The Lincoln-Sudbury Warriors (24-4) ended the baseball season right where they started – at the No. 1 spot in the Globe baseball Top 20.
After being ranked the preseason No. 1 team in Eastern Mass., the Warriors lost two of their first three games. But pitcher Adam Ravenelle helped L-S turn it around and guided them to their third Division 1 state championship in seven years.
At No. 2 was Plymouth North (23-2), who won its second Division 2 state championship in the last four years.
Falling at No. 3 was Franklin (15-9) who was this year's cinderella and ran all the way to the Eastern. Mass finals, falling to Lincoln-Sudbury.
Acton-Boxboro (18-6), who fell to Lincoln-Sudbury in the North finals and St. John's Prep (15-6), who fell to LS in the quarterfinals, rounded out the top five.
The biggest slide from the regular season was Lexington, who entered the tournament at 20-0. But the Minutemen were one-and-done after they fell to Acton-Boxboro in the second round and ended the season at No. 10.
Newburyport (22-5) cracked into the Top 20 for the first time all season, after 40-year coach and 616 game winner Bill Pettingell led the Clippers to its first Division 3 state championship in his time with the team.
Somerset (17-5), who lost to Plymouth North in the Division 2 South finals, also cracked the top 20 for the first time all season at the No. 15 spot.
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- Andrew MacDougall | @Andy_MacDougall | Boys hockey
- Liz Torres | @etorres446 | Girls hockey
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