Monday, March 24, 2008

Little Change In The Polls, But Big Tournaments Dominate This Week.

1. Owasso High School-Oklahoma 8-0 (1)
5 straight wins on the road in Arizona at the Lancer Baseball Classic is more than enough to keep the mighty Rams on top of the polls this week.

2. Bishop Gorman HS - Nevada - 12-0 (2)
Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV,) is currently 12-0 after winning the Cleats National Invitational in Scottsdale, AZ this past week. They hit 12 home runs in the five games, including five in the 8-0 championship win over Rocky Mountain, CO. They hit the jackpot by setting a Cleats record with back-to-back-to-back home runs in the first inning of the championship game.

3. St. Johns College HS - Washington DC 3-0 (3)
The expected to play more than 3 games before they head off to very warm and sunny Anaheim to face Bishop Amat of California in the first game the Phil Nevin-Anderson Bat National Classic. 5 teams in our top twenty are in this tourney.

4.Grossmont HS - California - 10-1 (4)
This El Cajun, CA team is still scoring a lot of runs, but ran out of arms after 6 games in 6 days at the Lions tourney in San Diego. They ran into a tough Poway team that halted their 10 game win streak. This team though, can play and there won’t be many teams at the high school level that will be undefeated this year. They stay in our top ten and we look for another 10 game winning streak from this team

5. Don Bosco Prep - New Jersey - DNP (5)
The Ironmen have to be getting a bit rusty. They still haven’t played and they are one of only two teams that have yet to play a game in our top twenty.

6. Calvert Hall - Maryland – 2-0 (6)
No official games scheduled last week. They are in SoCal as we speak at the prestigious Phil Nevin. First up is El Dorado of California. They too may wish they had a few more games behind them prior to their trip to SoCal.

7. American Heritage - Florida - 13-1 (7)
The Patriots not only played traditional power Russell County of Seale, AL, they beat them handily, 10-3. They could move up the ladder with some key conference wins this week.

8. Jupiter - Florida - 14-1 (8)
This team is the real deal and has outscored it’s opponents 26-1 in the past three games. Let’s just say that the Warriors are one of the elite teams in the country.

9. Plant High School – Florida - 15-1 (12)
After outscoring their opponents 125-13 in just their last 7 games, they drop a close one to Jesuit 2-1. It happens. Despite the loss they still climb in our poll due to their dominating performances over tough Tampa competition.

10. Lake Brantley HS, Florida 11-0 (19)
The Patriots are averaging 12 runs a game over the past two weeks and move up considerably due to their perfect record.

11. Pleasure Ridge - Kentucky - DNP (16)
This is the only team that moves up for not playing. You'd think Kentucky was near the North Pole as late as they start. What's up with that? There can't be too much Pleasure in Pleasure Ridge without baseball.

12. Aptos HS - California - 11-1 (14)
They rack up two more wins and move up a notch. They too are in the Nevin and open up against Seminole Ridge of Florida.

13. Vista Murrietta - California – 8-2 (13)
They drop another tough one against Temescal Canyon, but can redeem themselves in the Nevin. Their first game is against a loaded West Linn of Oregon.

14. Poway – California – 9-2 (NR)
They have a remarkable team batting average of.355 and have swatted 15 Home Runs. Five players in their line-up are batting over .400. Four Titans are headed to D-I schools next year…Jason Brunansky, son of former Minnesota Twin Tom Brunansky, is going to Kansas, RHP Brian Busick is going north to Stanford and Alex Dickerson and LHP Drew Leininger to Indiana.

15. Sarasota - Florida - 7-1 (14)
They drop a game against Charlotte, then rebound against Plant City and Riverview. They drop, but not far.

16. Long Beach Wilson - California – 8-2 (10)
The Bruins dropped a game to Millikan 5-4 and then rebound to beat Jordan and Santa Margarita…but drop in our poll. As a pre-season #1 in most polls...they have a huge target on their back.

17. Barbe - Louisiana - 17-3 (19)
The reason the Buccaneers schedule so many games out of state is that no one in state can stay with them. They won five easily in the last 8 days and move up.

18. Alvin HS - Texas - 17-3 (12)
They drop two against Clear Creek, but we can’t ignore that they still have 17 wins. They drop a bit in our poll, but remain in the Top Twenty.

19. Highland Park HS, Texas (17-4) (18)
The Scots had some good wins against Pearce and Heritage.

20. Serra HS – California – 12-3 (NR)
They have reeled off 9 consecutive wins and their pitching staff is responsible for two back to back no-hitters and two more shut-outs. Over the last 28 innings, the Padres have allowed no runs and scored 39 and make it back into our Top Twenty.

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