USA Baseball Announces 2018 National High School Invitational Field
Tue, Jan. 30 2018, 8PM
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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
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 High 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.
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)
About USA Baseball
USA Baseball is the national governing body for the sport of baseball in the United States and is a member of the United States Olympic Committee and the World Baseball Softball Confederation. The organization selects and trains the World Baseball Classic, Olympic, Premier12 and Pan Am teams (and all other USA Baseball Professional Teams); the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team; the USA Baseball 18U, 15U and 12U National Teams; and the USA Baseball Women’s National Team, all of which participate in various international competitions each year. The organization is responsible for the continued proliferation and health of the sport, and leads a number of amateur initiatives including PLAYBALL and Pitch Smart. USA Baseball also presents the Golden Spikes Award annually to the top amateur baseball player in the country. For more information, please visit the organization’s official websites: USABaseball.com, USABaseball.Education, PLAYBALL.org, PitchSmart.org, GoldenSpikesAward.com and USABaseballShop.com.
About the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance
The Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance, a division of the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau, markets and promotes Wake County as a premier sports event destination for the purpose of economic development. The GRSA works with its community partners to generate new sports business and to support and enhance existing events.
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