Tuesday marked the start of the IMG National Classic baseball tournament. The tournament includes 10 teams from around the country, and the first day was pool play. The teams were randomly paired up to play and determine the seeding for the championship bracket. The top eight seeded teams advanced to the championship bracket, while the bottom two was placed in the consolation bracket.
There was plenty of offense on the day. Notably, IMG Academy’s Cameron "Cam" Scott blasted a homerun to left center field in the first inning, and the team never looked back, going on to defeat Corning High School (N.Y.) by an 11-2 margin. However, to enhance the professional atmosphere of the event, two of Tuesday’s games took place at McKechnie Field, the Spring Training home of the Pittsburgh Pirates. At McKechnie, St. John’s College High School (Chevy Chase, Md.) and St. Laurence High School (Burbank, Ill.) exploded on their way trying to secure the No. 1 seed, and defeated their opponents 11-1 and 10-0, respectively.
The final seeding heading into Wednesday:
1. St. Laurence HS (Burbank, Ill.)
2. St. John’s College High School (Chevy Chase, Md.)
3. IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
4. Lambert HS (Suwanee, Ga.)
5. Bishop Verot Catholic HS (Ft. Myers, Fla.)
6. Bishop McLaughlin Catholic HS (Spring Hill, Fla.)
7. St. Francis Catholic HS (Gainesville, Fla.)
8. Notre Dame College Prep (Niles, Ill.)
9. Corning HS (Corning, N.Y.)
10. Calvary Christian HS (Columbus, Ga.)
The teams have the opportunity to hear from guest speaker Mickey White this week, a veteran Major League Baseball scout who has served as Scouting Director for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cleveland Indians, and is currently with the Texas Rangers. IMG Academy’s sponsors, such as Gatorade, are supporting the event with the latest in sports performance fuel and products. The event will also feature recruiting education from NCSA Athletic Recruiting to aid participants in their college pursuit.
First pitch on Wednesday will take place at 10 a.m. with Lamber HS (4) vs. Bishop Verot (5) on Field 1, and Corning HS (9) vs. Calvary Christian (10) on Field 2 on IMG Academy’s West Campus.
To view the latest schedule of games, please visit the IMG National Classic website by clicking HERE.
To see the games LIVE on the internet, you can check out the live streaming HERE.
The event is open to the public.
More photos from the day:
Final Results from Pool Play:
Notre Dame College Prep
Bishop Verot Catholic HS
Bishop Mclaughin Catholic
St. Laurence HS
St. Francis Catholic HS
Calvary Christian School
St. Johns College HS