We updated our statewide Top 25 baseball poll earlier this afternoon. To view it, CLICK HERE.
The next poll update will be on Monday, April 28.
A few notes and observations about this week's poll:
Newton North moves up: Following its 2-1 win in 10 innings over Braintree on Saturday, Newton North jumps six spots up to No. 2, its highest ranking ever in the history of our poll. How long that lasts remains to be seen, however, with a pivotal battle against Xaverian coming on Thursday. Both of the Bay State Conference's representatives are in the Top 10, with Braintree (9) joining Newton North after stumbling six spots from last week with the loss.
Bridgewater-Raynham remains the No. 1 team in the land, a spot it has held continuously since the final poll of the 2013 season. Rounding out the top five are Boston College High (3), St. John's of Shrewsbury (4) and Peabody (5).
Silver Lake back with a vengeance: After being unceremoniously dropped from the last poll update on the heels of a 12-1 loss to Duxbury, Silver Lake skyrockets back into the poll at No. 8, thanks to two victories over then-No. 2 Plymouth North sandwiched around a 9-1 rout of No. 17 Middleborough. The Lakers, our preseason No. 14, have a must-see matchup with No. 1 Bridgewater-Raynham on Thursday in the finals of the Brad Martin Tournament.
Returns and debuts: Leominster, a preseason Top 15 selection, is back in the poll at No. 21 following its 6-2 victory over Hudson. Meanwhile, five teams make season debuts in the back end of the poll: Masconomet (20), West Springfield (22), Algonquin (23), Bellingham (24) and Chicopee (25).
As always, here is how the poll breaks down by league affiliation:
Catholic Conference - 4
Atlantic Coast - 2
Bay State - 2
Central Mass. Conference - 2
Merrimack Valley - 2
Mid-Wach A - 2
Patriot - 2
Valley Wheel - 2
Cape Ann - 1
Dual County - 1
Northeastern - 1
Old Colony - 1
Tri-Valley - 1
Valley League - 1