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April 25, 2011 at 1:30 PM

Class 4A and 3A high-school softball rankings — Week 6

There’s a new No. 1 in this week’s Class 3A softball rankings after Sedro-Woolley lost 9-4 to Anacortes, the second loss of the season for the Cubs.

Mind you, Anacortes is a very good 2A team, currently sporting a 13-0 record. Sedro-Woolley’s other loss was way back in March against Woodinville, the No. 1 4A team in the state. So, I haven’t moved the Cubs down far — just to No. 4.

The new No. 1 is University of Spokane, which has won eight in a row and owes both of its losses to 4A teams.

Meadowdale, formerly No. 3, stumbled twice last week, but hangs in at No. 10. One of those was a wild loss to No. 6 Everett (a team the Mavs had beaten earlier).

I kept Kelso in at No. 9 despite last week’s loss to Prairie (which is oh-so-close to the top-10). Kelso led that game 2-0 before pitcher Brittany Lee was hit by a line drive and had to leave the game. She came back to pitch later in the week.

There are a lot of changes in Class 4A, as I predicted last week — but most of it in the bottom-half of the rankings. That big showdown between No. 2 Walla Walla and Richland (now No. 4) proved lived up to the hype as the two teams split.

Marysville-Pilchuck took a tumble for the first time, losing to a red-hot Arlington team. So the Eagles — riding a six-game winning streak — jump in at No. 8, a notch above M-P.

New to the top-10 are No. 7 Spanaway Lake, which is unbeaten largely thanks to the pitching and hitting of Cara Custer, and No. 10 Eastlake, which has lost only to Juanita (No. 2 in 3A). Battle Ground, No. 9 last week, lost four games and a spot in the rankings. Mead lost twice and is also back on the watch list.

I had really been looking forward to tonight’s showdown between No. 3 Kentlake and No. 5 Tahoma, but it’s been rained out (again) and now is scheduled for Thursday.

So, take a look and let me hear what you think:

Class 4A

1.Woodinville (9-0)

2. Walla Walla (12-1)

3. Kentlake (11-0)

4. Richland (13-2)

5. Tahoma (Maple Valley (10-1)

6. Wenatchee (14-1)

7. Spanaway Lake (9-0)

8. Arlington (10-2)

9. Marysville-Pilcuck (10-1)

10. Eastlake (Sammamish) (9-1)

Others to watch — Auburn Riverside, Battle Ground, Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma), Heritage (Vancouver), Jackson (Mill Creek), Jefferson (Federal Way), Mead (Spokane), Newport (Bellevue), Olympia, Puyallup, Redmond, Rogers (Puyallup), Skyview (Vancouver), South Kitsap (Port Orchard), Stadium (Tacoma), Union (Vancouver).

Class 3A

1. University (Spokane) (11-2)

2. Juanita (Kirkland) (13-1)

3. Holy Names (Seattle) (10-1)

4. Sedro-Woolley (8-2)

5. Kamiakin (Kennewick) (12-2)

6. Everett (11-2)

7. Bonney Lake (12-0)

8. Bainbridge (8-3)

9. Kelso (9-3)

10. Meadowdale (10-2)

Others to watch — Bellevue, Camas, Highline (Burien), Hudson’s Bay, Kamiakin (Kennewick), Kennedy Catholic (Burien), Mount Spokane, Mountain View (Vancouver), Mountlake Terrace, Peninsula, Prairie (Vancouver), Southridge (Kennewick) Wilson (Tacoma).

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