Jake Gelof, who has 14.

Now at roughly the halfway point of the 2022 season his 30 career home runs put him seven away from being the program’s all-time leader.

“It’s been a steady progress over the year,” Weber said. “As I’ve developed as a player [the success] comes with being more comfortable in the box. I’ve had a ton of college at-bats, including summer ball at-bats, and I think it all plays into being comfortable. Last year we had four or five other guys that were right there behind me kind of doing the same thing, which really did make it easy to go out there to play and perform every day. It helped me transition to this year, having the confidence to go out there and repeat the same thing.”

Weber was quick to point out the continued protection he has in the SIU lineup, a program that reloaded quickly largely due to their success mining talent from the junior college level. Batting just behind Weber is shortstop Kaeber Rog, one of five regulars in the lineup this year that were playing at the JUCO level a season ago. Rog is also batting on the sunny side of .400 (.403), leading the team with 14 doubles and tied for first with Weber in RBIs with 31 of his own.

Add in productive holdovers such as Cody Cleveland, Grey Epps and Evan Martin and you once again have a well-oiled offensive machine in Carbondale. Even with that level of overall production in the lineup from top to bottom, it’s Weber’s presence that matters most.

“When you look at what he’s done on the field it’s a direct reflection of who he is as a student athlete and as a person,” Rhodes said of Weber. “When you get a guy like JT that has the work ethic, the demeanor, [etc.], the production usually follows because it doesn’t matter for him if he’s 0-for-5 on a given day or 5-for-5. He shows up the very next day with the same work ethic and routine, you couldn’t tell a difference.”

“He just sets the bar so high for how it’s supposed to be. When you get a guy producing like JT it just doesn’t happen by luck. There’s a lot of guys that would love to have the type of year that he’s having, or the career he’s put together. But there’s only a select few people that are actually willing to put in the work he’s done to be able to make that happen.”

Weber’s career at Southern Illinois began with the 2018 season, arriving onto campus as a promising recruit with intriguing offensive upside. He managed to play 28 games during his freshman year, starting 19 of those contests batting .200 with a pair of home runs. As a sophomore in 2019 he took a considerable step forward, playing in 50 games, 47 of which were starts while batting .261 and finishing the season strong. His third year in school stopped barely before it could get going as he was hitting .261 with six doubles, starting all 18 games SIU played.

His jump leading up to the 2021 season happened to coincide with the abrupt end to the abbreviated 2020 season which gave Weber more opportunities to improve his swing.

“Towards the end of the COVID year I was starting to heat up,” Weber said. “After that spring I used my time to work on my swing. Me and my old shortstop, Nick Neville, really took time to break down our swings and work on it – I made some adjustments and took a leg kick out of my swing. The past two years I’ve had the same consistency in my swing which I think has really helped.

“It was a lot of tee work and a lot of soft toss during the COVID stint. There wasn’t much open or going on so I was feeling out my swing and my stance and where I needed to be. That really helped coming back in the fall making the transition a little easier.”

Rhodes was also quick to recognize the improvements Weber has made, particularly with his swing.

“When I first got here there was a slight mechanical change that he made with his swing,” Rhodes added. “Coming into his third season it was pretty steep, he wasn’t getting a lot of balls in the air. He’s always been a very strong kid, he just wasn’t using his leverage to his advantage. So, we did make a slight tweak, and credit to him, he’s done a lot of the work [to correct it].”

The offensive side of Weber’s game, much like the overall Southern Illinois team, isn’t his only strength. He has also developed into a strong, versatile defender.

He started his collegiate career as a third baseman, moving across the diamond to first base in 2019. Starting in 2020 and carrying over to the 2021 season Weber served as the team’s everyday left fielder, a position he has excelled at. And with so much turnover from 2021 to this year he has made the switch once again, now calling center field home, although he does still play first base from time to time based on team needs.

“Early on in my career as a freshman and sophomore I knew that it would be helpful for me to play multiple positions,” Weber said. “It just adds value to the team and it was able to work out when I moved over to first base and then after that slide in to left field to get more bats into the lineup. I’ve enjoyed playing different positions, I’ve always played multiple positions growing up, I’ve never been a one-position guy. That makes the game more fun and exciting when you can play anywhere on the field.”

Each move has been made as an attempt by Southern Illinois – the last three years with Rhodes at the helm – to put the best team they can offensively on the field. For as good as they have been at the plate they have also stood out defensively.

Last year their fielding percentage was .976, committing 52 errors in 60 games, easy math to figure out that’s less than a 1-to-1 ratio, which is always a good number to strive for. This year it’s much of the same, a .975 fielding percentage, good for 48th-best in the nation, with 25 errors in 28 games.

Weber has yet to commit an error this year, making just two defensive miscues a year ago after having a perfect fielding percentage in 18 games during the 2020 season. Eleven of his 13 career errors came from 2018-19 when he was manning the corner infield positions.

He also has 12 assists the past three years as an outfielder, once again proving there’s not much on a baseball field he can’t do.

“He’s just a really good college baseball player that doesn’t have a lot of holes,” Rhodes said. “He could be a super utility guy and be really good at every single thing that he does. And that’s kind of the person he is. He wants to go play basketball? He’s good at basketball. When he throws a football he’s good at football. Just a naturally gifted athlete … he makes the game look good with everything that he does.”

Not surprisingly, Weber is good in the classroom, too. Studying civil engineering, he has interest in construction and project management. He knows full well that as a 23-year-old fifth-year senior, despite posting gaudy numbers on a baseball field, his options may be limited. With fewer round of the draft and fewer professional opportunities due to the reduction of minor league teams it’s wise to have a sound backup plan.

Whether it be as a baseball player, an engineer, a super hero or just your average, everyday upstanding citizen, Weber is poised to enjoy greatness with whatever comes next.

“I give all of the credit to God. He’s blessed me with the abilities and opportunities to be able to do this,” Weber said. “I’m just thankful I’ve been able to be here five years, to be in this community and play the game that I love.”

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Two Extra-Inning Games Highlight NHSI 2022 Consolation Action Thursday

April 8, 2022
The consolation games at the 2022 National High School Invitational (NHSI) presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance provided a record-setting performance, two extra inning games, and plenty more action. Here's what happened at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, on Thursday at the NHSI:

The consolation games at the 2022 National High School Invitational (NHSI) presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance provided a record-setting performance, two extra inning games, and plenty more action. Here's what happened at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, on Thursday at the NHSI:

SERVITE 8, BUFORD 1

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GAME HIGHLIGHTS

  • Agustin Gutierrez tripled to the right field wall and Roman Martin plated him with an RBI double in the very next at bat to give Servite an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning.
  • Roman Martin added another run for the Friars in the first frame when he stole third and came around to score on a wild pitch to make it 2-0 in Servite’s favor.
  • A Buford miscue in the top of the second allowed Joey Rossetti to score Servite’s third run of the game after he reached on a hit-by-pitch and stole second to get into scoring position.
  • Mikiah Negrete helped his own cause in the top of the third with an RBI double of his own that scored Trevor Schmidt for a 4-0 Servite advantage.
  • Servite’s third RBI double of the game, this one off the bat of Camden Clewett, gave the Friars a commanding 5-0 lead in the third.
  • After Jarrod Hocking scored on an errant throw by Buford in the top of the fourth for Servite’s seventh run, Trevor Schmidt launched a no-doubt, two-run homer over the right field wall to make it an 8-0 game.
  • Buford finally broke through for its first run of the contest in the bottom of the fifth with an RBI groundout from Jackson Gaspard to cut the deficit to seven but that’s all the Wolves would be able to get as Servite closed out the 8-1 victory.

NOTABLE INFORMATION

  • Trevor Schmidt went 1-for-3 with two RBIs, two runs scored, one walk, and a two-run homer for Servite.
  • Camden Clewett had Servite’s only multi-hit game, finishing 2-for-4 with one RBI.
  • Brant Baughcum (2-for3) paced the Buford offense with the team’s sole multi-hit performance.
  • Mikiah Negrete picked up the win with his complete game effort on the mound for Servite, allowing just one run on four hits while striking out six in his seven innings of work.
  • Buford’s Riley Stanford suffered the loss after surrendering four earned runs on three hits and two walks in 2.2 innings on the mound.

ON DECK

  • Servite and Buford will both continue their runs in the consolation bracket on Friday. Their next opponents will be announced this evening.

REGIS JESUIT 3, BISHOP VEROT 2

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GAME HIGHLIGHTS

  • Back-to-back base knocks got the scoring started for Bishop Verot in the bottom of the first as Maddix Simpson singled and stole second to get into scoring position for Andrew Hanlon who followed with an RBI single that gave the Vikings a 1-0 lead.
  • After a quiet start to the game on offense, Regis Jesuit broke through and took the lead with two runs in the fourth courtesy of back-to-back RBI doubles from Nate McHugh and Andrew Bell.
  • Bishop Verot had an immediate answer in the bottom half of the fourth to tie things up at 2-2 when Andrew Hanlon singled and courtesy runner Joey De La Nuez came around to score on a Dylan Peck single up the middle one batter later.
  • Finn O’Connor’s leadoff double got the Raiders rolling again in the top of the sixth before Dallas Macias dropped an RBI single into left field that brought in the go-ahead run and secured Regis Jesuit’s 3-2 victory.

NOTABLE INFORMATION

  • Dallas Macias and Nate McHugh both finished 1-for-2 with one run scored and one RBI for Regis Jesuit, while Finn O’Connor went 1-for-3 and scored the game-winning run.
  • Andrew Hanlon (2-for-3) and Dylan Peck (2-for-3) pace the Bishop Verot offense with multi-hit games and one RBI apiece.
  • Brian Fischer earned the win with his complete game effort on the mound for Regis Jesuit, allowing just two runs on six hits and one walk while striking out three.
  • Bishop Verot’s Josiah Velazquez gave up three runs on four hits and was tagged with the loss.

ON DECK

  • Regis Jesuit and Bishop Verot will both continue their runs in the consolation bracket on Friday. Their next opponents will be announced this evening.

DH CONLEY 7, MCQUAID JESUIT 6 (9 INNINGS)

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GAME HIGHLIGHTS

  • McQuaid Jesuit took advantage of a DH Conley throwing error and a wild pitch to plate a pair of runs in top of the first and take an early 2-0 lead.
  • DH Conley cut the deficit in half and made it a 2-1 game in the bottom of the first with a sacrifice bunt from Bryce Jackson that brought home Dixon Williams, who had led off the inning with a single.
  • Three consecutive two-out walks loaded the bases for McQuaid Jesuit in the top of the third for CJ Phelps who came up clutch with a two-RBI single through the left side that put the Knights up 4-1.
  • Riley Williams smoked a leadoff triple down the right field line before scoring on a Matthew Matthjis RBI groundout to make it 4-2 and once again put DH Conley within two.
  • Bryce Jackson and Spencer Bradley followed with a double to right and a walk, respectively, and Luke Lambert made it a one-run game, 4-3, with an RBI single.
  • McQuaid Jesuit loaded the bases for the third time in the contest with back-to-back singles and a walk in the top of the fourth before Edward Hall drew the second walk of the frame to extend the Knights’ lead to 5-3.
  • The Knights took a 6-3 lead in the top of the seventh when Edward Hall drew a leadoff walk and advanced to third on a DH Conley error before stealing home.
  • DH Conley got a rally going in the bottom of the seventh with RBI singles from Bryce Jackson and Spencer Bradley that brought the Vikings within one before a Luke Lambert RBI groundout plated the tying run and sent the game to extras knotted up at 6-6.
  • After a quiet eighth inning, DH Conley’s Riley Williams led off the ninth inning with a walk and Matthew Matthijs followed with a single before two McQuaid errors loaded the bases and allowed the winning run to score, giving the Vikings a walkoff 7-6 victory.

NOTABLE INFORMATION

  • Bryce Jackson (2-for-4), Matthew Matthijs (2-for-5), and Riley Williams (2-for-3) all collected multi-hit games for DH Conley with Jackson adding two RBIs and two runs scored, while Williams crossed the plate three time and Matthijs recorded one RBI and one run.
  • Will Taylor (2-for-4) paced the McQuaid Jesuit offense with two hits, two runs scored, a stolen base, and a walk.
  • Luke Lambert got the win after tossing one hitless, scoreless inning in which he allowed just one walk.
  • McQuaid Jesuit’s Matthew Wilmarth (0-1) suffered the loss in the contest after allowing four runs on our hits in 2.1 innings of relief.
  • Ryan Smith came on in relief for DH Conley and put together five strong innings on the mound, allowing just one earned run on three hits while collecting 10 strikeouts.

ON DECK

  • DH Conley and McQuaid will continue their runs in the consolation bracket on Friday. Their next opponents will be announced this evening.

HANOVER 9, THE FIRST ACADEMY 2 (10 INNINGS)

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GAME HIGHLIGHTS

  • After a quiet first two innings for both teams, Hanover got the scoring going in the top of the third as Owen DeShazo hit a one-out single and stole second before crossing the plate on a Nolan Williamson RBI single to left that gave the Hawks a 1-0 lead that they would hold until the sixth inning.
  • The First Academy offense got off to a slow start in the contest but the Royals finally cracked the scoreboard in the bottom of the sixth when Greg Pettay drew a two-out walk, stole second, and was brought home with a Trent Kelly RBI single that tie the game, 1-1.
  • With neither team able to score in the seventh, the contest went to extras where Hanover once again struck first. Back-to-back leadoff singles and a walk quickly loaded the bases for the Hawks and Seth Keller capitalized with a sacrifice fly to right that made it a 2-1 game.
  • The Royals responded in the bottom half of the eighth with a run of their own to tie it back up when Greg Pettay and Trent Kelly once again combined to get their team on the board. Pettay hit a two-out single and advanced to second on a wild pitch before Kelly came through with another RBI single to make it 2-2.
  • Hanover sealed the victory with a seven-run top of the tenth that gave the Hawks a 9-2 victory.

NOTABLE INFORMATION

  • Cannon Peebles led Hanover at the plate, finishing 3-for-5 with two RBIs and a run scored.
  • Owen DeShazo and Nolan Williamson both finished 2-for-6 with DeShazo scoring two runs and Williamson adding a run of his own and two RBIs.
  • Seth Keller (2-for-3) also collected a multi-hit game for the Hawks while also recording an RBI and a run scored in the win.
  • Trent Kelly finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs to lead The First Academy’s offense.
  • Hanover’s Seth Keller also dominated on the mound, surrendering just one run, three hits, and one walk while striking out 16.
  • Seth Keller’s 16 punchouts broke Jack Flaherty’s record for strikeouts in a single game at the NHSI.
  • Marcus Van Alstine (1-0) earned the win after tossing three innings of relief in which he allowed just one run on two hits and struck out four.
  • Harrison Miller (0-1) suffered the loss after giving up eight runs on six hits with five walks in three innings of relief for The First Academy.

ON DECK

  • Hanover and The First Academy will both continue their runs in the consolation bracket on Friday. Their next opponents will be announced this evening.

SOCIAL MEDIA

  • Stay tuned with all of the action at the 2022 National High School Invitational by following @USABEvents on Twitter and @USABaseball on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Fans and media can use #NHSI22 in their posts.
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St. Johns Country Day Starts NHSI With 8-4 Defeat of Servite

The Spartans used a trio of two-run innings to advance to the 2022 quarterfinals
April 6, 2022
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E St. Johns Country Day 2 2 1 1 0 0 2 8 10 1 Servite 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 5 0 Win: Brad Hodges (1-0) Loss: Xavier Cardenas III (0-1) Save: None Box Score | Plays | Cumulative Stats: St.
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
St. Johns Country Day 2 2 1 1 0 0 2 8 10 1
Servite 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 5 0
Win: Brad Hodges (1-0) Loss: Xavier Cardenas III (0-1) Save: None
Box Score | Plays | Cumulative Stats: St. Johns Country Day & Servite

CARY, N.C. – In their opening game of the USA Baseball National High School Invitational (NHSI) presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance, St. Johns Country Day School (Orange Park, Fla.) used a trio of two-run innings to take down Servite High School (Anaheim, Calif.), 8-4, on Wednesday, April 6, at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

The two teams traded runs in the first inning to take a 2-2 tie into the second before St. Johns took control. The Spartans plated runs in each of the next three frames to take a commanding 6-2 lead, scoring two in the second with a Brad Hodges two-RBI single and one apiece in the third and fourth innings. After a quiet couple innings for both offenses, St. Johns added two insurance runs in the top of the seventh and Servite rallied for two clutch RBI doubles in the bottom half but it wasn’t enough as the Spartans got a popup to close out the 8-4 victory.

Jordan Taylor led the St. Johns offense on the day, finishing 3-for-4 with two runs score, while Finn Howell (1-for-2) led both teams in RBIs with three. Servite spread its offense throughout the lineup with five different players recording the team’s five hits and Jarrod Hocking, Agustin Gutierrez, Mikiah Negrete, and Nicholas Gallardo responsible for an RBI apiece.

Brad Hodges was a force both at the plate and on the mound for the Spartans. He allowed just three runs on three hits while striking out nine in 6.2 innings of work to earn the win while also going 1-for-3 at the plate with two RBIs and a run scored. Servite’s Xavier Cardenas III was tagged with the loss after surrendering four runs on five hits in two innings.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS

  • St. Johns Country Day got on the board first courtesy of a two-RBI single off the bat of Finn Howell that gave the Spartans a 2-0 advantage in the top of the first.
  • Servite wasted no time responding to St. Johns Country Day early offense when Agustin Gutierrez laced a double down the left field line in the bottom half of the first to bring Jarrod Hocking home and make it a 2-1 game.
  • A single and a walk then loaded the bases for Servite’s Mikiah Negrete who took full advantage with an RBI single that tied the game at 2-2 through one complete.
  • St. Johns didn’t lose its lead for long though as another two-RBI single, this time from Brad Hodges, put the team up 4-2 in the second.
  • Vic Patel added another run for St. Johns in the top of the third, dropping an RBI single into center field for the 5-2 lead.
  • One inning later, Jordan Taylor singled, advanced to second on a flyout, and stole third before Finn Howell collected his third RBI of the day with a sacrifice fly that gave St. Johns a 6-2 lead.
  • Isaiah Mamea added an insurance run for a 7-2 St. Johns lead in the top of the seventh with a single to center field that brought home Finn Howell, who had led off the inning with walk.
  • Kyle Boylston was responsible for the final St. Johns run of the day after his sacrifice fly plated Kody Daneault for an 8-2 advantage in the seventh.
  • Down to its final out, Servite’s Nick Gallardo and Jarrod Hocking hit back-to-back RBI doubles that cut the deficit in half but it wouldn’t be enough as Gavan Bradley came on in relief and got the final out to secure the 8-4 victory.

NOTABLE INFORMATION

  • St. Johns Country Day starts its NHSI tournament 1-0 with the win.
  • Servite drops to 0-1 in the 2022 NHSI with the loss.
  • Brad Hodges finished just one out shy of a complete game, allowing just three hits, three runs and two walks through 6.2 innings on the mound for St. Johns Country Day while picking up nine strikeouts.

ON DECK

  • St. Johns Country Day advances to the quarterfinals of the 2022 NHSI on Wednesday. The Spartans will face the winner of Tuesday’s game between Buford High School (Buford, Ga.) and Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) on Thursday.
  • Servite falls into the consolation bracket with the loss. Their next opponent will be announced this evening.

SOCIAL MEDIA

  • Stay tuned with all of the action at the 2022 National High School Invitational by follow @USABEvents on Twitter and @USABaseball on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Fans and media can use #NHSI22 in their posts.
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USA Baseball Unveils 2022 Golden Spikes Award Midseason Watch List

The 44th Golden Spikes Award will be presented on June 24 on ESPN
April 5, 2022
CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today unveiled the 2022 Golden Spikes Award midseason watch list, moving closer to naming the top amateur baseball player in the country. The winner of the 44th Golden Spikes Award will be announced on Friday, June 24, on ESPN. The midseason watch list features 45

CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today unveiled the 2022 Golden Spikes Award midseason watch list, moving closer to naming the top amateur baseball player in the country. The winner of the 44th Golden Spikes Award will be announced on Friday, June 24, on ESPN.

The midseason watch list features 45 of the nation's top amateur players from the high school and college ranks and includes 26 athletes who have played their way onto the watch list since the preseason list was announced on February 15. The Golden Spikes Award Advisory Board will continue to maintain a rolling list of athletes, allowing players to play themselves into consideration for the award before announcing the semifinalists on May 24.

“We are thrilled to recognize these forty-five amateur athletes on the Golden Spikes Award midseason watch list for their incredible performances throughout the first half of the 2022 season,” said Paul Seiler, USA Baseball’s Executive Director and CEO. “Each of these athletes has proven themselves worthy of consideration for this prestigious award through both their talent and character. We look forward to seeing what the rest of this exciting season holds before crowning the latest Golden Spikes Award winner in June.”

The watch list is headlined by Jacob Berry (LSU) and Jace Jung (Texas Tech), who were both named Golden Spikes Award semifinalists in 2021. Additionally, eight athletes are making their second appearance on the midseason watch list in 2022 after also being named to the list last season, including Berry, Justin Campbell (Oklahoma State), Dylan Crews (LSU), Jung, Dominic Keegan (Vanderbilt), Brooks Lee (Cal Poly), Parker Messick (Florida State), and Kevin Parada (Georgia Tech).

Tennessee, Texas, and Vanderbilt lead all 34 schools represented with three athletes each on the 2022 midseason watch list while Cal Poly, Louisville, LSU, Oregon State, and Virginia each boast two representatives.

In total, 12 different NCAA conferences have at least one athlete on the list. The Southeastern Conference tops all represented conferences with 12 athletes, while nine play in the Atlantic Coast Conference and five hail from the Big 12.

The 2022 Golden Spikes Award midseason watch list features five athletes that will look to become just the third player from a non-NCAA Division I school to win the award (Alex Fernandez, 1990; Bryce Harper, 2010), including Haydn McGeary (Colorado Mesa) who is representing NCAA Division II this year.

The 2022 midseason watch list also features the highest number of high school baseball players ever. Elijah Green (IMG Academy), Termarr Johnson (Mays High School), Druw Jones (Wesleyan High School), and Dylan Lesko (Buford High School) were all named to the 2022 midseason list after also appearing on the preseason list to start 2022 and are the first athletes from their respective schools to earn the honor.

Arkansas’ Kevin Kopps took home the prestigious award most recently in 2021, joining a group of recent winners that includes Adley Rutschman (2019), Andrew Vaughn (2018), Brendan McKay (2017), Kyle Lewis (2016), Andrew Benintendi (2015), A.J. Reed (2014), Kris Bryant (2013), Mike Zunino (2012), Bryce Harper (2010), Stephen Strasburg (2009), Buster Posey (2008) and David Price (2007).

On Tuesday, May 24, USA Baseball will announce the semifinalists for the 2022 Golden Spikes Award. The list of semifinalists will then be sent to a voting body consisting of baseball media members, select professional baseball personnel, current USA Baseball staff and the previous winners of the award, representing a group of more than 150 voters. As part of this selection process, all voters will be asked to choose three players from the list of semifinalists. On June 8, USA Baseball will announce the finalists, and voting for the winner will begin that same day.

Fan voting will once again be a part of the Golden Spikes Award in 2022. Beginning with the semifinalist announcement and continuing through the finalist round voting deadline, fans from across the country will be able to vote for their favorite player on GoldenSpikesAward.com.

The winner of the 44th Golden Spikes Award will be named on Friday, June 24, on ESPN. To stay up-to-date on the 2022 Golden Spikes Award visit GoldenSpikesAward.com and follow @USAGoldenSpikes on Twitter and Instagram.

The 2022 Golden Spikes Award timeline:

May 24: USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award semifinalists announced, fan voting begins

June 6: USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award semifinalists fan voting ends

June 8: USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award finalists announced, fan voting begins

June 14: USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award finalists fan voting ends

June 24: USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award trophy presentation

A complete list of the 45-player 2022 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award midseason watch list is as follows:

Name, Position, School, Conference

  • Hunter Barco; LHP; Florida; Southeastern Conference
  • Drew Beam; RHP; Tennessee; Southeastern Conference
  • Jacob Berry; INF; LSU; Southeastern Conference
  • John Michael Bertrand; LHP; Notre Dame; Atlantic Coast Conference
  • Enrique Bradfield, Jr.; OF; Vanderbilt; Southeastern Conference
  • Jake Brooks; RHP; UCLA; Pac-12 Conference
  • Chase Burns; RHP; Tennessee; Southeastern Conference
  • Justin Campbell; RHP; Oklahoma State; Big 12 Conference
  • Jonathan Cannon; RHP; Georgia; Southeastern Conference
  • Carlos Contreras; OF; Sam Houston; Western Athletic Conference
  • Dylan Crews; OF; LSU; Southeastern Conference
  • Chase DeLauter; OF; James Madison; Colonial Athletic Conference
  • Nolan DeVos; RHP; Davidson; Atlantic 10 Conference
  • Sonny DiChiara; INF; Auburn; Southeastern Conference
  • Chase Dollander; RHP; Tennessee Southeastern Conference
  • Jake Gelof; INF; Virginia; Atlantic Coast Conference
  • Elijah Green; OF; IMG Academy
  • Pete Hansen; LHP; Texas; Big 12 Conference
  • Thomas Harrington; RHP; Campbell; Big South Conference
  • Cooper Hjerpe; LHP; Oregon State; Pac-12 Conference
  • Gabriel Hughes; RHP; Gonzaga; West Coast Conference
  • Jack Hurley; OF; Virginia Tech; Atlantic Coast Conference
  • Termarr Johnson; INF; Mays High School
  • Druw Jones; OF; Wesleyan High School
  • Jace Jung; INF; Texas Tech; Big 12 Conference
  • Dominic Keegan; UTIL; Vanderbilt; Southeastern Conference
  • Christian Knapczyk; INF; Louisville; Atlantic Coast Conference
  • Brooks Lee; SS; Cal Poly; Big West Conference
  • Dylan Lesko; RHP; Buford High School
  • Karson Ligon; RHP; Miami; Atlantic Coast Conference
  • Chris McElvain; RHP; Vanderbilt; Southeastern Conference
  • Haydn McGeary; C; Colorado Mesa; Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
  • Ivan Melendez; INF; Texas; Big 12 Conference
  • Jacob Melton; OF/INF; Oregon State; Pac-12 Conference
  • Parker Messick; LHP; Florida State; Atlantic Coast Conference
  • Ben Metzinger; C/INF; Louisville; Atlantic Coast Conference
  • Connor Noland; RHP; Arkansas; Southeastern Conference
  • Kevin Parada; C; Georgia Tech; Atlantic Coast Conference
  • Nate Savino; LHP; Virginia; Atlantic Coast Conference
  • Nolan Schanuel; INF/OF; Florida Atlantic; Conference USA
  • Jordan Sprinkle; INF; UC Santa Barbara; Big West Conference
  • Murphy Stehly; INF; Texas; Big 12 Conference
  • Daniel Susac; C; Arizona; Pac-12 Conference
  • Drew Thorpe; RHP; Cal Poly; Big West Conference
  • Jacob Wilson; INF; Grand Canyon; Western Athletic Conference
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GSA Spotlight: Oregon State’s Jacob Melton

Jacob Melton used a quiet summer of reflection to get his 2022 season off to a red-hot start
April 1, 2022
Jacob Melton didn’t spend last summer on the Cape or in the Northwoods. The dynamic Oregon State outfielder may have ventured to a cape and spent much of the summer in the woods alright, but that would be the cape of a river in the Willamette Valley on the opposite

Jacob Melton didn’t spend last summer on the Cape or in the Northwoods. The dynamic Oregon State outfielder may have ventured to a cape and spent much of the summer in the woods alright, but that would be the cape of a river in the Willamette Valley on the opposite coast of the prestigious Cape Cod League.

Instead of chasing down flies in a summer league outfield, the sweet-swinging 6-foot-3 lefty was using flies to net his next catch, spending five or six days a week fly fishing in Oregon. He was relegated to partaking in one of his favorite hobbies after shoulder surgery to repair his labrum in May ended his 2021 season and sidelined him for the next seven months.

“As soon as I got out of the sling, I was all for [fishing],” Melton said with a grin. “I didn’t have much else to do other than [physical therapy] and rehab, so I had a lot of time to kill over the summer.”

There were a lot of hours alone with just the soundtrack of the babbling brook and wind gently rustling leaves as it danced through the trees. Melton spent those quiet times occasionally analyzing his breakout campaign where he hit .404, 6, 25 in 99 at-bats and helped push Oregon State to a 26-11 start only to watch his injury effectively derail the Beavers’ season.

They lost five of their final six regular-season series and fell in the regional championship at Dallas Baptist, going 11-13 after Melton was shut down. He spent time wondering what could have been, but more often, Melton used his solitude in nature to self reflect and try to better himself as a person.

“This past summer it was definitely tough with the injury, but I appreciate it. Just kind of realized where my feet are at and to enjoy all of it,” Melton said. “It was good in different aspects. Obviously, I would have loved to been able to play over the summer and finish out last season, but I think the way it worked out definitely allowed me to grow as a person and be ready to go this year.”

He came into this season playing not only for himself, but now as one of the older guys on the roster, he felt he owed it to the team’s younger players to be a leader, to play with confidence and to give an emulatable example each time he steps into the box. But first Melton had to get back in the batter’s box. He wasn’t able to do much in the fall, particularly with the bat. He basically had the time from when the team returned to campus after the winter break until opening day to try to rebuild his swing step by step.

“I had a six-week buildup to be able to swing at 100 percent,” he said. “It was really just a struggle to not build any bad habits in that time. I was really just working on the small pieces and ensuring that I was making the small moves right and doing everything right during the buildup to being full go.”

Since getting the full-go clearance, there’s been no stopping Melton.

Opponents have tried just about everything, only to see good pitches lined for base hits and mistakes banged off or over the wall. Melton picked up right where his 2021 season concluded and added more extra-base power with fewer strikeouts. He began the season with a ridiculous streak. Melton opened his fourth-year junior campaign with at least one hit and one run knocked home in each of the first 17 games. He also scored at least one run in 15 of the 17 games.

Melton has already surpassed last season’s numbers, hitting .385, 9, 41 in essentially the same number of at-bats while cutting his strikeout rate more than 10 percent. He drove in three more runs on Wednesday in a 9-8 win at Nevada, including bringing home the go-ahead run on a deep sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth inning to push the No. 3 Beavers to 19-5 on the season.

“He’s continued to make adjustments and get better and better,” Oregon State third-year head coach Mitch Canham said. “He’s got a ton of power and extremely mobile and athletic and he’s fighting with two strikes and shooting baseballs the other way on a line or leaving the house.

“He can leave the house to any part of the field, can drive singles to any part of the field and then something we haven’t seen him do a whole lot this year is he can put the ball on the ground via bunt and end up on first, but then next thing you know, he’s getting a double out of it because he’s swiping second. He’s got every tool there is and his heart is one of the biggest ones.”

Melton is fourth in the nation in RBIs. He leads the Pac-12 in that category as well as slugging percentage and total bases. He’s second in the conference in hits, home runs and runs while his eight stolen bases are fourth in the league. His offensive impact has been immense, but he’s made an even bigger impact in the locker room helping Canham build the culture that was so important to the championship Oregon State teams of the past two decades.

“He’s a big pillar in this group,” Canham said. “His work ethic, his attitude, his determination, his energy, his confidence. I mean, everything that he does spreads to the rest of the group. He loves his family and this family loves him. There’s not a person in the world that doesn’t get excited watching him walk up to the plate and go to work.”

Opposing pitchers and coaches may disagree with that final statement, but there is definitely a rise in anticipation for the Beavers seeing Melton stroll to the plate to take his left-handed hacks. They have seen him do his “lonely work,” as Canham calls it. The on-your-own, away-from-practice, before and after extra swings in the cage, ground balls taken, towel drills or tee work. Except what might have once been lonely or perhaps partner work between Melton and Wade Meckler often has an audience nowadays.

“Last year, Wade and I pretty much had free rein to the cages. This year, it’s kind of been a struggle to make it in there and get a cage sometimes,” Melton said. “It’s pretty much five or six nights a week we’re up there and there is somebody up there with us every time. It’s really cool to see. It’s a good culture. It’s something we want to build upon and leave here for sure. It’s just the willingness to put in extra work and do whatever you need to better yourself and put yourself in a spot to be ready to perform.

“I think that’s where a lot of our success comes from is just everybody on the roster has put in a lot of hours from our pitching staff, all of our hitters have put in so much extra work to really be in a position to perform on the field.”

Melton has always been a hard worker and the results have followed. He was a two-time first-team All-State in high school hitting .453, 9, 27 as a junior and .513, 8, 28 his senior year, stealing a combined 55 bases his final two years at South Medford (Ore.). He made the All-Northwest Conference first team in his lone season at Linn-Benton CC, hitting .365, 3, 39 with 16 stolen bases. But for the kid that dreamed of wearing the orange and black and says he would be at Oregon State even if he didn’t play baseball (in large part because of his fisheries and wildlife sciences major), his first season was more of a nightmare.

He struck out in his only at-bat on opening day. He went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts in his first career start. He got his first and only hit of the season after entering as a defensive replacement in a blowout. Melton then struck out three more times in his final five at-bats over the next 10 days before the 2020 season became the 2020 season. The campaign was shuttered due to the Covid-19 pandemic with the Beavers sitting on a five-game losing streak and a 5-9 record. Melton finished 1 for 11 with six strikeouts. It became the driving force for the player he has become.

“I didn’t prove anything in 2020 and obviously there needed to be some changes to what I do at the plate,” Melton said. “There wasn’t a lot of confidence, hard to get confidence from 1 for 11 with six strikeouts, but I just used that as fuel to get better and that was motivation to go hit every night, so I’m honestly kind of thankful that season worked out the way it did. Otherwise, I don’t know if I’d have the same motivation to work and do all the same stuff that I do now.”

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USA Baseball and Panini Extend Exclusive Trading Card Agreement

New agreement preserves exclusive relationship that began in 2012
March 28, 2022
CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball and Panini America, the world's largest sports and entertainment collectibles company, today jointly announced a second long-term extension of their exclusive licensing agreement which began in 2012. The extension continues Panini America's status as the Official Baseball Card of USA Baseball and grants Panini America

CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball and Panini America, the world's largest sports and entertainment collectibles company, today jointly announced a second long-term extension of their exclusive licensing agreement which began in 2012. The extension continues Panini America's status as the Official Baseball Card of USA Baseball and grants Panini America exclusive trading card category rights to all USA Baseball marks, as well as the annual Collegiate, 18U, and 15U National Teams, and the organization’s national team development programs.

The sixth edition of Stars & Stripes USA Baseball will be the first product launched under the new extension. 2022 Stars & Stripes USA Baseball will arrive April 6 and incorporates more than 40 members of the 2021 Collegiate National Team, as well as members of the 18U and 15U National Teams, the 16U/17U National Team Development Program, and the 13U/14U Athlete Development Program. Hobby boxes will deliver unique autographs and game-worn memorabilia cards from current national teams and alumni.

Continuing under the details of the latest extension, Panini America logo patches will remain on USA Baseball uniforms and Panini America will manufacture at least one standalone product devoted exclusively to USA Baseball annually. Additionally, USA Baseball content will be featured throughout its complete line of baseball products.

"Our relationship with USA Baseball has given us the ability to showcase tomorrow’s stars first as they make their way through the USA Baseball program,” said Mark Warsop, CEO of Panini America. “We look forward to continuing the partnership and featuring the top prospects in the game.”

"USA Baseball is excited to continue our partnership with Panini America through which collectors and fans can continue to find the first baseball cards of the game’s top prospects,” said USA Baseball Chief Operating Officer David Perkins. “Our national teams and national team development programs are comprised of new players each year and those changing rosters make USA Baseball content truly unique in the baseball card industry.”

Since this partnership began in 2012, 156 national team alumni have been taken in the first round of the MLB Draft, including eight top overall picks: Mark Appel (2013), Brady Aiken (2014), Dansby Swanson (2015), Mickey Moniak (2016), Royce Lewis (2017), Casey Mize (2018), Adley Rutschman (2019), and Spencer Torkelson (2020). In total, USA Baseball boasts 33 No. 1 picks and 530 first round selections since 1972.

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MEDIA ADVISORY: USA Baseball National High School Invitational Begins Wednesday, April 6

March 27, 2022
USA Baseball invites the local and national media to the 2022 USA Baseball National High School Invitational (NHSI) presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance (GRSA). The NHSI returns in 2022 after the last two tournaments were canceled due to the pandemic. The NHSI is a 16-team, single-elimination championship tournament

USA Baseball invites the local and national media to the 2022 USA Baseball National High School Invitational (NHSI) presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance (GRSA). The NHSI returns in 2022 after the last two tournaments were canceled due to the pandemic.

The NHSI is a 16-team, single-elimination championship tournament and each participating team is guaranteed to play four games. The NHSI is supported by the Town of Cary and Balfour & Co., and presents participating athletes with national exposure in addition to providing the opportunity for the best teams in the country to compete against each other.

WHAT: USA Baseball National High School Invitational (NHSI)

WHEN: April 6-9, 2022

WHERE: USA Baseball National Training Complex

7445 Green Hope School Road

Cary, N.C., 27519

The NHSI will bring together 16 of the top prep teams in the country to compete against each other in what has become the premier event on the high school baseball calendar. As no event currently brings in a level of talent from top to bottom that the NHSI promises, the eventual tournament champion will kick off their respective season with recognition as the top high school baseball team in the country.

The three-time defending champion Orange Lutheran High School (Orange, Calif.) returns to the NHSI in 2022 looking to win an unprecedented fourth consecutive title. Mater Dei High School (Santa Ana, Calif.) is the only other school to win back-to-back titles (2011 and 2012).

Credential Application

Members of the media can apply for a credential by visit the USA Baseball Media Services page on the official website: http://www.usabaseball.com/about/media-services.

NHSI Championship Festival presented by PNC Bank

The National High School Invitational Championship Festival presented by PNC Bank will take place on Saturday, April 9 before the championship game. The festival is slated to begin at 4:00 p.m. ET and will include family-friendly activities. Additionally, six of the most popular local food truck vendors, including Big Mike's BBQ, Mr. Cheesesteak, Tacos Costa Grande, The Flat Drum, and Will and Pops, will be on site during the event.

PLAY BALL Event

USA Baseball, supported by Major League Baseball, will host a PLAY BALL event prior to the championship game of the NHSI on Saturday, April 9, from 4-6 p.m. Children between the ages of 5-12 are eligible to attend the free community event. All participants will receive a free PLAY BALL t-shirt and a bat-and-ball set. They will also receive free admission to the championship game, which is set to take place at 6 p.m. For more information on PLAY BALL click here.

USA Baseball Coverage

Social Media: @USABEvents (Twitter) and @USABaseball (Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter)

Streaming/TV

The semifinal and championship games will be broadcast live on USABaseball.com, MLB.com, and Facebook Live. All other games will be webcast via single-camera stream. For more information, visit USA Baseball's streaming page.

Participating Teams and Schedule

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

For the full schedule, please visit the NHSI schedule page.

Past Champions

2019: Orange Lutheran High School (Orange, Calif.)*

2018: Orange Lutheran High School (Orange, Calif.)*

2017: Orange Lutheran High School (Orange, Calif.)*

2016: Huntington Beach High School (Huntington Beach, Calif.)*

2015: San Clemente High School (San Clemente, Calif.)

2014: The First Academy (Orlando, Fla.)*

2013: Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)

2012: Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)

* denotes participants in the 2022 NHSI

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GSA Spotlight: Louisville's Christian Knapczyk Emerges As Elite Leadoff Man

March 25, 2022
Just about one year ago, things were going much differently for Christian Knapczyk than they are right now. It was still early in his Louisville career, but was having a hard time adjusting both offensively and defensively at shortstop. After he made errors in the first two games of a

Just about one year ago, things were going much differently for Christian Knapczyk than they are right now. It was still early in his Louisville career, but was having a hard time adjusting both offensively and defensively at shortstop. After he made errors in the first two games of a series against Boston College in mid-March, head coach Dan McDonnell pulled him aside.

“He had just won the shortstop job, maybe a week before. And he was really struggling this weekend, and he wasn’t playing great defense, and it was like his introduction to ACC baseball. Literally I put my arm around him and said, ‘Hey man, i can take you out of the game. I don’t want to make you play, you don’t look real comfortable right now,’” McDonnell recalled. “He was very respectful and very polite, but he was like, ‘No no, Coach, don’t take me out, I’m fine. I promise you, I’m fine.’ It wasn’t going good, and I’ll be darned, he hits a triple and we’re losing, I think it was the Sunday game, and we ended up coming from behind and winning. I remember thinking, that’s not easy to do for a lot of players when they’re struggling, much less a freshman. This kid’s a freshman in an ACC weekend, and he came up with maybe the biggest hit of the weekend. The game was on the line late, and I almost took him out. Because I had older infielders, and I just thought, this is not looking good. That’s when it said a lot, and he stuck and he’s played just about every game at short.”

Knapczyk had his ups and downs that freshman year, but he settled in and had a solid offensive campaign, hitting .297/.374/.385 with seven steals. McDonnell rarely sends even his highest profile hitters to play in the Cape Cod League after their freshman years because he doesn’t want them hitting below .200 and destroying their confidence — but Knapczyk’s confidence is one of his greatest assets, so the Cards sent him to play for the Bourne Braves last summer. “And that joker, he held his own up there,” McDonnell said.

More than holding his own, Knapczyk hit .321 with nearly as many walks (14) as strikeouts (17) in 109 regular-season at-bats, then hit .476 in 21 postseason at-bats. He returned to campus in the fall looking like an emerging superstar.

And in the fall, McDonnell wasn’t shy about predicting big things for Knapczyk and veteran third baseman Ben Metzinger, whom he called his “Rowdey Jordan/Tanner Allen” combination at the top of the order, referencing two of the top hitters for the 2021 national champion Mississippi State Bulldogs. So far, that prediction looks spot-on, as Knapczyk and Metzinger have gotten off to huge starts in the two two spots of the order, serving as the catalysts that make Louisville’s explosive offense go. Knapyczyk is hitting .405/.548/.646 with 16 walks against nine strikeouts, showing off his elite bat-to-ball skills and also his plate discipline, all of which makes him an ideal leadoff man. His good speed and superb baserunning acumen makes him an even more disruptive force atop the order, helping him swipe 11 bases in 12 tries.

“He’s a good basestealer, he gets good jumps, and he wants to run. There is no fear,” McDonnell said. 

“He has that quality that the great basestealers have. You get thrown out and there’s no gun shy, he is very aggressive, very confident.”

Metziner behind him also has a knack for grinding out quality at-bats, with 23 walks against 17 strikeouts. He’s hitting .329 with a team-best nine homers — and home runs are not easy to come by at Jim Patterson Stadium, especially in the cold early weeks of the season.

But Knapczyk, despite his 5-foot-9, 165-pound stature, is also driving the ball with more authority this year. After hitting nine doubles, two triples and no homers in 148 at-bats as a freshman, he already has exceeded last year’s extra-base hit total in just 79 at-bats as a sophomore (seven doubles, three triples and two homers).

“I think you get rewarded the better swings you take and the ability to put the bat on the baseball, those guys get rewarded. He’s gotten stronger,” McDonnell said. “I’ve had a lot of questions about him as a leadoff, and I kind of laugh, because I’ve coached a lot of great leadoffs in my day, and that’s what I did as a player. He is way more offensive, I grew up in The Citadel generation there, a blue collar dirtbag hard-nosed type of kid that might not have been a great hitter, but he could get on base, he could steal. I made a living through walking and finding any way to get on. 

“But I don’t tell Knapczyk anything, I don’t make him take. I’ve kind of told our people, ‘Look, I’m just letting him do his thing, and if something isn’t working out I’ll address it.’ But I’ve put no restrictions on him for literally the entire year. For a leadoff, you’re always like, ‘Make sure he’s throwing strikes and make sure you establish the strike zone.’ But with him, I’ve always respected the ability to hit, the hand-eye coordination, and the numbers back it up. And with him less coaching is more.”

Knapczyk’s defense at shortstop remains an area of emphasis, however. He is fielding just .904, with seven errors, and one thing that is helping him is practicing more on taking ground balls from unusual spots so that he’s more comfortable when Louisville shifts. He’s plenty athletic and has good actions, but his arm is better suited for second base than shortstop at the next level. Still, McDonnell feels good about him improving defensively at short as the season progresses — in part because he works so hard at it.

“It’s a high energy kid. It’s just a tough Chicago kid that I’m extremely pleased with. But he’s coachable and he knows there’s areas we’re still working on improvement,” McDonnell said. “He’s a fun kid to coach and a fun kid to watch, I just think he has to be a fan favorite. He has those similar qualities like a Devin Hairston had —when pro guys were here hitting early, Devin was always standing out there at shortstop. Knapczyk is really, when they say a ‘baseball rat’, i worried more because of the body his freshman year, but this year he lived at the facility. He’s always out there with the pro guys, always standing on the field, always in the cages. He doesn’t know the meaning of ‘off day’. He is always at the facility. And that’s not something you can teach, he just loves it.”

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USA Baseball Announces 2022 Collegiate National Team Schedule

Team USA set to compete in Honkbalweek Haarlem for the first time since 2014
March 24, 2022
CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today announced the schedule for the 2022 Collegiate National Team, highlighted by the red, white, and blue’s return to Honkbalweek Haarlem from July 8-15 at Pim Mulier Stadium in Haarlem, Netherlands, where the U.S. will compete for the first time since 2014. The Collegiate team’s

CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today announced the schedule for the 2022 Collegiate National Team, highlighted by the red, white, and blue’s return to Honkbalweek Haarlem from July 8-15 at Pim Mulier Stadium in Haarlem, Netherlands, where the U.S. will compete for the first time since 2014. The Collegiate team’s summer tour will also include a five-game series against an opponent to be named later from June 30-July 4 in Cary, Durham, and Charlotte, North Carolina.

“We are thrilled to return to international competition with the Collegiate National Team in 2022,” USA Baseball Collegiate National Team General Manager Eric Campbell said. “Prior to that, we are excited to continue the tradition of Team USA taking the field in both Durham and Charlotte. The Durham Bulls Athletic Park and Truist Field are each outstanding venues and we are looking forward to an unforgettable experience for the fans and our athletes.”

To kickstart its 2022 summer schedule, the Collegiate National Team will compete in a five-game series from June 30-July 4. The first game of the series is set to take place at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, at 7 p.m. ET before the squad travels to compete in games two, three, and four of the series at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park (DBAP) in Durham, North Carolina. First pitch of games two and four is set for 6:35 p.m. ET on July 1 and 3, respectively, and game three is scheduled for a 5:05 p.m. ET first pitch. Fireworks will follow the contests on July 1 and 3 while kids and fans will be able to run the bases at the conclusion of game three on July 2.

2022 marks the Collegiate National Team’s 17th year playing at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The Collegiate team has collected a 52-10-1 record against both domestic and international opponents dating back to its opening in 1995, most recently going head-to-head with the Olympic Team in a training contest prior to the U.S. claiming the silver medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. USA Baseball alumni that have played at the DBAP include former MLB MVPs Dustin Pedroia and Justin Verlander, as well as 32 MLB All-Stars, and nine past World Series champions.

“The long-standing partnership we have enjoyed with USA Baseball has been incredible, and we’re very excited the DBAP will once again host some of the country’s most talented players,” said Mike Birling, Durham Bulls Vice President of Baseball Operations. “We look forward to seeing the future stars join the 32 MLB All-Stars who participated in past games at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.”

Team USA will conclude its domestic tour on July 4 at Truist Field, the home of the Charlotte Knights, in Charlotte, North Carolina. The game will begin at 6:05 p.m. ET and will be followed by the return of the annual WBT SkyShow. This year will be the sixth time Team USA has played at Truist Field, most recently defeating Cuba 4-2 on July 3, 2019, in game two of the 8th Annual USA vs. Cuba International Friendship Series.

To round out its 2022 campaign, the Collegiate National Team will compete at the Honkbalweek Haarlem tournament. The U.S. will begin the event against Japan on July 9 at 8 a.m. ET (1 p.m. local time) before taking on Italy, Cuba, the Netherlands, and Chinese Taipei to close out group stage play. The second round of the tournament will then be played on July 14 ahead of the championship on July 15.

The U.S. has competed at Honkbalweek Haarlem five times since 2000 and has earned three gold medals in that time, including winning the championship in its most recent appearance at the event in 2014. The Collegiate National Team dropped its first contest of the tournament that summer to Japan, 1-0, but then did not lose another game, finishing with a 7-1 record and outscoring opponents 34-5 in its final six games to claim the gold. Team USA also won gold in the 2000, 2002, and 2008 editions of the event and earned a bronze medal in 2012.

The Collegiate National Team will be led in 2022 by Ole Miss’ Mike Bianco, who will make his USA Baseball managerial debut and second appearance overall in the red, white, and blue this summer. The 2020 National Coach of the Year served as the pitching coach for the 2013 Collegiate National Team and led the U.S. pitching staff to a collective 1.87 ERA, a 20-3 record, and 222 strikeouts during that summer’s campaign.

Bianco is the winningest coach in Ole Miss history since taking over the program in 2000. Prior to leading Ole Miss to a No. 1 ranking and 15-4 record this season, he posted an 812-462-1 (.637) record in 21 seasons at the helm and has guided the Rebels to 17 postseason appearances, seven Super Regionals, and a College World Series berth in 2014. He also earned both his 900th career victory and his 800th win in an Ole Miss uniform with a defeat of Texas A&M on May 8, 2021, becoming one of just 16 active head coaches to reach the 900 mark and one of just two in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) alongside Arkansas’ Dave Van Horn.

The rest of the 2022 Collegiate National Team staff, as well as Team USA’s final roster, will be announced at a later date.

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The full 2022 Collegiate National Team schedule is as follows:
(Date; Matchup; Location; Time)

2022 Team USA Domestic Dates

  • Thursday, June 30; USA vs. TBD; Cary, North Carolina; 7 p.m. ET
  • Friday, July 1; USA vs. TBD; Durham, North Carolina; 6:35 p.m. ET
  • Saturday, July 2; USA vs. TBD; Durham, North Carolina; 5:05 p.m. ET
  • Sunday, July 3; USA vs. TBD; Durham, North Carolina; 6:35 p.m. ET
  • Monday, July 4; USA vs. TBD; Charlotte, North Carolina; 6:05 p.m. ET

2022 Honkbalweek Haarlem

  • Saturday, July 9; USA vs. Japan; Haarlem, the Netherlands; 8 a.m. ET
  • Sunday, July 10; USA vs. Italy; Haarlem, the Netherlands; 7 a.m. ET
  • Monday, July 11; USA vs. Cuba; Haarlem, the Netherlands; 2:30 p.m. ET
  • Tuesday, July 12; USA vs. the Netherlands; Haarlem, the Netherlands; 2:30 p.m. ET
  • Wednesday, July 13; USA vs. Chinese Taipei; Haarlem, the Netherlands; 10:30 a.m. ET
  • Thursday, July 14; Second round games
  • Friday, July 15; Championship game
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