Liberty and Century debut; Spalding keeps tight grip at No. 1


by Pat O’Malley

Archbishop Spalding High continues to roll on the local high school baseball scene, going 3-1 last week to boost its area-best 17-3 record and remains No. 1 in the latest VSN Baseball Top 20.

The Cavaliers are still perfect in the MIAA A Conference at 8-0, two games up on the closest teams to them. No. 2 Calvert Hall College (14-5, 5-2) along with No. 8 Archbishop Curley (14-9, 6-2) are in third and second place respectively as post season looms.

Broadneck fell from the slim ranks of unbeaten teams in league play losing a pair of games last week in Anne Arundel County and falling from No. 2 to No. 4 where its arch-rival Severna Park dealt the Bruins one of the two losses by 10-7 on Friday. As a result, the two teams switched places in the VSN Top 20 and Calvert Hall slid up from 3 to No. 2 and River Hill of Howard County moved to No. 5 from No.6.

Curley fell from 5th to No. 8 as two Baltimore County teams in Hereford and Towson advanced to Nos. 6 and 7, respectively. Mount St. Joseph and Chesapeake -Anne Arundel round out the Top 10 at 9 and 10. Chesapeake-Anne Arundel moved up from 12th to No. 10 as the Class 3A Cougars quietly continue to keep pace with 4A teams, Severna Park and Broadneck in the county.

In the second 10, a pair of Carroll County teams in No. 17 Liberty and No. 20 Century have cracked the VSN Top 20 for the first time this season. No. 12 South Carroll remains the leader in Carroll.

Perennial Anne Arundel County contender, Arundel was barely clinging to the rankings at No. 20 last week at 6-4, but had a perfect 3-0 week including a surprising 12-2 romp over then-No. 2 Broadneck and humbled Glen Burnie, 17-3. Along with Severna Park’s 10-zip rout of the Gophers, Glen Burnie’s first time appearance in the Top 20 at No. 18 was short lived as it fell out.

Here’s the VSN Baseball Top 20 for week 5:


1. ARCHBISHOP SPALDING

Record: 17-3

Previous rank: 1

Last week: defeated District’s St. John’s Collete (6-1), Virginia’s Mansfield (3-0), and then-No. 13 John Carroll School, (5-1); lost to Delaware’s Caravel Academy (8-5)

This week: vs. St. Mary’s, April 26; vs. St. Mary’s, April 28; vs. No. 2 Calvert Hall College


2. CALVERT HALL COLLEGE

Record: 14-5

Previous rank: 3

Last week: defeated North Carolina’s Cardinal Gibbons (12-0), Florida’s Monsignor Pace (13-3) and Florida’s Belen Jesuit (14-3), and lost to Florida’s Chaminade Madona, 9-5 (South Florida Catholic Classic) 

This week: vs. St. Mary’s, April 26; vs. Loyola Blakefield, April 28; at No. 1 Archbishop Spalding, April 29; vs. Glouchester Catholic (DE), April 30 (doubleheader)


3. SEVERNA PARK

Record: 8-1

Previous rank: 4

Last week: defeated then-No. 18 Glen Burnie (10-0), North County (3-2), and then-No. 2 Broadneck (109-7)

This week: vs. St. Mary’s, April 26; vs. Loyola Blakefield, April 28; at No. 1 Archbishop Spalding, April 29; vs. Glouchester Catholic (DE), April 30 (doubleheader)


4. BROADNECK 

Record: 10-2

Previous rank: 2

Last week: defeated Annapolis (10-1); lost to then-No. 20 Arundel (12-2) and then-No. 4 Severna Park (10-7)

This week: vs. Old Mill, April 25; at Meade, April 27; vs. Southern, April 29


5. RIVER HILL

Record: 10-2

Previous rank: 6

Last week: defeated Howard, 7-0, and Centennial, 5-4

This week: at Hammond, April 25; vs. No. 16 Reservoir, April 26; vs. Oakland Mills, April 27; at Centennial, April 28


6. HEREFORD

Record: 11-1

Previous rank: 8

Last week: defeated McDonogh School (16-5), Catonsville (10-5), and Dundalk (11-1)

This week: at Eastern Tech, April 25; vs. Pikesville, April 27; at Franklin, April 29


7. TOWSON 

Record: 7-1

Previous rank: 9

Last week: defeated then-No. 10 Dulaney, 3-0, and Pikesville, 8-1

This week: vs. No. 11 Dulaney, April 25; vs. Dundalk, April 27; at Sparrows Point, April 29


8. ARCHBISHOP CURLEY

Record: 14-9

Previous rank: 5

Last week: lost to Gilman School (2-1) and Loyola Blakefield (5-2); defeated St. Paul’s School (9-0)

This week: vs. No. 9 Mount St. Joseph, April 26; vs. No. 18 John Carroll School, April 28; at Our Lady of Good Counsel, April 30


9. MOUNT ST. JOSEPH 

Record: 14-9

Previous rank: 7

Last week: lost to Loyola Blakefield, 7-3), and defeated St. Mary’s, 10-0

This week: at No. 8 Archbishop Curley, April 26; at Gilman School, April 28


10. CHESAPEAKE-ANNE ARUNDEL 

Record: 10-2

Previous rank: 12

Last week: defeated Crofton (8-3), Northeast (6-5), and South River (7-0)

This week: vs. St. Mary’s at Bestgate Park, April 25; at Annapolis, April 27; at No. 15 Arundel, April 29


11. DULANEY

Record: 8-4

Previous rank: 10

Last week: lost to then-No. 9 Towson, 3-0; and defeated Lansdowne, 12-3

This week: at No. 7 Towson, April 25; vs. Loch Raven, April 27; at Catonsville, April 29


12. SOUTH CARROLL 

Record: 8-2

Previous rank: 11

Last week: defeated Manchester Valley, 1-0

This week: at Winters Mill, April 25; vs. No. 17 Liberty, April 27; vs. No. 20 Century, April 29


13. NORTH EAST

Record: 14-0

Previous rank: 15

Last week: defeated No. 14 Fallston, 7-1, and Bel Air, 15-10

This week: at Patterson Mill, April 25; at No. 14 Fallston, April 28


14. FALLSTON

Record: 9-4

Previous rank: 14

Last week: lost to then-No. 15 North East (7-1); defeated C. Milton Wright (7-3), and lost to Patterson Mill, 10-0

This week: at Harford Tech, April 25; at North Harford, April 27; vs. No. 13 North East, April 28


15. ARUNDEL 

Record: 10-4

Previous rank: 20

Last week: defeated then-No. 18 Glen Burnie (17-3), then-No. 2 Broadneck (12-2), Annapolis (10-1) and South River (10-4)

This week: vs. Crofton, April 25; vs. Northeast, April 27; vs. No. 10 Chesapeake-Anne Arundel, April 29


16. RESERVOIR

Record: 7-3

Previous rank: 19

Last week: defeated Hammond, 3-1, and Howard, 9-1

This week: at No. 19 Marriotts Ridge, April 25; at No. 5 River Hill, April 26; vs. Howard, April 27; at Mount Hebron, April 29


17. LIBERTY

Record: 8-4

Previous rank: Not ranked

Last week: defeated Francis Scott Key, 13-3

This week: at No. 12 South Carroll, April 27; vs. Westminster, April 29


18. JOHN CARROLL SCHOOL 

Record: 8-6

Previous rank: 13

Last week: lost to St. Mary’s, 3-2, and No. 1 Archbishop Spalding, 5-1

This week: at Loyola Blakefield, April 26; at No. 8 Archbishop Curley, April 28


19. MARRIOTTS RIDGE

Record: 7-3

Previous rank: 17

Last week: lost to Wilde Lake (8-3); defeated Long Reach (5-1), and lost to Hammond (8-5)

This week: vs. No. 16 Reservoir, April 25; vs. Mount Hebron, April 26; vs. Atholton, April 27


20. GLENELG

Record: 9-5

Previous rank: 16

Last week: defeated Hammond (5-3); lost to Long Reach (4-3) and defeated Mount Hebron (11-1)

This week: at Oakland Mills, April 25; vs. Centennial, April 27; at No. 19 Marriotts Ridge, April 29


20. CENTURY

Record: 10-4

Previous rank: Not ranked

Last week: defeated Winters Mill, 8-7, and Francis Scott Key, 16-12

This week: vs. Manchester Valley, April 25; vs. Westminster, April 27; at No. 12 South Carroll, April 29