St. John's (S) new No. 1 in latest baseball poll

May, 14, 2012
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For the third straight week there is a new No. 1 in our statewide MIAA Top 25 Basketball Poll, with St. John's of Shrewsbury taking the top spot following a strong week.

The Pioneers return to the top spot in the land for the first time since May of 2011, and are doing so after knocking off two Top 10 squads in 24 hours. They scrapped out a 2-0 win over No. 10 Burncoat on Thursday, then 24 hours later grinded out a 5-2 win over previous No. 1 BC High.

Elsewhere, Franklin leapfrogs eight spots into the No. 4 position following an 11-2 win over Catholic Memorial on Saturday. It's the Panthers' highest position in the poll since finishing the 2011 season as the No. 3 team in the land. Walpole (2), Springfield Cathedral (3) and Lincoln-Sudbury (5) round out the top five.

Lowell drops out of the Top 10 for the first time all season, following its loss to Andover, while Barnstable (19), Auburn (23) and Monument Mountain (25) all make returns to the poll.

To view the entire poll, CLICK HERE.

Here's how the poll breaks down this week by league affiliation:

Valley League - 3
Atlantic Coast - 2
Catholic Conference - 2
Merrimack Valley - 2
Bay State - 1
Berkshire County - 1
Big Three - 1
Central Mass. Conference - 1
Dual County - 1
Eastern Athletic - 1
Hockomock - 1
Inter-High - 1
Middlesex - 1
Mid-Wach A - 1
Northeastern - 1
Old Colony - 1
South Coast - 1
South Shore - 1
Southern Worcester County - 1
Valley Wheel - 1

As always, let us know what you think in the comments section below, or by emailing Brendan Hall at bhall@espnboston.com

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