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Tour Game 9 – Kansas City Royals Scout Team (California)
AZ Fall Classic Game 5
The coaches of both teams decided to send five batters to the plate every inning (even after 3 outs had been recorded) so that all the players would get more at-bats in front of the large number of college coaches and pro scouts that had gathered for this important showcase for both teams’ players.
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Tour Game 8 – Baseball Northwest Washington Navy (Seattle, WA)

AZ Fall Classic Game 4

10 innings played


Offensively, Vinny Harris collected the team’s first hit in the second inning, and Scott Drinkwater roped a double in the 4th.

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Tour Game 7 – SoCal Rays Scout Team (California)

AZ Fall Classic Game 3

The Junior Diamondblacks took on a California-based scout team from the Tampa Bay Rays MLB team.

Highlight players from the game included:

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Tour Game 6 – Dbacks BC (Canada)

AZ Fall Classic Game 2

NZL vs British Columbia Diamondbacks finished 4-4 after 7 innings played


Mackenzie Quarterman got the start in Game 2 of the doubleheader under lights in the Main Stadium at Peoria Sports Complex. He went 4 innings giving up only 2 runs.

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Tour Game 5 – Ontario Nationals (Canada)

AZ Fall Classic Game 1

Sean Akroyd started the first game of the day in the main stadium at Peoria Sports Complex . Akroyd started well, facing only four batters in the first inning and economically throwing only nine pitches. Over three innings of work Akroyd gave up three hits, two runs and walked two. Offensively, New Zealand got off to a quick start with Kohei Ueha walking and promptly stealing 2nd  and 3rd base. Dewald de Klerk hit a sacrifice fly to deep centerfield, scoring Ueha with NZL’s first run.

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All games are to be played 3 outs or 6 batters per inning and no scores are officially kept. All Games are 2 hours 30 minutes and teams will play as many innings as time allows. For the four days of the tournament against some of the top teams and players in North America, the goal will be to showcase 25 of New Zealand’s best ballplayers to hundreds of collegiate and professional coaches and scouts.

Our coaching staff will not be 'playing to win' these games, but instead working to ensure that each of the players receives significant game time over the four days and are seen by as many coaches and scouts as humanly possible--which is the entire intent of this tour.

Baseball New Zealand will post updates on the progress of individual players to the best of our ability, and eventually—after discussions with families—we’ll endeavour to provide updates on any collegiate and/or professional interest in our players, potential letters of intent and contracts, if the best case scenario eventuates for any of our ballplayers.

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New Zealand 18U Junior Diamondblacks open Arizona Tour with Two Wins against California and Arizona Teams

After a long day of travelling and finally getting into hotel rooms at 4:00am on Sunday morning, the team was up at 8:00am for breakfast and on their way to the field by 9:00am for an 11:00am game.

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Team New Zealand - Junior Diamondblacks Tour Schedule

2013 Arizona Fall Invitational

October 6


IBAC White (CA)

Padre #2

W 8-0



Nutty Buddy (AZ)

Padre #2

W 3-1


Warmup Games

October 7


Pilots Baseball (AZ)

Padre #4


October 8



Padre #4


 2013 Arizona Senior Fall Classic  http://azfallclassic.com/

October 9


Ontario Nationals (CAN)




D'Backs Team BC (CAN)



October 10


SC Rays Scout Team (CA)

Mariner #3


October 11



Padre #2


October 12


Kansas City Royals Scout (CA)

Padre #1


October 13


AZ Prowlers (AZ)

Padre #4



Additional Games

October 14


 Glendale Community College

Glendale CC


October 15



Padre #4




Padre #4


Return to NZL 16 October

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The Baseball New Zealand 18U National Team is currently in Arizona attending the highly sought after Arizona Senior Fall Classic, where they will be showcasing their skills in front of many College and Professional scouts.

Baseball New Zealand was invited by the founders of this Arizona showcase to participate in this prestigious series of baseball tournaments and scouting weekends. The owner is a top official with the Seattle Mariners, thus providing a closer connection with a top MLB franchise. More information on the owners:

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