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Rob Shabansky Named to USA Baseball 15U National Team Coaching Staff

Shabansky replaces Karsten Whitson as pitching coach in 2019
June 28, 2019

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced on Thursday that Rob Shabansky has been named the pitching coach for the 15U National Team, replacing Karsten Whitson, who recently joined the coaching staff at the University of South Florida. Shabanksy will also serve as the pitching coordinator for the 14U National Team Development Program (NTDP) in 2019.

Shabansky is a four-time USA Baseball national team coaching alum, having most recently served as the manager for the 2017 15U National Team, where he led his team to a 7-1 overall record and a COPABE Pan Am "AA" Championships gold medal. He was also an assistant coach on the 2011 16U National Team and the pitching coach for the 2015 and 2016 15U National Teams. He won gold medals with both the 16U squad and the 2015 15U team, and under his direction, the 2015 and 2016 15U pitching staffs recorded collective ERAs of 3.36 and 2.57, respectively. Additionally, he also served as a pitching coach for the 2016 14U NTDP. 

A graduate of the University of Arizona, Shabansky was a standout pitcher for the Wildcats baseball program. As a sophomore, he led the Wildcats in wins (8) and ERA (3.86). He was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 1998 MLB First-Year Player Draft and played four seasons of professional baseball. Shabansky just wrapped up his 14th season as the Head Coach at GateWay Community College (Phoenix, Ariz.), where he recently led the Geckos to the NJCAA Division II Baseball World Series Championship Game in 2016.

The 15U National Team will be selected through a two-phase trial system that will begin in July at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. Phase I will feature 72 players identified from the 2018 National Team Identification Series, 2018 14U NTDP, the 2019 National Team Championships and the 2019 14U NTDP. Thirty-four of those athletes will then be invited to Phase II before 20 players will be named to the final roster on July 31. 

The 2019 15U National Team will train in Houston, Texas from September 6-10, before competing in the 2019 COPABE U-15 Pan-American Championships from September 13-22 in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Team USA is the three-time defending gold medalists in the U-15 Pan-American Championships (2013, 2015, 2017) and most recently won its first-ever WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup title in 2018.

For more information on the 15U National Team, visit USABaseball.com, or follow along on Twitter at @USABaseball15U.

 

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VA Cardinals Secure Spot in 16U Cup Semifinals After 4-0 Win Over US Elite

Cardinals starting pitcher Drue Hackenberg tossed a complete game, three hit shutout
July 20, 2019

CARY, N.C. - Drue Hackenberg turned in a complete game, three hit shutout Saturday morning to help VA Cardinals to a 4-0 win over US Elite. With the win, the Cardinals move to 2-1 at the 2019 USA Baseball 16U Cup and secure a spot in the semifinals.

Hackenberg shined both on the mound and at the plate in the Game of the Day. He struck out five and allowed just three hits to shutout the US Elite lineup. Hackenberg also helped his own cause at the plate as he went 2-for-2 with a walk and an RBI. Hackenberg (1-0) earned the win for his efforts while James Michel (0-1) suffered the loss.

Carter Lovasz and Brett Allen were also big contributors on offense. The duo combined to go 2-for-5 with two RBIs and three runs scored.

With the win, VA Cardinals rise to 2-1 at the 16U Cup and secure a spot in the semifinals. They will play a rematch game against US Elite Sunday at 8:00 am ET for the right to play in the championship game.

For the latest on the 2019 USA Baseball 16U Cup, stay tuned to @USABEvents on Twitter and visit USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news.

Key Moments
• VA Cardinals starting pitcher Drue Hackenberg helped his own cause in the second with an RBI double to right-center field, driving in a run and getting his team on the board.
• US Elite threatened with the bases loaded and just one away in the fourth, but Hackenberg got a timely strikeout and then forced a groundout to escape the jam and maintain the 1-0 Cardinals lead.
• The Cardinals threatened in the bottom of the fourth but were thrown out on an attempted steal of home to end the inning, preserving the 1-0 score.
• An error by US Elite allowed the Cardinals to score and extend their lead to 2-0 in the fifth.
• Carter Lovasz singled up the middle to drive in a pair and extend the Cardinals lead to 4-0 in the bottom of the sixth.
• Hackenberg fielded a groundball to the mound for the last out of the game to finalize his shutout and secure the 4-0 victory for the VA Cardinals.

Social
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Up Next
Semifinal action kicks off Sunday morning at 8:00 am ET. as VA Cardinals will sqaure off against US Elite on field two and Team Elite American take on East Coast Clippers on Coleman field.

 

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Collegiate National Team Looks to Break Japan's Streak

July 20, 2019
GAME Collegiate National Team at Japan
TIME 5 a.m. ET
LOCATION Tokyo, Japan (Jingu Stadium)
USA: TBA
JPN: TBA

Live Stats | USA Overall Stats

TOKYO - The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team has an opportunity Sunday to break a 15-series drought of winning on Japanese turf. With the 43rd USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series tied 2-2, Team USA and Japan will square off in a deciding Game 5 at Jingu Stadium at 5 a.m. ET on Sunday (6 p.m. local time in Tokyo). 

"We are excited about Game 5 (Sunday) night," said manager Dan McDonnell (Louisville). "I was a part of this series 10 years ago and we lost in Game 5. If you would've told me I could come back and get another Game 5, I would've said sign me up."

The last three series in Japan (2009, 2013, 2016) have all gone to a fifth game with Japan winning all three, including twice in extra innings. During the 15-series streak, Team USA has dropped five straight deciding final games.

Key Moments
• 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. 

Notable Information
• The eight-run differential snapped a streak of 14 straight games in the series decided by three runs or fewer.
• The Collegiate National Team is 4-6 all-time at Jingu Stadium. 
• The Collegiate National Team last played a Jingu Stadium in 2016, a 1-0 win on July 15, 2016. 
• All-Star series: USA leads, 24-18
• Series in Japan: Japan leads, 17-3
• Team USA has lost 15 straight series in Japan dating back 40 years.
• Team USA lost its last series in Japan, 3-2, including a 5-4 loss in 10 innings in the deciding Game 5 on July 17, 2016 at Kusanagi Stadium in Shizuoka.
• All-Star series games: Collegiate National Team leads, 133-106-2
• Overall games: Collegiate National Team leads, 156-125-2
• The last four series (2013, 2016, 2017, 2018) have all finished 3-2. Japan won in 2013 and 2016 in Japan, while the Collegiate National Team won in 2017 and 2018 in the United States.
• Team USA has won two straight series vs. Japan, a 3-2 win in 2017 throughout the Northeast United States and a 3-2 win in 2018 in North Carolina and Georgia. 
• The longest series winning streak in the series is five by Team USA from 1973-77.

On Deck
• July 21 vs. Japan (5 a.m. ET; Tokyo, Japan; Meiji Jingu Stadium)

Social
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Day Two of 16U Comes to a Close Saturday

July 20, 2019

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

East Coast Clippers 12, GNYSAA 2

East Coast Clippers used an eight-run inning to defeat GNYSAA 12-2 on Saturday at the National Training Complex in Cary, N.C.

East Coast Clippers' Colin Scoggins got his team out to an early lead in the first inning with an RBI-single to left. East Coast Clippers kept the momentum in the bottom of the second and plated eight runs on six hits. GNYSAA was able to tally a run in the top of the fourth after Christopher Martinez flied out to center, allowing Manuel Felix Jr. to score. East Coast Clippers added three more runs in the bottom of the fourth and held GNYSAA to one run in the fifth and enforced a run-rule to end the game.

Thomas Welton earned the win for East Coast Clippers after five innings pitched. David Thomas suffered the loss for GNYSAA.

East Coast Clippers improved to 3-0 and earned a spot in the semifinals tomorrow, while GNYSAA fell to 2-1. 

Box Score

 


Blue Chips 8, TPA Nationals 4

TPA Nationals scored six runs in the fifth and defeated Blue Chips 8-4 on Saturday at the National Training Complex in Cary, N.C.

Blue Chips plated two runs in the top of the second after reaching home on an error and wild pitch. TPA Nationals responded in the third when Payton Bloom scored on a wild pitch to cut the deficit to one. Bloom tied the game up later in the fourth with a line drive to center. TPA Nationals scored six runs in the bottom of the fifth and took an 8-2 lead. Blue Chips were able to tally two runs in the top of the seventh but would be held there. 

Jonah Oster earned the win for TPA Nationals after five innings pitched and recording three strikeouts. Cameron Pratt suffered the loss for Blue Chips.

TPA Nationals are now 1-2 in the tournament, while Blue Chips fell to 0-3.

Box Score

 


Purpose Driven Baseball 0, Team Elite American 4

Team Elite American accumulated four runs and were supplemented with two scoreless pitching performances on Saturday morning to defeat Purpose Driven Baseball 4-0 at the 2019 USA Baseball 16U Cup in Cary, North Carolina.

Chris Katz and Dustin Pulley combined for seven scoreless innings on the mound for Team Elite American, allowing just two hits whiles striking out eight. Katz (1-0) earned the win while Sawyer Sutton (0-1) was the losing pitcher.

The two top hitters in the Team Elite American lineup, Zach Middleton and Blaize Keen combined to go 2-for-6 with three RBIs.

With the win, Team Elite American move to 2-1 at the 16U Cup. They will face off against East Coast Clippers Sunday at 8:00 am ET for the chance to play in the championship game. Purpose Driven Baseball fall to 0-3 after the loss and will play Blue Chips at 11:00 am ET on Sunday.

Box Score

 

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Japan Forces Deciding Game 5 Against Collegiate National Team

July 20, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
JPN 0 0 4 2 1 1 0 1 0 9 12 0
USA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 2
Win: Hayakawa (1-0) Loss: L. Allen (0-1)
Box Score | Play-by-Play | USA Overall Stats
 

KORIYAMA, JAPAN - Japan homered in four straight innings Saturday to beat the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, 9-1, at Kaiseizan Stadium. Japan tied the series 2-2 and forced Sunday's deciding Game 5 at Jingu Stadium in Tokyo. 

"We are excited about Game 5 tomorrow night," said manager Dan McDonnell (Louisville). "I was a part of this series 10 years ago and we lost in Game 5. If you would've told me I could come back and get another Game 5, I would've said sign me up."

Yuya Gunji hit two of Japan's home runs, solo shots in the fourth and sixth innings. Takashi Umino started the scoring with a two-run homer in the third inning and Shugo Maki hit a solo shot in the fifth. 

The Collegiate National Team could not get anything started at the plate against Japan starter Takashi Hayakawa, who scattered three hits over four innings in his second start of the series. Team USA scored its only run on a double play ball in the eighth. 

Alika Williams led Team USA with two hits. Japan issued six walks and allowed six hits but the Collegiate National Team hit into three double plays. 

The Collegiate National Team and Japan bus to Tokyo tomorrow morning for Game 5 of the series Sunday at Meiji Jingu Stadium, the home of the Tokyo Yakult Swallows professional baseball team.

Key Moments
• Japan's Takashi Umino hit a two-run homer over the left field wall as part of a four-run third inning.
• Japan's Yuya Gunji hit a solo homer to lead off the fourth inning and Japan added another run in the inning to increase its lead to 6-0.
• Shugo Maki hit a solo homer to straight away center field in the fifth inning. 
• Gunji hit his second homer of the day as rain began to fall int he sixth inning. 

Notable Information
• The eight-run differential snapped a streak of 14 straight games in the series decided by three runs or fewer.
• The Collegiate National Team played at Kaiseizan Stadium for the first time ever.
• All-Star series: USA leads, 24-18
• Series in Japan: Japan leads, 17-3
• Team USA has lost 15 straight series in Japan dating back 40 years.
• Team USA lost its last series in Japan, 3-2, including a 5-4 loss in 10 innings in the deciding Game 5 on July 17, 2016 at Kusanagi Stadium in Shizuoka.
• All-Star series games: Collegiate National Team leads, 133-106-2
• Overall games: Collegiate National Team leads, 156-125-2
• The last four series (2013, 2016, 2017, 2018) have all finished 3-2. Japan won in 2013 and 2016 in Japan, while the Collegiate National Team won in 2017 and 2018 in the United States.
• Team USA has won two straight series vs. Japan, a 3-2 win in 2017 throughout the Northeast United States and a 3-2 win in 2018 in North Carolina and Georgia. 
• The longest series winning streak in the series is five by Team USA from 1973-77.

On Deck
• July 21 vs. Japan (5 a.m. ET; Tokyo, Japan; Meiji Jingu Stadium)

Social
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Day One of 2019 16U Cup Packed with Action

Day Two begins tomorrow at 9:00 am ET
July 19, 2019

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

East Coast Clippers 8, Blue Chips 2

East Coast Clippers plate runs in five of seven innings and eight runs total to defeat Blue Chips 8-2 on the opening day of the 2019 16U Cup at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. 

East Coast Clippers came out of the gates hot, scoring three runs in the top of the first to jump out to the 3-0 lead. They tacked on from there, scoring in the next four of six innings for eight runs total. Five members of the starting lineup had mult-hit days.

Cole Schiff was effective in relief for East Coast Clippers. Schiff tossed 5 1/3 innings of scoreless baseball, allowing just two hits while striking out nine. Schiff (1-0) earned the win while Austin Gemmill was the losing pitcher of record.

The East Coast Clippers, who moved to 1-0 with the win, are set to take on TPA Nationals later on Friday at 3:00 pm ET. Blue Chips will square off against GNYSAA at noon.

Box Score

 


GNYSAA 3, TPA Nationals 2

GNYSAA held on to a one run lead to beat TPA Nationals 3-2 and secure their first win at the 2019 USA Baseball 16U Cup on Friday at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

GNYSAA scored two in the top of the first inning to jump out to a commanding 2-0 lead, and that's all that GNYSAA starting pitcher Conner Dusterberg would need. Dusterberg cruised against TPA Nationals, tossing six innings and allowing two runs (zero earned) while striking out three. Dusterberg (1-0) earned the win while Stephen Holland (0-1) earned the loss.

GNYSAA moved to 1-0 with the win and are set to take on Blue Chips later on Friday at 12:00 pm ET. TPA Nationals will take on East Coast Clippers at at noon.

Box Score

 


Purpose Driven Baseball 0, VA Cardinals 8

VA Cardinals grabbed a quick lead and held on to get their first win of the tournament over Purpose Driven Baseball 8-0 on Friday at the National Training Complex in Cary, N.C.

J Oates tallied the first run for VA Cardinals in the bottom of the first after hitting a sacrifice fly to right field to drive in a run. In the next inning, Carter Lovasz hit a sacrifice-fly of his own to make the score 2-0. VA Cardinals opened the game up in the bottom of the third after they scored six runs to put them up 8-0.

Lovasz went the distance for VA Cardinals, recorded six punch-outs and earned the win. Zane Taylor suffered the loss for Purpose Driven Baseball.

VA Cardinals improved to 1-0, while Purpose Driven Baseball fell to 0-1. 

Box Score

 


Team Elite American 0, US Elite 10

 

US Elite muster 10 runs to defeat Team Elite American 10-0 on the first day of the 2019 USA Baseball 16U Cup Friday at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

US Elite jumped out of the gates early, posting two runs in the first inning, but they really exploded in the sixth, tacking on six runs as the first six batters of the inning reached base. In total, they had five hits and two walks in the inning. 

US Elite was out to a 10-0 lead after the fourth inning, forcing the run rule to cause the game to last just five innings. They won 10-0. 

With the win, US Elite start the tournament 1-0. They will face off against Purpose Driven Baseball later on Friday at 3:00 pm ET while Team Elite American will play the VA Cardinals at the same time.

Box Score

 


TPA Nationals 3, East Coast Clippers 4

East Coast Clippers scored two in the bottom of the seventh to walk off TPA Nationals and win 4-3 on the first day of the 2019 USA Baseball 16U Cup Friday at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

Not much was going for either side through the first four innings, with TPA National having scored the only run up to that point. East Coast Clippers scored two in the bottom of the fifth to take the 2-1 lead, but their lead wouldn't last long as TPA National scored in the top of the sixth and then again in the seventh to get ahead 3-2.

Down by one in the bottom of the seventh, East Coast Clippers rallied to score two and walk it off, defeating TPA Nationals 4-3 to stay undefeated at the 2019 USA Baseball 16U Cup. 

With the win, East Coast Clippers start the tournament 2-0. They will face off against GNYSAA on Saturday morning at 9:00 am ET while TPA Nationals, who fell to 0-2, will play the Blue Chips at the same time.

Box Score

 


VA Cardinals 3, Team Elite American 7

After falling behind early, Team Elite American defeated VA Cardinals 7-3 on Friday at the National Training Complex in Cary, N.C.

In the top of the first, VA Cardinals jumped out to a 2-0 lead after scoring on a passed ball and an RBI-double. Team Elite American responded in the bottom of the second thanks to an RBI-double that scored two to tie up the game. VA Cardinals hit an RBI-tripled in the top of the third to regain a 3-2 lead.

Team Elite American was able to tack on four more runs in the bottom of the fifth and go up 6-3. Team Elite American scored one last insurance run in the sixth after an RBI-single made the final score 7-3.

Nick Moran earned the win for Team Elite American after five innings pitched. Brett Allen suffered the loss for VA Cardinals.

Team Elite American improved to 1-1, while VA Cardinals fell to 1-1.

 

Box Score

 


US Elite 6, Purpose Driven Baseball 4

US Elite scored in five different innings and defeated Purpose Driven Baseball 6-4 on Friday at the National Training Complex in Cary, N.C.

US Elite scored first after an RBI-single plated the first run of the game. Purpose Driven Baseball responded with two runs in the bottom of the second thanks to an RBI-ground out and an RBI-single to make the score 2-1. US Elite took advantage of an error and tied the game up in the fourth.

In the next inning, US Elite tacked on two more runs thanks to an RBI-single and a throwing error. US Elite added another run in the top of the sixth to make the score 5-2. Purpose Driven Baseball answered with a run of their own on an RBI-single. US Elite added an insurance run in the top of the seventh after reaching on an error to make the score 6-3. 

Liam Martin earned the win for US Elite. Jacob Dienes suffered the loss for Purpose Driven Baseball.

US Elite improved to 2-0 in the tournament, while Purpose Driven Baseball fell to 0-2.

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GNYSAA Defeat Blue Chips After Walk-Off on Day One of 16U Cup

GNYSAA Improves to 2-0 in the tournament
July 19, 2019

CARY, N.C. - In a back-and-fourth affair, GNYSAA was able to edge out a win in walk-off fashion, defeating Blue Chips 4-3 on Friday at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. 

Blue Chips' Michael Segreti got his team on the board first with an RBI-double in the top of the second. GNYSAA responded in the bottom of the second after Liam Gavigan took advantage of a wild pitch and reached home to tie the game. After two scoreless innings in the top of the fifth, Blue Chips regained the lead following an RBI-double from Scooter Summa, allowing Johnathan Kline to reach home. 

GNYSAA answered quickly in the bottom of the fifth with two runs of their own after Marc Pardo lined an RBI-double to center field, bringing home Robert De Larosa and Jeremy Diaz and putting GNYSAA up a run. In the following inning, Blue Chips' Ben Schleiff stole second and eventually reached home thanks to an RBI-single from Michael Gibson-Robinson to tie the game at three runs apiece. In the bottom of the seventh and with the bases loaded, Christopher Martinez took advantage of a wild pitch and scored the game-winning run for GNYSAA.

GNYSAA's offense was led by Gavigan who went 2-for-3 and Pardo who went 1-for-2 with two RBIs. Martinez recorded six strikeouts on five innings pitched for GNYSAA.

Ethan Garcia earned the win for GNYSAA. Logan Palmer suffered the loss for Blue Chips.

GNYSAA improved to 2-0, while Blue Chips fell to 0-2. 

Key Moments

• Blue Chips' Michael Segreti hit an RBI-double in the top of the second to score the first run of the game and put Blue Chips up 1-0.
• GNYSAA's Liam Gavigan scored on a passed ball in the bottom of the second to tie the game.
• Scooter Summa regained the lead for Blue Chips after an RBI-double to bring home Johnathan Kline.
• GNYSAA responded in the bottom of the fifth after a Marc Pardo RBI-double to retake the lead at 3-2.
• In the top of the sixth, Blue Chips' Michael Gibson-Robinson singled on a line-drive to right field and brought home Ben Schleiff to tie the game at three runs each.
• In the bottom of the seventh, GNYSAA's Christopher Martinez scored the game-winning run on a wild pitch.

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USA Baseball Names 2019 Women's National Team Staff

Five-time Team USA alum Veronica Alvarez will make her managerial debut in 2019
July 19, 2019

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball named the coaching staff for the 2019 Women's National Team that will compete in the COPABE Women's Pan-American Championships from August 18-25 in Aguascalientes, Mexico, on Friday. Highlighted by the naming of five-time Women's National Team alum Veronica Alvarez as manager, Manny Crespo, Sr., Reynol Mendoza and Alex Oglesby will round out the staff for Team USA.

Alvarez is making her managerial debut with Team USA in 2019 but she is no stranger to donning the stars and stripes. She served as an assistant coach on the 2018 staff and is the first Women's National Team alumna to be named manager of the team, having also played for Team USA five times in her career.

Her time with the red, white and blue started in 2008 and every team she participated on medaled in international competition, including the 2015 Women's National Team that won a gold medal at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games. She also won bronze medals with Team USA at the 2008 and 2010 International Baseball Federation (IBAF) Women's Baseball World Cups before winning a silver medal at the 2012 World Baseball Softball Confederation Women's Baseball World Cup.

"This has been a goal of mine since my first time playing for the Women's National Team and I am honored to have been chosen to lead these talented and driven women," Alvarez said. "I am looking forward to working alongside the staff we have put together. We are four individuals with a wealth of diverse knowledge and experience that complement each other, and I am excited to see what we will accomplish."

Since finishing her playing career in 2016, Alvarez has continued to help grow the next generation of female baseball players as a coach at the Trailblazer Series from 2017-2019 and the Girls Baseball Breakthrough Series Showcase & Development Camp in 2018 and 2019, joining the collaboration between Major League Baseball and USA Baseball to foster the next generation of female baseball players in the United States.

Additionally, she served as a coach with the Oakland Athletics at Major League Baseball Spring Training in 2019 and has previously coached at the USA Baseball Women's National Team Identification Series. Most recently, Alvarez was a member of the 2019 12U National Open coaching staff.

"Veronica has represented our organization incredibly well as both a player and a coach for over ten years and we could not be more thrilled to have her serve as the manager for our 2019 Women's National Team," said USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO, Paul Seiler. "The passion, experience and talent within this group of coaches is unmatched and we cannot wait to watch as they continue to represent and showcase women's baseball at the highest level both on and off the field this summer."

Crespo, who joins the 2019 Women's National Team staff as an assistant coach, is in his 14th year as the Director of Latin American Player Development for the Detroit Tigers. Prior to his time with the Tigers, he worked in the San Diego Padres, New York Yankees and Miami Marlins organizations. Crespo was selected in the third round of the 1968 MLB Draft by the Boston Red Sox and spent nine years playing professionally before his retirement in 1978. In addition, Crespo served as a bench coach during the 2013 World Baseball Classic and was a manager during the 2017 event.

Currently the head coach at Eagle Pass High School (Eagle Pass, Texas), Mendoza will serve as Team USA's pitching coach in 2019. Under his guidance, the Eagles have made playoff appearances in each of the last thirteen seasons and played in the regional finals in both 2013 and 2014. The Miami Marlins selected Mendoza in the seventh round of the 1992 MLB Draft and he spent seven years in the Marlins system, including three seasons at the Triple-A level.

Rounding out the 2019 staff is Women's National Team alum Alex Oglesby, who will also serve in an assistant coach role for the 2019 team. Oglesby was a member of the inaugural Women's National Team that won a gold medal at the IBAF Women's Baseball World Cup in 2004 and was named to the All-Tournament Team. Prior to representing the U.S., she played in the Ladies Professional Baseball League and was the youngest player when the league began in 1997. At just 17 years old, Oglesby led the San Jose Spitfires to the league's first World Series Championship and was named both Rookie of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year for her efforts. She also helped form the California Women's Baseball League in 2002, where she earned MVP honors twice.

Most recently, Oglesby has served as a coach at the Trailblazer Series in from 2017-2019, as well as at the first-ever Major League Baseball and USA Baseball GRIT in 2019. In addition, she was a member of the coaching staff at the 2018 Women's National Open and the 2018 Women's National Team Trials.

Crespo, Mendoza and Oglesby are all making their national team coaching debuts for USA Baseball in 2019.

The 2019 Women's National Team season will start with an invitation-only Women's National Team Development Program (NTDP) from August 7-10 in Carrollton, Texas. The Women's NTDP will offer identified athletes an opportunity to connect with USA Baseball staff to better prepare for a future national team experience. The program includes skill development sessions, an intrasquad series between Stars and Stripes teams, and exposure to the Women's National Team staff. Athletes who participate in the Women's NTDP may be chosen to compete for Team USA this summer.

Following the announcement of the final 20-woman Women's National Team roster on August 10, the 2019 Women's National Team will train in Carrollton, Texas, from August 11-14 before traveling to Aguascalientes, Mexico, for the COPABE Women's Pan-American Championships from August 18-25.

For the most up-to-date information on the Women's National Team, follow @USABaseballWNT on Twitter.

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Collegiate National Team One-Hits Japan To Take 2-1 Series Lead

July 19, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
USA 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 7 1
JPN 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Win: Detmers (2-0) Loss: Morishita (1-1) Save: Abbott (1)
Box Score | Play-by-Play | Team USA Stats
 

IWAKUNI, JAPAN - Three USA Baseball Collegiate National Team pitchers combined on a one-hitter to lead Team USA to a 2-0 win over Japan in Game 3 of the 43rd USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series at Kizuna Stadium. Reid Detmers (Louisville) started and threw the first five innings, Cole Wilcox (Georgia) went 2 2/3 innings in relief, and Andrew Abbott (Virginia) earned the saved by throwing the final 1 1/3 innings.

"Reid Detmers gave us a great start, then Cole (Wilcox) and (Andrew) Abbott were really good," said manager Dan McDonnell (Louisville). "We were dominant on the mound."

Detmers struck out four, while allowing only hit, in the first five innings to set the tone for Team USA. Wilcox followed with three strikeouts and Andrew Abbott got out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth before pitching a 1-2-3 ninth.

Japan's only hit came in the first inning from No. 3 hitter Tatsuru Yanagimachi. 

Heston Kjerstad (Arkansas) hit an inside-the-park homer in the fourth inning and Alika Williams (Arizona State) lined a two-out RBI single in the fifth to provide enough offense for Team USA. Kjerstad's homer hit high off the left field wall and the Japan outfielders could not corral it in time as Kjerstad easily ran home for a stand-up inside-the-park homer.

Many Americans were in the stands, including families stationed at the United States Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni located nearby. 

"We really appreciate the Americans who came out today," said McDonnell. "Especially knowing they are over here sacrificing so that we can live in a great country."

Team USA is now one win away from clinching the USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series in Japan for the first time in 40 years. Japan has won 15 straight series against the Collegiate National Team on its home fields. 

The Collegiate National Team and Japan fly to Tokyo this afternoon and buses to Koriyama, Japan, for Game 4 of the series Saturday at Kaiseizan Stadium.

Key Moments
• Heston Kjerstad (Arkansas) hit an inside the park homer fourth on a fly ball off the wall in left field. It got away from the left fielder and Kjerstad easily scored on a stand-up inside-the-park homer.
• Luke Waddell (Georgia Tech) doubled with two outs in the fifth and Alika Williams (Arizona State) drove him in with a line drive single to right field to make it 2-0.
• Andrew Abbott (Virginia) induced a fly out to get out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth inning.

Notable Information
• The Collegiate National Team played at Kizuna Stadium for the first time ever.
• All-Star series: USA leads, 24-18
• Series in Japan: Japan leads, 17-3
• Team USA has lost 15 straight series in Japan dating back 40 years.
• Team USA lost its last series in Japan, 3-2, including a 5-4 loss in 10 innings in the deciding Game 5 on July 17, 2016 at Kusanagi Stadium in Shizuoka.
• All-Star series games: Collegiate National Team leads, 133-105-2
• Overall games: Collegiate National Team leads, 156-124-2
• The last four series (2013, 2016, 2017, 2018) have all finished 3-2. Japan won in 2013 and 2016 in Japan, while the Collegiate National Team won in 2017 and 2018 in the United States.
• Team USA has won two straight series vs. Japan, a 3-2 win in 2017 throughout the Northeast United States and a 3-2 win in 2018 in North Carolina and Georgia. 
• The longest series winning streak in the series is five by Team USA from 1973-77.

On Deck
• July 20 vs. Japan (5 a.m. ET; Koriyama, Japan; Kaiseizan Stadium)
• July 21 vs. Japan (5 a.m. ET; Tokyo, Japan; Meiji Jingu Stadium)

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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12U National Team Trials Concludes With a Blue Win

Blue scores four runs on four hits in the second to top Red
July 18, 2019
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Blue 0 4 0 0 0 2 6 11 2
Red 0 2 0 0 0 1 3 5 1
Win: B. Lewis Loss: H. Friedberg Save: K. Ramirez
Box Score | Play-by-Play | Cumulative Stats

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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USA Baseball Announces 2019 12U National Team Roster

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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