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May 17, 2010 at 4:46 PM

FINAL high-school state softball rankings

There is just one unbeaten softball team left in the state of Washington for Class 4A and 3A.

And it is not either of the teams that were undefeated and ranked No. 1 last week.

It’s Jackson, and the Timberwolves take the No. 1 spot in Class 4A in these final rankings for 2010.

After a 22-0 start, Walla Walla lost 2-1 to Richland in eight innings in the championship game of the Big Nine tournament. And in 3A, Union of Vancouver lost to Prairie, also 2-1.

Let’s start with 4A. Walla Walla drops to No. 4 and Richland, which had lost twice earlier to Walla Walla, jumps in at No. 8.

Rogers of Puyallup returns to the 4A top-10 after a good showing (3-1, with the lone loss coming against No. 2 Kentlake) at the South Puget Sound League tournament. And South Kitsap earns the No. 10 position after winning the Narrows League tourney.

That means no Greater Spokane League teams are in the final 4A rankings, which I’m not real comfortable with. But Mead (formerly No. 10) lost to University again and U-Hi (formerly No. 9) lost to 3A Mount Spokane. I expect to see one or both of those two teams over here for the state tournament, and either could factor into the trophy chase, but for now they are on the “watch” list.

Oh, and I’m not posting a “watch” list this week. Anyone left playing this time of year is worthy of mention, so I’m just sticking with the top-10.

In 3A, Sedro-Woolley (19-1) sits at No. 1. The Cubs have won 14 straight since losing to Burlington-Edison, a solid 2A team. Union goes to No. 2 with Prairie at No. 3.

Bainbridge, which had been No. 2, lost twice last week. After going down against Adna, a 2B team that has been very impressive, the Spartans stumbled against Nathan Hale in the semifinals of the Metro League tournament. They slide to No. 7 and Holy Names (the Metro tourney winner) stays at No. 4 (even though the Cougars are 0-2 against Bainbridge, one of those losses being a forfeit).

There is some other juggling, but the only new face is North Central of Spokane, which has won seven in a row. Six of NC’s eight losses have been to 4A teams.

There are a ton of district games this week through Saturday. I’ll try to post brackets and updates as I can.

And one week from Saturday, we’ll know who the real No. 1 teams are in the state.

For now, we’ll go with this:

(Records through May 15)

Class 4A

1. Jackson (Mill Creek) 20-0

2. Kentlake (21-1)

3. Woodinville (18-1)

4. Walla Walla (22-1)

5. Kelso (15-2)

6. Puyallup (18-4)

7. Marysville-Pilchuck (17-2)

8. Richland (17-6)

9. Rogers (Puyallup) (17-5)

10. South Kitsap (Port Orchard) 15-3

Class 3A

1. Sedro-Woolley (19-1)

2. Union (Vancouver) (19-1)

3. Prairie (Brush Prairie) (17-5)

4. Holy Names (19-4)

5. West Valley (Yakima) (15-7)

6. Juanita (Kirkland) (18-3)

7. Bainbridge (21-4)

8. Glacier Peak (Snohomish) (15-5)

9. Franklin Pierce (Parkland) (16-4)

10. North Central (Spokane) (13-8)

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