Collegiate Baseball HS Poll (3-29-21)

BUFORD (GA) NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL POLL

TUCSON, Ariz. — Buford (Buford, GA) is ranked No. 1 in the latest Collegiate Baseball National High School Poll presented by Diamond Pro.

The Wolves remain undefeated at 20-0 and have recorded 14 shutouts. The pitching staff sports a team ERA of 0.84 and has struck out 209 with 39 walks.

Dylan Lesko, Jax Brockett, Jackson Gaspard and Treyton Rank have combined for 93 2/3 innings and given up just 4 runs with a 0.30 combined ERA. Buford has outscored opponents, 127 to 15.

No. 2 Madison Central (Madison, MS) is 14-0 and is the top team in Mississippi’s 6A division. The team has a .400 batting average, led by Hunter Hines, who is hitting .667 with 5 home runs. Top pitchers include RHP Braden Montgomery and LHP Beau Bryans who both have 0.00 ERAs.

No. 3 Jesuit (Tampa, FL) is 13-1 after recently winning the 40th annual Saladino Tournament in Tampa. The Tigers defeated Jefferson, 7-2, Sickles, 14-4, Wharton, 6-5 and Durant, 10-2 in the title game. Bradke Lohry was named tournament MVP while BJ Graham was awarded Defensive Player of the tournament. 1B Tyler Corish and P Kris Sosnowski made the All-Tournament team.

New to the poll at No. 4 is Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks, CA) with 5 straight wins to kick off the season. The Knights beat top ranked JSerra Catholic, 4-3, in the season opener. Christian Miranda came on in relief to pick up the win. He allowed one hit while the Knights pushed across the winning run. Jonathan Peric locked down the final two innings with no runs, one hit, one walk and 3 strikeouts.

Notre Dame also shutout Mater Dei (Santa Ana, CA), 9-0 and defeated Orange Lutheran (Orange, CA), 2-1 within its first 5 games of the season.

No. 5 St. Mary’s (Orchard Lake, MI) opened its season with two shutouts over Detroit Catholic Central, 5-0 and 16-0.

No. 6 Farragut (Knoxville, TN) is 7-0. LHP Carson Mitchell tossed a complete game no-hitter to defeat Dobyns-Bennett, 10-0. He had 8 strikeouts.

In 50 innings, the pitching staff boasts a 1.26 team ERA led by Mitchell (2-0, 0.78 ERA, 17 K) and Jackson Pease (2-0, 0.00 ERA, 16 K).

The hitters have a .326 team batting average, led by Angus Pence (.444, 3 2B, 2 HR, 9 RBI) and Bryce Burkey (.500, 2 3B, 1 HR, 11 RBI).

New to the poll is No. 8 Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, CA) at 4-0. They recently defeated JSerra Catholic, 2-1. They will face another ranked team in Orange Lutheran (Orange, CA) this week.

No. 9 Hamilton (Chandler, AZ) is 4-1 with a 2-0 league record. In a 2-1 loss to Red Mountain, Brock Selvidge tossed a one-hitter through the first 6 2/3 innings, but he left the game due to a high pitch count. The relief pitcher gave up a two-out, walk-off double that allowed Red Mountain to win.

No. 10 Barbe (Lake Charles, LA) split two games with Sam Houston (LA) which broke its 20-game win streak. They are 21-1. In the 8-2 win over Sam Houston, Jack Walker threw a complete game, striking out 14 which improved his record to 6-0 for the year.

No. 11 is Orange Lutheran (Orange, CA) with a 3-1 record after losing a 2-1 squeaker to Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks, CA).

No. 12 Baylor (Chattanooga, TN) is 5-1. They lost a heartbreaker to IMG Academy, 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh on a walk-off solo home run but defeated Alabama powerhouse Bob Jones, 4-1. Through 6 games, Vito Valincius is hitting .333 with 4 home runs and 11 RBI. Jay Dill is 2-0 with a 1.44 ERA, 18 strikeouts in 10 innings.

No. 13 Stoneman Douglas (Parkland, FL) recently won the Hall of Fame Spring Break Classic, beating Hollywood Hills, 16-0, Flanagan, 8-1, Cypress Bay, 12-2 and Somerset Academy, 12-0. They boast a 15-1 record with a 10-game winning streak and 7 shutouts.

Christian Rodriguez is 3-0 with 53 strikeouts in 25 innings while Chris Arroyo is 6-0 with 43 strikeouts in 27 innings. Neither pitcher has allowed a hit in their last 10 innings.

No. 14 Lake Travis (Austin, TX) is 18-2-2 and ranked No. 1 in Texas 6A by the Texas HS Baseball Coaches Association. The Cavaliers swept district foe San Marcos, 8-4 and 3-0. Ethan Roark earned the win in both games by throwing 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief in the first game and tossing a no-hit shutout with 9 strikeouts in game two.

No. 15 De La Salle (Concord, CA) kicked off its season with a 2-0 record. AJ Bianchina started at third base to help the Spartans defeat Tracy, 13-2, in the second game of the year. Immediately after the game, he drove an hour to play in De La Salle’s football game where he scored two touchdowns.

Auburn (AL) is No. 16 with a 20-1 record and boasts 9 shutouts this season. Recently, the team ticked off 4 shutouts in a row over Gulf Shores (AL), 2-0, Harris County (GA), 10-0, Trinity Christian (Sharpsburg, GA), 10-0 and Cullman (AL), 2-0.

No. 17 Carrollton (GA) is 18-1 and ranked just behind Buford (GA) in state polls. The pitching staff has posted a 1.62 team ERA, led by Colton Cosper (4-0, 0.46 ERA, 42 K, 30 1/3 IP), Eli Runyan (4-0, 0.62 ERA, 31 K, 22 2/3 IP), Cade Cosper (3-0, 2 SV, 0.40 ERA, 13 K, 17 2/3 IP) and Connor Herriott (3-1, 1 SV, 1.63 ERA, 20 K).

No. 18 Owasso (OK) recently dropped two games and are 12-2. Top pitchers are Brennan Phillips (3-1, 1.75 ERA, 58 K, 24 IP) and Jackson Farrell (3-1, 0.64 ERA, 27 K, 22 IP). Top hitters include Solo Skalnik (.542, 3 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 8 RBI) and Brody Green (.390, 4 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 8 SB).

No. 19 Thousand Oaks (CA) kicked off its season with 5 straight wins. Roc Riggio has hit five home runs in five games. The senior, who signed with Oklahoma State, is one home run shy of tying the state record for consecutive game home runs, according to the Cal Hi Sports record book.

New to the poll at No. 20 is Friendswood (TX), 16-0 and ranked No. 1 in Texas’ 5A baseball by the Texas HS Baseball Coaches Association.

No. 21 Calvary Christian Academy (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) is 12-2 after dropping a recent tournament game.

No. 23 Calvary Christian (Clearwater, FL) is 12-2 after losing 3-1 to Berkeley Prep (FL).

No. 24 Malvern Prep (Malvern, PA) is 2-0 to start the season. Fran Oschell beat perennial powerhouse La Salle College High, 9-1. In 5 innings, he gave up one run and struck out 9.

No. 26 is Ronald Reagan (San Antonio, TX) with a 19-3 record (6-1 in district play). They are ranked third in Texas’ 6A polls.

No. 27 Grayson (Loganville, GA) is 14-3 after dropping two games to Parkview and one to Sandy Creek, both Georgia schools.

No. 29 Doral Academy (Doral, FL) is 12-2-1. They recently suffered a 7-1 loss to IMG Academy but are 4-0 in district play.

No. 30 is Millard West (Omaha, NE) with a 5-2 record. Several players were injured recently and had to sit out for a couple of weeks.

Teams that fell out of the top 30 include JSerra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano, CA) 2-3; Charlotte Christian (Charlotte, NC) 6-4; Madison-Ridgeland Academy (Madison, MS) 16-5 and Heritage Hall (Oklahoma City, OK), 5-3.

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(March 29, 2021)

Rank School    City/State 2021 Record
  1. Buford (Buford, GA) 20-0
  2. Madison Central (Madison, MS) 14-0
  3. Jesuit (Tampa, FL) 13-1
  4. Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks, CA) 5-0
  5. St. Mary’s (Orchard Lake, MI) 2-0
  6. Farragut (Knoxville, TN) 7-0
  7. Reagan (Pfafftown, NC) 0-0
  8. Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, CA) 4-0
  9. Hamilton (Chandler, AZ) 4-1
10. Barbe (Lake Charles, LA) 21-1
11. Orange Lutheran (Orange, CA) 3-1
12. Baylor (Chattanooga, TN) 5-1
13. Stoneman Douglas (Parkland, FL) 15-1
14. Lake Travis (Austin, TX) 18-2-2
15. De La Salle (Concord, CA) 2-0
16. Auburn (Auburn, AL) 20-1
17. Carrollton (Carrollton, GA) 18-1
18. Owasso (Owasso, OK) 12-2
19. Thousand Oaks (Thousand Oaks, CA) 5-0
20. Friendswood (Friendswood, TX) 16-0
21. Calvary Christian Acad (Ft. Laud., FL) 12-2
22. Providence (Charlotte, NC) 0-0
23. Calvary Christian (Clearwater, FL) 12-2
24. Malvern Prep (Malvern, PA) 2-0
25. Walsh Jesuit (Cuyahoga Falls, OH) 0-0
26. Ronald Reagan (San Antonio, TX) 19-3
27. Grayson (Loganville, GA) 14-3
28. Red Land (Lewisberry, PA) 0-0
29. Doral Academy (Doral, FL) 12-2-1
30. Millard West (Omaha, NE) 5-2