USA Baseball Announces 2018 National High School Invitational Field
The 2018 event will take place March 28-31 in Cary, North Carolina
January 30, 2018
DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced on Tuesday the 16-team field that will compete in the 2018 USA Baseball National High School Invitational (NHSI) presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance and the Town of Cary. The seventh annual event will take place at the USA Baseball National Training Complex (NTC) in Cary, North Carolina, from March 28-31; and select games will be streamed live on USABaseball.com, MLB.com and Facebook Live.
The 2018 field features six schools who have participated in the event previously, including two past champions. The defending champions, Orange Lutheran High School (Orange, Calif.), will begin their title defense on Wednesday, March 28 in a first-round game against Florence High School (Florence, Ala.).
"It is our honor as the national governing body for baseball to continue to highlight the high school game in the amateur baseball landscape with the National High School Invitational," said Paul Seiler, Executive Director and CEO of USA Baseball. "We are excited to welcome sixteen of the top prep baseball programs in the country, as well as some of the nation's best talent, for a truly one-of-a-kind high school baseball experience."
2016 North Carolina High School Athletic Association 4-A baseball state runner-ups, Green Hope High School (Cary, N.C.), will serve as the host of this year's tournament. Green Hope will play its opening game under the lights on Coleman Field against 2016 NHSI semifinalist Walton High School (Marietta, Ga.), following the Opening Ceremonies.
Two-time NHSI champion, Mater Dei High School (Santa Ana, Calif.), returns to the event for a fourth time and will take on Sandra Day O'Connor High School (Phoenix, Ariz.) in first-round action. Also returning to the NHSI are American Heritage High School (Plantation, Fla.) and Trinity Preparatory School (Winter Park, Fla.), who will face Santiago High School (Corona, Calif.) and Mountain Ridge High School (Glendale, Ariz.) on day one, respectively.
The final three first-round games feature six teams making their first-ever trip to the NHSI. George Jenkins High School (Lakeland, Fla.) will face Mount Carmel High School (Chicago, Ill.), Hanover High School (Mechanicsville, Va.) will face John Curtis Christian School (River Ridge, La.), and Hattiesburg High School (Hattiesburg, Miss.) will face Calvary Christian Academy (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.).
In total, 10 states are represented in the 2018 NHSI field, led by Florida with four teams, California with three teams and Arizona with two teams in the event. Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina and Virginia are represented with one school each in the tournament.
"The National High School Invitational has established itself as the premier event of its kind," said Scott Dupree, Executive Director of the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance. "USA Baseball has done a superb job establishing and growing the NHSI, which has quickly become one of the most attractive events on our spring sports calendar, both in terms of fan interest and economic development. The GRSA is delighted and proud to be on board as a host partner."
The Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance (GRSA) and the Town of Cary continue to serve as host partners for the NHSI in 2018.
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.
The NHSI is a single-elimination championship tournament, with each participating team guaranteed to play four games.
For more information on the USA Baseball National High School Invitational, visit USABaseball.com or follow @USABaseball and @USABEvents on Twitter.
2018 National High School Invitational First Round Schedule:
Hanover vs. John Curtis (9:30 a.m. - Field 3)
George Jenkins vs. Mount Carmel (10:30 a.m. - Field 4)
Orange Lutheran vs. Florence (11:30 a.m. - Coleman Field)
American Heritage vs. Santiago (12:30 p.m. - Field 3)
Hattiesburg vs. Calvary Christian (1:30 p.m. - Field 4)
Mountain Ridge vs. Trinity Prep (2:30 p.m. - Coleman Field)
Sandra Day O'Connor vs. Mater Dei (3:30 p.m. - Field 3)
Walton vs. Green Hope (6:07 p.m. - Coleman Field)
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. - Jade Gortarez (Riverside, Calif.) hit a grand slam and Megan Baltzell (Stafford, Va.) launched a three-run homer as the 2018 Women's National Team defeated the St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders 11-5 at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Saturday night. Team USA improved to 2-0 in training with the win.
Amanda Gianelloni (Napoleonville, La.) contributed a 2-for-3 performance with three runs scored, while Michelle Cobb (Wenatchee, Wash.), Kelsie Whitmore (Temecula, Calif.) and Gortarez dominated on the mound. The three right-handers combined to allow just one run on four hits in five innings of relief.
Team USA came up to the plate in the bottom of the first down 4-0 as the St. Thomas Aquinas bats got going early in the top half. But the stars and stripes started to chip away at the deficit right away.
The squad's first run came on a fielder's choice in the bottom of the first and it got within one in the very next inning as Whitmore laced a single to center that brought two across the plate.
Going into the bottom of the fourth down 4-3, Baltzell's bat proved to be the difference. A walk and an error put two on with two outs for the lefty, who launched a three-run dinger over the right-field wall to give the red, white and blue its first lead of the game.
The Raiders tried to claw their way back in the top of the sixth but Team USA limited the damage to just one run before scoring five runs of its own, four of which came off of Gortarez's grand slam to center, for the final score of 11-5.
Marti Sementelli got the start for the U.S. and gave up four runs and five hits while striking out two in two innings of work.
The 2018 Women's National Team Training concludes on Saturday, August 19, with an exhibition game against Canada at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., at 2 p.m. ET.
CHIRIQUI, PANAMA - Team USA propelled itself into the gold medal game of the World Baseball Softball Confederation's U-15 Baseball World Cup Saturday, pulling off a thrilling come-from-behind 8-2 victory over Japan at Estadio Kenny Serracin in David.
Utility man Ryan Spikes (Covington, Ga.) sparked the offense, collecting two doubles and driving in the equalizer and go-ahead run in the fourth inning. Shortstop Cody Schrier (San Clemente, Calif.) blasted his second homer in as many games, while infielder Brady House (Winder, Ga.) drove in three with a double down the left field line.
Reliever Sam Dutton (Rainbow City, Ala.) picked up the victory, tossing three nearly flawless frames, allowing no hits and just one walk while striking out two and facing just one batter over his minimum.
The game started grim for USA, after a leadoff hit-by-pitch and three walks brought home a runner for Japan, and they then added another off a sacrifice fly in the fourth.
Japan clung to the narrow lead until the bottom of that frame, where Schrier smacked his second long ball, and the first hit for USA on the day, in nearly the exact same spot over the left field wall. After House was beaned and infielder Luke Leto (Portage, Mich.) reached on a blooper to right field, Spikes found the perfect gap, sending the ball sailing to the left center fence to bring them both home and hand the Stars and Stripes their first lead of the day at 3-2.
Second baseman Davis Diaz (Pittsburg, Calif.) provided insurance, doubling to right field in the fifth and coming home on a bases-loaded wild pitch.
The squad added cushion in the sixth, when right fielder Ryan Clifford (Raleigh, N.C.) scored via a bases-loaded walk before House cleared them with a double sliced down the left field line to put USA on top 8-2.
USA will likely take on host country Panama in a rematch, slated for a 7:00 pm ET Sunday night showdown under the lights.
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. - In its first game of training to prepare for the 2018 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Women's Baseball World Cup, the 2018 Women's National Team claimed a dominant 6-1 win over the St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Friday night.
Stacy Piagno (St. Augustine, Fla.) got the start for the stars and stripes and went two strong innings to set the tone for the game, giving up just one hit and no runs.
Team USA struck first to back up Piagno's start when Brittany Gomez (New Braunfels, Texas) laced a leadoff single up the middle and then crossed the plate on a Kelsie Whitmore (Temecula, Calif.) RBI knock to give the U.S. a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning.
But the big blow came in the top of the fourth when Team USA put up five runs to take firm control of the contest. The inning started with a hit-by-pitch and a Megan Baltzell (Stafford, Va.) double to put two runners in scoring position with no outs for Michelle Cobb (Wenatchee, Wash.) who got the scoring started with a RBI base hit.
The red, white and blue followed that with another RBI single, a two-RBI double and a RBI groundout for the 6-0 advantage.
That score would hold until the final inning as the U.S. pitching staff dominated throughout the game. Piagno, Sam Cobb (Garland, Texas), Meggie Meidlinger (Sterling, Va.) and Laura Collins (Hollywood, Fla.) combined to allow just one hit and no earned runs in the game.
The Raiders' lone run came on a passed ball in the bottom of the seventh before Collins closed it out to secure the 6-1 victory for Team USA.
Nine players on the U.S. squad collected hits in the game. Jade Gortarez (Riverside, Calif.) led the team with two RBIs, while Whitmore, Michelle Cobb and Anna Kimbrell (Fort Mill, S.C.) all finished 1-for-2 with a RBI and a run scored in the win.
The 2018 Women's National Team Training continues on Saturday, August 18, with a second game against the St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., at 6:30 p.m. ET.
CHIRIQUI, PANAMA- Team USA made it one step closer to medal contention, picking up its fourth shutout of the tournament by downing Chitre-pool top seed Cuba 10-0 Friday in the World Baseball Softball Confederation's U-15 Baseball World Cup, held at Estadio Kenny Serracin in David.
Infielder Cody Schrier (San Clemente, Calif.) led the charge for the red, white, and blue, posting a triple and a homer and scoring three times. First baseman Brady House (Winder, Ga.) continued his dominance, turning in a 3-for-4 day with two runs and two RBI. Starting pitcher Josh Hartle (King, N.C.) held the Cuban offense that entered Super Round play with the top amongst the field, to just two hits through five innings, striking out three. Hartle also tripled, driving in three. Second baseman Davis Diaz (Pittsburg, Calif.) also scored twice while centerfielder Tyree Reed (Vallejo, Calif.) recorded two hits.
Relievers Sam Dutton (Rainbow City, Ala.) and TR Williams (Shenandoah, Va.) each worked a scoreless/hitless inning from the bullpen.
Schrier started things right away for USA, taking the second pitch of his at bat and blasting a long ball over the left field wall.
Cuba threatened with a pair of base runners in two separate frames, but the Stars and Stripes put up a five-spot in the third to add some cushion. Reed doubled to left center and after moving over on an infield single from Diaz, scored on a wild pitch.
Schrier walked and moved to third on an infield to third on single up the middle from House that scored Diaz, and after infielder Luke Leto (Portage, Mich.) reached on a fielder's choice turned error, all three came home courtesy of a massive in-the-gap triple from Hartle in right center.
USA added insurance in the fifth, again courtesy of Schrier, who tripled home Diaz who was hit-by-pitch. House then dropped a ball into shallow center to bring home Schrier.
The squad finalized the victory in the final frame, after a sacrifice fly from utility man Ryan Spikes (Covington, Ga.) brought in infielder Justin Colon, who laced a pinch-hit single through the left side to lead off the inning. A bases loaded walk to catcher Charlie Saum (Ventura, Calif.) brought home House, who singled again, for the final run.
USA will return to action again at 3:00 p.m. ET Saturday, taking on Chitre-pool second seed Japan.
CHIRIQUI, PANAMA - Led by utility player Luke Leto (Portage, Mich.), Team USA was victorious in its first game of Super Round play of the World Baseball Softball Confederation's U-15 Baseball World Cup, held at Estadio Kenny Serracin in David.
Leto was a perfect 3-for-3, scoring four times and driving in two. Shortstop Cody Schrier (San Clemente, Calif.) added three runs, and second baseman Davis Diaz (Pittsburg, Calif.) registered two hits with a pair of runs.
The Dominican jumped on USA early, taking advantage of back-to-back misplays to score three runs. The stars and stripes cut the lead in the bottom of the second, after Leto led off with an infield single to the shortstop and came around to score on a sacrifice fly from catcher Charlie Saum (Ventura, Calif.).
DR took the run back in the third using a pair of hits, before USA exploded with five runs in the third to take control of the contest.
After a walk to Schrier, a double from infielder Brady House (Winder, Ga.) moved him to third. A free pass to Leto loaded the bases, and then a second straight walk, this one to designated hitter Josh Hartle (King, N.C.), cut the deficit to two. House and Leto both came home courtesy of a laser to left field from utility man Ryan Spikes (Covington, Ga.) and tied the contest. The good guys then took the lead on a long single to right field from right fielder Ryan Clifford (Raleigh, N.C.) that brought home both Hartle and Spikes and put USA up 6-4.
The squad added cushion the following frame, plating three runs courtesy of a Diaz (Pittsburg, Calif.) single, took second on a throwing error, and moved to third on a balk. He scored, again courtesy of House, and then a double from Leto brought home Schrier, who walked, and Leto later scored on a wild pitch.
DR kept things interesting, using a pair of walks and singles combatted with a double to bring home two runs and cut the lead to 9-6, before a bases-loaded strikeout from reliever Gage Ziehl (Penfield, N.Y.) put out the threat.
USA added some cushion, as centerfielder Tyree Reed (Vallejo, Calif.), who walked, came home on a Diaz double, Diaz scored on a wild pitch, Schrier on Leto's triple, and Leto on a passed ball.
Dominican threatened again, scoring in the seventh and leaving two men on before Leto came in to close out the victory.
USA returns to action at 3:00 p.m. ET Friday, taking on Chitre-pool top seed Cuba.
CHIRIQUI, PANAMA - Team USA advanced to the Super Round of the World Baseball Softball Confederation's U-15 Baseball World Cup after defeating Brazil 8-0 Wednesday, in a continuation from Monday's rainout at Estadio Kenny Serracin.
Tuesday night's hero Brady House (Winder, Ga.) had another big day, going 3-for-3 with two runs and two RBI. Shortstop Cody Schrier (San Clemente, Calif.) scored three times with a pair of hits and three stolen bases. Outfielder Ryan Clifford (Raleigh, N.C.) recorded two hits and designated hitter Luke Leto (Portage, Mich.) also drove in two.
Starter Andrew Painter (Pompano Beach, Fla.) was strong, striking out eight in 4.1 innings while surrendering just one walk.
USA came out ignited, plating four runs in the first inning Monday. After back-to-back hit-by-pitches to Schrier and House, each advanced on a passed ball. A groundout down to second from Leto brought Schrier home and got USA on the board. House then scored on a single that dropped into left field from first baseman Josh Hartle (King, N.C.), and a single up the middle from Clifford scored both Tommy DiLandri (Las Vegas) (who boarded after also being beaned) and Hartle to give the stars and stripes some cushion.
The squad continued to pressure Wednesday, scoring again in the fourth. After Schrier singled to left field, he swiped two bags and came home on a single to right center from House. USA then added three in the sixth, with second baseman Davis Diaz (Pittsburg, Calif.) coming home, again courtesy of Brady House and back-to-back sacrifice flies from Leto and DiLandri.
The Stars and Stripes will face Cuba, Japan, and Dominican Republic, who all advanced from the Chitre pool, in crossover games beginning Thursday in David.
CHIRIQUI, PANAMA - Team USA moved back into the win column Tuesday night, taking down host country Panama 4-1 in the opening round of the World Baseball Softball Confederation's U-15 Baseball World Cup at Estadio Kenny Seracin in David.
Infielder Brady House (Winder, Ga.) delivered a dynamic performance, blasting the squad's first round tripper of the tournament and earning a save with the final out in the seventh. House registered two hits, while shortstop Cody Schrier (San Clemente, Calif.) drove in two.
Starter Cale Lansville (Denver, Colo.) was dominant through five and a third, allowing just two hits while striking out two facing just one batter over his minimum. Reliever Gage Ziehl (Penfield, N.Y.) also fanned two across 1.1 innings of work.
The stars and stripes took an early lead thanks to House's first-pitch moonshot that bounced on the roof of the parking garage behind left field. In the second, after a walk to right fielder Ryan Clifford (Raleigh, N.C.) and a hit-by-pitch to center fielder Tyree Reed (Vallejo, Calif.) put two on, Schrier ripped the ball to right center, bringing them both home and adding cushion for USA.
Panama broke the potential shutout in the fourth, picking up their first hit of the contest with a leadoff single and then scoring on a double to center field.
They threatened again in the seventh after back-to-back walks after three straight walks loaded the bases with two outs before House induced a grounder down to third base to get the fielder's choice force out and save the contest.
USA returns to action at 10:00 a.m. ET for the resumption of their contest with Brazil. Play will resume exactly as it was left Monday, with two runners on and 4-0 lead for USA in the first.
Bragging Rights up for Grabs in the Inaugural "States Play" Tournament
August 14, 2018
New High School Baseball Event Will Feature Competition Between The Best Rising Senior Players from Texas Against Those from California
Three-Game Rivalry Series at Globe Life Park in Arlington,
From August 24th through 26th, is Free to the Public and Will Stream LIVE on MLB.com
Development-Focused Experience Also Includes Former Major Leaguers Serving as Team Coaches and Training Sessions at the Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy
Major League Baseball and USA Baseball today announced a new high school baseball tournament to showcase some of the best rising seniors from Texas and California, two states that historically produce a high volume of collegiate and professional players. "States Play," which will be co-hosted by the Texas Rangers, will center on a three-game series at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas, from Friday, August 24th through Sunday, August 26th. All three games of the inter-state rivalry tournament will stream LIVE on MLB.com, and access to Globe Life will be free for the public. MLB Network's Daron Sutton will call play-by-play while former MLB All- Star pitcher Tom "Flash" Gordon will provide analysis. MLB.com's Dani Wexelman will provide on-air reporting.
The schedule of games is as follows (all times Central):
Friday, August 24th: 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 25th: 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 26th: 11:00 a.m.
Each team will consist of rosters of players living in various parts of each state. The vast majority of the high school players have already committed to some of the best collegiate baseball programs in the country. Players were selected by MLB and USA Baseball, with several being chosen after participation in other joint MLB/USA Baseball development-focused events, such as the Tournament of the Stars, Breakthrough Series, Elite Development Invitational, the DREAM Series, and the Prospect Development Pipeline. **States Play rosters can be found in the separate attachment. All names are subject to change.**
Former Major League players with personal or professional histories in Texas or California will serve as coaches for each team. These coaches include Jerry Manuel, Homer Bush, Royce Clayton, Ken Hill, Gerald Laird, Darren Oliver and Andy Stankiewicz. Additionally, players will participate in morning training sessions at the Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy located in West Dallas. Workouts will be held on Friday (August 24th) and Saturday (August 25th) from 9:00 a.m. to Noon (CT) at the Academy.
Additionally, the participants will have the opportunity to undergo unique Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP) assessments, consisting of performance vision screening, swing analysis and precise physical testing. These voluntary assessments are supported on-site by USA Baseball, which have helped establish an official identification and player assessment pathway to all 30 MLB Clubs for elite high school age baseball players in advance of the annual MLB Draft. These assessments include the following: Athletic Assessment, Sport Vision Screening, Swing Analysis and Ball Flight Analysis. Resulting data from the assessments will be compiled into an individualized report for each player, and will be used as a tool in the development and optimization of each individual player.
"We believe that States Play will be a fun display of the natural rivalry between these two baseball powerhouse states," said Tony Reagins, Executive Vice President of Baseball & Softball Development, Major League Baseball. "Ballplayers from Texas and California have a lot of hometown pride, and we are looking forward to seeing that emotion play out in Globe Life Park. Many of these players are already committed to outstanding collegiate programs, but we think that the instruction and time they spend with the former Major Leaguers serving as coaches will prove to be invaluable to their future development and success."
"We are excited to launch the States Play program with representation from two of our nation's most talent- rich baseball states," said Rick Riccobono, USA Baseball's Chief Development Officer. "The creation of this event signifies our continued commitment to increasing our engagement in amateur programming. Together with MLB, we have never had more touchpoints to aspiring athletes within our game."
"The Texas Rangers are honored to host the first ever States Play Tournament at Globe Life Park in Arlington," said Rangers President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Jon Daniels. "Texas and California traditionally produce some of the best high school players in the country, and it will be a great opportunity for our fans to watch some very competitive baseball. It will also give these young players the chance to experience playing in a Major League ballpark."
CHIRIQUI, PANAMA -- Team USA's contest with Brazil was halted in the first inning Monday afternoon at Estadio Kenny Seracin due to inclement weather. The contest was the fourth of the opening round of the World Baseball Softball Confederation's U-15 World Cup for USA.
The stars and stripes currently lead 4-0 with two men on and two outs in the bottom of the first, and play will resume with that very situation on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. ET. USA currently sits at 2-1 in the World Cup, and will face undefeated Panama on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. ET.
For updates and schedule changes, follow the @USABaseball15U Twitter account.
CHIRIQUI, PANAMA - Team USA (2-1) suffered its first setback of the World Baseball Softball Confederation's U-15 Baseball World Cup, dropping a tight 2-1 affair to Chinese Taipei (3-0) Sunday at Estadio Kenny Seracin in the province of David, Panama.
The stars and stripes were held to just six hits, with shortstop Cody Schrier (San Clemente, Calif.) as the only multi-hit performer of the day. Infielder Luke Leto (Portage, Mich.) plated the then-tying run.
The contest was a pitcher's duel through four and a half frames, until Taipei broke the blank, using a leadoff double, a wild pitch, and a right side single.
The lead was short lived, as USA tied things up the following inning. Leto led off with a perfectly placed bunt down the third base line, stole second, and moved to third on another bunt, this one by outfielder Tommy DiLandri (Las Vegas). Leto plated the equalizer on a sacrifice fly from right fielder Ryan Clifford (Raleigh, N.C.), and USA continued to threaten, leaving two men on in the frame.
Chinese Taipei wasted no time responding, taking advantage of a bases-loaded walk to plate the eventual game winner in the sixth.
USA returns to action Monday, taking on Brazil at 3:00 p.m. ET.