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."
Tony Wolters (Vista, Calif.) set the tone for the start of the day launching a solo home run to lead off the game. The
U.S. scored four more in the first frame courtesy of a Bubba Starling (Gardner, Kan.) three-run blast over the left field fence.
France surrendered three more runs in the third all via the long ball. Brian Ragira (Arlington, Tex.) laced an opposite field home run and Michael Lorenzen (Anaheim, Calif.) belted a two-run shot to push the U.S. in front 8-0.
The Red, White and Blue blitzed the Frenchmen in the fifth and final frame manufacturing seven runs on four hits and two France errors. McCullers delivered the biggest blow of the day, mashing an opposite field grand slam home run. Camarena tossed a perfect bottom of the inning as the U.S. pedaled past France in five innings in accordance with the international mercy rule.
Francisco Lindor (Clermont, Fla.) added three hits and Blake Swihart (Rio Rancho, N.M.) added two to round out the U.S. attack. The five home runs are the most hit since Team USA belted four against Canada August 11, 2002. The five homers are just two shy the 18U National Team record seven set August 2, 2002 against Brazil.
Team USA will begin the medal rounds Friday, July 30 at 2:30 p.m. from Port Arthur Stadium. The U.S. will be pitted against the number four seed from pool B, likely the Netherlands or Panama.
The 2010 IBAF World Junior "AAA" (18U) Baseball Championship hosts national teams from Australia, Canada, Chinese Taipei, Cuba, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Korea, Netherlands, Panama, Venezuela and the United States. Teams began qualifying games on July 23 and the tournament will culminate in the gold medal game on August 1 at Port Arthur Stadium in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. Visit the website at www.worldbaseball2010.com. For tickets, please call toll free at 1-877-422-3201.
Team USA is the only unbeaten team after pool play in the 2010 IBAF World Championships . . . The U.S. have outscored their opponents 54-9 in five games of pool play . . .The U.S. pitching staff has notched three shutouts in five games . . . USA still owns the tournament's longest and shortest game times, today's tilt was just one hour and 32 minutes . . . Three U.S. players registered their first home runs of the summer - McCullers, Wolters and Lorenzen . . . Camarena used just 51 pitches to toss his five shutout innings.