After games on Monday, March 12
Providence is off to the start that most everybody expected, winning their first six games behind the pitching of Ty Buttrey (12 strikeouts in a win against East Rowan) and the all-around skills of Jackson Campana. The Panthers sit at 10th in this week's POWERADE FAB 50.
Just as impressive has been T.C. Roberson, last year's Class 4A runner-up. The Rams appear to be playing with a chip on their shoulder after coming up short last year, emerging unscathed after a tough early schedule that included defending champ Holly Springs, defending 2A champ East Rutherford and rival Reynolds.
Here are this week's rankings (last week's rankings in parentheses):
1. Providence (Charlotte) 6-0 (1)
Panthers won three games last week, including a 4-2 victory against East Rowan that saw ace Ty Buttrey fan 12 batters in 5 2/3 innings
2. T.C. Roberson (Asheville) 4-0 (NR)
Rams stood tall against a tough early schedule, beating defending 4A champ Holly Springs, defending 2A champ East Rutherford and their rival Reynolds.
3. Fuquay-Varina 4-0 (8)
Bengals' pitching has been impressive, allowing just five runs in their first three games.