LAMBERT NO. 1 IN NATIONAL H.S. POLL
TUCSON, Ariz. — After playing one of the most challenging schedules in the USA, Lambert (Suwanee, GA) finished its season No. 1 in the latest Collegiate Baseball National High School poll.
Lambert stood at 36-2 and captured the Georgia 6A title. The Longhorns went through the regular season 26-0 and 10-2 in the state playoffs. Georgia plays three-game series to advance in the state playoffs.
In the second round of the tournament, they dropped a game to Mill Creek, but won the series. They swept perennial powerhouse Parkview in the semi-finals. Facing another top team in Milton for the championship series, they won two of three for the state title.
Lambert came into the championship series averaging more than 9 runs per game. However, Milton managed to limit the Longhorns to a total of 5 runs over three games.
In the final game, DH Jack Chickowski doubled to lead off the fifth inning. After back-to-back strikeouts by Milton’s pitcher Alex Schnell, catcher Kyle McCann drove in pinch runner Jarrett Wright with a single to left field to break the 1-1 tie and score the winning run.
Senior Dylan Biumi (11-1) came in for relief in the seventh to record the final three outs for the victory. It was the first state championship for the fifth year program.
Earlier in the season, Lambert won the USA Classic tournament held in Memphis, Tenn. by going through unbeaten over a strong field.
Aside from beating top teams in Georgia, Lambert also defeated Lewisburg, MS, Christian Brothers, TN and Fayetteville, AR during the regular season.
No. 2 Barbe (Lake Charles, LA) finished its season by winning the Louisiana 5A state championship over Live Oak, 7-1. The Buccaneers were 39-2. Barbe didn’t lose 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.
No. 3 Puyallup, WA won its first 4A state championship after losing in the final in 2009 and 2012. They beat South Kitsap, 7-1 and finished the season with a perfect 28-0 record. The past two years, the Vikings have compiled a 50-3 record. Puyallup only allowed 32 runs in 28 games this season, and five of nine starters have committed to high profile NCAA Division I teams.
Moving up to No. 4 is Clovis, CA. For the third time this season, the Cougars had a walk-off win over Buchanan. Clovis won the CIF Central Section Division I title. Catcher Alan Crowley hit a single in the bottom of the seventh inning to score the winning run in a 3-2 victory. This was the Cougars’ seventh section title since 1995.
No. 5 Hamilton (Chandler, AZ) defeated Mesquite (Gilbert, AZ), 8-4 for the Arizona Division I title. The Huskies exploded in the bottom of the third for five runs. Pitcher Zach Pederson allowed two runs, five hits and struck out four over five innings. Ryan Nolcheff went 4-for-4 in the game, scoring two runs with an RBI.
No. 6 AC Flora (Columbia, SC) won its third consecutive 3A state title and became the first team in the state to accomplish the feat. They beat Wren to win the Upper State championship and Hartsville to win the state title. SS Madison Stokes was named 3A SCBCA Player of the Year.
No. 7 Bryant, AR finished the season with a 28-game winning streak in capturing the Arkansas 7A state title. The Hornets defeated Fayetteville, which was nationally ranked by some outlets, 10-0 in 6 innings. Bryant hitters collected 12 hits in the game while junior Blaine Knight threw his second complete game shutout of the state tournament. He allowed four hits, four walks and struck out five over the 6 innings. He was named MVP of the tournament.
No. 8 is Pearland, TX which defeated Brazoswood, 5-3 to advance to the Texas 5A state tournament to face Round Rock. Brendan Owens retired 11 of the 13 batters he faced in relief and did not allow a hit in 3 2/3 innings. Hayden Cole had two hits and 2 RBI in the game.
No. 9 Stillwater, OK is the Oklahoma 6A champions.
No. 10 St. Rita (Chicago, IL) defeated Morton, 10-0 to claim the regional championship and advance to the Illinois 4A state tournament. They will meet Lyons Township next.
No. 11 Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati, OH) advances to the final four of the state tournament for the sixth time in the last 7 years. Moeller defeated Beavercreek, 3-0 in the regional semi-finals and Mason, 4-3 in 9 innings in the regional final. Against Beavercreek, Zach Logue threw a three-hitter and struck out 8.
New to the poll at No. 12 is College Park (Pleasant Hill, CA) which won the CIF North Coast Section D2 championship after defeating Marin Catholic, 7-2. Pitcher Joe DeMers threw a complete game, striking out 9, walking two and giving up 5 hits.
No. 13 is Rancho Bernardo (San Diego, CA), which battled through the loser’s bracket of the CIF San Diego Section Open Division. They lost to Mira Mesa, 5-4, but defeated Carlsbad, 8-3 and Mira Mesa, 12-3. They will meet Cathedral Catholic next. If they win, they will make the championship final.
No. 14 Greenway (Phoenix, AZ) won the Division II baseball title by beating Nogales, 8-0. Tyler Frost had eight strikeouts and allowed five hits over seven innings.
No. 15 JSerra (San Juan Capistrano, CA) advances to the semi-finals in its CIF division. Junior pitcher Quentin Longrie shutout Edison in the quarterfinals. He went the distance, striking out 10, walking one and scattering 7 hits. They will meet Foothills next.
New to the poll is No. 16 American (Hialeah, FL) which won the Florida 7A title after beating East Lake, 5-2. They finished 27-6.
No. 17 West Lauderdale (Collinsville, MS) swept Purvis, 5-0 and 3-0 for the Mississippi 4A state championship. Previously they swept Houston, 11-1 and 3-2 for the North State 4A championship. In the second game, Ryan Lane scattered three hits and struck out 11.
No 18 Sumter, SC won the South Carolina 4A state title by sweeping Northwestern (Rock Hill), 6-1 and 2-0. This was their third title since 2006. They finished with a 28-2-1 record.
No. 19 Jesuit (Tampa, FL) won the Florida 5A state championship, beating Clay, 5-2. They finished with a 25-6 record.
Spanish Fort, AL swept Cullman 6-0 and 11-1 for the Alabama 5A state title and are ranked No. 20. It was the team’s fourth title in five years. In the first win, Jesse McCord had 14 strikeouts while Will Luft allowed just two hits over five innings for the final game.
No. 21 North Florida Christian (Tallahassee, FL) ended the season with a 19-game win streak and the 3A state title. They beat Orangewood Christian, 6-3 in the title game. During the 19-game streak, NFC outscored opponents 124-24 and had 6 shutouts. Head Coach Mike Posey celebrated his 600th win this season. He is in his 31st year as head coach at NFC.
No. 22 St. Thomas More (Lafayette, LA) finished its season with a 23 game win streak and beat Neville, 13-0 for the state title. Orynn Veillon hit a grand slam to end that game.
No. 23 is Walsh Jesuit (Cuyhoga Falls, OH). They lost their only game of the season in the district championship and could not advance in the state playoffs. The Warriors finished their season 26-1.
No. 24 Huntington Beach, CA won the Sunset League championship, but lost in the second round of the playoffs 1-0 to Foothills.
No. 25 St. Francis (Mountain View, CA) lost to Bellarmine, 2-0 in the second round of the playoffs to end their season.
No. 26 Carroll (Southlake, TX) lost in the fourth round of the playoffs to Flower Mound, 8-7 and finished with a 31-6 record.
No. 27 Carroll (Corpus Christi, TX) ended its season with a 2-1 loss to Eagle Pass and finished with a 35-4 mark.
No. 28 Liberty North (Liberty, MO) lost to Liberty in the district championships, 3-2 which ended its season. Andrew Vogelbaugh was named Suburban Small 6 Conference Player of The Year. He finished with a .435 batting average, 7 home runs, 47 RBI and was 6-0 on the mound.
No. 29 Elk Grove, CA lost to Davis, 5-2 in the CIF North Section Final.
No. 30 Brother Rice (Bloomfield Hills, MI) lost to West Bloomfield, 8-7 to end its season with a 34-3-1 record.
Other teams which barely missed being ranked were:
• La Cueva (Albuquerque, NM), finished 26-3 and won the New Mexico 5A state title.
• Reagan (San Antonio, TX), 35-7 and continues in the Texas playoffs.
• Lincoln Way North (Frankfort, IL), 27-2 and the top seed in their regional.
Dropped From The Poll: Harvard-Westlake (CA), O’Connor (TX), Flanagan (FL), Archbishop McCarthy (FL), Moody (TX), Calallen (TX), Bishop Gorman (NV), Pensacola Catholic (FL) and Christian Brothers (TN).
The final high school poll will be published on June 17, 2014.
Collegiate Baseball’s National H.S. Poll
|(As of June 2, 2014)|
|Rank School City/State||Record|
|1. Lambert (Suwanee, GA)||36-2 F|
|2. Barbe (Lake Charles, LA)||39-2 F|
|3. Puyallup (Puyallup, WA)||28-0 F|
|4. Clovis (Clovis, CA)||33-5 F|
|5. Hamilton (Chandler, AZ)||30-3 F|
|6. AC Flora (Columbia, SC)||28-5 F|
|7. Bryant (Bryant, AR)||33-2 F|
|8. Pearland (Pearland, TX)||37-5|
|9. Stillwater (Stillwater, OK)||32-4 F|
|10. St. Rita (Chicago, IL)||33-4|
|11. Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati, OH)||24-4|
|12. College Park (Pleasant Hill, CA)||27-3 F|
|13. Rancho Bernardo (San Diego, CA)||30-4|
|14. Greenway (Phoenix, AZ)||29-4 F|
|15. JSerra (San Juan Capistrano, CA)||22-7|
|16. American (Hialeah, FL)||27-6 F|
|17. West Lauderdale (Collinsville, MS)||33-2 F|
|18. Sumter (Sumter, SC)||28-2-1 F|
|19. Jesuit (Tampa, FL)||25-6 F|
|20. Spanish Fort (Spanish Fort, AL)||39-6 F|
|21. North Florida Christian (Tallahassee, FL)||25-4 F|
|22. St. Thomas More (Lafayette, LA)||31-5 F|
|23. Walsh Jesuit (Cuyahoga Falls, OH)||26-1 F|
|24. Huntington Beach (Huntington Beach, CA)||22-5 F|
|25. St. Francis (Mountain View, CA)||25-5 F|
|26. Carroll (Southlake, TX)||31-6 F|
|27. Carroll (Corpus Christi, TX)||35-4 F|
|28. Liberty North (Liberty, MO)||27-5 F|
|29. Elk Grove (Elk Grove, CA)||26-6 F|
|30. Brother Rice (Bloomfield Hills, MI)||34-3-1 F|