GameTimeCT / Register Softball Top 10 Poll: Southington is No. 1

Torrington’s Sara Heath slides in safely after hitting a two-run home run in a recent game. Torrington moved up to No. 2 in the state polls  (Photo: Laurie Gaboardi — Register Citizen)

Torrington’s Sara Heath slides in safely after hitting a two-run home run in a recent game. Torrington moved up to No. 2 in the state polls (Photo: Laurie Gaboardi — Register Citizen)

Team                                            Points           Last         Class
1. Southington (5-0) (13)                 472             4               LL

Last week: Defeated Rockville 5-0, Conard 13-0 and Bristol Eastern 1-0.
Bottom line: The defending Class LL state champions might have a new coach (Davina Hernandez) and pitcher (Kendra Friedt), but the Blue Knights haven’t missed a beat to start this season.

2. Torrington (5-0) (2)                    404               7                L

Last week: Defeated Holy Cross 15-0, Wolcott 14-0 and Crosby 16-1.
Bottom line: The Red Raiders, behind senior pitcher Sydney Matzko, have been dominant, allowing just three runs in five games.

3. Berlin (4-0)                                 369                 8                 L

Last week:  Defeated East Hartford 12-1 and Bristol Central 6-0.
Bottom line: The Red Coats’ convincing victory over Bristol Central proved that Berlin is a legitimate contender in Class L.

4. Masuk (4-1) (1)                         335                  1                 L

Last week: Defeated Immaculate 20-3 and Lauralton Hall 2-1.
Bottom line: A 1-0 loss to Darien on April 12 ended the Panthers’ 29-game winning streak.

5. Maloney (5-0)                          313                  NR                L

Last week: Defeated Wethersfield 11-3 and Plainville 8-5.
Bottom line: An 11-2 win over Ledyard on April 12 was Spartans coach Scott Aresco’s 200th career victory.

6. St. Joseph (6-0)                        245                 NR                 M

Last week: Defeated Fairfield Warde 10-0, Stamford 13-2 and Ridgefield 17-0.
Bottom line: The Cadets have pitching, a productive offense and a solid defense. That spells trouble for the rest of the Class M field.

7. Foran (3-1)                                 242               3                    L

Last week: Defeated Hillhouse 21-5 and lost to Cheshire 4-1.
Bottom line: Senior pitcher Jess Harkness struck out 16 of 18 batters, but lost to Cheshire. Still, when Harkness is on, the Lions are as good as any team in the state.

8. Darien (4-1)                             210                NR                   LL

 Last week:  Lost to Fairfield Ludlowe 3-2 and defeated Fairfield Warde 3-2.
Bottom line: Despite losing last week, the Blue Wave enter the Top 10. The reason? A 1-0 victory over defending Class L champion Masuk during the season’s first week.

9. Cheshire (4-1)                        206                  NR                    LL

Last week: Lost to Sheehan 2-1 and defeated Foran 4-1.
Bottom line: This season the Rams have defeated defending SCC champion Mercy, East Haven, a Class M semifinalist last season, and Foran, last year’s runner-up in Class L.

10. Seymour (5-1)                     205                  10                     M

Last week: Defeated Watertown 4-3 (9), Kennedy 7-1 and St. Paul 8-0.
Bottom line: The Wildcats host unbeaten Woodland on Friday in a key NVL Brass Division contest.

Dropped out: Mercy (2), Bristol Central (5), Oxford (6), Waterford (9).

First-place votes in parentheses and points tabulated on a 30-28-26-24-22-20-18-16-14-12-11-10-9-8-7 basis.

Others receiving votes: Oxford (4-1), 169; Sheehan (5-0), 161; Bristol Central (3-1), 157; East Lyme (4-0), 126; Amity (4-0), 102; Mercy (2-2), 96; Fitch (4-0), 72; Fairfield Ludlowe (5-1), 41; Griswold (5-0), 32; Suffield (4-0), 22; Greenwich (6-0), 18; Woodland (5-0), 17; Lauralton Hall (4-3), 16; Granby (3-1), 14; Kolbe Cathedral (4-0), 11; East Haven (2-2) and Northwestern (4-0), 9; Lewis Mills (4-1), 8.

The following voted: Amanda Acampora, Lauralton Hall; Mary Albl, Fairfield Minuteman; Marc Allard, Norwich Bulletin; Scott Aresco, Maloney; Doug Bonjour, Connecticut Post;  George DeMaio, WELI; Vickie Fulkerson, The Day of New London; Mike Madera, Elm City Newspapers; Ken Pereiras, Seymour; Mike Pucci, New Haven Register; Lori Riley, Hartford Courant; Mike Suppe, Hersam-Acorn; Liz Sutman, Waterford; Peter Vander Veer, Hersam-Acorn; Peter Wallace, Register Citizen; Jimmy Zanor, Middletown Press.

Poll compiled by: Mike Pucci.

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