Summer Amateur Notebook: Team USA Wins Gold

USA Baseball’s college national team defeated Taiwan 18-9 in Havana, Cuba, and won its second straight FISU World University Championship.

The Americans, who won the gold medal in 2004 in this event with a team that featured big leaguer Ryan Zimmerman and tourney MVP Alex Gordon, went 28-2-1 this summer overall, the best winning percentage (.919) by a college national team. Its 8-0 tournament record helped it become the first U.S. national team to win a tournament on Cuban soil.

Team USA set season highs for hits (22) and runs to overcome an early 3-0 deficit, scoring 13 unanswered runs to help lefthander Nick Schmidt (Arkansas) pick up his third victory of the summer. Schmidt pitched five innings and gave up just two hits and three unearned runs while striking out five and walking four.

J.P. Arencibia (Tennessee) capped his outstanding tournament with a two-run homer in the first inning, his fourth of the tournament and ninth of the summer. He was named tournament MVP as he went 14-for-34 (.412) in eight games with three doubles, two triples and 23 RBIs to go with his home runs.

Outfielder Julio Borbon (Tennessee) had four hits to help lead the offense, including a two-run double in the third inning. Darwin Barney (Oregon State) had three hits, and every other starter had two. Highlights included the fourth homer of the summer by Todd Frazier (Rutgers) and a three-run double by Pedro Alvarez (Vanderbilt).

The FISU World University Games added baseball in 2002, and Team USA earned a silver medal in that inaugural event as Cuba defeated ace Kyle Sleeth in the gold-medal game. Team USA won gold in the 2004 event in Taiwan.

Youth National Team Captures Gold

USA Baseball’s youth national team completed its dominant run through the Pan Am Championships by pounding host Venezuela 13-3 on Sunday in a game that lasted just seven innings because of the 10-run rule. Team USA trailed for just three innings in the entire tournament, during which it racked up a 9-0 record and won the gold medal.

Seven days removed from pitching the first no-hitter in the history of the youth national team against Venezuela, Ryan Weber (St. Petersburg, Fla.) threw a complete game to clinch Team USA’s first Pan Am championship since 2000.

Team USA scored four runs in the first inning thanks to three Venezuela errors and never looked back.

“You’re in a foreign country, and they focused on the white ball, and they accomplished everything that we set out to,” USA coach Garye LaFevers said of his players. “The most enjoyable part of it was the domination of the tournament.”

Yarmouth-Dennis Wins Cape Title Again

The Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox won the Cape Cod League championship for the second time in three years with a 5-1 victory against Wareham on Sunday.

Terry Doyle (Boston College) picked up the win for Yarmouth-Dennis by allowing just one run while striking out nine in six innings. He was perfect through four innings and struck out six of the first 12 batters he faced.

Doyle’s replacement, David Robertson (Alabama), was even better, striking out seven in three perfect innings of relief to pick up the save and lock up the title. That performance helped earn Robertson playoff MVP honors.

Y-D capitalized on sloppy defense by the Gatemen to score four unearned runs in the deciding third game of the championship series. The Red Sox, who posted the league’s best regular-season record at 28-16, dropped the opener before winning the next two. Y-D had also lost the first game of the best-of-three East Division playoff series against Brewster before battling back with consecutive wins to advance to the championships.

Foresters Take NBC Title

Coach Bill Pintard’s Santa Barbara Foresters, the class of the California Collegiate summer league, claimed their first championship at the National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita.

In his 13th season as coach, Pintard finally got to hoist the title trophy, particularly sweet after the Foresters, needing one win, lost twice in the championship. The Foresters beat the Derby (Kan.) Twins 8-7 (after nearly squandering an 8-2 lead) to finish the event undefeated and claim the tournament title.

“I’ve had so many former players call me over the last few days, telling me I deserved to get this one,” Pintard told the Wichita Eagle. “I don’t know if I deserved it or not, but I know it’s nice to have for all of those guys who didn’t get to dogpile here, too. It’s for everyone.”

McKinney Pitchers Whiff 19 In TCL Championships

Three McKinney Marshals pitchers combined to strike out 19 batters in a 6-0 win against Denton as McKinney captured its first Texas Collegiate League championship Saturday.

Allen Harrington (Lamar) captured championship series outstanding player honors by striking out 16, walking two and allowing one hit over 7 2/3 shutout innings. Relievers Michael Gunter (Blinn Junior College) and Matt Smith (Wichita State) struck out three more to set a TCL record for most strikeouts in a game.

McKinney avenged a loss to Denton in last year’s championship series with a two-game sweep of the Outlaws this year. The Marshals won the first game of the series 11-1.

That offensive outburst was quite a shift from McKinney’s performance in the Tris Speaker Division playoffs, when the Marshals beat Coppell 2-0 despite being no-hit by Randy Boone (Texas) and James Russell (Texas).