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USA Baseball Announces Inaugural Day of Giving

The Give For Glory campaign will take place on Wednesday, September 30
September 1, 2020
CARY, N.C. - USA Baseball today announced its first-ever Day of Giving, a 24-hour online fundraiser set to take place on Wednesday, September 30. The "Give For Glory" campaign will allow the Team USA community to join together and collectively influence our pastime's future both on and off the field.
CARY, N.C. - USA Baseball today announced its first-ever Day of Giving, a 24-hour online fundraiser set to take place on Wednesday, September 30. The "Give For Glory" campaign will allow the Team USA community to join together and collectively influence our pastime's future both on and off the field.
Celebrated in coordination with the 20th anniversary of the gold medal-victory over Cuba in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, USA Baseball encourages its alumni, community and fans to celebrate its past accomplishments by sharing stories of impact and helping spread the word on what it means to be a part of USA Baseball.
"The inaugural Give For Glory campaign will unite all of our alumni and supporters to commemorate the respective impact USA Baseball has had on their lives while contributing to the future of the organization," said USA Baseball Executive Director and CEO Paul Seiler. "Every gift will allow us to reach our full potential as the national governing body for baseball in the United States as we aim to build champions in baseball and in life."
All gifts made on the day of giving will be tracked in real time at GiveForGlory.com. There, supporters can direct their gifts into several different USA Baseball programs, including one of its six national team programs, the national team development program, the Golden Spikes Award, the National Training Complex, its youth development and education initiatives, or to a general fund allocated for the greatest needs of the organization.
"USA Baseball has been a part of my life for twenty years and I cannot imagine a better way to support this organization for another twenty years to come than a Day of Giving," said Ernie Young, a member of the 2000 Olympic Team, five-time national team manager and coach, and former USA Baseball Board of Directors member. "As a former player, coach, manager and Olympian, I feel honored to be a part of a prestigious organization that strives for gold both on the field and off."
The 24-hour event will begin at 12:01 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, September 30. All gifts are tax-deductible and donors will receive a receipt of their gift for their records.
Fans and supporters alike can follow along with the USA Baseball Day of Giving by following @USABaseball on social media and using the hashtag #GiveForGlory. To receive more information on the philanthropic giving program at USA Baseball, sign up here.
For more information on the USA Baseball development department and its initiatives, contact Senior Director of Development Will Chriscoe via email at WillChriscoe@USABaseball.com or Donate@USABaseball.com.
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On This Date: September 24, 2000 – USA vs. Australia (Sydney Olympic Games)

Team USA heads to semifinals with run-rule win over Australia
September 24, 2020
On this date in USA Baseball history, Team USA finished play in the preliminary round with a 12-1 win over Australia. With the win, Team USA heads into the semifinals with a 6-1 record and the second seed in the medal round. Former major-league pitcher Mark Hutton got the start

On this date in USA Baseball history, Team USA finished play in the preliminary round with a 12-1 win over Australia. With the win, Team USA heads into the semifinals with a 6-1 record and the second seed in the medal round.

Former major-league pitcher Mark Hutton got the start on the mound for the host nation Australia in what would be their Olympic finale. Despite Hutton’s best efforts, Team USA’s play at the plate just could not be stopped.

The offensive slump that Team USA experienced in its loss to Cuba did not translate over, and in the second inning, the Americans scored four runs on three hits and never looked back. A 34-minute rain delay put the game on pause after Team USA added another run in the second to bring the score to 5-0, but they didn’t stop there.  

In the top of the fourth, the Americans brought around five runs and set the score at 10-0. Every Team USA player either had a hit or scored a run throughout the course of the game. 

On the defensive side of things, Kurt Ainsworth was on the mound for Team USA and through five innings he had only allowed one run on five hits, while striking out three in the process.  

With a 10-1 ballgame in the sixth, Marcus Jensen hit a solo home run to extend the lead by 10 runs. Team USA added a final run in the seventh and was complemented by Chris George pitching two shutout innings of relief to keep the score at 12-1. The extra runs ended the game after the seventh due to the international run-rule.

With the results of Korea over South Africa and Cuba over Japan, now second seeded Team USA will take on third seeded Korea in the semifinals. First seeded Cuba will take on fourth seeded Japan in the other semifinal.

 

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
USA 0 4 1 5 0 1 1 12 14 0
AUS 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 7 2
Win: K. Ainsworth Loss: M. Hutton | Box Score

 

GAME HIGHLIGHTS

- Kurt Ainsworth pitched five innings allowing only one run on five hits and struck out three
- Brent Abernathy was 4-for-5 with three RBIs and two doubles
- Brent Abernathy’s two doubles set the U.S. Olympic Record for most doubles throughout the tournament (5)
- Mike Kinkade was 2-for-5 with a double and two RBIs
- Marcus Jensen was 3-for-4 with three RBIs and a home run
- Anthony Sanders was 1-for-3 with an RBI and scored three runs in his first start
 

QUOTABLES

- "I felt good about our ballclub, and I feel good about it now. I think our chances are good. If we play like we're capable of, we'll see what the results are." Tommy Lasorda (Baseball America, Miracle on Grass)

- “Our emotions had dropped a little after last night, and tonight we got our intensity back. We focused right in and got Kurt some runs and got off to a good start, which we haven’t been doing enough. We had a more businesslike attitude tonight, and that’s what we need for the final two games.” Doug Mientkiewicz (Baseball America, Miracle on Grass)

- “We were more relaxed tonight, and we went out and hit like we did in the exhibitions. The last few games, we’ve had some struggles, but the team made some adjustments.” Reggie Smith (Baseball America, Miracle on Grass)

- "I think when we play the way we're capable of, there's no team in this tournament that can beat us. It's up to us to play up to our capability." Brent Abernathy (Baseball America)

 

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On This Date: September 23, 2000 – USA vs. Cuba (Sydney Olympic Games)

Team USA suffers first Olympic loss in matchup with Cuba
September 23, 2020
On this date in USA Baseball history, Team USA suffered its first loss of the 2000 Olympics to the two-time defending gold medalist Cuba in a 6-1 decision. The two clubs hold 5-1 records, the best of the tournament’s eight teams. Lefthander Rick Krivda got the start on the mound

On this date in USA Baseball history, Team USA suffered its first loss of the 2000 Olympics to the two-time defending gold medalist Cuba in a 6-1 decision. The two clubs hold 5-1 records, the best of the tournament’s eight teams.

Lefthander Rick Krivda got the start on the mound for Team USA in his first appearance of the tournament. Along with being a lefty, Krivda came with major-league experience and a breaking ball manager Tommy Lasorda hoped would hold off the Cubans at the plate.  

After Cuba’s Jose Ibar retired the American side in order in the top of the first, it was Krivda’s chance to do the same. Despite his best efforts, Krivda was unable to find his rhythm and Cuba tallied four runs in the first inning.  

After a solid second inning for Krivda, he was relieved by Jon Rauch. Rauch was able to quiet the Cuban side, striking out eight through four innings and allowing only one run. With his eight strikeouts, Rauch pushed his Olympic total to 21 in just 11 innings on the mound.

With Cuba leading 6-0 heading into the ninth, Team USA was able to avoid the shutout as Pat Borders managed an RBI single and brought home Sean Burroughs putting the Americans on the board.

With the loss, Team USA heads into the final game before the four-team medal round with a 5-1 record. They will take on Olympic host Australia with medal-round seeding yet to be determined.

 

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
USA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 7 2
CUB 4 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 - 6 10 0
Win: J. Ibar Loss: R. Krivda | Box Score
 
GAME HIGHLIGHTS
- Jon Rauch allowed only three hits in four innings and recorded eight strikeouts
- Sean Burroughs was 2-for-4 with a double and the sole run for Team USA
- Pat Borders was 2-for-4 on the night with an RBI
 

QUOTABLES

- "I ran into trouble when I walked Omar Linares. They hit some high changeups, and even when I made a better pitch, Miguel Caldes was able to hit it into the gap. If I could have that first inning back, maybe it would be a different game.” Rick Krivda (Baseball America, Miracle on Grass)

- “I didn't go out there and do anything different. I just threw strikes. It's nice to go out and do well.” Jon Rauch (Baseball America)

 

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On This Date: September 22, 2000 – Italy vs. USA (Sydney Olympic Games)

Team USA stays undefeated in Olympics with win over Italy
September 22, 2020
On this date in USA Baseball history, Team USA clenched a berth in the medal round of the Sydney Olympics with a 4-2 win over Italy. The win brought Tommy Lasorda’s squad to a tournament-best 5-0 record in the Games. Ben Sheets got the start on the mound for the

On this date in USA Baseball history, Team USA clenched a berth in the medal round of the Sydney Olympics with a 4-2 win over Italy. The win brought Tommy Lasorda’s squad to a tournament-best 5-0 record in the Games.

Ben Sheets got the start on the mound for the Americans and Team USA wasted no time in providing run support for their ace. Brent Abernathy started off the bottom of the first with a leadoff single followed by a Brad Wilkerson single of his own to right field to put runners on the corners.

Mike Neill brought home Abernathy on a fielder’s choice and made his way to second on a wild pickoff throw, putting Team USA on the board first and up 1-0. Ernie Young followed the trend with another single and brought Neill around giving the Americans the early 2-0 lead.

Despite the first inning jump, Team USA was relatively held at bay by the slower than usual speed of Italian starter Battista Perri. In the fourth, the Italians responded with three hits and two runs, tying the score at 2-2. 

The tie remained after six innings and Lasorda was forced to pull Sheets and bring in his top reliever in Ryan Franklin. Franklin had yet to allow a baserunner or a hit in his two appearances in the Olympics and continued the trend by sitting down the Italians in order in both the seventh and eighth innings.

In the bottom of the eighth, Young and John Cotton each managed a walk, forcing a change in pitching and in the pace of the game. Mike Kinkade reached on an overthrow to first base, and with plenty of foul territory at Homebush Bay, both Young and Cotton scored putting Team USA back up 4-2.

Todd Williams recorded the final three outs in relief for Team USA earning his first save alongside Franklin’s third win of the tournament.

 

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
ITA 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 5 2
USA 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 - 4 6 1
Win: R. Franklin Loss: B. Perri Save: T. Williams | Box Score

 

GAME HIGHLIGHTS

- Ben Sheets recorded three strikeouts and allowed only four hits through six innings
- Ryan Franklin brought his record to 3-0 in the Olympics
- Brent Abernathy was 2-for-4 with one run
- Ernie Young was 2-for-3 with one RBI

 

QUOTABLES

- “I lost my voice from yelling so much because this was a tough, tough game. We were lucky to win tonight. But tomorrow when you look at the standings, it will say, ‘United States of America, 5-0.’” Tommy Lasorda (Baseball America, Miracle on Grass)

- “Some of these other teams aren’t as bad as everybody thinks. There's a lot of parity in this tournament.” Mike Neill (Baseball America, Miracle on Grass)

- "That's the game you guys have been talking about for five games. We'll find out about Cuba tomorrow. But we won't know what happens until we play them." Ernie Young (Baseball America)

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On This Date: September 20, 2000 – Korea vs. USA (Sydney Olympic Games)

Mientkiewicz lifts Team USA over Korea with go-ahead grand slam
September 20, 2020
On this date in USA Baseball history, Team USA shut out Korea 4-0 in a pitcher’s duel for the ages. Roy Oswalt threw seven shutout innings of his own and recorded his first win of the tournament as Team USA brought its Olympic record to 4-0. After falling 15-0 in

On this date in USA Baseball history, Team USA shut out Korea 4-0 in a pitcher’s duel for the ages. Roy Oswalt threw seven shutout innings of his own and recorded his first win of the tournament as Team USA brought its Olympic record to 4-0.

After falling 15-0 in an exhibition game to Team USA, Korea decided to switch up their pitching in game four of the Olympics and started their submarine pitcher, Tae-Hyon Chong. The decision proved to be the right move as Chong pitched seven scoreless innings and struck out five, forcing Oswalt to match.

However, Oswalt lived up to the challenge, even striking out one more on 100 pitches. Behind Oswalt was impeccable defense such as Adam Everett’s continuous work at shortstop and Mike Kinkade’s clutch play at third. In a bases-loaded sixth inning, Kinkade made a diving play, tagging third and making the throw to first for the inning-ending double play and preserving the shutout for the Americans.

The Koreans switched up pitching in the eighth resulting in just what Team USA needed. In the bottom half of the inning with one out, Mike Neill connected on a single to right and Ernie Young managed to get on base with a walk. Despite a change in pitchers, Kinkade forced a walk and loaded the bases for Doug Mientkiewicz.

With one swing on a 3-2 count, Mientkiewicz broke through the shutout and hit a go-ahead grand slam for Team USA.

Chris George and Ryan Franklin ended the game on the mound for Team USA as the squad defeated Korea and moved on to their next challenge in Italy.

 

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
KOR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 2
USA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 4 8 0
Win: R. Oswalt Loss: T. Chong | Box Score

 

GAME HIGHLIGHTS

- Roy Oswalt recorded six strikeouts and didn’t allow a single run in seven innings on 100 pitches
- Doug Mientkiewicz was 3-for-4 with four RBIs on the go-ahead grand slam in the bottom of the eighth
- Ernie Young was 1-for-3 with one run and a stolen base
- Brent Abernathy recorded his third double of the Olympics

 

QUOTABLES

- “I was at second base, so I had a perfect angle to see the pitch. Doug was seeing the ball really clearly, because he laid off some tough pitches to hit. I knew the way he was seeing it, he was going to have a productive at-bat, and he didn’t miss the fastball. The guy had to challenge him, with a full count.” Ernie Young (Baseball America, Miracle on Grass)

- "We've had some difficulty with the different pitching we've faced, but we're finding ways to score," Mientkiewicz said. "We've had different guys come through." Doug Mientkiewicz (Baseball America)

- “If Kinkade doesn’t make that double play, we lose. I don’t get my chance to shine. But I have a great still-frame memory of that moment, running up the line with my finger in the air, and (first-base coach) Reggie Smith high-fiving me. That was one of the longest home runs I’ve ever hit in my life.” Doug Mientkiewicz (Baseball America, Miracle on Grass)

 

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On This Date: September 19, 2000 – USA vs. Netherlands (Sydney Olympic Games)

Team USA ties Cuba for best Olympic record with win over Netherlands
September 19, 2020
On this date in USA Baseball history, Team USA moved to 3-0 in the Sydney Olympic Games with a 6-2 win over the Netherlands. Kurt Ainsworth got the start on the mound for Team USA in what he called the most important game of his life. Brent Abernathy got Team

On this date in USA Baseball history, Team USA moved to 3-0 in the Sydney Olympic Games with a 6-2 win over the Netherlands. Kurt Ainsworth got the start on the mound for Team USA in what he called the most important game of his life.

Brent Abernathy got Team USA started with a leadoff double and the rest of the American squad wasted no time in following suit. Brad Wilkerson put runners on the corners with a bunt and Ernie Young brought the pair home with a double of his own to left field, taking a 2-0 first inning lead.

Despite a bases-loaded inning in the bottom half of the first, Ainsworth was able to preserve the lead, allowing only one run and getting out of the inning with a force out and double play.

From there, the offense just clicked for Team USA. Young and Wilkerson added to the lead each with solo home runs in the third and sixth innings respectively and single runs sparked by Young in the seventh and eighth widened the gap to 6-2 for Team USA.

With the win, Team USA moved to 3-0 to tie Cuba for the best record in the Olympics.

 

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
USA 2 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 6 8 0
NED 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 8 0
Win: K. Ainsworth Loss: R. Cordemans | Box Score

  

GAME HIGHLIGHTS

- Ainsworth allowed only one run on five hits through 6 2/3 innings and recorded three strikeouts
- Abernathy was 2-for-4 with a leadoff double
- Wilkerson was 2-for-5 with a home run in the sixth inning
- Ernie Young was 3-for-4 with three RBIs and a home run in the third inning

 

QUOTABLES

- “We beat a good team. They beat us in the exhibition round, so it was important that we came back and won this one. We can't look past any team. We have to win every game, and it doesn't matter who we play.” Ernie Young (Baseball America, Miracle on Grass)

- “This was the best we've played as a team. We put everything together today, with power, timely hits and error-free baseball. That's important. Now we just have to keep doing it." Ernie Young (Baseball America, Miracle on Grass)

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On This Date: September 18, 2000 – South Africa vs. USA (Sydney Olympic Games)

Cotton sets Team USA Olympic record in win over South Africa
September 18, 2020
On this date in USA Baseball history, Team USA continued its Olympic run and moved to 2-0 after a dominating 11-1 victory over South Africa. Jon Rauch got the start on the mound for the Americans recording 13 strikeouts and allowing only three hits and one run on the day.

On this date in USA Baseball history, Team USA continued its Olympic run and moved to 2-0 after a dominating 11-1 victory over South Africa. Jon Rauch got the start on the mound for the Americans recording 13 strikeouts and allowing only three hits and one run on the day.

After trailing 1-0 in the first inning, Brad Wilkerson tripled to right field and fired up the Team USA offense. Ernie Young managed to get on base with a walk and John Cotton brought the pair home with a two-run double down the first-base line, giving Team USA a 2-1 lead.

Cotton continued to lead the way at the plate collecting an Olympic record five RBIs as Team USA tallied nine more runs throughout the second, fourth and sixth innings and never looked back. Brent Abernathy, Doug Mientkiewicz and Pat Borders all managed hits as the American squad crusied to a 10-1 lead after five innings.

Mike Neill recorded his second home run of the Games in as many days in the sixth inning, giving Team USA a 10-run lead. After South Africa was unable to produce a run in the top of the seventh, Neill’s solo shot was the deciding factor and ended the game early due to the international 10-run rule.

 

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
RSA 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 1
USA 2 5 0 3 0 1 - 11 9 1
Win: J. Rauch Loss: L. Mauritz | Box Score

 

 

GAME HIGHLIGHTS

- Jon Rauch’s 13 strikeouts was one short of the Team USA Olympic record for strikeouts in a game (B.J. Wallace, 1992)
- John Cotton’s five RBIs set a Team USA Olympic record
- Mike Neill hit his second home run of the Games
- Brad Wilkerson was 2-for-3 at the plate and recorded a stolen base

 

QUOTABLES

- “I had to settle down and focus and get back to what I do best, which is throw strikes. It took me a while to settle down and get in a rhythm with (Pat) Borders, but once I did that, I threw well.” Jon Rauch (Baseball America, Miracle on Grass)

- “The record really does mean everything…I’m getting a chance to show teams in the U.S. and overseas that I can play this game, and hopefully help us win a gold medal, too.” John Cotton (Baseball America, Miracle on Grass)

- “It’s important that we are off to a 2-0 start, but every night is important. That’s what’s different about this tournament.” John Cotton (Baseball America, Miracle on Grass)

 

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On This Date: September 17, 2000 - Japan vs. USA (Sydney Olympic Games)

Team USA captures first Olympic win with extra innings walk-off
September 17, 2020
On this date in USA Baseball history, Team USA opened the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games with an instant classic against Japan. After six scoreless innings and still tied throughout nine, the second game of the Olympics became the longest in history since baseball became a medal sport. Mike Neill gave

On this date in USA Baseball history, Team USA opened the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games with an instant classic against Japan. After six scoreless innings and still tied throughout nine, the second game of the Olympics became the longest in history since baseball became a medal sport. Mike Neill gave Team USA its first Olympic win with a two-run walk-off home run in extra innings.

Ben Sheets threw seven scoreless innings on the mound and recorded three strikeouts for Team USA before reaching his pitch count for the day. Japan’s Daisuke Matsuzaka held Team USA off until the bottom of the seventh when John Cotton tripled to lead off the inning. Cotton put Team USA on the board after coming around on a single by Mike Kinkade. A hit-and-run by Doug Mientkiewicz moved Kinkade to third and a Marcus Jensen fielder’s choice brought the score to 2-0 for Team USA.

Japan answered with a run in both the eighth and ninth innings and forced the game into extras. Ryan Franklin took over on the mound for Team USA and threw four shut-out innings, tallying four strikeouts along the way.

In the bottom of the 13th inning, Mike Neil hit a towering two-run home run to right field and gave Team USA a 4-2 walk-off win over Japan.

 

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 R H E
JPN 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 7 1
USA 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 10 3
Win: R. Franklin Loss: T. Sugiuchi | Box Score
 
GAME HIGHLIGHTS
- Ben Sheets pitched seven scoreless innings and recorded three strikeouts
- Ryan Franklin pitched four scoreless innings and recorded four strikeouts picking up the win in relief
- Mike Neil went 2-for-4 and hit a two-run walk-off home run
 

QUOTABLES

- “I wouldn’t say anything about it was normal. I got caught up in the moment. It was an unbelievable feeling, because I knew it was gone when I hit it. It was an intense game, and I’m glad it’s over with.” Mike Neil (Baseball America, Miracle on Grass)

- "We’ve got a good ballclub. I think we have a pretty complete team, because we played great defense today, we showed we can pitch and have a good bullpen, and we have a little power.” Tommy Lasorda (Baseball America)

- “This is bigger than the Dodgers, bigger than Major League Baseball. We’re doing this for America.” Tommy Lasorda (Miracle on Grass)

 

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USA Baseball Announces Inaugural Day of Giving

The Give For Glory campaign will take place on Wednesday, September 30
September 1, 2020
CARY, N.C. - USA Baseball today announced its first-ever Day of Giving, a 24-hour online fundraiser set to take place on Wednesday, September 30. The "Give For Glory" campaign will allow the Team USA community to join together and collectively influence our pastime's future both on and off the field.
CARY, N.C. - USA Baseball today announced its first-ever Day of Giving, a 24-hour online fundraiser set to take place on Wednesday, September 30. The "Give For Glory" campaign will allow the Team USA community to join together and collectively influence our pastime's future both on and off the field.
Celebrated in coordination with the 20th anniversary of the gold medal-victory over Cuba in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, USA Baseball encourages its alumni, community and fans to celebrate its past accomplishments by sharing stories of impact and helping spread the word on what it means to be a part of USA Baseball.
"The inaugural Give For Glory campaign will unite all of our alumni and supporters to commemorate the respective impact USA Baseball has had on their lives while contributing to the future of the organization," said USA Baseball Executive Director and CEO Paul Seiler. "Every gift will allow us to reach our full potential as the national governing body for baseball in the United States as we aim to build champions in baseball and in life."
All gifts made on the day of giving will be tracked in real time at GiveForGlory.com. There, supporters can direct their gifts into several different USA Baseball programs, including one of its six national team programs, the national team development program, the Golden Spikes Award, the National Training Complex, its youth development and education initiatives, or to a general fund allocated for the greatest needs of the organization.
"USA Baseball has been a part of my life for twenty years and I cannot imagine a better way to support this organization for another twenty years to come than a Day of Giving," said Ernie Young, a member of the 2000 Olympic Team, five-time national team manager and coach, and former USA Baseball Board of Directors member. "As a former player, coach, manager and Olympian, I feel honored to be a part of a prestigious organization that strives for gold both on the field and off."
The 24-hour event will begin at 12:01 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, September 30. All gifts are tax-deductible and donors will receive a receipt of their gift for their records.
Fans and supporters alike can follow along with the USA Baseball Day of Giving by following @USABaseball on social media and using the hashtag #GiveForGlory. To receive more information on the philanthropic giving program at USA Baseball, sign up here.
For more information on the USA Baseball development department and its initiatives, contact Senior Director of Development Will Chriscoe via email at WillChriscoe@USABaseball.com or Donate@USABaseball.com.
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How to Become a USA Baseball Coach - Part Four: The Career Coach

August 21, 2020
You go to a USA Baseball national team identification event. You play your best. You get noticed. You get invited to the chance of a lifetime: An opportunity to represent your country as a player on the USA Baseball national team. That's the common path for a player. But what
You go to a USA Baseball national team identification event. You play your best. You get noticed. You get invited to the chance of a lifetime: An opportunity to represent your country as a player on the USA Baseball national team.
That's the common path for a player.
But what about the coaches for the USA Baseball national teams? A coach cannot go 8-for-19 with three home runs over the course of a weekend tournament. So, what do they do? What is their path? How do you become a coach for USA Baseball?
It is a question we get asked a lot.
The answer: Honestly, there is no "path" for the best coaches in the country to carefully weave through, marking off accomplishments from a cultivated list in order to get closer to their coaching dreams. The answer is more complex than that. There are any number of ways someone with the right heart, attitude and abilities can end up wearing U-S-A across their chest and, hopefully, a gold medal around their neck.
For proof of this, look no further than the 2018 15U World Cup champion coaching staff. Four men with wildly different paths to our coaching ranks found themselves all sharing a medal stand in Panama.
The Career Coach: Pitching Coach Adam Moseley
Adam Moseley is the head baseball coach at Hoover High School (Hoover, Ala.). As of 2020 he has been leading a big-time high school baseball program for thirteen years, spending the last six at Hoover. But his path to becoming a decorated head coach was set much earlier in life.
A pitcher by trade, Adam played baseball at Birmingham Southern College. But the on-field opportunity wasn't the main factor that drew him to the NAIA school; it was a coach.
"I knew I wanted to coach when I was in high school," Adam remembered. "It actually affected where I went to college. I wanted to play for someone who really taught the game."
That someone was Coach Brian Shoop. Shoop built a program at Birmingham Southern, turning the small school into an NAIA national champion and eventually an NCAA Division I conference champion and NCAA tournament threat.
Moseley studied under Shoop both as a player and ex-player, returning to camps to help out his mentor. He wanted to one day build his own program into a winner the same way Shoop had.
"We talked coaching all the time," Adam remembered of his time as a collegiate player. "He has been a constant source for me."
After graduating from Birmingham Southern in 1998, Adam started coaching high school baseball while taking graduate school classes. After grad school he began teaching and kept coaching before he eventually got a call from his hometown school, Grissom High School.
Adam would join Grissom as an assistant coach for three years before he took over the program. He led the Tigers for eight years and took the school to new heights, reaching the Alabama state quarterfinals four times in five years and an overall record of 224-153.
In 2014, Adam was hired to be the new head coach at Hoover High School. That same year, he was contacted by then USA Baseball Director of Baseball Operations Brooks Webb.
Why was Adam Moseley on USA Baseball's radar? He was an up-and-coming coach with drive and passion for the game, he already owned a track record of success in a major high school setting and was vouched for by a current USA Baseball coach, David Sharp. He checked all the boxes.
Moseley's insight to USA Baseball came from his relationship with David Sharp, the head coach of another big-time Alabama baseball program: Huntsville High School (Huntsville, Ala.). Sharp had helped with several USA Baseball identification events for the 12U National Team and shared his experiences with Moseley, and also recommended the career coach to USA Baseball.
"Brooks Webb called me and asked if I was interested [in working with USA Baseball]," Moseley remembered. "And I said yes, but I'd be a whole lot more comfortable if the pitchers were 60 feet, six inches away from the plate and the base paths were 90 feet apart."
Luckily, Webb was calling to fill a need at the National Team Championships in Florida, specifically with the 14U and 17U tournaments. Adam admits his first experience at a USA Baseball event was "a little overwhelming" due to the pressure of helping select a national team and the 14-hour days in hot and humid southern Florida. But, once he got settled in, it was "non-stop watching good baseball and learning."
Even though he wasn't coaching, Adam was determined to work as hard as he could at this new opportunity. His goal was to provide the best information possible, and let his dedication and drive show through his work.
He loved it, but it wasn't coaching. And Adam Moseley is a coach. He had known that since he was in high school.
The following year, even though it wasn't coaching, Adam once again returned to the National Team Championships event in Florida to give his time and expertise to USA Baseball and young players from across the country. And it was then that he was asked to lend his services to the 14U National Team Development Program.
"I thought the National Team Development Program was the coolest thing ever," said Moseley. At the National Team Development Program he was back where he felt most at home, back on the field coaching some of the most talented kids in the country. This is where he belonged.
Being back on the field and spending time with these players was something Adam took to heart. "I was there to coach pitchers, but I was there to coach them about life as well," he said.
Adam continued to coach USA Baseball players about pitching and life and "The USA Way" at any event he was asked to attend. And in 2017 he was named head pitching coordinator for the 14U National Team Development Program.
"You look around at these players and you think, well they are going to win a world championship next year," Moseley said. He didn't know it at the time, but he would be right there with them when they did. It was the plan all along.
"It was clear during the 14U National Team Development Program that Adam was meticulous and organized when it came to pitchers," said Ashley Bratcher, USA Baseball Senior Director of Baseball Operations and the 15U National Team program director. "He knew every detail about each player on the field and he created a thorough and development plan for all of them.
"Making him the pitching coach on the 15U National Team in 2018 was one of our easier decisions. He displayed an appreciation to the game, to his craft as a pitcher and to developing the athletes that told us he was the right guy to for the job. It is not an easy task to lead a pitching staff at a World Cup, especially when you were still searching for your first world title, and his experience and dedication to competing that helped lead our program to new heights."
The pitching staff he led in the 2018 U-15 Baseball World Cup posted a combined 1.24 ERA in the nine-game tournament. They outscored their opponents 88-13 on their way to winning the first U-15 Baseball World Cup in USA Baseball history. Adam Moseley returned home from the first international trip of his life with a gold medal.
That gold medal came just one year after he led the Buccaneers to an Alabama State Championship in 2017. It's safe to say the high school player looking at colleges knew exactly what he was meant to do with his life. He chose the right path and USA Baseball is thankful for it.
Adam Moseley's story is the fourth and final story of a four-part series on "How to Become a USA Baseball Coach." The remaining three stories of the series can be found on USABaseball.com.
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16U National Team Championships NC: Top Ten Metrics

August 17, 2020
ASSESSMENTS Catcher Max Velo (mph) Thomas McAndrews (NEB) - 76 Ike Irish (Tri State Arsenal) - 75 Jared Jones (East Cobb Astros) - 75 AJ Sheapard (Canes National) - 75 Mason Balsis (Elite Squad) - 74 Nick Forbes (CCB) - 74 Hayden Christiansen (Hitters Navy) - 74 John Kolsterman (Florida

ASSESSMENTS

Catcher Max Velo (mph)
Thomas McAndrews (NEB) - 76
Ike Irish (Tri State Arsenal) - 75
Jared Jones (East Cobb Astros) - 75
AJ Sheapard (Canes National) - 75
Mason Balsis (Elite Squad) - 74
Nick Forbes (CCB) - 74
Hayden Christiansen (Hitters Navy) - 74
John Kolsterman (Florida Burn) - 73
Chase Gallegos (Team California Black) - 73
Will Vierling (Hitters Navy) - 73
Sammy Leis (Team Elite) - 73
Brandyn Durand (Tri State Arsenal) - 73
Outfield Max Velo (mph)
Sullivan Brackin (East Cobb Astros) - 86
Kaden Hilburger (Richmond Braves) - 85
Tanner McDougal (Team California Black) - 84
Nathan Fink (Canes National) - 83
DJ Kojis (Hitters Navy) - 83
Drew Nelson (5 Star Natinal) - 83
Thaddeus Ector (East Cobb Astros) - 82
Davis Green (5 Star Natinal) - 82
CJ DiNapoli (Richmond Braves) - 81
Paxton Kling (Canes National) - 81
Liam Thompson (CCB) - 81
POP Time (sec)
Jared Jones (East Cobb Astros) - 1.83
Hayden Perry (5 Star National) - 1.87
Sammy Leis (Team Elite) - 1.87
Ike Irish (Tri State Arsenal) - 1.89
Eli Kapkowski (Florida Burn) - 1.89
Chase Gallegos (Team California Black) - 1.93
Caovinh Nguyen (CCB) - 1.93
Payton Ebbing (Tri State Arsenal) - 1.94
Dean Guzman (Elite Squad) - 1.94
Mason Balsis (Elite Squad) - 1.94
Lucas Manning (Richmond Braves) - 1.94

DIAMOND KINETICS

Max Acceleration Speed (mph)
Thaddeus Ector (East Cobb Astros) - 97
Jack Killelea (CCB National) - 96
Jared Jones (East Cobb Astros) - 64
Jared Jones (East Cobb Astros) - 59
Austin Williamson (5 Star National) - 57
Sal Stewart (5 Star National) - 57
Jared Jones (East Cobb Astros) - 56
Trent Hodgdon (5 Star National) - 56
Freddy Oquendo (Elite Squad) - 54
Cole Young (Canes National) - 54
Max Barrel Speed (mph)
Kenneth Schaedel (Richmond Braves) - 87
Jared Jones (East Cobb Astros) - 84
Thaddeus Ector (East Cobb Astros) - 83
Kenneth Schaedel (Richmond Braves) - 81
Kenneth Schaedel (Richmond Braves) - 81
Jared Jones (East Cobb Astros) - 80
Kenneth Schaedel (Richmond Braves) - 80
Austin Williamson (5 Star National) - 80
Ripken Reese (CBA NE Pride) - 79
Kenneth Schaedel (Richmond Braves) - 79

PDP ASSESSEMENT TESTING

Reaction + 30 yd (sec)
Paxton Kling (Canes National 16U) - 4.18
David Mershon (Canes National 16U) - 4.18
Dean Guzman (Elite Squad 16U) - 4.23
Lucas Manning (Richmond Braves) - 4.23
Dylan Dreiling (Tri State Arsenal) - 4.27
Alex Champagne (Team California Black) - 4.28
Alex Knapp (US Elite 2022 National) - 4.28
Adam Jones Shepard (Canes National 16U) - 4.28
Korbyn Dickerson (Tri State Arsenal) - 4.29
Ben Hamacher (East Cobb Astros) - 4.29
CMJ (Average Height)
AJ Shepard (Canes National 16U) - 24.2
Drew Lafferty (Tri State Arsenal) - 23.3
Paxton Kling (Canes National 16U) - 23.1
Aidan Marino (Florida Burn) - 23.1
Dylan Dreiling (Tri State Arsenal) - 22.9
Jack Hale (Team California Black) - 22.8
Jonathan Kim (Hitters 2022 Navy) - 22.5
Everett Cooper (Team Elite) - 22.3
Antonio Carter (CCB National) - 22.2
John Klosterman (Florida Burn) - 22.2

RAPSODO

Max Batted Ball Distance (feet)
Nathan Fink (Canes National) - 384.1
Jared Jones (East Cobb Astros) - 375.8
Jared Jones (East Cobb Astros) - 372.6
Jared Jones (East Cobb Astros) - 370.3
Harry Ford (East Cobb Astros) - 369.2
Kenneth Schaedel (Richmond Braves) - 361
Ryan Clifford (Canes National) - 352.5
Lamar King (Canes National) - 351.4
Harry Ford (East Cobb Astros) - 350
Harry Ford (East Cobb Astros) - 346.4
Max Batted Ball Exit Velo (mph)
Jared Jones (East Cobb Astros) - 104
Xavier Isaac (Canes National) - 103.3
Jared Jones (East Cobb Astros) - 102.7
Nathan Fink (Canes National) - 101.4
Nathan Fink (Canes National) - 100.3
Jared Jones (East Cobb Astros) - 99.3
Dylan Dreiling (Tri-State Arsenal) - 99.1
Ryan Clifford (Canes National) - 98.4
Harry Ford (East Cobb Astros) - 97.7
Kenneth Schaedel (Richmond Braves) - 97.7

TRACKMAN

Max FB Velo (mph)
JR Ritchie (Canes National) - 94.42
Dylan Lesko (East Cobb Astros) - 94.01
Brock Porter (Tri-State Arsenal) - 92.83
Tristan Smith (Canes National) - 92.49
Landon Heller (Team Elite) - 91.77
Radek Birkholz (East Cobb Astros) - 91.45
Kassius Thomas (Canes National) - 91.38
Coleman Willis (East Cobb Astros) - 91.24
RJ Sales (CCB National) - 91.16
Joe King (Hitters Navy 2022) - 90.78
Max FB Spin Rate
Coleman Willis (East Cobb Astros) - 2694.29
Noah Schultz (Hitters Navy 2022) - 2600.88
Matthew Matthijs (Canes National) - 2580.56
Bradley Gagen (Canes National) - 2539.16
Brock Porter (Tri-State Arsenal) - 2536.75
Tristan Smith (Canes National) - 2536.11
Carson Estridge (Tri-State Arsenal) - 2519.61
Luis Marrero II (Team Elite) - 2508.02
Landon Heller (Team Elite) - 2493.67
Owen Murphy (Hitters Navy 2022) - 2481.44
Max Exit Velo (mph)
Xavier Isaac (Canes National) - 108.60
Jared Jones (East Cobb Astros) - 107.72
Michael Gupton (Team Elite) - 106.81
Ryan Clifford (Canes National) - 104.99
Ike Irish (Tri-State Arsenal) - 104.13
AJ Shepard (Canes National) - 102.75
Korbyn Dickerson (Tri-State Arsenal) - 102.35
Ty Federici (CBA Northeast Pride) - 101.96
Kyle Fields (Richmond Braves) - 101.70
Harry Ford (East Cobb Astros) - 101.20
Max Distance (feet)
Xavier Isaac (Canes National) - 394.94
Harry Ford (East Cobb Astros) - 383.32
Hector Mangual (Elite Squad) - 373.55
CJ Dinapoli (Richmond Braves) - 371.53
Lamar King (Canes National) - 370.58
Kevin Jaxel (Tri-State Arsenal) - 368.01
AJ Shepard (Canes National) - 367.57
Ty Federici (CBA Northeast Pride) - 364.21
Michael Gupton (Team Elite) - 357.42
Xavier Martin (Richmond Braves) - 353.09
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2020 16U National Team Championships North Carolina All-Tournament Team Announced

Nine of the 14 teams at the event were represented on the All-Tournament Team
August 16, 2020
CARY, N.C. -- USA Baseball named the All-Tournament Team for the inaugural 16U National Team Championships North Carolina on Sunday, following the conclusion of the event. The East Cobb Astros went undefeated in the tournament and secured the gold medal with a comeback 8-5 victory. Nine teams are represented on the
CARY, N.C. -- USA Baseball named the All-Tournament Team for the inaugural 16U National Team Championships North Carolina on Sunday, following the conclusion of the event.
The East Cobb Astros went undefeated in the tournament and secured the gold medal with a comeback 8-5 victory. Nine teams are represented on the All-Tournament Team with Canes National and the East Cobb Astros leading the way with three selections each.
The 2020 16U National Team Championships North Carolina All-Tournament Team:
Mason Abromitis - US Elite
Derek Bermudez - Elite Squad
Radek Birkholz - East Cobb Astros
Everett Cooper - Team Elite
CJ DiNapoli - Richmond Braves
Marek Houston - Florida Burn
Xavier Isaac - Canes National
Jason LePage - Florida Burn
Dylan Lesko - East Cobb Astros
JR Ritchie - Canes National
AJ Shepard - Canes National
Sal Stewart - 5 Star National
Dakota Stone - NEB Jays
Jason Torres - Elite Squad
Ryan Terrell - Richmond Braves Platinum
Jett Williams - East Cobb Astros
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Florida Burn Wins Bronze, Defeats Elite Squad 3-0

Huston Wynne took a no-hitter into the sixth inning for Florida Burn
August 16, 2020
16U National Team Championships NC // Homepage // Schedule & Results (GameChanger)   1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E Elite Squad 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 Florida Burn 0 0 0 0 1 2 X 3 3 1 Win: Jaccb Budd Loss:

16U National Team Championships NC // Homepage // Schedule & Results (GameChanger)


  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Elite Squad 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Florida Burn 0 0 0 0 1 2 X 3 3 1
Win: Jaccb Budd Loss: Jason Torres // Box Score

CARY, N.C. -- Huston Wynne took a no-hitter into the top of the sixth inning and Bradley Ramsden delivered a two-RBI single in the bottom of the sixth inning to lead Florida Burn to a 3-0 victory over Elite Squad to win the bronze medal at the 16U National Team Championships North Carolina on Sunday.

Florida Burn finished the inaugural tournament with a 6-2 record while Elite Squad finished in fourth place with a 3-2-3 record.

Wynne was untouchable on the mound until the top of the sixth inning. He struck out five Elite Squad batters in his 5.1 innings of work before being lifted with one out in the top of the sixth inning. Jacob Budd came on in a relief and picked up the win, retiring all five batters he faced. Jason Torres went the distance on the mound for Elite Squad but suffered the loss after giving up three runs on three hits.

Logan Tribble and Ramsden supplied the offense for Florida Burn. Tribble picked up an RBI-hit by pitch in the bottom of the fifth to score the eventual game-winning run and Ramsden (1-for-3) added some insurance with a two-RBI single in the bottom of the sixth.

Mason Balsis (1-for-2) tallied the lone hit for Elite Squad in the game.

Key Moments

  • Elite Squad's Mason Balsis hit a single into left-centerfield in the top of the sixth inning to break-up the no-hit bid by Florida Burn starting pitcher Huston Wynne.
  • Logan Tribble was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth inning to score the game's first run, putting Florida Burn up 1-0.
  • Bradley Ramsden laced a 2-2 pitch over the third baseman to score Zachary Root and Christian Parrish to extend the Florida Burn lead to 3-0.
  • Jacob Budd retired the side in order in the top of the seventh inning to close the game and win Florida Burn the bronze medal.


Notable Information

  • Florida Burn starting pitcher Huston Wynne pitched five innings of no-hit baseball before giving up a single in the top of the sixth inning. He struck out five batters in 5.1 innings of work and gave up just one walk in the no-decision.
  • Jacob Budd game on in relief of Huston Wynne and retired all five batters he faced to pick up the win.
  • Jason Torres went the distance on the mound for Elite Squad but suffered the loss, giving up three runs on three hits with a strikeout and four walks.
  • Zachary Root went 2-for-2 with a run scored for Florida Burn and Bradley Ramsden finished the day 1-for-3 with two RBIs to lead Florida Burn to the bronze medal.
  • Mason Balsis picked up the lone hit of the game for Elite Squad.


Social

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East Cobb Astros Go Undefeated in 16U National Team Championships NC Title Run

The East Cobb Astros rallied from a three-run deficit with multi-run fourth, fifth and sixth innings
August 16, 2020
16U National Team Championships NC // Homepage // Schedule & Results (GameChanger)   1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E East Cobb Astros 1 0 0 3 2 2 0 8 6 1 Canes National 1 2 1 0 0 0 1 5 8 1 Win: Sullivan

16U National Team Championships NC // Homepage // Schedule & Results (GameChanger)


  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
East Cobb Astros 1 0 0 3 2 2 0 8 6 1
Canes National 1 2 1 0 0 0 1 5 8 1
Win: Sullivan Brackin Loss: Kassius Thomas  Save: Jackson Gaspard // Box Score

CARY, N.C. - After falling behind 4-1, the East Cobb Astros rallied with three runs in the fourth and two in both the fifth and sixth innings to go undefeated in the 16U National Team Championships North Carolina with a 8-5 victory over Canes National in the gold medal game on Sunday at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

With the victory, the East Cobb Astros finished the event with a perfect 8-0 record, while handing Canes National its first loss of the week

The East Cobb Astros struck first in the championship game. Termarr Johnson and Harry Ford drew back-to-back two-out walks to put runners on first and second in the top of the first for Alvin Keels, who capitalized with a clutch single that brought in Johnson to give East Cobb Astros a 1-0 lead.

But that lead wouldn't hold long as Canes National wasted no time, responding with a run of their own in the bottom half of the inning. Xavier Isaac launched his third home run of the tournament - a solo shot to left-center - to tie the game at 1-1 heading to the second inning.

After holding the East Cobb Astros scoreless in the top half of the second inning, Canes National took its first lead of the game in the bottom half. An error and a walk put two on before three consecutive singles from Paxton Kling, Gavin Gallaher and James Triantos brought in two runs to give Canes National a 3-1 lead.

Canes National kept its momentum rolling in the bottom of the third inning to add on to its lead. Isaac picked up his second hit of the day with a one-out single and a walk to AJ Shepard set the stage for Roman Anthony, who came through with an RBI single through the left side to bring home Isaac and make it a 4-1 game.

East Cobb Astros tied the game back up with three runs in the top of the fourth thanks to a bases-loaded wild pitch, a Karson Bowen RBI-single that made it a 4-3 game and an RBI-groundout by Cooper Williams that tied it at four runs apiece.

In its next chance at the plate, East Cobb Astros piled on in the top of the fifth to take its first lead of the game since the first inning. Thaddeus Ector and Johnson drew back-to-back walks to lead off the inning before Keels recorded his second RBI hit of the day to drive in Ector and Karson Bowen drew a four-pitch walk that extended East Cobb Astros lead to 6-4.

One inning later, the East Cobb Astros kept their foot to the gas as they added two more runs to make it a four-run game in the top of the sixth. J Williams and Hector each drew one-out walks and then moved to second and third, respectively, as Ford came to the plate. Ford came up clutch with a two-out, two-RBI triple to give the East Cobb Astros an 8-4 advantage.

After being held scoreless in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings and down to its last three outs, Canes National got its offense rolling. Triantos drew a one-out walk and stole second to put a runner in scoring position for Ryan Clifford, who lined a single into right field to get a run back and make it an 8-5 contest.

But despite drawing two more walks that loaded the bases for Canes National with two outs, East Cobb Astros shut down the threat to secure the 8-5 victory and the 16U National Team Championships North Carolina gold medal.

Five batters collected hits for the East Cobb Astros in the victory with Keels (2-for-3; 2 RBIs) leading the way with the team's only multi-hit and multi-RBI game. Xavier Isaac (2-for-4) paced the Canes National offense in the loss after collecting two runs, an RBI and two hits, including a solo home run - his third long ball of the tournament.

The win was attributed to Sullivan Brackin (1-0) after his 4.1 innings of relief in which he allowed just one run on three hits and two walks, while striking out six. Kassius Thomas (0-1) suffered the loss in the title game when he allowed one run in his 0.2 innings on the mound.

The 16U age group finished off the three-week inaugural National Team Championships North Carolina. The tournament featured 14 teams and 46 games in six days at the National Training Complex. Follow @USABChamps_NC for the latest information about the tournament.

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Birkholz' Gem Leads East Cobb Astros Into Title Game

East Cobb Astros will face the winner of Canes National and Elite Squad in the 16U National Team Championships NC title game
August 16, 2020
16U National Team Championships NC // Homepage // Schedule & Results (GameChanger)   1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E Florida Burn 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 4 1 East Cobb Astros 1 0 0 0 1 4 X 6 6 2 Win: Radek

16U National Team Championships NC // Homepage // Schedule & Results (GameChanger)


  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Florida Burn 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 4 1
East Cobb Astros 1 0 0 0 1 4 X 6 6 2
Win: Radek Birkholz Loss: Joshua Cone // Box Score

CARY, N.C. -- Radek Birkholz pitched a gem for the East Cobb Astros and its offense padded a late lead in a 6-1 victory over Florida Burn in the first semifinal of the 16U National Team Championships North Carolina. With the win, the East Cobb Astros (7-0) move on to face Canes National (7-0) in the championship game at 11 a.m. on Coleman Field.

The Florida Burn (5-2) will play Elite Squad (3-1-3) for a bronze medal at 10:45 a.m. on Field 2 of the USA Baseball National Training Complex.

Jett Williams led the East Cobb offense on the day, going 1-for-1 with two RBIs and three runs scored. Meanwhile, Thad Ector (2-for-4) and Karson Bowen (2-for-3) collected multiple hits in the semifinal matchup. Marek Houston led the Florida Burn offense with a 2-for-3 day at the plate.

East Cobb Astros' starting pitcher, Radek Birkholz, was stellar on the mound, striking out eight batters in 6.2 innings of work. He picked up the win, giving up just one unearned run on the day. Joshua Cone suffered the loss for the Florida Burn after giving up five runs in the final two innings.

Key Moments

  • The East Cobb Astros scored the first run of the game on a Harry Ford sacrifice-fly to left-field, pushing Jett Williams across the plate for a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning.
  • Florida Burn took advantage of a pair of costly errors by the East Cobb Astros in the top of the fifth to tie the game at 1-1. With Bradley Ramsden on second thanks to an error, Carter Dierdorf dropped a bunt to the third baseman whose errant throw past the first baseman scored Ramsden.
  • East Cobb retook the lead on a throwing error by the pitcher in the bottom of the sixth inning, scoring Jett Williams from second to go ahead 2-1.
  • Bradley Hodges doubled on a fly ball to center field to score Cooper Williams and gave the East Cobb Astros an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth inning, 3-1.
  • Jett Williams lined a two-RBI double to left field to score Jackson Brockett score and Bradley Hodges, and Thad Ector followed with an RBI-double of his own to left to bring in Williams for a 6-1 lead heading into the top of the seventh inning.


Notable Information

  • Jett Williams led the East Cobb Astros offense from the leadoff spot, finishing the day 1-for-1 at the plate with two RBIs and three runs scored.
  • Thad Ector (2-for-4) and Karson Bowen (2-for-3) collected multiple hits in the game for the East Cobb Astros.
  • Houston Marek contributed a pair of hits for Florida Burn, pacing the offense with a 2-for-3 day.
  • Radek Birkholz picked up the victory for the East Cobb Astros, pitching 6.2 innings, giving up one unearned run and striking out eight.
  • Joshua Cone suffered the loss for Florida Burn, giving up five runs in the final two innings.


On Deck

  • East Cobb Astros advanced to the championship game of the 16U National Team Championships North Carolina and will face Canes National. The title game starts at 11 a.m. on Coleman Field and will be streamed on PlaySight.com.
  • Florida Burn will face Elite Squad in the bronze medal game at 10:45 a.m. on Field 2 at the National Training Complex. The game will be streamed on YouTube.com/USABaseballTV.


Social

  • Stay tuned to @USABChamps_NC on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the 15U National Team Championships North Carolina.
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Canes National Remains Undefeated to Advance to Championship Game

A three-run third and a four-run fourth propelled Canes National to a championship game berth
August 16, 2020
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E Elite Squad 1 0 1 0 1 3 0 6 8 0 Canes National 2 0 3 4 0 1 X 10 7 0 Win: T. Smith Loss: P. Galle // Box Score CARY, N.C. - Canes National used a three-run third and
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Elite Squad 1 0 1 0 1 3 0 6 8 0
Canes National 2 0 3 4 0 1 X 10 7 0
Win: T. Smith Loss: P. Galle // Box Score

CARY, N.C. - Canes National used a three-run third and four-run fourth to stay undefeated and secure its spot in the 16U National Team Championships North Carolina gold medal game with a 10-6 victory over Elite Squad in the semifinal matchup on Saturday at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

Ryan Clifford (2-for-2; 2 RBIs), Xavier Isaac (2-for-3; 4 RBIs) and AJ Shepard (2-for-4; 2 RBIs) led the Canes National offense, collecting six of the team's seven hits in the game and all eight RBIs. Elite Squad was paced at the plate by Derek Bermudez (3-for-4) who recorded the game's only three-hit performance and was responsible for three of Elite Squad's five RBIs in the game.

Tristan Smith (1-0) earned the win in the contest for Canes National after putting together a solid start, allowing two runs on four hits while striking out four in three innings of work. The loss in the contest went to Patrick Galle (0-1) after he gave up five runs on four hits and three walks in his 2.1-inning start.

KEY MOMENTS

  • Elite Squad jumped out to an early lead in the top of the first when two walks, a single and fielder's choice at the plate put runners at second and third for Ray Bermudez who came through with an RBI single to give Elite Squad a 1-0 advantage.
  • Canes National tied the game with the first chance it got, scoring a run on a balk in the bottom of the first after getting batters to first and third with a two-out walk and single.
  • With two outs, a runner at second and the game tied, AJ Shepard came up clutch with a double to give Canes a 2-1 lead heading into the second inning.
  • Following a scoreless second inning, Elite Squad tied the game at 2-2 with back-to-back doubles from Blake Cyr and Derek Bermudez to start the second inning.
  • After escaping a two-on, no-out jam in the top of the third, Canes National kept the momentum in the bottom half, drawing two walks to lead off the frame before Clifford singled through the right side to make it 3-2 in Canes National's favor.
  • An RBI-groundout by Xavier Isaac and a second Shepard RBI-double chased the Elite Squad starter Patrick Galle and brought two more runs across to increase the Canes National lead to 5-2.
  • A bases-loaded walk got the scoring started in the bottom of the fourth before Isaac came through once again, this time lacing a two-RBI single through the right side to give Canes National a commanding 8-2 lead.
  • Canes National pushed one more across the plate in the inning when Clifford stole home to make it a 9-2 game heading into the fifth inning.
  • A leadoff single by Freddy Oquendo and a one-out RBI-double by Derek Bermudez add a run for Elite Squad in the top of the fifth and cut the deficit to six.
  • Elite Squad put three more runs on the board in the top of the sixth on a bases-loaded single, error and hit-by-pitch to make it a 9-6 game.
  • Canes National strung together two walks and two singles to tack on one final run in the bottom of the sixth to finish off the 10-6 victory.

 

NOTABLE INFORMATION

  • Canes National improved to 7-0 in the 16U National Team Championships North Carolina with Sunday morning's semifinal win and advanced to play the only other remaining undefeated team in the event, East Cobb Astros, in the gold medal game on Sunday at 11:20 a.m. ET.
  • The gold medal game will be streamed live via PlaySight Interactive. Information on the live stream can be found here.
  • Elite Squad fell to 3-1-3 with the loss and will play Florida Burn for the 16U National Team Championships North Carolina bronze medal on Sunday at 11:15 a.m. ET.E
  • The bronze medal game will be streamed live with a single camera and broadcasted on the USA Baseball YouTube channel. The stream can be viewed here.

 

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Shutouts and Walkoff Highlight 16U National Team Championships NC Quarterfinals

Canes National, East Cobb Astros, Elite Squad and Florida Burn advance to Sunday's semifinals
August 15, 2020
The fifth day of the 2020 USA Baseball 16U National Team Championships North Carolina was highlighted be four quarterfinal matchups. Canes National, East Cobb Astros, Elite Squad and Florida Burn all emerged victorious on the day to advance to the semifinals, which will be played at 8 a.m. ET on

The fifth day of the 2020 USA Baseball 16U National Team Championships North Carolina was highlighted be four quarterfinal matchups. Canes National, East Cobb Astros, Elite Squad and Florida Burn all emerged victorious on the day to advance to the semifinals, which will be played at 8 a.m. ET on Sunday, August 16, at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. View the full schedule and follow all the action on GameChanger.


Canes National 4, Tri-State Arsenal 0 (Quarterfinal)

Box Score

Canes National grabbed an early lead and never looked back to secure a 4-0 quarterfinal victory over Tri-State Arsenal at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C., on Saturday. With the win, Canes National advanced to the 16U National Team Championships North Carolina semifinals on Sunday.

A solo blast over the left field fence by Adam Jones Shepard opened the scoring in the contest and gave Canes National a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning. That home run was all Canes National starter Jackson Ferris needed as he claimed the win with a scoreless outing, giving up just five hits and striking out four in 4.2 innings of work.

Three insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth and a perfect 2.1 innings of relief from Matthew Matthijs finished off the 4-0 win for Canes National. Shepard (2-for-2) led the team's offense with two runs scored and three RBI and Lamar King (2-for-3) also collected a multi-hit game and an RBI.

Tri-State Arsenal's Brock Porter was tagged with the loss in the contest despite a strong start. He allowed just one run on two hits, while striking out seven and walking one in five innings of work. Drew Lafferty (2-for-3) led Tri-State Arsenal at the plate, recording the team's only multi-hit game.

With the loss, Tri-State Arsenal finishes the 16U National Team Championships North Carolina with a 2-3-1 overall record. Canes National remains undefeated in the tournament with the win, improving to 6-0 and advancing to play Elite Squad in the semifinals at 8 a.m. ET on Sunday, August 16, at the National Training Complex. Canes National's semifinal game will be streamed live by PlaySight Interactive. To access the live stream, click here, or visit web.playsight.com and search for "USA Baseball."


Elite Squad 9, Team Elite 5 (Quarterfinal)

Box Score

Elite Squad withstood two late rallies by Team Elite in the 16U National Team Championships North Carolina quarterfinals on Saturday at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, to secure a 9-5 victory and a spot in Sunday's semifinals.

After grabbing a quick 2-1 lead in the first inning, Elite Squad added a run in the third to head into the fourth inning with a 3-1 advantage. Team Elite got its first rally going in the bottom of the fourth though when it strung together a one-out single, a Henry Godbout RBI triple and a sacrifice fly by Simmi Whitehill.

The two teams traded runs in the fifth with Elite Squad jumping out to another two-run lead before Team Elite tied it up once again with two more runs of its own in the bottom half to make it a 5-5 game heading into the sixth inning.

Elite Squad took control for good in the final two innings, pushing two across in the sixth to break the tie and adding two more insurances runs in the seventh to finish off the 9-5 victory and secure its spot in the event's semifinals.

The win was attributed to Hunter Pankey after his three innings of work in which he allowed just two runs on three hits and three walks, while tallying two strikeouts. The loss went to Shane Thorson of Team Elite, who gave up two runs on one hit in his 1.1 innings of relief.

Jason Torres (4-for-5) was a force for Elite Squad at the plate, collecting two runs and two RBIs in addition to his four hits in the game. Derek Bermudez (2-for-4) and Hector Manguel (2-for-4) also had multi-hit games for Elite Squad, while Manguel led the team in RBIs with three. Seven different players combined for Team Elite's seven hits in the contest and Logan Poteet (1-for-3) led the team with two RBIs.

With Saturday's win, Elite Squad improves to 3-0-3 and will face off against Canes National in the 16U National Team Championships North Carolina semifinals on Sunday, August 16, at the National Training Complex at 8 a.m. ET. Elite Squad's semifinal game will be streamed live by PlaySight Interactive. To access the live stream, click here, or visit web.playsight.com and search for "USA Baseball."


East Cobb Astros 8, CBA Northeast Pride 0 (Quarterfinal)

Box Score

The East Cobb Astros used a four-run first inning and a one-hit shutout from Dylan Lesko to secure a dominant 8-0 victory over CBA Northeast Pride in the 16U National Team Championships North Carolina quarterfinals on Saturday at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C.

Lesko put together a stellar five-inning complete game to earn the win for the East Cobb Astros, allowing just three runners to reach base on one hit, a walk and an error while striking out three in the shutout performance.

A leadoff single by Jett Williams in the bottom of the first got East Cobb's offense rolling before four consecutive one-out walks brought in two runs. With the bases still loaded, Jackson Gaspard lined a two-out, two-RBI single to make it a 4-0 game early.

The East Cobb Astros continued to keep their foot on the gas, collecting two runs in the bottom of the third and one each in the fourth and fifth to finish off the 8-0 victory and secure its spot in Sunday's semifinals.

Harry Ford (2-for-2) and Gaspard (2-for-3) backed Lesko's start with multiple hits, while Gaspard also recorded three RBIs and Ben Hamacher (1-for-2) collected two in the win. CBA Northeast's Ty Federici suffered the loss after giving up four runs on one hit and four walks in 0.1 innings of work. Jake Kelleher (1-for-2) tallied CBA Northeast's lone hit.

With the win, the East Cobb Astros advances to play Florida Burn at 8 a.m. ET in Sunday's 16U National Team Championships North Carolina semifinals. The team remains one of two undefeated teams in the tournament, along with Canes National, while CBA Northeast finishes the event with a 2-3-1 overall record. The semifinal game will be streamed live using a single camera and broadcasted on the USA Baseball YouTube channel, @USABaseballTV. Saturday's loss marked Canes National's first of the 2020 15U National Team Championships North Carolina as the team dropped to 5-1 for the week.


Florida Burn 2, Richmond Braves Platinum 1 (Quarterfinal)

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A 2-1 walkoff victory over Richmond Braves Platinum on Saturday at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, clinched Florida Burn's spot in the 16U National Team Championships North Carolina semifinals.

Florida Burn wasted no time in the game, striking first as a one-out Marek Houston RBI-single brings a leadoff walk around to score in the bottom of the first for an early 1-0 advantage.

That lead would last until the seventh inning behind a scoreless five-inning start by Florida Burn's Jason LePage who earned the win after shutting down Richmond Braves Platinum's offense early, allowing just two hits and one walk, while collecting three punchouts. After the first inning, Levi Huesman settled in and put together a strong start on the mound for Richmond Braves Platinum. He gave up just one run on four hits, and tallied four strikeouts and three walks in the no-decision.

Richmond Braves Platinum finally broke through in the top of the seventh inning to tie the game. The team strung together two walks and a single to load the bases with one out before L Manning stole home to make it a 1-1 game heading to the bottom half.

Down to its final two outs, Florida Burn took advantage of back-to-back Richmond Braves Platinum errors and a groundout to bring the winning run 90 feet away for E Kapkowski, who came up clutch. Kapkowski's walkoff single secured Florida Burn's 2-1 victory and the team's spot in tournament's semifinals.

Kapkowski (2-for-3) led both offenses with the contest's only multi-hit game and also recorded a run and an RBI in the win. Michael Joyce (1-for-2), Xavier Martin (1-for-2) and Kenneth Schaedel (1-for-3) collected Richmond Braves Platinum's three hits, while Joyce suffered the loss after giving up the game-winning run in his 0.2 innings of work.

Richmond Braves Platinum falls to 2-2-2 in the event with the loss. Florida Burn's record at the tournament improved to 5-1 following the victory and the team advances to play the East Cobb Astros in the semifinals of the 16U National Team Championships North Carolina at 8 a.m. ET on Sunday, August 16, at the National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. The semifinal game will be streamed live using a single camera and broadcasted on the USA Baseball YouTube channel, @USABaseballTV.

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How to Become a USA Baseball Coach - Part Three: Unfinished Business

August 14, 2020
You go to a USA Baseball national team identification event. You play your best. You get noticed. You get invited to the chance of a lifetime: An opportunity to represent your country as a player on the USA Baseball national team.That's the common path for a player.But what about the
You go to a USA Baseball national team identification event. You play your best. You get noticed. You get invited to the chance of a lifetime: An opportunity to represent your country as a player on the USA Baseball national team.
That's the common path for a player.
But what about the coaches for the USA Baseball national teams? A coach cannot go 8-for-19 with three home runs over the course of a weekend tournament. So, what do they do? What is their path? How do you become a coach for USA Baseball?
It is a question we get asked a lot.
The answer: Honestly, there is no "path" for the best coaches in the country to carefully weave through, marking off accomplishments from a cultivated list in order to get closer to their coaching dreams. The answer is more complex than that. There are any number of ways someone with the right heart, attitude and abilities can end up wearing U-S-A across their chest and, hopefully, a gold medal around their neck.
For proof of this, look no further than the 2018 15U World Cup champion coaching staff. Four men with wildly different paths to our coaching ranks found themselves all sharing a medal stand in Panama.
The Alum With Unfinished Business: Assistant Coach Manny Crespo
In 1984, USA Baseball won silver at the Los Angeles Olympic Games and that team was led by a southern California native, Mark McGwire. In 1984, Manny Crespo was five years old. He still remembers the baseball card of a young Mark McGwire sporting a USA-branded hat and jersey that put USA Baseball into the consciousness of young Manny and many others.
Nine years later, a then 14-year-old Manny was invited to try out for Team USA, just like the athletes he watched on the field during the Olympics in L.A., but fate would not favor Manny during his first tryout.
"A couple days into Trials, I caught a line drive off my leg, and that pretty much eliminated me for that year," Manny remembered. "But I got another shot. And in 1997 I made the team."
He was drafted in the 12th round of the 1997 MLB Draft after his senior season at Westminster Christian, but elected to forego his immediate professional opportunity to instead attend the University of Miami.
In the Fall of 1997, Manny was selected to the 18U National Team. He played in five of the six games at the Junior World Championships, where he batted .365 and hit a pair of home runs. But, the team had to settle for a bronze medal.
The following school year, Manny headed to campus to play for the University of Miami where he enjoyed a decorated career where he was Freshman of the Year and a two-time All-American. And in 1999, he achieved another career milestone as the Hurricanes won the College World Series. Manny was named to the All-Tournament Team.
But the College World Series celebration was short-lived, because the next morning Manny was on a plane to join his new teammates on the 1999 Collegiate National Team.
Another year, a new team, similar results for Manny. He batted .320 with a pair of homers over 17 games with Team USA. But with no World Cup that season, a gold medal still eluded him.
1999 would be Manny's last season representing USA Baseball on the field as a player, but, according to Manny, "Once you're a USA guy, you're always a USA guy."
Over the next ten years, life happened to Manny Crespo. After a few minor league seasons, he left the game of baseball and became a teacher. Baseball was no longer a part of his professional life, until 2009 when another Hurricanes baseball alum asked Manny to help out coaching baseball at Gulliver Prep.
That Gulliver Prep head coach was Javy Rodriguez, and Manny joined his staff as an assistant. But Javy had a side gig as well. He had been working on the task force at the USA Baseball National Team Championships for a few years.
By 2014, Manny had been coaching alongside Javy for five years, all the while hearing stories of the talent he had seen while coaching at USA Baseball events. Already familiar with the organization, Manny decided he wanted an opportunity to return USA Baseball, and give back some of the lessons he learned, so he joined Javy to help out at the National Team Championships in 2014.
"I never won gold as a player, so in the back of my mind I think it was always there. I always wanted to come back. And I was happy to give back to an organization that provided so much for me," said Manny.
Back in the fold with USA Baseball, Manny was hooked again.
After helping out at the National Team Championships, Manny made it clear he wanted to help with any event or team that his help was needed. Over the next couple of years, he returned to the National Team Championships and also helped out at the National Team Identification Series (NTIS).
His next step up the ladder came in 2016 when USA Baseball Senior Director of Baseball Operations Ashley Bratcher needed an extra coach at the Women's National Team Trials, preferably one with catching experience.
Manny was the fit.
"Having been a player himself, Manny knew what it took to play for Team USA and the honor associated with getting to wear the uniform," recalled Bratcher "He is as passionate about the experience as anyone. He wanted to help players not just realize their dream of playing for Team USA, but to see them win for their country.
"He didn't care if they were women, 15-year-olds or professional athletes."
"That experience…" Manny said. "I would recommend it to anybody."
Getting on the field and coaching this group of women as they worked to get selected to the USA Baseball Women's National Team put Manny in an even smaller tier of coaches aiming to be a USA Baseball coach. He was on the short list of possible national team coaches and his willingness to coach any age group and any team only increased his odds to put that USA jersey on again and go for the gold medal he just missed out on as a player.
In preparation for the 2017 USA Baseball season, the baseball operations staff was putting together collections of coaches that made sense for each age group. The 14U National Team Development Program prospects looked to be immensely talented, good enough to challenge for a first World Cup title for the 15U National Team the following year.
So, who would be given the reigns to help groom these boys at age 14 towards a possible World Cup showing the following year? Manny Crespo was one of those coaches selected to coach at the 14U NTDP that season.
"Manny is a player's coach, it is as simple as that. He brings an successful baseball background to the field that athletes of any age can relate to. His selection to that coaching staff was a no-brainer," said Bratcher.
Throughout that 2017 14U NTDP, relationships were built with his fellow coaches, trust was established and players' talents flourished. And heading into the 2018 season and the U-15 Baseball World Cup, Manny was ultimately one of four coaches selected to lead the 15U National Team and go to Panama, once again putting him in the grasp of winning a gold medal.
"I was in Panama, the birthplace of my mother, playing against Panama for the World Championship," Manny remembered. "That's when it got surreal."
The 15U National Team in 2018 had a motto: Leave no doubt. And the team did just that. The team outscored their opponents 88-13 over nine games, bringing the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup championship to the United States for the first time in history.
It was the gold medal-dream finally realized for Manny Crespo. A gold medal-dream that he was able to share with his fellow coaches and with a group of kids still beginning their baseball careers.
Manny Crespo's story is the third of a four-part series on "How to Become a USA Baseball Coach." The final story of the series will be released on USABaseball.com and @USABaseball on Facebook, Instgram and Twitter.
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2020 15U National Team Championships North Carolina All-Tournament Team Announced

Ten of the 16 teams at the event are represented on the All-Tournament Team
August 9, 2020
CARY, N.C. -- USA Baseball named the All-Tournament Team for the inaugural 15U National Team Championships North Carolina on Sunday, following the conclusion of the event. Team Elite secured a 7-6 comeback victory over Elite Squad to win the gold medal. Ten teams are represented on the All-Tournament Team with 5
CARY, N.C. -- USA Baseball named the All-Tournament Team for the inaugural 15U National Team Championships North Carolina on Sunday, following the conclusion of the event.
Team Elite secured a 7-6 comeback victory over Elite Squad to win the gold medal. Ten teams are represented on the All-Tournament Team with 5 Star National Dobbs, Canes National, Elite Squad, Empire Baseball, Richmond Braves Platinum and Team Elite all boasting multiple selections.
The 2020 15U National Team Championships North Carolina All-Tournament Team:
Ryker Chavis - 5 Star National Dobbs
Ryker Chavis was named to the All-Tournament Team after tying for third in the tournament, and leading 5 Star National Dobbs, in strikeouts with nine. He also did not allow an earned run in his two appearances and gave up just three hits and one walk.
Daniel Cuvet - Elite Squad
Daniel Cuvet's nine RBIs in eight games led the entire field at the 15U National Team Championships North Carolina, earning him a spot on the All-Tournament Team. He also played a major role in Elite Squad's run to the championship game as he went 2-for-4 with two RBIs in the team's quarterfinal win and recorded two triples and nine hits throughout the week.
Cameron Donaldson - Flood City Elite
Cameron Donaldson's eight RBIs led Flood City Elite and tied for the second-most in the entire tournament to earn him a spot on the All-Tournament Team. Additionally, he recorded a .462 batting average and six hits, including a double and a triple, in six games at the event.
Henry Ford - Tri-State Arsenal
Henry Ford finished the 15U National Team Championships North Carolina with a .545 average, six hits and team-leading eight RBIs to secure a spot on the All-Tournament Team. He also went 2-for-4 with an RBI in Tri-State Arsenal's defeat of eventual-champion Team Elite on Tuesday, August 4.
Gavin Gallaher - Canes National
Gavin Gallaher's .444 average, eight hits and six RBIs were good enough to land him a spot on the All-Tournament Team. In addition, his seven singles in in six games led Canes National and he went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored in Canes National's 12-1 defeat of TPA National on Wednesday, August 5.
Alvin "Tre" Keels - Richmond Braves Platinum
Alvin Keels led Richmond Braves Platinum in hits (7) and stolen bases (4) at the 15U National Team Championships North Carolina to earn a spot on the All-Tournament Team. He finished the tournament hitting .500 with a triple and four runs scored to help lead his team to a 3-3 record at the event.
Dylan Loy - 5 Star National Dobbs
Dylan Loy led the event in strikeouts to earn a spot on the All-Tournament Team. He recorded 12 punchouts over eight innings pitched without giving up a run. He also allowed just three hits and two walks in his two starts for 5 Star National Dobbs.
Bryan Loriga - Elite Squad
Elite Squad's Bryan Loriga was named to the All-Tournament Team after hitting .333 with two doubles and five RBIs. He finished the tournament 6-for-18 in six games and scored two runs as Elite Squad advanced to the playoffs.
Cooper Milford - Team GA Baseball
Cooper Milford earned his spot on the All-Tournament Team after leading the entire event in stolen bases and runs scored, swiping 11 bags and scoring 11 runs over the course of eight games. He also hit .421 for the week and recorded seven hits.
Evan Miranda - Empire Baseball
Evan Miranda led Empire Baseball in innings pitched during the 15U National Team Championships North Carolina with 7.2 innings of work over the course of two appearances. He also earned the win in both his starts and recorded seven strikeouts to earn his spot on the All-Tournament Team.
Brysen Nepute - Team Elite
Brysen Nepute was named to the All-Tournament Team after helping to lead Team Elite to the 15U National Team Championships North Carolina with a .600 average and nine hits over eight games. He also tied for the lead on Team Elite with nine hits and four doubles in the event and went 3-for-4 in Team Elite's quarterfinal win to secure its berth in the semifinals.
Marc Quarrie - Florida Bombers
Marc Quarrie tied for the event lead in triples with two in six games while hitting .545 over the course of the week to earn a spot on the All-Tournament Team. In addition, he collected six hits, five RBIs, four runs scored and drew three walks for the Florida Bombers.
Campbell Smithwick - Canes National
Campbell Smithwick was named to the All-Tournament Team after leading Canes National in batting average (.600), hits (9) and doubles (3). He also tied for the team lead with eight RBIs and seven runs scored in six games during the week.
Steven Spalitta - Elite Squad
Steven Spalitta tied for the event lead in hits with 10 over the course of eight games to earn a spot on the All-Tournament Team. He also recorded six RBIs and four runs scored to help lead Elite Squad to a championship game berth in the 15U National Team Championships North Carolina.
Ryan Terrell - Richmond Braves Platinum
Ryan Terrell led the entire field in the tournament in innings pitched with 10 in his two appearances. He allowed just three hits in his 10 innings of work and picked up the win in both games while recording a 0.70 ERA.
Drew Titsworth - Team Elite
Drew Titsworth was named to the All-Tournament Team after making two strong appearances for eventual-champions Team Elite in the event, including earning the win in the team's quarterfinal victory over Canes National to secure a spot in the semifinals. Over the course of the 15U National Team Championships North Carolina, Titsworth did not allow an earned run in 6.2 innings of work, while collecting seven punchouts.
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Team Elite Clinches 15U National Team Championships North Carolina Gold

Team Elite scored six runs in the fourth inning to secure a 7-6 victory in the championship game
August 9, 2020
15U National Team Championships NC // Homepage // Schedule & Results (GameChanger)   1 2 3 4 5 R H E ELITE SQUAD 2 1 0 3 0 6 8 1 TEAM ELITE 1 0 0 6 0 7 6 1 Win: Gregory Bruno  Loss: Mason Elrod  Save: Jacob Mcghee // Box
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Win: Gregory Bruno  Loss: Mason Elrod  Save: Jacob Mcghee // Box Score
CARY, N.C. - Team Elite used a six-run fourth inning to secure a close 7-6 victory over Elite Squad and the gold medal at the 15U USA Baseball National Team Championships North Carolina on Sunday at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.
Team Elite finished the tournament with a 6-2 overall record, while Elite Squad fell to 5-3 with the loss. Two of Team Elite's players were also named to the All-Tournament Team following the event: Brysen Nepute and Drew Titsworth.
Elite Squad was the first team to get its offense going in the championship game. Benjamin Reiland led off the game with a walk and came around to score on a Peyton Woods RBI-double before Woods moved to third on an error and stole home to give the team a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning.
Team Elite didn't waste any time responding though as it got a run back in the bottom half thanks to a bases-loaded RBI-groundout by Nazzan Zanetello that made it 2-1.
But Elite Squad quickly widened the gap once again in the top of the second inning. A leadoff hit-by-pitch to Ryan Liss and a single by Mason Elrod put two runners on for Jacob Gomberg who's RBI-single one batter later scored Liss and gave Elite Squad an early 3-1 lead.
That lead would hold until the fourth inning when Elite Squad broke the game open with three runs in the top half of the fourth. Back-to-back singles kicked off the inning and a one-out fielder's choice loaded the bases once again for Angelo Prieto who drove a two-RBI single into left field for a 5-1 lead. Ayden Gurevich then piled on with an RBI single of his own that brought home Elrod and gave Elite Squad a 6-1 advantage.
The lead didn't last long though as Team Elite answered right away with six runs in the bottom of the fourth to take its first lead of the game. The team scored three runs with no outs on three straight walks a Bret Yarger RBI single, a hit-by-pitch and a sacrifice fly by Colt Emerson to cut the deficit to just two.
With a runner at third and one out, Cade Arrambide lined a two-RBI double to right field that tied the game at six runs apiece before Nazzan Zanetello followed immediately with a single up the middle to score Arrambide and give Team Elite a 7-6 lead after four.
After a leadoff walk to kick off the fifth inning, Elite Squad couldn't get anything else going against Team Elite's Jake Mcghee, who shut things down on the mound to earn the save and secure Team Elite's 7-6 victory and the 15U National Team Championships North Carolina gold medal.
Arrambide (2-for-3) and Yarger (2-for-2) led the way at the plate for Team Elite, both recording multi-hit games while Arrambide led the team in RBIs with two. Woods was the spearheaded the Elite Squad offense, finishing 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.
Gregory Bruno (1-0) picked up the win for Team Elite after giving up one run on two hits in his relief appearance while Mcghee's scoreless and hitless inning of work earned him the save. Elrod (0-1) suffered the loss in the contest after surrendering six runs and issuing four walks in his 1.1 innings of relief.
The Inaugural 15U National Team Championships North Carolina featured 16 teams and 52 games in six days at the National Training Complex. The 16U age group of the National Team Championships is set to being on Tuesday, August 11, with 16 teams from across the U.S. traveling to Cary. Follow @USABChamps_NC for the latest information about the tournament.
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