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2012 TEAM USA SAN DIEGO BASEBALL TRYOUTS

2012 TEAM USA SAN DIEGO BASEBALL TRYOUTS

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Last Years Team Went to Japan and Finished Bronze

Team USA San Diego will be holding tryouts for the 31st World Boys Baseball Tournament. We will be traveling to Australia in August. All players must be born after April 1 1996. Tryouts will be held Sunday Jan.15th – 1pm at East Clairemont Athletic Field.
Please call Mark Wilson 858-361-9344 for any questions.

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.

Team USA San Diego Pictures from Japan and Korea Games

Team USA San Diego win both games August 3rd. Details coming but the first day was a good day for the USA hitting wise. Scattered hits all day with eight home runs in two games.

USA  4 VS  YOUNG SAMAURI 3

USA  15 VS MORABA 5

AUGUST 4TH GAMES

USA vs Asahi 9 am .. USA vs All Izumi 10:30 am .. USA vs Young Samurai 3 pm

Team USA San Diego-Union Tribune article

Team USA San Diego  (from left), Andy Rios, Kalani Nakamura  prepare for their trip to Japan to play in the 2011 World Boys League Tournament. — Nelvin C. Cepeda

When Kalani Nakamura was about 7 or 8, his uncle would send video footage to the States of Japanese baseball games. Nakamura, a middle infielder at Horizon High in Clairemont, grew up admiring Japanese star Ichiro Suzuki, the Seattle Mariners right fielder.

Less than five months after the 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami killed more than 15,000 and left more than 8,000 missing in Japan, Nakamura will be making his first trip there on a goodwill mission as a member of San Diego Team USA. He’ll also be visiting his uncle, who has lived in Japan for 25 years.

The team of 14- and 15-year-olds will be playing in the 30th World Boys League Tournament in Fukuoka. Nakamura has Japanese roots, but he also grew up as a fan of former Padres first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, who grew up in Chula Vista. Gonzalez and brother Edgar, as well as ex-Padres Brian and Marcus Giles, who grew up in El Cajon, are former San Diego Team USA members.

To play on this team and to travel to Japan is an opportunity not lost on Nakamura or his teammates. “It’s a dream come true,” Nakamura said. “I’ve always wanted to play Japanese baseball. It’s going to be awesome.” The 18 boys, who were selected in January by coach Mark Wilson from high schools across San Diego, will be departing Aug. 1 for Yokohama — San Diego’s sister city. The boys will be playing in eight friendship games there the first week and will attend a reception by the city’s mayor before heading to Fukuoka.

“The players are in for the experience of their lifetime,” said Wilson, the pitching coach at Mission Bay High who has coached 11 San Diego USA teams. “I think this team just might have the most talent from top to bottom of the roster of them all.” The first tournament was held in Osaka, Japan, in 1982 with eight teams. This year’s has grown to 16 teams representing 10 countries.

 San Diego Team USA, established in 1977 by Al Alvarado, has won four times and hosted the tournament five times. “I feel almost like a representative not only for my family, but for the United States going to Japan and playing in the international tournament,” said Aaron Ping, a Patrick Henry sophomore shortstop who is half Japanese. Ping hopes baseball will be therapeutic for the people of Japan. “Baseball’s healed nations in the past,” he said. “By us playing we can maybe help, not the entire country, but a few people recover and have a fun time.”

Three players — Andy Rios, Markus Melin and Isaiah Armenta — were members of the 2009 Chula Vista Park View Little League World Series championship team. Rios, a sophomore shortstop and pitcher at St. Augustine, hopes the team can bring a little relief to the Japanese people through baseball. “… Because I know that’s what everyone loves over there,” he said. Otay Ranch sophomore outfielder Melin relished his experience at South Williamsport, Pa., but he’s looking forward to this one. “The Park View thing was the biggest baseball thing I had ever done in my life,” he said. “But this … it’s going to be even better competitive baseball than the Park View experience. It’s probably going to be more fun.” More fun than winning the Little League World Series? “I think this is bigger than that,” he said.

Team USA San Diego leaves For Japan

Team Usa San Diego ’11 Going to Japan for World Boys League

We are Leaving this morning from Qualcomm Stadium To fly to Japan today. I am pretty excited  at 15 yrs old to play on a world stage, can’t wait for the games to begin. Here is our schedule of games over the next couple weeks.

 

YOKOHAMA SCHEDULE

August 3rd – USA vs Young Samurai 8:30 am .. USA vs Mobara 10:30 am

August 4th – USA vs Asahi 9 am .. USA vs All Izumi 10:30 am .. USA vs Young Samurai 3 pm

August 5th – USA vs Mobara 9:30 am .. USA vs Asahi 11:30 am .. USA vs Mobara 3 pm
2011 WORLD BOYS TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE IN FUKUOKA
August 8th Opening Ceremonies .. 9am
August 8th USA vs Fresno .. 2pm
August 9th USA vs Japan .. 9am .. USA vs Korea .. 1pm
August 10th..Tournament Playoffs
August 11th Tournament Finals Followed by Closing ceremonies   

List of players & Coaches 

Manager: Mark Wilson #11

Coaches:  Dave Lewis #12
Bill McClurg #17
Mark Wilson Jr. #16

Record: 0-0
Sponsors: All-Star Sports Equiptment,Barona Band Of Mission Indians,Brown Gloves,Eric Chavez Baseball Academy 

23 ISAIAH ARMENTA
7 AUSTIN BERNARD
26 NOAH BUCHANAN
13 CHANDLER COSSIO
9 CHEYNE DAVIS
22 JONATHAN DOULGEROPOULOS
15 AUSTIN ERICKSON
10 JOSHUA FITZGERALD
14 WILL GAINES
4 CHRISTIAN JIMENEZ
5 TRAVIS KAUFFMAN
21 FRANKIE LOPEZ
3 MARKUS MELIN
1 KALANI NAKAMURA
8 JACK PARHAM
18 AARON PING
6 ANDY RIOS
19 CONNOR VAUGHS

San Carlos Baseball Players To Compete On International Diamond

News Article featuring me Going to Japan
Jeff Barnes, Editor, Mission Times Courier
Published 03/04/2011 – 8:00 a.m. PDT
Josh Fitzgerald, Catcher
(Mission Times Courier, San Diego, CA) – Two San Carlos teens have been selected to represent the United States in an exclusive baseball tournament overseas this summer. 14-year-old Josh Fitzgerald and 15-year-old Aaron Ping are following the steps of many professional baseball players by getting the opportunity to play on Team USA San Diego International in the World Boys League tournament in Fukuoka, Japan in August. 

“Once I found out, I was really excited,” Fitzgerald said. “I’m hoping to be playing baseball throughout my life, no matter where it is or how I do it.”

Past athletes who played on the team include Adrian and Edgar Gonzalez, and Brian and Marcus Giles. “This is one of the levels that they played at so (it’s nice) to know that you’re at the same level they were at when they were your age,” Ping said.

Fitzgerald is a varsity catcher on the Christian High School team and played in Mission Trails Little League. Ping plays shortstop at Patrick Henry High School and played in San Carlos Little League. Head Coach Mark Wilson is excited about the talent on this year’s team, which includes three players (Isaiah Armenta, Markus Melin and Andy Rios) from the Park View Little League World Series Championship team.

“We feel like this could be one of our stronger teams,” he said. “It was really hard to pick this team, based on the numbers and how good the kids looked.”

The team will spend about two weeks in Japan. Players will stay with a Japanese family for four days before competing with teams from 11 other countries.

“This is going to be a cultural experience second to none,” Wilson said. “There aren’t a lot of kids who get this opportunity of a lifetime.”

Team USA San Diego International is a non-profit organization founded by Al Alvarado. The games began in 1977, when the first team was invited to play in a Goodwill Friendship game with the Japan Boys League team in San Diego. In 1979, a team from Tijuana, Mexico was also invited to participate. In 1980, San Diego was invited to play Goodwill Friendship games in Osaka, Japan for the first time. Then in 1981, San Diego hosted the last Goodwill Friendship games. In 1982, the first International Tournament was held in Osaka, Japan. San Diego has participated in each tournament and even hosted the games in 1983, 1987, 1998 and 2004.

The two-week experience will cost about $2,200 per player so the team is looking for sponsors. You can make a tax-deductible contribution by mailing a check to San Diego International Team USA, c/o Josh Fitzgerald or Aaron Ping, 6460 Convoy Ct. #280, San Diego, 92117.

“I just can’t say what (the experience) ends up being for these kids,” Wilson said.

Team USA San Diego International Annouces ’11 Team

 

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Team USA San Diego International announced the 2011 team going to Japan to play in 30th Edition of the World Boys League Tournament, Congrats to all who made to the team.

ISAIAH ARMENTA
AUSTIN BERNARD
CHANDLER COSSIOCHEYNE DAVIS
JONATHAN DOULGEROPOULOS
AUSTIN ERICKSON
JOSHUA FITZGERALD
WILL GAINES
CHRISTIAN JIMENEZ
MICHAEL KAAI
TRAVIS KAUFFMAN
FRANKIE LOPEZ
MARCUS MELIN
KALANI NAKAMURA
AARON PING
MITCHELL PROVENCHER
JORDAN RAMIREZ
ANDY RIOS
CONNOR VAUGHS
BRETT VOLGER