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Eight players named to 2012 18U Trials

USA Baseball annouced eight players to the 2012 18U National Team Trials next year. The players were selected based on performances at the National Team Identification Series in North Carolina.

Here are the eight players:

Cole Billingsley, OF/LHP, Cropwell, Ala., Mid-Atlantic

Ben Eckels, RHP, Davis, Calif., Northern California

Chris Flexen, RHP, Newark, Calif., Northern California

John Kilichowski, LHP, Tampa, Fla., USA Stars

Kieran Lovegrove, RHP, Mission Viejo, Calif., Southern California

Russell Reynolds, RHP, Baton Rouge, La., South Texas

Drew Ward, IF/OF, Leedey, Okla., Midwest

Connor Williams, OF/RHP, South Jordan, Utah, Mountain West

Four of these players played in the 2011 Area Code Baseball Games as underclassmen: Drew Ward (White Sox), Ben Eckels (Athletics), Connor Williams (Reds) and Kieran Lovegrove (Brewers).