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Crusaders move up to #2 in Westchester county polls

Posted Monday, April 16, 2007 by Lohud.com

Top 10 for Week 2

April
16 It appears the unseasonably cold temps, crazy rain and strong winds will continue to wreak havoc on the baseball season. But now that our RNN NewsCenter Now countdown has concluded and the first complete week of baseball is behind us, we can move on in Top 10 Land like it?s sunny and 70.

Here?s hoping that with a clearer picture of the LoHud landscape comes a clearer weather forecast. You want to play and I don?t want to stand outside in the cold for three hours every afternoon between now and early June. So on to the Top 10?

1. Fox Lane (4-0) ? No question here. The Foxes have looked better than anyone out of the gate. They?ve outscored opponents 51-1, a stat that has been underscored by great pitching. (Last week: 1)

2. Stepinac (6-0) ? After winning the White Plains tournament, the Crusaders are faced with divisional games this week, including a test against visiting Fordham Prep on Friday. (Last week: 4)

3. Iona Prep (4-1) ? Pitching has been solid so far, with exception of Saturday?s loss to Somers (a team that nearly made this list). But the Gaels remain as formidable as anyone in the LoHud when Rob Ardino and/or Alex Adami are on the hill. (Last week: 2)

4. Hastings (3-1) ? The loss to Hugh Henry is nothing to be ashamed of. Other quality teams will be dealt the same fate. As long as the Yellow Jackets tighten up their game and their pitching stays healthy, that loss will prove to be a blip. (Last week: 3)

5. Fordham Prep (3-1) ? For a team unsure of its pitching, the Rams arms have been impressive so far, allowing just 2.5 runs per game. (Last week: 8 )

6. Mahopac (6-1-1) ? The Indians have been impressive since tying John Jay on opening day. Their pitching depth will be a major plus during League I-C play. (Last week: NR)

7. Mamaroneck (5-3) ? Their athleticism and offensive depth is impressive for a team that graduated its top two hitters from a year ago. Ultimately, the young pitching will decide the Tigers fate. (Last week: NR)

8. Yorktown (2-2-1) ? The Cornhuskers were very impressive in 11-0 victory over Carmel on Saturday. They have a favorable schedule over the next few weeks, so expect them to make a run beginning now. (Last week: 9)

9. Eastchester (5-1) ? The Eagles have matured a great deal since ?06. They earned a spot on this list after piling up 33 runs in two games at the Mount Vernon tournament. (Last week: NR)

10. Briarcliff (6-0) ? The Bears offense has scored 79 runs already. They are scheduled for a good test today against Nanuet, but it is likely a washout. (Last week: NR)

Dropped from rankings: No. 5 North Rockland (2-4), No. 6 Pearl River (1-3), No. 7 Suffern (2-3), No. 10 Pleasantville (3-2).

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