The state playoffs are in full swing in many of the warm weather states. Last week’s No. 1 team, Barbe High (Lake Charles, La.) is riding a 25-game winning streak into the quarterfinals of the Louisiana state playoffs and remains in the top spot of the latest Baseball America/National High School Baseball Coaches Association High School Top 25, sponsored by TeamSnap.
Barbe’s deep lineup is averaging nearly 10 runs a game.
“That might be the best and deepest lineup I have ever seen from a high school team,” a National League scout said. “I would put it up against lineup in the country. Their lineup is led by a tremendous group of seniors and they are just a factory that produces ballplayers. I honestly think that their current junior varsity team could win at least 20 games and advance to the third round of the playoffs if they moved up to varsity.”
The top of the rankings showed much more stability than earlier in the season, as all but one of the top nine teams in the last ranking reside within the same range in this week.
But turnover remains a constant in the back half of the ranks, with seven new teams in the final 10 slots. Two of those teams, No. 17 Rancho Bernardo (San Diego) and No. 22 Broken Arrow (Okla.) High, were in the top 25 earlier in the year.
When No. 24 Cosby High (Midlothian, Va.) displaced previous No. 24 Western Branch High (Chesapeake, Va.) this week, it was the third time this season a Virginia team fell from the rankings only to have an in-state challenger take their place. Cosby features a draftable prospect in lefthander/first baseman Hunter Williams, a North Carolina commit. The big, strong-bodied Williams ran his fastball up to 92 mph at the East Coast Pro showcase last August, though his fastball typically sits in the high 80s and touches higher.
|1||Barbe HS, Lake Charles, La.||33-2||1|
|2||Flanagan HS, Pembroke Pines, Fla.||23-1||2|
|3||San Antonio O’Connor HS, Texas||30-1||3|
|4||Archbishop McCarthy HS, Southwest Ranches, Fla.||26-2||4|
|5||St. Francis HS, Mountain View, Calif.||21-3||5|
|6||Moody HS, Corpus Christi, Texas||27-2||6|
|7||Lambert HS, Suwanee, Ga.||28-0||7|
|8||The First Academy, Orlando, Fla.||24-4||9|
|9||Hamilton HS, Chandler, Ariz.||25-3||12|
|10||Clovis (Calif.) HS||28-5||14|
|11||Calallen HS, Corpus Christi, Texas||28-3||17|
|12||Christian Brothers HS, Memphis||30-4||15|
|13||Huntington Beach (Calif.) HS||16-4||10|
|14||Horizon HS, Scottsdale, Ariz.||24-5||16|
|15||Carroll HS, Corpus Christi, Texas||29-3||NR|
|16||Buchanan HS, Clovis, Calif.||21-5||11|
|17||Rancho Bernardo HS, San Diego||20-3||NR|
|18||Parkview HS, Lilburn, Ga.||23-5||18|
|19||Cleburne (Texas) HS||25-3||NR|
|20||Clearwater (Fla.) Central Catholic HS||26-0||NR|
|21||JSerra Catholic HS, San Juan Capistrano, Calif.||17-5||19|
|22||Broken Arrow (Okla.) HS||31-4||NR|
|23||Birmingham Brother Rice HS, Bloomfield Hills, Mich||22-2-1||NR|
|24||Cosby, Midlothian, Va.||9-0||NR|
|25||Chaparral HS, Scottsdale, Ariz.||24-4||21|
Dropped Out: No. 7 Pearland (Texas) High, No. 10 Stillwater (Okla.) HS, No. 20 Sarasota (Fla.) HS, No. 22 Loyola HS, Los Angeles, Calif., No. 23 Jenks (Okla.) HS, No. 24 Western Branch, Chesapeake, Va., No. 25 Tift County HS, Tifton, Ga.