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High School Baseball Poll - Collegiate Baseball Newspaper

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: Wednesday (March 29, 2000)

RANCHO BERNARDO NO. 1 IN EASTON SPORTS COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NEWSPAPER (www.baseballnews.com) POLL

TUCSON, Ariz. — With good power, balance and outstanding pitching, Rancho Bernardo of San Diego, Calif. topped the first Easton Sports Original National High School poll for the 2000 season. The San Diego team ran up a quick 8-0 record, led by 3-0 pitching marks from Matt Wheatland and sophomore Cole Hamels. But Coach Sam Blalock knows full well that his team could dissipate in a hurry.

"We will be facing about three rival pitchers down the road who throw in the 90s," said Blalock, pointing out the torrid competition that all major teams face in talent-rich California. Rancho Bernardo is fielding a team with four possible early-round draft picks, led by super catcher Scott Heard, one of the nation’s top power hitters.

Following RBHS in the Easton poll is Wellington of West Palm Beach, Fla., which ran off a 13-0 mark to start the season. No. 3 is Bellaire, Tex., 15-1, led by one of the coaching legends in the game, Rocky Manuel. No. 4 is Lowndes of Valdosta, Ga., 13-0, followed by Westminster Academy of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., which ran up a quick 11-0 record before falling to 13-3. The Westminster team has remarkable pitching but its hitting has been a little bit suspect in early games. Sixth was Key West, Fla. at 16-1. Rounding out the top 10 in the first poll of the season: 7. Gloucester Catholic, N.J., set to begin play; 8. Sarasota, Fla., 9-1; 9. Kamiakin of Kennewick, Wash., 0-0 and 10. Green Valley of Henderson, Nev., 11-1.

Poll Notes…Several top-rated teams are just beginning their seasons. But among the "warm weather’ clubs, six from California were ranked and six from Florida in the first rankings of the nation’s elite. One of the top prospects playing for Bellaire, Tex. is Enrique Cruz, a multi-talented "all-tools" player who can hit and field with the best. He plays shortstop. Last season Bellaire set several all-time records including most shutouts, no-hitters, SB, HR, highest BA. The team has six starters returning, including All-American Cruz.

Westminster Academy of Fort Lauderdale, coached by Rich Hofman, has two of the nation’s fine hurlers this season in transfer Dane Artman and Scot Drucker. No. 12 Brito of Miami, Fla. is "my most talented team ever," Coach Ralph Suarez reports. His team went 18-3 in early going. El Capitan High of Lakeside in the San Diego area of California matches No. 1 ranked Rancho Bernardo in the number of Div. I prospects on its team — four. The team stood a 3-1 in the early season. 

(Top 30 Agate Follows)

Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's
Easton Sports National H.S. Poll
(As of March 29, 2000)
www.baseballnews.com
Rank          School

2000 Record

  1. Rancho Bernardo (San Diego, Calif.) 8-0
  2. Wellington (West Palm Beach, Fla.) 13-0
  3. Bellaire, Tex. 15-1
  4. Lowndes (Valdosta, Ga.) 13-0
  5. Westminster Academy (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) 13-3
  6. Key West, Fla. 16-1
  7. Gloucester Catholic, N.J. 0-0
  8. Sarasota, Fla. 9-1
  9. Kamiakin (Kennewick, Wash.) 0-0
10. Green Valley (Henderson, Nev.) 11-1
11. Riverdale Baptist (Upper Marlboro, Md.) 0-0
12. Brito (Miami, Fla.) 18-3
13. Horizon (Scottsdale, Ariz.) 10-1
14. El Capitan (Lakeside, Calif.) 3-1
15. Carlsbad, N.M. 7-0
16. Tupelo, Miss. 19-1
17. Owasso, Okla. 8-0
18. Hoggard (Wilmington, N.C.) 8-0
19. Start (Toledo, Ohio) 0-0
20. Providence Catholic, Ill. 2-0
21. Bishop Kenny (Jacksonville, Fla.) 13-0
22. Hamilton, Ohio 0-0
23. Fayetteville, Ark. 12-1
24. Vestavia Hills, Ala. 9-1
25. Esperanza (Anaheim, Calif.) 9-1
26. Westlake (Westlake Village, Calif.) 8-0
27. Villa Park, Calif. 8-1
28. Bellarmine (San Jose, Calif.) 8-0
29. Round Rock, Tex. 13-2
30. Tuscaloosa Academy, Ala. 15-0

Position in rankings based on record, strength of schedule, 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 Baseball Newspaper.

 

 

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