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USA Baseball Announces 2019 12U National Team Roster

The 12U National Team will compete for a record fourth straight world championship
July 18, 2019

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. - USA Baseball announced the 18-man 12U National Team roster on Thursday, following the conclusion of the 12U National Team Trials at William S. Hunt Pony Baseball and Softball Park in Santa Clarita, California. 

Team USA will compete at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup in Tainan, Taiwan, beginning Friday, July 26. 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. 

"We are thrilled with the eighteen young men that we have selected to represent the United States at the World Baseball Softball Confederation U-12 Baseball World Cup," said 12U National Team Program Director Will Schworer. "We are looking forward to growing as a team over the next two days and are ready for the challenges ahead."

Before heading to Taiwan, the 2019 12U National Team will train from July 19-22 at William S. Hart Pony Baseball and Softball Park. Team USA will play two exhibition games on Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21. The opponents will be announced at a later time.

Todd Fine will lead the 12U National Team as the team's manager for the second consecutive year and is joined on staff by RJ Farrell, Jason Sekany and Marc Wiese. The entire coaching staff returns to Team USA after leading the 12U National Team to its first-ever gold medal at the 2018 COPABE U-12 Pan-American Championships.

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

2019 12U National Team 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)
John Dolan; C/RHP; Camarillo, Calif.; 12U National Open (Free)
Gavin Fien; SS/RHP; Temecula, Calif.; 11U Futures Invitational (MVP Hustle)
Josiah Hartshorn; OF/LHP; Anaheim, Calif.; 11U Futures Invitational (Top Tier Americans)
Rashad Hayes; OF; Oakland, Calif.; 12U National Open (Eagles)
Brenden Lewis; 2B/RHP; Santee, Calif.; 11U Futures Invitational (San Diego Show)
Jaiden Lo Re; UTIL; Phoenix, Ariz.; 12U National Open (United)
Jack McKernan; OF/LHP; Missouri City, Texas; 11U Futures Invitational (Twelve Baseball)
Gustavo Melendez; 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)
Jack Ruckert; OF/1B; Baton Rouge, La.; 12U National Open (Stripes)
Sebastian Segura; 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 NTIS (North Atlantic)
Lucas Tinajero; SS/RHP; Corpus Christi, Texas; 11U Futures Invitational (Banditos Black)

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Team USA No-Hits South Africa To Close WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup

Alexander Mercurius and Brenden Lewis hurl a combined no-hitter in the win
August 2, 2019
  1 2 3 4 R H E
South Africa 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Team USA 11 1 6 X 18 0 0
Win: A. Mercurius (1-1) Loss: J. Jonathan (0-1) Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats

 

TAINAN, Taiwan - Alexander Mercurius (Las Vegas, Nev.) and Brenden Lewis (Santee, Calif.) combined to throw a no-hitter as the USA Baseball 12U National Team dropped South Africa, 18-0, to conclude the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup on Saturday at ASPAC B stadium in Tainan, Taiwan.
 


Team USA concluded the 2019 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup with a 6-2 overall record, while South Africa finished the tournament with a 1-7 overall record. The U.S. outscored its opponents 118-21 in the tournament. Saturday's second game of the doubleheader marked the team's first no-hitter of the tournament. The U.S. held opponents to one hit or less in four games of the 2019 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup.

Mercurius set the tone on the mound for Team USA after striking out three in two hitless innings on the mound to earn the win. Lewis entered the game in the third inning and struck out all three batters that he faced to complete the no-hitter. South Africa's Jaedon Jonathan (0-1) suffered the loss.

Jaiden Lo Re (Oakland, Calif.) led the U.S. at the plate after going 3-for-3, including a double and a home run, while recording three RBIs and scoring two runs. Lo Re became the seventh different player to log a home run for Team USA with a two-RBI home run in the first inning. Three members of Team USA added two hits on the day, including Lucas Tinajero (Corpus Christi, Texas), who picked up his sixth multi-hit game of the tournament. Tinajero picked up his team-leading fourth home run with a two-RBI shot in the bottom of the first.

Key Moments

  • Team USA jumped out to an early lead as Gavin Fien (Temecula, Calif.) hit an RBI-single before Lucas Tinajero hit his team-leading fourth home run to plate Fien and give Team USA a 3-0 lead with no outs in the bottom of the first.
  • The U.S. continued the scoring two batters later as Noah Meza (Chino Hills, Calif.) and Gustavo Melendez (Cayey, P.R.) hit an RBI-single and an RBI-double, respectively, before Jaiden Lo Re hit the team's second homer of the inning to stretch the lead to 7-0.
  • Fien added two more RBIs to his total with a double and Dillon Adkins hit an RBI-single to center field to give Team USA an 11-0 advantage.
  • Rashad Hayes (Oakland, Calif.) brought home Team USA's lone run of the second inning with a sacrifice fly to right field.
  • The red, white and blue used four hits to plate six more runs in the bottom of the third, highlighted by a two-RBI single by Sebastian Segura (Spring, Texas).
  • Team USA's Alexander Mercurius (Las Vegas, Nev.) was lights out on the mound, pitching three hitless innings while striking out five before Brenden Lewis (Santee, Calif.) entered the game in the top of the fourth and struck out the side to end the game due to the run rule.

Notable Information

  • Team USA earned two wins on Saturday after defeating Czech Republic,11-0, and South Africa 18-0.
  • The U.S. closed the 2019 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup with a 6-2 overall record.
  • The red, white and blue recorded four shutouts in the tournament, including shutting out its final three opponents.
  • Saturday's second contest against South Africa marked the team's first no-hitter at the tournament and the 15th in program history.
  • The U.S. held opponents to one hit or less in four games of the 2019 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup.
  • Lucas Tinajero picked up his sixth multi-hit game of the tournament after going 2-for-2 at the plate.
  • Tinajero led the U.S. squad in hits (14), home runs (4) and batting average (.667) in the tournament while tying for second with 11 runs scored and RBIs.
  • Dillon Adkins scored 11 runs and drove in 12 RBIs to pace the red, white and blue.
  • Noah Meza led the team with eight stolen bases at the 2019 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup.
  • Bryce Nixon drew eight walks, tying a program record for the most walks in a season.
  • Brenden Lewis paced Team USA with two wins on the mound and tied for the team lead with seven. 

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Team USA's Matchup against Czech Republic Postponed in Third Inning

Game will resume on Saturday with Team USA leading 11-0
August 2, 2019

TAINAN, Taiwan - Friday's contest between the USA Baseball 12U National Team and the Czech Republic was postponed due to rain with the U.S. leading 11-0 in the top of the third inning. The game will resume on Saturday, August 2, at midnight ET at ASPAC B stadium in Tainan, Taiwan.

Team USA will now conclude the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup on Saturday, August 2, with a doubleheader. The U.S. and the Czech Republic will complete its scheduled game at ASPAC B Stadium, before the red, white and blue, takes on South Africa at 2 a.m. ET.


Key Moments

  • Josiah Hartshorn (Anaheim, Calif.) led off the top of the first for Team USA with a single up the middle before stealing second base. Lucas Tinajero (Corpus Christi, Texas) drew a walk in the next at-bat to put runners on first and second.
  • Gavin Fien (Temecula, Calif.) doubled down the right-field line two pitches later to clear the bases and give the U.S. a 2-0 lead.
  • Dillon Adkins (Mechanicsville, Md.) continued the scoring for Team USA two batters later with a three-run homer that sailed out of the stadium, giving the red, white and blue a 5-0 advantage.
  • Lucas Tinajero then hit his third home run of the tournament with an opposite-field home run that scored two to give Team USA a 9-0 advantage heading into the bottom of the first.
  • Team USA added a pair of runs in the bottom of the second after Rashad Hayes (Oakland, Calif.) and Lo Re hit an RBI-double and an RBI-single, respectively, to stretch the lead to 11-0.
  • Friday's contest will resume on Saturday, August 3, at 12 a.m. ET with Jack Ruckert at the plate and two outs in the top of the third.


Notable Information

  • Dillon Adkins and Lucas Tinajero each hit a home run in the top of the first as Team USA jumped out to an early 9-0 lead. The U.S. added two more runs in the second before the game was delayed and later postponed with two outs in the third.
  • The game will resume on Saturday with Jack Ruckert at the plate and two outs in the top of the third.


On Deck

  • Friday's matchup against the Czech Republic will resume on Saturday, August 2, at 12 a.m. ET, with two outs in the top of the third inning and the U.S. leading 11-0.
  • The U.S. will wrap up the 2019 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup with a game against South Africa on Saturday, August 3, at ASPAC B Stadium in Tainan, Taiwan.


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Team USA Tops Czech Republic

August 1, 2019
  1 2 3 4 R H E
Team USA 9 2 4 0 15 12 0
Czech Republic 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
Win: J. McKernan (1-0) Loss: J. Novak (0-1) Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats

 

TAINAN, Taiwan - The USA Baseball 12U National Team registered 12 hits including three home runs and the pitching staff hurled a shutout as Team USA defeated the Czech Republic, 15-0, in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday, August 3, at the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup at ASPAC B stadium in Tainan, Taiwan.

The U.S. will conclude the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup with game two of Saturday's doubleheader against South Africa (1-6). Team USA moved to 5-2 at the 2019 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup with the win, while the Czech Republic finished the tournament with a 4-4 record overall record. The U.S. has outscored its opponents 100-21 through the first seven games of play.

Rashad Hayes (Oakland, Calif.) went 2-for-2, with a double and a home run, and registered four RBIs at the plate to lead Team USA offensively. Lucas Tinajero (Corpus Christi, Texas) and Dillon Adkins (Mechanicsville, Md.) hit a home run apiece in the contest to tie for the team-lead with three. Hayes and Adkins scored three runs each in the game, while four members of the U.S. squad scored twice.

Jack McKernan (Missouri City, Texas) earned the win for Team USA after striking out five and allowing one hit in the first two innings of the game. Logan Shields (Manvel, Texas) entered the game in the third inning and pitched two hitless innings while striking out four, before the game was called due to the international run rule. Czech Republic's Jan Novak (0-1) suffered the loss after allowing 11 runs in 1.1 innings on the mound.

Key Moments

  • Josiah Hartshorn (Anaheim, Calif.) led off the top of the first for Team USA with a single up the middle before stealing second base. Lucas Tinajero (Corpus Christi, Texas) drew a walk in the next at-bat to put runners on first and second.
  • Gavin Fien (Temecula, Calif.) doubled down the right field line two pitches later to clear the bases and give the U.S. a 2-0 lead.
  • Dillon Adkins (Mechanicsville, Md.) continued the scoring for Team USA with a three-run homer that sailed out of the stadium, giving the red, white and blue a 5-0 advantage.
  • The U.S. added two runs on a RBI-single from Noah Meza (Chino Hills, Calif.) and a RBI-groundout from Jaiden Lo Re (Phoenix, Ariz.).
  • Lucas Tinajero (Corpus Christi, Texas) then hit his third home run of the tournament with an opposite-field home run that scored two to give Team USA a 9-0 advantage heading into the bottom of the first.
  • Team USA added a pair of runs in the bottom of the second after Rashad Hayes (Oakland, Calif.) and Lo Re hit an RBI-double and an RBI-single, respectively, to stretch the lead to 11-0.
  • Starting pitcher Jack McKernan (Missouri City, Texas) was on fire through the first two innings, striking out out five and allowing one hit.
  • The game was suspended after heavy rain began with Team USA batting in the top of the third inning.
  • The game continued on Saturday, August 3, at 12 a.m. ET with Jack Ruckert (Baton Rouge, La.) at the plate and two outs in the top of the third.
  • Rashad Hayes (Oakland, Calif) hit a three-run homer to left field to stretch the lead to 14-0.
  • Lo Re wrapped up the scoring after registering his second RBI of the game with a double that brought Noah Meza (Chino Hills, Calif.) home.
  • Logan Shields (Manvel, Texas) finished the game on the mound for Team USA, recording four strikeouts in two hitless innings of relief.

Notable Information

  • Team USA moved to 5-2 at the 2019 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup with the win, while the Czech Republic closed the tournament with a 4-4 record.
  • Team USA now holds a 1-0 record against Czech Republic in international play.
  • Team USA held the Czech Republic to one hit in the contest, marking the third time at the 2019 WBSC U-12 World Cup that the U.S. has held an opponent to one hit.
  • Jack McKernan (1-0) earned the win after striking out five, while allowing one hit in two innings of work.
  • Logan Shields punched out four batters in two hitless innings of relief.
  • Dillon Adkins, Rashad Hayes and Lucas Tinajero hit a home run each in the contest.
  • Hayes led the U.S. offensively after going 2-for-2 with a home run and a double, while recording four RBIs and scoring three runs.

On Deck

  • The U.S. will wrap up the 2019 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup with a game against South Africa on Saturday, August 3, at ASPAC B Stadium in Tainan, Taiwan.

Social

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Team USA Shuts Out Fiji

Jack Armijo strikes out six in two innings as Team USA cruises past Fiji
August 1, 2019
  1 2 3 4 R H E
Fiji 0 0 0 0 0 2 7
Team USA 6 22 0 X 28 12 0
Win: J. Armijo (1-0) Loss: G. Lee (0-1) Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats

 

TAINAN, Taiwan - Jack Armijo (San Lorenzo, Calif.) struck out six batters in two innings on the mound and Team USA tied a program-record in runs scored as the team defeated Fiji, 28-0, at the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup at Shan-Hwan Stadium in Tainan, Taiwan.

Team USA moved to 4-2 at the 2019 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup with the win, while Fiji fell to 0-6. The U.S. has outscored its opponents 87-19 through the first six games of play. Team USA registered 14 stolen bases in the game, topping the previous record of 13 against Colombia in 2016. The U.S. tied a program record in runs scored after plating 28 runs for the second time in the tournament.

Sebastian Segura (Spring, Texas) led Team USA offensively after going 3-for-3, with a double, and registering four RBIs on the day. Lucas Tinajero picked up his fifth multi-hit game of the tournament after going 2-for-4 at the plate. Nine players scored at least two runs in the game, while Dillon Adkins (Mechanicsville, Md.), John Dolan (Camarillo, Calif.) and Gustavo Melendez (Cayey, P.R.) scored four times each. Logan Shields (Manvel, Texas) led the team with five RBIs on the day, becoming the seventh player in program history to reach the milestone. Bryce Nixon (Huffman, Texas) tied a program record for most walks in a season with eight, after drawing two against Fiji.

Armijo (1-0) earned his first win of the 2019 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup after striking out six while allowing one hit in two innings of work. Jayden Stroman (Medford, N.Y.) entered the game in the third inning and pitched two scoreless innings before the game was called due to the international run rule. Fiji's George Lee (0-1) suffered the loss after 17 runs in one inning of work.

Key Moments

  • Team USA led from start to finish after Bryce Nixon (Huffman, Texas) drew to lead off the game before scoring on a wild pitch. Gustavo Melendez (Cayey, P.R.) and Dillon Adkins (Mechanicsville, Md.) scored on a fielder's choice and a wild pitch to push the lead to 3-0 with no outs in the first inning.
  • Team USA continued the scoring as Logan Shields (Manvel, Texas) hit a sacrifice fly to center field to bring home John Dolan (Camarillo, Calif.) before Sebastian Segura (Spring, Texas) and Jack McKernan (Missouri City, Texas) scored on a balk and a wild pitch, respectively, to extend the U.S. lead.
  • The U.S. batted through the order twice in the bottom of the second as it scored 22 runs on 12 hits and six errors by Fiji, highlighted by RBI-doubles from Shields, Segura and McKernan.
  • Shields and Segura drove in four runs in the inning, while four players recorded a pair of RBIs each.
  • Starting pitcher Jack Armijo (San Lorenzo, Calif.) recorded all six putouts with a strikeout through the first two innings before Jayden Stroman (Medford, N.Y.) struck out three in the final two innings as the game was called due to the run rule.

Notable Information

  • Team USA moved to 4-2 at the 2019 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup with the win, while Fiji fell to 0-6.
  • Team USA now holds a 1-0 record against Fiji in international play.
  • Jack Armijo (1-0) earned the win after striking out six while allowing one hit in two innings of work.
  • Jayden Stroman allowed just one hit while striking out three in two innings of relief.
  • Lucas Tinajero picked up his fifth multi-hit game of the tournament after going 2-for-4 at the plate.
  • Tinajero is tied for second with 11 hits the first six games of the WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup and while ranking third in batting average (.688) and on-base percentage (.773).
  • Dillon Adkins scored his team-leading ninth run of the tournament against Fiji, placing him in a tie for fourth on the tournament leaderboards.
  • Bryce Nixon drew his tournament-leading eighth walk against Fiji, tying a program record for the most walks in a season.
  • Jayden Stroman leads the tournament with a perfect 0.00 ERA in three appearances on the mound. Teammate Brenden Lewis ranks second with a 0.67 ERA.
  • Lewis leads all pitchers at the 2019 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup in innings pitched (9.0) and is tied for first with two wins.

On Deck

  • Team USA continues play at the 2019 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup on Thursday, August 1, against Czech Republic. First pitch is slated for 2:00 a.m. ET at from ASPAC B Stadium in Tainan, Taiwan.
  • The U.S. will wrap up the 2019 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup with a game against South Africa on Saturday, August 3, at ASPAC B Stadium in Tainan, Taiwan.

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Team USA Knocks Off Korea in Extra Innings

Dillon Adkins hits two home runs to lead Team USA in the opening round finale
July 31, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Team USA 0 1 1 3 2 1 4 12 10 2
Korea 4 0 3 1 0 0 3 11 8 3
Win: Brenden Lewis (2-0) Loss: T. Lee (0-1) Save: Gavin Fien (1)
Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats

 

TAINAN, Taiwan - Dillon Adkins (Mechanicsville, Md.) went 3-for-3 with two home runs and recorded four RBIs to lead Team USA to a come-from-behind win over previously unbeaten Korea, 12-11, in the final game of the opening round at the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup at ASPAC Youth Stadium in Tainan, Taiwan.

Team USA concluded the opening round of the 2019 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup with a 3-2 record, while Korea (4-1) suffered its first loss of the tournament. Korea finished first in the Group B standings despite the loss, while the U.S. placed fourth.

Adkins led the U.S. offensively after going 3-for-3 with two home runs and driving in four RBIs. He also led the team with three runs scored. Lucas Tinajero (Corpus Christi, Texas) added a pair of hits and scored two runs in the win. Tinajero recorded a .750 batting average in the opening round, tying Japan's Kazuki Takahata for the best in the tournament. Tinajero ranks second in the tournament in on-base percentage (.824) and third with a 1.417 slugging percentage. Noah Meza (Chino Hills, Calif.) stole his sixth base of the tournament against Korea, putting him in a three-way tie for second.

Team USA's Brenden Lewis (Santee, Calif.) earned his second win 2019 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup after allowing four runs on three hits in four innings of relief. Lewis joined Chinese Taipei's Yu An Chen as the only pitchers to earn two wins in the tournament. Lewis leads the tournament in innings pitched (9.0) and ranks second with a 0.67 ERA. Logan Shields started the game for the U.S. and struck out three in two innings in the no-decision. Gavin Fien (Temecula, Calif.) earned Team USA's lone save of the tournament after forcing a fly out to end the game. Korea's Taeoh Lee (0-1) suffered the loss after allowing two runs in 0.1 innings.

Key Moments

  • Korea jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first after scoring on an RBI-single and a three-run homer.
  • Team USA responded in the top of the second inning when Jaiden Lo Re (Phoenix, Ariz.) scored on an error by Korea's shortstop.
  • The U.S. posted its second run of the game as Bryce Nixon (Huffman, Texas) led off the top of the second with a single to third base, before scoring on the next play after two consecutive throwing errors by Korea.
  • Korea added three more runs in the bottom of the frame with a solo homer and a pair of RBI-singles to extend the lead to 7-2.
  • The scoring continued in the top of the fourth as Dillon Adkins (Mechanicsville, Md.) hit a 2-2 pitch over the wall in deep-center to lead off the inning. Jack McKernan (Missouri City, Texas) sparked a two-out rally in the inning with a single through the right side, before advancing to third on back-to-back wild pitches from Korea.
  • Nixon then drew his sixth walk of the tournament, as McKernan scored on a wild pitch. Nixon scored on Korea's fourth wild pitch of the inning to cut the lead to 7-5.
  • Korea capitalized on Team USA's first error of the game in the bottom of the fourth to add to the lead.
  • Lucas Tinajero (Corpus Christi, Texas) led off the top of the fifth with a walk, before Adkins hit his second round-tripper of the game with a blast to left field to cut the lead to one heading into the sixth inning.
  • Noah Meza (Chino Hills, Calif.) led off the final scheduled inning with a single that bounced off the left field wall. He advanced to second as Nixon laid down a sacrifice bunt, before scoring the tying run of the game on back-to-back balks.
  • Brenden Lewis (Santee, Calif.), who entered the game with two outs in the bottom of the third, retired the side in order for the second straight inning to send the game into extras.
  • Team USA began the top of the seventh with Jayden Stroman (Medford, N.Y.) and Tinajero standing on first and second, respectively, due to the international tiebreaker. Adkins led off the inning by plating Tinajero with a single to right-center, giving Team USA its first lead of the day.
  • Gustavo Melendez (Cayey, P.R.) continued the scoring with a sacrifice to right field to bring home Stroman. Adkins then crossed home on a wild pitch, before Nixon plated Lo Re with a sacrifice fly to left field to give Team USA a 12-8 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh.
  • Lewis remained in the game in the home half of the inning and recorded two outs while allowing three runs, before Gavin Fien (Temecula, Calif.) stepped on the mound and forced Korea to fly out to center to earn his first save of the tournament.
     

Notable Information

  • Team USA moved to 3-2 at the 2019 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup with the win, while Korea fell to 4-1.
  • Korea secured first place in the Group B standings despite the loss, while the U.S. placed fourth.
  • Team USA now holds a 3-0 record against Korea at the WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup after earning an 18-1 win in 2015 and a 27-6 victory in 2017.
  • Lucas Tinajero picked up his fourth multi-hit game of the tournament after going 2-for-2 at the plate.
  • Tinajero has recorded a .750 batting average through the first five games of the WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup, tying Japan's Kazuki Takahata for the best in the tournament.
  • Tinajero ranks second in the tournament in on-base percentage (.824) and third with a 1.417 slugging percentage.
  • Noah Meza stole his sixth base of the tournament against Korea, putting him in a three-way tie for second.
  • Bryce Nixon is tied for second with six walks through the first five games while ranking fourth in on-base percentage (.800).
  • Lewis tied Chinese Taipei's Yu An Chen in wins after earning his second win of the tournament on Wednesday.
  • Lewis leads all pitchers at the 2019 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup in innings pitched (9.0) and ranks second with a 0.67 ERA.
     

On Deck

  • Team USA continues play at the 2019 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup on Thursday, August 1, against Fiji, before facing South Africa on August 2. Both games will begin at 2:00 a.m. ET.
  • The U.S. wraps up the 2019 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup with a game against South Africa on Saturday, August 3, at ASPAC B Stadium in Tainan, Taiwan.


Social

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Team USA Wraps Up Pool Play Against Korea

July 30, 2019
GAME Team USA vs. Korea
TIME 10:00 p.m. ET
LOCATION ASPAC B (Tainan City, Taiwan)
Team USA (2-2):TBA
Korea (4-0): TBA

Live Stats | Watch Live | Team USA Overall Stats

 

TAINAN, Taiwan -  The USA Baseball 12U National Team wraps up the opening round of the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup with a matchup against Korea. First pitch is set for 10:00 a.m. local time on Wednesday, July 31 or Tuesday, July 30, at 10:00 p.m. ET at ASPAC B Stadium in Tainan, Taiwan. 

Team USA looks to bounce back after suffering its second loss of the tournament against Mexico, 2-1, on Tuesday. The loss eliminated the U.S. from medal contention.

The U.S. holds a 2-0 record against Korea at the WBSC U-12 World Cup after earning an 18-1 win in 2015 and a 27-6 victory in 2017. Korea sits atop the Group B standings in the tournament with a 4-0 record, before Super Round play begins on Thursday.


Notable Information

  • Team USA moved to 2-2 at the 2019 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup after falling to Mexico on Tuesday.
  • Tuesday's loss eliminated the U.S. from medal contention at the 2019 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup.
  • Korea sits atop the Group B standings in the tournament with a 4-0 record.
  • Team USA holds a 2-0 record against Korea at the WBSC U-12 World Cup after earning an 18-1 win in 2015 and a 27-6 victory in 2017.

 

On Deck

  • Team USA will conclude the 2019 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup with three consolation games from August 1-3. The full schedule will be announced following Wednesday's matchup.

 

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Team USA Drops Game Four of WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup

Team USA bows out of medal contention with the loss
July 29, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Team USA 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 5 1
Mexico 1 0 1 0 0 X 2 4 0
Win: Y. Canizales Loss: A. Mercurius Save: None
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TAINAN, Taiwan - Team USA (2-2) was eliminated from medal contention at the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup after suffering a 2-1 loss to Mexico (4-1) on Tuesday at ASPAC B Stadium in Tainan, Taiwan.
 


Team USA's starting pitcher Alexander Mercurius (Las Vegas, Nev.) pitched suffered the loss on the mound after allowing two runs on four hits and striking out two in 4.2 innings on the mound. Jack McKernan (Missouri City, Texas) struck out the only batter he faced in relief for red, white and blue. Mexico's Yustin Canizales earned the win on the mound after pitching a complete game and allowing just one run.

Gavin Fien (Temecula, Calif.) and Lucas Tinajero (Corpus Christi, Texas) led the U.S. offensively, recording two hits each on the day. Tinajero recorded Team USA's lone extra-base hit in the game with a double in the first inning, while Josiah Hartshorn (Anaheim, Calif.) scored The U.S. squad's lone run of the game. Canizales used a single and a home run to drive in both of Mexico's runs in the contest.

Key Moments

  • Mexico struck first after Yustin Canizales led off with the bottom of the first with a home run to left field. Canizales extended Mexico's lead in the bottom of the third with an RBI-single through the left side.
  • Team USA responded in the top of the fourth inning after Lucas Tinajero (Corpus Christi, Texas) and Josiah Hartshorn (Anaheim, Calif.) led off the frame with back-to-back singles
  • Hartshorn and Tinajero advanced to second and third base, respectively, after Jack Ruckert (Baton Rouge, La.) grounded out to second. Brenden Lewis (Santee, Calif.) then hit a 3-2 pitch that bounced to Mexico's third baseman, who then threw Tinajero out on a close play at home.
  • Hartshorn scored on the next pitch after a balk by Mexico's pitcher to cut the lead to 2-1.
  • Team USA put a runner in scoring position in the bottom of the sixth as Ruckert reached base with two outs after getting hit by a pitch, before advancing to second on a balk. The U.S. couldn't capitalize, however, as Mexico forced a groundout to end the game in the next at-bat.
  • Team USA's starting pitcher Alexander Mercurius was solid on the mound throughout the game pitching all but one out for the red, white and blue, while striking out two.

Notable Information

  • Team USA moved to 2-2 at the 2019 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup with the loss, while Mexico clinched a spot in the Super Round with a 4-1 record.
  • The U.S. has officially been eliminated from medal contention with the loss after falling to fourth place in the Group B standings.
  • The series between the U.S. and Mexico is now tied at three, while Mexico earned its first win over Team USA at the WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup.
  • Team USA outhit Mexico 5-4 in the contest.
  • Alexander Mercurius (0-1) suffered the loss on the mound for Team USA, while Mexico's Yustin Canizales (1-0) earned the win.
  • Lucas Tinajero picked up his third multi-hit game of the tournament after going 2-for-3 with a double.
     

On Deck

  • Team USA will wrap the opening round of the WBSC U-12 World Cup on Wednesday, July 31, against Korea. First pitch is set for 10:00 p.m. ET.
     

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Team USA Powers Past Italy

Team USA scores a program-record 28 runs in win
July 28, 2019
  1 2 3 4 R H E
Italy 0 0 0 1 1 1 1
Team USA 11 10 7 X 28 21 1
Win: Jayden Stroman Loss: Alessandro Gamberini Save: None
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TAINAN, Taiwan - Team USA (2-1) scored a program-record 28 runs and its pitching staff allowed just one hit as it powered past Italy (1-3), 28-1, in the third game of the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup, at ASPAC B Stadium in Tainan, Taiwan on Monday.
 


Team USA notched one of the best offensive games in the history of the 12U National Team on Monday. The U.S. set a program record with 28 runs on the day, besting the previous mark that was set in a 27-6 win over Korea in 2017. The red, white and blue, also finished second in two team categories, RBIs (23) and walks (10), falling one RBI and a walk short of tying the team records.

Rashad Hayes (Oakland, Calif.) led the U.S. offensively after recording four RBIs on a pair of hits, including a home run, and scoring four runs in the contest. Hayes' four runs placed him in a tie with 10 other players for the most in a game. Lucas Tinajero (Corpus Christi, Texas) added a pair of home runs and contributed four RBIs in his two appearances at the plate. Jack Ruckert (Baton Rouge, La.) became the eighth player in program history to record four hits in a game. Eleven total batters recorded a hit for Team USA, while 10 earned an RBI.

Team USA's starting pitcher Jayden Stroman (Medford, N.Y.) earned the win on the mound after allowing just one hit and striking out a batter in two innings of work. Jack McKernan (Missouri City, Texas) entered the game in the third inning and struck out two of the three batters he faced in his lone inning of work. Italy's starting pitcher Alessandro Gamberini suffered the loss after giving up six runs while failing to record an out.

Key Moments

  • Bryce Nixon (Huffman, Texas) and Rashad Hayes (Oakland, Calif.) each drew a walk to lead off the game for Team USA, before Lucas Tinajero (Corpus Christi, Texas) brought them home with a three-RBI home run.
  • The U.S. continued the scoring in the inning as Gavin Fien (Temecula, Calif.) hit an RBI-double to plate Jack Ruckert (Baton Rouge, La.), giving Team USA a 4-0 lead with no outs in the bottom of the first.
  • Jaiden Lo Re (Phoenix, Ariz.) brought Fien home with an RBI-single to left field, before Noah Meza (Chino Hills, Calif.) stole home to stretch the U.S. lead. Lo Re crossed home on a throwing error by Italy two batters later.
  • Hayes made the most of his second plate appearance in the inning as he hit a three-run homer to left field that brought Gustavo Melendez (Cayey, P.R.) and Nixon home.
  • Tinajero followed Hayes' home run with his second homer of the inning to give Team USA an 11-0 lead.
  • Team USA kept its bats hot in the second inning, scoring 10 runs on eight hits to take a commanding 21-0 lead. Nixon and Brenden Lewis (Santee, Calif.) recorded two RBI's in the inning, while Hayes, Ruckert, Meza, and Melendez drove in a run each. Meza and Melendez also scored on a wild pitch.
  • The U.S. added seven runs to take a 28-0 lead in the bottom of the third, highlighted by a two-RBI double from Dillon Adkins (Mechanicsville, Md.) that broke the program record for the most runs scored in a game.
  • Italy scored its lone run in the top of the fourth before the game was called due to the run rule.


Notable Information

  • Team USA moved to 2-1 at the 2019 WBSC U-12 World Cup with the win, while Italy fell to 1-2.
  • The U.S. set a program record with 28 runs on the day, while ranking second in RBIs (23) and walks (10).
  • Eleven total batters recorded a hit for Team USA, while nine earned at least two RBIs.
  • Rashad Hayes led the U.S. offensively after recording four RBIs on a pair of hits, including a home run, and scoring four runs in the contest.
  • Hayes' four runs scored placed him in a tie with 10 other players for the most in a game.
  • Bryce Nixon tied Brandon Olivera (July 30, 2019, against Korea) for the program record in walks in a game, with three.
  • Jack Ruckert became the eighth player in program history to record four hits in a game.
  • Jayden Stroman (1-0) earned the win on the mound after allowing just one hit and striking out a batter in two innings of work. Italy's Alessandro Gamberini (0-1) suffered the loss.
  • Team USA's pitching staff allowed just one hit in Monday's contest, marking the second time that the U.S. has held an opponent to one hit at the 2019 WBSC U-12 World Cup.


On Deck

  • Team USA will continue the opening round of the WBSC U-12 World Cup on Monday, July 29, against Italy, before facing Mexico on Tuesday, July 30. Both games are set to being at 2:00 a.m. ET and will be played at ASPAC B Stadium.
  • The U.S. will wrap the opening round of the WBSC U-12 World Cup on Wednesday, July 31, against Korea.
     

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Game Three of the 2019 WBSC U-12 World Cup Has Been Postponed

Team USA will face Korea on July 31
July 28, 2019

TAINAN, Taiwan -  The USA Baseball 12U National Team's scheduled game against Korea at the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup at ASPAC Youth Stadium has been postponed due to rain.

The rescheduled game will take place on the originally scheduled off-day, July 31, at ASPAC Youth Stadium in Tainan, Taiwan. The first pitch for Wednesday's game will be announced at a later time.

Team USA (1-1) will take on Italy (0-2) on July 29 at ASPAC B in Tainan with the first pitch slated for 2 a.m. ET.


Notable Information

  • Team USA is 1-1 at the 2019 WBSC U-12 World Cup after defeating Australia (10-0) on Friday and falling to Venezuela (7-6) on Saturday.
  • Korea sits atop the Group B standings in the tournament with a 2-0 record after picking up wins over Mexico (7-0) on Friday and Australia (13-0) on Saturday.
  • The U.S. ranks fourth in Group B with Mexico and Venezuela locked in a tie for second with a 2-1 overall record.
  • Team USA holds a 4-0 record against its remaining opponents in the opening round of the 2019 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup.
  • The U.S. holds a 2-0 overall record against Korea and Mexico.
  • Monday's matchup against Italy marks the first meeting between the two national teams at the WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup.


On Deck

  • Team USA will continue the opening round of the WBSC U-12 World Cup on Monday, July 29, against Italy, before facing Mexico on Tuesday, July 30. Both games are set to being at 2:00 a.m. ET and will be played at ASPAC B Stadium.
  • The U.S. will wrap the opening round of the WBSC U-12 World Cup on Wednesday, July 31, against Korea.
     

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Team USA Looks To Bounce Back Against Korea

July 27, 2019
GAME Team USA vs. Korea
TIME 2:00 a.m. ET
LOCATION ASPAC Youth (Tainan City, Taiwan)
Korea (2-0): TBA
USA (1-1): TBA

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TAINAN, Taiwan -  Team USA continues the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup on Sunday against Korea at ASPAC Youth Stadium in Tainan, Taiwan. First pitch is set for 2 a.m. ET. 

Team USA looks to bounce back after suffering its first loss of the tournament against Venezuela, 7-6, on Saturday. The red, white, and blue scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, but could not overcome a five-run deficit as Venezuela (2-0) shut down the rally to earn the win.

The U.S. holds a 2-0 record against Korea at the WBSC U-12 World Cup after earning an 18-1 win in 2015 and a 27-6 victory in 2017. Korea sits atop the Group B standings in the tournament with a 2-0 record after picking up wins over Mexico (7-0) on Friday and Australia (13-0) on Saturday. The U.S. is currently tied with Mexico at third place in Group B with a 1-1 record.


Notable Information

  • Team USA moved to 1-1 at the 2019 WBSC U-12 World Cup after falling to Venezuela on Saturday.
  • Korea sits atop the Group B standings in the tournament with a 2-0 record after picking up wins over Mexico (7-0) on Friday and Australia (13-0) on Saturday.
  • The U.S. is tied with Mexico for third place in Group B with a 1-1 record.
  • Team USA holds a 2-0 record against Korea at the WBSC U-12 World Cup after earning an 18-1 win in 2015 and a 27-6 victory in 2017.


On Deck

  • Team USA will continue the opening round of the WBSC U-12 World Cup on Monday, July 29, against Italy. Monday's matchup is slated to begin at 2 a.m. ET at ASPAC Youth Stadium.
  • The U.S. will wrap the opening round of the WBSC U-12 World Cup on Tuesday, July 30, against Mexico. First pitch for the opening round finale is set for at 2 a.m. ET at ASPAC B Stadium in Tainan, Taiwan.
     

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