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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

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.”

Lancers are top-ranked team in tournament sponsored by Hard 9.

The St. Francis Lancers, ranked No. 2 in the country in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 National Baseball Rankings, are the favorites to win the Hardball 9 National Classic, which gets underway Monday at three locations in Orange County.

The Lancers at 19-1 overall with the only loss coming in West Catholic Athletic League play to Valley Christian (San Jose), which is also participating in the National Classic this week. The Lancers avenged the loss against Valley Christian last week, winning 9-5. Read Whole Story

There’s no doubt that Mathew Troupe of West Hills Chaminade High is having a breakthrough season on the mound, stamping himself as one of the top pitchers in Southern California-Read Whole Story

USA Baseball Makes NTIS Selections

This past weekend, USA Baseball put on the second annual National Team Identificatiton Series at the National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. The NTIS consists of three age groups (13U, 15U, 17U) and more than 600 players. They are split into regionalized teams and play three or four games over the weekend. The staff of USA Baseball selects players from each age group to attend their team trials for the 18U, 16U and 14U squads for the ensuing year. On Wednesday night, USA Baseball announced the selections. Below is some information on the 17U selections, as well as the list of players selected from the younger divisions.

2010 17U/2011 18U
Justin Camp, rhp, Austin HS, Decatur, Ala.

Camp has a thick, 6-foot-2, 230-pound frame. While his body is a little soft, he showed good body control and threw all his pitches for strikes. His fastball sat in the 90-92 mph range, touching 93 and he mixed in a sharp 79-81 mph curveball and an 81 mph changeup. He went right after hitters, mixed his pitches well and showed good poise on the mound. Camp is in the 2011 class and is verbally committed to Auburn.

Max Dutto, if, San Ramon Valley HS, Danville, Calif.
Dutto played mostly third base at this event and showed good defensive skills there. He had good range, a good arm and made more than just the routine plays. He also showed good aptitude, positioning himself for each batter and making sure he was aware of which pitches were being thrown. He’s an average runner, but showed good instincts on the bases. He is a 2012.

Jace Fry, lhp, Southridge HS, Beaverton, Ore.
Fry is a smaller lefty at 6-foot-1, 190 pounds, but his fastball frequently touched 90 mph and he mixed in a 79 curveball and 80 changeup. He is eligible for the 2011 draft and verbally committed to Oregon State.

Koda Glover, rhp, Heaver (Okla.) HS
A 2011, Glover posseses a projectable body at 6-foot-4, 180 pounds and brings interesting stuff to the table. His fastball sits 87-90 and he mixes in a plus slider as well as a 79 changeup.

Ryan Keller, rhp, West Ranch HS, Stevenson Ranch, Calif.
A 2011 from Southern California, Keller showed an 89-92 mph fastball and 81 change. He also threw a nasty, mid-70s breaking ball. He struggled with command a little as his front shoulder would fly open. He has a strong frame at 6-foot-3, 205 pounds.

Ryan Koziol, if/rhp, Brother Rice HS, Chicago
The younger brother of Kevin Koziol, who is now at Louisiana State, Ryan is a skinny but projectable infielder that also saw time on the mound. He has a quick bat and went off on Saturday, collecting six hits between two games. He’s listed at 6-foot-3, 162 pounds so he has plenty of room to fill before being draft eligible in 2012.

Kayden Porter, rhp, Spanish Fork (Utah) HS
Porter stood out in more ways than one. Physically, he’s 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds. He also showed the best arm strength at this event and arguably the best power after crushing a grand slam to left field on the first day. A top arm to watch for 2012, Porter’s fastball ranged from 92-95 mph with armside run. He also threw a mid-70s curve that was slurvy in his first outing, but looked sharper in his second. He also flashed a hard, low-80s slider and 81 changeup.

Drew Ward, if, Leedey (Okla.) HS
Ward was arguably the most interesting player in the 17U division, considering he just completed eighth grade—he’s in the 2014 class—playing against mostly juniors and seniors. At 6-foot-4, 185 pounds, he has plenty of projection. He’s strong with a quick swing and the ball jumps off of his bat. His arm is solid on the left side, but figures to get stronger as he gets older and adds strength. Ward should be watched closely over the next few years, especially because of his location. Leedey is a small town of about 400 people, about 150 miles west of Oklahoma City. There are 12 kids—eight boys, four girls—in his freshman class and about 70 in the high school.

Walker Weickel, rhp, Olympia HS, Orlando
Prep teammates with fellow 2012 prospect Jesse Winker, Weickel has a skinny, projectable frame at 6-foot-6, 185 pounds. His fastball ranged from 88-91 mph. He mixed in a sharp, 12-to-6 curveball in the low 70s as well as a 78 changeup. Weickel is a good athlete. He played the field some and ran a 6.63-second 60-yard dash.

2010 15U/2011 16U
Elliott Barzilli, if, Palisades Charter HS, Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Bryson Brigman, if/of, Valley Christian HS, San Jose, Calif.
Francis Christy, c, Casa Grande HS, Petaluma, Calif.
Nick Ciuffo, c, Wando HS, Mt. Pleasant, S.C.
Dominic Nunez, Elk Grove (Calif.) HS
Jack Roberts, rhp, James River HS, Midlothian, Va.
Joey Starling, rhp/if, Bartow (Fla.) HS
Kevin Woods, of/if, Fort Mill (S.C.) HS

2010 13U/2011 14U
William Aguilar, if, Lawndale, Calif.
John Aiello, rhp/of, Lansdale, Pa.
Addison Albright, lhp, Cumming, Ga.
Carter Aldrete, if, Monterey, Calif.
Luken Baker, rhp/if, Spring, Texas
Isaiah  Berry, of, Pittsburgh, Calif.
Christopher Betts, rhp/c, Long Beach, Calif.
Chris Cullen, c/rhp, Cumming, Ga.
Spencer Diaz, if/of, Boca Raton, Fla.
Sean Dixson, of, Noble, Okla.
Ty Duvall, c/of, Lebanon, Ohio
Chris Gallagher, lhp, Phoenix, Ariz.
Isaak Gutierrez, rhp/if, Norwalk, Calif.
Tyler Halas, if, West Chicago, Ill.
Nico  Hoerner, rhp/if, Oakland, Calif.
Jonathon Hughes, rhp/if, Flowery Branch, Ga.
Connor Johnson, rhp, Kirkland, Wash.
Nick Madrigal, if, Elk Grove, Calif.
Matthew Sandor, if, Los Altos Hills, Calif.
Alexander Sturges, of, Katy, Texas
James  Terrell, of, Fairfield, Calif.
Mason Thompson, rhp, Hutto, Texas
Ryan Vasquez, lhp/of, Manteca, Calif.
Ricky West, rhp, Louisville, Ky.