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16U National Team Championships NC: Top Ten Metrics

August 17, 2020
ASSESSMENTS Catcher Max Velo (mph) Thomas McAndrews (NEB) - 76 Ike Irish (Tri State Arsenal) - 75 Jared Jones (East Cobb Astros) - 75 AJ Sheapard (Canes National) - 75 Mason Balsis (Elite Squad) - 74 Nick Forbes (CCB) - 74 Hayden Christiansen (Hitters Navy) - 74 John Kolsterman (Florida

ASSESSMENTS

Catcher Max Velo (mph)
Thomas McAndrews (NEB) - 76
Ike Irish (Tri State Arsenal) - 75
Jared Jones (East Cobb Astros) - 75
AJ Sheapard (Canes National) - 75
Mason Balsis (Elite Squad) - 74
Nick Forbes (CCB) - 74
Hayden Christiansen (Hitters Navy) - 74
John Kolsterman (Florida Burn) - 73
Chase Gallegos (Team California Black) - 73
Will Vierling (Hitters Navy) - 73
Sammy Leis (Team Elite) - 73
Brandyn Durand (Tri State Arsenal) - 73
Outfield Max Velo (mph)
Sullivan Brackin (East Cobb Astros) - 86
Kaden Hilburger (Richmond Braves) - 85
Tanner McDougal (Team California Black) - 84
Nathan Fink (Canes National) - 83
DJ Kojis (Hitters Navy) - 83
Drew Nelson (5 Star Natinal) - 83
Thaddeus Ector (East Cobb Astros) - 82
Davis Green (5 Star Natinal) - 82
CJ DiNapoli (Richmond Braves) - 81
Paxton Kling (Canes National) - 81
Liam Thompson (CCB) - 81
POP Time (sec)
Jared Jones (East Cobb Astros) - 1.83
Hayden Perry (5 Star National) - 1.87
Sammy Leis (Team Elite) - 1.87
Ike Irish (Tri State Arsenal) - 1.89
Eli Kapkowski (Florida Burn) - 1.89
Chase Gallegos (Team California Black) - 1.93
Caovinh Nguyen (CCB) - 1.93
Payton Ebbing (Tri State Arsenal) - 1.94
Dean Guzman (Elite Squad) - 1.94
Mason Balsis (Elite Squad) - 1.94
Lucas Manning (Richmond Braves) - 1.94

DIAMOND KINETICS

Max Acceleration Speed (mph)
Thaddeus Ector (East Cobb Astros) - 97
Jack Killelea (CCB National) - 96
Jared Jones (East Cobb Astros) - 64
Jared Jones (East Cobb Astros) - 59
Austin Williamson (5 Star National) - 57
Sal Stewart (5 Star National) - 57
Jared Jones (East Cobb Astros) - 56
Trent Hodgdon (5 Star National) - 56
Freddy Oquendo (Elite Squad) - 54
Cole Young (Canes National) - 54
Max Barrel Speed (mph)
Kenneth Schaedel (Richmond Braves) - 87
Jared Jones (East Cobb Astros) - 84
Thaddeus Ector (East Cobb Astros) - 83
Kenneth Schaedel (Richmond Braves) - 81
Kenneth Schaedel (Richmond Braves) - 81
Jared Jones (East Cobb Astros) - 80
Kenneth Schaedel (Richmond Braves) - 80
Austin Williamson (5 Star National) - 80
Ripken Reese (CBA NE Pride) - 79
Kenneth Schaedel (Richmond Braves) - 79

PDP ASSESSEMENT TESTING

Reaction + 30 yd (sec)
Paxton Kling (Canes National 16U) - 4.18
David Mershon (Canes National 16U) - 4.18
Dean Guzman (Elite Squad 16U) - 4.23
Lucas Manning (Richmond Braves) - 4.23
Dylan Dreiling (Tri State Arsenal) - 4.27
Alex Champagne (Team California Black) - 4.28
Alex Knapp (US Elite 2022 National) - 4.28
Adam Jones Shepard (Canes National 16U) - 4.28
Korbyn Dickerson (Tri State Arsenal) - 4.29
Ben Hamacher (East Cobb Astros) - 4.29
CMJ (Average Height)
AJ Shepard (Canes National 16U) - 24.2
Drew Lafferty (Tri State Arsenal) - 23.3
Paxton Kling (Canes National 16U) - 23.1
Aidan Marino (Florida Burn) - 23.1
Dylan Dreiling (Tri State Arsenal) - 22.9
Jack Hale (Team California Black) - 22.8
Jonathan Kim (Hitters 2022 Navy) - 22.5
Everett Cooper (Team Elite) - 22.3
Antonio Carter (CCB National) - 22.2
John Klosterman (Florida Burn) - 22.2

RAPSODO

Max Batted Ball Distance (feet)
Nathan Fink (Canes National) - 384.1
Jared Jones (East Cobb Astros) - 375.8
Jared Jones (East Cobb Astros) - 372.6
Jared Jones (East Cobb Astros) - 370.3
Harry Ford (East Cobb Astros) - 369.2
Kenneth Schaedel (Richmond Braves) - 361
Ryan Clifford (Canes National) - 352.5
Lamar King (Canes National) - 351.4
Harry Ford (East Cobb Astros) - 350
Harry Ford (East Cobb Astros) - 346.4
Max Batted Ball Exit Velo (mph)
Jared Jones (East Cobb Astros) - 104
Xavier Isaac (Canes National) - 103.3
Jared Jones (East Cobb Astros) - 102.7
Nathan Fink (Canes National) - 101.4
Nathan Fink (Canes National) - 100.3
Jared Jones (East Cobb Astros) - 99.3
Dylan Dreiling (Tri-State Arsenal) - 99.1
Ryan Clifford (Canes National) - 98.4
Harry Ford (East Cobb Astros) - 97.7
Kenneth Schaedel (Richmond Braves) - 97.7

TRACKMAN

Max FB Velo (mph)
JR Ritchie (Canes National) - 94.42
Dylan Lesko (East Cobb Astros) - 94.01
Brock Porter (Tri-State Arsenal) - 92.83
Tristan Smith (Canes National) - 92.49
Landon Heller (Team Elite) - 91.77
Radek Birkholz (East Cobb Astros) - 91.45
Kassius Thomas (Canes National) - 91.38
Coleman Willis (East Cobb Astros) - 91.24
RJ Sales (CCB National) - 91.16
Joe King (Hitters Navy 2022) - 90.78
Max FB Spin Rate
Coleman Willis (East Cobb Astros) - 2694.29
Noah Schultz (Hitters Navy 2022) - 2600.88
Matthew Matthijs (Canes National) - 2580.56
Bradley Gagen (Canes National) - 2539.16
Brock Porter (Tri-State Arsenal) - 2536.75
Tristan Smith (Canes National) - 2536.11
Carson Estridge (Tri-State Arsenal) - 2519.61
Luis Marrero II (Team Elite) - 2508.02
Landon Heller (Team Elite) - 2493.67
Owen Murphy (Hitters Navy 2022) - 2481.44
Max Exit Velo (mph)
Xavier Isaac (Canes National) - 108.60
Jared Jones (East Cobb Astros) - 107.72
Michael Gupton (Team Elite) - 106.81
Ryan Clifford (Canes National) - 104.99
Ike Irish (Tri-State Arsenal) - 104.13
AJ Shepard (Canes National) - 102.75
Korbyn Dickerson (Tri-State Arsenal) - 102.35
Ty Federici (CBA Northeast Pride) - 101.96
Kyle Fields (Richmond Braves) - 101.70
Harry Ford (East Cobb Astros) - 101.20
Max Distance (feet)
Xavier Isaac (Canes National) - 394.94
Harry Ford (East Cobb Astros) - 383.32
Hector Mangual (Elite Squad) - 373.55
CJ Dinapoli (Richmond Braves) - 371.53
Lamar King (Canes National) - 370.58
Kevin Jaxel (Tri-State Arsenal) - 368.01
AJ Shepard (Canes National) - 367.57
Ty Federici (CBA Northeast Pride) - 364.21
Michael Gupton (Team Elite) - 357.42
Xavier Martin (Richmond Braves) - 353.09
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2020 16U National Team Championships North Carolina All-Tournament Team Announced

Nine of the 14 teams at the event were represented on the All-Tournament Team
August 16, 2020
CARY, N.C. -- USA Baseball named the All-Tournament Team for the inaugural 16U National Team Championships North Carolina on Sunday, following the conclusion of the event. The East Cobb Astros went undefeated in the tournament and secured the gold medal with a comeback 8-5 victory. Nine teams are represented on the
CARY, N.C. -- USA Baseball named the All-Tournament Team for the inaugural 16U National Team Championships North Carolina on Sunday, following the conclusion of the event.
The East Cobb Astros went undefeated in the tournament and secured the gold medal with a comeback 8-5 victory. Nine teams are represented on the All-Tournament Team with Canes National and the East Cobb Astros leading the way with three selections each.
The 2020 16U National Team Championships North Carolina All-Tournament Team:
Mason Abromitis - US Elite
Derek Bermudez - Elite Squad
Radek Birkholz - East Cobb Astros
Everett Cooper - Team Elite
CJ DiNapoli - Richmond Braves
Marek Houston - Florida Burn
Xavier Isaac - Canes National
Jason LePage - Florida Burn
Dylan Lesko - East Cobb Astros
JR Ritchie - Canes National
AJ Shepard - Canes National
Sal Stewart - 5 Star National
Dakota Stone - NEB Jays
Jason Torres - Elite Squad
Ryan Terrell - Richmond Braves Platinum
Jett Williams - East Cobb Astros
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Florida Burn Wins Bronze, Defeats Elite Squad 3-0

Huston Wynne took a no-hitter into the sixth inning for Florida Burn
August 16, 2020
16U National Team Championships NC // Homepage // Schedule & Results (GameChanger)   1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E Elite Squad 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 Florida Burn 0 0 0 0 1 2 X 3 3 1 Win: Jaccb Budd Loss:

16U National Team Championships NC // Homepage // Schedule & Results (GameChanger)


  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Elite Squad 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Florida Burn 0 0 0 0 1 2 X 3 3 1
Win: Jaccb Budd Loss: Jason Torres // Box Score

CARY, N.C. -- Huston Wynne took a no-hitter into the top of the sixth inning and Bradley Ramsden delivered a two-RBI single in the bottom of the sixth inning to lead Florida Burn to a 3-0 victory over Elite Squad to win the bronze medal at the 16U National Team Championships North Carolina on Sunday.

Florida Burn finished the inaugural tournament with a 6-2 record while Elite Squad finished in fourth place with a 3-2-3 record.

Wynne was untouchable on the mound until the top of the sixth inning. He struck out five Elite Squad batters in his 5.1 innings of work before being lifted with one out in the top of the sixth inning. Jacob Budd came on in a relief and picked up the win, retiring all five batters he faced. Jason Torres went the distance on the mound for Elite Squad but suffered the loss after giving up three runs on three hits.

Logan Tribble and Ramsden supplied the offense for Florida Burn. Tribble picked up an RBI-hit by pitch in the bottom of the fifth to score the eventual game-winning run and Ramsden (1-for-3) added some insurance with a two-RBI single in the bottom of the sixth.

Mason Balsis (1-for-2) tallied the lone hit for Elite Squad in the game.

Key Moments

  • Elite Squad's Mason Balsis hit a single into left-centerfield in the top of the sixth inning to break-up the no-hit bid by Florida Burn starting pitcher Huston Wynne.
  • Logan Tribble was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth inning to score the game's first run, putting Florida Burn up 1-0.
  • Bradley Ramsden laced a 2-2 pitch over the third baseman to score Zachary Root and Christian Parrish to extend the Florida Burn lead to 3-0.
  • Jacob Budd retired the side in order in the top of the seventh inning to close the game and win Florida Burn the bronze medal.


Notable Information

  • Florida Burn starting pitcher Huston Wynne pitched five innings of no-hit baseball before giving up a single in the top of the sixth inning. He struck out five batters in 5.1 innings of work and gave up just one walk in the no-decision.
  • Jacob Budd game on in relief of Huston Wynne and retired all five batters he faced to pick up the win.
  • Jason Torres went the distance on the mound for Elite Squad but suffered the loss, giving up three runs on three hits with a strikeout and four walks.
  • Zachary Root went 2-for-2 with a run scored for Florida Burn and Bradley Ramsden finished the day 1-for-3 with two RBIs to lead Florida Burn to the bronze medal.
  • Mason Balsis picked up the lone hit of the game for Elite Squad.


Social

  • Stay tuned to @USABChamps_NC on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the 15U National Team Championships North Carolina.
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East Cobb Astros Go Undefeated in 16U National Team Championships NC Title Run

The East Cobb Astros rallied from a three-run deficit with multi-run fourth, fifth and sixth innings
August 16, 2020
16U National Team Championships NC // Homepage // Schedule & Results (GameChanger)   1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E East Cobb Astros 1 0 0 3 2 2 0 8 6 1 Canes National 1 2 1 0 0 0 1 5 8 1 Win: Sullivan

16U National Team Championships NC // Homepage // Schedule & Results (GameChanger)


  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
East Cobb Astros 1 0 0 3 2 2 0 8 6 1
Canes National 1 2 1 0 0 0 1 5 8 1
Win: Sullivan Brackin Loss: Kassius Thomas  Save: Jackson Gaspard // Box Score

CARY, N.C. - After falling behind 4-1, the East Cobb Astros rallied with three runs in the fourth and two in both the fifth and sixth innings to go undefeated in the 16U National Team Championships North Carolina with a 8-5 victory over Canes National in the gold medal game on Sunday at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

With the victory, the East Cobb Astros finished the event with a perfect 8-0 record, while handing Canes National its first loss of the week

The East Cobb Astros struck first in the championship game. Termarr Johnson and Harry Ford drew back-to-back two-out walks to put runners on first and second in the top of the first for Alvin Keels, who capitalized with a clutch single that brought in Johnson to give East Cobb Astros a 1-0 lead.

But that lead wouldn't hold long as Canes National wasted no time, responding with a run of their own in the bottom half of the inning. Xavier Isaac launched his third home run of the tournament - a solo shot to left-center - to tie the game at 1-1 heading to the second inning.

After holding the East Cobb Astros scoreless in the top half of the second inning, Canes National took its first lead of the game in the bottom half. An error and a walk put two on before three consecutive singles from Paxton Kling, Gavin Gallaher and James Triantos brought in two runs to give Canes National a 3-1 lead.

Canes National kept its momentum rolling in the bottom of the third inning to add on to its lead. Isaac picked up his second hit of the day with a one-out single and a walk to AJ Shepard set the stage for Roman Anthony, who came through with an RBI single through the left side to bring home Isaac and make it a 4-1 game.

East Cobb Astros tied the game back up with three runs in the top of the fourth thanks to a bases-loaded wild pitch, a Karson Bowen RBI-single that made it a 4-3 game and an RBI-groundout by Cooper Williams that tied it at four runs apiece.

In its next chance at the plate, East Cobb Astros piled on in the top of the fifth to take its first lead of the game since the first inning. Thaddeus Ector and Johnson drew back-to-back walks to lead off the inning before Keels recorded his second RBI hit of the day to drive in Ector and Karson Bowen drew a four-pitch walk that extended East Cobb Astros lead to 6-4.

One inning later, the East Cobb Astros kept their foot to the gas as they added two more runs to make it a four-run game in the top of the sixth. J Williams and Hector each drew one-out walks and then moved to second and third, respectively, as Ford came to the plate. Ford came up clutch with a two-out, two-RBI triple to give the East Cobb Astros an 8-4 advantage.

After being held scoreless in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings and down to its last three outs, Canes National got its offense rolling. Triantos drew a one-out walk and stole second to put a runner in scoring position for Ryan Clifford, who lined a single into right field to get a run back and make it an 8-5 contest.

But despite drawing two more walks that loaded the bases for Canes National with two outs, East Cobb Astros shut down the threat to secure the 8-5 victory and the 16U National Team Championships North Carolina gold medal.

Five batters collected hits for the East Cobb Astros in the victory with Keels (2-for-3; 2 RBIs) leading the way with the team's only multi-hit and multi-RBI game. Xavier Isaac (2-for-4) paced the Canes National offense in the loss after collecting two runs, an RBI and two hits, including a solo home run - his third long ball of the tournament.

The win was attributed to Sullivan Brackin (1-0) after his 4.1 innings of relief in which he allowed just one run on three hits and two walks, while striking out six. Kassius Thomas (0-1) suffered the loss in the title game when he allowed one run in his 0.2 innings on the mound.

The 16U age group finished off the three-week inaugural National Team Championships North Carolina. The tournament featured 14 teams and 46 games in six days at the National Training Complex. Follow @USABChamps_NC for the latest information about the tournament.

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Birkholz' Gem Leads East Cobb Astros Into Title Game

East Cobb Astros will face the winner of Canes National and Elite Squad in the 16U National Team Championships NC title game
August 16, 2020
16U National Team Championships NC // Homepage // Schedule & Results (GameChanger)   1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E Florida Burn 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 4 1 East Cobb Astros 1 0 0 0 1 4 X 6 6 2 Win: Radek

16U National Team Championships NC // Homepage // Schedule & Results (GameChanger)


  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Florida Burn 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 4 1
East Cobb Astros 1 0 0 0 1 4 X 6 6 2
Win: Radek Birkholz Loss: Joshua Cone // Box Score

CARY, N.C. -- Radek Birkholz pitched a gem for the East Cobb Astros and its offense padded a late lead in a 6-1 victory over Florida Burn in the first semifinal of the 16U National Team Championships North Carolina. With the win, the East Cobb Astros (7-0) move on to face Canes National (7-0) in the championship game at 11 a.m. on Coleman Field.

The Florida Burn (5-2) will play Elite Squad (3-1-3) for a bronze medal at 10:45 a.m. on Field 2 of the USA Baseball National Training Complex.

Jett Williams led the East Cobb offense on the day, going 1-for-1 with two RBIs and three runs scored. Meanwhile, Thad Ector (2-for-4) and Karson Bowen (2-for-3) collected multiple hits in the semifinal matchup. Marek Houston led the Florida Burn offense with a 2-for-3 day at the plate.

East Cobb Astros' starting pitcher, Radek Birkholz, was stellar on the mound, striking out eight batters in 6.2 innings of work. He picked up the win, giving up just one unearned run on the day. Joshua Cone suffered the loss for the Florida Burn after giving up five runs in the final two innings.

Key Moments

  • The East Cobb Astros scored the first run of the game on a Harry Ford sacrifice-fly to left-field, pushing Jett Williams across the plate for a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning.
  • Florida Burn took advantage of a pair of costly errors by the East Cobb Astros in the top of the fifth to tie the game at 1-1. With Bradley Ramsden on second thanks to an error, Carter Dierdorf dropped a bunt to the third baseman whose errant throw past the first baseman scored Ramsden.
  • East Cobb retook the lead on a throwing error by the pitcher in the bottom of the sixth inning, scoring Jett Williams from second to go ahead 2-1.
  • Bradley Hodges doubled on a fly ball to center field to score Cooper Williams and gave the East Cobb Astros an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth inning, 3-1.
  • Jett Williams lined a two-RBI double to left field to score Jackson Brockett score and Bradley Hodges, and Thad Ector followed with an RBI-double of his own to left to bring in Williams for a 6-1 lead heading into the top of the seventh inning.


Notable Information

  • Jett Williams led the East Cobb Astros offense from the leadoff spot, finishing the day 1-for-1 at the plate with two RBIs and three runs scored.
  • Thad Ector (2-for-4) and Karson Bowen (2-for-3) collected multiple hits in the game for the East Cobb Astros.
  • Houston Marek contributed a pair of hits for Florida Burn, pacing the offense with a 2-for-3 day.
  • Radek Birkholz picked up the victory for the East Cobb Astros, pitching 6.2 innings, giving up one unearned run and striking out eight.
  • Joshua Cone suffered the loss for Florida Burn, giving up five runs in the final two innings.


On Deck

  • East Cobb Astros advanced to the championship game of the 16U National Team Championships North Carolina and will face Canes National. The title game starts at 11 a.m. on Coleman Field and will be streamed on PlaySight.com.
  • Florida Burn will face Elite Squad in the bronze medal game at 10:45 a.m. on Field 2 at the National Training Complex. The game will be streamed on YouTube.com/USABaseballTV.


Social

  • Stay tuned to @USABChamps_NC on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the 15U National Team Championships North Carolina.
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Canes National Remains Undefeated to Advance to Championship Game

A three-run third and a four-run fourth propelled Canes National to a championship game berth
August 16, 2020
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E Elite Squad 1 0 1 0 1 3 0 6 8 0 Canes National 2 0 3 4 0 1 X 10 7 0 Win: T. Smith Loss: P. Galle // Box Score CARY, N.C. - Canes National used a three-run third and
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Elite Squad 1 0 1 0 1 3 0 6 8 0
Canes National 2 0 3 4 0 1 X 10 7 0
Win: T. Smith Loss: P. Galle // Box Score

CARY, N.C. - Canes National used a three-run third and four-run fourth to stay undefeated and secure its spot in the 16U National Team Championships North Carolina gold medal game with a 10-6 victory over Elite Squad in the semifinal matchup on Saturday at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

Ryan Clifford (2-for-2; 2 RBIs), Xavier Isaac (2-for-3; 4 RBIs) and AJ Shepard (2-for-4; 2 RBIs) led the Canes National offense, collecting six of the team's seven hits in the game and all eight RBIs. Elite Squad was paced at the plate by Derek Bermudez (3-for-4) who recorded the game's only three-hit performance and was responsible for three of Elite Squad's five RBIs in the game.

Tristan Smith (1-0) earned the win in the contest for Canes National after putting together a solid start, allowing two runs on four hits while striking out four in three innings of work. The loss in the contest went to Patrick Galle (0-1) after he gave up five runs on four hits and three walks in his 2.1-inning start.

KEY MOMENTS

  • Elite Squad jumped out to an early lead in the top of the first when two walks, a single and fielder's choice at the plate put runners at second and third for Ray Bermudez who came through with an RBI single to give Elite Squad a 1-0 advantage.
  • Canes National tied the game with the first chance it got, scoring a run on a balk in the bottom of the first after getting batters to first and third with a two-out walk and single.
  • With two outs, a runner at second and the game tied, AJ Shepard came up clutch with a double to give Canes a 2-1 lead heading into the second inning.
  • Following a scoreless second inning, Elite Squad tied the game at 2-2 with back-to-back doubles from Blake Cyr and Derek Bermudez to start the second inning.
  • After escaping a two-on, no-out jam in the top of the third, Canes National kept the momentum in the bottom half, drawing two walks to lead off the frame before Clifford singled through the right side to make it 3-2 in Canes National's favor.
  • An RBI-groundout by Xavier Isaac and a second Shepard RBI-double chased the Elite Squad starter Patrick Galle and brought two more runs across to increase the Canes National lead to 5-2.
  • A bases-loaded walk got the scoring started in the bottom of the fourth before Isaac came through once again, this time lacing a two-RBI single through the right side to give Canes National a commanding 8-2 lead.
  • Canes National pushed one more across the plate in the inning when Clifford stole home to make it a 9-2 game heading into the fifth inning.
  • A leadoff single by Freddy Oquendo and a one-out RBI-double by Derek Bermudez add a run for Elite Squad in the top of the fifth and cut the deficit to six.
  • Elite Squad put three more runs on the board in the top of the sixth on a bases-loaded single, error and hit-by-pitch to make it a 9-6 game.
  • Canes National strung together two walks and two singles to tack on one final run in the bottom of the sixth to finish off the 10-6 victory.

 

NOTABLE INFORMATION

  • Canes National improved to 7-0 in the 16U National Team Championships North Carolina with Sunday morning's semifinal win and advanced to play the only other remaining undefeated team in the event, East Cobb Astros, in the gold medal game on Sunday at 11:20 a.m. ET.
  • The gold medal game will be streamed live via PlaySight Interactive. Information on the live stream can be found here.
  • Elite Squad fell to 3-1-3 with the loss and will play Florida Burn for the 16U National Team Championships North Carolina bronze medal on Sunday at 11:15 a.m. ET.E
  • The bronze medal game will be streamed live with a single camera and broadcasted on the USA Baseball YouTube channel. The stream can be viewed here.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

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Shutouts and Walkoff Highlight 16U National Team Championships NC Quarterfinals

Canes National, East Cobb Astros, Elite Squad and Florida Burn advance to Sunday's semifinals
August 15, 2020
The fifth day of the 2020 USA Baseball 16U National Team Championships North Carolina was highlighted be four quarterfinal matchups. Canes National, East Cobb Astros, Elite Squad and Florida Burn all emerged victorious on the day to advance to the semifinals, which will be played at 8 a.m. ET on

The fifth day of the 2020 USA Baseball 16U National Team Championships North Carolina was highlighted be four quarterfinal matchups. Canes National, East Cobb Astros, Elite Squad and Florida Burn all emerged victorious on the day to advance to the semifinals, which will be played at 8 a.m. ET on Sunday, August 16, at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. View the full schedule and follow all the action on GameChanger.


Canes National 4, Tri-State Arsenal 0 (Quarterfinal)

Box Score

Canes National grabbed an early lead and never looked back to secure a 4-0 quarterfinal victory over Tri-State Arsenal at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C., on Saturday. With the win, Canes National advanced to the 16U National Team Championships North Carolina semifinals on Sunday.

A solo blast over the left field fence by Adam Jones Shepard opened the scoring in the contest and gave Canes National a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning. That home run was all Canes National starter Jackson Ferris needed as he claimed the win with a scoreless outing, giving up just five hits and striking out four in 4.2 innings of work.

Three insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth and a perfect 2.1 innings of relief from Matthew Matthijs finished off the 4-0 win for Canes National. Shepard (2-for-2) led the team's offense with two runs scored and three RBI and Lamar King (2-for-3) also collected a multi-hit game and an RBI.

Tri-State Arsenal's Brock Porter was tagged with the loss in the contest despite a strong start. He allowed just one run on two hits, while striking out seven and walking one in five innings of work. Drew Lafferty (2-for-3) led Tri-State Arsenal at the plate, recording the team's only multi-hit game.

With the loss, Tri-State Arsenal finishes the 16U National Team Championships North Carolina with a 2-3-1 overall record. Canes National remains undefeated in the tournament with the win, improving to 6-0 and advancing to play Elite Squad in the semifinals at 8 a.m. ET on Sunday, August 16, at the National Training Complex. Canes National's semifinal game will be streamed live by PlaySight Interactive. To access the live stream, click here, or visit web.playsight.com and search for "USA Baseball."


Elite Squad 9, Team Elite 5 (Quarterfinal)

Box Score

Elite Squad withstood two late rallies by Team Elite in the 16U National Team Championships North Carolina quarterfinals on Saturday at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, to secure a 9-5 victory and a spot in Sunday's semifinals.

After grabbing a quick 2-1 lead in the first inning, Elite Squad added a run in the third to head into the fourth inning with a 3-1 advantage. Team Elite got its first rally going in the bottom of the fourth though when it strung together a one-out single, a Henry Godbout RBI triple and a sacrifice fly by Simmi Whitehill.

The two teams traded runs in the fifth with Elite Squad jumping out to another two-run lead before Team Elite tied it up once again with two more runs of its own in the bottom half to make it a 5-5 game heading into the sixth inning.

Elite Squad took control for good in the final two innings, pushing two across in the sixth to break the tie and adding two more insurances runs in the seventh to finish off the 9-5 victory and secure its spot in the event's semifinals.

The win was attributed to Hunter Pankey after his three innings of work in which he allowed just two runs on three hits and three walks, while tallying two strikeouts. The loss went to Shane Thorson of Team Elite, who gave up two runs on one hit in his 1.1 innings of relief.

Jason Torres (4-for-5) was a force for Elite Squad at the plate, collecting two runs and two RBIs in addition to his four hits in the game. Derek Bermudez (2-for-4) and Hector Manguel (2-for-4) also had multi-hit games for Elite Squad, while Manguel led the team in RBIs with three. Seven different players combined for Team Elite's seven hits in the contest and Logan Poteet (1-for-3) led the team with two RBIs.

With Saturday's win, Elite Squad improves to 3-0-3 and will face off against Canes National in the 16U National Team Championships North Carolina semifinals on Sunday, August 16, at the National Training Complex at 8 a.m. ET. Elite Squad's semifinal game will be streamed live by PlaySight Interactive. To access the live stream, click here, or visit web.playsight.com and search for "USA Baseball."


East Cobb Astros 8, CBA Northeast Pride 0 (Quarterfinal)

Box Score

The East Cobb Astros used a four-run first inning and a one-hit shutout from Dylan Lesko to secure a dominant 8-0 victory over CBA Northeast Pride in the 16U National Team Championships North Carolina quarterfinals on Saturday at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C.

Lesko put together a stellar five-inning complete game to earn the win for the East Cobb Astros, allowing just three runners to reach base on one hit, a walk and an error while striking out three in the shutout performance.

A leadoff single by Jett Williams in the bottom of the first got East Cobb's offense rolling before four consecutive one-out walks brought in two runs. With the bases still loaded, Jackson Gaspard lined a two-out, two-RBI single to make it a 4-0 game early.

The East Cobb Astros continued to keep their foot on the gas, collecting two runs in the bottom of the third and one each in the fourth and fifth to finish off the 8-0 victory and secure its spot in Sunday's semifinals.

Harry Ford (2-for-2) and Gaspard (2-for-3) backed Lesko's start with multiple hits, while Gaspard also recorded three RBIs and Ben Hamacher (1-for-2) collected two in the win. CBA Northeast's Ty Federici suffered the loss after giving up four runs on one hit and four walks in 0.1 innings of work. Jake Kelleher (1-for-2) tallied CBA Northeast's lone hit.

With the win, the East Cobb Astros advances to play Florida Burn at 8 a.m. ET in Sunday's 16U National Team Championships North Carolina semifinals. The team remains one of two undefeated teams in the tournament, along with Canes National, while CBA Northeast finishes the event with a 2-3-1 overall record. The semifinal game will be streamed live using a single camera and broadcasted on the USA Baseball YouTube channel, @USABaseballTV. Saturday's loss marked Canes National's first of the 2020 15U National Team Championships North Carolina as the team dropped to 5-1 for the week.


Florida Burn 2, Richmond Braves Platinum 1 (Quarterfinal)

Box Score

A 2-1 walkoff victory over Richmond Braves Platinum on Saturday at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, clinched Florida Burn's spot in the 16U National Team Championships North Carolina semifinals.

Florida Burn wasted no time in the game, striking first as a one-out Marek Houston RBI-single brings a leadoff walk around to score in the bottom of the first for an early 1-0 advantage.

That lead would last until the seventh inning behind a scoreless five-inning start by Florida Burn's Jason LePage who earned the win after shutting down Richmond Braves Platinum's offense early, allowing just two hits and one walk, while collecting three punchouts. After the first inning, Levi Huesman settled in and put together a strong start on the mound for Richmond Braves Platinum. He gave up just one run on four hits, and tallied four strikeouts and three walks in the no-decision.

Richmond Braves Platinum finally broke through in the top of the seventh inning to tie the game. The team strung together two walks and a single to load the bases with one out before L Manning stole home to make it a 1-1 game heading to the bottom half.

Down to its final two outs, Florida Burn took advantage of back-to-back Richmond Braves Platinum errors and a groundout to bring the winning run 90 feet away for E Kapkowski, who came up clutch. Kapkowski's walkoff single secured Florida Burn's 2-1 victory and the team's spot in tournament's semifinals.

Kapkowski (2-for-3) led both offenses with the contest's only multi-hit game and also recorded a run and an RBI in the win. Michael Joyce (1-for-2), Xavier Martin (1-for-2) and Kenneth Schaedel (1-for-3) collected Richmond Braves Platinum's three hits, while Joyce suffered the loss after giving up the game-winning run in his 0.2 innings of work.

Richmond Braves Platinum falls to 2-2-2 in the event with the loss. Florida Burn's record at the tournament improved to 5-1 following the victory and the team advances to play the East Cobb Astros in the semifinals of the 16U National Team Championships North Carolina at 8 a.m. ET on Sunday, August 16, at the National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. The semifinal game will be streamed live using a single camera and broadcasted on the USA Baseball YouTube channel, @USABaseballTV.

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2020 15U National Team Championships North Carolina All-Tournament Team Announced

Ten of the 16 teams at the event are represented on the All-Tournament Team
August 9, 2020
CARY, N.C. -- USA Baseball named the All-Tournament Team for the inaugural 15U National Team Championships North Carolina on Sunday, following the conclusion of the event. Team Elite secured a 7-6 comeback victory over Elite Squad to win the gold medal. Ten teams are represented on the All-Tournament Team with 5
CARY, N.C. -- USA Baseball named the All-Tournament Team for the inaugural 15U National Team Championships North Carolina on Sunday, following the conclusion of the event.
Team Elite secured a 7-6 comeback victory over Elite Squad to win the gold medal. Ten teams are represented on the All-Tournament Team with 5 Star National Dobbs, Canes National, Elite Squad, Empire Baseball, Richmond Braves Platinum and Team Elite all boasting multiple selections.
The 2020 15U National Team Championships North Carolina All-Tournament Team:
Ryker Chavis - 5 Star National Dobbs
Ryker Chavis was named to the All-Tournament Team after tying for third in the tournament, and leading 5 Star National Dobbs, in strikeouts with nine. He also did not allow an earned run in his two appearances and gave up just three hits and one walk.
Daniel Cuvet - Elite Squad
Daniel Cuvet's nine RBIs in eight games led the entire field at the 15U National Team Championships North Carolina, earning him a spot on the All-Tournament Team. He also played a major role in Elite Squad's run to the championship game as he went 2-for-4 with two RBIs in the team's quarterfinal win and recorded two triples and nine hits throughout the week.
Cameron Donaldson - Flood City Elite
Cameron Donaldson's eight RBIs led Flood City Elite and tied for the second-most in the entire tournament to earn him a spot on the All-Tournament Team. Additionally, he recorded a .462 batting average and six hits, including a double and a triple, in six games at the event.
Henry Ford - Tri-State Arsenal
Henry Ford finished the 15U National Team Championships North Carolina with a .545 average, six hits and team-leading eight RBIs to secure a spot on the All-Tournament Team. He also went 2-for-4 with an RBI in Tri-State Arsenal's defeat of eventual-champion Team Elite on Tuesday, August 4.
Gavin Gallaher - Canes National
Gavin Gallaher's .444 average, eight hits and six RBIs were good enough to land him a spot on the All-Tournament Team. In addition, his seven singles in in six games led Canes National and he went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored in Canes National's 12-1 defeat of TPA National on Wednesday, August 5.
Alvin "Tre" Keels - Richmond Braves Platinum
Alvin Keels led Richmond Braves Platinum in hits (7) and stolen bases (4) at the 15U National Team Championships North Carolina to earn a spot on the All-Tournament Team. He finished the tournament hitting .500 with a triple and four runs scored to help lead his team to a 3-3 record at the event.
Dylan Loy - 5 Star National Dobbs
Dylan Loy led the event in strikeouts to earn a spot on the All-Tournament Team. He recorded 12 punchouts over eight innings pitched without giving up a run. He also allowed just three hits and two walks in his two starts for 5 Star National Dobbs.
Bryan Loriga - Elite Squad
Elite Squad's Bryan Loriga was named to the All-Tournament Team after hitting .333 with two doubles and five RBIs. He finished the tournament 6-for-18 in six games and scored two runs as Elite Squad advanced to the playoffs.
Cooper Milford - Team GA Baseball
Cooper Milford earned his spot on the All-Tournament Team after leading the entire event in stolen bases and runs scored, swiping 11 bags and scoring 11 runs over the course of eight games. He also hit .421 for the week and recorded seven hits.
Evan Miranda - Empire Baseball
Evan Miranda led Empire Baseball in innings pitched during the 15U National Team Championships North Carolina with 7.2 innings of work over the course of two appearances. He also earned the win in both his starts and recorded seven strikeouts to earn his spot on the All-Tournament Team.
Brysen Nepute - Team Elite
Brysen Nepute was named to the All-Tournament Team after helping to lead Team Elite to the 15U National Team Championships North Carolina with a .600 average and nine hits over eight games. He also tied for the lead on Team Elite with nine hits and four doubles in the event and went 3-for-4 in Team Elite's quarterfinal win to secure its berth in the semifinals.
Marc Quarrie - Florida Bombers
Marc Quarrie tied for the event lead in triples with two in six games while hitting .545 over the course of the week to earn a spot on the All-Tournament Team. In addition, he collected six hits, five RBIs, four runs scored and drew three walks for the Florida Bombers.
Campbell Smithwick - Canes National
Campbell Smithwick was named to the All-Tournament Team after leading Canes National in batting average (.600), hits (9) and doubles (3). He also tied for the team lead with eight RBIs and seven runs scored in six games during the week.
Steven Spalitta - Elite Squad
Steven Spalitta tied for the event lead in hits with 10 over the course of eight games to earn a spot on the All-Tournament Team. He also recorded six RBIs and four runs scored to help lead Elite Squad to a championship game berth in the 15U National Team Championships North Carolina.
Ryan Terrell - Richmond Braves Platinum
Ryan Terrell led the entire field in the tournament in innings pitched with 10 in his two appearances. He allowed just three hits in his 10 innings of work and picked up the win in both games while recording a 0.70 ERA.
Drew Titsworth - Team Elite
Drew Titsworth was named to the All-Tournament Team after making two strong appearances for eventual-champions Team Elite in the event, including earning the win in the team's quarterfinal victory over Canes National to secure a spot in the semifinals. Over the course of the 15U National Team Championships North Carolina, Titsworth did not allow an earned run in 6.2 innings of work, while collecting seven punchouts.
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Team Elite Clinches 15U National Team Championships North Carolina Gold

Team Elite scored six runs in the fourth inning to secure a 7-6 victory in the championship game
August 9, 2020
15U National Team Championships NC // Homepage // Schedule & Results (GameChanger)   1 2 3 4 5 R H E ELITE SQUAD 2 1 0 3 0 6 8 1 TEAM ELITE 1 0 0 6 0 7 6 1 Win: Gregory Bruno  Loss: Mason Elrod  Save: Jacob Mcghee // Box
15U National Team Championships NC // Homepage // Schedule & Results (GameChanger)

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Win: Gregory Bruno  Loss: Mason Elrod  Save: Jacob Mcghee // Box Score
CARY, N.C. - Team Elite used a six-run fourth inning to secure a close 7-6 victory over Elite Squad and the gold medal at the 15U USA Baseball National Team Championships North Carolina on Sunday at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.
Team Elite finished the tournament with a 6-2 overall record, while Elite Squad fell to 5-3 with the loss. Two of Team Elite's players were also named to the All-Tournament Team following the event: Brysen Nepute and Drew Titsworth.
Elite Squad was the first team to get its offense going in the championship game. Benjamin Reiland led off the game with a walk and came around to score on a Peyton Woods RBI-double before Woods moved to third on an error and stole home to give the team a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning.
Team Elite didn't waste any time responding though as it got a run back in the bottom half thanks to a bases-loaded RBI-groundout by Nazzan Zanetello that made it 2-1.
But Elite Squad quickly widened the gap once again in the top of the second inning. A leadoff hit-by-pitch to Ryan Liss and a single by Mason Elrod put two runners on for Jacob Gomberg who's RBI-single one batter later scored Liss and gave Elite Squad an early 3-1 lead.
That lead would hold until the fourth inning when Elite Squad broke the game open with three runs in the top half of the fourth. Back-to-back singles kicked off the inning and a one-out fielder's choice loaded the bases once again for Angelo Prieto who drove a two-RBI single into left field for a 5-1 lead. Ayden Gurevich then piled on with an RBI single of his own that brought home Elrod and gave Elite Squad a 6-1 advantage.
The lead didn't last long though as Team Elite answered right away with six runs in the bottom of the fourth to take its first lead of the game. The team scored three runs with no outs on three straight walks a Bret Yarger RBI single, a hit-by-pitch and a sacrifice fly by Colt Emerson to cut the deficit to just two.
With a runner at third and one out, Cade Arrambide lined a two-RBI double to right field that tied the game at six runs apiece before Nazzan Zanetello followed immediately with a single up the middle to score Arrambide and give Team Elite a 7-6 lead after four.
After a leadoff walk to kick off the fifth inning, Elite Squad couldn't get anything else going against Team Elite's Jake Mcghee, who shut things down on the mound to earn the save and secure Team Elite's 7-6 victory and the 15U National Team Championships North Carolina gold medal.
Arrambide (2-for-3) and Yarger (2-for-2) led the way at the plate for Team Elite, both recording multi-hit games while Arrambide led the team in RBIs with two. Woods was the spearheaded the Elite Squad offense, finishing 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.
Gregory Bruno (1-0) picked up the win for Team Elite after giving up one run on two hits in his relief appearance while Mcghee's scoreless and hitless inning of work earned him the save. Elrod (0-1) suffered the loss in the contest after surrendering six runs and issuing four walks in his 1.1 innings of relief.
The Inaugural 15U National Team Championships North Carolina featured 16 teams and 52 games in six days at the National Training Complex. The 16U age group of the National Team Championships is set to being on Tuesday, August 11, with 16 teams from across the U.S. traveling to Cary. Follow @USABChamps_NC for the latest information about the tournament.
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Team Elite Slugs Its Way to the Finals, Defeats Team GA Baseball 6-4

Team Elite hits seven extra-base hits in the semifinal victory
August 9, 2020
15U National Team Championships NC // Homepage // Schedule & Results (GameChanger)   1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E Team Elite 0 0 2 0 4 0 0 6 11 3 Team GA Baseball 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 6 0 Win: Rhett

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Win: Rhett Roeser  Loss: Dylan Holbrook // Box Score

CARY, N.C. -- Team Elite slugged seven extra-base hits on the day and survived an error-plagued second inning to defeat Team GA Baseball 6-4 in a semifinal matchup on Sunday at the 15U National Team Championships North Carolina on Field 2 of the USA Baseball National Training Complex.

Chance Fitzgerald finished the day 3-for-4 with two RBIs, a double and two triples for Team Elite and Jobe Smith (2-for-3) and Bret Yarger (2-for-3) also contributed a pair of hits to lead the offense in the victory. Ashton Pass led the Team GA Baseball offense with a 2-for-3 outing.

Rhett Roeser picked up the victory in relief for Team Elite, striking out four batters and giving up just three hits in five innings of work. Team GA Baseball starter Dylan Holbrook suffered the loss.

Key Moments

  • Preston Booth led off the bottom of the second inning for Team GA Baseball with a hit-by-pitch and advanced to second on an error by the catcher. Booth then came around to score the first run of the game on an error by the third baseman to give Team GA Baseball a 1-0 lead.
  • Payton Martin singled to left to score Tyrus Cobb to score the second run of the bottom of the second inning for Team GA Baseball before a second error by the Team Elite catcher plated the third run of the inning.
  • Colton Masse scored Payton Martin from third base on an RBI-groundout to first base to extend Team GA Baseball's lead to 4-0 after two.
  • Chance Fitzgerald slammed a two-RBI triple to right field to score Bret Yarger and Luca Reyes for Team Elite to cut its deficit to 4-2 in the top of the third inning.
  • A TJ Schuyler double and a Bret Yarger triple for Team Elite tied the game at four apiece Elite in the top of the fifth inning.
  • Bret Yarger scored the go-head run for Team Elite in the top of the fifth inning on an RBI-groundout by Luca Reyes for the 5-4 lead.
  • Chance Fitzgerald hit a triple to left-his second of the game-and Cade Arrambide sent an RBI-double to left field to cap a four-run top of the fifth inning for Team Elite, giving them a 6-4 lead.


Notable Information

  • Rhett Roeser picked up the victory in relief for Team Elite, giving up just three hits and striking out four in five innings pitched.
  • Dylan Holbrook suffered the loss on the mound for Team GA Baseball, giving up six earned runs in 5.2 innings pitched.
  • Team Elite starting pitcher Cameron Johnson gave up four runs on three hits, striking out two batters in the no-decision.
  • Team Elite hitters combined for seven extra-base hits on the day with four doubles and three triples.
  • Chance Fitzgerald finished the day 3-for-4 with two RBIs, a double and two triples to lead the Team Elite offense. Jobe Smith and Bret Yarger also contributed multiple hits for Team Elite in the game.
  • Ashton Pass led the Team GA Baseball offense going 2-for-3.


On Deck

  • Team Elite advanced to the championship game of the 15U National Team Championships North Carolina and will face Elite Squad. The title game starts at 11 a.m. on Coleman Field and will be streamed on PlaySight.com.
  • Team GA Baseball will face Empire Baseball in the bronze medal game at 10:45 a.m. on Field 2 at the National Training Complex. The game will be streamed on YouTube.com/USABaseballTV.


Social

  • Stay tuned to @USABChamps_NC on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the 15U National Team Championships North Carolina.
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Empire Baseball Wins 15U National Team Championships North Carolina Bronze

Empire Baseball finishes the tournament with a 5-2-1 overall record
August 9, 2020
15U National Team Championships NC // Homepage // Schedule & Results (GameChanger)   1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E Empire Baseball 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 1 Team GA Baseball 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 Win: Caleb

15U National Team Championships NC // Homepage // Schedule & Results (GameChanger)


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Empire Baseball 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 1
Team GA Baseball 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0
Win: Caleb Hoover  Loss: Tyrus Cobb // Box Score

CARY, N.C. -- Empire Baseball scored three runs in the top of the first inning and held on to win the bronze medal at the inaugural 15U National Team Championships North Carolina with a 3-1 victory over Team GA Baseball on Field 2 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex.

Empire Baseball finished the tournament with a 5-2-1 overall record en route to its third place finish. Team GA Baseball ended the tournament with a 6-2 record.

Pitching was the name of the game on Sunday as both teams' pitching staffs combined to give up just six total hits. Empire Baseball starting pitcher Caleb Hoover picked up the win, giving up just one run in 2.1 innings pitched. He struck out two batters before Kimbru Pam came on in relief. Pam was masterful on the mound for Empire Baseball, giving up just two hits and striking out three batters in 4.2 innings to close out the game.

Tyrus Cobb suffered the loss for Team GA Baseball after giving up three runs in the first inning. AJ Rodriguez and Cooper Milford combined to strike out seven batters in relief, giving up just two hits over the last 6.2 innings.

Ian Duarte (1-for-1), Dean Moss (1-for-3, 2 RBIs) and Nicholas Montgomery (1-for-2) provided all the offense Empire Baseball would need on the day with a hit apiece. Milford (1-for-3), Anthony Tralongo (1-for-1; RBI) and Ben Hays (1-for-2) led the day offensively for Team GA Baseball.

Key Moments

  • Ian Duarte led the game off with a double and later scored on a bases loaded-walk by Jonathan Mendez to score the first run of the bronze medal game for Empire Baseball.
  • Dean Moss tallied a two-RBI single to left field in the top of the first inning to score Evan Miranda and Ralphy Velazquez to give Empire Baseball a 3-0 lead.
  • Team GA Baseball's Cooper Millford walked to lead off the bottom of the first inning and later scored on an Anthony Tralongo RBI-single to cut into the deficit, 3-1.
  • Team GA Baseball reliever AJ Rodriguez struck out the side in the top of the third inning.


Notable Information

  • Caleb Hoover picked up the win for Empire Baseball after striking out two batters and giving up just one run in 2.1 innings of work.
  • Kibru Pam came on in relief and shut down the Team GA Baseball offense, giving up just two hits and striking out three batters for Empire Baseball in the final 4.2 innings of the game.
  • Tyrus Cobb suffered the loss for Team GA Baseball after giving up three runs in the first inning of the game.
  • AJ Rodriguez struck out five batters in 4.2 innings of relief for Team GA Baseball, including striking out the side in the the top of the third inning.
  • Dean Moss led the Empire Baseball offense, going 1-for-3 with a two-RBI single in the top of the first inning.
  • Empire Baseball won the bronze medal in the inaugural 15U National Team Championships North Carolina and finished the tournament with a 5-2-1 overall record.
  • Team GA Baseball finished the tournament in fourth place with a 6-2 overall record.


On Deck

  • The 16U age group of the National Team Championships North Carolina will begin on Tuesday, August 11.


Social

  • Follow @USABChamps_NC on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the 15U National Team Championships North Carolina.
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Elite Squad Clinches Gold Medal Game Spot With Late Rally

Elite Squad scored two runs in the top of the seventh inning to claim a 4-3 victory against Empire Baseball
August 9, 2020
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E Elite Squad 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 4 6 0 Empire Baseball 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 3 9 2 Win: D. Davila Loss: Tee Southisene Save: Ty Southisene // Box Score CARY, N.C. - Elite Squad used a seventh-inning offensive
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Empire Baseball 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 3 9 2
Win: D. Davila Loss: Tee Southisene Save: Ty Southisene // Box Score

CARY, N.C. - Elite Squad used a seventh-inning offensive push to defeat Empire Baseball 4-3 and secure a spot in the gold medal game of the USA Baseball 15U National Team Championships North Carolina on Saturday at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

Mason Elrod (2-for-3) led Elite Squad offensively in the semifinal contest, finishing with two hits, a run scored and an RBI. Derek Curiel (3-for-3) was the driving force at the plate for Empire Baseball as he collected three hits, two runs scored and an RBI in the loss.

David Davila (1-0) earned the win in a strong outing for Elite Squad on the mound, striking out six batters and allowing just one earned run on six hits. Empire Baseball's Tee Southisene (1-1) was tagged with the loss after you gave up two runs on three hits in his three innings of work.

KEY MOMENTS

  • Elite Squad struck first in the contest with one run in the top of the first inning. Benjamin Reiland got things started with a leadoff walk before back-to-back singles by Steven Spalitta Jr. and Daniel Cuvet loaded the bases for Peyton Woods who's sacrifice fly to right field made it a 1-0 game.
  • Empire Baseball responded right away in the bottom half of the first when Derek Curiel hit a leadoff double, moved to third on a groundout and was brought home by a Ralphy Velazquez RBI single to tie the game at one run apiece.
  • In the bottom of the third, Empire Baseball took a 2-1 lead when Curiel got on base with a two-out single and scored from first on an Elite Squad error.
  • Some two-out offensive work by Elite Squad tied the game up once again in the top of the fourth. Back-to-back two-out walks put runners on first and second for Elrod who roped a double to left field to make it a 2-2 game.
  • Ayden Gurevich's RBI-single in the top of the seventh inning finally broke the tie and Angelo Prieto added an insurance run when he scored on an error after the hit to give Elite Squad a 4-2 lead.
  • Down to its final three outs, Empire Baseball got a rally going in the bottom of the seventh with three singles to pull within one but the rally fell short as a fielder's choice and a strikeout secured the 4-3 victory for Elite Squad.

 

NOTABLE INFORMATION

  • Elite Squad improved to 5-2 with the win and advanced to play Team Elite in the 15U National Team Championships North Carolina gold medal game, which is set for at 11 a.m. ET on Sunday, August 9, at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C.
  • The gold medal game will be streamed live via PlaySight Interactive. Information on the live stream can be found here.
  • With the loss, Empire Baseball drops to 4-2-1 in the event and will play for the bronze medal against Team GA Baseball on Sunday, August 9, at 10:45 a.m. ET on Field 2 at the National Training Complex.
  • The bronze medal game will be streamed live with a single camera and broadcasted on the USA Baseball YouTube channel. The stream can be viewed here.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

  • • Follow @USABChamps_NC on Twitter for the most up-to-date information on the 2020 USA Baseball National Team Championships North Carolina.
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Semifinal Matchups Set After Day Five of 2020 15U National Team Championships NC

Elite Squad, Empire Baseball, Team Elite and Team GA Baseball advanced to the 15U semifinals
August 8, 2020
The fifth day of the 2020 USA Baseball 15U National Team Championships North Carolina was highlighted be four quarterfinal matchups. Elite Squad, Empire Baseball, Team Elite and Team GA Baseball all emerged victorious on the day to advanced to the semifinals, which will be played at 8 a.m. ET on

The fifth day of the 2020 USA Baseball 15U National Team Championships North Carolina was highlighted be four quarterfinal matchups. Elite Squad, Empire Baseball, Team Elite and Team GA Baseball all emerged victorious on the day to advanced to the semifinals, which will be played at 8 a.m. ET on Sunday, August 9, at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. View the full schedule and follow all the action on GameChanger.


Elite Squad 12, Tri-State Arsenal 6 (Quarterfinal)

Box Score

Elite Squad rallied from a five-run deficit on Saturday at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C., to defeat Tri-State Arsenal 12-6 and clinch a spot in the 15U National Team Championships North Carolina semifinals.

Tri-State Arsenal grabbed the lead early in the game when the team scored two runs to take a 2-1 lead in the second before adding four in the bottom of the third for a 6-1 advantage. But after a scoreless fourth inning, Elite Squad came roaring back with four runs in both the fifth and sixth innings to jump ahead and grab a 9-6 lead.

Tri-State Arsenal couldn't get anything else going, collecting just one hit after the third inning, while Elite Squad put up three more runs in the top of the seventh to put the game out of reach and secure the 12-6 victory.

Daniel Cuvet (2-for-4), Ryan Liss (2-for-3), Benjamin Reiland (2-for-3), Steven Spalitta Jr. (2-for-5) and Peyton Woods (2-for-3) all paced Elite Squad's offense with multi-hit games, while Cuvet, Spalitta Jr. and Woods also collected multiple RBIs with two apiece. Christopher Hacopian led Tri-State Arsenal at the plate, finishing 2-for-4 with a run scored.

Elite Squad's Luis Rodriguez picked up the win in the contest after his 4.1 inning relief appearance in which he allowed just two hits and one walk and did not give up a run. Edward Copper suffered the loss after surrendering four runs on four hits in his inning of work.

Elite Squad improved to 4-2 with the win and advanced to face Empire Baseball in the semifinals on Sunday, August 9, at 8 a.m. ET, while Tri-State Arsenal took its first loss of the event and fell to 5-1. Elite Squad's semifinal game will be streamed live by PlaySight Interactive. To access the live stream, click here, or visit web.playsight.com and search for "USA Baseball."


Team Elite 9, Canes National 7 (Quarterfinal)

Box Score

Team Elite used a big second inning and a couple of late insurance runs to take down Canes National 9-7 and advance to the semifinals of the 2020 USA Baseball 15U National Team Championships North Carolina.

After a scoreless first inning, Team Elite broke through in a big way in the second, posting seven runs on four hits, two walks, one hit-by-pitch and a fielder's choice to take a 7-0 lead. That score held until the fifth inning thanks to a strong start by Team Elite's Drew Titsworth, who earned the win following a five-inning outing in which he gave up just one run on two hits and struck out three.

The teams traded runs after the fourth inning as Canes National put up its first run of the day courtesy of a Jimmyll Williams RBI-single in the bottom of the fifth and Team Elite immediately answered with a run of its own on a Chance Fitzgerald sac fly in the top of the sixth to keep its seven-run lead intact.

Three more runs for Canes National in the bottom of the sixth cut the deficit in half but one insurance run in the top of the seventh was enough for Team Elite as Canes National's three-run rally in the bottom half fell short and Team Elite claimed the 9-7 victory.

Gregory Bruno (3-for-4) and Brysen Nepute (3-for-4) led Team Elite on offense as they recorded over half of the squad's total hits. Luke Costello (2-for-3) had Canes National's only multi-hit game and also led the team in RBIs, along with Andre Modungo (1-for-2), with two.

Canes National starter BJ Etheridge suffered the loss in the contest after allowing six runs on three hits and two walks in his 1.1 innings of work.

With the win, Team Elite improved to 4-2 in the event and advanced to play CCB National/Team GA Baseball in the semifinals on Sunday, August 9, at 8 a.m. ET. The semifinal game will be streamed live using a single camera and broadcasted on the USA Baseball YouTube channel, @USABaseballTV. Saturday's loss marked Canes National's first of the 2020 15U National Team Championships North Carolina as the team dropped to 5-1 for the week.


Empire Baseball 7, 5 Star National Dobbs 2 (Quarterfinal)

Box Score

A late-game rally secured Empire Baseball's 7-2 victory over 5 Star National Dobbs in the 15U National Team Championships North Carolina on Saturday, August 8, at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. Empire Baseball also advanced to the event semifinals with the win.

Neither offense could get anything going early as both starters put together scoreless outings. Ryker Davis tossed four scoreless innings for 5 Star National Dobbs, allowing just two hits and one walk in his start, while Empire Baseball's Bryce Rainer allowed just two hits while striking out five in his 3.2 innings of work.

5 Star National Dobbs finally broke the scoring open in the bottom of the fifth as Brooks Wright doubled in one run Ryker Chavis scored on an Empire Baseball error for a 2-0 lead.

But Empire Baseball immediately answered in the top of the sixth, rallying for three runs of their own to take the lead. The team then added four more in the top of the seventh to finish off the 7-2 victory.

Evan Miranda picked up the win following his 3.2 innings of work in relief in which he allowed one earned run on three hits and struck out three, while Kaleb Johnson was tagged with the loss after allowed three runs on three hits in two innings on the mound.

In addition to his work on the mound, Miranda also led Empire Baseball in RBIs with two, while Christian Grino (2-for-4), Jonathan Mendez (2-for-4) and Dean Moss (2-for-3) all collected multiple hits in the win.

Empire Baseball now holds a 4-1-1 record following the victory and advanced to play Elite Squad in the 15U National Team Championships North Carolina semifinals on Sunday, August 9, at 8 a.m. ET, while 5 Star National Dobbs fell to 3-2-1 in the event. Empire Baseball's semifinal game will be streamed live by PlaySight Interactive. To access the live stream, click here, or visit web.playsight.com and search for "USA Baseball."


Team GA Baseball X, CCB National X (Quarterfinal)

Box Score

Team GA Baseball scored in every inning of a five-inning 11-3 victory over CCB National at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, on Saturday to secure its spot in the 15U National Team Championships North Carolina semifinals.

Both teams came out swinging as CCB National kicked things off with three runs in the top of the first and Team GA Baseball followed with two runs in the bottom half.

Team GA Baseball's offense then continued firing on all cylinders, adding to its lead in the second, third and fourth innings while pitchers Jacob Freedman and AJ Rodriguez shut down CCB National at the plate.

A six-run second inning was the big blow for Team GA Baseball as the squad took an 8-3 and never looked back. The inning was highlighted by RBI-singles from Cooper Milford and Matthew Cannon, as well as a two-RBI knock by Thad Bridges.

Cannon and Preston Booth both finished the day 2-for-2 with two RBIs to lead Team GA Baseball offensively, while Freedman pick up the win on the mound following his 2.2 innings of work.

The loss was attributed to Liam Kaushikkar after he allowed two runs in his inning of work.

With the win, Team GA Baseball improved to 6-0 and is only undefeated team left in the tournament. The team also advanced to play Team Elite in the semifinals on Sunday, August 9, at 8 a.m. ET, while CCB National falls 3-3 for the week. The semifinal game will be streamed live using a single camera and broadcasted on the USA Baseball YouTube channel, @USABaseballTV.

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15U National Team Championships NC: Top Ten Metrics

August 4, 2020
DIAMOND KINETICS Max Barrel Speed (mph) Ashton Larson (Carolina Elite) - 80 Elbert Craig (Carolina Elite) - 78 Cameron Turner (Carolina Elite) - 77 Jimmyll Williams (Canes National) - 76 Ian Duarte (Empire Baseball) - 75 Andre Modugno (Canes National) - 74 K. Xavier Pelzer (Carolina Elite) - 74 Dean

DIAMOND KINETICS

Max Barrel Speed (mph)
Ashton Larson (Carolina Elite) - 80
Elbert Craig (Carolina Elite) - 78
Cameron Turner (Carolina Elite) - 77
Jimmyll Williams (Canes National) - 76
Ian Duarte (Empire Baseball) - 75
Andre Modugno (Canes National) - 74
K. Xavier Pelzer (Carolina Elite) - 74
Dean Moss (Empire Baseball) - 72
Bryant Viskovich (CCB) - 71
Zachary LeGars (Flood City) - 71
Max Acceleration
Bryant Viskovich (CCB) - 70
K. Xavier Pelzer (Carolina Elite) - 60
Ashton Larson (Carolina Elite) - 55
Jimmyll Williams (Canes National) - 51
Elbert Craig (Carolina Elite) - 50
Derek Gile (CCB) - 48
Andre Modugno (Canes National) - 47
Christian Hamilton (Empire Baseball) - 42
Cameron Turner (Carolina Elite) - 41
Nicholas Montgomery (Empire Baseball) - 41

PDP ASSESSEMENT TESTING

Reaction + 30 yd (sec)
Lucas Moore (Tri State Arsenal) - 4.11
Austyn Winkleblech (Tri State Arsenal) - 4.11
Preston Booth (Team GA) - 4.16
Bret Yarger (Team Elite) - 4.21
Lawrence Jordan (Team GA) - 4.22
Jobe Smith (Team Elite) - 4.29
Ashton Pass (Team GA) - 4.32
Keanu Rodriguez (Florida Bombers) - 4.33
Jonathan Farmelo (Tri State Arsenal) - 4.33
Ty Southisene (Empire Baseball) - 4.34
CMJ (Average Height) (in.)
Lawrence Jordan (Team GA) - 23.9
Preston Crowl (Carolina Elite) - 22.9
Ian Duarte (Empire Baseball) - 22.8
Brysen Nepute (Team Elite) - 22.2
Ashton Larson (Carolina Elite) - 22.2
Preston Booth (Team GA) - 22.1
Bryant Viskovich (CCB) - 22.1
Austyn Winkleblech (Tri State Arsenal) - 21.3
Daylinh Nguyen Brown (Canes National) - 21.3
Alex Kawalski (Richmond Braves) - 21.3

RAPSODO

Max Batted Ball Exit Velo (mph)
Gavin Gallaher (Canes National) - 103.8
Aaron Jamison (Flood City) - 99.8
Owen Paino (Canes National) - 98.4
Bryant Viskovich (CCB) - 97
Daniel Cuvet (Elite Squad) - 96.6
Daniel Cuvet (Elite Squad) - 95.6
Matteo Blandino (CCB) - 95 Campbell Smithwick (Canes National) - 94.8
Andre Modugno (Canes National) - 93.3
Ashton Larson (Carolina Elite) - 93.3
Max Batted Ball Distance (feet)
Ashton Larson (Carolina Elite) - 359
PJ Morlando (Canes National) - 356
PJ Morlando (Canes National) - 335.2
Dean Moss (Empire Baseball) - 335.1
Ashton Larson (Carolina Elite) - 333.6
Devin Parks (Carolina Elite) - 333
Tyler White (Carolina Elite) - 332.2
Matthew Champion (Canes National) - 329.3
PJ Morlando (Canes National) - 328.4
Andre Modugno (Canes National) - 328.3

TRACKMAN

Max FB Velo (mph)
Trenton Lape (5 Star National) - 93.14
James Hays (5 Star National) - 91.51
Jake Lankie (5 Star National) - 89.91
Cameron Johnson (Team Elite) - 88.39
Connor Crisp (5 Star National) - 87.503
Cason Engert (Team Georgia) - 87.42
Owen Egan (Elite Squd) - 87.38
Spencer Butt (Elite Squd) - 87.36
Jacob Gomberg (Elite Squd) - 86.67
Andrew Dunford (5 Star National) - 86.45
Max FB Spin Rate
James Hays (5 Star National) - 2842.61
Colin Kimball (TPA National) - 2562.95
Bo Rhudy (Team Georgia) - 2515.05
Trenton Lape (5 Star National) - 2463.15
Connor Crisp (5 Star National) - 2423.76
Jake Lankie (5 Star National) - 2418.41
Luis Rodriguez (Elite Squad) - 2403.72
Tyler Pitzer (US Elite National) - 2384.82
Pedrojesus Acosta (Elite Squad) - 2361.29
Geoffrey McArthur (Team California) - 2352.11
Max Exit Velo (mph)
Reid Harvey (5 Star National) - 107.97
Tayshaun Walton (Richmond Braves) - 101.44
Kibru Pam (Empire Baseball) - 100.82
Rian Smart (CCB National) - 99.67
PJ Morlando (Canes National) - 99.41
AJ Rodriguez (Team Georgia) - 98.59
Ned Righellis (CCB National) - 98.34
Sebastian Byrd (Team California) - 98.11
Dylan Holbrook (Team Georgia) - 97.43
Peyton Woods (Elite Squad) - 97.32
Max Distance (feet)
AJ Gracia (Tri-State Arsenal) - 358.08
Joseph Fredericks (Richmond Braves) - 356.18
Alvin Keels (Richmond Braves) - 355.29
Jack Litt (TPA Nationals) - 347.83
Rian Smart (CCB National) - 347.09
Bradley Bruner (Flood City Elite) - 347.02
Matthew Champion (Canes National) - 346.83
Logan Janney (Virginia Cardinals) - 343.31
Dylan Holbrook (Team Georgia) - 340.52
Ned Righellis (CCB National) - 337.07
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17U National Team Championships North Carolina All-Tournament Team Announced

Champions East Cobb Astros leads all teams with four selections on the All-Tournament Team
July 30, 2020
CARY, N.C. -- USA Baseball named the All-Tournament Team for the inaugural 17U National Team Championships North Carolina on Thursday, following the championship game of the tournament. East Cobb Astros won the gold medal after defeating Florida Burn, 6-0, in the title game. East Cobb leads all teams with four

CARY, N.C. -- USA Baseball named the All-Tournament Team for the inaugural 17U National Team Championships North Carolina on Thursday, following the championship game of the tournament.

East Cobb Astros won the gold medal after defeating Florida Burn, 6-0, in the title game. East Cobb leads all teams with four selections, followed by 5 Star National and NEB with two selections apiece.

The 2020 17U National Team Championships North Carolina All-Tournament Team:

Andrew Armstrong - East Cobb Astros
Andrew Armstrong was named to the All-Tournament Team after he struck out nine batters in a complete-game appearance for the East Cobb Astros. In his seven innings pitched, he surrendered just two hits and no runs.

AJ Causey - 5 Star National
AJ Causey led the entire tournament with strikeouts to earn his spot on the All-Tournament Team. In his one appearance on the bump, he struck out 11 batters in just six scoreless innings of work for 5 Star National. Facing 21 batters, he walked only one.

Kaelen Culpepper - East Coast Sox
Kalen Culpepper led the East Coast Sox in batting average during the tournament and found his way on base half the time during the 17U National Team Championships North Carolina. Finishing the event with two runs scored and three walks, he was even more impressive during the Prospect Development Pipeline assessment testing, where he led all participants in the "Man in the Box" agility drill and finished in the top-four of all athletes with a 10.8" broad jump.

Harry Ford - East Cobb Astros
Harry Ford was a stalwart in the middle of the lineup during the playoffs for the champion East Cobb Astros. Hitting .250 for the tournament, he turned it on in the semifinals and finals, tallying all seven of his tournament-leading RBIs in the final two games. He hit a two-RBI-triple and a two-RBI-double in the 6-0 championship game-victory and grabbed a spot on the All-Tournament Team.

JD Jones - NEB
JD Jones led the entire tournament with a .636 batting average for NEB, earning him a spot on the All-Tournament Team. He finished the tournament batting 7-for-11 with two doubles, a triple and four RBIs. He also picked up five walks to contribute to his tournament-leading .750 on-base percentage.

Carson Kelly - South Charlotte Panthers
Carson Kelly made an impact in his one appearance on the mound for the South Charlotte Panthers. In his lone game on the mound, he pitched 6.2 innings, struck out 10 batters and gave up no earned runs to help lead South Charlotte to the #1 overall seed in the playoffs. His impressive outing also placed him on the All-Tournament Team.

Rene Lastres Jr. - Canes National
Rene Lastres Jr. was named to the All-Tournament Team after finishing the tournament with a .455 batting average for Canes National. He went 5-for-11 with two doubles, 5 RBIs and two stolen bases in just four games.

Bryan Loriga - Elite Squad
Elite Squad's Bryan Loriga was named to the All-Tournament Team after hitting .333 with two doubles and five RBIs. He finished the tournament 6-for-18 in six games and scored two runs as Elite Squad advanced to the playoffs.

Joe Mack - East Cobb Astros
Joe Mack contributed to the powerful East Cobb Astros lineup to the tune of a .429 batting average and a triple on the way to making the All-Tournament Team. He walked four times to contribute to a .526 on-base percentage and scored four runs en route to a gold medal.

Jackson Merrill - 5 Star National
Jackson Merrill did a little bit of everything for 5 Star National during the 17U National Team Championships North Carolina, finishing the tournament with a .375 batting average, three RBIs, three walks and three stolen bases. He also made two appearances on the mound, giving up no runs in his relief appearances to earn his spot on the All-Tournament Team.

Treyton Rank - East Cobb Astros
Treyton Rank always seemed to be on base for the East Cobb Astros during the 17U National Team Championships North Carolina, walking three times and holding a .588 on-base percentage. He finished the tournament with a .500 batting average (7-for-14) and tallied four stolen bases to earn his spot on the All-Tournament Team.

Zane Taylor - Molina Stars
Zane Taylor made a commanding impression on the mound for the Molina Stars during the 17U National Team Championships North Carolina. In his lone appearance on the mound, he struck out six batters and walked just one of the 25 batters he faced, earning a spot on the All-Tournament Team.

Chase Valentine - NEB
Chase Valentine finished the tournament with a .333 batting average, contributing a pair of doubles for NEB at the 17U National Team Championships North Carolina. Scoring three runs, tallying two RBIs and swiping two bases earned him a spot on the All-Tournament Team.

Kahlil Watson - Team Elite
Khalil Watson was named to the All-Tournament Team at the 17U National Team Championships North Carolina thanks to a .353 batting average and a home run. He scored four runs and stole three bases to go along with his three RBIs for Team Elite.

Tommy White - Florida Burn
Tommy White led the entire 17U National Team Championships in two offensive categories for the runners-up Florida Burn, earning a coveted spot on the All-Tournament Team. He led the event in hits (8) and RBIs (6), finishing the tournament with a .444 batting average, two doubles, four walks, three stolen bases and three runs scored.

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East Cobb Astros Win Inaugural 17U National Team Championships North Carolina

Three Astros pitchers combined to strike out 13 batters in the victory
July 30, 2020
17U National Team Championships NC // Homepage // Schedule & Results (GameChanger)   1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E FLORIDA BURN 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 EAST COBB ASTROS 2 0 3 0 0 1 X 6 8 0 Win: Will

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FLORIDA BURN 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
EAST COBB ASTROS 2 0 3 0 0 1 X 6 8 0
Win: Will Robbins  Loss: Noah Harsch // Box Score

CARY, N.C. - Three pitchers combined to throw a 13-strikeout shutout and Harry Ford picked-up four RBIs as the East Cobb Astros blanked Florida Burn, 6-0, to win the inaugural 17U National Team Championships North Carolina on Thursday at the USA Baseball National Training Complex.

East Cobb finished the tournament with a 5-0-1 overall record and outscored its opponents 27-5 en route to the gold medal. The team placed four athletes on the All-Tournament Team: Andrew Armstrong, Ford, Joe Mack and Treyton Rank.

The Astros pitching set the tone on the day as Will Robbins, Jackson Brockett and Michael Braswell combined to strike out 13 Florida Burn batters while surrendering just two hits. The starting pitcher, Robbins, picked up the win thanks to early run support from his offense.

East Cobb jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning thanks to a Ford (2-for-3; 4 RBIs) triple to centerfield that scored Termarr Johnson and Mack. Johnson would set the table once again for the Astros offense in the bottom of the third after leading the inning off with a single through the right side. 

Back-to-back walks to Braswell and Mack loaded the bases before Johnson crossed the plate on a wild pitch for the four-run cushion. Ford then picked up his second extra-base hit of the game with a two-RBI double to center to bring the score to 5-0.

The Astros picked up an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth on a Kristian (3-for-3; RBI) Campbell single for the final score of 6-0.

Florida Burn's Tayden Hall and Dylan McDonald both finished the game 1-for-3 and Satchell Norman picked up two walks on the day, but their offense was no match for the East Cobb pitching staff today.

Brockett came on in relief for Robbins in the third inning and struck out seven batters in four innings before handing the ball over to Braswell to close the game. Braswell obliged and shut the door on any potential comeback, striking out the side to clinch the gold medal. 

The inaugural 17U National Team Championships North Carolina featured 14 teams and 35 games in four days at the National Training Complex. The 15U age group of the National Team Championships is set to begin on Tuesday, August 4, with 16 teams from across the United States traveling to Cary. Follow @USABChamps_NC for the latest information about the tournament.

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Florida Burn Rides Clutch Hitting to a Championship Game Berth

The team scored five runs with two-outs in the fourth to seal the 7-3 victory
July 30, 2020
17U National Team Championships NC // Homepage // Schedule & Results (GameChanger)   1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E ELITE SQUAD 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 3 10 2 FLORIDA BURN 1 1 0 5 0 0 X 7 11 0 Win: Landen Kiefer  Loss:

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  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
ELITE SQUAD 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 3 10 2
FLORIDA BURN 1 1 0 5 0 0 X 7 11 0
Win: Landen Kiefer  Loss: Nicholas Fraginals
Box Score

CARY, N.C. - Florida Burn punched its ticket to the 17U National Team Championships North Carolina championship game with a 7-3 victory over Elite Squad on Thursday morning at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. The team used a five-run fourth inning and clutch hitting to jump ahead early and seal the win.

With the loss, Elite Squad finished the 17U National Team Championships with a 2-3-1 record, while Florida Burn moves to 4-1-1 and will take on the East Cobb Astros in the event's championship game on Thursday, July 30, at 10:45 a.m. on Coleman Field at the National Training Complex.

Florida Burn struck first in the semifinal matchup, pushing across a run in the bottom of the first to open the scoring. BJ Graham kicked things off with a leadoff double and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt before Tommy White brought him in with a sacrifice fly to give Florida Burn a 1-0 lead.

Just one inning later, Florida Burn took advantage of an Elite Squad error and another leadoff hit and sacrifice fly combination to take a 2-0 advantage. A leadoff single put Satchell Norman on base and a sacrifice bunt moved him over before Marcus Brodil's sac fly brought him home.

Elite Squad threatened in the top of the fourth thanks to some clutch hitting from Hector Mangual and Giovanny Cueto. The pair strung together back-to-back two-out singles to bring the go-ahead run to the plate, but Florida Burn's Landon Kiefer quickly shut down the threat with his fourth strikeout of the day. Kiefer allowed four hits and no runs in his first four innings of work on the bump and finished with five strikeouts.

Florida Burn's offense immediately responded with some clutch hitting of its own to break the game wide open in the bottom half of the fourth. The squad loaded the bases twice with two outs and brought in runs both times for a 7-0 lead when both Graham and White hit bases-loaded two-RBI singles.

In the top of the fifth, Elite Squad finally broke through for its first runs of the game to cut Florida Burn's lead by three. A leadoff walk to Renzo Gonzalez got Elite Squad's offense started and Jonah Diaz followed with a single to put runners at first and second for Dorian Gonzalez Jr., who came through with an RBI single. Two batters later, after a groundout put runners on second and third, Bryan Loriga got in on the action and cleared the bases with his own two-RBI single to make it a 7-3 game.

That was all Elite Squad would be able to get though, as Aidan Troy took over on the mound for Florida Burn and tossed 2.1 scoreless innings to finish the game and secure the 7-3 victory.

Graham led the Florida Burn offense, finishing 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBIs. Norman (2-for-3) and Brodil (2-for-2) also collected multiple hits in the game, while White led the team in RBIs with three.

Nicholas Fraginals suffered the loss in the contest after allowing six earned runs on seven hits in the game. Jorge DeGoti (2-for-4) and Diaz (2-for-3) led Elite Squad at the plate with the team's only multi-hit games.

First pitch of the championship game is slated for 10:45 a.m. on Coleman Field at the USA Baseball National Training Complex on Thursday. Because the playoff is a double-elimination format, an if-necessary championship game is tentatively scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Both games will be streamed on PlaySight.com.

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East Cobb Astros Advance to Title Game With 9-1 Victory Over Elite Squad

The championship game is set to begin at 10:45 a.m. on Thursday on Coleman Field
July 30, 2020
17U National Team Championships NC // Homepage // Schedule & Results (GameChanger)   1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E ELITE SQUAD 0 0 1 0 0 X X 1 3 0 EAST COBB ASTROS 2 4 0 3 X X X 9 10 0 Win: Radek

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ELITE SQUAD 0 0 1 0 0 X X 1 3 0
EAST COBB ASTROS 2 4 0 3 X X X 9 10 0
Win: Radek Birkholz  Loss: Justin Webster
Box Score

CARY, N.C. -- The East Cobb Astros scored two runs in the first inning, another four in the second and three in the fourth to take down Elite Squad, 9-1, in a run-rule victory in the first semifinal of the inaugural 17U National Team Championships North Carolina. With the victory, East Cobb booked its spot in the championship game tomorrow, Thursday, July 30, at 10:45 a.m.

With the loss, Elite Squad (2-2-1; 1-1) falls into the elimination bracket and will face the Florida Burn (3-1-1; 1-1) in the second semifinal game at 8 a.m. on Coleman Field at the USA Baseball National Training Complex. The Burn defeated the South Charlotte Panthers (3-2; 0-2) 1-0 in the first elimination game on Wednesday. 

The Astros (4-0-1; 2-0) wasted no time putting pressure on the Elite Squad starting pitcher, Justin Webster, loading the bases with no outs in the first. Termarr Jackson scored the opening run on an RBI-fielder's choice by Harry Ford, and Joseph Mack came around to score on a bases-loaded walk to Treyton Rank for the early 2-0 lead.

The second inning found the bases juiced with East Cobb Astros and no outs once again thanks to three consecutive walks. This time, however, Michael Braswell delivered the big blow as he laced a bases-clearing double to the right-centerfield gap to extend the lead to 5-0. Ford then picked up his second RBI of the game just two batters later with a sacrifice fly to right field for a six-run cushion.

Elite Squad's offense showed signs of life in the top of the third inning after Hector Mangual dropped a one-out double into the left field corner. Ty Hollingsworth advanced to first on a hit-by-pitch and a walk to Jonah Diaz in the nine-hole loaded the bases with one out for the top of the order. Dorian Gonzalez Jr. picked up a sac fly to center to score their first run but East Cobb starter, Radek Birkholz, ended the threat with a strikeout to keep the score 6-1. 

Ford picked up his third RBI of the night for the Astros after he lifted a 1-0 pitch over the left field fence to bring the score to 7-1 in the bottom of the fourth. Back-to-back singles and a walk loaded the bases before Brant Herring followed with an RBI-single and an Alvin Keels was hit by a pitch to push the score to 9-1. 

Down to their final three outs due to the run-rule, Elite Squad was set down in order by the East Cobb defense in the top of the fifth to end the game.

Braswell (2-for-3), Joseph Mack (2-for-3) and Rank (2-for-2) each finished with a pair of hits and Jackson scored two runs in the leadoff spot after walking three times to lead the Astros' offense on Wednesday.  

Birkholz went the distance on the mound for East Cobb, giving up just three hits and one run, and striking out eight batters in the win. Webster suffered the loss for Elite Squad.

First pitch of the championship game is slated for 10:45 a.m. on Coleman Field at the USA Baseball National Training Complex on Thursday. Because the playoff is a double-elimination format, an if-necessary championship game is tentatively scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Both games will be streamed on PlaySight.com.

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Final Four Set for 17U National Team Championships North Carolina

The double-elimination playoff bracket will start on Wednesday, July 29
July 28, 2020
17U National Team Championships NC // Homepage // Schedule & Results (GameChanger)CARY, N.C. - The East Cobb Astros, Elite Squad, Florida Burn and South Charlotte Panthers booked their respective spots in the playoffs of the inaugural 17U National Team Championships North Carolina on Tuesday. All four teams advanced after finishing
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CARY, N.C. - The East Cobb Astros, Elite Squad, Florida Burn and South Charlotte Panthers booked their respective spots in the playoffs of the inaugural 17U National Team Championships North Carolina on Tuesday. All four teams advanced after finishing atop their respective pools during preliminary round action at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.
The four teams will now go head-to-head in a double-elimination bracket-style championship beginning on Wednesday, July 29, and culminating in the championship game on Thursday, July 30.
#1 Seed: South Charlotte Panthers (3-0)
The South Charlotte Panthers earned the number one overall seed in the 17U National Team Championships bracket after being the only team with an unblemished record during the preliminary round. The Panthers opened the tournament with a pair of narrow, one-run victories over Elite Squad (2-1) and 5 Star National (6-5) before ending pool play with a 4-1 win over the Richmond Braves Platinum.
Pitching has been the name of the game for South Charlotte as the team holds a 2.00 ERA after the preliminary round. Carson Kelly and Carson Starnes have led the pitching staff, striking out 10 and 9, respectively, in their lone appearances in the tournament. Gage Lewis has paced the offense for South Charlotte, leading the team with a .700 batting average (7-for-10) and four RBIs, both tournament highs.
#2 Seed: East Cobb Astros (2-0-1)
The East Cobb Astros finished Pool B with a 2-0-1 overall record at the 17U National Team Championships North Carolina. The Astros opened the tournament with a stalemate against the East Coast Sox, 0-0, as Andrew Armstrong pitched a complete game, striking out nine batters on just 86 pitches. They followed with a 3-2 pitchers duel-victory over CBA Northeast and a 5-0 shutout over Canes American to clinch their spot in the playoff.
Treyton Rank and Joseph Mack lead the East Cobb offense, batting .667 (4-for-6) and .444 (4-for-9), respectively. Following Armstrong's nine strikeouts, fellow starters Christian Williams and Coleman Willis contributed four strikes apiece to a pitching staff that has only given up a single earned run in 21 innings.
#3 Seed: Florida Burn (2-0-1)
The Florida Burn's offense has been on fire during the 17U National Team Championships North Carolina, outscoring opponents 22-7 in the preliminary round and securing the top spot in Pool C. They opened with an 8-2 victory over NEB, scored two runs in the top of the seventh to battle back for a 4-4 draw against Canes National and closed the opening round with a convincing 10-1 win over Tri-State Arsenal. 
Four batters hold a .333 batting average or better, led by Tommy White and BJ Graham. White is hitting .571 (4-for-7) with a pair of doubles and two-RBIs, and Graham boasts a .455 (5-for-11) average with two doubles and is tied for the team lead with three RBIs. The pitching staff has struck out 19 batters in 19 innings, led by Clayton Boroski (7 strikeouts) and Jaxson Crump (6 strikeouts).
#4 Seed: Elite Squad (1-1-1)
Elite Squad finished first in Pool D action of the 17U National Team Championships North Carolina after finished with a 1-1-1 overall record, their lone loss coming to eventual No. 1 seed South Charlotte Panthers. After suffering a defeat to start the tournament, they bounced back with a hard-fought 1-1 tie against the Molina Stars and closed the preliminary round with a 5-2 victory over previously unbeaten Team Elite.
Three batters hold a batting average over .350 for the team, led by Alex Ulloa with a .500 average (4-for-8) and Bryan Loriga with a .444 average (4-for-9), who also leads the team with two doubles and two RBIs. Their three starting pitchers - Carsten Finnvold, Irving Carter and Karson Ligon - have combined to strike out 12 batters and surrendered just three unearned runs.
The first round of the double-elimination bracket starts on Wednesday, July 29. Elite Squad and South Charlotte Panthers kick-start the day on Coleman Field at 8 a.m. followed immediately by Florida Burn and East Cobb Astros on Field 2 at 8:15 a.m. Both games will be streamed for free online and will be scored using GameChanger. 
The first semifinal game, as well as the first game of the loser's bracket, will start immediately after the opening games at 10:45 a.m. and 11 a.m., respectively. The championship game of the 17U National Team Championships North Carolina will take place on Thursday, July 30, at 10:45 a.m. on Coleman Field.
Fans should follow @USABChamps_NC for all the latest information and updates on the National Team Championships North Carolina. 
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17UTesting

17U National Team Championships NC: Top Ten Metrics

July 28, 2020
PDP ASSESSMENT TESTING Reaction + 30 yd (sec) Michael Robertson (Florida Burn) - 4.16 Khi Holiday (East Coast Sox) - 4.16 Jordan McCants (East Coast Sox) - 4.18 Ross Highfill (East Coast Sox) - 4.23 Bryant Hering (East Cobb Astros) - 4.24 Colin Tuft (Molina Stars) - 4.26 Q Phillips

PDP ASSESSMENT TESTING

Reaction + 30 yd (sec)
Michael Robertson (Florida Burn) - 4.16
Khi Holiday (East Coast Sox) - 4.16
Jordan McCants (East Coast Sox) - 4.18
Ross Highfill (East Coast Sox) - 4.23
Bryant Hering (East Cobb Astros) - 4.24
Colin Tuft (Molina Stars) - 4.26
Q Phillips (NEB) - 4.27
Warren Holzemer (Molina Stars) - 4.28
Lucas Torres (Elite Squad) - 4.3
Satchell Norman (Florida Burn) - 4.31
CMJ (Average Height) (in.)
Michael Robertson (Florida Burn) - 25.3
Lucas Torres (Elite Squad) - 24.3
Colin Tuft (Molina Stars) - 24
Jake Mummau (Florida Burn) - 23.6
Michael Sharman (East Cobb Astros) - 23.3
Aaron Downs (East Coast Sox) - 22.7
Khi Holiday (East Coast Sox) - 22.4
Alex Ulloa (Elite Squad) - 22.3
Tayden Hall (Florida Burn) - 22.2
Dean Kampschror (Molina Stars) - 22.2
Broad Jump Distance (feet)
Aidan Troy (Florida Burn) - 11.332
Colin Tuft (Molina Stars) - 11.25
Ross Highfill (East Coast Sox) - 10.974
Kaelen Culpepper (East Coast Sox) - 10.781
Dylan McDonald (Florida Burn) - 10.768
Michael Robertson (Florida Burn) - 10.614
Khi Holiday (East Coast Sox) - 10.597
Dean Kampschror (Molina Stars) - 10.581
Harry Ford (East Cobb Astros) - 10.528
Aaron Downs (East Coast Sox) - 10.41
Man in the Box - Green Box (True Agility)
Kaelen Culpepper (East Coast Sox) - 11.28
Jacob Keys (East Coast Sox) - 11.3
Joe Mack (East Cobb Astros) - 11.49
Austin Wainer (East Cobb Astros) - 11.5
Jordan McCants (East Coast Sox) - 11.56
Conner Whittaker (Florida Burn) - 11.57
Sam McNulty (NEB) - 11.59
Nick Wang (NEB) - 11.69
Harrison Povey (Florida Burn) - 11.71
Luca Danos (Molina Stars) - 11.83

TRACKMAN

Max FB Velo (mph)
James Peyton Smith (Team Elite) - 95.68
Chase Burnes (Canes National) - 94.46
Irving Carter (Elite Squad) - 93.82
Chase Petty (CBA Northeast) - 93.36
Grant Cherry (Team Elite) - 93.26
Michael Braswell (East Cobb Astros) - 93.2
Martin Gair (South Charlotte Panthers) - 92.52
McCay Gann (Team Elite) - 91.72
Philip Abner (Canes National) - 91.38
Justin Szestowicki (CBA Northeast) - 91.22
Max FB Spin Rate
Toney Sawyer (East Coast Sox) - 2616.74
Nicholas Fraginals (Elite Squad) - 2594.07
Coleman Willis (East Cobb Astros) - 2574.31
Chase Burns (Canes National) - 2553.82
AJ Causey (5 Star National) - 2545.75
Nathan Alexander (Team Elite) - 2533.13
Joe Pineiro (Florida Burn) - 2528.11
Lucas Torres (Elite Squad) - 2515.83
Irving Carter (Elite Squad) - 2510.31
Martin Gair (South Charlotte Panthers) - 2503.44
Max Exit Velo (mph)
Ryan Clifford (Canes National) - 103.55
Treylen White (NEB) - 103.01
Harry Ford (East Coast Cobb) - 102.62
Marcus Franco (Elite Squad) - 102.6
Tayden Hall (Florida Burn) - 102.12
Lonnie White (Canes National) - 102.09
Christopher Katz (Team Elite) - 102.05
BJ Graham (Florida Burn) - 101.86
Cole Messina (Canes National) - 101.56
Sean Smith (East Coast Sox) - 101.49
Max Distance (feet)
Treylen White (NEB) - 387.6
Gavin Abrams (Tri-State Arsenal) - 383.9
Christopher Katz (Team Elite) - 379.22
Tommy White (Florida Burn) - 376.43
Ryan Clifford (Canes National) - 369.9
Christian Smith (East Cobb Astros) - 368.95
Joe Mack (East Cobb Astros) - 362.66
Jorge Di Goti (Elite Squad) - 361.51
Braden Montgomery (East Coast Sox) - 360.74
Ethan McKay (5 Star National) - 360.41
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