April 15 - Twenty area teams will take the field in South Carolina vying for championships at two tournaments over spring break.
Seven local teams will compete in the 50th annual Hahahan Invitational Tournament held in the greater Charleston area, including No. 3 Patriot (8-0) and No.7 Madison (7-2). The H.I.T. has a 38-team field, the second-largest in the tournament’s history, with teams coming from New York, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.
Each team is slotted in two divisions - the Hatfield and the Steadman, named for former Hanahan coaches who helped grow the event’s popularity in its earlier years - and will play three pool play games. Pool winners advance to the semifinals on Wednesday, with the two division championship games held on Thursday. Teams that don’t qualify for bracket play receive consolation games.
The Pioneers and Warhawks, who have claimed multiple titles at the tournament and won as recently as 2017, are joined at the H.I.T. by Robinson (7-2), Riverside (2-5), Oakton (3-6), South Lakes (5-4) and West Springfield (6-3).
“It has certainly become one of the big events around this area, especially for high school baseball,” Hanahan coach Brian Mitchell, the tournament’s director, told the Charleston Post and Courier. “It takes a lot of hard work to pull off such a big event and we are so thankful for the cooperation we get from all of our local schools who host as sites.”
At the Mingo Bay Classic held in the greater Myrtle Beach area, 12 area clubs will compete for championships in two divisions. A total of 96 teams from five states are participating in the annual tournament, with each team receiving three pool play games while jockeying for seeding into bracket play. Four teams in each of the two divisions will qualify for the championship bracket and earn a spot in the semifinals, with the finals on Friday.
The remainder of the teams seeded into consolation semifinal contests on Thursday and Friday.
One of the tournament favorites is No. 1 Battlefield (9-0). The Bobcats, who won the Division I title last year, are joined in that division this year by Champe (3-3), Fairfax (2-8), Forest Park (4-5), Heritage (6-2), Jefferson (7-4), Tuscarora (2-5), West Potomac (7-2) and Yorktown (9-1).
In the Division II bracket, Gar-Field (2-8), a finalist in that division a year ago, is joined by North Stafford (6-4), Osbourn (4-4) and Stone Bridge (3-3).
Photo of Battlefield’s J.T. McGuire by Fred Ingham and of Madison’s Josh Gjormand by Albert Jacquez