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Dana Hills’ Hans Crouse is competing for a spot on the USA Baseball 18U National Team. Photo: KDahlgren Photography
Dana Hills’ Hans Crouse is competing for a spot on the USA Baseball 18U National Team. Photo: KDahlgren Photography

Compiled by Steve Breazeale

Dana Hills High School soon-to-be junior Hans Crouse is in the midst of an extended tryout in Cary, N.C. for a spot on the USA Baseball 18U National Team.

Crouse, a right-handed pitcher, was selected to the 40-man National Team trials roster. The trials began on June 29 and will end July 4. At the end of the week, the trials roster will be cut down to 28 players, who will be invited to Los Angeles for another tryout stage. The field will eventually be narrowed down to 20 players for the final roster.

Crouse pitched 1 1/3 innings during a game at the trials on July 1, allowing three hits and two earned runs.

Crouse pitched 50 and 2/3 innings for the Dolphins as a sophomore, compiling a 1.80 ERA. Crouse had a 6-1 overall record in 13 appearances, tossed one complete game and allowed two runs or fewer in all but one of his starts. Crouse struck out 54 batters and walked 22.

Aliso Niguel’s Blake Sabol is the only other player from Orange County who made the 18U National Team trials roster.

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