National publication recognizes Cougars
The national periodical “Baseball America” in its June 16 weekly edition has ranked Jefferson High 18th in the nation among high school baseball teams.
The Cougars finished the season with a 36-3 overall record and won the school’s second consecutive big-school state championship.
“Baseball America” ranked the Cougars when their record was 33-3 and before the state championship was secured.
Stoneman Douglas of Parkland, Florida was the No. 1 rated team by the venerable publication. Stoneman Douglas had a 27-2 record. Ranked second in the country was Buchanan High from Clovis, California. Clovis had a record of 30-1.
Only two teams within a 100-mile radius of Jefferson County received the periodical’s mention.
Chantilly High in Virginia had a 27-2 mark and was given the 28th ranking and Riverdale Baptist from Upper Marlboro in Maryland was pegged as the 39th best team in the land. Riverdale Baptist had a 32-3 record.
Jefferson played Riverdale Baptist in 1999 in Cooperstown, New York at historic Doubleday Field.
The Cougars, behind the complete-game pitching of left-hander Josh Cenate, defeated Riverdale Baptist, 5-2, that May morning and then went on to become the big-school state champions in early June.