By Tommy Howard
Come out to Mike Johnson Park or Warrior Field this coming week and you'll have a chance to watch three Georgetown County teams playing ball.
You'll also see teams from several other South Carolina schools, Virginia, Ohio and North Carolina.
Along the Grand Strand, Andrews, Georgetown and Waccamaw high schools are joined by about 50 other teams in the long-running baseball classic that got its start in Georgetown.
About 30 years ago the first spring break tournament was held at Georgetown. It's changed names over the years, was the Hawaiian Tropic tournament and now is the Mingo Bay Classic. But it all started from a small beginning with a few teams from Northern schools wanting to play some baseball over spring break.
Coach Mike Johnson of the Georgetown Bulldogs got his 700th career win during last year's tournament.
Coach Jeff Gregory of Waccamaw and his Warriors serve as another host site. And coach Roland Clemons will bring his Andrews Yellow Jackets to play at Georgetown this year.
There are four tournaments that run all week. An earlier tournament was held the first week of April.
Mingo Bay Classic II includes games at St. James, Carolina Forest, Georgetown and Waccamaw, with 16 teams. [Download PDF schedule]
Mingo Bay III includes North Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach, Conway and Loris, with 16 teams. [Download PDF schedule]
Mingo Bay IV includes Socastee and Aynor, with additional games being played at Myrtle Beach and at Carolina Forest, also with 16 teams. [Download PDF schedule]
Mingo Bay V includes other games at Conway and at St. James, with a total of six teams. [Download PDF schedule]
Schedules for all four of these tournaments can be viewed on the Georgetown Times Web site for the first three days of the tournaments.
At Georgetown on Monday, L. Manning faces Andrews at 4:30 p.m., and Washington faces Georgetown at 7 p.m.
Tuesday at 4:30 p.m., Washington vs. Andrews and 7 p.m. L. Manning vs. Georgetown.
Wednesday at 1:30 p.m., L. Manning plays Washington and at 4 p.m. Andrews vs. Georgetown.
Up at Warrior Field in Pawleys Island, Monday's first game is at 4:30 p.m. with Canfield vs. Bamberg-Ehrhardt. At 7 p.m. Atlantic Shores plays host Waccamaw.
Tuesday at 4:30 p.m., Canfield vs. Atlantic Shores and at 7 p.m. Bamberg vs. Waccamaw.
On Wednesday, the first game is at 1:30 p.m. with Atlantic Shores vs. Bamberg. Waccamaw plays Canfield at 4 p.m.
Games for Thursday and Friday haven't yet been determined and will depend on results of the first three days of round robin play.
Regardless of the outcome of the games, there'll be outstanding high school baseball throughout the Grand Strand this coming week.