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SBLive Mississippi Baseball Power 10: Jackson Prep moves up, Hartfield surges into the rankings

You can’t win them all, and Madison Central learned that lesson for the first time this week. The Jags dropped their first game of the season in a 7-6 loss against Brandon.
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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 April 26, as compiled by SBLive Sports reporter Tyler Cleveland. 

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SBLIVE POWER 10 BASEBALL RANKINGS

1. Madison Central (24-1)

Last week: No. 1

You can’t win them all, and Madison Central learned that lesson for the first time this week. The Jags dropped their first game of the season in a 7-6 loss against Brandon. They beat Clinton earlier in the week, and will still enter the post-season as the team to beat in 6A.

2. Jackson Prep (31-3)

Last week: No. 3

The Patriots easily dispatched rival Jackson Academy, sweeping three games by a combined score of 21-6. They’ll enter the playoffs as the team to beat in MAIS 5A. The pitching trio of Riley Maddox, Mason Nichols and Will Gibbs is going to be tough to beat down the stretch.

3. Oxford (22-4)

Last week: No. 2

The Chargers dropped back-to-back games against Starkville and Lewisburg, matching their total number of losses through their first 23 games. They finished the week by bouncing back with a 10-7 win over South Panola. Oxford will wrap up its regular season with road games at Houston and Grenada this week.

4. Pearl River Central (24-2)

Last week: No. 4

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The Blue Devils picked up three more wins last week, beating Hattiesburg 6-5 in extra innings and handling business in back-to-back wins over Picayune and George County. Their 9-0 mark in Region 7-5A gives them the top seed coming out of the district going into the playoffs.

5. Sumrall (23-2)

Last week: No. 5

The Bobcats made the most of their two games last week, beating then-No. 9 West Jones 2-1 in a non-district game and blowing out Poplarville 13-5. They’ll head into the playoffs as the odds-on favorite in 4A South.

6. Lewisburg (19-6)

Last week: No. 7

The Patriots kept things rolling with wins over Hernando, Center Hill and then-No. 2 Oxford last week. They’ve now won eight out of their last nine, and have just two tune-up games left against Bartlett (Tennessee) and Northpoint Christian (Tennessee) before the playoffs begin next week.

7. DeSoto Central (18-9)

Last week: No. 8

The Jaguars started off another week with a loss, falling 7-6 against Center Hill at home Tuesday night. But just like last week, the Jags responded with a tight, 7-6 win over South Panola and blew out Southaven and Horn Lake in back-to-back games Saturday. They’ll face Clinton in the first round of the playoffs, which begin Thursday.

8. West Jones (21-4)

Last week: No. 9

The Mustangs went 2-1 last week, beating Greene County twice by a combined score of 14-3 and dropping a 2-1 game at home against No. 5 Sumrall. Their perfect 9-0 record in Region 5-5A will give them the inside track headed into the South 5A playoffs.

9. Germantown (21-3)

Last week: No. 10

The Mavericks had one game (at Taylorsville) rained out, but still picked up two wins, beating Clinton and Terry. Germantown will be the top seed coming out of 3-6A in the playoffs after Monday’s tune-up game against cross-town rival Ridgeland.

10. Hartfield Academy (31-2)

The Hawks storm into the Power 10 for the first time this season after beating the breaks off of Natchez Cathedral and sweeping through the first round of the MAIS 4A Playoffs. They’ll face Central Hinds in the second round this week.

Dropped out: MRA (No. 7)