Super 7 May 14
I’m starting to get the impression that the race for the No. 1 spot in the Super 7 is more hotly contested than usual. Due to a few off days, it’s been a while since I’ve posted the reasoning behind the picks (yes, there is reasoning), so here goes.
1. Bonner-Prendergast (15-3)
2. Strath Haven (19-0)
I’ll put the explanations for these two together since they are essentially 1A-1B and have been for some time. There’s no impeaching Strath Haven’s accomplishments: Even if the District One tournament proves the Central League to be less than daunting as it did last year, so many things have to go right for a team like Haven to go undefeated. This has the potential to be a very special team. But records can also be seductive, and to think that Haven is three games better than Bonner-Prendie is inaccurate. Look at Bonner-Prendie’s three losses: One was in the first game of the season. One came to likely Inter-Ac champion Malvern Prep. The other was an 11-7 decision to Springside Chestnut Hill, one of the top two or three teams in the Inter-Ac. The losing pitchers in those three games have thrown a combined 20.2 innings this season. They’ve done it all with only having to use Frank Saviski for 8.2 innings this season. He could be a dangerous weapon and fresh arm for the playoffs.
3. Radnor (11-7)
The unbalanced schedule in the Central League makes comparisons maddening. So does a crowd of teams with about the same records. So let’s break it down to the head-to-head: Radnor beat Garnet Valley, they beat Penncrest and they split two games with Marple Newtown. With Sean Corelli and Adam Erkis both pitching well (oh yeah, and Billy Greenfield waiting in the wings as a late-game option), Radnor could be a factor in districts.
4. Garnet Valley (12-7)
Dalton Mayberry is pitching really well of late. The plan for GV is no great secret: Mayberry in the opener, throw together enough arms for the second game, then Mayberry again. It’s a recipe that would get them to states.
5. Penncrest (12-6)
The fact that John Geffre has strung together three straight strong outings is a big deal for the Lions. With an ace anchoring the front of the staff, the Lions can execute the plan they came into the season with. Now if only they can get the bats going early in a game more often…
6. Marple Newtown (12-6)
Marple only falls because of losses to Radnor and Penncrest. The fact that they’re a Class AAA team means they could have the deepest run in the playoffs of the Delco contingent.
7. Haverford School (17-9)
The Fords get back into it this week thanks to their recent resurgence. When they can roll over three pitchers like Pat Valentine, Matt Galetta and Connor Burke, all pitching well, in the last few weeks, they are dangerous. I wouldn’t be shocked to see them make a run at the PAISAA title despite being seeded No. 4
Honorable mention: Ridley (10-8; I’ve got a bad feeling that two losses down the stretch could have the Green Raiders wondering ‘what if’); Interboro (14-3; another team to watch in Class AAA).