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Team USA Junior National Results

August 11

USA Baseball’s Junior National team downed Canada, 12-3, in the Bronze medal game of the 2002 IBAF World Junior Championships in Amadee-Roy Stadium. The win allowed USA to extend its World Junior Championship medal streak to 20.

Canada jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the second inning. USA did not answer until the bottom of the sixth when Chris Lubanski led off with a homer to right field to knot the score at 1-1.

Team USA took a one run lead in the seventh inning when Justin Tordi singled to drive in Philip Stringer from third base.

Ian Kennedy, USA’s starter, worked through the seventh inning but did not figure in the decision. Kennedy allowed one run on five hits, walked three and struck out 10.

Chuck Tiffany pitched to two batters in the eighth, giving up a walk to Chris Robinson who later scored on an Adam Loewen triple to centerfield. Chad Billingsley then came on to surrender another base hit that allowed Canada to take a 3-2 lead. Billingsley then retired the side to leave Canada’s lead at 3-2.

Lastings Milledge came to the plate in the eighth with a runner on second and lined a 1-1 pitch over the left field wall to put Team USA up 4-3. USA would add eight more runs in the inning, highlighted by Lubanski’s second homer of the game and Delmon Young’s ninth of the tournament, making the score 12-3 at the end of the eighth.

Billingsley finished the game in the ninth for Team USA to record his third win of the tournament. On the day Billingsley surrendered one hit, walked one and struck out two.

With the win Team USA finishes the 2002 IBAF World Junior Championships with an overall record of 7-1.

Delmon Young crushed the USA junior national team home run record by hitting nine in the 2002 IBAF World Junior Championships, eclipsing the old record of three. He also owns the top spot in hits (20), RBIs (18) and runs scored (18) as well the second spot in batting average by hitting .513 during the championships. Young was named the tournament’s most valuable player.

Lastings Milledge blasted five homers to join Young on the list and was one of three outfielders named to the all-tournament team. Ian Stewart also earned that honor as a first baseman.

August 10

USA Baseball’s Junior National team failed to qualify for the 2002 IBAF World Junior Championship Gold medal game by falling to Taiwan 4-3 at Amadee-Roy Stadium.

Taiwan scored the first run of the game in the fifth inning on a single down the right field line. Before that hit, USA’s starter Jeff Allison had retired 15 of the 17 batters he faced, striking out seven.

Team USA answered in the bottom half of the fifth when Chris Lubanski doubled and scored on Allen Craig’s single.

Taiwan forced Allison out of the game in the seventh by adding two runs to it total, putting its lead at 3-1. Allison worked six full innings and faced three batters in the seventh. He allowed three runs on seven hits, walked one and struck out seven but falls to 1-1 with the loss.

Michael Rogers came in to work the eighth inning for Team USA and was greeted with a solo home run to open the inning, making the Chinese Taipei lead 4-1.

Ian Stewart pulled Team USA within one in the eighth with a two-run shot over the right field wall but it was not enough.

August 9

USA Baseball’s Junior National team moved one game closer to the gold medal game by beating Panama, 21-2, in quarterfinal action of the 2002 IBAF World Junior Championships at Amadee-Roy Stadium.

Delmon Young put Team USA in front, 3-0, in the first inning by blasting his seventh home run of the tournament over the right-field wall. USA added six more runs in the inning to put its lead at 9-0.

Team USA scored 11 more runs in the second inning to jump ahead 20-1. Allen Craig, Lastings Milledge and Young connected on back-to-back-to-back blasts to highlight the scoring.

Chad Billingsley, USA’s starter, worked four full innings to pick up his second victory of the tournament. He allowed one run on three hits, and struck out six.

Team USA will face Taiwan on Saturday for the right to move to the gold medal game.August 6

USA Baseball’s Junior National team finished pool play with a record of 5-0 after downing Spain, 13-3.

Team USA took an early 3-0 lead in the top half of the first. Delmon Young drove in two runs with his fourth blast of the tournament. It was his fourth homer of the tournament, a U.S. junior team record.

Young came to the plate again in the third and extended his new record with a homer over the rightfield wall to push Team USA’s lead to 4-0. USA added two more in the inning to make the score 6-0 after 2 12 innings.

Lastings Milledge and Ian Stewart also hit solo homers for Team USA.

Chuck Tiffany started and worked three innings to pick up his first win of the tournament. Tiffany was perfect on the day, striking out nine straight before Chris Lubanski came on in the fourth.

Team USA, which won Pool B, faces Panama in the knockout round on Friday. The semifinals are Saturday and finals are Sunday.

August 5

USA Baseball’s Junior National team won its fourth consecutive contest in the 2002 IBAF World Junior Championships by beating Korea, 13-7. The win helped Team USA clinch the number one position in Pool B.

Philip Stringer continued his team-leading pace by helping Team USA grab an early 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning with a solo home run to leftfield. USA added four more runs in the inning to put its lead at 5-0 after 2 12 innings of play.

Korea gained its first hit and its first two runs of the game in the third inning to pull within three runs of USA’s lead.

Stringer continued his tear in the fourth inning by blasting his second homer of the game, this time over the centerfield wall, to make the score 6-2. Later in the inning Delmon Young helped push the score to 7-2 by singling through the right side, driving in one.

Tyler Bullock connected on his third homerun of the tournament in the sixth inning. Bullock’s shot drove in two and made the USA lead 11-2.

Team USA’s starter, Michael Rogers worked through the sixth inning to pick up the win before giving way to Tim Gustafson. Rogers surrendered three runs on three hits and five walks while striking out eight.

August 4

USA Baseball's Junior National team downed Australia, 9-7, at Amadee-Roy Stadium to move its record to 3-0 at the 2002 IBAF World Junior Championships.

Tyler Bullock put USA on the board in the fourth inning and helped tie the score at 1-1 by blasting his first home run of the tournament. USA later took a 2-1 lead in the same inning on an RBI-single off the bat of David Uribes and would go on to add one more run in the inning to take a 3-1 lead into the bottom of the fourth.

Bullock added another homerun to his game totals in the seventh to make the USA lead 6-3. Bullock joins Lastings Milledge and Delmon Young as one of three players on this year’s team to hit two homeruns in one game during the World Championships. Team USA ended its half of the seventh by scoring one more run to make the score 7-3.

Ian Kennedy, Team USA’s starter, was relieved in the seventh after allowing three runs on four hits and two walks while striking out 10. Austin Creps was welcomed to his relief appearance in the seventh inning when Australia scored two unearned runs to make the score 7-5.

Delmon Young sent a two-run shot over the rightfield wall in the eighth inning to make the USA lead 9-5.

August 3

USA Baseball’s Junior National team moved to a record of 2-0 in the 2002 IBAF World Junior Championships by downing Venezuela, 13-3.

Fighting back from an early 3-0 deficit, Team USA took the lead in the sixth inning by loading the bases allowing Justin Tordi to tie the game by way of an RBI single. USA again loaded the bases before Jarrod Saltalamacchia emptied them by connecting on a grand slam over the leftfield wall putting the USA lead at 7-3.

Team USA added four runs in the seventh inning and Michael Rogers ended the game in the eighth with a two run homerun to push USA final lead to 13-3.

Team USA starter, Jeff Allison, worked eight innings to pick up the win. Allison allowed three runs on four hits and three walks while striking out 10.

August 2

USA Baseball’s Junior National team began World Championship action by beating Brazil 20-8 in Coaticook, Canada. The win moved USA to 1-0 in pool play.

After a 30-minute rain delay, Chad Billingsley worked through the fifth inning giving up three hits, walking six and striking out 11 to pick up the win.

Lastings Milledge and Justin Tordi helped USA jump out to an early five-run lead by both connecting on homeruns in the first inning. Brazil answered USA’s first inning by adding three runs in its half of the second to pull within two.

Milledge blasted his second homerun, a two-run shot, in the second inning to put Team USA in front, 7-3.

USA finished the game by adding four runs in the seventh to make its final lead, 20-8. Brazil scored only one run in the top of the seventh, which was not enough, allowing the game to be called due to a 10-run rule.

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