STAR LEDGER TOP 20
Posted by Glenn Fredricks on Apr 24 2006 at 05:00PM PDT
Baseball Top 20 Tuesday, April 25, 2006 1-Old Tappan (9-0)Last week: 1 Nick Valillo (4-0) threw a five-hitter against Indian Hills and Rob Segedin hit safely in nine straight at-bats in the Bergen County squad's 3-0 week. 2-Eastern (12-0)Last: 2 Power-hitting first baseman Rick Fougeray and his teammates went 3-0 entering yesterday's Olympic Conference showdown with perennial Group 4 power Shawnee. 3-Immaculata (7-0)Last: 7 Junior lefty Sean McKeown (3-0) sports a 0.93 ERA in 15 innings on a deep staff that includes senior ace Kyle Morrison (3-0, 0.87 ERA). 4-Seneca (5-1)Last: 4 The bats have come to life, but the Group 2 runner-up needs its pitchers to step forward today against dangerous Bishop Eustace and shortstop Billy Rowell, a potential first-round draft choice. 5-Cherokee (6-1)Last: 5 Center fielder Brett Arnold, pitcher Alex Pracher and catcher Chris Henderson look to get on a roll after last week's senior trip limited play to a victory over Pennsauken. It faces rival Washington Township today. 6-Seton Hall Prep (8-2)Last: 8 Evan Danieli, a 6-8 right-hander, shut out West Morris to drop the team ERA to 1.14 and give it an 81-14 strikeout-to-walk ratio. The staff has allowed just four runs on 12 hits in the six-game winning streak. 7-West Deptford (10-0)Last: 9 Junior outfielders Alex Dalsey and Dave Giuliani spurred a 4-0 week that kept the Westville school atop the Colonial Conference standings. 8-Don Bosco Prep (6-1)Last: 10 It beat rival St. Joseph, 10-0, with Georgetown-bound Alex Meyer earning his third victory. Mike Wolfe then defeated Bloomfield, 3-2, scattering nine hits. Football standout Brandon Boykin homered in both victories. 9-Christian Brothers (8-1)Last: 11 Sophomore lefty John Moller and junior right-hander Dan Diaz became the fifth and sixth pitchers to pick up a victory for the Lincroft team. 10-Cranford (7-2)Last: 3 It dropped to 5-2 in Watchung Conference play with a 3-2 loss to Newark East Side. Senior righty John Feeley has allowed just three hits in two starts. 11-Paramus (9-1)Last: NR Evan Surgan fired a two-hit shutout against Paterson Kennedy, striking out nine, while Steve Sprosera had a homer and three RBI for the red-hot Bergen County squad. 12-Toms River East (7-1)Last: NR It has rebounded nicely from a season-opening loss to Brick in which it played uncharacteristically poor defense. Senior ace Casey Gaynor (4-0) has been the driving force behind a seven-game winning streak. 13-Toms River South (8-1)Last: NR It has won seven straight since a loss to Toms River East. Junior shortstop Joe Talerico (.586), sophomore second baseman Chase Gray (.542) and senior outfielder Ricky Petrosino (seven stolen bases) lead the way. 14-St. Joseph (Mont.) (7-2):Last: 6 It lost to No. 8 Don Bosco Prep before defeating Passaic behind a two-hit shutout from sophomore Brendan Lobban (3-0). 15-Pequannock (9-2)Last: NR Justin Benscko, a senior center fielder/pitcher headed to Villanova, is off to a huge start for the 2005 Morris County Tournament champion. 16-Randolph (8-1)Last: NR Andrew Cook and Rob Kral have been crushing the ball during the team's current seven-game winning streak. 17-Watchung Hills (6-2)Last: 18 After a loss to Immaculata, Brandon Edwards hit his seventh homer of the season and Joe Walsh stroked a run-scoring double to propel the Warren school to a 2-1 triumph over Bridgewater-Raritan. 18-Hanover Park (10-1)Last: 13 Junior third baseman Jared Orgel is the big bat in a lineup that has reached double-figure run totals in six of 11 games. 19-St. Peter's Prep (9-0)Last: NR Strong pitching from Dan Urbanovich, Mark Dolaghan and Ryan O'Grady and shortstop Gabe Torres' slick fielding and consistent hitting have helped the Jersey City school surge to nine consecutive victories. 20-Gloucester Catholic (7-2)Last: 12 Pitchers Mike Eliasen and Matt Blackburn and outfielder Vinny Dammann have softened the blow from the graduation of six starters. It returns to Tri-County Conference play after a road trip to Las Vegas.
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