2013 Top 15 baseball preseason poll
Coach: Lou Eckerl
Postseason: MIAA A Conference champion
Outlook: After returning to the top of the conference in 2012, the Cardinals enter as the favorite to slug their way to another title. Senior catcher Alex Murphy could set several offensive records. Senior outfielder Ron Farley batted .733 with 2 HRs and 5 RBIs in the playoffs last year.
Coach: Dave Boteler
Last season: 19-5, No. 8
Postseason: Class 2A South regional finalist
Outlook: With most of their players returning, the Gladiators hope to improve on last season's 1-0 loss to Patuxent in the regional final, Boteler said. Junior Tyler Hoeflich batted .347 with a team-leading 26 RBIs last season. The right-hander was 2-2 with a 1.94 ERA.
3. Archbishop Curley
Coach: Brooks Norris
Last season: 19-12, No. 3
Postseason: MIAA A Conference runner-up
Outlook: A pair of left-handed pitchers -- junior Zack Ridgely (58 strikeouts in 58 innings in 2012) and senior J.D. Caulkins (4-4, 3.71 ERA) -- lead the Friars as they look to build on last year's success despite the graduation of several key contributors.
4. South River
Coach: Ken Dunn
Last season: 13-9, unranked
Postseason: Class 4A East regional quarterfinalist