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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)

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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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
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
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
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

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 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:

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
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 4Box ScoreHuntington 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
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Huntington Beach 5, Corona del Sol 4


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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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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
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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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,
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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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
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.
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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
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.
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Quarterfinals Matchups Set at 2019 NHSI

April 4, 2019
See the full 2019 NHSI schedule and results on Gamechanger.Hagerty 11, Christian Brothers College 1Box ScoreHagerty 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.
See the full 2019 NHSI schedule and results on Gamechanger.

Hagerty 11, Christian Brothers College 1


Box Score
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 6, Hendersonville 0


Box Score
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. 


Monsignor Pace 4, Corona del Sol 1


Box Score
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.


Desert Oasis 4, Delbarton 3


Box Score
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 8, South Forsyth 2


Box Score
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 3, Marist 0


Box Score
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 11, Northwest Guilford 2


Box Score
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 1, La Mirada 0


Box Score
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. 
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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,
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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2019 NHSI Preview: Pod 4

March 26, 2019
Harvard-Westlake Studio City, Calif. Hendersonville Hendersonville, Tenn. 2019 Preseason Ranks: Baseball America Preseason No. 2 MaxPreps Preseason No. 17 Perfect Game Preseason No. 14 2019 Preseason Ranks: Unranked USA Baseball National Team Alums: Pete Crow-Armstrong (2014 12U National Team, 2017 15U National Team, 2018 18U National Team) USA Baseball National


Harvard-Westlake

Studio City, Calif.


Hendersonville

Hendersonville, Tenn.
2019 Preseason Ranks:
  • Baseball America Preseason No. 2
  • MaxPreps Preseason No. 17
  • Perfect Game Preseason No. 14
2019 Preseason Ranks:
  • Unranked
USA Baseball National Team Alums:
  • Pete Crow-Armstrong (2014 12U National Team, 2017 15U National Team, 2018 18U National Team)
USA Baseball National Team Alums:
  • None
Players to Watch:
  • Drew Bowser
  • Pete Crow-Armstrong
  • Sam Hiboki
Players to Watch:
  • Hayden Mullins
 
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.
 

 
Christian Brothers College

St. Louis, Mo.

 
Hagerty

Oviedo, Fla.
2019 Preseason Ranks:
  • Perfect Game Preseason No. 20
2019 Preseason Ranks:
  • Unranked
USA Baseball National Team Alums:
  • Christian Little (2018 15U National Team)
USA Baseball National Team Alums:
  • Riley Greene (2018 18U National Team)
Players to Watch:
  • Kurtis Bryne
  • Christian Little
Players to Watch:
  • Riley Greene (No. 5, Baseball America; No. 8, MLB Pipeline)
  • Vaughn Grissom
 
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.
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2019 NHSI Set to Begin on Wednesday, April 3

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
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.
 
What: USA Baseball National High School Invitational (NHSI)
When: April 3-6, 2019
Where: 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).
Credential Application
Members of the media can apply for a credential by visit the USA Baseball Media Services page on the official website: http://www.usabaseball.com/about/media-services
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.
USA Baseball Coverage
Live Stats: GameChanger
Social Media: @USABEvents (Twitter) and @USABaseball (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)
Streaming/TV
Select games will be broadcast live on USABaseball.com, MLB.com, and Facebook Live
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
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2019 NHSI Preview: Pod 3

March 18, 2019
Blessed Trinity Roswell, Ga. Marist Chicago, Ill. 2019 Preseason Ranks: MaxPreps Preseason No. 5 Perfect Game Preseason No. 4 2019 Preseason Ranks: Perfect Game Preseason No. 33 USA Baseball National Team Alums: C.J. Abrams (2018 18U National Team) USA Baseball National Team Alums: None Players to Watch: C.J. Abrams (No.


Blessed Trinity

Roswell, Ga.


Marist

Chicago, Ill.
2019 Preseason Ranks:
  • MaxPreps Preseason No. 5
  • Perfect Game Preseason No. 4
2019 Preseason Ranks:
  • Perfect Game Preseason No. 33
USA Baseball National Team Alums:
  • C.J. Abrams (2018 18U National Team)
USA Baseball National Team Alums:
  • None
Players to Watch:
  • C.J. Abrams (No. 3, Baseball America; No. 5, MLB Pipeline)
  • Steele Chambers
Players to Watch:
  • Jason Hodges (No. 99, Baseball America)
  • Justin James
 
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.
 

 
La Mirada

La Mirada, Calif.

 
IMG Academy

Bradenton, Fla.
2019 Preseason Ranks:
  • MaxPreps Preseason No. 22
2019 Preseason Ranks:
  • MaxPreps Preseason No. 2
  • Perfect Game Preseason No. 2
USA Baseball National Team Alums:
  • Jared Jones (2016 15U National Team)
USA Baseball National Team Alums:
  • Brennan Malone (2018 18U National Team)
Players to Watch:
  • Jared Jones
  • Darius Perry (No. 122, Baseball America)
Players to Watch:
  • Rece Hinds (No. 24, Baseball America; No. 23, MLB Pipeline)
  • Brennan Malone (No. 10, Baseball America; No. 10, MLB Pipeline)
  • Joshua Rivera (No. 110, Baseball America)
  • Kendall Williams (No. 41, Baseball America)
 
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.
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2019 NHSI Preview: Pod 2

March 11, 2019
Huntington Beach Huntington Beach, Calif. Northwest Guilford Greensboro, N.C. 2019 Preseason Ranks: Baseball America Preseason No. 6 MaxPreps Preseason No. 30 2019 Preseason Ranks: Unranked USA Baseball National Team Alums: None USA Baseball National Team Alums: None Players to Watch: Brett Barrera Jag Burden Josh Hahn Jake Vogel Players to


Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach, Calif.


Northwest Guilford

Greensboro, N.C.
2019 Preseason Ranks:
  • Baseball America Preseason No. 6
  • MaxPreps Preseason No. 30
2019 Preseason Ranks:
  • Unranked
USA Baseball National Team Alums:
  • None
USA Baseball National Team Alums:
  • None
Players to Watch:
  • Brett Barrera
  • Jag Burden
  • Josh Hahn
  • Jake Vogel
Players to Watch:
  • Joey Rezek
  • Hayden Summers
 
Matchup: 2016 NHSI champion Huntington Beach (Huntington Beach, Calif.) will return to Cary, North Carolina, for the fourth time in five years in 2019. The Oilers head into the 2019 season boasting a No. 6 ranking from Baseball America and a No. 30 spot in the MaxPreps preseason rankings. Huntington Beach is led by a pair of UCLA-bound student-athletes, Josh Hahn (2019) and Jake Vogel (2020), and Stanford commit Brett Barrera.
Huntington Beach will face 2019 host-school Northwest Guilford (Greensboro, N.C.) in the first round of the tournament. The Vikings are looking to become the second host team to win an opening round game of the NHSI after Green Hope's (N.C.) made it all the way to the championship game in 2018. The Vikings are coming off an appearance in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) playoffs in 2018 and will be led by North Carolina commit Hayden Summers and East Carolina signee Joey Rezek.
 

 
Corona Del Sol

Tempe, Ariz.

 
Monsignor Pace

Miami Gardens, Fla.
2019 Preseason Ranks:
  • Unranked
2019 Preseason Ranks:
  • MaxPreps Preseason No. 18
  • Perfect Game Preseason No. 16
USA Baseball National Team Alums:
  • None
USA Baseball National Team Alums:
  • None
Players to Watch:
  • Hunter Haas
  • Brian Kalmer
Players to Watch:
  • Victor Mederos
  • Sammy Infante
 
Matchup: The bottom half of the pod features two teams that will make the trek to Cary, North Carolina, for the first time in its history in 2019, Corona Del Sol (Tempe, Ariz.) and Monsignor Pace (Miami Gardens, Fla.). Corona Del Sol is led by Dave Webb, who has guided three USA Baseball national teams, and assistant coach Tanner Vesely, the 2015 12U National Team manager and two-time national team assistant coach. Coming off of an appearance in the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) playoffs in 2018, the squad will be motivated to show the rest of the country their potential in 2019. The Aztecs will be led by Hunter Haas, who has committed to the 2018 College World Series Champions Oregon State, and Brian Kalmer (Arizona State).
The Aztecs face a tough test in the first round in Monsignor Pace, who enters the NHSI ranked No. 16 by Perfect Game and No. 18 by MaxPreps. The Spartans enter the tournament as no strangers of playing in high-pressure situations and coming out on top after winning the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) 5A State Championship in 2018. Pace is led by six players that have signed with major division one college programs, including five players that have committed to the hometown University of Miami. 
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2019 NHSI Preview: Pod 1

March 5, 2019
ORANGE LUTHERAN Orange, Calif. SOUTH FORSYTH Cumming, Ga. 2019 Preseason Ranks: Baseball America Preseason No. 43 MaxPreps Preseason No. 2 Perfect Game Preseason No. 4 2019 Preseason Ranks: Unranked USA Baseball National Team Alums: Karson Bowen (2016 12U, 2018 15U) Jasiah Dixon (2016 15U) Max Racjic (2018 18U) Christian Rodriguez


ORANGE LUTHERAN

Orange, Calif.


SOUTH FORSYTH

Cumming, Ga.
2019 Preseason Ranks:
  • Baseball America Preseason No. 43
  • MaxPreps Preseason No. 2
  • Perfect Game Preseason No. 4
2019 Preseason Ranks:
  • Unranked
USA Baseball National Team Alums:
  • Karson Bowen (2016 12U, 2018 15U)
  • Jasiah Dixon (2016 15U)
  • Max Racjic (2018 18U)
  • Christian Rodriguez (2014 12U)
USA Baseball National Team Alums:
  • Landon Sims (2016 15U)
Players to Watch:
  • Jasiah Dixon
  • Garrett Frechette (No. 108, Baseball America)
  • Max Racjic
  • Christian Rodriguez
Players to Watch:
  • Landon Sims (No. 60, Baseball America)
 
Matchup: Two-time defending National High School Invitational (NSHI) champion, Orange Lutheran (Orange, Calif.), returns to Cary, North Carolina, searching to become the first team in tournament history to three-peat. After falling in the CIF State Semifinals in 2018, the Lancers were tabbed with a No. 2 ranking in the country by MaxPreps and No. 4 from Perfect Game.
The Lancers feature four players (Karson Bowen, Gabe Briones, Jasiah Dixon and Max Rajcic) that have played on a USA Baseball National Team, with two, Bowen and Rajcic, wearing the stars and stripes in 2018. Orange Lutheran is also led on the diamond by two-time USA Baseball manager alum Eric Borba.
Orange Lutheran will have a tough road to the finals if they hope to win a third straight title as it faces South Forsyth (Cumming, Ga.) in the first round of the tournament. The War Eagles are coming off of a dominating season in 2018 that culminated in a loss in the GHSA 7A Second Round. SFHS will be led by the No. 60-ranked draft prospect, according to Baseball America, and 2016 15U National Team member Landon Sims.
 

 
DESERT OASIS

Las Vegas, Nev.

 
DELBARTON

Morristown, N.J.
2019 Preseason Ranks:
  • Baseball America Preseason No. 11
  • MaxPreps Preseason No. 55
  • Perfect Game Preseason No. 18
2019 Preseason Ranks:
  • Baseball America Preseason No. 18
  • MaxPreps Preseason No. 19
  • Perfect Game Preseason No. 10
USA Baseball National Team Alums:
  • None
USA Baseball National Team Alums:
  • Jack Leiter (2018 18U)
  • Anthony Volpe (2013 12U, 2016 15U, 2018 18U)
Players to Watch:
  • D.J. Jefferson
  • Aaron Roberts
  • Josh Sharman
Players to Watch:
  • Jack Leiter (No. 20, MLB Pipeline; No. 35, Baseball America)
  • Shawn Rapp
  • Anthony Volpe (No. 64, Baseball America)
 
Matchup: In what is sure to be one of the best matchups in the first round of the tournament, Desert Oasis High School (Las Vegas, Nevada) will face off against Delbarton High School (Morristown, N.J.).
Desert Oasis will be motivated for greatness in 2019 after falling in Nevada's Class 4A State Championship game after a 30-5 season. The Diamondbacks boast No. 18 and No. 55 rankings by Perfect Game and MaxPreps, respectively, and will be led by seniors D.J. Jefferson, Aaron Roberts and Josh Sharman.
On the other side of the ranked first-round matchup, is No. 10 and No.19-ranked Delbarton High School. The Green Wave are coming off an 18-6 season in 2018, where they fell in the NJSIAA Second Round. Delbarton will be led by seniors and 2018 18U National Team teammates Anthony Volpe and Jack Leiter. Leiter enters the year as one of the top-rated pitchers in the draft class, ranking No. 20 overall and the ninth overall pitcher in MLB Pipeline rankings. The pair and the rest of the Green Wave squad will try to use their experience to advance to the second round for a matchup against Orange Lutheran or South Forsyth.
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USA Baseball Unveils 2019 National High School Invitational Field

The eighth annual NHSI will take place April 3-6 in Cary, North Carolina
January 29, 2019
DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced on Tuesday the 16 teams that will compete in the 2019 National High School Invitational (NHSI) presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance and the Town of Cary. The eighth annual event will take place from April 3-6 at the USA Baseball National Training
DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced on Tuesday the 16 teams that will compete in the 2019 National High School Invitational (NHSI) presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance and the Town of Cary. The eighth annual event will take place from April 3-6 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.
Northwest Guilford High School (Kernersville, N.C.) will serve as the host team in this year's tournament. Led by Head Coach Sonny Gann, the Vikings finished the 2018 season as the Metro 4A Baseball Conference champions and advanced to the second round of the NCHSAA AAAA state playoffs.

"USA Baseball is honored to once again shine the spotlight on high school baseball with the eighth annual National High School Invitational," said USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO Paul Seiler. "This event continues to draw elite high school baseball programs, as well as some of the top talent from across the United States, for a truly one-of-a-kind high school baseball experience. We look forward to welcoming these sixteen programs to the National Training Complex in Cary in April."
Highlighting the 2019 field is the two-time defending champions Orange Lutheran High School (Orange, Calif.). The Lancers, who defeated Green Hope High School (Cary, N.C.) in the 2018 championship game to win their second consecutive NHSI title, will compete in the NHSI for the fifth time in its history (2012, 2014, 2017, 2018). Orange Lutheran has won its last nine consecutive games at the NHSI dating back to 2014 and holds an 11-4 all-time record at the event.
Also returning to the NHSI in 2019 are past participants Harvard-Westlake School (Studio City, Calif.) and 2016 NHSI Champions Huntington Beach High School (Huntington Beach, Calif.).
In total, 10 states are represented in the 2019 NHSI field, led by California with four teams. Joining Harvard-Westlake High School, Huntington Beach High School and Orange Lutheran High School out of the state of California is La Mirada High School (La Mirada, Calif.), who is making its first appearance in the event. Florida is also well-represented in 2019 with three schools participating in the event in Hagerty High School (Oviedo, Fla.), IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) and Monsignor Pace High School (Miami Gardens, Fla.), meanwhile two schools hail from the state of Georgia in Blessed Trinity Catholic High School (Roswell, Ga.) and South Forsyth High School (Cumming, Ga.).
Rounding out the 2019 field are schools from Arizona, Illinois, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey and Tennessee, who are all making their debut at the NHSI: Corona del Sol (Tempe, Ariz.), Marist High School (Chicago, Ill.), Christian Brothers College High School (St. Louis, Mo.), Desert Oasis High School (Las Vegas, Nev.), Delbarton School (Morristown, N.J.), and Hendersonville High School (Hendersonville, 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 Chris Archer, Cody Bellinger, Kris Bryant, Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg. 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 eight years following its launch. 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 USA Baseball 18U National Team alumni and MLB first-round draft selections Triston Casas, Matthew Liberatore, Brice Turang, and others.
The complete list of 2019 NHSI participants is as follows:
High School; City, State
Blessed Trinity Catholic High School; Roswell, Ga.
Christian Brothers College High School; St. Louis, Mo.
Corona del Sol High School; Tempe, Ariz.
Delbarton School; Morristown, N.J.
Desert Oasis High School; Las Vegas, Nev.
Hagerty High School; Oviedo, Fla.
Harvard-Westlake School; Studio City, Calif.
Hendersonville High School; Hendersonville, Tenn.
Huntington Beach High School; Huntington Beach, Calif.
IMG Academy; Bradenton, Fla.
La Mirada High School; La Mirada, Calif.
Marist High School; Chicago, Ill.
Monsignor Pace High School; Miami Gardens, Fla.
Northwest Guilford High School; Kernersville, N.C.
Orange Lutheran High School; Orange, Calif.
South Forsyth High School; Cumming, Ga.
The NHSI is a single-elimination championship tournament, with each participating team guaranteed to play four games. The 2019 championship game will be played under the lights on Coleman Field for the first-time ever with the first pitch scheduled for Saturday, April 6, at 6 p.m.
USA Baseball will host its first-ever 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 to a food truck rodeo featuring six of the Triangle's most popular vendors.
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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