Monday, July 5, 2010

Final spots for USA Baseball's National Team to be determined in Cary this week

Games will be played Tuesday through Sunday at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary to trim the Collegiate National Team from 39 players to 22.

The best bets for spectators are Wednesday and Friday when the games are played at 6 p.m. as opposed to the 2 p.m. starts the other days (except for the 12 noon start on Sunday). Temperatures are expected in the 90s this week with the heat index putting temps over 100.

Among those players trying to make the squad are pitcher Greg Holt of UNC-Chapel Hill, pitcher Anthony Meo of Coastal Carolina, infielder Brad Miller of Clemson, outfielder/pitcher Sean Gilmartin of Florida State and outfielder Jackie Bradley of South Carolina.

Bradley, who helped lead his team to the national championship, was named the College World Series Most Outstanding Player last month.

The manager of the club is Bill Kenneberg of Utah. The only local connection among non-players is press officer Malcolm Gray of East Carolina.

Following the trials and training period in Cary, the U.S. will play a five-game series against Korea before squaring off against a Japanese Collegiate All-Star Team in a one-game, international friendship competition in Omaha's Rosenblatt Stadium on July 21. From there, the team will travel to Taipei, Taiwan for a four-game series against Chinese Taipei at Tien-Mu Stadium beginning July 25.

Team USA will close its summer season at the FISU World University Championships in Tokyo, Japan, from July 30-Aug. 7. The U.S. has won the last three FISU Worlds (2004, '06, '08), while host nation Japan will be looking for its first title.

To see directions and guidelines for attending games at the complex, please click here.

In other USA Baseball news, Dillon Maples, a pitcher out of West End, NC, has made the 20-player 18 and Under National Team announced Saturday.

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