Prep Softball: Three Local Teams Populate the IGHSAU’s Newest Rankings

Prep Softball- The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU) released their second round of rankings for the softball season and the Southeast conference currently tabs two teams in the top 15 and a member of the Southeast Iowa Super Conference made the list.

Class 5A

Only two teams kept their same position from the previous week’s rankings: #4 Muscatine and #14 Sioux City East. The biggest fall was Ankeny Centennial struggling out of the gate and going from #1 to #6 after a 1-2 start. Pleasant Valley is the new top team, while Cedar Rapids Kennedy, Waukee, and Cedar Rapids Jefferson are now ranked 10th, 11th, and 12th, respectively, after previously being unranked.

Class 4A

North Polk continued the trend of the top team losing their spot as the Comets and Norwalk flip-flopped the #1 and #2 positions. Maquoketa was the only team to fall out of the top 15 as Bondurant-Farrar, touting a 6-0 record, jumped up to #13 after previously being unranked.

Burlington stayed put at the #11 slot with a 2-0 start to the season. The Greyhounds had their first four games canceled due to weather, so the conference wins over Keokuk last night by scores of 7-0 and 3-0 got the season rolling. Kylee Hill leads the team with three RBIs and two doubles, while Saydee Plummer dominated in the circle, notching 24 strikeouts in 8.2 innings of work.

Class 3A

Dubuque Wahlert leapfrogged Williamsburg to take the crown, while Assumption’s early slump position them back to #6 after being ranked 3rd last week. Solon jumped four spots to be ranked 7th.

Washington fell back two spots to enter this week ranked 9th with a 4-1 record. Their 7-4 loss to Cardinal is their lone blemish with their offense doing most of the heavy lifting, averaging 11 runs per game. The Demons have four batters hitting 0.500 or better as Rylee Libe has a slash line of 0.833/0.857/1.000. Their pitching staff has a team ERA of just 1.56.

Chariton and West Liberty were knocked out of the top 15, with PCM and West Burlington/Notre Dame filling out the #14 and #15 spots, respectively. The Falcons have relied on their bats to start the season with 33 runs through the first two games, while allowing 13. Logan Kelley is batting 0.750 and slugging 1.375 with a home run and nine RBIs to lead the Falcons.

Class 2A

Van Meter stopped the curse of the #1-seed, but similar to Class 3A Regina Catholic also fell from #3 to #6 in the rankings. Louisa-Muscatine dropped to #13 after being ranked #11 last week. East Marshall experienced one of the biggest falls in the rankings, going from #8 to unranked. Osage was also kicked out of the rankings with Lisbon entering the top 15 at the #12 slot and Durant rounding out the list.

Class 1A

The top six remained unchanged with Martensdale-St. Marys leading the charge with a 3-0 record. Newman Catholic improved to 9th in the rankings after winning their first seven games of the season. Falling out of the top 15 was St. Ansgar and Central City. Akron-Westfield and Calamus-Wheatland entered the top 15 and round out the list at #14 and #15, respectively.