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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

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


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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 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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USA Baseball Task Force Locked in as 17U National Team Championships North Carolina Gets Started

June 22, 2021
CARY, N.C. – Some of the nation’s top 17U players have arrived at the USA Baseball National Training Complex for the 2021 17U North Carolina Team Championships North Carolina. And for the rest of the week, it’ll be all eyes on them as the USA Baseball Task Force works to

CARY, N.C. – Some of the nation’s top 17U players have arrived at the USA Baseball National Training Complex for the 2021 17U North Carolina Team Championships North Carolina.

And for the rest of the week, it’ll be all eyes on them as the USA Baseball Task Force works to identify the future stars of baseball.

The Task Force, assigned to find the best baseball players across the country during a week of games and testing, is tuned into this week’s event. The 17U National Team Championships serve as an identification event for future national teams and development programs throughout USA Baseball.

Chris Lionetti, USA Baseball’s Director of Identification, is looking forward to bouncing around the four fields at the National Training Complex and trying to find the future stars of the sport.

“It’s just exciting to see these kids playing games and seeing these guys come to Cary,” Lionetti said. “It’s very hard to see guys during the summer in competitive situations, so having these guys here at the complex with a high talent level is important. I’m just excited to watch them play and see if any of these guys can help us with future teams down the road.”

Lionetti, who previously served as a scout for the Atlanta Braves, focuses on more than just a player’s statistics and numbers. Being able to watch them in-person against high levels of competition provides the Task Force with context, and gives them a better idea of if a player is a potential fit.

When looking at and scouting a player, Lionetti and the Task Force evaluate several different levels of a player. While a player’s tools are important, seeing their interactions with teammates and evaluating their mental toughness also plays a key role in the process.

“We’re looking to see how these guys are as teammates,” he said. “Seeing them in games will show how they are not only as players, but also as teammates.”

The games, which got started with a six-game session on Tuesday morning, are played with high intensity. Each game has a championship feel to it, according to Northeast Pride head coach Joe Curreri.

“We know that every game that we play out here is going to be like a championship game,” Curreri, whose team rallied for three runs in the seventh inning to tie Top Tier Americans, said. “That’s the mentality that we’re trying to tell these kids. That’s the mindset that we’re instilling in them.”

That mindset is something that Lionetti is looking for. Because each of USA Baseball’s national teams play in international competition, the Task Force searches for players who will fit that type of baseball.

“We’re looking for the best baseball players to help us win on the international level,” Lionetti said. “A lot of that will come down to tools. But to play internationally, we need high character and highly competitive players.”

The week got off to a strong start on Tuesday, with several close games and standout performances. Carson Matthews tossed 6.1 innings in Diamond Devils Black’s 3-2 win over Texas Twelve. Jalin Flores drove in a pair of runs in USA Prime National’s 10-2 win over 5 Star National.

And the Task Force had eyes on all of it.

“Seeing these players play games over the course of these next couple days, the more competitive players will begin to stand out,” Lionetti said.

Be sure to follow along with all of the action from Cary on GameChanger, and by following @USABaseball and @USAB_ChampsNC on Twitter.

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TB SoCal Easton — 2021 16U National Team Championships Arizona

TB SoCal Easton Claims Gold at 16U National Team Championships Arizona

June 21, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E MBA Navy 2023 1 0 0 0 2 2 0 5 6 0 TB SoCal Easton 2 2 2 1 0 0 X 7 13 0 Win: Jackson Freeman Loss: Billy Bird Save: Matthew Hart Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats PHOENIX — Top-seeded TB
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MBA Navy 2023 1 0 0 0 2 2 0 5 6 0
TB SoCal Easton 2 2 2 1 0 0 X 7 13 0
Win: Jackson Freeman Loss: Billy Bird Save: Matthew Hart
Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats

PHOENIX — Top-seeded TB SoCal Easton claimed gold at the 16U National Team Championships Arizona with a 7-5 win against fifth-seeded MBA Navy 2023 on Monday morning at Peoria Sports Complex.

The gold medal marks the third as a program for TB SoCal and the first at the 16U level. TB SoCal won championships at both the 14U and 17U levels in 2017.

Jackson Freeman stole the show with a standout performance at the plate and on the mound for TB SoCal. Freeman collected three hits, including a two-run triple in the second, and tossed four innings of one-run ball to earn the win.

The 6-foot right-hander posted at least one hit in seven of TB SoCal's nine games at the National Team Championships Arizona and logged a 1.101 OPS throughout the tournament.

MBA Navy opened scoring in the first inning after Kaden Hodson produced a sacrifice fly to plate Ryder Robinson. However, TB SoCal responded in quick fashion with two runs apiece in the first, second and third, and another run in the fourth. Dean Carpentier delivered a two-RBI single through the left side to five TB SoCal its first lead of the game and Freeman's two-run triple to right extended the lead to 4-1 at the time.

Carpentier tacked on a sacrifice fly in the fourth to give TB SoCal its largest lead of the game at 7-1.

MBA Navy, who erased deficits in five of their previous eight games games at the National Team Championships, failed to go down without a fight, however. The Utah-based organization put a pair of runs on the board in the fifth thanks to Mason Thompson's bases-loaded walk and a sacrifice fly courtesy of Jake Olsen.

MBA Navy cut the deficit to just two runs when Chett Wilson ripped a two-run double off the wall in left to make it a 7-5 game.

After Tahj Henrie picked off a pair of batters and put up a zero in the bottom half of the inning, MBA Navy brought the potential tying run to the plate when Crew Schenk delivered a two-out single. However, TB SoCal right-hander Matthew Hart sealed the win with a soft fly to right caught by Freeman.

TB SoCal Easton finished the 2021 16U National Team Championships with an undefeated 9-0 mark and outscored its opponents by a 69-21 margin.

MBA Navy 2023 concluded its time at the event with a record of 8-1.

Second-seeded Canes Arizona (7-2) captured the bronze medal.

Key Moments

  • Kaden Hodson (MBA Navy 2023) opened scoring with a sacrifice fly to score Ryder Robinson in the top of the first inning.
  • Dean Carpentier (TB SoCal Easton) plated a pair of runs with a single through the left side in the bottom half of the first frame.
  • TB SoCal Easton extended its lead to 4-1 when Jackson Freeman delivered a two-RBI triple in the bottom of the second.
  • Dean Carpentier's sacrifice fly gave TB SoCal Easton its largest lead of the game at 7-1 in the fourth.
  • MBA Navy remained within striking distance after Mason Thompson recorded a bases-loaded walk and Jake Olsen produced a sacrifice fly to make it 7-3 in the fifth.
  • Chett Wilson (MBA Navy) sent a two-run double off the wall in left to bring MBA Navy within a pair of runs in the sixth.
  • Matthew Hart (TB SoCal Easton) sealed the gold medal after he induced a soft fly ball caught by Jackson Freeman to end the game with the potential tying run at the palte.

 

Notable Information

  • "It's an awesome feeling to win a great tournament like this. Everybody on this team worked super-hard to get here, so it's a great feeling to see the work pay off." — TB SoCal Easton right-hander Jackson Freeman
  • "We got challenged the entire tournament and we had to play our best to be here. It showed on the field." — TB SoCal Easton right-hander Jackson Freeman
  • "It takes everybody. It's fun to watch the kids grow up right in front of your eyes and see kids you maybe weren't expecting to stand up. We had to deal with some adversity today and these kids just didn't miss a beat. We came out and were supposed to win this (tournament) and we did. That's the way we look at it. We found a way to finish it the right way and find that mountaintop." — TB SoCal Easton head coach Benny Bonilla
  • "Jackson (Freeman) didn't even know he was going to pitch today. We kept going back and forth and have a couple guys who are a little dinged up. He got us what we needed. The kid had a great week." — TB SoCal Easton head coach Benny Bonilla

 

On Deck

  • The 2021 17U National Team Championships Arizona kick off with testing day Tuesday at Peoria Sports Complex. The first day of pool play is set for Wednesday. 

 

Social

  • Stay tuned to @USABChamps_AZ on Twitter for the most up-to-date news about the National Team Championships Arizona.
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Hodson, Garcia Receive Player, Pitcher of the Day Honors for June 20 at Champs AZ

June 21, 2021
PHOENIX — Kaden Hodson delivered four hits, including a grand slam, and collected six RBI to earn Player of the Day honors on Day 2 of bracket play at the 2021 16U National Team Championships Arizona. Hodson's MBA Navy 2023 squad advanced to Monday morning's gold-medal game with a pair of wins

PHOENIX  Kaden Hodson delivered four hits, including a grand slam, and collected six RBI to earn Player of the Day honors on Day 2 of bracket play at the 2021 16U National Team Championships Arizona.

Hodson's MBA Navy 2023 squad advanced to Monday morning's gold-medal game with a pair of wins against Alpha Power 2023 and previously undefeated Canes Arizona. The 6-foot-2 outfielder and shortstop sparked his team's offense in both games Sunday.

Hodson singled and scored an important insurance run in MBA Navy's quarterfinal win before he showed out in the semifinal matchup with three hits — a single, double and grand slam — and six RBI to power MBA Navy to a 19-8 victory. His slam extended MBA Navy's lead to 14-7 in the sixth inning and he also closed out the game by pitching 2.1 innings of one-run ball with a pair of strikeouts.

Hodson owns a .400/.478/.600 slash line through eight games at the National Team Championships Arizona for MBA Navy 2023 (8-0), who will face top-seeded TB SoCal Easton (8-0) in the championship game at 9 a.m. Monday at Peoria Sports Complex.

Nehuel Garcia spun six hitless frames and earned the win in the final game for Titans Baseball Club at the 2021 16U National Team Championships.

Garcia, a right-hander, allowed just one unearned run via an error and struck out six batters to guide Titans Baseball Club (2-4) to its second win at the tournament.

Garcia commanded his pitches effectively to the tune of a 67 percent strike rate. It marked his second appearance on the mound at the National Team Championships after he tossed three scoreless innings in a 9-6 win against GamePrep Baseball Academy 2023 on Tuesday.

Garcia's performance helped Titans Baseball Club seal a 9-1 win against MVP Hustle to conclude its tournament schedule.

 

Honorable mentions (Player of the Day):

Nate Smith (Team Trinity) — 3-for-3, 2B, 3 RBI, R

Cooper Rasmussen (MBC) — 3-for-4, 3 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R

Joshua Bravo (Titans Baseball Club) — 2-for-3, 2B, 3B, 4 RBI, R, SB

Michael Raymond (West Coast Blackdogs) — 3-for-3, 3B, 3 RBI, 2 R

Honorable mentions (Pitcher of the Day):

Cristian Brewster (Legacy Baseball Group Black) — W, 4.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 9 K, 0 BB

Carson Timothy (Alpha Prime 2023) — 4.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 K, 0 BB (quarterfinals)

Luke Barragan (West Elite) — W, 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 8 K, 1 BB

Ryan Jemkins (Rios Baseball 2023) — W, 5.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 5 K, 4 BB

Stay tuned to @USABChamps_AZ on Twitter for the most up-to-date news about the National Team Championships Arizona.

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MBA Navy 2023, TB SoCal Easton Clinch Spots in 16U Gold-Medal Game at Champs AZ

June 20, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E MBA Navy 2023 2 2 0 4 2 4 5 19 24 0 Canes Arizona 2 0 4 0 1 1 0 8 9 2 Win: Nolan Miller Loss: Tyler Johnson Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats   1 2 3
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MBA Navy 2023 2 2 0 4 2 4 5 19 24 0
Canes Arizona 2 0 4 0 1 1 0 8 9 2
Win: Nolan Miller Loss: Tyler Johnson
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USA Prime National 16U 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 4 8 1
TB SoCal Easton 1 0 0 5 0 2 X 8 10 0
Win: Andrew Bertolette Loss: Jayden Holloway
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PHOENIX — Fifth-seeded MBA Navy and top-seeded TB SoCal Easton erased deficits in both of their respective quarterfinal and semifinal matchups to earn spots in the gold-medal game of the 16U National Team Championships Arizona on Sunday at Peoria Sports Complex.

Semifinal — MBA Navy 2023 19, Canes Arizona 8

MBA Navy 2023 delivered an offensive onslaught en route to a 19-8 win against previously undefeated Canes Arizona to lock up a trip to the gold-medal game of the 16U National Team Championships Arizona. MBA Navy scored multiple runs in every inning except the third, which included a four-run fourth to take the lead for good.

MBA Navy's lineup collected 24 hits in the victory and eight players recorded multiple hits. Kaden Hodson's three-hit, six-RBI performance led the way. He hit a grand slam to break the game open and extend MBA Navy's lead to 14-7 in the sixth.

The 6-foot-2 outfielder and shortstop owns a standout .400 clip at the plate and a 1.078 OPS through seven games at the event. Hodson also closed out the win for MBA Navy and tossed 2.1 innings of one-run ball, which marked his first appearance on the mound at the tournament.

Ryker Schow (4-for-5, 4 R, SB) and Ryder Robinson (3-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI, 4 R) helped set the tone for MBA Navy, as well, and set the table for Hodson's run-producing role.

MBA Navy 2023 (8-0) advanced to Monday's gold-medal game to face TB SoCal Easton (8-0). First pitch is set for 9 a.m. MT at Peoria Sports Complex.

Semifinal — TB SoCal Easton 8, USA Prime National 16U 4

TB SoCal Easton erased a deficit for the third time in four games since the start of bracket play to capture a spot in the gold-medal game with an 8-4 win against USA Prime National 16U.

SoCal fell behind 3-1 before Jackson Freeman sparked a two-out rally with a two-run single to center to tie the game. Roman Martin followed with a two-RBI double down the left-field line to put SoCal ahead for good.

Martin, a UCLA commit, reached base safely three times in the win, scored twice and also stole his sixth base of the tournament.

Right-hander Andrew Bertolette scattered four hits across four innings of work and allowed just one run to earn the victory in relief. He struck out four and did not walk a batter.

TB SoCal Easton, the tournament's No. 1 seed, is set to face MBA Navy 2023 in Monday's gold-medal game. First pitch is set for 9 a.m. MT at Peoria Sports Complex.

Key Moments (MBA Navy 2023 vs. Canes Arizona)

  • Jacob Faust (MBA Navy) delivered an RBI-single to give MBA Navy the lead in the second inning.
  • Reese Orrison (Canes) doubled home a pair of runs to tie the game at 4-4 in the bottom of the third.
  • Ryder Robinson (MBA Navy) ripped a go-ahead three-run double to left to put MBA Navy ahead 7-6 in the fourth.
  • Kaden Hodson (MBA Navy) hit a grand slam to extend MBA Navy's lead to 14-7 in the sixth inning.

Key Moments (USA Prime National 16U vs. TB SoCal Easton)

  • Ashton Larson (USA Prime) recorded an RBI-groundout to open up scoring in the first inning.
  • Nazzan Zanetello (SoCal) singled through the left side to get TB SoCal Easton on the board in the top of the second.
  • Jackson Freeman (SoCal) leveled the score with a two-run single to center in the fourth.
  • Roman Martin (SoCal) gave TB SoCal Easton its first lead of the game with a two-run double down the left-field line in the fourth.
  • Andrew Bertolette (SoCal) induced a groundout with the potential tying run at the plate for USA Prime National in the sixth.

 

Notable Information

  • "The whole week we've gotten better and better with our at-bats and we've been attacking fastballs. It seems like anything people have been throwing up there we've been hammering. We've had a bunch of really, really good at-bats the entire week." — MBA Navy 2023 head coach Murph Norris
  • "It's pretty incredible (to reach the gold-medal game). It's a pretty incredible feat for these kids and I'm really proud of them." — MBA Navy 2023 head coach Murph Norris
  • "It's awesome (reaching the gold-medal game). We came in looking to do exactly what we're going to do tomorrow. It's great getting to do it with all my guys here." — TB SoCal Easton infielder Roman Martin
  • "These kids like to compete. We have a lot of quality players on this roster, but we just like to have fun and that's the biggest thing. These kids feel like we're always going to find a way, even if it's not the prettiest." — TB SoCal Easton head coach Benny Bonilla

 

On Deck

  • Top-seeded TB SoCal Easton (8-0) will face fifth-seeded MBA Navy 2023 (8-0) in the gold-medal game of the 16U National Team Championships at 9 a.m. MT on Monday at Peoria Sports Complex.
  • Second-seeded Canes Arizona (7-1) clinched the bronze medal, but will still face Team Kado Hawaii in a consolation game at 9 a.m. MT on Monday at Peoria Sports Complex. 

 

Social

  • Stay tuned to @USABChamps_AZ on Twitter for the most up-to-date news about the National Team Championships Arizona.
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14U National Team Championships North Carolina All-Tournament Team Announced

Seventeen players earn All-Tournament honors
June 20, 2021
CARY, N.C. – After a week of competition and 40 games, the 14U National Team Championships North Carolina announced its All-Tournament team. The list features eight pitchers and nine hitters with 13 of the tournament’s 16 teams represented. Hunter Atkins – East Cobb Astros Hunter Atkins gave up just two hits

CARY, N.C. – After a week of competition and 40 games, the 14U National Team Championships North Carolina announced its All-Tournament team. The list features eight pitchers and nine hitters with 13 of the tournament’s 16 teams represented.

  • Hunter Atkins – East Cobb Astros
  • Hunter Atkins gave up just two hits in four innings pitched while collecting three strikeouts. He finished the tournament with a 1.76 ERA for the Astros.
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  • Malachi Boone – TBT National
  • Malakhi Boone posted a .571 batting average (8-for-14), driving in six runs and adding a walk. Boone hit a team-best two doubles and scored four runs.
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  • Blaine Bullard – Texas Twelve
  • Blaine Bullard had a hit in exactly half of his at-bats, posting a .500 (8-for-16) batting average. He drove in four runs and scored six of his own, while also adding two doubles.
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  • Tommy Cernius – MVP Hustle
  • Tommy Cernius owned a .571 batting average (8-for-14), striking out just once in five games. Cernius drove in four runs and scored a team-best seven.
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  • Cooper Clemmons – East Coast Sox
  • Cooper Clemons threw six shutout innings in his start against the Cangelosi Sparks to finish the tournament with a 0.00 ERA. He allowed six hits while striking out three batters and giving up just two walks in the tournament.
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  • Emery Coleman – 5 Star National
  • Emery Coleman tossed a complete game shutout for 5 Star National in its opening game of the tournament. He allowed just four hits while striking out six for the eventual gold medalists.
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  • Pressly Courville – Knights Knation National
  • Pressly Courville batted .667 (6-for-9) with four RBIs for Knights Knation, adding a double and three walks. Courville reached base in nine of his 12 plate appearances.
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  • Gavin Flores – MVP Hustle
  • Gavin Flores pitched in eight innings throughout the week, the majority of which came in his start against Texas Twelve in the quarterfinal match up. The righthander tossed a complete game one-hit shutout and finished the tournament with a 0.88 ERA and four strikeouts.
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  • Samuel Harris – South Charlotte Panthers
  • Samuel Harris threw 6.2 innings in two appearances, allowing no runs to finish the week with a 0.00 ERA. Harris gave up just five hits in the tournament while picking up two strikeouts.
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  • Mercer Hudson – East Cobb Astros
  • Mercer Hudson owned a .500 batting average (6-for-12) at the 2021 14U National Team Championships North Carolina, picking up two doubles and driving in a run. Hudson also scored three runs and added a stolen base.
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  • Donavan Jeffrey – Richmond Braves Platinum
  • Donavan Jeffrey led the Richmond Braves with a .692 batting average (9-for-13) over five games. Jeffrey had two three-hit games in the tournament, driving in six runs without striking out a single time.
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  • Jaiden Lo Re – Scottsdale Dirtbags
  • Jaiden Lo Re struck out nine batters in just 5.1 innings of work, picking up the win against the East Coast Sox. Lo Re gave up three hits while finishing with a 2.63 ERA.
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  • Ethan Moore – Cangelosi Sparks
  • Ethan Moore compiled a .714 batting average (5-for7), scoring four runs. Moore drove in two runs and reached base at an .818 clip.
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  • Kelvyn Paulino Jr. – 5 Star National
  • Kelvyn Paulino Jr. batted .556 (5-9) for the tournament champions, notching a pair of doubles and driving in six runs. Paulino also scored seven runs and walked five times. 
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  • Mavarek Russell – MVP Hustle
  • Mavarek Russell batted .571 (8-for-14) for MVP Hustle, scoring five runs with a pair of extra base hits. Russell had four multi-hit games, and reached base at a .600 clip.
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  • David Shields – Canes National
  • David Shields made two appearances and one start on the mound, finishing with a 1.40 ERA in five innings pitched. Shields struck out nine batters while surrendering just one hit in the tournament.
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  • Ethan Trivison – Elite Squad
  • Ethan Trivison allowed just three hits and one earned run in two appearances and 7.1 innings pitched. He finished the tournament with a 0.96 ERA and four strikeouts.
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The National Team Championships North Carolina will continue with the 17U age group from June 22-25 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. To stay up to date on all the action, follow @USABaseball and @USABChamps_NC on Twitter.

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5 Star National Earns Gold at 14U National Team Championships North Carolina 

After a rainout on Sunday, 5 Star National awarded gold medal based on final seeding
June 20, 2021
CARY, N.C. – The 14U National Team Championships North Carolina came to a close on Sunday as the semifinals and gold medal game had to be canceled due to inclement weather. Based on final seeding from the week, 5 Star National was awarded the gold medal. MVP Hustle was awarded

CARY, N.C. – The 14U National Team Championships North Carolina came to a close on Sunday as the semifinals and gold medal game had to be canceled due to inclement weather. Based on final seeding from the week, 5 Star National was awarded the gold medal. MVP Hustle was awarded the silver medal while the Cangelosi Sparks took home bronze.

5 Star National finished the week with a 5-0 record, outscoring opponents 43-5. The team opened up with an impressive 4-0 win on Wednesday over the South Charlotte Panthers as Emery Coleman tossed the complete game shutout while collecting six strikeouts.

With a doubleheader on Thursday, the team’s bats came alive as they picked up 8-0 and 12-3 wins over the Dulins Dodgers and MVP Hustle, respectively. In the game against MVP Hustle, seven 5 Star National players collected RBIs, led by Jacob Kendall who went 3-for-3 at the plate and drove in four runs.

In the team’s 11-2 win over Texas Twelve on Friday to claim the one seed in bracket play, Randy Ruiz, Jackson Roper, and Luke Pappano all had multi-RBI performances. The team then followed with a convincing 8-0 victory over the Scottsdale Dirtbags to advance to the semifinals.

Kelvyn Paulino Jr. had a multi-hit game and led the way at the plate all week for 5 Star, hitting .556 (9-for-15) with six RBIs. Kendall had a team-high nine RBIs in five games. Coleman, Pappano, and Dillon Askew all had shutout performances on the mound en route to the team’s gold medal.

MVP Hustle finished the week 4-1 to earn the silver medal, and the team’s lone loss of the tournament came to the eventual champions. MVP Hustle responded to the loss with a 4-3 walk-off win over the East Cobb Astros in seeded pool play. Brandon Gomez drove in Tomas Cernius on a double into center to win it. Cernius batted a team-high .571 (8-for-14) during the week with a triple and four RBIs to lead the team offensively.

In its quarterfinal game, MVP Hustle got an outstanding performance on the mound from Gavin Flores, who tossed a one-hit complete game shutout. Flores was the team’s best pitcher during the tournament, also appearing in one relief outing and finishing the week with a 0.88 ERA.

The Cangelosi Sparks collected the bronze medal for the tournament. With a 3-2 tournament record, they advanced to the semifinals after a tight 3-2 victory over Knights Knation National on Saturday. Ethan Moore finished the tournament with a team-high batting average of .714 (5-for-7) while also drawing three walks and scoring four runs. The team pitched by committee with ten different players stepping on the mound for the Sparks, combining for a 3.78 team ERA.

The National Team Championships North Carolina will continue with the 17U age group from June 22-25 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. To stay up to date on all the action, follow @USABaseball and @USABChamps_NC on Twitter

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Beltowski, Hernandez Earn Player, Pitcher of the Day Honors for June 19 at Champs AZ

June 20, 2021
PHOENIX — Tanner Beltowski collected six hits and five RBI across a two-game stretch for Ventura County Baseball Academy (VCBA) to earn Player of the Day honors on Day 1 of bracket play at the 16U National Team Championships Arizona. Beltowski, who reached base four times in VCBA's 11-7 win against BPA

PHOENIX  Tanner Beltowski collected six hits and five RBI across a two-game stretch for Ventura County Baseball Academy (VCBA) to earn Player of the Day honors on Day 1 of bracket play at the 16U National Team Championships Arizona.

Beltowski, who reached base four times in VCBA's 11-7 win against BPA SD in the Round of 32, followed with another three-hit performance in a Round of 16 victory against GBG Renegades.

Beltowski, a 6-foot-1 infielder, owns a standout .591/.625/.682 slash line through six games for VCBA at the National Team Championships Arizona and has hit safely in all six contests, which includes three consecutive three-hit efforts.

VCBA (5-1) is set to face Canes Arizona (6-0) in Sunday's quarterfinal matchup.

Gabriel Hernandez (Dukes Baseball) captured Pitcher of the Day honors with a stellar performance on the mound against Trosky National 2023 in the Round of 32.

Hernandez spun 6.2 innings of three-hit, one-run ball and showed tremendous command with nine strikeouts and no walks in his first appearance on the mound at the tournament.

The 5-foot-10 right-hander's strong effort helped Dukes Baseball (4-2) squeeze past Trosky by a 2-1 final score and earn a spot in the Round of 16 against Alpha Prime 2023 (6-0).

 

Honorable mentions (Player of the Day):

Owen Egan (GBG Renegades) — 4-for-6, 2 2B, 2 RBI, R, 2 BB, SB

Nathanial Wagner (Team Kado Hawaii) — 4-for-5, 3 RBI, R, 2 BB

Luke Johnson (Saddleback Cowboys Black) — 4-for-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R, BB

Kevin Braun (CBA Victus North) — 2-for-4, 2B, 3B, 3 RBI, 2 R

Honorable mentions (Pitcher of the Day):

Jace Gillmore (Alpha Power 2023) — W, CG, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 7 K, 1 BB

Tyler Ball (MBA Navy 2023) — W, 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 10 K, 0 BB

Tyler Albanese (Team California Black) — W, CG, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 12 K, 1 BB

Andrew Krodel (TB SoCal Easton) — W, CG, 3 H, 0 R, 9 K, 3 BB

Stay tuned to @USABChamps_AZ on Twitter for the most up-to-date news about the National Team Championships Arizona.

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14U National Team Championships North Carolina Semifinal Matchups Set for Sunday

5 Star National, Cangelosi Sparks, MVP Hustle, and East Cobb Astros make it to semifinals
June 19, 2021
CARY, N.C. – The 14U National Team Championships North Carolina kicked into full gear on Saturday morning with quarterfinal play. 5 Star National, the Cangelosi Sparks, MVP Hustle, and the East Cobb Astros all won their quarterfinal matchups to advance to Sunday morning’s semifinals.  5 Star National 8, Scottsdale Dirtbags

CARY, N.C. – The 14U National Team Championships North Carolina kicked into full gear on Saturday morning with quarterfinal play. 5 Star National, the Cangelosi Sparks, MVP Hustle, and the East Cobb Astros all won their quarterfinal matchups to advance to Sunday morning’s semifinals. 

5 Star National 8, Scottsdale Dirtbags 0

5 Star National was the first team to punch its ticket to the semifinals with a convincing 8-0 win over the Scottsdale Dirtbags. The game started as a pitcher’s duel between the two squads as neither team was able to muster up a run until the bottom of the fourth. An RBI double off the bat of Angel Pichardo broke the scoreless tie and put 5 Star National up by a run.

It was all starting pitcher Luke Pappano would need. The southpaw threw a five-inning shutout, striking out six while allowing just four hits in the game. A clutch offensive showing by 5 Star National in the fifth inning then put the game away, as the team scored seven two-out runs to take a 6-0 lead. The exclamation point came on a two-run single from Kelvyn Paulino Jr., who had a multi-hit game in the quarterfinal.

Pappano appreciated the run support, even if it came late in the game to secure the win. 

“Confidence is key,” Pappano said. “I’m always confident out there, but when you have runs on the board you can trust your team to make the plays. You don’t have to try and strike everyone out.” 

Paulino (2-for-2) and Pichardo (1-for-3) each had two RBIs to lead the offense for 5 Star National while Bubba Coleman, Adrian Montoya, Jaiden Lo Re, and Miles Scott had Scottsdale’s four hits. Pappano got the win for 5 Star National while Nathaniel Shoemaker was credited with the loss for Scottsdale.

Cangelosi Sparks 3, Knights Knation National 2

The Cangelosi Sparks jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning of their quarterfinal matchup on Saturday. An RBI single from Luke Mensik got the scoring started for Cangelosi who would then load the bases with one out. Enzo Infelise was then hit by a pitch to bring in a run before Jacob Parker came in on the mound to limit the damage for Knights Knation National.

An inning later, Knights Knation National got a run back courtesy of a Presley Courville two-out single. Courville was one of only two players in the game, along with Mensik, to record multiple hits.

Not wasting any time, the Sparks responded in the next half inning with what would end up being the deciding run when Filippo Baratta came across home for the second time of the game, this time stealing home.

Courville picked up his second RBI of the contest in the sixth to cut the Knight Knation National deficit to just one run, but they team couldn’t get any closer. Liam Arsich came in to close the game out for Cangelosi, picking up the final four outs and helping the team advance to the semifinals.

“We just have to come out and compete like we did this morning. We were ready to play. It’s time to compete,” said Mensik, looking ahead to tomorrow.

Mensik (2-for-4) and Courville (2-for-3) were the offensive leaders for their respective teams while Jack Wheeler earned the win on the mound for Cangelosi, throwing 5.2 innings and giving up two runs. Jack Ruckert started the game for Knights Knation National and took the loss while giving up two runs in 3.0 innings pitched.

MVP Hustle 5, Texas Twelve 0

Gavin Flores went the distance for MVP Hustle on Saturday to earn the team a spot in Sunday’s  14U National Team Championships North Carolina semifinals. The righthander bounced back after a tough relief outing on Friday to throw a complete game one-hit shutout on Saturday.

“Yesterday I came in and walked a bunch of people. Today I had to figure it out. The fastball was working and I was able to throw strikes,” Flores said.

And MVP Hustle was able to get their pitcher some support early, bringing their first run across in the second when Noah Malone reached on an error and Adrian Mendoza knocked a single into right to bring him in. In the fourth, MVP Hustle was able to strengthen their lead with a four-run inning. After taking advantage of a few Texas Twelve errors, Travis Friend brought in a run with a single into right that scored Brandon Gomez to make it 5-0.

Flores appreciated the support and described the team rallying around him as “beautiful,” but he didn’t let up.

“As a pitcher, you have to keep on going,” Flores said. “If you let them start hitting, getting on base, you let them get comfortable. I had to stay locked in.”

Gomez (2-for-4) and Friend (2-for-3) were the offensive leaders for MVP Hustle while Lucas Franco had Texas Twelve’s lone hit. Flores’ shutout earned him his first win of the tournament while Jack Mckernan suffered his first loss in his second tournament start.

East Cobb Astros 4, Canes National 3

In a tight quarterfinal matchup, the East Cobb Astros came away from the back-and-forth game with a 4-3 victory and a spot in the 14U National Team Championships North Carolina semifinals.

Neither team could get the bats going early, as the first runs of the game didn’t come until the fourth when East Cobb took a 2-0 lead. Maddox Monsour hit a sacrifice fly to bring in Jin Kasuya followed by Hunter Atkins driving in Mercer Hudson.

Canes National didn’t back down though, responding with three runs in the fifth to take the lead. A Dean Moss double that brought in Carson Quillen and Everett Johnson swung the momentum in the Canes favor and put them up 3-2.

East Cobb couldn’t get anything in the sixth but the Canes could not stretch their lead either and the Astros took advantage. Three walks would load the bases for the Astros in the seventh and Kade Kisz was able to drive in the tying run. A wild pitch in the next at bat would cost the Canes as Hunter Atkins came in to score the go-ahead run.

The Canes were able to get out of the inning without allowing any more runs to come across, but had no answer for the East Cobb closer. Jax Bishop got through the seventh in just 10 pitches to secure the come behind win for his team.

Moss (3-for-3) had a game-high two RBIs for the Canes while a team effort earned the win for East Cobb with Kasuya, Hudson, Atkins, and Kisz all having hits for the Astros. Bishop was credited with the win as David Shields was the losing pitcher for the Canes.

Semifinal Matchups

With these four teams advancing on Saturday, June 19, the semifinal matchups are set for Sunday morning. MVP Hustle will take on 5 Star National at 8:00 a.m. ET on Coleman Field while the Cangelosi Sparks and East Cobb Astros will square off on Field 2 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex at 8:15 a.m. ET.

Follow along on all the action on Twitter at @USABChamps_NC, GameChanger, or watch live on PlaySight (Coleman Field) and YouTube (Field 2).

 

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Seven-Run First Powers Saddleback Cowboys Black to Round of 16 at Champs AZ

June 19, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E Juggernaut Group Baseball Academy 1 0 0 0 X X X 1 3 1 Saddleback Cowboys Black 7 1 4 X X X X 12 10 2 Win: Jack Svinth Loss: Karney Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats PHOENIX — Saddleback Cowboys
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PHOENIX — Saddleback Cowboys Black used a seven-run first inning to advance to the Round of 16 with a 12-1 win against Juggernaut Group Baseball Academy on the first day of bracket play at the 2021 16U National Team Championships Arizona.

Saddleback's first eight batters reached base safely (six hits, one HBP, one error) in the bottom of the first after Juggernaut opened the scoring with a run-scoring double in the top half of the frame. The Cowboys took the lead on an RBI-single from Luke Johnson (3-for-3, 2 2B, 2 RBI) and broke the game open when Zach Fjelstad plated three runs with a base knock through the right side.

Saddleback added to its commanding lead with another run in the second courtesy of Johnson's first double of the day, and extended it to 12-1 with four more runs in the third.

Cowboys right-hander Jack Svinth kept Juggernaut's bats at bay and allowed just one unearned run in three innings of work. He struck out three. Austin Palmares fanned a pair in the final inning before a run-rule was initiated. Nine of his 11 pitches went for strikes.

Saddleback Cowboys Black (5-0) advances to the Round of 16 to play Total Baseball Vipers (4-1).

Juggernaut Group Baseball Academy (3-2) awaits its next opponent in the consolation bracket.

Key Moments

  • Gavin Williams (Saddleback) leveled the score in the first inning with a single through the left side.
  • Luke Johnson (Saddleback) provided the Cowboys with their first lead of the game with an RBI-single through the left side.
  • Zach Fjelstad's (Saddleback) three-run base knock to right extended the Cowboys' lead to 5-1 in the opening frame.
  • Jackson Kemmerer (Saddleback) ripped an RBI-single to left to plate Saddleback's seventh run of the first inning.
  • Luke Johnson (Saddleback) recorded his first of two doubles and brought home a run in the second inning.

 

Notable Information

  • "The bats came alive in the bottom of the first and we strung some quality at-bats together, stung some baseballs and some others found holes. We were able to come up with a couple clutch hits and came away with a good win." — Saddleback Cowboys Black head coach Mitch Holland
  • "One at a time. I think we have a good chance. I think if we play good baseball and clean baseball, we have a good chance to play with anybody. If we take care of business on our end, I think we'll be okay." — Saddleback Cowboys Black head coach Mitch Holland

 

On Deck

  • Saddleback Cowboys Black (5-0) will face Total Baseball Vipers (4-1) in the Round of 16.
  • Juggernaut Group Baseball Academy (3-2) awaits its next opponent (TBD) in the consolation bracket.

 

Social

  • Stay tuned to @USABChamps_AZ on Twitter for the most up-to-date news about the National Team Championships Arizona.
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Beyond Baseball: Stories from Outside the Dugout

June 18, 2021
The main focus of the week at the National Team Championships North Carolina has of course been baseball and while they may feel like they eat, sleep, and breathe the game 24/7, these players have plenty of stories to tell about life off the field. For a lot of guys,

The main focus of the week at the National Team Championships North Carolina has of course been baseball and while they may feel like they eat, sleep, and breathe the game 24/7, these players have plenty of stories to tell about life off the field.

For a lot of guys, baseball is the primary focus, but not the only sport they are playing. Football, hockey, basketball, and swimming are just a few of the other sports played by different members of the 14U National Team Championships North Carolina rosters this week. Texas locals on the Dulins Dodgers Prime will emphatically let you know fishing is one of their favorite sports along with the nation’s pastime. When asked what they do when they are not on the ballfield, one player put it simply: “whatever we can do outside.”

Sports aren’t the exclusive hobby though, as a lot of players enjoy using downtime to play video games. The competitiveness on the field does translate to the controllers, though, as quite the argument arose in the Richmond Braves National dugout when the question of who was the best Call of Duty: Warzone player was posed.

But the athletes do take a break every now and then from competition to relax. Players from the Miami-based Elite Squad were quick to say, “The beach. Every weekend.” when talking about what they do when they’re not traveling. While sports, video games, and going to the beach seem like normal things for teenagers to enjoy, some tournament participants have more unorthodox ways of spending their free time.

Nolan Bernard from the East Cobb Astros spends time working on a cattle farm in his hometown of Pineville, Tennessee. 

“My parents run the farm, so it’s kind of like the family business. If I’m not playing, I’m doing something to help out there,” he said. Bernard would like to continue following in his parents’ footsteps as both were Division I athletes at the University of Alabama; his mom was a swimmer while his dad played baseball for the Crimson Tide. 

John Lash of the South Charlotte Panthers would also like to continue a family tradition – and it’s a tradition he’s working towards at the National Team Championships this week.

Lash’s dad is a former member of Team USA. But not for baseball.

At the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Games, he competed on the United States handball team and won gold at the 1987 Pan American games.

“That’s a huge deal,” the younger Lash said about what it would be like to represent his country on an international stage. “Getting to wear ‘USA’ across the front of your jersey would be an honor.”

After all, that’s why all these players have traveled from across the country to be here this weekend. And the southpaw made waves on Friday when he topped out at 89 mph on the mound in two clean frames for South Charlotte.

With the chance to compete for gold at this tournament and possibly for a spot in USA Baseball programming too, the stakes are high this weekend. And with bracket play set to begin tomorrow, this is crunch time. 

The video games, beach, and cattle farm can wait. It’s showtime.  

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Placentia Mustangs Aim to Find Missing Piece to Champs AZ Puzzle

June 18, 2021
PHOENIX — There’s a missing piece to the puzzle for the Placentia Mustangs. Nate Alam, head coach of the California-based organization, is determined to find it. Placentia has appeared in the championship game of the National Team Championships Arizona at the 14U, 15U, and 17U levels, which included a pair of

PHOENIX — There’s a missing piece to the puzzle for the Placentia Mustangs.

Nate Alam, head coach of the California-based organization, is determined to find it.

Placentia has appeared in the championship game of the National Team Championships Arizona at the 14U, 15U, and 17U levels, which included a pair of gold-medal finishes in 2013 (14U and 17U). Reaching the final game of the 16U tournament, however, has been a bit more elusive since USA Baseball added the age group to the event in 2018.

“Pitching-wise, we have what it takes (to win gold at 16U),” Alam said. “We have a lot of arms this year. We just have to swing the bat a bit and that’s what we’re looking to do.”

The Mustangs’ rotation features a talented group of players, including past National Team Championships participant Ayden Holker. The 6-foot-4 right-hander and first baseman returns to the summer showcase in Arizona after he captured Pitcher of the Day honors on July 3, 2019, as a member of JG Juggernaut Group at the 14U National Team Championships. Holker spun a complete-game, four-hit shutout and struck out five in a 10-0 win against GBG Marucci Blue.

“That was really fun and one of my greatest baseball experiences,” Holker said. “It really drove me to keep playing this sport and it was fun to go out there and shut down a team and really be ‘that guy.’”

Holker hopes to be next in a long line of major-league and USA Baseball alumni who have passed through the Placentia Mustangs program on their way to success at the professional, national, and international levels. Texas Rangers southpaw Kolby Allard, Rangers closer Ian Kennedy and seven-year MLB veteran Hank Conger are all former first-round selections who suited up for the red, white, and blue after they donned the Mustangs’ red jersey with black and white trim.

“(The National Team Championships) are a great opportunity for exposure and getting seen,” Holker said. “I really want to test myself and get some work in.”

Placentia has won three of its four games in pool play at the 2021 National Team Championships, which included a 5-0 shutout of Beach City Prospects 16U on the first day of competition. Holker fired three scoreless frames and allowed just one hit to earn the win. He commanded his pitches well to the tune of a 76 percent strike rate and tossed another 1.1 hitless innings against undefeated Canes Arizona (4-0) two days later.

“This is a great group of guys,” Holker said of the relationships he’s developed with his teammates throughout the tournament. “I really like playing with them.”

Holker and Alam aim to win a championship with their squad and have Placentia set on the right path. The Mustangs will face San Diego Show (3-1) in the Round of 32 at 7:30 a.m. MT on Saturday and look to advance to the quarterfinals.

“We just tell our guys to come out here and compete,” Alam said. “We just let them play their game and the rest takes care of itself.”

Much like a puzzle, once you find the first handful of pieces, the rest seems to take care of itself.

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Moses, Round Capture Player, Pitcher of the Day Honors for June 17 at Champs AZ

June 17, 2021
PHOENIX — Matt Moses posted three hits and five RBI in a must-win game for Sacramento Sports Center 2023 to capture Player of the Day honors on Day 3 of pool play at the 16U National Team Championships Arizona. Moses, who also scored twice, ripped a three-run triple to break the game

PHOENIX  Matt Moses posted three hits and five RBI in a must-win game for Sacramento Sports Center 2023 to capture Player of the Day honors on Day 3 of pool play at the 16U National Team Championships Arizona.

Moses, who also scored twice, ripped a three-run triple to break the game open for SSC in the second inning. The 6-foot-1 outfielder later plated a pair of runs with a single up the middle to extend SSC's lead to 12-1.

Moses owns a standout .667/.733/.917 slash line through four games at the National Team Championships Arizona for SSC (3-1) and has hit safely in all four contests.

Samuel Round (Canes West Gold) spun six scoreless innings of two-hit ball to earn the Pitcher of the Day award.

Round, a right-hander, struck out nine and walked just two batters as Canes West Gold topped CBA Victus North by a 5-1 count to collect its first win at the National Team Championships Arizona.

Round maintained a 66 percent strike rate in the win, which marked his second appearance on the mound in the tournament.

Honorable mentions (Player of the Day):

Damian Cabrera (Aggies National) — 4-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI, R, SB

Carter Wood (Easton Prime Navy) — 3-for-3, HR, 5 RBI

Austin Stapleton (Chico Aces 2023) — 3-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R

Jacob Hong (Dolphins Black) — 3-for-4, 2 RBI, R, 4 SB

Honorable mentions (Pitcher of the Day):

Roman Magana (T2) — W, CG, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 8 K, 4 BB

Brian Chin (Show Cali National) — W, CG, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 6 K, 0 BB

Rory Minty (California Warriors 16U Elite) — W, CG, 4 H, 0 R, 8 K, 2 BB

River Diaz De Leon (Force Baseball Club 16U Elite) — W, CG, 6 H, 0 R, 5 K, 2 BB

Stay tuned to @USABChamps_AZ on Twitter for the most up-to-date news about the National Team Championships Arizona.

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Diaz De Leon Fires Complete-Game Shutout in Force Baseball Club Blue Win 

June 17, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E Force Baseball Club Blue 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 3 2 0 Zoots Baseball Club 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 2 Win: River Diaz De Leon Loss: Lucas Dennis Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats
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PHOENIX — River Diaz De Leon fired a complete-game, six-hit shutout to guide Force Baseball Club Blue to a 3-0 win against Zoots Baseball Club on Thursday at the 2021 16U National Team Championships Arizona.

Diaz De Leon struck out five in the standout performance and kept Zoots at bay by inducing three double-play grounders. The right-hander escaped multiple jams with the help of his defense, which included a 1-6-3 double play with the potential tying run at the plate in the sixth inning.

Zoots also loaded the bases in its final at-bats in the seventh, but Diaz De Leon struck out consecutive batters to seal the win for Force Baseball Blue. He needed just 76 pitches to work through the seven innings and maintained a 71 percent strike rate.

The lone offense in the game came in the third frame when Gabriel Camacho tripled to bring home a pair of runs. Adrian Macias followed with a single through the right side to plate Camacho and extend Force Blue's lead to 3-0.

Right-handed reliever Cole Ehrhorn kept Zoots within striking distance and tossed four hitless, scoreless innings with four strikeouts and no walks.

Diaz De Leon earned the win for Force Baseball Blue, while Lucas Dennis suffered the loss for Zoots.

Force Baseball Club Blue improved its mark to 2-2 at the National Team Championships Arizona. Zoots Baseball Club dropped to 1-3 at the event.

Key Moments

  • River Diaz De Leon (Force Blue) started a 1-5 double play to escape a first-inning jam.
  • Gabriel Camacho (Force Blue) delivered a two-RBI triple to right field to open scoring in the third inning.
  • Adrian Macias (Force Blue) singled through the right side to extend Force Blue's lead to 3-0 in the third inning.
  • River Diaz De Leon (Force Blue) retired seven consecutive batters between the third and fifth innings.
  • Rivera Diaz De Leon (Force Blue) struck out consecutive batters looking to end the game with the bases loaded.

 

Notable Information

  • "(Diaz De Leon) had traffic on the bases all day, but I think when guys got on base, he really buckled down. The three double plays were huge for him and he threw all three pitches for a strike. For him, in those pressure situations, he actually got better throughout the game. He was a bulldog on the mound, for sure." — Force Baseball Club Blue head coach Brandon Decker
  • "This is what we prepare our guys for. We want to play against the best and we believe our team has gotten to that level. In order for our young guys to develop and get eyes on them, we have to play the best teams and be in this type of environment." — Force Baseball Club Blue had coach Brandon Decker

 

On Deck

  • Force Baseball Club Blue improved to 2-2 at the event and awaits its next opponent (TBD).
  • Zoots Baseball Club fell to 1-3 at the event and awaits its next opponent (TBD).

 

Social

  • Stay tuned to @USABChamps_AZ on Twitter for the most up-to-date news about the National Team Championships Arizona.
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Carlson, Standish Earn Player, Pitcher of the Day Honors for June 16

June 17, 2021
PHOENIX, — Owen Carlson delivered a four-hit, five-RBI performance to guide Legacy Baseball Group Black to a pair of wins and earn Player of the Day honors on Day 2 of competition at the 16U National Team Championships Arizona. Carlson, who also scored three runs, walked once and stole one base,

PHOENIX, — Owen Carlson delivered a four-hit, five-RBI performance to guide Legacy Baseball Group Black to a pair of wins and earn Player of the Day honors on Day 2 of competition at the 16U National Team Championships Arizona.

Carlson, who also scored three runs, walked once and stole one base, owns a standout .667 clip at the plate through three games at the tournament. The 5-foot-10 shortstop delivered a game-tying sacrifice fly in the seventh inning of Legacy's early-morning game against Long Beach Bears and followed by reaching base four times (three hits, one walk) in the second game of the day against Arizona Travel Ball.

Carlson and Legacy Baseball Group Black sit at 2-1 following Day 2 of competition at the event.

Southpaw Myles Standish collected Pitcher of the Day honors after he logged four hitless frames and struck out eight in a 7-0 win for CCB National against Legacy Baseball Group Gold.

Standish, who struck out four of the first five batters he faced, combined with right-hander Paul Montgomery to pitch the shutout. He maintained a 65 percent strike rate and helped lead CCB National to its first win at the National Team Championships Arizona.

Standish also contributed on the offensive end in CCB National's second game Wednesday with one walk and one run scored in an 11-3 victory against USA Prime American.

Honorable mentions (Player of the Day):

Demetriz Lewis Jr. (Top Tier Americans) — 2-for-3, 3B, 3 RBI, 2 R, 2 SB

Anthony Martinez (Sacramento Sports Center 2023) — 6-for-8, 2B, 7 RBI, SB

Jackson Freeman (TB SoCal Easton) — 4-for-6, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 3 R, BB, 2 SB

Van Coughlin (Quakes Baseball) — 4-for-6, 3 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R, 2 BB

Honorable mentions (Pitcher of the Day):

Holden Hungerford (Trosky Southern California - Antelope Valley) — W, 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 9 K, 3 BB

Adam Harper (Dolphins Black) — W, 6.1 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 9 K, 3 BB

Tanner Beltowski (VCBA) — W, 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 7 K, 2 BB

Mooman (USA Prime American 16U) — W, CG, 3 H, 0 R, 9 K, 2 BB

Stay tuned to @USABChamps_AZ on Twitter for the most up-to-date news about the National Team Championships Arizona.

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Team Trinity Tops CBA Wave in Champs AZ Game of the Day

June 16, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E TEAM TRINITY 0 1 0 0 4 0 1 6 9 1 CBA WAVE 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 4 9 0 Win: Marcos Cisneros Loss: Braxton Ohton Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats PHOENIX — Team Trinity collected its first
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PHOENIX — Team Trinity collected its first victory at the 2021 16U National Team Championships Arizona in comeback style after it erased a three-run deficit to top CBA Wave by a 6-4 final Wednesday at Peoria Sports Complex.

Trinity strung together three consecutive hits to take a 5-4 lead. Luis Arias' RBI-single through the right side proved to be the spark plug. He later came around to score on a two-run single off the bat of George Banuelos. Gavin Klennert then gave Trinity the lead with his second hit of the afternoon, a single to left to plate Banuelos.

Klennert has two multi-hit efforts through three games at the National Team Championships Arizona for Team Trinity.

Marcos Cisneros, who entered the game trailing 4-1, earned the win in relief for Trinity. The right-hander surrendered just one hit across 3.2 scoreless frames and struck out five batters, including two in the seventh inning.

CBA Wave put the potential tying run aboard in the sixth after Colton Miller reached via an error, but Cisneros induced a fielders' choice groundout and a strikeout to negate the threat.

Team Trinity sits at 1-2 following the first two days of games at the National Team Championships Arizona. CBA Wave (0-3) remains in search of its first win of the event.

Key Moments

  • Gerardo Munoz (Trinity) delivered a sacrifice fly to open up scoring in the second inning. Jesiah Zamora scored the game's first run.
  • Donovan Ward (CBA Wave) laced a double to right field to score a pair of runs and give CBA Wave its first lead of the game in the second inning.
  • William Cruz (CBA Wave) brought home a pair of runs with a single through the right side and extended CBA Wave's lead to 4-1 at the time.
  • Luis Arias (Trinity) delivered a run-scoring single through the right side to ignite Team Trinity's fifth-inning rally.
  • George Banuelos (Trinity) leveled the score with a two-RBI single in the fifth inning.
  • Team Trinity regained the lead for good after Gavin Klennert roped a single to left to score Banuelos.
  • Marcos Cisneros (Trinity) worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning, including a pair of strikeouts.

 

Notable Information

  • "We've got a young team. We just have to keep them focused, keep them driving and make sure they're having fun. We want our guys to learn from this and enjoy it. The (National Team Championships Arizona) is a good experience for them, develops them and it makes them strive harder." — Team Trinity head coach Roy Borgersen

 

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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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Schmidt, Gonzalez Earn Player, Pitcher of the Day Honors for June 15

June 16, 2021
PHOENIX, — Carl Schmidt posted five hits, including a home run, and six RBI across two games to lead Alpha Prime 2023 to a pair of wins on Day 1 of competition at the 16U National Team Championships Arizona. Schmidt, who also doubled, tripled, scored five runs and stole three

PHOENIX, — Carl Schmidt posted five hits, including a home run, and six RBI across two games to lead Alpha Prime 2023 to a pair of wins on Day 1 of competition at the 16U National Team Championships Arizona.

Schmidt, who also doubled, tripled, scored five runs and stole three bases, filled the box score for Alpha Prime 2023, who topped Team Trinity by a 17-9 score in their first game of the event and followed with a 9-0 shutout of CBA Wave.

Schmidt is a returnee to the National Team Championships Arizona. He also captured Player of the Day honors as a member of Tri County Baseball at the 14U National Team Championships Arizona on July 7, 2019.

Ernesto Gonzalez of OC Premier Navy earned Pitcher of the Day recognition after he struck out 10 batters and collected the win in a 12-2 victory against UBC 16U Jordan. Gonzalez surrendered just two hits and one unearned run across 5.2 innings to guide OC Premier Navy to its first win of the tournament. The right-hander threw nearly 70 percent of his pitches for strikes.

Gonzalez also contributed at the plate in the victory and went 3-for-4 with one double, one RBI and one run scored.

Honorable mentions (Player of the Day):

Duce Robinson (3D Gold) — 5-for-6, 3 RBI, 2 R, SB

Austin Charles (USA Prime National) — 4-for-9, 3 2B, 3B, 6 RBI, R, SB

Mason Thompson (MBA Navy 2023) — 3-for-4, 2 2B, 4 RBI, 2 BB, 2 R

Evan Nahra (Outlaws BBA) — 4-for-5, 3B, 4 RBI, 5 R, 2 BB, SB

Honorable mentions (Pitcher of the Day):

Cole Carlon (Canyon Thunder) — W, 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 9 K, 2 BB

Chase Blease (TB SoCal Baseball) — W, CG, 3 H, 0 R, 4 K, 6 BB

Luca McKerley Coronado (Zoots Baseball Club) — 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K

Kaden Soder (GBG Vegas) — W, 4.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 9 K, 3 BB

Stay tuned to @USABChamps_AZ on Twitter for the most up-to-date news about the National Team Championships Arizona.

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Watkins Guides Legacy Baseball Group Gold to Day 1 Win

June 15, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E Legacy Baseball Group 16U Gold 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 0 USA Prime American 16U 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 Win: Hunter Watkins Loss: Grady Maples Save: Weinbach Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats
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Legacy Baseball Group 16U Gold 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 0
USA Prime American 16U 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Win: Hunter Watkins Loss: Grady Maples Save: Weinbach
Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats

PEORIA, Ariz. - Hunter Watkins guided Legacy Baseball Group Gold to a 1-0 win against USA Prime American in Tuesday afternoon's Game of the Day at the 16U National Team Championships Arizona.

Watkins, a 6-foot-8 right-hander, scattered three hits across four scoreless innings of work. The Simi Valley, California, native showed tremendous command throughout his start and tossed 40 of his 47 pitches for strikes.

Legacy Baseball Group Gold jumped out to an early lead behind a sacrifice fly off the bat of Matthew Churchill in the opening frame, which proved to be enough despite a pair of hits apiece of USA Prime American's Cooper Brass and Collin Masco.

Weinbach collected the save for Legacy Baseball Group Gold after he delivered three shutout innings to close the game. Grady Maples tossed a complete game and surrendered just five hits while striking out seven, but was charged with the loss.

Legacy Baseball Group Gold (1-0) returns to play at 7 a.m. MT on Wednesday against CCB National (0-0-1).

USA Prime American (0-1) will face So Cal Birds White (0-0-1) at 7 a.m. MT on Wednesday.

Key Moments

  • Matthew Churchill (Legacy Gold) delivered a sacrifice fly in the top of the first inning. Jake Bourne crossed the plate to represent the lone run of the game.
  • Brett Rozman (USA Prime American) doubled to lead off the seventh inning and represented the tying run, but could not come around to score.

 

Notable Information

  • "He just pounded the zone. Probably one of the quickest games I've ever been a part of. Hunter Watkins threw 47 pitches, 40 strikes and that's a recipe for success. Weinbach came in, did his thing and pounded the zone, too." — Legacy Gold head coach John Thomas

 

On Deck

  • Legacy Baseball Group Gold faces CCB National at 7 a.m. MT on Wednesday
  • USA Prime American faces So Cal Birds White at 7 a.m. MT on Wednesday 

 

Social

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National Team Championships North Carolina Set to Get Underway

Sixty teams and over 1,200 athletes will make their way to the National Training Complex in Cary, NC, to compete in this year's event.
June 15, 2021
2021 FAN GUIDE 14U SCHEDULE & RESULTS TICKETS With sights set on winning gold and playing for a chance to represent their country on the baseball diamond, 60 teams and over 1,200 athletes will make their way to the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, this summer

With sights set on winning gold and playing for a chance to represent their country on the baseball diamond, 60 teams and over 1,200 athletes will make their way to the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, this summer to compete in the National Team Championships North Carolina.

Beginning on June 16 and running through July 12, the National Team Championships in North Carolina will serve as the primary identification event for players to be considered for the 2021 15U National Team, as well as this year’s 13U/14U Athlete Development Program (ADP) and 16U/17U National Team Development Programs (NTDP).

NOTEWORTHY

      • 14U Kicks it Off
      • The National Team Championships North Carolina gets underway on June 16 with the 14U age group. Teams will compete to win the first 14U gold medal in event history, while individual athletes will be evaluated and selected for the 2021 13U/14U ADP. The schedule for the 2021 14U National Team Championships North Carolina can be found here.
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      • Year Two in N.C.
      • This summer will mark the second-ever National Team Championships in North Carolina. The first edition was held in 2020 and featured tournaments at the 15U, 16U, and 17U age levels. 
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      • Also in Arizona
      • While this is only the second year that the National Team Championships North Carolina will take place, the event has been successful in Arizona for nearly a decade. Since 2012, some of the country’s finest young players have earned spots on USA Baseball national teams thanks to their performances at the National Team Championships Arizona.
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      • Best of the Best
      • Some of the best young players in the country participated at the National Team Championships North Carolina a year ago, with many committed to Power-5 institutions and other baseball powerhouses. Elite Squad infielder Jorge De Goti (Florida), Molina Stars' Colin Tuft (Virginia), and CBA Northeast pitcher Sean Hard (Boston College) are just a few of the many highly-rated players to compete in the event last season.
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      • National Training Complex
      • The 2021 National Team Championships North Carolina will once again take place at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. Over the years, many of Major League Baseball’s finest have played at the complex, including Jake Arrieta, Trevor Bauer, Alex Bregman, Kris Bryant, Bryce Harper, and Marcus Stroman. Members of the 2021 Professional National Team that recently secured Team USA’s berth in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, including Nick Allen and Todd Frazier, have also played at the facility.
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      • Testing Day
      • Along with the games, players will get the chance to participate in the event’s testing day. Performing in front of the USA Baseball Task Force, players are given an opportunity to showcase their skills before the games begin. There will also be PDP Performance Assessments, where players will partake in assessments which help them improve, develop, and take their game to the next level.
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CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY

      • 15U
      • Team Elite topped Elite Squad, 7-6, in the 2020 15U championship game. Team Elite, led by Bret Yarger and Cade Arrambide, strung together a six-run fourth inning to secure the championship. Yarger hit .538 over the entire event, while Arrambide - a University of Florida commit - batted .391 with a team-leading eight RBI.
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      • 16U
      • The East Cobb Astros and Canes National met in last year’s 16U championship game, with the Astros earning the gold medal. In the team’s 8-5 win, University of Miami commit Alvin Keels drove in a pair of runs. Keels also homered during the tournament, and Texas A&M commit Jett Williams batted .400 with eight RBI for the East Cobb Astros.
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      • 17U
      • The East Cobb Astros secured gold in the 17U tournament as well, going unbeaten en route to earning the championship. Harry Ford, who is currently ranked the 13th-best prospect heading into the 2021 MLB Draft, played for East Cobb last summer. He homered and drove in seven runs, while current Florida State pitcher Andrew Armstrong delivered seven shutout innings.

 

FOLLOW ALONG

      • All games will be scored live on GameChanger, as well as live streamed via PlaySight (Coleman Field) and GameChanger (Fields 2-4). Links to up-to-the-second scoring and statistics will be posted on USABaseball.com. You can also find media coverage and updates via social media by following @USABChamps_NC on Twitter and USA Baseball on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

 

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