Sept. 12, 2006

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  • SNELLVILLE, Ga. The 2006 Junior National Team Trials continued today with 26 of the 32 players representing the USA in a 3-1 victory over the Chinese Taipei Junior Team at John Sawyer Field on the campus of South Gwinnett High School.

    Three American pitchers combined to limit the Taiwanese squad to four hits and one run in the victory. American starter Neil Ramirez (Virginia Beach, VA) pitched very well, giving up only two hits and striking out seven batters in his scheduled four innings pitched. Jarrod Parker (Bluffton, IN) followed Ramirez with four solid innings of his own. He gave up one run on two hits and no walks while fanning five hitters to earn the win as the Americans took over the lead for good in the eighth inning. American closer Kevin Rhoderick (Scottsdale, AZ) earned the save, preserving the 3-1 lead by tossing a scoreless inning while striking out two batters.

    After three scoreless innings, Team USA took an one-run lead in the top half of the fourth inning when third baseman Matt Dominguez (Lake Balboa, CA) hit a one-out double and scored on a single to left field by Freddie Freeman (Villa Park, CA) that the left fielder misplayed allowing Dominguez to score. The Taiwanese tied the game in the bottom of the seventh inning with a leadoff double and two groundouts. But the Americans came right back in the top half of the eighth inning to plate two runs for the final 3-1 margin. Danny Rams (Miami, FL) led off with a double and pinch runner Michael Main (Deland, FL) scored when Matt Newmans (Glendale, AZ) sacrifice attempt was thrown away by the pitcher at third base. Newman then scored on an rbi-double to right by second baseman Riccio Torrez (Phoenix, AZ).

    The three-game series versus Chinese Taipei concludes on Wednesday night at 6pm at Parkview High School in Snellville, GA.