Collegiate Baseball HS Poll 5-8-18

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

TUCSON, Ariz. — Calvary Christian H.S. (Clearwater, FL) improved its record to 27-0 and continues in the No. 1 spot in Collegiate Baseball’s National High School Poll presented by Diamond Pro®.

The Warriors now have a 57-game win streak dating back to last season. The national record for longest win streak was set by Portsmouth H.S. (N.H.) with 89 over the 2008-2012 seasons.

In the district final, Calvary defeated Berkeley Prep, 8-5 and will face The First Academy in the Regional Semi-Finals to start the road to the Florida 4A state title.

Six batters are hitting over .400 led by Matheu Nelson (.474, 13 2B, 2 3B, 5 HR, 42 RBI) and Eric Kennedy (.420, 5 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 29 RBI).

The pitching staff has posted a 0.90 ERA. Top pitchers include Nolan Hudi (10-0, 0.23 ERA, 87 K, 18 BB, 60.1 IP) and Braden Halladay (7-0, 1.86 ERA, 28 K, 41.1 IP).

No. 2 Argyle, TX also is undefeated with a 28-0 record. In a bi-district playoff 10-0 win over Wilmer-Hutchins, five Argyle pitchers threw one inning each, and each struck out 3 batters for a total of 15.

No. 3 Riverdale Baptist (Upper Marlboro, MD) has a 22-game win streak and a 27-1 overall record. Riverdale Baptist is scheduled to play teams from Puerto Rico.

No. 4 Cleburne, TX defeated Lake Ridge (Mansfield, TX) twice to advance to the next round in the state playoffs. They posted a 31-1-1 overall record and are 14-0 in district play.

No. 5 Blessed Trinity (Roswell, GA) has a 32-2 record after defeating Stephens County (Toccoa, GA), 5-2 and 11-0 in the first round of the state playoffs and Troup County (LaGrange, GA), 3-2 and 6-4 in the second round. In the 3-2 win over Troup County, Clark Dearman was in the winning pitcher and improved his record to 11-0 with a 1.15 ERA, 15 walks, 55 strikeouts in 54 2/3 innings.

No. 6 Lake Travis (Austin, TX) has a 29-2 record. In the final series of the regular season, the Cavaliers went 2-1 against Vandegrift and managed to hold off Dripping Springs in a 9-8 contest. In their single bi-district game, two Lake Travis pitchers combine to shutout MacArthur to advance in the playoffs.

No. 7 St. John Vianney (St. Louis, MO) is 29-2 with two regular season games left. They became the first team in their conference to win the championship five years in a row. The Midwest Classic, which had to reschedule games due to weather, was completed. Vianney claimed the tournament title with a 12-1 win over Francis Howell. Luke Mann was named the Midwest Classic MVP.

No. 8 St. Xavier (Louisville, KY) posted a 20-0 record with a recent 17-5 win over Pleasure Ridge Park (Louisville, KY). Head Coach Andy Porta won his 200th coaching victory when the Tigers defeated Simon Kenton (Independence, KY), 6-0.

No. 9 Valley Christian (San Jose, CA) is 23-3-1 and picked up its second win of the season against Bellarmine Prep (CA), 4-2 and has one more game to go in the regular season before the WCAL playoffs. Leading the pitching staff are seniors Patrick Wicklander (6-3, 1.51 ERA, 81 K, 60.1 IP) and Kevin Pence (7-0, 1.14 ERA, 25 K, 43 IP).

No. 10 Arcadia, CA remains undefeated with a 23-0 record. Of the last five games, four were shutouts. The 23 wins are a school record, and the Apaches have earned a No. 1 ranking in the LA Times.

No. 11 American Heritage (Plantation, FL) defeated Archbishop McCarthy (Southwest Ranches, FL), 8-1 to become district champions and posted a 22-3 record. They advance to the Regional Quarterfinals this week and meet up with Goleman (Miami, FL).

No. 12 Puyallup, WA finished league play with a 19-1 record. They will take on Kentlake, WA in the district playoff which is a rematch from last year’s state championship game that the Vikings won.

No. 13 Huntington Beach, CA clinched the Sunset League title which they have won four of the last five years and posted a 24-4 overall record. The Oilers have two more games in regular season play before heading into the post-season.

No. 14 McAllen, TX defeated United (Laredo, TX), 2-1 in a Bi-District series to post a 27-2-1 record. They will face Pharr-San Juan-Alamo for a three-game series in the next round.

No. 15 Neuqua Valley (Naperville, IL) remains undefeated at 22-0 and is 16-0 in conference play. They defeated Naperville North three times and Wheaton North twice.

No. 16 Mira Costa (Manhattan Beach, CA) posted a 26-2 record. Of the last 8 games, seven have been shutouts. Against Long Beach Wilson, three Mustang pitchers (Jared Karros, Alfonso Cano and Joey Acosta) combined for a 2-0 win.

No. 17 Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, CA) is 23-3 and have a 15-0 record in the Mission League after a three-game sweep of Loyola (Las Angeles, CA), 4-0, 8-4 and 17-1. The Wolverines will face Crespi (Encino, CA) in the final league series.

No. 18 Gulfport, MS returns to the poll after posting a 25-4 record and four straight wins in the Mississippi 6A state playoffs. They defeated Pascagoula (MS), 11-6 and 6-5 and Oak Grove (Hattiesburg, MS), 13-10 in 8 innings and 12-2 to advance in the tournament.

No. 19 Desert Oasis (Las Vegas, NV) is 29-3 with an 18-0 record in the Sunset Southwest League. The Regional playoffs will play Arbor View.

No. 20 La Cueva (Albuquerque, NM) posted a 24-3 record. In the first round of the state playoffs, the Bears were 2-1 in a series against Atrisco Heritage Academy. In the opening game, Ben Schoneman pitched a complete game, 10-0 victory and improved his record to 7-1 with a 2.23 ERA. Hunter Straub was 6-for-10 in that game with a double, two-run homer, three runs scored and 6 RBI. The Bears advance to the quarter-finals.

No. 21 Niceville, FL has a 24-2 record after defeating Navarre (FL), 6-2 for the 7A-District 2 championship. They will face Tate in the next round of the state playoffs.

No. 22 Bishop England (Charleston, SC) is 28-1 and riding a 12-game win streak. They are ranked No. 1 in South Carolina’s 3A division by the state coaches’ association.

No. 23 Staley (Kansas City, MO) posted a 26-1 record and have a 23-game win streak. Their only loss was against Canyon del Oro (Tucson, AZ), 7-6 in an early season tournament in Arizona. They have mowed down all their competition in Missouri so far.

No. 24 Providence (Charlotte, NC) won their conference championship and posted a 22-3 record. They will begin the North Carolina 4A state playoffs.

No. 25 Pleasure Ridge Park (Louisville, KY) sadly lost its long-time head coach, Bill Miller, to lung cancer on April 23 (see story). The team has suffered a couple of losses recently and dropped in the poll. They are 17-4.

No. 26 Mountain Vista (Highlands Ranch, CO) is the top team in Colorado’s 5A division with a 19-0 record. It’s the first time MVHS has gone undefeated in the regular season. Pitching has been a big strength for the team led by Sam Ireland who has thrown two no-hitters this season. Head Coach Ron Quintana currently has 111 wins.

No. 27 Flanagan (Pembroke Pines, FL) won the District 9A-12 championship 10-4 over Cypress Bay (Weston, FL). The Falcons have a 22-1 record heading into the first round of the Florida 9A state playoffs where they will meet Taravella (Coral Springs, FL).

No. 28 Sunrise Mountain (Peoria, AZ) has a 27-3 record and has won its first three games of the Arizona 4A state playoffs. They are scheduled to meet the defending state champs, Nogales (AZ).

No. 29 Bishop Eustace (Pennsauken, NJ) won its last 9 games and has risen to the top of several rankings in the state. They have a 16-2 record and are leading in the Non-Public A Division.

No. 30 West Jones (Laurel, MS) is 27-3 and won its first two series in the Mississippi 5A state tournament against Brookhaven, MS, 3-2, 11-8 and went 2-1 against Pearl River Central (Carriere, MS). They are scheduled to meet Hattiesburg, MS in the next round of the tournament.

Teams that fell out of the poll include Seton Catholic (AZ), Boston College HS (MS), Bellarmine College Prep (CA), Seton Hall Prep (NJ), Providence School (FL) and Parkview (GA).

For more information on the high school poll and high school information across the USA, check out the May 18, 2018 edition of Collegiate Baseball. You can subscribe or purchase a single copy of Collegiate Baseball by CLICKING HERE.

(May 7, 2018)

Rank School    City/State Record
  1. Calvary Christian (Clearwater, FL) 27-0
  2. Argyle (Argyle, TX) 28-0
  3. Riverdale Baptist (Upper Marlboro, MD) 27-1
  4. Cleburne (Cleburne, TX) 31-1-1
  5. Blessed Trinity (Roswell, GA) 32-2
  6. Lake Travis (Austin, TX) 29-2
  7. St. John Vianney (St. Louis, MO) 29-2
  8. St. Xavier (Louisville, KY) 20-0
  9. Valley Christian (San Jose, CA) 23-3-1
10. Arcadia (Arcadia, CA) 23-0
11. American Heritage (Plantation, FL) 22-3
12. Puyallup (Puyallup, WA) 19-1
13. Huntington Beach (Huntington Beach, CA) 24-4
14. McAllen (McAllen, TX) 27-2-1
15. Neuqua Valley (Naperville, IL) 22-0
16. Mira Costa (Manhattan Beach, CA) 26-2
17. Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, CA) 23-3
18. Gulfport (Gulfport, MS) 25-4
19. Desert Oasis (Las Vegas, NV) 29-3
20. La Cueva (Albuquerque, NM) 24-3
21. Niceville (Niceville, FL) 24-2
22. Bishop England (Charleston, SC) 28-1
23. Staley (Kansas City, MO) 26-1
24. Providence (Charlotte, NC) 22-3
25. Pleasure Ridge Park (Louisville, KY) 17-4
26. Mountain Vista (Highlands Ranch, CO) 19-0
27. Flanagan (Pembroke Pines, FL) 22-1
28. Sunrise Mountain (Peoria, AZ) 27-3
29. Bishop Eustace (Pennsauken, NJ) 16-2
30. West Jones (Laurel, MS) 27-3