Broadneck inches up to No. 6; Severna Park and Marriotts Ridge move into the Top 10; John Carroll and South River slide


by Pat O’Malley

We have no new teams and nobody dropped out from last week’s VSN Baseball Top 20 while the first five teams remained intact with Nos. 6 through 11 playing some musical chairs. Howard (13-1) took four more games last week to run its overall record to 13-1, while Calvert Hall stood its ground at No.2 winning two more MIAA A Conference games to remain unbeaten in the league at 11-0 and 16-3 overall.

Gilman (16-8, 8-4) hosts Calvert Hall on Monday and the Greyhounds are in third place in the A Conference with surprising McDonogh (11-6) holding second place at 7-3 in the conference. The Eagles led by power hitting Kyle Whittaker have soared six place from No. 19 to No. 13 after crashing into the Top 20. McDonogh will host No. 11 Mount St. Joseph (10-5, 7-4) on Wednesday and No. 2 Calvert Hall on Friday.

Unranked Loyola (6-6) is also 7-4 in the A Conference and could be making a late season run as the Dons did in 2017 when they won it all for the first time in 71 years. The Dons have three conference games this week – hosting No. 11 St. Joe on Monday, visiting No. 3 Gilman on Wednesday and No. 14 John Carroll comes calling at Blakefield on Friday.

John Carroll (10-6, 4-6) took the biggest hit falling eight places to No. 14 after three straight MIAA A Conference games last week. The MIAA A Conference continues to dominate the VSN poll with six ranked teams followed by Anne Arundel with five and Howard, four. Those three leagues place three teams each in the Top 10.

South River (10-4) of Anne Arundel fell five spots from No. 7 to No. 12 after losing three of four games last week, two of their losses in county action leaving them tied for second in the league at 8-3 with No. 8 Severna Park (12-3). Broadneck (10-2) is the Anne Arundel leader at 9-2 moving up two places from No. 8 to No. 6 this week and the Bruins have a big week hosting the two second place teams, Severna Park on Wednesday and South River Friday.

Editor’s note: The VSN Baseball Top 20 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 2019 VSN Baseball Top 20 for Week 5:

VSN BASEBALL TOP 20 POLL – WEEK 5

1. HOWARD (13-1)

Previous rank: #1

Last week: defeated No. 20 Century, 12-2; defeated then No. 17 Atholton, 10-0; defeated Long Reach,
8-2; defeated CH Flowers, 8-7

This week: at Oakland Mills, 4-23; vs. Reservoir, 4-24; at Centennial, 4-26

 

2. CALVERT HALL COLLEGE (16-3)

Previous rank: #2

Last week: defeated No. 3 Gilman, 5-2; defeated then No. 13 Mount St. Joseph, 7-0

This week: at No. 3 Gilman, 4-22; vs. No. 14 John Carroll, 4-24; at No. 13 McDonogh, 4-26; vs. Malvern
Prep (Pa.), 4-27

3. GILMAN SCHOOL (15-8)

Previous rank: #3

Last week: lost to No. 2 Calvert Hall, 5-2; defeated St. Alban’s, 3-0; defeated then No. 6 John Carroll, 5-1

This week: vs. No. 2 Calvert Hall, 4-22; vs. Loyola, 4-24

4. DULANEY (10-1)

Previous rank: #4

Last week: defeated Perry Hall, 3-0; defeated Northeast, 4-3

This week: at Northeast Harry Lentz Tournament, 4-22 vs. North Harford; at Hereford, 4-23; vs. Lansdowne, 4-25

 

5. MOUNT HEBRON (8-2)

Previous rank: #5

Last week: lost to Urbana, 7-2

This week: at River Hill, 4-23; at Wilde Lake, 4-24; vs. Reservoir, 4-26

 

6. BROADNECK (10-2)

Previous rank: #8

Last week: lost to Northeast, 3-2; defeated then No. 10 Chesapeake-AA

This week: vs. Archbishop Curley, 4-22; vs. No. 8 Severna Park, 4-24; vs. No. 12 South River 4-26

 

7. ARCHBISHOP SPALDING (12-7)

Previous rank: #9

Last week: defeated Stonewall Jackson, 16-6; defeated then No. 6 John Carroll, 12-2; defeated Falls Church, 3-2; defeated George Mason, 11-1 (5); lost to Loyola, 10-9

This week: vs. Bishop McNamara, 4-25; at St. Mary’s, 4-26

 

8. SEVERNA PARK (12-3)

Previous rank: #11

Last week: lost to then No. 10 Chesapeake-AA, 6-3; defeated Meade, 11-1 (5); defeated Huntingtown, 6-5; defeated North Point, 17-2

This week: at No. 6 Broadneck, 4-24; vs. Arundel, 4-26

9. CHESAPEAKE-ANNE ARUNDEL (8-4)

Previous rank: #10

Last week: defeated then No. 11 Severna Park, 6-3; lost to then No. 8 Broadneck, 6-0

This week: vs. Bowie, 4-22; at Meade, 4-24; at Glen Burnie, 4-26

 

10. MARRIOTTS RIDGE (7-3)

Previous rank: #12

Last week: Did not play

This week: vs. Wilde Lake, 4-23; vs. Long Reach, 4-24; at No. 16 Atholton, 4-26; vs. South Carroll, 4-27

11. MOUNT ST. JOSEPH (10-5)

Previous rank: #13

Last week: defeated St. Mary’s, 4-3; lost to No. 2 Calvert Hall, 7-0; defeated St. Maria Goretti, 7-4

This week: at Loyola, 4-22; at St. Mary’s, 4-23; at No. 13 McDonogh, 4-24; vs. St. Paul’s, 4-26; vs. Georgetown Prep (2), 4-27

 

12. SOUTH RIVER (9-4)

Previous rank: #7

Last week: lost to then No. 14 North County, 9-8; lost to Old Mill, 3-1; lost to DeMatha, 10-6; defeated LaPlata, 5-3

This week: at Huntingtown, 4-23; at No. 6 Broadneck, 4-26

13. MCDONOGH SCHOOL (11-6)

Previous rank: #13

Last week: defeated then No. 6 John Carroll, 10-2; defeated Archbishop Curley, 8-2

This week: vs. Old Mill, 4-22;  vs. Liberty, 4-23; vs. No. 11 Mount St. Joseph, 4-24; vs. No. 2 Calvert Hall, 4-26

14. JOHN CARROLL SCHOOL (10-6)

Previous rank: #6

Last week: lost to then No. 19 McDonogh, 10-2; lost to then No. 9 Spalding, 12-2 (5); lost to then No. 3 Gilman School, 5-1

This week: at No. 2 Calvert Hall, 4-24; vs. St. Michael’s, 4-25; at Loyola, 4-26

 

 

 

15. CATONSVILLE (10-2)

Previous rank: #16

Last week: defeated Hereford, 8-1; defeated Sparrows Point, 8-2

This week: vs. Towson, 4-23; at Perry Hall, 4-25

16. ATHOLTON (9-3)

Previous rank: #17

Last week: lost to No. 1 Howard, 10-0; defeated Winston Churchill, 5-3; defeated Walter Johnson, 6-0

This week: at Oakland Mills, 4-24; vs. No. 10 Marriotts Ridge, 4-26

17. NORTH COUNTY (7-5)

Previous rank: #14

Last week: defeated then No. 7 South River, 9-8; lost to Leonardtown, 5-0; defeated Southern, 2-1

This week: vs. Glen Burnie, 4-24; vs. Francis Scott Key, 4-25; vs. Northeast, 4-26

18. BEL AIR (6-2)

Previous rank: #15

Last week: Did not play

This week: at Fallston, 4-24; vs. North Harford, 4-26

19. HARFORD TECH (10-2)

Previous rank: #18

Last week: defeated Bohemia Manor, 2-0

This week: vs. Joppatowne, 4-23; at Elkton, 4-24; at Havre de Grace, 4-26

 

 

20t. CENTURY (7-4)

Previous rank: #20t

Last week: defeated South Carroll, 1-0; lost to No. 1 Howard, 12-2 (5)

This week: at Northern-Calvert, 4-22; vs. Winters Mill, 4-24; at Liberty, 4-26

 

 

20t. MANCHESTER VALLEY (7-4)

Previous rank: #20t

Last week: defeated Liberty, 7-5; lost to Westminster, 13-11

This week: vs. Francis Scott Key, 4-23; at Francis Scott Key, 4-24