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Monday, May 21, 2012
Lowell makes jump in Top 25 baseball poll

By Brendan Hall

We updated our statewide MIAA Top 25 Baseball Poll this morning, and while there are no changes to the top five, there are some movers and shakers.

St. John's of Shrewsbury retains the top spot for the second week in a row, while Walpole (2), Springfield Cathedral (3), Franklin (4) and Lincoln-Sudbury (5) remain in their same position from a week ago. But jumping back into the Top 10, at No. 6, is Lowell, following a thrilling 4-2 victory over BC High last Friday under the lights at Alumni Field.

Lowell held the No. 1 spot in ESPN Boston's poll four weeks ago, but dropped all the way to No. 13 following losses to Chelmsford and Andover. Auburn (16, from 23) and Milford (9, from 15) are the other big movers this week.

Elsewhere, Northbridge makes its return to the poll this week at No. 23, while Taunton makes its season debut at No. 24.

To view the complete poll, CLICK HERE.

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

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

As always, let us know how we're doing in the comments section below, or by emailing Brendan Hall at bhall@espnboston.com