lohud softball rankings
1. North Rockland (13-0, last week: 1): The Red Raiders are already proving they can hang with some of the top teams in the state, blanking Iroquois, 8-0, in their opening game of the prestigious James “Ace” Morabito tournament in Herkimer this weekend. Victoria Alonso, Amanda Schweitzer, and Kayla McDermott all went yard in the win.
2. John Jay-East Fishkill (12-1, last week: 2): Redemption will have to wait a little bit longer for the Patriots, whose game against Class AA foe Suffern was suspended in the third inning of the Melissa Bisaccia Memorial tournament at Ketcham. The Mounties ended John Jay-East Fishkill’s season in the Class AA section quarterfinals last year. The game will pick up May 16 at Ketcham.
3. Pearl River (11-2, last week: 3): The Pirates saw no local action this week, but blanked Hoosic Valley and Valley Central at the Morabito tournament. Pearl River advanced to the semifinals of the championship bracket, along with fellow Section 1 teams North Rockland and Valhalla. With Class A becoming increasingly more competitive, the two-time reigning section champs are doing their best to stay on top of the pack.
4. Suffern (10-2, last week: 4): Rain pretty much wiped out everyone’s schedule this week, but the Mounties made the most of their one game, routing Nanuet, 11-3. Not only was it a quality win for Suffern, but a terrific offensive rebound after being held to one hit against Pearl River in its previous game. The Mounties will have games against John Jay-East Fishkill and Ketcham on May 16, which should serve as excellent preparation heading into sections..
5. Yorktown (11-2, last week: N/R): The Huskers desperately needed a big-time win, partially for themselves and partially to prove to everyone else in the section that they are legitimate. Thursday’s victory at Brewster was more than enough to show that Yorktown should be a considerable threat in Class AA this season after playing all of last year in Class A. The Huskers are defensively sound and have a deep lineup that can hit for average and power. So yes, Yorktown is most certainly for real. Now the Huskers will play Monday through Saturday this week, setting up what should be an interesting week.
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6. Ursuline (13-3, last week: 5): One misleading factor about the Koalas is that, while they will compete in the Class A playoffs (they were in Class AA last year), they play against a Class AA schedule. Ursuline may have three losses, but all three have come at the hands of Class AA programs (John Jay-East Fishkill, North Rockland, Arlington). The fact that no Class A team has beaten the Koalas this year, and they’ve already beaten two very good ones (Eastchester, Brewster) is something to take note of.
7. Brewster (11-3, last week: 6): If you were at the Yorktown-Brewster game, you know that there isn’t much to read into the loss. Yorktown is a solid program, and its also in Class AA. Brewster fell into a five-run hole entering the bottom of the seventh, but rallied to score three times and put the tying run at the plate. Lisa Delzio and her team probably don’t want me at anymore of their games, but given that we could very well see the Bears in their third straight Class A section final, that might not be possible.
8. Lakeland (12-1, last week: 7): The Hornets will have to make up a game with Fox Lane at some point, but they’ll also get another game against Yorktown. Lakeland won the first rendezvous, 6-3, but I think Yorktown is playing with a high level of momentum now compared to earlier this season. I wouldn’t be stunned to see a one-run game, possibly in extra innings. Regardless of who wins, it should be a tremendous game for the fans watching.
9. Hen Hud (12-2, last week: 9): Two losses to Lakeland. What else is there to say? I didn’t staff Friday’s rematch, I did cover Tuesday’s initial bout between the two. Even though the Sailors were shutout, 2-0, I was impressed with the poise they showed in the loss. Hen Hud rallied in the seventh inning to load the bases and give itself a chance to win. While that would be admirable in its own regards, I love the fact that the rally started after a routine grounder to second base was bobbled. A lot of players would’ve been dejected off the bat, and assumed it would be an easy out. Hen Hud didn’t give up, and I think that says a lot about the kind of team Kurt Thomas has over in Montrose. Ultimately, I think that attitude will serve the Sailors well in sections.
10. Ketcham (last week: 9-4): They’ve already down two of the top teams in Class AA (John Jay-East Fishkill and FDR), and the Indians only seem to be getting hotter at the regular season dwindles down. Like Suffern, the May 16 doubleheader will be great preparation for Ketcham, but it will also be the perfect opportunity to make a cannonball-sized splash in Class AA to wrap up the regular season.
Dropped out: Nanuet (8-5, last week: 8), Rye Neck (12-2, last week: 10)
On the bubble: Ardsley, Eastchester, Ketcham, Pleasantville, Rye Neck
Class AA: 1. North Rockland, 2. John Jay-East Fishkill, 3. Suffern, 4. Yorktown (11-2), 5. Ketcham (9-4), 6. Fox Lane (10-5), 7. Clarkstown North (7-5), 8. Scarsdale (9-5), 9. Arlington (6-6), 10. Mamaroneck (7-5)
Class A: 1. Pearl River, 2. Ursuline, 3. Brewster, 4. Lakeland, 5. Hen Hud, 6. Nanuet, 7. Eastchester (10-5), 8. Harrison (9-2), 9. Tappan Zee (8-5), 10. Pelham (10-4)
Class B: 1. Rye Neck, 2. Ardsley (8-5), 3. Pawling (13-1), 4. Pleasantville (11-3), 5. Westlake (11-3), 6. Briarcliff (9-4), 7. Valhalla (4-8), 8. Putnam Valley (11-3), 9. Croton-Harmon (7-7), 10. Hastings (6-6)
Class C: 1. Tuckahoe (10-2), 2. North Salem (8-7), 3. Haldane (4-12), 4. Hamilton (4-7), 5. Keio (3-7)