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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.

The 2019 NHSI All-Tournament Team:

  • MVP: Caden Connor (Orange Lutheran)
  • Jag Burden (Huntington Beach)
  • Sam Hilboki (Harvard-Westlake)
  • Campbell Holt (Desert Oasis)
  • Jack Leiter (Delbarton)
  • Brennan Malone (IMG Academy)
  • Dominic Martinez (La Mirada)
  • Gavin Mortenson (Northwest Guilford)
  • Robby Post (Hagerty)
  • Max Rajcic (Orange Lutheran)
  • Anthony Volpe (Delbarton)
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USA Baseball Modifies On-Field Programming Schedule

All events continue to be subject to cancellation or postponement
May 18, 2020

CARY, N.C. - USA Baseball announced today a modified schedule of events for its 2020 summer season due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Created in adherence to the regulations set forth by the appropriate federal, state and local governments, the updated schedule is tentatively set to begin with the 14U Cup from July 24-26 at the National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

All of these events continue to be subject to cancellation or postponement based on the future state of the evolving coronavirus situation. The organization will monitor the guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC), as well as consult its Medical/Safety Advisory Committee in order to evaluate the status of its upcoming tournaments.

All further decisions will be made in as timely a manner as possible with respect to the safety and well-being of all the participating athletes, coaches and fans. If these tournaments run as scheduled, teams and fans will be required to follow a series of return to play guidelines developed by USA Baseball. These guidelines will be shared with all participants within an appropriate timeframe leading up to the event.

"As the national governing body for baseball in the United States, we feel it is in the best interest of the thousands of baseball athletes in our country to postpone our return to the field due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic," said USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO Paul Seiler. "We share in the longing for baseball's return, but we believe it is prudent to continue assessing the situation and finalizing a course of action that prioritizes the overall health and safety of our participants and their families in light of the continued transmission of this disease.

"This schedule was structured in an effort to secure as many opportunities as possible for athletes who hope to one day play for Team USA. We will remain steadfast in our commitment to this charge; however, we will continue to evaluate the situation on a daily basis and monitor the guidelines set forth by the CDC and the USOPC in case additional modifications need to be made."

The following events have been tentatively rescheduled on the 2020 calendar:

• 17U National Team Championships North Carolina (July 27-30)
• 14U and 15U National Team Championships Arizona (July 27-30)
• 16U and 17U National Team Championships Arizona (July 31-August 3)
• 15U National Team Championships North Carolina (August 4-9)
• 10U Futures Invitational (August 6-9)
• 16U National Team Championships North Carolina (August 11-16)
• 11U, 12U, 13U and 14U NTIS Champions Cup (August 19-23)
• 15U and 16U NTIS Champions Cup (August 26-30)

The following events and national team programming have been cancelled:

• 11U Futures Invitational
• 13U/14U Athlete Development Program (ADP)
• 16U/17U National Team Development Program (NTDP)
• National Team Championships Florida

The 14U Cup (July 24-26) and 11U/13U Futures Series Irvine (August 28-30) are set to take place as originally scheduled.

Additionally, USA Baseball continues to work closely with the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) with respect to the international baseball calendar. To date, the WBSC has postponed the Americas Baseball Olympic Qualifier, U-15 Baseball World Cup and the Women's Baseball World Cup until further notice. The U-12 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier has also been postponed but will not take place this year.

"USA Baseball fully supports the WBSC and its decision to indefinitely postpone the events on the baseball calendar in an effort to protect our national team athletes at this time," continued Seiler. "When the time comes for Team USA to return to the field, we will be ready to continue our longstanding tradition of excellence on the international stage."

Corresponding to the status of the international baseball calendar, USA Baseball has cancelled all 12U National Team programming events for 2020, meanwhile any future events planned for the 15U National Team, 18U National Team, Collegiate National Team and Women's National Team this year will be announced as necessary.

The Medical/Safety Advisory Committee has published a free Athlete Preparation Plan that provides a series of at-home exercises aimed to prepare young athletes for their return to the diamond following a prolonged disruption from on-field activity. To access this plan and to read its recommendations for baseball players during the COVID-19 pandemic, click here.

Further information on USA Baseball updates relating to COVID-19 can be found here. For up-to-the-minute updates on the organization and its events, follow @USABaseball on social media.

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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 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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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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2020 NHSI Bracket Preview Part II

March 4, 2020

American Heritage

Plantation, Fla.

Parkview

Lilburn, Ga.

Red Land

Lewisberry, Pa.

Thousand Oaks

Thousand Oaks, Calif.

 

In the Rankings

American Heritage: #24 in MaxPreps Preseason Top 100
Parkview: #9 in MaxPreps Preseason Top 100
Red Land: #31 in MaxPreps Preseason Top 100

Alumni Profiles

Spencer Butt (American Heritage Plantation) is a two-time alumnus of USA Baseball national teams, winning gold medals with both the 2017 12U National Team and the 2019 15U National Team. While with the 12U Team, Butt accumulated a .600 batting average and collected nine hits in 15 at-bats and a home run. In the gold medal game against Chinese Taipei, he managed two doubles and a walk in the 7-2 win.

Brandon Barriera (American Heritage Plantation) is a two-time alumnus of USA Baseball national teams, joining the 12U National Team in 2016 as well as winning gold with the 2019 15U National Team. While with the 12U squad, Barriera hit a three-run home run in Team USA's 20-0 win over Argentina.

Gio Ferraro (American Heritage Plantation) is an alumnus of the 2017 15U National Team, winning gold in the COPABE Pan Am "AA" Championships. Throughout the 2017 campaign, Ferraro held a .429 batting average alongside a .857 slugging percentage. Against Argentina, Ferraro managed three hits in four at bats including a double and triple to lead Team USA offensively in the 15-0 win.

Ryan Spikes (Parkview) was a member of the 2018 15U National Team that won gold in the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup. Spikes managed six hits, tallied eight RBIs and 10 total bases throughout the tournament. Against Japan, Spikes went two-for-three with two RBIs off of two doubles to lift Team USA to a 8-2 victory and into the gold medal game.

Roc Riggio (Thousand Oaks) is a 2017 15U National Team alumnus where he was a part of the COPABE Pan Am "AA" Championships gold medal-winning squad. Riggio put together a team-high 12 hits alongside nine runs and a .568 on-base percentage throughout the gold medal campaign. Offensively, Riggio led the field with two hits in three at bats with two runs and three RBIs in Team USA's 12-2 victory over Nicaragua.

Charlie Saum (Thousand Oaks) is an alumnus of the 2018 15U National Team that won gold in the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup. Saum helped lead the pitching staff to a 1.24 ERA and 8-1 record from behind the dish, tallying 53 strikeouts along the way to the gold medal win over Panama.

Prospect Profiles

Enrique Bradfield (American Heritage Plantation) is the top outfielder to watch in this section of the bracket. Despite missing a large chunk of his junior year to injury, his speed and ability to routinely take extra bases is what ranks him at No. 79 in the MLB Pipeline Top 100 2020 Draft Prospects List. The Vanderbilt commit heads into his senior season as an All-American candidate who looks to build off a strong showing at the 2019 Prospect Development Pipeline League. Bradfield's elite speed and strong bat-to-ball skills will mesh well with some of the power hitters that surround him in the American Heritage Plantation line-up.

Miles Garrett (Parkview) heads into the tournament coming off an 8-0 record with a 2.17 ERA and 84 strikeouts in 2019. In his 14 appearances on the mound, Garrett started in 13 games and pitched 67.2 innings, racking up a team-high 84 strikeouts on the year. Garrett showed a four-pitch mix that he can throw for strikes and maintain deep into games at the 2019 Prospect Development Pipeline League. This two-way player for Parkview accumulated a .353 batting average and a home run in his 2019 campaign Garrett is committed to play collegiate baseball at Vanderbilt University.

Xander Stephens (Parkview) is another name on a talented pitching staff for the Panthers. Stephens finished last year with a 10-1 record on the mound with 82 strikeouts alongside a 0.68 ERA, only giving up seven earned runs all season. The 6-foot-2, right-handed Georgia Tech commit Has three pitches he can throw for strikes including a changeup that is used as his out pitch.

Luke Wagner (Red Land) headlines a pitching staff that has three Power Five commitments in the rotation and plenty of others with high upside. The southpaw struck out 117 batters last year while maintaining a 1.43 ERA, earning six victories and only one loss, while earning an invitation to the 2019 Prospect Development Pipeline League. Wagner plans to play collegiate baseball for Head Coach Scott Stricklin at the University of Georgia.

NHSI History

American Heritage Plantation:
American Heritage will make its fourth appearance in the NHSI holding an all-time record of 7-4. In 2017, the Patriots put together one of the best records in the tournament at 3-1, with their only loss coming in a quarterfinal matchup against Winder-Barrow. Most recently, the Patriots posted a 2-2 record in 2018, beating Santiago in the first round before falling to John Curtis Christian and Mountain Ridge. They ended the tournament with a 4-3 win over Sandra Day O'Connor.

Parkview:
Parkview is making its third appearance in the NHSI. The Panthers hold a 4-3 all-time record in the event and return for the first time since 2014. After starting its 2014 tournament with a loss to Regis Jesuit in the first round, the Panthers bounced back with two wins over Venice and Dyer County before exiting the tournament with a 6-3 loss to Aliso Niguel, finishing the tournament with a 2-2 record.

Red Land:
Red Land is making its first appearance in the NHSI.

Thousand Oaks:
Thousand Oaks is making its first appearance in the NHSI.

Matchups

American Heritage Plantation vs. Red Land (Wednesday, April 1, 12 p.m)
American Heritage boasts one of the strongest rosters in the field, but they will be faced with a challenge in their opening round matchup. The reigning Pennsylvania 5A state champions return nearly every key player from last year's roster and look to make a statement against one of the tournament's most experienced programs. If Red Land Head Coach, Nate Ebbert and American Heritage Plantation Head Coach, Bruce Aven both turn to their aces (Luke Wagner, Red Land and Devin Futrell, American Heritage Plantation) in game one, we could have one of the best pitching matchups of the tournament in store.

Parkview vs. Thousand Oaks (Wednesday, April 1, 6 p.m. // Streamed on MLB.com)
Parkview enters the tournament with a strong NHSI background and a history of winning. 2019 ABCA High School Division I Coach of the Year, Chan Brown, has an established a program that has won nine regional, five state, and three national championships in Lilburn. Thousand Oaks looks to turn the tides with their high-powered offense, led by former major leaguer and current Head Coach, Jack Wilson. National team alumni, Roc Riggio and Charlie Saum lead an offense that may be one of the most formidable and dynamic in the field. If the Lancers can stymie the Panther's pitching staff, Thousand Oaks stands a chance to make a deep run in the tournament.

Round 2

The team that that advances to the semifinals from this section of the bracket will face the semifinalist from the Orange Lutheran (Orange, Calif.), Regis Jesuit (Aurora, Colo.), Calvary Christian (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) and Baylor School (Chattanooga, Tenn.) section.

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2020 NHSI Bracket Preview Part I

February 26, 2020

Bob Jones

Madison, Ala.

Mount Carmel

Chicago, Ill.

Notre Dame

Sherman Oaks, Calif.

St. Thomas Aquinas

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

 

In the Rankings

Bob Jones: #12 in MaxPreps Preseason Top 100
Mount Carmel: #93 in MaxPreps Preseason Top 100
Notre Dame: #1 in MaxPreps Preseason Top 100
St. Thomas Aquinas: #49 in MaxPreps Preseason Top 100

Alumni Profiles

Lucas Gordon (Notre Dame) is a two-time alumnus of USA Baseball national teams, playing on the silver medal-winning 2019 18U team and winning a gold medal with the 2017 15U squad. In 2019, Gordon posted a 1.23 ERA over 7.1 innings in World Cup play, including 5.1 innings of one-run ball in the gold medal game against Chinese Taipei. The lefty made two appearances with the 15U national team in 2017, tallying nine strikeouts over 5.0 innings while allowing three earned runs on his way to earning a gold medal.

Prospect Profiles

Ed Howard (Mount Carmel) is a standout shortstop ranked as the top prep infielder and No. 12 overall prospect in the 2020 First-Year Player Draft, according to MLBPipeline.com. The 6-foot-2 senior batted .419 (36-for-86) with 18 extra-base hits (3 HR, 3 3B, 12 2B), 29 RBI, and 36 runs scored as a junior in 2019, leading Mount Carmel in nearly every offensive category. Howard is a University of Oklahoma commit, but his all-around game could make him a first-round selection in June. 

Devan Ornelas (Notre Dame) returns to the Knights lineup after leading the team in batting average (.423), hits (44), RBI (20) and runs scored (28) as a junior in 2019. The left-handed hitting, Texas Christian University commit is a versatile player that can play up the middle in the infield or outfield for the Knights.

Dylan Ray (Bob Jones) returns as the reigning Alabama 7A Hitter of the Year after posting eye-popping production as a junior, including nine home runs and 64 RBI to go along with his .403 (62-for-154) batting average. The University of Alabama commit leads a potent offense that blasted 51 home runs and scored 425 runs in 52 games and finished runner-up in the 2019 season Alabama Class 7A state championship. The 6-3 righty also throws in the low-to-mid 90s on the mound and tallied a 5-1 record as a junior with 60 strikeouts over 37.1 innings. After his extraordinary junior season, Ray was invited to participate in the MLB Prospect Development Pipeline League.

Nate Thomas (St. Thomas Aquinas) led the Raiders with a 1.20 ERA (7 ER, 41.0 IP) during his junior season, helping St. Thomas to a 24-4 overall record. The a 6-foot-3, 225-pound right-hander pounds the strike zone with a high-80s two-seam fastball, and held opposing batters to just 15 hits in 2019 while tallying 47 strikeouts. Thomas is committed to play collegiate baseball at the University of Miami for Head Coach Gino DiMare.

NHSI History

Bob Jones High School:
Bob Jones is making its first appearance in the NHSI.

Mount Carmel High School:
Mount Carmel will make its second appearance at NHSI after posting a 2-2 record in the 2018 event. The 2018 squad proved to be one of the more dominant pitching staffs in the tournament, posting a team ERA of 2.00 over 28.0 innings pitched. Luke Pappas led the stellar pitching output by throwing the first no-hitter in NHSI history, notching seven strikeouts in 7.0 innings against Trinity Prep (Fla.). 

Notre Dame High School:
Notre Dame is making its first appearance in the NHSI.

St. Thomas Aquinas High School:
St. Thomas Aquinas will return to NHSI for its second appearance after a four-year absence. The 2015 Raiders went 2-2 in pool play with wins over Leesville Road (N.C.) and College Station (Texas). Second baseman Andrew Garcia was named to the 2015 All-NHSI team, batting .583 (7-for-12) with two extra-base hits (2B, 3B), two RBI, and one run scored over four games. 

Matchups

Bob Jones vs. St. Thomas Aquinas (Wednesday, April 1, 12 p.m)
Bob Jones enters the tournament as arguably the top offense in the field, but that offensive firepower will have its hands full in their opening game, especially if St. Thomas Aquinas Head Coach, Joey Wardlow turns to the Raiders ace, Nate Thomas. If the burly righty wants to repeat his minuscule ERA from a year ago, he'll have to battle it out against Dylan Ray, Cam Hill, Caden Rose, and the powerful Patriots.

Notre Dame vs. Mount Carmel (Wednesday, April 1, 4 p.m. // Streamed on MLB.com)
Notre Dame enters the NHSI widely considered the best high school team in the country, with depth and experience in their pitching staff as well as their lineup. The Knights first challenge of the tournament won't be an easy one, however, as they take on Ed Howard and the Mount Carmel Caravan. If Knights manager Tom Dill hands the ball to Lucas Gordon in the team's opener, the battle between the Team USA alum and the top prospect in the tournament could be the most anticipated matchup of the event. Mount Carmel Head Coach Brian Hurry may need a big performance on the mound from senior RHP Nick Miketinac to take down the nation's number-one-ranked team.

Round 2

The team that advances to the semifinals from this section of the bracket will face the semifinalist from the American Heritage Delray (Delray Beach, Fla.), Harvard-Westlake School (Studio City, Calif.), North Gwinnett (Suwanee, Ga.) and Reagan High School (Pfafftown, N.C.) section.

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USA Baseball Unveils 2020 National High School Invitational Field

The ninth annual NHSI will take place April 1-4 in Cary, North Carolina
January 14, 2020

Durham, N.C. - USA Baseball announced on Thursday the 16 teams that will compete in the 2020 National High School Invitational (NHSI) presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance and the Town of Cary. The ninth annual event will take place from April 1-4 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, and select games will be streamed live on USABaseball.com, MLB.com and Facebook Live.

View the full schedule for the 2020 NHSI here.

Reagan High School (Pfafftown, N.C.) will serve as the host team in this year's tournament. Led by Head Coach Gary Nail, the Raiders finished the 2019 season with a 21-7 record and advanced to the semifinals of the NCHSAA AAAA state playoffs.

"USA Baseball is excited to continue celebrating high school baseball on the national stage with the ninth annual National High School Invitational," said USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO Paul Seiler. "In its sterling history, the NHSI has drawn elite baseball talent and the premier prep teams from across the United States for a truly one-of-a-kind tournament, and this year will be no different. We look forward to welcoming all sixteen teams, their families and their fans to our National Training Complex for an unforgettable baseball experience."

The three-time defending champions, Orange Lutheran High School (Orange, Calif.), return to the NHSI in 2020 for the sixth time in program history (2012, 2014, 2017-19). The Lancers have won its last 13 consecutive games at the NHSI dating back to 2014 and holds an 15-4 all-time record at the event.

Also returning to the NHSI in 2020 is American Heritage School (Plantation, Fla.), Calvary Christian Academy (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), three-time NHSI finalist Harvard-Westlake School (Studio City, Calif.), Mount Carmel High School (Chicago, Ill.), Parkview High School (Lilburn, Ga.), Regis Jesuit High School (Aurora, Colo.) and St. Thomas Aquinas High School (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.).

In total, nine states are represented in the 2019 NHSI field, led by California and Florida with four teams apiece. Joining Harvard-Westlake and Orange Lutheran out of the Golden State is Notre Dame High School (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) and Thousand Oaks High School (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), who are both making their first-ever trip to Cary. Florida returns three schools to the NHSI in 2020 with American Heritage Plantation, Calvary Christian and St. Thomas Aquinas, and they are joined by newcomer American Heritage School (Delray Beach, Fla.). Georgia is the only other state with multiple schools participating in the event in North Gwinnett High School (Suwanee, Ga.) and Parkview.

Rounding out the 2020 field are schools from Alabama, Pennsylvania and Tennessee, whom are all making their debut at the NHSI: Bob Jones High School (Madison, Alabama), Red Land High School (Lewisberry, Pa.) and Baylor School (Chattanooga, Tenn.).

"The National High School Invitational is the gold-standard event in high school baseball," said Scott Dupree, Executive Director of the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance. "There is no better national showcase of premier teams and elite players at the high school level, and USA Baseball has done a fantastic job of creating and cultivating this event, both in terms of generating excitement and its economic impact. The Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance is proud to be on board as a host partner."

The National Training Complex (NTC), in partnership with the Town of Cary, has been the official home of USA Baseball since 2007, and the NHSI since its inception in 2012. The NTC has had numerous Major League Baseball players venture through its gates, including Bryce Harper, Stephen Strasburg and Mike Trout. The Town of Cary received the National Gold Medal Grand Plaque Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management in 2016. The award honors U.S. communities that demonstrate excellence in parks and recreation through long-range planning, resource management, volunteerism, environmental stewardship, program development, professional development and agency recognition.

There has been no shortage of premium talent to take the field at the NHSI in the nine years following its debut. Major Leaguers Cody Bellinger, Joey Gallo, Austin Meadows, and Jack Flaherty are just a few of the more notable professional athletes who have played in the event, with more recent standouts including MLB first-round draft selections CJ Abrams, Triston Casas, Riley Greene, Matthew Liberatore, Brice Turang and others.

The NHSI is a single-elimination championship tournament, with each participating team guaranteed to play four games. The 2020 championship game will be played under the lights on Coleman Field with the first pitch scheduled for Saturday, April 4, at 6 p.m.

USA Baseball will host its second annual NHSI Championship Festival beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the National Training Complex. Prior to the first pitch of the title-game, family-friendly activities-including a baseball skills competition, games and music-will be available for fans on the front lawn, in addition a food truck rodeo featuring six of the Triangle's most popular vendors.

The complete list of 2020 NHSI participants is as follows:

High School (City, State)
American Heritage School (Delray Beach, Fla.)
American Heritage School (Plantation, Fla.)
Baylor School (Chattanooga, Tenn.)
Bob Jones High School (Madison, Ala.)
Calvary Christian Academy (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Harvard-Westlake School (Studio City, Calif.)
Mount Carmel High School (Chicago, Ill.)
North Gwinnett High School (Suwanee, Ga.)
Notre Dame High School (Sherman Oaks, Calif.)
Orange Lutheran High School (Orange, Calif.)
Parkview High School (Lilburn, Ga.)
Reagan High School (Pfafftown, N.C.)
Red Land High School (Lewisberry, Pa.)
Regis Jesuit High School (Aurora, Colo.)
St. Thomas Aquinas High School (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Thousand Oaks High School (Thousand Oaks, Calif.)

For more information on the USA Baseball National High School Invitational, visit USABaseball.com or follow @USABaseball and @USABEvents on Twitter.

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2019 NHSI Ends with a Historic Championship Saturday

IMG Academy, Harvard-Westlake, Huntington Beach and Monsignor Pace finish the tournament 3-1
April 7, 2019

See the full 2019 NHSI schedule and results on Gamechanger.

 

Huntington Beach 5, Corona del Sol 4

Box Score

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 5, Blessed Trinity 3

Box Score

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 11, Hendersonville 0

Box Score

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 3, Desert Oasis 1

Box Score

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 3, South Forsyth 1

Box Score

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 4, Hagerty 3

Box Score

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 2, La Mirada 1

Box Score

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).

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Championship Matchup Set After Day Two of NHSI

April 5, 2019

View all stats and scores from Day two here
Harvard-Westlake Returns to NHSI Championship Game
Orange Lutheran Secures Third Consecutive Berth in NHSI Championship Game 

Orange Lutheran 2, Desert Oasis 1 (Quarterfinal)

Box Score

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)

Box Score

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 4, Hagerty 0 (Quarterfinal)

Box Score

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.


Blessed Trinity 3, IMG Academy 2 (Quarterfinal)

Box Score

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.


Marist 1, Christian Brothers College 0

Box Score

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.


Corona del Sol 2, Hendersonville 0

Box Score

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. 


Huntington Beach 4, Desert Oasis 3

Box Score

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 3, Corona del Sol 2

Box Score

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 11, Christian Brothers College 5

Box Score

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 11, Hagerty 1

Box Score

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 15, Hendersonville 9

Box Score

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.


Delbarton 17, South Forsyth 0

Box Score

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.

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