Mays Baseball Team to Participate in National Tournament, Saturday

Mays Baseball Team (2016)
The Benjamin E. Mays baseball team, coached by Reginald Austin (far right, back row, No. 21), is 14-1 overall this season and undefeated (10-0) and in first place in Class AAAAA-Region 6.

By Seth Coleman

The Benjamin E. Mays baseball team has already demonstrated that it is one of the best in Georgia. Now the Raiders have the opportunity to show the nation.

Mays has been invited to match up against some of the best teams in the nation during a national tournament, beginning Saturday morning. The Raiders will face the Henry Clay Blue Devils from Lexington, Ky., in the Rawlings Select Classic, a 16-team event being held at the LakePoint Sports Complex in Emerson, Ga. First pitch is scheduled for 11 a.m.

This is the first time an Atlanta Public School team has been invited to the prestigious tournament. Mays earned an invitation through its stellar play thus far this season. The Raiders are 14-1 and are in first place and undefeated (10-0) in their region, Class AAAAA-Region 6. Mays, coached by Reginald Austin, has won 12 consecutive games.

Other top teams in the tournament, which will culminate with a championship game Saturday evening, include Archbishop Moeller of Cincinnati, Morgan Park of Chicago, and T.L. Hanna of Anderson, S.C. Mays and Valdosta High School will represent Georgia. Tickets are $5.

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