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Baseball: Southeastern Pa.'s top third basemen

As 15 area teams prepare to begin their quest for state gold, we present our ranking of Southeastern Pennsylvania's top third basemen.

Baseball: Southeastern Pa.'s top third basemen

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Bonner- Prendergast senior third baseman Frank Saviski is considering Harford Community College and Gwynedd-Mercy. Also a righthanded pitcher for the Friars, he was a first-team all-Catholic League Blue Division selection. (Photo: Lou Rabito/Inquirer Staff)

As 15 area teams prepare to begin their quest for state gold, we present our ranking of Southeastern Pennsylvania's top third basemen.

1. Frank Saviski, Bonner-Prendergast, senior. The hard-slugging cleanup man earned first-team all-Catholic League Blue Division honors. Also a pitcher for the Friars, he is considering Harford Community College, in Bel Air, Md., and Gwynedd-Mercy.

2. Matt Rowland, Springside Chestnut Hill, senior. From the No. 5 spot in the batting order, the Louisville recruit batted .449 with 17 RBIs and 11 runs.

3. Jordan Pocrass, Lower Moreland, junior. The 5-foot-11, 195-pounder hit .436 with 18 RBIs and 13 runs for the Lions.

4. Brett Newman, Council Rock North, senior. With the aid of Newman, also a solid pitcher, the Indians placed third in the District 1 Class AAAA tournament.

5. Donovan Davis, Strath Haven, senior. A three-hole hitter, Davis helped lead the Panthers to a 20-1 record. On the mound, he went 9-0 with a 1.55 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 54 1/3 innings.

6. Grant Opalisky, Hatboro-Horsham, senior. A second-team all-Suburban One League Continental Conference pick and Bloomsburg recruit, Opalisky batted .397 with 14 RBIs and 11 runs.

7. Sean Udris, Neshaminy, junior. From the No. 3 spot, Udris hit .397 with 21 RBIs and 15 runs for the Suburban One National champs.

8. Tom Benek, Central, senior. Also a first baseman, Benek batted .455 with 29 RBIs, 16 runs, and eight doubles. He was a first-team all-Public League Division A pick.

9. Sean Gallagher, Abington, senior. A dependable cleanup man for the Ghosts, he hit .397 with 17 runs and eight RBIs.

10. Josh Teson, Father Judge, senior. He was a first-team all-Catholic League Red Division choice and also pitched for the Crusaders.

Twenty others to watch, listed alphabetically: Brad Bertucci, North Penn, senior; Brian Bradley, Franklin Towne Charter, junior; Ben Burman, Episcopal Academy, sophomore; Jake Burrell, Sun Valley, senior; Brandon Davis, Central Bucks West, senior; Alec Dollard, Holy Ghost Prep, senior; Nick Falso, Wissahickon, sophomore; Mark Gentilotti, Malvern Prep, sophomore; Emmett Hunt, Coatesville, senior; Brandon Iorio, Norristown, senior; Jay Jabs, Perkiomen Valley, senior; Connor Klemann, Spring-Ford, sophomore; Will Latcham, Cardinal O'Hara, junior; George Long, George School, senior; Kyle Lowery, Methacton, junior; Chris Martin, St. Joseph's Prep, junior; Ben Morina, Pennridge, senior; Nick Simon, Neumann-Goretti, senior; Colt Smith, Archbishop Wood, senior; Luke Stong, Boyertown, senior.

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Rick O’Brien has been at The Inquirer since 1993, primarily covering high school sports in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Reach Rick at robrien@phillynews.com.

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