PENSACOLA CATHOLIC (FL) NO. 1 IN H.S. NATIONAL POLL
TUCSON, Ariz. — Pensacola Catholic (FL) is No. 1 in the latest Collegiate Baseball National High School poll with a perfect 29-0 record.
Dating back to last season, the Crusaders have won 34 in a row.
Pensacola Catholic beat Episcopal, 3-1 in the quarter finals of Florida’s 4A state tournament. Gregory Ciangiotto drove in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning to push the Crusaders ahead. They followed with a 2-0 win over Bishop Verot in the semi-finals to advance to the Florida 4A state championship game. It marks the second consecutive national poll that Pensacola Catholic has been ranked No. 1.
No. 2 Owasso, OK completed its season undefeated with a 36-0 record. The Rams defeated Norman North, 5-1 in the finals to capture their 9th Oklahoma 6A state championship. During the state tournament, the pitching staff allowed just one earned run. Junior RHP Braden Webb tossed a complete game in the championship game and ended the season 6-0 with a 1.98 ERA and 53 strikeouts.
No. 3 Venice, FL captured its second-straight 7A state title. After falling behind 3-1 in the first inning, the Indians bounced back to defeat Haines City, FL, 14-4.Cooper Hammond, who has allowed only one earned run all season, got the win in relief. The Indians pitching staff has been relentless all year, tossing 18 shutouts for a 29-3 record.
No. 4 The Woodlands, TX swept Round Rock, 4-0 and 8-2 in the Region II-5A quarterfinals of the Texas state playoffs. After allowing Round Rock two runs in the top of the first inning, the Highlanders came back with five runs in their half of the inning and never looked back. Ryan Burnett tossed a complete game, allowing just three hits and striking out 15. Chris Andritoso belted his 13th homer of the season during the sixth inning of the game, breaking the school record. The Woodlands advances to play Plano West in the region semifinals.
No. 5 Jesuit, (Tampa, FL) advances to the state’s 5A semifinals after defeating Auburndale, FL 5-4. Jesuit has a 27-2 record.
Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, CA) advances in the CIF Southern Section after winning its first round game, 7-1 against Valencia, CA. The No. 6 team in the country will face El Dorado (Placentia, CA) this week.
No. 7 Lexington, SC (28-5) won the best 2-of-3 series against Blythewood to claim the 4A South Carolina state championship. Lexington won the first game, 5-2, lost the second 7-2 and won the final game 4-0. Junior CF Ryan Brown finished the season hitting .463 and scoring a team-high 41 runs and led the team with 17 stolen bases. Lexington runners stole 70 bases in 89 attempts this year and limited opponents to just 22 steals. Catcher Nick Ciuffo led all hitters with a .468 batting average, 5 home runs and 33 RBI. LHP Josh Reagan finished with an 11-0 record and 1.13 ERA.
No. 8 Coronado (Henderson, NV) battled through the loser’s bracket to defeat perennial powerhouse Bishop Gorman for the Nevada Division 1 title. Gorman had won seven consecutive state titles prior to the recent loss. Coronado had to beat Gorman twice, 11-7 and 7-4 for the championship. In the final game, Chandler Blanchard tossed a complete game and belted three home runs during the win. For the season, Blanchard hit 12 homers, recorded a .386 batting average and was 10-1 on the mound. Overall the Coronado hitters blasted 13 homers in the state tournament and 10 in the regionals.
Mater Dei (Santa Ana, CA) lost in the first round of the CIF Southern Section I playoffs 2-1 to Huntington Beach and fell in the rankings to No. 9. The Monarchs played one of the toughest schedules in the nation this season winning two prestigious tournaments, one featuring top teams from around the country and the other against top teams in California.
No. 10 Cherry Creek (Greenwood Village, CO) dropped its first playoff game 7-4 to Grandview, but followed with two wins over Chatfield, 12-2 and Mountain Vista, 9-7. They face ThunderRidge in the next round of the double elimination state tournament.
Tomball, TX is No. 11 after defeating Ridge Point 2-of-3 games in the Regional Quarterfinals. Tomball lost the first game 8-6 and came back to win the next two, 6-0 and 13-0. The Cougars (30-4) face Montgomery in the Regional Semifinal.
No. 12 Puyallup, WA (22-2) beat Kentwood 2-1 for the SPSL championship and beat South Kitsap, 9-3 for the District 3 championship. During the playoff run, junior 1B Quinn Rawson went 9-for-15 with five doubles and 8 RBI. RHP Brenden Illies threw two complete games.
No. 13 Mason, OH is undefeated at 24-0 after winning its first sectional game, 11-1 over Northwest. The Comets have dominated opponents during the regular season, outscoring opponents, 211-36. The pitching staff has a 1.38 ERA while hitters have tallied a .371 team batting average. This is the first time the Comets have gone undefeated in the regular season and 18-0 in conference play.
St. Joseph Regional (Montville, NJ) is No. 14 with a 23-1 record. St. Joseph defeated Demarest, 10-0 in the Bergen County Tournament. Their only loss was against Bergen County, 7-4.
James Monroe (Bronx, NY) is No. 15. The Eagles are on a 28-game win streak with a 42-1 record and 16-0 PSAL record as they head into the league playoffs this week.
No. 16 St. Francis (Mountain View, CA) opened the state playoffs with a perfect game thrown by RHP Michael Strem. With just 66 pitches, Strem retired all 21 batters to defeat Monta Vista, CA, 2-0. The game was 0-0 in the sixth inning until a single by Mark Cardinalli drove in two runs to eventually win the game. St. Francis followed up with a 3-0 win over Valley Christian to advance in the tournament.
Sharyland (Mission, TX) dropped to No. 17 after losing in the quarterfinals to Eagle Pass, 10-9. They finished the season 31-2.
No. 18 Fountain Valley, CA dropped its final two games of the regular season to Marina, but defeated Alemany, 8-0 in the first round of the CIF Southern Section championships. They face Santa Margarita next.
No. 19 Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati, OH) won the first round of the state playoffs with a 14-1 victory over Anderson. Moeller avenged an earlier loss to LaSalle by winning, 6-5 in 9 innings. The Crusaders are riding an 11-game winning streak.
Archbishop McCarthy (Southwest Ranches, FL) moves to No. 20. This week McCarthy will meet Edgewater (Orlando, FL) in the semi-finals of the 6A Florida state championships. McCarthy has won three consecutive state titles.
No. 21 Calallen, TX advances in the state playoffs after defeating Flour Bluff, 9-1 and 8-1. They meet Alamo Heights, TX next.
Desert Mountain (Scottsdale, AZ) is No. 22. They won their first state championship after defeating Chaparral, 4-3. David Greer knocked in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning to secure the win.
No. 23 Rancho Bernardo (San Diego, CA) completed its regular season 26-4 and is ranked No. 1 in the San Diego area. Gosuke Katoh was hitting .468 with 9 home runs and only one error all season. Matt Osborne has only given up four runs in 6 complete games starts in league play and is 10-0 for the season.
No. 24 Francis Howell (St. Charles, MO) is 29-5 and ranked No. 1 in the Missouri H.S. Baseball Coaches Association poll.
Magnolia Heights (Senatobia, MS) is No. 25. They went through the season undefeated with 34 consecutive wins and captured the MAIS AA II championship by beating Washington, 8-6 and 6-1.
No. 26 Harrison Central (Gulfport, MS) beat Oak Grove 10-1 and 5-4 to advance in the Mississippi state tournament. They have a 28-3 record.
St. John’s Prep (Danvers, MA) is No. 27 with an 18-1 record featuring wins over Boston College HS, St. John’s (Shewsbury), Malden Catholic and Xaverian Brothers.
Lincoln Way North (Frankfort, IL) fell to No. 28. They have a 31-2-1 record and have dropped in local polls this week.
No. 29 American Heritage (Plantation, FL) lost to Estero in the quarterfinals of the state tournament and ended their season with a 25-3 record.
No. 30 Gainesville, GA dropped two games to Whitewater and ended its season 28-5.
Several teams fell out of the top 30, including Barbe (Lake Charles, LA) 33-4 F, Oak Grove (Hattiesburg, MS) 28-5 F, Loganville, GA 36-6 F, Jupiter, FL 23-5 F and Lake Orion, MI 18-7.
Collegiate Baseball’s National H.S. Poll
(As of May 19, 2013)
|Rank School City/State|
|1. Pensacola Catholic (Pensacola, FL)|
|2. Owasso (Owasso, OK)|
|3. Venice (Venice, FL)|
|4. The Woodlands (The Woodlands, TX)|
|5. Jesuit (Tampa, FL)|
|6. Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, CA)|
|7. Lexington, SC|
|8. Coronado (Henderson, NV)|
|9. Mater Dei (Santa Ana, CA)|
|10. Cherry Creek (Greenwood Village, CO)|
|11. Tomball (Tomball, TX)|
|12. Puyallup, WA|
|13. Mason (Mason, OH)|
|14. St. Joseph Regional (Montville, NJ)|
|15. James Monroe (Bronx, NY)|
|16. St. Francis (Mountain View, CA)|
|17. Sharyland (Mission, TX)|
|18. Fountain Valley, CA|
|19. Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati, OH)|
|20. Archbishop McCarthy (Southwest Ranches, FL)|
|21. Calallan (Corpus Christi, TX)|
|22. Desert Mountain (Scottsdale, AZ)|
|23. Rancho Bernardo (San Diego, CA)|
|24. Francis Howell (St. Charles, MO)|
|25. Magnolia Heights (Senatobia, MS)|
|26. Harrison Central (Gulfport, MS)|
|27. St. Johns Prep (Danvers, MA)|
|28. Lincoln Way North (Frankfort, IL)|
|29. American Heritage (Plantation, FL)|
|30. Gainesville, GA|