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USA Baseball Announces 2018 18U National Team Staff

ABCA Hall of Famer Jack Leggett will manage the 18U National Team in 2018
March 22, 2018

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced the 18U National Team coaching staff on Thursday, highlighted by naming American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Hall of Famer Jack Leggett as manager. Scott Bankhead (North Carolina Baseball Academy) will serve as the team's pitching coach in 2018, while Joe Almaraz (St. Louis Cardinals) and Gregg Ritchie (George Washington) join the staff as assistant coaches.

The 2018 18U National Team will travel to Panama City, Panama looking for its fifth consecutive gold medal at the COPABE Pan American "AAA" Championships. The 18U team has won seven straight international tournament titles dating back to 2011, including winning the last four World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cups in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2017.

"Jack brings a wealth of baseball experience to this team and coaching staff, and we are happy to have his passion, history of success and proven ability to motivate and mentor athletes leading the 18U program this year," USA Baseball Executive Director and CEO, Paul Seiler, said. "This entire coaching staff brings together an immensely talented group of coaches and we are confident they can continue to build on the success USA Baseball has had at this age level."

This will mark Leggett's first year as a National Team coach and his second straight year working with USA Baseball after he served as a coach for the 17U National Team Development Program (NTDP) in 2017. Leggett was the head baseball coach at Clemson University from 1994-2015, where he led the Tigers to 955 victories, 21 NCAA Tournament appearances and six College World Series berths. Every single one of his teams compiled winning overall records in his 22 seasons at Clemson and 34 of his players were All-Americans, 31 were First-Team All-ACC players and 11 were selected in the first round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

Leggett guided the Tigers to their second and third No. 1 rankings in school history and Clemson was the seventh-winningest program in the nation during his time as head coach. He was a three-time ACC Coach of the Year recipient and was inducted into the ABCA Hall of Fame in 2014. Leggett also served as a head coach for 14 years at Vermont and Western Carolina before moving to Clemson. In total, he has 1,332 career wins and following the conclusion of the 2015 season, he was the fifth-winningest active Division 1 head coach in the country.

"Coaching for Team USA is something I have always wanted to do and I am excited to begin working with an exceptional group of athletes who are ready to learn and represent the United States," said Leggett. "I am tremendously proud to head to the Pan American Championships with this team to showcase our brand of baseball to the world."

Scott Bankhead will join Leggett on staff as the 2018 squad's pitching coach. Currently the owner of the North Carolina Baseball Academy, Bankhead is making his national team coaching debut in 2018 but he is no stranger to suiting up for Team USA. He served as an 18U National Team Trials coach in 2016 and 2017, and was a member of the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Team. He 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 innings.

Currently a scout for the St. Louis Cardinals, Almaraz will make his USA Baseball coaching debut as an assistant in 2018. Prior to his time scouting for the Cardinals, Almaraz coached at the high school, college and professional levels, and ran a baseball academy for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was a high school baseball coach for 12 years and then spent time as a junior college coach before moving to the minor leagues where he coached in the Arizona Diamondbacks, Baltimore Orioles and Cardinals systems. In addition, Almaraz has been a scout for the Cardinals since 2005 and has scouted or helped sign players like Michael Wacha, Matt Carpenter and Kolten Wong. During his time with the organization, the Cardinals have won two World Series titles.

Ritchie will reprise his role as 18U National Team hitting coach for the second consecutive year in 2018. In 2017, he helped lead Team USA to an undefeated record and a fourth consecutive WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup title. Under his direction, the team hit .273 and had a .418 slugging percentage, with 16 doubles, five triples and six home runs over nine games. He also served as a coach at the 2016 17U NTDP and 18U trials. Ritchie is in his sixth season at the helm for George Washington University, where he was named Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year in 2013. That year, he led the Colonials to their first postseason berth since 2006 and then followed that with back-to-back postseason appearances in 2015 and 2016. He began his coaching career in the Chicago White Sox organization, where he worked at various levels for 10 years, before serving as the hitting coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2011 and 2012.

The USA Baseball Tournament of Stars will once again mark the beginning of the 18U National Team schedule in 2018. The event serves as the primary identification event for the team and is made up of 80 of the best baseball players in the country that are international age-eligible (born January 1, 2000 or 2001). The 2018 Tournament of Stars will be held at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, June 18-23.

More information about the 2018 18U National Team Trials and Training, as well as the COPABE Pan Am Championships, will be announced at a later date.

For the most up-to-date information on the 18U National Team, follow @USABaseball18U and @USABaseball on Twitter.

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USA Baseball Names Premier12 Roster

The Premier12 tournament is the first opportunity for Team USA to qualify for Tokyo 2020
October 10, 2019

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball named its roster for the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Premier12™ on Thursday. The 28-man roster is made up of 15 pitchers and 13 position players currently not on an MLB 40-man roster, and features six former national team alumni and seven of the MLB Pipeline top-100 prospects.

The U.S. will begin the WBSC Premier12™ in Guadalajara, Mexico, from November 2-4 as a member of Group A with the Dominican Republic, Mexico and the Netherlands. The top two nations from Group A will advance to the Super Round in Tokyo from November 11-16.

The tournament is the first opportunity for Team USA to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The top finisher from both the Americas territory and Asia/Oceania territory (excluding Japan) will join host-country Japan and WBSC Baseball Europe/Africa Olympic Qualifier champion Israel in the six-team Olympic tournament. The final two Olympic berths will be decided in March 2020.

"It is an honor to welcome a group of immensely talented athletes to Team USA as we begin the qualification process for Tokyo 2020," said USA Baseball Executive Director and CEO Paul Seiler. "Our goal during the selection process was to identify and piece together a roster that included a combination of both young and veteran baseball players that complement each other on and off the field. These 28 men are exemplary talents and individuals, and we are confident they will represent the United States proudly on the international stage."

Brooks Pounders (RHP, New York Mets) is one of six Team USA alumni on the roster and is the lone returning member from the inaugural Premier12™ roster that won the silver medal in 2015. Also returning to a USA Baseball national team is Erik Kratz (C, New York Yankees) and Andrew Vaughn (INF, Chicago White Sox), as well as Tanner Houck (RHP, Boston Red Sox) and his Collegiate National Team teammates Bobby Dalbec (INF, Boston Red Sox) and Tyler Johnson (RHP, Chicago White Sox).

Jo Adell (OF, Los Angeles Angels) is the top-rated prospect on the roster, ranking fifth out of the top-100 by MLB Pipeline. Also on the list is No. 21 Vaughn, No. 23 Drew Waters (OF, Atlanta Braves), No. 34 Alec Bohm (INF, Philadelphia Phillies), No. 72 Xavier Edwards (INF, San Diego Padres), No. 88 Spencer Howard (RHP, Philadelphia Phillies) and No. 100 Daulton Varsho (C, Arizona Diamondbacks).

The Boston Red Sox lead all Major League clubs with four players from its farm system on the roster in C.J. Chatham (INF), Dalbec, Houck and Noah Song (RHP). The Philadelphia Phillies have three prospects on the roster while the Atlanta Braves, Chicago White Sox, Kansas City Royals, Milwaukee Brewers and Oakland Athletics all boast a pair of prospects on the roster as well. The remaining players are a part of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Los Angeles Angels, Minnesota Twins, New York Mets, New York Yankees, San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners, Tampa Bay Rays, Toronto Blue Jays and Washington Nationals systems, and Brandon Dickson (RHP) joins the roster as a member of the Orix Buffaloes in Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball league.

Four-time World Series Champion Joe Girardi was named the manager of the Premier12™ roster in August and is joined by a coaching staff laden with international experience. Bench Coach Scott Brosius, Bullpen Coach Roly de Armas, Hitting Coach Phil Plantier, Pitching Coach Bryan Price, Third Base Coach Willie Randolph and First Base Coach Ernie Young collectively have 21 years of playing and coaching experience with Team USA, winning seven gold medals.

The team will train in Surprise, Arizona, from October 21-28 at the Kansas City Royals Spring Training facility before traveling to Mexico for the opening round of the Premier12™.

For more information on USA Baseball and the WBSC Premier12™, follow @USABaseball on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. The full roster, including coaching and administrative staffs, can be found here.

USA Baseball Premier12™ Roster
(Name; Position; Hometown; 2019 Organization)

Jo Adell; OF; Louisville, Ky.; Los Angeles Angels
Clayton Andrews; LHP; Petaluma, Calif.; Milwaukee Brewers
Alec Bohm; INF; Omaha, Neb.; Philadelphia Phillies
C.J. Chatham; INF; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Boston Red Sox
Jake Cronenworth; INF; St. Clair, Mich.; Tampa Bay Rays
*^Bobby Dalbec; INF; Seattle, Wash.; Boston Red Sox
Brandon Dickson; RHP; Montgomery, Ala.; Orix Buffaloes
Parker Dunshee; RHP; Zionsville, Ind.; Oakland Athletics
Xavier Edwards; INF; Mineola, N.Y.; San Diego Padres
J.P Feyereisen; RHP; River Falls, Wis.; Milwaukee Brewers
Brian Flynn; LHP; Tulsa, Okla.; Kansas City Royals
Taylor Gushue; C; Boca Raton, Fla.; Washington Nationals
*Tanner Houck; RHP; Collinsville, Ill.; Boston Red Sox
Spencer Howard; RHP; San Luis Obispo, Calif.; Philadelphia Phillies
*Tyler Johnson; RHP; Midlothian, Va.; Chicago White Sox
*Erik Kratz; C; Telford, Pa.; New York Yankees
Wyatt Mills; RHP; Spokane, Wash.; Seattle Mariners
Mark Payton; OF; Orland Park, Ill.; Oakland Athletics
*Brooks Pounders; RHP; Riverside, Calif.; New York Mets
Clayton Richard; LHP; Lafayette, Ind.; Toronto Blue Jays
Brent Rooker; OF; Germantown, Tenn.; Minnesota Twins
Connor Seabold; RHP; Laguna Hills, Calif.; Philadelphia Phillies
Noah Song; RHP; Pomona, Calif.; Boston Red Sox
Caleb Thielbar; LHP; Northfield, Minn.; Atlanta Braves
Daniel Tillo; LHP; Sioux City, Iowa; Kansas City Royals
Daulton Varsho; C/OF; Chili, Wisc.; Arizona Diamondbacks
*^Andrew Vaughn; IF; Santa Rosa, Calif.; Chicago White Sox
Drew Waters; OF; Woodstock, Ga.; Atlanta Braves

*Denotes National Team alumnus
^Denotes National Team development Program participant

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Sixty-Nine USA Baseball Alumni in 2019 MLB Postseason

September 30, 2019

DURHAM, N.C. - Sixty-nine USA Baseball alumni will be represented in the 2019 Major League Baseball postseason.

All 10 teams in the 2019 MLB postseason have at least three alumni on their rosters. The Washington Nationals lead the way with 11 alumni, while the Oakland Athletics are close behind with 10 alumni on their postseason roster. 

The 2019 MLB Postseason is slated to begin on Tuesday, October 1, as the Milwaukee Brewers will take on the Washington Nationals in the National League Wild Card game at 8 p.m. ET.

The complete list of USA Baseball alumni on 2019 MLB Postseason rosters is as follows:

Atlanta Braves (8):
Jerry Blevins - 2007 Professional National Team
Freddie Freeman - 2006 16U National Team, 2006 18U National Team
Brian McCann - 2009 World Baseball Classic
Mark Melancon - 2005 Collegiate National Team, 2017 World Baseball Classic
*AJ Minter -2014 Collegiate National Team
Dansby Swanson - 2014 Collegiate National Team
Touki Toussaint - 2014 Collegiate National Team
Kyle Wright - 2016 Collegiate National Team

Houston Astros (4):
Alex Bregman - 2010 16U National Team, 2011 18U National Team, 2013 & 2014 Collegiate National Team, 2017 World Baseball Classic
Gerrit Cole - 2009 & 2010 Collegiate National Team
George Springer - 2010 Collegiate National Team
Justin Verlander - 2003 Collegiate National Team

Los Angeles Dodgers (6):
Walker Buehler - 2014 Collegiate National Team
Joe Kelly - 2007 Collegiate National Team
Clayton Kershaw - 2005 18U National Team
A.J. Pollock - 2011 Professional National Team
Corey Seager - 2010 16U National Team
*Alex Verdugo - 2010 14U National Team  

Milwaukee Brewers (9):
Ryan Braun - 2009 World Baseball Classic, 2013 World Baseball Classic
Zach Davies - 2007 14U National Team
Gio Gonzalez - 2013 Professional National Team
Yasmani Grandal - 2009 Collegiate National Team
Josh Hader - 2015 Professional National Team
Keston Hiura - 2016 Collegiate National Team
Mike Moustakas - 2006 18U National Team, 2010 Professional National Team
Drew Pomeranz - 2009 Collegiate National Team
Christian Yelich - 2017 World Baseball Classic  

Minnesota Twins (3): 
Jason Castro - 2009 Professional National Team
Sam Dyson - 2017 World Baseball Classic
Kyle Gibson - 2008 Collegiate National Team

New York Yankees (5): 
*Jake Barrett - 2008 18U National Team, 2015 Professional National Team
*Dellin Betances - 2005 18U National Team
Chad Green - 1993 18U National Team, 1996 Collegiate National Team, 1996 Olympic Team
Tyler Lyons - 2008 Collegiate National Team
Giancarlo Stanton - 2013 & 2017 World Baseball Classic

Oakland Athletics (10):
Brett Anderson - 2004 16U National Team, 2005 18U National Team, 2008 Olympic Team
Homer Bailey - 2002 16U National Team
Skye Bolt - 2013 Collegiate National Team
Matt Chapman - 2013 Collegiate National Team
Robbie Grossman - 2007 18U National Team
Daniel Mengden - 2013 Collegiate National Team
Sheldon Neuse - 2010 16U National Team
Matt Olson - 2010 16U National Team
AJ Puk - 2015 Collegiate National Team
Tanner Roark - 2017 World Baseball Classic

St. Louis Cardinals (8):
Jack Flaherty - 2013 18U National Team
Dexter Fowler - 2008 Olympic Team
Paul Goldschmidt - 2017 World Baseball Classic
Andrew Miller - 2017 World Baseball Classic
*Lane Thomas - 2013 18U National Team
Michael Wacha - 2011 Collegiate National Team
Matt Wieters - 2005 Collegiate National Team
Kolten Wong - 2009 Collegiate National Team

Tampa Bay Rays (5):
Nick Anderson - 2012 15U National Team
Travis d'Arnaud - 2010 Professional National Team
Brendan McKay - 2015 & 2016 Collegiate National Team
Austin Meadows - 2011 16U National Team
*Hoby Milner - 2011 Collegiate National Team

Washington Nationals (11):
Sean Doolittle - 2005 & 2006 Collegiate National Team
Erick Fedde - 2013 Collegiate National Team
Jeremy Hellickson - 2003 16U National Team
Howie Kendrick - 2005 Professional National Team
Anthony Rendon - 2010 Collegiate National Team
Joe Ross - 2007 14U National Team
Max Scherzer - 2005 Collegiate National Team
Stephen Strasburg - 2008 Collegiate National Team, 2008 Olympic Team
Kurt Suzuki - 2006 Professional National Team
Trea Turner - 2012 & 2013 Collegiate National Team
Ryan Zimmerman - 2004 Collegiate National Team

*= Athlete not currently on club's active roster due to designation to short-term disabled list, paternity leave, or temporary bereavement list

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Gritty Film Productions Acquire Rights to Sydney 2000 Olympic Gold Story, Miracle on Grass

September 25, 2019

Los Angeles- CA: Ted Collins - the 2018 Slamdance Award-Winning Producer and principal of Gritty Film Productions (MR. FISH CARTOONING FROM THE DEEP END and the upcoming 2 MEN AND A PIG starring Dermot Mulroney), has acquired the exclusive rights to develop author David Fanucchi's book MIRACLE ON GRASS.

Fanucchi was the Press Officer for the 2000 USA Baseball Olympic Team. Led by Hall-of-Fame manager Tommy Lasorda - who came out of retirement to lead the charge for his country - they pulled off the greatest upset in Olympic baseball history to win the gold medal at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. Their triumph was remarkable, but the story of their coming together is even harder to imagine. "As arguably the greatest underdog story in American baseball history, I couldn't be more excited to begin working with Ted on a chance to develop this on film," said Fanucchi. "Ted is exactly the type of producer that I was hoping would take our story and run with it. He's passionate, tenacious, and determined, and I believe in his vision for this project."

Lasorda - reached in his office at Dodger Stadium - was equally thrilled. "Managing the USA Baseball Team to an Olympic Gold Medal was the greatest achievement and proudest moment of my life," the Hall of Fame, legendary Dodgers manager said. "I am thrilled to hear that Ted Collins has acquired the rights to turn David Fanucchi's book into a movie. I will do whatever I can to lend a hand, and assist them in creating an outstanding and inspirational film."

Of the deal, Ted Collins said "I love underdog stories, especially ones involving sports. I'm a big fan of baseball and Tommy Lasorda. He's a living legend. It's surprising to me that not too many people know about this amazing accomplishment -- how Lasorda assembled a rag tag bunch of baseball players, brought them to Sydney and beat the heavily favored, Cuba. All to minimal fanfare. While most of America was asleep, (this happened in the middle of the night in USA time), Lasorda led the Americans to gold in Sydney. In fact, it's the only time the Americans won gold. David Fanucchi was there and lucky for us he captured the glory in riveting detail in his book "Miracle on Grass." Tommy considers this his greatest accomplishment and did it for his beloved country. Tommy wants to leave something behind to inspire kids. He came from humble beginnings, but always believed he could accomplish anything he set his mind to. That's the message and we're going to make this movie for Tommy!"

MIRACLE ON GRASS tells the true story of how this unknown squad of American minor leaguers stunned the international baseball powerhouse from Cuba. In his account of this incredible true story, Fanucchi gives readers a behind the scenes look at how Lasorda persuaded management into giving him the opportunity to coach the team; how the Major League Baseball executives in charge of this operation for the United States went about selecting the players; how the Americans narrowly qualified for the Olympics during a gut-wrenching game; and how capturing the gold medal in Sydney changed the lives of every player, coach and administrator involved.

Told with warmth and an uncanny eye for detail, MIRACLE ON GRASS is an intimate, perceptive portrayal of three incredible weeks in Australia and a story that appeals to American pride. It features the wisdom and determination of one legendary manager, and the heart, guts, and passion of several young baseball players on their attempt to win an Olympic gold medal, as they harness the power of the passion in your heart for family and country.

The USA Baseball organization is currently in the process of selecting the players that will come together in November, and compete in the qualifying tournament of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. "Our triumph in 2000 to win the Olympic Gold Medal remains the ultimate moment in the history of this organization," said USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO Paul Seiler. "So to have the opportunity to work with Ted and Gritty Productions on telling that story to the world, is exciting. We look forward to assisting with a feature film production in any way that we can."

Fanucchi currently teaches Journalism at M.L. Wisdom High School in Houston, Texas.

For press inquiries and interview requests contact:
Ry Levey
Ryan Bruce Levey Film Distribution and PR Services
647-781-0818
rylevey@gmail.com

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Team USA Wins Americas Qualifier Gold, Defeats Panama 3-1

September 22, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
USA 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 3 6 2
Panama 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 3 0
Win: L. Rodriguez Loss: A. Aldeano Save: D. Ekstrom
Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats
 

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico - The USA Baseball 15U National Team scored two runs in the third inning and picked up a key insurance run in the seventh to win gold at the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier with a 3-1 victory over Panama at Unidad Deportivo Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Louis Rodriguez (Long Beach, Calif.) was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player.

The U.S. finished the tournament with an 8-1 record and outscored its opponents 66-33. The win marks the 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 after the 15U National Team won its first-ever world championship at the 2018 WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup.

Termarr Johnson (Atlanta, Ga.) led the team at the plate, going 2-for-4 and playing a role in all three U.S. runs, crossing the plate once and tallying two RBIs. He was joined by Joe Brown (Petaluma, Calif.), Karson Bowen (Anaheim Hills, Calif.), and Ben Reiland (Irvine, Calif.), who all collected hits in the game.

Rodriguez started on the bump for the red, white and blue and put together four scoreless frames in his five innings of work, allowing just one run and tossing four strikeouts to earn the win and tournament MVP honors. Ethan McElvain (Thompson's Station, Tenn.) and Duke Ekstrom (San Diego, Calif.) both came on in relief and combined for four strikeouts with Ekstrom recording the save after tossing a perfect seventh inning.

Johnson, Bowen, Steven Milam (Las Cruces, N.M.) and Kai Caranto (Santa Clarita, Calif.) were also named to the all-tournament team at outfield, catcher, second base and outfield, respectively.

Key Moments
• Johnson put the U.S. on the board with an RBI-double to left that scored Milam and followed by stealing home to put the U.S. up 2-0 in the top of the third inning.
• A Panama RBI-single in the bottom of the fifth inning cut Team USA's lead in half, 2-1.
• Reiland hit a lead-off triple in the top of the seventh inning and scored on a Johnson RBI-single to extend the lead 3-1 for the stars and stripes.
• Ekstrom tossed two strikeouts and Milam completed a 4-3 putout in the bottom of the seventh to solidify the 3-1, gold medal victory for Team USA.

Notable Information
• Termarr Johnson led the team at the plate, going 2-for-4 with one run scored and two RBIs.
• Louis Rodriguez picked up with win, striking out four in five scoreless innings. Duke Ekstrom was credited with the save.
• The U.S. has qualified for the 2020 WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup and will be joined by Panama, Dominican Republic, Cuba and Venezuela representing the Americas region.
• Louis Rodriguez was named tournament MVP, after throwing 10 strikeouts across 10.2 innings pitched in tournament action and earning the gold medal win.
• Termarr Johnson, Karson Bowen, Steven Milam and Kai Caranto were all named to the all-tournament team at outfield, catcher, second base and outfield, respectively.
• This marked the fourth consecutive gold medal at the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier after winning the tournament in 2013, 2015 and 2017.
• The USA Baseball 15U National Team has won three straight international tournaments, including its first world championship in 2018 at the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup.

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Team USA's Comeback Victory Over Cuba Clinches Spot in Gold Medal Game

The red, white and blue will play for the gold medal at approximately 11 a.m. CT on Sunday
September 21, 2019
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CUBA 2 3 0 0 0 0 x 5 8 1
USA 0 0 0 0 5 1 x 6 9 1
Win: B. Olivera Loss: D. Molina Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | WBSC Qualifier Stats
 

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico - The 15U National Team secured its spot in the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier gold medal game with a 6-5 comeback victory over Cuba on Saturday at Unidad Deportivo Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Team USA will play Panama for the gold medal on Sunday, September 22 at approximately 11 a.m. CT. 

Aidan Miller (Trinity, Fla.) finished 2-for-2 on the day, hitting the game-winning RBI-single in the sixth inning to lead Team USA's offense in its win over Cuba. Karson Bowen (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) finished the day going 1-for-2 with three RBIs after he kickstarted the U.S. rally with a bases clearing triple in the fifth inning. Termarr Johnson (Atlanta, Ga.) later picked up his lone RBI on the day with a single to score the tying run. Joe Brown (Petaluma, Calif.), Mikey Romero (Menifee, Calif.), Dylan Lina (Carson, Calif.), Nolan Schubart (Durand, Mich.) and Steven Milam (Las Cruces, N.M.) also collected hits on the day.  

Logan Saloman (Chandler, Ariz.) got the start for Team USA on the mound and allowed five runs (four earned) on eight hits through 4.1 innings in a no decision. Brandon Olivera (Hialeah, Fla.) came on in relief and earned the win, pitching 1.2 strong innings of hitless baseball, striking out two. The loss was tagged to Cuba's Danell Molina.

Key Moments
• Cuba jumped out to an early lead in the contest after three singles made it 2-0 in the top of the first.
• he Cubans added to their lead when they scored three runs on three hits and an error in the top of the second to make it a 5-0 ballgame.
• After four scoreless innings, the bats got going for Team USA as a walk, a fielder's choice and two singles loaded the bases for Bowen, who then sent a three-RBI triple to centerfield to bring the score to 5-3.
• A Milam RBI-double pulled the U.S within one and Johnson's RBI-single tied the game at 5-5 the bottom of the fifth inning.
• Miller stepped to the plate in the bottom of the sixth with runners in scoring position and knocked an RBI-single into right field to score the game-winning run for the score of 6-5.
• The game was called after the sixth inning due to darkness.

Notable Information
• Team USA improved to 7-1 in the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier and finished Super Round play with a 4-1 record, earning a spot in the gold medal game on Sunday.
• The win clinched Team USA's berth to the 2020 WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup.
• Karson Bowen led the stars and stripes offensively during Super Round action, batting .429 (6-for-14) with one double, one triple, one home run and eight RBIs.
• Brandon Olivera collected the win over Cuba after pitching 1.2 innings of hitless baseball and striking out two batters.

Up Next
The 15U National Team will face Panama in the gold medal game of the 2019 WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier on Sunday, September 22 at approximately 11 a.m. CT on Field One at Unidad Deportivo Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

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Team USA Falls to Panama, 9-7

The red, white and blue will finish Super Round action on Saturday at 2 p.m. CT
September 20, 2019
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USA 1 1 5 0 0 0 0 7 8 4
PAN 2 1 1 1 4 0 x 9 10 0
Win: P. Munoz Loss: B. Barriera Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | WBSC Qualifier Stats
 

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico - Despite tallying seven runs, the 2019 15U National Team suffered its first loss of the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier to Panama, 9-7, in game two of Super Round action on Friday at Unidad Deportivo Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

Karson Bowen (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) led Team USA with two hits while hitting his first home run of the tournament in the second inning and collecting two RBIs. Also, four addition members of the stars and stripes collected hits in the contest. Panama's offense recorded 10 hits and three walks to claim the victory. 

Brandon Barriera (Coconut Creek, Fla.) got the start for the U.S. and suffered the loss after giving up nine runs (six earned) on 10 hits with four punchouts in 4.1 innings of work. Panama's Pedro Munoz, who allowed one run on four hits and struck out two, was awarded the win. 

Key Moments
• Mikey Romero (Menifee, Calif.) doubled down the left field line and Joe Brown brought him home with an RBI-single to give the U.S. an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning.
• Panama took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first with an RBI-triple and a passed ball.
• Bowen hit his first home run of the tournament in the top of the second to tie the game at 2-2.
• Panama responded in the bottom frame and retook the lead, 3-2, on a Team USA error.
• The U.S. tied the game at three in the third thanks to a bases loaded walk by Kai Caranto (Santa Clarita, Calif.).
• With the bases loaded, Schubart laced a bases-clearing double to right field to give the U.S. a 6-3 lead in the top of the third inning.
• Bowen's RBI-single extended the U.S. lead to four as Team USA led 7-3 after the top half of the third inning.
• Panama scored one run in the bottom of the third and fourth innings, took the lead with an RBI-single and triple in the bottom of the fifth and sealed the 9-7 victory in the same inning with a sac-bunt.

Notable Information
• The U.S. moves to 3-1 in the Super Round and 6-1 overall at the 2019 WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier.
• The loss snapped the 15U National Team's six-game win streak in tournament action.
• Joe Brown (2-for-4, RBI), Nolan Schubart (2-for-4, 3 RBIs) and Karson Bowen (2-for-3, HR, 2 RBIs) accounted for six of Team USA's eight hits on the day.
• Brandon Barriera (1-1) was tagged with the loss when he surrendered nine runs (six earned) on 10 hits while striking out four batters in 4.1 innings of work.

Up Next
The 15U National Team completes Super Round action at the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier against Cuba on Saturday at 2 p.m. CT on Field One at Unidad Deportivo Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. If Team USA wins on Saturday, it will earn a spot in the gold medal game on Sunday.

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Team USA Earns Comeback Victory Over Venezuela

The U.S. walked-off Venezuela to earn first super round win
September 19, 2019
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VEN 1 1 1 3 0 0 0 6 7 1
USA 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 7 6 2
Win: E. McElvain Loss: D. Gold Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | WBSC Qualifier Stats
 

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico - The 15U National Team earned its first super round win at the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier in walk-off fashion with a 7-6, seventh inning comeback victory over Venezuela on Thursday at Unidad Deportivo Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

Trailing 4-6 heading into the final frame, Team USA remained discipline at the plate and used a hit by pitch, a single, and a trio of walks to achieve the comeback. A bases-loaded walk to Bowen scored the winning run for the stars and stripes.

Joe Brown (Petaluma, Calif.) finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored to lead Team USA's offense in its win over Venezuela. Dylan Lina (Carson, Calif.), Aidan Miller (Trinity, Fla.), Karson Bowen (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) and Steven Milam (Las Cruces, N.M.) also collected hits in the game. 

Duke Ekstrom (San Diego, Calif.) got the start for Team USA on the mound and allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits while tossing three strikeouts in three innings of work. Spencer Butt (Davie, Fla.) came on in relief in the fourth inning and gave up three runs (one earned) on four hits before Ethan McElvain (Thompson's Station, Tenn.) took over in the seventh inning to toss one punchout and earn the win. The loss was attributed to Daniel Gold after he allowed the winning run to score on a walk. 

Key Moments
• Venezuela jumped out to an early lead in the contest after a two-out RBI-double made it 1-0 in the top of the first inning.
• Team USA scored three runs in the bottom frame courtesy of a Venezuela error, a Lina RBI-single and a passed ball, giving the U.S. a 3-1 advantage.
• An RBI-double and single in the second and third innings, respectively, tied the game at 3-3 for Venezuela.
• In the bottom of the third, Miller sent an RBI-double to left that score Brown and the U.S. retook the lead, 4-3.
• Venezuela earned its first lead of the game in the fourth inning with a pair of fielder's choices and an RBI-ground out to put the team up 6-4.
• Trailing by two runs, the U.S. loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh and mounted a comeback as three bases-loaded walks allowed the red, white and blue to walk-off the game with a 7-6 victory.

Notable Information
• Team USA improved to 6-0 overall in the tournament and currently holds a 3-0 record in super round action.
• McElvain (1-0) earned the win in his second appearance at the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier, striking out one in his lone inning of work.

Up Next
The USA Baseball 15U National Team will continue super round action as the No. 1 seed out of Group A at the 2019 COPABE U-15 Pan-American Championships on Friday, September 20 against Group B No. 1-seed Panama at 2 p.m. CT on Field One at Unidad Deportivo Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

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Team USA Defeats Mexico to go Undefeated in Pool Play

The U.S. earned the Group A No. 1 seed for Super Round action
September 17, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
USA 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 3 5 1
MEX 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 3 0
Win: M. Matthijs Loss: D. Castillo Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | WBSC Qualifier Stats
 

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mex - The 15U National team scored three runs on five hits to defeat Mexico, 3-1, and finish pool play with a perfect 5-0 record at the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier on Tuesday at Unidad Deportivo Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. 

Team USA will compete as the No. 1 seed out of Group A in the Super Round that begins on Thursday, September 19. 

The game was a defensive battle as Team USA stranded 12 Mexico base runners, including bases-loaded situations in the third, fourth and fifth innings. On the offensive side, five U.S. batters collected hits, including one RBI-double off the bat of Dylan Lina (Carson, Calif.) that put Team USA on the board in the third inning. 

Matthew Matthijs (Greenville, N.C.) started for the red, white and blue on the bump and put together 3.1 scoreless innings of work, surrendering just three hits with one punchout to earn the win. Ethan McElvain (Thompson's Station, Tenn.) and Luis Rodriguez (Long Beach, Calif.) came on in relief, combining to give up one run and tossing four strikeouts in the contest. 

Key Moments

• Team USA broke through in the top of the third inning when a Dylan Lina two-RBI double to center-field put the team up 2-0.
• A passed balled allowed Termarr Johnson (Atlanta, Ga.) to score after he singled to get on base earlier in the fifth inning, extending the U.S. lead to 3-0.
• Mexico used a walk, an error and a passed ball to move a runner around and score in the bottom of the fifth inning, for the final score of 3-1.

Notable Information

• Team USA finished pool play undefeated and will compete in the Super Round as the No. 1 seed from Group A.
• Matthew Matthijs earned the win after he tossed 3.1 scoreless innings to start the game.
• Termarr Johnson led the team through pool play action, hitting .500 (5-for-10) with a double, a triple and five stolen bases.

Up Next
The 15U National team will begin Super Round action as the No. 1 seed from Group A on Thursday, September 19 at 1 p.m. CT. Team USA's opponents will be determined on Tuesday evening after pool play has been completed.

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Team USA Comes From Behind to Defeat Dominican Republic

The U.S. scored 12 runs on nine hits to secure the victory
September 16, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
USA 1 3 0 2 2 3 1 12 9 2
DR 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 8 3
Win: L. Saloman Loss: X. Peralta Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | WBSC Qualifier Stats
 

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico - The 2019 15U National Team scored 12 runs on nine hits, including four with two outs, to come from behind and defeat the Dominican Republic 12-6 for its fourth win of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier on Monday at Unidad Deportivo Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. 

The stars and stripes were led at the plate by Termarr Johnson (Atlanta, Ga.), who went 3-for-3 with four runs scored. Additionally, Karson Bowen (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) had a solid day at the plate, going 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Four other members of Team USA collected hits, including Mikey Romero (Menifee, Calif.), Aidan Miller (Trinity, Ga.), Joe Brown (Petaluma, Calif.) and Steven Milam (Las Cruces, N.M.).

Brandon Olivera (Hialeah, Fla.) started on the mound for Team USA and threw 1.1 innings, allowing four hits and six runs (one earned) while striking out three. Logan Saloman (Chandler, Ariz.) came into the game in relief and earned the win after 5.2 innings of work in which he scattered four hits and struck out eight. The Dominican's Xavier Peralta, who allowed four runs on five hits in 2.1 innings, was tagged with the loss. 

Key Moments
• Team USA jumped out to an early lead in the contest after Johnson scored on a Romero groundout to make it 1-0 in the top of the first inning.
• Milam and Kai Caranto (Santa Clarita, Calif.) scored on a pair of errors and Johnson crossed the plate on a wild pitch in the top of the third to give Team USA a 4-0 lead.
• The Dominican Republic used back-to-back-back RBI-singles in the bottom of the second to tie the game at 4-4.
• The Dominican Republic took the lead in the bottom of the second when a passed ball and a groundout allowed two runs to score, making it 6-4.
• A Johnson RBI-single and Romero sac-fly tied the game at 6-6 in the top of the third inning.
• Bowen sent a two-RBI double through the left side to take back the lead for the U.S. in the top of the fifth inning, 8-6.
• Romero knocked a single through right side to extend the red, white and blue's lead to 9-6 in the top of the fifth inning.
• Dylan Lina (Carson, Calif.) grounded into a fielder's choice that allowed two runs to score and extended Team USA's lead to 11-6 in the top of the sixth inning.
• Bowen scored the final run for Team USA on a passed ball in the top of the seventh and Saloman collected all three outs from the mound in the bottom frame to give the U.S. a 12-6 win.

Notable Information
• Team USA improves to 4-0 in pool play at the 2019 WBSC U-15 Americas World Cup Qualifier.
• Termarr Johnson leads the offense through four games, batting .667 (4-for-6) with six runs, a double and a triple.
• Mikey Romero leads the team in RBIs in the tournament with seven.
• Logan Saloman (1-0) earned his first win of the qualifying event with his stellar 5.2 innings of work in which he tallied eight strikeouts white scattering four hits without allowing a run.
• Logan Saloman leads the Team USA pitching staff in the tournament with 11 strikeouts through 7.2 innings pitched.

Up Next
The 15U National Team finishes pool play at the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier on Tuesday, September 17 against Mexico at 10:30 a.m. CT on Field One Unidad Deportivo Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Both teams are currently undefeated in pool play action.

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Team USA Takes Down Colombia 11-4

Team USA clinches a spot in the Super Round with the win
September 15, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
USA 0 1 3 4 2 0 1 11 10 5
COL 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 4 6 4
Win: B. Barriera Loss: C. Babilonia Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | WBSC Qualifier Stats
 

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico - Ten hits by six batters powered the 15U National Team to an 11-4 defeat of Colombia in its third game of the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier on Sunday at Unidad Deportivo Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. The win clinches Team USA a spot in the Super Round that begins on Thursday, September 19.

Joe Brown (Petaluma, Calif.) led the offense, going 3-for-3, scoring one run and collecting two RBIs, while Dylan Lina (Carson, Calif.) tallied three RBIs on an inside-the-park home run in the fourth inning. Along with Brown and Lina, four other U.S. batters collected hits in the game, including Steven Milam (Las Cruces, N.M.), Mikey Romero (Menifee, Calif.), Nolan Schubart (Durand, Mich.) and Ben Reiland (Irvine, Calif.) 

Brandon Barriera (Coconut Creek, Fla.) started on the bump for the red, white and blue, and got the win, surrendering just two runs on four hits with six punchouts through five innings of work. Louis Rodriguez (Long Beach, Calif.) took over in the sixth and gave up two runs (one earned) on two hits and struck out two batters. Lina closed the game with a perfect seventh inning, striking out all three batters he faced. 

Key Moments

• Milam singled through the ride side to score Brown, who reached base on a single of his own, and gave the U.S. a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning.
• A Karson Bowen (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) sac-fly and a two RBI-single up the middle by Kai Caranto (Santa Clarita, Calif.) gave Team USA a 4-0 advantage in the top of the third inning.
• Milam scored on a throwing error in the top of the fourth inning to give the red, white and blue a 5-0 lead.
• Lina cleared the bases with a three-run inside-the-park home run in the top of the fourth inning to extend the U.S. lead to 8-0.
• An RBI-single and triple put Colombia on the board in the bottom of the fourth inning to make the score 8-2.
• Drew Burress (Perry, Ga.) crossed the plate on a Colombia error, giving the U.S. a 9-2 lead in the top of the fifth inning.
• Romero's RBI-single through the left side in the top of the fifth inning made it a 10-2 game.
• Colombia cut the lead to 10-4 in the top of the sixth inning with a two RBI-triple to center field.
• Schubart scored on an error by the left fielder in the top of the seventh inning and Lina sat all three Colombian batters down in the bottom frame to solidify Team USA's 11-4 win.

Notable Information

• With the win, Team USA is now 3-0 in pool play action at the 2019 WBSC Americas Qualifier and clinched a spot in the Super Round that begins on Thursday, September 19.
• Barriera (1-0) earned the win after giving up just two runs on four hits and striking out six batters in his first start of the tournament.
• Seven U.S. batters collected hits in the game, including Steven Milam (2-for-4, RBI), Mikey Romero (1-for-3, RBI), Nolan Schubart (2-for-3), Ben Reiland (1-for-2), Dylan Lina (1-for-4, three RBIs), and Joe Brown (3-for-3, two RBIs).

Up Next
The 15U National Team continues action at the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier on Monday, September 16 against Dominican Republic at 1 p.m. CT on Field One at Unidad Deprotivo Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. 

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