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Updated: 09/12/2013 08:00:07AM

Rivera leads USA Baseball to world title

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PHOTO PROVIDED BY VIDEOLAND SPORTS

Venice High catcher/third baseman Mike Rivera (No. 5, front row) clutches Team USA's IBAF World Cup trophy Sunday night after the US defeated Japan 3-2 to take first place.

PHOTO PROVIDED BY CODY WILKINSON/USA BASEBALL

Mike Rivera earned the award for best third baseman in the IBAF World Cup, despite primarily playing catcher for Venice High.

By ROB SMITH

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Winning two state championships wasn’t enough, apparently.

After leading the USA Baseball 18U National Team to its second consecutive first-place finish in the International Baseball Federation (IBAF) World Cup in Taiwan Sunday, Venice High catcher/third baseman Mike Rivera is also a world champion.

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