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Jesuit takes top spot in Week 1

4/3/2009

Editor's note: The ESPN RISE FAB 50 baseball rankings are compiled by Doug Huff, Mark Tennis, Jon Mahoney, Matt Remsberg, Andrew Drennen and Chris Lawlor. They will be released each week throughout the season.

At this point of the ESPN RISE FAB 50 national high school baseball rankings, it's a mix of the unknown, the unproven and the unbeatens.

The unknowns are those teams from cold weather states, such as defending FAB 50 national champ Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.), which has yet to get in its first games.

The unproven are teams from power states that, while they may be off to hot starts and already have at least two or three quality wins, have yet to play enough games or play enough strong competition to show just how good they are.

Then there are the unbeatens, which have already played a significant number of games and have grabbed high rankings within their states. And since Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.), is the best of that bunch, which lifted the team to the No. 1 position for the first regular-season FAB 50 of the 2009 season.

The Tigers are coming off a disappointing 2008 season, which saw them finish 21-9 and miss the state playoffs for the first time since 1991. With a veteran team, this year's squad already looks like it's not only going to regain its usual playoff bid but is a serious contender for the Class 5A state title.

Earlier this season, Jesuit defeated rival Plant (Tampa, Fla.) by 3-1 and will have a key District 10 rematch Friday with the Panthers (12-2), who are No. 39 in the FAB 50. The current offense is averaging 11 runs per game and is batting over .400.

If these first regular season rankings were released last week, Bellaire (Texas) High, would have been No. 1, but since then the Cardinals dropped their first game of the season, 5-2, to district rival Westside of Houston

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