Saint John’s Shrewsbury just wrapped up their first Massachusetts Super 8 baseball championship last night becoming the first private school to win the four year old tournament. The Pioneers also became the third non Catholic Conference team to win following Newton North High School winning in 2014 and Braintree High School winning in both 2015 and 2016. While it may be early (less than 24 hours after the conclusion of the 2017 Super 8) here is a very early 2018 Super 8 baseball projection from ITHMA.
- Saint John’s Preparatory High School – The Eagles were the Super 8 runner-up for the third straight year and they will look to get over the hump in 2018. Led by Mike Yarin, Alex Lane and Jake Sanderson the Prep should be considered the early favorite for the 2018 title.
- Boston College High School – Top pitcher Mike Vasil returns for his senior season and he will look to lead BC High to yet another Super 8. Vasil will once again be the best pitcher in the state and the Eagles will also return top players in Bobby DeMeo and Matt Sullivan.
- Belmont High School – Not many teams return two top pitchers like Nate Espelin and Max Meier. The duo will look to lead Belmont back to the Super 8 after two very competitive games this year.
- Central Catholic High School – Few teams return more firepower than the Raiders with ace Steve Hajjar and star catcher Dom Keegan. The loss of Sam Lara will hurt but the Raiders will be in a good position to make back to back appearances in the Super 8.
- Saint John’s Shrewsbury – Repeat hopes will be squarely shouldered on Sean Burke as a power hitting first baseman as well as a top pitcher for the Pioneers. A third straight trip to the Super 8 would give the Pioneers a chance to defend their 2017 title next spring.
- Braintree High School – The Wamps will look to make it five straight trips to the Super 8 baseball tournament. Kyle Gray and Alex Kennedy are two top returning players who will help lead an always competitive Braintree team in 2018.
- Wellesley High School – Henry Weycker has lived up to the hype coming down the stretch for the Raiders in the 2017 postseason. In 2018 the Raiders should be one of the best teams in the state despite losing some impact seniors.
- Lexington High School – The Minutemen finished the season strong even knocking off an Andover team that many people thought had a very good shot at making this year’s Super 8 field. With Sal Frelick and Zach Stevens returning Lexington should be a very competitive team in 2018.