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CHSAA Baseball Rankings

Posted Monday, April 11, 2011 by NY Post

CHSAA baseball rankings

Top three stay the same, St. Ray's moves into fourth

Last Updated: 1:01 AM, April 11, 2011

Posted: 12:25 AM, April 11, 2011

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One season is in the books and already there are major changes to The Post’s CHSAA baseball rankings. The top three – St. Joseph by the Sea, Xaverian and Xavier – remain the same and No. 6 Moore Catholic and No. 7 Archbishop Stepinac don't move. But we’ve got three new teams in the bottom of our rankings.

Who are they? Find out below.

1. St. Joseph by the Sea (2-0) (Last week: 1)

The defending Class AA intersectional champions are using the same formula that proved successful in June – stellar starting pitching and timely hitting. Anthony DeMonte tossed a complete-game one-hitter in a season-opening 5-0 win against Moore and Anthony Battaglia followed suit, allowing just two hits through six innings of a 7-1 win against Cardinal Hayes.

Xavier coach Rich Duffell likes what he's seen from his club after the opening week.
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Xavier coach Rich Duffell likes what he's seen from his club after the opening week.
 

Next: No. 8 Monsignor Farrell (April 13, 4 p.m.)

2. Xaverian (2-0) (2)

The Clippers cruised to a pair of blowout wins against St. Edmund Prep to open the season. Led by Pittsburgh-bound, switch-hitting catcher Elvin Soto, Xaverian is the heavy favorite to win not only the Brooklyn/Queens Diocesan division title but also go deep into June. Anything short of the Class AA intersectional title is a disappointment.

Next: Christ the King (April 11, 4 p.m.)

3. Xavier (2-0) (3)

Maybe coach Rich Duffell needs to get the Xavier school play extended a few more weeks. His team was displaced from the gym and its batting cages because of the production, but so far that mattered little as the Knights pounded out nine hits in a season-opening 6-2 win against Fordham Prep and then beat Stepinac 5-2 on the road.

Next: No. 4 St. Raymond (April 12, 4 p.m.)

4. St. Raymond (2-0) (5)

The Marc DeLuca era is off to a flying start at St. Raymond as the Ravens defeated Cardinal Spellman, 3-2, and Mount St. Michael, DeLuca’s alma mater, 5-2, on Saturday. A solid start, for sure, but the Ravens take a step up in terms of competition this week, heading to Red Hook to meet No. 3 Xavier.

Next: @ No. 3 Xavier (April 12, 4 p.m.)

5. Fordham Prep (1-1) (4)

The Rams had Xavier ace Nick DiLeo on the ropes in the first inning, loading the bases with no outs, but they let the lefty off the hook. Fordham Prep managed just one run and it proved costly in a 6-2 loss Wednesday at home. Pat Deane’s squad, though, bounced back well, beating Regis, 7-1, with Jimmy McCormack tossing a one-hit gem.

Next: All Hallows (April 11, 4 p.m.)

6. Moore Catholic (1-1) (6)

Nick Doscher doesn’t know what it is, but his team’s struggles at the plate continue. It’s a repeat of last year, but the Mavericks coach isn’t about to sacrifice a live chicken. That’s because he’s received stellar pitching performances from Anthony Lobello and Matt Kostalos in a 3-1 win against Salesian Saturday after John Baggs, who gave up two earned runs on five hits in five innings, was the hard-luck loser against Sea.

Next: St. Peter’s (April 13, 4 p.m.)

7. Archbishop Stepinac (2-1) (7)

While the pitching has been somewhat suspect early, Archbishop Stepinac is certainly swinging the bats well. The Crusaders opened the season with an 11-2 win against All Hallows and, after a 5-2 loss to Xavier, raced out to an 8-0 lead before hanging on to beat All Hallows, 10-8.

Next: Mount St. Michael (April 11, 4 p.m.)

8. Monsignor Farrell (2-0) (NR)

Bob Mulligan wasn’t sure what to expect from his relatively inexperienced team. Surely, the Lions coach is pleasantly surprised following the opening week. Farrell opened the season with a 3-1 win against Regis as Nick Thorgersen tossed a complete-game, five-hitter. That was followed by a 14-3 rout of Staten Island rival St. Peter’s on Saturday.

Next: @ No. 1 St. Joseph by the Sea (April 13, 4 p.m.)

9. St. Francis Prep (2-0) (NR)

Chris Cannon is making up for lost time. The Navy-bound catcher missed all of last season following arm surgery, but he’s opened the season on a tear. Cannon blasted a pair of home runs and drove in five runs in a season-opening win at Monsignor McClancy and then went 2-for-2 with another dinger in a 9-0 rout of rival Holy Cross Friday.

Next: Monsignor McClancy (April 11, 4 p.m.)

10. Archbishop Molloy (2-0) (NR)

So far, so good for legendary coach Jack Curran and the Stanners. Molloy has played two games, both against Monsignor McClancy, and won both. Curran said he likes his infield and he has one of the better hitters in the league in Jonathan Ramon.

Next: @ Bishop Ford (April 11, 4 p.m.)

New: Monsignor Farrell (2-0), St. Francis Prep (2-0) and Archbishop Molloy (2-0)

Dropped out: Regis (0-2), Iona Prep (0-1) and All Hallows (1-1)

On the bubble: All Hallows (1-1), Bishop Ford (1-0), Mount St. Michael (1-1) and Salesian (1-1)


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