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NHSI

2020 NHSI Bracket Preview Part III

March 10, 2020

Baylor

Chattanooga, Tenn.

Calvary Christian

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Orange Lutheran

Orange, Calif.

Regis Jesuit

Aurora, Colo.

 

In the Rankings

Baylor: #11 in MaxPreps Preseason Top 100
Calvary Christian: #63 in MaxPreps Preseason Top 100
Orange Lutheran: #8 in MaxPreps Preseason Top 100
Regis Jesuit: #32 in MaxPreps Preseason Top 100

Alumni Profiles

Daniel Corona Jr. (Baylor) is a veteran of the USA Baseball system, being one of three Baylor players on the 2015 12U National Team that won gold at the WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup, and also having participated in the 14U and 16U National Team Development Programs (NTDP). On the mound for the 2015 12U National Team, Corona recorded the final three outs of the gold medal game against Chinese Taipei to help secure the World Cup title. With the Red Raiders in 2019, Corona batted a strong .367 and was among the team leaders in hits, doubles, and runs scored while playing shortstop as a sophomore. Corona is committed to play baseball at Wake Forrest University after his senior season.

Karson Bowen (Orange Lutheran) is a three-time national team alum, and two-time gold medalist, winning gold with the 2018 and 2019 15U National Teams and earning a silver medal with the 2016 12U National Team. He started at catcher for the U.S. in eight games at the 2019 U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier and led the team with nine RBIs and 11 total bases while batting .381 and stealing five bases. Bowen played in four games at the 2018 U-15 World Cup, adding two hits in five at-bats with one RBI, one run scored, and one stolen base. Bowen is a rising sophomore at Orange Lutheran and is uncommitted for collegiate ball

Cooper Kinney (Baylor) won gold with the 2015 12U National Team and has since participated in the 14U and 16U NTDPs. While at the U-12 Baseball World Cup, he helped lead Team USA's offensive effort in a 13-1 win over Australia with a 2-for-4 day including two RBI and three runs scored while starting behind the plate. Now committed to play college ball at the University of South Carolina, Kinney produced an impressive .393 batting average with five home runs, 30 RBI, and 18 runs scored in his junior season with the Red Raiders.

Nick Kurtz (Baylor) starred on the mound as part of the 2015 12U National Team that won gold in Taiwan, leading the team in innings pitched, strikeouts, and wins while posting a 0.41 ERA for the stars and stripes. The lefty was also credited as the winning pitcher in the 7-2 victory over Chinese Taipei in the gold medal game. The Wake Forrest commit has since participated in 14U and 16U NTDPs and posted a 3-0 record with one save and 36 strikeouts over 24.0 innings pitched while also batting .337 with three home runs and 20 RBI with the Red Raiders last season

Andy Painter (Calvary Christian) was a key pitcher on the 2018 15U National Team which won the first U-15 Baseball World Cup title in U.S. history. With Team USA, Painter posted a 2-0 record with a sparkling 0.90 ERA over 10.0 innings while tallying 13 strikeouts. The righty tossed 5.1 innings of one-run ball in the U.S. victory over Panama in the gold medal game. Painter recorded a 7-2 record with a 1.43 ERA as a junior with the Eagles and earned an invite to the 2019 17U NTDP. He is committed to play at the University of Florida.

Max Rajcic (Orange Lutheran) is a two-time national team alum, playing for both the 2018 and 2019 18U National Teams. At the 2019 U-18 Baseball World Cup he tallied a team-high 13.1 innings pitched over two starts and posted a 1.35 ERA for the silver-medal-winning squad. Rajcic earned a gold medal at the COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championships as a key piece of the U.S. bullpen, tossing 5.2 hitless innings over four appearances while notching eight strikeouts. The UCLA commit dominated the opposition during his junior season with the Lancers, posting an 8-1 record and a tidy 0.55 ERA over 63.0 innings pitched and earning an invite to the 2019 Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP) League.

Prospect Profiles

Jacob Thompsen (Regis Jesuit) is a two-way threat for the Raiders who batted .340 has a junior shortstop in 2019 while posting a 0.95 ERA with 53 strikeouts in 37.0 innings across 10 appearances on the mound. The rising senior is committed to play baseball at Cal State - Long Beach

Vytas Valincius (Baylor) transferred to Baylor from St. Laurence (Burbank, Ill.) where he batted .417 with three home runs, 12 doubles, and 41 RBI as a sophomore. The 6-foot-4, 240-pound first baseman has committed to play baseball at the University of South Carolina.

NHSI History

Baylor School:
Baylor is making its first appearance in the NHSI.

Calvary Christian Academy:
Calvary Christian will make its second appearance at NHSI after posting a 3-1 record in the 2018 event. The Eagles reached the semi-final of the 2018 NHSI, but were topped by eventual champion, Orange Lutheran, in a tight 3-2 game

Orange Lutheran High School:
Orange Lutheran is the three-time defending champion of the NHSI, and is making its sixth overall appearance in the tournament. The Lancers enter the 2020 contest with an active 13-game winning streak in the event, having gone undefeated in the 2019, 2018, and 2017 tournaments. The team's last NHSI loss came at the hands of Venice High School (Venice, Fla.) in 2014.

Regis Jesuit High School:
Regis Jesuit is making its first appearance in the NHSI

Matchups

Baylor vs. Calvary Christian (Wednesday, April 1, 11 a.m.)
Calvary Christian enters with tournament experience after reaching the NHSI semi-final in 2018, but Baylor comes with one of the top infields in the country after the addition of Vytas Valincius. The Baylor Red Raiders come into the NHSI as the defending Division II-AA Tennessee state champions, but could face a USA Baseball alum in Andy Painter who has proven his mettle in big games.

Regis Jesuit vs. Orange Lutheran (Wednesday, April 1, 1 p.m.)
Orange Lutheran returns to NHSI as the unprecedented three-time defending champion, with eight starters from the 2019 winners still on the squad. The Lancers will look for their 14th-consecutive NHSI victory when they take on Regis Jesuit, but the Raiders may send their stud senior Jacob Thompsen to the hill in an attempt to upend the defending champions and head towards a title of their own.

Round 2

The team that advances to the semifinals from this section of the bracket will face the semifinalist fthat advances from the section of the bracket that features American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.), Parkview High School (Lilburn, Ga.), Red Land High School (Lewisberry, Pa.), and Thousand Oaks High School (Thousand Oaks, Calif.).

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NHSI

USA Baseball to Stream Past NHSI Championship Games

March 28, 2020

Beginning on Wednesday, April 1, USA Baseball will re-air all eight of its previous National High School Invitational (NHSI) championship games across its social platforms on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. The replaying of past NHSI games continues the organization's dedication to the celebration and promotion of high school baseball in the United States.

The ninth edition of the annual NHSI tournament was scheduled to occur from April 1-4 before being cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The 2020 NHSI will not be postponed to another date but will recommence in 2021.

Wednesday, April 1

1 p.m. ET: Mater Dei vs. Harvard-Westlake (2012)
6 p.m. ET: Mater Dei vs. Harvard-Westlake (2013)

Thursday, April 2

1 p.m. ET: The First Academy vs. Clovis (2014)
6 p.m. ET: San Clemente vs. College Park (2015)

Friday, April 3

1 p.m. ET: Huntington Beach vs. Chaminade Prep (2016)
6 p.m. ET: Orange Lutheran vs. Dana Hills (2017)

Saturday, April 4

1 p.m. ET: Orange Lutheran vs. Green Hope (2018)
6 p.m. ET: Orange Lutheran vs. Harvard-Westlake (2019)

The NHSI was designed to bring together 16 of the top prep teams in the country to compete against each other in what has become the premiere event on the high school baseball calendar. As no event currently brings in a level of talent from top to bottom that the NHSI promises, the eventual tournament champion earns the recognition as the top high school baseball team in the country as they head into their season.

Each year, the tournament is played at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, and has featured 100 schools from 20 states across the country.

Since its inception, the NHSI has been a part of the journey for countless players who have gone on to become first-round draft picks and play in both Minor and Major League Baseball. Cody Bellinger, Max Fried, Joey Gallo and Austin Riley make up some of the top names to have gone on to play in the majors, as well as Jordyn Adams, Brady Aiken, Triston Casas and Brady Aiken, who, among others, went on to be first round draft picks.

Orange Lutheran High School (Orange, Calif.) was in search of its fourth consecutive NHSI title in 2020 and leads all schools in the U.S. with three championships. The Lancers have won its last 13 games at the event dating back to 2014 and holds a 15-4 all-time record.

Other past winners include Huntington Beach (Calif.), two-time champion Mater Dei (Calif.), San Clemente (Calif.) and The First Academy (Fla.), who is the lone team not from California to win the NHSI.

The NHSI Rewind can be viewed on @USABaseball, USA Baseball's Facebook and Periscope (Twitter) profiles, as well as its YouTube channel, @USABaseballTV.

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USA Baseball Coronavirus Updates

March 24, 2020

 Important Links

Centers for Disease Control COVID-19
United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee Coronavirus Updates


March 24, 2020

USA Baseball distributes communication to participants in the Futures Invitational (10U & 11U), Futures Series and the National Team Championships in Arizona, Florida and North Carolina. Read more:

Futures Invitational
Futures Series
National Team Championships


March 16, 2020

USA Baseball suspends all events until May 15 pursuant to guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control.


March 13, 2020

USA Baseball announced that the 2020 National High School Invitational (NHSI), the Futures Series in Melissa, Texas, and all USA Baseball Coaches Clinics and National Team Identification Series (NTIS) regional tryouts through April 15 have been cancelled or postponed amid concerns surrounding the rapid spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) across the United States. READ


March 12, 2020

USA Baseball's executive offices in Durham, North Carolina, and its National Training Comlex in Cary, North Carolina, are closed until further notice. Currently, both locations are expected to be closed until at least April 10.

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC), in collaboration with event-host USA Baseball, announced the postponing of the WBSC Baseball Americas Qualifier for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020 due to player, personnel and spectator health and safety measures amid concerns surrounding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. READ

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Nat'l Team Champs
The Futures

Updates Regarding The Futures and the National Team Championships

March 24, 2020

Members of the USA Baseball staff held a conference call on Monday to discuss our collective concerns regarding the coronavirus pandemic and its effect on the Futures Invitational tournaments, Futures Series in Irvine, as well as all of our events, and we wanted to provide you an update:

2020 National Team Championships in Arizona

2020 National Team Championships in Florida

2020 National Team Championships in North Carolina

2020 Futures Invitational Update (10U and 11U)

2020 Futures Series Update (Irvine, Calif.)

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The Futures

A Letter Regarding the 2020 Futures Invitational and Futures Series Tournaments

March 24, 2020

Members of the USA Baseball staff held a conference call on Monday to discuss our collective concerns regarding the coronavirus pandemic and its effect on the Futures Invitational tournaments, Futures Series in Irvine, as well as all of our events, and we wanted to provide you an update:

2020 Futures Invitational Update (10U and 11U)

2020 Futures Series Update (Irvine, Calif.)

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The Futures

A Letter Regarding the 2020 Futures Series Tournaments

March 24, 2020

Futures Series Registered Teams,

Members of the USA Baseball staff held a conference call on Monday to discuss our collective concerns regarding the coronavirus pandemic and its effect on the Futures Series in Irvine, as well as all of our events, and we wanted to provide you an update.

As you may be aware, USA Baseball suspended all of its events until May 15 in cooperation with the guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control, and we will continue to uphold that decision in order to protect the athletes and your staff.

We are continuing to monitor the guidelines by the CDC and the USOPC, and will evaluate the status of our programming, as well as all of its events, on a daily basis. As of this time, no decisions have been made about the Futures Series. All decisions will continue to be made with respect to the safety and well-being of all the participating athletes, coaches and fans.

We would like to be as diligent as possible and prepare for all potential scenarios surrounding the impact of the coronavirus on the Futures Series going forward and we, as an organization, have developed the following timeline for the event:

  • A final decision on the Futures Series in Irvine will be made on Wednesday, April 15th.
  • If the Futures Series does occur on schedule, final payments will still be due on Monday, May 4th.
  • If teams drop from the tournament before April 20th, they will receive a full refund of deposits and registration fees that have been made up to that date. Anything after April 20th will be non-refundable. The previous date for deposits becoming non-refundable was March 31st.
  • If the Futures Series does not occur, all teams will receive a full refund of deposits and registration fees.
  • If necessary, USA Baseball will begin to process and send all refund checks the week of April 20th.

 

We understand there are still a lot of unanswered questions and uncertainty moving forward, but we will continue to update everyone regularly to ensure all decisions are made in a timely manner. We very much appreciate your commitment to the organization and we will continue to champion the best possible course of action moving forward with consideration to the best interest of all parties involved.

If there is something that we did not touch on that you would like to discuss, please let us know. We will continue to keep in regular communication with you all as updates become available.

Thank you for your understanding and please stay safe!

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The Futures

A Letter Regarding the 2020 Futures Invitational Tournaments

March 24, 2020

Futures Invitational Registered Teams,

Members of the USA Baseball staff held a conference call on Monday to discuss our collective concerns regarding the coronavirus pandemic and its effect on the Futures Invitational tournaments (10U and 11U) in Cary, as well as all of our events, and we wanted to provide you an update.

As you may be aware, USA Baseball suspended all of its events until May 15 in cooperation with the guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control, and we will continue to uphold that decision in order to protect the athletes and your staff.

We are continuing to monitor the guidelines by the CDC and the USOPC, and will evaluate the status of our programming, as well as all of its events, on a daily basis. As of this time, no decisions have been made about the Futures Invitational. All decisions will continue to be made with respect to the safety and well-being of all the participating athletes, coaches and fans.

We would like to be as diligent as possible and prepare for all potential scenarios surrounding the impact of the coronavirus on the Futures Invitational going forward and we, as an organization, have developed the following timeline for the event:

  • A final decision on the Futures Invitational tournaments (10U & 11U) will be made on Monday, May 4th.
  • If the Futures Invitational tournaments (10U and 11U) do occur on schedule, final payments will be due on Friday, May 18th. Previously, final payments were due on May 1st.
  • If teams drop from the tournament before May 18th, they will receive a full refund of deposits and registration fees that have been made up to that date. The previous date for deposits becoming non-refundable was March 1st.
  • If the Futures Invitational tournaments (10U and 11U) do not occur, all teams will receive a full refund of deposits and registration fees or event.
  • If necessary, USA Baseball will begin to process and send all refund checks the week of May 25th.

 

We understand there are still a lot of unanswered questions and uncertainty moving forward, but we will continue to update everyone regularly to ensure all decisions are made in a timely manner. We very much appreciate your commitment to the organization and we will continue to champion the best possible course of action moving forward with consideration to the best interest of all parties involved.

If there is something that we did not touch on that you would like to discuss, please let us know. We will continue to keep in regular communication with you all as updates become available.

Thank you for your understanding and please stay safe!

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Nat'l Team Champs

A Letter From USA Baseball Regarding National Team Championships

Final decision on National Team Championships will be made May 4
March 23, 2020

National Team Championships Registered Teams,

Members of the USA Baseball staff held a conference call on Monday to discuss our collective concerns regarding the coronavirus pandemic and its effect on the National Team Championships, as well as all of our events, and we wanted to provide you an update.

As you may be aware, USA Baseball suspended all of its events until May 15 in cooperation with the guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control, and we will continue to uphold that decision in order to protect the athletes and your staff.

We are continuing to monitor the guidelines by the CDC and the USOPC, and will evaluate the status of our programming, as well as all of its events, on a daily basis. As of this time, no decisions have been made about the National Team Championships. All decisions will continue to be made with respect to the safety and well-being of all the participating athletes, coaches and fans.

We would like to be as diligent as possible and prepare for all potential scenarios surrounding the impact of the coronavirus on the National Team Championships going forward and we, as an organization, have developed the following timeline for the event:

1) A final decision on the National Team Championships (Arizona, Florida and North Carolina) will be made on Monday, May 4th.

2) If the National Team Championships do occur on schedule, final payments will be due on Friday, May 15th. Previously, final payments were due on May 1st.

3) Teams will be allowed to drop from the tournament until May 15th and receive a full refund of deposits and registration fees that have been made up to that date. Previously, those dates were March 30th (deposits) and May 1st (registration)

4) If the National Team Championships do not occur, all teams will have the option of a full refund of deposits and registration fees or applying these fees to guarantee their spot in the 2021 event. In addition, for teams who apply these fees to 2021, USA Baseball will provide a 10% discount on next year's tournament registration fee.

5) If necessary, USA Baseball will begin to process and send all refund checks the week of May 18th.

We understand there are still a lot of unanswered questions and uncertainty moving forward, but we will continue to update everyone regularly to ensure all decisions are made in a timely manner. We very much appreciate your commitment to the organization and we will continue to champion the best possible course of action moving forward with consideration to the best interest of all parties involved.

If there is something that we did not touch on that you would like to discuss, please let us know. We will continue to keep in regular communication with you all as updates become available.

Thank you for your understanding and please stay safe!

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Pro Team

Americas Olympic Baseball Qualifier Postponed

Dates for the rescheduled Americas Qualifier will be announced at a later time
March 12, 2020

CARY, N.C. - The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC), in collaboration with event-host USA Baseball, today announced the postponing of the WBSC Baseball Americas Qualifier for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020 due to player, personnel and spectator health and safety measures amid concerns surrounding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

Dates for the rescheduled Baseball Americas Qualifier in Arizona will be announced at a later time.

The Americas qualifier was set to take place in Surprise and Tempe, Arizona, from March 22-26. After consulting with governmental and medical authorities, as well as following the guidelines set forth by the World Health Organization (WHO), the WBSC and the Local Organizing Committee (USA Baseball) jointly decided to postpone the event.

"The health and safety of our athletes, coaches, staff and fans remain the top priority of USA Baseball, and we applaud the international federation's shared commitment to the overall well-being of athletes globally," said Paul Seiler, USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO. "We will continue to collaborate with the World Baseball Softball Confederation in order to deliver a world-class international baseball event in the future. Additionally, our staff will continue working diligently with our coaches, scouts and Major League Baseball in preparation for this tournament, as we remain dedicated to our goal of representing the United States at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games."

The eight national teams set to compete in the WBSC Baseball Americas Qualifier include host-country USA, Canada, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico and Venezuela.

The winner from the WBSC Baseball Americas Qualifier will earn a berth into the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, while the second- and third-place finishers will have a second chance to qualify for Tokyo 2020 at the Final Qualifier in Taichung and Douliu, Taiwan, which has been rescheduled from April 1-5 to June 17-21.

The winner of the Final Qualifier will earn the sixth and final berth into the Tokyo 2020 Olympic baseball tournament.

Four nations have already qualified for baseball at the 2020 Olympics: host Japan, Israel, Korea and Mexico.

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NHSI

USA Baseball Cancels 2020 National High School Invitational

All USA Baseball events through April 15 have been cancelled or postponed
March 12, 2020

Centers for Disease Control: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced today that the 2020 National High School Invitational (NHSI), the Futures Series in Melissa, Texas, and all USA Baseball Coaches Clinics and National Team Identification Series (NTIS) regional tryouts through April 15 have been cancelled or postponed amid concerns surrounding the rapid spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) across the United States.

"We have been working closely with the USA Baseball Medical Safety Committee, as well as monitoring the guidelines and recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to acquire the latest information on this global situation. Given that, and in an effort to protect the health and safety of all those involved, we have decided to cancel the 2020 National High School Invitational, as well as all USA Baseball events through April 15," said Paul Seiler, USA Baseball's Executive Director and CEO. "We are disappointed that we will not be able to hold these tournaments and tryouts, but our top priority continues to be the health and safety of the athletes, fans, parents, coaches and administrators who travel from around the entire country for these events."

The ninth edition of the annual NHSI tournament was scheduled to occur from April 1-4 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. The Futures Series was to be held from April 17-19 at the Melissa Sports Complex in Melissa, Texas, while the Coaches Clinics and NTIS tryouts were set to take place throughout six regions in the U.S.

The NHSI will not be postponed to another date in 2020 but will recommence in 2021, and the Futures Series in Melissa, Texas, will also not be rescheduled in 2020.

USA Baseball will continue to closely monitor the ongoing situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and diligently evaluate the status of its events scheduled to take place after April 15. All decisions will be made in as timely of a manner as possible with respect to the safety and well-being of all the participating athletes, coaches and fans.

Further information on possible new dates for the NTIS regional tryouts and all additional Coaches Clinics will be announced at a later time.

For more information on the NHSI, Futures Series, Coaches Clinics or the NTIS, visit USABaseball.com.

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