Tuesday, February 12, 2008

First high school baseball rankings released

And here we go with the first high school baseball polls, as provided by the Web site IMPACTbaseball.com.

In what I feel is a bit of a surprise, Rocky Mount is listed atop the 3-A rankings. Northern Nash is ranked No. 6 but Fike is nowhere to be seen. I know that the Gryphons have some good players in Brian Goodwin and Ben Fish, to name a couple, but they lost some quality seniors. To be considered No. 1 in the state seems to be a stretch right now, given how they completely fell apart at the end of last year.

Southeast Guilford, which lost to Charles B. Aycock in the 3-A final in June is No. 2 while Jamestown Ragsdale is No. 3

The top-ranked teams in the other classifications are 4-A North Davidson, 2-A First Flight and 1-A Princeton. The Bulldogs are the defending N.C. High School Athletic Association 1-A champions and coached by Beddingfield graduate and Saratoga native Bruce Proctor.

For the three Wilson County high schools, Beddingfield opens first when the Bruins welcome SouthWest Edgecombe on Monday, Feb. 26, for a 4:30 p.m. encounter. Fike visits Aycock on Tuesday, Feb. 26, also at 4:30 p.m. while Hunt launches its season at Nash Central on Friday, Feb. 29, at 4:30 p.m.

IMPACT Baseball high school preseason polls

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