News-Herald baseball Top of the Crop for April 19



1: (1) University (8-1)

2: (2) Perry (8-2)

3: (3) NDCL (5-3)

4: (4) Mentor (9-1)

5: (5) Kenston (5-6-1)

6: (6) Kirtland (10-1)

7: (7) Chardon (8-4)

8: (8) Gilmour (7-4)

9: (9) Geneva (4-2)

10: (NR) Madison (6-4)

Dropped out: Lake Catholic (4-5)

Watch List: Cardinal (6-4), Hawken (6-6), Riverside (4-3), VASJ (8-1)

Crop comments: University responded from its first loss of the season with a quartet of wins, capped by a pair of shutouts against West Geauga and Lake Catholic. Contests with Mentor and St. Edward will be a strong test for the Preppers at the midpoint of the season. ... After its nine-inning win over West Geauga, Perry fell to Hawken (7-3) before a bounce-back win over the Hawks (7-2). The Pirates had a strong win over Conneaut before a pair of road contests with Cardinal and Greenview. ... While the Lions dropped both contests in their week, they were to a strong Walsh Jesuit team. A pair of contests with Lake Catholic and a trip to North Ridgeville will be a good challenge for NDCL at the midpoint of the season. ... Mentor suffered its first defeat, as the Cardinals couldn't recover from a slow start against Shaker Heights (9-7). But they bounced back with a 1-0 win over Brunswick as Mentor now turns to a sectional final rematch from a season ago with University. ... Kenston suffered a loss to Mayfield to start the week but found its swing in a rematch with a 17-9 victory later in the week. The Bombers also won a contest of defending state champions with an 8-4 win over Hiland. ... Kirtland's bats have been its strength this season with five contests of 10 runs or more. The lone defeat came in a trip to Cardinal (14-13) as the Huskies rallied from eight runs down in the bottom of the seventh. The Hornets also picked up a win over Cuyahoga Heights before a pair of contests with Crestwood. ... Chardon fell to University but picked up a trio of wins in WRC play, which included a sweep of South. The Hilltoppers have four of their next five on the road, including a contest of the last two WRC champions with Kenston. ... Gilmour had its bats find their swings with double-digit runs against Lake Catholic and Orange, but the Lancers fell silent against Shaker Heights (2-1). Chardon and Kenston are also on tap for the Lancers as well. ... Geneva picked up a pair of wins over Jefferson, the latter of which had the Eagles walk-off for the win. But they were on the opposite end of a walk-off to Warren JFK, which had three runs in the bottom of the eighth for the victory. ... Madison has gained confidence at the plate, as the Blue Streaks have won five straight, which included a shutout of Fairport and held Conneaut to one run. A pair with Geneva is due up for the Blue Streaks as they aim to stay hot.