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Mater Dei Wins Inaugural NHSI

Mater Dei Wins Inaugural NHSI

CARY, N.C. – The final day of the inaugural National High School Invitation was rained out on Saturday except for the championship match between Mater Dei (Calif.) and Harvard-Westlake (Calif.).

Scores from Friday:

Parkview (Ga.) 7, Russell County (Ala.) 5
Highlands Ranch (Colo.) 3, George Washington (N.Y.) 2
Orange Lutheran (Calif.) 7, Brookwood (Ga.) 4
Mater Dei (Calif.) 5, Sarasota (Fla.) 1 – Semifinal
Bishop Gorman (Nev.) 8, Carroll (Texas) 4
Oxford (Ala.) 4, Lee County (N.C.) 0
Columbus (Ga.) 4, Gulliver Prep (Fla.) 1
Harvard-Westlake (Calif.) 1, American Heritage (Fla.) 0 – Semifinal

Championship Game:

Mater Dei (Calif.) 3, Harvard-Westlake (Calif.) 2 (8 innings)

Mater Dei entered the 2012 NHSI with a mediocre record despite being ranked #18 by Baseball America. To reach the finals, Mater Dei had to get through 3 very tough opponents including the #1 and #2 ranked team in the country. They finished off their run to the title by defeating fellow Los Angeles private school Harvard-Westlake in 8 innings on Saturday after over a 3 hour rain delay.

Trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the 7th inning, junior first baseman Davis Tominaga tied the game at 2 with a solo home run. Mater Dei had only hit 1 home run coming into the NHSI but hit 3 in the NHSI. After going down 2-0 early in the game, Mater Dei finally got a hit in the 4th inning. After a single was erased by a double play, Ryan McMahon homered to right to cut the deficit in half.

After forcing extra innings, Mater Dei loaded the bases. With 1 out Ty Moore reached on an error from the Harvard-Westlake first baseman. He promptly stole second to get into scoring position. Harvard-Westlake then walked the next 2 hitters, one of which was Tominaga who had homered the previous inning. With 1 out and the bases loaded Ryan Barr came up big with a single giving the Monarchs the title.

Harvard-Westlake played the tournament without one of the countries top pitching prospects in Lucas Giolito who stayed home to rehab a strained ligament in his pitching elbow.

Mater Dei scored more runs than any other team in the tournament with 27.

For more information on the NHSI visit USABaseball.com

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About Eric Bynum
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.

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