After excellent playoff performances, three teams that were in the MaxPreps Top 25 high school baseball rankings early in the season return.
Reno, which had previously defeated Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) and Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.), was knocked out of the MaxPreps Top 25 by Bishop Manogue last week. The Huskies, on the other hand, won 3-1 in the North Region Class 4A tournament to progress to the state championship, where they will meet Bishop Gorman again.
In the finals of the West Catholic Athletic League tournament, Saint Francis (Mountain View, Calif.) avenged an earlier loss by defeating Valley Christian (San Jose).
Villa Park (Calif.) also returned after reaching the Division 1 playoffs of the Southern Section. JSerra Catholic, the defending Division 1 champion, is up next.
West Monroe had the greatest start, taking advantage of Barbe’s semifinal loss to overcome Dutchtown in the bottom of the seventh inning and then defeating St. Amant to capture the Louisiana Class 5A state title. The Rebels are ranked 13th for the first time.
No. 13 Orange Lutheran (Orange, Calif.); No. 14. Dutchtown (Geismar, La. ); No. 18. St. Amant (La. ); No. 19 Barbe (Lake Charles, La. ); No. 24 Tate (Lake Charles, La. ); No. 25 Tate (Lake Charles, La. ); No (Cantonment, Fla.)
West Monroe 6, Dutchtown 5 (best game). West Monroe won the Louisiana Class 5A playoffs on a walk-off home run by Trey Hawsey in the bottom of the seventh inning. With a win over St. Amant, West Monroe went on to win the championship.
Jake Dresselhouse of St. Mary’s Prep was named Player of the Week. He had 13 RBI in a five-game span, including five in the opening game versus De La Salle Collegiate and four in the second.
Reno vs. Bishop Gorman is a game to watch. The first match between the two teams was won by the Huskies. The victor advances to the Class 4A state championship game this time, while the loser is expected to fall out of the MaxPreps Top 25.
Silo (Oklahoma) finished the season with a perfect 30-0 record, a sixth straight Class 2A state championship, and 58 straight victories. That run, though, could be in jeopardy as No. 1 St. Mary’s Prep (Orchard Lake, Mich.) continues to roll. To complete the 2021 season, the Eaglets are also 30-0 and have won 22 straight games.
The top 25 high school baseball rankings from MaxPreps
St. Mary’s Preparatory School (Orchard Lake, Mich.)
Last week: 1 | Record: 30-0
Brother Rice (Bloomfield Hills) was defeated 4-0, 13-5; Edison Academy was defeated 8-1; De La Salle Collegiate was defeated 15-0, 15-5.
Brock Porter pitched a one-hitter against Brother Rice, striking out nine batters. In the 15-0 victory, Ryan McKay and Jake Dresselhouse both hit a home run. Dresselhouse also had a five-run double. In the 15-5 victory, he had four RBI. Both Porter and Blake Grimmer hit home runs.
Next up: Notre Dame Prep on Tuesday.
- Stoneman Douglas (Parkland, Fla.)
Last week: 2 | Record: 27-2
West Broward was defeated 8-4, and Taravella was defeated 3-2.
Against West Broward, Chris Arroyo hit two home runs and Roman Anthony had three doubles. Against Taravella, Santiago Ordonez added a home run.
Tuesday vs. Columbus (Miami)
- Providence (Charlotte, N.C.)
Last week: 4 | Record: 28-0
Southeast Guilford was defeated 11-1, while Southwest Guilford was defeated 12-2.
In the 12-2 victory, Luke Wolff had a double, four hits, and five RBI. In the 11-1 victory, Tommy Walker hit a home run and drove in four runs.
Next up: South Mecklenburg on Tuesday.
- IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
Last week: 7 | Record: 23-2
Next: Season is over
- North Oconee (Bogart, Ga.)
Last week: 8 | Record: 37-1
Benedictine is defeated 16-4, 10-0.
In the 16-4 victory, Justin Byrd, K.J. Moon, Gavin Black, and Cale Stricklin all hit home runs, while Byrd, Stricklin, and Grayson Godbee each hit one out in the 10-0 victory.
Next up: the Class 4A championship, with an opponent to be determined.
- The American Experience (Plantation, Fla.)
Last week: 9 | Record: 24-1
Pembroke Pines Charter was defeated 11-1, and Fort Myers was defeated 4-3.
Against Pembroke Pines, Zain Diaco hit a home run and Andrew Ortiz went 3-for-4 with three RBI. Against Fort Myers, Raymond Bermudez hit a home run.
Next: TBD Playoffs
- Berkeley Preparatory School (Tampa, Fla.)
Last week: 16 | Record: 26-3
Cardinal Mooney was defeated 6-2, and Calvary Christian (Clearwater) was defeated 4-1.
Cade Kurland had a double and a home run against Cardinal Mooney, and James Hankerson also hit a home run. J.T. Quinn earned the win over Calvary Christian by striking out seven batters.
Tuesday vs. Lakeland Christian
- Calvary Christian (Clearwater, Fla.)
Last week: 3 | Record: 26-2
Clearwater Central Catholic was defeated 9-1; Berkeley Prep was defeated 4-1.
Matt Rose hit two doubles against CCC, while Dillon Costello went 3-for-4.
Next, season to taste.
- Rankin, Northwest (Brandon, Miss.)
Last week: 11 | Record: 31-2
Brandon is defeated 12-7.
In the 12-7 victory, Nick Monistere hit a home run and double with three RBI.
Next: TBD playoffs
- Tompkins (Katy, Texas)
Last week: 5 | Record: 29-2
Defeat of Lamar, 3-0, 4-5, 6-4
In the 3-0 triumph, Jace LaViolette hit a home run, while Tyler Brownlee had two doubles in the 6-4 win.
Next: Ridge Point vs. Sat (Missouri City)
- Blythewood (S.C.)
Record: 30-2 | 10 last week
T.L. Hanna was defeated 2-1; Boiling Springs was defeated 2-0; T.L. Hanna was defeated 8-7.
Kevin Steelman pitched a complete game for Boiling Springs, striking out five batters.
Next: Fort Mill vs. Wed.
- Sumrall (Miss.)
Last week: 12 | Record: 33-1
Northeast Jones is defeated 3-2, 6-2.
In the 3-2 victory, Levi Odom struck out eight batters. In the 6-2 victory, Andrew Knight struck out ten batters.
Next up: the Mississippi Class 4A championship, with an opponent to be determined.
- West Monroe, (La.)
Last week: NR | Record: 33-4
Dutchtown was defeated 6-5, and St. Amant was defeated 9-6.
In a 6-5 triumph over Dutchtown, Trey Hawsey hit a walk-off home run in the seventh inning. Against St. Amant, Caleb Ross hit a grand slam.
Season to taste. State champions in Louisiana Class 5A
- Rockwall-Heath (Rockwall, Texas)
Record: 30-5 | 15 last week
Lake Ridge was defeated 3-4, 5-0, and 5-1.
Caleb Hoover hit a home run in the 5-0 triumph, while Jett Williams had a triple in the 5-1 victory.
Next: Naaman Forest vs. Sat.
- Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati)
Last week: 17 | Record: 23-2
Highlands (Fort Thomas, Ky.) was defeated 8-3; Lakota West was defeated 10-0; Butler was defeated 10-6; and Bishop Fenwick was defeated 6-0.
C.J. Richard and Blane Schmitt each had three hits against Lakota West, and Clay Burdette had three hits against Highlands.
Next: Thurs., TBD Playoffs
- Legacy (Broomfield, Colo.)
20-1 record | 20-1 last week
Douglas County was defeated 10-8, and Castle View was defeated 15-3.
Marcus Romero had two doubles in the game against Castle View. Against Douglas County, Derek Olsen hit two home runs.
Next: Legend vs. Tuesday
- Pace (Fla.)
Last week: 21 | Record: 24-3
10-5 win over Forest; 10-0 win over First Coast
In the win over First Coast, Broc Parmer hit a home run.
Next: University vs. Tuesday
- Andrean (Merrillville, Ind.)
Last week: 22 | Record: 23-2
Highland was defeated 12-0; Hanover Central was defeated 5-1; Calumet Christian was defeated 9-0; Marian Catholic was defeated 5-3, 10-4; Lincoln Way Central was defeated 14-10.
Mason Barth hit a three-run home run against Marian.
Next: Tournament; opponent to be determined.
- Reno (Nev.)
Record: 30-3 | NR last week
McQueen was defeated 12-1; Galena was defeated 10-0; and Bishop Manogue was defeated 3-1.
Thur will face Bishop Gorman next.
- Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.)
Last week: 23 | Record: 28-4
Queen Creek loses by forfeit; Chaparral loses 10-2, 3-1.
In the 10-2 victory, Ryan Kucherak and Josh Tiedemann both tripled. In the 3-1 victory, Kucherak also hit a home run.
Tuesday vs. Chandler
- Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)
Last week: 6 | Record: 33-4
Results: 13-3 win over Palo Verde; 9-6 win over Basic; 3-5, 4-12 loss to Basic.
Maddox Riske and Justin Crawford each had two doubles, and Gunnar Myro hit a home run against Palo Verde.
Next: Reno vs. Thur.
- Buchanan, (Clovis, Calif.)
25-4 record | 25-4 last week
Clovis North was defeated 6-3; 21-2, 13-1.
In the 6-3 victory, Peyton Barsotti had two doubles. In the 21-2 victory, he added two more goals. In the 13-1 victory, Drake Phillips got a double and a home run.
Next: TBD playoffs
- Hartselle, (Ala.)
Last week: NR | Record: 35-4
Hazel Green was defeated 11-5, 5-1.
Peyton Steele hit a home run in the 11-5 win, and Coleman Mizell hit a home run in the 5-1 win.
Thursday vs. Pelham
- Villa Park (Calif.)
Last week: NR | Record: 27-4
San Dimas was defeated 9-8, and Cypress was defeated 4-2.
Against San Dimas, Britton Beeson and Jack Burke both got two singles and drove in two runs. Against Cypress, Gavin Grahovac had a double, two home runs, and three RBI.
Next up: JSerra Catholic on Tuesday.
- Saint Francis (Mountain View, Calif.)
Last week: NR | Record: 26-4
Results: 10-1 victory over Archbishop Riordan; 8-3 victory over Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep; 2-1 victory over Valley Christian
Against Valley Christian, Blake Rogers struck out 12 batters and Wyatt King had two doubles. Against Sacred Heart, Elias Duncan went 3-for-4.
TBD for the Central Coast Section playoffs.