The the latest Top 10 GameTimeCT softball poll remained largely unchanged as conference championship season got underway.
The top six — St. Joseph, Masuk, Trumbull, South Windsor, Cheshire and North Haven — remained in their places as all survived the week without a loss. All 10 teams from last week remained in the poll.
The Cadets and Eagles each won their FCIAC quarterfinals Saturday, while the rest of the leagues begin their tournaments this week, save for the CCC, which doesn’t hold one.
Most begin Monday and hope to dodge the weather with states set to begin next week.There was small movement in the bottom half as West Haven suffered just its second loss of the season to Amity, and harshly fell three spots to No. 10 as a result.
Valley Regional remained at No. 8 while Southington jumped two spots into the No. 7 hole, and E.O. Smith moved up to No. 9.
The GameTimeCT Top 10 Softball Poll (May 19)
|TEAM (1st place votes)||REC||PTS||LAST||CLASS|
1. ST. JOSEPH (16)
|Latest Results: Def. Darien 19-4, Staples 7-4, Danbury 6-0 in FCIAC quarterfinals.
Bottom Line: Cadets unanimous No. 1 again ahead of FCIAC tournament; win streak up to 32 games.
|Latest Results: Def. Pomperaug 10-0, Stratford 12-0.
Bottom Line: It may take until late in the Class L tournament before the Panthers are tested again.
|Latest Results: Def. Bridgeport Central 18-0, Danbury 6-1, Greenwich 7-0 in FCIAC quarterfinals.
Bottom Line: Eagles and St. Joseph appear on a collision course for FCIAC final, once more.
4. SOUTH WINDSOR
|Latest Results: Def. East Hartford 16-0, Ellington 2-0.
Bottom Line: The Bobcats close in on top three behind two more Maria Hanchuk shutouts. She hasn’t allowed a run since April 24.
|Latest Results: Def. Hand 16-7, East Haven 3-0, Sheehan 12-0.
Bottom Line: Cheshire will be the No. 2 seed in the SCC tournament, but a tough side of the bracket looms with Hand in first round and West Haven or Amity in semis.
6. NORTH HAVEN
|Latest Results: Def. Guilford 3-0, Amity 7-2, Staples 9-0.
Bottom Line: The Indians are back on track with three straight wins and the top seed in the SCC.
|Latest Results: Def. Newington 9-8 (9 innings), Hall 7-6, Windsor 15-9.
Bottom Line: Wild week for the Knights who survive not one, but two upset bids. Move up a slot in the rankings as a result.
8. VALLEY REGIONAL
|Latest Result: Def. Westbrook 16-0, Suffield 12-2, Old Saybrook 11-1.
Bottom Line: Warriors closing in on a remarkable undefeated season. Just three teams left in the state with that honor.
9. E.O. SMITH
|Latest Results: Def. East Catholic 12-0, RHAM 7-1.
Bottom Line: Panthers’ lone loss in-state was a 1-0 tilt against South Windsor.
10. WEST HAVEN
|Latest Results: Def. Guilford 6-3, Lost to Amity 6-3, Def. Hillhouse 12-0.
Bottom Line: Life is tough in the SCC when an 18-2 squad drops three spots due to one loss.
|Dropped Out: None.
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.
Records through Sunday, May 19
|Others receiving votes: NFA (15-4) 109; Stamford (16-4), 89; Northwestern (16-1), 88; Waterford (17-3), 74; Seymour (16-4), 70; Windsor (14-4), 63; Coventry (17-1), 41; Bristol Eastern (14-5), 38; Farmington (14-4), 35; Amity (13-7), 34; Ellington (16-3), 33; St. Paul (16-4), 27; Holy Cross (17-3), 19; Warde (12-5), 15; Brookfield (16-4), 14; Montville (16-3), 11; ND-Fairfield (16-3), 9.|
|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 Media Corp.; Bryan Burdick, NFA; Nick DeLizio, North Branford; Richard Zalusky, Willimantic Chronicle; Lori Riley, Hartford Courant, Terry Dinan, New Canaanite.
Compiled by Ryan Lacey