Power rankings: WE/HV softball (4/17)
Hudson Valley softball rankings
The defending Class AA state champs have handled expectations quite well to open the season, posting a pair of convincing wins. They’ll have to answer the bell on Wednesday when they take on rival Ketcham, which they lost to twice in the regular season last year.
The sophomores on this roster are growing up fast. It won’t be long before shortstop Sam Alicandri and pitcher Mandy McCarthy are considered two of the best at their positions.
The Koalas picked up a quality win over Eastchester on Tuesday behind a stellar outing from Brittany Mitchell. Now down in Class A, Ursuline a serious title contender.
The Indians showed just how explosive their lineup can be in their win over Hen Hud last week. They’ll face their biggest test on Wednesday when they host defending state champ and rival John Jay-EF.
The Dutchies are living up to the hype in the early going, including a solid win over John Jay-Cross River. They’ll be tested as Rockland County is even better than anticipated.
The Vikings deserve serious consideration to crack the top five. This a deep lineup with two capable pitchers. Tuesday’s convincing win over Albertus showed they’re for real.
Eastchester suffered a minor setback on Tuesday, losing 2-0 to rival Ursuline in a showdown of Class A powers. These teams will be vying for playoff position with Tappan Zee and Pearl River all season.
The Wildcats have emerged as the top contender in Section 9 to Valley Central for a Section 9 title. They have a key showdown with Minisink Valley on Wednesday.
Behind star pitcher Jess Calvini, the Panthers have been firing out of the gates, outscoring their first three opponents 55-1 to open the year.
After a season-opening loss to Warwick, the Dukes have rebounded quite well. Emily McDonough is 11 for 17 (.647) at the plate with nine stolen bases.