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USA Baseball Announces 2017 Tournament of Stars Coaching Staff

June 22, 2017

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced the task force and coaching staffs that will lead 80 of the nation's best 18-and-under players in the 2017 Tournament of Stars presented by Major League Baseball on Thursday. The staff, which is made up former professional players, respected collegiate and high school coaches and Major League scouts, will guide and evaluate this year's athletes in the event at the National Training Complex June 26-July 1.

Major League Baseball Advanced Media (MLBAM) will stream the bronze and gold medal games live on USABaseball.com and MLB.com on Saturday, July 1.

The coaching staff and task force will assist the 18U National Team coaching staff in identifying athletes to be invited to the USA Baseball 18U National Team Trials, which will be held August 19-24 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Andy Stankiewicz will lead the 18U National Team for the second time in his career. In his first stint as manager, he led the 18U team to a gold medal in the 2014 COPABE Pan Am "AAA" Championships in La Paz, Mexico.

Joining Stankiewicz on the 2017 18U National Team staff will be Rusty Filter (Stanford University), Bill Mosiello (TCU) and Gregg Ritchie (George Washington University).

This year's Tournament of Stars participants will be divided into four teams of 20 players (Brave, Free, Pride and United), and each team staff will be comprised of a manager, assistant coach and pitching coach.

Atlanta Braves' Special Assistant to Baseball Operations, and 19-year MLB veteran, Fred McGriff, will lead the Brave team. McGriff will be joined by assistant coach Chris Carter and pitching coach Robert Woodard.

Former Clemson University head coach Jack Leggett will manage the Free team. Five-time MLB All-Star Todd Helton will join him as an assistant coach and Scott Bankhead will round out the team's staff as the pitching coach.

Royce Clayton, who played on the 18U National Team in 1987 and serves as the head coach at Oaks Christian School (Westlake, Calif.), will lead the Pride team. Mark Ross and Steve Stone will serve on the Pride staff as pitching and assistant coaches, respectively.

Finally, former Tulane head coach and 2009 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team manager, Rick Jones, will guide the United team as the manager. He will be joined on staff by pitching coach Willie Banks and assistant coach Jesse Cassard.

In addition to the national team and Tournament of Stars coaching staffs, there will be a five-person task force and two rovers that will help oversee the event. Ryan Schmidt will lead the task force, with Wes Theriot, DeAndre Asbury-Heath, Daniel Coles and Taylor Black joining him. Joe Barbera and Ricky Meinhold will serve as the position and pitching rovers, respectively, assisting the task force and staff with evaluating and identifying players for consideration.

The Tournament of Stars is made up of 80 of the best baseball players in the country that are international age-eligible (Born January 1, 1999 or 2000) for 18U National Team consideration. The event serves as the primary pool of talent from which USA Baseball will select its team to compete in the 2017 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 World Cup in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. The World Cup will be played from September 1-10.

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

The complete list of Tournament of Stars staff and task force and their bios are as follows:

Name, Coaching Position
DeAndre Asbury-Heath, Task Force
Scott Bankhead, Free Pitching Coach
Willy Banks, United Pitching Coach
Joe Barbera, Position Rover
Taylor Black, Task Force
Chris Carter, Brave Assistant Coach
Jesse Cassard, United Assistant Coach
Royce Clayton, Pride Manager
Daniel Coles, Task Force
Todd Helton, Free Assistant Coach
Rick Jones, United Manager
Jack Leggett, Free Manager
Fred McGriff, Brave Manager
Ricky Meinhold, Pitching Rover
Mark Ross, Pride Pitching Coach
Ryan Schmidt, Task Force
Steve Stone, Pride Assistant Coach
Wes Theriot, Task Force
Robert Woodard, Brave Pitching Coach

DeAndre Asbury-Heath will make his USA Baseball debut as a task force member at the 2017 Tournament of Stars. He was drafted out of Brookland-Cayce High School (Cayce, S.C.) in the 15th round of the 2013 MLB Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals, spending four years in the Cardinals' system from 2013-2016.

Scott Bankhead is the owner of the North Carolina Baseball Academy and is no stranger to suiting up for Team USA. He served as an 18U National Team Trials coach in 2016 and was a member of the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Team. Bankhead was the 16th overall pick in the 1984 MLB Draft out of the University of North Carolina and he spent ten seasons in the Major Leagues, pitching for the Kansas City Royals, Seattle Mariners, Cincinnati Reds, Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees. He finished his professional career with a 4.18 ERA over 901.0 innings.

Willy Banks is currently a private instructor and played for the red, white and blue in 1986 as a member of the 18U National Team. Following his time with USA Baseball, Banks was selected 3rd overall by the Minnesota Twins in the 1987 MLB Draft. He spent nine years in the Major Leagues with seven different clubs, earning a 4.75 ERA in that time.

Joe Barbera started his scouting career with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2011 where he worked for three years before moving to the Seattle Mariners. In 2016, Barbera moved from Seattle to the Philadelphia, where he is currently a part-time scout for the Phillies.

Taylor Black is an assistant coach at North Carolina State University. He is returning to the Tournament of Stars task force in 2017 after first serving in this role for the 2016 tournament. Before he started coaching, Black played collegiately at the University of Kentucky and professionally in the minor leagues until 2013.

This is Chris Carter's second year as a coach at the Tournament of Stars, as he served in the same role in 2016. He was also an assistant coach for the 17U National Team Development Program (NTDP) last year. Carter is the athletic director at Woodmont High School in Piedmont, South Carolina, and held the same position at nearby Easley High School from 2009-2013. Carter was a catcher at Clemson University in the 1990s and formerly served as the head baseball coach at Easley and Byrnes high schools from 1998-2008, prior to transitioning into an administrative role.

Jesse Cassard also served on the task force at the 2016 Tournament of Stars. He is currently the athletic director for Zachary Community Schools outside of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Cassard, who played at McNeese University from 2000-2001, has served as the head baseball coach at Zachary High School since the 2007 season, leading the Broncos to three consecutive state titles from 2007-2009.

Royce Clayton's first experience with USA Baseball came in 1987 when he played for the 18U National Team. He played for 17 years from 1991-2007 in the Major Leagues after being selected in the first round of the MLB draft by the San Francisco Giants in 1988. He currently serves as the head coach at Oaks Christian School (Westlake, Calif.).

Daniel Coles is currently an area scout of the New York Mets. Prior to his time with the Mets, Coles spent eight seasons coaching at Pinecrest High School (Southern Pines, N.C.) where he helped lead the Patriots to Conference Tournament Championships in 2010, 2011 and 2016.

Todd Helton played collegiately at the University of Tennessee before he was selected with the 8th overall pick in the 1995 MLB Draft by the Colorado Rockies. In his 17 years playing in the Major Leagues with the Rockies, Helton was a five-time All-Star, won three Gold Gloves, four Silver Sluggers and finished with a .316 career batting average. Following his professional career, he returned to Tennessee as the Director of Player Development for the Volunteers. He also played for the red, white and blue during his college career, appearing on the Collegiate National Team in 1993.

Former Tulane head coach Rick Jones will also join the coaching ranks at the Tournament of Stars this year. Jones spent 21 years at the helm of the Green Wave program, where he tallied a 814-439-2 coaching record. His teams appeared in 12 NCAA Regionals, three Super Regionals and made it to the College World Series twice. He was also a part of three different Team USA coaching staffs. He managed the 2009 Collegiate National Team, was an assistant coach on the 1989 USA Baseball Presidential Cup staff and served as a member of the 1990 USA Baseball National Team coaching staff. Earlier this year, Jones was inducted in to the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Hall of Fame.

Jack Leggett served as Clemson University's head coach for 22 seasons. In that time he led the Tigers to 955 victories, 21 NCAA Tournament appearances and six College World Series berths. Clemson was the seventh-winningest program in the nation during his time as head coach, while his six trips to Omaha tied for ninth most in the nation during his tenure. Leggett was a three-time ACC Coach of the Year recipient and was inducted into the ABCA Hall of Fame in 2014.

A five-time All-Star, Fred McGriff played 19 seasons in MLB from 1986-2004. He spent five of those seasons with the Atlanta Braves, where he helped the team to a World Series Championship in 1995. He also won three Silver Slugger Awards throughout his time in the big leagues and finished his career with 493 home runs. Following his playing career, he returned to Atlanta where the Braves hired him as a Special Assistant to Baseball Operations in 2015.

Ricky Meinhold is a scout for the St. Louis Cardinals. Meinhold was a pitching coach at Lindenwood University and Coker College from 2011-2013, prior to joining the Cardinals organization. He pitched collegiately at Drury University and went on to play for an affiliate of the San Diego Padres, becoming the first pitcher in Drury program history to play professional baseball.

Currently a scout for the Houston Astros, Mark Ross played in the Major Leagues for six years with the Astros, the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Toronto Blue Jays. He finished his professional career with a 3.83 ERA. Prior to his time in MLB, Ross played at Texas A&M and was a member of the 1978 USA Baseball National Team team that won a silver medal at the XXIV Baseball World Cup.

Ryan Schmidt is the head coach at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas and was named Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference Coach of the Year while at Pratt Community College in 2012. Schmidt, who pitched at Kansas University from 1999-2000, has also coached at Barton Community College. 2017 marks Schmidt's third year on the Tournament of Stars task force.

Steve Stone returns to the Tournament of Stars coaching ranks in 2017 after coaching in the event last year. He is in his 18th year as the head baseball coach at Hebron High School in Carrollton, Texas. In total, Stone has 22 years of coaching experience, previously spending time at Rider and Euless Trinity high schools. He is a former standout catcher at Texas Christian University, where he was named team MVP in 1988.

Wes Theriot is a hitting instructor in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Theriot played collegiately at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and Southeastern Louisiana University, and served as a player representative for Beverly Hill Sports. He is the brother of former MLB veteran infielder Ryan Theriot. 2017 is the second consecutive year he has served as a task force member at the Tournament of Stars.

Robert Woodard finished his first year as the pitching coach at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) after serving as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Virginia Tech. Prior to joining the Hokies staff in 2013, Woodard coached at UNC, his alma mater, and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Woodard is the Tar Heels' all-time winningest pitcher with a record of 34-5 and spent three years in the San Diego Padres' farm system after being selected in the 20th round of the 2007 MLB Draft. The Charlotte, N.C., native has also coached for the Orleans Cardinals of the Cape Cod League. In 2016, Woodard made his Tournament of Stars debut as a pitching rover at the event, and he also served as a coach at the 2016 17U National Team Development Program (NTDP).

 

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WNT

Power Lifts Team USA to 11-5 Victory

Jade Gortarez and Megan Baltzell both homered in win
August 19, 2018
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
St. Thomas Aquinas 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 5 9 2
Team USA 1 2 0 3 0 5 X 11 7 0
Win: M. Cobb Loss: A. Petty Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-play | Cumulative Stats
 

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. - Jade Gortarez (Riverside, Calif.) hit a grand slam and Megan Baltzell (Stafford, Va.) launched a three-run homer as the 2018 Women's National Team defeated the St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders 11-5 at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Saturday night. Team USA improved to 2-0 in training with the win.

Amanda Gianelloni (Napoleonville, La.) contributed a 2-for-3 performance with three runs scored, while Michelle Cobb (Wenatchee, Wash.), Kelsie Whitmore (Temecula, Calif.) and Gortarez dominated on the mound. The three right-handers combined to allow just one run on four hits in five innings of relief.

Team USA came up to the plate in the bottom of the first down 4-0 as the St. Thomas Aquinas bats got going early in the top half. But the stars and stripes started to chip away at the deficit right away.

The squad's first run came on a fielder's choice in the bottom of the first and it got within one in the very next inning as Whitmore laced a single to center that brought two across the plate.

Going into the bottom of the fourth down 4-3, Baltzell's bat proved to be the difference. A walk and an error put two on with two outs for the lefty, who launched a three-run dinger over the right-field wall to give the red, white and blue its first lead of the game.

The Raiders tried to claw their way back in the top of the sixth but Team USA limited the damage to just one run before scoring five runs of its own, four of which came off of Gortarez's grand slam to center, for the final score of 11-5.

Marti Sementelli got the start for the U.S. and gave up four runs and five hits while striking out two in two innings of work.

The 2018 Women's National Team Training concludes on Saturday, August 19, with an exhibition game against Canada at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., at 2 p.m. ET.

Continue to follow @USABaseballWNT on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the Women's National Team.

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15U

Come-From-Behind Win Propels USA into World Championship

August 18, 2018
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
JAPAN 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 2 1
USA 0 0 0 3 1 4 X 8 7 1
Win: S. Dutton  Loss: S. Kanai  Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | World Cup Stats
 

CHIRIQUI, PANAMA - Team USA propelled itself into the gold medal game of the World Baseball Softball Confederation's U-15 Baseball World Cup Saturday, pulling off a thrilling come-from-behind 8-2 victory over Japan at Estadio Kenny Serracin in David.

Utility man Ryan Spikes (Covington, Ga.) sparked the offense, collecting two doubles and driving in the equalizer and go-ahead run in the fourth inning. Shortstop Cody Schrier (San Clemente, Calif.) blasted his second homer in as many games, while infielder Brady House (Winder, Ga.) drove in three with a double down the left field line.

Reliever Sam Dutton (Rainbow City, Ala.) picked up the victory, tossing three nearly flawless frames, allowing no hits and just one walk while striking out two and facing just one batter over his minimum.

The game started grim for USA, after a leadoff hit-by-pitch and three walks brought home a runner for Japan, and they then added another off a sacrifice fly in the fourth.

Japan clung to the narrow lead until the bottom of that frame, where Schrier smacked his second long ball, and the first hit for USA on the day, in nearly the exact same spot over the left field wall. After House was beaned and infielder Luke Leto (Portage, Mich.) reached on a blooper to right field, Spikes found the perfect gap, sending the ball sailing to the left center fence to bring them both home and hand the Stars and Stripes their first lead of the day at 3-2.

Second baseman Davis Diaz (Pittsburg, Calif.) provided insurance, doubling to right field in the fifth and coming home on a bases-loaded wild pitch.

The squad added cushion in the sixth, when right fielder Ryan Clifford (Raleigh, N.C.) scored via a bases-loaded walk before House cleared them with a double sliced down the left field line to put USA on top 8-2.

USA will likely take on host country Panama in a rematch, slated for a 7:00 pm ET Sunday night showdown under the lights.

 

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WNT

Team USA Kicks Off Training with 6-1 Victory

Five-run fourth leads to dominant opening win
August 18, 2018
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Team USA 1 0 0 5 0 0 0 6 9 0
St. Thomas Aquinas 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 0
Win: S. Piagno Loss: E. Robinson Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-play
 

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. - In its first game of training to prepare for the 2018 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Women's Baseball World Cup, the 2018 Women's National Team claimed a dominant 6-1 win over the St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Friday night.

Stacy Piagno (St. Augustine, Fla.) got the start for the stars and stripes and went two strong innings to set the tone for the game, giving up just one hit and no runs.

Team USA struck first to back up Piagno's start when Brittany Gomez (New Braunfels, Texas) laced a leadoff single up the middle and then crossed the plate on a Kelsie Whitmore (Temecula, Calif.) RBI knock to give the U.S. a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning.

But the big blow came in the top of the fourth when Team USA put up five runs to take firm control of the contest. The inning started with a hit-by-pitch and a Megan Baltzell (Stafford, Va.) double to put two runners in scoring position with no outs for Michelle Cobb (Wenatchee, Wash.) who got the scoring started with a RBI base hit.

The red, white and blue followed that with another RBI single, a two-RBI double and a RBI groundout for the 6-0 advantage.

That score would hold until the final inning as the U.S. pitching staff dominated throughout the game. Piagno, Sam Cobb (Garland, Texas), Meggie Meidlinger (Sterling, Va.) and Laura Collins (Hollywood, Fla.) combined to allow just one hit and no earned runs in the game.

The Raiders' lone run came on a passed ball in the bottom of the seventh before Collins closed it out to secure the 6-1 victory for Team USA.

Nine players on the U.S. squad collected hits in the game. Jade Gortarez (Riverside, Calif.) led the team with two RBIs, while Whitmore, Michelle Cobb and Anna Kimbrell (Fort Mill, S.C.) all finished 1-for-2 with a RBI and a run scored in the win.

The 2018 Women's National Team Training continues on Saturday, August 18, with a second game against the St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., at 6:30 p.m. ET.

Continue to follow @USABaseballWNT on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the Women's National Team.

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15U

Hartle Hurls USA To 10-0 Shutout Over Cuba

August 17, 2018
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
USA 1 0 5 0 2 0 2 10 10 0
CUBA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
Win: J. Hartle  Loss: J. Lorenzo Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | World Cup Stats
 

CHIRIQUI, PANAMA- Team USA made it one step closer to medal contention, picking up its fourth shutout of the tournament by downing Chitre-pool top seed Cuba 10-0 Friday in the World Baseball Softball Confederation's U-15 Baseball World Cup, held at Estadio Kenny Serracin in David.

Infielder Cody Schrier (San Clemente, Calif.) led the charge for the red, white, and blue, posting a triple and a homer and scoring three times. First baseman Brady House (Winder, Ga.) continued his dominance, turning in a 3-for-4 day with two runs and two RBI. Starting pitcher Josh Hartle (King, N.C.) held the Cuban offense that entered Super Round play with the top amongst the field, to just two hits through five innings, striking out three. Hartle also tripled, driving in three. Second baseman Davis Diaz (Pittsburg, Calif.) also scored twice while centerfielder Tyree Reed (Vallejo, Calif.) recorded two hits.

Relievers Sam Dutton (Rainbow City, Ala.) and TR Williams (Shenandoah, Va.) each worked a scoreless/hitless inning from the bullpen.

Schrier started things right away for USA, taking the second pitch of his at bat and blasting a long ball over the left field wall.

Cuba threatened with a pair of base runners in two separate frames, but the Stars and Stripes put up a five-spot in the third to add some cushion. Reed doubled to left center and after moving over on an infield single from Diaz, scored on a wild pitch.

Schrier walked and moved to third on an infield to third on single up the middle from House that scored Diaz, and after infielder Luke Leto (Portage, Mich.) reached on a fielder's choice turned error, all three came home courtesy of a massive in-the-gap triple from Hartle in right center.

USA added insurance in the fifth, again courtesy of Schrier, who tripled home Diaz who was hit-by-pitch. House then dropped a ball into shallow center to bring home Schrier.

The squad finalized the victory in the final frame, after a sacrifice fly from utility man Ryan Spikes (Covington, Ga.) brought in infielder Justin Colon, who laced a pinch-hit single through the left side to lead off the inning. A bases loaded walk to catcher Charlie Saum (Ventura, Calif.) brought home House, who singled again, for the final run.

USA will return to action again at 3:00 p.m. ET Saturday, taking on Chitre-pool second seed Japan.

 

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15U

Leto Leads USA to First Super Round Win

Team USA downs Dominican Republic 13-9
August 16, 2018
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
DR 3 0 1 0 2 0 1 7 9 2
USA 0 1 5 3 4 0 X 13 9 3
Win: C. Little  Loss: A. Luna Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | World Cup Stats
 

CHIRIQUI, PANAMA - Led by utility player Luke Leto (Portage, Mich.), Team USA was victorious in its first game of Super Round play of the World Baseball Softball Confederation's U-15 Baseball World Cup, held at Estadio Kenny Serracin in David.

Leto was a perfect 3-for-3, scoring four times and driving in two. Shortstop Cody Schrier (San Clemente, Calif.) added three runs, and second baseman Davis Diaz (Pittsburg, Calif.) registered two hits with a pair of runs.

The Dominican jumped on USA early, taking advantage of back-to-back misplays to score three runs. The stars and stripes cut the lead in the bottom of the second, after Leto led off with an infield single to the shortstop and came around to score on a sacrifice fly from catcher Charlie Saum (Ventura, Calif.).

DR took the run back in the third using a pair of hits, before USA exploded with five runs in the third to take control of the contest.

After a walk to Schrier, a double from infielder Brady House (Winder, Ga.) moved him to third. A free pass to Leto loaded the bases, and then a second straight walk, this one to designated hitter Josh Hartle (King, N.C.), cut the deficit to two. House and Leto both came home courtesy of a laser to left field from utility man Ryan Spikes (Covington, Ga.) and tied the contest. The good guys then took the lead on a long single to right field from right fielder Ryan Clifford (Raleigh, N.C.) that brought home both Hartle and Spikes and put USA up 6-4.

The squad added cushion the following frame, plating three runs courtesy of a Diaz (Pittsburg, Calif.) single, took second on a throwing error, and moved to third on a balk. He scored, again courtesy of House, and then a double from Leto brought home Schrier, who walked, and Leto later scored on a wild pitch.

DR kept things interesting, using a pair of walks and singles combatted with a double to bring home two runs and cut the lead to 9-6, before a bases-loaded strikeout from reliever Gage Ziehl (Penfield, N.Y.) put out the threat.

USA added some cushion, as centerfielder Tyree Reed (Vallejo, Calif.), who walked, came home on a Diaz double, Diaz scored on a wild pitch, Schrier on Leto's triple, and Leto on a passed ball.

Dominican threatened again, scoring in the seventh and leaving two men on before Leto came in to close out the victory.

USA returns to action at 3:00 p.m. ET Friday, taking on Chitre-pool top seed Cuba.

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15U

USA Advances to Supers with 8-0 Win Wednesday

August 15, 2018
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
BRAZIL  0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 1
USA 4 0 1 0 0 3 X 8 11 2
Win: A. Painter Loss: M. Ribiero  Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | World Cup Stats
 

CHIRIQUI, PANAMA - Team USA advanced to the Super Round of the World Baseball Softball Confederation's U-15 Baseball World Cup after defeating Brazil 8-0 Wednesday, in a continuation from Monday's rainout at Estadio Kenny Serracin.

Tuesday night's hero Brady House (Winder, Ga.) had another big day, going 3-for-3 with two runs and two RBI. Shortstop Cody Schrier (San Clemente, Calif.) scored three times with a pair of hits and three stolen bases. Outfielder Ryan Clifford (Raleigh, N.C.) recorded two hits and designated hitter Luke Leto (Portage, Mich.) also drove in two.

Starter Andrew Painter (Pompano Beach, Fla.) was strong, striking out eight in 4.1 innings while surrendering just one walk.

USA came out ignited, plating four runs in the first inning Monday. After back-to-back hit-by-pitches to Schrier and House, each advanced on a passed ball. A groundout down to second from Leto brought Schrier home and got USA on the board. House then scored on a single that dropped into left field from first baseman Josh Hartle (King, N.C.), and a single up the middle from Clifford scored both Tommy DiLandri (Las Vegas) (who boarded after also being beaned) and Hartle to give the stars and stripes some cushion.

The squad continued to pressure Wednesday, scoring again in the fourth. After Schrier singled to left field, he swiped two bags and came home on a single to right center from House. USA then added three in the sixth, with second baseman Davis Diaz (Pittsburg, Calif.) coming home, again courtesy of Brady House and back-to-back sacrifice flies from Leto and DiLandri.

The Stars and Stripes will face Cuba, Japan, and Dominican Republic, who all advanced from the Chitre pool, in crossover games beginning Thursday in David.

 

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15U

House Plays Hero in 4-1 Victory Over Panama

August 15, 2018
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
USA 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 4 5 0
PAN 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 1
Win: C. Lansville Loss: P. Munoz Save: B. House
Box Score | Play-by-Play | World Cup Stats
 

CHIRIQUI, PANAMA - Team USA moved back into the win column Tuesday night, taking down host country Panama 4-1 in the opening round of the World Baseball Softball Confederation's U-15 Baseball World Cup at Estadio Kenny Seracin in David.

Infielder Brady House (Winder, Ga.) delivered a dynamic performance, blasting the squad's first round tripper of the tournament and earning a save with the final out in the seventh. House registered two hits, while shortstop Cody Schrier (San Clemente, Calif.) drove in two.

Starter Cale Lansville (Denver, Colo.) was dominant through five and a third, allowing just two hits while striking out two facing just one batter over his minimum. Reliever Gage Ziehl (Penfield, N.Y.) also fanned two across 1.1 innings of work.

The stars and stripes took an early lead thanks to House's first-pitch moonshot that bounced on the roof of the parking garage behind left field. In the second, after a walk to right fielder Ryan Clifford (Raleigh, N.C.) and a hit-by-pitch to center fielder Tyree Reed (Vallejo, Calif.) put two on, Schrier ripped the ball to right center, bringing them both home and adding cushion for USA.

Panama broke the potential shutout in the fourth, picking up their first hit of the contest with a leadoff single and then scoring on a double to center field.

They threatened again in the seventh after back-to-back walks after three straight walks loaded the bases with two outs before House induced a grounder down to third base to get the fielder's choice force out and save the contest.

USA returns to action at 10:00 a.m. ET for the resumption of their contest with Brazil. Play will resume exactly as it was left Monday, with two runners on and 4-0 lead for USA in the first.

 

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Bragging Rights up for Grabs in the Inaugural "States Play" Tournament

August 14, 2018

New High School Baseball Event Will Feature Competition Between The Best Rising Senior Players from Texas Against Those from California 

Three-Game Rivalry Series at Globe Life Park in Arlington,
From August 24
th through 26th, is Free to the Public and Will Stream LIVE on MLB.com 

Development-Focused Experience Also Includes Former Major Leaguers Serving as Team Coaches and Training Sessions at the Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy 

Major League Baseball and USA Baseball today announced a new high school baseball tournament to showcase some of the best rising seniors from Texas and California, two states that historically produce a high volume of collegiate and professional players. "States Play," which will be co-hosted by the Texas Rangers, will center on a three-game series at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas, from Friday, August 24th through Sunday, August 26th. All three games of the inter-state rivalry tournament will stream LIVE on MLB.com, and access to Globe Life will be free for the public. MLB Network's Daron Sutton will call play-by-play while former MLB All- Star pitcher Tom "Flash" Gordon will provide analysis. MLB.com's Dani Wexelman will provide on-air reporting. 

The schedule of games is as follows (all times Central):
Friday, August 24
th: 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 25
th: 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 26
th: 11:00 a.m. 

Each team will consist of rosters of players living in various parts of each state. The vast majority of the high school players have already committed to some of the best collegiate baseball programs in the country. Players were selected by MLB and USA Baseball, with several being chosen after participation in other joint MLB/USA Baseball development-focused events, such as the Tournament of the Stars, Breakthrough Series, Elite Development Invitational, the DREAM Series, and the Prospect Development Pipeline. **States Play rosters can be found in the separate attachment. All names are subject to change.** 

Former Major League players with personal or professional histories in Texas or California will serve as coaches for each team. These coaches include Jerry Manuel, Homer Bush, Royce Clayton, Ken Hill, Gerald Laird, Darren Oliver and Andy Stankiewicz. Additionally, players will participate in morning training sessions at the Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy located in West Dallas. Workouts will be held on Friday (August 24th) and Saturday (August 25th) from 9:00 a.m. to Noon (CT) at the Academy. 

Additionally, the participants will have the opportunity to undergo unique Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP) assessments, consisting of performance vision screening, swing analysis and precise physical testing. These voluntary assessments are supported on-site by USA Baseball, which have helped establish an official identification and player assessment pathway to all 30 MLB Clubs for elite high school age baseball players in advance of the annual MLB Draft. These assessments include the following: Athletic Assessment, Sport Vision Screening, Swing Analysis and Ball Flight Analysis. Resulting data from the assessments will be compiled into an individualized report for each player, and will be used as a tool in the development and optimization of each individual player. 

"We believe that States Play will be a fun display of the natural rivalry between these two baseball powerhouse states," said Tony Reagins, Executive Vice President of Baseball & Softball Development, Major League Baseball. "Ballplayers from Texas and California have a lot of hometown pride, and we are looking forward to seeing that emotion play out in Globe Life Park. Many of these players are already committed to outstanding collegiate programs, but we think that the instruction and time they spend with the former Major Leaguers serving as coaches will prove to be invaluable to their future development and success." 

"We are excited to launch the States Play program with representation from two of our nation's most talent- rich baseball states," said Rick Riccobono, USA Baseball's Chief Development Officer. "The creation of this event signifies our continued commitment to increasing our engagement in amateur programming. Together with MLB, we have never had more touchpoints to aspiring athletes within our game." 

"The Texas Rangers are honored to host the first ever States Play Tournament at Globe Life Park in Arlington," said Rangers President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Jon Daniels. "Texas and California traditionally produce some of the best high school players in the country, and it will be a great opportunity for our fans to watch some very competitive baseball. It will also give these young players the chance to experience playing in a Major League ballpark." 

2018 States Play Roster

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USA-Brazil Postponed to Wednesday

August 13, 2018

CHIRIQUI, PANAMA -- Team USA's contest with Brazil was halted in the first inning Monday afternoon at Estadio Kenny Seracin due to inclement weather. The contest was the fourth of the opening round of the World Baseball Softball Confederation's U-15 World Cup for USA.

The stars and stripes currently lead 4-0 with two men on and two outs in the bottom of the first, and play will resume with that very situation on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. ET. USA currently sits at 2-1 in the World Cup, and will face undefeated Panama on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. ET.

For updates and schedule changes, follow the @USABaseball15U Twitter account.

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15U National Team Suffers 2-1 Setback Sunday

August 12, 2018
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
USA 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 6 2
CHINESE TAIPEI 0 0 0 0 1 1 X 2 7 2
Win: S. Peng Loss: J. Hartle Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | World Cup Stats
 

CHIRIQUI, PANAMA - Team USA (2-1) suffered its first setback of the World Baseball Softball Confederation's U-15 Baseball World Cup, dropping a tight 2-1 affair to Chinese Taipei (3-0) Sunday at Estadio Kenny Seracin in the province of David, Panama.

The stars and stripes were held to just six hits, with shortstop Cody Schrier (San Clemente, Calif.) as the only multi-hit performer of the day. Infielder Luke Leto (Portage, Mich.) plated the then-tying run.

The contest was a pitcher's duel through four and a half frames, until Taipei broke the blank, using a leadoff double, a wild pitch, and a right side single.

The lead was short lived, as USA tied things up the following inning. Leto led off with a perfectly placed bunt down the third base line, stole second, and moved to third on another bunt, this one by outfielder Tommy DiLandri (Las Vegas). Leto plated the equalizer on a sacrifice fly from right fielder Ryan Clifford (Raleigh, N.C.), and USA continued to threaten, leaving two men on in the frame.

Chinese Taipei wasted no time responding, taking advantage of a bases-loaded walk to plate the eventual game winner in the sixth.

USA returns to action Monday, taking on Brazil at 3:00 p.m. ET.

 

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