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Jasper up to No. 1; Loogootee cracks top 10

The Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association Top 10 poll after week six. Records are through games of Saturday, May 9, with total votes in parentheses and the team’s previous week ranking (NR-RV: not ranked-received votes).

CLASS 4A
1. Indpls. Cathedral 16-1 (118) 1
2. Floyd Central 17-3 (94) T2
3. Lawrence North 18-4 (92) T5
4. Columbus North (82) 4
5. Lake Central 14-3 (68) T5
6. LaPorte 17-4 (66) T2
7. McCutcheon 12-4 (38) T7
8. Hobart 16-3 (24) NR-RV
9. Center Grove 14-2 (20) NR
10. Zionsville 8-2 (18) T7
Dropped out: Avon (9), Crown Point (10).
Received votes: Avon, Bedford North Lawrence, Castle, Connersville, Crown Point, Huntington North, Westfield.

CLASS 3A
1. Jasper 18-0 (96) T2

T2. Crawfordsville 20-3 (68) T2
T2. Silver Creek 15-2 (68) 4
4. Andrean 12-2 (66) 5
5. Hanover Central 17-3 (56) 1
T6. Norwell 15-3 (50) 8
T6. Yorktown 16-3 (50) 7
8. Leo 17-2 (44) T9
9. Puru 11-4 (36) 6
10. West Vigo 14-3 (4) NR-RV
Dropped out: North Harrison (T9).
Received votes: Bellmont, Charlestown, New Haven.

CLASS 2A
1. Knightstown 16-1 (98) 1
2. Lapel 15-3 (84) T2
3. South Spencer 14-2 (80) T2
4. Fort Wayne Canterbury 13-1 (60) 7
5. Lafayette Central Catholic 16-5 (56) 8
6. Cass (Lewis-Cass) 4-0 (52) 5
7. Alexandria 14-6 (32) 6
8. Wapahani 14-7 (26) 4
9. Eastern (Greentown) 14-5 (24) T9
10. Hebron 14-3 (18) NR-RV
Dropped out: Sullivan (T9).
Received votes: Churubusco, Forest Park, Sullivan.

CLASS A
1. Pioneer 12-1 (112) 2
2. Rockville 14-5 (80) T4
3. Rising Sun 11-3 (72) 6
4. South Central (Elizabeth) 11-7 (50) 3
5. North White 13-5 (40) 10
6. Frontier 14-6 (36) T4
7. Orleans 11-5 (34) 1
8. Shakamak 3-2 (30) T8
9. Jac-Cen-Del 11-5 (24) T8
10. Loogootee 12-5 (20) NR-RV
Dropped out: Caston (7).
Received votes: Caston, Daleville, Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian, Hauser, Morgan Township, Northeast Dubois, Tecumseh.

Jasper, South Spencer only area representatives in IHSBCA Top 10

The Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association Top 10 poll after week five. Records are through games of Saturday, May 2, with total votes in parentheses and the team’s previous week ranking (NR-RV: not ranked-received votes).

CLASS 4A
1. Indpls. Cathedral 16-1 (140) 1
2. Floyd Central 15-2 (110) 2
2. LaPorte 16-2 (110) 3
4. Columbus North (64) T6
5. Lawrence North 14-2 (52) 5
5. Lake Central 7-2 (52) 4
7. Zionsville 8-2 (48) T6
7. McCutcheon 10-3 (48) 8
9. Avon 12-4 (32) NR-RV
10. Crown Point 11-5 (16) NR
Dropped out: Bedford N. Lawrence (9), Harrison (W. Lafayette) (10).
Received votes: Bedford N. Lawrence, Castle, Columbus East, Connersville, Crown Point, Ev. North, Hobart, Huntington North, Lafayette Jefferson, Mishawaka, Munster, Terre Haute North, Westfield.

CLASS 3A
1. Hanover Central 16-0 (110) 2
2. Jasper 16-0 (96) 3
2. Crawfordsville 16-2 (96) 1
4. Silver Creek 13-1 (84) 5
5. Andrean 12-2 (82) 4
6. Peru 9-2 (48) T8
7. Yorktown 11-3 (28) T6
8. Norwell 9-3 (26) T6
9. N. Harrison 11-5 (20) T8
9. Leo 12-2 (20) NR-RV
Dropped out: Charlestown (10).
Received votes: Charlestown, F.W. Dwenger, Frankfort, Lebanon, New Haven, W. Vigo.

CLASS 2A
1. Knightstown 13-1 (94) 1
2. Lapel 13-2 (68) 8
2. S. Spencer 12-2 (68) 2
4. Wapahani 13-5 (66) 4
5. Cass (Lewis-Cass) 3-0 (60) T8
6. Alexandria 11-4 (54) 3
7. F.W. Canterbury 9-1 (50) 6
8. Lafayette Central Catholic 12-5 (48) 5
9. Sullivan 11-4 (10) 7
9. Eastern (Greentown) 11-4 (10) NR-RV
Dropped out: Austin (10).
Received votes: Austin, Churubusco, Forest Park, Hebron, N. Newton.

CLASS A
1. Orleans 10-3 (90) 1
2. Pioneer 12-1 (86) 4
3. S. Central (Elizabeth) 10-6 (80) 2
4. Rockville 11-3 (68) 3
4. Frontier 12-5 (68) 6
6. Rising Sun 8-3 (48) T8
7. Caston 10-4 (22) NR-RV
8. Jac-Cen-Del 8-4 (14) NR-RV
8. Shakamak 2-2 (14) 5
10. N. White 9-3 (12) NR-RV
Dropped out: F.W. Blackhawk Christian (7), Barr-Reeve (T8), Hauser (10).
Received votes: Barr-Reeve, Daleville, F.W. Blackhawk Christian, Hauser, Loogootee, Morgan Township, Northeast Dubois.

South Spencer, Jasper climb IHSBCA poll

The Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association Top 10 poll after week four. Records are through games of Saturday, April 25, with total votes in parentheses and the team’s previous week ranking (NR-RV: not ranked-received votes).

CLASS 4A
1. Indianapolis Cathedral 12-0 (180) 2
2. Floyd Central 12-1 (156) 1
3. LaPorte 14-1 (132) 6
4. Lake Central 6-1 (96) 3
5. Lawrence North 12-0 (90) 9
6. Columbus North (74) 8
6. Zionsville 6-1 (74) 5
8. McCutcheon 9-2 (32) NR-RV
9. Bedford North Lawrence 9-3 (30) 4
10. Harrison (West Lafayette) 10-3 (26) 10
Dropped out: Castle (7).
Received votes (alphabetically): Avon, Brownsburg, Carroll (Fort Wayne), Castle, Center Grove, Evansville North, Homestead, Lawrence Central, Mishawaka, Munster, Terre Haute South.

CLASS 3A
1. Crawfordsville 13-0 (98) 1
2. Hanover Central 12-0 (92) 2
3. Jasper 11-0 (72) 5
4. Andrean 11-2 (60) 4
5. Silver Creek 12-1 (54) 3
6. Yorktown 8-2 (26) 10
6. Norwell 7-2 (26) 6
8. Peru 6-1 (24) NR-RV
8. North Harrison 10-2 (24) 9
10. Charlestown 8-3 (16) 7
Dropped out: Lebanon (8).
Received votes: Fort Wayne Dwenger, Griffith, Lebanon, Leo, Maconaquah, Mitchell.

CLASS 2A
1. Knightstown 8-0 (110) 2
2. South Spencer 10-2 (88) 3
3. Alexandria 9-2 (82) 1
4. Wapahani 10-3 (80) 4
5. Lafayette Central Catholic 10-4 (70) 5
6. Fort Wayne Canterbury 6-1 (44) 6
7. Sullivan 10-2 (36) 7
8. Lapel 9-1 (26) NR-RV
8. Cass (Lewis-Cass) 3-0 (26) 10
10. Austin 7-1 (18) NR-RV
Dropped out: Centerville (8), Eastern (Greene) (9).
Received votes: Centerville, Churubusco, Eastern (Greene), North Newton, Shenandoah, Woodlan.

CLASS A
1. Orleans 8-0 (110) 2
2. South Central (Elizabeth) 9-3 (108) 1
3. Rockville 8-1 (98) 3
4. Pioneer 7-1 (76) 4
5. Shakamak 1-2 (48) 5
6. Frontier 9-4 (46) 6
7. Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian 0-3 (32) 10
8. Rising Sun 7-2 (30) NR-RV
8. Barr-Reeve 2-2 (30) 8
10. Hauser 6-4 (28) 7
Dropped out: Daleville (9).
Received votes: Caston, Daleville, Jac-Cen-Del, Morgan Township, North White, Northeast Dubois, Tecumseh.

Jasper trending up in latest IHSBCA poll

 Jasper’s Cal Krueger delivers a pitch to a Castle batter in the second inning of their game at Castle High School Thursday evening. DENNY SIMMONS / COURIER & PRESS

Jasper’s Cal Krueger delivers a pitch to a Castle batter in the second inning of their game at Castle High School Thursday evening. DENNY SIMMONS / COURIER & PRESS

The Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association Top 10 poll after week three. Records are through games of Saturday, April 18, with total votes in parentheses and the team’s previous week ranking (NR-RV: not ranked-received votes).

CLASS 4A
1. Floyd Central 10-0 (140) 1
2. Indpls. Cathedral 10-0 (126) 2
3. Lake Central 4-1 (84) 3
4. Bedford N. Lawrence 9-1 (80) 8
5. Zionsville 5-1 (56) 7
6. LaPorte 10-1 (54) NR
7. Castle 8-3 (50) T4
8. Columbus North (48) T4
9. Lawrence North 10-0 (42) NR-RV
10. Harrison (West Lafayette) 9-1 (26) NR-RV
Dropped out: Noblesville (T4), Hobart (9), Munster (10).
Receiving votes (alphabetically): Evans. North, Hamilton Southeastern, Hobart, McCutcheon, Mishawaka, Munster, Noblesville, Terre Haute South.

CLASS 3A
1. Crawfordsville 10-0 (90) 8
2. Hanover Central 9-0 (76) 5
3. Silver Creek 9-1 (74) 2
4. Andrean 3-1 (72) 1
5. Jasper 8-0 (46) NR-RV
6. Norwell 5-1 (38) 7
7. Charlestown 6-3 (32) 10
8. Lebanon 5-2 (28) 4
9. North Harrison 9-1 (24) NR
10. Yorktown 6-2 (20) 6
Dropped out: Griffith (3), Batesville (9).
Received votes: Fort Wayne Dwenger, Griffith, New Palestine, Peru, West Vigo.

CLASS 2A
1. Alexandria 6-0 (100) 2
2. Knightstown 5-0 (78) 5
3. South Spencer 5-2 (68) 3
4. Wapahani 6-3 (62) 1
5. Lafayette Central Catholic 7-4 (56) 6
6. Fort Wayne Canterbury 4-1 (40) 7
7. Sullivan 8-1 (38) NR
8. Centerville 6-3 (22) 10
9. Eastern (Greentown) 5-1 (20) NR
10. Cass (Lewis-Cass) 2-0 (18) NR-RV
Dropped out: Mater Dei (4), Indpls. Cardinal Ritter (8), Forest Park (9).
Received votes: Austin, Evans. Mater Dei, Lapel, Lewis Cass, North Knox, Providence, Woodlan.

CLASS A
1. South Central (Elizabeth) 6-2 (130) 1
2. Orleans 5-0 (108) 3
3. Rockville 5-1 (94) 4
4. Pioneer 6-1 (82) 8
5. Shakamak 1-2 (78) 2
6. Frontier 7-3 (66) T5
7. Hauser 6-2 (58) 10
8. Barr-Reeve 4-1 (34) 7
9. Daleville 4-2 (26) T5
10. Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian 0-1 (26) 9
Dropped out: None.
Received votes: Jac-Cen-Del, North Daviess, North White, Northeast Dubois, Rising Sun, South Newton.

Castle leaps into 4A baseball rankings; 2A well-represented in pocket

The monsoon has passed and (most) teams made their season-openers in week two. Castle was the local team to improve its stock the most, catapulting from receiving votes all the way to fourth in Class 4A in the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association poll. The Knights were 4-0 this past week with wins over Tecumseh, Jeffersonville, North, and Central.

I covered that North game on Saturday, which breezed by in just an hour and a half (recap here). It was one that honestly could have went either way. North junior Tyler Hagedorn was strong, allowing just four baserunners in a complete game effort while striking out seven and flipping 58 of a ridiculously-low 79 offerings for strikes (73.4 percent). But Castle righties Jon Blackwell and Sam Huff came up with some big pitches in critical situations and their defense behind them was lights out. You hope to see two more of those games.

We move on to the third week of the season, which features some intriguing matchups:

  • Two teams in the Southern Indiana Athletic Conference welcome Jasper into Evansville this week: Central (1-3) on Monday and surging Castle on Thursday. The Wildcats are off to a 2-0 start after junior Cal Krueger pitched a complete game one-hitter against Memorial in a 3-0 victory on Saturday. Last summer, the 6-foot-1 righthander was one of the first recruits—with Reitz sophomore outfielder Elijah Dunham being the first—under Indiana coach Chris Lemonis (not ironic that they both play for the Louisville-based Ironmen travel team. Lemonis spent eight years as an assistant at UL). Also a pretty good third baseman, Krueger works in the mid-to-upper 80s with his fastball and mixes in a mid-70s curveball and changeup around 78-80. Most recruiting sites have him listed primarily as a position player at the next level, though that kind of arm strength is definitely playable on a Division I team. I will be going out to Paradise later this week to watch.
  • Mater Dei (3-1), which moved down two slots to fourth in 2A, will face a tough early-season test when it hosts Hobart on Friday night. The Brickies (5-0) compete in the loaded Northwest Crossroads Conference, which also features 3A No. 1 Andrean and 3A No. 3 Griffith. Hobart is ranked No. 9 in 4A, has outscored its opponents 41-1 so far this season and carries a talented arm in junior Braden Niksich, a 6-1 righthander who can also dial it up to the upper-80s. Ideally, fans would be treated to a duel between Niksich (an Illinois State commit) and Mater Dei senior lefty Ben Sellers (a Western Illinois signee). But I would think the Wildcats throw Sellers in their SIAC opener against Reitz tonight at home. My partner in preps, Gordon Engelhardt, will be at the Westside rivalry game to tell us.
  • Speaking of Reitz (3-1), I was able to get somewhat of a glimpse of the Panthers this past Friday against Harrison. Level of competition aside, I view them as a team to surprise some this year—though I don’t know how much of a shock that would be. They’re obviously in a tough sectional with Castle and North, but it’s not hard to see the kind of potential offensive firepower they have with junior Blake Ruckman, senior Aaron Euler and Dunham atop of the lineup. Euler had himself a day against the Warriors, hitting a two-run homer, a grand slam and a double. Ruckman showed some pop and has some speed at the leadoff spot and in my first look at Dunham, I could see why Ironmen coach Mark Peters said he has progressed the most this past summer with his approach at the plate. He’s a very disciplined and selective hitter. Harrison gave him a steady dose of breaking balls, so it’s clear that he’s feared even as a sophomore. Reitz will turn around after the Mater Dei game to face Mount Vernon and Castle, so it has its work cut out.
  • Other notable games: Apollo, Ky. (13-4) at 2A No. 3 South Spencer (2-1) on Monday; 1A No. 8 Barr-Reeve (1-1) at Vincennes Rivet (2-2) and Memorial (2-1) at Heritage Hills (2-1) on Wednesday.

Follow the jump for the rest of the IHSBCA Top 10.

Continue reading Castle leaps into 4A baseball rankings; 2A well-represented in pocket

First IHSBCA regular season poll

The Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association Top 10 poll, with records through games of Saturday, April 4, 2015 and total votes in parentheses.

CLASS 4A
1) Floyd Central 3-0 (160)
2) Indpls. Cathedral 0-0 (144)
3) Noblesville 4-1 (90)
4) Munster 2-1 (76)
5) Lake Central 3-0 (72)
5) Brownsburg 0-0 (72)
7) Zionsville 3-1 (46)
8) Terre Haute North 0-1 (42)
9) Columbus North 0-0 (32)
10) Columbus East 0-0 (24)
Receiving Votes: Bedford North Lawrence, F.W. Carroll, Castle, Columbus East, Crown Point, Hamilton Southeastern, Homestead, Jeffersonville, LaPorte, Penn, Richmond, Westfield.

CLASS 3A
1) Andrean 0-0 (94)
2) Silver Creek 3-1 (66)
3) Lebanon 1-1 (62)
3) Batesville 0-0 (62)
5) Hanover Central 1-0 (54)
6) Yorktown 2-0 (52)
7) Norwell 0-0 (50)
8) Griffith 2-1 (38)
9) F.W. Dwenger 0-0 (22)
9) Crawfordsville 0-0 (22)
Receiving Votes: Charlestown, Edgewood, Jasper, Rushville, South Dearborn, Vincennes Lincoln.

CLASS 2A
1) Wapahani 1-0 (120)
2) Evans. Mater Dei 0-0 (102)
3) Knightstown H.s 0-0 (100)
4) Lafayette Central Catholic 1-1 (68)
5) Southwood 0-1 (62)
6) F.W. Canterbury 0-0 (56)
6) South Spencer 1-1 (56)
8) Forest Park 0-0 (26)
8) Alexandria 0-0 (26)
10) Indpls. Cardinal Ritter 0-0 (24)
Receiving Votes: Delphi, North Knox, North Newton, Tell City, Westview.

CLASS A
1) Shakamak 0-0 (108)
2) South Central (Elizabeth) 0-0 (98)
2) Rockville 1-1 (98)
4) Orleans 0-0 (86)
5) Frontier 0-0 (80)
6) F.W. Blackhawk Christian 0-0 (56)
7) Barr-Reeve 0-0 (54)
8) Pioneer 0-0 (32)
9) Daleville 0-0 (26)
10) Washington Twp. 0-2 (6)
Receiving Votes: Indpls. Luthern, Jac-Cen-Del, Loogootee, Rising Sun, Vincennes Rivet.