Preseason baseball rankings: Regis Jesuit leads the way in 5A

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Regis Jesuit is the preseason No. 1 team in 5A baseball. (Jack Eberhard/JacksActionShots.com)

The preseason CHSAANow.com baseball rankings show something very different from most other preseason rankings that are released through the year. They don't have an abundance of defending state champions sitting at the top of the polls.

In Class 5A, the Regis Jesuit Raiders come into the season as the overwhelming No. 1 team in the state. They received eight of 12 first-place votes to earn that ranking.

Though the regular season is slated to start this week, the Raiders won't play until Mar. 16.

Defending champion Rock Canyon comes in at No. 3 to start the season.

D'Evelyn comes in as the top team in 4A to start the season. The Jaguars fell just short of reaching the state championship series as they fell to eventual state champion Green Mountain in the semifinals.

The Rams lost a significant number of seniors from last year's team and as a result, will start the season ranked No. 4.

In 3A, Eaton is one of two defending state champions to start the year with a No. 1 ranking. The Red received seven of nine first-place votes.

Eaton topped Brush in the 3A state championship and the Beetdiggers also came in high in the preseason polls at No. 3.

Resurrection Christian went from 2A state runner-up in the spring to preseason No. 1. The Cougars fell to Rye in an offensive battle in last year's 2A state title game. The Thunderbolts came away with a 12-10 win and will start the season with a No. 6 ranking.

Dove Creek is the other defending champ to earn a No. 1 preseason ranking. The Bulldogs won the 1A title with an 8-5 win over Granada.

The 1A class may prove to be to the most wide-open as Dove Creek took only half of the first-place votes, the fewest of any preseason No. 1 this year.

The regular season for baseball is scheduled to begin Mar. 10.

The rankings, voted upon by coaches and select media members, are the official polls of the Association. During the regular season, they are released each Monday.

Complete rankings for all classes are below.

CHSAANow.com Baseball Polls

Voted upon by coaches and select media members around the state. These rankings have no bearing on postseason seeding.

Coaches and media members looking to vote should email rcasey@chsaa.org.

Go to: 5A | 4A | 3A | 2A | 1A

Class 5A
RK TEAM W-L PTS
1 Regis Jesuit (8) 0-0 104
2 Cherry Creek (2) 0-0 103
3 Rock Canyon 0-0 71
4 Grandview 0-0 47
5 Rocky Mountain (1) 0-0 46
6 Pine Creek 0-0 44
7 Chatfield (1) 0-0 31
8 Cherokee Trail 0-0 26
9 Mountain Vista 0-0 25
10 Mullen 0-0 22
Others receiving votes:
Monarch 19, Ralston Valley 18, ThunderRidge 15, Columbine 13, Heritage 13, Fruita Monument 12, Lakewood 12, Legend 12, Chaparral 8, Fort Collins 7, Brighton 5, Denver East 4, Greeley West 4, Fairview 1.

Class 4A
RK TEAM W-L PTS
1 D'Evelyn (7) 0-0 97
2 Lewis-Palmer (2) 0-0 83
3 Pueblo West (1) 0-0 80
4 Green Mountain 0-0 55
5 Wheat Ridge 0-0 52
6 Windsor 0-0 46
7 Longmont 0-0 26
8 Canon City 0-0 24
9 Evergreen 0-0 23
10 Palisade 0-0 15
Others receiving votes:
Air Academy 11, Erie 11, Fort Morgan 7, Elizabeth 4, Ponderosa 4, Pueblo South 4, Summit 3, Mesa Ridge 2, Montrose 2, Holy Family 1, Pueblo East 1.

Class 3A
RK TEAM W-L PTS
1 Eaton (7) 0-0 76
2 Bayfield (2) 0-0 65
3 Brush 0-0 57
4 University 0-0 55
5 Lamar 0-0 41
6 Gunnison 0-0 38
7 La Junta 0-0 29
8 Valley 0-0 27
9 Faith Christian 0-0 24
10 Kent Denver 0-0 20
Others receiving votes:
Peak to Peak 17, Sterling 17, Olathe 7, Manitou Springs 6, Machebeuf 4, St. Mary's 4, Trinidad 3, Alamosa 2.

Class 2A
RK TEAM W-L PTS
1 Resurrection Christian 0-0 81
2 Sedgwick County 0-0 79
3 Hotchkiss 0-0 71
4 County Line (McClave/Wiley) 0-0 63
5 Paonia 0-0 59
6 Rye 0-0 42
7 Haxtun 0-0 32
8 Burlington 0-0 26
9 Sanford 0-0 14
10 Swink 0-0 11
Others receiving votes:
Peyton 7, Dayspring Christian 6, Center 5, Las Animas 3, Limon 3, Kiowa 2, Crowley County 1, Yuma 1.

Class 1A
RK TEAM W-L PTS
1 Dove Creek (4) 0-0 72
2 Holly 0-0 60
3 Fleming (3) 0-0 52
4 Eads (1) 0-0 51
5 Nucla 0-0 50
6 Community Christian 0-0 46
7 Granada 0-0 43
8 Peetz 0-0 24
9 Stratton/Liberty 0-0 13
10 Cheyenne Wells 0-0 10
Others receiving votes:
Elbert 6, Gilpin County 5, Rocky Mountain Lutheran 3, Antonito 2, Pikes Peak Christian 2, Cornerstone Christian 1, Cotopaxi 1.