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Excitement in the Air as National Team Championships NC Returns to the National Training Complex

14U National Team Championships NC kicks off with testing day and first slate of games
June 16, 2021
Clear skies, 80-degree weather, and for the first time in nine months, the National Team Championships North Carolina returned to the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.  The morning got started early with each team going through a pro-style workout and getting testing feedback in several areas

Clear skies, 80-degree weather, and for the first time in nine months, the National Team Championships North Carolina returned to the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. 

The morning got started early with each team going through a pro-style workout and getting testing feedback in several areas of the game. Outfielders got the chance to track their velocities on throws to third and home, while hitters took swings in the cages using Diamond Kinetics technology. The SwingTracker gives real-time data on various parts of a batter’s swing, and this morning it made for great friendly competition amongst teammates as they got ready for the day ahead.

“It’s good for everybody to let us know where we’re at and where we stand against other competition,” said Micah Matthews, a member of the Canes National team. Seeing these assessment results gives players tangible things to work on to improve their game. The goal? To keep getting better in every aspect of the game. Seeing these results pay off makes all the hard work worth it. 

And 12U National Team alum Dillon Adkins has experienced this firsthand. After impressing at the National Team Identification Series (NTIS) in 2018, Adkins got the chance to play for the 2019 12U National Team at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup. Now, he’s back this year at the National Team Championships with Knights Knation National and ready for more.

“We’re really excited to compete with other big teams, a lot of people think we’re underdogs,” Adkins said of his Knights team. “I think we have a pretty good chance at doing good while we’re here. We’re really excited to compete and showcase our talent.”

Alandez Blaylock shared the same sentiment about his East Coast Sox Franchise team. “I’m excited to be playing better competition, this field of teams is stacked, so you just have to expect the best,” he said.

After a morning of testing, the teams took the field ready to prove themselves. With 16 of the premier clubs from across the country, the competition is stout and the teams are ready to show they belong here.

Not only are these teams getting the opportunity to play against some of the best competition in the country, but they are also getting to do it at one of the finest facilities in the country. The USA Baseball National Training Complex is home to four major league-quality fields, highlighted by the 1,754 seat Coleman Field. Getting the chance to play where MLB All-Stars and Team USA alums like Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Marcus Stroman, and many more have played is an opportunity the players are grateful for.

“These are the best fields I’ve ever seen, I’ve never seen anything like it, and I can’t wait to get out there,” said David Shields, a Pittsburgh native playing for Canes National this week. Shields’ teammate Micah Matthews added, “It’s big for us. For us young kids getting to experience this, it’s really special and I’m really excited.”

The stage is set. Teams got started their journey to gold today and with a full week ahead, players will have plenty of chances to put their talents on display.

Aidan Nohava from the Cangelosi Sparks summed it up well, saying “I’ve never played on any fields like this and never seen any competition like this either. I’m ready to play.”

A full slate of game action will highlight day two of the event on Thursday as each team will play twice to finish out pool play before the bracket is set on Friday.

Let’s play ball.

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16U National Team Championships NC All-Tournament Team Announced

All 16 tournament teams represented on All-Tournament team
July 13, 2021
CARY, N.C. – The 16U National Team Championships North Carolina All-Tournament team was announced today and features 16 athletes that competed in the event. The list is made up of nine hitters and seven pitchers and features a player from each of the tournament’s 16 teams, including the gold medal-winning

CARY, N.C. – The 16U National Team Championships North Carolina All-Tournament team was announced today and features 16 athletes that competed in the event. The list is made up of nine hitters and seven pitchers and features a player from each of the tournament’s 16 teams, including the gold medal-winning Top Tier Roos American. 

Adekide Adetuyi – Scorpions Marucci

Adekide Adetuyi threw 8.2 innings across two appearances for the bronze medal-winning Scorpions Marucci, allowing just one run and five hits while striking out nine.

Connor Bartz – Dulins Dodgers Prime

Connor Bartz finished the week with a .545 (6-for-11) batting average for Dulins Dodgers Prime while knocking in three runs and scoring two.

Freddy Beruvides Jr. – Resmondo

Freddy Beruvides Jr. pitched four shutout innings and collected a win for Resmondo. He allowed just one hit while striking out 10 batters.

Bryce Clavon – East Cobb Astros

Bryce Clavon finished with a team-best .571 (8-for-4) batting average with two doubles and two RBIs while scoring five runs. He also stole three bases for East Cobb during the tournament.

Daniel Cuvet – Elite Squad

Daniel Cuvet led Elite Squad with a .417/.533/.667 slash line in five tournament games. He had six RBIs and one of the tournament’s three home runs.

James Ellwanger – Texas Twelve

James Ellwanger made two appearances on the mound for Texas Twelve, allowing just one run on three hits in 5.1 innings of work. Ellwanger also struck out ten batters in the tournament.

AJ Ewing – Cincinnati Spikes

AJ Ewing led the Cincinnati Spikes in nearly every offensive category and had a tournament-best .583 (7-for-12) batting average. He also collected two doubles, three RBIs, and scored three runs.

Jack Gold – GBG Navy

Jack Gold batted .400 (4-for-10) for GBG Navy and had two doubles while also stealing two bases during the tournament.

Samuel Gomez – NorCal U

Samuel Gomez hit .444 (4-for-9) for NorCal U and collected three RBIs while also scoring three of the team’s runs. Additionally, he drew three walks and had a .583 on-base percentage.

RJ Hamilton – East Coast Sox Franchise

RJ Hamilton led the silver medal-winning East Coast Sox Franchise with a .471 (8-for-17) batting average as well as three RBIs and four runs scored. Two of his hits came in the gold medal game against Top Tier Roos American.

Jax Lewis – 5 Star National

Jax Lewis tossed a complete game for 5 Star National in the tournament, allowing just one unearned run on two hits while collecting seven strikeouts in the win. 

Aidan Miller – Top Tier Roos American

Aidan Miller batted .471 (8-for-17) while scoring five runs for Top Tier Roos American en route to the team’s gold medal victory. He also drew six walks in the tournament and had a .609 on-base percentage.

Michael Mullinax – Team Elite

Michael Mullinax had one of the tournament’s three home runs and also had a double to go along with three RBIs for Team Elite. 

Tommy Roldan – Canes National

Tommy Roldan pitched five innings and earned a win for Canes National, allowing just one run on two hits while collecting eight strikeouts.

Nathan Teague – Dirtbags

Nathan Teague threw four shutout innings for the Dirtbags, striking out five batters while giving up just five hits and one walk. 

Cameron Tilly – Tucci National

Cameron Tilly pitched 6.1 innings in two appearances for Tucci National and allowed just two hits and one run while striking out eight.

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Top Tier Roos American Claim 16U National Team Championships NC Gold in Extra Innings 

Top Tier Roos American and East Coast Sox Franchise combine for 29 hits and 20 runs in gold medal game
July 12, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E Top Tier Roos American 0 1 3 1 0 1 1 0 5 12 14 1 East Coast Sox Franchise 0 1 1 2 1 1 1 0 1 8 15 1 Win: Aidan Miller Loss: Jax Yoxtheimer Box Score
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Top Tier Roos American 0 1 3 1 0 1 1 0 5 12 14 1
East Coast Sox Franchise 0 1 1 2 1 1 1 0 1 8 15 1
Win: Aidan Miller Loss: Jax Yoxtheimer
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CARY, N.C. - It took nine innings and just under four hours but Top Tier Roos American claimed the 16U National Team Championships North Carolina gold medal with a 12-8 win over the East Coast Sox Franchise.

In a back-and-forth game, the East Coast Sox Franchise battled back to tie the game on four separate occasions until a five-run ninth inning propelled the Top Tier Roos American to victory.

The teams traded runs in the second frame before Top Tier pulled out to a 4-1 advantage in the third and added another run in the fourth. Each team had a balanced offensive attack as a run was scored in all but one-half inning between the second and seventh innings.

After Top Tier took a one-run lead in the seventh and East Coast responded with a run of their own to send the game to extras, the Top Tier offense exploded for five runs in the ninth to secure the victory. East Coast’s rally in the bottom half fell four runs short and Top Tier sealed the deal to claim gold.

Thomas Crabtree started the game for East Coast, giving up four runs in 3.0 innings pitched while John Abraham started on the mound for Top Tier, allowing one run in 2.0 innings of work. Aidan Miller threw the final five frames for the gold medal winners, allowing two runs on seven hits.

Scorpions Marucci won the tournament’s bronze medal after Mark Estrada and Hudson Calhoun threw a combined no-hitter in a 12-0 win over the Dulins Dodgers Prime.

Key Moments

  • Cristofer Walley got the scoring started for Top Tier Roos American in the top of the second, driving in Fletcher Hislop on a single into center.
  • Marcos Rosales came into tie the game for East Coast Sox Franchise in the bottom of the second on a hit by Jax Yoxtheimer.
  • A two-run single from Hislop scored Landen Maroudis and Wes Mendes to put Top Tier up 4-1 in the third.
  • After East Coast got one back in the bottom of the third, Top Tier added another a half inning later on a Miller single. But a two-run bottom of the fourth and a Riley Myers single in the fifth for East Coast again tied the game, 5-5.
  • Both teams scored in the sixth to make it a 6-6 game, with East Coast’s run coming on a Kade Anderson double into right.
  • Hislop collected his third RBI of the game to put Top Tier on top 7-6 in the top half of the seventh but Casey Borba singled for East Coast to score Butt and send the game to extras.
  • Neither team was able to bring across a run in the eighth but a Steven Milam leadoff double in the ninth scored Ben Oosterbaan with international tie-breaker rules in effect to give Top Tier as 8-7 advantage.
  • Cade Kurland finished the scoring in the top of the ninth by providing two insurance runs with a double that scored Walley and Milam for the final 10-7 score.

Notable Information

  • Top Tier Roos American finished the tournament 5-1 with their only loss coming in the team’s second pool play game.
  • Aidan Miller finished the week with a team-high .471 (8-for-17) batting average in the tournament while Cade Kurland had a team-high five RBIs.
  • Miller also threw a team-high 7.2 innings for Top Tier, including five innings in Monday’s gold medal game.

Quotables

  • "This team has been together since they were 11 years old. This is what they do. They never quit.” – Top Tier Roos American Head Coach Jason Miller on winning gold
  • I wasn’t trying to do too much. Just trying to put the bat on the ball with runners in scoring position.” – Fletcher Hislop on his approach at the plate
  • “It feels good. We fought for this one. Tough teams with good competition and we were able to come out on top.” – Steven Milam on winning the gold medal game.

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Semifinal Matchups Set At 16U National Team Championships NC

Dulins Dodgers Prime, Top Tier Roos American, East Coast Sox Franchise and Scorpions Marucci advance with quarterfinal wins on Sunday
July 11, 2021
CARY, N.C. – Dulins Dodgers Prime, Top Tier Roos American, East Coast Sox Franchise and Scorpions Marucci advanced to Monday’s 2021 16U National Team Championships North Carolina semifinals after winning their quarterfinal games on Sunday morning.  Dulins Dodgers Prime 2, Canes National 1 The Dulins Dodgers Prime were the first

CARY, N.C. – Dulins Dodgers Prime, Top Tier Roos American, East Coast Sox Franchise and Scorpions Marucci advanced to Monday’s 2021 16U National Team Championships North Carolina semifinals after winning their quarterfinal games on Sunday morning. 

Dulins Dodgers Prime 2, Canes National 1

The Dulins Dodgers Prime were the first team to punch its ticket to the semifinals with a 2-1 win over Canes National on Sunday. Neither team could get the bats going early, with the first nine batters of the game being retired before Barrett Kent got the game’s first hit for the Dodgers in the bottom of the second. It took another inning before Dulins put its first run on the board.

Connor Bartz hit a one-out double into left to get the offense started and Aidan Smith followed it up with a single to put runners on first and third. Three pitches later, Kyler Proctor drove in the game’s first run with a single of his own that plated Bartz. Dakota Howard then brought Smith in on a sacrifice fly one batter later for the 2-0 lead and a run that proved to be crucial later in the game.

In the top of the seventh, with the score still 2-0, Zach Wadas hit a two-out solo shot over the right field wall to cut the deficit to one. Trent Caraway then sent a double deep into left to put the tying run on second, but Austin Haley was able to induce a ground ball and get out of the jam to secure the 2-1 win for Dulins.

Haley pitched the complete seven innings and got the win for the Dodgers, striking out five batters, while Tucker Holland took the loss for Canes National. Aidan Smith went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead Dulins while Wadas’ home run was the offensive highlight for Canes National.

“We just trusted each other. We decided we were going to come out here and give it our all,” Smith said after the game. “We just have to keep throwing strikes and grind out runs at the plate,” he continued, looking forward to Monday morning’s semifinal.

Top Tier Roos American 1, Resmondo 0

In a pitcher’s duel, Top Tier Roos American squeezed out a 1-0 win over Resmondo to earn their spot in the semifinals. It was the bottom of the sixth inning before Top Tier would score the game-winning run.

Resmondo threatened in the top of the first after back-to-back two-out singles from Ariel Antigua and Gian De Castro put runners on first and second before an error allowed them to load the bases. But Top Tier’s Cristofer Walley was able to get a fly ball to get out of the inning before settling in for the remainder of his start, allowing just two hits for the rest of the outing.

Top Tier tried to get something going in the third, with its own pair of back-to-back singles off the bats of Aidan Miller and Cade Kurland. They would move over to second and third but could get no further when Resmondo starter Brandon Olivera got a flyout and strikeout to end the inning.

Finally, in the bottom of the sixth, the Top Tier Roos American were able to break through. Wes Mendes led off the inning with a single before Fletcher Hislop moved him over to third with a one-out drive into right. Troy Reader then plated Mendes with a sacrifice fly into center for the game’s only run.

“We had a fast guy on third, I knew I just had to drive the ball somewhere into the outfield,” Reader said on his approach before bringing in the deciding run.

Miller reached base three times for Top Tier with a hit and two walks while Atingua and DeCastro each went 2-for-3 with two hits for Resmondo. Walley’s six shutout innings with five strikeouts earned him the win while Olivera also had an impressive six-inning outing, but suffered the loss after allowing the game’s single run. John Abraham earned the save for Top Tier, striking out two of the four batters he faced in the seventh.

East Coast Sox Franchise 8, 5 Star National 0

In the strongest offensive outing of the quarterfinals, East Coast Sox Franchise pulled ahead to win 8-0 over 5 Star National. A seven-run third inning propelled the team to its fourth victory of the tournament and a spot in Monday’s semifinals.

5 Star National tried to get a two-out rally going in the first when Dunford and Hays hit back-to-back singles but East Coast’s Owen Egan was able to escape the jam with his first of five strikeouts of the game.

The offensive onslaught in the third for East Coast began with a leadoff single by Myers followed by a double from Hamilton to put runners on second and third with no outs. An error and three straight walks brought in two runs before McAbee sent a two-run double into right to clear the bases and make it 4-0.

“I just tried to attack the first pitch fastball,” said McAbee about jumpstarting his team’s offense. “I thought it was coming so I was able to get ahold of it.”

A few more errors would turn out to be costly and allow East Coast to add three more runs in the inning to make it 7-0. They were then able to add one more run in the fourth when Kaler hit a leadoff triple and came across to score on a passed ball.

RJ Hamilton led the way for East Coast, going 2-for-2 with an RBI while Andrew Dunford went 2-for-3 at the plate for 5 Star National. Egan got the win on the mound, allowing no runs on five hits in the shortened game while Kaleb Johnson was credited with the loss for 5 Star.

Scorpions Marucci 1, Tucci National 0

In another low-scoring pitcher’s duel, Scorpions Marruci came away with a 1-0 win over Tucci National in Sunday’s 16U National Team Championships North Carolina quarterfinals to claim the last spot in Monday’s semifinals. The two teams combined for just five hits in the game while both team’s pitchers combined to allow nine walks. Scorpions Marucci used small ball and a timely hit to get the win.

The run came in the third when McKenzie drew a leadoff walk and Simpson moved the courtesy runner Breydan Calapa with a sacrifice bunt. Then, Richardson collected the biggest hit of the afternoon when he brought Calapa in on a single into right.

“Their pitcher was hitting his spots, so I just tried to choke up and put something in play,” Richardson said after the game. “It felt like a game where one run might do it with the way the pitchers were throwing." 

Despite allowing the run, Cameron Tilly was impressive for Tucci National, allowing just two hits while striking out eight batters. Olin Johnson started the game and allowed just one hit in three innings before Lucas Glendinning threw the last four frames for Scorpions Marucci. Richardson and Cooper Jones had the two hits for Scorpions Marucci while Jack McMullan went 2-for-3 for Tucci National. 

With the semifinal matchups set, Scorpions Marucci will play Top Tier Roos American at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, July 12, while first pitch between the East Coast Sox Franchise and Dulins Dodgers Prime is set for 8:15 a.m. The gold medal game will follow on the USA Baseball National Training Complex’s Coleman Field at 10:45 a.m. and can be streamed live on Playsight.

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Nine USA Baseball Alumni Back at National Training Complex for 16U National Team Championships NC

Five of 16 teams competing feature Team USA alums
July 10, 2021
CARY, N.C. – For several players at the 16U National Team Championships North Carolina, playing at the USA Baseball National Training Complex isn’t new territory. Five of the 16 teams in this weekend’s tournament have experience playing for a USA Baseball National Team, led by Top Tier Roos American and

CARY, N.C. – For several players at the 16U National Team Championships North Carolina, playing at the USA Baseball National Training Complex isn’t new territory. Five of the 16 teams in this weekend’s tournament have experience playing for a USA Baseball National Team, led by Top Tier Roos American and East Coast Sox Franchise who each have three Team USA alums on their rosters.

Spencer Butt (2017 12U, 2019 15U), Owen Egan (2016, 2017 12U), and Marcos Rosales (2016 12U) are all playing for East Coast Sox Franchise while Steven Milam (2016 12U, 2019 15U), Aidan Miller (2016 12U, 2019 15U), and Colton Wombles (2019 15U) are with Top Tier Roos American. Drew Burress (2019 15U), Colt Emerson (2017 12U), and Brandon Olivera (2017 12U, 2019 15U) are also at the event with 5 Star National, Team Elite, and Resmondo, respectively.  

With the 2019 15U National Team that won gold at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier well represented this week, many of the team’s players are getting the chance to catch up and reminisce on their run. 

“It’s always great seeing my teammates,” said Butt, who gave up just four hits in two appearances for Team USA in 2019. “We’ll always have that special bond of winning a gold medal together, so we all stay in touch.

Regardless of which year or team they played with, all of the alumni share the honor of getting to represent their country on an international stage. And it’s not an honor any of them take lightly.

“Playing for your country, it’s the best. Getting to wear that ‘U-S-A’ across your chest, there’s no other feeling like it,” said Emerson, who traveled to Taiwan with the 12U National Team in 2017. The middle infielder helped the team win Team USA’s third-consecutive WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup title and it’s a moment he’ll never forget. “Hearing your national anthem being played over the whole stadium, it honestly brought tears to my eyes.” 

Unfortunately, these guys were robbed of that opportunity last summer when COVID-19 prevented international competition and the national team seasons. But that only made them hungrier and more eager to be back for the National Team Championships NC this weekend.

“I was especially excited to be playing here this weekend,” said Wombles, who was also a part of the gold medal-winning 2019 15U team. “I’ve missed being here the past year and a half. It’s a great facility and I love playing against the best of the best.”

Competitiveness is a common quality amongst not just the alums, but all of the players here this weekend and it’s on full display. While the goal is winning a gold medal at this event, there is also the undeniable fact that the USA Baseball task force has its eyes on the competition to scout potential players for future USA Baseball development programs and national teams. 

Two-time 12U National Team alum Owen Eagan tries to ignore the task force’s presence but knows first-hand what it’s like getting to play on a national team. “I try not to pay attention to them and just have fun playing baseball. Getting those experiences have been some of the best of my life, though,” he said.

These alums, along with the other 300+ athletes here this weekend, will have another opportunity to play in front of the task force tomorrow as bracket play starts. And while of course the gold medal is on these players’ minds, for many, they are also playing of the ultimate goal of getting to play for Team USA because, as the alums already know, there’s just nothing like it.  

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A Friday Full of Baseball

Sixteen games of action jumpstart 16U National Team Championships NC
July 10, 2021
Sixteen games. 106 innings. 174 hits. 149 runs. 3,748 pitches. It was a full day of action as all 16 teams at the 16U National Team Championships North Carolina played two games on Friday. The day got started early with five games across two facilities beginning at 8 a.m., just

Sixteen games. 106 innings. 174 hits. 149 runs. 3,748 pitches. It was a full day of action as all 16 teams at the 16U National Team Championships North Carolina played two games on Friday. The day got started early with five games across two facilities beginning at 8 a.m., just a day removed from Tropical Storm Elsa bringing over seven inches of rain to the area.  

With the sun coming out early and hardly a cloud in the sky, it was like night and day from 24 hours prior. A warm day, temperatures getting up to 90 degrees, it was much more like baseball weather as opposed to Thursday’s downpours. 

The players were eager to hit the field and it showed as batters attacked the plate and hits were plentiful all morning.

“I’m going to be honest, I could not sleep last night. I was up until at least 1:30,” said Jaquae Stewart from the Texas Twelve squad. But the lack of sleep didn’t seem to bother the first baseman who went 3-for-4 and drove in five runs during his team’s 17-3 win over Elite Squad.

And the action didn’t slow down after the morning slate of games as the second session of the day saw both an extra innings walk-off and a no-hitter. 

After rallying from a 2-0 deficit, the Dulins Dodgers Prime found themselves knotted up at two runs apiece in the eighth inning against the Dirtbags. The rally cowboy hat worn by a member of the Texas-based team paid off when Collin Liles stepped up and hit a walk-off sacrifice fly into center to score Aidan Smith.

Meanwhile, just one field over, Kade Anderson was wrapping up a no-hitter for the East Coast Sox Franchise. The southpaw and LSU commit struck out nine Team Elite batters and gave up just two walks in the no-hit performance. He got some run support from his teammates, but not until late in the game as East Coast put up 13 runs in the shutout victory – all in the top of the sixth inning.

“I had confidence in my team. I knew they’d be able to put up runs if I just kept throwing strikes,” Anderson said after the game. The team was all business and knew what they had to do to help out their pitcher, but they wouldn’t let him know. “It was quiet in the dugout. They weren’t saying anything. We knew what was going on.”

Then, after the mid-morning slate of games wrapped up, yesterday’s weather tried to sneak back in, putting a nearly four-hour rain delay on the afternoon games. The games got done, though, and after a 14-hour day, each team has played two games heading into Saturday.

And after a day like yesterday, it was just what these teams, coaches, and families wanted. Baseball. Lots of it. And tomorrow, they’ll get to do it all again as pool play wraps up before bracket play starts on Sunday.  

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Eager, Ready, and Waiting

16U National Team Championships NC teams prepare for games starting Friday
July 8, 2021
With Tropical Storm Elsa hovering over North Carolina, games and Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP) testing originally scheduled for Thursday at the 16U National Team Championships North Carolina were postponed to Saturday. Teams did get the opportunity, however, to get in a round of batting practice in the covered batting cages

With Tropical Storm Elsa hovering over North Carolina, games and Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP) testing originally scheduled for Thursday at the 16U National Team Championships North Carolina were postponed to Saturday. Teams did get the opportunity, however, to get in a round of batting practice in the covered batting cages at the National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, on Thursday afternoon before game action starts on Friday.

It was an opportunity many of the tournament’s teams took, despite some players coming straight from other events. One member of Team Elite woke up at 5:00 a.m. and drove straight through the storm to the National Training Complex. “I haven’t even been to the hotel yet,” he laughed while waiting for his turn in the cage.

While the weather was far from ideal, the ‘off day’ of sorts was a breath of fresh air for these teams that have reached the heaviest part of their summer schedules. NorCal U came straight to North Carolina after playing a tournament last week in Hoover, Alabama. Players on the California-based team haven’t been home in several weeks so the extra day to reset and refocus was one they welcomed.

The time in the cages this afternoon allowed the teams to stay loose and have a little fun before game action starts Friday morning. Dulins Dodgers Prime coaches took the opportunity to create some friendly competition amongst the team. Players split into two teams and went through a type of simulated game. Step into the cage, take a swing, and coach determines whether it’s a single or out. As guys strung together hits they could score runs and they would switch hitters after three “outs.”

As you would expect, the game got intense and ended up going to a ‘10th inning.’

Players from Texas Twelve, staying true to their Aggie football-inspired team name, tossed around a football while waiting on their turn in the cages.

Towards the end of the afternoon, South Florida-based teams Elite Squad and Resmondo found themselves opposite of one another during batting practice. The teams traded friendly jabs about who was better before admitting a lot of them were actually friends off the field.

Despite the rain, it was a good tune-up day before games start tomorrow morning at 8:00 a.m. with a full day of action planned. And while the mood was light today, these players are ready to turn up the intensity and get serious as they start playing for that gold medal. 

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Team Kado Hawaii — Champs AZ

Kado Baseball Program Preaches Continuity, Togetherness at Champs AZ

July 8, 2021
A baseball travels a dozen feet in a line with a dozen friends. All the throws arrive at the same moment.  Ten pops of the glove in unison is a special sound to the ears of a baseball fan. And when one throw skips past a glove and skitters away

A baseball travels a dozen feet in a line with a dozen friends. All the throws arrive at the same moment. 

Ten pops of the glove in unison is a special sound to the ears of a baseball fan.

And when one throw skips past a glove and skitters away on the outfield grass, there’s a momentary pause. The rest of the throwing partners halt while the ball is retrieved and the reset button is pressed.

The warmup routine (and its distinctive sounds) is intentional for Team Kado Hawaii. It’s a building block of team continuity and togetherness on the baseball diamond, and a major driving force behind the program’s past success at the National Team Championships Arizona.

“It looks good and sounds good,” Tim Quiery, head coach of Team Kado Hawaii’s 14U Navy squad, said. “We like to have that (routine) program-wide. That way everyone is on the same page and they practice the fundamentals of throwing the ball the correct way.” 

Kado placed third at the 2018 14U National Team Championships Arizona, which marked the organization’s first medal at the event at any age group. The 2021 tournament featured five teams from Kado across four age levels, including two in the 14U pool. Team camaraderie and an appreciation for the opportunities the game of baseball provides are highlighted throughout the program, which stands for “Gateway to Baseball.”

“The Kado baseball program is a family,” Quiery said. “The people of Hawaii, they’re a family. Everyone sticks up for each other and everyone pulls for each other even if they don’t know one another.”

The same sense of camaraderie and togetherness extends beyond the dugout and bleachers, too. Members of the Kado program traveled with snacks aplenty for observers of the tournament — fans, staff members and umpires alike.

The gift baskets included a number of local favorites, including chocolate-covered macadamia nuts, gummy pineapples, and Hawaiian shortbread, among others.

Quiery’s personal favorite? The chocolate-covered macadamias, with no hesitation.

“The people of Hawaii are very hospitable, generous and provide for everyone,” Quiery said. “And who doesn’t like sweet treats?”

Much of the game of baseball is intentional. The placement of a pitcher’s fingers on the seams. The swings of a batter on-deck. The stretching sequence of a team prior to a game. It’s no different with the Kado baseball program. Every aspect of its players’, coaches’ and families’ relationship with the sport is thoughtful and predicated upon future development.

And maybe a sweet tooth.

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MBA Navy 2024 — 15U Champs AZ Gold

MBA Navy 2024 Captures Gold at 15U Champs AZ

July 7, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E Trosky National 2024 0 0 1 0 0 0 X 1 5 0 MBA Navy 2024 0 0 3 0 3 3 X 9 9 0 Win: Cooper Hansen Loss: Bryce McKnight Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats PHOENIX — MBA Navy 2024
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Trosky National 2024 0 0 1 0 0 0 X 1 5 0
MBA Navy 2024 0 0 3 0 3 3 X 9 9 0
Win: Cooper Hansen Loss: Bryce McKnight
Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats

PHOENIX — MBA Navy 2024 captured its first-ever gold medal with a 9-1 victory against Trosky National 2024 in the championship game of the 15U National Team Championships Arizona on Wednesday at Peoria Sports Complex.

Cooper Hansen tossed a six-inning complete game for MBA Navy and allowed just one run and struck out three in an impressive performance on the big stage. The 5-foot-11 southpaw received plenty of support from his offense, which produced six runs across the final two innings to seal off the run-rule win.

MBA Navy scored nine unanswered runs after Trosky National put the game's first run on the board via a seeing-eye single off the bat of Tatum Marsh. MBA Navy responded immediately with three runs in the bottom half of the frame courtesy of Zach Edwards' two-RBI triple and Kale Fountain's RBI-double off the wall in left.

The game remained 3-1 until the fifth when Drake Piersall roped a double into the left-field corner and plated three runs — Easton Barrett, Burke-Lee Mabeus and Edwards.

MBA Navy extended its lead to 8-1 in the sixth after Barrett's triple brought home two more runs, and he later came across to score the game-ending run on Mabeus' single to left.

MBA Navy concluded the 2021 15U National Team Championships with a perfect 9-0 mark and an 85-30 run differential.

Trosky National suffered its second loss and finished the tournament with a 7-2 record. The silver medal marks Trosky's second Top 3 finish as a program at the National Team Championships Arizona, joined by a gold-medal finish in the 15U tournament in 2018.

TB SoCal Baseball (6-2) and Saddleback Cowboys (6-2) earned a split of the bronze medal.

 

Key Moments

  • Tatum Marsh (Trosky) sent a single through the left side to bring home the game's opening run in the top of the third.
  • Zach Edwards' (MBA) two-run triple in the bottom of the third put MBA Navy out in front by a run.
  • Kale Fountain (MBA) missed a home run by inches and settled for an RBI-double off the left-field wall to extend MBA Navy's lead to 3-1 in the third.
  • Drake Piersall (MBA) plated three runs with a double down the left-field line to make it 6-1 in favor of MBA Navy in the fifth.
  • Easton Barrett (MBA) recorded a two-run triple in the sixth to make it a seven-run ball game.
  • Burke-Lee Mabeus (MBA) laced an RBI-single to left to represent the game-ending hit by run rule in the sixth.

 

Notable Information

  • "We've been around these guys since they were 8 years old. They have that bond and they're connected. It's a special group." — MBA Navy 2024 head coach David Piersall
  • "(In Utah) we don't have the abundance of kids (other states) have, but the kids that do take it seriously are as good as anybody. Those kids can compete with anybody as long as they're all together in one spot." — MBA Navy 2024 head coach David Piersall

 

On Deck

  • MBA Navy 2024 concluded the 15U National Team Championships with a spotless 9-0 record and a plus-55 run differential.
  • Trosky National 2024 finished the tournament with a 7-2 mark and earned the program's second-ever medal at the National Team Championships Arizona.

 

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16U National Team Championships NC Schedule Update

Testing Day, Thursday Games Postponed
July 7, 2021
CARY, N.C. – Due to impending severe weather forecasts, testing day for the 16U National Team Championships North Carolina, which was originally scheduled to take place in the morning on Thursday, July 8, has been postponed until Saturday, July 10. Additionally, the originally scheduled pool play games for Thursday will

CARY, N.C. – Due to impending severe weather forecasts, testing day for the 16U National Team Championships North Carolina, which was originally scheduled to take place in the morning on Thursday, July 8, has been postponed until Saturday, July 10. Additionally, the originally scheduled pool play games for Thursday will now be played on Saturday.

Games scheduled for Friday, July 9, will be played as planned; however, the seeded pool play games that were originally scheduled to take place on Saturday have been cancelled. Instead, following three pool play games, the four pool winners and four wild card teams will move into an eight-team single-elimination bracket starting on Sunday, July 11. The full, updated schedule can be found on GameChanger.

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Hannah's Heroics Lead USA Prime National to 14U Gold at Champs AZ

July 7, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E USA Prime National 14U 0 3 1 1 3 0 3 11 15 2 Saddleback Cowboys Black 5 0 1 0 1 3 0 10 15 4 Win: Sean Gamble Loss: Carter Enoch Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats PHOENIX — Dean Hannah
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USA Prime National 14U 0 3 1 1 3 0 3 11 15 2
Saddleback Cowboys Black 5 0 1 0 1 3 0 10 15 4
Win: Sean Gamble Loss: Carter Enoch
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PHOENIX — Dean Hannah provided a go-ahead, two-run single to cap a dramatic, 11-10 win for USA Prime National against Saddleback Cowboys Black in the gold-medal game of the 14U National Team Championships on Wednesday at Peoria Sports Complex.

Hannah, who posted a .455 clip at the plate and a team-high nine RBI throughout the tournament, delivered the defining moment in the top of the seventh with USA Prime National trailing by a run. It marked the second heroic hit for Hannah in the 14U playoffs after the 5-foot-11 backstop uncorked a three-run triple to put his team ahead in the seventh inning of its Round of 16 game against Canes West Black.

The gold medal marks USA Prime National's first at any age group at the National Team Championships.

The first-place finish did not come without adversity, however. Saddleback Cowboys Black put up five runs on six hits in the opening frame, which included three straight base knocks from Luke Blanchard (single), Carter Enoch (RBI-double) and Hayden George (single) to begin the game.

USA Prime National responded in quick fashion, however, with three runs in the top half of the second. Camden Clewett, Myles Mayse and Cru Huenfeld all doubled home runs in spark the comeback.

Sean Gamble's sacrifice fly in the third cut the deficit to one run for USA Prime National.

Jeffrey Wulff's RBI-single through the right side brought Saddleback's lead back to two in the bottom half of the frame, but USA Prime National fought back, once more, with a run-scoring groundout courtesy of Ty Hawkins.

USA Prime National took its first lead of the game just one inning later when Clewett and Travis Friend pushed a pair of runs across with a single apiece.

Lawsom Olmstead's fifth-inning single up the middle put Saddleback on the comeback trail and the Cowboys put three more runs on the board to take a 10-8 lead in the sixth.

However, USA Prime National, which reached double-digits in the run column in four separate games throughout the tournament, did so again in a clutch situation. Sean Gamble, who also earned the win in relief, made it a one-run game with a single to right, and Hannah's heroics put USA Prime National ahead for good.

Saddleback put the potential tying run on base in the seventh when Luke Anderson singled with two outs, but Landon Schaefer speared a sharp liner at third to seal the win and the gold medal for USA Prime National.

The first-place finish marks USA Prime's first-ever gold at the National Team Championships Arizona.

Saddleback Cowboys secured their third medal at the event across all age groups.

Chino Hills Thunder took home the bronze medal with an 8-0 win in five innings against San Diego Show.

 

Key Moments

  • Carter Enoch's (Saddleback) RBI-double sparked a five-run, six-hit first frame for Saddleback Cowboys Black.
  • Camden Clewett (Prime), Myles Mayse and Cru Huenfeld each doubled home a run in the second to keep USA Prime National within striking distance at 5-3.
  • USA Prime National cut the deficit to just one run when Sean Gamble produced a sacrifice fly in the third.
  • With his team trailing 6-5 at the time, Dean Hannah (Prime) delivered a sacrifice fly to even the score in the fifth. USA Prime National then took the lead via back-to-back RBI-singles from Camden Clewett and Travis Friend.
  • Saddleback Cowboys Black leveled score once more in the sixth when Bradley Beaudreau reached on an infield single, allowing Luke Anderson to cross the plate.
  • Luke Blanchard's (Saddleback) run-scoring bunt in the sixth put Saddleback Cowboys Black back in the lead.
  • Dean Hannah plated a pair of runs with a go-ahead single to center in the top of the seventh.

 

Notable Information

  • "It's been a long week, but it feels great. to come out on top. This team never quits. They battled back all day." — USA Prime National 14U head coach Marc Nellist Jr.
  • "First off, (Dean Hannah) is one of, if not the youngest kids on this team. For him to comes through against Canes West and then again today with a two-strike knock to drive in the game-winning run, it's super-impressive. It says a lot about his character." — USA Prime National 14U head coach Marc Nellist Jr.
  • "I try not to think too much (at the plate). I just try to hit the ball wherever it's given to me." — USA Prime National DH Dean Hannah

 

On Deck

  • USA Prime National (8-1) concluded the 14U National Team Championships Arizona with just one loss and secured the program's first-ever gold medal at the event.
  • Saddleback Cowboys Black concluded the 14U National Team Championships Arizona with a 7-2 record and earned the program's third medal across all age groups.

 

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Edwards, Marsh Earn Player, Pitcher of the Day Honors for July 6 at Champs AZ

July 7, 2021
PHOENIX — Zach Edwards filled the box score to help lift MBA Navy 2024 to the 15U gold-medal game and earn Player of the Day honors for July 6 at the National Team Championships Arizona. Edwards, who collected three hits, four RBI, two runs, two walks and two stolen bases in MBA

PHOENIX  Zach Edwards filled the box score to help lift MBA Navy 2024 to the 15U gold-medal game and earn Player of the Day honors for July 6 at the National Team Championships Arizona.

Edwards, who collected three hits, four RBI, two runs, two walks and two stolen bases in MBA Navy's quarterfinal and semifinal contests, powered his team to wins over the No. 5 and No. 16 teams in the tournament.

Edwards' RBI-single through the left side tied the game for MBA Navy in the opening frame of its quarterfinal game against PFA Matadors, and his two-run single in the fifth put MBA Navy in the lead for good.

The Oregon State commit followed upon his impressive performance with another standout effort in MBA Navy's semifinal game against TB SoCal Baseball. Edwards scored as part of a three-run first inning for MBA Navy later recorded an RBI-double.

Edwards owns a standout .400/.480/.650 slash line with four extra-base hits and a team-leading 10 RBI through eight games at the tournament.

MBA Navy 2024 (8-0) will square off against Trosky National 2024 (7-1) with a gold medal on the line at the 15U National Team Championships at 10 a.m. MT at Peoria Sports Complex (main stadium).

Quinten Marsh struck out 10 batters across 6.1 scoreless innings to capture the Pitcher of the Day honor for July 6 at the 14U National Team Championships Arizona.

Marsh, whose Trosky National 2025 squad came away with a 4-0 win against CBA Las Vegas to close the tournament, needed just 80 pitches to work into the seventh. The 5-foot-11 southpaw struck out three of the first four batters he faced and fanned at least one batter in all but one frame.

Marsh tossed 68 percent of his pitches for strikes in the victory, which marked Trosky National 2025's fourth consecutive win to end the 14U tournament.

 

Honorable mentions (Player of the Day):

14U / Camden Clewett (USA Prime National 14U) — 2-for-2, 2B, 4 RBI, R, SB

15U / Cesar Gonzalez (Top Tier Americans) — 2-for-2, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 3 R, 2 BB, 3 SB

15U / Logan De Groot (San Diego Show) — 4-for-4, 2B, 3B, RBI, 4 R, SB

15U / Thomas Lieb (Legacy Baseball Group 15U Black) — 2-for-4, 2B, HR, 5 RBI

Honorable mentions (Pitcher of the Day):

14U / Erik Rico (Trosky-Kali American 2025) — W, 4.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 6 K, 0 BB

15U / Troy Sanoqui (San Diego Baseball) — W, 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 K, 0 BB

15U / Maxwell Pemberton (Long Beach Bears) — 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 4 K, 1 BB

15U / Austin Allan (Easton Prime Red) — W, 4.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 5 K, 1 BB

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Saddleback Cowboys, USA Prime National Advance to Gold-Medal Game at 14U Champs AZ

July 6, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E Saddleback Cowboys Black 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 3 8 0 San Diego SHOW 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 1 Win: Bradley Beaudreau Loss: Troy Karg Save: Luke Anderson Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats   1
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Saddleback Cowboys Black 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 3 8 0
San Diego SHOW 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 1
Win: Bradley Beaudreau Loss: Troy Karg Save: Luke Anderson
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Chino Hills Thunder 2025 0 0 1 0 X 1 3 1
USA Prime National 14U 8 4 0 X X 12 9 0
Win: Ty Hawkins Loss: Jordan Garcia
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PHOENIX — Saddleback Cowboys Black and USA Prime National advanced to the gold-medal game at the 14U National Team Championships Arizona with a pair of wins apiece Tuesday.

The two sides will square off with a championship on the line Wednesday at Peoria Sports Complex with first pitch set for 7 a.m. MT.

Semifinal — Saddleback Cowboys Black 3, San Diego SHOW 1

Saddleback Cowboys Black used a combined one-run performance from Bradley Beaudreau and Luke Anderson to top San Diego SHOW by a 3-1 final and earn a spot in the gold-medal game of the 14U National Team Championships Arizona.

Beaudreau, who scattered three hits across four innings of work, allowed just one run to earn the victory. After he issued a bases-loaded walk and allowed the first run of the game to cross the plate, Beaudreau retired nine of the next 10 batters he faced.

Anderson, meanwhile, posted three scoreless frames out of the bullpen in his third appearance on the mound at the tournament. The 5-foot-10 right-hander worked out of a trio of jams to secure the semifinal win — two on, nobdy out in the fifth, two on, nobody out in the sixth and two on, two outs in the seventh.

Despite placing plenty of pressure on Saddleback's defense, San Diego SHOW could not capitalize at the plate. The team left nine runners on base in the narrow loss and Gavin Kramer's bases-loaded walk in the second represented its lone run of the game.

Saddleback tied the game in quick fashion when Luke Blanchard singled home a run, and the Cowboys took the lead just one inning later after Josh Hollis posted an RBI-double and Christopher Saucedo plated another run with a triple to right.

Saddleback Cowboys Black, the No. 14 seed in the 14U tournament, are set to face 20th-seeded USA Prime National in Wednesday's gold-medal match. First pitch is scheduled for 7 a.m. MT at Peoria Sports Complex.

Semifinal — USA Prime National 12, Chino Hills Thunder 1

An eight-run first inning powered USA Prime National to the gold-medal game at the 14U National Team Championships Arizona with a 12-1 semifinal win against Chino Hills Thunder.

USA Prime's Camden Clewett doubled and drove in four runs, while Landon Schaefer recorded three hits, scored twice and stole his third base of the tournament to pace the offense.

Schaefer, along with Kayson Cunningham and Sean Gamble each scored two runs apiece in the victory.

Eight of the first nine batters reached base safely for USA Prime, which included a leadoff off the bat of Josiah Hartshorn.

The first-inning barrage proved to be plenty of support for USA Prime starter Ty Hawkins, who scattered three hits across four innings of work and allowed just one run while striking out four.

Jarren Haros brought home the game's lone run for Chino Hills Thunder via an RBI-groundout in the third.

USA Prime National, the tournament's 20th seed, will battle for gold against 14th-seeded Saddleback Cowboys Black at 7 a.m. MT at Peoria Sports Complex (main stadium).

Key Moments (Saddleback Cowboys Black vs. San Diego SHOW)

  • Gavin Kramer (SHOW) opened up scoring after he drew a bases-loaded walk in the second inning.
  • Luke Blanchard (Saddleback) sent an run-scoring single through the right side to even the score in the top of the third.
  • Josh Hollis (Saddleback) delivered an RBI-double, which proved to be the ultimate winning hit, in the fourth, to put Saddleback Cowboys Black ahead by a 2-1 margin.
  • Christopher Saucedo (Saddleback) provided an insurance run for Saddleback Cowboys Black after he tripled to right and plated Hollis.
  • Saddleback Cowboys Black right-hander Luke Anderson maneuvered out of jams in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings to close out the win. San Diego SHOW had multiple runners aboard in all three frames.

Key Moments (USA Prime National 14U vs. Chino Hills Thunder 2025)

  • Josiah Hartshorn (Prime) delivered a leadoff triple to open the game and later came across to score the first of 12 runs for USA Prime National.
  • Camden Clewett (Prime) drilled a bases-clearing double to left to extend USA Prime National's lead to 4-0 in the first inning.
  • Brady Mitchell (Prime) brought home a pair of runs with a triple to right in the second. It extended USA Prime National's lead to 11-0 at the time.
  • Jarren Haros' (Chino Hills) RBI-groundout in the third represnted the lone run of the game for Chino Hills Thunder.

 

Notable Information

  • "It's pretty special (to reach the gold-medal game). We've been out here seven or eight years and this is our first opportunity at this age group to be able to get into that environment and it's something you don't take for granted. It's something you want the kids to cherish and remember for a long time." — Saddleback Cowboys Black head coach Chris Malec
  • "It feels awesome. We've competed all week faced a little bit of adversity, but we've come back and shown why I think we're one of the best teams in the country." — USA Prime National 14U head coach Marc Nellist Jr.

 

On Deck

  • Saddleback Cowboys Black (7-1), the 14th seed, will face USA Prime National (7-1), the 20th seed, in the gold-medal game of the 14U National Team Championships Arizona at 7 a.m. MT at Peoria Sports Complex (main stadium). 
  • San Diego SHOW (6-2) and Chino Hills Thunder (5-3) will square off for bronze at 9 a.m. MT at Peoria Sports Complex (Padres 6).

 

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Saddleback Cowboys Black 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 3 8 0
San Diego SHOW 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 1
Win: Bradley Beaudreau Loss: Troy Karg Save: Luke Anderson
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Chino Hills Thunder 2025 0 0 1 0 X 1 3 1
USA Prime National 14U 8 4 0 X X 12 9 0
Win: Ty Hawkins Loss: Jordan Garcia
Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats

PHOENIX — Saddleback Cowboys Black and USA Prime National advanced to the gold-medal game at the 14U National Team Championships Arizona with a pair of wins apiece Tuesday.

The two sides will square off with a championship on the line Wednesday at Peoria Sports Complex with first pitch set for 7 a.m. MT.

Semifinal — Saddleback Cowboys Black 3, San Diego SHOW 1

Saddleback Cowboys Black used a combined one-run performance from Bradley Beaudreau and Luke Anderson to top San Diego SHOW by a 3-1 final and earn a spot in the gold-medal game of the 14U National Team Championships Arizona.

Beaudreau, who scattered three hits across four innings of work, allowed just one run to earn the victory. After he issued a bases-loaded walk and allowed the first run of the game to cross the plate, Beaudreau retired nine of the next 10 batters he faced.

Anderson, meanwhile, posted three scoreless frames out of the bullpen in his third appearance on the mound at the tournament. The 5-foot-10 right-hander worked out of a trio of jams to secure the semifinal win — two on, nobdy out in the fifth, two on, nobody out in the sixth and two on, two outs in the seventh.

Despite placing plenty of pressure on Saddleback's defense, San Diego SHOW could not capitalize at the plate. The team left nine runners on base in the narrow loss and Gavin Kramer's bases-loaded walk in the second represented its lone run of the game.

Saddleback tied the game in quick fashion when Luke Blanchard singled home a run, and the Cowboys took the lead just one inning later after Josh Hollis posted an RBI-double and Christopher Saucedo plated another run with a triple to right.

Saddleback Cowboys Black, the No. 14 seed in the 14U tournament, are set to face 20th-seeded USA Prime National in Wednesday's gold-medal match. First pitch is scheduled for 7 a.m. MT at Peoria Sports Complex.

Semifinal — USA Prime National 12, Chino Hills Thunder 1

An eight-run first inning powered USA Prime National to the gold-medal game at the 14U National Team Championships Arizona with a 12-1 semifinal win against Chino Hills Thunder.

USA Prime's Camden Clewett doubled and drove in four runs, while Landon Schaefer recorded three hits, scored twice and stole his third base of the tournament to pace the offense.

Schaefer, along with Kayson Cunningham and Sean Gamble each scored two runs apiece in the victory.

Eight of the first nine batters reached base safely for USA Prime, which included a leadoff off the bat of Josiah Hartshorn.

The first-inning barrage proved to be plenty of support for USA Prime starter Ty Hawkins, who scattered three hits across four innings of work and allowed just one run while striking out four.

Jarren Haros brought home the game's lone run for Chino Hills Thunder via an RBI-groundout in the third.

USA Prime National, the tournament's 20th seed, will battle for gold against 14th-seeded Saddleback Cowboys Black at 7 a.m. MT at Peoria Sports Complex (main stadium).

Key Moments (Saddleback Cowboys Black vs. San Diego SHOW)

  • Gavin Kramer (SHOW) opened up scoring after he drew a bases-loaded walk in the second inning.
  • Luke Blanchard (Saddleback) sent an run-scoring single through the right side to even the score in the top of the third.
  • Josh Hollis (Saddleback) delivered an RBI-double, which proved to be the ultimate winning hit, in the fourth, to put Saddleback Cowboys Black ahead by a 2-1 margin.
  • Christopher Saucedo (Saddleback) provided an insurance run for Saddleback Cowboys Black after he tripled to right and plated Hollis.
  • Saddleback Cowboys Black right-hander Luke Anderson maneuvered out of jams in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings to close out the win. San Diego SHOW had multiple runners aboard in all three frames.

Key Moments (USA Prime National 14U vs. Chino Hills Thunder 2025)

  • Josiah Hartshorn (Prime) delivered a leadoff triple to open the game and later came across to score the first of 12 runs for USA Prime National.
  • Camden Clewett (Prime) drilled a bases-clearing double to left to extend USA Prime National's lead to 4-0 in the first inning.
  • Brady Mitchell (Prime) brought home a pair of runs with a triple to right in the second. It extended USA Prime National's lead to 11-0 at the time.
  • Jarren Haros' (Chino Hills) RBI-groundout in the third represnted the lone run of the game for Chino Hills Thunder.

 

Notable Information

  • "It's pretty special (to reach the gold-medal game). We've been out here seven or eight years and this is our first opportunity at this age group to be able to get into that environment and it's something you don't take for granted. It's something you want the kids to cherish and remember for a long time." — Saddleback Cowboys Black head coach Chris Malec
  • "It feels awesome. We've competed all week faced a little bit of adversity, but we've come back and shown why I think we're one of the best teams in the country." — USA Prime National 14U head coach Marc Nellist Jr.

 

On Deck

  • Saddleback Cowboys Black (7-1), the 14th seed, will face USA Prime National (7-1), the 20th seed, in the gold-medal game of the 14U National Team Championships Arizona at 7 a.m. MT at Peoria Sports Complex (main stadium). 
  • San Diego SHOW (6-2) and Chino Hills Thunder (5-3) will square off for bronze at 9 a.m. MT at Peoria Sports Complex (Padres 6).

 

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GBG Vegas Hopes to Hit Jackpot at 15U Champs AZ

July 6, 2021
With elite talent abound at the National Team Championships Arizona, the result of any one game is often a roll of the dice. Winning a championship after a grueling week of travel and baseball is the ultimate jackpot, and GBG Vegas hopes a gold medal is in the cards in

With elite talent abound at the National Team Championships Arizona, the result of any one game is often a roll of the dice. Winning a championship after a grueling week of travel and baseball is the ultimate jackpot, and GBG Vegas hopes a gold medal is in the cards in the near future.

“It’s a unique experience for our kids,” GBG Vegas head coach Ed McCann said. “They’ve never played in an event as big as this.”

Garciaparra Baseball Group (GBG) is no stranger to the National Team Championships Arizona. The program is a tournament staple and sends numerous teams to the event at each of its four age groups every year. The Las Vegas branch, however, is a newcomer, and the program had eyes on a deep run in its inaugural showing.

“What’s been good about (launching the Las Vegas branch of GBG) is that it’s pretty structured,” McCann said. “It’s a consistent approach from one group of kids to the others. We run a good system and that’s where we’re at as a group.”

Five players on GBG Vegas’ 15U roster attend Bishop Gorman High School, a famed, three-time national champion football powerhouse whose baseball program deserves national recognition, as well. The Gaels have won eight state championships and the varsity and junior varsity baseball squads posted a combined 27-2 mark throughout the spring season. Daniel Gostanian, a left-handed pitcher/outfielder who earned the start and helped GBG Vegas to a 6-4 win against Chico Aces in its tournament opener, expected the same level of success to translate to the fields in Arizona. The growing talent pool in Las Vegas prepared him for the moment.

“I faced a lot of good pitching (at Bishop Gorman), so that’ll help me here, too,” Gostanian, whose brother Michael also plays for GBG Vegas, said. “It helped build my confidence.”

McCann, who coached within the college baseball ranks for 40-plus years at a plethora of schools, including Stanford, Cal Poly, Alabama A&M, and Centenary College, echoed the sentiment.

“I’ll tell you what … Las Vegas has some really good talent,” McCann said. “When I was in recruiting, I’d come specifically to Vegas because it was kind of a well-kept secret at the time.”

But secrets are meant to be told at some point, and it’s no different with the growth of baseball in the “Entertainment Capital of the World.” Six-time All-Star and past National Team Championships Arizona participant Bryce Harper is a Las Vegas native, as is USA Baseball alum and 2016 National League MVP Kris Bryant.

Dylan Franco, a 5-foot-11 right-hander for GBG Vegas who was clocked at 89 mph in a recent showcase, hopes to be next in line and thinks the National Team Championships Arizona can help him advance his career.

“I want to go to college and play ball,” Franco said. “Hopefully what I show up here pitching and playing third base will help me get to the next level.”

Franco’s already taken a solid first step toward catching the eye of scouts. He doubled home a pair of runs and scored once in GBG Vegas’ first game of the event, and followed with two more hits and another RBI in Game No. 2.

With players such as Franco and Gostanian, GBG Vegas has the makeup of a potential future contender — the pedigree, the determination and the talent. And who knows? Maybe even an ace up the sleeve.

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Enos, Howard Collect Pitcher, Player of the Day Honors for July 5 at Champs AZ

July 6, 2021
PHOENIX — Brogan Enos collected three hits, three RBI and stole two bases to help send Show Cali National to the Round of 16 and earn Player of the Day honors for July 5 at the 15U National Team Championships Arizona. Enos, who doubled twice in the 7-6 win against San Diego

PHOENIX  Brogan Enos collected three hits, three RBI and stole two bases to help send Show Cali National to the Round of 16 and earn Player of the Day honors for July 5 at the 15U National Team Championships Arizona.

Enos, who doubled twice in the 7-6 win against San Diego Show, helped drive home a crucial run in the bottom of the sixth and later came across to score the game-tying run. The 5-foot-11 shortstop also tied the game back in the fourth with a two-run single.

Enos posted a standout .500/.600/.750 slash line through six games at the tournament for Show Cali National. His three extra-base hits paced the team and his four stolen bases tied for the team lead.

Gabriel Howard struck out 10 batters in a complete-game, three-hit performance to help send Trosky National 2024 to the Round of 16 and capture the Pitcher of the Day honor for July 5 at the 15U National Team Championships Arizona.

Howard, who used an efficient 82 pitches through the seven innings, commanded the strike zone well to the tune of a 79 percent strike rate.

Howard, a 6-foot-3 right-hander and Oregon commit, struck out four of the first five batters he faced and struck out at least two batters in five separate innings.

Howard and Trosky National 2024 (5-1) are set to face ZT Elite SoCal (5-1) in the quarterfinals of the 15U National Team Championships at 7 a.m. MT on Tuesday at Surprise Stadium (Rangers 4).

 

Honorable mentions (Player of the Day):

14U / Jason Gerfers (So Cal Bombers 2025) — 4-for-4, 3B, 2 RBI, 2 R

14U / Ryan Holmes (GBG Navy 2025) — 3-for-4, HR, 4 RBI, 2 R

15U / Anthony Scheppler (Zoots Baseball Club) — 2-for-4, 2B, 3B, 5 RBI

15U / Luke Kalfsbeek (Chico Aces 2024) — 3-for-3, 2B, 5 RBI, BB, SB

Honorable mentions (Pitcher of the Day):

14U / Ian Fisher (San Diego Longhorns) — W, 6.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 9 K, 3 BB

14U / Caden Coppola (Canes West Gold) — W, CG, 2 H, 0 R, 7 K, 1 BB

15U / Austin Nye (Alpha Prime 2024) — W, 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 11 K, 1 BB

15U / Tyler Laderman (BPA Black) — W, 6.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 13 K, 2 BB

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Phifer, Kiakona Earn Player, Pitcher of the Day Honors for July 3 at Champs AZ

July 4, 2021
PHOENIX — Henry Phifer drilled a home run, hit safely three times and drove in five runs to collect Player of the Day honors for July 3 at the 15U National Team Championships Arizona. Phifer, whose Alpha Prime 2024 squad moved to 4-0 with an 11-3 victory against TB SoCal Easton, delivered

PHOENIX  Henry Phifer drilled a home run, hit safely three times and drove in five runs to collect Player of the Day honors for July 3 at the 15U National Team Championships Arizona.

Phifer, whose Alpha Prime 2024 squad moved to 4-0 with an 11-3 victory against TB SoCal Easton, delivered a go-ahead, three-run blast in the third inning, singled home a run in the fourth and plated a fifth run with a single in the sixth.

The 6-foot-1 Phifer also stole one base in the win.

Phifer owns a .462/.533/.769 slash line through four games at the tournament and has collected at least one hit in three of the four contests. His seven total RBI pace the team.

Alpha Prime 2024 (4-0) is set to face Slammers Zavaras (2-2) in the Round of 32. First pitch is set for 10:15 a.m. MT on Monday at Surprise Stadium (Royals 3).

Alaka'i Kiakona fired six scoreless innings as part of a combined no-hitter to lead to Hawaii Elite 2G to a 2-0 victory against ZT Prospects and captured the Pitcher of the Day honor for July 3 at the 14U National Team Championships.

Kiakona did not allow a hit through his six innings of work and used just 59 pitches to do so. The 5-foot-8 southpaw struck out three and maintained a 63 percent strike rate in the impressive outing.

Kiakona set down 10 straight batters between the first out of the second and the first out of the fifth.

Dylan Song finished off the no-hitter for Hawaii Elite 2G, which moved to 3-1 at the tournament. The team is set to square off against Empire Baseball Club (2-1-1) in the Round of 32. First pitch is scheduled for 9:45 a.m. MT on Monday at Goodyear Ballpark (Indians 4). 

 

Honorable mentions (Player of the Day):

14U / Lucas Sideco (GBG Vegas) — 2-for-2, 2B, 4 RBI, 3 R

15U / Anthony Lira (NorCal Baseball 2024 Blue) — 3-for-3, HR, 4 RBI, 2 R

15U / Owen Estabrook (Trosky National 2024) — 3-for-3, 2 2B, 5 RBI

15U / Jonathan Schmidt (Easton Prime Navy) — 3-for-3, 3 RBI, 3 R, 3 SB

Honorable mentions (Pitcher of the Day):

14U / Joshua Rodriguez (OC Elite Baseball) — W, 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 5 K, 0 BB

14U / Jayden Medina (Dukes Baseball) — W, 6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 3 K, 1 BB

15U / Cooper Frost (Canyon Thunder) — W, CG, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 9 K, 4 BB

15U / Hunter Hammond (GBG Navy 2024) — W, 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 K, 1 BB

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Jayden Daya — West Coast Blackdogs, 14U Champs AZ

West Coast Blackdogs Top Gamers/RBI Alaska in Comeback Fashion at 14U Champs AZ

July 3, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E West Coast Blackdogs 2025 1 0 0 0 0 4 0 5 7 2 Gamers/RBI Alaska 14U 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 3 11 3 Win: Jayden Daya Loss: Michael Chop Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats PHOENIX — West
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West Coast Blackdogs 2025 1 0 0 0 0 4 0 5 7 2
Gamers/RBI Alaska 14U 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 3 11 3
Win: Jayden Daya Loss: Michael Chop
Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats

PHOENIX — West Coast Blackdogs picked up their first win of the 14U National Team Championships Arizona in comeback fashion with a 5-3 victory against Gamers/RBI Alaska on Saturday at Camelback Ranch.

Jayden Daya tossed a complete game to earn the win for the Blackdogs and allowed just one earned run in the process. He used an efficient 83 pitches to work through the seven innings.

West Coast Blackdogs jumped on the board first when Anthony Hernandez came across to score via an error in the opening frame.

Gamers/RBI Alaska responded in quick fashion, however, and took its first lead of the tournament after Hunter Huelskoetter delivered a two-run single to right-center in the second.

Gamers Alaska extended its lead to a pair of runs in the fourth when Joshua Gluth raced home from third after a misplay in the outfield.

West Coast Blackdogs refused to bow down, however, and put four runs on the board in the sixth to regain a 5-3 advantage. A bases-loaded walk drawn by Nicholas Hamilton cut the deficit to one run, and the Blackdogs soon tied the game on Michael DeLucca's RBI-groundout. 

Ethan Gutierrez's single put West Coast ahead for good and another run-scoring groundout off the bat of Daya provided a bit of insurance for the Blackdogs.

Gamers Alaska threatened to send the game to extra-innings after back-to-back one-out singles from Chase Thompson and Carson Lake put the potential tying run on second base. However, Daya induced a pair of soft fly balls to center to seal the win for West Coast.

West Coast Blackdogs 2025 (1-3) will face its next opponent (TBD) in the consolation bracket Monday.

Gamers/RBI Alaska 14U (0-4) will look to build upon its best showing at the 14U National Team Championships in the consolation bracket, as well.

 

Key Moments

  • Anthony Hernandez (West Coast) tallied the first run of the game after he came across to score via an error in the opening frame.
  • Hunter Huelskoetter (Alaska) found a soft spot in right-center to bring home a pair of runs in the second inning and give Gamers/RBI Alaska its first lead of the tournament.
  • Gamers/RBI Alaska extended its lead to 3-1 when a misplay in the outfield allowed Joshua Gluth to race home in the fourth.
  • Nicholas Hamilton (West Coast) drew a bases-loaded walk in the sixth to cut the deficit to one run.
  • Michael DeLucca (West Coast) produced an RBI-groundout to level the score at 3-3 in the sixth.
  • Ethan Gutierrez (West Coast) laced a single to right to help West Coast Blackdogs regain the lead with one out in the sixth.
  • Jayden Daya (West Coast) induced a pair of shallow flies to center to seal the win with the potential tying run for Gamers Alaska standing on second base. 

 

Notable Information

  • "We had one bad inning to day, but for the most part, this was our best defensive game and obviously our best-pitched game. (Jayden) Daya went the distance and just kept throwing strikes." — West Coast Blackdogs 2025 head coach Houston Hernandez
  • "(The experience) is great for them. With our program, we plan on having these same guys involved until they graduate high school, so this is their first time of hopefully three or four trips coming out here." — West Coast Blackdogs 2025 head coach Houston Hernandez
  • "It was a fun game to coach. It was a fun game to watch. And it was a great educational experience for our team." — Gamers/RBI Alaska 14U head coach Jamar Hill
  • "What they come out of this with is that they definitely belong in this game. They belong in this caliber of competition. And if they make that adjustment, you're going to see better games out of this group." — Gamers/RBI Alaska 14U head coach Jamar Hill

 

On Deck

  • West Coast Blackdogs 2025 (1-3) will await its next opponent (TBD) in the consolation ladder of the 14U National Team Championships Arizona.
  • Gamers/RBI Alaska 14U will look for its first win of the tournament in the consolation bracket against a TBD opponent, as well.

 

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Gamble, Doughty Collect Player, Pitcher of the Day Honors for July 2 at Champs AZ

July 3, 2021
PHOENIX — Sean Gamble filled the box score for USA Prime National 14U with three hits, three RBI, three runs scored and five stolen bases to earn Player of the Day honors for July 2 at the National Team Championships Arizona. Gamble, a 6-foot shortstop and outfielder, put together a massive performance

PHOENIX  Sean Gamble filled the box score for USA Prime National 14U with three hits, three RBI, three runs scored and five stolen bases to earn Player of the Day honors for July 2 at the National Team Championships Arizona.

Gamble, a 6-foot shortstop and outfielder, put together a massive performance in USA Prime National's 17-1 win against Gamers/RBI Alaska. He brought home the game's first run with a double to left in the opening frame and later scored after he stole third base and home.

Gamble's final two at-bats in the run-rule victory included an RBI-single in the second, an RBI-single in the third and three more stolen bases.

Gamble owns a pair of multi-hit efforts and six stolen bases through three games at the 14U National Team Championships Arizona. His efforts have helped guide USA Prime National 14U to a 2-1 mark at the tournament. The team is set to face MVP Hustle (2-1) in seeded play at 7:30 a.m. MT on Saturday at Camelback Ranch (White Sox 5).

Braylon Doughty fired 4.2 scoreless innings of one-hit ball to lead So Cal Bombers 2024 to an 8-0 win against previously undefeated MBA Green 2024 and capture Pitcher of the Day honors at the 15U National Team Championships.

Doughty struck out six and walked just two batters in the impressive performance. The right-hander maintained a 70 percent strike rate and retired seven consecutive batters to begin the game. He did not allow a hit until the fourth inning.

The Long Beach State commit helped back his own standout performance on the mound by also reaching base three times and driving in a pair of runs.

Doughty and So Cal Bombers 2024 (2-1) are set to square off against Easton Prime Red (2-0-1) in seeded play at 7:30 a.m. MT on Saturday at Surprise Stadium (Royals 6).

 

Honorable mentions (Player of the Day):

14U / Nikko Taylor (EJ Sports Titans) — 2-for-2, 2 HR, 5 RBI

14U / Benjamin Gudoy (GBG Navy 2025) — 3-for-4, 2B, 4 RBI, R, 2 SB

15U / Jacob Robinson (Long Beach Bears) — 3-for-3, 2B, 3 RBI, 3 R, SB

15U / Zack Ocampo (OC Premier Navy) — 2-for-2, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R, 2 SB

Honorable mentions (Pitcher of the Day):

14U / Hunter Zimmerman (Total Baseball Vipers) — W, CG, 4 H, 0 R, 5 K, 2 BB

14U / Paul Dominguez (MVP Hustle) — W, 3.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 6 K, 0 BB

14U / Matteo Villanueva (ZT Prospects) — SV, 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 5 K, 1 BB

15U / Wylan Moss (Saddleback Cowboys) — W, 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 6 K, 0 BB

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Swarm Red Elite — 14U Champs AZ

Swarm Red Elite, Sandlot Baseball Club Battle to Dramatic 2-2 Tie at Champs AZ

July 2, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E Swarm Red Elite 2025 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 7 1 Sandlot Baseball Club 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 6 2 Win: N/A Loss: N/A Save: N/A Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats PHOENIX — Swarm Red Elite
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Swarm Red Elite 2025 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 7 1
Sandlot Baseball Club 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 6 2
Win: N/A Loss: N/A Save: N/A
Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats

PHOENIX — Swarm Red Elite 2025 and Sandlot Baseball Club battled to a dramatic, 2-2 tie in Friday's Game of the Day at the 14U National Team Championships Arizona.

Sandlot, which trailed by a run entering the final frame, saw the game-tying run come across to score via an RBI-groundout to second off the bat of Ty Hanley. Mason Berlinger followed with a sharp grounder to second, as well, but Swarm Red Elite's second baseman fired the ball home just in time for the tag to be applied and prevent the winning run from scoring.

Sandlot jumped on the board first when Quentin Young delivered a single to plate a run in the opening frame. However, Swarm Red Elite responded in quick fashion after JT Price laced a single the opposite way to bring home a run and tie the game in the third.

Swarm Red Elite garnered its first lead of the game with two outs in the fifth when an error allowed Price to race home.

Both starting pitchers pitched effectively and worked deep into the game. Sandlot right-hander Damien Valdez logged six innings of work and allowed just one earned run while striking out three. Right-hander Quinn Robbins countered for Swarm Red Elite and struck out five across 5.1 innings of one-run ball.

Young (Sandlot) and Price (Swarm), both of whom contributed on the offensive end for their respective sides, also pitched important innings. Young tossed a scoreless seventh inning for Sandlot to help keep his team within striking distance, while Price worked out of a seventh-inning jam to preserve the tie.

Swarm Red Elite 2025 (1-1-1) will await its next opponent (TBD) in seeded play Saturday as the team looks to nab a spot in the Round of 32.

Sandlot Baseball Club (2-0-1) will await its Saturday opponent (TBD) in seeded play, as well.

 

Key Moments

  • Quentin Young (Sandlot) lifted a single to shallow right field to bring home the game's opening run in the first inning.
  • JT Price (Swarm) leveled the score with an opposite-field single to plate a run in the third.
  • Swarm Red Elite 2025 gained its first lead of the game after Brayden Bullard hit a sharp ground ball to third and reached via an error. JT Price scored on the play.
  • Luke Medhurst (Sandlot) scored the game-tying run on an RBI-groundout off the bat of Ty Hanley in the bottom of the seventh.
  • JT Price (Swarm) worked out of a seventh-inning jam to secure the tie after he induced a fielder's choice groundout resulting in a play at the plate.

 

Notable Information

  • "We've got a great group of guys. To be 1-1-1 after today, I'm absolutely elated, especially after facing some really good ball clubs this week. I'm excited for the boys." — Swarm Red Elite head coach Miles Moeller
  • "We've done a good job and put ourselves in a good position, but the job's not done. We can't be satisfied. We'll be ready to compete against whomever we play and we'll give it a run." — Swarm Red Elite 2025 head coach Miles Moeller

 

On Deck

  • Swarm Red Elite 2025 (1-1-1) will take the field again Saturday in seeded play (opponent TBD).
  • Sandlot Baseball Club (2-0-1) will await its next opponent (TBD) in Saturday's seeded matchups, as well.

 

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Lieb, Bristow Earn Player of the Day Honors for July 1 at Champs AZ

July 2, 2021
PHOENIX — Thomas Lieb posted five doubles, four RBI and three runs in a pair of wins for Legacy Baseball Group 15U Black to earn Player of the Day honors for July 1 at the 15U National Team Championships Arizona. Lieb, whose 3-for-4 effort helped Legacy to a 5-0 win against OC

PHOENIX  Thomas Lieb posted five doubles, four RBI and three runs in a pair of wins for Legacy Baseball Group 15U Black to earn Player of the Day honors for July 1 at the 15U National Team Championships Arizona.

Lieb, whose 3-for-4 effort helped Legacy to a 5-0 win against OC Premier Gray in its tournament opener, followed with another impressive performance in an 8-1 win against So Cal Birds Orange. The 5-foot-11 catcher added two more doubles and two RBI in the second game of the afternoon.

Lieb reached base in six of his eight at-bats to begin the tournament.

Legacy Baseball Group 15U Black (2-0) will look to continue its momentum with a 12:30 p.m. MT game against New Level Xtreme Pike (1-0-1) on Friday at Surprise Stadium.

Tristan Bristow delivered a complete-game, one-hit shutout for Banditos Scout Team to capture the Pitcher of the Day honor for July 1 at the 15U National Team Championships Arizona.

Bristow, a 6-foot-3 right-hander, did not allow a base hit until the second batter of the seventh inning. He maintained a solid 68 percent strike rate and struck out four in the 3-0 win against CBA Bulldogs. He used just 75 pitches to finish the complete-game effort.

Bristow helped back his own outing by going 1-for-3 at the plate, as well.

Banditos Scout Team (2-0) is set to face Team Dinger 2024 (1-1) on the second day of competition at the tournament. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. MT at Camelback Ranch.

 

Honorable mentions (Player of the Day):

15U / Garret Allen (OC Premier Navy) — 5-for-6, 2B, 4 RBI, 4 R, 2 SB

15U / Jackson Tyler (Playa Vista Orioles Black) — 3-for-4, 2B, 3B, HR, 5 RBI, 2 R

14U / Dawson McInelly (Trosky-Kali American 2025) — 3-for-3, 2 2B, 4 RBI, 2 R, SB

14U / Anthony Montez (Canes West Black) — 4-for-6, 2 2B, 5 RBI, 4 R, SB

Honorable mentions (Pitcher of the Day):

15U / Zach Edwards (MBA Navy 2024) — W, 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 8 K, 1 BB

14U / Vaughn Nekar (San Diego Show) — W, 4.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 9 K, 2 BB

14U / Trevor Banning (BPA Black) — W, 5.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 4 K, 0 BB

14U / Matthew Anderson (Show Cali National) — 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 6 K, 0 BB

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