With many schools on spring break this week and next, there are plenty of big tournaments going on around the country. Horizon High in Scottsdale, Ariz. hosted its annual National Tournament this week. Hamilton High (Chandler, Ariz.), ranked No. 12 in the country, faced No. 10 Rocky Mountain (Fort Collins, Colo.) in the finals and won 7-6.
The Huskies went 3-0 in pool play, beating Libertyville (Ill.) High (8-7), Taylorsville High (Salt Lake City) and Chaparral (Scottsdale, Ariz.) High. Then they took down Austin Wilson's Harvard-Westlake High (Los Angeles) to advance to the finals.
Hamilton shortstop Jorge Flores was named the tournament MVP for his defense and two-run home run that clinched the victory.
Sarasota (Fla.) High ran its record to 13-0 by winning the annual Sarasota Baseball Classic. It's the 12th tournament win for the Sailors, who were ranked No. 13 in the country this week. They beat the 2009 tournament champions, Naples (Fla.) High, 9-0 in the finals. The Sailors vaulted into the rankings this week after beating Naples when they were No. 7 in the country. Naples dropped to No. 22 in the latest ranking.
Sarasota also beat West Orange High (Winter Garden, Fla.) and Coral Glades High (Coral Springs, Fla.). No. 18 Archbishop McCarthy High (Southwest Ranches, Fla.) finished seventh in the tournament while American Heritage High (Plantation, Fla.) finished sixth.
Up the coast in Melbourne, Fla., Miami's Florida Christian High won the Palm Bay Invitational, beating New Smyrna Beach (Fla.) High 3-0. The Patriots are candidates to enter the rankings next time around, but have to face No. 5 Columbus High (Miami) on April 8.
Keep an eye on things in California where the National Classic and Anaheim Lions Tournament start this weekend. Both are prestigious tournaments that feature plenty of rankings and draft implications.
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