USA 12U Wins Gold

Top Tier CEO and Founder Todd Fine and USA Baseball 12U take home the Gold Medal at the WBSC World Cup in Tainan, Taiwan. This is Fine's second year as part of the 12U National team coaching staff and his second medal (USA taking home Silver for the Pan American Championships last summer)

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TAINAN, Taiwan
- The United States 12U National Team avenged an earlier loss to Chinese Taipei, winning 7-2 to claim the gold medal and 2015 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup title at Tainan Stadium on Sunday night.

In front of a sold-out crowd of 11,000 fans, the U.S. successfully defended its 2013 gold medal in the same event.

Trailing 2-0 heading into the third, the U.S. broke open for five runs and never looked back. The Americans opened the inning with four straight hits, including a Cody Schrier double, Zach Torres single, Jack Ryan double and two-run blast by Davis Diaz which gave the U.S. the lead.

Then, Brady House was hit by a pitch and came around to score on a Ryan Clifford RBI double, making the USA lead 5-2.

Ryan hit a solo bomb on the first pitch of the fifth inning to make it 6-2, and Diaz knocked an RBI single in the sixth to push the margin to 7-2.

Nicholas Kurtz was gutsy on the mound, tossing 5.0 innings and allowing just two runs (one earned) on four hits with six strikeouts despite not having his best stuff.

Danny Corona entered the game with two on and none out in the sixth, forcing a double play and lineout to seal the victory on the mound.

Kurtz, Ryan and Torres were named to the tournament All-Star Team following the game.

Kurtz finished with a 2-0 record in three starts, striking out 15 batters in 14.2 innings, allowing just one earned run. He also hit .333 at the plate with a home run.

Ryan led the team with three longballs and 13 RBIs, hitting .545 with 14 runs scored and three doubles in eight games.

Torres hit .522 over the tournament and tied for team-highs in hits (12) and runs (14), also swiping seven bases on seven tries and hitting a home run.

Additionally, Diaz led the team with a .571 average, .700 on-base percentage and eight steals, finishing second with nine RBIs.

Schrier (.360), Clifford (.350), Colin Reuter (.333) and Brady House (.320) were also regular starters to hit over .300.

As a team, the USA totaled 24 extra-base hits while conceding just four, hitting .372 as a team and allowing foes to hit .225. The Americans were perfect in 29 stolen-base attempts, and committed half as many errors as opponents.

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