Collegiate Baseball H.S. Poll 5-19-14

LAMBERT H.S. NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL POLL

TUCSON, Ariz. — Lambert (Suwanee, GA) remains the No. 1 team in the latest Collegiate Baseball National High School Poll with a 34-1 record.

The Longhorns advance to the state championship series after defeating perennial powerhouse Parkview in the semi-final series, 3-1 and 4-2. Clutch defense and pitching from four hurlers, including starters Dylan Biumi and JD Dutka, propelled the team past Parkview.

Earlier Lambert saw its 30 game winning streak snapped in the second round of the state finals when they lost 6-5 to Mill Creek. It was the second game of a best of three series. They won the first game 12-0 and the final game 7-4 to take the series. In the quarterfinals, the Longhorns downed Luella, GA, 8-1 and 10-6.

Biumi is 4-0 in the playoffs. In his first three starts, he surrendered just two earned runs. Sophomore Turner Scruggs has recorded three playoff saves, including going four innings against Luella allowing just one run.

Leading the offense during the tournament has been sophomore Seth Beer who has five post-season home runs and Jake Chickowski who has three.

No. 2 Barbe (Lake Charles, LA) wrapped up its season by beating Live Oak, 7-1 in the Louisiana 5A state championship final. The Buccaneers finished the season with a 39-2 record. They haven’t lost a game in the last two months of the season in winning 28 straight. Six of the nine seniors on the team have signed to play with a Division I college which is the largest number from any of Coach Glenn Cecchini’s teams to go to the highest level of college baseball.

No. 3 Puyallup (WA) remains undefeated with a 24-0 record. The Vikings defeated South Kitsap, 10-0 for the West Central District tournament title. Tyler McDowell went 3-for-3 with two doubles and 5 RBI in the championship game. Luke Heimlich improved his record to 9-0 after winning 3-2 against Gig Harbor.

Moving up to No. 4 is Walsh Jesuit (Cuyahoga Falls, OH) which is also undefeated at 25-0. The team won the North Coast League championship after defeating Notre Dame Cathedral, 14-4 in 5 innings. The first inning of the game featured 13 runs by Walsh Jesuit that included a 3-run homer by Nate Romans and a grand slam by junior C Connor Regan.

No. 5 Huntington Beach (CA) has won 18 of its last 20 games in posting a 21-4 record. They share the Sunset League championship with Fountain Valley, CA and remain one of the top teams in the Los Angeles area.

Rancho Bernardo (San Diego, CA) is the top team in the San Diego area with a 25-3 record. They are No. 6 in the poll.

The Broncos are undefeated at 12-0 in the Palomar League and currently have an 11-game win streak.

In a tough semi-final game, No. 7 Hamilton (Chandler, AZ) slid by Scottsdale Chaparral, 3-2. In the seventh inning, RHP Kent Hasler allowed two runners on with back-to-back singles and then got out of the jam. A run scored by Hamilton’s 3B Hunter Robson secured the win. The Huskies will play Mesquite for the state title.

No. 8 AC Flora (Columbia, SC) won the District II playoffs and Upper State finals where they beat Eastside 15-5 and Wren 4-1. They continue to advance in the 3A state finals. Leading the offense are Austin Beskid who was 6-for-8 with four doubles in the Upper State final games and Connor Desmond who went 6-for-7 with a home run, triple and two doubles.

No. 9 St. Francis (Mountain View, CA) defeated Bellarmine, 15-6 to win the West Catholic Athletic League title. The Lancers scored five runs in the first inning and added three in the second on its way to 15 runs. All season the Lancers have relied on dominate pitching to win games. But in the post-season, the offense has come to life. In the semi-finals of the WCAL, they beat Sacred Heart Cathedral, 10-0.

The Lancers face San Lorenzo Valley in the Central Coast Sectional Open Division this week.

No. 10 Bryant (AR) beat Fort Smith Southside, 5-0 in the quarterfinals of the Arkansas 7A state tournament and has a 31-2 record.

Blaine Knight threw a complete game shutout against Southside. He allowed four hits, walked two and struck out 11. Knight improved to 10-0 with a 0.35 ERA in 59.2 innings. Overall Bryant’s pitching staff has posted a 0.84 Team ERA, allowing only 25 earned runs in 207 innings.

No. 11 Stillwater (OK) captured the 6A Oklahoma state championship after defeating Bishop Kelly, 6-0 and finishing with a 32-4 record. This was the first state championship for Stillwater since 1957. Nine seniors will go on to play college baseball next year. C Michael Higgins hit a home run in each of the last six games of the season.

No. 12 Carroll (Southlake, TX) advanced to the semi-finals of the state playoffs and will face Flour Bluff. They beat San Angelo Central, 6-4 and 3-2. So far they have won 5 playoff games in a row.

No. 13 Clovis (CA) advances in the CIF Central Section Division I playoffs after defeating Central (Fresno, CA) 3-1. They will meet Clovis West this week.

No. 14 St. Rita (Chicago, IL) had a 26 game win streak broken by St. Laurence in an 8-5 loss. They followed that game by splitting two with Brother Rice (IL) and Mount Carmel. They are still ranked at the top in Illinois with a 28-3.

Carroll (Corpus Christi, TX) comes in at No. 15. Carroll defeated nationally ranked O’Connor (Helotes, TX), 2-1 in eight innings and 7-1, knocking them out of the state playoffs. They advance to play Eagle Pass in the regional semi-finals. Carroll is 33-3.

Liberty North (Liberty, MO) enters the poll at No. 16. The Eagles are the top ranked team in Missouri with a 26-4 regular season record. In a 28-6 win over Raytown South, the Eagles had a 17-run sixth inning. Andrew Vogelbaugh went 3-for-3 with a single, double and grand slam. Liberty North has outscored opponents 305-61.

Also new to the poll at No. 17 is Elk Grove (CA) which has an 18 game win streak. Recently they beat Franklin (CA), 6-5 and 11-3 to win the Delta Valley Conference and won the first round of CIF playoffs against Vintage, 6-2.

No. 18 Christian Brothers (Memphis, TN) advances to the final four of the TSSAA Division II Class A state tourney. They will face McCallie next.

No. 19 Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati, OH) won its opening game in the state tournament with a 9-4 victory over Walnut Hills. Zach Logue struck out 8 in the contest. Earlier Moeller defeated Harrison (OH) 17-2 which marked the school’s 1,000th baseball win in just under 52 seasons.

No. 20 Brother Rice (Bloomfield Hills, MI) won the program’s third consecutive Catholic League championship after beating St. Mary’s, 7-1. RHP Matt Ruppenthal made his third straight CHSL championship game start for the Warriors. He struck out 7 and shutout the Eaglets until the fifth inning and was relieved by RHP Karl Kauffmann, who struck out 8 batters over the next three innings. The Warriors have an 8 game win streak with several games left in the regular season.

Greenway (Phoenix, AZ) moves up to No. 21as they head to the state finals this week. The Demons shutout Sahuaro (Tucson, AZ), 4-0. Tyler Frost threw a complete game and allowed four hits, no runs, no walks and struck out four.

No. 22 Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV) defeated Palo Verde, 6-3 in the state playoffs. They must get past Shadow Ridge (NV) in order to get to the state championship game.

No. 23 Pearland (TX) advances to the regional semi-finals in the 5A Texas baseball championships. They will face Cy-Fair (Cypress, TX). They went 2-1 in series against Clear Creek and Fort Bend Elkins.

No. 24 Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, CA) completed its regular season 21-6-1 and will face JW North in the first round of the CIF Southern Sectional playoffs.

O’Connor (Helotes, TX) fell to No. 25 after getting knocked out of the state playoffs by Corpus Christi Carroll.

No. 26 Flanagan (Pembroke Pines, FL) lost to South Dade, 5-3 in the regional finals of the state playoffs. They ended with a 23-2 record. South Dade went on to become the champions of Florida’s 8A division.

No. 27 Archbishop McCarthy (Southwest Ranches, FL) was knocked out in the regional finals by Rockledge in a 2-1 game.

No. 28 Moody (Corpus Christi, TX) ended its state playoff run after suffering two losses to Victoria East, TX. They finished with a 27-3 record.

No. 29 Calallen (Corpus Christi, TX) lost to Median Valley, 8-2 and 6-1 to end its run in the state playoffs. They finished with a 33-5 record.

Pensacola Catholic (Pensacola, FL) dropped to No. 30 after losing its state championship game 3-1 to Trinity Catholic.

Dropped from the poll are Jenks (OK), Northwest Rankin (MS) and The First Academy (FL).

Collegiate Baseball’s National H.S. Poll
 (As of May 19, 2014)
   Rank   School    City/State Record 
    1. Lambert (Suwanee, GA) 34-1
    2. Barbe (Lake Charles, LA) 39-2 F
    3. Puyallup (Puyallup, WA) 24-0
    4. Walsh Jesuit (Cuyahoga Falls, OH) 25-0
    5. Huntington Beach (Huntington Beach, CA) 21-4
    6. Rancho Bernardo (San Diego, CA) 25-3
    7. Hamilton (Chandler, AZ) 29-3
    8. AC Flora (Columbia, SC) 25-4
    9. St. Francis (Mountain View, CA) 25-4
  10. Bryant (Bryant, AR) 31-2
  11. Stillwater (Stillwater, OK) 32-4 F
  12. Carroll (Southlake, TX) 30-4
  13. Clovis (Clovis, CA) 31-5
  14. St. Rita (Chicago, IL) 28-3
  15. Carroll (Corpus Christi, TX) 33-3
  16. Liberty North (Liberty, MO) 26-4
  17. Elk Grove (Elk Grove, CA) 23-4
  18. Christian Brothers (Memphis, TN) 33-5
  19. Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati, OH) 20-4
  20. Brother Rice (Bloomfield Hills, MI) 28-2-1
  21. Greenway (Phoenix, AZ) 28-4
  22. Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV) 25-4
  23. Pearland (Pearland, TX) 34-5
  24. Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, CA) 21-6-1
  25. O’Connor (Helotes, TX) 32-3 F
  26. Flanagan (Pembroke Pines, FL) 23-2 F
  27. Archbishop McCarthy (Southwest Ranches, FL) 28-3 F
  28. Moody (Corpus Christi, TX) 27-3 F
  29. Calallen (Corpus Christi, TX) 33-5 F
  30. Pensacola Catholic (Pensacola, FL) 25-5 F