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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 USABaseball.com. 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 USABaseball.com. 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

Little League West Regional Tournament

West Regional Tournament
San Bernardino, California
August 5 – 13
(All times listed are local. Box scores are unofficial.)

www.eteamz.com/llbwest

Al Houghton Stadium is located at 6707 Little League Drive in San Bernardino

Teams
Arizona Rio Rico LL
Rio Rico, Arizona
1 – 1 Northern California Red Bluff LL
Red Bluff, California
1 – 1
Hawaii Central East Maui LL
Wailuku, Maui, HI
0 – 1 Southern California Ocean View LL
Huntington Beach, California
1 – 0
Nevada Silverado LL
Las Vegas, Nevada
1 – 1 Utah Washington LL
Washington, Utah
1 – 1
Friday
8/5/11
Saturday
8/6/11
Sunday
8/7/11
GAME 4
8:00 pm
Arizona    2
vs.
Utah    5

Game Live, Stats
and Box Score
 

GAME 6
12:30 pm
Nevada   8
vs.
Utah    3

Game Live, Stats
and Box Score
 

GAME 10
2:00 pm

Northern California   4
vs.
Nevada    0

Game Live, Stats
and Box Score
 

GAME 7
4:30 pm
Arizona   3
vs.
Hawaii   2

Game Live, Stats
and Box Score
 


GAME 12
8:00 pm
Hawaii   
vs.
Southern California   

Game Live, Stats
and Box Score
 

GAME 8
7:30 pm
Southern California   10
vs.
Northern California    2

Game Live, Stats
and Box Score
 


Monday
8/8/11
Tuesday
8/9/11
Wednesday
8/10/11
GAME 14
12:30 pm
Utah   
vs.
Hawaii 

Game Live, Stats
and Box Score
 

GAME 17
9:30 am
Southern California     
vs.
Arizona    

Game Live, Stats
and Box Score
 

GAME 23
4:30 pm
Northern California    
vs.
Hawaii   

Game Live, Stats
and Box Score
 

GAME 15
4:30 pm
Arizona    
vs.
Nevada    

Game Live, Stats
and Box Score
 

GAME 19
4:30 pm
Northern California    
vs.
Utah    

Game Live, Stats
and Box Score
 

GAME 24
7:30 pm
Southern California    
vs.
Nevada    

Game Live, Stats
and Box Score
 

Friday
8/12/11
Saturday
8/13/11
Game W-1
2:00 pm

Semi Final #1
#2 Seed 
vs.
#3 Seed

Game Live, Stats
and Box Score
 



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Championship game
6:00 pm


Winner W-1
vs.
Winner W-2

Game Live, Stats
and Box Score
 



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Game W-2
8:00 pm

Semi Final #2
#1 Seed
vs.
#4 Seed

Game Live, Stats
and Box Score
 



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West Regional Tournament-Little League

Teams
Arizona Rio Rico LL
Rio Rico, Arizona
1 – 1 Northern California Red Bluff LL
Red Bluff, California
0 – 0
Hawaii Central East Maui LL
Wailuku, Maui, HI
0 – 1 Southern California Ocean View LL
Huntington Beach, California
0 – 0
Nevada Silverado LL
Las Vegas, Nevada
1 – 0 Utah Washington LL
Washington, Utah
1 – 1
Friday
8/5/11
Saturday
8/6/11
Sunday
8/7/11
GAME 4
8:00 pm
Arizona    2
vs.
Utah    5

Game Live, Stats
and Box Score
 

GAME 6
12:30 pm
Nevada   8
vs.
Utah    3

Game Live, Stats
and Box Score
 

GAME 10
2:00 pm

Northern California   
vs.
Nevada    

Game Live, Stats
and Box Score
 

GAME 7
4:30 pm
Arizona   3
vs.
Hawaii   2

Game Live, Stats
and Box Score
 


GAME 12
8:00 pm
Hawaii   
vs.
Southern California   

Game Live, Stats
and Box Score
 

St. Francis rolls in National Classic opener

Lancers dig the long ball, El Capitan does it with pitching

 

It was kind of an unusual day in Southern California, starting with no traffic driving out to Orange County and the fact the sun decided to hide for most of the day. There were even some sprinkles.

It was the start to the Hard 9 National Classic held at El Dorado (Placentia, Calif.), Esperanza (Anaheim, Calif.) and Cal State Fullerton, where the finals will be held on Thursday at 7PM. 
El Capitan (Lakeside, Calif.) 3, Bishop Alemany (Mission Hills, Calif.) 1

This was the first game at El Dorado and it was one of two first games of the day, the other was Chaminade (West Hills, Calif.) and Valley Christian (San Jose, Calif.) about 15 minutes away at Esperanza.
It was a great first game to watch and quick, too. The game lasted less then two hours as the pitching seemed to take control early on. 
Two different kinds of arms on the mound in the game and both went the distance.
Michael Flores took to the hill for El Capitan, and standing at 6-foot-7, he had some presence out there. He kept it simple, throwing his fastball often and keeping the hitters off balance with his breaking ball. His one mistake came in the top of the sixth when he surrendered a leadoff homer to Peter Van Gansen. It was a two-one pitch that missed down and in, and he didn’t miss it. 
Flores racked up six strikeouts in his seven innings pitched.
Alemany starter Cory Messmore did it differently than Flores. He predominantly featured his assortment of off-speed pitches and when he did mix in a fastball it gave the Vaqueros trouble. He battled the entire game and when he did get into trouble he got out of it, with the exception of the third inning when he gave up a pair of runs on RBI hits from Sheldon Gabriels and Eric Lozano.
Game Notes:

Peter Van Gansen (Bishop Alemany) went 2-for-3 with a double, a homer and one RBI
Anthony Esparza (Bishop Alemany) went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles
Tyrone Wiggins (El Capitan) went 2-for-3 with two singles and a runs scored

St. Francis (Mountain View, Calif.) 13, Notre Dame Prep (Scottsdale, Ariz.) 3

The Lancers came into the National Classic ranked No. 2 in the latest CalHiSports.com State Rankings and they played like one of the state’s best. After starter Kevin Zhang gave up a run in the top of the first, the bats responded in the bottom of the first. St. Francis put up a four spot highlighted by a two-run bomb by Richard Prigatano. From there the flood gates opened up on Notre Dame Prep’s starter Tayler Scott, who went four-plus giving up 11 runs (all earned). No doubt about it he had a good fastball, but everytime he missed up he got hit hard.
It was almost as if Alex Blandino’s at-bat to start the bottom of the first was a sign of things to come, he saw over ten pitches before doubling to left-center. 
The other big knock in the game came in the bottom of fourth when Jon Nelson took Scott deep over the center field wall for a grand slam. Nelson got a little lucky that at-bat too, not that he didn’t crush the ball. On a 3-0 count the next pitch was a little outside and before the umpire called ball four, Nelson started to first and the ump called it a strike. It was on the very next pitch, that Nelson drove in four.
The ump had one of those zones that pitchers hated, but hitters loved. 
Zhang threw six-innings and was relieved by Neil Bruner, who in the seventh gave up a lead-off single then settled down to retire the next three.
Game Notes: 
  • Jon Nelson (St. Francis) went 2-for-3, with five RBI, two runs scored and a grand slam.
  • Richard Prigatano (St. Francis) went 3-for-3 with a two-run homer, three runs scored and two RBI
  • Kevin Zhang (St. Francis) went six innings, three strikeouts, four hits and gave up three runs
  • Joseph Luvisi (Notre Dame Prep) went 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored

‘Battle-tested’ Amat ready for next challenge

 

Jonathan Velasquez singled past a drawn-in infield to score Bernardo Zavala for the game’s only run in the bottom of the seventh inning as Bishop Amat High School beat Cypress 1-0 on Monday in the first round of the National Classic Tournament at El Dorado High.

Velasquez’s hit came with the bases loaded and one out. Cypress was playing to get the out at home, but Velasquez hit a ball that took a difficult hop and went past the Centurions’ shortstop. That allowed Zavala to score from third.

“Win or lose, we’re battled-tested,” Amat coach Andy Nieto said after the game. “We’re not going to be surprised by anybody we play, so this is just another one.”

Amat improved to 17-2 and gets a big test today against

St. Francis of San Jose, widely considered to be the No. 1 team in the nation. The game is at 4 p.m. at El Dorado. Cypress, regarded as one of the top teams in the Southland, fell to 16-4.

Amat’s David Berg got the victory by throwing just three pitches to record one out in the top of the seventh after relieving Jordan McCraney, who went 6 2/3 innings. McCraney struck out seven and allowed just two hits and no walks.

Amat had six hits, two of them by Rio Ruiz, who went

2 for 3 with a double. Adam Alcantara also doubled for the Lancers.

“The bottom line is this, and this is not sour grapes,” Nieto said. “We’ve had a tough schedule, but when they matched us against Cypress in this tournament, I thought  we were the only two locals in the tournament playing each other.

“I can call up (Cypress coach) John Weber and schedule a doubleheader tomorrow if I want. So what’s the fun? Make it a great experience for the kids. I just thought they matched up two of the top teams in Southern California right off the bat. But we’ve got St. Francis today, so be careful what you wish for, right?”

McCreery makes debut

Bonita pitcher Adam McCreery made his much-anticipated season debut last Saturday against Cabrillo and did not disappoint the estimated 30 scouts watching the 6-foot-8 left-hander throw for the first time because of an elbow strain that’s kept him sidelined the entire year.

McCreery struck out six, walked two and gave up a hit in two innings in Bonita’s 20-0 victory over Long Beach Cabrillo in the Centennial tourney.

“They had 87-89 miles per hour, one guy had him touching 90,” Bonita coach John Knott said. “We were pretty happy. He wasn’t trying to overthrow. It would have been real easy for him having not thrown in a while to get caught up seeing that many (radar) guns, but I thought he did a good job just staying within himself.”

McCreery, headed for Arizona State, will throw a bullpen session later this week and get more game action when Bonita hosts Vista Del Lago on Saturday at 11 a.m.

“We’ll see how he feels for Saturday,” Knott said. “We’re pretty much day-to-day with him. I definitely want to stretch him out, but I don’t have a timetable as to when. His arm is going to be the one telling us where he’s at.

“If he’s feeling strong, we’ll stretch him out further by an inning or two each week. If he’s not, then we’ll just stay with what he’s been doing.”

Ehret leads Saints

San Dimas coach Mike Regan knows his team can pitch, but he won’t have to sweat runs too much if the Saints keep getting outings like the one Jacob Ehret gave them on Saturday in a 2-0 victory over Chino to win the Chino Tournament.

Ehret threw a complete game with 12 strikeouts and allowed only three hits and walk to beat the Cowboys. The performance helped him win tournament MVP honors.

“He pitched like I hoped he’d pitch all year,” Regan said of Ehret. “It’s a stepping stone, I hope. We have quite a few pitchers, but those two guys (Ehret and ace Matt Lee) have been our top two guys.

“I’m just really hoping the win gives us a momentum. We’ve been inconsistent up to this point, but we’re starting to hit a little bit.”

Maxwell pitcher ties state record; Tyler Wells also throws no-hitter in doubleheader sweep of Chester

Steven Perry of Maxwell (Maxwell, Calif.) tied a state record with his fourth no-hitter in a row Friday in an 18-0 win over Chester. Not to be outdone, teammateTyler Wells threw a no-hitter, too, to give the Panthers the doubleheader sweep.

According to the Cal-Hi Sports Record Book, Perry’s no-hitter tied the state record set by Byron Randolph of Winters in 1963 and tied last year by John Kukuruda of East Nicolaus. The Panther senior faced just 16 batters in the five-inning contest, striking out 13 and walking one. There were no errors.

File photo by Anthony Brunsman Steven Perry, Maxwell

Perry (7-0) has not allowed a run to score this year and he has only given up two hits in 31 innings pitched. He has thrown five consecutive shutouts and has a scoreless inning streak of 34 in a row dating back to last year’s playoff win over Chester.

Opposing batters are hitting just .021 off of Perry and he has struck out 74 batters in 31 innings with only five walks.

Read it all at MaxPreps.com

Williamson walk-off leads JSerra to Lions title

2011 High School Baseball Road Trip

Box Score

ANAHEIM, Calif. — JSerra OF Clay Williamson came to bat with the bases loaded and his team down a run clinging to their final 2 outs. Williamson knew it was a big spot, but he seemed unfazed, saying he was “just looking to get big and come through in a big spot for my team.” He got plenty big alright, coming through with a 2-run single to lead the Lions to a come from behind 5-4 win over El Toro in the championship game of the Anaheim Lions tournament.

Trailing 4-0 as late as the 5th inning, JSerra finally got to El Toro starter Ryan Kayoda with 3 runs after the sophomore finally began to run out of gas. Kayoda, the 44th ranked player in the class of 2013 (11th ranked pitcher) walked a pair to lead off the 5th before giving up back to back hits before being lifted with a 4-3 lead. Kayoda topped out at 87 MPH with his fastball and looks to be a very promising prospect.

El Toro took their 4-3 lead into the final frame with the bottom of the order coming up for JSerra. But 3B Trent Boras continued his big game, drawing a leadoff walk, bringing the tying run to the plate. C Austin Hedges ripped a line drive single to left field (92 MPH off the bat) and 2B Grant Davis followed suit with a single to set the stage for Williamson. El Toro responded with a pitching change, bringing in sidearm lefty Brett Hammond to face Williamson.

JSerra head coach Brett Kay said of the at-bat “I was feeling confident, we expected they’d go lefty-lefty on Clay but he hits lefties pretty well, he had a great at bat in a big spot and its a testament to the kind of competitor he is.” The senior CF worked the count to 2-2 before fouling off 3 pitches to get the breaking he was looking for and driving it hard up the middle to send JSerra home a winner.

Clay Williamson Game Winning At Bat from Perfect Game High School on Vimeo.

The victory improves JSerra to 14-3 on the year, though their coach says they still have a lot of work to do. Kay cautioned “we have to think back to the last time we ran into [Servite LHP] Cole Irvin, who is one of the best pitchers in southern California, well now we’re back in the same situation and we’re going to have to find a way to beat him.” The Lions currently sit two games behind Mater Dei for first place in the Trinity League, widely regarded as the toughest league in California. JSerra will face Servite on April 12 and 14 and are almost assured of facing the ace lefty.

While the toughest part of the schedule still remains on the horizon, Williamson said of the experience in the Anaheim Lions tournament “this was a big deal for us, it was a good bonding experience for our team and it will definetly help us down the road to have been in a tough spot in a big game and to know that we can battle back.”

The PG High School Road Trip continues on Thursday in San Diego with La Jolla vs. Cathedral Catholic at 3:00 (Pacific).

 

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