Baseball blog: Undefeated Buford rises to No. 1 in national poll

May 21, 2016 Buford - Buford's Nick Wilhite (right dives back to first base as Locust Grove's Clay Shearouse tries to pick him off during the GHSA Class AAAA Championship Baseball Tournament in Buford on Saturday, May 21, 2016. JONATHAN PHILLIPS / SPECIAL
May 21, 2016 Buford - Buford's Nick Wilhite (right dives back to first base as Locust Grove's Clay Shearouse tries to pick him off during the GHSA Class AAAA Championship Baseball Tournament in Buford on Saturday, May 21, 2016. JONATHAN PHILLIPS / SPECIAL

Credit: Jonathan Phillips

Credit: Jonathan Phillips

This past week there were several Georgia teams that made appearances in the MaxPreps National Rankings, but none of them earned the coveted No. 1 spot. That has since changed as the red-hot Buford Wolves have taken over the top slot in the latest National poll. Buford’s latest victory was a 12-0 road win over Dacula on Wednesday. The win improved Buford to 19-0 overall and 11-0 in Region 8-6A. Buford will host Dacula again on Friday with a chance to complete the season sweep. Buford has outscored its opponents a whopping 156-17 this season—warranting their national recognition.

Grayson was entered last week undefeated, but recently dropped back-to-back games to Parkview. The Rams are now 12-2 and have slid to No. 7 in the MaxPreps Xcellent rankings. Two more teams from the state still find themselves in the top 25. Carrollton, is 18-1 and is No. 12 in the latest national poll. The Trojans’ only loss came to Cullman (AL) on March 5 and they have won eight-straight games since.

Winder-Barrow is No. 23 in the latest poll and has recently improved to 14-1. The Bulldoggs are also 8-0 in Region 8 with a nine-game winning streak. Winder-Barrow’s only loss came in a 2-1 defeat to Peachtree Ridge and they have compiled a 51-5 runs advantage over their last five wins.

***When the 2019-20 GHSA baseball season abruptly ended last March, Mill Creek was the highest-rated team from the state in the Maxpreps National poll. The Hawks found themselves at No. 4 in the country and were 14-1 overall with a 125-to-41 scored runs advantage over their opponents. Buford (No. 8, 9-1) and Blessed Trinity (No. 25, 12-3) were also represented in the Maxpreps top 25 national ratings when the season ended. While it is unfortunate for the state, and these highly-successfully teams that they did not get the opportunity to see out the rest of their season, the state of Georgia is crowding the National rankings this spring and there are plenty of pathways for a Peach State program to earn a coveted National Championship this season.

There are various National polls that could ultimately crown a National Championship as seen in 2015 when Parkview earned No. 1 status unanimously by taking home the MaxPreps Xcellent 50 top slot in addition to finishing No. 1 in the Baseball America/National High School Baseball Coaches Association, Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, Perfect Game and USA Today Super 25 polls. Today’s blog will take a look at the state’s highest rated teams this season and when these top programs will be returning to the diamond next.

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