Posted: 11:11 am Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Baseball: Park Vista earns national ranking 

By Anthony Chiang

Park Vista has finally earned a spot in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 national baseball rankings, coming in at No. 21 in this week’s edition.

The Cobras are currently 17-1 and started with a perfect 15-0 record before losing to Palm Beach Central on March 29. Park Vista is one of six teams from Florida in the rankings. Junior Austin Smith continues to lead the Cobras with a .451 batting average and a 7-0 record on the mound.

Here’s the full top 25:

1. Archbishop McCarthy (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), 19-1
2. Barbe (Lake Charles, La.), 24-2
3. Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati), 3-0
4. The First Academy (Orlando, Fla.), 17-2
5. Clovis (Calif.), 19-3
6. Buchanan (Clovis, Calif.), 15-2
7. Mosley (Lynn Haven, Fla.), 19-1
8. Lambert (Suwanee, Ga.), 18-0
9. Horizon (Scottsdale, Ariz.), 17-3
10. Flanagan (Pembroke Pines, Fla.), 15-1
11. Moody (Corpus Christi, Texas), 22-2
12. Calallen (Corpus Christi, Texas), 25-2
13. O’Connor (Helotes, Texas), 23-1
14. Carroll (Southlake, Texas), 21-2
15. Pearland (Texas), 23-2
16. Hanover (Mechanicsville, Va.), 2-0
17. Chaparral (Scottsdale, Ariz.), 17-1
18. Creekside (Jacksonville, Fla.), 21-1
19. Langham Creek (Houston), 20-1
20. Temecula Valley (Temecula, Calif.), 12-1
21. Park Vista (Lake Worth, Fla.), 17-1
22. Whitewater (Fayetteville, Ga.), 17-1
23. Providence (Charlotte, N.C.), 14-0
24. Cathedral Catholic (San Diego), 10-1
25. The Woodlands (Texas), 21-3