U.S. Clinches Spot in Gold-Medal Game with 2-0 Win Over Korea

September 8, 2017
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
USA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 8 0
KOR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 2
Win: R. Weathers Loss: B. Gwak Save: JT Ginn
Box Score | Play-by-Play | World Cup Stats

THUNDER BAY, Canada - Ethan Hankins (Cumming, Ga.) and two relievers combined to strike out 19 batters as the USA Baseball 18U National Team clinched a spot in the gold-medal game at the 2017 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup with a 2-0 shutout of Korea at Port Arthur Stadium on Friday.

The shutout was the fourth of the tournament for Team USA, the three-time defending World Cup champions, and leaves the U.S. as the only unbeaten team remaining in Thunder Bay with a record of 7-0. The loss was Korea's first of the competition.

Team USA has one game remaining in the Super Round as it is scheduled to take on Australia at 9 a.m. ET on Saturday. The gold-medal game will be played at 5 p.m. ET on Sunday at Port Arthur Stadium.

Hankins was dominant from the start on Friday, striking out the side in the first inning and never looking back. He would accomplish that feat a total of four times on the morning, finishing with 14 punchouts over six superb innings in which he yielded just two singles, a walk, and a hit batter.

Ryan Weathers (Loretto, Tenn.) came in out of the bullpen and picked up right where Hankins left off, fanning four batters of his own in 2.2 scoreless frames before JT Ginn (Brandon, Miss.) entered the game to strike out the final batter and end the contest.

Combined, the three pitchers did not allow a baserunner past second base, marking the third time in the tournament the U.S. has done so, and struck out 19 batters.

Great pitching and stellar defense by both clubs kept the scoreboard blank for most of the game until an error and a passed ball by Korea opened the door for the U.S. to push a run across in the eighth.

The U.S. would tack on an insurance run in the top of the ninth with Brice Turang (Corona, Calif.) following a Nolan Gorman (Glendale, Ariz.) double with a base hit back up the middle to make it a 2-0 game.

Korea would threaten in the game's final frame, putting two on with two out but Ginn needed just four pitches to strike out the only batter he faced to seal the victory, earn the save, and send the U.S. to Sunday's gold-medal game.

Although he would be saddled with the tough-luck loss, Korea starting pitcher Been Gwak was outstanding on the mound as well. He struck out nine batters of his own while allowing just two runs - only one earned - on five hits over 8.1 innings.

Team USA is the three-time defending World Cup champion and is looking to become the second country to win four-straight gold medals in the tournament.

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USA Baseball 18U National Team Manager Andy Stankiewicz
(On earning a spot in the gold-medal game)
"That is what you play for and why we are here. That was the goal, obviously, to get to the gold-medal game. I'm proud of our guys for the way they have gone about it. That is back-to-back battles, which is great. This is what you need to have. In order to be a championship team, you have to be able to rise up in those moments. I'm very proud of how we have responded, both last night and tonight."

(On Ethan Hankins)
"He just attacks the zone. Sometimes he is a little emotional, he is young and wears his emotions on his sleeve. I think as he matures, he will be able to settle down in those big moments, but in terms of just his arm and his stuff, it is just fantastic. He did a great job of just pounding that zone. Sometimes he got squeezed a little bit but he responded well and kept making pitches when he had to."

(On Korea starting pitcher Been Gwak)
"Their guy pitched a great game, there is just no getting around it. He mixed his pitches well and he threw a nice changeup to our lefties who had a hard time seeing it. He hid it well and it came out clean like a fastball so we were out in front a lot. Then once in a while he would drop a breaking ball in on a lefty, which is just good pitching. It's a higher division of pitching to be able to do that. That is what we expected. We knew coming in that this was their guy and he pitched a great game. It was a really great ball game from a purist standpoint."

(On the team's resiliency)
"This morning we had 6:30 breakfast, 7:00 bus, and we were out taking BP when it was 37 degrees outside. They didn't care. They just said, 'Let's go, we have a job to do.' From that standpoint, that is maturity to be able to rise above the elements and focus on the task at hand over everything else."

Outfielder Mike Siani
(On earning a spot in the gold-medal game)
"It has been a battle. The competition has been great but we came together today for a tough game. Good pitching, but we battled, and the pitching was even better on our side. It is a great feeling. Kind of what we expected but we had to fight to get here and, obviously, we are excited."

(On Korea)
"The pitcher we saw, even though we haven't seen a lot of right-handed pitchers this tournament, he was good. A lot of off-speed and he was spotting up. He was tough to hit. As the game went on we worked better at-bats, worked deeper counts, and the hits came. We had eight of them which is enough, and the two runs we kind of scrapped across. Just putting the ball in play was the most important part. We didn't have as many strikeouts today which definitely helped us out."

(On playing in the gold-medal game on Sunday)
"That is the best feeling ever. We are ready to go. Obviously we have one tomorrow against Australia, and that is important too, but everybody is pumped for Sunday. The four returning guys on this team, we have to let everybody know how it is going to be, talk to the guys, and get everybody together. We are really looking forward to it."

Starting Pitcher Ethan Hankins
(On Korea)
"Korea is a really good team. We were both undefeated coming into the game so I knew they would be very disciplined hitters and that is exactly what they showed out there. I expected them to go after some high fastballs or, at least, fastballs around the zone but they were so patient. They waited for their pitch every single time until it got to two strikes and then I was able to work a little bit."

(On what it will be like to wear the USA jersey while playing for a gold medal)
"It is awesome but, at the same time, all part of the plan we have going. It is going to be a feeling that I can't really describe. It is already a blessing to be able to go out in a game like this and wear the USA across your chest. To have the opportunity to do it in a gold-medal game is not something I can even put into words."

(On the team's resiliency to come back after an emotional game last night)
"We are all here for the same goal. We all want the gold medal just as bad as everyone else. We knew that this was a big morning to get us there so we came out ready to play."

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12U Open

2018 12U National Open Participants Announced

July 20, 2018

Durham, N.C. - USA Baseball announced on Saturday 111 players selected for the fifth-annual 12U National Open. The National Open will take place from July 23-25 at the VTV Baseball Complex in Castaic, California, followed immediately by the 12U National Team Trials from July 26-28, where 36 athletes will be vying for their chance to make the final 18-man 12U National Team roster. 

The 111 players selected for the 12U National Open were chosen from USA Baseball's Open Development Camps and will represent twenty-three different states in total. The Open Development Camps were established to provide athletes across the country with the opportunity to become involved with Team USA in a setting that provides instruction, evaluation, and fun. 

From the National Open, USA Baseball will invite 15 players to the 2018 12U National Team Trials. Those players will join 21 athletes previously identified for trials, including nine from the 2018 11U Futures Invitational and 12 from the 2017 11U National Team Identification Series (NTIS). 

The 12U National Team roster will be finalized on July 28 with 12U National Team Training following from August 19-22. Team USA will then play in the COPABE Pan American "A" Championships in Aguascalientes, Mexico from August 25-September 2. 


The 12U National Team Trials Invitees from 11U Futures and NTIS are as follows:
(Name; Hometown; Identification Event)

Luis Ayden Almeyda; Hawthorne, N.J.; 2017 11U NTIS
Cole Bernstein; El Segundo, Calif.; 2017 11U NTIS
Tristan Bristow; San Antonio, Texas; 2018 11U Futures Invitational
Brayden Charness; Calabasas, Calif.; 2017 11U NTIS
Masato Chilcutt; San Antonio, Texas; 2017 11U NTIS
J.D. Crisp; Cypress, Texas; 2018 11U Futures Invitational
Kayson Cunningham; San Antonio, Texas; 2017 11U NTIS
Paul Dominguez; Anahiem, Calif.; 2018 11U Futures Invitational
Dylan Green; Roseville, Calif.; 2018 11U Futures Invitational
Ernie Echevarria; Miami, Fla.; 2017 11U NTIS
Linkin Garcia; Fullerton, Calif.; 2017 11U NTIS
Adam Haight; Snohomish, Wash.; 2017 11U NTIS
Seth Hernandez; Ontario, Calif.; 2017 11U NTIS
Dean Moss; Hillsborough, Calif.; 2017 11U NTIS
Kibru Pam; Pasadena, Calif.; 2018 11U Futures Invitational
Jacob Parker; Purvis, Miss.; 2018 11U Futures Invitational
Julius Pfau; Tampa, Fla.; 2018 11U Futures Invitational
Ethan Puig; Miami, Fla.; 2017 11U NTIS
Cade Segura; Pleasanton, Texas; 2018 11U Futures Invitational
Elijah Selga; San Diego, Calif.; 2018 11U Futures Invitational
Michael Torres; Miami, Fla.; 2017 NTIS


The complete list of players participating in the 2018 12U National Open is as follows: 
(Name; Hometown)

Nehemiah Anderson; Houston, Texas
Rock Arnold; Saunderson, R.I.
Tyler Arnold; San Diego, Calif.
Ian Bailey; Durham, NC
Kaden Barmer; Edgewood, Md.
Keaton Basso; Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
Elijah Bechtel; Upland, Calif.
Brett Benecke; Jackson, N.J.
Brevin Bezick; Red Bank, N.J.
Sawyer Black; Oak Ridge, N.C.
Nicholas Bowron; Rochester, Minn.
Thomas Bridges; Los Angeles, Calif.
Dalton Chi; Cerritos, Calif.
Cole Clark; Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Caleb Danzeisen; Laveen, Ariz.
Kameron Davis; Albany, Ga.
Anthony Del Angel; Rio Rancho, N.M.
James Dellamico; Los Angeles, Calif.
Derek DeSanto; Rensselaer, N.Y.
Nicolas Diehl; West Chester, Penn.
Gavin Egan; Yucaipa, Calif.
Joey Erace; Mullica Hill, N.J.
Ross Felder; Springdale, Ariz.
Thomas Ferland; Bogart, Ga.
Joel Fernandez; Yakima, Wash.
Gavin Fien; Temecula, Calif.
Cooper Flemming; Aliso Viejo, Calif.
Gavin Flores; Corona, Calif.
Troy Ford; Fayetteville, Ga.
Noah Franco; Downey, Calif.
Gabriel Fraser; Westminster, Calif.
Travis Friend; Whittier, Calif.
Brendan Fulcher; Midland, N.C.
Zachary Fuscaldo; Phoenixville, Penn.
Vincent Gallaher; Oregon, Ohio
Austin Gamel; Corona, Calif.
Talin Gardini; San Diego, Calif.
Gavin Gargiulo; Coral Springs, Fla.
Trevor Goldenetz; Corona, Calif.
Jordan Goldstein; Rye Brook, N.Y. 
Calvin Gregory; Lake Oswego, Ore.
Trent Grindlinger; Huntington Beach, Calif.
Colin Guerra; Olathe, Kan.
Kailand Halstead; Aberdeen, Wash.
Christian Hamilton; Lauderhill, Fla. 
Wyatt Hanoian; Costa Mesa, Calif.
Joshua Hanson; San Bruno, Calif.
Josiah Hartshron; Anaheim, Calif.
Zachary Hopper; Orlando, Fla.
Gabriel Howard; West Linn, Ore.
Logan Howard; Puyallup, Wash.
Cru Huenfeld; Overland Park, Kan.
Austin Jacobs; Geneva, Fla.
Ty Kaunas; Orwigsburg, Penn.
Jack Kehoe; Staten Island, N.Y. 
Nathan Kindland; Johns Creek, Ga.
Cole Lanclos; Montgomery, Texas
Tanner Langley; Douglasville, Ga.
Christopher Levy; Southwest Ranches, Fla.
Noah Libed; Chula Vista, Calif.
Ty Mainolfi; Staten Island, N.Y.
Mateo Marino; Brooklyn, N.Y.
Maximo Martinez; Hawthorne, Calif.
Harrison Maull; Springfield, Penn.
Mason McCarroll; East Haven, Conn.
Matthew McKnight; Charlotte, N.C.
Ryan McPherson; Hollywood, Fla.
Jonathan David Medina; Miami, Fla.
Cameron Medina; Tampa, Fla.
Cane Mehling; Carolina Beach, N.C.
Luis Mejia; Phoenix, Ariz.
Dhane Meyers; Chandler, Ariz.
Tanner Millspaugh; McKenna, Wash.
Bryce Nixon; Huffman, Texas
Austin Nye; Roseville, Calif.
Jakob Ortega; Buena Park, Calif.
Josiah Palomino; Riverside, Calif.
Jacob Pettit; Fort Mill, S.C.
Mason Pike; Puyallup, Wash.
Cole Pippenger; Hillsboro, Tenn.
Michael Podstreleny; San Diego, Calif.
Ethan Porter; Costa Mesa, Calif.
Ethan Pribramsky; Cutler Bay, Fla.
Dylan Prince; Doral, Fla.
Christopher Ramirez; Corona, Calif.
Kuanu Rivera; Carlsbad, Calif.
Hector Roca; Homestead, Fla.
CJ Sampson; Madisonville, Texas
Christian Santigo; Castaic, Calif.
Kruz Schoolcraft; Aloha, Ore.
Aiden Simeon; Gilroy, Calif.
Ryan Sloan; Elmhurst, Ill. 
Noah Solano; Chula Vista, Calif.
Cal Stephens; Durham, Calif.
Landon Stewart; Ladera Ranch, Calif.
Nolan Stoll; Newhall, Calif.
Brady Strohm; Winchester, Calif.
Ford Thompson; Snellville, Ga.
Gage Thompson; Puyallup, Wash.
Brock Thompson; Bakersfield, Calif.
Nolan Traeger; Spring, Texas
Gavin Triezeberg; Palos Heights, Ill. 
Seth Van Dyk; Ripon, Calif.
Johnathan Vasquez; Miami Lakes, Fla. 
Adonys Velez; Orlando, Fla.
Braeden Weckman; Winter Springs, Fla.
Preston Yaucher; Verona, WI
Jordan Ynoa; North Bellmore, N.Y.
David Yorke; Brick, N.J.
Matthew Zebrauskas; Chicago, Ill. 
Zeus Zimmerman; Puyallup, Wash.

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Bonnie Rockets Walkoff, Take Home 16U Cup Bronze Medal

They won 4-3
July 15, 2018

Cary, N.C. - Bonnie Rockets claim the bronze medal at the 2018 USA Baseball 16U Cup after they defeated Wake White Sox 4-3 in walk-off fashion on Sunday at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. 

The bronze medal game did not start off as a nail biter in the same way that it ended. In fact, the Bonnie Rockets were in charge for most of the game They got on the board early with an RBI single to center field by Michael Lewishall. By the fifth inning, they had a 3-0 lead over the White Sox. 

The White Sox would not go down without a fight. They began the sixth inning with a double and a single. After an error by Bonnie Rockets' Josuel Santos, the White Sox were right back in it. They were down only a run by the end of the inning. 

In the top of the seventh inning, the White Sox tied the game on a single to center fielder by Connor Sauls. That was all the offense they could muster in the inning and they would head into the bottom half of the inning tied at three.

But the Bonnie Rockets had their eyes set on a victory. Andy Alcantra doubled to drive in Josuel Santos and walked off the ballgame for the Bonnie Rockets. 

Follow along on GameChanger and on Twitter, @USABEvents, for more information the 2018 USA Baseball 16U Cup.

In total, the Bonnie Rockets had six hits and three walks in the game. They took home bronze and finished the tournament 3-2.

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Blue Chips Capture 16U Cup Gold

Their offense came to play after they took down Carolina Rebels 8-3
July 15, 2018

Cary, N.C. - The Blue Chips captured gold at the 2018 USA Baseball 16U Cup on Sunday after defeating Carolina Rebels by a score of 8-3 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. 

Blue Chips displayed dominance throughout the entirety of the tournament, and the championship game was no exception. Their offense came out looking to be on a mission after they put up two runs in the bottom of the second inning courtesy of a Carolina Rebels error. 

The runs would not stop there.

In the third inning, the Blue Chips put up another four runs on three hits, a walk, and a hit-by-pitch in the inning. In total, the Blue Chips scored eight runs on seven hits and six walks. 

The Blue Chips pitching was also in top form for most of the ballgame. Blue Chips starting pitcher Bobby Duffy tossed 5.2 innings, allowing just one earned run while striking out three. He was relieved by Sean Kelly, who threw 1.1 innings of two-run ball (0 earned), striking out one and allowing two hits.

Offensive standouts for the Blue Chips were Matthew O'Neill and Sean Kelly. The pair combined to go 4-7 and were responsible for four of the eight Blue Chips runs scored in the game. 

The Blue Chips finished the 16U Cup with a perfect 5-0 record. 

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Carolina Rebels Advance to 16U Cup Gold Medal Game

Rebels Defeated White Sox 15-9 in Semifinal Game
July 15, 2018

CARY, N.C. - A start time of 8:00 a.m. didn't slow down either team in the Wake White Sox vs. Carolina Rebels matchup, as both teams came out swinging in Sunday's second semifinal.

Carolina tallied the first run of the day in the bottom of the first. Landen Harris hit an RBI single to right, and an Isaac Gonzales followed with an RBI double to left. A two-out RBI single from Justin Honeycutt extended the Rebels' lead to 3-0 heading into the second inning.

A four-run second inning furthered the Rebels' advantage to 7-0. RBI singles from Noah Lee, Joshua Rivera, and Gonzales helped give the team a cushion early in the contest.

Not going down without a fight, Wake White Sox's Joshua White hit an RBI single in the top of the third to cut the deficit to six. Following a three up, three down bottom half-inning for the Rebels, the White Sox were able to tally four more runs on the board in the fourth. Zachary Miller grounded out to score two, Connor Sauls followed with an RBI single and the Rebels' lead was cut to just two.

The Carolina Rebels struck back following a leadoff walk and two singles. Andrew Roberts stole home, and at the following at-bat, Lee was also able to steal home. A two-out Gonzales double made it a 10-5 ball game to close out the frame.

Wake responded yet again in the top of the fifth, scoring back-to-back runs courtesy of a Marcus Ouvry RBI single and a bases-loaded walk. A two RBI single grounder from Zach Miller cut Carolina's lead to just one.

The Rebels weren't done yet. Five back to back runs in the bottom of the fifth were just what the Rebels needed to put the game away. Two singles from Roberts and Brendan Cuthrell, a bases-loaded walk, an error and a Harris sac fly gave the Rebels the 15-9 lead heading into the sixth.

The Wake White Sox were able to score two more on an error, but a strikeout ended the threat.

The Carolina Rebels will face the Blue Chips at 11:00 a.m. on Coleman Field in the gold medal game. The Wake White Sox will battle the Brooklyn Bonnie Rockets for bronze at the same time on Field 2 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

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Blue Chips Eliminate Brooklyn Bonnie Rockets in 6-1 Win, Move on to Championship Game

They were backed up by an incredible pitching performance by Tyler Schimming
July 15, 2018

Cary, N.C. - The Blue Chips move on to the 2018 USA Baseball 16U Cup championship game on Sunday after defeating the Brooklyn Bonnie Rockets by a score of 6-1 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

Tyler Schimming was dominant for the Blue Chips. He turned in an impressive seven innings of one-run ball, while allowing just four hits and striking out eight. He needed 96 pitches to throw the complete game.

The two teams battled back and forth, with neither gaining much ground for much of the first half of the game. The Blue Chips were first on the board with an RBI groundout in the bottom of the second inning, but the Rockets quickly answered back with a run of their own in the fourth inning.

It wasn't until the bottom of the fourth inning that the Blue Chips started to pull away. Joe Radek hit a two-run inside-the-park home run to break the tie, and the Blue Chips didn't look back. Schimming did not allow a run for the rest of the game and Sean Kelly gave the Blue Chips some much needed insurance runs with a bases clearing double in the sixth inning.

Joe Radek and Sean Kelly went a combined 4-5 in the game and were responsible for five of the six Blue Chips runs.

The Blue Chips will square off against the Carolina Rebels in the championship game at 11 a.m. ET on Sunday afternoon.

Follow along on GameChanger and on Twitter, @USABEvents, for more information and live updates about the 2018 USA Baseball 16U Cup.

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12U Open

12U National Open Fan Guide

July 14, 2018

The USA Baseball 12U National Open will host a collection of youth talent from around the country taking the next step in their quest to play for the USA Baseball 12U National Team. These aspiring athletes will have the unique opportunity to showcase their talents on a national stage in front of USA Baseball national team coaches and staff. The Open will include four games along with skill testing and athletic evaluations as part of the official selection process for the 2018 12U National Team. In addition to games and evaluations, players will receive an exclusive opportunity to interact and receive instruction from USA Baseball national team coaches. At the conclusion of the National Open, a minimum of 15 players will be selected to participate in the 2018 12U National Team Trials.

12U National Team Program Selection:
Players will be competing for the opportunity to be named to the 12U National Team Trials. The selections to the 12U National Team Trials will be announced following the last game on July 25th.


Event Schedule:
Please click here to view the event schedule: 12U National Open!

Schedule Updates:
Schedules will be updated daily on the USA Baseball Futures Invitational information page. Also, follow @USABaseball12U and @USABaseball on Twitter for updates.


General Ticket Info: There will be no tickets for the National Open. All games and trainings will be open to spectators.

Gates will open one hour prior to the first scheduled game time on any given day.


A team photo and action shots will be taken throughout the event. All photos taken by USA Baseball will be available on following the conclusion of the event.


Social Media:
Keep up to date on USA Baseball via social media on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. The official Twitter handle for the Futures Invitational will be the 12U National Team account, @USABaseball12U.

Cameras & Video Equipment:
USA Baseball has adopted the following policy regarding camera lenses (including telephoto and zoom lenses) for any of the organization's events. Spectators are not permitted to bring telephoto or zoom camera lenses into the facility. Cameras may be brought in to the facility so long as they are not accompanied by these types of lenses. Only USA Baseball personnel and credentialed members of the media are permitted to have possession of telephoto and zoom lenses. This policy is in place to ensure that all of our players, coaches and fans have a positive experience at our events.

Facility Information

VTV Baseball
27946 Henry Mayo Dr.
Valencia, CA 90221
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  • This facility is located at the back of an RV park. There will be signage all along the park directing you to the facility. The speed limit is 5 mph when driving through the RV residential area.
  • There is noise ordinance in affect at the RV park until 8 a.m.

Free parking is available in the gravel lot right next to the fields as well as behind the outfield fence. However, park in designated areas only. Non-designated areas will be coned off to signify that they cannot be used. Strictly no parking on the top area adjacent to the batting cages.

Prohibited Actions & Items at VTV Baseball:
The following are prohibited in the facility:

- Acoholic beverages
- Chewing gum
- Metal spikes
- Sunflower seeds with shells

Smoking Policy at the National Training Complex:
VTV Baseball is a smoke-free facility. Smoking is permitted in the parking lot outside of the VTV Baseball gates.

Outside Food and Beverage:
No outside food and beverages will be allowed into the park throughout the 12U National Open. There will be a Snack Shack open throughout the event in order for players to eat.

Foul Balls:
Please be aware of foul balls at all times while at VTV Baseball.

Concessions will be open for the duration of the event at VTV Baseball. 

USA Baseball will have a team store that will be open at VTV Baseball during the entire event. All major credit cards are accepted: Visa, Master Card, American Express and Discover Card. To shop the complete selection of Team USA merchandise please check out the official online shop.

A certified athletic trainer will be on-site through the entire event. In case of emergency, the closest hospitals are Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital and Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital
23845 McBean Park Way
Valencia, CA 91355
Phone: (661) 200-2000
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Children's Hospital Los Angeles - Valencia Care Center
23838 Valencia Blvd. #140
Valencia, CA 91355
Phone: (661) 362-1240
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Athletes will have access to Gatorade Thirst Quencher in the dugouts of each game during the 12U National Open to help keep them hydrated. Gatorade Thirst Quencher has fluids to rehydrate, electrolytes to replenish, and carbs to refuel. To learn more about the science behind Gatorade, visit


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As the national governing body for baseball in the United States, USA Baseball provides educational resources to all constituents within the game. All of USA Baseball's educational resources are free to all users and can be found on the Online Education Center at USABaseball.Education. The USA Baseball Online Education Center emphasizes a culture of development, safety and fun within the sport through online training courses and programs focused for players, parents, coaches, and umpires. Content is offered in both English and Spanish. Some of the resources that can be found on the Online Education Center include:

- 26 free online courses hosted by some of the most esteemed professionals within the game
- USA Baseball Sport Development Blog Connectivity to all
- USA Baseball educational resources

For more information, visit USABaseball.Education.

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The USA Baseball Online Education Center also provides a free course on the Play Sun Smart program, hosted by team dermatologist for the New York Yankees, Dr. Darrell Rigel. The course can be found at USABaseball.Education.

Additional Coach Education Resources:
The USA Baseball Mobile Coach application, which is free to all users, features the ability for baseball coaches at all levels to plan practices using drills supplied in the application through the practice planning function. The application is available through the Apple and Android application stores, as well as online at USABaseball.Education.

USA Baseball, with support from Major League Baseball (MLB), has generated a Long-Term Athlete Development Plan (LTAD) to provide a multi-stage developmental pathway for an individual's life-long experience within the sport of baseball in the United States. The LTAD can be found at USABaseball.Education.

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U.S. Drops Series Finale in Cuba

Team USA finishes the summer with a 12-3 record and three series wins
July 14, 2018
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
CUBA 2 0 4 2 0 0 4 1 2 15 17 1
USA 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 X 4 11 2
Win: V. Banos Loss: J. Doxakis Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | U.S. Cumulative | Cuba Cumulative

HAVANA - Zach Watson (LSU) hit a home run and Adley Rutschman (Oregon State) drove in two runs but it wasn't enough as four different players for Cuba recorded three RBIs each to defeat the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team in the final game of its summer tour, 15-4, at Estadio Latinoamericano on Saturday.


Team USA finishes the summer with a final record of 12-3, including series wins over Chinese Taipei, Japan, and Cuba. It has now won its last seven series dating back to the 2016 campaign.


Against Cuba, the U.S. has now claimed the past four series, including a pair of series in both Cuba (2016, 2018) and the United States (2015, 2017).


Watson finished Saturday's contest 2-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored, and a solo home run in the seventh inning.


Rutschman and Spencer Torkelson (Arizona State) also had a pair of hits with Rutschman notching a pair of RBIs on a run-scoring single in the first and a sacrifice fly in the third.


After scoring just one run in the first three games combined, the Cuban lineup exploded for 17 hits on Saturday. The first four hitters alone accounted for 11 hits, nine runs, and nine RBIs.


Two-time Olympic medalist Frederich Cepeda finished the game 2-for-4 with a double and a three-run home run, while Yordan Mandulay was 4-for-5 with a walk, three runs scored, and three RBIs.


Yurisbel Gracial and Guillermo Aviles also drove in three runs each in the victory.


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USA Baseball CNT Manager Paul Mainieri

(On the experience of coaching Team USA)

"This whole experience this summer has been one of the greatest experiences of my life, personally and professionally. That is mostly because of the coaching staff with some of my best friends in the world. We got to spend three weeks together, competing together, working with the players, and it just meant more to me then I can ever express. Second, to put this jersey on that says U-S-A and represent our country is just a very emotional thing. Any time you can do something where you feel like you are contributing to your country in a positive way is so rewarding and you feel so privileged. Third, the experience of meeting 26 new young men who gave everything they had for three weeks, for 15 ball games. I admire them all so much. They all have great talent, but they are also wonderful young men. They are really a credit to their schools, the baseball programs they represent back at their universities, and to our country. They have done nothing except carry themselves in a first-class way. They played great, they were very coachable, and it all just made for an awesome experience for all of us, an experience that we will never forget."


(On being a part of USA Baseball once again)

"I just can't say enough about the job that (USA Baseball General Manager, National Teams) Eric Campbell has done. I had the experience three years ago as an assistant coach and to be able to serve as the head coach has been such a privilege. When Eric and I first started talking about it a couple of years ago, I visualized what it would be like to put a staff together and get to pick the team. I can't tell you how perfect everything played out exactly how I dreamed it would. Obviously, we wish we would have won all of our games, but we won all of our series and it was great to see the kids play as well as they did, and in many cases improve I think. I'm sure that this has been an experience most of them will never forget as well. It will mean an awful lot to them. When Eric and I talked about this a few years ago, he and I collectively put the dream together and I can't thank him enough for giving me this opportunity. He is one of my dearest friends in the world. We worked together for six years in college and the opportunity to spend three weeks with him will be something I will always treasure."

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Carolina Rebels Continue 16U Cup Dominance With 10-4 Win

The offense came to play after they defeated Brooklyn Bonnie Rockets to move on to the semi-final game
July 14, 2018

Cary, N.C. - Carolina Rebels' offense showed out as they defeated Brooklyn Bonnie Rockets by a score of 10-4 on Saturday at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. 

Brooklyn Bonnie Rockets were the first to get on the board after they scored a run in the top of the first inning courtesy of an RBI triple by Andy Alcantra. After their first two games at the 16U Cup, it looked like the Rockets were lined up to have yet another dominant game, but that couldn't have been further from the truth.

The Carolina Rebels battled right back in the bottom half of the inning with a run of their own and after holding the Rockets to nothing in the second inning, they began to pile on the runs. 

The Carolina Rebels scored three runs in the bottom of the second on two hits, two walks, and a sacrifice fly. Their offense would not slow down after that. They went on to record five hits, ten walks, and ten runs in total in the game. 

Meanwhile, Brooklyn Bonnie Rockets struggled to muster up much offense of their own until the final inning, when they scored two runs in an effort to make a comeback. They would fall to the Carolina Rebels by a final score of 10-4. 

The offensive standout for the Carolina Rebels was Joshua Rivera. Rivera was a big factor in the swing of momentum in the ballgame after he doubled to widen the gap and give the Rebels a three-run lead in the second inning. The ball left his bat at 89 mph and traveled 319 feet. In total, Rivera was 1-3 at the plate with 3 RBI and a run scored.

On the defensive side of the ball, reliver Lance Lockamy tossed six impressive innings allowing just one run to score until the final inning, when Brooklyn Bonnie Rockets would score two more before the final out. Lockamy allowed two earned runs in total while walking three and striking out seven in the ballgame.

The Carolina Rebels will play for a chance to make it to the gold medal game when they square off against the Wake White Sox tomorrow at 8 a.m. ET in one of the two semi-final games. Brooklyn Bonnie Rockets also will play in a semi-final game as they face off against the Blue Chips at 8 a.m. ET. 

Follow along on GameChanger and on Twitter, @USABEvents, for more information and live updates about the 2018 USA Baseball 16U Cup. 

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Nineteen USA Baseball Alumni in 2018 MLB All-Star Game

Eleven past members of Collegiate National Team appear on rosters
July 13, 2018

DURHAM, N.C. - Nineteen USA Baseball alumni have been named to the 2018 Major League Baseball All-Star Game rosters, the organization announced on Friday. Ten members of the National Team (NL) roster have suited up for the red, white and blue, while nine of the American League (AL) All-Stars played for Team USA.

Four alumni will start the game in the field for the NL, including Nolan Arenado, Brandon Crawford, Freddie Freeman and Bryce Harper. In addition, alums Manny Machado and Mike Trout are among the AL's nine starting position players.

Of the 19 alumni, twelve have won gold medals with Team USA and eight have represented the stars and stripes on multiple USA Baseball national teams. Alex Bregman leads the way in both categories with appearances on five separate national teams and four gold medals.

In total, 11 alumni competed with the Collegiate National Team, seven played for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic (WBC), six suited up for the 18U National Team, four participated with the 16U National Team and two represented the U.S. on the Professional National Team.

The 2018 MLB All-Star Game will be played on Tuesday, July 17, at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.

The full list of USA Baseball alumni that appear on 2018 All-Star Game rosters is as follows:

Name; MLB Team; USA Baseball Team(s):
Nolan Arenado; Colorado Rockies; 2017 World Baseball Classic Team
Trevor Bauer; Cleveland Indians; 2009 Collegiate National Team
Alex Bregman; Houston Astros; 2010 16U National Team, 2011 18U National Team, 2013 & 2014 Collegiate National Teams, 2017 World Baseball Classic Team
Gerrit Cole; Houston Astros; 2009 & 2010 Collegiate National Teams
Brandon Crawford; San Francisco Giants; 2006 Collegiate National Team, 2017 World Baseball Classic Team
Sean Doolittle; Washington Nationals; 2005 & 2006 Collegiate National Teams
Freddie Freeman; Atlanta Braves; 2005 16U National Team, 2006 18 National Team
Paul Goldschmidt; Arizona Diamondbacks; 2017 World Baseball Classic Team
Josh Hader; Milwaukee Brewers; 2015 Professional National Team
Bryce Harper; Washington Nationals; 2008 16U National Team, 2009 18U National Team
Craig Kimbrel; Boston Red Sox; 2013 World Baseball Classic Team
Francisco Lindor; Cleveland Indians; 2009 16U National Team, 2010 18U National Team
Manny Machado; Baltimore Orioles; 2009 18U National Team
Buster Posey; San Francisco Giants; 2004 18U National Team, 2017 World Baseball Classic Team
Max Scherzer; Washington Nationals; 2005 Collegiate National Team
George Springer; Houston Astros; 2010 Collegiate National Team
Mike Trout; Los Angeles Angels; 2010 Professional National Team
Justin Verlander; Houston Astros; 2003 Collegiate National Team
Christian Yelich; Milwaukee Brewers; 2017 World Baseball Classic Team

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Superstitions: Just Another Part of the Game

The Brooklyn Bonnie Rockets have a unique pre-game ritual that means so much more
July 13, 2018

CARY, N.C. - Friday the 13th is synonymous with superstitions. In the game of baseball, superstitions and rituals are just part of everyday life.

For the Brooklyn Bonnie Rockets, this is especially true.

Before every matchup, you can see a cluster of gray jerseys huddled in a tight circle in the outfield - or you can hear them.

"We just talk through our game plan and what we want to do better than we did the game before," says Samuel Camela.

That may be an understatement, as cheering and clapping can clearly be heard from the stands as the Bonnies run through the game plan, the lineup, and the roles of each player on the team.

"We have like a rhythm to it," pitcher Randy Rincon says. "It usually gets pretty hype."

The team then breaks it down, where the bond they share becomes obvious.

"Coach makes sure everyone's head is in the game, and then we clap it up. He says, 'play hard' bring it in' - then he says '1, 2, 3' and the team responds 'Bonnies', and finally he says '4, 5, 6' and the team says 'family'," says assistant coach Joel Santos.

"They say family because this team has been together since they were seven years old. They're all like brothers, and they're part of a happy, dysfunctional family. The bond they have means a lot," he continued.

If you have an opportunity to hang around in the dugout for a while, you'd see the family bond that Santos describes. The aura of the dugout during games is an interesting mix of jokes and conversations mixed in with game reactions.

You'd also find that they make you a part of that happy family while you're there.

Whatever the meaning of the ritual is, it's working - the Bonnies are currently sitting 2-0 after the first day of games at the 16U Cup.

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