Team USA explodes for 11 runs; shuts out Aruba, 11-0
Tyler Kiefer's five RBIs lead the way for the U.S.
Nov. 29, 2007
(COAMO, Puerto Rico) -- The 14U National Team improved to 5-0 after knocking off Aruba (2-3) 11-0 in an inning-shortened 10-run rule game Thursday at Pedro Miguel Caratini Stadium in Coamo, Puerto Rico. With the victory Team USA has secured the number one seed in the upcoming weekend's medal round starting Saturday, December 1, 2007. The U.S. closes out preliminary play against the Dominican Republic at 6:00 PM (AST) on Friday.
It did not take long for the USA bats to get going Thursday as the U.S. put up four runs in the bottom of the first inning. Zach Davies (Gilbert, AZ) got things started with a lead-off single, then back-to-back walks to Dante Flores (Los Angeles, CA) and Reinaldo Almora (Hialeah, FL) loaded the bases for Alex Real (Phoenix, AZ), who blasted a homerun to left centerfield, putting the U.S. up early 4-0.
The scoring continued in the second inning as Colin Reed (Belmont, CA) ripped a long single down the right field line and advanced to second on a passed ball. Davies then plated Reed with an RBI single. That is all the U.S. could manage though in the second due to some base running mistakes, and heading to the third inning, the team enjoyed a comfortable a five run lead. The third inning was much of the same for the U.S. Andre Real (Orange, CA) and Jake Gober (Sammamish, WA) walked, setting the table for Tyler Kiefer (San Jose, CA) who smashed a two-RBI double to left field scoring both Real and Gober pushing the USA lead 7-0.
Team USA got on the board again in the fourth as Flores belted a solo homerun to left field widening the U.S. lead to 8-0. The fifth inning also proved to be promising for the Team USA offense as Andre Real singled to lead off the inning, followed by a pinch-hit single by Cole Gleason (Mesa, AZ). Kiefer then ended the game with a walk-off three-run blast to left field giving the 14U National Team an impressive 11-0 shutout.
Kiefer finished with 5 RBIs as part of a 3-3 performance at the plate.
Thursday's game also gave four different USA pitchers the chance for more work. Matt Crownover (Ringgold, CA), Colin Reed (Belmont, CA), Rio Ruiz (Covina, CA), and Austin Davidson (Oxnard, CA) combined for five scoreless innings of work allowing only two hits.
"It was important to get several members of our pitching staff some more innings and let them face live batters. We have some very important games coming up and we do not want anyone to lose focus on our main objective of winning a gold medal," Pitching Coach Tim O'Brien (Columbia, MD) said.
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