At last, an “easy” week for ranking the top Class 4A softball teams in the state. And by that I only mean that no teams in last week’s top-10 lost, so you’ll see no changes there.
Note that Rogers of Puyallup, once in the top-5, continued to suggle a bit last week, losing to Bethel. The Rams have a big game Tuesday against No. 8 Puyallup, a team they beat a couple of weeks ago. And it’s a big week for No. 10 Marysville-Pilchuck, which has Stanwood (12-2) on Wednesday (plus Everett on Tuesday).
Now, Class 3A was another matter last week. Juanita, which was up to No. 3, lost a one-run game to Bellevue and falls to No. 8. Everett lost twice (to 4A teams), and drops back to the “watch” list along with Shadle Park., which also lost a pair of 4A contests.
I expect one of those 3A teams from that tough GSL (with mostly 4A schools) to qualify for state with an ugly record (Shadle is now 7-9) and the ability to win some games, but none are in the rankings this week.
So, Prairie is back in the top-10 at No. 9 and Glacier Peak gets the No. 10 spot.
Have a look and let me hear about these:
(Records through May 2)
1. Walla Walla (17-0)
2. Kelso (11-1)
3. Jackson (Mill Creek) (15-0)
4. Mead (Spokane) (16-1)
5. Kentlake (16-1)
6. Woodinville (13-1)
7. Tahoma (Maple Valley) (17-2)
8. University (Spokane) (13-2)
9. Puyallup (16-3)
10. Marysville-Pilchuck (13-2)
Others to watch (listed alphabetically) — Eastlake (Sammamish), Inglemoor (Kenmore), Jefferson (Federal Way), Kamiakin (Kennewick), Kentridge, Mountain View (Vancouver), Mountlake Terrace, Richland, Rogers (Puyallup), Skyline (Issaquah), South Kitsap (Port Orchard), Southridge (Kennewick), Stadium (Tacoma), Stanwood, Wilson (Tacoma).
1. Union (Vancouver) (16-0)
2. Bainbridge (15-1)
3. Sedro-Woolley (14-1)
4. Holy Names (14-2)
5. Kennedy Catholic (15-1)
6. West Valley (Yakima) (13-5)
7. Franklin Pierce (Parkland) (12-3)
8. Juanita (14-3)
9. Prairie (Brush Prairie) (12-4)
10. Glacier Peak (Snohomish) (10-4)
Others to watch (listed alphabetically) — Auburn Mountainview, Bellevue, Bonney Lake, Camas, Columbia River, East Valley (Spokane), Enumclaw, Everett, Lynnwood, Mount Rainier (Des Moines), Mount Spokane, North Central (Spokane), Peninsula, Shadle Park (Spokane), West Seattle.