CARY, N.C. – Day 1 of the National High School Invitational (NHSI) has come to a close with a couple close games, a 1-hitter, and a couple runaways. Three teams from California picked up wins, while the three teams from Georgia went 2-1 collectively.
American Heritage (Fla.) 6, Oxford (Ala.) 2
Esteban Puerto drove in 2 runs as American Heritage High School (Fla.) opened the 2012 NHSI with a win over Oxford (Ala.) on Wednesday. American Heritage ran out to a 5-1 lead and held on for their first win of the tournament.
Harvard Westlake (Calif) 6, Russell County (Ala.) 2
Harvard Westlake (Calif) got a great start out of sophomore Jack Flaherty to pick up their first win in the 2012 NHSI. Harvard Westlake is without one of the top pitching prospects in the country, Lucas Giolito. Giolito is considered a top 10 prospect for the June draft, but he is sidelined right now with a strained ligament in his pitching elbow.
Russell County (Ala.) had a 17 game winning streak heading into the day’s match up.
Brookwood (Ga.) 7, Highlands Ranch (Colo.) 0
Lucas Sims struck out 11 while giving up only 1 hit to Highlands Ranch (Colo.) in 6 innings to pick up the win for Brookwood (Ga.). Ryan Woodard added a double and 3 RBIs to lead Brookwood at the plate.
Parkview (Ga.) 11, George Washington (N.Y.) 3
The Parkview (Ga.) Panthers roughed up George Washington (N.Y.) starter Kevin Torres for 8 runs en route to a victory. Edwin Arias, Rob Youngblood, and Matt Olson each drove in 2 runs. Olson also picked up the win on the hill. The Parkview bats were helped by 5 George Washington errors and 7 walks.
Orange Lutheran (Calif.) 1, Columbus (Ga.) 0
Orange Lutheran (Calif.) got a run in the first inning, and that’s all they needed as they made it hold up. Their lead off hitter was hit by a pitch. He then moved to third base on a couple ground outs before scoring on a Tommy Bell single.
Kyle Carter went the distance for Columbus but took the loss.
Mater Dei (Calif.) 10, Bishop Gorman (Nev.) 3
Number 18 in the Baseball America Top 25 Mater Dei took down the #2 ranked Bishop Gorman to open up their 2012 NHSI.
Mater Dei got 8 runs in the top of the 3rd inning after falling behind 2-1. They pounded out 6 doubles. Davis Tominaga pitched a complete game for the win. Ryan Barr , Tyler Adkinson , and Austin Grebeck all drove in a pair of runs for Mater Dei.
Schedule for Thursday March 29
Sarasota vs Lee County 9:30 am
Gulliver Prep vs Carroll 9:45 am
Highlands Ranch vs Oxford 10 am
George Washington vs Russell County 12:30 pm
Mater Dei vs Winner Gulliver Prep/Carroll 1:05 pm MLB.com
Bishop Gorman vs Loser Gulliver Prep/Carroll1:15 pm
Brookwood vs American Heritage 3 pm
Parkview vs Harvard-Westlake 3:45 pm
Orange Lutheran vs Winner Sarasota/Lee County 4:35 pm MLB.com
Columbus vs Loser Sarasota/Lee County 5:30 pm
For more information on the NHSI visit USABaseball.com
Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.