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USA Notches Second No-Hitter, Beats Brazil 15-0

Team USA closes group play with 5-0 record at Pan American Championships
August 29, 2018
  1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Brazil 0 0 0 - - - 0 0 1
USA 6 2 7 - - - 15 18 0
Win: Tristan Bristow (1-0) Loss:  Save: None
Box ScorePlay-by-play | Team USA Tournament Stats

 

 

AGUASCALIENTES, Mexico - In the process of scoring 15 runs off 18 hits, Team USA's Tristan Bristow (San Antonio, Texas) and Gavin Gargiulo (Coral Springs, Fla.) combined to no-hit Brazil in a 15-0 victory at Ferrocarilero Park. The no-hitter is USA's second of the tournament and they have allowed two hits over their last four games to complete group play with a 5-0 record at the 2018 COPABE U-12 Pan American Championships.

Bristow started on the mound and went the first two innings before handing the ball over to Gargiulo for the third inning. Brazil was held to three base runners in the game, with two reaching on walks and one reaching on a dropped third strike. USA faced two batters over the minimum. Bristow was credited with the victory (1-0).

The game ended in the third inning due to USA leading by 15 runs through three innings of play. Their offense was geared up on the very first pitch of the bottom of the first inning. Kameron Davis (Albany, Ga.) hit the first pitch over the right field fence for a quick 1-0 lead. Davis' home run, his second of the tournament, was the first of six runs in the inning for the U.S. Kailand Halstead (Aberdeen, Wash.) plated a pair of runs with a single to left field before Kibru Pam (Pasadena, Calif.), Travis Friend (Whittier, Calif.) and Julius Pfau (Tampa, Fla.) each contributed an RBI to complete the scoring in the first inning.

Christian Hamilton (Lauderhill, Fla.) duplicated Davis' first inning feat in the second inning, hitting the first pitch of the bottom of the second inning over the fence. His home run was the first of the tournament and it provided the U.S. their first of two runs in the second inning. Their second run was registered on a Pam RBI-Single through the right side for an 8-0 lead.

USA sent 11 batters to the plate in the third inning and 10 reached base safely. Pfau and Hamilton each had doubles before Halstead blasted a three-run home run to center field to highlight a seven-run inning. Pfau completed a 2-for-2 performance in the inning alone with a bases-loaded chopper that resulted in the 15th run of the game to halt the game.

All nine batters in the starting lineup produced at least one hit for USA, with seven players producing at least two hits. Hamilton and Pfau each went 3-for-3 at the plate to lead USA in hits. Halstead led the team with five runs-batted-in. USA was 13-for-19 in at-bats with runners on base and 10-for-15 with runners in scoring position. They faced five different Brazil pitchers, and four of the five pitchers did not go more than 0.1 innings.

USA moved their all-time mark to 4-0 all-time against Brazil, with three of the games played in COPABE competition. The U.S. also completed their Group B play with a 5-0 record, finishing atop the group standings (Brazil finished 1-4). They begin the Super Round (three games) in Aguascalientes Thursday facing Venezuela (4-1) with a 12 p.m. (CT) first pitch at Guel Jimenez Park.

Inside the Numbers
76-1 - The U.S. has outscored their opponents 76-1 and they have outhit them 72-5. USA's pitching staff has pitched two no-hitters and two one-hitters in the tournament.

23 - USA has hit 23 home runs in the tournament through five games. The single-tournament high for the U.S. is 37 from the 2016 tournament. The 37 home runs in 2016 was at a pace of 4.1 per game (averaging 4.6 per game this tournament).

17 - In 19 innings of at-bats, USA has scored at least 1 run in 17 of the innings.

12 - With Christian Hamilton's home run Wednesday, 12 different USA players have hit a home run in this season's tournament.

.585 - USA is batting .585 in the tournament. Julius Pfau leads the team hitting .875 (7-for-8)

.631 - USA is hitting .631 (41/65) with runners on base, while holding their opponents to 0-for-22 in the same category. Opponents have been limited to eight at-bats with runners in scoring position (USA is 30-for-49, .612 in the category).

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Team USA Opens 12U National Team Training With Win

Strong pitching leads Team USA past Pacific Baseball Academy
July 20, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
PBA 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 2
Team USA 3 0 0 1 1 2 7 7 2
Win: A. Mercurius Loss: L. Hodge Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats

 

Santa Clarita, Calif. - Team USA used 14 strikeouts from its pitching staff to defeat Pacific Baseball Academy, 7-1, in the first exhibition game of 2019 12U National Team Training on Saturday, at William S. Hart Pony Baseball and Softball Park in Santa Clarita, California.

Team USA's starting pitcher Alexander Mercurius (Las Vegas, Nev.) (1-0) earned the win after striking out four in two scoreless innings on the mound. Jack Armijo (San Lorenzo, Calif.) and Jack McKernan (Missouri City, Texas) struck out all three batters that they faced, while Logan Shields (Manvel, Texas) and Josiah Hartshorn (Anaheim, Calif.) punched out two batters each in one inning of relief. Pacific Baseball Academy's Landon Hodge (0-1) suffered the loss after allowing three runs in two innings of work.

Gavin Fien (Temecula, Calif.) led the U.S. at the plate after recording a hit and driving in two runs. Jack Ruckert (Baton Rouge, Louis.) contributed two runs and stole two bases in the game, while Sebastion Segura (Spring, Texas) added a triple.

 

Key Moments

  • Team USA jumped out to an early lead in the bottom of the first after Lucas Tinajero (Corpus Christi, Texas) drove in Jack Ruckert (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) with a hard ground ball that bounced between Pacific Baseball Academy's shortshop and third baseman.
  • Gavin Fien (Temecula, Calif.) continued the scoring in the first with a two-RBI single up the middle to give Team USA a 3-0 advantage.
  • PBA scored its lone run in the top of the second on an RBI-double by Nate Lopez.
  • The red, white, and blue added to its lead after scoring runs in the fourth and fifth innings as John Dolan (Camarillo, Calif.) and Jack Ruckert (Baton Rouge, Louis.) scored on a passed ball and a throwing error by Pacific Baseball Academy, respectively.
  • Sebastian Segura (Spring, Texas) hit a two-out triple that plated Jack McKernan (Missouri City, Texas) before scoring on a wild pitch in the bottom of the sixth to give Team USA the 7-1 win.

 

Notable Information

  • Team USA moved to 1-0 at National Team Trials with the win over Pacific Baseball Academy.
  • Alexander Mercurius (Las Vegas, Nev.) (1-0) earned the win on the mound after striking out four batters in two innings. Pacific Baseball Academy's starting pitcher Landon Hodge suffered the loss.
  • Team USA outhit Pacific Baseball Academy 7-3 in the exhibition game.

 

On Deck

  • The 12U National Team will compete in its final training game on Sunday, July 21, against the Top Tier Americans. First pitch is set for 3:45 p.m. at William S. Hart Park.
  • Following Sunday's contest, Team USA will travel to Tainan, Taiwan, to compete in the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup.

 

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12U National Team Trials Concludes With a Blue Win

Blue scores four runs on four hits in the second to top Red
July 18, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Blue 0 4 0 0 0 2 6 11 2
Red 0 2 0 0 0 1 3 5 1
Win: B. Lewis Loss: H. Friedberg Save: K. Ramirez
Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats

 

Santa Clarita, Calif. - Blue used four runs in the second inning to defeat Red, 6-3, in the final game of the 2019 12U National Team Trials on Thursday, at William S. Hart Pony Baseball and Softball Park in Santa Clarita, California.

Red won the 2019 12U National Team Trials series, 2-1, despite Thursday's loss, after defeating Blue, 9-5, on Tuesday and, 6-3, on Wednesday. 

Blue's starting pitcher Brenden Lewis (Santee, Calif.) (1-0) earned the win on the mound after hold Red scoreless in the first inning. Kalub Ramirez (Hereford, Texas) earned the save for Blue after allowing just one run and striking out a batter in two innings. Hamilton Friedberg (Redondo Beach, Calif.) (0-1) suffered the loss for Red after allowing three runs in 0.1 inning of relief. 

Eli Willits (Fort Cobb, Okla.) and Lucas Mejia (Phoenix, Ariz.) led Blue at the plate after recording two hits and driving in a run each. Jack Ruckert (Baton Rouge, La.) led Red offensively, earning a hit, a run scored and an RBI in the contest. Lucas Tinajero (Corpus Christi, Texas) and Gavin Hottle (Irvine, Calif.) recorded a double each for Red.

Key Moments
• Blue jumped out to an early lead in the top of the second after Josiah Hartshorn (Anaheim, Calif) led off the inning with a single down the left field line, before scoring on an RBI-single from Bryce Nixon (Huffman, Texas). Blue continued the scoring as Eli Willits (Fort Cobb, Okla.) and Isaac Rojas (Riverside, Calif.) contributed an RBI-singles and Nixon stole home to give Blue a 4-0 lead.
• Red responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second as Lucas Tinajero (Corpus Christi, Texas) hit a leadoff double and scored on a single from and Hamilton Friedberg (Redondo Beach, Calif.). Friedberg scored two batters later on a Blue error to cut the lead to 4-2.
• Logan Shields (Manvel, Texas) and Lucas Mejia (Phoenix, Ariz.) picked up an RBI-single and an RBI-double, respectively, in the top of the sixth to give Blue a 6-2 edge.
• Red scored the final run of the game as Jack Ruckert hit a single to shallow center field that plated Gustavo Melendez (Cayey, P.R.).

Notable Information
• Red won the three-game intrasquad scrimmage 2-1, after winning the first two games.  
• Brenden Lewis (1-0) earned the win for Blue, while Hamilton Friedberg (0-1) suffered the loss on the mound. 
• Rashad Hayes (Oakland, Calif.) led all batters with four hits in the series, while Nixon led both teams with three RBIs.

On Deck
• The final 18-man 12U National Team roster will be announced Thursday evening, following the final team meeting. 
• The 12U National Team will play two exhibition games on Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21, before traveling to Tainan, Taiwan to compete in the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup.

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• Stay tuned to @USABaseball12U on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the 12U National Team.

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USA Baseball Announces 2019 12U National Team Roster

The 12U National Team will compete for a record fourth straight world championship
July 18, 2019

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. - USA Baseball announced the 18-man 12U National Team roster on Thursday, following the conclusion of the 12U National Team Trials at William S. Hunt Pony Baseball and Softball Park in Santa Clarita, California. 

Team USA will compete at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup in Tainan, Taiwan, beginning Friday, July 26. The 12U National Team will be playing for a record fourth consecutive world championship after earning the IBAF "A" World Cup gold medal in 2013, followed by gold medals at the WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup in 2015 and 2017. 

"We are thrilled with the eighteen young men that we have selected to represent the United States at the World Baseball Softball Confederation U-12 Baseball World Cup," said 12U National Team Program Director Will Schworer. "We are looking forward to growing as a team over the next two days and are ready for the challenges ahead."

Before heading to Taiwan, the 2019 12U National Team will train from July 19-22 at William S. Hart Pony Baseball and Softball Park. Team USA will play two exhibition games on Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21. The opponents will be announced at a later time.

Todd Fine will lead the 12U National Team as the team's manager for the second consecutive year and is joined on staff by RJ Farrell, Jason Sekany and Marc Wiese. The entire coaching staff returns to Team USA after leading the 12U National Team to its first-ever gold medal at the 2018 COPABE U-12 Pan-American Championships.

For more information on the 12U National Team and the selection process, please visit USABaseball.com or follow @USABaseball12U on Twitter.

2019 12U National Team roster:
Name; Position; Hometown; Identification Event (Team)

Dillon Adkins; LHP/OF; Mechanicsville, Md.; 12U National Open (Free)
Jack Armijo; LHP/1B; San Lorenzo, Calif.; 12U National Open (Eagles)
John Dolan; C/RHP; Camarillo, Calif.; 12U National Open (Free)
Gavin Fien; SS/RHP; Temecula, Calif.; 11U Futures Invitational (MVP Hustle)
Josiah Hartshorn; OF/LHP; Anaheim, Calif.; 11U Futures Invitational (Top Tier Americans)
Rashad Hayes; OF; Oakland, Calif.; 12U National Open (Eagles)
Brenden Lewis; 2B/RHP; Santee, Calif.; 11U Futures Invitational (San Diego Show)
Jaiden Lo Re; UTIL; Phoenix, Ariz.; 12U National Open (United)
Jack McKernan; OF/LHP; Missouri City, Texas; 11U Futures Invitational (Twelve Baseball)
Gustavo Melendez; UTIL; Cayey, P.R.; 11U Futures Invitational (I AM Baseball)
Alexander Mercurius; RHP; Las Vegas, Nev.; 12U National Open (United)
Noah Meza; OF; Chino Hills, Calif.; 12U National Open (Eagles)
Bryce Nixon; INF; Huffman, Texas; 12U National Open (Pride)
Jack Ruckert; OF/1B; Baton Rouge, La.; 12U National Open (Stripes)
Sebastian Segura; UTIL; Spring, Texas; 12U National Open (Stars)
Logan Shields; RHP/1B; Manvel, Texas; 12U National Open (Stripes)
Jayden Stroman; IF/RHP; Medford, N.Y.; 2018 NTIS (North Atlantic)
Lucas Tinajero; SS/RHP; Corpus Christi, Texas; 11U Futures Invitational (Banditos Black)

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12U National Team Trials Concludes Thursday

July 18, 2019
GAME Red vs. Blue
TIME Thursday, July 18, 12 p.m. PT
LOCATION Santa Clarita, Calif. (William S. Hart Park)
Red: Kruz Schoolcraft
Blue: Brenden Lewis

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SANTA CLARITA, Calif. - The USA Baseball 12U National Team Trials wraps up with the final game of a three-game intrasquad series on Thursday at William S. Hart Pony Baseball and Softball Park in Santa Clarita, California. 

Red used three runs in the final three innings to defeat Blue, 6-3, in the second game of the 2019 12U National Team Trials on Wednesday, to take a a 2-0 advantage in the three-game intrasquad series.

Live updates throughout the game will be available via @USABaseball12U on Twitter and live stats via links on the 12U National Team's schedule page.

Notable Information
• Red clinched the series after scoring three runs in the final three innings to defeat Blue, 6-3, on Wednesday.
• Team Red took a 1-0 advantage in series with a 9-5 win over Blue on Tuesday. 
• The 36-man 12U National Team Trials roster was named on Monday, July 15, following the conclusion of the National Open in Santa Clarita California. The 36 players hail from 14 different states and Puerto Rico. 
• Eleven players on the trials roster were selected from the 2018 National Team Identification Series (NTIS), while 10 were chosen from the 11U Futures Invitational. Additionally, 15 players were selected from the 12U National Open, finalizing the 2019 12U Trials roster.
• Todd Fine returns as the manager of the 12U National Team for the second consecutive year and will be joined by Jason Sekany, RJ Farrell and Marc Wiese, who all return to the staff after helping Team USA to its first-ever gold medal at the COPABE U-12 Pan-American Championships in 2018. Sekany will lead the pitching staff, while Farrell and Wiese will serve as assistant coaches.
• The 12U National Team will be playing for a record fourth consecutive world championship after earning the IBAF "A" World Cup gold medal in 2013, followed by gold medals at the WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup in 2015 and 2017.

On Deck
• The final 18-man 12U National Team roster will be announced following the conclusion of the third intrasquad game on Thursday evening, following the conclusion of the game. 
• The 12U National Team will then play in two exhibition games on Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21, before traveling to Tainan, Taiwan to compete in the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup.

Social
• Stay tuned to @USABaseball12U on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the 12U National Team.

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Red Defeats Blue To Clinch 12U National Team Trials Series

Red uses four late runs to defeat Team Blue
July 18, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Red 0 0 0 2 0 1 1 2 0 6 8 2
Blue 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 10 2
Win: J. Del Toro Loss: L. Shields Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats

 

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. - Red used four runs in the final four innings to defeat Blue, 6-3, in the second game of the 2019 12U National Team Trials on Wednesday, at William S. Hart Pony Baseball and Softball Park in Santa Clarita, California.

Red took a 2-0 advantage in the three-game intrasquad series with the win. The 2019 12U National Team Trials will conclude on Thursday with game three at William S. Hart Pony Baseball and Softball Park.

Jesse Del Toro (Modesto, Calif.) (1-0) earned the win for Red after striking out a pair of batters in two innings of relief on the mound. Logan Shields (Manvel, Texas) (0-1) suffered the loss for Blue after allowing two runs and walking three in two innings. Blue's pitching staff struck out 10 batters, while Red's pitchers punched out six in the contest.

Gavin Fien (Temecula, Calif.) led Red offensively, recording two hits on the day, while Jack Armijo (San Lorenzo, Calif.) added a double and two stolen bases. Josiah Hartshorn (Anaheim, Calif.) led Blue with two hits and a pair of RBIs at the plate.

Key Moments:

  • Blue jumped out to an early lead in the bottom of the third after Josiah Hartshorn (Anaheim, Calif) hit a two-out single that plated Jack McKernan (Missouri City, Texas.) and Bryce Nixon (Huffman, Texas) to give Blue a 2-0 lead.
  • Red responded with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth as Elijah McNeal (Dublin, Calif.) scored on a fielder's choice and Jayden Stroman (Medford, N.Y.) crossed home on a wild pitch to even the score at two-all
  • Nixon scored his second run of the game for Blue in the bottom of the fifth on an error by Red's shortstop, to give Blue the 3-2 advantage.
  • Red's Gavin Hottle (Irvine, Calif.) tied the game in the top of the sixth with an RBI-single that landed in shallow center field.
  • Red extended the lead to two in the top of the seventh after Jack Armijo (San Lorenzo, Calif.) scored on a wild pitch.
  • Jaiden Lo Re (Phoenix, Ariz.) led off the top of the eighth for Red with a double to the gap in right-center and scored three pitches later before Armijo hit an RBI-double to give Red the 6-3 victory.

 

Notable Information:

  • Red clinched the three-game intrasquad scrimmage with the win.
  • Jesse Del Toro (1-0) earned the win, while Logan Shields (0-1) suffered the loss on the mound.
  • The game featured 14 stolen bases, as Jack Armijo, Rashad Hayes (Oakland, Calif.) and Nixon picked up two each.

 

On Deck:

  • The final of the three-game series will take place on Thursday, July 18, at 12 p.m. (PT) at William S. Hart Pony Baseball and Softball Park in Santa Clarita, Calif.
  • The final 18-man 12U National Team roster will be announced following the conclusion of the third intrasquad game on Thursday, July 18.
  • The 12U National Team will then play two exhibition games on Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20, before traveling to Tainan, Taiwan to compete in the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup.

 

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Team Red Opens 12U National Team Trials With A Win

Jack Ruckert and John Dolan lead Team Red past Team Blue
July 17, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Team Blue 0 1 1 3 0 0 5 9 0
Team Red 0 2 3 2 1 1 9 10 2
Win: T. Targac Loss: O. Robinson Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-play

 

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. - Jack Ruckert (Baton Rouge, La.) and John Dolan (Camarillo, Calif.) recorded a hit and two RBIs apiece to lead Team Red past Team Blue, 9-5, in the first game of the 2019 12U National Team Trials on Tuesday at William S. Hart Pony Baseball and Softball Park in Santa Clarita, California.

Titan Targac (Flatonia, Texas) (1-0) earned the win in relief for Red after striking out two batters in his lone inning on the mound. Owen Robinson (Greensboro, N.C.) (0-1) suffered the loss for Blue after allowing two runs on two hits in the second inning. Team Red's pitching staff struck out seven batters, while Blue earned four strikeouts in the contest.

Ruckert and Dolan led the way for Red offensively, recording a hit and two RBIs each. Jayden Stroman (Medford, N.Y.) added an RBI-single and scored two runs, while 10 batters picked up a hit for Red. Brenden Lewis (Santee, Calif.) led Blue with two hits and a pair of RBIs at the plate. Rashad Hayes (Oakland, Calif.) and Thomas Brown (Livermore, Ga.) each hit a double for Team Blue in the game.

Key Moments:

  • Blue opened the scoring in the top of the second after Brenden Lewis (Santee, Calif.) brought home Rashad Hayes (Oakland, Calif.) with a single through the middle of the infield to give his team the 1-0 lead.
  • Team Red's Lucas Tinajero (Corpus Christi, Texas) tied the game at one in the bottom of the second with an RBI-single to shallow center field. Tinajero crossed home two batters later, on a wild pitch to give Red the 2-1 lead.
  • Blue tied the game at two in the top of the third after Brayden Gutierrez (Bakersfield, Calif.) drove in Luis Mejia (Phoenix, Ariz.) with a single that fell just short of the center fielder.
  • Jack Ruckert (Baton Rouge, La.) regained the lead for Red with a two-RBI single that plated Jayden Stroman (Medford, N.Y.) and Gavin Fien (Temecula, Calif.).
  • The back-and-forth game continued in the top of the fourth as Blue plated three runs on five hits and a walk to tie the game at five.
  • John Dolan (Camarillo, Calif.) claimed the lead for Red with a two-out double that bounced to the wall in right-center as Stroman and Jesse Del Toro (Modesto, Calif.) scored.
  • Gustavo Melendez (Cayey, P.R.) scored on a passed ball in the bottom of the fifth and Del Toro scored on a bases-loaded walk in the home half of the sixth to give Red the 9-5 win.

 

Notable Information:

  • Team Red took a 1-0 advantage in the three-game intrasquad scrimmage.
  • Titan Targac (1-0) earned the win, while Owen Robinson (0-1) suffered the loss on the mound.
  • Following the conclusion of Thursday's intrasquad matchup, USA Baseball will announce the final 18-man roster for the 2019 12U National Team.

 

On Deck:

  • Game two of the three-game series will take place on Wednesday, July 17, at 2:30 p.m. (PT) at William S. Hart Pony Baseball and Softball Park in Santa Clarita, Calif.
  • The 2019 12U National Team Trials will conclude on Thursday, July 18, with the series finale at William S. Hart Pony Baseball and Softball Park. First pitch is set for 12 p.m. (PT).
  • Red outhit Blue 10-9.

 

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12U National Team Trials Continues Wednesday

July 16, 2019
GAME Red vs. Blue
TIME Wednesday, 2:30 p.m. ET
LOCATION Santa Clarita, Calif. (William S. Hart Park)
Red: TBA
Blue: TBA

National Team Trials Roster | Watch Live

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. - The USA Baseball 12U National Team Trials continues with the second game of a three-game intrasquad series on Wednesday at William S. Hart Pony Baseball and Softball Park in Santa Clarita, California.

Jack Ruckert (Baton Rouge, La.) and John Dolan (Camarillo, Calif.) recorded a hit and two RBIs apiece to lead Team Red past Team Blue, 9-5, in the first game of the 2019 12U National Team Trials on Tuesday.  

Live updates throughout the game will be available via @USABaseball12U on Twitter and live stats via links on the 12U National Team's schedule page.

Notable Information
• Team Red took a 1-0 advantage in the three-game series with a 9-5 win over Blue on Tuesday. 
• The 36-man 12U National Team Trials roster was named on Monday, July 15, following the conclusion of the National Open in Santa Clarita California. The 36 players hail from 14 different states and Puerto Rico. 
• Eleven players on the trials roster were selected from the 2018 National Team Identification Series (NTIS), while 10 were chosen from the 11U Futures Invitational. Additionally, 15 players were selected from the 12U National Open, finalizing the 2019 12U Trials roster.
• Todd Fine returns as the manager of the 12U National Team for the second consecutive year and will be joined by Jason Sekany, RJ Farrell and Marc Wiese, who all return to the staff after helping Team USA to its first-ever gold medal at the COPABE U-12 Pan-American Championships in 2018. Sekany will lead the pitching staff, while Farrell and Wiese will serve as assistant coaches.
• The 12U National Team will be playing for a record fourth consecutive world championship after earning the IBAF "A" World Cup gold medal in 2013, followed by gold medals at the WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup in 2015 and 2017.

On Deck
• July 18, Red vs. Blue (12 p.m. PT; Santa Clarita, Calif.; William S. Hart Pony Baseball and Softball Park)
• The final 18-man 12U National Team roster will be announced following the conclusion of the third intrasquad game on Thursday, July 18. 
• The 12U National Team will then play two exhibition games on Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20, before traveling to Tainan, Taiwan to compete in the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup.

 

Social
• Stay tuned to @USABaseball12U on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the 12U National Team.

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USA Baseball Reveals 2019 12U National Team Trials Roster

12U National Team Trials will begin July 16 in Santa Clarita, California
July 15, 2019

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. - USA Baseball revealed the 36-man 2019 12U National Team Trials roster on Monday, following the conclusion of the 12U National Open in Santa Clarita, California.

The 2019 12U Trials will begin on Tuesday, July 16, at William S. Hart Pony Baseball and Softball Park in Santa Clarita, California, and the final national team roster will be announced on July 18. The 12U National Team will then travel to Tainan, Taiwan to compete in the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup.

"Our staff is thrilled to welcome these thirty-six young athletes to compete for a chance to play for Team USA," said 12U National Team Program Director Will Schworer. "Our task force has done a tremendous job at evaluating and selecting young men from every corner of the United States that bring an incredible amount of talent and a high-level of character to the USA Baseball program."

Eleven players on the national team trials roster were selected from the 2018 National Team Identification Series (NTIS), while 10 were chosen from the 11U Futures Invitational. Additionally, 15 players were selected from the 12U National Open on Monday, finalizing the 2019 12U Trials roster.

The 12U National Team will be playing for a record fourth consecutive world championship after earning the IBAF "A" World Cup gold medal in 2013, followed by gold medals at the WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup in 2015 and 2017.

Todd Fine will return as the manager of the 12U National Team for the second consecutive year and will be joined by Jason Sekany, RJ Farrell and Marc Wiese, who all return to the staff after helping Team USA to its first-ever gold medal at the COPABE U-12 Pan-American Championships in 2018. Sekany will lead the pitching staff, while Farrell and Wiese will serve as assistant coaches.

For more information on the 12U National Team and the selection process, please visit USABaseball.com or follow along on Twitter at @USABaseball12U.

2019 12U National Team Trials roster:
Name; Position; Hometown; Identification Event (Team)
Dillon Adkins; LHP/OF; Mechanicsville, Md.; 12U National Open (Free)
Jack Armijo; LHP/1B; San Lorenzo, Calif.; 12U National Open (Eagles)
Thomas Brown; C/UTIL; Livermore, Calif.; 12U National Open (Patriots)
Anthony Del Angel; OF/IF; Rio Ranchero, N.M.; 2018 11U NTIS (Southwest)
Jesse Del Toro; RHP; Modesto, Calif.; 12U National Open (Stars)
John Dolan; C/RHP; Camarillo, Calif.; 12U National Open (Free)
Gavin Fien; SS/RHP; Temecula, Calif.; 11U Futures Invitational (MVP Hustle)
Hamilton Friedberg; SS/RHP; Redondo Beach, Calif.; 11U Futures Invitational (MVP Hustle)
Brayden Gutierrez; C/RHP; Bakersfield, Calif.; 12U National Open (United)
Josiah Hartshorn; OF/LHP; Anaheim, Calif.; 11U Futures Invitational (Top Tier Americans)
Rashad Hayes; OF; Oakland, Calif.; 12U National Open (Eagles)
Gavin Hottle; IF/RHP; Irvine, Calif.; 2018 11U NTIS (Southwest)
Bryant James; IF/RHP; Herndon, Va.; 2018 11U NTIS (Capital)
Brenden Lewis; 2B/RHP; Santee, Calif.; 11U Futures Invitational (San Diego Show)
Jaiden Lo Re; C/UTIL; Phoenix, Ariz.; 12U National Open (United)
Jack McKernan; OF/LHP; Missouri City, Texas; 11U Futures Invitational (Twelve Baseball)
Elijah McNeal; IF; Dublin, Calif.; 2018 11U NTIS (Mountain West)
Luis Mejia; IF/OF; Phoenix, Ariz.; 2018 11U NTIS (Southwest)
Gustavo Melendez; SS/UTIL; Cayey, P.R.; 11U Futures Invitational (I AM Baseball)
Alexander Mercurius; RHP; Las Vegas, Nev.; 12U National Open (United)
Noah Meza; OF; Chino Hills, Calif.; 12U National Open (Eagles)
Bryce Nixon; INF; Huffman, Texas; 12U National Open (Pride)
Henry Pancoast; UTIL/RHP; Hainesport, N.J.; 11U Futures Invitational (I AM Baseball)
Kalub Ramirez; UTIL/RHP; Hereford, Texas.; 11U Futures Invitational (Banditos Black)
Owen Robinson; LHP/IF; Greensboro, N.C.; 2018 11U NTIS (Capital)
Isaac Rojas; RHP/OF; Riverside, Calif.; 12U National Open (Eagles)
Jack Ruckert; OF/1B; Baton Rouge, La.; 12U National Open (Stripes)
C. J. Sampson; RHP/IF; Magnolia, Texas.; 2018 11U NTIS (South Texas)
Kruz Schoolcraft; IF/LHP; Aloha, Ore.; 2018 11U NTIS (Northwest)
Sebastian Segura; INF/UTIL; Spring, Texas; 12U National Open (Stars)
Logan Shields; RHP/1B; Manvel, Texas; 12U National Open (Stripes)
Jayden Stroman; IF/RHP; Medford, N.Y.; 2018 11U NTIS (North Atlantic)
Titan Targac; LHP/1B; Flatonia, Texas; 11U Futures Invitational (Banditos Black)
Lucas Tinajero; SS/RHP; Corpus Christi, Texas; 11U Futures Invitational (Banditos Black)
Eli Willits; IF/RHP; Fort Cobb, Okla.; 2018 11U NTIS (Midwest)
Miles Young; IF; Cypress, Texas; 2018 11U NTIS (North Texas)

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12U Open

USA Baseball Reveals 2019 National Open Roster

111 athletes will participate in the 2019 event with a chance to make the 12U National Team
July 8, 2019

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball revealed the 111 players chosen to participate in the 2019 12U National Open. The National Open will be held from July 13-15 at William S. Hart Pony Baseball and Softball Park in Santa Clarita, California.

All 111 athletes were selected to compete at the National Open based on their performance at a USA Baseball Identification event., including the National Team Identification Series, the Futures Series and the Futures Invitational.

A total of 22 different states will be represented at the 2019 National Open. California leads the way with 54 participants followed by Texas with 11 and Arizona with eight.

National Open participants will showcase their talent in front of USA Baseball national team coaches and staff, participating in a series of athletic evaluations, skill testing and four exhibition games.

At the conclusion of the National Open, 15 athletes will be invited to the 2019 12U National Team Trials from July 16-18 at the William S. Hart Pony Baseball and Softball Park. They will join 21 previously selected players from the 2019 USA Baseball 11U Futures Invitational and the 2018 USA Baseball 11U National Team Identification Series (NTIS) to round out the 36-man national team trials roster.

The final 18-man 12U National Team roster will be announced on July 18. Team USA will compete for a record fourth-consecutive world championship title at the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation U-12 Baseball World Cup in Tainan, Taiwan from July 26-August 4.

The complete list of players participating in the 2019 National Open is as follows:

Name; Hometown

Dillon Adkins; Mechanicsville, Md.
Zachary Aleman; Murrieta, Calif.
Corwin Allard; Ladera Ranch, Calif.
Jack Armijo; San Lorenzo, Calif.
Rock Arnold; Saunderstown, R.I.
Cody Boshell; St. Johns, Fla.
TJ Bradford; Hewlett, N.Y.
Jake Brande; Palm Desert, Calif.
Quincy Bright; Hamden, Conn.
Bobby Brooks; La Mirada, Calif.
Thomas Brown; Pleasanton, Calif.
Aiden Burgos; Roseland, N.J.
Gabriel Campbell; Santa Monica, Calif.
Isaac Carrillo; South Bay, Calif.
Dalton Chi; Cerritos, Calif.
Nick Coleman; Rocklin, Calif.
Glenn "Bubba" Coleman III; Scottsdale, Ariz.
Patrick Connors; Clarendon Hills, Ill.
Johnny Coopman; Huntington Beach, Calif.
Jackson Cotton; Houston, Texas
Mario Cuadros; Moreno Valley, Calif.
Logan D'Amico; Waxhaw, N.C.
Jesse Del Toro; Stockton, Calif.
John Dolan; Camarillo, Calif.
Sean Downs; Temecula, Calif.
Caden Earing; Round Lake, Ill.
Grady Emerson; Trophy Club, Texas
Marc Emmerman; South Bay, Calif.
Todd Feurtado; Old Bethpage, N.Y.
Adan Franco; Downey, Calif.
Luc Gaca Thiele; Parker, Colo.
Victor Garcia; Rialto, Calif.
Kane Garcia; Fullerton, Calif.
Fabian Gomez; Concord, Calif.
Tanner Grove; Pleasanton, Calif.
Brayden Gutierrez; Stockton, Calif.
Colton Haire; Apex, N.C.
Dax Hardcastle; Stockton, Calif.
Ryan Harwood; Scottsdale, Ariz.
Rashad Hayes; Oakland, Calif.
Ty Hemenway; Scottsdale, Ariz.
Landon Hovermale; Corona, Calif.
Brody James; Scottsdale, Ariz.
Logan Johnson; Houston, Texas
Emmett Johnson III; Pleasanton, Calif.
Lucas Lawrence; Baton Rouge, La.
Dylan Kemp; Tustin, Calif.
Tyler Kennedy; Livermore, Calif.
Dillon Knight; Riverview, Fla.
Justin Lee; Chantilly, Va.
Jaiden Lo Re; Phoenix, Ariz.
Raymond Long; Mahomet, Ill.
Brady Marconi; Charlotte, N.C.
Landon Martinez; Spring, Texas
Jonathan McDermott; Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Brady McKay-McVey; Long Beach, Calif.
Max Medina; Stockton, Calif.
Alexander Mercurius; Orange, Calif.
Caden Merritt; Ashburn, Va.
Noah Meza; Chino Hills, Calif.
Bo Moody; Georgetown, S.C.
Bryce Morrison; Moreno Valley, Calif.
Gary Morse III; Bellflower, Calif.
Anthony Murphy; Corona, Calif.
Jayden Nakamura; Beaverton, Ore.
Bryce Nixon; Huffman, Texas
Isaiah Nolan; Memphis, Tenn.
Kieran O'Donnell; Stevensville, Mich.
Jaiden Oldwin; Vacaville, Calif.
Karlos Otero; Plainfield, Ill.
Andre Owens; Aliso Viejo, Calif.
Matthew Paulson; Carlsbad, Calif.
Andrew Perez; Long Beach, Calif.
Jake Pineda; Centerville, Texas
Zach Pomatto; Shorewood, Ill.
Jordan Ransom, Gilbert, Ariz.
Luke Raflo; Gainesville, Va.
Kaden Robardey; Grapevine, Texas
Noah Rodriguez; La Habra, Calif.
Estevan Rodriguez; Temecula, Calif.
John Rodriguez; Miami, Fla.
Davidenko Rodriguez; Dallas, Texas
Isaac Rojas; Riverside, Calif.
Jack Ruckert; Baton Rouge, La.
Connor Russell; Chandler, Ariz.
Ryan Sanchez; Chandler, Ariz.
Brandon Sanchez; Moreno Valley, Calif.
Logan Schmidt; Villa Park, Calif.
Benjamin Schulman; Chappaqua, N.Y.
Brody Schumaker; Santa Ana, Calif.
Landon Scott; San Diego, Calif.
Miles Scott; Anaheim, Calif.
Sebastian Segura; Houston, Texas
Jake Sekany; Livermore, Calif.
Dylan Seward; East Vale, Calif.
Justin Sheffield; Longs, S.C.
Rookie Shepard; Las Vegas, Nev.
Logan Shields; Manvel, Texas
Jack Slightom; Willow Springs, lll.
Nikko Taylor; El Sobrante, Calif.
Donovan Thiery; Key Largo, Fla.
Tyler Townsend; Sycamore, Ill.
Kaeden Tyler; Winfield, Mo.
Yonadsan Vargas; Ridgefield Park, N.J.
Benjamin Veletean; Lebanon, Ohio
Trent Vilade; Dallas, Texas
Brayden Waggoner; Winfield, Mo.
Jordan Walczykowski; Sacramento, Calif.
Kyle Wenckus; Hasbrouck Heights, N.J.
Ayden Wimsatt; Moreno Valley, Calif.
Xavier Zepeda; La Puente, Calif.

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12U
The Futures

USA Baseball Invites 10 Athletes To 12U National Team Trials Following 11U Futures Invitational

12U National Team Trials will take place in Santa Clarita, California, beginning July 16
June 24, 2019

DURHAM, N.C. - Following the conclusion of the 2019 11U Futures Invitational on Sunday, USA Baseball invited 10 athletes to the 2019 12U National Team Trials. The 12U Trials will begin July 16 in Santa Clarita, California.

The four-day 11U Futures Invitational concluded on Sunday as MVP Hustle defeated Banditos Black, 13-4, to claim its second straight championship.

At the conclusion of Trials, USA Baseball task force members and the 12U National Team staff will select the final roster of 18 players for the 2019 12U National Team that will compete in the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation U-12 Baseball World Cup in Tainan, Taiwan, July 26-August 5. Team USA is the three-time defending world champion in the event.

In total, the 10 athletes invited to 12U Trials played for six different teams at the Futures Invitational, including three from Banditos Black and two apiece from MVP Baseball and I AM Baseball.

2019 12U National Team Trials Roster Selections:
(Name; Futures Invitational Team; Hometown)

Gavin Fien; MVP Hustle; Temecula, Calif.
Hamilton Friedberg; MVP Hustle; Redondo Beach, Calif.
Josiah Hartshorn; Top Tier Americans; Anaheim, Calif.
Brenden Lewis; San Diego Show; Santee, Calif.
John "Jack" McKernan; Twelve Baseball; Missouri City, Texas
Gustavo Melendez; I AM Baseball; Cayey, P.R.
Henry Pancoast; I AM Baseball; Hainesport, N.J.
Kalub Ramirez; Banditos Black; Hereford, Texas
Titan Targac; Banditos Black; Flatonia, Texas
Lucas Tinajero; Banditos Black; Corpus Christi, Texas

For more information on the 12U National Team and the selection process, please visit USABaseball.com or follow along on Twitter, at @USABaseball12U.

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