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USA Stamps Their Ticket To Gold Medal Game

USA defeats Mexico and holds them to one hit in game between unbeatens
September 1, 2018
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Mexico 0 3 0 1 0 - 0 1 0
USA 5 4 0 2 X - 11 7 0
Win: Paul Dominguez (2-0)   Loss: Victor Garcia  Save: None
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AGUASCALIENTES, Mexico - Team USA's Paul Dominguez (Anaheim, Calif.) and Gavin Gargiulo (Coral Springs, Fla.) combined to hold Mexico to one hit, while Dean Moss (Hillsborough, Calif.) went 3-for-3 with two home runs and six RBI, and the U.S. defeated Mexico 11-0 Friday in the Super Round at CECADI Stadium. Both teams entered the game 6-0 and USA's victory clinched a spot in Sunday's COPABE U-12 Pan American Championship gold medal game.

Dominguez, making his first start on the hill since pitching a no-hitter against Panama on August 26, went 3.2 innings and a single up the middle by Darey Flores to lead off the second inning was the only hit for Mexico. Dominguez, who struck out four batters, walked five batters, but he recovered to hold Mexico 0-for-11 with runners on base (they finished the game 0-for-12). Garguilo pitched the final 1.1 innings and retired all four batters he faced (two by strikeouts). Dominguez was credited with the win and improves to 2-0 in the tourney. The one-hit pitching performance marks the team's third one-hitter of the tournament for USA.

Kameron Davis (Albany, Ga.) opened the bottom of the first inning the same way he has the prior two games and that was with a leadoff home run. His fourth homer of the tournament jump-started a five-run inning for the U.S. The first six USA batters reached base safely and the inning's scoring was capped by a grand slam home run from Moss. The slam was USA's second of the tournament.

USA added to the 5-0 lead in the second inning. Masato Chilcutt (San Antonio, Texas) dumped a single into right field to plate Julius Pfau (Tampa, Fla.) before Kailand Halstead (Aberdeen, Wash.) blasted a three-run home run. Halstead's team-leading sixth home run of the tournament provided USA a 9-0 lead.

Halstead was hit by a pitch in the fourth inning and Moss followed with his second home run of the game to push USA's lead to 11-0. The game ended after the top of the fifth inning with USA leading by more than 10 runs after five innings.

USA finished the game with seven hits, which is their lowest mark in the tournament, but five were for extra bases (four home runs). Moss was responsible for three of the extra base hits, as two home runs and a double made up his 3-for-3 performance at the plate. His six runs-batted-in was the most by a USA member this season (he leads the team with 17 RBI in the tournament).

USA improved their all-time mark to 4-2 all-time against Mexico, with a 2-2 mark in games played in COPABE competition. It was the USA's first win over Mexico on their soil since July 14, 2014 (USA had lost the prior two).

The U.S. is now 7-0 overall in this season's tournament and their 2-0 Super Round record has them a berth into the gold medal game Sunday. Cuba and Mexico face each other Saturday and the winner will clinch the berth to play USA.

USA has one more Super Round contest before Sunday's championship. They face Nicaragua Saturday at 9 a.m. (CT) at CECADI Stadium in Aguascalientes.

Inside the Numbers
102-5 - The U.S. has outscored their opponents 102-5 and they have outhit them 96-15. USA's pitching staff has pitched two no-hitters and three one-hitters in the tournament.

33 - The U.S. has hit 33 home runs in the tournament through seven 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 4.7 per game this tournament).

24 - In 29 innings of at-bats, USA has scored at least 1 run in 24 of the innings.

12 - Twelve different USA players have hit a home run in this season's tournament. Kailand Halstead leads the team with six.

.568 - USA is batting .568 in the tournament. Christian Hamilton leads the team hitting .786 (11-for-14).

.584 - The U.S. is hitting .584 (52/89) with runners on base. They held their opponents to 0-for-22 in the same category through the first five games of the tournament (opponents now 5-for-49, .102). USA is 40-for-64, .625 with runners in scoring position.

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Forty-One USA Baseball Alumni Selected in the 2020 MLB Draft

Twenty of the 37 athletes taken in the first round played for Team USA
June 12, 2020

CARY, N.C. - Forty-one USA Baseball alumni were selected through all five rounds of the 2020 Major League Baseball Draft on Wednesday and Thursday night, including 20 of the 37 athletes selected in the first round and 21 more alums taken in the second, third, fourth and fifth rounds, collectively. Twenty selections is the third highest number of alumni drafted in the first round in USA Baseball history (23 in 2007, 21 in 2012).

Two-time Collegiate National Team member Spencer Torkelson became the eighth-consecutive Team USA alum to be taken first overall when the Detroit Tigers selected him with the No. 1 pick. Torkelson was then followed by four of his 2019 Collegiate National Team teammates: Heston Kjerstad (No. 2, Baltimore Orioles), Max Meyer (No. 3, Miami Marlins), Asa Lacy (No. 4, Kansas City Royals) and Austin Martin (No. 5, Toronto Blue Jays), marking the third time in USA Baseball history that alumni have been selected with the first five consecutive picks of the draft (2007, 2010).

The 41 alums that were selected in all five rounds of the 2020 MLB Draft represented four national team programs. Twenty-three players from the Collegiate National Team heard their names called, including eight more members of the 2019 squad, along with 16 athletes from the 18U National Team, seven from the 15U National Team and five from the 12U National Team.

Four-time Team USA alum Pete Crow-Armstrong (No. 19, New York Mets), two-time alum Drew Romo (No. 35, Colorado Rockies) and 2018 alum Jared Kelley (No. 47, Chicago White Sox) were teammates on the 2018 18U National Team that won the program's eighth-consecutive gold medal in international competition at the COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championships.

Crow-Armstrong was also on the 2014 12U National Team and the 2017 15U National Team with Jackson Miller (No. 65, Cincinnati Reds) and Masyn Winn (No. 54, St. Louis Cardinals), who were both selected in the second round. Petey Halpin (No. 95, Cleveland Indians) was a member of the 2017 15U National Team as well, while J.T. Ginn (No. 52, New York Mets) and Cole Wilcox (No. 80, San Diego Padres) were both part of the 2017 18U National Team that won the program's fourth-consecutive world championship at the 2017 World Baseball Softball Confederation U-18 Baseball World Cup.

In addition to national team alumni, 44 athletes that participated in the inaugural 2019 PDP League and the USA Baseball National Team Development Program (NTDP) were also selected in the 2020 MLB Draft.

In total, 22 players that participated in the PDP League in 2019 were selected in the 2020 MLB Draft, including eight in the first round. 2019 USA Baseball Richard W. "Dick" Case Award winner and 18U National Team alum, Robert Hassell III, was the first to be drafted when the San Diego Padres took him with the No. 8 overall pick. Rounding out the first round PDP League alumni selections were Austin Hendrick (No. 12, Cincinnati Reds), Mick Abel (No. 15, Philadelphia Phillies), Ed Howard IV (No. 16, Chicago Cubs), Jordan Walker (No. 21, St. Louis Cardinals), Carson Tucker (No. 23, Cleveland Indians), Tyler Soderstrom (No. 26, Oakland Athletics) and Romo.

The second round featured six more PDP League players, as well as three participants taken in the third round, three in the fourth round and two in the fifth.

Nine past NTDP participants were also selected in the first round of the 2020 Draft, with Hendrick, Abel, Nick Yorke (No. 17, Boston Red Sox) and Crow-Armstrong taken in the top 20 picks. Tucker, Nick Bitsko (No. 24, Tampa Bay Rays), Austin Wells (No. 28, New York Yankees), Romo and Tanner Burns (No. 36, Cleveland Indians) rounded out the NTDP members drafted in the first round.

Additionally, 13 past NTDP athletes were taken in Rounds 2-5 with six selected in the second, four in the third, one in the fourth and two in the fifth.

The full lists of USA Baseball alumni, PDP League participants and NTDP members selected in the 2020 MLB Draft are as follows:

National Team Alumni
Round-Pick; Name; MLB Team; USA Baseball Team(s)

1-1; Spencer Torkelson; Detroit Tigers; 2018-19 Collegiate National Teams
1-2; Heston Kjerstad; Baltimore Orioles; 2019 Collegiate National Team
1-3; Max Meyer; Miami Marlins; 2018-19 Collegiate National Teams
1-4; Asa Lacy; Kansas City Royals; 2019 Collegiate National Team
1-5; Austin Martin; Toronto Blue Jays; 2014 15U, 2019 Collegiate National Teams
1-8; Robert Hassell III; San Diego Padres; 2019 18U National Team
1-10; Reid Detmers; Los Angeles Angels; 2019 Collegiate National Team
1-12; Austin Hendrick; Cincinnati Reds; 2019 18U National Team
1-13; Patrick Bailey; San Francisco Giants; 2016 18U, 2018-19 Collegiate National Teams
1-14; Justin Foscue; Texas Rangers; 2019 Collegiate National Team
1-15; Mick Abel; Philadelphia Phillies; 2019 18U National Team
1-19; Pete Crow-Armstrong; New York Mets; 2014 12U, 2017 15U, 2018-19 18U National Teams
1-20; Garrett Mitchell; Milwaukee Brewers; 2019 Collegiate National Team
1-22; Cade Cavalli; Washington Nationals; 2019 Collegiate National Team
1-23; Carson Tucker; Cleveland Indians; 2013-14 12U National Teams
1-26; Tyler Soderstrom; Oakland Athletics; 2019 18U National Team
1-32; Nick Loftin; Kansas City Royals; 2019 Collegiate National Team
1-35; Drew Romo; Colorado Rockies; 2018-19 18U National Teams
1-36; Tanner Burns; Cleveland Indians; 2018 Collegiate National Team
1-37; Alika Williams; Tampa Bay Rays; 2019 Collegiate National Team
2-41; Ben Hernandez; Kansas City Royals; 2019 18U National Team
2-42; C.J. Van Eyk; Toronto Blue Jays; 2016 18U, 2018 Collegiate National Teams
2-44; Jared Jones; Pittsburgh Pirates; 2016 15U National Team
2-46; Chris McMahon; Colorado Rockies; 2019 Collegiate National Team
2-47; Jared Kelley; Chicago White Sox; 2018 18U National Team
2-51; Burl Carraway; Chicago Cubs; 2019 Collegiate National Team
2-52; J.T. Ginn; New York Mets; 2017 18U National Team
2-54; Masyn Winn; St. Louis Cardinals; 2014 12U, 2017 15U National Teams
2-56; Logan Allen; Cleveland Indians; 2016 18U, 2019 Collegiate National Teams
2-58; Jeff Criswell; Oakland Athletics; 2019 Collegiate National Team
2-62; Daniel Cabrera; Detroit Tigers; 2013 15U, 2018 Collegiate National Teams
2-65; Jackson Miller; Cincinnati Reds; 2014 12U, 2017 15U National Teams
2-70; Alec Burleson; St. Louis Cardinals; 2019 Collegiate National Team
3-80; Cole Wilcox; San Diego Padres; 2017 18U, 2019 Collegiate National Teams
3-85; Kyle Harrison; San Francisco Giants; 2019 18U National Team
3-95; Petey Halpin; Cleveland Indians; 2017 15U National Team
3-96; Hunter Barnhart; Tampa Bay Rays; 2014 12U National Team
3-101; Tyler Brown; Houston Astros; 2019 Collegiate National Team
4-106; Nick Frasso; Toronto Blue Jays; 2019 Collegiate National Team
4-119; A.J. Vukovich; Arizona Diamondbacks; 2019 18U National Team
4-124; Milan Tolentino; Cleveland Indians; 2019 18U National Team

2019 PDP League Participants
Round-Pick; Name; MLB Team
1-8; Robert Hassell III; San Diego Padres
1-12; Austin Hendrick; Cincinnati Reds
1-15; Mick Abel; Philadelphia Phillies
1-16; Ed Howard IV; Chicago Cubs
1-21; Jordan Walker; St. Louis Cardinals
1-23; Carson Tucker; Cleveland Indians
1-26; Tyler Soderstrom; Oakland Athletics
1-35; Drew Romo; Colorado Rockies
2-40; Dax Fulton; Miami Marlins
2-41; Ben Hernandez; Kansas City Royals
2-44; Jared Jones; Pittsburgh Pirates
2-54; Masyn Winn; St. Louis Cardinals
2-65; Jackson Miller; Cincinnati Reds
2-72; Alex Santos; Houston Astros
3-85; Kyle Harrison; San Francisco Giants
3-90; Liam Norris; Arizona Diamondbacks
3-95; Petey Halpin; Cleveland Indians
4-111; Werner Blakely; Los Angeles Angels
4-119; A.J. Vukovich; Arizona Diamondbacks
4-124; Milan Tolentino; Cleveland Indians
5-132; Colt Keith; Detroit Tigers
5-147; Koen Moreno; Chicago Cubs

National Team Development Program Members
Round-Pick; Name; MLB Team; NTDP Team(s)
1-12; Austin Hendrick; Cincinnati Reds; 2018 17U NTDP
1-15; Mick Abel; Philadelphia Phillies; 2018 17U NTDP
1-17; Nick Yorke; Boston Red Sox; 2016 14U NTDP
1-19; Pete Crow-Armstrong; New York Mets; 2016 14U, 2018-19 17U NTDPs
1-23; Carson Tucker; Cleveland Indians; 2018 17U NTDP
1-24; Nick Bitsko; Tampa Bay Rays; 2016 14U, 2018 16U, 2019 17U NTDPs
1-28; Austin Wells; New York Yankees; 2016 17U NTDP
1-35; Drew Romo; Colorado Rockies; 2018 17U NTDP
1-36; Tanner Burns; Cleveland Indians; 2015 17U NTDP
2-40; Dax Fulton; Miami Marlins; 2018 17U NTDP
2-44; Jared Jones; Pittsburgh Pirates; 2015 14U, 2018 17U NTDPs
2-47; Jared Kelley; Chicago White Sox; 2018 17U NTDP
2-54; Masyn Winn; St. Louis Cardinals; 2016 14U, 2018 17U NTDPs
2-55; Cole Henry; Washington Nationals; 2016 17U NTDP
2-65; Jackson Miller; Cincinnati Reds; 2016 14U NTDP
3-90; Liam Norris; Arizona Diamondbacks; 2018 17U NTDP
3-94; Holden Powell; Washington Nationals; 2016 17U NTDP
3-95; Petey Halpin; Cleveland Indians; 2018 16U NTDP
3-96; Hunter Barnhart; Tampa Bay Rays; 2018 16U NTDP
4-102; Gage Workman; Detroit Tigers; 2016 17U NTDP
5-132; Colt Keith; Detroit Tigers; 2018 17U NTDP
5-134; Kyle Hurt; Miami Marlins; 2015 17U NTDP

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Twenty USA Baseball Alumni Taken in First Round of 2020 MLB Draft

Collegiate National Team alum Spencer Torkelson selected No. 1 overall by Detroit
June 11, 2020

CARY, N.C. -- Twenty USA Baseball alumni were selected in the first round of the Major League Baseball Draft on Wednesday night, including number one overall pick Spencer Torkelson. USA Baseball has had 524 total athletes drafted in the first round since 1972, and 2020 marks the 18th time in the last 20 years that the first overall pick played for Team USA.

Torkelson (No. 1, Detroit Tigers) became the eighth consecutive USA Baseball alum to be selected number one overall following Adley Rutschman (2019), Casey Mize (2018), Royce Lewis (2017), Mickey Moniak (2016), Dansby Swanson (2015), Brady Aiken (2014) and Mark Appel (2013). The Tigers have selected a member of Team USA with the first overall pick for the second time in three years after also drafting Mize in 2018.

In total, 33 alumni have been selected with the number one overall pick since 1972.

Five consecutive USA Baseball players were taken to begin the Draft for the third time in the organization's history (2007, 2010) with Torkelson, followed by Heston Kjerstad (No. 2, Baltimore Orioles), Max Meyer (No. 3, Miami Marlins), Asa Lacy (No. 4, Kansas City Royals) and Austin Martin (No. 5, Toronto Blue Jays), respectively. All five were teammates on the 2019 Collegiate National Team.

Additionally, 11 of the first 15 selections in the 2020 Draft have donned the red, white and blue in their career. 2019 USA Baseball Richard W. "Dick" Case Award winner and 18U National Team alum, Robert Hassell III, was taken with the eighth overall pick by the San Diego Padres and was followed by Reid Detmers (No. 10, Los Angeles Angels), Austin Hendrick (No. 12, Cincinnati Reds), Patrick Bailey (No. 13, San Francisco Giants), Justin Foscue (No. 14, Texas Rangers) and Mick Abel (No. 15, Philadelphia Phillies).

Four-time national team alum Pete Crow-Armstrong was the next USA Baseball player taken with the 19th pick by the New York Mets and the first round ended with eight more Team USA members being selected: Garrett Mitchell (No. 20, Milwaukee Brewers), Cade Cavalli (No. 22, Washington Nationals), Carson Tucker (No. 23, Cleveland Indians), Tyler Soderstrom (No. 26, Oakland Athletics), Nick Loftin (No. 32, Kansas City Royals), Drew Romo (No. 35, Colorado Rockies), Tanner Burns (No. 36, Cleveland Indians), and Alika Williams (No. 37, Tampa Bay Rays).

Four national team programs were represented in the 2020 Draft, including 13 players from the Collegiate National Team, seven from the 18U National Team, and two from both the 12U and 15U National Teams. In total, the 20 alumni selected in the opening round have won a cumulative five international gold medals and nine silver medals.

The 2020 MLB Draft will continue on Thursday, June 11, at 5 p.m. ET.

The full list of USA Baseball alumni selected in the first round of the 2020 MLB Draft is as follows:

Round-Pick; Name; MLB Team; USA Baseball Team(s)
1-1; Spencer Torkelson; Detroit Tigers; 2018-19 Collegiate National Teams
1-2; Heston Kjerstad; Baltimore Orioles; 2019 Collegiate National Team
1-3; Max Meyer; Miami Marlins; 2018-19 Collegiate National Teams
1-4; Asa Lacy; Kansas City Royals; 2019 Collegiate National Team
1-5; Austin Martin; Toronto Blue Jays; 2014 15U, 2019 Collegiate National Teams
1-8; Robert Hassell III; San Diego Padres, 2019 18U National Team
1-10; Reid Detmers; Los Angeles Angels; 2019 Collegiate National Team
1-12; Austin Hendrick; Cincinnati Reds; 2019 18U National Team
1-13; Patrick Bailey; San Francisco Giants; 2016 18U, 2018-19 Collegiate National Teams
1-14; Justin Foscue; Texas Rangers; 2019 Collegiate National Team
1-15; Mick Abel; Philadelphia Phillies; 2019 18U National Team
1-19; Pete Crow-Armstrong; New York Mets; 2014 12U, 2017 15U, 2018-19 18U National Teams
1-20; Garrett Mitchell; Milwaukee Brewers; 2019 Collegiate National Team
1-22; Cade Cavalli; Washington Nationals; 2019 Collegiate National Team
1-23; Carson Tucker; Cleveland Indians; 2013-14 12U National Teams
1-26; Tyler Soderstrom; Oakland Athletics; 2019 18U National Team
1-32; Nick Loftin; Kansas City Royals; 2019 Collegiate National Team
1-35; Drew Romo; Colorado Rockies; 2018-19 18U National Teams
1-36; Tanner Burns; Cleveland Indians; 2018 Collegiate National Team
1-37; Alika Williams; Tampa Bay Rays; 2019 Collegiate National Team

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USA Baseball Modifies On-Field Programming Schedule

All events continue to be subject to cancellation or postponement
May 18, 2020

CARY, N.C. - USA Baseball announced today a modified schedule of events for its 2020 summer season due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Created in adherence to the regulations set forth by the appropriate federal, state and local governments, the updated schedule is tentatively set to begin with the 14U Cup from July 24-26 at the National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

All of these events continue to be subject to cancellation or postponement based on the future state of the evolving coronavirus situation. The organization will monitor the guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC), as well as consult its Medical/Safety Advisory Committee in order to evaluate the status of its upcoming tournaments.

All further decisions will be made in as timely a manner as possible with respect to the safety and well-being of all the participating athletes, coaches and fans. If these tournaments run as scheduled, teams and fans will be required to follow a series of return to play guidelines developed by USA Baseball. These guidelines will be shared with all participants within an appropriate timeframe leading up to the event.

"As the national governing body for baseball in the United States, we feel it is in the best interest of the thousands of baseball athletes in our country to postpone our return to the field due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic," said USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO Paul Seiler. "We share in the longing for baseball's return, but we believe it is prudent to continue assessing the situation and finalizing a course of action that prioritizes the overall health and safety of our participants and their families in light of the continued transmission of this disease.

"This schedule was structured in an effort to secure as many opportunities as possible for athletes who hope to one day play for Team USA. We will remain steadfast in our commitment to this charge; however, we will continue to evaluate the situation on a daily basis and monitor the guidelines set forth by the CDC and the USOPC in case additional modifications need to be made."

The following events have been tentatively rescheduled on the 2020 calendar:

• 17U National Team Championships North Carolina (July 27-30)
• 14U and 15U National Team Championships Arizona (July 27-30)
• 16U and 17U National Team Championships Arizona (July 31-August 3)
• 15U National Team Championships North Carolina (August 4-9)
• 10U Futures Invitational (August 6-9)
• 16U National Team Championships North Carolina (August 11-16)
• 11U, 12U, 13U and 14U NTIS Champions Cup (August 19-23)
• 15U and 16U NTIS Champions Cup (August 26-30)

The following events and national team programming have been cancelled:

• 11U Futures Invitational
• 13U/14U Athlete Development Program (ADP)
• 16U/17U National Team Development Program (NTDP)
• National Team Championships Florida

The 14U Cup (July 24-26) and 11U/13U Futures Series Irvine (August 28-30) are set to take place as originally scheduled.

Additionally, USA Baseball continues to work closely with the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) with respect to the international baseball calendar. To date, the WBSC has postponed the Americas Baseball Olympic Qualifier, U-15 Baseball World Cup and the Women's Baseball World Cup until further notice. The U-12 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier has also been postponed but will not take place this year.

"USA Baseball fully supports the WBSC and its decision to indefinitely postpone the events on the baseball calendar in an effort to protect our national team athletes at this time," continued Seiler. "When the time comes for Team USA to return to the field, we will be ready to continue our longstanding tradition of excellence on the international stage."

Corresponding to the status of the international baseball calendar, USA Baseball has cancelled all 12U National Team programming events for 2020, meanwhile any future events planned for the 15U National Team, 18U National Team, Collegiate National Team and Women's National Team this year will be announced as necessary.

The Medical/Safety Advisory Committee has published a free Athlete Preparation Plan that provides a series of at-home exercises aimed to prepare young athletes for their return to the diamond following a prolonged disruption from on-field activity. To access this plan and to read its recommendations for baseball players during the COVID-19 pandemic, click here.

Further information on USA Baseball updates relating to COVID-19 can be found here. For up-to-the-minute updates on the organization and its events, follow @USABaseball on social media.

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3 Up, 3 Down with Pete Crow-Armstrong

USA Baseball caught up with the four-time alum on Instagram Live to talk about how he got started in baseball, his new hobbies and more.
May 5, 2020

Pete Crow-Armstrong is a four-time USA Baseball alum and one of a select few athletes who have participated on all of the organization's youth national teams, including 2018 18U National Team teammate Anthony Volpe and Chicago Cubs outfielder Albert Almora.

Crow-Armstrong has won two gold medals with Team USA as a member of the 2017 15U National Team that won gold at the COPABE "AA" Pan American Championships and the 2018 18U National Team that claimed the title at the COPABE "AAA" Pan American Championships. As a member of the 2019 18U National Team, he was named the All-World Center Fielder at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup, where the U.S. earned a silver medal. He has a .365 lifetime batting average with Team USA.

Additionally, he participated in the 2019 USA Baseball National High School Invitational with Harvard-Westlake, which advanced to the championship game for the third time in the school's history.


USA Baseball (USAB): What got you into baseball?
Pete Crow-Armstrong (PCA): It was just running around the backyard, probably playing every sport I possibly could and then years after that, I just happened to stick with baseball. We had a good-sized backyard that I was lucky enough to get to tear up and just a bunch of wiffle ball with my buddies and my dad and playing until we couldn't see the ball anymore. So, I think that that probably kind of sparked my love for the game and ultimately when I was probably we, I just stuck with baseball.

USAB: What do you love most about the game of baseball?
PCA: [I love that] it doesn't matter how old you are, what level you play, you can kind of just run around and be free. I play the outfield so I love being able to roam that area of the field and control that and be myself. It's another place I can be a little different than who I am off the field and it's a really great outlet. It's a great escape sometimes and I think it's this really strategic game, but it's competitive and crazy at moments too. So, I think there's a ton to just absolutely love about the sport.

USAB: You mentioned starting out playing baseball at a very young age but at what age do you think you started to come around confidence-wise and figured out, not only do I love this game, but I might be pretty good at it?
PCA: I would say probably 11 or 12 [years old]. I play Little League all my life, I never really played much club ball or anything like that, so hearing about all these club teams was kind of crazy at that age and [hearing about] all these really good players at that age. But once I hit 11 or 12, I started playing with guys a little bit older than me - some of whom are my best friends now - and then I was lucky enough to make the 12U National Team. I think that was probably the moment where I was like, 'okay, I can hang with the rest of the people in the country.'

USAB: You are one of a very small number of athletes to play on all of the USA Baseball youth national teams - along with players like Albert Almora and Anthony Volpe. What has USA Baseball meant to you throughout your playing career so far?
PCA: I think I can speak on behalf of pretty much everybody that's played for a program like this: you get to experience things that you probably never imagine that you'd be able to experience at 12, 15, 18 [years old] and even some in college. I think that being introduced to new ways of life in different countries and new styles of play and a bunch of new guys from around the country that - like I said earlier, some of whom are my best friends now - I think that there's a lot to be thankful for. Just being able to play with them a handful of times, I've met so many great players, so many great people, and I've gotten to experience so many crazy things that I never imagined I would when I was younger just only being a high schooler.

And obviously, being able to say that I played for each level and being able to say that Albert Almora and [Anthony Volpe] did it too is an honor. Those are two great players. I was lucky enough to play with Anthony a couple summers ago and he's one of the best people to be around; he's a great guy. So yeah, USA Baseball means a lot and, heck, if I get to find myself playing with them again someday, that's be the best.

USAB: If I asked you to pick a favorite memory from each Team USA experience, do you think you could do that? You were on the 12U National Team in 2014, the 15U National Team in 2017 and the 18U National Team each of the past two years. Do you have a favorite memory from each?
PCA: I think 12U would probably have to be trials; it was a whole new kind of format, and I'd never experienced anything like that before. I ended up rooming with Carson Tucker, who's one of my best friends now, so I think actually 12U as a whole, I'd say. Just the people I met, I still keep in touch with probably more than half that team and that was six years ago at this point, so I'd say the whole thing and meeting new people [was my favorite part] from 12U.

From 15U, I think it was honestly the gold medal game. We didn't come out on top necessarily - we got named co-champions - and that was humbling because you kind of go in there expecting to win every time. You're surrounded by absolutely amazing baseball players on your team and you kind of expect to go in there and kick butt so I think that was humbling. That was good for me to experience something like that - it wasn't defeat because we still played our tails off but it wasn't success either.

Then 18U, [in 2018] we won gold in Panama so that's my favorite experience of them all. That was a great team and I was super lucky to play with guys older than me and I got to learn from them. And then, similar to 15U, I think that this past year's 18U team we battled from the start, before we even got to playing, flying in Rawley Hector and Drew Bowser a little late. Those guys came and they brought it and we couldn't have asked for better teammates and performances from them too. But I think the adversity that we faced this past fall - again, similar to 15U - it was humbling and it really kind of makes you well-versed in how to handle obstacles like that. So I would say that as a whole too.

USAB: With Team USA, having gone through it so many times, you've gotten to do a lot of traveling - there was Panama, Taiwan, Korea, Colombia. What have those different experiences been like for you?
PCA: Country to country, each one was different. I went to each place not really knowing what to expect. One thing you kind of know is that you have to be prepared to have everybody rooting against you. So, there's going to be that and there are going to be different obstacles you have to jump over, whether that's different kind of weather than you're used to, different playing conditions, whatever it may be, so you have to go in there prepared that you're not going to be really rooted for. But each place that I went to was beautiful. We have some downtime so we get to see different parts of the country and Colombia was especially cool. We got to go see some old towns they had there that were kind of transformed into touristy attractions. In Korea, again it was beautiful, the backdrops behind the fields were great and I think the fans were especially cool to play in front of there and also in Panama. Being able to play against the host country, everybody comes out and it's a crazy atmosphere. So, I think that each country I went to was different but a lot of the challenges you face and the things you experience are kind of the same from place to place.

USAB: Was there one place that stood out as far as just a travel destination? Baseball aside, can you pick a favorite?
PCA: If we're talking travel destination, I would say Korea or Colombia. In Korea, there's a lot I'd love to explore there if I wasn't going for a baseball trip and Colombia, we only got to see a little glimpse of what else the country was about besides baseball. So, I'd like to go deeper there and explore the country there too. Either of those, I'd be perfectly happy traveling to.

USAB: What are you doing right now to stay sharp and stay in shape as best you can while we're all holed in right now?
PCA: My routine hasn't really changed, I think I just have a little more time on my hands. I'm working out every day, hitting every day; I'm lucky enough to be able to go to a family friend's backyard and sneak in there and use their cage, they've been nice enough to let [me and my dad] do that. It's nice because I haven't done anything baseball-related with [my dad] since I was probably nine or ten so it's cool to get that little chance. And then, I have Zoom classes for school, we're kind of winding down and we've got finals coming up, but yeah, I think the only difference is I just have a little more time on my hands when school gets out and when I finish working out and doing my baseball stuff.

USAB: So, nothing new to the regimen that's been added because of the circumstances that you like and might keep doing going forward?
PCA: No, I think right now it just kind of prepares you for a time when, years down the road, if you're in the big leagues where you may have a ton of downtime before a game. It's cool to see how you can kind of conserve energy and be prepared for the nine innings that night or that afternoon or whatever. Also, this is a good time for everybody to pick up a new hobby or something that they can take with them, so I started trying to play the guitar. I read a lot, so I've been reading a little more than usual and then [watching] a bunch of movies. But I just think as tough as it is right now, it could come out as a blessing in disguise for a lot of us.

USAB: How is learning the guitar going?
PCA: It's good, I'm starting to get some calluses on these parts of my fingers. There are still a couple of chords I can't get down but if you kind of have the C, B, G chords, you can kind of just fiddle around.

USAB: Who are your top five favorite baseball players of all time?
PCA: So, when I looked at this question, I had a hard time trying to rank them, but my number one if kind of a runaway. Griffey is my number one. The fun that he had on the field and just the sheer athleticism that he played with when was in his prime and even younger is special and once in a lifetime - so him for sure. I'm also a huge Javy Baez fan. We're a Cubs household so when he got brought up I thought he was awesome. He just plays with so much energy, so that's one thing that I really liked about him. I like a lot of young guys right now but I was always a Ricky Henderson fan, the way he ran and also, just absolutely powerful. I like Juan Soto a lot right now - a new face for MLB who can bring that flare that we see a lot of young guys having right now. And then, he's probably going to make fun of me but Cole Tucker and Jack Flaherty. I think there are just a lot of young guys who are going to make this game even better than it already is and [Tucker and Flaherty] are just great people on and off the field and I look up to them a lot. So, I'd say those are my top five right now. It changes a lot with new guys coming around or I learn about an older player that I like but I think for me it's a more than just baseball, so those five right now would be guys I like to talk about.

USAB: I get the younger guys, the current players, but how did you learn about guys like Ken Griffey Jr. and Ricky Henderson? What first exposed you to those guys?
PCA: My dad and then YouTube and me just liking baseball and wanting to dive deeper when I was younger and coming up. I mean, I don't think you have to be a baseball player to know who Griffey is, he's kind of the iconic swing man, or whatever you want to call him. So, I immediately gravitated towards his aura and how he played. I think it's pretty infectious and I think I try to take some stuff from his game for sure. But Ricky Henderson, I think just watching TV, being on YouTube, you kind of stumble upon these people and I've liked those two for a while now.

USAB: How much are you looking forward to the MLB draft in June? What would it mean to you to hear your named called relatively early on in that?
PCA: It would be great. It would definitely be a dream come true but I think once anybody gets drafted, it's kind of just a checkpoint. So, I'm really looking forward to that if the opportunity presents itself and I'm taking it day by day. I also am committed to Vanderbilt, so I have a great home in them. Coach Corbin, Coach Baxter, Coach Brown and Coach Macias, they're all absolutely amazing people and great families and I love Vanderbilt for more than just baseball. So, I'm super fortunate to be in the position I am and I think that there is really no stream going into this, it's just a 'whatever happens, happens' mentality for me and I'm going to be happy either way.

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3 Up, 3 Down with Tanner Vesely

USA Baseball caught up with the 2015 12U National Team manager, four-time national team assistant coach and 2020 12U National Team Assistant Coach
April 15, 2020

USA Baseball had the opportunity to talk with the 2015 12U National Team Manager, four-time national team assistant coach and 2020 12U National Team Assistant Coach, Tanner Vesely, to reflect on his time with the organization and a life full of baseball. 

USA Baseball: What does it mean for you to be able to coach the 12U National Team this year?
Tanner Vesely: Anytime you get the opportunity to represent [USA Baseball], represent your country and get to put that uniform on, it's a special thing. It's not something you can put into words. It's a huge honor and to be thought of as an individual and to be able to do that is a tremendous honor. Not a whole lot of people in the world get to put the jersey on and to be able to do that is one the highest honors in the game.

USAB: What's different about coaching Team USA compared to coaching any other team? Did you ever think your career would bring you to be as involved with USA Baseball as you have been over the years?
TV: Growing up in a small town in northern Arizona, if you would've told me that I get the chance to work for USA Baseball and do some of the things I have, I would've said you were crazy. There is no way growing up I would've thought baseball would take me all over the world and I would've gotten to do some of the things I've gotten to do.

What's different is the pace of everything. When you're back home you get your kids for an extended time. You get them for a season and practice more than three or four days before getting thrown into eight or nine of the most important games that some of the kids get to play in their lives. We're going up against teams that get to be together 10 months to a year, but that's what's special. We get the buy-in aspect and the talent level is fun to coach, and banding together as a group representing your country and trying to accomplish the ultimate goal of bringing a gold medal home. It's the time frame where you get to create relationships and develop those players. With USA Baseball, the team-building is a big piece you can't build in 3 to 4 days, but yet somehow you still do.

USAB: From any point in your life, what is your greatest/most fond baseball memory?
TV: Two of my biggest moments would be: 1. Getting to share the dugout with my dad and getting to be around him every day after I was done playing; 2. Being the manager of the 12U [National] Team in 2015 and to win gold in Taiwan. Also, getting Development Coach of the Year was a tremendous honor and was pretty special for me. But, yeah, coaching with my dad was big in my baseball life.

USAB: Growing up, and as you progressed through the sport, who was your baseball role model? Why?
TV: There were two people who directed the baseball influence in my life: 1. My father. He was there every single day whether it was BP or ground balls he was a humongous influence in my life and what I got to do. 2. Derek Jeter was also huge for me and the way he did his business. Whether it was at-bat number one or 572 he was approaching it the same way.

USAB: Looking back, if you could give younger Tanner advice from what you've learned over the years, what would it be?
TV: Be diligent about being a lifelong learner. When it's time to hang up the spikes - the day comes for everybody - you've got to figure out what to do next. I always knew I wanted to stay in the game and coach. When you're having fun playing and you're young, you think you know everything. You've walked the road and know how it's done and you have to continue the road. There was a five-year span where maybe I didn't treat umpires well [laughs] but I continued - and still am continuing to learn and grow, and be a better coach for the kids you get to impact down the road. Coaches need to make that effort to get to be better every day as well.

USAB: What is the biggest piece of advice you would pass on to young athletes wanting to play for Team USA one day?
TV: Never take no for an answer. If it doesn't work out when you're younger, prove people wrong. Use it as motivation not as anger. Hunter Haas (2019 18U National Team alum and member of Veseley's Corona del Sol High School team) tried out for the 12U [National] Team twice, the 15U [National] Team twice, made it to trials and NTDP, and never got over that hump. As an 18-year-old, he called me and said he made the team and you could hear the tears in his voice. He used it as motivation for six years and became the starting second baseman and won a silver medal. Whether it's a coach or anyone, don't ever accept no. Enjoy the game and have fun, you only get to play for so long. You never know. It's not just what you do on the baseball field. It's what you're doing off the field. It's what you're doing in the community and social media and how you're representing you and your family and your community and state. It's more than just your baseball ability. It's being a great person and having high character and not caving in. Everyone else is doing these things and are you doing it too? It's about being uncommon.

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USA Baseball Names 2020 12U National Team Coaching Staff

Three-time national team assistant coach R.J. Farrell to make his managerial debut in 2020
March 4, 2020

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball today named the coaching staff for the 2020 12U National Team that will compete for a second consecutive World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier gold medal, highlighted by the naming of three-time 12U National Team assistant coach R.J. Farrell as manager.

Farrell will be joined on staff in 2020 by pitching coach Seth Kenny and assistant coaches Erik Johnson and Tanner Vesely. The 12U National Team will look to defend its Americas Qualifier title and qualify for the WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup in 2021.

"R.J. has been a remarkable representative and coach for our organization over the years and we are excited to have him leading the 12U National Team in 2020," said USA Baseball 12U National Team Director Will Schworer. "We are confident that he, and the rest of his staff, will serve as exceptional mentors for these young athletes both on and off the field as they look to defend the U.S.'s title at the U-12 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier this summer."

2020 marks Farrell's fourth consecutive year serving on the 12U National Team coaching staff and his first as manager. Currently, he is in his first year as an assistant coach and Athletic Support and Compliance Coordinator at Orange Lutheran High School (Orange, Calif.) after spending seven years as the head coach at Rancho Cucamonga High School (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), where 30 of his former players went on to play collegiate baseball.

Prior to coaching at Rancho Cucamonga High School, he spent one year as an assistant coach at Orange Lutheran High School in 2012, was an associate head coach and recruiting coordinator at Patten University (Oakland, Calif.) from 2009-2011 and served as an assistant coach at De La Salle High School (Concord, Calif.) from 2007-2008.

In his three years as an assistant coach for the 12U National Team, Farrell helped to lead Team USA to gold medals at the 2017 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup and the 2018 COPABE U-12 Pan-American Championships. In addition, Farrell has worked with USA Baseball at the 11U National Team Identification Series (NTIS), 12U National Open and the USA Baseball Futures Invitational, and also served as a 12U National Team Trials coach in 2016.

Kenny, who is making his USA Baseball national team coaching debut as the pitching coach for the 2020 12U National Team, is currently in his 10th year as the Director of Player Development and Youth Director for Top Tier Baseball. Kenny started his 20-year coaching career as a pitching coach for the Danville Dans, Austin Peay State University and Illinois State University from 2000-2008. Following his time at Illinois State, he returned to his role as pitching coach at Austin Peay, while also serving as the program's recruiting coordinator until joining Top Tier Baseball in 2010. In his career with USA Baseball, Kenny has coached at the 12U National Open since 2015, was a member of the 11U NTIS Task Force in 2017 and 2019, and was a 12U National Team Trials coach in 2018 and 2019.

Johnson is also making his USA Baseball national team coaching debut in 2020. However, he is no stranger to donning the red, white and blue, having first played for Team USA on the 1985 Collegiate National Team before suiting up as a coach. He has been involved with the NTIS since its inception in 2007, serving as a coach of the Northern California region until 2017 when he became a scouting director and coach for the Northwest Region. Additionally, he was a member of the 12U National Open coaching staff in both 2018 and 2019 and then served as a 2019 12U National Team Trials coach. Currently, he is the President and General Manager of EJ Sports where he has also been a coach since 1997.

Rounding out the staff is Vesely, who returns to the 12U National Team coaching staff after leading the 2015 squad to the program's second consecutive world championship at the WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup. Prior to his time as manager, Vesely helped guide the 12U National Team to its first-ever gold medal at the 2013 International Baseball Federation and a silver medal at the 2014 COPABE "A" Pan-American Championships as an assistant coach.

Vesely began his national team coaching career more than a decade ago with back-to-back gold medals as an assistant coach with the 2008 and 2009 14U National Teams. In addition, he has served as a member of the Task Force at the National Team Championships in Arizona since 2008, a member of the 12U National Open coaching staff since 2013 and was a coach at the Women's National Team Trials in 2019. He was also part of the inaugural 2019 13U Athlete Development Program coaching staff and served on the NTIS Task Force in 2009, 2016 and 2018. Currently in his 15th season as an assistant coach at Corona del Sol High School (Tempe, Ariz.), Vesely also helped lead his team to the USA Baseball National High School Invitational in 2019.

The 2020 12U National Team identification process started with the 2019 11U NTIS and will continue with the 2020 11U Futures Series held in both Irvine, California, and Melissa, Texas, in March and May 2020, respectively, as well as the 2020 11U Futures Invitational from June 25-28 in Cary, North Carolina.

The 12U National Team Trials will take place immediately following the conclusion of the 11U Futures Invitational from June 28-July 3 in North Carolina. The final 18-man 12U National Team roster will then reconvene at a later date for training before participating in the 2020 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier.

For more information on the 12U National Team, follow along on Twitter @USABaseball and @USABaseball12U.

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Team USA No-Hits South Africa To Close WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup

Alexander Mercurius and Brenden Lewis hurl a combined no-hitter in the win
August 2, 2019
  1 2 3 4 R H E
South Africa 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Team USA 11 1 6 X 18 0 0
Win: A. Mercurius (1-1) Loss: J. Jonathan (0-1) Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats

 

TAINAN, Taiwan - Alexander Mercurius (Las Vegas, Nev.) and Brenden Lewis (Santee, Calif.) combined to throw a no-hitter as the USA Baseball 12U National Team dropped South Africa, 18-0, to conclude the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup on Saturday at ASPAC B stadium in Tainan, Taiwan.
 


Team USA concluded the 2019 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup with a 6-2 overall record, while South Africa finished the tournament with a 1-7 overall record. The U.S. outscored its opponents 118-21 in the tournament. Saturday's second game of the doubleheader marked the team's first no-hitter of the tournament. The U.S. held opponents to one hit or less in four games of the 2019 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup.

Mercurius set the tone on the mound for Team USA after striking out three in two hitless innings on the mound to earn the win. Lewis entered the game in the third inning and struck out all three batters that he faced to complete the no-hitter. South Africa's Jaedon Jonathan (0-1) suffered the loss.

Jaiden Lo Re (Oakland, Calif.) led the U.S. at the plate after going 3-for-3, including a double and a home run, while recording three RBIs and scoring two runs. Lo Re became the seventh different player to log a home run for Team USA with a two-RBI home run in the first inning. Three members of Team USA added two hits on the day, including Lucas Tinajero (Corpus Christi, Texas), who picked up his sixth multi-hit game of the tournament. Tinajero picked up his team-leading fourth home run with a two-RBI shot in the bottom of the first.

Key Moments

  • Team USA jumped out to an early lead as Gavin Fien (Temecula, Calif.) hit an RBI-single before Lucas Tinajero hit his team-leading fourth home run to plate Fien and give Team USA a 3-0 lead with no outs in the bottom of the first.
  • The U.S. continued the scoring two batters later as Noah Meza (Chino Hills, Calif.) and Gustavo Melendez (Cayey, P.R.) hit an RBI-single and an RBI-double, respectively, before Jaiden Lo Re hit the team's second homer of the inning to stretch the lead to 7-0.
  • Fien added two more RBIs to his total with a double and Dillon Adkins hit an RBI-single to center field to give Team USA an 11-0 advantage.
  • Rashad Hayes (Oakland, Calif.) brought home Team USA's lone run of the second inning with a sacrifice fly to right field.
  • The red, white and blue used four hits to plate six more runs in the bottom of the third, highlighted by a two-RBI single by Sebastian Segura (Spring, Texas).
  • Team USA's Alexander Mercurius (Las Vegas, Nev.) was lights out on the mound, pitching three hitless innings while striking out five before Brenden Lewis (Santee, Calif.) entered the game in the top of the fourth and struck out the side to end the game due to the run rule.

Notable Information

  • Team USA earned two wins on Saturday after defeating Czech Republic,11-0, and South Africa 18-0.
  • The U.S. closed the 2019 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup with a 6-2 overall record.
  • The red, white and blue recorded four shutouts in the tournament, including shutting out its final three opponents.
  • Saturday's second contest against South Africa marked the team's first no-hitter at the tournament and the 15th in program history.
  • The U.S. held opponents to one hit or less in four games of the 2019 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup.
  • Lucas Tinajero picked up his sixth multi-hit game of the tournament after going 2-for-2 at the plate.
  • Tinajero led the U.S. squad in hits (14), home runs (4) and batting average (.667) in the tournament while tying for second with 11 runs scored and RBIs.
  • Dillon Adkins scored 11 runs and drove in 12 RBIs to pace the red, white and blue.
  • Noah Meza led the team with eight stolen bases at the 2019 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup.
  • Bryce Nixon drew eight walks, tying a program record for the most walks in a season.
  • Brenden Lewis paced Team USA with two wins on the mound and tied for the team lead with seven. 

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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Team USA's Matchup against Czech Republic Postponed in Third Inning

Game will resume on Saturday with Team USA leading 11-0
August 2, 2019

TAINAN, Taiwan - Friday's contest between the USA Baseball 12U National Team and the Czech Republic was postponed due to rain with the U.S. leading 11-0 in the top of the third inning. The game will resume on Saturday, August 2, at midnight ET at ASPAC B stadium in Tainan, Taiwan.

Team USA will now conclude the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup on Saturday, August 2, with a doubleheader. The U.S. and the Czech Republic will complete its scheduled game at ASPAC B Stadium, before the red, white and blue, takes on South Africa at 2 a.m. ET.


Key Moments

  • Josiah Hartshorn (Anaheim, Calif.) led off the top of the first for Team USA with a single up the middle before stealing second base. Lucas Tinajero (Corpus Christi, Texas) drew a walk in the next at-bat to put runners on first and second.
  • Gavin Fien (Temecula, Calif.) doubled down the right-field line two pitches later to clear the bases and give the U.S. a 2-0 lead.
  • Dillon Adkins (Mechanicsville, Md.) continued the scoring for Team USA two batters later with a three-run homer that sailed out of the stadium, giving the red, white and blue a 5-0 advantage.
  • Lucas Tinajero then hit his third home run of the tournament with an opposite-field home run that scored two to give Team USA a 9-0 advantage heading into the bottom of the first.
  • Team USA added a pair of runs in the bottom of the second after Rashad Hayes (Oakland, Calif.) and Lo Re hit an RBI-double and an RBI-single, respectively, to stretch the lead to 11-0.
  • Friday's contest will resume on Saturday, August 3, at 12 a.m. ET with Jack Ruckert at the plate and two outs in the top of the third.


Notable Information

  • Dillon Adkins and Lucas Tinajero each hit a home run in the top of the first as Team USA jumped out to an early 9-0 lead. The U.S. added two more runs in the second before the game was delayed and later postponed with two outs in the third.
  • The game will resume on Saturday with Jack Ruckert at the plate and two outs in the top of the third.


On Deck

  • Friday's matchup against the Czech Republic will resume on Saturday, August 2, at 12 a.m. ET, with two outs in the top of the third inning and the U.S. leading 11-0.
  • The U.S. will wrap up the 2019 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup with a game against South Africa on Saturday, August 3, at ASPAC B Stadium in Tainan, Taiwan.


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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Team USA Tops Czech Republic

August 1, 2019
  1 2 3 4 R H E
Team USA 9 2 4 0 15 12 0
Czech Republic 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
Win: J. McKernan (1-0) Loss: J. Novak (0-1) Save: None
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TAINAN, Taiwan - The USA Baseball 12U National Team registered 12 hits including three home runs and the pitching staff hurled a shutout as Team USA defeated the Czech Republic, 15-0, in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday, August 3, at the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup at ASPAC B stadium in Tainan, Taiwan.

The U.S. will conclude the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup with game two of Saturday's doubleheader against South Africa (1-6). Team USA moved to 5-2 at the 2019 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup with the win, while the Czech Republic finished the tournament with a 4-4 record overall record. The U.S. has outscored its opponents 100-21 through the first seven games of play.

Rashad Hayes (Oakland, Calif.) went 2-for-2, with a double and a home run, and registered four RBIs at the plate to lead Team USA offensively. Lucas Tinajero (Corpus Christi, Texas) and Dillon Adkins (Mechanicsville, Md.) hit a home run apiece in the contest to tie for the team-lead with three. Hayes and Adkins scored three runs each in the game, while four members of the U.S. squad scored twice.

Jack McKernan (Missouri City, Texas) earned the win for Team USA after striking out five and allowing one hit in the first two innings of the game. Logan Shields (Manvel, Texas) entered the game in the third inning and pitched two hitless innings while striking out four, before the game was called due to the international run rule. Czech Republic's Jan Novak (0-1) suffered the loss after allowing 11 runs in 1.1 innings on the mound.

Key Moments

  • Josiah Hartshorn (Anaheim, Calif.) led off the top of the first for Team USA with a single up the middle before stealing second base. Lucas Tinajero (Corpus Christi, Texas) drew a walk in the next at-bat to put runners on first and second.
  • Gavin Fien (Temecula, Calif.) doubled down the right field line two pitches later to clear the bases and give the U.S. a 2-0 lead.
  • Dillon Adkins (Mechanicsville, Md.) continued the scoring for Team USA with a three-run homer that sailed out of the stadium, giving the red, white and blue a 5-0 advantage.
  • The U.S. added two runs on a RBI-single from Noah Meza (Chino Hills, Calif.) and a RBI-groundout from Jaiden Lo Re (Phoenix, Ariz.).
  • Lucas Tinajero (Corpus Christi, Texas) then hit his third home run of the tournament with an opposite-field home run that scored two to give Team USA a 9-0 advantage heading into the bottom of the first.
  • Team USA added a pair of runs in the bottom of the second after Rashad Hayes (Oakland, Calif.) and Lo Re hit an RBI-double and an RBI-single, respectively, to stretch the lead to 11-0.
  • Starting pitcher Jack McKernan (Missouri City, Texas) was on fire through the first two innings, striking out out five and allowing one hit.
  • The game was suspended after heavy rain began with Team USA batting in the top of the third inning.
  • The game continued on Saturday, August 3, at 12 a.m. ET with Jack Ruckert (Baton Rouge, La.) at the plate and two outs in the top of the third.
  • Rashad Hayes (Oakland, Calif) hit a three-run homer to left field to stretch the lead to 14-0.
  • Lo Re wrapped up the scoring after registering his second RBI of the game with a double that brought Noah Meza (Chino Hills, Calif.) home.
  • Logan Shields (Manvel, Texas) finished the game on the mound for Team USA, recording four strikeouts in two hitless innings of relief.

Notable Information

  • Team USA moved to 5-2 at the 2019 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup with the win, while the Czech Republic closed the tournament with a 4-4 record.
  • Team USA now holds a 1-0 record against Czech Republic in international play.
  • Team USA held the Czech Republic to one hit in the contest, marking the third time at the 2019 WBSC U-12 World Cup that the U.S. has held an opponent to one hit.
  • Jack McKernan (1-0) earned the win after striking out five, while allowing one hit in two innings of work.
  • Logan Shields punched out four batters in two hitless innings of relief.
  • Dillon Adkins, Rashad Hayes and Lucas Tinajero hit a home run each in the contest.
  • Hayes led the U.S. offensively after going 2-for-2 with a home run and a double, while recording four RBIs and scoring three runs.

On Deck

  • The U.S. will wrap up the 2019 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup with a game against South Africa on Saturday, August 3, at ASPAC B Stadium in Tainan, Taiwan.

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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Team USA Shuts Out Fiji

Jack Armijo strikes out six in two innings as Team USA cruises past Fiji
August 1, 2019
  1 2 3 4 R H E
Fiji 0 0 0 0 0 2 7
Team USA 6 22 0 X 28 12 0
Win: J. Armijo (1-0) Loss: G. Lee (0-1) Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats

 

TAINAN, Taiwan - Jack Armijo (San Lorenzo, Calif.) struck out six batters in two innings on the mound and Team USA tied a program-record in runs scored as the team defeated Fiji, 28-0, at the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-12 Baseball World Cup at Shan-Hwan Stadium in Tainan, Taiwan.

Team USA moved to 4-2 at the 2019 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup with the win, while Fiji fell to 0-6. The U.S. has outscored its opponents 87-19 through the first six games of play. Team USA registered 14 stolen bases in the game, topping the previous record of 13 against Colombia in 2016. The U.S. tied a program record in runs scored after plating 28 runs for the second time in the tournament.

Sebastian Segura (Spring, Texas) led Team USA offensively after going 3-for-3, with a double, and registering four RBIs on the day. Lucas Tinajero picked up his fifth multi-hit game of the tournament after going 2-for-4 at the plate. Nine players scored at least two runs in the game, while Dillon Adkins (Mechanicsville, Md.), John Dolan (Camarillo, Calif.) and Gustavo Melendez (Cayey, P.R.) scored four times each. Logan Shields (Manvel, Texas) led the team with five RBIs on the day, becoming the seventh player in program history to reach the milestone. Bryce Nixon (Huffman, Texas) tied a program record for most walks in a season with eight, after drawing two against Fiji.

Armijo (1-0) earned his first win of the 2019 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup after striking out six while allowing one hit in two innings of work. Jayden Stroman (Medford, N.Y.) entered the game in the third inning and pitched two scoreless innings before the game was called due to the international run rule. Fiji's George Lee (0-1) suffered the loss after 17 runs in one inning of work.

Key Moments

  • Team USA led from start to finish after Bryce Nixon (Huffman, Texas) drew to lead off the game before scoring on a wild pitch. Gustavo Melendez (Cayey, P.R.) and Dillon Adkins (Mechanicsville, Md.) scored on a fielder's choice and a wild pitch to push the lead to 3-0 with no outs in the first inning.
  • Team USA continued the scoring as Logan Shields (Manvel, Texas) hit a sacrifice fly to center field to bring home John Dolan (Camarillo, Calif.) before Sebastian Segura (Spring, Texas) and Jack McKernan (Missouri City, Texas) scored on a balk and a wild pitch, respectively, to extend the U.S. lead.
  • The U.S. batted through the order twice in the bottom of the second as it scored 22 runs on 12 hits and six errors by Fiji, highlighted by RBI-doubles from Shields, Segura and McKernan.
  • Shields and Segura drove in four runs in the inning, while four players recorded a pair of RBIs each.
  • Starting pitcher Jack Armijo (San Lorenzo, Calif.) recorded all six putouts with a strikeout through the first two innings before Jayden Stroman (Medford, N.Y.) struck out three in the final two innings as the game was called due to the run rule.

Notable Information

  • Team USA moved to 4-2 at the 2019 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup with the win, while Fiji fell to 0-6.
  • Team USA now holds a 1-0 record against Fiji in international play.
  • Jack Armijo (1-0) earned the win after striking out six while allowing one hit in two innings of work.
  • Jayden Stroman allowed just one hit while striking out three in two innings of relief.
  • Lucas Tinajero picked up his fifth multi-hit game of the tournament after going 2-for-4 at the plate.
  • Tinajero is tied for second with 11 hits the first six games of the WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup and while ranking third in batting average (.688) and on-base percentage (.773).
  • Dillon Adkins scored his team-leading ninth run of the tournament against Fiji, placing him in a tie for fourth on the tournament leaderboards.
  • Bryce Nixon drew his tournament-leading eighth walk against Fiji, tying a program record for the most walks in a season.
  • Jayden Stroman leads the tournament with a perfect 0.00 ERA in three appearances on the mound. Teammate Brenden Lewis ranks second with a 0.67 ERA.
  • Lewis leads all pitchers at the 2019 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup in innings pitched (9.0) and is tied for first with two wins.

On Deck

  • Team USA continues play at the 2019 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup on Thursday, August 1, against Czech Republic. First pitch is slated for 2:00 a.m. ET at from ASPAC B Stadium in Tainan, Taiwan.
  • The U.S. will wrap up the 2019 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup with a game against South Africa on Saturday, August 3, at ASPAC B Stadium in Tainan, Taiwan.

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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