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.