PENSACOLA NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL H.S. POLL
TUCSON, Ariz. — Pensacola Catholic (Pensacola, FL) is ranked No. 1 in Collegiate Baseball’s National High School Poll with a 26-0 record.
The Crusaders are on a 31-game win streak that includes the last five games from last season. They recently won the District championship by defeating Marianna, 9-0 and won the first round of the state playoffs with a 10-1 victory over Florida State University H.S.
In the FSUHS game, Jon Jon Burkett blasted a 2-run homer, his fourth of the season, to seal the win. He had two hits, 2 RBI and scored three runs in the game.
Avery Geyer is leading the pitching staff with a 10-0 record and 0.66 ERA. His career record is 22-2 with a 1.26 ERA. Cooper Jones (7-0, 1.06 ERA) and Nick Helton (5-0, 0.76 ERA) also have been big contributors to the pitching dominance of Pensacola Catholic.
No. 2 Owasso, OK finished the regular season with a 33-0 record and are seeded No. 1 for the District Championships. Austin O’Brien (.439, 6 2B, 2 3B, 9 HR, 32 RBI) and Trae BoBo (.373, 8 2B 14 HR, 42 RBI) led the offense while P Jeb Bargfeldt has been dominate on the mound with an 8-0 record, 1.48 ERA, 86 strikeouts in 58 inning.
Mater Dei (Santa Ana, CA) dropped to No. 3 after splitting two games against Orange Lutheran (CA).The Monarchs (22-2) still hold the top spot in the Los Angeles Times rankings as California teams start winding up the regular season and head into the CIF playoffs.
No. 4 Venice, FL (25-3) won its district championship and first regional game as Florida high school teams start its playoff tournaments. The Indians’ pitchers threw 17 shutouts this season and have only given up 26 runs. Cooper Hammond, a submarine relief pitcher, has given up only one run this season, and that was in his first game. He leads the team in innings pitched, wins and saves.
No. 5 Cherry Creek (Greenwood Village, CO) is 17-1, winning games over Smoky Hill, 17-6, Eaglecrest, 10-0, Cherokee Trail, 10-0 and Overland, 13-3. Lane Milligan is leading the offense with a .547 batting average.
The Woodlands, TX (29-3) is No. 6 after opening the post-season playoffs with a two-game sweep over Atascocita, TX, 6-0 and 8-2. Blaine Gillespie led the offense in the series with a home run and triple in the first game. He went 3-for-4 in the second game with 2 RBI.
No. 7 Sharyland (Mission, TX) swept Del Rio, 10-0 and 14-1 in the opening round of the post-season.
No. 8 Fountain Valley, CA) beat Edison (Huntington Beach, CA) twice, 5-4 and 7-3 to win the Sunset League title. It was the 10th league title in the school’s history and first since 2002. They are 24-2.
No. 9 Jesuit (Tampa, FL) won its regional quarterfinal game against Lakewood, FL, 3-0 and will face Dunedin in the regional semi-finals this week. They are 25-2.
No. 10 Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, CA) split two league games with Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks, CA). In a 2-1 win over Notre Dame, Jack Flaherty dominated with 12 strikeouts and no walks in seven innings. Joe Corrigan stole two bases and scored the game winning run on a sacrifice fly.
St. Francis (Mountain View, CA) is the top team in northern California, boasting a 24-3 record. The No. 11 team lost their last two games of the regular season by one run against Bellarmine and Valley Christian. They will start the West Catholic Athletic League playoffs against Archbishop Riordan, who they previously shut out twice.
No. 12 Gainesville, GA won two games against Hiram in the first round of the state playoffs. They are 25-3.
Mason, OH moves into the poll at No. 13. They are No. 1 in the Ohio HS Baseball Coaches Association poll with a 20-0 record. They will enter the district sectional playoffs as a top seed.
No. 14 St. Joseph’s Regional (Montvale, NJ) also moves into the poll this week with a 17-0 record. They recently defeated Gloucester Catholic, 6-1. Robert Kaminsky threw a complete game 3-hitter, striking out 13 and walking none. He had a 0.00 ERA entering that game, but gave up one earned run in the seventh inning. He is 6-0 on the season with 76 strikeouts. St. Joseph’s is ranked No. 1 by The Record and NorthJersey.com
Also new to the poll is No. 15 James Monroe (Bronx, NY) which has a 34-1 record and is 12-0 in PSAL contests. They currently have a 20-game win streak. RHP Ricardo Parra leads the pitching staff. He recently threw 3 shutouts, including back-to-back no hitters against Morris, 10-0, Clinton, 7-0 and a three-hitter versus J.F. Kennedy, 3-0. In 19 total innings pitched, he struck out 32 and walked two.
No. 16 Tomball, TX has a 27-3 record. They won their Bi-District game over Houston Reagan, 10-0 and advance to the next round to face Friendswood, TX.
No. 17 Puyallup, WA (19-2) won the South Puget Sound League championship with a 2-1 win over Kentwood, WA.
No. 18 American Heritage (Plantation, FL) beat Suncoast, FL, 10-0 in its first post-season game to improve its record to 24-2. They face Jensen Beach in the Regional semi-final.
Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati, OH) is No. 19. The Crusaders have a 7-game win streak and 19-2 overall record. Gus Ragland got the win against league rival Elder. He gave up just three hits and struck out nine in the 4-2 victory.
No. 20 Lexington, SC (23-4) advances to the opening round of the LowerState playoffs and will face Beaufort, SC. Zac Paquette stole home with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning to defeat Lugoff-Elgin, 7-6 and help Lexington claim the District 5 AAAA title.
No. 21 Lincoln Way North (Frankfort, IL) won 23 straight games this season before dropping a 1-0 contest to Brother Rice (Chicago, IL). They are ranked No. 1 by the Chicago Sun-Times.
No 22 Barbe (Lake Charles, LA) shut out Pineville, 10-0 in 5 innings in the first round of the state playoffs. They are 33-4.
Coronado, NV (26-2) is new to the poll at No. 23. They have won 18 straight games and finished league play with a 10-0 record.
Top pitchers include Chandler Blanchard (7-0), Dylan Myers (6-1), Jackson Cofer (6-0) and Julian Burrola (5-1). Top offensive players include Miles Bice (.488, 6 3B, 18 SB), Blanchard (.423, 6 HR, 31 RBI), Burrola (.411, 16 2B, 5 HR, 25 RBI) and James Anderson (.406, 20 BB).
No. 24 Francis Howell (St. Charles, MO) recently won the GAC South Conference title. Zac Perkins broke the school’s stolen base record with 26 for the season. He was hitting .446 with 7 doubles and 18 RBI. Top pitchers include Calvin Muson (6-0, 0.64 ERA, 2 SV, 46 K, 43.7 IP) and Dylan Salsman (6-0, 3.06 ERA, 24 K, 34.3 IP).
Desert Mountain (Scottsdale, AZ) is No. 25 after defeating Pinnacle (Phoenix, AZ), 8-4 in the opening round of the state playoffs. Jakob Goldfarb went 3-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI in the game. DesertMountain faces Tucson, AZ next.
No. 26 Oak Grove (Hattiesburg, MS) swept Ocean Springs, 7-0 and 7-5 to win the second round of the 6A playoff series. They advance to the SouthState semi-finals.
No. 27 Loganville, GA (24-4) swept North Paulding, 12-2 and 5-3 to advance in the state playoffs. They face Riverwood, GA next.
No. 28 Calallen (Corpus Christi, TX) swept Uvalde, 10-0 and 14-6 in the first round of the Texas state playoffs. They will face Alice in a best of three this week.
No. 29 Jupiter, FL beat Park Vista, 9-2 in the first round of the Florida playoffs. They are 21-4.
No. 30 Lake Orion, MI has a 14-3 record. In a three-game series against previously undefeated Clarkston, LakeOrion won 11-0 and 7-1 before dropping a 9-inning game, 6-3. They also recently won the Farmington tournament, going undefeated. Pitchers Nick Deeg and Brad Schaenzer have 0.40 and 0.50 ERAs respectively. 2B Ryan Lambrecht is hitting .540.
Teams that fell out of the poll include Gloucester Catholic, NJ 16-3, Riverdale Baptist, MD 22-5, Sandra Day O’Connor, AZ 29-4, St. Laurence, IL 18-5, Woodford County, KY 20-5, and Tullahoma, TN 30-5.
Teams To Watch: St. John’s Prep (Danvers, MA) has a 15-1 record and is one of the top teams in Massachusetts.
Tucson, AZ is 29-4-1. The Badgers were down 0-3 in the 6th inning against Mountain Pointe, AZ in the first round of the state playoffs. They managed to plate 6 runs in their half of the inning and hung on to win, 6-3.
Collegiate Baseball’s National H.S. Poll
(As of May 5, 2013)
|Rank School City/State|
|1. Pensacola Catholic (Pensacola, FL)|
|2. Owasso (Owasso, OK)|
|3. Mater Dei (Santa Ana, CA)|
|4. Venice (Venice, FL)|
|5. Cherry Creek (Greenwood Village, CO)|
|6. The Woodlands (The Woodlands, TX)|
|7. Sharyland (Mission, TX)|
|8. Fountain Valley (Fountain Valley, CA)|
|9. Jesuit (Tampa, FL)|
|10. Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, CA)|
|11. St. Francis (Mountain View, CA)|
|12. Gainesville (Gainesville, GA)|
|13. Mason (Mason, OH)|
|14. St. Joseph Regional (Montville, NJ)|
|15. James Monroe (Bronx, NY)|
|16. Tomball (Tomball, TX)|
|17. Puyallup (Puyallup, WA)|
|18. American Heritage (Plantation, FL)|
|19. Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati, OH)|
|20. Lexington (Lexington, SC)|
|21. Lincoln Way North (Frankfort, IL)|
|22. Barbe (Lake Charles, LA)|
|23. Coronado (Henderson, NV)|
|24. Francis Howell (St. Charles, MO)|
|25. Desert Mountain (Scottsdale, AZ)|
|26. Oak Grove (Hattiesburg, MS)|
|27. Loganville (Loganville, GA)|
|28. Calallen (Corpus Christi, TX)|
|29. Jupiter (Jupiter, FL)|
|30. Lake Orion (Lake Orion, MI)|