Spartan Baseball Returns to NHSI

Spartan Baseball Returns to NHSI

Last week, USA Baseball, the national governing body for baseball in the United States, revealed the 16-team field for the 2024 National High School Invitational (NHSI) presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance and the Town of Cary. For the second time in three years, St. Johns Country Day School has been invited to attend. 

“There is no better way to begin our 2024 schedule than with the eleventh annual National High School Invitational,” said USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO Paul Seiler. “This tournament offers an unrivaled history of phenomenal players and talented champions, and we look forward to adding to that in just a few months. We are extremely excited to welcome all sixteen teams, as well as their families and fans, to the USA Baseball National Training Complex in April.”

"St. Johns Country Day School is grateful for the opportunity to compete on the national stage. USA Baseball puts on a world class event that gives student athletes the opportunity to compete against the best players and teams in the nation," said Director of Athletics John Sgromolo. "I am excited for our team and coaching staff to once again have this once in a lifetime opportunity." 

The Spartans debuted at NHSI in 2022 and made its mark, coming out second overall. The Spartans downed a trio of out-of-state opponents before a 5-3 loss to Parkland's Marjory Stoneman Douglas in the championship game.

“We are extremely honored to be selected by USA Baseball this year to attend the NHSI event," said Spartan Baseball Head Coach Tom Lucas. "This is an invite only event and largely regarded as the best of the best in high school baseball across the country. I'm very excited my guys get to compete in this very special event for the second time in 3 years. “ 

Since 2012, the NHSI has hosted some of the nation’s most talented players, many of whom have gone on to illustrious careers in professional baseball. Among some of the most notable major leaguers who have taken the field at the tournament are 2016 NL MVP Cody Bellinger and 2021 World Series champion Max Fried, as well as All-Star Matt Olson and Gold Glove winner Anthony Volpe. Additionally, nine picks in the 2023 MLB Draft participated in the event, including Garrett Baumann, Eric Bitonti, Landen Maroudis, Noble Meyer, Adrian Santana, and Ralphy Velazquez, who were all drafted within the first four rounds.

The NHSI is a single-elimination championship tournament, with each participating team guaranteed to play four games. The bracket and full schedule will be announced at a later date.

The complete list of 2024 NHSI participants is below.

High School (City, State)

  • Apex Friendship High School (Apex, N.C.)
  • Bishop Gorman High School (Las Vegas, Nev.)
  • Casteel High School (Queen Creek, Ariz.)
  • Chaparral High School (Scottsdale, Ariz.)
  • Corona High School (Corona, Calif.)
  • Farragut High School (Knoxville, Tenn.)
  • Hagerty High School (Oviedo, Fla.)
  • Harvard-Westlake School (Studio City, Calif.)
  • Huntington Beach High School (Huntington Beach, Calif.)
  • Key West High School (Key West, Fla.)
  • Orange Lutheran High School (Orange, Calif.)
  • Puyallup High School (Puyallup, Wash.)
  • St. John’s College High School (Washington, D.C.)
  • St. Johns Country Day School (Orange Park, Fla.)
  • Trinity Christian Academy (Jacksonville, Fla.)
  • Wesleyan Christian Academy (High Point, N.C.)

For more information on the NHSI, visit or follow @USABEvents on Twitter and @USABaseball on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. 




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