Team USA topples Netherlands
THUNDER BAY, ON –- August 1, 2010 ----- Blake Swihart (Rio Rancho, N.M.) notched three hits and four RBI to lead the USA Baseball 18U National Team over the Netherlands 18-2 Sunday at Baseball Central. Team USA drubbed the Dutch to conclude their summer with a 19-2 mark and tournament-best 7-1 record in the 2010 World Championships.
Philip Pfeifer (Knoxville, Tenn.) pitched 4 2/3 innings, allowing just one run on two hits and eight strikeouts to earn his fifth win of the summer. Ricky Jacquez (El Paso, Tex.) tossed 1 1/3 innings allowing one run on two hits. read more.....>
Juniors Lose to Cuba, Settle for 4th
THUNDER BAY, ON --- August 1, 2010 ---- It turned out to be too much of a turnaround from the semi-final loss the previous night as the Junior National Team fell to Cuba 8-2 in the Bronze Medal game.
The game started out tight as neither team could score any runs through the first 4 innings. Tom Robson (Ladner, BC) was excellent on the mound during that time allowing only 2 hits while recording 3 strikeouts. read more.....>
JNT Fall to Chinese Taipei, Will Play for Bronze
THUNDER BAY, ON ----- July 31, 2010 --- Pitcher Lo Kuo Hua threw a complete game 3-hitter as the Junior National Team lost the semi-final game of the World Junior Baseball Championship to Chinese Taipei 3-1. The JNT will play for the Bronze Medal against Cuba who earlier in the day was upset by Australia in other semi-final by a score of 2-1.
The JNT had their best chance to make a comeback in the game in the 8th inning when they were down by 2 runs. Rowan Wick (North Vancouver, BC) hit a double off the wall in right field and that was followed by a Justin Atkinson (Surrey, BC) walk giving the JNT 2 runners on with nobody out. read more.....>
Team USA edges Korea, 4-2
THUNDER BAY, Canada –- July 31,2010 ---- Marcus Littlewood in photo,(Saint George, Utah) smacked a two-out two-RBI double in the ninth inning to lift USA Baseball 18U National Team over Korea 4-2 at Baseball Central Saturday. USA improves to 6-1 in 2010 IBAF World Junior “AAA” (18U) Baseball Championships with the victory.
John Simms (The Woodlands, Tex.) pitched seven strong innings, allowing two runs, both unearned, on just two hits with six strikeouts. John Hochstatter (Danville, Calif.) earned the win after pitching the eighth frame in relief. Dillon Maples (West End, N.C.) earns the save retiring Korea in the ninth. read more.......>
Boys of Summer
THUNDER BAY, ON ---- July 31, 2010 ---- Baseball has taken over the city in recent weeks. While there are several events going on this article is about the provincial Little League Championships, hosted by the Current River Little League at Thunder Bay’s Waddington Park.
By design or perhaps by accident, our city has some of the best baseball facilities. Waddington Park has five diamonds alone, and the new washroom facilities will be ready about a week after the tournament is done. What makes this all work is the community spirit of the city’s various neighbourhoods and the volunteers, who come out and officiate, man the concessions and do the organizing. Jim Hunt coach of the Kingston Colts was impressed with the quality of the organization that went behind the provincial tournament. read more......>
JNT Pounds Italy, Advance to Semi-Final
THUNDER BAY, ON ------ July 30, 2010 ----- The Junior National Team booked their ticket to the semi-finals of the World Junior Baseball Championships with an 11-1 mercy-win over Italy. The game was never in doubt as the JNT offence put on their finest display of the tournament. The win propels the JNT into a semi-final match with Chinese Taipei who earlier in the day knocked off the Netherlands. read more.....>
Semi Final Match-ups Announced
THUNDER BAY, ON ----- July 30, 2010 ---- The match-ups for Saturday’s semi-final action at the 2010 IBAF World Junior Baseball Championship have been announced, along with an important schedule change and broadcast information for the tournament.
Team Canada, 5-1, will face the Chinese Taipei at 7:00 pm at Port Arthur Stadium after defeating Italy 11-1 in Quarter-Final action Friday night. Chinese Taipei, also 5-1, advances after defeating the Netherlands 4-2 at Baseball Central Friday afternoon. The other semi-final matchup features Cuba, 4-2, against Australia, also 4-2, at 2:00 pm at Port Arthur Stadium. Cuba defeated Team USA 3-2 in a thrilling contest Friday afternoon at Port Arthur Stadium, while Australia surprised South Korea with a 5-4 win at Baseball Central. read more.....>
Team USA falls to Cuba, 3-2
THUNDER BAY, Canada –-Cuba edged the USA Baseball 18U National Team 3-2 Friday afternoon in front of more than 3000 fans at Port Arthur Stadium. USA falls to 5-1 in 2010 IBAF World Junior “AAA” (18U) Baseball Championships and is eliminated from medal contention.
A.J. Vanegas (Alameda, Calif.) tossed eight innings allowing two runs on five hits with a team-best 13 strikeouts. Vanegas’ 13 punch-outs ranks second all-time in U.S. history, just two shy of the record 15.
Phillip Pfeifer (Knoxville, Tenn.) suffers the loss allowing the go-ahead run in the final frame. The two U.S. hurlers combined to strike out a team-best 15 batters Friday. read more......>
JNT Claim First Place
THUNDER BAY, ON ----- July 29, 2010 ----- After trailing the Czech Republic the entire game, the Junior National Team clinched first place in their pool when Dalton Pompey (Mississauga, ON) who started the game on the bench, hit a 2-0 fastball over the left fielder's head to score Philip Diedrick (Ajax, ON) and Jalen Harris (Toronto, ON) giving the JNT an 8-7 win.
"I was just trying to stay calm," said Pompey. "I knew we had tied the game (with at least a sac fly) but then the ball started to drift away from the fielder and I knew it was over." read more....>
Five home runs in win
Pfeifer tosses seven shutout innings
THUNDER BAY, On –- Ju;y 26. 2010 ----- Phillip Pfeifer (Knoxville, Tenn.) shoved seven shutout innings to anchor the USA Baseball 18U National Team over Chinese Taipei 10-0 Monday in front of 2413 fans at Port Arthur Stadium. USA scored 10 runs on a 15 hits to improve to 3-0 in the 2010 IBAF World Junior “AAA” (18U) Baseball Championships.
Pfeifer (4-0) was magnificent in a complete game effort, allowing just two hits and striking out eight. The left-hander baffled the Chinese Taipei hitters all night pounding the strike zone. read more.....>
Team USA, defeats Italy 10-0
THUNDER BAY, Canada –- John Simms (The Woodlands, Tex.) struck out 11 in six shutout innings to lead the USA Baseball 18U National Team over Italy 10-0 Sunday in USA’s second game of the 2010 IBAF "AAA" (18U) World Junior Championships. USA scored 10 runs on eight hits to defeat Italy in seven innings due to the 10-run rule, improving the U.S. to 2-0 in pool play.
Simms (3-0) was dynamic in six shutout frames, posting his second double-digit strikeout game in four outings this summer. The right-hander worked efficiently allowing just two hits and issuing just one walk. Dillon Maples (West End, N.C.) tossed one scoreless inning to seal the victory. read more.....>
Team USA downs Australia 4-2
THUNDER BAY, On, -- July 24, 2010 --- A.J. Vanegas threw six innings and allowed just one run to propel the USA Baseball 18U National Team over Australia 4-2 Saturday in USA's first game of the 2010 IBAF "AAA" (18U) World Junior Championships. Michael Lorenzen (Anaheim, Calif.) led Team USA with a pair of hits and RBI, improving the U.S. to 1-0 in pool play.
A.J. Vanegas (Alameda, Calif.) earned the win pitching six strong innings allowing just one run on four hits with eight strikeouts. John Hochstatter (Danville, Calif.) earned the save tossing three innings and rendering just one run.
Lorenzen paced the U.S. attack with 2-for-2 performance, two walks and two RBI. Marcus Littlewood (Saint George, Utah) added two hits and one RBI, Tony Wolters (Vista, Calif.) added a hit and RBI to round out the U.S. attack. read more.....>
JNT Edge Defending Champions
Thunder Bay, On --- July 25, 2010 ---- Philip Dierdrick (Ajax, ON) drilled an opposite field grand slam in the top of the 1st inning and the Canada Junior National Team hung on to beat Korea 5-4. The win moved the JNT's record to 2 wins and 1 loss in the tournament with two round-robin games remaining.
"That definitely was the biggest hit of my career," said Diedrick after the victory. "I was just trying to go with the pitch. I knew they weren't going to come inside on me, so I just went with it." read more....>
THUNDER BAY, Canada -- July 28, 2010 --- Daniel Camarena (Bonita, Calif.) tossed five shutout innings to propel USA Baseball 18U National Team over France 16-0 Wednesday morning. USA posted team-best five home runs to improve to 5-0 in the 2010 IBAF World Junior "AAA" (18U) Baseball Championships.
Camarena (1-0) rendered just two hits in five shutout frames. The left-hander struck out four and did not issue a walk.
"Daniel pitched outstanding today and was extremely efficient," said pitching coach Butch Chaffin. "These kids are special and we are excited to advance to the medal rounds and carry this momentum into Friday." read more....>
JNT Blanked by Taiwan
St. Cloud MN- Three pitchers combined to strikeout fourteen JNT batter's and the Taiwanese used two, 2-run innings to shutout the JNT 4-0. The afternoon contest at Faber Field was the second-to-last exhibition game that the JNT will play before the start of the World Junior Baseball Championships in Thunder Bay, beginning July 23rd.
"We didn't play that bad but we got beat in all facets (of the game)," said JNT Head Coach, Greg Hamilton (Ottawa, ON). "They out-pitched us, out-hit us, and outplayed us on defence." read more....>
JNT Edge USA in Saint Paul Finale
Saint Paul MN --- July 18, 2010 --- After losing to Team USA two nights earlier, the JNT were able to get some solid pitching and timely hitting to defeat the Americans 4-3. This brought to a close the Saint Paul portion of the pre-world's tour as the JNT creep closer to the start of the World Junior Baseball Championships in Thunder Bay beginning July 23rd.
"I thought we did what we had to do," noted JNT Head Coach, Greg Hamilton (Ottawa, ON). "I thought we did well in all three elements of the game." read more....>
JNT Too Much for All Stars
Saint Paul MN - July 17, 2010 --- For the third time in four games the JNT was forced to sit through a delay. This time the game had started as scheduled but lightning forced a stoppage that last for 40 minutes. The short break in action was not a factor as the JNT prevailed with a 7-4 victory against the Twin City High School All Stars.
Jesen Dygestile-Therrien (Montreal, QC) got his second start of the pre-world's tour and looked dominant through three innings. Therrien would have continued to pitch in the game but the delay caused by the lightning ended Therrien's afternoon pre-maturely. Therrien had only allowed one base runner when he gave up a single while striking out 2 batters. read more......>