College Baseball Poll - Collegiate Baseball Newspaper
For Immediate Release: Tuesday (May 25, 2010)
ROCKWALL-HEATH H.S. NO. 1 IN EASTON SPORTS COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NEWSPAPER POLL
TUCSON, Ariz. ó Rockwall-Heath (Heath, TX) has been ranked No. 1 in the Easton National High School poll for the second consecutive poll.
The Hawks (36-0) have rolled through the regional playoffs, starting with two wins over Dallas Kimball for the Class 4A Region II area championship, 9-0 and 18-3.
In the 9-0 victory over Kimball, Heathís Jovan Hernandez threw a 1-hit shutout with eight strikeouts over six innings. He also went 3-for-3 at the plate with a double and two singles. In the second game of that series, the Hawks posted 11 runs in the first inning to cruise to an 18-3 win.
They will face Carrollton Newman Smith in a one-game playoff for the region quarterfinals.
No. 2 Sumrall, Miss. will face Water Valley for the 3A state championship this week. They defeated Forest 11-1 and 13-1 for the South State championship. Conner Barron went 6-for-7 with 3 doubles, two home runs and 7 RBI in the South State championship series.
The team is hitting .430 and has a team ERA of 1.42.
No. 3 Walsh Jesuit (Cuyahoga Falls, OH) enters the Sweet 16 in its state tournament with one loss for the season. RHP Tyler Skulina pitched a one-hitter through six innings to defeat Akron Hoban 10-3 for the district championship. It was the Warriors eighth consecutive district title and 11th in the past 14 years.
Skulina struck out six, walked two and allowed no earned runs to improve to 5-0 on the season. He has not pitched for part of the season due to a strained back.
Harrisburg, Ill. has moved up to No. 4 and continues its stellar record with 36 straight wins. The Bulldogs won the regional championship in a 13-2 win over Anna-Jonesboro. Noah King and Nick Borders each had bases-clearing home runs in the game. They advance to the sectional semi-finals.
Pace, Fla. is No. 5 and advanced to the Final Four in the state playoffs. The team is hitting .380. Pitcher C.T. Bradford won his 11th game of the season.
No. 6 Bishop Amat (La Puente, Calif.) is among the top teams in the Los Angeles area with a 26-3 record. They beat Patriot, 10-0 in the first round of CIF Southern Section playoffs.
No. 7 Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV) won its fifth straight Nevada 4A state championship by defeating Rancho (Las Vegas) 13-0. Cory Welch threw a four-hitter and Johnny Field had a big night going 3-for-4 with 4 RBI.
Earlier in the tournament, Rancho stopped Gormanís winning streak at 26 with a 4-2 win. It was the first time in five years that the Gaels had lost a state tournament game. In the semi-finals, the Gaels had to rally from a 22-10 deficit to win 24-22. Erik Van Meetren, Johnny Field and Kenny Meimerstorf each came up with home runs to prevent a near mercy-rule loss.
Spanish Fork, Utah is No. 8 after winning the 4A Utah state championship over Springville, 9-7 and 4-3. The team had 24 straight wins this season, hitting .414 as a team, outscoring opponents 246 to 476. The team ERA was 1.60 with six shutouts.
No. 9 Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, Calif.) recently defeated Salinas, 3-2 in the CIF Central Coast Section playoffs.
No. 10 James Monroe (Bronx, NY) has a 33-game winning streak and has suffered only one loss all season. Coach Mike Turo won his 1,000 career victory at Monroe H.S. recently and became the winningest coach in PSAL history.
No. 11 McAllen, Tex. qualified for the regional quarterfinals led by Alexis Garza, who threw a no-hitter, the first of the season, for a 2-0 win over Brownsville Lopez. Garza struck out 10. He had a perfect game going into the fifth inning when he walked one batter.
The Bolles School (Jacksonville, Fla.) is No. 12. They won the 3A Florida state championship with a 4-3 win over Gulliver Prep.
Jumping into the poll at No. 13 is Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati, OH) which is headed to the Sweet 16 in the state playoffs with a 27-1 record. Leading the team is senior pitcher David Whitehead (8-0) and junior Alex Barlow who is hitting over .500 and has 45 hits.
Also moving into the poll is Flanagan (Pembroke Pines, FL). They won the 6A Florida state championship after defeating American Hialeah, 12-3. Itís their third state title in six years and best record (25-2) in 14 years.
No. 15 Germantown Academy (Fort Washington, PA) starts its state playoffs this week. Sean Coyle has remained hot with a .506 batting average, 11 home runs and 44 RBI on the season.
No. 16 Rocky Mountain (Ft. Collins, Colo.) begins its state playoffs this week. The team is batting .435 and has a 2.7 team ERA.
No. 18 La Cueva (Albuquerque, NM) won the New Mexico 5A state championship by defeated Rio Rancho, 14-2. The Bears finished the year with a 27-game win streak. Senior pitcher Josh McAlister was the starting and winning pitcher in the title game. He has been the starting pitcher for the past three years in the state title game, winning this year and in 2008.
Maize, Kan. joins the poll at No. 22. They are 18-2 going into its regional this week and are No. 1 in Kansas.
Also moving into the poll at No. 23 is Columbus, Ga. In the post season, Columbus swept Liberty County, Spalding and Cartersville, but lost game one against Thomson. In a do-or-die situation, Columbus came back in game two to defeat Thomson, 21-7 in five innings.
Moody (Corpus Christi, Tex.) moved into the No. 25 spot. A trio of home runs and a solid performance on the mound by Chris Navarro helped the Trojans eliminate Medina Valley and advance in the state playoffs. Navarro allowed six hits, two walks and struck out 11 in seven innings.
No. 26 Desert Ridge (Mesa, AZ) won the Arizona 5A-I state championship, beating Mountain Pointe 10-4. Senior SS DW Warner came up with big hits in the game with a two-run single in the fourth and an RBI single in the sixth. Scott Hoffman threw a complete game for his 13th win of the season.
Wando (Mt. Pleasant, SC) dropped to No. 27 after losing the SC 4A Lower State Championship to White Knoll.
No. 28 Lexington Catholic, Ky. is still on the top of the state poll and heads to the district playoffs this week.
Canyon del Oro (Tucson, AZ) drops to No. 29 after losing in the state semi-finals. The Dorados finished with a 28-3 record.
Menchville (Newport News, Va.) dropped to No. 30 after losing to Gloucester, 4-0 in the Peninsula District semi-finals. Because they won the PD regular season championships, the Monarchs still advance to the Eastern Regional tournament next week.
Dropping out of the poll are Owasso, OK (34-7 F); St. Rita, Chicago, IL; Crespi Carmelite, Encino, CA (22-6); Heritage, Colleyville, TX (27-5-1 F); Pelham, Ala. (39-6); Millard West, Omaha, Neb. (32-5 F).
NEXT POLL: June 14, 2010