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Team Usa 2011 NTIS trials selections announced

32 total players invited by 14U/16U/18U programs
DURHAM, N.C. — USA Baseball announced its 2011 National Team Identification Series (NTIS) trials selections on Friday a selection show on The show comes five days after the conclusion of the NTIS, held Sept. 9-11, at the USA Baseball National Training Complex and Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, N.C.The NTIS concluded with a total of 70 games played, featuring 756 players from three different age groups (13U, 15U, 17U) and 14 teams from across the country. Using the NTIS as the identification vehicle, USA Baseball named eight (8) players to the 2012 18U National Team Trials, eight (8) players to the 2012 16U National Team Trials and 16 players to 2012 14U National Team Trials.

“The NTIS talent pool has consistently grown deeper each year,” said Rick Riccobono, USA Baseball director of development. “It makes our job as talent evaluators that much tougher, which ultimately is a good problem to have as we look ahead to assembling gold medal-winning National Teams in 2012.”

For the third year in a row the announcement was made via an online selection show, which streamed on Scores, recaps and rosters from the 2011 NTIS can also be found at the online home of USA Baseball.

The 2011 NTIS selections for the 2012 USA Baseball 14U/16U/18U National Team Trials are as follows:

2011 13U NTIS/2012 14U Trials
Name, Position, Hometown, NTIS Team
Anthony Acosta, RHP, Simi Valley, Calif., Southern California
Nick Allen, IF, El Cajon, Calif., Southern California
Dylan Bohnert, IF/RHP, Anderson, Texas, South Texas
Tucker Bradley, LHP/OF, Chickamauga, Ga., Mid-Atlantic
Tyler Clavert, IF/RHP, Braselton, Ga., Mid-Atlantic
Shannon Glover, C, Columbia, S.C., USA Stars
Isaak Gutierrez, RHP/IF, Norwalk, Calif., Southern California
Maverick Handley, C, Lakewood, Colo., Mountain West
Brandon Mcilwain, RHP/OF, Newton, Pa., Northern California
Austin McNichols, IF, Austin, Texas, South Texas
Kevin Milam, RHP, Brentwood, Calif., Northern California
Landon Miner, RHP/IF, Bryan, Texas, South Texas
Michael Richey, RHP, Cape Coral, Fla., USA Stars
Chase Strumpf, IF, Ladera Ranch, Calif., Southern California
Mason Thompson, RHP, Round Rock, Texas, USA Stars
Rykker Tom, IF/RHP, Cedar City, Utah, Mountain West

2011 15U NTIS/2012 16U Trials
Joe DeMers, RHP, Martinez, Calif., Northern California
Lucas Herbert, C, Milton, Ga., Mid-Atlantic
Brendan Illies, RHP/C, Edgewood, Wash., Northwest
Jesse Kuet, IF, Huntington Beach, Calif., USA Stars
Brandon Perez, IF, Ladera Ranch, Calif., Southern California
Jakson Reetz, RHP/C, Hickman, Neb., Midwest
Justin Smith, OF, Jacksonville, Fla., North Florida
Max Wotell, LHP, Marvin, N.C., USA Stars

2011 17U NTIS/2012 18U Trials
Cole Billingsley, OF/LHP, Cropwell, Ala., Mid-Atlantic
Ben Eckels, RHP, Davis, Calif., Northern California
Chris Flexen, RHP, Newark, Calif., Northern California
John Kilichowski, LHP, Tampa, Fla., USA Stars
Kieran Lovegrove, RHP, Mission Viejo, Calif., Southern California
Russell Reynolds, RHP, Baton Rouge, La., South Texas
Drew Ward, IF/OF, Leedey, Okla., Midwest
Connor Williams, OF/RHP, South Jordan, Utah, Mountain West

USA wins in extras over VEN, 18-17

USA has clinched a spot in the championship game

AGUASCALIENTES, Mexico–The 16U National Team beat Venezuela Friday, 18-17 (10 inn.), on a walk off sacrifice fly to clinch a spot in the gold medal game at the IBAF World ‘AA’/16U Youth Championships.

Venezuela was in control early after it used a big top of the second inning to take a 5-0 lead. In the inning it had five hits and capitalized on three U.S. errors. The U.S. would get a couple of those runs back in the bottom of the third. In the bottom of the frame it also took advantage of a couple errors mixed in with three hits, including an RBI single by Willie Abreu, to make it 5-2.

Venezuela would quickly extend the lead back to five, 7-2, in the bottom of the next inning when it once again took advantage of a Team USA error. However, the U.S. would storm back to within one run, 7-6, when it scored four runs on two hits in the bottom of the fourth. In the inning, the U.S. would benefit from a walk, a batter hit by a pitch, an error, and three wild pitches.

After the two teams exchanged runs in the fifth inning to make it 8-7, Venezuela used its second five-run inning of the game to go up six, 13-7. The lead would be trimmed to four in the bottom of the seventh, 13-9, when Austin Meadows, who earlier blasted an RBI triple down the left field line, scored on a wild pitch.

Team USA got its first lead of the night in the bottom of the eighth when it had a five-run inning of its own to take the lead, 14-13. In the inning, four hits and a pair of walks led to the runs. Zack Collins and Meadows each had two-RBI singles. The U.S. couldn’t nail it down in the ninth and allowed Venezuela to regain the lead, 15-14, after a couple of runs. However, Team USA forced extra innings when Bryson Brigman slapped a single through the left side, scoring Hunter Mercado-Hood.

In extras, the two teams used the international tie-breaker rule where runners are placed on first and second. Venezuela scored two runs in the top of the tenth to put the pressure on the 16U National Team, but it would respond with a pair of runs of its own before a sacrifice fly by Abreu, that scored Meadows, gave the U.S. a walk-off win.

Winning for the U.S. was Jordan Sheffield. Sheffield came in during the tie-breaker inning and only allowed two unearned runs to give the U.S. the chance to win in the bottom of the inning. Taking the loss for Venezuela was Victor Ramirez. Team USA had seven players with multi-hit games: Brigman, Riley Unroe, Meadows, Collins, Abreu, Arden Pabst, and Jake Jarvis.


GOING FOR GOLD:With tonight’s win, the U.S. has clinched a spot in the IBAF World ‘AA’/16U Youth Championship Game. The game will be Sunday at 4:00 p.m. ET in Lagos de Moreno, Mexico.

MIGHTY JOE THE YOUNG:Joe DeMers, who has not even started high school, came into the game in the top of the sixth inning with two outs and a runner in scoring position. He did not allow the runner to score and went on to pitch 2 2/3 innings in relief.

COMEBACK KIDS:The U.S. was in unfamiliar territory tonight. After the bottom of the second inning it was trailing. It has not been trailing after the bottom of an inning since it trailed going in to the top of the fifth inning in the first game against Australia.

ON DECK: Team USA will continue with second round play against the #3 seed from Group-B, Japan, Saturday at 8:00 p.m. ET. The game will be at Lagos de Moreno.

14U team arrives in Venezuela

First game is set for Saturday at 9:30 ET against Panama

SAN FELIPE, VENEZUELA — The 14U National Team arrived in San Felipe, Venezuela, late Thursday night after a full day of traveling from Raleigh, N.C.Due to scheduling difficulties, the original schedule has been modified and the 14U team will play its first game Saturday morning at 9:30 ET against Panama. Friday morning was used as a training day for the club as they practiced at a local baseball field near the team hotel accompanied by the parents who made the trip to Venezuela.

Friday night the team will participate in the opening ceremonies for the COPABE Pan Am 14U Championships held at Yaracuy Stadium. Saturday morning the club will play its first game against Panama, and it will have an off day Sunday.

For updated information during COPABE Pan American 14U Championships please visit or follow us on twitter at @USABaseball14U.

Team USA Loses to Japan in SEMI’s

Team USA San Diego

Team USA San Diego will play Mexico today for the Bronze after losing a tough game to Japan Yesterday. They are up to this point 8 wins 4 loses.

U.S. beats 15U Canes, 8-4

 Nico Hoerner sparks Team USA by going 4-for-4

Recap | Box | Log

CARY, N.C. — The 14U National Team beat the 15U Canes, 8-4, Tuesday to sweep the two game exhibition series against the Charlotte, N.C., based team.

The game was held at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, N.C., and it will serve as the final game before the team departs for San Felipe, Venezuela, Aug. 11. For the second day in a row the Canes got off to an early start as Max Bazin and Adam Lassiter each had an RBI single in the top of the first to give the Canes the early 2-0 lead.

They would tack one more run in the top of the second and the third innings to increase the lead and make it 4-0. Pitching for the first six innings for the 15U Canes were local area high school pitchers in an effort to give the 14U team stiffer competition to prepare for the COPABE Pan Am 14U Championships in San Felipe, Venezuela.

The high school pitchers did their job until Nico Hoerner got things rolling for the 14U team in the bottom of the third with a lead off single, advanced to second and third on past balls and was brought home by Jonathan Hughes with an infield single for the first run of the game. Nick Madrigal then advanced to first on a fielder’s choice and advanced to third on two past balls, but was ultimately stranded as the U.S. finished the inning down, 4-1.

The next three innings would become a pitchers duel as John Aiello and Isaak Gutierrez shut down the Canes as they combined to throw three shutout innings while only allowing one hit to keep the red, white and blue in the game.

Team USA rallied in the bottom of the seventh when William Aguilar led off the inning with a single down the right field line, followed by Sean Dixson who was hit in the back on the first pitch to put two runners on with one out.

After a perfectly executed double steal, Shannon Glover was walked to load the bases for Hoerner. Hoerner continued his hot start with a 2 RBI single to right field to make him 3-for-3 on the day and bring Team USA back to within one, making the score 4-3.

Hughes was walked the following at bat to load the bases once again for Madrigal, who hit a deep sacrifice fly to center field to advance the runners to knot up the score, 4-4. Chris Botsoe then showed off his speed in the next at bat as he hustled down the line to beat out an infield hit to bring home Hoerner for the 14U team’s first lead of the game, 5-4.

 Hoerner came up big again in the bottom of the eighth with an RBI single to center field to score Sean Dixson, who reached earlier in the inning on an error, to increase Team USA’s lead, 6-4.

Chris Betts came on to close for Team USA, and with the bases loaded got the third and final out to pop up to second to seal the victory, 6-4. The game was officially over after the top of the ninth inning, but both teams agreed to play a complete ninth inning with the international extra-inning tie breaker rule.

 The tie breaker rule puts runners on first and second with no outs to start the inning, which is why Team USA scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth to win, 8-4.

NOTES EXTRA HELP: The 15U Canes were assisted by local area high school pitchers Tuesday, who combined to throw the first six innings, in an effort to help the 14U National Team see older pitchers to prepare for the competition in San Felipe, Venezuela.

SLOW STARTS: For the second consecutive game the U.S. gave up several first inning runs to put them in a hole early. Monday, they gave up three runs to the Canes and Tuesday they gave up two first inning runs.

THROWING A GEM: John Aiello threw two perfect innings Tuesday morning against the 15U Canes in his first appearance on the mound for Team USA. The right hander struck out four batters while issuing no walks.

X-FACTOR: Nico Hoerner went 4-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBIs at the plate Tuesday to give the U.S. the spark plug it was looking for as they struggled early. He came up big in the bottom of the seventh inning when he delivered an RBI single to cut the Canes lead in half at 4-2, and later scored to give the club its first lead of the game, 5-4. He delivered another big hit in the bottom of the eighth with an RBI single to center field to give the U.S. a two run lead at 6-4 going into the last inning.

THE CLOSER: Chris Betts got the save for the red, white and blue by coming in with two men on in the top of the ninth and got all three batters out without allowing a run.

TIE-BREAKER RULES: The game was officially over after the top of the ninth inning, but both teams agreed to play a complete ninth inning with the international extra-inning tie breaker rule. The tie breaker rule puts runners on first and second with no outs to start the inning, which is why Team USA scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth to win, 8-4.

GIVING BACK: The 14U National Team will visit Duke Children’s Hospital tomorrow morning in its last day in Cary, N.C., before departing for Venezuela on Thursday.

Team USA San Diego Pictures from Japan and Korea Games

Team Usa San Diego in Semi’s For World Boys League In fukuoka, Japan


Team USA San Diego started out with a nasty defeat to Japan to start the day. plagued with errors in the first 2 innings lose 8-1.

Korea was our second game today, and came away with a win in a battle the whole game. 1-1 at monsoon delay after 1 inning. Coming off the delay come off with the win 6-4. At the top of 4 with bases loaded 2 outs two strikes I got a double to put us ahead and we got another insurance run in the 5th.

This puts Us in the SEMIS tomorrow

Team USA 14U Team wins with offense

The team combined for 14 runs on 16 total hits

Recap | Box | LogCARY, N.C. — The 14U National Team got its summer underway Monday by defeating the Canes, 14-3, in its first game at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, N.C.

The Canes got things rolling in the first inning as Blake Byrd hit an RBI double to left field to score Stephen Scott, which was followed by a Lane Kowalsky two-run home run to left field to give the Canes the early 3-0 lead.

Team USA answered back as Nick Madrigal advanced to second on a dropped pop fly to center field while Tyler Halas hit an RBI double in the next at bat to cut the lead to 3-1. Nico Hoerner then advanced Halas to third, while Chris Cullen hit a sharp ground ball to second to bring him home. They capped off the bottom of the first with a solo home run by Isaak Gutierrez to tie the game at 3-3.

John Aiello picked up where the rest of the club left off in the top of the second with a single to right field, and Ako Thomas brought him home with a two-run home run to give Team USA the lead, 5-3. Tyler Halas would add to the lead with a sac fly to center field to bring home Bailey Falter as the club took the lead in the second inning, 6-3.

In the bottom of the third Team USA loaded the bases with three consecutive batters to start the inning before Aiello hit a double up the middle to bring home Cullen and Gutierrez for the 8-3 lead. Before the inning was over, the 14U Team brought home three more runs to head into the top of the 4th inning up, 11-3.

The game remained 11-3 until the bottom of the fifth inning when Will Aguilar was walked and advanced to third with a Jonathan Hughes double, and both were brought home with a double from Madrigal to make the score 13-3. Madrigal would later score on a Hoerner single to right field to increase the lead to 14-3 heading into the top of the sixth inning.

Neither team could cross the plate in the final two innings, and Team USA got its first victory with a final score of 14-3.

Falter started on the mound for the red, white and blue and threw two innings giving up all three runs that the Canes scored. Luken Baker, Hughes and Thomas threw a combined one hitter while holding the opponent scoreless for the last five innings of the game to seal the victory. Madrigal, Cullen, Gutierrez, Dominic DiCaprio and Aiello all had multi-hit games for the U.S., and combined for eight total runs.

Team USA (1-0) will play the second game of its two-game exhibition against the Canes tomorrow at 9:30 am ET at Thomas Brooks Park in Cary, N.C. This will be the last exhibition for the 14U Team before they depart for San Felipe, Venezuela, Aug. 11, to play in the COPABE Pan Am 14U Championships which will be held Aug. 12-21.


BOUNCE BACK:The 14U Team faced an early 3-0 deficit, but bounced back in the bottom of the first to tack on three runs of its own to tie the game at 3-3. Nick Madrigal and Tyler Halas crossed the plate to start the game, and Isaak Gutierrez capped off the inning with a solo home run. They finished the game by scoring 11 unanswered runs to win 14-3.

BATS COME ALIVE EARLY:In the first two innings Team USA belted two home runs to give them an early 5-3 lead. Gutierrez hit a solo shot in the first while Ako Thomas blasted a two-run home run in the second.

MAGICAL MADRIGAL:Nick Madrigal continued his dominance at the plate as he went 3-for-5 with a single, two doubles, a run scored and three RBIs. Including the 14U trials, Madrigal is now 11-for-14 at the dish.

OFFENSIVE EXPLOSION:Through the first four innings, the 14U Team scored 11 runs on 12 hits, which included two home runs. They finished the game scoring 14 runs on 16 hits.

PRIME TIME:Gutierrez started his first game with the 14U National Team going 3-for-4 with two singles, home run and two RBIs.

SETTLING DOWN: The club gave up three runs in its first inning Monday at Thomas Brooks Park, but settled down nicely as they held the Canes scoreless for the remainder of the game to win, 14-3.

Team USA San Diego Take Game Opener in Fukuoka

Team Usa San Diego take Tournament Opener 15-5, with game ending becuase of mercy rule. More coming.

Hers is some photo’s

USAB announces 14U National Team

USAB announces 14U National Team
Final 18-man roster will travel to Venezuela, Aug. 11-22
Following a four-day trials and training evaluation period, USA Baseball has announced the names of the 18 players who will make up the 2011 14U National Team. The club travel to San Felipe, Venezuela, to compete in the COPABE Pan Am ‘A’/14U Championships, Aug. 11-22.The 14U team will compete in two Red vs. Blue intra-squad scrimmages, Aug.6-7, before it hosts two exhibition games against Charlotte’s Canes 15U team in Cary, Aug. 8-9. The 14U team will leave for Venezuela on Aug. 11, and will play its first game on Aug.12 against Brazil. Pool play will run from Aug.12-18, with the semifinals and finals being held on Aug.19 and 21, respectively.

California leads all states in players selected with six, followed by Georgia and Illinois with three apiece, Texas with two, and Pennsylvania, Florida, Oklahoma and South Carolina each with one.

The 2011 USA Baseball 14U National Team roster is as follows:

Name, Position, Hometown
William Aguilar, IF/OF, Lawndale, Calif.
John Aiello, RHP/OF, Landsdale, Pa.
Addison Albright, LHP, Cumming, Ga.
Luken Baker, RHP, Spring, Texas
Chris Betts, RHP/C, Long Beach, Calif.
Stephen Bonnain, RHP, Tomball, Texas
Chris Botsoe, RHP/OF, Clarendon, Hills, Ill.
Chris Cullen, IF, Cumming, Ga.
Dominic DiCaprio, C, Coral Springs, Fla.
Sean Dixson, OF/C, Norman, Okla.
Bailey Falter, LHP, Chino Hills, Calif.
Shannon Glover, C, Columbia, S.C.
Isaak Gutierrez, IF/RHP, Norwalk, Calif.
Tyler Halas, IF/OF, West Chicago, Ill.
Nico Hoerner, IF/OF, Oakland, Calif.
Jonathan Hughes, OF/RHP, Flowery Branch, Ga.
Nick Madrigal, IF, Elk Grove, Calif.
Ako Thomas, IF, Chicago, Ill.