14-U NATIONAL TEAM DEFEATS NICARAGUA 19-7
Team USA Continues to Show Offensive Prowess in Second Straight Win
January 22, 2007
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GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA - USA Baseball's inaugural 14 U National Team earned its second straight win at the Pan-Am 'A' Regional Qualifier, defeating Nicaragua 19-7 in seven innings.
Galvez Sobral Stadium was an energetic arena once again as the crowd of 600 supported both squads in their efforts. Both teams started out very sharp, retiring each other in order in the first inning. Team USA drew first blood in the top of the second after catcher Jake Gober (Sammamish, Wash.) led of the inning with a single to right field, advanced to third on a balk and a wild pitch, and scored on a Colin Reed (Belmont, Calif.) single.
Reed also started the game extremely well on the mound, striking out five and allowing no hits through the first three innings thanks in part to a stellar defensive effort. After an errant pick-off attempt bounced into the outfield, right-fielder Dylan Davis (Redmond, Wash.) fired the ball from deep in the corner to beat the runner as he attempted to take third. A Cole Gleason (Mesa, Ariz.) homerun in the top of the second put USA on top 2-0; Nicaragua then looked to do some damage of its own. Reed issued two walks to the first four batters of the 4th inning, setting up a clutch two-out pinch-hit home run by third baseman Chelsor Culbert to give the Nicaraguans the lead 3-2.
Team USA fired back immediately, putting up eight runs in the top of the 5th and taking the lead for good. Outfielder Billy Flamion (Modesto, Calif.) led off with a walk and scored on a Gleason double. The following two batters reached base, setting up a beautiful grand slam to dead center field by shortstop Zach Davies (Gilbert, Ariz.). First baseman Ryan Parker (San Mateo, Calif.) and Dylan Davis also scored in the inning as Team USA grabbed the lead 10-3.
However, the game's real American hero was Flamion, who finished the day going three-for-four with three home runs, eight RBIs, and four runs scored.
"It was nice to see Billy swing the stick well after a sub-par performance on the mound on Saturday," said coach George Sanchez (Gilbert, AZ). "He put the previous game behind him, made a nice adjustment after his first at-bat, and just crushed the ball for the rest of the game."
Gober had his second-straight efficient day at the plate, going one-for-three with three runs scored. Second baseman Joe Ross (Oakland, Calif.) contributed two hits and a run in his first tournament appearance.
Both Jake Dahlberg (Portland, Oreg.) and Tyler Krause (Fountain Hills, Ariz.) also saw work on the mound for Team USA. While Dahlberg struggled in his second tournament outing, Krause came in for the seventh inning and quickly shut the door on the Nicaraguans.
Team USA will look to go 3-0 on Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. against Honduras at Galvez Sobral Stadium.
USA................. 011 084 5 - 19 13 3
Nicaragua........... 000 304 0 - 7 3 2
Start: 6:30 pm
Jan. 20 Tournament Results
Nicaragua 12 vs. Honduras 2
Guatemala 11 vs. USA 22
Jan. 21 Tournament Results
Nicaragua defeated El Salvador
Honduras defeated Guatemala
Jan. 22 Tournament Results
El Salvador defeated Honduras
USA 19 vs. Nicaragua 7
January 23 Tournament Schedule
USA vs. Honduras, 9 AM
El Salvador vs. Guatemala, 7 PM