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Globe Top 20

Perfect fits atop the final rankings

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Globe Correspondents / June 22, 2008

Who's No. 1? How can you argue with two teams that ran the table, finishing as undefeated state champions?

Plymouth North in baseball and Ashland in softball were easy selections to top the Globe's final Top 20 rankings of the spring.

Led by ace Joe Flynn (12-0), Plymouth North (26-0) ran away with the Atlantic Coast League and clinched the state's first perfect record in baseball in 10 years with a 1-0, 10-inning win against Auburn (the last team to go undefeated) in the Division 2 state final.

In Division 1, BC High caught fire late in the season and then survived one of the more challenging tournament runs to take the state title. If the Eagles' 11-inning, 7-6 walkoff win versus Walpole in the Division 1 South final wasn't the best game of the postseason, their 13-12 comeback victory over Malden Catholic in the EMass final was. For that, BC High finishes at No. 2.

And who could forget the stunning run by Westwood in Division 3? The Wolverines, who were 12-8 entering tournament play, took down favorites Tyngsboro and Norton en route to winning the state championship. That was good for a No. 6 final ranking.

It was a huge year for EMass baseball, a season that saw four local aces get drafted, led by Acton-Boxboro's Scott Weismann (Tigers, 18th round) and Scituate's Blaine O'Brien (Phillies, 34th round).

Softball
Lexington and Ashland stood out from the rest, taking their league titles and then surviving close games to capture the Division 1 and 2 state crowns.

But in the end, the nod for No. 1 goes to Ashland for its unprecedented 28-0 season. The offense came through time and time again, and that, combined with the dominance of pitcher Nicole D'Argento, made the Clockers unstoppable.

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