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Six Hillsborough County baseball players, including three from Jesuit, have been selected and confirmed to attend June's USA Baseball Tournament of Stars, according to Brant Ust, the director of the 18-and-under national team. The tournament, which is the first step in the selection process for the 18U national team, is June 20-24 in Cary, N.C., at the USA Baseball National Training Complex.
Amongst the 144 players invited to attend are Jesuit's John Kilichowski (LHP), Spencer Trayner (RHP) and Adrian Chacon (3B), along with Brooks-DeBartolo C Jose Lopez, Plant 3B/1B Pete Alonso and Cambridge Christian RHP Nick Eicholtz. Additionally, Jesuit pitching coach Geoff Goetz, who played on the USA 18U national team before he was a first-round draft pick by the New York Mets in 1997, will serve as an evaluator.
More area players could be added to the group before the MLB-sponosred tournament, Ust said, noting that the I-4 corridor is always rich in baseball talent. Once in Cary, the initial group of 144 players will be divided into eight teams for the four-day tournament. From that group, 40 will be selected to remain in Cary for an additional week of evaluation (Kilichowski has already qualified to be one those 40 through the National Team Identification Series).
In mid August, 28 players will travel to Los Angeles for national team training, and the final 20 will leave for Seoul, South Korea, for the IBAF Junior AAA/18U World Championships August 30 - Sept. 8.