A look back…

The September Issue of the NJCAA Review (official publication of the National Junior College Athletic Association) has the NJCAA Baseball All-Star Team on the cover as well as a nice two-page spread on the team. You can access the online version of the issue via NJCAA homepage at www.njcaa.org (click on the magazine cover).

Unfortunately, the article in the magazine had to be cut short due to layout issues. Thus, several quotes from the coaching staff had to be taken out. However, we thought it would be a great idea to share those….

This was a great experience for all involved. I want to thank the NJCAA National Office and Baseball Coaches Association for putting a great trip together. It was a pleasure to be able to put the USA uniform on and represent the country and the NJCAA in international competition. It was a tremendous honor and experience that none of us will ever forget.
Jeff Willis, NJCAA USA All-Stars Head Coach

To be a part of this NJCAA All-Star Team and represent your country in a prestigious international tournament on foreign ground was very much a privilege and an honor. The people of Netherlands were unbelievable. They were as grateful for us being there as we felt to be there ourselves. The atmosphere at the stadium for every game played was impressive – no matter what team was playing.
Marc Rardin, NJCAA USA All-Stars Assistant Coach

I had always heard that competing with the “USA” across your chest was very special. But to do it for the association that I have been a part of 27 years made it much more so. Standing on the foul line hearing the United States anthem in a foreign land standing across from a foreign team is something I’ll never forget.
– John Stratton, NJCAA USA All-Stars Assistant Coach

It was an honor to represent the USA and the NJCAA at the Honkbal Tournament. I’m sure every player on our team was grateful for the opportunity to participate in such a fun and exciting environment, and that they will carry memories of this trip with them for many years in the future.
– Dave Grant, President NJCAA Baseball Coaches Association

This trip could not have happened without the NJCAA Baseball Coaches Association and the hundreds of nominations sent in by coaches across the country. The NJCAA National office also played a vital role in the endeavor. I believe it to be one that the players, coaches and staff will remember for a lifetime. The NJCAA Baseball Coaches Association looks forward to continuing the representation of our association through international competition as future opportunities are presented.
– Rick Hitt, Vice President NJCAA Baseball Coaches Association

The opportunity to play on this team was tremendous. I learned a lot by playing against the best from around the world as well as playing with the best guys from the NJCAA. It was an experience of a lifetime and one I will never forget.
– Tyler Hall, NJCAA USA All-Stars Player (SS/2B)

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Japan Takes Down NJCAA All-Stars 16-6 on Final Day of Haarlem Honkbal Week

United States representative finishes fourth at tournament


HAARLEM, Netherlands – Japan used a nine run eighth inning to defeat the NJCAA Baseball All-Stars 16-6 on Sunday afternoon on the final day of the 2010 Haarlem Honkbal Tournament. The win locked up third place for Japan while the United States team finishes fourth.

The United States trailed just 7-6 heading into the bottom of the eighth inning but Japan’s offense erupted for seven hits and took advantage of three errors committed by the NJCAA All-Stars.  

A RBI double by A.J. Regoli (Broward College, Fla.) followed by an RBI single by Wade Hinkle (Cochise College, Ariz.) gave the United States an early 2-1 lead in the second inning. Japan then tied the game 2-2 in the bottom of the third frame via a one out triple by Koki Uchiyama who was then driven home by Yukihiro Mishima.

Japan would then score two runs in the fifth inning and three in the sixth to take a 7-2 lead. The United States would score three runs in seventh inning to get back in the contest. After two quick outs Hinkle hammered a solo home run to right field, which was followed by back-to-back doubles by Taed Moses (South Florida CC) and Tyler Hall (Grand Rapids CC, Mich.). Marty Gantt (Spartanburg Methodist College, S.C.) then singled home Hall to make the score 7-5.

A solo home run by Jared Womack (Ranger College, Texas) in the eighth inning put the United States within one run at 7-6.

It was a tough day for the United States pitching staff. Japan pounded out 13 hits and 13 RBIs on the young Americans. Paul Davis (Pensacola JC, Fla.) started the game and went five and two-thirds innings and was tagged with five earned runs. Japan hitters then delivered seven hits and nine runs (six earned) off USA relievers Kramer Champlin (Western Nevada College), Pulama Silva (Yavapai College, Ariz.) and Chandler Jagodzinski (Lake Sumter CC, Fla.).

The NJCAA All-Stars also committed six errors on the day, which led to five unearned Japan runs.

Hinkle and Womack both homered and had two hits apiece. Hall and Gantt also had two hits each and both also had an RBI.

The NJCAA All-Stars leave the Netherlands with a 2-6 record at the Honkbal Tournament and a fourth place finish. Both wins came against Chinese Taipei. Untimely errors and hitting plagued the team throughout the tournament. Pitching was solid at times for the NJCAA All-Stars but walks and command problems also proved detrimental.

Gantt led the team in hitting with nine hits in 23 at-bats (.391). The recent signee of a letter of intent with the College of Charleston, Gantt had two doubles and tied for a team high five RBIs. Hall posted a .333 batting average (7-for-21) and also had two doubles to go with a .440 on-base percentage for the tournament. Hall is heading to Central Michigan next season.

Womack was the only player along with Gantt and Hall to hit over .300 for the tournament, recording seven hits in 21 at-bats (.323) with a double and a home run. He and Gantt tied for the team RBI lead with five each. Womack is committed to playing at Oklahoma State in 2011.

Tyler Bremer (Yavapai College, Ariz.) and Champlin were both 1-1 on the mound for the United States. Derek Cone (Mesa CC, Ariz.) led the staff with a 2.53 ERA in two starts and 10.2 innings of work. Cody Scott (Midland College, Texas) was the most effective out of the bullpen for the club. Scott worked 5.2 innings in relief, posting a 1.59 ERA and allowing just one earned run.

The tournament host team from the Netherlands won the tournament despite dropping their final game to Cuba 12-5. The Dutch team went 7-1 for the week to finish ahead of Cuba who posted a 6-2 record.

For game and tournament statistics as well as game photos visit www.honkbalweek.nl.



Japan 16, United States 6 (Jul 18, 2010 at Haarlem)
United States……. 020 000 31 –  6 10  6
Japan…………… 101 023 09 – 16 13  2
Pitchers: United States – DAVIS Paul; CHAMPLIN Kramer(6); SILVA Pulama(8); JAGODZINSKI Chandler(8) and BEMBOOM Anthony. Japan – MATSUBAYASHI Yusuke; URAMOTO Yoshito(7);SHIRAHAMA Naoki(7); OHNO Yudai(8) and HIRAIWA Hironori.
Win-MATSUBAYASHI Yusuke  Save-OHNO Yudai  Loss-DAVIS Paul  T-2:28  A-2300
Weather: Cloudy/sunny
Game notes:
SILVA faced 4 batters in the 8th.
JAGODZINSKI faced 3 batters in the 8th.

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Big Fifth Inning Leads NJCAA All-Stars to 7-5 win over Chinese Taipei

3rd place on the line tomorrow for the USA team against Japan

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HAARLEM, Netherlands – The NJCAA Baseball All-Stars got a much needed 7-5 victory Saturday afternoon at the 2010 Haarlem Honkbal Tournament over Chinese Taipei. The victory puts the United States team in a position to take third place at the 25th edition of the Honkbal Tournament with a win over Japan tomorrow at 11 a.m. (5 a.m. Eastern) on the final day of tournament play.

Down 5-0 heading into the top of the fifth inning, the United States offense erupted for seven runs to take the lead 7-5. The big inning was started by a walk to Raph Rhymes (LSU Eunice, La.) who was then driven home via a RBI double by Jared Womack (Ranger College, Texas). The bases were then loaded after a Taed Moses (South Florida CC) single and a walk to Max Rossiter (Central Arizona College). A fielder’s choice with one out via the bat of Austin Smith (State College of Florida) scored Womack to make the score 5-2.

After Chinese Taipei recorded the first out of the inning, Moses scored from third via a single by Tyler Hall (Grand Rapids CC, Mich.). After a Chinese Taipei pitching change, Rossiter scored via a bunt single by Anthony Bemboom (Iowa Western CC). Marty Gantt then picked up two RBIs with a single to left field, scoring Hall and Smith, which gave the United States a 6-5 lead.

Rhymes reached first base via another walk before Womack made it 7-5 in favor of the NJCAA All-Stars with his second hit and second RBI of the inning with a single to right field that scored Bemboom.

The bases were still loaded after yet another pitching change by Chinese Taipei, but the rally ended via a groundout by Zach Kirksey (LSU Eunice, La.) and a Moses strikeout.

After surrendering five runs (four earned) the previous four innings to Chinese Taipei, starting pitcher Tyler Bremer (Yavapai College, Ariz.) faced just four batters in the fifth to hold the lead for the United States. Bremer would get the victory, going five innings with three walks and five strikeouts.

Cody Scott (Midland College, Texas) came on in relief for Bremer in the sixth inning and over powered Taipei hitters. The recent signee of University of Texas – San Antonio allowed just one hit and issued one walk over the sixth, seventh and eighth innings. Scott gave way to Chandler Jagodzinski (Lake Sumter CC, Fla.) who induced a groundout and two fly outs in the ninth inning to pick up the save.

The United States pounded out 10 hits, its highest total thus far in tournament play, and capitalized on three Chinese Taipei errors in the victory.

“We swung the bats well today and it paid off in the fifth inning,” said USA head coach Jeff Willis. “We avoided mistakes and capitalized on some errors the Taipei team made. Our guys battled hard today as they have this entire tournament and I am glad we have a chance to play for third place.”

Womack was named the game MVP after recording two hits and two RBIs in the big fifth inning for the United States. He also had the only extra-base hit for the club and like all previous game MVP’s of the tournament he received an honorary pair of wooden clogs from tournament officials after the game.

“It has been a tough week,” said Womack, “but we have been battling through it. We got down early today but all of us were still taking good approaches at the plate and making good contact. We hung in there and it paid off.”

Gantt also had two RBIs on the day and Hall had two hits batting in the leadoff spot for the United States. Rhymes was 1-3 with two walks.

The NJCAA All-Stars wrap up tournament play on Sunday at 11 a.m. (5 a.m. Eastern) against Japan. The winner will take third place in the final standings of the 2010 Haarlem Honkbal Tournament. Japan defeated the United States 4-2 on July 10th in the first round of play.

“To finish in the top three would be great,” added Womack. “We want to leave here on a high note. To end the tournament with a win over Japan and third place would mean a lot to all of us.”

Fans can follow tomorrow’s game online via live scoring, live webcams and live audio (Dutch) at www.honkbalweek.nl.

Current Tournament Standings
(Team, Record, Points)
Netherlands 7-0, 14
Cuba 5-2, 10
USA 2-5, 4
Japan 2-5, 4
Chinese Taipei 2-6, 4



United States 7, Chinese Taipei 5 (Jul 17, 2010 at Haarlem)
United States……. 000 070 000 – 7 10 1
Chinese Taipei…… 120 200 000 – 5 12 3
Pitchers: United States – BREMER Tyler; SCOTT Cody(6); JAGODZINSKI Chandler(9) and ROSSITER Max; BEMBOOM Anthony. Chinese Taipei – HSIAO Yi Chieh; LO Cheng Lung(5); HSU Chu Chien(5); HSU Wen Cheng(9) and WANG Chun Chieh; LIN Kun Sheng.
Win-BREMER Tyler Save-JAGODZINSKI Chandler Loss-HSIAO Yi Chieh T-2:57 A-2300
Weather: Sunny
Game notes:
LO faced 4 batters in the 5th.
BREMER faced 1 batter in the 6th.
SCOTT faced 1 batter in the 9th.

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NJCAA All-Stars Fall to Cuba 4-3

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HAARLEM, Netherlands – The NJCAA All-Stars lost a hard fought 4-3 contest to Cuba Friday afternoon at the 2010 Haarlem Honkbal Tournament. The United States representative is now 1-5 at the event with two games remaining. The NJCAA All-Stars next play Chinese Taipei Saturday at 2 p.m. (8 a.m. Eastern) before wrapping up tournament play against Japan on Sunday at 11 a.m. (5 a.m. Eastern).

Down 2-0 heading into the sixth inning, the United States made the score 2-2 due to a two-out rally started by a Tyler Hall (Grand Rapids CC, Mich.) walk. Anthony Bemboon (Iowa Western CC) singled to advance Hall to third and then stole second base to give the NJCAA All-Stars two runners in scoring position. After Marty Gantt (Spartanburg Methodist College, S.C.) walked to load the bases Raph Rhymes (LSU Eunice, La.) came through with a single to score Hall and Bemboom. The rally was then put to bed with a Cuba pitching change that induced a fly out of A.J. Regoli (Broward College, Fla.).

Cuba regained the lead in the seventh inning. A one out walk issued to Daniel Castro by USA relief pitcher Kramer Champlin (Western Nevada College) gave way to a single by Don Duarte. A single by Alexis Bell scored Castro, but a throwing error by Gantt allowed Duarte to score to give Cuba a 4-2 lead.

The NJCAA All-Stars scored again with two outs in the eighth inning when Gantt singled and then advanced to second on a failed pick-off attempt by Cuba’s Robelio Carrillo. Rhymes then picked up his third RBI of the game with a single to right field to cut the Cuba lead to 4-3.

The United States had its chances to tie the game in the top of the ninth inning. Regoli led off with a single and advanced to second on a Cuba throwing error but he was soon tagged out attempting to advance to third base on a bunt by Wade Hinkle (Cochise College, Ariz.). Austin Smith (State College of Florida) came on to pinch run for Hinkle and was subsequently thrown out attempting to steal second base.

With two outs the NJCAA All-Stars got another base runner when Jared Womack (Ranger College, Texas) reached on a hit-by-pitch. Zach Kirksey (LSU Eunice, La.) then pinch ran for Womack and successfully stole second. The game came to an end when Tyson Workman (Pensacola JC, Fla.) went down on strikes.

Derek Cone (Mesa CC, Ariz.) started on the mound for USA, tossing five and two-thirds innings. He allowed two earned runs and surrendered seven hits. Cone was able to get out of trouble on several occasions as he issued three walks and also hit two Cuban batters.

Champlin took the loss for the United States in relief, giving up two earned runs in the seventh inning. Pulama Silva (Yavapai College, Ariz.) came on and retired Cuba in order in the eighth inning.

Rhymes drove in all three USA runs and had two hits. Womack also had two hits on the day and reached base three times.

The NJCAA All-Stars will attempt to get their second victory of the tournament Saturday at 2 p.m. (8 a.m. Eastern) when they face Chinese Taipei. The two teams faced each other in the first game of the tournament last Thursday (July 9th) with the United States pulling out a 3-1 win.

Fans can follow tomorrow’s game via live game stats, live webcam and live audio (Dutch) at www.honkbalweek.nl.



Cuba 4, United States 3 (Jul 16, 2010 at Haarlem)
United States……. 000 002 010 – 3 8 4
Cuba……………. 020 000 20X – 4 10 2
Pitchers: United States – CONE Derek; CHAMPLIN Kramer(6); SILVA Pulama(8) and BEMBOOM Anthony.
Cuba – BORROTO J Luis; CARRILLO C Robelio(6); LICEA G Ciro S(9) and LA ROSA A Yuleixis.
Win-CARRILLO C Robelio Save-LICEA G Ciro S Loss-CHAMPLIN Kramer
T-2:45 A-2200
Weather: Cloudy

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Netherlands Defeat NJCAA All-Stars 12-4; USA Representative Falls to 1-4 at Honkbal Tourney

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HAARLEM, Netherlands – The NJCAA Baseball All-Star team dropped its fourth straight contest at the 2010 Haarlem Honkbal Tournament 12-4 Thursday night to the Netherlands. It was the second straight loss to the Dutch team, who defeated the United States 4-1 on Monday. The NJCAA All-Stars are now 1-4 at the tourney and will face Cuba Friday at 3 p.m. (9 a.m. Eastern).

The win improved the Netherlands squad to 5-0 in the tournament. The Dutch team has been very strong on the mound, surrendering just five runs (all to the United States) in 45 innings of play. The Dutch roster for Honkbal Week is likely to be the same roster the Netherlands will use in qualifying for the next Baseball World Cup and World Baseball Classic.

Andrew Morris (Gulf Coast CC, Fla.) took the loss for the NJCAA All-Stars. The future Auburn Tiger surrendered three earned runs in four innings of work. He walked three and struck out three. The Netherlands offense picked up eight runs off USA relief pitchers Chuck Ghysels (Lincoln Trail College, Ill.) and Chandler Jagodzinski (Lake Sumter CC, Fla.) in the later part of the contest.

USA’s two runs in the sixth inning was developed by Tyler Hall (Grand Rapids CC, Mich) who led off the inning with a single, which was followed up by a double to left field by Marty Gantt (Spartanburg Methodist College, S.C.). NJCAA Division II Player of the Year Raph Rhymes (LSU – Eunice, La.) then singled to score Hall. Gantt was then driven home by Anthony Bemboom (Iowa Western CC) who reached on a fielder’s choice. With one out and runners on first and third base, the USA rally ended when Bemboom was thrown out trying to steal third base and A.J. Regolli flied out to right field.

The additional two USA runs came in the eighth when James Brooks (Cochise College, Ariz.) came off the bench and singled to lead off the inning, which was followed by a single by Hall. Gantt then flied out to deep right filed to advance Brooks to third base. After Hall stole second base, Rhymes drew a walk to load the bases. A passed ball allowed Brooks to score. The bases were then loaded after Bemboom reached first base on a walk. Regoli then singled home Hall to make the scored 12-4. The inning ended when Wade Hinkle (Cochise College, Ariz.) grounded into a double play.

Hall and Gant both had two hits apiece in the losing effort while Brooks, Rhymes and Regoli had the remaining three hits for the United States.

The NJCAA All-Stars face Cuba tomorrow at 3 p.m. (9 a.m. Eastern). Cuba defeated the USA team on July 11 by a score of 7-4.

You can follow the NJCAA All-Stars as they represent the United States at the Honkbal Tournament online at www.njcaausabaseball.wordpress.com and for live game stats, live webcam and live audio (Dutch) go to www.honkbalweek.nl.



Netherlands 12, United States 4 (Jul 15, 2010 at Haarlem)
———————————————————————-Netherlands……… 003 121 140 – 12 15 0
United States……. 000 002 020 – 4 7 1
Pitchers: Netherlands – HEIJSTEK Kevin; GUSTINA Gregory(6); DRAIJER Dave(7); VELTKAMP Nick(8); DRIEL van Berry(9) and NOOIJ Bas. United States – MORRIS Andrew; GHYSELS Chuck(5);
JAGODZINSKI Chandler(7); WORKMAN Tyson(8) and ROSSITER Max.
Win-HEIJSTEK Kevin Loss-MORRIS Andrew T-2:58 A-4800
Weather: Sunny
Game notes:

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Rain Forces Changes to Honkbal Tourney Schedule

Due to severe rain in Haarlem this afternoon, tonight’s night game between Chinese Taipei and Netherlands has been moved to Friday night at 7 p.m. Thus, the NJCAA All-Stars’ contest against Cuba on Friday has been moved to 3 p.m. (9 a.m. Eastern).

A complete schedule can be viewed here.

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Two Days Off in Netherlands for NJCAA All-Stars

Amsterdam is just a short train ride from Haarlem.

Players and staff of the NJCAA Baseball All-Stars enjoyed two days off (Tuesday and Wednesday) and many took advantage of the down time to experience the Netherlands. Many took the train into Amsterdam (15 minutes away) and witnessed Dutch citizens welcome home their national soccer team at the club’s parade downtown on the waterfront. Others stayed in the Haarlem area and went sightseeing downtown and a few took the train to the beach (20 minutes away). The team practiced Tuesday and is ready for the second round of play tomorrow. The United States takes on Netherlands, which defeated Cuba last night 10-0, at 7 p.m. (1 p.m. Eastern) on Thursday. The Netherlands team is a very experienced group as their youngest player is 21 and they have many members of their team over the age of 30. The NJCAA All-Stars are the lone team to score a run off of the host team through 36 innings of play.

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NJCAA Baseball All-Stars Fall to 1-3 at Honkbal Tournament in Netherlands

Few hits and four errors lead to third loss in Haarlem for USA

HAARLEM, Netherlands – The Haarlem Honkbal Week host team from the Netherlands defeated the NJCAA Baseball All-Stars, representing the United States, 4-1 Monday evening on the fourth day of action at the 2010 Honkbal Tournament. The loss moves the United States club to 1-3 after the first round of the double round-robin event. USA has two days off before playing the Netherlands in the second round on Thursday night at 7 p.m. (1 p.m. Eastern).

The start of the game was delayed for nearly two hours due to rain. Honkbal Tournament officials and field crew did a great job getting the field fit for play so the game could be played.

The Netherlands pitching staff, which has allowed just one run in 27 innings in the tournament, silenced the American bats from the early going. David Bergman tossed six scoreless innings for the Dutch team, giving up two hits and striking out seven.

Paul Davis allowed just one earned run in USA's 4-1 loss to the Netherlands.

Paul Davis (Pensacola JC, Fla.) had a solid outing for the American team, but picked up the loss. The 29th round draft pick of the Boston Red Sox in the 2010 MLB Draft scattered seven hits and allowed just one earned run. Davis struck out five Netherlands batters, walked one and also hit a batter.

Along with their silent bats, the United States was undone by four errors. A botched double-play opportunity in the second inning led to two Dutch runs and a throwing error on a pickoff attempt in the eighth inning gave the host team its fourth run of the game.

The NJCAA All-Stars scored their only run of the contest in the top of the eighth frame. Tyson Workman (Pensacola JC, Fla.) led off the inning with a walk, followed by a single from Wade Hinkle (Cochise College, Ariz.). With Workman on third base, Marty Gantt (Spartanburg Methodist College, S.C.) flied out to right field for a sacrifice fly to make the score 3-1. Tyler Hall (Grand Rapids CC, Mich.) then hit a solid line drive to the Dutch short stop for the second out of the inning. A.J. Regoli (Broward College, Fla.) then walked to bring up Jared Womack (Ranger College, Texas) who grounded out to end the potential rally.

NJCAA All-Star head coach Jeff Willis in the third base coaching box against the Netherlands.

Through four games the young American team has just 24 hits and scored only 10 runs. The club has also twice committed four errors in a game in losses to Japan and the Netherlands.

“It is disappointing that we are struggling at times in all three phases of the game (hitting, defense and pitching),” said a frustrated USA head baseball coach Jeff Willis after the contest. “We need to be more consistent in all three phases. If we do that I believe we will do better in the second time around against these teams.”

Anthony Bemboom (Iowa Western CC) and Hinkle both were 2-for-3 at the plate for the NJCAA All-Stars. The four hits between Bemboom and Hinkle were the only hits on the night for the United States.

Cody Scott (Midland College, Texas) and Kramer Champlin (Western Nevada College) both saw action on the mound in the eighth inning.

The NJCAA All-Stars open the second round of the double round robin tournament on Thursday, July 15 against the Netherlands at 7 p.m. (1 p.m. Eastern) and will then face Cuba at 7 p.m. (1 p.m. Eastern) on July 16th, Chinese Taipei at 2 p.m. (8 a.m. Eastern) on June 17th and Japan at 11 a.m. (5 a.m. Eastern) on June 18th.

You can follow the NJCAA All-Stars as they represent the United States at the Honkbal Tournament online at www.njcaausabaseball.wordpress.com and for live game stats, live webcam and live audio (Dutch) go to www.honkbalweek.nl.


Netherlands 4, United States 1 (Jul 12, 2010 at Haarlem)
United States……. 000 000 010 – 1 4 4
Netherlands……… 120 000 01X – 4 7 0
Pitchers: United States – DAVIS Paul; SCOTT Cody(8); CHAMPLIN Kramer(8) and WOMACK Jared.
Netherlands – BERGMAN David; VELTKAMP Nick(7); DRAIJER Dave(8) and JONG de Sidney.
Win-BERGMAN David Save-DRAIJER Dave Loss-DAVIS Paul T-2:18 A-1500
Weather: Cloudy
Game notes:

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View official tournament pictures…

Honkbal Tournament photos of the past two USA games can be viewed HERE and HERE.

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Cuba Hands NJCAA Baseball All-Stars Second Loss at Honkbal Tournament

HAARLEM, Netherlands – A veteran Cuba team defeated the NJCAA / USA All-Stars 7-4 Sunday afternoon at Pim Mulier Stadium in their third contest of the 2010 Haarlem Honkbal Tournament. The United States representative will next play Monday evening at 7 p.m. (1 p.m. Eastern) against tournament host Netherlands due to the new double round robin format of the event.

Hits again were hard to come by early for the NJCAA All-Stars as Cuban pitcher Maikel Folch retired the USA lineup in order through the first three innings, with the exception of a Tyson Workman (Pensacola JC, Fla.) walk in the third.

Trailing Cuba 1-0, the United States tied the game on a two-out RBI single by Jared Womack (Ranger College, Texas) in the bottom of the fourth inning. The hit scored James Brooks (Cochise College, Ariz.) who led off the inning with a walk.

Cuba reclaimed the lead 2-1 in the top half of the fifth inning when Danel Castro singled with one out and then stole second and third base. He was driven in by a Lazaro Sanchez line drive to left field.

Action then heated up in the bottom of the fifth for the young American team. Catcher Max Rossiter (Central Arizona College) singled with one out to begin the rally, which was followed up by a double from Tyler Hall (Grand Rapids CC, Mich.). With runners on second and third base, Workman then singled home Rossiter to tie the game at 2-2.

Lucas Hileman picked up his fourth hit of the Honkbal Tournament Sunday vs Cuba

Austin Smith (State College of Florida) then stepped up to the plate and executed a perfect squeeze bunt to score Hall to give the United States a 3-2 lead. However, after Hall and Smith had both made their way back to the dugout the home plate umpire informed USA head coach Jeff Willis that Smith was called out and that Hall’s run would not count. The umpire determined that Smith had stepped on home plate when he bunted the ball, which is an illegal play and an automatic out.

“I was really confused,” said USA head coach Jeff Willis about the bizarre turn of events. “One second we have the lead and get the momentum of the game and the next second the umpire tells me the run doesn’t count and that Smith is out. I was shocked. I have never seen that call made before.”

With two outs and runners at first and third, the NJCAA All-Stars got a clutch hit from Brooks to put the team atop Cuba 3-2 with no controversy. The United States made it 4-2 when Lucas Hileman (John A. Logan College, Ill.) singled to score Workman from second base. A.J. Regoli (Broward College, Fla.) then walked to load the bases, but the rally ended with a Womack fly out to center field.

Tyler Bremer took the loss for the United States against Cuba.

The lead would not last for long as pitcher Tyler Bremer ran into trouble in the top of the sixth inning. A 36th round draft pick of the Chicago Cubs in this year’s MLB Draft, Bremer performed well for United States, allowing just two runs from the veteran Cuban lineup through five innings. But in the sixth frame, Cuba pushed three runs across and picked up two additional runs in the eighth.

Meanwhile, the Cuba pitching staff did not give up another hit past the fifth inning to the American team.

Chuck Ghysels (Lincoln Trail College, Ill.) and Pulama Silva (Yavapai College, Ariz.) both tossed one and two-thirds innings in relief. Ghysels gave up two hits and two earned runs. Silva did not give up a hit and recorded a strikeout.

USA’s seven hits came from seven different players. Hileman got his fourth hit of tournament, which leads the team and his second RBI while Brooks collected his third hit along with an RBI.

The NJCAA / USA All-Star Team will take on the host team from the Netherlands Monday at 7 p.m. (1 p.m.) in front of a sellout crowd at Pim Mulier Stadium. Local Haarlem fans have been in a festive, patriotic mode at the tournament due to their national soccer team being in the final of the World Cup. The atmosphere at Monday’s contest should be one that the players will never forget.

You can follow the NJCAA All-Stars as they represent the United States at the Honkbal Tournament online at http://www.njcaausabaseball.wordpress.com and for live game stats, live webcam and live audio (Dutch) to www.honkbalweek.nl.

Box Score


Cuba 7, United States 4 (Jul 11, 2010 at Haarlem)
Cuba……………. 100 013 020  –  7 11  1
United States……. 000 130 000  –  4  7  0
Pitchers: Cuba – FOLCH V Maikel; PORTAL C Yoandry(5); CRUZ R Yoelkis(9) and LA ROSA A Yuleixis.
United States – BREMER Tyler; GHYSELS Chuck(6); SILVA Pulama(8) and ROSSITER Max.
Win-PORTAL C Yoandry  Save-CRUZ R Yoelkis  Loss-BREMER Tyler  T-3:27  A-4250
Weather: sunny
Game notes:

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