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.
7/18/10 BOX SCORE & PLAY BY PLAY
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
HR USA – WOMACK Jared; HINKLE Wade.
SCORERS: ZAAL Brigitta, STEIJGER Linda
TC: GRONINGEN van Fred
SILVA faced 4 batters in the 8th.
JAGODZINSKI faced 3 batters in the 8th.