News4JAX Super 6 softball: Surging Episcopal moves up to No. 1 spot in rankings

The News4JAX softball Super 6 rankings will be published Thursdays in the regular season. (News4JAX)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The News4JAX Super 6 softball rankings will be published each Thursday through the end of the regular season. Results are through April 12 games.

News4JAX Super 6 softball rankings

Rank School, Record, Classification

1. (2) Episcopal (15-1, Class 3A)

Notable wins: Apopka, Bartram Trail, Bolles, Clay, Fernandina Beach, Paxon, West Orange.

Glance: The Eagles move into the top spot for the first time this season. They’ve won nine straight games since a 4-1 loss to Montverde. They’ve got Atlantic Coast on Thursday, Providence on Monday and Ponte Vedra on Tuesday. Grace Jones is tearing it up. She’s hitting .627 with three homers and 13 RBI. In the circle, Jones is 15-1 with 219 Ks in 99 IP with a 0.57 ERA. Riley Valent (.378, 2 HR, 15 RBI) follows Jones at the plate.

2. (1) Baldwin (14-2, Class 3A)

Notable wins: Baker County, Bartram Trail, Clay, Fleming Island, Fort White, Hilliard, Mandarin, Middleburg (twice), Palatka, Paxon.

Glance: The Indians dropped from the top spot for the first time this season following a 2-1 loss to Fort White. They thumped Mandarin 7-2 in the Gateway Conference tournament. The Indians are still in the conversation as the area’s best team and winning the Gateway tournament. They’ll host Paxon on Thursday night in the conference title game. Baldwin’s only other loss is to Baker County.

3. (3) University Christian (11-2, Class 2A)

Notable wins: Baker County, Bartram Trail, Forest, Jackson (twice), Middleburg, West Port.

Glance: The beat goes on for the Christians. UC handled previous No. 5 Baker County (10-5) in their lone game since our last Super 6. They’ve won four consecutive games since a loss to Hagerty in the Doc4Life tournament. They’ve got two big ones before our next Super 6, a visit to No. 4 Creekside on Friday and then a home game on Tuesday against West Nassau. Sophia Kardatzke is a monster. She’s hitting .718 and has belted five homers and driven in 33. Jahliyah Robinson (.523, 13 RBI) is behind Kardatzke at the plate.

4. (4) Creekside (13-4, Class 7A)

Notable wins: Baker County, Liberty County, Orange Park, Ponte Vedra, Providence, South Sumter.

Glance: The Knights haven’t played since our last Super 6. They’re back in action on Thursday against Oakleaf, followed by a showdown against No. 3 University Christian on Friday. Kaylee Martineau (.400) and Nickiyah Walker (.395) are behind Middleton at the plate.

5. (NR) West Nassau (10-5, Class 3A)

Notable wins: Fernandina Beach (twice), Hilliard, Providence, Ridgeview.

Glance: After a one-week absence, the Warriors move back in to the Super 6. They beat Keystone Heights (9-7) and Middleburg (6-3). West Nassau’s out-of-area losses are to a 14-3 Melbourne, 11-9 Winter Springs, a 12-4 Viera and a 12-3 Deltona.

6. (NR) Providence (12-4, Class 2A)

Notable wins: Bartram Trail, Fort White, Hilliard, Oakleaf (twice), Ponte Vedra, Sandalwood, Spruce Creek.

Glance: Had the most challenging time this week determining the No. 6 spot. The Stallions have bounced back from a two-game losing streak with wins over Hilliard and Bartram Trail. Yes, they have a big loss to Clay this season (11-1), which gave me hesitation about moving the Stallions in, but they’ve been solid otherwise. Christa Wilson (.392, 12 RBI) and Summer Stearns (.380) lead Providence at the plate.

Dropped out

Baker County (13-6, Class 4A); Clay (11-6, Class 5A).


Baker County (13-6, Class 4A); Bartram Trail (7-7, Class 7A); Clay (11-6, Class 5A); Columbia (13-4, Class 5A); Fernandina Beach (11-4, Class 3A); Flagler Palm Coast (12-2, Class 7A); Fort White (7-6, Class 1A); Hilliard (7-4, Class 1A); Mandarin (11-8, Class 7A); Menendez (8-6, Class 4A); Middleburg (10-8, Class 5A); Oakleaf (7-9, Class 6A); Orange Park (10-6, Class 5A); Paxon (13-4, Class 4A); Ponte Vedra (11-4, Class 5A); Ridgeview (11-6, Class 5A); Sandalwood (9-6, Class 7A); Suwannee (13-4, Class 3A);

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.