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Calvert Hall returns to No. 1 in latest VSN Baseball Top 20


Calvert Hall College is back atop the VSN Baseball Top 20 where it started this current season. While many thought that the Cardinals would have to regain the No. 1 position in the metro area by avenging their 7-2 home loss to the Archbishop Spalding Cavaliers on April 11, the time has come.

While Spalding has lost three games to unranked teams, the Cards have reeled off eight in a row and there is no doubt they are the area’s hottest team as they get ready to invade the No. 2 Cavs in Severn on Tuesday.

Calvert Hall has clinched the top seed in the upcoming MIAA A Conference double-elimination post season tournament with its 15-2 conference record to Spalding’s (13-4), has the most wins in the area (22-2) and has simply dominated over the last two weeks with only one close game, a 4-2 decision over Mount St. Joseph (11-14), in their 8-game winning streak. Meanwhile, three-time defending A Conference champion Spalding has lost to Loyola (9-10), St. Joe and McDonogh since winning at the Hall in Towson.

Anne Arundel County’s top two public school teams in Severna Park (18-2) and Chesapeake (15-2) retained the Nos. 3 and 4 rankings, respectively, and are likely to meet for a third time Tuesday night,  7 p.m. at Joe Cannon Stadium in Harmans for the league championship. Chesapeake needs to win at Broadndeck (11-8) on Monday to make it possible. If not a Chesapeake victory, No. 11 Arundel (14-5) would advance to the county championship game with a win at home over one-win Northeast (1-17).

Patterson Mill (17-2) and Reservoir (15-3) continued playing their musical chairs with the Nos. 5 and 6 spots in the poll with the former moving up to 5 by going 3-0 on the week, including a 6-3 victory over No. 13 Bel Air (12-6), to repeat as the UCBAC Chesapeake Division champion. Reservoir was 1-1 on the week losing to previously ranked (14-8) Glenelg by 8-6.

Dulaney (17-2), Baltimore County’s top team, extended its winning streak to 13 and remained ranked No. 7. Gilman (20-9) joined Calvert Hall and Spalding as a 20-game winner and moved up a notch with Marriotts Ridge (15-3) to 8 and 9 respectively while River Hill (13-5) slipped two places to 10 after suffering losses to unranked teams Atholton, 5-3 and Long Reach, 4-3 before salvaging their week with a 14-4 romp over Wilde Lake.

Arundel held onto No. 11 and Old Mill (13-6) to No. 14 while Howard (13-6) and Bel air traded places at 12 and 13, the result of the Bobcats losing to Patterson Mill. Century (14-3) zoomed from 17 to 15 with a 2-0 week including a 22-6 rout of No. 16 Westminster (11-6) to establish the former as Carroll County’s best.

C. Milton Wright (13-6) of Harford County and the  UCBAC slid up one spot to 17 after a 2-1 week while North East (15-2) of Cecil County replaced Bo Manor (14-3) in the Top 20 coming in at No. 18 as the Indians took a one-game lead over the latter in the UCBAC Susquehanna Division.

St. Mary’s (16-11) took a serious fall from 15 to 19 after losing 3 of 4 during the week making it six of their last 9 games along with their coach. The Saints are barely hanging on to a berth in the MIAA A Conference tourney and the VSN Top 20 with the most losses (11) of any ranked team.

Eastern Tech lost a pair of games to unranked teams, Hereford by 5-2 and Perry Hall by 4-1, to fall out from No. 19 with its 9-6 record, while Bo Manor slid out from No. 20.

MIAA B and C Conference leaders and post-season tournament favorites, Boys’ Latin (15-5) and St. John’s Catholic Prep (15-4) jumped In for the first time this spring tied for No. 20. The Lakers are perennial B Conference champs and contenders while St. John’s of Buckeystown (yes, there is such a place) stunned Mt. St. Joe of the A Conference, 9-6, this week and previously this season routed Gonzaga (13-11) of the Washington Catholic League.

Gonzaga is in fifth place at 10-6 in the 9-team D.C. area league and has always been one of its most competitive clubs.

Unranked Baltimore Polytechnic Institute (11-1) and City College (9-2), the first and second place teams in the Baltimore City Division I League regular season will play for the city championship on Tuesday at Johns Hopkins Univeristy. Poly is the defending champion under coach Corey Goodwin and has dealt City both of its losses by 6-3 and more recently on May 1 by 16-15.

Here is the complete Week 7 VSN Baseball Top 20:

RANK TEAM RECORD LAST GAME:
NEXT GAME
01 Calvert Hall 22-2 (2)
LAST GAME:
 
def. then No. 15 St. Marys, 7-2

NEXT GAME:
 
at No. 2 Archbishop Spalding, 5-9
02 Archbishop Spalding 20-5 (1)
LAST GAME:
 
def. Archbishop Curley, 6-1

NEXT GAME:
 
vs. No. 1 Calvert Hall, 5-9
03 Severna Park 18-2 (3)
LAST GAME:
 
def. North County, 8-5

NEXT GAME:
 
vs. TBD AA County Championship Game, 5-9
04 Chesapeake - AA 15-2 (4)
LAST GAME:
 
lost to No. 3 Severna Park, 3-2

NEXT GAME:
 
at Broadneck, 5-8
05 Patterson Mill 17-2 (6)
LAST GAME:
 
def. Havre de Grace, 5-3

NEXT GAME:
 
vs. Francis Scott Key, 5-8
06 Reservoir 15-3 (5)
LAST GAME:
 
lost to Glenelg, 8-6

NEXT GAME:
 
at Atholton, 5-8
07 Dulaney 17-2 (7)
LAST GAME:
 
def. Loch Raven, 17-7

NEXT GAME:
 
vs. John Carroll, 5-8
08 Gilman 20-9 (9)
LAST GAME:
 
def. C. Milton Wright, 10-2

NEXT GAME:
 
at Mount St. Joseph, 5-8
09 Marriotts Ridge 15-3 (10)
LAST GAME:
 
def. Oakland Mills, 8-2

NEXT GAME:
 
vs. Hammond 5-8
10 River Hill 13-5 (8)
LAST GAME:
 
def. Wilde Lake, 14-4

NEXT GAME:
 
at Centennial, 5-8
11 Arundel 14-5 (11)
LAST GAME:
 
def. Meade, 16-2

NEXT GAME:
 
vs. Northeast-AA, 5-8
12 Howard 13-6 (13)
LAST GAME:
 
def. Atholton, 7-4

NEXT GAME:
 
at Long Reach, 5-8
13 Bel Air 12-6 (12)
LAST GAME:
 
def. then No. 16 Westminster, 4-0

NEXT GAME:
 
vs. Perry Hall, 5-8
14 Old Mill 13-6 (14)
LAST GAME:
 
def. South River, 7-6

NEXT GAME:
 
TBA, 4A State Playoffs
15 Century 14-3 (17)
LAST GAME:
 
def. then No. 16 Westminster, 22-6

NEXT GAME:
 
vs. Smithsburg, 5-8
16 Westminster 11-6 (16)
LAST GAME:
 
lost to then No. 12 Bel Air, 4-0

NEXT GAME:
 
TBA, 4A State Playoffs
17 C. Milton Wright 13-6 (18)
LAST GAME:
 
def. Rising Sun, 11-0

NEXT GAME:
 
vs. Archbishop Curley, 5-8
18 North East - Cecil 15-2 (NR)
LAST GAME:
 
def. Edgewood, 16-1

NEXT GAME:
 
TBA, 2A State Playoffs
19 St. Mary's 16-11 (15)
LAST GAME:
 
lost to Loyola, 8-7

NEXT GAME:
 
at Winters Mill, 5-8
20t Boys' Latin 15-5 (NR)
LAST GAME:
 
def. Severn, 16-7

NEXT GAME:
 
vs. Glenelg Country, 5-8
20t St. John's Catholic Prep 15-4 (NR)
LAST GAME:
 
def. Mount St. Joseph, 9-6

NEXT GAME:
 
vs. Tuscarora, 5-8

Last Updated (Monday, 08 May 2017 15:22)