First baseball poll and preseason All-State

We've released our first state-wide MIAA Top 25 baseball poll this afternoon, which can be found here; and our panel of staff writers, correspondents and area coaches have tapped Catholic Memorial as No. 1 to top the preseason.

Many felt this could be the year the Knights, who have lost in extra innings in the last two Division 1 South finals, get over the hump. And certainly, head coach Hal Carey has the horses in his starting rotation to pull it off, between Division 1 commits Matt Goreham (Northeastern), John Gorman (BC) and John Mildner (UMass).

Overall, the Catholic Conference took four of the top five spots in the poll, with Lincoln-Subury taking the No. 2 spot followed by Malden Catholic, reigning Division 1 North champ St. John's Prep and Division 1 state runner-up Xaverian. Rounding out the top 10 are Lowell (6), Lexington (7), Peabody (8), Wachusett (9) and North Andover (10).

Our panel has also put together a preseason All-State to whet your appetite, listed below:

RHP – Adam Ravenelle, Sr., Lincoln-Sudbury

LHP – Will Marcal, Sr., Lexington

RHP – Pat Connaughton, Sr., St. John’s Prep

RHP – Matt Goreham, Sr., Catholic Memorial

RHP – Pat Delano, Jr., Braintree

C – Matt Walsh, Sr., Plymouth North

1B – Lorenzo Papa, Sr., Arlington Catholic

2B – Zach Apotheker, Sr., Brockton

SS – Aaron Fossas, Sr., Holy Name

3B – John Gorman, Sr., Catholic Memorial

DH – Zach Littman, Sr., Abington

OF – Carl Anderson, Sr., Lincoln-Sudbury

OF – Connor McDavitt, Sr., Wachusett

OF – James Ricoy, Sr., Lowell

As always, let us know how we're doing in the comments section below, or by emailing editors Brendan Hall at bhall@espnboston.com and Scott Barboza at sbarboza@espnboston.com.