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Northwestern still atop AAAAA HSSR baseball rankings

Moncks Corner – The first month of high school baseball in Class AAAAA has been fun to watch as some of the favorites struggle a bit to put it all together while other strong teams perform as expected.

The April ranking of the High School Sports Report Class AAAAA top 10 is somewhat different than the one released a month ago.

Defending state champion Northwestern opened the season at number one and remains at the top spot. It doesn’t appear the Trojans will have much trouble winning the region four title, having started 8-0 and building a comfortable lead.

As we all know, the Trojans will have the most depth pitching-wise in the postseason and if they find a few runs, they will be hard to beat.

Dutch Fork and Summerville jump into the top three after impressive play in March. Dutch Fork is locked in a battle with fourth-ranked Lexington in region five but has handled the tough challenges to date. Sophomore prospect Ty Olenchuk is dominating at the plate and on the mound, putting himself on the short list for HSSR player of the year.

Summerville looked average for about 10 days but the Green Wave are putting it all together. Strong pitching from senior Daniel Lloyd and junior A.C. Heaton (0.00 ERA) are making it very difficult for opposing hitters. The offense continues to improve as young phenoms like freshman Cody Messina are starting to explode.

Summerville opened the Diamond Invitational with a 6-0 win over Lexington on April 5th, an impressive performance to say the least.

J.L Mann, led by Clemson signee Matthew Lumsden and Tomas Frick, are in control of region 1-AAAAA at 12-3 overall. Barring a collapse down the stretch, the Patriots are set to enter the playoffs as a team to watch.

Riverside and Greenwood are locked in a tie for the region two lead and Mauldin is just a game behind. The region is pretty competitive throughout so be watchful for a few upsets.

Dorman holds the lead in region three with Spartanburg right in the race. Boiling Springs figures to be in the top four of a region that is surprisingly down this season.

Down in the Pee Dee, South Florence continues to hold off the charge from Sumter with just one region loss. Will Hardee has been a stud for the Bruins on the mound and at the plate this season.

It doesn’t appear any team can catch Summerville in region seven but the battle for the next few spots will be interesting to watch. Stratford, the biggest surprise team in the Lower State, has just three league losses and Wando, winners of seven of eight games, have four. Wando could be poised to move into second. Ashley Ridge and West Ashley are capable of finishing in the top three as well.


5A baseball rankings (April 2)

1.       Northwestern

2.       Dutch Fork

3.       Summerville

4.       Lexington

5.       J.L. Mann

6.       Dorman

7.       Easley

8.       South Florence

9.       Riverside

10.   Stratford

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