College Baseball Poll - Collegiate Baseball Newspaper
For Immediate Release: Monday (April 9, 2007)
SETON HALL PREP NO. 1 IN EASTON SPORTS COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NEWSPAPER POLL
TUCSON, Ariz. — Seton Hall Prep (West Orange, NJ) played its season opener in a snow flurry and with that win under its belt, the Pirates have moved into the No. 1 position in the latest Easton High School National poll.
Brophy College Prep (Phoenix, Ariz.), previously ranked No. 1, dropped to fourth after two losses on the season. Fully loaded Seton Hall Prep is poised to make its mark this season with top flight pitching on its roster and solid position players. Headlining this team are right-handed pitchers Rick Porcello and Evan Danieli along with senior outfielders Steven Brooks and Nick Natale and senior 2B Eric Bergman.Daniele pitched the first game against Columbia while a snow squall was coming down. He went five innings with two hits, 8 strikeouts, 3 walks and one earned run. The Knights won 6-2.
The bad weather has been making its mark across the nation with several teams unable to play very many games during the past two weeks. If bad weather continues for another week or two, it could cause major headaches for coaches trying to reschedule games before the state playoffs.
South Caldwell (Hudson, NC) moved into the No. 2 spot as they remain undefeated at 14-0. Pitchers Madison Bumgarner (6-0) and Jimmy Messer (7-0) are leading way. The team is hitting .350. In one recent stretch, they had five shutouts in six games.
No. 3 James Madison (Vienna, VA) remains undefeated and recently beat Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. 4-3 in the Orlando Florida Classic Spring Break tournament.
Brophy dropped to No. 4. The Broncos recently won the Cleats National Classic after defeating Horizon (Scottsdale, Ariz.) for the title. Since then the two teams have split two conference games. Brophy lost one game, 9-3 with Horizon’s Tim Alderson on the mound. Horizon has dropped down to No. 8.
Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. moved to the No. 5 spot as they remain the No. 1 team in Florida’s 6A division while No. 12 Charles W. Flanagan (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) is No. 2.
Woodrow Wilson (Long Beach, Calif.) moves to No. 6. They have been one of the top teams all season in the Los Angeles area
James Monroe (Bronx, NY) moves up to No. 7, having run the table so far with 18 straight wins for the season. The team recently won its fifth consecutive Monroe Holiday Tournament title by winning six straight games and beating two previously unbeaten teams. Delgis Soto was the tournament MVP and Dawin Rivas threw a no-hitter against Cardozo for the Most Valuable Pitcher award.
Lexington Catholic, Ky. is the No. 9 team and the top ranked team in Kentucky. They recently won the Westminster National Classic held in Florida and has suffered only one loss to Bartlett, Tenn.
No. 10 Grosse Pointe North, Mich. was snowed out of its first four games of the season. With any luck, Coach Frank Sumbera, said his team will play a doubleheader on April 10. The team ended its season last year with a 30 game win streak, and they hope to extend it this season.
Dobyns-Bennett (Kingsport, TN) moves down to No. 11. They are undefeated in their conference at 9-0, but have suffered four losses for the season.
Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV) moves down to
No. 14 after being shutout by Horizon in its first game of the Cleats
No. 15 Riverside (Greer, SC) is on a 10 game win streak and recently won its 13th consecutive regional championship. John Nester has hit three home runs in the last two games.
Cypress, Calif. jumps in the poll at No. 18. They have been one of the top teams all season in the Los Angeles/Orange County area. They currently are the No. 2 team.
Langham Creek (Houston, Tex.) comes in at No. 19 and have been the No. 1 team in Texas’ 5A division.
No. 22 Cullman, Ala. has remained the No. 1 team in its division. Leading the team is Josh Rutledge with nine home runs and LHP Drew Bryson, who is now 11-0.
George Washington, N.Y. has been hampered by injuries and moved to No. 23 after suffering two losses. Hopefully with some rest, everyone will be back soon, according to Coach Steve Mandl.
No. 24 Florida Christian remains one of the top teams in the Miami area. David Villasuso has hit 11 home runs on the season and Denny Almonte has seven with 20 stolen bases.
Catalina Foothills (Tucson, Ariz.) moves in at the No. 28 spot. The Falcons have a 12 game win streak going and won the Blazer tournament in Las Vegas, Nev. They defeated three California teams and two Nevada teams to win their division. RHP Kayvon Bahramdzeh is 7-0. SS Ashton Kent and LF Howie Gerhauser are both hitting around .500.
No. 30 Lyons Township (LaGrange, IL) has been hampered by the weather with several games being cancelled.
Dropped from the poll are Elk Grove, Calif. 5-5-2; Bellarmine Prep (San Jose, Calif.) 15-6; and Miami Springs Sr., 14-5.