Score one for the small schools. S.S. Seward has broken into the Varsity845 softball top 10 softball rankings.
Seward, a Class C school, defeated defending Section 9 Class AA champion Pine Bush 8-7 on Friday. The Spartans check in at No. 10 and deserve even more credit for the loaded schedule it will play this season, which includes several Class AA teams.
That’s almost unheard of for a small school softball team. Keep in mind, Seward will face stiff competition in its own OCIAA division this fall, V, from rival Chester. Chester is the defending Section 9 Class C champion.
1. Kingston (4-2): Two losses came last weekend at loaded Shenendehowa tournament. So far, the Tigers have feasted on local competition.
2. Middletown (6-1): Junior shortstop Brianna Joyner breaking out for the Middies, hitting .407 with (11-for-27) with five doubles and seven RBI.
3. Pine Bush (3-2): In the shocker of the season, Pine Bush, the defending Class AA champs, lost to Class C outfit, S.S. Seward, 8-7 on Friday. I still think Pine Bush is really good.
4. Warwick (4-1): Ciarra DiGuilio, only a sophomore, handling No. 1 pitcher job well. Warwick has won its four games by a combined seven runs.
5. Roosevelt (5-1): Allie Pritchard continues to tear it. She’s hitting .520 (13-for-25) with 16 RBI and is 4-0 with a 1.33 ERA for the Dutchess County Class AA school.
6. Valley Central (1-2): Challenging week for the Vikings with Newburgh on Monday, Kingston on Wednesday and Middletown on Friday.
7. Marlboro (4-1): The Class B state runner-ups moved up to Class A this season. Right now, early on, Marlboro looks like the class of Class A. Pitcher Aubrey Bianco, the 2013 V845 Player of the Year, is hitting .500.
8. Minisink Valley (2-2): Congratulations to Minisink Valley senior shortstop MacKenzie Wise who will play at Division II Dominican College on a partial athletic scholarship. Wise is hitting .411 this season.
9. Newburgh (2-3): And you thought VC had a tough week? Newburgh might as well be in the American League Central with Valley Central, Warwick, John Jay-East Fishkill and Kingston this week.
10. S.S. Seward (2-2): We didn’t need Seward to beat Pine Bush to prove to us that it’s legit. Seward gets a shot at two more Class AA teams this week – Minisink Valley and Warwick.