The Jack Sink Memorial Baseball tournament at Myers Park High School has been one of the highlights of the high school baseball season in Charlotte for more than 20 years.
The 24th annual Jack Sink tournament, which starts April 19, pits four of the state's top public schools against four of the state's best private schools in a format that has become one of the most popular tournaments in the Charlotte area.
This year's field includes Providence High, Ardrey Kell, South Mecklenburg and host Myers Park from the 4A public-school ranks. Charlotte Christian, Charlotte Latin, Charlotte Country Day and Providence Day represent the private schools.
Each public school will play three privates in three days (April 19-21), with games starting at 11 a.m. daily and running through the night session.
This year's field includes dozens of future Division I baseball players, including: Providence High's Jackson Campana (Clemson), Brett Austin (N.C. State) and Jake Fincher (N.C. State); Ardrey Kell's Chris McCue (North Carolina), Logan Ratledge (N.C. State) and Trent Thornton (North Carolina); as well as Myers Park's Tyler Powell (Western Carolina).
The longest-running baseball tournament in the area also will feature a home-run derby Tuesday night.
Record: 10-1, 7-1.
Key player: 3B Jackson Campana.
Providence is No. 3 in the state and has won 10 of its first 11 games.
Austin, Fincher and Campana have combined for 12 home runs to lead a powerful Panthers team, which certainly will be among the contenders to win the Southwestern 4A conference title and the 4A state title this year.
Record: 13-1, 7-1.
Key player: SS Logan Ratledge.
Ardrey Kell started the season as the state's No. 1 team, and its only blemish so far is a loss to Providence High.
The Knights feature seven players who have committed to various baseball teams, led by shortstop Ratledge and pitchers McCue and Thornton.
Ardrey Kell has top talent at every position, including manager Hal Bagwell, who will look to have his team in its third state championship series in the last four years.
The Knights will look to carry their momentum through spring break but always get opponent's best shot at the Jack Sink tournament.
Record: 8-4, 5-3.
Key player: C Logan Koch.
The Sabres are in the toughest conference in the state and rank only behind traditional powerhouses Ardrey Kell and Providence, with a win against the Panthers already.
South Meck features a roster led by sophomore catcher Logan Koch and freshman Brooks Kennedy. The Sabres also feature a solid pitching duo in senior Chris Pearlman and sophomore Earl Oliver.
The Sabres can play with anyone and will be a tough matchup for each of the teams they play in the tournament.
Record: 3-9, 2-6.
Key player: P Tyler Powell.
The Mustangs have gotten off to a disappointing start at 3-9 in the unforgiving SW4A. Taking a break from league play should help, and might give Myers Park some momentum going into the second half of the conference season.
Pitchers Tyler Powell (Western Carolina) and Matt Hedburg have the talent to keep their team in every game.
The Mustangs will have the home-field advantage and need to string together some wins to build confidence.
Record: 11-4, 3-0.
Key player: SS Bryce Bradley.
Like Providence and Ardrey Kell, Charlotte Christian has been one of the top teams in the area, winning eight of the last 10 N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 3A state championships.
Coach Greg Simmons' son, Tyler (Wingate), is one of the top players on this year's Knights team with senior shortstop Bryce Bradley (Harding University) and outfielder Griffin Gum (Alabama-Birmingham).
Record: 8-4, 3-0.
Key player: P/SS Andrew Pope.
The Chargers are off to a strong start with a mix of talent, experience and youth for manager Jim Cerbie.
All-state junior pitcher/shortstop Andrew Pope delivers big performances for the Chargers.
Providence Day has upset top public-schools teams several times in this event.
Charlotte Country Day
Record: 6-1, 1-0.
Key player: P/SS Lee Harrison.
The Buccaneers are a dangerous team to play coming into this event, especially when all-state pitcher Lee Harrison or William Frazier is on the mound. Harrison went 7-0 last year and can dominate teams on the mound and at the plate.
The Bucs are tough to beat because of pitching and a potent offense.
Record: 3-5, 0-4
Key players: P Charlie Fellers.
Latin has had a slow start in the CISAA but could use this tournament to gain new life.
After losing all-state North Carolina signee Michael Massardo to injury, the Hawks are led by senior first baseman Kyle Arbuckle and classmate and top pitcher Charlie Fellers.
East Meck Spring Break Showcase
Many local teams not at the Jack Sink Memorial tournament will be playing at the East Meck Spring Break Showcase on the Eagles' campus. The event, in its second year, has a strong field, including fellow Southwestern 4A foes Butler and Independence, I-Meck powers Hopewell and North Meck, first-year Hough and Union County's Marvin Ridge and Weddington.
Record: 9-5, 4-4.
Key players: C David Daniels.
Like South Meck, the Eagles suffer some from playing in a deep and talented conference. The Eagles hope to use this tournament to build momentum in the SW4A, where they hope to emerge with a top-four finish and a playoff spot.