National Classic baseball tournament starts Monday

The National Classic baseball tournament, which began in 1990 as the first Orange County high school tournament of a national scope, starts Monday.

This year’s edition includes two teams in the California state top 20. Valley Christian of San Jose and Servite are Nos. 2 and 14, respectively, in the state rankings compiled by

Also in the National Classic are El Dorado, Cypress and Mission Viejo, all of which are in the OC Varsity top 25.

IMG Academy of Bradenton, Fla., 15-1 through Thursday, is in the National Classic. Corona, No. 5 in CIF-Southern Section Division 1, also is in the tournament.

First-round games are at Amerige Park in Fullerton, El Dorado High, and Cal State Fullerton. The semifinals are Wednesday at Cal State Fullerton. The championship game is Thursday at Cal State Fullerton.

Information on the tournament, including the bracket, is here. 

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