College Baseball Poll - Collegiate Baseball Newspaper
For Immediate Release: Monday (June 14, 2010)
SUMRALL H.S. NO. 1 IN FINAL EASTON SPORTS COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NEWSPAPER POLL
TUCSON, Ariz. ó Sumrall H.S., Miss. (35-1) is ranked No. 1 in the final 2010 Easton National High School baseball poll.
The Warriors have been among the top three teams in the nation all season in the Easton poll after going 36-0 last season, faltering only once this year and capturing their third consecutive 3A Mississippi state championship. Sumrall outscored opponents 426-57 this season. Of the teamís 35 wins, 26 were by mercy rule. They swept Water Valley, 12-2 and 11-1 to win the state title.
The teamís hitting was fabulous as they posted a .431 team batting average. Leading the barrage was Chase Lewallen (.545, 16 2B, 3 3B, 5 HR, 31 RBI, 25 SB), Jackson Posey (.523, 14 2B, 5 HR, 61 RBI), Conner Barron (.514, 12 2B, 6 HR, 60 RBI, 21 SB), Austin Knight (.429, 11 2B, 26 RBI) and Chad Guice (.429, 12 2B, 7 HR, 54 RBI). The pitching staff was also outstanding as it posted a team ERA of 1.42. Top pitchers included Luke Lowery (11-1, 1.13 ERA, 102 K, 19 BB, 62 IP) and Posey (12-0, 1.05 ERA, 75 K, 13 BB, 60 IP).
In the final poll, several top teams faltered in the state finals and dropped while new teams emerged as state champions.
No. 2 Pace, FL defeated Armwood, 6-5 to capture the 5A Florida state championship. They finished the season with a 25-game winning streak. C.T. Bradford broke a state record by winning five games in the state playoffs. He was 13-0 for the season with a 1.13 ERA and hit .465.
No. 3 Bishop Gorman, NV and No. 4 Spanish Fork, UT won their respective state championships a few weeks ago.
Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, CA) moved up to No. 5. Alex Balog threw a five-inning one-hitter to defeat Bellarmine, 12-1 for the CIF Central Coast Section Division I title.
No. 6 The Bolles School, FL and No. 7 Charles Flanagan, FL also won their respective state titles a couple of weeks ago.
No. 8 Germantown Academy (Fort Washington, PA) won the Pennsylvania Independent Schools state championship with a 14-4 win over Germantown Friends. Senior John Citrone hit a two-run walk off home run in the bottom of the sixth, ending the game by mercy rule. It was the second state championship in three years for Germantown Academy. The Patriots outscored their opponents, 52-5 in four playoff games and ended each one by the 10-run rule.
Rocky Mountain (Fort Collins, CO) moved up to No. 9 after winning its fourth consecutive 5A state championship. Marco Gonzales won his fourth straight championship game with a 9-4 victory of Ralston Valley.
No. 10 is Jonathan Alder (Plain City, OH). They went undefeated this season with 34 straight wins. They beat highly regarded Walsh Jesuit, 3-2 in the state final.
No. 11 is Glendora, Calif. which became the CIF Southern Section Division 2 champions with a 10-3 victory of Yucaipa. Adam Plutko (10-1) gave up five hits, struck out three and walked two in a complete game effort. Glendora hitters had a three-run fourth inning to knock out Yucaipa pitcher Taijuan Walker, a high pick in the recent Free Agent draft.
No. 12. C. Milton Wright (Bel Air, MD) went through its season undefeated with a 23-0 record. Brad Markey threw a five-hitter to defeat Huntingtown, 4-1 for the Maryland 3A title. He struck out seven.
Brenham, Tex. moved into the poll at No. 13. The Cubs surprised everyone by defeating Corpus Christi Calallen, 2-1 to capture their seventh Texas 4A state title in school history. This yearís team won more games than any other in the programís history with 37 wins. The previous record was 34. CF Chance Bolcerek set a new school record with a .549 batting average and 73 hits for the season. Pitcher Chase Wellbrock also set a school record for most wins in a season with 18.
No. 14 Farragut (Knoxville, TN) beat Houston 3-1 for the 3A state title. Phillip Pfeifer threw a one-hitter and struck out 14 to give the Admirals their third consecutive championship.
No. 16 Columbus, GA defeated Ringgold, 2-1 and 13-6 to claim the 3A state title. It was the programís 10th championship.
Petal, MS moved into the poll at No. 19. They took two of three from Madison Central to win the 6A state title. They won the first game 2-1, lost the second game, 6-5 and won the final, 15-7. It is Petalís fifth state championship.
No. 20 Carroll (Corpus Christi, TX) won its first state title in any sport after defeating Klein 5-2 for the 5A Texas state championship. A spectacular over-the-shoulder catch by centerfielder Mark Blackmar prevented two runs from scoring and tying the game in the final inning. Sophomore pitcher Courtney Hawkins threw a complete game for Carroll and was named the gameís MVP.
With Stetson Allie on the mound throwing in the high 90s, St. Edwardís (Lakewood, OH) defeated Elder, 8-3 for the state title. Allie had 16 strikeouts in six innings. It was the Eagleís second title in three years.
No. 22 Tottenville (Staten Island, NY) moved into the poll after posting a 23-1 record and winning the PSAL Division A title. Tottenville defeated Lehman, 1-0 in a 10-inning thriller. The one run was scored by Christian Osmundsen after an errant throw over the first basemanís head allowed him to score. Tottenvilleís John Silva and Lehmanís Tyler Gurman matched pitch for pitch until the error ended the game.
No. 23 Kentwood (Covington, WA) won its second 4A state title by defeating Richland 8-0. Avery Kain threw a two-hit shutout.
Rockwall-Heath, TX fell to No. 24 after being stunned by Frisco Wakeland in the 4A region final. Rockwall-Heath kept it perfect season going through most of the playoffs until they were knocked out by Wakeland. The Hawks ended their season 39-3.
No. 25. Walsh Jesuit (Cuyahoga Falls, OH) had a great season going until they lost the state championship game to Jonathan Alder by one run, dropping them down in the poll
No. 26 Harrisburg, IL lost in the state championship game to Teutoplis, 5-1. It was their only loss of the season.
No. 28, Archbishop Moeller, OH had a 27-game win streak snapped in the quarterfinals of the state tournament by Elder.
Mater Dei (Santa Ana, CA) captured the CIF Southern Division I championship when Cory Hahn and Ty Moore combined for a perfect game to defeat Dana Hills, 2-0.
Dropped from the poll were McAllen, TX; Madison Central, MS; Bellaire, TX; Lakewood, CA; Maize, KS; Foy H. Moody, TX; Wando, SC; Lexington Catholic, KY; Canyon del Oro, AZ; and Menchville, VA.