Just a few years ago, the Wapahani softball team would get excited just to receive votes in the state rankings. Now things have changed a bit in Selma.
The Raiders have reached the pinnacle of the state rankings, checking in at No. 1 in Class 2A in the latest rankings released Monday by the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association. The poll was the first of the season since games began. Wapahani was ranked No. 3 in the preseason poll.
The rankings reflect Wapahani winning its first five games, including one perfect game, one no-hitter and a one-hitter. Those three pitching performances came from three different players. Kaija Aikman pitched the perfect game against Southside, Hanna Rose didn’t allow a hit against Monroe Central, and Angelica McKibben pitched a one-hitter against Southside.
Wapahani won its sixth game of the season on Monday, a 16-5 victory against Daleville. Rose improved to 4-0 on the season by striking out 10 batters.
“I’m a little surprised, but I’m also not surprised,” coach Jacci Glancy said of the ranking.
Glancy said she plans to talk about the rankings a bit today with her team. She expects her players to also hear about the ranking from other avenues, and she expects them to be excited.
“But it really doesn’t change much,” Glancy said. “That first little two-minute meeting you have before practice, we’ll talk about it. But I think after that, everything goes back to normal anyway.”
Wapahani is the only team from East Central Indiana in the top 10 in its class. Yorktown is receiving votes in Class 3A. The Tigers, who were the state runner-up in 3A last season, did not receive any votes in the preseason poll after being left off the ballot due to a technical error. They received votes in Monday’s poll but not enough to crack the top 10.
New Castle is receiving votes in Class 4A, and Cowan and Randolph Southern are each receiving votes in Class A.