News4JAX Super 6 softball: Baldwin rock solid No. 1, Ridgeview moves back in

The News4JAX softball Super 6 rankings. (News4JAX)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The News4JAX Super 6 softball rankings will be published each Monday through the end of the regular season. Results are through April 24 games.

Super 6 softball rankings

Rank, Previous, School, Record, Classification

1. (1) Baldwin (20-1, Class 3A)

Quality wins: First Coast, Fletcher (twice), Keystone Heights, Mandarin (twice), Middleburg, Oakleaf, Paxon (twice), University Christian, West Nassau.

Glance: Who’s catching the Indians in town? No one lately. Baldwin stretched its winning streak to 14 games, including a 9-3 win over Mandarin to win its second consecutive Gateway Conference championship. The Indians beat Paxon 2-1 in the conference semis to get there, which makes it a pair of one-run wins over a tough Golden Eagles squad this season. Baldwin wraps up its regular season with games this week on the road at Hilliard (Tuesday) and Clay (Thursday). Coach Jennifer Shields has had some very good teams in her time with Baldwin but never as complete of a squad as this one. The lone loss is a 4-3 game in eight innings to Baker County.

2. (2) West Nassau (14-6, Class 3A)

Quality wins: Baker County, Fernandina Beach, Hilliard (twice), Palatka, Paxon, Providence, Ridgeview (twice), Trinity Christian (twice).

Glance: West Nassau’s six-game winning streak came to an end with a 1-0 loss to Keystone Heights. It sandwiched wins over Middleburg (1-0) and Hilliard (5-2) around that loss. The Warriors close the regular season with a home game on Tuesday night against Oakleaf.

3. (3) Oakleaf (12-6, Class 7A)

Quality wins: Clay, Episcopal, Keystone Heights, Middleburg, Nease, Providence, University Christian, Winter Springs.

Glance: Not much action for the Knights since our last Super 6 outside of an 11-1 shellacking of Tocoi Creek. They wrap up the regular season against West Nassau (Tuesday) and Baker County (Thursday). Oakleaf has won four in a row. Mariyah Sanchez (.475), Khloe Banks (.467) and Ciara Gibson (.450) remain over .400 for the Knights.

4. (4) Providence (14-6, Class 3A)

Quality wins: Bishop Kenny, Creekside (twice), Episcopal, First Coast, Hilliard (twice), Middleburg, Trinity Christian, West Nassau.

Glance: The Stallions keep on winning. They stretched their streak to five games with Ws over Hilliard (6-5) and Bishop Kenny (11-0) since our last Super 6. Two very tough games close down the regular season, with Bartram Trail (Tuesday and First Coast (Thursday). Ella Roberson (.466, 5 HR), Zoe Yaeger (.388, 4 HR), Joey Trawick (.339, HR), Kayla Burmeister (.327, 2 HR) and Grace Wilson (.321, 2 HR) lead the Stallions at the plate.

5. (6) Keystone Heights (13-8, Class 3A)

Notable wins: Baker County, Bradford, Clay, Creekside, Middleburg, Oakleaf, Orlando Christian Prep, Ridgeview, West Nassau.

Glance: A 2-1 week for the Indians, with a 1-0 win over West Nassau and a 21-0 win over Interlachen, and a 5-1 loss to University Christian. They close things out with Baker County (Tuesday), Middleburg (Thursday) and UC (Friday) before districts begin. Emma Rogel (.514), Kiley Channel (.369) and Abbie Roach (.348) lead Keystone at the plate.

6. (NR) Ridgeview (12-5, Class 5A)

Notable wins: Clay (twice), Fleming Island, Fletcher (twice), Palatka, Ponte Vedra, Providence, Yulee (twice).

Glance: The Panthers move back in to the Super 6 after a week out. They’re 3-0 since our last Super 6, with wins over Yulee (11-6), Clay (2-1) and Orange Park (13-1). They wrap things up Thursday against Creekside. Hannah Crosby (.385), Mary Girgis (.370) and KY Torrence (.358) lead the Panthers at the plate.

Dropped out

Union County (14-3, Class 1A)

Others

Baker County (8-10, Class 4A); Bartram Trail (12-6, Class 7A); Bishop Kenny (12-7, Class 4A); Bolles (8-7, Class 3A); Bradford (13-5, Class 1A); Clay (13-8, Class 4A); Creekside (13-7, Class 7A); Episcopal (11-6, Class 3A); Fernandina Beach (8-6, Class 3A); First Coast (11-5, Class 6A); Fleming Island (8-7, Class 6A); Fletcher (11-8, Class 6A); Fort White (9-7, Class 1A); Hilliard (7-6, Class 1A); Jackson (14-6, Class 3A); Mandarin (13-8, Class 7A); Matanzas (10-8, Class 4A); Middleburg (11-9, Class 5A); Nease (8-9, Class 7A); Palatka (15-5, Class 3A); Paxon (10-8, Class 4A); St. Johns Country Day (11-2, Class 2A); Sandalwood (9-6, Class 7A); Trinity Christian (9-8, Class 2A); Union County (14-3, Class 1A); University Christian (12-6, Class 2A); Wolfson (8-5, Class 3A); Yulee (12-10, Class 4A).


About the Author:

Justin Barney joined News4Jax in February 2019, but he’s been covering sports on the First Coast for more than 20 years.