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Rick O'Brien: A list of outfielders who stand out

We have come to the end of our Top 10 baseball tour. We wrap things up with a look at the best outfielders in Southeastern Pennsylvania.

We have come to the end of our Top 10 baseball tour. We wrap things up with a look at the best outfielders in Southeastern Pennsylvania.

Our list is based on personal observations and coaches' insights. Because we cover more than 160 high schools in the sport, which translates into at least 480 starting outfielders, we have cranked the list up to 15.

Most of the honorees, as you could probably guess, are centerfielders.

1. Edwin "Tito" Rohena, Frankford, senior. From the No. 3 spot, the La Salle University recruit, also a hurler for the Pioneers, batted .580 with 46 RBIs, 36 runs, 14 doubles, 5 home runs and 3 triples.

2. Jon McAllister, Chestnut Hill Academy, junior. The Blue Devils' quick-footed leadoff man hit .487 with 35 runs, 10 doubles and 3 homers. With 121 career hits, McAllister, a Division I prospect, is the school's all-time leader.

3. Steve Shelinsky, Pennsbury, senior. The Pittsburgh signee batted .386 with 22 runs, 20 RBIs, 14 walks and 6 homers. Shelinsky was a first-team all-Suburban One League National Conference selection.

4. Wander Nuñez, Frankford, senior. A native of the Dominican Republic, Nuñez packed a big punch hitting behind Rohena. He batted .576 with 34 RBIs, 27 runs, 13 doubles, 5 homers and 2 triples.

5. Ricky Moses, Friends' Central, senior. From the No. 2 position, Moses, bound for Spartanburg Methodist College in South Carolina, hit .408 with 18 stolen bases and 15 RBIs. He had a .694 on-base percentage.

6. Joe Aloia, La Salle, senior. As a smart and poised leadoff hitter, Aloia helped spark the Explorers' drive to the Catholic League championship game. He will try to be walk-on player at Delaware.

7. Brad Herrmann, Pennridge, senior. Herrmann, who will concentrate on football at Millersville, has made a big impact for the PIAA District 1 Class AAAA third-place finishers. He was batting .338 with 24 runs, 20 RBIs and 3 homers.

8. Gio Morales, St. Joseph's Prep, senior. Thanks in large part to the diminutive speedster's efforts at the top of the order, the Hawks' season is still alive. Morales was hitting .345 with 23 runs, 16 stolen bases and 12 RBIs.

9. Brian O'Grady, Archbishop Wood, junior. For the Catholic League Blue Division champions, O'Grady, also a strong-armed relief pitcher, batted .414 with 21 runs, 16 RBIs, 15 walks and 5 doubles.

10. Steve Harrington, Penn Charter, senior. The Princeton recruit showed his smarts on the diamond. Harrington hit .355 with 16 runs, 15 RBIs and 10 walks. He had a .444 on-base percentage.

11. Mike Stranix, Strath Haven, junior. The first-team all-Central League selection batted .444 with 19 runs, 13 stolen bases, 7 doubles, 5 triples and 2 homers. He had a .600 on-base percentage.

12. Jeff Wiand, Owen J. Roberts, junior. In the regular season, Wiand batted .491 with 17 runs, 15 RBIs and 12 walks. He had 13 stolen bases in 14 attempts.

13. Bobby Heitzman, Kennett, junior. Heitzman hit .476 with 30 runs, 12 RBIs, 9 doubles and 3 homers. He had a .794 slugging percentage and a .612 on-base percentage.

14. Justin Davey, North Penn, senior. Davey, the school's quarterback, has been a catalyst from the top portion of the order. He was a first-team all-Suburban One League Continental Conference selection.

15. Mike Riverso, Neumann-Goretti, junior. The Saints' rightfielder and No. 5 hitter was batting .442 with 21 RBIs, 19 runs, 10 doubles, 2 triples and 2 homers.

Twenty others to watch (listed alphabetically): Kelly Adams, Council Rock North, senior; Chris Bechter, Harry S Truman, senior; Andrew Carroll, Devon Prep, junior; Drew Frankenfield, Wissahickon, senior; Ken Kayama, Solebury School, senior; Ben Keller, Conwell-Egan, senior; Lance Lempert, Northeast, senior; Shawn Leo, Souderton, senior; Ronnie Levan, Pottstown, senior; Ian Lewis, Central, senior.

Andrew Machemer, Sun Valley, senior; Mike Raimo, Strath Haven, junior; Casey Roche, Downingtown East, junior; Vince Russomagno, Episcopal Academy, senior; Jon Schmidt, Archbishop Ryan, senior; Rasheed Stewart, Germantown Friends, senior; Nick Sun, Methacton, senior; Nick Szalejko, Archbishop Carroll, senior; Pat Traczykiewicz, William Tennent, junior; Marcus Von Hertsenberg, Radnor, senior.