Japan edges Team USA 3-2

KANNAPOLIS, NC— The Japan University All-Stars (2-3) evened their five-game series with Team USA (10-3), winning game two of the series 3-2 behind lefthander Mikinori Kato on Thursday evening.

Jordy Mercer (Oklahoma State) had two of the Americans five hits.

Kato pitched six and two-thirds innings, and despite giving up five hits and five walks, struck out eight and only had one tough inning, the seventh, when the Americans pulled to within 3-2. Shinya Muramtsu got the final out in the seventh and then retired six of the final seven batters for the save.

Kato was rolling through the first six scoreless innings, scattering five hits, while retiring seven in a row at one point. As the pitch total rose above 100, the lefthander got tired as two errors and three walks in the seventh led to his departure with a 3-2 lead.

The Americans scored two unearned runs off of errors by Kato and first baseman Ryoji Naktaa to cut the Japanese lead to one. The error by first baseman Ryoji Nakata gave the Americans their first run, before an attempted steal by the U.S. with runners on the corners, plated another.

The Japanese scored two of their first three runs with two-out singles to lead 3-0 off of Brian Matusz (San Diego).

A bloop, two-out single left by Hiroki Uemoto in the third gave Japan a 1-0 lead. An RBI single by Hiroki Nakazawa in the fourth then made it 2-0. An unearned run in the sixth made it 3-0, on a two-out single by Yukinaga Tanaka following a leadoff error by Mercer at short.

Matusz pitched the first six innings, giving up three runs (two earned) on six hits.

RHP Jacob Thompson (1-0, 0.00) will start tomorrow’s game for the Americans… Petey Paramore, despite playing in just eight of team’s first 13 games, is the team-leader in walks with 11… the Americans avoided their first shutout since August 13, 2006 (7-0 vs. Nicaragua) and first shutout in the series since June 27, 200 when they were shutout by the Japanese in Honolulu.

The 10-game North Carolina home stand concludes in Durham, NC on July 6, 7 and 8, all with the Japanese… the team then heads to processing in Washington DC on July 9 (or 10) before heading to the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

2007 Valley League All-Stars Announced

-Valley League Baseball Press Release-

The Valley Baseball league has announced its 2007 All-Star Teams. The North roster will be made up of players from Fauquier, Front Royal, Haymarket, Luray, Winchester and Woodstock. The South roster will have players from Covington, Harrisonburg, New Market, Staunton and Waynesboro. Each roster consists of 28 players with Waynesboro leading the way with seven All-Stars. Harrisonburg and Woodstock tied for second with six each.

A Home Run Derby will precede the game and will feature all players in the league with three or more home runs through Saturday.

North All-Stars

South All-Stars

Bibb Falk inducted into College Baseball Hall of Fame!

Former Longhorn player and coach Bibb Falk was inducted posthumously into the College Baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday. Falk was represented at the Lubbock Convention Center ceremony by his niece Clemmie Hext.

“To hear all the baseball stories of Uncle Bibb,” Hext said, “you would have to be somewhere for a long while. He was gruff on the outside but had a heart of gold on the inside, and he touched so many lives. He always had a determined look on his face and a baseball rulebook in his pocket. He was a baseball man through and through but a wonderful human being. He truly loved all his players – especially the ones who competed on the 1949 and ’50 national championship teams at Texas.”

Texas Sports.com


Southern Miss signs JUCO standout

Southern Miss Head Baseball Coach Corky Palmer has announced the signing of Josh Fields, a 5-11, 185-pound third baseman/right-hand pitcher from Arkansas – Ft. Smith Junior College in Ft. Smith, Ark., , to a letter of intent and grant in aid for the 2007-08 academic year.

“I’m glad that Josh has signed with Southern Miss and will be joining our program,” Palmer said. “He is an excellent hitter, who can hit for average and for power from the right side. He covers a lot of territory at third base, has a good arm and doesn’t make mistakes. He comes from a good program, and has a chance to see playing time right away.”

This marks the seventh signee of the spring signing period and 11th signee overall for the program.

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USA Baseball takes Game 1 from Japan

Team USA picked up a 7-2 victory over Japan in the opener of a five game series between the countries. The USA team was led by a strong start from Tyson Ross (Cal) who threw seven innings while only allowing two runs on six hits and a walk. The offense was led by Pedro Alvarez (Vanderbilt) who had a homer in the first inning while going 2-3 with two RBI with three runs scored. Team USA and Japan will play on Thursday in Kannapolis NC before heading back to Durham for the remainder of the series. The games in Durham are webcasted through USA Baseball.

Team USA Recap

2008 MLB Prospects

We can now look ahead to the 2008 MLB Draft prospects as Pedro Alvarez (Vanderbilt) and Justin Smoak (South Carolina) lead the draft eligible players. They will also be joined by pitchers Jacob Thompson (UVA) and Brian Matusz (USD). All four of these players are on Team USA this summer as the team will take part in the Pan-American games and the World Port Tournament in the Netherlands. Ike Davis (Arizona State) and Jordan Danks (Texas) also get some talk about being in the top of the 2008 draft. We have found two sites that are already giving their predictions on the upcoming draft which can be read about by clicking the links below.


Project Prospect

David Price Named Brooks Wallace Award Winner

David Price of Vanderbilt University picked up the 2007 Brooks Wallace Award for being the national player of the year in Collegiate Baseball. He led the Vanderbilt Commodores to a 54-13 record while individually going 11-1 on the season with his lone loss coming in the Regional Championship game loss to Michigan. Price ended up getting picked by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays with the first overall pick in the MLB draft in June. Full press release coming soon!

CSTV Release

I Want to be a Sports Agent blog recently sat down and did an interview with David Price in which he discusses many different topics in which he has faced during his college baseball days. The full interview is available here.

Want to watch baseball?

I have been following the Cape Cod Baseball League over the first three weeks of the season and just discovered that a ton of Cape Cod League games are being broadcasted for free on the Internet. The games include a full radio broadcast and video of each game. All games can be watched by clicking here.

If you are not aware of the Cape Cod League you are missing out on the best deal in the nation and some pretty good baseball. The CCBL is consistently rated the top summer baseball league in the nation every summer for College Baseball players. This year the Cape Cod League has Chris Dominguez and Joey Wong each who made an impact on the national level in the College World Series. Dominguez and Wong are just two out of the many examples of excellent players on the Cape this summer.