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For Immediate Release: Monday (May 9, 2011)
OWASSO (OKLA.) H.S. NO. 1 IN EASTON SPORTS NATIONAL POLL
TUCSON, Ariz. — With 30 straight wins, Owasso High School (Okla.) is ranked No. 1 in the latest Easton National High School Poll.
The Rams (34-1) sailed through the regional tournament with three straight wins over Bartlesville, 10-5, Tulsa Union, 9-3 and Enid, 7-0, giving its three top pitchers Phillip Wilson, Cory Taylor and Dylan Bundy wins. Bundy improved to 10-0 with a microscopic 0.22 ERA, 147 strikeouts, 5 walks in 64 innings. He also is hitting .495 with nine home runs.
1B Justin Steelmon hit his fourth grand slam of the season during the regional and is hitting .538 while P/DH Taylor improved his batting average to .559. As a team, Owasso has a 1.36 ERA and a .419 batting average.
No. 2 Edison (Huntington Beach, CA) continues Sunset League play with two wins over Los Alamitos, 7-5 and 1-0. Pre-Season All-America Pitcher Henry Owens has improved his record to 10-0.
Spanish Fork, UT, is No. 3 with a 20-2 record. The Dons have only given up two runs in league play and outscored league opponents 70-2 for the No. 1 ranking in Utah’s 4A division.
No. 4 Madison Central (Madison, MS) won its first two rounds of the state playoffs with wins over Warren Central, 15-3 and 14-1, and South Panola, 11-1 and 11-1. They advanced to the semi-finals.
Fort Bend Clements (Sugarland, TX) is No. 5. They lost their first bi-district playoff game to Alvin 6-4 but came back to win the series by scores of 9-7 and 14-3.
No. 6 Catholic (Baton Rouge, LA) defeated Central Lafourche, 12-2 in the first round of state playoffs. Top pitchers for Catholic are all undefeated — Alex Massey (8-0, 2 SV, 1.53 ERA, 57K), Aaron Nola (6-0, 0.57 ERA, 43 K) and Jacob Knox (4-0, 1.25 ERA, 31 K). The team has also stolen 74 bases this season.
No. 7 Sierra Vista (Las Vegas, NV) tied with Bishop Gorman for the Southwest District title. The Mountain Lions recently dropped two games to Gorman, 6-3 and Green Valley, 2-1. Jake Hager was named Southern Nevada Player of the Year. He posted a .571 batting average with 22 doubles, 9 home runs, 3 triples, 49 RBI, 3-1 pitching record, 0.76 ERA, 30 strikeouts, 2 walks in 27 2/3 innings.
Flanagan (Pembroke Pines, FL) is No. 8 after advancing to the regional semifinals in Florida’s 6A. The Falcons beat South Plantation, 17-0 in the regional quarterfinals. LHP Mike Melendez threw a no-hitter against West Broward for the district championship. He allowed three walks and struck out four in the 11-0 victory. He also led the offense in the game hitting a three-run homer in the bottom of the first inning.
Maize, KS, at No. 9, has sailed through its competition in the past two weeks, outscoring opponents 94-18. They are undefeated this season at 17-0.
No. 10 Broken Arrow, OK, won its regional final against Claremore, 9-3 and advances to the state tournament. Mason Hope struck out 10 in six innings for the victory. Junior Zack Mills leads the offense with .434 batting average, 11 doubles, three triples and three home runs.
No. 11 Grand Street Campus (Brooklyn, NY) is undefeated with 11 wins. The team boasts a potent lineup lead by CF Williams Jerez, SS Jose Cuas, 2B Basael McDonald and C Ernesto Lopez. As a team, they have amassed 152 runs in 11 contests — 13.8 runs per game.
Archbishop McCarthy (Southwest Ranches, FL) is No. 12. The Mavericks continue to advance through the playoffs, winning the regional semi-final against Key West, 12-1. Alex Fernandez hit a home run in the win.
At No. 13, Pace, FL also has advanced through the second round of playoffs, defeating Crestview, 6-3. The team has hit .357 so far this season lead by Addison Russell who has a .528 batting average, 10 home runs and 36 RBI.
No. 14 Bryant, AR, won its third consecutive 7A Central title and heads into the state tournament as the No.1 seed. Leading the offense is Jordan Taylor (.432, 11 2B, 23 RBI), Landon Pickett (.402, 9 2B, 3 HR, 25 RBI) and Tyler Brown (.400, 4 2B, 18 RBI).
The Woodlands, TX, is No. 15. They recently posted wins over non-conference Tomball, 8-0 and 10-1.
No. 16 Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, CA) has won 16 of its last 17 games, finishing the season co-champions of the West Catholic Athletic League.
No. 17 Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, NJ) is undefeated with 16 wins. In the last five games, they have mercy ruled opponents.
Sharyland (Mission, TX) dropped to No. 19 after being stunned by Laredo United, 3-2, in a single elimination first round playoff game.
Providence (Charlotte, NC) moves in at No. 20. They won the conference title with a 5-4 win over Ardrey Kell.
No. 22 Cuthbertson (Waxhaw, NC) won its conference title with wins over Piedmont, 4-3 and West Stanly, 5-4.
No. 23 Brenham, TX won its first round bi-district game against Huntsville, 7-2. After suffering four early losses, the team has posted 21 straight wins. The team’s offense has been lead by Colten Walla (.421, 3 HR, 11 2B, 45 RBI), Drake Roberts (.363, 5 HR, 10 2B, 31 RBI, 25 SB) and Chance Bolcerek (.396, 3 HR, 8 2B, 34 RBI, 10 SB).
Mesquite (Gilbert, AZ) is No. 24. The Wildcats lost to Brophy, 5-3 in their second state playoff game, but came back with two strong wins. They will face Brophy again in the next playoff round.
No. 25 St. Louis University HS (St. Louis, MO) is undefeated with 16 wins. The team recently moved to the No. 1 spot for large schools in Missouri. Leading the pitching staff is LHP Sasha Kuebel (4-0), RHP Mitch Klug (5-0) and RHP Brian Howard (5-0). The team is averaging 8.4 runs per game and allowing 2.1.
Wayne County (Jessup, GA) is ranked No. 26 and has won 26 straight including the first round of Georgia’s 4A playoffs.
No. 27 Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati, OH) has won nine games in a row. Senior Jake Madsen recently picked up wins over LaSalle and Butler, throwing 11 innings and striking out 11.
Sumrall, MS is No. 28. They have advanced through two rounds of the state playoffs, defeating Clarkdale, 17-0 and 9-0 and Forest, 6-1 and 11-4.
No. 30 Bishop Hendricken (Warwick, RI) is in a three-way tie for the top team in their division.
Dropped from the poll are Parkway South, MO (19-3-1), Lawrence Free State, KS (13-5), Chatsworth, CA (18-5), Stoneman Douglas, FL (17-5) and Walsh Jesuit, OH (15-2).