College Baseball Poll - Collegiate Baseball Newspaper
For Immediate Release: Monday (May 21, 2007)
SETON HALL PREP NO. 1 IN EASTON SPORTS COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NEWSPAPER POLL
TUCSON, Ariz. — Seton Hall Prep (West Orange, NJ) remains the top team in the Easton National High School Poll.
The Pirates, 26-1, will finish up their regular season this week and begin the state playoffs on May 29. Throughout the season, pitchers Rick Porcello and Evan Daniele have led the team with their unbelievable pitching. Porcello has improved his record to 7-0 with a 0.71 ERA, 86 strikeouts, 10 walks in 49 innings. He has only allowed 26 hits. He’s also done a remarkable job this season at the plate hitting .479 with 9 doubles, 9 home runs and 44 RBI.
Lakewood, Calif. moves up to the No. 2 spot in the country. They are the No. 1 team in the Los Angeles area and expected to defend its Southern Section Division I title in California. The Lancers will be counting on the experience of eight returning position starters led by catcher Travis d’Arnaud (.433, 7 HR, 52 RBI, 42 R) and 3B Trevor Costin (.500, 2 HR, 41 RBI and 32 R).
No. 3 James Madison (Vienna, VA) won its fifth Liberty District tournament in six years over Stone Bridge, 12-2, and is heading into regional play.
James Monroe (Bronx, NY) has remained at No. 4 with a 41-1 record. The only loss came from a 5-7 game with Delaware Valley. They finished 16-0 in league play for the fourth straight year and have won 72 PSAL league games in a row. The team is led by INF/P Delgis Soto (.495, 54 R, 48 H, 13 2B, 2 3B, 7 HR, 57 RBI, 35 SB) and pitcher Dawin Rivas (7-0 in PSAL and did not allowed an earned run all year).
No. 5 Lexington Catholic, Ky. has remained the top team in its division in Kentucky. They are led by Ben Revere, who could be drafted this year. He was hitting .516 with 9 HR, 10 2B, 5 3B and 24 stolen bases. LHP Nick Maronde has led on the mound with a 9-0 record, 0.47 ERA, 87 strikeouts, 13 walks in 44 innings.
No. 6 Woodrow Wilson (Long Beach, Calif.) tied with Lakewood for the Moore League title after posting one-run victories against each other during the season. They both will battle each other for the Southern Section Division I title.
No. 7 Foy H. Moody (Corpus Christi, Tex) defeated Calallen to advance to the Sweet 16 in its post-season playoff. They remain the No. 1 team in Texas’ 4A division. Top pitcher for Moody this season has been Marc Gomez, who is 10-1 with a 0.56 ERA.
Horizon (Scottsdale, Ariz.) moves up to No. 8 after defeating Brophy College Prep (No. 18) 9-6 for the Arizona 5A-I title. This is Horizon’s fourth state championship in 13 years. They were led by outstanding pitching from Tim Alderson. The team ERA was 1.77.
Katy, Tex. dropped down to No. 9 after losing the Region III quarter finals during a two-game sweep to Langham Creek (Houston, Tex.). Although the No. 1 team in Texas’ 5A for the season, the Tigers finished 32-5.
No. 10 Goddard, Kan. captured its second consecutive regional title by defeating Dodge City, 10-0. Ranked first in the state, the team has been led by top pitchers Jordan Jennings (6-0) and Dalton Danwart (5-0). Top hitters have been Logan Watkins, John Bonebrake and Derek Norris.
Sarasota, Fla. jumped into the poll at No. 11 after defeating DeLand, 1-0, for Florida’s 6A state title.
No. 12 South Caldwell (Hudson, NC) heads into its fourth round of the state playoffs with a 26-2 record.
Cullman, Ala. is No. 13 after capturing the Alabama 5A state title by sweeping Bibb County. The Bearcats were ranked No. 1 all season.
No. 14 Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV) captured the Nevada 4A state championship by beating Galena. The team was led this year by senior SS/RHP Taylor Cole, who hit .467 with 13 doubles, one triple, five home runs and 52 RBI. He was 6-1 with one save, 64 strikeouts, 23 walks, 2.49 ERA in 45 innings. Sophomore 1B/LHP Jeff Malm hit .453 with 19 doubles, six triples, four home runs and 57 RBI. He was 8-2 with 1 save, 68 strikeouts, 14 walks, 1.91 ERA in 55 innings.
No. 16 Cottonwood (Salt Lake City, Utah) has made it to the quarter finals of the state playoffs. They won the first two games of the state playoffs 13-0 and 9-0, giving up a total of three hits. The team is led by senior LFP Tanner Robles.
Owasso, Okla. moved up to No. 19 after winning the Oklahoma 6A state championship. They finished 35-3 and won the last 23 games of the season.
No. 20 West Lauderdale, Miss. (38-2) won its 11th state championship in the history of the program and its first since 2001. This is the school’s first title in Mississippi’s 4A division. It was a tough year for the Knights as head coach Jerry Boatner’s wife and a big supporter of the program passed away in early March. The team’s run for the title has been a big help to keep his mind occupied.
Chatsworth, Calif. moved up to No. 21and are gearing up for the City Section Division Championship. The Chancellors finished 15-0 in the West Valley League and has won 13 consecutive games while hitting a school-record 66 home runs. Mike Moustakas had 22 of those homers this season and has hit 50 home runs in his high school career.
Jumping in at No. 22 is Bishop Moore (Orlando, FL) which captured its first state championship in 40 years by defeating Pensacola Pine Forest, 12-10. Bishop Moore’s last baseball state championship was in 1967.
No. 23 Calvert Hall College (Baltimore, Md.) is undefeated at 32-0 and is trying for its third consecutive league championship. At 32 wins, they have set a Maryland state record for consecutive wins in a season.
After being ranked No. 1 for the majority of the season, defending state champions Pace, Fla. (No. 24) was halted in its tracks after losing to Venice in the semi-finals of the state playoffs, 8-2.
No. 25 Punahou (Honolulu, HI) won its fourth consecutive state championship by defeating Pearl City, 7-1.
No. 26 Dunwoody, Ga. is playing in the state quarter finals as the team to beat for the title.
Barbe (Lake Charles, La.) lost 5-0 to St. Amat in the state quarter finals and dropped to No. 27
No. 28 Dobyns-Bennett (Kingsport, TN) was knocked out in sectional play by South Doyle, 8-0. South Doyle pitchers only gave up one hit in the game. The bright spot for Dobyns-Bennett was C Derek Trent, who broke or tied nearly all school offensive records this season. He hit 43 career homeruns with 20 coming this year. He had a .478 batting average, 69 runs, 20 doubles, 61 RBI and 12 stolen bases.
No. 30 Auburn, Wash. enters the poll with a 23-2 record. They are headed to the semi-finals in the state playoffs after defeating Eastside Catholic, 13-0.
"F" means final record for 2007.