Collegiate Baseball H.S. Poll 4-24-16

COPPELL NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL POLL

TUCSON, Ariz. — Despite a recent loss, Coppell, Tex. remains No. 1 in Collegiate Baseball’s National High School Poll.

After 21 straight wins, the Cowboys fell to Trinity (Euless, TX) 4-2 after beating them 2-0 earlier in the week. They quickly bounced back with wins against Belton (TX), 5-1, Heritage (Colleyville, TX), 6-1 and 2-0 and Frisco Wakeland, 8-3.

Pitching continues to be the biggest strong point for Coppell. In the 2-0 shutout of Trinity, John Kodros tossed a one-hitter with10 strikeouts. He also struck out 10 in the 6-1 win over Heritage. Ray Gaither struck out 11 in the 2-0 shutout win over Heritage.

The Cowboys are 25-1 for the season and remain No. 1 in the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association poll.

Buchanan (Clovis, CA) is ranked No. 2 with a 21-1 overall record and 8-1 in league. Hunter Reinke tossed a complete game, one-hitter 4-0 victory over Clovis East. He struck out five.

No. 3 Rockledge (FL) won the Cape Coast Conference championship with a 13-0 record and also won the District 13-6A championship with a 2-1 win over Merritt Island. They have a 26-1 record going into the regional playoffs.

Lake Travis (Austin, TX) moves into the poll at No. 4 after going 14-0 in district play and posting a 24-1-1 overall record. They are riding a 15-game win streak to close out the regular season.

No. 5 Calallen (Corpus Christi, TX) continues to stay at No. 1 in the Texas 5A poll with a 20-2 record. They remain unbeaten in district play.

No. 6 Archbishop McCarthy (Southwest Ranches, FL) heads into the regional playoffs with a 24-2 record after losing the District 15-6A championship game to American Heritage (Plantation, FL), 5-0. The Mavericks will meet Barbara Goleman (Miami Lakes, FL) in the regional quarterfinals.

No. 7 Deer Park, TX has a pristine record of 26-0 in Texas 6A. Roel Garcia tossed a five-inning no-hitter in a 10-0 win over Memorial (Port Arthur, TX). He struck out 7 and walked none.

Providence (Charlotte, NC) dropped to No. 8 after posting a 20-2 record. The Panthers recorded their second loss of the season to Ardrey Kell, 2-1. However over the last six games, they have shutout opponents four times and scoring as high as 19 runs in a game.

No 9 Stoneman Douglas (Parkland, FL) posted a 23-2 record. Colton Welker has a .518 batting average with 5 home runs and 20 RBI while Brandon Kaminer leads the pitching staff with a 9-0 record, 1.50 ERA, 69 strikeouts in 61 innings.

No. 10 Shawnee Mission East (Prairie Village, KS) lost its first game against Olathe South, 14-13, to post a 10-1 overall record. Joey Wentz and Zeb Vermillion combined on a no-hitter to beat Shawnee Mission Northwest, 5-0. Wentz has not allowed a hit in 23 innings and has walked only 5 batters and struck out 48. Until the Olathe South game, East pitchers had only allowed 11 runs in 10 games.

No. 11 South Caldwell (Hudson, NC) won its conference title for the sixth time in the last seven years. Rian Haire tossed a one-hitter to defeat Alexander Central, 5-0. He struck out 11. They are 20-1.

No. 12 Bryant, AR has posted a 22-1 record. The Hornets defeated rivals Benton, 10-0 in six innings. The 14-hits and errorless defense aided pitchers Zach Jackson and Beaux Bonvillain during a two-hit shutout. Up to that game, Jackson had not given up an earned run in 34 innings this season. The Hornets went on to beat Catholic, 4-3 in a crucial 7A/6A-central Conference battle.

No. 13 Davis, CA posted a 16-2 record after splitting games with Franklin (Elk Grove, CA) and Sheldon (Sacramento, CA).

Moving into the poll at No. 14 is Milford, OH with a 15-1 record. Nathan Kroger tossed a complete game 3-2 victory over Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati, OH). Head Coach Tom Kilgore celebrated his 300th career win when Milford overcame a 4-run deficit in the top of the seventh inning to defeat Walnut Hills, 8-5. He has been the head coach there since 1999, and the team has been state runners up twice in that time frame. The team’s only loss this season has been to Loveland, 5-8.

Also entering the poll at No. 15 is Malvern Prep (PA) with a 17-1 record. The Friars waited out rain to defeat Marple Newtown, 2-1. Brady Devereaux went the distance in just 76 pitches. Chance DiFebbo had RBI hits to score both runs in the game.

St. Thomas Catholic (Houston, TX) is No. 16 with a 27-0-1 record and currently sits atop the TAPPS 5A rankings (for private Texas schools). St. Thomas has wins this season over Texas public schools such as Oak Ridge and Seven Lakes as well as top Louisianan private schools in Jesuit and Brother Martin, both in New Orleans.

No. 17 Buford, GA closed out the regular season with a 13-0 win over Stephens County to post a 23-3 mark. Clay Dickie fired a 5-inning no-hitter, striking out 6, walking one and facing just one over the minimum. both Austin and Nick Wilkhite hit triples in the fourth inning and each went 3-for-4 in the game with a combined 7 RBI.

No. 18 Pensacola Catholic (FL) defeated Taylor County, 9-1 for the district championship and a 22-2 overall record. In half of their games this season, they have held opponents to one run or less. Catholic will make its 19th consecutive state tournament appearance which is the second longest active streak and second longest in state history.

Orange Lutheran (CA) is No. 19 with a 16-3 record and a No. 1 ranking in the Los Angeles Times’ high school poll. Timely hitting has helped the Lancers push past recent opponents. In the fifth inning of a game against Servite, a double by Isaac Martinez sparked a three-run rally that gave the Lancers and 3-2 win. Orange Lutheran is a half game ahead of JSerra Catholic in the league and will meet this week for a three-game series.

No. 20 Stillwater (OK) is 24-4 on the season. The Pioneers beat Deer Creek (OK), 5-4 to capture first place in Class 6A-3, but dropped a 5-2 game to Southmoore.

No. 21 South Dade (Homestead, FL) recorded a 22-3 record after defeating Killian 4-3 in 8 innings for the District 16-9A championship game. Gabriel Cruz had a walk-off double to score Wesley Dacosta and give the Buccaneers the win over Killian.

No. 22 St. Rita (Chicago, IL) has a 16-2 record after defeating St. Ignatius, 10-6, Fenwick, 5-4 and back-to-back 4A Champions Providence, 4-3 in 9 innings. They will face some tough opponents in the next two weeks in Brother Rice (IL) and Mt. Carmel.

Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV) dropped to No. 23 after posting a 22-4 record. The Gaels suffered a couple of losses in the last two weeks to Centennial, 6-5 in 8 innings, and Palo Verde, 13-7. They are still one of the top teams in Nevada and have several more regular season games to go.

Hamilton (Chandler, AZ) dropped to No. 24 after posting a 21-5 record.

No. 25 Walton (Marietta, GA) completed the regular season with two wins each over Milton and Cherokee for a 22-4 overall record. They head to Georgia 6A state playoffs.

New at No. 26 is Arlington (TN) with a 22-3 record. They went on a 20-game win streak before dropping a game to Bartlett, TN, 6-4.

Also new to the poll is No. 27 Greenup County (KY) which is undefeated with 24 straight wins. The Musketeers have wins over numerous Kentucky schools as well as top West Virginia teams, Nitro 12-2 and Cabell Midland 12-1.

No. 28 is North Davidson (Lexington, NC) who enters the poll with a 19-1 record. In early April, they suffered a 4-3 loss to Davie (Mocksville, NC), but have won the next five games, including beating Davie 8-1 and two against RJ Reynolds, 4-0 and 11-1.

Carolina Forest (Myrtle Beach, SC) dropped to No. 29 after posting a 17-5 record; However, despite the recent losses, they are still the Region 6-4A champs and advance to the state playoffs.

JSerra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano, CA) dropped to No. 30 with a 16-6 record. They continue to hang on to a No. 2 ranking in the LA Times high school poll.

Falling out of the poll this week are Clovis, CA; Katy, TX; Walsh Jesuit, OH; Christian Brothers Academy, NJ; Glenwood, AL, Oak Grove, MS; and Mira Costa, CA.

Katy H.S. was ordered by the Executive Committee of Texas District 19-6A to forfeit games from Feb. 22 through April 11 as it was found that two players violated their UIL amateur status by being paid to assist an area Little League baseball team, according to the Katy Times. Katy will not be eligible for the postseason.

For information on the high school poll, please see the May 6, 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 24, 2016)

Rank School    City/State Record
1. Coppell (Coppell, TX) 25-1
2. Buchanan (Clovis, CA) 21-1
3. Rockledge (Rockledge, FL) 26-1
4. Lake Travis (Austin, TX) 24-1-1
5. Calallen (Corpus Christi, TX) 20-2
6. Archbishop McCarthy (Southwest Ranches, FL) 24-2
7. Deer Park (Deer Park, TX) 26-0
8. Providence (Charlotte, NC) 20-2
9. Stoneman Douglas (Parkland, FL) 23-2
10. Shawnee Mission East (Prairie Village, KS) 10-1
11. South Caldwell (Hudson, NC) 20-1
12. Bryant (Bryant, AR) 22-1
13. Davis (Davis, CA) 16-2
14. Milford (Milford, OH) 15-1
15. Malvern Prep (Malvern, PA) 17-1
16. St. Thomas Catholic (Houston, TX) 27-0-1
17. Buford (Buford, GA) 23-3
18. Pensacola Catholic (Pensacola, FL) 22-2
19. Orange Lutheran (Orange, CA) 16-3
20. Stillwater (Stillwater, OK) 24-4
21. South Dade (Homestead, FL) 22-3
22. St. Rita (Chicago, IL) 16-2
23. Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV) 22-4
24. Hamilton (Chandler, AZ) 21-5
25. Walton (Marietta, GA) 22-4
26. Arlington (Arlington, TN) 22-3
27. Greenup County (Greenup, KY) 24-0
28. North Davidson (Lexington, NC) 19-1
29. Carolina Forest (Myrtle Beach, SC) 17-5
30. JSerra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano, CA) 16-6