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USA Baseball Announces 2019 Women's National Team Roster

Twenty-woman roster will compete in COPABE Women's Pan-American Championships
August 11, 2019

CARROLLTON, Texas - USA Baseball announced the final 20-woman roster for the 2019 Women's National Team on Sunday. Following training, the Women's National Team will compete in the COPABE Women's Pan-American Championships from August 18-25 in Aguascalientes, Mexico.

"We are thrilled with the depth of knowledge, experience, talent and passion on this roster," said USA Baseball Senior Director of Baseball Operations, Ashley Bratcher. "This is an incredibly strong group of athletes that we are confident will represent the U.S. well both on and off the field as we look to secure another gold medal and qualify for next year's world championship."

In total, 15 alumni of the USA Baseball Women's National Team are returning to the roster in 2019, including 11 members of the U.S. team that claimed gold at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games.

Meggie Meidlinger (Sterling, Va.) and Malaika Underwood (San Diego, Calif.) were also members of the most recent world champion Women's National Team in 2006.

2019 marks Underwood's tenth time suiting up for Team USA, breaking her own record for most appearances on a USA Baseball national team for the second year in a row. She has won two gold medals while appearing on every Women's National Team since 2006. Chicago Cubs outfielder Albert Almora Jr. (7) and Houston Astros Manager, A.J. Hinch (6), hold the next closest marks.

In addition to national team alumni, the roster features five athletes that will make their USA Baseball national team debut in 2019, including Denae Benites (Las Vegas, Nev.) and Brittany Womack (Escondido, Calif.), who both participated in the 2018 Women's National Open and Women's National Team Trials.

Benites, along with Kate Blunt (Ladera Ranch, Calif.), Alexia Jorge (Lyndhurst, N.J.) and Jamie Mackay (Newport Beach, Calif.), also competed in at least one of Major League Baseball and USA Baseball's joint girl's baseball development opportunities, created to foster the next generation of female baseball players in the United States, including the Girls Baseball Breakthrough Series and Development Camp, the MLB GRIT Invitational and the Trailblazer Series.

All of the athletes on the final 2019 Women's National Team roster participated in the 2019 Women's National Team Development Program (WNTDP) that ran from August 7-10 in Carrollton, Texas.

Five-time Team USA alum and 2018 Women's National Team Assistant Coach, Veronica Alvarez, is making her managerial debut in 2019. She will be joined on staff by Reynol Mendoza, who will serve as the team's pitching coach, as well as assistant coaches Manny Crespo, Sr., and Alex Oglesby.

The 2019 Women's National Team will train in Carrollton, Texas, from August 11-14 before traveling to Aguascalientes, Mexico, for the COBAPE Women's Pan-American Championships. The event will serve as a qualifier for the 2020 World Baseball Softball Confederation Women's Baseball World Cup, with each of the top four finishers at the Pan American Championships earning a bid to next year's world championship tournament.

For more information on the Women's National Team, follow on Twitter at @USABaseballWNT.

2019 Women's National Team roster:
(Name; Position; Hometown)

*^Megan Baltzell; OF; Stafford, Va.
^Denae Benites; IF/RHP; Las Vegas, Nev.
^Kate Blunt; IF/RHP; Ladera Ranch, Calif.
*^Michelle Cobb; IF/RHP; Wenatchee, Wash.
*^Amanda Gianelloni; IF/OF; Napoleonville, La.
*^Jade Gortarez; IF/RHP; Riverside, Calif.
*^AJ Hamilton; C/OF; Tallahassee, Fla.
*^Alex Hugo; IF/OF; Olathe, Kan.
^Alexia Jorge; C/IF; Lyndhurst, N.J.
*^Anna Kimbrell; C/OF; Fort Mill, S.C.
*^Kylee Lahners; IF; Laguna Hills, Calif.
*^Ashton Lansdell; IF/RHP; Marietta, Ga.
^Jamie Mackay; C/RHP; Newport Beach, Calif.
*^Meggie Meidlinger; RHP/IF; Sterling, Va.
*^Brittany Schutte; RHP/IF; Fountain Valley, Calif.
*^Marti Sementelli; RHP/IF; West Newton, Mass.
*^Sara Tobias; RHP/OF; New York, N.Y.
*^Malaika Underwood; IF; San Diego, Calif.
*^Kelsie Whitmore; OF/RHP; Temecula, Calif.
^Brittany Womack; OF/RHP; Escondido, Calif.

*Denotes National Team alumna
^Denotes National Team Development Program participant

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Team USA Dominates Venezuela 15-5

Two home runs aided Team USA in the Sunday morning victory
August 18, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
VEN 2 0 1 0 2 0 x 5 9 0
USA 0 1 0 1 1 11 1 15 13 2
Win: J. Mackay Loss: A. Jedemeza Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | COPABE Stats
 

AGUASCALIENTES, Mexico - The USA Baseball Women's National Team opened up the 2019 COPABE Women's Pan-American Championships in a 15-5 walk-off victory over Venezuela with the help of two home runs on Sunday at Parque Deportivo Ferrocarrilero in Aguascalientes, Mexico. 

The U.S. trailed 5-4 when the team pushed 11 runs across in the bottom of the sixth inning to catapult them to a game one win. The final run was scored by Kylee Lahners (Laguna Hills, Calif.) who reached home on a walk-off single by Malaika Underwood (San Diego, Calif). 

Five U.S. batters finished the day with multi-hit performances, including Alex Hugo (Olathe, Kan.), Lahners, Jade Gortarez (Riverside, Calif.), Underwood and Kelsie Whitmore (Temecula, Calif.).

Megan Baltzell (Stafford, Va.) and Hugo sent Team USA's first two home runs of the tournament over the right field and left field walls, respectively. Baltzell's blast put the U.S. on the board in the second inning and Hugo's homer was a two-run shot that gave the team its first lead of the game. 

Marti Semetelli (West Newton, Mass.) started on the bump for the red, white, and blue, allowing five runs on eight hits while striking out one batter. Jamie Mackay (Newport Beach, Calif) came in as relief and notched the win, giving up just one hit and no runs in her one inning of action. Angelina Jedemeza suffered the loss for Venezuela. 

Key Moments

• Venezuela took an early lead in the top of the first inning, scoring two runs on three hits.
• Baltzell sent Team USA's first home run over the right field wall to cut the deficit in half 2-1 in the second inning.
• Venezuela put up one more run in the top of the third, extending its lead to 3-1.
• Underwood led off the bottom of the fourth with a single to right field and reached third base on a double steal before scoring on a Whitmore singled through the right side making the score 3-2.
• Venezuela continued to score against the U.S. pitching staff, taking a 5-2 lead in the top of the fifth.
• Hugo and Lahners led of the bottom of the fifth with a walk and a double, respectively, and scored on a Gortarez single, putting the game at 5-4.
• Anna Kimbrell (Fort Mill, S.C.) hit a lead-off single to left in the bottom of the sixth and Hugo followed with a two-run shot over the left field wall to give Team USA its first lead of the game, 6-5.
• Lahners reached on a hit-by-pitch, Gortarez followed with a double to left field, and Underwood was walked to load the bases for Baltzell. Lahners scored when Venezuela chose to intentionally walk Baltzell, giving the U.S. a 7-5 lead in the bottom of the sixth.
• Whitmore stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and sent Gortarez home with a single to center field for an 8-5 in the bottom of the sixth.
• Kimbrell was walked with the bases loaded, allowing Underwood to cross the plate and give Team USA a 9-5 lead in the bottom of the sixth, and Lansdell also picked up an RBI-walk to score Baltzell, extending the U.S. lead to 10-5.
• Hugo collected her third hit of the game with a single up the middle that moved Kimbrell and Whitmore across the plate, putting Team USA up 12-5 in the bottom of the sixth.
• Lahners doubled to left center field in her second at-bat of the sixth inning, scoring Hugo and Lansdell to make it a 14-5 ball-game.
• Underwood ended the game with a walk-off single to right field that scored Lahners and gave Team USA a 15-5 run-rule victory in the sixth inning.

Notable Information

• Five U.S. batters finished the day with multi-hit performances, including Alex Hugo (3-for-4), Kylee Lahners (2-for-3), Jade Gortarez (2-for-4), Malaika Underwood (2-for-4) and Kelsie Whitmore (2-for-4).
• Jamie Mackay collected the win for the U.S., scattering one hit in her one inning of relief.
• Megan Baltzell and Alex Hugo each hit home runs on the contest. Baltzell's solo shot gave Team USA its first run of the game and Hugo's two-run blast gave the team its first lead at 6-5.
• Alex Hugo led the red, white, and blue offensively in game one, hitting .750 (3-for-4) with a single, a double, a home run and four RBIs in the contest.

Up Next

• The USA Baseball Women's National Team will continues action at the 2019 COPABE Women's Pan-American Championships on Monday, August 19 against the Dominican Republic immediately following the completion of the opening ceremony at the Parque Deportivo Ferrocarrilero in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Stay tuned to social media for an updated start time.

Social Media

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Team USA Walks-Off Canada in Exhibition Matchup

Anna Kimbrell knocked in the game winning run in the bottom of the seventh
August 16, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
CAN 3 0 3 2 0 3 0 11 13 0
USA 0 1 1 7 2 0 1 12 20 3
Win: A. Lansdell Loss: A. Asay Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative
 

CALVILLO, Mexico - A walk-off to center field in the seventh inning by Anna Kimbrell (Fort Mill, S.C.) led the USA Baseball Women's National Team to a 12-11 victory over Canada in the team's final exhibition game on Friday at Parque de Beisbol in Calvillo, Mexico. 

The U.S. will begin the COPABE Women's Pan-American Championships on Sunday, August 18, at 9 a.m. CT in a matchup against Venezuela.

Seven U.S. batters finished the day with multi-hit performers, including Alex Hugo (Olathe, Kan.), Jade Gortarez (Riverside, Calf.), Megan Baltzell (Stafford, Va.) and Ashton Lansdell (Marietta, Ga.), who each tallied three hits apiece. 

It was an offensive game for both teams, with Canada jumping out to an 8-2 lead after the home half of the fourth inning. But, Team USA gained its first lead in the bottom half of the fourth with seven runs scored and plated another two in the fifth. With the game tied at 11-11 in the home half of the seventh, Kelsie Whitmore (Temecula, Calif.) led off the inning with a double and Kimbrell knocked her in two batters later to win the game.

Sara Tobias (New York, N.Y.) started on the bump for the red, white and blue, tossing three strikeouts and allowing six runs on five hits across two innings of work. Lansdell came in as relief in the second inning and only allowed two runs on two hits while sitting down four batters. She picked up the victory for Team USA while Canadian reliever Amanda Asay suffered the loss. 

Key Moments 

• Canada jumped out to an early lead, scoring three runs on three hits in the first inning.
• With two outs in the second inning, Lansdell and Hugo hit back-to-back singles to put Lansdell in scoring position for Kylee Lahners (Laguna Hills, Calif.), who pushed her across the plate with a single to center, making it 3-1.
• Canada put up three more runs in the top of the third inning to extend its lead to 6-1.
• Baltzell led off the bottom of the third inning with a single to left field and stole second before Whitmore sent her home on a sac-fly to right field and put the score at 6-2.
• Canada extended its lead to 8-2 with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth.
• Hugo led off the bottom of the fourth with a double to left field and Denae Benites (Las Vegas, Nev.), who came in to pinch run, advanced to third when Gortarez singled up the middle. Gortarez stole second and the two scored on a single off the bat off Malaika Underwood (San Diego, Calif) to cut the deficit in half, 8-4.
• Underwood stole second and crossed the plate in the next at-bat when Baltzell knocked the ball into right field, putting the score at 8-5 in the fourth inning.
• Baltzell advanced to second base when Whitmore was hit by a pitch and made it an 8-6 game in the fourth inning on a single up the middle by Michelle Cobb (Wenatchee, Wash.).
• Whitmore moved to second base on Cobb's single, third base on a walk to Kimbrell, and put Team USA within one on a single through the left side by Lansdell, making the score 8-7 in the fourth.
• Benites came back in to run for Kimbrell and, along with Cobb, was sent home by a Hugo single to left field to end the fourth inning with its first lead of the game at 9-8.
• Jamie Mackay (Newport Beach, Calif.) came in to pinch run for Baltzell after she hit a lead off single. Whitmore followed with a single of her own in the next at-bat and Lahners pushed them both across the plate with a two RBI single to left to give the U.S. an 11-8 lead in the bottom of the fifth.
• Canada scored three runs in the top of the sixth and tied the game at 11. The Canadians held off the U.S. effort in the bottom half of the inning and failed to put a run across in the top of the seventh, giving Team USA the opportunity to win in the bottom frame.
• Whitmore led off the final frame with a double to center field and Kimbrell's walk-off single to center knocked her in to give Team USA a 12-11 win.

Notables

• Ashton Lansdell collected the win for the U.S., tossing two strikeouts and a walk and allowing two runs on two hits in two innings pitched.
• The U.S. and Canada combined for 33 hits in the contest with 20 coming from the Team USA offense.
• Four Team USA athletes notched three hits in the game, they include Alex Hugo (3-for-5), Jade Gortarez (3-for-3), Megan Baltzell (3-for-5) and Ashton Lansdell (3-for-4).

Up Next

• The USA Baseball Women's National Team will open up play in the 2019 COPABE Women's Pan-American Championships on Sunday, August 18 at 9 a.m. CT against Venezuela. 

Social Media

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Team USA Falls to Texas Dirtbags 10-1 in Training Finale

Malaika Underwood led the team offensively with a single and scoring Team USA's lone run
August 13, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
DB 0 0 0 0 6 3 1 10 9 0
USA 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 1
Win: Hill Loss: A. Hugo Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats
 

CARROLLTON, Texas - The Women's National Team fell to the Texas Dirtbags 10-1 on Tuesday at Hawk Field in Carrollton, Texas. The game marked the end of the national team training as Team USA will now compete in the 2019 COPABE Women's Pan-American Championships, beginning on Sunday, August 18.

Malaika Underwood (San Diego, Calif.) led Team USA offensively, singling in her only at-bat of the contest and scoring Team USA's lone run in the fourth inning.

Marti Sementelli (West Newton, Mass.) tossed a solid two innings as the starter for the red, white, and blue, scattering two hits and striking out one batter without allowing a run. Brittany Schutte (Fountain Valley, Calif.) also held the Dirtbags scoreless in her two innings of relief, striking out two batters. 

Key Moments

• Malaika Underwood singled to lead off the fourth, moved around to third on a groundout by Megan Baltzell (Stafford, Va.) and scored on a Michelle Cobb (Wenatchee, Wash.) RBI groundout that gave Team USA a 1-0 lead.
• The Dirtbags controlled the game after a six-run fifth and collected insurance runs in the sixth and seventh innings to finalize the score at 10-1.

Notable Information

• Malaika Underwood led Team USA offensively, singling in her only at-bat of the contest and scoring for Team USA in the fourth inning.
• Marti Sementelli started for Team USA and scattered two hits while striking out one batter with no runs scored. 
• Denae Benites (Las Vegas, Nev.) led Team USA during its first two exhibition games, batting .667 (2-for-3) with two singles and one run.
• Alex Hugo (Olathe, Kan.) took the loss for Team USA, giving up three runs on one hit and walking one batter.

Up Next

• The USA Baseball Women's National Team will travel to Aguascalientes, Mexico, where they will play an exhibition game against Canada on Friday, August 16.
• Team USA will open up play at the 2019 COPABE Women's Pan-American Championships on Sunday, August 18. The matchup for game one will be announced later this week.

Social Media

• Stay tuned to @USABaseballWNT on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the Women's National Team Development Program.

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Team USA Drops First Training Game, 17-6, to Texas Dirtbags

Denae Benites led the team, going 2-for-3 with one run scored
August 12, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
USA 0 0 0 0 4 2 0 6 7 1
DB 1 2 6 0 3 5 x 17 24 2
Win: Slate Loss: S. Tobias Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | Training Stats
 

CARROLLTON, Texas - The Women's National Team opened up training for the 2019 COPABE Women's Pan-American Championships with a 17-6 loss against the Texas Dirtbags on Monday at Hawk Field in Carrollton, Texas. Denae Benites (Las Vegas, Nev.) aided the effort, going 2-for-3 with one run scored.

Team USA earned four runs in the fifth inning to end the Dirtbags shutout. Sara Tobias (New York, N.Y.) started on the bump for Team USA, she allowed three runs on five hits in two innings pitched and took the loss. The rest of the pitching staff, including Ashton Lansdell (Marietta, Ga.), Jamie Mackay (Newport Beach, Calif.), Kelsie Whitmore (Temecula, Calif.), and Meggie Meidlinger (Sterling, Va.), combined for five strikeouts.  

The Dirtbags used a six run third inning and a five run sixth to propel them to victory. The Dirtbags' pitching staff put together nine strikeouts. 

Key Moments

• The Dirtbags opened the game with with one run scored in the first inning and two scored in the second before collecting six in the third inning to take a 9-0 lead over Team USA.
• Kate Blunt (Ladera, Calif.), who came in to run for Michelle Cobb (Wenatchee, Wash.) after she led off the fifth with a walk, moved around the bases on a pair of singles by Anna Kimbrell (Fort Mills, S.C) and Denae Benites (Las Vegas, Nev.) and scored on an error to break the Team USA scoring drought and make the score 9-1.
• Brittany Womack (Escondido, Calif.) pinch ran for Kimbrell in the fifth and scored on the error that pushed Blunt across the plate to put the score at 9-2.
• Amanda Gianelloni (Napolenonville, La.) reached base and advanced to second on the error that allowed Blunt and Womack to score. She was pushed across the plate along with Benites on an error to cut the deficit to 9-4 in the fifth.
• Baltzell led off the sixth inning with a triple to left field and scored on a pass ball, the Dirtbags still led the game 12-5.
• Blunt, who pinch ran for Brittany Schutte (Fountain Valley, Calif.) crossed the plate on a Gianelloni sac-fly to in the sixth inning for Team USA's final run, making the score 12-6.
• The Dirtbags scored five more runs in the bottom of the sixth. before the game came to an end with a final score of 17-6.

Notable Information

• Denae Benites led Team USA, going 2-for-3 with two singles and one run.
• Amanda Gianelloni collected three RBIs in the contest, allowing Blunt and Womack to score.

Up Next

• Game two of the Women's National Team Training will take place against the Texas Dirtbags on Tuesday, August 13, at 5:00 p.m. CT at Hawks Field in Carrollton, Texas.

Social Media

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Stripes Finish WNTDP with 7-1 Triumph Over Stars

The Stripes swept the three-game series against the Stars with Friday's win
August 9, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
STRIPES 3 0 0 2 1 0 1 7 7 1
STARS 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 4 4
Win: B. Schutte Loss: A. Lansdell Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play
 

CARROLLTON, Texas - The Stripes ended the Women's National Team Development Program (WNTDP) with a 7-1 triumph over the Stars to secure a series sweep on Friday afternoon at Hawk Field in Carrollton, Texas. 

Megan Baltzell (Stafford, Va.) continued to dominate for the Stripes, going 1-for-2 with an RBI double. Jaime Baum (Los Altos, Calif.) was an essential member of the Stars Friday as she finished with a single and a run scored to end the shutout.

Brittany Schutte (Fountain Valley, Calif.) threw the win for the Stripes, scattering one hit and sitting down two batters in two innings of work. Ashton Lansdell (Marietta, Ga.) tossed one strikeout in her effort on the mound as she collected the loss for the Stars. 

Key Moments

• Maddy Lewis (Alameda, Calif.) scored in the first inning after she reached base on a hit-by-pitch and stole second to put herself in scoring position for Baltzell who hit a double that pushed her a cross the plate and gave the Stripes a 1-0 advantage.
• Following her RBI double, Baltzell advanced to third on a wild pitch and Gortarez drew a walk to put two runners on for Beth Greenwood (Amherst, N.H.) to send home with a single to left field, making it 3-0 for the Stripes in the first.
• Jamie Mackay (Newport Beach, Calif.) hit a lead-off single, advanced to second on a walk to Lewis and made it to third on a groundout before scoring on a balk to make it 4-0 in the Stripes favor in the fourth inning.
• Lewis then reached home on a sac-fly to center field by Baltzell, giving the Stripes a 5-0 lead in the fourth inning.
• Gortarez led off the fifth inning with a walk, moved to second on an error, and put the Stripes up 6-0 when a throwing error allowed her to cross the plate.
• Baum singled and came around to score on a Benites double to right field to put a run on the board for the Stars in the sixth inning, bringing the score to 6-1.
• Remi Schaber led off the seventh with a walk and travelled around the bases on a fly out and a ground out before reaching home on a balk to finalize the 7-1 win for the Stripes.

Notable Information

• The Stripes swept the three game set with the 7-1 victory on Friday.
• AJ Hamilton (Tallahassee, Fla.) led the Stripes with a .600 batting average (3-for-5), one single, two doubles, two RBIs and three runs scored in the event.
• Megan Baltzell was a dominate figure for the Stripes as she ended the WNTDP batting .571 (4-for-7) and collecting two singles, a double, a triple, three RBIs and four runs.
• Kylee Lahners led the way for the Stars, batting .500 (3-for-6) with two singles and the only home run of the WNTDP. She also knocked in two RBIs and scored one run.

Up Next

• The final 20-player 2019 Women's National Team roster will be announced on Sunday, August 11. The team will begin training for the 2019 COPABE Women's Pan-American Championships on Monday, August 12.

Social Media

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Stripes Take Game Two, 9-6, Over Stars at WNTDP

The victory clinched a series win for the Stripes
August 8, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
STARS 0 0 3 2 0 0 1 6 7 6
STRIPES 0 4 2 2 0 0 1 9 6 4
Win: M. Sementelli Loss: S. Tobias Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play

 

CARROLLTON, Texas - The Stripes clinched a series win over the Stars on Thursday evening at the Women's National Team Development Program (WNTDP) with a 9-6 victory on Hawk Field in Carrollton, Texas.

The game was a back-and-forth battle but the Stripes came out on top with nine runs on six hits. Megan Baltzell (Stafford, Va.) led the team, going 3-for-4 at the plate with two singles, one triple, one RBI and two runs.

Marti Sementelli (West Newton, Mass.) collected the win, tossing two strikeouts and two walks while allowing three runs on four hits in the contest. 

Key Moments

• In the bottom of the second, a pair of singles put Jade Gortarez (Riverside, Calif.) and AJ Hamilton (Tallahassee, Fla.) on base for Maya Zimmerman (Oakland, Calif.) who reached on an error that allowed both runners to score and gave the Stripes a 2-0 lead.
• Kelley Schroeder (Laguna Hills, Calif.) walked early in the second inning, advancing to all the way to third on an error in the next at bat before scoring on a wild pitch to make it 3-0 in the Stripes favor. • Zimmerman then came home on a bases-loaded walk to give the Stripes a 4-0 lead before the end of the second.
• Kelsie Whitmore (Temecula, Calif.) reached base on a fielder's choice and scored on a ground ball to left off the bat of Malaika Underwood (San Diego, Calif.) to put the Stars on the board and make it 4-1 in the top of the third.
• Kylee Lahners (Laguna Hills, Calif.), who drew a walk and advanced to second on Underwood's single, came home courtesy of an Ashton Lansdell (Marietta, Ga.) RBI single in the second inning that cut the Stripes lead in half 4-2.
• In the top of the third, a Jillian Albayati (Anaheim, Calif.) RBI single scored Underwood and put the Stars within one, making it a 4-3 game.
• The Stripes extended the lead to 6-3 when Gortarez and Hamilton reached on a fielder's choice and hit-by-pitch, respectively, and both crossed the plate when Zimmerman put a ball through the left side in the bottom of the third.
• Lahners hit the first home run of the WNTDP in the top of the fourth to get the Stars back within in one run once again, cutting the Stripes advantage to 6-5.
• In the bottom of the fourth inning, Alex Hugo (Olathe, Kan.) extended the Stripes lead when she reached base on an error and came around to score on a Baltzell triple to center in the next at bat, making the score 7-5 in the Stripes' favor.
• Baltzell was pushed across the plate one batter later on a sac-fly to center by Jamie Mackay (Newport Beach, Calif.), giving the Stripes an 8-5 advantage.
• The Stars made it an 8-6 ball game in the top of the seventh when Abby Hay (Columbia, Mo.) reached base on an error and scored on Amanda Gianelloni's (Napoleonville, La.) fielder's choice.
• The Stripes solidified the game and the series win with an insurance run in the bottom of the seventh when Baltzell singled to lead off the inning and scored two at-bats later on a line drive single to right field by Gortarez, making the final score 9-6.

Notable Information

• Kylee Lahners hit the first home run of the WNTDP in the top of the fourth inning off of Emily Tsujikawa (Redmond, Wash.).
• Megan Baltzell leads the Stripes with a .600 batting average (3-for-5), two singles, a triple, one RBI and three runs in two games.
• Kylee Lahners is hitting .400 for the Stars (2-for-5) with one single, a home run, two RBI and three runs.
• Marti Sementelli was the winning pitcher in game two, tossing two strikeouts and two walks while allowing three runs on four hits in the contest.
• Sara Tobias took the loss for the Stars, allowing four runs on three hits and walking four batters.

Up Next

• The final game of the Women's NTDP will take place on Friday, August 9, at 1:00 p.m. CT at Hawk Field in Carrollton, Texas. 

Social Media

• Stay tuned to @USABaseballWNT on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the Women's National Team Development Program.

 

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Stripes Hang on to Early Lead for 8-7 Victory in Game One

A pair of three-run innings pushed the Stripes to victory on Wednesday
August 8, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Stripes 1 3 3 1 0 0 0 8 9 5
Stars 1 1 0 0 0 1 4 7 6 1
Win: K. Blunt Loss: D. Benites Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play
 

CARROLLTON, Texas. -- A pair of three-run innings pushed the Stripes to an 8-7 victory over the Stars in game one of the Women's National Team Development Program (WNTDP) Wednesday night at Hawks Field in Carrollton, Texas.

Both teams were strong at the plate, combining for 15 runs and 15 hits. The Stripes were led by Alex Hugo (Olathe, Kan.), who went 3-for-4 with two singles, a triple, one RBI and two runs. Kelly Schroeder (Laguna Hilla, Calif.) and AJ Hamilton (Tallahassee, Fla.) went 2-for-3 and 2-for-4, respectively and each scored one run. The Stars logged seven runs on six hits, four of which came in a seventh inning rally led by a single off the bat of Jillian Albayati (Anaheim, Calif.). 

Kate Blunt (Ladera Ranch, Calif.) picked up the win for Stripes. She allowed three runs on four hits and struck out one batter.

Key Moments

• Hugo started the game with a triple to right field and scored in the next at-bat when Maddy Lewis (Alameda, Calif.) singled on a fly ball, giving the Stripes a 1-0 advantage.
• The Stars tied the game 1-1 in the bottom of the first when Kelsie Whitmore (Temecula, Calif.) doubled on a line drive and was pushed across the plate on a sac-fly off the bat of Malaika Underwood (San Diego, Calif.).
• The Stripes added three runs to the board in the second when singles by Schroeder and Hugo scored Brittany Schutte (Fountain Valley, Calif.) and Remi Schaber (Memphis, Tenn.), respectively. Lewis followed with a bases-loaded walk in the next at-bat to plate Schroeder and give the Stripes a 4-1 lead.
• Kylee Lahners (Laguna Hills, Calif.) picked up a run for the Stars in the bottom of the second on a Jamie Baum (Los Altos, Calif.) RBI groundout, bringing the score to 4-2.
• The Stars put up another three-run inning in the third. Gortarez and Megan Baltzell (Stafford, Va.) led off the inning with back-to-back walks and were sent home on a double to center off the bat of Hamilton. The Florida native scored in the next at-bat when Schutte reached base on an error, giving the Stripes a 7-2 lead.
• In the fourth inning, Jade Gortarez (Riverside, Calif.) grounded out to short, allowing Hugo to score the Stripes eighth run of the game, making it an 8-2 ball game.
• The Stars rallied in the bottom of the seventh started with back-to-back walks to put Baum and Amanda Gianelloni (Napoleonville, La.) on base. Baum scored on a single by Albayati and Gianelloni was sent home by a double off the bat of Maycen Gibbs (Folsom, Calif.) to make the score 8-5.
• The final two runs of the Stars late game rallied were scored by Albayati and Gibbs when Delaney Dunham grounded into an error. The Stripes were able to hold off the Stars when a strikeout ended the game in a 8-7 Stripes victory.

Notable Information

• There were a combined 15 hits and 15 runs in game one.
• Kate Blunt was the winning pitcher for the Stripes. She allowed three runs on four hits and struck out one batter.
• Denae Benites tossed the loss for the Stars. She gave up four runs on five hits and walked three batters.

Up Next

• Game two of the Women's NTDP will take place on Thursday, August 8, at 4:30 p.m. CT at Hawks Field in Carrollton, Texas. 

Social Media

• Stay tuned to @usabaseballWNT on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the Women's National Team Development Program.

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2019 USA Baseball Women's National Team Development Program Roster Revealed

The Women's NTDP will take place August 7-10 in Carrollton, Texas
July 30, 2019

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball revealed the 34-player 2019 Women's National Team Development Program (NTDP) roster on Tuesday. The Women's NTDP will be held in Carrollton, Texas, from August 7-10.

The National Team Development Program offers identified athletes an opportunity to connect with USA Baseball staff to better prepare for a future national team experience. The program includes skill development sessions, an intrasquad series between Stars and Stripes teams, and exposure to the Women's National Team staff.

"We are excited to start working with some of the best talent in the country at this developmental program," said Senior Director of Baseball Operations Ashley Bratcher. "The NTDP offers an invaluable chance for all of these athletes to continue their growth in the game of baseball and prepare for possible national team opportunities in the future."

The 34 athletes that make up the 2019 Women's NTDP roster represent 17 different states. Sixteen of the athletes are new to USA Baseball national team programming in 2019, including 12 athletes that have participated in one of Major League Baseball and USA Baseball's joint girl's baseball development opportunities, created to foster the next generation of female baseball players in the United States.

In total, twelve players named to the 2019 Women's NTDP participated in the Girls Baseball Breakthrough Series and Development Camp, while seven attended the MLB GRIT Invitational and three played in the Trailblazer Series.

Sixteen of the 34 invitees have represented the red, white and blue on previous Women's National Teams. The roster features 15 members of the 2018 Women's National Team that competed at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Women's Baseball World Cup, as well as six athletes that helped the U.S. claim gold at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games. Additionally, fourteen of the selected athletes have participated in a past Women's NTDP.

Ten members of the 2019 Women's NTDP roster are multi-time alumni of Team USA, including nine-time alumna Malaika Underwood (San Diego, Calif.), eight-time alum Anna Kimbrell (Fort Mill, S.C.) and seven-time alum Marti Sementelli (West Newton, Mass.).

In addition, Underwood (San Diego, Calif.) and four-time Women's National Team alum Meggie Meidlinger (Sterling, Va.) were both members of the 2006 Women's National Team that won a gold medal at the International Baseball Federation Women's World Cup.

Five-time Team USA alum and 2019 Women's National Team Manager, Veronica Alvarez, will serve as the field coordinator for this year's Women's NTDP. She will be joined by 2019 Women's National Team coaches Manny Crespo Sr., Reynol Mendoza and Alex Oglesby, as well as USA Baseball Senior Director of Player Development Scott Brosius, Manny Crespo, Jr. (Gulliver Preparatory School; Miami, Fla.), Jorge Correa, Tamara Holmes and Tanner Vesely (Corona Del Sol; Tempe, Ariz.) as additional evaluators and coaches during the event.

USA Baseball will announce a final 20-player Women's National Team roster on August 10 and the team will train in Carrollton, Texas, from August 11-14 before traveling to Aguascalientes, Mexico, to compete in the COPABE Women's Pan-American Championships August 18-25. The event will serve as a qualifier for the 2020 WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup, with each of the top four finishers at the Pan-American Championships earning a bid to next year's world championship tournament.

For more information on the Women's National Team and the Women's National Team Development Program, follow on Twitter at @USABaseballWNT.

2019 Women's National Team Development Program roster:
(Name; Position; Hometown)

Jillian Albayati; RHP/IF; Anaheim, Calif.
*^Megan Baltzell; OF; Stafford, Va.
Jamie Baum; RHP/IF; Los Altos, Calif.
Denae Benites; IF/RHP; Las Vegas, Nev.
Kate Blunt; IF/RHP; Ladera Ranch, Calif.
*^Michelle Cobb; IF/RHP; Wenatchee, Wash.
Delaney Dunham; OF/LHP; Mont Belvieu, Texas
*^Amanda Gianelloni; IF/OF; Napoleonville, La.
^Maycen Gibbs; C/OF; Folsom, Calif.
*^Jade Gortarez; IF/RHP; Riverside, Calif.
Elizabeth Greenwood; C/OF; Amherst, N.H.
^Kayla Haberstich; RHP/OF; Bartlett, Ill.
*^AJ Hamilton; C/OF; Tallahassee, Fla.
^Thea Hanscom; RHP/IF; Hadley, Mass.
Abby Hay; IF; Columbia, Mo.
*Alex Hugo; IF/OF; Olathe, Kan.
Alexia Jorge; C/IF; Lyndhurst, N.J.
*^Anna Kimbrell; C/OF; Fort Mill, S.C.
*Kylee Lahners; IF; Laguna Hills, Calif.
*Ashton Lansdell; IF/RHP; Marietta, Ga.
Maddy Lewis; IF; Alameda, Calif.
Jamie Mackay; C/RHP; Newport Beach, Calif.
*^Meggie Meidlinger; RHP/IF; Sterling, Va.
Katherine Reynolds; RHP; Belmont, Mass.
Remi Schaber; IF/RHP; Memphis, Tenn.
Kelley Schroeder; OF; Laguna Hills, Calif.
*Brittany Schutte; RHP/IF; Fountain Valley, Calif.
*^Marti Sementelli; RHP/IF; West Newton, Mass.
*Sara Tobias; RHP/OF; New York, N.Y.
*^Emily Tsujikawa; RHP/IF; Redmond, Wash.
*^Malaika Underwood; IF; San Diego, Calif.
*^Kelsie Whitmore; OF/RHP; Temecula, Calif.
Brittany Womack; OF/RHP; Escondido, Calif.
Maya Zimmerman; IF/RHP; Oakland, Calif.

*Denotes National Team alum
^Denotes Women's National Team Development Program participant

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USA Baseball Names 2019 Women's National Team Staff

Five-time Team USA alum Veronica Alvarez will make her managerial debut in 2019
July 19, 2019

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball named the coaching staff for the 2019 Women's National Team that will compete in the COPABE Women's Pan-American Championships from August 18-25 in Aguascalientes, Mexico, on Friday. Highlighted by the naming of five-time Women's National Team alum Veronica Alvarez as manager, Manny Crespo, Sr., Reynol Mendoza and Alex Oglesby will round out the staff for Team USA.

Alvarez is making her managerial debut with Team USA in 2019 but she is no stranger to donning the stars and stripes. She served as an assistant coach on the 2018 staff and is the first Women's National Team alumna to be named manager of the team, having also played for Team USA five times in her career.

Her time with the red, white and blue started in 2008 and every team she participated on medaled in international competition, including the 2015 Women's National Team that won a gold medal at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games. She also won bronze medals with Team USA at the 2008 and 2010 International Baseball Federation (IBAF) Women's Baseball World Cups before winning a silver medal at the 2012 World Baseball Softball Confederation Women's Baseball World Cup.

"This has been a goal of mine since my first time playing for the Women's National Team and I am honored to have been chosen to lead these talented and driven women," Alvarez said. "I am looking forward to working alongside the staff we have put together. We are four individuals with a wealth of diverse knowledge and experience that complement each other, and I am excited to see what we will accomplish."

Since finishing her playing career in 2016, Alvarez has continued to help grow the next generation of female baseball players as a coach at the Trailblazer Series from 2017-2019 and the Girls Baseball Breakthrough Series Showcase & Development Camp in 2018 and 2019, joining the collaboration between Major League Baseball and USA Baseball to foster the next generation of female baseball players in the United States.

Additionally, she served as a coach with the Oakland Athletics at Major League Baseball Spring Training in 2019 and has previously coached at the USA Baseball Women's National Team Identification Series. Most recently, Alvarez was a member of the 2019 12U National Open coaching staff.

"Veronica has represented our organization incredibly well as both a player and a coach for over ten years and we could not be more thrilled to have her serve as the manager for our 2019 Women's National Team," said USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO, Paul Seiler. "The passion, experience and talent within this group of coaches is unmatched and we cannot wait to watch as they continue to represent and showcase women's baseball at the highest level both on and off the field this summer."

Crespo, who joins the 2019 Women's National Team staff as an assistant coach, is in his 14th year as the Director of Latin American Player Development for the Detroit Tigers. Prior to his time with the Tigers, he worked in the San Diego Padres, New York Yankees and Miami Marlins organizations. Crespo was selected in the third round of the 1968 MLB Draft by the Boston Red Sox and spent nine years playing professionally before his retirement in 1978. In addition, Crespo served as a bench coach during the 2013 World Baseball Classic and was a manager during the 2017 event.

Currently the head coach at Eagle Pass High School (Eagle Pass, Texas), Mendoza will serve as Team USA's pitching coach in 2019. Under his guidance, the Eagles have made playoff appearances in each of the last thirteen seasons and played in the regional finals in both 2013 and 2014. The Miami Marlins selected Mendoza in the seventh round of the 1992 MLB Draft and he spent seven years in the Marlins system, including three seasons at the Triple-A level.

Rounding out the 2019 staff is Women's National Team alum Alex Oglesby, who will also serve in an assistant coach role for the 2019 team. Oglesby was a member of the inaugural Women's National Team that won a gold medal at the IBAF Women's Baseball World Cup in 2004 and was named to the All-Tournament Team. Prior to representing the U.S., she played in the Ladies Professional Baseball League and was the youngest player when the league began in 1997. At just 17 years old, Oglesby led the San Jose Spitfires to the league's first World Series Championship and was named both Rookie of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year for her efforts. She also helped form the California Women's Baseball League in 2002, where she earned MVP honors twice.

Most recently, Oglesby has served as a coach at the Trailblazer Series in from 2017-2019, as well as at the first-ever Major League Baseball and USA Baseball GRIT in 2019. In addition, she was a member of the coaching staff at the 2018 Women's National Open and the 2018 Women's National Team Trials.

Crespo, Mendoza and Oglesby are all making their national team coaching debuts for USA Baseball in 2019.

The 2019 Women's National Team season will start with an invitation-only Women's National Team Development Program (NTDP) from August 7-10 in Carrollton, Texas. The Women's NTDP will offer identified athletes an opportunity to connect with USA Baseball staff to better prepare for a future national team experience. The program includes skill development sessions, an intrasquad series between Stars and Stripes teams, and exposure to the Women's National Team staff. Athletes who participate in the Women's NTDP may be chosen to compete for Team USA this summer.

Following the announcement of the final 20-woman Women's National Team roster on August 10, the 2019 Women's National Team will train in Carrollton, Texas, from August 11-14 before traveling to Aguascalientes, Mexico, for the COPABE Women's Pan-American Championships from August 18-25.

For the most up-to-date information on the Women's National Team, follow @USABaseballWNT on Twitter.

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