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National High School Invitational Announces 2013 Schedule


The 2nd Annual National High School Invitational is scheduled for March 27 – 30 in Cary, North Carolina. The tournament is held at the USA’s National Training Complex.

The tournament features 16 of the top high school tournaments from around the country, including eight of Baseball America’s Preseason Top 25.

Defending Champion Mater Dei (Calif.) is back to defend its title. They come into the season ranked #8 in the country by Baseball America. They will start their title defense by playing Tullahoma (Tenn.) who starts the season ranked #22.

Baseball America has ranked the top 100 draft-eligible high school prospects, and there will be nine of those players in the NHSI. Included in the nine is the #1 high school prospect Austin Meadows (Grayson, Ga).

Below is the first round schedule of the NHSI:

Game # Date Matchup Time Field Round Notes
6 3/27/13 Lexington (S.C.) vs. Florida Christian (Fla.) 10 a.m. NTC Field 4 Round of 16
2 3/27/13 Venice (Fla.) vs. Christian Brothers (Tenn.) 11 a.m. NTC Field 2 Round of 16
5 3/27/13 Tullahoma (Tenn.) vs. Mater Dei (Calif.) 12:30 p.m. NTC Stadium Round of 16
3 3/27/13 Eustis (Fla.) vs. Harvard-Westlake (Calif.) 1 p.m. NTC Field 3 Round of 16
4 3/27/13 TC Roberson (N.C.) vs. Bingham (Utah) 1:15 p.m. NTC Field 4 Round of 16
8 3/27/13 Milton (Ga.) vs. Hamilton (Ariz.) 3 p.m. NTC Field 2 Round of 16
1 3/27/13 Cathedral Catholic (Calif.) vs. Grayson (Ga.) 3:45 p.m. NTC Stadium Round of 16
7 3/28/13 Jenks (Okla.) vs. The Woodlands (Texas) 9:45 a.m. NTC Field 2 Round of 16 OK/TX slot

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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.

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NHSI: Day 2 Recap – Two Teams from Florida and California Stay Unbeaten


CARY, N.C. – Mater Dei (Calif.) continued its dominance of the top ranked teams handily beating the #1 ranked team today after downing the #2 ranked team yesterday. Along with Mater Dei, Sarasota (Fla.), Harvard-Westlake (Calif.), and American Heritage (Fla.) remain undefeated in the 2012 National High School Invitational (NHSI)

Sarasota (Fla.) 14, Lee County (N.C.) 2

The game was much closer than the score indicates. Lee County (N.C.) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first and held the lead until Sarasota (Fla.) tied the game in the top of the third. The next inning Sarasota would take a 3-2 lead where it would stay until the top of the sixth. Then the flood gates opened and Sarasota scored 5 runs in the sixth and 6 more in the seventh to run away with the victory.

Carroll (Texas) 1, Gulliver Prep (Fla.) 0

Courtney Hawkins was the offense for Baseball America’s #1 ranked team in Corpus Christi Carroll (Texas). He hit a solo home run in the third inning, and was equally impressive on the hill where he struck out 9 and earned the victory.

Oxford (Ala.) 7, Highlands Ranch (Colo.) 1

Tucker Simpson drove in 3 runs going 3-for-3 to lead Oxford (Ala.) on offense. Jackson Stevens was the star on the hill pitching a complete game.

Russell County (Ala.) 8, George Washington (N.Y.) 0

Rock Rucker and Anfernee Grier limited George Washington (N.Y.) to on hit en route to the win. Grier and Trevor Davis both drove in 2 runs to help Russell County (Ala.).

Mater Dei (Calif.) 12, Carroll (Texas) 0

Matter Dei (Calif.), Baseball America’s # 18 ranked team, has run roughshod through the competition so far. After beating up on the #2 ranked Bishop Gorman, they turned around and did it again. This time it was against the #1 ranked Carroll (Texas) team. Ty Moore got the start picking up the win, and he also hit a 3-run home run.

Gulliver Prep (Fla.) 7, Bishop Gorman (Nev.) 4

Gulliver Prep (Fla.) had quite a day facing the #1 and #2 ranked teams. However, they bounced back after being shut out earlier in the day to take down #2 ranked Bishop Gorman (Nev.) who has lost 2 straight at the NHSI.

Ricky Eusebio and Eric Nietzel both picked up 2 RBIs  and 2 hits for Gulliver Prep.

American Heritage (Fla.) 4, Brookwood (Ga.) 0

American Heritage picked up 2 runs in the top of the third and that was all they needed. The Patriots pitching shut down Brookwood (Ga.). The win is the second for the Patriots and drops Brookwood to 1-1.

Harvard-Westlake (Calif.) 10, Parkview (Ga.) 3

Harvard-Westlake (Calif.) improved its record to 2-0 with a 10-3 win over Parkview (Ga.). The Parkview Panthers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, but could only muster 5 hits in the game. Harvard-Westlake came back strong in the final five innings scoring at least once in each of the frames. In the top of the fourth inning trailing 2-1, the Wolverines scored 4 runs to take control of the game and would not look back.

Sarasota (Fla.) 5, Orange Lutheran (Calif.) 3

The Sarasota (Fla.) Sailors picked up their second win of the day. They did their scoring early and then held on for the win. With the game tied 1-1 in the third inning, the Sailors jumped on the Orange Lutheran (Calif.) pitching for 4 runs to take the lead. The Lancers fought back with 2 runs in the fourth but couldn’t come all the way back taking the loss.

Columbus (Ga.) 8, Lee County (N.C.) 3

There was a lot of scoring late in this one. The Columbus (Ga.) Blue Devils picked up single runs in the first, third, and fourth. Then they really opened the scoring with 2 in the fifth and 3 in the sixth to pull out to an 8-1 lead. Lee County tried to battle back in the seventh inning picking up 2 runs but it was too little too late.

The tournament will continue tomorrow with another 8 games scheduled. Match ups have not been announced yet.

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NHSI: Day 1 Recap Features 1-Hitter


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

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MLB.com To Stream Seven NHSI Games


DURHAM, N.C. – USA Baseball recently announced that seven games from the National High School Invitational (NHSI) will be televised on MLB.com. The games will be shown using MLB’s production crew and streaming technology.

The NHSI is one of the premier high school tournaments in the country. It will feature 16 of the top high school teams from around the country. It will feature some of the top talent in the country including several teams currently ranked in Baseball America’s Top 25.

The schedule for the televised games is as follows:

• Wed., Mar. 28: No. 10 Harvard Westlake vs. Russell County, 1 p.m.
• Wed., Mar. 28: No. 18 Mater Dei vs. No. 2 Bishop Gorman, 4:30 p.m.
• Thurs., Mar. 29: Round 2 game featuring two 1-0 teams, 1 p.m.
• Thurs., Mar. 29: Round 2 game featuring two 1-0 teams, 4:30 p.m.
• Fri., Mar. 30: Round 3 game featuring TBD teams, 3 p.m.
• Fri., Mar. 30: Round 3 game featuring TBD teams, 6:30 p.m.
• Sat., Mar. 31: Gold medal game, 12 p.m.

For a complete schedule click here.

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USA Baseball Releases National High School Invitational Schedule


Brackets announced via online selection show

DURHAM, N.C. — USA Baseball announced the first-round matchups of the inaugural National High School Invitational (NHSI) on Wednesday through an online selection show on USABaseball.com. The show includes analysis from Baseball America as well as interviews with players and coaches. The NHSI is scheduled for Mar. 28-31, at the USA Baseball National Training Complex (NTC) in Cary, N.C.

The NHSI is a 16-team, single-elimination championship tournament, and each participating team is guaranteed to play four games. The first round of games will be spread across Mar. 28-29, and a champion will be crowned on Mar. 31.

“We are very excited to have such an outstanding group of participating teams included in the inaugural NHSI,” said USA Baseball Director of Development, Rick Riccobono. “The support of the National High School Federation and respective state associations has been critical to the successful launch of the event.”

Highlighting the first round of games are the two contests scheduled to be held on the NTC stadium field. At 1 p.m. ET on Mar. 28, Harvard-Westlake School (Los Angeles, Calif.) will face Russell County High School (Seale, Ala.) in a battle of two programs ranked in Baseball America‘s preseason top-50. Harvard-Westlake comes in at No. 4, and features some of the top prep pitching in the country, while Russell County is led by Alabama commit Ray Castillo and is ranked No. 47.

Game two on the stadium field will pit No. 2 Bishop Gorman High School (Las Vegas, Nev.) against No. 6 Mater Dei High School (Santa Ana, Calif.) at 4:30 p.m. ET. The game will showcase two of the top prep players in the country in Bishop Gorman’s Joey Gallo and Mater Dei’s Jeremy Martinez, both of whom also played for Team USA last summer on the gold medal-winning 2011 18U National Team.

The first round schedule is below, and a complete list of games can be found by clicking here.

Wednesday, Mar. 28 (all times eastern, second team listed is home, Baseball America preseason top-50 ranks in parentheses [NR — not ranked])
• American Heritage School (NR, Plantation, Fla.) vs. Oxford High School (No. 8, Oxford, Ala.), 11 a.m., NTC Field 3
• Harvard-Westlake (No. 4) vs. Russell County (No. 47), 1 p.m., NTC Stadium
• Brookwood High School (NR, Snellville, Ga.) vs. Highlands Ranch High School (No. 22, Highlands Ranch, Colo.), 3 p.m., NTC Field 2
• Parkview High School (No. 5, Lilburn, Ga.) vs. George Washington High School (No. 21, New York, N.Y.), 3:30 p.m., NTC Field 4
• Columbus High School (NR, Columbus, Ga.) vs. Orange Lutheran High School (No. 11, Orange, Calif.), 4 p.m., NTC Field 3
• Mater Dei (No. 6) vs. Bishop Gorman (No. 2), 4:30 p.m., NTC Stadium

Thursday, Mar. 29
• Sarasota High School (NR, Sarasota, Fla.) vs. Lee County High School (NR, Sanford, N.C.), 9:30 a.m., NTC Field 2
• Gulliver Preparatory School (No. 18, Coral Gables, Fla.) vs. Carroll High School (No. 3, Corpus Christi, Texas), 9:45 a.m., NTC Field 3

As part of the NHSI schedule announcement, USA Baseball partnered with Baseball America for a 15 minute bracket selection show that can be found online at USABaseball.com. The selection show includes analysis from Baseball Americacolumnists Nathan Rode and Conor Glassey, and several players and coaches were interviewed for the show, including Brookwood star pitcher and USA Baseball alum Lucas Sims (2010 16U National Team).

To view the bracket selection show video, please click here.

The NHSI kicks off the high school season for many of the programs, and the annual event promises to become one of the premier prep competitions in the country. The tournament will feature nine of Baseball America‘s top 100 2012 draft-eligible high school prospects — including five of the top 16 — and of the 12 participating schools that play for state championships (California and New York compete for either section or city titles), 36 state titles will be represented in Cary.

In addition to Baseball America, the Town of Cary is also serving as a presenting sponsor of the event. The Town of Cary is one of six cities across the United States to be designated a Championship City by the NCAA, and it serves as the home of the NTC.

Courtesy USABaseball.com

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16 teams announced for 2012 National High School Invitational


Event to feature top prep teams and players in the country

DURHAM, N.C. — USA Baseball has announced the 16 high schools that will compete in the inaugural National High School Invitational (NHSI) at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C., March, 28-31, 2012. The tournament will be represented by nine states and will feature some of the top prep baseball programs and players in the country. Baseball America and The Town of Cary are partnering with USA Baseball in the hosting and presenting of the event.

The participating teams are as follows: American Heritage School (Plantation, Fla.), Bishop Gorman High School (Las Vegas, Nev.), Brookwood High School (Snellville, Ga.), Carroll High School (Corpus Christi, Texas), Columbus High School (Columbus, Ga.), George Washington High School (New York, N.Y.), Gulliver Preparatory School (Coral Gables, Fla.), Harvard-Westlake School (Studio City, Calif.), Highlands Ranch High School (Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Lee County High School (Sanford, N.C.), Mater Dei High School (Santa Ana, Calif.), Orange Lutheran High School (Orange, Calif.), Oxford High School (Oxford, Ala.), Parkview High School (Lilburn, Ga.), Russell County High School (Seale, Ala.), and Sarasota High School (Sarasota, Fla.).

“We’re thrilled with the group of participating teams that we have been able to secure for 2012,” said Rick Riccobono, USA Baseball’s director of development. “The tournament field features not only the most elite high school programs in the country, but some of the top draft-eligible players as well.”

The NHSI kicks off the high school season for many of the programs, and the annual event promises to become one of the premiere prep events in the country. The tournament will feature nine of Baseball America‘s top 100 2012 draft-eligible high school prospects — including five of the top 16 — and of the 12 participating schools that compete for state championships (California and New York compete for either section or city titles), 36 state titles will be represented in Cary.

“The Town of Cary is excited and proud to co-host the NHSI with USA Baseball,” said Chris Duty, athletic facility supervisor for the National Training Complex. “This event will be great for our local economy and equally important for our citizens by providing an opportunity to come out and watch some of the nation’s top high school amateur players.”

Among Baseball America‘s top 100 draft-eligible high school prospects are nine players scheduled to compete in the NHSI. The list is highlighted by Harvard Westlake’s Lucas Giolito (No. 2) and Max Fried (No. 7), Bishop Gorman’s Joey Gallo (No. 12), Courtney Hawkins (No. 15) of Carroll, and Brookwood’s Lucas Sims (No. 16).

Baseball America is pleased to be part of a national high school baseball tournament,” said the Durham-based publication’s co-editor in chief, John Manuel. “It’s important for Baseball America and USA Baseball to show our support for high school baseball, its coaches and its players. We’ll be at every game to chronicle the exploits of some of the nation’s top teams and top players.”

Also set to compete in the NHSI are three members of the 2011 USA Baseball 18U National Team which is in Colombia this week for the COPABE Junior AAA/18U Pan American Championships. Additionally, seven participants in last summer’s Prospect Classic which pit USA Baseball’s 2011 18U National Trials Team against its 2011 Collegiate Team will attend the event as well. The players include Fried (PC), Gallo (18U, PC), Giolito (PC), Adrian Marin (Gulliver Prep, PC), Jeremy Martinez (Mater Dei, 18U, PC), Nelson Rodriguez (George Washington, 18U, PC), and Sims (PC).

The NHSI will be a single-elimination championship tournament, with each participating team guaranteed to play four games. An event schedule will be announced in early 2012.

Please click here to see Baseball America‘s capsules on each participating team andhere to view its top 25 high school prospects (Baseball America subscribers can clickhere to view the entire top 100).

Press Release USA Baseball

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