By Mark Jurgena, Reporter
Former Collinsville Kahok and MLB first round draft choice Tanner Houck played for Team USA in Olympic qualifying action November 2-4 in Guadalajara, Mexico.
The U.S. played in the World Baseball Softball Confederation Premier 12 tournament.
They participated in Group A.
Houck, a Triple-A farmhand of the Boston Red Sox, started the second qualifying game for Team USA against Mexico on November 3rd.
The U.S. side fell 8-2 to make their tourney record 1-1.
Houck got into early trouble and gave up two runs in the first to Mexico.
After that he scattered three hits, struck out six and walked none over the next four innings of work.
Team USA played their third and final qualifying game November 4th. The U.S. won 10-8 over the Dominican Republic.
The U.S. beat the Netherlands 9-0 in game one.
The 2nd place finish in their pool moved Team USA on to the Premier 12 Super Round November 11-17 in Tokyo, Japan.
The Premier 12 is one of a potential three Olympic qualifying tournaments for the U.S. if the USA finishes as the highest placing team from the Americas they will earn a spot in the Olympic Games.
Two more qualifiers will take place in March of 2020.
This is Houck’s third stint with USA Baseball. He played on the 2015 and 2016 Collegiate National Teams while playing at the University of Missouri.