For the first time in 51 weeks, we have a new No. 1 softball team.
Thanks to a couple of shut-down pitching performances by Payton Doiron and a home run from Charlee Horton (vs. Trumbull) and Paige Hunter (vs. Masuk), St. Joseph assumed the top spot in the latest GameTimeCT Top 10 Softball Poll.
The Cadets collected all 16 first-place votes and claimed the No. 1 spot from Masuk, which held it since May 13, 2018.
Masuk, which saw its 41-game win streak end, merely dropped to No. 2. They stayed ahead of Lauren Card and unbeaten North Haven, which moved up to No. 3.
SOFTBALL NOTES: NORTH HAVEN NO LONGER FLYING UNDER RADAR
Trumbull dropped to No. 4, while West Haven — which rallied from an early deficit to beat Hand on Saturday — also remained unbeaten and moved up to No. 5.
Thanks to a seventh-inning rally, Cheshire dropped Southington to No. 8 while moving up to No. 6. Unbeaten South Windsor moved up a spot to No. 7.
Joining the poll this week is unbeaten Valley Regional, which makes its debut at No. 9. And, finally, despite losing to E.O. Smith, 5-0, Bristol Eastern managed to stay in front at No. 10 by a just two points.
The GameTimeCT Top 10 Softball Poll (May 5)
|TEAM (1st place votes)||REC||PTS||LAST||CLASS|
1. ST. JOSEPH (16)
|Latest Results: Def. Trumbull 2-1, Ludlowe 11-0, Masuk 2-0.
Bottom Line: Home runs by Paige Hunter and Charlee Horton paved way for an incredible week by Cadets, who have now stamped themselves the team to beat in Class L.
|Latest Results: Def. Weston 19-0, ND-Fairfield 8-1, Brookfield 16-3. Lost to St. Joseph 2-0.
Bottom Line: Trip outside the SWC was one to forget as the Panthers' 41-game win streak comes to an end vs. St. Joseph.
3. NORTH HAVEN
|Latest Results: Def. Sacred Heart 3-0, Branford 22-0, East Haven 2-0.
Bottom Line: Top three spots made up of Class L teams thanks to the arm of Lauren Card, who has allowed three earned runs all season.
|Latest Results: Def Greenwich 1-0, Lost to St. Joseph 2-1.
Bottom Line: An RBI single in first inning by Kenzie Bruggerman was just one of two hits against Greenwich, but prevented the week from being a disaster.
5. WEST HAVEN
|Latest Results: Def. Law 3-1, Shelton 8-0, Hand 8-6.
Bottom Line: A remarkable comeback against Hand preserved the Westies' unbeaten season.
|Latest Results: Def. Foran 9-3, Southington 4-3, Career Magnet 23-2.
Bottom Line: Pearson sisters combined to down Southington, which led the Rams 3-1 in the seventh.
7. SOUTH WINDSOR
|Latest Results: Def. Middletown 4-0, NFA 1-0, East Catholic 13-7, Tolland 3-0.
Bottom Line: South Windsor and West Haven are last two undefeated team in Class LL. Who would have thought?
|Latest Result: Lost to Cheshire 4-3, Def. Northwest Catholic 15-0.
Bottom Line: Busy second half of season on hand for Knights, who face South Windsor in a big CCC clash Friday.
9. VALLEY REGIONAL
|Latest Results: Def. North Branford 5-0, Morgan 4-3.
Bottom Line: Big win over Shoreline champion North Branford helps Warriors finally break into top 10.
10. BRISTOL EASTERN
|Latest Results: Def. RHAM 11-0, Bristol Central 6-0, Lost to E.O. Smith 5-0.
Bottom Line: Interestingly enough, the Lancers hold on spot by just two points over E.O. Smith, who remained undefeated against Connecticut teams with their victory over Eastern.
|Dropped Out: Seymour (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: E.O. Smith (8-2) 153; Oxford (13-2) 143; St. Paul (12-1) 115; Seymour (11-3) 108; NFA (10-3) 105; Northwestern (12-0) 76; Warde (10-1) 57; Amity (9-3) 32; Montville (10-1) 31; Barlow (11-3) 22; Windsor (9-2) 16; Coventry (13-1) 14; Ellington (11-1) 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; 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