College Baseball Poll - Collegiate Baseball Newspaper
For Immediate Release: Tuesday (April 5, 2004)
LA CUEVA H.S. NO. 1 IN EASTON SPORTS COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NEWSPAPER (www.baseballnews.com) POLL
TUCSON, Ariz. — La Cueva High School (Albuquerque, N.M.) has been ranked No. 1 for the second straight Easton Sports National High School poll.
The Bears are 11-0 this season with a 41-game winning streak which stretches back to the semi-finals of the 2002 New Mexico state championship which Carlsbad H.S. won, 6-5. The 41-game winning streak is believed to be a state record. Head Coach Stan McKeever said his ball club is now starting district play, which means more games per week.
Last year's ball club played its best at this time of year because the team played a consistent flow of games. La Cueva finished with a 29-0 record in rolling to the state title as the team hit over 70 home runs. It marked only the third time in state history that a baseball team had gone undefeated.
This year's ball club has not hit astronomical home run numbers as they did one year ago, but they have hit well enough to score in the teens in most games. On the mound, James Parr has posted a 4-0 record thus far.
Since La Cueva has been ranked No. 1 in the Easton National High School poll, the Bears have received much more media attention, but McKeever said his team is not letting it be a distraction. "We are concentrating on the task at hand," said McKeever.
Poll Notes: Undefeated Reno (Nev.) remains at No. 6 and has outscored opponents 171 to 32 in 15 games so far. No. 7 Nova (Davie, Fla.) improved to 15-1 behind the efforts of pitcher Anthony Swarzak, who threw a 15 strikeout, one-hitter and a shutout during the last two weeks. OF Warren McFadden is hitting .520 with 7 home runs and 32 RBI.
No. 10 Edwardsville (Ill.) started its season finally after four rainouts in the first week. They won three games with the help of RHP Shaun Seibert, who is 1-0 with no earned runs, 12 strikeouts and two walks, and RF Bryan Riegert, who is hitting .750 with three doubles, two home runs and eight RBI.
No. 14 Male H.S. (Louisville, Ky.) traveled to Florida for the Fort Walton Beach Bash, where they tied for title. They lost one game in the tournament and scored 50 runs while holding its opposition to 19. Pitcher Tyler Christensen is 2-0 with a 1.76 ERA. SS Matt Payton is hitting .714 with three doubles while two other players are hitting over .500.
Villa Park (Calif.) jumps in at No. 15. They recently received the top ranking in the Los Angles area and are 5-0 in the Century League. Mark Trumbo is 5-1 on the mound with 1.40 ERA, 41 K and 13 walks. At the plate, he is hitting .481 with four home runs and 14 RBI. Solid pitching has kept No. 17 Germantown Academy (Pa.) in the hunt. On March 24, Germantown beat Roman Catholic (Pa.) 7-2 with RHP Joe Matteo striking out 19 batters in the game.
Heritage (Colo.) is No. 24 at 8-0. Heritage has outscored opponents, 122-21 in eight games. Burke (Omaha, Neb.) appears in the poll at No. 29. They beat both pre-season favorite Papillion-La Vista and defending state champion Omaha Westside and are undefeated at 8-0. Weather has been a severe problems in some areas of the nation with numerous games cancelled or postponed due to rain or snow.