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Playing for Team USA can be called a once-in-a-lifetime experience. But the way Waukesha West's Jarred Kelenic played in Monterrey, Mexico, over the past week, his lifetime may be full of similar experiences.

Playing for the Team USA U18 baseball squad at the Pan American Games, Kellenic helped his squad beat Cuba in the gold medal game Sunday, 6-1. USA finished with a 7-1 record and notched a sixth straight gold medal in international competition.

Kelenic hit a two-run homer in the title game that brought his squad's lead to 5-0, and his showing earned him the Team USA Most Valuable Player award.

The right fielder, a junior at West, went 3-for-4 in a loss to Mexico on Oct. 7, went 1 for 2 and stole two bases in a shutout of Brazil on Oct. 6, tripled in a win over Colombia on Oct. 5and went 2 for 4 in a tight 6-5 win over Nicaragua on Oct. 3. He had a double, triple and drove in two runs in the three earlier games of the tournament.

Kellenic is committed to play at Louisville once he graduates. Amateur baseball site Perfect Game USA ranks him No. 3 nationally among high school players in the class of 2018.