Team USA Defeats Nicaragua 13-2 in 6-Inning Run-Rule Victory

January 27, 2007

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  • GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA - The USA Baseball 14-U National Team defeated Nicaragua 13-2 in 6 innings to earn the gold medal in the Pan-Am 'A' Regional Qualifying event held at Galvez Sobral Stadium.

    The championship game featured the two teams with the best record throughout the event as Team USA entered at 5-0 and Nicaragua at 4-1. Pitcher Colin Reed (Belmont, Calif.) started the game on the bump for the U.S., giving up two of Nicaragua's four hits in the game in the first inning alone. However, Reed got out of the first inning jam thanks to stellar defensive plays by second-baseman Lucas Long (San Francisco, Calif.).

    Team USA's bats started out cold, but the Nicaraguans couldn't cage the beast for long. After the visitors struck the first blow with a run in the top of the second, the Americans unloaded on their opponents, scoring nine of their thirteen runs on six hits. Catcher Jake Gober (Sammamish, Wash.) led off the inning with an infield single, followed by two excellent bunts that the Nicaraguan defense botched. Reed then smacked a single up the middle, scoring both Gober and third baseman Cole Gleason (Mesa, Ariz.). The next four hitters reached base, including shortstop Zach Davies' (Gilbert, Ariz.) two-RBI rip up the middle that almost decapitated the pitcher. Gober capped off the inning with a three-run shot over the right field wall.

    Both pitchers settled in after the second inning melee as Reed faced only fourteen batters through the next four innings.

    "Colin Reed's pitching performance was worthy of the USA Baseball tradition," said coach Tim O'Brien (Columbia, MD). "Colin had all his pitches working tonight and truly dominated the Nicaraguan contingent," added coach Dave Webb (Gilbert, Ariz.).

    The left-hander went the distance, striking out seven and walking three. Center fielder Tyler Krause (Fountain Hills, Ariz.) added an impressive leaping catch on the warning track in the fourth inning, and the Nicaraguans scored their only other run in the fifth inning on an errant throw during a double play attempt.

    Team USA sealed the deal in the bottom of the sixth by pouring on the offense as they had throughout the tournament. Davies singled, outfielder Ryan Parker (San Mateo, Calif.) was hit by a pitch, and Gober walked to set the stage for Gleason. On a 2-1 fastball, the third baseman launched the ball into the Guatemalan night, clinching the victory and catapulting the team into celebration. Gleason's long ball was Team USA's third walk-off hit of the tournament and marked the team's fifth run-rule victory.

    Overall, the U.S. outscored its opponents 99-28, holding them to only a .171 batting average.

    "This week was the epitome of team play both on and off the field," said coach Tom Succow (Glendale, Ariz.). "There were times when our pitching wasn't as good as it could have been, but our bats always kept us in the hunt," continued coach George Sanchez (Gilbert, Ariz.). "The Eagles really came through swinging the sticks."

    The closing ceremony supported the coaches' high praise as five Team USA starters earned individual awards. Jake Gober earned best catcher, Colin Reed best pitcher, Cole Gleason best third baseman, and Tyler Krause best center fielder. Zach Davies racked up four personal awards: RBI champion, home run champion, best shortstop, and Most Valuable Player of the entire tournament.

    The closing ceremony also included a speech by Champions Program Director Rick Riccobono, who announced that Team USA had decided to donate a large amount of its equipment to the other nations participating in the event. Each team received several aluminum bats as well as catcher's gear, baseballs, and other items. In addition, the players and parents of the 14-U National Team pledged a generous donation to be dispersed among the Central American countries.

    "It was an honor and a privilege to have competed in such an outstanding event," said Program Coordinator of National Teams David Palanzo. "This week was the culmination of a lot of hard work on the part of the players, coaches, and staff of the 14-U National Team."

    "The trip was a huge success because we not only achieved our goals in the competition, but also were able to spread our knowledge of the game and forge strong relations with a plethora of nations for years to come," continued Director Riccobono. "Winning the Pan-Am Regional Qualifier set a strong foundation for the USA Baseball Champions Program, and the coming year will surely produce further opportunities for talented youth across the country to succeed."

    Nicaragua........... 010 010 - 2 4 1
    USA................... 090 004 - 13 13 1

    Start: 5:30 pm
    Time: 1:38
    Attendance: 823

    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 Results
    USA 18 vs. Honduras 1
    El Salvador defeated Guatemala

    January 24 Tournament Results
    USA 16 vs. El Salvador 6
    Nicaragua defeated Guatemala

    January 25 OFF DAY

    January 26 Semi-Final Results
    (3) El Salvador 5 vs. (2) Nicaragua 16
    (4) Guatemala 1 vs. (1) USA 11

    January 27 Tournament Results
    Bronze Medal Game: El Salvador 3 vs. Guatemala 0
    Gold Medal Game: USA 13 vs. Nicaragua 2

    Tournament Standings
    1. USA 6-0
    2. Nicaragua 4-2
    3. El Salvador 3-3
    4. Guatemala 1-5
    5. Honduras 0-4