NHSI: Day 1 roundup; Dyer County makes the call
Dyer County (Tenn.) asks to be at NHSI, but that's not enough
CARY, N.C. -- Dyer County (Tenn.) coach Preston Ozment had to call USA Baseball and ask to be included in the USA Baseball National High School Invitational.
Wednesday, the Choctaws proved they belonged.
Dyer County scored 16 runs on 19 hits, beating Aliso Niguel (Calif.) 16-1 in the opening round at the USA Baseball National Training Complex.
The Choctaws got three hits each from Tyler Brown, Trysten Barlow and Tyler Holcomb. Brown drove in four runs, Barlow 3, and Holcomb and Christian Halterman two each.
Paxton Stover got the win, giving up one run on five hits in six innings.
So, does Dyer County have anything left for the rest of the tournament?
"Well, I hope so," Choctaws coach Preston Ozment said. "We came in here swinging it well, and our guys are excited, so we were able to get on them early, swing the bats, put some runs up. And Paxton doesn't give up many runs."
Ozment reached out to USA Baseball for consideration for the NHSI. Now he and his players aren't just happy to be here.
"We told our guys on the way here that we didn't just want to be a part of the tournament, we wanted to compete for it," he said. "We had 11 seniors coming back that I believe in, and we've got some guys on the mound. Talking to USA Baseball, we said hey, we feel like we're worthy, we want to be in it, knowing what kind of team we had coming back.
"The guys have been performing up to that early this season, and today they came out and did a good job."
In Thursday's quarterfinals, Dyer County faces The First Academy (Fla.). Ozment said Cody Purvis will pitch for the Choctaws.
"He's been good for us all year, and I expect he will be Thursday," Ozment said.
The First Academy (Fla.) 2, Milton (Ga.) 0
Foster Griffin pitched a three-hit shutout and struck out 8 for the Royals.
Adam Haseley had a triple and a single and Griffin a double and a single for The First Academy.
Dalton Ewing had two of Milton's three hits.
Gainesville (Ga.) 6, Venice (Fla.) 3
Michael Gettys allowed two earned runs, struck out four and walked four for the Red Elephants.
Gainesville scored all its runs in the fourth inning, against starter Kade Hunkapillar and two relievers.
The Red Elephants had five hits by five different players.
Gainesville faces Clovis (Calif.) in Thursday's quarterfinals.
Clovis (Calif.) 7, ThunderRidge (Colo.) 2
The Cougars scored seven runs in the fourth to beat the Grizzlies.
Preston Mott got the win in relief of starter Evan Steele, giving up three hits and an unearned run in four innings. The two had three strikeouts each.
Kellen Araki was 2-for-2 with two RBIs for Clovis. Aaron Germani and Josh Brown had two hits each for ThunderRidge.
Mountain Pointe (Ariz.) 4, Bishop Verot (Fla.) 0
Cole Tucker had two hits, stole two bases and scored twice, and winner Jorge Carrazco and reliever Peyton Holm combined on a six-hitter.
Jake Alexander had a two-run single from the Pride.
Christian Hammond was 3-for-3 for Bishop Verot.
Mountain Pointe plays Regis Jesuit (Colo.) in Thursday's quarterfinals.
Huntsville (Ala.) 5, T.C. Roberson (N.C.) 0
Whitt Davis pitched a one-hitter, struck out seven and walked eight in a complete-game shutout.
The only hit he allowed came in the seventh, to Garrett Blaylock.
Davis also had two hits, an RBI and a stolen base for the Panthers, and Cameron Aaron was 1-for-2 with three RBIs.
Huntsville faces Coral Springs Christian (Fla.) in Thursday's quarterfinals.
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