High School baseball: St. Mary Prep moves to No. 2 in MaxPreps Top 25 as losses shuffle rankings

}Multiple losses by Top 10 teams and continued undefeated play by St. Mary Prep (Orchard Lake, Mich.) and Friendswood (Texas) resulted in a huge shakeup in this week’s MaxPreps Top 25 high school baseball rankings.

Previous No. 2 Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.), No. 3 Madison Central (Madison, Miss.), and No. 4 Stoneman Douglas (Parkland, Fla.) all lost last week with No. 5 IMG Academy getting the win over Jesuit. No. 6 Barbe also won while previous No. 10 Calvary Christian Academy lost and was dropped from the rankings.

Meanwhile, St. Mary Prep continued to rack up impressive win after impressive win, extending its win streak to 39 and season mark to 19-0. Friendswood also won a pair of games to move to  23-0. Since IMG Academy has ended its season, St. Mary Prep and Friendswood jump ahead of IMG Academy and Barbe. IMG Academy can still move up with losses by Buford, St. Mary Prep and Friendswood.

Six new teams enter the rankings this week. They include Utah’s best Pleasant Grove, Columbus North, the top team in Indiana and Rocky Mountain, the top team in Idaho. Parkview Baptist has the best overall record in Louisiana, and Buchanan, the top team in Central California. Roff, a small school in Oklahoma, joins at No. 25. While Roff comes in No. 2 in the MaxPreps computer state rankings, it actually has a win over the No. 1 team, Deer Creek (Edmond).

Dropped out: Calvary Christian Academy (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), Seymour (Tenn.), Fort
Zumwalt West (O’Fallon, Mo.), Hewitt-Trussville (Trussville, Ala.),
Trinity (Louisville, Ky.), Vero Beach (Vero Beach, Fla.).

Game of the Week: IMG Academy 4, Jesuit 2. In a game that could determine the top team in Florida, IMG Academy edged Jesuit thanks to three RBI by Drake Varnado. IMG Academy does not play in the postseason while Jesuit begins postseason play this week in defense of its state championship from 2019.

Player of the Week: Ike Irish, St. Mary Prep. Irish hit three home runs last week to help the Eaglets move up to the No. 2 spot in the rankings.

Recruit
Watch:
Cooper Kinney, Baylor. One of the top infielder prospects in the nation, Kinney had a big week for the Red Raiders with four doubles and three home runs.

Game to Watch: Baylor vs. Farragut. The Red Raiders and Admirals battle for the top spot in Tennessee this weekend. The two teams play in different divisions in the state playoffs and won’t be able to determine state supremacy in the postseason. Baylor is coming off a disappointing loss to Parkview (Lilburn, Ga.), but stays in the rankings due to its matchup with No. 8 Farragut and what a possible win over the Admirals might mean with regards to the rankings.

Streaks: St. Mary Prep (Orchard Lake, Mich.) moved past Webster (Wis.) for the longest active win streak in the nation at 39. The Eaglets won 20 in a row to finish the 2019 season, did not play in 2020, and have won 19 in a row to start the 2021 season. Webster has a 37-game active win streak.

AJ Ordaz, Buchanan

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AJ Ordaz, Buchanan

MaxPreps Top 25 high school baseball rankings

1. Buford (Ga.)
Record:
29-0 | Last week: 1
Results: Did not play
Next: Thur/Fri playoffs vs. Alexander

2. St. Mary Prep (Orchard Lake, Mich.)
Record:
19-0 | Last week: 7
Results: Def. De La Salle Collegiate, 7-1, 11-1; def. West Bloomfield, 8-5; def. Catholic Central, 9-3, 5-0.
Stats:
Ike Irish hit a home run in both games against DLS with Coleson Titus
hitting one out in the second game. Jake Dresselhouse had a double, a
home run and four RBI against West Bloomfield. Irish also hit a home run
against Catholic Central while John Essig had 14 strikeouts. Jasen Oliver and Nolan Schubart each hit a home run in the second game against
Catholic while Thomas Allman struck out 15.
Next: Wed. vs. University of Detroit Jesuit.

3. Friendswood (Texas)
Record:
23-0 | Last week: 8
Results: Def. Sterling, 5-1; def. Santa Fe, 3-2.
Stats: Dylan Maxcey, Kevin Newkirk and Izaak Pacheco all doubled against Sterling.
Next: Tue. vs. Texas City.

4. IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
Record:
23-2 | Last week: 5
Results: Def. Canterbury, 11-1; def. Jesuit, 4-2.
Stats:
Mason Albright tossed a no-hitter with five strikeouts and James Wood
hit a home run against Canterbury. Drake Varnado had a double and three RBI
in the win over Jesuit.
Next: Season over.

5. Barbe (Lake Charles, La.)
Record:
32-2 | Last week: 6
Results: Def. New Iberia, 9-2, 11-1; def. Lafayette, 7-5.
Stats: Gavin Guidry struck out 17 in the first win over New Iberia.
Next: Postseason TBD

6. Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.)
Record:
23-2 | Last week: 2
Results: Lost to IMG Academy, 4-2; def. Champagnat Catholic, 4-0
Stats: Bradke Lohry and Nick Rodriguez each had a triple against Champagnat Catholic.
Next: Postseason TBD

7. Madison Central (Madison, Miss.)
Record:
25-1 | Last week: 3
Results: Lost to Brandon, 7-6; def. Brandon, 15-4
Stats: Hunter Hines went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI. Ross Highfill and Creek Robertson each had five RBI with Highfill hitting two home runs and Robertson getting one.
Next: Postseason TBD

8. Farragut (Knoxville, Tenn.)
Record:
27-2 | Last week: 9
Results: Def. Lenoir City, 8-2; def. William Blount, 7-6; def. Greeneville, 10-2; def. Hardin Valley Academy, 7-5.
Stats:
Tanner Kim went 3-for-4 against Lenoir City. Bryce Burkey was 4-for-4
against William Blount. Angus Pence had a grand slam and Garett Brewer
homered against Greeneville. Pence and Lukas Buckner both homered
against Hardin Valley.
Next: Wed. vs. Maryville; Thur. vs. Pigeon Forge; Fri. vs. Baylor.

9. Thousand Oaks (Calif.)
Record:
13-0 | Last week: 11
Results: Def. Agoura, 6-5, 17-1; def. Oaks Christian, 5-1.
Stats:
Maxwell Muncy hit a home run in the first game, and had a home run and a
double in the second game. Charlie Saum also had five base hits. Peyton Miller homered against Oaks Christian.
Next: Wed./Thur. Oaks Christian

10. Stoneman Douglas (Parkland, Fla.)
Record:
21-2 | Last week: 4
Results: Def. Calvary Christian Academy, 9-3; lost to Westminster Christian, 5-4.
Stats: Cameron Harris went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI against Calvary Christian Academy.
Next: Tues. vs. Coral Springs.

11. Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.)
Record:
14-2 | Last week: 15
Results: Def. Casteel, 7-0; def. Horizon, 9-6; def. Perry, 8-2, 11-1.
Stats:
Brock Selvidge struck out nine against Horizon. Gavin Turley had a
double in all three wins. Ryan Kucherak, Logan Saloman and Turley all
hit home runs against Perry.

Next: Tues. vs. Mountain Pointe; Thur. vs. Corona del Sol.

12. Lake Travis (Austin, Texas)
Record:
26-3-2 | Last week: 16
Results: Def. Akins, 22-0, 11-0.
Stats: Kyle Rader had a grand slam and six RBI in the first game. Pierce George and Kaeden Kent each hit one out in the second game.
Next: Tue./Fri. vs. Westlake.

13. Reagan (San Antonio)
Record:
27-3 | Last week: 17
Results: Def. Johnson, 3-2; def. Churchill, 9-8.
Stats: Cohen Feser struck out nine against Johnson.
Next: Fri. vs. Roosevelt; Sat. vs. Calallen.

14. Gregory-Portland (Portland, Texas)
Record:
27-2-1 | Last week: 20
Results: Def. King, 7-0; def. Victoria East, 6-1.
Stats: Easton Dowell had a home run against King. Malachi Lott struck out 11 and tripled against Victoria East.
Next: Fri. vs. Ray.

15. Lakeland Christian (Lakeland, Fla.)
Record:
23-1 | Last week: 22
Results: Def. IMG Academy White, 12-2; def. Lake Wales, 10-0.
Stats: Ty Evans, Carson Byrd, Reese Collins and Brody Donay all homered against IMG. Donay also hit one out against Lake Wales.
Next: Tue. vs. Windermere Prep.

16. Winter Park (Fla.)
Record:
22-1 | Last week: 23
Results: Def. Olympia 2-0; def. Freedom, 12-0.
Stats: Nick Berger struck out seven against Freedom.
Next: Postseason TBD.

17. Rancho Bernardo (San Diego)
Record:
15-1 | Last week: 14
Results: Lost to La Costa Canyon, 3-1; def. La Costa Canyon, 11-0.
Stats: Shunsuke Sakaino had two doubles among his five hits in the 11-0 win.
Next: Thur./Sat. vs. San Marcos.

18. Bryant (Ark.)
Record:
19-2 | Last week: 12
Results: Lost to Catholic, 5-2; def. North Little Rock, 3-1; def. Central, 11-2.
Stats: Noah Davis had a double and a home run against Central.

Next: Tue. vs. Little Rock Southwest; Thur. vs. Sheridan.

19. Baylor (Chattanooga, Tenn.)
Record:
18-3 | Last week: 13
Results: Def. Knoxville Catholic, 10-0, 12-2, 14-7, lost to Parkview, 9-5; def. McCallie, 10-0.
Stats:
Daniel Corona and Cooper Kinney each had a double and a home run in the
10-0 win. Jay Dill struck out 14 and tossed a no-hitter. Kinney also had
a double and a home run in the 12-2 win while Patrick Johnson fanned
12. Kinney, Carson Yates and Hunter Herndon all had two doubles in the
14-7 win. Kinney also homered in the loss to Parkview. Vito Valincius
and Nick Kurtz hit home runs against McCallie.
Next: Tue./Wed. vs. McCallie, Fri. vs. Farragut.

20. Rocky Mountain (Meridian, Idaho)
Record:
19-1 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Boise, 12-2.
Stats: Justin Douglas had a double and a home run in the win.
Next: Tue. vs. Timberline.

21. Pleasant Grove (Utah)
Record:
16-0 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Westlake, 13-2, 20-5.
Stats: Sam Haynie and Brody Ballantye each hit home runs in the second game against Westlake.
Next: Tue. vs. Corner Canyon.

22. Columbus North (Columbus, Ind.)
Record:
15-0 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Floyd Central 3-0, def. Roncalli, 9-1.
Stats: Austin Bode had a double and a triple against Roncalli.
Next: Tue. vs. Southport, Thur. vs. Seymour.

23. Parkview Baptist (Baton Rouge, La.)
Record:
28-0 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Central Private, 13-2.
Stats: Caleb Stelly had a home run in the win.
Next: Postseason TBD

24. Buchanan (Clovis, Calif.)
Record:
11-1 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Madera, 12-0.
Stats: Temo Becerra had a grand slam in the win for the Bears.
Next: Tue./Thur./Sat. vs. Clovis East.

25. Roff (Okla.)
Record:
27-0 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Mill Creek, 12-0, 16-2; def. Noble, 13-1; def. Amber-Pocasset, 8-0.
Stats: Cade Baldridge and Trayson Miller both homered against Mill Creek in the 12-0 win while Tallen Bagwell and Dylan Reed both homered in the second game. Baldridge and MIller, along with Drew Sheppard, all homered against Noble. Miler, Reed and Will Joplin each hit home runs against Amber-Pocasset.
Next: Postseason TBD

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