Metro League Baseball Power Rankings: Week Two

Due to the “great” Seattle weather we experienced last week (sarcasm), many games were rained out, which is typical for early March. However we did see some action and some surprises. Chief Sealth is on a fast start already, having a 5-1 record so far. Yes I said the Seahawks are 5-1. These wins have come against weak opponents, so it is too soon to put them (Sealth) in the top 5. We will find out if Sealth is the real deal when they face Eastside Catholic on Monday.

O’Dea took down last year’s 3A State Champion, Bothell (4-3), in a great game. The Irish were lead by Connor Livingston (2 hits and 2 RBI) and Connor O’Brien (2 hits, 1 R). This win shows that the Metro League is a conference to watch out for this year.

Player of the Week: Outfielder Izac Bawer, Chief Sealth- The sophomore had a great week with 5 hits and 9 RBI. He is hitting .357 and is the hottest player in the league. These performances were against weak opponents, but the numbers he put up are to good to pass up.

Power Rankings:

1. Seattle Prep (0-0-1) Their game against Bellevue was rained out last week. The hitting could be a question, but it’s still early in the season. I still consider this team the best team in the conference, but they are on the edge of falling back with a hot O’Dea team right behind them.

This Week: Ingraham (0-1), twice: O’Dea (2-0)

2. O’Dea (2-0) The Irish are one of the hottest teams right now; blowing out 4A’s Inglemoor (19-3), and taking down Bothell (4-3). O’Dea’s offense has been great lead by Connor O’Brien and Sutton Lowery. The Irish have a great shot at taking the No. 1 spot as they get a rematch with Seattle Prep; who defeated them in the Metro Championship last year. If the pitching is strong for this team, expect a shift in the rankings next week.

This Week: Franklin (1-0), twice: Seattle Prep (0-0-1)

3. Bishop Blanchet (1-1) The Braves only had one game last week and lost to Glacier Peak (8-11). With Max Engelbrekt out with a torn ACL, the pitching staff is not strong and could affect this team when in close games. The offense is solid, but if the pitching doesn’t pick up, expect this team to drop in the rankings next week.

This Week: West Seattle (1-0), twice: Bainbridge (0-0)

4. West Seattle (1-0) The Wildcats did not have any games this week, but doesn’t mean they took last week off. They play a big game on Monday against Blanchet, which will prove to us if this team can contend for a Metro title. Most likely the Wildcats will put out their ace Sam Hellinger, who will have to throw at least 5 solid innings for this team to win. I also expect Jeff Freeman to have a big game as well against the Braves.

This Week: Blanchet (1-1), twice: Ingraham (0-1)

5. Eastside Catholic (1-1) The Crusaders had a tough week against 4A powerhouse Newport, getting blown out by ten runs. Eastside only put up 2 runs thanks to Jeff Kepple. The offense has been off to a slow start in the first two games. As the season progresses I expect this team to make a run once Metro play starts.

This Week: Chief Sealth (5-1), twice: Lakeside (0-0)

6. Nathan Hale (0-0)

This Week: twice: Rainier Beach (0-2)

7. Chief Sealth (5-1)

This Week: Eastside Catholic (1-1), twice: Franklin (1-0)

8. Bainbridge (0-0)

This Week: twice: Bishop Blanchet (1-1)

9. Lakeside (0-0)

This Week: twice: Eastside Catholic (1-1)

10. Franklin (1-0)

This Week: O’Dea (2-0), twice: Chief Sealth (5-1)

11. Ingraham (0-1)

This Week: Seattle Prep (0-0-1), twice: West Seattle (1-0)

12. Cleveland (0-0)

This Week: NO GAMES

13. Rainier Beach (0-2)

This Week: Bainbridge (0-0), twice: Nathan Hale (0-0)

Series of the Week: O’Dea vs. Seattle Prep Wed. Mar. 21, and Fri. Mar. 23, 2012 3:30 p.m.

This match-up features the top two teams in the Metro conference. Both teams come into this match-up with great talent. O’Dea’s top pitchers are Tony Davila and Dylan Wade of O’Dea and Seattle Prep’s are Jack Roger and Max Winkelhake. Comparing teams, I give Prep the edge on pitching, and O’Dea the advantage in hitting. These games are always close and these two shouldn’t be any different. This could be a preview of the 2012 Metro Championship game.

Prediction: Game 1- Seattle Prep 5-4; Game 2- O’Dea 6-3

-Evan Baron (BaselineBaron09)