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U.S. Youth National Team Now 4-0 in Taiwan
By Alan Matthews
Justin Bristow (Richmond, Va.), Sean O'Sullivan (El Cajon, Calif.) and Lammar Guy (Sanford, Fla.) each homered and Kyle Thebeau (Corpus Christi, Texas) and Ike Davis (Scottsdale) combined on a one-hitter to lead the US Youth National Team to a 16-0 victory over South Africa. The blowout pushed Team USA's record to 4-0 in the IBAF XI "AA" World Youth Championships in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
By finishing atop their five-team pool, the Americans earned a berth in an intermediate round of medal round action, which begins Thursday. Team USA is scheduled to meet Australia (2-1) at 1 p.m. (1 a.m. EDT in U.S.) at Li-Teh Stadium.
Following completion of the two-game intermediate medal round, the four teams will be seeded to determine pairings for the medal round championship semifinals on Saturday. The gold and bronze medal games are scheduled for Sunday.
The Americans have had at least 15 hits in each of their four games and are now hitting .443 for the tournament with 52 runs.
"We just keep producing offensively," Team USA coach Don Freeman said. "When our players try to hit the ball hard, on a line, good things happen. Everybody is hitting the ball solidly right now." Thebeau allowed South Africa's lone hit, a one-out single in the first inning. Besides that runner, South Africa failed to reach third base while Thebeau and Davis combined to strike out eight. Team USA's pitching staff has allowed just 17 hits and two earned runs in 32 innings at the event.