College Baseball Poll - Collegiate Baseball Newspaper
For Immediate Release: Monday (April 21, 2008)
DON BOSCO PREP NO. 1 IN EASTON SPORTS COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NEWSPAPER POLL
TUCSON, Ariz. — Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, NJ) continues its rein as the No. 1 team in the country in the latest Easton High School National Poll.
With a perfect record of 8-0 on the season, the Ironmen have simply overwhelmed their opponents, scoring 111 runs to their opponents’ 10. Senior pitcher Eric Pfisterer threw a no-hitter against Bergen Catholic, striking out 12 batters and going 3-for-4 at the plate. In the last three games, Steven Proscia has hit two home runs and Pfisterer had one homer and 10 RBI during that time.
No. 2 American Heritage (Plantation, FL) continues to hit for the fences this season, recording 63 home runs in 25 games for a 23-2 record. The offensive onslaught has been led by Joe Belviso with 14 HR, Eric Hosmer 9, Deven Marrero 8, Eric Acevedo 9, and Adrian Nieto 5. Leading the pitching staff is Juan Carlos Sulbaran (8-0, 1.65 ERA, 66 K in 42.3 innings), Greg Conver (6-1, 1.02 ERA, 53 K in 34.3 innings) and Ryan Kahn (6-0, 0.90 ERA, 33 K in 31 innings).
No. 3 Orange Lutheran, CA is currently undefeated in its league (8-0) and is in the top of the polls in the Los Angeles area. Recently pitcher Gerrit Cole defeated Mater Dei, 6-1, striking out 10 batters, and in a game against St. John Bosco, he hit his sixth home run of the season.
Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV) is No. 4 and still ranks at the top in the state and city with a current 11 game win streak. Recently juniors Jeff Malm and Joey Rickard gave verbal commitments to USC. With the seniors that makes five players now going to Division I schools and one senior to a Division II.
Owasso, Okla. slipped to No. 5, after losing two games recently to Broken Arrow. The first loss, which was a 1-0 game in 12 innings, snapped Owasso’s 66-game winning streak dating back to last season. The second loss to Broken Arrow was a 3-2 nine inning game. Top hitters for the team are Austin Kirk (.469, 20 RBI, 9 2B, 4 3B, 2 HR), James Stanfield (.460, 43 RBI, 8 2B, 10 HR, 7 SB), and Ryan Mayfield (.421, 17 RBI, 8 2B, 4 3B, 7 SB). Top pitcher Brian Flynn is 6-1 with a 0.93 ERA, 101 strikeouts in 52.6 innings.
No. 6 Tupelo, MS recently broke its 25-game win streak after dropping two games. One was to Oxford, 14-10 and another to South Panola, 6-5. Despite the losses, the team will start the first round of the state playoffs on April 25.
No. 7 Sarasota, FL started its district playoffs with a 22-2 record in the regular season. Casey Kelly leads the team with a .494 batting average, 9 2B, 4 HR, 32 RBI, 8-1 pitching record and 0.74 ERA. Scooter Gennett has a .478 batting average, 8 2B, 5 HR and 30 RBI.
Foy H. Moody (Corpus Christi, TX) remains No. 1 in 4A Texas baseball, 8-0 in district and No. 8 in the country. Moody recently lost a non-district game against Corpus Christi Ray, 1-0. The winning run was scored in the bottom of the seventh inning by Roy Lumetta, a two out RBI single. Moody pitcher Marc Gomez scattered four hits and struck out 14 in the game, but took the loss. This was the second time Ray has beat Moody this season.
Creighton Prep (Omaha, NE) moves up to the No. 9 spot as the Junior Jays remain the No. 1 team in Nebraska with a 19-1 record. Prep lost its first game of the season to Millard North, 5-3, but is expected to remain strong through the state playoffs.
St. Paul VI Catholic (Fairfax, VA) moves into the No. 10 spot with an undefeated season at 19 wins. The Panthers have been hitting around .400 most of the season, averaging about 10 runs per game. The pitching staff has a team ERA of 1.73 with Mike Mitchell, Drew Shaw and Tyler Costello, all at four wins.
No. 12 Pleasure Park Ridge, KY recently returned from a trip to Florida where they played in the Bud Roth Memorial Classic in Ft. Myers, Fla. They finished third place after going 3-1 in the tournament against all Florida schools. Zack Cox pitched a no-hitter against South Oldham, KY and was one hit batter away from throwing a perfect game. Chris Sipes threw a one-hitter against Lexington Catholic. The team scored 13 runs on 12 hits in the game to win 13-0.
Lake Orion, MI moves to No. 13 after winning its first eight games of the season and a No. 1 ranking in the state. They have a team batting average of over .420.
After suffering three early losses in a California tournament, No. 16 Calvert Hall, MD has gone on an 11-game winning streak with the team hitting .321 for the season.
Mamaroneck, NY moved to the No. 17 spot after starting its season with eight straight wins, including one over Horace Greeley (19-10) in the championship game of a tournament. The Tigers are 2-0 in league competition, bringing them to 14 straight wins in the league dating back to last season. They are No. 1 in the state of New York.
The team is hitting .436. Top hitters for the team are Matt McGovern (.579), Sean Hagan (.557) and Mike Rosenfeld (.429). On the hill, Andrew Benkwitt is 3-0 with a 1.96 ERA, Hagan (2-0, 1.25 ERA) and Mike Regan (3-0, 2.70 ERA).
Plano West, TX jumps into the poll at No. 18. They are the new No. 1 5A team in the state after posting 27 straight wins for the season. The team is hitting .368 and has a team ERA of 1.83.
Cherry Creek, CO jumps in as the No. 19 team. The Bruins are the only remaining unbeaten team in the state of Colorado with 15 straight wins.
No. 21 Sunrise Mountain (Peoria, AZ) remains the No. 1 team in Arizona 5AII division. Jaff Decker has 15 home runs on the season with a .565 batting average, 44 RBI and is 8-0 on the mound with a 0.67 ERA.
No. 22 Christian Brothers (Memphis, TN) also remain the top team in their state and recently went undefeated in the USA Classic. They have posted a 20-4 record so far this season.
No. 23 Riverside (Greer, SC) recently clinched its region title for the 14 consecutive year and are currently on a 22-game win streak. They begin the state playoffs on April 24.
No. 24 Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati, OH) has a 10-game win streak going. LHP Kelley Barnes threw a no-hitter against Kettering Alter (10-0) and then threw a one-hitter against Purcell Marian (13-1). LHP Greg Williams threw two one-hit games and struck out 17 over both games.
South Caldwell (Hudson, NC) jumps into the poll at No. 25 after posting a 16-1 season so far. The team’s only loss was a 1-0 game against Watauga H.S. in mid-March. The Spartans have outscored their opponents 147-11 and their pitchers have thrown 8 shutout games this season.
Rocky Mountain, CO drops to No. 26 with a 12-3 record and are expected to be bumped out of the No. 1 spot in the Colorado by Cherry Creek.
New Trier (Winnetka, IL) jumps into the poll at No. 27 after posting 12 wins and one tie this season. The Trevians are the No. 1 team in Chicago metro area.
Woodrow Wilson (Long Beach, CA) has dropped to No. 28. After losing ace pitcher Ray Hanson in the third week of the season with a broke glove hand, Wilson has had its ups and downs, losing now five games and tying one. It is hoped that Hanson will return before the CIF playoffs begin. The team has been relying on the superb hitting of Aaron Hicks and Zachary Wilson to wear out the opposing pitchers and win games.
Jupiter, Fl has dropped to No. 29 after losing four games on the season and dropping in the state polls. They recently defeated Seminole Ridge in the first round of the district playoffs, 6-2.
St. John’s College, DC also dropped and is now No. 30. The team has lost five games this season and also dropped in its local polls.
Out of the poll are James River (Midlothian, VA), 6-4; Alvin, TX, 24-3 (dropped down in the state poll), Poway, CA, 18-4 and Sandburg (Orland Park, IL) 9-3 (also dropped in the local polls).