Players and coaches from the Varsity ball-club at the IMG Academy baseball program will be making the 2,548 mile trip to Anaheim, California in order to participate in the 2011 Hard 9 National Classic.
The Hard 9 Classic is a 16 team, 32 game tournament that will begin the morning of Monday, April 18that 10:00 a.m. PST and will conclude Thursday 7:00 p.m. PST with the championship game. The tournament features some of the best players in the country from teams in California, Arizona, Florida, Utah, and Tennessee. The field also includes the No. 1 ranked high school baseball team in America, St. Francis.
From News Blaze's Hard 9 Classic Preview:
The 2011 IMG Academy Academy returns 7 players from last year's 10-10-1 team and must replace the departure of 5 Division 1 signees and 2 MLB draft picks from a year ago. Perennially a national power, IMG will field a senior laden team with a lot of experience playing together. IMG will be led by 3 Area Code Game participants: LHP Brandon Bonilla, 1B/RHP Charles Sheffield, and OF Tanner Pollack. The Hard 9 National Classic will be the last of 5 tournaments that IMG will be participating in on their independent schedule. This will be the second appearance in as many years for IMG Academy Academy in the National Classic.
The following is the roster for those playing in the Hard 9 for the IMG Academy baseball program:
IMG will open the tournament against Sunrise Mountain at 4:00 p.m. PST on Monday. Continue to check back for post-game recaps of all IMG Academy baseball program games!
Click here for a full tournament schedule.