The South Caldwell High baseball team is ranked fifth in this week's ESPN POWERADE North Carolina Baseball Poll. The Spartans (15-1 overall; 8-0 Northwestern 3A/4A Conference) won the East Rutherford Easter Tournament Wednesday night. South Caldwell defeated the host school, East Rutherford, 11-0 in the
championship game. The Spartans have won this tournament two years in a row. They defeated Alexander Central in the finals last season.
Providence, which is led by former Watauga assistant coach Danny Hignight, is No.1 for the fifth week in a row. T.C. Roberson is ranked sixth, Ardrey Kell is seventh; North Bumcombe is eighth and Davie County, which defeated WHS earlier this year, is ninth. The Spartans own a two-game lead on the Pioneers for first place in the NW3A/4A Conference standings. South Caldwell will play Draughn in a non-conference game at home Saturday. The Spartans, who can clinch a tie for the regular-season championship, play at Hibriten Monday night. They play the Pioneers in Boone Friday night.
2012 POWERADE North Carolina Baseball Rankings: Week 5
1 (1) Providence Senior
2 (4) South Point
3 (5) Southeast Senior
4 (8) J. H. Rose
5 (2) South Caldwell
6 (3) T. C. Roberson
7 (NR) Ardrey Kell
8 (7) North Buncombe
9 (9) Davie
10 (6) Northwest Cabarrus
On the bubble: Currituck, Charlotte Christian, Leesville Road, McMichael, New Bern, Northeast Guilford, Northwood, Olympic, Randleman, Scotland, South Granville, Wilkes Central