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USA Baseball Announces 2019 15U National Team Coaching Staff

Former national team assistant coach Troy Cameron named 2019 15U National Team Manager
May 2, 2019

DURHAM, N.C. -- USA Baseball announced on Friday the coaching staff for the 15U National Team that will compete in the 2019 COPABE U-15 Pan-American Championships in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Former 15U National Team assistant coach and 14U National Team Development Program (NTDP) field coordinator Troy Cameron will serve as manager in 2019 and will be joined by assistant coaches Manny Crespo, Jared Halpert and Karsten Whitson.

Cameron will serve as a national team manager for the first time in 2019, but he is no stranger to working with USA Baseball. Most recently, he served as the field coordinator for the 2018 14U NTDP and as a coach at the 2018 15U National Team Trials. Cameron was also an assistant coach for the gold medal-winning 2017 15U National Team and has been on the task force at multiple national team identification events, including the USA Baseball National Team Championships and the USA Baseball National Team Identification Series (NTIS).

Cameron is in his seventh season as the head coach at St. Thomas Aquinas High School (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), where he led the Raiders to the 2018 Class 8A FHSSA Baseball State Championships title and five consecutive district championships. Cameron was drafted No. 29 overall by the Atlanta Braves in the first round of the 1997 Major League Baseball Draft and played nine years of professional baseball.

"USA Baseball is pleased to announce Troy Cameron, Manny Crespo, Jared Halpert and Karsten Whitson as our 15U National Team coaching staff for the 2019 COPABE U-15 Pan-American Championships," said USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO Paul Seiler. "We have had the opportunity to watch these coaches positively impact our national team programs for years and we are confident that under the guidance of Troy and his staff, the 15U National Team will contend for a fifth-consecutive gold medal in the Pan-American Championships and qualify for the 2020 World Baseball Softball Confederation U-15 Baseball World Cup."

Crespo returns to the 15U National Team staff as an assistant coach for the second consecutive year after helping Team USA to its first-ever world championship title at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup. He has also served on the coaching staff at the 2017 15U National Team Trials and the 2016 14U NTDP, as well as being a member of the task force at the National Team Championships, the NTIS and the Women's National Team Trials. A two-time Team USA alumnus (1997 18U, 1999 Collegiate), Crespo is currently the head coach at Gulliver Preparatory School in Miami, Florida. He played collegiately at the University of Miami where he was named the Freshman of the Year in 1998, was a two-time All-America selection, and was a member of the 1999 National Championship team. Crespo was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 14th round of the 2000 MLB Draft and spent four years in the minors until 2003.

Halpert will make his national team coaching debut this year as an assistant coach for the 2019 15U National Team. Formerly a coach at the 2018 15U Trials and 14U NTDP, he also served on the USA Baseball task force at the National Team Championships and the NTIS. Halpert is currently in his fourth season at the helm of the Harvard-Westlake School (Studio City, Calif.) baseball program, where he led the Wolverines to the USA Baseball National High School Invitational championship game in 2019. Prior to his time at as the head coach at Harvard-Westlake, Halpert served as the assistant coach for the Wolverines for four years after working as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, Fresno State.

The 2018 USA Baseball Volunteer Coach of the Year, Whitson will also make his national team coaching debut in 2019 as the pitching coach. Currently an assistant coach at Pensacola State College in Florida, he worked with both the 14U NTDP and 15U National Team Trials last year. The 18U National Team alum won a gold medal for Team USA in 2009 and was later drafted in the 11th round of the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft by the Boston Red Sox. Prior to joining Pensacola State College, he served as the pitching coach of the Bismarck Larks of the Northwoods Summer Collegiate League.

Hunter Gross of Charleston Southern University will serve as the team's Certified Athletic Trainer in 2019. He previously held the same position with the 12U National Team that won a gold medal at the 2017 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup in Taiwan.

The 15U National Team will be selected through a two-phase trial system that will begin in July at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. Phase 1 will feature 72 players identified from the 2018 NTIS, 2018 14U NTDP, the 2019 National Team Championships and the 2019 14U NTDP. Thirty-four of those athletes will then be invited to Phase 2 before 20 players will be named to the final roster on July 31. The 2019 15U National Team will then train in Houston, Texas from September 6-10 before competing in the 2019 COPABE U-15 Pan-American Championships from September 13-22 in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico.

Team USA is the three-time defending gold medalists in the U-15 Pan-American Championships (2013, 2015, 2017) and most recently won its first-ever WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup title in 2018.

For the most up-to-date information on the 15U National Team, be sure to follow @USABaseball15U and @USABaseball on Twitter.

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Twenty-Five USA Baseball Alumni in 2019 MLB All-Star Game

Six alumni will start in the 2019 edition of the midsummer classic
July 8, 2019

DURHAM, N.C. - Twenty-five USA Baseball alumni have been named to the 2019 Major League Baseball All-Star Game rosters, the organization announced on Monday. Twelve members of the National League (NL) roster have played for Team USA and 13 of the American League (AL) All-Stars have suited up for the red, white and blue.

Three alumni will start the game in the field for both the AL and NL All-Star teams. Nolan Arenado (Colorado Rockies), Freddie Freeman (Atlanta Braves) and Christian Yelich (Milwaukee Brewers) will start for the NL, while Alex Bregman (Houston Astros), George Springer (Houston Astros) and Mike Trout (Los Angeles Angels) earned starting spots for the AL. 

Of the 25 alumni, 13 have won gold medals with Team USA and eight have represented the stars and stripes on multiple USA Baseball national teams. Bregman leads the way in both categories with appearances on five separate national teams and has won four gold medals.

In total, 13 alumni competed with the Collegiate National Team, seven suited up for the 18U National Team, four participated with the former 16U National Team, four represented the U.S. on the Professional National Team at a Pan-American Games or World Cup, and four played for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic (WBC).

The 2019 MLB All-Star Game will be played at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio on Tuesday, July 9, at 7:30 p.m. ET. The game will be televised on Fox.

The full list of USA Baseball alumni that appear on 2019 All-Star Game rosters is as follows:

Name; MLB Team; USA Baseball Team(s):
Nolan Arenado; Colorado Rockies; 2017 World Baseball Classic 
Alex Bregman; Houston Astros; 2010 16U National Team, 2011 18U, 2013-2014 Collegiate, 2017 World Baseball Classic
Kris Bryant; Chicago Cubs; 2012 Collegiate National Team
Walker Buehler; Los Angeles Dodgers; 2014 Collegiate National Team
Matt Chapman; Oakland Athletics; 2013 Collegiate National Team
Gerrit Cole; Houston Astros; 2009-2010 Collegiate National Team
David Dahl; Colorado Rockies; 2011 18U National Team 
Freddie Freeman; Atlanta Braves; 2005 16U National Team, 2006 18U
Joey Gallo; Texas Rangers; 2011 18U National Team 
Yasmani Grandal; Milwaukee Brewers; 2009 Collegiate National Team
Sonny Gray; Cincinnati Reds; 2009-2010 Collegiate National Team
Josh Hader; Milwaukee Brewers; 2015 Professional National Team
Clayton Kershaw; Los Angeles Dodgers; 2005 18U National Team
Francisco Lindor; Cleveland Indians; 2009 16U National Team, 2010 18U
James McCann; Detroit Tigers; 2011 Professional National Team
Austin Meadows; Tampa Bay Rays; 2011 16U National Team
Mike Minor; Texas Rangers; 2007-2008 Collegiate National Team
Mike Moustakas; Milwaukee Brewers; 2006 18U National Team, 2010 Professional
Anthony Rendon; Washington Nationals; 2010 Collegiate National Team
Max Scherzer; Washington Nationals; 2005 Collegiate National Team
George Springer; Houston Astros; 2010 Collegiate National Team
Marcus Stroman; Toronto Blue Jays; 2011 Collegiate National Team, 2017 World Baseball Classic
Mike Trout; Los Angeles Angels; 2010 Professional 
Justin Verlander; Houston Astros; 2003 Collegiate National Team
Christian Yelich; Milwaukee Brewers 2017 World Baseball Classic

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USA Baseball Announces 2019 15U National Team Trials Roster

July 3, 2019

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced the 54-man 2019 15U National Team Trials roster on Wednesday, following the conclusion of the 15U National Team Championships in Arizona and Florida. Phase I of the 15U National Team Trials will be held at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, from July 26-28.

Eighteen additional athletes will receive invitations to join Phase 1 of 15U Trials following the 2019 USA Baseball 14U National Team Development Program (NTDP), finalizing a 72-man trials roster. Phase II of 15U Trials will begin on July 29 and will include 34 athletes competing for a spot on the final 20-man national team roster.

The 2019 15U National Team will train in Houston, Texas, from September 6-10 before competing in the 2019 COPABE U-15 Pan-American Championships from September 13-22 in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico.

"Our staff is thrilled with the talent level and character of the 54 players that will attend the first round of trials," said Ashley Bratcher, Senior Director of Baseball Operations at USA Baseball. "These players have been identified based upon hours and hours of extensive research by our coaching staff and task force. We are confident that each of these players can represent the United States at the highest level on the field and off."

The roster is made up of 54 athletes who were identified and selected based on their participation and performance at USA Baseball sanctioned events, including the National Team Championships and the National Team Identification Series (NTIS), among others. 

In total, 10 athletes have previously played on a USA Baseball national team, while 17 members of the 2018 14U NTDP are on the roster. Karson Bowen (Anaheim, Calif.) and Joseph Brown (Petaluma, Calif.) were members of the 2018 15U National Team that won the program's first-ever World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup gold medal and will look to make the national team roster for the second straight year. Additionally, the roster boasts 10 members of the 12U National Team that won a silver medal at the COPABE Pan Am "A" Championships in Puebla, Mexico in 2016.

In total, the 54 athletes invited to 15U Trials span 17 different states and 36 of them are new to USA Baseball national team programming in 2019, including 12 athletes that represented their respective region at the 2018 NTIS Champions Cup in Cary, North Carolina. Seventeen invitees were selected from the 2019 National Team Championships in Florida, while 18 were chosen after their performance at the 2019 National Team Championships in Arizona. 

The 15U National Team will be led by Troy Cameron-who will serve as the manager in 2019-pitching coach Rob Shabansky and assistant coaches Manny Crespo and Jared Halpert.

For more information on the 15U National Team and the selection process, please visit USABaseball.com or follow along on Twitter, at @USABaseball15U.

2019 15U National Team Trials Roster
Name; Position; Hometown; Travel Program

Mason Balsis; C/OF; Bristow, Va.; 2018 NTIS (Capital)
*^Brandon Barriera; LHP; Coconut Creek, Fla.; 2018 14U NTDP
Freddy Beruvides Jr.; LHP; Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; 3D Gold
*^Karson Bowen; C/RHP; Anaheim Hills, Calif.; 2018 14U NTDP
Caleb Brandon; OF; Long Beach, Calif.; Long Beach Bears
*^Joseph Brown; UT; Petaluma, Calif.; NorCal Baseball 2022 Blue
Tyrus Carmichael-Williams; IF/OF; Oxford, Miss.; 2018 NTIS (Southeast)
Jameson Caro; OF; Hialeah, Fla.; Elev8 Select
Maxwell Clark; LHP/OF; Franklin, Ind.; 2018 NTIS (Great Lakes)
*^Cutter Coffey; IF/RHP; Bakersfield, Calif.; NorCal Baseball 2022 Blue
Kyle Connelly; RHP/OF; Oakley, Calif.; Team Oppotaco
Tyson De Wall; RHP/OF; Folsom, Calif.; 2018 NTIS (NorCal)
^Demitri Diamant; IF/RHP; Las Vegas, Nev.; 2018 NTIS (Southwest)
^Evan Dobias; RHP; Sunrise, Fla.; 3D Gold
Cooper Dossett; RHP/OF; Springdale, Ark.; Pacific Baseball Academy
^Duke Ekstrom; RHP; San Diego, Calif.; San Diego Show
Bryson Eldridge; RHP; Vienna, Va.; Team Elite
Walter Ford; RHP/IF; Pace, Fla.
Oscar Hernandez; IF; Kissimmee, Fla.; 3D Gold
^Termarr Johnson; IF; Atlanta, Ga.; 2018 NTIS (Southeast)
Michael Joyce; C; Mechanicsville, Va.; Richmond Braves 15U National
Stone Lawless; C/IF; Cross Roads, Ala.
^Dylan Lina; IF/RHP; Carson, Calif.; 2018 14U NTDP
David Lozano; IF; Sylmar, Calif.; Pacific Baseball Academy
Bryan Martinez; OF; Menifee, Calif.; San Diego Show
Luis Martinez; IF; San Jose, Calif.; Trosky-Kali Baseball 15U
Ethan McElvain; LHP; Thompson's Station, Tenn.; Team Freedom
*^Steven Milam; IF/RHP; Las Cruces, N.M.; 2018 NTIS (Southwest)
*^Aidan Miller; OF; Trinity, Fla.; Kangaroo Court American Roos
Nazier Mule; RHP; Patterson, N.J.; Gamblers Elite 15U
Brady Neal; C; Tallahassee, Fla.; 5 Star National 14U  
*^Mason Neville; OF; Las Vegas, Nev.; 3D Gold
Corey Nunez; IF; Torrance, Calif.; Total Baseball SoCal Easton
Julian Orozco; RHP/IF Long Beach, Calif.; Bombers Baseball Club of Southern California
^Christopher Paciolla; IF/OF; Temecula, Calif.; West Coast Blackdogs
Jaxon Pastore; RHP/OF; Highland Beach, Calif.; Elev8 Select
Wilder Puertas; IF; Pembroke Pines, Calif.; Elev8 Select
Brady Reynolds; OF; Bakersfield, Calif.; Tri County Baseball Club
Ethan Robinson; RHP; Antioch, Tenn.; 5 Star National 14U 
*^Louis Rodriguez; RHP; Long Beach, Calif.; 2018 NTIS (SoCal)
Austen Roellig; IF; Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.; CBA Wave
*^Mickey Romero; IF; Menifee, Calif.; 2018 14U NTDP
Damian Ruiz; OF; Livingston, Texas
^Logan Saloman; RHP/IF; Chandler, Ariz.; 2018 NTIS (Southwest)
Nolan Schubart; IF; Durand, Mich.; Team Elite
*^Christopher Scinta; LHP/IF; Tamarac, Fla.; 2018 NTIS (North Florida)
Brody Sexton; C/OF; Chandler, Ariz.; Arizona National Baseball Academy
Trenton Shaw; LHP/OF; Desoto, Texas; Dallas Tigers 2022 Polk
Carson Turnquist; RHP/OF; Paso Robles, Calif.; Trosky-Kali Baseball 15U
Dean West; OF; Woodland Hills, Calif.; Pacific Baseball Academy
Jaxon Willits; IF/RHP; Fort Cobb, Okla.; 2018 NTIS (Midwest)
Colton Wombles; C/OF; Salem, Ala.; 2018 NTIS (North Florida)
Hiro Wyatt; RHP; Westport, Conn.; Team Elite
Diego Zuniga; C/IF; McAllen, Texas; South Texas Sliders Koehl

*Denotes National Team alum
^Denotes National Team Development Program Participant

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Rob Shabansky Named to USA Baseball 15U National Team Coaching Staff

Shabansky replaces Karsten Whitson as pitching coach in 2019
June 28, 2019

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced on Thursday that Rob Shabansky has been named the pitching coach for the 15U National Team, replacing Karsten Whitson, who recently joined the coaching staff at the University of South Florida. Shabanksy will also serve as the pitching coordinator for the 14U National Team Development Program (NTDP) in 2019.

Shabansky is a four-time USA Baseball national team coaching alum, having most recently served as the manager for the 2017 15U National Team, where he led his team to a 7-1 overall record and a COPABE Pan Am "AA" Championships gold medal. He was also an assistant coach on the 2011 16U National Team and the pitching coach for the 2015 and 2016 15U National Teams. He won gold medals with both the 16U squad and the 2015 15U team, and under his direction, the 2015 and 2016 15U pitching staffs recorded collective ERAs of 3.36 and 2.57, respectively. Additionally, he also served as a pitching coach for the 2016 14U NTDP. 

A graduate of the University of Arizona, Shabansky was a standout pitcher for the Wildcats baseball program. As a sophomore, he led the Wildcats in wins (8) and ERA (3.86). He was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 1998 MLB First-Year Player Draft and played four seasons of professional baseball. Shabansky just wrapped up his 14th season as the Head Coach at GateWay Community College (Phoenix, Ariz.), where he recently led the Geckos to the NJCAA Division II Baseball World Series Championship Game in 2016.

The 15U National Team will be selected through a two-phase trial system that will begin in July at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. Phase I will feature 72 players identified from the 2018 National Team Identification Series, 2018 14U NTDP, the 2019 National Team Championships and the 2019 14U NTDP. Thirty-four of those athletes will then be invited to Phase II before 20 players will be named to the final roster on July 31. 

The 2019 15U National Team will train in Houston, Texas from September 6-10, before competing in the 2019 COPABE U-15 Pan-American Championships from September 13-22 in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Team USA is the three-time defending gold medalists in the U-15 Pan-American Championships (2013, 2015, 2017) and most recently won its first-ever WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup title in 2018.

For more information on the 15U National Team, visit USABaseball.com, or follow along on Twitter at @USABaseball15U.

 

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Fifteen Alumni Taken in the First Round of 2019 MLB Draft

June 4, 2019

DURHAM, N.C. -- Fifteen USA Baseball alumni were drafted in the first round of the Major League Baseball Draft on Monday night, including number one overall pick, Adley Rutschman. USA Baseball has had 504 total alumni drafted in the first round since 1972, and 2019 marks the 17th time in the last 19 years that the first overall pick played for Team USA.

The Baltimore Orioles started the 2019 Draft by selecting 2018 Collegiate National Team alumnus Adley Rutschman with the first pick of the draft. He is the seventh consecutive USA Baseball alum to be selected number one overall following Casey Mize (2018), Royce Lewis (2017), Mickey Moniak (2016), Dansby Swanson (2015), Brady Aiken (2014) and Mark Appel (2013).

In total, 32 USA Baseball alumni have been selected with the number one overall pick since 1972.

USA Baseball alumni had a historical evening on Monday, beginning when Bobby Witt Jr. was selected with the second overall pick by the Royals and assisted in becoming one half of the highest father-son duo to be ever selected in the Major League Draft. He joined his father, Bobby Witt, who was drafted with the third overall pick by the Texas Rangers in 1985 after playing for the red, white and blue for the 1984 Collegiate National Team and in the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games.

Zack Thompson then became the 500th USA Baseball alumnus to be drafted in the first round of the MLB Draft since 1972 when the St. Louis Cardinals picked him with the 19th pick. Eleven picks later, three-time alumnus Anthony Volpe became the first-ever 12U National Team alum selected in the MLB Draft when he was selected by the New York Yankees with the 30th overall pick.

Three-time USA Baseball alum and 2018 Golden Spikes Award winner Andrew Vaughn (No. 3, Chicago White Sox), Josh Jung (No. 8, Texas Rangers), Shea Langeliers (No. 9, Atlanta Braves), Bryson Stott (No. 14, Philadelphia Phillies), Will Wilson (No. 15, Los Angeles Angels), Thompson (No. 19, St. Louis Cardinals), Braden Shewmake (No. 21, Atlanta Braves) and Matt Wallner (No. 39, Minnesota Twins) joined Rutschman as members of the 2018 Collegiate National Team that were selected in the first round. The 2018 team won all three of its international friendship series against Chinese Taipei, Japan and Cuba.

Following a season in which the 18U National Team earned its fifth consecutive COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championship title, six members of the 20-man roster were selected in the first round in 2019. Witt Jr. (No. 2, Kansas City Royals) was the first member of the team selected, followed by Riley Greene (No. 5, Detroit Tigers), CJ Abrams (No. 6, San Diego Padres), Corbin Carroll (No. 16, Arizona Diamondbacks), Anthony Volpe (No. 30, New York Yankees) and Brennan Malone (No. 33, Arizona Diamondbacks).

Four national team programs were represented in the 2019 Draft, including nine players from the Collegiate National Team, six from the 18U National Team, two from the 15U National Team and one from the 12U National Team. In total, the 15 alumni selected in the first round have won a cumulative eight international gold medals and one bronze medal.

The full list of USA Baseball alumni selected in the first round of the 2019 MLB Draft is as follows:

Round-Pick; Name; MLB Team; USA Baseball Team(s)
1-1; Adley Rutschman; Baltimore Orioles; 2018 Collegiate National Team
1-2; Bobby Witt Jr.; Kansas City Royals; 2018 18U National Team
1-3; Andrew Vaughn; Chicago White Sox; 2013 15U, 2017-18 Collegiate National Teams
1-5; Riley Greene; Detroit Tigers; 2018 18U National Team
1-6; CJ Abrams; San Diego Padres; 2018 18U National Team
1-8; Josh Jung; Texas Rangers; 2018 Collegiate National Team
1-9; Shea Langeliers; Atlanta Braves; 2018 Collegiate National Team
1-14; Bryson Stott; Philadelphia Phillies; 2018 Collegiate National Team
1-15; Will Wilson; Los Angeles Angels; 2018 Collegiate National Team
1-16; Corbin Carroll; Arizona Diamondbacks; 2018 18U National Team
1-19; Zack Thompson; St. Louis Cardinals; 2018 Collegiate National Team
1-21; Braden Shewmake; Atlanta Braves; 2017-18 Collegiate National Team
1-30; Anthony Volpe; New York Yankees; 2018 18U, 2016 15U, 2013 12U National Teams
1-33; Brennan Malone; Arizona Diamondbacks, 2018 18U National Team
1-39; Matt Wallner; Minnesota Twins; 2018 Collegiate National Team

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Revisit Team USA's No. 1 Overall Picks

May 31, 2019

Revisit USA Baseball and its history with number one overall picks in the MLB draft dating back to 1972. Over the past 47 years, there have been a total of 33 USA Baseball alums that were selected as the number one overall pick in the MLB Draft. This is a list of those athletes and their achievements in both their amatuer and professional careers.

2018 - Casey Mize

Casey Mize (pictured) played on the 2017 Collegiate National Team. He was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in 2018 and recently threw a no-hitter for the Tigers AA affiliate, the Erie SeaWolves.

2017 - Royce Lewis

Royce Lewis played on the 2014 15U National Team and 2016 18U National Team. He was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in 2017 and is currently playing for the Twins A affiliate, the Fort Myers Miracle.

2016 - Mickey Moniak

Mickey Moniak played for the 2013 15U National Team and 2015 18U National Team. He was drafted in 2016 by the Philadelphia Phillies and is currently playing for the Phillies AA affiliate, the Reading Fightin Phils.

2015 - Dansby Swanson

Dansby Swanson played for the 2014 Collegiate National Team. Swanson made his MLB debut in 2016 and is now the starting shortstop for the Atlanta Braves.

2014 - Brady Aiken

Brady Aiken played for the 2010 14U National Team and the 2013 18U National Team. He was drafted by the Houston Astros in 2014 and is currently playing for the Cleveland Indians single A affiliate, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers.

2013 - Mark Appel

Mark Appel was on the 2011 Collegiate National Team. He was drafted by the Houston Astros in 2013. He last played for the Philidelphia Phillies AAA affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs

2011 - Gerrit Cole

Gerrit Cole played for the 2009 and 2010 Collegiate National Teams. Cole was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2011. He made his MLB debut in 2013 and was traded to the Houston Astros in 2018. Cole and is a two-time All-Star.

2010 - Bryce Harper

Bryce Harper was on the 2008 16U National Team and 2009 18U National Team. Harper was drafted by the Washington Nationals and has had an impactful career in the MLB thus far, earning the NL Rookie of the Year (2012), NL MVP (2015), Silver Slugger winner (2015) and is a six-time All-Star. He is currently playing for the Philadelphia Phillies.


2000-2009

2009 - Stephen Strasburg

Stephen Strasburg played for the 2008 Collegiate National Team and 2008 Olympic Team. Strasburg was drafted by the Washington Nationals in 2009. He is a three-time All-Star, NL Strikeout Leader (2014) and is in the 10th season of his career and is still pitching for the Nationals.

2007 - David Price

David Price played for the 2005 and 2006 Collegiate National Teams. Price was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in 2007. He is a six-time All-Star, AL Cy Young Award winner (2012), MLB Strikeout leader (2014) and World Series Champion (2018). He is currently in the 12th season of his career and plays for the Boston Red Sox.

2006 - Luke Hochevar

Luke Hochevar was a part of the 2004 Collegiate National Team. He led the team in innings pitched (33.0), was second in strikeouts (38) and had a 2.73 ERA. Hochevar was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in 2006. He played his entire career with the Royals and helped them win a World Series in 2015.

2005 - Justin Upton

Justin Upton was a member of the 2004 18U National Team. He led the 18U Team in home runs (10) and was second in batting average (.417). Upton was drafted by the 2005 Arizona Diamondbacks in 2005, is a four-time All-Star, three-time Silver Slugger Award winner and is in the 12th season of his career with the Los Angeles Angels.

2004 - Matt Bush

Matt Bush played for the 2002 16U National Team and 2003 18U National Team. Bush was drafted by the San Diego Padres in 2004 and was in the MLB for 3 seasons.

2003 - Delmon Young

Delmon Young played for the 2000 16U National Team and 2002 18U National Team. Young was drafted in 2003 by the Tampa Bay Rays, spent 9 seasons in the MLB and won the ALCS MVP in 2012.

2002 - Bryan Bullington

Bryan Bullington was a member of the 2001 Collegiate National Team. He was drafted in 2002 by the Pittsburgh Pirates and spent five seasons in the MLB before heading over to Japan to play in the Nippon Professional Baseball League.

2001 - Joe Mauer

Joe Mauer (pictured) was a part of the 1999 and 2000 18U National Team. He also played for the 2003 and 2013 Professional National Team. Mauer was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in 2001. He is a six-time All-Star, AL MVP (2009) and the only catcher in MLB history to win three batting titles.


1990-1999

1998 - Pat Burrell

Pat Burrell was a member of the 1997 Collegiate National Team and led the team in home runs (12) and RBIs (42). He was drafted in 1998 by the Philadelphia Phillies and spent 11 years in the majors, winning two World Series, one with the Phillies (2008) and the other with the San Francisco Giants (2010). 

1997 - Matt Anderson

Matt Anderson was a member of the 1995 Collegiate National Team that won a gold medal at the National Baseball Conference World Series. Anderson was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in 1997 and spent seven seasons in the majors. 

1996 - Kris Benson

Kris Benson played for the 1996 Collegiate National Team and the 1996 Olympic Team. Benson was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates the same year. He played in the MLB for 11 seasons and for five different organizations.

1994 - Paul Wilson

Paul Wilson played for the 1993 Collegiate National Team and was drafted by the New York Mets in 1994. The RHP had a seven-season career in the MLB with the New York Mets, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and the Cincinnati Reds.

1993 - Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez (pictured) was a member of the 1992 18U National Team and the 2006 Professional National Team. He was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in 1993. Rodriguez spent a total of 22 seasons in the MLB and is a 14-time All-Star, three-time AL MVP and World Series Champion (2009).

1992 - Phil Nevin

Paul Nevin was a three-time member of the Collegiate National Team, playing in 1990, 1991 and 1992. Nevin won the Golden Spikes Award in 1992 and was drafted by the Houston Astros the same year. He played in the MLB for 12 seasons and was an All-Star in 2001.

1990 - Chipper Jones

Chipper Jones is one of two players to play for USA Baseball after being drafted. He played for the 2006 and 2009 Professional National Team. Jones was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in 1990 and is an 8-time All-Star, World Series Champion (1995), NL MVP (1999) and inducted to the National Baseball Hall of Fame (2018).


1980-1989

1989 - Ben McDonald

Ben McDonald played for the 1988 Collegiate National Team and the 1988 Professional National Team that won an Olympic gold medal. McDonald won the Golden Spikes Award in 1989 and was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles the same year. He enjoyed a 8-year career in the MLB.

1988 - Andy Benes

Andy Benes also played for the 1988 Collegiate National Team and the 1988 Professional National Team that won an Olympic gold medal. Benes was drafted by the San Diego Padres in '88, had a 13-year career in the majors and threw out the first ever pitch for the Arizona Diamondbacks organization.

1987 - Ken Griffey Jr. 

Ken Griffey Jr. (pictured) is one of two players to play for USA Baseball after being drafted. Griffey Jr. was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in 1987 and was a member of the 2006 Professional National Team that competed in the World Baseball Classic that year. He is a 13-time All-Star, 10-time Gold Glove Award winner and member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame (2016).

1986 - Jeff King

Jeff King played for the 1985 Collegiate National Team and led the team with a .378 batting average and 53 hits over 33 games. King was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1986, played in the majors for 10 seasons and is one of five players to hit two home runs in one inning.

1985 - BJ Surhoff

BJ Surhoff played for the 1983 and 1984 Collegiate National Teams, as well as the 1984 Olympic Team that won a silver medal. Surhoff went on to be drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in 1985. He played every position but pitcher during his 18-year career. 

1983 - Tim Belcher

Tim Belcher played for the 1983 Collegiate National Team and was drafted by the Minnesota Twins the same year. Belcher enjoyed a 14-year career in the MLB and was The Sporting News Rookie Pitcher of the Year in 1988.

1981 - Mike Moore

Mike Moore was a member of the 1980 Collegiate National Team that went 5-1 over a six-game stretch against Japan. Moore was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in 1981 but eventually pitched for the Oakland Athletics, who went on to win the 1989 World Series in a four-game sweep over the San Francisco Giants.


1970-1979

1978 - Bob Horner

Bob Horner (pictured) played for the 1976 Collegiate National Team and won the Golden Spikes Award in 1978. He went on to be drafted by the Atlanta Braves that same year. Horner had a 10-season career in the majors and was a rare talent that never spent a day in the minor leagues.

1976 - Floyd Bannister

Floyd Bannister played for the 1975 Collegiate National Team and was the second alum to be selected number one overall. Bannister was selected by the Houston Astros and ended up playing for six major league teams over a 15-season career.

1972 - Dave Roberts

Dave Roberts was a member of the 1970 Collegiate National Team and was the first ever USA Baseball alum to be picked number one overall in 1972. Roberts played in the MLB for 10 seasons.

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2018 USA Baseball Award Winners Announced

Collegiate National Team member Adley Rutschman named Richard W. "Dick" Case Award winner
January 11, 2019

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced the recipients of its annual organizational awards on Friday, recognizing the top athletes, coaches and performances from the 2018 USA Baseball national teams. Collegiate National Team member Adley Rutschman (Sherwood, Ore.) was named the Richard W. "Dick" Case Award winner, becoming the 12th Collegiate National Team member to earn athlete of the year honors. The award is given annually to USA Baseball's top player in honor of the organization's founding Executive Director and CEO.

Collegiate National Team manager Paul Mainieri earned the program's second award of the year when he was named the Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year. USA Baseball also recognized the 15U National Team with two awards in 2018, including Team of the Year and naming Manager Jason Maxwell the Developmental Coach of the Year after the team won its first-ever world championship at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup.

18U National Team member Bobby Witt Jr. (Colleyville, Texas) was honored with the International Performance of the Year Award for his strong showing in the COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championships gold medal game, while Women's National Team member Megan Baltzell (Stafford, Va.) took home the Sportswoman of the Year Award following an exceptional performance in the 2018 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Women's Baseball World Cup.

Lastly, Karsten Whitson was named the Volunteer Coach of the Year after serving as a pitching coach at the 2018 14U National Team Development Program.

"We are excited to celebrate the people and performances that made 2018 another outstanding year for USA Baseball," USA Baseball Executive Director and CEO Paul Seiler said. "It is an honor to be represented by coaches, athletes and staff that are such exceptional global ambassadors for our country and the game of baseball on the international stage. We are extremely proud to recognize their 2018 accomplishments with these awards."

USA Baseball continued its incredible success against international competition in 2018, finishing the year with gold medals at the COPABE U-12 Pan-American Championships, WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup and the COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championships. After winning the WBSC U-15 World Cup, Team USA is now the defending world champions for all three youth age levels. The Collegiate National Team also built on its 2017 success when it once again won all three of its international friendship series against Chinese Taipei, Japan and Cuba in 2018

Rutschman was awarded the Richard W. "Dick" Case Award following a strong summer showing for the Collegiate National Team. He joined Team USA after winning the 2018 NCAA College World Series with Oregon State and was immediately a leader both on and off the field. He paced the team in batting average (.355), slugging percentage (.516) and on-base percentage (.432), and also finished the summer leading the squad in doubles with five in nine games.

In addition, Rutschman personified the off-field qualities that the Richard W. "Dick" Case Award honors. The catcher was the quintessential teammate and an undisputed leader in the clubhouse while also exemplifying sportsmanship and love of the game throughout the summer.

Mainieri was named the Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year after leading the Collegiate National Team to series wins over Chinese Taipei, Japan and Cuba for the second year in a row. Under his guidance, Team USA started its summer undefeated against international competition with a five-game sweep of Chinese Taipei and finished with a 11-3 record. The series win against Cuba marked its fourth in a row in the annual series and was just the second time in Collegiate National Team history that Team USA has claimed a series win on Cuban soil.

USA Baseball's Team of the Year award was given to the 15U National Team after it won its first-ever world championship with a 7-1 gold medal-game victory over Panama at the 2018 WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup. The team finished the tournament with an 8-1 record, a .323 batting average, 69 RBI, 17 doubles, five triples and three home runs while outscoring opponents 88-13 en route to the gold medal. In addition, the pitching staff tallied a collective team ERA of 1.24 over 58.0 innings and four players were named to the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup All-World Team. Maxwell's tutelage, leadership and guidance of the squad as this year's manager led to him being named the 2018 Developmental Coach of the Year.

"Jason Maxwell has been an asset to USA Baseball for many years and he brought an impressive amount of leadership and expertise to the 2018 15U National Team," Seiler said. "His ability to develop and guide these young players to new heights was evident and the team's journey to the program's first world championship was impressive to watch. We couldn't be happier to honor him and this year's team with these awards."

Witt Jr. earned the 2018 International Performance of the Year Award after hitting for a natural cycle in the COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championships gold medal game. The Colleyville, Texas, native hit a single in the second, an RBI-double in the third, a lead-off triple in the fourth and completed the cycle with a two-run home run in the fifth to lead the red, white and blue's offense in the 17-2 defeat of Panama. Following the game, Witt Jr. was named the tournament MVP and also picked up the best slugger and highest batting average awards after hitting .576 with three doubles, three triples, three home runs and 18 RBI in nine games.

Two-time Women's National Team alum Baltzell was named Sportswoman of the Year after hitting a team-high .500 in the 2018 WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup and leading the tournament in home runs with two. The lefty now owns the WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup home run record after hitting one in the 2016 World Cup and two in 2018. In addition to being named to the All-World Team following the event's conclusion, Baltzell also won two individual awards for her stellar 2018 performance, taking home the hardware for most home runs (2) and most RBI (10).

Lastly, Karsten Whitson, who won a gold medal as a player on the 2009 18U National Team, was named the 2018 Volunteer Coach of the Year after serving as a pitching coach for the 14U National Team Development Program's Stars team. The pitching staff thrived under Whitson, combining for 16 strikeouts in the three-game series. Six of those pitchers were invited to the 15U National Team Trials and one - Karson Bowen - was named to the 2018 15U National Team.

The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) annually honors one Sportsman, Sportswoman and Team of the Year based on nominations from its National Governing Bodies, as well as Developmental and Volunteer Coach of the Year awards. USA Baseball's award winners serve as the organization's nominees in their respective categories with the USOC.

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NTIS

USA Baseball Announces 2018 National Team Identification Series Selections

A total of 68 athletes were selected for 2019 national team programming from the 2018 NTIS
September 10, 2018

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced on Wednesday the 68 athletes that were selected from the 2018 National Team Identification Series (NTIS) to participate in 2019 national team programming. The tenth-annual NTIS was held at the National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, from August 8-26 and for the tenth year in a row, the selection announcement was made through an online show.

Twenty-seven states and 16 regions from across the U.S. are represented by the 68 athletes chosen and fourteen states boast more than one selection.

Under the direction of USA Baseball task force, the 2018 NTIS featured over 1,200 of the nation's best players competing in 172 games, as well as skill testing and on-field evaluations. Twelve athletes were invited to compete at each of the 2019 12U National Team Trials, the 2019 14U, 16U and 17U National Team Development Programs (NTDP) and the 15U National Team Trials. In addition, eight players from the 17U NTIS were chosen to participate in the 2019 18U National Team selection process.

"Our task force had a difficult job selecting just 68 athletes out of the incredible pool of talent from across the U.S. that participated in this year's NTIS," Senior Director of Baseball Operations, Ashley Bratcher, said. "We are excited about the players chosen from the 2018 event and what they will bring to our 2019 national team programming."

The 2018 USA Baseball National Team Identification Series (NTIS) is the most comprehensive player identification program offered by Team USA. With tryouts in every region of the country, players now have greater access to USA Baseball National Team opportunities than ever before. The program includes six separate age groups - 11U, 13U, 14U, 15U, 15U and 17U.

The 2018 National Team Identification Series selections are as follows:

Name; Position; Hometown

2019 12U National Team Trials Invitees:
(from 11U NTIS)
Anthony Del Angel; OF/IF; Rio Rancho, N.M.
Parker Friend; C/RHP; Germantown, Md.
Gavin Hottle; IF/RHP; Irvine, Calif.
Bryant James; IF/RHP; Herndon, Va.
Elijah McNeal; Dublin, Calif.
Luis Mejia; IF/OF; Phoenix, Ariz.
Owen Robinson; LHP/IF; Greensboro, N.C.
C.J. Sampson; RHP/IF; Magnolia, Texas
Kruz Schoolcraft; IF/LHP; Aloha, Ore.
Jayden Stroman; IF/RHP; Medford, N.Y.
Eli Willits; IF/RHP; Fort Cobb, Okla.
Miles Young; IF; Cypress, Texas

2019 14U National Team Development Program invitees:
(from 13U NTIS)
Kai Caranto; IF/RHP; Castaic, Calif.
Angel Cepeda; OF/IF; Union City, N.J.
Carson Dean; OF/IF; Frisco, Texas
Ian Duarte; OF/RHP; Santa Clarita, Calif.
Terry Dunsford; IF/RHP; Grand Bay, Ala.
Keondre Fields; OF/RHP; Nesbit, Miss.
Gavin Grahovac; C/IF; Orange, Calif.
Houston Hirschkorn; IF/RHP; Kingsburg, Calif.
Andre Modugno; IF/Upper Saddle River, N.J.
Brandon Olivera; RHP; Hialeah, Fla.
Kellon Parnell; OF/IF; Pascagoula, Miss.
Brooks Wright; UT/RHP; Knoxville, Tenn.

2019 15U National Team Trials invitees:
(from 14U NTIS)
Mason Balsis; C; Bristow, Va.
Maxwell Clark; OF; Franklin, Ind.
Tyson Dewall; RHP; Folsom, Calif.
Demitri Diamant; OF/RHP; Las Vegas, Nev.
Termarr Johnson; IF; Atlanta, Ga.
Steven Milam; IF; Las Cruces, N.M.
Louis Rodriguez; RHP; Long Beach, Calif.
Logan Saloman; RHP/IF; Chandler, Ariz.
Christopher Scinta; LHP; Tamarac, Fla.
Tyrus Williams; OF; Oxford, Miss.
Jaxon Willits; IF; Fort Cobb, Okla.
Colton Wombles; C; Salem, Ala.

2019 16U National Team Development Program invitees:
(from 15U NTIS)
Jesse Bullard; IF/RHP; Riverside, Calif.
Korbyn Dickerson; OF/RHP; Jeffersonville, Ind.
Jake Geis; RHP; San Jose, Calif.
Rafael Gross; OF/IF; Pearland, Texas
Trevor Haskins; IF; San Jose, Calif.
David Horn; IF/RHP; Murrieta, Calif.
Kyndon Lovell; LHP; Fort Cobb, Okla.
Jaron Nevarez; LHP/IF; San Ramon, Calif.
Xavier Perez; RHP/OF; Corpus Christi, Texas
William Rogers; C/IF; Shoreview, Minn.
Chase Spencer; IF/RHP; Plano, Texas
Austin Young; RHP; Saint Peters, Mo.

2019 17U National Team Development Program invitees:
(from 16U NTIS)
Jackson Baumeister; C/RHP; Jacksonville, Fla.
Mark Black; C/OF; Pittsburgh, Pa.
Michael Davinni; IF/RHP; Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Kade Grundy; RHP/OF; Somerset, Ky.
Samuel Hunt; C/IF; Minneapolis, Minn.
Joseph Mack; C/IF; Williamsville, N.Y.
Michael Morales; RHP/IF; Enola, Pa.
Joshua Pearson; OF/IF; West Monroe, La.
Joseph Quick; RHP/IF; Lake Jackson, Texas
Kurtis Reid; IF/RHP; Hamilton, Ohio
Nate Savino; LHP/OF; Sterling, Va.
Tyler Wiederstein; RHP/IF; Greensburg, Pa.

2019 18U National Team selection process invitees:
(from 17U NTIS)
Jag Burden; OF/IF; Huntington Beach, Calif.
Colten Keith; IF/RHP; Biloxi, Miss.
Harold Coll; IF; Hyde Park, Mass.
Mac Guscette; C/IF; Nokomis, Fla.
Cayden Wallace; IF; Greenbrier, Ark.
Jonathan Vaughns; IF/RHP; Glendora, Calif.
Alex Urban; OF; Lexington, S.C.
Cameron Brown; RHP/IF; Flower Mound, Texas

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15U

15U National Team Crowned World Champions

USA defeats host country Panama 7-1 Sunday
August 20, 2018
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
PAN 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 4 3
USA 6 0 0 1 0 0 X 7 3 1
Win: A. Painter Loss: J. Tejada  Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | World Cup Stats | Full Game
 

CHIRIQUI, PANAMA - Team USA claimed its first 15U World Cup Championship Sunday, downing host country Panama 7-1 in front of a sold-out crowd in the final game of the World Baseball Softball Confederation's U-15 Baseball World Cup at Estadio Kenny Serracin in David.


    

 

"This is an unbelievable, indescribable feeling to bring home the gold with this super-talented group," said manager Jason Maxwell. "Sometimes talent doesn't always win, but they all bought into the idea that hard work does. This feeling is something that I'll never forget.

I can't say enough about the hard work our staff put in. Manny Crespo, Troy Gerlach, and Adam Moseley are tremendous people. When I was announced as manager of this team, I felt like I had to put together a good baseball quality staff, but also good men, and that comes first. I am so appreciative of all their time and effort- all the countless hours they put in that people don't see- and everyone got rewarded tonight. I keep saying this, but it really is an indescribable feeling."

USA needed just three hits to secure the victory, taking advantage of three Panamanian errors. First baseman Brady House (Winder, Ga.), right fielder Ryan Clifford (Raleigh, N.C.), and center fielder Tyree Reed (Vallejo, Calif.) recorded the hits.

Starting pitcher Andrew Painter (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) was solid through five and a third frames, striking out five.

The Stars and Stripes ignited early, taking advantage of back-to-back walks to Diaz and Schrier to lead off the frame, and then House pushed a ball through the right side to bring Diaz home. After Luke Leto was hit-by-pitch to load the bases, two straight Panamanian misplays cleared the bases, giving USA a 4-0 start. Hartle then came home on another single through the right side, this one courtesy of Clifford, and left fielder Ryan Spikes (Covington, Ga.), who reached on a fielder's choice, crossed home on a fielder's choice from catcher Charlie Saum (Ventura, Calif.).

Panama broke the shutout in the fourth, scoring after a leadoff double and groundout. USA quickly put the lead back to six, after right fielder Tyree Reed (Vallejo, Calif.) doubled to the right center gap, stole third, and came home on a fielder's choice from House.

Panama continued to threaten, leaving runners on in each of the final three frames.

Several USA players took home additional hardware, including shortstop Cody Schrier (San Clemente, Calif.), who was named the World Cup Most Valuable Player and also took home the award for most runs and the batting title.

AWARDS
Cody Schrier (San Clemente, Calif.) (Tournament MVP) (Batting Title) (Most Runs Scored)
Sam Dutton (Rainbow City, Ala.) (Lowest ERA)
Brady House (Winder, Ga.) (Most RBI)

All-World Team
Andrew Painter (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) (Starting Pitcher)
Brady House (Winder, Ga.) (First Base)
Luke Leto (Portage, Mich.) (Third Base)
Ryan Spikes (Covington, Ga.) (Outfield)

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15U

Come-From-Behind Win Propels USA into World Championship

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

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


    

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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