The Post Top 10: Baseball rankings
March 29, 2010St John's College High School
Many of the usual powers are in the first edition of the rankings, led by the team that finished last year at the top. Severna Park will get an early chance to prove its mettle when it plays second-ranked DeMatha on Monday at Riverdale Park.
Note: Records and rankings are from 2009.
1. Severna Park, 21-2 (Final 2009 ranking: 1)
Defending Maryland 4A champions are led by SS Kyle Convissar and C Alex Ramsay, both committed to Maryland. Junior 3B Brent Jones is one of the offensive catalysts for a team that outscored its first two opponents by a combined 25-2.
2. DeMatha, 17-8 (--)
Junior RHP Nick Uherek is joined on the mound by junior LHP Zach Morris, a transfer from South River who gets the start against Severna Park. No, A.C. Slater won't start Tuesday against St. John's or Thursday against Georgetown Prep.
3. McLean, 18-5 (--)
Vying for their first Virginia AAA Northern Region title, the Highlanders return all of their top pitchers, including All-Met Sean Fitzgerald (Notre Dame).
4. Good Counsel, 11-11 (--)
Hard-hitting squad has scored more than 10 runs in three of its first four games, reminding Coach John McGowan of his 2006 team that won the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title.
5. Hammond, 14-3 (--)
All-Met 3B Travis Clark and a talented veteran lineup look to avoid last year's early-season exit from the playoffs. Seven positions and all of the top pitchers return from last season's team.
6. St. John's (D.C.), 18-7 (--)
Junior RHP Nick Howard, already committed to Virginia, is drawing raves from opposing coaches. He struck out nine in five innings in a 5-0 victory over Georgetown Prep last week.To view the rest of the pre-seaon top 10, please visit the Washington Post at: