Monday, March 10, 2008

A Shake-Up in The HS Top Twenty

RT Staff Note: There were many losses by Top Twenty Teams. Two teams dropped out and two appear for the first time. It was a crazy week. That's baseball.

1. Owasso High School - Oklahoma - 3-0 (5)
The Rams capped off the week with a 8-1 victory over Bishop Kelly. Ace Brian Flynn struck out 11 of the first 12 batters and allowed only 4 hits. Flynn is 2-0 on the season with 26 strikeouts in just two games.

2. Bishop Gorman HS - Nevada - 1-0 (10)
Big opening day win for the Gaels with a 12-1 win over Western HS. This week will be a big test for the Las Vegas school with 7 games over 7 days.

3. St. Johns College HS - Washington DC DNP (3)
They get #3 by default. But we bet they rather be playing.

4.Grossmont HS - California - 4-0 (11)
This El Cajun, CA team is averaging 14 runs a game and has a team batting average of .410, led by Charlie Prio(.538) and Derek Baum (.533).

5. Don Bosco Prep - New Jersey - DNP (8)
Another ranking by default due to teams suffering losses last week.

6. Calvert Hall - Maryland - DNP (9)
Doesn't seem fair but they get the six spot by default.

7. American Heritage - Florida - 8-1 (2)
The Patriots start off 8-0 but drop from #2 due to a loss to Stephens County in Toccoa, GA. Stephens held the Patriots to just 5 hits, with 2 coming from AFLAC All American, Eric Hosmer.

8. Jupiter - Florida - 8-1 (6)
Another top 10 team starts 8-0, but loses a tough one Friday night to Palm Beach Gardens 12-8. We are impressed with their start and quality wins, so they drop only two spots.

9. Chapparel - Arizona - 8-1 (4)
They play a very tough schedule and a 11-10 loss to Desert Mountain causes them to slip in the rankings. They play in the Cleats National Invitational in the next few weeks, so the schedule doesn't get any easier. Can they keep their Top Ten status?

10. Long Beach Wilson - California - 4-1 (1)
After Katella HS held Aaron Hicks and Zach Wilson to a combined 1 hit, in their win over LB, the dynamic duo went on a bit of a tear with Hicks hitting .583 and Wilson .353. They just need some production out of the rest of their line-up. They stay in the top 10, but need more than just Hicks and Wilson to stay there going forward.

11. Vista Murrietta - California - 4-0 (13)
Four tough road wins is an impressive start to the season. Brian Venezuala (.625), Charlie Gorzo (.545) and Derek Legg (.500) lead VM's attack.

12. Alvin HS - Texas - 15-1 (NR)
This team came from nowhere and has big wins over Cy-Fair and College Park, who also beat Cy-Fair. Despite the one loss, they have 15 wins, which in baseball is another way of saying that these guys compete!

13. Aptos HS - California - 7-1 (7)
This Northern California teams started 7-0, but just lost a 2-1 battle with Top 20 newcomer Valley Christian of San Jose. Their tough schedule and roster of D-1 players keeps them in the top half of the second ten.

14. Sarasota - Florida - 4-1 (14)
A win over Riverview gets the Sailors back on track.

15. Paul IV - Virginia - DNP (15)
They stay put.

16. James River - Virginia - DNP (16)

17. Pleasure Ridge - Kentucky - DNP (17)

18. Centennial - California - 5-1 (18)
Three big wins kept the Golden Hawks in the Top Twenty.

19. Barbe - Louisiana - 11-2 (19)
They either win big or lose ugly. But, since they travel long distances for their games, we'll keep then in the Twenty despite two losses. They are averaging 11 runs a game...mostly on the road, which is a sign of a very good team

20. Valley Christian - California - 7-1 (NR)
This San Jose school was ranked in other polls and they have big wins over San Benito, Aptos, and Elk Grove. Their only loss was to WCAL league rival Mitty. They have three D-1 signees in Jonathan Hughes (Santa Clara U), Anthony Kupbens (UC Davis)and Michael Reiling (San Jose State).

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