The Kentucky High School Baseball Coaches Association has released its preseason top 25 rankings. Check out the list below or at the KHSBCA website here. (Note the two-way tie for No. 14 and three-way tie for No. 19)
We’ve noted each of the college baseball early signing classes released by Kentucky schools, but the University of Louisville and University of Kentucky have not officially announced their early classes. Despite the lack of a university news release Yahoo! Sports posted a signing list for UK on the Rivals.commessage board thread where Kendall Rogers was tracking signing classes from across the country. The list matches previous media reports about commitments but has not been confirmed by UK:
RHP Chandler Shepherd — Lawrence County High School
RHP Spencer Drake — Eastern High School
INF Ryan Loehnert — St Xavier High School
RHP Taylor Martin — Lexington Catholic High School
OF Jeff Boehm — Lansing, Ill.
LHP Jerad Grundy — Heartland CC
OF Austin Cousino — Dublin, Ohio
C Greg Fettes — Madison Heights, Mich.
INF Max Kuhn — Zionsville, Ind.
LHP Sam Mahar — Pleasant Prairie, Wisc.
LHP AJ Reed — Terre Haute, Ind.
RHP Shane Grimm — Walters State CC
Yahoo! Sports didn’t list Grimm on their Kentucky early signing period class, but the Herald-Leader reported in August the former Paintsville High School star had committed to UK. The headliner of the class is probably Cousino, who was named the tournament MVP at the 2009 IBAF ‘AA’ World Youth Championships for Team USA (16U). Shepherd, Drake and Martin were each named KHSBCA 2nd Team All-State in 2010.
A college-heavy group of links from around Kentucky baseball:
Mike Fields of the Lexington Herald-Leaderreports Louisville Eastern High School senior pitcher/infielder Spencer Drake has committed to the University of Kentucky.
Fields also reports former Paintsville High School standout Shane Grimm, who was 7-0 for Walters State Junior College in 2010 will sign with UK in November as part of the incoming class for 2012.
Brent Ingram of the UK Media Relations department finishes his list of the 20 most memorable UK games since 2006, headlined by the 2006 NCAA regional tournament.
UKrising senior shortstop Taylor Black also explained his decision to return to school in a feature for the UK website.
Former UofL right-handed pitcher Neil Holland and infielder Phil Wunderlich were named all-stars in the New York-Penn League.
Former Morehead St. right-handed pitcher and first baseman Michael Bottoms will be one of two non-Australians playing for the Kensington Cardinals of the South Australian Baseball League beginning in October.
Michael Grant of the Courier-Journal reports Louisville Cincinnati Reds fans can once again listen to the Reds on the radio after WNDA-1570 in Clarksville and WTSZ-1600 in Eminence agreed to broadcast games for the remainder of the season.
The Kentucky High School Baseball Coaches Association released its latest top 25 poll on May 6. Lexington Catholic is holding steady in the No. 1 spot as the regular season winds down but several teams can challenge the Nights. Check out the most rankings below with each team’s total points listed and number of first place votes in parentheses:
1. Lexington Catholic — 218 — (16)
2. Eastern — 200 — (4)
3. Lexington Christian — 194
4. St. Xavier — 159
5. West Jessamine — 156 — (2)
6. Apollo — 155
7. Pleasure Ridge Park — 150
8. Tates Creek — 144
9. Harrison County — 122
10. Male — 114
11. Trinity — 108
12. Western Hills — 105
13. Elizabethtown — 97
14. DeSales — 96
15. Henderson County — 93
16. Lafayette — 88
17. DuPont Manual — 85
18. Central Hardin — 73
19. Franklin County — 70
20. Madison Central — 64
21. Russell County — 63
22. George Rogers Clark — 55
23. Mercer County — 50 — (1)
24. Butler — 44
25. Glasgow — 43
The Kentucky High School Baseball Coaches Association has released its latest top 25, and two Lexington teams headline the rankings. No. 1 Lexington Catholic and No. 2 Lexington Christian will face off Tuesday in one of the biggest games of the high school season. For more information about the showdown check out Adam Revelette’s preview for Examiner.comhere.