Final N.Y. POWERADE baseball rankings

June, 13, 2012
After games on Sunday, June 10

All preseason, the talk was about George Washington — and rightfully so. The Trojans were the reigning champs, boasted arguably the two best players in the state in Nelson Rodriguez and Fernelys Sanchez and had a strong pitching corps as well. But as the postseason came to a close this past weekend, it was Grand Street Campus that stood atop the Empire State baseball scene.

The Wolves rode the balanced play of Kevin Martir (run-scoring triple), Ernesto Lopez (solo homer) and Gerry Gonzalez (four-hitter, third playoff win) to a 2-1 victory against George Washington in the PSAL Class A final. The triumph gave the Wolves their first-ever state title and pushed them into the POWERADE FAB 50.

In Class AA play, another team came up just short of defending its crown as Kingston knocked off reigning champ Victor for its first state title.

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

1. Grand Street Campus (Brooklyn) 21-1 (1)
Wolves capped impressive season by winning the PSAL Class A crown with a 2-1 victory against George Washington, their first in school history.

2. Poly Prep (Brooklyn) 20-4 (2)
Won second straight NYSAISAA crown and have a shot at a third with Andrew Zapata and other two top pitchers returning.

3. George Washington (New York) 33-10-1 (3)
Trojans couldn't knock red-hot Grand Street Campus in the PSAL Class A championship, losing 2-1.

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ESPNHS Baseball Players of the Week

June, 7, 2012
(After games of Tuesday, June 5)

One player is chosen from each region of the country. These are the final ESPNHS Player of the Week honorees for the 2011-12 school year.


Alex Godzak, Westhill (Syracuse, N.Y.)

The senior left-handed pitcher was dominant in an 8-1 win over Cazenovia (N.Y.) in the Section III Class B championship game. Godzak allowed only one hit -- a sixth-inning double -- while striking out 13 batters and yielding only one walk to avenge a regular-season loss. Godzak, a Canisius recruit who had a perfect game through five innings, improved his season record to 10-1 with an earned run average under 1.00. The win advances the Warriors to the state tournament this week. Westhill won state crowns in 2009 and 2010.


Jimmy Boyd, Middle Creek (Apex, N.C.)

A four-year varsity starter, Boyd led the Mustangs to the Class 4A state title, which also is the first state title in any sport for the school. Boyd pitched a one-hitter with eight strikeouts in a 2-0 win against Hough (Cornelius, N.C.) in the first game of the best-of-three title series. Middle Creek then won the second game 10-4. In addition to pitching, Boyd also reached base four times in the two games. For the season, Boyd went 8-1 with a 0.86 ERA. He also batted .450, including .550 in the playoffs.


Kevin Ruff, Minooka (Ill.)

The right-handed senior pitcher was perfect in a 9-0 victory over O'Fallon (Ill.) in the Class 4A sectional tournament final. Ruff retired all 21 batters in his first career no-hitter. Ruff struck out just four batters, but allowed only five balls hit out of the infield and depended on team defense in the playoff game. Earlier in the season, Ruff -- who also plays third base and the outfield -- had a one-hitter against Romeoville (Ill.).


Turner Larkins, Arlington Martin (Arlington, Texas)

He’s the only sophomore on the roster for Martin’s No. 7 FAB 50 squad, but Larkins pitched like a seasoned veteran when the team topped Southlake Carroll (Southlake, Texas) 5-2 in the third game of a best-of-three playoff series. Larkins keyed the win by striking out 13 batters and pitching out of jams. He improved to 10-0 for the season with a 1.25 ERA. Martin advanced to the Class 5A state tournament for the first time since 1993.


Luke Eubank, Newbury Park (Calif.)

He didn’t get his fourth no-hitter of the season, but this senior will gladly take a three-hitter at Dodger Stadium and leading his team to the CIF Southern Section Division I title. Eubank, who had eight strikeouts and no walks, was the difference in Newbury Park’s 3-1 victory against Corona (Calif.). Earlier in the week, he closed out the Panthers’ 5-2 win over previous FAB 50 No. 1 Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) with two scoreless innings of relief. For the season, Eubank finished 11-0 with two saves and an ERA of approximately 1.01.

N.Y. Week 9 POWERADE baseball rankings

June, 6, 2012
After games on Sunday, June 3

Two of the top three teams in the state were knocked out of the postseason last week, as Tottenville and Cardozo went down, leaving surging and top-ranked Grand Street Campus to battle with preseason favorite George Washington in the PSAL Class A final.

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

1. Grand Street Campus (Brooklyn) 20-1 (1)
Wolves swept John Adams to set up PSAL Class A final matchup with George Washington.

2. Poly Prep (Brooklyn) 20-4 (4)
Won second straight NYSAISAA title behind Andrew Zapata's one-hitter.

3. George Washington (New York) 33-9-1 (5)
Trojans beat Telecommunications 16-3 to cap two-game sweep and advance to PSAL Class A final against Grand Street Campus.

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N.Y. Week 8 POWERADE baseball rankings

May, 30, 2012
After games on Saturday, May 26

Poly Prep's season ended like just about everyone predicted — with another state title. The Blue Devils rode Andrew Zapata's one-hitter to secure a 4-2 victory against Fieldston and hoist another NYSAISAA crown. With Zapata and several other starters returning next year, a three-peat could be in store.

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

1. Grand Street Campus (Brooklyn) 17-1 (1)
Wolves easily took care of Environmental Studies and Taft to open the playoffs. Next up: James Monroe.

2. Tottenville (Staten Island) 22-3 (2)
Pirates take on a tough John Adams squad in PSAL Class A quarterfinals on Tuesday.

3. Cardozo (Queens) 23-2 (3)
Judges defeated Murry Bergtraum and Newtown by a combined score of 19-2. Next up: Telecommunications.

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N.Y. Week 7 POWERADE baseball rankings

May, 22, 2012
After games on Saturday, May 19

The playoffs get started this week and some teams enter on a hot streak (Grand Street Campus, Cardozo) while others stumbled into the postseason (St. Joseph-by-the-Sea, George Washington). What effect this has on their playoff performance remains to be seen.

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

1. Grand Street Campus (Brooklyn) 15-1 (1)
Heads into PSAL Class A playoffs on hot streak and led by Ernesto Lopez, who led the league with 26 RBIs, five HRs and a .610 batting average.

2. Tottenville (Staten Island) 22-3 (2)
Won 28th straight PSAL Staten Island A division crown and open playoffs Wednesday against Riverdale or Kingsbridge.

3. Cardozo (Queens) 21-2 (8)
Judges won two more games to sweep competition in Queens A East and earn top seed in PSAL Class A playoffs.

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N.Y. Week 6 POWERADE baseball rankings

May, 16, 2012
After games on Saturday, May 12

A rankings list that's mostly stood pat the last few weeks saw a newcomer make a big leap in Tottenville after the Pirates downed Poly Prep last week. The Pirates have silently played good baseball since moving out of the rankings after the first week and are just another team to watch as the postseason nears.

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

1. Grand Street Campus (Brooklyn) 13-1 (1)
Easily beat Fort Hamilton last week, creating momentum for two matchups with James Madison and another with No. 6 Poly Prep.

2. Tottenville (Staten Island) 20-3 (NR)
Move into rankings after big win against Poly Prep.

3. St. Joseph-by-the-Sea (Staten Island) 10-1 (2)
Dropped first game of season to Farrell but bounced back with win against Fordham Prep.

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N.Y. Week 5 POWERADE baseball rankings

May, 8, 2012
After games on Saturday, May 5

Not much changed in this week's rankings, but that might not be the case next week as league schedules wind down and playoff seeding is put on the line.

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

1. Grand Street Campus (Brooklyn) 10-1 (1)
Ernesto Lopez has sparked this streaking squad, batting .645 with five home runs and 22 RBIs.

2. St. Joseph-by-the-Sea (Staten Island) 7-0 (2)
Downed Archbishop Stepinac 8-0.

3. Xaverian (Brooklyn) 10-2 (3)
Clippers are expected to get a boost this week with the return of pitcher Blaise Scerbo.

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N.Y. Week 4 POWERADE baseball rankings

May, 2, 2012
After games on Saturday, April 28

New York City's teams continue to impress as the regular season draws closer to the playoffs. Grand Street Campus has shown its resilience, coming back to beat Telecommunications last week, as well as its scoring potential behind its wealth of talent in the likes of Jose Cuas and Kevin Martir.

The same goes for St. Joseph-by-the-Sea, which saw pitcher Brian Russell fan 17 batters in eight innings en route to a 1-0 win against Cardinal Spelman, and Poly Prep, which looks like the team most expected the Blue Devils to be by winning six straight, including a victory that featured a no-hitter by Andrew Zapata.

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

1. Grand Street Campus (Brooklyn) 9-1 (1)
Beat Telecommunications and Lafayette to extend its win streak in league play.

2. St. Joseph-by-the-Sea (Staten Island) 6-0 (2)
Brian Russell struck out 17 batters in eight innings to lead the Vikings past Cardinal Spellman 1-0.

3. Xaverian (Brooklyn) 9-2 (3)
Clippers downed Archbishop Molloy behind home runs from brothers John and Louis DeAngelis.

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Throughout this offseason, we’ve spotlighted Class of 2013 quarterbacks who have a shot at making the Elite 11 finals in July. This week, we profile Holy Trinity (Hicksville, N.Y.) junior Chris Laviano, who competed at the Elite 11 regional at at Cowboys Stadium in March. Laviano won't be able to make this Saturday's New York City regional, but does plan on being at the Las Vegas regional in June.

Chris Laviano never thought he’d get the chance to play quarterback.

Up until the seventh grade, he saw most of his time at center and middle linebacker. Then he played running back and was the backup quarterback.

Finally in the eighth grade he got his chance and he hasn’t looked back since.

The 6-foot-2, 197-pound junior is rated the nation’s No. 2 pocket passer by ESPN and this fall he’ll be a four-year starter at Holy Trinity (Hicksville, N.Y.).

Laviano led Holy Trinity to a CHSFL Class AAA runner-up finish as a freshman and has thrown for 3,227 yards and 29 touchdowns the past two seasons. However, this past fall, a young Holy Trinity squad struggled to a 3-7 mark.

Laviano, who has offers from Boston College and Rutgers, is focusing this offseason to return Holy Trinity to its winning ways. He’s also aiming to earn a trip this summer to the Elite 11 finals in California.

In late March, Laviano impressed at the Dallas Elite 11 regional at Cowboys Stadium, but came away without an invite. He’s hoping it’s a different story in June at the Las Vegas Elite 11 regional, which Laviano plans on attending.

ESPNHS: How did it feel to be named the starting quarterback as a freshman?
Laviano: At the time, it was big. I had only played quarterback one year before in the eighth grade. I pretty much went from Pop Warner to varsity. I lived it up that year. I never felt any pressure because the upperclassmen were awesome. Our running back, Anthony Brunetti, took me under his wing and made it easier for me.

ESPNHS: You didn’t play quarterback until the eighth grade? What did you play before then?
Laviano: I played center and middle linebacker until the seventh grade. Then I played running back and was the backup QB. I just didn’t get the chance (to play quarterback). I’ve come a long way. If I take a step back and look at how far I’ve come, it’s pretty crazy.

ESPNHS: Who’s taught you the most about the position?
Laviano: My personal quarterback coach, Todd Krueger, has taught me the fundamentals and how to play the position. My coach at school, Dominick Tassone, also knows what he’s talking about. We do the drills they do at Elite 11 and also switch it up a little bit to get our receivers involved. Coach Tassone and I watch film and break down defenses all the time.

ESPNHS: Who do you credit the most for getting you to this point?
Laviano: Definitely my mom and dad. They’ve guided me through these four years and have never steered me wrong. I wouldn’t be here without them. And my head coach, Tony Mascia, has given me great advice as well.

ESPNHS: How difficult was last season?
Laviano: It was tough because we had two great years before then. It was a pretty rough year. But you bounce back and work even harder. Our whole team has a chip on its shoulder to get back to winning seasons.

ESPNHS: How would you describe your Elite 11 experience so far?
Laviano: I went to the Ohio State and Penn State regionals (last year). The experience of competing against kids your own age is the best part, just to be able to compare yourself against them. I was talking to as many kids as I could to see how their recruiting processes were going. I talked to Gunner Kiel and Zeke Pike. It was cool to get reps with the best. At the Dallas regional, I did well, but I think I did much better at the Nike Football Training Camp the next day. I threw much better. But I was definitely more prepared.

ESPNHS: What mentality are you taking with you into the Las Vegas regional?
Laviano: I’m definitely hungry. My ultimate goal is to make the finals. When you go to these events, you need something that’s going to separate you from 100 kids. You have to have a swagger and take it from the competition. You have to be first in line, have zip on the ball and be all business. It’s the last one, so you’ve got to give to it all.

Chris Laviano
School: Holy Trinity (Hicksville, N.Y.)
Position: QB
Class: 2013
2011 Team Record: 3-7 (Lost in Class AAAAA state semifinals)

2011 Stats
Completions-Attempts: 139-232 (.599)
Passing Yards: 1,713
TD: 14
INT: 9

N.Y. Week 3 POWERADE baseball rankings

April, 25, 2012
After games on Saturday, April 21

Entering this season, most eyes were on George Washington because of their powerful tandem in Nelson Rodriguez and Fernelys Sanchez, and Poly Prep because of junior ace pitcher Andrew Zapata. But the Trojans have struggled due to Sanchez being sidelined by injury and inconsistent pitching, while the Blue Devils have been inconsistent in producing offense at the plate.

As a result, teams like Grand Street Campus (led by do-everything player Alex Cuas) have taken the baton and raced to the top of the New York rankings. Of course, the season is still young, so expect plenty more movement in the coming weeks.

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

1. Grand Street Campus (Brooklyn) 7-1 (2)
Led by Alex Cuas, the Wolves are peaking at the right time.

2. St. Joseph-By-The-Sea (Staten Island) 3-0 (3)
Vikings knocked off rival Monroe Catholic and have been a surprise contender this year.

3. Xaverian (Brooklyn) 7-2 (4)
Clippers welcomed back ace pitcher Blaise Scerbo to the lineup, giving them even more punch.

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ESPNHS Baseball Players of the Week

April, 19, 2012
Here are this week's high school baseball players of the week. One player is chosen from each region of the country. The only other criteria is that no player will be chosen more than once during a season.

(After games of Tuesday, April 17)


Randy Rodriguez, George Washington (New York)
The Trojans' leadoff hitter had a monster week as GW captured the annual George Washington Tournament crown with a 5-1 record and avenged an early-season loss to rival Cardozo (Bayside, N.Y.) 6-0 in the title game. Rodriguez, a senior veteran, was selected the tournament MVP after going 12-for-18 in the six games, driving in eight runs and playing stellar defense at short.


Emerson Gibbs, Jesuit (New Orleans)
The senior pitcher, who got the save for the Blue Jays in last year’s Class 5A state final, posted the equivalent of a seven-inning perfect game within the team’s 2-1 victory in 18 innings last week over Archbishop Rummel (Metairie, La.). Gibbs retired 21 straight batters after the sixth inning of the marathon matchup. He ended up throwing 15 innings and 193 pitches. Those totals are legal in Louisiana, but would make the heads spin of many coaches around the country. Gibbs has signed with Tulane.


Alex Darr, University Liggett (Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich.)
The 6-foot-2, 185-pound senior right-handed pitcher/infielder is off to an impressive start for the defending Division 4 state champions. Last week, he struck out 30 batters in two wins, including a no-hitter in a 4-0 blanking of Clarenceville (Livonia, Mich.). In Liggett's home opener, Darr fanned 15 and allowed only two hits in a 13-0, five-inning win over Parkway Christian (Sterling Heights, Mich.). He also helped his own cause with a three-run first-inning homer. Later in the week, he fanned 15 in the win over Clarenceville for his second no-hitter of the season.


Sean Rubalcaba, Grand Junction (Colo.)
A familiar name for anyone who follows Colorado prep sports, Rubalcaba continued his hitting tear in a Tuesday game this week by going 4-for-5 with two doubles in a 19-12 victory over Montrose (Colo.). Rubalcaba, a three-sport athlete who was the winner of the prestigious Gold Helmet Award by the Denver Post, kept his season batting average at a hard-to-believe number (.673) and also raised his season total for doubles to 12. He had his fourth four-hit game of the season and in one of those games all four hits were doubles. Rubalcaba, who has a 3.9 GPA and totaled 2,449 yards of total offense last fall as Grand Junction’s quarterback, has signed to play football at Northern Colorado.


Kyle Twomey, El Dorado (Placentia, Calif.)
Pitching no-hitters is one thing, but doing it at the Hard 9 National Classic and for a third straight shutout is something else. Twomey tossed his no-hitter and struck out 14 for the Golden Hawks in a first-round game against Galena (Reno, Nev.). They eventually went on to win the tourney title with Twomey getting the save in a 4-2 victory over El Toro (Lake Forest, Calif.). He was named the tourney’s MVP. Earlier this week, Twomey pitched a three-hitter with nine strikeouts when El Dorado topped Esperanza (Anaheim, Calif.) 2-1 in a matchup between two state-ranked squads. The 6-foot-3 senior has signed with USC.

N.Y. Week 2 POWERADE baseball rankings

April, 17, 2012
After games on Saturday, April 14

Lots of movement took place in this week's rankings, partly because many of the top 10 teams spent the past week playing each other in various tournaments.

George Washington retook the top spot after avenging a loss to Cardozo and winning the GW Tournament. Meanwhile, Poly Prep nearly dropped out of the rankings altogether after the previous No. 1 squad lost two straight to Fieldston and St. Joseph-By-The-Sea. Lastly, Grand Street Campus rose the the No. 2 spot after winning the loaded Monroe Tournament.

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

1. George Washington (New York City) 17-5-1 (3)
Avenged loss to Cardozo by beating the Judges 6-0 en route to the GW Tournament title. Randy Rodriguez earned MVP honors.

2. Grand Street Campus (Brooklyn) 3-1 (NR)
Wolves topped an impressive field to win their second straight Monroe Tournament crown.

3. St. Joseph-By-The-Sea (Staten Island) 2-0 (NR)
Pitching was key in two big wins for the Vikings, as Chris Falcone threw a four-hitter in a 1-0 win against Iona Prep and ace Brian Russell bested Poly Prep ace Andrew Zapata during a victory against previous No. 1 Poly Prep.

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N.Y. Week 1 POWERADE baseball rankings

April, 11, 2012
After games on Saturday, April 7

George Washington started off strong, going unbeaten in its first 10 games until an 0-3 showing at the loaded NHSI tournament in North Carolina. It didn't help that star senior Fernelys Sanchez broke his leg just before the tournament, forcing him off the field for the next 4-6 weeks.

In the meantime, the likes of Poly Prep (2-1 and No. 42 in the POWERADE FAB 50 behind junior ace Andrew Zapata) and Cardozo (4-0, including a win against GW) have risen to the top of the first New York rankings.

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

1. Poly Prep (Brooklyn) 2-1 (2)
Blue Devils had allowed just one run through 14 innings behind junior pitchers Andrew Zapata and Phil Maldari before falling to Delbarton (N.J.).

2. Cardozo (Queens) 4-0 (NR)
Connor Doyle ripped a triple to begin a rally and pitched three innings of relief to seal the Judges' 5-4 win against George Washington.

3. George Washington (New York) 12-4-1 (1)
Trojans have struggled some as they await the return of Fernelys Sanchez from a broken foot.

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Top NYC team plays on without injured star

March, 30, 2012
Nelson Rodriguez & Fernelys SanchezLucas O'Neill/ESPNHSNelson Rodriguez (left) has been forced to play without George Washington (New York) teammate Fernelys Sanchez, who is out with a broken leg, at the USA Baseball H.S. Invitational.
CARY, N.C. -- George Washington (New York) has had a rough go of it so far at the USA Baseball National High School Invitational. The lone representative from the Northeast, the Trojans fell to Parkview (Lilburn, Ga.) 11-3 on Wednesday and Russell County (Seale, Ala.) 8-0 on Thursday.

Unlike most of the teams at the tournament, George Washington’s season has essentially just started. They played nine games in March — none against what would be considered national-caliber programs. But the bigger obstacle for the Trojans this week is that they are without star outfielder Fernelys Sanchez, the No. 93 recruit in the ESPN 100.

Well, that’s not technically true. Fernelys made the trip to North Carolina and was there in the dugout for both games, but the large cast on his right leg made playing impossible. Sanchez broke his leg last week when his foot got stuck in the dirt while running the basepaths and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.

“All I was thinking was just, ‘North Carolina, North Carolina,’ man,” Sanchez recalled. “I was just thinking about this week. I was just really looking forward to joining my team and Nelson…

“It happens, though; it’s baseball," he continued. "Now I’ve just got to adjust to what’s next.”

Nelson would be Nelson Rodriguez, the Trojans’ other senior leader. A star since his freshman campaign, Rodriguez has long been compared to another Trojans’ power-hitter: Manny Ramirez. And the person making the comparison, coach Steve Mandl, is in a position to know: He coached Ramirez at GW.

Rodriguez and Sanchez have been best friends since Little League. One year they were opponents, the next year they were teammates, and the rest is history.

“That’s where everything started right there,” said Sanchez. “From then on, we always played together.”

But that could change next year. While both players have committed to Central Arizona CC, it’s likely that one or both will choose to go pro instead following June's MLB draft. That’s what makes this year all the more important — and Sanchez’s injury all the more disappointing. Still, the Trojans will settle for nothing less than a city championship.

“Now that Fernelys is injured, we have to adjust to the atmosphere,” said Rodriguez. “It’s a big loss and hopefully he gets better soon.”

Playing or not, Sanchez will be there every step of the way.

One-Man Show

Courtney Hawkins led Carroll (Corpus Christi, Texas) over Gulliver Prep (Pinecrest, Fla.) Thursday morning, supplying the game’s only run with a solo blast in the top of the third. Hawkins, No. 26 in the ESPN 100, also pitched 5.1 innings of four-hit ball with nine strikeouts and two walks.

“Courtney kind of showed up today,” said Carroll coach Lee Yeager, whose team entered the tournament No. 2 in the POWERADE FAB 50. “It came down to what he did for us.”

Making the performance more impressive is the fact that Gulliver boasts at least a trio of potential early-round draft picks in Adrian Marin, Chris Chinea and Eric Neitzel. Hawkins did some reconnaissance work before the game to get an edge on the Raiders’ potent lineup.

“I got a little help from some guys in Florida I know that play with them,” he said with a smile.

Giant Killers

Hawkins’ smile was short-lived, figuratively speaking, as within a couple hours his Tiger team was getting trounced by Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.). The Monarchs, who were ranked No. 2 in the preseason POWERADE FAB 50 but had since fallen out of the rankings, had the tournament's toughest draw, but you wouldn’t know it from looking at their box scores.

A day after taking out the nation’s No. 1 team, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas), by a score of 10-3, Mater Dei defeated No. 2 Carroll by mercy rule, 12-0. Ty Moore led the way for the Monarchs on Thursday, pitching four scoreless innings and hitting a three-run home run.

No. 1*

The radar guns were out in force Thursday as Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, Calif.) co-ace Max Fried took the hill against Parkview. The nation’s No. 4 prospect in the ESPN 100, Fried didn’t disappoint, striking out eight in the Wolverines' 10-3 win.

Perhaps more important to the many scouts in attendance, Fried touched 94 mph on the gun and was consistently in the 89-91 range on his fastball. His 80-mph breaking ball was equally devastating. While Fried’s injured teammate, RHP Lucas Giolito, is the No. 1 player in the ESPN 100, Fried might be just as coveted by MLB teams come draft time for one reason: He’s a southpaw.

Harvard-Westlake will face American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.) in the semifinals on Friday.

Come Sail Away

Sarasota (Fla.) is one of the few teams that entered the tournament unranked in the FAB 50, but that could change after the Sailors won both ends of a double-header on Thursday to earn a semifinal tilt with Mater Dei on Friday.

In a morning matchup with Lee County (Sanford, N.C.), Sarasota scored 14 unanswered runs, breaking the game open with five runs in the sixth and another six in the seventh in a 14-2 victory. In the nightcap, sophomore Evan Mendoza went the distance for the Sailors in the 5-3 win.

“This is the best thing I’ve seen done for high school baseball yet,” said coach Clyde Metcalf, who’s in his 31st year at the helm. “Our kids have been really excited about this since it was announced. We’re grateful to be here.”

Final N.Y. POWERADE hoops rankings: Boys & Girls reigns

March, 27, 2012
After games on Sunday, March 25

Momentum can be a powerful thing come playoff time. Boys & Girls showed that much during the last two weeks. After avenging two earlier losses to Jefferson with a win in the PSAL Class AA championship, the Kangaroos downed St. Raymond before bouncing defending champ Mount Vernon, 66-60, in the Federation Class AA title game.

Behind Leroy Fludd's 26 points, Boys & Girls won its first-ever Federation crown and Ruth Lovelace became the first woman to lead a boys' team to a Federation title. And with that, the Kangaroos re-enter the POWERADE FAB 50 rankings at No. 50.

In the Federation Class A title, Long Island Lutheran repeated by beating Harborfields 62-61 behind Anthony Pate's game-winning 3-pointer.

That's a wrap for the 2011-12 season, so here are the final state rankings (last week's rankings in parentheses):

1. Boys & Girls (Brooklyn) 26-6 (2)
Kangaroos punctuated late-season surge by knocking off defending champ Mount Vernon in the Federation Class AA title game, 66-60, behind Leroy Fludd's 25 points.

2. Mount Vernon 23-3 (1)
Knights' bid for a second-straight Federation Class AA crown fell short with a 66-60 loss to the Boys & Girls in the title game.

3. Jefferson (Brooklyn) 25-7 (3)
Orange Wave had their best season ever, winning their first Brooklyn Borough title and reaching the PSAL Class AA title game before falling to eventual champ Boys a Girls.

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