The Inquirer TOP 10

Posted: April 05, 2012

BASEBALL

With last year's record and final area ranking in parentheses. NR-not ranked.

1. Malvern Prep (20-6, No. 7). The defending Inter-Ac League champs are led by outfielder Nick Bateman (Winthrop recruit), infielder Drew Hayes (Navy), pitcher/first baseman Joe Ravert (La Salle), and catcher Billy Ford.

2. Conestoga (22-4, 1). For the reigning Class AAAA titlists, a rock-solid nucleus consists of catcher/closer Scott Williams (Virginia), infielders Jake Carr and Tommy Richter, and outfielder/shortstop Luke Mogle.

3. Council Rock South (17-6, 5). Rider recruit Brian Donnelly, Bret DeStefano, and Jeff Miller play the outfield and also pitch. Another catalyst is second baseman Zach Fitzgerald.

4. Neumann-Goretti (22-1, 3). The senior headliners include pitcher-outfielder Joey Gorman (St. Joseph's), outfielder Jimmy Kerrigan (Temple), shortstop Marty Venafro, and catcher Nicky Nardini.

5. Methacton (17-11, 8). The Warriors' bid to claim the Pioneer Athletic Conference crown is headed by third baseman-pitcher Joey Casselberry, first baseman Matt Dale, and catcher-closer Clayton Harwick.

6. West Chester Rustin (14-7, NR). At the plate, the Golden Knights are fueled by shortstop-third baseman Kevin Jewitt (Villanova) and second baseman Joe Palladino. Jack Fritz is the pitching ace.

7. La Salle (17-6, NR). The offense is sparked by third baseman Mike Piscopo (Northeastern), centerfielder Ryan Otis (Bucknell), catcher Corey Baiada, and second baseman Colin Pyne.

8. North Penn (11-9, NR). The Knights have three strong pitchers: Bryce Mengel, Bobby Reddick, and Alec Lashkevich. Catcher Eddie Posavec and outfielder Casey Clauss spark the offense.

9. Chestnut Hill Academy (20-7, NR). The Blue Devils have one of the area's best infields: first baseman Matt Primavera, second baseman Sam Feirson, shortstop Dan Hull, and third baseman Matt Rowland.

10. Central Bucks South (11-8, NR). Second baseman Dylan Glassmire and shortstop Chris Coia (Radford) spearhead the offense. Ricky Dennis is the ace of the Titans' pitching staff.

Under consideration (listed alphabetically): Boyertown (14-8), Council Rock North (19-3), Great Valley (13-8), Hatboro-Horsham (8-12), West Chester East (19-4), West Chester Henderson (16-5).

- Rick O'Brien

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