College Baseball Poll - Collegiate Baseball Newspaper
For Immediate Release: Monday (April 23, 2012)
OLYMPIA (FL) H.S. NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NATIONAL POLL
TUCSON, Ariz. — Olympia (Orlando, Fla.) moved into the No. 1 spot in Collegiate Baseball’s National High School poll after ending the regular season undefeated at 25-0.
The Titans registered four wins in the last two weeks with two against West Orange, 10-0 and 3-1, one against Oak Ridge, 11-1 and another against Winter Park, 4-3. Olympia is ranked No. 1 team in Florida’s 8A division going into the post-season. Jesse Winker was 3-for-3 with two doubles, a home run and 3 RBI in the Winter Park game.
No. 2 Calallen (Corpus Christi, TX), the top 4A team in Texas, defeated No. 9 Carroll (Corpus Christi, TX), the top 5A team, 7-1 in a recent matchup. Armando Arrevelo took a no-hitter into the seventh inning before giving up a base hit.
Jesuit (Tampa, FL) is No. 3 after finishing its regular season with a 23-1 record. Lance McCullers threw a three-hitter in an 11-1 victory over Clearwater Central Catholic. He struck out 11 and walked none.
No. 4 Columbus, Ga. won its 10th consecutive region championship and is 22-1 on the season. Top pitchers are Kyle Carter (7-1) and J.T. Phillips (5-0). Carter recently hit his 11th home run.
Providence (Charlotte, NC) is No. 5 with an 18-1 record. They are the No. 1 team in North Carolina’s 4A division.
Nova (Davie, Fla.) is No. 6 with a 20-1 record. The Titans finished the regular season with four wins over Cooper City, 9-2, West Branch, VA, 1-0, Plantation, 5-2, and Western, 5-2. District playoffs begin this week.
Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV) moved up to No. 7. The Gaels won the Bishop Gorman Easter Classic with one of their wins over Gloucester Catholic (NJ). Joey Gallo blasted four home runs in one game against Clark (NV) while Cody Roper hit 6 homers over the past two weeks. Gallo now has 10 home runs for the season.
No. 8 Mater Dei (Santa Ana, CA) sits on top of several California polls and has posted a 16-4 record. The Monarchs are 8-1 in the Trinity League with their only loss against Orange Lutheran. The two teams will meet again this week.
No. 9 Carroll is 23-3 and currently has a .375 team batting average and a 2.30 team ERA. Courtney Hawkins leads the hitters with a .472 BA, 7 HR, 3 3B, 4 2B and 31 RBI. On the mound, O’Shea Dumes is 6-1 with a 2.16 ERA, 57 strikeouts, 8 walks in 45 1/3 innings. In the last poll, we incorrectly reported that Carroll lost a game against East Central (TX). They actually won that game and of their three losses have only one against a Texas team, Calallen.
No. 10 Pelham (AL) dropped a regular season game against Hoover, 3-0, but have come on strong in the first round of the state playoffs. They beat Hillcrest Tuscaloosa, 2-1 and 16-2. In the first game Hunter Soleymani went eight innings, allowing four hits and striking out 12. Soleymani is currently 10-1 on the season with a 1.39 ERA and 90 strikeouts in 65 1/3 innings. Pelham’s offense is led by Ty Pierce (.380, 44 RS, 21 SB), Tanner Jackson (.403 BA), Soleymani (28 RBI) and freshman Hunter Stovall (.354 BA).
Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, CA) is No. 11 with a 16-3-1 record. Leading the offense is Joe Corrigan (.474, 5 2B, 3 HR, 16 RBI). Brandon Deere threw a complete game in a 6-1 win over Westlake High School.
No. 12 Orange Lutheran (Orange, CA) is 16-3 and 9-0 in the Trinity League after winning two games against Santa Margarita, 2-1 and 6-3. The Lancers will meet Mater Dei between two top California teams.
Spanish Fork, UT has a 15-3 record and is No.1 in Utah. The Dons went 2-2 in the National Classic Tournament with losses to IMG Academy (FL) 7-5 and Bishop Amat (CA), 11-8. Spanish Fork returned to Utah for two wins over Carbon. Kayden Porter tied the high school career home run record in Utah by hitting his 30th career homer.
No. 14 Oak Grove (Hattiesburg, MS) defeated Hancock (MS), 2-1 and 13-3 in the first round of the state playoffs.
No. 15 Owasso, OK has a 23-3 record. Top hitters include Josh Whisler (.438, 8 2B, 3 3B, 3 HR, 31 RBI) and Andrew Rosa (.411, 5 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 15 RBI, 14 SB). Cory Taylor is 6-0 with a 0.60 ERA and 43 strikeouts.
JW North (Riverside, CA) is No. 16 with an 18-3 record. North recorded five wins in the last two weeks over Santiago (Corona, CA) 10-1, ML King (Riverside, CA) 2-1, San Juan Hills (San Juan Capistrano, CA) 3-1, Norco, CA 7-4, and Corona, CA 11-10.
St. Francis (Mountain View, CA) won three West Catholic Athletic League games last week to post a 21-1-1 overall record. The Lancers defeated Archbishop Riordan 11-0, Archbishop Mitty 5-4, and Sacred Heart Cathedral 10-0.
No. 18 Northwest Rankin (Brandon, MS) posted a 25-2 record and five straight wins the last two weeks. The team has a .360 batting average and a 1.38 team ERA. Jordan Stark (.486 BA), Daniel Sweet (.400 BA), Alex Shermer (.400 BA) and Rei Humphreys (.394, 6 HR, 31 RBI) lead the offense. Wesley Wilkinson is the top pitcher with a 6-0 record, 0.72 ERA, 58 strikeouts in 38 innings. Rankin’s Coach Jeff McClaskey won his 600th game earlier this season. He is 612-159 overall in 23 years.
No. 19 Maize, KS has a 9-1 record. After losing to Hutchinson 5-4 recently, Maize came back to win five straight games over the last two weeks.
Mount Carmel (Chicago, IL) moves into the poll at No. 20 with a perfect 21-0 record. In a recent 7-4 win over Brother Rice, T.J. Laurisch threw a complete game allowing four runs on six hits and striking out six.
Seven Lakes (Katy, TX) also moves into the poll at No. 21. One of the top teams in Texas, they are 24-3-1 and 11-1 in league play.
Lakewood, CA also moves back into the poll at No. 22. They are 20-3 and ranked among the top teams in southern California.
No. 23 Broken Arrow, OK is 27-3 and is one of the top teams in Oklahoma. In the last two weeks, they posted five wins including a 4-2 win over Fayetteville, AR, a 4-0 win over Bartlesville and 2-0 over Tulsa Memorial.
No. 24 Bryant, AR is still the top team in Arkansas with a 19-4 record. Tyler Nelson threw eight innings for a 3-1 win over Little Rock Catholic. He allowed one unearned run, one walk and struck out 10.
No. 25 Melbourne, FL is 24-3 with a recent 7-5 loss to Okeechobee, FL. Over the past two weeks, they posted two shutouts against Astronaut (Titusville, FL) 6-0 and Sebastian River, FL 4-0.
No. 26 Parkview (Lilburn, GA) is 18-4 with a 12-1 regional record. The Panthers have posted recent wins against Archer 10-7, Central Gwinnett, 7-0 and Shiloh 9-5.
Columbus (Miami, FL) is No. 27 with a 21-4 record. Columbus recently defeated Hialeah, 5-0 in eight innings in the GMAC Championship game. The Explorers had six base hits in a row with two outs in the top of the eighth to win the game.
Hampered by key injuries, No. 28 James River (Midlothian, VA) suffered three losses at the National Classic tournament. Their only win was against Chaminade, CA 8-2. However, they returned to Virginia to defeat top ranked regional foe Cosby, 5-4.
Despite several key wins, Poly Prep Country Day (Brooklyn, NY) dropped to No. 29 with a 7-3 record. The biggest win was over George Washington, NY 5-2.
Rockford, MI dropped to No. 30 and has a 10-2 record.
Falling out of the poll is Bingham, UT 12-3, Huntington Beach, CA 13-4, St. John Vianney, MO 14-4, and Gloucester Catholic, NJ 10-2.