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Although there are still two more releases of the MaxPreps Xcellent 50 National High School Baseball Rankings, Argyle (Texas) has captured the No. 1 overall ranking and the national championship.
It would be easy to dismiss the type of season Argyle had this year simply because it's a Class 4A school — the third-highest level in Texas — and not in the state's largest classification. However, that type of thinking overlooks the tremendous season the Eagles put together.
In defeating Sweeny 5-0 for the state championship, Argyle has now reached the state championship game three of the past five seasons and has won two state titles in four years. Argyle also finishes the season with a 37-game winning streak (the longest active streak in the nation) and racked up the wins in impressive fashion.
Argyle outscored opponents 328-44, posting 20 shutouts along the way. Argyle also scored in double figures 22 times. The Eagles also had just three one-run wins during the year. In the playoffs, Argyle won six games by 10 or more runs. During the regular season, Argyle also beat several Class 6A teams, including shutout wins over Midway (Waco) and Sachse — both of which won over 20 games during the season.
Argyle also finishes ahead of Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.) and Riverdale Baptist (Upper Marlboro, Md.) because it competed in the postseason. Argyle needed to get through seven postseason rounds while the other two teams only played a regular season schedule.
MaxPreps Top 50 National High School Baseball Rankings
1. (Last week 1) Argyle (Texas), 37-0
The Eagles dominated the Class 4A state tournament, beating Jasper 14-4 in the semifinals and shutting out Sweeny 5-0 in the championship game. Argyle won 20 games by 10 runs or more during the season and won 21 games by shutout. Season over.2. (2) Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.), 26-0
Season over.3. (3) Riverdale Baptist (Upper Marlboro, Md.), 32-1
Season over.4. (22) Carroll (Southlake, Texas), 35-6
The Dragons won the Class 6A state tournament by defeating Reagan (San Antonio) 7-2. Carroll also knocked off The Woodlands 3-1 in the semifinals. Season over.5. (4) John Curtis Christian (River Ridge, La.), 30-4
Louisiana Division I state champion. Season over. 6. (5) Vianney (Kirkwood, Mo.), 37-2
Missouri Class 5 state champion. Season over.7. (6) Mountain Vista (Highlands Ranch, Colo.), 26-1
Colorado Class 5A state champion. Season over.8. (7) Har-Ber (Springdale, Ark.), 31-4
Arkansas Class 7A state champion. Season over.9. (8) Valley Christian (San Jose, Calif.), 29-3-1
CIF Central Section Open Division champion. Season over.10. (9) La Cueva (Albuquerque, N.M.), 27-3
New Mexico Class 6A state champion. Season over.11. (10) Calvary Christian Academy (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), 17-15
Florida Class 4A state champion. Season over.12. (11) Calvary Christian (Clearwater, Fla.), 30-1
Season over.13. (12) Wesleyan Christian Academy (High Point, N.C.), 23-1
North Carolina NCISAA Class 3A state champion. Season over.14. (18) St. Xavier (Louisville, Ky.), 35-2
The Tigers advanced to the semifinals of the state tournament by beating Pleasure Ridge Park 13-7 in the first round and Boyle County 7-5 in the quarterfinals. St. Xavier plays Hazard in the semifinals.15. (13) Faith Academy (Mobile, Ala.), 34-3
Alabama Class 5A state champion. Season over.16. (16) Parkview (Lilburn, Ga.), 36-6
Georgia Region AAAAAAA state champion. Season over.17. (19) St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), 27-3
Florida Class 7A state champion. Season over.18. (20) Greenwood (Ark.), 32-3
Arkansas Class 6A state champions. Season over.19. (14) Reagan (San Antonio), 36-7
The Rattlers knocked off Cypress Ranch 5-1 to advance to the Class 6A state championship game, where they fell to Carroll (Southlake) 7-2. Season over.20. (15) Lake Travis (Austin, Texas), 31-4
21. (21) Auburn (Ala.), 35-7
Alabama Class 7A state champions. Season over.22. (23) Pope (Marietta, Ga.), 33-7
Georgia Region AAAAAA state champion. Season over.23. (24) Bishop England (Charleston, S.C.), 31-2
South Carolina Class 3A state champions. Season over.24. (25) Capistrano Valley (Mission Viejo, Calif.), 25-10
CIF Southern Section Division I champion. Season over.25. (26) Orange Lutheran (Orange, Calif.), 25-8
Season over.Next 25
26. (27) Central (Baton Rouge, La.), 28-12-1
Louisiana Class 5A state champion. Season over.27. (28) Zachary (La.), 35-4
Season over.28. (29) New Hanover (Wilmington, N.C.), 28-1
North Carolina Class 3A state champion. Season over.29. (31) O'Connor (Phoenix), 22-10
Arizona Class 6A state champion. Season over.30. (32) Loganville (Ga.), 35-6
Georgia Region AAAAA state champion. Season over.
31. (33) DeSoto Central (Southaven, Miss.), 29-9
Mississippi Class 6A state champion. Season over.32. (35) Aurora (Mo.), 29-1
Missouri Class 4 state champion. Season over.
33. (36) Saint Francis (Mountain View, Calif.), 24-8
CIF Central Coast Section Division II champion. Season over.34. (37) De La Salle (Concord, Calif.), 26-4
CIF North Coast Section Division I champion. Season over.
35. (38) Torrey Pines (San Diego), 29-6
CIF San Diego Section Open Division champion. Season over.36. (39) Foothill (Santa Ana, Calif.), 25-8
Season over.37. (40) Bishop Kelley (Tulsa, Okla.), 29-5
Oklahoma Class 5A state champion. Season over.38. (41) Baldwin (Wailuku, Hawaii), 17-1
Hawaii Division I state champion. Season over.39. (42) Jefferson (Ga.), 28-12
Georgia Region AAAA state champion. Season over.40. (43) Blessed Trinity (Roswell, Ga.), 34-6
Season over.41. (44) Olentangy Liberty (Powell, Ohio), 30-4
Ohio Division I state champion. Season over.42. (46) Malvern Prep (Malvern, Pa.), 30-7
PAISA state champion. Season over.43. (47) St. Augustine Prep (Richland, N.J.), 26-4
The Hermits defeated Delbarton 1-0 to capture the New Jersey Non-Public A state championship. Season over.44 (48) Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, Calif.), 26-4
Season over.45. (49) George Jenkins (Lakeland, Fla.), 26-4
Season over.46. (50) Jefferson (Tampa, Fla.), 22-8
Florida Class 6A state champion. Season over.47. (NR) Plainfield North (Plainfield, Ill.), 29-7-1
Plainfield North defeated Huntley 4-3 for the Illinois Class 4A state championship. Season over.48. (NR) Merritt Island (Fla.), 24-7
Season over.49. (NR) American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.), 24-4
Season over.50. (NR) La Salle College (Wyndmoor, Pa.), 23-3
The Explorers advanced to the semifinals of the Pennsylvania Class 6A playoffs with a 4-1 win over Conestoga in the first round and 13-0 win over Red Lion in the quarterfinals.Dropped out:
No. 17 O'Fallon (Ill.), No. 30 Ardrey Kell (Charlotte, N.C.), No. 32 Cypress Ranch (Houston), No. 45 Godley (Texas).