MATER DEI (CA) NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL H.S. POLL
TUCSON, Ariz. — Mater Dei (Santa Ana, CA) remains the No. 1 team in the latest Collegiate Baseball High School Poll after winning its 19th consecutive game.
The Monarchs (Southern California winner) won the title game of the Boras Classic with an 8-0 win over Pleasant Grove (Elk Grove, CA) (Northern California champions).
Jacob Erickson was once again the go-to pitcher for Mater Dei in the title game. While he struggled a bit through this particular game, issuing four walks and two hit batters, he managed to strand runners on base and get out of jams to stop Pleasant Grove from scoring.
The Monarchs racked up two close wins with Santa Margarita, 4-3 and 2-1 to maintain their win streak since a loss in the second game of the season.
No. 2 Pensacola Catholic, FL finished its regular season with a 24-0 record. They begin district play this week. Pensacola’s pitching staff has only allowed 24 earned runs in 24 games. Leading the staff are Cooper Jones (7-0, 1.13 ERA, 64 K, 43.1 IP), Avery Geyer (8-0, 0.66 ERA, 73 K, 53.1 IP), Clarke Berry and Nick Helton.
3B Cody Henry is tied for second in the state with 39 RBI while SS Drew LaBounty is among the state leaders with a .535 batting average and 39 runs scored.
No. 3 Owasso, OK remains undefeated with a 28-0 record. Leading the offense is Trae BoBo (.411, 8 2B, 14 HR, 41 RBI, 27 RS) and Austin O’Brien (.440, 4 2B, 2 3B, 8 HR, 28 RBI, 32 RS). Pitcher Jeb Bargfeldt is 6-0 with a 1.59 ERA, 70 strikeouts in 44 innings.
Venice, FL moves up to No. 4 after defeating top ranked Jesuit (Tampa, FL). The Indians have defeated top-notch competition this season, including The Woodlands, TX, Cathedral Catholic, CA, Parkview, GA, Spruce Creek, FL and Jesuit. Seven of the last 9 games have been shutout victories.
St. Francis (Mountain View, CA) is No. 5 after posting a 22-1 record. They are the top team in Northern California and blanked Bellarmine, 11-0, Valley Christian, 10-0 and Riordan, 9-0 recently.
Fountain Valley, CA moved up to No. 6 and has been ranked the past few weeks as the No. 2 team in the Los Angeles area by the Los Angeles Times poll. The team is on a 14-game winning streak with recent wins over Huntington Beach (12-11, 9-8) and Newport Harbor (13-3, 8-5).
No. 7 Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, CA) continued its win streak with two wins over league foe Alamany, 10-3 and 12-6. Jack Flaherty improved his record to 7-0 with the 10-3 victory of Alamany.
No. 8 Cherry Creek (Greenwood Village, CO) has a 9-1 record and is 6-0 in conference play. This week they are scheduled to face Regis Jesuit.
The Woodlands, TX is No. 9 with a 27-3 record. Ryan Burnett and Bret Tirlia combined for a one-hit shutout in a 13-0 win over Conroe. Overall the pitching staff has recorded a 1.87 ERA. Chris Andritsos had 12 home runs and leads the team with 42 RBI.
No. 10 Sharyland (Mission, TX) is riding a 14-game winning streak. Over the course of those games, Sharyland has outscored opponents 176-11.
Jesuit (Tampa, FL) dropped to No. 11 after losing its most recent games to Seminole, 2-1 and Venice, 3-0.
No. 12 Gloucester Catholic (Gloucester City, NJ) is 14-1. Mike Shawaryn threw two no-hitters — a 4-0 win over Glassboro and 3-0 win over St. Jose Metchuen. Between the two games, he had 20 strikeouts and only three walks.
Riverdale Baptist (Upper Marlboro, MD) is No. 13 with a 20-1 record. The pitching staff has posted a 1.25 ERA, 163 strikeouts in 129 innings and allowed only 44 runs. Leading the staff are Taylor Bloom (5-1, 0.93 ERA, 49 K, 37.2 IP), Chase Brewis (5-0, 1.53 ERA, 44 K) and Ryan Selmer (4-0, 0.00 ERA, 36 K). C Andrew Sharpe has a .492 BA with 12 doubles and 3 home runs while INF Brody Cook is hitting .411 with 9 doubles.
No. 14 Gainesville, GA moved into the poll after defeating Loganville, GA twice, 5-3 and 3-2. They are No. 1 in the state poll and have posted a 20-2 record.
No. 15 Puyallup, WA has a 15-1 record. Eight of its 15 wins have come by shutouts.
No. 16 Tomball, TX dropped in the poll after posting three losses to Houston Lamar, Klein Oak and Ridge Point.
No. 17 Sandra Day O’Connor (Phoenix, AZ) also dropped in the poll after seeing its 22-game win streak snapped and posting three losses to Pinnacle, North Canyon and Tolleson.
Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati, OH) is No. 18. They tied the school record with 11 straight wins to start the season before posting a loss. They are 12-2.
Lexington, SC is No. 19 and still ranked No. 1 in South Carolina. They are 20-3 with a 10-0 region record and are riding an 8-game win streak.
No. 20 Lincoln-Way North (Frankfort, IL) started the season with a 14-0 record. Four of its last five games have been won by shutouts.
No. 21 Barbe (Lake Charles, LA) is ranked No. 1 in Louisiana. The Buccaneers posted shutouts over New Iberia, 12-0, Sam Houston, 3-0 and Carencro, 11-0 in the last five games.
No. 22 Francis Howell (Saint Charles, MO) is the top team in the Missouri HS Baseball Coaches Association poll and in the St. Louis area. Calvin Munson and Dylan Salsman are each 4-0. Zac Perkins broke the career stolen base record at the school and has posted 22 for the season. He also leads the team with a .527 batting average.
No. 23 Lake Orion, MI is the top team in Michigan state polls with a 4-2 record.
St. Laurence (Burbank, IL) is No. 24 with a 14-3 record and 7-0 in the Chicago Catholic League. Mike Kornacker threw his second perfect game of the year against St. Joseph’s in a 10-0 win. He struck out 8. Earlier in the season, he was perfect in a 10-0 win over Lake View where he struck out 10 in a 5 inning game shorted by the mercy rule.
Jupiter, FL dropped to No. 25 after losing its third game of the year to Cardinal Newman, FL, 10-5.
No. 26 Oak Grove (Hattiesburg, MS) had their baseball field and part of their school facilities destroyed in a tornado in February. So the team has been playing all of its games away this season. The Warriors have managed a 22-3 record and are 9-0 in district play. Recently they scored a combined 25 runs over a three game stretch. However, they did post a loss to Madison Central. Coach Chris McCardle won his 100th coaching victory with a 10-2 win over Hattiesburg.
No. 27 Woodford County (Versailles, KY) is ranked as one of the top teams in Kentucky with a 13-3 record.
Loganville, GA dropped to No. 28 after being defeated twice by Gainesville, GA.
No. 29 Calallen (Corpus Christi, TX) posted its third loss of the season to Corpus Christi Carroll, 8-5. However, they came back to win three straight games.
No. 30 Tullahoma, TN is 24-5 with an 8-0 conference record. Justus Sheffield tossed a no-hitter against Franklin County in a 5-0 win. He struck out 15.
Teams that fell out of the poll include Cathedral Catholic 15-5; Hamilton, AZ 19-5; Brother Rice, MI 7-3; and Klein, TX 22-3.
Collegiate Baseball’s National H.S. Poll
(As of April 21, 2013)
|Rank School City/State|
|1. Mater Dei (Santa, Ana, CA)|
|2. Pensacola Catholic (Pensacola, FL)|
|3. Owasso (Owasso, OK)|
|4. Venice (Venice, FL)|
|5. St. Francis (Mountain View, CA)|
|6. Fountain Valley (Fountain Valley, CA)|
|7. Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, CA)|
|8. Cherry Creek (Greenwood Village, CO)|
|9. The Woodlands (The Woodlands, TX)|
|10. Sharyland (Mission, TX)|
|11. Jesuit (Tampa, FL)|
|12. Gloucester Catholic (Gloucester City, NJ)|
|13. Riverdale Baptist (Upper Marlboro, MD)|
|14. Gainesville (Gainesville, GA)|
|15. Puyallup (Puyallup, WA)|
|16. Tomball (Tomball, TX)|
|17. Sandra Day O’Connor (Phoenix, AZ)|
|18. Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati, OH)|
|19. Lexington (Lexington, SC)|
|20. Lincoln Way North (Frankfort, IL)|
|21. Barbe (Lake Charles, LA)|
|22. Francis Howell (St. Charles, MO)|
|23. Lake Orion (Lake Orion, MI)|
|24. St. Laurence (Burbank, IL)|
|25. Jupiter (Jupiter, FL)|
|26. Oak Grove (Hattiesburg, MS)|
|27. Woodford County (Versailles, KY)|
|28. Loganville (Loganville, GA)|
|29. Calallen (Corpus Christi, TX)|
|30. Tullahoma (Tullahoma, TN)|