Greyhounds grab a spot at No. 17; Kenwood debuts at No. 20


by Pat O’Malley

There was not much movement in the VSN Baseball Top 20 this week with only four ranked teams taking a hit in the State public school tournaments that got under way last week. Calvert Hall exited the Top 10 again falling from No. 6 to No. 11 and Loyola jumped in at No. 9 as a result of MIAA A Conference play. The top five teams remained pretty much the same and four of them are primed for expected head-to-head clashes in their respective situations while Gilman climbed back into the rankings and Kenwood makes its debut this week at No. 20. No. 18 Westminster suffered two losses and said goodbye.

Archbishop Curley (25-4) and John Carroll (19-4) remain one and two, respectively, as they jump into the MIAA A Conference Tournament this week after earning first round byes due to their records. If the No. 1 Friars and No. 2 Patriots win their A Conference games today (Mon. May 14) over No. 9 and defending champion Loyola (14-9) and No. 17 Gilman (13-12), respectively, the top two teams will do battle on Wednesday at Curley.

Curley and John Carroll split the season series.

Fourth-seeded Loyola dropped fifth-seeded Spalding (15-13) from No. 15 to No. 18 with a 4-2 victory over the Cavaliers in the A Conference first round of the double elimination and into an elimination game today at Calvert Hall (17-9). The latter Cardinals were upset by Gilman (13-12) and slipped to No. 11 while the Greyhounds, who have won five of their last 7 games broke back in at No. 17.

Arundel (18-4) and Severna Park (18-3) traded places at Nos. 3 and 4 and both teams won their first game in the Class 4A East Section 1 and will meet for a fourth time tomorrow (May 15) at Arundel in the Section final. Severna Park moved up to No. 3 by winning the Anne Arundel County Championship game at Joe Cannon Stadium by 12-9 over Arundel and then Saturday belted a county record 7 dingers to post a wild 13-12 victory in 8 innings to prevent a major upset by Old Mill (13-8) in the 4A East Section 1 semis.

The Wildcats bounced back from the county championship game loss to blank a very good No. 16 North County ( 14-7) team that had knocked off the Cats, 5-3 earlier in the season. Arundel will be looking to even the season series at 2-2 with the Falcons tomorrow in Part 4 of the War. It could be a classic.

Marriotts Ridge (16-3) held onto No. 5 after its Class 2A South Section 1 5-0 semifinal triumph over Oakland Mills. The Howard County champion Mustangs are a solid contender for the 2A Final Four and will put themselves one win away from a Region title with a home win over Glenelg tomorrow for the Section title.

Glenelg (12-10) upset No. 13 River Hill (13-7) in the semifinals of the 2A South by 11-3. The Hawks also lost 10-7 to 4A Eleanor Roosevelt (16-3) of Prince Georges County in their final regular season game before the Gladiators’ shocker and nearly fell out but but ended up in a tie at No. 20.

Westminster was No. 18 but lost 11-2 to then No. 9 Bel Air (14-2) and was upset by unranked Manchester Valley, 10-8 in the 3A West Section 1 semis on Saturday. Manchester is 8-9 overall and is seeded No. 3 in the West while the Owls of Carroll County were a No. 2 seed.

Moving in at No. 20 with River Hill, Kenwood’s Bluebirds posted two wins in the 3A North Section 1 and will put their 14-4 overall record on the line tomorrow at No. 8 Bel Air in the Section final. The Bluebirds who won their only state championship back in 1978 under coach Carroll Hess in Class AA which is now 4A, does not play a tough schedule in the Baltimore County Division II but has won 10 of their last 11 games.

Their last two wins by 4-3 over Edgewood and 8-7 over Aberdeen of the UCBAC were no pieces of cake and gained them a lot of creditability to earn their debut.

Finally, No. 10 Patterson Mill (16-5), one of the powers in the UCBAC, posted two wins in the Class 1A East Section 1 to advance to tomorrow’s section final at a loaded Colonel Richardson High School (18-2) that is the top seed. If the Huskies are able to get by that one, defending 1A State Champion and perennial contender St. Michael’s with 5 state titles under coach Brian Femi will likely be awaiting in the Region Final.

Patterson Mill was eliminated by St. Michael’s in last year’s State semis. The Huskies are in tough but coach Matt Roseland will have them ready to play and we have learned that nothing is guaranteed in this 2018 baseball season.

Editor’s Note: The VSN Baseball Top is compiled by veteran high school baseball writer and historian Pat O’Malley. He welcomes input from coaches on the poll. He can be reached at 410-647-2499 or patomalleysports@aol.com.

Here is the entire VSN Baseball Top 20 for week 7:

VSN BASEBALL TOP 20 POLL – WEEK 4

1. ARCHBISHOP CURLEY (25-4)

Last week’s rank: #1

Last week: lost to then No. 6 Calvert Hall, 9-4; bye as No. 1 seed MIAA A Conference Tournament

This week: vs. No. 9 Loyola, 2nd Round MIAA A Conference Tournament, 5-14

2. JOHN CARROLL SCHOOL (19-4)

Last week’s rank: #2

Last week: lost to then No. 15 Archbishop Spalding, 16-13; defeated Mount St. Joseph, 7-0; bye as No. 2 seed MIAA A Conference Tournament

This week: vs. No. 17 Gilman, 2nd Round MIAA A Conference Tournament Round, 5-14

3. SEVERNA PARK (18-3)

Last week’s rank: #4

Last week: defeated Arundel, 12-9 AA County Championship Game; defeated Old Mill, 13-12 (8) Class 4A East Section 1 semifinals

This week: at No. 4 Arundel Class 4A East Section 1 Final, 5-15

4. ARUNDEL (18-4)

Last week’s rank: #3

Last week: lost to then No. 4 Severna Park, 12-9 AA County Championship Game: defeated then No. 19 North County, 5-0 Class 4A East Section 1 semifinals

This week: vs. No. 3 Severna Park Class 4A East Section 1 Final, 5-15

5. MARRIOTTS RIDGE (16-3)

Last week’s rank: #5

Last week: defeated Oakland Mills, 5-0 Class 2A South Section 1 semifinals

This week: vs. Glenelg Class 2A East Section 1 Final, 5-15

6. HOWARD (16-5)

Last week’s rank: #7

Last week: defeated then No. 20 Catonsville, 4-1 Class 4A North Section 1 semifinals

This week: at No. 7 Dulaney Class 4A North Section 1 Final, 5-15

7. DULANEY (17-2)

Last week’s rank: #8

Last week: defeated C. Milton Wright, 7-1; defeated Fallston, 15-6; defeated Perry Hall, 15-2 Class 4A North Section 1 semifinals

This week: vs. No. 6 Howard Class 4A North Section 1 Final, 5-15

8. BEL AIR (14-2)

Last week’s rank: #9

Last week: defeated then No. 18 Westminster, 11-2; defeated C. Milton Wright Class 4A North Section 1 semifinals

This week: vs. Kenwood Class 3A North Section 1 Final, 5-15

9. LOYOLA BLAKEFIELD (14-9)

Last week’s rank: #11

Last week: defeated St. Mary’s, 4-1; defeated then No. 15 Archbishop Spalding, 4-2 1st Round MIAA A Conference Tournament

This week: at No. 1 Seed Archbishop Curley, 2nd Round MIAA A Conference Tournament, 5-14

10. PATTERSON MILL (16-5)

Last week’s rank: #10

Last week: defeated Francis Scott Key, 9-0; defeated Joppatowne, 8-1 and Bohemia Manor, 3-2 Class 1A East Section 1 1st Round and semifinals

This week: at Colonel Richardson Class 1A East Section 1 Final, 5-15

11. CALVERT HALL COLLEGE (17-9)

Last week’s rank: #6

Last week: defeated No. 1 Archbishop Curley, 9-4; lost to then NR Gilman, 4-3 1st Round MIAA A Conference Tournament

This week: vs. No. 18 Archbishop Spalding, Elimination game MIAA A Conference Tournament, 5-14

12. RESERVOIR (16-4)

Last week’s rank: #12

Last week: defeated Oakland Mills, 3-2; defeated Pallotti, 11-6; defeated Centennial, 10-0 Class 3A East Section 1 semifinals

This week: vs. No. 15 Mount Hebron Class 3A East Section 1 Final, 5-15

13. CENTURY (15-2)

Last week’s rank: #14

Last week: defeated Franklin, 11-1; defeated Oakdale, 17-1 Class 2A West Section 1 semifinals

This week: vs. Winters Mill Class 2A West Section 1 Final, 5-15

14. CHESAPEAKE-ANNE ARUNDEL (11-6)

Last week’s rank: #16

Last week: defeated Northeast, 8-5 Class 3A East Section 1 semifinals

This week: at Stephen Decatur Class 3A East Section 1 Final, 5-15

15. MOUNT HEBRON (1205)

Last week’s rank: #17

Last week: defeated Atholton, 7-6 Class 3A East Section 1 semifinals

This week: at No. 12 Reservoir Class 3A East Section 1 Final, 5-15

16. NORTH COUNTY (14-7)

Last week’s rank: #19

Last week: defeated Glen Burnie, 12-2 and lost to then No. 3 Arundel, 5-0 Class 4A East Section 1 1st round and semifinals

This week: Season complete

17. GILMAN SCHOOL (13-12)

Last week’s rank: Not ranked

Last week: defeated McDonogh, 11-0; defeated then No. 6 Calvert Hall, 4-3 1st round MIAA A Conference Tournament

This week: at No. 2 John Carroll, 2nd Round MIAA A Conference Tournament, 5-14

18. ARCHBISHOP SPALDING (15-13)

Last week’s rank: #15

Last week: defeated No. 2 John Carroll, 16-13; defeated St. Paul’s, 13-4; lost to then No. 11 Loyola, 4-2 1st round MIAA A Conference Tournament

This week: at No. 11 Calvert Hall, Elimination game MIAA A Conference Tournament,
5-14

19. CATONSVILLE (12-6)

Last week’s rank: #19

Last week: lost to then No. 7 Howard, 4-1 Class 4A North Section 1 semifinals

This week: Season complete

 

20t. KENWOOD BLUEBIRDS (14-4)

Last week’s rank: Not ranked

Last week: defeated Aberdeen, 8-7 and Edgewood, 4-3 Class 3A North Section 1 1st round and semifinals

This week: at No. 8 Bel Air Class 3A North Section 1 Final, 5-15

20t. RIVER HILL (13-7)

Last week’s rank: #13

Last week: lost to Eleanor Roosevelt, 10-7; lost to Glenelg, 11-3 Class 2A South Section 1 semifinals

This week: Season complete