Baseball: New Top 20


By Phil Anastasia

Here's the new Top 20 in South Jersey baseball, with preseason rankings in parentheses:

1. St. Augustine (2) 3-0

The Hermits move up to the top spot after a strong opening week. They got good work from sophomores Billy Chillari and Mike Vasturia, both on the mound and at the plate.

2. Bishop Eustace (3) 4-0

Junior Ryan DiMeo leads BE with three extra-base hits. Senior sinkerballer Alex Hull got the save with a scoreless 7th in Sunday's 4-3 win over Audubon in the title game of the Ralph Shaw Classic.

3. Northern Burlington (4) 3-0

Pitt recruit Zack Gakeler is off to a hot start with a double, home run and pitching win.

4. Pennsville (5) 2-0

Senior Josh Shimp has 4 doubles in the Eagles' first two games. Pennsville has outscored GC and GCIT by a combined 22-2.

5. Gloucester Catholic (1) 3-1*

Junior infielder Anthony Harrold leads SJ with three home runs. *The Rams play late Sunday at Diamond Nation.

6. Washington Twp. (7) 3-0

Senior catcher Kevin Bucci leads the Minutemen with three extra-base hits.

7. Eastern (NR) 5-0

For the second year a row, the Vikings went unbeaten through four games in Florida.

8. Vineland (NR) 3-0

Seniors Johnny Malatesta and Ivan Rivera both pitched complete games in 3-1 victories last week.

9. Moorestown (9) 2-1

Delaware recruit Scott Zimmer pitched a two-hitter with 10 Ks in a 1-0 win over then-No. 8 Burlington Township on opening day.

10. Cinnaminson (14) 4-0

Senior Christian Deluca was 6-for-7 with two doubles and a grand slam as the Pirates won two games and captured the title of the Rohrer Tournament at Haddon Twp.

11. Audubon (11) 3-1

The Green Wave has allowed just four runs this season with good pitching from Wayne Test, Austin Tassi and Kevin Terifay.

12. Egg Harbor Twp. (NR) 3-0

Junior Miseal Castillo pitched a no-hitter with 14 Ks in a win over Holy Spirit. EHT plays Bishop Eustace in the first round of the Heinkel Tournament Saturday at the Crusaders' place. St. Augustine plays Malvern Prep in the other game.

13. Haddonfield (19) 2-0

The Bulldogs have gotten strong pitching from seniors Carter Fichter and Mark Ostbye.

14. Millville (6) 0-2

Senior Kyle Cox is off to a strong start with two home runs and a great pitching outing.

15. Burlington Twp. (8) 0-2

The Falcons haven't started hitting yet.

16. Buena (NR) 2-1

The Chiefs rallied from a 5-0 deficit to beat Moorestown 8-6 on Saturday.

17. Hammonton (NR) 2-1

Senior Justin Smith, who battled injuries as a junior after a sensational sophomore season, is off to a good start.

18. Delsea (15) 1-1

Junior Joe Brewin pitched a one-hitter for the Crusaders.

19. Paul VI (18) 0-0

The Eagles come out of the gate with Bishop Eustace, Washington Twp., Cherry Hill West and Pitman this week, although Monday's division game at BE could be a washout.

20. Cherry Hill East (16) 1-1

The Cougars' lineup looks much stronger than last year.

Under consideration (listed alphabetically): Camden Catholic (0-2), Cherry Hill West (0-2), Haddon Twp. (3-1), Ocean City (2-0), Sterling (1-2), West Deptford (2-1).

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