SOUTHINGTON is No. 1 in the 2014-15 Register / GameTimeCT Top 10 Preseason Softball poll. Compiled by Mike Pucci.
Last year’s result: Def. Amity 1-0 in 15 innings to capture the Class LL state championship.
Opening game: at Hall, Friday, 3:45 p.m.
Bottom line: The Blue Knights have won consecutive Class LL state title and 46 straight games. With pitcher Kendra Friedt and infielders Lauren Zazzaro and Kaitlin Paterson among those that return, Southington is the prohibitive favorite to win again in Class LL.
Last year’s result: Def. East Haven 2-0 to capture the Class M state championship.
Opening game: vs. Holy Cross, Wednesday, 3:30 p.m.
Bottom line: Pitcher Raeanne Geffert, the reigning Register All-Area MVP, returns, as does a host of others for the Wildcats, which can only mean one thing: Seymour will again be in the hunt for a state championship.
Last year’s result: Def. Sacred Heart Academy 3-1 to capture Class L state championship.
Opening game: vs. Westerly (RI), Wednesday, 4 p.m.
Bottom line: Pitcher Caroline Taber and shortstop Jackie Lewis return. That makes the Falcons the favorite to repeat in Class L.
Last year’s result: Lost to Southington 1-0 (15) in the Class LL state championship game.
Opening game: vs. West Haven, Wednesday, 3:45 p.m.
Bottom line: Six starters return, including junior pitcher Katie Koshes. The Spartans have the talent to reach the title game again.
|5. ST. JOSEPH
Last year’s result: Lost to East Haven 1-0 in the Class M semifinals.
Opening game: at Newtown, Thursday, 4 p.m.
Bottom line: Junior pitcher Nicole Williams and senior shortstop Lauren Pitney are among the returnees. The Cadets might be the most loaded team in Class M.
|6. LAURALTON HALL
Last year’s result: Lost to Fitch 8-4 in the Class L state semifinals.
Opening game: vs. Shelton, Wednesday, 4 p.m.
Bottom line: The Crusaders join the SCC and should be one of the league’s top contenders.
Last year’s result: Lost to St. Joseph 1-0 (9) in the Class M state quarterfinals.
Opening game: at Crosby, Wednesday, 3:30 p.m.
Bottom line: The Wolverines are the newest members of the NVL. Behind senior pitcher Ashley Guillette, Oxford is a legitimate threat to win the league title.
Last year’s result: Lost to Amity 5-4 in the Class LL state quarterfinals.
Opening game: at Harding, Wednesday, 4 p.m.
Bottom line: Senior Erica Osherow is expected to be one of the top pitchers in the state.
Last year’s result: Lost to South Windsor 9-6 (8) in the Class LL second round.
Opening game: vs. Cheshire, Wednesday, 3:45 p.m.
Bottom line: The Tigers are the two-time defending SCC champions.
Last year’s result: Def. Old Saybrook 7-6 (8) to win the Class S state championship.
Opening game: vs. Gilbert, Wednesday, 3:45 p.m.
Bottom line: The Bears won their first state title last season with a little late-game heroics.
East Haven (6), Torrington (7).
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
Hand (20-6), 150; Cheshire (17-7), 128; East Haven (20-6), 123; Torrington (22-2), 117; Rocky Hill (21-3), 101; Maloney (18-5), 88; South Windsor (17-7), 63; Bristol Central (19-4), 30; Old Saybrook (19-8), 23; Masuk (19-4), 20; Waterford (17-7), 14; Foran (12-11), 11; Norwich Free Academy (19-6), 10; Morgan (19-5), Sacred Heart Academy (14-11), Sheehan (17-5), 9; New Canaan (11-11) and Suffield (20-5), 7.
The following voted
Amanda Acampora, Lauralton Hall; Mary Albl, Fairfield Minuteman; Marc Allard, Norwich Bulletin; Scott Aresco, Maloney; Doug Bonjour, Connecticut Post; Tony Calcagni, Coginchaug; 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 Wallace, Register Citizen; Jimmy Zanor, Middletown Press.