Just a few weeks into the high-school softball season, and just the second week of the state rankings, there already are some significant changes in Class 4A.
Despite all of the calls and e-mails I’ve made, I don’t have a good feel for those rankings, other than being fairly confident about having Walla Walla and Woodinville 1-2. I’m still not real sure about Central Valley of Spokane at No. 3, but the Bears are 3-0, so they continue in that spot.
Marysville-Pilchuck was unbeaten and No. 4 last Monday, then promptly dropped two straight, so the Tomahawks go to the watch list along with former-No. 10 Eastlake, which also lost twice. And Skyview of Vancouver joins them after falling to Heritage.
So, that opened up three spots. Who should get them? I decided on Richland at No. 7, Olympia at No. 8 and Inglemoor at No. 10. Richland’s two losses were to Kamiakin, ranked No. 3 in 3A. Olympia is 6-0, although the Bears’ schedule has been a bit light. Inglemoor (5-2) has fallen to a pair of ranked 3A teams, Juanita and Mount Si, but gets the nod in part because of last week’s victory over Bothell.
I took another hard look at Rogers of Puyallup, but that would put three SPSL South Division teams in the top-10, and I’m just not willing to go there at this point. The Rams lost a one-run game to No. 5 Emerald Ridge last week and I won’t be surprised to see them in the top-10 before lone.
ER plays No. 6 Puyallup Tuesday, if the weather holds.
Tahoma hangs in at No. 9 despite a second loss — because it was to a very good Wilson team ranked probably too low at No. 6 in 3A. The Rams play Rogers today (Monday) and face Woodinville on Thursday, so we should know plenty more by the end of the week.
The only blip in 3A was Kelso, No. 9 last week. losing to Columbia River. So Mount Si moves up to No. 9 and I’ve given the No. 10 spot to 6-0 Holy Names. Prairie (4-1) is next in line.
So, here’s this week’s edition, and we’ll see if the shake-up continues:
1. Walla Walla (4-0)
2. Woodinville (4-0)
3. Central Valley (Spokane Valley) (3-0)
4. Arlington (6-1)
5. Emerald Ridge (Puyallup) (4-0)
6. Puyallup (5-0)
7. Richland (5-2)
8. Olympia (6-0)
9. Tahoma (Maple Valley) (5-2)
10. Inglemoor (Kenmore) (5-2)
Others to watch — Battle Ground, Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma), Bothell, Central Kitsap (Silverdale), Gig Harbor, Inglemoor (Kenmore), Issaquah, Jefferson (Auburn), Kentlake, Marysville-Pilchuck, Mead (Spokane), Monroe, Olympia, Richland, Rogers (Puyallup), Skyview (Vancouver), Snohomish, South Kitsap (Port Orchard), Stadium (Tacoma), Union (Vancouver), Wenatchee.
1. Juanita (Kirkland) (6-0)
2. Everett (7-0)
3. Kamiakin (Kennewick) (6-0)
4. Bainbridge (6-0)
5. Camas (6-0)
6. Wilson (Tacoma) (2-0)
7. Sedro-Woolley (4-0)
8. University (Spokane) (2-0)
9. Mount Si (Snoqualmie) (6-1)
10. Holy Names (Seattle) (6-0)
Others to watch — Bellevue, Bishop Blanchet (Seattle), Bonney Lake, Capital (Olympia), Enumclaw, Glacier Peak (Snohomish), Kelso, Kennedy Catholic (Burien), Lynnwood, Mount Spokane, Mountlake Terrace, Peninsula (Gig Harbor), Prairie (Brush Prairie), Shadle Park (Spokane), Shorecrest (Shoreline), Southridge (Kennewick), West Valley (Yakima).