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Lamorinda National 2010

Cougars Joe DeMers Selected to Team USA

Congratulations to Joe DeMers of the Lamorinda Cougars and to Lucas Herbert, Luke Alexander and DeMers of Lamorinda National, for their selection to the Team USA.   The USA National Team will participate at the Pan American Games in Nicaragua.
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CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball announced Saturday night the 18 players who will comprise its 2010 14U National Team. The team will compete at the COPABE Pan Am ‘A’ 14U Championships starting July 25 in Managua, Nicaragua. The team was selected after a pool of 39 players was broken into two teams for a four-game trials period at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. The Red and Blue teams split the four-game series, including a doubleheader Friday.

The roster was announced by head coach Darrell Don and his assistant coaches, Brett Radcliffe, Mike Bradley and Ruben Felix.  The lone returner from the 2009 team, which won the Pan Am Championships in Portoviejo, Ecuador, is infielder Jesse Kuet. The infielder is one of six players from California, including Brady Aiken, Joe DeMers, Kiko Garcia, Steven Mendoza and Brandon Perez.

Texas will be represented by three players, Matthew Collins, Ryan Johnson and Jerry Murillo, and Florida will have two players on the team – Adam Haseley and Kyle Marsh. Arizona’s Isaiah Deutsch and Alex Verdugo also dot the roster.  Luke Alexander (Mississippi), Josh Davis (Oklahoma), Lucas Herbert (Georgia), Troy Stokes (Maryland) and Blake Wiggins (Arkansas) fill out the rest of the 18-man roster.

The 14U National Team will train in Cary through Tuesday before leaving for Managua Wednesday morning. The team will host the Carolina Stars 16U club Sunday night at the USA Baseball National Training Complex. Please note, the opponent for the game has changed but the start time remains 6 p.m. ET.

On Monday, the team will play its final tuneup in North Carolina when visiting Kannapolis. Team USA will face off against the South Charlotte Panthers Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium at 7 p.m.

The 2010 USA Baseball 14U roster is available below.

Brady Aiken, LHP, Jamul, Calif.
Luke Alexander, OF, Belmont, Miss.
Matt Collins, OF/IF/C, Houston, Texas
Josh Davis, OF, Mounds, Okla.
Joe DeMers, RHP/C, Martinez, Calif.
Isaiah Deutsch, OF, Phoenix, Ariz.
Kiko Garcia, RHP, Chula Vista, Calif.
Adam Haseley, LHP/OF, Windermere, Fla.
Lucas Herbert, RHP/C, Milton, Ga. 
Ryan Johnson, RHP/IF/OF, College Station, Texas
Jesse Kuet, IF/C, Huntington Beach, Calif.
Kyle Marsh, RHP/IF, Port Orange, Fla.
Steven Mendoza, IF/C, West Covina, Calif.
Jerry Murillo, RHP, Houston, Texas
Brandon Perez, RHP/IF/C, Ladera Ranch, Calif.
Troy Stokes, Jr., OF, Baltimore, Md.
Alexander Verdugo, OF/LHP, Tucson, Ariz.
Blake Wiggins, IF, Little Rock, Ark.

 Lamorinda National 2010 Sweep USA Baseball 14U Championships East!

Lamorinda National Team June 2010

(June 2010) The Lamorinda National team, a team of elite 13U/14U players from across the country, remained undefeated throughout the USA Baseball 14U Championships East tournament.

The tournament, held in Ft Myers, Florida from June 19-23, 2010 pitted 18 top 14U teams against each other in a race for the Championship title.  Lamorinda National stampeded through pool play, winning all four games, allowing only 8 runs, while scoring 34.

Entering the single elimination playoff bracket as the 1st seed, Lamorinda National did not disappoint.  On their way to the Championship Game they defeated:

  • The 16th seed Fort Bend Texans, 12-4
  • The 8th seed Florida Red Sox B, 8-6
  • The 13th seed Warriors Baseball, 5-2

The Championship Game pitted the team against the local heroes, #3 Team Strikezone from nearby Tampa , Florida .  With their rock solid defense and big bats working overtime, Lamorinda shut down Strikezone with a score of 9-0.

The USA Baseball Championship Tournament East, along with the West Championships held at the same time in Arizona, was a showcase to determine the final pool of candidates who will compete for spots on the 14U TEAM USA who will travel to Nicaragua to represent the United States in the Pan American games in July.  Five of the Lamorinda National team had already been selected to this USA Trials Team:  Luke Alexander, Joe DeMers, Lucas Herbert, Elijiah Skipps and Daniel Slominski.  By the end of the tournament, four more invitations to the final trials had been extended to Lamorinda team members Quentin Davis, Keaton McKinney, Darren Miller, and Max Wotell.

The 40 member Trials Team will meet at the USA Baseball Training Facility in Cary , North Carolina for a final five-day evaluation.  The final, 18 member TEAM USA will be announced on July 18.  The team will head to Managua , Nicaragua a few days later to compete at the Pan American Games.