House Wins Australian Under-18 Nationals

House Wins Australian Under-18 Nationals

It's has been over a year since Australian catcher Chris House signed with the Blue Jays. Last month he wrapped up his prep career in Australia as his club won the 2007 Under 18's National Championships. House called in to InsideTheDome to provide the details and talk about his time in Instructs and the 2007 season.

Day 1- January 4, 2007:

House's Western Australia team came up against Queensland in the opening game of the tournament. Batting third and playing first base House had a quiet night going 0-for-4 with a run scored, and two strikeouts.

Day 2- January 5, 2007:

House took a day off as his Western Australia club wasn't matched in a 12-2 victory over Country New South.

Day 3- January 6, 2007

House was back in the lineup and gave his club the only offense they needed with a first inning home run. In the third inning he added his second RBI of the game.

Day 4- January 7, 2007

House went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, an RBI and reached back four times as he drew two walks.

Day 5- January 8, 2007

House went 1-for-2 with two runs scored and another RBI as he continued to show his solid plate discipline getting on base two more times.

The third-hole hitter in Western Australia's lineup proved to be the deadliest force. He continued his dominance going 2-for-5 with four runs batted in, a run scored and a walk. He has his first triple of the tournament in this game.

Day 7- January 10, 2007

Western Australia suffered their first defeat of the tournament and House was kept quiet with a 1-for-4 night. It was the first time in three games he didn't draw a walk.

Day 8- January 11, 2007

As Western Australia got back to its winning ways, so did House. He reached base three times in the game and finished 2-for-5.

Day 9- January 12, 2007

Despite falling 5-0 after the first inning and trailing 7-0 after two, Western Australia scored 8 unanswered runs to win the championship by an 8-7 score over Queensland. House was pitched to extremely carefully in the game drawing three walks, but he did finish 1-for-2 with a pair of runs batted in.

"We started to fight back after the second inning," said House. "We scored three runs in the third, and at that point we knew we can come back."

Western Australia scored one more run in the fifth and put up another three spot in the sixth inning which tied up the game.

"The winning run came across when our nine-hole hitter (Brenden Hall) was hit by a pitch in the dead with no outs and the bases loaded. There was a massive celebration. It was the best ever come back that I have ever played in and it will be a game remembered all over Australia.

House made an appearance in Florida last November during Instructs and enjoyed his time tremendously.

"I had so much fun training everyday and meeting all the coaches and players at the complex. I was one of the youngest guys there and was surprised to see how good everyone treated me and helped me out. I learned many new skills in that two-week period and definitely got better as camp progressed."

House is not yet sure when he will make his move to the States this year but did say he will definitely be coming over for sure to play in the 2007 season.

If you would like to ask Chris House a question you may email us at BVangelatos@aol.com

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