Your Prep Sports
City High just missed a second consecutive trip to the state baseball tournament last summer falling to Ottumwa in a substate final.
This season the Little Hawks will open as one of the favorites in Class 4A.
City High was third in the first Class 4A rankings of the season released on Monday by the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association.
Johnston opens as the top-ranked team in Class 4A followed by West Des Moines Dowling and City High.
The Little Hawks were 29-14 last season.
Solon, who also fell in a substate final last season, is the only other Your Prep Sports area team to appear in the initial rankings coming in at No. 8 in Class 3A.
The Spartans were 29-12 last season.
Other top-ranked teams to open the season are Marion (3A), Van Meter (2A) and Kee (1A).
Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association Rankings
2. West Des Moines Dowling
3. City High
4. Ankeny Centennial
5. Cedar Rapids Prairie
6. Waukee Northwest
7. Dubuque Hempstead
8. Pleasant Valley
9. North Scott
Receiving votes: Ankeny; Cedar Rapids Kennedy; Sioux City East; Southeast Polk; Urbandale
2. Dubuque Wahlert
3. Cedar Rapids Xavier
6. Davenport Assumption
7. Waverly-Shell Rock
10. Sergeant Bluff-Luton
Receiving votes: Sioux City Heelan; Dallas Center-Grimes; MOC-Floyd Valley; Webster City; Western Dubuque
1. Van Meter
5. Dyersville Beckman
6. West Marshall
8. Spirit Lake
Receiving votes: Waterloo Columbus; Davis County; Grundy Center; Treynor; West Lyon
2. Mason City Newman
3. North Linn
4. New London
6. Don Bosco
7. Council Bluffs St. Albert
8. Woodbury Central
9. Martensdale St. Marys
10. Remsen St. Mary’s
Receiving votes: CAM; Coon Rapids-Bayard; Lisbon; Mount Ayr; Sigourney