High School Top 25: March 25

With warm weather baseball states well into their seasons, the second in-season poll of the year has brought a flurry of action and nine new teams into the Baseball America/National High School Baseball Coaches Association High School Top 25, sponsored by TeamSnap.

Jack Flaherty

Harvard-Westlake’s Jack Flaherty (Photo by Alyson Boyer Rode)

The top team in the previous ranking, St. Francis High (Mountain View, Calif.), remained in the No. 1 spot, although the Lancers dropped a game at St. Ignatius (San Francisco) and are 6-1. Most of the teams at the top have already suffered a loss this season, as the highest-ranked undefeated team is No. 5 Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, Calif.) at 8-0. The teams at the top of the ranking remain largely intact, as all but one of the top seven teams in the previous poll remain in the top seven.

Archbishop McCarthy High (Southwest Ranches, Fla.) is the largest riser in the top tier, moving from No. 6 to No. 2 after compiling a 15-1 record and topping previous No. 21 team, American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.), 12-1 last week. The Mavericks have a plus 130-run differential and have allowed only 1.06 runs per game against 9.2 runs scored per contest.

Many of the Texas teams have played nearly 20 games this spring, and the Lone Star State was the biggest mover in this ranking, as four Texas teams moved into the top 25 with two teams moving out. Two of those teams jumped from unranked into the top 12. Off to an 18-1 start, Carroll Senior (Southlake, Texas) moved from unranked to No. 7. Buoyed by a 19-1 record, Pearland (Texas) High vaulted to No. 12.

Two powerhouse programs from the Sooner State fell out of the rankings. Owasso (Okla.) High fell from No. 4 after losing twice last week to Florida teams. The Rams stand at 6-3 and previous No. 13 Broken Arrow (Okla.) High is 5-3. Jenks (Okla.) High is the biggest beneficiary of these early-season losses, moving into the ranks at No. 8.

Previous No. 4 Owasso and No. 8 Cypress Ranch (Texas) High saw the largest drop of any teams in last poll, falling from the top 10 to unranked.

The last week of March is a busy time for national high school baseball tournaments, which will likely have a large impact on the national rankings. The National High School Invitational starts Wednesday and hosts four ranked teams—No. 6. Venice (Fla.) High, No. 15 T.C. Roberson High (Asheville, N.C.), No. 18 ThunderRidge High (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) and No. 22 Parkview High (Lilburn, Ga.)—and another, Clovis (Calif.) High, that finished just outside the top 25. The field also includes four teams that were ranked in the preseason or in the previous poll.

Another key tournament, the Horizon National Tournament in Scottsdale, Ariz., will host a number of regional powerhouse schools from disparate regions of the country, including No. 5 Harvard-Westlake.

The staffs of Baseball America and the NHSBCA compile the Top 25 rankings. Records indicated are as of March 23 and do not include ties.

Rank School Record Previous Rank
1. St. Francis HS, Mountain View, Calif. 6-1 1
2. Archbishop McCarthy HS, Southwest Ranches, Fla. 15-1 6
3. Rancho Bernardo HS, San Diego 4-1 3
4. Barbe HS, St. Charles, La. 14-1 7
5. Harvard-Westlake HS, Studio City, Calif. 8-0 5
6. Venice (Fla.) HS 12-2 2
7. Carroll Senior HS, Southlake, Texas 18-1 NR
8. Jenks (Okla.) HS 7-0 NR
9. Moody HS, Corpus Christi, Texas 17-2 9
10. Walton HS, Marietta, Ga. 11-2 10
11. Buchanan HS, Clovis, Calif. 12-2 16
12. Pearland (Texas) HS 19-1 NR
13. JSerra Catholic HS, San Juan Capistrano, Calif. 7-1 18
14. San Antonio O’Connor, Texas 20-1 NR
15. T.C. Roberson HS, Asheville, N.C. 5-1 15
16. Lambert HS, Suwanee, Ga. 9-0 NR
17. South Dade HS, Homestead, Fla. 12-1 NR
18. ThunderRidge HS, Highlands Ranch, Colo. 2-0 25
19. Hamilton HS, Chandler, Ariz. 12-0 NR
20. Loyola HS, Los Angeles, CA 7-1 23
21. Greenway HS, Phoenix 8-1 14
22. Parkview HS, Lilburn, Ga. 4-1 21
23. Hanover HS, Mechanicsville, Va. 0-0 20
24. Frenship HS, Wolfforth, Texas 17-1 NR
25. Flanagan HS, Pembroke Pines, Fla. 11-0 NR
Dropped Out: Owasso (Okla.) HS (4), Cypress Ranch (Texas) HS (8), Dyer County, Newbern, Tenn. (11), Bishop Gorman HS, Las Vegas (12), Broken Arrow (Okla.) HS (13), Mountain Pointe HS, Phoenix (17), DeSoto Central HS, Southaven, Miss. (19), American Heritage HS, Plantation, Fla. (21), Whitehouse (Texas) HS (24)