Huntington Beach, led by highly regarded pitcher Hagen Danner, beat Chaminade College Prep (Canoga Park, Calif.), 7-2, in last year’s title game.
The sixth annual event runs from March 29 to April 1 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. The NHSI is a single-elimination event, with each team guaranteed to play four games. The schedule will be released Feb. 21.
Other past participants returning are American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.), Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.), Orange Lutheran (Orange, Calif.) and Rocky Mountain (Fort Collins, Colo.).
California has four teams with Huntington Beach, Orange Lutheran, Dana Hills (Dana Point) and South Hill (West Covina). Florida has four team with American Heritage, Archbishop McCarthy (Southwest Ranches), Canterbury School (Fort Myers) and Merritt Island.
Brother Rice (Chicago) becomes the first Illinois school in the field and joins Arlington (Tenn.), Cullman (Ala.), Malvern Prep (Malvern, Pa.) and Winder-Barrow (Winder, Ga.).
2017 National High School Invitational Participants:
American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.)
Archbishop McCarthy (Southwest Ranches, Fla.)
Arlington High School (Arlington, Tenn.)
Brother Rice (Chicago, Ill.)
Canterbury School (Fort Meyers, Fla.)
Cullman (Cullman, Ala.)
Dana Hills (Dana Point, Calif.)
Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.)
Hough (Cornelius, N.C.)
Huntington Beach (Huntington Beach, Calif.)
Malvern Preparatory School (Malvern, Pa.)
Merritt Island (Merritt Island, Fla.)
Orange Lutheran (Orange, Calif.)
Rocky Mountain (Fort Collins, Colo.)
South Hills (West Covina, Calif.)
Winder-Barrow (Winder, Ga.)