In high school baseball, there is no checks and balances system. Team A beating Team B but losing to Team C (which Team B already beat) is a common occurrence. And that doesn't even bring up Teams D, E, F, and G. The baseball Top 20 is a ranking system that will be different 10 times if done by 10 different people.
That being said, feel free to leave your own versions, observations, and gripes in the comments section below.
Here are some of the methods behind the madness:
- Lincoln-Sudbury held on to the No. 1 spot, surviving a fierce charge from No. 2 Lawrence and ace Mike Calzetta. Both teams are absolutely sizzling at this point in the season.
- The toughness of Catholic Conference baseball (wooden bats and all) cannot be overlooked. That is why league-leader Xaverian finds itself at No. 5 despite five losses, and defending Division 1 champion BC High sits at 18 with a 7-6 record.
- Northeastern Conference rivals Beverly and Peabody dive into the middle of the Top 20, an inclusion admittedly overdue.
- OK, OK, we get it. Natick deserves to be in the Top 20. And here it is. We welcome all complaints from the Georgetowns and Duxburys of the world, but the downfall of the Top 20 is in the name. Only 20. See ya next week.
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- Bob Holmes: A Reading resident (Go Rockets!) and Boston College graduate, Holmes is the Boston Globe High School Sports Editor. We remind you now that his weekly picks are often made in jest so everyone just calm down when he picks against Everett for 11 straight weeks. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeHolmes.
- Craig Larson: A native of West Springfield (Leo Durocher anyone? Tim Daggett?) and Curry College graduate (a proud Colonel!), Larson is the sports editor for the Globe's regional sections: South, West and North, as well as a frequent contributor on the college beat. Abington to Xaverian: it all starts with the schools. Have a compelling story idea? Contact him at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeLars.
- Zuri Berry: Berry attended the same high school as sports legends O.J. Simpson and Joe DiMaggio. (Guess which one is his hero.) He's a South Boston resident (formerly of Eastie) and the editor of the High School Sports blog as well as the go-to-guy for everything high school sports on Boston.com. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @GlobeSchools for all of the latest updates.
Then there are our fall correspondents:
- Anthony Gulizia | @gulizia_a | Div. 1 football
- Eric Russo | @erusso22 | Div. 2 football
- Stephen Sellner | @stephen_sellner | Div. 3 football
- Andrew MacDougall | @Andy_MacDougall | Div. 4 football
- Greg Joyce | @GJoyce9 | Div. 5 football
- Lorenzo Recupero | @LorenzoRecupero | Div. 6 football
- Liz Torres | @etorres446 | Girls volleyball
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