August 6, 2006

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  • BARQUISIMETO, Venezuela – Ryan Weber (St. Petersburg, FL) pitched a no-hitter in his allotted seven innings, in a 14-0 win for Team USA over Venezuela. The game was shortened due to the scoring margin (10+ runs) in the seventh. It was the first no-hitter in the history of the Youth National Team. Weber joins eight other pitchers who have thrown shutouts, the last being Blake Beaven in 2005. Weber, who overcame a stomach ailment, led the team to a (2-0) start in the tournament. The only Venezuelan batter to reach, was Roberto Velazquez, who was hit by a pitch in the third inning. Weber struck out 10, including eight of the first thirteen batters using his wicked sinker and slider combination, and his offense poured in runs in every inning but the sixth.

    Offensively, Max Stassi (Yuba City, CA) and Jaff Decker (Phoenix, AZ) each reached base four times. Decker scored four runs, and Stassi scored three with two RBI. Harold Martinez (Miami, FL) and Kyle Skipworth (Riverside, CA) also drove in a pair of runs.

    The team was walked or hit by a pitch 13 times by Venezuelan pitching (8 BB’s / 5 HBP’s), and the five hit-by-pitches tied a team record set in 2001 against Venezuela.

    Team USA opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning, without the benefit of a hit against Venezuela’s flame-thrower Francisco Carrillo. Jaff Decker walked with one out, stole second, advanced to third on a Harold Martinez grounder to second, and scored on a wild pitch with two outs, making it 1-0. In the 2nd inning Team USA’s lead grew to 2-0. Max Stassi led off with a single to right, and advanced to second when Kyle Skipworth was hit by a pitch. Tyler Rahmatulla (Mission Viejo, CA) then hit a grounder to second, resulting in a force play at second base, retiring Skipworth, but the shortstop’s throw to first was wide, allowing Stassi to score the second run of the game. It was an unearned run.

    Venezuela threatened in the 3rd when Roberto Velazquez was hit by a Weber pitch to start the inning, stole second, and took third on a grounder. With one out, Weber struck out the next two batters to maintain the shutout. Velazquez proved to be the only batter to reach against Weber.

    In the home third, Team USA scored three runs and batted around. L.J. Hoes (Mitchelville, MD) singled to left and stole second to leadoff the inning. Jaff Decker walked, and a Carrillo wild pitch with Harold Martinez batting, advanced the runners with no outs. Martinez drove in Hoes and Decker with a single to right, boosting the lead to 4-0. Martinez scored two batters later on a Max Stassi single to left, providing Team USA with a 5-0 lead. Carrillo was chased from the game as Team USA loaded the bases against him, as Venezuela brought in Roberto Diaz to pitch to Ryan Weber. Weber struck out to end the inning.

    The cascade of scoring continued in the fourth, as Team USA added four runs, batting around for a second straight inning (10 hitters) to take a 9-0 advantage. L.J. Hoes led off with a double inside first base, and Jaff Decker followed with a bunt single advancing Hoes to third. Decker stole second – his second stolen base of the night. After a Harold Martinez strike out, D.J. Hicks walked to fill the bases. Max Stassi, who had already singled twice, collected his third, bouncing his batted ball off the pitcher toward the shortstop, scoring Hoes, and producing a 6-0 lead. Tyler Rahmatulla succeeded the Stassi RBI, with a bases-loaded walk, forcing home Decker. The lead grew to 8-0 when Mychal Givens (Tampa, FL) was hit by a pitch, bringing home Hicks. The third Venezuelan pitcher, Baudilio Lopez came in to face Weber, and promptly drilled him with the first pitch, forcing home Stassi to make it 9-0. L.J. Hoes then flied out to end the inning.

    The fifth inning brought more runs for Team USA; they scored five more times. Jaff Decker walked and scored from first on a Harold Martinez single to right-center, which followed with a fielding error by the center fielder, pumping the margin to 10-0. Three runs came home when Kyle Skipworth lined a single to left, combined with a fielding error, and it was 13-0. Skipworth came home on a Weber double down the third base line to culminate the scoring.

    Head coach Garye LaFevers raved about his pitcher’s no-hitter, which headlined the evening. "Weber’s a fierce competitor who’s very focused, and has an excellent idea on how to pitch. He was throwing all pitches for strikes, he was working ahead in the count, and when he was missing, he was near the zone. He did a great job throwing strikes, changing speeds. He was dominant against a very good team." Weber had heavy run support offensively – "we did an outstanding job at the plate. We did a very good job of picking each other up offensively, so it wasn’t a one-man show."

    Team USA will play Cuba at 2pm on August 7th in its third game.

    Team VENEZUELA……….0000000
    Team USA……….................113450

    WP: Weber (1-0); LP: Carrillo (0-1)

    USA 2-0
    MEXICO 3-0
    CUBA 1-1
    COLOMBIA 1-1
    ARUBA 0-2
    BRAZIL 0-3