Xaverian, the 2012 Division 1 tournament champions, start the season as the No. 1 team in the Globe baseball Top 20. Given that so few games have been played just yet, these rankings are largely based on last year’s tournament results and the final Globe top 20 rankings from last season.
North Reading comes in at the No. 4 spot after an impressive championship run in the Division 2 tournament last year. Hornets head coach Frank Carey is looking for similar results this season and hoping the team’s pitching will be a big part of that.
“Our first two pitchers combined for 21 of our 22 wins last year. Ryley Warnock is committed to the University of Rhode Island and Ryan McCaughliffe throws around 85 miles per hour,” said Carey.
Others like No. 17 BC High is closer to the No. 20 spot than No. 4 but are hoping to move up the rankings sooner rather than later.
The Eagles and head coach Norm Walsh will have to accomplish this task winning against tough teams like Xaverian and St. John’s Prep in the Catholic Conference.
“Every game turns on one or two plays [in the Catholic Conference]. We’re focusing on making defensive plays and not making mistakes that lead to free runs,” said Walsh.
The season has only just begun and there is plenty of baseball to be played as spring begins to grace the Commonwealth. This list should give fans a good idea of which teams to be on the lookout for in the earlygoings of the season.
See the full Globe baseball Top 20.
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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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