Thanks to a quiet week – and even more weather – with few tests for the state’s top squads, the top 10 of the GameTimeCT/Register poll remained largely unchanged.
Masuk once again claimed 14 of 16 first-place votes to continue its streak as the top team in the state. It’s 35 wins and counting for the Panthers, who have steamrolled each team not named Barlow on the schedule.
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Trumbull inched further ahead of St. Joseph for the second spot while Cheshire, NFA, North Haven, Southington and Seymour all kept their spots from last week.
The lone shift came at the bottom of the poll as E.O. Smith dropped out behind a pair of losses in the Sunshine State. Bristol Eastern finally debuts at the No. 10 spot thanks to its 5-0 start, which included a win over Southington April 9. West Haven is 9-0 and moved up a spot to No. 9.
The GameTimeCT Top 10 Softball Poll (April 22)
|TEAM (1st place votes)||REC||PTS||LAST||CLASS|
1. MASUK (14)
|Latest Results: Def. Newtown 16-3, Kolbe 20-0, Immaculate 12-0.
Bottom Line: Another challenge against Barlow this week for the Panthers, who have won 35 in a row.
2. TRUMBULL (2)
|Latest Results: Def. McMahon 18-1, Staples 8-0.
Bottom Line: Trumbull may not be tested until its April 30 showdown at St. Joseph.
3. ST. JOSEPH
|Latest Results: Def. Warde 2-1, Greenwich 8-0, Wilton 15-2.
Bottom Line: St. Joseph and Masuk will now square off on May 4. Until it gets postponed again, anyway.
|Latest Results: Def. Career 21-1, Mercy 3-2, Fitch 10-3.
Bottom Line: Rams’ schedule may be viewed as toughest in state by season’s end.
|Latest Results: Def. Fitch 17-2, Waterford 8-6.
Bottom Line: Brooke Gottshall and Sara Cote each hit home runs to get past the Lancers.
6. NORTH HAVEN
|Latest Results: Def. Branford 22-0, Sheehan 14-0.
Bottom Line: Three shutouts in a row for Lauren Card and the Indians, and five total this season.
|Latest Results: Def. Farmington 6-1.
Bottom Line: Another quiet week for Knights as weather rolled in.
|Latest Result: Def. Derby 17-0, Torrington 19-5.
Bottom Line: Wildcats back to pouring on the runs against NVL opposition.
9. WEST HAVEN
|Latest Results: Def. Lyman Hall 11-3, 12-5
Bottom Line: Wins over Lyman Hall on consecutive days maintains sensational start. Might be a long time until Westies taste defeat.
10. BRISTOL EASTERN
|Latest Results: Def. Platt 12-1, Enfield 5-0.
Bottom Line: Lancers finally break into Top 10 after their signature win over Southington on April 9.
|Dropped Out: E.O. Smith (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: South Windsor (7-0) 145; Valley Regional (8-0) 134; E.O. Smith (6-2) 127; Barlow (6-2) 82; Windsor (7-0) 67; Ledyard (6-0) 41; Amity (5-2) 32; St. Paul (6-1) 28; Woodland (8-0) 23; Brookfield (7-1) 20; Granby (5-2) 15; Griswold (7-2), Coventry (7-0) and ND-Fairfield (6-0) 14; Northwestern (7-0), Danbury (7-3) and Montville (7-1) 8; Lauralton Hall (7-0) and Stamford (6-3) 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