2007 USA Baseball summer in review
USA Baseball National Team (Collegiate)
Road-weary in the end, the USA Baseball National Team (25-12) finished off a 37-game, 57-day summer in third place at the World Port Tournament in Rotterdam, Netherlands. It also received a silver medal at the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil earlier in the summer. In both tournaments they were defeated by Cuba, who took home top honors at both events. The Americans traveled through 16 cities, three continents (in a span of two weeks), and played against 10 countries.
USA Baseball Junior National Team (18-Under)
The USA Baseball Junior National Team capitalized on six errors to defeat Canada 6-2 at La Hacienda Stadium in the bronze-medal game of the COPABE "AAA" Pan American Junior Championships in Ixtapa, Mexico.
With its third-place finish in the 11-country event, the Americans earned a berth in the 2008 International BAseball Federation "AAA" World Championships. Joining the USA from this zone will be Canada, Cuba and Mexico. Canada will serve as host for the 2008 Worlds event, which is slated to be played in Edmonton, Alberta. The Pan Ams serve as a qualifier for the ensuing year's World
USA Baseball Youth National Team (16-Under)
The USA Baseball Youth National Team captured the gold medal at the 2007 World Youth Championship, defeating Brazil, 8-2, in the final of the Copa Simon Bolivar in Barquisimeto, Venezuela.
Team USA hit .408 as a team and outscored its opponents 75-13 during the World Youth Championship, and the squad's pitching staff had a combined 1.57 ERA during the World Youth Championship. Only eight of the 13 runs allowed were earned and the staff recorded 58 strikeouts while holding opponents to a .212 batting average.
USA Baseball Women's Trials Team
The USA Baseball Women's Trials Team hosted an International Friendship Series at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, NC. The series included Canada and Japan and all three teams exhibited stellar play. Canada finished the series with the best record at 4-2, the U.S. finished at 3-3, and Japan came in at 2-4.
The Labor Day weekend event also featured an instructional clinic where members of the Women's Trials Team and USA Baseball staff walked young female players through the fundamentals of the game.
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