Early Friday morning (on the East Coast), Team USA was defeated by Korea, 8-0 in the Gold Medal Game of the Premier 12 Tournament. Thus, the US returns home silver medal winners.
In the gold medal game, Team USA manager Willie Randolph decided to rest Eibner, who had played pretty much every game in right field. Resting your clutch hitter proved costly.
Korea jumped all over USA starter Zack Segovia, as he lasted just two-plus innings (two runs on four hits and two walks). It only got worse from there.
Brooks Pounders followed in the 3rd inning with a runner on base and left him stranded. However, Korea scored five runs off Pounders in the fourth before he was pulled with a runner on base (he was left stranded).
With the bases loaded and one out in the fourth, Pounders allowed a two-run double. After a strikeout, he allowed a three-run home run.
You can watch the entire game below (or fast forward to Pounders’ appearance at the 1:02 mark):
Later in the game (the ninth), Casey Coleman allowed a run on two hits and two walks over 2/3 of an inning. He struck out two, but left with the bases loaded (all were stranded with a strikeout).
So, Royals farmhands Eibner, Pounders, and catcher Parker Morin (who did not play in the semis or finals), along with current free agent Coleman are silver medalists.