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17U NTDP

USA Baseball Announces 2019 17U National Team Development Program Staff

Eric Kibler returns for his sixth stint as 17U NTDP field coordinator in 2019
July 1, 2019

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced the coaching staff and evaluators for the 2019 17U National Team Development Program (NTDP) on Monday. Three-time USA Baseball national team assistant coach and nine-time NTDP field coordinator, Eric Kibler, will once again take the reins as the field coordinator in 2019.

The NTDP offers 40 athletes an opportunity to connect with USA Baseball staff to better prepare for future national team experiences. The program includes skill development sessions, off-field educational seminars, an intrasquad series between Stars and Stripes teams, and exposure to professional scouts, college recruiters and the 18U National Team staff and task force.

Wake Forest University Associate Head Coach Bill Cilento and Clemson University Head Coach Monte Lee will join Kibler on the NTDP staff, serving as the managers for the Stars and Stripes teams, respectively.

"We are bringing in a phenomenal staff that features some of the best coaches in the country," 17U NTDP Program Director Frank Jagoda said "Our players are going to have an opportunity to work with some of the most innovative teachers that our game has to offer. We are really looking forward to spending the week working with the players and watching them grow, because that's what the National Team Development Program is all about."

Kibler returns as an NTDP field coordinator in 2019 for a fourth consecutive year and ninth-time overall. After serving as the first-ever USA Baseball NTDP field coordinator in 2012 for the inaugural 14U and 17U programs, he once again launched an NTDP program in 2018 with the inception of the 16U age group. Kibler has worked with the 14U program three times (2012-2014), the 16U program once (2018) and the 17U program five times (2012-2014, 2016-2017) in the seven-year history of the NTDP.

His USA Baseball experience also includes three seasons as a national team assistant coach. Kibler helped lead the 16U National Team to gold medals in 2009 and 2010 at the International Baseball Federation World Youth Championships and the COPABE Pan American "AA" Youth Championships, respectively, as well as helping the 2015 18U National Team to a gold medal at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup.

An Arizona High School Athletic Coaches Hall of Famer, Kibler is the most decorated coach in Arizona High School baseball history as he led Horizon High School (Scottsdale, Ariz.) to six state titles, 17 regional titles and three runner-up finishes in the state baseball tournament in his 38-year career.

The field coordinator, with the assistance of additional coaches and evaluators, will assess 40 athletes during the NTDP week and are made up of former professional players, respected collegiate and high school coaches, and professional scouts.

The Stars team will be managed by Bill Cilento in the four-game intrasquad series and he will be joined by Indiana University Pitching Coach Justin Parker and Cleveland Indians Infield Coordinator Kai Correa, who will serve as the team's pitching coach and assistant coach, respectively.

Monte Lee will manage the Stripes squad and his staff will include University of Notre Dame Assistant Coach Chuck Ristano and New York Mets Area Scout Cesar Aranguen. Ristano will serve as the pitching coach for the Stripes while Aranguen will serve as the team's assistant coach.

Steve Smith, Edgar Varela and Jack Wilson will also join Kibler on the staff and serve as additional evaluators for the event. Smith is the pitching coach at Auburn University and returns to USA Baseball as the pitching coordinator after serving as the Collegiate National Team Manager in 2005 and its pitching coach in 1998. Varela is in his second season as the Minor League field coordinator for the Minnesota Twins and will serve as the hitting and catching coordinator. A former MLB All-Star, Wilson is currently the head coach at Thousand Oaks High School (Thousand Oaks, California) and he will serve as the roving hitting coach in 2019.

The 2019 17U NTDP will take place July 21-25 in the Chicago metropolitan area and will feature intrasquad scrimmages at Wrigley Field, Northwestern University, the University of Notre Dame and Miller Park.

USA Baseball will utilize a rolling invitation process for the 17U NTDP participants in 2019. The athletes will be selected from the 2018 USA Baseball National Team Identification Series (NTIS), the 2019 17U National Team Championships in Arizona and through recommendations from scouts, coaches and the amateur baseball community.

For more information on the USA Baseball National Team Development Program, visit USABaseball.com and follow @USABaseballNTDP on Twitter.

The full NTDP staff and their bios are as follows:

Name; NTDP Position; Current Position
Cesar Aranguen; Stripes Assistant Coach; New York Mets Area Scout
Bill Cilento; Stars Manager; Wake Forest University Associate Head Coach
Kai Correa; Stars Assistant Coach; Cleveland Indians Infield Coordinator
Eric Kibler; Field Coordinator
Monte Lee; Stripes Manager; Clemson University Head Coach
Justin Parker; Stars Pitching Coach; Indiana University Pitching Coach
Chuck Ristano; Stripes Pitching Coach; Notre Dame University Assistant Coach
Steve Smith; Pitching Coordinator; Auburn University Pitching Coach
Edgar Varela; Hitting/Catching Coordinator; Minnesota Twins Minor League Field Coordinator
Jack Wilson; Roving Hitting Coach; Thousand Oaks High School Head Coach

Cesar Aranguen is in his eighth season as an Area Supervisor for the New York Mets. Prior to his time with the Mets, he served as the Assistant Director of Latin America Operations with the Milwaukee Brewers for two years. Aranguen began his coaching career at Barry University, where he was an assistant coach for five seasons. He was also a four-year starter for the Buccaneers.

2019 marks Bill Cilento's 10th season at Wake Forest University and his first as Associate Head Coach. He has coached 56 student-athletes that have gone on to play professional baseball in that time. Prior to his coaching the Demon Deacons, Cilento spent three seasons as the hitting and infield coach at Brown University, where he helped the Bears to their first-ever Ivy League Championship and NCAA regional berth. He also had coaching stints with the University of New Orleans and Siena. Cilento was a four-year starter and a member of two MAAC regular season championship teams at Siena.

Kai Correa will make his USA Baseball coaching debut with the 17U National Team Development Program (NTDP) in 2019. Correa is currently the short-season defensive coordinator for the Cleveland Indians organization after serving as the Infield Coach for the Arizona League Indians in 2018. Prior to his time with the Indians, Correa spent three seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Northern Colorado, leading the Bears to their first-ever WAC tournament appearance in 2015. Correa played at the University of Puget Sound and was named captain as a senior before joining the coaching staff as the head assistant coach following his graduation in 2011.

2019 marks the ninth-time overall and fourth consecutive season that Kibler has served as the field coordinator for an NTDP. After serving as the first-ever USA Baseball NTDP field coordinator in 2012 for the inaugural 14U and 17U programs, he once again helped launch an NTDP program in 2018 as the field coordinator for the inaugural 16U NTDP. In addition to his time with the 16U event in 2018, Kibler has worked with the 14U event three times (2012-2014) and the 17U event four times (2012-2013, 2016-2017) in the seven-year history of the National Team Development Program. He has also served as an assistant coach on three national team staffs during his time with USA Baseball, helping lead the 16U National Team to consecutive gold medals at the 2009 International Baseball Federation World Youth and the 2010 COPABE Pan American "AA" Youth Championships. He was also a member of the staff that led the 18U National Team to a gold medal at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup in 2015. Kibler started the baseball program at Horizon High School (Scottsdale, Ariz.) in 1980 and served as its head coach until 2018. An Arizona High School Athletic Coaches Hall of Famer, Kibler is the most decorated coach in Arizona High School baseball history as he collected a state-record 808 wins and led the Huskies to six state titles, 17 regionals and three runner-up finishes in the state tournament during his 38 years with the program. Thirty-four of the athletes that played for him were selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft and 151 went on to play college baseball.

Monte Lee will make his debut with the USA Baseball National Team Development Program (NTDP) in 2019, but he is no stranger to leading programs as he brings 16 years of head coach experience to the event. He is currently in his third season as the head coach of Clemson University, where he has led the Tigers to the NCAA Regionals in all three years. Prior to his time at Clemson, Lee led the College of Charleston for seven seasons, recording a .656 winning percentage while appearing in the NCAA Regionals four times. He began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Spartanburg Methodist College in 2001, before serving in the same capacity at the University of South Carolina for six seasons. Before starting his coaching career, Lee was a standout on the diamond for the College of Charleston, finishing his playing career in the top-10 in school history in career doubles, total bases and RBIs. In addition, he became the first-ever position player drafted from Charleston when he was selected in the 39th round of the 1999 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

Justin Parker will make his USA Baseball coaching debut in 2019. The Indiana University assistant coach is in his first season with the Hoosiers and is responsible for the team's pitching staff. Parker previously served as the pitching coach at the University of Central Florida (UCF), where he sent nine pitchers to the professional ranks in his two seasons with the Golden Knights. He began his coaching career in 2011 at Wright State and spent six seasons with the Raiders, highlighted by a Horizon League Championship in 2016. Parker was drafted in the 6th round of the 2008 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft and spent three years playing professionally in the Arizona Diamondbacks system.

Chuck Ristano is currently in his ninth season at the University of Notre Dame, where he serves as an assistant coach and co-recruiting coordinator. Ristano heads a Notre Dame pitching staff that has produced 12 MLB Draft picks since his arrival on campus, and he guided Notre Dame pitchers to three consecutive seasons with a walks-per-nine-innings rate lower than 3.00 for the first time in program history. Prior to his time in South Bend, Ristano spent four seasons as the pitching coach at Monmouth University, helping the Hawks to NCAA regional bids and Northeast Conference titles in 2007 and 2009. He has also served as a pitching coach at Temple and Sacred Heart. He was a two-time captain and four-year letterwinner at Sacred Heart from 2001-04.

NCAA coaching legend Steve Smith returns to USA Baseball in 2019 after serving as the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team manager in 2005 and an assistant coach in 1998. Smith is currently a volunteer coach at Auburn University working with the pitching staff. Before his time at Auburn, Smith spent 21 seasons as the head coach at Baylor University, where he became the winningest coach in program history after recording 744 victories with the Bears. Smith led Baylor to 13 NCAA regionals appearances, four Super Regionals and a College World Series appearance in 1978, while also claiming three Big 12 Conference Championships. The five-time Big 12 Coach of the Year was also inducted in to the Baylor Athletics Hall of Fame in 2006.

Edgar Varela is in his second season as the minor league field coordinator for the Minnesota Twins. Prior to that, he spent 10 years working in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. Varela was a manager for the Bristol Pirates in 2014-15 and the GCL Pirates in 2016, and served as a hitting coach throughout the Pirates system for six years. He was also the Latin America hitting coordinator for one year, overseeing the hitting program from the Dominican League to Advanced-A levels. Varela played five seasons of professional baseball after being drafted in the 31st round by the Chicago White Sox in the 1998 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

Jack Wilson is a 12-year MLB veteran who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Seattle Mariners, and Atlanta Braves after being drafted in the ninth round of the 1998 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. The 2004 MLB All-Star recorded 1,294 hits, 426 RBIs and scored 565 runs during his career. Wilson also earned the National League Silver Slugger award in 2004 after ranking first in the National League in triples (12), third in hits (201) and seventh in singles (137). He is currently in his third season as the head coach at Thousand Oaks High School (Thousand Oaks, California), where he led the Lancers to the Marmonte League Championship in 2019 for the first time since 2007. 

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14U NTDP

Stars Take Game One of 14U NTDP, 8-5

The Stars used eight runs on five hits to defeat the Stripes.
July 22, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
STARS 0 0 4 0 3 0 0 1 0 8 5 1
STRIPES 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 5 4 1
Win: K. Killion Loss: D. Roberts Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play
 

CARY, N.C. - The Stars used eight runs on five hits to defeat the Stripes, 8-5, in the opening game of the 2019 14U National Team Development Program (NTDP) on Sunday night at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. 

Stars starting pitcher Cayne Killion (Scottsdale, Ariz.) (1-0) earned the win with 1.1 innings of work on the mound. Trenton Lape (Bossier City, La.) and Justin Cuellar (Tulare, Calif.) also saw time on the bump. They struck out three and two batters, respectively. Dillon Roberts (Cove Creek, Ariz.) suffered the loss after getting the start for the Stripes and surrendering four runs in his two innings of work.

Brandon Chang (Irvine, Calif.) led the Stars at the plate, going 2-for-2 in the contest. He also collected one of the team's three stolen bases. 

Key Moments

  • The Stripes jumped out to an early lead in the bottom of the first after Kai Caranto (Santa Clarita, Calif.) drove in Ty Southisene (Las Vegas, Nev.) on a fly ball triple to center.
  • Eric Bitoni (Hesperia, Calif.) continued the scoring in the first with a RBI that pushed Caranto across the plate and gave the Stripes a 2-0 lead heading into the second inning.
  • The Stars answered with a big third inning that was led by Connor Crisp (Locust Grove, Ga.) who hit an RBI single to right that allowed Chang to score. Sam Ward (Lithonia, Ga.), Trent Abel (San Diego, Calif.) and Crisp scored one batter later, courtesy of a line drive double from Luca Reyes (Teaneck, N.J.).
  • The Stripes looked to make a comeback in the third when Ben Reiland (Irvine, Calif.) sent Carson Dean (Frisco, Texas) home on a hard ground ball to right field.
  • The Stars extended their lead in the fifth with Miles Ghossein (West Hills, Calif.), Chang, and Ward scoring runs.
  • The Stars sealed the deal in the eighth with Keilon Parnell (Pascagoula, Miss.) scoring on a Crisp sac-fly that gave them an 8-4 advantage. 
  • The Stripes scored one last run in the ninth when Colt Emerson (Cambridge, Ohio) was sent home by a Jonathan Mendez (Los Angeles, Calif.) sac-fly for the final 8-5 score.

Notable Information

  • The Stars moved to 1-0 at the 2019 14U NTDP with the win.
  • The two teams combined for nine hits and 12 RBI.
  • The Stripes pitching staff tossed nine strikeouts.

On Deck

  • Game two of the 14U NTDP will take place on Monday, July 22, at 3 p.m. ET at the National Training Complex.
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14U NTDP

Stars Take Game One of 2019 14U NTDP, 8-5

Team Stars used eight runs on five hits to defeat Stripes.
July 22, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
STARS 0 0 4 0 3 0 0 1 0 8 5 1
STRIPES 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 5 4 1
Win: K. Killion Loss: D. Roberts Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play
 

CARY, N.C. -- Team Stars used eight runs on five hits to defeat Stripes, 8-5, in the opening game of the 2019 14U National Team Development Program on Sunday night at the National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. 

Stars starting pitcher Cayne Killion (Scottsdale, Ariz.) (1-0) earned the win with 1.1 innings of work on the mound. Trenton Lape (Bossier City, La.) and Justin Cuellar (Tulare, Calif.) also saw time on the bump. They struck out three and two batters, respectively. 

Brandon Chang (Irvine, Calif.) lead Stars at the plate, going 2-for-2 in the contest. He also collected one of the team's three stolen bases. 

 

Key Moments

  • Stripes jumped out to an early lead in the bottom of the first after Kai Caranto (Santa Clarita, Calif.) drove in Ty Southisene (Las Vegas, Nev.) on a fly ball triple to center. 
  • Eric Bitoni (Hesperia, Calif.) continued the scoring in the first with a RBI that pushed Caranto across the plate.
  • Stars had a big top of the third that was lead by Connor Crisp (Locust Grove, Ga.) who hit a RBI single to right that allowed Chang to score. Sam Ward (Lithonia, Ga.), T Abel (San Diego, Calif.) and Crisp scored in the next at bat on a line drive double off the bat of L Reyes (Teaneck, N.J.). 
  • Stripes looked to make a comeback in the third Ben Reiland (Irvine, Calif.) sent Carson Dean (Frisco, Texas) home on a hard ground ball to right field. 
  • Stars extended its lead in the fifth with Miles Ghossein (West Hills, Calif.), Chang, and Ward scoring runs.
  • Stars sealed the deal in the eighth with Keilon Parnell (Pascagoula, Miss.) scoring on a Crisp sac-fly.
  • Stripes scored its last run in the ninth when Colt Emerson (Cambridge, Ohio) was sent home by Jonathan Mendez (Los Angeles) sac-fly. 
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Notable Information

  • Stars moved to 1-0 at the 2019 14U NTDP.  
  • The two teams combined for nine hits and 12 RBI. 
  • The Stripes pitching staff tossed nine strikeouts. 

 

On Deck

  • Game two of the 14U NTDP will take place on Monday at 3 p.m. ET at the National Training Complex. 
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14U NTDP
17U NTDP

2019 National Team Development Programs Underway

July 21, 2019

The USA Baseball National Team Development Program (NTDP) offers athletes an opportunity to connect with USA Baseball staff to better prepare for future national team experiences. The program includes skill development sessions, off-field education seminars, an intrasquad series between Stars and Stripes teams, and exposure to professional scouts, college recruiters and national team staff and task force.

The 2019 NTDPs are underway in Chicago and North Carolina. Follow along on USABaseball.com.

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Sunday, July 21
14U: Stars vs. Stripes (5 p.m. ET - Coleman Field) - Recap
17U: Stars vs. Stripes (7:30 p.m. ET - Wrigley Field) - Recap

Monday, July 22
14U: Stripes vs. Stars (3 p.m. ET - Coleman Field)
17U: Stripes vs. Stars (4:30 p.m. ET - Notre Dame)

Tuesday, July 23
17U: Stars vs. Stripes (12:30 p.m. ET - Northwestern)

Wednesday, July 24
14U: Stars vs. Stripes (2 p.m. ET - Coleman Field)

Thursday, July 25
17U: Stripes vs. Stars (4:30 p.m. ET - Miller Park)

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12U

Team USA Falls In 12U National Team Training Finale

Team USA's pitching staff strikes out 13 in the loss
July 21, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Team USA 1 0 1 2 0 1 0 5 10 1
Top Tier Americans 0 6 0 0 0 0 1 7 12 0
Win: R. Weisser Loss: L. Tinajero Save: T. Goldenetz
Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats

 

Santa Clarita, Calif. - Team USA could not overcome a six-run second inning by the Top Tier Americans as it fell, 7-5, in the final exhibition game of 2019 12U National Team Training, on Sunday, at William S. Hart Pony Baseball and Softball Park in Santa Clarita, California.

Team USA's starting pitcher Lucas Tinajero (Corpus Christi, Texas) (0-1) suffered the loss after allowing six runs, despite punching out five batters in two innings on the mound. Dillon Adkins (Mechanicsville, Md.) added five more strikeouts in two innings of relief. Top Tier Americans' Revin Weisser (1-0) earned the win after allowing a hit in one inning, while Trevor Goldenetz (1) earned the save.

Tinajero led the U.S. offensively after recording three hits and an RBI. Noah Meza (Chino Hills, Calif.) added the team's lone home run of National Team Training and recorded a pair of RBIs.

Key Moments

  • Team USA jumped out to an early lead in the top of the first after Gavin Fien (Temecula, Calif.) hit a one-out single through the right side of the infield to bring home Lucas Tinajero (Corpus Christi, Texas).
  • The Top Tier Americans used six hits, a balk and a wild pitch to score six runs in the bottom of the second to take a 6-1 lead.
  • The red, white, and blue responded in the top of the third with a solo home run to left-center field by Noah Meza (Chino Hills, Calif.).
  • Team USA continued scoring in the fourth inning as Sebastian Segura (Spring, Texas) hit a sacrifice fly to center field to bring home Jack Armijo (San Lorenzo, Calif.) and Tinajero hit an RBI-single up the middle to cut the lead to 6-4.
  • Segura led off the top of the sixth for with a single to right field, before scoring on a fielder's choice by Noah Meza to cut the lead one.
  • The Top Tier Americans held Team USA scoreless for the remainder of the sixth and the seventh inning, before scoring a run in the seventh to earn the 7-5 win.

Notable Information

  • Team USA finished National Team Training with a 1-1 record.
  • Noah Meza's home run in the third inning marked the first for Team USA in the 2019 campaign.
  • Team USA's finished National Team Training with 27 strikeouts, after recording 14 on Saturday and 13 on Sunday.
  • Lucas Tinajero (0-1) suffered the loss after allowing six runs on seven hits in two innings of work. Top Tier Americans' Revin Weisser earned the win after pitching an inning of relief.
  • Tinajero led the U.S. offensively with four hits, while Gavin Fien recorded three RBIs to lead the red, white and blue.
  • Dillon Adkins and Tinajero led the team with five strikeouts in National Team Training.

On Deck

  • The 12U National Team will have a final practice at William S. Hart Park on Monday, before traveling 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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Cups

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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Cups

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
• Stay tuned to @USABEvents on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the 16U Cups.

 

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Cups

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.

Social
Stay tuned to @USABEvents on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the 16U Cup.

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CNT

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
• Stay tuned to @USABaseballCNT on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the Collegiate National Team.

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17U NTDP

Stars Start 17U NTDP with Win Over Stripes

July 21, 2019
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STAR 1 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 3 9 10 1
STRP 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 3 5 1
 

CHICAGO, Ill. - Early scoring secured a 9-3 win for the Stars over the Stripes on Sunday night at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois, in the first game of the 2019 USA Baseball 17U National Team Development Program (NTDP).

Braylon Bishop (Texarcana, Ark.) led the Stars in scoring, going 2-for-4 with two singles and one walk. Bishop, Cody Schrier (San Clemente, Calif.) and Michael Braswell (Mableton, Ga.) all tallied two base knocks each, combining for six of the team's 10 total hits. On the other side of the ball, five different batters scattered the Stripes' five hits in the game. 

Five pitchers for each team got to spend some time on the mound. Philip Abner (Charlotte, N.C.) and Nick Bitsko (Doylestown, Pa.) both struck out five batters each for the Stars and Stripes, respectively.

Key Moments
• The Stars scored first in the contest, bringing Bishop home in the top of the first inning with a two-out single from Schrier to get on the board for a 1-0 lead. 
• A bases-loaded single from Joshua Pearson (West Monroe, La.) scored Jackson Baumeister (Jacksonville, Fla.) before Marcelo Mayer (Chula Vista, Calif.) scored on a dropped third strike to give the Stars a 3-0 lead in the top of the second. 
• Two more runs came for the Stars when Schrier and Ryan Clifford (Raleigh, N.C.) crossed home in the top of the third to take a 5-0 lead. 
• All three runs for the Stripes came in the bottom of the fifth inning, with Michael Davinni (Laguna Niguel, Calif.), Noah Smith (Chicago, Ill.) and Roc Riggio (Simi Valley, Calif.) all tallying runs. 
• The Stars scored three insurance runs in the top of the ninth, bringing home Mark Black (Pittsburgh, Penn.) on a bases-loaded walk, while Jordan Lawlar (Irving, Texas) and Bishop scored on the same single from Braswell to give the Stars a 9-3 victory. 

Notable Information
• The Stars advance to 1-0 to start the NTDP series. 
• The two teams combined for 26 total strikeouts, with the Stars tallying 12 and the Stripes getting 14. 
• The Stars out-hit the Stripes 10 to five in the game. 

On Deck
• Game two will take place on Monday, July 22, at 3:30 p.m. CT at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. 

Social
• Stay tuned to @USABaseballNTDP on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the 17U National Team Development Program. 

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12U

Team USA Opens 12U National Team Training With Win

Strong pitching leads Team USA past Pacific Baseball Academy
July 20, 2019
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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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