The Woodlands senior catcher Drew Romo was named to the Team USA 18U National Team on Saturday following team trials in Fullerton, California.
During the team trials, which featured a five-game intrasquad series, Romo started three games, had a fielding percentage of 1.000 on 11 chances, tripled once and stole a base.
Romo, who is a verbal commit to LSU, was one of five players named to the roster after previously playing for the national team. Romo played with four-time national player Pete Crow-Armstrong (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) and Max Rajcic (Fullerton, Calif.) last year on the 18U team and won gold at the 2018 COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championships.
“Wearing the ‘USA’ across my chest, it’s a feeling that I never experienced before,” Romo told The Courier earlier this summer. “Last year, it was definitely one of the most amazing things I’ve experienced.”
Lucas Gordon (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Alejandro Rosario (Miami, Fla.) are also returners to the national team.
"We are really excited about the 20 players that we have just chosen for this year's 18U National Team," manager Jack Leggett said in a USA Baseball release. "It's been a great trial period with a great group of kids that has worked extremely hard. The decisions were really tough, but we feel like the 20 that we have now show us a lot of versatility, a lot of talent and a lot of really good attitudes, so we are really looking forward to competing for a world championship."
The 18U team will continue training in Fullerton through August 21 before traveling to Taichung, Taiwan for three friendlies against Chinese Taipei from August 24-27. Team USA will then open play in the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup against South Africa on Friday, August 30, at 5 a.m. CT in Gijang, South Korea.
Romo, the only Texan selected to the team, was named the All-Montgomery County Defensive MVP following his standout junior season with The Woodlands. The catcher had a fielding percentage of .993 and caught 11 runners stealing. At the plate, Romo batted .397 with a .484 on-base percentage. He had 17 doubles, four home runs and drove in 35 runs.
Romo was also a Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association All-State and and Under Armour All-American selection following his junior season.
The 20-man 18U roster is made up by Mick Abel (RHP, Portland, Ore.), Jack Bulger (C/OF, Bowie, Md.), Pete Crow-Armstrong (OF, Sherman Oaks, Calif.), Lucas Gordon (LHP, Los Angeles, Calif.), Hunter Haas (IF, Phoenix, Ariz.), Colby Halter (UTL, Jacksonville, Fla.), Kyle Harrison (LHP, Danville, Calif.), Robert Hassell (OF/LHP, Franklin, Tenn.), Austin Hendrick (OF, Pittsburgh, Pa.), Ben Hernandez (RHP, Chicago, Ill.), Ed Howard (IF, Chicago, Ill.), Nolan McLean (UTL/RHP, Willow Spring, N.C.), Max Rajcic (RHP, Fullerton, Calif.), Drew Romo, (C, Spring, Texas), Alejandro Rosario (RHP, Miami, Fla.), Jason Savacool (RHP, Syracuse, N.Y.), Nate Savino (LHP, Sterling, Va.), Tyler Soderstrom (C, Turlock, Calif.), Milan Tolentino (IF, Mission Viejo, Calif) and AJ Vukovich (IF/OF, Mukwonago, Wis.).