News4JAX Super 6 baseball: Trinity moves up, Fletcher, Bishop Snyder back in rankings

The News4JAX Super 6 baseball rankings. (News4JAX)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The News4JAX Super 6 baseball rankings will be published each Tuesday through the end of the regular season. Results are through April 11 games.

Super 6 baseball rankings

Rank, Previous, School, Record, Classification

1. (1) St. Johns Country Day (13-2, Class 2A)

Quality wins: Bolles, Don Bosco Prep (NJ), Episcopal, Houston County (Ga.), Huntington Beach (Calif.), LaGrange (Ga.), Madison Central (Miss.), Oakleaf, Providence, Servite (Calif.), Trinity Christian.

Glance: Not much left to be said about the area’s top-ranked team. The Spartans reached the championship game of the prestigious National High School Invitational last week in Cary, NC. St. Johns lost in the final to Stoneman Douglas (5-3). Jordan Taylor and Bradley Hodges were named to the all-tournament team. To put in perspective how significant this performance was, consider than just one area team (Trinity Christian in 2016) has ever been invited to this event. Trinity, with a future first-round draft pick Austin Martin on the roster, won its opener and the dropped its next two before winning its final game. The Spartans served notice in that event that they’re laser focused, better and deeper than they were in 2021. Class 2A, watch out.

2. (4) Trinity Christian (12-5, Class 2A)

Quality wins: Bozeman, Creekside, Episcopal, Etowah (Ala.), Florence (Ala.), Nease, Oakleaf, Providence, Tattnall Square (Ga.).

Glance: Trinity stretched its winning streak to five games. Solid Ws since our last Super 6 include wins over Creekside (3-1) and Episcopal (6-0). Jacob Miller (.429), Colton Avera (.388), Eric Fouraker Jr. (.345) and Alonzo Austin (.340) lead the Conquerors at the plate. Very tough stretch this week, with Bishop Snyder, Baker County and Clay all visiting Trinity.

3. (2) Sandalwood (12-2, Class 7A)

Quality wins: Central (Ala.), Chiles, Columbia, Fernandina Beach, First Coast, Oakleaf, Stanton.

Glance: A 2-1 week for the Saints since our last Super 6. Sandalwood lost to Fletcher (3-0), then bounced back to beat Oakleaf (5-0) and Alpharetta (4-1). Winnable games this week against Atlantic Coast (Tuesday), Eagle’s View (Wednesday) and Christ’s Church (Friday). Holden Bradshaw (.463), Alvin Pabon (.351) and Michael Miniotas (.351) lead the Saints at the plate. Cooper Whited, Tanner Reed and James Laufman are unbeaten on the mound (combined 9-0).

4. (3) Columbia (12-2, Class 5A)

Quality wins: Baker County, Bishop Kenny, Gainesville (twice), North Florida Christian (twice), Suwannee, Union County.

Glance: The Tigers went 2-0 since our last Super 6, including a high-quality W over a very good Bishop Kenny team (10-0). A challenging stretch ahead for Columbia, starting with a Tuesday road game at Chiles, a Thursday game at Middleburg and an away game on Friday against Union County. Hayden Gustavson (.463), Brayden Thomas (.382), Ty Jackson (.382) and Matt Dumas (.372) pace Columbia’s offense.

5. (5) Providence (10-7, Class 3A)

Quality wins: Apalachee (Ga.), Blessed Trinity (Ga.), Central (Ala.), Denmark (Ga.), Florida High, Ravenwood (Tenn., twice), Tattnall Square (Ga.), Thomas County Central (Ga.), Wesleyan (Ga.).

Glance: A 1-1 week for the Stallions, who lost to Parkview (Ga.), 10-3, but bounced back for a 5-2 win over a 17-6 Thomas County Central. Seven losses is high, although only three have come to teams from Florida (Bolles, St. Johns CD, Trinity Christian).

T6. (NR) Bishop Snyder (10-2, Class 3A)

Notable wins: Bartram Trail, Creekside, Episcopal (twice), Fernandina Beach, Hilliard, Stanton.

Glance: Not a fan of ties in the Super 6, but it warrants it this week. Snyder has been in the rankings a good portion of the season and is coming off an excellent W over previously ranked Bartram Trail. Sophomore Aidan King iced the Bears (CG, 6 Ks, 5 hits, 2 ER) and has whiffed 47 in 33.1 IP this season. This team is just scratching the surface of its potential for coach Rusty Kellum.

T6. (NR) Fletcher (13-2, Class 6A)

Notable wins: Bartram Trail, Bolles, Ponte Vedra, Sandalwood, Trinity Christian, Union County, Wolfson.

Glance: The Senators, winners of four consecutive games, move back into the Super 6 after a couple weeks out. Solid wins during that stretch with victories over Sandalwood (3-0) and Union County (2-0). Malachi Witherspoon dominated the Saints (CG, 2 hits, 11 Ks). Kyson Witherspoon (6.2 IP, 16 Ks) and Dylan Lee combined for a no-hitter against the Tigers. Lee (6 IP, 10 Ks, 2 H) and Jacob Harman (IP, 2 Ks) shut Paxon down in a 2-0 win. Fletcher hasn’t allowed a run in a span of a season-best 24 consecutive innings.

Dropped out

Bartram Trail (11-7, Class 7A)

Others

Atlantic Coast (8-8, Class 6A); Baker County (10-7, Class 4A); Baldwin (10-4, Class 3A); Bartram Trail (11-7, Class 7A); Bishop Kenny (9-6, Class 4A); Bolles (7-6, Class 3A); Clay (10-6, Class 4A); Creekside (6-10, Class 7A); Eagle’s View (7-4, Class 2A); Episcopal (10-6, Class 3A); Fernandina Beach (7-7, Class 3A); First Coast (10-6, Class 6A); Hilliard (9-6, Class 1A); Mandarin (13-2, Class 7A); Middleburg (8-6, Class 5A); Nease (9-5, Class 7A); Oakleaf (12-5, Class 7A); Palatka (8-6, Class 4A); St. Augustine (11-4, Class 5A); Stanton (10-6, Class 5A); Suwannee (12-4, Class 4A); Union County (8-7, Class 1A); University Christian (14-4, 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.