Coon Rapids Cardinals pitching ace Logan Shore showcases his baseball prowess on American Legion diamonds during the summer season. The right-handed pitcher and corner infielder July 1 made his pitch for a spot on the 18U USA national baseball team and made the 28-man cut in the trials.
Shore, an incoming Coon Rapids High School senior, is part of the 18U roster that was selected following the 2012 Tournament of Stars. That tournament, presented by Major League Baseball, took place at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C.
Shore and center fielder Ryan Boldt of Red Wing on June 24 became the first Minnesotans since Joe Mauer of Cretin-Derham Hall in 1998 to advance to the 40-player roster.
On July 1, when the roster was trimmed to 28 players, Shore survived and will compete in the second phase of national team trials.
From that phase, set for Aug. 18-27, 20 players will be selected to compete for the 18U National Team at the IBAF Junior AAA/18U World Championships in Seoul, South Korea, Aug. 30-Sept. 8.
Team USA, coached by 1998 World Series MVP Scott Brosius, is scheduled to play Australia, the Netherlands, Korea, Colombia and Venezuela in World Championship pool play.
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