The 2018 baseball team traveled to Cary, North Carolina at the National Training Center for USA Baseball to play in the most competitive high school tournament in the country featuring 16 of the top teams in the nation. The Patriots more than held their own. After defeating Hanover, Virginia and their pitcher who is a University of Virginia commit 2-0 in the opener, the Patriots beat American Heritage, Florida 2-1. American Heritage boasted 12 players who have either committed or signed to play college baseball, including the reigning national player of the year Tristan Casas. The Patriots won that game in dramatic fashion turning a very unconventional double play, both in rundowns, to end the game. The next day, the Patriots would pitch and play nearly flawless, however, so did the host team Green Hope, North Carolina. Green Hope upended the Patriots in the semi-finals 1-0 in 11 innings. Many people there said those two games were the best high school games they’ve ever seen. On the final day, the Patriots played in the third place game, but came up just short. The Patriots trailed 1-0 heading into the 6th inning, but couldn’t get any closer as they would drop that contest 3-0 to Calvary Christian Academy from Florida.
In all, the Patriots showed well and played extremely hard throughout the tournament. Finishing 4th out of this very strong field of teams was not a disappointment. The Patriots were within one big hit of playing for the Championship on Saturday. The experience the team gained while performing on this big stage was invaluable. Hopefully, they can take what they learned and apply it to the rest of the season!