JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The News4JAX Super 6 softball rankings will be published each Monday through the end of the regular season. Results are through April 10 games.
Super 6 softball rankings
Rank, Previous, School, Record, Classification
1. (1) Baldwin (14-1, Class 3A)
Quality wins: First Coast, Fletcher, Keystone Heights, Mandarin, Oakleaf, Paxon, University Christian, West Nassau.
Glance: Baldwin continues to cement itself as the area’s best and most consistent program. Eight consecutive wins for the Indians. Since our last Super 6, Baldwin beat Atlantic Coast (12-5), Mandarin (6-0) and Bishop Snyder (13-1). There’s two tough ones this week, with a surging Fletcher on Tuesday and the Mallory Forrester-powered Middleburg on Wednesday. Kendall North (.448), Jazmine Ramos-Merced (.394) and Cali Hartung (.368) remain the team’s top three hitters.
2. (5) West Nassau (10-5, Class 3A)
Quality wins: Fernandina Beach, Hilliard, Paxon, Providence, Ridgeview (twice), Trinity Christian (twice).
Glance: Warriors have picked things back up. They went 2-0 since our last Super 6 with quality Ws over Fernandina Beach (10-1) and Trinity Christian (10-3). Two good ones on deck for West Nassau this week, with a trip to Baker County (Tuesday) and Palatka (Friday).
3. (2) Ridgeview (9-4, Class 5A)
Notable wins: Clay, Fleming Island, Fletcher (twice), Palatka, Providence, Yulee.
Glance: The Panthers drop a spot after a 1-1 week, with a 6-4 loss in nine innings to Baker County and a 5-1 win over Clay. It’s been a wild softball season. That’s the only way to explain how Baker County beats Ridgeview, then promptly turns around and gets blanked by Hilliard (9-0). Mary Girgis (.341), Natalie Foret (.333) and KY Torrence (.316) lead the Panthers regulars at the plate.
4. (NR) Providence (9-5, Class 3A)
Quality wins: Creekside (twice), Episcopal, First Coast, Hilliard, West Nassau.
Glance: The Stallions have been knocking on the door of the Super 6 from the midway point of the season. They make their debut on the heels of a six-game winning streak, including Ws over Creekside and Hilliard in that stretch. Zoe Yaeger (.419, 3 HR), Ella Roberson (.381, 2 HR) and Joey Trawick (.333, HR) lead the Stallions at the plate. Trawick is also the team’s ace, going 9-5 with a 1.45 ERA.
5. (4) Union County (11-2, Class 1A)
Notable wins: Bell, Dixie County, Fort White, Gainesville, Santa Fe, Trenton, Williston.
Glance: A 2-1 week for the Tigers, who beat Gainesville (6-4) and Dixie County (3-1) before getting crushed by Trenton (11-1). Union beat Trenton earlier this season. Angela Tucker (.529) and Tamia Young (.528) lead the Tigers at the plate.
6. (6) Oakleaf (9-6, Class 7A)
Quality wins: Clay, Episcopal, Keystone Heights, Middleburg, University Christian, Winter Springs.
Glance: As mentioned above, this has been a wild season. Oakleaf has gone 1-1 since our last Super 6, a 12-2 win over Tocoi Creek, preceded by a stunning 11-1 blowout at the hands of Keystone Heights. That bad loss to the Indians did give me some hesitation about keeping Oakleaf in the Super 6, but it does have a solid list of Ws and stays in front of contenders Bartram Trail, First Coast and University Christian for the No. 6 spot. I get this question often about fluctuations and how teams with better records are on the outside looking in. While a team like Bartram has a much better record at 10-2, strength of schedule has to be scrutinized in rankings. The Bears have a negative SOS in the latest FHSAA rankings. A team like Oakleaf has the third-highest schedule strength in Class 7A. Ciara Gibson (.489), Khloe Banks (.454) and Mariyah Sanchez (.435) remain hitting over .400 for Oakleaf.
Bartram Trail (10-2, Class 7A).
Baker County (7-7, Class 4A); Bartram Trail (10-2, Class 7A); Bishop Kenny (9-6, Class 4A); Bolles (7-4, Class 3A); Bradford (9-4, Class 1A); Clay (8-7, Class 4A); Creekside (9-5, Class 7A); Episcopal (8-4, Class 3A); Fernandina Beach (7-2, Class 3A); First Coast (8-3, Class 6A); Fleming Island (7-5, Class 6A); Fletcher (7-6, Class 6A); Fort White (7-4, Class 1A); Hilliard (5-4, Class 1A); Keystone Heights (8-7, Class 3A); Mandarin (7-6, Class 7A); Matanzas (8-4, Class 4A); Middleburg (8-6, Class 5A); Palatka (12-3, Class 3A); Paxon (8-6, Class 4A); Sandalwood (7-4, Class 7A); Trinity Christian (6-6, Class 2A); University Christian (9-5, Class 2A); Yulee (10-6, Class 4A).