Reese McGuire, a catcher from Kentwood High School, went 2 for 3 with a two-run double as the U.S. beat Canada 6-2 on Saturday in Seoul, South Korea for the 18U baseball world championship. It was the first 18U world title for the U.S. since 1999.
McGuire is a senior at Kentwood, the defending Class 4A state champion. McGuire, a 6-2, 180 pound catcher committed to San Diego, started tryouts competing against143 other players before making it to the final cut with 19 other players.
He led off with the first hit of the game against Canada and scored the first run when he collided with Canada’s third baseman. Interference was called, awarding McGuire home.
In the bottom of the seventh, Canada walked a right-handed batter to force a lefty-on-lefty matchup with McGuire. McGuire made the Canadians pay with a line-drive double that drove in two runs and gave the U.S. a 6-2 lead.