Sussex Central baseball Noah Burroughs. Photo courtesy of Prep Baseball DE

Clubhouse talk: Week 5 baseball top 10

Nick HallidayHeadlines, Sports

Sussex Central baseball Noah Burroughs. Photo courtesy of Prep Baseball DE

Sussex Central baseball Noah Burroughs. Photo courtesy of Prep Baseball DE

Well it was the best spring weather, but it was the best we have seen this spring so far. We saw a new number one last week and we will see a new number one this week. 


Cape Henlopen took over as the new No. 1 last week, but suffered their first loss of the season this week. However we still have three undefeated teams throughout the state. 


We had a few top 10 matchups that are going to shake up the order of the rankings this week as well. No. 9 Concord, who entered the top 10 last week, got a big win over then No. 7 Archmere. No. 3 William Penn also got a big road win over then No. 8 Saint Mark’s. 


Lets see how the top ten rankings align after a good week of baseball. 


No. 1 Sussex Central Golden Knights (10-0) defeated Delmar and Dover last week to remain one of the undefeated teams in the state. on Thursday. Jaquin Rodriguez got his fourth win of the season, while Noah Burroughs continues to swing a hot bat totaling 7 hits in their two games last week which included a triple as well as a home run. The new No. 1 will now face last week’s No. 1 team  Cape Henlopen, now the No. 5 team Tuesday. Then travel to Indian River on Thursday. 

No. 2 William Penn Colonials (6-0)  moves up again this week with a win over then No.8 Saint Mark’s. The Colonials got the win with their bats this week led by Colby Gilbert who connected for a three run home run for one of his two hits. They also had Shawn Roy and Mikey Baker add two hits a piece also. Penn will host Salesianum on Tuesday and Odessa on Thursday. 

No. 3 Sussex Tech Ravens (8-1) defeated Indian River and then No. 1 Cape Henlopen last week to put them at No. 3 this week. Jeremy Vest got his fourth win of the season for the Ravens. The Raven have three games this week as they travel north to play at Frawley Stadium as they host Caesar Rodney on Tuesday, then travel to Laurel on Thursday. Their third game of the week will be on Saturday as they host St Georges. 

No. 4 Cape Henlopen (10-1) shutout Laurel last Tuesday, but fell to now No. 3 Sussex Tech for their first loss of the season. Brad Marks went the distance but was outdueled by Tech’s Jeremy Vest. The Vikings turn right around and play no No. 1 Sussex Central on Tuesday night. Then they will travel to Lake Forest on Thursday. 


No. 5 Delaware Military Seahawks (7-1) (DMA) played three games last week defeating Wilmington Charter, Middletown, and Wilmington Friends. Three different starters got wins for the Seahawks, Charlie Porter, Tyler Leech, and Chase Snavely. DMA will have three games this week as well. They First State Military on Tuesday, then play Red Lion at Wilmington University Thursday. They travel to Caesar Rodney on Saturday for their third game of the week. 

No. 6 Concord Raiders (7-0) continue to win getting three wins in three days to stay one of the remaining undefeated teams in the state.Their biggest win came on Wednesday with a 2-1 victory over then No. 7 Archmere. Jackson LaPerle went six string innings for the Raiders to get the win over the Auks. Concord has two games this week as they travel down Foulk Rd to play Brandywine on Tuesday, then host Wilmington Charter on Thursday.  


No. 7 The Sanford Warriors (9-1) moved up this week with two decisive wins last week over Tatnall and St Elizabeth. Brady Bollman got his third win of the season and Luke Filliben is tearing it up at the plate. Filliben had 5 hits in their two games this week and 2 of them were home runs. The Warriors play at Tower Hill on Tuesday then host Newarck Charter on Friday. 


No. 8 Caesar Rodney (5-2) suffered two early season losses, but they were to then No. 1 Cape and a tough out of state opponent Queen Annes (MD). Since then they have reeled off five straight wins including two last week over Seaford and Milford. The Riders have a tough week as they face Sussex Tech on Tuesday at Frawley Stadium, at Sussex Academy on Thursday, then host No. 5 DMA on Saturday.

No. 9 The Brandywine Bulldogs (8-1) enter the top ten again this week after dropping out last week. They beat Sanford head to head, but suffered a bad loss to Mt Pleasant. They rebounded with two wins last week over AI duPont and McKean, but still haven’t played much competition this season. That’s why I have them at 9. However they do face No. 6 Concord on Tuesday which will be their toughest competition since they played Sanford. 


No. 10 The Caravel Buccaneers (5-2) suffered their second loss of the season last week as they fell to St Georges, a tough team and was ranked in the top 10 to start the season. Their only other loss is to then No. 1 Cape Henlopen. They rebounded with a win over Appo last week to find themselves back in the top ten. The Bucs have a tough week ahead as well as they travel to Middletown on Tuesday, then play Smyrna at Frawley on Thursday. They then travel on Saturday to play at Saint Mark’s. 


So many good games last week and this week is making it hard to rank these teams. The competition is heating up as we see new teams in the top ten as well as our third new No. 1 team already. The weather is heating up also with some really nice weather in the forecast this week. Get out to see some of these games live and enjoy the nice weather.

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