(Records reflected as of May 19)
1. BC High (14-4; Last Week – 1) The Eagles suffered their worst loss of the season when Newton North stunned them 9-2 last Saturday. Yet they sandwiched that defeat with wins over top five teams in St. John’s Prep, St. John’s (Shrewsbury) and Lincoln-Sudbury to assert their status as the top team in the land.
2. St. John’s (Shrewsbury) (13-3; Last Week – 2) After edging St. John’s Prep and Algonquin earlier this week, the Pioneers lost their momentum in the form of a 4-1 loss to rival St. Peter-Marian.
3. Xaverian (11-5; Last Week – 3) The Hawks were idle this week, but will finish their regular season schedule with a stretch of tough road games at Peabody, Silver Lake and Norwood.
4. St. John’s Prep (11-5; Last Week – 4) A close 5-4 loss at home to St. John’s (Shrewsbury) might hurt the Eagles in terms of earning a top seed in the Super 8, but it also proves that they can compete with the state’s elite teams.
5. North Andover (14-1; Last week - 9) Snatching victory from the jaws of defeat not once, but twice during an extra innings win at Billerica on Wednesday demonstrates the mental fortitude of this Scarlet Knights team.
6. Pope Francis (14-2; Last week - 7) The Cardinals took down two of the better teams in Western Mass. with an 8-6 win at Minnechaug and a 7-0 victory over Longmeadow to bolster their resume.
7. Silver Lake (15-3; Last Week – 6) For the second time this year, a Plymouth North pitcher stymied Silver Lake, as senior Colin Nicklas tossed a no-hitter to halt the Lakers six-game winning streak.
8. Lincoln-Sudbury (13-3; Last Week – 5) The Warriors took out their frustrations after a windy, messy loss at BC High with a 13-0 drubbing of Framingham. However, with few elite opponents left on the schedule, they’ll have to hope that other Super 8 hopefuls falter down the stretch.
9. Billerica (13-4; Last Week – 8) The Indians could not get past Lawrence with their entire senior class suspended last Friday, and lost a heartbreaker to North Andover on Wednesday, but they’ll get a chance to avenge that defeat when they face the Scarlet Knights next Monday.
10. Wakefield (15-2; Last Week – 17) Corey Imbriano tossed a no-hitter to down Melrose and the Warriors bats came alive during a 10-4 win at Burlington to extend their winning streak to 12 games. They have a real shot at the Super 8 if they can get past Beverly and Austin Prep next week.
11. Plymouth North (15-4; Last Week – 10) Perhaps the Eagles are just a big-game team. After dropping back-to-back contests against Hingham and Duxbury, they dug deep to upset rival Silver Lake on Thursday.
12. St. Peter-Marian (11-5; Last Week – 12) Similarly to Plymouth North, St. Peter-Marian dropped a puzzling game to Franklin, but rebounded with a huge 4-1 win over St. John’s (Shrewsbury) to avenge their loss to the Pioneers earlier this month.
13. Newton North (12-4; Last Week – NR) The Tigers spring back into the polls after winning six straight, including an impressive 9-2 trouncing of top-ranked BC High. A home game against St. John’s Prep on Friday provides an opportunity to really grab the attention of the Super 8 committee.
14. West Springfield (12-4; Last Week – 11) Hunter Salem out-dueled Nick Dombkowski as the Terriers fell to Northampton 2-1 this week, but they bounced right back with a big offensive performance against Chicopee.
15. Beverly (11-3; Last Week – NR) Clearly, we’ve slept on the Panthers, who have won eight straight while dispatching fellow NEC powers Danvers, Swampscott and Lynn Classical in the process. A huge test at Wakefield loom this Monday.
16. Danvers (14-2; Last Week – 22) Falcons extended their winning streak to seven games with a huge 3-1 win over Peabody on Wednesday night. A May 27 date against Beverly could be a winner-take-all situation for the NEC crown.
17. Braintree (11-5; Last Week – NR) The Wamps seem to be righting the ship after a disastrous stretch in late April. It might be too late for the reigning Super 8 champs to defend their title, but they’ll be a dangerous out in the D1 State Tournament.
18. Malden Catholic (9-7; Last week - 19) Lancers have reached a lull in their schedule with just one game against Matignon last week. They’ll get back at it this week with big games against Arlington, Billerica and St. Peter-Marian on tap.
19. Walpole (10-6; Last Week – NR) By virtue of defeating both Dedham and Norwood in a single week, the Rebels hop over both struggling conference rivals. They’ll look to stay hot when they host Braintree on Monday night.
20. Lawrence (11-4; Last Week – NR) Since losing to North Andover on a rainy night in early May, the Lancers offense has come alive during a five-game winning streak that includes a victory over then No.8 Billerica.
21. Norwood (11-6; Last Week – 14) Mustangs were stunned during a 5-0 loss at Wellesley on Monday, as Sean Mellen gave up his first runs of the season.
22. Dedham (12-5; Last Week – 15) Yet another Bay State team that is struggling as the season winds down, the Marauaders dropped consecutive road games at Foxboro and Walpole this week.
23. Taconic (14-2; Last Week – 21) Braves dropped a 2-1 nail-biter to Minnechaug for their second loss of the year. Both defeats have come against D1 powers by just one run.
24. Austin Prep (13-2; Last Week – 20) A narrow 4-3 loss to a strong Division 1 program in Andover is nothing to be ashamed of for the Cougars, who will challenge themselves further with games against Central Catholic and Wakefield over the next week.
25. Northampton (12-4; Last Week – NR) The Blue Devils edged Holyoke 8-6 on Thursday to re-enter the poll. Proving they can win without Hunter Salem on the mound will be important come playoff time.
Last 10 out: Holyoke (12-4), Central Catholic (12-6), King Phillip (13-3), Bridgewater-Raynham (10-3), North Reading (15-1), Middleborough (11-4), Belmont (12-3), Swampscott (11-4), Taunton (12-3), Reading (12-3)