One week into the season and there was considerable shuffling inside and out of the GameTimeCT/Register Top 10 Poll.
Masuk retains its position atop the standings behind a pair of steamrolling wins over FCIAC opposition, collecting 12 of 16 first-place votes. FCIAC rivals Trumbull and St. Joseph swap places after the Cadets were pushed to limit by Newtown and the Eagles rallied past Seymour, which stayed in the No. 8 slot.
Weather has caused early havoc per usual. St. Joseph had out-of-conference tilts against Masuk and Cheshire pushed back later in the season due to rain.
The anticipated No. 1 v. 2 opening game vs. Masuk was postponed to April 20. The Cheshire game is still TBA as of this writing.
The biggest movers in week two were North Haven, which jumped into the No. 7 spot behind three solid wins.
Senior ace Lauren Card has gotten off to electric start so far in 2019. E.O. Smith sneaks into the top 10 behind an undefeated start while Hand and Griswold dropped out.
GameTimeCT Top 10 Softball Poll
|TEAM (1st place votes)||REC||PTS||LAST||CLASS|
|1. MASUK (12)||2-0||464||1||L|
|Latest Results: Def. Staples 14-0, Ludlowe 12-0
Bottom Line: Panthers gain five first-place votes as they crushed two FCIAC opponents. Showdown with Cadets will have to wait.
|2. TRUMBULL (3)||3-0||420||3||LL|
|Latest Results: Def. Westhill 14-1, Seymour 5-4, Barlow 9-0
Bottom Line: Eagles notched biggest win of the season so far, rallying late to top Wildcats. Rout of Falcons also impressive.
|3. ST. JOSEPH (1)||2-0||404||2||L|
|Latest Results: Def. Sheehan 16-1, Newtown 6-4
Bottom Line: Close shave against Nighthawks enough to slide Cadets down a spot, apparently. Big games against Masuk and Cheshire will now be in heart of FCIAC schedule.
|Latest Results: Def. Hall 6-0, Conard 21-5
Bottom Line: Knights rolling right along with new cast; hit 21 runs three times a year ago too.
|Latest Results: Def. East Haven, 8-5
Bottom Line: Rain has halted the Rams, but they rallied from a 4-1 hole to secure victory in their lone game.
|Latest Results: Def. Westhill 14-1, Stonington 11-4
Bottom Line: Sarah Cote joined the 100-hit club during the win over Stonington; had three hits and three RBI in the win.
|7. NORTH HAVEN||3-0||311||NR||L|
|Latest Results: Def. Coginchaug 2-0, Norwalk 8-0, Amity 2-1
Bottom Line: Masuk might have a new threat in Class L with all the attention paid to the top three.
|Latest Result: Lost to Trumbull 5-4, Def. WCA 20-2, Waterford 10-1
Bottom Line: Wildcats unmoved thanks to a close defeat vs. Trumbull. Were moments away from a landmark win.
|Latest Results: Def. Fitch 12-3, Lost to North Haven 2-1
Bottom Line: Abbey Fletcher and Kelly Pritchard on the wrong side of a pitcher’s classic that went 11 innings against the Indians.
|10. E.O. SMITH||2-0||141||NR||LL|
|Latest Results: Def. Enfield 7-3, RHAM 9-0
Bottom Line: Haley Golembowski threw a two-hit shutout with 14 strikeouts against the Sachems.
|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 (1-0) 128; Bristol Eastern (2-0) 123; Valley Regional (4-0) 71; Montville (3-0) 65; Danbury (3-0) 58; South Windsor (1-0) 57; Brookfield (4-0) 54; Granby (2-0) and North Branford (3-1) 47; Griswold (2-1) 45; Stamford (1-0) 31; St. Paul (2-0) 26; Wilton (3-0) 23; Coginchaug (3-1) 17; Windsor (4-0) and Coventry (3-0) 16; East Haven (0-2) 14; Newtown (1-1) 10; Stafford (1-1) 9; Ludlowe (1-1) 8; Guilford (0-3) 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