The high school baseball season hasn't even begun - several teams have scrimmages this weekend - but word out of Elk Grove High School is that the Thundering Herd has accepted an invitation to play at the USA Baseball National High School Invitational Tournament in 2013. The event is held annually in Cary, N.C., and pits some of the top programs in the country.
A look at this year's field includes Mater Dei from Orange County and Orange Lutheran High School.
The carrot for the Herd to play in North Carolina next March has to be that both Rowdy Tellez and Dom Nunez will be seniors and, though both have made their college commitments, they will likely rank high on prospect lists amongst all high schoolers next spring. Tellez may be a high pro draft choice in June of 2013, Nunez, too.
Elk Grove scrimmages Clovis West this Saturday in Clovis. Watch for a couple young guys to grab some looks - freshman infielder Nick Madrigal, who was a part of the 14U USA Team last summer, and Trey Hicks, a very versatile fielder who can play just about everywhere. How well pitching develops this spring will determine how good the Herd will be this season.