Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Updated MIAA Top 25 baseball poll
By Brendan C. Hall
We updated our statewide MIAA Top 25 baseball poll following Monday's slate of games. To view it, CLICK HERE.
The next poll update will be on Monday, May 12.
A few notes and observations about this week's poll:
Trojans still on top: To no surprise, Bridgewater-Raynham remains the No. 1 team in the land, a spot it has held since the end of last season when they won the Division 1 state championship. With the MIAA sending out its initial letters of consideration for the Super 8 tournament last week, many have the Trojans pegged as the top seed for the tournament.
Elsewhere up top, St. John's Prep moves up two spots, leapfrogging Newton North, after a fantastic week that ended with a walk-off victory over rival St. John's of Shrewsbury. North gets kicked down one spot to No. 3, while SJS comes in at No. 4 and Braintree is at No. 5, its first appearance in the top five in three weeks.
Out of the tank, into the poll: Following its impressive upset victory over Peabody last week, Gloucester makes a big splash in the latest poll, debuting at No. 12. The Fishermen, off to a surprisingly hot start at 11-1, were one of seven teams from the Division 2 ranks to receive a letter of consideration for Super 8.
Also making its season debut this week is No. 19 Acton-Boxborough, which upset Dual County League archrival Lincoln-Sudbury late last week.
As always, here is how the poll breaks down this week by league affiliation:
Catholic Conference - 4
Bay State - 2
Central Mass. Conference - 2
Dual County - 2
Mid-Wach A - 2
Northeastern - 2
Valley League - 2
Cape Ann - 1
Cape & Islands - 1
Hockomock - 1
Merrimack Valley - 1
Old Colony - 1
Patriot - 1
South Shore - 1
Tri-Valley - 1
Valley Wheel - 1