High school baseball rankings: Marcus climbs into OFFICIAL Top 25 after upending No. 5 IMG Academy - OFFICIAL
High school baseball rankings: Marcus climbs into MaxPreps Top 25 after upending No. 5 IMG Academy
For awhile, it looked like IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) was going to sweep through the state of Texas in impressive fashion, but then Marcus (Flower Mound) got in the way. The Mauraders jump into this week's MaxPreps Top 25 high school baseball rankings after their 6-5 win over the Ascenders, who fall three spots to No. 5.

IMG Academy had looked impressive beating two-time defending Texas state champion Southlake Carroll 11-0 and Flower Mound 16-0 before the loss. IMG Academy slides below Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.), which was ranked No. 1 in 2020 when the season ended, Calvary Christian Academy (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) and Buford (Ga.), both of which are undefeated.

Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.) holds on to the top spot with a single win last week. The Tigers face a tough test this week when they take on Venice (Fla.)

Dropped out: No. 10 Jackson Prep (Jackson, Miss.); No. 14 North Paulding (Dallas, Ga.); No. 15 Venice (Fla.); No. 20 Prosper (Texas); No. 22 Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas).

Game of the Week: Marcus 6, IMG Academy 5. Jake Duer's RBI single in the top of the sixth scored Tyler Schott from second to break the tie with IMG Academy. Schott was 3-for-4 in the win while Duer was 2-for-3. The duo combined to score five of Marcus's six runs. IMG Academy got a home run from Sam Hunt, but managed four hits in the loss.

Player of the Week: Jackson Ferris, IMG Academy. Although Ferris tossed a four-inning perfect game in a dominant 16-0 win over Flower Mound. Ferris did not allow a ball to be put into play as he struck out all 12 he faced. A total of 44 of his 58 pitches were strikes. The closest he got to losing the perfect game was the first batter in the fourth inning when Ferris threw three straight balls to open the at-bat. However Ferris got the Flower Mound batter on three straight swinging strikes. The perfect game is the second no-hitter of the season for Ferris.

Recruit Watch: Dylan Lesko, Buford. Perhaps the top pitcher in the class of 2022, Lesko has not allowed a hit in nine innings pitched with only one batter reaching base on an error and another to reach on a walk. He struck out nine in both outings, including a 10-0 no-hitter against Shiloh.

Game to Watch: Jesuit (Tampa) vs. Venice. Jesuit is ranked No. 1, but could get a battle from Venice, the two-time defending state champions at the Class 6A level. Venice is off to a 3-2 start with losses to Braden River and Sarasota.

Streaks: Andrean (Merrillville, Ind.). The Fighting 59ers have not lost since winning the Class 3A state championship in
2019. Coach Dave Pishkur, who is the all-time winningest coach in Indiana, has guided Andrean to 34 straight wins, which is the second best total in the nation heading into the 2021 season behind Webster (Wis.).
Camron Montz, Marcus
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Camron Montz, Marcus
MaxPreps Top 25 baseball rankings

1. Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.)
3-0 | Last week: 1
Results: Def. Tampa Catholic, 12-0
Stats: Alden Segui, Dominic Castellano and Ryan Denison each struck out four over five innings on a combined no-hitter against Tampa Catholic. Nick Rodriguez had a triple and a home run in the win.
Next: Tuesday vs. Hillsborough; Friday vs. Venice.

2. Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.)
0-0 | Last week: 3
Next: Season opens March 12.

3. Calvary Christian Academy (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
4-0 | Last week: 4
Results: Def. Miami Christian, 7-0
Stats: Andrew Painter and Irving Carter each struck out nine batters and Rene Lastres hit a home run in the lone win of the week.
Next: Friday vs. Denmark (Ga.); Saturday vs. Pacelli (Ga.).

4. Buford (Ga.)
6-0 | Last week: 5
Results: Def. Shiloh 10-0, 13-0 and 9-0.
Stats: Dylan Lesko threw a five-inning, no-hitter with nine strikeouts in the 10-0 win while Jackson Gaspard struck out nine in the 9-0 victory.
Next: March 8 vs. Lanier

5. IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
5-1 | Last week: 2
Results: Def. Southlake Carroll, 11-0; def. Flower Mound, 16-0; lost to Marcus, 6-5.
Stats: Mason Albright struck out seven against Southlake Carroll while Jackson Ferris threw a four-inning perfect game with 12 strikeouts against Flower Mound. Elijah Green and James Wood each added a home run. Drew Gray had eight strikeouts in the loss to Marcus while Sam Hunt had a home run.
Next: March 10 vs. Montverde Academy.

6. Barbe (Lake Charles, La.)
5-0 | Last week: 7
Results: Def. Sulphur 2-0; Glenmora 10-0; Tioga 6-0; Glenmora 15-2 and West Monroe 5-2.
Next: Tuesday vs. South Beauregard

7. St. Mary Prep (Orchard Lake, Mich.)
0-0 | Last week: 6
Next: State begins play March 24.

8. Lake Travis (Austin, Texas)
4-0-1 | Last week: 9
Results: Def. Flower Mound, 9-6; def. Southlake Carroll, 8-1; def. Prosper, 5-4; def. South Grand Prairie, 1-0; tied Flower Mound, 3-3.
Next: Tuesday vs. Hutto

9. Spruce Creek (Port Orange, Fla.)
5-0 | Last week: 12
Results: Def. Olympia, 9-1; def. Viera, 6-3; def. DeLand, 8-4.
Stats: Sebastian Iguaran had two doubles against Olympia.
Next: Tuesday vs. Flagler Palm Coast; Wednesday vs. Hagerty.

10. Carrollton (Ga.)
8-0 | Last week: 13
Results: Def. St. Pius X Catholic, 6-2; def. Ola, 8-1; def. Campbell, 3-0; def. Etowah, 3-2.
Stats: Eli Runyan struck out nine against Ola. Bear Madliak had a home run against Etowah.
Next: Thursday at Helena; Thurs at Daphne.

11. Marcus (Flower Mound, Texas)
4-1-1 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Rockwall Heath, 11-4; def. Prosper, 2-1; def. Southlake Carroll, 5-1; lost to South Grand Prairie, 6-5; tied Lake Travis, 3-3; def. IMG Academy, 6-5.
Stats: Tyler Schott struck out eight against Southlake Carroll.
Next: Saturday vs. Centennial (Frisco).

12. Winder-Barrow (Winder, Ga.)
5-0 | Last week: 18
Results: Def. Archer, 10-6; def. Peachtree Ridge, 7-6.
Stats: Andreaus Lewis had two home runs, including a grand slam, against Archer.
Next: Tuesday vs. Peachtree Ridge

13. Woodstock (Ga.)
5-1 | Last week: NR
Results: Lost to Walton, 2-1; def. Lambert, 7-0; lost to Denmark, 10-4.
Next: Tuesday vs. Kell; Thursday vs. North Cobb.

14. Calvary Christian (Clearwater, Fla.)
4-1 | Last week: 8
Results: Def. Tarpon Springs, 10-0; lost to Lakeland Christian, 4-2.
Stats: Landen Maroudis had a home run against Tarpon Springs.
Next: Tuesday vs. Boca Ciega.

15. Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.)
4-0 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Wellington, 6-1; def. Stoneman Douglas, 7-4
Next: Tues. vs. Cardinal Newman; Friday vs. Dwyer.

16. Stoneman Douglas (Parkland, Fla.)
5-1 | Last week: 11
Results: Def. Coral Reef, 12-2; def. Taravella, 7-3; lost to Palm Beach Gardens, 7-4.
Stats: Grant McDonald was 3-for-3 with two doubles against Coral Reef. Christian Rodriguez struck out nine against Taravella.
Next: Tuesday vs. Western; Thursday vs. Archbishop McCarthy.

17. Vestavia Hills (Ala.)
7-1 | Last week: 16
Results: Lost to Hillcrest, 5-4; def. Oak Mountain, 3-2.
Stats: Joseph Sullivan and Connor Witherington both doubled against Oak Mountain.
Next: March 9 vs. Hoover.

18. Houston County (Warner Robins, Ga.)
6-1 | Last week: 17
Results: Def. Veterans, 15-2; def. Hartselle, 4-3; def. Locust Grove, 10-1; lost to Hartselle, 3-2.
Stats: Drew Burress had a home run against Veterans and two doubles against Hartselle. Gage Harrelson had a triple against Locust Grove.
Next: March 9 vs. Veterans.

19. Reagan (San Antonio)
6-1 | Last week: 21
Results: Def. Lee, 27-0; def. Austin McNeil, 14-0; def. San Angelo Central, 6-0; lost to Round Rock, 3-1; def. Georgetown 5-4; def. Stony Point, 2-1. Billy Baehr threw a four-inning no-hitter against McNeil.
Next: Tuesday vs. MacArthur; Thursday vs. Eagle Pass.

20. Grayson (Loganville, Ga.)
5-0 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Flowery Branch, 5-3; def. South Forsyth, 7-5; def. Lowndes, 6-4.
Next: Tue. vs. Mill Creek; Fri. vs. Hillgrove; Sat. vs. Wesleyan.

21. John Carroll Catholic (Fort Pierce, Fla.)
4-0 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. American Heritage (Delray), 11-1; def. Fort Pierce Westwood, 11-1; def. Sebastian River, 6-0.
Next: Tuesday vs. Central Pointe Christian; Sat. vs. Episcopal School.

22. De La Salle (Concord, Calif.)
0-0 | Last week: 19
Next: March 8 vs. Livermore.

23. Heritage Hall (Oklahoma City)
0-0 | Last week: 23
Next: Tuesday vs. Carl Albert; Thursday vs. Deer Creek.

24. Farragut (Knoxville, Tenn.)
0-0 | Last week: 24
Next: March 16-18 Grand Slam Tournament

25. Charlotte Christian (Charlotte, N.C.)
0-0 | Last week: 25
Next: March 4 vs. Combine Academy
Paige Bueckers: Yet another first for UConn freshman and 2019-20 OFFICIAL National Player of the Year - OFFICIAL
Paige Bueckers: Yet another first for UConn freshman and 2019-20 MaxPreps National Player of the Year
Paige Bueckers is making high school history still — even in college. The former Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.) star became the first MaxPreps National Player of the Year — male or female — to win the same award at the level as a freshman.

Bueckers became the first freshman ever to win Associated Press National Player of the Year in the women's game while leading UConn to the Final Four. She averaged 20.1 points, 5.9 assists and 4.8 rebounds during the regular season and has been even better in the postseason, averaging 22.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists in four victories.

Her Huskies play Arizona on Friday in one semifinal and the winner takes on the victor between Stanford and South Carolina.

Four previous female MaxPreps Players of the Year have gone on to win the collegiate award — Maya Moore (2007), Breanna Stewart (2012), A'ja Wilson (2014) and Sabrina Ionescu (2016) — but none in their freshman college seasons. Stewart won it as a sophomore, junior and senior at UConn.

Bueckers, who was also the MaxPreps overall 2019-20 Athlete of the Year, has a chance to win it four times.

"It’s amazing, surreal for people to think of me that highly and to be in that position as a freshman," Bueckers told reporters Wednesday. "To get this award, I’m extremely humbled and grateful."
As a senior at Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.) in 2019-20, Paige Bueckers was the MaxPreps National Player of the Year and Athlete of the Year.
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As a senior at Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.) in 2019-20, Paige Bueckers was the MaxPreps National Player of the Year and Athlete of the Year.
Here are five traits Paige Bueckers had at Hopkins that made Wednesday's announcement not so surprising.  

1. She's a winner
She finished at Hopkins on a 62-game win streak. The coronavirus pandemic was the only thing holding her back from winning back-to-back unbeaten state titles. Hopkins finished No. 4 team in the 2019-20 MaxPreps Top 25 national rankings.  

2. Versatility
As a senior, the 5-foot-10 point guard averaged 21.4 points, 9.4 assists, 5.4 steals and 5.0 rebounds and finished with 1,998 career points, 487 rebounds, 563 assists and 405 steals.

3. Showmanship
The NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves, including All-Star center Karl-Anthony Towns, often made special efforts to show up at Hopkins' games. Her future coach Geno Auriemma told the Hartfort Courant while watching Bueckers in high school: "There are kids who play basketball, and then there are basketball players. She is a basketball player. Born to be a basketball player. Everything she does. She's a natural. She just plays like 'This is my personal playground. When I get the ball, I can do whatever I want with it, and you can't stop me.' "

4. Combination of basketball IQ and competitive fire
"She sees the game two or three passes in advance," her high school coach Brian Cosgriff said. She told MaxPreps: "I always want to win. That's my main objective. Even in board games with my family, I hate losing. I always have to win."

5. Confidence
She told MaxPreps last spring: "I want to add to the (UConn) legacy. I'll have opportunities to win championships there. Everybody is saying the dynasty (at Connecticut) is over. Yeah, right. I guess we'll see."

Past MaxPreps National Girls Players of the Year
2020 — Paige Bueckers, Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.)
High school football: Servite drops to No. 5, looks to rebound in OFFICIAL Top 25 California rankings - OFFICIAL
High school football: Servite drops to No. 5, looks to rebound in MaxPreps Top 25 California rankings
Maybe it's not fair to drop two spots after a competitive game with the defending national champions. But the Friars of Servite have a big chance to show they didn't deserve to drop at all.

Servite fell from third to fifth in the latest MaxPreps Top 25 California high school football rankings, after dropping a back-and-forth 38-28 game last week at No. 2 St. John Bosco. The Friars have no time to dwell upon it. They play No. 1 Mater Dei on Saturday in another Trinity League showdown at Santa Ana Stadium.

Big games from Jabari Bates (173 yards rushing, 75-yard touchdown) and 6-foot-5, 263-pound sophomore Matayo Uiagalelei (two touchdown catches) keyed Bosco's win, but the Friars were within a field goal, 31-28, with just over five minutes left. A 1-yard sneak by junior quarterback Noah Fifita accounted for one of his three touchdowns and closed the gap. A 15-yard touchdown run by Michael Hayes clinched the Bosco win with just under two minutes remaining.

But Servite, trying to be the first Southern California team St. John Bosco other than Mater Dei in six years, almost pulled it off. Now, the Friars face the Monarchs, who last year beat them 56-11. Servite no doubt remembers that game and score.

CALIFORNIA SPRING COMPUTER RANKINGS: Compare to human rankings below

Third-ranked Centennial (Corona), which has outscored two opponents 113-6, doesn't figure to get challenged like all those in the Trinity League. Fourth-ranked De Le Salle (Concord) extended its unbeaten streak against Northern California teams to 313 games following a 49-6 home win over San Ramon Valley (Danville) Saturday.

The Spartans, like Centennial, should roll in their all-league schedule. They piled up 577 yards including 390 on the ground during in the win and senior quarterback Dorian Hale, a Sacramento State commit, became just the third DLS player to go over the 4,000-yard passing plateau by completing 3-of-5 passes for 156 yards. Teammate Nico Torrez rushed seven times for 142 yards and two touchdowns.

Buchanan (Clovis) is one of three new teams in the rankings after defeating previous No. 19 Central (Fresno) 31-28. The Bears replaced Central at No. 19.

The other squads to move in were No. 22 Lincoln (San Diego) and defending state Division 2-AA champion Pacifica (Oxnard), at No. 25. In two weeks, Lincoln will take on No. 10 Cathedral Catholic (San Diego) for bragging rights of the San Diego Section.
Dorian Hale, De La Salle
File photo by Dennis Lee
Dorian Hale, De La Salle
MaxPreps Top 25 California Football Rankings

Record: 2-0 | Last week: 1
Result: Beat Orange Lutheran JSerra Catholic, 52-3
Next game: Saturday vs. Servite at Santa Ana Stadium

2. St. John Bosco (Bellflower)
Record: 3-0 | Last week: 2
Result: Beat Servite, 38-28
Next game: Saturday vs. JSerra (San Juan Capistrano)

3. Centennial (Corona)
Record: 2-0 | Last week: 4
Result: Beat Santiago (Corona), 53-6
Next game: Saturday at Norco

4. De La Salle (Concord)
Record: 3-0 | Last week: 5
Result: Beat San Ramon Valley (Danville), 49-6
Next game: Thursday vs. Jesuit (Carmichael)

5. Servite (Anaheim)
Record: 2-1 | Last week: 3
Result: Lost to St. John Bosco, 38-28
Next game: Saturday vs. Mater Dei at Santa Ana Stadium

6. Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth)
Record: 2-1 | Last week: 7
Result: Beat Oaks Christian, 42-0
Next game: Saturday at Garces (Bakersfield)

7. Mission Viejo
Record: 2-0 | Last week: 6
Result: Beat Upland, 38-14
Next game: Friday vs. Tesoro

8. Alemany (Mission Hills)
Record: 2-0 | Last week: 8
Result: Beat Bishop Amat 47-35
Next game: Saturday vs. Cathedral (Los Angeles)

9. Los Alamitos (Los Alamitos)
Record: 3-0 | Last week: 9
Result: Beat Edison, 27-20
Next game: Friday at Huntington Beach

10. Cathedral Catholic (San Diego)
Record: 3-0 | Last week: 17
Result: Beat St. Augustine, 41-14
Next game: April 9 vs. Lincoln (San Diego)

11. Long Beach Poly (Long Beach)
Record: 2-0 | Last week: 12
Result: Idle
Next game: Thursday vs. Compton

12. Folsom
Record: 3-0 | Last week: 13
Result: Beat Del Oro, 45-6
Next game: Friday at Whitney (Rocklin)

13. Bishop Amat (La Puente)
Record: 1-1 | Last week: 10
Result: Lost to Alemany, 47-35
Next game: Saturday at Chaminade (West Hills)

14. Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita)
Record: 2-1 | Last week: 14
Result: Beat JSerra Catholic, 42-0
Next game: April 9 at Mater Dei

15. Loyola (Los Angeles)
Record: 1-0 | Last week: 15
Result: Beat St. Bernard, 28-24
Next game: Saturday vs. St. Francis (La Canada)

16. Serra (San Mateo)
Record: 2-0 | Last week: 16
Result: Beat Sacred Heart Cathedral, 49-10
Next game: Saturday vs. St. Francis (Mountain View)

17. Oaks Christian (Westlake Village)
2-1 | Last week: 11
Result: Lost to  Sierra Canyon, 42-0
Next game: Saturday vs. Upland

18. San Clemente

Record: 2-0 | Last week: 18
Result: Beat Aliso Niguel, 42-7
Next game: Friday at San Juan Hills (San Juan Capistrano)

19. Buchanan (Clovis)
Record: 2-0 | Last week: NR
Result: Beat Central (Fresno), 31-28
Next game: Thursday vs. Clovis

20. Rancho Verde (Moreno Valley)
Record: 2-0 | Last week: 22
Result: Beat Heritage, 28-7
Next game: Saturday vs. Elsinore

21. Carlsbad
Record: 2-0 | Last week: 25
Result: Beat San Marcos, 49-9
Next game: Friday at Oceanside

22. Lincoln (San Diego)
Record: 2-0 | Last week: NR
Result: Beat Serra (San Diego, 36-0
Next game: Friday vs. Madison (San Diego)

23. Serra (Gardena)
Record: 2-1 | Last week: 24
Result: Beat Cathedral (Los Angeles), 15-14
Next game: Thursday at Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks)

24. Edison (Huntington Beach)
Record: 2-1 | Last week: 22
Result: Lost to Los Alamitos, 27-20
Next game: Friday at Fountain Valley

25. Pacifica (Oxnard)
Record: 2-0 | Last week: NR
Result: Beat Channel Islands, 46-7
Next game: Saturday at Ventura

MaxPreps National Football editor Zack Poff contributed to this report.
2020 World Series: Where the Dodgers and Rays played high school baseball - OFFICIAL
2020 World Series: Where the Dodgers and Rays played high school baseball
When the first pitch is thrown in Game 1 of the World Series, it will mark a 2020 milestone — actually making it to the Fall Classic in a coronavirus-affected season. Through fanless games, COVID delays and what's proven to be a thrilling postseason to this point, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays have overcome a lot to be playing for the sport's ultimate prize.

The best-of-seven set begins Tuesday at Globe Life Field, home of the Texas Rangers, in the first neutral site World Series.

The Dodgers seek their seventh World Series title, the first since 1988, while the Rays hope to hoist the trophy for the first time in their second Fall Classic appearance.

MaxPreps is breaking down the 28-man rosters for each club, plus managers, and where they played high school baseball. In an increasingly global game, we note where the international players grew up.

Clayton Kershaw, the Dodgers' Game 1 starter, prepped at Highland Park in Dallas and played football for the Scots along with Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford.

Facing off against Dodgers' ace is Tyler Glasnow, who was playing high school baseball in 2008 at Hart (Newhall, Calif.) as Kershaw broke into the majors.
Tyler Glasnow played high school baseball for Hart (Calif.) and will be the starter for the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 1 of the World Series.
File photo by Larry Gasinski
Tyler Glasnow played high school baseball for Hart (Calif.) and will be the starter for the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 1 of the World Series.
Los Angeles Dodgers


Pedro Baez, Dominican Republic
Walker Buehler, Henry Clay (Lexington, Ky.)
Dylan Floro, Buhach Colony (Atwater, Calif.)
Tony Gonsolin, Vacaville (Calif.)
Victor Gonzalez, Mexico
Brusdar Graterol, Venezuela
Kenley Jansen, Curacao
Joe Kelly, Corona (Calif.)
Clayton Kershaw, Highland Park (Dallas)
Adam Kolarek, Catonsville (Baltimore)
Dustin May, Northwest (Justin, Texas)
Jake McGee, Reed (Sparks, Nev.)
Blake Treinen, Osage City (Osage City, Kan.)
Julio Urias, Mexico
Alex Wood, Ardrey Kell (Charlotte, N.C.)

Position players
Austin Barnes, Poly (Riverside, Calif.)
Matt Beaty, Dresden (Tenn.)
Cody Bellinger, Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.)
Mookie Betts, Overton (Nashville, Tenn.)
Kike Hernandez, Puerto Rico
Max Muncy, Keller (Texas)
Joc Pederson, Palo Alto (Calif.)
AJ Pollock, RHAM (Hebron, Conn.)
Edwin Rios, Puerto Rico
Corey Seager, Northwest Cabarrus (Concord, N.C.)
Will Smith, Kentucky Country Day (Louisville, Ky.)
Chris Taylor, Cox (Virginia Beach, Va.)
Justin Turner, Mayfair (Lakewood, Calif.)

Tampa Bay Rays


Nick Anderson, Brainerd (Minn.)
Diego Castillo, Domincan Republic
John Curtiss, Carroll (Southlake, Texas)
Pete Fairbanks, Webster Groves (Mo.)
Josh Fleming, Columbia Independent (Columbia, Mo.)
Tyler Glasnow, Hart (Newhall, Calif.)
Aaron Loup, Hahnville (Boutte, La.)
Shane McClanahan, Cape Coral (Fla.)
Charlie Morton, Joel Barlow (Redding, Conn.)
Ryan Sherriff, Culver City (Calif.)
Blake Snell, Shorewood (Shoreline, Wash.)
Ryan Thompson, Cascade (Turner, Ore.)
Ryan Yarbrough, All Saints' Academy (Winter Haven, Fla.)

Position players

Willy Adames, Dominican Republic
Randy Arozarena, Cuba
Mike Brosseau, Andrean (Merrillville, Ind.)
Ji-Man Choi, South Korea
Yandy Diaz, Cuba
Kevin Kiermaier, Fort Wayne Bishop Luers (Fort Wayne, Ind.)
Brandon Lowe, Nansemond River (Suffolk, Va.)
Manuel Margot, Dominican Republic
Austin Meadows, Grayson (Loganville, Ga.)
Michael Perez, Puerto Rico
Brett Phillips, Seminole (Seminole, Fla.)
Hunter Renfroe, Copiah Academy (Gallman, Miss.)
Yoshi Tsutsugo, Japan
Joey Wendle, Avon Grove (West Grove, Pa.)
Mike Zunino, Mariner (Cape Coral, Fla.)
High school baseball rankings: Buford enters Georgia postseason undefeated and No. 1 in MaxPrep Top 25 - OFFICIAL
High school baseball rankings: Buford enters Georgia postseason undefeated and No. 1 in MaxPrep Top 25
With an 18-strikeout performance by Dylan Lesko, Buford ended the regular season with a 4-0 win over Grayson on Monday. The Wolves continue to sit atop the MaxPreps Top 25 high school baseball rankings heading into Georgia's postseason.

The Peach State's playoff system calls for a best-of-three series in each round of the playoffs, meaning the Wolves could lose a game in a series, yet move on to the next round. Thus Buford could win a state championship, yet drop in the rankings should it split any series games along the way.

Sitting in the wings waiting to pounce are Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.), Madison Central (Madison, Miss.) and Stoneman Douglas (Parkland, Fla.). Jesuit takes on IMG Academy on Tuesday, and a win over the Ascenders would be a signature victory for the Tigers in the 2021 season heading into the postseason. The Florida playoff system is a single-elimination format, meaning Jesuit would need to go undefeated the rest of the way in order to have a chance to surpass Buford.

Madison Central also plays a best-of-three postseason format, but the Jaguars have been simply dominant this year against Mississippi 6A competition. There's a chance Madison Central could jump over Buford and Jesuit (assuming losses by both teams) since it is currently undefeated.

Stoneman Douglas is also in the mix since it could potentially win a Florida state championship and it takes on No. 10 Calvary Christian Academy (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) in a non-district contest Wednesday.

The wildcard here is St. Mary Prep (Orchard Lake, Mich.), which has dominated after getting its seasons started earlier this month. The Eaglets have a ways to go and will still be playing while everyone else ahead of them has finished the season. That could allow St. Mary Prep to climb all the way to No. 1 should it have an impressive finish to its season.

Dropped out: Auburn (Ala.), Carrollton (Ga.), Orange Lutheran (Orange, Calif.); Winder-Barrow (Winder, Ga.)

Game of the Week: Friendswood 2, Manvel 1. Friendswood remained undefeated on the season with a walk-off double in the bottom of the eighth with two outs that scored Izaak Pacheco, who had reached on a walk.

Player of the Week: Henry Godbout, Baylor. Godbout finished the week hitting in eight straight at-bats over two games, including two doubles and a triple.

Recruit Watch: Jack Walker, Barbe. The Buccaneers senior missed all of last year due to injury, but he's making up for lost time. He had a no-hitter against Lafayette with eight strikeouts.

Game to Watch: IMG Academy vs. Jesuit. Both the Ascenders and the Tigers have a shot at finishing the season as the No. 1 team in the country. Since IMG does not play in the postseason in Florida, it can really use a win over Jesuit to give it an edge over the Tigers should Jesuit go on to win a state championship.

Streaks: Webster (Wis.), a team that has not played a game since June 13, 2019, still holds the longest active winning streak with 37 games in a row. Andrean (Merrillville, Ind.), raised its win streak to 37 in a row, before dropping its first game since the 2019 season. St. Mary's Prep (Orchard Lake, Mich.) is closing in on Webster with 14 straight wins this year to go with 20 straight wins to end the 2019 season. St. Mary's Prep did not play in 2020. The Eaglets are undefeated in 43 straight games (41-0-2).
Henry Godbout, Baylor
Photo by Andy Mitchell
Henry Godbout, Baylor
MaxPreps Top 25 high school baseball rankings

1. Buford (Ga.)
29-0 | Last week: 1
Results: Def. Winder-Barrow, 10-0, 3-0. Def. Grayson, 4-0.
Stats: Stan Zagrodnik had a home run and Riley Stanford had a double and a triple in the first game. Jackson Gaspard tossed a one-hitter with eight strikeouts. Jax Brockett had a two-hitter with 12 strikeouts in the 3-0 win. Dylan Lesko threw a two-hitter at Grayson, striking out 18.
Next: Playoffs TBA

2. Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.)
22-1 | Last week: 2
Results: Def. Calvary Christian, 10-1; def. Berkeley Prep, 10-0; def. Blake, 11-1.
Stats: Dominic Castellano struck out 15 in six innings against Calvary Christian. Cole Russo had two doubles and four RBI against Berkeley Prep. Bradke Lohry had two doubles against Blake.
Next: Tues. vs. IMG Academy; Fri. vs. Champagnat Catholic

3. Madison Central (Madison, Miss.)
24-0 | Last week: 3
Results: Def. Clinton, 10-0, 5-3.
Stats: Ross Highfill had a grand slam home run in the win over Clinton. Gatlin Sanders went 3-for-4 with a double in the second game.
Next: Fri. vs. Brandon.

4. Stoneman Douglas (Parkland, Fla.)
20-1 | Last week: 4
Results: Did not play
Next: Wed. vs. Calvary Christian Academy; Thur. vs. Westminster Christian.

5. IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
21-2 | Last week: 6
Results: Did not play
Next: Tue. vs. Jesuit.

6. Barbe (Lake Charles, La.)
29-2 | Last week: 7
Results: Def. Lafayette, 10-0.
Stats: Jack Walker pitched a six-inning no-hitter with eight strikeouts against Lafayette. Kyle Debarge went 4-for-4.
Next: Tue./Thur vs. New Iberia.

7. St. Mary Prep (Orchard Lake, Mich.)
14-0 | Last week: 9
Results: Def. Divine Child 14-0, 8-0; def. Chelsea, 5-3; def. Brother Rice, 15-0, 11-1; def. Detroit Country Day, 14-4.
Stats: Jake Dresselhouse had a grand slam against Divine Child, his third of the season. Jack Crighton had two doubles against Chelsea. Ike Irish, Brock Porter and Nolan Schubart all homered against Brother Rice in the first game with Schubart also hitting one in the second game. Dresselhouse, along with Ryan McKay, hit home runs against Detroit Country Day.
Next: Wed. vs. De La Salle Collegiate (DH).

8. Friendswood (Texas)
21-0 | Last week: 10
Results: Def. Manvel, 2-1.
Stats: Dylan Maxcey hit a walk-off double to beat Manvel.
Next: Tue. vs. Sterling; Fri vs. Santa Fe.

9. Farragut (Knoxville, Tenn.)
24-2 | Last week: 11
Results: Def. Heritage, 15-6; lost to Combine Academy, 13-3; def. White County, 10-0; def. Walker Valley, 7-6; def. Cleveland, 6-3; def. Bearden, 4-1.
Stats: Parker Evans had a double, a home run and six RBI against Heritage. Jaxson Pease struck out nine against Bearden. Garett Brewer and Tanner Kim each homered against Greenville.
Next: Tue. vs. Lenoir City; Wed. vs. William Blount.

10. Calvary Christian Academy (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
16-3-1 | Last week: 12
Results: Did not play
Next: Wed. vs. Stoneman Douglas

11. Thousand Oaks (Calif.)
10-0 | Last week: 14
Results: Def. Newbury Park, 10-7; def. Agoura, 10-0.
Stats: Roc Riggio went 2-for-3 with two RBI and Maxwell Muncy went 3-for-4 with three RBI against Newbury Park. Riggio and Charlie Saum each homered against Agoura with Saum adding a double.
Next: Wed/Thur vs. Agoura

12. Bryant (Ark.)
17-1 | Last week: 18
Results: Def. Northside, 12-2
Stats: Turner Seelinger hit a double and a home run in the win.
Next: Tue vs. Catholic; Thur vs. North Little Rock.

13. Baylor (Chattanooga, Tenn.)
14-2 | Last week: 19
Results: Def. Chattanooga Christian, 17-0; def. Ooltewah, 14-3.
Stats: Daniel Corona homered against Chattanooga Christian while Henry Godbout had a double among four hits and Cooper Kinney had two doubles and five RBI. Godbout also went 4-for-4 with a double and a triple against Ooltewah.
Next: Tue vs. Knoxville Catholic; Sat. vs. Parkview.

14. Rancho Bernardo (San Diego)
14-0 | Last week: 20
Results: Def. Carlsbad, 4-1; def. Sage Creek, 14-4; def. Santa Fe Christian, 22-5.
Stats: Peyton Schulze went 3-for-5 with a double, a home run and four RBI against Sage Creek. Kevin Takeuchi led a 19-hit attack against Santa Fe Christian with a home run.
Next: Wed vs. La Costa Canyon.

15. Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.)
10-2 | Last week: 5
Results: Lost to Liberty, 9-2; def. Desert Ridge, 4-0.
Stats: Brock Selvidge went 2-for-3 and drove in three runs against Desert Ridge.
Next: Wed. vs. Horizon; Fri. vs. Perry.

16. Lake Travis (Austin, Texas)
24-3-2 | Last week: 8
Results: Lost to Bowie, 5-4.
Stats: Kyle Rader went 2-for-3 with a double in the loss.
Next: Tue/Fri vs. Akins.

17. Reagan (San Antonio)
25-3 | Last week: 13
Results: Def. Brandeis, 9-2.
Stats: Jacob Burcham went 3-for-4 with two RBI in the win.
Next: Tue. vs. Johnson; Fri. vs. Churchill

18. Seymour (Tenn.)
25-1 | Last week: 23
Results: Def. Knoxville Central, 11-1; def. Grace Christian Academy, 6-3. def. Morristown-Hamblen West, 27-0.
Stats: Adam Quincy had a double and a home run and Elijah Galyon had a home run against Knoxville Central. Alex Hutcherson had a grand slam and Galyon and Seth Shaw each homered against MHW.
Next: Tue vs. Morristown-Hamblen West

19. Fort Zumwalt West (O'Fallon, Mo.)
22-2 | Last week: 22
Results: Def. Rock Bridge, 8-1; lost to Staley, 5-0; def. Hickman, 1-0; def. Staley, 10-7; Def. Troy Buchanan, 8-1, 10-0.
Next: Tue. vs. Francis Howell

20. Gregory-Portland (Portland, Texas)
25-2-1 | Last week: 24
Results: Def. Flour Bluff, 6-0; def. Victoria West, 10-0.
Stats: Walker Janek and Christian Mayer combined for a no-hitter against Victoria West. Malachi Lott struck out 17 against Flour Bluff.
Next: Fri vs. Victoria East.

21. Hewitt-Trussville (Trussville, Ala.)
25-3 | Last week: 15
Results: Lost to Vestavia Hills, 6-2
Next: Tue/Thur vs. Spain Park.

22. Lakeland Christian (Lakeland, Fla.)
21-1 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Bartow, 10-3.
Next: Tue. vs. IMG Academy White; Thur. vs. Lake Wales.

23. Winter Park (Fla.)
20-1 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. East Ridge, 5-3; def. Orangewood Christian, 6-0.
Next: Wed. vs. Olympia; Thur. vs. Freedom.

24. Trinity (Louisville, Ky.)
14-0 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Highlands, 13-2; def. St. Henry, 8-0; def. Campbell County, 5-2.
Next: Sat. vs. Campbell County.

25. Vero Beach (Vero Beach, Fla.)
18-1 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Bayside, 11-1.
Next: Wed. vs. Palm Bay; Thur. vs. Jensen Beach.