The draft is exactly a month away so things are getting pretty hectic at Baseball America HQ. Check out a couple highlights from the last week, which includes some familiar faces...
• A new High School Top 25 will come out tomorrow and there will be a few new teams, but don’t expect a lot of change otherwise. Most teams are playing up to expectations and holding strong. There also haven’t been any early upsets in the playoffs yet. No. 3 Venice (Fla.) High beat Sebastian River High (Sebastian, Fla.) in the 7-A regional quarterfinals. The Indians will now face Sarasota (Fla.) High on Tuesday. No. 4 American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.), No. 12 Jesuit High (Tampa) and No. 15 Pensacola (Fla.) Catholic High also advanced. American Heritage and Jesuit are in the same classification (5-A) and would meet in the finals if they get that far. That would be a rematch of the 2012 5-A state semifinals.
• Parkview High (Lilburn, Ga.), ranked No. 23 in the April 23 Top 25, is up against the wall in the Georgia 6-A playoffs. The Panthers split the first two games against Etowah High (Woodstock, Ga.) and will play a decisive third game tonight.
• No. 5 Gainesville (Ga.) High swept the season series from No. 11 Loganville (Ga.) High a couple weeks ago. Both advanced by sweeping their first-round playoff games. A rematch between the two would be in the 5-A state finals.
• No. 1 Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) faced its rival last week in Orange (Calif.) Lutheran. The Lancers started the season in the Top 25 and have sniffed a return since dropping out. The Monarchs walked off with a win last Tuesday, but Orange Lutheran got redemption by ending Mater Dei’s 22-game win streak with a 4-3 win on Friday. Mater Dei had already clinched the Trinity League title and is still in the driver’s seat, but nothing comes easy in the Southern Section. The regular season wraps up this week and playoffs start next week.
• We had a post on Rob Kaminsky recently that talked about his strikeout totals. He recently faced Gloucester Catholic High (Gloucester City, N.J.) and struck out 13, which gave him the career record at St. Joseph Regional High (Montvale, N.J.).