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High School : : General
2011 High School Season Preview
       
Published: Monday, February 14, 2011

Opening Day has arrived! With the 2011 season getting underway today in Florida and several southern states to follow in the coming weeks Perfect Game is excited to kick off our coverage of the season. For a list of all the features we will be premiering this season, click here.

Below you will find a capsule of all 47 states that participate in National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) baseball. Be sure to check back tomorrow for a look at some of the top in-season tournaments in the country. Also, we are always looking for nominations for Who's Hot to highlight big performances of players from around the country. First, a few quick hits to get you ready for the season:

New Bat Regulations on the Horizon

Beginning in 2011 the NCAA will no longer allow bats that do not meet Batted Ball Coefficient Restitution (BBCOR) certification standards. The NFHS will implement the same rule nationwide beginning in 2012. The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) has already adopted the new standards for this season.

Additionally, the NFHS has ruled that composite barrel bats are no longer allowed beginning this season. Aluminum barreled bats with composite handles are still legal if they meet Ball Exit Speed Ratio (BESR) standards. Here is a list of NFHS approved composite bats. No other composite bats will be allowed beginning this season.

National Game of the Week

Thursday February 17 Arlington Country Day takes on Montverde Academy in Florida for our first National Game of the Week. Check out the preview, we will feature a new game every week with a preview and recap.

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State by state previews
*all MLB alumni listed are current MLB players unless otherwise noted (up to 3 per state)
Alabama    
Start Date: February 21 2010 Champions Players to watch
State Champ: May 17-22 6A: Auburn RHP Chris Ellis (Spain Park)
  5A: Spanish Fort OF/RHP Jo-El Bennett (Houston Academy)
  4A: UMS-Wright Prep RHP Justin Camp (Austin)
  3A: Luverne OF Jamal Golden (Wetumpka)
  2A: Mars Hill Bible RHP Tucker Simpson (Oxford)
  1A: Shoals Christian  
  AISA AAA: Glenwood  
  AISA AA: Edgewood Academy  
  AISA A: Coosa Valley Academy  
MLB alumni: Jake Peavy (St. Paul's Episcopal),  Desmond Jennings (Prinson Valley), Josh Willingham (Mars Hill)
  MLB players born in Alabama  
Storyline: The battle for best team in the state looks to be wide open with Auburn, Spanish Fort, Spain Park and Wetumpka
all fielding talented teams The two top prospects might be Oxford teammates Tucker Simpson and Matthew Goodson.
     
Alaska    
Start Date: March 11 2010 Champion Players to watch
State Champ: June 2-5 Juneau-Douglas OF/RHP AJ Hull (Kenai)
MLB alumni: Chad Bentz 2004-2005 (Juneau-Douglas), Marshall Boze 1996 (Soldotna)
  MLB players born in Alaska  
Storyline: Juneau-Douglas lost a lot of players, leaving the state title up for grabs. 2010 runner-up Diamond looks strong.
Soldotna was hit hard by losing a key player, MIF Jake Darrow who hit .462 last year has transferred to a school in Florida.
     
Arizona    
Start Date: March 1 2010 Champions Players to watch
State Champ: May 13-15 5A: Desert Ridge / Horizon LHP/OF Michael Howard (Prescott)
  4A: Saguaro / Liberty IF/RHP Jordan Dunatov (Horizon)
  3A: Chno Valley C/IF Kevin Cron (Mountain Pointe)
  2A: Bourgade Catholic LHP/OF Stephen Tarpley (Gilbert)
  1A: Gila Bend LHP/1B Scott Squier (Greenway)
MLB alumni: Andre Ethier (St. Mary's), Ian Kinsler (Canyon del Oro), Paul Konerko (Chaparral)
  MLB players born in Arizona  
Storyline: Stephen Tarpley came on strong last season, going from a solid OF to challenging Michael Howard for title
of the state's top LHP. Horizon Coach Eric Kibler led Team USA to Gold at the 16U PanAm Champ after winning the 5A title.
     
Arkansas    
Start Date: February 21 2010 Champions Players to watch
State Champ: May 17-21 7A: Bryant RHP Dillon Howard (Searcy)
  6A: Lake Hamilton RHP/OF Greg Milhorn (Trinity Christian)
  5A: Beebe RHP Taylor Wallace (Little Rock Catholic)
  4A: Shiloh Christian  
  3A: Bauxite  
  2A: Woodlawn  
  1A: Trinity Christian  
MLB alumni: Cliff Lee (Benton), AJ Burnett (Central Arkansas Christian), Torii Hunter (Pine Bluff)
  MLB players born in Arkansas  
Storyline: Searcy's losses in the 6A State Championship game the past two years will serve as extra motivation for Arkansas'
top prospect Dillon Howard as he tries to get over the hump and win a title as well as improve his stock for the MLB draft. 
     
California    
Start Date: February 24 2010 Champions Players to watch
State Champ: May 19-June 4 *The California Interscholastic OF/3B Travis Harrison (Tustin)
  Federation (CIF) crowned 34 Section C Austin Hedges (J Serra)
  Champions in 2010 SS Phillip Evans (LaCosta Canyon)
    3B/OF Rio Ruiz (Bishop Amat)
  Central Coast Champion RHP Lucas Giolito (Harvard Westlake)
  Archbishop Mitty (San Jose)  SS/RHP Tanner Rahier (Palm Dessert)
  ranked #1 in 2010 final PG  LHP Henry Owens (Edison)
  National Top 100 rankings MIF/RHP Chris Rivera (El Dorado)
    1B Trevor Gretzky (Oaks Christian)
MLB alumni: Evan Longoria (St. John Bosco), Troy Tulowitzki (Fremont), Chase Utley (Long Beach Poly)
  MLB players born in California  
Storyline: So many to follow in this state! Edison's exceptional double play combination of the Lopes brothers (Christian
and Timmy) along with ace LHP Henry Owens and slugging OF Eric Snyder make them a very exciting team to watch. 
     
Colorado    
Start Date: March 12 2010 Champions Players to watch
State Champ: May 15-29 5A: Rocky Mountain C Greg Bird (Grandview)
  4A: Mountain View OF Connor McKay (Regis)
  3A: Holy Family RHP Sean Leary (Arvada)
  2A: Limon  
  1A: Stratton  
MLB alumni: Roy Halladay (Arvada West), Brad Lidge (Cherry Creek), David Aardsma (Cherry Creek)
  MLB players born in Colorado  
Storyline: Rocky Mountain will have a chance to tie Cherry Creek's streak of five straight state titles (1995-99) but they will
have to replace IF/RHP Pierce Trumper and the 2010 Gatorade Colorado Player of the Year LHP/OF Marco Gonzales.
     
Connecticut    
Start Date: April 6 2010 Champions Players to watch
State Champ: June 10 S: Northwest Catholic (West Hartford) RHP Sal Romano (Southington)
  M: Montville OF Chris Madera (Avon Old Farms)
  LL: Pomperaug OF Michael White (Salisbury School)
  L: Sheehan  
MLB alumni: Carl Pavano (Southington), Rajai Davis (New London), Craig Breslow (Trumbull)
  MLB players born in Connecticut  
Storyline: Northwest Catholic is the defending Class S champion, but the most talented teams in the state look to be prep 
schools Avon Old Farms and Salisbury School. Time will tell if the talent will translate into success.
     
Delaware    
Start Date: March 22 2010 Champions Players to watch
State Champ: May 26-28 Division I: St. Mark's (Wilmington) OF Jarrell Allen (Milford)
  Division II: DuPont RHP Chris Murphy (St. Mark's Wilmington)
    SS/RHP Shane Marvel (Sussex Technical)
MLB alumni: Ian Snell (Caesar Rodney), Kevin Mench (St. Mark's)
  MLB players born in Delaware  
Storyline: St. Mark's looks to again have one of the top teams in the state behind TCU commit RHP Chris Murphy. Milford 
and Sussex Tech also look to field some of the best teams in the state.
     
Florida    
Start Date: February 14 2010 Champions Players to watch
State Champ: May 18-24 6A: Flanagan SS Francisco Lindor (Montverde Academy)
  5A:  Pace RHP/SS Lance McCullers (Tampa Jesuit)
  4A: Archbishop McCarthy RHP Jose Fernandez (Alonso)
  3A: The Bolles School IF/C Javier Baez (Alrington County)
  2A: Westminster Christian (Miami) RHP/SS Michael Kelly (West Boca)
  1A: Trinity Christian (Deltona) 1B Daniel Vogelbach (Bishop Verot)
    SS/3B Addison Russell (Pace)
    OF Jesse Winker (Olympia)
    OF Albert Almora (Mater Academy)
MLB alumni: Alex Rodriguez (Westminster Christian), Zach Grienke (Apopka), Chipper Jones (Bolles School)
  MLB players born in Florida  
Storyline: Alonso's Jose Fernandez was granted a fifth year of eligibility and looks to be the top pitcher in the FL. Defending 
champs Archbishop McCarthy (4A) and The Bolles School (3A) look to defend their titles while Gulliver Prep, American 
Heritage (Plantation) and Columbus are all in contention for top team in the nation.
     
Georgia    
Start Date: February 21 2010 Champions Players to watch
State Champ: May 28-30 5A: Harrison OF/1B Dwight Smith (McIntosh)
  4A: Marist School (Atlanta) SS Julius Gaines (Luella)
  3A: Columbus 1B/OF Larry Greene (Berrien County)
  2A: Calhoun SS/3B Deion Williams (Redan)
  1A: Wesleyan School (Norcross) LHP/OF Kevin Matthews (Richmond Hill)
  GISA AAA: First Presbyterian Day (Macon) OF/RHP Duane Underwood (Pope)
  GISA AA: Heritage (Conyers)  
  GISA A: Citizens Christian Academy  
MLB alumni: Jason Heyward (Henry County, Gordon Beckham (Wesminster), JD/Stephen Drew (Lowndes)
  MLB players born in Georgia  
Storyline: The state may not match its feat of five first round draft picks from 2010, but it is again one of the most loaded 
states in the country. Defending 3A champ Columbus looks to be the top team behind Kyle Carter and Will Solomon.
     
Hawaii    
Start Date: February 17 2010 Champions Players to watch
State Champ: May 5-8 Division I: Punahou LHP Carlos Rodriguez (Iolani School)
  Division II: Waimea OF Michael Suiter (Punahou)
    OF Kaeo Aliviado (St. Louis School)
MLB alum: Shane Victorino (Wailuku), Kurt Suzuki (Baldwin), Kila Ka'aihue (Iolani School)
  MLB players born in Hawaii  
Storyline: President Obama's alma mater Punahou extended that nation's longest streak of state championships. Their seventh
straight came in the first ever run rule in a Hawaiian Championship game. They return 2010 Player of the Year OF Michael Suiter.
     
Idaho    
Start Date: March 12 2010 Champions Players to watch
State Champ: May 20-22 5A: Timberline RHP/OF Cy Sneed (Twin Falls)
  4A: Bishop Kelly MIF Drew Turbin (Coeur d'Alene)
  3A: Buhl  
  2A: New Plymouth  
  1A: Prairie  
MLB alumni: Josh Phelps (Lakeland), Matt Lindstrom (Madison), Clay Mortenson (Rexburg)
  MLB players born in Idaho  
Storyline: Timberline won its fourth title in eleven years last season, their second in the past three years. Twin Falls looks
to rebound after losing a tough game in the 4A Championship to Bishop Kelly. 
     
Illinois    
Start Date: March 12 2010 Champions Players to watch
State Champ: June 3-11 4A: Naperville Central RHP Nick Burdi (Downers Grove South)
  3A: Glenwood (Chatham) OF/LHP Charlie Tilson (New Trier)
  2A: Teutopolis OF Joe Perricone (Hersey)
  1A: Elgin Westminister Christian RHP Joe Ceja (Ottawa Marquette)
MLB alumni: Jayson Werth (Glenwood), Jim Thome (Limestone), Curtis Granderson (Thornton South)
  MLB players born in Illinois  
Storyline: The Chicago-land area will be extemely competitive as always with defending 4A champ Naperville Central, 4A 
runner-up St. Rita, contenders New Trier, Oak Park River Forest and Downers Grove South looking to take home the title.
     
Indiana     
Start Date: March 28 2010 Champions Players to watch
State Champ: June 17-18 4A: Carroll (Ft. Wayne) RHP Christian Montgomery (Lawrence Central)
  3A: Andrean LHP/OF Dillon Peters (Cathedral-Indianapolis)
  2A: Heritage (Monroeville) RHP Jerrick Suiter (Valporaiso)
  1A: Lafayette Central Catholic  
MLB alumni: Scott Rolen (Jasper), Clint Barmes (Lincoln), Drew Storen (Brownsburg)
  MLB players born in Indiana  
Storyline: Lawrence Central and Cathedral look to be two of the top teams and they boast some of the top pitching 
prospects in the state. But they will face tough competition from Crown Point, LaPorte and Ft. Wayne Carroll.
     
Iowa    
Start Date: May 23 2010 Champions Players to watch
State Champ: July 28-31 4A: Kennedy SS Jason McMurray (Dowling Catholic)
  3A: Glenwood RHP Brandon Platts (Mason City)
  2A: Solon OF Derrick Loveless (Solon)
  1A: Martensdale-St. Mary's  
MLB alumni: Jeremy Hellickson (Hoover), Ryan Sweeney (Xavier), Casey Blake (Indianola)
  MLB players born in Iowa  
Storyline: While the state lost starpower in MIF Kellen Sweeney (2nd round - Toronto) and RHP Jon Keller (Nebraska), there are
still several interesting prospects, most of whom will play in the Perfect Game Spring League before the summer HS season.
     
Kansas    
Start Date: March 28 2010 Champions Players to watch
State Champ: May 27-28 6A: Blue Valley OF/RHP Bubba Starling (Gardner-Edgerton)
  5A: Seaman LHP Cody Kukuk (Free State)
  4A: Bishop Ward OF/RHP Dakota Smith (Lansing)
  3A: Galena  
  2A/1A: St. Mary's Colgan  
MLB alumni: Adam LaRoche (Fort Scott), Nate Robertson (Maize), Mike Pelfrey (Wichita Heights)
  MLB players born in Kansas  
Storyline: With Blue Valley down after the graduation of RHP Ryne Stanek (Arkansas), our sources are split on the 6A pre-season
favorite. They do agree on one thing: the state title will belong to a team from Lawrence…although Maize can also make a case.
 
Kentucky    
Start Date: March 21 2010 Champion Players to watch
State Champ: June 14-19 Harrison County RHP Matt Spalding (Louisville St. Xavier)
    RHP/OF Clinton Hollon (Woodford County)
    RHP/IF Chandler Shepherd (Lawrence County)
MLB alumni: Corey Hart (Greenwood), Brandon Webb (Ashland), Jon Rauch (Oldham County)
  MLB players born in Kentucky  
Storyline: St. Xavier (Louisville) looks to be an early favorite behind RHPs Matt Spalding, Ryan Loenhart and Zach Clooney.
 Lexington Catholic has D1 commits (Taylor Martin-UK, Will Hurt-Coastal Carolina) and a number of other prospects.
     
Louisiana    
Start Date: February 24 2010 Champions Players to watch
State Champ: May 13-14 5A: Baton Rouge Catholic RHP/1B Carson Baranik (Parkway)
  4A: Teurlings Catholic C John-Clay Reeves (Neville)
  3A: Notre Dame C/SS Tyler Moore (Dunham School)
  2A: Northlake Christian SS/RHP Aaron Nola (Catholic)
  1A: Quachita Christian C/IF Stryker Trahan (Acadiana) 
  B: Forest SS Gavin Cecchini (Barbe)
  C: Claiborne Christian IF Connor Castellano (Evangel Christian)
MLB alumni: Scott Baker (Captain Shreve), Reid Brignac (St. Amant), Wade LeBlanc (Barbe)
  MLB players born in Louisiana  
Storyline: Perenial powerhouse Barbe graduated 3 players selected in the 2010 MLB draft including 5A MVP Hommy Rosado. 
After a disappointing end to 2010 the Bucs look to rebound. It will be a tall order to knock off the defending champs (Catholic).
     
Maine    
Start Date: April 14 2010 Champions Players to watch
State Champ: June 14-18 A: Oxford Hills 1B Luke Morrill (Rockland)
  B: Waterville RHP Sean Murphy (Westbrook)
  C: Dirigo  
  D: Richmond  
MLB alumni: Mark Rogers (Mount Ararat), Matt Kinney (Bangor)  
  MLB players born in Maine  
Storyline: Defending Class A champion Oxford Hills returns a talented roster from an 18-2 campaign. The state's top 
prospect looks to be 2012 IF Luke Fernandes who is committed to Boston College.
     
Maryland (includes Washington D.C.)  
Start Date: March 20 2010 Champions Players to watch
State Champ: May 28-29 4A: Sherwood LHP Shane Campbell (Kenwood)
  3A: C. Milton Wright (Bel Air) IF Nick Howard (St. John's Frederick- D.C.)
  2A: North Hagerstown LHP/1B Ryan Ripken (Gilman)
  1A: St. Michaels  
  MIAA A: Gilman  
  MIAA B: Park (Brooklandville)  
  MIAA C: Key (Union Bridge)  
  WCAC: Good Counsel (Olney)  
MLB alumni: Mark Teixeira (Mount St. Joseph's), Gavin Floyd (Mount St. Joseph's), Emmanuel Burriss (Woodrow Wilson-D.C.)
  MLB players born in Maryland  
Storyline: Defending 4A and 3A champions Sherwood and C. Milton Wright will likely be two of the top teams in the state yet again
while MIAA defending champion has top 2012 prospects LHP/OF Ryan Ripken (son of MLB HOF Cal) and RHP Brandon Cassas.
     
Massachusetts    
Start Date: April 15 2010 Champions Players to watch
State Champ: June 17-18 Division 1: Amherst-Pelham RHP Tyler Beede (Lawrence Academy)
  Division 2: Northbridge (Whitinsville) RHP John Magliozzi (Dexter School)
  Division 3: Norton RHP/SS Adam Ravenelle (Lincoln-Sudbury)
  Division 4: Cohasset  
MLB alumni: Manny Delcarmen (West Roxbury), Rich Hill (Milton), Chris Capuano (Cathedral)
  MLB players born in Massachusetts  
Storyline: Prep Schools look to dominate with Lawrence Academy and Buckingham Browne and Nichols appear to be the 
top teams. The 2011 class is very deep in the state with a number of possible draft picks and high Division 1 recruits.
     
Michigan    
Start Date: March 23 2010 Champions Players to watch
State Champ: June 17-18 Division 1: Pioneer (Ann Arbor) C/3B Eric Haase (Divine Child)
  Division 2: Divine Child (Dearborn) 1B Ryan Krill (Portage Centrall)
  Division 3: Shepherd SS Joel Seddon (St. Clair)
  Division 4: Beal City  
MLB alumni: Derek Jeter (Kalamazoo Central), Nate McClouth (Whitehall), Matt Thornton (Centreville)
  MLB players born in Michigan  
Storyline: Pioneer is expected to be strong again, led by Michigan commit SS Travis Maezes. Brother Rice and Divine Child 
look to continue their strong tradition whiel Forest Hills Central is another team to watch.
     
Minnesota    
Start Date: March 13 2010 Champions Players to watch
State Champ: June 16-17 AAA: Eden Prairie RHP/1B Austin Malinowski (Centennial)
  AA: Rocori IF Pat Kelly (Red Wing)
  A: Eden Valley RHP Tyler Hanson (Burnsville)
MLB alumni: Joe Mauer (Cretin-Derham Hall), Dan Johnson (Blaine), Glen Perkins (Stillwater)
  MLB players born in Minnesota  
Storyline: No AAA champion has ever repeated, but Eden Prairie went 26-1 last year and returns a pair of All-Tournament 
selections (Tyler Ruemmle, Adam Bray) as well as the state's #3 ranked prospect (C Ryan Bull). They could become the first.
     
Mississippi    
Start Date: February 19 2010 Champions Players to watch
State Champ: May 20-25 6A: Petal OF Senquez Golson (Pascagoula)
  5A: Long Beach RHP Hawtin Buchanan (Biloxi)
  4A: St. Stanislaus (Bay St. Louis) OF Mason Robbins (George County)
  3A: Sumrall  
  2A: Richton  
  1A: St. Aloysius (Baton Rouge)  
MLB alumni: Roy Oswalt (Weir), Fred Lewis (Stone), Seth Smith (Hillcrest Christian)
  MLB players born in Mississippi  
Storyline: Sumrall looks for their fourth consecutive 3A title. Many believe that Madison Central, led by RHPs Josh Laxer, 
Spencer Turnbull and LHP Zach Irwin can overtake Sumrall as the state's best team.
     
Missouri    
Start Date: March 23 2010 Champions Players to watch
State Champ: May 25-June 5 4A: Christian Brothers SS/RHP Johnny Eierman (Warsaw)
  3A:  Bishop DuBourg RHP David Schmidt (Christian Brothers)
  2A: Crystal City LHP Adam Schemenauer (Parkhill South)
  1A: Concordia  
MLB alumni: Albert Pujols (Fort Osage), Ryan Howard (Lafayette), Mark Buehrle (Francis Howell North)
  MLB players born in Missouri  
Storyline: Defending champs Christian Brothers look strong again, but this season looks wide open in 4A. Warsaw SS Johnny
Eierman is the top prospect in the state and gives his team a shot in 3A where Bishop DuBourg is coming off their first title.
     
Montana    
Wyoming does not play high school baseball. Top players in the state compete in Legion or travel ball.
Player to watch OF Ben Roberts (Missoula Mavericks - American Legion AA)
  MLB players born in Montana  
MLB alumni: Kam Mickolio (Boezman)  
     
Nebraska    
Start Date: March 17 2010 Champions Players to watch
State Champ: May 14-19 A: Papillion-LaVista South 3B/RHP Blake Headley (Millard South)
  B: Gross Catholic LHP Tyler Peitzmeir (Yutan)
    RHP AJ Ladwig (Millard West)
MLB alumni: Joba Chamberlain (Lincoln Northeast), Alex Gordon (Lincoln Southeast), Brian Duensing (Millard South)
  MLB players born in Nebraska  
Storyline: 3-sport star Blake Headley and Millard South are looking for redemption after losing the football title game this 
fall. Millard West stands in the way with the state's best rotation and LaVista looks strong. Should be an interesting season.
     
Nevada    
Start Date: March 11 2010 Champions Players to watch
State Champ: May 19-21 4A: Bishop Gorman SS/RHP Jake Hager (Sierra Vista)
  3A: Virgin Valley SS/3B Brett Harrison (Green Valley)
  2A: Whittell LHP Zach Qualls (Rancho)
  1A: Pahranagat Valley RHP Joey Gallo (Bishop Gorman)
MLB alumni: Ryan Ludwick (Durango), Brad Thompson (Cimarron Memorial), Mike Dunn (Cimarron Memorial)
  MLB players born in Nevada  
Storyline: Bishop Gorman has built a dynasty with 5 consecutive 4A state titles, but new head coach Nick Day will get a run
for his money as a much improved Rancho team features five 4-year starters and Sierra Vista has as much talent as anyone.
     
New Hampshire    
Start Date: April 11 2010 Champions Players to watch
State Champ: June 18 I: Portsmouth RHP Jordan Cote (Winnisquam)
  L: Londonderry RHP Joey Maher (Bedford)
  M: Winnisquam  
  S: Portsmouth Christian Academy  
MLB alumni: Chris Carpenter (Trinity), Brian Wilson (Londonberry), Sam Fuld (Phillips Exter Academy)
  MLB players born in New Hampshire  
Storyline: Portsmouth looks for its fourth straight championship and is the favorite until they are knocked off.
     
New Jersey    
Start Date: April 1 2010 Champions Players to watch
State Champ: June 11 Public I: Pittman RHP/OF Kevin Comer (Seneca)
  Public II: West Essex OF Carl Thomore (East Brunswick)
  Public III: Cranford SS George Iskanderian (Don Bosco Prep)
  Public IV: Randolph  
  Non Public A: Immaculata  
  Non Public B: Gloucester Catholic  
MLB alumni: Rick Porcello (Seton Hall Prep), Jack Cust (Immaculata), Andrew Bailey (Paul VI)
  MLB players born in New Jersey  
Storyline: Don Bosco Prep may be the most talented team in the entire Northeast with eight possible Division 1 players, 
and have a chance to be a ranked in PG High School Top 50 throughout the year.
     
New Mexico    
Start Date: February 26 2010 Champions Players to watch
State Champ: May 7-15 5A: La Cueva C Blake Swihart (Cleveland)
  4A: Piedra Vista LHP/OF Ryan Padilla (La Cueva)
  3A: Bloomfield IF Chris Nunez (Goddard)
  2A: Eunice SS Alex Bregman (Albequerque)
  1A: Gallup Catholic  
MLB alumni: Cody Ross (Carlsbad), James Parr (La Cueva), Brendan Donnelly (Sandia)
  MLB players born in New Mexico  
Storyline: Cleveland C Blake Swihart (2010 Aflac All-American) is the state's top pro prospect but powerhouse La Cueva 
looks poised to defend their title and have won it two of the past three years. Piedra Vista dominated the 4A tourney.
     
New York    
Start Date: March 14 2010 Champions Players to watch
State Champ: June 11 AA: Lindenhurst OF/3B Fernelys Sanchez (George Washington)
  A: Sutherland RHP/3B Seth Lamando (Ketchem)
  B: Westhill C Elvin Soto (Xaverian)
  C: Valhalla  
  D: Fort Ann  
  PSAL A: Tottenville  
  PSAL B: Riverdale/Kingsbridge   
  CHSAA: St. Joseph-by-the-Sea  
MLB alumni: John Lannan (Chaminade), Jason Marquis (Tottenville), Mike Aviles (Middletown)
  MLB players born in New York  
Storyline: The state has talented teams and players inside and outside of NYC. George Washington is led by Fernelys 
Sanchez and C Nelson Rodriguez and looks to be one of the most talented teams in the state.
     
North Carolina    
Start Date: February 28 2010 Champions Players to watch
State Champ: June 3-4 4A: Laney RHP/IF Dillon Maples (Pinecrest)
  3A: East Rowan 2B: Josh Tobias (Southeast Guilford)
  2A: East Rutheford C Brett Austin (Providence)
  1A: West Wilkes SS Mikal Hill (Mallard Creek)
  NCISAA 3A: Wesleyan Christian RHP Benton Moss (Rocky Mount)
  NCISAA 2A: Kerr-Vance Academy SS Corey Seager (Northwest Cabarrus)
  NCISAA 1A: Lawrence Academy  
MLB alumni: Josh Hamilton (Athens Drive), Madison Bumgarner (South Caldwell), Brian Roberts (Chapel Hill)
  MLB players born in North Carolina  
Storyline: Talent is extremely deep as usual. Forsyth Country Day is one of top teams in the nation led by RHP Adam Griffin
 (UNC commit), 1B/LHP George Carter (UNC) and OF Seth Constable (South Carolina).
     
North Dakota    
Start Date: March 21 2010 Champions Player to watch
State Champ: June 2-4 A: Mandan RHP David Ernst (Fargo South)
  B: Velva-Drake  
MLB alumni: Travis Hafner (Sykeston), Chris Coste (Fargo South)
  MLB players in North Dakota  
Storyline: Bishop Ryan fell just short of a fourth consecutive title, falling to Velva-Drake in the Championship game. They 
looked to be down in 2009 after graduating 7 starters from '08 but managed to win it all anyway. You can't sleep on this program.
     
Ohio    
Start Date: March 28 2010 Champions Players to watch
State Champ: June 2-4 Division I: St. Edward RHP Matt Wisler (Bryan)
  Division II: Jonathan Alder OF/1B Austin Cousino (Dublin Coffman)
  Division III: Clear Fork RHP Taylore Cherry (Vandalia Butler)
  Division IV: Fort Loramie  
MLB alumni: Kevin Youkilis (Sycamore), Chad Billingsley (Defiance), Derek Holland (Newark)
  MLB players born in Ohio  
Storyline: From Cincinnati (Moeller, Elder) to Columbus (Dublin Coffman, Jonathan Alter) to Clevelend (Lakewood 
St. Edward) to Akron (Walsh Jesuit) the state has some of the top teams in the Midwest.
     
Oklahoma    
Start Date: March 1 2010 Champions Players to watch
State Champ: May 11-14 6A: Union RHP Archie Bradley (Broken Arrow)
  5A: Collinsville RHP/IF Dylan Bundy (Owasso)
  4A: Weatherford RHP Adrian Houser (Locust Grove)
  3A: Bethel RHP Michael Fulmer (Deer Creek)
  2A: Silo  
  A: Fletcher  
  B: Roff  
MLB alumni: Matt Kemp (Midwest City), Matt Holliday (Stillwater), Brad Penny (Broken Arrow)
  MLB players born in Oklahoma  
Storyline: All eyes will be on two All-American RHPs heading into the season: Archie Bradley of Broken Arrow and Dylan Bundy of
Owasso. The question is: who has the better supporting cast? The answer may very well decide the 6A state title.
     
Oregon    
Start Date: March 14 2010 Champions Players to watch
State Champ: June 3-5 6A: Clackamas RHP/3B Sam Johnson (Westview)
  5A: North Eugene LHP Jace Fry (Southridge)
  4A: Scappoose RHP/3B Carson Kelly (Westview)
  3A: Santiam Christian  
  2A/1A: Knappa  
MLB alumni: Jacoby Ellsbury (Madras), Kevin Gregg (Corvallis), Jeremy Guthrie (Ashland)
  MLB players born in Oregon  
Storyline: Westview has had three players win Gatorade Oregon Player of the Year Award, Jr Carson Kelly has a strong 
chance to become the 4th. One of his main competitors for that title heading into the season is teammate Sam Johnson. 
     
Pennsylvania    
Start Date: March 25 2010 Champions Players to watch
State Champ: June 17 4A: Henderson OF Derek Fisher (Cedar Crest)
  3A: Conrad Weiser  C/IF Cam Gallagher (Manheim Township)
  2A: Bermudian Springs OF/RHP Mike Papi (Tunkhannock Area)
  A: Dock Mennonite C/IF Chris Harvey (Germantown Academy)
MLB alumni: Neil Walker (Pine-Richland), Joe Beimel (St. Mary's), Nolan Reimold (Kennedy Catholic)
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Storyline: Germantown Academy is the early favorite as the best team in the Philadelphia area, while the battle for the 
Pittsburgh-area between (Pine-Richland, North Allegheny, and Upper St. Clair) is less clear.  
     
Rhode Island    
Start Date: March 25 2010 Champions Players to watch
State Champ: June 11 Division I: Bishop Hendricken C Jeff Diehl (Cranston West)
  Division II: Mount St. Charles Academy C/1B Billy Walker (Bishop Hendricken)
MLB alumni: Chris Iannetta (St. Raphael Academy), Dan Wheeler (Pilgrim)
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Storyline: Bishop Hendricken looks to continue its dominance as it goes for its fourth straight Division I title. They also have
 the top two 2012 prospects in C Billy Walker and OF/LHP Thomas Panone.
     
South Carolina    
Start Date: February 28 2010 Champions Players to watch
State Champ: May 16-20 4A: White Knoll OF Tanner English (St. James)
  3A: Lugoff-Elgin 3B/RHP Hunter Cole (Dorman)
  2A: Chesnee OF/MIF Shon Carson (Lake City)
  A: Lewisville C David Houser (AC Flora)
  SCISA 3A: Hilton Head Christian Academy  
  SCISA 2A: First Baptist  
  SCISA A: Laurens Academy  
MLB alumni: Matt Wieters (Stratford), Justin Smoak (Stratford), Orlando Hudson (Darlington) 
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Storyline: An underrated state that routinely produces a lot of talent. The draft class is deep and diverse, as are the High S
chool teams with Byrnes, defending 4A champ White Knoll, and Brookland-Cayce looking like pre-season favorites.
     
South Dakota*    
Start date: March 27 2010 Champions Players to watch
State Champ: May 31 A: Sioux Falls-O' Gorman RHP/1B Steve Stanage (Yankton)
  B: St. Thomas More  
MLB alumni: Mark Ellis (Stevens)  
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Storyline: South Dakota High School baseball is independent of NFHS. St. Thomas More has won back-to-back championships
in Class B. Sioux Fall O' Gorman won the Class A championship on its home field.
     
Tennessee    
Start Date: March 14 2010 Champions Players to watch
State Champ: May 24-27 3A: Farragut LHP/OF Daniel Norris (Science Hill)
  2A: Gibbs C/1B Nick Delmonico (Farragut)
  II-A: Webb LHP/1B Phillip Pfeifer (Farragut)
  II-AA: Brentwood Academy  
MLB alumni: Todd Helton (Knox Central), David Price (Blackman), George Sherrill (Evangelical Christian)
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Storyline: Farragut looks to win their fourth straight title and is one of the top teams in the nation. Brentwood Academy is 
on their run of three straight titles. The state's high school prospect are as strong as ever, including LHP Daniel Norris of 
Science Hill, who is expected to be a very early first round draft pick in the MLB draft this June
     
Texas    
Start Date: February 21 2010 Champions:  Players to watch
State Champ: June 8-11 5A: Carroll OF/LHP Nick Williams (Galveston Ball)
  4A: Brenham OF Josh Bell (Dallas Jesuit)
  3A: Pleasant Grove SS Trevor Story (Irving)
  2A: Rogers RHP Bryan Brickhouse (The Woodlands)
  1A: Windthorst SS CJ Hinojosa (Klein Collins)
  SPC: Episcopal (I), Casady (II) RHP/SS Ricardo Jaquez (Franklin)
  TAPPS 5A: St. Thomas Catholic  
  TAPPS 4A: John Paul II  
  TAPPS 3A: Reicher Catholic  
  TAPPS 1A/2A: Northeast Christian  
MLB alumni: Carl Crawford (Jefferson Davis), Clayton Kershaw (Highland Park), Josh Beckett (Spring)
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Storyline: Corpus Christi's Carroll, the defending 5A Champs debuted at #1 in the THSBA Coache's poll and return a strong
group. But this is a loaded state and they will need another dominant season out of Jr RHP Courtney Hawkins to repeat.
     
Utah    
Start Date: March 7 2010 Champions Players to watch
State Champ: May 17-21 5A: Lone Peak RHP/1B Kayden Porter (Spanish Fork)
  4A: Spanish Fork RHP James Lengal (Spanish Fork)
  3A: Juan Diego 3B/OF Beau Kallas (Alta)
  2A: San Juan  
  1A (Fall Season): Wayne  
MLB alumni: John Buck (Taylorsville), Brandon Lyon (Taylorsville), Mitch Talbot (Canyon View)
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Storyline: Spanish Fork, winners of back-to-back state Championships, returns seven starters from last year and seem 
poised to extend their reign. Lone Peak is looking to repeat after a thrilling come-from-behind win in the  5A title game.
     
Vermont    
Start Date: April 4 2010 Champions Player to watch
State Champ: June 9-11 Division I: Essex C/3B Thomas Andrews (Essex)
  Division II: Mt. Abraham  
  Division III: Leland & Gray  
  Division IV: Bloue Mountain  
MLB alumni: HOF C Carlton Fisk was born in Bellows Falls, Mike Rochford (South Burlington) played in MLB from 1989-90
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Storyline: Leland and Gray has won three straight Division III titles and is again the favorite in the state.
     
Virginia    
Start Date: March 14 2010 Champions Players to watch
State Champ: June 10-11 3A: West Springfield LHP/OF Jake Cave (Kecoughtan)
  2A: Poquoson RHP Deshorn Lake (Menchville/Newport News)
  A: Rappahannock SS/OF TJ Costen (First Colonial)
MLB alumni: Justin Upton (Great Bridge), BJ Upton (Greenbriar Christian), Ryan Zimmerman (Kellam)
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Storyline: Always a state full of talent, the 2011 and 2012 classes look very strong. Poquoson looks to be title contenders 
again. Cosby is another team to watch.  
     
Washington    
Start Date: March 10 2010 Champions Players to watch
State Champ: May 22-29 4A: Kentwood RHP Cole Wiper (Newport)
  3A: O'Dea RHP/OF Dylan Davis (Redmond)
  2A: WF West OF/BHP Andrew Pullin (Centralia)
  2B: Seattle Lutheran OF Michael Conforto (Redmond)
  1A: Cashmere  
  1B: Almira Coulee-Hartline  
MLB alumni: Tim Lincecum (Liberty), Jon Lester (Bellarmine), Grady Sizemore (Cascade)
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Storyline: Redmond is not the only team with a pair of exciting Sr prospects as Shorewood features an excellent duo in LHP 
Blake Snell and 1B Trevor Mitsui. Newport features a pair of aces in RHP Cole Wiper and RHP/1B Jared Fisher. 
     
West Virginia    
Start Date: March 16 2010 Champions Players to watch
State Champ: June 2-4 3A: Nitro OF Kameron Puller (Martinsburg)
  2A: Braxton C/3B Korey Dunbar (Nitro)
  1A: Madonna  
MLB alumni: Nick Swisher (Parkersburg)  
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Storyline: State powerhouse Nitro appeared in their 4th straight 3A title game last year and looks to be back again with 
returning starters and young talent.  
     
Wisconsin    
Start Date: March 29 2010 Champions Players to watch
State Champ: June 14-16 Division I: Bay Port 3B Brendan Hayden (Wilmot Union)
  Division II: University School-Milwaukee LHP Jared Dettmann (Somerset)
  Division III: Marathon LHP Sam Mahar (Tremper)
MLB alumni: Jordan Zimmermann (Auburndale), Craig Counsell (Whitefish Bay), Jason Berken (West DePeres)
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Storyline: The state has a very solid class of individual talent with 15 Division 1 commits from the 2011 class. Bay Port looks
 to continue its dominance of Division I.  
     
Wyoming    
Wyoming does not play high school baseball. Top players in the state compete in Legion or travel ball.
Player to watch OF Brandon Nimmo (American Legion Post 6)
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MLB alumni: no current MLB players, Mike Lansing (Natrona County)