Baseball: Marietta, Mill Creek debut in Week 2 rankings

By Score Atlanta

In the state’s largest classification, No. 2 Grayson fell out of the top five after defeats by Parkview and Loganville. South Gwinnett dropped out of the rankings entirely after dropping two recent games while Marietta dove into the rankings at No. 4 after five straight wins. Tift County also exited after recent losses to Lowndes and Lee County. Mill Creek jumped into the top 10 after impressive victories over Hoover (Ala.), Brookwood and Lassiter.

Class AAAAA undefeated McIntosh roared to No. 5 after an undefeated start, including blowouts of Newnan and Northgate. Dunwoody and Hiram debuted in this week’s Class AAAAA rankings.

Woodland-Henry entered the Class AAAA poll after four consecutive wins, including quality victories over Spalding and Locust Grove. Lanier also debuted in AAAA after impressive wins over North Gwinnett and Archer.

Cartersville moved into the Class AAA poll despite a 3-3 record after wins over Brookwood and Carrollton. Dodge County joined the Purple Hurricanes in the poll while Blessed Trinity moved up to No. 4.

After a win over Class AAA-power St. Pius, Westminster cracked the AA top five. Berrien broke into the top 10 after a 13-1 domination of Cook, which slid to No. 9. Bremen debuts at No. 10 after an impressive 10-1-1 start.

Undefeated First Presbyterian made the Class A-Private rankings in the wake of Our Lady of Mercy which has lost three straight. In Class A-Public, Baconton Charter replaced Trion at No. 5 after winning eight of nine games.

Class AAAAAA

1. Parkview

2. Lambert

3. Walton

4. Marietta

5. Mill Creek

6. East Coweta

7. McEachern

8. Lassiter

9. Johns Creek

10. Grayson

Class AAAAA

1. Loganville

2. Gainesville

3. Greenbrier

4. McIntosh

5. Starr’s Mill

6. Dunwoody

7. Ola

8. Hiram

9. Sequoyah

10. Riverwood

Class AAAA

1. Columbus

2. Crisp County

3. Lanier

4. Spalding

5. Woodland-Henry

6. Marist

7. Eastside

8. Alexander

9. Carrollton

10. Dutchtown

Class AAA

1. Buford

2. Appling County

3. Pierce County

4. Blessed Trinity

5. Tattnall County

6. North Hall

7. St. Pius

8. Cartersville

9. Oconee County

10. Dodge County

Class AA

1. Lovett

2. Wesleyan

3. Jefferson

4. Calhoun

5. Westminster

6. Benedictine

7. Greater Atlanta Christian

8. Berrien

9. Cook

10. Bremen

Class A- Private

1. Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy

2. Mount Paran

3. Brookstone

4. George Walton Academy

5. First Presbyterian

Class A – Public

1. Charlton County

2. Emanuel County Institute

3. Schley County

4. Gordon Lee

5. Baconton Charter

10 comments Add your comment

cvilleryder

March 20th, 2013
6:37 am

3 old AA schools who lost most of what they had from last year and a GHSA newbie in the top 5 of AAA. And somehow a certain title contender every year is near the bottom. At least we cracked the top 10 this week.

Metro Coach

March 20th, 2013
8:04 am

Wow, how overrated are the teams from 1-AAA? They beat up on Johnson and Savannah and get ranked in the top 5, while other teams play real schedules and get snubbed. We’ll see how good Appling, et al. are come playoff time when they have to cross with schools that have actual baseball programs.

draycoach

March 20th, 2013
8:49 am

The coaches of the top three teams are not thrilled with the addition of the Savannah schools because there is no competition there. They know that come state playoff time that is going to hurt. I’ve seen better 10-U and 12-U rec league teams than Johnson and Savannah. Appling, Pierce and Tattnall are running roughshod in baseball like the three Chatham County schools did in basketball. Pierce, which beat Appling 1-0 in nine innings Tuesday night, replaced seven starters with six sophomores and a freshman. According to the Bears’ coach, his team is nowhere near where they need to be even with a 9-2 record, eight-game winning streak, and a 3-1 mark against ranked foes. The early rankings, though, are based on what you did last year and during the course of this season things will work themselves out. Don’t expect an all Region 1-AAA finals this year. Maybe the top three teams get out of the first round and that’s about it.

BPH

March 20th, 2013
12:38 pm

Ryder, Metro, and draycoach are all over this. Stephen Black and his ScoreAtlanta rankings are really “missing” early with the AAA rankings. If I’m not mistaken, Buford graduated their top arms last year from a team that went into State as the #2 6AA seed BEHIND Blessed Trinity. Meanwhile, doesn’t BT return their top three pitchers…. all now seniors???? And, putting THREE Ex-AA region 1 teams in the top five??? Geezzzz …. ScoreAtlanta really needs some help AAA analysis. Maybe they should checkout the GACA Coaches poll over on PrepCountry. Come on Stephen …. do the work.

canes63

March 20th, 2013
1:11 pm

Posted GAGA poll for Stephen to review but he chose to delete the post.

BPH

March 20th, 2013
3:46 pm

Ya got me giggling Dr! Try checking the box and stats on those first two Cane games of the year! LOL. Canes threw 4 different pitchers in 1st game and 5 different pitchers in 2nd game with no pitcher allowed to go more than 2 innings no matter how good they threw. Did about the same for field play as position players were rotated around like candy. No worries though Doc…. you count your early season wins and losses… and we’ll see who is still around playing in late May. BTW… I honestly think BT should be ranked 1… they look stout to me and I’m not laughing about that. But Buford’s somehow gotten a pass on that schedule of theirs so far … let me know how much faith to drop on those 4 wins over Banks and East Hall. Dang, do the wolf pups even have a quality win yet??? The only team they’ve played worth mentioning… they lost. But no worries … the wolves go straight to that early #1 ranking based on those 2 oh so impressive 1st and 2nd round wins in AA last year over Temple and Morgan. And that was before their pitching graduated. Hope you dont count N Hall out just yet… those Trojans may win that region. Keep the comments coming Dr…. I enjoy a good laugh. :-)

cvilleryder

March 21st, 2013
7:15 am

That was classic BPH. The proven, through the last 9 years best program in AAA, right now that Columbus is gone doesn’t even start the year ranked and then cracks the top 10 at 8. The team is one of few to acutally bring back it’s studs and on top of that infuse some solid talent from the ranks to a team that lost to Columbus in the Elite 8. This is a interesting year with all the change but I don’t believe the Purple Hurricanes are ready for a changing of the guard just yet. Serious Dr. Giggles I love how you left out the travel to Parkview where the Canes challenged the 2 time 5A champs now 6A #1 Panthers all 7-innings using multiple pitchers. How about how we have throttled Lassiter 11-3 and Brookwood 8-0. About unranked Brookwood you play em and beat em then come talk. Don’t forget Carrollton we beat them too. Check out the Dugout Club Magazine and this weeks Coaches Poll to get a clue as to why when we read our daily AJC and it takes the time to put out it’s or Score Atlanta’s AAA poll and the Hurricanes are unranked and then moved to 8 it is quite possibly be the biggest snub of all the polls. One worthy of being called out by Hurricane fans. What kind of fans would we be if we didn’t believe our team deserves better.

cvilleryder

March 21st, 2013
7:24 am

South Forsyth was a rain-shortened 5-inning game, hard for me to really count it as a bad loss considering Forsyth pitched it’s stud for the whole game while as BPH said the Canes used the game to work the staff as it was the 1st game of the year for us. BPH would you say Cartersville has a high grade in pitching quality and depth this season?

funpolice

March 21st, 2013
8:41 am

Besides the total massacre of the AAA rankings, the mixing up of the AAAAAA seems a little cavalier. Two teams new to the top 10 come in at 4 and 5? It’s only been a week since the last rankings. Did you miss that bad on those two teams in the last round? Grayson maintaining a ranking at all is amazing. Mill Creek dropped one to McEachern (who may be no better than 7), who has a better record, and somehow leaped over them from an unranked status. Milton for Grayson would be a sensible switch.

BPH

March 21st, 2013
10:11 am

My impression is that these weekly ScoreAtlanta “rankings” are just the work of one or two ScoreAtlanta contributors/writers … probably Stephen Black … maybe with the help of Proctor… I really don’t know because neither ScoreAtlanta nor the AJC bothers to enlighten its readers on how this “ranking” is compiled each week. If it is just the work of one or two writers from ScoreAtlanta … I hope they can get some help with their baseball research before we get too far into the season cause they’re sure not “impressing” early.