Collegiate Baseball H.S. Poll 3-27-16


Coppell High School Baseball LogoTUCSON, Ariz. — Coppell, TX remains No. 1 in the latest Collegiate Baseball National High School poll.

At 18-0, Coppell continues to tear up their schedule and dominate as the No. 1 team in Texas’ 6A baseball. Pitching continues to be the strongest element for the Cowboys.

The most recent wins were over Southlake Carroll, 1-0 and 2-1. In the 1-0 victory, Cowboys pitcher John Kodros matched Carroll’s Matthew Canterino as neither team could collect a hit over three-plus innings. But in the bottom of the fourth inning, Coppell’s Austin Gross hit an RBI triple to score what became the game winning run. Kodros fired a one-hitter over six innings and struck out eight in the contest.

Earlier the Cowboys opened District play with wins over Bell, 12-1 and 4-0. In the 12-1 win, Coppell’s Charles King struck out eight over five innings. In the second game, Chris Burdine gave up two hits and struck out eight over six innings.

Close behind Coppell is No. 2 Katy, TX which also has an 18-0 record. The Tigers have posted 9 shutouts so far and have outscored opponents 148-22. Of the 22 runs opponents have scored, only 16 were earned.

Offensively the team is hitting .384 with 66 stolen bases in 18 games. The pitching staff has 129 strikeouts in 111 innings for a 1.01 team ERA. Top pitchers include LHP Dan Haveman (5-0, 0.74 ERA, 29 K, 28.3 IP), sophomore RHP Coy Cobb (4-0, 0.36 ERA, 20 K, 19.33 IP), RHP Keaton Denzer (2-0, 4 SV, 0.00 ERA, 33 K, 16.67 IP), and RHP Garret Doiron (3-0, 1.34 ERA, 17 K, 15.67 IP).

No. 3 Providence (Charlotte, NC) also is undefeated at 12-0. The Panthers have scored 121 runs and given up only 30. Jake Holtzapple is hitting .517 with 16 RBI while Logan Davidson has a .500 batting average with 24 RBI and Zach Brown is at .441.

No. 4 Buchanan (Clovis, CA) has mowed through its schedule undefeated at 14-0. The Bears swept the Fresno Easter Tournament, defeating Hanford West, 6-2, Woodcreek (Roseville, CA) 1-0, Sheldon (Sacramento, CA) 12-6 and Hanford 5-1.

Archbishop McCarthy (Southwest Ranches, FL) moved up to No. 5 and remains undefeated at 16-0. The Mavericks won three straight games in the High School Baseball Network’s March Madness Tournament.

However, McCarthy forfeited the tournament championship game against Monsignor Pace due to a vandalism incident that prompted both schools to agree not to play each other in any sport for the rest of the year. The high school association ruled that McCarthy would not take a loss for the forfeit.

Junior RF Adan Fernandez belted 5 home runs over the last 7 games while senior CF Alex Carballo leads the team in hitting at.484 followed by junior LF A.J. Hendricks at .479.

No. 6 JSerra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano, CA) is 7-1 as they prepare to participate in the Boras Classic. Recently JSerra split two games with Huntington Beach, CA. They won the first game 9-6 and lost 9-8.

No. 7 Bryant, AR missed several games due to rain, but managed to play 6 games in Florida to stay undefeated at 11-0. The Bryant pitching staff has allowed 2 or more runs in only 3 of the 11 games. Five players are hitting over .400. In a 13-1 win over Rosemount, Even Lee opened the game with an inside-the-park home run.

No. 8 is Clovis, CA. The Cougars and Buchanan are neck-and-neck in the Tri-River League. Clovis also is undefeated at 16-0, and the two teams are scheduled to meet on April 5.

No. 9 is Rockledge, FL (17-1) which suffered its first loss of the season against Christian Brothers (Memphis, TN), 4-3.

No. 10 Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV) had an early loss to Santa Margarita, CA; However, the Gaels went through the Chris Moon Memorial Tournament in Tucson, AZ and beat Canyon Del Oro (Tucson, AZ) 9-0 for the championship. The Gaels have a 9-1 record.

No. 11 Shawnee Mission East (Prairie Village, KS) kicked off its season with two wins. Joey Wentz and Zeb Vermillion combined for a no-hitter to beat Blue Valley, 2-0 in the season opener. Wentz threw four innings for the win and Vermillion three for the save.

No. 12 Hamilton (Chandler, AZ) remains the top team in Arizona with a 15-2 record. The team posted a .382 batting average with Nick Brueser leading at .528 with 6 home runs and 27 RBI. The pitching staff has a 1.93 Team ERA.

No. 13 South Dade (Homestead, FL) is on a 12-game win streak with a 16-1 overall record. They recently defeated Merritt Island, 11-4 in the championship game of the Rawlings Select Classic.

No. 14 St. Rita (Chicago, IL) opened its season with four wins against local competition before heading to South Carolina for its spring trip.

No. 15 Buford, GA is on an 8 game winning streak and posted a 12-2 record. Justin Glover fired a no-hitter in a 10-0 victory over West Forsyth. The win streak has included 5 consecutive shutouts. Over those 8 games, Buford has only allowed opponents to score two runs.

Walton (Marietta, GA) is No. 16 after going 3-1 in the National High School Invitational. Walton lost to Chaminade College Prep, CA, 9-3, but beat Bingham, UT, 10-0, Trinity, FL, 7-3 and Flanagan, FL, 2-1. They have a 14-3 record and are still the top team in Georgia’s Region 5.

No. 17 Orange Lutheran (Orange, CA) is ranked as the No. 2 team in the LA area by the Los Angeles Times with an 8-1 record. With injured players returning to the field, the Lancers were 4-0 last week with wins over West Ranch, Capistrano Valley and Puyallup, WA.

No. 18 South Caldwell (Hudson, NC) remains undefeated with a 10-0 record. Top hitters include Jacob Raby (.615, 11 RBI), Brett Macchia (.538, 5 2B, 10 RBI), Garrison Burress (.500, 4 2B) and ChaseWhisnant (.474, 11 RBI). Top pitchers are Rian Haire (4-0, 0.45 ERA, 43 K, 20 IP) and Jared Mathewson (4-0, 1.05 ERA).

Oak Grove (Hattiesburg, MS) dropped to No. 19 after suffering two losses to Gulfport, 6-5 and Ocean Springs, 6-0. The team remains undefeated in district play at 4-0. The pitching staff has posted a 2.02 ERA while the hitters are a collective .325 with 26 stolen bases.

No. 20 Walsh Jesuit (Cuyahoga Falls, OH) opened its season with a sweep of Stow, OH, 10-2 and 7-4. In the first game, junior RHP Jace Burke struck out 10 batters in five innings, allowing just two hits.

Moving into the poll is No. 21 Stoneman Douglas (Parkland, FL) with a 15-2 record. The two losses were by one run. Colton Welker is hitting .565 with 5 home runs while Jon McKenna is batting .441 with 4 homers. Brandon Kaminer leads the pitching staff with 6 wins.

Also new to the poll is No. 22 Calallen (Corpus Christi, TX) which is No. 1 in Texas’ 5A baseball with an 11-2 record.

Another new team to the poll at No. 23 is Bearden (Knoxville, TN). They recently knocked off perennial powerhouse Farragut, 3-1 and are currently 7-0.

No. 24 Christian Brothers Academy (Lincroft, NJ) is scheduled to start its season on April 1.

No. 25 White Knoll (Lexington, SC) has opened its season with 13 straight wins. The Timberwolves’ Steven Estep tossed a complete game shutout to defeat South Aiken, 5-0. They are 6-0 in region play.

No. 26 Pleasant Grove, UT is 5-1 to start the season with their only loss to Pineview, 1-0. C Payton Henry was hot at the plate, recording 8 RBI, 6 hits and one home run in two games.

No. 27 Providence (Jacksonville, FL) posted an 18-1 record and are the top team in Florida’s 4A division.

Vista, CA moves into the No. 28 spot after capturing the San Diego Lions Tournament and posting an 8-2 record. In the Premier Division of the tournament, Vista defeated Christian, 9-5 for the championship.

No. 29 Glenwood (Phenix City, AL) has a 29-2 record and is No. 1 in AISA D3. C Tyler Cadenhead is leading the offense with a .526 batting average, 13 doubles, 7 home runs and 37 RBI. Top pitcher is LHP Carson Hicks who is 8-0 with a 1.13 ERA, 53 strikeouts in 41 innings.

No. 30 is Summerville, SC with an 8-2 record. They have won their last 7 games; However, they got bumped down due to other teams excelling.

Teams that fell out of the poll include: The First Academy, FL; Farragut, TN; Jesuit, LA; Flanagan, FL; Orangewood Christian, FL; Topsail, NC; La Costa Canyon, CA; and Liberty Christian Academy, VA.

Any of those teams could make it back into the poll as the season progresses. Other teams to watch are Huntington Beach, CA (7-4), who won the National High School Invitational; Owasso, OK (10-3); and Archbishop Moeller, OH, which opened the season 1-1.

For information on the high school poll, please see the April 8, 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 27, 2016)

Rank School    City/State Record
1. Coppell (Coppell, TX) 18-0
2. Katy (Katy, TX) 18-0
3. Providence (Charlotte, NC) 12-0
4. Buchanan (Clovis, CA) 14-0
5. Archbishop McCarthy (Southwest Ranches, FL) 16-0
6. JSerra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano, CA) 7-1
7. Bryant (Bryant, AR) 11-0
8. Clovis (Clovis, CA) 16-0
9. Rockledge (Rockledge, FL) 17-1
10. Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV) 9-1
11. Shawnee Mission East (Prairie Village, KS) 2-0
12. Hamilton (Chandler, AZ) 15-2
13. South Dade (Homestead, FL) 16-1
14. St. Rita (Chicago, IL) 4-0
15. Buford (Buford, GA) 12-2
16. Walton (Marietta, GA) 14-3
17. Orange Lutheran (Orange, CA) 8-1
18. South Caldwell (Hudson, NC) 10-0
19. Oak Grove (Hattiesburg, MS) 11-2
20. Walsh Jesuit (Cuyahoga Falls, OH) 2-0
21. Stoneman Douglas (Parkland, FL) 15-2
22. Calallen (Corpus Christi, TX) 11-2
23. Bearden (Knoxville, TN) 7-0
24. Christian Brothers Academy (Lincroft, NJ) 0-0
25. White Knoll (Lexington, SC) 13-0
26. Pleasant Grove (Pleasant Grove, UT) 5-1
27. Providence (Jacksonville, FL) 18-1
28. Vista (Vista, CA) 8-2
29. Glenwood (Phenix City, AL) 29-2
30. Summerville (Summerville, SC) 8-2