CARY, N.C.—When you lose your first game of the National High School Invitational, you have to regroup. Since it’s a single-elimination tournament, you have to kiss goodbye any hopes of winning the NHSI title. Instead, the tournament becomes about putting on a good showing and getting wins against some of the best teams in the country.
Parkview (Ga.) knows that finishing strong can bring its own rewards. Two years ago, Parkview lost at the NHSI in its second game, but won its finale to go 2-1. Later that year, Parkview was crowned as Baseball America’s High School National Champions.
There are no promises that this year’s team will come close to finish as strong as the 2012 club did, but they have managed to rebound just as effectively. This year, Parkview lost its opener. But the Panthers knocked off Newburn, Tenn.’s Dyer County High 7-4 on Friday afternoon to improve to 2-1 at the tournament.
A field over, Orange Lutheran (Calif.) beat Gainesville (Ga.) 4-2 for Orange Lutheran’s first win of the tournament
Dyer County actually jumped out to a 4-0 lead, but reliever Andrew Dorminey came in to stop the rally in the second, then shut down the Choctaws for 4⅓ innings. J.P. Chamblee drove in four runs for Parkview, including a key two-RBI single in the second to cut the lead to 4-2. Parkview evened the score at four in the third as Michael Craig and Isiah Gillam scored. Gillam scored again in the fifth on another Chamblee single to take the lead.