Prep Roundup: Serrano Tosses No-No; Mater Dei Keeps Winning

The weather is finally cooperating in the Southeast as we’re just a week away from the start of playoffs in Florida, while the season is barely three weeks old in New Jersey and other states in the Northeast. Here’s our weekly look back at what has happened in the high school baseball world…

• Righthander Kyle Serrano, the son of Tennessee head coach Dave Serrano, tossed a no-hitter for Farragut High (Knoxville) on April 10. Serrano has been on the rise lately ($), sitting in the low 90s and touching 95 mph with a good curveball.

• No. 1 Mater Dei High (Santa Ana, Calif.) is still rolling through its schedule. After winning the National High School Invitational and southern bracket of the Boras Baseball Classic, the Monarchs matched up with Pleasant Grove High (Elk Grove, Calif.) in the Boras Classic championship and won 8-0. I talked to both coaches before Saturday’s game and caught up with Scott Boras to talk about the Boras Classic’s purpose.

• After a few weeks of rest and rehab, righthander Jordan Sheffield got the news that he needed Tommy John surgery. The operation was performed by Dr. James Andrews on April 11.

• Players at San Diego’s Cathedral Catholic High were suspended for a violation of team rules while the Dons were in North Carolina for the NHSI.

• Two top 10 teams were handed one-run losses last week. No. 3 Venice (Fla.) High lost to Riverview High (Sarasota, Fla.) 1-0 and No. 4 The Woodlands (Texas) High dropped a 3-2 contest to rival College Park High (The Woodlands, Texas). It was the first loss in Texas for the Highlanders, who went 2-2 at the NHSI.

• No. 8 Loganville (Ga.) High and No. 10 Gainesville (Ga.) High squared off in big game on April 12. The Red Elephants prevailed 5-3 behind a solid start from righthander Michael Gettys. He went seven innings, allowing three runs on six hits and three walks while striking out nine. Gettys held outfielder Clint Frazier at bay as Frazier went 0-for-2 with a walk and sacrifice fly.