Collegiate Baseball H.S. Poll 5-9-16

COPPELL H.S. NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL POLL

TUCSON, Ariz. — Coppell (TX) is No. 1 in Collegiate Baseball’s National High School Poll with a 29-1 record.

The Cowboys, who have managed to maintain the top spot in the nation since the pre-season poll, completed its regular season with two convincing wins over Haltom in a doubleheader.

Coppell won the first game 10-0 in five innings with Charles King on the mound. He allowed no runs on two hits with five strikeouts before turning the ball over to John Kodros for the fifth inning. He struck out two. Myles Paschall had a double, a homer and 3 RBI in that game.

In the second game, Coppell won 12-1 in five innings with Ray Gaither and Chris Burdine combining for five innings with no earned runs allowed. Gaither struck out nine in the first four innings.

The District 7-6A champions met Duncanville in the Bi-district Region for the first leg of the playoff system in Texas. The Cowboys won two games, 8-4 and 7-0 to advance.

No. 2 Buchanan (Clovis, CA) is winding down its regular season with two recent wins over Clovis, 8-0 and 3-1, for a 25-1 overall record. They will face No. 30 Clovis North to end the regular season.

No. 3 Rockledge (FL) has posted an 28-1 overall record. The Raiders recently defeated Port St. Lucie (FL), 1-0 in 9 innings in the Regional Semifinal. Mason Studstill tossed 8 innings of no-hit ball that included 15 strikeouts. He also drove in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth to make a winner out of reliever Drew Parrish, who struck out three Port St. Lucie batters in the top of the ninth.

Over the last 41 innings, the Raiders have only allowed two runs, and the pitching staff has struck out 60 batters. No earned runs have been allowed in the last 33 innings. Rockledge advances to play No. 5 Archbishop McCarthy.

No. 4 Deer Park (TX) has run the table this season with 30 wins so far. In the Bi-District, they defeated Manvel, 5-0 and 12-0 to advance in the state playoffs.

No. 5 Calallen (Corpus Christi, TX) has remained the top team in Texas 5A with a 24-2 record. They were idle last week and start the state playoffs this week.

With a 26-2 record, No. 6 Archbishop McCarthy (Southwest Ranches, FL) advances to its ninth consecutive Regional championship contest against Rockledge. The Mavericks defeated American Heritage, 4-3 to move ahead in the tournament. Kobie Lopez, Alex Toral and Joe Perez each hit home runs in the contest while Lopez and Jake Holland contributed two hits.

No. 7 Lake Travis (Austin, TX) has posted a 28-2-1 record. They recently took two of three games from Round Rock Stony Point to advance in the Texas 6A state playoffs.

With a conference regular-season and tournament title under its belt, No. 8 Providence (Charlotte, NC) advances to its state playoffs with a 25-2 record. The Panthers defeated Ardrey Kell, 3-1 in the tournament championship. Sophomore Tim Townsend struck out 10 in five innings against Ardrey Kell. The team batting average is an impressive .401.

No. 9 Stoneman Douglas (Parkland, FL) finished the regular season with a 9-game winning streak and won its first two games of the state playoffs against Western (Davie, FL), 10-0 and West Broward (Pembroke Pines, FL), 2-1 in 9 innings. They will face Jupiter in the Regional.

No. 10 South Caldwell (Hudson, NC) has a 25-1 record and recently defeated Hibriten, 8-3. Jacob Raby struck out 8 in the contest while Brett Macchia was named Tournament MVP with 2 home runs and 10 RBI. During the tournament, the pitching staff — Raby, Rian Haire, Jared Mathewson, Alex Laws and Jon Bolick — combined for 19 innings and struck out 41 batters. They have given up just 37 runs in 26 games this season.

No. 11 Greenup County (KY) is winding down its regular season and has posted 31 straight wins.

Moving into the poll is No. 12 Redondo Union (Redondo Beach, CA) which has a 25-1 record (that includes two forfeited games). The team is ranked No. 2 in the state by Cal Hi Sports and is facing a tough opponent this week in Mira Costa, CA.

No. 13 Bryant (AR) finished its conference play with a 13-1 record and a 27-2 overall record. Zach Jackson threw a complete game shutout against Little Rock Catholic, 4-0 and was the winning pitcher going the distance in a 2-1 win over Conway. In 98 combined innings pitched, Evan Lee and Jackson have only given up 6 earned runs. Bryant will finish its regular season this week. Also Head Coach Kirk Bock won his 600th career game when his team defeated Siloam Springs, 8-3.

Moving into the poll at No. 14 is Brother Rice (Chicago, IL). After two early losses, Brother Rice has gone on a 24-game winning streak and 25-2 overall record. They recently defeated previously ranked St. Rita, 6-2 and 8-2.

No. 15 Buford (GA) has sailed through the first two rounds of the state playoffs, defeating Whitewater, 9-5 and 5-4 and Bainbridge, 15-0 and 16-2. LHP/1B Justin Glover fired his third no-hitter of the season in the first game against Bainbridge. He also hit two homers in game two and drove in 6 runs. OF Brandon Marsh continued his 12-game hitting streak and raised his batting average to .535 for the season. He has 51 hits and 51 runs scored in 30 games.

No. 16 JSerra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano, CA) has posted a 21-6 overall record and is ranked No. 1 by the Los Angeles Times and is No. 4 in the state by Cal Hi Sports. The Lions got their fourth shutout in five games with a 5-0 win over Servite. Collin Quinn allowed no runs on five hits with 7 strikeouts and one walk. Earlier, JSerra completed a three-game sweep over Orange Lutheran, 5-2, 1-0 and 7-0.

No. 17 St. Thomas Catholic (Houston, TX) blasted through the TAPPS state playoff opener, defeating Dallas Parish Episcopal, 10-0 in five innings. The Eagles have a 29-1-1 overall record. Ross Brock hammered a two-out, three-run home run to cap a five-run first inning in the game. He added a two-run double.

No. 18 Milford (OH) is 21-2 and will finish its regular season before starting the OHSAA Tournament opener later this week. Milford recently suffered its second loss of the season against Kings, but several days later avenged its loss with a 9-3 win in 8 innings. The Eagles are the No. 1 seed in the Cincinnati sections for the state tournament.

Returning to the poll is Farragut (Knoxville, TN) at No. 19 which is ranked No. 1 in the state by the Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association poll. The Admirals have posted a 33-5 overall record.  A three-run homer by Duncan Pence helped the Admirals defeat Maryville, 5-0 in the second round of the District 4-AAA tournament. Dylan Pacific threw five scoreless innings, giving up just two hits and striking out seven in the contest.

No. 20 Walton (Marietta, GA) has advanced to the third round of the state playoffs after defeating Archer, 5-1 and 11-3 and Lee County, 9-1 and 6-1. They have posted a 26-4 record.

Entering the poll at No. 21 is Canterbury (Fort Myers, FL) which has posted a 29-1 record for the season, won its district and has advanced to the semi-finals of the Florida 3A state playoffs where they will meet Maclay. They defeated Out-of-Door Academy, 2-0 and Northside Christian, 6-2 in the Regional.

No. 22 North Davidson (Lexington, NC) has a 22-1 record. The Central Piedmont Conference tournament was rained out and North Davidson will start the 4A state playoffs this week.

No. 23 Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV) begins state playoffs this week and finished the regular season with a 27-4 record.

New to the poll is No. 24 Barbe (Lake Charles, LA) with a 33-6 record. The Buccaneers have sailed through the state playoffs so far with wins over John Ehret, 3-0, Archbishop Rummel, 4-1 and 10-0 and St. Amant, 3-0 and 6-1. They meet Catholic (Baton Rouge, LA) in the tournament’s semi-finals.

No. 25 Mountain Ridge (Glendale, AZ) has knocked off Sunrise Mountain, 9-5, O’Connor, 5-4 and Mountain Pointe, 5-1 to reach the Arizona Division 1 semi-finals. The Lions will face No. 28 Hamilton in that game. They have defeated some tough Arizona and California teams this season to reach a 25-5 record.

No. 26 Glenwood School (Phenix City, AL) will play for the GISA state title this week after posting a 44-4 record. Recently the team defeated 3A state champions Monroe Academy, 4-2 and 5-0 and knocked off the No. 1 GISA team Deerfield-Windsor, 8-6. Carson Hicks picked up his 12th win of the season by tossing a complete game 1-hitter to send Glenwood to the finals.

No. 27 Owasso (OK) advances to the first round of the state tournament this week after posting a 29-6 regular season record.  They will face Edmond Memorial.

No. 28 Hamilton (Chandler, AZ) has advanced to the semi-finals to face Mountain Ridge. They have defeated Queen Creek, 4-2, Chaparral, 11-10 and Perry 8-3. Top pitcher this season is Zane Strand (10-2, 1.31 ERA) and top hitter is Nick Bruester (.458, 9 HR, 46 RBI).

No. 29 South Dade (Homestead, FL) lost in the Regional Quarterfinals to Columbus (FL) 5-1. They ended their season 22-4.

Clovis North (Fresno, CA) moves in at No. 30 with a 22-4-1 record. They will face Buchanan, the top team in California, this week to finish the regular season. They beat them earlier this season 12-5.

Dropped from the poll are Shawnee Mission East (KS), Davis (CA), Malvern Prep (PA), Pensacola Catholic (FL), Stillwater (OK), St. Rita (IL), Arlington (TN), Carolina Forest (Myrtle Beach, SC) and Orange Lutheran (CA).

Other teams to watch include De La Salle (CA), Basic (NV), Riverdale Baptist (MD) and Jackson (OH).

For information on the high school poll, please see the May 20, 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 9, 2016)

Rank School    City/State Record
  1. Coppell (Coppell, TX) 29-1
  2. Buchanan (Clovis, CA) 25-1
  3. Rockledge (Rockledge, FL) 28-1
  4. Deer Park (Deer Park, TX) 30-0
  5. Calallen (Corpus Christi, TX) 24-2
  6. Archbishop McCarthy (Southwest Ranches, FL) 26-2
  7. Lake Travis (Austin, TX) 28-2-1
  8. Providence (Charlotte, NC) 25-2
  9. Stoneman Douglas (Parkland, FL) 24-2
10. South Caldwell (Hudson, NC) 25-1
11. Greenup County (Greenup, KY) 31-0
12. Redondo Union (Redondo Beach, CA) 25-1
13. Bryant (Bryant, AR) 27-2
14. Brother Rice (Chicago, IL) 25-2
15. Buford (Buford, GA) 27-3
16. JSerra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano, CA) 21-6
17. St. Thomas Catholic (Houston, TX) 29-1-1
18. Milford (Milford, OH) 21-2
19. Farragut (Knoxville, TN) 33-5
20. Walton (Marietta, GA) 26-4
21. Canterbury School (Fort Myers, FL) 29-1
22. North Davidson (Lexington, NC) 22-1
23. Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV) 27-4
24. Barbe (Lake Charles, LA) 33-6
25. Mountain Ridge (Glendale, AZ) 25-5
26. Glenwood School (Phenix City, AL) 44-4
27. Owasso (Owasso, OK) 29-6
28. Hamilton (Chandler, AZ) 25-6
29. South Dade (Homestead, FL) 22-4 F
30. Clovis North (Fresno, CA) 22-4-1