Forsyth Central senior Ethan Hankins was named on Thursday night to the USA Baseball 18U National Team, which will represent the country in the World Baseball Softball Confederation World Cup in September.
Beyond blessed to be given the opportunity to play for the best country in the world. Ready to bring home Gold 🏅🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/cSF8nc0aox— Ethan Hankins (@EthanHankins) August 25, 2017
Hankins' road to making Team USA started at the USA Baseball Tournament of Stars in June in Cary, North Carolina, and he performed well enough at that event to be invited to the team trials, which took place last week in Minneapolis. Hankins had a rough outing in his lone appearance in the trials, giving up five runs on five hits in two innings, but his strong performance in past events warranted a spot on the final squad.
The 18U team will play four exhibition games before heading to Thunder Bay, Ontario for the World Cup, set to take place from Sept. 1-10.