The 16 Elite California Teams Prepare to Vie for the Boras Baseball Classic De-facto State Championship Title
Newport Beach, CA, January 6, 2016—The Boras Foundation announced today the final competitors for the highly anticipated 2016 Boras Baseball Classic.
The 32-team invitational pits 16 of the most elite high school teams from Northern California against 16 teams from Southern California to name a de-facto state championship.
“Being able to give back to the community through the Boras Baseball Classic for players to achieve their goal of taking their passion for baseball to the next level is what this is all about,” said Scott Boras, Director of The Boras Foundation. “Growing the Classic each year and watching the players grow into collegiate and professional athletes is why the Boras Foundation started the Classic.”
Elk Grove High School of Elk Grove, CA will play host to the Northern Classic, March 21-24, 2016. Opening the Classic will be Saint Francis High School, the 2015 Boras Baseball Classic State Championship team. With all-stars like Andrew Carter (Sr.), P, WCAL co-pitcher of year who went 9-0, the Lancers should be outstanding once again.
Jeremy Ydens (Sr.), P/CF, who was named Mercury News player of the year and had 44 hits, including 15 for extra bases, and batted .404, is another returning standout for St. Francis. He also went 7-3 with a 1.69 ERA for the CCS Open champions. Ydens was also named Boras Baseball Classic MVP along with Andrew Martinez of Santa Ana Mater Dei.
Also in the NorCal bracket will be: Oak Ridge High School, Yuba City High School, Davis High School, Clovis West High School, Elk Grove High School, Stockdale High School, Junipero Serra High School, Turlock High School, Maria Carrillo High School, Archbishop Mitty High School, Heritage High School, Saint Mary’s High School, Vintage High School, Los Gatos High School and Tracy High.
JSerra Catholic and Mater Dei will host the Southern section of the Boras Classic March 29-April 1, 2016. With JSerra as the South Champions the Lions faced off against St. Francis of Mountain View in the State Championship game at Cal State Fullerton.
The Southern California tournament also includes: Mater Dei, Notre Dame Sherman Oaks, Orange Lutheran, Huntington Beach, Corona Santiago, JW North, South Hills, El Camino Real, Vista Murrieta, Loyola, Mira Costa, Great Oak, Chaminade, Damien and La Costa Canyon.
The 32 invited high school teams participating in the tournament are guaranteed a minimum of four games, with a fifth game for the two schools that reach the highly anticipated state championship game. Boras Baseball Classic tournament brackets may be viewed in their entirety at the Boras Classic website, borasclassic.com.