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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Junior College Top 50 Teams

Allan Simpson        
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2012 Junior College Notebook:  Louisburg College

With a 10-2 record, Texas’ Howard College has already lost more games that it did in its magical 2009 season, when it went 68-1 and stormed to a Junior College World Series title, but the Hawks have retained their No. 1 ranking atop Perfect Game’s first in-season ranking of the nation’s Top 50 Junior College teams.

Howard has a roster deep in professional-level talent and has stung the ball at a collective .402 clip while posting a 2.59 ERA through its first dozen games.

Former Nebraska lefthander Logan Ehlers (2-0, 0.53) and Texas righthander Clayton Crum (2-0, 0.00) have been the team’s two most dominant arms, while holdover shortstop Paul Hendrix (.465-2-19), a Texas Christian recruit, has sparked the team at the plate. But the Hawks have struggled in the field and the team’s defensive deficiencies directly led to the team’s two losses.

Still, Howard has been good enough to date to retain its pre-season ranking, unlike No. 2 Chipola (Fla.), which is just 11-10 and has slipped to No. 39, and No. 3 Central Arizona (11-6), which has dropped to No. 17.

The biggest mover in the JC ranks since the start of the 2012 season has been North Carolina’s Louisburg College, which is 17-0 under new coach Mike McGuire and has jumped from No. 38 in the pre-season to No. 5.

P/S - Pre-season ranking

Rank P/S Team State Record
1 1 Howard TX 10-2
2 4 Orange Coast CA 13-1-1
3 9 Walters State TN 10-1
4 5 Iowa Western IA 4-0
5 38 Louisburg NC 17-0
6 15 Santa Fe FL 16-5
7 39 McLennan TX 14-2
8 6 Middle Georgia GA 9-3
9 31 Polk State FL 16-4
10 7 Grayson County TX 10-4
11 24 Cypress CA 10-2
12 20 Wabash Valley IL 12-1
13 12 Bellevue WA 0-0
14 14 USC Sumter SC 10-3
15 18 Western Nevada NV 11-5
16 17 Navarro TX 9-4
17 3 Central Arizona AZ 11-6
18 10 Miami-Dade FL 12-6-1
19 19 Salt Lake UT 9-2
20 22 Spartanburg Methodist SC 12-2
21 25 Jefferson MO 6-2
22 26 LSU-Eunice LA 12-2
23 28 Santa Ana CA 10-2
24 32 Feather River CA 11-2
25 33 Neosho County KS 12-0
26 21 Eastern Oklahoma State OK 8-4
27 35 Georgia Perimeter GA 16-2
28 48 South Mountain AZ 12-4-1
29 NR Palm Beach State FL 16-5
30 NR Galveston TX 12-2
31 NR Seminole State OK 9-1
32 NR Arizona Western AZ 13-5
33 13 San Jacinto TX 11-9
34 NR Sierra CA 7-3
35 NR Tallahassee FL 13-5
36 NR Barton KS 12-1
37 23 Northwest Florida State FL 11-8
38 42 Gulf Coast FL 11-5
39 2 Chipola FL 11-10
40 34 San Joaquin Delta CA 5-3
41 NR Southern Nevada NV 13-3
42 40 Diablo Valley CA 8-4
43 43 Lamar CO 10-3
44 NR Fort Scott KS 10-1
45 NR Bakersfield CA 9-2
46 NR Central Alabama AL 12-4
47 NR Chattanooga State TN 12-4
48 NR Pensacola State FL 13-7
49 NR Cuesta CA 10-3
50 NR Midland TX 10-4

Dropped out:  Palomar, Riverside, Western Oklahoma State, Shelton State, Seward County, Blinn, John A. Logan, Yavapai, Cowley County, Pitt, Weatherford, Edmonds, Meridian, Chattahoochee Valley, Mt. Hood
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