18U: Five-run fifth gives USA 7-2 win
Biggio drives in three runs to help USA top Angels
FULLERTON, Calif. -- The USA Baseball 18U National Team fell into an early hole, but climbed its way back, topping the Angels scout team, 7-2, at Goodwin Field in Fullerton, Calif.
The Angels got on the board first when they pushed across a run in the top half of the first inning. After Jake Bauers walked and moved to second on Taylor Bryant's single, he came home to score when Trey Arbet doubled to left field, giving the Angels a 1-0 lead. The Angels would eventually load the bases after a 5-2-5-4-6 fielder's choice and a hit-by-pitch, but starter Garrett Williams caught Chance Sisco looking on a 2-2 pitch to escape the inning and minimize the damage.
Cole Young picked up another run for the Angels in the second inning, when he hit the first pitch of the inning over the right-center-field fence for a solo home run. Williams ended his afternoon after allowing two runs on four hits and striking out two over two innings.
Left-handed reliever Carson Sands came on in the third inning and got the momentum back on the USA's side with a 1-2-3 inning, including two strikeouts. Sands continued to dominate hitters in the fourth striking out two more and inducing a popup to the second baseman. The southpaw picked up the win in relief, and his final stat line read two innings, not allowing a base runner and striking out four.
USA got back to even in the bottom of the third inning. Ryan Boldt doubled to left-center and came around to score on Bryson Brigman's single to right. Brigman scored the tying-run when Cavan Biggio unloaded a double to deep right field.
The red, white and blue took the lead in the fourth thanks to a trio of defensive miscues by the Angels. Three consecutive errors loaded the bases, and Dom Nunez dropped a perfectly placed two-RBI single to right field to give USA a 4-2 lead. A walk to Ryan Boldt reloaded the bases for Connor Heady, who hit a ground ball to third to score Arroyo. Batting with two outs, Biggio singled to right scoring both Nunez and Boldt to give USA the 7-2 lead.
Kevin Davis fired the final two frames for Team USA. The righty struck out five, allowing just one hit and walking a pair of Angels hitters.
The team will travel to Taiwan on Wednesday evening, where it will take on Chinese Taipei in a three-game exhibition series before playing in the 2012 IBAF 18U/AAA World Championships in Seoul, South Korea, Aug. 30-Sept. 8.