Riley Cornelio, a rising senior at Pine Creek, is taking part in USA Baseball’s Tournament of Stars, a national identification event to help select players for the under-18 national team.
Cornelio, a right-handed pitcher, went 9-0 with a 0.91 ERA in 53 2/3 innings pitched, striking out 85 against 21 walks for the Eagles as a junior this past spring. He also hit .468 with four home runs and 21 RBI.
The Tournament of Stars begins on Monday and runs through Saturday. The event features 80 players split into four teams. Following the conclusion of the event, a 40-member 18U national team trials roster will be announced.
Cornelio, the lone Colorado player participating, is a member of Team Pride. His week begins with workouts on Monday, and then Pride will play games on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, with evaluations on Friday.
The trials roster will eventually be trimmed to 20 to form that the 18U national team, which will compete in the Pan American Championships, and also the World Baseball Softball Confederation U18 Baseball World Cup.
Cornelio is a TCU commit.