Collegiate Baseball H.S. Poll 3-15-16


Coppell High School Baseball LogoTUCSON, Ariz. — Coppell (Tex.) is ranked No. 1 in Collegiate Baseball’s first regular-season National High School poll after starting the season 14-0.

With the return of five pitchers who can all throw 90 mph or higher, Coppell was ranked as the top team in the USA entering the 2016 season by Collegiate Baseball in January.

Coppell has outscored opponents 110-19 with only 12 of those runs being earned. The team has a microscopic ERA of 0.96, and the staff has only allowed 60 hits total (average of 4.2 hits per game). The Cowboys have not allowed any team to score more than three runs on them in any game this season.

Offensively, Coppell is hitting .355 with 7 homers (1 more than all of last season), 20 doubles and 10 triples over 14 games.

Coach Kendall Clark won his 300th career victory on February 27. He also won his 100th game at Coppell recently as well.

JSerra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano, CA) moved to No. 2 after posting a 5-0 record to kickoff the season. They defeated Tesoro, 8-1 to win the Newport Elks Tournament.

No. 3 Hamilton (Chandler, AZ) has an 8-0 record. Three players are hitting over .500 in Nick Breuser (.576, 5 HR, 19 RBI), Cole Bellinger (.514, 8 2B, 14 RBI) and Brayden Merrit (.579, 2 HR). Leading the pitching staff are Zane Strand (3-0, 0.43 ERA, 15 K, 15.1 IP) and Bellinger (2-0, 0.00 ERA, 8 IP).

Rockledge, FL moves into the poll at No. 4 with an 11-0 start to the season. The team has recorded five shutouts including three no-hitters. Mason Studstill no-hit Palm Bay in an 11-0 victory. Drew Parrish didn’t allow a hit against Bayside, also an 11-0 win, while Studstill and Brady Martello combined to no hit Astronaut in a 15-0 tilt.

No. 5 Providence (Charlotte, NC) is 5-0. Logan Davidson threw a 1-hit shutout against defending 3A state champions Marvin Ridge to win 2-0.

No. 6 Buchanan (Clovis, CA) posted a 9-0 record to start the season. The Bears were undefeated in the Coca Cola Tournament, beating Edison, CA 15-7 for the title.

No. 7 Oak Grove (Hattiesburg, MS) was undefeated through 7 games that includes shutouts over Perry Central and South Jones. The Warriors have played for the state championship in three of the last four years, winning in 2012 and 2014 and are pushing to get back again.

No. 9 is Katy, TX which is 14-0. The Tigers are No. 2 in Texas 6A baseball behind Coppell, TX. At one point in the season, the Tigers recorded 5 shutouts in a row — 11-0 vs. Victoria West, 10-0 vs. Cy Woods, 13-0 vs. Pearland Dawson, 5-0 vs. Westside and 8-0 vs. Cy Lakes.

No. 10 Buford, GA (6-2) posted three shutouts during the Perfect Game High School Showdown. They defeated two previously ranked teams from the pre-season in Ballard, KY, 3-0 and Oxford, MS, 1-0. The Oxford win gave Buford the tournament title. Austin Wilhite threw the final innings to earn the save.

No. 11 The First Academy (Orlando, FL) kicked off its season with a 10-1 record as they prepare to head for the National HS Invitation. Garrett Milchin has recorded two no-hitters against Father Lopez and Conrad Academy. Cash Case hit three home run in five games while Graham Dvorak hit for the cycle in a 17-1 victory over Mount Dora Christian Academy.

Bryant (AR) moves into the poll at No. 12 with a 3-0 record. In the season opener against 4A state runner-up Arkadelphia, Zach Jackson tossed a perfect game. He needed only 62 pitches for the 10-0 win as he struck out 9 in 6 innings. Jackson rehabbed last season from Tommy John surgery to return.

Senior Logan Allen started the season off going 10-for-10 at the plate. Pitcher Evan Lee helped his team defeat El Dorado as he allowed one hit in 5 innings of work while striking out 11.

No. 13 Walton (Marietta, GA) posted an 8-1 record. They kicked off the season by defeating previously ranked Ardrey Kell, 11-1. Their only loss has been against Woodstock, 3-2.

No. 15 Archbishop McCarthy (Southwest Ranches, FL) posted an 11-1 record. The most recent win came against American Heritage (Plantation, FL), 7-5. American Heritage is one of the top ranked teams in Broward County.

Jesuit (New Orleans, LA) moves into the poll at No. 17 after posting a 10-1 record. The Blue Jays have shown they will be a tough team in Louisiana’s 5A this season. They swept the Barbe Tournament recently, fighting off Evangel, 9-7 before defeating two-time defending 5A state champ Barbe, 4-2. Jesuit also beat St. Thomas More, 17-7 and Sam Houston, 4-2.

Moving into the poll at No. 19 is Orange Lutheran. The Lancers have posted a 4-1 record despite playing the first five games of the season without their four Division 1 commits who have all been sidelined due to injuries. The Lancers defeated top ranked Huntington Beach, 5-3 in the season opener and have one loss against Damien, 8-7.

No. 20 South Dade (Homestead, FL) started with a 9-1 record. They recently defeated Columbus, FL, 3-0 and Homestead, 11-0 and have 7 shutouts so far. Their only loss came against Southridge, 2-0 in 8 innings.

No. 21 Orangewood Christian (Maitland, FL) posted 12 wins before losing 4-0 to Master’s Academy.

La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad, CA) is No. 22 with a 2-1 record. They kicked off the season by defeating Poway, 9-6 in 8 innings and Ramona, 12-1 before losing to Granite Hills, 1-0.

No. 23 South Caldwell (Hudson, NC) has outscored opponents 58-3 to post a 5-0 record. Pitcher Rian Haire is 2-0 with 22 strikeouts, 3 walks in 9 innings. He has allowed just one hit. Jared Mathewson tossed a no-hitter in a 10-0 win over Patton. Top hitters are CF Jacob Raby (.727, 6 RBI), 2B Garrison Burress (.667 BA), C Brett Macchia (.636, 3 2B, 1 HR, 7 RBI) and Chase Whisnant (.429 BA).

No. 26 Flanagan (Pembroke Pines, FL) is 11-1-1 with their only loss coming early in the season to Westminster Christian (Miami, FL), 3-1. They recently defeated West Broward, 9-3 and Palm Beach Central, 14-1.

No. 27 Summerville, SC opened its season at the IP Classic where the Green Wave went 3-1, beating eventual champion Carolina Forest, 4-1, JL Mann, 8-4, Greenville, 10-5 and losing to Hilton Head, 7-4.

No. 28 Topsail (Hampstead, NC) is 4-1. In the season opener, pitchers combined to no-hit Jacksonville, 10-0. RHP Payton Rice got the win striking out 5, walking one in three innings.

Teams that fell out of poll include Oxford, MS; Huntington Beach, CA; Round Rock, TX; Parkview, GA; Ardrey Kell, NC; St. Francis, Mountain View, CA; Ballard, KY; Southlake Carroll, TX; and Spanish Fort, AL.

For more information on the high school poll and high school coverage across the USA, see the March 25, 2016 edition of Collegiate Baseball. You can subscribe or purchase a single copy of Collegiate Baseball by CLICKING HERE.

Collegiate Baseball’s National H.S. Poll
(March 13, 2016)

Rank School    City/State Record
  1. Coppell (Coppell, TX) 14-0
  2. JSerra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano, CA) 5-0
  3. Hamilton (Chandler, AZ) 10-0
  4. Rockledge (Rockledge, FL) 11-0
  5. Providence (Charlotte, NC) 5-0
  6. Buchanan (Clovis, CA) 9-0
  7. Oak Grove (Hattiesburg, MS) 7-0
  8. Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV) 0-0
  9. Katy (Katy, TX) 14-0
10. Buford (Buford, GA) 6-2
11. The First Academy (Orlando, FL) 10-1
12. Bryant (Bryant, AR) 3-0
13. Walton (Marietta, GA) 8-1
14. Shawnee Mission East (Prairie Village, KS) 0-0
15. Archbishop McCarthy (Southwest Ranches, FL) 11-0
16. Farragut (Knoxville,TN) 0-0
17. Jesuit (New Orleans, LA) 10-1
18. St. Rita (Chicago, IL) 0-0
19. Orange Lutheran (Orange, CA) 4-1
20. South Dade (Homestead, FL) 9-1
21. Orangewood Christian (Maitland, FL) 12-1
22. La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad, CA) 2-1
23. South Caldwell (Hudson, NC) 5-0
24. Christian Brothers Academy (Lincroft, NJ) 0-0
25. Walsh Jesuit (Cuyahoga Falls, OH) 0-0
26. Flanagan (Pembroke Pines, FL) 11-1-1
27. Summerville (Summerville, SC) 3-1
28. Topsail (Hampstead, NC) 4-1
29. Pleasant Grove (Pleasant Grove, UT) 0-0
30. Liberty Christian Academy (Lynchburg, VA) 0-0