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CARY, N.C. -- The 2012 Tournament of Stars presented by Major League Baseball kicks off Wednesday, June 20 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C.
Sunday, June 24
Gold medal game
PONY 5 vs. Babe Ruth 3 -- BOX
Ryan Boldt went 3-for-4, and PONY (3-1) knocked off previously unbeaten Babe Ruth (3-1) to claim the championship of the 2012 Tournament of Stars. Having claimed the last three titles, Babe Ruth came into the championship game as the tournament's only remaining undefeated team. Babe Ruth took the early lead on a Dom Nunez RBI-triple. The PONY offense would respond immediately, pushing across three runs in the top half of the fourth inning, the last of which came home on a Ryan Boldt single, one of his three hits in the game. PONY would add runs in the fifth and ninth to push the lead to 5-1. Babe Ruth mounted one last comeback, scoring two in the bottom of the ninth before Cameron Varga closed the door to pick up the save. Tyler Thorne captured the win on the mound with three innings of work, while Steve Farinaro was charged with the loss. PONY three-hole hitter, Jeremy Martinez, was walked five times in the contest.
5th & 6th place game
NABF 4 vs. USA Stars 2 -- BOX
The USA Stars (1-3) jumped out to an ear ly lead with runs in the first and second innings, but they were unable to hold the NABF offense down in the late innings. Cavan Biggio and Sheldon Neuse each had two-hit performance for NABF, and Josh Rogers, Kyle Serrano and Hunter Green combined to shut out the Stars over the final six innings to help NABF claim fifth place. Brick Paskiewicz took the loss for the Stars, despite striking out four hitters in three innings. Riley Unroe and Adrian Chacon both had two hits for the Stars.
Bronze medal game
AABC 2 vs. Dixie 3 -- BOX
Garrett Williams final swing of the 2012 Tournament of Stars proved to be one of his best. Hitting in the ninth spot of the order, Williams came up with a runner on third with one out in the bottom of the ninth, after taking a ball, he scorched a ground ball through the left-side to give Dixie (3-1) the, 3-2, walk-off win. The win captured the bronze medal for Dixie, capping a successful TOS. Kevin Davis was rock solid on the mound for Dixie, striking out six hitters in three innings of work, but it would be teammate Shaun Anderson who would tally the victory with two shut out innings of relief. Drew Ward went 2-for-4 for AABC, who out hit Dixie eight to seven. Nick Buckner doubled to lead off the ninth inning to set up Williams game winning hit.
7th & 8th place game
RBI 1 vs. American Legion 11 -- BOX
American Legion (2-2) exploded for 11 runs in their final Tournament of Stars game to capture seventh place over RBI (0-4). Andy McGuire found his swing, going 4-for-5 with four RBI's. Aside from McGuire, six other American LEgion hitters notched base hits, including multi-hit performances from Logan Shore, Kenny Meimerstorf and Raymond Pedrina. Six American Legion pitchers combined to stifled the RBI attack, allowing just one run on five hits and striking out 11. Corey Ray had two hits from the lead off spot for RBI to finish off his successful TOS.
VIDEO: Meet the 18U National Trials Team
VIDEO: Getting to Know: USA Stars
VIDEO: Getting to Know: Dixie
VIDEO: Host Families
Saturday, June 23
USA Stars 3 vs. Dixie 7 -- BOX
Chris Arroyo was the catalyst with a 3-for-5, two-RBI performance for Dixie (2-1). Arroyo's efforts, paired with solid pitching from Keegan Thompson, Bryce Harman, Nick Gordon and Spencer Trayner, propelled Dixie past the USA Stars (1-2), 7-3, and into Sunday's bronze medal game. Daulton Jefferies was steady on the mound for the Stars, giving up one run over three innings of one-hit ball. In the end, the Dixie offense got to the Stars relievers, pushing across three runs in the bottom of the eighth and sealing the victory. Spencer Traynor picked up a save with two innings of scoreless ball. Michael Mannaci took the loss for the Stars.
NABF 4 vs. PONY 5 -- BOX
Through ten games of the Tournament of Stars, there hadn't been a single home run. That changed on the final swing of game three on Saturday when Jeremy Martinez belted a walk-off homer over the wall in left field. The home run lifted PONY (2-1) to a 5-4 win over NABF (1-2) and was his third hit and RBI of the game. After falling behind 2-0 early in the game, PONY closed out strong as it scored a run in each of the final five frames. Cassidy Brown drove in two of the four NABF runs and Ryan Boldt, Nick Longhi and Connor Heady each had two hits for PONY. With the win, PONY now has a chance to play in tomorrow's gold medal game.
American Legion 0 vs. AABC 3 -- BOX
Ryan Olson was extremely efficient through three innings for AABC (2-1), as he picked up the win on the mound. The righty allowed no runs on two hits while striking out three American Legion (1-2) hitters. Steve Romo paced the AABC offense from the lead off spot, going 2-for-4 with an RBI. Joe Corrigan and Timmy Richards both added RBI's to give AABC a three-run cushion. That is all they would need as Olson, Thomas Hatch, Chris Pelaez and Jack Flaherty combined to shut out American Legion. Andy McGuire and Billy Roth each knocked doubles for American Legion.
RBI 4 vs. Babe Ruth 5 -- BOX
Game one of the fourth day of the 2012 Tournament of Stars proved to be a wild one. Babe Ruth (3-0) took a commanding, 3-0, lead by scoring runs in the third,fourth and fifth innings. RBI (0-3)stormed back with a three-run seventh inning that was capped off with a two-run single from Corey Ray. The final two innings went by without a run being scored, setting up the tournament's first international tie-breaker situation. In the top of the tenth inning, RBI pushed a run across when Gabe Selochan scored on a Darius Day sacrifice fly. In the bottom half of the tenth, an error loaded the bases for Babe Ruth. Bryson Brigman then stepped to the plate and shot a ground ball through the infield to score the tying and winning runs. With the win, Babe Ruth earned a spot in Sunday's championship game.
VIDEO: Getting to Know: RBI
VIDEO: Getting to Know: NABF
Friday, June 22
Members of the eight teams playing in the 2012 Tournament of Stars took a break from game-action Friday to participate in the Evaluation Day at the National Training Complex. The 144-participants were grouped by position and were put through a series of drills that showcased their skills infront of 18U National Team manager Scott Brosius and his coaching staff. The five-day event will continue Saturday morning with games resuming at 9:30 a.m.
VIDEO: Inside Evaluation Day
VIDEO: Inside the Grounds Crew
Thursday, June 21
NABF 4 vs. AABC 6 -- BOX
AABC (1-1) scored two runs in the third, fifth and eighth innings and held off NABF in the ninth to win 6-4. Timmy Richards led the way at the plate for AABC as he was 1-for-3 with 3 RBIs. In the top half of the ninth inning, NABF threatened by putting the first two hitters on base. After an error that allowed a run to score and a fielder's choice, Sheldon Neuse came to the plate with two runners in scoring position. Neuse, who was 3-for-5 on the day, couldn't record his fourth hit of the game however, as Cheyne Bickel struck him out to end the game. Alec Byrd was the winning pitcher for AABC, and Hunter Green took the loss for NABF.
Babe Ruth 5 vs. Dixie 3 -- BOX
Babe Ruth became the first team to the two win mark at the 2012 Tournament of Stars when they scratched for two runs in the top of the ninth, and Matt Ruppenthal shut the door in the bottom of the ninth to notch a save. Bryson Brigman set the tone from the lead off spot, going 3-for-5, and Chasen Ford picked up the win with three innings of solid relief. Dixie tied the game in the seventh when Justin Williams crushed an RBI-double. The double was Williams second hit of the game, matching teammate Christain Arroyo for tops on the team in the game. Alex Hagner was charged with the loss, allowing two runs over two innings of work.
RBI 4 vs. USA Stars 5 -- BOX
The USA Stars (1-1) jumped on RBI (0-2) early with three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Adan Gutierrez held the game close for RBI, however, as he fired four and a third innings while allowing one run. RBI climbed back with a two-RBI double from Corey Ray in the top of the third, and an RBI single off the bat of Marcellus Sneed in the fifth inning. With the game tied at four in the bottom of the eighth, Trey Michalczewski scored the eventual winning run on a wild pitch. Connor Beck got the win for the USA Stars with two solid innings of relief,and Brick Paskiewicz struck out the side in the ninth to earn the save. Gabe Selochan took the loss for RBI. Sneed and Michalczewski had two hits for RBI and the USA Stars, respectively.
PONY 1 vs. American Legion 2 -- BOX
It took American Legion (1-1) until the bottom of the seventh inning to record their first hit off the PONY (1-1) pitching staff, but after Andy McGuire's lead-off double, the hits started coming in bunches. The American Legion lineup had four hits in the bottom of the ninth inning to erase a one-run deficit and top PONY, 2-1. Kenny Meimerstorf drove in Logan Shore on a walk-off RBI single to give American Legion their first win of the 2012 Tournament of Stars. Billy Roth notched the win with two and a third innings of relief, while Tyler Thorne took the loss for PONY. Anfernee Grier and Matt Diorio each had multi-hit performances in the loss.
VIDEO: Getting to Know: American Legion
VIDEO: Getting to Know: Babe Ruth
Wednesday, June 20
USA Stars 3 vs. Babe Ruth 5 -- BOX
After rain pushed back the start of the USA Stars (0-1) and Babe Ruth (1-0) game an hour, the Babe Ruth pitchers came out firing. Steven Farinaro and Stephen Gonsalves each pitched three innings and combined to allow just three hits while striking out 14. With a 2-1 lead through five and a half innings, Babe Ruth extended its lead to four when it pushed across three runs in the bottom of the sixth. The USA Stars fought back with two runs in the top of the seventh on an RBI single from Nico Giarratano and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Riley Unroe, but the rally wasn't enough. Touki Toussaint took the loss for the USA Stars and Christian Martinek closed out the game with two strikeouts in the top of the ninth to earn the save.
AABC 2 vs. PONY 3 -- BOX
Despite a lengthy rain delay that ended Trey Cobb's stellar relief appearance after two innings, the righty from Broken Arrow, Okla., managed to pick up the win in PONY's (1-0), 3-2, victory over AABC (0-1). Fighting the weather conditions through the early part of the game, AABC jumped out to a 2-1 lead on an RBI single by Joe Corrigan and a sac fly by Cody Thomas in the top of the third. PONY responded in the bottom of the fifth with a two-RBI double by Pete Alonzo just moments before the grounds crew was called in to tarp the field. The 3-2 score would stay the same the rest of the way as Ryder Jones fired two scoreless innings to pick up the save. Adrian DeHorta took the loss for AABC.
American Legion 4 vs. NABF 5 -- BOX
NABF (1-0) exploded for three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to erase a two run defecit to beat American Legion (0-1),5-4. Cavan Biggio led the NABF offense as he was 2-for-3 with two doubles. Zac Ryan earned the win for NABF as he allowed two earned runs in five innings of relief. Andy McGuire, Logan Shore, Michael Maiello and Nick Ciuffo each had two hits to lead the American Legion offensive attack. American Legion also got a strong pitching performance from Chris Kohler who threw five innings and gave up one run on just two hits while striking out six.
Dixie 1 vs. RBI 0 -- BOX
Dixie (1-0) and RBI (0-1) traded scoreless frames through eight innings, with pitching dominating the first game of the 2012 Tournament of Stars. Marcellus Snead and Seth Martinez each fired four shutout innings for RBI, striking out five and six hitters respectively. On the other side, Sean Brady, Nicholas Gordon, Garrett Williams and Spencer Traynor combined to throw nine shutout innings and allow just two total hits from the RBI lineup. Dixie first baseman Bryce Harman, who went 3-for-4 in the contest, broke the scoreless game with an RBI triple in the top of the ninth inning, scoring John Sternagel who previously singled. Sal Mendez took the loss for RBI, while Trayner picked up the win in relief for Dixie.
VIDEO: Getting to Know: Team AABC
VIDEO: Getting to Know: Team PONY
Tuesday, June 19
The 144 invited players arrive from all over the country to compete in the 2012 Tournament of Stars presented by Major League Baseball. The event is the primary selection vehicle for the 18U National Team that will compete in the 2012 IBAF Junior World Championships in Seoul, Korea.
Players will receive their gear, meet the coaches of their National Member Organization teams and go through MLB Network green screen interviews. Games and training are scheduled for June 20-24 (no games scheduled for June 19).