High-SchoolFlorida: Baseball

Florida Weekly Baseball Rankings: Jesuit falls

May, 22, 2012
Another week, another Florida team dropped from the No. 1 spot in the national POWERADE FAB 50. Last week it was Olympia that fell, suffering its first loss of the season to eventual Class 8A state champ Spruce Creek. Jesuit assumed pole position in the state and national rankings, but the Tigers fell to Plantation American Heritage, the eventual state champ in 6A, in the state semis last week.

Florida's new No. 1, Bishop Verot, will take on Monsignor Pace in the Class 4A semifinals on Wednesday. If the Vikings can prevail in that game and again on Thursday in the final, they'll finish tops in the state and top 3 in the nation, with an outside chance at a national championship. Plantation American Heritage, Pensacola Catholic and Jesuit could all conceivably finish in the top 10.

Here's how this week's top five shakes out (last week's ranking in parentheses):

1 (2) Bishop Verot, 28-2
Bishop Verot was off last week and will take on Monsignor Pace (Miami) in the Class 4A state semifinals on Wednesday.

2 (3) Plantation American Heritage, 27-4
After their 3-0 win in eight innings over previous FAB 50 No. 1 Jesuit (Tampa) in the Class 5A state semifinals, the Patriots blanked Ponte Vedra 9-0 in the Class 5A state final. Zach Collins' grand slam sparked the offense, while Alex Seibold allowed only one hit in a six-inning stint.

3 (1) Jesuit, 28-2
The Tigers fell to No. 2 American Heritage 3-0 in eight innings in the Class 5A state semifinals. Jesuit managed just one hit off American Heritage pitcher Shaun Anderson, while its own ace, Lance McCullers Jr., didn't allow a run in six innings of work.

4 (4) Pensacola Catholic, 25-3
The Crusaders were idle last week and will play Bishop Moore (Orlando) in the Class 4A state semifinals on Wednesday.

5 (7) Spruce Creek, 28-4
The Hawks won their first state title with a 7-1 Class 8A finals' win over Miami Columbus and ended season on an 11-game win streak. Griffin Fuller (9-1) got the win with six strong innings on the mound. This is the team that earlier won regional title with upset of national FAB 50 No. 1 Olympia.

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Weekly baseball rankings: Florida has nation's top 3 teams

April, 17, 2012
Florida now fields the nation's top three teams in the POWERADE FAB 50. Olympia still has yet to lose, while Jesuit and Nova look dominant against top-notch competition.

The top 10 remains the same this week, albeit in a slightly adjusted order: Miami Columbus and Bishop Verot simply switch spots after divergent weeks. Eustis, Bishop Kenny and Martin County enter the top 20 for the first time, but the teams they replace — Sarasota, Park Vista and Gulliver Prep — are still very much state contenders considering all the talent they possess.

The top five looks like this (last week's ranking in parentheses):

1 (1) Olympia, 23-0
The nation's top-ranked team kept on adding to its perfect record season with home-and-away wins over West Orange. The regular season wraps up this week before Class 8A district play starts.

2 (2) Jesuit, 21-1
A 10-0 romp in the finals over Bishop McLaughlin gave the Tigers the title in their own Jesuit Easter Tournament. They have a matchup this week against perennial power Sarasota.

3 (3) Nova, 19-1
Florida's top-ranked Class 7A team added three wins last week. One regular season game remains this week before district play starts.

4 (4) Pensacola Catholic, 20-1
Triumphs last week against Niceville and Walton pushed the Crusader win streak to 17 games.

5 (7) Bishop Verot, 22-2
After avenging an earlier loss to rival Fort Myers with a 7-6 win last week, the Vikings get a strong boost in this week's rankings. Their other winning scores last week were 17-4 and 10-5.

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Weekly baseball rankings: A new No. 1

March, 21, 2012
Tampa Jesuit dropped from the ranks of the unbeaten this week, and into the vacated No. 1 spot steps Nova, which is no stranger to being considered one of the state's top baseball teams. Adding to the Titans' great week was the fact that legendary coach Pat McQuaid registered his 800th victory as the team won its eponymous tournament.

Just two new teams entered the top 20 this week, but one of them — Royal Palm Beach — jumped all the way to No. 7. On the opposite end of the spectrum, perennial power Flanagan dropped from No. 5 to No. 20 after a tough week at the Sarasota Classic. Here's how the top five looks this week (last week's ranking in parentheses):

1 (2) Nova, 12-0
After Jesuit's loss, Nova becomes Florida's new No. 1 team after winning the Titan Classic. During the event, coach Pat McQuaid earned his 800th career win.

2 (3) Olympia, 13-0
Titans won two district games last week over Apopka (4-2, 1-0) and are now No. 11 in the nation.

3 (1) Jesuit, 10-1
The Tigers lost their first game to Gulliver Prep, 3-0, but they also posted a quality win over Bolles. All-American Lance McCullers dominated that game by pitching a one-hitter with 13 strikeouts.

4 (6) Pensacola Catholic, 12-1
A 19-0 win against University Christian (Flowood, Miss.) capped a strong week by the Crusaders. They also defeated Pace in a big game this week.

5 (8) Palm Beach Central, 10-2
The Broncos have played a strong schedule and have a number of quality wins. The best are those against Dwyer, Park Vista and West Boca Raton.

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No surprise here: Tampa Jesuit is No. 1 in the state and No. 2 in the nation in the POWERADE FAB 50. Four Florida squads are ranking among the nation's top 15 teams.

Elsewhere, the more things change, the more they stay the same. While the state's top four remains unchanged from last week, two of the teams that moved into the top 10 - Flanagan and Jupiter - are among the state's top squads year in and year out. Pace and Archbishop McCarthy managed to stay in the top 20, but only just. Because both teams are loaded with talent, we're giving them one more week to prove they belong. Teams like Benjamin, Eustis and Cape Coral are nipping at their heels.
Here's how this week's top five looks (last week's ranking in parentheses):

1 (1) Jesuit, 8-0
The Tigers continued their fast start last week, defeating Lakewood Ranch 4-2 and Berkeley Prep 7-2. This week, they take on Bolles and Gulliver Prep.

2 (2) Nova, 9-0
A 12-0 blanking of St. Thomas Aquinas continued the unbeaten season for the Titans.

3 (3) Olympia, 11-0
The top-ranked team in the Orlando area remained spotless last week with a 6-1 win over Bishop Moore.

4 (4) Christopher Columbus, 9-1
The Explorers defeated Belen Jesuit 6-4 in the first game of week-long Selective Recruiting/Sir Pizza Tournament. The tourney continues this week with games against St. Brendan and Dwyer.

5 (11) Flanagan, 7-1
This perennial national power is at it again. Heading into this week, Flanagan was on a seven-game win streak that includes a 9-0 win over previously unbeaten West Broward.

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With basketball over, baseball now takes center stage. Early in the season we can expect to see a lot of movement in the rankings, which is certainly the case this week. Nova went from a bubble team to No. 2, while five of our preseason top 20 dropped out. Tampa Jesuit has looked dominant in the early going, which is why top prospect Lance McCullers' squad is ranked No. 1 in the state and No. 2 nationally in the POWERADE FAB 50.

Here's how this week's top 5 looks (last week's rankings in parentheses):

1 (1) Jesuit, 7-0
The Tigers have allowed just one run on the season and are ranked No. 2 in the national POWERADE FAB 50.

2 (NR) Nova, 9-0
Coach Pat McQuaid's Titans are off to another strong start.

3 (14) Olympia, 9-0
Other than the 10 runs allowed in a 14-10 win over Dr. Phillips, the Titans have been a pitching-oriented club so far this season.

4 (4) Miami Columbus, 6-1
The best win for this team has come against Archbishop McCarthy. A loss to rival Westminster Christian, however, prevents any upward movement in this week's rankings.

5 (10) Pace, 5-0
The Patriots have been No. 1 in the nation before and have looked strong with only loss coming to FAB 50 No. 4 Columbus (Ga.). They have a big matchup with Archbishop McCarthy on Wednesday night.

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ESPNHS Florida All-State Baseball Team

March, 1, 2012
With spring approaching, ESPNHS has all the info you need on the top high school baseball players in Florida.

We've broken down the state's top 20 players into two teams -- one of position players and one of pitchers. We’ve also selected 100 of the state’s other top players. These preseason selections were determined by a combination of in-season performance and recruit rankings.

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Albert Almora, Mater Academy, OF, Senior
Tourney MVP led Team USA to gold at Pan Am Championships.

Keon Barnum, King, 1B, Senior
The 6-foot-3 Miami signee hit .491 with six homers last year.

Lewis Brinson, Coral Springs, OF, Senior
One of the fastest players in the nation, he’s signed with Florida.

Adrian Marin, Gulliver Prep, SS, Senior
Along with speed, hitting and defense, the Miami recruit can throw 92.

Tomas Nido, Orangewood Christian, C, Senior
Florida State recruit hit 17 home runs last year.

Avery Romero, Menendez, SS/2B, Senior
UF commit hit .458 with five homers, 18 RBIs and 13 stolen bases.

Addison Russell, Pace, SS/3B, Senior
All-American has committed to Auburn.

Andres Sanchez, Flanagan, SS/3B, Senior
FIU recruit hit .500 with 17 homers and 51 RBIs last spring.

David Thompson, Westminster Christian, OF, Senior
State home run king could play baseball and football at Miami.

Jesse Winker, Olympia, OF/LHP, Senior
Florida recruit forms dynamic duo with teammate Walker Weickel.


Zach Eflin, Hagerty, RHP, Senior
UCF signee is rated the nation’s No. 68 prospect by Perfect Game.

Max Foody, IMG Academy, LHP/OF, Senior
The 6-foot-2 southpaw has signed with Florida State.

Carson Fulmer, All Saints’ Academy, RHP/SS, Senior
LSU recruit helped Team USA capture gold at Pan Am Championships.

Hayden Hurst, Bolles, RHP, Senior
Has been lights out even after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Andre Martinez, Archbishop McCarthy, LHP, Senior
Went 10-2 with 1.88 ERA last year, including state title game win.

Lance McCullers Jr., Tampa Jesuit, RHP/SS, Senior
Two-way star a likely first-round pick in June’s MLB Draft.

Tyler Pike, Winter Haven, LHP/OF, Senior
Florida State recruit fanned 123 in 78 innings of work last spring.

Carson Sands, North Florida Christian, LHP, Sophomore
Fanned 98 batters in 60 IP as a freshman last season.

Nick Travieso, Archbishop McCarthy, RHP/1B, Senior
Miami recruit forms state’s top pitching tandem with Martinez.

Walker Weickel, Olympia, RHP, Senior
At 6-foot-6, the Miami signee is an intimidating presence on the hill.

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Jesuit senior right-handed pitcher/shortstop Lance McCullers Jr. was rated the state's top baseball prospect on ESPNHS.com today by Jason A. Churchill.

Last season, McCullers struck out 79 batters in 52 innings and hit .422 with seven homers and 24 RBIs. He projects more as a pitcher at the next level because of his power arm — he's hit 100 mph on the radar gun.

Olympia teammates Walker Weickel and Jesse Winker, King first baseman Keon Barnum and Coral Springs outfielder Lewis Brinson round out the top five.


Got Game: Lewis Brinson

August, 24, 2011
Name: Lewis Brinson
School: Coral Springs
Sport: Baseball

Got Game: It's football season, so why are we featuring a baseball player? Simple. Brinson made his name ring out earlier this month on the national stage by winning the home run derby at the Under Armour All-America Baseball Game at Wrigley Field. The 6-foot-4 senior outfielder and RHP was the District 10-6A Player of the Year last spring after hitting .473 with four home runs, 23 RBIs and 29 runs scored. A Florida commit, he stole 11 bases without being caught. He also finished with a ridiculous .623 on-base percentage and an .873 slugging percentage.

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