SBLive Mississippi Baseball Power 10: Jackson Prep moves up in rankings after 3-0 week

Every week during the 2021 baseball season, SBLive will rank the Top 10 high school baseball teams in the state of Mississippi, regardless of classification.

Here are the SBLive Power 10 baseball rankings for the week of March 22, as compiled by SBLive Sports reporter Tyler Cleveland. 



March 22, 2021

1. Madison Central (13-0)

Last week: No. 1

The Jaguars celebrated spring break by beating non-region opponents North Pike, Newton County and Neshoba Central by a combined score of 40-7. They have now scored 10 or more runs in 10 of their 13 games and have an average margin of victory of 10.9 runs.

2. Jackson Prep (16-2)

Last week: No. 3

The Patriots took a step up in competition last week and responded by going 3-0 against D’Iberville, West Harrison and Petal. You can’t swing a stick in the Prep dugout without hitting a sure-fire, future-Division 1 starter.

3. DeSoto Central (9-2)

Last week: No. 2

It was a busy week for the Jaguars, who went 3-2 in five games over spring break with wins over St. Stanislaus, Madison-Ridgeland Academy and South Panola and losses to Biloxi and Faith Academy (Ala.).

4. Oxford (10-2)

Last week: No. 5

The Chargers went 2-1 last week with victories over Saltillo and Houston and a loss to Collierville (Tenn.) that snapped a five-game winning streak.

5. Pearl River Central (13-1)

Last week: No. 6

The Blue Devils ran their winning streak to 11 games with back-to-back wins over Hancock by a combined score of 26-5. The pitching has been phenomenal, and it’ll need to be again this week, with two big games against Long Beach Tuesday and Friday and a trip to West Harrison set for Saturday.

6. Sumrall (11-2)

Last week: No. 7

The Bobcats enjoyed a little rest over spring break last week, winning their only game Friday night with a 13-1 romp over Stringer. Sumrall’s lineup is growing more consistent, and that’s bad news for the rest of Class 4A.

7. MRA (13-4)

Last week: No. 4

Last week started out so promising for the Patriots with back-to-back wins over gulf-coast heavyweights Gulfport and Vancleave, but MRA dropped three games in a row to George County, DeSoto Central and Resurrection Catholic to end the week.

8. Vancleave (11-3)

Last week: No. 8

The Bulldogs went 2-1 last week with wins over Pillow Academy and Oak Grove and a 9-1 loss to Madison-Ridgeland Academy. Starting pitchers Max Miller and Carson Robb are absolute studs. Just last week, they combined for pitch 10 innings, striking out 19 hitters without issuing a walk or giving up a hit.

9. Tupelo (10-2)

Last week: No. 9

The Golden Wave took it easy last week, winning back-to-back road games over Pontotoc and Itawamba AHS by a combined score of 22-2. Star left-hander Hunter Elliott is 3-0 on the mound with a 0.750 ERA and drove in nine runs last week hitting in the three-hole.

10. West Jones (11-3)

Last week: No. 10

The Mustangs went 2-0 last week, beating Laurel 11-1 Friday night and Lamar School 13-6 Saturday afternoon. The Mustangs will get a chance to avenge on of their early losses when they host Madison Central this coming Saturday after a couple of mid-week games against Brookhaven.

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