College Baseball Poll - Collegiate Baseball Newspaper
For Immediate Release: Monday (May 21, 2012)
BISHOP GORMAN (NV) H.S. NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NATIONAL POLL
TUCSON, Ariz. — Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV) captured its seventh consecutive state title and is back on top as the No. 1 team in Collegiate Baseball’s National High School poll.
The Gaels (39-3) were ranked No.1 in the pre-season, but fell out of the top spot after losing a couple of games in the early season during a national invitational tournament in North Carolina. Bishop Gorman bounced back during the remainder of the season to win 32 of its final 33 games, losing only one game to Arbor View, 9-8.
The seven consecutive Nevada state titles by Gorman is the best in state history and fourth best streak in the history of USA high school baseball for most consecutive state championships, according to the High School Sports Record Book compiled by the National Federation of State High School Associations.
Washington Woodrow Wilson H.S. (D.C.) won 18 consecutive state championships from 1993-2011 to rank first. Two teams are tied for second with eight straight state titles in Tucson H.S., AZ (1939-46) and Bamberg-Ehrhardt, SC (1974-81).
In wrapping up its seventh state championship, Gorman defeated Coronado (Henderson, NV), 11-1. Cody Roper went the distance to get the win. Michael Blasko went 3-for-3 with a double and 2 RBI and Tyler Baker went 1-for-2 with a run. Jerrell Latham hit a double and had 3 RBI.
No. 2 Calallen (Corpus Christi, TX) swept Ray (Corpus Christi), 4-1 and 6-0 to advance to the region semi-finals. Wyatt Mathisen threw a complete-game shutout in the 6-0 victory over Ray. He allowed only four hits, all in the first three innings, and walked none. Mathisen retired the last eight batters, facing only the minimum in the final four innings
No. 3 Orange Lutheran (Orange, CA) won the Trinity League for the second time in three years. They beat St. John Bosco, 5-1 and 8-1, and Junipero Serra, 1-0 and 4-3 in their last four games. The first round of CIF divisional games starts this week.
No. 4 Carroll (Corpus Christi, TX) lost its first game against San Antonio Johnson, 3-2, but came back to win the next two games 3-1 and 1-0 in a best two-of-three series. They advance to the region semi-finals. They are 28-4 on the season.
No. 5 Columbus, GA advanced to the semi-finals in Georgia’s 3A division with a 29-3 record. Over the last two weeks, they swept Harlem, 4-0 and 6-2 and Cartersville, 14-4 and 3-1. In the 4-0 win against Harlem, Kyle Carter threw a one-hitter and struck out 18. Against Carterville, J.T. Phillips was 3-for-6 with 7 RBI and two home runs on the day.
Mater Dei (Santa Ana, CA) is No. 6 with a 22-5 record. In the first round of CIF playoffs, Mater Dei defeated Rio Mesa, 3-1. Ty Moore struck out 14 batters in the victory.
Maize, KS moved up to No. 7 and continues to be the No. 1 team in Kansas with a 21-1 record.
No. 8 Oak Grove (Hattiesburg, MS) won the Mississippi 6A state championship after sweeping Madison Central, 4-0 and 5-1. In the final two rounds of the playoffs, Oak Grove won four straight games, allowing only two runs and did not commit an error.
New to the poll is Spruce Creek (Port Orange, FL) at No. 9. Spruce Creek became the Florida 8A state champs after defeating Christopher Columbus, 7-1. En route to the title, Spruce Creek beat previous national No. 1 team Olympia, 8-1, giving them their first loss of the season, and powerhouse Timber Creek, 8-0 in the semi-finals.
No. 10 Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, CA) advances in the CIF playoffs with a 24-4-1 record and ranked among the top five teams in the Los Angeles area.
No. 11 Martin (Arlington, TX) defeated Coronado (Lubbock, TX), 9-3 and 5-1 to advance in the state playoffs.
Archbishop McCarthy (Fort Lauderdale, FL) moves into the poll at No. 12 after capturing its third consecutive state title by beating Pace, FL, 4-3. According to Archbishop McCarthy’s website, three straight titles is a record in Florida high school baseball history. They also are the first team to jump in school classification (from 4A to 6A) and win consecutive state titles in baseball. The Mavericks finished with a 27-4-1 record.
No. 13 J.W. North (Riverside, CA) won their first round of CIF playoffs with an 11-2 victory over Huntington Beach Edison. North ended its regular season with a win over Norco, 5-4. They are 25-5.
Carl Albert (Oklahoma City, OK) moves in at No. 14 after beating Claremore, 6-2 and winning the Oklahoma 5A state title. It was their third title in the last six years. In the title game, Gavin LaValley and Alex Polston each drove in two runs while Taylor Hawkins went 2-for-3 with a home run and two runs scored.
Ashley Ridge (Summerville, SC) is No. 15 after winning the South Carolina 4A state championship. They lost the first game against Byrnes, 2-0 and came back to win 6-5 and 4-3 to win the series.
No. 16 St. Francis (Mountain View, CA) advanced to the Central Section Division I semi-finals with a 10-2 victory over Carlmont and 2-0 win over Serra.
No. 17 Olympia (Orlando, FL) dropped from the No. 1 spot after losing to Spruce Creek in the Regional Finals, 8-1. It was the team’s only loss as they finished 29-1.
No. 18 Jesuit (Tampa, FL) dropped after losing in the semi-finals of the state playoffs. They lost to eventual champs American Heritage, 3-0 in eight innings and finished 28-2.
No. 19 Providence (Charlotte, NC) captured its conference tournament and were the regular season champions, but lost in the first round of playoffs to Mt. Tabor. They finished the season 25-3.
No. 20 Bryant, AR captured the Arkansas 7A state title — the second in three years — after defeating Rogers Heritage, 4-2. Nate Rutherford was named MVP of the state tournament after throwing a 9-0 shutout in the semi-finals against Bentonville and posting a save in the championship game. In the shutout, he went seven innings with five strikeouts and no walks. He finished the season with a 0.95 ERA.
No. 21 Parkview (Lilburn, GA) beat Hillgrove, 4-1 and 8-5 after losing the first game 6-3 to advance to the semifinals in Georgia’s 5A state playoffs. They opened the semifinals with a 5-4 victory over Mill Creek.
No. 22 Nova (Davie, FL) lost to Atlantic, 4-2 in the regional final to end its season with a 25-2 record.
No. 23 Poly Prep Country Day (Brooklyn, NY) advanced to the NYSAISAA championships for the sixth straight year. They moved into the finals after getting past Horace Mann, 2-1.
Barbe (Lake Charles, LA) is No. 24 after winning the Louisiana 5A state championship. It is the sixth state title in school history. They defeated Rummel, 3-2 in the championship game. Taylor Butler won three games and got a save in the playoffs while Gavin Cecchini went 7-for-15.
St. Laurence (Burbank, IL) is No. 25 with a 28-4-1 record and recently defeated Oak Park 6-1.
Spanish Fork, UT dropped to No. 26 after losing to Snow Canyon, 7-3 and Juan Diego, 3-1 to finish third in the state playoffs. Kayden Porter hit three home runs in the tourney and threw a one-hitter in the losing cause to Juan Diego.
No. 27 Broken Arrow, OK lost to Edmond North, 3-0 in the finals of the Oklahoma state playoffs. They ended the season with a 35-5 record.
No. 28 Owasso, OK also exited early from the Oklahoma state playoffs, ending with a 30-5 record.
No. 29 Seven Lakes (Katy, TX) lost to Cypress Ranch, 6-0 in the state playoffs and finished 27-5-1.
No. 30 Northwest Rankin (Brandon, MS) got beat in the third round of the state playoffs and ended its season 28-5.
Several teams fell of the poll, including Pelham, AL (36-5), Melbourne, FL (28-4), Brother Rice, MI (22-6), Lexington, SC (27-4) and Columbus, FL (28-5).