College Baseball Poll - Collegiate Baseball Newspaper
For Immediate Release: Monday (April 7, 2008)
DON BOSCO PREP NO. 1 IN EASTON SPORTS COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NEWSPAPER POLL
TUCSON, Ariz. ó Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, NJ) remains on top of the Easton National High School Poll as they finally opened their season with a 2-0 record.
The team defeated Montclair, 8-3 and St. Joseph Regional, 12-0 in 5 innings. St. Joseph is ranked No. 2 in the county and ninth in the state. RHP Mike Dennhardt pitched the St. Joseph game and allowed only one hit and had ten strikeouts in 5 innings.
Owasso, Okla. moves up to the No. 2 spot and St. Johnís College (Washington, DC) drops to No. 12 after struggling at the National Classic last month. Owasso is undefeated with 16 wins on the season and extended its win streak to 39 in a row dating back to last season. SS James Stanfield has three multi-home run games on the year and has belted 8 homers total. He is hitting .489 on the year and had a grand slam in the bottom of the seventh to lead the Rams to a 7-3 win over Tulsa Memorial recently. CF Ryan Mayfield is hitting .591 and eight of the teamís starters are hitting above .300 for a .382 team batting average. Brian Flynn (5-0) leads a staff that has four pitchers with three wins and has 158 strikeouts in 100 innings so far.
No. 3 American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.) has been bolstered this season by a great hitting line-up that has 49 home runs in 20 games. Leading the season in homers are Joe Belviso (12), Eric Hosmer (9), Eric Acevedo (7) and Deven Marrero (6). During the recent National Grandslam Tournament, Heritage pitchers allowed only 12 hits and one earned run in four games.
No. 4 Orange Lutheran, Calif. came in second place in the National Classic Tournament, losing the Crespi, Calif., and are currently 4-0 in league play. Recently the Lancers defeated Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.), the No. 1 team by the Los Angeles Times, 6-1. Gerrit Cole has given up only three earned runs this season, 13 hits and struck out 51 for a 3-1 record.
Bishop Gorman, Nev. is No. 5 with only one loss for the season against Newberry Park during the Bishop Gorman Easter Classic. The Gaels are led by CF Joey Rickard with 6 home runs on the season. His brother, Johnny has five and Brandon Garcia has 7.
Tupelo, Miss. moved up to No. 6 after posting a perfect 19 wins for the season. They recently defeated Starville, 11-1 and 5-1, Oxford, 8-3, Columbus, 17-2, South Panola, 5-3 and Columbus, 12-6.
No. 7 Sarasota, Fla. recently won its Baseball Classic with four straight wins against Chiles, 15-0, Naples Barron Collier, 2-1, Charlotte, 8-5 and Orlando University, 11-0. Casey Kelly was named the tournamentís MVP after pitching three no-hit innings and going 9-for-13 with three doubles and 7 RBI. For the year, he is batting .500 with 9 doubles, 4 home runs, 23 RBI and 8 stolen bases. His pitching record is 5-1 with a 0.97 ERA, 49 strikeouts, 6 walks in 36 innings.
No. 8 Foy H. Moody, Tex. has been lead by strong pitching, defeating its last three opponents in only 5 innings each (Beeville, 11-1, Rockport, 11-1, and Gregory Portland, 10-0). LHP Marc Gomez leads the pitching staff with a 7-0 record, 0.61 ERA, 68 strikeouts in 44 innings. RHP Justin Meza is 5-0 with a 0.97 ERA. SS Christian Gallegos is hitting .521 with 8 doubles and 20 RBI, and 1B Rudy Flores is .459 with nine doubles, seven home runs and 31 RBI.
No. 11 Jupiter, Fla. was 3-1 in the National Classic Tournament in California. Jack Armstrong won the home run derby. They have posted a 17-2 record for the season.
St. Johnís College, DC dropped to No. 12 after losing two games in the National Classic, however, they remain No. 1 in their area. Since returning from the tournament, they beat St. Maryís Ryken, 11-0 and Bishop OíConnell, 13-0. Leading the team is Scott Silverstein (.462, 19 RBI, 4 HR), LJ Hoes (.500, 11 RBI, 15 SB), and Matt Mack (.382, 16 RBI, 4 2B). Hugh Adams leads the pitching 3-0 with a 1.1 ERA.
Jumping into the poll at No. 13 is Creighton Prep (Omaha, Neb.) which is undefeated with 10 wins. The No. 1 team in Nebraska recently had a doubleheader sweep of Grand Island, racking up 38 runs.
Also jumping into the poll at No. 15 is St. Paul VI (Washington, DC) which has started the season with 12 straight wins. They have outscored opponents 120-24. The team is lead offensively by Matt Murakami (.528, 4 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 14 RBI, 5 SB), Chad Morgan (.609, 5 2B, 2 3B, 12 RBI), Brett Bowers (.529, 3 2B, 2 HR, 8 RBI) and Reed Bromley (.467, 3 2B, 2 HR, 12 RBI).
Calvert Hall, Md. drops to No. 16 with a 8-3 record, but 3-0 in league play. They lost three games in the National Classic, however, currently are the No. 1 team in the Baltimore/Metro Area. Five starters are hitting over .300.
No. 17 Brookwood, Ga. has blasted its way to a 13-1 record. Playing one of the toughest schedules in Georgia, the team has pretty much dominated its opponents with a lot of power at the plate.
No. 19 James River, Va. was 2-2 in the National Classic, however, had some great performances from players during that time. Austin Stadler made the all-tournament team. He is 2-0 and 10-for-14 at the plate. Daniel Marrs pitched five innings during the Classic, allowing one earned run and had 8 strikeouts.
Sunrise Mountain, Ariz. is No. 20. Jaff Decker has hit 9 home runs with 10 doubles, two triples for a .531 batting average. Woody Nisbet has hit 12 doubles and five triples. The pitchers have a 1.48 team ERA.
After returning from the Cleats Tournament in Arizona, No. 22 Rocky Mountain has pounded Colorado competition, beating Thunder Ridge, 12-7, Poudre, 17-0 and Fort Collins, 10-0. The pitching staff is young with two sophomores (Pierce Trumper and Marco Gonzales) and one junior (Bryan Peters) taking the lead on the mound.
No. 24 Pleasure Park Ridge, Ky. has managed to squeeze in five games through a lot of bad weather. Zack Cox threw a no-hitter against South Oldham, winning 2-0. He struck out 14 and retired the 20 final batters of the game.
Jumping into the poll at No. 26 is Riverside, S.C. which has started the season 16-1. After losing its first game, they have won 15 straight.
No. 27 Archbishop Moeller, Ohio just started its season and has a 2-1 record. LHP Greg Williams has one win, allowing two earned runs and one save in 7 IP.
Also just starting its season after weather problems is No. 29 Sandburg, Ill. (1-1) and No. 30 Mamaroneck, N.Y. (1-0). For Mamaroneck, Sean Hagan was 2-for-2 in his first game of the year with a sacrifice fly, home run and 2 RBI. He also got the save for the game which was 4-3 against CI North.
Dropped from the poll are Bartlett, Tenn. (10-3), Barbe, La. (21-5) and Cypress-Fairbanks, TX (15-5).