Pensacola Catholic H.S., FL No. 1 in National H.S. Poll
TUCSON, Ariz. — The Top 10 teams remain the same for the final installment of Collegiate Baseball’s National High School Poll.
Pensacola Catholic (Pensacola, FL) clinched the No. 1 spot several weeks ago after closing out a perfect 30-0 season. No. 2 Owasso, OK also has a perfect record of 36-0. Both teams won their respective state championships.
No. 4 The Woodlands, TX (38-4) won its third state title since 2000 when the Highlanders defeated Fort Bend Dulles, 9-5. Carter Hope, the championship game MVP, kept the Vikings scoreless in five of his seven innings on the mound. He tossed a two-hit complete game, striking out nine.
The day before, Ryan Burnett pitched a two-hit complete game over Dulles, winning 2-1. Burnett and Hope have been a 1-2 punch for the Highlanders all season along with relief pitcher Brandon Miles (4-0) who had several clutch performances during the season.
No. 10 Tomball, TX (35-4) defeated Corpus Christi Moody, 6-1. Robert Dugger tossed a complete game six hitter in the final. He also was 3-for-4 at the plate with an inside the park home run, a double and 4 RBI. He was MVP of the championship game.
No. 12 Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati, OH) won the Ohio Division 1 state title for the second year in a row with a 7-1 victory over St. Ignatius. Moeller scored 20 runs between the semi-final and final games of the tournament. Junior SS Riley Mahan went 7-for-9 over the two games. Zach Logue pitched a two hitter in the final, giving up just one unearned run.
No. 15 Bay City Western (Auburn, MI) moves into the poll after defeating perennial powerhouse Brother Rice, 1-0 to capture its first Michigan Division 1 state title. The Warriors posted a 42-2 record and a 35-game win streak. Brendan Harrison hit in the game-winning RBI in the sixth inning. Connor Foley tossed a complete-game shutout.
Elkhart Central (Elkhart, IN) moves in at No. 18 after defeating Indianapolis Cathedral, 1-0 to capture the Indiana 4A state championship. Tanner Tully was the first to bat for Central as he blasted a home run over right field for the only run of the game. No. 30 Cathedral (28-1), which was undefeated until the championship game, held off Central the rest of the way, but failed to answer with any run.
The win was Elkhart Central’s first team state title.
Previously ranked Gloucester Catholic (Gloucester, NJ) returns to the poll at No. 23 after winning its fourth straight Non-Public A state championship. Gloucester defeated Seton Hall Prep (West Orange, NJ), 2-0 in the title game.
Earlier Seton Hall Prep knocked out top-ranked St. Joseph Regional, 10-2, in the tournament finals. St. Joseph dropped down to No. 28 and ended its season 29-2.
No. 24 Fayetteville, AR (27-2) beat Rogers, 6-3 to capture the Arkansas 7A state title.
No. 25 Seaman (Topeka, KS) defeated Carroll, 10-3 for the Kansas 5A state championship. They ended their season 23-2.
No. 26 Defiance, OH (32-1) won the Ohio Division 2 title with an 8-2 victory over Jonathan Alder. The Bulldogs set a school record for wins in a season. Lefthander Weston Rivers took a no-hitter into the seventh inning before giving up four hits and two runs. He struck out 15 and walked none in the contest.
Hanover (Mechanicsville, VA) comes in at No. 27 after beating Great Bridge, 2-1 for the Virginia 4A state title. Junior Derek Casey tossed six innings, allowing one run on three hits, and freshman Hayden Moore tossed a perfect seventh inning for the save. It was the school’s first state title.
Schools that dropped out of the poll are: Lake Braddock (Burke, VA) 22-6, Dulles (Fort Bend, TX) 32-8, Jesuit (Tampa, FL) 27-3, Cherry Creek (Greenwood Village, CO) 21-4, Mason, OH 26-1, Sharyland (Mission, TX) 31-2, Fountain Valley, CA 24-5 and Calallen (Corpus Christi, TX) 34-4.
Collegiate Baseball’s National H.S. Poll
(As of June 17, 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. Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, CA)|
|6. Lexington (Lexington, SC)|
|7. St. Francis (Mountain View, CA)|
|8. Coronado (Henderson, NV)|
|9. Mater Dei (Santa Ana, CA)|
|10. Tomball (Tomball, TX)|
|11. Archbishop McCarthy (Southwest Ranches, FL)|
|12. Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati, OH)|
|13. Desert Mountain (Scottsdale, AZ)|
|14. Oaks Christian (Westlake Village, CA)|
|15. Bay City Western (Auburn, MI)|
|16. Francis Howell (St. Charles, MO)|
|17. Magnolia Heights (Senatobia, MS)|
|18. Elkhart Central (Elkhart, IN)|
|19. Lutcher (Lutcher, LA)|
|20. Rancho Bernardo (San Diego, CA)|
|21. Christian Brothers (Memphis, TN)|
|22. Charlotte Christian (Charlotte, NC)|
|23. Gloucester Catholic (Gloucester, NJ)|
|24. Fayetteville (Fayetteville, AR)|
|25. Seaman (Topeka, KS)|
|26. Defiance (Defiance, OH)|
|27. Hanover (Mechanicsville, VA)|
|28. St. Joseph Regional (Montville, NJ)|
|29. St. Johns Prep (Danvers, MA)|
|30. Cathedral (Indianapolis, IN)|