LAMBERT, GA. NO. 1 IN NATIONAL H.S. POLL
TUCSON, Ariz. — Lambert (Suwanee, GA) High School is ranked 1 in the second straight Collegiate Baseball National High School Poll with a perfect 28-0 record.
The Longhorns swept Dacula (GA), 15-3 and 16-3 in the first round of the state playoffs. Tucker Maxwell had two doubles, a grand slam and 7 RBI over the two games while Seth Beer went 3-for-5 with a home run, two doubles and 7 RBI. JD Dutka and Ian Kimbrell also homered for the Longhorns. During the regular season, Lambert has outscored its opponents 240-56 while the pitching staff has posted a 1.18 ERA.
No. 2 Barbe (Lake Charles, LA), 35-2, completed the second round of the state playoffs by beating Sulphur, 8-1 and 12-3 in a best 2-of-3 series. Next is Catholic of Baton Rouge. Bryce Jordan tied the national hit by pitch career record of 65 recently. In early April, he surpassed the HBP national season record of 29.
O’Connor (Helotes, TX) is No. 3 with a 30-1 record. They shut out South San Antonio, 11-0 and 4-0 in Bi-District, which is the first round of the state playoffs.
No. 4 Flanagan (Pembroke Pines, FL) won the district championship after defeating Everglades, 12-1. They followed with a 2-1 win over Miami Beach in the Regional Quarterfinals. Pitcher Gentry Fortuno is 9-0 for the season and 26-0 in his high school career.
No. 5 Archbishop McCarthy (Southwest Ranches, FL) defeated Suncoast, 4-0 in the Region 4-5A quarterfinals to extend its win streak to 21 games this season. The Mavericks are on a quest to win their fifth consecutive state title. Brian Gonzalez (9-1) tossed a no-hitter in the game while striking out 13. Dylan Bautista contributed 2 RBI in the win.
No. 6 Moody (Corpus Christi, TX) advances to the next round of the state playoffs after winning the Bi-District game against Rio Grande City, 12-0. Kenny Saenz threw all five innings, allowing one hit, two walks and striking out 14. He aided his cause by going 3-for-3 in the game with two doubles, a home run, one run scored and 6 RBI.
No. 7 Puyallup (WA) won its seventh consecutive South Puget Sound League title and is the first team to go undefeated in league play. They are 20-0.
No. 8 St. Rita (Chicago, IL) is the No. 1 team in the Chicago Sun Times rankings with a 25-0 record.
Mustangs’ hitters recently dominated Providence (IL) belting 5 home runs in the game. Four of the home runs were off of top area pitcher. Jake Godfrey. St. Rita had 12 hits in the 14-1 victory.
No. 9 is St. Francis (Mountain View, CA) with a 21-3 record. Lancers pitchers have been rock solid. The last three games have all been shutouts against Clayton Valley, 3-0, Bellarmine, 2-0 and Valley Christian, 1-0. LHP John Gavin threw a one-hitter against Valley Christian. For the season, he has only given up three earned runs in 63 innings, according to the school’s website.
No. 10 Calallen (Corpus Christi, TX) beat Harlandale, 1-0 and 14-3 in the Bi-District to advance in the state playoffs. They are 31-3.
No. 11 Walsh Jesuit (Cuyahoga Falls, OH) has an 18-0 record and is the top team in Ohio. Recently Nate Romans went 6-for-6 during a doubleheader sweep over Padua. On the day, Romans had 5 runs scored, a home run, a double and 8 RBI.
No. 12 Bryant (AR) extended its win streak to 21 games and improved to a 26-2 record. Trevor Ezell has a 9-game hitting streak. He has hit safely in 23 of 26 games this season. Over the last five games, he has collected two doubles, a triple, three home runs and drove in 14 runs. Four of the last five games have been shutouts and Bryant has outscored opponents 61-5.
No. 13 The First Academy (Orlando, FL), 24-4, defeated Father Lopez, 6-1 in the regional quarterfinal. They will face Orangewood Christian in the regional semi-finals.
No. 14 Hamilton (Chandler, AZ) is the No. 1 seed in the state tournament after posting a 26-3 record for the regular season.
No. 15 Carroll (Southlake, TX) won its first playoff game against Fort Worth Paschal, 5-2. They remain the top team in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
No. 16 Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, CA) remains among the top teams in the Los Angeles area with an 18-5-1 record.
No. 17 AC Flora (Columbia, SC) won its 12th regional title in last 17 years and secured a No. 1 seed in the state playoffs. In the opening round of the 3A, District 2 playoffs, Flora hitters banged out 17 hits — six of them for doubles — in a 17-1 victory over Chester.
No. 18 Christian Brothers (Memphis, TN) helped Coach Buster Kelso win his 934th career victory when they beat Briarcrest, 4-1. The win also gave Kelso the title of winningest coach in Tennessee. They have a 29-3 record.
Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati, OH) dropped to No. 19 after losing a couple of games recently. Zach Logue picked up wins over Elder and St. Xavier. He struck out 11 in seven innings against Elder.
Huntington Beach (CA) dropped to No. 20. They won 12 straight games before losing two games to Fountain Valley, 9-7 and 6-0. They remain among the top teams in the Los Angeles area with a 17-4 record.
No. 21 Clovis (CA) is the top team in the CIF Central Section with a 28-5 record. They recently split two games with league rival Buchanan.
Stillwater (OK) moved into the poll at No. 22. It’s a tight race between the top teams in Oklahoma. Stillwater has split games with both Jenks and Owasso, but remains on top with a 26-4 record.
No. 23 Rancho Bernardo (San Diego, CA) has won six games in a row and 14 of its last 15 for the top spot in the San Diego area. The team is led by senior Alex Jackson who has 46 career home runs, one off the San Diego Section record held by Rancho Bernardo’s John Drennen. Jackson is hitting .422 with 10 homers this season.
Pearland (TX) is No. 24 with a 30-3 record. The Oilers beat Northshore, 3-0 and 12-4 to advance in the state playoffs. They will face Elkins next.
Jenks (OK) dropped to No. 25 after splitting games with Stillwater and losing to Broken Arrow, 5-2.
No. 26 Northwest Rankin (Brandon, MS) swept Grenada, 6-2 and 2-1 in the first round of the state playoffs. They will face DeSoto Central next.
No. 27 Pensacola Catholic (Pensacola, FL), 22-4, advances to the Regional Semi-Finals after beating Godby, 6-4 in the quarterfinals.
No. 28 Brother Rice (Bloomfield Hills, MI) posted a 22-2-1 record. The Warriors clinched their league title and will be the No. 1 seed going into the Catholic League tournament. It is the team’s fourth consecutive No. 1 seed. The Warriors have won three of the last four championships.
Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV) returns to the poll at No. 29. They have posted a 23-3 record and have outscored opponents 279-70 this season.
No. 30 Greenway (Phoenix, AZ) completed its regular season with a 23-4 record. RHP Tyler Frost threw two complete games in beating Paradise Valley, 3-1 and Notre Dame, 7-0. Over the two games, he allowed no earned runs, 11 hits, no walks and struck out 18.
Teams On The Bubble
Elk Grove (CA) has a 15 game win streak and posted a 20-4 record. They recently defeated Temecula Valley (CA), 6-1 for the Boras Classic title. Fayetteville (AR) has a 25-3 record. They recently defeated Springdale, 16-1 and 15-3 and Stillwater (OK), 2-1.
Dropped From The Poll
Loyola, CA; Parkview, GA; Olathe East, KS; Sarasota, FL and Buchanan, CA.
|Collegiate Baseball’s National H.S. Poll|
|(As of May 5, 2014)|
|Rank School City/State||Record|
|1. Lambert (Suwanee, GA)||28-0|
|2. Barbe (Lake Charles, LA)||35-2|
|3. O’Connor (Helotes, TX)||30-1|
|4. Flanagan (Pembroke Pines, FL)||23-1|
|5. Archbishop McCarthy (S.W. Ranches, FL)||26-2|
|6. Moody (Corpus Christi, TX)||27-2|
|7. Puyallup (Puyallup, WA)||20-0|
|8. St. Rita (Chicago, IL)||25-0|
|9. St. Francis (Mountain View, CA)||21-3|
|10. Calallen (Corpus Christi, TX)||31-3|
|11. Walsh Jesuit (Cuyahoga Falls, OH)||18-0|
|12. Bryant (Bryant, AR)||26-2|
|13. The First Academy (Orlando, FL)||24-4|
|14. Hamilton (Chandler, AZ)||26-3|
|15. Carroll (Southlake, TX)||26-4|
|16. Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, CA)||18-5-1|
|17. AC Flora (Columbia, SC)||21-3|
|18. Christian Brothers (Memphis, TN)||29-3|
|19. Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati, OH)||15-3|
|20. Huntington Beach (Huntington Beach, CA)||17-4|
|21. Clovis (Clovis, CA)||28-5|
|22. Stillwater (Stillwater, OK)||26-4|
|23. Rancho Bernardo (San Diego, CA)||20-3|
|24. Pearland (Pearland, TX)||30-3|
|25. Jenks (Jenks, OK)||28-5|
|26. Northwest Rankin (Brandon, MS)||25-4|
|27. Pensacola Catholic (Pensacola, FL)||22-4|
|28. Brother Rice (Bloomfield Hills, MI)||22-2-1|
|29. Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV)||23-3|
|30. Greenway (Phoenix, AZ)||23-4|