Prep Roundup: High Schools Shine On Big Stages

With the National High School Invitational going on last week, I’m still climbing out from under a pile of work so we’ll keep this week’s roundup pretty quick.

• If you were living under a rock last week, you missed a ton of great action and coverage at the NHSI. You can get caught up with it by going to our archives on the event—which are new and easy to use with the brand new Baseball America website! All you have to do is click on one of the tags—marked with a pound (#) sign—to see more stories on a particular subject.

• While the NHSI was happening on the East Coast, the West Coast had the first part of the Boras Baseball Classic going. Two teams from Elk Grove—Elk Grove High and Pleasant Grove High—squared off in the championship game of the north bracket. Pleasant Grove took it to the Thundering Herd, beating them 11-1. Outfielder Josh Adams went 2-for-5 with a triple, RBI and run scored. He also pitched six innings, allowing one run on seven hits and three walks, to earn the win. The south bracket’s games start Tuesday, April 2.

• The Hard 9 National Classic kicked off today and is always a good tournament to keep an eye on. Follow @NationalClassic.

• Pensacola (Fla.) Catholic High recently played Pace (Fla.) High at the Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos’ stadium. There were 2,274 paid attendees for the Crusaders’ 4-1 victory.

• The Big League Dugout Invitational in Arizona was another highly regarded tournament that took place in the last week. Horizon High (Scottsdale, Ariz.) beat Brophy College Prep (Phoenix) 7-2 in the championship.

• As I pointed out during the NHSI, righthander Jordan Sheffield hasn’t pitched since his first outing of the season and will be evaluated by a doctor this week.

• Things got ugly at a tournament in Florida when Arlington Country Day School (Jacksonville) and Norman (Okla.) North High got mixed up in a brawl, which involved Brian Navaretto—one of the top catching prospects for the 2013 draft.