In what is typically a running theme, the Baseball America/National High School Baseball Coaches Association Top 25, presented by Marucci Sports, has a new No. 1. This week it’s The Woodlands (Texas) High. The Highlanders are off to an 18-0 start behind super sophomore Chris Andritsos, a corner infielder and righthander, and pitchers Ryan Burnett and Carter Hope. For the second year in a row, a Texas school will travel to Cary, N.C., to defend its No. 1 ranking in the USA Baseball National High School Invitational. The Woodlands faces No. 21 Jenks (Okla.) High in the first round.
Cathedral Catholic High (San Diego) slipped to No. 3 after losing to Granite Hills High (El Cajon, Calif.). Of the top five teams, four will be at the 2013 NHSI: The Woodlands, No. 2 Venice (Fla.) High, Cathedral Catholic and No. 5 Mater Dei High (Santa Ana, Calif.)—the defending NHSI champions. Three other teams—No. 12 Harvard-Westlake High (Studio City, Calif.), No. 15 Tullahoma (Tenn.) High and Jenks.
O’Connor High (Phoenix) jumped into the rankings at No. 19 after going 16-0 to open the season and beating perennial power Bishop Gorman High (Las Vegas). Klein (Texas) High is no longer undefeated, but still moved up nine spots after a 17-1 start. Campolindo High of Moraga, Calif.) dropped the most—16 spots to No. 24. The Cougars got a much-needed win against Elk Grove (Calif.) High, but have been on notice and simply aren’t living up to expectations with a 4-4 start.
The staffs of Baseball America and the NHSBCA compile the Top 25 rankings. Records indicated are as of March 24 and do not include ties.
|1||The Woodlands (Texas) HS||18-0||3|
|2||Venice (Fla.) HS||11-1||5|
|3||Cathedral Catholic HS, San Diego||7-1||1|
|4||Carroll HS, Southlake, Texas||17-2||6|
|5||Mater Dei HS, Santa Ana, Calif.||6-1||11|
|6||Parkview HS, Lilburn, Ga.||7-2||2|
|7||American Heritage HS, Plantation, Fla.||12-2||4|
|8||Loganville (Ga.) HS||8-1||15|
|9||Jesuit HS, Tampa||13-0||16|
|10||Gainesville (Ga.) HS||9-1||17|
|11||Klein (Texas) HS||17-1||20|
|12||Harvard-Westlake HS, Studio City, Calif.||9-2||12|
|13||St. Francis HS, Mountain View, Calif.||12-1||21|
|14||Barbe HS, Lake Charles, La.||18-2||23|
|15||Tullahoma (Tenn.) HS||11-1||22|
|16||Spruce Creek HS, Port Orange, Fla.||10-3||7|
|17||Rancho Bernardo HS, San Diego||6-2||9|
|18||Tomball (Texas) HS||18-0||NR|
|19||O’Connor HS, Phoenix||16-0||NR|
|20||Owasso (Okla.) HS||13-0||NR|
|21||Jenks (Okla.) HS||8-2||10|
|22||Pensacola (Fla.) Catholic HS||13-0||NR|
|23||Cherry Creek HS, Greenwood Village, Colo.||3-1||18|
|24||Campolindo HS, Moraga, Calif.||4-4||8|
|25||Coronado HS, Henderson, Nev.||8-1||24|
|Dropped out: No. 13 Grayson HS, Loganville, Ga.; No. 14 Dulles HS, Sugar Land, Texas; No. 19 Hamilton HS, Chandler, Ariz.; No. 25 Archbishop McCarthy HS, Southwest Ranches, Fla.|