Well, it took all of about seven hours for my No. 1 team to fall after last week’s rankings went up on the blog, so who knows what this week will bring.
For the most part, many of the same teams remain in the current top 10, although some have shuffled around a bit due to losses during last week or my own recalculations.
Among other things, we have a new No. 1 team, so here’s a look at the updated Lohud softball rankings for this season:
1. North Rockland (7-1): The Red Raiders have already been battle-tested through the first part of the season, notching wins over Pearl River, Tappan Zee, Suffern, Valhalla and Clarkstown South.
Following a rough season-opener, junior starting pitcher Kayla McDermott has been stellar in the circle, and recent St. Thomas Aquinas commit Alyssa Williams doesn’t give opponents any breathing room when McDermott is off. Last year’s playoff run was no fluke; the Red Raiders are the real deal, and they don’t have any everyday senior starters.
2. Brewster (7-0): The Brew Crew beat a talented John Jay squad for the second time this year on Tuesday, this time disposing of the Indians before extra innings. The Bears appear to be armed with at least three solid pitchers and have already showed that they have one of the most balanced lineups in the section.
3. John Jay-East Fishkill (3-1): The reigning section champs made it a point to prove that they have every intention of competing for another Class AA title after drubbing Dutchess foe Ketcham 10-2. The Patriots’ only loss came to Brewster, in a 2-1 final.
4. Ursuline (4-1): It’s now confirmed what we already knew: Angie Rizzi is an absolute monster. Coming off an eight-RBI game against White Plains, the power-hitting junior slugged three homers — in five innings — during a rout against New Rochelle. The Koalas have now outscored Section 1 opponents 60-1 in their last three games, all of which have been shortened due to the mercy rule.
5. Clarkstown South (4-1): After taking a five-run loss at the hands of North Rockland, the Vikings have run off three straight victories, including a quality win against Tappan Zee.
Clarkstown South has a returning all-state battery in senior Briana Keaveney and junior Sara Herskowitz, and a top-to-bottom lineup that will create fits for opposing teams as the season wears on.
6. Ketcham (4-2): Back-to-back-to-back losses are going to knock any team out of the top five, but losing to Brewster and John Jay-East Fishkill (twice) isn’t enough ammunition write the Indians off for good.
7. Pearl River (4-1): Much like Rizzi has been doing over in Westchester, Pirates junior third baseman Colleen McCoy is tearing the leather off the ball in Rockland. Last week’s Journal News player of the week, McCoy batted over .730 and smashed three homers in four Pirates wins.
8. Valhalla (3-1): The Vikings were averaging more than 10 runs per game before nearly being no-hit at North Rockland on Saturday. One of the Vikings’ biggest tests in Class B (Rye Neck) has been rained out — twice — so there’s no definitive way of telling what to make of Saturday’s game.
Did Valhalla just have an off game? Are the Vikings a big fish in a small pond? Is North Rockland really that good? When Valhalla plays Ardsley (5-0), another tough Class B team, on Monday, we’ll know more.
Rye Neck will get its crack at Ardsley on Tuesday. Aside from the fact that the three teams were the only Section 1 teams recognized in this week’s state rankings, they have all emerged as the early frontrunners in Class B.
10. Lakeland (3-0): Ardsley is my next team in, but I’m giving the final spot to Lakeland after some careful consideration. The Hornets play in a more competitive Class A, and have been spectacular, outscoring opponents 33-2 to open the season.
Sophomore Colleen Walsh has won all three games, posting an earned-run average of 0.39 over 18 innings, while fanning 29 batters. Walsh is also one of five .400 hitters on the team, which boasts just one senior.
On the radar: Ardsley, Haldane (1-0), Hen Hud (6-1), John Jay (4-2), Suffern (5-2), Tappan Zee (6-2)