High School Top 25
The best teams in the country did what they normally do this past week -- they won softball games.
Though there were several close calls, 22 of the Top 25 turned in perfect slates, and only No. 13 Dripping Springs (Texas), which was eliminated in the Class 5A state tournament, drops out of this year's penultimate Softball America rankings.
There were two marquee matchups during the week: One pitted No. 6 Angleton (Texas) against then-No. 9 Barbers Hill (Mont Belvieu, Texas) in the first game of a best-of-three, with Angleton rallying for a pair of two-out runs (without benefit of a hit) in the bottom of the seventh. In defeat, the Eagles moved to No. 14.
In the other Top 25 showdown, No. 3 Norco completed its season with a 2-0 shutout of No. 10 Great Oak in the Southern Section Division I title game.
The only newcomer to the Week 9 rankings is No. 25 Hartsville (S.C.), which capped an unbeaten season with a Class 4A state championship. Eleven different states are represented in the current rankings, though Florida, California and Texas hold 13 of the top 15 slots.
SA's final 2019 rankings will be released June 24.
About Softball America’s Top 25 team rankings: Softball America’s Top 25 High School Team Rankings are released every Thursday throughout the season, culminating with the Final Rankings on Monday, June 24. Teams from states that play their interscholastic softball schedule every fall (Oklahoma, Nebraska, Missouri, Georgia, Colorado, and Iowa) are not eligible for this spring season poll. Neither are teams from South Dakota or Wyoming, where softball is not a state association-sanctioned sport.
See the full list below.
- 1 –Last: 1
Lakewood Ranch (Bradenton, Fla.)29-0Notes:
Avery Goelz (SA No. 4), a junior first baseman and Florida commit, cracked a home run and drove in five as the Mustangs routed Sickles, 12-0, to move into the Class 8A state semifinals against Cooper City.
- 2 –Last: 2
Foothill (Pleasanton, Calif.)27-0Notes:
Senior corner infielder Ellen Ebbers, bound for Morgan State, got things started with a three-run home run as Foothill topped crosstown rival Amador Valley for the fourth time this season, winning 11-1 to advance to the North Coast Section Divison 1 title game.
- 3 –Last: 3
Junior righty Sarah Willis (SA No. 6), a Washington commit, fired a three-hit shutout with eight strikeouts as the Cougars clipped No. 10 Great Oak, 2-0, to repeat as Southern Section Division 1 champions—the first team in 11 years to do so in the state's top class. It was the 19th time Norco blanked an opponent in 2019 and marked Willis's third shutout of the postseason. This class of Cougars' seniors finished with a four-year record of 118-11.
- 4 –Last: 4
Winter Springs (Fla.)29-0Notes:
The Bears had no trouble with Wellington, earning a berth in the Class 8A state semifinals with a 13-0 victory.
- 5 –Last: 5
Keystone (LaGrange, Ohio)27-0Notes:
The Wildcats have outscored their four postseason opponents, 39-0. Next up is Napoleon in a Division II regional final.
- 6 –Last: 6
With no one on and two outs, Angleton rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh to beat No. 14 Barbers Hill, 5-4, in Game 1 of their Class 5A regional championship series.
- 7 –Last: 7
Male (Louisville, Ky.)32-0Notes:
Male's explosive offense has slowed down recently—topping four runs just once in the last six games—but the Bulldogs knocked off Assumption, 3-0, for the district title.
- 8 –Last: 8
Klein Collins (Spring, Texas)36-2Notes:
Klein Collins won a pair of low-scoring affairs against Belton to earn a spot in the Class 6A, Region 2 championship series against Wylie.
- 9Last: 10
Coral Springs Charter (Coral Springs, Fla.)27-1Notes:
Coral Springs Charter eased by Key West, 10-4, and next plays Hernando in the Class 5A state semifinals.
- 10Last: 11
Great Oak (Temecula, Calif.)26-4-1Notes:
The Wolfpack couldn't get their offense on track, managing only a late first-and-third threat in the 6th, and fell to No. 3 Norco, 2-0, in the Southern Section Division 1 championship game.
- 11Last: 14
Behind 3-hit pitching from senior lefty Dylann Kaderka, Keller took Game 1 of its Class 6A regional championship series from V.R. Eaton, 3-1. It was her school-record 79th victory.
- 12 –Last: 12
Cedar Ridge (Round Rock, Texas)30-1Notes:
Season complete. Fell in the Area round of the Class 6A, Region 2 postseason.
- 13Last: 15
Forney's offense produced 25 runs in two wins over McKinney North; the Jackrabbits have a one-game showdown with Reedy on Friday for a trip to the Class 5A state semifinals.
- 14Last: 9
Barbers Hill (Mont Belvieu, Texas)36-4Notes:
Barbers Hill was one out from victory but couldn't close the door as Angleton scored twice in the bottom of the seventh inning to steal Game 1 of their Class 5A regional championship series, 5-4.
- 15Last: 17
The Tigers completed a perfect season as sophomore right-hander Darian Ingram struck out 12 batters and junior shortstop Hallie Bryant went 4-for-4 at the plate in a 7-3 win over Sneads for the Class 1A state title.
- 16 –Last: 16
Oshkosh North (Wisc.)25-0Notes:
The Spartans finished off a perfect regular season, and as the top seed earned a bye into the Division 1 Sectional 4 quarterfinals.
- 17Last: 18
Mater Dei Catholic (Chula Vista, Calif.)29-4Notes:
The Crusaders topped Carlsbad, 7-2, and will next play Poway in the San Diego Section Open Division Upper Bracket championship game.
- 18Last: 20
Marist (Chicago, Ill.)32-2Notes:
Eleven different players scored as the RedHawks opened the Class 4A postseason with a 15-0, three-inning mercy rule rout of Proviso West.
- 19 –Last: 19
Notre Dame (La.)35-0Notes:
Won Division III state title. Season complete.
- 20Last: 21
St. John Vianney (Holmdel, N.J.)23-0Notes:
The Lancers are on a collision course with No. 23 Donovan Catholic as the Non-Public A state tournament kicks off.
- 21Last: 22
Apopka cruised past Spruce Creek, 9-1, and will face Park Vista in the Class 9A state semifinals.
- 22Last: 23
West Stanly (Oakboro, N.C.)25-0Notes:
Senior catcher Rosalyn McRae singled in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh as West Stanly survived its Class 2A semifinal opener with Franklin, 6-5.
- 23Last: 24
Donovan Catholic (Toms River, N.J.)23-1Notes:
The Griffins have allowed just seven runs during an ongoing 16-game winning streak.
- 24Last: 25
Mount Vernon (Ohio)22-0Notes:
The Yellow Jackets withstood seventh-inning rallies in two straight games to advance to a Division I regional title game against Westerville Central.
The Red Foxes capped a perfect season with a 3-2 win over Palmetto to sweep the 4A best-of-three championship series, ending Game 2 with a double play on an attempted squeeze bunt.