Jesuit P John Kilichowski, Hernando SS Christian Arroyo still in mix for USA 18U national team

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Mon. July 2, 2012 | Laura Keeley | Email

Jesuit P John Kilichowski, Hernando SS Christian Arroyo still in mix for USA 18U national team

Jesuit P John Kilichowski and Hernando SS Christian Arroyo are two of 28 players still in contention to make the USA Baseball 18-and-under national team.

Kilichowski, a Vanderbilt commit, shined in the opening June 26 intrasquad game, allowing zero hits and striking out five in three innings of work. Arroyo, who has committed to Florida, had his own standout moments the following day, hitting a double in the first game of a doubleheader and then a two-out, RBI double in his team's 3-1 victory in the nightcap. Arroyo also drew praise for executing a sacrifice bunt in a six-inning, June 28 scrimmage.

Kilichowski, Arroyo and Plant 1B Pete Alonso, also a Gators commit, participated in the first two games of the Prospect Classic, which was a mix of 18U players and members of the Collegiate National Team. Perfect Game's Kendall Rogers tweeted that,  "John Kilichowski looked great," and Alonso hit an RBI double in Saturday's game.

Kilichowski and Arroyo will play two more games before the 18U team breaks until Aug. 18 for the second phase of national team trials in California. From there, the 28-man roster will be trimmed to 20 and those remaining will compete for the 18U National Team at the IBAF Junior AAA/18U World Championships in Seoul, South Korea, Aug. 30-Sept. 8.

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