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Prep baseball teams begin tourney play

Several Kanawha Valley baseball teams and others from around West Virginia have already hit the road to begin spring break business trips today in southern states.

Four teams — Capital, Nitro, South Charleston and Logan — are participating in the gigantic, week-long Mingo Bay Classic in and around the Myrtle Beach, S.C., area.

George Washington is competing in a tournament in Cocoa Beach, Fla., while Hurricane traveled to Charlotte, N.C., to begin a three-day showcase event there.

Capital, Nitro, South Charleston and Logan all have their first three opponents lined up for pool play Monday through Wednesday in the Mingo Bay event, then the top teams from each pool advance to bracketed semifinal games Thursday and title games Friday.

Today, Capital meets Corning East (N,Y.) at 2:30 p.m. in Socastee, Nitro plays Cherry Hill (N.J.) at 5 p.m. in Myrtle Beach, South Charleston takes on West Springfield, (Va.) at 5 p.m. in Aynor and Logan meets Austintown Fitch (Ohio) at 5 p.m., also in Socastee.

A total of 70 schools are set to field teams in the Mingo Bay Classic, 18 of them from West Virginia.

The other state schools (listed alphabetically) are East Fairmont, Elkins, Greenbrier West, Hedgesville, Jefferson, Martinsburg, Musselman, Notre Dame, Oak Glen, PikeView, Princeton, Spring Mills, Trinity and Washington.

Further information on the tournament is available at

n GW is set to play Bayside (Fla.) today at 6 p.m. in Cocoa Beach, Fla. The Patriots also have games scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday.

n Hurricane and Hough (N.C.) are scheduled to meet at 2:30 p.m. today in Charlotte. The Redskins also have games set up for Tuesday and Wednesday.

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