College Baseball Poll - Collegiate Baseball Newspaper
For Immediate Release: Tuesday (March 14, 2005)
MSGR. PACE H.S. NO. 1 IN EASTON SPORTS COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NEWSPAPER POLL
TUCSON, Ariz. — In the first regular season Easton High School National Poll, Msgr. Edward Pace (Opa Locka, Fla.) has moved into the No. 1 position after posting a 8-1 record.
Russell County (Seale, Ala.), ranked No. 1 in the pre-season poll, started the year with a killer schedule that included competing with many out-of-state nationally ranked teams.
The Warriors have dropped to No. 24 after posting a 9-3 record that includes losses to A. Crawford Mosley (Lynn Haven, Fla.), Nova (Davie, Fla.) and Lassiter (Marietta, Ga.). However, they did beat North Florida Christian, Carterville and Columbus, both top Georgia high schools.
This year’s schedule is by far the most ambitious and toughest ever for Russell County, according to head coach Tony Rasmus. Leading the team in the first 12 games are pitchers Cory Rasmus (3-1) and Kasey Kiker (2-1). 3B Adam Coe has hit seven home runs in eight games.
Msgr. Pace’s only loss so far has been to American Heritage. American Heritage catcher Adrian Nieto hit a solo home run off Pace’s Chris Hernandez in the ninth inning to defeat the Spartans, 8-7.
Northwest Rankin (Brandon, Miss.) moves into the No. 2 spot with a perfect 9-0 record. This season has been highlighted by a perfect game pitched by Jordan King against Meridian, 10-0, and two no-hitters thrown by a combination of pitchers against Provine, 11-0 and 10-0. The current team ERA is 0.61 with 95 strikeouts, 19 walks and 19 hits in 57 innings. The team’s batting average is .315.
Nova moves into the No. 4 spot after posting a 13-0 record which included wins over Parkview, Ga. and Russell County. Leading the team is J.J. Housey, who has recorded a 5-0 record with a 1.37 ERA, 40 strikeouts in 28 innings. Donnie Amos (2-0) and Randy Withers (2-0) both have thrown perfect games, and sophomore pitcher Joe Housey (2-0) threw a no-hitter in his first high school start. Leading the offense is Amos (.487, 20 RBI, 5 HR), Housey (.486, 15 RBI) and Withers (.512, 17 RBI).
Moving up to No. 5 is Mosley with an 8-1 record for the early season that included a win over Russell County in the early season.
The Woodlands (Woodlands, Tex.) is No. 7 after winning the Minute Maid High School Classic. They beat state-ranked Bellaire, 4-2 with a two run homer by Paul Goldschmidt in the fourth inning and a walk off two-run homer by 2B Derek Smith.
They won a pitcher’s duel against Humble, 1-0. Junior Jerad Stevens threw a complete game shutout striking out eight. In the championship game of the tournament, The Woodlands defeated defending state champ Kingwood. J.R. Taylor had a triple and an inside-the-park home run to help secure the victory.
The team has posted a 0.86 ERA so far lead by Kyle Drabek (3-0, no earned runs), Steven Maxwell (3-0) and Stevens (3-0). They have a 12-1 record so far with the only loss to Flower Mound.
Agoura (Calif.) 5-0 jumps to the No. 8 spot after winning the SoCal Showdown Championship. Along the way, Agoura routed Los Angeles City No.1-ranked El Camino Real, 9-0. Senior RHP Jason Stoffel tossed a 5-hit shutout in that game. Robert Stock hit two home runs and SS Nick Farinacci hit a grand slam in the fourth inning.
Bellermine Prep (San Jose, Calif.) moves to the No. 10 spot after starting the season 10-0. The Bells have outscored opponents 114-20 in that stretch and have defeated three different league favorites in Los Gatos, 10-3, Monterrey, 9-8 and St. Francis, 7-1. Senior OF Shane O’Neal has hit four home runs — 3 being grand slams — and posted a .625 batting average with four doubles and 20 RBI. Junior RHP Erik Goeddel was 3-0 with a 0.50 ERA, 1 ER, 24 strikeouts in 14 innings.
Jumping into the poll at No. 12 is Jesuit H.S. (New Orleans, La.). They are 13-0 and defeated several of the perennial top teams in Louisiana.
Poll Notes…Dropped from the poll was pre-season No. 7 Lassiter, Ga., who posted a 2-2 record to start the season, although one win was against Russell County. Punahou School (Honolulu, HI) was ranked No. 10 and fell out of the poll after a 6-2 start. Hawaii has been hit with weather problems that have caused a number of games and practices to be cancelled. Mansfield, Tex. fell to No. 28 with a 7-3 record. The bright spot this season has been pitcher Jordan Walden who was 3-0 with a 0.50 ERA, 28 strikeouts. As a hitter, he has cracked six home runs. No. 18 D.H. Conley (Greenville, N.C.) has a 5-1 record on the young season with Alex White providing both pitching and offense for the team. White has a 2-0 record, 2 ER in 16 innings while batting .769 with one home run, one triple and four doubles. No. 23 Silverado (Las Vegas, NV) opened with a 1-0 victory against defending state champion Sierra Vista. Parkview (Ga.) improves to No. 27 with a 5-1 record. Their only loss was against Nova (Fla.) during the LaGrange Invitational, 9-10. However, they beat Lassiter in the tournament, 6-1. No. 30 La Cueva (Albuquerque, NM) has one loss on the season to Rio Grande. The Bear’s leading hitter is Stephen Cotton (.545 BA) and leading pitcher is Justin Aragon (2-0, 0.88 ER, 1 ER, 8 IP).