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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.

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USA Baseball Announces 2020 Women's National Team Staff

2019 Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year Veronica Alvarez returns as manager in 2020
February 4, 2020

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced the coaching staff for the 2020 Women's National Team on Tuesday, highlighted by the return of 2019 USA Baseball Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year and five-time Team USA alum, Veronica Alvarez, as the manager. The remaining members of the coaching staff from 2019 will also return to lead the program in 2020 with Reynol Mendoza serving as the team's pitching coach and Manny Crespo, Sr. and Alex Oglesby as assistant coaches.

Following an undefeated run to a gold medal at the 2019 COBAPE Women's Pan-American Championships, the staff will look to guide this year's team to the program's first world championship title since 2006-and third overall-at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Women's Baseball World Cup in Monterrey, Mexico, from September 11-20.

"Veronica and her staff did an outstanding job guiding, teaching and helping our athletes to grow both on and off the field last year," said USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO, Paul Seiler. "We could not be more excited to have this incredibly talented staff back in 2020 and we look forward to watching them develop a team that will look to compete for another world championship."

Alvarez became the first woman to be named the organization's Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year for her work at the helm of the 2019 Women's National Team. Under her direction, Team USA finished its tournament with a perfect 7-0 record and the program's first gold medal since the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games. The U.S. outscored its opponents 124-20, held a cumulative .500 batting average and hit a record 11 home runs. The team was also named USA Baseball's Team of the Year after its dominating performance last summer.

In addition to making her managerial debut with the Women's National Team in 2019, Alvarez also served as an assistant coach on the 2018 staff and played for Team USA five times in her career as a catcher. Her time with the red, white and blue started in 2008 and every team she participated on medaled in international competition.

"Coaching together in 2019 allowed us the opportunity to build a foundation of trust, understanding and respect, and I am extremely excited to work with this group once again in 2020," Alvarez said. "That foundation, combined with the knowledge and passion that these coaches have, will bring the best out in each of our players and that will ultimately lead to a world championship."

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, Alvarez will serve as a coach with the Oakland Athletics at Major League Baseball Spring Training for the second consecutive year in 2020 and she has previously coached at the USA Baseball Women's National Team Identification Series and the 2019 12U National Open.

Crespo returns to the Women's National Team staff in 2020 as an assistant coach. Most recently, he spent 14 seasons as the Director of Latin American Player Development for the Detroit Tigers and has also 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.

Also rejoining the Women's National Team coaching staff is Mendoza, who will once again serve as the team's pitching coach in 2020. Under his leadership, the 2019 pitching staff finished with a collective 3.16 ERA and 33 strikeouts in 37 innings of work. He is currently the head coach at Eagle Pass High School (Eagle Pass, Texas), where 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 staff is Women's National Team alum Alex Oglesby, who also returns to her role as assistant coach after serving in the same capacity in 2019. 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 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.

The 2020 Women's National Team identification process will begin with the Women's National Open from July 3-5 at The First Academy in Orlando, Florida. Forty athletes will then be selected from the event and remain in Orlando to compete at Women's National Team Trials from July 6-9 for a spot on the 2020 Women's National Team roster. The final 20-player roster will be announced following the conclusion of Trials.

The 2020 Women's National Team will train from September 4-8 before traveling to Monterrey, Mexico, for the 2020 WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup, taking place from September 11-20.

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USA Baseball Elects Alvarez, Hopkins to Board of Directors

Elliot Hopkins to also serve as an officer on the Board of Directors
December 20, 2019

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced on Friday the election of four-time Women's National Team alumna Veronica Alvarez and National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Director of Sports, Sanctioning and Student Services Elliot Hopkins to its Board of Directors. Their selections were finalized at the annual Board of Directors meeting at the MLB Winter Meetings in San Diego.

Alvarez and Hopkins replace long-time board members Jenny Dalton-Hill and Davis Whitfield, who collectively served 14 years on the USA Baseball Board of Directors.

"Veronica and Elliot are long-time associates of the United States Baseball Federation and devoted supporters of our events, initiatives and national team programs," said USA Baseball President Mike Gaski. "We are honored to welcome them to our Board of Directors and look forward to witnessing their influence on our organization as USA Baseball continues to develop and impact the amateur sports landscape in the United States."

Alvarez is a four-time alumnus of the Women's National Team (2008, 2010, 2012, 2015) and has most-recently served as the team's manager in 2019. She managed the red, white and blue to an undefeated record and a gold medal at the COPABE Women's Pan-American Championships in Mexico and was recently honored by USA Baseball by becoming the first woman to be named its Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year. Alvarez has also 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 both of the last two years. 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.

"I take a lot of pride in what it means to be a USA Baseball player," said Alvarez. "I aim to represent the athletes to the best of my ability so that their experience with USA Baseball continues to be nothing but the best."

Hopkins is currently the Director of Sports, Sanctioning and Student Services for the NFHS and this marks his second tenure on the organization's Board of Directors. At the NFHS, his responsibilities include being the staff liaison to the NFHS Student Services Committee, serving as the NFHS Baseball and Wrestling Rules Editor, supervising the NFHS Resource Center and directing the NFHS Student Leadership Summit. Hopkins also serves on the USA Baseball Medical/Safety Advisory Committee and is a former executive of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Inc. and sales representative for multiple Fortune 500 countries.

"I am thrilled to serve the baseball community on USA Baseball's Board of Directors. I feel that the voice of interscholastic baseball players is important in crafting the future of our national teams and representing our country," said Hopkins.

Additionally, Mike Gaski and Jason Dobis were also reelected as officers on the USA Baseball Board of Directors during the annual meeting, serving as president and treasurer, respectively.

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2019 Organizational Award Winners Announced

18U National Team member Robert Hassell named Richard W. "Dick" Case Award winner
December 17, 2019

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced the recipients of its annual organizational awards on Tuesday, recognizing the top athletes, coaches and performances from its 2019 USA Baseball national teams. 18U National Team member Robert Hassell was named the Richard W. "Dick" Case Award winner, becoming the fourth 18U team alumnus to earn athlete of the year honors. The award is given annually to USA Baseball's top player in honor of the organization's founding Executive Director and CEO.

Women's National Team Manager Veronica Alvarez was named the Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year, becoming the first woman to earn the award in USA Baseball's history. The organization also recognized the Women's National Team as its Team of the Year and infielder Alex Hugo was named the Sportswoman of the Year after she earned MVP honors at the COPABE Women's Pan-American Championships.

Alec Burleson's late-game heroics against Japan in Game 2 of the 43rd USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series garnered the International Performance of the Year honors, meanwhile Collegiate National Team Bullpen Coach Xan Barksdale was named the organization's first-ever Service Provider of the Year.

Rounding out the USA Baseball 2019 award winners is 15U National Team Manager Troy Cameron, who was named the Developmental Coach of the Year, as well as Volunteer Coach of the Year Andy Pettitte and the inaugural Coach Educator of the Year Darren Fenster.

"USA Baseball is pleased to recognize these outstanding individuals and their successes from our 2019 national teams," said Paul Seiler, USA Baseball's Executive Director/CEO. "Not only did each and every award winner excel in the field of play or as a coach, they all served as outstanding ambassadors on behalf of the United States. It was an honor to have them represent our organization and the game of baseball with class on the international stage."

USA Baseball finished the year winning gold medals at the COPABE Women's Pan-American Championships and the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier. The Collegiate National Team also won two of its three international friendship series against Chinese Taipei, Cuba and Japan in 2019.

The complete list of the 2019 USA Baseball organizational award winners is as follows:

Richard W. "Dick" Case Award: Robert Hassell, 18U National Team
Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year: Veronica Alvarez, Women's National Team
Team of the Year: Women's National Team
Sportswoman of the Year: Alex Hugo, Women's National Team
International Performance of the Year: Alec Burleson, Collegiate National Team
Service Provider of the Year: Xan Barksdale, Collegiate National Team
Developmental Coach of the Year: Troy Cameron, 15U National Team
Volunteer Coach of the Year: Andy Pettitte, Prospect Development Pipeline League
Coach Educator of the Year: Darren Fenster, Sport Development Blog

Hassell was awarded the Richard W. "Dick" Case Award following a summer where he was named to the All-World Team at the 2019 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in South Korea. He led the 18U National Team in 10 offensive categories in 2019, including batting average (.514), hits (18), doubles (5), home runs (2), RBIs (14), total bases (31), slugging percentage (.886) and on-base percentage (.548), among others. Hassell was a mainstay in the U.S. lineup, starting all nine games of the World Cup in the outfield, and helped lead the red, white and blue to a silver medal. He was also recognized by the WBSC as its International Baseball Player of the Year.

Just the second female manager in USA Baseball history, Alvarez became the first woman to be named the Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year. Under her leadership, the Women's National Team finished the COPABE Women's Pan-American Championships with a perfect 7-0 record and a gold medal. The U.S. outscored its opponents 124-20 in the tournament, held a cumulative .500 batting average and hit a record 11 home runs. Their dominating performance also earned the Women's National Team the USA Baseball Team of the Year award.

Two-time Women's National Team alum Hugo was named the 2019 Sportswoman of the Year. She earned tournament MVP honors at the COPABE Women's Pan-American Championships after leading Team USA in six offensive categories en route to a gold medal. In the tournament, she hit .652 (15-for-23) with five doubles and four home runs, tallied 18 RBIs, scored 20 runs, stole six bases, and amassed an astounding 1.391 slugging percentage in seven games.

ECU's Burleson earned the 2019 International Performance of the Year award after hitting his first-career walk-off home run in the 43rd USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series. With the score tied at 2-2 in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 2 in Imabari City, Japan, Burleson lifted a 2-0 fastball over the right field fence to give the visiting U.S. a 3-2 walk-off win. His home run was the first one hit of the series and the victory tied the best-of-five-game series at one apiece for the red, white and blue.

The Collegiate National Team's Barksdale was a vital part of the team in 2019 after serving as a bullpen catcher and coach for the national team, and his efforts were rewarded with the first-ever USA Baseball Service Provider of the Year award. Barksdale provided unparalleled service to the athletes by offering creative and engaging training, bullpen and catching sessions that not only allowed the national team to prepare and excel on the field, but also promoted and protected their overall long-term athletic development.

Cameron earned the Developmental Coach of the Year award in 2019 after he led Team USA to its fourth consecutive U-15 Baseball World Cup Qualifier gold medal for the red, white and blue (2013, 2015, 2017, 2019), and the third straight international title for the 15U National Team. The U.S. finished the tournament with an 8-1 record and outscored its opponents 66-33 under his leadership.

Five-time World Series champion and three-time MLB All-Star Pettitte was named the 2019 Volunteer Coach of the Year by USA Baseball after working on the coaching staff for the inaugural joint MLB and USA Baseball Prospect Development Pipeline League. Every day, he used his experience to help players create comprehensive processes for their pitching routines and schedules, and assisted in developing pitch philosophies while fine-tuning pitcher deliveries and mechanics. Pettitte also incorporated advanced, progressive methods to the participants that resulted in significant developmental growth in an abbreviated timeframe.

Lastly, Fenster was named the first Coach Educator of the Year in USA Baseball history due to his continued contribution to the USA Baseball Sport Development department. While simultaneously serving as the Minor League Outfield and Baserunning Coordinator for the Boston Red Sox, Fenster draws upon his professional baseball career as a player and coach to provide unique and insightful educational content for the for the Sport Development Blog. Titled FUNdamental Skills Friday, his contributions assist coaches, parents and leagues in developing young players and improving their experience within the game of baseball.

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

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Team USA Wins Gold at COPABE Pan-American Championships

Alex Hugo was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player
August 25, 2019
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VEN 0 0 3 0 2 0 0 5 8 4
USA 0 2 5 0 0 1 x 8 12 2
Win: J. MacKay Loss: K. Vizcaya Save: None
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AGUASCALIENTES, Mex - The USA Baseball Women's National Team won gold at the 2019 COPABE Women's Pan-American Championships with an 8-5 victory over Venezuela at Estadio de Beisbol Alberto Romo Chavez in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Alex Hugo (Olathe, Kan.) was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player. 

The U.S. went undefeated in the tournament, finishing with a 7-0 record and outscoring its opponents 124-20, and earned a berth to the 2020 World Baseball Softball Confederation Women's Baseball World Cup.

Four U.S. batters finished the day with multi-hit performances, led by Brittany Schutte (Fountain Valley, Calif.), who hit her second home run of the tournament to kickstart Team USA's offense in the second inning. 

Mackay came in as relief for the red, white, and blue, and allowed two runs on three hits and struck out two batters to earn the victory. Marti Sementelli (West Newton, Mass.) started on the bump and gave up three runs on five hits while striking out one batter. Meggie Meidlinger (Sterling, Va.) picked up the save as she struck out one batter for Team USA. Krisbel Vizcaya suffered the loss for Venezuela. 

Hugo went 15-for-23 (.652) in the tournament, hitting six singles, five doubles, four home runs and 18 RBIs to be named MVP of the tournament. She also earned awards for best batter, most home runs (four) and was named to the all-tournament team for her work at second base. 

Kylee Lahners (Laguna Hills, Calif.), Megan Baltzell (Stafford, Va.) and Jamie Mackay (Newport Beach, Calif.) were also named to the all-tournament team at third base, outfield, and relief pitcher, respectively. Lahners was given the award for most runs produced in the tournament, scoring 15 in the tournament and knocking in 17 RBIs. 

Key Moments

• Schutte led off the bottom of the second inning with her second home run of the tournament, giving the U.S. a 1-0 lead.
• Jade Gortarez (Riverside, Calif.) hit an RBI-single up the middle to give the U.S. a 2-0 advantage in the bottom of the second inning.
• An RBI-single and RBI-double gave Venezuela a 3-2 lead in the top of the third inning, marking just the third time the U.S. had trailed in the tournament.
• Baltzell led-off the bottom of the third inning with a solo home run over the right field wall to tie the game at 3-3.
• Ashton Lansdell (Marietta, Ga.) hit a two-RBI double to center field in the bottom of the third inning to give the U.S. a 5-3 lead.
• RBI-singles by Hugo and Gortarez in the bottom of the third inning extended Team USA's lead to 7-3.
• Venezuela gained ground on the U.S. in the top of the fourth inning when an error and a fielder's choice brought the score to 7-5.
• Lansdell capped the scoring for Team USA when she scored on a passed ball in the bottom of the sixth inning, ending the game with a final score of 8-5.
• Meidlinger came on in the top of the seventh and pitched a perfect inning in relief to pick up the save and secure the gold for Team USA.

Notable Information

• Four U.S. batters finished the day with multi-hit performances, including Alex Hugo (3-for-5), Jade Gortarez (2-for-2), Brittany Schutte (2-for-4) and Ashton Lansdell (2-for-4).
• The U.S. has qualified for the 2020 World Baseball Softball Confederation Women's Baseball World Cup and is joined by Canada, Mexico and Venezuela.
• This is the Women's National Team's fifth gold medal in its history and the first since defeating Canada in the Toronto 2015 Pan-Am Games.
• The U.S. outscored its opponents 124-20 during tournament action.
• Alex Hugo was named tournament MVP, going 15-for-23 (.652) at the plate and hitting six singles, five doubles, four home runs and tallying 18 RBIs.
• Alex Hugo, Kylee Lahners, Megan Baltzell, and Jamie Mackay were named to the all-tournament team for their work at second base, third base, right field and relief pitcher, respectively.
• Kylee Lahners was given the award for most runs produced in the tournament, scoring 15 in the tournament and knocking in 17 RBIs.

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Team USA Rained Out in Mexico on Saturday

The Women's National Team will play in the gold medal game on Sunday
August 24, 2019

AGUASCALIENTES, Mexico - Due to heavy rains in Aguascalientes on Friday night, the USA Baseball Women's National Team's game against Puerto Rico at the 2019 COPABE Pan-American Championships has been cancelled. A makeup game will not be scheduled as the U.S. has already clinched a spot in the gold medal game on Sunday. 

Team USA's gold medal game will take place on Sunday at Estadio de Beisbol Alberto Romo Chavez at a time to be announced later. The U.S. will face either Canada (4-2) or Venezuela (4-2), who will finish pool play this evening to determine who will advance. 

Continue to follow @USABaseballWNT on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the Women's National Team. 

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Two Home Runs Help Team USA Defeat Mexico 17-2

Team USA clinches a spot in the Pan-American Championship gold medal game with the win
August 23, 2019
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MEX 1 0 1 0 x x x 2 4 3
USA 3 11 1 2 x x x 17 17 4
Win: B. Schutte Loss: Y. Figueroa Save: None
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AGUASCALIENTES, Mexico - The USA Baseball Women's National Team used two home runs to clinch a spot in the 2019 COPABE Women's Pan-American Championships gold medal game, defeating Mexico 17-2 on Friday at Estadio de Beisbol Alberto Romo Chavez in Aguascalientes, Mexico. 

The U.S. moved to 6-0 in the tournament and also secured its berth in the 2020 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Women's Baseball World Cup. 

Six U.S. batters finished the day with multi-hit performances, led by Ashton Lansdell (Marietta, Ga.) and Alex Hugo (Olathe Kan.), who hit their second and fourth home runs of the tournament, respectively. 

Brittany Schutte (Fountain Valley, Calif.) started on the bump for the red, white, and blue, giving up two runs on three hits and striking out one batter to earn the victory. Jamie Mackay (Newport Beach, Calif.) and Meggie Meidlinger (Sterling, Va.) came on in relief, scattering one hit and striking out three batters. Yiselle Figueroa suffered the loss for Mexico.

Key Moments

• Mexico jumped out to an early lead in the first, using a leadoff single, a sac-bunt and a U.S. error to take a 1-0 lead.
• Team USA used RBI-singles by Malaika Underwood (San Diego, Calif.) and Brittany Womack (Escondido, Calif.) to give the U.S. a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the first inning.
• Hugo's fourth home run of the tournament scored Lansdell in the bottom of the second inning to give Team USA a 5-1 lead.
• Megan Baltzell (Stafford, Va.) hit a two-RBI triple to right center and scored on a passed ball to extend the U.S. lead to 8-1 in the bottom of the second inning.
• The U.S. scored three more runs in the second on Lansdell's second home run of the tournament, pushing the red, white and blue ahead 11-1.
• Kylee Lahners (Laguna Hills, Calif.), Jade Gortarez (Riverside, Calif.) and Underwood hit back-to-back-to-back RBI-singles to push three more runs across for a 14-1 Team USA lead in the bottom of the second inning.
• Mexico capitalized on an RBI-single in the third inning to make the score 14-2.
• Womack hit a single to center field and scored on an error to in the bottom of the third inning, making it 15-2 in favor of Team USA.
• A pair of RBI-singles by Kelsie Whitmore (Temecula, Calif.) and Womack capped the scoring for Team USA, ending the game with a final score of 17-2.

Notable Information

• With the win, Team USA has secured a spot in the gold medal game on Sunday, August 25, and clinched a berth in the WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup in 2020.
• The U.S. has outscored its opponents 116-15 in its six games in the tournament.
• Six U.S. batters finished the day with multi-hit performances, including Alex Hugo (2-for-3), Kylee Lahners (2-for-4), Malaika Underwood (3-for-4), Megan Baltzell (2-for-3), Brittany Womack (4-for-4) and Ashton Lansdell (2-for-2).
• Brittany Schutte earned the win for the U.S., giving up two runs on three hits and striking out one batter.
• Alex Hugo leads Team USA with four home runs in tournament action.
• Kylee Lahners leads the U.S. offensively through five games, hitting .682 (15-for-22) with eight singles, six doubles, a home run and 16 RBIs in the tournament.

Up Next

• The USA Baseball Women's National Team will finish pool play at the 2019 COPABE Women's Pan-American Championships on Saturday, August 24 against Puerto Rico at 12 p.m. CT at Parque Deportivo Ferrocarrilero in Aguascalientes, Mexico.

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Lansdell's Cycle Leads Team USA in Win Over Cuba

Ashton Lansdell hit for the cycle for the first time in her career against Cuba
August 22, 2019
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USA 2 5 3 5 5 x x 23 16 1
CUBA 0 0 0 1 0 x x 1 2 5
Win: K. Whitmore Loss: M. Perez Save: None
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AGUASCALIENTES, Mexico - Ashton Lansdell hit for the cycle for the first time in her career and the USA Baseball Women's National Team defeated Cuba 23-1 on Thursday at the 2019 COPABE Women's Pan-American Championships at Estadio de Beisbol Alberto Romo Chavez in Aguascalientes, Mexico. 

The U.S. moved to 5-0 in the tournament and is the only undefeated team remaining in pool play. 

Three U.S. batters finished the day with multi-hit performances, led by Lansdell (Marietta, Ga.), who finished 4-for-5 with five RBIs, including a 400-foot home run directly over the center field wall to complete the cycle.

Kelsie Whitmore (Temecula, Calif.) started on the bump for the red, white, and blue, scattering one hit and striking out four batters to earn the victory. Alexia Jorge (Lyndhurst, N.J.) and Kate Blunt (Ladera Ranch, Calif.) came on in relief, giving up one run on one hit and striking out two batters. Maisy Perez suffered the loss for Cuba.

Key Moments

• Alex Hugo (Olathe, Kan.) led off the game with her third home run of the tournament, giving the U.S. an early 1-0 lead. 
• Megan Baltzell (Stafford, Va.) hit a sac-fly to left field to extend the U.S. lead to 2-0 in the top of the first inning.
• Lansdell and Anna Kimbrell (Fort Mill, S.C.) scored on a Cuba error in the top of the second inning, making it 4-0 in favor of Team USA. 
• A sac-fly by Jade Gortarez (Riverside, Calif.) and a two-RBI single by Baltzell gave the U.S. a 7-0 lead in the top of the second inning. 
• Kylee Lahners (Laguna Hills, Calif.) hit a three-RBI double to center field in the top of the third inning to give the U.S. a 10-0 lead.
• Brittany Womack (Escondido, Calif.) led off the top of the fourth inning with a single to center field and scored on a Cuba error to give Team USA an 11-0 lead. 
• Lansdell hit a two RBI-triple to right center and gave the U.S. a 13-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning.
• A Hugo double and a Lahners single pushed two more runs across the plate in the top of the fourth inning to keep Team USA ahead 15-0. 
• A single and an RBI groundout put Cuba on the board in the fourth inning, but trailed the U.S. 15-1.
• Lansdell capped a career day with a three-run home run over the center field wall in the top of the fifth inning to extend Team USA's lead to 18-1.
• Denae Benites (Las Vegas, Nev.) and Lahners scored on an RBI-single off the bat of Malaika Underwood (San Diego, Calif.) to make the score 20-1 in the bottom of the fifth inning.
• A pair of RBI-singles by Michelle Cobb (Wenatchee, Wash.) and AJ Hamilton (Tallahassee, Fla.) wrapped up the scoring for Team USA, ending the game with a final score of 23-1.

Notable Information

• The U.S. has outscored its opponents 99-13 in its five games in the tournament. 
• Lansdell hit a double in the second inning, a single in the third, a triple in the fourth and a 400-foot home run in the fifth inning to hit for the cycle for the first time in her career. 
• Three U.S. batters finished the day with multi-hit performances, including Alex Hugo (3-for-4), Kylee Lahners (3-for-5) and Lansdell (4-for-5).
• Kelsie Whitmore earned the win for the U.S., scattering one hit and striking out four batters in three innings of work.
• Alex Hugo leads Team USA with three home runs in tournament action.
• Kylee Lahners leads the U.S. offensively through five games, hitting .722 (13-for-18) with six singles, six doubles, a home run and 16 RBIs in the tournament.

Up Next

• The USA Baseball Women's National Team will continue action at the 2019 COPABE Women's Pan-American Championships on Friday, August 23 against host-country Mexico at 9 a.m. CT at Estadio de Beisbol Alberto Romo Chavez in Aguascalientes, Mexico.

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Team USA Wins 21-4 Over Canada

Two eight-run innings led Team USA to victory
August 21, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
USA 3 0 1 8 1 0 8 21 23 0
CAN 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 4 8 3
Win: M. Sementelli Loss: A. Asay Save: None
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AGUASCALIENTES, Mexico - The USA Baseball Women's National Team used to eight0run innings to defeat Canada 21-4 on Wednesday at the 2019 COPABE Women's Pan-American Championships at Parque Deportivo Ferrocarrilero in Aguascalientes, Mexico. 

The U.S. moved to 4-0 in the tournament and is currently the only undefeated team remaining. 

All nine U.S. batters in the starting lineup finished the day with multi-hit performances, led by Megan Baltzell (Stafford, Va.), who finished 4-for-6 with five RBIs, a double and three runs scored, and Alex Hugo (Olathe, Kan.), who hit her second home run of the tournament in the fourth inning.

Marti Sementelli (West Newton, Mass.) started on the bump for the red, white, and blue, allowing one run and striking out two batters to earn the victory. Jamie Mackay (Newport Beach, Calif.), Meggie Meidlinger (Sterling, Va.) and Ashton Lansdell (Marietta, Ga.) came in as relief, combining to allow four runs on seven hits and striking out three batters. Amanda Asay suffered the loss for Canada.

Key Moments

• A pair of walks to Hugo and Jade Gortarez (Riverside, Calif.) put runners on base for Baltzell, who put the U.S. up 2-0 in the top of the first inning with an RBI-double to center field.
• Kelsie Whitmore (Temecula, Calif.) hit a sac-fly to left field to make the score 3-0.
• Baltzell led off the top of the third inning with a single to right field and scored on a Brittany Schutte (Fountain Valley, Calif.) double to center field to give the U.S. a 4-0 lead.
• In the top of the fourth inning, Malaika Underwood (San Diego, Calif.) knocked a single into center field to push Hugo and Lahners across the plate to extend the U.S. lead to 6-0.
• Baltzell's third RBI of the game came in the top of the fourth inning when she sent an RBI-single up the middle to give the U.S. a 7-0 lead.
• An RBI-single up the middle by Whitmore and a Schutte sac-fly pushed the U.S. lead to 9-0 in the top of the fourth inning.
• A three-run homerun by Hugo capped an eight-run fourth inning, giving the U.S. a commanding 12-0 lead.
• Canada used two hits and a walk to bring the score to 12-3 in the bottom of the fourth inning.
• Anna Kimbrell (Fort Mill, S.C.) singled to left field to score another run for Team USA, making the score 13-3 in the top of the fifth inning.
• Canada added a run in the bottom half of the fifth inning to make it a 13-4 ballgame.
• A Michelle Cobb (Wenatchee, Wash.) RBI-single put another run on the board for Team USA and Lansdell followed with a two-run double to center field to extend the U.S. lead to 16-4 in the top of the seventh inning.
• An RBI-single from Hugo and RBI doubles by Baltzell and Schutte capped the scoring for Team USA, ending the game a final score of 21-4.

Notable Information

• Nine U.S. batters finished the day with multi-hit performances, including Alex Hugo (2-for-4), Kylee Lahners (2-for-4), Jade Gortarez (2-for-4), Malaika Underwood (3-for-6), Megan Baltzell (4-for-6), Keslie Whitmore (3-for-5), Brittany Schutte (3-for-6), Anna Kimbrell (2-for-6) and Ashton Lansdell (2-for-5).
• Marti Sementelli earned the win for the U.S., allowing one run and striking out two batters in her second start of the tournament.
• Alex Hugo hit her second home run of the tournament over the right field wall in the fourth inning against Canada.
• Kylee Lahners leads the U.S. offensively through four games, hitting .769 (10-for-13) with four singles, five doubles, a home run and 12 RBIs in the tournament.

Up Next

• The USA Baseball Women's National Team will continue action at the 2019 COPABE Women's Pan-American Championships on Thursday, August 22 against Cuba at 12 p.m. CT at Estadio de Beisbol Alberto Romo Chavez in Aguascalientes, Mexico.

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Team USA Defeats Nicaragua 21-1

Brittany Schutte launched a grand-slam in the fourth inning
August 20, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
USA 9 6 0 6 x x x 21 19 1
NIC 1 0 0 0 x x x 1 1 2
Win: S. Tobias Loss: M. Sanchez Save: None
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AGUASCALIENTES, Mexico - The USA Baseball Women's National Team defeated Nicaragua 21-1 with the help of a Brittany Schutte grand-slam on Tuesday at the 2019 COPABE Women's Pan-American Championships at Estadio de Beisbol Alberto Romo Chavez in Aguascalientes, Mexico. 

The U.S. jumped ahead early in the top of the first inning courtesy five singles, two doubles and a triple, giving the team a 9-0 lead. Team USA extended its lead in the top of the second with six runs scored on five hits and followed with runs in the fourth inning to give the U.S. its biggest win of the tournament. 

Six U.S. batters finished the day with multi-hit performances, including Denae Benites (Las Vegas, Nev), Kylee Lahners (Laguna Hills, Calif.), Malaika Underwood (San Diego, Calif.), Brittany Womack (Escondido, Calif.), Michelle Cobb (Wenatchee, Wash.) and Ashton Lansdell (Marietta, Ga.). 

Sara Tobias (New York, N.Y.) started on the bump for the red, white, and blue, allowing one run and striking out four batters in the winning performance. Alexia Jorge (Lyndhurst, N.J.) and Kate Blunt (Ladera Ranch, Calif.) each spent an inning on the mound, scattering one hit and striking out two batters. Mabel Sanchez suffered the loss for Nicaragua.

Key Moments

• A pair of singles by Alex Hugo (Olathe, Kan.) and Lahners put runners on base for Underwood, who put the U.S. up 2-0 in the top of the first inning with a double to center field.
• With a runner in scoring position, Kelsie Whitmore (Temecula, Calif.) singled up the middle to make the score 3-0 in the top of the first inning.
• Underwood scored from third on a Nicaragua error, making it 4-0 in the top of the first inning.
• Womack knocked a double into right field to push Whitmore across the plate and put the score at 5-0 in the top of the first inning.
• A Cobb single put two more runs on the board for Team USA in the top of the first inning, making the score 7-0.
• Lansdell sent a run home with an RBI triple to deep right center to put the score at 8-0 in the top of the first inning.
• A Hugo sac-fly capped a nine run inning for Team USA.
• Nicaragua used a sac-fly to put one run on the board in the bottom of the first inning to make the score 9-1.
• Cobb's two-run double to left center put the U.S. ahead 11-1 in the top of the second inning.
• Lahners hit a three RBI double to center field in the top of the second inning to extend the U.S. lead to 14-1.
• Underwood knocked an RBI single up the middle for a 15-1 Team USA lead in the top of the second inning.
• Lansdell and Benites led off the top of the fourth inning with a single and double, respectively, and both scored when Jorge collected her first hit of the tournament to make the score 16-1.
• In Schutte's first at-bat of the tournament, she knocked a 1-0 pitch over the right field wall for her first career grand slam in the top of the fourth inning, giving the U.S. a 20-1 lead.
• A Womack sac-fly allowed Jamie Mackay (Newport Beach, Calif.) to score her first run of the tournament and give Team USA a final score of 21-1 in the fourth inning.

Notable Information

• Six U.S. batters finished the day with multi-hit performances, including Denae Benites (2-for-3), Kylee Lahners (3-for-3), Malaika Underwood (2-for-3), Brittany Womack (2-for-4), Michelle Cobb (2-for-3) and Ashton Lansdell (3-for-4).
• Sara Tobias earned the win for the U.S., allowing one run and striking out four batters in her first start of the tournament.
• In her first at-bat of the tournament, Schutte cleared the bases with a grand-slam over the right field wall in the top of the fourth inning.
• Kylee Lahners leads the U.S. offensively through three games, hitting .889 (8-for-9) with three singles, four doubles, a home run and 12 RBIs in the tournament.

Up Next

• The USA Baseball Women's National Team will continue action at the 2019 COPABE Women's Pan-American Championships on Wednesday, August 21 against Canada at 9 a.m. CT at Parque Deportivo Ferrocarrilero in Aguascalientes, Mexico. 

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Team USA Crushes Dominican Republic 19-2 in Four Innings

A 12-run second inning catapulted Team USA to victory
August 19, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
DOM REP 0 0 2 0 x x x 2 6 1
USA 3 12 4 x x x x 19 9 0
Win: B. Schutte Loss: Y. Kim Save: None
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AGUASCALIENTES, Mexico - The USA Baseball Women's National Team dominated the Dominican Republic 19-2 in game two of the 2019 COPABE Women's Pan-American Championships with the help of a 12-run second inning on Monday at Parque Deportivo Ferrocarrilero in Aguascalientes, Mexico. 

The U.S. jumped out to an early lead in the bottom of the first inning courtesy of a bases-loaded single to right field by Malaika Underwood (San Diego, Calif.) that scored three runs. Team USA extended its lead in the bottom of the second with 12 runs scored on five hits. 

Kylee Lahners (Laguna Hills, Calif.) and Underwood both had multi-hit games, including Underwood's single in the first inning to give Team USA the lead and Lahners' first home run of the tournament that gave the U.S. its final three runs of the game.

Brittany Schutte (Fountain Valley, Calif.) was the starting pitcher for Team USA in game two and collected the win, scattering three hits and striking out three batters. Meggie Meidlinger (Sterling, Va.), Kate Blunt (Ladera Ranch, Calif.), Kelsie Whitmore (Temecula, Calif.) and Ashton Lansdell (Mariette, Ga.) all tossed the ball in relief. They combined for two runs on three hits and each struck out one batter. 

Key Moments

• Alex Hugo (Olathe, Kan.) led off the bottom of the first with a double to right and Lahners and Jade Gortarez (Riverside, Calif.) followed with walks to load the bases for Underwood, whose single to right scored three runs for Team USA, making it 3-0.
• Three walks loaded the bases in the bottom of the second for Lahners, whose double to centerfield extended the lead to 5-0.
• Gortarez hit a double to center field to score Hugo, who reached base on a walk, for a 6-0 lead.
• Gortarez and Lahners scored on an RBI-single off the bat of Underwood to make the score 8-0 in the bottom of the second.
• Whitmore made it 9-0 when she sent Underwood home on a double to center field in the second inning.
• Megan Baltzell (Stafford, Va) and Whitmore extend the U.S. lead to 11-0 in the second inning when they scored on a bases-loaded walk and a hit-by-pitch, respectively.
• Lahners doubled in the second inning and gave the red, white, and blue a 13-0 lead, sending Lansdell and AJ Hamilton (Tallahasee, Fla.)
• Two more runs scored for Team USA in the second inning courtesy of a bases-loaded walk and a hit-by-pitch, ending the inning at 15-0.
• The Dominican Republic put up two runs in the top of the third inning to make a 15-2 game.
• Hamilton reached base on an error by the first baseman to lead off the bottom of the third inning and scored on a fielder's choice by Hugo, making the score 16-2.
• A fielders choice and a single by Hugo and Landsell put runners on first and second for Lahners, who cleared the bases with a three-run homer over the left field wall in the bottom fo the third, allowing Team USA to end the game due to the run rule.

Notables

• Kylee Lahners (3-for-3) and Malaika Underwood (2-for-3) both had multi-hit games, including Underwood's single in the first inning to give Team USA the lead and Lahners' first home run of the tournament that gave the U.S. its final three runs of the game.
• Brittany Schutte was the winning pitcher for Team USA, starting on the bump and scattering three hits while striking out three batters.
• Kylee Lahners leads the U.S. offensively through the first two games, hitting .833 (5-for-6) with a single, three doubles, a home run and nine RBIs in the tournament.

Up Next

• The USA Baseball Women's National Team will continue action at the 2019 COPABE Women's Pan-American Championships on Tuesday, August 20 against Nicaragua at 12 p.m. CT at the Estadio de Beisbol Alberto Romo Chavez in Aguascalientes, Mexico. 

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