Saturday, October 24, 2009

Team USA Captures Gold

Team USA battled back and a come-from-behind win versus Puerto Rico captures the Gold in the championship COPABE "A" game.

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(All photos courtesy Matt Marek/USA Baseball


Friday, October 23, 2009

Team USA Edges Brazil 5-3 Advancing to Gold-medal Game

In a nail-biter game, Team USA edges Brazil 5-3 advancing to the Gold-medal game on Saturday. Christopher Rivera finished with a solo homerun, walk, 2 runs, and an RBI.

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Championship game: Saturday 11 a.m. (CT) vs winner of Puerto Rico/Venezuela game.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Team USA Win 19-0 vs Ecuador Earns Number 1 Seed in Playoffs

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A shut out game versus host, Team USA pummels Ecuador 19-0 earning top seed in the upcoming playoff games. Christopher Rivera went 1-for-2, with 4 runs and a 2-RBI double.

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Next game: Friday, 10 a.m. (CT) vs Brazil

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Team USA Routs Puerto Rico 10-0 in Game 3

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J.P. Crawford lifts Team USA with his grand-slam, while pitchers Zack Aukes and Christopher Rivera combined for a no-hitter. Team USA shut out PUerto Rico to tally the win in Game 3 scoring 10-0.

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(Image courtesy USA Baseball)

(Image courtesy USA Baseball)

(Image courtesy USA Baseball)

(Image courtesy USA Baseball)

Monday, October 19, 2009

Team USA Beats Panama 8-0 in Game 2

Team USA routs Panama 8-0 in Game 2.

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Next game: Oct. 19 at 3:30 CT (1:30 PST) vs Puerto Rico.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Team USA Pockets Win in Game 1 vs Nicaragua 15-0

PORTOVIEJO, Ecuador--Team USA took Game 1 in stellar fashion beating Nicaragua 15-0. Team USA muscled 14 hits to cap the game, including a nine-run, nine-hit second inning. Christopher Rivera went 2-4 with a double and a single. Next game: Monday, Oct. 19 vs Panama at 9 a.m.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

14U USA Baseball: The 18-Man Roster Announced

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla.--Today USA Baseball announced its 14U National Team 18-man roster. After three-days of trials, consisting of rigorous practice sessions and intrasquad games between Red and Blue teams, the roster was trimmed down from the original 24 to 18.

Alumni Joe Dudek and Chris Rivera both played on the 2008 14U USA Team in Guatemala City, Guatemala, and return for their second straight year to represent the 2009 14U USA Team.

Team USA will remain in Florida for another day of preparation and training before flying to Ecuador where they will begin international games Saturday.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Red Sweeps Blue in Game 3

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla.--An exciting Game 3 brought Blue closer to what looked like a victory, but the rallying Blue team fell one run short, losing to Red 6-5.

The teams were intermixed today to give coaches time to assess players before selecting their final 18-man roster. Tonight the team will learn of their status.

Some game notes: Tyler Alamo went 3-for-3 with two runs and an RBI. Ryan Kirby tallied two hits and two RBIs for Red while Chris Rivera singled and had two stolen bases. Joe Dudek, Rivera's room mate from last year's 2008 14U USA Team, garnered the win for Red.

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Monday, October 12, 2009

14U USA Baseball: Red Streak Still Going

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Red continued its win streak with 2 victories over Blue, etching Game 2 in the books with a score 8-3.

Several players contributed to Red's hit parade Monday including Matt Vogel with three hits, two stolen bases and two runs. Chris Rivera tallied two more RBIs, totalling four since trials began. James Ziegler's fielder's choice moved Ryan Kirby to second, after Kirby took one for the team and a free pass to first. Nate Mondou slugged-in pinch runner Grayson Ivey with an RBI single to left field to mark the score 4-2. Charles Byers brought Ziegler home with an RBI single. Mondou advance to to third on a throwing error to home plate by the left fielder, followed by another run scored by Jake Jarvis on a throwing error by the third baseman. Byers sailed in to third on the same play lifting Red with a 6-2 lead.

Ivey laced an RBI single and Ziegler sharply hit a double down left field line to insure Red's win 8-3.

Pitcher Jordan Kron picked up the win for Red, muscling two shut-out innings.

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(Media Credit: Matt Marek, 14U Press Officer)

Sunday, October 11, 2009

14U USA Baseball: Red Team Racks First Win in Game 1

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla.--Starting at short stop, Christopher Rivera stepped onto St. Thomas University ready to play in Game 1 of the intrasquad opener. Representing the Red team, Rivera went 1-for-3 and drove in two RBIs. Red takes Game 1 with a score 8-4.

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Next game: Mon., Oct. 12 at 6 p.m. EST.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

16AA - USA vs Cuba - Championship Highlights

The Taiwan-televised USA vs Cuba championship game produced memorable highlights that are a must-see. Click the link above to see the great footage. While although Christopher did not play in this game, the entire team was pivotal to the success of their Gold medal run. If you look closely, you'll see #21 in the background providing his highly enthusiastic and energized support for his team - TEAM USA.


USA Beats Cuba 7-6 Wins Gold

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Correction: USA trailed Cuba throughout most of the championship game, but USA chipped to win the GOLD.

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Monday, August 17, 2009

Team USA Won Game 3 vs Netherlands 15-1

USA beat Netherlands 15-1 in Game 3. Christopher Rivera went 1-for-2 with an RBI double and a run scored. Click here for the complete story.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Team USA Racked Up Another Win in Game 2

Game 2 versus Czech Republic began with a 1, 2, 3 inning from Ricky Jacquez, which set the tone for the team. A scoreless and hitless four innings, Jacquez commanded the mound. Deshorn Lake closed out the last two innings, giving up only one unearned run and Albert Almora capped the win with a grand slam to end the contest 18-1.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

USA Set Record 28 Runs in Game 1 vs Hong Kong, Score 28-0

USA took Game 1 in aggressive fashion in the 2009 IBAF "AA" World Youth Baseball Championship Group Play in Taiwan.

Combined pitchers, Hayden Hurst and JoMarcos Woods, and the powerful catcher Evan Powell's 7-RBI, grand-slam slug fest, led USA to a one-hit shut out with a final score 28-0. Christopher Rivera went 2-for-3, 2 RBIs, and a stolen base.

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