State baseball rankings released: May 7 edition

The New York State Sportswriters Association baseball rankings were released today. Records are through games of May 5. For the full listing, click here.

I’ll list the top three in each class as well as any Section 9 teams to make the cut.

Class AA

Chester's Ryan Cabrera runs to 2nd base at a Chester vs S.S. Seward baseball game in Chester, NY on Tuesday May 6,2014. (Times Herald-Record photo)

1. Shenendehowa (Section 2, 13-1)

2. Ketcham (Section 1, 12-1)

3. Orchard Park (Section 6, 7-0)

16. Pine Bush (11-4)

19. Minisink Valley (12-3)

Class A

1. New Hartford (Section 3, 11-0)

2. Wallkill (10-2)

3. Levittown-Division (Section 8, 14-2)

Class B

1. Rye Neck (Section 1, 13-0-1)

2. North Salem (Section 1, 15-0)

3. Hudson (Section 2, 10-0)

17. James I. O’Neill (8-4)

Class C

1. Pierson-Bridgehampton (Section 11, 10-3)

2. Tioga (Section 4, 8-0)

3. Bolivar Richburg (Section 5, 10-1)

6. Chester (7-2)

7. S.S. Seward (11-1)

Class D

1. Smithtown Christian (Section 11, 12-3)

2. McGraw (Section 3, 9-3)

3. Lyndonville (Section 5, 9-0)

14. John A. Coleman Catholic (4-4)

It’s hard to believe, but the playoffs are nearly upon us. Let’s take a quick look at the local standings and ponder the seeding possibilities.

baseball standings, 2014
(through 5-6-14)
OCIAA Division I
League, Overall
Pine Bush 7-4, 12-4
Kingston 4-4, 8-5
Monroe-Woodbury 4-4, 8-7
Middletown 4-5, 7-7
Newburgh 3-5, 6-8
OCIAA Division II
Valley Central 5-3, 10-3
Minisink Valley 4-4, 12-4
Warwick 2-3, 8-5-1
Washingtonville 2-3, 6-7
OCIAA Division III
Cornwall 5-0, 8-7
Port Jervis 5-0, 5-5-1
Monticello 0-4, 3-6
Goshen 0-6, 1-15
OCIAA Division IV
James I. O’Neill 7-1, 9-4
Sullivan West 7-4, 7-5
Liberty 3-4, 4-7
Burke Catholic 3-5, 4-9
Fallsburg 0-6, 0-7
OCIAA Division V
Chester 3-1, 8-2
S.S Seward 2-1, 11-2
Tuxedo 4-2, 6-6
Tri-Valley 0-5, 2-6
OCIAA Division VI
Livingston Manor 3-0, 6-7
Eldred 2-4, 2-9
Chapel Field 1-2, 3-6

MHAL Division I
Wallkill 3-0, 10-2
New Paltz 1-2, 6-3
Roosevelt 1-2, 6-5
Saugerties 1-2, 4-6
MHAL Division II
Marlboro 2-0, 7-3
Rondout Valley 2-1, 2-9
Red Hook 1-2, 4-5
Highland 1-3, 5-7
MHAL Division III
Spackenkill 3-0, 7-5
Onteora 2-1, 8-3
Ellenville 0-4, 0-8
MHAL Division IV
Coleman Catholic 3-0, 4-4
Rhinebeck 5-1, 6-4
Webutuck 3-3, 4-6
Pine Plains 2-5, 3-8
Millbrook 1-5, 4-5

Delaware Valley (Pa.) 9-2, 13-3

Class AA

Where to begin? Best of luck trying to figure out the seedings here. Any team in OCIAA Division I or Division II has the potential to beat another team on any given day, so it’s hard to rank them right now. Pine Bush probably has the inside track on the No. 1 seed, but they do get some crossover games against Division II next week. However it shakes out, this is going to be a crazy fun bracket to track later this month. A ton of contenders and no real clear-cut favorite.

Class A

Wallkill likely gets the No. 1 seed here and Cornwall probably takes the second seed. Port Jervis, New Paltz and Marlboro won’t be far behind. Would anyone be at all surprised to see yet another Section 9 Class A final featuring Wallkill and Cornwall?

Class B

O’Neill is on pace to take the top seed, assuming they finish strong in division play. Spackenkill has been coming on strong after a slow start to the season and should be a tough team to beat in the playoffs with its wealth of postseason experience. And don’t forget about Rhinebeck, which will compete in Class B this season, up from C. Onteora and Sullivan West should round up the top 5 in some order.

Class C

With Rhinebeck playing up a class this year, this is shaping up to be a Seward-Chester rematch. That would be a fun finals matchup if it happens. Don’t forget about Tuxedo.

Class D

As of this writing, it looks like we’re bound for a Livingston Manor-Coleman Catholic battle in the finals here. Can Eldred right the ship and qualify for the postseason?

For score updates each night, check out my Twitter feed: @THR_Montgomery.

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