Shawnee senior and Oklahoma State commit Jake Taylor traveled to North Carolina last week to participate in the USA Baseball Tournament of Stars in Cary, N.C. Taylor played on the undefeated Team Brave, who won the tournament after beating Team Free 4-0 to win the championship.
The yearly tournament consists of 108 international age-eligible players fighting for a spot on the 18U National Team and sponsored by USA Baseball and the MLB. Participants from the primary pool of talent will be selected to play on the National Team to represent the United States at the 2016 COPABE Pan American Championships in Monterrey, Mexico this September, the USA Baseball website said.
In the gold medal game, both teams went scoreless through the first seven innings as Anthony Servideo doubled with one out in the eighth to get in scoring position. Mike Siani singled to left to score Servideo and end the shutout and Brave went on a 3-run rally in the ninth to add some insurance.
Taylor had his best performance of the tournament in Brave’s first game against the Stars. In the game Taylor was 2-for-4 with one run scored as Brave won their opener 7-5.
Taylor singled in the bottom of the second before a single up the middle from Servideo out of Jupiter, Fla., brought him home to give Brave a 2-0 lead. Taylor would single again in the fifth.
His final hit of the tournament came in the bottom of the sixth of a 3-2 win over Team Pride. In that game Taylor singled to center as he replaced Brady Smith as catcher and lined out to second in his only other at bat of the game.