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USA Baseball Announces 2018 Tournament of Stars Staff

Coaches and task force will lead 80 athletes through week of games and workouts
April 25, 2018

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced the coaching staff and task force that will lead 80 of the nation's best 18-and-under players in the 2018 Tournament of Stars presented by Major League Baseball on Wednesday. The staff, which is made up of former professional players, respected collegiate and high school coaches, as well as Major League scouts, will guide and evaluate this year's athlete in the event at the USA Baseball National Training Complex June 18-23 in Cary, North Carolina.

The coaching staff and task force will assist the 18U National Team staff in identifying athletes to be invited to the USA Baseball 18U National Team Trials. The 2018 Trials will be held immediately following the Tournament of Stars June 25-28.

American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Hall of Famer and former Clemson head coach Jack Leggett has been tapped to lead the 2018 18U National Team as it looks for its fifth consecutive gold medal at the COPABE Pan American "AAA" Championships.

Joining Leggett on the 2018 staff will be Scott Bankhead (North Carolina Baseball Academy), Joe Almaraz (St. Louis Cardinals) and Gregg Ritchie (George Washington).

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 manage the Free team. Trip Couch will join McGriff as the team's assistant coach, while Robert Woodard will serve as pitching coach.

Royce Clayton, who played on the 18U National Team in 1987 and is currently the head coach at Oaks Christian School (Westlake, Calif.), will take the helm of the Pride team. Mark Ross and Steve Stone will join Clayton on staff.

Former East Carolina University head coach and current New York Yankees scout, Billy Godwin, has been named the manager of the Brave team. Eric DuBose and Chris Carter will serve on the Brave staff as the pitching and assistant coaches, respectively.

Finally, Marc Rardin, who is currently the head coach at Iowa Western Community College (Council Bluffs, Iowa), will guide the United team as the manager. He will be joined by Tyler Kincaid as the pitching coach and former MLB All-Star Tony Womack will round out the staff as the assistant coach.

A four-person task force and two rovers will also assist the national team and Tournament of Stars coaching staffs in overseeing the event. Detroit Tigers scout Taylor Black will lead the task force, with Travis Coleman, Ryan Goll and Matt Williams assisting him. John Hendricks will serve as the pitching rover for the event, while Jeff Kunkel will be the 2018 position rover, 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, 2000 or 2001) 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 2018 COPABE Pan American "AAA" Championships in Panama City, Panama, November 23-December 2. Team USA is the four-time defending champions in the event.

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

The complete list of Tournament of Stars staff and task force, as well as their bios, is as follows:

Name, Coaching Position:
Taylor Black, Task Force
Chris Carter, Brave Assistant Coach
Royce Clayton, Pride Manager
Travis Coleman, Task Force
Trip Couch, Free Assistant Coach
Eric DuBose, Brave Pitching Coach
Billy Godwin, Brave Manager
Ryan Goll, Task Force
John Hendricks, Pitching Rover
Tyler Kincaid, United Pitching Coach
Jeff Kunkel, Position Rover
Fred McGriff, Free Manager
Scott Meaney, Cross Checker
Marc Rardin, United Manager
Mark Ross, Pride Pitching Coach
Steve Stone, Pride Assistant Coach
Matt Williams, Task Force
Tony Womack, United Assistant Coach
Robert Woodard, Free Pitching Coach

Taylor Black is currently a scout for the Detroit Tigers. Prior to that role, he served as an assistant coach at North Carolina State University. He is returning to the Tournament of Stars task force in 2018 after serving in this role for the 2017 and 2016 tournaments. 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 third year as a coach at the Tournament of Stars, as he served in the same role in both 2017 and 2016. He was also a member of the coaching staff for the 2017 18U National Team that won the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup gold medal. In addition, he was an assistant coach for the 17U National Team Development Program (NTDP) in 2016 and 2017. 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.

Royce Clayton will coach at the Tournament of Stars for the second year in a row in 2018 but his first experience with USA Baseball came in 1987 when he played for the 18U National Team. He played for 17 years in the Major Leagues from 1991-2007 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.).

Travis Coleman is currently a scout for the reigning World Series champion Houston Astros. He played collegiate baseball for Auburn University before starting his scouting career in 2014 with the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau. Coleman is also the owner of the Pro Elite Academy, a baseball and athlete development company.

Trip Couch returns to the USA Baseball coaching ranks after previously serving as a coach at the Tournament of Stars. He also held an administrion role with the 1999 Collegiate National Team as he was the team's Delegation Head/Business Manager. Currently the director of baseball player development at the University of South Carolina, Couch has spent time coaching at University of Lousiana-Lafayette, University of Houston and University of Texas, as well as serving as a scout for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Most recently, he was an assistant coach at Houston where he helped lead the Cougars to four straight American Athletic Conference championship games and the tournament title in 2017.

Eric DuBose is no stranger to USA Baseball, having played for the 1994 18U National Team and the 1995 and 1996 Collegiate National Teams. DuBose was an All-American at Mississippi State University before being selected with the 21st overall pick in the 1997 MLB draft. He made his Major League debut in 2002 for the Baltimore Orioles and was with the organization until his retirement in 2007. He is currently a pitching coach for the East Coast Sox organization.

Billy Godwin is a former college head coach who led Louisburg College from 1999-2005 and East Carolina University from 2006-2014. He was named Coach of the Year by the North Carolina Baseball Coaches Association in 2002 and 2007, and guided East Carolina to a Conference USA title and NCAA Super Regional appearance in 2009. Godwin played collegiately at Atlantic Christian College, now Barton College, and is currently an area scout for the New York Yankees. 2018 marks Godwin's second time coaching at the Tournament of Stars, having also appeared on the staff in 2016.

Ryan Goll will serve as a member of the 2018 Tournament of Stars Task Force and will be the bullpen catcher at the event. In 2017, he also served on the task force and as a bullpen catcher for the 18U National Team Trials. Goll is currently a student manager at the University of Minnesota.

John Hendricks previously coached in the Tournament of Stars in 2015 and 2016. He is currently a scout for the New York Mets. The Winston-Salem, North Carolina, native, played collegiately at Wake Forest University and was drafted by the New York Mets in the 14th round of the 1999 MLB Draft. Hendricks, who pitched in the Mets organization for two years, is the Demon Deacons' program leader in career innings pitched, career strikeouts and career victories.

Currently in his third year as the pitching coach at Kansas State University, Tyler Kincaid started his coaching career 17 years ago. In that time, he has worked at the high school and collegiate levels. In his first year with the Wildcats, the pitching staff finished the season third in program history for total strikeouts in a single season with 440. He served as an assistant coach at University of San Diego prior to his time with Kansas State and 21 of his pitchers were selected in the MLB draft during his six seasons.

Jeff Kunkel is currently an area scout for the Detroit Tigers, covering the upper Midwest. Prior to his scouting role, Kunkel served as a bullpen catcher for the team and played six seasons (2006-11) in the organization's minor league system. He also played collegiately at the University of Michigan where he earned All-Big Ten Conference honors in 2006 as a senior. That year he hit .335 with 38 runs scored, 15 doubles and 28 RBI, while leading the team to Big Ten regular season and tournament championships. He also served as a coach at the 2017 USA Baseball 17U National Team Development Program (NTDP).

For the second year in a row, five-time All-Star Fred McGriff will coach at the Tournament of Stars. 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.

Scott Meaney will serve as the cross-checking scout at the 2018 Tournament of Stars. Meaney spent four years on the baseball team at the University of Massachusetts before graduating and joining the staff as the team's pitching coach. He is currently serving as a scout for the Cleveland Indians.

Rardin is in his 14th season as the head coach at Iowa Western Community College (Council Bluffs, Iowa). During his tenure, the IWCC Reivers won two Junior College World Series titles in three years (2010 and 2012). They have tallied 18 post-season titles in 11 seasons under Rardin, which is better than any other Division I junior college program in the U.S. over the last 10 years. Rardin re-joins the Tournament of Stars coaching staff after working at the event in 2014 and 2015.

Currently a scout for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Mark Ross will coach at the Tournament of Stars for the second consecutive year. 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 that won a silver medal at the XXIV Baseball World Cup.

Steve Stone returns to the Tournament of Stars coaching ranks in 2018 after coaching in the event in 2017 and 2016. He is in his 19th year as the head baseball coach at Hebron High School in Carrollton, Texas. In total, Stone has 23 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.

Matt Williams is a scout for the Minnesota Twins. He spent seven years in the minor leagues, playing for the St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Angels and Philadelphia Phillies organizations. He played collegiately at Liberty University before being drafted in the 15th round of the 2011 MLB Draft by the Cardinals.

Tony Womack spent 13 seasons in the Major Leagues after being selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 7th round of the 1991 MLB Draft. In that time, he played for the Pirates, Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies, Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals, New York Yankees and Cincinnati Reds. He was a member of the Diamondbacks team that won the World Series in 2001 and was an All-Star for the Pirates in 1997. Womack also led the league in stolen bases from 1997-1999 and was the MLB leader in triples in 2000. He finished his career with a .273 average and 363 stolen bases.

Robert Woodard is in his second 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, North Carolina, 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 returned to the event in 2017 as a coach. He also served as a coach at the 2016 17U NTDP.

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Burleson Walks Off Japan, Even Series for Collegiate National Team

July 17, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
JPN 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 5 3
USA 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 7 0
Win: Abbott (2-1) Loss: Itoh (0-1)
Box Score | Play-by-Play | Series Stats
 

IMABARI CITY, JAPAN - Alec Burleson (ECU) hit a walk-off homer Wednesday to lead off the bottom of the ninth and send the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team to a dramatic 3-2 win over Japan at Imabari Municipal Baseball Stadium. It was the first walk-off homer of Burleson's baseball career.

"I hit it and I knew it had the distance," said Burleson. "I was just hoping it would stay fair."

The ball stayed fair and easily cleared the right field wall for the first homer of the series. Team USA tied the best-of-five series, 1-1. 

The Collegiate National Team (7-4) got into position to win the game with an eighth-inning RBI single by Heston Kjerstad (Arkansas) to tie the game 2-2. Japan's pitching had put up six straight zeros before Kjerstad's RBI then Burleson's heroics.

Team USA had another strong night on the mound, which started with four shutout innings from Asa Lacy (Texas A&M). Lacy scattered three hits while striking out five, as Team USA combined to strike out 14 in the game.

"We pitched really well," said manager Dan McDonnell (Louisville). "We had another good outing and we showed toughness."

Andrew Abbott (Virginia) earned the win after throwing a shutout top half of the ninth. He got a big swinging strikeout to end the inning and strand the potential go-ahead run on second base. Burl Carraway (DBU) threw a 1-2-3 eighth and Chris McMahon (Miami) allowed two runs on one hit in three innings of work. 

Team USA and Japan make the trip to Kizuna Stadium in Iwakuni, Japan, for Game 3 of the series Thursday. 

Key Moments
• Team USA scored in the first inning when Spencer Torkelson (Arizona State) drove home Nick Loftin (Baylor) with a sac fly.
• Japan scored twice in the fifth after a leadoff walk. Ryosuke Kodama tripled in the first run on a two-out, two-strike pitch, then scored on a wild pitch. 
• Heston Kjerstad (Arkansas) singled on a line drive over the first baseman's head for an RBI to tie the game 2-2 in the eighth.
• Alec Burleson (ECU) won it in the ninth with the walk-off homer on an up-and-in 2-0 fastball.

Notable Information
• The Collegiate National Team played at Imabari Municipal Baseball Stadium for the first time ever.
• All-Star series: USA leads, 24-18
• Series in Japan: Japan leads, 17-3
• Team USA has lost 15 straight series in Japan dating back 40 years.
• Team USA lost its last series in Japan, 3-2, including a 5-4 loss in 10 innings in the deciding Game 5 on July 17, 2016 at Kusanagi Stadium in Shizuoka.
• All-Star series games: Collegiate National Team leads, 132-105-2
• Overall games: Collegiate National Team leads, 155-124-2
• The last four series (2013, 2016, 2017, 2018) have all finished 3-2. Japan won in 2013 and 2016 in Japan, while the Collegiate National Team won in 2017 and 2018 in the United States.
• Team USA has won two straight series vs. Japan, a 3-2 win in 2017 throughout the Northeast United States and a 3-2 win in 2018 in North Carolina and Georgia. 
• The longest series winning streak in the series is five by Team USA from 1973-77 .

On Deck
• July 18 vs. Japan (5 a.m. ET; Iwakuni, Japan; Kizuna Stadium)
• July 20 vs. Japan (5 a.m. ET; Kooriyama, Japan; Kaiseizan Stadium)
• July 21 vs. Japan (5 a.m. ET; Tokyo, Japan; Meiji Jingu Stadium)

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Follow the Collegiate National Team vs. Japan on Wednesday

July 17, 2019
GAME Collegiate National Team at Japan
TIME 5 a.m. ET
LOCATION Imabari City, Japan (Imabari Municipal Stadium)
USA: LHP Lacy
JPN: TBA

Live Stats | USA Team Stats

IMABARI CITY, JAPAN - The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team continues the 43rd USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series on Wednesday with Game 2 of the five-game series. Japan took Game 1 with a 3-0 shutout Tuesday in Matsuyama, Japan. 

Notable Information
• All-Star series: USA leads, 24-18
• Series in Japan: Japan leads, 17-3
• Team USA has lost 15 straight series in Japan dating back 40 years.
• Team USA lost its last series in Japan, 3-2, including a 5-4 loss in 10 innings in the deciding Game 5 on July 17, 2016 at Kusanagi Stadium in Shizuoka.
• All-Star series games: Collegiate National Team leads, 131-105-2
• Overall games: Collegiate National Team leads, 154-124-2
• The last four series (2013, 2016, 2017, 2018) have all finished 3-2. Japan won in 2013 and 2016 in Japan, while the Collegiate National Team won in 2017 and 2018 in the United States.
• Team USA has won two straight series vs. Japan, a 3-2 win in 2017 throughout the Northeast United States and a 3-2 win in 2018 in North Carolina and Georgia. 
• The longest series winning streak in the series is five by Team USA from 1973-77 .

On Deck
• July 17 vs. Japan (5 a.m. ET; Imabari City, Japan; Imabari Municipal Baseball Stadium)
• July 18 vs. Japan (5 a.m. ET; Iwakuni, Japan; Kizuna Stadium)
• July 20 vs. Japan (5 a.m. ET; Kooriyama, Japan; Kaiseizan Stadium)
• July 21 vs. Japan (5 a.m. ET; Tokyo, Japan; Meiji Jingu Stadium)

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Team Red Opens 12U National Team Trials With A Win

Jack Ruckert and John Dolan lead Team Red past Team Blue
July 17, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Team Blue 0 1 1 3 0 0 5 9 0
Team Red 0 2 3 2 1 1 9 10 2
Win: T. Targac Loss: O. Robinson Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-play

 

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. - Jack Ruckert (Baton Rouge, La.) and John Dolan (Camarillo, Calif.) recorded a hit and two RBIs apiece to lead Team Red past Team Blue, 9-5, in the first game of the 2019 12U National Team Trials on Tuesday at William S. Hart Pony Baseball and Softball Park in Santa Clarita, California.

Titan Targac (Flatonia, Texas) (1-0) earned the win in relief for Red after striking out two batters in his lone inning on the mound. Owen Robinson (Greensboro, N.C.) (0-1) suffered the loss for Blue after allowing two runs on two hits in the second inning. Team Red's pitching staff struck out seven batters, while Blue earned four strikeouts in the contest.

Ruckert and Dolan led the way for Red offensively, recording a hit and two RBIs each. Jayden Stroman (Medford, N.Y.) added an RBI-single and scored two runs, while 10 batters picked up a hit for Red. Brenden Lewis (Santee, Calif.) led Blue with two hits and a pair of RBIs at the plate. Rashad Hayes (Oakland, Calif.) and Thomas Brown (Livermore, Ga.) each hit a double for Team Blue in the game.

Key Moments:

  • Blue opened the scoring in the top of the second after Brenden Lewis (Santee, Calif.) brought home Rashad Hayes (Oakland, Calif.) with a single through the middle of the infield to give his team the 1-0 lead.
  • Team Red's Lucas Tinajero (Corpus Christi, Texas) tied the game at one in the bottom of the second with an RBI-single to shallow center field. Tinajero crossed home two batters later, on a wild pitch to give Red the 2-1 lead.
  • Blue tied the game at two in the top of the third after Brayden Gutierrez (Bakersfield, Calif.) drove in Luis Mejia (Phoenix, Ariz.) with a single that fell just short of the center fielder.
  • Jack Ruckert (Baton Rouge, La.) regained the lead for Red with a two-RBI single that plated Jayden Stroman (Medford, N.Y.) and Gavin Fien (Temecula, Calif.).
  • The back-and-forth game continued in the top of the fourth as Blue plated three runs on five hits and a walk to tie the game at five.
  • John Dolan (Camarillo, Calif.) claimed the lead for Red with a two-out double that bounced to the wall in right-center as Stroman and Jesse Del Toro (Modesto, Calif.) scored.
  • Gustavo Melendez (Cayey, P.R.) scored on a passed ball in the bottom of the fifth and Del Toro scored on a bases-loaded walk in the home half of the sixth to give Red the 9-5 win.

 

Notable Information:

  • Team Red took a 1-0 advantage in the three-game intrasquad scrimmage.
  • Titan Targac (1-0) earned the win, while Owen Robinson (0-1) suffered the loss on the mound.
  • Following the conclusion of Thursday's intrasquad matchup, USA Baseball will announce the final 18-man roster for the 2019 12U National Team.

 

On Deck:

  • Game two of the three-game series will take place on Wednesday, July 17, at 2:30 p.m. (PT) at William S. Hart Pony Baseball and Softball Park in Santa Clarita, Calif.
  • The 2019 12U National Team Trials will conclude on Thursday, July 18, with the series finale at William S. Hart Pony Baseball and Softball Park. First pitch is set for 12 p.m. (PT).
  • Red outhit Blue 10-9.

 

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12U National Team Trials Continues Wednesday

July 16, 2019
GAME Red vs. Blue
TIME Wednesday, 2:30 p.m. ET
LOCATION Santa Clarita, Calif. (William S. Hart Park)
Red: TBA
Blue: TBA

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SANTA CLARITA, Calif. - The USA Baseball 12U National Team Trials continues with the second game of a three-game intrasquad series on Wednesday at William S. Hart Pony Baseball and Softball Park in Santa Clarita, California.

Jack Ruckert (Baton Rouge, La.) and John Dolan (Camarillo, Calif.) recorded a hit and two RBIs apiece to lead Team Red past Team Blue, 9-5, in the first game of the 2019 12U National Team Trials on Tuesday.  

Live updates throughout the game will be available via @USABaseball12U on Twitter and live stats via links on the 12U National Team's schedule page.

Notable Information
• Team Red took a 1-0 advantage in the three-game series with a 9-5 win over Blue on Tuesday. 
• The 36-man 12U National Team Trials roster was named on Monday, July 15, following the conclusion of the National Open in Santa Clarita California. The 36 players hail from 14 different states and Puerto Rico. 
• Eleven players on the trials roster were selected from the 2018 National Team Identification Series (NTIS), while 10 were chosen from the 11U Futures Invitational. Additionally, 15 players were selected from the 12U National Open, finalizing the 2019 12U Trials roster.
• Todd Fine returns as the manager of the 12U National Team for the second consecutive year and will be joined by Jason Sekany, RJ Farrell and Marc Wiese, who all return to the staff after helping Team USA to its first-ever gold medal at the COPABE U-12 Pan-American Championships in 2018. Sekany will lead the pitching staff, while Farrell and Wiese will serve as assistant coaches.
• The 12U National Team will be playing for a record fourth consecutive world championship after earning the IBAF "A" World Cup gold medal in 2013, followed by gold medals at the WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup in 2015 and 2017.

On Deck
• July 18, Red vs. Blue (12 p.m. PT; Santa Clarita, Calif.; William S. Hart Pony Baseball and Softball Park)
• The final 18-man 12U National Team roster will be announced following the conclusion of the third intrasquad game on Thursday, July 18. 
• The 12U National Team will then play two exhibition games on Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20, before traveling to Tainan, Taiwan to compete in the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup.

 

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Japan Blanks Collegiate National Team to Start Five-Game Series

July 16, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
USA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 2
JPN 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 6 1
Win: Morishita (1-0) Loss: Meyer (1-2) Save: Itoh (1-0)
Box Score | Play-by-Play | Team USA Stats
 

MATSUYAMA, JAPAN - The 43rd USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series started Tuesday night with Japan shutting out the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, 3-0, at Botchan Stadium. Japan opened a 1-0 lead in the five-game series. 

"(Japan) did a great job on the mound," said manager Dan McDonnell (Louisville). "They pitched to both sides of the plate and kept our hitters off balanced. Credit to their pitching staff."

The Collegiate National Team (6-4) was shut out for the first time this summer. Team USA had four hits and struck out 18 times, including nine punchouts by Japan ace Masato Morishita over five innings. 

"We'll play better tomorrow night," said McDonnell. 

Key Moments
• Japan started the scoring in the first inning with an RBI single by No. 3-hole hitter Shugo Maki.
• USA starter Max Meyer (Minnesota) made an error on a bunt in the third inning to plate Japan's second run.
• Heston Kjerstad (Arkansas) tripled to start the seventh inning, but was stranded after three straight strikeouts. 
• Japan's Takashi Umino singled through the left side with two outs in the seventh inning to make it 3-0.

Notable Information
• Overall series: USA leads, 24-18
• Series in Japan: Japan leads, 17-3
• Team USA has lost 15 straight series in Japan dating back 40 years.
• Team USA lost its last series in Japan, 3-2, including a 5-4 loss in 10 innings in the deciding Game 5 on July 17, 2016 at Kusanagi Stadium in Shizuoka.
• All-Star series games: Collegiate National Team leads, 131-105-2
• Overall games: Collegiate National Team leads, 154-124-2
• The last four series (2013, 2016, 2017, 2018) have all finished 3-2. Japan won in 2013 and 2016 in Japan, while the Collegiate National Team won in 2017 and 2018 in the United States.
• Team USA has won two straight series vs. Japan, a 3-2 win in 2017 throughout the Northeast United States and a 3-2 win in 2018 in North Carolina and Georgia. 
• The longest series winning streak in the series is five by Team USA from 1973-77 .

On Deck
• July 17 vs. Japan (5 a.m. ET; Imabari City, Japan; Imabari Municipal Baseball Stadium)
• July 18 vs. Japan (5 a.m. ET; Iwakuni, Japan; Kizuna Stadium)
• July 20 vs. Japan (5 a.m. ET; Kooriyama, Japan; Kaiseizan Stadium)
• July 21 vs. Japan (5 a.m. ET; Tokyo, Japan; Meiji Jingu Stadium)

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USA Baseball Reveals 2019 12U National Team Trials Roster

12U National Team Trials will begin July 16 in Santa Clarita, California
July 15, 2019

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. - USA Baseball revealed the 36-man 2019 12U National Team Trials roster on Monday, following the conclusion of the 12U National Open in Santa Clarita, California.

The 2019 12U Trials will begin on Tuesday, July 16, at William S. Hart Pony Baseball and Softball Park in Santa Clarita, California, and the final national team roster will be announced on July 18. The 12U National Team will then travel to Tainan, Taiwan to compete in the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup.

"Our staff is thrilled to welcome these thirty-six young athletes to compete for a chance to play for Team USA," said 12U National Team Program Director Will Schworer. "Our task force has done a tremendous job at evaluating and selecting young men from every corner of the United States that bring an incredible amount of talent and a high-level of character to the USA Baseball program."

Eleven players on the national team trials roster were selected from the 2018 National Team Identification Series (NTIS), while 10 were chosen from the 11U Futures Invitational. Additionally, 15 players were selected from the 12U National Open on Monday, finalizing the 2019 12U Trials roster.

The 12U National Team will be playing for a record fourth consecutive world championship after earning the IBAF "A" World Cup gold medal in 2013, followed by gold medals at the WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup in 2015 and 2017.

Todd Fine will return as the manager of the 12U National Team for the second consecutive year and will be joined by Jason Sekany, RJ Farrell and Marc Wiese, who all return to the staff after helping Team USA to its first-ever gold medal at the COPABE U-12 Pan-American Championships in 2018. Sekany will lead the pitching staff, while Farrell and Wiese will serve as assistant coaches.

For more information on the 12U National Team and the selection process, please visit USABaseball.com or follow along on Twitter at @USABaseball12U.

2019 12U National Team Trials roster:
Name; Position; Hometown; Identification Event (Team)
Dillon Adkins; LHP/OF; Mechanicsville, Md.; 12U National Open (Free)
Jack Armijo; LHP/1B; San Lorenzo, Calif.; 12U National Open (Eagles)
Thomas Brown; C/UTIL; Livermore, Calif.; 12U National Open (Patriots)
Anthony Del Angel; OF/IF; Rio Ranchero, N.M.; 2018 11U NTIS (Southwest)
Jesse Del Toro; RHP; Modesto, Calif.; 12U National Open (Stars)
John Dolan; C/RHP; Camarillo, Calif.; 12U National Open (Free)
Gavin Fien; SS/RHP; Temecula, Calif.; 11U Futures Invitational (MVP Hustle)
Hamilton Friedberg; SS/RHP; Redondo Beach, Calif.; 11U Futures Invitational (MVP Hustle)
Brayden Gutierrez; C/RHP; Bakersfield, Calif.; 12U National Open (United)
Josiah Hartshorn; OF/LHP; Anaheim, Calif.; 11U Futures Invitational (Top Tier Americans)
Rashad Hayes; OF; Oakland, Calif.; 12U National Open (Eagles)
Gavin Hottle; IF/RHP; Irvine, Calif.; 2018 11U NTIS (Southwest)
Bryant James; IF/RHP; Herndon, Va.; 2018 11U NTIS (Capital)
Brenden Lewis; 2B/RHP; Santee, Calif.; 11U Futures Invitational (San Diego Show)
Jaiden Lo Re; C/UTIL; Phoenix, Ariz.; 12U National Open (United)
Jack McKernan; OF/LHP; Missouri City, Texas; 11U Futures Invitational (Twelve Baseball)
Elijah McNeal; IF; Dublin, Calif.; 2018 11U NTIS (Mountain West)
Luis Mejia; IF/OF; Phoenix, Ariz.; 2018 11U NTIS (Southwest)
Gustavo Melendez; SS/UTIL; Cayey, P.R.; 11U Futures Invitational (I AM Baseball)
Alexander Mercurius; RHP; Las Vegas, Nev.; 12U National Open (United)
Noah Meza; OF; Chino Hills, Calif.; 12U National Open (Eagles)
Bryce Nixon; INF; Huffman, Texas; 12U National Open (Pride)
Henry Pancoast; UTIL/RHP; Hainesport, N.J.; 11U Futures Invitational (I AM Baseball)
Kalub Ramirez; UTIL/RHP; Hereford, Texas.; 11U Futures Invitational (Banditos Black)
Owen Robinson; LHP/IF; Greensboro, N.C.; 2018 11U NTIS (Capital)
Isaac Rojas; RHP/OF; Riverside, Calif.; 12U National Open (Eagles)
Jack Ruckert; OF/1B; Baton Rouge, La.; 12U National Open (Stripes)
C. J. Sampson; RHP/IF; Magnolia, Texas.; 2018 11U NTIS (South Texas)
Kruz Schoolcraft; IF/LHP; Aloha, Ore.; 2018 11U NTIS (Northwest)
Sebastian Segura; INF/UTIL; Spring, Texas; 12U National Open (Stars)
Logan Shields; RHP/1B; Manvel, Texas; 12U National Open (Stripes)
Jayden Stroman; IF/RHP; Medford, N.Y.; 2018 11U NTIS (North Atlantic)
Titan Targac; LHP/1B; Flatonia, Texas; 11U Futures Invitational (Banditos Black)
Lucas Tinajero; SS/RHP; Corpus Christi, Texas; 11U Futures Invitational (Banditos Black)
Eli Willits; IF/RHP; Fort Cobb, Okla.; 2018 11U NTIS (Midwest)
Miles Young; IF; Cypress, Texas; 2018 11U NTIS (North Texas)

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43rd USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series Begins Tuesday

July 14, 2019
GAME Collegiate National Team at Japan
TIME Tuesday, 5 a.m. ET
LOCATION Matsuyama, Japan (Botchan Stadium)
USA: RHP Meyer (1-1)
JPN: TBA

Live Stats | USA Team Stats | Japan Team Info

MATSUYAMA, JAPAN - The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team arrived Sunday to Japan for the 43rd USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series. Team USA holds a 24-18 advantage in the series, although Japan has won 17 of 20 series in its home country and 15 straight series in Japan over the last 40 years. 

Team USA has won six of its first nine games in 2019, including series wins over Cuba (4-1) and Chinese Taipei (2-1). The team practiced Saturday in Taiwan, traveled Sunday to Japan and plans to practice Monday in preparation for its biggest series of the summer. 

The Collegiate National Team has had a balanced start, hitting .331 as a team for 6.8 runs per game with a 2.68 team ERA and .991 fielding percentage. Heston Kjerstad leads the hitters with a .542/.556/.792 slash line and nine pitchers have an ERA under 2.00.

All five games will be televised nationally in Japan. It is unknown whether a video feed will be available in the United States. Team USA will provide updates via @USABaseballCNT on Twitter and live stats via links on the Collegiate National Team's schedule page.

Notable Information
• Overall series: USA leads, 24-18
• Series in Japan: Japan leads, 17-3
• Team USA has lost 15 straight series in Japan dating back 40 years.
• Team USA lost its last series in Japan, 3-2, including a 5-4 loss in 10 innings in the deciding Game 5 on July 17, 2016 at Kusanagi Stadium
• All-Star series games: Collegiate National Team leads, 131-104-2
• Overall games: Collegiate National Team leads, 154-123-2
• The last four series (2013, 2016, 2017, 2018) have all finished 3-2. Japan won in 2013 and 2016 in Japan, while the Collegiate National Team won in 2017 and 2018 in the United States.
• Team USA has won two straight series vs. Japan, a 3-2 win in 2017 throughout the Northeast United States and a 3-2 win in 2018 in North Carolina and Georgia. 
• The longest series winning streak in the series is five by Team USA from 1973-77 .

On Deck
• July 16 vs. Japan (5 a.m. ET; Matsuyama, Japan; Botchan Stadium)
• July 17 vs. Japan (5 a.m. ET; Imabari City, Japan; Imabari Municipal Baseball Stadium)
• July 18 vs. Japan (5 a.m. ET; Iwakuni, Japan; Kizuna Stadium)
• July 20 vs. Japan (5 a.m. ET; Kooriyama, Japan; Kaiseizan Stadium)
• July 21 vs. Japan (5 a.m. ET; Tokyo, Japan; Meiji Jingu Stadium)

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Cups

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Key Moments

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

 

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

Seth Wilkinson turned in a one run, complete game performance to secure the victory
July 14, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Rawlings Prospects 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 3 3 2
Canes Barbour 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 1
Win: Wilkinson  Loss: Brown  Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play
 

CARY, N.C. - Rawlings Prospects utilized a strong start from Seth Wilkinson to defeat Canes Barbour 3-1 and secure their spot as the 2019 USA Baseball 14U Cup champions Sunday afternoon at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Key Moments

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

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