Special to the Daily Light
CARY, N.C. — Waxahachie’s Colton Cain was named to the Youth National Team on Friday after a seven day tryout.
Cain went 5-for-13 at the plate with three doubles, a home run, six RBIs and two runs scored.
On the mound, the junior pitched 4.2 innings allowing three runs while striking out six.
In Friday’s final tryout game, Cain allowed three runs in the first inning, but redeemed himself with a three-run homer to centerfield to tie the game in the bottom of the first.
USA Baseball announced the 18-man roster for the 2007 Youth National Team on Friday night after a week of trials. Team USA will remain in Cary for four days of training before departing for Barquisimeto, Venezuela to compete in the IBAF World Youth Championships August 17-26.
The 18 players named to the Youth National Team hail from five states, with California, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Texas being represented.
The state of Florida led the way with seven selections as A.J. Cole (Winter Springs), Nolan Fontana (Winter Garden), Nick Franklin (Longwood), Nate Gonzalez (Clermont), Austin Maddox (Jacksonville), Steven Rodriguez (Miami) and Jacob Tillotson (Lake City) were named to the team.
California had six players named to Youth National Team as Andrew Aplin (Suisun), Justin Charles (Galt), Matt Davidson (Yucaipa), Robert Refsnyder (Laguna Hills), Max Stassi (Yuba City) and Zach Vincej (Saugus) all earned their way onto the 18-man roster.
Colton Cain (Waxahachie), Randal Grichuk (Rosenberg) and Zach Lee (McKinney) represent the state of Texas, while Luke Bailey (La Grange) is the lone representative from Georgia and Richie Shaffer (Charlotte) will represent the state of North Carolina.
The Youth National Team will take 10 pitchers to Barquisimeto, Venezuela for the IBAF World Youth Championships, with five of the 10 being two-way players.
The eight right-handed pitchers include A.J. Cole, Matt Davidson, Nolan Fontana, Nick Franklin, Zach Lee, Austin Maddox, Richie Shaffer and Jacob Tillotson, while the two left-handed hurlers are Colton Cain and Steven Rodriguez.
Three catchers, Luke Bailey, Nate Gonzalez and Max Stassi, were named to the team. Stassi is the lone returning member of last year’s YNT Team, which captured the gold medal at the 2006 COPABE Youth Pan American Championship in Barquisimeto, Venezuela. Stassi played in eight of the nine games in the Pan Am Championship last year and batted .310 with one home run, two doubles, nine RBI and 10 runs scored.
Justin Charles and Zach Vincej were named to the team as infielders, along with two-way players Cain, Davidson, Fontana, Franklin and Shaffer.
The three outfielders named to the Youth National Team were Andrew Aplin, Randal Grichuk and Robert Refsnyder.
Head Coach Gary Hatch
Team USA will be led by head coach Gary Hatch, who was an assistant coach on the 2006 gold medal-winning Youth National Team. He is the head coach at Sehome High School in Bellingham, Wash., and his team captured the Washington state championship title this past spring.
Youth National Team Coaching Staff
Head coach Gary Hatch will be joined by Don Freeman (Battleground, Wash.), Stan McKeever (Albuquerque, N.M.) and Felipe Suarez (Plantation, Fla.) on the Youth National Team coaching staff.
Team USA Training Preview
The 18 players selected to represent Team USA at the IBAF World Youth Championships will remain in Cary for four days of training, highlighted by three practice games.
Saturday will be an exciting day for the squad with team pictures and a baseball card photo shoot scheduled for the early afternoon. The team will then practice for the first time as a group of 18 Saturday night.
Team USA will then have a pair of training games on Sunday. Game one will see Team USA take on the Davidson Copperheads at 1:05 p.m., while game two will be played against the Dirtbags at 5:05 p.m.
Monday brings the final training game as Team USA will face the Cary Bulls at 6:35 p.m. in their final tune-up before the IBAF World Youth Championships.
Team USA will have their final practice on Tuesday morning before packing their bags in preparation for the trip to Venezuela. The team will also take in a Durham Bulls-Charlotte Knights game at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park on Tuesday night at 7 p.m.
The YNT will then fly to Venezuela early Wednesday morning.