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HS BASEBALL: HVSR Power Rankings, Week of May 9

By Rich Thomaselli
HVSR Staff

Coming down the homestretch.

It’s sectional time beginning next week, and teams are jockeying for position as the regular season winds to a close.

So let’s start with the disclaimers and move on to the rankings.

Every week we will bring you an HVSR Power Ranking with the top five teams in the area, leading right up to the Section One and Section Nine tournaments in May.

Just like in football and basketball, the Power Rankings are done on a weekly basis, usually every Monday during the season. The HVSR rankings are done internally and are purely subjective. That is, there is no voting or lobbying by coaches. This is strictly an in-house project.

The biggest component is whoever is playing the best or had significant victories that particular week, with factors such as injuries, game site, records, classifications and other dynamics given due consideration.

We draw from the HVSR coverage area – 31 high schools in Dutchess, Putnam, Ulster and Orange counties. They are: Arlington, Beacon, Brewster, Carmel, Coleman, Dover, Ellenville, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Haldane, Highland, John Jay-EF, Kingston, Mahopac, Marlboro, Millbrook, Newburgh, New Paltz, Onteora, Our Lady of Lourdes, Pawling, Pine Plains, Poughkeepsie, Putnam Valley, Red Hook, Rhinebeck, Rondout Valley, Roy C. Ketcham, Saugerties, Spackenkill, Wallkill and Webutuck.


5) KINGSTON (10-4) – Sleeping giant. Coach Mike Groppuso has the Tigers playing solid baseball in the ultra-competitive OCIAA.

4) TIE, HIGHLAND (10-3) and NEW PALTZ (10-2) – You would think it’s kind of difficult for a defending sectional champ like Highland to fly under the radar, but that’s the way the Huskies like it. New Paltz has two more tough games coming up with Highland and FDR.

3) MARLBORO (11-2) – The Dukes will go as far as their pitching can take them, and Nick Mongelli has been superb so far this season. Still an outside shot at winning MHAL Division III

2) ARLINGTON (14-4) – Can’t imagine Admirals coach Darrell Flynn can’t be too concerned with Monday’s 3-1 loss to Ketcham in a brilliantly pitched game on both sides. In fact, Arlington might have the deepest staff in the area.

1) KETCHAM (14-1) – No ties at the top after the Indians’ beat Arlington on the road on Monday but, hey, for all we know this could change again in 24 hours after the rematch. For now, though, the Indians are right where they’re supposed to be.

Rich Thomaselli

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