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Spring Power Rankings: Third Edition

By WBC Staff, 04/22/19, 12:15PM CDT

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Waunakee's Ryne Fueger slides into home plate during the Division 1 state quarterfinals in Grand Chute last year.

The 2019 WIAA spring baseball season is underway. These are our third power rankings of the season. The top 15 is ranked regardless of Division. The top five for each Division can be found at the bottom of the page.

Honorable mentions

(alphabetical order)

Beloit Turner (9-0), Chippewa Falls (7-2), Greendale (8-1), Jefferson (8-2-1), Madison West (7-1), Milton (9-3), Prairie du Chien (8-1), Ripon (10-0), Sussex Hamilton (8-2), Union Grove (8-2), Webster (6-0), Whitefish Bay (7-2), Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln (7-2)

15. Franklin (7-2)

Last week: 8

The Sabers lost both of their games against No. 14 Oak Creek last week, although by a combined three runs. They’ll look to use nonconference games against South Milwaukee and Westosha Central this week to get back on track.

14. Oak Creek (6-3)

Last week: Honorable mention

The Knights climb back into the top 15 this week after sweeping two games against No. 15 Franklin. The slate doesn’t get much easier this week, with three games against No. 7 Kenosha Indian Trail and a nonconference game with Greendale (8-1) scheduled.

13. Muskego (3-1)

Last week: 12

The Warriors didn’t play last week, so their record remains 3-1. They’ve got games against Arrowhead, Oconomowoc and No. 7 Kenosha Indian Trail this week.

12. Hortonville (6-1)

Last week: 15

The Polar Bears won their two games last week, shutting out both Oshkosh North and Kaukauna. After games against Ashwaubenon and Appleton West, Hortonville will have a couple of ranked battles on its hands. The Polar Bears face No. 5 Kimberly on Thursday and No. 1 Waunakee on Saturday.

11. West De Pere (7-1)

Last week: 14

It was a good week for the Phantoms, who went 4-0 with wins over Shawano, Green Bay East/West (a two-game sweep) and Appleton West. Tyler Rukamp pitched a no-hitter against East/West, and Ben Hampton and Aiden Ahrens combined for a no-no against Shawano. They’ll look to keep the momentum going with games against Pulaski, Menasha and Kaukauna this week.

10. Waupun (9-0)

Last week: 10

Waupun remains undefeated after going 2-0 last week, sweeping two games against Winneconne. It wasn’t easy, as they needed extra innings to win the first game of the series. Waupun will look to keep its win streak going with games against Campbellsport and Watertown this week.

9. West Bend West (6-2)

Last week: 9

The Spartans’ two games against No. 8 West Bend East ended in a split last week. West won the first game 5-1, while East rebounded with a 5-0 win in the second go-around. The Spartans have two games apiece against Slinger and Cedarburg this week.

8. West Bend East (8-1)

Last week: 11

The Suns split two games with West Bend West last week, and the margin between this week’s eighth-and-ninth-ranked teams is razor thin. The Suns get the edge by virtue of only having one loss this year. They’ve got games against Cedarburg, Kewaskum and Whitefish Bay this week.

7. Kenosha Indian Trail (9-2)

Last week: 6

The Hawks went 2-1 last week, winning a three-game series against Racine Case. That helped push their conference record to 7-2 on the year. Games against Badger, Wilmot and No. 13 Muskego await them this week.

6. Green Bay Preble (4-1)

Last week: 4

The Hornets went 4-0 to start the season, but fell 6-0 to Bay Port to end last week. They have a busy week ahead, with games against Sheboygan South, Ashwaubenon, De Pere and Brookfield Central on the slate.

5. Kimberly (6-1)

Last week: 5

The Papermakers were idle last week, keeping their record at 6-1 this season. A matchup against No. 12 Hortonville highlights the team’s week ahead, which also includes games against Oshkosh North and Appleton East.

4. Janesville Craig (9-1)

Last week: 2

After winning their first nine games of the season, the Cougars were finally taken down by No. 2 Burlington over the weekend. Prior to the loss to the Demons, Craig swept two games from Sun Prairie during the week. They’ll try to get back on track with games against Madison La Follette and Beaver Dam this week.

3. Kenosha Bradford (9-1)

Last week: 3

The Red Devils took their first loss of the year last week, but won a three-game series against Kenosha Tremper. They hold the top spot in the Southeast Conference standings with an 8-1 record in the league. They will play exclusively out-of-state competition this week during a trip to Florida.

2. Burlington (7-1)

Last week: 7

The Demons became the first team to beat No. 4 Janesville Craig this season, topping the Cougars 7-1 on Saturday. Trent Turzenski homered and drove in three runs in the win. Burlington also swept two games against Elkhorn last week. They’ve got games against Westosha Central, Racine Horlick and Racine Lutheran/Prairie this week.

1. Waunakee (9-0)

Last week: 1

The defending state champions have won 16 games in a row dating back to last season. They won a rematch of last season’s state title game on Monday against Arrowhead, and swept a doubleheader against Baraboo. They’ve got two games against a solid Mount Horeb (7-2) team this week, in addition to a nonconference game against No. 12 Hortonville.

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Division 1 Top Five

1. Waunakee (9-0)

2. Burlington (7-1)

3. Kenosha Bradford (7-1)

4. Janesville Craig (9-1)

5. Kimberly (6-1)

Division 3 Top Five

1. Prairie du Chien (8-1)

2. St. Mary Catholic (6-1)

3. Marathon (3-0)

4. Kenosha St. Joseph (7-0)

5. Fall Creek (7-0)

Division 2 Top Five

1. Waupun (9-0)

2. West De Pere (7-1)

3. Beloit Turner (9-0)

4. Ripon (10-0)

5. Whitefish Bay (7-2)

Division 4 Top Five

1. Webster (6-0)

2. Athens (3-0)

3. Mineral Point (10-0)

4. Johnson Creek (9-1)

5. Shullsburg/Benton (9-1)