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USAB Announces 2017 NHSI First-Round Matchups

March 21, 2017

DURHAM, N.C. -- USA Baseball announced the first-round matchups for the 2017 National High School Invitational (NHSI) presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance on Tuesday. The 2017 event will be played at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, from Wednesday, March 29 to Saturday, April 1.

Defending champions Huntington Beach High School (Huntington Beach, Calif.) will begin its title defense against Winder-Barrow High School (Winder, Ga.) on Wednesday, March 29, at 2:45 p.m.

"Day one of the NHSI brings tremendous excitement to the National Training Complex with sixteen top prep baseball programs from across the nation excited to begin their pursuit of a championship," said USA Baseball Director of Program Development Mark Dvoroznak. "The 2017 event will once again pair top prospects and programs head-to-head in an atmosphere that elicits program and state pride at the highest level."

Following are the first round matchups and game times for day one. All times are listed in the Eastern time zone.

Matchup (Game time)
Hough High School vs. Trinity Christian Academy (9:00 a.m.)
Archbishop McCarty High School vs. Arlington High School (10:00 a.m.)
American Heritage High School vs. Rocky Mountain High School (11:00 a.m.)
Merritt Island High School vs. Orange Lutheran High School (12:15 p.m.)
Canterbury School vs. Hamilton High School (1:00 p.m.)
South Hills High School vs. Brother Rice High School (2:30 p.m.)
Winder-Barrow High School vs. Huntington Beach High School (2:45 p.m.)
Cullman High School vs. Dana Hills High School (3:15 p.m.)

Each corresponding day's schedules will be announced at the conclusion of the previous day's matchups. USA Baseball will adhere to the mandated schedule requirements set forth by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and each school's respective state federations.

Seven games of the 2017 NHSI will be broadcast live online on MLB.com and USABaseball.com. The broadcasts will begin on Wednesday, March 29 at 12:15 p.m. in a matchup between Merritt Island High School (Merritt Island, Fla.) and Orange Lutheran High School (Orange, Calif.), culminating with the championship game on Saturday, April 1 at 12:15 p.m.

For a complete game schedule, including live stat and streaming information, click here.

Be sure to follow @USABEvents and @USABaseball on Twitter for all of the latest information and coverage of the 2017 NHSI.

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Orange Lutheran Wins Second-Straight NHSI Title

March 31, 2018

In the final day of the 2018 National High School Invitational (NHSI) presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance and the Town of Cary, 14 teams played consolation games while Orange Lutheran High School (Orange Calif.) and Green Hope High School (Cary, N.C.) battled for the title in the championship game.

Championship Recap

Calvary Christian Defeats John Curtis, Finishes 2018 NHSI with 3-1 Record

CARY, N.C. - Calvary Christian Academy (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) wrapped up its visit to the 2018 National High School Invitational (NHSI) presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance and the Town of Cary with a strong showing against John Curtis Christian School (River Ridge, LA.), earning a 3-0 win in a morning matchup.

The Eagles were led by a strong performance on the mound from Andrew Painter, who tossed all seven innings and allowed just one hit, striking out seven and walking just two.

Calvary Christian, which finishes the week with a 3-1 record, got eight hits from the lineup and put the game away in the bottom of the fifth. A double from Raynel Delgado and a single from Daley Weppner drove in a pair of runs, advancing the score to a 3-0 lead that ultimately proved to be too much.

For John Curtis, Cade Beloso was strong on the mound to close out the tournament for the Patriots. He tossed four innings of one-run ball, picking up three strikeouts along the way.

Calvary Christian finished the week with a 3-1 record while John Curtis earned a 2-2 record at the tournament.

Florence Coach Gets 400th Win with Victory Over Mater Dei

CARY, N.C. - Florence High School (Florence, Ala.) Head Coach Steve Garrett notched his 400th win in Saturday's 9-5 victory over Mater Dei High School (Santa Ana, Calif.) in a consolation game of the 2018 National High School Invitational (NHSI) presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance and the Town of Cary.

Mater Dei jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead in the top of the first, courtesy of a leadoff walk and back-to-back RBI doubles. Alonzo Tredwell scored on a wild pitch and Grant Burton crossed the plate on a ground out.

Down 4-0 with two outs in the bottom of the first, Florence's Carson Sweetwood singled to give the Falcons their first run of the game.

Mater Dei answered right back in the top of the second with a one-out pop out to center field from Joey Yeste to extend the Monarchs' lead to 5-1.

The Falcons' bats came alive in the second and third, tallying four runs in each inning. Ben Boggus hit a 2 RBI ground ball to left field to cut the Monarch's lead to two. Zeke Bishop popped out to right field to send Boggus home and Sweetwood hit a hard grounder to right field for the game-tying run.

The final runs of the game came in the third inning. With one out, Pierce Miles singled on a fly ball to left field, scoring Sam Daniel. Ben Arnett followed with an RBI double to center field, and Bishop followed with a double to score Miles and Arnett and give the Falcons the 9-4 victory.

The Falcons finished NHSI play with a 3-1 record, while Mater Dei finished 0-4.

Pappas Tosses First No-Hitter in NHSI History to Lead Mount Carmel to Victory

CARY, N.C - On the final day of the 2018 National High School Invitational (NHSI) presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance and the Town of Cary, Mount Carmel High School (Chicago, Ill.) starting pitcher Luke Pappas tossed a no-hitter to help the Caravan claim a 6-0 victory over Trinity Preparatory School (Winter Park, Fla.).

In his complete game effort, Pappas gave up no hits, no runs and just one walk while striking out seven and his dominant performance not only helped earn his team the win, but also made NHSI history. In the seven years the event has been going on, no pitcher or team has ever recorded a no-hitter.

The Caravan backed up Pappas' outing with a strong offensive showing too, jumping on the board early with two runs in the first and three in the second to take a 5-0 lead. They tacked on one more in the bottom of the fifth for a 6-0 final score.

Joey Egan led at the plate for Mount Carmel, going 2-for-3 with a RBI and a run scored. Edward Howard also went 2-for-3 with a run scored.

Trinity Prep starting pitcher Jake French took the loss, giving up four earned runs in his two innings of work.

With the win, Mount Carmel finishes the 2018 NHSI with a record of 2-2 while the Saints of Trinity prep collected a 1-3 record at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C.

George Jenkins Finishes 2018 NHSI with Win to Improve to 3-1

CARY, N.C. - It was a great end to the 2018 National High School Invitational (NHSI) presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance and the Town of Cary for George Jenkins High School (Lakeland, Fla.), which picked up its third win of the tournament, defeating Santiago High School (Corona, Calif.) 5-0.

The team started the game's scoring in the top of the second inning by putting three runs on the scoreboard. A double from Brandt Sundean, who was 2-for-3 on the day, and a two RBI single from Daniel Batcher helped the Eagles jump out to an early 3-0 lead.

On the mound, starter Jackson Ross was dominant. He threw five innings, allowing just three hits and no runs, adding five strikeouts along the way without walking a batter.

Santiago had a strong showing all around but came up just short. The bullpen tossed three innings of one-run baseball, but the early lead from George Jenkins ended up being a bit too much to overcome. Brice Turang had the team's only multi-hit performance of the game, going 2-3 with a pair of singles.

George Jenkins moved to 3-1 on the week with the win and Santiago finished the 2018 NHSI 2-2.

American Heritage finishes 2018 NHSI with Extra Innings Win

CARY, N.C. - American Heritage High School (Plantation, Fla.) finished the 2018 National High School Invitational (NHSI) presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance and the Town of Cary with an extra innings 4-3 defeat of Sandra Day O'Connor High School (Phoenix, Ariz.).

Sandra Day got on the board first in the top half, courtesy of a single and a bases-loaded walk but American Heritage immediately responded with three runs in the bottom half to take a 3-2 lead.

The Eagles then had an immediate response of their own, scoring one in the top of the sixth to tie the game 3-3 and eventually force extra innings.

American Heritage didn't waste any time in the bottom of the eight as the Patriots got a leadoff single by Enrique Bradfield to set up a one-out, bases-loaded situation. And Cory Acton took advantage, launching a RBI single to bring the game-winning run home and give American Heritage the 4-3 lead.

Bradfield (2-for-4, 1 run) and Acton (2-for-4, 1 RBI) both had multi-hit games and Justin Quintana went 1-for-2 with two RBI. Starting pitcher Jordan Carrion had a solid outing for the Patriots, giving up just two runs on two hits and striking out eight in 4.1 innings.

For O'Connor, Amari Bartee led the way on offense, going 1-for-2 with a RBI, a walk and a run scored. Barrett Skaugrud started on the mound for the Eagles and tossed a solid 5 innings, giving up just four hits and no earned runs.

With the win, American Heritage improved to 2-2 at the 2018 NHSI, while Sandra Day O'Connor finished the tournament with a 1-3 record.

Big Fourth Inning Propels Hanover Over Hattiesburg

CARY, N.C. - Hanover High School's (Mechanicsville, Va.) four runs in the fourth inning were the deciding factor of its 7-5 victory over Hattiesburg High School (Hattiesburg, Miss.) in a consolation game on the final day of the 2018 National High School Invitational (NHSI) presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance and the Town of Cary.

Hattiesburg struck first in the bottom of the first, courtesy of a Dexter Jordan double to center field. Kameron Wells followed with a ground out to send Joe Gray Jr. across the plate. The Tigers struck once more in the inning to take a 3-0 lead.

Down by three in the top of the third, Hanover's Jack Dragum popped out to left field to score Colby Hutnan.

The Hawks' offense came alive in the fourth inning, scoring four runs. Colby Hutnan singled on a ground ball to tie the game. Cole Wallace singled on a ground ball for the Hawks' first lead of the game, and Hutnan scored on an error to give Hanover the 5-3 advantage.

The Hawks weren't done yet. In the top of the fifth, Camden Grimes scored on a balk and Hutnan tacked on a RBI single to make it a 7-3 game in favor of Hanover.

The Tigers' seventh inning rally fell short as they were only able to get one on the board. Stinson hit a two out single to the shortstop to score Joe Gray, Jr, but it was not enough.

This win was Hanover's second win of the tournament, giving them a 2-2 record. Hattiesburg finished tournament play with a 1-3 record.

Walton Records Big 12-2 Win Over Mountain Ridge on Final Day

CARY, N.C. - Walton High School (Marietta, Ga.) finished its 2018 National High School Invitational (NHSI) presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance and the Town of Cary strong on Saturday afternoon, capturing an impressive 12-2 five-inning win against Mountain Ridge High School (Glendale, Ariz.). The win marked the team's third of the weekend.

Things got started quickly for the Walton offense, as the team put nine runners across the dish over the course of the first two innings. Four of the team's first five at-bats in the bottom of the first inning resulted in runs, including RBI hits from Cam Bloodworth and Justin Carr.

The day's standout performer for the Raiders was Pierce Gallo, who went 3-for-3 with a trio of doubles, a walk and two RBI.

Mountain Ridge scattered four hits over the course of the game against the duo of Brandon Nikitaides and Evan Condon for Walton. Zach Roth and Jason Harayda scored the two runs of the game for the Mountain Lions.

Mountain Ridge finishes the tournament in Cary with a 2-2 record, while Walton's win advanced them to 3-1.

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Orange Lutheran Repeats as National High School Invitational Champions

March 31, 2018

Day Four Round Up

CARY, N.C. - Orange Lutheran High School (Orange, Calif.) scored all nine of its runs in the final four innings and received clutch performances from Evan Adolphus and Cole Winn to repeat as the USA Baseball National High School Invitational (NHSI) champions, defeating Green Hope High School (Cary, N.C.), 9-3, on Saturday at Coleman Field.

Orange Lutheran (4-0) is the second school in NHSI history to repeat as champions (Mater Dei 2012, 2013) and the state of California has claimed six of the seven titles total.

"What a great day. What a great week. It has been a fun ride," said Orange Lutheran Head Coach, Eric Borba. "First off, hats off to Green Hope. They had an amazing week and put up a heck of a fight. We knew it wasn't going to be easy. I'll tell you what, those guys play the game the right way."

Both teams' pitchers struggled early, both allowing a leadoff walk on four-straight pitches to start the game but settled down to hold a 0-0 tie after three full innings.

With Jasiah Dixon on first base, Cole Winn roped an RBI-double to left field to plate the first run of the championship game in the top of the fourth inning. Max Rajcic was hit by a pitch in the next at-bat to put runners on first and second with one out and Adolphus followed with an RBI-single to left to score Winn. The Green Hope left fielder overthrew the third baseman on the same play and allowed Rajcic to cross the plate, extending the Lancers lead to 3-0. Orange Lutheran pushed its lead to five later that inning with two RBI-singles by Carl Lawson and Caleb Ricketts.

The Lancers picked up another run in the fifth inning after an early-break steal by Rajcic pulled the Falcons shortstop out of position and allowed Adolphus to pick up his second RBI with a single through the left side.

Green Hope would cut its deficit in half in the bottom half of the fifth, however; picking up its offense with three consecutive hits to start the inning, including an RBI-double by Johnny Ankner. With one out in the inning, Kevin Pitarra dropped in an RBI-single to left field to score Joseph Nunn, and Connor Knapp followed with an RBI fielder's choice that scored Ankner and put the Falcons within three.

But, Orange Lutheran's offense was too much for Green Hope to stymie. A two-RBI double by Winn in the ninth and Adolphus' third RBI-single of the day extended its lead back to six and the Lancers would celebrate winning its second straight NHSI championship.

"It was an awesome experience being here. USA Baseball does a tremendous job with this event. To be able to take home this trophy for the second year is an awesome feeling. I can't even describe it," Borba continued.

Adolphus and Winn led the charge offensively for the Lancers, tallying five of the team's nine hits and six of its RBIs. Knapp finished the day 2-for-3 with an RBI for the Falcons.

Lonnie Morris picked up the victory on the mound, giving up three earned runs and tallying two strikeouts in four innings. Elmo Arimurti was tagged with the loss for Green Hope.

Green Hope became the first-ever school from North Carolina to advance into the finals at the NHSI, in addition to being the only North Carolina school to ever advance past its opening game. The Falcons finished the tournament with a 3-1 record.

"We came up a little short. Obviously, it was a good week for us. We had to play probably near-perfect baseball today to beat these guys. They're obviously a really impressive team up and down their lineup," said Green Hope Head Coach, Mike Miragliuolo. "[Advancing to the finals] maybe puts things into perspective where some of the teams in North Carolina can say 'if they can do it, we can too'. So hopefully it keeps things moving forward [for North Carolina teams]."

The NHSI is presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance and the Town of Cary. The event brings together sixteen 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.

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Green Hope and Orange Lutheran to Play in 2018 NHSI Championship Game

March 31, 2018

In the third day of the 2018 National High School Invitational (NHSI) presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance and the Town of Cary, four teams played for the chance to appear in the championship game.

The two semifinal match-ups featured Green Hope High School (Cary, N.C.) defeating John Curtis Christian School to advance and Orange Lutheran claiming its second championship game berth  in a row at the NHSI with a victory over Calvary Christian Academy (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.)

The 2018 NHSI championship game between Green Hope and Orange Lutheran will be played Saturday, March 31, at 12:15 p.m. ET on Coleman Field at the USA Baseball National Training Complex. The game will be streamed live on MLB.com, USABaseball.com and Facebook Live (USABaseball).

Additional Recaps:

- Orange Lutheran Survives Calvary Christian, Will Look to Defend NHSI Title
- Liam Norris' Walk-off Leads Green Hope to 2018 NHSI Final

George Jenkins Improves to 2-1 in the 2018 NHSI with Win

CARY, N.C. - On day three of the 2018 National High School Invitational (NHSI) presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance and the Town of Cary, George Jenkins High School (Lakeland, Fla.) took down Sandra Day O'Connor High School (Phoenix, Ariz.) 4-3 to improve to 2-1 in the tournament.

Sandra Day O'Connor opened the scoring with two runs in the top of the first inning before George Jenkins answered in the bottom of the second and third innings with runs of its own to tie the game 2-2 heading into the fourth.

O'Connor quickly took back its lead in the top of the fourth and held on until the fifth when George Jenkins came storming back. Brandon Howlett tied things up for George Jenkins with a RBI single and Brandt Sundean later followed with a two-out RBI double to make it 4-3 and give George Jenkins its first lead of the game, which it wouldn't relinquish.

Sundean led the offense for George Jenkins, going 2-for-3 with two RBI, while Cooper Haskell got the start on the mound and gave up just one earned run and four hits in 3.2 innings while racking up six strikeouts. Nick Hain then closed the door, tossing 3.1 scoreless innings to secure the win.

Nolan Gorman went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored for O'Connor.

Following its win, George Jenkins will match up against Santiago at 9 a.m. ET on the final day of competition on Coleman Field at the USA Baseball National Training Complex. Sandra Day O'Connor will finish up its 2018 NHSI schedule against American Heritage at 11:30 a.m. ET on Field 2.

Mountain Ridge Bullpen Comes Up Big in 2018 NHSI Day Three Victory

CARY, N.C. - The afternoon game between American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.) and Mountain Ridge (Glendale, Ariz.) at the 2018 National High School Invitational (NHSI) presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance and the Town of Cary was tied through five, but it was the Mountain Lions from Arizona who came out on top in a tight 3-2 ballgame on Friday.

Mountain Ridge kicked off the game's scoring in the bottom of the first when Jason Harayda, who was 2-for-2 with a double on the day, drove in Jared Kampf, who reached courtesy of a leadoff single. The team tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the third, advancing the lead to 3-0 after the first trio of innings.

On the mound for the Mountain Lions, starter Michael Dyer was dominant. He tossed five innings of two-run ball, allowing just four hits and striking out three. American Heritage tacked its second run of the game in the sixth to cut the lead to 3-2 on a Matt Ruiz RBI double, but it was the Mountain Ridge bullpen that closed out the game and wrapped up the win.

Brock Peery entered on the mound in the bottom of the sixth to snuff out a rally and completed the four-out save in the seventh with a clean outing. He didn't allow a baserunner, giving the Mountain Lions their second win in as many days.

On Saturday, March 31, American Heritage will play Sandra Day O'Connor High School (Phoenix, Ariz.) at 11:30 a.m. ET on Field 2, while Mountain Ridge will match up against Walton High School (Marietta, Ga.) at 12 p.m. ET on Field 4.

Hanover Secures Close Victory Over Florence in 2018 NHSI Day Three Action

CARY, N.C. - Florence High School (Florence, Ala.) and Hanover High School (Mechanicsville, Va.) got impressive performances on the mound on day three of the 2018 National High School Invitational (NHSI) presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance and the Town of Cary but Hanover got the edge to claim a 1-0 victory.

David Rowland got the start for Florence while Will Lopez took the mound for Hanover and the two pitchers dominated the action for the first three innings before Hanover's bats got going. The Hawks strung together three singles and a sacrifice bunt to bring home what would prove to be the game-winning run in the bottom of the fourth.

Rowland had a masterful complete game showing for the Falcons, giving up just one run on five hits and striking out four. Lopez went 5 innings for the Hawks to earn the win, giving up just two hits and no runs.

In its final game of the NHSI, Hanover will face Hattiesburgh High School (Hattiesburg, Miss.) at 11:45 a.m. ET on Field 3 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex on Saturday, March 31. Florence will play against Mater Dei High School (Santa Ana, Calif.) to wrap up its tournament at 8:30 a.m. on Field 3.

Santiago's Bats Come Alive Against Mount Carmel

CARY, N.C. - Santiago High School (Corona, Calif.) defeated Mount Carmel High School (Chicago, Ill.) 8-4 Friday, March 30, in a consolation game of the 2018 National High School Invitational (NHSI) presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance and the Town of Cary.

Santiago wasted no time getting on the board as Daryl Ruiz singled on a line drive to left field to send Brice Turang across the plate. In the top of the second, Clay Cummings was sent home on a Noah Brockway ground out.

Down by two in the bottom of the second, Mount Carmel Edward Howard singled on a hard ground ball to left field for the Caravan's first run of the game. Anthony Livermore followed with a ground out to tie things up 2-2.

But Santiago's bats came alive in the fifth inning. Ruiz hit a ground ball to right field to score Turang for the second time. Cummings followed with an RBI fly ball to right field, and with the bases loaded, Brockway was hit by a pitch giving the Sharks a 5-2 advantage.

The Sharks added three more runs in the fifth and sixth to secure the win. In the fifth inning, Sawyer Stidham crossed home on a passed ball and Turang sent a line drive to center field. The Sharks' final run came courtesy of a Stidham triple to right field.

Mount Carmel was able to put two more runs on the board in the seventh, but it wasn't enough at Santiago claimed the victory and improved to 2-1 in the tournament.

In the final day of the 2018 NHSI, Santiago will face George Jenkins High School (Lakeland, Fla.) in a consolation game at 9:00 a.m. ET Saturday, March 30, on Coleman Field. Mount Carmel will square off against Trinity Preparatory School (Winter Park, Fla.) at 8:45 a.m. ET on Field 4.

Walton Gets 5-2 Win on NHSI Day Three to Improve to 2-1

CARY, N.C. - Walton High School (Marietta, Ga.) captured its second win of the 2018 National High School Invitational (NHSI) presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance and the Town of Cary on Friday with a 5-3 win over Hattiesburg High School (Hattiesburg, Miss.).

Walton was led on the mound by starter Cam Bloodworth, who was dominant throughout his start. He went six full innings, striking out 13 batters and walking just one. On the afternoon, he allowed six hits and just one earned run.

He was helped with support from the Walton lineup, which collected six hits in key moments throughout the game. The overall edge came in the top of the fifth, a three-run frame that secured the lead and ultimately the win. A John Giesler single brought two home, followed by a Bloodworth sacrifice to put Walton up, 4-2.

Henry Litman closed out the game with a scoreless top of the seventh to move Walton to 2-1 on the tournament.

For Hattiesburg, it was AJ Stinson and Jerry Burkett II leading the way on offense. Both had a pair of hits, Stinson driving in a pair of runs in the bottom of the first with a two-RBI single. Starter Landon Rascoe was dominant in his four innings of work, allowing just two hits and an unearned run.

Walton will face Mountain Ridge High School (Glendale, Ariz.) on the final day of the 2018 NHSI at 12 p.m. ET on Field 4. Hattiesburg will play Hanover High School (Mechanicsville, Va.) at 11:45 a.m. ET on Field 3.

Trinity Prep Downs Mater Dei, 7-5

CARY, N.C. - Trinity Preparatory School (Winter Park, Fla.) came up strong with a 7-5 win over Mater Dei High School (Santa Ana, Calif.) in a consolation game of the 2018 National High School Invitational (NHSI) presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance and the Town of Cary on Friday, March 30.

Trinity Prep struck first with an Andrew Roberts RBI single in the third inning. But Mater Dei's bats came alive in the bottom of the fourth to erase the deficit.

CJ Rodriguez started things off with a hard ground ball RBI single to center. Joey Nicolai hit a sac fly to send Payton Walsh home to put the Monarchs up 2-1. With one out, CJ Castro hit a 2 RBI ground ball and reached on an error to give the Monarchs a three-run advantage.

Trinity answered right back in the fourth with an Andrew Roberts 2 RBI single to right field to cut the deficit to one. The Monarchs crossed the plate once more in the sixth on an Emilio Rosas ground ball to left field to make it 5-3.

With one out, Roberts reached on an error to send Tommy Tight home. With the bases loaded, Ethan Groff was walked to tie the game. Another walk on the next at-bat gave Trinity a one run advantage. With two outs, the Saints added one more on a hit by pitch to make it 7-5.

Mater Dei failed to cross the plate in the top of the seventh to give the Saints the victory.

Trinity Prep will play Mount Carmel High School (Chicago, Ill.) at 8:45 a.m. ET on Field 4 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in their final outing at the 2018 NHSI. Mater Dei's final matchup will be against Florence High School (Florence, Ala.) at 8:30 a.m. ET on Field 3.

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Orange Lutheran Survives Calvary Christian, Will Look to Defend NHSI Title

March 31, 2018

CARY, N.C. - With the score tied at two, Chad Born led off the seventh inning with a double down the left-field line and later scored the go-ahead run on an RBI-single by Zach Lew to lead the defending National High School Invitational (NHSI) champions, Orange Lutheran High School (Orange, Calif.), to a 3-2 victory over Calvary Christian Academy (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) at the 2018 NHSI presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance and the Town of Cary.

The Lancers will look to defend their title on Saturday at 12:15 p.m. ET against the host team, Green Hope High School (Cary, N.C.).

"Another great high school game. A lot of people were talking all day about two great programs going head-to-head. I think you got exactly that," said Orange Lutheran Head Coach, Eric Borba. "[Calvary Christian is] very impressive and we knew we had our hands full. But our guys were just really focused."

Orange Lutheran got out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning thanks to an RBI-single by Brandon Heidal - scoring Cole Winn from third base - and a throwing error by Calvary Christian starting pitcher, Skylar Gonzalez.

Calvary Christian would respond in the bottom of the fourth. Ben Rozenblum lifted a 0-1 pitch deep to left field and cleared the fence for the first home run of the 2018 NHSI, cutting the Eagles' deficit to one. Raynel Delgado followed with a walk and scored two at-bats later on an RBI-single by Daley Weppner to tie the game.

Calvary Christian threatened in the bottom of the seventh, loading the bases with two outs and trailing 3-2, but Evan Adolphus shut the door, leading the Lancers back to the finals.

Gonzalez was charged with the loss, giving up three runs (two earned) in six innings for the Eagles. Adolphus was credited with the win for Orange Lutheran.

The 2018 NHSI championship game will be streamed on Facebook Live (USA Baseball), MLB.com and USA Baseball.com.

Calvary Christian will face John Curtis Christian School (River Ridge, La.) in a consolation game at 8:30 a.m. ET on Field 2.

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Liam Norris' Walk-off Leads Green Hope to 2018 NHSI Final

March 31, 2018

CARY, N.C. - Liam Norris hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the 11th inning to lead Green Hope High School (Cary, N.C.) to a 1-0 victory over John Curtis Christian School (River Ridge, La.) and a berth the championship game of the 2018 USA Baseball National High School Invitational (NHSI) presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance and the Town of Cary.

Green Hope is the first school from the state of North Carolina to advance to the NHSI final in the event's seven-year history.

With both teams in a stalemate entering the 11th inning, Connor Knapp picked up a lead-off single to centerfield before advancing into scoring position on a routine ground-out, bringing Norris to the plate. Facing a 1-1 count, Norris laced a ball to centerfield to score Knapp from second base and secure their spot in the championship game.

"I decided to put something in play and see what happened," said Norris, on his mentality going into that final at-bat. "I tried to put it back up the middle. That's what ended up happening."

Green Hope pitching was solid once again during the NHSI. Starting pitcher Angel Collazo kept the Patriots at bay for 3.2 innings before Joey Hegeman came in and shut down the John Curtis offense. Hegeman was stellar in relief, pitching 7.1 innings of scoreless baseball, striking out three and tallying just 77 total pitches in the victory.

"The first strike I threw, I just thought, 'I got this. There's no one else better who could be out here'," said Hegeman.

John Curtis' offense tallied seven hits through the course of the game but could not cross the plate. Starting pitcher Dax Ford was masterful in his first start of the tournament, striking out eight batters in seven innings in a no-decision. Logan Stevens was tagged with the loss, giving up the one run.

Green Hope will face the defending champions, Orange Lutheran High School (Orange, Calif.), in the 2018 NHSI final. The game will begin at 12:15 p.m. ET on Coleman Field. The game will be streamed on Facebook Live (USA Baseball), MLB.com and USABaseball.com.

John Curtis will face Calvary Christian Academy (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) in a consolation game at 8:30 a.m. ET on Field 2.

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Four Teams Advance To 2018 NHSI Semifinals

March 30, 2018

In the second day of the 2018 National High School Invitational (NHSI) presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance and the Town of Cary, eight teams battled for spots in the semifinals with four earning the chance to play for a championship berth on Friday, March 30.

The two semifinal match-ups include Green Hope vs. John Curtis at 12 p.m. ET and Orange Lutheran vs. Calvary Christian at 4 p.m. ET.

Both semifinal games will be played on Coleman Field at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C., and will be streamed live on MLB.com, USABaseball.com and Facebook Live (USABaseball).

Mount Carmel Takes Down Florence In Five Innings

CARY, N.C. - Mount Carmel High School (Chicago, Ill.) bounced back from a first round loss in extra innings to defeat Florence High School (Florence, Ala.) in five innings 16-0 on Thursday, March 29, in a consolation game of the 2018 National High School Invitational (NHSI) presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance and the Town of Cary.

With two outs, Mount Carmel opened scoring in the first inning and never looked back. Alek Thomas crossed the plate on a walk to Kevin Dowling, Anthony Herron scored on a wild pitch, and Josh Houston singled on a pop fly to left field scoring Diego Munoz and Dowling to give Mount Carmel a 4-0 lead.

Up 5-0 in the top of the fourth, an Anthony Livermore single scored Josh Houston. Thomas followed with a 2 RBI single. Herron hit a double to give the Caravan a 9-0 lead with one out. The seven-run inning was rounded out with singles from Christian Lucio and Houston with two steals of home to increase the lead to 12-0.

The fifth inning saw RBI singles from Jake Kapers and Dowling and a 2 RBI triple from Lucio.

Mount Carmel had several players with multiple hits, including Livermore (2-for-4, 2 runs, 1 RBI), Kapers (2-for-4, 2 runs, 1 RBI), Lucio (2-for-3, 1 run, 3 RBI), Thomas (2-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBI), and Houston (2-for-3, 1 run, 1 RBI).

Landon Langston, Ethan Horne, and Brantley Holden each collected a hit for Florence, while Evan Taylor took the loss for the Falcons, allowing five hits and nine runs while striking out three over 3.1 innings.

Lucio was credited with the win for Mount Carmel, allowing three hits and no runs, and giving up one walk over five innings of work.

Mount Carmel will face Santiago High School (Corona, Calif.) at 3:00 p.m. ET in a consolation game on Friday, March 30, on Field 4 while Florence will take on Hanover High School (Mechanicsville, Va.) at 2:00 p.m. ET on Field 3.

Calvary Christian Advances to Semifinals with Victory over Sandra Day O'Connor

CARY, N.C. - Calvary Christian Academy (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) got a stellar outing from starting pitcher Roberto Pena, and Dante Girardi went 3-for-4 with two RBIs to defeat Sandra Day O'Connor High School (Phoenix, Ariz.), 8-2, and advance to the semifinals of the 2018 National High School Invitational (NHSI) presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance and the Town of Cary.

The Eagles of Calvary Christian took a four-run lead in the bottom of the third inning behind triples from Mykanthony Valdez and Raynel Delgado, and plated another three in the fourth to take a commanding 7-0 lead. Calvary Christian padded its lead with another run in the bottom of the sixth with an RBI single by Girardi.

Sandra Day O'Connor tried to rally, scoring two runs in the top of the seventh on a two-RBI double from pinch-hitter Triston DeJesus, but Calvary Christian reliever Timothy Watkins closed the door to end the game.

With the win, Calvary Christian earned a spot in the semifinals of the 2018 NHSI. They will face the defending NHSI champions, Orange Lutheran High School (Orange, Calif.), at 4:00 p.m. ET on Coleman Field. The game will be streamed live on Facebook Live (USA Baseball), MLB.com and USABaseball.com.

Sandra Day O'Connor will go head-to-head with George Jenkins High School (Lakeland, Fla.) in the consolation bracket at 11:30 a.m. ET on Field 4.

Early Offense Propels Santiago Past Hanover on Day Two

CARY, N.C. - On day two of the 2018 National High School Invitational (NHSI) presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance and the Town of Cary, Santiago High School (Corona, Calif.) rebounded from a close first round loss to defeat Hanover High School (Mechanicsville, Va.) 3-0 and improve to 1-1 in the tournament.

Santiago jumped ahead early, pushing a run across in the bottom of the first courtesy of a Jacob Shanks RBI single to take an early 1-0 lead. And the Sharks didn't let up as they added two more runs in the next inning for a 3-0 advantage.

Clay Cummings went 2-for-3 to lead the Santiago offense and was the only Shark with a multi-hit game. Tyler Frazier earned the win for the Sharks after collecting eight strikeouts without giving up a run and only allowing four hits.

Hanover's Nick Zona got the start and gave up just one earned run in his four innings of work.

With Thursday's win, Santiago will play Mount Carmel High School (Chicago, Ill.) at 3 p.m. ET on Field 4 on Friday, March 30. Hanover moves to 0-2 in the 2018 event and will play Florence High School (Florence, Ala.) at 2 p.m. ET on Field 3 on Friday, March 30.

Orange Lutheran Walks Off to Keep Title Defense Hopes Alive

CARY, N.C. - Defending champions Orange Lutheran High School (Orange, Calif.) are still in the hunt for a repeat National High School Invitational (NHSI) presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance and the Town of Cary title in 2018 after a 2-1 walkoff victory over George Jenkins High School (Lakeland, Fla.).

The Lancers got on the board first in the bottom of the first inning before George Jenkins immediately tied things up 1-1 in the top of the second inning. Defense took over from there as the game remained tied until the seventh inning when Orange Lutheran capitalized on a double, a bunt single and an error to claim the victory in walkoff fashion.

Max Rajcic was dominant on the mound for the Lancers. He gave up just four hits and one run while striking out five in a complete game effort.

For the Eagles, Jackson Ross went 1-for-2 with the line RBI and Brandt Sundean tossed six innings in which he gave up just one run and three hits.

Orange Lutheran advanced to its second NHSI semifinal in as many years at the tournament with the win. They will play Calvary Christian Academy (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) on Friday, March 30, for a spot in the championship game at 4 p.m. ET on Coleman Field. The game will be streamed live on MLB.com, USABaseball.com and Facebook Live (USABaseball).

In a consolation game, George Jenkins will match up against Sandra Day O'Connor at 11:30 a.m. ET on Field 4.

John Curtis Defeats American Heritage, Earns Spot in NHSI Semifinals

CARY, N.C. - John Curtis Christian School (River Ridge, La.) advanced to the semifinals of the 2018 National High School Invitational (NHSI) presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance and the Town of Cary, with a 2-1 victory over American Heritage High School (Plantation, Fla.) on Coleman Field.

Will Ripoll doubled to left to start the top of the fourth inning and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Jay Curtis to give John Curtis a 1-0 lead. American Heritage would respond with a run of their own in the fifth inning to tie the game, also on a sacrifice fly by Cory Acton.

With the bases loaded and no outs in the sixth inning of a tie-game, John Curtis benefited from an American Heritage miscue and Brandon Davis scored the go-ahead run on a balk, for the final score of 2-1.

Ripoll picked up the win, giving up one run in 6.1 innings pitched, and Dax Ford earned the save for John Curtis.

Devin Futrell suffered the loss for American Heritage after allowing two runs (one earned) and striking out four. Triston Casas pitched two innings of relief, also striking out four.

John Curtis will face Green Hope High School (Cary, N.C) in the first semifinal on Friday, March 30. First pitch is slated for 12:00 p.m. ET on Coleman Field. The game will be streamed on Facebook Live (USABaseball), MLB.com and USABaseball.com.

American Heritage will face Mountain Ridge High School (Glendale, Ariz.) in a consolation game at 1 p.m. ET on Field 2.

Hattiesburg Defeats Mater Dei in Thrilling Extra-Inning Walkoff

CARY, N.C. - Hattiesburg (Hattiesburg, Miss.) defeated Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) 8-7 in dramatic walkoff fashion on Thursday, March 29, at the 2018 National High School Invitational (NHSI) presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance and the Town of Cary.

Mater Dei got on the board first in the second inning courtesy of a Chad Call triple to right field. Call scored on a wild pitch on the next at-bat, giving the Monarchs a 2-0 lead heading into the third.

But Hattiesburg responded in the bottom of the third inning. The Tigers scored their first run of the game on a Kadarius Hicks single grounder. With the bases loaded, Cameron Lott was walked, sending Joe Gray Jr. home to tie the game 2-2. Letrelle Johnson singled on a hard ground ball to left field giving Hattiesburg their first lead of the game.

The Monarchs got the momentum in the top of the seventh. With two outs, Rosas reached on error to score Max Foxcroft and Alex Tredwell hit a RBI single to tie the game at six. The Tigers could get anything going in the bottom half, sending the game to extra innings.

Hattiesburg's Gray Jr. had a leadoff double in the bottom of the eighth. With two outs, Adrian Felts singled on a fly ball to right field for the walk off victory.

Gray Jr. was solid on the mound for Hattiesburg, allowing just one hit with three strikeouts and one walk in 1.1 innings of work to be credited with the win.

Dean Nunis took the loss for Mater Dei, allowing two hits and one run over one and two-thirds innings with one strikeout and no walks.

Both Hattiesburg and Mater Dei will continue NHSI play in consolation games on Friday, March 30. The Tigers will square off with Walton High School (Marietta, Ga.) at 4:30 p.m. E.T. on Field 2 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex, while the Monarchs face Trinity Preparatory School (Winter Park, Fla.) at 5:00 p.m. E.T. on Field 3.

Walton Defeats Trinity in Back and Forth Shoot Out

CARY, N.C. - Walton High School (Marietta, Ga.) ultimately claimed an 11-7 victory in a back and forth consolation game with Trinity Preparatory School (Winter Park, Fla.) on Thursday, March 29, in the 2018 National High School Invitational (NHSI) presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance and the Town of Cary.

Walton wasted no time scoring the first run of the game on a one out RBI single from Luke Boynton. Jack Schad followed with a 2 RBI triple to give the Raiders an early 3-0 lead. With two outs, Brandon Nikitaides hit a line-drive single scoring Alex Bennett for a 4-0 lead heading into the bottom of the first.

Down by four, Trinity Prep started the day on offense with a walk. Ethan Groff came up big with a 3 RBI double, cutting Walton's lead to just one. Groff crossed the plate on a Jake French single to center field to tie the game at four a piece.

Walton's bats came alive again in the top of the third. Gallo started things off with a leadoff single. Gallo and Bennett stole home, and Bobby Spencer scored on an error by the first baseman. With the bases loaded and one out, Cam Bloodworth was walked to give Walton a one run lead over the Saints.

Holding on to a one run edge in the fifth, the Raiders used a three-run showing to seal the 11-3 victory. Jacob Baldino is credited with the win for Walton, while Tyler Rampersaud took the loss for Trinity.

Walton will face Hattiesburg High School (Hattiesburg, Miss.) in a consolation game at 4:30 p.m. ET on Friday, March 30, on Field 2 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex. Trinity Prep will square off against Mater Dei High School (Santa Ana, Calif.) at 5:00 p.m. ET in its consolation game on Field 3.

Green Hope Becomes First-Ever Team from North Carolina to Advance to NHSI Semifinals

CARY, N.C. - Jordyn Adams went 3-for-4 with a triple and Green Hope High School (Cary, N.C.) scored seven runs over the final four innings to defeat Mountain Ridge High School (Glendale, Ariz.) and advance to the semifinals of the 2018 National High School Invitational (NHSI) presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance and the Town of Cary.

Green Hope High School is the first-ever North Carolina team to advance to the semifinals of the NHSI.

With the game tied at three-apiece in the top of the fifth inning, Jordyn Adams kick-started the Falcon offense with a single to centerfield and stole second base to get into scoring position two pitches later. Then, on the very next pitch, Adams took advantage of a wild pitch and scored the go-ahead run all the way from second base.

Green Hope went on to score four more runs over the last three innings and secured its 8-3 victory. Joey Hegeman picked up the win in his 2.1 innings of scoreless relief.

Garrett Olson led Mountain Ridge with a 2-for-2 day with an RBI. Starting pitcher Zach Martinez was tagged with the loss, giving up four runs, but tallied six strikeouts on the day.

Green Hope will face John Curtis High School (River Ridge, La.) at 12:00 p.m. ET on Coleman Field in the first semifinal on Friday. The game will be streamed online on Facebook Live (USA Baseball), MLB.com and USABaseball.com.

Mountain Ridge will face American Heritage High School (Plantation, Fla.) in a consolation game at 1 p.m. ET on Field 2.

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2018 National High School Invitational Day 1 Round-Up

March 29, 2018

2018 National High School Invitational Day 1 Round-Up

In the first day of the 2018 National High School Invitational (NHSI) presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance and the Town of Cary, the 16 top prep teams in the country to compete against each other in what has become the premiere event on the high school baseball calendar.

The four quarterfinal match-ups include Sandra Day O'Connor vs. Cavalry Christian, George Jenkins vs. Orange Lutheran, John Curtis vs. American Heritage and Green Hope vs. Mountain Ridge.

Two of Thursday's ten games will be streamed live on MLB.com and Facebook.com/USABaseball. The first of those will be Cavalry Christian vs. Sandra Day O'Connor at 10:30 a.m. ET and the second will feature American Heritage vs. John Curtis at 1:30 p.m. ET. Both games will be played on Coleman Field at the USA Baseball National Training Complex.

John Curtis Defeats Hanover 2-0 In Round 1 of 2018 National High School Invitational

CARY, N.C. - John Curtis Christian School (River Ridge, La.) pitchers Ian Landreneau and Dax Ford combined to toss a shutout in the first game of the 2018 National High School Invitational (NHSI) presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance and the Town of Cary. The Patriots defeated Hanover (Mechanicsville, Va.) 2-0 to secure their spot in the second round.

The Patriots opened scoring in the bottom of the third on a hard grounder to centerfield from Will Ripoll scoring Brandon Davis. The final run of the game came courtesy of a Logan Stevens double to right field in the bottom of the sixth.

Landreneau gave up five hits in six scoreless innings with five strikeouts and a walk. Ford recorded the last three outs of the game to earn the save for John Curtis.

Jack Dragum took the loss for Hanover, allowing three hits, one run and one walk with eight strikeouts in four innings of work.

Hanover will face Santiago (Corona, Calif.) in a consolation game on Field 4 at 11:30 a.m. ET on Thursday, March 29.

The Patriots advance to the second round of the NHSI with their win and will take on American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.) at 1:30 p.m. on Coleman Field in the quarterfinals. The game will be streamed live on MLB.com.

George Jenkins Advances to Round Two of the 2018 NHSI in Extra-Innings Thriller

CARY, N.C. - Game two of the 2018 National High School Invitational (NHSI) presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance and the Town of Cary was decided in extra innings as George Jenkins High School (Lakeland, Fla.) defeated Mount Carmel High School (Chicago, Ill.) 2-1 to advance to the second round of the tournament.

With the score tied 0-0 going into the seventh, George Jenkins' Jacob Herbert was hit by pitch with the bases loaded to give Eagles a one run lead. But Mount Carmel quickly tied the game after an error by George Jenkins allowed Jake Kapers to score in the bottom half of the inning.

Still knotted at one in the top of the ninth, Brandt Sundean singled in Brandon Howlett for the game-winning run. Mount Carmel's Christian Lucio was able to hit a two-out single in the bottom half, but it was not enough as George Jenkins secured the 2-1 win.

George Jenkins' Nick Hain allowed just one hit without giving up any runs or walks to secure the win.

Mount Carmel's Diego Munoz surrendered one run and three hits over 6.1 innings of work with two strikeouts. Alec Gonzalez was perfect in his 2/3 of an inning.

Mount Carmel will face Florence (Florence, Ala.) at 9:30 a.m. ET Thursday, March 29, in a consolation game on Field 2 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex.

George Jenkins will face defending champions Orange Lutheran (Orange, Calif.) at 12:30 p.m. ET on Field 2. The winner will punch their ticket to the semifinals.

Cole Winn, Orange Lutheran Masterful in 9-0 First Round Victory over Florence High School

CARY, N.C. - Defending champions, Orange Lutheran High School (Orange, Calif.), picked up where it left off during its 2017 championship run with a dominating 9-0 victory over Florence High School (Florence, Ala.) on Coleman Field in the first round of the 2018 National High School Invitational (NHSI) presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance and the Town of Cary.

The Lancers' starting pitcher, Cole Winn, was masterful, pitching six innings of one-hit baseball and striking out nine batters for the win. Chad Born (2-for-3), Max Rajcic (2-for-4, 2 RBI), Elijah Buries (2-for-4, RBI) and Jackson Cloyd (2-for-3, RBI) all collected multi-hit days, tallying eight of the team's 11 hits.

Cole Henry suffered the loss for the Falcons, giving up three earned runs in five innings. He finished the game with eight strikeouts.

Orange Lutheran advances to the winner's bracket on Thursday, where they will take on George Jenkins High School (Lakeland, Fla.) at 12:30 p.m. ET on Field 2. The winner will advance to the 2018 NHSI semifinals.

Florence will take on Mount Carmel (Chicago, Ill.) in a consolation game at 9:30 a.m. ET on Field 2.

American Heritage Claims the Win in Pitching Duel with Santiago

CARY, N.C. - American Heritage High School (Plantation, Fla.) came out on top of a pitching duel against Santiago High School (Corona, Calif.) with a 1-0 victory to advance to Thursday's quarterfinals in day one of the 2018 National High School Invitational (NHSI) presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance and the Town of Cary.

The Patriots got the win on the heels of a dominant performance from starting pitcher Ryan Cabarcas, who gave up just one hit in six scoreless innings of work. The lone run of the game came in the final inning courtesy of Matt Ruiz.

Cruz Barrios got the start for Santiago and matched Cabarcas pitch for pitch right up until American Heritage's seventh inning run. Over his 6.2 innings, Barrios gave up just one run and two hits, while recording five strikeouts.

With the win, American Heritage advances to the second round of the 2018 NHSI and will play John Curtis on Coleman Field Thursday at 1:30 p.m. ET, and Santiago will match up against Hanover at 11:30 a.m. ET on Field 4 in a consolation game.

Cavalry Christian Advances to Second Round with 4-1 Win

CARY, N.C. - Cavalry Christian Academy (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) defeated Hattiesburg High School (Hattiesburg, Miss.) 4-1 to advance to the second round of the 2018 National High School Invitational (NHSI) presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance and the Town of Cary on Wednesday, March 28.

Cavalry Christian scored the first runs of the game in the fourth inning off a Roberto Pena RBI double that scored Luke Warrington and Dante Girardi to put the Eagles up 2-0.

Hattiesburg got on the board in the fifth courtesy of a Cavalry Christian error that scored Jaden Richardson.

The Eagles responded in the bottom of the fifth on a Jacob Howard ground out that scored Mykanthony Valdez. The exclamation point came in the bottom of the sixth - Valdez grounded to send Raynel Delgado across the plate, giving Cavalry Christian the 4-1 lead.

Cavalry Christian's Christian Scott led the Eagles to victory on the mound, allowing just three hits, one run and one walk over seven innings with nine strikeouts.

Dexter Jordan took the loss for Hattiesburg, allowing six hits and four runs over six innings with two strikeouts.

Hattiesburg will face Mater Dei High School (Santa Ana, Calif.) in a consolation game on Field 4 at 2:30 p.m. ET

Cavalry Christian takes on Sandra Day O' Connor High School (Phoenix, Ariz.) on Coleman Field at 10:30 a.m. ET. The game will be streamed live on MLB.com.

Mountain Ridge Takes Down Trinity Prep in Extras

CARY, N.C. - Matthew Liberatore struck out 10 batters in a seven-inning no-decision and Luke Blachut finished 3-for-5 with an RBI for Mountain Ridge High School (Glendale, Ariz.), who needed nine innings to secure a 4-2 victory over Trinity Preparatory School (Winter Park, Fla.) in the first round of the 2018 National High School Invitational (NHSI) presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance and the Town of Cary.

Liberatore and the Mountain Lions' defense got off to a shaky start, trailing 2-0 to the Saints after two innings thanks to a pair of errors. But once their first run of the game crossed the plate thanks to a Blachut RBI-single to left, Liberatore set down 15 of the next 16 hitters to force extra innings.

Tied 2-2 in the ninth, the Mountain Lions offense pulled through, plating two runs thanks to RBIs from Travis Warinner and Jack Dieckman, to take a 4-2 lead.

Zach Rogers picked up the win for Mountain Ridge, striking out three batters in two innings of relief. The loss was credited to Trinity Prep's Jacob Starling.

Mountain Ridge will face Green Hope High School (Cary, N.C.) in the quarterfinals on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. ET on Coleman Field. The winner will advance to the semifinals of the 2018 NHSI.

Trinity Prep will face Walton High School (Marietta, Ga.) at 3:30 p.m. ET on Field 2 in a consolation game.

Sandra Day O'Connor Blanks Mater Dei to Advance to the Second Round

CARY, N.C. - In its first game of the 2018 National High School Invitational (NHSI) presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance and the Town of Cary, Sandra Day O'Connor High School (Phoenix, Ariz.) took down two-time NHSI champions Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) 4-0 on Wednesday.

The Eagles didn't waste any time in their NHSI debut, putting two runs on the board in the top of the first after RBI singles from Nolan Gorman and Zak Elms. To back up the early offense, O'Connor's starting pitcher Cal Lambert allowed just four hits and no runs in a complete game effort. The Eagles then sealed the victory with two more runs in the top of the sixth to advance to the quarterfinals on Thursday.

Three of Mater Dei's four hits in the game came from Emilio Rosas, who went 3-for-3, but the Monarchs, who took home back-to-back NHSI titles in 2012 and 2013, couldn't get anything else going. Hunter Cope suffered the loss after giving up all four runs in his five innings of work.

In day two, Sandra Day O'Connor will play Cavalry Christian on Coleman Field at 10:30 a.m. ET in the quarterfinals and Mater Dei will face off against Hattiesburg in a consolation game at 2:30 p.m. ET on Field 4.

Liam Norris' Stellar Night Leads Hometown Green Hope to First Round Victory

CARY, N.C. - Liam Norris led Green Hope High School's (Cary, N.C.) offense and defense in a 7-1 first round victory over Walton High School (Marietta, Ga.) in the first round of the 2018 National High School Invitational (NHSI) presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance and the Town of Cary.

On the mound, Norris struck out nine batters in six innings, surrendering only two hits and one earned run to earn the victory. He was just as impressive from the plate for the Falcons, finishing the night 3-for-3 with two RBIs. Kohl Abrams helped the Green Hope offense, finishing the night 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Luke Bartniki was tagged with the loss for the Raiders, giving up seven runs (five earned) and striking out six. Cam Bloodworth was the only Walton batter to tally multiple hits on the evening, finishing 2-for-3 with the lone RBI.

Green Hope will take on Mountain Ridge High School (Glendale, Ariz.) in the second round of the 2018 NHSI. The game will begin at 4:30 p.m. ET on Coleman Field at the USA Baseball National Training Complex.

Walton will face Trinity Preparatory School (Winter Park, Fla.) at 3:30 p.m. ET on Field 2 the consolation bracket.

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USA Baseball National High School Invitational Begins Wednesday, March 28

Seventh-annual event to be held at the USA Baseball National Training Complex
March 20, 2018

USA Baseball invites the local and national media to the 2018 USA Baseball National High School Invitational (NHSI) presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance (GRSA) and the Town of Cary. MLB is the preferred media partner of the event.

The NHSI is a 16-team, single-elimination championship tournament. 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: March 28 - 31, 2018
  • WHERE: USA Baseball National Training Complex 200 Brooks Park Lane 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 premiere 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.

Credential Application

Members of the media can apply for a credential by visiting the USA Baseball Media Services page on the official website: www.usabaseball.com/about/media-services

Opening Ceremony

For the first time ever, USA Baseball will host an opening ceremony for the NHSI. It will take begin approximately at 5:20 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28 on Coleman Field at the USA Baseball National Training Complex.

Immediately following the Opening Ceremonies, Walton High School (Marietta, Ga.) will take on Green Hope High School (Cary, N.C.) will play the final game of Day 1 on Coleman Field.

USA Baseball will honor members of the 2017 18U and 15U National Teams during the Opening Ceremony for winning gold medals at the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup and COPABE Pan Am "AA" Championships, respectively.

Triston Casas (American Heritage High School) will also be honored during the Opening Ceremy for winning the 2017 USA Baseball Richard W. "Dick" Case Award. The award annually recognizes USA Baseball's top player while honoring the memory of the organization's founding Executive Director/CEO.

Hometown team to compete in the NHSI for the first time

Green Hope High School (Cary, N.C.) will serve as the host for the 2018 National High School Invitational. Green Hope High School is located roughly one (1) mile from the USA Baseball National Training Complex. This will be the first-ever appearance for Green Hope at the event.

USA Baseball Coverage

Live Stats: GameChanger
Social Media: @USABEvents (Twitter) and @USABaseball (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat)
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 2018 NHSI field.

Alabama: Florence High School (Florence, Ala.)
Arizona: Mountain Ridge High School (Glendale, Ariz.),
Sandra Day O'Connor High School (Phoenix, Ariz.)
California: Mater Dei High School (Santa Ana, Calif.), Orange Lutheran High School (Orange, Calif.), Santiago High School (Corona, Calif.)
Florida: American Heritage High School (Plantation, Fla.), Calvary Christian Academy (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), George Jenkins High School (Lakeland, Fla.), Trinity Preparatory School (Winter Park, Fla.)
Georgia: Walton High School (Marietta, Ga.)
Illinois: Mount Carmel High School (Chicago, Ill.)
Louisiana: John Curtis Christian School (River Ridge, La.)
Mississippi: Hattiesburg High School (Hattiesburg, Miss.)
North Carolina: Green Hope High School (Cary, N.C.)
Virginia: Hanover High School (Mechanicsville, Va.)

For the full schedule, please visit the NHSI Schedule page on USABaseball.com.

Past Champions

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 2018 NHSI

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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)

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2017 National High School Invitational Day 4

April 1, 2017

CARY, N.C.-- Senior shortstop Tristan Hanoian remembers the last time he was at the National High School Invitational with Orange (Calif.) Lutheran-they aren't great memories.

Lutheran won only once in the 2014 edition of the NHSI when Hanoian was a freshman. A few weeks prior to the 2017 tournament, the Texas Christian commit wasn't happy with how his team was playing, citing selfish at-bats as the main factor.

Now, sitting at the podium, celebrating a 3-2 win over Dana Hills (Dana Point, Calif.) in the championship game, Hanoian can look forward to replacing those memories.

"This week we really took team at-bats and we played probably the best baseball we've payed in a long time," Hanoian said. ". . . This has probably been the best team I've ever played for, too."

Orange Lutheran was the last team standing in a 16-team field after an exceptionally strong defensive showing Saturday, backing up senior starter Nicholas Janowicz (who threw two no-hit, shutout innings) and senior Zach Busalacchi, who tossed the remaining five innings and also drew a pair of crucial walks.

"What a game," Lutheran coach Eric Borba said. "It was wild. Ups and downs . . . every way you'd want a championship game to be. We didn't pitch as well as we could, but we found ways to get out of innings. We played great defense and we got the big sacrifice fly there at the end."

That sacrifice fly was a perfect example of the team-oriented approach that Hanoian was looking to see out of his teammates. After a successful sacrifice bunt by Brenden Avventino, Borba called on Jasiah Dixon, a sophomore Southern California commit.

"Coach told me to go swing a bat, and I was pretty excited," Dixon said.

Perhaps too excited at first. Dixon chased a ball low in the dirt, and found himself backed into a 1-2 count. The next pitch he saw was up. So he took it.

"And then it came, the moment," Dixon said. "I was just telling myself I've got to mentally prepare for a team at-bat right now. And once I saw that fastball up, I knew I had to go get it and put it in the outfield. Score that run."

Junior catcher Caleb Ricketts tagged from third and score the winning run.

Huntington Beach 4, Canterbury School 3
Huntington Beach (Calif.) didn't do exactly what it wanted this week in the National High School Invitational, but ended on a high note Saturday with a 4-3 win over Canterbury (Fort Myers, Fla.) High, improving to 9-3 overall during the last three years in the tournament.

"Nine and three in the national tournament over three years-nothing to be ashamed of at all," coach Benji Medure said. "This tournament really put us on the map as a program and we really feel privileged to be here. And hopefully in years to come we can get back here and try to win it again."

The Oilers topped West Chaminade, 7-2, in the 2016 NHSI championship game, but had to settle for a consolation victory behind a strong pitching performance Saturday by Hagen Danner.

Danner hit a pair of batters in his first inning before finding the feel for his curveball in the second inning. He went on to throw five innings, striking out six batters and walking one while getting regular swings and misses on his 11-5, 76-77 mph curve.

American Heritage 6, Hamilton 5
American Heritage outlasted Hamilton High in a marathon game to close out the National High School Invitational, defeating the Huskies 6-5 in 11 innings.

Hamilton led took a 3-0 lead behind five scoreless innings by Dustin Bermudez and rallied from a 4-2 deficit. Cory Acton drove home two with a double and later two on an infield chopper with the bases loaded to tie the game for American Heritage.

Little-used reliever Anthony Boix tossed four innings, giving up one in the 11th as Hamilton took a 5-4 lead, before the Patriots rallied to win won an RBI double by Alfonso Guillen to tie and an RBI single by Santiago Garavito.

Winder-Barrow 6, Rocky Mountain 5
Winder-Barrow finished the NHSI 3-1, denying a game Rocky Mountain team a victory in its final game with a 6-5 walk-off victory.

Rocky Mountain, trailing 4-3 entering the sixth, scored a pair of runs on John Sorensen's single to take the lead. However, Winder-Barrow answered with a sacrifice fly to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth. The Bulldoggs won it in extra innings on a walk-off wild pitch.

"I loved it," Bulldoggs coach Brian Smith said of the NHSI. "Everything was first class, and what we have in the state of Georgia this year is a neutral-site state championship, so it will be a setting just like this. We go in and a little bit of tournament-type atmosphere to win the state, so it's great practice for that."

Merritt Island 7. Brother Rice 2
In each team's final game of the National High School Invitational, Merritt Island was able to get the win over Brother Rice, 7-2.

The Mustangs got three runs on the board in the first inning. This rally was nearly broken on a squeeze attempt, but third basemen Joe Johnson was able to get the barrel to a pitch way over his head. Two batters later, Ricardo Diaz was able to open up the inning with a two-run single.

Junior Collin Taulbee showcased a fastball that topped out at 84 mph and settled in at 80-82. He complemented this with three off-speed pitches. A sweeping curve at 68-70 that he used to break into the front door to righties, A 12-6 curve at 72-74 that had tight spin at times, and a changeup at 72-73 that showed sinking action.

Arlington 2, Hough 1
A pitcher's duel broke out on Field 3 of the National Training Complex, a game that was an afterthought in the NHSI standings and anything but that to Arlington (Tenn.) and Hough High of Charlotte, N.C.

Arlington got three of its five hits when it counted, rallying for its first NHSI victory on Noah Miller's walk-off single for a 2-1 victory. Righthander Ryan Taylor tossed a complete game for the win.

"I told the guys the other day, you learn a lot through failure, and you don't always learn from victory," Arlington coach Chris Ring said. "I told the guys, I think we've learned a lot, because we're 0-3; it was time for a win."

Trinity Christian 2, South Hills 1
Trinity Christian (Jacksonville, Fla.) sophomore righthander Austin Thomas is jokingly called "Big Bird" by his teammates.

And in Saturday's National High School Invitational consolation matchup against South Hills (West Covina, Calif.), Thomas certainly came up big.

The lanky long-haired righthander cruised threw a seven-inning complete game, shutting down the powerful Huskies in a 2-1 Conquerers win. Thomas struck out six and allowed three hits, walking none. He touched 88 mph while mixing in a changeup and a slow curveball.



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