Phoenix, Ariz. – Game one started rocky for the USA Baseball 18U National Team, Friday, as the JUCO All-Stars took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. But Team USA did not take long responding; garnering a lead that they would not relinquish at Phoenix Municipal Stadium as team USA went on to win 5-1.
Dominic Gamboa got aboard with a lead-off walk on USA starting pitcher Matthew Purke (Spring, Texas) to begin the game for the JUCO All-Stars. A double to left center by Aaron Munoz scored Gamboa to take the early lead, but Purke then struck out the next two batters and forced a groundout to prohibit more JUCO runs.
Sam Strickland pitched eight strong innings, but the Bombers were unable to put a run across the board as they lost to the Coppell Copperheads 3-0. Taylor Davis hit a three-run home run in the first inning to put the Copperheads on top and that’s where the score stood for the rest of the game. The Bombers missed Todd Cunningham, who sat out his third consecutive game with a lower back strain.
The Copperheads never looked back after Davis crushed Strickland’s second pitch of the at-bat over the left field fence to go up 3-0. The Bombers threatened several times with runners in scoring position, but they were never able to make the clutch hit. Taylor Zambreski had his second consecutive multi-hit game for the Bombers since joining the team and made several outstanding plays in left field. He will be serving as the everyday left fielder now that Tyler Huelsing is gone for the summer. Huelsing is headed back home to Tennessee to have his wisdom teeth pulled and will not be back in time for the playoffs. Continue reading Copperheads Blank Bombers→
LOS ANGELES, CA July 16, 2008- The inaugural Elite Baseball Series (EBS) presented by Muscle MilkTM highlights the top freshmen (2011′) and sophomore (2010′) high school baseball players in America, competing in two series of games in back to back weeks. All games are hosted at UCLA’s Jackie Robinson Stadium and UC Irvine’s Anteater Ballpark, two of the finest playing fields in the nation. The EBS provides a first look at future prospects for college and major league scouts. Continue reading 2008 Elite Baseball Series Official Press Release→
Lincoln – Nebraska Head Coach Mike Anderson announced Monday that three players will join the Husker baseball program next season. The group consists of two-way performer Adam Bailey (Scottsdale, Ariz.), infielder Kyle Bubak (Salt Lake City, Utah) and left-handed pitcher Nate Kerkhoff (Overland Park. Kan.).
Bailey hails from Scottsdale, Ariz., and is an outfielder/pitcher at South Mountain Community College for Coach Todd Eastin. In 2008, Bailey earned first-team all-conference honors, hitting .400 with four homers, 21 doubles and 40 RBIs, while also going 1-1 with four saves and a 1.13 ERA in 16 innings of work at South Mountain CC. Bailey began his collegiate career at Arizona State, making 10 appearances in helping the Sun Devils reach the College World Series in 2007. He was a three-time all-region selection at Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, helping the team to a 94-8 record and three straight state titles at the school.
NEW YORK — USA Baseball announced Wednesday 23 of the 24 members of its 2008 U.S. Olympic Baseball Team. The Davey Johnson-led squad is set to compete in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, Aug. 8-24 (baseball competition Aug. 13-23).
The team features 12 pitchers and 11 position players. The 24th member of the Olympic Team will be named in the coming days, ahead of the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad’s (BOCOG) July 22 cut-off date.
“We are proud of the ballclub we have assembled,” said USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO Paul Seiler. “The team is strong from top to bottom, and we are confident it will succeed in Beijing. We applaud our coaching staff and selection committee for their tireless work in putting together an excellent team.”
Pinckard named Northwoods All-Star; Miller on the shelf; Volz strong for Team USA
ROCHESTER, Minn. – Baylor redshirt freshman Brooks Pinckard was named to the 2008 Northwoods League All-Star Game, the league announced late last week. The game will be played Monday at Warner Park in Madison, Wis. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. CDT, and the game will be broadcast live on ESPNU.
Pinckard, who has pitched and played the infield for the Eau Claire Express, was named to the team as an infielder. He ranks sixth in the Northwoods League with a .331 batting average. Pinckard has tallied 40 hits, 21 runs, 18 RBI, eight doubles and two triples, and he is 12-for-17 in stolen base attempts. He also has posted an 0-1 record on the mound with one save and a 1.29 ERA. In 7.0 innings, Pinckard has allowed one run on three hits and two walks with four strikeouts.
Team Canada finished their exhibition series with a split of two seven-innings games with the Burnaby Collegiate Bulldogs, losing the first game 2-0 and winning the second 4-1.
The Bulldogs were playing with a makeshift roster because four of their regulars were playing for Team Canada. There was a “family feud” factor; Team Canada’s Head Coach, Terry McKaig, and two of the assistant coaches, Cav Whitely and Shawn Corness, are on the British Columbia coaching staff. The Bulldogs Coach, Connor Janes, is another British Columbia assistant coach. Seven British Columbia players and one incoming recruit saw action for the Bulldogs; five British Columbia players played for Team Canada.
First game: Jon Hesketh (New Mexico) and Geoff Burke (British Columbia) combined for the shutout. Each of them gave up one hit. Hesketh, a 38th round draft pick in 2006, got the win; he went four innings, struck out three.
Team Canada got a big offensive performance from 1B Marshall MacDonald (Dayton), and Mark Hardy (British Columbia), Kris Dabrowiecki (Northeastern), and Hiarali Garcia (Kansas) combined for a 7-0 win over the Burnaby Bulldogs of the (Vancouver-area) Pacific Metro Baseball League.
MacDonald hit a two-run home run, an RBI double, and a base hit, and was 3-4 for the game. Hardy went five innings, allowed four hits, struck out five. The Bulldogs hit loaded the bases in the fourth inning on a hit, an error that spoiled what should have been a double play, and a walk. However, a ground ball resulted in a force out at home, and another ground ball got Hardy out of the inning.
Dabrowiecki came in in the sixth inning, and struck out the side. He pitched two more innings, and got three more strikeouts. He allowed one hit and one walk. Garcia, who has pitched the ninth inning of all three of Canada’s games, retired all three batters he faced. Continue reading Team Canada gets a shutout→
The East Texas Pump Jacks rode into McKinney looking to jump start their offense and get back to their winning ways against the first-place Marshals.
They achieved one out of two.
The Pump Jacks fell to McKinney, 8-5, in a see-saw affair that saw East Texas jump out to a pair of leads before succumbing in the middle innings.
The Pump Jacks got on the scoreboard early with the help of McKinney starting pitcher Jimmy Nelson, who walked the first three batters. Designated hitter Matt Curry delivered a single to right field that knocked in the first two runs of the evening.