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IMG Academy ready for inaugural National Classic baseball competition

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The inaugural IMG National Classic will take place Monday, April 1, 2013 to Friday, April 5, 2013

The inaugural IMG National Classic is scheduled to begin next Monday, pitting 10 baseball programs from around the country to compete in a tournament that will field some games at McKechnie Field.

"We are excited to host the IMG National Classic, and open up our world-class facilities and resources to elite programs from around the country," IMG director of baseball Ken Bolek said in a news release. "Each team coming in for the event was selected on their merits, so we're expecting a highly competitive atmosphere through the week."

Aside from the hosts, the tournament will include Corning (N.Y.) High, Notre Dame (Niles, Ill.) College Prep, St. Laurence (Burbank, Ill.) High, Lambert (Suwanee, Ga.) High, Calvary Christian (Columbus, Ga.) High, Gainesville St. Francis Catholic, Fort Myers Bishop Verot, Spring Hill Bishop McLaughlin and St. Johns College (Chevy Chase, Md.) High.

Teams arrive next Monday, before play begins Tuesday at 10 a.m.

The top eight teams advance to a championship bracket following the first round, with participants fighting for a chance to earn a spot on the All-Tournament Team. Members of the All-Tournament Team will receive an Under Armour Performance T-Shirt.

The tourney is open to the public. For more information, visit www.imgacademy.com/events/img-academy-national-classic.

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