Monday, March 31, 2008
Changes in the Top 20
1. Owasso High School-Oklahoma 11-0 (1)
Ryan Mayfield hit a pop fly single down the left-field line that scored Ben Kozma with the winning run in the bottom of the seventh as the Rams defeated Ozark , MO 2-1. The Rams managed 8 hits but stranded 9 runners with Mayfield and Brandon Bargas driving in the only runs. Ozark scored their run in the second inning, but Owasso tied it up in the bottom half on back-to-back hits by Caleb Compton and Brandon Bargas. Bargas picked up the win tossing a 2-hitter, striking out 5. The Rams played stellar defense turning 2 double plays, picking off a runner and throwing out a runner trying to steal home.
2. Crespi Carmelite College Prep - California (NR)
They took on schools from across the U.S. that were ranked in the top 25 in many polls. They reached the final and took on the top team in Southern California. When the dust settled, they stood alone on top of the Anderson Bat Phil Nevin National Classic. The game itself featured some highlights of note. Starter E. C. McSweeney came back after his Monday start to do what he does best - frustrate good hitters - as he went five solid innings, holding down a solid hitting Orange Lutheran team for five innings. Ryan Hawthorne (Signed with Loyola Marymount University) came in for the final six outs in the 7 - 2 victory. Ryon Healy, Travis Forbes, and Jeremy Rodriguez (Cal State Bakersfield) were the offensive force for the Celts who pulled out all the stops, including a daring steal of home by Zack Wiley who did not even draw a throw. Congratulations go out to the tournament MVP -Jeremy Rodriguez. Travis Forbes was named the Best Offensive Player with clutch hitting in tight situations to bring home key RBI's. Sean Gilmartin (Florida State), Ryan Hawthorne, and Ryon Healy were all named to the All-Tournament team.
3. Bishop Gorman HS - Nevada - 17-1 (2)
Bishop Gorman has a tough schedule and went from winning the Cleats National to hosting its own Easter Classic and romped through its bracket until they faced a tough Newbury Park from California. They had a great 17 game run though and their winning percentage is impresssive, so they stay in the Top 5.
4. Orange Lutheran – California 12-2 (NR)
Gerritt Cole was named PG’s #1 Prospect in California and he has lived up to his billing by batting .381 with 18 RBI’s and 5 HR’s, while on the mound, he has 43 K’s in 23 innings. Aaron Gates is right there in the stats with Cole with a .382 BA and 38 K’s in 26 innings. They rolled through a strong field at the Anderson Bat National, only to run into a buzz saw in Crespi. Prior to their second place finish in the Classic, they were ranked #1 in Southern California by the Orange County Register.
5. American Heritage - Florida – 16-2 (7)
Two good wins against Coral Spring Charter and Pine Crest gives the Patriots a boost in the rankings this week. This star studded team’s leaders are no surprise. All American Eric Hosmer is hot at .550, Joe Belviso .512, Deven Marrero .509, Eric Acevedo .400 and Adrian Nieto .395.
6. Lake Brantley HS, Florida 15-0 (19)
It’s a good thing to have a nickname of Patriots this week. These Patriots remain perfect with a recent win against Hagarty.
7.Grossmont HS - California - 12-2 (4)
They lose to Santee and then take a double header with tough Mission Bay. Baseball is not a sport where a team goes undefeated. They drop, but not much.
8. Plant High School – Florida - 17-1 (12)
Two impressive conference wins versus Leto and Chamberlain. They are led by Dillon Henderson .571, Jared Womack .535, Rob Foster .471, Preston Tucker .429, Graham Ramos .362.
9. Jupiter - Florida - 16-2 (8)
Even though the Warriors had one loss (to eventual champion Crespi) at the Anderson Bat National Classic, they had a pretty impressive showing. They crushed Virgina power James River and Bishop Amat of California. Their last game was an impressive 6-4 victory against last weeks 12th ranked Aptos of California. They stay in the Top 10.
10. Don Bosco Prep - New Jersey - DNP (5)
They still haven’t played and they are one of only two teams that have yet to play a game in our top twenty. We are not penalizing them, but there are other teams busting it while the Ironmen collect rust. They move down.
11. Pleasure Ridge - Kentucky - DNP (11)
Do they play baseball in Kentucky? Doesn’t seem like it. The other polls like them. How do they know? We are annoyed.
12. Poway – California – 11-3 (14)
Even though they lose a pool game in the North County Tourney to Rancho Beuna Vista, they have two strong wins against Fallbrook and El Camino of Oceanside and move up a few spots.
13. Sarasota - Florida – 11-2 (15)
They are on a roll with two more wins against the Riverview and Plant City. They move up two spots.
14. Long Beach Wilson - California – 11-3 (16)
We don’t know what to think of the Bruins. No surprise that Zach Wilson is batting .500 and Aaron Hicks .486, (Hicks also has 18 stolen bases out of 20 attempts), but they lose a tough one to Lompoc and then rebound against Dana Hills and Carson. They do have a target on their back due to their high pre-season ranking and we think just enough of them to move them up this week.
15. Alvin HS - Texas – 19-2 (18)
It was erroneously reported that they lost two last week. We were given bad information and we stand corrected. They have two big wins over Ball HS and Clearbrook in conference play. We are one of the only services that have the Yellowjackets ranked this high, but we just can’t ignore their big wins over tough Houston competition like Cy Fair this season.
16. St. Johns College HS - Washington DC 5-2 (3)
They started off the National Classic with two good wins against Bishop Amat and Vista Murrietta and then lost their last two to Tourney champ Crespi and surprising Seminole Ridge of Florida. The Anderson Bat Phil Nevin National Tournament is arguably the toughest in the country and they faced the nations best. They drop out of the top ten, but St. Johns can play, so we expect them to climb back in.
17. Aptos HS - California - 11-1 (14)
They ended up 2-2 at the Anderson Bat National, but beat previously ranked Calvert Hall handily 10-1 and 10 time state champion Christian Brothers of Tennessee. They have a very good team and can compete against anybody.
18. Vista Murrietta - California – 10-4 (13)
They too go 2-2 against the tough Anderson at field. They too look good and beat some quality teams. They drop 5 spots, but are good enough to stay in the Top 20.
19. Barbe - Louisiana – 18-4 (19)
They go 1-1 last week, and stay put.
20. Serra HS – California – 12-3 (20)
They were idle last week for spring break after capturing their own tourney. The Padres take on the tough schedule of the West Catholic Athletic League this week through May that many consider the nations toughest baseball conference.