Baseball rankings: Cherry Creek, Valor Christian move up to No. 1 spots

Cherry Creek baseball team

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Cherry Creek and Valor Christian are picking the right time to peak. After all, in hunt for a state baseball championship teams put more emphasis on how they're playing in May, not in March.

In the last week of April, the Bruins and the Eagles have made their way into their respective top spots in the CHSAANow.com baseball rankings.

Cherry Creek takes nine of 12 first-place votes to come in as the new No. 1 in the Class 5A poll. The Bruins unseat Rock Canyon, which falls to No.2 after a 12-10 loss to Regis Jesuit last week.

The Raiders are just one of three new teams to crack the 5A top 10. Douglas County enters the poll this week at No. 7 and Broomfield, fresh off a shutout win over Mountain Range comes in at No. 9.

Valor Christian — the defending 4A champion — regains the top spot in that class, jumping up three spots from last week's ranking.

The Eagles overtake No. 2 Cheyenne Mountain, which claimed the top spot a week ago.

Kennedy Denver North baseball

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Still undefeated, Denver North climbs a couple of spots to take the No. 4 position this week, grabbing a couple of first-place votes in the process.

Summit and Pueblo West are the two newcomers in the 4A poll, taking the No. 9 and No. 10 spots respectively. 

Lamar remains the No. 1 team in the 3A rankings, but University was able to jump a spot to land at No. 2.

Peak to Peak (No. 5) and Colorado Academy (No. 6) each climbed two spots from last week's poll.

There were no new teams in the 3A poll.

Paonia held its spot at the top of the 2A poll. Sedgwick County jumped a spot to No. 4 and County Line fell a spot to No. 5, but no other changes occurred in the 2A rankings.

Holly did not play a game last week and it didn't effect anything in the least as the Wildcats are still No.1 in the rankings.

Fleming (No. 2) and Cheyenne Wells (No. 4) each jumped a spot from last week. Three new teams joined the 1A poll as Denver Jewish Day comes in at No. 6, Stratton/Liberty takes the No. 9 spot and Sierra Grande rounds out the poll at No. 10.

The rankings, voted upon by coaches and select media members, are the official polls of the Association.

New polls are released each Monday during the regular season.

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.

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Class 5A
RK TEAM W-L PTS PVS LW
1 Cherry Creek (9) 10-3 112 3 2-0
2 Rock Canyon (1) 11-4 83 1 2-1
3 Mountain Vista 10-3 80 6 3-0
4 Rocky Mountain 9-5 79 10 4-0
5 Eaglecrest 11-2 62 5 2-1
6 Mountain Range (2) 12-1 57 2 0-1
7 Douglas County 11-3 49 - 3-0
8 Regis Jesuit 10-3 46 - 3-0
9 Broomfield 10-4 25 - 2-0
10 Heritage 10-5 24 7 2-1
Others receiving votes:
Legacy 20, Legend 14, Brighton 2, Greeley West 2, Ralston Valley 2, Arapahoe 1, Coronado 1, Highlands Ranch 1.
Dropped out:
Legend (4), Fruita Monument (8), Legacy (9).

Class 4A
RK TEAM W-L PTS PVS LW
1 Valor Christian (3) 12-3 87 4 3-0
2 Cheyenne Mountain (2) 13-1 83 1 2-1
3 Windsor (3) 12-1 77 3 3-0
4 Denver North (2) 15-0 68 6 3-0
5 Northridge 11-3 49 8 1-0
6 Green Mountain 12-2 47 5 2-1
7 Silver Creek 12-5 46 9 2-0
8 Mountain View 11-4 25 7 0-1
9 Summit 12-2 20 - 0-0
10 Pueblo West 11-4 14 - 2-0
Others receiving votes:
Falcon 11, Air Academy 7, Palisade 7, Ponderosa 4, Canon City 3, Fort Morgan 2.
Dropped out:
Ponderosa (2), Fort Morgan (10).

Class 3A
RK TEAM W-L PTS PVS LW
1 Lamar (8) 15-1 116 1 3-0
2 University (2) 10-4 96 3 2-1
3 Lutheran (1) 16-1 92 4 3-1
4 La Junta (1) 12-3 71 2 1-2
5 Peak to Peak 10-2 56 7 2-1
6 Colorado Academy 13-3 46 8 4-0
7 Valley 11-3 36 6 2-1
8 Manitou Springs 10-3 34 5 1-2
9 Eaton 10-4 24 10 3-0
10 Gunnison 10-3 22 9 2-0
Others receiving votes:
Resurrection Christian 21, Delta 15, St. Mary's 9, Bayfield 5, Sterling 5, Brush 4, Montezuma-Cortez 4, Cedaredge 3, Alamosa 1.
Dropped out:
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Class 2A
RK TEAM W-L PTS PVS LW
1 Paonia (8) 15-0 96 1 2-0
2 Peyton (2) 13-0 83 2 1-0
3 Holyoke 13-1 73 3 1-0
4 Sedgwick County 9-3 54 5 0-0
5 County Line 10-2 52 4 1-0
6 Yuma 10-2 38 6 1-0
7 Rocky Ford 10-3 35 7 1-0
8 Lyons 13-1 30 8 2-0
9 Haxtun 7-4 19 9 0-0
10 Hotchkiss 12-2 17 10 2-0
Others receiving votes:
Front Range Christian 9, Dawson 7, Dayspring Christian 7, Crowley County 6, Meeker 6, Sanford 5, Limon 4, Sargent 4, Ignacio 3, Burlington 1, Center 1.
Dropped out:
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Class 1A
RK TEAM W-L PTS PVS LW
1 Holly (6) 7-2 73 1 0-0
2 Fleming 10-1 67 3 2-0
3 Eads (1) 7-2 62 2 0-2
4 Cheyenne Wells (1) 7-3 56 5 3-0
5 Nucla 7-8 46 4 2-0
6 Cotopaxi 8-3 33 6 0-0
7 Denver Jewish Day 5-1 31 - 1-0
8 Kiowa 4-6 18 8 0-1
9 Stratton/Liberty 4-3 13 - 1-0
10 Sierra Grande 6-5 11 - 2-1
Others receiving votes:
Manzanola 8, Granada 6, Peetz 6, Caliche 4, Cornerstone Christian 2, Rocky Mountain Lutheran 2, Antonito 1, Elbert 1.
Dropped out:
Caliche (7), Peetz (9), Granada (10).