The Times-Union baseball Power Poll will run Friday’s through the end of the regular season. Records are through April 20 games.
Rank, School, Record, Classification, Previous
1. Providence (17-5), Class 4A, 1
Quality wins: Blessed Trinity, Ga., Bolles, Calvary Christian, Cartersville, Ga., Etowah, Ga., Fleming Island, Glenwood, Ala., Mandarin, Nease, Sandalwood, Sparkman, Ala., Westminster Christian.
Glance: The Stallions went 1-1 since our last Power Poll, losing 2-1 to Creekside and then beating Fleming Island 2-0. Even though Providence has somewhat struggled, recordwise down the stretch, (4-3 since April), its strength of schedule is off the charts. Tyler Johnson (.366), Patrick Crawley (.364), Tyler Callihan (.353), Alec Sanchez (.348), Cameron Wright (.327), Nathan Hickey (.319) and Nate Adams (.318) lead the battalion of .300 hitters for Providence. Elijah Gill is 7-1 on the bump.
2. Bishop Kenny (20-2), Class 5A, 2
Quality wins: Atlantic Coast, Chiles, Creekside, Fernandina Beach (twice), Fleming Island, Nease, Oakleaf, Pensacola Catholic, Stanton, Yulee (twice).
Glance: The Crusaders have had a 2-1 mark since our last Power Poll, losing to Tallahassee Lincoln (5-2) and then coming back with wins over Pensacola Catholic (4-3) and Tallahassee Chiles (3-2). The Crusaders moved to No. 1 in the state poll this week in Class 5A. Ridge Abinsay (.439), Phil Everett (.425), Nikko Calabro (.421), Tucker Talbott (.375), Colby Halter (.354), Coleman Coker (.340), Ricky Hartless (.327), Nick Riscigno (.324), Brian Intorcia (.318) and Nick Niewulis (.306) all opened the week at .306 or better.
3. Sandalwood (17-3), Class 9A, 3
Quality wins: Atlantic Coast, Bartram Trail (twice), Fleming Island, Fletcher (twice), Mandarin, Parker, Paxon, Stanton, University Christian.
Glance: Only one game since last week for the Saints, a quality 5-1 victory over Parker on April 18. Brett Wisely became the area’s first nine-game winner in that one, a complete-game gem with 14 Ks, no earned runs and just one walk. The Saints big bats have taken a good bit of acclaim as of late (16 HRs in less than a month), but Wisely can shut any team down. No. 2 Wyatt Ronek is averaging a K an inning.
4. Trinity Christian (15-6), Class 4A, 4
Quality wins: Cardinal Mooney, Episcopal, Gainesville Buchholz, Hough, NC, Nease, Ridgeview, South Hills, Calif., Suwannee, Venice, West Orange.
Glance: The Conquerors have won six consecutive games, with only a 4-3 victory over Nease since our last Power Poll. AJ Labas came on in relief and struck out 8 in 3.2 innings for his eighth win of the season. Austin Martin homered in the game, his fourth of the season. They finish strong, visiting University Christian (April 25) and Ponte Vedra (April 26), and then hosting Bolles on April 27.
5. Creekside (16-5), Class 7A, NR
Quality wins: Bartram Trail (twice), Benedictine, Ga., Clay, Fletcher, Nease, Oakleaf, Parker, Providence.
Glance: The Knights enter the poll after a 2-1 win over No. 1 Providence on April 18, and nudge out some quality teams in our Next Four section. They’ve got a big one Friday night against Bolles in a game that could shake up the final Power Poll next week. Creekside entered this week with a pair of five-game winners, Hunter Bratek and Logan Verrino, and four regulars hitting .400 or better — Bratek (.471), Cade Westbrook (.424), Verrino (.408) and Nick Tripp (.400).
Dropped out: Oakleaf (16-4, Class 8A), lost to St. Johns Country Day; Suwannee (18-4, Class 5A), lost to Bolles, mercy-ruled by North Florida Christian.
Next four: Oakleaf (16-4, Class 8A); Suwannee (18-4, Class 5A); Bolles (14-8, Class 5A); Atlantic Coast (15-6, Class 7A).
On the bubble: Christ’s Church (15-5, Class 2A); Clay (13-9, Class 6A); Fernandina Beach (16-6, Class 5A); Fletcher (18-5, Class 7A); Keystone Heights (17-5, Class 5A); Mandarin (13-7, Class 9A); Parker (15-7, Class 6A); Ridgeview (16-5, Class 6A); St. Johns Country Day (13-8, Class 3A); Stanton (18-5, Class 6A); University Christian (15-7, Class 3A).