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US Elite Win 16U Cup Bronze Medal After Defeating Team Elite American 3-2

US Elite Pitchers Allow Just Four Hits En Route to Bronze Medal
July 21, 2019

CARY, N.C. - US Elite used an early lead to defeat Team Elite American 3-2 and win the 2019 16U Cups bronze medal game on Sunday at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. 

US Elite were first on the board after James Michel singled on a grounder that found the right field grass in the bottom of the first. US Elite added two more runs in the second when Jannuel Wispi hit a fly ball to left that turned into an inside-the-park home run. After being held scoreless through the first four innings, Team Elite American knocked in two runs on a single to center from Shane Garrett. US Elite would hold Team Elite American scoreless the final two innings and win the 16U Cup bronze medal game.

US Elite's offense was led by Michel who went 2-for-3 with one RBI and Wispi who went 1-for-2 with two RBIs. Garrett led Team Elite American's offense with one hit and two RBIs. Ryan Blaszczak earned the win for US Elite after five innings pitched with five strikeouts. Jaxon Masteron suffered the loss for Team Elite American.

US Elite finished the tournament with a record of 3-2, while Team Elite American finished 2-3 on the weekend.

Key Moments

  • US Elite's James Michel hit and RBI-single to right in the bottom of the first to score the game's first run.
  • In the next inning, Jannuel Wispi hit a two-run inside-the-park home run to give US Elite a 3-0 lead.
  • Team Elite American cut the deficit to one run in the top of the fifth following an RBI-single from Shane Garrett.
  • With the tying run in scoring position in the top of the seventh, US Elite pitcher Adam Kuzmicki stuck out Gabe Coats to finish the game.

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2019 16U Cup Comes to a Close on Sunday

July 21, 2019

See the full 2019 16U Cup schedule and results on Gamechanger. 

TPA Nationals 1, GNYSAA 0

TPA Nationals defeated GNYSAA in a pitcher's duel 1-0 on Sunday at the National Training Complex in Cary, N.C.

After both teams went the first four innings without recording a run, it was TPA Nationals who were able to break through with the game's only run thanks to an RBI-single from Alec Benger that found the left field grass and allowed Brendan Burke to cross the plate. Both teams had efficient pitching, only allowing four hits apiece.

Benger earned the win for TPA Nationals after three innings pitched. Jacob Coffin helped TPA Nationals from the mound with seven recorded strikeouts. Ethan Garcia suffered the loss for GNYSAA.

TPA Nationals and GNYSAA both finished the tournament 2-2. 

 

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Virginia Cardinals 4, US Elite 1

Virginia Cardinals used a four-run inning to defeat US Elite in the semifinals and earn a spot in the gold medal match on Sunday at the National Training Complex in Cary, N.C.

After two scoreless innings, US Elite's James Michel hit a sacrifice-fly to right field and allowed teammate Christian Shertzer to cross the plate. Virginia Cardinals earned three walks and tallied three hits to score four runs in the bottom of the third. Both teams were held scoreless for the remainder of the game. 

Thomas Reilly earned the win for Virginia Cardinals after 5.2 innings pitched and six punchouts. Michael Jensen suffered the loss for US Elite.

Both US Elite and Virginia Cardinals finished the tournament 3-2.

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East Coast Clippers 4, Team Elite American 3

East Coast Clippers walk off Team Elite American 4-3 Sunday morning to secure a spot in the 2019 USA Baseball 16U Cup gold medal game at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

Neither team wasted any time getting on the board as Team Elite American jumped out to a two-run lead in the first, but East Coast Clippers answered back with a run of their own in the bottom half of the inning to make it a 2-1 game. 

With the game tied at three apiece headed into the seventh, the Clippers prevented Team Elite American from scoring to set up a potential walk-off situation. Team Elite American recorded the first two outs of the inning, but a two-out walk sparked hope. 

With a runner on first and two away, Jack Boyles doubled to center field to drive in the run and walk it off for the East Coast Clippers. The final score was 4-3.

With the win, East Coast Clippers move to 4-0 at the 16U Cup and will play in the championship game on Coleman field at 11:00 am ET. Team Elite American fall to 2-2 after the loss and will play US Elite at 11:00 am ET for bronze.

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Blue Chips 9, Purpose Driven Baseball 3

Purpose Driven Baseball capitalized on nine hits to score nine runs and defeat Blue Chips 9-3 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina on Sunday.

The two teams battled back and forth for much of the game, with Purpose Driven Baseball scoring a run in each of the second and fifth innings, while Blue Chips scored one in the third and fourth. 

With the two teams still tied in the sixth, Purpose Driven Baseball rallied for a big bottom of the sixth to score seven runs on five hits and four walks, putting them out to a late 9-3 lead.

With the win, Purpose Driven Baseball move to 1-3 at the 16U Cup while Blue Chips fall to 0-4 after the loss.

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East Coast Clippers Rally for Four Runs in the Fifth To Claim 16U Cup Gold

Austin Williams led the offensive charge, going 2-for-3 with two RBIs
July 21, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Virginia Cardinals 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 2 0
East Coast Clippers 2 0 0 0 4 0 x 6 12 0
Win: Welton  Loss: Scott  Save: None
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CARY, N.C. - The East Coast Clippers were crowned the 2019 USA Baseball 16U Cup champions on Sunday after rallying for four runs in the fifth inning and defeating the Virginia Cardinals 6-2 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. 

Neither team wasted any time getting on the board as Johnny Oates tripled to the center field wall in the top of the first to get the Virginia Cardinals on the board and put them out to a 1-0 lead, but the Clippers answered back in the bottom half of the inning with two runs of their own. The Cardinals then went on to tie the game at two apiece in the fourth courtesy of a Drue Hackenberg single down the third base line. 

The turning point in the game came in the fifth, as the East Coast Clippers rallied for four runs after starting the inning with three of their first four batters reaching base. In total, the Clippers capitalized on three walks and three hits to score the four runs. Austin Williams and Colin Scoggins were the standouts offensively for the East Coast Clippers. The duo combined to go 3-for-5 at the dish and were responsible for four of the East Coast Clippers six runs. The Clippers accumulated 12 hits in total in the the championship game.

East Coast Clippers starting pitcher Blake Hanly turned in a four-inning performance on the bump, allowing two runs (one earned) while striking out one. He was relieved by Thomas Welton, who was equally effective as he allowed no baserunners and struck out one in three innings of work. Welton (1-0) earned the win while Clay Scott (0-1) was the losing pitcher.

With the win, the Clippers finished the 2019 16U Cup with a perfect 5-0 record while the Virginia Cardinals finished 3-2.

Key Moments
• Johnny Oates tripled to the center field wall to get the Virginia Cardinals on the board and put them out to a 1-0 lead in the first.
• Colin Scoggins doubled to left-center to drive in the first run of the game for the East Coast Clippers and tie the game at one apiece in the bottom of the first.
• Two batters later, Joey Bouck grounded into a fielder's choice, bringing home Scoggins in the process and extending the East Coast Clippers lead to 2-2.
• Drue Hackenberg singled down the third base line to drive in a run for the Cardinals in the fourth, tying the game at two.
• Ethan Velasquez singled to drive in a run and give the East Coast Clippers the 3-2 lead after they started the inning with three of their first four batters reaching base.
• Two batters later, Austin Williams singled to right to drive in a pair and extend the East Coast Clippers lead to 5-2.
• Cole Schiff hit an RBI single in the following at-bat to extend the East Coast Clippers lead to 6-2.
• Thomas Welton didn't allow a baserunner to close out the last three innings of the game and secure the 6-4 win for the East Coast Clippers.

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VA Cardinals Secure Spot in 16U Cup Semifinals After 4-0 Win Over US Elite

Cardinals starting pitcher Drue Hackenberg tossed a complete game, three hit shutout
July 20, 2019

CARY, N.C. - Drue Hackenberg turned in a complete game, three hit shutout Saturday morning to help VA Cardinals to a 4-0 win over US Elite. With the win, the Cardinals move to 2-1 at the 2019 USA Baseball 16U Cup and secure a spot in the semifinals.

Hackenberg shined both on the mound and at the plate in the Game of the Day. He struck out five and allowed just three hits to shutout the US Elite lineup. Hackenberg also helped his own cause at the plate as he went 2-for-2 with a walk and an RBI. Hackenberg (1-0) earned the win for his efforts while James Michel (0-1) suffered the loss.

Carter Lovasz and Brett Allen were also big contributors on offense. The duo combined to go 2-for-5 with two RBIs and three runs scored.

With the win, VA Cardinals rise to 2-1 at the 16U Cup and secure a spot in the semifinals. They will play a rematch game against US Elite Sunday at 8:00 am ET for the right to play in the championship game.

For the latest on the 2019 USA Baseball 16U Cup, stay tuned to @USABEvents on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news.

Key Moments
• VA Cardinals starting pitcher Drue Hackenberg helped his own cause in the second with an RBI double to right-center field, driving in a run and getting his team on the board.
• US Elite threatened with the bases loaded and just one away in the fourth, but Hackenberg got a timely strikeout and then forced a groundout to escape the jam and maintain the 1-0 Cardinals lead.
• The Cardinals threatened in the bottom of the fourth but were thrown out on an attempted steal of home to end the inning, preserving the 1-0 score.
• An error by US Elite allowed the Cardinals to score and extend their lead to 2-0 in the fifth.
• Carter Lovasz singled up the middle to drive in a pair and extend the Cardinals lead to 4-0 in the bottom of the sixth.
• Hackenberg fielded a groundball to the mound for the last out of the game to finalize his shutout and secure the 4-0 victory for the VA Cardinals.

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Up Next
Semifinal action kicks off Sunday morning at 8:00 am ET. as VA Cardinals will sqaure off against US Elite on field two and Team Elite American take on East Coast Clippers on Coleman field.

 

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Day Two of 16U Comes to a Close Saturday

July 20, 2019

See the full 2019 16U Cup schedule and results on Gamechanger. 

East Coast Clippers 12, GNYSAA 2

East Coast Clippers used an eight-run inning to defeat GNYSAA 12-2 on Saturday at the National Training Complex in Cary, N.C.

East Coast Clippers' Colin Scoggins got his team out to an early lead in the first inning with an RBI-single to left. East Coast Clippers kept the momentum in the bottom of the second and plated eight runs on six hits. GNYSAA was able to tally a run in the top of the fourth after Christopher Martinez flied out to center, allowing Manuel Felix Jr. to score. East Coast Clippers added three more runs in the bottom of the fourth and held GNYSAA to one run in the fifth and enforced a run-rule to end the game.

Thomas Welton earned the win for East Coast Clippers after five innings pitched. David Thomas suffered the loss for GNYSAA.

East Coast Clippers improved to 3-0 and earned a spot in the semifinals tomorrow, while GNYSAA fell to 2-1. 

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Blue Chips 8, TPA Nationals 4

TPA Nationals scored six runs in the fifth and defeated Blue Chips 8-4 on Saturday at the National Training Complex in Cary, N.C.

Blue Chips plated two runs in the top of the second after reaching home on an error and wild pitch. TPA Nationals responded in the third when Payton Bloom scored on a wild pitch to cut the deficit to one. Bloom tied the game up later in the fourth with a line drive to center. TPA Nationals scored six runs in the bottom of the fifth and took an 8-2 lead. Blue Chips were able to tally two runs in the top of the seventh but would be held there. 

Jonah Oster earned the win for TPA Nationals after five innings pitched and recording three strikeouts. Cameron Pratt suffered the loss for Blue Chips.

TPA Nationals are now 1-2 in the tournament, while Blue Chips fell to 0-3.

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Purpose Driven Baseball 0, Team Elite American 4

Team Elite American accumulated four runs and were supplemented with two scoreless pitching performances on Saturday morning to defeat Purpose Driven Baseball 4-0 at the 2019 USA Baseball 16U Cup in Cary, North Carolina.

Chris Katz and Dustin Pulley combined for seven scoreless innings on the mound for Team Elite American, allowing just two hits whiles striking out eight. Katz (1-0) earned the win while Sawyer Sutton (0-1) was the losing pitcher.

The two top hitters in the Team Elite American lineup, Zach Middleton and Blaize Keen combined to go 2-for-6 with three RBIs.

With the win, Team Elite American move to 2-1 at the 16U Cup. They will face off against East Coast Clippers Sunday at 8:00 am ET for the chance to play in the championship game. Purpose Driven Baseball fall to 0-3 after the loss and will play Blue Chips at 11:00 am ET on Sunday.

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Day One of 2019 16U Cup Packed with Action

Day Two begins tomorrow at 9:00 am ET
July 19, 2019

See the full 2019 16U Cup schedule and results on Gamechanger. 

East Coast Clippers 8, Blue Chips 2

East Coast Clippers plate runs in five of seven innings and eight runs total to defeat Blue Chips 8-2 on the opening day of the 2019 16U Cup at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. 

East Coast Clippers came out of the gates hot, scoring three runs in the top of the first to jump out to the 3-0 lead. They tacked on from there, scoring in the next four of six innings for eight runs total. Five members of the starting lineup had mult-hit days.

Cole Schiff was effective in relief for East Coast Clippers. Schiff tossed 5 1/3 innings of scoreless baseball, allowing just two hits while striking out nine. Schiff (1-0) earned the win while Austin Gemmill was the losing pitcher of record.

The East Coast Clippers, who moved to 1-0 with the win, are set to take on TPA Nationals later on Friday at 3:00 pm ET. Blue Chips will square off against GNYSAA at noon.

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GNYSAA 3, TPA Nationals 2

GNYSAA held on to a one run lead to beat TPA Nationals 3-2 and secure their first win at the 2019 USA Baseball 16U Cup on Friday at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

GNYSAA scored two in the top of the first inning to jump out to a commanding 2-0 lead, and that's all that GNYSAA starting pitcher Conner Dusterberg would need. Dusterberg cruised against TPA Nationals, tossing six innings and allowing two runs (zero earned) while striking out three. Dusterberg (1-0) earned the win while Stephen Holland (0-1) earned the loss.

GNYSAA moved to 1-0 with the win and are set to take on Blue Chips later on Friday at 12:00 pm ET. TPA Nationals will take on East Coast Clippers at at noon.

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Purpose Driven Baseball 0, VA Cardinals 8

VA Cardinals grabbed a quick lead and held on to get their first win of the tournament over Purpose Driven Baseball 8-0 on Friday at the National Training Complex in Cary, N.C.

J Oates tallied the first run for VA Cardinals in the bottom of the first after hitting a sacrifice fly to right field to drive in a run. In the next inning, Carter Lovasz hit a sacrifice-fly of his own to make the score 2-0. VA Cardinals opened the game up in the bottom of the third after they scored six runs to put them up 8-0.

Lovasz went the distance for VA Cardinals, recorded six punch-outs and earned the win. Zane Taylor suffered the loss for Purpose Driven Baseball.

VA Cardinals improved to 1-0, while Purpose Driven Baseball fell to 0-1. 

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Team Elite American 0, US Elite 10

 

US Elite muster 10 runs to defeat Team Elite American 10-0 on the first day of the 2019 USA Baseball 16U Cup Friday at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

US Elite jumped out of the gates early, posting two runs in the first inning, but they really exploded in the sixth, tacking on six runs as the first six batters of the inning reached base. In total, they had five hits and two walks in the inning. 

US Elite was out to a 10-0 lead after the fourth inning, forcing the run rule to cause the game to last just five innings. They won 10-0. 

With the win, US Elite start the tournament 1-0. They will face off against Purpose Driven Baseball later on Friday at 3:00 pm ET while Team Elite American will play the VA Cardinals at the same time.

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TPA Nationals 3, East Coast Clippers 4

East Coast Clippers scored two in the bottom of the seventh to walk off TPA Nationals and win 4-3 on the first day of the 2019 USA Baseball 16U Cup Friday at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

Not much was going for either side through the first four innings, with TPA National having scored the only run up to that point. East Coast Clippers scored two in the bottom of the fifth to take the 2-1 lead, but their lead wouldn't last long as TPA National scored in the top of the sixth and then again in the seventh to get ahead 3-2.

Down by one in the bottom of the seventh, East Coast Clippers rallied to score two and walk it off, defeating TPA Nationals 4-3 to stay undefeated at the 2019 USA Baseball 16U Cup. 

With the win, East Coast Clippers start the tournament 2-0. They will face off against GNYSAA on Saturday morning at 9:00 am ET while TPA Nationals, who fell to 0-2, will play the Blue Chips at the same time.

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VA Cardinals 3, Team Elite American 7

After falling behind early, Team Elite American defeated VA Cardinals 7-3 on Friday at the National Training Complex in Cary, N.C.

In the top of the first, VA Cardinals jumped out to a 2-0 lead after scoring on a passed ball and an RBI-double. Team Elite American responded in the bottom of the second thanks to an RBI-double that scored two to tie up the game. VA Cardinals hit an RBI-tripled in the top of the third to regain a 3-2 lead.

Team Elite American was able to tack on four more runs in the bottom of the fifth and go up 6-3. Team Elite American scored one last insurance run in the sixth after an RBI-single made the final score 7-3.

Nick Moran earned the win for Team Elite American after five innings pitched. Brett Allen suffered the loss for VA Cardinals.

Team Elite American improved to 1-1, while VA Cardinals fell to 1-1.

 

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US Elite 6, Purpose Driven Baseball 4

US Elite scored in five different innings and defeated Purpose Driven Baseball 6-4 on Friday at the National Training Complex in Cary, N.C.

US Elite scored first after an RBI-single plated the first run of the game. Purpose Driven Baseball responded with two runs in the bottom of the second thanks to an RBI-ground out and an RBI-single to make the score 2-1. US Elite took advantage of an error and tied the game up in the fourth.

In the next inning, US Elite tacked on two more runs thanks to an RBI-single and a throwing error. US Elite added another run in the top of the sixth to make the score 5-2. Purpose Driven Baseball answered with a run of their own on an RBI-single. US Elite added an insurance run in the top of the seventh after reaching on an error to make the score 6-3. 

Liam Martin earned the win for US Elite. Jacob Dienes suffered the loss for Purpose Driven Baseball.

US Elite improved to 2-0 in the tournament, while Purpose Driven Baseball fell to 0-2.

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GNYSAA Defeat Blue Chips After Walk-Off on Day One of 16U Cup

GNYSAA Improves to 2-0 in the tournament
July 19, 2019

CARY, N.C. - In a back-and-fourth affair, GNYSAA was able to edge out a win in walk-off fashion, defeating Blue Chips 4-3 on Friday at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. 

Blue Chips' Michael Segreti got his team on the board first with an RBI-double in the top of the second. GNYSAA responded in the bottom of the second after Liam Gavigan took advantage of a wild pitch and reached home to tie the game. After two scoreless innings in the top of the fifth, Blue Chips regained the lead following an RBI-double from Scooter Summa, allowing Johnathan Kline to reach home. 

GNYSAA answered quickly in the bottom of the fifth with two runs of their own after Marc Pardo lined an RBI-double to center field, bringing home Robert De Larosa and Jeremy Diaz and putting GNYSAA up a run. In the following inning, Blue Chips' Ben Schleiff stole second and eventually reached home thanks to an RBI-single from Michael Gibson-Robinson to tie the game at three runs apiece. In the bottom of the seventh and with the bases loaded, Christopher Martinez took advantage of a wild pitch and scored the game-winning run for GNYSAA.

GNYSAA's offense was led by Gavigan who went 2-for-3 and Pardo who went 1-for-2 with two RBIs. Martinez recorded six strikeouts on five innings pitched for GNYSAA.

Ethan Garcia earned the win for GNYSAA. Logan Palmer suffered the loss for Blue Chips.

GNYSAA improved to 2-0, while Blue Chips fell to 0-2. 

Key Moments

• Blue Chips' Michael Segreti hit an RBI-double in the top of the second to score the first run of the game and put Blue Chips up 1-0.
• GNYSAA's Liam Gavigan scored on a passed ball in the bottom of the second to tie the game.
• Scooter Summa regained the lead for Blue Chips after an RBI-double to bring home Johnathan Kline.
• GNYSAA responded in the bottom of the fifth after a Marc Pardo RBI-double to retake the lead at 3-2.
• In the top of the sixth, Blue Chips' Michael Gibson-Robinson singled on a line-drive to right field and brought home Ben Schleiff to tie the game at three runs each.
• In the bottom of the seventh, GNYSAA's Christopher Martinez scored the game-winning run on a wild pitch.

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East Coast Clippers Win 14U Cup Bronze After Defeating NW Elite 8-2

Effective pitching and a 12-hit game were the difference in Sunday's third place game
July 14, 2019

CARY, N.C. - East Coast Clippers were efficient on the mound and on offense to win the 14U Cup bronze medal after defeating NW Elite 8-2 on Sunday at the National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. 

East Coast Clippers' Ryan Hench got his team on the board first with a bases-clearing RBI-double in the bottom of the first. After a scoreless second inning, NW Elite's Dane Brubaker hit a sacrifice-fly to bring his team within one run. East Coast Clippers' Hench hit his second RBI-double of the game in the bottom of the third to give his team a two-run cushion. 

After advancing to third on a wild pitch, East Coast Clippers' Stephen Lamb was able to cross the plate on a ground out hit by Jackson Berini. NW Elite's Samuel Shaw cut the deficit to three when he hit a sacrifice-fly to center field. In the bottom of the sixth, East Coast Clippers scored three runs to seal the victory and win the bronze medal.

East Coast Clippers had a 12-hit game led by Garnder who had two hits and two RBIs and Hench who recorded two hits and three RBIs. Cayden Goodwin pitched five innings for East Coast Clippers and complied five strikeouts.

Cayden Goodwin earned the win for East Coast Clippers. Max Clark suffered the loss for NW Elite.

East Coast Clippers finished the tournament with a 4-1 record. NW finished with a 3-2 record.

Key Moments

• With the bases loaded, Ryan Hench doubled on a line drive to center field to drive in the first three runs of the ballgame and give East Coast Clippers the 3-0 lead.
• NW Elite scored their first run of the game when Dane Brubaker hit a sacrifice-fly to center field that brought home Jay Mentink.
• Ryan Hench doubled on a line drive to left field that brought home Keith Gardner to make the score 4-1 in favor of East Coast Clippers.
• In the bottom of the fourth, Jackson Berini grounded out to shortstop which allowed Stephen Lamb to score and make the game 5-1.
• In the top of the fifth, NW Elite's Samuel Shaw hit a sacrifice-fly to center field, scoring Charles Goldthwait.
• East Coast Clippers' scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth when Jaxon Lucas singled on a hard ground ball to left field and Gardner doubled on a line drive to center field, making the score 8-2.
• Cayden Goodwin pitched five innings and recorded five strikeouts for East Coast Clippers.

 

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Rawlings Prospects Defeat Canes Barbour 3-1 to Claim 14U Cup Gold

Seth Wilkinson turned in a one run, complete game performance to secure the victory
July 14, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Rawlings Prospects 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 3 3 2
Canes Barbour 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 1
Win: Wilkinson  Loss: Brown  Save: None
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CARY, N.C. - Rawlings Prospects utilized a strong start from Seth Wilkinson to defeat Canes Barbour 3-1 and secure their spot as the 2019 USA Baseball 14U Cup champions Sunday afternoon at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

Rawlings Prospects recorded just three hits on the day but made the most of them. Joshua Potter drew a walk with the bases loaded to get Rawlings Prospects on the board and tie the game at one in the fourth inning and Dylan Mason hit an RBI triple to drive in their second run and put them up 2-1. Nathan Galloway scored on a wild pitch in the fifth to add an insurance run and put Rawlings Prospects out to a 3-1 lead.

On the mound, Wilkinson was the only pitcher Rawlings Prospects needed. He tossed a complete game while allowing just seven hits and one unearned run, striking out one in the process. Wilkinson (1-0) earned the win in the championship matchup while Luke Brown was the losing pitcher (0-1).

Rawlings Prospects finished 4-1 at the 2019 14U Cup while Canes Barbour finished 3-2.

Key Moments
• Garrett Roark singled up the middle in the second inning to drive in Tyler White and give Canes Barbour the early 1-0 lead.
• Joshua Potter drew a walk with the bases loaded to get Rawlings Prospects on the board and tie the game at one in the fourth inning.
• The Rawlings Prospects jumped out to a 2-1 lead in the top of the fifth after Dylan Mason hit an RBI triple to the center field wall, driving in Blake Faulkner, who had reached base via a double two batters earlier.
• With runners on the corners and two away, Canes Barbour starting pitcher Colin Kimball picked off the runner at first to end the inning and prevent Rawlings Prospects from adding to their lead.
• Canes Barbour threatened in the top of the fifth inning with a runner on third, but Rawlings Prospects pitcher Seth Wilkinson escaped the jam unscathed to hold on to the 2-1 lead.
• Nathan Galloway led off the top of the fifth with a base on balls and came around to score on a wild pitch, extending the Rawlings Prospects lead to 3-1.

Up Next
The 2019 16U Cup will be held next weekend at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. The first game action will kick off on Friday, July 19.

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An Early Lead Propels Tri State Arsenal To 8-6 Win Over Rawlings Prospects

Both teams are now 1-1 in the 14U Cups
July 13, 2019

CARY, N.C. - Tri State Arsenal used an early six-run lead to defeat Rawlings Prospects 8-6 on Saturday at the National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. 

Tri State Arsenal started the first inning off with a two-run RBI-single from Casey Culberth. After a scoreless second inning, Tri State Arsenal added to their lead with an RBI-single from Culberth and Jackson Kuhn. Later in the third, Blake Freeman hit an RBI-double that drove in two more runs.

After being held scoreless through four innings, Rawlings Prospects fought back in the top of the fifth thanks to a bases clearing RBI-double from Dylan Laws to bring his team within three. Rawlings Prospects kept the momentum in the top of the sixth with a pair of RBI-singles from Noah Joyner and Joshua Potter to then cut the lead to one. 

Tri State would respond in the bottom of the sixth after Cooper Clark hit an RBI-double that allowed Alex Hatcher to cross the plate and increase the lead by two. Joseph Taylor scored the final run of the game for Tri State Arsenal after an he reached on an error that allowed Clark to score. Rawlings Prospects fought back and scored a run in the top of the seventh, but it would be their last.

Casey Culberth went 3-for-3 on the day for Tri State Arsenal with three RBIs. Joseph Taylor earned the win for Tri State Arsenal after 4.2 innings pitched and five strikeouts. Chase Arrington suffered the loss for Rawlings Prospects.

Tri State Arsenal are now 1-1 and are set to take on NCDB Rivercats on Saturday at 5:00 pm ET. Rawlings Prospects fell to 1-1 and will play Huguenot Huskies at 5:00 pm ET on Saturday.

Key Moments

• Casey Culberth hit an RBI-single for Tri State Arsenal which plated two runs in the bottom of the first.
• Culberth and Jackson Kuhn hit RBI-singles in the bottom of the third to increase Tri-State Arsenal's lead to four. 
• Tri-State Arsenal's Blake Freeman finished off the third inning with a two-run RBI-double to make the score 6-0.
• Rawlings Prospects' center fielder Dylan Mason made a diving catch to save a run in the top of the fifth. 
• Rawlings Prospects' Dylan Laws doubled to deep center field in the top of the fifth that scored three runs and cut the deficit to three.
• Noah Joyner ripped an RBI-single to left field for Rawlings Prospects to score a run and make the score 6-4.
• In the following at bat, Joshua Potter hit an RBI-single to right.
• Tri State Arsenal added to their lead in the bottom of the sixth after Cooper Clark hit a hard grounder to short stop that brought home Alex Hatcher.
• In the next at-bat, Clark crossed the plate after an errand throw to home, making the score 8-5.
• Rawlings Prospects' Laws reached home after a wild pitch to score the final run of the game, making the final score 8-6.

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