Baseball: Hilltop Invitational Tournament set to begin Thursday

04/01/2014 6:33 PM

04/01/2014 6:33 PM

Orange’s baseball field may be out of action, but that won’t stop the 16th annual Hilltop Invitational Tournament from taking place this week.

Featuring a mixture of 16 local and visiting teams, the HIT once again will spread its games over Thursday, Friday and Saturday at four sites this year – East Chapel Hill, Jordan, Chapel Hill and Cedar Ridge High Schools.

Jordan coach Devy Bell, who usually enters a team in the tournament, stepped up to offer his field for use after Orange’s field was closed due to storm damage.

“We’re disappointed we will not be hosting this year because of the ice storm damage,” Orange coach Dean Dease said, adding his thanks to Bell and Jordan athletics director David Davis. “The facility at Jordan is top-notch, and the coaches do a great job there.”

Bad weather over the past month has caused many baseball teams to scramble their schedules, and so it is with the HIT. Organizers were unable to construct full winners’ and losers’ brackets, so they’ve opted to schedule the Day 2 and 3 brackets after Day 1 is complete.

Dease noted the 2014 HIT includes top teams from Wake and Forsyth counties.

Holly Springs (7-2), Panther Creek (6-3) and Apex (3-4) come out of the strong 4A Southwest Wake Conference, which also includes Cary and Athens Drive. West Forsyth (7-2) is leading the always powerful Central Piedmont 4A, while East Forsyth (6-2) and Kernerville Glenn (4-6) are fighting for the lead in the Piedmont Triad 4A.

Locally, East Chapel Hill (5-3), Riverside (8-2), Northern (2-6) and Jordan (2-8) represent the PAC-6, while Orange (7-1), Chapel Hill (5-3) and Cedar Ridge (4-4) are the top three teams in the Big Eight 3A Conference.

“Since we have so many teams from the same league, and no one wanted to play a league opponent, we had to get away from a true tournament format,” East coach Phil Woodell said. “We predetermined the first rounds, and the third day will be TBA in order to not play a league opponent.”

Regardless, Dease said, “three games in three days will allow us to use some other players and hopefully build our depth while improving our fundamentals. We are only allowed to play 23 games during the regular season, so every game is important.”



Thursday, April 3

At East Chapel Hill

1 pm, Cary Panther Creek vs. West Forsyth

4 pm, Raleigh Athens Drive vs. East Chapel Hill

At Chapel Hill High School

4 pm, Northern Durham vs. Wake Forest Heritage

7 pm, Apex vs. Chapel Hill

At Cedar Ridge

4 pm, Durham Riverside vs. East Forsyth

7 pm, Cary vs. Cedar Ridge

At Durham Jordan

4 pm, Kernerville Glenn vs. Durham Jordan

7 pm, Holly Springs vs. Orange

Friday, April 4

At East Chapel Hill

1 pm, West Forsyth vs. Athens Drive

4 pm, Panther Creek vs. East Chapel Hill

At Chapel Hill High School

4 pm, NDHS-WFH loser vs. Apex-CHHS loser.

7 pm, NDHS-WFH win. vs. Apex-CHHS win.

At Cedar Ridge

4 pm, Riv-EF loser vs. Cary-Cedar loser.

7 pm, Riv-EF winner vs. Cary-Cedar winner.

At Durham Jordan

4 pm, Glenn-Jord. loser vs. H.Spr-OHS loser.

7 pm, Glenn-Jordan winner vs. H.Springs-Orange winner.

Saturday, April 5

Final games will be played at 1 and 4 pm at each campus, pairings TBD.

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