College Baseball Poll - Collegiate Baseball Newspaper
For Immediate Release: Tuesday (May 5, 2009)
MENCHVILLE H.S. NO. 1 IN EASTON SPORTS COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NEWSPAPER POLL
TUCSON, Ariz. — Menchville High School (Newport News. Va.) moved into the No. 1 spot in the Easton National High School poll with a glistening 15-1 record.
The Monarchs opened their season with 15 straight wins before dropping one game. The offense has posted a .363 team batting average with four players hitting over .400.
The pitching staff is lead by Ethan Carter who is 6-1 with a 0.97 ERA, 57 strikeouts, 8 walks in 36 innings. The pitchers have posted a 1.07 team ERA in 16 games with 154 strikeouts and only 21 walks.
Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.), ranked No. 1 the previous three polls, dropped from No. 1 to No. 4 after losing two games.
Bellaire moved up to the No. 2 spot with a 24-1-1 record. Bellaire only played three games since the last poll because high school sports in the state of Texas have been temporarily stopped by the swine flu until May 11.
Chatsworth, Calif. moved to No. 3 and is the current No. 1 in the Los Angeles area. In the last three games, Chatsworth has outscored opponents 42-6 with 8 home runs.
No. 6 Bishop Gorman, who was the pre-season favorite to win the Easton National High School championship, has bounced back from its early season losses. The Gaels are on a 29 game winning streak, and clinched the Southwest Division title with a 14-0 record.
Over the past two weeks, Joey Rickard has been red-hot with a .650 batting average in seven games and 10 stolen bases.
Sophomore Erik Van Meetren was 5-for-5 in a game against Clark with every hit being a home run. He produced 7 RBIs in the game. He tied two national records and became only the second player in high school history, according to MaxPreps.com, to hit 5 home runs in 5 at-bats in a single game.
The Gaels were hitting .483 as a team and have outscored opponents 464-80 in 33 games.
No. 7 George Washington (New York, N.Y.) recently lost a couple of games due to illnesses on the team. For the season, two pitchers — Yael Regalado and Nestor Bautista — each have posted six wins. Freshman Nelson Rodriguez is hitting cleanup for the team and had 10 consecutive hits recently.
La Cueva (Albuquerque, N.M.) moved up to No. 10. They are ranked No. 1 going into the state tournament. But just like Texas, high school athletics in the state of New Mexico has been postponed due to the swine flu. The Bears lost their first game of the season, but have won 25 straight.
No. 15 Maize, Kan. has won 13 in a row to open the season. The team is batting .363, and the pitching staff has a 1.11 team ERA. They have only given up 15 runs, 13 earned, and have recorded nine shutouts.
Garrett Gould is leading the team in both hitting (.541, 8 2B, 3 HR, 19 RBI) and pitching (5-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 SV, 58 K, 9 BB, 24.6 IP). Ben Lawson is hitting .515 and has a 3-0 record on the mound with a 1.31 ERA and 15 strikeouts.
No. 17 Brenham, Tex. is idle until the swine flu scare is lifted. Erich Weiss is having an outstanding season, hitting .512 with 28 RBI and three home runs.
Naples, Fla. jumps into the poll at No. 18. They are undefeated at 27-0. The team is hitting .369, and the pitching staff has a miniscule 0.99 team ERA with 217 strikeouts, 61 walks in 176.2 innings.
Notre Dame Prep (Scottsdale, AZ) jumps into the poll at No. 19 with a 25-1 record as they enter the first rounds of the state playoffs.
No. 22 Providence (Charlotte, N.C.) recently won the South Western 4A conference title with a 4-2 win over Audrey Kell. Richie Shaffer threw a complete game to pick up his fourth win of the season.
No. 24 Farragut (Knoxville, Tenn.) won its regular season district championship heading into the district tournament.
No. 25 is Reagan (San Antonio, Tex). They had an 18 game winning streak snapped and have been the No. 2 team in Texas 5A baseball.
No. 27 El Toro (Lake Forest, Calif.) is among the top four teams in the Los Angeles area. Aaron Wirsch has posted an 8-0 record.
Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, NJ) is back in the poll at No. 29. Since losing three games at the National Classic, they have won eight consecutive games, outscoring opponents 99 to 12. Their top hitters include Brett Knief (.445), Anthony Gomez (.429) and Chris Picyk (.454).
Cherry Creek, Colo. (17-4) is ranked 30th. Leading the team is pitcher Tito Nava (9-1 record, 1.39 ERA, 82 K, 23 BB) and C Corey Keller (.595 BA, 7 HR, 35 RBI).
Dropped from the poll are Jesuit (Carmichael, Calif.) 17-5; Cottonwood, Utah (13-6); Divine Child, Mich. 10-4 and Andrean (Merrillville, Ind.), 10-2.
NEXT POLL: May 19, 2009