Orange Lutheran used a complete-game performance from starting pitcher Christian Rodriguez to defeat Desert Oasis, 2-1, in quarterfinal action at the 2019 USA Baseball National High School Invitational presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance and the Town of Cary.
Orange Lutheran got on the board in the first inning thanks to a sacrifice fly by Garrett Frechette and picked up an important insurance run in the fifth thanks to Caden Connor to lead 2-0 through five. It was all the offense Rodriguez needed to advance the Lancers to the semifinals for the third consecutive year.
Chad Born (2-for-2), Connor (2-for-3), and Jasiah Dixon (1-for-3) provided all of the offense for the Lancers, combining for all five hits on the day. Colby Smith (3-for-4) and Campbell Holt (3-for-3) led all hitters for Desert Oasis, who tallied eight hits on the day and a late run in the sixth, but it was not enough against Rodriguez.
Finishing with seven strikeouts, Rodriguez (1-0) picked up the win on the mound. Holt (0-1) suffered the loss for the Diamondbacks, striking out four and walking six in five innings.
Orange Lutheran advanced to the semifinals for the third consecutive year at the NHSI and will face Monsignor Pace with a spot in the finals on the line.
Monsignor Pace 9, Huntington Beach 2 (Quarterfinal)
Back-to-back big offensive innings allowed Monsignor Pace to topple Huntington Beach 9-2 on Thursday in its second game of the 2019 National High School Invitational.
Both teams threatened to score in the first three innings, with runners getting into scoring position twice for both sides, but each team was ultimately silenced to keep the game tied heading into the fourth.
Monsignor Pace broke through in a big way in the top of the fourth, posting five runs on two hits, two hit-by-pitches, and a walk, chasing Huntington Beach starting pitcher Eddie Pelc out of the game in the process.
Monsignor Pace added another four runs to their lead in the very next inning, and after only allowing Huntington Beach to scratch back for two runs all game, came out the victors by a score of 9-2.
Albert Hernandez was credited with the win for Monsignor Pace (1-0), while Huntington Beach starting pitcher Eddie Pelc was tagged with the loss (0-1).
The win marked Monsignor Pace's first at the 2019 National High School Invitational.
Harvard-Westlake School (Oviedo, Fla.) clinched the final spot in the semifinals of the USA Baseball National High School Invitational (NHSI) presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance and the Town of Cary after a shutout win over Hagerty High School (Oviedo, Fla.), in the quarterfinals on Thursday, April 4.
Harvard-Westlake scored three runs in the second inning and never looked back, as they relied on a strong performance from starting pitcher Jack Sandifer. Sandifer threw 4.1 shutout innings, striking out four and allowing four hits. Relief pitcher continued the strong performance on the mound closing the game with 2.2 scoreless innings. The Wolverines added one more in the top of the ninth, before closing the game out in the home half. Hagerty got men on base, but was unable to piece hits together, leaving seven men on base.
Drew Bowser (3-for-4) led Harvard-Westlake with three hits, while Pete Crow-Armstrong paced the team with two RBIs. All four of Harvard-Westlake's runs came from different runners. Riley Greene (2-for-4) and Ryan Carroll (2-for-3) each recorded two hits.
Sandifer (1-0) earned the win for his efforts on the mound, while Luke Babineau (0-1) suffered the loss after allowing three runs in two innings.
Harvard-Westlake improved to 2-0 and advanced to face Blessed Trinity in the semifinals, while Hagerty fell to 1-1 in the tournament.
With the game knotted at two in the bottom of the eighth inning, Jake Smith came up clutch for Blessed Trinity, delivering a walk-off single to centerfield to defeat IMG Academy 3-2 and advance to the semifinals of the 2019 National High School Invitational presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance and the Town of Cary.
IMG Academy jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning thanks to an RBI-double by Josh Rivera but Blessed Trinity took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the sixth after a Jake Smith double and an error. Down to its last two outs, IMG scratched the tying run across the plate thanks to another Rivera fielder's RBI, scoring Rece Hinds on a fielder's choice.
Smith (1-0) picked up the victory for Blessed Trinity, striking out four in his 2.1 innings of relief. Brandon Llewellyn (0-1) was tagged with the loss in relief. IMG starter Kendall Williams had a great day on the mound, striking out 10 batters in six innings.
Blessed Trinity advanced to the semifinals in its first-ever appearance in the NHSI and will face Harvard-Westlake with a spot in the finals on the line.
Down to their last out in the bottom of the seventh, Marist High School (Chicago, Ill.) walked off against Christian Brothers College High School (St. Louis, Mo.) to win 1-0 at the USA Baseball National High School Invitational (NHSI) presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance and the Town of Cary, on Thursday, April 4.
Pitching was stout for both teams, as both starting pitchers went five full innings, allowing just one hit apiece. With the game scoreless and runners on the corners with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, Ryan Doubek (1-for-1) stepped to the plate as a pinch hitter. Doubek was the hero for the RedHawks, as he hit a single to center to give Marist its first win of the tournament.
Marist's starting pitcher Matthew Mirabella (1-0) starred on the mound, hurling five full innings, allowing just one hit and punching out five, to earn the win. Christian Brothers College relief pitcher, Patrick Westfall (0-1), struck out two in the seventh but gave up the winning hit to suffer the loss.
Three batters recorded a hit for Marist, while Jack Brannigan (1-for-3) scored the game's lone run. Justin Janas (1-for-3) led the RedHawks on the base paths with two stolen bases.
Marist improved to 1-1 in the tournament, while Christian Brothers College fell to 0-2.
Jack Schobinger was masterful on the bump for Corona del Sol, pitching seven innings of shutout baseball to lead Corona del Sol to their first victory of the 2019 National High School Invitational by a score of 2-0 on Thursday.
Shobinger was efficient, needing only 77 pitches to earn the complete game shutout, and striking out four in the process. He was opposed by Hendersonville starting pitcher Brandon Tucker, who also had a nice day on the mound, striking out five and allowing just two runs on five hits, but was outdone nonetheless.
Corona del Sol took the lead in the bottom of the second inning after Kaiden Frees singled to begin the inning and came around to score on an error two batters later. Shobinger held the lead to secure the victory for Corona del Sol, moving them to a 1-2 record at the 2019 National High School Invitational.
Schobinger's shutout performance earned him the win (1-0), while Brandon Tucker was credited with the loss (0-1).
After the win today, Corona del Sol is 1-2 at the 2019 National High School Invitational.
Extra innings were needed to determine a winner between Huntington Beach and Desert Oasis on Thursday afternoon, but Huntington Beach ultimately prevailed after nine innings by a score of 4-3.
Both starting pitchers were in top form on the mound, with Huntington Beach's Dylan Ramirez allowing two earned runs and striking out six batters over 6.2 innings of work, while Desert Oasis pitcher Aaron Roberts was equally effective, allowing one earned run and striking out five over six frames.
The two opponents traded punches for the first seven innings and were tied at two a piece at the end of regulation to force extra innings. Neither team could muster any offense in the eighth, and Huntington Beach tagged Desert Oasis reliever Jacob Walsh for two runs in the ninth to jump out to a 4-2.
Desert Oasis made a close game of it, getting the tying run on third base with two away, but would fall short of the comeback attempt, falling to Huntington Beach by a score of 4-3.
Shane Stafford was the winning pitcher in the contest (1-0) and Jacob Walsh received the loss (0-1).
With the victory, Huntington Beach moves to 2-1 at the 2019 National High School Invitational.
La Mirada High School (La Mirada, Calif.) used a strong showing from Memo Pacheco on the mound to propel them to a comeback win over Corona del Sol (Tempe, Ariz.) 3-2, in the consolation round of the USA Baseball National High School Invitational (NHSI) presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance and the Town of Cary.
Corona del Sol took an early lead in the first, after Bryan Webb (0-for-2) scored on a line-drive to left-field from Kaiden Frees (1-for-3). The Aztecs extended their lead to 2-0 in the third inning, before La Mirada plated its first run of the day in the bottom half of the inning to cut the lead to one. Pacheco held steady after the third inning, not allowing another run in the game while striking out five in his six innings of work.
La Mirada took advantage of a Corona del Sol error in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game at two-all. With two outs and two runners on in the bottom of the seventh, Dominic Martinez hit a line drive to left field to bring home Aiden Orozco and give the Matadores their first win of the tournament.
Dominic Martinez (3-for-4) led La Mirada with three hits on the day, while also recording an RBI. Corona del Sol was led at the plate by Brian Kalmer (2-for-2), who recorded two hits including an RBI.
Pacheco (1-0) earned the win on the mound for his performance, while David Utagawa (0-1) was given the loss for the Aztecs.
With the win, La Mirada moved to 1-1 in the tournament, while Corona del Sol fell to 0-2.
La Mirada High School (La Mirada, Calif.) finished a doubleheader in style by powering past Christian Brothers College High School (St. Louis, Mo.), 11-5, on the second day of the USA Baseball National High School Invitational (NHSI) presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance and the Town of Cary, on Thursday, April 4.
The Matadores struck first, scoring three runs in the third to jump out to an early lead. The hot bats continued in the fourth as La Mirada added three more runs to stretch the lead to 6-0. Christian Brothers College responded in the home half of the fourth, scoring four runs of their own to cut the score to within two. The Matadores extended in the top of the seventh, scoring five runs hold a 11-4 advantage. Christian Brothers College added a run in the bottom of the seventh, but couldn't overcome the deficit, falling 11-5.
Jared Jones (2-for-3) led the way at the plate for La Mirada, recording two hits and scoring three runs. Sharp (2-for-4) paced La Mirada with four RBIs. Six different batters scored a run and recorded an RBI for La Mirada in the game. Cole Schroeder (2-for-2) registered a team-high two hits for Christian Brothers.
Michael Deharo (1-0) earned the win for La Mirada after punching out eight batters in 4.1 innings, while Alex Esker (0-1) suffered the loss.
La Mirada improved to 2-1 in the tournament after winning the first consolation match of the day, while Christian Brothers College fell to 0-3 at the NHSI.
IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) used six runs in the first inning to power past Hagerty High School (Oviedo, Fla.), 11-1, in the final consolation game of day two at the USA Baseball National High School Invitational (NHSI) presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance and the Town of Cary on Thursday, April 4.
IMG Academy wasted no time getting on the board, plating six runs in the top of the first inning before scoring a run in the second to take an early 7-0 lead. Hagerty scored its lone run in the bottom of the third, before IMG added three runs in the fourth to widen the lead to 10-1. The Ascenders scored their final run in the sixth inning to make the final score 11-1.
Tucker Mitchell (4-for-4) led the way for IMG at the plate, recording three RBIs. Four Ascenders scored at least two runs in the contest, while three more added one run. Trey Bradley (1-for-2) paced Hagerty with a hit and an RBI on the day.
Kieren Collins (1-0) earned the win for IMG Academy on the mound, hurling six innings while striking out six. Griffen George (0-1) was given the loss for the Huskies.
IMG Academy improved to 2-1 in the tournament, while Hagerty lost the final two games of the day to give them a record of 1-2 at the NHSI.
Northwest Guilford and Hendersonville High School combined to score 24 runs on 31 hits Thursday afternoon at the 2019 National High School Invitational, with Northwest Guilford ultimately coming out the victors by a score of 15-9.
Offense was not scarce in the contest, with Hendersonville posting four runs in the first inning and Northwest Guilford quickly answering back with four runs of their own in the second.
Hendersonville retook the lead in the bottom of the third after a five-run inning, putting them out to a 9-4 advantage, but Northwest Guilford slowly began to claw back, scoring in four of their next five innings, and totaling 15 runs on 18 hits to secure the victory.
Northwest Guilford's Matthew Brumley was the winning pitcher of record (1-0). Kobe Carter was tagged with the loss (0-1).
With the win, Northwest Guilford moves to 1-1 at the 2019 National High School Invitational.
Jack Leiter tossed a one-hit, complete game shutout to help Delbarton topple South Forsyth 17-0 at the 2019 National High School Invitational on Thursday.
Leiter was brilliant on the bump for Delbarton, needing only 69 pitches to finish the complete game shutout while racking up eight strikeouts. Leiter also helped his own cause at the plate, going 2-for-3 and recording 3 RBI, with his biggest hit of the night coming in the form of a double off the wall in the third inning to break the game open and give Delbarton the 5-0 advantage.
Delbarton would continue to pull away as the night continued, finishing with 16 hits, five walks, and 17 runs in total, solidifying the victory and moving them to 1-1 at the 2019 National High School Invitational.
Jack Leiter's performance earned him the win (1-0) while the losing pitcher of record was Peyton Presely (0-1).
With the victory, Delbarton has moved to 1-1 at the 2019 National High School Invitational.
Huntington Beach High School (Huntington Beach, Calif.) used three runs in the fourth inning to propel them to a comeback win over Corona del Sol (Tempe, Ariz.) 5-4, on the final day of the USA Baseball National High School Invitational (NHSI) presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance and the Town of Cary.
Corona del Sol took an early lead in the first, after Matteo Baker (0-for-3) drew a bases-loaded walk to give the Aztecs the 1-0 advantage. The Aztecs extended their lead to 3-0 in the third inning, before Huntington Beach plated two runs in the bottom half of the inning to cut the lead to one. Corona del Sol kept the scoring streak alive in the top of the fourth with a single by Hunter Haas (2-for-5) to stretch the lead to two. Huntington Beach rallied in the bottom half of the fourth, bringing home three runs to take a lead that they would hold until the end of the game.
Huntington Beach was led at the plate by Joshua Hahn (2-for-3) and Jag Burden (2-for-4). Five players recorded an RBI for the Oilers. Kaiden Frees (2-for-4) and Haas led Corona del Sol with two hits, while all four of the Aztecs runs were scored by different runners.
Jordan Vance (1-0) earned the win on the mound for his performance, while Wyatt Berry (0-1) was given the loss for the Aztecs.
With the win, Huntington Beach finished the tournament with a 3-1 in the tournament, while Corona del Sol finished 1-3.
Monsignor Pace High School (Miami Gardens, Fla.) used a strong first inning to defeat Blessed Trinity High School (Roswell, Ga.), 5-3, on the final day of the USA Baseball National High School Invitational (NHSI) presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance and the Town of Cary.
Monsignor Pace started the game fast, scoring three runs in the top of the first to hold the early advantage. Blessed Trinity fought back, plating runs in the bottom of the first and third innings to cut the lead to 3-2. The Titans tied the game at three-all in the home half of the sixth. The Spartans responded in the top of the seventh with two runs of their own and shut the Blessed Trinity offense down in the home half to win the game, 5-3.
Albert Hernandez led Monsignor Pace at the plate, earning two hits while scoring a run. Victor Mederos (0-for-1) and Robert Moya (1-for-3) recorded two RBIs apiece for the Spartans. The Blessed Trinity offense was led by C.J. Abrams (2-for-3), who registered two hits, and drove in a run while also scoring a run of his own.
Nick Fraginals (1-0) starred on the mound for the Spartans, pitching 5.1 innings, with four strikeouts to earn the win. Blessed Trinity's Connor Green (0-1) suffered the loss after allowing one run in 0.2 innings.
Monsignor Pace finished the tournament with a 3-1 overall record, including a trip to the semifinals. Blessed Trinity wrapped up the NHSI with a 2-2 overall record while also making the semifinal game.
Delbarton showed out on both sides of the ball on the last day of the National High School Invitational Saturday morning to overcome Hendersonville High School, shutting them out to finish with a final score of 11-0.
Anthony Volpe led the Delbarton charge, going 3-for-3 with a double, an RBI, and two runs scored. The rest of the Delbarton offense combined to go
Meanwhile, on the mound, Delbarton utilized three pitchers, including Chris Sanzone, Ethan Fifer, and Raj Sharma. The trio combined to keep Hendersonville off the board, striking out 13 and allowing just four hits to secure the complete game shutout victory.
Chris Sanzone earned the victory (1-0) while Hendersonville's Jayden Stratton was credited with the loss (0-1).
With the win, Delbarton finishes the 2019 National High School Invitational 2-1 while Hendersonville finishes 0-4.
IMG Academy finished its time at the 2019 USA Baseball National High School Invitational (NHSI) presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance and the Town of Cary with a 3-1 comeback victory over Desert Oasis on Saturday at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.
Desert Oasis got things started in the contest, scoring a run in the top of the first then held that lead until the fifth inning behind a solid outing from starter DJ Jefferson (0-1) - during which he gave up just six hits in five innings of work.
In the bottom of the fifth though, IMG Academy broke through. They tied the game on a wild pitch before Will Bartlett (2-for-2) smoked a two-RBI double to give IMG Academy a 3-1 lead. Brandon Llewellyn then collected the save when he came in on the bump and shut down the Diamondbacks to close out the win.
Bartlett, who recorded both of IMG Academy's RBIs that gave the team the win, led the Ascendants' offense. Rece Hinds (1-for-3), Pat Romeri (1-for-3), Tucker Mitchell (1-for-2) and Kaito Hara (1-for-2) also collected hits for the squad. Heston Tole (1-0) got the win after tossing 5.2 strong innings, giving up just six hits and one run.
Desert Oasis was paced by Parker Schmidt (2-for-3) and Jacob Walsh (2-for-3) at the place with their multi-hit game, while Campbell Holt tallied the team's lone RBI. Desert Oasis finishes the tournament with a 1-3 record and IMG Academy went 3-1.
Christian Brothers College High School (St. Louis, Mo.) used a strong showing from Eric Loomis on the mound to top South Forsyth (Cumming, Ga..), 3-1, to conclude the USA Baseball National High School Invitational (NHSI) presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance and the Town of Cary.
Loomis shut down the War Eagle offense, allowing just five hits in his 6.1 innings pitched, while striking out eight. South Forsyth scored its lone run of the game in the first inning. Christian Brothers scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth to take the lead before closing the game out in the top of the seventh.
Three members of South Forsyth recorded two hits on the day, while Kurtis Byrne (2-for-3) led Christian Brothers with two hits.
Loomis (1-0) earned the win on the mound for his performance, while Peyton Rawlins (0-1) was given the loss for South Forsyth.
Christian Brothers improved its record 1-3 in the tournament, while South Forsyth fell to 0-3 in the tournament.
Marist collected its second win of the 2019 USA Baseball National High School Invitational (NHSI) presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance and the Town of Cary with a 4-3 defeat of Hagerty on Saturday at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.
In a back and forth game, Marist had the first and last word. The team got on the board when Jason Hodges blasted a two-run homer over the left field fence in the bottom of the first to take a 2-0 lead. Hagerty would not go down without a fight though. The Huskies tied it up in the top of the second with two runs before tying things up once more with a run in the fifth after Marist took its second lead of the game in the third.
With the two teams knotted up at 3-3, Marist struck its final blow, pushing one across on an RBI single in the bottom of the sixth to take a 4-3 lead that Hagerty couldn't overcome.
Hodges was an offensive force for Marist, finishing 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI, while five pitchers combined to seal the win from the mound. Justin Janas (2-0) closed out the game, pitching the final two innings and securing the win without giving up a hit.
Hagerty's Jackson Grabsky (0-1) suffered the loss on the bump. Hector Mangual led the charge at the plate, going 1-for-1 with a run scored, an RBI and two walks. The victory gave Marist a 2-1 record for the 2019 tournament, while Hagerty finished 1-3 this year.
Northwest Guilford rallied back late to overcome La Mirada on the last day of the 2019 National High School Invitational, coming out the victors by a score of 2-1.
Northwest Guilford starting pitcher Gavin Mortenson was tagged for a run in the first inning after surrendering a double and an RBI single, but would quickly settle down, allowing just three more hits and no runs for the remainder of the ballgame, while striking out five.
The Northwest Guildford offense was silent for much of the night, tallying just two hits through the first six innings. In the seventh, they managed to scratch across back-to-back-to-back singles and a walk, cashing in for two runs to take the late lead over La Mirada.
With the lead, Mortenson would record the final three outs without issue, closing the game out and securing the 2-1 victory for Northwest Guilford.
After the victory, Northwest Guildford has moved to 2-1 at the 2019 National High School Invitational while La Mirada falls to 2-2.
The losing pitcher was La Mirada's Tony Lendvai (0-1) while Gavin Mortenson earned the win (1-0).
Three-Peat Complete: Orange Lutheran Defeats Harvard-Westlake 6-2 for Third Straight NHSI Title
Tournament MVP Caden Connor finishes tournament hitting .700 with nine runs scored.
April 7, 2019
CARY, N.C. - Evan Adolphus retired the first 13 batters he faced and Caden Connor crossed the plate four times as Orange Lutheran High School (Orange, Calif.) defeated Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, Calif.), 6-2, to become the first team ever to achieve a three-peat at the USA Baseball National High School Invitational (NHSI) presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance and the Town of Cary.
Orange Lutheran's offense supplied insurance for its starting pitcher Adolphus quickly, plating two runs in the opening frame. With runners on second and third with one out in the top of the first, Garrett Frechette hit a ball just past the outstretched glove of a diving Drew Bowser for an RBI-single to score Chad Born from third, and Connor came around to score on an error by Harvard-Westlake first baseman Tyler Ganus.
The Lancers added a pair of runs in the third inning on another Wolverine error and Jasiah Dixon delivered a two-out RBI-single to left field to make it 5-0 through four complete. Frechette picked-up another RBI-single in the sixth to score Connor for Orange Lutheran's final run of the game.
Harvard-Westlake broke up the perfect game in the bottom of the fifth thanks to a Drew Bowser single and the Wolverines picked up two runs in the bottom of the sixth. George Cooper singled with one out before Pete Crow-Armstrong got on base thanks to a walk. An Adolphus balk moved both runners into scoring position and back-to-back RBIs from Tyler Cox and Michael Snyder cut the deficit to four; but the Lancers defense was too strong on the night, holding on for the 6-2 victory.
Adolphus finished his night with four strikeouts and gave up two earned runs for the victory before being lifted with two outs in the bottom of the sixth. Karson Bowen came on and forced a grounder to second base to secure Orange Lutheran's third consecutive NHSI title.
Jordan Kang suffered the loss for Harvard-Westlake, giving up three earned runs in 2.2 innings.
The Lancers unprecedented run of success includes 13 consecutive victories at the NHSI dating back to 2014. Orange Lutheran has not lost in the tournament since a 4-1 setback to Venice High School (Venice, Fla.) on March 27, 2014.
Caden Connor was named the 2019 NHSI MVP after hitting .700 with 9 runs scored and an .800 on-base percentage through four games. Orange Lutheran's Max Rajcic also earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team.
Harvard-Westlake Returns to NHSI Championship Game
Starting pitcher Christian Becerra allowed just three hits and Pete Crow-Armstrong went 3-for-4 in the win
April 5, 2019
CARY, N.C. - Christian Becerra gave up just three hits on the mound and Pete Crow-Armstrong went 3-for-4 to lead Harvard-Westlake to a 6-1 victory over Blessed Trinity and a spot in the championship game of the 2019 USA Baseball National High School Invitational (NHSI) presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance and the Town of Cary. This will be the Wolverines' third NHSI championship game appearance after falling just short of the title in 2012 and 2013.
In this year's semifinal, Harvard-Westlake came out swinging to grab the first run of the game and an early lead. Pete Crow-Armstrong set the tone for the frame with a leadoff single and was followed by a fielder's choice and a Michael Snyder single that put runners on the corners with no outs. The Wolverines then took advantage of a Blessed Trinity error to take a 1-0 lead into the bottom half.
That lead would last until the fourth inning when Harvard-Westlake broke through once again for two more runs. The Wolverines loaded the bases, courtesy of three walks, to bring JP Corrigan (1-for-4) to the plate with just one out. The senior designated hitter came through, roping a single to left field to drive in two and extend the lead to 3-0.
Just one inning later, back-to-back RBI triples from George Cooper (2-for-3) and Crow-Armstrong added another two runs to the lead, giving Harvard-Westlake a 5-0 advantage. Two batters later, Michael Snyder's RBI single put one more on the board to make it 6-0.
Harvard-Westlake's shutout lasted until the bottom of the sixth inning when Blessed Trinity broke through for its first run of the game. An error allowed leadoff hitter CJ Abrams to reach base before a two-out single from Jake Smith drove him in to make it a 6-1 game.
That was all the Titans would be able to do against Harvard-Westlake's Christian Becerra though as the Wolverines held onto the victory. Becerra did not allow an earned run in his complete game effort, while giving up just three hits and striking out three en route to earning the win.
On the offensive side, Harvard-Westlake was led by stellar efforts from Crow-Armstrong and Cooper who both collected multi-hit games and recorded two runs scored and an RBI. Snyder also tallied multiple hits in the game, finishing 2-for-2 with two walks and an RBI.
Jake Smith paced Blessed Trinity at the plate in the contest as he went 1-for-3 with his team's lone RBI. Ben Hamacher (1-for-3) and Nick Tarantino (1-for-2) were responsible for the rest of the Titans' hits. Trey Baker went three innings on the bump for the squad and was charged with the loss.
For the first time in 2019, the NHSI championship game will be played under the lights at 6 p.m. ET on Coleman Field at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, following the first-ever NHSI Championship Festival. Harvard-Westlake will take on two-time defending champion Orange Lutheran for the 2019 title.
Saturday's championship game will be steamed live on MLB.com, USABaseball.com and Facebook Live at Facebook.com/USABaseball.
Orange Lutheran Secures Third Consecutive Berth in NHSI Championship Game
Starting pitcher Jonathan Guzman tosses gem to lead Lancers to victory
April 4, 2019
CARY, N.C. - Behind a dominant performance by starting pitcher Jonathan Guzman, Orange Lutheran secured its spot in the USA Baseball National High School Invitational (NHSI) presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance and the Town of Cary championship game for the third consecutive year with a 12-0 defeat of Monsignor Pace on Thursday.
For the third time in as many games at the 2019 NHSI, Orange Lutheran struck first when they pushed two runners across in the top of the first inning. A leadoff double by Chad Born (1-for-3) got the game started before a Garrett Frechette (0-for-2) sacrifice fly brought in the first run of and the Lancers took advantage of a wild pitch to make it 2-0.
Monsignor Pace battled back immediately to load the bases with no outs in the bottom half of the frame but the Spartans couldn't break through. Guzman allowed the first three batters he faced to reach base before settling in and getting a pop up and two punch outs to escape the jam with no damage.
Aside from those first three batters, Guzman was dominant on the mound to earn the win. In his six innings of work, the senior allowed just two hits - sitting down the side in order in the second, third and fourth innings - without giving up a run, while striking out four and walking just one.
The Lancers would add to their lead with one run each in the second, fourth and sixth innings to make it 4-0 but struck the biggest blow in the fifth inning, scoring four runs to break the game wide open. Two walks and a hit-by-pitch started the inning and loaded the bases with just one out for Max Rajcic who took full advantage. He laced a two-RBI double down the left field line for the first two runs of the frame and Tank Espalin added a two-RBI knock of his own to give Orange Lutheran an 8-0 advantage two batters later.
Three more runs in the seventh inning got the Lancers to the final 12-0 score and secured their place in the NHSI championship game for the third year in a row.
Espalin (3-for-3) and Carl Lawson (2-for-2) collected half of the team's ten hits in the game, as well as three and two RBIs, respectively. Rajcic (1-for-2) also tallied a multi-RBI game with two of his own.
For Monsignor Pace, Yordani Carmona (1-for-3), Michael Machin (1-for-3) and Sammy Infante (1-for-3) were responsible for the Spartans' three hits on the day. Starting pitcher Luis Gonzalez was charged with the loss.
For the first time in 2019, the NHSI championship game will be played under the lights at 6 p.m. ET on Coleman Field at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, following the first-ever NHSI Championship Festival. Orange Lutheran will match up against the winner of Thursday's second semifinal game that will be played at 7 p.m. ET.
The second semifinal game, as well as Saturday's championship game, will be streamed live on MLB.com, USABaseball.com and Facebook Live at Facebook.com/USABaseball.
Hagerty High School (Oviedo, Fla.) opened the USA Baseball National High School Invitational (NHSI) presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance and the Town of Cary with a strong showing, besting Christian Brothers College (St. Louis, Mo.), 11-1, on Wednesday, April 3.
The Huskies wasted no time getting on the board, plating three runs in the top of the second inning before scoring a run in both the third and fourth innings to take a 5-0 lead. Christian Brothers College scored their lone run in the bottom of the fourth, before Hagerty added four runs in the fifth to widen the lead to 9-0. The Huskies scored their final two runs in the sixth inning on a two-RBI double by Robbie Post.
2018 USA Baseball 18U National Team member Riley Greene (1-for-4) paced Hagerty with three runs scored on the day, while also recording two RBIs and a hit. Kurtis Byrne (2-for-3) and Kylon Cunningham (2-for-3) led Christian Brothers College with two hits on the day.
Trent Caples (1-0) led the Hagerty on the mound, hurling five innings while striking out five to earn the win on the mound for Hagerty. Christian Little (0-1) suffered the loss for the Cadets.
Hagerty improved to 1-0 in the tournament and will advance to face Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, Calif.) in the quarterfinals on Thursday, April 4.
Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, Calif.) rode on the backs of a complete game shutout by Sam Hliboki to earn its first victory of the 2019 National High School Invitational over Hendersonville High School (Hendersonville, Tenn.) on Tuesday.
Hliboki, a 6'3" right-hander, was efficient on the mound all morning, needing just 68 pitches to work his way through the first five innings. That efficiency allowed Hliboki to cruise for much of the game, as he racked up eight strikeouts and allowed just one walk and three hits in seven scoreless innings.
The Harvard-Westlake lineup had run support contributions from seven of their starters. After jumping out to the lead in the third inning, they tacked on from there, with RBI-doubles from Michael Snyder and JP Corrigan helping them to push their lead over Hendersonville to 6-0.
With Sam Hliboki still on the bump in the late innings, Harvard-Westlake secured the victory. Hliboki earned the win (1-0) while Caid Sanders was credited with the loss (0-1).
Harvard-Westlake moves to 1-0 in the 2019 National High School Invitational and will play Haggerty (Oviedo, Fla.) in the quarterfinals on Thursday, April 4.
Despite Corona del Sol High School (Tempe, Ariz.) getting off to a quick start in the contest, Monsignor Pace High School (Miami Gardens, Fla.) used a big third inning to secure its first win at the 2019 USA Baseball National High School Invitational (NHSI) presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance and the Town of Cary.
The Aztecs struck first with an RBI single to take a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first before Monsignor Pace took control in the third. With one out in the frame, the Spartans took advantage of an error and strung together three straight singles to secure a 3-1 lead. A sacrifice bunt would add one more to make it 4-1 and Monsignor Pace would ride that four-run inning to the seventh. Corona del Sol tried to put together a rally in the bottom of the seventh, loading the bases with one out but Luis Gonzalez came in and shut it down to give the Spartans the victory.
Michael Machin (2-for-3) and Sammy Infante (2-for-3) both had multi-hit days for Monsignor Pace. Yordani Carmona got the win after giving up just one run and striking out four in his 6.1 inning outing, while Luis Gonzalez earned the win. For Corona del Sol, Kaiden Frees led the offense with his 2-for-3 showing at the plate and Nick Schobinger suffered the loss.
Monsignor Pace advances to the NHSI quarterfinals with the win and will play Huntington Beach High School (Huntington Beach, Calif.) at 10 a.m. ET in its first game on Thursday, April 4, at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. Corona del Sol will start day two of its tournament on Thursday against La Mirada at 10 a.m. ET.
Extra innings were needed to determine the outcome between Desert Oasis (Las Vegas, Nev.) and Delbarton High School (Morristown, N.J.), but Desert Oasis prevailed, walking it off to become the victors by a score of 4-3 on Tuesday afternoon.
Delbarton came out of the gates hot, sending a pair of runs across in the top of the first, but Desert Oasis quickly answered back with a run of their own in the bottom half of the inning, and they would take a 3-2 lead two innings later.
Down by one and with two outs in the top of the sixth, Desert Oasis tied the game up at three a piece with a sac-fly RBI, and after neither side scored in the seventh innings, extra innings were needed to determine a winner.
Campbell Holt stepped into the box for Desert Oasis In the bottom of the ninth with the bases loaded and two away. On a 1-0 count, Holt singled on a fly ball to right-center fielder, driving in the winning run and walking it off for Desert Oasis, giving them the 4-3 edge over Delbarton.
Jacob Walsh of Desert Oasis was the winning pitcher (1-0) and Matt Carey was credited with the loss (0-1).
With the victory, Desert Oasis advances to 1-0 in the 2019 National High School Invitational and will play Orange Lutheran (Orange, Calif.) in the quarterfinals on Thursday, April 4.
Orange Lutheran High School (Orange, Calif.) started its title defense at the2019 USA Baseball National High School Invitational (NHSI) presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance and the Town of Cary with a commanding 8-2 victory over South Forsyth High School (Cumming, Ga.).
The two-time defending champions got off to a strong start offensively in the 2019 tournament, jumping out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first before scoring in every other inning but one for the win. The Lancers' defense was also dominant, led by Max Rajcic's start on the bump. The senior did not give up an earned run in his six innings of work, while striking out 10 and earning the win.
Orange Lutheran's Jasiah Dixon had a strong outing at the plate as he finished 2-for-3 with three RBI and a run scored, Greg Frei paced the South Forsyth offense, going 2-for-4 with an RBI. Landon Sims was charged with the loss after giving up six earned runs.
With the win, Orange Lutheran advances to the NHSI quarterfinals and will matchup against Desert Oasis at 10 a.m. ET in its first game of the day on Thursday, April 4, at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. In addition, South Forsyth will start day two of the tournament in a game against Delbarton School (Morristown, N.J.) at 4 p.m. ET that will be streamed live on MLB.com, USABaseball.com and Facebook Live.
Blessed Trinity Catholic High School (Roswell, Ga.) used a strong showing from DJ Radkte on the mound to top Marist (Chicago, Ill.), 3-0, to open the USA Baseball National High School Invitational (NHSI) presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance and the Town of Cary.
Radtke stymied the RedHawks offense, allowing just three hits in his six innings pitched, while striking out four. The dual-threat Radtke (1-for-2) was a force at the plate as well driving in the Titans first run of the game in the fourth inning. Blessed Trinity added two more insurance runs in the fifth, before relief pitcher Dominick Marcoccio earned his first save of the tournament after closing the game out in the seventh.
Three Titans contributed an RBI to the cause, as Steele Chambers (1-for-1) paced the team with two runs scored. Three different batters recorded a hit for Marist, but the RedHawks were unable to scoring, leaving five men on base.
Radtke (1-0) earned the win on the mound for his performance, while Caden Carr (0-1) was given the loss for Marist.
Huntington Beach (Huntington Beach, Calif.) put on an offensive display Tuesday evening to take their first game of the 2019 National High School Invitational over Northwest Guilford High School (Greensboro, N.C.).
Huntington beach wasted no time getting on the board as they scored three runs on three hits in the top of the first inning to take the lead.
Huntington Beach starting pitcher Joshua Hahn was effective on the mound, tossing five scoreless innings and tallying more strikeouts (4) than hits allowed (3). He also helped his own cause in the top of the fifth with a two-run home run hit down the right field line, extending the Huntington Beach lead to 5-0.
Northwest Guildford scored a pair in the bottom of the sixth inning, but it hardly put a dent in the 9-0 Huntington beach lead. Huntington beach prevailed with a final score of 11-2.
Hahn was credited as the winning pitcher (1-0) while Northwest Guilford's Hayden Summers was tagged with the loss (0-1).
The victory moves Huntington Beach to 1-0 at the 2019 National High School Invitational. The Oilers will play Monsignor Pace (Miami Gardens, Fla.) on Thursday, April 4.
IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) came out on top 1-0 in a pitcher's duel against La Mirada High School (La Mirada, Calif.) on day one of the 2019 National High School Invitational (NHSI) presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance and the Town of Cary on Wednesday.
The matchup was characterized by outstanding performances on the mound as IMG Academy's Brennan Malone and La Mirada's Jared Jones battled throughout the game. Malone earned the win thanks to his complete game shutout performance in which he gave up three hits and struck out eight. Jones suffered the loss despite his own stellar complete-game showing, allowing just two hits and one run with six punchouts of his own.
The lone run of the game came early when IMG Academy took advantage of back-to-back walks in the bottom of the second inning with a two-out RBI double off the bat of Tucker Mitchell. La Mirada could not break through IMG Academy's defense though and the Ascendants came away with the 1-0 victory.
Billy Underwood (1-for-2) and Mitchell (1-for-2) collected IMG Academy's two hits, while Jacob Sharp (1-for-3), Dominic Martinez (1-for-3) and Michael Deharo (1-for-2) led La Mirada's offense.
La Mirada will play a game on Thursday, April 4, at the National Training Complex against Corona del Sol at 10 a.m. ET. IMG Academy advanced to the quarterfinals with its win and will take on Blessed Trinity at 4 p.m. ET on Thursday for a chance to make the NHSI semifinals.
Seven Years. Five Schools. Who are the Past NHSI Champions?
March 29, 2019
Widely regarded as the premier high school baseball tournament in the country, USA Baseball's National High School Baseball Invitational, presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance and the Town of Cary, enters its eighth year in 2019. In its seven previous years, the tournament has had it all exciting finishes, upsets, repeat champions; but, most importantly, sportsmanship and excitement about the game of baseball is at the forefront of the experience.
As we look to the future of the 2019 tournament, it is also important that we look to the past and celebrate what a great event the NHSI has become. We should celebrate the tournament that has seen MLB stars Joey Gallo and Cody Bellinger take the field for their respective high school teams, while also diving into the excellence that has been exhibited in the past seven years.
Mater Dei Monarchs - 2012
Mater Dei's (Santa Ana, Calif.) road to the inaugural championship game was perhaps one of the most challenging in the history of the tournament. To get to the final game, the Monarchs had to earn wins over the preseason-ranked number one and two ranked teams in the tournament. The daunting road to the championship began with national powerhouse Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.) in the Round of 16. Mater Dei won the contest in convincing fashion 10-3 and after a 12-0 win over Carroll (Corpus Christi, Texas), the Monarchs found themselves in a semifinal matchup with Sarasota (Sarasota, Fla). In the semifinal, the battle-tested Monarchs topped Sarasota, 5-1, to set up a matchup with their regional-rivals Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, Calif.).
In the championship game, the Monarchs fell behind 2-0 early, but a solo home run in the fourth cut the lead to one. Down one with one out remaining, Mater Dei tied the game with another solo homer to send the game into extra innings. In extras, the Monarchs loaded the bases before Ryan Barr hit an RBI-single to give Mater Dei the championship and the inaugural NHSI trophy.
Mater Dei Monarchs - 2013
Mater Dei returned to Cary in 2013 with hopes of a repeat run to the title. The Monarchs once again started off hot, dropping Tullahoma (Tullahoma, Tenn.) 11-4 in the Round of 16. In the quarterfinals, Mater Dei was locked into a pitcher's duel with Lexington High School (Lexington, S.C.) but came out on the right end with a 1-0 win to advance to face The Woodlands (The Woodlands, Texas) in the semifinals. Mater Dei bested the Highlanders, 11-2, to earn a matchup with Harvard-Westlake in the finals for the second consecutive year.
The Monarchs retained the NHSI crown with a 4-0 win over their rivals. Mater Dei's Jacob Erickson was solid on the mound, hurling a complete game shutout and striking out eight batters. The win marked the first time a team won back-to-back NHSI championships.
The First Academy Royals - 2014
With back-to-back champions Mater Dei not in the field for the 2014 NHSI, a new champion was to be crowned for the first time. The First Academy (Orlando, Fla.) saw its opportunity to bring the NHSI trophy to Florida for the first time, and it took full advantage. After besting Milton (Milton, Ga.) in the Round of 16, the Royals downed Dyer County (Newbern, Tenn.), 2-0, in the quarterfinals. The First Academy stepped up in the semifinals against Regis Jesuit (Aurora, Colo.) to earn the win, 6-2. The win set up the Royals with a date in the championship game against Clovis (Clovis, Calif.), who was trying to take the trophy back to The Golden State for the third year in a row.
The First Academy found itself in an unfamiliar place in the sixth inning of the championship game, trailing 3-2. The Royals loaded the bases in the bottom half of the inning before Chadwick Word slammed a bases-clearing double down the left field line to take the lead 5-3. Clovis tried to rally in the seventh but came up just short and The First Academy won the third annual NHSI. The First Academy remains the only team from to win the NHSI that was not from California.
San Clemente Tritons - 2015
San Clemente (San Clemente, Calif.) arrived in Cary for the first time in 2015 for the fourth-annual NHSI wanting to make an impression. That is exactly what it did, going a perfect 4-0 in their lone appearance in the tournament. The Tritons rolled through the tournament, defeating Lambert (Suwanee, Ga.) 7-5 in the Round of 16 before topping College Station (College, Station, Texas) in the quarterfinal and national powerhouse Huntington Beach (Huntington Beach, Calif.), 5-1, in the semifinal.
After the win over Huntington Beach, the Tritons faced another team from California in College Park (Pleasant Hills, Calif.). San Clemente opened the scoring in the second inning and never let up, pushing runs across the plate in every inning that followed to coast to an 8-3 win over College Park and claim the NHSI Trophy.
Huntington Beach Oilers - 2016
After the semifinal loss to San Clemente in 2015, Huntington Beach (Huntington Beach, Calif.) came back to the NHSI with a goal of making it to the championship game in 2016. The Oilers opened the tournament against Poly Prep (Brooklyn, N.Y.), earning an 8-5 victory to advance to the quarterfinals. Huntington Beach continued its road to redemption, topping Trinity Christian (Jacksonville, Fla.), 12-7, in the quarterfinals, and Allatoona (Acworth, Ga.), 3-1, in a close semifinal game to set up a matchup against in-state rival Chaminade Prep (West Hills, Calif.).
Huntington Beach fell behind early as Chaminade Prep scored in the top of the first, but the Oilers bounced back in the second, scoring four runs to take a 4-1 lead. After the second, Huntington Beach never looked back, adding three more insurance runs, to win the fifth-annual NHSI, 7-2.
Orange Lutheran Lancers - 2017
Orange Lutheran made its third appearance at the NHSI in 2017. The Lancers opened the tournament with a 7-3 win over Merritt Island (Merritt Island, Fla.) in the Round of 16, before taking down Trinity Christian Academy in the quarterfinals. Orange Lutheran would then top in-state foe South Hills (West Covina, Calif.), 5-3, to send them to their first-ever NHSI championship game.
The Lancers made the most of the opportunity as they took a familiar foe in Dana Hills (Dana Point, Calif.). Orange Lutheran would open scoring with two runs in the second, but Dana Hills responded with a pair of runs of its own to tie the game at two-apiece. With the bases loaded and the score still tied in the sixth inning, Orange Lutheran's Josiah Dixson came through with a pinch-hit sac fly to give the Lancers a 3-2 lead. The Lancers held on to capture their first NHSI championship.
Orange Lutheran Lancers - 2018
Orange Lutheran returned to Cary in 2018 with a goal to become the second team to repeat as NHSI champions. The Lancers started the 2018 tournament strong, shutting out their Round of 16 opponent, Florence (Florence, Ala.), 9-0. Orange Lutheran then faced tough tests from two Florida schools in George Jenkins (Lakeland, Fla.) in the quarterfinals and eventually Calvary Christian (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) in the semifinals. The Lancers won both games by one-run to advance to the championship game for the second straight year.
With back-to-back NHSI championships on the line, Orange Lutheran faced hometown Green Hope (Cary, N.C.) High School, whose campus is under two miles from the USA Baseball National Training Complex. The game was a pitcher's duel from the outset, as the contest remained scoreless through three. The Lancers offense would take off in the final four innings, however, as they would score nine runs to win their second straight championship, 9-3.
Orange Lutheran will return to Cary in 2019 in hopes to defend their crown to complete the tournament's first-ever three-peat. With the 2019 tournament quickly approaching, we will have to wait in anticipation to see whose name will be etched into the history books as the 2019 champion of the NHSI.
The Lancers face a tough test in the road to a three-peat as 15 other teams join them at the 2019 NHSI: Blessed Trinity (Roswell, Ga.), Christian Brothers College (St. Louis, Mo.), Corona Del Sol (Tempe, Ariz.), Delbarton (Morristown, N.J.), Desert Oasis (Las Vegas, Nev.), Hagerty (Oviedo, Fla.), Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, Calif.), Hendersonville (Hendersonville, Tenn.), IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.), La Mirada (La Mirada, Calif.), Monsignor Pace (Miami Gardens, Fla.), Northwest Guilford (Kernersville, N.C.), Orange Lutheran (Orange, Calif.) and South Forsyth (Cumming, Ga.).
Seven of the 2019 USA Baseball National High School Invitational games will be streamed on USABaseball.com, MLB.com, and Facebook Live. Please visit USABaseball.com for complete schedule and streaming information. For the latest news including schedule updates or general information on the NHSI, please follow USA Baseball on Twitter @USABevents.
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Matchup: The final pod of the National High School Invitational (NHSI) begins with a matchup between NHSI-veterans Harvard-Westlake School (Studio City, Calif.) and newcomers Hendersonville High School (Hendersonville, Tenn.). Harvard-Westlake will play in its third NHSI in 2019 after back-to-back runner-up finishes in 2012 and 2013. The Wolverines enter the tournament after being ranked No. 2 nationally by Baseball America, No. 14 by Perfect Game and No. 17 by MaxPreps in the preseason polls. Three-time USA Baseball alum Pete Crow Armstrong leads Harvard-Westlake into the NHSI after earning a gold medal with the USA Baseball 18U National Team in 2018.
Hendersonville will look to take down the Wolverines in its inaugural game at the NHSI in the round of 16 on April 3. The Commandos enter the tournament after an impressive 29-6 record and a trip to the postseason in 2018. Auburn University commit Hayden Mullins will lead Hendersonville in an effort to upset the Wolverines.
Matchup: The final matchup of pod four promises to be one of the best contests in the Round of 16 as Christian Brothers College High School (St. Louis, Mo.) takes on Hagerty High School (Oviedo, Fla.). Christian Brothers College enter the tournament at the No. 20 slot in the Perfect Game preseason rankings. Christian Brothers College is led by the duo of Christian Little, a 2018 USA Baseball 15U National Team member, and Kurtis Bryne, who is committed to Texas Christian University (TCU).
The path to the second round will be anything but easy for Christian Brothers College as it faces one of the top draft prospects in the country in Riley Greene and the Hagerty Huskies. Greene, who places No. 5 in the Baseball America draft prospect list and No. 8 in the MLB Pipeline polls, was also a member of the 18U National Team in 2018, earning a gold medal for his efforts at the COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championships. Vaughn Grissom, a Florida International commit, will help Greene lead Hagerty into its inaugural NHSI appearance as the team hopes to bring the NHSI Championship to Florida for the second time.
Eighth-annual event to be held at the National Training Complex
March 20, 2019
USA Baseball invites the local and national media to the 2019 USA Baseball National High School Invitational (NHSI) presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance (GRSA) and the Town of Cary.
The NHSI is a 16-team, single-elimination championship tournament and each participating team is guaranteed to play four games. The NHSI will present participating athletes with national exposure in addition to providing the opportunity for the best teams in the country to compete against each other.
USA Baseball National High School Invitational (NHSI)
April 3-6, 2019
USA Baseball National Training Complex
7445 Green Hope School Road
Cary, N.C., 27519
The NHSI will bring together 16 of the top prep teams in the country to compete against each other in what has become the premier event on the high school baseball calendar. As no event currently brings in a level of talent from top to bottom that which the NHSI promises, the eventual tournament champion will kick off their respective season with recognition as the top high school baseball team in the country.
The two-time defending champions Orange Lutheran High School (Orange, Calif.) returns to the NHSI in 2019 looking to complete the first three-peat in tournament history. The Lancers became the second program in NHSI history to repeat as champions after defeating Green Hope High School (Cary, N.C.), 9-3, in the 2018 finale. Mater Dei is the only other school to win back-to-back titles (2011 and 2012).
NHSI Championship Festival
USA Baseball, in collaboration with the Town of Cary, will host the first-ever National High School Championship Festival on Saturday, April 6. The festival is slated to begin at 4:30 p.m. ET and will include family-friendly activities, including games and music on the front lawn of the National Training Complex. In addition to games, the festival will also have a food truck rodeo, which will feature six of the most popular vendors in the area.
PLAY BALL Event
In addition to the closing ceremony, USA Baseball will host a PLAY BALL event prior to the championship game of the NHSI on Saturday, April 6. Children between the ages of 4-12 are eligible to attend the free event. All participants will receive a free PLAY BALL t-shirt, wristband and a bat and ball set, courtesy of Major League Baseball. All of the children participating in the event will receive free admission to the championship game, which is set to take place at 6 p.m. For more information on PLAY BALL click here.
Participating Teams and Schedule
In total, 10 states are represented in the 2019 NHSI field:
Arizona: Corona del Sol (Tempe, Ariz.)
California: Harvard-Westlake School (Studio City, Calif.), Huntington Beach High School (Huntington Beach, Calif.), La Mirada (La Mirada, Calif.), Orange Lutheran High School (Orange, Calif.)
Florida: Hagerty High School (Oviedo, Fla.), IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.), Monsignor Pace High School (Miami Gardens, Fla.)
Georgia: Blessed Trinity Catholic High School (Roswell, Ga.), South Forsyth High School (Cumming, Ga.)
Illinois: Marist High School (Chicago, Ill.)
Missouri: Christian Brothers College High School (St. Louis, Mo.)
New Jersey: Delbarton High School (Morristown, N.J.)
Nevada: Desert Oasis High School (Las Vegas, Nev.)
North Carolina: Northwest Guilford High School (Kernersville, N.C.)
Tennessee: Hendersonville High School (Hendersonville, Tenn.)
For the full schedule, please visit the NHSI Schedule page on USABaseball.com.
Past Champions 2018: Orange Lutheran High School (Orange, Calif.)* 2017: Orange Lutheran High School (Orange, Calif.)* 2016: Huntington Beach High School (Huntington Beach, Calif.)* 2015: San Clemente High School (Calif.) 2014: The First Academy (Fla.) 2013: Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) 2012: Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)
* denotes participants in the 2019 NHSI
Matchup: The top of the third pod features two teams that will make their NHSI debut in 2019, Blessed Trinity (Roswell, Ga.) and Marist (Chicago, Ill.). Blessed Trinity enters the 2019 event after advancing to the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) 4A semifinals in 2018, leading them to a No. 4 ranking by Perfect Game and No. 5 on the MaxPreps preseason charts. C.J. Abrams, a 2018 USA Baseball 18U National Team member, leads the charge into the season for the Titans. Abrams has shown plenty of first-round Draft potential, landing at the No. 3 and No. 5 spot in the Baseball America and MLB Pipeline prospect rankings, respectively.
The Titans face a tough task immediately, as they take on Marist, the No. 33-ranked team in the country according to Perfect Game, in the first round. The 2019 RedHawks will look to build on a fantastic 2018 season, after going 29-9 and competing in the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) tournament. Marist is led by star Jason Hodges, who is ranked No. 99 on Baseball America's top prospect list.
Matchup: The bottom of the pod features two more teams that will make the trip to Cary, North Carolina, for the first time in 2019: La Mirada (La Mirada, Calif.) and IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.). The Matadores and 2016 15U National Team member Jared Jones enters the 2019 season following a 26-4-1 campaign and an appearance in the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) second round in 2018.
La Mirada has a tough road to the title, as it faces star-studded IMG Academy in the opening round. IMG Academy will be one of the favorites in their first year at the NHSI after earning the No. 2 ranking in the country by both MaxPreps and Perfect Game. The Ascenders feature four players that have earned prospect rankings, including 2018 18U National Team member Brennan Malone. IMG Academy also boasts 17 division one commits on the roster, that will look to bring the trophy back to Florida for the second time in the history of the NHSI.