College Baseball Poll - Collegiate Baseball Newspaper
For Immediate Release: Tuesday (May 4, 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 fourth straight Easton Sports National High School poll.
The Bears are 25-0 this season with a 55-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. The 55-game winning streak is believed to be a state record.
Carlsbad finished its regular season and was 15-0 in district play. The Bears are now involved in the state playoffs. Since the last Easton Sports poll two weeks ago, La Cueva has demolished every team in its path with six more wins. The Bears have outscored opponents, 79-11. In La Cueva’s last 14 games, the team has outscored foes, 193-22.
Through 25 games, the Bears are hitting .454 as a team with 57 homers, 74 doubles and 11 triples in addition to receiving 122 walks from opposing pitchers. Incredibly, 10 players are hitting over .400. La Cueva’s team on-base percentage is a staggering .542 as the Bears have scored in double figures 21 times in 25 games. If that wasn’t enough offensively, the team has stolen 45 bases while holding their opponents to only 13.
As far as pitching, the Bears have been outstanding as well with a 2.45 team ERA and 177 strikeouts and only 48 walks for a better than 3:1 strikeout to walk ratio. The staff has shut out opponents five times and held them to only one run six times.
Individually, James Parr has been exceptional. As a pitcher, he is 7-0 with a 1.67 ERA. He has struck out 55 batters and only walked nine. On offense, he is hitting .660 with 14 homers and 7 doubles. He has knocked in 49 runs in 25 games.
POLL NOTES: No. 3 St. Francis (Mountain View, Calif.) has emerged as the No.1 team in California with an undefeated season at 25-0. Moody H.S. of Corpus Christi, Tex., has moved into the No. 4 spot in the Easton poll. The team closed out its regular season at 30-1, undefeated in its Texas division and currently at the No. 1 spot in Texas’ 5A state poll. Luis Flores, a junior right-handed pitcher and pre-season All American, leads the team in pitching with an 8-0 record, 0.00 ERA, 15 hits, four walks, 92 strikeouts in 49 innings pitched.
No. 14 Germantown Academy has a 12 game winning streak and nine shutouts for the season. The team has outscored its opponents 195-38. No. 15 Owasso, Okla. has continued its winning streak. P Chris Armstrong, who is 8-0 for the season, was named Conference Pitcher of the Year. In a 10-3 win against Jenks, he struck out 16 in six innings.
No. 16 George Washington HS is tied for first in its PSAL league. C Angel Salome, a pre-season All American, is hitting over .800 in the league, according to his coach Steve Mandl. During the last week of April, he had 15 consecutive hits and belted three home runs in one game and hit for the cycle in the following game.
No. 20 Bishop Hendricken is undefeated in its regular season games (the only loss is to Norwich Free Academy from Conn.). RHP Jay Rainville, a pre-season All American, whiffed 19 batters in 9.1 innings to help his team outlast North Kingstown, 3-0 in 10 innings. No. 21 Westhill HS in Syracuse, NY has one loss so far this season. LHP Pat McAnaney has not allowed an earned run this spring and has a .423 batting average. In a 4-0 win over Jamesville-DeWitt, he threw a two-hit shutout, striking out 11 and walking two.
T.C. Roberson HS (Arden, NC) jumps into the poll this week at No. 23 undefeated for the season at 19-0. This team will be one to watch over the next couple of years as the team is young. TC Roberson has been in its state finals three of the last five years. No. 25 Heritage HS, Colo., is undefeated in its league at 13-0 and is 16-3 overall.
The Papillion-La Vista Mon-archs (No. 28) are holding its No. 1 position in Nebraska. They met No. 2 Omaha Westside for the second time this season. The Monarchs came from a three-run deficit to defeat the Warriors 5-4 in the eight-inning contest. At No. 29 is West Ottawa of Holland, Mich., which has started the season undefeated at 11-0. The Panthers are the defending state champions with nearly three- quarters of the team back this season.