Champion Presents: Baseball Top 25

This week, the first where's national basketball rankings appear on NJ Insiders, <b>Russell County (Ala.)</b> remains unbeaten and keeps hold of the top spot in the rankings. Meanwhile, <b>La Cueva (N.M.)</b> drops to No. 25 after having its national-record 70-game winning streak snapped.

Rankings as of April 11, 2005

1. Russell County (Seale, Ala.) – (26-0) *1
The Warriors stayed perfect on the season by sweeping Benjamin Russell in a doubleheader. Russell County edged Benjamin Russell, 2-1, in extra innings in the first game and 5-2 in the second game. Junior left-hander Kasey Kiker struck out 14 in the first game, while senior outfielder Colby Rasmus hit his 16th homer of the season in the second game.

2. Roswell (Roswell, Ga.) – (12-0) *7
Roswell remained undefeated with a 6-3 victory over Kell.

3. Nova (Davie, Fla.) – (17-0) *3
Junior Donnie Amos went 2-for-2 with two homers and 3 RBI and scored four runs as Nova continued its perfect start with a 10-1 win over Deerfield Beach.

4. Rancho Bernardo (San Diego, Calif.) – (16-1) *4
Allan Dykstra had a homer, a triple and three RBI in Rancho Bernardo's 13-2 win over Rancho Buena Vista in the championship game of the North County Tournament.

5. Southridge (Miami, Fla.) – (18-0) *5
Southridge racked up 15 hits in a 12-2 thrashing of Killian. Tom Romanowski and Iden Nazario hit back-to-back homers as the Spartans plated five runs in the third inning.

6. Monsignor Pace (Opa Locka, Fla.) – (17-2) *6
Adrian Cardenas went 2-for-3 with a homer and two RBI, Chris Marrero had two doubles and three RBI and Anthony Perez struck out eight over four innings to lead Pace to a 16-7 win over Westminster Christian.

7. Chaparral (Scottsdale, Ariz.) – (19-2) *7
Senior Austin Yount earned the win in an 8-0 shutout victory over Sabino. It was the second straight shutout for the Firebirds, who blanked Basha, 19-0, in the previous game.

8. The Woodlands (The Woodlands, Texas) – (19-2) *8
Senior first baseman Taylor Davis hit three homers, including a grand slam, in a 13-3 win over Oak Ridge and added another grand slam in a 13-5 victory over Bellaire. Meanwhile, senior pitcher Kyle Walker tossed a no-hitter and struck out 13 in a 9-0 shutout of Klein Collins.

9. Moody (Corpus Christi, Texas) – (21-2-1) *9
Senior Jason Rodriguez went the distance, striking out 15 while allowing only five hits in Moody's 2-1 win over King.

10. Clovis West (Fresno, Calif.) – (16-1) *10
Mike Colla pitched a three-hitter with eight strikeouts and helped his own cause with a homer as Clovis West blanked Clovis, 7-0.

11. Pioneer (Ann Arbor, Mich.) – (1-0) *12
Senior right-hander Zach Putnam allowed only one hit, while striking out 10 and walking just two batters as Pioneer opened the season with a five-inning, 11-0 shutout of Brighton.

12. Roberson (Asheville, N.C.) – (12-1) *13
Roberson defeated Tuscola and Erwin last week.

13. Mills Godwin (Richmond, Va.) – (8-0) *14
Senior shortstop/right-hander Justin Bristow was 2-for-2 with two homers and three RBI and struck out 11 on the mound as Mills Godwin remained undefeated with a 9-6 win over Patrick Henry.

14. Brownsburg (Brownsburg, Ind.) – (3-0) *15
Brownsburg started off the season by scoring in double digits in its first three games, including a season opening, 13-0 win over Mooresville in which Lance Lynn picked up the win after striking out seven.

15. Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland, Calif.) – (9-0) *17
The Dragons continued their hot start with a 13-5 win over San Lorenzo. No. 9 hitter Nikko Wahl went 3-for-3 with two homers in the win. Senior left-hander Rashad Tucker picked up the victory.

16. Sarasota (Sarasota, Fla.) – (19-0) *18
The Sailors rise to No. 16 after moving to 19-0 on the season.

17. Paul VI Catholic (Fairfax, Va.) – (15-0) *NR
The Panthers have shown no signs of complacency this year after winning the VISBA state championship last year. With a 2-1 win over Gonzaga, the Panthers are now 15-0 on the season. Senior right-hander JT Richardson moved to 4-0 on the season by striking out 10 and allowing only three hits. He helped his own cause by slugging a double and a triple.

18. Owasso (Owasso, Okla.) – (16-2) *21
Owasso won three games last week at the Owasso Nike/Pro-Nine Classic, including a 12-2 victory over Sperry.

19. Bellarmine Prep (San Jose, Calif.) – (20-1) *NR
The Bells enter the rankings after winning 20 of their first 21 games this year, including a big 13-3 win over one of the state's top teams in St. Francis.

20. Flower Mound (Flower Mound, Texas) – (19-3-2) *11
Flower Mound was edged by Allen, 2-0, but lost to one of the nation's top junior pitchers in Shawn Tolleson. It was the Jaguars' only loss of the week as they earned wins over Plano and McKinney.

21. Niwot (Longmont, Colo.) – (10-0) *25
Senior left-hander Sean Ratliff tossed a no-hitter and struck out 16 in an 8-0 win over Ashland (Ky.).

22. Deering (Deering, Maine) – (0-0) *22
Deering begins its season April 19 against Westbrook.

23. Chatsworth (Chatsworth, Calif.) – (15-1) *NR
Chatsworth earned its 11th straight victory in an 18-0 victory over Reseda in five innings at the Chatsworth Tournament. Mike Moustakas had a homer, a triple and four RBI in the win. The Chancellors had won 54 consecutive games before losing to Hart, 4-3, on March 12.

24. South Garland (Garland, Texas) – (19-1-1) *19
South Garland suffered its first loss of the season in a 6-5 loss to Rowlett.

25. La Cueva (Albuquerque, N.M.) – (13-1) *16
The Bears had their national-record 70-game winning streak snapped in a 17-8 loss to Rio Grande in the APS City Championship. Rio Grande slammed 19 hits off the Bears.

Dropped Out:

No. 20 Columbus (Columbus, Ga.) – (11-3)

No. 23 Mosley (Lynn Haven, Fla.) – (16-2)

No. 24. Esperanza (Anaheim, Calif.) – (13-3)

* previous ranking

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