Baseball: Class AAAAAA jumbled after top eight suffers losses

By Score Atlanta

Despite a loss to Johns Creek, Lambert remained No. 1 as every team in the top eight suffered defeats in the past week. East Coweta tumbled to No. 8 after a loss to Northside-Columbus in which the Indians gave up 16 runs. Johns Creek moved to a season-high ranking of No. 3, while McEachern improved to No. 5 after splitting a big series with Region 4-rival Marietta.

Class AAAAA saw Whitewater jump into the top five after a win over McIntosh while Winder-Barrow moved to No. 6 on the strength of a split with No. 1 Loganville.

Stephens County, winners of seven straight, and Veterans, winners of 11 in a row, each made the Class AAAA top 10 this week. Stephens County swept previously seventh-ranked Lanier while Veterans is 9-0 in Region 2 play. Alexander leapt to No. 3 after the Cougars defeated Carrollton and Columbus in the past week.

Two ranked teams in Class AAA traveled to Florida for spring break to compete in the Perfect Game High School Showdown in Fort Myers. No. 1 Blessed Trinity left with a respectable 2-2 record against four solid Sunshine State squads while No. 5 Cartersville went 1-3. Meanwhile, Buford was upset by White County and dropped to No. 4 while North Hall and Pierce County moved to Nos. 2 and 3, respectively. Woodward Academy improved to No. 6 after a win over Class AA No. 1 Westminster.

Speaking of the Wildcats, Westminster tumbled to No. 2 after a pair of defeats last week and Jefferson took over the top spot. The Dragons have not lost to a AA opponent all season. Wesleyan has lost three of four and dropped out of the top five. Greater Atlanta Christian re-entered the rankings after winning three straight.

There no changes in Class A, as none of the ranked teams lost.

Class AAAAAA

1. Lambert

2. Marietta

3. Johns Creek

4. Walton

5. McEachern

6. South Gwinnett

7. Parkview

8. East Coweta

9. Milton

10. Mill Creek

Class AAAAA

1. Loganville

2. Greenbrier

3. Gainesville

4. Whitewater

5. Riverwood

6. Winder-Barrow

7. Starr’s Mill

8. Ola

9. McIntosh

10. Dunwoody

Class AAAA

1. Crisp County

2. Columbus

3. Alexander

4. Marist

5. Eastside

6. Carrollton

7. Redan

8. Veterans

9. Stephens County

10. Lanier

Class AAA

1. Blessed Trinity

2. North Hall

3. Pierce County

4. Buford

5. Cartersville

6. Woodward Academy

7. St. Pius

8. Tattnall County

9. Appling County

10. Oconee County

Class AA

1. Jefferson

2. Westminster

3. Lovett

4. Berrien

5. Bremen

6. Wesleyan

7. Pepperell

8. Greater Atlanta Christian

9. Benedictine

10. Cook

Class A-Private

1. Eagle’s Landing Christian

2. George Walton Academy

3. First Presbyterian

4. Darlington

5. Mount Paran

Class A-Public

1. Charlton County

2. Emanuel County Institute

3. Gordon Lee

4. Baconton Charter

5. Johnson County

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Tom

April 10th, 2013
8:03 pm

I give up…how in the world is Alexander ranked 3rd?

NGHS 09

April 14th, 2013
3:49 pm

These rankings are such a joke.

- Walton (14-6) has not beaten a top 10 team.
- Lambert (14-5) has not beaten a top 10 team.
- East Coweta (19-1) might be the biggest joke of them all…crap region and also have not beaten a top 10 team.
- Milton (13-5-1) beat Walton and Mill Creek, but that’s not anything worth noting for a top 10 spot this year.
- Mill Creek (13-6) hasn’t beaten a top ten team EITHER and got slammed by Milton.
- South Gwinnett looks really good, but has only beaten Parkview out of the top 10. What happened the other day against an inconsistent 14-7 Grayson team?
- Parkview (13-6) is not the same team as the past two seasons. Come on!

McEachern is clearly the #1 team to beat. They have wiped the floor with every they have played inlcuding Milton, Mill Creek, and Marietta. Seriously COME ON!

There are some other teams more deserving of a top 10 ranking without question.

NGHS 09

April 14th, 2013
3:56 pm

Oh yes, and Johns Creek is looking very good also. I am not sold on their depth at certain positions though. I don’t think they have enough hitting ability to beat some of these Gwinnett teams in the playoffs. Gwinnett has some outstanding pitchers this year.