Collegiate Baseball H.S Poll 5-23-16

BUCHANAN NO. 1 IN CB’S NATIONAL H.S. POLL

Buchanan BaseballTUCSON, Ariz. — For the first time this season, there is a new No. 1 team in Collegiate Baseball’s National High School Poll — Buchanan (Clovis, CA).

With a 28-1 record, the Bears defeated Liberty-Bakersfield, 9-1 in the quarter-finals of the CIF Central Section Division 1 playoffs and are scheduled to play Bullard in the semi-finals this week. Earlier the Bears clinched the Tri River Athletic Conference title with a sweep over Clovis North, 7-0 and 5-1 to advance to the sectional playoffs.

Grant Gambrell pitched the 7-0 shutout win over Clovis North. He improved his record to 10-0.

No. 2 Deer Park (Deer Park, TX) remains undefeated with 34 straight wins this season. They advanced in the state playoffs after defeating Fort Bend Kempner twice, 2-1 and 6-0, and will meet Strake Jesuit in the Regional semi-finals.

No. 3 Archbishop McCarthy (Southwest Ranches, FL) captured its sixth baseball state championship in seven years after defeating Mosley (Lynn Haven, FL), 10-4. The Mavericks defeated five of Florida’s top 6A teams — Barbara Goleman, American Heritage, Rockledge,  North Marion and Mosley — to claim the title. They outscored opponents 45-11 over the five games. The top hitters for the team in the post season included SS Kobe Lopez (.512, 1 HR) and CF Alex Carballo (.509). Austin Genao pitched 5.2 innings in the championship game to secure the win. They finished with a 29-2 record.

After maintaining the No. 1 spot since the pre-season poll, Coppell, TX fell to No. 4. The Cowboys, now 32-2, dropped the first game of a three game series against Boyd, 3-2, but came back to win 10-2 and 6-1 to advance in the state playoffs. They defeated Flower Mound, 1-0 in a one-game slot. Pitcher Ray Gaither tossed the complete game shutout, striking out 10 and scattering four hits. They meet Midland Lee for a three-game series in the Regional semi-finals.

No. 5 Calallen (Corpus Christi, TX) has four post-season wins for a 27-2 overall record. Calallen will face Alamo Heights for a three-game series.

No. 6 Providence (Charlotte, NC) has advanced to the state 4A tournament’s final four with a 28-2 overall record. They defeated Alexander Central, 9-1, Ardrey Kell, 9-8, Mooresville, 3-1 and South Caldwell, 17-0. Against Kell, Providence came back from an 8-2 deficit in the third inning to win 9-8. Logan Davidson hit two home runs, including the game winner, a two-run shot in the sixth.

No. 7 Stoneman Douglas (Parkland, FL) captured Florida’s 9A state title after defeating Columbus (Miami, FL), 3-0 in the championship game. Douglas ended the season with a 27-2 overall record.

No. 8 Greenup County (Greenup, KY) saw its 33-game win streak snapped with a 2-1 loss to East Jessamine (Nicholesville, KY). They quickly bounced back with a 12-2 win over Fleming County, KY. They are 34-1 heading into district play.

No. 9 Redondo Union (Redondo Beach, CA) has a 27-2 overall record. To end the regular season, the Sea Hawks split two games with Mira Costa (Manhattan Beach, CA), winning 4-2 and losing 2-1, and then defeated Wilson, 9-1 to advance to the second round of the CIF SS Division 3 playoffs.

Dropping to No. 10 is Rockledge, FL which ended its season 28-2. Rockledge lost in the regional to Archbishop McCarthy, 8-1 to end its run for the state title.

No. 11 Bryant, AR defeated Conway, 5-0 to capture its fourth state championship over the last 7 years. The pitching staff tossed three straight shutouts to end the season. Zach Jackson pitched a combined 14 innings of shutout ball against Cabot (4-0) and Conway during the playoffs. Evan Lee tossed a 10-0 semifinal shutout over Springdale Har Ber.

Bryant finished the season with a 31-2 record and won 17 straight games at the end. The pitching staff had an 0.98 team ERA and the hitters posted a .368 team batting average.

No. 12 Brother Rice (Chicago, IL) completed the regular season with a 32-3 overall record and the Chicago Catholic League title with a 21-0 record. Ryan Kutt was named conference Player of the Year while Andrew Dyke was the conference’s top senior. They begin the state playoffs this week.

No. 13 Walton (Marietta, GA) won 15 games in a row to end the season with a 30-4 overall record and the Georgia 5A state title. The Raiders defeated Pope, 11-1 and 5-4 to win the program’s third state championship. To win the final game of the series, Jason Avers drove in two runs with a walkoff, one-out single in the bottom of the seventh. In the 11-1 victory, Jason Rooks went 3-for-5 with two home runs and 5 RBI.

No. 14 Canterbury School (Fort Myers, FL) won Florida’s 3A state title with a 6-0 victory over Santa Fe Catholic. The team finished 31-1 with 15 straight wins to close the season.

No. 15 JSerra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano, CA) won the Trinity League championship for the third straight year with a 13-2 record and are 25-6 overall. They defeated Dana Hills, 3-0 in the first round of the CIF playoffs.

No. 16 St. Thomas Catholic (Houston, TX) is seeking its second state title in three years as they head to the semi-finals in the TAPPS 5A playoffs. The Eagles (30-1-1) will face Prestonwood Christian Academy next after defeating San Antonio St. Anthony’s, 8-0.

If No. 17 North Davidson (Lexington, NC) gets past Butler in the state’s 4A playoffs, they could meet up with No. 6 Providence. Davidson has posted a 25-1 record for the season and is currently riding an 11-game win streak.

No. 18 Milford, OH (27-2) won its Division 1 district championship by defeating Springboro, 3-1. RHP Kyle Ruehlman scattered five hits, walked one and struck out six to battle for the win. It was the Eagles’ first district title since 2003. The7 will face Bellefontaine next.

Lake Travis (Austin, TX) dropped down to No. 19 after being knocked out by Oak Ridge, TX, in a best of three series. After winning the first game 13-0, Lake Travis lost the next two games 3-1 and 2-0 in 8 innings. They finished the season 31-4-1.

Also dropping down to No. 20 is South Caldwell (Hudson, NC) which was lost to Providence, 17-0 in the fourth round of the state tournament. The team finished 28-2 and over the last two years posted a 54-3 record.

No. 21 Barbe (Lake Charles, LA) captured its first three-peat 5A state title after beating Byrd (Shreveport, LA) 5-2 in the championship game. Adam Goree was named the American Press All-Southwest Louisiana Big Schools’ Player of the Year.

New to the poll at No. 22 is Riverdale Baptist (Upper Marlboro, MD) with a 31-3 overall record. They had a 30-game win streak snapped in the regular season finale by Caravel Academy, DE in a 4-1 loss. However, they won the National Association of Christian Athletes Division 1 national championship and will start the private school state tournament this week.

No. 23 Farragut (Knoxville, TN) earned its ninth consecutive trip to the state tournament after defeating Morristown East in a sectional game. The Admirals are 37-6 and have nine state baseball titles which is second behind Christian Brothers which has 12. The Admirals have been to the state tournament 16 of the last 17 years.

No. 24 Teurlings Catholic (Lafayette, LA) defeated Ouachita, 3-2 to capture Louisiana’s 4A state championship, the program’s sixth title and third since 2010. Leading the team was Josh Taylor (11-1, 1.95 ERA, 65 K, 71.2 IP), OF Nick Webre (.444, 6 HR, 41 RBI), MIF/P Hayden Cantrelle (.398, 29 RBI, 18 SB), and C Austin Kirkpatrick (.340, 38 RBI, 3 HR). They finished 35-4.

No. 25 Hamilton (Chandler, AZ) completed its season with a 12-3 victory over Mountain Ridge (Glendale, AZ) for the Division 1 state title. Zane Strand won three games in the state tournament, finished 11-2 with a 1.52 ERA. Nick Brueser was named Arizona’s Player of the Year. The Huskies were 27-7 overall.

No. 26 Glenwood School (Phenix City, AL) captured its 21st AISA Class 3A state title after sweeping Autauga Academy, 9-3 and 9-2. Carson Hicks was named the tournament MVP after pitching the first game and getting two hits and two RBI in the second game. Glenwood completed the season 46-5.

No. 27 St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, NJ) advanced to the semi-finals after defeating Northern Highlands, 4-2 in the quarter-finals. They defeated Bergen Catholic, 9-1 to become the league champions and have a 21-3 overall record.

Falling to No. 28 is Buford, GA (32-5) after suffered a tough 3-1 loss to Locust Grove for the Georgia 4A state title. The Wolves have made it to the state final for the last three seasons and won the championship last year.

No. 29 South Dade (Homestead, FL) lost in the regional quarterfinals to end their season at 22-4.

Returning to the poll at No. 30 is Summerville, SC (27-7). The Green Waves held off J.L. Mann, 2-1 in the final game of the 4A state championship series to win the title. The team’s season was dedicated to their late teammate, Tripp Rabon, who passed away in a car accident a few months before the season started. They were able to honor him with a state title.

Dropped from the poll are Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV), Mountain Ridge (Glendale, AZ), Owasso, OK and Clovis North (Fresno, CA).

Teams to watch include El Toro (Lake Forest, CA) who are the South Coast League champions; Jackson (Massillon, OH) who have 28 wins this season; and Staley (Kansas City, MO) 30-4 who are district champs.

For information on the high school poll and the 2016 Louisville Slugger H.S. All-Americans, check out the June 17, 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
(May 23, 2016)

Rank School    City/State Record
  1. Buchanan (Clovis, CA) 28-1
  2. Deer Park (Deer Park, TX) 34-0
  3. Archbishop McCarthy (Southwest Ranches, FL) 29-2 F
  4. Coppell (Coppell, TX) 32-2
  5. Calallen (Corpus Christi, TX) 27-2
  6. Providence (Charlotte, NC) 28-2
  7. Stoneman Douglas (Parkland, FL) 27- 2 F
  8. Greenup County (Greenup, KY) 34-1
  9. Redondo Union (Redondo Beach, CA) 27-2
10. Rockledge (Rockledge, FL) 28-2 F
11. Bryant (Bryant, AR) 31-2 F
12. Brother Rice (Chicago, IL) 32-3
13. Walton (Marietta, GA) 30-4 F
14. Canterbury School (Fort Myers, FL) 31-1 F
15. JSerra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano, CA) 25-6
16. St. Thomas Catholic (Houston, TX) 30-1-1
17. North Davidson (Lexington, NC) 25-1
18. Milford (Milford, OH) 27-2
19. Lake Travis (Austin, TX) 31-4-1 F
20. South Caldwell (Hudson, NC) 28-2 F
21. Barbe (Lake Charles, LA) 35-6 F
22. Riverdale Baptist (Upper Marlboro, MD) 31-3
23. Farragut (Knoxville, TN) 37-6
24. Teurlings Catholic (Lafayette, LA) 35-4 F
25. Hamilton (Chandler, AZ) 27-7 F
26. Glenwood School (Phenix City, AL) 46-5 F
27. St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, NJ) 21-3
28. Buford (Buford, GA) 32-5 F
29. South Dade (Homestead, FL) 22-4 F
30. Summerville (Summerville, SC) 27-7 F