PENSACOLA CATHOLIC NO. 1 WITH 30-0 RECORD
TUCSON, Ariz. — After winning its second consecutive Florida 4A state title, Pensacola Catholic (Pensacola, FL) retained its No. 1 spot in Collegiate Baseball’s National High School Poll.
Despite a two-hour, 38-minute rain delay and eight grueling innings, Catholic defeated Miami’s Monsignor Pace, 7-5 to cap a perfect 30-0 season. Catholic extended its win streak to 35 games and back-to-back titles.
With ace Avery Geyer sidelined after getting injured in a dog pile that followed the regional final, senior Nick Helton started the game. He was pulled after giving up a game-tying three-run homer in the fifth inning.
Cooper Jones, who threw a complete game shutout against Bishop Verot in the semi-finals, came in relief to shut down Monsignor Pace’s hitters. In the span of two days, Jones threw 10 1/3 innings, allowed only 3 hits, struck out 11, walked 2 and did not allow any runs and earned the win in both games.
He finished his high school career with a 17-0 record and wins in two state championship games.
Junior CF James McGhee delivered the game winning two run double with runners on first and second. Evans Bozeman belted a home run early in the game.
Nos. 2 & 3 remain the same with Owasso, OK and Venice, FL, both having won their respective state championships.
No. 4 The Woodlands, TX (36-4) has advanced to the final four in the Texas 5A state championship. The Highlanders won the Region II-5A championship after taking two of three games from Rockwall, TX.
The Highlanders scored 12 runs in the sixth inning to win the first game of the series, 12-5, but dropped the second game 7-1. They came back in the third game to win 12-6, thanks to a seven run third inning.
This is the third time since 2000 that The Woodlands will be in the state championship tournament. They will face San Antonio O’Connor next.
Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, CA) is No. 5 after claiming the CIF Southern Section Division 1 title, defeating Marina, 1-0.
Outstanding pitching and defense kept the game close. Harvard-Westlake’s Jack Flaherty tossed seven stellar innings, striking out 8, walking one and allowing 6 hits in the complete game. He finished the season with a 13-0 record and 9 complete games.
Flaherty also knocked in the game winning run in the third inning as Casey Rosenfeld scored.
No. 7 St. Francis (Mountain View, CA) won the CIF Central Coast Section Division 1 championship 10-0 over Serra in 6 innings, finishing the season with a 29-4 record.
No. 10 Tomball, TX (33-4) advanced to the Texas 4A state tournament after winning the 4A-Region III championship over Foster. Nick Banks threw a two-hit shutout to lead Tomball to a 10-0 victory and ended the game in 6 innings due to the mercy rule. The lefty struck out 9 batters. They will face Rider next in the state tournament.
No. 11 Archbishop McCarthy (Southwest Ranches, FL) won its fourth consecutive state title after defeating Lynn Haven Mosley, 5-2 for the Class 6A title.
McCarthy became the first Florida team to win four consecutive state championships, breaking its tie with Westminster Christian’s three in a row (1996-1998). The Mavericks extended their record playoff victories to 20. During that run, they have held opponents to 2 or less runs 14 times.
Brandon Vicens belted a two-run double in the bottom of the third inning and later scored a run himself to push the Mavericks ahead 4-1 in the game. Starting pitcher Andrew Nunez (5-2) scattered 7 hits and struck out four for a complete-game win.
No. 12 Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati, OH) advances to the final four of the Ohio Division 1 state tournament. Moeller defeated Lakota East, 10-1 and Clayton Northmont, 11-3. This week they will face Aurora for a chance to play in the championship game. Moeller, the defending state champs, have won 17 consecutive games.
No. 13 St. Joseph Regional (Montville, NJ) is the 2013 Bergen County champs and will face Seton Hall Prep in the Non-Public A North championship game this week.
Oaks Christian (Westlake Village, CA) is No. 15. They defeated El Rancho, 4-0 for the CIF Southern Section Division 4 championship. Oaks Christian won 17 straight games to end the season — nine by shutout.
No. 16 Francis Howell (St. Charles, MO) won its second state championship in three seasons and its third in school history. Howell defeated Christian Brothers College HS (St. Louis, MO), 7-3 for the 5A title. They ended the season with a 33-5 record and won 18 of their last 19 games.
No. 18 St. Johns Prep (Danvers, MA) is on a 20-game winning streak and recently defeated Malden, 18-1 in the Division I North tournament. In that game, three players — Nick Bragole, Nick Bornstein and Keith Leavitt — each hit two-run homers. St. Johns plays Chelmsford, MA in the quarterfinals.
No. 19 Lake Braddock (Burke, VA) defeated Oakton, VA, 14-7 for the Northern Region championship and advances to the state tournament to defend its title. SS Jack Owens’ fifth inning single scored Nick Neville from second base to break a tie.
Lutcher, LA is No. 20 after winning the Louisiana 4A state title for the first time since 1975. They defeated St. Thomas More, 4-0 for the championship and closed out the year with a 15-game winning streak.
LHP Jared Poche (LSU commit) was named Louisiana’s Mr. Baseball. He compiled an 11-0 record with a 0.80 ERA and 129 strikeouts in 75 innings. Poche hit .429 with 12 doubles, 7 home runs and 40 RBI.
No. 21 Jesuit (Tampa, FL) and No. 22 Cherry Creek (Greenwood Village, CO) were bounced from their respective state tournaments.
No. 23 Rancho Bernardo (San Diego, CA) defeated Granite Hills, CA, 4-2 to capture the CIF San Diego Open Division. The Broncos finished 30-5 with 30 wins being tied for second most in school history. Leading the offense this season was Gosuke Katoh (.429, 10 HR) and Alex Jackson (.343, 14 HR). Matt Osborne finished the year 12-0 with 8 straight complete games.
Dulles (Fort Bend, TX) came in at No. 24. A pre-season favorite, they are in the state finals after defeating JerseyVillage, 5-2 to advance. They will face Arlington Martin next.
Christian Brothers (Memphis, TN) is No. 25. They also were a pre-season favorite and played a tough schedule, including games in the National HS Invitational and USA Classic. After dropping a game to Montgomery Bell Academy, CBHS came back to win, 13-3 and claim the Division 2-AA state title.
Chris Carrier hit a three-run homer to lead a 13-hit attack, and Daniel Shaw limited Montgomery Bell to four hits. It was CBHS’s 11th state championship.
No. 26 Charlotte Christian (Charlotte, NC) defeated Providence Day, 9-2 and 5-4 to win its second NCISAA 3A championship in a row. The team finished with a 30-4 record and a 23-game winning streak. They were led by Bailey Ober, who recorded a 10-0 record this season with a 0.60 ERA and 100 strikeouts.
Mason, OH (26-1) dropped to No. 27 after being eliminated in its first game of the state tournament by Clayton Northmont, 6-1. Mason’s win streak ended at 26 games.
No. 29 Fountain Valley, CA and No. 30 Calallen (Corpus Christi, TX) were eliminated in their respective tournaments.
Teams that fell out of the poll include: James Monroe (Bronx, NY), which lost in the quarterfinals of the PSAL-A tournament to Norman Thomas, 13-1; Harrison Central (Gulfport, MS), 28-5 F; Lincoln-Way North (Frankfort, IL) 36-3-1 F; American Heritage (Plantation, FL) 25-3 F; Gainesville, GA 28-5 F; and Puyallup, WA 22-3 F.
Collegiate Baseball’s National H.S. Poll
(As of June 3, 2013)
|Rank School City/State|
|1. Pensacola Catholic (Pensacola, FL)|
|2. Owasso, OK|
|3. Venice, FL|
|4. The Woodlands, TX|
|5. Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, CA)|
|6. Lexington, SC|
|7. St. Francis (Mountain View, CA)|
|8. Coronado (Henderson, NV)|
|9. Mater Dei (Santa Ana, CA)|
|10. Tomball, TX|
|11. Archbishop McCarthy (Southwest Ranches, FL)|
|12. Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati, OH)|
|13. St. Joseph Regional (Montville, NJ)|
|14. DesertMountain (Scottsdale, AZ)|
|15. Oaks Christian (Westlake Village, CA)|
|16. Francis Howell (St. Charles, MO)|
|17. MagnoliaHeights (Senatobia, MS)|
|18. St. Johns Prep (Danvers, MA)|
|19. LakeBraddock (Burke, VA)|
|20. Lutcher, LA|
|21. Jesuit (Tampa, FL)|
|22. Cherry Creek (Greenwood Village, CO)|
|23. Rancho Bernardo (San Diego, CA)|
|24. Dulles (Fort Bend, TX)|
|25. Christian Brothers (Memphis, TN)|
|26. Charlotte Christian (Charlotte, NC)|
|27. Mason, OH|
|28. Sharyland (Mission, TX)|
|29. Fountain Valley, CA|
|30. Calallen (Corpus Christi, TX)|