Baseball: Waubonsie grad solid against Team USA
By Paul Johnson For Sun-Times Media July 16, 2013 7:42PM
Updated: August 19, 2013 2:11PM
When the phone rang and UNLV rising junior Erick Feede got the call that Team USA’s Collegiate National Team needed his services this week, he couldn’t believe it.
“It was probably the best feeling in the world,” Feede said. “I was so excited I almost felt sick. Getting to call my parents and telling them the good news was the best feeling in the world.”
He debuted for Team USA in Tuesday’s 16-2 exhibition win over the Metro College Baseball of Illinois All-Stars at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva. His name isn’t even stitched onto the back of his jersey yet, but he made sure people knew who he was when he finished his three innings of work. He struck out five and the only base runner he allowed was on a dropped third strike.
“I felt nervous coming in, but I just had to remember that it’s the same game that I’ve been playing for so long,” said Feede, who was summoned to Team USA after an impressive showing in the Cape Cod League so far this summer. “I’m just privileged to be here. I’m just ecstatic about it. To come out here and throw well, it helped me settle in easier. The guys have been great. Things went well, so it wasn’t too bad.”
Feede’s performance helped Team USA (15-3) set the tone before the bats exploded to bury the MCBL All-Stars. Waubonsie Valley graduate and North Central senior Kris Singh helped slow that offense down with a scoreless second inning of relief. The All-Stars switched pitchers every inning.
Singh walked one and struck out one to keep the game scoreless through two innings.
“My summer coach told us we were playing on an All-Star team, and when he told us who we were playing, it was like, wow,” Singh said. “I would have never thought that, but it was an awesome experience. I just tried to throw how I normally do, just focus on hitting spots. Everything worked well for me today.”
By the third inning, however, Team USA’s bats started to heat up. A lead-off home run from Oregon State’s Michael Conforto started the fourth and South Carolina’s Grayson Greiner followed with a two-run shot to make it 5-1 after four innings. Team USA then scored two runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh before breaking out for seven runs in the eighth. Indiana’s Kyle Schwarber had a two-run single and Conforto belted his second home run, a three-run shot, in the inning.
Providence graduate and Indiana rising junior Sam Travis went 1-for-5 with a run scored in the win for Team USA. Conforto, Greiner, Schwarber, Alex Bregman, Matt Chapman and Austin Cousino each had two hits for Team USA.
For the MCBL All-Stars, Singh’s North Central teammates contributed. Burlington Central graduate Sam Klein scored a run and Schaumburg graduate Matt Broncato doubled. Fresno State’s Daniel Delaney led the way with a 2-for-3 effort.
Team USA now embarks on a five-game series against Cuba at various locations around the country after spending the past two days in Geneva.