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Cavaliers roll off a 5-0 week with wins over three ranked foes; Curley and Glenelg debut; Bel Air falls out


Archbishop Spalding reeled off an impressive 5-0 week to imrove to 15-2 and regain the No. 1 spot it held in the VSN Baseball Top 20 the entire 2016 season in which the Cavaliers went 27-5 to cop its third consecutive MIAA A Conference championship. Among the five wins, the Cavaliers dealt then No. 1 Calvert Hall a 7-2 defeat to move from No. 2 to its very familiar top of the poll after starting this season at No. 4 due to a heavy graduation loss.

Calvert Hall has been No. 1 since the start of 2017, but by losing the showdown with Spalding slid to No. 2. The Cardinals (14-2) will get another shot at the Cavaliers on May 9 in Severn.

The Cavaliers, who also knocked off D.C. area power DeMatha Catholic (13-5, runner-up in the Washington Catholic League at 8-2 to 9-0 St. John’s from the District), 6-2 and Nos. 3 and 17 in Bel Air and C. Milton Wright, 16-0 and 17-8 respectively, in its big week, were one of 14 teams to improve its standing in quite a shuffle in the Top 20. Two schools jumped four places in Dulaney  from No. 16 to 12 and Westminster from No. 20 to 16 while Patterson Mill and Howard gained three places each with the former Huskies going from 10th to No. 7 and the latter Lions from No. 11 to 8th.

During the shakeup, two once prominent teams in then No. 3 Bel Air and No. 13 Towson tumbled out of the Top 20. The Bobcats suffered an 0-4 week to fall to 4-5 overall with losses to Spalding by 16-0, Patterson Mill, 3-2 and newcomer Archbishop Curley, 16-6 and by 7-3 to John Carroll, a team that is 6-5 overall with a couple of quality wins and one of 35 metro area teams considered for a spot in this week’s rankings.

Curley had a huge week going 4-1 to climb to .500 at 8-8 overall to move into the rankings at No. 19. The Friars of coach Brooks Norris started the season at 2-5 but have won six of their last nine games to return to its perennial Top 20 status.

With Curley and No. 20 Glenelg (7-4) climbing in for the first time this season, Towson also dropped out with Bel Air. The Generals were humbled by No. 8 Howard, 19-3, and lost to Glenelg, 6-2, to dip to 5-4 overall. No. 12 Dulaney (9-2) has replaced Towson as the top Baltimore County team with a recent non-conference wins over MIAA A Conference clubs No. 5 Gilman, by 5-4, and Loyola, 8-3, while routing MIAA B Conference contender Boys’ Latin (9-5), 17-5.

Lansdowne and Sparrows Point, which will play on Tuesday at Sparrows Point, are a pair of 7-0 teams from Baltimore County's Division II league and North East (11-2), Bohemia Manor (7-2), Glen Burnie (8-2), South River (7-4), Arundel (6-4-1) and Loyola Blakefield (6-7) are teams to keep an eye on.

Here is the complete Week 4 VSN Baseball Top 20:

RANK TEAM RECORD LAST GAME:
NEXT GAME
01 Archbishop Spalding 15-2 (2)
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def. then No. 3 Bel Air, 16-0

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at Loyola, 4-17
02 Calvert Hall 14-2 (1)
LAST GAME:
 
lost to then No. 2 Archbishop Spalding, 7-2

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at No. 5 Gilman, 4-17
03 Severna Park 10-1 (3)
LAST GAME:
 
def. Huntingtown, 3-0

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at Broadneck, 4-18
04 Chesapeake - AA 8-1 (5)
LAST GAME:
 
def. then No. 18 Eastern Tech, 6-1

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vs. Glen Burnie, 4-18
05 Gilman School 14-6 (6)
LAST GAME:
 
def. Riverdale Baptist, 3-0

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vs. No. 2 Calvert Hall, 4-17
06 River Hill 9-1 (7)
LAST GAME:
 
def. Blake, 10-0

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vs. Oakland Mills, 4-18
07 Patterson Mill 10-1 (10)
LAST GAME:
 
def. Harford Tech, 13-2

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at Aberdeen, 4-18
08 Howard 8-3 (11)
LAST GAME:
 
def. then No. 19 Towson, 19-3

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at No. 14 Marriotts Ridge, 4-18
09 St. Mary's 12-5 (8)
LAST GAME:
 
lost to Guilford (NC), 10-2

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at Mount St. Joseph, 4-17
10 Reservoir 9-1 (12)
LAST GAME:
 
def. Gaithersburg, 13-9

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at Mount Hebron, 4-18
11 Old Mill 8-3 (9)
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lost to Archbishop Curley, 8-5

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vs. Northeast-AA, 4-18
12 Dulaney 8-2 (16)
LAST GAME:
 
def. Boys Latin, 17-5, and Poly, 5-2, at Poly Tournament

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vs. Perry Hall, 4-18
13 Catonsville 6-2 (14)
LAST GAME:
 
def. Park, 5-4

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at Towson, 4-18
14 Marriotts Ridge 7-3 (15)
LAST GAME:
 
def. Arundel, 1-0

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vs. Howard, 4-18
15 C. Milton Wright 10-3 (17)
LAST GAME:
 
def. John Carroll, 12-9

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at Elkton, 4-19
16 Westminster 3-2 (20)
LAST GAME:
 
def. Francis Scott Key, 11-0

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at South Carroll, 4-19
17 Fallston 8-2 (19)
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def. Annapolis Area Christian, 11-0

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vs. No. 7 Patterson Milll, 4-19
18 Century 8-2 (20)
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def. Manchester Valley, 8-3

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at Francis Scott Key, 4-18
19 Archbishop Curley 8-8 (NR)
LAST GAME:
 
def. then No. 9 Old Mill, 8-5

NEXT GAME:
 
vs. St. Pauls, 4-17
20t Eastern Tech 7-3 (18)
LAST GAME:
 
lost to No. 5 Chesapeake-AA, 6-1

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at Loch Raven, 4-18
20t
Glenelg 7-4 (NR)
LAST GAME:
 
lost to then No. 11 Howard, 3-2

NEXT GAME:
 
vs. Centennial, 4-18

Last Updated (Monday, 17 April 2017 12:57)

 
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