The final week of the regular season was as unpredictable as the rest of the year and our rankings bear that out. Grand Street Campus is the only team in the same spot it was last week.
Cardozo and Tottenville each moves up one after George Washington fell to Norman Thomas. The Tigers are right behind GW at No. 5 followed by Queens A West winner John Adams.
1. Grand Street Campus (15-1) (Last week: 1)
Somehow, the Wolves aren’t the top seed in the PSAL Class A playoffs. Don’t ask how – it makes very little sense. Grand Street is the best team in the PSAL – it won Brooklyn A East, one of the league’s best divisions, and repeated as Monroe Tournament champions – and we expect them to show it over the next few weeks.
Cardozo and Connor Doyle are now second in The Post's PSAL baseball rankings.
Next: Environmental Studies, PSAL Class A first round (May 23, 3:30 p.m.)
2. Cardozo (16-0) (3)
The PSAL seeding committee rewarded the Judges with the top overall seed in the Class A playoffs after a second straight undefeated league season. Cardozo’s road isn’t necessarily an easy one – Telecommunications is a possible roadblock in the quarterfinals – but the Judges should at least get to the final eight after they were upset in the second round a year ago.
Next: TBA, PSAL Class A first round (May 23, 3:30 p.m.)
3. Tottenville (13-3) (4)
Raise your hands if this sounds familiar. Tottenville begins the year with little fanfare, cruised to the Staten Island A title and shocks a few of the city’s other established powers en route to another championship. It wouldn’t surprise us one bit if history repeats itself – the Pirates have arguably the PSAL’s deepest pitching staff and the lineup, led by Anthony Capo, Joe Sessa and John Giakas, has come to life of late.
Next: Riverdale/Kingsbridge, PSAL Class A first round (May 23, 3:30 p.m.)
4. George Washington (14-2) (2)
Thursday’s loss to Norman Thomas was costly. It dropped the Trojans a few seeds, down to fourth, and instead of winning a third straight Manhattan A East crown, they split it with the rival Tigers. A third meeting between the two is a distinct possibility.
Next: John Bowne, PSAL Class A first round (May 23, 3:30 p.m.)
5. Norman Thomas (14-2) (7)
Luis Monell did a fine job in his first year running the program. He got the most out of this group, which lacked that one superstar, yet still shared the Manhattan A East crown with George Washington. Norman Thomas will be a factor over the next two weeks after earning the fifth seed in the city playoffs.
Next: Long Island City, PSAL Class A first round (May 23, 3:30 p.m. @ TBA)
6. John Adams (14-2) (5)
Glenn Beyer doesn't get enough credit. When the season began, William Bryant was the pick in Queens A West; instead Adams won the division crown going away. Led by co-aces Anderson DeLeon and Braylin Nunez, the Spartans could make some serious noise in the city playoffs.
Next: Luperon, PSAL Class A first round (May 23, 3:30 p.m.)
7. James Madison (13-3) (6)
It was a tough final week to the regular season for Madison as it dropped both contests against top-ranked Grand Street Campus and finished second for the second straight year in Brooklyn A East after owning the division for so long. The Knights gave the Wolves all they could handle in the second meeting, losing 4-3, and despite receiving the 12th seed in the playoffs, could make a long run on the strength of its deep pitching staff.
Next: DeWitt Clinton, PSAL Class A first round (May 23, 3:30 p.m.)
8. Telecommunications (13-3) (10)
The Yellow Jackets righted themselves just in time, winning their final five contests, including a series of sweep of rival Fort Hamilton, to claim the Brooklyn A West division title.
Next: Morris, PSAL Class A first round (May 23, 3:30 p.m. @ Ben Vitale Park)
9. James Monroe (13-3) (9)
By Monroe standards, this was a down season; by everyone else’s, it was a success. The Eagles still won Bronx A East again despite losing three league games could be dangerous as the seventh seed in the city playoffs if the pitching, so consistent of late, holds up.
Next: Curtis, PSAL Class A first round (May 23, 3:30 p.m.)
10. Manhattan Center (11-5) (8)
Manhattan Center ended its productive regular season on a down note, falling to Stuyvesant on Saturday. The Rams still went 11-5 in Manhattan A East – the best division in the PSAL if you ask us – and could give Tottenville all kinds of problems in the second round on Friday if the two meet as expected.
Next: New Utrecht, PSAL Class A first round (May 23, 3:30 p.m. @ Field of Dreams)
Dropped out : None
On the bubble: Beacon (13-3), Midwood (10-6), John F. Kennedy (11-5), Lehman (11-5), Stuyvesant (11-5), New Dorp (12-6), Newtown (12-4), Walton (5-11) and William Bryant (11-5)
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