By Gabriel Stovall
CARY, NC — As one more nationally ranked high school baseball team goes down at the hands of Whitewater, the Wildcats’ stock continues to rise.
Whitewater posted a come from behind 7-4 victory over DeSoto Central (Miss.) in the team’s opening game of the usabaseball.com National High School Invitational, behind the pitching of senior Georgia Tech signee Jake Lee, Colby Taylor and Jeremiah Woods.
Lee shook off a tough start where he gave up three runs in the first inning, including a two-run bomb by DeSoto’s Austin Riley — who also pitched in the game for DeSoto.
Lee rebounded and recorded four strikeouts in the game, while Woods won in relief, and Jabari Richards provided the offense for Whitewater (9-1), going 3-for-4 with a triple and three RBIs.
Whitewater moves on to face Mosely (Fla.) Friday in the tournament’s quarterfinals. The Dolphins (12-0) are ranked fourth in the MaxPreps Top 25 national rankings and is the nation’s No. 19 team according to perfectgame.org.
That same poll has Buford ranked No. 8 in the nation, which means Whitewater has faced three of the nation’s top 30 squads so far this season.
Each team in the tournament will be guaranteed four games during the tournament. The championship bracket will be a single-elimination format.
Whitewater’s game against Mosley will take place at 3:30 p.m., and will be broadcast live on USABaseball.com.