College Baseball Poll - Collegiate Baseball Newspaper
For Immediate Release: Tuesday (March 24, 2009)
JESUIT H.S. (TAMPA, FLA.) NO. 1 IN EASTON SPORTS COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NEWSPAPER POLL
TUCSON, Ariz. — Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.) took over the No. 1 spot in the latest Easton Sports National High School poll after starting its season with 13 straight wins.
Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.), ranked No. 1 in the pre-season poll and the first regular-season poll, dropped to No. 21 after starting 2-3 with losses against Arizona teams in the Big League Dugout National Invitational.
After a disappointing 2008 season, the Jesuit Tigers have come out this season with a goal of winning their state title. They have been nothing short of sensational so far. Over 13 games, the offense is averaging 11.2 runs per game. The team is hitting .412 with 25 doubles, 21 home runs and 140 RBI on the season so far.
Top hitters include Alex Bacon (.514, 2 HR, 7 RBI), Joe Hudson (.541, 19 RBI, 2 HR), Nick Lockwood (.439, 12 RBI, 4 HR), Austin Hartzler (.417, 14 RBI, 2 HR), Greg Dupell (.424, 19 RBI, 3 HR), Joey Spack (.415, 19 RBI, 2 HR) and Jimmy Falla (.342, 11 RBI, 3 HR). They have also stolen 31 bases in 34 attempts during those 13 games.
The pitching staff has posted a 2.02 team ERA with 84 strikeouts and 36 walks. Leading the staff is Daniel Gibson (4-0, 1.38 ERA, 35 K, 9 BB, 30.1 IP) and Will Martin (4-0, 1.40 ERA, 16 K, 2 BB, 20 IP).
Moving up to No. 2 is Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.). They have posted an 8-0 record and are the current No. 1 team in the Los Angeles/Orange County area. Aaron Northcraft recently pitched a complete game against JSerra to improve his record to 3-0.
No. 3 Owasso, Okla. also has eight wins to start the season. Pitching has been the key to this year’s season with senior left-handers Brandon Bargas and Austin Kirk leading a staff that has tossed four shutouts and posted a 0.70 team ERA with 87 strikeouts in 50 innings.
No. 4 Bellaire, Tex. is the top 6A team in the state of Texas. They have 11 wins and one tie to start the season. The pitching staff has thrown shutouts in six of 12 games so far.
Farragut (Knoxville, Tenn.) fell to No. 5 after dropping a game during a recent tournament. They have outscored opponents 73-17 in eight games and have three shutouts so far on the season.
Menchville (Newport News, Va.) moved up to No. 9 with two wins. Ethan Carter pitched four no-hit innings and went 2-for-2 to help his team defeated Hampton 10-0 in the season opener. In the second game, Menchville defeated Kecoughtan, 11-1.
Moody (Corpus Christi, Tex.) moves up to the No. 10 spot with a 16-1 record. Their only loss has been against Laredo, a top team in the Texas 5A poll. Recently, Moody defeated Calallen in a wild 7-4 victory. The tie game was broken in the fifth inning when Moody’s Christian Gallegos stole home with two outs and two strikes on the hitter. Andrew Cantu picked up his fourth win of the season in that game.
No. 11 Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.) saw its 22 game win streak dating from last season snapped during the Big League Dugout National Invitational, when they lost to Horizon (Scottsdale, Ariz.) in the title game, 5-4. Pitcher Cory Bernard struck out nine in five innings to defeat Rocky Mountain (Fort Collins, CO), 8-0 during the same tournament.
Sylvan Hills (Sherwood, Ark.) moves up to No. 12 with a 16-1 record and 6-0 in their conference. The team is hitting .357 and the pitching staff has posted a 1.53 ERA. Top pitchers are D.J. Baxendale (5-0, 0.44 ERA), Nathan Eller (5-0, 0.88 ERA) and Jordan spears (3-0, 2.12 ERA). Leading the offense is Justin Treece with a .487 batting average and 8 home runs.
No. 13 Providence (Charlotte, NC) is 5-1 with a 2-0 conference record. They lost to Greenville Rose, 4-3 on a balk call.
El Toro (Lake Forest, Calif.) dropped to No. 14 with two losses. Chad Thompson improved his record to 3-0 after shutting out Trabuco Hills, 5-0. He struck out 12 batters for the third game in a row.
No. 16 Cherry Creek (Centennial, Colo.) is off to a 6-1 record. Tito Nava has a 4-0 record on the mound with a no hitter, a one hitter and 52 strikeouts. Cory Keller is leading the offense with a .672 batting average.
No. 17 La Cueva (Albuquerque, NM) recently won the Albuquerque All Metro Tournament. They avenged their season opener loss to Rio Grande by defeating them during the tournament. The Bears scored 12 runs on 15 hits against the same pitcher.
George Washington (New York, NY) jumps into the poll at No. 18 with nine straight wins to start the season. Alibay Barkley has hit four home runs so far. Xyruse Martinez has two wins and save along with three other pitchers posting 2-0 records.
No. 19 Cottonwood (Salt Lake City, UT) started its season 2-1 playing teams in a higher division. They defeated the defending 5A state champions Timpanogas, 2-1 in nine innings. Four Cottonwood pitchers combined for 21 strikeouts. The first loss of the season was to 5A Spanish Fork. Cottonwood gave up three unearned runs in a 4-3 loss.
Despite hitting nine home runs in the first five games of the season, Bishop Gorman has fallen to No. 20 after posting a 2-3 start for the season. They will play several league opponents before coming to Tucson, Ariz. to play in the Cherry Field Classic. Top hitters to start the season are Johnny Field (.643, 2 HR), Jeff Malm (.615, 2 HR) and Joey Rickard (.357, 2 HR).
Florida Christian jumps into the poll at No. 21. They posted a 12-1 record backed by outstanding pitching. The team ERA was 0.41 with 165 strikeouts in 13 games. Danny Canela is leading the offense with a .550 batting average, 7 home runs and 20 RBI followed by Alex Marrero with a .425 batting average, 4 home runs and 11 stolen bases.
No. 22 Capistrano Valley (Mission Viejo, Calif.) dropped after posting a 6-2 record. Pitching is still very strong with an ERA under 2.00. Tyler Matzek threw a no-hitter against Aliso Niguel in a 4-0 win. He struck out eight, walked three in a 91 pitch effort. The Cougars swept a doubleheader against Riverside Poly with Eddie DuPont (7 K, 2 BB) and Kevin Chambers (10 K, 2 hits) getting the wins.
No. 23 Brenham, Tex. jumps into the poll after losing just one of their first 15 games. They are one of the top 4A teams in Texas.
American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.) slips to No. 24 after posting three losses in its first 13 games. The team has recorded 20 doubles and nine home runs on the season.
No. 27 Millard West (Omaha, Neb.) lost its first game of the season to Creighton Prep, 9-6. However, they bounced back to win their next two games.
Horizon (Scottsdale, Ariz.) enters the poll at No. 30 after defeating two nationally ranked teams. Horizon struggled early in the season, but has come on strong winning the Big League Dugout National Invitational. They beat Bishop Gorman, 2-1, Brophy Prep 12-1, Wilson (Ore.) 14-0, Chaparral (Ariz.) 1-0 and Hamilton, 5-4 for the title.
Dropped from the poll are Parkview Baptist, La. 10-6, Coppell, Tex. 9-6-1, Barbe, La. 14-4-1, and Sarasota, Fla. 8-3.
NEXT POLL: April 6, 2009