MHSAA (Michigan) High School Baseball Rankings (5/22/13)
The Bay City Warriors are arguably the most complete high school baseball team in Michigan.
As the No. 1 Division 1 team in the state, the Warriors didn't fail to impress me over the weekend -- specifically Friday in Flint during a 7-3 invitational victory over the Howell Highlanders at Mott Community College's Kearsley Park.
Howell was ranked No 3 in preseason polls. Western was No. 4. (MHSBCA via MLive.com).
Here are the latest rankings (MHSBCA via MLive.com).
Notable drops: Davison was the No. 13 team in Division 1 heading into the spring. The Cardinals lost to Western on Friday at Kearsley Park and will be without valuable experience during the playoffs -- up to 10 players (including seniors) were suspended for violating team/school rules.
New Lothrop was No. 4 in Division 4 in a preseason poll -- but it's not ranked in the top 10 of the latest MHSBCA list Flint Powers was expected to be a heavyweight, entering the season tabbed as the No. 3-ranked Division 3 program.
However, the Chargers aren't ranked in the top 10, either.
I think I speak for a lot of people when I say that no one saw this coming. The Railroaders have a solid program, but often get overlooked because they compete in the GAC.
Needless to say, Durand wasn't ranked in the top 10 of the Division 3 preseason poll, now it's No. 4.
Not to say that the GAC isn't a quality league in the Flint area, but most paid attention to the now-defunct Big Nine; the Flint Metro League has been up-and-down, but teams like Fenton and Linden have made it worth following.
Now that the Big Nine has been absorbed super league Saginaw Valley (North and South), area prep baseball fans need not look further -- there is plenty of talent with Western, Saginaw Nouvel, Flushing, Davison, Mt. Pleasant, etc.
Walt Knows Baseball
Unfortunately, my computer and Flip camera are having issues. I did an on-camera interview with Saginaw Valley State coach Walt Head during the Mott tournament.
As a veteran of the scene, Head was more than willing to share a little time talking baseball. He was following a Howell player and spoke to Mott coaches Tim Weeks and Shawn Brown, along with others.
I asked coach Head what he looks for in players today. Turns out, he has a simple recipe that's worked well over the past few decades -- he wants kids who "want to play the game."
That makes sense. I'll post the video if my computer cooperates.
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