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State of Ohio Division I High School Baseball Rankings Week of April 28th

State Baseball Poll
www.ohsaa.org

The high school baseball season is almost half over, and despite the horrific weather the Cleveland area has had, most teams have gotten in at least 11 games. First place votes are in parenthesis.

  1. Cincinnati Moeller (5) 11-2
  2. Walsh Jesuit (19) 13-0
  3. Lakota West (2) 13-2
  4. Springboro (1) 14-1
  5. Mason 14-2
  6. St. Ignatius 14-2
  7. Perrysburg 8-2
  8. Cincinnati Elder 7-4
  9. Mentor (1) 10-2
  10. Cincinnati Anderson 15-3
  11. Hudson 10-2
  12. Grove City 12-5
  13. Wadsworth 9-0
  14. Marysville 11-5
  15. Olentangy Liberty 13-4

(The teams that are ranked 9th, 10th, and 11th Mentor, Cincinnati Anderson, and Hudson, are actually tied for 9th in total points. They are ranked the way they are because Mentor has a first place vote, and Anderson has more top 5 votes than Hudson).

What have we learned so far?

Moeller is good, but not unbeatable.... Moeller was the preseason pick to return to Columbus and win another state championship. The Crusaders have lost two games, but it wasn't like they were to bad competition. Both of Moeller's losses were to crosstown rival Elder in a three game series.

How can Walsh Jesuit have 19 first place votes, and still be ranked second?....Strange isn't it? The Warriors have by far and away the most first place votes. Problem is, they have only one second place vote, and two third place votes, while Moeller has 13 second place votes and 5 third place votes. Walsh has looked like a dominant team, led by Ryan Feltner and Ty Shoaff. If Walsh continues to pitch, they are a threat to anyone, since the Warriors may have the best offense in the state.

The Cleveland area is well represented.... Walsh, St. Ignatius, Mentor and Hudson are all ranked in the top ten. Watch out for Hudson. The Explorers are very balanced. They can put up runs in bunches, and have enough pitching to make them a nightmare for opposing teams.

Any team outside the Top 15 worth keeping an eye on?.... Two of them. Massillon Jackson and Brecksville. The Polar Bears of Massillon Jackson sit at 11-4, and have played a difficult schedule. They should be in great position leading up to their May 17th battle with Hudson. Brecksville always has good teams, and this year is no exception. The Bees sit at 10-4, and have big games coming up against Westlake May 5th, and Wadsworth May 9th

Of course, not all of these teams will make it to Columbus and the state final four. Much will be sorted out next week, when the district pairings will be released. No matter where these teams go to play their districts, there should be some great potential match-ups if form holds.