High school baseball rankings: St. Mary’s Prep crowned MaxPreps National Champion after going wire-to-wire as No. 1

Becoming a national champion takes consistency, talent and even a bit of luck. St. Mary’s Prep (Orchard Lake, Mich.) used all three to his advantage on Saturday to win the Michigan Division 1 High School Baseball State Championship. The Eaglets finished the season 44-0, started as the #1 team in the MaxPreps Top 25 rankings, and are the 2022 MaxPreps National Champions.

St. Mary’s Prep has proven its consistency by never giving up the No. 1 ranking after being named the top team last season. Despite promotion to Division 1 this year, the Eaglets remain undefeated and have won 66 straight games since winning the Division 2 title last year. St. Mary’s Prep is 87-1 for the last two years.

The Eaglets showed their talent in a 9-0 semifinal win over Forest Hills Northern. Pitcher Brock Porter, a potential first-round pick in next month’s MLB draft, threw a seven-inning no-hitter, his third of the season, to put St. Mary’s Prep in the championship game against Grosse Pointe North.

It also helps to have a bit of luck. The Eaglets scored their lone run against Grosse Pointe North after a failed pick-off attempt at first base allowed Nolan Schubart to move from first base to third. An Ike Irish groundout drove Schubart home to a 1-0 lead in the first inning.

Grosse Pointe North had a similar situation in the sixth when a mistake allowed the runner to move from first to third. However, St. Mary’s Prep caught the baserunner in a rundown on an attempted double steal to end Grosse Pointe North’s best chance of a tie.

St. Mary’s Prep recorded several firsts in winning the MaxPreps Top 25 National Championship. It was the first Michigan school to rank #1 since baseball’s national rankings began in 1976. The Eaglets were also the first team to go wire-to-wire as the nation’s top team, and their 44-0 record also ranks as the #1-best record ever for a national championship team.

Any other year, Stoneman Douglas (Parkland, Fla.) would have been an easy pick for national champions. In addition to a tough schedule in South Florida, the Eagles won the National High School Invitational in early April. However, no team has won the NHSI and a national championship in the same season. Stoneman Douglas came closest to that feat this year when he finished 2nd behind St. Mary’s Prep.

St. Mary’s Prep’s 66 straight wins ties the Eaglets with Capitol Hill (Oklahoma City) from 1952-54 for the seventh-highest winning streak in high school baseball history.

Read on for a look at past MaxPreps National Champions and the final MaxPreps Top 25 for the 2022 season.

Past National MaxPreps Champions

2010 — summary

2019 – Diamond

2020 – No champion crowned
2021 – Barbe

St. Mary's Prep celebrated an exciting 1-0 victory in the Division 1 championship game in Michigan last weekend, capping a 44-0 season.

Photo: Mariusz Nowak

St. Mary’s Prep celebrated an exciting 1-0 victory in the Division 1 championship game in Michigan last weekend, capping a 44-0 season.

Final MaxPreps Top 25 Baseball Rankings


1. St. Mary’s Prep (Orchard Lake, Mich.)
Recording:
44-0 | Last week: 1
Division 1 champion

2. Stoneman Douglas (Parkland, Florida)
Recording:
30-2 | Last week: 2
7A National Champion

3rd Providence (Charlotte, NC)
Recording:
34-0 | Last week: 3
4A National Champion

4. IMG Academy (Bradenton, Florida)
Recording:
23-2 | Last week: 4

5. Southlake Carroll (Southlake, Texas)
Recording:
34-8 | Last week: 5
6A National Champion

6. North Oconee (Bogart, Georgia)
Recording:
39-1 | Last week: 6
AAAA State Champion

7. Sumrall (Miss)
Recording:
35-1 | Last week: 7
4A National Champion

8. West Monroe (La.)
Recording:
33-4 | Last week: 8th
5A National Champion

9. Northwest Rankin (Brandon, Miss.)
Recording:
34-3 | Last week: 9
6A National Champion

10.Hamilton (Chandler, Arizona)
Recording:
29-4 | Last week: 10
6A National Champion

11. Hartselle (Ala.)
Recording:
39-4 | Last week: 11
6A National Champion

12. Edwardsville, Illinois
Recording:
36-4 | Last week: 12
4A National Champion

13. Miami Christ (Miami)
Recording:
29-3 | Last week: 13
2A National Champion

14. Charlotte Christian (Charlotte, NC)
Recording:
30-3 | Last week: 14
NCISAA Division 1 Champion

15. Woodstock (Ga.)
Recording:
33-7 | Last week: fifteen
AAAAAAA State Champion

16th Pope (Marietta, Georgia)
Recording:
33-7 | Last week: 16
AAAAAA State Champion

17. Silo (Okla.)
Recording:
30-0 | Last week: 17
2A National Champion

18. Sinton (Texas)
Recording:
36-1 | Last week: 18
4A National Champion

19. Huntington Beach (California)
Recording:
25-9 | Last week: 19
Southern California Division 1 Champion

20. JSerra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano, California)
Recording:
25-11 | Last week: 20
Southern California Division 1 runners-up; Southern Section Division 1 Champion

21. De La Salle (Concord, California)
Recording:
27-6 | Last week: 21
Northern California Division 1 Champion

22. Brother Rice (Chicago)
Recording:
36-6 | Last week: 22
4A third place

23. Orange Lutheran (Orange, California)
Recording:
25-5 | Last week: 23

24. Doral Academy (Doral, Florida)
Recording:
25-4-1 | Last week: 24
6A National Champion

25. Reagan (San Antonio, Texas)
Recording:
32-7-2 | Last week: 25
6A second

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