It was a much more straight forward week for the No. 1 team in the state.
For the second week in a row No. 1 St. Joseph collected every single first-place vote to remain. The Cadets breezed through the comfortable part of their FCIAC schedule to improve to 18-0 this spring.
St. Joseph is once again followed by Masuk, the team it knocked off for the top spot. There was shuffling after that, though, as no other team held its position from a week ago.
In one week North Haven lost to East Haven and Cheshire. The Rams split a pair with Amity while West Haven lost its first game of the season to Daniel Hand.
It all meant that Trumbull jumped up to the No. 3 spot, followed by undefeated South Windsor, which knocked off Southington. Cheshire jumped up a spot to No. 5 while North Haven and West Haven claimed the next two positions.
The other undefeated in the state – Valley Regional – moved into the No. 8 spot while Southington dropped to No. 9 and E.O. Smith is back in the poll at No. 10.
The GameTimeCT Top 10 Softball Poll (May 12)
|TEAM (1st place votes)||REC||PTS||LAST||CLASS|
1. ST. JOSEPH (14)
|Latest Results: Def. Ridgefield 9-1, McMahon 14-0, New Canaan 9-0.
Bottom Line: Simple path ahead to 20-0. Defending the FCIAC title will be trickier.
|Latest Results: Def. Bunnell 14-0, Bethel 17-0, Newtown 11-2.
Bottom Line: Maddie Procyk had three hits and pitched a complete game in win over Nighthawks.
|Latest Results: Def. Wilton 8-0, Warde 5-2, Norwalk 3-2 (8 innings), Trinity Catholic 15-0.
Bottom Line: Eagles rally past Bears with one in the sixth and another in the eighth.
4. SOUTH WINDSOR
|Latest Results: Def. E.O. Smith 1-0, Enfield 10-0, Southington 5-0.
Bottom Line: Two big wins over top 10 teams — and chaos elsewhere — helps Bobcats finally join the elite.
|Latest Results: Def. North Haven 3-1, Amity 3-0, Lost to Amity 3-2, Def. Guilford 13-3.
Bottom Line: Rams avenge first loss before splitting with Spartans. Cheshire hasn’t allowed more than three runs since opening day.
6. NORTH HAVEN
|Latest Results: Lost to Cheshire 3-1, Def. Sheehan 17-0, Lost to East Haven 6-3, Def Hand 17-1.
Bottom Line: Tough week — which included losses No. 1 and 2 of the season — leads to Indians dropping three spots.
7. WEST HAVEN
|Latest Results: Def. Hillhouse 15-0, Lost to Hand 4-1, Def. East Haven 6-3.
Bottom Line: Westies just four points behind North Haven for No. 6 spot; won’t leave Biondi field for a long time with remaining schedule and postseason at home.
8. VALLEY REGIONAL
|Latest Result: Def. Cromwell 2-1, Law 11-2, Woodstock 6-4.
Bottom Line: Seven of Warriors’ 15 wins by three runs or fewer.
|Latest Results: Def. Simsbury 16-1, Fitch 12-3, Avon 17-1, Lost to South Windsor 5-0
Bottom Line: Blue Knights the latest to succumb to Maria Hanchuk’s shutout streak.
10. E.O. SMITH
|Latest Results: Lost to South Windsor 1-0, Def. East Hartford 8-0, Conard 11-1.
Bottom Line: Loss to Bobcats was first against a team from Connecticut, and didn’t stop Panthers from re-joining top 10.
|Dropped Out: Bristol Eastern (10).
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: Seymour (14-3) 132; Bristol Eastern (12-4) 122; Amity (12-4) 102; Ellington (15-1) 68; Stamford (14-4) 66; Windsor (13-2) 56; NFA (11-4) 31; St. Paul (14-3) 19; Montville (13-2) and Northwestern (14-1) 17; Farmington (12-3) 11; Waterford (14-3) 10; Oxford (14-4) 8; Warde (11-4), Coventry (15-1) and Maloney (13-3) 7.|
|The following voted: Scott Ericson, Stamford Advocate; 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; Bryan Burdick, NFA; Nick DeLizio, North Branford; Richard Zalusky, Willimantic Chronicle; Lori Riley, Hartford Courant; Terry Dinan, New Canaanite; Tim Jensen, Patch Media Corp.
Compiled by Ryan Lacey