Press Release

USA Stars earn Gold Medal at USA Baseball Tournament of Stars
Stars upend three-time defending champs; PONY nips Dixie in 13; Legion, Babe Ruth get final-day wins

June 24, 2007

CARY, North Carolina - Tyler Stovall (OF; Hokes Bluff, AL) went 4-4 at the plate while Abe Ruiz (INF; Pacific Grove, CA) added three hits to highlight a 16-hit attack to lead the USA Stars to an 8-3 victory against AABC to earn the gold medal June 24 in the final day of action in the 15th Annual USA Baseball Tournament of Stars at Thomas Brooks Park. The eight-team tournament, which began June 19, showcased 144 of the nation's elite age 18-and-under high school and college athletes at USA Baseball's new national training complex.

In other action June 24, Brooks Raley (LHP-OF; Uvalde, TX) had two hits and hurled 1.1 innings of scoreless relief to help the American Legion race past RBI, 5-1, to capture the gold medal. In the fifth place game, Babe Ruth pushed across two runs in the top of the ninth inning to slip by NABF 5-3. PONY scored the winning run on a two-out, bases-loaded wild pitch in the bottom of the 13th inning to edge Dixie, 6-5, to claim seventh place.

The Stars (4-1) scored four runs on five hits after two were out in their first at bat to take control against three-time defending champion AABC (3-1-1). A two-run single by Garrison Lassiter (INF; High Point, NC) was the big blow in the inning. Another four-run outburst in the eighth inning, keyed by Ruiz's two-run single, sealed the win. The Stars victory avenged a 10-5 setback to AABC in the 2006 Tournament of Stars title game. Eric Hosmer (INF; Cooper City, FL) had two hits, including a solo home run, for AABC.

In the bronze-medal affair, RBI (2-3) grabbed an early 1-0 lead only to see the Legion (3-2) score the game's final five runs. Besides Raley, Cutter Dykstra (INF; Thousand Oaks, CA) registered a pair of hits and drove in one run while Jeff Malm (INF; Las Vegas, NV) scored twice for the Legion. Zach Wilson (INF; Long Beach, CA) notched two of RBI's six hits.

NABF (3-2) tallied two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to tie Babe Ruth, 3-3, entering the final scheduled inning. But a tie-breaking RBI triple by Devin Thaut (INF; Scottsdale, AZ), who collected two hits and scored twice, put Babe Ruth (3-2) ahead to stay. Thaut's triple plated Mel Williams (INF; NW Marietta, GA), who led off the ninth with his third single of the day. Jaff Decker (OF; Peoria, AZ) and Kyle Lobstein (OF; Flagstaff, AZ) each chipped in a pair of hits for Babe Ruth. Jason Esposito (INF; Bethany, CT) amassed three hits, scored a run and drove in the game-tying tally in the eighth inning for NABF.

In the battle for seventh place, Robbie Grossman (OF; Cypress, TX) raced home on a wild pitch to score the winning run for PONY (1-4) and end the 13-inning marathon with Dixie (0-4-1). Dixie, which had 17 hits, had knotted the game at 5-5 in the sixth inning. Taylor Hightower (C; Cartersville, GA) topped Dixie with three hits. David Freitas (C; Wilton, CA) paced PONY with three of his team's 12 hits while scoring twice. PONY used nine pitchers in the contest. Chris Moon (RHP; Tucson, AZ) tossed the final five innings to get the win.

The activities of USA Baseball and the Tournament of Stars are made possible by the contributions from Major League Baseball.

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15th Annual USA Baseball Tournament of Stars
June 19-25, 2007, Thomas Brooks Park, Cary, N.C.

Tournament Results
June 24 Results
7th place: PONY (1-4) def. Dixie (0-4-1), 6-5 (13 innings)
5th place: Babe Ruth (3-2) def. NABF (3-2), 5-3
Bronze medal: American Legion (3-2) def. RBI (2-3), 5-1
Gold medal: USA Stars (4-1) def AABC (3-1-1), 8-3