MATER DEI (CA) NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL H.S. POLL
TUCSON, Ariz. — After winning two major high school tournaments with perfect records, Mater Dei (Santa, Ana, CA), 14-1, is No. 1 in Collegiate Baseball’s National High School Poll.
The Lancers went undefeated in the National High School Invitational held in North Carolina and defeated Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, CA), 4-0 for the second time in a row for the tournament title. Then they came home to participate in the Southern Division of the inaugural Boras Classic and beat Oaks Christian (Westlake, CA), 6-0 for the championship of that division. One week later, Mater Dei was scheduled to face Pleasant Grove (Elk Grove, CA), the Boras Classic’s Northern Division champion, for the tournament’s overall title as Collegiate Baseball went to press.
The key player for the Lancers in both championship game wins was senior left-hander Jacob Erickson. He usually is Mater Dei’s closer, but has twice been asked to start the title games and has delivered. Against Oaks Christian, Erickson struck out 12, walked none and allowed six hits. Mater Dei scored five runs in the first inning with two outs, highlighted by a three-run double by freshman Josh Stephen. Against Harvard-Westlake. Erickson struck out 8 and allowed only four hits.
No. 2 Jesuit (Tampa, FL) has remained undefeated with 20 wins. The Tigers have averaged 12 runs per game, backed by strong pitching. Jesuit recently won its Easter tournament, defeating Knoxville Catholic, 13-0 in five innings. Jordan Parnell, who pitched in the title game, gave up two hits and struck out 10. He extended his season long scoreless streak to 20 innings. The Tigers have a .422 team batting average while pitchers have a 0.68 team ERA.
No. 3 Pensacola Catholic, FL has 19 straight wins. The team won the Bishop Moore Catholic Challenge by beating Tampa Catholic, 3-1. Cooper Jones threw a complete game and struck out 11 while giving up four hits. He earned Most Outstanding Pitcher honors. Cody Henry drove in the winning run and was named best offensive player after driving in 9 runs in four games.
No. 4 Owasso, OK also is undefeated with 19 wins. The Rams went 6-0 in the Blue Devil Classic in Florida and beat Auberndale, 5-2 in 8 innings for the title. Jeb Bargfeldt and Braden Webb each won two games on the trip while Luke Waller recorded three saves. Third baseman Trae BoBo had 8 RBI for the week with a two-run double, two-run home run and a grand slam. He leads the team in hitting (.429), RBI (28) and home runs (9).
After winning 22 straight games this season, No. 5 Tomball, TX lost a non-district game against Houston Lamar, TX, 5-2. They are 22-1 and 10-0 in their district.
Sandra Day O’Connor (Phoenix, AZ) is No. 6 with a 23-1 record. The Eagles suffered their first loss to Pinnacle, AZ, 16-6. O’Connor had five errors and gave up 13 hits to Pinnacle. However, the team quickly turned it around with a win over North Canyon, AZ.
No. 7 St. Francis (Mountain View, CA) has a 17-1 record. They recently won the Elite 8 Classic championship by defeating AmadorValley, 1-0.
No. 8 Harvard-Westlake (13-3) pitchers threw three straight shutouts that allowed the team to reach the finals of the National High School Invitational. They beat Eustis, FL 3-0, Bingham, UT 1-0 and Venice, FL 6-0. However, they lost the title game to Mater Dei for the second consecutive year.
Venice, FL is No. 9 with an 18-2 record. The Indians went 3-1 in the NHSI tournament and placed third after defeating The Woodlands, TX, 5-3. They returned home and won the Perfect Game Showdown, beating Parkview, GA 3-0 during that event.
No. 10 Cherry Creek (Greenwood Village, CO) did not play any games during spring break.
The Woodlands, TX dropped to No. 11 after going 2-2 in the NHSI tournament. The Highlanders were back into form after returning home. They defeated Lufkin, TX, 7-0. Ryan Burnett allowed only two hits and struck out 14 in a complete game effort. Chris Andristos tied the school record with his 12th home run on the season. The Highlanders also defeated A&M Consolidated, 4-3 with a bases loaded walk in the bottom of the seventh. They have a 23-2 record.
Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati, OH) is No. 12 with seven straight wins to open the season. The Crusaders have won five of their games against out-of-state opponents — Grosse Pointe South, MI, 17-2, Northridge Prep, IL 21-2, Battle Ground Academy, TN 15-4, Brentwood Academy, TN 3-2 and Harpeth, TN 15-4.
No. 13 Jupiter, FL recently defeated Archbishop McCarthy, 4-1 on the way to a 16-2 record. Despite dropping two games to Columbus, FL and Dwyer, FL, the Warriors are still leading Florida’s 8A.
No. 14 Oak Grove (Hattiesburg, MS) has a 17-2 record and recently defeated Petal, MS, 10-7 for the Region 5-6A regular season title.
No. 15 Loganville, GA broke a 12-game win streak with a 1-2 loss to Winder, GA.
Moving into the poll at No. 16 is Sharyland (Mission, TX) with a 21-1 record. Sharyland has outscored opponents 252 to 20, and the pitchers have 13 shutouts.
No. 17 Gloucester Catholic (Gloucester City, NJ) is 5-1 after losing the Mingo Bay Classic final to St. James, SC, 3-2. In a game against Georgetown, SC, Mike Shawaryn gave up four hits and struck out 11 during the 6-0 victory. Sophomore Dante Scafidi tossed a one-hitter against Alleghany-Limestone, NY in a 16-0 win.
No. 18 Riverdale Baptist (Upper Marlboro, MD) saw its 9 game win streak end when the Crusaders dropped a game against Central Private, LA, at the USA Classic. They had wins over John Paul II, TX, 8-3 and Bolton, TN, 6-5.
Calallen (Corpus Christi, TX) is No. 19 and remains one of the top teams in Texas. In the last four contests, the Wildcats have outscored opponents 43-11 and have a 22-2 record.
No. 20 Cathedral Catholic (San Diego, CA) struggled at the NHSI tournament, going 1-3, but they returned home to beat Point Loma and La Jolla to qualify for the city conference tournament finals. Stephen Gonsalves won the game against Point Loma to improve his high school career record to 22-0.
No. 21 Hamilton (Chandler, AZ) went 3-1 in the NHSI tournament and has a 15-3 record. They returned home to win three more games. Cody Belinger shut out Jenks, OK, 3-0 while striking out 10. Catcher Kyle Pechloff hit two homers and had 8 RBI over three Arizona teams.
No. 22 Lexington, SC went 2-2 in the NHSI tournament and posted a 14-3 record. Upon returning home, the Wildcats won two games against South Aiken, 6-2 and Aiken, 12-2. Nick Ciuffo has a 17-game hitting streak. He is batting .489 with 2 home runs and 17 RBI. Coach Brian Hucks is one game away from his 300th career win.
No. 23 Puyallup, WA is 10-1 and one of the top teams in Washington. Pitchers have posted 6 shutouts so far.
Fountain Valley, CA is No. 24 after posting a 16-1 record. The team is No. 2 in the Los Angeles Times rankings. The Barons have recorded wins over El Toro, Cypress Huntington Beach, Edison and Campolindo, among others.
Klein, TX is No. 25 with a 21-2 record and 8-2 record in district play.
St. Laurence (Burbank, IL) dropped to No. 26 with a 7-2 record. They lost 9-inning contest to Simeon, IL, 2-1 and to IMG Academy, FL, 6-5. Despite the losses, the pitching staff has only given up 5 earned runs, and all 7 wins have been shutouts. The pitching staff has struck out 78 batters in 59 1/3 innings. Laurence has outscored opponents 74-7.
In a schedule that has been disrupted by bad weather, No. 27 Brother Rice (Bloomfield Hills, MI) has a 4-2 record. The team’s biggest test will be the next two weeks when they face perennial powers University of Detroit Jesuit and De La Salle Collegiate.
WoodfordCounty (Versailles, KY) dropped to No. 28 after posting a 6-2 record. In a recent game against Bryan Station, KY, Clinton Hollon gave up one hit, one run, walked two and struck out five in six innings for a 6-1 win.
No. 29 Tullahoma, TN went 2-2 in the NHSI tournament, but arrived home and won six straight games, including a 4-0 record in the Rebel Classic. They are 19-3.
No. 30 Barbe (Lake Charles, LA) has a 22-4 record and is among the top teams in Louisiana.
Teams that fell out of the poll are Granite Hills, CA 12-4, Archbishop McCarthy, FL 16-3-1 and Jenks, OK 10-6.
Collegiate Baseball’s National H.S. Poll
(As of April 7, 2013)
|Rank School City/State|
|1. Mater Dei (Santa, Ana, CA)|
|2. Jesuit (Tampa, FL)|
|3. Pensacola Catholic (Pensacola, FL)|
|4. Owasso (Owasso, OK)|
|5. Tomball (Tomball, TX)|
|6. Sandra Day O’Connor (Phoenix, AZ)|
|7. St. Francis (Mountain View, CA)|
|8. Harvard-Westlake (StudioCity, Ca)|
|9. Venice (Venice, FL)|
|10. Cherry Creek (Greenwood Village, CO)|
|11. The Woodlands (The Woodlands, TX)|
|12. Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati, OH)|
|13. Jupiter (Jupiter, FL)|
|14. Oak Grove (Hattiesburg, MS)|
|15. Loganville (Loganville, GA)|
|16. Sharyland (Mission, TX)|
|17. Gloucester Catholic (Gloucester City, NJ)|
|18. Riverdale Baptist (Upper Marlboro, MD)|
|19. Calallen (Corpus Christi, TX)|
|20. Cathedral Catholic (San Diego, CA)|
|21. Hamilton (Chandler, AZ)|
|22. Lexington (Lexington, SC)|
|23. Puyallup (Puyallup, WA)|
|24. Fountain Valley (Fountain Valley, CA)|
|25. Klein (Klein, TX)|
|26. St. Laurence (Burbank, IL)|
|27. Brother Rice (Bloomfield Hills, MI)|
|28. Woodford County (Versailles, KY)|
|29. Tullahoma (Tullahoma, TN)|
|30. Barbe (Lake Charles, LA)|