Final 2004 Rankings
1. Chatsworth (Chatsworth, Calif.) – (35-0) *1
Chatsworth finishes at No. 1 yet again after beating San Pedro, 7-1, on June 8 to win both the CIF City Section title and the national title for the second straight year. The Chancellors have won 50 consecutive games dating back to last season.
2. La Cueva (Albuquerque, N.M.) – (28-0) *2
La Cueva beat Clovis, 11-0, in the Class 5A state championship on May 15 to extend its winning streak to a state-record 58 games and finish the season undefeated. The Bears didn’t allow a run during the entire state tournament.
3. Farragut (Knoxville, Tenn.) – (46-2) *3
Farragut beat Halls, 3-1, on May 28 to win its second consecutive Class AAA state title. Pitching on two days’ rest, Vanderbilt-bound senior and Minnesota Twins first-round draft pick Kyle Waldrop threw a three-hitter to finish the season 14-0. The Admirals have gone a combined 94-3 during the last two seasons.
4. Riverside (Greer, S.C.) – (30-2) *4
Preseason No. 1 Riverside captured its second straight Class 3A state title by sweeping Dillon, 7-4 and 6-4, in a best-of-three series on May 10 and 12.
5. Moody (Corpus Christi, Texas) – (42-1) *5
Moody remains in the Top 5 after beating Flower Mound, 6-1, on June 12 to win the Class 5A state championship for the first time in school history. The Trojans ended the season by winning their last 22 games.
6. Owasso (Owasso, Okla.) – (34-3) *7
The Rams beat Edmond North, 11-1, to win the Class 6A state championship on May 17. It was the second straight state title and fifth since 1997 for Owasso.
7. Nova (Davie, Fla.) – (29-3) *8
Nova beat then-No. 12 Wolfson, 6-3, to win the Class 5A state title for the first time under Pat McQuaid, who has coached the Titans for 30 years.
8. James Monroe (Bronx, N.Y.) – (42-2) *9
Sophomore left-handed pitcher Danny Almonte struck out 11 in a complete-game one-hitter to lead James Monroe past George Washington, 4-0, in the PSAL A championship on June 11.
9. Columbus (Columbus, Ga.) – (35-2) *10
Columbus swept Northgate, 11-0 and 9-1, in the best-of-three Class AAAA state championship series on June 4. The Blue Devils won 31 of their last 32 games.
10. Chaparral (Scottsdale, Ariz.) – (31-2) *11
Chaparral trounced Catalina Foothills, 9-3, on May 15 to capture the Class 4A state championship.
11. Germantown Academy (Ft. Washington, Pa.) – (32-2) *13
Germantown Academy defeated Perkiomen School, 8-0, on May 29 to win the Pennsylvania State Independent Schools state title.
12. Gulliver Prep (Miami, Fla.) – (27-6) *15
Gulliver Prep edged Pensacola Catholic, 4-2, in the Class 3A state title game on May 27 to capture its first baseball state championship in school history.
13. Cypress Bay (Weston, Fla.) – (28-2) *17
Cypress Bay edged Killian, 2-1, on May 29 in the Class 6A state title game. Junior Mitch Houck struck out 11 and fired a no-hitter to lead the Lightning to their first state championship in school history in any sport.
14. St. Amant (St. Amant, La.) – (31-9) *21
St. Amant edged Jesuit, 6-5, in 10 innings to win the Class 5A state title on May 16.
15. Wilcox (Santa Clara, Calif.) – (30-4) *NR
Wilcox enters the Top 25 as the top-ranked newcomer after edging Palo Alto, 5-4, in the CIF Central Coast Section Division I championship.
16. Moeller (Cincinnati) – (28-3) *NR
Moeller jumps into the Top 25 for the first time this season after beating Mentor, 6-2, in the Division I state championship game on June 5.
17. Mission Bay (San Diego) – (27-7) *NR
Led by a four-hit assault by Matt Bush, who was selected No. 1 overall by the San Diego Padres in the MLB Amateur Draft on June 7, Mission Bay overtook St. Augustine, 13-4, on June 5 to win its second CIF San Diego Section Division III title in three years.
18. Tomball (Tomball, Texas) – (31-3) *18
Tomball’s season came to an abrupt end when the Cougars lost to No. 14 Spring in the Class 5A, Region II quarterfinals. Tomball was ranked as high as No. 3 this season.
19. Monsignor Pace (Opa Locka, Fla.) – (24-2) *19
Monsignor Pace ended its season with a 3-0 loss to Archbishop McCarthy in the District 14-3A semifinals. Despite an early exit from the playoffs, Pace remains in the Top 25 after a fantastic season that saw the Spartans ranked No. 1 earlier in the year.
20. Destrehan (Destrehan, La.) – (33-2) *20
Destrehan lost to West Monroe, 3-2, in the Class 5A state quarterfinals on May 14. The loss broke the Wildcats’ 31-game winning streak. Destrehan was ranked as high as No. 4 this season.
21. Villa Park (Villa Park, Calif.) – (26-3) *22
Villa Park lost to Corona Santiago, 11-4, in the third round of the CIF Southern Section Division II playoffs on May 28.
22. La Quinta (Westminster, Calif.) – (28-2-1) *23
La Quinta was upset by Tesoro, 4-1, in the CIF Southern Section Division IV semifinals on June 1.
23. St. Francis (Mountain View, Calif.) – (29-3) *24
St. Francis’ season came to an end when it lost to Palo Alto, 4-3, in the CIF Central Coast Section Division I playoffs on May 22. The Lancers were previously ranked in the Top 10.
24. Westminster Academy (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) – (27-3) *25
Westminster Academy was upset by Florida Christian, 3-1, in the Region 4-2A finals.
25. Reno (Reno, Nev.) – (36-5) *NR
Reno enters the Top 25 after winning its first state baseball title since 1984 after trouncing Cimarron-Memorial, 12-2, on May 22 in the NIAA 4A title game.
No. 6 Crespi (Encino, Calif.) – (27-5)
No. 12. Edwardsville (Edwardsville, Ill.) – (35-4)
No. 14. Spring (Spring, Texas) – (36-9)
No. 16. Rockhurst (Kansas City, Mo.) – (26-3)
* previous ranking
2004 Preseason National Baseball Top 25