Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Final N.Y. POWERADE baseball rankings
By By Brandon Parker
After games on Sunday, June 10
All preseason, the talk was about George Washington — and rightfully so. The Trojans were the reigning champs, boasted arguably the two best players in the state in Nelson Rodriguez and Fernelys Sanchez and had a strong pitching corps as well. But as the postseason came to a close this past weekend, it was Grand Street Campus that stood atop the Empire State baseball scene.
The Wolves rode the balanced play of Kevin Martir (run-scoring triple), Ernesto Lopez (solo homer) and Gerry Gonzalez (four-hitter, third playoff win) to a 2-1 victory against George Washington in the PSAL Class A final. The triumph gave the Wolves their first-ever state title and pushed them into the POWERADE FAB 50.
In Class AA play, another team came up just short of defending its crown as Kingston knocked off reigning champ Victor for its first state title.
Here are the final rankings (last week's rankings in parentheses):
1. Grand Street Campus (Brooklyn) 21-1 (1) Wolves capped impressive season by winning the PSAL Class A crown with a 2-1 victory against George Washington, their first in school history.
2. Poly Prep (Brooklyn) 20-4 (2) Won second straight NYSAISAA crown and have a shot at a third with Andrew Zapata and other two top pitchers returning.
3. George Washington (New York) 33-10-1 (3) Trojans couldn't knock red-hot Grand Street Campus in the PSAL Class A championship, losing 2-1.