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Lakeland, Western Wayne on rise

The Riverside Vikings remained unbeaten, allowing them to preserve their No. 1 rankings while boosting the stock of the two teams that gave them the most trouble.

The only two upward moves between the first and second set of Riverfront Sports Super Six Baseball Rankings of District 2 teams were made by the teams that gave Riverside its closest calls.

Lakeland goes from fifth to fourth in the Small School rankings for teams in Class 3A, 2A and A. The Chiefs (7-3) won twice and lost to the Vikings, 4-3, Saturday.

Western Wayne, which debuts in the sixth spot among Small Schools, has won four straight since losing 7-4 to Riverside.

Riverside (11-0) has played eight other games against District 2 opponents and has outscored those teams, 96-12.

Hazleton Area (14-0) has been similarly dominant while holding down the No. 1 spot in the Big School rankings. The Cougars have beaten the last six opponents by a total of 87-4, including last week’s 16-1 win over Crestwood and 16-0 shutout of No. 5 Dallas.

Following a stretch in which three of the teams did not play, the rest of the rankings remained the same.

North Pocono, Wallenpaupack, Abington Heights, Dallas and West Scranton remain second through sixth in the Big Schools.

Holy Redeemer and Lake-Lehman won five times combined by a total of 51 runs to hold down second and third among Small Schools.

Nanticoke slipped from fourth to fifth after losing to former No. 6 Wyoming Seminary, which dropped out of the rankings following a 6-0 loss to Wyoming Area.

The full baseball rankings, with previous rankings and records:


Big Schools

1Hazleton Area114-0
2North Pocono29-2
4Abington Heights45-2
6West Scranton62-1

Small Schools

2Holy Redeemer210-1
6Western WayneNR5-3

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