Lambert H.S. No. 1 In Final National H.S. Poll
TUCSON, Ariz. —Lambert H.S. (Suwanee, GA) finished No. 1 in the final 2014 Collegiate Baseball National High School Poll.
A case can be made for the top three teams — Lambert, Barbe and Puyallup — to be ranked No. 1. All three teams posted long win streaks through the season. Lambert won 29 in a row before its first loss during the Georgia playoffs. Barbe won 28 to finish the season. Puyallup ran the table with a 28-0 record. They each won their respective state championships.
Each coach stated this was one of their best teams ever. And each team has multiple players who have committed to play at NCAA Division I programs. Each has mind boggling overall statistics.
While we would prefer to see all three of these teams play a best-of-three series to determine the overall champion, it is impossible as players scatter after school lets out.
We ultimately gave our nod to Lambert as No. 1 on the basis of strength of schedule. They played an extremely demanding schedule and defeated high profile teams outside of Georgia as well as perennial powerhouses in that state. Barbe and Puyallup were limited to only competition within their respective states.
New to the final poll is No. 10 Flower Mound, TX, which won the Texas 5A state championship by defeating Reagan (San Antonio, TX), 10-0. Seth Jordan was named the MVP of the title game after pitching 4.1 innings, allowing just one base runner on one hit and striking out three.
In the semi-finals, Flower Mound knocked out Pearland, TX, which dropped from No. 8 in the last poll to No. 25.
Granite Hills (El Cajon, CA) moved into the No. 11 spot after winning the CIF San Diego Open Division championship. The Eagles defeated La Costa Canyon, 3-0. RHP Jayson Rose tossed a four-hit shutout, striking out 10 and walking none. He finished the season 7-0 with 98 strikeouts in 80 innings.
Moving into the poll at No. 20 is Rocky Mountain (Fort Collins, CO) who went through the 5A state championships undefeated, beating Regis Jesuit, ThunderRidge, Mountain Vista, Cherry Creek and Regis Jesuit again for the title.
No. 21 Hickory (Chesapeake, VA) defeated Stone Bridge, 9-1 in the semi-finals and Douglas Freeman, 6-4 for the Group 5A championship.
No. 22 Jackson (Massillion, OH) got past Archbishop Moeller, 4-2 and then won the Division 1 title over North Royalton, 5-1. Moeller dropped down to No. 27 in the poll.
Oak Grove (Hattiesburg, MS) is No. 23. To win the Mississippi 6A state title, they played a 3-game series against DeSoto Central. Oak Grove won the first game 8-1, lost the second 11-12 and won the final game 2-1.
No. 24 La Cueva (Albuquerque, NM) finished the season with a 26-3 record and beat Eldorado, 5-4 for the New Mexico 5A state championship.
St. Rita (Chicago, IL) dropped down to No. 26 after losing to Providence Catholic, 4-1 in the state final.
No. 28 Rancho Bernardo (San Diego, CA) was knocked out of the tournament by La Costa Canyon in a 3-2 game.
No. 29 JSerra (San Juan Capistrano, CA) was knocked out of the tournament in a 4-1 loss to Foothill.
Dropped from the poll are Huntington Beach (CA), St. Francis (CA), Carroll (Southlake, TX), Carroll (Corpus Christi, TX), Liberty North (MO), Elk Grove (CA) and Brother Rice (MI).
Collegiate Baseball’s National H.S. Poll
|(As of June 16, 2014)|
|Rank School City/State||Final Record|
|1. Lambert (Suwanee, GA)||36-2|
|2. Barbe (Lake Charles, LA)||39-2|
|3. Puyallup (Puyallup, WA)||28-0|
|4. Clovis (Clovis, CA)||33-5|
|5. Hamilton (Chandler, AZ)||30-3|
|6. AC Flora (Columbia, SC)||28-5|
|7. Bryant (Bryant, AR)||33-2|
|8. Stillwater (Stillwater, OK)||32-4|
|9. College Park (Pleasant Hill, CA)||27-3|
|10. Flower Mound (Flower Mound, TX)||34-11-2|
|11. Granite Hills (El Cajon, CA)||26-7|
|12. Greenway (Phoenix, AZ)||29-4|
|13. American (Hialeah, FL)||27-6|
|14. West Lauderdale (Collinsville, MS)||33-2|
|15. Sumter (Sumter, SC)||28-2-1|
|16. Jesuit (Tampa, FL)||25-6|
|17. Spanish Fort (Spanish Fort, AL)||39-6|
|18. N. Florida Christian (Tallahassee, FL)||25-4|
|19. St Thomas More(Lafayette, LA)||31-5|
|20. Rocky Mountain (Fort Collins, CO)||21-5|
|21. Hickory (Chesapeake, VA)||22-4|
|22. Jackson (Massillion, OH)||26-5|
|23. Oak Grove (Hattiesburg, MS)||27-6|
|24. La Cueva (Albuquerque, NM)||26-3|
|25. Pearland (Pearland, TX)||37-6|
|26. St. Rita (Chicago, IL)||37-5|
|27. Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati, OH)||24-5|
|28. Rancho Bernardo (San Diego,CA)||30-5|
|29. JSerra (San Juan Cap., CA)||22-8|
|30. Walsh Jesuit (Cuyahoga Falls, OH)||26-1|