Two Southern California teams survived the second round of the National High School Invitational and advanced to today's semifinal in Cary, N.C.Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)
had another huge game, knocking off the nation's No. 2 ranked team Carroll (Corpus Christi, Texas)
by a score of 12-0. Ty Moore
was the hero for the Monarchs as he belted a home run and finished with three RBI. He also combined with Brian Conley
to limit the Tigers to just four hits in the contest.
The Monarch offense pounded out 17 hits with Brandon Perez
also adding three RBI and Austin Monte
and Ryan Barr
adding two apiece. Davis Tominaga
and Tyler Adkison
each added a double. The Monarchs blew the game open in the third when they pushed seven runs across the plate to open a 10-0 lead.
Carroll began the day with a 1-0 win over Gulliver Prep (Miami, Fla.)
to advance to the second round. Courtney Hawkins
struck out nine in five and a third innings and also hit a home run for the only run of the game for Carroll.Harvard-Westlake (North Hollywood, Calif.)
also advanced to the semifinals, but the Wolverines needed a late offensive push to get past Parkview (Lilburn, Ga.)
. Trailing 2-1 in the fourth, the Wolverines scored four runs in the frame to take a 5-2 lead. They added three more runs in the sixth and went on to win 10-3.Max Fried
picked up the pitching win and also had a triple on offense. He allowed three runs on five hits with eight strikeouts and just two walks.
Mater Dei will take on Sarasota (Fla.)
today in one semifinal game at noon while Harvard-Westlake meets American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.)
in the other semifinal at 3:30 p.m.
The two Florida teams have also been a surprise at the NHSI, each advancing through the first two rounds without much difficulty.
American Heritage posted another shutout, this time defeating Brookwood (Snellville, Ga.)
4-0. Dominic Mancini
and Brandon Diaz
combined on a six-hitter to get the shutout. Zack Collins
led the offense, going 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI.
Sarasota, meanwhile, held off Orange Lutheran (Orange, Calif.)
5-3 to advance. Sophomore Evan Crawford went the distance to get the win, giving up three runs on seven hits with two strikeouts. Broderick Rodocker
paced the Sailors on offense with a three-run double among his two hits.
Sarasota started the day with a 14-2 win over Lee County (Sanford, N.C.)
as Tyler Leonard
went all seven innings and gave up two runs on six hits with six strikeouts.Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.)
and Washington (New York, N.Y.)
continued to struggle as they each lost for the second time in two days. The Gaels fell to Gulliver Prep, who touched starter Joey Gallo
for five runs on five hits in three innings. None of the runs were earned and Gallo struck out seven batters while reportedly reaching 98 miles per hour on the radar gun, according to Baseball America.
Washington, meanwhile, couldn't touch Russell County (Seale, Ala.)
's Rock Rucker
, who threw four no-hit innings. The Warriors were able to jump out to a 7-0 lead and held on for the 8-0 victory. Rucker left the game with a no-hitter intact due to soreness in his arm. Anfernee Grier
completed the game and gave up one hit, a double in the sixth inning to Randy Rodriguez
In other games, Oxford (Ala.)
defeated Highlands Ranch (Colo.)
7-1 and Columbus (Ga.)
edged Lee County 8-3 in the consolation bracket.