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Northeast's Class 2A state champion baseball team is ranked No. 2 nationally in the latest edition of Collegiate Baseball Magazine and could take over the top spot next week.

In last Friday's Easton National High School Baseball Poll, which appears in the biweekly magazine, the Eagles were second behind top-ranked Edwardsville, Ill., (32-0).

But Edwardsville dropped its state title bid, 10-3, to Thornwood High (No. 21) while the Eagles finished the year unbeaten with

a state public-school record 24 wins.

The poll lists the nation's top30 teams and represents the voting of a nationwide panel of high school and college baseball coaches. Voters take into account the teams'level of competition, win streaks, victories at home vs. away and depth of pitching.

The latest poll listed the Eagles at 21-0 and didnot include their final three victories over Frederick Douglass, 16-1, for the regional title and their state semifinal and championship wins over Middletown, 13-3, and Hammond, 15-3, respectively.

No. 3-ranked Esperanza (Calif.) and No. 4-ranked Division High (N.Y.) suffered their third and second losses, respectively, in state playoff games last week.

"I'll know by (tomorrow) who the No. 1 team is, butthere's every indication that Northeast will be it," said Lou Pavlovich Sr., the publisher of the national poll. "Sounds like they've gota tremendous coach and a tremendous program."

Northeast coach Harry Lentz, who completed his 24th season, said, "Of course this is a mythical thing, but I think it's great for the kids to get this publicity.

"To be recognized in a national publication like this is justa thrill. Since we did end up 24-0 and did beat another state champion (Class 4A champ Arundel, a 14-4 win), then with Edwardsville losing, I think we're due to be ranked No. 1. I think we deserve it."

The Eagles' squad featured five first-team All-County players, including the Anne Arundel County Sun's 1991 Player of the Year Craig Everett.

First baseman Russ Curry, third baseman Don Shump, pitcher Charlie Buckheit and outfielder Derek Dolch also made the first team.

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