Collegiate Baseball H.S. Poll 3-9-15


college_park_falconsTUCSON, Ariz. — College Park (Pleasant Hill, CA) is ranked No. 1 in the first regular-season National High School poll conducted by Collegiate Baseball newspaper.

College Park won its season opener, 9-2 against Liberty (Brentwood, CA). They have several more local games scheduled before heading to the National High School Invitational in North Carolina where they will face No. 9 Farragut (Knoxville, TN) in the first round in late March.

Seven seniors, who have signed with NCAA Division 1 universities, will help defend the team’s CIF North Coast Section Division 2 title.

Leading the pitching staff are  (with 2014 final stats) RHP Joe DeMers (Washington, 12-2, 0.65 ERA, 94 K) and LHP Chris Brown (U.C. Davis, 11-1, 0.78 ERA, 54 K).

Top hitters include (with final stats from 2014) OF Trevor Larnach (Oregon State, .436, 14 2B, 30 RBI), OF Nick Oar (Stanford, .359, 6 2B, 3 HR, 27 RBI), SS Willie MacIver (Washington, .370, 7 2B, 5 3B, 24 RBI), OF Jefferey Mitchell (Cal Berkeley) and C/INF Noah Burnham (U.C. Santa Barbara).

JSerra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano, CA) is set to open its season this week. They moved into the No. 2 spot.

No. 3 DeSoto Central (Southaven, MS) opened its season with 4 straight wins to capture the LaGrange Toyota Invitational in Georgia. DeSoto beat Trinity Christian (Jacksonville, FL) 6-0, Sparkman (Harvest, AL) 9-0, top-ranked Buford, GA 4-2 and Vestavia Hills, AL 3-1.

Austin Riley was named tournament MVP and batted .750 with two doubles, two home runs and 9 RBI. He was 1-0 on the mound as well.

If any team could be considered “on fire” in the early season, it is No. 4 A. Crawford Mosley (Lynn Haven, FL) which has won 10 straight to start the season. Among its wins, Mosley defeated top Florida schools Chiles (Tallahassee, FL), 4-2 and Pensacola Catholic, 5-4. Pensacola Catholic was undefeated at the time. The Dolphins will face No. 2 JSerra Catholic in the first round of the NHSI.

College Station, TX has an 8-1-1 record and moved up to No. 5 after defeating tough Texas opponents in No. 25 Flower Mound, 3-2, Marcus, 3-1 and Concordia Lutheran, 7-1. Early in the season, they tied with Dallas Jesuit, 6-6 and lost 3-2 to Rockwall-Heath.

No. 6 Bryant, AR beat Arkadelphia, 6-4 in the season opener to improve its win streak to 29. Jason Hastings and Evan Lee had two hits in the game while Blake Patterson hit a triple.

No. 7 Coppell, TX started its season 6-0. They defeated Bryan, TX 7-4 to win the Brenham/Montgomery Tournament.

No. 8 Kennesaw Mountain (Kennesaw, GA) knocked off pre-season No. 1 Lambert, 3-0. Clemson signee Ryley Gillam held the Longhorns to one hit while striking out 11. Kennesaw Mountain has a 5-0 record with wins over Cypress Creek, Chattahoochee, Etowah and Paulding County.

Pre-season No. 1 Lambert (Suwanee, GA) posted a 3-1 record to start the season and slipped to No. 9 after losing to Kennesaw Mountain. It was the first regular season loss for the Longhorns since April 27, 2013.

No. 10 Farragut (Knoxville, TN) beat Heritage (Maryville, TN), 5-0 in the season opener. The Admirals scored four runs in the second inning and one more in the third. Dylan Pacifico got the win, going five innings, allowing one hit while striking out six.

Buford, GA dropped to No. 12 after suffering a loss to DeSoto Central in the LaGrange Toyota Invitational. Jake Higginbotham pitched 5 2/3 innings against DeSoto, allowing just three hits, no earned runs and struck out 12.

Buford defeated pre-season ranked North Florida Christian, 2-1 for third place in the tournament. Kevin Coulter threw a complete game 4-hitter, striking out 9. Also pitching well in the tournament was Connor Bennet who threw five no-hit innings against Sparkman, striking out 12, for a 3-0 win.

No. 13 De La Salle (Concord, CA) opened its season with a 5-4 victory over Saint Francis (Mountain View, CA).

No. 14 Olympia (Orlando, FL) started its season with a 9-0-1 record that included wins over Lake Brantley, Dr. Phillips, Bishop Moore and Ocoee. Michael Byrne tossed a no-hitter in a 1-0 victory over Wekiva. He struck out 14.

No. 15 San Clemente, CA won its season opener against Edison (Huntington Beach, CA), 7-1. In late March, they will face No. 8 Lambert, GA in the first round of the NHSI.

No. 16 Jackson Prep (Jackson, MS) is 10-0 to start the season with wins over Purvis, Pascagoula and Columbia, all MHSAA schools, in the Adidas/Rex Deep South Classic. The Patriots outscored those three opponents 23-1. They will start MAIS 3A conference play March 17.

No. 18 Providence (Charlotte, NC) has three straight wins over Hough, Olympic and Porter Ridge to kick off the season. They have outscored opponents 30-4.

Hamilton (Chandler, AZ) opened its season with a 6-1 record and is ranked No. 19. The Huskies have only one loss to Mountain View (Mesa, AZ), 7-4. Zane Strand tossed a no-hitter against Williams Field for a 5-0 win.

No. 21 Summerville, SC blew through the competition at the IP Classic to capture the tournament championship. The Green Wave defeated Lexington 3-2, top-ranked Wando 3-0, Rock Hill 9-4 and Belton-Honea Path 5-1 in the championship.

Charlie Fessler was named MVP of the tournament after hitting .636 and pitched five strong innings against Rock Hill. Alex Hursey threw a complete game in the championship. He scattered 6 hits, struck out 6 and walked one.

No. 22 Pearland, TX kicked off its season with an 11-1-1 record. They suffered an early loss to Fort Bend Clements (Sugar Land, TX) 4-0 and recently tied a game 5-5 with them. They have outscored opponents 102-33 and have recorded four shutouts so far this season.

Southlake Carroll, TX is No. 23 with a 4-0 record.

Flower Mound, TX dropped to No. 25. They have suffered two losses against No. 5 College Station, 3-2 and Kingwood, 3-1. They tied with Tomball Memorial, 5-5 in 8 innings and are 7-2-1 on the season.

No. 27 Winter Haven, FL started with a 9-1 record. They recently blanked Poinciana (Kissimee, FL) 15-0 and beat Seminole, FL 17-10.

Tobias Myers leads the pitching staff with a 3-0 record, 0.71 ERA, 35 strikeouts, 6 walks in 19 2/3 innings.

No. 28 Charles Henderson (Troy, AL) has won back-to-back state championships and started this season 13-0 with 10 wins against 6A or 7A schools. The Trojans are a 5A school. In the first nine games, the Trojans hit 9 home runs and have 10 homers for the season. They have outscored opponents 125-42 and are averaging 9.6 runs per game. They recently won the Terry Sikes Memorial Tournament.

No. 30 Canyon del Oro (Tucson, AZ) is 8-0 with a .399 team batting average. The Dorados have collected 26 extra base hits and are scoring 8.1 runs per game. 1B/RHP Nick Ames is leading the offense, hitting .409 with 3 home runs, 3 doubles, 1 triple and 14 RBI.

CDO returnes seven seniors this season, and four have signed with NCAA Division 1 universities.

Teams that fell out of the poll are Plant (Tampa, FL), AC Flora (SC), North Florida Christian, Huntington Beach (CA), Spanish Fort (AL), Concordia Lutheran (TX) and St. Thomas More (LA).

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Collegiate Baseball Top 30 National H.S. Poll
(As of March 9, 2015)

Rank   School    City/State Record 
  1. College Park (Pleasant Hill, CA) 1-0
  2. JSerra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano, CA) 0-0
  3. DeSoto Central (Southaven, MS) 4-0
  4. A. Crawford Mosley (Lynn Haven, FL) 10-0
  5. College Station (College Station, TX) 8-1-1
  6. Bryant (Bryant, AR) 1-0
  7. Coppell (Coppell, TX) 6-0
  8. Kennesaw Mountain (Kennesaw, GA) 5-0
  9. Lambert (Suwanee, GA) 3-1
10. Farragut (Knoxville, TN) 1-0
11. Walsh Jesuit (Cuyahoga Falls, OH) 0-0
12. Buford (Buford, GA) 5-1
13. De La Salle (Concord, CA) 1-0
14. Olympia (Orlando, FL) 9-0-1
15. San Clemente (San Clemente, CA) 1-0
16. Jackson Prep (Jackson, MS) 10-0
17. Puyallup (Puyallup, WA) 0-0
18. Providence (Charlotte, NC) 3-0
19. Hamilton (Chandler, AZ) 6-1
20. St. Rita (Chicago, IL) 0-0
21. Summerville (Summerville, SC) 4-0
22. Pearland (Pearland, TX) 11-1-1
23. Southlake Carroll (Southlake, TX) 4-0
24. St. Xavier (Louisville, KY) 0-0
25. Flower Mound (Flower Mound, TX) 7-2-1
26. Joliet Catholic (Joliet, IL) 0-0
27. Winter Haven (Winter Haven, FL) 9-1
28. Charles Henderson (Troy, AL) 13-0
29. Gloucester Catholic (Gloucester City, NJ) 0-0
30. Canyon Del Oro (Tucson, AZ) 8-0