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Nat'l Team Champs

Zoots Baseball Club Claims 17U Gold over CBA Marucci National

A nine run inning led Zoots to a 14-5 victory
June 21, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
ZOOTS 0 2 0 0 9 3 x 14 13 0
CBA 0 0 1 4 0 0 x 5 7 2
Win: T. Hurd Loss: B. Wozniak Save: K. Jones
Box Score | Play-by-Play
 

PEORIA, Ariz - The first title of the National Team Championships in Arizona was claimed Friday morning by Zoots baseball club as a huge, nine run inning led the team to a 14-5 victory over CBA Marucci National in the 17U championship at the Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria, Arizona. 

Zoots baseball came to play Friday as they jumped out to an early two run lead in the second inning. Back-to-back singles put Nicholas Kresnak and Tommy Splaine on base to score when Jonathan Cymrot doubled on a line drive.

CBA slashed the lead in half in the bottom of the third when Rocco Peppi reached base on a fielder's choice and was pushed across to score on a RBI single off the bat of Zavien Watson.

The Marucci National team nabbed the lead in the next inning, tying the game with a RBI single and taking a two-run lead. Jude Littrell put runners on scoring position with a sac bunt and Jake Vogel tripled to send Trevor Tishenkel and Landon Wallace home. 

From there, it was all Zoots. Back-to-back-back doubles by Gavin Napier, Davis Diaz, and Kresnak put Zoots up 7-5. The team continued to score, ending the top half of the fifth with an 11-5 lead thanks to Vincent Bianchina and Tommy Thrasher who each hit an RBI in the effort. 

Eight Zoots athletes had a hit in the game. Napier (2-for-3), Kresnak (2-for-4), Cymrot (3-for-3) and Wall (2-for-3) all had multi hit games.

Brett Wozniak, Sharp, Rio Britton, and Fisher Pyatt all spent time on the mound for CBA. The squad combined for 13 hits, 14 runs, six walks and three strikeouts. 

Thatcher Hurd collected the win for Zoots on the bump. He gave up five hits and two walks and struck out five batters in the contest. 

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14U NTDP

Stars Take Game One of 14U NTDP, 8-5

The Stars used eight runs on five hits to defeat the Stripes.
July 22, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
STARS 0 0 4 0 3 0 0 1 0 8 5 1
STRIPES 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 5 4 1
Win: K. Killion Loss: D. Roberts Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play
 

CARY, N.C. - The Stars used eight runs on five hits to defeat the Stripes, 8-5, in the opening game of the 2019 14U National Team Development Program (NTDP) on Sunday night at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. 

Stars starting pitcher Cayne Killion (Scottsdale, Ariz.) (1-0) earned the win with 1.1 innings of work on the mound. Trenton Lape (Bossier City, La.) and Justin Cuellar (Tulare, Calif.) also saw time on the bump. They struck out three and two batters, respectively. Dillon Roberts (Cove Creek, Ariz.) suffered the loss after getting the start for the Stripes and surrendering four runs in his two innings of work.

Brandon Chang (Irvine, Calif.) led the Stars at the plate, going 2-for-2 in the contest. He also collected one of the team's three stolen bases. 

Key Moments

  • The Stripes jumped out to an early lead in the bottom of the first after Kai Caranto (Santa Clarita, Calif.) drove in Ty Southisene (Las Vegas, Nev.) on a fly ball triple to center.
  • Eric Bitoni (Hesperia, Calif.) continued the scoring in the first with a RBI that pushed Caranto across the plate and gave the Stripes a 2-0 lead heading into the second inning.
  • The Stars answered with a big third inning that was led by Connor Crisp (Locust Grove, Ga.) who hit an RBI single to right that allowed Chang to score. Sam Ward (Lithonia, Ga.), Trent Abel (San Diego, Calif.) and Crisp scored one batter later, courtesy of a line drive double from Luca Reyes (Teaneck, N.J.).
  • The Stripes looked to make a comeback in the third when Ben Reiland (Irvine, Calif.) sent Carson Dean (Frisco, Texas) home on a hard ground ball to right field.
  • The Stars extended their lead in the fifth with Miles Ghossein (West Hills, Calif.), Chang, and Ward scoring runs.
  • The Stars sealed the deal in the eighth with Keilon Parnell (Pascagoula, Miss.) scoring on a Crisp sac-fly that gave them an 8-4 advantage. 
  • The Stripes scored one last run in the ninth when Colt Emerson (Cambridge, Ohio) was sent home by a Jonathan Mendez (Los Angeles, Calif.) sac-fly for the final 8-5 score.

Notable Information

  • The Stars moved to 1-0 at the 2019 14U NTDP with the win.
  • The two teams combined for nine hits and 12 RBI.
  • The Stripes pitching staff tossed nine strikeouts.

On Deck

  • Game two of the 14U NTDP will take place on Monday, July 22, at 3 p.m. ET at the National Training Complex.
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14U NTDP

Stars Take Game One of 2019 14U NTDP, 8-5

Team Stars used eight runs on five hits to defeat Stripes.
July 22, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
STARS 0 0 4 0 3 0 0 1 0 8 5 1
STRIPES 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 5 4 1
Win: K. Killion Loss: D. Roberts Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play
 

CARY, N.C. -- Team Stars used eight runs on five hits to defeat Stripes, 8-5, in the opening game of the 2019 14U National Team Development Program on Sunday night at the National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. 

Stars starting pitcher Cayne Killion (Scottsdale, Ariz.) (1-0) earned the win with 1.1 innings of work on the mound. Trenton Lape (Bossier City, La.) and Justin Cuellar (Tulare, Calif.) also saw time on the bump. They struck out three and two batters, respectively. 

Brandon Chang (Irvine, Calif.) lead Stars at the plate, going 2-for-2 in the contest. He also collected one of the team's three stolen bases. 

 

Key Moments

  • Stripes jumped out to an early lead in the bottom of the first after Kai Caranto (Santa Clarita, Calif.) drove in Ty Southisene (Las Vegas, Nev.) on a fly ball triple to center. 
  • Eric Bitoni (Hesperia, Calif.) continued the scoring in the first with a RBI that pushed Caranto across the plate.
  • Stars had a big top of the third that was lead by Connor Crisp (Locust Grove, Ga.) who hit a RBI single to right that allowed Chang to score. Sam Ward (Lithonia, Ga.), T Abel (San Diego, Calif.) and Crisp scored in the next at bat on a line drive double off the bat of L Reyes (Teaneck, N.J.). 
  • Stripes looked to make a comeback in the third Ben Reiland (Irvine, Calif.) sent Carson Dean (Frisco, Texas) home on a hard ground ball to right field. 
  • Stars extended its lead in the fifth with Miles Ghossein (West Hills, Calif.), Chang, and Ward scoring runs.
  • Stars sealed the deal in the eighth with Keilon Parnell (Pascagoula, Miss.) scoring on a Crisp sac-fly.
  • Stripes scored its last run in the ninth when Colt Emerson (Cambridge, Ohio) was sent home by Jonathan Mendez (Los Angeles) sac-fly. 
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Notable Information

  • Stars moved to 1-0 at the 2019 14U NTDP.  
  • The two teams combined for nine hits and 12 RBI. 
  • The Stripes pitching staff tossed nine strikeouts. 

 

On Deck

  • Game two of the 14U NTDP will take place on Monday at 3 p.m. ET at the National Training Complex. 
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14U NTDP
17U NTDP

2019 National Team Development Programs Underway

July 21, 2019

The USA Baseball National Team Development Program (NTDP) offers athletes an opportunity to connect with USA Baseball staff to better prepare for future national team experiences. The program includes skill development sessions, off-field education seminars, an intrasquad series between Stars and Stripes teams, and exposure to professional scouts, college recruiters and national team staff and task force.

The 2019 NTDPs are underway in Chicago and North Carolina. Follow along on USABaseball.com.

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Sunday, July 21
14U: Stars vs. Stripes (5 p.m. ET - Coleman Field) - Recap
17U: Stars vs. Stripes (7:30 p.m. ET - Wrigley Field) - Recap

Monday, July 22
14U: Stripes vs. Stars (3 p.m. ET - Coleman Field)
17U: Stripes vs. Stars (4:30 p.m. ET - Notre Dame)

Tuesday, July 23
17U: Stars vs. Stripes (12:30 p.m. ET - Northwestern)

Wednesday, July 24
14U: Stars vs. Stripes (2 p.m. ET - Coleman Field)

Thursday, July 25
17U: Stripes vs. Stars (4:30 p.m. ET - Miller Park)

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12U

Team USA Falls In 12U National Team Training Finale

Team USA's pitching staff strikes out 13 in the loss
July 21, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Team USA 1 0 1 2 0 1 0 5 10 1
Top Tier Americans 0 6 0 0 0 0 1 7 12 0
Win: R. Weisser Loss: L. Tinajero Save: T. Goldenetz
Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats

 

Santa Clarita, Calif. - Team USA could not overcome a six-run second inning by the Top Tier Americans as it fell, 7-5, in the final exhibition game of 2019 12U National Team Training, on Sunday, at William S. Hart Pony Baseball and Softball Park in Santa Clarita, California.

Team USA's starting pitcher Lucas Tinajero (Corpus Christi, Texas) (0-1) suffered the loss after allowing six runs, despite punching out five batters in two innings on the mound. Dillon Adkins (Mechanicsville, Md.) added five more strikeouts in two innings of relief. Top Tier Americans' Revin Weisser (1-0) earned the win after allowing a hit in one inning, while Trevor Goldenetz (1) earned the save.

Tinajero led the U.S. offensively after recording three hits and an RBI. Noah Meza (Chino Hills, Calif.) added the team's lone home run of National Team Training and recorded a pair of RBIs.

Key Moments

  • Team USA jumped out to an early lead in the top of the first after Gavin Fien (Temecula, Calif.) hit a one-out single through the right side of the infield to bring home Lucas Tinajero (Corpus Christi, Texas).
  • The Top Tier Americans used six hits, a balk and a wild pitch to score six runs in the bottom of the second to take a 6-1 lead.
  • The red, white, and blue responded in the top of the third with a solo home run to left-center field by Noah Meza (Chino Hills, Calif.).
  • Team USA continued scoring in the fourth inning as Sebastian Segura (Spring, Texas) hit a sacrifice fly to center field to bring home Jack Armijo (San Lorenzo, Calif.) and Tinajero hit an RBI-single up the middle to cut the lead to 6-4.
  • Segura led off the top of the sixth for with a single to right field, before scoring on a fielder's choice by Noah Meza to cut the lead one.
  • The Top Tier Americans held Team USA scoreless for the remainder of the sixth and the seventh inning, before scoring a run in the seventh to earn the 7-5 win.

Notable Information

  • Team USA finished National Team Training with a 1-1 record.
  • Noah Meza's home run in the third inning marked the first for Team USA in the 2019 campaign.
  • Team USA's finished National Team Training with 27 strikeouts, after recording 14 on Saturday and 13 on Sunday.
  • Lucas Tinajero (0-1) suffered the loss after allowing six runs on seven hits in two innings of work. Top Tier Americans' Revin Weisser earned the win after pitching an inning of relief.
  • Tinajero led the U.S. offensively with four hits, while Gavin Fien recorded three RBIs to lead the red, white and blue.
  • Dillon Adkins and Tinajero led the team with five strikeouts in National Team Training.

On Deck

  • The 12U National Team will have a final practice at William S. Hart Park on Monday, 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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Cups

2019 16U Cup Comes to a Close on Sunday

July 21, 2019

See the full 2019 16U Cup schedule and results on Gamechanger. 

TPA Nationals 1, GNYSAA 0

TPA Nationals defeated GNYSAA in a pitcher's duel 1-0 on Sunday at the National Training Complex in Cary, N.C.

After both teams went the first four innings without recording a run, it was TPA Nationals who were able to break through with the game's only run thanks to an RBI-single from Alec Benger that found the left field grass and allowed Brendan Burke to cross the plate. Both teams had efficient pitching, only allowing four hits apiece.

Benger earned the win for TPA Nationals after three innings pitched. Jacob Coffin helped TPA Nationals from the mound with seven recorded strikeouts. Ethan Garcia suffered the loss for GNYSAA.

TPA Nationals and GNYSAA both finished the tournament 2-2. 

 

Box Score

 


Virginia Cardinals 4, US Elite 1

Virginia Cardinals used a four-run inning to defeat US Elite in the semifinals and earn a spot in the gold medal match on Sunday at the National Training Complex in Cary, N.C.

After two scoreless innings, US Elite's James Michel hit a sacrifice-fly to right field and allowed teammate Christian Shertzer to cross the plate. Virginia Cardinals earned three walks and tallied three hits to score four runs in the bottom of the third. Both teams were held scoreless for the remainder of the game. 

Thomas Reilly earned the win for Virginia Cardinals after 5.2 innings pitched and six punchouts. Michael Jensen suffered the loss for US Elite.

Both US Elite and Virginia Cardinals finished the tournament 3-2.

Box Score

 


East Coast Clippers 4, Team Elite American 3

East Coast Clippers walk off Team Elite American 4-3 Sunday morning to secure a spot in the 2019 USA Baseball 16U Cup gold medal game at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

Neither team wasted any time getting on the board as Team Elite American jumped out to a two-run lead in the first, but East Coast Clippers answered back with a run of their own in the bottom half of the inning to make it a 2-1 game. 

With the game tied at three apiece headed into the seventh, the Clippers prevented Team Elite American from scoring to set up a potential walk-off situation. Team Elite American recorded the first two outs of the inning, but a two-out walk sparked hope. 

With a runner on first and two away, Jack Boyles doubled to center field to drive in the run and walk it off for the East Coast Clippers. The final score was 4-3.

With the win, East Coast Clippers move to 4-0 at the 16U Cup and will play in the championship game on Coleman field at 11:00 am ET. Team Elite American fall to 2-2 after the loss and will play US Elite at 11:00 am ET for bronze.

Box Score


Blue Chips 9, Purpose Driven Baseball 3

Purpose Driven Baseball capitalized on nine hits to score nine runs and defeat Blue Chips 9-3 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina on Sunday.

The two teams battled back and forth for much of the game, with Purpose Driven Baseball scoring a run in each of the second and fifth innings, while Blue Chips scored one in the third and fourth. 

With the two teams still tied in the sixth, Purpose Driven Baseball rallied for a big bottom of the sixth to score seven runs on five hits and four walks, putting them out to a late 9-3 lead.

With the win, Purpose Driven Baseball move to 1-3 at the 16U Cup while Blue Chips fall to 0-4 after the loss.

Box Score

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Cups

US Elite Win 16U Cup Bronze Medal After Defeating Team Elite American 3-2

US Elite Pitchers Allow Just Four Hits En Route to Bronze Medal
July 21, 2019

CARY, N.C. - US Elite used an early lead to defeat Team Elite American 3-2 and win the 2019 16U Cups bronze medal game on Sunday at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. 

US Elite were first on the board after James Michel singled on a grounder that found the right field grass in the bottom of the first. US Elite added two more runs in the second when Jannuel Wispi hit a fly ball to left that turned into an inside-the-park home run. After being held scoreless through the first four innings, Team Elite American knocked in two runs on a single to center from Shane Garrett. US Elite would hold Team Elite American scoreless the final two innings and win the 16U Cup bronze medal game.

US Elite's offense was led by Michel who went 2-for-3 with one RBI and Wispi who went 1-for-2 with two RBIs. Garrett led Team Elite American's offense with one hit and two RBIs. Ryan Blaszczak earned the win for US Elite after five innings pitched with five strikeouts. Jaxon Masteron suffered the loss for Team Elite American.

US Elite finished the tournament with a record of 3-2, while Team Elite American finished 2-3 on the weekend.

Key Moments

  • US Elite's James Michel hit and RBI-single to right in the bottom of the first to score the game's first run.
  • In the next inning, Jannuel Wispi hit a two-run inside-the-park home run to give US Elite a 3-0 lead.
  • Team Elite American cut the deficit to one run in the top of the fifth following an RBI-single from Shane Garrett.
  • With the tying run in scoring position in the top of the seventh, US Elite pitcher Adam Kuzmicki stuck out Gabe Coats to finish the game.

Social
• Stay tuned to @USABEvents on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the 16U Cups.

 

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Cups

East Coast Clippers Rally for Four Runs in the Fifth To Claim 16U Cup Gold

Austin Williams led the offensive charge, going 2-for-3 with two RBIs
July 21, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Virginia Cardinals 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 2 0
East Coast Clippers 2 0 0 0 4 0 x 6 12 0
Win: Welton  Loss: Scott  Save: None
Box Score | Play-by-Play
 
 
 

CARY, N.C. - The East Coast Clippers were crowned the 2019 USA Baseball 16U Cup champions on Sunday after rallying for four runs in the fifth inning and defeating the Virginia Cardinals 6-2 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. 

Neither team wasted any time getting on the board as Johnny Oates tripled to the center field wall in the top of the first to get the Virginia Cardinals on the board and put them out to a 1-0 lead, but the Clippers answered back in the bottom half of the inning with two runs of their own. The Cardinals then went on to tie the game at two apiece in the fourth courtesy of a Drue Hackenberg single down the third base line. 

The turning point in the game came in the fifth, as the East Coast Clippers rallied for four runs after starting the inning with three of their first four batters reaching base. In total, the Clippers capitalized on three walks and three hits to score the four runs. Austin Williams and Colin Scoggins were the standouts offensively for the East Coast Clippers. The duo combined to go 3-for-5 at the dish and were responsible for four of the East Coast Clippers six runs. The Clippers accumulated 12 hits in total in the the championship game.

East Coast Clippers starting pitcher Blake Hanly turned in a four-inning performance on the bump, allowing two runs (one earned) while striking out one. He was relieved by Thomas Welton, who was equally effective as he allowed no baserunners and struck out one in three innings of work. Welton (1-0) earned the win while Clay Scott (0-1) was the losing pitcher.

With the win, the Clippers finished the 2019 16U Cup with a perfect 5-0 record while the Virginia Cardinals finished 3-2.

Key Moments
• Johnny Oates tripled to the center field wall to get the Virginia Cardinals on the board and put them out to a 1-0 lead in the first.
• Colin Scoggins doubled to left-center to drive in the first run of the game for the East Coast Clippers and tie the game at one apiece in the bottom of the first.
• Two batters later, Joey Bouck grounded into a fielder's choice, bringing home Scoggins in the process and extending the East Coast Clippers lead to 2-2.
• Drue Hackenberg singled down the third base line to drive in a run for the Cardinals in the fourth, tying the game at two.
• Ethan Velasquez singled to drive in a run and give the East Coast Clippers the 3-2 lead after they started the inning with three of their first four batters reaching base.
• Two batters later, Austin Williams singled to right to drive in a pair and extend the East Coast Clippers lead to 5-2.
• Cole Schiff hit an RBI single in the following at-bat to extend the East Coast Clippers lead to 6-2.
• Thomas Welton didn't allow a baserunner to close out the last three innings of the game and secure the 6-4 win for the East Coast Clippers.

Social
Stay tuned to @USABEvents on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the 16U Cup.

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CNT

Japan Clinches 43rd USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series

July 21, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
USA 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 4 1
JPN 1 0 0 3 0 0 2 0 X 6 9 2
Win: Morishita (2-1) Loss: Nikhazy (0-1)
Box Score | Play-by-Play | USA Final Stats
 

TOKYO - Japan ace Masato Morishita threw five scoreless innings to lead Japan to a 6-1 win at Meiji Jingu Stadium in Game 5 of the 43rd USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series and clinch the series 3-2. Japan won the series for the 16th straight time on its home soil over the last 40 years.  

"We lost to a really good team and a great baseball country," said Collegiate National Team manager Dan McDonnell (Louisville). "But we came here expecting to win. So it hurts."

Morishita started for the third time in the series and allowed only one hit in the five scoreless innings to claim MVP honors. The right-hander started Game 1, Game 3, and Game 5, allowing only two runs in 15 innings for a 1.20 ERA and .151 batting average against. Morishita threw 195 pitches in the series. 

Japan gave Team USA a big blow in the fourth inning, scoring three times with two outs to take a 4-0 lead. Takashi Umino had a two-out, two-RBI double and Kazuya Maruyama tripled on the next pitch to bring him home. 

"Obviously, that wasn't the way we wanted the series to go," said Alika Williams. "I had the time of a lifetime over here but we came here to do something and we didn't do it."

Williams led Team USA with a .313 batting average and five hits in the series. 

The Collegiate National Team completed its season with an 8-6 record, including series wins over Cuba and Chinese Taipei. 

"We live in a great country," said McDonnell. "It was an honor to coach the 24 best players in our country."

Key Moments
• Japan scored one in the first inning on a pair of singles, including an RBI from Tatsuru Yanagimachi.
• Japan gave Team USA a big blow in the fourth, scoring three times with two outs. Takashi Umino had a two-out, two-RBI double and Kazuya Maruyama tripled on the next pitch to bring him home. 
• Spencer Torkelson (Arizona State) got the Collegiate National Team on the board in the sixth with a line-drive RBI single to left field. 
• Koki Ugusa singled up the middle for an RBI and Shugo Maki lifted a sac fly in the seventh to give Japan a 6-1 lead. 

Notable Information 
• Tonight was the 14th winner-take-all final game in the history of the event. The Collegiate National Team is 7-7 against Japan in winner-take-all games.
• The Collegiate National Team is 4-7 all-time at Jingu Stadium. 
• Japan threw a shutout in Game 1 behind an excellent outing from ace Masato Morishita. 
• Alec Burleson (East Carolina) hit a walk-off homer to lead off the bottom of the ninth in Game 2 and tie the series 1-1.
• Three Team USA pitchers combined on a one-hitter as the Collegiate National Team shutout Japan to win Game 3. 
• Japan homered in four straight innings to rout Team USA in Game 4 and tie the series. 
• Masato Morishita threw five scoreless innings to earn series MVP honors and lead Japan to a 6-1 win in Game 5. 
• All-Star series: USA leads, 24-19
• Series in Japan: Japan leads, 18-3
• Japan has won 16 straight series in Japan dating back 40 years.
• All-Star series games: Collegiate National Team leads, 133-107-2
• Overall games: Collegiate National Team leads, 156-126-2
• The last five series (2013, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019) have all finished 3-2. Japan won in 2013, 2016, and 2019 in Japan, while the Collegiate National Team won in 2017 and 2018 in the United States.
• Team USA snapped a two-series winning streak against Japan (2017, 2018).

On Deck 
• The Collegiate National Team flies back to the United States on Tuesday. Team USA finished the summer with a record of 8-6, including series wins over Chinese Taipei and Cuba.

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

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17U NTDP

Stars Start 17U NTDP with Win Over Stripes

July 21, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
STAR 1 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 3 9 10 1
STRP 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 3 5 1
 

CHICAGO, Ill. - Early scoring secured a 9-3 win for the Stars over the Stripes on Sunday night at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois, in the first game of the 2019 USA Baseball 17U National Team Development Program (NTDP).

Braylon Bishop (Texarcana, Ark.) led the Stars in scoring, going 2-for-4 with two singles and one walk. Bishop, Cody Schrier (San Clemente, Calif.) and Michael Braswell (Mableton, Ga.) all tallied two base knocks each, combining for six of the team's 10 total hits. On the other side of the ball, five different batters scattered the Stripes' five hits in the game. 

Five pitchers for each team got to spend some time on the mound. Philip Abner (Charlotte, N.C.) and Nick Bitsko (Doylestown, Pa.) both struck out five batters each for the Stars and Stripes, respectively.

Key Moments
• The Stars scored first in the contest, bringing Bishop home in the top of the first inning with a two-out single from Schrier to get on the board for a 1-0 lead. 
• A bases-loaded single from Joshua Pearson (West Monroe, La.) scored Jackson Baumeister (Jacksonville, Fla.) before Marcelo Mayer (Chula Vista, Calif.) scored on a dropped third strike to give the Stars a 3-0 lead in the top of the second. 
• Two more runs came for the Stars when Schrier and Ryan Clifford (Raleigh, N.C.) crossed home in the top of the third to take a 5-0 lead. 
• All three runs for the Stripes came in the bottom of the fifth inning, with Michael Davinni (Laguna Niguel, Calif.), Noah Smith (Chicago, Ill.) and Roc Riggio (Simi Valley, Calif.) all tallying runs. 
• The Stars scored three insurance runs in the top of the ninth, bringing home Mark Black (Pittsburgh, Penn.) on a bases-loaded walk, while Jordan Lawlar (Irving, Texas) and Bishop scored on the same single from Braswell to give the Stars a 9-3 victory. 

Notable Information
• The Stars advance to 1-0 to start the NTDP series. 
• The two teams combined for 26 total strikeouts, with the Stars tallying 12 and the Stripes getting 14. 
• The Stars out-hit the Stripes 10 to five in the game. 

On Deck
• Game two will take place on Monday, July 22, at 3:30 p.m. CT at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. 

Social
• Stay tuned to @USABaseballNTDP on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the 17U National Team Development Program. 

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12U

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.

 

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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