Behind its tournament victory in the Gulf Coast Classic II, Curry (Jasper, Ala.) remains atop this week’s USA TODAY High School Sports/National Fastpitch Coaches Association Super 25 softball rankings.
Auburn-bound senior pitcher Ashlee Swindle earned nine wins over the course of the tournament — including five on the final date — while allowing only 18 hits and threw three shutouts. She already has 162 strikeouts on the season with a 0.38 ERA.
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In nine wins, Curry outscored the opposition 63-9. Justus Perry batted .800, Kaylee Horton hit .739, and Emily Aaron hit .579. The trio combined for 31 RBI during the tournament.
The final game was a 2-0 victory against Westminster Christian (Huntsville, Ala.). Those teams figure to see each other again. Curry is the No. 1 4A team in the state; Westminster Christian was No. 2.
Rounding out the top five are No. 2 Etiwanda (Calif.) – which will face a strong Norco (Corona, Calif.) team this week – No. 3 Oakleaf (Orange Park, Fla.), No. 4 Crown Point (Ind.) and No. 5 LaGrange (Texas).
The Kissimmee Klassic Softball tournament kicks off this week in Florida, meaning some shuffling could be coming. Oakleaf, No. 18 Newsome (Lithia), No. 25 North Fort Myers and Gainesville, which was ranked earlier in the season, are all in the tournament field.
Five newcomers join the rankings: No. 16 Clovis (Calif.), No. 17 Reed (Sparks, Nev.), No. 19 Penn (Mishwaka, Ind.), No. 20 West Forsyth (Clemmons, N.C.) and No. 22 Eastlake (El Paso, Texas).
The Super 25 will be released every Thursday through June 9.