It also shows that more people are paying regular attention to the sport, which can only be taken as a positive development in terms of not only entertainment but of gender equality.
After all, the state has not had a high school baseball poll of any kind for at least five years.
John Marshall (6-3), Herbert Hoover (2-1) and Buffalo (7-1) top the initial poll. Like the Monarchs, Buffalo is coming off a state championship season. Two of them, in fact. The Bison have claimed the Class A state title in each of the past two seasons, and have only a road loss at Wheeling Central on their record this year.
In Class AAA, Lincoln County (8-2) is second, and is followed in the top five by Cabell Midland (4-1) and a fourth-place tie between Musselman (7-0) and Hurricane (8-1). St. Albans (9-0) is sixth.
The teams that played for the 2012 Class AA title - Ritchie County (7-0) and Wayne (4-3) are second and third in this week's poll, followed in the top five by Robert C. Byrd (2-1) and James Monroe (5-0). The Eagles did not appear in the Coaches Association preseason poll for Class AA.
Moorefield (4-1), which was the 2012 runner-up to Buffalo in Class A, is tied with Wheeling Central (6-1) at No. 2. Sherman (6-1) is fourth and Bishop Donahue (5-1) is fifth.
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