High School Top 25

After seeing Menchville High (Newport News, Va.) drop its first game of the season, Bellaire (Texas) High retakes the top spot in the Baseball America/National High School Baseball Coaches Association Top 25.

The new No. 1 climbed to the top spot even as its schedule has been cut back. Texas is under a state-wide postponement of sporting events due to the rising concern over the swine flu virus. The Cardinals managed to get a few games in this past weekend and improve to 25-1. Two Corpus Christi powers—Moody and Calallen High—moved up as Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) slipped out of the rankings after losing three of its last seven games.

Tampa’s Jesuit High made an early exit from the playoffs. Local foe Plant High avenged an early season loss to the Tigers, beating them 3-2 in extra innings in the regional semifinal round. Lakeland (Fla.) High was also eliminated and dropped from the rankings. The Dreadnaughts lost 7-1 to Tampa’s Alonso High in the regional quarterfinals. Alonso entered the rankings at No. 22 after beating Lakeland and Gaither High, also of Tampa.

The staffs of Baseball America and the NHSBCA compile the Top 25 rankings. In-season polls will be conducted every two weeks and released every other Tuesday throughout the season. The final poll will be released June 9 and will expand to 50 teams. Records indicated are as of May 10 and do not include ties.

Rank Team Record Previous
1 Bellaire (Texas) HS 25-1 2
2 Notre Dame Prep, Scottsdale, Ariz. 27-1 6
3 Moody HS, Corpus Christi, Texas 26-1 7
4 Columbus (Ga.) HS 26-2 4
5 Bishop Gorman HS, Las Vegas 33-3 8
6 Menchville HS, Newport News, Va. 17-1 1
7 La Cueva HS, Albuquerque 25-1 8
8 Calallen HS, Corpus Christi, Texas 27-2 9
9 Owasso (Okla.) HS 30-3 11
10 Northshore HS, Slidell, La. 30-2 12
11 Naples (Fla.) HS 29-0 13
12 Brother Rice HS, Chicago 25-0 16
13 Pope HS, Marrietta, Ga. 23-5 NR
14 Sumrall (Miss.) HS 34-0 17
15 Yucaipa (Calif.) HS 23-2 21
16 American Heritage HS, Plantation, Fla. 27-3 NR
17 El Toro HS, Lake Forest, Calif. 20-4 23
18 Farragut HS, Knoxville 34-5 22
19 Hunterdon Central HS, Flemington, N.J. 15-0 NR
20 Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, N.J. 14-3 NR
21 Charlotte Christian HS 25-3 NR
22 Alonso HS, Tampa 27-3 NR
23 Jesuit HS, Tampa 26-2 3
24 Walsh Jesuit HS, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 18-3 18
25 St. Rita HS, Chicago 26-3 20
Dropped out: No. 5 Mater Dei HS, Santa Ana, Calif.; No. 14 Lee County HS, Leesburg, Ga.; No. 15 Lakeland (Fla.) HS; No. 24 Germantown Academy, Fort Washington, Pa.; No. 25 North County HS, Glen Burnie, Md.