CARY, N.C.—It’s a rematch. The championship game for USA Baseball’s 2013 National High School Invitational is deja vu from the matchup in 2012: the reigning champion Mater Dei Monarchs (Santa Ana, Calif.) will take on the Harvard-Westlake Wolverines (Studio City, Calif.).
Mater Dei came out swinging against the No. 1-ranked The Woodlands (Texas) High in the semifinal game, going up 8-0 after two innings, and ultimately winning by a score of 11-2.
“We knew it was a semifinal game and we were playing the No. 1 team in the nation, and we want to be in those situations and play good teams,” Mater Dei head coach Burt Call said. “I told my guys just to be focused, and go out there and just have fun today. They did that, so I’m very proud of them.”
Every player in Mater Dei’s lineup had a hit in the game, as the Monarchs scored their 11 runs on 18 total hits.
“Our ballclub, they swing the bats extremely well,” Call said. “It doesn’t matter what game it is, it always seems like somebody else is stepping up and making a key hit for us to win a game, and it was no different today. We put a lot of pressure on them early on, up and down the lineup, they executed and did their job.”
Mater Dei third baseman Ryan McMahon was the offensive star of the game, going 3-for-4 with a triple and five RBIs.
“I’m feeling pretty good so far,” McMahon said. “It’s pretty easy when guys are always on base, because then they can’t pitch around you as much.”
The top of the Monarchs’ lineup—senior outfielder Austin Grebeck, senior left fielder Tyler Adkison, senior catcher Jeremy Martinez, and McMahon—went a combined 9-for-16, and drove in eight of the team’s 11 runs.
Adkison is the only one of those players currently uncommitted, but has been very good in this tournament and should get a chance to play somewhere next year.
“He’s a pretty special player, and I think he has a lot of intangibles that make your team great,” Call said. “He can swing the bat, he runs, and he’s very passionate about it. He works extremely hard at improving himself and I think he’s determined to show people that he can play at a high level, and I think he’s doing that this year. I think any college would be extremely happy to get him.”
Junior righthander Charlie Vorsheck pitched a great game, taking a no-hitter into the fourth inning before it was broken up by a bunt single by The Woodlands outfielder Charlie Warren, a senior committed to Rice. Vorsheck has a nice, physical build at 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds. His father, John, pitched at Ohio State, and his brother, John, played football at Arizona.
Vorsheck threw his fastball in the mid-to-upper 80s and showed a very good feel for pitching, mixing in a curveball for strikes, and keeping hitters off balance. Vorsheck threw a complete game, giving up the two runs on eight hits with no walks and six strikeouts.
Getting a performance like that, this deep in the tournament, was big for the Monarchs.
“It’s huge. I thought Charlie pitched a great game, and he really gets us going,” Call said. “That’s the second year in a row he’s pitched the semifinals and got us into that championship game and has given us an opportunity to win the tournament. To have him in our rotation this late in the tournament has payed huge dividends for us.”
The Monarchs are excited about the possibility for a repeat.
“Just wait until you see our dugout tomorrow. They’re going to be going crazy,” McMahon said. “You’ve got Robby Teel, Josh Blank, Brett Mellon, Nathan Bruno—they’re going to be going crazy.”
“I’m trying to keep them level, and grounded, and go game-by-game, but we’re extremely excited playing Harvard-Westlake,” Call said. “It’s always a competitive game, and emotional game, and it’s one of those games that, as athletes, you want to be in. It’s a big game and we want to rise to that occasion.”