Stephen Gant, a senior righthander from Riverside High in Decaturville, Tenn., was found dead Tuesday afternoon from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 19.
According to WKRN-TV in Nashville, dispatchers in Perry County received a 911 call around 1:30 p.m. EST that Gant was walking along a road with a gun and threatening suicide. When officers arrived, Gant's body was found about 30 feet off the road with a single gunshot wound to the head. Authorities are still investigating the shooting.
CHICAGO — Mother Nature wasn't on Under Armour's side today.
During warmups and for the first couple innings of the Under Armour All-America Game presented by Baseball Factory, the weather was beautiful. But dark clouds started rolling in during the third inning and heavy downpour caused a 90-minute break in the action. With steady rain during the final three innings, the game was eventually called in the eighth when outfielder Fernelys Sanchez from Washington High in New York was drilled in the back by a pitch that slipped out of the pitcher's hand.
The National team beat the American team, 6-4.
"For us, it was important to try and get as much as the game in as possible," Baseball Factory spokesman Jason Budden said. "It's unfortunate that we had to end early, but we were able to get all the primary pitchers to throw and all position players got in the game. It was a great outing. I thought the kids showed great and I'm really excited with how it turned out, even with the weather."
The pitcher on the mound in the eighth inning was righthander Jamie Callahan. His stuff wasn't as sharp as he's shown in the past and he had trouble locating, giving up two walks and two singles before drilling Sanchez right at the top of the spine.
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CHICAGO — Fans watching the Under Armour All-America Game on MLB Network only get to see the tip of the iceberg. Obviously that's the highlight of the weekend, but there are several other great moments along the way. . .
Dream Come True
For the first time this year, the Under Armour All-Americans had Topps baseball cards produced. Each player signed 250 cards for Topps and they will be distributed as inserts in upcoming product releases.
For this baseman David Thompson from Westminster Christian High in Palmetto Bay, Fla., it was a dream come true.
"It was a pretty surreal moment," third baseman David Thompson said. "I always dreamed about having a baseball card, and now I do."
USA Baseball has announced the trials rosters for this summer's junior national teams. Here is the release, with the rosters below. . .
DURHAM, N.C.—USA Baseball announced the rosters for its 18U, 16U and 14U National Teams Trials on Monday, signaling the start of the federation’s youth-level National Team programming for 2011.
The 18U program selected 40 players and six alternates following last week’s Tournament of Stars, held at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. The 16U and 14U programs compiled their trials rosters at the conclusion of the 14U/16U Championships, which ended Saturday in Arizona and Florida. The 16U program named 38 players to trials, while the 14U club selected 39.
“This is always an exciting time of year for us,” said Paul Seiler, USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO. “The Tournament of Stars and 14U/16U Championships once again served as not only premier events, but also effective selection vehicles for our youth-level trials teams.”
The 18U National Team Trials will run from June 27-30, in Cary, N.C., and will conclude with the inaugural Prospect Classic. The two-game series with pit the 18U team against USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team for the first time ever, July 1-2, in Durham and Cary, respectively. From the original trials roster, team officials will choose 28 players to join the club at a second round of trials, to be held Sept. 12-21, in Cary. From there, 20 athletes will be selected to compete in the 2011 COPABE Pan American AAA/18U Championships in Cartagena, Colombia, Sept. 23-Oct. 2. Team USA is the defending champion of the tournament, having defeated Cuba, 6-1, in the 2009 title game.
The 16U and 14U National Team Trials will be held in Cary, Aug. 7-17, and Aug. 1-10, respectively. Of the 38 players chosen for trials, 20 will be selected to the 2011 16U National Team which will compete in the IBAF World AA/16U Youth Championships in Lagos de Moreno, Mexico, Aug. 19-28. The 16U team took home the gold from the 2009 Worlds in Taiwan, and has a 40-game winning streak in international competition overall.
The 14U trials roster will be trimmed down from 39 to 18 heading into the COPABE Pan American A/14U Championships in San Felipe, Venezuela, Aug. 11-22. The U.S. will be looking to improve upon its bronze medal finish in the event last summer.
The USA Baseball 14U, 16U and 18U National Team Trials rosters are as follows (more detailed rosters are available at www.USABaseball.com):
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