THE MINGO BAY Classic is played on 11 fields in and around Myrtle Beach. George Washington is the first area team to play, facing Reagan (N.C.) at 10 a.m. Tuesday.
That's not necessarily a good thing, said GW Coach Chad Campbell said.
"It's not supposed to be that warm there," said Campbell, whose team is 6-1. "I don't think we'll be able to go to the beach."
Among the Patriots' opponents in pool play is Horseheads, N.Y. The Blue Raiders' ace is Dylan Manwaring, the son of former San Francisco Giants' star Kirt Manwaring.
Dylan Manwaring is headed to Wake Forest, the school that recruited former Hurricane High School star Sam Kmiec, who eventually transferred to Winthrop.
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THE MAN behind the Mingo Bay madness is former Buffalo High School and West Virginia State player Tim Christy, which explains the connection with the Kanawha Valley.
The tournament features pool play through Thursday with bracket play set for Friday and Saturday.
The Valley teams competing are Buffalo, Capital, Charleston Catholic, George Washington, Hurricane, St. Albans and South Charleston. The other 15 state teams are Bluefield, Hampshire, Hedgesville, Jefferson, Liberty (Raleigh), Logan, Martinsburg, Musselman, PikeView, Point Pleasant, Princeton, Robert C. Byrd, Shady Spring, Sherman and Washington,
Games played at Myrtle Beach High School can be watched live on www.beachbaseball.org. Go to the website and follow the link to ustream.
Also, scores will be updated on Facebook. Search for Mingo Bay Classic.
Contact Assistant Sports Editor Rich Stevens at richstev...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4837.