Temecula Valley, Vista Murrieta and Great Oak Baseball teams are among thirty-two of the best baseball teams in California competing in the Second Annual Boras Baseball Classic. The Classic was named one of the top six baseball tournaments in the nation by Baseball America. The brackets are divided between the top sixteen northern California teams and the top sixteen southern California teams with the winner declared a “de facto” State Champion.
The southern California games are played March 29th through April 5th and are hosted at JSerra High School in San Juan Capistrano and Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana. The “state championship” game will be May 3rd at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA. This year’s tournament features five of the top 50 nationally-ranked teams and 58 players who have already committed to Division 1 programs. California is largely considered the most competitive baseball state in the country.
Temecula Valley is ranked #10 in the state by CalHiSports (3/20), #6 of the Top 25 in the Southland by the LA Times (3/23), and #1 in Division 2 by CIF Southern Section (3/24). The Golden Bears beat Cypress 9-5 and face Valencia next. Two previous Cypress teams had denied Temecula Valley CIF–SS Division Championships in 1995 and 2013.
Vista Murrieta is ranked #11 in the state by CalHiSports (3/20), #7 of the Top 25 in the Southland by the LA Times (3/23), and #2 in Division 2 by CIF Southern Section (3/24). The Broncos defeated Bishop Amat 9-5 and face JSerra Catholic in Round Two.
Great Oak is ranked #10 of the Top 25 in the Southland by the LA Times (3/23), and #7 in Division 2 by CIF Southern Section (3/24). Great oak lost their opener to top five nationally-ranked Chino Hills, 5-2, but beat Gardena Serra 12-3. They face Cypress in Round Three.
The thirty-two invited teams will each receive a $1,000 donation from the Boras Foundation. There is no entry fee and each team is guaranteed a minimum of four games; only two will get five games – the two in the “state championship” game that will be broadcast on Fox College Sports.