Archbishop McCarthy (Southwest Ranches, Fla.) moved one step closer to another state title and up a notch in the Super 25 baseball rankings.
The Mavericks improved to 27-2 Tuesday as Daniel Federman had an 11-strikeout three-hitter in a 3-0 win vs. Eau Gallie (Melbourne) in a 6A regional final.
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Archbishop McCarthy benefited from the departure of the previous No. 2, North Gwinnett (Suwanee, Ga.), which fell out with a playoff loss.
There are five new teams, led by Alabama 6A champion Helena. The Huskies (38-6) defeated Cullman 5-3 and 4-2 as Troy Cordrey threw a three-hitter in the deciding game.
The other new teams: No. 20 Rockwall-Heath (Rockwall, Texas); No. 21 Basic (Henderson, Nev.); No. 23 Martin (Arlington, Texas); and No. 25 Calvary Christian (Clearwater, Fla.).
Besides North Gwinnett, four other teams dropped out of the rankings: No. 9 West Orange (Winter Garden, Fla.); No. 20 Calvert Hall (Baltimore); No. 21 Mill Creek (Hoschton, Ga.); and No. 23 Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas).