College Baseball Poll - Collegiate Baseball Newspaper
For Immediate Release: Monday (April 9, 2012)
CALALLEN (TX) H.S. NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NATIONAL POLL
TUCSON, Ariz. — Calallan High School (Corpus Christi, TX) is No. 1 in the latest Collegiate Baseball National High School Poll with a glistening 24-0 record.
The Wildcats have a team batting average of .361 and team ERA of 1.85. Leading the offense is Wyatt Mathisen (.460, 9 2B, 1 3B 1 HR, 26 RBI), Preston Dorsey (.406, 7 2B, 2 3B, 19 RBI), Jimmy Roche (.379, 5 2B, 3 HR, 27 RBI) and Tyler Neslony (.429, 8 2B, 6 HR, 15 RBI). On the mound, Mathisen is 6-0 with 7 saves, 1.00 ERA, 64 strikeouts in 42 innings.
With head-to-head competition between several nationally ranked teams at the recent National High School Invitational, a shakeup in the poll took place this week. Previously No. 1 Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV) lost twice in the tournament and slipped to 12th. Mater Dei (Santa Ana, CA) won the tournament with a perfect 4-0 record.
No. 2 Olympia (Orlando, FL) is undefeated with 19 straight wins. The Titans recently won the Central Florida Spring Break Slam with wins over Satellite Beach, 3-2, Orangewood, 15-11, IMG Academy, 12-3 and Rockledge, 9-1. Jesse Winker was named tournament MVP. Pitchers Walker Weickel and Michael Hennessey both have 8-0 records.
Pelham, AL moved up to No. 3 with a 29-1 record. A deep pitching staff has been the strength this season with junior Thomas Lowery (6-0, 2 SV, 0.53 ERA, 6 CG, 4 SO, 66 K, 52.6 IP), Hunter Soleymani (7-1, 0.89 ERA, 61 K), Parker Curry (8-0, 1.09 ERA, 55 K) and freshman Sam Finnerty (4-0, 0.00 ERA, 3 SO, 27 K, 26 IP).
Jesuit (Tampa, FL) is No. 4 with a 17-1 record. Six of the last 8 games were shutouts for the Tigers.
No. 5 Spanish Fork, UT is 11-1 record. The Dons only loss has been against Bingham, 4-0. A huge test awaits them when they compete in the Hard 9 National Classic.
Columbus, GA is No. 6 with a 16-1 record. At the NHSI, Columbus lost only one game to Orange Lutheran, CA 1-0 while beating Lee County, NC, 8-3 and Gulliver Prep, FL, 4-1. They remain No. 1 in the 3A Georgia division.
No. 7 Providence (Charlotte, NC) continues on a roll with a 15-1 record for the season, including recent wins over East Mecklenburg, 1-0, Ardrey Kell, 4-1 and Charlotte Christian, 5-4.
Even with a key player lost due to injury, No. 8 Nova (Davie, FL) continues to roll with two of its last four games shutouts — 7-0 over Lake Norman, NC and 5-0 over Dunwoody, GA.
Oak Grove (Hattiesburg, MS) moves to No. 9 with a 21-1 record. They suffered only one loss to Petal, 8-5, but came back a couple days later to beat them 4-2. Sophomore LHP Kirk McCarty is 6-0 on the season.
Mater Dei (Santa Ana, CA) is No. 10 after winning the NHSI championship. The Monarchs defeated Bishop Gorman, NV, 10-3, Carroll, TX, 12-0, Sarasota, FL, 5-1 and Harvard-Westlake, CA 3-2 to capture the title. They are 12-4 on the season and No. 1 in the Los Angeles area.
No. 11 Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, CA) came in second place during the NHSI tournament. They defeated Russell County, AL, 6-2, Parkview, GA, 10-3 and American Heritage, FL 1-0 to qualify for the championship game. Their record is 12-3-1 and they are No. 2 among Los Angeles area schools.
Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV) fell to No. 12 after losing two of the three games in the NHSI tournament. The Gaels only win was over Carroll, TX, 8-4. However, they are still on track to go after their seventh straight Nevada state championship.
No. 13 Owasso, OK has an 18-2 record after splitting two games with rival Broken Arrow, 3-1 and 1-2. Cory Taylor leads the pitching staff with a 5-0 record, 0.70 ERA and 37 strikeouts. Josh Whisler leads the offense with a .422 batting average, 7 doubles, 3 triples, 3 homeruns and 27 RBI.
Three recent losses have moved J.W. North (Riverside, CA) down to No. 14. They are now 14-3 on the season.
No. 15 Carroll (Corpus Christi, TX) went into the NHSI tournament with an undefeated record. However, they only managed to win one game over Gulliver Prep, FL, 1-0 and then came home and lost a 16-7 game to East Central.
Bingham (South Jordan, UT) moves to No. 16 after winning the recent USA Classic in Tennessee. The Miners (9-1) went through the tournament with four wins including a victory over previously undefeated Christian Brothers (Memphis, TN) 4-2 and defeated Memphis University School, 6-4 for the tournament title.
James River (Midlothian, VA) is No. 17 and undefeated in its first seven games of the season. Nathan Kirby threw a no-hitter in a 10-0 victory over Monacan.
No. 18 Poly Prep Country Day (Brooklyn, NY) started its season 2-0. Phil Maldari threw 65 pitches over six innings in the 1-0 win over Farrell in the season opener. Andrew Zapata allowed one hit, no earned runs and struck out 11 in the 5-1 victory over Riverdale Country Day. Coming up on the schedule is a meeting with powerhouse George Washington, NY.
No. 19 Maize, KS started its season with two wins over Blue Valley Stilwell, 5-1 and Goddard Eisenhower, 12-2.
No. 20 St. Francis (Mountain View, CA) currently has a 16-0-1 record with recent wins over Bellarmine, 14-1 and Valley Christian, 1-0.
No. 22 Orange Lutheran (Orange, CA) moves back into the poll with a 12-3 record after winning two of three games in the NHSI tournament and posting a 5-0 record in the Trinity League. Orange Lutheran defeated Columbus, GA, 1-0, lost to Sarasota, 5-3 and beat Brookwood, GA, 7-4. Art Vidrio threw six shutout innings in the game against Columbus, and sophomore Garett King threw a complete game, giving up only one earned run to Brookwood.
No. 23 Huntington Beach, CA has a 12-2 record. Christian Abe had a string of 23 scoreless inning pitched snapped in a loss to Marina, 5-4.
Bryant, AR is No. 24, going 4-1 over the last two weeks and posting a 15-3 overall record. The Hornets lost recently to Russellville, 2-1.
No. 25 Melbourne, FL had a recent string of five games where they allowed opponents two runs each contest. They are 19-2 on the season.
Northwest Rankin (Brandon, MS) is No. 26 with a 19-2 record. The pitching staff has a 1.39 team ERA with 175 strikeouts and only 34 walks. Leading the staff are Wesley Wilkinson (4-0, 0.24 ERA, 49 K) and Roger Murphy (5-0, 0.67 ERA, 26 K).
No. 27 Rockford, MI opened its season on a spring break trip to Indiana. They went 2-1, beating Bedford North Lawrence, 14-3 and Edgewood, 8-1 while losing to Lawrence Central, 0-1.
No. 28 St. John Vianney (St. Louis, MO) is 10-1 on the season. The Griffins recently won the Midwest Classic with a 7-6 win over Lee’s Summit West.
No. 29 Gloucester Catholic (Gloucester City, NJ) moves into the poll with three straight wins. So far they have outscored their opponents 41-1 in three games.
Parkview (Lilburn, GA) moves back into the poll at No. 30 with a 13-3 record. They won two of three games at the NHSI tournament, beating George Washington, NY 11-3 and Russell County, 7-5 while losing to Harvard-Westlake, 10-3.
Falling out of the poll are George Washington, NY, Farragut, TN (17-5), Parkway South, MO (7-3), Butler, OH (4-5), Don Bosco Prep, NJ (1-2), Lakewood, CA (19-4) and Hamilton, AZ (14-6).