High School Top 25: May 20

The state playoffs have been completed in some parts of the country and are in full swing in other regions, shaking up the rankings. But the previous No. 1 team in the country, Barbe High (Lake Charles, La.), remains in that spot in the latest Baseball America/National High School Baseball Coaches Association High School Top 25, sponsored by TeamSnap, on the strength of its 28-game winning streak after claiming the 5A Louisiana state championship.

Barbe, which produced a run differential of plus-277 while averaging nine runs a game, began the season ranked No. 6 in the preseason ranking and has bludgeoned opponents with one of the deepest lineups in the country on its way to a 39-2 record and second state title in three years.

Lambert High (Suwanee, Ga.) moved into up to third from its previous spot of seventh. Lambert has lost only one game this season and defeated Parkview on Monday night to advance to the Georgia 6A championship game. Lefthanded-hitting outfielder Seth Beer is one of the headlining players for Lambert and is one of the more advanced sophomores in the country. The Longhorns have a run differential of plus-238 while averaging more than nine runs a game this season.

Lambert will face defending state champ Milton (Ga.) High on Saturday. The Milton Eagles, ranked No. 5 in the preseason ranking, stumbled in the early part of the season while missing ace righthander Dylan Cease, sitting with a 12-7 record after their first 19 games. Milton, led by a six seniors committed to D-1 schools, has won 13 consecutive games.

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Rancho Bernardo’s Alex Jackson (Photo by Bill Mitchell)

South Dade High (Homestead, Fla.) is the biggest riser in the rankings, moving from unranked to No. 9 after winning the 8A state title in Florida, the first in program history. The Buccaneers also won the state title in football and wrestling this year. South Dade played its best baseball down the stretch after sitting at 18-7 entering May. Senior righthander Erik Manoah Jr. carried the pitching staff with 24 innings in the state playoffs, striking out 25. A day after throwing a reported 117 pitches in a complete game effort, Manoah returned to get four outs in relief in the state title game. Manoah, a Florida International commit, is a strong-bodied righthander who pitched with an average fastball on the showcase circuit to go with pitchability and at least an average curveball.

After moving back into the top 25 last week at No. 17, Rancho Bernardo High (San Diego) has continued to move up the rankings, landing at No. 10.

Stillwater (Okla.) High has bounced back and forth from in the top 25 to out a few times this season, but moved back in after defeating previously ranked Jenks (Okla.) High to win the 6A state championship, its first state title in 57 years. Stillwater also won state titles in swimming and wrestling this season. The top 2014 draft prospect on Stillwater is outfielder Jon Littell, a big-bodied athlete with a well-rounded set of tools.

The last eight spots in the ranking belong to teams that are new to the top 25 and have advanced deep into their state playoffs or have had strong pushes to the end of their regular season slate.

Rank School Record Previous Rank
1 Barbe HS, Lake Charles, La. 39-2 1
2 St. Francis HS, Mountain View, Calif. 25-4 5
3 Lambert HS, Suwanee, Ga. 32-1 7
4 Hamilton HS, Chandler, Ariz. 29-3 9
5 Carroll HS, Corpus Christi, Texas 33-3 15
6 Clovis (Calif.) HS 31-5 10
7 Parkview HS, Lilburn, Ga. 28-5 18
8 Cleburne (Texas) HS 28-4 19
9 South Dade HS, Homestead, Fla. 25-7 NR
10 Rancho Bernardo HS, San Diego 28-3 17
11 American Senior HS, Hialeah, Fla. 27-7 NR
12 Huntington Beach (Calif.) HS 21-4 13
13 Stillwater (Okla.) HS 32-3 NR
14 Christian Brothers HS, Memphis 32-6 12
15 Cosby, Midlothian, Va. 16-0 24
16 Walsh Jesuit HS, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 22-0 NR
17 Birmingham Brother Rice HS, Bloomfield Hills, Mich 28-2 23
18 Creekside HS, St. Johns, Fla. 28-4 NR
19 Greenway HS, Phoenix 28-4 NR
20 West Lauderdale, Collinsville, Miss. 31-2 NR
21 Great Oaks, Temecula, Calif. 21-6 NR
22 Reno (Nev.) HS 32-3 NR
23 Whitewater HS, Fayetteville, Ga. 29-5 NR
24 Puyallup (Wa.) HS 24-0 NR
25 Bishop Eustace Prep, Pennsauken, N.J. 20-1 NR