14U NTDP Weathers Late Rally to Win Game 2 of JPC
An 11-hit performance led the 14U NTDP to a 6-5 victory at the National Training Complex
CARY, N.C. - On Sunday morning, the 14U National Team Development Program (NTDP) returned to Coleman Field for game two of the Junior Prospect Classic versus the newly-formed 15U National Team. The 14U NTDP withstood a three run rally by the 15U team in the ninth inning to pick up a 6-5 victory and split the series.
The 14U NTDP knocked in runs in both the first and second innings to jump out to an early 2-0 lead over the 15U team. Eli Paton (La Canada, Calif.) got things started with a sacrifice fly ball to center field to score Hunter Haas (Phoenix, Ariz.). The 14U NTDP followed up with three consecutive hits in the second inning to bring home Zavien Watson (San Diego, Calif.) and widen the advantage to two runs.
The offensive spurt continued in the third inning for the 14U NTDP, as the team recorded three doubles to plate two additional runs and take a four run advantage over the 15U squad. Jordan Daphney (Palm Harbor, Fla.) smashed a line drive doubles to right field, allowing Haas to slide into home base. During the subsequent play, Watson recorded his second double of the day to bring home Daphney.
After coming away empty handed in the first three innings, the 15U National Team got on the board in the fourth inning when Coleman Brigman (San Jose, Calif.) knocked a fly ball to foul territory, allowing Ethan Long (Gilbert, Ariz.) to score after tagging up. The 15U team tacked on an additional run in the sixth inning to cut the lead to 4-2 with three innings remaining.
Following four consecutive without a run, the 14U NTDP's bats woke up in the eighth inning, as the team plated two runs to extend the lead to 6-2. Haas led off with an infield single to get on base, and he was brought home on the next play off a single by Paton. A well-executed bunt by Shane Stafford (Huntington Beach, Calif.) plated Roc Riggio (Simi Valley, Calif.), who was the pinch runner for Paton.
Despite trailing by four runs headed into the game's final inning, the 15U National Team proved its resiliency, falling just short of a miraculous comeback. Carter Young (Selah, Wash.), Anthony Volpe (Watchung, N.J.) and Colton Olasin (Spring Hill, Fla.) tacked on three quick runs against 14U NTDP pitcher Nicholas Regalado (Miami Lakes, Fla.) to narrow the deficit to one run. After a rough outing at the bump for Regalado, Daphney entered the game with two on and two outs with the game on the line. Daphney got Joe Naranjo (Chino, Calif.) to fly out to right field to earn the save for the 14U NTDP.
14U NTDP starting pitcher Parker Welch (Riverside, Calif.) earned the win on Sunday after surrendering no hits during one inning at the mound. Eight additional pitchers toed the rubber for the 14U NTDP, collectively striking out four batters while only allowing eight hits for the 15U National Team.
Haas and Watson both recorded phenomenal performances at the dish for the 14U NTDP on Sunday. Haas went 3-for-4 with one double and two RBI, while Watson notched two doubles, one RBI and one run. Additionally, Matt Morello (Flemington, N.J.) had one hit and one RBI, Daphney recorded one hit, one run and one RBI, and Paton tallied one hit and two RBI.
After the conclusion of the Junior Prospect Classic on Sunday, USA Baseball announced that Lucas Gordon (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Pete Armstrong (Sherman Oak, Calif.) were selected to attend the 2017 15U National Team trials. Gordon led Team USA as a member of the 14U team selected to play in a COPABE tournament in Panama, while Armstrong was a standout performer this week in Cary, N.C.
Additionally, nine players were selected to the All-Development Team, with five coming from participants in this week's Development Week and four deriving from the Panama team.
The 14U National Team Development Program All-Development Team is as follows:
Name, Position, Hometown:
Pete Armstrong, OF, Sherman Oak, Calif. (Cary, N.C.)*
Nicholas Regalado, UT, Miami Lakes, Fla. (Cary, N.C.)
Hunter Haas, IF, Phoenix, Ariz. (Cary, N.C.)
Eli Paton, IF, La Canada, Calif. (Cary, N.C.)
Nick Yorke, IF, Campbell, Calif. (Cary, N.C.)
Masyn Winn, RHP, Kingwood, Texas (Panama)
Lucas Gordon, LHP, Los Angeles, Calif. (Panama)*
Dylan Crews, OF, Longwood, Fla. (Panama)
Mac Guscette, C, Nokomis, Fla. (Panama)
*Denotes 2017 15U National Team trials invitee
Field Coordinator Tanner Vesely
(On the conclusion of the 14U Development Week)
"I thought the kids did an outstanding job all week with putting in the work. They worked hard and had long days, but there wasn't any moping or complaining. They got a lot of instruction thrown at them in a short period of time. It was a lot of fun today to watch it all come together and to watch the camaraderie of the players."
Stars Manager Dan Heefner
(On the players' improvement at the 14U National Team Development Program)
"I was very proud of the way they worked all week long. I thought they had good energy the entire week. I think what you're most proud of as a coach is seeing the things we talked about all week put in practice in the game. They are a fun group of guys with high energy and a desire to get better."
Stripes Manager Mark Kingston
(On beating the 15U National Team)
"I thought that was a great way for the week to end for these kids. They spent so much time and effort day and night throughout this process. To see them come out with the win today was perfect. I wish these kids a lot of luck in the future. I think a lot of them have bright futures."