College Baseball Poll - Collegiate Baseball Newspaper
For Immediate Release: Tuesday (May 11, 2010)
ROCKWALL-HEATH H.S. NO. 1 IN EASTON SPORTS COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NEWSPAPER POLL
TUCSON, Ariz. — Rockwall-Heath H.S. (Heath, Tex.) has been ranked No. 1 in the latest Easton National High School poll with a glistening 34-0 record.
After completing its regular season undefeated, the Hawks beat Centennial, 9-2 and 4-1 in the first round of the Texas state playoffs. Rockwall-Heath has been sitting on top of the Texas 4A state baseball polls for most of the season. In the final games of the regular season, the Hawks pummeled Royce City, 7-0, J.J. Pearce, 14-0, and R.L. Turner, 16-1.
Sumrall (Sumrall, MS) is No. 2 with a 31-1 record. They are headed into the third round of their state playoffs. The Knights defeated Southeast Lauderdale, 12-3 and 9-2 in the first round and beat St. Andrews, 14-0 and 13-3 in the second round.
No. 3 Walsh Jesuit (Cuyahoga Falls, OH) had its 20-game winning streak snapped with a 5-4 loss to Lakewood St. Edward. The Warriors returned to the winning column the following game with a 14-3 victory over Wadsworth. Senior Ryan Berry hit his 9th and 10th homer of the season, collecting 5 RBI and breaking the school’s RBI single season record with 43.
No. 4 Wando (Mt. Pleasant, SC) is headed to the championship game for the 4A Lower State playoffs. They beat Summerville, 5-3 and White Knoll, 4-1. They won the state District VII championship and have a 27-2 record.
Pace, Fla. is No. 5. They won their district championship and beat Milton, 9-3 in the regional semi-final round. In the last four games Pace has played, they have outscored opponents 37-4. As a team, Pace is hitting .371.
Bishop Amat (La Puente, Calif.) is No. 6 and is the top team in the Los Angeles area with a 24-2 record. Recently they beat Bishop Montgomery, 13-0 and 12-1.
No. 7 Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.) has won 20 straight games and is 29-3 overall. As a team, the Gaels have hit 62 home runs. They finished the Southwest Division with a 16-0 record for the second consecutive year and begin a double-elimination regional tournament this week before heading to the state tournament.
No. 8 Spanish Fork, Utah has been on a roll with a 21-1 record (15-0 in the region). They outscored their regional opponents 178-23 and for the season outscored opponents 209-38.
Harrisburg, Ill. is No. 9 with a 32-0 record after sweeping the O’Fallon Classic. The team has several top players, including Reid Roper who has signed with the University of Illinois. He is expected to be drafted this June.
The Bulldogs have posted a 1.63 team ERA and hit 48 home runs. Defense has been a key factor as they have only allowed 10 unearned runs all season.
No. 11 is Germantown Academy, Pa. with a 22-1 overall record and 7-0 mark in league action. In the last three games, they have outscored opponents 45-7. Sean Cosgriff threw a complete game to beat Chestnut Hill Academy, 10-2. He improved to 6-0 for the season. Sean Coyle hit his 9th home run in that game to break the school’s single season home run record.
Canyon del Oro (Tucson, Ariz.) is No. 12 and became region champs for the third consecutive year. The Dorados won the first round of the 4A-I state playoffs. Ryan Gerber pitched only his second start of the season to lead CDO to an 8-3 victory over Glendale Raymond Kellis H.S. He surrendered three runs on five hits in 4 2/3 innings and turned the game over to ace Bubba Metz, who closed out the game with no runs.
James Monroe (Bronx, NY) moved up to No. 13. They own a superb 37-1 record and have a 27-game win streak going. Coach Mike Turo has 997 career wins as a high school coach.
No. 14 McAllen, Tex. moved up in the poll after beating Laredo Alexander, 5-3 and 4-1 in the first round of the playoffs.
Rocky Mountain (Ft. Collins, Colo.) finished as the Front Range League champions with an 11-0 record. They 10-run ruled all 11 teams this season. With one non-league game left, they will head into the state playoffs. They have a 16-2 record.
No. 17 Farragut (Knoxville, Tenn.) is 2-0 in the conference playoffs and still ranked high in Kentucky at 33-5.
After much talk about the demise of Menchville (Newport News, Va.) that lost three games recently, the Monarchs quickly bounced back the next week with three straight wins to improve to a 15-3 record. Pitcher Austin Chrismon improved to 4-1 with a 6-1 complete game win over bethel. He allowed one run on four hits with eight strikeouts. Menchville dropped in the poll to No. 18.
Owasso, Okla. is ranked No. 19 with a 30-5 record. P/3B Dylan Bundy has been averaging two or more strikeouts per innings this season.
No. 20 Millard West (Omaha, Neb.) is the top team in the state and heads into district playoffs with a 28-3 record.
No. 21 La Cueva (Albuquerque, NM) has a 24-game win streak going and has won its first round of the state playoffs. They are 25-2.
Madison Central, Miss. won its first round in the state playoffs against Starkville. They are 26-2 and ranked No. 22.
No. 24 St. Rita (Chicago, Ill.) will be headed into the state playoffs as the No. 1 seed in the tourney. They have a 23-5 record.
Lexington Catholic, Ky. continues its regular season for two more weeks and remains the No. 1 team after beating top ranked Lexington Christian Academy and St. Xavier. They are No. 26 in the poll.
No. 27 Crespi Carmelite (Encino, Calif.) recently split two games with Harvard-Westlake, losing 10-0 and winning 9-4. They are heading into the final games of the regular season.
New to the poll at No. 28 is Roff, Okla. that recently won the Class B state championship with a sparkling 38-1 record. Their only loss this season was to Owasso, 5-2 in the championship game of the Owasso Tournament. During this season, Roff played the top ranked teams in Classes 1, 2, 3 and 4, winning every game.
The team belted 131 home runs in 39 games, which ties the single season Oklahoma state and the national home run record. Top hitter was Brendan McCurry, who batted .510 this season with 26 home runs, 9 doubles, two triples and 65 RBI. The senior has 130 career home runs as Roff played both fall and spring schedules, which breaks the state record. He has 72 home runs in the spring season only, also a state record. Roff has won three straight championships, including last year’s spring and fall seasons and this year’s spring season.
Pelham, Ala. dropped to No. 30 after losing two of three games to Grissom in the quarterfinals of the state playoffs. Trevor Fitts finished the season with a 14-0 record, 14 complete games, 7 shutouts, 0.91 ERA, 151 strikeouts in 92 innings pitched. The junior set a school record for wins, shutouts, strikeouts and appearances (18).
Dropped from the poll was Sarasota, Fla. 23-5 F and Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.) 28-5 F.
NEXT POLL: May 24, 2010