TEAM USA IMPROVES TO 6-0 TOPPING COLOMBIA 18-1
August 10, 2006
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BARQUISIMETO, Venezuela – Team USA whipped Colombia 18-1 in a 5-inning run-rule enforced game (15 + run margin after five innings). Team USA batted around in three successive innings (2nd, 3rd, and 4th), scoring 16 runs over that span. They’ve secured the #1 seed in this weekend’s medal play.
Team USA hit a pair of home runs - L.J. Hoes smashed a 3-run homer in the 2nd inning, and Dimitri De La Fuente cracked a 2-run shot in the 4th. Kyle Skipworth produced four hits and three runs batted in. Max Stassi had a pair of 2-run doubles (4 RBI). Ronnie Richardson picked up the win (3.1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 3 BB, 6 K).
The first batter of the game, L.J. Hoes (Mitchelville, MD) reached second base on a pair of errors by Colombia’s shortstop (fielding/throwing). Tyler Rahmatulla (Mission Viejo, CA) struck out swinging off right-handed starter Rodolfo Martinez. Jaff Decker (Phoenix, AZ) the tournament’s leading hitter coming into the game (.556), also struck out swinging; on a change-up for the second out. After Hoes advanced to third base on a wild pitch, Harold Martinez (Miami, FL) walked. Kyle Skipworth (Riverside, CA) blooped an RBI single to right, scoring Hoes, and sending Martinez to third base. Team USA took the 1-0 lead. Max Stassi (Yuba City, CA) flied to shallow right field on a 3-2 pitch to end the inning.
Ronnie Richardson (Eagle Lake, FL) started on the mound for Team USA with a 1-0 lead on Colombia. After issuing a lead-off walk to Nel Saltarin, Kyle Skipworth made a diving catch in shallow left, depriving Luis Piterson of a hit. Saltarin then stole second base, but was stranded after a strikeout and line out.
In the 2nd inning, Team USA poured in six runs to take the commanding 7-0 lead. D.J. Hicks (Altamonte Springs, FL) opened with a four-pitch walk. Mychal Givens (Tampa, FL) flied to center field. Ronnie Richardson reached first base when a throw from the third baseman was low to second, attempting to force Hicks, who was able to take third. After falling behind in the count, L.J. Hoes drilled a 2-2 fastball over the centerfield fence, a 3-run blast, pumping Team USA’s lead to 4-0. It was Hoes’s second homer of the tournament. Tyler Rahmatulla was hit by a pitch following the homer, and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Jaff Decker walked for the seventh time in the tournament, making it first and second with one out. Columbia made a pitching change, bringing in Elkin Guete. Harold Martinez popped out to second for the second out. Kyle Skipworth smacked a one-hopper off the first baseman’s mitt into right, for his second RBI single, as it scored Rahmatulla, and pushed Decker to third. Team USA led 5-0. After Skipworth stole second without a throw, Max Stassi laced a 2-run double off the center field wall, driving home Decker and Skipworth for a 7-0 advantage. The third Colombian pitcher took the hill in the inning, as Teofilo Guterrez came on. D.J. Hicks, who started the inning with a walk, flied to left to end the productive inning.
Mychal Givens started a 4-run 3rd inning, with a bouncing single to center. Ronnie Richardson lined a single to center, pushing Givens into scoring position. L.J. Hoes, who had homered in his last at-bat, popped to second for the first out of the 3rd. Tyler Rahmatulla was hit with a 3-2 pitch to fill the bases. Jaff Decker nailed a 1-2 pitch to center scoring both Givens and Richardson for a 9-0 Team USA lead. Harold Martinez lined an RBI double to left-center scoring Rahmatulla, catapulting the lead to 10-0. Kyle Skipworth followed with a double off the base of the centerfield fence, scoring Decker to make it 11-0. Skipworth’s third hit and run batted in. Max Stassi struck out swinging for the second out. D.J. Hicks walked to load the bases, before Mychal Givens popped to second to wrap it up. For the second straight inning, Team USA sent 10 batters to the plate.
In the home 3rd, Richardson’s string of retiring eight straight Colombian hitters (with five strikeouts) came to a close, as Saltarin walked with two outs, and was stranded.
Team USA added six runs in the 4th. L.J. Hoes reached with a one-out walk, and two batters later, Dimitri De La Fuente (West Covina, CA) homered to center in his first at-bat of the morning, producing a 13-0 lead. Another pitching change was made, with Eugenio Sarmiento becoming the new pitcher. Harold Martinez walked, and Kyle Skipworth blooped a single to left, his fourth hit of the morning. Max Stassi ripped a 2-run double to left, scoring Martinez and Skipworth, pumping the lead to 15-0. It was Stassi’s second 2-run double. D.J. Hicks followed with an RBI single to right plating Stassi for a 16-0 margin. Mychal Givens was hit by a pitch pushing Hicks to second. Ronnie Richardson lined a single to right-center, scoring Hicks, for a 17-0 cushion. L.J. Hoes bounced out to end the frame.
Colombia collected its first hit of the game off Richardson in the 4th inning – a single from Gehard Hodwalker following a walk to the lead-off batter. Two batters later, Colombia scored its first run, on an infield single from Yonathon Jimenez, making it 17-1. Richardson was then relieved by Kyle Winkler (Sugar Land, TX), who induced a double-play liner to Stassi at second base. Stassi had switched from the catcher’s position to second.
Colombia’s fifth pitcher of the day, Fernando Valle started the 5th inning, with Team USA leading 17-1. Mac Williamson (Wake Forest, NC) flied out for the first out. Dimitri De La Fuente reached on a throwing error at third, advanced on a passed ball, and scored on a bad hop single from Harold Martinez, which went by the third baseman’s left ear. Team USA led 18-1. Kyle Skipworth struck out looking for the second out, and Max Stassi bounced to third to end the inning.
Kyle Winkler allowed a couple of harmless walks in the 5th before retiring Colombia, and ending the run-rule enforced game.
Head Coach Garye LaFevers commented on his team’s sixth win in as many games – "a couple of times, we scored some runs with two outs. Hoes’s homer (with two strikes) took some doubt out of the equation, because you never know which way the game will go...it relaxed everybody…it took tension away…we’ve been pressing early in games…kids have tried to do too much. L.J. hit the homer and we really started to swing better. 15 hits in 5 innings – that’s a pretty good outing. If we had 12 earned runs out of the 18, that’s not shabby either." I thought Ronnie did a great job. We throw strikes, get people out – and have the added adversity of waiting in between innings before they go back to the mound (due to a lot of scoring). Skipworth had a good game (was responsible for 3 RBI, 4 hits).
Team USA will play the Dominican Republic at 10am on August 11th, in their seventh game.
WP: Richardson (1-0); LP: Martinez (0-1)
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 2-3