LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Norco kept rolling this week to top three California schools among the first eight in the USA Today Sports/NFCA High School Super 25 poll.
The (11-0) Cougars have outscored opponents 41-5 over their last four games, including Saturday’s doubleheader sweep of Diamond Ranch by scores of 13-4 and 14-1.
Second-ranked Spain Park (22-1), meanwhile, beat rival Oak Mountain, 2-1, on Monday before suffering its first loss in Tuesday’s 14-7 slugfest with Hewitt-Trussville. No. 3 Hendrickson (20-0) stayed perfect with a 9-6 victory over Round Rock on Tuesday.
In a top-five showdown, No. 4 Pinnacle (18-1) dealt No. 5 Desert Ridge (11-1) its first loss on Tuesday in stunning fashion, 12-0 in five innings, while Lakewood Ranch (10-0) remained unbeaten on the strength of its stellar pitching (0.67 ERA) and solid hitting (.387).
In all, 20 of the 25 ranked teams have one or fewer losses so far this season, including No. 10 Willis (21-1), which beat Brenham, 3-2, on Tuesday in the bottom of the seventh, and reigning Kentucky state titlist Scott County (3-0) at No, 20, which has outscored its three opponents 27-0 and allowed just one hit in each contest.
State rankings submitted by NFCA member coaches are used to compile the USA Today Sports/NFCA High School Super 25.
USA Today Sports/NFCA High School Super 25 Poll – March 23, 2017
|2||Spain Park (Ala.)||22-1||NR|
|5||Desert Ridge (Ariz.)||11-1||NR|
|6||Lakewood Ranch (Fla.)||10-0||NR|
|7||Amador Valley (Calif.)||6-0||NR|
|8||Cape Fear (N.C.)||8-0||NR|
|9||Westminster Christian (Ala.)||27-1||NR|
|12||Los Alamitos (Calif.)||8-2||1|
|14||Bishop O’Connell (Va.)||4-0||13|
|15||La Habra (Calif.)||8-2||NR|
|16||D.H. Conley (N.C.)||6-0||NR|
|17||Coral Springs Charter (Fla.)||14-1||NR|
|19||Deer Park (Texas)||14-3||11|
|20||Scott County (Ky.)||3-0||22|
|21||Mater Dei (Calif.)||10-2||NR|
|23||Immaculate Heart Academy (N.J.)||0-0||18|
|25||South Granville (N.C.)||6-0||NR|