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Turlocks Kramer finishes overseas trip with a gold medal
Turlock High junior Kevin Kramer ended his stint on the U-16 U.S. National Baseball team with a gold medal win over Cuba. - photo by Photo Contributed
It’s back to football for Kevin Kramer.
But the Turlock High junior enters the upcoming season with heavy jewelry after he was a major contributor in the Under-16 U.S. National Baseball Team’s gold medal run. The Americans beat Cuba 7-6 in the title game of the World Youth Baseball Championships at Intercontinental Stadium in Taichung, Taiwan, on Sunday night.
The U.S. has now won four straight international gold medals, owning a 31-0 record during that span. The last time the Americans lost was in the world championship game against Cuba in 2005.
Once again, Kramer was a solid contributor.
He finished Sunday’s game driving in two runs and scored once, completing a stellar overseas trip. The starting second baseman batted .438 in 11 games with 14 hits, five doubles, three triples and a .781 slugging percentage in helping the U.S. earn an 8-0 overall record in championship action. The Americans had very few challenges, except in their final three games.
Kramer is back to his old life. He’s the expected starting quarterback for the Bulldogs this upcoming football season, as coach James Peterson said he’ll be ready when his team plays at Oakdale High on Sept. 11 in the season opener.
Kramer was scheduled to practice with the Bulldogs on Tuesday.
To contact Chhun Sun, e-mail or call 634-634-9141 ext. 2041.