Sixteen teams will have the chance to compete in the 2016 USA Baseball National High School Invitational (NHSI), USA Baseball announced Thursday in a news release.
The fifth annual tournament will take place March 23-26, with 2014 North Carolina AAA State Champions Topsail (Hampstead, N.C.) High School playing host. The field is set to feature the nation’s top prep baseball teams and individual talents, including 2012 and 2013 NHSI champion Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) and 2014 champion The First Academy (Orlando).
“The National High School Invitational has established itself as the premier event on the high school baseball calendar, and we are thrilled to partner with the Town of Cary, the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance, and our media partner, Baseball America, for the 2016 event,” said Paul Seiler, USA Baseball’s Executive Director/CEO. “The NHSI continues to draw elite high school programs and players from across the U.S. for a one-of-a-kind high school baseball experience.”
Florida leads the pack with four representatives. Joining The First Academy are Charles W. Flanagan High School (Pembroke Pines), North Broward Prep (Pompano Beach) and Trinity Christian Academy (Jacksonville).
California is the second-most represented state, sending Chaminade College Prep (Los Angeles) and Huntington Beach to join Mater Dei.
The following schools round out the field: Liberty Christian Academy (Lynchburg, Va.), Allatoona High School (Ackworth, Ga.), Houston High School (Germantown, Tenn.), Florence High School (Ala.), Poly Prep Country Day School (Brooklyn), Rocky Mountain High School (Fort Collins, Colo.), and Walton High School (Marietta, Ga.).