Five ranked softball teams went down Tuesday, including two of the top-five Class 4A squads.
The biggest surprise to me was Emerald Ridge beating Rogers, 4-2, in a battle of Puyallup schools. It was the first loss of the season for the fourth-ranked Rams. You might recall that ER was ranked No. 1 for most of last year, but lost a lot to graduation and started this season 1-5 — including a 7-2 loss to Rogers.
But the Jaguars have been playing well as of late.
No. 5 Tahoma tumbled to No. 9 Kentlake, 15-5, and committed six errors in the process. Coach Tom Milligan said “the wheels came off the bus” in that one. It was just the second loss of the year for the Bears as Kentlake avenged its lone loss. Look for these two teams to wind up squaring off in a tiebreaker to start the playoffs.
No. 8 Wilson of Tacoma, which jumped into the 4A rankings with last week’s victory over previously unbeaten Stadium, lost 8-6 to South Kitsap.
One big 4A winner was No. 6 Jackson, new to the rankings this week. The Timberwolves proved worthey with a key 7-1 win over Mountlake Terrace.
In 3A, No. 8 Bonney Lake lost for the second time in a week, this time to Auburn Mountainview, 9-5. And Lynnwood, which stepped into the rankings at No. 10 this week, went down 11-1 to Glacier Peak.
Looks like I’ll have plenty of work to do revising the rankings next Monday.