Prep Roundup: SoCal Tournaments And Sizzling Siblings

A new High School Top 25 comes out tomorrow and we’ll have some good stories, as always, later this week. In the meantime, here’s a look at a few things that happened in the last week…

• After winning the National High School Invitational, Mater Dei High (Santa Ana, Calif.) returned to Southern California and rolled through the southern bracket of the Boras Baseball Classic. Third baseman Ryan McMahon continued to swing a hot bat and won the tournament MVP award. The Monarchs will now face Pleasant Grove High (Elk Grove, Calif.) on April 13 at University of Pacific to determine the overal Boras Classic champion.

• The Hard 9 National Classic is one of the country’s top tournaments to follow each year. Orange (Calif.) Lutheran High made its case to return to the Top 25 by winning the National Classic.

• The Anaheim Lions Tournament also took place last week. With more than 70 teams, it doesn’t have the same dynamics as most tournaments. Fountain Valley (Calif.) High didn’t play in the championship game, but went 5-0 on the tournament to improve to 16-1.

• Gainesville (Ga.) High has a top junior in righthander/outfielder Michael Gettys and freshman in Jonathan Gettys—Michael’s younger brother. They both had a big week last week. First, Jonathan tossed a no-hitter, allowing an unearned run on three walks while striking out 14. In that game, Michael went 3-for-5 with a double, triple and two runs scored. A couple days later, Michael threw a no-no of his own, albeit in a five-inning game shortened by the mercy rule. He had nine strikeouts and went 2-for-3 with a double, RBI and two runs.

• After pitching sparingly last summer because of a tender arm, it looks like righthander Clinton Hollon is healthy. He’s off to a good start with a 3-0, 0.00 record. He’s logged 14 innings, allowing just three hits and five walks while striking out 17. Scouts seem to be flocking to Kentucky with his season underway.

• New Jersey is one of the last states to begin it’s season, opening on April 1. St. Joseph Regional High (Montvale, N.J.) head coach Frank Salvano was sitting on 555 wins and poised to become the winningest coach in state history. Lefthander Rob Kaminsky got him the needed win in dramatic fashion, pitching a no-hitter in the five-inning game in which he struck out eight.