THE WOODLANDS (TEX.) H.S. NO. 1
TUCSON, Ariz. — The Woodlands, Tex. is ranked No. 1 in the latest Collegiate Baseball National High School poll after bolting out of the gates with an 18-0 record and No. 1 ranking in the Texas HS Baseball Coaches’ 5A poll.
The Woodlands is hitting .324 with 19 homers and 37 doubles in 18 games. Chris Andritsos has belted 11 home runs with 33 RBI. The pitching staff has a superb 1.14 ERA with 158 strikeouts and only 31 walks over 18 games. Pitcher Carter Hope is unbeaten at 5-0 with a 0.00 ERA. He has struck out 39 batters in 32 innings. Ryan Burnett is 5-0 with 48 strikeouts and a 0.44 ERA. Andritsos is 4-0 with a 0.69 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 20 1/3 innings. The Highlanders will now head to North Carolina for the National High School Invitational.
No. 2 Jesuit (Tampa, FL) has posted 13 straight wins. The team has a .425 batting with 30 doubles, led by Ryan McCullers (.514, 6 2B, 15 RBI), Daniel Portales (.514, 3 3B, 17 RBI), Leland Saile (.500, 4 2B, 11 RBI) and Spencer Trayner (.486, 5 2B, 17 RBI). The pitching staff has a 0.82 ERA, led by Trayner (5-0, 1.33 ERA, 30 K) and John Kilichowski (3-0, 0.47 ERA, 30 K).
No. 3 Tomball, TX is on an 18-game win streak. As a team, they are hitting .398. In the last four games, the Cougars have outscored opponents, 49-13.
Pensacola Catholic, FL moves to No. 4 with 13 straight wins. In the last 6 games, the Crusaders ended all but one game by the 10-run rule and outscored opponents, 73-4. Pensacola has hit 21 homers and collected 33 doubles in 13 games.
Against Davidson, AL, Pensacola Catholic hitters belted three consecutive home runs in the first inning and ended the game with a home run. Four days later against Walton, they did the same thing. Then two days after that against Rickards, they hit two home runs in the first inning. Sophomore Evans Bozeman leads the team with six home runs. Cooper Jones is 5-0 with a 0.56 ERA, 38 strikeouts in 15 innings and Avery Geyer is 4-0 with 42 strikeouts in 27.1 innings.
Cathedral Catholic (San Diego, CA) fell to No. 5 after losing 4-0 to Granite Hills, but came back to win its next four games. The Dons are hitting .328 as a team and have a 1.40 team ERA as they head to the National Invitational H.S. tournament in North Carolina.
In a much touted pitchers duel, Cathedral Catholic’s Stephen Gonsalves went head-to-head with Madison’s Ian Clarkin when the two San Diego area teams met recently. The Dons won 4-1. Gonsalves got the win, allowing only three hits, striking out six, walking two in six innings. Clarkin went 4 1/3 innings with eight hits, four runs and seven strikeouts. Both are Louisville Slugger Pre-Season All-Americans.
No. 6 Owasso, OK has a 13-0 record as they leave for their spring break trip to Florida. Jeb Bargfeldt, Braden Webb and Austin Kerns each are 3-0. Bargefeldt also has two saves and 38 strikeouts in 23 innings. Luke Waller has 3 saves for the season. Trae Bobo (.467, 5 HR, 15 RBI) and Austin O’Brien (.441, 4 HR, 16 RBI) lead the offense.
No. 7 Jupiter, FL has 12 straight wins and is ranked No 1 in Florida’s 8A division.
Loganville, GA is No. 8 with an 11-1 record. The Red Devils recently defeated pre-season ranked Farragut, TN, 10-0 and Grayson, GA, 14-4. In the Grayson game, Clint Frazier belted a three-run homer.
No. 9 Mater Dei (Santa Ana, CA) suffered an early loss in the season, but has won 6 straight and earned the No. 1 spot in the Los Angeles Times’ baseball rankings. They are 6-1 on the season.
No. 10 Cherry Creek (Greenwood Village, CO) dropped a few spots with a recent loss to Mountain Vista. They have a 3-1 record.
St. Francis (Mountain View, CA) dropped to No. 11 with a 12-1 record. The team blew an 8-1 lead against Serra (San Mateo, CA) during a 10-9 loss. There now is a 3-way tie in the West Catholic Athletic League.
Venice, FL is No. 12 with an 11-1 record. Over the last six games, the Indians have outscored opponents 35-6. They are headed to the NHSI tournament this week.
No. 13 Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, CA) also heads to the NHSI tournament. They have a 9-2 record, having recently split two games with Crespi (CA).
Oak Grove (Hattiesburg, MS) fell to No. 14 with a 12-2 record. The Warriors recently dropped two games, a 5-0 loss to Jackson Prep, MS and 9-3 loss to Ridgeland, MS, but they came back to win the next four games.
No. 15 Lexington, SC is on an 8-game win streak and is 10-1 overall. In a 9-0 win over North Augusta, LHP Josh Reagan improved to 3-0 with a two-hit, complete-game effort. He did not allow a hit after the third batter and retired the final 16 hitters. He walked one and struck out eight. As a team, Lexington is hitting .349 and has a 1.84 team ERA. The Wildcats also are competing in the NHSI tournament.
Sandra Day O’Connor (Phoenix, AZ) moves into the poll at No. 16 with a 17-0 record. The Arizona Republic ranks O’Connor as the No. 1 5A team in Arizona. The Eagles recently won the Coach Bob Invitational with wins over Broken Arrow, OK, Bishop Gorman, NV and Edmond Santa Fe, OK.
In the 11-10 win over Gorman, Stan Gawelko delivered a walk off 3-1 pitch through the infield to score the winning run. Gorman put up a good fight in the game with a grand slam and attempted the hidden ball trick.
No. 17 St. Laurence (Burbank, IL) opened its season with a 10-0 win over Lake View (Chicago, IL).
No. 18 Tullahoma, TN won the 27th Annual Hixson Wildcat Classic and has an 11-1 overall record. The team is hitting .359 with 12 home runs. Pitchers have a 2.98 team ERA.
Woodford County (Versailles, KY) is No. 19 at 3-0.
No. 20 Brother Rice (Bloomfield Hills, MI) starts March 27.
No. 21 Riverdale Baptist (Upper Marlboro, MD) has an 8-0 record that includes three shutouts. The team is hitting over .400 with 35 stolen bases.
No. 22 Gloucester Catholic (Gloucester City, NJ) starts its season April 1.
No. 23 Granite Hills (El Cajon, CA) is 8-1. They have posted four shutouts this season and are favored to win the upcoming Lions Tournament, which features some of the top teams in California.
Klein, TX moves into the poll at No. 24. They are 18-1 and ranked No. 2 in Texas 5A baseball.
No. 25 Barbe (Lake Charles, LA) has a 20-2 record. The Buccaneers are the top team in their district.
Archbishop McCarthy (Southwest Ranches, FL) dropped to No. 26 after posting an 11-2-1 record. The Mavericks are scheduled to meet up with Jupiter which is No. 1 in South Florida. Junior CF Brandon Vicens has hit 7 home runs, four in the last week.
Jenks, OK dropped to No. 28 after suffering losses to Owasso and South (Olathe, KS).
No. 29 Hamilton (Chandler, AZ) dropped after posting two losses. Skyler Palermo hit three home runs over three games. The Huskies head to the NHSI tournament this week.
No. 30 Calallen (Corpus Christi, TX) saw its 18-game winning streak snapped with a 3-2 loss to Gregory-Portland, TX. The Wildcats are now 19-2.
Teams which fell out of the poll include: Farragut, TN 4-2; Christian Brothers, TN 7-3; Bishop Gorman, NV 7-3; Grayson, GA 5-5; and Milton, GA 8-3.
|Collegiate Baseball’s National H.S. Poll|
|(As of March 24, 2013)|
|Rank School City/State||Record|
|1. The Woodlands (The Woodlands, TX)||18-0|
|2. Jesuit (Tampa, FL)||13-0|
|3. Tomball (Tomball, TX)||18-0|
|4. Pensacola Catholic (Pensacola, FL)||13-0|
|5. Cathedral Catholic (San Diego, CA)||7-1|
|6. Owasso (Owasso, OK)||13-0|
|7. Jupiter (Jupiter, FL)||12-0|
|8. Loganville (Loganville, GA)||11-1|
|9. Mater Dei (Santa Ana, CA)||6-1|
|10. Cherry Creek (Greenwood Village, CO)||3-1|
|11. St. Francis (Mountain View, CA)||12-1|
|12. Venice (Venice, FL)||11-1|
|13. Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, CA)||9-2|
|14. Oak Grove (Hattiesburg, MS)||12-2|
|15. Lexington (Lexington, SC)||10-1|
|16. Sandra Day O’Connor (Phoenix, AZ)||17-0|
|17. St. Laurence (Burbank, IL)||1-0|
|18. Tullahoma (Tullahoma, TN)||11-1|
|19. Woodford County (Versailles, KY)||3-0|
|20. Brother Rice (Bloomfield Hills, MI)||0-0|
|21. Riverdale Baptist (Upper Marlboro, MD)||8-0|
|22. Gloucester Catholic (Gloucester City, NJ)||0-0|
|23. Granite Hills (El Cajon, CA)||8-1|
|24. Klein (Klein, TX)||18-1|
|25. Barbe (Lake Charles, LA)||20-2|
|26. Archbishop McCarthy (Southwest Ranches, FL)||11-2-1|
|27. Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati, OH)||0-0|
|28. Jenks (Jenks, OK)||8-2|
|29. Hamilton (Chandler, AZ)||9-2|
|30. Calallen (Corpus Christi, TX)||19-2|