The 2nd South Carolina Baseball Invitational spring break baseball tournament starts on Thursday and runs through Sunday at Blythewood High.
The eight-team field features three Class 4A top 10 teams – No. 1 lexington, No. 3 Blythewood and No. 8 Sumter. Hammond and Richland Northeast are the other Midlands entries, while Carolina Forest, Laurens and Hilton (NY) round out the roster of teams.
The SCDI championship game is set for 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Lexington has already secured the Region 5-4A championship under first-year coach Brian Hucks. Blythewood has clinched the No. 1 seed out of Region 4-4A, and can make its outright region title with one win in its final three conference outings. The celebration could come when the Bengals resume region play on April 17 against Ridge View.
SOUTH CAROLINA DIAMOND INVITATIONAL SCHEDULE
THURSDAY, APRIL 12
Lexington vs. Carolina Forest (noon); Sumter vs. Laurens (2:30 p.m.); Richland Northeast vs. Hilton (5 p.m.); Blythewood vs. Hammond (7:30 p.m.).
FRIDAY, APRIL 13
Hilton vs. Carolina Forest (noon); Lexington vs. Richland Northeast (2:30 p.m.); Home run-Base running competition (4 p.m.); Sumter vs. Hammond (5 p.m.); Blythewood vs. Laurens (7:30 p.m.).
SATURDAY, APRIL 14
Blythewood vs. Sumter (9 a.m.); Hammond vs. Laurens (11:30 a.m.); Lexington vs. Hilton (2 p.m.); Richland Northeast vs. Carolina Forest (4:30 p.m.); Seventh place game (7 p.m.).
SUNDAY, APRIL 15
Third place game (11 a.m.); Championship game (1:30 p.m.); Fifth place game (4 p.m.).