Collegiate Baseball H.S. Poll 4-12-16


Coppell High School Baseball LogoTUCSON, Ariz. — Coppell (TX) remains No. 1 in Collegiate Baseball’s National High School Poll with 20 straight wins on the season.

Two weeks ago the Cowboys were idle and returned to play a pair of district games against Richland (North Richland Hills, TX) and won 5-4 and 10-3. The Cowboys were ranked No. 1 in the pre-season poll and have managed to remain there through mid-season.

However many of the ranked teams that started out the season with long win streaks have dropped a game or two in the past two weeks.

No. 2 Providence (Charlotte, NC) had a 12-game win streak broken by a 1-0 loss against Marvin Ridge during a spring break tournament. However, they came back with several wins to post a 15-1 record. The team is hitting .391 for the season with 151 runs scored. Logan Davidson (.500, 25 RBI), Jake Holtzapple (.488 BA) and Tucker Jones (.465 BA) are leading the offense.

No. 3 Buchanan (Clovis, CA) managed to reach the No. 1 spot in Cal-Hi’s statewide rankings; however, their 17-game win streak was halted by Tri-River Athletic Conference foes Clovis North in a 12-5 loss. The Bears saw a 5-5 tie in the bottom of the sixth inning quickly turn into a seven-run deficit.

No. 4 Archbishop McCarthy (Southwest Ranches, FL) enters the final week of the regular season with a 21-1 record. The Mavericks dropped a 4-2 game to Flanagan (Pembroke Pines, FL) for their first loss of the season. Flanagan’s four runs were unearned despite a brilliant pitcher’s duel between Flanagan’s Nick MacDonald and Archbishop McCarthy’s Johnny Leone.

No. 5 Calallen (Corpus Christi, TX) remains in the top spot of the Texas 5A polls with a 16-2 overall record and 12-0 in District 30-5A play.

Rockledge (Rockledge, FL) is No. 6 with a 21-1 record. They recently earned the No. 1 seed in the district tournament by defeating Merritt Island, 3-1.

A surprise team is Davis, CA, which enters the poll at No. 7 this week after winning the first 12 games of its season. Davis defeated Serra (San Mateo, CA) 10-6 for the Northern Division title of the Boras Classic. They will play Mira Costa, CA for the overall tournament title.

No. 8 is Shawnee Mission East (Prairie Village, KS) with a 5-0 record. The pitching staff has only allowed 6 runs total in the first five games, and only four were earned. Zeb Vermillion tossed a three-hit shutout in a 5-0 win over Shawnee Mission West. He struck out nine. Luke Anderson pitched a one-hit shutout, striking out 5 in a 10-0 win over Shawnee Mission North in five innings.

Entering the poll at No. 9 is Stillwater, OK with an 18-1 record. They split two games with Broken Arrow a couple of weeks ago, but are on a seven game win streak at the moment.

No. 10 Stoneman Douglas (Parkland, FL) posted an 18-2 record. Leading the offense is SS Colton Welker (.525, 5 HR), 1B Jon McKenna (.357, 6 HR, 25 RBI) and C Chad McDaniel (.391, 1 HR, 15 RBI). LHP Brandon Kaminer is the top pitcher with an 8-0 record, 1.68 ERA, 60 strikeouts in 52 innings.

No. 11 is Katy, TX which had an 18-game win streak broken with a 15-4 loss to Strake Jesuit. Katy then defeated Tompkins 2-1, but lost the next game to Cinco Ranch, 4-2. They have a 19-2 overall record.

Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV) slipped to No. 12 after losing a recent game to Shadow Ridge (Las Vegas, NV), 11-7; however, they previously defeated several out-of-state teams, including Newbury Park, CA 5-0. The Gaels are 18-2 on the season.

Entering the poll at No. 13 is Deer Park, TX which is undefeated this season with 22 straight wins.

No. 14 Bryant, AR dropped a crucial district game to Conway, AR, losing 4-0. The Hornets are 15-2. Evan Lee has been on fire both on the mound and at the plate. He took a perfect game into the seventh inning against Alma before allowing a walk and bunt hit. Lee also hit consecutive home runs in games against Pine Bluff and Greenwood.

No. 15 South Dade (Homestead, FL) is 20-2 with a 9-1 district record. They had a 16-game win streak snapped by a 2-1 loss to Columbus (Miami, FL).

Hamilton (Chandler, AZ) dropped to No. 16 after posting an 18-3 record. The Huskies recently lost 3-1 against Basha (Chandler, AZ). Leading the pitching staff are Zane Strand (6-1, 0.88 ERA) and Cole Bellinger (4-0, 1.05 ERA).

No. 17 JSerra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano, CA) lost to Mira Costa, CA 2-1 in the Southern Division of the Boras Classic and is 11-3.

No. 18 Walton (Marietta, GA) has a 17-3 record. Head Coach Shane Amos recently celebrated his 300th coaching win.

No. 19 St. Rita (Chicago, IL) started the season with a 9-1 record, recently defeated rival De La Salle, 19-5.

No. 20 Buford, GA has posted a 17-3 record. They recently split two games with Madison County, losing the first game 8-9 and winning the second game 10-2. Justin Glover tossed seven no-hit innings against North Hall, striking out 12. Buford won the game 7-5.

No. 21 Orange Lutheran (Orange, CA) posted a 11-2 record as the Lancers head into Trinity League play this week with games against St. John Bosco.

No. 22 South Caldwell (Hudson, NC) had a 12-game win streak snapped by Crest (Shelby, NC) in a 2-1 game, but came back to post two shutouts against Watauga and Hibriten. They are 14-1.

Pensacola Catholic, FL. is No. 23. They started the season with a 14-game winning streak and have posted an 18-2 overall record. Three of the last four games have been won by shutouts. Coach Richard LaBounty celebrated his 700th victory earlier this season.

Clovis, CA dropped to No. 24 after posting a couple of recent losses. They are 17-3 and saw a 16-game win streak stopped by Clovis North in a 3-2 loss. They also recorded a 2-1 loss to Buchanan.

No. 25 Walsh Jesuit (Cuyahoga Falls, OH) kicked off its season with a 5-1 record and are 2-0 in league play.

No. 26 Christian Brothers Academy (Lincroft, NJ) started its season with a 4-1 record with wins over Dunbar, KY, Chestnut Hill Academy, PA, Freehold Township, NJ and Middletown North, NJ.

No. 27 Carolina Forest (Myrtle Beach, SC) is 6-0 in league play and 14-3 overall. C Ryan Gold, who moved last year from New Jersey, has been a key player for Carolina Forest. In a recent win over West Florence, he was intentionally walked three times in the game. Gold has a .405 batting average with 5 doubles, two triples, two home runs and 12 RBI.

No. 28 Glenwood (Phenix City, AL) has a 36-2 record and recently clinched its third straight regional championship, behind a complete game three-hitter from Carson Hicks. He struck out 10 and improved to 10-0 on the season.

No. 29 Oak Grove (Hattiesburg, MS) lost four straight games to Gulfport, Ocean Springs and two to Brandon, however came back to win four straight to post a 15-4 record.

Mira Costa, CA joins the poll at No. 30 with a 13-2 record. They recently won the Southern Division of the Boras Classic defeating JSerra Catholic, 2-1; however, last week they lost their second game of the year against Westlake (Westlake Village, CA) 3-1.

Teams that fell out of the poll include Bearden (TN), White Knoll (SC), Pleasant Grove (UT), Providence (Jacksonville, FL), Vista (CA) and Summerville (SC).

Other teams to watch include:

  • Basic (Henderson, NV) which is neck and neck with Bishop Gorman in the state rankings.
  • Huntington Beach, CA which won the National HS Invitational and have since won 7 of 8 games after returning for a 14-5 record.
  • Flanagan, FL which has the potential to come on strong in the playoffs.
  • Barbe (Lake Charles, LA) which always seems to do well in the state playoffs.
  • Clovis North (Fresno, CA) which ruined the win streaks of league rivals Buchanan and Clovis recently. CN’s record is 14-4-1.

For information on the high school poll, please see the April 22, 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
(April 10, 2016)

Rank School    City/State Record
  1. Coppell (Coppell, TX) 20-0
  2. Providence (Charlotte, NC) 15-1
  3. Buchanan (Clovis, CA) 17-1
  4. Archbishop McCarthy (Southwest Ranches, FL) 21-1
  5. Calallen (Corpus Christi, TX) 16-2
  6. Rockledge (Rockledge, FL) 21-1
  7. Davis (Davis, CA) 12-0
  8. Shawnee Mission East (Prairie Village, KS) 5-0
  9. Stillwater (Stillwater, OK) 18-1
10. Stoneman Douglas (Parkland, FL) 18-2
11. Katy (Katy, TX) 19-2
12. Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV) 18-2
13. Deer Park (Deer Park, TX) 22-0
14. Bryant (Bryant, AR) 15-2
15. South Dade (Homestead, FL) 20-2
16. Hamilton (Chandler, AZ) 18-3
17. J Serra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano, CA) 11-3
18. Walton (Marietta, GA) 17-3
19. St. Rita (Chicago, IL) 9-1
20. Buford (Buford, GA) 17-3
21. Orange Lutheran (Orange, CA) 11-2
22. South Caldwell (Hudson, NC) 14-1
23. Pensacola Catholic (Pensacola, FL) 18-2
24. Clovis (Clovis, CA) 17-3
25. Walsh Jesuit (Cuyahoga Falls, OH) 5-1
26. Christian Brothers Academy (Lincroft, NJ) 4-1
27. Carolina Forest (Myrtle Beach, SC) 14-3
28. Glenwood (Phenix City, AL) 36-2
29. Oak Grove (Hattiesburg, MS) 15-4
30. Mira Costa (Manhattan Beach, CA) 13-2