Monday, May 12, 2008

Top Twenty...Play-off Time

1. American Heritage - Florida – 29-2 (1)
The Patriots win two more play-off games and are headed for a showdown with Pensacola Catholic this week. Joey Belviso continues to swing the hot bat and is punishing opponents with a .506 BA. Deven Marrero (.475) and Eric Hosmer (.451) are the reasons why Heritage remains #1

2. Don Bosco Prep - New Jersey – 20-0 (2)
Don Bosco Prep is doing their job and continue to impress with big victories. DBP played Ridgewood H.S. this past Tuesday and won 12-2. Eric Pfisterer (Duke) getting the win. Steve Proscia (Virginia) and Anthony Gomez with HR's. They trounced Passaic H.S. 16-6 on Wednesday, Sam Cerbo (Delaware) got the win. HR's by Anthony Gomez and Brett Knief. On Saturday Don Bosco traveled to Staten Island, NY to play Moore Catholic and won 15-0. Mike Dennhardt (Boston College) getting the win. HR by Ben Luederer (Marist). DBP is 20-0 with over 220 runs scored vs 20 against.

3. Bishop Gorman HS - Nevada – 38-3 (3)
After an opening round play-off loss, the Gaels toughen up and win six in a row. On Friday they take two and rightfully move to the next round. Durango and Spring Valley were the victims. Their next round game is in Reno on the 15th.

4. Plano West –Texas- 32-0 (4)
The Wolves take two from Longview and await the next round. Jason Coats (.452) and Kale Kiser (.447) are the offensive weapons that are fueling this tough Texas team. Ben Flora and Drew Johnson have 9 wins a piece.

5. Los Alamitos-California - 24-3 (5)
The Griffins are number one in the state of CA and are on a 11 game winning streak. They take two against Esperanza and are awaiting their section tournament this week. As good as they are playing, they should garner a number one seed.

6. Crespi Carmelite College Prep – 22-5 California (6)
Like Los Alamitos, the Celts of Crespi are on a roll with 8 straight wins.
They showed their mettle by taking two from state ranked Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks and they too await the section play-offs.

7. Owasso High School-Oklahoma 35-3 (7)
Midwest City and Yukon were the Rams first two victims of the play-offs. Owasso has history at these state games and are on a quest for a yet another championship.

8. Alvin HS - Texas – 30-4 (9)
Our correspondent down in the Lone Star State is a very trusted source and when he told us that Alvin was the real deal, we listened. So far, the Ryan Express’s old stomping grounds are another step closer to their dream. They take two of three from Dulles and sweep two from nationally ranked Atascocita and move up one spot.

9. Brookwood - Georgia – 26-2 (8)
The Broncos take two of three from Alpharetta in the play-offs and await the next round. In the play-offs, taking a best of three in a play-off is as good as a win streak. The Broncos would have loved to win the first two, but won when it counted and stay in our top ten.

10. Central Catholic Florida 26-2 (NR)
The Marauders advanced to this week's state best-of-three Class 3A regional finals with play-off victories vs. Cardinal Mooney and Bishop Verot.

11. Reagan HS – Texas – 31-1 (NR)
A few Texas teams drop out and that benefits Reagan. The Rattlers won three in a row in the play-offs taking two from Akins and one from Caroll and advance.

12. Dunedin High School – Florida – 24-5 (13)
7 straight play-off wins mean a state championship is in the cards for the Falcons in the 5A division. They play #15 Brandon on May 14th.

13. Farragut -Tenn.-35-3 (14)
The Admirals cruise past Bearden in the second round of the play-offs in a best of three and move up a spot.

14.Brandon - Florida – 25-6 (NR)
The Eagles are in the Championship vs. Dunedin. They are led by James Ramsay (.462) and Roderick Shoulders (.432).

15. South Caldwell – North Carolina 20-1 (NR)
The Spartans top Ashbrook 7-0 and await the chance to defend their state championship. It’s tough to repeat, but SC should be up to the challenge.

16. Barbe - Louisiana – 32-6 (17)
It’s 8 wins in a row. Their last two were playoff wins against Airline and Jesuit. That sets the table for yet another state title for the Bucs.

17. Aptos HS - California – 19-3 (19)
The Mariners get the number one seed in their section and play this week.

18. Opelika (Opelika, Ala.) 40-2 (18)
40 wins!!! WOW! The Bulldogs sweep Prattville in the play-offs and advance.

19. Calallen – Texas- 34-1 (NR)
Floresville is their first play-off win and they await their next opponent. Logan Verett, Deek Hagy, Kris Guerrero, Jeramie Marek, Skyler Hoelscher and Patrick Fraiser are all batting well over .400.

20. Richland Washington 18-1 (NR)
Once you get past the rainy season in Washington, they play some good ball up there. The Bombers blast Pasco in the play-offs 7-2 and 10-0 and well as crack our top twenty.

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