High school baseball rankings: St. Mary’s Prep starts as No. 1 team in preseason MaxPreps Top 25

Brendan Hail

In starting the season as the No. 1 team in the Preseason MaxPreps Top 25 high school baseball rankings, St. Mary’s Prep (Orchard Lake, Mich.) is attempting to do something that no other Michigan school has done since media outlets first began doing baseball rankings in the late 1970s — […]

In starting the season as the No. 1 team in the Preseason MaxPreps Top 25 high school baseball rankings, St. Mary’s Prep (Orchard Lake, Mich.) is attempting to do something that no other Michigan school has done since media outlets first began doing baseball rankings in the late 1970s — finish the season as the No. 1 team in the nation.

Since baseball rankings began in 1976, Michigan has never had a national champion. MaxPreps recently selected retroactive champions back to 1910 and Michigan landed a pair of teams on that list — Muskegon in 1942 and Central Catholic (Novi) in 1941. However, no team from Michigan has ever won a national championship in real time.

The Eaglets are a strong bet to get the job done. Besides returning one of the nation’s top pitchers in Brock Porter, St. Mary Prep also has a tremendous offense that averaged nearly 11 runs a game. Three Eaglets made the Perfect Game All-American Classic and those same three, Porter, Ike Irish and Nolan Schubart, are ranked as the top three players in the state.

If St. Mary’s Prep should stumble along the way, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) and Buford (Ga.) could be there to take over the top spot. IMG Academy can match St. Mary Prep for college commits on its roster as nearly a dozen are headed to Division 1 colleges. Additionally, two of the Ascenders — Jackson Ferris and Elijah Green — are considered first-round draft picks.

Buford, meanwhile, was No. 1 for most of the 2021 season in the MaxPreps Top 25, but two late-inning losses in the postseason ended its season early. Fortunately, the Wolves return the nation’s top pitching prospect in Dylan Lesko, who is expected to go in the top half of the MLB Draft in July. He’s one of three returning starters from last year’s pitching rotation.

The Preseason MaxPreps Top 25 also has an additional 75 teams to give readers a complete view of the upcoming baseball season. The regular season MaxPreps Top 25 rankings begin on Feb. 22.

Graphic by Ryan Escobar

1. St. Mary’s Prep (Orchard Lake, Mich.)
2021 Record:
Coach: Matt Petry
Top Players: Brock Porter, RHP, Sr., 62.1 IP, 12-0, .56 ERA, 126 K; Jake Dresselhouse, CF, Sr., .409, 14 HR, 61 RBI, 71 runs; Nolan Schubart, TF, Sr., .407, 9 HR, 55 RBI, 56 runs; Ike Irish, C, Sr, .419, 12 2B, 12 HR, 53 RBI, 59 runs; Jack Crighton, 3B, Sr., .438, 9 2B, 38 RBI, 38 runs; Ryan McKay, 2B, Jr., .376, 10 2B, 5 HR, 50 RBI, 37 runs.
Outlook: The Eaglets are simply loaded. There are 12 Division 1 commits on the team and seven starters return from a team that scored 480 runs and hit 59 home runs. Three members of the team, Porter, Irish and Schubart, played in the Perfect Game All-American Classic. The trio rank as the state’s top three players by Perfect Game. Only a loss to Saline kept St. Mary’s Prep from going undefeated and winning a national championship in 2021.

2. IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
2021 Record:
Coach: Dave Turgeon
Top Players: Elijah Green, Sr., OF, .326, 26 runs, 21 RBI, 6 HR; Jackson Ferris, LHP, Sr., 0.55 ERA, 8-1 record, 50.2 IP, 86 Ks; Brady Neal, Sr., C, .371, 22 RBI; Stone Russell, Jr., SS, .365; Davion Hickson, RHP, Sr., 4 wins, 1.12 ERA, 41 Ks, 25. IP; Jaewoo Cho, RHP, Jr., 3-0, 1.45 ERA, 74 Ks, 48.1 IP.
Outlook: Almost every player on the IMG roster is committed to a Division 1 program. Offense, defense, pitching and team speed should show up in every game. Then there are the impact players like Green and Ferris who figure to be first round MLB Draft picks.

3. Buford (Ga.)
2021 Record:
Coach: Stuart Chester
Top Players: Dylan Lesko, Sr., P/SS, Gatorade Player of the year 2021, No. 1 pitcher in country for 2022; Jackson Gaspard, Sr., P/IF; Riley Stanford, Sr., P/1B; Stan Zagrodnik, Sr., OF; Brant Baughcum, Sr.; Cayden Martin, Sr., OF/P; Parker Walsh, Sr., OF; Andrew McMurry, Sr., IF.
Outlook: A pair of late-inning losses to Pope were all that kept Buford from advancing to a possible state championship and a possible national championship. The good news for Buford is that it returns perhaps the nation’s best pitching staff topped by the nation’s top pitching prospect in Lesko.

4. Stoneman Douglas (Parkland, Fla.)
2021 Record:
Coach: Todd Fitz-Gerald
Top Players: Roman Anthony, CF, Sr., 363, 6 2B, 5 HR 22 RBI; Santiago Ordonez C, Sr. .398 6 2B, 4 HR, 38 RBI; Chris Arroyo, LHP, Sr., .333, 12 RBI, 9-0, 85 Ks, 1.44 ERA; Christian Rodriguez, RHP, Jr., 9-0 114 K, 1.03 ERA, 61 IP; Jake Clemente, RHP, Sr., .360, 10 2B, 4 HR, 32 RBI; Jacob Gomberg, LHP, Jr., 3-3, 3.86 ERA, 54 K; Sammy Beir, RHP, Sr., 3-0, 2.68 ERA; Grant McDonald, OF, Sr., .292 5 2B, 1 HR, 13 RBI; Cameron Harris, 2B, Sr., .276, 13 RBI, 4 2B.
Outlook: Last year, Douglas coach Todd Fitz-Gerald felt he had a very special team. He was correct, as the Eagles won the Class 7A state championship. This year they could be even better. The pitching staff is outstanding with Arroyo and Rodriguez while the offense begins with MaxPreps All-American Anthony in the outfield.

5. Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, Calif.)
2021 Record:
Coach: Jared Halpert
Top players: Jordan Kang, 3B, Sr.; Toussaint Bythewood, OF, Sr.; Jacob Galloway, C, Sr.; Alex Shane, 1B/DH, Sr.; Andrew Citron, RHP, Sr.; Martin Kaplan, OF, Sr.; Avery Thau, LHP, Sr.; Bryce Rainer, RHP, So.; Will Gasparino, OF, Jr.; Kai Caranto, MIF, Jr.; Davis White, RHP, Jr.; Tommy Bridges, RHP, So.
Outlook: The Wolverines return many of the top players from last year’s Southern Section championship team. Besides league MVP Blythewood, Harvard-Westlake also returns MaxPreps National Freshman of the Year Bryce Rainer.

6. Orange Lutheran (Orange, Calif.)
2021 Record:
Coach: Eric Borba
Top players: Mikey Romero, SS, Sr.; Karson Bowen, C, Sr.; Gabe Miranda, 1B/RHP, Sr.; Louis Rodriguez, RHP, Sr.; Casey Borba, 3B, Jr.; Bryan Martinez, OF/RHP, Sr.; Derek Curiel, OF, So.; Ben Reiland, OF/2B, So.; Chase Cummings, 2B, Sr.
Outlook: Coach Eric Borba feels that the combination of pitching and offense could give Orange Lutheran one of the best teams it has had. The Lancers also have two of the nation’s top sophomores in Curiel and Reiland.

7. Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.)
2021 Record:
Coach: Mike Woods
Top players: Logan Saloman, RHP, 3-1 3.10 ERA; Kole Klecker, 5-0, 1.80 ERA; Josh Tiedemann, RHP, Jr., 5-0; Jackson Smith, LHP; Will Shelor, RHP, Jr.; Carson Johnson, Jr.; Gavin Turley, OF, Sr., .365, 5 HR; Roch Cholowsky, SS, .333, 4 HR; Ryan Kucherak, SS, Jr., .309; Prince DeBoskie, OF, Sr., .326; Tanner Holland, OF, Sr., .316; Zach Wadas, OF, Jr.; Liam Wilson, C, So.
Outlook: Hamilton is always a contender in Arizona and a strong pitching crew and an offense led by All-American Turley could give the Huskies a national championship.

8. Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.)
2021 Record:
Coach: Miguel Menendez
Top players: AJ Nessler, Sr., 2B, .296; Wes Mendes, Jr., .348, 22 RBI; Jake Kulikowski, Jr., .333, 2B RBI, 5 HR; Jack Martinez, Jr., .351; Jamie Arnold, Sr., LHP; Ryan Denison, RHP, 1.55 ERA.
Outlook: The Tigers have been in contention for a national championship the past few seasons and that should continue this year. Kulikowski ranks as one of the top outfielders in the state after belting five home runs as a sophomore.

9. Barbe (Lake Charles, La.)
2021 Record:
Coach: Glenn Cecchini
Top players: Gavin Guidry, RHP/SS, Sr., 6-0, 0.92 ERA, 99 K, .358, 12 2B, 30 RBI; Grant Comeaux, 3B, Sr., .329, 18 RBI; Crawford Courville, CF, Sr., .337, 44 SB; Donnie Sandifer, UT, Sr., .316; JC Vanek, LHP/1B, Jr., .384; Donovan LaSalle, OF, Jr., .354, 10 2B, 20 RBI; Landon Victorian, RHP/UT, So.
Outlook: Even though the defending MaxPreps National Champions lost national MVP Jack Walker to graduation, starting pitching will still be a strength for the Buccaneers with the return of Guidry and Vanek. Guidry is ranked as the state’s top pitcher in the senior class by Perfect Game.

10. Southlake Carroll (Southlake, Texas)
2021 Record:
Coach: Larry Vucan
Top Players: Clark Springs, Sr., C, .282 avg, 16 RBI; Ethan Mendoza, Jr., 2B, .400 avg., 12 2B, 27 RBI; Max Reyes, Sr., SS, .294 avg., 7 2B, 32 RBI; Ben Tryon, Jr., 3B, .429 avg., 5 2B, 18 RBI; Tanner Sumer, Sr., LF, .299 avg., 5 2B, 13 RBI; Owen Proksch, Sr., RF, .263 avg., 7 2B, 12 RBI; Tyler White, Jr., 1B, .266 avg., 4 2B, 21 RBI; Griffin Herring, Sr., P, 112 K’s, 1.52 ERA; Nathan Rusher, Sr., P, 54 IP, 40 K’s, 2.20 ERA; Owen Proksch, Sr., P, 60.1 IP, 99 K’s, 1.39 ERA.
Outlook: The Dragons have won two state titles over the past four seasons and they have a lineup capable to challenging for yet another. The pitching staff is particularly solid with 254 strikeouts returning.

11.Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)
2021 Record:
Coach: Gino DiMaria
Top Players: Tai Nguyen, Sr., 1B; Justin Crawford, Sr., OF; Gunner Myro, Jr., 3B; Maddox Riske, So., 2B; Anthony Marnell IV, C, Jr.; Demitri Diamant, SS, Sr.; Payton Riske, P, Sr.; Kamdyn Perry, P, Jr.; Tyler Avery, P, Sr.; Joey Randazzo, C, Sr.; Lucas Boesen, P, Sr.
Outlook: The Gaels return the majority of last year’s team that won the state championship during a shortened season. Bishop Gorman has one of the nation’s top outfielders in Crawford.

12. Rockwall-Heath (Rockwall, Texas)
2021 Record:
Coach: Greg Harvey
Top players: Jett Williams, SS, .347, 5 2B, 5 HR, 9 3B; Alex Stowers, CF, .300; Caleb Hoover, So,, 1B/P, .308, 9 2B, 29 RBI; Jonny Lowe, 3B/P, .267; Baylor Baumann, Sr.; Cade Sharp, P; Trevor Tranberg, Jr.; Andrew Daniels, Jr.
Outlook: The Hawks came on strong at the end of the season to win the Class 6A state championship. The lineup includes one of the nation’s top infielders in Williams.

13. American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.)
2021 Record:
Coach: Mike Macey
Top players: Brandon Barriera, P, 2-0, 16 IP, 26 Ks, 0.00 ERA; Brandon Gonsalves, P, Sr.; Evan Dobias, P, Sr.; Raymond Bermudez, OF, Sr.; Spencer Butt, SS, Jr.; Mateo Serna, C, Jr.; Nicola Ferraro, OF, Sr.; Erik Blair, P/OF, Sr.
Outlook: Pitching depth is the strength of the Patriot staff that includes four Division 1 starting pitchers. Tops on the list is left-hander Barriera, who ranks among the nation’s top lefties.

14. Combine Academy (Lincolnton, N.C.)
2021 Record:
Coach: Jeff Birkofer
Top players: Keegan Knutson, IF, Sr.; JP Cunningham, OF/SS, Sr.; Milan Prokop, IF, Sr.; Christopher King, OF, Sr.; Jerry Garcia, RHP, Sr.; Isaiah Lowe, RHP/1B, Sr.; Bryce Meachem, 1B, Jr.; Isaiah Mack, 3B/1B, Jr.; Michal Kovala, RHP, Jr; Aidan Paradine, C, So.; Jaden Knight, OF, So.
Outlook: Combine Academy is an up-and-coming school that features some of the top talent on the Eastern Seaboard. Pitching figures to be a strength along with experience and makeup toward the top of the lineup.

15. Notre Dame (SO) (Sherman Oaks, Calif.)
2021 Record:
Coach: Tom Dill
Top players: Jack Gurevitch, .394; Brandon Gonzaga, Christian Miranda, .229; Dean West, .320; Anthony Reveles, .368; Greg Pierantoni, .291; Justin Lee, Zack Romero.
Outlook: The Knights reached the second round of the Southern Section Division 1 playoffs last year. A strong hitting lineup returns, led by West, the state’s top-ranked junior by Perfect Game.

16. Parkview (Lilburn, Ga.)
2021 Record:
Coach: Chan Brown
Top players: Landon Stripling, RHP, Jr., 9-1; Matthew Holcolmb, RHP, Jr., 3-1; Ford Thompson, LHP, So.; Thorpe Musci, RHP, So.; Colin Houck, RHP, Jr., .400; Cayden Gaskin, 2B, Sr., .301; Jabari Daniely, Sr.; Andrews Opata, CF, Sr.; Jayden Talik, OF, Sr., .379; Ali Banks, Jr., .300; Cade Brown, 3B, So.
Outlook: The Panthers will be a young team, but they still figure to be among the top teams in the nation. Coach Brown says his crew is a young but very dangerous team.

17. Baylor (Chattanooga, Tenn.)
2021 Record:
Coach: Greg Elie and Mike Kinney
Top players: Henry Godbout, Sr., SS, .366; Jonathan Larrea, Sr., C, .393; Patrick Johnson, RHP, Sr., 8-1, 1.24 ERA; Hunter Herndon, DH/1B, Sr., .393; Carson Yates, OF, Sr., .240; John Emendorfer, IF, Jr.; Henry Ford, IF/P, Jr.
Outlook: According to co-head coach Greg Elie, Baylor should be strong offensively, well rounded in all facets of the game and very athletic. Seasoned senior leadership figures to be key to leading Baylor through a rugged season schedule.

18. Hanover (Mechanicsville, Va.)
2021 Record:
Coach: Jason Hancock
Top players: Owen Deshazo, SS; Levi Huesman, LHP; Anthony Gabello, RHP; Canthnon Peebles, C; Seth Keller, SS; Chase Hustead, RHP
Outlook: The Hawks reached the Class 4A state finals, losing to Broad Run. However, Hanover has one of the top pitchers in the nation in Huesman, along with five other players ranked among the state’s best by Perfect Game.

19. The First Academy (Orlando, Fla.)
2021 Record:
Coach: Scott Grove
Top players: Isaac Sewell, P, Sr., 14-0; Ben Barrett, Sr., RHP/3B, 10-1; Greg Pettay, SS, Sr., .396; Riley Parker, C, Sr., .333; Jaden Bastian, CF, Jr.; Nathan Seeber, RHP, Jr,; Trent Kelly, 1B, Jr., .354; Matthew Perez, 2B, Jr.; Tyler Rondon, RF, Sr,; Dewon Brazelton, RHP, Sr., 7-0; Harrison Miller, RHP, Sr.; Caleb Parmer, RHP, Sr.
Outlook: The pitching staff returns all 31 wins from last year, topped by Sewell’s nation-leading 14 wins. The offensive lineup is also stacked with returning starters, including seven of the top nine hitters.

20. Owasso (Okla.)
2021 Record:
Coach: Larry Turner
Top players: Brennan Phillips, LHP, Sr.; Solomon Skalnik, OF, Sr.; Jackson Smith, 1B, Sr.; Zach Burnes, 2B, Sr.; Bennett Flanary, P, Sr.; Baylor Corbin, C, Jr.; Jackson Farrell, LHP, So.
Outlook: The Rams are always a contender in Oklahoma and the return of the state’s top pitcher, Phillips, makes Owasso one of the nation’s top teams. According to Turner, the team figures to have a strong pitching staff while the regular lineup with feature speed.

21. Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.)
2021 Record:
Coach: Mike Rooney
Top players: Zach Stichweh, RHP; Kevin Jaxel, RHP; Palob Santos, SS; Caden Dana, RHP; Eric Becker, SS.
Outlook: The Ironmen have some of the top players in New Jersey and New York as Dana is ranked by Perfect Game as the top right-handed pitcher in the state of New York. Don Bosco Prep lost to St. Joseph in the Non-Public A quarterfinals.

22. Deer Creek (Edmond, Okla.)
2021 Record:
Coach: Roland Baza
Top players: Brett Pense, P/1B, Sr., 5-0, 1.20 ERA; Taylor Tomlin, CF, Jr., .338; Brady Hamilton, SS, Jr.; Luke Schimmels, P/OF, Jr., 1.7 ERA, .320; Brett McComas, P, Sr., 1.70 ERA; Duncan Key, C, .345.
Outlook: After posting a 1.30 team ERA last year, Deer Creek could be just as good on the mound this year with the return of Pense and Schimmels. The team is currently processing the death of teammate Nathan Rogalski, who passed away last month from bacterial meningitis.

23. Walsh Jesuit (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio)
2021 Record:
Coach: Chris Kaczmar
Top players: Henry Kaczmar, Sr., SS, .568, 46 R, 18 2B, 4 HR, 42 RBI; Mason Eckelman, C, Jr., .388, 4 HR, 31 RBI; Ryan Piech, RHP, Jr.; 10-2, 0.87 ERA, 78 Ks
Outlook: The Warriors lost in the Division I state semifinals, but they could be the top team in the state this year with the return of all-state players Kaczmar at shortstop and Piech at pitcher.

24. Walton (Marietta, Ga.)
2021 Record:
Coach: Shane Amos
Top players: Barrett Eldridge, 1B; Jared Jones, C, .432, 9 HR; Nicholas Cubides, OF; Evan Carter, LHP; Dane Moehler, RHP
Outlook: The Raiders return one of the state’s top power hitters in Jones. Eldridge and Cubides also earned all-state honors last year while the pitching staff has some depth.

25. American Fork (American Fork, Utah)
2021 Record:
Coach: Jarod Ingersoll
Top players: Kaden Carpenter, P/OF, Sr., .448; Ryder Robinson, Jr., .440; Easton Jones, Sr., .348; Fisher Ingersoll, Sr., .575; Dax Newman, Sr., .408; Austin Laycock, Jr.; Josh Rojas, C, Jr.; Dax Watts, So.; Davis Andrews, So.
Outlook: Seven of the top nine hitters from last year’s championship team return, including state player of the year Ingersoll. The pitching staff also returns 16 wins.

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26. Trinity (Louisville, Ky.)
2021 Record:
Coach: Rick Arnold
Top players: Matt Klein, C, Sr, .459, 7 HR; Korbyn Dickerson, CF, Sr, .412, 12 HR; Brady Wills, LF, Sr, .317; Paul Osting, RF/RHP, Sr; Robbie Reed, 2B/RHP, Sr; Jake Schweitzer, SS/RHP, Soph; Garrett Brunstetter, LHP, Sr.
Outlook: While MaxPreps All-American Daylen Lile has graduated, the Shamrocks return one of the state’s top players in Dickerson from last year’s state championship team. Arnold expects Trinity’s offense to be explosive again with the pitching staff gaining experience as the season progresses.

27. Servite (Anaheim, Calif.)
2021 Record:
Coach: Shawn Gilbert
Top players: Trevor Schmidt, OF: Jarrod Hocking, OF; Chris Grothues, LHP; David Ladjevic, RHP; Mikiah Negrete, LHP; Jonathan Rodriguez, 1B; Camden Clewett, C; Roman Martin, SS; Xavier Cardenas, RHP.
Outlook: While the Friars had a losing record last year and finished third in the Trinity League, they’re expected to make a big leap this year and possibly contend for a Southern Section championship. Servite placed five players on the Trinity League all-league team.

28. Bartram Trail (St. Johns, Fla.)
2021 Record:
Coach: Ryan Fitzpatrick
Top players: Justin Nadeau, SS; Hunter Pankey, RHP; Schuyler Sandford, RHP; Bryce Kemper, RHP; Kolt Myers, 3B; James Delamielleure, OF; Alex Lodise, SS; Jesse Murrell, RHP.
Outlook: The Bears lose only two seniors from last year’s team that lost to Spruce Creek in the first round of the Class 7A playoffs. The entire pitching staff also returns for Fitzpatrick.

29. Auburn (Ala.)
2021 Record:
Coach: Matt Cimo
Top players: Tanner Waldrop, 3B, So.; Henry Allen, 3B; Jace Norton, SS; Walker Zapp, C, .306; Ryan Olson, SS, .321; Evan Pope, RHP, 2-0; Brendan Wall, OF.
Outlook: The Tigers captured the Class 7A state championship last year, Auburns second in four seasons. Six of the top nine hitters from last year return.

30. JSerra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.)
2021 Record:
Coach: Brett Kay
Top players: Owen Fuller, 2B, Sr., .232; David Horn, RHP/1B, Sr., .298; Andrew Lamb, UT, Jr.; JJ Hollis, RHP, Jr.; Matthew Champion, So., RHP; Brodie Purcell, RHP, Jr.; Tristan Lamaison, RHP, Sr.; Benjamin Reimers, RHP, Jr.; Dominic Smaldino, RHP, Jr.
Outlook: Pitching and depth will be the key for JSerra Catholic this year. Coach Brett Kay says the Lions could play as many as 12-15 players on a regular basis. Kay also notes that he will have to replace possibly the most talented class in school history, but he feels the team has the talent to regroup and reload.

31. Jackson Prep (Jackson, Miss.)
2021 Record:
Coach: Brent Heavener
Top players: Eli Berch, C, Sr.; .354; Will Gibbs, P, Sr.; 9-0, 94 K; Trey Bridges, LF, Sr., .402; Cy Craig, RF, Sr., .290; Rives Reynolds, CF, Jr.; Duncan Mathews, C, Jr.; Jagger Mooneyham, P, Sr.; Owen Abney, IF, Sr.
Outlook: The Patriots are aiming for their fifth straight state championship and are a good bet to get it thanks to a strong returning group. Gibbs heads the pitching staff while the entire outfield also returns.

32. Buchanan (Clovis, Calif.)
2021 Record:
Coach: Brad Fontes
Top players: Max Bernal, 1B/RHP, Sr., .364, 7 HR, 37 RBI; Jett Ruby, 2B, Sr., .344, 22 RBI; JP Acosta, SS, Jr., .358, 20 RBI; Drew Smith, 3B, Sr., .437, 3 HR, 23 RBI; Evan Wallace, OF, Sr., .403, 16 RBI; Austin Watson, RHP, Sr., 1.88 ERA; Colton O’Toole, RHP, Jr., 1.62 ERA.
Outlook: The perennial Central Section contenders figure to have a deep lineup with a talented infield. Pitching depth is also a strength according to Fontes.

33. Venice (Fla.)
2021 Record:
Coach: Craig Faulkner
Top players: Marek Houston, SS, Sr., .384; Hunter Possehl, LHP, Jr.; Stephen Deans, C, Sr.; John Whitney, LHP/CF, Sr.; Douglas Schapley, RHP, Sr.; Cole Schumaker, P/3B, Sr.; Huston Wynne, LHP, Sr., 4-2, 1.09 ERA; Desavion Cassaway, OF.
Outlook: Faulkner says the Indians will have a deep pitching staff and will be really strong up the middle. He adds that he likes the team’s competitiveness and its ability to play small ball.

34. North Broward Prep (Coconut Creek, Fla.)
2021 Record:
Coach: Brian Campbell
Top players: Clancy Marsh, OF, .304; Xuereb Jonathan, SS; Riley Luft, OF; Nathanael Coupet, OF: Yoel Tejeda Jr., OF, .379; Ryan McPherson, RHP; Gian De Castro 3B, So., .293
Outlook: The Eagles captured the Class 4A state championship last year and return the entire outfield along with half the infield from last year’s crew..

35. Hagerty (Oviedo, Fla.)
2021 Record:
Coach: Mike Sindone
Top players: Dylan Post, C, .175; Schyler Arroyo, C; Stewart Puckett, SS, .420; Austin Jacobs, SS, So., .213; Cameron King, 2B, .283; Garrett Baumann, RHP, 8-1; Talan Bell, LHP,  So., .270.
Outlook: Nine of the top 10 offensive players are back for the Huskies while the pitching staff returns the top thrower from last year in Bauman. Hagerty started the season 0-7 before going 16-5 down the stretch.

36. Central (Martinsburg, Pa.)
2021 Record:
Coach: Ricky Butler
Top players: Jonah Snowberger, P, 10-1; Paxton Kling, .482, 6 HR; Devon Boyles, .416, 7 HR; Hunter Smith, So., .378; Parker Gregg, So., .436.
Outlook: The Dragons return six of the top nine offensive players from last year, including All-American candidate Kling. The pitching staff also returns 20 wins, including 10 from Snowberger.

37. Liberty (Mo.)
2021 Record:
Coach: Kirk Bragg
Top players: Karson Millbrandt, P; Addison Smith, SS, Jr.; Kai Bennett, P, Jr.; Jeremiah Cabuyaban, C, Sr.
Outlook: The Blue Jays won the Class 6 state championship last year and return four players who earned all-state honors, including potentially the state’s best pitcher in Millbrandt.

38. Lake Travis (Austin, Texas)
2021 Record:
Coach: Mike Rogers
Top players: Luke Jackson, RHP, Sr., 7-2, 52 Ks; Kaeden Kent, SS, Sr.; Ethan Calder, OF, Sr. .349, 5-1, 47 K; Dylan Schlotterback, 2B, Jr., .343, 18 RBI; OJ Gonzalez, OF, Jr., .262, 20 RBI; Cole Johnson, 1B, Jr., .384; Pierce George, RHP, Sr.
Outlook: The Cavaliers have been steady contenders in Texas for the past decade and Rogers has a strong defensive unit returning to make another run. A total of seven starters return from a district championship team.

39. Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.)
2021 Record:
Coach: Chris Malec
Top players: Luke Lavin, C, Jr.; Blake Balsz, C, Jr.; Trent Caraway, IF, Jr.; Blake Wilson, IF, Jr.; Zach Fjelstad, IF, Jr.; Luke Johnson, IF, Jr.; Drew Rutter, OF, Jr.; Logan De Groot, OF, So.; Jack Svinth, P, Jr.; Samuel Cova, P, Jr.; Matthew Porchas, P; Tanner Warady, P, Sr.
Outlook: Competing in the Trinity League, Santa Margarita battles against some of the top talent in the country. The Eagles may be a year away from competing for a Trinity League title, but a strong group of juniors makes them a team to watch in 2023.

40. Calvary Christian (Clearwater, Fla.)
2021 Record:
Coach: Greg Olsen
Top players: Matthew Rose, SS, .308; Sean Shelly, 1B; Ethan Phillips, RHP; Miles Curley, 3B, .361; Landen Maroudis, RHP, .347; Liam Peterson, RHP; Hunter Dietz, LHP.
Outlook: Lakeland Christian stunned Calvary Christian in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs, but eight of the top 10 hitters return along with 11 pitching wins.

41. Mason (Ohio)
2021 Record:
Coach: Curt Bly
Top players: Noah Samol, LHP; Jake Hanley, 1B; Mark Rutherford, C.
Outlook: With 15 returning players from last year’s squad that reached the third round of the Division 1 playoffs, some are pegging the Comets as the best team in Ohio. Mason has three players that rank among the best players in the state in their grade level.

42. Farragut (Knoxville, Tenn.)
2021 Record:
Coach: Matt Buckner
Top players: Landis Davila, 3B; Brennon Seigler, OF; Jack Alley, OF.
Outlook: The Admirals are always a team to consider in Tennessee thanks to 10 state championships and 16 appearances in the state finals. Two late losses to Hardin County doomed Farragut in 2021, but the Admirals are only three years removed from their last state title.

43. Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)
2021 Record:
Coach: Richard Mercado
Top players: Ethan Hedges, 3B/RHP, Sr.; Cade O’Hara, SS, Sr.; Jack Kirrer, RHP, Sr.; Jake Keffer, RHP, Sr.
Outlook: The Monarchs look to be on the rebound after down seasons in 2018 to 2020. Mercado expects pitching to be a strength this year. He adds that the bottom of the lineup is new, but has some exciting athletes there.

44. Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.)
2021 Record:
Coach: Bob Muggeo
Top players: Carsten Sabathia, 1B; Royer Stanley Moreno-Cedeno, LHP; Juan Carlos De La Cruz, SS; Michael Gillen, SS; Luca Reyes, OF.
Outlook: The Crusaders return two of the top players in the state in first baseman Sabathia, son of former New York Yankee CC Sabathia, and shortstop De La Cruz. Bergen Catholic lost to Don Bosco Prep in the playoffs last year.

45. Houston County (Warner Robins, Ga.)
2021 Record:
Coach: Matt Hopkins
Top players: Gage Harrelson, OF, Sr., .496, 5 HR, 55 R, 35 SB; Andrew Dunfod, 1B/RHP, Jr., .374, 38 RBI, 5-0, 1.33 ERA; Drew Burress, 3B/OF, Jr., .336, 3 HR, 32 RBI; Garrett Hortman, C, Sr., .295, 24 RBI; Kaden Galason, IF, Sr.; Blaydn Alaniz, IF, Sr.; Eli Stephens, C, So.
Outlook: While Buford was ranked No. 1 in the nation for most of the season, it was actually Houston County that won the AAAAAA region in Georgia. The Bears have a high number of returning starters, including all-state players Harrelson and Dunford.

46. Tompkins (Katy, Texas)
2021 Record:
Coach: Kenneth Humphreys
Top players: Jace Laviolette, OF, Sr.; Jack Little, MIF, Sr.; Drew Markle, SS, Sr.; Michael DeBattista, P, Sr., 8-1, 1.35 ERA; Landon West, C, Jr., .403; Solomon Rotberg, P, Sr., 7-2, 3.06 ERA.
Outlook: The Falcons were regional semifinalists last year and they return over 23 wins from that team. Three all-state players return in LaViolette, Markle and Little.

47. Friendswood (Texas)
2021 Record:
Coach: Steve Hecker
Top players: Dylan Maxcey, C, Sr, .371; Jacob Rogers, RHP, Sr, 9 wins, 86 Ks, 0.44 ERA; Boots Landry, 3B, Sr, .287; Easton Tumis, RHP, Sr
Outlook: A total of nine starters reportedly return for the Mustangs who went undefeated in district play and reached teh regional finals. Friendswood was ranked in the MaxPreps Top 25 for most of the 2021 season before falling in the playoffs.

48. Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.)
2021 Record:
Coach: Jerry Royster
Top players: Jaden Noot, P, Sr.; Kassius Thomas, P, Sr.; Max Martin, Sr., P; Eddie Mgdesyan, 3B, Sr.; Ethan Munoz, C, Jr.; Andrew Cisneros, SS, Sr.; Kehden Hettiger, Jr., RF/C; Grant Werdesheim, Jr.; Julian Areliz, So.; John Danco, Jr.
Notes: High school coaches with experience as an MLB manager are rare, but that’s the case with Sierra Canyon coach Jerry Royster, who spent 15 years in the league as a player and also managed the Milwaukee Brewers in 2002. Royster has an impressive pitching staff that includes two pitchers, Noot and Thomas, that rank among the top 35 in the nation, according to Perfect Game.

49. Madison Central (Madison, Miss.)
2021 Record:
Coach: Patrick Robey
Top players: Jake Cook, CF/LHP, Sr., .477; Ross Highfill, C, Sr., .400; Beau Bryans, LHP/OF, Sr., .258; Austin Tommasini, RHP, Sr., 6-1, 1.52 ERA; Gatlin Sanders, MIF, Sr., .431.
Outlook: The Class 6A state champions lose one of the top players in the nation in Braden Montgomery, but a number starters return who are impact players, like catcher Highfill and centerfielder Cook. Robey notes that there are question marks on the mound, but that was also the case last year and the team won 34 games.

50. Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, Calif.)
2021 Record:
Coach: Brian Yocke
Top players: Tristan Fox, RHP, Sr., 9-0, 1.40 ERA; Zach Yorke, C, Sr., .304; Antonio Cabrera, UT, Sr., .333; Jarren Advincula, SS, Jr., .441; Alijah Ramos, 3B, Jr.; Luka Pintar, LHP, So., 4-1, 1.21.
Outlook: Coach Brian Yocke notes that he has a strong junior class and that will provide a deep lineup necessary to compete in the challenging West Catholic Athletic League.

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51. Roff (Okla.)
2021 Record:
Coach: Danny Baldridge
Top players: Cade Baldridge, MIF, Jr.; .480, 8 HR; Drew Sheppard, P/OF, Sr., .435, 8-0, 1.34 ERA; Kagan Huneycutt, OF, Sr., .395; Dylan Reed, P/IF, Jr., 7-0, 1.31 ERA; Tallen Bagwell, P/OF, Jr., 7-0, 2.44 ERA; Easton Riddle, OF/P, Jr., 5-0, 1.52 ERA.
Outlook: Roff might just be the best small town team in the nation. After going undefeated last spring, Roff also won the fall baseball championship in Oklahoma. Over 27 pitching wins return from last year along with some key hitters like Cade Baldridge who bashed eight home runs.

52. Sam Houston (Lake Charles, La.)
2021 Record:
Coach: Chad Hebert
Top players: Ashton Fusilier, C, Sr; Andrew Glass, P/1B, Sr; Sam Ardoin, MIF, Jr; Dylan Thompson, SS, Jr; Griffin Hebert, MIF, Soph; Luke Yuhasz, CF, Sr; Trevor Jones, OF, Sr; Carson Deviller, OF, Sr; Austin Blankenship, UT, Sr; Grayson Harlow, OF, Sr.
Outlook: The Broncos could have one of the best offensive teams they’ve ever had, according to Hebert. The team reached the Class 5A semifinals before falling to crosstown rival, and eventual state champion, Barbe.

53. Boiling Springs (Spartanburg, S.C.)
2021 Record:
Coach: John Goodwin
Top players: Tristan Smith, P; Ashton Smith, P.
Outlook: The Bulldogs have one of the top pitching staffs in South Carolina with Smith, a potential first round MLB draft pick, and twin brother Ashton leading the way.

54. Liberty North (Liberty, Mo.)
2021 Record:
Coach: Ryan Stegall
Top players: Tate McGuire, RHP, Jr; Ty Wisdom, 2B/RHP, Jr; Trey Snyder, SS, Soph; Bo Jonas, C, Soph; Mathew Hutson, CF, Sr;
Outlook: Stegall says the Eagles will be strong on the mound and up the middle defensively. He also says the lineup has a chance to be the best he’s had from top to bottom.

55. Har-Ber (Springdale, Ark.)
2021 Record:
Coach: Dustin Helmkamp
Top Players: Cooper Dossett, Sr, RHP/OF, .315, 5-2, 3.54 ERA, 61 K; Tyler Ridley, RHP, Jr, 7-0, 1.11 ERA, 70 K; Ethan Fender, 3B, Sr, .300, 32 RBI; Ross Felder, RHP/SS, Soph, .287, 6-2, 1.89 ERA, 61 K; Clark Jenkins, OF, Sr, .216; Drue McClendon, OF/RHP, Sr, .247, 5 HR, 24 RBI; Kaleb Kellar, SS/2B, Jr, .391.
Outlook: Consitency has been the key for Har-Ber, which has reached the semifinals eight years in a row and has played in the championship game the past four seasons. Plenty of experience this year, including the top three pitchers.

56. Collierville (Tenn.)
2021 Record:
Coach: Jeff Munier
Top Players: Cade Leatherwood, SS, Sr; .484; Grant Ross, LHP/1B, Sr, .351; Grayson Saunier, RHP/OF, Sr; Ryan Neilson, RHP, Sr; Thomas Crabtree, RHP, Jr, 6-1, 1.92 ERA, 42 K; Joey Caruso, RHP/IF, Jr., .407.
Outlook: Collierville is always a contender in Tennessee and this year it could be the state favorite. A total of seven position players and the entire pitching staff return from a team that won over 30 games.

57. University Liggett (Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich.)
2021 Record:
Coach: Dan Cimini
Top players: Jarren Purify, SS, Jr, all-state; Kurt Barr, RHP, Sr, all-state; Reggie Sharpe, MIF, Soph; Jack Jones, RHP, Jr; Matthew Greene, CF, Sr, all-state; Oliver Service, OF/C, Jr; Preston Barr, RHP/MIF, Soph; Blake Ilitch, RHP, Frosh.
Outlook: If there’s a team to challenge St. Mary Prep’s supremacy in Michigan, it might be University Liggett. Coach Dan Cimini has put together another strong unit that won the Class 3 championship last year. A total of three all-state players return while many of the Knights’ younger players rank among the best in their age group by Prep Baseball Report.

58. La Cueva (Albuquerque, N.M.)

2021 Record: 18-3
Coach: Gerard Pineda
Top players: David Cooper, C, Sr, .490; Max McGaha, 1B/LHP, Sr, .245; Ronan Hella, 2B/RHP, Sr, .267; Akili Carris, IF, Sr, .424; Kolby Burton, 3B, Sr, .424; Noah Morlock, OF, Sr, .444; Greyson Long, RHP, Sr, 8-1, 62 Ks; Tyler Manyo, RHP, Sr, 6-1.
Outlook: The Bears are usually a safe bet to win the state championship in New Mexico as they won their 11th crown last year. Experience will be an obvious strength for the of this team according to coach Gerard Pineda.

59. Elder (Cincinnati)
2021 Record:
Coach: Mark Thompson
Top players: Luke Vaughn, C, Jr; Chris Kammerer, P/OF, Sr, .358; Kellen Sandhas, P/OF, Sr, 6-2, 1.95 ERA; Jeremy Ward, SS/P, Sr, .318; Kevin Hilton, 2B, Jr.
Outlook: The Panthers fell just short of winning a Division 1 championship, falling to New Albany. Five starters return along with three of the team’s top four pitchers. No Ohio school has won more baseball games all-time than Elder.

60. Puyallup (Wash.)
2021 Record:
Coach: Mark Wiese
Top players: Kai Halstead, C, So., .345; Tristan Ringrose, 2B, So.; Jeven Patterson, UT, Jr.; Donte Grant, CF, Jr., .432; Garrett Ringer, LF, Sr., .432; Noah Fields, UT, Sr., .388; Brett Ellingson, RF/LHP, Sr., 2-0; Adam Brooks, LHP, Sr., 3-0; Wyatt Jones RHP, Sr., 5-0.
Outlook: Puyallup hasn’t lost a game since 2019, going undefeated in 2021 and not playing any games in 2019. Washington did not have state playoffs last year, but Puyallup could be the favorite this year thanks to the return of six of the team’s top nine offensive players and the three pitchers that combined for 10 wins.

61. Rio Rancho (N.M.)
2021 Record:
Coach: Ron Murphy
Top players: Devon Alvarado, P, Sr, 7-1; Dominic Priddy, OF, Sr, .453; Josh Boyer, C, Jr; Ryan Casados, 3B/P, Sr, 4-0, .464; Noah Braunschweiger, OF, Jr, .324; Jason Parker, LHP, Jr; Elijah Castenada, DH, Sr, .429.
Outlook: Winning state is an expectation every year at Rio Rancho, according to coach Ron Murphy, and 2022 is no different. He says this year’s team is better than last year’s 20-1 group thanks to plenty of mound depth. Six players have already signed college scholarships.

62. Broad Run (Ashburn, Va.)
2021 Record:
Coach: Tommy Meier
Top players: Jackson Myers, LHP, Sr, 2-0, 1.50, 26 K; Will Snyder, UT, Sr, .308; Ethan Walker, LHP, Sr, 3-0, 1.26 ERA, .333; Andrew Market, RHP, Jr; 4-0, 1.33 ERA, 35 K;
Outlook: The Spartans lost just once en route to winning the Class 4 state championship. Five pitchers return from last year’s staff and team speed will be a strength, however coach Tommy Meier will have to replace nine graduated seniors.

63. Bloomingdale (Valrico, Fla.)
2021 Record:
Coach: Kris Wilken
Top players: Colby Shelton, SS, .405, 5 HR; Jack Owens, RHP/OF, 8-2, 1.04 ERA; Chase Chappell, RHP, 2-1, 2.36 ERA; Drake Harman, OF, .402: Carlos DeJesus, C; Dawson Harman, 3B; Tephen Montgomery, RHP/OF; Alex Vazquez, 1B; Dannys Garica, OF; Trey Wilson, RHP; Jake Magadan, RHP.
Outlook: The Bulls won the Class 6A championship last year and have plenty of experience and depth on the mound along with a balanced offense. A total of 17 returners are back to defend the title.

64. Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati)
2021 Record:
Coach: Tim Held
Top players: Nate Earley, 1B, Sr, .301; Blane Nestle, SS/3B, Sr, .340; Max Tramontana, , Sr; Griff Cady, OF, Sr, .348; Clay Burdette, RHP, Jr, .319; Toby Hueber, 2B/RHP, Jr, .329; Nathan Manley, C, Jr, .297; CJ Richard, CF, Jr; Connor Christenson, SS/2B, Jr.
Outlook: Look for the Fighting Crusaders to battle for a Division 1 championship in Ohio this year after seven starters and 75 percent of the innings pitched in 2021 return this season.

65. DeSoto Central (Southaven, Miss.)
2021 Record:
Coach: Mark Monaghan
Top players: Bradley Loftin, LHP, Sr, 8-2, 2.72 ERA, 74 Ks; Brock Tapper, OF/LHP, Sr, .386, 36 RBI; Kristian Sprawling, OF, Sr, .371, 27 R; Ryan Musselwhite, OF, Sr, .416; Colton Coates, IF, Jr, .348.
Outlook: After winning the state championship in 2019, the Jaguars could be back in the hunt again in 2022. A total of seven every day starters return along four four of the top pitchers from last year.

66. Mesquite (Gilbert, Ariz.)

2021 Record: 23-1
Coach: Jeff Holland
Top players: Tariq Freeny, C, Sr, .373; Thomas Vogiatzis, SS, Sry, .506; Keeton Bell, CF, Sr, .380; Jake Gorrell, 2B, Soph; Daniel Clark, 1B/OF, Sr; Wyatt Wright, Ut, Sr; Sebastian Granillo, P, Sr, 7-0.
Outlook: The Wildcats team returned the core starters from the state championship team in 2020 including the top three hitters in Freeny, Vogiatzis and Bell. Pitching and defense also figure to be a strength with Sebastian Granillo leading the way on the mound.

67. Valor Christian (Highlands Ranch, Colo.)
2021 Record:
Coach: Keith Wahl
Top players: Kenan Elarton, RHP, Sr. .475; Brant Kragel, 1B/RHP, Sr, .464; Campbell Credeur, OF, Sr, .338; Carson Tinney, C/3B, Jr, .412; Keenan Proctor, OF, Sr, .414; Ben Leikam, LHP, Jr; Cashel Dugger, C/3B, Jr; John Benson, IF, Sr.
Outlook: Valor Christian reached the Class 5A championship game, falling to Mount Vista. Coach Keith Wahl return a group of young players who were strong at the plate, led by leading hitter Kragel, who is also the team’s top returning pitcher.

68. Plainfield East (Plainfield, Ill.)
2021 Record:
Coach: Adam O’Reel
Top players: Brady Louck, P; Jacob Denton, 3b; Nate Mole, P/IF.
Outlook: The Bengals overcame a losing record in the regular season to win the Class 4A state championship. Six of the top eight hitters return from last year along with the bulk of the pitching staff

69. Hewitt-Trussville (Trussville, Ala.)
2021 Record:
Coach: Jeff Mauldin
Top players: Riley Wayne Quick, P, 9-2, 116 Ks, 0.99 ERA; Joseph Green, P, 7-0; Logan Phillips, P, 3-1; Matt Miller, .312; Ethan Duhon, .349.
Outlook: The Huskies might have the best player in the state in Quick, who had 116 strikeouts as a junior while earning Class 7A pitcher of the year honors. Hewitt-Trussville lost in the Class 7A quarterfinals to Hoover last year.

70. Central (Phenix City, Ala.)
2021 Record: 34-9
Coach: AJ Kehoe
Top players: Caleb Johnson, SS, Sr; Jax Yoxtheimer, CF, Jr; Brody Capps, 1B, Sr; Carson Gilley, 2B, Jr; Bryce Sanders, LHP/RF, Sr.
Outlook: Athlleticism, team speed and depth will be the keys for the Red Devils, who lost to Auburn in the Class 7A semifinals.

71. Fishers (Ind.)
2021 Record:
Coach: Matthew Cherry
Top players: Carson Dunn, OF, Jr, .266; Joey Brenczewski, SS, Sr, .302, 16 RBI; Jack Brown, OF/RHP, Soph, .318, 28 RBI, 7-2, 1.43 ERA, 70 K; Caulin Brown, C, Soph, .264; Dominic Oliverio, OF/IF, Sr, .221, 17 RBI; Jackson Preston, 1B, Sr, .214; Zach Cox, OF, Sr, .265; Gavin Clayton, 3B, Jr; Tate Warner, RHP, Sr, 6-3, 2.39 ERA, 93 Ks; Joey Wilmoth, RHP, Sr
Outlook: Fishers was a young team that finished strongly last year, reaching the Class 4A state finals. A total of eight starters return and five pitchers that throw 90-plus. Coach Matthew Cherry also says he has three Division 1 bats in his lineup. Fishers’ best player, though, might be sophomore Jack Brown, a two-way standout in the outfield and on the mound.

72. A.C. Flora (Columbia, S.C.)
2021 Record:
Coach: Andrew Hallett
Top players: Phillips Daniels, C/IF, Sr, .423, 10 DB, 5 HR, 43 RBI; Carew Bates, CF, Jr, .407, 27 R; Zander Buchan, C/DH, .366, 14 DB, 7 HR, 33 RBI; Davis Rivers, RHP, Jr, 9-0, 0.97 ERA, 67 Ks; Grant Loggins, RHP, Jr, 8-1, 1.59 ERA, 73 Ks.
Outlook: The Falcons won a the Class 4A state championship last year and return a lot of experience on offense and one the mound. The team’s top two pitchers, Rivers and Loggins, return with 17 wins between them.

73. Liberty (Bakersfield, Calif.)
2021 Record:
Coach: Tony Mills
Top players: Cutter Coffey, SS/RHP, Sr, .479, 9 HR; Brady Reynolds, OF/C, Jr, .371, 5 HR; Owen May, IF/RHP, Sr, .281; Cooper Gerecke, C, Sr, .354; Luis Fuentes, OF, Sr, .281.
Outlook: Although pitching depth is a concern with a mostly senior staff last year, the Patriots should be one of the top hitting teams in the Central Section this year with power hitters up and down the lineup.

74. Blue Valley Southwest (Overland Park, Kan.)
2021 Record:
Coach: Jerrod Ryherd
Top players: Ben Bybee, P; Cooper Kelly, SS; Anson Seibert, P, Soph
Outlook: The Timberwolves won the Class 5A state playoffs last year. They have two of the state’s top pitchers in Bybee and 6-foot-7 sophomore Seibert. Kelly returns as an all-state player.

75. Huntington Beach (Calif.)
2021 Record:
Coach: Benjamin Medure
Top players: Ben Jacobs, LHP, Sr; Jack Smith, RHP, Sr; Tyler Prystajko, Sr; Ralph Velazquez, 3B, Jr; Aidan Espinoza, 3B, Jr; Dean Carpenter, SS, Jr; Brian Trujillo, 2B, Sr; Nick Dumesnil, RF, Sr.
Outlook: The Oilers have been one of the top teams in Southern California the past decade and they expect to be again. Pitching depth is a strength of coach Benjamin Medure’s team, which reached the second round of the Southern Section Division 1 playoffs last year.

76. Zionsville (Ind.)
2021 Record:
Coach: Jered Moore
Top players: Brody Chrissman, RF, Sr, .451, 4 HR; Drew Dickson, P, Sr, 7-0, 1.46; Aiden Hatcher, P, Sr, 2-1, 2.84; Collin Price, CF, Sr, .338; Caleb Everson, P, Sr, 1.24 ERA; Max Bond, C, Jr, .268; Easton Moore, 1B, Jr; Jackson Hughes, MIF, Sr; Nash Wagner, P, Soph, 3-0, 0.00 ERA; Aidan Hatcher, P, Sr; Aidan Fitzsimmons, P, Sr.
Outlook: The Eagles lost in the first round of the state tournament to Carmel, however coach Jered Moore says he has a deep, talented pitching staff and a fundamentally talented defense with a very high baseball IQ returning in 2022.

77. Greenbrier Christian Academy (Chesapeake, Va.)
2021 Record: 21-6
Coach: Patrick Nichols
Top players: Austin Younce, C, Sr, .413; Bailey Matela, LHP, Sr; Gavin Whitehurst, OF, Sr, .451; Nico Angrisani, RHP/UT, Jr, .403, 6-1, 1.73 ERA;
Outlook: Coach Patrick Nichols feels his Gators could be even better than the team that won last year’s VISAA Division 2 championship. A strong and deep pitching staff coupled with a sparkling infield defense will give Greenbrier the edge against most of its opponents.

78. Olentangy Orange (Lewis Center, Ohio)
2021 Record:
Coach: Tom Marker
Top players: Matt Wolfe, SS/RHP, Sr, .434, 31 R; Cole Cahill, 1B/LHP, Jr, 7-1, 0.398, 26 RBI; Jacob Tabor, LHP, Jr, 5-0, 1.96 ERA; Charlie Scholvin, IF, Jr; Rocco Leonetti, IF.
Outlook: The entire infield returns for Pioneers, who also expect to be deep on the mound with the return of pitchers Cahill and Tabor. Coach Tom Marker feels this year’s pitching staff is the best he has ever had.

79. Xaverian Brothers (Westwood, Mass.)
2021 Record:
Coach: Gerry Lambert
Top players: Matt Brinker, C, Sr
Outlook: In winning the Division I state championship, the Hawks finished No. 1 in the MaxPreps National Computer Rankings for 2021. Brinker, the Boston Globe All-Scholastics Player of the Year, returns at catcher for the Hawks.

80. St. Laurence (Burbank, Ill.)
2021 Record:
Coach: Pete Lotus
Top players: Angelo Luna, Sr, CF; Osvaldo Ballasteros, RHP, Sr; Mikey Gentile, 3B/OF, Sr; Max Montgomery, OF, Sr; Jalen Headly, OF, Sr; Ryan Carroll, RHP, Sr; Jake Merda, 1B/C, Sr; Ty Czub, Sr, RHP; Dennis Helwig Jr, RHP, Sr; Johnny Wendling, C/3B, Jr; Jesse Contreras, MIF, Jr; Rodney Lester, LHP, Jr; Kannen Mosher, RHP, Soph
Outlook: The Vikings finished third in Class 3A last year, losing only to eventual champion Springfield, and winning the Chicago Catholic League Blue Division. The team’s 3-9 hitters also return and the team is experienced in the field.

81. Providence Catholic (New Lenox, Ill.)
2021 Record: 26-14
Coach: Mark Smith
Top players: Brayden Garrigan, SR, OF; .277, 4 HR; Tyler Young, MIF, Sr, .283; Gavin Gomez, Jr, 1B, .283; Alex Alberico, RHP, Sr, 5-2, 2.15, 64 K; Jack Wajda, RHP, Sr, 3-0, 3.00 ERA, 31 K; Ryan Hussey, RHP, Jr, 4-1, 2.80 ERA, 31 K; Tyler Young, RHP, Sr, 2-2, 2.16 ERA, 21 K; Drew Zemaitis, RHP, Jr, 29 K
Outlook: Pitching will be the key for a Providence Catholic team that is always in the thick of the Illinois Class 4A race. Six of the top seven pitchers return, accounting for 17 wins from last year.

82. Chiles (Tallahassee, Fla.)
2021 Record:
Coach: Dick Steed
Top Players: Parker McDonald, Sr, 2B, .412; Jaxson West, Sr, C, .379; Chris Stanfield, Sr, CF, .287; Grant Gallagher, Sr, SS, .264; Andy Thies, Sr, OF/3B; Dalton Knapp, Sr, OF/1B, .328; Davis Avera, OF/3B, Soph, .244; Bryce Jevyak, RHP, Jr, 4-1; Will Merrix, RHP, Sr, 5-2; Bryce Long, RHP, Sr.
Outlook: Returning experience is the key for the Timberwholves, who return seven of the team’s top nine offensive players along with 13 pitching wins.

83. Madison (Vienna, Va.)
2021 Record:
Coach: Mark Gjormand
Top Players: Bryce Elderidge, .555, P; Bannon Brazzell, C, Sr; Jaden Kritsky, CF, Sr; Bo Kuhlblank, MIF, Sr; Alex Jreige, LF, Sr; Tanner Wharton, 1B; Michael Gerber, IF: Connor Berry, LHP.
Outlook: Madison could make another run at a state championship after winning the Class 6 crown last year. They have one of the state’s best players on the mound and at the plate in Elderidge, who batted .555 and is ranked as one of the nation’s top pitchers. Coach Mark Gjormand expects his team to be athletic on defense and on the basepaths with Elderidge heading a deep pitching staff.

84. Berkeley Prep (Tampa, Fla.)
2021 Record:
Coach: Richie Warren
Top players: Cade Kurland, Jr, SS, .379, 5 HR; Anthony Castillo, Sr, 2B, .316; James Hankerson, Jr, 1B, .338, 5 HR; Owen McElfatrick, OF, .226; Gunnett Carlson, C, .260; JT Quinn, RHP, 3-2, 2.29 ERA; Andrew Jergins, LHP; Troy Reader, C; Drew Canody, CF.
Outlook: The Buccaneers lost in the quarterfinals to Westminster Christian, but could go deeper in the playoffs this year with the return of seven starters including four who signed college scholarships in November.

85. Millard South (Omaha, Neb.)
2021 Record:
Coach: Greg Geary
Top players: Camden Kozeal, SS, Jr, .376, 5 HR; Braden Cannon, Sr, 3B/P, .314; Brayden Smith, Sr, UT, .333, 4 HR; Nate Moquin, P, Sr, 9-1, 2.29 ERA; Ashton Jorges, Sr, C, .281; Conlin Grady, Jr, P/1B, 3-0, 0.34 ERA.
Outlook: The Patriots have a strong core of players back from last year’s state championship team, including three of the team’s top four hitters and 23 pitching wins. All-state pitcher Nate Moquin returns on the mound.

86. Madison-Ridgeland Academy (Madison, Miss.)
2021 Record:
Coach: Allen Pavatte
Top Players: Stone Blanton, Sr, .321; Peyton Martin, Sr, .351; Conner Stewart, Sr, .292; Ty Brooks, Sr Layton Landry, Sr; Carter Smith, Sr; JT Wynne, Sr.
Outlook: The Patriots finished second in the MAIS AAAA-1 to Jackson Prep, but five position players return along with four pitchers to give Madison Ridgeland an athletic team that is deep in pitching and loaded with experience.

87. Magnolia Heights (Senatobia, Miss.)
2021 Record:
Coach: Chris McMinn
Top Players: Cooper Pratt, Jr, SS/RHP; Keondre Fields, Jr, OF/RHP; Ethan Melton, Jr, Ut; Ethan Coley, Sr, OF; Drew Prosek, Jr, IF; Jackson Jenkins, Jr, IF; Will McClure, C, Jr.
Outlook: The Chiefs won the MAIS AAAA-2 state championship last year and return six starters from that group. Coach Chris McMinn feels the team will be experienced and strong on offense.

88. St. Xavier (Louisville, Ky.)
2021 Record:
Coach: Andy Porta
Top Players: Jacob Bennett, C, Sr, .337, 9 DB, 26 RBI; Hayden Guenthner, RHP, 3-0, 3.15 ERA; John Paul Jardina, RHP, 2-0, 1.91 ERA, .371; Luke Lantz, RHP, 6-2, 2.3 ERA, 41 Ks; Matthew Schaflein, OF; Ben Tedesco, RHP, 1-1, 2.88 ERA; Landon Akers, IF, .291, 19 RBI; Cooper Smith, IF, .286, 14 RBI; Jake Gregor, RHP, Soph, 3-2, 43 K.
Outlook: According to coach Andy Porta, the Tigers have strong senior leadership with five to seven Division 1 recruits. Porta also expects that this years’ schedule is among the toughest his team has faced in the past decade.

89. Cooper (Lubbock, Texas)
2021 Record:
Coach: Brad Wuensche
Top players: Kyle Lewis, SR, OF, 1st Team All State, .423; Kyler Jordan, SR, 1B, 1st Team All State, .451; Jude Cook, SR, IF/P, 9-2, 64 Ks, 2nd Team All State; Holt Gibson, SR, IF/P, All District; Caden Cline, SR, P, All District, 5-1, 2.1 ERA; Will Qualia, SR, P/1B, All District, 6-1, 3.8 ERA; Cutter Douglas, JR, OF/P, .319; Michael Smosna, SR, C/P; Colton Klemke, SR, P/OF; Kylar Galmor, SR, OF.
Outlook: Four all-district players and two all-state players from a team that went undefeated in district play return for the Pirates. Jordan and Lewis both earned all-state honors and are the top returning hitters.

90. Brother Rice (Chicago)
2021 Record:
Coach: Sean McBride
Top players: Nick Daugherty, LF, Sr, .335; Jack Lausch, CF, Sr, .290; Will Flanigan, 3B, Sr, .385; Amir Gray, 1B, Jr, .310; Zion Rose, C, Jr, .383; Bryce Nevils, C/OF, Jr, .275; Jacob Fenton, Sr, P, 3.62 ERA; Dylan Warda, Sr, LHP, 26 Ks; Cole Van Assen, P, Jr, 3-0, 2.6 ERA.
Outlook: Coach Sean McBride feels this year’s group of Crusaders could be as good as he’s ever had. The outfield has plenty of speed and the defense is strong up the middle. McBride feels that if his pitchers can throw strikes, his team will be tough to beat.

91. Marist (Chicago)
2021 Record:
Coach: Kevin Sefcik
Top players: George Bilecki, LHP, OF, Sr, .372; Collin Amsden, RHP/1B, Sr, 6-0, 36 Ks; Nate Voss, C, Sr, .253; Cal Sefcik, SS/RHP, Jr., 5-2, 1.77 ERA, 40 Ks, .360.
Outlook: Marist has some depth on the mound with a unique lineup that includes five left-handed pitchers. Coach Kevin Sefcik also expects the defense to be very solid along with an offense that returns four of the team’s top seven hitters.

92. Westminster Christian (Miami)
2021 Record:
Coach: Emil Castellanos
Top Players: Sal Stewart Jr., .534, 17 HR; René Ramirez, .320, 6 HR; D’Angelo Ortiz, .281; Julian Hernandez, P, 6-2, 2.12 ERA; Chirs Carroll; Allan Jorge, .300, 3 HR.
Outlook: Five of the top seven offensive players return for the Warriors, including MaxPreps Junior All-American Sal Stewart, who was among the national leaders in home runs with 17.

93. Danville (Ky.)
2021 Record:
Coach: Paul Morse
Top Players: Brady Baxter, Sr, RHP/3B/C, .457, 12 HR, 51 RBI, 6-0; Brady Morse, Sr, RHP/C, .434, 9 HR, 58 RBI, 8-1, 2.23 ERA, 58 Ks; Logan Smothers, Sr, .372, 7 HR, 33 RBI, 8-1; Preston Barnes, Sr, .376, 16 HR, 43 RBI; Jack Simpson, Sr, .306, 27 runs; KJ Stanfield, Sr, .298, 9 DBL;
Outlook: Power hitting was the key for Danville, which led the nation in home runs en route to a semifinal finish in the Kentucky state playoffs. Pitching will be the key this year as four Division 1 pitchers return along with two others who are likely headed to college. The power is still there, however as four players with at least 7 home runs return.

94. Rogers (Ark.)

2021 Record: 22-7
Coach: Matt Melson
Top Players: Ty Frakes, 1B; Finley Bunch, 2B; Noah Goodshield, SS; Josh Lawing, 3B; JT Melson, LF; Kade Seldomridge, CF; Madden Dillard, P; Braxton Haywood, P.
Outlook: The Mountaineers won the Class 6A state championship last year over Har-Ber. A total of six all-conference players return and coach Melson believes his team’s strengths are experience, pitching and defense.

95. Northwest Rankin (Brandon, Miss.)
2021 Record:
Coach: KK Aldridge
Top players: Nick Monistere, P, Sr, 11-1, 1.88 ERA, 97 K, .384; Ryan Herbison, P, Sr, 5-0, 1.50; Brady Thomas, C, .333.
Outlook: The Cougars lost to Madison Central in the Class 6A championship series. The top two pitchers on the team return, including Monistere who was among the state leaders in wins last year.

96. Yucaipa (Calif.)
2021 Record: 21-10
Coach: Ralph Grajeda
Top players: Jacob Reimer, 3B, Sr, .440; Owen Egan, OF, Jr, 4-1, 3.47 ERA. .384; Daniel Arambula, 2B, Soph, .414; Carter Herrera, RHP, Sr, 7-1, 3.37 ERA; Peyton Von Kaenel, RHP, Sr, 2-0, 3.96 ERA; Wyatt Doty, RHP, 3-3, 3.86 ERA; Luke Scherrer, RHP.
Outlook: The Thunderbirds reached the quarterfinals of the Southern Section Division 1 playoffs before falling to JSerra Catholic. A total of 16 pitching wins return along with seven of the team’s top nine hitters.

97. Rockwall (Texas)
2021 Record:
Coach: Barry Rose
Top Players: Mac Rose, Jr, RHP/C/IF, .308, 8-3, 60 K, 2.8 ERA; Lake Bennett, Jr, OF, .265, 16 RBI; Tyler Rollins, Sr, OF, .189; Brayden Randle, Jr, SS, .356, 41 RBI; Tate Sloan, Sr, 2B, .320, 9 DB, 31 RBI; Andrew Tellia, Sr, SS, .336, 10 DB, 33 RBI; Cade Crossland, LHP, 7-3, 58 Ks
Outlook: The Yellowjackets were co-champions in District 10-6A and they return five all-districte players along with all-state shortstop Brayden Randle.

98. Elk Grove (Calif.)
2021 Record:
Coach: Joe Belotti
Top Players: Andrew Hutcheson, Sr, IF, .275, 21 R, 13 RBI; Aiden Jimenez, Sr, IF, .285, 16 RBI, 23 R; Korey Williams, Sr, IF, .439, 16 RBI; Ryan Zamora, Sr, IF, .302, 27 RBI; Noah Canter, C, .385, 29 R, 22 RBI; Kade Brown, P, Sr.
Outlook: The Sac-Joaquin Section did not hold playoffs the past two seasons, but the Thundering Herd won the always rugged Delta League with a 16-2 record. Most of the team’s power hitters return and the pitching staff returns 14 wins.

99. St. Johns Country Day (Orange Park, Fla.)
2021 Record:
Coach: Tom Lucas
Top Players: Jordan Taylor, Sr, RHP, .406, 5 HR; Bradley Hodges, Sr, LHP/OF, .333, 1.56 ERA, 74 Ks, 44 IP; Finn Howell, Sr, RHP/MIF, 6-0, 1.65 ERA; Dalton Moore, Sr, 3B, .303, 18 RBI; Shawn Andrade, Jr, SS, .288.
Outlook: The Spartans reached the Class 2A state finals, losing to Out-of-Door Academy. The bulk of the pitching staff returns with four pitchers committed to Division 1 schools.

100. Pewaukee (Wis.)
2021 Record:
Coach: Adam Dobberstein
Top Players: Logan Dobberstein, P, Sr, 6-1, 2.00; Carson Hansen, OF, Sr, .484; Nick Doubek, OF, Sr, .510
Outlook: The Pirates reached the Division 1 semifinals last year and return three all-state players. Pewaukee might have the state’s top outfield with Carson Hansen and Nick Doubek. With Dobberstein returning on the mound, coach Adam Dobberstein feels that Pewaukee may have the best offensive and defensive team in school history, along with the best pitching staff.


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