Prep Zone Power Poll – 2015 Baseball Poll #3

Williston_baseballClass 1A #1 Williston still on top

GAINESVILLE – The top team in the Prep Zone Power Poll is beginning to distance itself.

Class 1A Williston is ranked No. 1 for the second consecutive week. The Red Devils, the only defending state champion that is ranked #1 in the state baseball poll, went 3-0 last week, including wins against 5A regional finalist North Marion (Citra) and 6A Vanguard (Ocala).

Williston (14-2) received all seven first-place votes and is 15 total voting points ahead of #2 Creekside (St. Johns). The Knights (12-2), ranked 4th in the state in Class 6A, remained second despite a loss to Fleming Island (Orange Park), which is tied for 16th.

Trinity Christian (Jacksonville), ranked fifth in the latest 4A state poll, moved up to spots to third. The Conquerors (12-4) are followed by Forest (Ocala) and University Christian (Jacksonville) in the top five.

Bolles (Jacksonville), which lost to nemesis Episcopal (Jacksonville), dropped three spots to sixth. The 4A Bulldogs (13-4) are followed by Buchholz (Gainesville), unbeaten St. Joseph, Umatilla and Bartram Trail (St. Johns) in the top 10.

The Flashes (11-0), who hadn’t been to the playoffs in 13 years before last season, are the only unbeaten team in the rankings and one of only four teams in the state with a perfect record.

Baker County (Glen St. Mary) dropped out of the rankings as Westside (Jacksonville) moved into the rankings for the first time. The Wolverines (12-2) have a pair of one-run losses and have won seven in a row.

Hernando (Brooksville), which is receiving votes in the 5A state baseball poll, also fell out of the rankings after losses to Zephyrhills and Bishop McLaughlin (Spring Hill).

The Prep Zone Power Poll ranks the top 20 high school football, basketball, baseball & softball teams (regardless of FHSAA classification) across 26 counties in North Florida (Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Citrus, Clay, Columbia, Dixie, Duval, Flagler, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Hernando, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lake, Levy, Madison, Marion, Nassau, Putnam, Sumter, St. Johns, Suwannee, Taylor, Union & Volusia counties). It is voted on weekly by sportswriters and sportscasters.

PREP ZONE POWER POLL – 2015 BASEBALL POLL #3
(School, followed by classification, first-place votes, overall record through 3/24 and total voting points)
1. Williston (1A) (7) (14-2) – 140
2. Creekside (St. Johns) (6A) (12-2) – 125
3. Trinity Christian (Jacksonville) (4A) (12-4) – 118
4. Forest (Ocala) (6A) (13-2) – 116
5. University Christian (Jacksonville) (3A) (14-4) – 113
6. Bolles (Jacksonville) (4A) (13-4) – 108
7. Buchholz (Gainesville) (7A) (11-3) – 106
8. St. Joseph Academy (St. Augustine) (3A) (11-0) – 91
9. Umatilla (5A) (10-1) – 83
10. Bartram Trail (St. Johns) (6A) (10-4) – 79
11. South Sumter (Bushnell) (4A) (8-2) – 62
12. Atlantic Coast (Jacksonville) (7A) (12-4) – 60
13. Lafayette (Mayo) (1A) (14-2) – 55
14. Bishop Kenny (Jacksonville) (5A) (10-5) – 41
15. Providence (Jacksonville) (3A) (9-6) – 36
16T Keystone Heights (4A) (11-3) – 33
16T Fleming Island (Orange Park) (7A) (9-5) – 33
18. Trinity Christian (Deltona) (2A) (10-4) – 27
19. Baker County (Glen St. Mary) (5A) (10-4) – 15
20. Westside (Jacksonville) (6A) (12-2) – 9
Also receiving votes: Hernando (Brooksville) (5A) (11-6) – 5; Trinity Catholic (Ocala) (4A) (8-7) – 3; Gainesville (6A) (11-5) – 3; Palatka (5A) (11-3) – 3; Bishop Snyder (Jacksonville) (4A) (10-4) – 2; Parker (Jacksonville) (5A) (11-4) – 2; Chiefland (1A) (10-3) – 2.