Lambert was able to capture the Georgia Class 6A state championship, but it missed out on a chance to overtake Barbe for the No. 1 ranking in the MaxPreps Xcllent 50 National Baseball Rankings.
Lambert split the first two games of the championship series against defending state champion Milton, but won the state title with a come-from-behind 2-1 win in the final game of the series.
Had Lambert swept Milton, it would have had a good argument to move past Barbe and into the No. 1 spot. However Barbe finished the season with more wins and more consecutive wins. It also did not drop a game in the postseason.
Puyallup could also make a case for No. 1, as it won 28 straight games (compared to 27 in a row by Barbe) and won the Washington Class 4A state title. However Barbe won 11 more games during the year and its two losses came during a tournament season in which it played 13 games in 16 days. Barbe also won seven straight games to claim a state title, compared to four for Puyallup, and it defeated two state champions (St. Thomas More, Evangel Christian) and a defending state champion (Catholic) during the season.
MaxPreps Xcellent 50 National Baseball Rankings1. (Last week 1) Barbe (Lake Charles, La.), 39-2
Louisiana Class 5A state champion. Season over.
2. (2) Lambert (Suwanee, Ga.), 36-2
Lambert defeated Milton 2-1 in the third game of the Class 6A state championship series to claim the title. Will Dunavant
knocked in the winning run in the fifth inning.3. (3) Puyallup (Wash.), 28-0
The Vikings finished the season undefeated by defeating South Kitsap 7-1 in the Washington Class 4A state championship game. Lane Griffin
went six innings for the win, giving up one run on five hits with two strikeouts. Darian Clemens
went 2-for-4 with a double in a 3-2 win over Woodinville in the semifinals.4. (5) Clovis (Calif.), 32-5
California Central Section Division I champion. Season over.5. (6) Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.), 30-3
Arizona Division I state champion. Season over.6. (7) Sumter (S.C.), 28-2-1
South Carolina Class 4A state champion. Season over.7. (9) Cosby (Midlothian, Va.), 20-0
Cosby won the Conference 3 championship by knocking off James River 5-1 in the championship game. Cosby also defeated Patrick Henry 10-0 in the semifinals.8. (10) Bryant (Ark.), 33-2
Arkansas Class 7A state champion. Season over.9. (16) Pearland (Texas), 37-5
Pearland advanced to the state semifinals by defeating Brazoswood 5-3 in the Region 3 finals. Skyler Valentine
and Jacob Barfield
were each 2-for-3 with Valentine hitting a triple and Barfield smashing a double.10. (4) Rancho Bernardo (San Diego), 30-4
Top-seeded Rancho Bernardo suffered a shocking 5-4 loss to Mira Mesa in the first round of the San Diego Open Division playoffs. However, Alex Jackson
had a triple and three RBIs in an 8-2 win over Carlsbad and the Broncos avenged the loss to Mira Mesa with a 12-3 victory in an elimination game. Jacob Gorman
was 3-for-4 with three RBIs in the victory. Rancho Bernardo faces Cathedral Catholic in an elimination game on Tuesday.11. (11) Fayetteville (Ark.), 30-4
Season over.12. (12) Stillwater (Okla.), 32-4
Oklahoma Class 6A state champion. Season over.13. (14) Spanish Fort (Ala.), 40-6
Alabama Class 5A state champion. Season over.14. (17) American (Hialeah, Fla.), 27-6
Florida Class 7A state champion. Season over.15. (18) South Dade (Homestead, Fla.), 22-7
Florida Class 8A state champion. Season over.
16. (19) Flanagan (Pembroke Pines, Fla.), 23-2
Season over.17. (24) Flower Mound (Texas), 32-11-2
Flower Mound defeated Marcus (Flower Mound) 4-1 and 11-0 to advance to the state semifinals. Kyle Johnston
threw a five-inning no-hitter with eight strikeouts in the 11-0 win.18. (28) Flora (Columbia, S.C.), 27-4
South Carolina Class 3A state champion. Season over.19. (29) North Florida Christian (Tallahassee, Fla.), 26-4
Florida Class 3A state champion. Season over.20. (20) Milton (Ga.), 28-8
Milton fell just short of defending its state championship, as it lost to Lambert 2-1 in the third game of the Class 6A state final.21. (30) St. Rita (Chicago), 33-4
St. Rita won its playoff opener against Hubbard 5-0 and then defeated Morton 10-0 in the second round. Mike Costanzo
struck out nine against Morton while Jake Shepski
hit a home run.22. (31) Stone Bridge (Ashburn, Va.), 20-1
Stone Bridge won the Conference 14 championship with a 6-5 win over Freedom (South Riding, Va.). JB Bukauskas
went 2-for-4 with two RBIs in the win.23. (32) Sterling Heights Stevenson (Mich.), 33-2
Stevenson captured a district championship by defeating Chippewa Valley 11-0 in the championship game and Fraser 15-0 in the semifinals. The 33 wins is a school record.24. (33) Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.), 25-6
Florida Class 5A state champion. Season over.25. (41) Freeman (Richmond, Va.), 22-1
Freeman won the 5A conference 11 championship with a 3-1 win over Godwin (Richmond) and also defeated Henrico (Richmond) 12-0 and Atlee (Mechanicsville), 10-0.The Next 25
26. (NR) Atascocita (Humble, Texas), 31-7
Atascocita defeated Plano 6-4 and 10-8 in the Region 2 finals to advance to the state semifinals.
27. (NR) Reagan (San Antonio), 32-6
Reagan defeated Eagle Pass 2-1 in the Region 4 final to reach the state semifinals.28. (43) Olympia (Orlando, Fla.), 25-3
Season over.29. (44) Carl Albert (Midwest City, Okla.), 38-4
Oklahoma Class 5A state champion. Season over.30. (45) Greenway (Phoenix), 28-4
Arizona Division II state champion. Season over.31. (46) New Hope (Columbus, Miss.), 32-4
Mississippi Class 5A state champion. Season over.32. (47) Indianapolis Cathedral, 24-3
Cathedral won its sectional tournament, defeating Lawrence North 6-5 in the championship game. It also beat Warren Central 11-0 in the semifinals.33. (48) St. Thomas More (Lafayette, La.), 31-5
Louisiana 4A state champion. Season over.34. (49) Oak Grove (Hattiesburg, Miss.), 27-6
Mississippi 6A state champion. Season over.35. (50) La Cueva (Albuquerque, N.M.), 26-3
New Mexico Class 5A state champion. Season over.36. (27) Sacred Heart-Griffin (Springfield, Ill.), 34-3
Sacred Heart-Griffin went 2-1 last week, beating Jacksonville 11-5 and Notre Dame 3-1 in the first two rounds of the playoffs, but fell to O'Fallon 9-3 in the final regular-season game.37. (NR) JSerra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.), 22-7
JSerra advanced to the Southern Section Division I semifinals with a 2-0 win over Edison (Huntington Beach). The Lions also defeated Valencia 6-5 earlier in the week.
38. (36) St. Francis (Mountain View, Calif.), 25-5
Season over.39. (NR) Hallsville (Texas), 34-4
Hallsville defeated Mansfield Legacy 3-2 and 6-0 to reach the Class 4A state semifinals.40. (NR) Lincoln-Way North (Frankfort, Ill.), 27-2
Lincoln-Way North is seeded No. 1 in its regional for the Illinois 4A state playoffs.41. (NR) Granite Hills (El Cajon, Calif.), 24-7
Granite Hills knocked off Cathedral Catholic 3-2 to reach the San Diego Section Open Division semifinals.42. (NR) Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati), 24-4
Moeller edged Mason 4-3 to advance to the Ohio Division I semifinals.43. (NR) George Ranch (Richmond, Texas), 33-7
George Ranch defeated Brenham 6-5 and 8-2 to reach the Class 4A state semifinals.44. (NR) Rockford (Mich.), 32-4
Rockford won the OK-Red Conference championship.45. (NR) Pennsville Memorial (N.J.), 28-2
Winner of the South Group 1 championship, Pennsville has wins over Bishop Eustace and Gloucester Catholic.46. (NR) West Forsyth (Clemmons, N.C.), 27-5
West Forsyth defeated Providence 10-5 and 2-1 to advance to the Class 4A state championship game.47. (21) Providence (Charlotte, N.C.), 26-6
Providence lost to West Forsyth 10-5 and 2-1 and was eliminated from the playoffs.48. (22) Ardrey Kell (Charlotte, N.C.), 28-3
Season over.49. (23) Marcus (Flower Mound, Texas), 32-10
Marcus lost to Flower Mound 11-0 and 4-1 in the regional finals and was eliminated from the playoffs.50. (NR) Aledo (Texas), 32-6
Aledo defeated Lubbock Monterey 6-2 and 5-4 to advance to the Class 4A state semifinals.
No. 8 Brother Rice (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), No. 13 Lee's Summit West (Mo.), No. 15 Norco (Calif.), No. 25 Eagle Pass (Texas), No. 26 Brazoswood (Clute, Texas), No. 34 Great Oak (Temecula, Calif.), No. 35 Walsh Jesuit (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio), No. 37 Carroll (Corpus Christi, Texas), No. 38 O'Connor (Helotes, Texas), No. 39 Carroll (Southlake, Texas), No. 40 Langham Creek (Houston), No. 42 Seton Hall Prep (West Orange, N.J.).