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Burney's Bites will focus primarily on the local preps sports scene, but will also touch on some college and pro athletics, mostly in regards to athletes who hail and have played high school sports in Oakland County. My goal for the blog is to be conversational and anecdotal, a more relaxed and free formal take on high school athletics than you see in regular game day coverage.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

April Rankings - Boys Baseball

Top 10 Prep Baseball Teams Oakland County:

1. Birmingham Brother Rice (14-3) - Despite a few recent losses, the Warriors remain the class of prep baseball in the area (not to mention the state).

2. Rochester Hills Adams (12-1) - Everybody knows about ace hurler, Andrew Waszak, but the Highlanders offense can shred with the best of them - Kyle Casadei, Nick Druzinski, T.J. Trouba are all viable threats to do damage any time they hit the batter's box - and that's what makes them so dangerous

3. Walled Lake Western (13-1) - The Warriors display a warrior-like mentality on the diamond

4. Auburn Hills Avondale (11-3) - Veteran ball players like Adam Purcilly, Brian Portelli, Steve Bohne, and Donovan Rigel - all four with more than three years of varsity experience apiece - could take the Yellow Jackets far this year.

5. Rochester (6-3) - Sophomore hurler Nick Bradley is one of the best underclassmen pitching prospects in the state.

6. Lakeland (10-4) - Pound-for-pound, the Eagles' Michigan-bound Ricky Samue is the best hitter in the county.

7. Birmingham Detroit Country Day (6-3) - The combination of fireballer Mike Theodore and sluggers like Ben Nielson, and Kevin Conway could result in another long tournament run for DCD and longtime head coach Frank Orlando, who recently added his umpteenth state title as the coach of the Yellowjackets girls hoops squads.

8. Novi Detroit Catholic Central (8-4) - So far, so good for the Shamrocks - hanging tough in probably the toughest league in the entire state of Michigan.

9. Birmingham Groves (7-3) - Jim Crosby and his bunch of diamond cutters are at it again!

10 - a . Farmington Hills Harrison (8-5) - Justin Young is a bonafide ace on the bump for the up and coming Hawks, who could end up surprising a lot of people by season's end

10 - b. Walled Lake Central (10-5) - A boat load of baseball talent resides in Walled Lake this year.


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