High School Top 25: April 9

After tearing through the USA Baseball National High School Invitational and Boras Baseball Classic, Mater Dei High (Santa Ana, Calif.) jumps to No. 1 in the Baseball America/National High School Baseball Coaches Association Top 25. The Monarchs rode the hot bat of third baseman Ryan McMahon and strong pitching performances to sweep both tournaments in the last two weeks.

Harvard-Westlake High (Studio City, Calif.) made the biggest jump, 10 spots from No. 12 to No. 2 after reaching the finals of the NHSI for a second straight season. The Wolverines’ biggest win in the last two weeks came against Venice (Fla.) High, ranked No. 2 at the time. Venice dropped one spot to No. 3 after finishing third at the NHSI.

Fountain Valley (Calif.) High joins the Top 25 after going 5-0 at the Anaheim Lions Tournament while Hamilton High (Chandler, Ariz.) returned after a 3-1 showing at the NHSI.

Parkview High (Lilburn, Ga.) had a rough stretch since the last poll and fell 17 spots to No. 23. The Panthers’ depth has been tested this season and their hopes of repeating as state champions are dwindling.

The staffs of Baseball America and the NHSBCA compile the Top 25 rankings. Records indicated are as of April 7 and do not include ties.

Rank School Record Previous
1 Mater Dei HS, Santa Ana, Calif. 14-1 5
2 Harvard-Westlake HS, Studio City, Calif. 13-3 12
3 Venice (Fla.) HS 18-2 2
4 The Woodlands (Texas) HS 23-2 1
5 American Heritage HS, Plantation, Fla. 17-2 7
6 Klein (Texas) HS 21-2 11
7 Carroll HS, Southlake, Texas 21-3 4
8 Loganville (Ga.) HS 16-2 8
9 Jesuit HS, Tampa 20-0 9
10 Gainesville (Ga.) HS 14-2 10
11 St. Francis HS, Mountain View, Calif. 17-1 13
12 Barbe HS, Lake Charles, La. 25-3 14
13 Cathedral Catholic HS, San Diego 11-4 3
14 O’Connor HS, Phoenix 23-1 19
15 Tomball (Texas) HS 20-1 18
16 Rancho Bernardo HS, San Diego 12-3 17
17 Owasso (Okla.) HS 19-0 20
18 Pensacola (Fla.) Catholic HS 20-0 22
19 Hamilton HS, Chandler, Ariz. 17-3 NR
20 Lexington (S.C.) HS 14-3 NR
21 Cherry Creek HS, Greenwood Village, Colo. 4-1 23
22 Buchanan HS, Clovis, Calif. 16-2 NR
23 Parkview HS, Lilburn, Ga. 11-6 6
24 Fountain Valley (Calif.) HS 16-1 NR
25 Coronado HS, Henderson, Nev. 12-2 25
Dropped out: No. 15 Tullahoma (Tenn.) HS; No. 16 Spruce Creek HS, Port Orange, Fla.; No. 21 Jenks (Okla.) HS; No. 24 Campolindo HS, Moraga, Calif.

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