College Baseball Poll - Collegiate Baseball Newspaper
For Immediate Release: Tuesday (April 7, 2009)
JESUIT H.S. (TAMPA, FLA.) NO. 1 IN EASTON SPORTS COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NEWSPAPER POLL
TUCSON, Ariz. — Jesuit High School (Tampa, Fla.) has been ranked No. 1 for the second straight Easton Sports National High School poll as they remain undefeated with 17 straight wins.
In the past two weeks, Jesuit has outscored opponents 44-3 to retain the top spot in the poll.
Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) remains the No. 2 team in the country and is still ranked as the No.1 team in the Los Angeles area. They are 4-1 in the Trinity League. Pitcher Aaron Northcraft allowed only two hits in six innings in a 10-1 victory over Orange Lutheran. Derek Campbell hit a three-run homer during that game.
No. 3 Bellaire (Tex.) is the top team in its state poll. Pitchers have thrown 10 shutouts in 18 games. They blanked Sam Houston (18-0), Chavez (27-0) and Milby (7-0) in the last two weeks. The team is hitting .413.
Menchville (Newport News, Va.) moved to No. 4 after starting the season 6-0. Highlights for the season so far include Logan Senelis-Jose’s grand slam in a 15-0 win over Phoebus. Jharel Cotton pitched a two-hitter and struck out 12 in five innings in that game. Ethan Carter pitched a three-hitter and struck out 13 in six innings during a 6-0 victory over Granby.
No. 7 Jesuit (Carmichael, Calif.) has outscored opponents 105-23 in 12 games.
Foy H. Moody (Corpus Christi, Tex.) has posted a 19-1 record and are ranked No. 8. Pitching has been superb led by Andrew Cantu (7-0, 0.53 ERA, 60 K) and Justin Meza (7-0, 0.25 ERA, 65 K).
Lakeland (Fla.) jumped into the poll at No. 9 after starting the season with 17 straight wins. Lakeland recently captured the 2009 Blue Devil Classic title by handing Winter Haven it first loss of the season in a 6-3 win. It was the Dreadnaughts’ second tournament victory in less than a week as they captured the Tournament of Champions title in Jacksonville. During this run, they have beaten three Florida state defending champions and Owasso, Okla.
Owasso, Okla. dropped down to No. 10. The Rams went 3-1 in the tournament, losing to Lakeland, 5-2 in 11 innings. Lakeland scored three unearned runs to win the game. The Rams run-ruled the other three opponents in the Blue Devil Classic.
No. 11 Sylvan Hills (Sherwood, Ark.) is 8-0 in conference and 19-1 overall. They recently defeated two conference foes, 11-0 and 14-0 in five-inning games. Leading the pitching staff is D.J. Baxendale (7-0, 0.37 ERA, 38 IP) and Nathan Eller (6-0, 1.20 ERA, 29 IP). Justin Treece leads the offense with a .492 batting average and 8 home runs. Tyler Van Schoyck is the team leader in stolen bases at 23.
No. 12. Providence (Charlotte, NC) recently defeated defending Western Regional Champs Audrey Kell, 10-7 in nine innings. Richie Shaffer touched 94 mph during his win against Myers Park which helped push their conference record to 7-0 on the season.
George Washington, N.Y. moved up to No. 13 after posting 17 straight wins to start the season. Top hitters include John Estrella (.600), Jordan Lopez (.575), Mike Antonio (.498). Alibay Barkley has 6 home runs. Top pitcher is Nestor Bautista with four wins.
Columbus, Ga. moves into the poll at No. 14 after posting a 12-1 record. In 13 games, they have outscored opponents 140-35 with three shutouts.
After a rocky 2-3 start, No. 16 Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV) has begun to turn its season around, winning 12 straight games. They recently beat Tucson High for the Cherry Field Memorial Classic title in Tucson, Ariz. Six players are hitting over .400 including Jeff Malm (.640), Neil Lawhorn (.578), Johnny Field (.471), Joey Rickard (.462), Erik Van Meetren (.404) and Stephen Manthei (.400). Top pitchers include Manthei (4-1, 0.71, 25 K, 19.2 IP) and Malm (3-1, 1.24 ERA, 29 K, 22.2 IP).
In a tournament highlight, Field hit a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the seventh to beat Chatfield, 5-3. Prior to the blast, Bishop Gorman was down, 3-1. Gorman also is 6-0 in the Southwest Division League.
After losing its first game of the season, La Cueva (Albuquerque, N.M.) has won 14 straight and is No. 17 in the poll. In the last five games, they have recorded two shutouts and outscored opponents, 72-5.
Farragut (Knoxville, Tenn.) recently lost three games and dropped to No. 18.
No. 20 El Toro (Lake Forest, Calif.) is 10-2 record. In recent games, Aaron Wirsch struck out 11 and went 2-for-3 with a double, home run and 5 RBI in a 10-0 victory over Northwood. Chad Thompson struck out eight to defeat Woodbridge, 8-3. Tyler Zeigler and T.J. Kendzora combined for a shutout over Foothill, 1-0. El Toro leads their league with 5 wins.
Cottonwood (Utah) is No. 21. They won its last three games by a combined score of 40-2. They head for San Diego to participate in the Lions Tournament.
No. 22 Florida Christian has posted a 15-2 record. The team has been lead offensively by Danny Canela (.408, 8 HR), Alex Marero (.410, 4 HR, 14 SB) and Hector Crespo (.396, 2 HR, 18 RBI). The pitching staff has a 1.18 team ERA and 185 strikeouts.
No. 24 Andrean (Merrillville, Ind.) started its season off with a 10-0 shutout against Gavit, Ind.
No. 25 American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.) has a 17-3 record. Leading the pitching staff is Jimmy Nesselt (7-0, 1.82 ERA, 42.1 IP). Deven Marrero is hitting .382 with 5 home runs and 18 RBI.
No. 27 Walsh Jesuit (Cuyahoga Falls, OH) started its season 3-0. With temperatures in the mid-30s, Walsh Jesuit defeated Amherst, 6-1 in its first game of the season. RHP Tyler Skulina struck out seven in 4 1/3 innings. Greg Greve scattered three hits, struck out eight and allowed only one earned run in 6 1/3 innings during a 7-2 win over Toledo Central Catholic. He also had two hits and an RBI in that game.
No. 28 Capistrano Valley (Mission Viejo, Calif.) is 9-3. Tyler Matzek has five wins. He recently hit two home runs with 4 RBI in a game against Mission Viejo. Nolan Clark hit a home run in the sixth inning to beat San Clement, 6-4. He then came in to pitch the seventh inning of for his second save of the year.
Omaha Westside (Neb.) moves into the No. 29 spot with an 8-1 record and No. 1 spot in the state poll. In a recent game against Omaha Creighton Prep, sophomore Dan Dunn belted a walk-off, inside-the-park home run in the bottom of the seventh to beat the Junior Jays, 5-4.
Dropped from the poll are Hamilton (Chandler, AZ) 12-6 and Horizon (Scottsdale, AZ) 13-7.
NEXT POLL: April 21, 2009