Collegiate Baseball H.S. Poll 4-7-14

ARCHBISHOP McCARTHY NO. 1 IN H.S. NATIONAL POLL

TUCSON, Ariz. — Archbishop McCarthy (Southwest Ranches, FL) is ranked No. 1 in the latest Collegiate Baseball National High School Poll with a 19-1 record.

The Mavericks were elevated to the No. 1 spot after several top teams dropped games, some during national tournaments.

McCarthy is currently riding a 15-game win streak and has only given up 15 runs over those games. They boast 7 shutouts for the season and have outscored opponents 167-23 over 20 games.

LHP Brian Gonzalez threw a one-hitter against rival St. Thomas Aquinas in the Mavericks’ 14-1 win.

The Mavericks will face tough competition in the near future against Pembroke Pines Charter, Dr. Phillips and Flanagan.

The First Academy (Orlando, FL) moved up to No. 2 after capturing the USA Baseball National High School Invitational title by defeating No. 13 Clovis (CA), 5-3. The Royals beat Milton (GA), 2-0, Dyer County (TN), 2-0 and Regis Jesuit (CO), 6-2 before facing Clovis.

In his last two starts, LHP Foster Griffin has given up only four hits and no runs in 14 innings. He has allowed only one walk and struck out 26 in the two games.

No. 3 Barbe (Lake Charles, LA) has posted a 24-2 record and is currently riding a 13-game win streak.

No. 4 Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati, OH) started its season with a 3-0 record. In a 12-inning game against Louisville St. Xavier, four Moeller pitchers struck out 23 batters for a 5-4 win. Senior Rick Voss picked up his first two wins for the season — one as a starter against Turpin (OH) and one in relief against Kaneland (IL).

O’Connor (San Antonio, TX) moves into the poll at No. 5 after posting a 23-1 record and a No. 1 ranking in the 5A Texas poll by the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association. O’Connor has a 15-game winning streak with recent victories over Taft 19-2, Clark 11-0, Brandeis 4-3 and Jay 21-0, all Texas schools.

Also entering the poll at No. 6 is Lambert (GA) with 17 straight wins for the season. Recently Lambert defeated Fayetteville (AR) for the USA Classic title and beat No. 19 Christian Brothers (TN), 7-3 and defending Mississippi state champions Lewisburg, 7-0 in the tournament. Leading the Longhorns are sophomore P/RF Seth Beer (4-0, 0.46 ERA, 22 K, .644 BA, 8 2B, 3 HR, 26 RBI), junior P/3B JD Dutka (5-0, 1.21 ERA, 19 K, .453, 5 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 20 RBI) and senior P Dylan Biumi (4-0, 0.91 ERA).

No. 7 Jenks (OK) is 17-1 and recently won the Premier Division of the Coach Bob Tournament in Phoenix, AZ and the Tiger/Trojan Classic in Oklahoma. The Trojans also split two games with rival Owasso (OK).

No. 8 Carroll (Southlake, TX) has a 20-2 record. They recently dropped a 3-1 game to rival Keller, but remain one of the top teams in Texas’s 5A division.

No. 9 Calallen (Corpus Christi, TX) recently had a 13-game win streak snapped with a 1-0 loss to Reagan. However, they bounced back with a 2-0 win over Tuloso-Midway. The Wildcats remain one of the top teams in the Texas’s 4A division.

Loyola (CA) moves in at No. 10 as they ride a 12-game winning streak and are No. 1 in the Mission League. After losing to Calabasas (CA) in the season opener, Loyola has not lost again.

Horizon (Scottsdale, AZ) moved into the poll at No. 11 after defeating top ranked Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, CA) and Hamilton (Chandler, AZ) in the Horizon Invitational. The Huskies improved to 16-3.

No. 12 AC Flora (Columbia, SC) also fell in the poll after losing two 1-run games in a row against Camden, 2-1 and Lexington, 6-5. Despite out-hitting Lexington 10-7, Flora fell short. Madison Stokes, Everett Eynon, Wills Chapman and Sam Anderson, all had two hits in the game.

No. 13 Clovis remains atop the Tri-River Athletic Conference with a 19-3 record. In a 4-0 win over Clovis East, senior RHP McCarthy Tatum tossed a one-hitter and struck out six to improve to 7-0. Dakota Stilson tripled in two runs. Clovis came in second place during the National High School Invitational.

No. 14 Puyallup (WA) is undefeated in its first 8 games. Over the last five games, Puyallup pitchers have allowed only four runs. Luke Heimlich threw a perfect game in a 3-0 win over Beamer. He struck out 13. Previously in a win over Olympia, Heimlich threw a no-hitter. He is 4-0 and has not given up a run in 24 innings of work and has struck out 38.

Harvard-Westlake dropped to No. 15 after going 2-2 in the Horizon Invitational. After returning home, the Wolverines split two games with Crespi (CA). They have a 11-3 record.

After a couple of early losses, No. 16 Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV) has won 8 straight games over the last two weeks to improve to 12-2. The Gaels defeated Damonte Ranch (NV), 13-3 for the Bishop Gorman Desert Classic title. Brandon Wulff and Bonson Bowe each contributed three hits while Drew Newson belted a three-run homer.

Hamilton (Chandler, AZ) fell to No. 17 after dropping a couple of recent games. However, the Huskies won their last three games against Mesquite 11-2, Basha 15-4 and Gilbert 4-3, all Arizona schools.

No. 18 Pensacola Catholic (Pensacola, FL) has remained undefeated in district play and will go into that tournament as the No. 1 seed. In a game against Covington (TN), Catholic was down 3-2 in the bottom of the sixth when Gavin Wehby drilled a game winning three-run homer to right field.

No. 19 Christian Brothers (Memphis, TN) has posted a 14-2 record and remain atop local polls. CBHS came in third place in the USA Classic, defeating Covington, 11-1.

No. 20 Spanish Fork (UT) remains the No. 1 team in Utah’s 4A division with an 11-1 record. They have won 49 straight region games spanning four years.

Despite dropping two recent games to Northwest Rankin, No. 21 Columbus (MS) still remains one of the top teams in Mississippi’s 6A division. The pitching staff has posted a 0.94 ERA while the team batting average is .352.  Top hitters include Chris McCullough (.491, 8 2B, 23 RBI), Gavonta Webb (.396, 4 2B, 18 RBI and Michael Sturdivant (.385, 10 2B, 20 RBI).

No. 22 Gloucester Catholic (Gloucester, NJ) kicked off its season with a 2-1 record.

No. 23 Blue Valley West (Stilwell, KS) started its season with three straight wins over Blue Valley Southwest, 5-1, Maize Couth, 9-1 and Maize, 5-4.

No. 24 DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, MD) is 7-1 after a recent 6-3 loss to Paul VI (Fairfax, VA). They face a tough road ahead as DeMatha will be cramming in 22 games during the month of April because of rainy weather.

No. 25 Greenway (Phoenix, AZ) lost a 1-run game to Chatfield (Littleton, CO) but have bounced back to win five straight games over Colorado, Idaho and Arizona teams, including a 7-2 win over perennial powerhouse Saguaro (Scottsdale, AZ). Demon hitters have posted a .364 batting average with 21 home runs and 17 stolen bases. The pitching staff has a 1.18 ERA.

ThunderRidge (Highland Ranch, CO) is No. 26 after going 2-2 in the National High School Invitational. Jake Eissler threw six shutout innings against Venice (FL) and Tyler Loptein had two saves in the tournament. ThunderRidge is No. 1 in Colorado polls.

No. 27 Mt. Carmel (Chicago, IL) started off the season 5-0, and then lost a heartbreaker to Richards (Oak Lawn, IL), 16-15 in 8 innings.

Parkview (Lilburn, GA) drops to No. 28 after going 2-2 in the National High School Invitational. They came home to win three games against local competition and remain undefeated (8-0) in region play.

No. 29 Brother Rice (Bloomfield Hills, MI) kicked off its season with a 2-1-1 record.

No. 30 Buchanan (Clovis, CA) posted a 15-2 record, winning its three most recent games including a 5-1 victory over Clovis North.

Teams that fell out of the poll include Venice (FL), Whitehouse (TX), Rancho Bernardo (CA), Owasso (OK) and JSerra Catholic (CA).

 

Collegiate Baseball’s National H.S. Poll

 (As of April 6, 2014)

   Rank   School    City/State

Record 

    1. Archbishop McCarthy (Southwest Ranches, FL)

19-1

    2. The First Academy (Orlando, FL)

18-2

    3. Barbe (Lake Charles, LA)

24-2

    4. Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati, OH)

3-0

    5. O’Connor (San Antonio, TX)

22-1

    6. Lambert (Suwanee, GA)

17-0

    7. Jenks (Jenks, OK)

17-1

    8. Carroll (Southlake, TX)

20-2

    9. Calallen (Corpus Christi, TX)

25-2

  10. Loyola (Los Angeles, CA)

12-1

  11. Horizon (Scottsdale, AZ)

16-3

  12. AC Flora (Columbia, SC)

11-2

  13. Clovis (Clovis, CA)

19-3

  14. Puyallup (Puyallup, WA)

8-0

  15. Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, CA)

11-3

  16. Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV)

12-2

  17. Hamilton (Chandler, AZ)

18-2

  18. Pensacola Catholic (Pensacola, FL)

15-2

  19. Christian Brothers (Memphis, TN)

14-2

  20. Spanish Fork (Spanish Fork, UT)

11-1

  21. Columbus (Columbus, MS)

17-2

  22. Gloucester Catholic (Gloucester, NJ)

2-1

  23. Blue Valley West (Stilwell, KS)

3-0

  24. DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, MD)

7-1

  25. Greenway (Phoenix, AZ)

14-2

  26. ThunderRidge (Highland Ranch, CO)

5-2

  27. Mt. Carmel (Chicago, IL)

5-1

  28. Parkview (Lilburn, GA)

14-3

  29. Brother Rice (Bloomfield Hills, MI)

2-1-1

  30. Buchanan (Clovis, Calif.)

15-2