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16U NTDP
Nat'l Team Champs

USA Baseball Announces Changes to National Team Championships, Addition of 16U NTDP

The changes include a new 16U age group at the National Team Championships
November 2, 2017

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced on Thursday multiple changes to the National Team Championships, including the addition of a 16U age group at the annual event in Arizona, as well as the addition of a 16U National Team Development Program (NTDP) to the national team programming slate for 2018.

The 2018 National Team Championships in Arizona will start on June 15 and will now feature a 16U age group in addition to its 14U, 15U and 17U age groups. The 17U tournament will take place from June 15-22, followed by the 15U age group from June 22-29, and finally, the 14U and 16U tournaments will be played concurrently from June 30-July 7.

"We are excited to enhance the National Team Championships with the inclusion of the 16U age group starting in 2018," Senior Director of Baseball Operations Ashley Bratcher said, "Given USA Baseball's history with this age group, we know the talent is outstanding at this level, so we look forward to adding it to the already-elite National Team Championships player-pool."

USA Baseball had a long successful history at the 16U level through its 16U National Team, which competed from 1997-2011 before the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) changed its youth championships age discipline to 15U. In the fifteen-year history of the program, Team USA made it to the championship game of every international tournament it appeared in, taking home 11 gold medals - including nine in World Championships - and three silvers. In addition, eight of those teams went undefeated in international play.

In connection with the addition of a 16U age group at the National Team Championships, USA Baseball has also added a 16U discipline to its National Team Development Program for the 2018 season; providing national team-level opportunities to all youth players ages 14-18.

The 16U NTDP will feature athletes selected from the 15U National Team Identification Series (NTIS), the newly created 16U National Team Championships and through recommendations from professional scouts, USA Baseball task force members and collegiate, high school and youth coaches. Like the existing 14U and 17U NTDPs, the 16U program will invite 40 athletes to participate in skill development sessions, which include guest speakers/instructors and Stars vs. Stripes intrasquad games.

"The National Team Development Program provides an unparalleled national team-level experience and we're excited to expand that opportunity to players at the 16U age level," said Paul Seiler, Executive Director and CEO of USA Baseball. "This addition will also allow athletes to stay in touch with the USA Baseball organization between the national team age levels, developing their skills before possible consideration on a future national team.

"The exposure to future national team staffs, as well as college and professional scouts, the NTDP offers is invaluable for these athletes as they look to grow their game and compete internationally in the future."

At age levels where there are not international competitions, the National Team Development Program offers an unmatched developmental opportunity to better prepare athletes for potential future national teams and ingrain them in the USA Baseball organization. It also serves to help young players accelerate their maturation and readiness for the next step in their respective baseball careers.

Since the program's inception in 2012, 64 national team development program attendees have earned spots on national team rosters at the 15U, 18U and Collegiate national team levels. Additionally, in the five years that NTDP participants have been eligible, 21 players have been selected in the first five rounds of the MLB First Year Player Draft.

In addition to the changes at the National Team Championships in Arizona, the event in Florida will feature an enhanced schedule in 2018. The 14U, 15U and 17U tournaments will now be played in separate weeks, reducing the total number of days each age group will participate than in previous years however still providing teams the same amount of games.

The National Team Championships in Florida will also start on June 15 with its 15U tournament from June 15-20. The 17U age group will follow, competing from June 21-26, and the event will finish with the 14U age group, which will run from June 27-July 1.

For more information on the National Team Championships and the NTDP, check USABaseball.com and follow @USABChamps_East, @USABChamps_West and @USABaseballNTDP on Twitter. Registration for the 2018 National Team Championships will open on Friday, November 10.

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14U NTDP

USA Baseball Announces 2018 14U NTDP Roster

2018 14U NTDP will take place July 23-27 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex
July 9, 2018

DURHAM, N.C. - The 2018 14U National Team Development Program (NTDP) roster was announced by USA Baseball on Monday. The final 40-man roster has been named following the conclusion of the 2018 14U National Team Championships in Arizona and Florida. The 14U NTDP will take place at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, July 23-27.

The National Team Development Program offers identified 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 and intrasquad Stars vs. Stripes games to assist in the development of the athletes as people and players.

"USA Baseball is excited to welcome these forty athletes to our National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, for the 14U National Team Development Program," said Senior Director of Baseball Operations Ashley Bratcher. "All of these young men impressed our staff and task force at our National Team Identification Series and the National Team Championships with their talent and character, and we are eager to get to know each of them better and provide them with a comprehensive development opportunity they cannot get anywhere else."

Of the 40 players on the roster, 15 are alumni of the 2016 USA Baseball 12U National Team, including Kai Caranto (Santa Clarita, Calif.) and Owen Egan (Yucaipa, Calif.) who also played together on the 2017 12U Team that won a gold medal at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup in Tainan, Taiwan. In addition to being an alumnus of the 12U National Team, Tyler Avery joins the 14U NTDP for the second consecutive year after participating in last year's program.

Former USA Baseball 15U National Team assistant coach Troy Cameron will oversee the program as the field coordinator in 2018.

For the second year in a row, 18 athletes from the 14U NTDP will be selected to the 2018 15U National Team Trials. Phase 1 of 15U Trials will feature 72 athletes and begin on July 29 at the National Training Complex. Phase 2 will begin on August 1 and will feature 34 athletes vying for a spot on the final 20-man national team roster. The 15U National Team will compete in the 2018 WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup in David, Panama.

In 2017, Davis Diaz and Josh Hartle both won a gold medal with the 15U National Team at the COPABE Pan Am "AA" Championships in Cartagena, Colombia, after earning a spot at the 15U National Team Trials following their performance at the 14U NTDP.

Players are selected for the National Team Development Program based on their participation and performance at USA Baseball events. Recommendations from professional scouts, USA Baseball task force members and collegiate, high school and youth coaches at USA Baseball events play a role in the selection process for the National Team Development Program.

The USA Baseball 13U National Team Identification Series (NTIS) and the 14U National Team Championships in Arizona and Florida served as the primary identification event for the 14U National Team Development Program. In total, 25 athletes at the 2018 14U NTDP are new to USA Baseball following their participation in sanctioned identification events.

For more information on the National Team Development Program please visit USABaseball.com or follow @USABaseballNTDP on Twitter.

The roster for the 14U National Team Development program is as follows:

2018 14U National Team Development Program Roster
(Name; Position; Hometown)

*Nathan Aguilar; IF/RHP; Torrance, Calif.
Jaden Anderson; OF/IF; Duluth, Ga.
*^Tyler Avery; RHP/IF; Las Vegas, Nev.
*Brandon Barriera; LHP/IF; Coconut Creek, Fla.
Casey Borba; IF/C; Corona, Calif.
*Karson Bowen; C/RHP; Anaheim Hills, Calif.
*Joseph Brown; C/IF; Petaluma, Calif.
Ryan Cainzos; OF; Miami, Fla.
*Kai Caranto; IF/RHP; Santa Clarita, Calif.
Abel Castrejon; C/OF; Santa Ana, Calif.
*Cutter Coffey; IF/RHP; Bakersfield, Calif.
Justin Crawford; OF; Torrance, Calif.
Kyle Crow; RHP/IF; Linden, Mich.
Dylan Cupp; IF/RHP; Cedartown, Ga.
Demitri Diamant; IF/RHP; Las Vegas, Nev.
Evan Dobias; RHP/OF; Sunrise, Fla.
*Owen Egan; OF/RHP; Yucaipa, Calif.
Duke Ekstrom; RHP/IF; San Diego, Calif.
Jamie Felix; OF/IF; Kingsland, Ga.
Termarr Johnson; IF; Atlanta, Ga.
Dylan Lina; RHP/IF; Carson, Calif.
Kaden Martin; OF/LHP; Redondo Beach, Calif.
Anthony Martinez; C/IF; Fairfield, Calif.
Jackson McKenzie; LHP/IF; Fairhope, Ala.
*Steven Milam; IF/RHP; Las Cruces, N.M.
*Aidan Miller; RHP/IF; Trinity, Fla.
Derrick Mitchell; OF/RHP; Tempe, Ariz.
*Mason Neville; OF/LHP; Las Vegas, Nev.
Christopher Paciolla; IF/OF; Temecula, Calif.
Alvaro Partida Lora; LHP/OF; San Diego, Calif.
Jacob Randolph; C/IF; Vero Beach, Fla.
Michael Rocha; IF/RHP; Chula Vista, Calif.
*Louis Rodriguez; RHP/IF; Long Beach, Calif.
*Mikey Romero; IF; Menifee, Calif.
*Marcos Rosales; IF/OF; West Covina, Calif.
Logan Saloman; IF/RHP; Chandler, Ariz.
*Christopher Scinta; LHP/IF; Tamarac, Fla.
Andrew Villalobos; C/RHP; Globe, Ariz.
Ethan Watson; C/IF; Newport Beach, Calif.
Abraham Zapata; C/RHP; Fontana, Calif.

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

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15U

USA Baseball Announces 2018 15U National Team Trials Roster

15U National Team Trials will begin July 29 in Cary, North Carolina
July 5, 2018

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced on Thursday 54 athletes that have been invited to the 2018 15U National Team Trials following the conclusion of the 15U National Team Championships in Arizona and Florida. Phase 1 of 15U National Team Trials will begin July 29 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

Eighteen additional athletes will receive invitations to join Phase 1 of 15U National Team Trials following the 2018 USA Baseball 14U National Team Development Program (NTDP), finalizing a 72-man roster. Phase 2 of 15U Trials will begin on August 1 and will feature 34 athletes vying for a spot on the final 20-man national team roster.

The 2018 15U National Team will participate in training in Cary, North Carolina, from August 4-7 before traveling to David, Panama, for the 2018 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup.

"The 15U National Team coaching staff is thrilled with the talent level and character of first group of athletes invited to the national team trials," said Ashley Bratcher, Senior Director of Baseball Operations at USA Baseball. "With twenty-six previous USA Baseball national team and national team development program participants attending trials, we are excited to have seasoned athletes elevate the trials process across the board.

"The next step in this process is for our staff to scout the 14U National Team Development Program in order to finalize our final trials roster. Then, we get to work putting together a team that will aim to bring back its first world cup title in 15U National Team program history."

15U National Team alums and COPABE Pan Am "AA" Championships gold medalists Davis Diaz (Pittsburg, Calif.) and Joshua Hartle (King, N.C.) return to 15U Team trials for the second consecutive year after both earned a roster spot after competing at the 2017 14U NTDP.

In total, 15 total USA Baseball national team alumni are on the trials roster, including Diaz and 13 other members of the 2015 12U National Team that won a gold medal at the WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup in Taichung, Taiwan. Additionally, 23 of the 54 invitees have previously participated in the 14U National Team Development Program.

Twenty-eight players on the 15U National Team Trials roster are new to USA Baseball programming in 2018. The athletes selected for the USA Baseball National Team Trials are chosen from the 15U National Team Championships, the USA Baseball 14U National Team Identification Series (NTIS), the NTDP and recommendations from professional scouts and college and high school coaches.

In total, the 54 athletes invited to 15U Trials span 22 different states and Puerto Rico.

Jason Maxwell will serve as the 15U National Team manager in 2018 and is joined on staff by Manny Crespo, Troy Gerlach and Adam Moseley.

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

2018 USA Baseball 15U National Team Trials Roster:
(Name; Position; Hometown)


Oren Abbott; LHP/OF; Short Hills, N.J.
Ethan Anderson; C; Virginia Beach, Va.
^Eldridge Armstrong III; IF/OF; Pasadena, Calif.
^Mario Bejarano; LHP/IF; Tucson, Ariz.
Kyle Bender; RHP; Vacaville, Calif.
^Blake Burke; IF; Brentwood, Calif.
Ethan Campbell; IF/OF; Panama City, Fla.
^Josiah Chavez; C/IF; Santa Paula, Calif.
*^Ryan Clifford; OF/IF; Raleigh, N.C.
^Joey Collier; LHP; Surprise, Ariz.
^Tyler Collins; OF; McKinney, Texas
Justin Colon; IF; Carolina, P.R.
*^Daniel Corona Jr.; IF/RHP; Brooklyn, N.Y.
*Garrett Cutting; IF/RHP; Las Vegas, Nev.
Justin DeCriscio; IF; Orange, Calif.
*^Davis Diaz; IF/RHP; Pittsburg, Calif.
*^Thomas DiLandri; OF/RHP; Las Vegas, Nev.
Samuel Dutton; RHP/OF; Rainbow City, Ala.
^Logan Forsythe; RHP/OF; Biloxi, Miss.
*^Josh Hartle; LHP/IF; King, N.C.
*^Brady House; IF/RHP; Winder, Ga.
Gage Jump; LHP/OF; Aliso, Calif.
*^Cooper Kinney; C/IF; Chattanooga, Tenn.
*^Nick Kurtz; LHP/IF; Lancaster, Pa.
Cale Lansville; RHP/IF; Denver, Colo.
Talmadge LeCroy; C/IF; Belton, S.C.
^Luke Leto; RHP/UT; Portage, Mich.
Christian Little; RHP/IF; University City, Mo.
Rheego McIntosh; RHP/OF; Temecula, Calif.
*Carson McKinney; RHP/IF; Chelseay, Ala.
Brewster Mott; OF/IF; Vacaville, Calif.
Devin Obee; OF; Bowling Green, Ky.
Andrew Painter; RHP; Pompano Beach, Fla.
Aaron Perez; IF/LHP; Santa Ana, Calif.
Matthew Porchas; RHP/OF; Ladera Ranch, Calif.
^Diego Prieto; C; Miami, Fla.
^Tyree Reed; OF; Vallejo, Calif.
*^Joshua Reis; IF/RHP; Wahana, Hawaii
*^Collin Reuter; C/IF; Olive Branch, Miss.
Michael Saumell; C/IF; Spring, Texas
Charlie Saum; C/OF; Ventura, Calif.
*^Cody Schrier; IF; San Clemente, Calif.
*Pierre Seals; OF/IF; Memphis, Tenn.
Ryan Spikes; IF/RHP; Covington, Ga.
^Thomas Splaine; C/RHP; Los Gatos, Calif.
Riley Stanford; RHP/OF; Gainesville, Ga.
Sal Stewart; IF/RHP; Miami, Fla.
*^Zachary Torres; OF; Vista, Calif.
Brian Uribe; RHP; Camarillo, Calif.
Vytas Valincius; IF/RHP; Chicago, Ill.
Jeffery Waters; OF/RHP; Mableton, Ga.
Treylen White; OF/RHP; Moore, S.C.
Timothy Williams; LHP; Shenandoah, Va.
Gage Ziehl; RHP; Penfield, N.Y.

*National Team Alumnus
^National Team Development Program Participant

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17U NTDP

USA Baseball Announces 2018 17U National Team Development Program Roster

July 3, 2018

CARY, N.C. - USA Baseball announced the 42-man 2018 17U National Team Development Program (NTDP) roster on Tuesday, following the conclusion of the 17U National Team Championships in Arizona and Florida. The weeklong 17U NTDP will be held in Chicago, Illinois, from July 22-26.

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, off-field education seminars and intrasquad Stars vs. Stripes games to assist in the development of the athletes as a person and a player.

"The 2018 17U National Team Development Program is a great opportunity for players to get a jump on competing for a spot on the 18U National Team in 2019," said Matt Blood, USA Baseball 18U National Team Director. "I am excited about the overall level of talent on this year's roster. Our coaching staff and game schedule is going to provide an amazing experience for the student athletes in attendance."

The roster is made up of 42 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, 11 athletes have played on a USA Baseball national team and 11 past NTDP participants are on the roster. Twenty-eight of the invited athletes are new to the USA Baseball national team pool in 2018.

Five of the 42 invitees are alumni of the 2017 15U National Team that won a gold medal at the COPABE Pan American "AA" Championships in Colombia, while an additional five players were members of the 2016 15U National Team that won bronze at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup.

Yohandy Morales (Miami, Fla.), Carson Tucker (Phoenix, Ariz.) and Anthony Volpe (Watchung, N.J.), were all members of the inaugural 12U National Team that won gold at the 2013 International Baseball Federation (IBAF) World Championships in Taipei City, Taipei, and will be reunited at the 2018 17U NTDP in Chicago.

In addition, Carter Young (Selah, Wash.), who was a member of the 2017 18U National Team that won Team USA's fourth consecutive WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup gold medal, is returning to the 17U NTDP for the second year in a row in 2018.

Four additional members of the 2017 17U NTDP are returning to the program in 2018, and overall, 11 of the invited athletes have participated in the USA Baseball National Team Development Program previously.

Pete Crow-Armstrong (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) and Masyn Winn (Kingwood, Texas) have been teammates for their entire Team USA careers, appearing on the 2014 12U National Team, 2016 14U NTDP and 2017 15U National Team together.

American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Hall of Famer Jack Leggett will serve as the field coordinator for the event after coaching in 2017. Ricky Meinhold and Gregg Ritchie will join Leggett on the staff and serve as additional evaluators for the event.

For more information on the National Team Development Program please follow @USABaseballNTDP on Twitter or visit USABaseball.com.

2018 17U National Team Development Program
Name; Position; Hometown
Mick Abel; RHP; Portland, Ore.
*^Nelson Berkwich; LHP; Boca Raton, Fla.
Drew Bowser; IF; Woodland Hills, Calif.
*Alek Boychuk; C; Buford, Ga.
Enrique Bradfield; OF; Hialeah, Fla.
Jack Bulger; C; Bowie, Md.
Max Carlson; RHP; Savage, Minn.
Gavin Casas; IF; Pembroke Pines, Fla.
Kellum Clark; IF; Brandon, Miss.
Nate Clow; IF; Federal Way, Wash.
*^Dylan Crews; OF; Longwood, Fla.
*^Pete Crow-Armstrong; OF; Sherman Oaks, Calif.
Jamar Fairweather; IF; Cutler Bay, Fla.
Brandon Fields; OF; Orlando, Fla.
Dax Fulton; LHP; Oklahoma City, Okla.
Alex Greene; RHP/OF; Edgewater, Md.
Austin Hendrick; OF; Oakdale, Pa.
Macauley Horvath; RHP/IF; Rochester, Minn.
*^Jared Jones; RHP/OF; Whittier, Calif.
Colten Keith
Jared Kelley; RHP; Refugio, Texas
Christian Knapczyk; IF; Plainfield, Ill.
Avery Mabe; RHP; Wytheville, Va.
Nolan McLean; IF; Willow Spring, N.C.
^Victor Mederos; RHP; Miami, Fla.
*Yohandy Morales; IF; Miami, Fla.
^Aaron Nixon; IF; Mission, Texas
Liam Norris; LHP; Cary, N.C.
Jack O'Dowd; IF; Boca Grande, Fla.
Caleb Pendleton; C; Jensen Beach, Fla.
Brett Percival; RHP; Lancaster, S.C.
Jackson Phipps; LHP; Dallas, Ga.
Maxwel Rajcic; RHP/IF; Fullerton, Calif.
Jordan Rollins; OF; Miami, Fla.
Drew Romo; C; The Woodlands, Texas
^Blake Shapen; IF; Shreveport, La.
Josh Shuler; OF; Suwanee, Ga.
*Carson Tucker; IF; Phoenix, Ariz.
*^Anthony Volpe; IF; Watchung, N.J.
*^Masyn Winn; RHP/IF; Kingwood, Texas
*^Nate Wohlgemuth; RHP; Owasso, Okla.
*^Carter Young; IF; Selah, Wash.

*Denotes National Team alum
*Denotes National Team Development Program participant

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14U Champs

Jacob Gonzales Earns Player of the Day and Renzo Gonzales is the Pitcher of the Day

July 1, 2018

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla.- Jacob Gonzales was named the Player of the Day at the USA Baseball 14U National Team Championships in Florida on Sunday. Gonzales of H La Mirada Toreros was 3-for-3 with a triple, and four runs batted in.

Renzo Gonzales of Kangaroo Court Roos 14U was named the Pitcher of the Day. Gonzales threw four innings allowing no hits and no runs with four strikeouts.

Honorable Mentions:
-Connor Gormley (Palm Beach Select) 2-2, RBI
-Douglas Powledge (Houston Athletics Gold) 3-4, 4 RBI, 2B
-Angel Wydra (Cannons Baseball Academy) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2K

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14U Champs

Kangaroo Courts Roos 14U Wins Gold Medal at National Team Championships in Florida

July 1, 2018

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla.- Renzo Gonzales of Roos 14U allowed no runs on no hits in four innings of work in the Gold Medal Game at the 14U National Team Championships.

It was a scoreless first three innings from both sides until Roos 14U struck in the top of the fourth inning to score the only two runs of the game. A lead-off walk followed by a single by Miles Curley put runners on first and third. The first run scored on a wild pitch, while the very next batter, AJ Nessler, hit a single to left center to bring around the second run of the inning.

Nessler highlighted the offense for Roos 14U going 1-for-1 with one run batted in.

Gonzales hurled four innings allowing no runs on no hits and tallied four strikeouts. For the Roos 13U, Aidan Miller threw four and a thirds inning allowing two runs on four hits with two strikeouts.

The game was cut short in the bottom of the fourth due to rain resulting in a 2-0 Roos 14U victory to take home the gold medal.

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14U Champs

Strickland and Daley Player and Pitcher of the Day on Saturday

July 1, 2018

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla.- Daegan Strickland was named the Player of the Day at the USA Baseball 14U National Team Championships in Florida. Strickland of East Cobb Astros was 3-for-3 with a double, a triple and two runs batted in.

Tyler Daley of NCTB Alpha Dogs was named the Pitcher of the Day on Saturday. Daley threw five innings allowing one hit with nine strikeouts on the day.

Honorable Mentions:
-Brandon Delpenha (Cannons Baseball) 2-3, RBI, SB
-Brandon Gonsalves (Cannons Baseball) 2-2, 2B, 3B, 2 SB
-Aidan Miller (Kangaroo Court Roos 13U) 3-4, 2B, 2 RBI
-Bobby Fasulo (Palm Beach Select) 2-2, 2B, 3 SB
-Ignacio Izaguirre (Sandcrabs Baseball) 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R/0 ER, 3K

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14U Champs

Martinez Player of the Day, Harbert Pitcher of the Day

June 29, 2018

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla.- Amai Martinez was named the Player of the Day at the USA Baseball 14U National Team Championships in Florida on Friday. Martinez of Kangaroo Court Roos 14U was 3-for-3 with a double, a triple and two runs batted in. He also earned the win on the mound in an 8-0 victory.

Christopher Harbert of Team Brave was named the Pitcher of the Day. Harbert threw five complete innings allowing two hits with seven strikeouts on the day.

Honorable Mentions:
-Matthew Ossenfort (Team Freedom) 3-3, 2 RBI
-Agard (NCTB Alpha Dogs) 3-3, 2B, 2 RBI
-Giovanni Suarez (Kangaroo Court Roos 14U) 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R/0 ER, 3K
-Meza (Citius-Washington) 3-3, 2 SB, SB
-Jaque Stewart (Sandcrabs Bsaeball) 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R/1 ER, 6K

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14U Champs

Kangaroo Court Roos 14U Secure Third Win 8-0 Over La Mirada Toreros

June 29, 2018

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla.- Amai Martinez of Kangaroo Court Roos 14U throws a complete six inning shutout to help his team cruise past La Mirada Toreros 8-0.

With the victory, the Roos move to 3-0 at the 14U National Team Championships in Florida and put themselves in a comfortable spot for the third round.

After a scoreless first inning from both teams, the Roos struck first in Friday's contest, scoring one run in the bottom of the second to gain the 1-0 lead. They extended their lead in the fourth putting up three runs on three hits. The inning started with a pair of singles with a runner advancing to third. A fly out plated the first run, while a double followed by a sacrifice fly brought the lead to 4-0.

The Roos added three more runs in the fifth to put the game out of reach. A single by Cade Kurland brought Renzo Gonzales to third, who made it to first on a walk. Martinez smoked a sacrifice fly to bring home the first run of the frame. A series of errors and a single then scored two more.

One more run was added in the bottom of the sixth to enforce the mercy rule. A walk and a double plated the final run and the game ended 8-0 in six innings.

Amai Martinez highlighted the offense in today's Game of the Day contest for the Roos. Martinez went 2-for-3 with two runs batted in and zero strikeouts. For the Toreros, Darian Choi was 2-for-3 with no strikeouts.

Martinez also earned the win on the bump and pitched a gem. He hurled all six innings, allowing no runs on five hits with three strikeouts and zero walks. Cortez Amador was given the loss, throwing four innings and allowing four runs on five hits.

The Roos will face Houston Athletics Black next in hopes to extend their undefeated streak here at the National Team Championships in Florida.

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14U Champs

Larrea and Adams Earn Player and Pitcher of the Day Awards on Thursday

June 28, 2018

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla.-Jonathan Larrea was named the Player of the Day at the USA Baseball 14U National Team Championships in Florida on Thursday. Larrea of Team Brave went 3-for-3 with three runs batted in.

Luke Adams of Team Freedom was named the Pitcher of the Day. Adams threw four and two thirds innings allowing only one hit on the day.

Honorable Mentions:
-Jaden Anderson (Team Freedom) 1-1, HR, 2 RBI
-Owen Egan (NCTB Prime) 3-3, 2B,2 RBI, SB
-Troy Reader (Kangaroo Court Roos) 3-3, RBI, SB
-Luke Dotson (East Cobb Astros) 3 IP, 0 H, 3K
-Zach Zorbo (East Cobb Astros) 4 IP, 1 H, 5K, 2BB

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14U Champs

Cannons Baseball Academy Earn Victory Over Florida Canes

June 28, 2018

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla.- A big sixth inning for Cannons Baseball seemed to be the difference in today's Game of the Day matchup against Florida Canes resulting in a 9-3 win.

The Canes struck first with a two-run first frame. A trio of one-out singles and a ground-out RBI plated two making the score 2-0.

Cannons Baseball would take the lead scoring four in the bottom of the second. Two walks and a triple by Brandon Gonsalves scored the first run while the next batter, Matthew Kautz hit a shot over the second basemen and advanced to second to even the game up at two. A single then scored two runs to take the 4-2 lead.

In the third, the Cannons added their fifth run to the board. A walk put Erik Blair on, and single by Deven Schlagter brought Blair home from first.

After a scoreless fourth inning from both sides, The Cannons plated one run on a solo lead-off homerun from Giovanny Adames that soared over the right field fence.

The sixth frame brought another run across for the Canes to bring the deficit to three. After a lead-off walk and a stolen base by Jake Randolph, a single followed by a sacrifice fly scored one to bring the score to 6-3.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, the Cannons added three more insurance runs. A double scored the first runner who reached on a walk, and a pair of singles would bring home two more runs. With a runner on third, a sacrifice fly plated the ninth and final run of the game for the home team.

Adames led the offense for the Cannons going two-for-three with four runs batted in and zero strikeouts. Gonsalves and Kautz also had multi-hit games combining for two runs batted in between the pair. For the Canes, Ryan Srigley was 2-for-3 with zero strikeouts.

Santiago Ordonez earned the win hurling three innings allowing one hit, zero runs and four strikeouts. Ormarion Davis was given the loss, allowing five runs on five hits while tossing four innings.

With the win, the Cannons move to 2-0 on the tournament and will turn around to take on Team Freedom tomorrow at 8 am E.T.

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