College Baseball Poll - Collegiate Baseball Newspaper
For Immediate Release: Tuesday (March 30, 2010)
MENCHVILLE H.S. NO. 1 IN EASTON SPORTS COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NEWSPAPER POLL
TUCSON, Ariz. — Menchville High School (Newport News, VA) is ranked No. 1 in the latest Easton Sports National High School Poll after rolling to a 5-0 record.
Senior Austin Chrismon picked up his second win of the season with a 7-6 decision over Gloucester to improve his career record to 17-0. In that game, Deron Hanley hit a two-run homer and Josh Moore hit a solo home run that proved to be the difference in the game. Hunter Lewis picked up his second win of the year with a 9-0 shutout of Denbigh H.S.
No. 2 Sumrall, Miss. is 14-0 and broke the Mississippi state record of 52 consecutive wins for a team. Sumrall ran the table last season with a 36-0 record and ended the 2008 season with a win streak for a total of 56 consecutive wins over three seasons. Sumrall recently played in a tournament in Orlando, Fla. Tyler Simmons tossed a complete game no-hitter against TMI-Episcopal (San Antonio, TX) for a 7-1 win. Luke Lowery struck out 12 batters in a 4-2 complete game victory against St. Patrick H.S., Miss.
Owasso, Okla. (11-0) has moved up to No. 3. Dylan Bundy is leading the pitching staff with a 3-0 record and 1.33 ERA, 47 strikeouts in 21 innings. He has only walked three batters. Ryan Wilson has a 2-0 record, one save, 0.54 ERA, 21 strikeouts in 13 innings. Top hitters are Bundy (.615, 4 2B, 2 HR), Ryan Wilson (.469, 19 R, 3 2B, 3 HR) and Justin Steelmon (.433, 15 RBI).
No. 4 is Lakewood, Calif. which is 12-1 record and is the No. 1 team in the Los Angeles area. Their only loss is to Long Beach Wilson in a 1-0 game. The first inning run was unearned. Leading the pitching staff is Jeff Yamaguchi who has a 3-0 record with a 1.73 ERA. He also has hit 22 RBI in 11 games. 3B Hunter Jones has scored 19 runs in 11 games.
No. 5 Walsh Jesuit (Cuyahoga Falls, OH) was scheduled to open its season against No. 14 St. Edward (Lakewood, OH); however, the game was cancelled due to bad weather.
Moving up to No. 6 is Wando (Mt. Pleasant, S.C.) which has posted a 12-0 record. Top hitters on the team have been Robbie Dodds (.514, 7 HR, 15 RBI) and Evans Hunt (.375, 4 HR, 15 RBI). Leading the pitching staff are Drew Cisco (3-0, 0.32 ERA, 26 K, 22 IP) and Reid Langdale (3-0, 1.40 ERA, 10 K, 15 IP).
No. 7 Roswell, Ga. also has 12 straight wins and is No. 1 in the state.
No. 8 is Socorro (El Paso, Tex.) which is 17-1 and is the No. 1 team in 5A Texas baseball. After last year’s season where the team won its first state championship in 60 years, long-time head coach Chris Forbes retired. The Bulldogs returned only two players from that team and were expected to have a rebuilding year. But, long-time assistant Joe Alvarez took over the helm, and the new players have jelled into a quality ball club.
No. 11 Christopher Columbus H.S., Fla. has recorded 7 shutouts in 16 games this season. The pitching staff has a 1.59 team ERA. In 104 innings, they have 173 strikeouts and 61 walks. The team is hitting .347 and has belted 17 home runs.
Farragut (Knoxville, Tenn.) moves to No. 12 with a 10-2 record. LHP Phillip Pfeifer went six innings against his coach’s old team Bearden to win 6-2. Pfeifer allowed seven hits, two runs (one earned), walked two and struck out 14. He improved to 3-0 for the season.
Crespi Carmelite, Calif. is No. 15 and is ranked No. 1 in CIF Division II. They have outscored their opponents 102 to 39 and recently won the Easton Showdown Tournament.
Bellaire, Tex. has dropped to No. 16 with another loss and a drop in the state poll. For the last five games, the Cardinals have outscored their opponents, 69-4. They have given up two or fewer runs in half of their games. RHP Kyle Chaskin threw a complete game with eight strikeouts against Westside in a 6-1 win.
Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV) dropped to No. 17 with two losses. The Gaels have recorded four shutouts in their last six games, but could not win a close game in the Grand Slam Tournament against American Heritage (Delrey Beach, FL), a 7-6 setback. They face some tough battles in their own upcoming Bishop Gorman Desert Classic which will feature teams from Florida, Colorado, Nevada and Utah.
No. 18 Naples, Fla. also has dropped in the poll with two losses, the most recent being a 6-5 setback against Sarasota. The team is hitting .398 and the pitching staff has a 0.79 ERA.
No. 19 Pelham, Ala. has a 25-2 record but is 8-0 over the last two weeks. Trevor Fitts (7-0, 3 SV, 0.47 ERA, 83 K, 9 BB) threw a complete game shutout with 16 strikeouts against Thompson and got a save against Thompson three days later. Top hitters are Andrew Bishop (.429, 9 2B, 9 HR, 39 RBI) and Michael Bishop (.427, 40 RS, school record 31 stolen bases).
Spanish Fork, Utah is No. 20 and recently won the Dixie Sunshine Tournament. Their only loss is to Bingham, 10-5. Pitching has been strong and they are hitting .380 as a team with 11 home runs. Kayden Porter leads the team with five homers.
Bishop Amat, Calif. is No. 21 with a 9-1 record and as one of the top ranked teams in the Los Angeles area.
American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.) makes its first appearance in the poll at No. 22 with a 13-1-1 record. They recently defeated Gulliver Prep (Miami, FL) and Russell County (Seale, Ala.) and tied 10-10 with Miami Christian. Mike Klement and Brandon Sedell both have 5 home runs while Nick Travieso has four. Sedell is hitting .667 in 15 games.
No. 23 Germantown Academy, Pa. won all seven of its games on their Florida trip and returned to pound on the local competition, winning three straight games via the 10-run rule.
No. 24 Lexington Catholic, Ky. started its season with three wins, two with shutouts. Their pitchers gave up only 5 hits total in both games. They are headed to Florida on spring break.
George Washington, N.Y. moves in the No. 28 spot with a 12-0 record. Nestor Bautista pitched a no hitter one day after Yael Regalado threw a one-hitter with 12 strikeouts. The team is hitting .343.
Norman Thomas, N.Y. (No. 30) tied recently with James Monroe, 3-3 and beat Marist H.S., 11-4. Issac "Floty" Reynoso had 19 strikeouts in the 24 batters he’s faced so far. The team has headed to Florida for spring break.
Dropping from the poll are Edison, Calif., 6-4; Chatsworth, Calif. 6-3; Charlotte Christian, NC, 8-3; The Woodlands, Tex., 13-5; Vestavia Hills, Ala, 22-4; and Barbe, La., 19-4.
Barbe lost top prospect and pre-season H.S. All-American Garin Cecchini to a knee injury for the year. Catcher/1B Hommy Rosado has hit 20 home runs so far this season.
NEXT POLL: April 12, 2010