College Baseball Poll - Collegiate Baseball Newspaper
For Immediate Release: Monday (March 10, 2008)
DON BOSCO PREP NO. 1 IN EASTON SPORTS COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NEWSPAPER POLL
TUCSON, Ariz. ó In the first regular season poll for the 2008 Easton National High School Poll, the top two teams remain intact with Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, NJ) and St. Johnís College (Washington, DC).
The teams will play their season openers on April 1 and March 13 respectively.
Since the season has started in about half of the nation, a few teams from the pre-season poll have struggled and dropped below the top 30 while several new teams have emerged.
No. 3 Woodrow Wilson (Long Beach, CA) opened its season with a 4-1 record. They have defeated Villa Park, 8-4, Artesia of Lakewood, 8-0, Aliso Niguel, 7-1 and El Dorado, 8-4. Their only loss has been to Katella, 3-1, a game which saw Wilson give up three unearned runs. Aaron Hicks was hitting .667 with a grand slam, three doubles and 7 runs scored. He struck out 10 in the game against El Dorado. Ray Hanson has not given up an earned run in two starts and has struck out 16 in 11 innings of work. Zach Wilson was leading the team with 7 RBI and two home runs.
American Heritage (Plantation, FL) moved up one spot to No. 4 with an 8-1 record. The Patriots have outscored its opponents 79-29 with a team batting average of .358 and a 2.40 team ERA. Several players are leading the offense with Joe Belviso hitting .545, six home runs, three doubles and 12 RBI and Eric Hosmer hitting .476 with four home runs, one triple and 9 RBI.
Sarasota (Sarasota, FL) moved up to No. 5 with a 7-1 record to start the season. Their only loss was against Eagles View, 2-3.
No. 6 Orange Lutheran (Orange, CA) started the season 3-1, losing only to Esperanza by one run. Offensively, they are being led by senior 2B Tyler Smith (.636), sophomore SS Willie Shaw (.500) and senior Gerrit Cole (.333, 5 RBI, 4 stolen bases). Top pitcher is Brandon Maurer (1-0 with one save, 0.95 ERA).
No. 7 Owasso, Okla. started the season 2-0, defeating Bentonville, Ark., 11-0 and Muskogee, 12-8. In the Bentonville game, pre-season All-American Brian Flynn pitched five innings of one-hit ball, striking out 13. SS James Stanfield went 4-for-4 in the game hitting three home runs with 6 RBI.
H.B. Plant (Tampa, FL) moves up to No. 8 with a 9-0 record to start the season. The Panthers have outscored opponents, 83-19.
Foy H. Moody (Corpus Christi, TX) dropped to No. 10 with two losses and a 13-2 record. They beat CC Carroll (No. 3 in state) 8-2 and Cypress-Fairbanks (No. 1 in state) 8-2. Leading the offense for Moody are Christian Gallegos (.490) Rudy Flores (.415, 4 HR, 21 RBI), Marc Gomez (.520), Gabriel Moreales (.486, 18 RBI, 2 HR, 7 2B) and Thomas Tovar (.475). Gomez, another pre-season All- American, is 4-0 on the mound with a 0.75 ERA.
No. 12 Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV) won its season opener 1-0 against Western. Joey Rickard struck out the first nine hitters and threw four innings to get the win.
Tupelo, Miss. moved up to No. 13 after winning eight straight games to open its season. Recently, the team has beaten Panola, 4-3 and Houston, 14-4.
Jupiter, Fla. jumps into the poll at No. 14 after winning its first nine games of the season. The team has been led by C Taylor Davis, who hit .593 with 12 RBI. SS Logan Thompson has three home runs and his twin CF Tyler Thompson batted .346 with 6 RBI, 4 stolen bases and 10 runs. Vinnie Contaldi hit .385 with two doubles, two home runs and 11 RBI. Top pitchers are Travis Miller (2-0, 0.00 ERA, 12 K), Alex Greener (3-0, 1.02 ERA, 18 K), Brandon Hagan (3-0, 1.87 ERA, 28 K) and Sean Danek (1-0, 1.75 ERA, 4 K). Jordan Grangard has given up only one hit while facing 16 batters in relief.
Cypress-Fairbanks (Cypress, TX) dropped to No. 17 with an 8-4 record. The Bobcats have played a tough scheduled and have a team batting average of .370. They posted two shutouts against Clements, 2-0 and Cypress Creek, 6-0. Top hitter is Zach Thomas (.580) and top pitcher is Tommy Collier with 3 wins and a 0.33 ERA.
Walton, Ga. is No. 18 having won its season opener against South Gwinnett, 6-3 and lost to North Cobb, 5-6 in its second game.
Patriot (Riverside, Calif.) jumps in to the poll at No. 19 having opened its season with five straight wins. Josh Bagwell pitched a four-hitter with five strikeouts against J. Serra to win the Foothill Tournament championship game, 4-1. Mark Boyer had three hits and two RBI in the game.
No. 23 Barbe (Lake Charles, La.) is 12-3. In a 7-1 week that included a tournament, Barbeís top hitters were Garin Cecchini (.540, 10 SB, 9 BB), Josh LeBert (.540, 13 SB, 3 BB), Christian Castro (.460, 4 SB, 3 BB) and Nick Doty (.410, 3 BB). In an 11-1 victory over Hamilton Christian, Adam Duhon allowed only one run on three hits in five innings, striking out six.
Brookwood (Snellville, GA) joins the poll at No. 26. They opened their season by sweeping the LaGrange Invitational 3-0. They defeated Cartersville, GA 10-3, Flanagan, FL 15-4 and shutout Nova, FL for the championship, 3-0.
Chaparral (Scottsdale, Ariz.) moves into the poll at No. 28. The Firebirds won 8 of their 9 games, losing to Desert Mountain, 10-11. They recently beat pre-season-ranked Catalina Foothills (Tucson, Ariz.), 2-1.
Dropped from the poll are Cullman, AL (2-2), Catalina Foothills, AZ (2-2), Charles Flanagan, FL (6-3 including a loss to Cullman, AL) and Hamilton, AZ (5-2). The Huskies dropped games to Mesa Mountain View, 14-4 and Sunrise Mountain, 8-2.