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May 4, 2009 at 3:47 PM

State softball rankings — Week 6

The fun stuff is just about ready to start and I for one am very anxious to see how things are going to shake out in 4A and 3A softball.

I want to start with an explanation about Bonney Lake’s record. You’ll notice the Panthers suddenly have a loss on their record, but remain No. 1 in Class 3A. It’s complicated. I discovered last week that we had never gotten a score from their game against Centralia scheduled for April 11 at Husky Softball Stadium. In fact, I don’t think it was ever on our schedule.

But the two teams did play, and Centralia did win, 5-4. But Bonney Lake coach Dave Loveless doesn’t officially count the game because he thought he and the Centralia coach had an agreement to put in their substitutes after five innings. The Panthers were up something like 3-0 with ace Caitlin Colvin tossing a 1-hitter (coach Loveless had said the final score was 4-3, but once I started looking I saw it reported as 5-4 in two places). At any rate, one of the five subs Loveless put in was a freshman pitcher, who struggled against Centralia’s starters (subs in their batting lineup didn’t come until the bottom of the order).

Here’s how I feel about it — a loss is a loss, subs or not (although it helps when both coaches are on the same page about it). But this one does not diminish Bonney Lake’s stature in my eyes. Centralia is a quality 2A team, but Bonney Lake almost certainly would have won with Colvin on the mound for the entire game.

Holy Names dropped another game (this one to Montesano), so I’m jumping unbeaten Kennedy to No. 4 this week. The SPSL 3A/Seamount sub-district tournament is May 14-15, so it will be fun to see JFK and Bonney Lake square off, if all goes according to plan.

Glacier Peak wasn’t up to the task of staying in the top-10, losing two out of three last week, so red-hot Lynnwood pops in at No. 10 after a trio of one-run victories.

In Class 4A, half of the top-10 lost at least once (and Kentlake dropped three). So I’m shaking things up a bit. I’ve had my eye on Stadium of Tacoma and at 13-1 the Tigers roar to No. 6 this week, followed by Redmond (6-0 since a loss to Woodinville), Walla Walla (dropping from No. 5 after splitting a DH with Kamiakin of Kennewich), Central Valley of Spokane (9-0 since losses to Mead and U-Hi) and Jefferson.

Jefferson, in the early rankings, is on an 8-0 run. BUT, weather permitting, the Raiders get another big test today against Auburn Riverside. Riverside could just as easily be in that No. 10 spot. We’ll see.

Have a look and let me know what you think:

Class 4A

1, Emerald Ridge (Puyallup) 16-0

2, Stanwood 14-0

3, University (Spokane) 15-1

4, Rogers (Puyallup) 14-3

5, Mountain View (Vancouver) 14-1

6, Stadium (Tacoma) 13-1

7, Redmond 10-3

8, Walla Walla 15-2

9, Central Valley (Spokane) 14-2

10, Jefferson (Federal Way) 14-3

Others (alphabetically) — Arlington, Auburn Riverside, Central Kitsap (Silverdale), Eastmont (East Wenatchee), Issaquah, Jackson (Millcreek), Kamiakin (Kennewick), Kennewick, Kentlake, Kentwood (Convington), Mead (Spokane), Marysville-Pilchuck, Mountlake Terrace, Puyallup, Southridge (Kennewick), Wilson (Tacoma), Shorewood, Woodinville.

Class 3A

1, Bonney Lake 14-1

2, Juanita (Kirkland) 16-1

3, Bainbridge 16-1

4, Kennedy (Burien) 15-0

5, Union (Vancouver) 14-2

6, Holy Names 13-3

7, Shadle Park (Spokane) 13-4

8, Sedro-Woolley 14-2

9, Enumclaw 10-4

10, Lynnwood 11-4

Others (alphabetically) — Bellevue, Capital (Olympia), East Valley (Spokane), Everett, Glacier Peak (Snohomish) Mount Spokane (Spokane), Prairie (Brush Prairie), Tumwater, West Seattle, Yelm.



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