College Baseball Poll - Collegiate Baseball Newspaper
For Immediate Release: Monday (March 26, 2007)
BROPHY COLLEGE PREP NO. 1 IN EASTON SPORTS COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NEWSPAPER POLL
TUCSON, Ariz. — Brophy College Prep (Phoenix, Ariz.), 13-1, remains No.1 in the Easton Sports High School poll despite having stumbled with its first loss of the season.
Brophy was shutout, 3-0 by Gilbert H.S.. However, the Broncos have posted six shutouts in 14 games.The real test may come if Brophy and conference foe Horizon H.S. (Scottsdale, AZ) meet for the championship game later this week in the Cleats National Tournament in the greater Phoenix, Ariz. area.
Horizon has run the table so far this season with 15 straight wins, and the two teams are scheduled to meet twice this season in conference games. Horizon has moved into the poll at No. 5 this week. The Huskies have one of the top pitching staffs in Arizona with Tim Alderson (Oregon State), Kevin Rhoderick (Georgia) and Evan Foreman (New Mexico State).
Seton Hall Prep (West Orange, NJ) will start its season on April 4. They sit at No. 2 due to movement of highly rated pre-season teams which have suffered more than two losses in the early weeks of the 2007 campaign. Seton Hall is expected to be a formidable team with RHP Rick Porcello and RHP Evan Danieli on the mound and two strong hitters in outfielders Steven Brooks and Nick Natale.
No. 3 South Caldwell (Hudson, NC) also is undefeated for the start of the season at 10-0. All three of the top pitchers for Caldwell have posted at least one shutout. The team has outscored its opponents, 78-11.
James Madison (Vienna, Va.) moves up to No. 4 and is undefeated (3-0) to start the season. Two of the first three games were won in extra innings, however.
No. 6 Dobyns-Bennett (Kingsport, Tenn.) has posted a 10-2 record behind the incredible hitting of Derek Trent. Trent is hitting .513 through 12 games with 28 RBI, eight doubles and five home runs.
Flanagan (Pembroke Pines, FL) drops down to No. 7. They lost a game in District 12-6A and are now 5-1 and have three losses for the season. Leading the pitching staff is junior LHP RJ Fondon (6-0, 1.12 ERA, 60 K in 43 innings). Three players are hitting over .400 in 3B Rolando Gomez, who is hitting .447 with a state leading seven home runs, RF/C Joel Carranza (.574, 4 HR, 8 2B, 18 RBI) and CF Chris Connelly (.455, 1 HR, 7 2B, 12 RBI).
Katy, Tex. drops down to No. 8 with a 19-3 record, 4-0 in conference. The Tigers are still the No. 1 team in the Houston area with four strong pitchers in Aaron Daab (4-1, 0.23 ERA, 37 K), Nick Pepitone (4-0, 0.57 ERA, 33 K), Keifer Nuncio (3-1, 1.24 ERA, 28 K), and Carter Jurica (4-0, 2.01 ERA, 31 K). As a team, Katy is hitting .393 with four players hitting over .400.
Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV) remains at No. 9 with a 7-1-1 record. The team has outscored its opponents 108 to 29 and have yet to play a full 7 inning game due to either time limits or 10-run rule. Top hitters for Gorman have been CF Joey Rickard (.565, 4 2B, 3 3B), 2B/RHP Scott Dysinger (.542, 5 2B, 1 3B, 10 RBI), 1B/LHP Jeff Malm (.419, 4 2B, 2 3B, 18 RBI) and OF/RHP Paul Sewald (.458, 1 2B, 1 3B, 10 RBI). Top two pitchers are Dysinger (1-0, 6 K, 0.00 ERA) and Malm (2-0, 22 K, 2 BB, 0.00 ERA).
Elk Grove, Calif. moves up to No. 11. After losing its season opener against Rocklin, the team has come back to win its next four games with two games being shutouts.
No. 12 Palm Beach Gardens (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) has posted a 15-1 record. The Gators recently routed Monsignor Pace (Miami) 10-0 with Alex Godshall going 2-for-3 with a two-run homer and Andy Mee going 4-for-4 with a home run and 4 RBI. Sean Koechler won the game, throwing a two-hitter with six strikeouts.
Bellarmine Prep (San Jose, Calif.) dropped to No. 13 after suffering four losses since the beginning of the season. The top player in recent games for Bellarmine is Grant Bauer, who his coach says has made several spectacular plays at shortstop. In a three game stretch, he also was superb on offense as he went 7-for-9.
Riverside (Greer, SC) dropped to No 14 after posting a 12-3 record. Top hitters include Michael Roth (11-for-20 with two home runs recently) and John Nester (10-for-19).
No. 16 James Monroe (Bronx, NY) is undefeated with a 6-0 record and is the No. 1 team in the PSAL and state. Top hitter is Delgis Soto, who had a .625 BA with four doubles, one triple, two home runs and 13 RBI.
No. 17 Klein Collins (Spring, TX) remains undefeated at 3-0 in its district and has a 17-3 overall record.
The Woodlands, Tex. comes in at No. 18 with a 15-3 record, 4-0 in district. Marco Pena has pitched a no-hitter against Bryan and a two-hit shutout against Lufkin.
George Washington (New York, NY) is No. 19 with a 7-0 record. Leading the offense is Raymond Quinones (3 2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 3 SB), Carlos Fermin (4 2B, 10 RBI, 7 SB), Fernando Frias (6 RBI, 5 SB), and Mike Antonio (4 2B, 7 RBI, 6 SB). Top pitcher is George Isabel who is 2-0 with 1 hit, 20 strikeouts in 9.1 innings.
Cottonwood (Salt Lake City, UT) comes in at No. 20 and is first in its division in Utah. Rem Wilson has hit .556 with two home runs while pitcher Tanner Robles is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 13 strikeouts.
Pace, Fla. is currently the No. 1 team in Florida’s 5A division. The team is hitting .341 with a 1.24 team ERA. They have outscored their opponents, 111-34.
No. 22 Maize, Kan. has just started its season with a 1-1 record, but they are ranked first in the Kansas 6A division. Jordan Jakubov leads the offense as he has gone 4-for-8 with 3 RBI, one home run and three stolen bases.
Long Beach Wilson, Calif. jumps into the poll at No. 23 as one of the top ranked teams in the Los Angeles metro area with an 11-1 record.
No. 24 Florida Christian (Miami, Fla.) remains one of the top teams in Southern Florida, posting a 12-3 record. David Villasuso leads the South Florida area with nine home runs and 25 RBI. Other top offensive players include Denny Almonte (6 HR, 11 SB), Chris Leon (5 HR) and Leo Carrilo (.524).
Barbe (Lake Charles, La.) jumps in the poll at No. 26. They started the season with a 21-2 record and have captured the No. 1 spot in Louisiana’s 5A division despite losing seven key starters off last year’s team. Top hitters include SS Carmen Angelini (.414, 4 HR, 4 3B, 8 2B, 32 RBI), Tanner Mathis (.412, 6 2B, 22 RBI), and Thad Griffen (.375, 5 HR, 6 2B, 20 RBI).
Calallen, Tex. comes in at No. 27. They have edged Foy H. Moody (18-2) out as one of the top 4A teams in Texas. The team has won nine straight with a recent victory over highly regarded Moody, 4-1. The season has been boosted by the strong arm of ace Ryan Duke, who has had five 10-plus strikeouts efforts in six starts. He has a 5-1 record with three shutouts, including one 16 strikeout effort against Robstown.
No. 29 Miami Springs, Fla. is currently undefeated at 9-0 in district play. They are one of the top teams in South Florida and are on an eight game winning streak that includes a victory over Flanagan and regional champs Hialeah H.S. CF Pablo Bermudez is batting .596 with 7 doubles, 6 triples and five home runs. C Yasmani Grandal has belted six home runs, 27 RBI and a .486 BA. As a team, Miami Springs has hit 20 home runs.
Dropped from the poll this week are Foy H. Moody, Tex. 18-2, Chatsworth, Calif. 8-3, Riverside Poly, Calif. 7-2, and Zachary, La. 18-5.