The latest Baseball America/National Coaches poll ranks Bishop Amat No. 2 in the country, jumping all the way up from their previous spot of No. 24. In 2001 Bishop Amat was crowned USA Today’s National Champion. I know they already clinched league, but don’t say today’s game at St. Paul doesn’t mean anything. The Lancers also are trying to extend their 37-game league unbeaten streak. Check out “The Big River,” Rio Ruiz, he’s on the cover.
After all these years covering preps, I’ve never seen a better sophomore than shortstop Ruio Ruiz. Just enjoy it, he’s around two more years and will likely go down as one of the all-time greats. When you consider the teams and pitchers he’s faced throughout the season, his team-leading .520 batting average along with 28 RBIs and four home runs is amazing. Imagine if Amat had a fence, the homer total could be so much more. I guess the only negative thing I could say about him is he’s going to USC, , someone should remind him he looks better in blue.