College Baseball Poll - Collegiate Baseball Newspaper
For Immediate Release: Monday (April 25, 2005)
RUSSELL COUNTY H.S. NO. 1 IN EASTON SPORTS COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NEWSPAPER POLL
TUCSON, Ariz. ó Russell County High School (Seale, Ala.) has been ranked No. 1 for the second time this season in the Easton Sports National High School poll after rolling to a 29-0 record.
Russell County, which has a team batting average of .368 and team ERA of 0.75, has shut out 7 teams this season and belted 54 homers in 29 games. The pitching staff has an incredible strikeout to walk ratio of nearly 5:1 (303 strikeouts and 62 walks)
Leading the way offensively for the Warriors has been the brother combo of Cory and Colby Rasmus. Colby is hitting .511 with 18 homers and 12 doubles. Cory is hitting .505 with 14 homers and 10 doubles. Others on the team which have put up impressive numbers include: Michael Garland (.435, 1 HR, 3 2B), David Browder (.406, 11 2B, 3 HR), Kasey Kiker (.363, 5 2B, 7 HR), and Cyle Rasmus (.341, 8 2B, 4 HR).
As far as pitching, Kasey Kiker (9-0, 0.22 ERA, 119 K, 17 BB) has been superb along with Cory Rasmus (7-0, 0.51 ERA, 66 K, 16 BB), Michael Garland (4-0, 0.86 ERA, 42 K, 13 BB), Justin Dutton (3-0, 0.70 ERA, 27 K, 6 BB) and Cody Dykes (4-0, 2.04 ERA, 30 K, 5 BB). In a recent game against Marianna (Fla.) High School, Kiker struck out 20 batters in a 7 inning, 1-0 victory.
Despite losing four key players just prior to the season starting, James Monroe (Bronx, NY) finds itself at No. 2 in the nation with a pristine 19-0 record. One of the students, Danny Almonte, who left in February to move to Florida, has been declared ineligible to play this high school season there. Another player,Rafael Cabreja, was thinking about returning to the Dominican Republic, but reportedly Almonte talked him into staying at James Monroe this year. Cabreja has been one of the Eaglesí top hitters, recently belting a 440-foot grand slam.
Chatsworth moves up to the No. 3 spot while Roswell (Ga.) drops to No. 11 after losing two recent games. Chatsworth is now the No. 1 team in the Los Angeles area and is anchored by two top hitters in Mike Moustakas and Matt Dominguez. Moustakas was hitting .542 with seven home runs, one triple, eight doubles and 30 RBI. Dominguez was hitting .463 with five home runs, one triple, six doubles and 22 RBI.
Deering H.S. (Maine) played its first two games of the season and won both. They are expected to win the state title this season since they won the national American Legion title last summer with the same players.
At No. 8, Brownsburg H.S. (Ind.) has remained undefeated at 14-0. Pitcher Lance Lynn has improved his record to 5-0 with a seven inning, three-hitter, striking out 20 batters. The 20 Ks is the third most ever in a game in state history. Senior 2B Cory Dragstrem hit a two-run home in the most recent game against Hamilton Southeastern and sophomore T.J. Baumet hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth in that same game.
Sarasota H.S. (Fla.) jumps in at No. 9 having gone undefeated at 23-0 and moving into the No. 1 spot in the Florida high school poll.
No. 10 Ann Arbor Pioneer (Mich.) began this season with 11 wins and has a 34-game winning streak dating back to last season when they won the state title. Pitcher Zach Putnam improved his record to 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA. He has not allowed any runs and has struck out 30 of 50 batters he has faced so far. He has only walked five batters. Putnam also is hitting .607 with 14 RBI. Pitcher Casey Keenan has an ERA of 2.80 with 10 strikeouts and is hitting .500 with 9 RBI. Senior Seth Sanders leads the team with five home runs and 16 RBI.
Mills Godwin H.S. (Va.) started its season undefeated at 12-0. They are ranked No. 14. Justin Bristow leads the team with a 4-0 record and 0.42 ERA. He is batting .438 with three home runs and 10 RBI.
No. 16 Nova H.S. (Fla.) lost its first game of the season to St. Thomas Aquinas, 8-6. St. Thomas belted four homers off Nova ace RHP Pablo Lopez, who had only given up two home runs in his career up to that point. In that game, St. Thomas hit another home run off reliever William Block.
Northwest Rankin (Miss.) at No. 17 advanced to the quarterfinals of its state tournament and is making a run for its possible third consecutive Class 5A state championship appearance. The Cougars have won eight straight.
Itís been 20 years since a team went undefeated throughout the high school baseball season in Omaha, Nebraska. Some are speculating that Millard North, which is 21-0, might be able to pull it off. They are hitting .364 as a team and move into the No. 18 spot.
No. 20 Catalina Foothills (Ariz.) has a 14-game winning streak. The Falcons have scored 301 runs to its opponents 67. The team is hitting .386 lead by Jim Dever (.471, 7 HR, 47 RBI), John James (.500, 17 2B, 4 HR) and Brayden Ashdown (.474, 26 RBI). James is 8-0 with a 1.34 ERA, 62 K, 11 BB, two shutouts in 47 innings.
Hickman (Mo.) is ranked No. 21. They had a stretch earlier in the season with two no-hitters in a row and 17 straight no-hit innings by their pitchers. Blake Tekotte was hitting .500 with four home runs, 25 RBI and 11 stolen bases.
Florida Christian jumps in at No. 23. They have 17 straight wins and are hitting .399 as a team. The pitchers have a 1.28 ERA collectively with seven shutouts.
Westfield (Va.) is No. 30 after suffering two recent losses. Brandon Snyder was hitting .568 with 23 RBI. Junior P Matt Elliot was 4-0 with 1.98 ERA.
Dropped from the poll are New Hope (Columbus, Miss) 28-5; Lafayette (Lexington, Ky.) 10-5; W.B. Ray (Corpus Christi, TX) 16-5; and Esperanza (Anaheim, Calif.) 15-5.