College Baseball Poll - Collegiate Baseball Newspaper
For Immediate Release: Tuesday (May 10, 2005)
RUSSELL COUNTY H.S. NO. 1 IN EASTON SPORTS COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NEWSPAPER POLL
TUCSON, Ariz. — Russell County High School (Seale, Ala.) has been ranked No. 1 for the third consecutive time in the Easton Sports National High School poll after rolling to a 34-0 record.
Russell County, which has a team batting average of .365, has belted 65 homers in 34 games. The team has been led offensively by Colby Rasmus (.505, 22 HR, 13 2B, 3 3B, 64 runs scored, 61 RBI) and Cory Rasmus (.442, 15 HR, 11 2B, 3 3B). The pitching staff has a microscopic team ERA of 0.69 with the staff striking out 371 batters in 237 innings. Key pitchers include Kasey Kiker (11-0, 0.18 ERA, 151 strikeouts in 80 innings), and Cory Rasmus (9-0, 0.50 ERA, 91 strikeouts in 56 innings).
Several teams have posted remarkable records this season with seven teams in the top 11 undefeated. No. 2 Deering, Maine began their season with a 6-0 record and have posted a 36 game win streak over the last three years. This team also won the American Legion national championship last summer and seems headed for another state championship title.
Brownsburg, Ind. jumps to No. 3 with a perfect 20-0 records this season. Pre-Season All American Lance Lynn improved his pitching record to 7-0 with a 9-2 win over Avon. He threw a complete game allowing only five hits and striking out 13.
Also on the no loss list is No. 7 Ann Arbor Pioneer, Michigan. At 20-0, they now have a 43 consecutive game win streak that dates back to 2004. Leading this team are Pre-Season All Americans RHP Zack Putnam (4-0, 0.00 ERA, 44 K in 20 IP) and Casey Keenan (1.87 ERA, 7BB, 22 K in 15 IP). Putnam is hitting .547 with 6 home runs, 30 RBI while Keenan is batting .415 with 14 RBI. Additionally, Seth Sanders has been helping at the plate with 8 home runs and 29 RBI.
No. 8 Sarasota, FL enters the state playoffs with a perfect 27-0 record and Mills Godwin, VA, is No. 10 also with a perfect 15-0 record. They have nine shutouts for the season so far boosted by a team ERA of 0.64. Pre-Season All American Justin Bristow has a 6-0 record with a 0.24 ERA, 58 K, 6 BB in 34 innings. No. 2 pitcher Graham Stoneburner was 3-0 with 0.00 ERA, 43 strikeouts, four walks in 23 innings. The team has averaged an error a game and is batting .326 collectively.
Moving up to No. 11 is Millard North, Neb. with a 30-0 record. This is the longest winning streak in the baseball program’s history that anyone can recall, according to the school’s athletic director. It’s been many years in Omaha sports history that any baseball team has gone undefeated for an entire season and Millard North seems headed that way.
A few teams are stumbling along the way with James Monroe, NY dropping to No. 4 after suffering a loss and Chatsworth, CA dropping to No. 5 after their second loss of the season. Chatsworth is the defending Los Angeles City champs and earlier in the season had its race for the most consecutive wins in a row nationally derailed.
No. 12 Nova, FL won the District 15-5A title with a win over Cooper City, 3-0. They advance to the state playoffs.
Northwest Rankin, MS improved to No. 13 after eliminating Madison Central, who was undefeated until then, in a two-game semifinal sweep recently. Junior Todd McInnis pitched a 2-0 one-hitter with 13 strikeouts in the second game of the series. In the first 6 1/3 innings, he retired 17 straight batters. The Cougars advanced to a best-of-three 5A title series with Gulfport.
Poway, Calif., jumped in at No. 17 with a 21-3. They are 9-0 in their league and have moved ahead of Rancho Bernardo in the San Diego area rankings. Rancho Bernardo dropped to No. 18 in this week’s poll.
Rancho Bernardo is batting .367 as a team, led by John Drennen (.461 15 HR, 3 3B, 10 2B, 44 RBI) and Allan Dykstra (.435, 11 HR, 2 3B, 8 2B and 41 RBI).
Catalina Foothills, Ariz., improves to No. 19 as they are poised to possibly meet two time defending 4A state champions Chaparral (Scottsdale, Ariz.) in the finals of the state championship. In the first round of the tournament, Foothills defeated Cactus (Glendale, Ariz.) 9-0. Pre-Season All American John James tossed a two hitter and struck out 11 and helped by hitting in two RBI.
No. 22 Florida Christian won its district championship title and advance to the state playoffs.
Elder (Cincinnati, OH) jumps in at No. 23. They are 8-0 in their league and defeated Archbishop Moeller twice so far this season.
At No. 26 Clovis West, Calif. holds the top spot in its section as they wind down the last few league games of the season before turning their sights on the California sectional championships.
Msgr. Edward Pace, Fla., dropped to No. 28 after losing the District 14-3A championship to Hollywood Chaminade 1-0 in a nine inning contest. This is the second year in a row that the nationally ranked Spartans have been eliminated early from the state playoffs.
Lockport, Ill. moves into the No. 30 spot after clinching its SICA West conference title. Pitcher Matt Otteman was 8-0 for the season.
Dropping from this week’s poll are Miami Southridge, Fla., 22-5; Archbishop Moeller, OH, 21-5 and Westfield, Chantilly, VA, 14-4.