High-SchoolMissouri: BASEBALL Weekly Rankings

Final Missouri POWERADE baseball rankings

June, 6, 2012
6/06/12
12:34
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After games on Sunday, June 3

Another baseball season is in the books and while Westminster Christian ended up partying like it was 2011, Rockwood Summit pulled off a major upset en route to making program history.

Rockwood Summit knocked off favorite Liberty by scoring 10 runs on 10 hits before beating Parkway North for its first Class 4 crown and the No. 1 ranking in the state. Meanwhile, Westminster capped an unbelievable 26-game win streak by repeating as Class 3 champs.

Here are the final rankings (last week's rankings in parentheses):

1. Rockwood Summit (Fenton) 21-11 (7)
Falcons rallied for 4-3 win against Parkway North to take home Class 4 crown. After losing their final two regular season games, the Falcons defeated previous No. 1 teams Vianney and Liberty en route to the title.

2. Westminster Christian (St. Louis) 29-3 (2)
Wildcats capped season with 26th straight win and second straight Class 3 title by beating Lutheran South 10-4.

3. Liberty 28-4 (1)
Bluejays entered the playoffs as the favorite but fell to Rockwood Summit 10-3 in the Class 4 semifinals before holding Willard in the third-place game.

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Missouri Week 10 POWERADE baseball rankings

May, 30, 2012
5/30/12
4:28
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After games on Saturday, May 26

After a fun regular season, upset-filled district round and tightly played first few rounds of the postseason, we are down to the final four. Beginning this weekend, a quartet of teams in Classes 1-4 will vie for the coveted state crown. Liberty, ranked No. 22 in the POWERADE FAB 50, enters as the favorite in Class 4 while Westminster and its 24-game win streak appears poised to defend its Class 3 title.

Here are this week's rankings (last week's rankings in parentheses):

1. Liberty 27-3 (1)
Behind Spencer Schwandt's seven strikeouts, the Bluejays beat Rockhurst 4-2 and advanced to the Class 4 final four for the second straight year. They will face Rockwood Summit on Friday.

2. Westminster Christian (St. Louis) 27-3 (3)
Wildcats easily downed Mexico, 11-1, to move on to Class 3 semifinal round against Marshall on Friday. Win streak is now at 24 games.

3. Savannah 23-4 (6)
Savages are back in the Class 3 semifinals after beating Oak Grove 9-3. They will face Lutheran South on Friday.

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Missouri Week 9 POWERADE baseball rankings: Upsets abound

May, 22, 2012
5/22/12
4:32
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After games on Saturday, May 19

A new Class 4 champion will be crowned this season following a wild, upset-filled district round. Seven of the No. 1 seeds saw their seasons end early, including reigning state champ Francis Howell, previous No. 1 Francis Howell Central and No. 2 Vianney.

As a result (and as expected come this time of year), the rankings were shook up this week, with only Liberty, ranked No. 34 in the POWERADE FAB 50, standing pat at its top spot.

Here are this week's rankings (last week's rankings in parentheses):

1. Liberty 25-3 (1)
Bluejays held off Oak Park and Staley to win their district crown and move on to the Class 4 state playoffs.

2. Lee's Summit West 24-5 (3)
Titans blew through district tournament, beating three opponents by a combined count of 33-2.

3. Westminster Christian 25-3 (4)
Wildcats enter the Class 3 state playoffs on a 22-game win streak. Tate Matheny is batting .614 with 10 home runs and 47 RBIs.

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Missouri Week 8 POWERADE baseball rankings: Liberty back on top

May, 16, 2012
5/16/12
1:09
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After games on Saturday, May 12

When it comes to the regular season, Liberty stands as the champion after turning a 4-0 week into another Suburban Big Six Conference crown, a district tournament win against Platte County and the No. 45 spot in the POWERADE FAB 50 rankings.

Meanwhile previous No. 1 Francis Howell Central saw its season come to an abrupt end after falling to eighth-seeded St. Charles West in the Class 4 District 8 tournament. So is the fun and fate of the postseason.

Here are this week's rankings (last week's rankings in parentheses):

1. Liberty 23-3 (2)
Bluejays re-emerge as top team after earning its fourth straight Suburban Big Six Conference crown and beating Platte County to open district tournament play.

2. Vianney (Kirkwood) 22-6 (3)
Golden Griffins have won three straight and face Rockwood Summit in district tournament play on Tuesday.

3. Lee's Summit West 22-5 (4)
Winners of seven straight, top-seeded Titans are the host team for the Class 4 District 14 tournament.

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Missouri Week 7 POWERADE baseball rankings

May, 8, 2012
5/08/12
4:54
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After games on Saturday, May 5

Just a few days remain in the regular season, and for now Francis Howell Central appears on its way to entering the Class 4 playoffs as the top squad. The Spartans went 3-0 last week, beating Francis Howell North and capitalizing on Blue Springs' upset of previous No. 1 Liberty.

Here are this week's rankings (last week's rankings in parentheses):

1. Francis Howell Central (St. Charles) 19-4 (2)
Spartans went 3-0 last week, including a 10-3 win against Francis Howell North. They will close out the regular season Wednesday against Hazelwood West.

2. Liberty 19-3 (1)
Bluejays fell to Blue Springs but bounced back with victories against Park Hill and Raymore-Peculiar. Last two contests of regular season include a Tuesday tilt against Staley.

3. Vianney (Kirkwood) 20-5 (3)
Golden Griffins have won four straight and could make it seven should they win their final three regular season games this week.

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Missouri Week 6 POWERADE baseball rankings

May, 2, 2012
5/02/12
12:05
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After games on Saturday, April 28

With about a week remaining in the regular season, games are starting to matter a little bit more with playoff seeding and positioning at stake.

Liberty remains atop the rankings, but the Bluejays might be hoping that they don't encounter Lee's Summit in the postseason. For the second time this season, Liberty lost last week and for the second time this season, it came at the hands of Lee's Summit.

Another matchup to watch is Eureka and Parkway South, who will meet twice on Tuesday and Wednesday in games that will almost certainly impact next week's top 10.

Here are this week's rankings (last week's in parentheses):

1. Liberty 17-2 (1)
Lee's Summit appears to have the Bluejays' number, as the Tigers once again handed Liberty a one-run loss last week. Before that, Class 4's top squad scored 27 combined runs in easy wins against Park Hill and Central.

2. Francis Howell Central (St. Charles) 16-4 (3)
Spartans notched two big wins against Timberland and No. 3 Vianney before falling to Fort Zumwalt West, marking their first loss in seven games. A pivotal match against Howell North looms on Tuesday.

3. Vianney (Kirkwood) 16-5 (2)
Golden Griffins ran win streak to five games before being cooled off by No. 2 Francis Howell Central in an 11-4 loss.

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Missouri Week 5 POWERADE baseball rankings: Liberty enters FAB 50

April, 25, 2012
4/25/12
11:37
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After games on Saturday, April 21

A cluster of games between top 10 teams gave some clarity to the playoff picture while opening the door for a new team to take over the top spot.

The Liberty Blue Jays, led by Nathan Winfrey, have been on a roll and pushed their current win streak to 10 games by sweeping the competition at the Northland Baseball Tournament. Liberty now sits at No. 47 in the latest POWERADE FAB 50 with a chance to avenge their lone loss of the season this week when it plays Lee's Summit.

Vianney returned to its winning ways by defeating previous No. 1 SLUH and previous No. 6 Francis Howell in consecutive contests. This should add even more intrigue to what should be a closely contested Class 4 postseason.

Here are this week's rankings (last week's rankings in parentheses):

1. Liberty 14-1 (2)
Bluejays move into top spot riding 10-game win streak, including last week's triumph at the Northland Baseball Tournament.

2. Vianney (Kirkwood) 14-4 (4)
Golden Griffins ended two-game slide by beating previous No. 1 SLUH and No. 6 Francis Howell in consecutive close matchups.

3. Francis Howell Central (St. Charles) 14-3 (3)
Spartans have won 10 of last 11, including last week's victory against rival and No. 7 Francis Howell.

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Missouri Week 4 POWERADE baseball rankings

April, 17, 2012
4/17/12
4:50
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After games on Saturday, April 14

Vianney has had a tough slate of games this year, to say the least. Eight of their 15 games have been against teams with winning records, inlcuding Howell North (three times), Howell Central and Lee's Summit West. The will remain tough this week, as the Golden Griffins face No. 1 SLUH on Tuesday and No. 6 Francis Howell on Wednesday.

Here are this week's rankings (last week's rankings in parentheses):

1. SLUH 10-1 (1)
Recorded its third straight shutout by beating Warrenton 10-0. Junior Billikens will put eight-game win streak on the line Tuesday against No. 4 Vianney.

2. Liberty 9-1 (4)
Blue Jays have won five in a row and look to find more success in this week's Northland Baseball Tournament.

3. Francis Howell Central (St. Charles) 10-3
Spartans fell 6-0 to Troy last week but bounced back with win against Rockwood Summit, making for their sixth win in seven games.

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Missouri Week 3 POWERADE baseball rankings

April, 11, 2012
4/11/12
12:07
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After games on Saturday, April 7

Last year, SLUH's 24-0 start ended abruptly in the Class 4 quarterfinals with its first and only loss to eventual champ Francis Howell. This year, with only six seniors graduated, expectations were tempered with the loss of ace Sash Kuebel and the preseason surgery of Mitch Klug.

Apparently, this has all mattered little for the Junior Billikens, who are off to a similar hot start at 8-1 behind the play of pitcher Brian Howard and debut in this week's POWERADE FAB 50 at No. 49.

Here are this week's rankings (last week's rankings in parentheses):

1. SLUH 8-1 (2)
Junior Billikens have overcome injuries and won six straight games.

2. Vianney (Kirkwood) 10-2 (1)
Golden Griffins saw their 10-game win streak snapped in a loss to Chaminade. Two of their next four games come against ranked opponents (No. 1 SLUH and No. 6 Francis Howell).

3. Francis Howell Central (St. Charles) 9-3 (4)
Spartans will put their five-game win streak on the line against No. 6 Francis Howell on Saturday.

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Missouri Week 2 POWERADE baseball rankings: Vianney grabs top spot

April, 4, 2012
4/04/12
11:38
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After games on Saturday, March 31

With four of the state's top 10 teams at the Midwest Classic, there was bound to be plenty of movement in this week's rankings. In the end, Vianney emerged as the victory, rallying from a 5-0 deficit to beat Lee's Summit West 7-6 for its second tournament title in three years. Some say these two could meet again come May in the Class 4 championship, so stay tuned.

Just hours before that matchup, Lee's Summit West showed its talent by snapping the 18-game win streak of defending Class 4 champ Francis Howell North.

Here are this week's rankings (last week's rankings in parentheses):

1. Vianney (Kirkwood) 8-1 (5)
Golden Griffins captured the Midwest Classic title by beating Francis Howell North and No. 3 Lee's Summit West on Saturday. Vianney has won eight straight since a season-opening loss to Lindbergh.

2. SLUH 8-1 (3)
Junior Billikens have won five straight games.

3. Lee's Summit West 7-1 (6)
Titans beat No. 5 Francis Howell before falling to top-ranked Vianney in the Midwest Classic final.



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Missouri Week 1 POWERADE baseball rankings

March, 28, 2012
3/28/12
2:21
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After games on Monday, March 26

With the basketball season done, now it's time to turn our attention the baseball campaign. And most eyes are on the St. Charles area, where Francis Howell and Francis Howell Central have vaulted to the top two spots after a week or so of play.

Francis Howell has been dominant at the plate during its 4-0 start while Francis Howell Central, the defending Class 4 champs, has surprised some with a 6-0 start despite returning just two players to this year's team.

Here are this week's rankings (preseason rankings in parentheses):

1. Francis Howell (St. Charles) 4-0 (NR)
Spartans have put up at least nine runs in their three of their four wins. Next up: the loaded Midwest Classic featuring ranked foes Francis Howell and Lee's Summit West.

2. Francis Howell Central (St. Charles) 6-0 (NR)
Despite returning just two players, the defending Class 4 champs are off to a great start, winning three one-run victories. Junior third baseman Mitch Larkin (.647, six RBIs) and senior outfielder Austin Schneider (.473, six RBIs) have been big at the plate for the Vikings, who have won 16 straight dating back to last year.

3. SLUH 3-1 (1)
Junior Billikens ace Brian Howard retired 11 straight batters at one point during a 5-2 win against Farmington.

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