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SCV resident pitching well for USA Baseball

Posted: August 8, 2014 9:54 p.m.
Updated: August 8, 2014 9:54 p.m.

Stevenson Ranch resident Hunter Greene delivers a pitch in Mazatlan, Mexico on July 31 in the 2014 WBSC "AA" World Cup.

 

Stevenson Ranch resident Hunter Greene could pitch USA Baseball to a gold medal in Mexico.

The Notre Dame High of Sherman Oaks sophomore-to-be has turned heads already in the WBSC ‘AA’ 15U World Cup with two outstanding outings, and now Team USA has made it to Sunday’s gold-medal game.

Greene has been told he will pitch in the game.

Greene, who at just 15 years old, hit 93 MPH on a radar gun during competition.

The 6-foot-2-inch, 170-pound kid pitched USA to a 14-2 win on July 31 over Panama.

In the game, he went five innings, allowed four hits and no earned runs, while walking one batter and striking out four.

On Wednesday, Team USA beat Cuba 10-2 and Greene went six innings, allowed six hits, two walks and an earned run while striking out seven.

“This is a huge accomplishment for me as well as my team to go compete at this level. It is unreal to experience the fight and determination to win the gold medal from the other teams,” Greene said from Mexico. “Personally, this is a huge step forward for me in my baseball career because of the exposure I’m getting.”

Greene has thrown 65 percent of his pitches for strikes.

USA is 8-0 in the tournament and needed a walk-off hit in the 10th inning to beat Chinese Taipei on Friday.

USA will play Mexico on Saturday and a team to be determined in the gold-medal game on Sunday.

“We have something special as a team,” Greene said. “We seem to bond extremely well with each other and play with all our hearts. We have an outstanding squad who plays like there is no tomorrow. It’s insane to see the amount of passion and drive we all have when we play together.”

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