Champion Presents: Baseball Top 25

In this week's National Baseball Top 25, former No. 2 <b>Nova (Fla.)</b> drops to No. 11 after losing to <b>St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.)</b> for its first loss of the season. St. Thomas Aquinas moves into the rankings at No. 20 with the win. Meanwhile, former No. 15 <b>Rancho Bernardo (Calif.)</b> falls out of the Top 25 after losing to new No. 25 <b>Poway (Calif.)</b> for the second time in two weeks.<br>


Rankings as of April 25, 2005

1. Russell County (Seale, Ala.) – (29-0) *1
Brothers Colby, Cyle and Cory Rasmus were among six different Warriors who homered in Russell County's 10-0 win over Benjamin Russell. Colby, who was recently selected to play in the All-American Baseball Game, is hitting .490 with 18 homers and 48 RBI. With his 18 homers, Rasmus is two homers shy of tying Bo Jackson's single-season state home run mark of 20. Russell County, which is the Area 4 champion, will open the first round of the Class 5A state playoffs at home against Wetumpka.

2. Monsignor Pace (Opa Locka, Fla.) – (21-2) *3
Chris Marrero went 2-for-3 and slugged his seventh homer of the season as the Spartans edged Chaminade, 6-5.

3. The Woodlands (The Woodlands, Texas) – (23-2) *5
Senior left-hander Kyle Walker tossed his third straight no-hitter to lead the Highlanders to a 13-0 shutout of Conroe. Walker struck out 10 and improved to 6-2 on the season.

4. Moody (Corpus Christi, Texas) – (24-2-1) *6
Senior right-hander Luis Flores went all seven innings and scattered three hits while striking out seven as Moody picked up a key District 28-5A victory with a 2-1 win over Carroll.

5. Pioneer (Ann Arbor, Mich.) – (11-0) *8
Pioneer's doubleheader sweep of Dexter earned the Pioneers their 33rd and 34th consecutive victories. Pioneer outscored Dexter 30-0 in the two games with a 16-0, four-inning victory in the first and a 14-0, five-inning win in the second.

6. Roberson (Asheville, N.C.) – (14-1) *10
Roberson defeated Asheville, 11-1, to improve to 14-1 on the season. Senior outfielder Cameron Maybin, who is rated the No. 2 overall prospect in the Class of 2005 by SchoolSports.com, signed with Southern University. Maybin, who is projected to go in the Top 10 in June's MLB Draft, is batting .689 with nine homers, five doubles, 24 RBI and 19 stolen bases thru 15 games.

7. Mills Godwin (Richmond, Va.) – (12-0) *11
Junior Graham Stoneburner struck out 11 and junior Matt Blow went 3-for-3 as Mills Godwin defeated Douglas Freeman, 7-0.

8. Brownsburg (Brownsburg, Ind.) – (13-0) *12
Brownsburg's 13-0 start this year has been keyed by junior right fielder Gary King, who is batting a team-high .600 with six doubles, a triple and 16 RBI.

9. Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland, Calif.) – (15-0) *13
Bishop O'Dowd picked up wins over Moreau Catholic, Arroyo and Mt. Eden last week. Rashad Tucker (4-0), Tyson Ross (6-0) and Jeff Kobernus (3-0) picked up the victories. The Dragons have outscored their opponents 129-27 this season thanks to a team batting average of .341 and a team ERA of 1.10.

10. Sarasota (Sarasota, Fla.) – (23-0) *14
Senior left-handers Blake Bockhold and Jake Hlavach combined to blank Lakewood Ranch, 2-0. Bockhold (8-0) went five innings and allowed only four hits to pick up the win, while Hlavach followed him up by striking out five in two innings of work.

11. Nova (Davie, Fla.) – (21-1) *2
Nova drops to No. 11 after suffering its first defeat of the season in an 8-6 loss to new No. 20 St. Thomas Aquinas. William Block hit his eighth homer of the season for the Titans.

12. Flower Mound (Flower Mound, Texas) – (23-4-2) *16
The Jaguars won two games last week, including an 8-1 victory over Plano East in which senior right-hander Craig Italiano picked up the win after striking out eight and allowing just one run over four innings. Italiano is rated the No. 38 overall prospect in the Class of 2005 by SchoolSports.com.

13. Madison Central (Madison, Miss.) – (29-0) *17
Senior second baseman Drew Hegi drove in the game-winning run with a single in the bottom of the seventh to lift Madison Central to a 5-4 victory over Meridian in the first round of the Class 5A state playoffs. The Jaguars went on to sweep Meridian, 12-0, and will travel to face Southaven in the second round on April 29.

14. Niwot (Longmont, Colo.) – (16-0) *19
Nick Saraceni and Winslow Taylor each went 2-for-4 with three RBI as Niwot cruised to a 12-4 win over Fort Lupton.

15. Chatsworth (Chatsworth, Calif.) – (21-1) *20
Mike Moustakas went 3-for-4 with a double, a triple and two RBI to lead Chatsworth to a 6-1 win over San Fernando at the Chatsworth Invitational.

16. Elder (Cincinnati, Ohio) – (14-0) *21
Senior Andrew Dinkelacker smashed a three-run homer in Elder's 4-0 win over Badin. Senior Charlie Leesman struck out 10 and allowed just four hits over seven innings to pick up the win.

17. Catalina Foothills (Tucson, Ariz.) – (25-1) *NR
Catalina Foothills enters the Top 25 after running its record to 25-1 on the season.

18. Clovis West (Fresno, Calif.) – (19-2) *7
Clovis West falls to No. 18 after losing to Buchanan, 8-2. Still, Clovis West doesn't drop too far because it rebounded to defeat Buchanan, 13-4.

19. Chaparral (Scottsdale, Ariz.) – (23-3) *4
Chaparral drops all the way to No. 19 after losing to Goodyear Millennium, 4-3.

20. St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) – (20-3) *NR
St. Thomas Aquinas earns its place in the rankings not only because it beat then-No. 2 Nova, 8-6, but also because it has earned victories over new No. 2 Monsignor Pace and 2004 Class 6A state champion Cypress Bay. Senior shortstop Mike Marseco blasted two homers in last week's win over Nova, which dropped to No. 11.

21. Deering (Deering, Maine) – (1-0) *22
The defending Class A champion Rams opened their season with a 5-3 victory over Westbrook. Mike D'Andrea tied the game at three with an RBI single in the seventh, while Jeff Skillin knocked in two runs with a single in the eighth to give Deering the win.

22. South Garland (Garland, Texas) – (24-1-1) *23
South Garland keeps rolling with victories over Garland Namaan Forest and Dallas Christian last week.

23. Roswell (Roswell, Ga.) – (16-2) *9
Roswell plummets to No. 23 after losing to Pope, 8-6.

24. La Cueva (Albuquerque, N.M.) – (21-1) *24
The Bears had a doubleheader sweep over Manzano to clinch the District 2-5A title and earn the first playoff berth for the Class 5A state tournament.

25. Poway (Poway, Calif.) – (18-3) *NR
Poway enters the rankings at No. 25 after knocking then-No. 15 Rancho Bernardo out of the Top 25 with an 8-5 victory over the Broncos. It was Poway's second win over Rancho Bernardo in the last two weeks.

Dropped Out:

No. 15 Rancho Bernardo (San Diego, Calif.) – (19-4)

No. 18 Southridge (Miami, Fla.) – (21-3)

No. 25 Paul VI Catholic (Fairfax, Va.) – (19-2)

* previous ranking

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