As post-season nears, the playoff picture reflects the Week 6 rankings


by Pat O’Malley

We are getting there high school baseball fans. Post season is just around the corner and the top teams are identifying themselves as our VSN Top 20 indicates. The first seven teams did not move nor did 17 through 20. No new teams jumped in and only Manchester Valley of Carroll County dropped out after losing two games and slipping to 7-6 overall.

Howard put two more in the win column to go to 15-1 overall and maintain its grip on the No. 1 ranking and the top spot in Howard County with No. 5 Mount Hebron. The two teams meet on Monday at Howard as the defending Class 4A State Champion Lions hope to continue on their path and win what would be their first Howard County League championship since 1979.

The Lions are 11-1 in Howard County League, the only loss by 3-2 to No. 5 Mount Hebron back in March. Hebron is 10-1 in league play and 10-2 overall with their only defeat by 4-0 to No. 14 Atholton (8-3, 7-3).

Howard County plays a 16-game league schedule and today is huge with the Vikings visiting the Lions.

Anne Arundel County and the MIAA A Conference are also engaging in torrid races. Anne Arundel boast four teams in the Top 10 in No. 6 Broadneck (12-3), No. 8 Chesapeake-AA (11-4), No. 9 Severna Park (13-4) and No. 10 South River (11-5).

No. 2 Calvert Hall (18-5, ) continues to lead the MIAA A Conference, but lost its first league game last week by 10-5 to No. 3 Gilman. The Cardinals are 13-1 in the conference and likely will be the top seed in the post season tournament. Five other teams will play in the tourney and they are determined in No. 3 Gilman (17-9, 10-4), No. 7 Spalding (15-8, 8-6), No. 12 McDonogh (14-7, 8-4), No. 16 Mount St. Joseph (12-8, 8-6) and Loyola (8-7, 8-5), but the seeds will remain in flux until the final day of the regular season.

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 6:

VSN BASEBALL TOP 20 POLL – WEEK 6

1. HOWARD (15-1)

Previous rank: #1

Last week: defeated Oakland Mills, 11-2; defeated Reservoir, 5-4

This week: vs. No. 5 Mount Hebron, Apr. 29; at Centennial, Apr. 30

 

2. CALVERT HALL COLLEGE (18-3)

Previous rank: #2

Last week: lost to No. 3 Gilman School, 10-5; defeated then-No. 14 John Carroll School, 14-4; defeated then-No. 13 McDonogh School, 12-3; lost to Malvern Prep (Pa.), 9-6

This week: vs. Loyola Blakefield, May 1; at St. Paul’s School, May 2; vs. No. 7 Archbishop Spalding, May 3

3. GILMAN SCHOOL (17-9)

Previous rank: #3

Last week: defeated No. 2 Calvert Hall College, 10-5; defeated Loyola Blakefield, 6-2

This week: vs. Archbishop Curley, May 2

4. DULANEY (13-1)

Previous rank: #4

Last week: defeated North Harford, 5-3; defeated Hereford, 8-2; defeated Lansdowne, 6-5

This week: vs. No. 13 Catonsville, May 1; at Towson, May 3

 

5. MOUNT HEBRON (10-2)

Previous rank: #5

Last week: defeated River Hill, 8-4; defeated Wilde Lake, 10-7

This week: at No. 1 Howard, Apr. 29; vs. No. 11 Marriotts Ridge, Apr. 30

6. BROADNECK (12-3)

Previous rank: #6

Last week: defeated then-No. 8 Severna Park, 7-4; lost to then-No. 12 South
River, 5-0

This week: at Annapolis, Apr. 29; at Southern, May 1; at Arundel, May 3

 

7. ARCHBISHOP SPALDING (14-8)

Previous rank: #7

Last week: defeated Archbishop Spalding, 10-2; lost to Bishop McNamara, 8-3;
defeated St. Mary’s, 10-1

This week: at No. 2 Calvert Hall College, May 3

 

8. CHESAPEAKE-ANNE ARUNDEL (11-4)

Previous rank: #9

Last week: defeated Bowie, 18-0; defeated Meade, 16-1; defeated Glen Burnie,
15-1

This week: vs. Old Mill, Apr. 29; vs. Northeast, May 1; vs. No. 17 North County, May 5

 

9. SEVERNA PARK (13-4)

Previous rank: #8

Last week: lost to No. 6 Broadneck, 7-4; defeated Arundel, 11-6

This week: at No. 10 South River, Apr. 29; vs. Annapolis, May 1; vs. Southern, May 3

10. SOUTH RIVER (11-5)

Previous rank: #12

Last week: lost to Huntingtown, 11-1; defeated Southern, 9-5; defeated No. 6
Broadneck, 5-0

This week: vs. No. 9 Severna Park, Apr. 29; at Arundel, May 1; at Annapolis, May 3

11. MARRIOTTS RIDGE (10-3)

Previous rank: #10

Last week: defeated Wilde Lake, 4-2; defeated Long Reach, 5-3; defeated South
Carroll, 5-0

This week: at No. 5 Mount Hebron, Apr. 30; at Oakland Mills, May 1; vs. River Hill, May 3

12. MCDONOGH SCHOOL (14-7)

Previous rank: #13

Last week: defeated Old Mill, 9-8; defeated Liberty, 12-6; defeated then-No. 11
Mount St. Joseph, 5-3; lost to No. 2 Calvert Hall College, 12-3

This week: at St. Paul’s School, Apr. 30; at Archbishop Curley, May 3; at Loyola Blakefield, May 4

13. CATONSVILLE (12-2)

Previous rank: #15

Last week: defeated Towson, 6-4; defeated Perry Hall, 11-9

This week: vs. Lansdowne, Apr. 29; at No. 4 Dulaney, May 1

14. ATHOLTON (11-3)

Previous rank: #16

Last week: defeated Hammond, 3-0; defeated Oakland Mills, 14-0

This week: at Glenelg, May 1; at Long Reach, May 3

15. JOHN CARROLL SCHOOL (11-7)

Previous rank: #14

Last week: lost to No. 2 Calvert Hall College, 14-4; defeated St. Michael’s, 9-3

This week: vs. St. Mary’s, Apr. 29; vs. Archbishop Curley, Apr. 30; at St. Mary’s, May 2

 

 

16. MOUNT ST. JOSEPH (12-8)

Previous rank: #11

Last week: lost to Loyola Blakefield, 8-5; defeated St. Mary’s, 13-2; lost to then-No. 13
McDonogh School, 5-3; lost to Georgetown Prep, 16-10; defeated Georgetown Prep,
6-0

This week: vs. St. Paul’s School, May 3

 

17. NORTH COUNTY (9-5)

Previous rank: #17

Last week: defeated Glen Burnie, 11-2; defeated Francis Scott Key, 6-2

This week: at Meade, Apr. 29; vs. Northeast, Apr. 30; at Old Mill, May 1; at No. 8
Chesapeake-Anne Arundel, May 3

18. BEL AIR (7-3)

Previous rank: #18

Last week: defeated Fallston, 9-5

This week: vs. Archbishop Curley, Apr. 29; vs. C. Milton Wright, May 1; at Patterson
Mill, May 2

19. HARFORD TECH (12-2)

Previous rank: #19

Last week: defeated Joppatowne, 16-2 (5 innings); defeated Elkton, 4-3

This week: vs. Perryville, Apr. 29; vs. Aberdeen at Ripken’s Yankee Stadium, May 1;
vs. Bohemia Manor, May 2

20. CENTURY (8-4)

Previous rank: #20t

Last week: defeated Winters Mill, 14-10

This week: Off; next game – vs. Franklin, May 6