Flaherty seizes World Cup gold with Team USA

Grant Nussbaum

Jack Flaherty ’14 will now have international gold to go with his CIF Division I Championship ring and his Player of the Year awards, after the pitcher-infielder won the International Baseball Federation World Cup as a member of the United States U18 National baseball team in Taichung, Taiwan on Sunday.

Flaherty, who was named to the final U.S. World Cup roster on Aug. 24, had one win, an 8-0 victory in the team’s opening game against Italy, in two pitching starts during the international tournament. The University of North Carolina commit also played third base as Team USA went 7-1 overall and defeated Japan 3-2 to win the gold medal.

The senior pitcher-infielder’s gold medal tops off a year filled with accolades. Flaherty lead the Wolverines to capture the CIF Division I Championship, throwing a shutout and batting in the lone run to defeat Marina 1-0 on June 1. The gold medalist was subsequently named CIF Division I and Los Angeles Times’ Player of the Year, a