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Collegiate Baseball Newspaper
For Immediate Release: Monday (April 11, 2011)
ST. FRANCIS (CALIF.) H.S. NO. 1 IN EASTON SPORTS NATIONAL POLL
TUCSON, Ariz. — St. Francis High School (Mountain View, CA) remains No. 1 in the Easton National High School Poll.
The Lancers (16-1) soundly defeated rival Archbishop Mitty, 12-3, and are on a five-game win streak. The only loss for the season came on March 22 against formidable Valley Christian, 3-1. St. Francis’s pitching staff has been remarkable with a 1.04 ERA. Only 19 earned runs and 63 hits have been allowed in 128 innings. The pitching staff has struck out 101 and walked only 52.
Colin Reed (5-0, 2.01 ERA), Ryan DeGregorio (5-0, 0.24 ERA) Alex Blandino (3-0, 0.52 ERA) and Kevin Zhang (4-1, 0.61 ERA) lead the staff. Top hitters are Blandino (.404, 8 2B, 5 HR, 26 RBI) and Braden Bishop (.455, 2 2B, 1 3B, 9 RBI).
Edison (Huntington Beach, CA) is ranked No. 2 with a 13-1 record. The Chargers have won five one run games in tough Orange County competition. All-American Henry Owens threw a two-hitter against Marina, striking out 11. The Chargers will play in the San Diego Lions Tournament and are slated to meet up with one of San Diego’s best, Poway H.S.
No. 3 Owasso, OK (20-1) is on a 16-game winning streak. The Rams recently won their own Nike/ProNine Tournament. All-American Dylan Bundy tossed a pair of one hitters against Jenks (5 innings) and Red Oak, striking out 12 and 17 respectively. He continues a steady pace at the plate, batting .571 for the season. 1B Justin Steelmon leads the team in hitting with a .588 batting average while 2B Kendall Emerson is hitting .492.
No. 4 Spanish Fork, UT (11-2) is riding high after winning the Big League Dugout National Invitational by defeating Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV) 3-2. Catcher Jarrett Jarvis was named tournament MVP while SS/P Hayden Nielsen received the Gold Glove award. OF/P Kayden Porter was named Outstanding Pitcher and OF Andy Perkins was named Outstanding Hitter.
Bishop Amat (La Puente, CA) is No. 5 with an 11-2 record. They continue to be the No. 2 in the Los Angeles area. Rio Ruiz leads the offense with a .405 batting average, 5 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run and 12 RBI. In a 9-0 victory against St. Paul, Daniel Zamora and Ruiz combined for a no-hitter.
No. 6 The Woodlands, TX remains the top team in Texas 5A baseball with a 20-2-2 record. Andrew Godail leads the pitching staff with a 7-0 record.
Catholic (Baton Rouge, LA) is No. 7. In the last five games, the team has posted three shutouts, one a 10-0 win over Zachary. The game was close for the first four innings until Catholic ran away with it in the fifth and sixth innings by racking up nine runs. Leading the pitching staff are Alex Massey (6-0, 2 SV, 2.29 ERA, 40 K, 4 BB, 35.3 IP) and Aaron Nola (4-0, 1SV, 0.76 ERA, 32 K, 2 BB, 23.6 IP).
No. 8 Bryant, AR remains the top team in Arkansas. Three players are hitting over .400 in Jordan Taylor (.474, 7 2B, 11 RBI), Landon Pickett (.423, 2 HR, 17 RBI) and Tyler Brown (.400, 3 2B, 11 RBI).
Pace, FL is on a 13-game winning streak and is ranked No. 9. Pace recently ruined Pensacola Catholic’s perfect season (17-0 at the time) by defeating them, 8-5. Addison Russell hit a home run in the game to increase his season total to seven. He is batting .528 with 23 RBI.
No. 10 Sierra Vista (Las Vegas, NV) is the top ranked team in Nevada 4A and recently defeated Bishop Gorman, 8-5. Scott Tomassetti drove the first pitch he saw over the right field fence in the bottom of the first inning for a three-run homer that helped set the pace for the game. It was his 10th homer of the season.
Sierra Vista had lost six straight games in recent years to Gorman, which won the past five 4A state titles. The Mountain Lions have won 32 of its past 36 games.
No. 11 Fort Bend Clements (Sugarland, TX) is riding a 9-game winning streak. In the last five games, Clements has outscored opponents, 69-5.
Ardrey Kell (Charlotte, NC) is No. 12 after suffering two straight losses to Providence.
No. 13 Cuthbertson (Waxhaw, NC) won the South Stanly Spring Classic, 5-1 over Mallard Creek. Peter Hendel threw a complete game against Mallard Creek, retiring the first eight batters of the game and allowing just three hits and one earned run.
Lawrence Free State, KS is No. 14. Leading the team are Colin Toalson (.579, 2 3B, 2 HR, 2-0, 1.80 ERA, 20 K, 0 BB) and Cody Kukuk (.400, 2 2B, 1 3B, 3-0, 36 K).
Madison Central, MS is No. 15 with a 19-1 record. Their only loss is against Northwest Rankin in a 5-3 setback. In the last six games, Madison Central has outscored opponents, 83-16.
No. 17 Broken Arrow, OK has a sparkling 22-1 record and a 15-game winning streak. Archie Bradley is 6-0 on the season. He has allowed just one earned run in 39 1/3 innings and struck out 67. He leads the team in home runs with five. A big showdown was scheduled between Owasso and Broken Arrow on April 15.
Sumrall, MS fell to No. 18, suffering its third loss this season. Despite a recent 5-0 loss to Oak Grove, Sumrall has blanked opponents four times in the last seven games. Austin Knight hit three homers in three at-bats. He had two home runs against South Jones and added a third homer in his next at-bat against Perry Central. Sumrall’s pitching staff features a team ERA of 1.26 Team.
No. 20 Christian Brothers College H.S. (St. Louis, MO) recently defeated Metro Catholic Conference rival Vianney, 9-1. RHP David Schmidt threw a complete game and allowed one run on five hits with seven strikeouts and two walks. Vianney entered the game averaging 12.5 runs per contest and hadn’t scored less than 7 all season.
Flanagan (Pembroke Pines, FL) is No. 21. 3B Andres Sanchez is chasing his school’s single season home run record of 17. He currently has 13 and is leading Broward County.
No. 22 Archbishop Moeller (7-1) set a school record for runs scored in a game. Against Carroll, Moeller scored 24 runs. Leading the offense is Alex Barlow (.409, 11 SB) and Kyle Robinett (.467, 3 HR).
No. 24 Archbishop McCarthy sealed their first-place seed for the district playoffs after defeating Pines Charter, 7-3. The Mavericks turned a rare triple play in the fourth inning of that game. Pine Charter’s Kevin Daly hit a line drive to third which was caught by McCarthy’s Jose Brizuela. He threw to 2B Alex Fernandez who relayed the throw to 1B Nick Travieso for the third out.
No. 25 Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, CA) has an 11-3-1 record. Mitty recently defeated Valley Christian, 9-2. Tyler Davis got the win after throwing five innings, allowing one earned run on seven hits. He struck out seven and walked none.
Fairhope, AL is No. 26. Their record was officially 24-3 but may be changed to 25-2 if their protest against a team using an illegal pitcher is accepted. Fairhope was scheduled to play Daphne for the Area title. Fairhope is No. 1 in Alabama 6A.
No. 28 Andrean (Merrillville, IN) started its season 2-0. The starting pitchers have only given up two runs.
Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV) dropped to No. 29 after suffering losses to nationally ranked Spanish Fork, UT and Sierra Vista, NV, ranked No. 1 in Nevada.
No. 30 Douglas (Parkland, FL) has posted a sparkling 16-1 record and are 13-1 in league action. They have defeated several top teams in Florida, including a 3-2 win over Flanagan.
Dropped from the poll are Gulliver Prep (Miami, FL) 19-4, Mesquite (Gilbert, AZ) 17-2-1, and Harrisburg, IL 8-2.