Wednesday, May 5, 2010

HS softball: midseason report card; NYS polls

I did this with baseball the other day and I'll do my best here with the softball, although we're lacking full reports for many of the leagues.

If you have any corrections, please drop them in the comments or shoot me an email.

Big 10 Conference
Troy, 6-1, 7-5
Catholic Central, 4-1, 9-3
Schenectady, 4-2, 6-5

The league title is going to come down to the second meeting between the Troy teams (Tuesday, May 18 at Troy High). It looks like Troy, CCHS and Schenectady will qualify for the postseason, but all will enter as underdogs with the great Suburban teams in the AA bracket.

Suburban Council
North Division
Shenendehowa, 10-0, 12-0
Saratoga Springs, 5-3, 6-3

Shen is making a great case for the No. 1 seed in the Class AA tournament, having allowed just one run - unearned - through 12 games.
Saratoga beat Columbia this week, also putting the Streaks on the map.

Niskayuna and Shaker could factor in the Class AA race, while Burnt Hills always plays better than its record in Class A.

South Division
Bethlehem, 8-2, 8-2
Columbia, 8-2, 12-2
Colonie, 5-5, 7-5

Bethlehem and Columbia will battle for the division title (May 17, at Columbia) and both will be major players in the Class AA tournament.

Colonial Council
Division One
Mechanicville, 8-0, 8-0

The Red Raiders are cruising to a division title.

Division Two
Cohoes, 7-1, 7-2
Holy Names, 4-2
Lansingburgh, 4-2, 6-4
Ravena, 3-3, 6-5

Cohoes will have to fight off Holy Names and Lansingburgh for the division title. Cohoes plays at 'Burgh on Wednesday, May 12.

Division winners will square off in a de facto league championship match on Friday, May 21. Second place teams will play each other, third place teams will play each other and so on as part of a cross-over finale day.

Mechanicville and Cohoes are early favorites to play again in the Section II Class B title game. Lansingburgh also has to be considered a contender in the Class A bracket as the defending champions.

Wasaren League
Hoosick Falls, 6-2, 9-2
Stillwater, 5-2, 6-2
Schuylerville, 4-2, 4-2
Granville, 4-2, 4-2
Hoosic Valley, 4-3, 6-4
Greenwich, 3-4, 4-7
Tamarac, 2-6, 5-7
Cambridge, 0-7, 2-8

The Panthers are striving for a league title after finishing as runners-up to Schuylerville a season ago, but Stillwater, Granville, Hoosic Valley and the Black Horses are right on their heels.

Lake George and Hoosick Falls are the top teams to be reckoned with in Class C this season.

Patroon Conference
Taconic Hills, 9-0, 11-1
Maple Hill, 3-6, 4-6

Taconic Hills is on pace to win the league and the Titans will also be a force in Class B. Maple Hill could clinch a playoff berth with a strong second half.

Germantown, 9-0, 9-0
Waterford, 8-1, 8-2
Loudonville Christian, 7-1, 7-2
Rensselaer, 3-3, 3-3

Waterford and Loudonville play again on Wednesday, May 19. That game may determine second place, if not the league champion. Both, however, will be long shots in the Class C bracket.

And just as I clicked 'publish' the latest state polls appeared in my inbox. Here are your Section II reps. To see the full list, click over to the New York State Sportswriters Association website.

Softball State Rankings - week 3
Poll editor: Perry L. Novak
(April 28-May 4)

Class AA
2: 12-0 Shenendehowa-2
15: 12-2 Columbia-2
18: 8-1 Bethlehem-2

Class A
10: 8-1 South Glens Falls-2

Class B
1: 8-0 Mechanicville-2
9: 8-2 Cohoes-2
10: 11-1 Taconic Hills-2
20: 8-2 Hudson Falls-2

Class C
10: 10-0 Lake George-2
13: 9-2 Hoosick Falls-2

Class D
2: 9-0 Germantown-2
9: 10-0 Hartford-2
16: 8-2 Fort Ann-2

For the latest baseball polls, click here.

2010 NYSSWA rankings (Through May 2)

9. Shenendehowa, 9-1
14. Albany-CBA, 9-1

6. Ichabod Crane, 10-1

13. Fonda-Fultonville, 7-2
15. Granville, 10-1

4. Greenwich, 10-1
8. Fort Plain, 7-2
15. Schohaire, 10-1

6. Fort Ann, 9-1
11. Fort Edward, 7-2
19. Germantown, 9-3

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