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Newton North is clear No. 1 in final Top 20 baseball poll

 Jon Mahoney/For The Boston Globe

Jon Mahoney/for the Globe

The Newton North Tigers roared their way to the first-ever Super 8 baseball tournament title this spring. Behind key efforts from senior catcher Alex Joyce and senior pitcher Dylan Sbordone, Newton North clearly separated itself from every other team in the state, dropping only one contest all year. Fittingly, that lone team was Braintree, and the Wamps ultimately met the Tigers in the Super 8 title game at Brockton Rox Stadium.

Behind the two Bay State Conference foes, Bridgewater-Raynham and St. John’s Prep ultimately came away empty-handed after terrific starts to their seasons. Both seasons ended at the hands of Braintree.

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Masconomet closes the season at No. 5 in Eastern Mass. after a triumphant run to the Division 2 state title. The Chieftains boasted one of the best pitching staffs in the state, and their bats came alive in the postseason.

Rounding out the top 10 are three other Super 8 participants in Silver Lake, Lincoln-Sudbury, and Lowell, as well as Division 2 state runner-up Westwood and the impressive team from Wellesley.

The Globe’s final rankings also acknowledge Division 4 state champion Pope John Paul II at No. 13 and Division 3 state champion Bellingham at No. 14. Norwood, which reached the Division 1 state title game for the first time since 1943, comes in at No. 16.

1.Newton North23-11
4.St. John’s Prep17-64
6.Silver Lake20-58
13.Pope John Paul II22-115
15.East Bridgewater20-27
18.Lowell Catholic20-3-

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