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USA Baseball Announces 2019 12U National Team Staff

Five-time national team coach Todd Fine will reprise role as manager in 2019
January 16, 2019

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced the 2019 12U National Team staff on Thursday, including the return of Todd Fine as the manager for the second year in a row. The rest of the 2018 staff will also return to the program in 2019 with Jason Sekany as the team's pitching coach and RJ Farrell and Marc Wiese once again serving as assistant coaches.

After leading the 2018 12U National Team to its first-ever COPABE U-12 Pan-American Championships gold medal, the staff will look to guide this year's team to the program's fourth-consecutive world championship title at the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup.

"We are honored to welcome back Todd and the rest of last year's staff to lead the 2019 12U National Team," USA Baseball Executive Director and CEO Paul Seiler said. "This is an extremely talented group of coaches and, after leading the team to its first-ever COPABE U-12 Pan-American Championships gold medal last year, we are excited to see what new heights these coaches will take our 12U National Team to in 2019."

Last year's team went undefeated under Fine's guidance, outscoring its opponents 127-7 and winning all nine of its games by a 13-run average margin of victory en route to the gold medal.

In addition to managing the 2018 squad, Fine also served as the 12U National Team pitching coach from 2014-2017. The program claimed two world championships and two silver medals while the pitching staffs held a cumulative ERA of 3.21 and an overall record of 30-5.

Fine has also coached at the USA Baseball Tournament of Stars and the 18U National Team Trials in his time with the organization. He is the founder and CEO of Top Tier Baseball based out of Chicago, Illinois. Under his guidance, Top Tier Baseball has had over 500 college baseball players, 63 Major League Baseball draft selections and nine MLB alums.

"It is a great honor to be the first back-to-back 12U manager," Fine said. "Anytime you are the three-time defending champions, having beaten the host country the last two times; there will be a huge target on our backs. The crowd intensity of 11,000 host fans chanting the entire game, the media coverage and the moment itself does not get bigger for an 11 or 12-year-old kid."

Sekany returns to the 12U National Team coaching staff in 2018 where he will serve as the team's pitching coach for the second year in a row. He was an assistant coach for the inaugural 2013 and 2015 12U National Teams that won a gold medal at the IBAF U-12 Baseball World Cups and has served on the task force at the USA Baseball National Team Identification Series (NTIS) and Tournament of Stars. A second-round selection by the Boston Red Sox in the 1996 MLB Amateur Draft, Sekany is the founder and lead pitching instructor at The Pitching Center in Pleasanton, California, and a varsity coach at Granada High School (Livermore, Calif.). In addition to his responsibilities at The Pitching Center and Granada High School, he is also the Northwest regional director for the NTIS.

2019 marks Farrell's third consecutive year serving as an assistant coach for the 12U National Team. He is in his seventh year as the head coach at Rancho Cucamonga High School (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) where 23 of his players have gone on to play collegiate baseball. Prior to coaching at Rancho Cucamonga High School, he was an associate head coach and recruiting coordinator at Patten University (Oakland, Calif.) from 2006-2008. He has worked with USA Baseball at the 11U NTIS, 12U National Open and the USA Baseball Futures Invitational, and also served as a 12U National Team Trials coach in 2016.

After making his national team coaching debut with the 12U National Team in 2018, Wiese returns to the staff for a second year. Previously, he served on coaching staffs at the 2016 and 2017 12U National Team Trials, and the 2015 17U National Team Development Program. He is the current head coach at Puyallup High School (Puyallup, Wash.) and has led the Vikings to 11 straight South Puget Sound League titles and two state championships (2014, 2017). Wiese, who was drafted in the 1987 MLB First Year Player Draft by the New York Mets, also led Puyallup High School to the 2015 USA Baseball National High School Invitational, finishing with a 3-1 record and outscoring its opponents 20-6.

"This is a testament to the strength of last year's staff and the continuity of a common goal," Fine said. "Having the comfort level with these coaches is as good as it gets. Being on the same wavelength and knowing what to expect from one another is something that doesn't happen overnight. I am extremely excited to continue what we started last year as we look toward bringing home the program's fourth world championship title in a row."

The 12U athlete identification process began with the 2018 11U NTIS and will continue with the 2019 11U Futures Invitational June 20-23 at Middle Creek Park in Cary, North Carolina, as well as the new 12U NTIS.

Held in various locations throughout the country, the 12U NTIS will offer athletes across the U.S. the opportunity to become involved with Team USA, while providing instruction, evaluation and fun. Players from the 12U NTIS will be recommended to USA Baseball officials and, from those recommendations, USA Baseball will invite 128 players to participate in the 12U National Open, which will take place July 13-15 in Santa Clarita, California.

The 12U National Team Trials will be held immediately after the 12U National Open from June 16-18, followed by training July 19-22 before the team travels to Tainan, Taiwan for the 2019 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup that will take place July 26-August 4.

For more information on the 12U National Team, follow along on Twitter @USABaseball and @USABaseball12U.

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2019 16U Cup Comes to a Close on Sunday

July 21, 2019

See the full 2019 16U Cup schedule and results on Gamechanger. 

TPA Nationals 1, GNYSAA 0

TPA Nationals defeated GNYSAA in a pitcher's duel 1-0 on Sunday at the National Training Complex in Cary, N.C.

After both teams went the first four innings without recording a run, it was TPA Nationals who were able to break through with the game's only run thanks to an RBI-single from Alec Benger that found the left field grass and allowed Brendan Burke to cross the plate. Both teams had efficient pitching, only allowing four hits apiece.

Benger earned the win for TPA Nationals after three innings pitched. Jacob Coffin helped TPA Nationals from the mound with seven recorded strikeouts. Ethan Garcia suffered the loss for GNYSAA.

TPA Nationals and GNYSAA both finished the tournament 2-2. 

 

Box Score

 


Virginia Cardinals 4, US Elite 1

Virginia Cardinals used a four-run inning to defeat US Elite in the semifinals and earn a spot in the gold medal match on Sunday at the National Training Complex in Cary, N.C.

After two scoreless innings, US Elite's James Michel hit a sacrifice-fly to right field and allowed teammate Christian Shertzer to cross the plate. Virginia Cardinals earned three walks and tallied three hits to score four runs in the bottom of the third. Both teams were held scoreless for the remainder of the game. 

Thomas Reilly earned the win for Virginia Cardinals after 5.2 innings pitched and six punchouts. Michael Jensen suffered the loss for US Elite.

Both US Elite and Virginia Cardinals finished the tournament 3-2.

Box Score

 


East Coast Clippers 4, Team Elite American 3

East Coast Clippers walk off Team Elite American 4-3 Sunday morning to secure a spot in the 2019 USA Baseball 16U Cup gold medal game at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

Neither team wasted any time getting on the board as Team Elite American jumped out to a two-run lead in the first, but East Coast Clippers answered back with a run of their own in the bottom half of the inning to make it a 2-1 game. 

With the game tied at three apiece headed into the seventh, the Clippers prevented Team Elite American from scoring to set up a potential walk-off situation. Team Elite American recorded the first two outs of the inning, but a two-out walk sparked hope. 

With a runner on first and two away, Jack Boyles doubled to center field to drive in the run and walk it off for the East Coast Clippers. The final score was 4-3.

With the win, East Coast Clippers move to 4-0 at the 16U Cup and will play in the championship game on Coleman field at 11:00 am ET. Team Elite American fall to 2-2 after the loss and will play US Elite at 11:00 am ET for bronze.

Box Score


Blue Chips 9, Purpose Driven Baseball 3

Purpose Driven Baseball capitalized on nine hits to score nine runs and defeat Blue Chips 9-3 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina on Sunday.

The two teams battled back and forth for much of the game, with Purpose Driven Baseball scoring a run in each of the second and fifth innings, while Blue Chips scored one in the third and fourth. 

With the two teams still tied in the sixth, Purpose Driven Baseball rallied for a big bottom of the sixth to score seven runs on five hits and four walks, putting them out to a late 9-3 lead.

With the win, Purpose Driven Baseball move to 1-3 at the 16U Cup while Blue Chips fall to 0-4 after the loss.

Box Score

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US Elite Win 16U Cup Bronze Medal After Defeating Team Elite American 3-2

US Elite Pitchers Allow Just Four Hits En Route to Bronze Medal
July 21, 2019

CARY, N.C. - US Elite used an early lead to defeat Team Elite American 3-2 and win the 2019 16U Cups bronze medal game on Sunday at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. 

US Elite were first on the board after James Michel singled on a grounder that found the right field grass in the bottom of the first. US Elite added two more runs in the second when Jannuel Wispi hit a fly ball to left that turned into an inside-the-park home run. After being held scoreless through the first four innings, Team Elite American knocked in two runs on a single to center from Shane Garrett. US Elite would hold Team Elite American scoreless the final two innings and win the 16U Cup bronze medal game.

US Elite's offense was led by Michel who went 2-for-3 with one RBI and Wispi who went 1-for-2 with two RBIs. Garrett led Team Elite American's offense with one hit and two RBIs. Ryan Blaszczak earned the win for US Elite after five innings pitched with five strikeouts. Jaxon Masteron suffered the loss for Team Elite American.

US Elite finished the tournament with a record of 3-2, while Team Elite American finished 2-3 on the weekend.

Key Moments

  • US Elite's James Michel hit and RBI-single to right in the bottom of the first to score the game's first run.
  • In the next inning, Jannuel Wispi hit a two-run inside-the-park home run to give US Elite a 3-0 lead.
  • Team Elite American cut the deficit to one run in the top of the fifth following an RBI-single from Shane Garrett.
  • With the tying run in scoring position in the top of the seventh, US Elite pitcher Adam Kuzmicki stuck out Gabe Coats to finish the game.

Social
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East Coast Clippers Rally for Four Runs in the Fifth To Claim 16U Cup Gold

Austin Williams led the offensive charge, going 2-for-3 with two RBIs
July 21, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Virginia Cardinals 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 2 0
East Coast Clippers 2 0 0 0 4 0 x 6 12 0
Win: Welton  Loss: Scott  Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play
 

CARY, N.C. - The East Coast Clippers were crowned the 2019 USA Baseball 16U Cup champions on Sunday after rallying for four runs in the fifth inning and defeating the Virginia Cardinals 6-2 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. 

Neither team wasted any time getting on the board as Johnny Oates tripled to the center field wall in the top of the first to get the Virginia Cardinals on the board and put them out to a 1-0 lead, but the Clippers answered back in the bottom half of the inning with two runs of their own. The Cardinals then went on to tie the game at two apiece in the fourth courtesy of a Drue Hackenberg single down the third base line. 

The turning point in the game came in the fifth, as the East Coast Clippers rallied for four runs after starting the inning with three of their first four batters reaching base. In total, the Clippers capitalized on three walks and three hits to score the four runs. Austin Williams and Colin Scoggins were the standouts offensively for the East Coast Clippers. The duo combined to go 3-for-5 at the dish and were responsible for four of the East Coast Clippers six runs. The Clippers accumulated 12 hits in total in the the championship game.

East Coast Clippers starting pitcher Blake Hanly turned in a four-inning performance on the bump, allowing two runs (one earned) while striking out one. He was relieved by Thomas Welton, who was equally effective as he allowed no baserunners and struck out one in three innings of work. Welton (1-0) earned the win while Clay Scott (0-1) was the losing pitcher.

With the win, the Clippers finished the 2019 16U Cup with a perfect 5-0 record while the Virginia Cardinals finished 3-2.

Key Moments
• Johnny Oates tripled to the center field wall to get the Virginia Cardinals on the board and put them out to a 1-0 lead in the first.
• Colin Scoggins doubled to left-center to drive in the first run of the game for the East Coast Clippers and tie the game at one apiece in the bottom of the first.
• Two batters later, Joey Bouck grounded into a fielder's choice, bringing home Scoggins in the process and extending the East Coast Clippers lead to 2-2.
• Drue Hackenberg singled down the third base line to drive in a run for the Cardinals in the fourth, tying the game at two.
• Ethan Velasquez singled to drive in a run and give the East Coast Clippers the 3-2 lead after they started the inning with three of their first four batters reaching base.
• Two batters later, Austin Williams singled to right to drive in a pair and extend the East Coast Clippers lead to 5-2.
• Cole Schiff hit an RBI single in the following at-bat to extend the East Coast Clippers lead to 6-2.
• Thomas Welton didn't allow a baserunner to close out the last three innings of the game and secure the 6-4 win for the East Coast Clippers.

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Japan Clinches 43rd USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series

July 21, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
USA 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 4 1
JPN 1 0 0 3 0 0 2 0 X 6 9 2
Win: Morishita (2-1) Loss: Nikhazy (0-1)
Box Score | Play-by-Play | USA Final Stats
 

TOKYO - Japan ace Masato Morishita threw five scoreless innings to lead Japan to a 6-1 win at Meiji Jingu Stadium in Game 5 of the 43rd USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series and clinch the series 3-2. Japan won the series for the 16th straight time on its home soil over the last 40 years.  

"We lost to a really good team and a great baseball country," said Collegiate National Team manager Dan McDonnell (Louisville). "But we came here expecting to win. So it hurts."

Morishita started for the third time in the series and allowed only one hit in the five scoreless innings to claim MVP honors. The right-hander started Game 1, Game 3, and Game 5, allowing only two runs in 15 innings for a 1.20 ERA and .151 batting average against. Morishita threw 195 pitches in the series. 

Japan gave Team USA a big blow in the fourth inning, scoring three times with two outs to take a 4-0 lead. Takashi Umino had a two-out, two-RBI double and Kazuya Maruyama tripled on the next pitch to bring him home. 

"Obviously, that wasn't the way we wanted the series to go," said Alika Williams. "I had the time of a lifetime over here but we came here to do something and we didn't do it."

Williams led Team USA with a .313 batting average and five hits in the series. 

The Collegiate National Team completed its season with an 8-6 record, including series wins over Cuba and Chinese Taipei. 

"We live in a great country," said McDonnell. "It was an honor to coach the 24 best players in our country."

Key Moments
• Japan scored one in the first inning on a pair of singles, including an RBI from Tatsuru Yanagimachi.
• Japan gave Team USA a big blow in the fourth, scoring three times with two outs. Takashi Umino had a two-out, two-RBI double and Kazuya Maruyama tripled on the next pitch to bring him home. 
• Spencer Torkelson (Arizona State) got the Collegiate National Team on the board in the sixth with a line-drive RBI single to left field. 
• Koki Ugusa singled up the middle for an RBI and Shugo Maki lifted a sac fly in the seventh to give Japan a 6-1 lead. 

Notable Information 
• Tonight was the 14th winner-take-all final game in the history of the event. The Collegiate National Team is 7-7 against Japan in winner-take-all games.
• The Collegiate National Team is 4-7 all-time at Jingu Stadium. 
• Japan threw a shutout in Game 1 behind an excellent outing from ace Masato Morishita. 
• Alec Burleson (East Carolina) hit a walk-off homer to lead off the bottom of the ninth in Game 2 and tie the series 1-1.
• Three Team USA pitchers combined on a one-hitter as the Collegiate National Team shutout Japan to win Game 3. 
• Japan homered in four straight innings to rout Team USA in Game 4 and tie the series. 
• Masato Morishita threw five scoreless innings to earn series MVP honors and lead Japan to a 6-1 win in Game 5. 
• All-Star series: USA leads, 24-19
• Series in Japan: Japan leads, 18-3
• Japan has won 16 straight series in Japan dating back 40 years.
• All-Star series games: Collegiate National Team leads, 133-107-2
• Overall games: Collegiate National Team leads, 156-126-2
• The last five series (2013, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019) have all finished 3-2. Japan won in 2013, 2016, and 2019 in Japan, while the Collegiate National Team won in 2017 and 2018 in the United States.
• Team USA snapped a two-series winning streak against Japan (2017, 2018).

On Deck 
• The Collegiate National Team flies back to the United States on Tuesday. Team USA finished the summer with a record of 8-6, including series wins over Chinese Taipei and Cuba.

Social
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2019 17U NTDP Kicks Off With Game One

July 21, 2019
GAME Stars at Stripes
TIME 6:30 p.m. CT
LOCATION Chicago, Illinois (Wrigley Field)
STARS: RHP Hector
STRIPES: RHP Bitsko

Live Stats 

CHICAGO, Ill. - The USA Baseball 17U National Team Development Program kicks things off on Sunday at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois, pitting the Stars and Stripes against each other for the first time during the week-long athletic and personal development experience. Gates will open to the public at 5:30 p.m. CT.

Stars Pitching Rotation
• Rawley Hector
• Philip Abner
• Grant Taylor
• Kade Grundy
• Brady House 

Stripes Pitching Rotation
• Nick Bitsko
• Michael Morales
• Joshua Hartle
• Jack Walker
• Hunter Teplansky 

Social
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Team USA Opens 12U National Team Training With Win

Strong pitching leads Team USA past Pacific Baseball Academy
July 20, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
PBA 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 2
Team USA 3 0 0 1 1 2 7 7 2
Win: A. Mercurius Loss: L. Hodge Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats

 

Santa Clarita, Calif. - Team USA used 14 strikeouts from its pitching staff to defeat Pacific Baseball Academy, 7-1, in the first exhibition game of 2019 12U National Team Training on Saturday, at William S. Hart Pony Baseball and Softball Park in Santa Clarita, California.

Team USA's starting pitcher Alexander Mercurius (Las Vegas, Nev.) (1-0) earned the win after striking out four in two scoreless innings on the mound. Jack Armijo (San Lorenzo, Calif.) and Jack McKernan (Missouri City, Texas) struck out all three batters that they faced, while Logan Shields (Manvel, Texas) and Josiah Hartshorn (Anaheim, Calif.) punched out two batters each in one inning of relief. Pacific Baseball Academy's Landon Hodge (0-1) suffered the loss after allowing three runs in two innings of work.

Gavin Fien (Temecula, Calif.) led the U.S. at the plate after recording a hit and driving in two runs. Jack Ruckert (Baton Rouge, Louis.) contributed two runs and stole two bases in the game, while Sebastion Segura (Spring, Texas) added a triple.

 

Key Moments

  • Team USA jumped out to an early lead in the bottom of the first after Lucas Tinajero (Corpus Christi, Texas) drove in Jack Ruckert (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) with a hard ground ball that bounced between Pacific Baseball Academy's shortshop and third baseman.
  • Gavin Fien (Temecula, Calif.) continued the scoring in the first with a two-RBI single up the middle to give Team USA a 3-0 advantage.
  • PBA scored its lone run in the top of the second on an RBI-double by Nate Lopez.
  • The red, white, and blue added to its lead after scoring runs in the fourth and fifth innings as John Dolan (Camarillo, Calif.) and Jack Ruckert (Baton Rouge, Louis.) scored on a passed ball and a throwing error by Pacific Baseball Academy, respectively.
  • Sebastian Segura (Spring, Texas) hit a two-out triple that plated Jack McKernan (Missouri City, Texas) before scoring on a wild pitch in the bottom of the sixth to give Team USA the 7-1 win.

 

Notable Information

  • Team USA moved to 1-0 at National Team Trials with the win over Pacific Baseball Academy.
  • Alexander Mercurius (Las Vegas, Nev.) (1-0) earned the win on the mound after striking out four batters in two innings. Pacific Baseball Academy's starting pitcher Landon Hodge suffered the loss.
  • Team USA outhit Pacific Baseball Academy 7-3 in the exhibition game.

 

On Deck

  • The 12U National Team will compete in its final training game on Sunday, July 21, against the Top Tier Americans. First pitch is set for 3:45 p.m. at William S. Hart Park.
  • Following Sunday's contest, Team USA will travel to Tainan, Taiwan, to compete in the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup.

 

Social

  • Stay tuned to @USABaseball12U on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the 12U National Team.
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VA Cardinals Secure Spot in 16U Cup Semifinals After 4-0 Win Over US Elite

Cardinals starting pitcher Drue Hackenberg tossed a complete game, three hit shutout
July 20, 2019

CARY, N.C. - Drue Hackenberg turned in a complete game, three hit shutout Saturday morning to help VA Cardinals to a 4-0 win over US Elite. With the win, the Cardinals move to 2-1 at the 2019 USA Baseball 16U Cup and secure a spot in the semifinals.

Hackenberg shined both on the mound and at the plate in the Game of the Day. He struck out five and allowed just three hits to shutout the US Elite lineup. Hackenberg also helped his own cause at the plate as he went 2-for-2 with a walk and an RBI. Hackenberg (1-0) earned the win for his efforts while James Michel (0-1) suffered the loss.

Carter Lovasz and Brett Allen were also big contributors on offense. The duo combined to go 2-for-5 with two RBIs and three runs scored.

With the win, VA Cardinals rise to 2-1 at the 16U Cup and secure a spot in the semifinals. They will play a rematch game against US Elite Sunday at 8:00 am ET for the right to play in the championship game.

For the latest on the 2019 USA Baseball 16U Cup, stay tuned to @USABEvents on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news.

Key Moments
• VA Cardinals starting pitcher Drue Hackenberg helped his own cause in the second with an RBI double to right-center field, driving in a run and getting his team on the board.
• US Elite threatened with the bases loaded and just one away in the fourth, but Hackenberg got a timely strikeout and then forced a groundout to escape the jam and maintain the 1-0 Cardinals lead.
• The Cardinals threatened in the bottom of the fourth but were thrown out on an attempted steal of home to end the inning, preserving the 1-0 score.
• An error by US Elite allowed the Cardinals to score and extend their lead to 2-0 in the fifth.
• Carter Lovasz singled up the middle to drive in a pair and extend the Cardinals lead to 4-0 in the bottom of the sixth.
• Hackenberg fielded a groundball to the mound for the last out of the game to finalize his shutout and secure the 4-0 victory for the VA Cardinals.

Social
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Up Next
Semifinal action kicks off Sunday morning at 8:00 am ET. as VA Cardinals will sqaure off against US Elite on field two and Team Elite American take on East Coast Clippers on Coleman field.

 

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Day Two of 16U Comes to a Close Saturday

July 20, 2019

See the full 2019 16U Cup schedule and results on Gamechanger. 

East Coast Clippers 12, GNYSAA 2

East Coast Clippers used an eight-run inning to defeat GNYSAA 12-2 on Saturday at the National Training Complex in Cary, N.C.

East Coast Clippers' Colin Scoggins got his team out to an early lead in the first inning with an RBI-single to left. East Coast Clippers kept the momentum in the bottom of the second and plated eight runs on six hits. GNYSAA was able to tally a run in the top of the fourth after Christopher Martinez flied out to center, allowing Manuel Felix Jr. to score. East Coast Clippers added three more runs in the bottom of the fourth and held GNYSAA to one run in the fifth and enforced a run-rule to end the game.

Thomas Welton earned the win for East Coast Clippers after five innings pitched. David Thomas suffered the loss for GNYSAA.

East Coast Clippers improved to 3-0 and earned a spot in the semifinals tomorrow, while GNYSAA fell to 2-1. 

Box Score

 


Blue Chips 8, TPA Nationals 4

TPA Nationals scored six runs in the fifth and defeated Blue Chips 8-4 on Saturday at the National Training Complex in Cary, N.C.

Blue Chips plated two runs in the top of the second after reaching home on an error and wild pitch. TPA Nationals responded in the third when Payton Bloom scored on a wild pitch to cut the deficit to one. Bloom tied the game up later in the fourth with a line drive to center. TPA Nationals scored six runs in the bottom of the fifth and took an 8-2 lead. Blue Chips were able to tally two runs in the top of the seventh but would be held there. 

Jonah Oster earned the win for TPA Nationals after five innings pitched and recording three strikeouts. Cameron Pratt suffered the loss for Blue Chips.

TPA Nationals are now 1-2 in the tournament, while Blue Chips fell to 0-3.

Box Score

 


Purpose Driven Baseball 0, Team Elite American 4

Team Elite American accumulated four runs and were supplemented with two scoreless pitching performances on Saturday morning to defeat Purpose Driven Baseball 4-0 at the 2019 USA Baseball 16U Cup in Cary, North Carolina.

Chris Katz and Dustin Pulley combined for seven scoreless innings on the mound for Team Elite American, allowing just two hits whiles striking out eight. Katz (1-0) earned the win while Sawyer Sutton (0-1) was the losing pitcher.

The two top hitters in the Team Elite American lineup, Zach Middleton and Blaize Keen combined to go 2-for-6 with three RBIs.

With the win, Team Elite American move to 2-1 at the 16U Cup. They will face off against East Coast Clippers Sunday at 8:00 am ET for the chance to play in the championship game. Purpose Driven Baseball fall to 0-3 after the loss and will play Blue Chips at 11:00 am ET on Sunday.

Box Score

 

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Japan Forces Deciding Game 5 Against Collegiate National Team

July 20, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
JPN 0 0 4 2 1 1 0 1 0 9 12 0
USA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 2
Win: Hayakawa (1-0) Loss: L. Allen (0-1)
Box Score | Play-by-Play | USA Overall Stats
 

KORIYAMA, JAPAN - Japan homered in four straight innings Saturday to beat the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, 9-1, at Kaiseizan Stadium. Japan tied the series 2-2 and forced Sunday's deciding Game 5 at Jingu Stadium in Tokyo. 

"We are excited about Game 5 tomorrow night," said manager Dan McDonnell (Louisville). "I was a part of this series 10 years ago and we lost in Game 5. If you would've told me I could come back and get another Game 5, I would've said sign me up."

Yuya Gunji hit two of Japan's home runs, solo shots in the fourth and sixth innings. Takashi Umino started the scoring with a two-run homer in the third inning and Shugo Maki hit a solo shot in the fifth. 

The Collegiate National Team could not get anything started at the plate against Japan starter Takashi Hayakawa, who scattered three hits over four innings in his second start of the series. Team USA scored its only run on a double play ball in the eighth. 

Alika Williams led Team USA with two hits. Japan issued six walks and allowed six hits but the Collegiate National Team hit into three double plays. 

The Collegiate National Team and Japan bus to Tokyo tomorrow morning for Game 5 of the series Sunday at Meiji Jingu Stadium, the home of the Tokyo Yakult Swallows professional baseball team.

Key Moments
• Japan's Takashi Umino hit a two-run homer over the left field wall as part of a four-run third inning.
• Japan's Yuya Gunji hit a solo homer to lead off the fourth inning and Japan added another run in the inning to increase its lead to 6-0.
• Shugo Maki hit a solo homer to straight away center field in the fifth inning. 
• Gunji hit his second homer of the day as rain began to fall int he sixth inning. 

Notable Information
• The eight-run differential snapped a streak of 14 straight games in the series decided by three runs or fewer.
• The Collegiate National Team played at Kaiseizan 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, 133-106-2
• Overall games: Collegiate National Team leads, 156-125-2
• 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 21 vs. Japan (5 a.m. ET; Tokyo, Japan; Meiji Jingu Stadium)

Social
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Day One of 2019 16U Cup Packed with Action

Day Two begins tomorrow at 9:00 am ET
July 19, 2019

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East Coast Clippers 8, Blue Chips 2

East Coast Clippers plate runs in five of seven innings and eight runs total to defeat Blue Chips 8-2 on the opening day of the 2019 16U Cup at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. 

East Coast Clippers came out of the gates hot, scoring three runs in the top of the first to jump out to the 3-0 lead. They tacked on from there, scoring in the next four of six innings for eight runs total. Five members of the starting lineup had mult-hit days.

Cole Schiff was effective in relief for East Coast Clippers. Schiff tossed 5 1/3 innings of scoreless baseball, allowing just two hits while striking out nine. Schiff (1-0) earned the win while Austin Gemmill was the losing pitcher of record.

The East Coast Clippers, who moved to 1-0 with the win, are set to take on TPA Nationals later on Friday at 3:00 pm ET. Blue Chips will square off against GNYSAA at noon.

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GNYSAA 3, TPA Nationals 2

GNYSAA held on to a one run lead to beat TPA Nationals 3-2 and secure their first win at the 2019 USA Baseball 16U Cup on Friday at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

GNYSAA scored two in the top of the first inning to jump out to a commanding 2-0 lead, and that's all that GNYSAA starting pitcher Conner Dusterberg would need. Dusterberg cruised against TPA Nationals, tossing six innings and allowing two runs (zero earned) while striking out three. Dusterberg (1-0) earned the win while Stephen Holland (0-1) earned the loss.

GNYSAA moved to 1-0 with the win and are set to take on Blue Chips later on Friday at 12:00 pm ET. TPA Nationals will take on East Coast Clippers at at noon.

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Purpose Driven Baseball 0, VA Cardinals 8

VA Cardinals grabbed a quick lead and held on to get their first win of the tournament over Purpose Driven Baseball 8-0 on Friday at the National Training Complex in Cary, N.C.

J Oates tallied the first run for VA Cardinals in the bottom of the first after hitting a sacrifice fly to right field to drive in a run. In the next inning, Carter Lovasz hit a sacrifice-fly of his own to make the score 2-0. VA Cardinals opened the game up in the bottom of the third after they scored six runs to put them up 8-0.

Lovasz went the distance for VA Cardinals, recorded six punch-outs and earned the win. Zane Taylor suffered the loss for Purpose Driven Baseball.

VA Cardinals improved to 1-0, while Purpose Driven Baseball fell to 0-1. 

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Team Elite American 0, US Elite 10

 

US Elite muster 10 runs to defeat Team Elite American 10-0 on the first day of the 2019 USA Baseball 16U Cup Friday at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

US Elite jumped out of the gates early, posting two runs in the first inning, but they really exploded in the sixth, tacking on six runs as the first six batters of the inning reached base. In total, they had five hits and two walks in the inning. 

US Elite was out to a 10-0 lead after the fourth inning, forcing the run rule to cause the game to last just five innings. They won 10-0. 

With the win, US Elite start the tournament 1-0. They will face off against Purpose Driven Baseball later on Friday at 3:00 pm ET while Team Elite American will play the VA Cardinals at the same time.

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TPA Nationals 3, East Coast Clippers 4

East Coast Clippers scored two in the bottom of the seventh to walk off TPA Nationals and win 4-3 on the first day of the 2019 USA Baseball 16U Cup Friday at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

Not much was going for either side through the first four innings, with TPA National having scored the only run up to that point. East Coast Clippers scored two in the bottom of the fifth to take the 2-1 lead, but their lead wouldn't last long as TPA National scored in the top of the sixth and then again in the seventh to get ahead 3-2.

Down by one in the bottom of the seventh, East Coast Clippers rallied to score two and walk it off, defeating TPA Nationals 4-3 to stay undefeated at the 2019 USA Baseball 16U Cup. 

With the win, East Coast Clippers start the tournament 2-0. They will face off against GNYSAA on Saturday morning at 9:00 am ET while TPA Nationals, who fell to 0-2, will play the Blue Chips at the same time.

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VA Cardinals 3, Team Elite American 7

After falling behind early, Team Elite American defeated VA Cardinals 7-3 on Friday at the National Training Complex in Cary, N.C.

In the top of the first, VA Cardinals jumped out to a 2-0 lead after scoring on a passed ball and an RBI-double. Team Elite American responded in the bottom of the second thanks to an RBI-double that scored two to tie up the game. VA Cardinals hit an RBI-tripled in the top of the third to regain a 3-2 lead.

Team Elite American was able to tack on four more runs in the bottom of the fifth and go up 6-3. Team Elite American scored one last insurance run in the sixth after an RBI-single made the final score 7-3.

Nick Moran earned the win for Team Elite American after five innings pitched. Brett Allen suffered the loss for VA Cardinals.

Team Elite American improved to 1-1, while VA Cardinals fell to 1-1.

 

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US Elite 6, Purpose Driven Baseball 4

US Elite scored in five different innings and defeated Purpose Driven Baseball 6-4 on Friday at the National Training Complex in Cary, N.C.

US Elite scored first after an RBI-single plated the first run of the game. Purpose Driven Baseball responded with two runs in the bottom of the second thanks to an RBI-ground out and an RBI-single to make the score 2-1. US Elite took advantage of an error and tied the game up in the fourth.

In the next inning, US Elite tacked on two more runs thanks to an RBI-single and a throwing error. US Elite added another run in the top of the sixth to make the score 5-2. Purpose Driven Baseball answered with a run of their own on an RBI-single. US Elite added an insurance run in the top of the seventh after reaching on an error to make the score 6-3. 

Liam Martin earned the win for US Elite. Jacob Dienes suffered the loss for Purpose Driven Baseball.

US Elite improved to 2-0 in the tournament, while Purpose Driven Baseball fell to 0-2.

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