Just one week from Saturday, we’ll know which softball teams really are No. 1 in Washington for both 4A and 3A (as well as the other classifcations).
For now, one final set of rankings will have to do.
In 4A, the top five remain the same as last week, but Bothell falls out after last week’s loss to Ballard. I nearly kept the Cougars in. I thought long and hard about going with Ballard — which is 5-2 down the stretch with both losses to Woodinville, and they were close.
There was actually room for two new teams this week as Marysville-Pilchuck drops to the watch list after losing twice last week.
Ultimately, I went with Snohomish at No. 8 and Emerald Ridge at No. 10, leaving Central Valley of Spokane at No. 9 despite a loss to University. I think the GSL needs a 4A team in the top-10. ER has been playing well. Snohomish is on a 10-game win streak, including a win over Arlington, which stays at No. 4.
In 3A, Everett slides from second to sixth after losing to Lynnwood and Prairie is relegated back to the watch list after falling to Kelso, which gets in at No. 10 this week. Shadle Park is 8-1 and appears to be one of the hottest teams over in the GSL and beat U-Hi last week. But I’m sticking with the Titans at No. 9.
So, here are the final rankings for 2012:
1. Woodinville (20-0)
2. Walla Walla (21-1)
3. Richland (19-4)
4. Arlington (18-2)
5. Skyview (Vancouver) (15-2)
6. Jefferson (Auburn) (20-3)
7. Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma) (15-2)
8. Snohomish (16-4)
9. Central Valley (Spokane Valley) (15-5)
10. Emerald Ridge (Puyallup) (16-3)
Others to watch — Ballard (Seattle), Battle Ground, Bothell, Inglemoor (Kenmore), Issaquah, Kentlake, Kentwood (Covington), Lake Stevens, Marysville-Pilchuck, Mead (Spokane), Moses Lake, Newport (Bellevue), Olympia, Rogers (Puyallup), Tahoma (Maple Valley).
1. Juanita (Kirkland) (18-1)
2. Kamiakin (Kennewick) (22-0)
3. Bainbridge (21-0)
4. Wilson (Tacoma) (17-1)
5. Sedro-Woolley (18-1)
6. Everett (19-1)
7. Camas (17-3)
8. Peninsula (17-3)
9. University (Spokane) (18-2)
10. Kelso (15-5)
Others to watch — Bishop Blanchet (Seattle), Enumclaw, Glacier Peak (Snohomish), Hanford, Highline (Burien), Holy Names (Seattle), Kennedy Catholic (Burien), Lynnwood, Mount Si (Snoqualmie), Mount Spokane, North Central (Spokane), Prairie (Brush Prairie), Southridge (Kennewick).