College Baseball Poll - Collegiate Baseball Newspaper
For Immediate Release: Monday (May 5, 2008)
DON BOSCO PREP NO. 1 IN EASTON SPORTS COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NEWSPAPER POLL
TUCSON, Ariz. ó Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, NJ) has been the No. 1 ranked team in the Easton High School National Poll for the entire season and continues with a perfect 16-0 record.
The Ironmen recently played nationally ranked Mamaroneck, NY and beat them 7-0. RHP Mike Dennhardt kept Mamaroneck in check with a three-hit complete game. He struck out seven. The Ironmen have outscored opponents 177-14. Dennhardt is 5-0 on the season and LHP Eric Pfisterer has thrown two no-hitters this season.
No. 2 American Heritage (Plantation, FL) has recorded 69 home runs in 29 games this season. The Patriots have recorded four straight wins in the district playoffs. Top hitters continue to be Joe Belviso (.507, 15 HR, 34 RBI), Eric Hosmer (.487, 11 HR, 26 RBI), Eric Acevedo (.378, 10 HR, 31 RBI) and DEven Marrero (.473, 8 HR, 36 RBI). Leading the pitching staff is Juan Carlos Sulbaran (9-0, 1.40 ERA, 77 K in 55 IP), Greg Conver (6-1, 1.00 ERA, 54 K in 35 IP) and Ryan Kahn (8-0, 0.62 ERA, 45 K in 45 IP).
No. 3 Orange Lutheran, Calif. recently beat Mater Dei, 4-1 to clinch the Trinity League title. Gerrit Cole threw a complete game, striking out 11.
Bishop Gorman, NV at No. 4 heads into the playoffs with a 33-2 record. The Gaels are hitting .429 as a team, led by Jeff Malm (.582, 6 HR, 25 2B and 60 RBI) and Joey Rickard (.528, 9 HR, 15 2B, 41 RBI). On the mound, Donn Roach is 8-0 with a 1.26 ERA, 57 strikeouts and 13 walks.
No. 5 Owasso, Okla. captured its regional and is headed into the state playoffs with a 31-3 record on the season. Brian Flynn is 7-1 with a 0.95 ERA, 113 strikeouts in 58.6 innings. Leading at the plate are Austin Kirk (.510, 34 RBI, 14 2B, 4 3B, 4 HR), James Stanfield (.444, 48 RBI, 9 2B, 10 HR) and Ryan Mayfield (.423, 20 RBI, 10 2B, 4 3B).
No. 6 Tupelo, Miss. heads into the second round of the Mississippi 5A state playoffs with a 28-3 record on the season.
Creighton Prep, Neb. moves up to No. 7. Throughout the season, Prep has relied heavily on a strong pitching staff which has allowed one or less runs in 14 of its 24 wins this season. Six seniors and one junior pitcher have led the battle with Joe Holtmeyer at six wins, Josh Raburn at five and Ryan Briggs at four.
Plano West, Tex. moves up to the No. 8 spot as the No. 1 team in Texas 5A. The team has posted a .366 batting average for the regular season along with a 1.76 team ERA The team recently won their first two playoff games.
Cherry Creek, Colo. remains undefeated with 21 wins and is No. 9 in the poll.
No. 10 Brookwood, Ga. captured the 5A Region 8 title. They are led by strong pitching this season with Chase Hawkins (10-0), Alex Beebee (7-0) and Matt Adams (5-0).
No. 11 Pleasure Ridge Park, Ky. has posted a 17-1 record. In three games during the Louisville Invitational, PRP gave up only two runs. Trey Harper and Cody Gibson pitched complete game shutouts against Elizabethtown and Henderson Co. respectively. Chris Sipes is 4-0 on the season with a 1.10 ERA and Luke Bainer leads the team with a .550 batting average and five home runs.
No. 12 Lake Orion, Mich. remains undefeated with 15 straight wins. The team has 25 consecutive wins dating back last season. They are hitting .412 as a team, scoring an average of 13 runs per game. Leading the pitching staff is Conner Mielock (5-0) and Josh Deeg (4-0).
George Washington, NY jumps into the poll at No. 13 with 30 straight wins on the season. The Lions recently won their spring break tournament. They surrendered less than two runs per game in their seven-game tournament run. RF Fernando Frias was the tournament MVP.
Sarasota, Fla. drops to No. 14 after having lost to Lakeland, 6-5 in the regional semi-final. They finish their season at 25-3. They were ranked all year as one of the top teams in Florida.
For the second consecutive year, No. 15 Foy H. Moody, Tex. won its district title, going undefeated with a 10-0 record. They begin with run for the state title with a 27-3 regular season record.
No. 16 Paul IV Catholic, Va. won the WCAC division title and heads into the conference playoffs ranked No. 1. Leading the team at the plate is Matt Murakami (.488, 7 2B, 5 3B, 5 HR, 25 RBI), Reed Bromley (.429, 8 2B, 5 HR, 32 RBI), Peter Verdin (.393, 7 2B, 3 HR, 18 RBI), Brett Bowers (.385, 6 2B, 4 HR, 16 RBI), Chad Morgan (.394, 5 2B,, 23 RBI) and Lance veeder (.394, 3 HR, 26 RBI). Top pitchers for Paul IV have been Drew Shaw (5-0, 1.23 ERA, 37 K, 28 IP), Mike Mitchell (4-0, 2.12 ERA, 31 K, 29 IP), Greg Weigand (3-0, 1.97 ERA, 31 K, 4 SV) and Tyler Costello (6-0, 2.31 ERA, 37 K, 33 IP).
No. 17 Patriot, Calif. is still wrapping up its regular season, but stands at 22-2 on the season and 12-1 in league play. The team is hitting .395 and is led by Kyle Skipworth (.584, 12 HR, 11 2B, 44 RBI) and Matt Lollis (.545, 7 HR, 17 2B, 43 RBI). The pitching staff has a team ERA of 2.21 lead by Jessie Arreola (7-1, 1.70 ERA, 68 K, 15 BB, 49.1 IP).
Mamaroneck, NY is No. 18 with another month of games to go before the state playoffs. The team has posted a .391 batting average and the pitching staff has a 2.46 ERA.
No. 19 Sunrise Mountain (Peoria, AZ) is currently 2-0 in the state 4A tournament. So far in the tournament, Jaff Decker was 3-for-3 in one game with a grand slam and hit a walk off two-run homer in the second game. He also pitched eight innings of the second game against Pinnacle, striking out 13.
No. 20 Riverside (Greer, SC) won its tenth consecutive district championship. They stand at 26-2 on the season.
South Caldwell, SC is No. 21 and has completed its regular season at 19-1 with an 11-1 league record.
Collierville, Tenn. jumps into the poll at No. 22. They are one of the top teams in Tennessee, having won 25 games in a row, including beating Christian Brothers recently.
Fayetteville, Ark. jumps into the poll at No. 23. They lost the first game of the season, but have gone on to win 24 straight games before recently losing its second game.
Also new to the poll is No. 26 Lakota West, Ohio. The Firebirds are the No. 1 seeded team in the 11-team Cincinnati 2 Sectional tournament.
H.B. Plant, Fla. drops to No. 27 after losing its fourth game of the year to Dunedin, 2-8. It was the regional semi-final and put an end to Plantís season as well. The team was hitting .371 and had posted a 1.71 team ERA.
No. 28 Rocky Mountain, Colo. begins the state playoffs as the No. 2 seed behind Cherry Creek. In the final three games of the season, they outscored their opponents 42-5. Against Monarch, junior Bryan Peters struck out 15. Andy Burns hit three home runs during a 20-3 game against Wheatridge. He hit the first two homers in the first inning Ė a lead off homer then a grand slam.
No. 29 Woodrow Wilson (Long Beach, Calif.) is wrapping up its regular season. They have won 19 games this season without its No. 1 pitcher Ray Hanson. Both Aaron Hicks and Zach Wilson are hitting near .500.
Teams that fell out of the poll include Calvert Hall, MD (19-7), Jupiter, FL (23- 6 F), St. Johnís College, D.C. (18-6), Archbishop Moeller, OH (18-5).