Champion Presents: Baseball Top 25

New No. 17 <b>Madison Central (Miss.)</b> enters this week's National Baseball Top 25 after continuing its undefeated start. Meanwhile, <b>Southridge (Fla.)</b> drops to No. 18 after suffering its first loss of the season.<br>

Rankings as of April 18, 2005

1. Russell County (Seale, Ala.) – (28-0) *1
Russell County continued its undefeated start with an 8-1 victory over Valley. Junior lefty Kasey Kiker improved to 8-0 on the season by striking out eight over six innings.

2. Nova (Davie, Fla.) – (20-0) *3
Nova remained unbeaten with an 11-0 shutout of Northeast. Pablo Lopez upped his record to 10-0 on the season with the win and catcher Robert Lara led the offense by going 3-for-3 with a homer and three RBI.

3. Monsignor Pace (Opa Locka, Fla.) – (19-2) *6
Tommy Mendoza stayed undefeated (6-0) after allowing six hits and striking two in six innings in Monsignor Pace's 8-3 victory over Brito. Chris Marrero hit his fourth homer of the season to pace the offensive attack.

4. Chaparral (Scottsdale, Ariz.) – (21-2) *7
Tim Sherlock had an RBI double and Jason Jarvis' RBI single put Chaparral up for good in a 5-3 win over Apache Junction.

5. The Woodlands (The Woodlands, Texas) – (21-2) *8
Junior Kyle Drabek (7-0) tossed a one-hitter and struck out seven as The Woodlands blanked Klein, 15-0. Senior Kyle Walker followed that up with his second straight no-hitter in a 10-0 shutout of Klein Forest. Walker finished the game with 13 strikeouts. The Highlanders have won nine straight.

6. Moody (Corpus Christi, Texas) – (23-2-1) *9
Moody's only two losses this season are to Ray and the Trojans exacted some revenge with a 4-1 win. Luis Flores (5-0) picked up the win by scattering five hits and he helped his own cause by driving in a run.

7. Clovis West (Fresno, Calif.) – (18-1) *10
Clovis West earned a 3-0 win over Central in which Mike Colla pitched a five-hit shutout. Central had handed Clovis West its only loss this season.

8. Pioneer (Ann Arbor, Mich.) – (9-0) *11
Pioneer extended its winning streak to 32 games by winning three games at the Blissfield Invitational. In a 5-2 win over Blissfield, Zach Putnam struck out 10 over four innings and had four hits at the plate.

9. Roswell (Roswell, Ga.) – (15-1) *2
Roswell lost to Lassiter, 5-3, but rebounded to blank Wheeler, 10-0. However, the loss drops Roswell to No. 9.

10. Roberson (Asheville, N.C.) – (13-1) *12
Cameron Maybin scored two runs in Roberson's 8-7 victory over Enka to become the state's all-time leader in runs scored. Maybin scored his 145th and 146th runs of his career to break Mickey Burgess' previous state mark of 144.

11. Mills Godwin (Richmond, Va.) – (11-0) *13
Justin Bristow and Mills Godwin blanked Hermitage, 4-0, to hand the Panthers (11-1) their first loss of the season. Bristow allowed just three hits, struck out 13 and walked two in six innings of work.

12. Brownsburg (Brownsburg, Ind.) – (8-0) *14
Brownsburg improved to 8-0 with a doubleheader sweep of Lebanon. Matt Snyder struck out 12 in the first game to earn the win, while Lance Lynn belted a grand slam and drove in six runs.

13. Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland, Calif.) – (12-0) *15
Senior left-hander and Fresno State recruit Rashad Tucker pitched a no-hitter in an 11-0, five-inning victory over Tennyson. O'Dowd's 12-0 mark is the best start for the Dragons in school history.

14. Sarasota (Sarasota, Fla.) – (21-0) *16
The Sailors scored three runs in the sixth inning to defeat Plant City, 4-1. Sarasota earned his 600th career victory with the win.

15. Rancho Bernardo (San Diego, Calif.) – (18-2) *4
The Broncos lost to Poway, 12-5, and dropped to No. 15 as a result. Rancho Bernardo did bounce back with wins over Westview and Torrey Pines.

16. Flower Mound (Flower Mound, Texas) – (21-4-2) *20
Flower Mound won three games last week, including a 9-1 triumph over Mesquite Poteet. Ryan Millard earned the win by allowing two hits over four innings.

17. Madison Central (Madison, Miss.) – (26-0) *NR
Madison Central earns a spot in the rankings after it continued its undefeated start with a 16-1 victory over West Point. Madison Central had 19 hits in the win and Charles Bush slugged two homers.

18. Southridge (Miami, Fla.) – (20-1) *5
Coral Gables cruised past Southridge, 11-1, to hand the Spartans their first loss of the season. As a result, Southridge drops to No. 18.

19. Niwot (Longmont, Colo.) – (13-0) *21
Senior left-hander Sean Ratliff and the rest of the Cougars show no signs of slowing down. Niwot earned a key conference victory by defeating Northridge, 6-3, as Ratliff struck out 12 over six innings.

20. Chatsworth (Chatsworth, Calif.) – (18-1) *23
Sophomore third baseman Matt Dominguez showed off his power skills by slugging a three-run homer and a double in Chatsworth's 15-5, five-inning victory over Westlake at the Chatsworth Tournament.

21. Elder (Cincinnati, Ohio) – (11-0) *NR
Elder enters the rankings after winning its first 11 games of the season. The Panthers edged Oak Hills, 8-7, as junior Robb Thompson drove in three runs, while junior Chris Fishburn knocked in two.

22. Deering (Deering, Maine) – (0-0) *22
Deering opens its season tonight against Westbrook.

23. South Garland (Garland, Texas) – (22-1-1) *24
Scotty Hancock hit a home run and a double as South Garland defeated Mesquite, 12-5.

24. La Cueva (Albuquerque, N.M.) – (18-1) *25
La Cueva outscored Del Norte, 28-3, in a sweep of a doubleheader.

25. Paul VI Catholic (Fairfax, Va.) – (17-1) *17
The Panthers defeated St. Mary's Ryken and Bishop O'Connell last week, but suffered their first loss of the season in a 5-3 setback to Good Counsel. Scott Eastment pitched a no-hitter and struck out five in the 11-0 win over St. Mary's Ryken.

Dropped Out:

No. 18 Owasso (Owasso, Okla.) – (21-3)

No. 19 Bellarmine Prep (San Jose, Calif.) – (22-2)

* previous ranking

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