BUCHANAN NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL POLL
TUCSON, Ariz. — Buchanan (Clovis, CA) is ranked No. 1 in Collegiate Baseball’s National High School Poll with a 17-0 record.
Last year the Bears finished as the top team in the nation, and so far this season it looks like they could be headed for a repeat.
The Bears have won 30 straight games over two seasons and 61 of its past 63. This year’s team has a mixture of sophomores and seniors. The pitching staff is led by two right-handed seniors in Carson Olson (6-0, 1.27 ERA, 36 K) and Hunter Reinke (5-0, 1.25 ERA, 35 K). Coming out of the bullpen are sophomores Jacob King (0.58, 5 SV) and Marcelo Saldana (2-0, 0.00 ERA).
Sophomores, who have started regularly, are 2B Brady Hormel (.353, 6 2B, 9 RBI), 1B T.J. Fondtain (.308 BA) and CF Miguel Ortiz (.356, 4 3B, 1 HR, 12 RBI).
Top senior hitters are SS Jamal O’Guinn (.380, 3 2B, 12 RBI), 3B Quentin Selma (.333, 3 2B, 2 HR, 15 RBI), C Zach Presno (.312, 6 2B, 1 HR, 14 RBI) and DH Matt McGrady (.352, 2 2B, 10 RBI).
The Bears will participate in the National Classic which is played at several Los Angeles area locations. They will meet Esperanza (Anaheim, CA) in its first contest.
This week’s poll has shifted a lot with eight new teams moving in.
Archbishop McCarthy (Southwest Ranches, FL) dropped to No. 2 with a 17-1 record. The Mavericks were 3-1 in the National High School Invitational in Cary, N.C., losing one game to No. 10 South Hills (West Covina, CA), 5-1. They returned to Florida to win three straight games against Stranahan (FL) 16-2, Lambert (GA) 4-0 and Flanagan (FL) 2-0.
No. 3 Shawnee (OK) keeps rolling along with 24 straight wins this season and 36 straight victories dating back to last season. The Wolves won two tournaments over the past two weeks — Shawnee Showdown and Bill Tipton Classic, led by C/3B Kade Self (.724, 8 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 16 RBI) and P/SS Tanner Sparks (8-0, 0.91 ERA, 57 K, 38.2 IP).
No. 4 George Ranch (Richmond, TX) remains the No. 1 team in Texas 6A baseball by two state polls. Since mid-March, the pitching staff has held opponents to less than 4 runs in every game as the staff has thrown 5 shutouts in the last 9 games.
No. 5 is Columbia (Miami, FL). The Explorers have an 18-1 record and is the top team in Florida’s 9A division. Statewide they are ranked No. 2 by ThePrepZone.com. Their only loss was against Braddock (Miami, FL) in a 1-0 setback.
No. 6 Lake Travis (Austin, TX) posted an 18-1-1 record and is ranked No. 2 behind George Ranch in the Texas 6A division. They are 12-0 in Region IV District 25 play.
No. 7 Rancho Bernardo (San Diego, CA) has a 14-1 record. LHP Brian Marquez tossed a no-hitter to defeat Poway, 4-0 for the North County Tournament championship. It was his second no-hitter of the season. He leads a pitching staff that posted five straight shutouts in their five most recent games.
No. 8 Owasso (OK) lost its first game of the season to post a 21-1 record. The Rams are 8-0 in district play. Two players lead the offense in Caleb Denny (.412, 6 2B, 4 HR, 27 RBI) and Connor Belchler (.406, 5 2B, 9 RBI, 11 SB).
No. 9 North Gwinnett (Suwanee, GA) has a 21-2 record. They recently split two games with Mill Creek, a conference foe, and dropped another game with Loganville (GA), but remain one of the top teams in their division.
No. 10 South Hills (West Covina, CA) is the No. 1 team in the Los Angeles Times poll with a 13-3 record. They defeated Archbishop McCarthy, then the No. 1 team in the nation, 5-1 at the National High School Invitational tournament. They ended up going 2-2 in the tournament after their top pitcher Zack Bromstead pulled a hamstring and couldn’t pitch against Orange Lutheran, the eventual winner of the tournament.
New to the poll at No. 11 is New Hanover (Wilmington, NC) with a 14-0 record. They have emerged as a top team in the state with wins over Topsail, Ashley and North Myrtle Beach (SC).
No. 12 Oxford (MS) is 21-2 and clinched the No. 1 seed in Region 2-5A for the playoffs with a 14-2 win over West Point (MS).
No. 13 Allatoona (Acworth, GA) posted a 22-2 record with a strong pitching staff that recently combined for two shutouts over North Atlanta, 7-0 and Stockbridge, 10-0.
No. 14 is St. John Bosco (Bellflower, CA) which has posted impressive wins over Orange Lutheran and Mater Dei en route to a 13-3 record. The Braves went 2-1 against Mater Dei and swept Orange Lutheran in a 3-game series 8-3, 3-1 and 12-1. Pitching has been a strong point for the team. In the 3-1 win over Orange Lutheran, Johnny Kuhn threw a complete-game five-hitter.
No. 15 Winder-Barrow (Winder, GA) has a 21-2 record and went 3-1 in the National High School Invitational, defeating Huntington Beach (CA), 3-1 (10 innings), American Heritage (FL) 7-0 and Rocky Mountain (CO) 6-5 (8 innings). They lost to Dana Hills (CA), 6-5. They have won all three games since returning home.
Slipping to No. 16 is Huntington Beach (CA) which went 2-2 in the National High School Invitational and posted a 13-3 overall record.
No. 17 Barbe (Lake Charles, LA) has a 24-5 record. After defeating Sulphur (LA) 7-5, the Buccaneers dropped two games against New Iberia and Sam Houston, but came back to win games against Elizabeth and Lafayette.
No. 18 Horizon (Scottsdale, AZ) is 18-3-1. They split two recent games with Sandra Day O’Connor (AZ), losing 3-1 and winning 3-0. In the win, Colin King tossed a two-hit shutout.
No. 19 St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, NJ) has had many games cancelled due to weather and is 2-0. The Green Knights’ original opener against Toms River North was cancelled, so the first game was a 5-0 win over St. Mary (Rutherford, NJ). Connor Kolich went 2-for-2 with 2 RBI and had three stolen bases in the game.
No. 20 Eastlake (Chula Vista, CA) is 13-1. Heading into the San Diego Lions Tournament, they are ranked second behind Rancho Bernardo in the San Diego Section.
No. 21 Orange Lutheran (Orange, CA) won the National High School Invitational by defeating Dana Hills (CA), 3-2. Upon returning to California, they dropped a three-game series to St. John Bosco to post a 12-4 record.
No. 22 Prosper (TX) is 22-3-1 and split two games with state-ranked McKinney North, winning 5-0 and losing 7-5. In the victory, Jacob Cosner (6-0, 1.30 ERA) and Jamie Janco (4-0, 1.45 ERA) combined for a one-hitter. Leading the offense has been Easton Murrell (.508, 35 RS, 23 RBI, 13 SB).
No. 23 William Penn Charter (Philadelphia, PA) joins the poll with an 11-0 start. They recently beat Bergen Catholic (NJ), 7-2 and Caravel Academy (DE), 5-4.
No. 24 Shawnee Mission East (Prairie Village, KS) is 5-2 and still the top team in Kansas 6A. The pitching staff has posted a 1.024 ERA, led by Luke Anderson (0.00 ERA, 29 K, 11 IP, .556 BA) and Zabulon Vermillion (0.00 ERA, 12 K, 12 IP). The team batting average is .383.
Helena (AL) joins the poll at No. 25 with a 24-5 record. They recently defeated previously ranked Spanish Fort (AL), 2-1.
No. 26 Green Valley (Henderson, NV) is 15-2 record. A 12-game win streak was snapped after losing to Basic (NV), 6-4, but the team bounced back with a 10-0 win over Eldorado (NV).
No. 27 Lake Brantley (Altamonte Springs, FL) has a 12-3 record and is second in Florida’s 9A division.
No. 28 Ballard (Louisville, KY) posted a 12-3 record. The team boasts a strong offense with Jordon Adell hitting an inside-the-park grand slam against North Central and the next day belting a solo homer and grand slam against Hickory. He has 10 home runs this year. Other big hitters are James Crockett (5 HR), Jordan Gunter (4 HR) and Jackson Millholland (2 HR).
No. 29 Canterbury (Fort Myers, FL) posted a 15-4 record. They went 1-3 in the National High School Invitational, beating Hamilton (AZ), 7-0. They returned home to beat two local teams.
No. 30 Cullman (AL) is 23-6. They went 2-2 in the National High School Invitational, but have won 6 straight games recently for a No. 2 ranking in Alabama’s 6A division.
Dropped from the poll are Malvern Prep (PA), Brother Rice (IL), Lake Central (IN), Spanish Fort (AL), Stoneman Douglas (FL), Steinbrenner (FL) and Walton (GA).
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Collegiate Baseball’s National H.S. Poll
(April 11, 2017)
|1.||Buchanan (Clovis, Calif.)||17-0|
|2.||Archbishop McCarthy (Southwest Ranches, Fla.)||17-1|
|3.||Shawnee (Shawnee, Okla.)||24-0|
|4.||George Ranch (Richmond, Tex.)||22-1|
|5.||Columbus (Miami, Fla.)||18-1|
|6.||Lake Travis (Austin, Tex.)||18-1-1|
|7.||Rancho Bernardo (San Diego, Calif.)||14-1|
|8.||Owasso (Owasso, Okla.)||21-1|
|9.||North Gwinnett (Suwanee, Ga.)||21-2|
|10.||South Hills (West Covina, Calif.)||13-3|
|11.||New Hanover (Wilmington, N.C.)||14-0|
|12.||Oxford (Oxford, Miss.)||21-2|
|13.||Allatoona (Acworth, Ga.)||22-2|
|14.||St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.)||13-3|
|15.||Winder-Barrow (Winder, Ga.)||21-3|
|16.||Huntington Beach (Huntington Beach, Calif.)||13-3|
|17.||Barbe (Lake Charles, La.)||24-5|
|18.||Horizon (Scottsdale, AZ)||18-3-1|
|19.||St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, N.J.)||2-0|
|20.||Eastlake (Chula Vista, Calif.)||13-1|
|21.||Orange Lutheran (Orange, Calif.)||12-4|
|22.||Prosper (Prosper, Tex.)||22-3-1|
|23.||William Penn Charter (Philadelphia, Pa.)||11-0|
|24.||Shawnee Mission East (Prairie Village, Kan.)||5-2|
|25.||Helena (Helena, Ala.)||24-5|
|26.||Green Valley (Henderson, Nev.)||15-2|
|27.||Lake Brantley (Altamonte Springs, Fla.)||12-3|
|28.||Ballard (Louisville, Ky.)||12-3|
|29.||Canterbury (Fort Myers, Fla.)||15-4|
|30.||Cullman (Cullman, Ala.)||23-6|