The Inquirer TOP 10
With last year's record and final area ranking in parentheses. NR-not ranked.
1. Conestoga (14-7, NR). The Pioneers are led by first baseman Max Dolente; infielders Tom Richter and Andrew Turner; outfielders Andrew Born, Steve Born, and Austin Shirley; and pitcher Brendan Little.
2. Malvern Prep (27-9, No. 5). The Friars' bid for a fourth straight Inter-Ac League title is headed by pitcher Gardner Nutter, outfielder-pitcher Chris Butera, second baseman Matt Maul, and first baseman Dan Grandieri.
3. La Salle (21-5, No. 4). The key returning players for the defending Catholic League champs are ace righthander Dom Cuoci, outfielder-pitcher Jimmy Herron, shortstop A.J. Grezeszak, second baseman Brad Schneider, and catcher Nick Dermo.
4. Holy Ghost Prep (20-5, No. 9). The Firebirds have top hurlers in Tim Brennan and Curtis Staropoli. Also back for the defending District 1 Class AAA titlists are shortstop Ryan Malloy, catcher Jack Seibert, and outfielder Colin Smeraglio.
5. North Penn (17-10, No. 1). The Knights, who last season claimed the Class AAAA state crown, return five starters: third baseman Jared Melone, middle infielders Chris Kersey and Anthony Cameron, catcher Bobby Scott, and outfielder Mason Nadeau.
6. Upper Moreland (21-5, No. 10). Charlie Hooker and Eddie Decker, outfielders who also pitch, form a terrific one-two punch. The Golden Bears also return catcher Pat Driscoll, first baseman Colton Hooker, and third baseman Mike Cavanaugh.
7. Coatesville (21-7, No. 3). Veteran coach Hal Ziegler brings back ace pitcher-first baseman Brian Brown, catcher Bobby Stewart, leftfielder Brady Carras, pitcher Bobby Kuehn, and shortstop Aaron Cummings.
8. Council Rock North (16-8, NR). Righthander Matt Renck anchors the starting rotation. Catcher Tyler Callender, infielders Aden Tully and Brandon McIlwain, and outfielder Cole German are threats at the plate.
9. Pennridge (20-8, No. 2). The catalysts are infielder-pitcher David Tatoian; shortstop Brad Misialek; outfielder-pitcher Danny Shane; and designated hitter, first baseman, and pitcher Tyler Shoultes.
10. Spring-Ford (11-9, NR). The drive for a Pioneer Athletic Conference title is headed by outfielder David Gulati, pitcher-outfielder Cameron Simmons, shortstop Connor Klemann, and catcher Corey Rantz.
Under consideration (listed alphabetically): Boyertown (16-9), Central Bucks East (16-4), Devon Prep (14-9), Garnet Valley (12-7), Neshaminy (15-5), Neumann-Goretti (16-10).
- Rick O'Brien