Tri-State Top 20 Baseball Poll (5/11)

by Kevin Devaney Jr. on
Thu, May 11, 2017 11:52 PM

Updated Fri, May 12, 2017 12:08 AM

Tri-State Top 20 Baseball Poll (5/11)

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17-5
1

Oliver McCarthy had a no-hit bid end with two outs in the 7th inning on Monday but the the junior pitcher completed a strong performance to help Poly Prep earn a 6-0 victory over Hackley in an Ivy League contest held in Bay Ridge. LSU commit Nick Storz hit a home run and drove in a game-high 4 RBI’s.

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13-5
3

The Crusaders traveled to the belly of the beast on Saturday and unleashed one of their own. Junior left-hander Chris Gerard fanned six and twirled a two-hitter and chipped in with an RBI during an impressive 3-0 shutout over Gloucester Catholic.

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3
15-2
4

Hiro Mizutani surrendered four hits and struck out six over five innings while Raul Ortega, Jose Mercado and Johnny Medina had RBIs to help the Green Knights earn a split with No. 1 Bergen Catholic with a 5-2 decision. Jon Anderson scored his first win on Tuesday, limiting Morris Knolls to seven hits in a 4-1 complete-game triumph.

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13-5
6

The Ironmen have rattled off four consecutive victories and won 10 of 11 with the lone interruption a 5-3 setback to New York power Poly Prep. John Torres (1-0), Matt Semon (3-1) and Jeremy Farraye (3-2) delivered three straight qualities starts as the rotation has gradually built into a formidable corps.

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5
19-3
5

A day after absorbing a 7-5 loss to North Hunterdon, the top-seeded Spartans rebounded with a 10-0 showing against Princeton Day in the quarterfinals of the Mercer County Tournament. David Stec (5-0) yielded one hit in five innings and freshman CJ Pittaro fueled the offense with a double, grand slam and seven RBI.

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6
15-1
7

It took 12 nail-biting innings to accomplish, but the second-seeded Redbirds outlasted Pennington for a 2-1 victory on Tuesday in the Mercer County Tournament quarterfinals. Aydon Chavis had a lead-off single and hustled to score all the way from first when Matt Coiante dropped a sacrifice bunt that drew an errant throw to score the deciding run.

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7
14-0
8

Senior pitcher Vin Zappulla struck out ten batters and allowed only 2 hits in a complete game shutout to lead the Lions to a 7-0 victory over Moore Catholic Tuesday at the Richmond County Youth Complex. Hayden Gumb and Chris Wagner each had two RBI’s.

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Midwood (NYC)
17-2
8

Daniel Pero and Matthew Eng each drove in two runs as part of a 6-run third inning for the Hornets Tuesday in a 7-0 victory over Susan Wagner in a PSAL Class AAA league game.  Alan Sorokin allowed one hit in five innings to earn the win.

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14-1
9

The Spartans showed they are human on Monday, dropping a 4-3 heartbreaker to Daniel Hand. It was the first lone loss of the year for the four-time state champions and it’s hardly any reason to panic. Amity rebounded with a 9-2 win over Career Magnet as Max Scheps and Adam Hurwitz each drove in three runs.

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15-3
12

Jake Barbiere, who is riding a 15-game hitting streak, picked the ideal time to extend it. The senior third baseman led off the bottom of the eight with a single through the left side and scored the deciding run on a walk-off base hit from Shane Keane, who was 3 for 4, to lift top-seeded Randolph past 12th-seeded Morris Hills, 2-1, in the Morris County semis. Rams face Delbarton in the title game Saturday night.

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11
Millburn (NJ)
17-2
13

The Millers have won eight straight and been getting a spark from Ben Pampush. The junior second baseman is hitting a scorching .727 (16 for 22) during the streak with 17 runs, 12 RBI, three doubles and three triples.

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12
18-2
14

Lock-down pitching continues to be the theme for the Pirates during their current 12-game win streak. The staff has accumulated eight shutouts, but has also benefitted from an offense that’s produced 42 runs in the last four outings. Francis Prior has drove in a combined eight runs in the last two outings.

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13
Gov. Livingston (NJ)
16-2
2

Heavy is the head that wears the crown. The Highlanders found that out last week. Hours after ascending to No. 1, the defending champion and top-seeded was knocked out of the Union County Tournament by Johnson and bowed to Elizabeth, 5-4, despite throwing a one-hitter. Nicky Cocchia got the winning vibe back in place, picking up a 3-1 win against Westfield to improve to 5-1.

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18-1
15

Tom Brady went 3 for 4 with one RBI, Nick Manesis and Dean Stalzer each belted three-run home runs and Brian Morrell struck out six and allowed three earned runs in a 7-3 win over Miller Place.

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13-4
10

Justin Renner went 3 for 4 with two RBIs and Anthony Williams scattered four hits, while striking out two and walking two in a 5-0 win over St. Anthony’s.

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14-1
18

Matt Shiffer sets an auspicious tone atop the Indians’ lineup. The senior has hit safely in six straight games, batting at a .600 clip during the streak (12 for 20) with seven runs and two doubles. St. John-bound senior Justin Fall headlines the rotation with a 5-0 mark.

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13-4
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Cameron Tomalko went 2 for 2 with three walks and made a run-saving diving catch in centerfield and Jared Restmeyer tossed a complete-game two-hitter, striking out two and walking two in a 10-1 win over Kellenberg.

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18
14-2
20

The Patriots got the performance of the year on Wednesday from ace right-hander Trent Valentine, who pitched a perfect game with six strikeouts in a 2-0 win over rival Ketcham. While John Jay-EF dropped two out of three games this season to the defending champs, the Patriots are the slight favorite entering the Section 1 Class AA playoffs.

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15-4
NR

The Bears have won seven in a row and within the run, pitched four straight shutouts. Perhaps the most notable came Monday when Tyler Burnham and Ryan Flynn combined on a four-hitter to outduel Monroe ace and Rutgers pledge Eric Heatter, who went the distance, for a 1-0 decision in 11 innings.

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15-2
18

Bernie Diaz went 2 for 3 and drove in Leo Alvarez (3 for 4) with a single in the bottom of the eighth, Austin Vlahakis went 3 for 4 and Ryan Powers tossed two perfect innings of relief in a 2-1 win over Hicksville.

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