We updated our statewide MIAA Top 25 baseball poll this morning. To view it, CLICK HERE.
The next poll update will be on Sunday, April 20.
A few notes and observations about this week's poll:
B-R remains No. 1: After an opening week of the season that included victories over Marshfield, New Bedford and Lincoln-Sudbury, Bridgewater-Raynham remains the top team in the land. The Trojans have gotten great work out of the starting rotation with its 1-2 punch of junior righthanders Jack Connolly (Notre Dame) and Andrew Noviello (Maine). Meanwhile, Virginia Tech commit Joe Freiday has been on a tear, with two home runs in the first four games.
Plymouth North and St. John's of Shrewsbury exchange spots, with North jumping up to the Pioneers' No. 2 spot following a 4-1 start and St. John's falling three spots to No. 5. Braintree (3) and BC High (4) round out the top five.
Plenty of movement in the poll: To give you an idea of how much parity there is this season in Massachusetts, look no further than the amount of debuts this week in the poll. Catholic Memorial debuts at No. 12 following wins over Malden Catholic and previously-ranked Lowell, followed by St. Peter-Marian, debuting at No. 14 following upsets of St. John's (Shrewsbury) and Malden Catholic. MC comes in at 15 by virtue of its 6-5 walkoff upset of BC High, followed by Andover (16), Middleborough (17), Nauset (18), Chelmsford (20) and Wellesley (23).
The biggest jump up this week is Peabody, which moves 13 spots up to No. 10 following its season-opening upset of rival St. John's Prep. Meanwhile Newton North (8, from 15) and Agawam (15, from 23) both move up seven spots in the poll.
As always, here is how the poll breaks down by league affiliation:
Catholic Conference - 5
Bay State - 3
Merrimack Valley - 3
Valley League - 3
Atlantic Coast - 2
Central Mass. Conference - 2
Patriot - 2
Dual County - 1
Northeastern - 1
Old Colony - 1
Southern Worcester County - 1