Blue team defeats Red team, 8-4, in final YNT trials game
August 10, 2007
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CARY, N.C. – Despite giving up three runs in the opening inning, the Blue Team defeated the Red Team, 8-4, on Friday night in the final Youth National Team Trials game at the USA Baseball National Training Complex.
The Red Team jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first. Second baseman Ty Forney (Gilbert, Ariz.) lined the first pitch of the game into the gap in left center for a leadoff triple. Shortstop Eric Brady (Cary, N.C.) then drove Forney in with an RBI-groundout to third. Two batters later, first baseman Austin Maddox (Jacksonville, Fla.) reached on an infield single before moving to third on a double to left center by centerfielder Randal Grichuk (Rosenberg, Texas). Catcher Luke Bailey (La Grange, Ga.) then capped the frame with a two-run single to right to score Maddox and Grichuk.
The Blue Team answered with three runs of their own in the bottom of the first to tie the score at 3-3. Shortstop Zach Vincej (Saugus, Calif.) drew a leadoff walk before advancing to second on a passed ball. Following a walk to third baseman Nolan Fontana (Winter Garden, Fla.), catcher Max Stassi (Yuba City, Calif.) moved both runners into scoring position with a groundout to second. Pitcher Colton Cain (Waxahachie, Texas) then hammered a 1-0 offering to deep center for a three-run blast.
After rightfielder Andrew Aplin (Suisun, Calif.) was hit by a pitch to start the bottom of the second, centerfielder Tyler Miller (Fort Mill, S.C.) moved him to second with a sacrifice bunt. Leftfielder James Ramsay (Brandon, Fla.) then sent an RBI-single up the middle to score Aplin, giving the Blue Team a 4-3 lead.
Ramsay drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the fourth to give the Blue Team a 5-3 lead.
The Red Team closed the gap to 5-4 with a run in the top of the fifth. After pitcher Tyler Spurlin (The Woodlands, Texas) and Forney were hit by pitches to begin the frame, Brady singled to right to load the bases. Third baseman Nick Franklin (Longwood, Fla.) then lifted a sacrifice fly to left to plate Spurlin.
In the bottom of the fifth, Stassi drew a bases-loaded walk to give the Blue Team a 6-4 advantage.
The Blue Team tacked on a pair or runs in the bottom of the sixth to push their lead to 8-4. Catcher Nate Gonzalez (Clermont, Fla.) singled to left to start the inning. Two batters later, third baseman Jo Jo Maldonado (River Forest, Ill.) doubled down the left field line to move Gonzalez to third. After the second out of the inning, Ramsay laced a two-run double down the left field line to score Gonzalez and Maldonado.
Ramsay led the Blue Team at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a double and four RBI, while Miller finished 2-for-3, Cain was 1-for-2 with a three-run homer and Vincej went 1-for-3 with two runs scored. Maldonado finished 1-for-2 with a double and a run scored, Gonzalez went 1-for-2 with a run scored and pitcher Jacob Tillotson (Lake City, Fla.) was 1-for-1 with a run scored. Stassi had an RBI and Fontana and Aplin scored a run in the win.
Forney paced the Red Team at the plate, going 1-for-4 with a triple and a run scored, while Grichuk went 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored and Bailey was 1-for-3 with a pair of RBI. Brady finished 1-for-3 with an RBI, Maddox was 1-for-4 with a run scored and Refsnyder went 1-for-3. Franklin had an RBI and Spurlin scored a run for the Red Team.
Tillotson picked up the win for the Blue Team after holding the Red Team to one run on one hit in one and a third innings with one strikeout. Cain struck out one batter in two and two thirds innings, Alex Muren (Ramona, Calif.) worked two scoreless frames, Chris Knott (Brandon, Fla.) had one strikeout and Zach Lee (McKinney, Texas) fanned three in two shutout innings.
Red Team starter Eric Buckland (Middleton, Del.) struck out two in three innings, while Cody Stiles (Coral Springs, Fla.) fanned four in one and two thirds and Fontana struck out two in one scoreless frame.
The Youth National Team coaches will announce the team roster later tonight. 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.