College Baseball Poll -
Collegiate Baseball Newspaper
For Immediate Release: Monday (April 25, 2011)
BISHOP AMAT (CALIF.) H.S. NO. 1 IN EASTON SPORTS NATIONAL POLL
TUCSON, Ariz. — After capturing the National Classic in Southern California over a powerful field and taking over the top position in the Los Angeles area, Bishop Amat (La Puente, CA) has moved into the No. 1 spot in the latest Easton National High School poll.
Bishop Amat soundly defeated Esperanza (CA) HS, 12-1 for the National Classic title and captured its 20th consecutive win of the season. Along the way, the Lancers beat the previous No. 1 team in the country, St. Francis, which went 1-3 in the tournament. Wallace Gonzalez was named the tournament MVP.
Owasso, OK is No. 2 with a 26-1 record. Hitting continues to be the team’s strong point with 8 starters batting .379 or better. Justin Steelmon leads the Rams with a .588 batting average, 7 doubles, 6 home runs and 41 RBI. Pitcher Dylan Bundy is 8-0 with a 0.29 ERA and 111 strikeouts.
No. 3 Sierra Vista (Las Vegas, NV) has a sparkling 26-0 record. As a team the Lions are hitting .422 and the pitching staff has a 1.67 ERA. Leading the offense are Jake Hager (.598, 19 2B, 3 3B, 9 HR, 46 RBI) and Scotty Tomassetti (.444, 15 2B, 12 HR, 55 RBI). Alex Estrella (7-0, 1.03 ERA, 40 K, 9 BB, 34 IP) and Blair Goldsack (6-0, 1.98 ERA, 48 K, 12 BB, 46 IP) head the pitching staff.
Spanish Fork, UT is No. 4 with a 15-2 record. Kayden Porter threw a five-inning no hitter over Maple Mountain to win 10-0 while Hayden Nielsen threw a five inning perfect game in an 11-0 win against Payson.
No. 5 Fort Bend Clements (Sugarland, TX) has a 27-2 record and continues at No.1 in Texas 5A.
No. 6 Edison (Huntington Beach, CA) fell in the poll after losing their second game of the season to Poway in the San Diego Lions tournament. They had close games against Green Valley (Henderson, NV) 5-4 and Point Loma (San Diego), 3-2 later in the tournament.
Catholic (Baton Rouge, LA) continues its stronghold on the No. 1 spot in its division in Louisiana. They are ranked No. 7.
No. 8 Madison Central, MS recently defeated Sumrall, 8-7. They have a 26-1 record on the season. As a team they are hitting .379 and the pitching staff has a 1.72 ERA. Leading the offense is Spencer Turnbull (.444, 10 2B, 7 HR, 28 RBI), Brock Hunt (.424, 15 2B, 3 3B, 4 HR, 23 RBI) and Josh Laxer (.451, 13 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 29 RBI).
No. 9 Sharyland (Mission, TX), 27-1, continues to trounce its opponents. In the last six games, Sharyland has scored 79 runs to its opponents 11 on the way to posting a .428 team batting average.
Flanagan (Pembroke Pines, FL) is No. 10 and is ranked No.1 in Florida’s 6A. LHP Mike Emigh improved to 6-0 on the season. Junior 3B Andres Sanchez continues his pursuit of the school’s single season home run record. He hit No. 14 recently.
Ardrey Kell (Charlotte, NC) is No. 11 and ranked first in North Carolina’s 4A. Kell recently defeated Charlotte Christian, 12-5.
No. 12 Broken Arrow, OK has posted a 25-2 record. Senior SS Tyler McKinzie hit two home runs in a game against Enid, including a grand slam, while Jacob Evans belted a three-run homer in the 20-1 win. Broken Arrow had 20 hits in the game.
No. 13 Maize, KS has moved into the No. 1 spot in Kansas’ 6A. The team is hitting .476, and the pitching staff has a 0.58 ERA. In the last six games, Maize has outscored opponents 71-4.
Bryant, AR is No. 14. Although suffering four losses on the season, Bryant is No. 1 in state polls. They recently split two games with Conway HS, winning the first game, 13-9 and losing the second, 11-9. Junior Jordan Taylor threw a six-inning victory over Van Buren, 12-2. He is now 6-1 on the season.
No. 15 Parkway South (Manchester, MO) has posted a 15-0-1 record for the season and is ranked No.1 in Missouri large schools. They have won several games over the season with come-from-behind victories to capture the top spot.
Lawrence Free State, KS is No. 16. Cody Kukuk struck out 13 and walked two in a no-hitter against Shawnee Mission East. He improved to 6-0 with 62 strikeouts in 28 2/3 innings. Colin Toalson is 3-0 with 2 saves, 1.26 ERA, 37 strikeouts and no walks in 21 2/3 innings.
St. Francis (Mountain View, CA) fell to No. 17. In the National Classic, they won their first game against Notre Dame Prep, AZ, 13-3, but lost the next three.
No .18 Grand Street Campus (Brooklyn, NY) has a 7-0 record after winning the Monroe Tournament by beating Bryant, 11-1 in the title game.
No. 19 Archbishop McCarthy (Southwest Ranches, FL) set a new school record for regular season wins with 22 after blanking Somerset Academy, 13-0.
Pace, FL is No. 20 and recently lost its fourth game of the season to Pensacola Catholic, 4-3. Addison Russell is hitting .557 with 9 home runs and 30 RBI. As a team, Pace has recorded 24 home runs on the season.
No. 22 Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati, OH) has a 12-3 record as the top team in Ohio. Junior LHP John Tanner picked up two wins recently, throwing 10 1/3 innings against Chaminade and East Chapel Hill striking out 14.
Walsh Jesuit (Cuyahoga Falls, OH) has 10 straight wins to start the season at No. 24. LHP Tim Faix pitched a complete game shutout to edge Burton Berkshire, 1-0. He struck out eight.
No. 26 Bishop Hendricken, RI has improved to 6-1. Bobby Indeglia recorded two wins recently, including a no-hitter with 11 strikeouts. He improved to 3-0 with two shutouts.
No. 28 Mesquite (Gilbert, AZ) has posted a 22-3 record and continues as one of the top teams in Arizona. Zach Davies is 8-0 with a 1.88 ERA, 40 strikeouts, 6 walks in 41 innings.
Dropped from the poll are Farragut, TN 23-5; Christian Brothers College, MO, 12-3; Buckingham, Browne & Nichols, MA, 5-2; Fairhope, AL 29-6; Andrean, IN 6-2; and Bishop Gorman, NV, 20-4.