The Reno Huskies played the role of giant killer last week with wins over MaxPreps Top 25 teams Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.) and Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas). This week, Brother Rice (Chicago) took on that role as it knocked off No. 2 IMG Academy to shake up this week’s MaxPreps Top 25 high school baseball rankings.
The Midwest usually gets off to a little later start than the south, so Brother Rice was essentially seeing its first competition of the season while IMG Academy was over a month into its schedule. Nevertheless, the Crusaders edged the Ascenders 7-5 to hand IMG Academy its first loss of the season. The Crusaders’ win, coupled with a nearly as impressive victory over Tennessee powerhouse Baylor (Chattanooga) propelled Brother Rice to No. 10 while IMG Academy dropped to No. 11.
Who could play the role of giant killer this week? It might be St. Ignatius (Cleveland), which opens its season with a Florida trip where it faces No. 8 Calvary Christian (Clearwater), No. 9 Berkeley Prep (Tampa) and previously-ranked Jesuit (Tampa).
Upsets were the norm last week as Barbe (Lake Charles, La.) saw its 39-game win streak end against rival Sam Houston. The Buccaneers dropped to No. 12. Barbe had shutout Sam Houston earlier in the week.
Likewise, Orange Lutheran fell to Trinity League rival Mater Dei (Santa Ana) after previously beating the Monarchs twice. The loss dropped the Lancers to No. 20.
Deer Creek (Edmond, Okla.) moved back into the rankings after beating Jenks. Deer Creek had previously dropped from the rankings after a loss had been previously reported. However, the loss was actually a suspended game and thus does not count against the Antlers’ schedule. Deer Creek is undefeated at 13-0.
Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita) made a fast rise and drop in the rankings. After joining the rankings last week due to three straight wins over JSerra Catholic, Santa Margarita fell from the rankings after three straight losses to Servite (Anaheim).
Dropped out: No. 6 Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.), No. 14 Naples (Fla.), No. 22 Hanover (Mechanicsville, Va.); No. 23 Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.); No. 24. Walsh Jesuit (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio), No. 25 American Fork (Utah)
Best game: Brother Rice def. IMG Academy, 7-5. The Crusaders won on Jack Lausch’s walk-off two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to hand IMG Academy its first loss of the season.
Coaching Milestone: Scott Grove of The First Academy. In win over Olympia, Grove picked up his 500th career victory. The Royals have won 34 straight games.
Player of the Week: Jace LaViolette, Tompkins. The Falcons’ senior center fielder continues to come up big as he had a pair of home runs to keep Tompkins undefeated in a win over Langham Creek. Tompkins moved up to No. 5 this week.
Games to watch: Madison Ridgeland vs. Jackson Prep. Two of the top MSAIS schools in the south, Madison-Ridgeland is off to an outstanding start with only a loss to Sumrall marring its record. Jackson Prep finished in the top 25 last year and the matchup should determine superiority among the independent schools in the Mid-South.
Streaks: Roff (Okla.) saw its win streak end at 49 games in a row with a 10-6 loss to Rattan last week. With Barbe also losing to end a 39-game win streak, another Oklahoma school, Silo, takes over as the longest active streak at 37.
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Miles Curley, Calvary Christian
MaxPreps Top 25 high school baseball rankings
1. St. Mary’s Prep (Orchard Lake, Mich.)
Record: 0-0 | Last week: 1
Results: Def. Lakeland, 6-0 and Divine Child 12-4 in exhibition games.
Next: Wed. vs. Shrine Catholic
2. Buford (Ga.)
Record: 18-0 | Last week: 3
Results: Def. Dacula, 14-2 and 9-2; def. Central Gwinnett, 13-1.
Stats: Stan Zagrodnik had a triple and a home run and Parker Walsh had two homers in the 14-2 win over Dacula. Dylan Lesko picked up the win with eight strikeouts in the 9-2 victory while Walsh had a double and a triple and Riley Stanford had a home run. Jackson Gaspard struck out 10 against Central Gwinnett.
Next: Tues./Fri. vs. Central Gwinnett.
3. Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.)
Record: 17-0 | Last week: 5
Results: Def. Brentwood School, 8-3, 14-0; def. Hart (Newhall), 7-3.
Stats: Jaden Noot struck out nine for the win over Hart. Eddie Mgdesyan picked up a win over Brentwood in one game and went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in the 14-0 win.
Next: Sat. vs. Valencia.
4. The First Academy (Orlando, Fla.)
Record: 12-0 | Last week: 8
Results: Def. Harmony, 16-0; def. Lake Highland Prep, 16-0.
Stats: Riley Parker had a double and a triple against Harmony and Tyler Rondon added three hits and four RBI. Greg Pettay had a home run and four RBI on three hits. Ben Barrett added five RBI.
Next: Tues. vs. Trinity Catholic (Ocala).
5. Tompkins (Katy, Texas)
Record: 17-0 | Last week: 9
Results: Def. Seven Lakes, 10-0; def. Langham Creek, 17-1.
Stats: Jack Little had a double and four RBI against Seven Lakes. Jace Laviolette had two home runs while Landon West had two doubles and five RBI against Langham Creek.
Next: Tues. vs. Mayde Creek; Fri. vs. Cinco Ranch.
6. Allatoona (Acworth, Ga.)
Record: 19-0 | Last week: 11
Results: Def. Osborne, 26-6; def. South Cobb, 15-0; def. Kennesaw Mountain, 11-4; def. North Cobb, 12-0; def. Buckeye Valley, 9-5.
Stats: Sam Tomczak went 4-for-4 with four RBI against Osborne. Aidan Jolley had a double and a home run against South Cobb. Ethan Sutton had four RBI against Kennesaw Mountan. Jackson McElvy had a grand slam, and a double against North Cobb.
Next: Wed. vs. Sprayberry, Thur. vs. Pope.
7. Sumrall (Miss.)
Record: 16-0 | Last week: 12
Results: Def. Columbia, 14-4, 6-2; def. Warren Central, 14-1.
Stats: Levi Odom had nine strikeouts in the 6-2 win while Cade Dedeaux went 3-for-5 with five RBI in the 14-4 win. Odom had a home run and Dedeaux had a triple against Warren Central.
Next: Tues/Fri. vs. Forrest County Agricultural
8. Calvary Christian (Clearwater, Fla.)
Record: 12-0 | Last week: 13
Results: Def. Shorecrest Prep, 8-3; def. Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate, 16-0; def. Palmetto, 13-0.
Stats: Freshman Cameron Uzzillia had a double and three RBI against Shorecrest Prep. Miles Curley knocked in three runs against BDBC while Matt Rose and Andrew Tess each homered against Palmetto.
Next: Tues vs. St. Ignatius (Cleveland); Thur. vs. Jesuit (Tampa).
9. Berkeley Prep (Tampa, Fla.)
Record: 13-0 | Last week: 15
Results: Def. Jesuit (Tampa), 4-3.
Stats: Cade Kurland had a home run and drove in two runs against Jesuit while J.T. Quinn struck out 11.
Next: Tue. vs. Tampa Prep; Thur. vs. St. Ignatius (Cleveland).
10. Brother Rice (Chicago)
Record: 7-0 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Baylor, 2-1; def. IMG Academy, 7-5; def. Montverde Academy, 7-3; def. Riverdale, 8-6.
Stats: Jack Lausch had a home run against IMG. Zion Rose had a double among his three hits against Baylor. Amir Gray had a home run against Riverdale.
Next: Tue. vs. DePaul College Prep, Wed. vs. Lyons.
11. IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
Record: 12-1 | Last week: 2
Results: Lost to Brother Rice, 7-5; def. Baylor, 14-10; def. Riverdale, 5-4; def. Bob Jones, 11-9.
Stats: Elijah Green had a double and a home run in the loss to Brother Rice. Allan Gil had two home runs against Baylor. Green and Nathan Fink each hit one out against Riverdale.
Next: Tue. vs. Pelham; Wed. vs. Riverview Sarasota.
12. Barbe (Lake Charles, La.)
Record: 22-1 | Last week: 4
Results: Def. Sam Houston, 6-0; lost to Sam Houston, 19-1; def. Sulphur, 6-0.
Stats: Gavin Guidry struck out 13 in a two-hitter in the 6-0 win over Sam Houston. Landon Victorian pitched a three-hitter with seven strikeouts against Sulphur.
Next: Tues. vs. Sulphur; Thur. vs. Southside.
13. Teurlings Catholic (Lafayette, La.)
Record: 20-1 | Last week: 16
Results: Def. Carencro, 9-6; 6-4; def. Lafayette Christian Academy, 7-2; def. Tioga, 10-5.
Stats: Kohen Stuart had a double and got the win in the 6-4 victory over Carencro. Will Judice had three hits and got the win against LCA.
Next: Thur. vs. Notre Dame (Crowley).
14. Reno (Nev.)
Record: 14-1 | Last week: 17
Results: Def. Sonora (La Habra, Calif.), 5-3; def. Etiwanda (Calif.), 2-1; def. Kennedy (La Palma, Calif.), 10-0.
Stats: Jake Woodhead struck out 11 against Etiwanda. Kaden Schuck had a double and two RBI against Kennedy.
Next: Tue. vs. Galena (Reno); Thurs./Sat. vs. Douglas (Minden).
15. Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.)
Record: 11-1 | Last week: 18
Results: def. Mountain Ridge (Glendale), 15-14; def. San Luis, 5-0.
Stats: Logan Saloman had a double, a home run, three RBI and also picked up the pitching win against Mountain Ridge. Liam Wilson had a home run against San Luis.
Next: Tue./Thur. vs. Basha (Chandler)
16. Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)
Record: 15-1 | Last week: 19
Results: Def. Las Vegas, 12-0; def. Cimmaron-Memorial, 10-0; def. Desert Oasis (Las Vegas), 8-0.
Stats: Maddox Riske had a double and a home run and Billy Scaldeferri had a home run against Las Vegas. Riske and Joey Randazzo homered against Cimmaron-Memorial.
Next: Tues. vs. Spring Valley; Wed. vs. Liberty (Henderson).
17. Deer Creek (Edmond, Okla.)
Record: 13-0 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Edmond North, 1-0; def. Union (Tulsa), 6-3; def. Broken Arrow, 9-3; def. Jenks, 9-1; def. Northwest Classen, 18-1, 10-0.
Stats: Jett Isaacson homered in the 10-0 win over Northwest Classen while Duncan Key and Brett Pense each had two doubles in the 18-1 win. Kamden Phillips threw a two-hitter against Jenks. Brady Hamilton had a home run against Broken Arrow and Ashton Hartwig had a home run against Union.
Next: Tues. vs. Oklahoma Christian School; Wed. vs. Edmond North.
18. Jenks (Okla.)
Record: 14-1 | Last week: 20
Results: Def. Southmoore, 2-0, 9-6; def. Westmoore, 9-6; lost to Deer Creek, 9-1; def. Moore, 6-3.
Stats: Ty Walls had two doubles against Southmoore while Jaxon McAuliff homered against Westmoore. Walls added two more doubles against Moore.
Next: Thur. vs. Mannford.
19. Owasso (Okla.)
Record: 13-1 | Last week: 21
Results: Def. McKeel, 8-2; def. Santa Fe Catholic, 5-3; def. Putnam City North, 17-0.
Stats: Branden Floyd had a grand slam against Putnam City North. Floyd had a home run against McKeel and Brennan Phillips had two doubles and picked up the win. Noah Smallwood had two doubles against Santa Fe Catholic.
Next: Tues. vs. Putnam City North; Thur. vs. Bartlesville.
20. Orange Lutheran (Orange, Calif.)
Record: 12-2 | Last week: 7
Results: Def. Mater Dei (Santa Ana), 3-1, 3-2; lost to Mater Dei (Santa Ana), 3-1
Stats: Casey Borba and Mikey Romero each homered with Romero adding a double in the 3-1 win. Louis Rodriguez struck out 14 in the 3-2 victory.
Next: Wed/Thur./Sat. vs. St. John Bosco
21. Stoneman Douglas (Parkland, Fla.)
Record: 10-2 | Last week: 10
Results: Lost to Park Vista, 4-3; def. Monsignor Pace, 1-0; def. Vestavia Hills, 8-1.
Stats: Jake Clemente had eight strikeouts in the win over Monsignor Pace. Cameron Harris tripled against Vestavia Hills.
Next: Tue. vs. Westminster Christian (Miami).
22. Trinity (Louisville, Ky.)
Record: 8-0 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Danville, 7-5; def. Highlands Latin, 12-2; def. South Oldham, 17-2; def. Apollo, 4-0; def. Central Hardin, 10-0.
Stats: Korbyn Dickerson had a double and a home run against South Oldham. Paul Osting added a home run against Highlands Latin.
Next: Tue. vs. Male; Thur. vs. Tates Creek.
23. Hewitt-Trussville (Trussville, Ala.)
Record: 17-1 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Normal Community, 12-0; def. Manila, 10-0; def. Bryant, 17-8.
Next: Wed. vs. Hixson.
24. St. Johns Country Day (Orange Park, Fla.)
Record: 9-1 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Providence School, 9-6; def. Oakleaf, 12-2.
Next: Tues. vs. Trinity Christian Academy.
25. Madison-Ridgeland Academy (Madison, Miss.)
Record: 20-1 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Covington, 3-2; def. Brighton, 8-3; def. Arlington, 5-4.
Next: Tues. vs. Jackson Prep.