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Juco  | Rankings  | 4/27/2022

JUCO Top 25: April 27

Brian Sakowski      Colton Olinger     
Photo: Geo Rivera (Walters State Athletics)
We're rocketing down the home stretch of the regular season in JUCO baseball across the country, with several areas of the country on the brink of conference playoffs already. The top-2 remains unchanged this week, with Walters State and Crowder holding serve at No. 1 and 2, respectively. Beyond that, Wabash Valley moves up to No. 3, their highest ranking of the season to date. They have 5 losses total, with 3 of them coming to ranked teams, and they've done it with a combination of elite offensive production, dominant starting pitching, and guys really stepping up into key bullpen roles with huge success. Eastern Oklahoma State and Chipola are both down one spot this week but remain in the top-5. 

McLennan made a strong move up the board this week from No. 9 to 6, continuing to play well in Texas and looking like the team to beat in the state. Ohlone has been as dominant as any California team I've covered in my time at PG, they're 36-2 overall and are, as their record clearly indicates, having a fantastic season. Iowa Western and Central Arizona have been in the top 10 all season and remain there this week, while Florence-Darlington cracks the top-10 for the first time in 2022. 

Cowley has made a strong move this week up to No. 11, their highest billing of the season to date. Bryce Madron and Janson Reeder have been fantastic in terms of production while the starting pitching has likewise been excellent, with top prospect Miguel Fulgencio absolutely locking down the backend of the bullpen. Florida SouthWestern is up to No. 12 with Central Florida right on their heels at No. 13 as both schools eye the state playoffs. San Jac is another big riser this week, jumping 4 spots up to No. 15. 

Out in Arizona, as we've seen all spring, it's coming down to Central Arizona and Arizona Western, who are tied at the top of the conference. There's only one newcomer to the board this week, as Grayson rejoins the rankings. They had a tough start to the season and have been playing extremely well, coming on in a big way in north Texas. 

Rk. Pre. Rk Team City ST Record
1 1 Walters State Morristown TN 46-4
2 2 Crowder Neosho MO 44-9
3 5 Wabash Valley Mount Carmel IL 41-5
4 3 Eastern Oklahoma State Wilburton OK 41-2
5 4 Chipola Marianna FL 37-12-1
6 9 McLennan Waco TX 36-9-1
7 8 Ohlone Fremont CA 36-2
8 7 Iowa Western Council Bluffs IA 36-8
9 6 Central Arizona Coolidge AZ 43-10
10 11 Florence-Darlington Florence SC 39-11
11 14 Cowley Arkansas City KS 37-7
12 16 Florida SouthWestern Fort Myers FL 38-14
13 13 Central Florida Ocala FL 39-14
14 12 Dyersburg State Dyersburg TN 35-10
15 19 San Jacinto Houston TX 36-16
16 17 Salt Lake Salt Lake UT 34-8
17 10 Arizona Western Yuma AZ 43-11
18 15 Georgia Highlands Rome GA 38-8
19 18 Pearl River Poplarville MS 31-9
20 21 Glendale Glendale CA 31-5
21 22 Harford Bel Air MD 36-6
22 23 Madison Madison WI 29-3
23 NR Grayson Denton TX 32-12
24 24 Miami Dade Miami FL 34-14-1
25 25 LSU-Eunice Eunice LA 32-13