Video: Diving circus catch to seal state championship
Ryan Ramos of No. 21 La Cueva snags the title winner with an all-out effort.
The Florida and Texas baseball playoffs are well underway and it's those two states that feature the top five teams in the nation.
Calvary Christian (Clearwater, Fla.) remains at the top spot after winning its playoff opener. The Warriors have run their streak to 58 wins in a row and will look to add to that streak against Trinity Catholic (Ocala) this week.
No. 2 Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.) is not in the playoffs and has completed its season. Nevertheless, it's possible it could rise to No. 1 if Calvary Christian or No. 3 Argyle (Texas) fall.
Argyle is one of three Texas teams filling out the top five. The Eagles have advanced to the third round of the Class 4A playoffs, while No. 4 Cleburne advanced to the third round of the 5A playoffs and Lake Travis has reached the third round of the Class 6A playoffs.
Lake Travis might have one of the toughest trips to a state title as it must get through No. 50 Reagan (San Antonio) this week and possibly No. 18 McAllen in the next round.
Several states have already crowned champions. Among the state champs in this week's rankings include No. 8 John Curtis Christian (River Ridge, La.), No. 22 La Cueva (Albuquerque, N.M.) and No. 42 Central (Baton Rouge, La.)
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1. (Last week 1) Calvary Christian (Clearwater, Fla.), 28-0
The Warriors got a strong outing from Nolan Hudi
to open the Florida Class 4A playoffs with a 4-1 win over The First Academy (Orlando). Hudi picked up his 11th win of the season and finished with 11 strikeouts for the second straight outing. He has 98 strikeouts on the season with a 0.31 ERA. Calvary Christian faces Trinity Catholic (Ocala) in the second round of the playoffs. 2. (2) Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.), 26-0
Season over.3. (3) Argyle (Texas), 30-0
Argyle advanced to the third round of the Texas Class 4A state playoffs with a sweep of Aubrey. Argyle won the first game 11-1 on a pair of doubles and a home run by Preston King
. Sean Bolin
threw a three-hit shutout with five strikeouts in a 6-0 win in the second game. The Eagles take on Melissa in the third round.4. (5) Cleburne (Texas), 32-1-2
Cleburne blanked Wilson in two games, 10-0 and 6-0, to advance to the third round of the Class 5A state playoffs. Willie Rangel
threw a one-hit shutout with eight strikeouts in the 10-0 win, while Landon Cody
had a three-hit shutout with five strikeouts in the 6-0 victory. Cleburne meets Crowley in the third round.
5. (6) Lake Travis (Austin, Texas), 31-2
The Cavaliers finished off East Central 11-5 in the second game of their second-round Class 6A series as Jimmy Lewis
had a double and three RBIs in the win. Lake Travis also won the first game 2-1. They advance to play Reagan (San Antonio) in the third round.6. (7) Riverdale Baptist (Upper Marlboro, Md.), 32-1
The Crusaders faced little competition at a five-game tournament in Puerto Rico, beating TC Academy 5-0, Carolina Academy Reds 11-0, TC Academy Black 10-0, TC Academy Gold 7-0 and Bayamon Academy 5-0. 7. (4) Blessed Trinity (Roswell, Ga.), 34-3
The Titans suffered their first loss of the postseason, but they were able to hold on for the series win and advance to the Georgia Region AAAAA semifinals. Blessed Trinity beat Columbus 6-2 in the first game before falling 2-1 for just the third time this season. The Titans captured the rubber game 7-3. The Titans play Jefferson for the right to play in the championship game.8. (8) John Curtis Christian (River Ridge, La.), 30-4Will Ripoll
gave up two hits and one run while striking out 13 to lead John Curtis Christian to a 2-1 victory over St. Paul's for the Division I state championship. Jay Curtis
also had a home run in the game. The Patriots defeated Holy Cross 8-0 in the semifinals. Ian Landreneau
tossed a shutout, while Jordin Labruzza
had a home run in that win.9. (9) Flanagan (Pembroke Pines, Fla.), 24-1
The Falcons advanced to the second round of the Class 9A state playoffs with a 10-2 win over Taravella. Edinson Renteria
and Noah Martinez
both went 3-for-4 in the win. Flanagan will take on Stoneman Douglas (Parkland).10. (11) Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, Calif.), 26-3
The Wolverines finish the regular season with three wins over Crespi (Encino) 1-0, 12-3 and 5-0. Harvard-Westlake completes an impressive Mission League season with an 18-0 record.11. (13) Staley (Kansas City, Mo.), 31-1
Staley walloped Ruskin 37-0 in a game that featured 24 hits, eight doubles, two triples and a grand slam. Mason Majors
did the most damage, hitting two doubles and a grand slam and going 4-for-5 with 8 RBIs.12. (10) St. Xavier (Louisville, Ky.), 25-1
The Tigers went 5-1 during the week, losing their first game of the season to McCracken County, 7-6 in 10 innings. St. Xavier defeated DeSales (Louisville) 4-3, Scott County (Georgetown) 1-0, Collins (Shelbyville) 6-0, DuPont Manual (Louisville) 5-2, and Union County (Morganfield) 11-1.13. (14) Mill Creek (Hoschton, Ga.), 32-5
The Hawks took two from North Paulding in the quarterfinals, winning 6-4 and 5-2. Mill Creek advances to play Brookwood (Snellville) in the Region AAAAAAA semifinals.14. (16) O'Fallon (Ill.), 27-2-1
The Panthers are once again the top team in Illinois after Neuqua Valley's three losses last week. O'Fallon edged Granite City 7-6, despite being outhit 12-5. The Panthers also beat Belleville East 12-0 with Nick Boone
hitting a double and a ripple with three RBIs.
15. (17) Vianney (Kirkwood, Mo.), 31-2
The Griffins defeated Timberland 9-0 and Triad 8-2 last week. Luke Mann
threw five innings of one-hit ball with 11 strikeouts and also belted a double and a home run in a 9-0 win. Mann added a home run, along with CJ Cepicky
, in the 8-2 victory.16. (18) Har-Ber (Springdale, Ark.), 30-4
The Wildcats defeated Bryant 4-1 in the quarterfinals and Van Buren 6-5 in the semifinals to advance to the Class 7A state finals. Blake Adams
had a home run in the semifinal win and Blaze Brothers
had the walkoff hit.17. (20) Mountain Vista (Highlands Ranch, Colo.), 21-0
The Golden Eagles defeated Mullen (Denver) 17-2 and Legend (Parker) 10-5 in the regional playoffs. Sam Ireland
hit two home runs against Mullen and one against Legend to give him 11 on the season. Drew Stahl
and Clay Burke
also homered against Legend.18. (15) McAllen (Texas), 29-3-1
McAllen needed three games with Pharr San Juan Alamo, winning the first game 10-2 before falling in the second game 12-2. The managed to win the third game 3-1 and advance to play Alexander (Laredo) in the third round.19. (21) Valley Christian (San Jose, Calif.), 26-3-1
Won the WCAL tournament, beating Archbishop Riordan (San Francisco) 10-3 in the opener, Saint Francis (Mountain View) 7-4 in the semifinals and Serra (San Mateo) 6-1 in the finals. The Warriors meet Sacred Heart Prep (Atherton) in the first round of the Central Coast Section Open Division playoffs.20. (23) American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.), 23-3
The Patriots beat Goleman 10-0 in the first round of the Class 6A state playoffs. Cory Acton
had a double and a triple, while Julio Cortez
hit a home run in the win. They face Archbishop McCarthy (Fort Lauderdale) in second round.21. (24) La Cueva (Albuquerque, N.M.), 27-3
The Bears captured the Class 6A state championship for the second straight season, beating Piedra Vista 14-3 in the championship game. La Cueva defeated Cleveland 4-1 in the quarterfinals and Carlsbad 9-3 in the semifinals.22. (25) Liberty Christian (Lynchburg, Va.), 16-0
The Bulldogs remained unbeaten with a 12-2 win over Glass and a 14-1 win over Brookville. Wesley Clarke
and Jacob Williams
both had a double and a home run in the latter game. Pell Collins
and Christian Gordon
also went yard against Brookville. Clarke had a triple and a home run in the victory over Glass, while Quade Tomlin
added three doubles.23. (31) Wesleyan Christian Academy (High Point, N.C.), 20-1
Defeated Cannon 9-0 in the second round of the NCISSA playoffs. Nick Caldwell had a grand slam and Caleb Cozart added a home run to pace the Trojans, who play Charlotte Country Day School in the semifinals.24. (32) Faith Academy (Mobile, Ala.), 32-3
The Rams advanced to the Alabama Class 5A state finals with 12-3, 6-4 wins over St. Paul's Episcopal. They play Russellville for the championship.25. (22) Huntington Beach (Calif.), 24-4
Oilers split with Edison (Huntington Beach), losing 5-1 in the first
game and winning the second game 7-3. Ken Takada
had two home runs in
the win, while Nick Lopez
26. (12) Neuqua Valley (Naperville, Ill.), 24-3
Rough week for Neuqua Valley that included a 3-2 win over Waubonsie Valley (Aurora) and a 12-2 win over Lake Park (Roselle), but also included a 4-3 loss to Wheaton North and losses of 4-3 and 3-0 to Lake Park.27. (33) Eastlake (Chula Vista, Calif.), 23-3-1
The Titans picked up a pair of nonleague wins, beating Point Loma 5-2 and Francis Parker 8-1.
28. (34) Orange Lutheran (Orange, Calif.), 22-7
The Lancers won the Trinity League by a four-game margin after taking three from Santa Margarita, 6-2, 3-1, and 3-1.29. (35) Parkview (Lilburn, Ga.), 31-5
Parkview defeated Etowah 2-1 and 5-1 to advance to the Region AAAAAAA semifinals.30. (39) Puyallup (Wash.), 21-1
The Vikings defeated Kentlake (Kent) 6-1, and Tahoma (Maple Valley) 5-2 in postseason play. They open the state tournament against Kentlake.31. (41) Greenwood (Ark.), 31-3
The Bulldogs face Belton in the Class 6A state final after a 15-0 win over Jonesboro in the semis. They also beat Arkansas 6-3 in the quarterfinals.32. (43) Western Alamance (Elon, N.C.), 26-1
The Warriors won their first two games in the Class 3A state playoffs, beating Cleveland (Clayton) 11-0 and East Wake (Wendell) 14-0.33. (45) George Jenkins (Lakeland, Fla.), 24-3
The Eagles advanced to the second round of the Class 8A state playoffs with a 5-2 win over Wellington. They take on rival Lakeland.34. (47) George County (Lucedale, Miss.), 26-4
The Rebels reached the Class 6A state finals with a 2-1, 4-2 series sweep of Gulfport. George County takes on DeSoto Central (Southaven).35. (NR) St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), 23-3
The Raiders advanced to the second round of the Class 8A state playoffs with a 12-0 win over Spanish River. They will meet Coral Glades.36. (37) Joliet Catholic (Joliet, Ill.), 24-4
The Hilltoppers split two with Marist (Chicago), winning 9-2 and losing 5-2. They also defeated Hall (Spring Valley) 3-2.37. (38) Kingwood (Texas), 28-5-2
Kingwood lost its opener to Pearland 1-0, but won next two 4-3 and 15-0 to advance to third round of the Class 6A state playoffs.38. (42) Pope (Marietta, Ga.), 29-6
Advanced to the Region AAAAAA semifinals with a three-game series win over Houston County, 5-1, 2-4, 8-2. Pope plays River Ridge in the semifinals.
39. (46) Bishop England (Charleston, S.C.), 30-2
The Bishops lost only their second game of the season to Gilbert 3-2 in the Lower State Championship series, but defeated Gilbert 2-1 to advance to the AAA state championships series against Seneca. Bishop England won its first game of the series 2-1.40. (40) Colleyville Heritage (Colleyville, Texas), 29-6
Took Aledo in three games, losing the opener 3-2 before winning the next two 4-1 and 4-2.41. (48) Spring-Ford (Royersford, Pa.), 18-2
Defeated Pottsgrove 10-0 and Boyertown 6-4, but lost to Owen J. Roberts 6-5 last week.
42. (NR) Central (Baton Rouge, La.), 28-12-1
For the second straight season, Central overcame the odds to win a Class 5A state title. This time they beat Barbe (Lake Charles) 10-5 in the semifinals and Sulphur 4-0 in the championship game.43. (50) Zachary (La.), 35-4
The Broncos were eliminated from the postseason by eventual state champion Central (Baton Rouge), but they had four wins over the Wildcats during the season.44. (NR) Vero Beach (Fla.), 25-2
The Indians have one of the best records in the state and they advanced to the second round of the Class 9A playoffs with a 1-0 win over Alonso.45. (NR) La Mirada (Calif.), 25-3-1
The Matadores are one of the top-ranked teams in the Southern Section Division I rankings and they finished 12-0 in the Suburban League last week.46. (NR) Auburn (Ala.), 33-7
The Tigers swept Smith Station 2-1, 7-1 to advance to the Class 7A state championship game in Alabama.47. (NR) Woodstock (Ga.), 32-5
Woodstock advanced to the Region AAAAAAA semifinals for the second straight season with a 9-2, 11-1 sweep of Grayson (Loganville). The Wolverines face Parkview. 48. (NR) Basic (Henderson, Nev.), 30-5
The two-time defending state champions have once again emerged as the team to beat in Class 4A after beating Rancho (Las Vegas) 12-10 for the Sunrise championship. They advance to the state tournament this week.
49. (NR) Providence (Charlotte, N.C.), 23-3
The Panthers are the No. 1 seed out of the West and have advanced to the third round with a 3-2 win over Independence (Charlotte). Providence faces Ardrey Kell.50. (NR) Reagan (San Antonio), 30-6
The Rattlers blanked Clark (San Antonio) 10-0 in a single-game series to advance to a third-round game against Lake Travis (Austin).Dropped out:
No. 19 Coppell (Texas), No. 26 Arcadia (Calif.), No. 27 Niceville (Fla.), No. 28 Gulfport (Miss.), No. 29 Sam Houston (Lake Charles, La.), No. 30 Desert Oasis (Las Vegas), No. 36 Lake Norman (Mooresville, N.C.), No. 44 Westmoore (Oklahoma City), No. 49 Barbe (Lake Charles, La.).