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Baseball: New Top 20

By Phil Anastasia

Baseball: New Top 20

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By Phil Anastasia

Here's the new Top 20 in South Jersey baseball for Sunday, May 11 (previous ranking in parentheses)

1. Bishop Eustace (1) 20-1

Junior Nick Browne, who recently committed to Maryland, has five HRs since April 28. As a team, the Crusaders have hit 32: Browne (10), Mike Krusinski (7), Chris Jones (5), Ryan DiMeo (4), Devin Smeltzer (2), Steve DeBellis (2), Dan Marano (1), Justin Hagenman (1). BE has won eight games in a row.

2. Pennsville (2) 17-1

Senior Eric Lankeneau has hit all seven of his HRs in the Eagles' last 11 games. Josh Shimp leads Pennsville with 19 extyra-base hits (13 doubles, 6 HRs), while Drew Burdsall has 7 doubles.

3. NBC (4) 17-3

Junor Tyler O'Dell has 7 doubles and 4 pitching wins. The Greyhounds got great work from senior LHP Zach Gakeler in a 10-0 win over Haddonfield in the first round of the Diamond Classic on Saturday. NBC meets Pennsville in a big quarterfinal Saturday morning at Washington Twp.

4. Gloucester Catholic (3) 16-5

The Rams have allowed two runs in the last five games. One of them was a 1-0 loss to Audubon in Saturday's first-round of the Diamond Classic. It marked the third year in a row the Rams lost in their opener in the tournament, and all three games, oddly enough, were at Maple Shade.

5. St. Augustine (6) 15-4

Senior RHP Joey Gatto is 4-1 with a 1.56 ERA and 43 Ks in 31.3 innings. He went 7 and allowed one earned run in a 5-2 win over Clearview in Saturday's Diamond Classic opener. He likely will take the hill against Audubon in the quarterfinals Saturday morning at Deptford.

6. Washington Twp. (5) 15-5

Junior RHP Chris Haruch struck out 8 in 6 innings in a 7-1 win over Moorestown in the first round of the Diamond on Saturday. WT can earn a share of the Olympic American title when Cherokee comes to town Monday afternoon.

7. Cherokee (14) 12-7

The Chiefs have won 8 in a row. They can win the Olympic American title outright with a win over Washington Township on Monday. They would be quite an accomplishment for a team that was 4-7 after getting no-hit by NBC on April 21.

8. Moorestown (8) 12-5

The Quakers visit Holy Cross in the semifinals of the BCL tournament on Monday.

9. Audubon (15) 14-6
The Green Wave has won four in a row, outscoring opponents 21-3. Senior RHP Kevin Terifay was terrific in a 1-0 win over GC on Saturday in the first round of the Diamond, limiting the Rams to five singles.

10. Cinnaminson (12) 13-6

The Pirates will meet the Moorestown-Holy Cross winner in the BCL tourney title game Wednesday night at Bordentown. Seniors Christian Deluca (8 doubles, 3 HRs) and Cody MacNair (4 HRs) park the Pirates' heavy-hitting attack.

11. Haddonfield (9) 14-4

The Bulldogs have won five Colonial Conference games in a row to take command of the Liberty Division race.

12. Hammonton (7) 10-6

Senior Justin Smith has four pitching wins and three HRs.

13. Clearview (13) 13-3

The Pioneers looks like the No. 1 seed in the SJ Group 4 tournament and they have the edge in the Tri-County Royal race after wins over Williamstown and Delsea late last week.

14. Cherry Hill East (NR) 14-8

The Cougars have won four of five, capped by a rally for a 4-3 win over Camden Catholic on Saturday.

15. Camden Catholic (17) 10-6

Senior SS Joey Craig rapped two HRs on Saturday -- one against CHE, one in a win over Germantown Friends.

16. Cedar Creek (10) 14-4

Senior Jon Newman has 7 doubles for the Pirates, who beat Williamstown by a 4-3 score in the Diamond opener on Saturday.

17. Buena (19) 11-4

Junior Denny Brady struck out 17 in a 3-1 win over Vineland on Saturday.

18. Holy Spirit (18) 13-4

Mike Dilanni has 5 pitching wins for the Spartans.

19. Rancocas Valley (16) 10-7

Freshman Tyler Deardon has four pitching wins for the Red Devils.

20. Holy Cross (NR) 12-6

Senior Colin Stringham has four pitching wins and six HRs for the Lancers.

Under consideration: Absegami (10-5), Delsea (10-6), Egg Harbor (12-10), Vineland (12-5), Williamstown (10-8).


-- Contact Phil Anastasia at panastasia@phillynews.com

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Born and raised in South Jersey, Phil Anastasia prefers standing on the sidelines at high school football games on Friday nights to sitting in the press box at Eagles games on Sunday afternoons. He’s a graduate of Rowan University with a degree in English. Reach Phil at panastasia@phillynews.com.

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