Collegiate Baseball H.S. Poll 3-24-14

HARVARD-WESTLAKE H.S. NO. 1 AFTER 8-0 START

TUCSON, Ariz. — Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, CA) is ranked No. 1 in the latest Collegiate Baseball National High School poll with a perfect 8-0 record. The Wolverines have been highly impressive early in the season with a No.1 ranking in the Los Angeles Times high school poll of Los Angeles area teams.

Jack Flaherty has now pitched 34 consecutive scoreless innings dating back to the end of last season. Recently he struck out 12 over five innings during a 16-0 win over St. Francis (La Canada, CA). Offensively the team has been solid. In a 10-4 victory over Oaks Christian, Cameron Deere belted a three-run homer and Jackson Grayson hit a two-run homer. The Wolverines are headed to Phoenix for a spring break tournament.

Owasso (OK), previously ranked No. 1, fell to No. 21 after starting the year 6-3. The Rams saw their 38-game winning streak snapped which dated back to last season. Pensacola Catholic, ranked second in the last poll with a 43-game winning streak dating back to last season, dropped to No. 11 after starting the year 10-2.

No. 2 AC Flora (Columbia, SC) won nine straight to kick off the season. Will Taks has registered three wins in relief and one save on the season.

No. 3 Carroll (Southlake, TX) sits on top of the Texas 5A state rankings as compiled by the Texas HS Baseball Coaches Association. Their only loss came against Weatherford, 2-1. The team is hitting .340 while the pitching staff has a 1.09 ERA.

Archbishop McCarthy (Southwest Ranches, FL) moves up to No. 4 in the rankings after posting a 15-1 record. The Maveriks defeated American Heritage (Plantation, FL) for the second time this season, 12-1.

Calallen (Corpus Christi, TX) is No. 5. The Wildcats have only one loss in 23 games and have outscored opponents, 162-33.

New to the poll is Hamilton (Chandler, AZ) at No. 6. The Huskies have won 12 straight games to start the season. The Huskies recently defeated Brophy Prep (Phoenix, AZ), 7-3 and No. 20 Greenway, 1-0.

No. 7 Parkview (Lilburn, GA) will enter the National High School Invitational tournament with a 9-1 record. The Panthers only loss has come against Marist, 6-0 early in the season. They will face Regis Jesuit (CO) in the first round of the NHSI.

No. 8 Whitehouse (TX) dropped a 2-0 game against Lindale, TX for its only loss of the season. They are 16-1 and near the top of the Texas 4A rankings.

Christian Brothers (Memphis, TN) moved into the No. 9 slot. They recently defeated two previously nationally ranked teams in DeSoto Central (MS), 6-5 and Dyer County (TN), 9-4.

Also new to the poll is No. 10 Columbus (MS), 14-0. The team is hitting .373 while the pitching staff has a 0.86 ERA. Bryan Ezell tossed a three-hitter in an 11-1 win over Thrasher. He allowed one unearned run and struck out six. For the season, he is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 12 innings. Chris McCullough and Hunter Mullis both have four wins.

Despite outhitting Tampa Jesuit 12-3, No. 11 Pensacola Catholic (Pensacola, FL) lost 7-4 to end its winning streak at 43. A few days later, they dropped a second game to Pace, 3-2 and now have a 10-2 overall record. Leading the offense this season is freshman Carl Gindle, who has batting .519 with 11 runs, 6 RBI, a .639 on-base percentage and 8 stolen bases. Senior Gavin Wehby is hitting .472 with 18 RBI, 6 doubles, 2 triples and one home run.

No. 12 The First Academy (Orlando, FL) leads the Florida 3A Division with a 12-1 mark. They will face Milton, GA at the National High School Invitational.

Venice (FL) dropped to No. 13. The Indians lost to Sarasota (FL) 4-2 and saw their 12-game winning streak snapped. They will face Gainesville (GA) in the first round of the NHSI.

No. 14 Clovis (CA) is still leading the Tri-Rivers Conference and has a 14-2 record. Recently Clovis defeated conference foe (No. 30) Buchanan, 4-3. They will meet No. 22 ThunderRidge (Highlands Ranch, CO) in the NHSI tournament.

No. 16 Puyallup (WA) started the season 3-0. Luke Heimlich and Brendan Illies combined for a no-hitter over Olympia during a 12-0 win.

No. 17 Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV) went 4-2 to start the season. The Gaels lost two one-run games to Sandra Day O’Connor (Phoenix, AZ), 6-5 and Fayetteville (AR), 2-1 while playing in the Coach Bob Tournament in Phoenix.

No. 20 Greenway (Phoenix, AZ) is 7-1 after losing to Hamilton (AZ), 1-0. Tyler Frost tossed a two hitter against Hamilton in a heartbreaker.

On its spring break trip, No. 21 Owasso (OK) dropped a 6-4 decision to Sebring and a 3-2, 9-inning game to Winter Haven, both Florida teams. The Rams are now 6-3 on the season.

No. 22 ThunderRidge (Highlands Ranch, CO) started its season with 2 wins. Brody Westmoreland was 4-for-4 with two singles, a double and triple in an 18-3 win over Rangeview (CO).

No. 23 Barbe (Lake Charles, LA) dropped a 5-4 game to West Monroe (LA) recently, but is currently riding a 7-game win streak over Louisiana teams.

No. 25 is Spanish Fork (UT) the top ranked team in Utah with a 7-1 record. The Dons recently beat Cottonwood, 4-2, but lost to Bingham, 10-5. Maverik Buffo is 2-0 with 16 strikeouts in his first 7 innings of the season. In their first six games, the Dons scored 96 runs, including a 34-0 blowout of East (UT).

No. 26 Rancho Bernardo (San Diego, CA) opened the season with a 5-1 record. The Broncos dropped a 2-0 decision against Poway, and the two teams are tied for the lead in the Palomar League standings.

No. 28 JSerra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano, CA) is the No. 2 team in the Los Angeles area by the Los Angeles Times poll. Jack Owen is leading the pitching staff. He tossed 6 shutout innings against Servite and allowed four hits, one walk and struck out eight. In a 7-6 win over Orange Lutheran, Owen pitched the final 3 1/3 innings, allowing three hits, no runs, no walks and 3 strikeouts.

No. 29 DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, MD) opened its season with three wins. In a game against WT Woodson, Justin Morris went 4-for-4 with two doubles, a single and a home run

Buchanan (Clovis, CA) dropped to No. 30 with a 12-2 record.

Teams that fell out of the top 30 include: Collierville, TN; Dyer County, TN; Fayetteville, AR; Farragut, TN; DeSoto Central, MS; The Woodlands, TX and Cypress Ranch, TX.

 

Collegiate Baseball’s National H.S. Poll

 (As of March 24, 2014)

   Rank   School    City/State

Record 

    1. Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, Calif.)

8-0

    2. AC Flora (Columbia, S.C.)

9-0

    3. Carroll (Southlake, Tex.)

18-1

    4. Archbishop McCarthy (Southwest Ranches, Fla.)

15-1

    5. Calallen (Corpus Christi, Tex.)

22-1

    6. Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.)

12-0

    7. Parkview (Lilburn, Ga.)

9-1

    8. Whitehouse (Whitehouse, Tex.)

16-1

    9. Christian Brothers (Memphis, Tenn.)

10-1

  10. Columbus (Columbus, Miss.)

14-0

  11. Pensacola Catholic (Pensacola, Fla.)

10-2

  12. The First Academy (Orlando, Fla.)

12-2

  13. Venice (Venice, Fla.)

12-2

  14. Clovis (Clovis, Calif.)

14-2

  15. Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati, Ohio)

0-0

  16. Puyallup (Puyallup, Wash.)

3-0

  17. Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.)

4-2

  18. Gloucester Catholic (Gloucester, N.J.)

0-0

  19. Brother Rice (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.)

0-0

  20. Greenway (Phoenix, Ariz.)

8-1

  21. Owasso (Owasso, Okla.)

6-3

  22. ThunderRidge (Highland Ranch, Colo.)

2-0

  23. Barbe (Lake Charles, La.)

18-2

  24. Blue Valley West (Overland Park, Kan.)

0-0

  25. Spanish Fork (Spanish Fork, Utah)

7-1

  26. Rancho Bernardo (San Diego, Calif.)

5-1

  27. Mt. Carmel (Chicago, Ill.)

0-0

  28. JSerra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.)

7-1

  29. DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.)

3-0

  30. Buchanan (Clovis, Calif.)

12-2