Team USA opens World Youth Championship with 13-3 win over Brazil

August 18, 2007

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  • BARQUISIMETO, Venezuela – The Youth National Team opened the World Youth Championship with a 13-3 win over Brazil on Saturday afternoon, scoring eight runs in the bottom of the seventh to enforce the 10-run rule. The 10-run rule is enforced when a team has a lead of at least 10 runs after seven innings.

    Brazil took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, scoring on an RBI-single by third baseman Daniel Katayama.

    Team USA responded with a three-run first inning to take a 3-1 lead. After rightfielder Robert Refsnyder (Laguna Hills, Calif.) was hit by a pitch to start the frame, centerfielder Andrew Aplin (Suisun, Calif.) doubled off the wall in left center to move Refsnyder to third. Pitcher Austin Maddox (Jacksonville, Fla.) then lifted a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Refsnyder and moving Aplin to third. Catcher Max Stassi (Yuba City, Calif.) followed with an RBI-single to short to plate Aplin. Third baseman Luke Bailey (La Grange, Ga.) then laced a first-pitch double to left to move Stassi to third. Stassi would later score on a wild pitch to cap the inning.

    Rightfielder Alexandre de Oliveira added an RBI-single in the top of the fourth to cut USA’s lead to 3-2. Brazil would then load the bases with two outs but Maddox struck out pitcher Guilherme Watanabe looking on a 3-2 pitch to get out of the jam.

    Team USA added a pair of runs in the bottom half of the fourth to extend their lead to 5-2. Leftfielder Randal Grichuk (Rosenberg, Texas) laced a one-out double down the left field line to start the inning. After second baseman Zach Vincej (Saugus, Calif.) was hit by a pitch, shortstop Nolan Fontana (Winter Garden, Fla.) drew a walk to load the bases. Refsnyder was then hit by a pitch, allowing Grichuk to score. Aplin followed with an RBI-single to right to drive in Vincej.

    Centerfielder Victor de Lelis da Silva had a leadoff home run to center to begin the top of the fifth, cutting USA’s lead to 5-3. Maddox would bounce back, however, striking out the next two batters looking before getting leftfielder Leonardo Costa dos Santos to foul out to third to end the inning.

    After Maddox walked the first two batters in the top of the sixth, left-hander Steven Rodriguez (Miami, Fla.) came on in relief. Stassi would then throw out first baseman Lucas Sato at second for the first out of the inning. Rodriguez followed with a pair of strikeouts to end the frame, getting catcher Lauro Watanabe Jr. and pitcher Renan Hidani to go down swinging.

    Team USA exploded for eight runs in the bottom of the seventh, enforcing the 10-run rule and ending the game at 13-3. Refsnyder drew a leadoff walk before advancing to second on a bunt single by Aplin. Rodriguez then doubled off the wall in center, driving in Refsnyder and moving Aplin to third. Stassi followed with a two-run double to left center to score Aplin and Rodriguez. Bailey would then reach on an RBI-single that bounced high over Katayama’s head at third and scored Stassi. Pinch hitter Colton Cain (Waxahachie, Texas) and Grichuk then drew back-to-back walks to load the bases. Justin Charles (Galt, Calif.) came on to pinch hit and cleared the bases with a three-run double to right. After Fontana walked, Charles moved to third on a double play groundout by Refsnyder and then scored on a wild pitch to end the game.

    Stassi led Team USA at the plate, going 4-for-4 with a double, three RBI and two runs scored. Aplin finished 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored, Bailey was 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored and Charles went 1-for-1 with a three-run double in his lone plate appearance. Rodriguez finished 1-for-1 with an RBI-double and a run scored, Grichuk went 1-for-3 with a double and two runs scored and Refsnyder had an RBI and two runs scored. Maddox added an RBI, while Cain and Vincej both scored a run in the victory.

    Maddox picked up the win after holding Brazil to three runs on nine hits in five innings of work with six strikeouts. Rodriguez earned the save, striking out two batters in two hitless frames.

    Team USA will face Mexico on Sunday at 3 p.m. before wrapping up pool play against Japan on Monday at 2 p.m.