Starter Daniel Camarena (Bonita, Calif.) tossed two shutout innings and allowed just one hit. Right-hander John Simms (Woodlands, Tex./Rice) earned the win allowing three runs on three hits in five innings of work. Bubba Starling (Gardner, Kan./Nebraska) threw a scoreless frame and Dillon Maples (West End, N.C.) closed out the Cubs in the ninth.
Blake Swihart (Rio Rancho, N.M./Texas) notched two extra base hits and two RBIs, Nicky Delmonico (Knoxville, Tenn.) ripped a two-run home run and Christian Lopes (Canyon Country, Calif.) added a pair of hits to round out the balanced USA attack.
"Its was a beautiful night and a gorgeous ballpark," explained head coach Garye LaFevers. "It's tough to react at the plate with so many pitchers in and out, but we showed a better approach at the plate tonight and hit the ball well."
Delmonico propelled USA to an early two-run lead courtesy of a mammoth two-run home run. The Knoxville, Tenn., product sent the 2-0 Andy Daulwater offering well over the right field wall to give the U.S. an early lead.
The Red, White and Blue tacked on one more run from the long ball in the second. Swihart delivered a solo home run, after the U.S. lined into a double play, to give Team USA a 3-0 after two.
The Cubs responded in the bottom of the third scoring three runs on a three hits. Simms struggled to get ahead in the count as Greg Lane ripped a solo home run and Tony Lane laced a RBI triple to knot the score at three.
Both team' squandered opportunities to push ahead in the middle innings stranded runners on base in scoring position. USA left five runners on through the first five innings to the Cubs' four in as many innings.
Team USA recaptured the lead in the sixth inning scoring two runs on three hits. Swihart laced a RBI triple and Tony Wolters (Vista, Calif./University of San Diego) ripped a two-RBI single to give the U.S. a 5-3 lead.
The U.S. added an insurance run in the seventh with another two-out RBI single off the bat of Michael Lorenzen (Anaheim, Calif/Cal-State Fullerton). The squad tacked on two more in the eighth to stretch the lead to 8-3, a Lance McCullers (Tampa, Fla.) pinch-hit two-out RBI double and Littlewood's RBI sac fly provided the runs.
The 18U National team will resume exhibition play Thursday night against the Minnetonka Millers. The U.S. will play nine exhibition games against area all-star teams and international opponents in Minnesota, before embarking on the 2010 IBAF "AAA" (18U) World Junior Championships from July 23-Aug. 1.
The 2010 IBAF World Junior "AAA" (18U) Baseball Championship will host national teams from Australia, Canada, Chinese Taipei, Cuba, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Korea, Netherlands, Panama, Venezuela and the United States. Teams will begin qualifying games on July 23 and the tournament will culminate in the gold medal game on August 1 at Port Arthur Stadium in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. Visit the website at www.worldbaseball2010.com. For tickets, please call toll free at 1-877-422-3201.
- An archived broadcast of Team USA's win over the Chaska Cubs will be provided by the Minnesota Sports Network, visit mnsportsnetwork.com for more information.