Red team defeats Blue team, 8-3, in Youth National Team opener
August 6, 2007
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CARY, N.C. – In the first Youth National Team Trials game, the Red Team defeated the Blue Team, 8-3, in a pre-determined 10-inning exhibition at the USA Baseball National Training Complex.
The Blue Team took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Following a one-out walk to centerfielder Andrew Aplin (Suisun, Calif.), first baseman Richie Shaffer (Charlotte, N.C.) laced an RBI-double to right center to drive in the game's first run.
The Red Team answered with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the first to take a 2-1 lead. With one on and one out in the inning, third baseman Matt Davidson (Yucaipa, Calif.) lined an RBI-double to left center to score second baseman Eric Brady (Cary, N.C.). Catcher Austin Maddox (Jacksonville, Fla.) then sent an RBI-single up the middle to bring in Davidson.
Blue Team second baseman Justin Charles (Galt, Calif.) reached on a two-base error to begin the top of the second. After moving to third on a groundout by rightfielder Tyler Miller (Fort Mill, S.C.), Charles scored on a wild pitch to tie the game at 2-2.
Catcher Max Stassi (Yuba City, Calif.) blasted a leadoff solo home run to right in the top of the fourth to give the Blue Team a 3-2 advantage.
The Red Team tied the game at 3-3 in the bottom half of the fourth. Maddox doubled to right field to start the frame before moving to third on a passed ball. Centerfielder Randal Grichuk (Rosenberg, Texas) then lifted a sacrifice fly to left to score Maddox.
The Red Team added a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 5-3 lead. Franklin reached on an infield single to begin the inning before moving to second on a wild pitch. Franklin would then score from second when Brady reached on a two-base error and Davidson followed with an RBI-single to left to score Brady.
Grichuk, first baseman Chris Knott (Brandon, Fla.) and rightfielder Robert Refsnyder (Laguna Hills, Calif.) reached on three consecutive singles to load the bases to begin the bottom of the 10th. Leftfielder Brian Ragira (Arlington, Texas) then lifted a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Grichuk and moving Knott to third. Knott would later score on a wild pitch and Refsnyder scored on a passed ball, giving the Red Team an 8-3 win.
Reliever Peter Tago (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) picked up the win for the Red Team after limiting the Blue Team to one run on two hits in two innings of work with one strikeout. Mat Batts (Pfafftown, N.C.) tossed three hitless innings with a pair of strikeouts in relief and Paco Rodriquez (Miami, Fla.) fanned three in two hitless frames to pick up the save. Red Team starter Scott Griggs (Alamo, Calif.) was solid in his debut, holding the Blue Team to one earned run on two hits in three innings with one strikeout.
Blue Team starter A.J. Cole (Winter Springs, Fla.) held the Red Team to two runs on five hits in three innings with a pair of strikeouts. Kurt Heyer (Huntington Beach, Calif.) suffered the loss after giving up three unearned runs on four hits in two innings pitched with one strikeout, Joe Kurrasch (Laguna Hills, Calif.) tossed three scoreless innings of relief with one strikeout and Mike Spence (Jacksonville, Fla.) added a strikeout in two innings for the Blue Team.
Refsnyder paced the Red Team's offense, going 4-for-5 with a double and a run scored. Davidson went 2-for-4 with a double, two RBI and a run scored, Maddox finished 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a run scored and Franklin was 2-for-3 with a run scored. Brady added a hit and scored two runs, Grichuk went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored and Knott finished with a hit and a run scored. Ragira finished with one RBI, first baseman Cody Stubbs (Waynesville, N.C.) had a double and catcher Luke Bailey (La Grange, Ga.) added a hit for the Red Team.
Leftfielder James Ramsey (Brandon, Fla.) went 2-for-3 to lead the Blue Team at the plate. Stassi finished 1-for-2 with a solo homer, Shaffer was 1-for-3 with an RBI-double and Aplin and Charles both scored a run in the loss.
Game two of the Youth National Team Trials will be tomorrow at 11:15 a.m. while games three and four are scheduled for Thursday and Friday.
The Youth National Team Trials currently has 36 players competing for 18 roster spots to be announced on Friday, August 10. Following the announcement of the squad, Team USA will remain in Cary for four days of training before departing for Barquisimeto, Venezuela to compete in the IBAF World Youth Championships August 17-26.