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U.S. Powers Past Chinese Taipei for Second World Cup Win

Pete Crow-Armstrong finished 3-for-5 with two runs scored
August 30, 2019
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Chinese Taipei 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 5 3
USA 2 0 0 1 0 0 3 2 X 8 11 0
Win: M. Rajcic Loss: T. Lin Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-play | World Cup Stats

GIJANG CITY, South Korea - Pete Crow-Armstrong (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) recorded three hits and two runs to pace the U.S. offense in an 8-1 defeat of Chinese Taipei at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup on Saturday, August 31, at Gijang-Hyundai Dream Park in Gijang City, South Korea. Team USA improves to 2-0 in the tournament with the win.

Robert Hassell (Franklin, Tenn.) and Milan Tolentino (Mission Viejo, Calif.) added two hits apiece in the victory, while Tyler Soderstrom (Turlock, Calif.) and Austin Hendrick (Oakdale, Pa.) combined for five RBIs.

Max Rajcic (Fullerton, Calif.) got the start for Team USA on Saturday and threw 5.2 strong innings to earn the win, allowing four hits, one walk and one run while striking out two.

 

KEY MOMENTS

  • An RBI-groundout from Tyler Soderstrom (Turlock, Calif.) and an error brought in two for Team USA in the bottom of the first after Pete Crow-Armstrong (Sherman Oaks, Calif.), Robert Hassell (Franklin, Tenn.) and AJ Vukovich (Mukwonago, Wisc.) led off the game for the U.S. with back-to-back-to-back singles.
  • Colby Halter (Jacksonville, Fla.) added an insurance run when he led off the bottom of the fourth with a single and a stolen base before Milan Tolentino (Mission Viejo, Calif.) made it 3-0 with an RBI knock.
  • Chinese Taipei got one back in the top of the sixth with an RBI-single that made it 3-1.
  • Team USA added three runs in the seventh inning courtesy of an RBI-groundout from Hassell that scored Tolentino and a two-RBI knock from Hendrick that plated Crow-Armstrong and AJ Vukovich (Mukwonago, Wisc.).
  • Two more runs added some cushion to the U.S. lead in the bottom of the eighth when Soderstrom dropped a two-RBI double into left-center to make it an 8-1 game.

 

NOTABLE INFORMATION

  • Team USA improved to 2-0 in tournament play with the victory.
  • Rajcic (1-0) earned the win after allowing just one run on four hits in 5.2 innings of work.

 

DUE UP

  • September 1: USA vs. Japan (6:00 p.m. local [5 a.m. ET]; Gijang City, South Korea; Gijang-Hyundai Dream Park)
  • September 2: USA vs. Panama (12:00 p.m. local [11 p.m. ET on 9/1]; Gijang City, South Korea; Gijang-Hyundai Dream Park)
  • September 3: USA vs. Spain (12:00 p.m. local [11 p.m. ET on 9/2]; Gijang City, South Korea; Gijang-Hyundai Dream Park)

 

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USA Baseball Modifies On-Field Programming Schedule

All events continue to be subject to cancellation or postponement
May 18, 2020

CARY, N.C. - USA Baseball announced today a modified schedule of events for its 2020 summer season due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Created in adherence to the regulations set forth by the appropriate federal, state and local governments, the updated schedule is tentatively set to begin with the 14U Cup from July 24-26 at the National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

All of these events continue to be subject to cancellation or postponement based on the future state of the evolving coronavirus situation. The organization will monitor the guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC), as well as consult its Medical/Safety Advisory Committee in order to evaluate the status of its upcoming tournaments.

All further decisions will be made in as timely a manner as possible with respect to the safety and well-being of all the participating athletes, coaches and fans. If these tournaments run as scheduled, teams and fans will be required to follow a series of return to play guidelines developed by USA Baseball. These guidelines will be shared with all participants within an appropriate timeframe leading up to the event.

"As the national governing body for baseball in the United States, we feel it is in the best interest of the thousands of baseball athletes in our country to postpone our return to the field due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic," said USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO Paul Seiler. "We share in the longing for baseball's return, but we believe it is prudent to continue assessing the situation and finalizing a course of action that prioritizes the overall health and safety of our participants and their families in light of the continued transmission of this disease.

"This schedule was structured in an effort to secure as many opportunities as possible for athletes who hope to one day play for Team USA. We will remain steadfast in our commitment to this charge; however, we will continue to evaluate the situation on a daily basis and monitor the guidelines set forth by the CDC and the USOPC in case additional modifications need to be made."

The following events have been tentatively rescheduled on the 2020 calendar:

• 17U National Team Championships North Carolina (July 27-30)
• 14U and 15U National Team Championships Arizona (July 27-30)
• 16U and 17U National Team Championships Arizona (July 31-August 3)
• 15U National Team Championships North Carolina (August 4-9)
• 10U Futures Invitational (August 6-9)
• 16U National Team Championships North Carolina (August 11-16)
• 11U, 12U, 13U and 14U NTIS Champions Cup (August 19-23)
• 15U and 16U NTIS Champions Cup (August 26-30)

The following events and national team programming have been cancelled:

• 11U Futures Invitational
• 13U/14U Athlete Development Program (ADP)
• 16U/17U National Team Development Program (NTDP)
• National Team Championships Florida

The 14U Cup (July 24-26) and 11U/13U Futures Series Irvine (August 28-30) are set to take place as originally scheduled.

Additionally, USA Baseball continues to work closely with the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) with respect to the international baseball calendar. To date, the WBSC has postponed the Americas Baseball Olympic Qualifier, U-15 Baseball World Cup and the Women's Baseball World Cup until further notice. The U-12 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier has also been postponed but will not take place this year.

"USA Baseball fully supports the WBSC and its decision to indefinitely postpone the events on the baseball calendar in an effort to protect our national team athletes at this time," continued Seiler. "When the time comes for Team USA to return to the field, we will be ready to continue our longstanding tradition of excellence on the international stage."

Corresponding to the status of the international baseball calendar, USA Baseball has cancelled all 12U National Team programming events for 2020, meanwhile any future events planned for the 15U National Team, 18U National Team, Collegiate National Team and Women's National Team this year will be announced as necessary.

The Medical/Safety Advisory Committee has published a free Athlete Preparation Plan that provides a series of at-home exercises aimed to prepare young athletes for their return to the diamond following a prolonged disruption from on-field activity. To access this plan and to read its recommendations for baseball players during the COVID-19 pandemic, click here.

Further information on USA Baseball updates relating to COVID-19 can be found here. For up-to-the-minute updates on the organization and its events, follow @USABaseball on social media.

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3 Up, 3 Down with Pete Crow-Armstrong

USA Baseball caught up with the four-time alum on Instagram Live to talk about how he got started in baseball, his new hobbies and more.
May 5, 2020

Pete Crow-Armstrong is a four-time USA Baseball alum and one of a select few athletes who have participated on all of the organization's youth national teams, including 2018 18U National Team teammate Anthony Volpe and Chicago Cubs outfielder Albert Almora.

Crow-Armstrong has won two gold medals with Team USA as a member of the 2017 15U National Team that won gold at the COPABE "AA" Pan American Championships and the 2018 18U National Team that claimed the title at the COPABE "AAA" Pan American Championships. As a member of the 2019 18U National Team, he was named the All-World Center Fielder at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup, where the U.S. earned a silver medal. He has a .365 lifetime batting average with Team USA.

Additionally, he participated in the 2019 USA Baseball National High School Invitational with Harvard-Westlake, which advanced to the championship game for the third time in the school's history.


USA Baseball (USAB): What got you into baseball?
Pete Crow-Armstrong (PCA): It was just running around the backyard, probably playing every sport I possibly could and then years after that, I just happened to stick with baseball. We had a good-sized backyard that I was lucky enough to get to tear up and just a bunch of wiffle ball with my buddies and my dad and playing until we couldn't see the ball anymore. So, I think that that probably kind of sparked my love for the game and ultimately when I was probably we, I just stuck with baseball.

USAB: What do you love most about the game of baseball?
PCA: [I love that] it doesn't matter how old you are, what level you play, you can kind of just run around and be free. I play the outfield so I love being able to roam that area of the field and control that and be myself. It's another place I can be a little different than who I am off the field and it's a really great outlet. It's a great escape sometimes and I think it's this really strategic game, but it's competitive and crazy at moments too. So, I think there's a ton to just absolutely love about the sport.

USAB: You mentioned starting out playing baseball at a very young age but at what age do you think you started to come around confidence-wise and figured out, not only do I love this game, but I might be pretty good at it?
PCA: I would say probably 11 or 12 [years old]. I play Little League all my life, I never really played much club ball or anything like that, so hearing about all these club teams was kind of crazy at that age and [hearing about] all these really good players at that age. But once I hit 11 or 12, I started playing with guys a little bit older than me - some of whom are my best friends now - and then I was lucky enough to make the 12U National Team. I think that was probably the moment where I was like, 'okay, I can hang with the rest of the people in the country.'

USAB: You are one of a very small number of athletes to play on all of the USA Baseball youth national teams - along with players like Albert Almora and Anthony Volpe. What has USA Baseball meant to you throughout your playing career so far?
PCA: I think I can speak on behalf of pretty much everybody that's played for a program like this: you get to experience things that you probably never imagine that you'd be able to experience at 12, 15, 18 [years old] and even some in college. I think that being introduced to new ways of life in different countries and new styles of play and a bunch of new guys from around the country that - like I said earlier, some of whom are my best friends now - I think that there's a lot to be thankful for. Just being able to play with them a handful of times, I've met so many great players, so many great people, and I've gotten to experience so many crazy things that I never imagined I would when I was younger just only being a high schooler.

And obviously, being able to say that I played for each level and being able to say that Albert Almora and [Anthony Volpe] did it too is an honor. Those are two great players. I was lucky enough to play with Anthony a couple summers ago and he's one of the best people to be around; he's a great guy. So yeah, USA Baseball means a lot and, heck, if I get to find myself playing with them again someday, that's be the best.

USAB: If I asked you to pick a favorite memory from each Team USA experience, do you think you could do that? You were on the 12U National Team in 2014, the 15U National Team in 2017 and the 18U National Team each of the past two years. Do you have a favorite memory from each?
PCA: I think 12U would probably have to be trials; it was a whole new kind of format, and I'd never experienced anything like that before. I ended up rooming with Carson Tucker, who's one of my best friends now, so I think actually 12U as a whole, I'd say. Just the people I met, I still keep in touch with probably more than half that team and that was six years ago at this point, so I'd say the whole thing and meeting new people [was my favorite part] from 12U.

From 15U, I think it was honestly the gold medal game. We didn't come out on top necessarily - we got named co-champions - and that was humbling because you kind of go in there expecting to win every time. You're surrounded by absolutely amazing baseball players on your team and you kind of expect to go in there and kick butt so I think that was humbling. That was good for me to experience something like that - it wasn't defeat because we still played our tails off but it wasn't success either.

Then 18U, [in 2018] we won gold in Panama so that's my favorite experience of them all. That was a great team and I was super lucky to play with guys older than me and I got to learn from them. And then, similar to 15U, I think that this past year's 18U team we battled from the start, before we even got to playing, flying in Rawley Hector and Drew Bowser a little late. Those guys came and they brought it and we couldn't have asked for better teammates and performances from them too. But I think the adversity that we faced this past fall - again, similar to 15U - it was humbling and it really kind of makes you well-versed in how to handle obstacles like that. So I would say that as a whole too.

USAB: With Team USA, having gone through it so many times, you've gotten to do a lot of traveling - there was Panama, Taiwan, Korea, Colombia. What have those different experiences been like for you?
PCA: Country to country, each one was different. I went to each place not really knowing what to expect. One thing you kind of know is that you have to be prepared to have everybody rooting against you. So, there's going to be that and there are going to be different obstacles you have to jump over, whether that's different kind of weather than you're used to, different playing conditions, whatever it may be, so you have to go in there prepared that you're not going to be really rooted for. But each place that I went to was beautiful. We have some downtime so we get to see different parts of the country and Colombia was especially cool. We got to go see some old towns they had there that were kind of transformed into touristy attractions. In Korea, again it was beautiful, the backdrops behind the fields were great and I think the fans were especially cool to play in front of there and also in Panama. Being able to play against the host country, everybody comes out and it's a crazy atmosphere. So, I think that each country I went to was different but a lot of the challenges you face and the things you experience are kind of the same from place to place.

USAB: Was there one place that stood out as far as just a travel destination? Baseball aside, can you pick a favorite?
PCA: If we're talking travel destination, I would say Korea or Colombia. In Korea, there's a lot I'd love to explore there if I wasn't going for a baseball trip and Colombia, we only got to see a little glimpse of what else the country was about besides baseball. So, I'd like to go deeper there and explore the country there too. Either of those, I'd be perfectly happy traveling to.

USAB: What are you doing right now to stay sharp and stay in shape as best you can while we're all holed in right now?
PCA: My routine hasn't really changed, I think I just have a little more time on my hands. I'm working out every day, hitting every day; I'm lucky enough to be able to go to a family friend's backyard and sneak in there and use their cage, they've been nice enough to let [me and my dad] do that. It's nice because I haven't done anything baseball-related with [my dad] since I was probably nine or ten so it's cool to get that little chance. And then, I have Zoom classes for school, we're kind of winding down and we've got finals coming up, but yeah, I think the only difference is I just have a little more time on my hands when school gets out and when I finish working out and doing my baseball stuff.

USAB: So, nothing new to the regimen that's been added because of the circumstances that you like and might keep doing going forward?
PCA: No, I think right now it just kind of prepares you for a time when, years down the road, if you're in the big leagues where you may have a ton of downtime before a game. It's cool to see how you can kind of conserve energy and be prepared for the nine innings that night or that afternoon or whatever. Also, this is a good time for everybody to pick up a new hobby or something that they can take with them, so I started trying to play the guitar. I read a lot, so I've been reading a little more than usual and then [watching] a bunch of movies. But I just think as tough as it is right now, it could come out as a blessing in disguise for a lot of us.

USAB: How is learning the guitar going?
PCA: It's good, I'm starting to get some calluses on these parts of my fingers. There are still a couple of chords I can't get down but if you kind of have the C, B, G chords, you can kind of just fiddle around.

USAB: Who are your top five favorite baseball players of all time?
PCA: So, when I looked at this question, I had a hard time trying to rank them, but my number one if kind of a runaway. Griffey is my number one. The fun that he had on the field and just the sheer athleticism that he played with when was in his prime and even younger is special and once in a lifetime - so him for sure. I'm also a huge Javy Baez fan. We're a Cubs household so when he got brought up I thought he was awesome. He just plays with so much energy, so that's one thing that I really liked about him. I like a lot of young guys right now but I was always a Ricky Henderson fan, the way he ran and also, just absolutely powerful. I like Juan Soto a lot right now - a new face for MLB who can bring that flare that we see a lot of young guys having right now. And then, he's probably going to make fun of me but Cole Tucker and Jack Flaherty. I think there are just a lot of young guys who are going to make this game even better than it already is and [Tucker and Flaherty] are just great people on and off the field and I look up to them a lot. So, I'd say those are my top five right now. It changes a lot with new guys coming around or I learn about an older player that I like but I think for me it's a more than just baseball, so those five right now would be guys I like to talk about.

USAB: I get the younger guys, the current players, but how did you learn about guys like Ken Griffey Jr. and Ricky Henderson? What first exposed you to those guys?
PCA: My dad and then YouTube and me just liking baseball and wanting to dive deeper when I was younger and coming up. I mean, I don't think you have to be a baseball player to know who Griffey is, he's kind of the iconic swing man, or whatever you want to call him. So, I immediately gravitated towards his aura and how he played. I think it's pretty infectious and I think I try to take some stuff from his game for sure. But Ricky Henderson, I think just watching TV, being on YouTube, you kind of stumble upon these people and I've liked those two for a while now.

USAB: How much are you looking forward to the MLB draft in June? What would it mean to you to hear your named called relatively early on in that?
PCA: It would be great. It would definitely be a dream come true but I think once anybody gets drafted, it's kind of just a checkpoint. So, I'm really looking forward to that if the opportunity presents itself and I'm taking it day by day. I also am committed to Vanderbilt, so I have a great home in them. Coach Corbin, Coach Baxter, Coach Brown and Coach Macias, they're all absolutely amazing people and great families and I love Vanderbilt for more than just baseball. So, I'm super fortunate to be in the position I am and I think that there is really no stream going into this, it's just a 'whatever happens, happens' mentality for me and I'm going to be happy either way.

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2019 Organizational Award Winners Announced

18U National Team member Robert Hassell named Richard W. "Dick" Case Award winner
December 17, 2019

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced the recipients of its annual organizational awards on Tuesday, recognizing the top athletes, coaches and performances from its 2019 USA Baseball national teams. 18U National Team member Robert Hassell was named the Richard W. "Dick" Case Award winner, becoming the fourth 18U team alumnus to earn athlete of the year honors. The award is given annually to USA Baseball's top player in honor of the organization's founding Executive Director and CEO.

Women's National Team Manager Veronica Alvarez was named the Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year, becoming the first woman to earn the award in USA Baseball's history. The organization also recognized the Women's National Team as its Team of the Year and infielder Alex Hugo was named the Sportswoman of the Year after she earned MVP honors at the COPABE Women's Pan-American Championships.

Alec Burleson's late-game heroics against Japan in Game 2 of the 43rd USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series garnered the International Performance of the Year honors, meanwhile Collegiate National Team Bullpen Coach Xan Barksdale was named the organization's first-ever Service Provider of the Year.

Rounding out the USA Baseball 2019 award winners is 15U National Team Manager Troy Cameron, who was named the Developmental Coach of the Year, as well as Volunteer Coach of the Year Andy Pettitte and the inaugural Coach Educator of the Year Darren Fenster.

"USA Baseball is pleased to recognize these outstanding individuals and their successes from our 2019 national teams," said Paul Seiler, USA Baseball's Executive Director/CEO. "Not only did each and every award winner excel in the field of play or as a coach, they all served as outstanding ambassadors on behalf of the United States. It was an honor to have them represent our organization and the game of baseball with class on the international stage."

USA Baseball finished the year winning gold medals at the COPABE Women's Pan-American Championships and the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier. The Collegiate National Team also won two of its three international friendship series against Chinese Taipei, Cuba and Japan in 2019.

The complete list of the 2019 USA Baseball organizational award winners is as follows:

Richard W. "Dick" Case Award: Robert Hassell, 18U National Team
Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year: Veronica Alvarez, Women's National Team
Team of the Year: Women's National Team
Sportswoman of the Year: Alex Hugo, Women's National Team
International Performance of the Year: Alec Burleson, Collegiate National Team
Service Provider of the Year: Xan Barksdale, Collegiate National Team
Developmental Coach of the Year: Troy Cameron, 15U National Team
Volunteer Coach of the Year: Andy Pettitte, Prospect Development Pipeline League
Coach Educator of the Year: Darren Fenster, Sport Development Blog

Hassell was awarded the Richard W. "Dick" Case Award following a summer where he was named to the All-World Team at the 2019 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in South Korea. He led the 18U National Team in 10 offensive categories in 2019, including batting average (.514), hits (18), doubles (5), home runs (2), RBIs (14), total bases (31), slugging percentage (.886) and on-base percentage (.548), among others. Hassell was a mainstay in the U.S. lineup, starting all nine games of the World Cup in the outfield, and helped lead the red, white and blue to a silver medal. He was also recognized by the WBSC as its International Baseball Player of the Year.

Just the second female manager in USA Baseball history, Alvarez became the first woman to be named the Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year. Under her leadership, the Women's National Team finished the COPABE Women's Pan-American Championships with a perfect 7-0 record and a gold medal. The U.S. outscored its opponents 124-20 in the tournament, held a cumulative .500 batting average and hit a record 11 home runs. Their dominating performance also earned the Women's National Team the USA Baseball Team of the Year award.

Two-time Women's National Team alum Hugo was named the 2019 Sportswoman of the Year. She earned tournament MVP honors at the COPABE Women's Pan-American Championships after leading Team USA in six offensive categories en route to a gold medal. In the tournament, she hit .652 (15-for-23) with five doubles and four home runs, tallied 18 RBIs, scored 20 runs, stole six bases, and amassed an astounding 1.391 slugging percentage in seven games.

ECU's Burleson earned the 2019 International Performance of the Year award after hitting his first-career walk-off home run in the 43rd USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series. With the score tied at 2-2 in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 2 in Imabari City, Japan, Burleson lifted a 2-0 fastball over the right field fence to give the visiting U.S. a 3-2 walk-off win. His home run was the first one hit of the series and the victory tied the best-of-five-game series at one apiece for the red, white and blue.

The Collegiate National Team's Barksdale was a vital part of the team in 2019 after serving as a bullpen catcher and coach for the national team, and his efforts were rewarded with the first-ever USA Baseball Service Provider of the Year award. Barksdale provided unparalleled service to the athletes by offering creative and engaging training, bullpen and catching sessions that not only allowed the national team to prepare and excel on the field, but also promoted and protected their overall long-term athletic development.

Cameron earned the Developmental Coach of the Year award in 2019 after he led Team USA to its fourth consecutive U-15 Baseball World Cup Qualifier gold medal for the red, white and blue (2013, 2015, 2017, 2019), and the third straight international title for the 15U National Team. The U.S. finished the tournament with an 8-1 record and outscored its opponents 66-33 under his leadership.

Five-time World Series champion and three-time MLB All-Star Pettitte was named the 2019 Volunteer Coach of the Year by USA Baseball after working on the coaching staff for the inaugural joint MLB and USA Baseball Prospect Development Pipeline League. Every day, he used his experience to help players create comprehensive processes for their pitching routines and schedules, and assisted in developing pitch philosophies while fine-tuning pitcher deliveries and mechanics. Pettitte also incorporated advanced, progressive methods to the participants that resulted in significant developmental growth in an abbreviated timeframe.

Lastly, Fenster was named the first Coach Educator of the Year in USA Baseball history due to his continued contribution to the USA Baseball Sport Development department. While simultaneously serving as the Minor League Outfield and Baserunning Coordinator for the Boston Red Sox, Fenster draws upon his professional baseball career as a player and coach to provide unique and insightful educational content for the for the Sport Development Blog. Titled FUNdamental Skills Friday, his contributions assist coaches, parents and leagues in developing young players and improving their experience within the game of baseball.

The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC) annually honors one Sportsman, Sportswoman and Team of the Year based on nominations from its national governing bodies, as well as Olympic, Developmental and Volunteer Coach of the Year awards. USA Baseball's award winners serve as the organization's nominees in their respective categories with the USOC.

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WBSC Names Hassell and Schrier International Players of the Year

The awards were announced at the III World Baseball Softball Confederation Congress
December 3, 2019

SAKAI CITY, Japan - USA Baseball alumni Robert Hassell (2019) and Cody Schrier (2018) were named the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) International Baseball Players of the Year at the III WBSC Congress on November 22 in Sakai City, Japan.

The award recognizes the top baseball performer from all WBSC-sanctioned events in a given calendar year. The WBSC presents its individual awards every two years at its biennial Congress.

"It is a tremendous honor to have two of our national team athletes recognized by the World Baseball Softball Confederation for their individual performances while with USA Baseball," said USA Baseball Executive Director and CEO Paul Seiler. "To earn the title of international baseball player of the year is a once-in-a-lifetime achievement and it speaks volumes to the hard work and dedication they have committed to the game of baseball in their young careers. We congratulate them on this extraordinary accomplishment and are proud to call them alumni of our organization."

Hassell was named to the All-World Team following the 2019 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in South Korea and earned the award for most RBIs during the event. He led the 18U National Team in 10 offensive categories in 2019, including batting average (.514), hits (18), doubles (5), home runs (2), RBIs (14), total bases (31), slugging percentage (.886) and on-base percentage (.548), among others. Hassell was a mainstay in the U.S. lineup, starting all nine games of the World Cup in the outfield, and helped lead the red, white and blue to a silver medal.

Schrier was named the MVP of the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup in 2018 after leading Team USA to its first U-15 baseball world championship in program history. He finished the tournament earning two additional individual awards on top of his MVP honors, including the batting title and the award for most runs scored in the tournament. Schrier started all nine games at shortstop for the stars and stripes and finished with a .476 batting average and 17 runs scored. He also led the team with two home runs and four stolen bases.

Members of Team USA have now been awarded the last three International Baseball Player of the Year awards with Triston Casas (2017), Schrier and Hassell.

For more information on USA Baseball and its national team programs, visit USABaseball.com or follow @USABaseball on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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U.S. Earns Silver at WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup

Team USA finishes the tournament with a 7-2 record
September 7, 2019
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Chinese Taipei 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 5 1
USA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 1
Win: C. Yu Loss: L. Gordon Save: P. Chen
Box Score | Play-by-play | World Cup Stats

GIJANG CITY, South Korea - The 2019 18U National Team finished the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup with a silver medal after falling to Chinese Taipei, 2-1, in the championship game on Sunday, September 8, at Gijang-Hyundai Dream Park in Gijang City, South Korea.

Robert Hassell (Franklin, Tenn.) and Tyler Soderstrom (Turlock, Calif.) led the U.S. offense in the game as both finished 2-for-4. Colby Halter (Jacksonville, Fla.) also tallied a hit in the contest while Hassell scored Team USA's lone run.

Lucas Gordon (Los Angeles, Calif.) started the game for the stars and stripes and suffered the loss after pitching 5.2 innings, allowing just one run on three hits while striking out two. Chinese Taipei's Chien Yu recorded seven strikeouts while surrendering just three hits to earn the win.

KEY MOMENTS

  • Chinese Taipei scored the first run of the game in the top of the fifth with a one-out triple followed by an RBI-single to take a 1-0 lead.
  • In the top of the eighth, Chinese Taipei added an insurance run courtesy of two singles and a walk for a 2-0 advantage.
  • Hassell got a rally going in the bottom of the ninth with a leadoff single before moving to second on a single from Halter and scoring on an error to pull Team USA within one.

 

NOTABLE INFORMATION

  • Team USA finished the 2019 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup with a 7-2 record.
  • Four Team USA players were named to the 2019 WBSC All-World Team, as Pete Crow-Armstrong (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) earned All-World Centerfielder, Hassell was named All-World Rightfielder, Alejandro Rosario (Miami, Fla.) earned All-World Relief Pitcher and Soderstrom was the All-World Designated Hitter.
  • Rosario, who won Most Wins after finishing with three, and Hassell, who won Most RBIs with 14, earned extra awards for their performances in the tournament, along with Kyle Harrison (Danville, Calif.), who won the award for Best ERA after not allowing a run in his three appearances.
  • Hassell and Halter led Team USA in hits during the event with 17 and 13, respectively, while both recorded four doubles in nine games.
  • Drew Romo (The Woodlands, Texas) drew six walks in the tournament to lead the U.S., while Hassell and Milan Tolentino (Mission Viejo, Calif.) were close behind with five apiece.
  • Hassell scored 14 runs in the tournament and Crow-Armstrong scored nine to top the 2019 squad.
  • Harrison did not allow a run in ten innings of work over the course of the tournament, while striking out a team-high 12 batters.
  • Max Rajcic (Fullerton, Calif.) led the team in innings pitched with 13.1, while allowing just two runs on eight hits and recording ten punch outs.
  • Gordon (0-1) was tagged with the loss in the contest after giving up one run on three hits in 5.2 innings of work, while walking two and tallying two strikeouts.

 

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Comeback Victory Over Korea Clinches U.S. Spot in Gold Medal Game

Team USA will play for a fifth consecutive world championship at 5 a.m. ET on Sunday
September 6, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
USA 0 0 2 2 1 2 0 0 1 8 13 1
Korea 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 11 1
Win: A. Rosario Loss: W. Oh Save: McLean
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GIJANG CITY, South Korea - The 18U National Team secured its spot in the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup for the fifth consecutive year with an 8-5 comeback victory over Korea on Saturday at Gijang-Hyundai Park in Gijang City, South Korea. Team USA will play Chinese Taipei for the world championship on Sunday, September 8, at 6 p.m. local time (5 a.m. ET).

Colby Halter (Jacksonville, Fla.) finished 3-for-5 with two runs scored and one RBI to lead Team USA's offense in its win over Korea. He was followed close behind by Robert Hassell (Franklin, Tenn.), Nolan McLean (Willow Spring, N.C.) and Milan Tolentino (Mission Viejo, Calif.), who all collected two hits on the day. Saturday's contest marked the sixth time Hassell has recorded multiple hits through eight games in the tournament.

Mick Abel (Portland, Ore.) got the start for Team USA on the mound, allowing two runs on three hits in the first inning before Alejandro Rosario (Miami, Fla.) came in in relief and earned the win with 7.2 strong innings. Rosario gave up seven hits in his outing and did not allow an earned run, while striking out six batters. The loss was attributed to Korea's Wonseok Oh after he gave up four hits, as well as the tying and go-ahead runs.

 

KEY MOMENTS

  • Korea jumped out to an early lead in the contest after a one-out triple and two RBI-singles made it 2-0 in the bottom of the first.
  • The host country added to its lead with a bases-loaded two-RBI single followed by another single that brought in one more and put the U.S. down 5-0 after two innings.
  • Pete Crow-Armstrong (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) drew a one-out walk and Hassell crushed a ball over the right field fence for his second two-run homer of the tournament to start Team USA's comeback in the top of the third inning.
  • The U.S. scored two more runs in the top of the fourth inning to pull within one when McLean knocked an RBI-single to left that scored Halter, who had led off the inning with a single, and Jack Bulger (Bowie, Md.) came up clutch with a pinch-hit RBI-single to make it a 5-4 game.
  • Team USA's offense once again got rolling in the top of the fifth inning when AJ Vukovich (Mukwonago, Wisc.) reached second on an error before back-to-back groundouts brought him home to tie the game, 5-5.
  • With the game tied, McLean and Tolentino led off the sixth inning with a double and a single, respectively, to bring up Drew Bowser (Woodland Hills, Calif.), who dropped an RBI-single into left field that gave the U.S. its first lead of the game.
  • A sacrifice fly by Hassell brought Tolentino home to add an insurance run and make it 7-5 in Team USA's favor in the top of the sixth.
  • Halter hit a one-out double in the ninth and then scored from second on a wild pitch to give the stars and stripes an 8-5 lead and finish off the scoring.
  • McLean came in on the mound in the bottom of the ninth and, after giving up a leadoff single to start the inning, recorded a strikeout and two fly outs to secure Team USA's victory.

 

NOTABLE INFORMATION

  • Team USA improves to 7-1 in the 2019 WBSC U-18 World Cup and finishes Super Round play 4-1 with the victory.
  • Hassell continues to lead the World Cup in runs scored (13) and RBIs (14) after adding one run and three RBIs against Korea.
  • Rosario (3-0) earned his second win of the World Cup with his stellar 7.2 innings of work in which he tallied six punch outs while surrendering just seven hits without allowing an earned run.
  • Rosario leads all pitchers in the tournament in wins with three after earning the win in Team USA's games against Spain, Australia and Korea.

 

DUE UP

  • Gold Medal Game: USA vs. Chinese Taipei (September 8, 6 p.m. local time [5 a.m. ET]; Gijang-Hyundai Dream Park; Gijang City, South Korea)

 

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18U

Hernandez Tosses Gem to Lead U.S. Past Canada

Ben Hernandez struck out eight in a seven-inning complete game shutout
September 5, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
USA 5 0 0 3 0 2 0 10 11 0
Canada 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 3
Win: B. Hernandez Loss: J. Thorsteinson Save: None
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GIJANG CITY, South Korea - Ben Hernandez (Chicago, Ill.) went the distance to lead Team USA to its second win of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup Super Round on Friday at Gijang-Hyundai Dream Park in Gijang City, South Korea. The righty gave up just five hits and no walks in seven scoreless innings of work while striking out eight as the U.S. beat Canada, 10-0.

Eight different hitters combined to collect eleven hits in the contest for Team USA, led by multi-hit games from Pete Crow-Armstrong (Sherman Oaks, Calif.), Robert Hassell (Franklin, Tenn.) and Tyler Soderstrom (Turlock, Calif.). Hassell also tallied three RBIs and Hunter Haas (Phoenix, Ariz.) added two of his own in the victory.

Hernandez earned the win with his effort on the mound, while Canada's Justin Thorsteinson was tagged with the loss after allowing eight runs on nine hits in four innings on the mound.

 

KEY MOMENTS

  • In the top of the first inning, Crow-Armstrong got things going for Team USA with a leadoff triple and Hassell drove him in with a sacrifice fly for a 1-0 lead.
  • After Hassell brought in the first run of the game, the U.S. took a 5-0 lead with four more runs in the top of first courtesy of RBI-singles from Haas, Colby Halter (Jacksonville, Fla.) and Nolan McLean (Willow Spring, N.C.).
  • Crow-Armstrong hit his second triple of the game in the top of the fourth inning and Hassell once again brought him in, this time with a single to give Team USA a 6-0 advantage.
  • The U.S. added two more in the fourth on an RBI-single from Soderstrom and a fielder's choice to make it an 8-0 game.
  • Milan Tolentino (Mission Viejo, Calif.) singled to start the sixth and scored on a Hassell RBI-triple to make it 9-0 in Team USA's favor.
  • After his RBI-triple, Hassell came home on a sacrifice fly from AJ Vukovich (Mukwonago, Wisc.) in the top of the sixth inning before Ben Hernandez came in with two final scoreless innings to close out the 10-0 victory for Team USA.

 

NOTABLE INFORMATION

  • With the win, Team USA improves to 6-1 in the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup and 3-1 in Super Round play.
  • The game was Hassell's fifth in the World Cup with at least two hits, while it was the fourth multi-hit game in the tournament for Crow-Armstrong.
  • Hassell leads all batters in the World Cup with fourteen hits so far and Crow-Armstrong (11) is tied for second with Korea's Jichan Kim and Australia's Jaylin Rae.
  • Hassell also leads the World Cup field in RBIs (11) and runs scored (12).
  • Hernandez (1-1) earned the win with his complete game effort, allowing just five hits and punching out eight in seven scoreless innings.
  • With Friday's outing, Hernandez became one of just four pitchers in the tournament to throw a complete game, and one of just two to toss a shutout along with Korea's Minho Lee.

 

DUE UP

  • September 7: USA vs. Korea (12:00 p.m. local [11 p.m. ET on 9/6]; Gijang-Hyundai Dream Park; Gijang City, South Korea)

 

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Romo Walks Off Australia in Super Round Opener

Drew Romo goes 2-for-4 with a walkoff single to lead Team USA to 2-1 win
September 4, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Australia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 7 0
USA 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 8 0
Win: A. Rosario Loss: B. Cavill Save: None
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GIJANG CITY, South Korea - Drew Romo (The Woodlands, Texas) hit a walkoff single with the bases loaded in the top of the ninth to secure Team USA's 2-1 win over Australia in its first game of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup Super Round in dramatic fashion on Thursday at Gijang-Hyundai Dream Park in Gijang City, South Korea.

Max Rajcic (Fullerton Calif.), who started the game for Team USA, and Australia's Liam McCallum were both strong on the mound to kick off the contest with neither giving up more than one hit in an inning through the fifth and holding both offenses scoreless until the bottom of the sixth.

After the U.S. finally broke the scoring drought with an RBI-single in the sixth and Australia tied the game in the eighth, Team USA loaded the bases with back-to-back hit-by-pitches and a bunt single in the top of the ninth to bring Romo to the plate, who came through with a single to give the stars and stripes the 2-1 victory.

Romo collected two hits, including his walkoff knock, to help lead the U.S. offense along with Colby Halter (Jacksonville, Fla.), who also finished 2-for-4 in the victory.

Rajcic was dominant on the mound for the U.S., allowing just one run on four hits while striking out eight over 7.2 innings of work. Alejandro Rosario (Miami, Fla.) earned his second win of the tournament after throwing 1.1 innings of relief in which he surrendered just two hits. Australia's Blake Cavill was tagged with the loss after giving up two hits and the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth.

 

KEY MOMENTS

  • Team USA finally broke through in the bottom of the sixth when Hassell drew a leadoff walk and advanced to third on a groundout and a flyout before McLean laced a single up the middle to bring him home and give the U.S. a 1-0 lead.
  • After a two-out hit-by-pitch, Australia used an RBI-double off the center field wall to tie the game 1-1 in the top of the eighth.
  • Back-to-back hit-by-pitches to Soderstrom and Hendrick and a bunt single by Halter loaded the bases in the top of the ninth for Drew Romo, who drove a single up the middle to secure the 2-1 walkoff victory for Team USA.

 

NOTABLE INFORMATION

  • Team USA improves to 5-1 in the WBSC U-18 World Cup and 2-1 in Super Round play with the win.
  • Rajcic was stellar on the mound for Team USA, throwing 7.2 innings and allowing just one run on four hits while striking out eight in his start.
  • The win was awarded to Rosario (2-0) after he tossed 1.1 innings of scoreless relief in which he gave up just two hits.

 

DUE UP

  • September 6: USA vs. Canada (12:00 p.m. local [11 p.m. ET on 9/5]; Gijang-Hyundai Dream Park; Gijang City, South Korea)
  • September 7: USA vs. Korea (12:00 p.m. local [11 p.m. ET on 9/6]; Gijang-Hyundai Dream Park; Gijang City, South Korea)

 

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Power Shows Up as U.S. Clinches Second Seed in Super Round

Robert Hassell and Nolan McLean hit Team USA's first home runs of World Cup in pool play finale
September 3, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Panama 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 9 2
USA 2 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 X 5 12 1
Win: N. McLean Loss: J. Garcia Save: C. Halter
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GIJANG CITY, South Korea - Two-run home runs from Robert Hassell (Franklin, Tenn.) and Nolan McLean (Willow Spring, N.C.) powered the 18U National Team to a 5-3 defeat of Panama in the final game of 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup pool play on Wednesday at Gijang-Hyundai Dream Park in Gijang City, South Korea. With the win, the U.S. will advance to the Super Round as the second seed out of Group B.

Along with Hassell and McLean, Team USA's offense was led by Colby Halter who went 4-for-4 with two runs scored. Pete Crow-Armstrong (Sherman Oaks, Calif.), Hassell and AJ Vukovich (Mukwonago, Wisc.) each finished with two hits in the game.

Kyle Harrison (Danville, Calif.) started for the red, white and blue on the bump and put together four scoreless innings of work, surrendering just five hits with three punchouts. In addition to their efforts at the plate, McLean and Halter also excelled on the mound as McLean earned the win, giving up just one hit and striking out two in two innings while Halter recorded the save after tossing a perfect ninth inning.

 

KEY MOMENTS

  • For the second consecutive game, Crow-Armstrong and Hassell led off the game with back-to-back hits to get the scoring started, as Crow-Armstrong singled and Hassell recorded Team USA's first home run of the tournament with a two-run shot over the right field wall.
  • In the bottom of the second inning, Halter collected his first hit of the game with a leadoff double before coming all the way around to score on an error on the same play to bring the U.S. lead to 3-0.
  • After Halter hit his second leadoff single of the game, McLean launched a 1-1 pitch over the fence to give Team USA a 5-0 advantage in the bottom of the fourth.
  • Panama pulled within two in the top of the sixth courtesy of a walk and three singles that plated three and cut the U.S.'s lead to 5-3.
  • Halter and McLean shut Panama down after the sixth, combining to allow just one hit and no runs while striking out three over the final three innings to secure the 5-3 win for the stars and stripes.

 

NOTABLE INFORMATION

  • Team USA finishes pool play with a 4-1 record and clinches a No. 2 seed in the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup Super Round with the victory.
  • Halter finished the game 4-for-4 with three singles and a double while also earning the save after tossing a perfect ninth to close out the 5-3 win.
  • McLean was awarded the win in the contest after he threw two scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and punching out two.

 

DUE UP

  • September 5: USA vs. Australia (12:00 p.m. local [11 p.m. ET on 9/4]; Gijang-Hyundai Dream Park; Gijang City, South Korea)
  • September 6: USA vs. Canada (12:00 p.m. local [11 p.m. ET on 9/5]; Gijang-Hyundai Dream Park; Gijang City, South Korea)
  • September 7: USA vs. Korea (12:00 p.m. local [11 p.m. ET on 9/6]; Gijang-Hyundai Dream Park; Gijang City, South Korea)

 

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Clutch Hitting Leads Team USA Past Spain

The U.S. scored four runs with two outs in the seventh inning to secure the victory
September 3, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
USA 2 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 8 10 1
Spain 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 3 8 2
Win: A. Rosario Loss: E. Dominguez Save: None
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GIJANG CITY, South Korea - The 2019 18U National Team scored six runs in the seventh inning, including four with two outs, to defeat Spain 8-3 for its third win of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup on Tuesday, September 3, at Gijang-Hyundai Park in Gijang City, South Korea.

The stars and stripes were led at the plate by Robert Hassell (Franklin, Tenn.), who went 3-for-5 with two runs scored. Additionally, Pete Crow-Armstrong (Sherman Oaks, Calif.), Milan Tolentino (Mission Viejo, Calif.) and AJ Vukovich (Mukwonago, Wisc.) all had multiple hits in the win, and Hassell, Tolentino and Tyler Soderstrom (Turlock, Calif.) tallied two RBIs apiece for the U.S.

Mick Abel (Portlant, Ore.) started on the mound for Team USA and threw four innings, allowing four hits and two runs while striking out four. Alejandro Rosario (Miami, Fla.) came into the game in relief and earned the win after four innings of work in which he gave up one run on three hits and struck out three. Spain's Eduardo Dominguez, who gave up five runs and three hits in 2/3 of an inning, was tagged with the loss.

 

KEY MOMENTS

  • Back-to-back doubles to lead off the game from Crow-Armstrong and Hassell scored Team USA's first run before Hassell crossed the plate on a sacrifice fly from Soderstrom to give the U.S. a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning.
  • A double followed by an RBI-single for Spain tied the game 2-2 in the bottom of the fourth inning.
  • Spain used a leadoff double and a groundout to get a runner on third with one out in the bottom of the sixth before a sacrifice fly gave the team a 3-2 advantage in the bottom of the sixth.
  • Tolentino got the offense going in the top of the seventh with a leadoff walk before Crow-Armstrong and Hassell once again put together back-to-back knocks to tie the game, 3-3.
  • Soderstrom gave the U.S. back the lead in the top of the seventh when he dropped an RBI-single to left field that scored Hassell.
  • Team USA added five more runs in the top of the seventh, including four with two outs, on bases-loaded walks to Jack Bulger (Bowie, Md.) and Hunter Haas (Phoenix, Ariz.) and a two-RBI single from Tolentino.
  • Hassell came into the game on the mound for the U.S. to close it out in the ninth with a fly out and two strikeouts to secure the 8-3 win.

 

NOTABLE INFORMATION

  • With the win, Team USA is now 3-1 in pool play at the 2019 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup.
  • Rosario was awarded the win after giving up just three hits, no walks and one run while striking out three batters in four innings of relief.

 

DUE UP

  • September 4: USA vs. Panama (2 a.m. ET [3 p.m. local time]; Gijang City, South Korea; Gijang-Hyundai Dream Park)

 

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