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Sun. September 9, 2012 | Matt Baker | Email

Hernando SS Christian Arroyo picked up two nice souvenirs from his trip to South Korea.

The Florida commit helped the United States win the gold medal and earned MVP honors at the 18U World Baseball Championship.

The U.S. beat Canada 6-2 in Seoul in Saturday’s championship match to claim America’s first world championship in this age group in 13 years.

Arroyo finished the championships hitting .387 and ranked among the tournament’s leaders with 11 RBIs. He started all of the team’s 13 games at shortstop and finished with two errors and six double plays on 67 fielding chances. Arroyo, an all-North Suncoast selection during the Leopards’ run to the Class 5A region finals, was also named to the tournament’s all-star team.

Jesuit LHP John Kilichowski also earned a gold medal for the U.S. The Vanderbilt commit appeared in three games and allowed two earned runs and two hits in 2.2 innings.

He earned second-team all-county honors for the Tigers during his junior season.

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