College Baseball Poll - Collegiate Baseball Newspaper
For Immediate Release: Tuesday (May 18, 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 fifth straight Easton Sports National High School poll.
The Bears finished their season at 28-0 in capturing the New Mexico 5A state championship. La Cueva now has compiled a state record 58-game winning streak which stretches back to the semi-finals of the 2002 New Mexico state championship. Carlsbad H.S. won that contest, 6-5.
According to the 2003 National High School Record Book, La Cueva needs 11 consecutive wins next season to break the national mark of 68 set by Archbishop Malloy (Briarwood, N.Y.) from 1963-66.
La Cueva did not give up a run in the entire state tournament. In the quarter-finals, the Bears beat Albuquerque Rio Grande, 5-0 as pitcher James Parr threw a no-hitter with no walks while facing only 22 hitters. Six days later in the semi-finals, La Cueva beat Las Cruces H.S., 5-0. Parr once again threw a complete game shutout.
In the state championship game, the Bears beat Clovis H.S., 11-0. Jordan Pacheco (6 IP) combined with Kevin Biringer (1 IP) to throw a 4-hit shutout. Sophomore J.J. Muse went 2-for-3 at the plate for La Cueva with a double and one RBI. Zach Arnett was 2-for-4 with a triple and 2 RBI. Sophomore Jason Davidson went 2-for-4 with two doubles, and one RBI while senior Matt Quillen went 1-for-3 with one double and 2 RBI.
The pitching staff struck out 24 over the trio of tournament games while walking only one. In La Cueva’s final 17 games, the team outscored foes, 214-22.
In 28 games, the Bears hit .438 as a team with 57 homers, 81 doubles and 12 triples in addition to receiving 131 walks from opposing pitchers. Incredibly, 10 players hit over .400. La Cueva’s team on-base percentage was a staggering .530 as the Bears scored in double figures 22 times in 28 games. If that wasn’t enough offensively, the team swiped 48 bases while holding their opponents to only 14.
As far as pitching, the Bears were outstanding as well with a 2.14 team ERA and 201 strikeouts and only 51 walks. The staff shut out opponents seven times and held them to only one run six times.
Individually, James Parr was exceptional all season. As a pitcher, he finished at 9-0 with a 1.25 ERA. He struck out 71 batters and only walked 11. On offense, he hit .642 with 14 homers and 8 doubles. He knocked in 51 runs in 28 games.
POLL NOTES: No. 4 Edwardsville (Ill.) is 25-1 and has won 15 consecutive games. They won 10 games in 11 days to finish their regular season. Evan Frey is hitting .512 with 38 runs, 27 RBI, 12 doubles and two triples. Post-season play begins at the end of the month.
No. 5 Villa Park (Calif.) ended its regular season 24-2 and 14-1 in its league. Mark Trumbo has a 21-game hitting streak that includes every game of league play and the National Classic. SS Nathan Bridges also got a hit in every league game and hit seven home runs in the 15-game league competition.
No. 6 Farragut (Tenn.) is playing in the regional tournament this week. TPX Pre-Season All American Kyle Waldrop hit his 15th home run of the season and pitched a one-hitter in a 12-0 victory of Karns in the Region 2-AAA tourney.
Westminster Academy (Fla.) moves up to No. 7. They beat John Carroll, 9-2 and Dade Christian, 20-0 to advance to the regional finals where they will face Florida Christian.
No. 9 Riverside H.S. captured the South Carolina state 3A title. P Marc Young ended his high school career with a 28-1 record, winning 27 games in a row.
No. 10 Germantown Academy (Pa.) is on its way to capturing the Inter-Academic League title. They are undefeated so far and have two more games to go before entering the state playoffs. Two pitchers are anchoring the team’s success in LHP/C Sean Grieve (7-0, 0.18 ERA, 59 K in 40 innings) and RHP Joe Matteo (7-0, 0.91 ERA, 78 K in 46 innings). Grieve is hitting .423 with 18 RBI, nine doubles, and 20 stolen bases and C/3B Danny Overcash is .393 with 12 doubles, four home runs and 29 RBI.
Columbus (Ga.) moves up to No. 13 with a 27-1 record and a 23-game win streak.
No. 18 Chaparral H.S. (Ariz.) won the state’s 4A championship, beating Catalina Foothills (Tucson) 9-3.
No. 19 T.C. Robertson (NC) finished its regular season 23-0 and enters the state playoffs this week. Cameron Maybin has been the money player for the team, hitting .515 with eight doubles, 11 home runs and 28 RBI.
Destrehan (La.) lost in the state quarterfinals to West Monroe and dropped from No. 2 to No. 21. It was the first loss of the season for pitcher Andrew Lassere, who was 11-0 before entering that game.
Monsignor Pace (Fla.) had two losses that prematurely ended their season and dropped them in the poll.
Both Reno (Nev.) and Papillion-La Vista (Neb.) remain high on their state polls despite a couple of recent losses. Both head into their state tournaments facing tough competition.