By Nathan Rode/BA
Edison High of Huntington Beach, Calif. has eyed a national title the last two seasons, but for the second straight season, an early exit in the playoffs have squashed the team’s hopes. Edison High had moved up to No. 1 in the previous Baseball America/National High School Baseball Coach Association Top 25, but its loss to to Lakewood (Calif.) High in the quarterfinals of the Southern Section Division I playoffs dropped them to No. 18 in the new rankings.
Archbishop McCarthy High of Southwest Ranches, Fla. jumped Spanish Fork (Utah) High to take over the top spot. Spanish Fork won the Utah 4-A state title, but had to travel through the loser’s bracket to do so. Archbishop McCarthy won 16 straight games on its way to defeating Jesuit High of Tampa in the 4-A finals. The Mavericks proved their worth by taking down the then-No. 13 team in the country, which threw its ace, Lance McCullers Jr.—a top prospect for 2012.
Most of the country has wrapped up postseason play, with Texas being the active state with the most implications on the rankings. State champions in the Lone Star state will be decided this week with Corpus Christi’s Carroll High (currently ranked No. 5) and Brenham High (ranked 11th) looking to repeat, a daunting task for Texas.
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. Records indicated are as of June 5 and do not include ties. The last poll will be released on Tuesday, June 14 and expand to 50 teams.
|1||Archbishop McCarthy HS, Southwest Ranches, Fla.||29-3||3|
|2||Spanish Fork (Utah) HS||29-3||2|
|3||Broken Arrow (Okla.) HS||37-2||4|
|4||Marist School, Atlanta||33-4||8|
|5||Carroll HS, Corpus Christi*||35-6||7|
|6||Buchanan HS, Clovis, Calif.||30-2||10|
|7||Bishop Gorman HS, Las Vegas||35-4||11|
|8||Bishop Amat HS, La Puente, Calif.||29-4||14|
|9||Maize (Kan.) HS||25-0||16|
|10||West Boca HS, Boca Raton, Fla.||28-4||19|
|11||Brenham (Texas) HS*||36-7||25|
|12||Mountain Pointe HS, Phoenix||28-5||17|
|13||Owasso (Okla.) HS||37-2||12|
|14||North HS, Riverside, Calif.||27-7||NR|
|15||Bishop Verot HS, Fort Myers, Fla.||28-4||21|
|16||South County HS, Lorton, Va.*||26-0||22|
|17||Saguaro HS, Scottsdale, Ariz.||34-4||23|
|18||Edison HS, Huntington Beach, Calif.||25-4||1|
|19||Calallen HS, Corpus Christi*||38-5||NR|
|20||Alonso HS, Tampa||23-5||NR|
|21||Parkview HS, Lilburn, Ga.||29-10||NR|
|22||JSerra Catholic HS, San Juan Capistrano, Calif.||24-5||6|
|23||Columbus (Ga.) HS||30-9||NR|
|24||Jesuit HS, Tampa||26-6||13|
|25||Brazoswood HS, Clute, Texas*||30-8||NR|
|Dropped out: No. 5 Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, N.J.; No. 9 Clements HS, Fort Bend, Texas; No. 15 Rockwall-Heath HS, Rockwall, Texas; No. 18 Spalding HS, Griffin, Ga.; No. 20 Mater Dei HS, Santa Ana, Calif. No. 24 Lamar HS, Houston|