VERO BEACH, FLA. – In preparation for the World Baseball softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup, the USA Softball U-18 Men’s National Team (MNT) has arrived in Vero Beach, Fla. to train at the Jackie Robinson Training Complex (JRTC) from Jan. 23-26 and go through a series of drills as a squad.
The JRTC was recently announced as the Official Training Facility of the USA Softball National Team Program as part of an extended partnership between Major League Baseball (MLB) and USA Softball.
The U-18 MNT will be composed of members from the 2019 squad that traveled to Guatemala City for the U-17 Men’s Softball Pan American Championship. The U.S. finished the U-17 Men’s Softball Pan American Championship in fifth place with a 3-3 record, just shy of earning a spot in the Playoff Rounds. The Red, White and Blue compiled a .232 batting average, 35 hits and 30 RBI, while the pitching staff issued 22 strikeouts over their six-game outing.
The 2020 U-18 Men’s National Team will look to improve upon the performance at the 2018 WBSC Junior Men’s World Championship (JMWC) where they finished in eighth place. As a team, the U.S. finished the JMWC with a .226 team batting average, 30 hits and 22 RBI, in addition to the pitching staff issuing a total of 34 strikeouts over the course of six games.
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For updates on the USA Softball National Team program and events throughout the 2019-20 season and beyond, visit www.USASoftball.com.