Masuk’s win streak is now at 32 games with a 3-0 week and syphoned off a pair of first-place votes in the process to strengthen their grip on the top spot in the GameTimeCT Top 10 softball poll for April 14.
The Panthers’ next-door FCIAC neighbors remained within striking distance. Trumbull (5-0) stayed at No. 2 with a pair of first-place votes and St. Joseph (5-0) stayed at No. 3.
Everyone else moved up as Southington dropped three spots following its rain-shortened loss to Bristol Eastern. West Haven’s 3-0 victory over Amity parked the Westies into the final spot of the Top 10.
The GameTimeCT Top 10 Softball Poll (April 14)
|TEAM (1st place votes)||REC||PTS||LAST||CLASS|
|1. MASUK (14)||5-0||470||1||L|
|Latest Results: Def. Barlow 3-1, Pomperaug 17-3, Fitch 18-0.
Bottom Line: A rare test by the Falcons, but otherwise smooth sailing for the Panthers. Win streak up to 32 games.
|2. TRUMBULL (2)||5-0||428||2||LL|
|Latest Results: Def. Stamford 5-0, Darien 18-2, Ridgefield 7-3.
Bottom Line: Mackenzie Bruggeman belted two home runs in win over Tigers.
|3. ST. JOSEPH||5-0||426||3||L|
|Latest Results: Def. Norwalk 17-3, Trinity Catholic 17-0, Central 15-1.
Bottom Line: Cadets scored a combined 51 runs in steamrolling the bottom part of the FCIAC. A few tricky challenges lay ahead.
|Latest Results: Def. Hand 9-2, Guilford 13-0, Foran 13-0.
Bottom Line: Bri Pearson settling into role as ace behind consecutive shutouts.
|Latest Results: Def. Bacon Academy 17-1, Woodstock 18-0.
Bottom Line: Wildcats will take bus rides to East Haven and Stamford on consecutive days this week.
|6. NORTH HAVEN||6-0||310||7||L|
|Latest Results: Def. Hand 11-2, Guilford 6-2, Sacred Heart 13-0.
Bottom Line: Indians move up another spot after surge to start the season.
|Latest Results: Lost to Bristol Eastern 3-2 (5 innings), Def. RHAM 7-1, Glastonbury 15-6.
Bottom Line: If the rain held off just a little longer, Southington could have remained undefeated.
|Latest Result: Def. St. Paul 10-9, Naugatuck 7-0, Ansonia 19-1.
Bottom Line: A wild win over their NVL rivals keeps Cats in top 10.
|9. E.O. SMITH||5-0||217||10||LL|
|Latest Results: Def. Rocky Hill 13-0, Farmington 5-3, Manchester 6-4.
Bottom Line: Panthers heading off to Florida for spring break to compete at the Wide World of Sports.
|10. WEST HAVEN||7-0||151||NR||LL|
|Latest Results: Def. East Haven 9-5, Amity 3-0, Law 4-1.
Bottom Line: One SCC team replaces another as the Blue Devils debut following their shutout victory over then-No. 9 Amity.
|Dropped Out: Amity (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: Bristol Eastern (3-0) 141; Brookfield (5-0) 102; Amity (2-2) 100; South Windsor (4-0) 97; Valley Regional (7-0) 91; Montville (6-0) 72; Granby (4-0) 56; Maloney (5-0) 53; St. Paul (4-1) 38; North Branford (5-1) and Coventry (4-0) 21; Northwestern (5-0) and Ledyard (5-0) 17; Barlow (3-2) 16; Greenwich (6-1) 10; Danbury (5-2) and Griswold (4-2) 8; Stamford (3-2) 7.|
|The following voted: Scott Ericson, Stamford Advocate; Steve DeMartino, Coginchaug; Vickie Fulkerson, The Day; George DeMaio, WELI; Jimmy Zanor, Norwich Bulletin; Jeff Babineau, St. Joseph; Ryan Lacey, Danbury News Times; Ken Pereiras, Seymour; Mike Madera, Hearst Connecticut Media; Dave Phillips, Hearst Connecticut Media; Tim Jensen, Patch; Bryan Burdick, NFA; Nick DeLizio, North Branford; Richard Zalusky, Willimantic Chronicle; Lori Riley, Hartford Courant, Terry Dinan, New Canaanite.
Compiled by Ryan Lacey