16U Team shuts out Australia, 6-0
Davis, Hochstatter, Hawkins combine for two-hitter
It was the third and final exhibition game for the U.S. before the IBAF "AA" World Youth Baseball Championship begins on Saturday.
Dylan Davis earned the win after striking out two batters and holding Australia to only one hit in four innings of work. Hochstatter had a pair of strikeouts and gave up only one hit in two innings, and Hawkins fanned five in two hitless frames.
The U.S. scored five runs in the bottom of the third to take a 5-0 lead.
Third baseman Chris Rivera (Anaheim, Calif.) reached on a one-out error to begin the inning. Left fielder Austin Cousino (Dublin, Ohio) followed with a single through the right side to move Rivera to second. After Rivera stole third, shortstop Francisco Lindor (Clermont, Fla.) bunted to third, scoring Rivera. Lindor reached on an error by Daniel Nilsson. Second baseman Kevin Kramer (Turlock, Calif.) then lined an RBI single to left to plate Cousino.
Right fielder Cory Geisler (Spring, Texas) followed with an RBI single through the right side. Lindor would score on the play, while Kramer moved to third and Geisler advanced to second on the throw to the plate. Center fielder Albert Almora (Hialeah, Fla.) then reached on an infield single, scoring Kramer and moving Geisler to third. First baseman Kenny Mathews (Diamond Bar, Calif.) capped the frame with an RBI single through the right side to score Geisler.
Team USA added a run in the bottom of the seventh to go ahead, 6-0. Rivera again reached on a one-out error to start the inning. After Rivera stole second, Cousino sent a high fly ball off the base of the wall in right-center for a stand-up double. Lindor was then intentionally walked to load the bases. Third baseman C.J. Hinojosa (Spring, Texas) then reached on a fielder's choice that allowed Rivera to score.
Almora paced the U.S. at the plate, finishing 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Cousino went 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored, Kramer was 1-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored, and Geisler finished 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Mathews was 1-for-1 with an RBI, Rivera scored two runs, Lindor had an RBI and a run scored, and Hinojosa had an RBI.
Darryl George took the loss for Australia after surrendering five unearned runs on five hits in five innings of work. Alex Da Silva gave up one run on two hits in 2 2/3 innings, and Beau Rohweder faced two batters.
First baseman Jarryd Klemm and right fielder Mitch Hayes had the only two hits for Australia.
As a practice for a potential tie-breaking scenario at the upcoming World Youth Baseball Championships, the two teams played the ninth inning under new international rules for a tied game. The inning begins with runners on first and second and nobody. Teams can send who they want to the plate with the two preceding batters at first and second. This tie-breaker is implemented beginning in the 10th inning of IBAF-sanctioned tournament games.
Australia did not score in the ninth, while the U.S. scored on an RBI double by Lindor.
Team USA will open the World Youth Baseball Championship against Hong Kong on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. local time (9:30 p.m. EDT on Friday).