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