LAMBERT NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL H.S. POLL
TUCSON, Ariz. — Lambert (Suwanee, GA) is ranked No. 1 in the latest Collegiate Baseball National High School Poll with a 23-0 record.
The past two weeks have been tumultuous for some teams. A number of key upsets and multiple recent losses by ranked teams have allowed new teams in various states to enter the Top 30.
Lambert, the top team in Georgia, has been an imposing ball club all season long. The Longhorns recently won the USA Classic held in Memphis, Tenn. with a 7-2 victory over Fayetteville (AR).
The pitching staff has a 1.25 team ERA in 23 games. Top starters include Seth Beer (6-0, 0.28 ERA, 32 K, 25 IP), Dylan Biumi (5-0, 0.99 ERA, 27 K, 28 IP) and JD Dutka (7-0, 1.35 ERA, 31 K, 46.2 IP). Two senior relievers also have posted outstanding numbers in Thomas Kubiak (2-0, 1.00 ERA, 9 APP) and Harrison Lee (2-0, 0.00 ERA, 8 APP).
The Longhorns also are a superb hitting team with a team batting average of .382. Leading the offense is Beer with a .618 batting average, 14 doubles, 3 home runs and 33 RBI. Six other hitters have batting averages over .350.
No. 2 Barbe (Lake Charles, LA) has a 20-game win streak and has posted a 31-2 record. Senior Bryce Jordan recently set a national record for hit by a pitches in a season with 30 over 30 games. Also 3B Braedon Barrett hit for the cycle in a 9-2 win over Sulphur (LA). He started his hitting spree with a solo homer. Then he delivered a single, double and triple the rest of the way, going 4-for-4 with 4 RBI.
O’Connor (San Antonio, TX) is ranked No. 3 with a 26-1 record and 18-game win streak. In a recent 15-0 win over Holmes, Zachary Galm hit two homers with 4 RBI. Junior David Worrell threw a complete game, allowing one hit with 9 strikeouts.
No. 4 Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati, OH) is 10-1. Junior Joe Vranesic has a win and a save on the mound and went 7-for-13 with two doubles, a triple, a home run and 9 RBI over the past two weeks (8 games).
Moving into the poll at No. 5 is Flanagan (Pembroke Pines, FL) which has posted a 20-1 record. The Falcons recently defeated Archbishop McCarthy (then ranked No.1 in the nation), 2-1. Junior catcher Miguel Presno scored the winning run on a ground ball by Oscar Rodriguez in the bottom of the seventh.
McCarthy (Southwest Ranches, FL) dropped to No. 6 with a 23-2 record.
The First Academy (Orlando, FL) dropped to No. 7. They suffered a tough 10-inning loss against West Orange, 1-0. In his last 26 innings, pitcher Foster Griffin has a 5-0 record with three complete game shutouts and has not given up a run with 47 strikeouts. Adam Haseley has pitched 35 innings and has not allowed an earned run. He has given up only 14 hits with 59 strikeouts.
No. 8 Jenks (OK) won the Nike/Pro 9 tournament in Oklahoma. The Trojans are 25-2.
No. 9 Puyallup (WA) is 15-0. Luke Heimlich recorded two wins over the past two weeks, giving up only three hits and striking out 24 in 14 innings. Zach Needham hit a walk-off home run against Graham Kapowsin (WA) to give Puyallup a 1-0 win.
Huntington Beach (CA) moved into the poll at No. 10 after posting a 15-2 record and reaching the No. 1 spot in the Los Angeles Times baseball rankings. They have a 12-game winning streak. The Oilers recently won the National Classic, going through undefeated and beating Valley Christian (San Jose, CA), 3-2 for the title. RHP Noah David, who committed to U.C. Santa Barbara, is 7-0 with a 0.97 ERA.
No. 11 Calallen (Corpus Christi, TX) is 28-3 with two recent shutouts over Victory East (TX), 3-0 and Jones (TX), 16-0.
New to the poll at No. 12 is Bryant (AR) which has a 21-2 record. The team went 9-0 during a spring break trip to Florida. The Hornets are hitting .339 as a team and have scored 203 runs and stolen 77 bases in 23 games. Leading the offense is SS Trevor Ezell (.585, 7 2B, 6 3B, 4 HR, 21 RBI, 13 SB), OF Chase Tucker (.519, 3 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 15 RBI, 14 SB) and OF Drew Tipton (.418, 7 2B, 2 2B, 21 RBI, 15 SB). The pitching staff has a 0.76 ERA and has allowed only 16 earned runs in 23 games. The top pitcher is Arkansas commit Blaine Knight (6-0, 0.20 ERA, 39 K, 9 BB, 34.2 IP).
Also new to the poll at No. 13 is St. Rita (Chicago, IL) which has a 19-0 record. The Mustangs have a deep pitching staff as the hurlers have allowed only 23 runs so far. Against Brooks, junior Matt Lenzen tossed a five-inning no-hitter, striking out four in a 15-0 victory.
Carroll (Southlake, TX) dropped to No. 14 after suffering two losses in the past couple of weeks. They are now 23-4.
Harvard-Westlake is No. 15 after posting a 14-4-1 record. They are ranked No. 2 in the Los Angeles Times rankings. The Wolverines recently defeated No. 16 Loyola (Los Angeles, CA), 9-1. In a previous game, the two teams tied 3-3.
Loyola has a 15-2-1 record. In a 7-6 win over Crespi, Loyola’s head coach Michael Cordero celebrated his 100th career win. Angelo Arment hit two home runs in that game with one being the walk-off winning hit.
No. 17 AC Flora (Columbia, SC) defeated Gloucester Catholic (NJ) 7-3 during the Forest Acres Classic Spring Break tournament. Flora is 16-3.
No. 18 Clovis (CA) won the Fresno Easter Baseball Classic with an 8-2 win over Crater (Central Point, OR). McCarthy Tatum threw a 6-hitter, giving up two runs. He improved to 8-0 on the season. SS Jake Gatewood hit a two-run double in the sixth. Clovis has a 25-4 record.
No. 19 Hamilton (Chandler, AZ) still leads the Arizona Division I baseball rankings with a 22-3 record.
Christian Brothers (Memphis, TN) is No. 20 after posting a 21-3 record. They have won 7 out of 8 games in the past two weeks.
No. 21 Pensacola Catholic (Pensacola, FL) completed its regular season with a 20-3 record. Senior Bronson Chancellor threw his first career no-hitter against Chotawhachee (FL), 5-0. Freshman Carl Gindl has been on a tear at the plate and is leading the team in batting with a .492 BA. He has an 8-game hitting streak.
No. 22 Moody (Corpus Christi, TX) is one of the top 4A Texas teams. Pitcher Michael Cantu threw a complete game one-hitter against Flour Bluff (TX) for a 13-0 victory. In five innings, he struck out 12 and walked none.
No. 23 Northwest Rankin (Brandon, MS) has a 7-game winning streak as the pitching staff has allowed only 6 runs. Rankin recently beat previously ranked Columbus (MS), 16-2 and enters the District playoffs as the No. 1 seed.
Returning to the poll is Rancho Bernardo (San Diego, CA) at No. 24. RBHS won the Lions’ Classic Division championship in San Diego, Calif., defeating Granite Hills, 6-0. P/SS Casey Henderson was named the MVP. He had an outstanding tournament hitting and fired a complete game, 3-hit shutout against Granite Hills.
No. 25 Brother Rice (Bloomfield Hills, MI) has a 13-1-1 record. The Warriors swept a doubleheader from Howell (MI), 8-4 and 6-2. They pounded out 22 hits in 10 innings. During the first game, RHP Tommy Lentz stretched his scoreless innings streak to 21 as he earned his third save of the year.
No. 26 Parkview (Lilburn, GA) is one of the top teams in Georgia with an 18-3 record.
No. 27 Greenway (Phoenix, AZ) went 2-2 in the National Classic in Los Angeles. Tyler Frost threw a shutout against Fountain Valley (CA), allowing four hits, no walks and struck out five in the 10-0 win. The Demons are 19-4.
No. 28 Olathe East (Olathe, KS) has emerged as one of the top teams in Kansas with a 9-1 record.
No. 29 Sarasota (FL) is one of the top teams in Florida’s 7A Division entering the District playoffs. Evan Mendoza allowed just five hits and one unearned run for a 7-1 victory over Tampa Jesuit recently. The Sailors are 22-3.
No. 30 is Buchanan (Clovis, CA) with an 18-4 record.
Teams that fell out of the top 30 include: Horizon (AZ), Bishop Gorman (NV), Spanish Fork (UT), Columbus (MS), Gloucester Catholic (NJ), Blue Valley West (KS), DeMatha Catholic (MD), Mt. Carmel (IL) and ThunderRidge (CO).
Collegiate Baseball’s National H.S. Poll
(As of April 21, 2014)
|Rank School City/State||
|1. Lambert (Suwanee, GA)||
|2. Barbe (Lake Charles, LA)||
|3. O’Connor (San Antonio, TX)||
|4. Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati, OH)||
|5. Flanagan (Pembroke Pines, FL)||
|6. Archbishop McCarthy (Southwest Ranches, FL)||
|7. The First Academy (Orlando, FL)||
|8. Jenks (Jenks, OK)||
|9. Puyallup (Puyallup, WA)||
|10. Huntington Beach (Huntington Beach, CA)||
|11. Calallen (Corpus Christi, TX)||
|12. Bryant (Bryant, AR)||
|13. St. Rita (Chicago, IL)||
|14. Carroll (Southlake, TX)||
|15. Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, CA)||
|16. Loyola (Los Angeles, CA)||
|17. AC Flora (Columbia, SC)||
|18. Clovis (Clovis, CA)||
|19. Hamilton (Chandler, AZ)||
|20. Christian Brothers (Memphis, TN)||
|21. Pensacola Catholic (Pensacola, FL)||
|22. Moody (Corpus Christi, TX)||
|23. Northwest Rankin (Brandon, MS)||
|24. Rancho Bernardo (San Diego, CA)||
|25. Brother Rice (Bloomfield Hills, MI)||
|26. Parkview (Lilburn, GA)||
|27. Greenway (Phoenix, AZ)||
|28. Olathe East (Olathe, KS)||
|29. Sarasota (Sarasota, FL)||
|30. Buchanan (Clovis, Calif.)||