Parkview, Brookwood beat nationally ranked teams in North Carolina; Columbus falls 1-0, Phillips hurt

Georgia baseball teams performed well Wednesday in the opening day of the National High School Invitatonal in Cary, N.C.

Parkview defeated Washington of New York, the No. 7-ranked team in MaxPreps’ national poll, 7-0. Matt Olson was the winning pitcher and was 2-for-3 with two RBI. Olson has signed with Vanderbilt.

Brookwood beat Highlands Ranch of Colorado 7-0 as Clemson-signee Lucas Sims struck out 11. Ryan Woodard hit a three-run double. Highlands Ranch is ranked No. 23 by Baseball America.

Columbus lost 1-0 to Orange Lutheran of California, which scored its run in the first inning off Georgia-signee Kyle Carter, who allowed six hits. Columbus star shortstop J.T. Phillips, also a Georgia signee, is out with a back injury. Orange Lutheran is ranked No. 6 nationally by Baseball America. (See Columbus Ledger-Enquirer story from Cary.)

It was the first loss of the season for Columbus (12-1), which is ranked No. 3 by ESPN Rise.
The four-day tournament has draw 16 teams from across the country. Most are nationally ranked or have a top major league prospect.

Olson, Sims, Carter and Phillips are projected early-round draft choices. Baseball America ranks Parkview at No. 8 and Columbus at No. 20. The three Georgia teams have games Thursday afternoon.

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April 1st, 2012
6:23 pm

As a Parkview alum and former player (from the early 90’s), this is the best baseball TEAM Parkview has ever had. I have followed and attended games since graduation. Some will argue the Francouer years were the best but this team has it all and doesn’t have to rely on 1 person. They have 11 solid hitters that can all take the pitcher deep. They returned all starting pitching and closer (WICKED curve and excellent location by Esmonde). They returned 8 of 9 players from a state championship team. They also come home from a highly prestigious event with 2 wins and 1 loss. Their losses to Columbus and Cartersville were legit, but this is baseball. I doubt either team could beat Parkview in a best 2 out of 3.
Brookwood is a good team as well, but let’s face it: they are completely average without Sims. When Parkview and Brookwood play this season (twice), Brookwood will only have a chance when Sims is on the mound. (I doubt Brookwood has a Marshall type player who last year as a FRESHMAN pitched a great game @ Brookwood)
Every team Parkview faces until the playoffs will throw the best they got at them and the other team will play the best game of the year vs. Parkview. I still don’t think anyone else in region 8 has enough. Give credit where credit is due, this Parkview baseball team is special. Good luck Panthers!


April 9th, 2012
12:24 pm

parkview does have a good team this year but do not count Brookwood out. Last year at this time Parkview started out very slow and built their momentum. I am glad to report Brookwood is doing the same thing now. Their are those that people would considered unknowns on Brookwood’s team but don’t sleep. John Wall was an unknown in HS as well but look at him now.


April 15th, 2012
12:49 am

Brookwood wins


April 24th, 2012
1:52 pm

oops Brookwood beats Parkview again