Altered Tournament Schedule Forces USA to Play Japan Saturday at 11:30 am
Haarlem, Netherlands – The NJCAA Baseball All-Star team picked up a hard fought 3-1 win over Chinese Taipei on Friday afternoon at Pim Mulier Stadium in the opening game of the 2010 Haarlem Honkbal Tournament. Representing the United States, the NJCAA All-Stars will next face Japan Saturday at 11:30 a.m. (5:30 a.m. Eastern) due to another change in the tournament schedule.
Andrew Morris (Gulf Coast CC, Fla.) kept the United States in the game early by confusing Taipei hitters. The 16th round draft pick of the Milwaukee Brewers in this year’s MLB Draft tossed four and two-thirds innings, allowing four hits and one earned run while striking out eight.
“I was able to keep the ball away from the better hitters,” Morris said. “They were sitting on fastballs, even late in the count, so my off-speed pitches were working well late in counts.”
Morris was relieved in the fifth inning with two outs and a runner in scoring position by Chandler Jagodzinski (Lake Sumter CC, Fla.) who forced a fly out to end the inning.
USA even things up at 1-1 in the bottom of the fifth. Marty Gantt (Spartanburg Methodist College, S.C.) led off the bottom of the frame with a single and Zach Kirksey (LSU – Eunice, La.) then reached base after being hit by a pitch. A Taed Moses (South Florida CC) sacrifice bunt then advanced Gantt and Kirksey up to third and second. A wild pitch by Taipei’s Kuan Chen allowed Ganntt to score but the United States was unable to push any more runs across.
Jagodzinski retired two batters in the top of the sixth but then faced some trouble with two outs and bases loaded. He was then relieved by Kramer Champlin (Western Nevada College) who induced a fly out to end the Taipei threat.
The NJCAA All-Star bats then came alive in the sixth inning. Lucas Hileman (John A. Logan, Ill.) doubled to lead off the rally, which was then followed up by a single from Raph Rhymes (LSU Eunice, La.). After a wild pitch put the two runners in scoring position, AJ Regoli (Broward College, Fla.) knocked in Hileman for USA’s first RBI of the tournament with a single. Jared Womack (Ranger College, Texas) then made the score 3-1 with a sac fly to score Rhymes.
Champlin, who got the win, retired Taipei in order in the seventh inning. Paul Davis (Pensacola JC, Fla.) followed suit in the ninth to pick up the save.
“I was pleased to see these guys come out and play well and get a win,” said head coach Jeff Willis. “Considering these guys have practiced just once together, they played well and picked up a win against a very good Taipei team.”
Regoli, a recent signee of the University of South Florida, was named the game MVP after going 2-4 at the plate and driving in the game-deciding run. Following the game, Regoli was presented a pair of clogs and signed two baseballs that he was then instructed to throw into the stands…a custom expected of the game MVP at the Honkbal Tournament.
“It was a great experience,” Regoli said. “We went out there and beat a good team and to get recognized after the game was really cool. They said the clogs and the throwing of the autographed balls is a custom here and it was pretty neat to experience. I just hope the two people I hit with the balls saw them coming.”
Other strong performances for USA came from Hileman, who was 2-4 on the day and had the team’s only extra base hit, and Moses who was 1-2 with a sacrifice and two stolen bases.
Due to further travel problems with the Venezuelan team, the NJCAA All-Stars will play Japan Saturday at 11:30 a.m. instead of having the day off. The updated schedule for the entire tournament can be found at http://www.honkbalweek.nl.
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.
United States 3, Chinese Taipei 1 (Jul 09, 2010 at Haarlem)
Chinese Taipei…… 000 010 000 – 1 8 0
United States……. 000 012 00X – 3 7 0
Pitchers: Chinese Taipei – CHEN Kuan Yu; LIN Yu Ching(6); LIN Kuan Han(8) and LIN Kun Sheng;
WANG Chun Chieh. United States – MORRIS Andrew; JAGODZINSKI Chandler(5); CHAMPLIN Kramer(6);
DAVIS Paul(9) and WOMACK Jared.
Win-CHAMPLIN Kramer Save-DAVIS Paul Loss-CHEN Kuan Yu T-2:25 A-1000
Weather: Cloudy but warm
SCORERS: BANNINK Dieks, STEIJGER Linda
TC: GRONINGEN van Fred
CHEN K faced 2 batters in the 6th.