Looking at this week's new Globe Top 20 baseball, here are a few footnotes:
- A lot of new teams enter the rankings, meaning a lot drop out. Reading was the toughest exclusion, as it did not technically lose three in a row (a suspended game that started weeks ago was completed.) We wouldn't be surprised to see the Rockets eek their way back in next week. Same goes for an Abington squad that beat Norwell and lost to two nine-win teams.
- The Dual County League Large is loaded with talented teams. Acton-Boxboro and Westford, who meet up this week, edge Newton South and break into the Top 20.
- On one hand, Lincoln-Sudbury has no business being ranked first after losing twice since last week's rankings. On the other hand, L-S wasn't exactly taken to the woodshed by the 1962 Mets (the losses were by a combined two runs to Westford and Arlington.) We'll settle in the middle and drop them down to second. Sorry newly-crowned Catholic Conference winners Catholic Memorial.
- The No. 4 and No. 5 teams (Oliver Ames and Masconomet, respectively) are a combined 29-0. We've heard a couple of cries about the talent level, but its hard to argue with results.
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