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High School Baseball Poll - Collegiate
For Immediate Release: Tuesday
(April 20, 1999)
BARBE H.S. NO. 1 IN EASTON SPORTS COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NEWSPAPER (www.baseballnews.com) POLL
TUCSON, Ariz. Barbe High School
of Lake Charles, La. continued a remarkable season with a 29-0 record, 61 home runs and a
team batting average of .380 to remain ranked No. 1 in the Easton Sports Original National
High School poll.
Coach Glenn Cecchini's talented team,
with a blend of fine pitching and a howitzer offense, is being sparked by a 6-foot-1,
190-pound sophomore, Austin Nagle. The centerfielder, exceedingly strong for his age,
already has popped 14 homers with 45 RBIs. He is hitting .556 with 8 doubles and 2
triples. Remaining No. 2 in the Easton poll, compiled by Collegiate Baseball, is
Bellaire, Tex. (25-1). Bellaire, coached by Rocky Manuel, has won 18 in a row and recently
experienced its sixth no-hit victory of the season.
"In my 22 years, I've only had two
no-hitters," said Manuel. "Then this season, I've already had six," added
Manual whose latest no-no was hurled by southpaw Jon Gonzales against Lee H.S.
Easton Poll Notes: Barbe is
getting superb results from a new philosophy by Coach Cecchini. "For the first time
we're maintaining our strength program during the season, and the results have been
remarkable. We've also played our toughest schedule ever this season. Our team batting
average is .380 while our opponents have a combined .202 BA." Coach Rich Hofman of
Westminster Academy (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) celebrated his 750th career victory
as he guided his club to a 24-2 record, a big surprise to everyone since he is coaching
his first team at WAHS after moving from Westminster Christian in Miami, His record now is
751-187-15. Carlsbad, N.M. belted 14 HRs in 4 games to push its record to 14-1.
(Top 30 Agate Follows)
Sports National H.S. Poll
of April 20, 1999)
| 1. Barbe (Lake
| 2. Bellaire, Tex.
| 3. Crescenta Valley
(La Crescenta, Calif.)
| 4. Wellington (West
Palm Beach, Fla.)
| 5. Arlington
| 6. Horizon
| 7. Lassiter (Marietta,
| 8. Moses Lake, Wash.
| 9. Westminster Academy
(Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.)
|10. Bishop Moore (Orlando,
|11. Hamilton, Ohio
|12. Columbus (Miami, Fla.)
|13. Wilson (Long Beach,
|14. Hattiesburg, Miss.
|15. El Dorado (Placentia,
|16. Spring Woods (Houston,
|17. Owasso, Okla.
|18. Dunedin, Fla.
|19. Rose (Greenville, N.C.)
|20. Chaparral (Scottsdale,
|21. Carlsbad, N.M.
|22. Vestavia Hills
|23. Lexington, S.C.
|24. Ralston, Neb.
|25. Riverdale Baptist (Upper
|26. Englewood (Jacksonville,
|27. Servite (Anaheim, Calif.)
|28. Brito (Miami, Fla.)
|29. Spring, Tex.
|30. Chatsworth, Calif.
rankings based on returning starters, finish last season, history of success, depth of
pitching staff and voting by nationwide panel of high school and college baseball coaches.
The final stages of the poll were prepared by Lou Pavlovich, Sr., publisher of Collegiate