Collegiate Baseball HS Poll 5-21-18

CALVARY CHRISTIAN (FL) H.S. NO. 1 IN CB POLL

TUCSON, Ariz. — Calvary Christian (Clearwater, FL) improved its record to 29-0 and remains No. 1 in Collegiate Baseball’s National High School Poll presented by Diamond Pro®.

Calvary defeated The First Academy (Orlando, FL) 4-1 and Trinity Catholic (Ocala, FL) 6-1 in the first two rounds of the Florida 4A playoffs. They are slated to play Trinity Christian Academy in the semi-finals.

Pitcher Nolan Hudi recently tossed two 7-inning victories. In a 9-5 win over Berkeley Prep, Hudi had 11 strikeouts. Five days later, he pitched against The First Academy for another 11 strikeout performance. He is 12-0 on the season with a 0.91 ERA, 107 strikeouts, 24 walks in 73.1 innings.

The Warriors have won 59 in a row which dates back to the beginning of the 2017 season. The national record for the longest winning streak was set by Portsmouth H.S. (N.H.) with 89 over the 2008-2012 seasons.

No. 2 Argyle, TX also remains undefeated with a 32-0 record. The Eagles beat Melissa, TX, 7-5 and 10-0 to advance to the semi-finals of the Texas 4A-Region II tournament. Austin King had pivotal moments in both of those game, hitting a bases-clearing double in the fifth inning to help the team win and perfect bunt in the fourth inning of the second game to setup a two-RBI single by Cade Merka as Argyle went on to win, 10-0.

No. 3 Riverdale Baptist (Upper Marlboro, MD) won five straight games in the Puerto Rico Classic in Dorado, PR. The Crusaders have a 27-game win streak and a 32-1 overall record.

No. 4 Cleburne, TX advances to the Regional semi-finals after defeated Crowley, 3-0 and 7-2 in the quarterfinals. They posted a 35-1-1 record.

No. 5 St. John Vianney (St. Louis, MO) has a 33-2 record after defeating St Louis University High, 12-0 for the Class 5 District 4 championship. Luke Mann tossed a no-hitter in that game. Additionally, Coach Scott Brown became the winningest coach in Vianney baseball history with 219 victories. Vianney advances to the Sweet 16 and will play Lafayette. The playoff games in Missouri are single elimination.

No. 6 Valley Christian (San Jose, CA) defeated Sacred Heart Prep, 8-0 in the first round of the CIF Central Coast Section and posted a 27-3-1 record.

No. 7 American Heritage (Plantation, FL) has a 25-3 record and advances to the third round of the Florida 6A tournament where they will face Merritt Island, FL. In the first two rounds, they defeated Goleman, 10-0 and Archbishop McCarthy, 12-3.

No. 8 St. Xavier (Louisville, KY) has a 30-1 record heading into the state playoffs. Kentucky has only one class with approximately 250 schools competing for the state title.  St. Xavier is the No. 1 team in the state.

No. 9 Arcadia, CA dropped two league games against Crescenta Valley, CA just prior to the start of the CIF Southern Section tournament. They defeated Santa Monica, 2-0 in the first round and will face Woodrow Wilson (Long Beach, CA). They are 24-2.

No. 10 La Cueva (Albuquerque, NM) defeated Piedra Vista, 14-3 in 5 innings to capture the New Mexico 6A state championship. The Bears banged out 14 hits in the game with Hunter Straub going 3-for-4 and collecting 3 RBI. Chad Kerschen improved to 3-1. He allowed 3 earned runs while scattering 4 hits. They finished 27-3.

No. 11 Bishop England (Charleston, SC) defeated Seneca, 2-1 and 1-0 to win its second straight South Carolina 3A title. In the second game, Geoffrey Gilbert threw a complete game shutout, striking out 6, allowing three hits and walking one. They finished 31-2.

No. 12 Huntington Beach, CA won the Sunset League with a 15-1 record and won the first round of the CIF Southern Division I by beating Vista Murrieta, 9-1. The Oilers are 25-5 as they head for the second round against Dos Pueblos.

No. 13 Eastlake (Chula Vista, CA) has a 25-3-1 record and heads into the first round of the CIF Open Division as the No. 1 seed. Their first opponent is Poway.

No. 14 Reagan (San Antonio, TX) beat nationally ranked Lake Travis (Austin, TX) twice, 3-2 and 6-4 in the regionals. They advance to regional semi-finals to play against Alexander (Laredo, TX). Reagan is 32-6.

After just missing the state title last year, No. 15 Har-Ber (Springdale, AR) defeated Conway, 6-0 for the Arkansas 7A state championship. It is the team’s first state title. Blake Adams pitched a gem, going 7 innings, allowing four hits, no runs, one walk and 9 strikeouts. He was named the tournament MVP. Har-Ber finished 31-4.

No. 16 Faith Academy (Mobile, AL) beat Russellville twice, 5-3 and 7-3 to capture the Alabama 5A state title. This was the third try to win the state title for Faith Academy as they have been in the finals the past two years. They were defeated by Russellville both times. Eli Giles pitched the final two outs for the save in the first game and threw six innings in the title game. He allowed four hits, one earned run and struck out eight for the win. He was named the Series MVP as Faith Academy finished, 36-3.

No. 17 Wesleyan Christian Academy (High Point, NC) won its third straight North Carolina 3A state title by defeating Charlotte Christian 8-3 and 6-5 in the final series. WCA posted a 23-1 record, suffering only one loss in the third game of the season.

No. 18 Mountain Vista (Highlands Ranch, CO) remains undefeated with a 21-0 record. The team beat Legend, 10-5 to win the region title and advance to the state playoffs to play Arapahoe (Centennial, CO).

No. 19 O’Fallon, IL moves into the poll after posting a 30-3-1- record and moving ahead of Neuqua Valley (Naperville, IL) in the state polls.

No. 20 Neuqua Valley saw its 22-game winning streak snapped after a 4-3 loss to Wheaton North. Later they dropped a series against Lake Park, IL to post a 28-3 record.

No. 21 Mira Costa (Manhattan Beach, CA) has a 28-3 record. They defeated West Ranch (Valencia, CA), 2-1 in the first round of the CIF Southern Division 1 Section and advanced to play Gahr (Cerritos, CA).

No. 22 Stoneman Douglas (Parkland, FL) defeated Flanagan (Pembroke Pines, FL), 1-0 to knock them out of the Florida 9A state tournament. The Eagles (19-5-1) will meet Jupiter, FL.

No 23. Bishop Eustace (Pennsauken, NJ) has been crushing the ball and scoring double-digit runs in many games. They are 20-3 as they enter into the New Jersey – Non-Public A state tournament. In a 19-6 win over Ocean City, Matt Orlando collected his 100th career hit with a single up the middle during the first inning. He went 3-for-3 with an RBI and four runs scored in that game.

No. 24 Lake Travis (Austin, TX) was knocked out of the state playoffs after two losses to Reagan. They ended the season 31-4.

No. 25 Blessed Trinity (Roswell, GA) lost two games to Jefferson, GA, 10-7 and 2-0 in the state semi-finals to end its season at 34-5.

No. 26 Puyallup, WA lost to Federal Way, WA, 6-5 in the quarterfinals of the state tournament which ended its season at 23-2.

No. 27 Gulfport, MS made it to the third round of its state tournament, losing to George County, 2-1 in 8 innings and 4-2. Their final record is 25-4.

No. 28 Staley (Kansas City, MO) lost its district game to Park Hill South, 6-4 and did not advance to the state playoffs. They finished with a 28-2 record. In the previous 5 games, Staley posted 4 shutouts.

No. 29 Parkview (Lilburn, GA) defeated Woodstock, GA, two games to one to advance to the Georgia 7A title series against Mill Creek. Parkview has a 33-6 record.

No. 30 Nogales, AZ beat Catalina Foothills (Tucson, AZ), 3-2 to win the Arizona 4A state title. The Apaches came through the loser’s bracket and beat previously ranked Sunrise Mountain twice, 6-0 and 6-5 in 9 innings to reach final game.

In the title game, RHP Markie Lopez tossed a complete game, striking out 10. It was the Apaches second straight title as they finished 31-5.

Many previously ranked teams dropped out of the poll after being knocked out of their respective regional and state playoffs. They include McAllen, TX (30-5-1), Harvard-Westlake, CA (26-4), Desert Oasis, NV (30-5), Niceville, FL (24-3), Providence, NC (23-4), Pleasure Ridge Park, KY (22-6), Flanagan, FL (24-2), Sunrise Mountain, AZ (27-5) and West Jones, MS (27-5).

For more information on the high school poll and high school information across the USA, check out the June 15, 2018 edition of Collegiate Baseball. You can subscribe or purchase a single copy of Collegiate Baseball by CLICKING HERE.

(As Of May 21, 2018)

Rank School    City/State Record
  1. Calvary Christian (Clearwater, FL) 29-0
  2. Argyle (Argyle, TX) 32-0
  3. Riverdale Baptist (Upper Marlboro, MD) 32-1
  4. Cleburne (Cleburne, TX) 35-1-1
  5. St. John Vianney (St. Louis, MO) 33-2
  6. Valley Christian (San Jose, CA) 27-3-1
  7. American Heritage (Plantation, FL) 25-3
  8. St. Xavier (Louisville, KY) 30-1
  9. Arcadia (Arcadia, CA) 24-2
10. La Cueva (Albuquerque, NM) 27-3 F
11. Bishop England (Charleston, SC) 31-2 F
12. Huntington Beach (Huntington Beach, CA) 25-5
13. Eastlake (Chula Vista, CA) 25-3-1
14. Reagan (San Antonio, TX) 32-6
15. Har-Ber (Springdale, AR) 31-4 F
16. Faith Academy (Mobile, AL) 36-3 F
17. Wesleyan Christian Acad. (High Point, NC) 23-1 F
18. Mountain Vista (Highlands Ranch, CO) 21-0
19. O’Fallon (O’Fallon, IL) 30-3-1
20. Neuqua Valley (Naperville, IL) 28-3
21. Mira Costa (Manhattan Beach, CA) 28-3
22. Stoneman Douglas (Parkland, FL) 19-5-1
23. Bishop Eustace (Pennsauken, NJ) 20-3
24. Lake Travis (Austin, TX) 31-4 F
25. Blessed Trinity (Roswell, GA) 34-5 F
26. Puyallup (Puyallup, WA) 23-2 F
27. Gulfport (Gulfport, MS) 25-4 F
28. Staley (Kansas City, MO) 28-2 F
29. Parkview (Lilburn, GA) 33-6
30. Nogales (Nogales, AZ) 31-5 F