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Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Walpole, SJS, move into Top 5 in baseball poll

By Brendan Hall

We updated our statewide MIAA Top 25 baseball poll last night, following yesterday's slate of games. Most significant among the moves in the poll is that of St. John's (Shrewsbury) and Walpole, which both moved into the top five following strong weeks.

St. John's comes in at No. 3 this week after knocking off St. John's Prep on Friday, and following up with a win yesterday over rival St. Peter-Marian. Walpole, off to a 6-0 start, comes in at No. 4 and is in the top five for the first time in poll history. BC High retains the top spot for the third week in a row. Lowell (2) and Xaverian (5) round out the top five.

New to the poll this week are Amherst (21), Marshfield (22), North Andover (24) and Oliver Ames (25). Malden Catholic, Westfield, Wellesley and Nashoba all dropped out.

Here's a breakdown of this week's poll by league affiliation:

Catholic Conference - 3
Dual County - 3
Atlantic Coast - 2
Hockomock - 2
Merrimack Valley - 2
Middlesex - 2
Valley League - 2
Valley Wheel - 2
Bay State - 1
Cape Ann - 1
Central Mass. Conference - 1
Inter-High - 1
Mid-Wach A - 1
Old Colony - 1
South Coast - 1