College Baseball Poll - Collegiate Baseball Newspaper
For Immediate Release: Monday (March 26, 2012)
BISHOP GORMAN (NEV.) H.S. NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NATIONAL POLL
TUCSON, Ariz. — Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV) remains No. 1 in the latest Collegiate Baseball National High School Poll with a perfect 8-0 record.
The Gaels opened the season hosting the Desert Classic with wins against Juan Diego Catholic, 14-2, Taylorsville, 8-1 and Jordan, 11-1, all from Utah. Top hitters for Gorman are Justin Jones and Joey Gallo, who are both hitting over .500.
No. 2 J.W. North (Riverside, CA) is undefeated at 10-0 and remains the top ranked team in the Los Angeles area. Gabriel Clark and Gabrial Franca lead the offense while Jack Johnson (3-0) and Rai Garcia (4-0) are the top pitchers.
Carroll (Corpus Christi, TX) is No. 3 with a 15-0 record. The Tigers hit 17 home runs in their first 14 games. The team is hitting .401 with Courtney Hawkins (.469, 6 HR, 23 RBI), O’Shea Dumes (.395, 4 HR, 5 2B, 26 RBI) and Josh Cruz (.458, 5 2B, 2 HR, 23 RBI) leading the way. Top pitchers are Dumes (4-0, 1.82 ERA, 42 K, 6 BB) and Chris Cano (4-0, 1.31 ERA, 20 K, 3 BB).
Calallen (Corpus Christi, TX) moves up to No. 4 with a 20-0 record. RHP Wyatt Mathisen threw a one-hitter against Moody for a 3-0 win. While Mathisen struck out 11 in the contest, Moody's LHP Kenneth Saenz struck out 13 Calallen batters. The Wildcats were able to score 3 runs on the 4 hits allowed.
No. 5 Spanish Fork, UT has a sparkling 8-0 record. Brady Corless threw a no-hitter against North Sanpete, striking out 17 in the 6-0 contest. The Dons pitchers have only given up 7 runs (4 earned), 15 hits and struck out 81 in 7 games.
No. 6 Columbus, GA is 10-0. Kyle Carter (4-0, 2 SV, 1.17 ERA) and J.T. Phillips (3-0, 2 SV, 0.54 ERA) are leading the pitching staff. Top hitters are Carter (.387, 6 HR, 13 RBI), Phillips (.400, 2 HR, 8 RBI) and Spencer Draws (.414, 1 HR, 8 RBI).
Jesuit (Tampa, FL) is No. 7. The Tigers suffered a 3-0 loss to Gulliver Prep, but otherwise have rolled the table with a 12-1 record. Of their 12 wins, eight are shutouts as they have outscored opponents 109-11.
No. 8 Pelham, AL has dominated with a 23-1 record. Leading the offense is Ty Pierce (.379, 5 2B, 4 3B, 15 SB). The pitching staff includes junior Thomas Lowery (6-0, 1 SV, 4 shutouts, 0.51 ERA, 46 K), Hunter Soleymani (4-1, 0.90 ERA, 43 K, 31 IP), and Parker Curry (6-0, 1.32 ERA, 42 K, 37 IP).
George Washington (New York, NY) is No. 9 with 9 wins and one 3-3 tie with Grand Street Campus.
No. 10 Farragut (Knoxville, TN) is undefeated at 10-0. Four of the wins were shutouts.
Northwest Rankin (Brandon, MS) moved up to No. 11 with a 15-1 record. The Cougar pitching staff has posted a 0.75 team ERA lead by Wesley Wilkinson (4-0, 1 SV, 0.32 ERA, 35 K), Roger Murphy (3-0, 1 SV, 0.00 ERA, 21K), Reid Humphreys (3-1, 1.84 ERA, 26 K) and Gary Foster (2-0, 2 SV, 1.35 ERA, 26 K). Top hitters include Humphreys (.422, 4 HR, 5 2B, 22 RBI), Jordan Stark (.526, 4 2B, 2 3B, 11 RBI) and Alex Shermer (.526, 3 2B, 11 RBI).
No. 12 Parkway South (Manchester, MO) started 2-0 with wins over Westminster Christian, 9-5 and Parkway Central, 6-3.
No. 13 Providence (Charlotte, NC) is 11-1, suffering only a one-run loss to Weddington.
Owasso, OK is No. 14 at 13-1 with its lone loss taking place during a trip to Florida. Senior RHP Cory Taylor leads the pitching staff with a 4-0 record, 0.91 ERA, 31 strikeouts in 23 innings. Catcher Josh Whisler leads the team in hitting with a .409 batting average and 14 RBI.
No. 15 Columbus (Miami, FL) has a 13-2 record while the pitching staff has a 1.14 ERA.
Olympia, FL moves into the poll at No. 16 with 16 straight wins and top billing in Florida’s 8A division.
No. 17 James River (Midlothian, VA) started its season with 3 straight wins over Glen Allen, 12-0, L.C. Bird, 15-0 and Midlothian, 9-5. Kit Scheetz has two wins and has allowed five hits, no earned runs, and struck out 15 batters over 10 innings. Nathan Kirby had one start with no earned runs and 11 strikeouts in five innings.
Lakewood, CA moved into the No. 18 spot with a 12-1 record. They moved up to No. 3 in the Los Angeles area.
No. 19 Nova (Davie, FL) has a 12-1 record; however, the Titans recently lost their No.1 pitcher Troy Massaro to a season-ending injury.
No. 21 Butler (Vandalia, OH) split its opening games with a 3-6 loss to Elder and 6-4 victory against Hilliard-Davidson.
Huntington Beach, CA is No. 23 with a 9-1 record. Brett Urabe hit a grand slam in the bottom of the seventh to beat Fountain Valley, 5-4 in the league opener.
No. 24 Bryant, AR dropped two games to Little Rock Central, 4-8 and American Heritage, FL 2-4 recently. But, they’ve bounced back with three straight wins in the Florida High School Invitational to post an 11-2 record.
No 25 Melbourne, FL has a 16-1 record and is one of the top teams in Florida’s 6A division. Their only loss this season has been to Viera, 10-5.
St. Francis (Mountain View, CA) is No. 26 with a 12-0-1 record. Recent wins were against Archbishop Mitty, 15-4 and Serra, 7-2. The tie was against St. Ignatius, 4-4.
No. 28 Oak Grove (Hattiesburg, MS) has a 15-0 record on the season with six shutouts. The Warriors have outscored opponents, 153-18.
Hamilton (Chandler, AZ) remains No. 30 team with a 13-3 record. The Huskies won the Horizon Big League Dugout Invitational after beating Mountain Pointe, 8-6. Going into this game, Hamilton and Mountain Pointe had split two games in earlier competition. At the tournament, Hamilton’s Cody Bellinger was named the tournament MVP and Cody Lawson was the Most Outstanding Pitcher while Mitch Nay was named Top Offensive Performer.
Teams that slipped out of the poll this week include St. Rita (Chicago, IL), Arlington, TN, Parkview, GA, Bishop Alemany, CA, and Clovis West, CA.