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News4Jax Super 6 baseball: Bolles wraps up regular season at the top

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – High school baseball season is back and so are our Super 6 rankings. They’ll be published every Thursday during the regular season. District tournaments begin Monday so this is the final ranking of the season. Records are through April 20 games.

Super 6 baseball rankings

Rank, Previous, School, Record, Classification

1. (1) Bolles (19-3, Class 4A)

Notable wins: Bishop Kenny, Clay, Creekside, Episcopal, Fletcher, Mandarin, Providence, St. Joseph, Savannah Benedictine, Trinity Christian.

Glance: The Bulldogs had a showdown against Calvary Christian wiped out by weather last week, so they played just once since our final Super 6. And that was a good one. Bolles edged Creekside 2-1 in eight innings on Wednesday night to stretch their winning streak to six games. Luke Cashwell drove home the winner in his only at-bat of the game to keep the Bulldogs surging. Pitching remains stout. Sully Brackin went six innings (four Ks) and scattered four hits in the no-decision. His lone run was unearned. JD Hay earned the win with two innings of five K, no-hit relief. A Thursday showdown at St. Johns Country Day awaits Thursday night. The Spartans handed Bolles one of its three losses of the season.

2. (3) St. Johns Country Day (17-6, Class 2A)

Notable wins: Baldwin, Bartram Trail, Bishop Kenny, Bolles, Creekside, Glynn Academy, Lowndes, Providence, Spruce Creek, St. Joseph, University Christian (twice).

Glance: The Spartans stretched their winning streak to six games with a pair of wins since our last Super 6, a 19-8 rout of St. Joseph, and an 8-4 win over Bishop Kenny. The Spartans have a big one ahead Thursday night against No. 1 Bolles. They beat the Bulldogs 2-0 in the season opener. St. Johns has three local losses (Clay, Fleming Island and Trinity Christian), and the other three at the IMG National. Speaking of Kenny, congrats to Crusaders coach Tommy Edwards on career win No. 300 in a 5-4 win over St. Joseph on Wednesday night. He followed in the footsteps of an area baseball legend in Bob West and has kept the Crusaders program humming along.

3. (2) Clay (18-4, Class 4A)

Notable wins: Baker County, Baldwin, Bartram Trail, Episcopal, Keystone Heights, Ponte Vedra, St. Johns Country Day, St. Joseph, Suwannee, Trinity Christian.

Glance: Clay’s winning streak ended at four with a 4-0 loss to Bartram Trail, but it rebounded for a 3-2 win the following day to earn a season split with the Bears. They wrap things up with a home game on Thursday against Keystone Heights. Blake Parker leads the Blue Devils at the plate (.382).

4. (5) Bartram Trail (20-5, Class 7A)

Notable wins: Bishop Kenny, Bolles, Creekside, Episcopal, Fleming Island (twice), Fletcher, Mandarin, Nease, North Florida Christian, Ponte Vedra (twice), St. Augustine, St. Joseph

Glance: A 2-1 mark since our last Super 6, with wins over Fleming Island (7-5) and Clay (4-0), and a loss to Clay (3-2). The Bears are motoring along at the right time. They’re 7-1 in April.

5. (4) Fleming Island (19-4, Class 6A)

Notable wins: Bishop Kenny (twice), Creekside, Episcopal, First Coast, Nease (twice), Palatka, Ponte Vedra, St. Johns Country Day, St. Joseph.

Glance: A 2-1 mark since our last Super 6 for the Golden Eagles. They beat Baldwin (12-0) and Gateway Conference champ First Coast (12-0) and dropped a 7-5 game to Bartram Trail. Not a whole lot of reason to argue or dispute Fleming’s body of work this season. Solid all the way through. They wrap up the regular season against Stanton on Thursday night. Drew Homitz (.393) and Aidan Mastantuno (.388) pace the Golden Eagles.

6. (6) Episcopal (18-5, Class 3A)

Notable wins: Bishop Kenny, Fletcher, IMG Academy Silver, Mandarin, Nease, Providence, Stanton, Suwannee, Trinity Christian.

Glance: Made the right call on the Eagles at No. 6 last week over Sandalwood. Episcopal went 3-0, with wins over Oakleaf (11-4), Trinity Christian (4-2) and Baker County (5-0), running their winning streak to five games as the regular season draws to a close. They visit Creekside on Thursday night before a district semifinal showdown against Providence on Tuesday night. A likely championship showdown against Bolles awaits on April 29 against.

Others

Bishop Kenny (12-13, Class 4A); Creekside (14-9, Class 6A); Fernandina Beach (15-6, Class 3A); First Coast (20-4, Class 6A); Fletcher (13-10, Class 6A); Keystone Heights (13-11, Class 3A); Mandarin (17-6, Class 7A); Nease (13-11, Class 7A); Palatka (15-6, Class 4A); Parker (13-9, Class 5A); Providence (12-10, Class 3A); St. Joseph (13-11, Class 2A); Sandalwood (17-3, Class 7A); Suwannee (18-5, Class 4A); Trinity Christian (14-10, Class 3A); Union County (19-2, Class 1A); University Christian (12-5, Class 2A).


About the Author:

Justin Barney joined News4Jax in February 2019, but he’s been covering sports on the First Coast for more than 20 years.