Baseball: New Top 10


BY Phil Anastasia

Here's the latest Top 10 with last week's ranking in parentheses:

1. Gloucester Catholic (1) 13-1
Junior shortstop Phil Dickinson was leading the Rams with a .593 batting average and 13 steals through Saturday. GC is off for a week after Sunday night's game as the seniors will be on their class trip.

2. Bishop Eustace (3) 11-1
In a 4-0 week, the Crusaders allowed just four runs behind pitchers Dan Morano, Justin Hagenman, Zac Gallen and Devin Smeltzer. A junior left-hander, Smeltzer shut down St. Augustine Prep by a 4-0 score in the final of Sunday's Heinkel Tournament. Sophomore Justin Hagenman leads the BE offense with six doubles while sophomore Nick Browne has four doubles.

3. Eastern (4) 10-1
The Vikings have won senior Alex Bussison's three starts by a combined score of 25-5. Eastern has jumped out ahead of the pack in the Olympic American with a 4-0 mark. They've won five in a row. Big game Wednesday as No. 6 Lenape comes to Voorhees.

4. Washington Twp. (5) 8-3
The Minutemen have won five in a row behind seniors Matt Long and Shaine Hughes. This team bounced back from a three-game losing streak in strong style, winning five in a row. Senior Billy Grubb, probably the team's top pitcher, has been throwing bullpen sessions and could make his 2013 debut this week.

5. Shawnee (8) 8-3
The Renegades have scored 69 runs in seven games against South Jersey opponents. Shawnee mashed six homers in a 14-11 victory over rival Lenape on Friday. Yeah, the wind was blowing out but the Renegades didn't need a lot of help. Seniors Jarret DeHart, Brian Lawler, Nick Montefucso and Eric Spires form quite an engine room for the Shawnee offense. Pitching will be key for this club.

6. Lenape (6) 7-2
Ryan Tilley has doubles in each of the Indians' last three games. The Indians showed some resilience in battling back against Shawnee. They were down 9-4 and cut it to 9-7. They were down 14-7 and down to their last out -- with nobody on base -- and scored four and got the tying run to the plate. "That's the first thing I told them," coach Phil Fiore said of his players' refusal to surrender on a day when Shawnee was rapping six homers and two doubles.

7. St. Augustine (2) 8-3
Senior right-hander Chris Oakley, a North Carolina recruit, is 4-0 with a 1.84 ERA. The Hermits had a nice win over a solid Pa. team in Malvern Prep in the first round of the Heinkel tournament. Senior Barry Buchowski, a Tulane recruit, leads South Jersey with five homers. Big game Saturday vs. No. 4 Washington Twp. in Coaches vs. Canver event at Millville.

8. Rancocas Valley (9) 6-0
Junior right-hander Mason Anderson struck out 13 in a 13-4 win over Peddie on Thursday. Anderson is 3-0 for a team that has played the fewest games of any Top 10 team. RV has a busy week ahead with four games, including a showdown with Moorestown at home on Tuesday.

9. Audubon (7) 7-1
The Green Wave lost the title game of the Pop McKenna tournament to host West Deptford Saturday 3-2 on a two-run single in the bottom of the seventh. Big game Monday at Haddon Twp. (7-2). Colonial Patriot title could be on line. Green Wave beat Hawks 7-6 in eight innings in April 2 season opener.

10. Williamstown (NR) 8-3
The Braves' three losses have all been by one run. Junior Jake Goffredi was MVP of Papa Bear tournament this weekend. He hit two homers in 6-3 win over CH East on Saturday and added two-run single in 6-0 win over host Delran in Sunday's title game. Junior Jon Carter went the distance, allowing just three hits.

Under consideration (listed alphabetically):

Buena (7-1): The Chiefs' suffered their first loss by a 6-5 score to Ocean City.

Holy Spirit (7-2): The Spartans lost a 1-0 decision to surprising Vineland despite great work from pitcher Mike Dilanni.

Sterling (7-1): The Silver Knights have allowed just 15 runs behind pitchers Connor Walsh and Donovan Casey.

In the mix:

Moorestown (5-4): Senior Tyler Kaiser had a triple and double in 5-3 win over Millburn in tourney title game Saturday.

Haddon Twp. (7-2): Hawks, who have won four in a row, host Audubon in key Colonial Patriot game Monday.

Cherokee (5-5): Chiefs have lost three in a row by a total of five runs.

Delsea (7-2): The Crusaders hope to get right-hander Bryan Dobzanski (shoulder) back this week.

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