Harrison County headlines KHSBCA preseason top 25

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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)

  • 1) Harrison Count High School
  • 2) St. Xavier High School
  • 3) Lexington Catholic High School
  • 4) Apollo High School
  • 5) Pleasure Ridge Park High School
  • 6) Eastern High School
  • 7) Male High School
  • 8) Trinity High School
  • 9) Central Hardin High School
  • 10) Ballard High School
  • 11) Lexington Christian Academy
  • 12) West Jessamine High School
  • 13) Lafayette High School
  • 14) Christian County High School
  • 14) Henderson County High School
  • 16) Henry County High School
  • 17) Lawrence County High School
  • 18) Lone Oak High School
  • 19) Bryan Station High School
  • 19) Clay County High School
  • 19) Mercer County High School
  • 22) Pikeville High School
  • 23) Oldham County High School
  • 24) Tates Creek High School
  • 25) Warren Central High School
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Ryan Wright named preseason All American; EKU to celebrate 100 years of baseball

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An assortment of the latest links and stories from around Kentucky baseball:

  • The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association named University of Louisville junior infielder Ryan Wright a second-team preseason All American.
  • Eastern Kentucky University has announced its 100 Years of Baseball celebration for the upcoming season. EKU will unveil its All-Century baseball team on Feb. 5.
  • Butler High School infielder Ryan Asher, Mercer County High School corner infielder Colin Buckner and Knox Central High School right-handed pitcher Justin King have signed to play baseball at Lincoln Memorial University.
  • Bob Livingston of the Daily Republican Register reports several former Wabash Valley College baseball players are moving on to Kentucky universities: Noah Zipko and Alex Gordon have signed with Murray State University and Steve Hodgins has signed with Western Kentucky University.
  • The Tampa Bay Rays have announced Brady Williams will return as the Bowling Green Hot Rods manager in 2011.

Blanton to start game four; Maile home run highlights UK pro day; Revere has another big AFL game with 2 SBs

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Latest links and highlights from around Kentucky baseball:

  • David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News reports Phillies manager Charlie Manuel confirmed following the team’s game-three loss that former UK right-handed pitcher Joe Blanton would start game four of the NLCS. There had been some speculation in the media that Manuel might go with ace Roy Halladay if the team was down in the series entering game four.
  • University of Kentucky sophomore catcher Luke Maile‘s home run highlighted the team’s intrasquad scrimmage in front of MLB scouts. The UK media relations department also notes left-handed pitcher Mike Kaczmarek has been playing both ways for the Cats this fall in outfield and on the mound.
  • University of Louisville sophomore right-handed pitcher Justin Amlung surrendered one run in five innings in a no decision in the Pizza Bowl fall scrimmage series.
  • Pierce W. Huff of the Atlanta Journal Constitution profiles UK sophomore outfielder Brian Adams, who is happy to be back on the football field this fall after suffering a life-threatening ailment last fall.
  • Lexington Catholic alum Ben Revere was 2-3 with a RBI, walk, run scored and two stolen bases for the Peoria Saguros of the Arizona Fall League.
  • Former UofL right-handed pitcher B. J. Rosenberg pitched two scoreless innings for the Mesa Solar Sox of the Arizona Fall League.
  • Mike Marsee of the Danville Advocate  Messenger reports Mercer Couny High School outfielder Matthew  Honchel has committed to Miami University in Ohio over WKU and Morehead St.

Kentucky High School Poll (May 8)

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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

Lexington schools headline latest KHSBCA top 25

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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.com here.

KHSCBA Top 25

  1. Lexington Catholic (22) — 786 pts.
  2. Lexington Christian (3) — 701 pts.
  3. Eastern (4) — 640 pts.
  4. Pleasure Ridge Park (1) — 619 pts.
  5. West Jessamine (7) — 600 pts.
  6. St. Xavier (4) — 591 pts.
  7. Tates Creek (1) — 518 pts.
  8. Apollo (2) — 453 pts.
  9. Harrison County (1) — 392
  10. Male — 367
  11. Trinity — 263
  12. Henderson County — 252
  13. Franklin County — 248
  14. Lafayette — 244
  15. Elizabethtown (1) — 240
  16. Ballard — 217
  17. Glasgow — 197
  18. Dupont Manual (1) — 190
  19. Central Hardin — 166
  20. Bullit East — 134
  21. Western Hills — 127
  22. Butler — 114
  23. Mercer County — 108
  24. Danville (1) — 99
  25. Bryan Station (1) — 96

Ky. high school underclassmen named to All-American list

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Perfect Game USA has released its preseason high school underclassmen All-American lists, and several Kentucky preps were included in the honorable mention category. I’ve listed those below with graduation year, but you can see the full team here. (Hat tip to Adam Revelette of Examiner.com.)

High-Honorable Mention:

Mark Biggs — Warren East (2011)
Zach Clooney — St. Xavier (2011)
Chandler Shepherd — Lawrence County (2011)
Matt Spalding — St. Xavier (2011)

Honorable Mention:

Chase Armstrong- Lexington Catholic (2012)
Zach Arnold- Franklin County (2012)
Michael Bollmer- Bryan Station (2012)
Beau Bouthilette- Elizabethtown (2011)
Clay Cinnamon- Mercer County (2011)
Jeremy Cline- Warren Central (2011)
Spencer Drake- Eastern (2012)
Ryan Fucci- Tates Creek (2012)
Kevin Herren- Lafayette (2012)
Matt Honchel- Harrodsburg (2011)
Will Hurt- Lexington Catholic (2012)
Tyler Jackson- Lexington Catholic (2012)
Jackson Laumann- Boone County (2011)
Matt McGowan- University Heights (2011)
Logan McQuerry- George Rogers Clark (2012)
Dalton Mellott- Ohio County (2011)
Cody Moore- Lawrence County (2011)
Logan Shaftner- Lafayette (2011)
Blake Smith- Lafayette (2011)
Andrew Willinger- St. Xavier (2012)