FULLERTON, Calif. — It was their final shot to show their stuff, put together a dynamic performance and impress the Team USA coaching staff.
But the USA Baseball Under 18 trials team underwhelmed Tuesday evening at Goodwin Field, falling 5-4 to the Southern California 17U NTIS in Team USA’s last game before final cuts would be made and the official roster was set later that night.
The U18 National trials team dropped its first game since reporting to Southern California for four exhibition games with scout and NTIS (National Team Identification Series) teams to help determine the final U18 roster that will represent USA Baseball in the 2012 IBAF 18U/AAA World Championships in Seoul, South Korea.
UCLA commit Brady Aiken, who did not make the final squad, struggled on the mound for Team USA, allowing three runs in the first. Jonah Arenado gave the Southern California team an early lead with a bases-clearing double after Aiken walked a batter, allowed a single and hit a batter to load the bases.
While the Team USA players were trying to impress, it was Arenado that likely caught the eye of the scouts and college coaches in attendance. Arenado finished 2-for-4 with four RBI after blasting a no-doubt homer off the screen beyond the left field fence on the first pitch by reliever Joe DeMers in the sixth inning.
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HYANNIS, Mass. – Most Valuable Player Phil Ervin (Samford), Top Pitcher and Outstanding Pro Prospect Sean Manaea (Indiana St.) and Batting Champion Patrick Biondi (Michigan) top the list of players selected to the Cape Cod Baseball League Post-Season All-League Team. Continue reading
SAN DIEGO — Maybe San Diego commit Stephen Gonsalves was joking. Maybe he was riding the euphoria of scoring the tying run and picking up the win on the mound in Sunday night’s Perfect Game All-American Classic at Petco Park. Or maybe the lanky lefty is just that confident in the potential Toreros’ 2013 recruiting class.
After the West rallied from five runs down for a 7-6 victory, Gonsalves said he believed San Diego could win multiple titles if the 2013 recruiting class all opted to attend school.
“We’re going to bring home a title there,” he said with a smile. “Two out of three years guaranteed.”
While it is unlikely a team that has yet to advance to the Super Regionals would put together two title runs, is it possible Gonsalves could be on to something? Perhaps…just maybe…things could align for the Toreros.
SAN DIEGO — The West All-Americans scored six runs in the sixth and seventh innings Sunday night for a come-from-behind 7-6 victory over the East in the Perfect Game All-American Classic at Petco Park.
After falling behind early, the West battled back with four runs in the sixth inning, highlighted by a two-run single by USC commit Dominic Smith.
Fellow USC commit Rowdy Tellez struck with two outs in the following inning with a two-strike liner to left field that went under the fielder’s glove for a two-run triple. San Diego commit Stephen Gonsalves and Kacy Clemens, a Texas commit, scored on the play and combined to collect the win and save.
There was plenty of action in the game and we were there to capture it. Check out the top 20 shots of the West squad: Continue reading
SAN DIEGO — Ryan Boldt didn’t have much to say Sunday night when San Diego Padre great Trevor Hoffman presented him with the 2012 Perfect Game All-American Classic MVP Award. It didn’t matter; his play had already said plenty.
The lanky 6-foot-1 centerfielder from Red Wing, Minnesota finished 2-for-3 with a triple to help the West squad secure a come-from-behind 7-6 victory at Petco Park Sunday night.
Boldt showed off his wheels roaming the spacious Petco outfield and when he slid into third base (pictured above) with an easy triple on a smash down the left field line.
“I try to use my speed as much as I can,” the Nebraska commit said. “I just try to put the ball in play and run as much as I can.” Continue reading
The annual Cape Cod Baseball League All-Star game took place this past Saturday night in Harwich, Massachusetts as the Eastern Division hosted the Western Division. Here are five pitchers that are worth following that took part in the 2012 Cape Cod Baseball League All-Star Game. We have included video from the game where possible. Continue reading
LOS ANGELES — Joe Sever drove in four runs on the day and had the big blow in a four-run sixth inning that broke a 2-2 tie and propelled Pepperdine to a 9-3 win at Loyola Marymount Saturday afternoon at Page Stadium.
Sever blasted a 1-1 fastball over the left-centerfield fence for a three-run homer to give the Waves a 6-2 lead that they did not relinquish. He finished the day 2-for-5 with a walk and two runs scored to go with his four RBI.
SAN DIEGO — San Diego got a big West Coast Conference series win, taking the rubber match 5-3 over Gonzaga Saturday afternoon at Cunningham Stadium.
The Toreros (25-8, 7-2) got an outstanding performance from sophomore starting pitcher Dylan Covey. He allowed a pair of runs in the first inning and a second-inning leadoff single before putting the early jitters to bed and tossing an absolute gem.
SAN DIEGO — Royce Bolinger’s feet flew up in the air as he slid six to eight feet across the grass in centerfield at Cunningham Stadium. The second inning line drive San Diego’s Victor Rasor-Thompson had hit was firmly in his glove throughout the entirety of Bolinger’s dive. But as he pushed himself to his feet, the ball shot out of his glove and rolled toward the infield.
Though Bolinger had controlled the ball throughout the catch and the entire Gonzaga (20-9, 3-3) team was already headed toward the first base dugout, the umpires ruled there was no catch. Bolinger stared at the umpires with his arms in the air. Left fielder Brock Slavin retrieved the ball, his glove in his hand rather than on it after he removed it, also thinking the inning was over.
Instead of a spectacular inning-ending catch, Rasor-Thompson was credited with an RBI-double and scored on a Louie Lechich single to tie the game 2-2.
With the help of the controversial call that Gonzaga coach Mark Machtolf vehemently argued for nearly five minutes, No. 21 San Diego (25-8, 7-2) defeated the Bulldogs 5-3 Saturday afternoon to win the important West Coast Conference Series. Continue reading
Pepperdine’s recent struggles, losing seven of eight games has sent them free falling down the SoCal Power Rankings. Once the top team and the No. 2 team just two weeks ago, the Waves are now fighting just to stay in the first tier of teams.
UCLA remains the top team, but could the hottest team be the 12-12 Loyola Marymount Lions? See where LMU ranks and see just where Irvine is after a 3-0 week.
The rankings after the jump. Record, last week’s rankings and record since last week’s Power Rankings in parentheses: